[[folder:Anime and Manga]]

->'''Neo-Nazi:''' I am a captain of the glorious Aryan Socialist Union, and you, a nefarious grave robber! This is clearly the most fated of confrontations! For the sake of those who died for the Union-\\
'''Revy:''' (''unloads her pistol'')\\
'''Neo-Nazi:''' -you shall atone with your blood! BEHOLD! (''cocks gold-plated pistol'') Witness this mighty gun I wield! I call it the ''Eisenreich'' Luger Special! The barrel is the Luger Artillery Long and the frame is hardened carbon. Featuring-\\
'''Revy:''' (''loads a new clip'')\\
'''Neo-Nazi:''' -a thick grip and a two-bullet chamber, it truly is one of a kind. (''finally points it at her'') This weapon is ''far'' too destructive to simply be referred to as specialized and ''man-stopping!'' I-\\
'''Revy:''' (''clearly bored out of her mind'')\\
'''Neo-Nazi:''' -am the only man on Earth capable of taming this terrible gun! BWA HA HA HA!! Are you afraid?! There's no way you're not! Now witness the awesome power of this-\\
'''Revy:''' (''blows him off his feet'') Shut the fuck up. Didn't you see I wasn't even listening? I mean, were you trying to ''sell'' me the damn gun or what?\\
'''Neo-Nazi:''' You... fucking cowa-\\
'''Revy:''' Now it's ''my'' turn to talk. Here's some advice: if you can hit your target, pretty much ''any'' gun will do the trick. Now that's one to grow on... [[PreMortemOneLiner say "hi" to the Fuhrer for me.]]
-->-- ''Manga/BlackLagoon''

->'''Benmel:''' Gassman, Go out there and kill the one that's following the plane.\\
'''Gassman:''' Yes, but couldn't we capture him and turn him into a [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Meganoid]] to further our plan?\\
'''Benmel:''' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy What was that?!]] Go out there and kill him or I'll have you executed for treason!
-->-- An [[InvertedTrope Inversion]] from ''Anime/{{Daitarn 3}}''


[[folder:Comic Books]]

->Why don't they [ever] kill him right away... Anyone gets the drop on [[Comicbook/ThePunisher this guy]] and doesn't just shoot him on the spot, they [[TooDumbToLive deserve whatever he does to them...]]
-->-- '''Lorraine''', ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'' #44


[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]

->'''Dr. Evil:''' Scott, I want you to meet daddy's nemesis, Austin Powers.\\
'''Scott Evil:''' What? [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine Are you]] ''[[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine feeding]]'' [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine him?]] Why don't you just kill him?\\
'''Dr. Evil:''' I have an even better idea. [[ContractualGenreBlindness I'm going to place him in an easily escapable situation involving an overly elaborate and exotic death.]]\\
'''Scott Evil:''' [[StatingTheSimpleSolution I have a gun, in my room. You give me five seconds, I'll get it, I'll come back down here. BOOM! I'll blow their brains out!]]\\
'''Dr. Evil:''' Scott... you just don't ''get'' it, do ya?
-->-- ''Film/AustinPowers: International Man of Mystery''

->We both know I have to kill you now. You'll just have to ''imagine'' the fire.
-->-- '''Bane''', ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''

->'''Marco:''' Next time you have a chance to kill someone, don't hesitate!\\
'''[=McClane=]:''' (''shoots and kills him'') Thanks for the advice!
-->-- ''Film/DieHard''

->'''One-Armed Man''': I've been looking for you for eight months. Whenever I should have had a gun in my right hand, I thought of you. Now I find you in exactly the position that suits me. I had lots of time to learn to shoot with my left.\\
(''Tuco shoots him dead with [[CantBatheWithoutAWeapon the gun he has hidden in the bath foam]]'')\\
'''Tuco''': When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
-->-- ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''

->'''Steve:''' Why don't you just shoot him and [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident fuck all this]]?\\
'''Bishop:''' Good judgement comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
-->-- ''Film/TheMechanic2011''

->'''Greedo:''' I've been looking forward to this for a long time.\\
'''Han:''' Yes, I'll bet you have. (''blasts Greedo from under the table'')
-->-- ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope''



->This isn't the kind of man who ties you up in a cellar with just enough time for the mice to eat your ropes before the flood-waters rise. This is the kind of man who just kills you here and now.
-->-- '''Igneous Cutwell''', ''Discworld/{{Mort}}''

->Now, what shall we do with you, [[Literature/JamesBond Mr. Bond]]? I can't let you live, that much is certain. I should probably just shoot you here and now and get it over with. I've always wondered why the bad guys never do that to the heroes in action movies. Instead, they have to use some elaborate method of torture or execution. The hero ultimately uses the delay to his advantage and escapes. So I should just shoot you now, right?
-->-- '''[[spoiler:Guy Thackeray]]''', ''Literature/ZeroMinusTen''

->'''Chauvelin:''' Twelve picked men will be on the ramparts ready to seize him the moment he appears.\\
'''Collot d'Herbois:''' And to shoot him at sight, I hope.\\
'''Chauvelin:''' Only as a last resource, for the Englishman is powerful, and may cause our half-famished men a good deal of trouble. But [[IWantThemAlive I want him alive]] if possible...\\
'''d'Herbois:''' Why? A dead lion is safer than a live one any day.\\
'''Chauvelin:''' Oh! we'll kill him right enough, citizen. I pray you have no fear. I hold a weapon ready for that meddlesome Scarlet Pimpernel which will be a thousand times more deadly and more effectual than a chance shot, or even the guillotine.\\
'''d'Herbois:''' What weapon is that, Citizen Chauvelin?\\
'''Chauvelin:''' [[FateWorseThanDeath Dishonour and ridicule!]]\\
'''d'Herbois:''' Bah!
-->-- ''[[Literature/TheScarletPimpernel The Elusive Pimpernel]]'', Chapter 24


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

->'''Giles:''' So Angel has decided to step up his harassment of you...\\
'''Cordelia:''' By [[BreakInThreat sneaking into her room and leaving stuff at night?]] Why doesn't he just slit her throat or strangle her while she's sleeping or cut her heart out? (''[[EyeTake notices how everyone's looking at her]]'') What, [[StopHelpingMe I'm trying to help]].
-->-- ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', "Passion"

->The trouble with Daleks is it takes [[RoboSpeak so long to say anything]]. Probably die of boredom before they shoot me.
-->-- '''The Doctor''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Time of the Doctor"

->'''Bigwig''': Look, I know it says he's weightless in the script but look what happens when I scratch out the word weightless. You see, he no longer becomes weightless. He just becomes.\\
'''Deluise''': Okay fine, good, but how else does Colonel Danning get past the giant alien guard?\\
'''O'Neill''': [[TropeNamers Why doesn't]] [[Main/BeamMeUpScotty he]] [[TropeNamers just shoot him?]]\\
'''Bigwig''': Who is this?\\
'''O'Neill''': Colonel Jack O'Neill.\\
'''Martin''': He's the new Air Force technical adviser. He doesn't know he's not supposed to say anything yet.\\
'''Bigwig''': You're telling me an Air Force officer can shoot a giant alien without having to be weightless?\\
'''O'Neill''': Sure, why not?\\
'''Bigwig''': You know, I'd like to hear "sure, why not" a little more around here. Now the space ship in scene 53..
-->-- ''Series/StargateSG1'', [[ShowWithinAShow "Wormhole X Treme"]]

->'''"[[VoluntaryShapeshifting Martok]]"''': What're they doing? Why doesn't Sisko just shoot him?!\\
'''Odo''': I have a better question - why isn't Gowron letting his bodyguards kill Worf? I'll tell you why: [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingon honor]], a concept you should be very familiar with. My people, on the other hand, don't care about honor. How did you put it - there will be [[CombatPragmatist no honorable combat, no challenges]]? [[SomethingTheyWouldNeverSay Hardly the words of a Klingon]]. Tell me, "General" - did Gowron destroy the polaron emitters... or did [[TheMole you]]?
-->-- ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''

->(''the family watches a Western with a knock-out brawl'')\\
'''Son''': They know they have guns, right?
-->-- A DVR commercial


[[folder:Video Games]]

->I'll take the stupid one who decided to threaten us rather than shoot us when he had the chance.
-->-- '''Bao-Dur''', ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2''



->Your fat giant ninja probably could have killed me once every thirty seconds since he first saw me. I know that real honest-to-goodness knuckles to testicles action is important to you supervillain types, but come on, at some point you have to get practical. Get Tub Fist to kill me.
-->-- '''Dr. [=McNinja=]''', ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''

->''[[DeathTrap A giant pickle jar.]]'' Christ. Does [[HypocriticalHumor anyone else here even]] ''[[HypocriticalHumor own]]'' [[HypocriticalHumor a gun?]]
-->-- '''Hitlerella''' to her fellow RoguesGallery members, ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''


[[folder:Web Original]]

->So, let me see if I follow this "plan" so far... You captured Zero (aka Lelouch), but instead of killing him, you wiped his memory so that he couldn't become Zero again, but instead of them throwing him in jail, you released him back to the public, indefinitely, so that he could get smarter and better and beating you, all to bring him into contact with C2, the only person who could activate his Geass again, give him back his memories and ''allow him to become Zero again!''
-->-- '''Phoenix''' of ''WebVideo/{{Animerica}}'', on the first episode of the second season of ''Anime/CodeGeass''

->Look, if you're going through this much trouble to the point of trying to kill them, just come at them with a gun! You're not exactly dealing with UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}} members here, especially since they're completely oblivious to the sounds of knives colliding with things and glass shattering!
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]''' on the murder attempts on the California Raisins

-> '''Freeza:''' I just love how ''easy'' it is to get away with this shit with you people! I want to transform, you just sit there and let me. I want to blow the planet up, you just ''sit there and let me!'' I want to reach one-hundred percent power and you just SIT RIGHT THERE AND LET ME!\\
'''Goku:''' ...[[BigEater So can I get]] [[BrickJoke a meat lover's-]]\\
'''Freeza:''' (''[[TalkToTheFist socks Goku]]'')
-->-- ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''

->Rule 4: Shooting is ''not'' too good for my enemies.\\
Rule 7: When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?" [[PreMortemOneLiner I'll say "No," and shoot him.]] No, on second thought [[BondOneLiner I'll shoot him and then say "No."]]
-->-- The EvilOverlordList

->Both Eddie and Bev have similar incidents where [[MonsterClown the clown]] pops up and scares them, but again: why doesn't he just ''kill'' them?
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''', reviewing ''Literature/{{It}}''

->Seriously, what would it take to get these guys to shoot?
-->-- '''Podcast/RiffTrax''' on the SWAT Team from ''Film/TheDarkKnight''

->[Anakin and Obi-Wan] start charging down the corridors, cleaving their way to the elevators, and eventually bumble directly into an ambush, where a half-dozen droids have them dead-to-rights at gunpoint. Incredibly, instead of shooting them dead where they stand, the droids stand there dumbly while the Jedi spin around and decapitate the lot of them. What the hell just happened? You're telling me that droids missed the opportunity to just waste them? I really can't take this. ''This'' is the fearsome threat that has the Republic on the defensive?
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]]''' in his review of ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/RevengeOfTheSith''

->'''Pat:''' I don't get it. You can just cut him - just cut him right now.\\
'''Mat:''' [[ForegoneConclusion We know he cuts him!]]\\
'''Pat:''' [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Yeah, we saw it in the trailer.]]\\
'''Mat:''' He cuts him [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice super dead.]]\\
'''Pat:''' So, like, why not just do it?\\
'''Mat:''' No, you gotta-\\
'''Pat:''' He wants to do it in a cool way.\\
'''Mat:''' [[RuleOfCool You've gotta do it in an evil bad guy cool way.]]
-->-- ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''

->'''[[VideoGame/EndlessFrontier Gespenst]]:''' All this just to kill one dude, man, criminals are inefficient.\\
'''[[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji Kabuto]]:''' Ah. What would ya do if you led the crooks?\\
'''Gespenst:''' Not release a bunch of Film/{{snakes on a plane}}, that's for sure.\\
'''Sylvan:''' Like Titans' way of deal with rebels... oh!\\
'''[[Roleplay/WeAreOurAdventuringAvatars Pluto]]:''' A crate full of bombs would be much more efficient than using snakes, for starters.\\
'''Sylvan:''' ...Still need to pass metal detector.\\
'''Pluto:''' True, but a box full of hissing snakes would be noticed very quickly in real life as well.\\
'''Gespenst:''' Why even try to take out the full plane? Why not just wait til he is on the ground then bomb him?\\
'''Pluto:''' Just trying to get into the character of a lunatic movie villain.\\
'''Gespenst:''' Oh ok, I was in the mind set of "ruthlessly, and intelligently, exterminate all obstacles and obtain victory."
-->-- ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars''

->The entire reason we’re screwing around gathering up these heroes is because they will somehow (?) help us stop [[BigBad Lucian]]. But here he is, a few feet away and flammable.
-->-- '''Shamus Young''' on ''VideoGame/FableII''


[[folder:Western Animation]]

->'''Harely Quinn:''' [[TropeNamers Why don't ya just shoot him?]]\\
'''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker:''' "Just shoot him?!" Know this, my sweet: the death of Franchise/{{Batman}} must be nothing less than a masterpiece! The triumph of my sheer comic genius over his ridiculous mask and gadgets!\\
(''at the end of the episode, after Harley comes within an inch of killing Batman herself'')\\
'''The Joker:''' I really have to apologize for the kid. No respect for tradition! Heh! Let's just pretend the whole thing never happened and do this some other time, 'kay? ...[[{{Hypocrite}} Then]] ''[[{{Hypocrite}} again]]'', this is a rather rare opportunity. Y'know what they say, "a bat in the hand is worth two in the belfry." I guess you're going out on a laugh after all!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', [[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE21MadLove "Mad Love"]]

->'''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker''': You're not going to leave [[Franchise/{{Batman}} him]] like this, are you?\\
'''SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor''': Why?\\
'''Joker''': Hel-''lo?'' He's still alive!\\
'''Luthor''': And he's going to stay that way until ''I'' say we don't need him anymore.\\
'''Joker''': Lex, Lex, take it from someone who knows: ''don't wait, do it now.''\\
'''Luthor''': You don't like my decisions? Leave.\\
'''Joker''': (''does so'') And they say ''I'm'' crazy...\\
(''the rest of Luthor's gang stares at him meaningfully'')\\
'''Luthor:''' (''eye twitching'') ...What?! Those restraints are pure titanium. [[TemptingFate He'll never get loose.]]
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', [[Recap/JusticeLeagueS1E18And19InjusticeForAll "Injustice For All, Part 2"]]


[[folder:Real Life]]

->[The villain] has obtained a miniaturized robot so small it can float in the bloodstream and cause strokes and heart attacks. At one point in the movie, a man who will remain nameless is injected with one of these devices by a dart gun, and it kills him. All very well, but consider for a moment the problem of cost overruns in these times of economic uncertainty. A miniaturized assassination robot small enough to slip through the bloodstream would cost how much? Millions? And it is delivered by dart? How's this for an idea: use a poison dart, and spend the surplus on school lunches.
-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert''', reviewing ''Film/BallisticEcksVsSever''