Created By: Lyendith on December 21, 2012 Last Edited By: Lyendith on January 1, 2013
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Quick And Clean Killing

Killing your victim without any unnecessary pain

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This trope often happens in cases of Nothing Personal or Just Following Orders. The killer, whether he is a merciless Professional Killer or some unlucky guy who has no choice, will explicitly make sure to give their victim the most quick, effective and painless death possible. Pretty Little Headshots is usually a good way for that, and ideally (in a fantastic setting) the vicitm will die "as if falling asleep".

In some cases, it may be on the victim's own request, with a friend reluctantly dealing the fatal blow. Normally incompatible with Lack of Empathy, since an unempathic character doesn't care whether the victim suffers or not, by definition.

If the killer is a Consummate Professional or, more likely, a Hitman with a Heart, he will usually do his job this way.

The polar opposite of There Is No Kill Like Overkill and Rasputinian Death. Also contrast Cruel and Unusual Death.

Examples:

Comic Books:
  • V for Vendetta has V doing this to the repentant scientist, in contrast to the brutally painful ways he extracts revenge against his unrepentant enemies.

Film:

Live-Action TV:
  • Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Arena". Kirk and the Gorn captain are forced by the Metrons to fight a duel to determine which of their ships will be destroyed. The Gorn captain asks for Kirk to surrender by promising he will be "merciful and quick" in killing him.

Visual Novels:
  • Genji does this to Kanon and Shannon in Episode 3 of Umineko no Naku Koro ni: he just presses his palm on their chest, a red rose motif appears and they fall dead. Kanon does something similar to Rosa in Episode 6.
    • In Episode 4, Battler notes that Maria's death (probably by poisoning) is noticeably clean and gentle compared to the gruesomely mutilated corpses around her. It literally looks like she is sleeping.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • December 21, 2012
    DracMonster
    This is already included in Consummate Professional, but might warrant splitting as a Sub Trope.

    Quick And Clean Killer
  • December 21, 2012
    Lyendith
    The description may not be clear enough; the trope is more about the action than the character doing it. Basically, it's about making sure that the victim's death is, indeed, quick and clean, whether the performer is used to killing people or not.

    The example I gave has nothing to do with Consummate Professional. But it's true that CP can be a cause of this trope.

    I like your title, I would just change it to "Quick And Clean Killing".
  • December 21, 2012
    DracMonster
    Ignore, misread.
  • December 21, 2012
    Lyendith
    I reworked the description a little to focus it more on the act. I might still need a bit of polishing, but the idea is there. Now we just need examples.

  • December 22, 2012
    mythbuster
    V For Vendeta has V doing this to the repentant scientist, in contrast to the brutally painful ways he extracts revenge against his unrepentant enemies.
  • December 22, 2012
    Jaqen
    Film Wild Geese,: Side Kick is about to be captured and tortured by the bad guys and begs the Hero to shoot him.
  • December 22, 2012
    TheHandle
  • December 22, 2012
    Lyendith
    For V, is it the comics or the film?
  • December 23, 2012
    Astaroth
    ^Both
  • December 23, 2012
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • Star Trek The Original Series episode "Arena". Kirk and the Gorn captain are forced by the Metrons to fight a duel to determine which of their ships will be destroyed. The Gorn captain asks for Kirk to surrender by promising he will be "merciful and quick" in killing him.
  • December 24, 2012
    Astaroth
    Pretty much required when performing a Mercy Kill
  • January 1, 2013
    chicagomel
    This can happen with animals in Real Life, but idk if it counts because it's not done out of morals or anything. Big cats, for example, sometimes kill by a light sort of hold on the prey's neck, cutting off the carotid artery's flow-if they can get in position, it's the easiest way to take down a big, struggling animal, that's all.

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