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Playing With: Coup de Grāce
Basic Trope: A wounded enemy is finished off with a killing blow.
  • Straight: Alice approaches a mortally-wounded Bob and despatches him with a close-range shot to the head.
  • Exaggerated: Bob's been the victim of No Kill Like Overkill, but Alice still goes over and tucks a live grenade in his pocket before casually strolling away.
  • Downplayed: Alice takes Bob down with shots to the body and quickly follows up with a headshot just to be sure.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alice sees Bob is quickly slipping away and orders The Medic to keep him alive. Either they're Friendly Enemies, or she just wants him to suffer longer...
  • Subverted: Thwarted Coup de Grāce; Bob shoots Alice before she can kill him.
  • Double Subverted: Taking You with Me; Alice just has time to return the favour before falling over and dying in Bob's arms.
  • Parodied: Alice and Bob are in a food fight. Bob goes down in a hail of bun-fire, and Alice walks over to stand over his groaning body, gives a Bond One-Liner (something about "just desserts", probably) and slaps a custard pie in his face.
  • Zig Zagged: There's an Overly-Long Gag of successive Thwarted Coup de Graces, with a Click Hello and a Pre-Mortem One-Liner from each one.
  • Averted: No-one is killed at the mercy of an enemy. Either they're killed instantly, they escape, or they're captured and treated well.
  • Enforced:
    • Alice and Bob need to have a final conversation, but Bob would never talk if he was still able to fight.
    • Death Is Dramatic, Bob can't just be shot dead in the middle of a battle.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Alice has ordered that Bob be taken down non-lethally so she can gloat before killing him.
  • Exploited: Bob knows Alice will want to finish him off personally, so plans a Thwarted Coup de Grāce.
  • Defied: Alice checks on Bob, and orders him to be left to die slowly and painfully.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs:
    Alice: "Medic! Medic! Bob's dead! What do we do!?"
    Medic: "Calm down. First thing we need to do is make sure he is dead..."
    Alice: *BANG* "OK, now what?"
  • Deconstructed: Killing Bob this way gives him enough time to fight back and escape successfully.
  • Reconstructed: Killing Bob this way gives him enough time go Oh Crap before being finished off.

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