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[[caption-width-right:349: The bad guy's take on the classic "You're fired!"]]
->''"A puppet that can no longer be used is mere garbage. This puppet's role has just ended..."''
-->-- ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''

To [[KickTheDog show or remind the viewer how nasty]] the BigBad or his EvilMinions are, a common trope is their habit of callously disposing of anyone who is no longer useful to their plans, whether it be an associate of an evil organization who has just concluded their useful function within that organization, or [[UnwittingPawn an outsider who the villain has coerced or tricked into carrying out part of their plan]] who is killed once they have done what the villain has ordered. It is often punctuated with words to the effect of "You have outlived your usefulness" or "you have served your purpose" before the murder.

In the case of a bribed outsider who was only loyal for the promise of money, this does make a little sense. Not only does the BigBad avoid having to ''pay'' them for services rendered, but they remove a direct link back to them as the master of the plot. And there's always the fact that someone loyal to the money more than the cause is a risk to betray the BigBad to whoever offers them ''more''. Alternatively, it could be to punish a minion for ''asking for a raise'', especially when done right before the critical mission, with the implication that the minion is aware of their own importance and intends to use that as leverage.

A particularly callous villain may also do this to an underling who has been defeated, combining this trope with YouHaveFailedMe. May also happen to a villain who ''thought'' he was the BigBad, but forgot that EvilIsNotAToy or expected the SealedEvilInACan to be loyal to him after its release. More realistically, the victim in question [[HeKnowsTooMuch may be privy to information]] [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse that the villain doesn't want to get out]] -- as the {{pirate}}s say: "Dead men tell no tales."

Then you have any kind of [[ImAHumanitarian predatory monster]] who just thinks there's no point in wasting good meat. Alternatively, you have the villain who notes their underlings ''do'' still have some usefulness...but said [[HumanResources usefulness]] doesn't necessarily mean they need to be [[ZombieApocalypse alive]] to serve it.

Finally, [[TheSociopath sociopathic villains]] are notorious for viewing people as little more than tools to be used and then discarded once they've served their purpose, with this trope being perhaps the ultimate form of this callous attitude.

If the BigBad is also particularly annoyed by how his EvilMinions have functioned in their role, he may use TheBlofeldPloy.

A variant of this trope is common when a villain who has enlisted the help of the oblivious heroes reveals his true villainy, the comment usually following [[JustBetweenYouAndMe his gloating of how they played right into his hands]]. Warning to any GenreSavvy villains out there: This version of the trope has a noticeably lower success rate, and trying it on TheHero is tantamount to suicide.

Compare YouHaveFailedMe (when the executed underlings are killed because they ''didn't'' succeed), RewardedAsATraitorDeserves, WeHaveReserves, and UriahGambit. ShootTheBuilder is a subtrope. Contrast CantKillYouStillNeedYou and MookDepletion. See also VillainousDemotivator and EvenMooksHaveLovedOnes.

'''WARNING: As this is somewhat of a DeathTrope (in many cases, at least), there are spoilers, so read at your own risk!'''


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', the organization GREMLIN tends to do this to its low level members. GREMLIN considers anybody who isn't privy to the organization's true objectives to be expendable.
* In the anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'', this overlaps with RewardedAsATraitorDeserves. [[spoiler:Iason has successfully used former Bison gang member Kirie to sell out and destroy the gang in a BatmanGambit. When Kirie shows up to collect his reward money, he's instead taken by an android posing as Iason. He's not killed, but his ''[[{{Brainwashed}} mind is altered]]'' and he's turned into an unthinking and obedient [[SexSlave Pet]].]]
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', this is the ultimate fate of ''all'' Warriors. When their [[YourDaysAreNumbered Tenure]] is close to ending and their powers begin to wane, a successor is selected to [[EatenAlive eat]] them in order to inherit their powers. Should a Warrior act out or make mistakes, their superiors will consider whether to end their Tenure ''early''. It's revealed that [[spoiler: Reiner Braun]] narrowly avoided this fate after failing his mission. It took 4 years of exceptional military service on the front lines to get his superiors to allow him to finish his Tenure.
* This is common with Szilard from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', who considers anybody to be disposable, including homunculi created from his own cells, to misfit gangsters given an incomplete immortality serum JUST to ensure they are easy to dispose of -- if you think that's a contradiction, you need to watch the show.
** [[FrenchJerk Huey]] also views the Lemeurs, including his own doting daughter, as this.
* Emperor Barodius, the third BigBad from ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'', was a big fan of this as well as YouHaveFailedMe. If he didn't kill you, he'd [=brainwash=] you instead.
** Mag Mel, the BigBad after Barodius, outright told his CoDragons when he created them that the moment they were no longer of use to him, their lives would end. [[spoiler:When Mistress Sellon actually does outlive her usefulness, he promptly kills her in an absolutely chilling way as she's pleading for him to spare her, then [[DevourTheDragon eats her energy to fuel himself]]. He then does the exact same thing to Anubias in the next episode.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the main antagonist, [[spoiler:Sosuke Aizen]], does this to three characters [[spoiler:(Momo Hinamori, Rukia Kuchiki, and Halibel)]] at different times.
** [[spoiler:[[ImmortalHero And yet all of those people survived.]] As powerful and ruthless as he is, Aizen is ''really bad'' about not bothering to check whether his defeated enemies are actually ''dead'' and not just unconscious...and given the nature of the events, this leaves his death toll among the individuals [[NominalImportance who actually have names]] rather low.]]
** Likewise, the BigBad of the Bount filler arc loved doing this, to the point where "you were just pawns" almost seems like his CatchPhrase.
** Furthermore, the BigBad of the recent events, [[spoiler:Yhwach, kills Luders Friegen after the latter finished his task]].
*** One of the Sternritter panics on realizing their boss has left them behind. That means they're no longer useful to him and are nothing more than [[spoiler:fodder for his Auswählen, his energy absorption ability, which subsequently kills said subordinate]].
* Alphard from ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'' simply decides to [[spoiler:discard Liang Qi by deliberately leaving her behind in a building that is about to be bombed]]. [[spoiler:Liang Qi]] survives the betrayal, but [[spoiler:[[VillainousBreakdown boy howdy does she ever lose it]]]].
* In ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', [[BigBad Priscilla]] tells [[spoiler:Raki]] that he has outlived his usefulness to her and that she is [[IAmAHumanitarian hungry after seven years of not eating]]... [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope and saves his life from the Destroyer's rods.]]]]
** In general this is also the Organization's attitude toward Claymores who have become too old, troublesome or [[HeKnowsTooMuch know too many things]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has its AntiHero protagonist do this with mind-controlled enemies. [[CombatPragmatist Somewhat justified by pragmatism.]] One of the occasions he doesn't really comes back to bite him in the ass on more than a few occasions.
** [[spoiler:Then, as a subversion, his "allies" do it to HIM. They get away with it too, sort of.]]
** At the beginning of R2 [[spoiler:Lelouch is stripped of his memories by Charles and used in a plan to lure out C.C., so when the Britannian soldiers find C.C., they plan to kill Lelouch since he's fulfilled his purpose]]. Invoked early on by Charles when he declares Lelouch and Nunnally weak and has them sent as bargaining chips to Japan, which is subsequently invaded with them still there. Lelouch survives, [[ItsPersonal but now he's really pissed.]] [[spoiler:He did this not to use them, but to hide them from his murderous and deceitful immortal brother.]]
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', this is is the fate of almost everyone used by [[VillainProtagonist Light Yagami]], even if they are close to him, so that he can safely cover his tracks after they had served their purpose. Also the fate of many pawns that served under TheMafia group of Mello, especially when they were trying to get the titular ArtifactOfDoom. Surprisingly, the last use of the trope in the story wasn't done by either of those two, but by [[spoiler:Ryuk on Light himself because Light had been permanently stopped from killing and thus no longer held his interest -- reminding us that, despite his personality as a lovable goof, Ryuk is still a {{Shinigami}} to the core]].
* ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'': Etemonkey, an Etemon, was Daemon's second in command, and a huge pain in the ass for Taichi and Zero. And then, within eight pages of [=Neo Saiba=]'s debut, he Jogresses Devimon and Ogremon and kills him.
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': Upon his rebirth, [=VenomMyotismon=] promptly devours Demidevimon, his sole remaining loyal minion. He also does this quite famously to Arukenimon in Anime/DigimonAdventure02.
** This trope is actually pretty common for Digimon villains.
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' features a non-villainous example: Renamon strings along the Deva Vajramon (who has an... [[FoeYay interest]] in her) in order to get information regarding his master. Once she has the information, she basically tells him to get lost (and ends up destroying him after digivolving into Taomon).
* In ''Anime/DotHackSign'': Morganna attacks Tsukasa after Tsukasa brings Subaru to the hidden area where Aura was held. This too used an alternate phrase, "I don't need you anymore."
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' uses this quite often, mainly with Babidi, Frieza, and Vegeta.
** Vegeta even kills his longtime partner Nappa because of this (Goku had paralyzed him), combining this with YouHaveFailedMe for getting his ass kicked by Goku in the first place.
** Invoked verbatim by Perfect Cell in the English dub of Kai, spoken about his Cell Games ring, of all things.
** Demon King Piccolo back in Manga/DragonBall, in regards to Pilaf, Mai, and Shu after they set him free and helped him gather the Dragon Balls to restore his youth. He unceremoniously threw the hapless trio out of their airship.
** Babidi's EstablishingCharacterMoment is having [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Spopopvich and Yamu]] executed on the spot as soon as they give him Gohan's siphoned Ki. The Supreme Kai even states outright that Babidi ''always'' has his minions killed when he doesn't need them anymore. Amusingly enough when Babidi finds out they brought him far more energy than he thought they did he thinks he didn't give them enough credit and maybe he should have kept them around after all, though he just shrugs and thinks it's still no big deal.
** In ''Film/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', Freeza kills all 1000 of his own {{Mooks}} with a single attack after they're defeated by the Z-Fighters. ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' changed this by instead having them get caught in the energy released when Freeza assumes his true form, but considering who we're talking about he'd probably label it a happy accident.
* [[ArcVillain Brain]] from ''Manga/FairyTail'' pulled this on [[PoisonousPerson Cobra]] after the later's failure to defeat [[TheHero Natsu]]. This was bad for two reasons: One, Cobra was just about to kill a barely conscious Natsu, who would go on to defeat Brain [[spoiler: or rather, his SuperpoweredEvilSide, Zero]], and two, Cobra survived [[spoiler: and after the TimeSkip, would pay Brain back [[EtTuBrute full-force]] in front of the other members of their group after they were released (through Cobra's own actions at that) from prison, with not a single one caring.]] Probably should have thought that one through better.
* The homunculi from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' are prolific perpetrators of this trope. [[BenevolentBoss Greed being the exception]].
** In one of the translations, Lust actually says this line to-a-T to Cornello in the first volume of the manga... Right before she impales his head with her ultimate spear. (See page image.) In the 2003 version, Gluttony eats Cornello instead, but the idea is the same.
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]], [[spoiler:[[BigBad Dante]]]] does this to anyone who she [[BodySurf surfs into]]. [[spoiler:Lyra]] learned this [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe the hard way]].
** An example of the "more useful dead" variation: [[spoiler:the gold-toothed alchemist]] was in charge of readying the five sacrifices needed for the Promised Day. [[spoiler:When he fails to get Mustang to perform human transmutation and as such become the fifth and final sacrifice, Wrath and Pride swoop in, mortally wound the doc, and use him as the raw material in a transmutation that they force upon Mustang.]]
** [[spoiler:[[BigBad Father]] tries this on Hohenheim, Roy, Izumi, and the Elric brothers after they have fulfilled their role as his "sacrifices". Luckily, Hohenheim is able to protect them all with the power of his philosopher's stone.]]
* Nakago of ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' does this to one of his fellow Seiryuu warriors after he receives the MacGuffin he was ordered to steal (although this is partly because the man's "human form" was killed, making him little more than a smart wolf).
* In chapter 81 of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'', Giacomo Dante has been captured and the Turin facility secured, [[spoiler:then tanks roll in, PFC Aprea is arrested and the SWA is being told to surrender to the military. Turns out, the Prime Minister now seeks to pin the whole incident on the SWA and get them labelled an anti-government organization.]]
* Hakuron from ''Manga/HaouAiren'' does this. ''Very'' bitterly lampshaded by Reilan right before he shoots her to death.
--> '''Reilan:''' "Kurumi! Take a good look at him! This is the fate destined to those who aren't useful to Hakuron anymore!"
* [[spoiler:Genkishi]] from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' had this happen to him seemingly just to show that people can actually die.
** And Xanxus kept apparently [[BadBoss doing this to all of his underlings]] whenever they lost matches with Tsuna' guardians, [[EvilLaugh laughing]] about how they're trash... only for it to be revealed that not a single one of them actually ''did'' die.
* Subverted in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. Various baddies attempt to do so a couple of times, but [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption it always fails]].
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', [[spoiler:Due, after killing Regius]] tells Zest that his "usefulness and (his) revenge are at an end". [[spoiler:In an inversion of the typical result of this trope, ''Zest'' kills ''her'']].
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', despite having successfully held off the [[spoiler:Ala Rubra till the ceremony to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt was over, the BigBad in a sneak attack shot both Nagi and Primum through the chest with a high piercing DeathRay]]. This wasn't due to [[spoiler:[[WeHaveReserves Primum being a casualty in the way]], because of the way the two were facing: Nagi's back turned to the direction of the on-coming attack]]. By the way that [[spoiler:Nagi had {{Neck Lift}}ed Primum, he likely watched the {{Black Cloak}}ed villain as the beam was fired, [[TechnicallyASmile smiling]] as it did]].
** [[spoiler:And then he did the exact same thing with Fate and Negi, after Fate had decided to stop fighting Negi.]]
* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', the Obsidian Lord is planning to do this with his First District followers, including the OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness, [[spoiler:but Shizuru, going on a rampage fueled by her feelings for Natsuki, beats him to it]].
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In episode 31, three workers of the Photon Atomic Research Institute were kidnapped by TheDragon and hypnotized in piloting the latest batch of [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] BigBad Dr. Hell had built (Megaron P1, P2 and P3). However one of the weapons of Megaron generated such a heat blast would surely kill whoever was sitting in the cockpit. Hell and Ashura knew the three men surely would die during the battle, but as long as they died ''after'' they would have fulfilled their purpose, they did not care.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', General Septem is tricked by Lady Une on behalf of OZ to give a live speech (aboard a plane fleeing the attack of the New Edwards Base) condemning peace with the space colonies and reaffirming Earth's resolve to the war. After ending the broadcast, Lady Une calmly and politely informs the General that his "services were no longer required," immediately before [[ThrownFromTheZeppelin opening a hatch under his seat]]. ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Then shooting him in the head on his way down]]''.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'''s Ribbons Almark does this quite a bit.
* This is standard procedure for Johan in ''Manga/{{Monster}}''. Anyone who's come into contact with him for whatever reason tend to die shortly after their role has been played.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Orochimaru does this to two members of the sound genin team, [[spoiler:using them as a living sacrifice required for the Edo Tensei technique.]]
** This trope comes back to haunt Orochimaru himself later as [[spoiler:Sasuke absorbs him after having learned everything that he could.]]
** Sasuke also does this later with [[spoiler:Karin when Danzo uses her as a human shield.]]
** Before the start of the Fourth Ninja World War, Tobi does this to [[spoiler:Konan, in order to grab Nagato's Rinnegan.]]
** During the Jubi revival arc, [[spoiler:Madara has Black Zetsu take control of Obito's body in order to fully revive Madara. Obito escapes the first attempt but not the second]].
*** [[spoiler:Madara himself ends up becoming victim to this when Black Zetsu literally backstabs him and reveals that he's actually working for Kaguya Otsutuski.]]
** At the very start of the story, Mizuki manipulates Naruto into stealing the scroll of forbidden jutsu, then plans on disposing of Naruto once he's done. Thankfully, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Naruto defeats Mizuki using the technique he learned]].
* Although no special line is used, this is the reason Captain Kuro tries to kill his entire crew in ''Manga/OnePiece'': he no longer needs them, and can't allow anyone who knows his [[SecretIdentity true identity]] to live.
** This also happened to Nico Robin when she was Miss All-Sunday, TheDragon for Baroque Works. Might be {{subverted}}, since she never intended to give her boss, Crocodile, the information he wanted anyway.
*** Not that Crocodile is a stranger to this trope himself. You're dead to him if you fail once, and if you're lucky you ''might'' get a second chance, but there's no way in hell a third's coming. Only [[NumberTwo Mr 1 Daz Bonez]] is exempt from this, mostly because he's the only subordinate Crocodile actually ''likes''.
** In the Dressrossa Arc, in the B Block matches of the tournament, the contestants from Prodence form an alliance with the others, then when their allies grow weak, start picking them off so that their king will be the one who advances onward. Unfortunately, for them, one of them, Blue Gilly, realizes what they're up to, and defeats Dagama when Dagama tries to literally and figuratively stab Blue Gilly in the back, saying "I can't fathom who would be stupid enough to trust a slimy toad like you in the first place!!!"
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'':
** Bel from ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' pulls this on Leva and Gula in episode 31 when they got weakened from their battle against Precure that he absorbs their dark energy, killing them off.
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', Archie rewards his very loyal and very competant henchman, who successfully managed to steal the Blue Orb for him and is now inside a submarine, asking for a hand up, by sending the sub off after removing the device that equalized the pressure inside, effectively leaving the poor guy for dead. Apparently it would have been too much of an effort to pull him up. The henchman barely manages to make it to the surface but sadly, he goes in denial, refusing to believe that his boss abandoned him, and fights on to make sure no one stops Kyogre.
** In the anime, we have Paul. When a Pokemon of his doesn't perform up to his expectations, it is released back into the wild.
*** Cyrus is just as big an example, ignoring his loyal Admins to go into the world he intended to create.
*** Not as extreme an example, but in ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'', Mewtwo has put the local Nurse Joy under [[{{Brainwashed}} mind control]] to act as a sort of greeter to the people he has lured onto New Island, and upon revealing himself and sending one of the guests who tried to attack him flying through the room, he tells Nurse Joy her usefulness has ended and lifts her from the mind control to face her fate with the rest of the humans. Granted, Mewtwo was more of an AffablyEvil Pokemon than a BadBoss, but this is still an example.
*** In a two-part episode, [[GoldfishPoopGang Team Rocket]] helps an EvilChancellor depose a rightful king and take over TheKingdom. When [[FanNickname the TRio]] try to collect their reward from him, he tells them that he no longer needs them and blasts them away. They respond by pulling a brief HeelFaceTurn and secretly helping Ash and his friends restore the king.
* Mistress 9 does this to Kaolinite in the third season of ''Manga/SailorMoon'', which also happens to be the only season in which the "YouHaveFailedMe" trope is not used. Considering how nasty Kaolinite had been to Mistress 9's host body, Hotaru, this was also motivated by revenge.
* Zako Red in ''Anime/SDGundamForce'' gets deactivated by Commander Sazabi as soon as he's finished helping the invasion of Neotopia commence. This is particularly stupid because, aside from Zako Red, Sazabi was more or less SurroundedByIdiots.
** However, the show implies rather strongly that Zako Red is simply a drone operated by Sazabi to allow him to carry out his plans without revealing himself.
** And it turns out the Zakos and their bumbling commanders are only a small iteration of the Dark Axis anyway, as shown by the Doga Commandos and the villains that appear in the second half of the series.
** Later on, once the General, leader of the Dark Axis, developes the power to absorb gundams through a combination tractor beam/dimensional portal, Sazabi's superior Professor Gerbera decides there's no point in maintaining the alliance he had with Kibaomaru's forces.
* In ''Anime/SengokuOtome'', Ieyasu acquires the Crimson Armor and goes mad with power. She declares she doesn't need her minions anymore and blasts them out of the building. Despite this, they remain loyal to her, and return to her service when she is defeated and the armor is destroyed.
* In ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', Sorath steals Shana's [[FlamingSword Nietono no Shana]], which he had [[ItMustBeMine always coveted]], and callously throws away his [[{{BFS}} Blutsauger]]. This bites him in the ass when Shana picks up Blutsauger and continues the fight.
* In the first season of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', Eris created a copy of Rezo after the real one died. She blames the original's death on Lina and her friends and tries to kill them by unlocking "Rezo's Legacy". Eris released the power of Zanifar, which is absorbed into Copy Rezo. No sooner after this, Copy Rezo kills Eris because she no longer serves a purpose for him.
* In ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'', [[spoiler:when Ralph finds the other Emily aboard the Libertad and knows that the traitor is about to move against him, he throws a coup and kills the rest of Medlock's crew, only keeping her around until she too "serves her purpose".]]
* Subverted in the final arc of ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' anime. Kouya has been manipulating Enki with a baby held in the mouth of his pet youma, using the baby's life as ransom to take advantage of Enki's compassionate nature as a ''kirin''. Once Enki agrees to remain a hostage, he reminds Kouya that he doesn't need the baby as leverage anymore. Rather than let the youma devour the child -- which would be far more expected in context -- Kouya releases the baby and tells the servant to make sure he is returned to his parents.
* Orikakan gets this from Niwe in ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'' in the form of an arrow through the neck.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', AxCrazy Fuala gets a pilot to help her in a plan against Uso's Gundam. [[spoiler:After the plan succeeds, she shoots the pilot in the face. Ironically, the pilot was named Kill.]]
* ''Anime/{{Windaria}}'' The BigBad quotes the trope name when speaking about Alan.
* Fuuma does this to Kusanagi in the ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' movie after the latter gets his arm dismembered by the protagonists. The result is a RainOfBlood. The manga and anime versions of Fuuma do similar things.
* The ''{{Franchise/Ys}} II'' OVA has [[BigBad Darm]] off [[TheDragon Dares]] in accordance with this trope. [[VillainBall Even though]] Dares was actually ''winning''.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** In the original ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga, Bandit Keith does this with Zygor, Sid, and Bonz when Bonz loses in a duel.
** And in ''Anime/YuGiOhTheMoviePyramidOfLight'', after Seto Kaiba has done enough damage to Yami Yugi and afterwards attempts and fails to destroy his Pyramid of Light card with his Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon, Anubis appears and ambushes him, grabbing him by the head, tossing him aside and knocking him unconscious before taking his place in the duel with Yami, while saying, "You have served my purpose well, little worm. But You Have Outlived Your Usefulness!"
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', Alexander has no qualms with sacrificing his servants' monsters and banishing them from the game. He tries to convince Yugi to do the same, but gets called out about it.
** ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'': The Three Emperors of Yliaster do this to Jeager and Team Catastrophe. They survive thanks to the heroes.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'': The third-party villain Tron considers his own sons expendable, and after they lose their duels, uses their life forces to empower his own secret weapon.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Gyokuro implies at one point that she'll do this to Akua, claiming she can't actually trust her because Akua is only her ''adoptive'' daughter. Ironically, she herself is subjected to this at the hands of the Masked Man, the ''real'' leader of Fairy Tale, who instead of saving her from being consumed by Alucard when he could easily have done so, stands back and watches her die.
* In ''Manga/ZatchBell'', Gash's evil twin Zeon hires a demon named Baltro to kidnap Kiyomaro's father and lure Gash into a battle. When Baltro and his partner fail to burn Gash's book, Zeon promptly burns Baltro's, stating that all losers in battles must return to the demon world and that those are the rules.
* The ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' OVA has the ManBehindTheMan say this almost word for word when offing [[spoiler: the scientist that he blackmailed into recreating the Evil Gods]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Discussed in the ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' story "A Little Knowledge", when a small-time crook discovers the secret identity of local crimefighter Jack-In-The-Box. He considers getting rich by selling the information to a local crime lord, then realizes that his life could be forfeit once the deal is complete.
* In the [[Comicbook/ChickTracts Chick Tract]] "The Poor Revolutionist" the Communist VillainProtagonist dies this way.
* In an old comic called ''The Comet'', the title character may have been the {{Trope Namer|s}} [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20026_5-iconic-characters-you-didnt-know-were-ripoffs_p2.html when he shoots one gang member to death]]:
-->'''Comet:''' Bud, you've outlived your usefulness.
* In ''Conqueror of the Barren Earth'', this seems to be at least part of Jinal's motivation for killing Zhengla: once they have succeeded in conquering the world together, she does not need him anymore and decides that she would prefer to rule alone. Of course, she was also motivated by the desire for [[RapeAndRevenge revenge]]. This is an unusual example, in that it is the hero of the story doing this.
* In ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', Brainiac and Lex Luthor are assembling an army of supervillains. Alexi Luthor, the Earth 2 counterpart of Lex Luthor, demands to know why Lex should be in command given he is just as smart. Brainiac responds that Alexi is correct and that the venture does not require two Luthors, then promptly vaporizes Alexi.
* Franchise/GreenLantern: The Star Sapphire gem once possessed a girl named Krystal so it could have a temporary body while it searched for its preferred host, Carol Ferris. It breaks into Carol's jet, {{Body Surf}}s into Carol, mocks Krystal as an inferior specimen unworthy of [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan's]] love, then flies away. Sadly, the confused, naked girl barely has enough time to ask what is going on before the jet crashes.
* In the comic of ''ComicBook/TheIncredibles'', this is what happens to Underminer when he objects to Xerek using him and the Incredibles-decorated mecha as a punching bag in a large scheme to discredit the supers.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from Franchise/{{Batman}} often does this with his henchmen after he feels they have fulfilled their purpose. Or even if they [[AxCrazy haven't, really]].
** Joker also repeatedly tries to do this to Harley Quinn - in part because he does have feelings for her and ''hates'' having those feelings. He regularly fails and she regularly comes back to him, and as time went on he stopped doing it... so often.
*** In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', [[spoiler:SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker reveals that he has done this to a long chain of Harley Quinns before the present one. He tries to do the same to her. However, she subverts it by escaping him and letting herself be put in prison]].
** He also does this often to allies, teammates and partners he doesn't particularly like - adaptations have made this a character trait: after getting what he wanted he tends to screw over the poor fools who thought it would be a good idea to work with him:
*** ''Film/{{Batman}} 1989'': Has him pretend to work with the mobsters of Gotham, and then just decide to kill them all on a whim.
*** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has him do this to Lex Luthor - granted, Luthor tried to kill him, but it's implied that Joker knew that would happen and had been planning this: this being stealing Luthor's prototype flying wing and blow up half of Metropolis.
*** In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' he does this twice: first against some big game hunter who hired him to steal an endangered species of leopard for him to hunt. Joker brings him the leopards, receives a pair of hyenas in return, and then immediately gasses the hunter so he can use his range to hunt Batman. Later, he eventually does this to Wrath and Scorn, who fail to realize that just because they think they're helping criminals doesn't mean Joker wants them to do his job for him.
*** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' has him do this to Black Mask - who hires him to kill the Red Hood. In order to get Hood's attention, he ties up the mobsters of Gotham, both the ones that work for Hood and Black Mask himself, and set them all on fire. Luckily Batman shows up this time.
* ''ComicBook/JonahHex'': In #10 of the original series, el Papagayo has his men transport the stolen gold across a rickety rope bridge. When they have carried the majority of of it across, he cuts the bridge down while they are on it so he will not have to share the gold.
* In ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires'', the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Shaki]] warns [[AntiVillain General Rasga]] about this concerning his alliance with [[EvilSorcerer Darkhell]]. His warning almost immediately proves correct when Darkhell indeed betrays Rasga two pages later:
--> '''General Rasga''': Darkhell, what are you doing ? We are allies!\\
'''Darkhell''': You should have listened the warrior Shaki... I have no ally. Just tools I throw out when they are of no more use to me.
* ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'': Vladek notes that in Auschwitz he saw the Polish smugglers who ratted him and Anja out to the Nazis once more. The smugglers had eventually been deported to the death camp as well, because the Nazis had no use for them anymore. He never saw them again.
* Once [[spoiler:the Mane Six reach her castle]] in issue #4 of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'', [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis decides she doesn't need to keep the CMC around anymore, mainly just to spare herself any more grief from their chattering. [[ImpliedDeathThreat And no, she doesn't intend to just let them go either]]...]]
* Junior from ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' offers a $20 million bounty for the ultimate get out of [[FireAndBrimstoneHell jail]] free card (as well as the heads of the people hiding it). Junior's henchmen were shocked at the amount:
-->'''Junior''': Money is nothing. Card is only thing that matters. Plus, will kill whoever brings it to me. Substantial savings.
* In ''ComicBook/SinCity'', Manute had [[TheMole a mole]] spying on the girls of Old Town for him. Once she gave him the information he needed, he ordered her killed. The mole does die, though not at the hands of the bad guys, but at the hands of Dwight and the girls of Old Town after they rescue their leader Gail, who the mole sold out.
* In ''[[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic Universe's]]'' "30 Years Later" storyline, [[KnightTemplar King Shadow]] [[spoiler:breaks Lien-Da's armband, causing her to fade into the time-line]] after she rescues him from stasis. This seems to be because she questioned [[spoiler:releasing Tikhaos.]]
* In ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'', Roderick Kingsley does this to Jason Macendale Jr., mostly because Jason gave the name Hobgoblin a bad rep and he was coming back to show everyone how it was done.
* The twisted relationship between [[Franchise/StarWars Dark Jedi]] Asajj Ventress and the warlord Osika Kirske who [[YouKilledMyFather killed her parents and her Jedi Master]]. After becoming a powerful dark sider and conquering her war-torn planet, she killed most of the warlords but spared Kirske and locked him in the deepest part of her dungeons. When Obi-Wan and the ARC trooper Alpha escaped the prison, they encountered Kirske, who accompanied them and explained his relationship to Asajj. He added that the most likely reason that he was alive was that Ventress needed an archnemesis, otherwise [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou she would have no one to hate]]. Unfortunately for Kirske, Obi-Wan had messed with Ventress enough by this point that he seemed to have taken Kirske's place as most hated enemy, and when the trio encountered her she beheaded the warlord without a second thought.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** In ''Adventure Comics #404'', Starfire's henchman Derek Ames succeeds at nullifying Supergirl's powers, but his boss has him shot anyway when she fears he will expose her operation.
** It happens at the end of ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton''. After meeting Supergirl, [[spoiler:[[BodySnatcher Worldkiller-1]]]] decides that he doesn't need its old host body anymore because the Kryptonian girl would make for a better container, and destroys its host.
* ''Comicbook/{{Superboy}}'' [[ComicBook/{{New52}} Volume Six]]: [[spoiler:Harvest wants him dead for this reason.]]
* Franchise/{{Tintin}}'s archnemesis, Roberto Rastapopoulos, shows his worst in ''Flight 714''. Along with his enemies/victims, he had plans to kill every one of his minions (with the possible exception of Allan, his [[TheDragon dragon]]) before his master plan was through. He doesn't get to carry out said plans, though.
** Rastapopoulos reveals this under TruthSerum that's he's been accidentally injected with, even telling the doctor who invented the serum that he was also meant to be killed instead of being paid off. The alarmed doctor promptly does a HeelFaceTurn, aiding Tintin in his efforts.
* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'' ''Autocracy'' Megatron and Orion Pax join forces against Zeta Primes oppressive rule, after Zeta Prime was shot by Megatron, he soon shoots Orion Pax, stating he has served his purpose.
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'' story "... And be a Bride of Chaos" [[spoiler:Dracula]] was going to feed on Pendragon. Fortunately, he was distracted.
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' The BigBad does this to the people who helped him with various parts of his master plan, so they won't be able to piece together what really happened. If it helps, he feels really, really sorry about having to do it. Honest. Applies to TheMovie too, though the elimination of certain story elements due to the RevisedEnding also cuts an entire ocean liner's worth of people that died for the cause in the comic.
* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': After he's overthrown, Torquemada is rescued by a group of die-hard Terminators. Before activating his weapon of mass destruction, he drives his sword through his last follower after he has served his purpose.
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': When TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt comes knocking, the dragons get rid of all their dragon knight servants/partners/protectors [[KillItWithFire rather spectacularly]] before [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere getting the hell out of Dodge]] through the same portal as the humans.

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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': [[BigBad Jinnai]] declared that [[BrokenAce Asuka]] [[BattleCouple and]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Shinji]] would be useless to him after the dummy plug system was ready and he would sell her into slavery.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': [[BattleCouple Shinji and Asuka]] -[[TrueCompanions together with Rei]]- had won victory after victory against [[{{EldritchAbomination}} giant alien monsters]]. Still, when they disobeyed a direct order Commander Gendo fired them -even though they had defeated the enemy-, stating that he had no need of pilots that disobeyed his orders now that he had the dummy plug system to control the [[HumongousMecha Evas]].
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Gendo planned [[spoiler:to get Asuka killed after getting her to carry his scheme forward]] because he would have not use for her afterwards.
** In chapter 5:
--->'''Gendo''':''"Each Child has one use and only one. The Second will soon be useless when everything is finished."''\\
'''Fuyutsuki''':''"You mean...she'll be killed."''\\
'''Gendo''':''"You know she's the only one capable of giving birth. And that's one of the reasons she has been designated as the Second Child. Her death is only a detail. I'm sure she'll be proud of her role in humankind's evolution."''
* Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries has this in Mortality. Culverton Smith [[ColdBloodedTorture tortures Holmes with an inch of his life]] and [[WhatAnIdiot gloats over the guy while he's dying.]] This, in turn, [[BigBrotherInstinct trips off Watson's protective instincts]] and ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes really pisses him off]]''. It doesn't help Smith that Watson most likely ''[[DeadlyDoctor kills Smith with his medical skills.]]''
* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:
** ''[[FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria Mare of Steel]]'': ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} uses [[GeneralRipper Steel Wing]] in order to gather intelligence on Rainbow Dash/Supermare, but when he decides that Steel Wing's too impulsive, he tips Princess Luna off to his actions and lets him get arrested (and also wipes all memory he has of Brainiac).
** The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' plays this interestingly in the [[BadFuture Dark World]], as Rancor[[spoiler:/Disruption]] pulls this on her ''[[WeaponOfChoice weapon]]'', the [[BladeOnAStick Concept Killing Spear]], destroying it as soon as it's fulfilled its purpose of [[spoiler:allowing her to steal Destruction's power from Discord]]. And this is {{justified|trope}}, since she's aware that the Spear could be [[HoistByHisOwnPetard used against her]], so disposes of it as soon as she doesn't need it anymore. It was also later explained that the gods had been ''wanting'' to destroy the dang thing for thousands of years.
** ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'': Awareness of this trope and the fact that [[BigBad Cetus]] will probably enact it the moment she stops being useful is why [[TheDragon Eclipse]] begins to [[TheStarscream plot against her]].
** ''FanFic/TheLongingverse'': [[spoiler: As soon as Bloodwing becomes an Alicorn, he steals the energy of his minion, Black. He got better... [[DrivenToMadness In a manner of speaking...]] ]]
** ''FanFic/TheStarsAscendant'' has Luna call out Discord for being an idiot; his betrayal of Equestria was inevitable, but it was stupid of him to betray Equestria to someone who was going to pull this trope on him the moment he didn't need Discord's help anymore.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4353865/1/Kage-no-Naruto Kage no Naruto]]'' takes this to an almost [[StupidEvil idiotic]] extreme. Naruto kills of several of his minions because they're no longer necessary. They're still very useful; just not necessary. Of course, given how his modus operandi seems to be ForTheEvulz, this is hardly surprising.
* ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'': Scar, having gone completely AxCrazy following [[spoiler:the conquest of the Pride Lands]], slaughters his hyena minions, figuring he doesn't need them anymore. This is what convinces his partner Hago to [[spoiler:[[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork kill him in preemptive self-defense]]]].
* The villains of ''Fanfic/PropheciesOfTheMorphingGrid'' dish these out as a matter of course. One particular instance is in the third story, where at what is otherwise a perfectly normal villain meeting, TheDragon, Dark Venom, [[TyrantTakesTheHelm who had been elected]] [[PresidentEvil President of the United States]] and has more than a little of TheAntichrist about him, suddenly and utterly nonchalantly executes two of the United Alliance of Evil's [[LesCollaborateurs human collaborators]], [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic paramilitary leader]] Colonel Wyman and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive robber-baron]] Sal Muldoon. Even the other villains are shocked at Venom's brutality, but he just shrugs and explains that he's already nationalized the two men's respective organizations, rendering them loose ends.
* In ''FanFic/AnAlternateKeitaroUrashima'', Ryuichi runs headlong into this after failing to sabotage Keitaro and Miyabi's relationship. Word gets back to his boss and he loses his job, but he clings to the hope Granny Hina will help him out. When he finally gets a chance to tell her what's happened, however, she completely blows him off, letting him know she doesn't give a damn what happens to him now that he's no longer useful to her.
* Parodied and subverted in ''FanFic/TealovesSteamyAdventure''. The Duchess tells Colt Skylark that he has failed her, and that the time has come to ''terminate'' him. Skylark, clearly familiar with this trope, checks to make sure he isn't standing on a trap door and looks around to see who's pointing a weapon at him. Instead, the Duchess hands him a stack of papers and explains that [[RealityEnsues it's his notice of termination of employment]], and now he just needs to sign the non-disclosure clause, the non-compete clause, etc etc.
* ''FanFic/AgesOfShadow'': After [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Brenner]] loses his duel to [[TheHero Trace]], [[FallenHero Jade]]/[[AGodAmI Yade Khan]] doesn't hesitate to step in and rip out his [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Sun Soul]], leaving Brenner comatose. While there is certainly a bit of YouHaveFailedMe at work, it's mostly this trope -- Brenner was needed to reconnect Jade with her [[ReligionOfEvil Shadow Walkers]], and to create both the Yade Khan game as a means of collecting soul energy and the technology to track down the other Sun Souls. With all that done, the presence of both the Walkers and Jade's [[DealWithTheDevil pact]] with Alonso to act on the resources and information provided by Brenner leaves Brenner himself redundant and no longer needed.
** Just before the FinalBattle, Jade disbands the Shadow Walkers, since she no longer needs servants on Earth if she's going to be free to roam it. To her credit, however, she gives them all a chance to try and waylay Trace and his friends, though really this just means reducing them to {{cannon fodder}}.
* Said almost verbatim by [[spoiler: Evil!Alice]] to Arawn in the second sequel to ''[[Fanfic/DisneysWarACrossoverStory Disney's War - A Crossover Story]]'', titled ''The Final Adventure'', after Arawn has let the heroes sneak into her bedroom to try to assassinate her.
--> [[spoiler: Evil!Alice]]: "While you’ve been ever so helpful to me, Arawn, so loyal, I’m afraid your usefulness has ended."
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', the [[VillainTeamUp alliance]] between Lucius Malfoy and Baron Von Strucker comes to a sudden end when [[spoiler: Malfoy decides [[GeneralFailure Strucker]] is a liability and kills him (after drugging him and stealing the secrets of controlling the Winter Soldier), seizing control of HYDRA in the process.]]
* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': A rare ([[GreyAndGrayMorality somewhat]]) heroic example. Unlike the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates original story]], Garon gives his permission to Corrin to kill Hans in revenge for [[spoiler: stabbing her friend, Lilith, in the back with his ax,]] stating that he no longer has need for him anymore.

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* [[spoiler:Rourke]] does this to [[spoiler:Helga]] in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''. Similarly to the situation in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', they're elevating on an aircraft, their evil scheme almost succeeded, but the aircraft is too heavily loaded to ascend. [[spoiler:Rourke throws Helga overboard, but she manages to live for another few seconds and shoots Rourke's zeppelin.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', a downplayed version occurs where Gru was originally going to leave the girls at an amusement park after [[spoiler:they unknowingly helped him steal the Shrink Ray from Vector. After enjoying the day with them, he changes his mind.]]
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': Professor Ratigan kicks his minion Fidget into the Thames because the aircraft they're flying is too heavy. While falling, Fidget screams about his inability to fly or swim. KickTheDog, indeed. [[spoiler:Though a Magazine/DisneyAdventures comic reveals Fidget survived and pulled a HeelFaceTurn]].
* Judge Frollo ordered to have Captain Phoebus killed in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' because Phoebus refused to burn down an innocent family's house - with the family still inside. Doubles as YouHaveFailedMe.
* DOR-15 or "Doris" pulls it on [[spoiler:the Bowler Hat Guy]] in the alternate future climax of ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons''.
* Backfires in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' when [[spoiler:the mayor attempts to dispose of Rattlesnake Jake.]]
* Medusa tried to pull it on Snoops in the original ''[[Disney/TheRescuers Rescuers]]'' movie. It didn't work out.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'', Zoom hires the Rogues to capture Flash. Once they do, Zoom reveals [[WhyAmITicking he planted bombs on them all]]. Only the Justice League's intervention saves them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', Lord Business demonstrates [[MoralEventHorizon how even more evil he is]] by [[KicktheDog leaving his lieutenant Bad Cop to die in the Think Tank with the Master Builders after he's set it to self-destruct]], because now that his plan's achieving its completion, why would he need him anymore?
* [[spoiler:Prince Hans]] to [[spoiler:Anna]] in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. True, it's MurderByInaction as she's very sick and he simply chooses to leave her to die, and true he probably knew what she was asking of him would never have worked anyway... but you can see the moment that this trope occurs to him, whereupon he gives her a BreakThemByTalking treatment to speed up her decline that's very much this trope.
** Possibly his later attack on [[spoiler:Elsa]] is also this, though he might have genuinely thought the country would be un-cursed when she died.
* ''WesternAnimation/LaBalladeDesDalton'': [[spoiler:The Daltons plan to kill Lucky Luke once they no longer need him to collect Henry Dalton's estate]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnlimitedMechVsMutants'' sees [[spoiler: the Penguin try to invoke this on Freeze after the latter creates a serum that can turn Killer Croc, Chemo, Bane, and Clayface into monsters and they freeze over Gotham, though Freeze survives and later helps the heroes.]]

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* In ''Film/AngelsAndDemons'', TheDragon is ''retired with prejudice'' after having dealt with [[spoiler:or tried to kill, in the fourth case anyway]] the four cardinals. This is especially conspicuous after it was revealed his client institution was a long-term repeat customer.
-->''You know, when they call me, and they '''all''' call me, it is so important to them that I know what they ask is the Lord's will.''
* Played in an interesting way in ''Film/AmericanUltra''. [[spoiler:Yates]] is killed in part because he denies [[spoiler:that his ''massively illegal'' operation to kill ''one'' former assassin on US territory, that has repeatedly failed and cost the CIA ''many'' good agents]] was at all, in any way, a bad idea, and that [[TooDumbToLive he intended to continue pushing for more attempts at this particular stupid idea if released]]. One of the few cases of a more or less "Good Guy" pulling this, due to the sheer incompetence, stupidity and malice displayed by the victim.
* ''Film/{{Annie 2014}}'':
** A LighterAndSofter take on the trope. Guy shrugs off telling Hannigan that after the election, the "real parents" will just "dump her back in the system", but he isn't even certain that's true. Nobody actually says they're going to kill Annie, but once she leaves with her "real parents" and the truth comes out, it is treated as though she is in ''grave'' danger.
** Also Guy does this to [[spoiler:Hannigan]] by [[spoiler:hiring the fake parents himself, and cutting Hannigan out of the deal, leading to her HeelFaceTurn]].
* ''Film/TheAvengers1998''. After Sir August's WeatherControlMachine is finished he murders the scientists who helped him build it.
* In the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'', it combines with a VillainousBreakdown as the Joker responds to his own master plan's failure by requesting a handgun from his most loyal psycho-henchman Bob, only to shoot Bob point-blank for not telling him Batman "had one of those... things!"
* ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Lothos to Amilyn, without a word. Lothos plays a violin, then gives Amilyn a very unsympathetic smile. Then Amilyn gets killed.
* Subverted in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' as a minor PetTheDog moment for the villain. When Dr. Zola notices that there's only enough room in the escape craft for one, it seems as though Red Skull is leaving him to die in the self-destructing base. But nope, Red Skull hands him the keys to his personal CoolCar and tells him not to scratch the paint job. Oh, but surely there's a bomb in the car. Right? Again, nope; Zola just starts the car and drives off to safety. As Red Skull's top scientist, Zola is a bit harder to replace than {{Mooks}} or even EliteMooks and this way, Zola will be able to deliver the Skull's favorite car to him while he's at it.
** It's also invoked by Col. Phillips to Dr. Zola [[spoiler:after he's been captured by the SSR.]]
* In ''Film/{{Casino}}'', the Chicago bosses order ThePurge because of a combination of this and HeKnowsTooMuch.
* The [[TheFilmOfTheBook film version]] of ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'' has the drug cartel spy Felix Cortez [[NeckSnap snap Moira Wolfe's neck]] after getting from her the information his employer desired.[[note]]This is in contrast to the book, where she's left alive, but made unavailable due to Escobedo using the information that Cortez had collected for an attack on a US delegation visiting Colombia. After the US discovers the source of the leak and gets her cooperation in capturing him, his returning to the US would result in being arrested.[[/note]]
* ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}'', threatened a number of times but never actually played straight. Mostly because the characters take steps to ensure they still are useful.
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. The BigBad [[spoiler:Gabriel]] disposes of his ally [[spoiler:Balthasar]] after he completes his mission to draw out Angela Dodson.
* ''Film/{{Cypher}}'': People keep warning the protagonist that his current employer will do this to him. Then when he decides to betray that employer and work with the one who warned him about it, someone else warns him that his new employers will do the same. [[spoiler:Doesn't actually happen to him, but it does happen with Finster and Callaway and their {{Mooks}} who, after being used to help retrieve the MacGuffin, are blown up by Rooks as he makes his escape.]]
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'':
** In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Scarecrow does this to [[spoiler:Carmine Falcone]] not only because he isn't useful anymore, but also because HeKnowsTooMuch and threatens to blackmail Scarecrow with it.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
*** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker does this to the entire mob, who hire him to take out Batman only to wish they hadn't as Joker's machinations ruin and eventually kill them - the only one who doesn't get killed by Joker is Maroni, who gets Two-Face set on him instead.
*** In the opening bank robbery, nonetheless, the Joker walks away with the entire $68 million haul for himself, tricking his clowns into shooting each other, and only needing to kill ''one'' person (the bus driver).
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Bane does this to Daggett. Earlier, he does this on the two men who capture Gordon and deliver him to Bane. Bane breaks the first guy's neck, then tells the second one he'll kill him as soon as he searches Gordon's pockets. [[UndyingLoyalty The henchman follows orders up to the end]]. After Gordon escapes, Bane shoots the henchman and drops his body in the storm drain outflow.
* As soon as [[EvilBrit Francis]] reveals to {{Film/Deadpool}} that he can't fix Wade's face, his minutes are numbered.
* Near the end of ''Film/DemolitionMan'', the main villain Simon Phoenix tries to unfreeze all the criminals held in the cry-prison at once to kickstart his new dystopia. He thanks the prison's cryo-stasis technicians for their help, before gunning them all down because he no longer has any use for them.
* ''Franchise/DieHard'':
** ''Film/DieHard'': Hans Gruber's willingness to blow up the Nakatomi building's roof when Karl was up there chasing [=McClane=] might have been an earlier example of this trope, as the original film's [[TheDragon Dragon]] had become so obsessed with avenging his brother that he was becoming an unmanagable liability to Gruber's plans.
** The villains of ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' are quite fond of this trope. They execute everyone they have contact with once they're through with them.
* Subverted in the only clever moment in the ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' film. Damodar begs Profion to take out the parasite in his head as promised, and the spell Profion casts knocks him away and to the floor, apparently killing him. However, Damodar then gets right back up as the parasite leaves.
** Though in the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] sequel it turned out he was cursed and became undead.
* Inverted in ''Film/EndOfDays''. Satan resurrects several of his minions after Jericho kills them because they still might prove useful to him.
* In ''Film/TheEnforcer'', when the girlfriend of one of the terrorists is gravely wounded by a police officer during a robbery, he asks Bobby to help him carry her back to the van. Bobby tells him she's dead and taking her with them would slow them down. Her boyrfiend says she isn't dead. Bobby reiterates his opinion she's dead by emptying his revolver into her.
* In ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'', Hugh J. Magnate does this to Mr. Crocker.
* ''Film/AFairlyOddSummer'': Foop intends to kill Crocker after the Abra-Cadabrium is destroyed.
* In ''Film/Firestorm1998'', Randall Alexander Shaye systematically kills each of the convicts who helped him escape once they's stopped being useful/become a liability.
* A nonfatal example in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'', Cobra Commander leaves Destro to rot in prison, telling him he's "out of the band".
* In ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', Jimmy murders all of his cohorts in the Lufthansa heist (except [[TrueCompanions Henry and Tommy]]) so he won't have to split the loot with them or risk them constantly blabbing about it.
* ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'' has a rather touching subversion. Martin Blank has, throughout the film, been set up as a ruthless and highly efficient hitman. Towards the end of the film, when he realizes he has to go on the run and possibly abandon his career, he orders his assistant/secretary Marcella to cover their traces, and then tells her to look under her desk. She immediately freezes up, expecting this trope to be in force, and looks under the desk. There is a package duct taped there... but it turns out to be a huge bundle of cash.
* ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer'': When Kane and his two companions are released from their entombment, he almost immediately kills one to weed out his remaining opposition.
* In ''Film/IronMan1'', [[spoiler:Obadiah Stane]] has Raza and his men killed after getting Tony's first armor suit and its plans.
-->'''Raza:''' I hope you'll repay me with the gift of iron soldiers.
-->(''[[spoiler:Stane]] paralyzes Raza'')
-->[[spoiler:'''Stane:''']] (''in Urdu'') This is the only gift you shall receive.
** He later almost kills [[spoiler:Pepper Pots]] after getting the Iron Monger suit.
* ''Film/JamesBond'' villains are fond of this trope.
** Stated by Red Grant to Bond on the train scene in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''. The only reason SPECTRE kept Bond alive up to that point was for him to get the Lektor, and with it within their grasp, Bond and Tatiana are now expendable. Unfortunately for SPECTRE, things don't go as planned.
** Auric Film/{{Goldfinger}} thanks his various criminal counterparts for helping him smuggle in all the necessary bits and pieces for his nefarious scheme, then [[BoardToDeath proceeds to kill them all]]. Well, all except the one who wanted out. He kills him, too, but [[ThrownFromTheZeppelin that's a different trope]].
** In ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', Angelo Palazzi, the impersonator, demanded a raise immediately before his mission of stealing the nuclear warhead. He smugly points out that with so much time and effort already spent on the plot, there's no way SPECTRE would walk away from it now, certainly not over a pay dispute. His boss, Emilio Largo, was not pleased and kills him right after he delivers the goods.
*** In the book and in ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'', the impersonator is [[LoveInterest Domino's]] brother, and is killed because he was a direct link to the BigBad (his sister being the BigBad's mistress) and the chance he might start blabbing to someone.
** ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''. After Blofeld gets enough diamonds to create his [[FrickinLaserBeams Laser]] KillSat, he sends his assassins Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd to execute the members of his diamond smuggling ring.
** ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. After Dr. Bechmann and Professor Markovitz completed the submarine tracking system for Stromberg, he called them in, congratulated them, and told them he was transferring $20 million to their Swiss bank accounts. After he sent them off in a helicopter, he blew it up by remote control and sent a message cancelling the money transfer.
*** A possible case with the '' Liparus'' and crew happens later. ''Immediately'' after the nuclear missiles detonate, the ship is rocked by explosions and begins to sink. It is entirely possible that fires from the earlier battle reached the ship's fuel or ammo storage, but the timing suggests this may have been a factor as well. The ship had completely served its purpose by that point after-all.
** ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'': Blofeld fatally electrocutes the helicopter pilot who delivered Bond into his trap. Blofeld tells Bond, "Don't concern yourself with the pilot... one of my less useful people."
** ''Film/AViewToAKill'': After his workers finish setting up a plan, Max Zorin not only detonates the explosives early while people are still in the caves, but then proceeds to take out an assault rifle and gun down all the survivors. While ''[[PutTheLaughterInSlaughter laughing the entire time.]]''
** However, ''Film/LicenceToKill'' averted it: When TheDragon asks why they don't just kill the corrupt cop they bribed, the BigBad insists that loyalty is important to him, and pays up the bribe as promised. The guy ''does'' die, but at Bond's hands.
*** But later in the film, when being chided by a lackey about the cost of losing two tanker trucks full of heroin dissolved in gasoline to Bond's actions, he declares that "...it's time to start cutting overhead", and [[OffingTheMouth guns down the lackey with an Uzi]].
** ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'': During the standoff on Carver's ship, Film/JamesBond is holding BigBad Elliot Carver's tech genius, Gupta, hostage at gunpoint in order to get him to release Wai Lin, who Carver himself has taken hostage. After Gupta confirms that Carver's stolen missiles are ready to fire on Beijing, Carver promptly kills him, declaring, "It seems you have outlived your contract."
** In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', [=LeChiffre=] himself is killed by his superior Mr. White for not being reliable enough.
--->'''Mr. White''': Money isn't as valuable to our organization as knowing who to trust.
* Quentin Turnbull does this to Adleman Lusk in ''Film/JonahHex''. Lusk says that he will hang if Turnbull's scheme fails and Turnbull promises him that he will not hang.
* In ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'', Ivan Ooze commands the brainwashed citizens of Angel Grove to return to the construction site he was freed from and leap off the tall cliff there after construction of his Ecto-Morphicon Titans is done. It's implied he did this to the last group of people to do the same when the machines were built. It's subverted, though, since the kids of Angel Grove are able to hold them back long enough for the Rangers to defeat Ooze and break the trance.
* In the movie ''Film/MysteryMen'', Casanova Frankenstein kills his own men for no other reason than to show that [[VillainBall he is so evil]].
** That and he wasn't willing to wait for them to get out of the way before activating the booby trap that would prevent the advancing heroes from reaching him.
* From ''Film/TheOmen1976'', Damien (aka TheAntichrist) is given to the Thorn family in order to secure financial and political power and will dispose of them once it is certain that he will inherit their wealth.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', Lord Beckett orders the execution of [[spoiler:Elizabeth's father]] because he hasn't got any use for him anymore now that he gained full authority and [[spoiler:the ex-governor]] got too curious about the MacGuffin.
* In ''Film/PitchBlack'', Johns constantly warns the others that if they give Riddick the opportunity to betray them and escape the planet by himself, he'll leave them all behind to die. They delay bringing all the power cells to the skiff until the last minute, but they held off too long and the aliens wake up. [[spoiler:He's proven right, since as soon as Riddick gets the chance, he steals the cells and traps the other survivors in a cave, planning to take off alone. Carolyn's willingness to sacrifice herself for the other two motivates him to go back and rescue them.]]
* In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', when Murphy and Lewis are chasing Clarence Boddicker and his gang, Boddicker sacrifices one of his henchmen because the henchman is injured and has just bumbled their robbery by inadvertently burning the money. Boddicker throws him from through the cop car's windshield from the villains getaway vehicle while uttering the immortal line, "Can you fly Bobby?"
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', [[spoiler:Irene Adler]] is quickly killed off because of this.
* Non-fatal example in the first ''Film/SpyKids'' movie: After Alexander Minion gets the third brain, and reveals himself to be the film's real BigBad, he has Floop (the guy who thought ''he'' was controlling everything) [[AndIMustScream locked up in a virtual prison]].
* In ''Stahlnetz: PSI'', two brothers kidnap a little girl for ransom. Then, once they record her voice to prove she is alive, one brother, Larry, reveals that he intends to kill the girl, as [[HeKnowsTooMuch she had seen them]]. And when the other brother objects, Larry [[MoralEventHorizon beats him up and locks him together with the girl to die]]
* Surprisingly, the Sith mastermind Darth Sidious in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' series only does this twice, and both in ''Revenge of the Sith.'' Count Dooku doesn't realize how expendable he is until Sidious orders his replacement, the future Darth Vader, to execute him. Then, once the Separatist leaders have done their job, Sidious informs them that he is sending Vader to "take care of them." Naturally, this means Vader locks the door and slaughters them. Vader's sweetheart Padmé probably would've also been discarded by Sidious, if Vader hadn't accidentally done that himself.
** He does it a third...or is that first?...time in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', when he urges Luke to finish off Vader and take his place at the Emperor's side.
** Three times in ''Revenge of the Sith'': the book states that he would have killed Grievous if he had won against Obi-Wan.
** It sounds strange, but it's part of the Sith doctrine: kill the other if you can form a stronger duo without him. A Sith apprentice is fully aware that their master may replace them someday… Reciprocally, as a master, if your apprentice doesn't plan to kill you, you are not doing your master's job.
** Sidious did this to his master, Darth Plagueis, after his election to the chancellorship was secured. The ExpandedUniverse establishes that this was done with force lightning and a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
** He also likely would have arranged to have Darth Maul disposed of at some point during the Clone War, had he not been defeated by Obi-Wan Kenobi's hands earlier.
* In ''Film/SupermanII'', Lex Luthor aids the Kryptonian supervillains by giving them information on Superman and is rewarded twice with the threat of death.
** First he leads them to Perry White's office and Lois Lane, with the expectation that where she is, Superman will soon show up (and he does). Zod then says "Kill the rest. Starting with him (Luthor)". After the fight with Superman is over, Luthor gives Zod "Superman's address" (the Fortress of Solitude, which Luthor discovered earlier).
** After Superman surrenders to Zod to save Lois' life, Zod says "We have no more use for this one. Kill him. (Luthor)" However, this is a ploy to let Luthor gain useful information from Superman (Non is about to kill Luthor as Zod commanded but stops at a quiet word from Zod).
* In ''Film/TheThieves'', Wei Hong shoots [[spoiler:the Korean detective]] in the head once he has disposed of the Hong Kong police inspector.
* In ''Film/ThirtyDaysOfNight'', "[[NoNameGiven the Stranger]]" is a [[TheQuisling Quisling]] who sabotages every means of communication and transport in the town to allow the vampires to freely prey on the townsfolk, [[VampireVannabe on the condition that they turn him into one of them]] once they're done. After slaughtering most of the townsfolk (bar the protagonists), the vampires find him locked up in the local sheriff's office. Of course, they refuse to uphold their end of the bargain.
** They also do this in a more sympathetic example to a young girl. They injure her and use her as bait to draw out other people. The plans fails, and they promptly dispose of her afterwards.
* In ''Film/ThirtyMinutesOrLess'', Dwayne and Travis kidnap a pizza boy, strap a bomb to his chest, and threaten to blow him up unless he robs a bank. When he succeeds, Dwayne reveals that he never had any intention of letting him live, and attempts to detonate the bomb, but Travis stops him.
* In ''Film/TimeBandits'', Kevin demands that Evil call off his skull-headed monsters or he'll destroy the map. Evil replies, "Very well. I have no more need of them," and destroys all the monsters, then goes a step further and kills ''all'' his remaining minions.
* Happens in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''. [[spoiler:Megatron orders Soundwave and Laserbeak to kill their human workers who have served their purpose (I.E. Keeping the ''Ark's'' existence on the moon a secret). One notable example is when Laserbeak murders one worker's family, ''including his daughter who may not have even known her dad was working for the Decepticons.'']]
-->'''Megatron:''' It's time to eliminate loose ends.\\
'''Soundwave:''' [[spoiler:(''As newspaper clippings of dead NASA employees from the past decades appear onscreen.'')]] Laserbeak, [[KillEmAll Kill them all.]]
* In ''Film/TheTransporter'', the 3 bank robbers at the beginning of the film are quietly reminded by the transporter that the conditions to using his car as a getaway car is that there is to be 3 people in the car at one time....they failed to realize he meant the driver as well. So, one of the bank robbers shoots another in the head and tosses him out the door. [[spoiler:They get caught anyway, but only some time ''after'' the transporter has successfully evaded the police and delivered them to their drop-off point.]]
* In ''Film/{{Trespass}}'', Kyle refuses to cooperate, because he is afraid the robbers will kill them once he does.
* Clu does this to [[spoiler:Castor and Gem]] in ''Film/TRONLegacy''.
* In ''Film/UnderSiege2DarkTerritory'', the BigBad interrogates two lovers by threatening to [[EyeScream shove a red-hot needle into the woman's eye]]. After they panic and tell him the codes he wants, he thanks them and emotionlessly has them thrown out the train to their deaths.
* In ''Film/WeekendAtBernies'', the [[TheMafia mob boss]] Bernie contacted to kill Richard and Larry for stumbling upon his insurance fraud scheme has the hitman kill Bernie instead, becuase Bernie's greed had led him to get sloppy, putting his organization at risk. Oh, and [[spoiler: Bernie was having an affair with the mob boss's girlfriend]].
* ''Film/TheWildGeese'': the mercenaries recruited by Matheson to rescue Limbani become redundant once Matheson concludes his mining contract. Rather than recall the mercenaries - who would need to be paid! - Matheson recalls their escape plane, leaving them stranded in hostile territory.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Downplayed. In ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', Magneto [[spoiler:leaves Mystique behind when [[BroughtDownToNormal her mutation is removed]]]] and genuinely feels bad about it. She repays him in kind by working against him.
*** It makes a bit more sense [[spoiler:when you consider the original ending of the movie. When Magneto is at the park bench at the end, Mystique was supposed to be sitting next to him, implying that Magneto's rejection of her and her subsequent betrayal were both actually staged to lower the defenses of Alcatraz Island later.]]
** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', after Bob Hendry [[spoiler:helps place missiles in Turkey, Shaw no longer needs him. He takes the energy from an exploded grenade and sinks it all into Hendry.]]
* In ''Film/XXx'', the villains test out a deadly nerve gas on [[spoiler:the scientists who developed it for them]].
* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Comicbook/LexLuthor has [[TheDragon Anatoli]] kill [[spoiler: the key witness to the Nairomi incident, who Lex had threatened into lying to the Senate to frame Comicbook/{{Superman}} for a massacre in Africa]]. She's smart enough to realise what's happening after seeing Anatoli and some {{Mooks}} waiting at her house for her, and tries to avert this trope by [[spoiler: confessing to June Finch what she's done]], without success. Also, once [[spoiler: Wallace O'Keefe and the Senate sub-commitee headed by June Finch]] have [[UnwittingPawn done their job]] helping turn public opinion against the Man of Steel, Lex has them all killed in an explosion.

* The BigBad of ''Literature/QuiteUglyOneMorning'' has this as his MO. [[spoiler: Doesn't work out so well for him in the end.]]
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the main villain does this to some lower-class criminals that were used for the dirty work. Unsurprisingly, as they knew "too much".
* In ''Literature/AllTheWrongQuestions'', Hangfire attempts to drown Dame Sally Murphy once he doesn't need her anymore.
* In the Creator/GeorgeOrwell novel ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', Old Major names this trope as one of the chief evils committed by man against animals, citing that "the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty." When Napoleon takes over the farm, he has [[spoiler:the big draft horse Boxer sold to the knacker's to have his throat cut and his remains boiled down for the foxhounds the very day his great muscles lose their power, and the dogs drowned in a pond when they become old and toothless.]] Unsurprisingly, he is shown to be [[FullCircleRevolution no better]], or possibly even ''worse'', than farmer Jones, who the animals overthrew near the start.
* Visser One from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is downright pathological about this, as revealed in [[VillainEpisode VISSER]]. Over the course of the narrative she goes through seven hosts, killing them one by one once she's got someone better and they're no longer of any use.
** Visser Three too, though he's much less pragmatic and much more AxCrazy about it, killing his subordinates on a whim. You don't even ''need'' to fail him to earn a messy death, though it certainly helps.
* A variation in ''Literature/{{Shogun}}''. [[MagnificentBastard Toranaga]] is well aware that Yabu is TheStarscream, and has in fact betrayed him at a potentially crucial time, and this is the official reason for ordering him to commit seppuku. However, Toranaga would not have done this if Yabu hadn't outlived his usefulness at the same time, since Toranaga knew he was treacherous right from the start, and made alliances with him anyway because he was useful.
* The resident MagnificentBastard, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a habit of doing this to catspaws such as [[spoiler:Ser Dontos and Lady Lysa]] that had either fulfilled their purpose or become too much of a liability to his plans.
** In [[spoiler:Dontos']] case, Littlefinger points out that the man had fulfilled his purpose- [[spoiler:delivering Sansa to him]], and the only thing he could do now was betray him, since he would likely drink through the money Littlefinger offered him and then betray them to Cersei for the reward [[spoiler:on Sansa, who was thought to have killed Joffrey]].
** Let's not forget about [[spoiler: Lysa Arryn! He wedded and (re-)bedded her, and then promptly pushed her out of a ridiculously high window when she became hysterical and threatened/attempted to kill her own niece out of jealousy. She was useful as a stepping stone to power, poisoning her own husband on his orders and later marrying him and granting him a title far above his heriditary station. However, once he married, he had everything she could offer him and no longer needed her.]]
** Robb suspects that the Lannisters will have Sansa killed once she gives Tyrion a child who can inherit Winterfeell.
** When the Freys tell Brynden "The Blackfish" Tully that they'll hang his nephew Edmure unless he surrenders Riverrun, the Blackfish wisely notes that they're planning on killing him anyway, so their threats are empty.
* Zandramas, the BigBad of ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad The Malloreon]]'', does this approximately fifty times in five books. Had to catch a ship? Sink it as soon as you're off. Don't need an escort any more? Break their legs and leave them for the lions. While Zandramas had a lot of bad habits, this was the one she indulged in most often.
* In ''Blonde Genius'' by Creator/JTEdson, cat burglar Gus Saunders is ejected from a plane without a parachute when after he has served TheSyndicate's purpose by robbing Bekinsop's Academy.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Valerius knows Amalric will kill him as soon as the trope came into play, and so works hard on TakingYouWithMe.
* In a particularly cruel example, Raistlin Majere does this to [[spoiler:Crysania]] near the end of ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Legends'', telling [[spoiler:her]], "Farewell, [[spoiler:Revered Daughter]]. I need you no longer."
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', the [[PsychoForHire psycho killer]] assassin [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Teatime Mr. Teatime]] ''always'' does this, even to hostages and bribees, creeping out other guys who only "won't hesitate to kill anybody between them and some gold." He's described as being one of the rare ''literal'' examples of "someone who will kill you as soon as look at you".
** In ''Discworld/TheTruth'', a pair of villains plan to kill their Lord Vetinari look-alike once "his face no longer fits". Luckily, he is rescued in time.
** The villain in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' also does this, thereby enabling Vetinari to [[RevealingCoverup deduce his plan]] from the string of bodies left behind.
** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' Lord Hong has Two Fire Herb killed after he's done with the Resistance. However, because Two Fire Herb had enough foresight to ask for a promise that Hong would neither write or say an order for his execution, Lord Hong makes an origami man. Without a head.
** In ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', the [[TheEvilPrince Duke]] (a dab hand with poisons) catches the antidote-dosed King Olerve off-guard by simply hiring an assassin with a crossbow and a fast horse. Death assures the King's ghost that the assassin's horse isn't fast enough: [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: He allowed the Duke to provide him with a packed lunch ]]
* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', Baron Vladimir Harkonnen [[IHaveYourWife has Yueh's wife kidnapped]] to coerce him into betraying the house of Atreides, then [[ReleasedToElsewhere "frees" his wife]] and [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves "reunites" him with her]], because "he [[IGaveMyWord always keeps his promises]]". (However, Yueh had [[GambitPileup already guessed the Baron's intentions and planned a posthumous revenge]].)
** In a variation, Baron Harkonnen -- after surviving an assassination attempt by his nephew and baronial heir Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen -- reaches an agreement in which he will forgive this attempt on his life if his nephew agrees to wait until the Baron feels that his heir is properly prepared to take the throne, at which time he will step aside willingly (a sort of "''I'' Have Outlived ''My'' Usefulness").
** At several points Baron Harkonnnen muses on the eventual need to this to his Mentat, Piter de Vries. [[SubvertedTrope Then Piter is killed in an assassination attempt on the Baron while the Baron still finds him useful]].
* In Literature/TheEmperorsSoul, Shai is smart enough to know this is going to happen to her after she completes her task to Forge a new soul for the Emperor, despite promises to the contrary, and therefore plans from the start how to avoid it.
* The BigBad in the last ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'' book does this ''so much'' it's almost like a RunningGag by the end. Sometimes, the "usefulness" was simply setting this situation up for ''other'' minions! [[spoiler:This comes back to bite him in the ass ''big time'', though it takes longer than one might expect.]]
* In the ''Literature/FirebirdTrilogy'', wastelings are the third- and fourth-born children of Netaian royals and nobles, conceived and raised only to make sure their family's line doesn't die out; once the line of succession is secured (their eldest sibling has two children), they are legally required to commit suicide. Refusal to commit suicide means that they are publicly executed instead.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': Voldemort kills [[spoiler:Snape ]] because he believed that [[spoiler:Snape needed to die at his hand in order to gain control of the Elder Wand]]. Ironically, Voldemort failed to notice the slightly greater crime of [[spoiler:continually betraying him for the last eighteen years]].
** He also kills Bertha Jorkins in the fourth book because she is of no use to him anymore.
** Honestly, this trope serves as [[EvilCounterpart Voldemort's biggest contrast with Harry]]; [[MagneticHero Harry inspires loyalty]] [[PowerOfFriendship from his friends]] while Voldemort uses fear tactics. [[spoiler:His insistence on using this trope is what ultimately leads to his undoing. Not only does Narcissa Malfoy betray him at a critical moment, but his Death Eaters start to abandon him during the final fight.]]
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/HaveSpaceSuitWillTravel''. Two of the Wormfaces' human minions receive this treatment. When the Wormfaces have no more use for them, they kill the minions and turn them into soup [[ImAHumanitarian so the Wormfaces' can eat them]].
* In ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Mockingjay]]'', Coin didn't want Katniss to use her influence to recommend someone else for President after the war, and since she had already united the districts against the Capitol, she tried to pull this on her. By sending her BrainwashedAndCrazy kind-of ex-boyfriend to do it.
* ''Literature/InDeath'': When there's a partnership of two bad guys, you can be reasonably sure one of them will kill the other and state this trope.
* ''Literature/JackRyan'':
** In ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'', the terrorist BigBad does this twice in the course of his plot to nuke the United States. First, he has the East German nuclear physicist who helps them build their bomb executed once it's been completed. Then, he does the same thing to the American collaborator who helps them deliver it. In a memorable subversion, however, the physicist is killed before he can impart a crucial piece of information that causes the bomb's yield to be much lower than intended, providing the clue by which the U.S. is able to unravel the plot.
** Played straight in ''Dead or Alive'' by the terrorist group, who kills all but two people who worked with them while they were setting up for their attacks. The two exceptions were the prostitute hired to service the group's leader and the woman who was extracting the information from the Yucca Flats employee: the former didn't know anything that could compromise them, and the latter was deemed to be too much of a risk to kill because she might have left behind evidence to be released on her death.
* In the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' prequel books, Marilena Carpathia, the mother of the future Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia, was killed off when Nicolae, still a child, was old enough to be cared for by his mentor Viv Ivins. His [[HasTwoMommies two biological fathers]], who were living together off payments from the corporation that funded the genetic project that brought forth Nicolae, were later [[BuryYourGays killed off]].
** In fact, this happens to anyone within Nicolae's close circle of friends and associates in the Global Community.
* ''Literature/JamesBond''
** In ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'', BigBad Largo has the pilot he bribed to steal two nukes killed, both to avoid having to pay him and so he doesn't start running his mouth to his sister, who is Largo's mistress and ignorant of the plot.
** Bond's supposed role as a hired gun in Anton Murik's big plan in ''Literature/LicenceRenewed'' is to assassinate the [[TerroristsWithoutACause terrorist-for-hire]] Franco after he has succesfully collected the money from the extortion of nations. Bond (rightfully) suspects that such fate will befall on him as well after his part.
** After the bad guys in ''Literature/TheManWithTheRedTattoo'' gain the control of [=CureLab Inc.=] from Shinji Fujimoto, they have their assassin Kappa stab him to death.
* BigBad Sarapen from ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'' has a human minion who is under the impression that Sarapen will [[VampireWannabe turn him into a Werewolfe]] if he performs a certain task. Since Werewolves are born not bit in these books, he gets this trope instead. [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Rewarded as a traitor to his species deserves]].
* In ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', the BigBad Storm King rather casually obliterates EvilSorcerer Pryrates after the latter is finished summoning him back into Osten Ard from his exile in undeath. At least, in this case, he has a justification: Pryrates tries to pull a [[TheStarscream Starscream]] on him but forgets that EvilIsNotAToy. And in all fairness, the Storm King did warn him that he would be [[ExactWords first among mortals]].
* "The Roads We Take" by Creator/OHenry: "Bolivar cannot carry double."
* ''Literature/TheRadix'': Right after Jordan Rayne hands the (fake) Radix to Taft-Ryder Farmaceuticals's agent, he shoots her.
* The [[spoiler:octospiders]] in [[strike:Gentry Lee]] ArthurCClarke's sequels to ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama'' are ''good'' guys who do this. To themselves, voluntarily.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': This is how [[spoiler: Count Bricemer]] intends to reward the crew of the Quicksilver once they've returned with the [[MacGuffin gem of Zosia]] in ''Reynard the Fox''. [[spoiler: Reynard is smart enough to see this coming from a mile away.]]
* In ''Literature/StarTrekTheEugenicsWars'' Khan is given a recipe for gene-enhanced strep-A that can be used for biological warfare. Once he has the formula down, his first test subject was the man who brought it to him.
* The planet Despayre in the ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse, as depicted in the novel "Death Star", and before that, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSSNonaBw-8#t=2m45s the game "X-Wing"]]. (scroll to 2:45)
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by [[TheChick Sephrenia]] in ''Literature/TheShiningOnes'', when she incorrectly believes she's outlived her usefulness to the other good guys.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Eclipse]]'', Jasper recounts his history as a member of a Vampire Newborn Army. Newborns are useful in their first year after being turned, because they are [[SuperStrength super strong]], but after their strength wanes, they are normally killed by their masters.
* ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' features a rare heroic example, by a [[UnscrupulousHero ruthless]] protagonist. In order to bring down the genocidal PathOfInspiration that rules [[GaiasRevenge Cascadia]], post-American warlord General Rumford allies with the local Resistance. Once their common enemy is beaten, he sends a flight to bring the resistance leaders over to the recaptured capital as promised -- Only to have the planes [[ILied bomb and strafe them instead]], killing them all, before turning Cascadia over to [[LesCollaborateurs his own picked men]].
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Sanguinius]]'', when Sachiel [[HeelRealization realizes the truth]], [[spoiler:Inquisitor Stele]] kills him to foment a battle, and also to get rid of him.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Nightbringer'', after Vedden and his men foment a riot, the ornithoptors they thought would extract them opened fire on them. Then Honan, whose home the attack had been launched from, complained to the conspirators, who handed him over for [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]]. Later, after de Valtos has awoken the Nightbringer, it kills him and several of the Dark Eldar, who were awakening it because they thought it would help them live forever.
* In ''Literature/TheWarOfTheFlowers'' Anton Hellebore does this to [[spoiler:the Remover, or [[BodySurf so he thinks]]]]. Unusually his father is very unhappy about this as [[spoiler:the Remover was not only a very useful mercenary, but also owned numerous valuable magical artifacts that Anton burned]].
* In the Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Warrior Class'', BigBad Pavel Kazakov threatens this some times and eventually goes through with it.
** In ''Edge of Battle'' Comandante Veracruz tries to do this to [[spoiler:Zakharov, prompting an EnemyMine.]]
* This was mentioned as a common habit of Isane Isard in the ''Literature/XWingSeries''. If one of her agents continually succeeds, he would eventually suffer from this trope. If her agents ''fail'', however, they will either face YouHaveFailedMe or be killed by the people they were acting against. This caused loyalty issues in those subordinates smart enough to figure this out.
* ''Literature/AMagesPower'' [[spoiler:Tasio says this about Aio, his alter ego. Since Eric has gained many other friends, he has played his role in Eric's development.]]
* The Big Bad in ''Literature/InvasionOfKzarch'' does this to [[spoiler:the [[RebelLeader rebel general]], who had betrayed his own forces]]. In a rather more impressive way than usual too: Instead of simply shooting him, he has him tossed out a gunboats window, and shot with it's [[EnergyWeapon beam cannons]].
* In ''Literature/TheBoleynInheritance'' the Duke of Norfolk leaves Jane Boleyn to be accused of treason and executed after his plans, in which she assisted him all along, start to go wrong.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'':
** Lady Invidia Aquitainus is a skilled political mover with few lines she won't cross. Her spy in the First Aleran knows this. So, when she orders him to kill [[spoiler:the winner of a duel to the death, whether it is either Tavi or her own corrupt senator]], and assures him she will get them both out safely, the spy has a pretty good guess as to what will really happen. [[spoiler:So, after Tavi defeats the senator's champion, the spy tries to kill her instead. While the crossbow-like bolt attack does kill the senator, it only seriously wounds Invidia and she escapes the infirmary]].
** The Vord Queen [[spoiler:averts this with Invidia, when she has captured the latter and only partially healed her wounds. Once her conquest is complete, she plans for Invidia to rule over the humans who have surrendered to her in exchange for leniency and help]].
** Kitai argues the inversion of this concept to Tavi in order to spare the life of [[spoiler:Fidelias, one of the greatest traitors to the Realm (and the aforementioned spy in the First Aleran)]] - not out of mercy, but because they could still be of help in the war against the Vord.
* Referenced in Jules Verne's ''Facing the Flag'': main character Simon Hart, who has been the only man to speak with MadScientist Thomas Roch for years, knows that the moment Roch reveals the secret to his superweapon, both of them will be killed by BigBad Ker Karraje. Much to their luck, Roch is paranoid enough that he keeps the secret to himself - and Karraje believes Hart knows more than he lets on.
* Averted in the ''HammersSlammers'' series by way of the Bonding Authority. This not only prevents employers from double crossing the mercs they hire, but conversely, it also prevents the mercs from "writing their own name on the line of victor".
* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'', the Kel Command sends a fleet to execute Jedao and all of his and Cheris' fleet after they're done retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles. It's implied Nirai Kujen has his hand in this because he's worried that Jedao would do this to ''him'', now that Cheris' mathematical ability makes Kujen no longer a necessary part of Jedao's plans.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/AdamAdamantLives'': After betraying Adam to the Face, Louise served her new master faithfully for sixty-five years. That didn't cut any [[HumanPopsicle ice]] with the Face; as soon as he was revived, he made off with his new, younger FemmeFatale sidekick, leaving Louise to die in Adam's arms.
* ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}'': Garrett Stillman was once betrayed by his partner in crime so now he gets rid of all his accomplices after they have fulfilled their role. [[spoiler:He's also the victim of this trope, c/o Tommy Madsen]].
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': At the end of the first season, this, combined with HeKnowsTooMuch, is why [[spoiler:Malcolm]]/[[BigBad Dark Archer]] kills the scientists who built the Markov [[spoiler:earthquake-generating]] device for him upon its completion.
* ''Series/{{Attila}}'': Emperor Valentinian and his mother pull this on Flavius Aetius after he has defeated Attila, killing him on the basis that he's no longer useful to them.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' plays this straight with Admiral Cain, shown in its full detail in the ''Razor'' flashback: during an attack on a Cylon staging ground, a large amount of Raiders jump in but Cain still orders her Viper compliment to launch in what is a blatant violation of her earlier promise of not sacrificing her underlings in a mad quest for revenge. Her XO calls her out on it, to lethal consequences.
-->'''Belzen:''' This is ''exactly'' what you said we wouldn't do. Even if we succeed, is this really worth the lives and planes what it'd cost?\\
'''Cain:''' Mr. Belzen, are you refusing to carry out my orders?\\
'''Belzen:''' Sir, I cannot in good conscience obey that.\\
'''Cain:''' Mr. Belzen, [[YouHaveFailedMe give me your sidearm]]...\\
'''Belzen:''' Sir?\\
'''Cain:''' ''I said'', give me your sidearm! '''NOW'''!!!\\
''(Belzen turns over his weapon, she immediately shoots him in the head with it in front of the crew)''\\
'''Fisk:''' Gods...!\\
'''Cain:''' Colonel Fisk... Colonel FISK! ''(Fisk steps up)'' [[YouAreInCommandNow You are now my XO.]]
* The pilot episode of ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' had the Cylons kill [[TheMole Bal]][[EtTuBrute tar]] after they didn't need him anymore. [[note]]They also didn't trust him. Who would trust someone who would betray their own kind?[[/note]] This is changed for the series, when Baltar is spared by the new Imperious Leader because he's useful again.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The Mayor promises Principle Snyder a reward for his services. A few hours later, he eats him.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': The organization that burned Michael has killing operatives who outlive the usefulness as standard protocol. They have a similar protocol for operatives who [[YouHaveFailedMe Have Failed Them]].
* In the movie ''Film/TheCastleOfFuManchu'' (as seen on ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]''), this happens twice. When the bad guys capture the titular castle, Fu Manchu graciously thanks the mercenaries he's hired to help him overthrow it -- just before ordering their execution. Later on, a messenger delivers some news to the leader of the mercenaries. His "reward" is to get [[OffScreenVillainy murdered off-camera]]. Given how stoned the mercenary leader looked while he was receiving the news, one can only hope he didn't immediately forget it.
* Used in an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}''. Three people work together rob a casino. One is killed by his partners at the scene. Another is killed sometime later. [[spoiler:The mastermind, who had killed the other two, is himself killed by a DirtyCop he had bribed earlier in the episode, who wanted all the spoils to himself.]]
** Another episode has several {{Monster Fangirl}}s show up to support a SerialKiller in his bid for freedom. In the end, one woman helps him escape, but as she's gushing about their new life together, she's killed by ''another'' woman. That one is then killed by still another in a later episode, and the last one is personally killed by the killer once her usefulness expires.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** This exchange from "Doomsday" sums up the Daleks' attitude:
-->'''Rose:''' You didn't need to kill him!\\
'''Dalek:''' Neither did we need him alive.
** The Sontarans kill their own (brainwashed) soldiers and the Cybermen kill their own programmed workhouse owners.
*** The Cybermen have even turned the statement that ILied before they "convert" whoever helped them into a catch phrase... though arguably from their perspective that's not killing them.
** "Victory of the Daleks" has the last three Daleks (made out of whatever hodge-podge genetic elements Davros could scrabble together) activate a progenitor device that creates new-model, redesigned Daleks... who, of course, decide to exterminate their saviors, because they're inferior. The three Daleks are perfectly okay with this and even agree with the new Daleks' assessment because... well, they're Daleks.
** ''Partners In Crime'': The Adiposian royal family decides to [[GravityIsAHarshMistress let their nanny go]] when she has Outlived her Usefulness.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pyramids of Mars]]", the first thing Sutekh's [[TheDragon Dragon]] does on arriving is dispose of the minion who did all the preliminary work.
--->'''Namin:''' Master, spare me. Spare me. I am a true servant of the great Sutekh.\\
'''Dragon:''' ''I'' am the servant of Sutekh. He needs no other. ''[kills him]''
** In "The Wedding of River Song", the Silence kill Madame Kovarian, not because of a specific failure, but because the best way to get at their enemies would happen to also kill her, and they hate their enemies more than they need her.
** In "The End of Time", the BigBad tells the Master that the moment his plan is complete, the Master will be killed. [[ThirdActStupidity Unfortunately,]] he says so before the plan is anything like complete, and ends up on the receiving end of a TakingYouWithMe.
** In "The Curse of Fenric", Fenric orders the destruction of his entire undead army the moment he no longer requires its services.
** In "Dark Water", [[spoiler:Missy]] kills Chang when he's no longer necessary. And ForTheEvulz. After insisting he first "say something nice."
---> '''[[spoiler:Missy:]]''' Now, come on, let's not dwell on horrid things. This is going to be our last conversation, [[ItsAllAboutMe and I'm the one who's going to have to live with that]].
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''; in an early episode, Crais nonchalantly killed a subordinate so no one else would know he had been recalled. When this was uncovered by his superiors much later, it was his downfall.
** Subverted again later. In the three-part episode "Look at the Princess", a palace servant betrays Crichton to Scorpius. Scorpius asks his lieutenant to "give her something special", and everyone expects this trope to occur. Instead, the servant dies because Crichton triggers automatic defenses. Later, we learn that Scorpius is a reasonably honorable man who treats his underlings well when they do their jobs, which means he probably ''did'' mean to give her something special.
*** Not quite. He tells Braca, who was to help the traitor finish her mission, to make sure there are "no. . . witnesses." He was pretty clearly intending to have her offed after Chrichton was picked up. Chrichton just beat him to it in his escape.
* Referenced in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''
--> '''Mal:''' "They killed Heinrich? Guess he wasn't useful anymore."
* This happens to [[spoiler:Max's boyfriend/colleague Tom]] in ''Series/TheFollowing''. Mark and Daisy extort him into helping them after they catch him with the corpse of a colleague he just murdered, after which Mark throws acid in his face and Daisy shoots him. Daisy is acutely aware that she may end up a victim of the trope at the hands of Theo.
* A woman kidnaps geniuses on ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' so she can get them to finish a formula. At the end, she gives the formula to a mysterious henchman, who tests it. The test successful, she has just enough time to stare in awe and exclaim it's amazing before the henchman pulls a gun and shoots her.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Littlefinger kills Dontos Hollard for this and HeKnowsTooMuch.
** Ramsay has Tansy hunted down by his dogs just because he's gotten bored with her and Myranda is a tad jealous.
** The Master Torturer is tricked and murdered by Ramsay Snow in order to gain Theon's trust.
* Narrowly averted in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': [[spoiler:Arthur Petrelli]] says "I think you may have outlived your usefulness" to Linderman, who's savvy enough to take the hint and stop slacking. (Oh, and [[spoiler:betray Arthur by breaking his mind-control on Angela]].)
** The above perpetrator has [[spoiler:Adam Monroe]] abducted and brought to him so he can steal his power. The victim tries to bargain his way out of it, insisting he can be of use to him alive, but the man disagrees and steals his power, the act itself killing him.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Brig Break", once [[spoiler: Gunnery Sergeant Gentry has got the nukes]], he kills his accomplices.
* Happens in Episode 47 of ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'': [[spoiler:Now that 4 Wizards have been created, there's no need for any more Gates to be found, so Medusa soon becomes the victim of this trope.]]
* In ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', Daizujin has this attitude towards Burai following [[spoiler:"Reborn! The Ultimate God!"]]. During the Zyurangers' hibernation, Burai's body [[spoiler:got crushed by rocks]]. Daizyujin only cured him because [[spoiler:they needed six Zyurangers in order to unleash Ultimate Daizyujin]]. Unlike the others, Burai awoke with a [[DeathsHourglass magic candle]] that would cause him to die at a certain time following [[spoiler:Ultimate Daizujin's release]]. Daizyujin explained to the Zyurangers that they found it unnecessary for Burai to live beyond that event.
** Later, in ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', it was was revealed that this was partly the reason [[spoiler:Buredoran was on every villain team: Gain knowledge from each group- Warfare from the first, magic from the second, and technology from the third- and let them all fall when he perfected them so no one could interfere in his master plan, sometimes even ''orchestrating'' the fall.]] Most notably is [[spoiler:the third group, where he manipulates the Robogog and Metal-Alice into becoming severely weakened and then personally finishing them off. Soon after, while the Goseigers start talking about why Buredoran is doing this, Buredoran is currently taking over the third group's base and talking to himself about his plan, so the viewers can start to realize that Buredoran is the TRUE BigBad and that the three groups were expendable to him. At the end of the episode and the beginning of the next, it's confirmed that this is the case.]]
** Earlier, in ''Series/BattleFeverJ'', when BigBad Satan Egos [[MakeMyMonsterGrow grows to giant-size]] for the final battle, the transformation causes his castle to collapse on top of his last remaining henchwoman, Salome. It's not clear whether he did this deliberately, but he didn't seem too bothered either way.
** In several ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series, especially during the '80s, a favorite tactic for disposing of useless, failing, or disobedient henchmen is to chuck them into the monster-making machine and mutate them into a mindless beast for the heroes to kill. ''Series/ChoushinseiFlashman'''s Emperor Lah Deus in particular was fond of this ploy, dispatching no less than seven unwanted minions thusly. [[spoiler: It's then [[HoistByHisOwnPetard turned right back on him]] in the finale when his treacherous head scientist sticks a knife in his back]].
* In an episode of ''Series/TheLegendOfWilliamTell'', a summoned demon overhears two mooks discussing that the sorcerer will unsummon it when it has served its purpose. It's not happy about that. After the heroes have escaped, they discuss with the [[BigGood Kalem]] that they were lucky that the demon betrayed its master... at which point [[spoiler:Kalem polymorphs into a Mook before their eyes for a second]].
* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', His Divine Shadow was a parasitic Insect essence that would bond with human hosts to maintain the Divine Order dedicated to reviving his original Insect body. He would keep the hosts' brains around as Divine Predecessors which would act as advisors to the current incarnation as well as providing power. In "Gigashadow", the essence returns to its original body. When its essence makes contact with the Predecessors aboard the Lexx, they rejoice thinking it is their time of salvation. The Gigashadow has other ideas.
-->'''Predecessors:''' Gigashadow! It is our time of rejoicing!
-->'''Gigashadow:''' Wrong! It is your time of pain! You are no longer needed, human vessels of my essence.
-->The Gigashadow promptly pops each of the predecessors like grapes as they shriek in agony.
* In ''Series/LoisAndClark'' {{S01E18}} “Vatman”, the villain drops this line verbatim while speaking to Superman.
* Textbook example in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. After a season of UnresolvedSexualTension and heavy subtext, Morgause finally gains control of Cenred's army and immediately has Cenred dispatched by one of his own men.
* In the revival of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', an episode has such order given to an underling (paraphrased):
-->'''BigBad:''' Find the best bomb expert in the city. Have him replace the bomb detonator with this one, then kill him.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': In "This One Goes To Eleven", the murderer disposes of their accomplices once they have served their purpose; killing the two thieves after they have stolen the painting, and disposing of the forger when he threatens to become a liability.
* Jason Dean is sacrificed to ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' after killing Colonel Bell for his real employer.
* ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'': In "Sleeping With the Enemy", TheMole does this to one of his underlings; detonating the bomb he has just finished constructing in an attempt to make the NCIS team think that the underling was the mastermind and that he has just accidentally blown himself up, taking all of the explosives with him.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "The Last of the Cybernauts...??", Kane employs Goff to get the Cybernauts working. Once they are operating, he quickly determines that Goff is only an engineer and incapable of making any improvements to the robots, he uses a Cybernaut to snap Goff's neck.
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "Last Supper", a MadScientist is on the trail of an immortal woman he wants to experiment on. When his assistant manages to find her, the scientist stabs him in the chest.
* ''Film/PerfectAssassins'': The assassins are programmed to kill themselves after getting their targets.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', Dai Shi, the BigBad, and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Camille, gleefully allows his overlords to be destroyed, two of them by the rangers and one by the Phantom Beast Generals, when they are no longer useful in his plans now that he has learned enough about his techniques from them.
-->'''Camille''': They've destroyed Carnisoar.\\
'''Dai Shi''': They did me a favor. One less overlord and a lot more power.
** It had a lot to do with the fact that [[BearsAreBadNews Grizzaka]], the leader of the Overlords, laid claim to Dai Shi's position. The honeymoon was over.
* In an episode of ''Series/ThePersuaders'', Danny Wilde (Tony Curtis) manages to [[HeelFaceTurn recruit]] an actor impersonating a dead millionaire by warning him of what might happen when his employers don't need to hide the millionaire's death anymore.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': In [[Recap/RevolutionS1E9Kashmir episode 9]], Monroe "Doesn't need [Rachel] anymore" because one of her former colleagues is now willing to build an amplifier the electricity pendants. She kills said colleague with a screwdriver and then remarks "[[DefiedTrope You need me now]]."
* The Sheriff of Nottingham, in the new [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] series of ''Series/RobinHood'', does this a lot.
* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', Terminators typically dispose of human subordinates this way once their objectives are completed, usually to prevent them from talking about sensitive information. At one point, Cameron uses a man and his sister to find information on the Turk, on the promise that she would help them deal with TheMafiya goons out to kill him. However, once she has the information she abandons them to be killed, since they serve no further purpose to her, and she doesn't have anything else invested in their survival.
* ''Series/TheShadowLine'':
** Gatehouse kills [[spoiler:[[FallGuy Andy Dixon]] and his family]] in episode 3, because they've fulfilled their roles in his plan.
** In episode 6, [[spoiler:the Counterpoint leaders try to do this to Gatehouse himself. It fails, and prompts him to decide they've outlived their usefulness.]]
* [[spoiler:Ronnie]]'s final fate in ''Series/TheShield''.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In "Asylum", three of Clark Kent's old enemies, Ian Randall, Van [=McNulty=], and Eric Summers team up to lure Clark to them so Eric can steal his powers and use them to escape from Belle Reeve. After Van does his part by smuggling in a piece of kryptonite, Ian kills him. After Eric steals Clark's powers, he declares he's invincible and thus doesn't need Ian anymore, then throws him into a wall, presumably killing him.
** In "Covenant", [[spoiler:Jor-El's disposal of Kara]] after Clark discovers [[spoiler:she is not actually Kryptonian.]] Instead of the normal phrase, [[spoiler:he]] uses [[spoiler:"She served her purpose."]]
* Subverted in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': [[spoiler:Michael, a villain known to have a low opinion of humanity in general]] takes a gun away from [[spoiler:a clone he created]] and tells him that he's "served his purpose"... then draws his own stun weapon and uses that to shoot him. [[spoiler:It's possible he was just being cruel, though; the clone was already dying.]]
** Played completely straight, and stated word for word by a Wraith queen in regards to [[spoiler:Todd the Wraith]] in another episode.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the Dominion used the Cardassians as help in invading Alpha Quadrant. And then it switched to [[spoiler:the Breen. And it was planning to betray them, too.]]
** The Dominion is also in the habit of executing Jem'Hadar soldiers as soon as they show signs of insubordination, conscience, honour, or really anything other than fanatical devotion to the Founders.
** Kai Winn has no qualms about doing this with [[spoiler: Vedek Bareil. After he's injured during the middle of sensitive negotiations with Cardassia, she pushes for more extreme treatments right up until the treaty is signed. Then she says it's time to pull the plug.]]
** The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "Starship Mine" also contains an instance of this. Kelsey, the leader of a terrorist group trying to [[EmptyQuiver steal the highly unstable toxic waste of Enterprise's engine core]], shoots one of her mooks after learning from him how to remove the [[strike: uranium]] [[AppliedPhlebotinum trilithium]] from its container.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': In "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester", Samhain does this to the witch who raised him. Not a nice way to reward several ''hundred'' years of summoning.
** And in season five, the demon Crowley helps the Winchesters in trying to stop the Apocalypse because he believes [[TheDevil Lucifer]] is going to pull this trope on the demons once he's won. He's right.
** Invoked by Dean in "Point Of No Return", where he says he'll only agree to become [[ArchAngelMichael Michael's]] host if Michael pulls this on Zachariah first. After all, who's more important now?
-->'''Zachariah:''' You listen to me - you are nothing but a maggot, ''inside a worm's ass''. Do you know who I am?! After I deliver you to Michael?
-->'''Dean:''' ''Expendable.''
** A somewhat unusual example happens in the Season 7 finale. Due to a deal, Crowley (who is now the king of hell) and his demons can't (actively) help the Winchesters fight the Leviathans. The demon Meg, who is fighting against Crowley, can. While the Winchesters don't turn on her, Crowley has his men grab her as soon as she has played her part.
* On Social Game shows such as ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', this is common. Some have noticed that typically when an alliance has all their threats down or, decides to turn on each other thinking the other target(s) are of no threat, this happens to one of two people. Either the person who carried the alliance through by winning challenges or making plans, or the low-man on the totem pole who just was another vote. More often than not, it's the first.
** Russell Hantz pulled one of these every other episode (which alliance-mate Natalie White was fully aware of and used as her cover).
* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', Kate offers to team up with Derek in exchange for giving her the identity of the Alpha. When she finds out that he doesn't know anything, she more or less declares this and tries to off him.
* In the ''Series/TrueBlood'' episode "Release Me", [[BitchInSheepsClothing Maryann]] has her servant [[spoiler:Daphne]] put to death with a ritual dagger after thanking her for her efforts and service.
* The same style is used in ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', especially when it comes to civilians they kidnap that have a useful skill they can exploit. It ''always'' ends badly for the poor civilians.
** Also pulled by the heroes. Jack works with both Nina Meyers and Christopher Henderson to foil the terrorists, putting aside his desire for revenge. As soon as the terrorists are stopped or they no longer have a use, he killed them both. Both of them know him well enough to see this coming and take steps to avoid it, but [[OutGambitted both fail]].
*** He also pulls this one last time on Dana Walsh in the final season, but with a twist. Despite Dana being one of the villains, Jack carrying this out [[spoiler:is to actually [[TheReveal reveal]] that he ''[[WhamEpisode isn't]]'' the [[VillainProtagonist hero]] this time around.]]
* In Season 3 of ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', this trope is why even ''thinking'' of siding with Walter Sykes is a very bad idea.
** Similarly, in the second season opener "Time Will Tell", Wells kills [=MacPherson=] by setting off his [[ExplosiveLeash Disintegrator Leash]] after he becomes a liability to her plan.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'':
--> '''Justin:''' "What's... what's going on?"
--> '''Gorog:''' "Oh, you'll soon see. You brought me the Moral Compass, so I'm done with you."

[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* Makuta Teridax from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' arranged for the destruction of his entire [[BrotherhoodOfEvil brotherhood]], to ensure that no other Makuta would be left to fight against or otherwise threaten him once his plan succeeds. He sent some of his best men to Karda Nui, the "heart of the universe", to keep the Toa Nuva from re-energizing it until the timing was right. One thing he didn't tell them was that the reactivation of Karda Nui would unleash an energy storm that vaporizes anything within it. He also intended to off the Nuva and whoever else resided in Karda Nui (whom he had used as his unsuspecting pawns), but they managed to escape the storm. However, supplementary material later revealed that he had kept some Makuta alive to enslave them and make them produce Kraata slugs to power his [[{{mook}} Rahkshi]].

* Quoted in Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}},'' when mobster Pat O'Bunion tries to kill you.
-->"We have no more need of yer services."

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance pulled this on Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling in one of the few cases of the NWA going to another promotion for help and then cutting their legs off. Traditionally, a member of the NWA got big (Wrestling/{{A|merican Wrestling Association}}WA, Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Wrestling/{{ECW}}, Wrestling/{{TNA}}, [[Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1 Zero 1]]) and then declared the NWA no longer useful.[[note]]Though Zero 1 came back when NWA was useful again[[/note]]
* Between Wrestling/KurtAngle and Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam the feeling was mutual. Haas and Benjamin were just more violent about it was all.
* At the first show of Wrestling/RingOfHonor's ''Fifth Year Festival'', Wrestling/AustinAries and Wrestling/RoderickStrong challenged Generation Next stablemate Wrestling/MattSydal and his newer partner Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels for the World Tag Team Titles and were unsuccessfuul when Aries suffered a knee injury. So Strong beat up Aries and announced he was forming a new TagTeam with Davey Richards called No Remorse Corps.
* While Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli had kicked Wrestling/SaraDelRey out of the Wrestling/{{Chikara}} BDK for embarrassing him, he seemed to do away with Wrestling/DaizeeHaze just because she was Del Rey's tag team partner and a little upset about the send off.
* Wrestling/{{Carlito|Colon}} laid out Eddie Colon at WWC Aniversario 2009 after he believed La Artilleria Pesada were down and out, meaning Eddie was no longer needed. Turns out Thunder and Lighting still had plenty of fight left in them and now Eddie couldn't help Carlito even if he wanted to.
* Jessicka Havok left Rain's Army after Rain made peace with Wrestling/MercedesMartinez following her failure to win the Wrestling/{{WSU}} Title.
* Steve Corino and Wrestling/JimmyJacobs ousted Wrestling/KevinSteen after he lost the Wrestling/RingOfHonor World Title and instated Wrestling/MattHardy as the new leader of S.C.U.M.
* In 2013, Los Bizarros picked up Cuervo, Espiritu and Ozz, former members of Cibernético's [[{{cult}} Secta]], to help them defeat Los Perros Del Ma. Once they finally did though, those same former Secta members, along with Bizarros member Escoria, violently turned on Cibernético. In the end the remaning Bizarros had to take on Perro Aguayo Jr and the first person to usurp Cibernético's position in La Secta, El Mesías, as members for help.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In the ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' episode "Green Card", when B.P. Richfield fires his tree pushers after all the trees have been pushed down, he gives this as the reason they are fired.
* The reason most of the main animals in ''Film/TheMuppetMusiciansOfBremen'' leave their owners.
-->'''Lardpork:''' (to TR, the rooster) "You're no good around the barn anymore, but you might just make a tasty meal."
* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': A third network executive appears in the finale, who says Mr. Potato Head's show has outlived its usefulness to "ThePlan", and tells Aaron and Nora to cancel it.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''Anime/CardfightVanguard'' has multiple clans that use this as part of their play style, to tie back to the card lore. The Tachikaze, Shadow Paladin, Great Nature and Gold Paladin clans all use the trope as a mechanic, but each clan does it at a different point in your turn, and in Tachikaze's case you can ''revive'' the units [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill just to kill them again.]]
* Antiheroic example in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', with the Solar Exalt Arianna summoning a demon to lead her to a copy of the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Broken-Winged Crane]], then destroying it and turning on the demon:
-->'''Demon''': You...you used me!\\
'''Arianna''': Indeed. And now your usefulness has ended!
* This is one way to use [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=197869 Abyssal Persecutor]] in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. Bring him out super early, use him to beat your opponent senseless until his effect is the only thing keeping them alive, then kill Abyssal Persecutor yourself and win.
* Can happen in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' due to the nature of the players' work (performing dirty, deniable jobs for mega-corp agents known collectively as 'Mr. Johnson'). Most Johnsons refrain from tying up loose ends by killing the runners they hire because it's bad for future business to get a reputation for not being true to the deal. Mr. Js with hot heads, personal dirty laundry involved or just ignorant of the code of conduct in the shadows still sometimes try it. The Runner's Handbook splatbook notes that while a Johnson may screw himself out of future deals by wasting a couple runners, it's not really much of a comfort to the poor sods he killed now is it?
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Regularly and gleefully used by the Dark Eldar and Chaos.
** The Inquisition are by no means above this, either. [[EvilVersusEvil Or anyone else for that matter]].
** The Emperor had the Thunder Warriors purged after they helped him take over Earth/Terra. The justification for this was that the Thunder Warriors were psychologically and physically unstable due to their flawed BioAugmentation. Keeping them around was just too dangerous to the rest of humanity.
** The Horus Heresy was kicked off when Horus came to the erroneous conclusion (inspired by the words of his already corrupted brother Lorgar and a misleading vision of the future) that the Emperor was planning to do the same thing to the Primarchs and the Space Marines once the Great Crusade was complete. It certainly didn't help that Horus was already feeling uncertain about what purpose the Primarchs would have in a galaxy where humanity was truly supreme.

* In ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', [[ManEatingPlant Audrey II]] has no qualms about eating Seymour after his plans get enough momentum to go on without him.
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', after Pikachu teaches [=MechaMew2=] its electric moves, he and Ash are no longer useful to Giovanni, so he tries to kill them with Hyper Beam.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the fourth case of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'', Mack Rell, after killing Deid Mann for the smuggling ring, accuses Byrne Faraday of hiring him and being the Yatagarasu ([[spoiler:he's lying about the former but correct about the latter]]). After his true client [[spoiler:Calisto Yew]] kills Byrne, he helps her rearrange the scene of the crime, then gets shot dead for his efforts.
* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', Zahart has his [[LiteralGenie Djinn Tibicenas]] do away with one of his servants because they are no longer useful in his plans anymore after they have uncovered a red diamond that is actually the heart of their Chaos Beast, the Chaos Sphinx.
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol''. The main character is recruited by Alpha Protocol and sent to Saudi Arabia to recover missiles stolen from Halbech by a terrorist leader, and kill said terrorist leader. [[spoiler:It turns out that Halbech really ''sold'' those missiles to the terrorist, and have sent you in to kill him since he's outlived his usefulness... And once you've done so they try to do the same to you, since ''you've'' outlived your usefulness and [[HeKnowsTooMuch know too much]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore Last Raven'', Jack-O have absolutely no qualms about killing other Ravens off using third degree executions (Claiming that a Raven "Betrayed" Vertex for example.) to accomplish [[spoiler:his goal of destroying the Pulverizers]].
* In ''Videogame/AssassinsCreedIII'', Haytham Kenway has a tendency to execute those he interrogates after he's done with them, regardless of whether or not he gained any useful information off of them. This is mostly because he's not willing to expend the effort and resources to take them prisoner.
* Bartholomew Roberts in ''Videogame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' is portayed as a big believer in this trope; he kills the Portuguese captain who helped him set up a FalseFlagOperation (quoting the trope name to Edward when the latter asks why the captain isn't on the ship anymore), guns down members of his own crew to prevent them [[spoiler:being driven insane by the technology contained in the Observatory]], and [[spoiler:'rewards' Edward for helping him find the Observatory by handing him to the British Navy in exchange for a bounty and leaving him to rot in a Jamaican jail cell.]]
* There is a double case in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII''. When the characters enter the drow city, they see a drow male killing a slave (while actually saying the trope name). A moment later his mommy shows up, and kills him, saying he is much more expendable than that slave.
* In ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', Kalas [[spoiler:says to the Guardian Spirit (the player) "I don't need you any more!" and forcefully ejects the player out of the game, leaving the screen to fade to black.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', the Joker kills [[spoiler:Frank Boles]] after helping him escape from Intensive Treatment.
* Stated almost word-for-word by [[labelnote:The Leader]] Adolf Hitler[[/labelnote]] to Killt in ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'' and its UpdatedRerelease.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} 64'', after you [[spoiler:beat Altair with 100 gold cards, Sirius]] does this to you.
* This example is half of the reason why Dr. Neurosis wants Lance dead in ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'', the other half being that Lance had called him [[BoringInsult an "average mad scientist"]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Black Ops]]'', [[spoiler:After Reznov and Dimitri have captured Steiner and secured Nova 6, Dragovich uses Dimitri as a guinea pig to test Nova 6. Reznov manages to escape, but ends up in Vortuka prison.]]
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': [[spoiler:Jeremiah]] planned to sacrifice Patrick to awaken the Undying King now that [[spoiler:he had unknowingly done all his dirty work]].
* Said word-for-word in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', by [[spoiler:Soviet Premier Cherdenko]]. You proceed to annihilate the guy after already kicking the backside of two other significant threats.
** This is foreshadowed after [[spoiler:killing General Krukov, who was Cherdenko's superior in the previous timeline. Krukov's FinalSpeech hints that Cherdenko set him up as the traitor]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheConduit'', Mr. Ford is betrayed by [[spoiler:Mr. Adams, who leaves Mr. Ford to be killed by invading Drudge after gathering information from Prometheus's base]]
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' Lautrec does this to Anastacia of Astora, the Firelink Shrine Firekeeper, killing her and stealing her soul. She hasn't outlived her usefulness to you when he does this. Kingseeker Frampt says this of the remaining Lord Soul owners. You can also do this to almost every friendly NPC you meet.
* The Delete Button in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' would instantly kill whatever unit you have selected. The only time this could ever be useful is if you built to your population cap but have not yet built one of your late game units (which are restricted in number) or if you want to change your army composition. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Of course, you are completely free to do this for laughs]].
** In-game, Sindri does this to Lord Bale once he gets his hands on the Maledictum.
** Eliphas does this to Araghast in ''Chaos Rising'', letting the Blood Ravens kill him as Eliphas nears his goal of releasing [[BigBad Ulkair]].
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Descent}} II'', Dravis attempts to dispose of the Material Defender by redirecting his warp core to [[HurlItIntoTheSun drop him into the Sun]].
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'', you have the choice of siding with the [[CorruptChurch Templars]] and retarding nanoaugmentation and possibly technological progress. In their ending, [[spoiler:your player character gets lynched. Due to script limitations and laziness in rendering the cutscenes, this only happens to male characters.]]
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3''; BigBad Vergil stabs Arkham through the midsection after it became apparent that he was useless to him. [[spoiler:Arkham may have brought this on purpose, in order to later convince Lady to hunt Vergil and complete his plan for world domination. Dialogue and AlternateCharacterInterpretation suggests it's also quite possible that Vergil killed Arkham out of disgust; Arkham is an active worshiper of Evil and murdered his own wife, while Vergil is simply power-hungry and seeks to regain what he sees as his own heritage.]].
** [[spoiler:Arkham survived Vergil's attempt to kill him. It's actually Lady who finishes him off, with a bullet to the head in revenge for killing her mother, just before Dante and Vergil's final battle]].
* In chapter 5 of ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', Maderas does this to [[spoiler:Etna after he forced her to betray Laharl. Fortunately, she foresaw this and her counter-plan was set into motion.]]
** Similarly, in the last chapter of the same game, MagnificentBastard / GuileHero Seraph Lamington does this to [[spoiler:Vulcanus by rewarding him with a transformation into a flower (or a frog in ''Anime/MakaiSenkiDisgaea'', take your pick) - that also as punishment for making pacts with demons and using humans to attack innocent demons - after he has served his purpose of bringing peace between angels, demons, and humans well. This was a very satisfying punishment for Vulcanus]].
* After getting revenge against the Lord Regent in ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', [[spoiler:the leaders of the Loyalist group, Corvo joined to help him, poison his drink. They do this for three reasons: 1. To completely cover their actions of plotting against the Lord Regent. 2. Leave Corvo behind to take the blame along with others who had no idea. 3. To eliminate any possible influence Corvo would have over future Empress Emily, allowing the conspirators to use her as a puppet.]]
* ''VideoGame/DoubleSwitch'': Early on, Eddie needs your help to escape the basement he's trapped in. [[spoiler:After you free him, he goes on a rampage, and when he realizes that you are thwarting him, he will try to cut off your connection to the security system, and you will have to stop him from doing so]].
* This is one of the main M.O.s for the [[ReligionOfEvil Order of Zugzwang]], the main villains of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''. The slaves forced to build their colossal temple in the human world? Killed to cover their tracks. [[spoiler:The EvilChancellor who hands over your wife to TheDragon? Promptly murdered.]] Not even their own are safe from this treatment. [[spoiler:King Korol, a high ranking Order official who was in charge of the aforementioned temple, is casually tossed aside by [[BigBad Nimzo]] after he fulfills his final duty.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}'', [[spoiler:this is done to you after stage 6, when you find out that Selene wasn't LaResistance, but TheEmpire. But it might have been a bad idea to try something like that on a OneManArmy.]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** The Fighters Guild questline ends with this if one goes for the "evil" path of working with the corrupt Master — [[spoiler: you kill the Thieves' Guild leaders]] for him to get in good with the [[TheSyndicate Camonna Tong crime-syndicate]], and then when you talk with him to get your payment, he declares you're a potential threat to him and that he's going to kill you instead of paying you, now that you've done your part.
*** The ''Tribunal'' expansion ends like this, with [[spoiler: Almalexia]] attempting to kill you after you've completed her quests. The reasons are a bit vague, on account of her madness, but it seems to be a combination of this and thinking you would be useful as a dead martyr (the intent is to frame someone else, possibly the Empire, for killing you).
*** The Werewolf path in the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion ends precisely the same as the other path: [[spoiler: you facing off against an avatar of Hircine]] in battle, regardless of your previous service to the Daedra.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** In the ''Dawnguard'' expansion, [[spoiler:Vyrthur]] tells the player that since they brought Serana to him, they've outlived their usefulness, and he tries to kill them.
*** This rule is also pretty much standard procedure for Daedra Princes. Several quests for them require you to kill some formerly favored servant of theirs, often so you can take over the job: Boethiah's chosen started to suck, Peryite's stopped following orders, and in the case of Mehrunes Dagon's quest, he wants you to get rid of the guy who got you started on the job, [[OmnicidalManiac just because]]. (Dagon then sends grunts to kill you, again just because. It happens a lot with the Daedric Prince of Destruction...)
*** Hermaeus Mora pulls this off twice in ''Skyrim'' and its ''Dragoborn'' DLC, killing both [[spoiler: Septimus]] and [[spoiler: Miraak]] once he got what he wanted from them.
* ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'': You can kill minions to boost the stat regeneration of everyone who sees you doing so. This is done as a [[KickTheDog Dog-Kicking]] EstablishingCharacterMoment by the Evil Genius at the end of the tutorial mission to the lady who has been directing the mission, once she says she has committed all her other lessons to video tapes. (Her desperate pleas that she can still be useful only elect an EvilLaugh from the Genius before a henchman executes her.)
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'', Maze is defeated, but Jack of Blades says that he had outlived his usefulness anyway.
** A particularly callous take in ''VideoGame/FableII'': The Hero is ordered to kill a fellow guard who has broken down.
--> '''Commandant''': Those who will not obey can be made to. Those who ''cannot'' obey are useless.
* Happens a few times in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', such as with Barton Thorn (who asks you to clear some Gecko off a ridge to save his girlfriend, when in reality he just wants a haul of treasure) and Logan (who recruits you into his band of mercenaries in order to loot a town after it becomes irradiated); in these two cases, it is an egregious display of [[TooDumbToLive Darwinitis]] on their part. The player can also pull this in certain quests, such as snitching the Powder Gangers to the NCR after helping the former massacre Goodsprings.
** Elijah in the ''Dead Money'' tells you that he doesn't care what happens to your comrades once they get inside the casino, and while it's up to you whether they live or die, if it was up to him they'd all be dead. Once you've broken into the vault, he will attempt to kill you as well.
** Caesar is a variation; tribes that ally with him tend to wind up assimilated into the legion, with the worthy men press-ganged into the military and the women used as slave labor.
** If you sell Arcade into slavery as Caesar's doctor, then kill Caesar anyway without the Legion becoming hostile, Lanius will get sick of having Arcade around and have him crucified in the game's ending.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'': If you tell Autumn the purifier code, he shoots you on the spot. In ''Point Lookout'', if you side with Calvert in the final main quest, he says something to this effect and activates a squad of Protectrons to kill you.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' revealed that [[spoiler:Delita]] does this throughout the game and was the way he rose in power and became King, after he fooled the world into believing he ended the Lion War. [[spoiler:He even does this to his best friend Ramsa, sending him and his party into a death trap. However, Ovelia whose seen his devious actions over the years, fears that Delita might do the same to her - knowing that he used her to become King. On her birthday, she strikes first and stabs Delita. She was right as Delita was planning to and does kill her, while it's unknown rather the wound that he received from Ovelia was fatal or not.]]
* Sephiroth of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has this policy towards the various tatooed men that you encounter (ie. [[spoiler:victims of [[MadScientist Hojo]]'s Mako experiment]]), ruthlessly slaughtering them, among many others, after they are manipulated to joining the "reunion" in the Northern Crater. Strangely enough, [[TomatoInTheMirror this also includes the main character]].
** In the game's spinoff, ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', after retrieving information for the Tsviets, Azul informs Shelke that she is "no longer required" and that "Weiss has ordered (her) termination."
* General Leo and Emperor Gestahl are offed by Kefka on two separate occasions in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. Shadow almost gets this treatment as well, but he survives and is discovered by the party when they arrive at the Floating Continent, earning them a powerful ally.
* The BigBad reveals himself and does this to [[spoiler:Jihl]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''.
** He also inflicts a FateWorseThanDeath on a bunch of soldiers for this reason.
* This happens ''four times'' in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe FireEmblem 7]]'', and two of these murders are carried by the same person. [[spoiler:First, Ephidel stabs Lord Helman to death when he questions his plan to kill Eliwood. Second, EmotionlessGirl Limstella kills one of the Reed brothers (it can be either the Swordmaster Linus or the Hero Lloyd, depending on which one you fought against) ''and'' Sonia's [[TheDragon right hand]], the Valkyrie Ursula, assuming she survives the player's Army, after their defeats. And ultimately, after being defeated at the Water Temple, Sonia is either killed by Nergal or left to die by Limstella, depending on whether or not you took a sidequest.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed 2''. Vader decides that he has no futher use for Starkiller 2.0. Watch [[http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi347604505/ the cinematic trailer in all its glory.]] This betrayal is also a case of BondVillainStupidity.
* [[spoiler:Commander Sith]] does this to [[spoiler:Yomiel]] towards the end of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''. [[spoiler:He didn't want Yomiel's services, just the Temsik Meteorite that gave him the ghost trick powers. Since he couldn't kill someone who was already dead, he simply removed the meteorite fragment from Yomiel's body and sunk the submarine, leaving Yomiel trapped at the bottom of the ocean with no way to escape by possessing another body or using the phone lines.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheGodfather 2'' there are only so many slots on your BadassCrew. Want to recruit someone better? You can mark an existing member for death, allowing you to dispose of him.
* This happens to the trio that took Gene's arm in ''VideoGame/GodHand''. After beating them a second time, a later cutscene in the stage has them running to another area, still upset, only for them to encounter Azel who dashes past them and turns them into dust for being worthless.
* [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Dimitri Rascalov]] attempts this several times in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. After Niko offs his AxCrazy business partner on Dimtri's orders, Dimitri tries to sell Niko out to Bulgarin, a crime boss with a grudge against Niko, which results in a shootout in a warehouse. If Niko later agrees to assist Dimitri in a drug deal, Dimitri sends a hitman to Roman's cousin's wedding, who tries to shoot Niko, but ends up killing Roman instead.
* Steve Heines invokes the trope to the letter in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' but Trevor (in a rare moment of compassion) after an extensive session of torture lets the poor soul go away.
* In any game where you can [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential kill allies and recieve any upgrades they might have]] often prompts [[WhatTheHellPlayer many players to use this trope themselves]]. Take, for example, the original ''VideoGame/HalfLife1''. Guards can help you out by being a second gun and shooting enemies...but once you come to an inevitable airduct where they can't follow, well...it's a shame to just leave that ammo behind...
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'': [[spoiler: Master Li]] kills [[spoiler: the Spirit Monk]] once they've slain [[spoiler: the Emperor. However they get better and possibly take revenge.]]
* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', after [[spoiler:Medusa saves Pit from Hades' OneHitKill attack and Hades states that he will revive her as many times as he desires, he]] tells [[spoiler:her]] "But you've worn out your usefulness!" before permanently destroying [[spoiler:her]].
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'': Following [[spoiler:Sora's HeroicSacrifice]], the game's BigBad, [[spoiler:Ansem, appears out of nowhere and is about to pull this one on Kairi, but Riku holds him back long enough to let her escape with the others]].
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' after Naminé finishes restoring Sora's memories at the end of the prologue, [=DiZ=] orders Riku to destroy her, at least partially because of his [[FantasticRacism prejudice against Nobodies]]; Riku, however, has no intention of doing so, both because of Naminé helping him and Sora during the events of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainofMemories'' and because he's ''not'' happy to discover that [=DiZ=] only helped restore Sora for the sake of petty revenge against Organization XIII, and instead lets her go. During the game's final act, Organization XIII also declares that, with their Kingdom Hearts completed, they have no further need for Sora, and try to dispose of him.
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' Aqua is in the same boat. Her role in ThePlan is to just succeed at the Master exam while Terra doesn't to make him feel inferior and rush off half cocked. This happens in the first 10 minutes of the plot [[spoiler:and the rest of her story arc is the BigBad sending her into danger and later sending his Dragon to personally finish her off. But she's made Master rank for a reason and refuses to die. Eventually she winds up screwing the whole Gambit just by being an extra person who wasn't expected to be around for the final stages]].
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', [[spoiler:Xemnas tried to confront Roxas and Xion by casting an illusion where both of them thought they were facing an Heartless with the expectation one would kill the other. All this because he wanted a full-powered Sora clone rather than two half-powered ones.]]
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance'', [[spoiler: Riku finds himself in the exact same position of Xehanort's plans as Aqua was well over a decade ago, given that he's now [[IncorruptiblePurePureness immune to Xehanort's attempts to corrupt him with darkness.]] And, just like Aqua, he ends up giving Xehanort a [[{{AwesomeBosses/KINGDOMHEARTS}} much-deserved ass-kicking]] in the climax.]]
** And in the manga adaptation for ''Manga/KingdomHeartsII'', [[{{Disney/Mulan}} Shan-Yu's]] failure to conquer China and kill its Emperor results in Xigbar shooting him in the head.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro: Dawn of the Dragon'', Malefor does this to the apes by giving them a FateWorseThanDeath as a reward for freeing him from his prison, and also because they ''only'' helped him in the first place because he was giving them power.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' the eponymous mask does this to the Skull Kid, whom it had been using as a host for most of the game. [[spoiler:But he gets better at the end.]]
** The manual of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' states that Ganondorf killed his followers when they reached the Triforce so he could claim its power for himself alone.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'', Princess Shroob [[spoiler:(the younger one)]] declares that Peach is useless after the brothers break her out of her force field and tries to finish her off, but the brothers fight and defeat her.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Reapers kill their indoctrinated slaves once they are finished with them, since their ultimate goal is wiping out all advanced species.
** At the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[spoiler:Harbinger]] delivers this line to the Collector General, for the crime of letting Shepard blow up the Collector Base and [[spoiler:Reaper prototype]].
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' [[spoiler:the Illusive Man]]'s new antagonism towards Shepard is apparently a case of this, [[spoiler:though in fact it's because he's indoctrinated]].
*** Although it's also a case of Shepard refusing to accept anything other than wiping out the Reapers [[spoiler:until the end where s/he learns it's not quite that simple.]] Persumably if Shepard were on board with his plan, they'd have Kai Leng's job.
* At the start of ''[[VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}} Mercenaries 2: World In Flames]]'', the player is working for Ramon Solano, a CorruptCorporateExecutive who's friend, a Venezuelan General, is being held for treason. After breaking out the General, Solano decides to kill you before he starts his coup. After many explosions, Oil Rig explosions, castle explosions, and a war between the US and China (with explosions), and TWO nuclear explosions, the Merc finally catches up to Solano. Memo to all would-be dictators; don't piss off a [[SociopathicHero Sociopathic Norwegian]], ScaryBlackMan, or [[LadyOfWar High Class British Military Contractor]].
* In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', [[spoiler:General Shepherd shoots his subordinates, Roach and Ghost, after they retrieve intel on Makarov, then has his Shadow Company goons douse the bodies in kerosene, which he personally ignites. [[TearJerker Oh, and you see all of this through Roach's eyes]] A rare case of this being done to Unwitting Pawns, not Mooks]].
** [[spoiler:Shepherd doesn't care much for Shadow Company either- after Soap and Price breach SC's command base, Shepherd sets the place to self-destruct to cover his own escape, telling those still inside their "[[BlatantLies sacrifice will be honored]]".]]
** Makarov does this to PFC Allen at the end of "No Russian".
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Liquid Snake says this to Solid Snake word for word when Snake finally (unknownly) activates Metal Gear Rex. Then he tries to gas him.
** The Patriots do this in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' with every single character, such as deactivating Richard Ames pacemaker nanomachines for him to act out FOXDIE (although the fact that his actions mentioned in In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth were mentioned, and resulted in the incident being exposed among others, may also qualify as a very subtle version of YouHaveFailedMe), they engineered President Johnson's betrayal and later capture by Solidus for the S3 plan, and then had Ocelot execute him, and then had Ocelot attempt to execute Solidus, Fortune, Snake, and Raiden aboard Arsenal Gear with RAY.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', Coldman was implied to have intended to kill off the Peace Sentinels with the Peace Walker project's completion, especially if it succeeded, as soon as it was done. Zadornov himself nearly did this onto Big Boss, and in fact, had the MSF and FSLN not stormed the room and captured Zadornov, he would have done this.
* ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars: Days of Ruin]]'': After the {{b|loodKnight}}arbarian known as The Beast is defeated in Mission 10, the game's BigBad [[LeftForDead leaves him to die]] as the experimental drugs he was injected with ravage his psyche.
** He does (or threatens to) something similar several times during the game. Considering [[NietzscheWannabe he deems human life as a waste of natural resources]] or, at best, material [[ForScience for experiments]], this is hardly surprising.
** Midway through ''Dual Strike'', Von Bolt tries to off [[spoiler:Hawke and Lash]] when their questioning of his plans surpasses their usefulness to him. This prompts their subsequent HeelFaceTurn.
* After the Shadow Queen [[spoiler:possesses Peach]] in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Grodus attempts to order her around- not exactly the smartest move, considering her [[EldritchAbomination nature]]. She proceeds to blast him with lightning. [[spoiler:He got better.]]
* In ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', after the first two version of their plan, which attempted to take advantage of Trent Easton's political connections, fail, Mr. Blonde reveals his alien nature and dispatches Easton in a combination of YouHaveFailedMe and this trope. When the last, least subtle plan is thwarted as well, the Skedar imprison their other ally, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Cassandra DeVries]], for the same reasons.
* In ''VideoGame/PerfectDarkZero'', after Chandra brings the Graal to Zhang Li, [[DevourTheDragon he sacrifices her for her life force]].
* TheReveal of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' involves [[spoiler:Ikutsuki doing this to the party]], though the death part, at least, had a purpose: He was going to use his tools as human sacrifices to accelerate his plan. Because apparently he can't wait [[spoiler:three lousy months]]. [[SmugSnake Still fails, though]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' has this happen fairly often.
** The second target, Madarame, is an artist who steals the work of his pupils and passes it off as his own, cutting them loose once they're no longer useful and using his connections to destroy their reputations if they complain. Perhaps worst of all, [[spoiler:he let Yusuke's mother die so that he could steal her masterpiece and take her son in, thereby exploiting Yusuke's talent]].
** In Ryuji's confidant, you find that Yamauchi, the replacement coach for the track team is almost as bad as Kamoshida. While eavesdropping on a conversation between him and a drinking buddy, you learn that Yamauchi's planning on making Takeishi captain in order to gain the favor of his wealthy parents, but since Takeishi isn't any good at track, Yamauchi hopes he'll suffer an "accident" and lose his spot on the team.
** [[spoiler:Masayoshi Shido]], [[BigBad the main antagonist]] and head of TheConspiracy, has a tendency to dispose of his fellow conspirators when they're more useful to him dead than alive. He has [[spoiler:Principal Kobayakawa and Kunikazu Okumura]] killed to frame the protagonists for their deaths, kills [[spoiler:the SIU director]] after [[spoiler:the protagonist's apparent death]] because he's a direct link between the Phantom Thieves case and TheConspiracy, and even says that [[spoiler:he'd dispose of his son, Goro Akechi]] after becoming Prime Minister, because [[spoiler:Akechi, as his illegitimate child, would be nothing more than a potential liability]].
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', [[spoiler:The Practical Incarnation]] inverted this trope by manipulating someone into falling in love with and dying for him. ThePowerOfLove kept her bound to him even after death and her ghost remained an integral part of his plan: She did not 'outlive her usefulness' so much as 'even in death, she still serves'. [[spoiler:While The Practical Incarnation is long gone, Deionarra keeps haunting and attempting to guide the incarnations of The Nameless One, unable to leave him even if he no longer remembers her.]]
* In ''VideoGame/Portal1'', [=GlaDOS=] decides to kill Chell after she has all the testing data she needs. In a massive oven, no less.
** In VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}, [[spoiler:Wheatley]] also tries this as soon as he can replace Chell with robotic test subjects.
* Subverted in ''PsychoWaluigi''. After Waluigi frees Psycho Iris, the latter says he is about to do this, but then he follows it up by saying, "...JUST KIDDING! I only said that 'cause you were expecting me to, and I didn't want to dissapoint."
* In the Total Conversion ''Malice'' for ''VideoGame/QuakeI'', this happens to the protagonist mid-plot. The BigBad ambushes him just when he tries to figure out why he still hasn't been paid for his job.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', Albert Wesker does this to [[spoiler:Excella]] near the end of the game. During the final confrontation, Chris mocks Wesker's tendency to do this to his allies by noting that Wesker is all alone with his back to a wall.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'', [[spoiler:Iris destroys her own father with a Blitzstrahl attack from behind him after he is defeated by the player's character (Spiritia or Grolla, to be precise) because he wasn't useful in her plans anymore]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Graf Sepperin''': (As he gets struck from behind by Iris' Blitzstrahl attack) GAAAAAAAAAHHH!!! (he burns away)]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Iris''': What a useless old man.]]
** [[spoiler:She would've done the same to Tia if not for her friend Freu interfering with a massive ice attack that freezes her one last attack with it]].
--->[[spoiler:'''Iris''': I really must thank you for being such quality entertainment. Unfortunately, I have no further use for you, so... Please die.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Section 8}}: Prejudice'' Salvador disposes of [[spoiler:Thorne]] when the latter is cornered by 1st Recon.
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'', Kato's commanding officer and love interest is gunned down by Japanese soldiers when she ceases to be any use to the army high command... as Kato helplessly watches. [[spoiler:This starts the chain of events that turns him into the final BigBad of ''Covenant''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ShogoMobileArmorDivision'', if Sanjuro agrees to help Ryo in exchange for his support in saving Kura, after completing the task, Ryo says "Thanks for the assistance, Commander. You're no longer useful to me. Sorry to leave you hanging," then deactivates the energy bridge leading to the area the Sanjuro is in, forcing him to get back to the main part of the building an air intake chute.
* Alfonso from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' punts his vice-captain off of his own airship and sends him plummeting to his death when Vyse and Aika invade at the start of the game. He planned to use the vice-captain as a scapegoat for allowing the Blue Rogues to board the ship (and get himself a [[KlingonPromotion cushy promotion]] for "outing the traitor"), but his boss, Galcian, sees through it and punishes him instead.
** [[spoiler:Galcian pulls this himself much later in the game on Belleza, although in a very indirect manner as he simply unleashes the continent-destroying superweapon on the continent he sent her to. This proves to be a fatal error on Galcian's part, as Belleza is late to arrive and thus escapes the blast. She proceeds to aid the heroes in planning their assault on Galcian's fortress, then personally rams her ship into his escape pod when he flees.]]
** Finally, Mendoza, the prior Grand Admiral (whom Galcian replaced) tried this on Ramirez in the latter's backstory. Ramirez is a {{tykebomb}} created for assassination and has a blade that ''can slice photons in half'', and is, not to mention, still alive when the game comes around: You work out how well that one went. It goes without saying that Galcian is ''not'' big on trying to repeat that whopper...
*** Not to mention, Galcian saw Ramirez as being like a son, decidedly ''not'' just a tool to be disposed of once he's served his purpose.
* [[BigBad Imperator Ix]], during the events of ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'', promptly blows Shade off Angel Island for questioning his motives after Sonic and his team rough him up. After he jacks the Master Emerald and sends Angel Island plummeting into Metropolis, Shade [[HeelFaceTurn allies with Sonic and company]] [[TheAtoner to abort his scheme]].
* In ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', Arcturus Mengsk abandons his top lieutenant Sarah Kerrigan to die at the fangs of the ravenous Zerg Swarm as soon as she ensures his ultimate victory. While Mengsk is undeniably a MagnificentBastard, this turns out to be his single greatest mistake, and it comes back to [[WomanScorned bite him in the ass]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge in a major way]].
** Sarah herself gives this treatment to two entire ''armies'' in ''Starcraft: Brood War'', including, ironically, Mengsk himself.
** In VideoGame/StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty, [[spoiler:a peek into a possible BadFuture shows the [[EldritchAbomination Dark]] [[BiggerBad Voice]] and his Hybrids pulling this on the Zerg, exterminating them as soon as he was done using them to annihilate the Terrans and Protoss.]]
** Like most of the horrible things she did in ''Brood War'', this is invoked and defied by Sarah Kerrigan in VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm, which focus on her redemption. After their EnemyMine in the Skygear missions, [[spoiler:Stukov]] expects her to pull out this on him, only for Kerrigan to not only spare him, but [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming offers him a place in the Swarm since he has nowhere to go]]. In the Hyperion mission, Zerg ask Kerrigan if they can devour the Raiders now that they have done what they could to help, only for her to angrily forbid any attempt on their life. The trope is still played straight when Kerrigan abandons her own creation Niadra once she is done [[spoiler:eliminating the Protoss on the ship she was sent]], but considering she had been used to ShootTheDog, it is sort of understandable Kerrigan didn't want to keep her.
* M.Bison on ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3'' does this to the Dolls Juni and Juli at their endings. [[spoiler: It ''almost'' succeeds.]]
* This, crossed with YouHaveFailedMe, starts the plot of the NES VideoGame/{{Strider}} game - Strider Hiryu is informed that Strider Kain was captured by the enemy. Just when you think you're being sent to rescue him... "As his identity is now known, rescue is not an option. Kill him! That is all." Needless to say, Hiryu's ''not'' about to kill a comrade on some computer screen's say-so, and heads out to find more information...
* Happens in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Gaiden'', worded just this way by [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal Duminuss]]. And when you beat her, the ''real'' BigBad, Dark Brain, comes out, says the same thing, and offs ''her''.
* While he's not killed, Bowser gets this from Ganondorf in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''. The two of them are going to report to Master Hand when Ganondorf decides to turn Bowser into a trophy in preparation to usurp the Master Hand. (Later, when Bowser is restored and ''Ganondorf'' is a trophy, Bowser takes his sweet revenge... or tries to, anyway.)
*** But it's all good, because then Tabuu gives the boot to Ganondorf so that he can join the heroes in time for the final battle.
* In ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'' [[spoiler:SHODAN]] tells you this after you kill The Many. [[SarcasmMode Big surprise there]].
** Although it's somewhat subverted:[[spoiler: She'd originally hoped to have you serve as her "avatar" but her plan will destroy everything upon the Von Braun and Rickenbacker, and the escape pods have already been taken.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'':
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', Dhaos callously eviscerates Mars and his henchmen after brainwashing them to free him from prison, even having the gall to tell them they have outlived their usefulness.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', [[spoiler:Remiel]] says almost these exact words to the party at the end of the Journey of Regeneration when he attacks you. He fails.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', [[spoiler:Van]] uses these words when the villain leaves Ion and the party behind to die once [[spoiler:Luke has doomed Akzeriuth to sink into the core under his direction]]. In a subversion, the appearance of the villain's sister in the party suddenly adds a person the villain ''doesn't'' want to die into the mix -- but since she can save herself (with the minor prize that she'll save the party alongside herself) and the villain knows this, it doesn't change matters.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', in the 2013 Halloween event, once the mercenaries take the corpse of Redmond/Blutarch to hell, the remainder will send everyone to hell so he doesn't have to pay them.
* ''VideoGame/ThiefTheDarkProject'': [[spoiler:Garrett]] almost falls victim to this after [[spoiler:delivering the Eye to Constantine, who puts out one of his eyes and leaves him for dead, trapped in a thicket of flesh-eating plants. Garrett is rescued by the Keepers.]]
* The fate of [[spoiler: the Adviser]] in ''VideoGame/TotalWarWarhammer''; [[spoiler: midway through the Warriors of Chaos Campaign, he arrives and gives you a mocking speech about how you have little power against the Gods. Mockery turns to terror when his albino raven familiar is consumed by light, and he pleads for his life before the bird pecks out his eyes and reveals itself to be Sathorael the Ever-Watching, a Lord of Change that has been manipulating all of the factions in order to usher in the End Times.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'', you are given the option of sacrificing your characters in exchange for a rather large power boost [[spoiler:though if you do it too much you'll receive the bad ending.]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': In the Arcatraz dungeon, Warden Mellichar, under the influence of mind-control, releases Harbinger Skyriss, who promptly kills Mellichar.
** The [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]] do this to Deathwing in the alternate future where they win; to break free, ALL the Dragon Aspects have to die. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice So he's impaled on top of the Wyrmrest Temple.]]
** In ''VideoGame/WarcraftII: Tides of Darkness'' ' Orc ending, Ner'Zhul and the player go through a portal and leave the rest of the Horde on Draenor, which is about to be destroyed.
** In ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', once Archimonde is summoned the control of the Scourge is handed over to Tichondrius, leaving Arthas, Kel'thuzad, and Ner'zhul as nothing.
** Before that, once Mal'Ganis finished bringing Arthas to TheDarkSide, he is killed by Arthas and the Burning Legion doesn't interfere.
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Arygos]] in the ''Literature/ThrallTwilightOfTheAspects'' novel. Kirygosa suspects he was subject to this, but the Twilight Father clarifies that his failure to [[spoiler:become the Aspect of Magic instead of Kalecgos]] was what got him killed.
* In ''VideoGame/WingCommander II'''s second Special Operations pack's ending, it is revealed that the Mandarins, humans who cooperated with the Kilrathi in order to become part of the Kilrathi government and change Kilrathi society from within, were about to outlive their usefulness before Blair destroyed their Ayers Rock base.
* These exact words are said by [[spoiler: [[TheManBehindTheMan Clod/Armageddon]]]] as part of his PreAssKickingOneLiner in ''VideoGame/SilhouetteMirage''. "You Have Outlived Your Usefulness, Messenger."
* From ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' [[spoiler:[[BigBad Father Balder]] had already previously decided that his brainwashed [[TheDragon Dragon]], Jeanne, was supposed to die in order to help Bayonetta regain her lost memories. However, Jeanne shakes the brainwashing at the last moment and escapes, coming back later to save Bayonetta from Balder.]]
* Attempted by the BigBad in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'', once Lloyd had handed over the [[PlotCoupon Moon Objects]]. It doesn't work.
* ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'': Your Ancestor had this tendency. When the young lady he had been courting got a little too close to his dark works, he turned her over to the Fishmen [[WasOnceAMan so they'd use her as their queen]], when his favorite smugglers asked for one pay rise too many he drowned them with their own anchor, and once he had learned everything his necromancer friends could teach him he slit all their throats in their sleep. Naturally, you have to deal with the aftermath.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Most of the villans of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' are of the manipulator kind and are really fond of this trope. [[spoiler:Kotomine]] tries pulling it on Shirou and Saber in Fate after [[spoiler:he fails to tempt them with the Grail]] (fails because Lancer interferes), and [[spoiler:Rin]] in Unlimited Blade Works (fails because Lancer interferes) -- [[spoiler:followed by pulling it on Lancer himself by ordering him to kill himself (succeeds, but Lancer [[TakingYouWithMe takes him down with him]])]]. In Heaven's Feel, [[spoiler:Zouken]] takes over the BigBad-ship and ends up trying to pull this trope on [[spoiler:Sakura]] and fails.
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Okonogi gives Takano this treatment near the end of Matsubayashi-hen after it becomes clear her plans to trigger Protocol 34 have been completely foiled. Complete with a HannibalLecture about how Tokyo never really cared about her research and was only using her a pawn. He than hands her a gun with a single bullet and tells her to blow her brains out. And if not for the intervention of Hanyu, that is what she most likely would have done. It is safe to assume that she does not fare better in the other worlds either.]] This is an especially unusual example because [[spoiler:Takano is supposed to be the BigBad.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:the same Okonogi from Higurashi is eventually revealed to have been working with the main Sumadera branch to eliminate Kasumi and her guards. Because Ange had at that point become a liability and could become a witness, Okonogi ordered Amakusa to kill Ange as soon as he finished off Kasumi and her guards.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic'', The Dr. Claw-style unseen villain [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/index.php?cid=469 rewards]] one of his mooks.
* Tim the Gholem in ''Webcomic/BoomerExpress'', who tricked Vikki and worked with Kaminovo and Kyominara to awaken a Precursor is RewardedAsATraitorDeserves by the two demons.
* Happens a couple of times in ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse''. For example, [[spoiler:Bojack does it to Bido, and Cell to his Cell Jr.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', Quain'tana gives Syphile a warning that she has "[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5043 outlived your purpose [raising Ariel] and my patience]]" and effectively banishes her. The threat to kill her is not explicitly said (and considering [[AbusiveParents the end result]] of her raising Ariel, it was more of a YouHaveFailedMe anyway), but it's definitely there. Later, she [[spoiler:made good on it, though Syphile attacked ''her'' first rather than the other way around, and Quain actually displays some admiration that she had the guts to try and kill her before she gives her a quick death.]]
** Snadhya'rune also threatens [[spoiler:her daughter]] Kalki with this after her impulsive actions cost her a potentially valuable ally, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10163 telling her]] to "go, before I find I no longer need you." [[spoiler:Like Quain, she makes good on the threat by the end of the chapter]].
* Black Mage from ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' was always a fan of Chaos and made [[CardCarryingVillain no attempts to hide it]]. [[spoiler:Once Chaos himself shows up, he makes it clear that he intends to slaughter BM as well as everything else.]]
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'', where it's the ''good guys'' (or at least the antihero) who invoke the trope (by [[http://www.errantstory.com/2005-08-08/398 name]]) to dispose of bandit Jim after Sarine coerces him into revealing the location of the bandit camp. Sarine herself is perfectly happy to have the guy go off to the PowersThatBe and turn himself in, but Jon prefers a more ... direct ... approach.
* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', Wrecking Paul is [[spoiler:a serial killer preying on women, as well as]] a thief. When faced with Mr. Mighty [[spoiler:instead of the female hero he was expecting]], he [[MoralEventHorizon turns on his accomplice]]. [[spoiler:Apparently he goes through a lot of them.]]
* Otacon from ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' uses Sniper Wolf as an intermediary to tell Liquid that he's finished modifying Metal Gear to fire nukes, stating that he suspects Liquid will adhere to this trope and kill him the moment he finds out. [[ForegoneConclusion Obviously]], it doesn't happen.
* Once it becomes clear in ''Webcomic/TheLettersOfTheDevil'' that [[spoiler:Chuck's reputation is irrevocably tarnished, Susan kills him while saying, "You're too broken."]]
* In ''Webcomic/MitadakeSaga'', Keiichi [[spoiler:kills both Kazu and Yuki after they've finished all the testing of the Death Note and are unable to provide him with names respectively]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** When Redcloak informs Xykon that his ogre minions are asking for payment, Xykon kills them and zombifies them. "Just as strong, but they eat less!"
** It's implied that Xykon is grooming Tsukiko to replace Redcloak since he's becoming increasingly unreliable.
** Later on however Redcloak disposes of [[spoiler:the wights by ordering them to kill (and eat) themselves]] in order to cover up [[spoiler:the murder of Tsukiko]]. When he tells Xykon that [[spoiler:he killed Tsukiko for being TheStarscream]], Xykon's response is "been there, done that, didn't really need her" (combined with some face saving).
** An interesting example between General Tarquin and [[spoiler: his son Nale]]. For a very long time, Tarquin was willing to overlook [[spoiler:Nale's staggering incompetence and overall detrimental effect on his plans, simply because he was his son and he loved him. However, when Nale boasts about killing Malack and then rejects Tarquin's LastSecondChance to reconcile, Tarquin stops treating him like his son and starts treating him as an asset]]. [[spoiler:[[YouHaveFailedMe A pragmatically evil overlord like Tarquin only has one reaction to a useless asset]].]]
-->'''Tarquin:''' Is that really how you feel? [...] *sigh* As you wish, [[spoiler:son]].
* ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'':
-->'''[[AIIsACrapshoot OZBASIC]]:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: You have served your purpose. [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s= 508 Prepare ]]
for deathly laser death time..... [[FrickinLaserBeams WITH LASERS!]]]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[spoiler: Clarota]] tries to pull this in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'', turning on the party after they help him achieve his goals. [[BoomHeadshot Percy doesn't let him get away with it.]]
* [[spoiler:Benjamin Palmer]] does this to [[spoiler:Col. Keene]] near the end of ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'', then has it done to him in turn by [[spoiler:Lear Dunham]].
* Game 7 of ''ComicFuryWerewolf''. The two Wolves decided to backstab the Framer mere days away from victory. It turned out later that they'd just forgotten that he was on their side, but the Trope was used in the Death Scene anyway.
* [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Hades]] does this in WebAnimation/TheFrolloShow to [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Scanty and Kneesocks]] in the episode ''Frollo Misses His Mother''. This was after Frollo, Gaston, Lefou, and Hans Frollo escape Hell by using [[spoiler:Sonic's spring]]. They managed to escaped because [[spoiler:Hans makes a surprising appearance and covers them with his sperm]]. They apologize to Hades, only for him to respond by kicking them into the River Styx and RickRolling them as [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment punishment]].
* Douglas Hyland and Julian Hunter in ''WebVideo/SplinterCellExtinction''. [[spoiler:The latter [[UnexplainedRecovery gets better]].]]
* Played with in ''WebVideo/StupidMarioBrothers''. [[spoiler:After Shadow Mario fulfilled his usefulness to Mr. L, he died, but not at the hands of Mr. L...]]
* [[http://www.villainsource.com VillainSource]]'s [[http://www.villainsource.com/lairs.html Lairs & Bases page]] advises prospective villains to do this with their construction crews once their lairs are complete, because "A Secret Lair isn't so secret with a couple of hundred ex-construction workers wandering the globe, blabbing to bar patrons about the secret shark trap you built into your underwater grotto."
* [[DiabolicalMastermind Coil]] attempts this in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', attempting to kill [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]] when her [[EvenEvilHasStandards morals]] outweigh the benefits that she offers and she has accomplished the goal of taking over the city for him that he has set out. In order to do this, he teleports her to an abandoned building and shoots her in the chest, and then, when [[BulletproofVest she survives]], he sets the building on fire and has his men fire at it constantly to ensure that she does not escape. When she escapes, she finds her allies, outmaneuvers Coil, shoots him in the head, and takes over his organization.
** Later, the ostensibly heroic [[spoiler:Irregulars]] pull this on [[spoiler:their leader, Weld]], once he has led them to victory over [[spoiler:Cauldron.]]
* While the Executive from WebOriginal/FalloutIsDragons has yet to do this onscreen, he's never been seen with the same partner twice....
* In Creator/AchievementHunter's ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V]]'' "Heist" episodes, this has been done three times:
** The first two times times were by Ryan, who [[spoiler:kills Geoff in the first Heist [(Geoff's) Heist] and tries to kill Ray in the third (Ryan's Heist). However, he forgot to get his share of the money from Geoff, denying him an actual victory and Ray kills him before he could kill Ray.]]
** The third time was by Michael, who [[spoiler:initiates a plan so that he can kill off Ryan, Ray, Geoff and Kerry and split the money between himself, Gavin and Lindsay.]]
* Implied at the end of [[{{Creepypasta}} "Normal Porn for Normal People"]]. The last video featured in the story involves one of the actresses for the titular site being BoundAndGagged before the people running the site open the door for a shaved, rabid chimpanzee, which proceeds to maul the poor woman to death. The title of the video in question? "Useless.avi".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': "Your usefulness is at an end!", said by El Capitan to Flinheart Glomgold at the end of "Wrongway in Ronguay", threatening him with a cannon. An unfazed Glomgold reverses the cannon back onto him however...with El Capitan doing likewise...and Glomgold again...leading to a {{No|You}}, '''''[[NoYou You]]''''' Have Outlived Your Usefulness argument until the cannon fires and thwarts them both.
* Done by [[spoiler:Tirek]] in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'' to [[spoiler:Discord]]. [[spoiler:Tirek]] doesn't ''kill'' [[spoiler:Discord]], but he does drain him of all his magic and power and all but quotes this trope.
* In an episode of "WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog", Dr. Robotnik fires one of his minions via telephone because he "doesn't need them anymore".
* Attempted by Long Feng in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. After Azula helps him stage a coup against the Earth King, he orders his Dai Li agents to arrest her. However, Azula turns the tables by revealing that the Dai Li work for her now and, in fact, ''she'' has no further use for ''him''.
** Azula herself is subject to a non-fatal but still exceptionally cruel one of these in the finale, by her own father no less. He rewards her for all her loyalty by naming her his successor as Fire Lord, and then immediately crowns himself [[GodEmperor Phoenix King]] of the entire planet, rendering her new position [[KickedUpstairs totally powerless]].
** From Season 1 of the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[BigBad Amon]] tells his flunky [[TheDragon The Lieutenant]] this when the latter discovers his boss's secret - [[spoiler: Amon himself is actually a bloodbender]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Disappearing Inque", Inque, a powerful shapeshifter whose body was falling apart, was freed from prison, given a place to hide out and helped to have her body's cohesion restored by Aaron Herbst, a slightly stalkerish guy who had worked at the prison. While he WAS annoying and probably creepy to be around it still doesn't forgive Inque taking his request, to be given powers similar to hers, and twisting it by only giving him half the abilities. In a rather nasty case of BodyHorror, [[AndIMustScream the guy now has a body similar to Inque in that its formless and maleable, but he lacks the ability to control it]].
* In the MusicalEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', the Music Meister sings his [=brainwashed=] mindslaves into dancing to a fiery grave:
-->''And now that Batman's been delayed, your usefulness has passed\\
A [[FriendOrIdolDecision distraction]] is what I need, so [[PsychicAssistedSuicide kick into that blast!]]''
* NOS-4-A2 in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' makes it very clear that he's going to dispose of XL after he's no longer needed for his plan of conquering the galaxy. He even says these exact words to XL after he says he killed both Buzz Lightyear and XR. Unfortunately for NOS-4-A2, XL had a HeelFaceTurn and was lying about killing the space rangers.
-->'''NOS-4-A2:''' ''Excellent. You've served me well. But You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.''\\
'''Buzz Lightyear:''' ''For evil, maybe. But not for good!''
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse:'' in "Where There's A Well, There's A Way," a hooded figure named Copper-Conk Cassidy trails DM and Penfold in their quest to find the mystic inkwell of Merlin the Magician. As they traverse the Cave of Coffins, Copper-Conk, with mallet in hand sneaks in and quips "Goodbye, Danger Mouse. You have served your purpose." Subverted immediately as he falls into a hole.
* Typhonus lays it out fairly openly in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'' when asked about Barca, a traitor Pirate helping the Neosapiens in return for Pirate dominion over Venus: "All of Venus Barca will ever see is a six-foot hole in the ground."
** Ironically, Typhonus himself had been on the receiving end of such earlier (He got better because of CloningBlues).
* Xanatos tries this on the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' in the series' opening after his initial plan has succeeded. It doesn't work.
* White Knight, a good guy (relatively), in the series ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' implies to Agent Six that he will do this to Rex if the teenager refuses to obey orders.
* ''WesternAnimation/InchHighPrivateEye'': A scientist working for Mr. Finkerton developed a mechanical flea that could make detectives unnecessary. When it was stolen, Finkerton tasked Inch High with finding it, claiming Inch High would be fired if he failed and that, if he succeeded, he'd fired anyway because Finkerton would no longer need him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Shendu did this to Valmont and the Enforcers after getting all of his talismans. Later in season 2, he no longer needed Finn, Ratso, and Chow to carry the Pan'Ku box and sends them out (it is notable, though, that he lets them live at all, presumably because they actually did what they were supposed to do). Shendu tries to do this to Hak Foo, but Valmont wouldn't allow him. However, Shendu soon figured out he had invoked the trope too soon, as he still needed the box, even if just to delay his sibling's wrath.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' episode "The Riddle of the Gold", a villainous maharaja working with Dr. Zin on a fake gold mine makes the big mistake of mentioning that he will be sharing the ill-gotten gains with Zin. At that statement, Zin casually orders his lackey to implement Phase 2 of his plan. When the Maharajah asks for a light and asks what Zin is referring to, the lackey suddenly hits the Maharajah with a hidden spring-loaded poison needle in his lighter to kill him since he is not needed anymore.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' Tala, following her failed revolt against Lex Luthor, realizes Lex was planning on [[LivingBattery using her to revive Brainiac]] all along, even though it would kill her. When it finally happens, [[WomanScorned Tala]] tampers with the process in a final act of defiance by reviving Darkseid instead. The evil alien invokes this trope by killing almost all of the remaining rogues for their efforts.
-->'''Darkseid:''' It would appear that I have you to thank for my resurrection. Though your planet will suffer slowly, I grant you the mercy of a quick death.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleDrummerBoy'', Ben Haramad sells Aaron's camel after one of those used by the Three Kings falls under the load it's carrying. A disgusted Aaron rejects the final pay from that sale and storms off. When Ali tries to go after him, Ben Haramad tells him that Aaron is free to go ''because'' he had outlived his usefulness.
-->'''Ben Haramad''': Let him go. ''We're done with him.''
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and WesternAnimation/MerrieMelodies:
** "A Mutt in a Rut": Elmer Fudd – in a rare cartoon where he stars as the hero, not the sympathetic villain – loves his dog, Rover, and has no plans to kill him. However, Rover – having just watched "The Dog-Lover's Hour" and host Carlton Canine speak about how some dog-owners shoot and kill their dogs once they've grown old – becomes paranoid after hearing Canine ominously editorialize, "Two go out ... but only one comes back!" Rover, annoyed at not always getting his way, is convinced Elmer has him marked for death but – since he is a dog – is unable to tell Elmer specifically what is bothering him, and is set off when Elmer suggests a good hunting trip will do him good. Rover, thinking he's saving himself, decides to kill Elmer off himself and makes several attempts to off his unwary master; however, Rover gets the worst end of things. Only at the end of the cartoon, when he sees Rover somehow limp to the studio to attack the host of "The Dog-Lover's Hour" does Elmer even start to get an idea of what is bothering his beloved pet; Rover had finally become convinced that his place in the Fudd household was secure after his last attempt went awry, and was now determined to make Canine pay for needlessly stressing him out.
* In the one-hour special of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', the Metal-Masked Assassin does this to [[spoiler:Magnus Hammersmith after the latter [[EvenEvilHasStandards objects to the former's murder of the innocent Ishneafus Meaddle]]. Unusually, Magnus actually survives the attempt on his life, but swiftly [[HeelRealization realizes how horrible his complicity in the Assassin's other evil deeds was]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath and commits suicide]]]].
* Hack and Slash of ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'' get this treatment during season 3, despite never having been useful in the first place. Megabyte is sick of their incompetence and sends them to the front lines [[UriahGambit solely to get rid of them]].
* Professor Pericles on ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' stoops this low in episode 50, where he [[spoiler:orders the death of all the citizens in Crystal Cove once they have found the door to the Nibiru Entity's tomb]].
** [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath He's on the receiving end]] shortly there after after freeing the Nibiru Entity from [[SealedEvilInACan its prison]]. The Entity replies by possessing and killing him to take his body as its own. It then follows up by eating the rest of the the original Mystery Inc. alive.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Bruce Wayne narrowly avoids this trope with Brainiac thanks to [[ItMakesSenseInContext Superman disguised as Batman]]. Bruno Mannheim didn't turn out so lucky with Darkseid.
-->'''Mannheim''': You said you would [[WeCanRuleTogether make me a king!]]\\
'''Darkseid''': And so you are: [[ILied King of fools.]]
* Trigon does this to Slade during the fourth season finale of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. [[spoiler:Slade saw it coming, acquired a magical artifact that protected him from the worst of Trigon's wrath, and managed to survive. He spends the rest of the finale [[EnemyMine helping the Titans]] take Trigon down]].
* Chris [=McLean=] says this word-for-word Owen in the fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', when the latter asks why he and the cast of the first three seasons aren't competing this time. Then Chris has him blown up.
** Jo says a variation of the same sentence about Lightning later in the season.
* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}},'' Megatron's character uses this trope on a regular basis - the 'cons all know it and he has said it word for word on more than one occasion. He is so notorious for this that in G1, the Insecticons once rationalised he can't have been the one to betray them because he still had a use for them - they added right to his face that they wouldn't be surprised if he did so later, and he didn't bother to deny it.
* This sums up Megatron's working relationship with Starscream in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' from season 3 onward. For most of the season he was the only few individuals Megatron had at his disposal. However, as soon as he completes his plan to create living superweapons, he terminates their alliance.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', when Silas is critically injured, a team of MECH scientists saves him by [[spoiler:connecting him to Breakdown's lifeless body]]. He thanks them for their dedication and service...then kills them and leaves to [[spoiler:join with the Decepticons.]] Which makes it all the more ironic and satisfying, when in the same episode, the tactical advantage which Silas offered [[spoiler:to Megatron]] goes up in smoke, and he is handed over [[spoiler:to Knock-Out's dissection table for further study.]]
* Subverted in the pilot episode "The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay" of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. The BigBad is getting some acupuncture when his {{mook}} comes in and tells him that Doctor Venture is unveiling a new invention. Having received this information, the BigBad grabs some acupuncture needles out of his body and throws them at the mook, seemingly killing him. As the BigBad is reading the newspaper article about Doctor Venture, the mook speaks up and the BigBad looks up from the paper to see the mook thanking him for curing his shoulder pain and also his smoking habit.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' season 2: Once Darkar has the four pieces of [[ArtifactOfDoom the codex]] and Dark Bloom at his side, he makes clear that he doesn't need the Trix anymore by tossing them into a black hole. That decision bites him in the ass not much later...
** The Trix get hit with this from Valtor and Tritannus as well.
* In the 1992 ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon, Zaladane says exactly this to Sauron in the episode "Savage Land, Strange Heart Part 2." It doesn't work out well for her.
** During the Apocalypse arc, the villain tries to do this to Magneto, but he sees through it, and with Mystique, had a back up plan just in case. "I never trusted you, Apocalypse. I'm not a fool."
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Kroloteans who are under The Lights employ are killed off by them, in favor of their new partner The Reach.
* This is [[DragonsRidersOfBerk Alvin the Treacherous]]' favourite line to use when his subordinates fail.
* ''Young Samson & Goliath'' episode "Moon Rendezvous". After Kunev Khan delivers the Graviton ship to the Moon Leader, the Leader tells Khan that he is no longer necessary to his plans and pulls out a weapon with the intent of murdering him. Luckily for Khan, Samson and Goliath show up to interfere.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' finale "London Town Treachery" has the Ant Hill Mob turned into miniature Mr. Hydes after drinking a tea that the Hooded Claw spiked with a Jekyll-Hyde formula. The Mob puts Penelope in a Claw-type death trap and the Claw subsequently tells his henchman the Bully Brothers they won't be needed anymore. The Bully Brothers have no recourse but to rescue Penelope to save their jobs.
* Implied in the ''{{WesternAnimation/SilverHawks}}'' pilot, where [[BigBad Mon*Star]] begs the prison guards to release him, promising them "wealth beyond wealth" in return. They simply state that they remember what happened to the last guy who fell for that.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* According to apocrypha, this was at the center of the supposed Pixar/Disney feud back in 2005, with Disney getting upset by the "upstart" Pixar, which in turn was tired of being the sidekick to Disney when in fact their movies were making Disney billions.
* Activision falls into this trope in an excellent way. Remember Call of Duty, the game that was developed by Infinity Ward, the very same company that gave Activision billions of dollars? Well, Activision fired two key figures of Infinity Ward and has said that the developer will not make more games of that franchise; instead, Treyarch and a new developer would take care of the franchise. However, this was partially subverted after several civil suit with Infinity Ward staying open to make ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare3'' though most of its original staff resigned to protest Activision's decision.
** Activision is notorious for this. For another example, they had acquired Red Octane entirely for the VideoGame/GuitarHero franchise, then promptly had Neversoft and a couple other teams pump out as many titles as possible, which, by the end of 2010, had been 13 games in less than five years. At this point, the franchise had made Activision a few ''billion'' dollars. The moment sales started slipping, partly due to Activision's self-induced market oversaturation, Red Octane was dissolved and, as of February 2011, the franchise was dead until the announcement of ''Guitar Hero Live''.
* After the [[RedOctober October Revolution and Civil War]] in Russia was over, many of its ideologists were purged because [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Josef Stalin]] claimed that as vehement revolutionaries they knew nothing except staging rebellions and rooting out inner enemies. Stalin then proceeded to root out "inner enemies" ([[NotSoDifferent like Jews]], here called "rootless cosmopolitans") until ''1953'', long after every single member of the original Bolshevik party had been executed or exiled. He was gearing up for another round of this trope when (scientists discovered decades later) he was poisoned by one of his own inner circle, who all feared for their lives.
* Basically the philosophy behind the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitality_curve vitality curve]], or "rank and yank" corporation HR policy. Every year the 10% of the workforce which have outlived their usefulness, are sacked. The usefulness of the policy has been long debated in HR circles, with many arguing that this system encourages employees to spend more time on interoffice politics than actually working.
* During the Middle Ages, hunting dogs were not regarded much, and when the poor old hounds could no longer work, they were [[KickTheDog drowned in lakes, burned alive in a furnace, or hanged and left as crow fodder.]]
** [[NotSoDifferent They are still hanged today.]]
* TheGreatPoliticsMessup caused a great deal of this among the third world. Now that they weren't needed as anti-Communist bullwarks, dictators like UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein and Manuel Noriega were cut off by the CIA, hung out to dry by the State Department, and invaded by the US Army. This trope also happened to genuinely good guys like Ahmed Shah Massoud, an anti-Taliban mujahadeen whose calls for assistance in Afghanistan and [[TheWarOnTerror his claims of radical Islam fermenting there]] were mostly ignored during the 1990s.
* The history of international politics is, in some ways, one example of this trope after another. After almost any major war in which the winning side consisted of an alliance of at least roughly equally powerful states, the alliance breaks up, with the erstwhile allies turning on one another. This happens for two primary reasons: the common enemy that had driven them together in the first place is now gone, and there are now spoils of victory to divide. In short, for each member of the victorious alliance, at least one former ally has outlived its usefulness; of course, since states are often highly resilient, these cases are not necessarily fatal for the states involved (although they can certainly be fatal for many individuals).
* The Comics Code Authority ran into this full stop, and it was never really useful to begin with. Basically its' role was censoring comics so they wouldn't damage the minds of impressionable young children, but it was created due to the efforts of a man clung to a false premise based on observations of a subject group that was far too narrow for the scope of what he claimed, and pretty much made up evidence if he couldn't obtain it through the scientific method (which he never tried to apply anyway). Bottom line, all the comics code really did was stifle creativity, force comics to be highly formulaic, and prevented any effort to address real social, political, or cultural issues. Comic publishing companies chafed under this until the 1990's, then basically started pushing the envelope as much as they wanted. Eventually all the comic publishers stopped adhering to it, and just published comics without the code before abandoning it all together. The CCA become defunct in 2011.
* In the [[BlueAndOrangeMorality insect and arachnid world]], this happens quite frequently to the male after the act of mating.
** Some argue that the instances of the female eating the male in arthropods are [[{{flanderization}} exaggerated]], but there are plenty of instances of invertebrates where the very act of mating [[OutWithABang triggers the programmed death]] of the animal (or the laying of eggs in the females case). F.e. Octopi.
*** Although that is arguably more a case of "I have outlived my own usefulness".
** Taken to an extreme with the male anglerfish, who latches onto his mate and gradually degenerates into a mere sperm-producing appendage.
* UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher was the longest serving Tory Prime Minister of the 20th century, and one of the most successful politicians of all time. She led her party to three consecutive landslide victories, broke the back of the labour movement and the Labour Party, and permanently shifted British politics to the right. But when she became an electoral liability, the Tory party had nothing for her but this.
** This is pretty damn common in politics in general. If someone is not leaving an office of their own volition (i.e. retirement) or due to term limits, 9 times out of 10, they're being forced out by other people, which could be either the voters or party higher-ups.
* ThoseWackyNazis were very fond of doing this:
** A bleak example from the Holocaust was the Sonderkommando, inmates in Auschwitz who were given good food, cigarettes and lodging by camp standards in exchange for doing the gruesome work of cleaning up and burning all the bodies produced by the gas chambers. While useful, they were also dangerous, [[HeKnowsTooMuch as they knew in intricate detail what was going on and how it was being carried out.]] As a result, Sonderkommandos were regularly gassed and replaced, with the first duty of the replacements being to collect and burn the bodies of their predecessors.
** Another prominent Nazi-example: The SA. The ''Sturmabteilung'' was vital to the NSDAP's (and Hitler's) rise to power, however, only two years later, the SA was forcibly disbanded during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Long_Knives Night of The Long Knives]] (aka Operation Hummingbird, aka Röhm Putsch). Most of its high-ranking officers were killed either right then and there or soon after.
*** Very narrowly averted in the case of Franz von Papen; even after securing Hitler chancellorship, something Hindenburg would have been very unlikely to grant without Papen's intervention, Hitler strongly considered having him killed on the Night of the Long Knives. Ultimately, he decided against it.
** UsefulNotes/NaziGermany did this to a lot of countries during WorldWarII, including Vichy France after the Allies landed in French North Africa (nominal Vichiyite territory), Italy after the Allies landed in Sicily, and Hungary after they tried to defect. The bungled-up attempt to do this to the Soviet Union (after much initial cooperation, including the joint invasion of Poland and the Soviets providing Germany with resources to fight against France and Britain) sowed much of the seeds of the Nazis' downfall.
** Lest we forget that Nazi Germany did this to their '''own people''' too. The eugenic plan, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_T4 Action T4]] was a program of forced euthanasia under which physicians were directed to judge patients "incurably sick, by critical medical examination," and then administer to these patients a "[[MercyKill mercy death]]". 70,273 were killed under this program.
* Sometimes enforced by the Hollywood studios either when they feel like a star is fading or just for the hell of it. This happened to Creator/KimBasinger with ''Film/BoxingHelena'' after she backed out of the project and she was hit with a lawsuit that left her bankrupt and destroyed her reputation to the point where no studios were willing to give her leading roles anymore. Crator/WhoopiGoldberg saw this happen and decided that she'd rather develop a reputation as someone [[MoneyDearBoy who'd do anything for money]] rather than someone [[SeriousBusiness who broke contract agreements]], resulting in ''Film/TheodoreRex'' and the eventual end of her run as a box office draw.
* There's a legend concerning [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Napoleon's invasion of Russia]]. When he finally entered Moscow, he allegedly saw a gigantic golden cross on one of the Kremlin's towers, and wanted it as a trophy. His soldiers could not reach it, but a Russian, a former bellringer, agreed to help. When he finally leveled the cross down, Napoleon ordered the bellringer to be shot... [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves for treason against Russia]].
* This happens a ''lot'' in Chinese history, especially with the founders of new dynasties, who weaken, or often outright kill, their powerful generals and supporters once their enemies are defeated. There's no point in keeping {{Four Star Badass}}es around when the only side they can possibly put their skills to use against is yours.
* This is usually ''averted'' with secret agents; any people they can coerce into helping them are better alive than dead, especially if they can provide further services in the future.
* When France surrendered in WorldWarII, the British Navy attacked and destroyed their fleet at Mers El-Kebir in order to prevent it being used against the UK, killing 1,297 French sailors.
* A few months after WorldWarII ended in Europe, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill was voted out of office. While he had been a popular and heroic wartime leader, voters were scepitcal about his ability to govern in peacetime and much preferred the plans offered by the Labour Party.
* A lot of websites that rely on user contributions to run, particularly some of the more stuffy wikis, have this attitude about their users. As soon as a user ticks off a moderator, makes a poor contribution, or in any way becomes a liability they label that user as a {{Troll}} and lay down a ban regardless of the positive contributions that user has made.
* Kim Jong Un's pulled this on his ''own uncle'' Jang Song Thaek. Jang was the number 2 power in the entire country and helped Kim consolidate power after the death of his father. As soon as that was done, he was hit with countless charges that may or may not even be true, hauled off and executed, and even [[UnPerson retroactively removed from all photos]].
* It is assumed USSR executed UsefulNotes/RaoulWallenberg for this exact reason. GPU captured Wallenberg in Budapest, in order to blackmail Sweden on him after the war. He was intended to be exchanged to Soviet refugees in Sweden. As Sweden refused to co-operate, Wallenberg was executed.
* Since patriarchal societies commonly frame women as only useful to their husbands and households, some upper-[[TypeCaste caste]] UsefulNotes/{{Hindu|ism}} communities in UsefulNotes/{{India}} developed a tradition of ''sati'', which called for a widow to [[SelfImmolation immolate herself]] on her husband's funeral pyre. The good news is that it's been banned since the time of UsefulNotes/TheRaj, and even when it was more common, it didn't exceed several hundred victims per year out of a population of a hundred million.
* This has become true in the world of boxing in the 21 Century. While fighters before then were allowed to lose and gain experience before building themselves up to become popular attractions, now a days a fighter must have a reputation of being a undefeated prospect, especially when it comes to big fights. If a fighter loses, their sponsors might abandoned them, and their coach might drop them. There have been many unbeaten prospects whom lost and were never heard from again, unless they become blue collar gatekeepers, [[ViciousCycle used to challenge the next unbeaten prospect]]. The only way this gets prevented is if a fighter wins enough big fights before losing, hopefully securing a large enough following.
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