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[[caption-width-right:270: Hear me out... what about [[LoopholeAbuse manslaughter?]]]]

->'''Crazy Mage 1:''' We cannot trust anyone.\\
'''Crazy Mage 2:''' Especially each other.\\
'''Crazy Mage 3:''' Oh, the solution is so simple. We KILL. KILL everyone.\\
'''Crazy Mage 1:''' How delightful. \\
''(everyone attacks each other)''
-->-- ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''

Essentially, there is some sort of problem, and immediately someone suggests killing as the solution, despite there being multiple other, better, and more rational solutions.

Sometimes done to show that the villain really is evil, or at least AxCrazy. Most often it's PlayedForLaughs. Bonus laugh points if killing makes the problems even bigger than other solutions. Either way, a clear product of the RuleOfDrama... or RuleOfFunny. Common with TriggerHappy characters, and when PlayedForLaughs, by the HeroicComedicSociopath. Usually only a suggestion or threat, only rarely carried out. May involve someone assuming that the GodzillaThreshold has been crossed, even when it ''hasn't''. (Actually, make that "''[[EspeciallyZoidberg especially]]'' when it hasn't.") In its most extreme form, it can become a KillEmAll solution.

[[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct What will always subvert this trope is traveling back in time to kill Hitler.]]

In contrast with ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption, where other options aren't reasonable, when murder is the best solution there are plenty of other options, but murder and mayhem are chosen anyway. Compare with CuttingTheKnot, which is essentially violence being used as an answer — though the success varies.

Compare StatingTheSimpleSolution or KillHimAlready, when someone else suggests murder as a ''more'' sensible alternative to, say, a DeathTrap. If the target is sent on a suicide mission, or if his death is arranged to occur by the hand of a mutual enemy, it's the UriahGambit. May require TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch in order for the perpetrator to get away with it (though probably not for long). And of course, a murder attempt can backfire by giving the target an even stronger reason to seek vengeance -- NiceJobBreakingItHerod. Not to be confused with DeathIsTheOnlyOption, or WhyDontYouJustShootHim, where the murder has already been decided, but the exact mechanism remains in dispute.



!!Serious Examples

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'', this is usually L-Elf's plan in most situations. [[TheHero Haruto]] calls him out on it by saying that violence is always the answer with him. In the episode where this is really shown [[spoiler:when L-Elf shoots Marie in the head for trying to get the secret of the Valvraves from Haruto and distracting him from a battle he was late for]], it's also justified, as we see his backstory being trained as a {{Child Soldier|s}} from a very young age. He mentions they were taught to be pragmatically cold and violent. "We were told to kill anyone suspicious. Kill any informants. Kill any deserters. Kill any witnesses. Kill. Kill."
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', "[[spoiler:Will they go back to normal]] if we kill Tsukishima?" Ichigo says without any hesitation. He doesn't even bother trying to find out what the man's motive is. Ichigo's suggestion is especially shocking, because he'd previously hesitated to kill much less human creatures. To be fair to him, what Tsukishima has done to him was... [[MindRape rough]].
** Part of the backstory is that the Quincy were threatening the balance between life and afterlife because their actions destroyed the souls of Hollows, instead of purifying them like Shinigami do. The Shinigami explained this to them, but the Quincy, having lost so many friends and family to Hollows, felt that Hollows ''deserved'' to have their souls destroyed. Since they failed to convince the Quincy to stop, the Shinigami immediately proceeded to Plan B: KillEmAll. (Ultimately they let ''one'' Quincy live, who had agreed to their terms at the start.) [[spoiler:Too bad for the Shinigami, a bunch of other Quincy managed to escape too. And they've spent a long time developing powerful new techniques to return the favor.]]
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', the Black Knights' resident propagandist Diethard Reid and HotScientist Rakshata suggest assassinating Suzaku once they learn that he's the pilot of the Lancelot ([[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Ha ha, good luck with that]]). Most of the other Knights, including Lelouch, disagree and outvote them. To get Kallen to attempt to take Suzaku's life, Diethard lies to Kallen that Zero wanted Suzaku dead. Thankfully, Lelouch manages to stop her and later has a word with Diethard as Zero after learning he was behind it.
** And Rolo really liked this mindset, both when working for Villetta and after defecting to Lelouch.
* Kira (Light Yagami), of ''Manga/DeathNote''. Admittedly, [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer it was the only hammer the man had]], but everything from mass murderers to interfering politicians were treated like nails.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied''. Especially at the end, [[spoiler:when they go through with it without actually trying to think up any better plans]].
* Done on a massive scale in ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'''s backstory: [[spoiler:In a land dispute between two planets, the rulers of one side reject Sandman's plan to use his {{Super Robot|Genre}} to build a new habitable world (or fix their old one) out of hand, and go with Hugi's plans to send an army of {{Robeast}}s and MechaMooks to exterminate the people of the other planet]].
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'''s Tatarigoroshi-hen:
** [[spoiler:Keiichi's plan to kill Satoko's uncle to protect her.]] Unfortunately, it really just [[AvertedTrope ends up making things worse]].
** This seems to be a recurring theme for the show, as [[spoiler:Rena kills Rina and Teppei in Tsumihoroboshi-hen to protect her dad from their scam]], [[spoiler:Shion kills all the people she thought put Satoshi away (and tries to stab Keiichi, and no, she was never at the hospital) in Watanagashi-hen and Meakashi-hen]], and the overall theme of the show itself, since [[spoiler:Takano wants Rika dead by her own hands so she can enact her plan to raze the village, before 'everybody goes crazy']]. When you consider that [[spoiler:all of these people have Hinamizawa syndrome, a disease that causes people to go AxCrazy, [[ItMakesSenseInContext it makes more sense]]]].
** Shion also [[spoiler:''really'' wants to kill Teppei in ''Minagoroshi'', but is stopped by [[TheAtoner Keiichi]]. In a sound novel only arc, Shion, Rena, ''and'' Keiichi team up to kill Teppei. It [[HatePlague doesn't go so well]]]].
** The cast doesn't learn until Kai that [[AvertedTrope No, Murder IS NOT the best solution.]]
* ''Manga/FutureDiary''
** Yuno subscribes to this trope. In her own words, "Everyone who comes between me and Yukki can just die!"
** [[BreakTheCutie Unsurprisingly,]] [[spoiler:Yukiteru]] eventually comes to think this way on the basis of "I can just bring them back to life when I'm god."
* Char Aznable in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', but more so during ''Char's Counterattack''. Having become a WellIntentionedExtremist, he justifies a ColonyDrop as a way to accelerate [[EvolutionaryLevels humanity's evolution into Newtypes]] by forcing all of them to leave Earth.
** ...Which was then replicated by Miliardo Peacecraft in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', but this time his reason for the ColonyDrop is "to achieve true peace," or so he claims...
*** Miliardo's case is actually a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion, as he never actually intended to destroy all life on Earth. His goal was to end war by perpetrating a war so horrible that everyone would realize [[WarIsHell how awful it is]]. To do that, he needed to present a credible threat of such a scale that Earth would be forced to respond with armed resistance.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Admiral Akainu's EstablishingCharacterMoment is [[MoralEventHorizon to kill a ship full of innocent people because there may be an archaeologist aboard]]. Technically correct, as the whole reason he and other Marines were there was to ensure a secret guarded for centuries didn't get out, or it could destabilize the world.
* Asakura Ryoko of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is convinced that killing Kyon is the best solution to find out more about Haruhi. The boss of both her and Yuki is a alien-entity who ''only'' wishes to observe ''passively''. The problem is, nothing "interesting" ever happens, so Asakura wants to force change. By killing Kyon, "change" is pretty much guaranteed. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt But not in the good way.]]
* In episode 12 of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', Ichigo's crush Masaya almost found out her identity and she became depressed. In the preview for the next episode, [[{{Yandere}} Quiche]] decides to 'Erase' Masaya. His method of 'Erasing' includes [[CruelAndUnusualDeath tearing Masaya limb from limb slowly]] with a MonsterOfTheWeek, so it's lucky Ichigo saved Masaya in time.
-->'''Quiche:''' I know! I'll just erase him for you! Then you won't have to worry anymore, [[TermsOfEndangerment my honey]]!
* In ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'', we have what happened if MagicalGirl series [[DarkerAndEdgier didn't have]] [[RealityEnsues purification power]]. And it was [[PlayedForDrama played]] [[DirtyBusiness for]] [[TearJerker heart-wrenching]] [[BreakTheCutie drama]].
* The villains of the 4th and 5th arcs of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' have absolutely no compunctions about murder being their Plans A, B, and C when it comes to protecting their identity. In both cases, this is what attracts the protagonists. Although Bruno was gunning for Diavolo beforehand anyway, he wouldn't have had a chance of finding him had Diavolo not [[spoiler:had them bring Trish to him to kill her]].
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is a series about CrazyAwesome killers for hire, mob bosses, and other criminal elements -- essentially Action Movies played both straight and serious. The shock value lies in when a character makes the call ''not'' to automatically remove a living obstruction, though the obstruction probably dies anyway. The [[ActionSurvivor everyday protagonist]] [[spoiler:[[CharacterDevelopment has slowly]] [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain come to terms with this]]]].
* In ''Anime/InazumaEleven'' with antagonist Kageyama: Best way to make sure the team you coach doesn't lose in their middle school soccer regional final match? Crush the opposing team of middle school kids to death, of course. [[spoiler:Fortunately, the captain of Kageyama's team, Kidou, works out his plan ahead of time and warns protaganist Endou about it.]]
** Again with Kageyama: Best way to make sure your team wins the middle school soccer tournament finals? Run over the opposing team captain's little sister with a truck so he runs away from the match. Fortunately, she doesn't die from it, but there was every logical chance that she would have.
** Once again with Kageyama, although more indirectly this time. Before trying to crush them, Kageyama orders one of his spies sent to Raimon to [[spoiler:tamper with the bus that Raimon would take to the regional finals match, so that it would crash on the way there. Which happens to be the exact same thing he did to the legendary Inazuma Eleven, with said accident being the thing that seemingly killed Endou's grandfather]]. Natsumi finds out about it and forces the spy to to confess before the plan to go ahead.
* ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: The Inner Chambers'':
** The Reverend Kasuga believes that the grave is the safest place to keep secrets. This includes [[DisposableSexWorker prostitutes used to tempt a monk to break his vows]] (after other murders to force his hand), [[spoiler:the mother of Chie, who would become the female Shogun Iemitsu, and the doctor who witnessed the original Iemitsu's death from Redface Pox]].
** Deconstructed with Harusada. While she does resort to murdering rivals and [[spoiler:even her own ''grandkids'']], it's less because it's the ''best'' solution and more because it's the one with the most entertainment value, as she flat-out stated that she murdered her sister because she was bored.
** Reconstructed with [[spoiler:Ienari's concubines]], though, who saw what Harusada had done and concluded that it was indeed the best solution to get rid of rivals, [[spoiler:with the result that only half of Ienari's numerous children made it to adulthood]].
* ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'': Ledo's personal philosophy. It's a given [[ForeverWar where he hails from]], but on Earth, it brings about serious consequences. As a result of Ledo using this option, he causes problems for the Gargantia fleet; first against human pirates, and later [[spoiler:when he kills a whale squid, which Chamber identifies as Hideauze, a large swarm of them pass by Gargantia, and Ledo is held at gunpoint to make sure he doesn't bring about any further hostilities from the whale squids by Ridget]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''
** For Rorschach, deadly force is more or less his ''first'' line of defense, and then there's all the people he kills because he ''thinks'' they deserve it.
** The Comedian certainly isn't above deadly force, but he really crosses the MoralEventHorizon when he murders [[spoiler:a Vietnamese woman who is pregnant with his child. The confrontation starts with him callously telling her he's leaving and not taking her back to America with him; in fact, he intends to forget all about her and her country. So, to make sure he ''remembers'' forever, she slashes his face with a broken bottle, but he didn't shoot her while she was coming at him. He shot her after he'd been slashed, and after she'd put the bottle down in response to him pulling a gun. She was practically begging him not to shoot for a solid 15 seconds before he pulled the trigger. It wasn't an instinctive, defensive response; it was murder]]. Afterwards, he points out to a shocked Doctor Manhattan (who was standing there the whole time), that [[AccompliceByInaction he's just as responsible for the outcome]], really; with his RealityWarper powers, Manhattan could have created any number of solutions by doing literally ''anything'' to prevent one or both acts of violence, but he just stood there and let it all happen.
** [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] seems to solve ''all'' problems with murder. Unlike Rorschach and The Comedian, each kill is a premeditated one in cold blood intended to solve a specific problem to which there exist other solutions. It is debatable whether murder really is the ''best'' solution, but he believes in each case it is the best way to achieve his overall goal (or at least maintain the necessary secrecy). Usually, he justifies it as "one life to save many".
* PlayedForDrama in ''Comicbook/TheWickedAndTheDivine'', when Minerva questions why, [[FridgeLogic if Woden could build a cage capable of housing a god on a rampage]], [[SpottingTheThread did Ananke feel the need to kill Lucifer?]]
* ''Comicbook/XMen''
** Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} is known for suggesting this during X-Men strategy meetings.
*** If anything, this is becoming even more pronounced. In ''Comicbook/AvengersVsXMen'', teenager ComicBook/HopeSummers is acting as a lure for a cosmic entity destroying everything in its path. ComicBook/TheAvengers' solution: get her off Earth. Wolverine's solution: kill her (though he doesn't go through with it). The big story after that, ''ComicBook/AgeOfUltron'', has Wolverine trying to undo evil robot Comicbook/{{Ultron}}'s taking over the world by going back in time and murdering [[Comicbook/AntMan Hank Pym]], the Avenger who built it. When this fails to make things any better, he fixes this by going back again and murdering his own past self.
*** In ''ComicBook/TheChildrensCrusade'', this is his opinion of the best way to deal with Wanda (ComicBook/ScarletWitch) and her sixteen-year-old [[TangledFamilyTree reincarnated son]], Billy Kaplan ([[ComicBook/YoungAvengers Wiccan]]). While wanting to kill Wanda is [[ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled at least]] [[ComicBook/HouseOfM justifiable]] to an extent, Wolverine is [[BloodKnight outright gleeful]] about the idea of killing Billy as well -- and not only has Billy done ''nothing wrong'', no one's even sure if he ''has'' his mother's powers or strength. At that point, the biggest display of his power was accidentally putting a bunch of terrorists into temporary magical comas, which stopped a ''nuke'' from going off in the middle of New York. And while that display made the Avengers nervous, it wasn't proof of Billy being able to [[RealityWarper warp reality]] at all, let alone to [[PhysicalGod Wanda's level]]. Wolverine is determined to murder Billy regardless, ''just in case''. He outright ''tries'' to kill Billy twice, nearly running Billy through with his claws on both occasions, but is luckily stopped first by ComicBook/{{Magneto}} and then by [[ConquerorFromTheFuture Iron]] [[FutureMeScaresMe Lad]]. On the Avengers side of things, no one outright agrees with Wolverine's plan of "murder Wanda and her innocent son", but no one says anything ''against'' it, either.
** As is ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}, during the few X-Men strategy meetings he's been allowed into. Also, during most romantic comedies.
--->'''Deadpool:''' I don't get it, if he loves her, but she loves him, why doesn't he just [[MurderTheHypotenuse shoot him]] in the [[SymbolSwearing %^&*#ing]] face and settle the debate?
** ComicBook/{{Psylocke}} has been known to take her cue from Wolverine. For example, when the supposedly dead X-Men were discovered by former member Havok...
--->'''Psylocke:''' I dare not attempt another mindwipe but, as well, we dare not leave him loose where the Marauders can get at him.\\
'''Storm:''' Have we any other option?\\
'''Psylocke:''' Wolverine's. We kill him.
* ''{{ComicBook/Sabretooth}}'' chooses this for Weapon H in the current ongoing Weapon X series. The team face Weapon H and are soundly defeated. Old Man Logan senses that he still has a moral compass, and wants to try talking to him. Creed feels that Weapon H is too dangerous not to kill, and they'd have many deaths on their conscience letting something like him live and possibly rampage through a city of innocents. Many don't take Creed seriously, given his [[SerialKiller less than good history]]. Warpath even points it out.
--->'''Sabretooth:''' You know I'm right, Jimmy.\\
'''Warpath:''' Maybe. But if I bought every argument you just made, I'd have killed you the day we met.
* The current version of ComicBook/BlueBeetle's scarab. Without Jaime's influence, it skips straight to the homicidal, genocidal, and occasionally deicidal options.
* [[TheFifties 1950s]] Creator/ECComics were ''filled'' with this trope played dead straight; the setup for many, ''many'' stories was the protagonist meeting a new love and deciding they have to murder their existing spouse. Sometimes it would be justified by them still wanting the spouse's money, but usually not. Do keep in mind that divorce laws in 1950s America were far stricter.
** The worst example is from on of their sci-fi stories, where a scientist murders his annoying neighbor because he keeps coming inside and bugging him while he's working. Instead of just, you know, ''locking the door.''
* Comicbook/MoonKnight #9: Moonie drops in on Comicbook/ThePunisher mowing down half a dozen thugs:
-->'''Moon Knight''': You know, we could easily go down there and stop them.
-->'''Punisher''': I ''am'' stopping them.
** This trope is pretty much the reason Frank doesn't have much of a recurring RoguesGallery (except for Jigsaw and The Kingpin). It takes a ''severe'' implementation of the JokerImmunity (normally through interfering superheroes) for a villain to walk away from Frank.
* Turned up to 11 by Drax the Destroyer in the ''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' Comicbook/SecretInvasion tie-in. Since the only surefire way to detect Skrulls is that [[ThisWasHisTrueForm they revert to their true form when killed]], his solution to the threat of Skrull infiltrators is to kill ''every single person in Knowhere''. Oh, and then resuscitate them all. And it works.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':
** Upon their resurrection in Act III, upon finding out that Kokoa was the one who turned Tsukune into a ghoul and thus indirectly responsible for their deaths, Astreal is quick to hold a grudge against Kokoa to the extent that she outright tries to shoot Kokoa dead ''right in front of everybody'' on multiple occasions; in Act III chapter 10 alone, she tries to do so three times in rapid succession, and is admonished by it by both Ruby and Apoch each time. In Act III chapter 12, when Apoch tries to talk the [[DemonicPossession ghoul-infected]] Kokoa down, Astreal promptly jumps right to the notion of killing her; fortunately, it doesn't come to that.
** In Act III chapter 12, when the ghoul-infected Kokoa is about to tear off Tsukune's Holy Lock, Felucia instantly insists that they have to kill Kokoa before it's too late, not once considering simply bringing Kokoa back to her senses; Mizore stops her by pointing out that Dark is trying to stop Kokoa non-lethally, and if it really came down to that, Dark would have already killed either Kokoa or Tsukune.
* In ''Fanfic/SaviorOfDemons'', Piccolo seems to [[TheNeedsOfTheMany think killing a currently defenseless Frieza]] is a better idea than waiting for him to regain his strength and kill Gohan and the others.
* This is Gilda's first solution to get out of an ArrangedMarriage in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', though she's dissuaded from this course. Nav's daughter Taya can also be a little quick to resort to lethal force in combat, over less lethal spells.
* In the ''VideoGame/XComEnemyUnknown'' / ''Manga/BrynhildrInTheDarkness'' crossover [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10612918/1/X-Com-Into-Darkness X-Com Into Darkness]], this is TheConspiracy's main problem solver when it looks like a Magic User will get away. Problem is that they are now trying this on an [[BenevolentConspiracy internationally-funded, well trained Black Ops team charged with protecting humanity.]] [[RevealingCoverUp Now X-Com is wondering why a bunch of people are trying to kill anyone who talks with these girls.]]
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, this causes some WhatTheHellHero moments between the Trans-Galactic Republic and the ([[HeroicComedicSociopath supposedly]]) heroic Vault Hunters/members of their galaxy. Jakobs' tech is causing rips in the universe? [[NukeEm Nuke planets]] filled with civilians. And [[PutTheLaughterInSlaughter laugh while doing it]]. People like Torgue think this is hilarious and [[AssholeVictim well-deserved]], Admiral Nimitz is less-enamored. However, it ends up being treated as an InformedFlaw, partially justified due to the [[GodzillaThreshold stakes]].
* The example in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' is remade to be a reconstruction of this trope in ''Fanfic/BadAlertTheExtreme''. In this canon, murder is the ''only'' solution for stopping Lady Tremaine, her two daughters, and [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Courtney Gears]] from spreading their evil across the multiverse.
* In ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The Games We Play]]'', this is used to demonstrate the growing detachment of the Archangels from baseline humanity. When they received news that agitators were kicking up a fuss while they were trying to conduct a groundbreaking experiment, one of them, Gevurah, declared that he could resolve it in five minutes. He did so by slaughtering everyone rather than trying for a more diplomatic solution.
* In ''[[FanFic/ImHereToHelp I'm Here to Help]]'', Emerald's first plan to stop Crystal Tokyo is murdering Neo-Queen Serenity. [[spoiler:The plan that involves simply neutralizing her power is a last resort, and he admits that he hoped he could have ended things by killing Serenity before turning to it.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', the [[AIIsACrapshoot HAL 9000 computer]], faced with an [[LogicBomb irreconcilable programming conflict]], decides that the only way to ensure the mission's success is to kill the crew of the ''Discovery'' and complete the mission by himself. This one makes [[JustifiedTrope slightly more sense]], in that the programming conflict is from two equal and opposite commands to "tell crew vital information" and "keep vital information secret until reaching orbit". If there is no crew, the problem goes away... On top of this, he was actually ''trying'' to find a less lethal solution, but after incorrectly equating temporary shutdown with death, as HAL was unable to grasp the concept of sleep, decided he had no choice but to take the simple solution of killing the crew and cutting off communications with Earth if he's going to survive.
* In ''Film/BenAndArthur'', antagonist Victor believes he must [[spoiler:kill his gay brother Arthur]] in order for his church to readmit him after his expulsion. Far from dissuading Victor, the priest (who kicked him out on account that Arthur being gay will somehow send the rest of the congregants to Hell) [[spoiler:gives Victor a phone number for an assassin that can do the job. The assassin succeeds in killing Ben... except that he actually doesn't kill him, but missed out on killing Arthur, who ran out to buy groceries. On the second attempt, Victor takes the assassin with him, only to dispense with his services when both of them are already in the building. Victor then enters Ben and Arthur's apartment alone to (permanently) kill Ben and, later, baptize and kill Arthur]].
* In ''Film/{{Clue}}'', this trope is invoked by Mr. Boddy at the beginning, when he tells the party guests to kill his butler, Wadsworth. [[spoiler:It doesn't quite work out for him.]]
* Nearly every movie by Creator/TheCoenBrothers begins with people of limited intelligence having a plan that ends with someone dead. And then the fun begins.
* ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' has this trope in the whole movie. Tommy is the kind of HairTriggerTemper maniac that would resort to this trope just because someone laughed at him, but Jimmy Conway is the coldly malignant sort who will opt for this because it's his way of saving money (no need to split the take from a heist if everyone else is dead and Jimmy can keep it all) or to get rid of StupidCrooks, and no amount of loyalty will save you. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOWaHTlq-hI this scene]] you can see the exact moment that he decides that he's had enough of the SuspiciousSpending and demands of his fellow thieves from the infamous Lufthansa heist. A cold stare turns into the slightest of [[FascinatingEyebrow raised eyebrows]] and a [[PsychoSmirk momentary smirk]], and just like that the decision to kill at least half a dozen of his associates has been made. From that moment on all of them are dead, they just don't know it yet.
* Comes up twice in ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone.'' Early in the mission, Franklin gets a broken leg, and the team must consider executing him to keep him from slowing them down or being captured and interrogated by the Germans (Franklin even attempts to shoot himself to save them the trouble). Mallory [[TakeAThirdOption takes a third option]]. Later, when [[spoiler:Anna]] is revealed as a mole, the gang has a lengthy debate about whether to kill her to complete the mission. [[spoiler:They do.]]
* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' has a similar scene, where Lawrence has to execute an Arab who murdered a member of another tribe, in order to avoid an all-out war among the Arabs.
* Martin Donnelly, from ''Film/TheRecklessMoment'', knows that the only way to stop his blackmailing partner from threatening Lucia is by killing him.
* Works out well for everyone but the murderers in ''Film/TheLadykillers'' -- namely because their attempt at using this Trope ends up in an EpicFail conga that kills them off one by one.
%%* ''Film/VeryBadThings'' is "This Trope: The Movie".

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward is the heir of Hurog. Only he's been declared unfit to rule and his uncle holds the title. More or less anyone who knows about this suggests killing the uncle, or at least implies that this would be the best solution. Ward's younger brother Tosten, who would be the rightful heir after Ward, thinks Ward wants to kill ''him''. Ward is understandably upset by the fact that even his own brother (whom he saved from an attempted suicide) thinks he's a murderer. And then there is king Jakoven, who really thinks that murder is the best solution if confronted with anyone who ''might'' be plotting against him. [[spoiler:This doesn't work out well for him.]]
* The Queen of Hearts from ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland]]''. As the solution for every problem, no matter how minor, she instructs "off with his head". This rarely ever actually happens, though.
* Used in ''Literature/WorldWarZ''. The Ukrainian army is trying to process a mass of refugees who are fleeing from a zombie swarm behind them into Kiev. Since it's impossible to examine everybody and sort out the infected in time, the commanders opt to drop nerve gas on the lot of them. The infected are the only ones who stand up afterward.
** There is also the Redeker Plan, which will ensure that ''some'' type of government remains during the ZombieApocalypse... by creating [[SafeZoneHopeSpot "Safe Zones" that are actually zombie-bait kill-zones]], to be inhabited by those deemed "useless" to the anti-zombie cause. It needs be mentioned that Redeker created that as ''an anti-rebellion plan during Apartheid'', and the more brilliant (or horrible) part [[GodzillaThreshold is that the Zombie War has made things bad enough that the plan actually is implemented and appreciated when it works]].
* Played straight in Creator/SpiderRobinson's ''Literature/VariableStar'', [[PosthumousCollaboration based upon an outline by]] Creator/RobertAHeinlein. [[spoiler:The [[strike:hero]] protagonist, explicitly stated to be trained in avoiding combat, decides on a plan to stop the villain by getting his own friend killed to distract a (likely innocent) bodyguard long enough to kill her as well. This despite controlling the villain's FTL ship (the only remaining valuable asset of a man obsessed with greed), the man who knows how to build new ones and is the pilot, the ship itself, both of the man's daughters, and ''the only possible escape route for the villain,'' '''and''' being able to escape with all of the above simply by climbing on board the ship and taking off.]]
* In ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'', the first of Barry Hughart's novels of ancient China, Li Kao (a scholar with a "slight flaw in his character") decides that the easiest way to find the Great Root of Power in an Imperial household is to have a funeral -- and that, since the need for the Great Root is rather urgent, it's best not to just wait for the occasion to arise. He does express a hope that he'll be able to find somebody who ''deserves'' to die, and the person he settles on is indeed a thoroughly nasty piece of work, but it certainly demonstrates the flaw in Li Kao's character.
* Milla of ''Literature/TheSeventhTower'' seems a little too eager to kill Tal during their first meeting.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', this is generally what the majority of the characters seem to think is the best solution to everything. Oddly enough, the fans tend to ''[[MisaimedFandom agree]]'' with them. Notable in that this is never played for laughs.
* The students in ''Literature/TheSecretHistory'' opt to kill the one most likely to rat out their ''previous'' (accidental) murder.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** This is Mr. Teatime's main flaw in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' by Creator/TerryPratchett. Granted, he's an assassin and killing people is his job. The main problem the Assassins Guild has with him is that his idea of an assassination is "kill the target, kill the target's family, kill the maids, kill the dog"...
** In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Cosmo Lavish's habit of defaulting to this when someone has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Outlived Their Usefulness]] leads to a classic RevealingCoverUp as Vetinari just follows the trail of bodies.
** Lacrimosa's default response to ''everything'' in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' is "Let's kill it!"
* The ''Literature/AlexRider'' book series has WellIntentionedExtremist and BigBad of the fourth book, [[spoiler:Damian Cray]], who, after petitioning and protesting against a laboratory testing its products on animals, [[AnimalWrongsGroup came to realize that murder is the best solution]]. [[AxCrazy It]] [[ChaoticEvil all]] [[NukeEm went]] [[ApocalypseHow downhill.]]
** Most, if not all, of the other villains in the series are kill-happy maniacs, in that pretty peculiar ComplexityAddiction way typical of Bond villains. The very first BigBad Alex faces off against in "Stormbreaker" establishes this: how to get back at your high school bully (who has grown up to become Prime Minister of England)? Kill him? No, not humiliating enough. Kill ''all of England's children'' so he'll have a national crisis on his hands? '''Yes'''.
* Lord Voldemort in ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** He falls afoul of this trope in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''. Despite knowing full well that the Elder Wand can be taken without killing its previous owner -- in fact, he's met and interrogated two people who lost it and lived -- he thinks the sensible solution is to kill his trusted lieutenant.
** He was specifically asked not to kill Lily Potter, and had any number of ways to neutralize her harmlessly. His decision to kill her regardless directly leads to his defeat on several different occasions, in several different ways.
* ''Literature/InDeath'' series: Hoo, boy. Since the main character is a Homicide detective, this trope comes up more often than not. For example, in ''Born In Death'', two people named Natalie and Bick [[HeKnowsTooMuch apparently discovered something big]], because the villain first attempted bribery and then murdered them. Eve and Roarke point out that whoever did this made a bad move, because there are ways to handle snoopers without [[RevealingCoverUp getting the attention of the police by murdering them]].
* David's big mistake in ''[[Literature/AfricanImmortals My Soul to Keep]]''. He killed a woman who might have recognized him in spite of the fact that she was dying anyhow and there was essentially no chance she'd say anything that would reveal his secret. The investigation into her mysterious death caused him big, big problems. And then he tried to manipulate his wife by killing a friend of hers, and she didn't react like he expected. These were signs of just how morally and emotionally warped he'd become over his long life. The series shows his growth and improvement.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Played with. The book ''Sweet Revenge'' has Rosemary Hershey seriously think about murdering Isabelle Flanders, only to decide against it, because she has the deaths of three people preying on her mind, and she doesn't want to have more people on her mind. The book ''Lethal Justice'' has Arden Gillespie seriously consider murdering both her partner Roland Sullivan and the woman she framed Sara Whittler or Alexis Thorne, only for both her and Roland to get drugged, incapacitated, and arrested by Alexis before she can even attempt it.
* Elizabeth Bathory in ''Literature/CountAndCountess''. She punishes all criminals, and even minor nuisances, in the exact same way.
* Corsus, general of the [[TheEmpire Witchland]] in E. R. Eddison's ''Literature/TheWormOuroboros'', will opt for murder in a tight spot: Thus, he poisons King Rezedor of Goblinland, stabs his second-in-command Gallandus for fear of mutiny, and, finally, [[spoiler:poisons the whole remaining elite of Witchland]] in an effort to save his skin. Each time, it backfires on him and leaves him off worse than before.
* Sometimes comedic, sometimes serious example -- Nightblood the [[LivingWeapon living sword]] from ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', created with the imperative to slay evil. Problem is, swords aren't very good at telling what's evil and what's not, so it's a bit of a PsychopathicManchild whose default plan is always "kill everyone just to be on the safe side." It gets pouty whenever Vasher doesn't agree.
* This trope is deconstructed in the climax of ''War and Democide Never Again'', [[IndecisiveDeconstruction after being played painfully straight for the whole book up to that point]]. The mission of the two main characters is to travel back in time [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong to kill dictators before they end up in power]], and for the most part, they succeed without too much trouble. However, after they have killed most of the dictators, [[spoiler:Joy snaps and tries to kill a certain politician she doesn't like]], even though he has shown no dictatorial ambitions. John has no choice but [[spoiler:to kill her before she can kill her new target]]. Thus leading to the somewhat-{{Clueless Aesop}} that you really shouldn't kill anybody, [[PayEvilUntoEvil even if they deserve it]], [[ItGetsEasier lest you come to think]] that murder is the best solution and [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope try to kill everyone you disagree with]].
* Played straight in the ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'', since [[spoiler:most of Kalona's problems wouldn't exist if, say, he had just [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiped Heath's memory]] instead of killing him]].
* In Scott Sigler's ''Ancestor'', one of the two brothers in control of the Genada corporation has murder as a go-to solution. [[spoiler:He kills a woman trying to blow the whistle on the corporation, a government saboteur, suggests murdering an Army colonel investigating the company, and eventually tries to kill everyone involved with the project and blame it on a subordinate.]]
* Joe Goldberg from ''Literature/{{You|2015}}'' uses murder to keep Beck with him.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': President Coriolanus Snow needs a compelling reason ''not'' to have someone killed.
* ''Literature/LockwoodAndCo'' - casual murder seems to be the Whispering Skull's standard go-to suggestion for any sort of problem.
-->'''Skull''': Here's my tip: lure her down to Kitchenware and brain her with a skillet. ... Holly. It's a golden opportunity. There are lots of pointy things there too, if you prefer. But basically a simple smack with a rolling pin would do fine.
* Defied in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novel ''Crown Of the Slaves''. After Lt. Palane hands Admiral Roszak her resignation, Roszak discusses the situation with his staff. One member points out that SheKnowsTooMuch, and then the other points out all the reasons why this would be an impractical idea: that their best assassin was Palane herself and she just resigned, that they'd be [[BullyingADragon trying to kill]] a OneManArmy SuperSoldier, that [[RevealingCoverup nobody would believe]] that her being assassinated right after she resigned was a coincidence, and that she's close to three of the most dangerous people in the galaxy, each of which could kill them himself, not to mention her own BadassCrew. In other words, they'd have to be TooDumbToLive to even try.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In an episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'', [[spoiler:a groom-to-be is worried that the stripper he's been seeing will blackmail him and tells his best man to talk to her. The best man's response is to ''put a remote-controlled gun to the bottom of the groom's limo and shoot her.'' Sadly, his MurderTheHypotenuse plot murdered the wrong hypotenuse..]].
** Really, most of any ''CSI'' franchise would qualify. Even preventing someone from stepping on a cockroach (the doer was a FriendToBugs) merits an impulsive kill. Or catching a groom being a two-timer on his bachelor party (result: tie him down and dump him on a raft far away from the coast, with a good chance of him dying of thirst). An eleven-year-old kid being denied ''one'' cat from the local CrazyCatLady (who doesn't want to part with it, even after the kid points out she has a dozen and it's not as if the cat will be taken far away because they live on the same block) drives the kid to stab the woman to death in [[CreepyChild and be completely unapologetic about it.]] A funeral home's malfunctioning crematorium led to the home's owner swindling people who wanted to cremate their loved ones (which actually happened in RealLife) and kill the couple of people that thought something wasn't kosher (which didn't). A man who doesn't believes his father committed suicide decides to become a ThemeSerialKiller (the "theme" being replicate the father's suicide scene to a "t"). A man had a childhood accident regarding false advertisement of a toy leading to his friend dying -- so he decides, once he's grown and sees how the trauma has made him screwed up his family's life, to give the toy maker an ExplodingCigar capable of ''tearing his head clean off''. The list just goes on, accidental and not.
* A variation is or was apparently used (or so ''Series/{{Alias}}'' claims) on psych tests in real life for those who want to work for certain parts of the US government:
-->Given no other choice, would you kill:\\
a) Your mother\\
b) Your father\\
c) Yourself
** It's meant to gauge the applicant's attitude towards authority. It ''is'' a valid test question, but only if a proctor is giving the questions and can gauge the reaction. The answer given would most likely be ignored in a written test, which it is implied the character who took the test did.
* In ''Series/DeadSet'', the survivors argue about killing (or permanently crippling) one survivor who could possibly endanger them all with his crazy escape plan.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'':
** [[RobotGirl Cameron]] commonly advocates murdering witnesses or other threats, which is usually objected to by Sarah and John. And often enough, Cameron's recommendations turn out to be ''right.''
** Derek Reese is almost as bad. At one point, the family is dealing with a possible Skynet program based in the Los Angeles City Hall, and Derek advises that they [[StuffBlowingUp just blow it up.]] [[GodzillaThreshold Given what they're up against, though...]]
* Cassie in ''Series/TheSecretCircle'' seems to think this in the latest episodes, but before killing someone, a MoralityPet stops her.
* The Cigarette Smoking Man in ''Series/TheXFiles'' resorts to murder as his first option more often than not. Other members of the Syndicate occasionally chew him out for this tendency. In return, he points out that they would prefer to sit around and do nothing.
* Like the comics that inspired it, ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' was loaded to the [[HurricaneOfPuns ghouls]] with characters who responded to even the tiniest setback or inconvenience by gruesomely killing whoever was causing it. It helped to efficiently establish why [[LaserGuidedKarma they deserved whatever horrible shit was just about to happen to them]].
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', there were several examples. Cole was forced to kill a landlord who knows Phoebe's secret and wanted to sell it for money. Phoebe hated him for that. But then, in a later season, Phoebe was held at gunpoint by Rick, a mortal; she hinted to Paige to cast a spell to make Rick look like a target of a bunch of demons. The demons killed him. You could argue that lethal force against someone accosting you with a deadly weapon is a good bit more justified than using lethal force against a mere blackmailer, but Paige ''was'' perfectly capable of taking the guy out non-lethally...
* In the TV film, ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', the Wannsee Conference where the FinalSolution phase of the Holocaust was devised has the Nazis discussing with cold-blooded earnestness why killing the Third Reich's "undesirables" is the best means of dealing with them. At one point, sterilization is suggested as a practical alternative, [[PragmaticVillainy given the chronic shortage of manpower]]. The suggestion is bluntly overruled by Heinrich, who makes it clear that the decision has already been made by UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Only one of the men has any genuine moral problems with the mass murder -- the rest are simply discussing ''how best to organize it''.
* In the S2 finale of ''Series/RobinHood'', Marian learns that the Sheriff is planning to kill King Richard. Her solution? Kill him first. Never mind that: a) up until this moment, Marian has been the voice of reason; b) it has already been established that if the Sheriff dies, Prince John will destroy Nottingham; and c) the general theme of the show has been to rely on non-violent solutions to problems.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' pretty much wouldn't exist without this trope. In any given episode, the killer could have just gotten a divorce, stolen money rather than speeding up the inheritance, reported the blackmail to the cops, or any number of other ways to resolve their grudge with the victim of the week.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Sarah Jane has gone missing and another woman, Andrea, has taken her place. [[spoiler:Turns out she was childhood friends with Sarah Jane, up until her death.]] After a DealWithTheDevil, she [[spoiler:switches places with Sarah Jane and Sarah Jane instead dies. When Maria figures it out, Andrea makes another deal that rewrites Maria out of history. Then she tried to do it to Maria's father]].
* Although [[HairTriggerTemper Fiona]] from ''Series/BurnNotice'' often suggests that murder is the best solution, with her it is almost always played for laughs. (See the comedic examples below.) BrokenPedestal Larry, on the other hand, plays this trope far more seriously and is perfectly willing to kill ''anyone'', usually for no more reason than because it's easier and quicker that way.
* One of the stories during an episode of ''Series/BeyondBeliefFactOrFiction'' had an elderly couple who ran a diner murder homeless people that they periodically brought in so the couple could "relieve them" of their suffering.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Damon's normal reaction to anyone (besides Stefan and Elena) causing a problem is to try and kill them. Unsurprisingly, this creates a lot more problems than it solves, especially because of his habit of overlooking factors like [[MuggingTheMonster whether he's actually capable of killing them]], whether anyone besides him wants them dead, whether they are actually the source of the problem, or whether they have friends who'll come looking for revenge.
* This is the MO of a lot of the killers in ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
* Seems to be the policy of Manny Horvitz from ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''. It doesn't matter how much of a likable AlterKocker he comes off as, you ''do not'' want to get him angry. The cold-blooded and ruthless Jimmy has to restrain him because, as Jimmy puts it, "You can't kill everyone, Manny. [[PragmaticVillainy It's not good business]]."
* [[spoiler:Head!Amber]] in ''Series/{{House}}'' swings this way occasionally.
-->'''House:''' How do we get him into the stress lab without Foreman's sign-off?\\
'''[[spoiler:Amber:]]''' We could kill Foreman.\\
'''House:''' The lab simulates stress. What if it's not simulated?\\
'''[[spoiler:Amber:]]''' We could tell him his girlfriend dumped him.\\
'''House:''' That's a tough sell. She never leaves the room for more than five minutes.\\
'''[[spoiler:Amber:]]''' We could kill her.
* On the BBC series ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''...
** ...People who consult [[PsychoForHire Jim Moriarty]] tend to get this kind of solution. It takes a very ''special'' mind to solve a terminally ill man's inability to provide for his estranged family after he is gone by paying the man to commit random murders. He also [[DrivenToSuicide almost goads Sherlock to kill himself.]] [[GoodIsNotSoft John stops that from happening, which proves this gentle soul is not quite as gentle if you piss him off by threatening his friend's life.]]
** In the finale of Series 3, [[spoiler:Sherlock himself]] takes this option when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Magnussen's blackmail material is all kept safe inside the man's brain, where it can't be stolen]]. It helps that he ''knew'' [[LivingEmotionalCrutch John was a pressure point for Sherlock.]] So [[spoiler:he shoots him in the head]]. It screws things up for him.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}''
** Many of the killers have this mindset, but here's a stand-out example: In "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan", [[spoiler:Steven Leight has killed his wife (we never really learn why) and stolen her jewels to make it look like a mugging. Then, thanks to a coat-check mix-up, another man (the Latvian ambassador) accidentally walks away wearing Leight's coat, with the stolen jewels in the pocket. Leight chases the ambassador back to his hotel, but instead of simply asking for his coat back, he ''shoots down the ambassador and his three bodyguards'']].
** [[spoiler:Monk [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge didn't like it]] ''[[ItsPersonal at all]]'' when he found out (on the GrandFinale) that his wife had been a victim of this trope, courtesy of a SleazyPolitician (it's "sleazy" instead of "corrupt" because the reason for the murder (covering up an affair that she discovered) wasn't even ''that'' serious in hindsight).]]
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', this is how [[spoiler:Rumplestiltskin/Gold convinces Snow/Mary Margaret to deal with Cora. However, committing the deed results in a serious case of [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone guilt and remorse]] for Snow]].
* The first instinct of Lydia in ''Series/BreakingBad''. [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness The second anyone's usefulness is up]], out of fear that they'll come after her or inform on her, she will try to have them killed as quickly as possible. Of course, [[DirtyCoward she doesn't have the stomach to ever do it herself.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** In season 6, Willow gets DrunkOnTheDarkSide after Warren shoots and kills Tara and automatically decides that Warren ''has'' to be killed despite Buffy's insistence that there are other ways. On top of it all, she's not the only one: both Xander and Dawn are so disgusted and furious with Warren that they declare that he's [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters just as bad as the vampires and demons that Buffy slays regularly]] and fully support Willow's intent to kill... until she actually goes through with it, anyway.
*** And when she gets a power boost and hears "the suffering of all mankind" in an attempt to bring her back to her senses (in a "YouAreNotAlone, people have to weather loved ones dying constantly" way)... nope, she decides [[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery killing all of mankind to "end their pain" is the better course of action]].
** Buffy herself falls into this in season 7. Upon discovering that Anya, having become a vengeance demon again, was responsible for the deaths of a bunch of fraternity boys, she automatically jumps to the notion of "slay Anya," not even considering the idea of trying to reason with Anya and talk her down like they did with Dark Willow; when Xander points this out to her, Buffy simply states that [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman it's not the same because Willow is human and Anya is a demon]].
** In ''Angel'' season 4, after the Angel Investigations team is forced to unleash Angelus to defeat the Beast, Connor repeatedly supports just killing Angelus rather than re-ensouling him to the extent that, when Willow is called in from Sunnydale to [[GypsyCurse curse him again]], Connor tries to stake him before Willow can finish; fortunately, Faith steps in and physically fights him to buy Willow time.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
** Northern Lights, the organization in charge of the Machine, kills anyone who finds out about it, or talks to someone who found out about it, or asks too many questions in the general direction of it. They also always kill the terrorists the Machine sends them after, but that's a bit more justified.
** [[spoiler:Samaritan, in contrast to the Machine, comes up with long lists of "deviants" to be executed at a moment's notice. Their crimes range from actual terrorism to merely holding anti-government views.]]
* On ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', an architect discovers that he made a crucial error in his designs for a skyscraper. Unless the building is at least 40 feet lower, it will collapse in a strong wind. Admitting the mistake would ruin his career, so he instead murders an old woman who lives near the site where the skyscraper is to be built. Her death prevents the building's developer from buying "air rights" that he needs to obtain in order to build the skyscraper as designed and requires a redesign that will make the building shorter by the needed 40 feet. If the safe height was a few feet lower, the architect would have murdered the woman's neighbors instead to stop them from selling their "air rights".
* ''Series/{{Taboo}}'': Deconstructed and averted:
** After bribery fails, the EIC try to deal with James by killing him. When this fails repeatedly, Strange is incredulous that his employees can't seem to come up with another solution to the Delaney business other than to just keep on trying.
** He then makes out a will leaving Nootka Sound to the Americans if he dies, making murder the ''worst'' solution for both EIC and the Crown.
** The Americans (through Dumbarton and Carlsbad) offer to kill Thorne so that James and Zilpha can be together. James seems fine with this plan. However, when [[spoiler:Zilpha murders her husband to free herself from his abuse]], James is ''not'' fine, and believes that the act was a sin.
** [[spoiler:James then refuses Atticus' suggestion to kill Helga, when it becomes obvious Helga will betray them due to the death of Winter]].
* In season 12 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the British Men of Letters come to the US to help the American hunters get their monster problem under control. When the American hunters refuse to do what the Brits say, the Men of Letters decide the best solution is to murder all the hunters.

%%* "Hammerhead" by Music/TheOffspring
* "Dogs" by Music/PinkFloyd. The song is from their allegorical "Animals" album, and the dogs are metaphors for ruthless businessmen, and to drive home the inhumanity the band (and particularly frontman Roger Waters) saw in business, the dogs are constantly waiting to murder their rivals and in fear of being murdered themselves (as in "dog eats dog").

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In most printed adventures for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the player characters are expected to solve their problems by killing the guy causing them, or at least defeating him in combat. In practice, this will obviously depend on your DM.
* The only way to cure the fourth, most deleterious stage of [[TorchesAndPitchforks Disquiet]] in ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'' is to kill the Promethean that caused it.
** Likewise, it's a part of every Promethean's [[ToBecomeHuman Pilgrimage]] that they must create at least one new Promethean, and the only way a [[SoBeautifulItsACurse Galateid]] can do so is to use the body of a beautiful youth unmarred by injury. It's noted in text that there are only so many beautiful youths who die of accidental drownings or barbiturate overdoses or gas leaks, and sometimes a Galateid has to take an active hand...
* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', many Changelings, especially those drawn to the Court of Summer, feel this way when dealing with the existence of their Fetch -- an ArtificialHuman created to hide the fact they were kidnapped by TheFairFolk, who thusly prevents the Changeling from returning to their old life.
* Some of the Garou in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', especially the Red Talons, have this kind of mentality about humans.
* The Bloodlust disadvantage in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' is this in a nutshell.
* Adorjan and Malfeas in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are really not good about this. Malfeas tends to solve problems with force and domination and radioactive magical fire, with predictable and often gruesome results, and a significant chunk of Adorjan's being is tied up in how much she likes to help people by killing them. Abyssal Exalts can also have this issue, since their power comes from death... especially with the alternate Resonance rules in Shards of the Exalted Dream, which gives them Limit Breaks in which, for example, they attempt to ease suffering with {{Mercy Kill}}s.
* Standard procedure for absolutely anything in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Xenos sympathisers? Send in the Arbites. Preacher deviating from the canon? Vindicare bullet. Cowardice on the battlefield? Execution by Commissar. Ork boy looking to become the next warboss in your stead? Krump da git. And so on and so forth. Even worse with Chaos troops.
** Strangely averted in one case: The Tyranid HiveMind sending its forces against an Imperial world was meeting stiff resistance thanks to the Cardinal stationed there. [[DontCreateAMartyr Knowing that merely killing him would turn him into a martyr and galvanize the defenders]], it sent the Deathleaper (think [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]] {{ninja}}) to kill off the cardinal's bodyguards, subordinates, etc. right in front of him. New versions of these were assigned, but the Deathleaper came back almost immediately and did the same thing. Obviously, [[SanitySlippage this drove him mad]]. Once the cardinal had lost the will to fight, the planet fell quickly.
** Averted by the [[DyingRace Eldar]] and [[TheNeedsOfTheMany Tau]], the only races who don't wantonly murder their own kind. [[MoralMyopia In the Eldar's case, they don't think this rule applies to anyone else]].
* Part of Malekith's problem in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' is that he does this a lot. Trying to associate with the dwarves, but someone else met them first? Exploit his knowledge, then [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness have him murdered]]. Want the crown? Undermine the King, then murder him. Then attempt to murder the assembled lords whose job it is to appoint a new king. Then, when the Flame of Asuryan spits you out, barely able to breathe, lead a civil war, complete with an attempt to unleash armies of daemons on your enemies. Then, when you have [[StartMyOwn your own kingdom]], rule it with an iron fist and execute anyone who poses a threat.

* From Shakespeare's ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'':
-->'''Benedick:''' Come, bid me do anything for thee.\\
'''Beatrice:''' Kill Claudio.\\
'''Benedick:''' Ha! Not for the wide world.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* See also: RPGsEqualCombat.
* Somewhat ironically, in the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' games, it's the [[KnightTemplar Templars]] who seem to immediately default to this when faced with any problem, whereas the Assassins (who are ''defined'' by the fact their purpose is to murder people) appear at times to be at least to some degree to be willing to pursue alternative solutions, including diplomacy or guile. For example, Altaïr and Al Mualim have a couple conversations in which it's suggested they only resort to assassination against people who are simply too stubborn or fanatical to be talked out of their harmful course of action.
** However, as demonstrated by Connor in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' and in some of the Project Legacy memories, Assassins of later centuries weren't above a "''kill first, question later''" tendency either, on the basis of the belief that their targets were AlwaysChaoticEvil, and unwilling to concede that the JerkassHasAPoint. Also, as shown with Connor again and even Ezio, they sometimes seemed to ignore or dismiss any collateral damage of their actions, such as [[spoiler:Ezio setting Cappadocia in a panic by blowing up the arsenal, killing hundreds by fire and smoke inhalation, and later letting a tyrant on the throne of Constantinople because the alternative, his brother, is a Templar]]. As both [[spoiler:Haytham]] and [[spoiler:Rebecca Crane]] bemoan, their war with the Templars ended up taking priority over their previous progressive and peace-making mindset from Altaïr's time.
* One of your bosses in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoClassic'', a corrupt narcotics detective, is ironically the most homicidal of all of them. In a fit of pique, he orders you to kill (in no particular order) his partner, his wife, his ex-wife, six trunkloads of people he's murdered while you were busy, and the First Lady (she didn't answer his fan mail).
** The notorious C.R.A.S.H. unit in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' is exaggerated for effect -- but not by much. Frank Tenpenny's jobs revolve entirely around rubbing out witnesses who can implicate him. He also killed his original partner, Pendelberry, before the game began, and plots to ice his two remaining partners as well.
*** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' takes it to new heights, with everyone who contacts Niko wanting him to be their personal hitman. {{Justified}} as that's Niko's job. The Deputy Commissioner takes this to new heights when, if you finish a mission to kill a single witness that (normally) requires you to kill a bunch of gangbangers, you'll get chewed out if you succeed in making it largely bloodless.
* Pretty much any ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' game eventually.
** Seymour in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' wants to kill everyone in the world to [[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery end global suffering]] (or maybe just because he's a psychopath).
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' has one of Daichi's route involve choosing to kill [[BigBad Polaris]], to free the world from [[spoiler:continuing to be devoured by the Void]]. The game treats the resulting ending as a happy one, but [[spoiler:killing Polaris has stopped the Void, yes, but the Void is changed into an endless ocean that may not be drinkable, and only a tiny piece of land is the only thing remaining of Earth's original landmasses. Humanity is free from being the toy of evil supernatural deities, but also receives no help from any benevolent ones. They are holding together in their survived crisis, but it's likely they are bound to slowly starve when resources deplete]].
* Jin Kisaragi of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' honestly thought that if he killed his brother, Ragna, he would pay attention to him instead of his sister [[spoiler:though he happened to be BrainwashedAndCrazy at the time]]. It's unknown as of yet whether Jin had planned to kill Saya as well [[spoiler:though most likely not, as the guy who brainwashed him in the first place did it so he could get Saya without trouble. That, and make Ragna's life miserable [[ForTheEvulz for kicks]]]].
* In ''VideoGame/MitadakeHigh'', players often come to this conclusion. The killer obviously has reached this conclusion long before the game started. Sometimes this is played straight, other times it's played for laughs.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance''. Though in most of the game ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption, there are several chapters where not fighting certain enemies will earn you a reward. In one chapter in particular, the force comes upon a building of priests that is under the grip of the enemy, which forces them to fight you. You can kill the priests, but if you get through the chapter without killing a single one, you get one of the best staves in the game.
** Played terrifyingly straight in other games, especially by the villains. In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'', for instance, not only do Marquess Laus and his son Erik decide murdering the heroes is their best option, they do so without a hint of regret, despite Erik having known the heroes since childhood. Also a common reaction in fandom to certain gameplay issues like neutral units getting in the way or stealing kills (and thus experience points).
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', because [[FriendlyFireProof friendly fire is turned off]], the most effective way of determining if an apparent teammate is actually a spy in disguise is to use lethal force. Setting them on fire is particularly effective. Of course, since the game is a first-person shooter where all the characters are psychopaths, violence is always the answer for everything else too.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSuffering,'' Doctor Killjoy theorises that Torque's [[SuperPoweredEvilSide insanity form]] was born from a subconscious belief in this trope.
-->'''Doctor Killjoy:''' Severe dementia, is it? Or perhaps chronic melancholia? Or is it an uncontrollable urge to regress back to a form unseen in modern society, one that will allow you to set matters right in the most direct way possible? Yes, I think that's it. When all else fails, go for the easy way out, the obvious answer, the brute force solution!
* ''Totally'' a workable playstyle in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''. Every MacGuffin or bit of information — bar one — can be retrieved by simply killing the person holding it (or knocking them out, but this trope is about murder) and taking it off their body. And in the single exception's case, you can pay the man for information, ''then'' kill him and get your money back.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has Jack and Zaeed, both vastly preferring the "kill people" solution when presented with problems. [[IDidWhatIHadToDo Mordin]] and [[GoodIsNotNice Samara]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes play surprisingly heroic examples]] to a Paragon Shepard, such as if Shepard lets the batarians threatening Daniels leave calmly, or if Samara sees the problem that is Tuchanka or Omega.
** Also the [[FanNickname aptly-named]] Destruction Ending of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Depending on how you take [[GainaxEnding the last 15 minutes of the game]], complete annihilation may be regarded as [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure the only option that saves the galaxy]].
** Wrex and Javik both have a standard solution to personnel difficulties. Wrex's is to suggest eating them. Javik's involves [[ThrownOutTheAirlock an airlock]].
* Yuri in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. At least when it comes to bad guys, anyway.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In general in the series (at least from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' onward), it is possible for an indiscriminate player to complete most quests that would otherwise require faction relations, persuasion checks, and/or specialized skills (like picking locks or pockets) by prying the quest MacGuffin out of someone's cold, dead hands. Justified as it prevents the game from being UnwinnableByMistake if you manage to kill or bug out a vital quest chain NPC. In many of these cases (especially for factions like the Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood), you generally don't receive as great of a reward if you veer off the quest rails and take the full-blown murder path.
** Clavicus Vile, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[DealWithTheDevil Bargains]] and [[LiteralGenie Wishes]], always holds up his end of whatever deal is struck, but usually does so in a way that the deal-maker will regret. When he is at his most [[JerkassGenie malevolent]], usually because he has been separated from his [[MoralityChain external conscience]], [[BigFriendlyDog Barbas]], he enters this territory, believing that most wishes can be granted by killing the wish-maker. Vampires asking for a cure for vampirism? Have a hero come in and [[MercyKill slaughter them all]]. A man whose daughter has been turned into a werewolf? Give him an axe to [[MercyKill put her down]]. Asking for peace in Skyrim? Do nothing and let the Dragons kill everyone. A village asking for immunity from the [[MysticalPlague Knahaten Flu]]? Turn them ''undead''.
* Also fully observed in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''. Doing so in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', though, may eventually lock you out of all but one available ending.
** [[VideoGame/Fallout1 1]], [[VideoGame/Fallout2 2]], and the aforementioned New Vegas are all notable for the myriad ways that a player can complete a quest, making any and all possible playstyles viable for the smart player. Typically, there is either a [[CombatDiplomacyStealth violent, diplomatic, or sneaky way]] to solve problems, often utilizing various skills to accomplish these. New Vegas even allowed groups that were hostile to each other put [[EnemyMine aside their differences]] to face a bigger threat, and most final bosses can be talked down. In ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', however, enemy factions ''must'' be destroyed in order to progress and bosses have to be killed.
* As noted in the page quote, there comes a time when [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins The Warden]] runs across a group of mages who've been driven mad by the trauma of watching demons rampage through their home and kill their friends. However, there is a slight hint of BlackComedy to it: not only do they discuss the idea as though it was some academic theorem, but if you stay hidden, they actually succeed in [[MutualKill all killing each other]], allowing you to bypass the fight with them you'd otherwise have to deal with.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', many people are hopeful that Grand Cleric Elthina will be able to calm the mage-templar conflict, perhaps by taking a side. A massive exception is Hawke's companion and possible love interest Anders. [[spoiler:His solution is a dramatically overblown case of this trope; he believes the only option is an all-out mage-templar war, so he provokes one by bombing the Chantry and thus killing the Grand Cleric and everyone else inside. Even worse because while both mages and templars are dangerous, he's slaughtering ''innocent priests.'' In his case, ''mass'' murder is the only option. And indeed, it provokes the war he wants.]] [[MemeticMutation Goddamnit, Anders.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' seems like it plays this straight, with its tagline being "Revenge solves everything," but it's ultimately deconstructed. Killing everyone you come across only increases the amount of [[KarmaMeter chaos]] in your game, makes the plague spread faster, drains the city of its remaining security detail (as corrupt as it is), and causes more anarchy to erupt, and [[CorruptTheCutie darkens the mind of a young girl that looks up to Corvo and is heir to the throne]]. Furthermore, people see [[PlayerCharacter Corvo]] as a merciless killer, which makes things tougher down the line, and leads to the game's [[MultipleEndings bad endings]].
* Since the series is centered around AlwaysMurder, this tends to be the mindset of the criminals of the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. Someone [[spoiler:just got a penalty on your perfect trial record]]? Kill him. Your [[spoiler:stepsister and ex might expose your crime to the police]]? Kill 'em. A [[spoiler:defense attorney is on your trail because of your last murder]]? Poison him. You [[spoiler:ordered forged evidence and are worried the artist who made it will talk]]? Kill her (especially creepy in that case, as [[spoiler:the intended victim was a ''child''!]]). Someone's blackmailing you? Standing in the way of you getting something you want? Threatening to reveal a secret of yours? Yep, just kill them!
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'': On more than one occasion during the story mode, the ''Mortal Kombat'' characters, including the heroes, suggest to the DC superheroes that they just kill their opponents, unable to understand [[ThouShaltNotKill why they won't]].
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Hakuouki}}'', it doesn't matter ''what'' the problem is, Souji Okita's suggested solution to it is almost guaranteed to be killing someone. Initially, he comes off as more of a comedic example (if by way of BlackComedy) as he constantly assures Chizuru that he will kill her for any number of minor offenses. As the story goes on, however, it becomes clear that Souji considers himself ''only'' good for killing people and nothing else, and that murder is his solution to all problems because it's the only thing he's any good at. Part of the point of his route in the visual novel is convincing him that this doesn't have to be the case.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', Aqua concludes that the only way to protect the [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Castle of Dreams]] is to assassinate [[DarkIsEvil Lady Tremaine and her two daughters]], because of Master Eraqus' teachings that darkness must be destroyed. The FairyGodmother stops her from committing the triple murder, and suggests that she instead help Cinderella. [[spoiler:The evil stepfamily are eventually killed from crossing the MoralEventHorizon, anyway.]]
* [[DarkerAndEdgier Leliana]], by the time ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' begins, is firmly entrenched in this, proposing murder for TheMole, her friend's rival, the Empress when you are trying to save her, threats to The Inquisition, and Alexis' son, plus a number of War Table missions have her suggest this as the best course of action.
** If you allow Leliana to kill a spying Sister during her advisor quest, she manages to become even ''more'' ruthless, and it shows if she becomes Divine.
* In ''VideoGame/RabiRibi'', nearly ''every'' major character is introduced this way; they mistake Erina for someone hostile for some stupid reason and, despite Erina's and Ribbon's (once she's joined Erina) attempts to explain themselves, the character in question forces them to fight. Most of them make friends with Erina upon being defeated.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' generally plays murder for comedy, with people snarking about how much their enemies suck, flirting with [[RandomDrop the loot]], and so on. ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', meanwhile, is about how Handsome Jack, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', came to this conclusion, and that part is not intended to be funny ''at all''.
* The setup for ''VideoGame/PartyHard'' is that the protagonist can't sleep because of a noisy party and responds by going on a killing spree.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In "Dread in the Air," [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Adam Taurus]] invokes this to justify [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream killing Sienna Khan and taking over the White Fang]] to Hazel. As he puts it, [[BigBad Salem]] was concerned over whether or not Sienna would willingly cooperate with them, and now she doesn't have to be.]]
-->'''Hazel''': [[EvenEvilHasStandards Nobody needed to die today!]]\\
'''Adam''': [''[[PsychoticSmirk smirks]]''] I... ''disagree''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Gort in ''Webcomic/{{Darken}}''; his preferred method is to KillItWithFire.
* K'seliss in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' holds this general philosophy. Of course, every now and then, [[CuttingTheKnot it works]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Florence usually does ''not'' follow this trope, on account of being an organic A.I. and having something similar to the [[ThreeLawsCompliant Three Laws of Robotics]]. This doesn't technically apply to robots, but Florence happens to believe (with lots of very good evidence on her side) that AndroidsArePeopleToo. But [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02446.htm when it comes up]] that [[spoiler:Mr. Kornada's plan to lobotomize every robot on Jean for the sole purpose of stealing their money was to be carried out ''entirely'' by his robot Clippy]], she is unable to ignore [[CuttingTheKnot the "distressingly easy and horrible solution"]] this scenario presents. [[spoiler:She manages to compromise by disabling and disassembling him, but leaving the parts intact so he can be brought back when the plan has been thoroughly stopped.]]
* The mythology of ''WebComic/KillSixBillionDemons'' regularly glorifies ignorance, selfishness, and violence, though the ultimate example is probably Pree Aesma, who once slaughtered her way through a city-sized monastery ''because she was bored.''

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation is an organization that takes absolutely ''no'' chances; silencing witnesses and regularly executing D-Class personnel is routine for them. Literally, in the case of D-class personnel: all non-vital D-class personnel are slaughtered en masse at the end of each month to prevent them living long enough to escape, then replacing them with more life-term prisoners to make up the numbers (assuming they last that long). Demotion of other personnel to D-class is not uncommon, either, should they mess up enough.
** The Foundation also has an aversion-to-subversion in that they generally avoid at any cost the deaths of living SCP's, the only exceptions being those that are so exceptionally dangerous, such as uncontrolled {{reality warper}}s, that killing them is the only safe option. The Foundation's rival organization, the Global Occult Coalition, on the other hand, ''do'' believe that destroying anomalous objects is the best way to contain them. Objects like [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1522 SCP-1522]] and [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1609 SCP-1609]] show that this policy is not necessarily the best solution.
** One particularly nasty exception the Foundation is making is [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1237 SCP-1237]], a brainwave that appears in random people that gives them RealityWarper abilities in their dreams. The Foundation's method of containment includes the words "involuntary abortion," "genocide," and "ethnic cleansing."
* There's a "test" that's passed around on the Internet, which goes something like this: "A girl is at her mother's funeral and meets a guy. They hit it off and then he has to leave. A week later, the girl kills her sister. Why?" The answer? [[spoiler:She was hoping that the guy would appear at the funeral.]] Supposedly, if you get the right answer, it proves you are a sociopath. Like most Internet tests, it does not really prove much of anything.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ComicBook/TheQuestion decides that he must kill ComicBook/LexLuthor to prevent an Armageddon-level war from breaking out between the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague and the United States government, reasoning that the League's reputation could survive the actions of a crackpot like him, but would be crushed if Franchise/{{Superman}} were the one to kill Luthor (since the Superman of another timeline did so and the Question believes the same thing will happen here if he doesn't do it first). Unfortunately for him, Luthor had recently [[EmpoweredBadassNormal got super powers]].
* The Scarab in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' lies somewhere between here and comedy (albeit, for a very dark type of humor). Whether Blue Beetle is faced with abusive jerks, locked doors, or ''an old man drinking water'', he'll suggest "plasma cannon" to deal with it. Sometimes it's funny, but mostly it's scary to see Jamie barely keeping the Scarab in check. [[spoiler:Especially considering that in at least one dark future, he basically takes over the world.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS10E3ScreamsOfSilenceTheStoryOfBrendaQ Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.]]", Quagmire decides that the best solution to save his sister from her abusive boyfriend is to kill the bastard. Joe is initially against it, but ends up deciding to "waste this dick" after seeing for himself just how severe the problem really is.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In a real-life subversion of this trope, the FBI engaged in a program call COINTELPRO, a counter-intelligence program aimed at people like Martin Luther King Junior and The Black Panthers. Their methods, among others, included Legal Harassment: The FBI and police abused the legal system to harass dissidents and make them appear to be criminals. When these methods failed (they often did), they would then employ illegal force: The FBI conspired with local police departments to threaten dissidents; to conduct illegal break-ins in order to search dissident homes; and to commit vandalism, assaults, beatings, and assassinations. One such assassination was the death of Fred Hampton, leader of the Black Panther Party in Chicago. You can [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO read all about it]] on [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} the Other Wiki]].
* Multiple times in the Second Wave of Black Metal. [[Music/{{Emperor}} Faust]] was hit on by a homosexual in a park. He "rejected" the man by stabbing him to death and leaving him to die. Later, Euronymous, guitarist for Music/{{Mayhem}}, fell out of favor in the scene, and he blamed this on Varg Vikerenes of Music/{{Burzum}}. The solution to this was to kill Varg, who, rather than go to the police or anything, went into Euronymous' house and stabbed him twenty seven times "In Self-Defense". Jon Nödtveidt of Dissection also engaged in this, in a manner very similar to Faust's (and, like the others, was imprisoned for it).
* According to Creator/GeorgeOrwell's essay ''[[http://orwell.ru/library/articles/decline/english/e_doem Decline of the English Murder]]'', this was the motivation behind some of the most famous English murderers of his day: "[murder] seems to him less disgraceful, and less damaging to his career, than being detected in adultery."

!!Comedic Examples

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/CarnivalPhantasm'', Grail-kun is always happy to help out someone in need by providing them a useful tool. Examples include the Hero Creation Kit (a knife, because "He'll become a hero after killing a million people."), the Friendmaker (a knife, so Shinji can "Show [Gilgamesh] who's boss"), and the Servant Strengthening Device (a knife, so Kotomine can kill [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Lancer]] and summon a better Servant).
* When Negi has a fight with Asuna in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[PerversePuppet Chachazero]] says that Negi should probably apologize to Asuna... but since that's too much of a pain, he should just kill her instead. It comes up again later on, as Negi is a CluelessChickMagnet, and is going to be a total {{Bishonen}} when he hits puberty. Chisame points out that "He's going to make a lot of girls cry in the future", and that it might be better for all involved if they just kill him now.
* In ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'', Mikako is asked during a game quiz what she would do if she saw litter on the street. Her answer? Kill everyone.
* In ''Manga/SamonTheSummoner'', while going bowling, Samon tries to cheat in order to win, but when Neberios won't let him, he arrives at the conclusion that murder is the ONLY solution.
-->'''Samon:''' That's right... the main problem is Neberios... as long as he's here I can't win!
* In the ''very first episode'' of ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'', [[ClassRepresentative Ichijou]] repeatedly tries to poison [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Becky]], insisting that this will solve everything. Rei, [[GenreSavvy being Rei]], picks up on this immediately and decides to have Ichijou [[NoFourthWall taken out of the episode]]. She ends up killing [[TheChewToy Becky's rabbit, Mesousa]] at the end of the first episode instead. In another episode, it's also implied that she killed [[SmallNameBigEgo Hibiki]] when the latter was spying on Becky.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Although not exactly involving ''intentional'' murder, in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', Piccolo can be heard to say "Once again, wanton violence has solved all my problems with absolutely no negative repercussions." Cut to a news report on how the effects of Piccolo blowing up the moon killed millions.
* In ''WebVideo/BerserkAbridged'', this is Corkus's suggestion to every single problem, as well as his favorite hobby.
* Shirou in ''Fanfic/TheHillOfSwords'' has a habit of responding to every problem Louise has by offering to kill someone.
* In ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'', Harry is somewhat prone to this. Since he's been fighting a vicious war for the last four/five years, he's not particularly prone to mercy. Threatening his enemies with obscene violence tends to be his preferred method of getting people to do what he wants.
* ''WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv'': Light Yagami, naturally:
-->'''Light:''' Oh well, time to get a new girlfriend.
* ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'': This comes up when Hermione has some problems with the Ravenclaw Quidditch team, not helped by the fact that Harry thinks Quidditch is the stupidest thing he's ever heard of.
-->'''Harry:''' We should kill them.\\
'''Hermione:''' Who, the Quidditch team?\\
'''Harry:''' I was thinking of everyone involved in any way with Quidditch anywhere, but the Ravenclaw team would be a start, yes.\\
'''Hermione:''' You ''do'' know that killing people is wrong, Harry?\\
'''Harry:''' Yes.\\
'''Hermione:''' Okay, just checking. Let's get the Seeker first. I've read some Agatha Christie mysteries, do you know how we can get her onto a train?


[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/HotFuzz'': [[spoiler:The whole conspiracy.]]
* ''Film/HudsonHawk''. Two of Darwin and Minerva Mayflower's minions failed to keep track of Hudson Hawk.
-->'''Darwin:''' You two! There's nothing I hate more than failure! All you had to do was follow the Hawk. [[YouHaveFailedMe I suppose we'll just have to kill them.]]\\
'''Minerva:''' ''(shoots them)''\\
'''Darwin:''' God, Minerva, IWasJustJoking!\\
''(they dance together)''
* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', John Connor orders the Terminator to deal with two jerks, whereupon the T-800 sets out to kill them. Perfectly justified, as this is exactly what the Terminator was made to do.
-->'''John:''' Jesus, you were gonna kill that guy!\\
'''Terminator:''' Of course. I'm a Terminator.\\
'''John:''' Listen to me very carefully, OK? You're not a Terminator anymore. All right? You got that? You just can't go around killing people!\\
'''Terminator:''' Why?\\
'''John:''' Whattaya mean, why? 'Cause you can't!\\
'''Terminator:''' Why?\\
'''John:''' Because you just can't, OK? Trust me on this.

* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', this trope is constantly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d and made fun of in the tendencies of a number of cultures to solve their problems with extreme violence. It gets to the point where certain characters among the TrueCompanions have to be actively restrained from killing anyone who gets in their way -- or even mildly annoys them. For additional hilarity, which particular characters are advocating for and against killing tends to rotate among the cast, and their choice of ''methods'' is often a source of debate. For example, Silk favors assassination, Hettar and Barak are for brutal slaughter, Mandorallen will gleefully take on entire armies by himself, and Sadi (in ''The Malloreon'') prefers poison.
** The Church Knights in ''The Elenium'' and ''The Tamuli'' frequently suggest "constructive Elenishism". This tends to involve swords, axes, crossbows, and so forth.
* In the third book in the ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' series, ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything,'' the Krikkit people, up until recently living on a planet entirely separated from the universe through a thick layer of SpaceClouds, send a small ship to discover where a recently-crashed spaceship comes from. When they break through the barrier and gaze out at the wonders of the infinite universe, they immediately matter-of-factly decide they have to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy it all.]] Thus did the devastating Krikkit Wars begin, causing the destruction of much of the universe (and birthing on a mostly harmless InsignificantLittleBluePlanet inhabited by among the [[HumansAreMorons stupidest species in the universe]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} a game]] [[HumansThroughAlienEyes most civilized species]] find incredibly offensive).
-->"It'll have to go," the men of Krikkit said as they headed back for home.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Fiona from ''Series/BurnNotice'' often suggests shooting people as a solution to practically anything. Sometimes she suggests blowing stuff up instead.
* When Series/{{Blackadder}} found himself attracted to his manservant Bob (actually a woman in disguise), he went to see the Wise Woman, who suggested three ways to solve the problem:
-->1) Kill Bob\\
2) Kill Yourself\\
3) Make sure nobody ever finds out -- '''kill everybody in the entire world! ''AHAHAHAHA!!'''''
* Used in the first episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', when Joy tried to kill Earl to claim his lottery winnings, because he hadn't changed his will by then.
* One ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch had an alien spy who was so nervous that he would continually blow his own cover and then order the destruction of the planet that he was on.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': After Pete mentions that Jenna's dilemma reminds of the "psychopath test" above, she not only immediately gets the answer "right", but takes it as a piece of advice -- and poisons Kenneth. [[spoiler:She does meet the guy, but dumps him after finding out he's got a kid.]]
* A humorous variant on the previously mentioned ''Sarah Connor Chronicles'' example: Cameron discovers that James Ellison [[BerserkButton lied to the Connors]] about [[spoiler:Cromartie's corpse]]. She immediately decides to kill him, at which point Sarah tells her she ''can't'' kill him. Cameron's response?
-->'''Cameron:''' But he's the only one I ''want'' to kill.
* Seems to work for Mal in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Whenever there is an enemy threatening his crew and there seems to be no way out, he'll just shoot the guy, or kick him into the ship's engine. Also, while she was only a child at the time and it was just a game, cannibalism was River's first thought on how to survive being cut off from home in a war....
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' has an aborted attempt. Jeff looks longingly at some hedge clippers when Pierce learns of the secret trampoline, and starts to go for them when Troy stops him.
* ''Series/RippingYarns'': This is Charles' general attitude in "Murder at Moorstones Manor".
* In the "Intervention" sketch from ''Series/MrShow'', after his [[WithFriendsLikeThese friends]] are fed up with Bob's interventions (which are more about making fun of said person with problem than solving said problem), they decide to murder him. Bob sees his fate through a FlashForward, so he tells them how to dispose of the body.
* In an episode of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', Allen's ventriloquist dummy gives him this idea when he gets a bit upset that Charlie's using his friendship with Chelsea so he can avoid spending time with her at places he doesn't like.
* A RunningGag with the cast of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' in regards to dealing with [[InsufferableGenius Sheldon]]. In fact, that's usually the first option/answer given whenever Sheldon becomes a problem, short of telling him to go away.
** Sheldon has also mentioned poisoning [[TheRival Barry Kripke's]] tea to get rid of him.
** In one of the earlier episodes, this is suggested on how to deal with the new university arrival [[TeenGenius Dennis Kim]] [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter when he upstages Sheldon]] so Sheldon would leave them alone and get back to his research.
-->'''Raj:''' What if something were to happen to this boy so he would no longer be a threat?\\
'''Howard:''' ''Then all our problems would be solved...''\\
'''Leonard:''' Hold on -- You're not suggesting we ''murder'' Dennis Kim, are you?\\
'''Raj & Howard:''' [[{{Beat}} ...]]\\
'''Leonard:''' [[WouldHarmAChild I'm not saying no.]]
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': In one episode, each of the sisters loses a single sense after being cursed by a monkey; they try and formulate a plan of action thusly:
--> '''Mute!Paige:''' (Holds up a sign that reads "KILL MONKEY")
--> '''Deaf!Phoebe:''' (To Blind!Piper) [[NoIndoorVoice PAIGE IS PROPOSING VIOLENCE AGAINST THE MONKEY.]]
* Stiles of ''Series/TeenWolf'' sure does suggest this a lot. Even against ''[[HeroicComedicSociopath main characters]]''. Sometimes other pessimistic characters get in on it. [[spoiler:Come season five, this example gets [[HarsherInHindsight a lot less comedic]].]]
* ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' recurring antagonist [[MagnificentBastard Bester]] is such a thorn in the heroes' sides, that when asked for options on how to deal with him, Ivanova (possibly seriously) suggests shooting him. [[ActualPacifist Dr. Franklin]] states that killing him is not an option. However, after a meeting with Bester, where he reminds everyone what a {{Jerkass}} he is, Franklin decides that shooting him ''may'' be a viable alternative.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* PlayedForLaughs as a group control tactic in ''TabletopGame/{{Pokethulhu}}''. It explicitly states that if you break the rules, the one who owns the game is permitted to kill you. (It cautions that this may be illegal, and urges you to ''never'' kill someone outside a gaming context.)
* The Computer in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' executes first. The Computer does not then "ask questions", it "debriefs" ...and [[JustifiedExtraLives executes again]]. In case the players aren't as naturally homicidal as RPG players are expected to be, they're usually assigned troubleshooting duty, which is summed up as: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "find trouble and shoot it."]]

* ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'': Two [[BeneathSuspicion nice old ladies]] advertise a boarding house for elderly men. Unfortunately, their solution for relieving these men of their loneliness is to serve them homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic. It's one of their "charities". Johnny's first solution is often murder or violence too... maybe it runs in the family (or rather gallops).
* Jack Stone in the musical ''Film/ReeferMadness'' seems to subscribe to this school of thought.
-->''Perhaps it's time he disappeared\\
He would never be missed\\
I could murder him, murder him, murder him!''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath Henry from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' threatens to murder you if you ever give him "stupid" orders like "Don't kill the enemy". In his S support with Tharja, he also offers to destroy your ''entire army'' just to show how much he loves her.
* The obligatory Bioware games' HeroicComedicSociopath.
** Lilarcor in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII''. To be fair, he ''is'' a talking sword. [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer How else is he going to solve problems?]]
** In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', while on Noveria, Shepard gets entangled in a power struggle between {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s. If Wrex is in the party, he suggests a quick way out of the whole mess: "Just eat them." He ''frequently'' suggests you just kill everyone in your way or chides you for not taking the murderous option.
*** And if you replace "eat" with "[[ThrownOutTheAirlock airlock]]", you get Javik of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.
*** Renegade!Shepard gets a few of these too, such as the "I should just kill both you idiots" line during Chorban and Jahleed's dispute about the results of your scans of the Keepers in the first game.
** HK-47 in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' ("I would much rather this get bloody, master!"). And his suggestion for gaining prestige at the Sith Academy ("Suggestion: We could start by slaughtering the occupants of this building, Master. Would that be impressive?").
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', this role is filled by Shale, whose stated solution to pretty much everything is 'crush it'. [[TokenEvilTeammate Sten and Morrigan]] also espouse the more violent or 'evil' solutions, usually losing you influence by being selfless unless you persuade them otherwise, but their examples are less PlayedForLaughs.
** In ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', it's Black Whirlwind. He can be persuaded to tell a number of stories about his past adventures, and listening to them makes it clear that his solution to any problem is inevitably to kill someone... usually leading to having to kill ''everyone''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', Princess Sapphire is usually the first person to offer up a solution to the current dilemma -- the solution being to murder the obstacle, of course. Even the ''demons'' are a bit unsettled by this tendency.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' universe's backstory reveals that this was the conclusion that MasterComputer [=GLaDOS=] came to literally [[AIIsACrapshoot picoseconds after being switched on]]. Prior to the events of the first game, she had already killed all the scientists in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center with a [[DeadlyGas deadly neurotoxin]], and now amuses herself by parading an endless stream of HumanPopsicle test subjects through a DeathCourse of test chambers. Those who succeed... she murders anyway. ForScience.
** And in the second game, [[spoiler:she subverts it. Killing Chell is actually [[{{Determinator}} pretty hard,]] so she ends up letting her go]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'', this is played for laughs by the God of Death, Charnel.
-->'''Charnel:''' Kill the blasphemer!\\
'''Persephone:''' Charnel! Death is not the answer to everything.\\
'''Charnel:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Yes...]] ''[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Torture]]'' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint also has its merits]]...
* [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim The Dragonborn]] ends up teaching this lesson to a bunch of orphans after killing Grelod [[IronicName the Kind]]. One little girl is fascinated by the idea of one murder solving so many problems. And the boy who tried to contact the Dark Brotherhood in the first place tells the Dragonborn that he wants to become an assassin when he grows up so he can help people too.
** For context, Grelod is an abusive orphanage manager who hates the job and the children, but refuses to let go of the position despite that. With her out of the way, her assistant who actually ''cares'' about the children can take over and things will improve for everyone, but the only way to get her out of the way is to kill her — which ends up sending the wrong message to the children about how to solve their problems (especially since killing Grelod leads to absolutely no negative consequences the children could notice whatsoever — she is so hated that even if you kill her right in front of a guard, you get no bounty).
* Common in ''{{VideoGame/Borderlands 2}}'', especially in the Campaign of Carnage DLC. Is often lampshaded in dialogue or mission briefings. A prime example: ''"Mister Torgue has informed you that much of the beer in Pyro Pete's Bar has been poisoned. He needs you to kill some of the bandits and take their beer so they won't die of poison. As you will be killing the bandits anyway, this plan makes approximately zero sense."''

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': "Ordinarily I would just drown my sorrows in video games, but for this, maybe I should drown them in... drowning ''them''." -- '''Strong Bad'''
* ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' has Gordon's variation on the "twice fooled" saying:
-->''Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, '''everyone dies!'''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The most extreme example would probably be the entire cast of ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'', for whom murder or genocide is ''everyone's'' solution to ''everything''. Especially Black Mage, whose approach to everything is exemplified by [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/12/01/episode-926-schematic-representation/ the flowchart]].
-->'''Muffin:''' You don't want to kill me.\\
'''Black Mage:''' Not '''''specifically''''', no.\\
But I enjoy killing in the academic sense.\\
Also in the murder sense.
** Also [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/01/20/episode-798-the-lefein-redemption/ this]].
-->'''Black Mage:''' That's not exactly what I was thinking. Necessarily.\\
'''Thief:''' It's your standard solution to everything, so yes it was.
** And [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/10/22/episode-615-the-other-final-solution/ this]], from a doppelganger of Black Mage personifying all of his sins.
-->'''Doppelganger:''' I can't help but think that indiscriminate murder is the only viable solution here.
* Similarly, the 8BT-inspired ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''. If Axel has a problem that needs solving, you can bet it will involve fire. Or spiked wheels. Or mind bullets. Or, on one occasion, organising a musical number, but that was kind of the exception.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Lampshaded by Celia in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0537.html this]] strip.
** [[HeroicComedicSociopath Belkar Bitterleaf]], who apparently works on the definition "Enemy combatant: anyone worth XP."
--->'''Belkar:''' When in doubt, set something on fire!
** And [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0072.html another example]]:
--->'''Belkar:''' I have an idea. It starts with "s" and ends with "litting their throats."
** Also Vaarsuvius, in one [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0696.html strip]]:
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' As the size of an explosion increases, the number of social situations it is incapable of solving approaches zero.\\
'''Blackwing:''' *whisper whisper whisper*\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' AndThatWouldBeWrong.
** Miko Miyazaki, for a paladin, is always prompt to decide that any evildoer is better off killed by her own hand rather than brought to justice. It takes very specific orders from her liege to dissuade her to apply violence first. Orders she'd obey, but reluctantly. [[spoiler:It comes to the point where she murders said liege rather than risk putting him through trial for his deceptions.]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** The Jägers tend toward this solution. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031017 An example]] being when their plan of action escalated until it became one of "''dose'' plans... hyu know -- de kind [[LeaveNoWitnesses vere ve keel everybody dot notices dot ve's killin' people]]", and were dissuaded from it by realizing this would lead to them losing their [[NiceHat hats]]. It's quite likely that in the old days they would have stuck with it anyway.
** Not just the Jägers. Both [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100203 clanks and Sparks]] default to killing things whenever confronted with too complicated a problem, regardless of whether there are better or easier solutions.
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'': [[http://cad-comic.com/comic/not-stupid/ here]] and [[http://cad-comic.com/comic/the-truth-revealed/ here]].
* Used in a ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' strip with Porkfry, Gabe complains that he [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/09/05/ always wants to resort to murder]]. Of course, Gabe himself is usually pretty quick to resort [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/11/11/ to]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/3/26/ murder]].
* A ''Webcomic/{{Darken}}'' guest comic has the immortal line: "Ah, murder. Is there any problem you can't solve?"
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
-->Rule 6: "If violence wasn't your last resort, you failed to resort to enough of it."
** Also, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20080908.html "It doesn't run out of bullets."]]
* Hannelore of ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1576 as seen here]]. Possibly due to having a MadScientist father and a Bond Villain mother.
* Used by Dominic (in the earlier strips) and Kamahl (later on), the resident {{Sociopathic Hero}}es, in ''Webcomic/UGMadness''. It gets to the point where, when everyone else is vowing to come in first and take home a prize at an FNM, Kamahl's vow is "I'll just kill the winner and take theirs."
* ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'': Being trapped in a FilmNoir scenario [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2009/06/17/ will do it to you.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'', [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1255 Tiffany doesn't want to go to the dance]] with an escort, but she can't not go, and doesn't want to look silly by not having one. The solution, some sort of compromise surely?
-->'''Tiffany:''' ...mass murder would solve the problem, right?

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Technically'' speaking, the only thing that needs to be done to a Mary Sue in the ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' is removing her from the fiction she's contaminated. In practice, the Mary Sues are so irritating that Agents will not only default to killing, but find or invent particularly painful ways of killing. This is more for RuleOfFunny, though, and some of the less problematic Sues are simply recruited.
** There have been some Sue-killing methods that actually got the Agents reprimanded. The [[WebComic/SomethingPositive Redneck Trees]] in particular.
* ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'':
** In the outtakes, after a bunch of different-and gorily detailed-ways of taking down and torturing WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic are suggested by Bennett the Sage, he eventually goes, "I say we kill him!" Laughter ensues.
** Vice President [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Chick]] also tries to sneakily off the Critic every five minutes to gain control of the nation. [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim She could have just easily just chloroformed him while they were alone in the house together and got him out of the way then.]]
* Website/{{Cracked}} article "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_19499_6-attempts-at-damage-control-that-caused-way-bigger-problems.html 6 Attempts at Damage Control That Caused Way Bigger Problems]]" opens with the line:
-->Mistakes are an inevitable part of human nature, but there's a system for dealing with them the right way -- The Four A's: Assess the damage, Acknowledge your role, Apologize sincerely, and Assassinate all accusers.
* ''Anime/MagicalFunTimeNow'' has the MagicalGirl protagonists [[spoiler:killing a prison guard who overheard their plan to escape]].
* ''Blog/TextsFromSuperheroes'': ComicBook/SpiderMan [[http://textsfromsuperheroes.com/image/64335963456 asks]] ComicBook/ThePunisher for some advice on how to deal with a villain. He suggests to just kill him and get it over with.
-->'''Spider-Man:''' No, I can't do that. He's [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn my best friend's dad]].\\
'''The Punisher:''' Murder's my best friend.
* In the wise words of French Youtuber [[Creator/BobLennon Bob Lennon]], "When in doubt, Kill everyone!"

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In the episode "Four Little Words," Bullock [[AccidentalMurder accidentally kills]] Francine's friend Melinda, who Stan and Francine had set him up on a blind date with. Stan and Bullock hide it from Francine, Stan largely because he just doesn't want Francine to say "[[IWarnedYou I told you so]]," because she knew said blind date would end badly. When Francine starts getting suspicious, Bullock immediately resorts to trying to assassinate her to throw her off the trail, specifically telling Stan that either Francine can be dead, or she can be right. Stan decides to TakeAThirdOption... by [[{{Frameup}} tricking Francine into thinking]] ''[[{{Frameup}} she]]'' [[{{Frameup}} killed Melinda]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Super Trivia", this Shake's idea to win a trivia game by suggesting they kill their opponent Wayne.
* It is implied that this is what Coco says in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', judging by Mac's reaction of "but then we'd go to jail". It even sounds like she says "we could kill him" if you listen closely.
* Spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. "Damn! Murder isn't working and that's all we're good at!" (especially hilarious as it's Al Gore, Lt. Uhura, and Stephen Hawking)
** Also, this seems to be Leela's solution to everything when she decides to be more impulsive in ''Anthology Of Interest'', implying this is the solution that first occurs to her ''all the time'' and is only kept in check by her being a bit of a stick-in-the-mud.
** This quote from Zoidberg from "Fry Am the Egg Man" shows this trope.
-->'''Zoidberg:''' I say kill it.\\
'''Fry:''' But I love it and it loves me.\\
'''Zoidberg:''' Kill them both!
* The 8-year-old children on ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' recommend murder to solve far too many problems.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** "Cartman's Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut", wherein some people are temporarily trapped in a building during a storm and, after a few hours, decide to resort to cannibalism to survive, although they really could've just waited a little while. Keep in mind that they opted to eat the annoying [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed celebrity guests]] first...
** Instances where [[AxCrazy Cartman]] states they have to kill Kyle include "South Park Is Gay" when he points out being associated with him is ruining their metrosexual reputation and "Toilet Paper" when he believes Kyle will expose the truth.
** In "Pinewood Derby", representatives from countries around the world decide the best way to deal with Finland is NukeEm.
** In "Good Times With Weapons", Cartman suggests killing Butters, fearing that the incident of the boys injuring him with a ninja star will get them in trouble. [[NotSoAboveItAll Kyle]] is so scared, he agrees to go along with it.
* In a milder example in ''The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper'', [[DemolitionsExpert Rico]] immediately suggests "Kaboom!" as a solution to every problem the penguins face. [[spoiler:His wish is eventually granted.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' does this a lot. In one episode, Dr. Venture orders Brock to kill people so he can create more Venturesteins. Brock refuses. In another episode, Brock goes to the Moppets to get them to hurt a kid who disrespected him, but they only seem interested in killing the kid (with a knife!). Brock earlier admitted that he usually kills people who disrespect him, but the kid was underage so he couldn't touch him. And when told to downsize his command staff, the Monarch executes his minions rather than transferring them. Another episode had Hank (who accidentally injected a hallucinogenic drug into himself) convinced that the only way to be with Brock's Russian ex-girlfriend is to kill his father.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In "Homer the Great", this is how nearly all of the members of the Stonecutters react to Homer being their leader.
--->'''Moe''': We've got to kill him!\\
'''Number One''': Take it easy, Moe. Let's hear from the Stonecutter world council before we act too rashly.\\
'''Orville Redenbacher''': Kill him.\\
'''Creator/JackNicholson''': Kill him.\\
'''Creator/MrT''': Kill the fool!\\
'''UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush''': I'm afraid I have to disagree with Orville, Jack, and Mr. Can't we just do something to his voice box?
** In "Bart Carny", after Carnies scam the Simpsons out of their house.
--->'''Marge''': We can't just give up on our house. There's got to be a way to get these guys out of there.\\
'''Bart''': I say we set fire to the house -- [[KillItWithFire kill them that way.]]\\
'''Marge''': We don't want to kill them, Bart. We just want our home back.\\
'''Lisa''': Well... if we did set fire to the house…\\
'''Marge''': No fires!\\
'''Homer''': I've got it!\\
'''Marge''': ''No fires!!''
* In ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' "Meeseeks and Destroy", the Meeseeks go insane from the pain of existence after days of failing to accomplish the nigh-impossible task of taking two strokes off of [[ButtMonkey Jerry's]] golf game. After trying and failing to kill each other, the Meeseeks Jerry originally created decides the best way to take off two strokes is to take off ''all'' strokes -- by murdering Jerry so that he will never play golf again.
* In the non-canon crossover episode between ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' and ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' "Say Uncle", the Gems are so freaked out by Uncle Grandpa's reality warping antics that they decide they must kill him. They nearly pull it off too.
* This exchange in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' when J. Gander and Dr. Bellum are confronted by two Darkwing Ducks (one is Negaduck posing as Darkwing).
-->'''Dr. Sarah Bellum''': Well, guess we'll have to kill them both!
-->'''J. Gander Hooter''': Dr. Bellum!!
-->'''Dr. Sarah Bellum''': Just kidding.