'''Basic Trope''': A person lampshades the impracticality of a plan that is more [[GenreBlind "in-universe" appropriate]] and suggests a much more simple, practical solution. The suggestion is usually denied or given an equally outrageous explanation.
* '''Straight''': The EvilOverlord is [[EvilGloating gloating]] over his EvilPlan and describing the DeathTrap he plans [[BondVillainStupidity for the captured Hero]]. His second-in-command suggests they just pull a gun and shoot him. The villain refuses, often vehemently.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** The villain [[BlofeldPloy kills the mook]] for suggesting that he kill the hero.
** The villain has an elaborate DeathTrap that would probably take a few hours, if not days, to kill TheHero. A {{Mook}} points out that he has a loaded gun in his hand and could easily kill him then and there. The villain throws the {{Mook}} out a window.
** The {{Mook}} doesn't even ''tries'' to state the solution, instead going for his gun to shoot the hero right then and there, in front of the villain. The villain kills the {{Mook}} and sighs out a "TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo".
** Alternatively, the above thing happens but the {{Mook}} succeeds. The villain stands there gawking before either [[AntagonistInMourning mourning the hero's death]], calling the {{Mook}} [[YouFool a fool]] and explaining [[NiceJobFixingItVillain how much he screwed everybody over]], killing the {{Mook}} in a rage, or whining about how he had such a ''nice'' death trap and monologue ready.
* '''Downplayed''': The mook clearly wants to ask 'why not just shoot the hero', but then decides not to bother. "Couldn't you just... ah, forget it."
* '''Justified''':
** The minion missed the part in the ad for evil minions that said 'ContractualGenreBlindness a requirement'.
** Guns are expensive.
** From the villain's perspective, the minion is missing the point; the idea isn't to kill the hero, it's [[ToThePain to make him suffer.]]
** The villain, but not the minion, is aware that the hero is ImmuneToBullets; the long death trap is designed to render him vulnerable, and ''then'' kill him.
** The villain ''wants'' the hero to escape the death trap, as, unbeknownst to the hero, the villain has planted a tracking device on them which will lead the villain right back to the rebel base.
** ContractualGenreBlindness is enforced as "rules of engagement". Just shooting the hero would mean full-on, scorched-earth war, and the villain wishes to keep breathing.
* '''Inverted''': The villain wants to shoot the hero. The minion reminds him this is against genre conventions and the villain relents.
* '''Subverted''': The villain, upon hearing his minion's suggestion, realizes that he's right and does shoot the hero.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** ...In the foot. Turns out the suggestion gave the villain the brilliant idea that making the hero a cripple before putting him into a slow, painful and exotic death is much funnier.
** Hears the {{mook}}'s suggestion and buys a gun, but finds out that bullets are expensive.
* '''Parodied''': The villain [[CardCarryingVillain describes in elaborate detail]] why he's not supposed to kill heroes. [[ContractualGenreBlindness You mean they aren't supposed to escape and try to stop him again?]]
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** The villain, upon hearing his minion's suggestion, says that the minion is right, pulls out a gun, and points it at the hero. He then marches the hero into a deathtrap, and says that it still wouldn't be as fun. However, at the end of the deathtrap, the villain is waiting with a gun...
** The villan realizes the {{Mook}} is right. [[BigBad He]] finds a gun and while practicing for the big moment, realizes he's a lousy shot. And goes with the plan anyway.
* '''Averted''':
** Nobody calls the villain on his GenreBlindness.
** The villain ''does'' [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim shoot]] TheHero, without anybody having to call him out.
* '''Enforced''': The writers [[ContractualImmortality need the hero to stick around]], so of course the villains can't just finish him off. On the other side, they don't want his BondVillainStupidity to go unnoticed either, so they lampshade it via this trope.
* '''Lampshaded''': This trope by definition is a lampshading of BondVillainStupidity. "You never just shoot the heroes when you have the chance. You know they always escape!"
* '''Invoked''':
** The villain is looking for a new Number Two who exhibits some common sense, guts and initiative, and decides that someone who asks this question has potential for the job. Thus, he intentionally sets up a situation like this to see if any of his minions react appropriately.
* '''Exploited''':
** The villain hired that one specific {{Mook}} to be his own personal CommanderContrarian and reach, through discussion, an understanding of which of his plans are SimpleYetAwesome, AwesomeButImpractical, or BoringButPractical.
** The GuileHero triggers some BriarPatching onto the villain by means of stating that he would prefer to be shot in the face rather than, say, being tossed into that vat of molten steel over there.
* '''Defied''':
** "...And in case any of you smartasses want to question my plans and suggest I 'just shoot him', I'd just like to remind you beforehand that there's space in my DeathTrap for two".
** The minion doesn't bother asking the BigBad, and shoots the hero himself.
* '''Discussed''': "So, um... Does anybody want to point out to him that this 'overdramatic DeathTrap' shtick never ever works?"
* '''Conversed''': Two characters watch a cartoon where the villain puts the hero into a deathtrap, and one asks the other why the bad guy never just shoots them in that sort of situation. Extra fourth wall points if the one doing the asking is the in-universe villain, who does the exact same thing when he gets the opportunity.
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Due to high turnover rate of minions (i.e. they get killed) who naysay the villain on his {{Genre Blind}}ness, the minions eventually lose all desire to take initiative or be helpful and stay far, far away from the villain when not explicitly ordered to. The villain ends up losing a lot of battles because his minions are too afraid to attempt to correct his Genre Blindness and is eventually killed during a one-on-one gloating session with a (seemingly) captured hero because nobody else was around.
** The villain kills the one suggesting a good (and simple) solution for handling the hero and promptly loses support because of this. His superiors view him as incompetent and bigger threat to their organization than the hero. Meanwhile, his minions realize that they are working for someone either psychotic or just plan stupid and [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere promptly leave]].
* '''Reconstructed''': The masterless minions go on to work for a villain with better employee relations, whom they feel safer questioning. If pressed, the villain limits himself to explaining that he has worked very hard to reach the point at which he can kill the hero, and he's not going to have it over in a mundane and unsatisfying brief way when a longer, more ego-boosting, and more sadistic fashion can be dreamt up.
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