History WhatMeasureIsAMook / LiveActionTV

15th Aug '17 5:43:49 PM meticulousMorology
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In Season 5, Buffy kills several members of the [[ChurchMilitant Knights of Byzantium]] in the process of protecting her sister. But she can't bring herself to kill Glory, the hellgod who wants to sacrifice her sister because he was using Ben's body, and killing Glory would kill Ben as well, and eventually [[spoiler:[[PoisonousFriend Giles]] has to do it for her.]]
--> "She's a hero, you see. She's not like us."\\
"Us?"
21st Jun '17 12:34:53 PM PurpleElement
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**Horrifically shown in Season 5 episode 9, [[spoiler:Prometheus has recreated one of "The Hood's" kills from a flashback set early in Season 1, every single dead mook is replaced with another person, freshly killed in the same manner, the only one not dead at the new scene is the boss, who has been replaced by a very much alive [[BigBad Prometheus]] ]].
26th May '17 1:50:30 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': This show is almost bipolar with this trope (along with WhatMeasureIsANonHuman), not helped at all by the Doctor's personality varying wildly DependingOnTheWriter or [[TheNthDoctor the actor]]. The most obvious example is his repeated attempts to save the Master, despite easily (if reluctantly) killing anywhere from several dozen to several ''million'' nameless enemies in numerous other episodes.
** Somewhat better justified these days, since The Master is literally the only other surviving member of his race...
** Also FoeYay. They ''did'' used to be friends, after all, and both the Doctor and the Master appear to remember those days fondly.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': This show is almost bipolar with this trope (along with WhatMeasureIsANonHuman), not helped at all by the Doctor's personality varying wildly DependingOnTheWriter or [[TheNthDoctor the actor]].
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The most obvious example is his repeated attempts to save the Master, despite easily (if reluctantly) killing anywhere from several dozen to several ''million'' nameless enemies in numerous other episodes.
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episodes. Somewhat better justified these days, in the Tenth Doctor stories, since The he and the Master is thought that they were literally the only other surviving member members of his race...
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their race... Also FoeYay. there's a lot of FoeRomanceSubtext. They ''did'' used to be friends, friends or more, after all, and both the Doctor and the Master appear to remember those days fondly.


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** Another controversial and glaring example is "Resurrection of the Daleks", where the Fifth Doctor kills several Daleks personally throughout the story and unleashes a biological weapon on them at the end, but can't bring himself to shoot Davros when he has the chance.
19th May '17 5:16:41 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'': {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d where there is an argument between Robin and Will Scarlet after they have captured Guy of Gisbourne leading a group of homicidal Flemish mercenaries. Will Scarlet wants to kill them but Robin says that that would make them no better than the Guy of Gisbourne. Will replies 'Well what makes you think we '''are''' any better? What about all the men-at-arms we've killed?'

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* ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'': {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d where there is an argument between Robin and Will Scarlet after they have captured [[TheDragon Guy of Gisbourne Gisburne]] leading a group of homicidal Flemish mercenaries. Will Scarlet wants to kill them but Robin says that that would make them no better than the Guy of Gisbourne.Guy. Will replies 'Well what makes you think we '''are''' any better? What about all the men-at-arms we've killed?'
15th May '17 7:41:39 AM LadyErinNY
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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.
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.
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