Created By: Unknown TroperOctober 11, 2007
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Coup De Grace Provokes Attacks Of Opportunity

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The bad guy has the good guy down on the ground helpless. He raises his weapon to get ready to kill him. He raises the weapon to bring it down on the good guy -- but then another good guy sneaks up from behind and kills the bad guy before he can get off the killing blow.

(Of course the name also comes from Dungeons and Dragons and it is analogous with "Talking is a free action", but there might be a more concise name for this.)
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  • October 11, 2007
    Kayube
    Either Fake Gunshot or False Gunshot is like this but with guns.
  • October 11, 2007
    Earnest
    More often than not it's the prone hero who makes a quick thrust (or shot) while the villain's sword is raised.
  • October 11, 2007
    RobertBingham
  • October 11, 2007
    Kizor
    Related to Sword Over Head?
  • October 12, 2007
    RobertBingham
    False Gunshot was the gun version of Thwarted Coup De Grace. Fake Gunshot was basically faking someone getting shot.
  • October 13, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    I like Thwarted Coup De Grace because it can also apply to situations when the rescuer saves the victim by blocking the attacker's weapon.
  • October 12, 2007
    DocumentN
    Earnest's example was seen in The Two Towers during the Warg attack.
  • October 12, 2007
    SciVo
    I think that Buffy saved Faith that way in the first episode of the two-parter where there was that vampire dueling cult serving Balthazar (leading up to the mayor's dedication ceremony).
  • October 13, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    How about that one in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" at the end of the big duel?
  • October 13, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    I think it happened in Young Avengers: Sidekicks, with Kang the conqueror stabbing...himself.

    It was a weird story.

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