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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.
5th May '15 12:30:04 AM WaxingName
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* Oliver Queen in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' always gives his high-profile targets a chance to "do the right thing" before announcing that they have "failed this city" and planting an arrow in their hearts. He extends no such niceties to their hired goons, dropping half a dozen in a typical episode (many more on occasion) with seemingly little regard for whether they live or die from their grievous arrow wounds.

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* Oliver Queen in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' always gives his high-profile targets a chance to "do the right thing" before announcing that they have "failed this city" and planting an arrow in their hearts. He extends no such niceties to their hired goons, dropping half a dozen in a typical episode (many more on occasion) with seemingly little regard for whether they live or die from their grievous arrow wounds. This becomes a plot point in the Huntress-based episodes, where he tries and fails to communicate this to Helena (and it doesn't help that Helena has a deep vendetta against the mob). He eventually admits that killing mooks wasn't much better than killing indiscriminately.
19th Feb '15 12:43:37 PM MartyD82
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* Brilliantly averted in ''Series/SixFeetUnder''. Even though the deaths that open every episode usually happen to characters who are never seen before or after, they're all given personalities and backstories, which usually become crucial plot points in the corresponding episode.
9th Feb '15 12:28:31 PM Vir
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* In ''[[Series/AgentsofSHIELD Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]''no one raised any objections to a handful of guards just doing their jobs getting killed to get a drug they needed to [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality save one of their own team members]]. Which is especially jarring when Coulson is horrified enough just at the suggestion of killing [[spoiler: Victoria Hand]] that it makes him realize [[spoiler: Agent Garret]] is the evil mastermind.

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* In ''[[Series/AgentsofSHIELD Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]''no ]]'' no one raised any objections to a handful of guards just doing their jobs getting killed to get a drug they needed to [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality save one of their own team members]]. Which is especially jarring when Coulson is horrified enough just at the suggestion of killing [[spoiler: Victoria Hand]] that it makes him realize [[spoiler: Agent Garret]] is the evil mastermind.
23rd Dec '14 3:38:46 PM captainmarkle
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* In [[Series/AgentsofSHIELD Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]] no one raised any objections to a handful of guards just doing their jobs getting killed to get a drug they needed to [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality save one of their own team members]]. Which is especially jarring when Coulson is horrified enough just at the suggestion of killing [[spoiler: Victoria Hand]] that it makes him realize [[spoiler: Agent Garret]] is the evil mastermind.

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* In [[Series/AgentsofSHIELD ''[[Series/AgentsofSHIELD Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]] no ]]''no one raised any objections to a handful of guards just doing their jobs getting killed to get a drug they needed to [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality save one of their own team members]]. Which is especially jarring when Coulson is horrified enough just at the suggestion of killing [[spoiler: Victoria Hand]] that it makes him realize [[spoiler: Agent Garret]] is the evil mastermind.


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* ''Series/TheWrongMans'': This trope is actually subverted in the climax of the second series, when one third of the BigBadEnsemble is actually [[spoiler:the brother of a nameless mook [[YouHaveFailedMe terminated]] by Paul Smoke in the previous series]], out to both tie up loose ends from the previous series and seek revenge. When he finds the person he thinks is responsible, he angrily holds them at gunpoint and asks why he did what he "did".
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