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Sledgesaul
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09:59:33 AM Oct 4th 2011
How about renaming it into Kick Them Down?
Webby
10:02:44 AM Oct 4th 2011
Well, the trope is about attacking someone while they're helpless, hence "while they are down". If you really want to, though, the discussion page probably isn't gonna be of much use.
Camacan
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12:57:35 AM Oct 12th 2010
This one seemed too complex to make a good example — it is confusing when there is mistaken idenity over who did the act that causes someone to mistakenly attack a dead body.

  • In Graham McNeill's Warhammer 40,000 novel Storm of Iron, when a Guardsman detects his sneak attack and returns fire, killing two of his men, Honsou kills him, and then kicks his burned corpse.
    • Hawke fired the assault cannon that killed two of the Iron Warriors, Honsou just thinks that the burned corpse was the Guardsman that fired the gun when in fact it was the corpse of one of Hawke's unlucky comrades.
Camacan
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12:55:28 AM Oct 12th 2010
This trope is for physically attacking someone who is down in a physical fight, it decays the trope to get into metaphorical examples. So moving this material to discussion from Code Geas

  • Lelouch does this at times when he gloats at his enemies; for instance, the two times he outwitted Mao.
  • Suzaku does this by using Nunnally to get Lelouch to reveal that he's regained his memories in the second season, though it can be considered just a simple gambit. He also has a more literal example when Lelouch gets down on his knees and begs him for his help, and Suzaku responds by stepping on his head and grinding his face in the dirt at first. Also, once Lelouch kills his mother and father, Suzaku finds it necessary to remind him of yet another important person he's killed.
  • Schneizel uses Nunnally's "death" as an opening to go and turn the Black Knights against Lelouch, while he is too depressed to act. He also uses Nunnally (alive and under the effect of his More Than Mind Control) against Lelouch later on.
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