When The Question decides to let Rev. Hatch live in the fourth O'Neill issue, Myra (who has suffered blackmail, manipulation, and threats to her own daughter at the "reverend's" hands) takes a knife and cries out, "I WON'T!"—stabbing the villain. The Question lets her, concluding, "Better you than me."
A later O'Neill issue has Hub City being hit by a huge crime wave, even by its standards. One encounter that the Question has here involves an innocent bystander being held over the edge of a skyscraper by a gang of thugs. Question: "If you drop him, you follow him." The poor bystander is dropped. The Question then proceeds to kerbstomp all but the actual one who did the dropping, and knocks him over the edge, leaving him hanging by his fingertips..."I told you what would happen if you dropped him, didn't I?...Bye." He then actually starts walking away...only to abruptly return and save the thug. But then: "One thing." *WHAM* "Don't thank me." *SMASH* "Don't EVER thank me." *MEGA-KERBSTOMP*. He then walks away from the thoroughly whipped gang leader musing to himself, "I'll never be played by Chuck Norris. Or Charles Bronson."
During the Blackest Night, a black ring chose Vic as its host, and the Black Lantern attacked a lighthouse where Lady Shiva and Renee Montoya were fighting, with old ally Aristotle Rodor nearby. Shiva proceeded to deduce, from clues the Black Lantern had dropped, what it was what it wanted (their emotion-filled hearts) and proceeded to shut down her emotions to the point she became invisible and undetectable to the monster. Rodor and Montoya, pained as they were by Vic's resurrection as a Black Lantern, followed suit, maddening the superpowered zombie. It was one of the first instances of a Black Lantern successfully routed if not defeated.