History ShootTheDog / LiveActionTV

2nd Oct '15 9:08:27 PM CameronWhite
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** The Chinese gangster in the second episode was an ''idiot'' for [[BigBrotherInstinct tripping off John's protective instinct towards Sherlock]] when he tries to kill him, despite the fact John's [[CombatPragmatist tied to a chair at the time.]] [[TooDumbToLive It ends badly for the gangster,]] since [[BadassAdorable John]] [[TranquilFury calmly]] kills him.
2nd Oct '15 9:04:34 PM CameronWhite
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** Sherlock killing Magnussen in the Series 3 finale, "His Last Vow", definitely qualifies, in a literal example (though more of a case of Shoot the Son of a Bitch). Sherlock blows Magnussen's brains out in front of John, Mycroft, and the police; since neither Sherlock nor John was under direct physical threat from Magnussen at the time, it's considered to be outright murder, [[RealityEnsues and Sherlock is promptly exiled for it]]. However, Magnussen was an AssholeVictim who ruined countless lives with his blackmailing schemes, and was threatening to use his information about John's wife, Mary, to destroy both of their lives as well (and possibly even get them killed). Sherlock killed Magnussen in front of witnesses to protect them from this fate and to ensure that John was not blamed for the crime.
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** Sherlock killing Magnussen in the Series 3 finale, "His Last Vow", definitely qualifies, in a literal example (though more of a case of Shoot the Son of a Bitch). Sherlock blows Magnussen's brains out in front of John, Mycroft, and the police; since neither Sherlock nor John was under direct physical threat from Magnussen at the time, it's considered to be outright murder, [[RealityEnsues and Sherlock is promptly exiled for it]]. However, Magnussen was an AssholeVictim who ruined countless lives with his blackmailing schemes, and was threatening to use his information about John's wife, Mary, to destroy both of their lives as well (and possibly even get them killed). Sherlock killed Magnussen in front of witnesses to protect them from this fate and to ensure that John was not blamed for the crime. And it's possible Sherlock wanted to make sure John was safe from Magnussen and was already pissed about the bonfire thing.
7th Jul '15 12:04:36 PM BattleMaster
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Removed example of River killing Reavers in Serenity. While that scene was awesome, it wasn't an example of this trope.
** The culmination of Mal's "Shoot the Dog for the crew" mentality is shown in ''Ariel'' where he fully intends to space ''one of his own crew'' for trying to sell out two others for reward money. ** In {{Film/Serenity}} River kills the Reavers [[TooDumbToLive when they threaten her brother's life.]]
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** The culmination of Mal's "Shoot the Dog for the crew" mentality is shown in ''Ariel'' where he fully intends to space ''one of his own crew'' for trying to sell out two others for reward money. \n** In {{Film/Serenity}} River kills the Reavers [[TooDumbToLive when they threaten her brother's life.]]
5th Jul '15 3:51:04 PM nombretomado
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** [[AbusiveParents Lionel]] and Main/LexLuthor have both done this at some point, although in the most iconic cases of both, [[TheDogShotFirst they were protecting someone else]].
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** [[AbusiveParents Lionel]] and Main/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor have both done this at some point, although in the most iconic cases of both, [[TheDogShotFirst they were protecting someone else]].
30th Jun '15 10:03:48 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'':
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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'':''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':
28th Mar '15 5:40:44 PM FF32
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** [[spoiler: Walter White's last]] phone call to [[spoiler: his wife Skyler]] is full of intense verbal abuse, that absolves the latter from complicity in the former's crimes in the eyes of the police.
21st Mar '15 1:02:20 PM RavenWilder
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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' Season 2 is built around taking Clarke, originally an ActualPacifist and AllLovingHero, and putting her in situations where she has to ShootTheDog. These include executing her LoveInterest to secure an alliance with the Grounders, allowing hundreds of her allies to die to avoid blowing a double agent's cover, and ultimately committing full-on genocide against Mount Weather, all in the name of protecting her people. By the season finale, she's shot the dog so much that she can no longer see herself as a good person, and instead views herself as someone who [[NecessarilyEvil commits evil so that others don't have to]].
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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' Season 2 is built around taking Clarke, originally an ActualPacifist and AllLovingHero, and putting her in situations where she has to ShootTheDog. These include executing [[spoiler:executing her LoveInterest to secure an alliance with the Grounders, allowing hundreds of her allies to die to avoid blowing a double agent's cover, and ultimately committing full-on genocide against Mount Weather, Weather]], all in the name of protecting her people. By the season finale, she's shot the dog so much that she can no longer see herself as a good person, and instead views herself as someone who [[NecessarilyEvil commits evil so that others don't have to]].
21st Mar '15 1:00:12 PM RavenWilder
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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' Season 2 is built around taking Clarke, originally an ActualPacifist and AllLovingHero, and putting her in situations where she has to ShootTheDog. These include executing her LoveInterest to secure an alliance with the Grounders, allowing hundreds of her allies to die to avoid blowing a double agent's cover, and ultimately committing full-on genocide against Mount Weather, all in the name of protecting her people. By the season finale, she's shot the dog so much that she can no longer see herself as a good person, and instead views herself as someone who [[NecessarilyEvil commits evil so that others don't have to]].
7th Mar '15 11:11:33 PM GottaHaveFaith
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** Sherlock killing Magnussen in the Series 3 finale, "His Last Vow", definitely qualifies, in a literal example (though more of a case of Shoot the Son of a Bitch). Sherlock blows Magnussen's brains out in front of John, Mycroft, and the police; since neither Sherlock nor John was under direct physical threat from Magnussen at the time, it's considered to be outright murder, [[RealityEnsues and Sherlock is promptly exiled for it]]. However, Magnussen was an AssholeVictim who ruined countless lives with his blackmailing schemes, and was threatening to use his information about John's wife, Mary, to destroy both of their lives as well (and possibly even get them killed). Sherlock killed Magnussen in front of witnesses to protect them from this fate and to ensure that John was not blamed for the crime.
1st Jan '15 6:14:53 PM ScarlettWhite
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** Mal is the rare lead character who never needs a side character to shoot the dog for him. He's more than willing to kill someone to protect his crew, and he does it on multiple occasions, even when killing them isn't strictly necessary.
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** Mal [[TheHero Mal]] is the rare lead character who never needs a side character to shoot the dog for him. He's more than willing to kill [[GoodIsNotSoft kill]] someone to protect [[TrueCompanions his crew, crew,]] and he does it on multiple occasions, even when killing them isn't strictly necessary.

** In the pilot, he shoots Dobson (a federal agent) in the face without hesitation because Dobson was threatening River.
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** In the pilot, he shoots Dobson (a federal agent) in the face without hesitation because Dobson was threatening [[BunnyEarsLawyer River.]]

** In ''The Message'', he shoots Tracy for trying to take Kaylee hostage, when a simple explanation of the situation would have solved everything. But would Tracy have listened?
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** In ''The Message'', he shoots Tracy for trying to take Kaylee [[TheHeart Kaylee]] hostage, when a simple explanation of the situation would have solved everything. But would Tracy have listened?

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** In ''The Message'', he shoots Tracy for trying to take Kaylee hostage, **In {{Film/Serenity}} River kills the Reavers [[TooDumbToLive when a simple explanation of the situation would have solved everything. But would Tracy have listened?they threaten her brother's life.]]
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