History WhatMeasureIsAMook / LiveActionTV

10th Dec '16 8:52:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': {{Subverted|Trope}} in the series 4 finale. Merlin kills the five guards but leaves Agravaine alive for some reason. And then they talk, and it quickly becomes clear (although not to [[GenreBlind Agravaine]]) that Merlin intends to kill him too, and that his survival was just a fluke. Okay, he waits until Agravaine pulls a knife to actually do it, but he also waited for the FacelessGoons to rush him.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': {{Subverted|Trope}} in the series 4 finale. Merlin kills the five guards but leaves Agravaine alive for some reason. And then they talk, and it quickly becomes clear (although not to [[GenreBlind Agravaine]]) that Merlin intends to kill him too, and that his survival was just a fluke. Okay, he waits until Agravaine pulls a knife to actually do it, but he also waited for the FacelessGoons to rush him.
10th Dec '16 8:51:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/KnightRider'': Occurred at least once where a young child was playing with a beach ball in the garden of the kidnapper, and the mook in question was entertaining her. There was no real communication - just a few minutes of play and him passing the ball back to her, but given that this guy had been ''quite ready to seriously hurt someone'' in the other room and was portrayed as a bit of a silent {{Badass}}... yeah.

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* ''Series/KnightRider'': Occurred at least once where a young child was playing with a beach ball in the garden of the kidnapper, and the mook in question was entertaining her. There was no real communication - just a few minutes of play and him passing the ball back to her, but given that this guy had been ''quite ready to seriously hurt someone'' in the other room and was portrayed as a bit of a silent {{Badass}}...badass... yeah.
2nd Nov '16 6:03:17 PM skidoo23
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** As part of her journey to becoming the Doctor's DistaffCounterpart, Clara Oswald in "The Magician's Apprentice" not only overlooks the fact Missy (aka the Master after a GenderBender) has just killed a number of UNIT personnel, she immediately agrees to team up with her in order to locate the Doctor.


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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' makes a big deal out of how small changes to the timeline can have big consequences to the present day and future. Except when it comes to villains and their mooks, who the team kill with impunity on a regular basis.
4th Sep '16 6:21:03 PM Epicazeroth
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** Also Played With. In the earlier seasons (where Oliver was very willing to kill) he usually needed the high-profile criminals alive so they could reverse the damage they'd done. In later seasons, it appears that Oliver kills mooks left, right, and center while still adopting ThouShaltNotKill towards named characters, but [[FreezeFrameBonus closer analysis]] reveals that he usually uses sedative-syringe arrows.
10th Dec '15 2:22:43 PM cdrood
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** In this particular case, the guards were actually working for the good guys. Since Hydra had no knowledge of where the T.A.H.I.T.I. project was, those guards must have been loyal to Fury.
18th Nov '15 8:00:43 PM 4power4
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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'' the life of a mook doesn't seem to mean much to the fairytale heroes who have been seen to kill many of the Evil Queen's black knights and other minions. However, they were shown to be against killing the Big Bads such as Cora or Cruella or The Wicked Witch of the West as apparently: "Heroes don't kill". This is actually a huge plot point. when Snow White was forced to kill Cora, her heart was turned black (a sign of evil deeds) and when Emma killed Cruella, she too was suddenly being turned dark. Both these killings were in self defense but treated as acts of murder, while the death of the mooks are treated as if they never occured at all.
18th Nov '15 7:55:00 PM 4power4
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12th Aug '15 3:54:20 PM toonman2
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* ''Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot'': Critics of the failed 2011 pilot have called out the lead character for this. After beating up (and by onscreen evidence killing in a couple of cases) several SuperPoweredMooks, Wonder Woman proceeds to successfully deflect a standard human guard's bullets easily before throwing a pipe through his neck, killing him. Moments later, she encounters the BigBad and does little more than knock her out.

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* ''Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot'': Critics of the failed 2011 pilot have called out the lead character for this. After beating up (and by onscreen evidence killing in a couple of cases) several SuperPoweredMooks, Wonder Woman proceeds to successfully deflect a standard human guard's bullets easily before throwing a pipe through his neck, killing him. Moments later, she encounters the BigBad (who actually takes a moment to pay tribute to the newly deceased guard) and does little more than knock her out.
13th Jul '15 12:48:22 PM ShorinBJ
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* Throughout the first two seasons of ''Series/OnceUponATime'', it's made clear that killing the Queen isn't the answer, and in fact if Snow White were to kill her, she'd become just as evil. Snow White and Charming regularly kill guards on-screen, however, and when Red Riding Hood [[spoiler: in her wolf form]] massacres several dozen soldiers, it's treated as fodder for jokes.

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* Throughout the first two seasons of ''Series/OnceUponATime'', it's made clear that killing the Queen isn't the answer, and in fact if Snow White were to kill her, she'd become just as evil. Never mind that it would be the smart thing to do, to stop Regina's RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Snow White and Charming regularly kill guards on-screen, however, and when Red Riding Hood [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in her wolf form]] massacres several dozen soldiers, it's treated as fodder for jokes.
9th May '15 11:48:24 PM MechWarrior
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* ''Series/KnightRider'': Occurred at least once where a young child was playing with a beach ball in the garden of the kidnapper, and the mook in question was entertaining her. There was no real communication - just a few minutes of play and him passing the ball back to her, but given that this guy had been ''quite ready to seriously hurt someone'' in the other room and was portrayed as a bit of a Silent BadAss... yeah.

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* ''Series/KnightRider'': Occurred at least once where a young child was playing with a beach ball in the garden of the kidnapper, and the mook in question was entertaining her. There was no real communication - just a few minutes of play and him passing the ball back to her, but given that this guy had been ''quite ready to seriously hurt someone'' in the other room and was portrayed as a bit of a Silent BadAss...silent {{Badass}}... yeah.
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