Playing With / Genocide Dilemma

Basic Trope: The heroes hesitate on whether or not to wipe out an Always Chaotic Evil race.
  • Straight: Maxine is a demon slayer who finds a MacGuffin that will allow her to wipe out the demons once and for all, but she's all too aware of the moral ramifications of doing so.
  • Exaggerated: Maxine crushes an anthill. As soon as she sees this, she crosses the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Downplayed: There are three people in a species, all complete monsters, and she has a way to kill them, so Maxine is slightly saddened.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide"
  • Subverted: Then she realizes that the demons would cause exponentially more suffering to others than Maxine would cause by destroying them.
  • Double Subverted: But there must be a better option than genocide...seal them in Hell?
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Guilt-Free Extermination War
  • Enforced: The show is a bit Darker and Edgier, but it's aimed at adolescents. The heroes can't be shown committing an morally questionable action without considering the ethics.
  • Lampshaded: "If I destroy the demons, will I be any better than them?"
  • Invoked: One of the demons gives Maxine a Not So Different speech just as she's about to use the MacGuffin.
  • Exploited: While Maxine is distracted, one of the demons sneaks past it and uses it to wipe out his species.
  • Defied:
    • "It's my duty to defend humanity. I'm going through with this."
    • Maxine destroys the MacGuffin with her own hands as soon as she gets a hold of it. "I don't care if this would have been a much simpler way - I will not stoop to their level of evil in fighting evil."
  • Discussed: "Look, we've already tried reasoning with them. If we don't do this, we might as well be taking their side." "I know, but that doesn't make it any easier."
  • Conversed:
    Nicole:Remarkable how much you learn about someone from one little decision.
    Oscar:I'd hardly call choosing whether to sacrifice your character or multitudes of lives "little".
  • Implied: The demons are not all Always Chaotic Evil, but their presence is causing the universe to destabilize. Killing them all would save the universe, but it's still a horrible call and treated as such.
  • Deconstructed: Lucas calls Maxine out on her hypocrisy for hunting demons but being unwilling to destroy them as a race. This leaves Maxine with two choices: either use the MacGuffin and bear the moral consequences, or stop fighting and sit at home drowning her sorrows while the Legions of Hell roam the earth.
  • Reconstructed: Unfortunately, there really isn't a way other than the MacGuffin, and everyone in the universe - demons included - will be destroyed if this continues. Either way, the demons will die, but using the MacGuffin makes sure everyone else survives.
  • Played For Laughs: Maxine agonises over whether or not to wash her hands with antibacterial soap, since she sees it as mass murder.
  • Played For Drama: After much hesitation, Maxine activates the MacGuffin and kills all the demons. She then decides "there's one last demon I need to deal with", goes away and turns her gun on herself.

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