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* This is the reasoning behind assembling the titular ''Film/SuicideSquad,'' though in this case, it's not about saving "good guys" (the US government) from having to do things they're morally opposed to. It's to allow them to make the "hard decisions" while maintaining their reputations, having villainous fall guys (and [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Harley]]) to take the blame for their morally dubious acts. It still allows "heroic" characters to keep their hands clean. [[note]]That's the theory, anyway. The fact that they're escorted by uniformed military personnel on their first excursion sort of defeats the purpose.[[/note]]

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* This is the reasoning behind assembling the titular ''Film/SuicideSquad,'' ''Film/SuicideSquad2016,'' though in this case, it's not about saving "good guys" (the US government) from having to do things they're morally opposed to. It's to allow them to make the "hard decisions" while maintaining their reputations, having villainous fall guys (and [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Harley]]) to take the blame for their morally dubious acts. It still allows "heroic" characters to keep their hands clean. [[note]]That's the theory, anyway. The fact that they're escorted by uniformed military personnel on their first excursion sort of defeats the purpose.[[/note]]


->''"Look at you. You know what you want me to do. You know what has to be done. But it's not 'honorable,' so the words stick in your throat. When the Queen proclaims one king, and the Hand proclaims another, whose peace do the Gold Cloaks protect... ? The man who pays them."''
-->-- '''Littlefinger,''' ''Series/GameOfThrones''

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->''"Look at you. You know what you want me to do. You know what has to be done. But it's not 'honorable,' so the words stick ->'''John:''' No... no, I can't.\\
'''Scorpius:''' ''(sigh)'' I can. ''(grabs pistol
in your throat. When the Queen proclaims one king, John's hand, and the Hand proclaims another, whose peace do the Gold Cloaks protect... ? The man who pays them."''
fires)''
-->-- '''Littlefinger,''' ''Series/GameOfThrones''
''Series/{{Farscape}}'', "[[Recap/FarscapeS04E18Prayer Prayer]]"

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* The Witch ''offers'' to do this in ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'', when the Giantess demands that the other characters hand over Jack. She points out that they seem to be more motivated by being "Nice" rather than "Good," whereas she has no such qualms, and she'll gladly be labeled a villain if it means ending the threat.
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* This is the reasoning behind assembling the titular ''Film/SuicideSquad,'' though in this case, it's not about saving "good guys" (the US government) from having to do things they're morally opposed to. It's to allow them to make the "hard decisions" while maintaining their reputations, having villainous fall guys (and [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Harley]]) to take the blame for their morally dubious acts. It still allows "heroic" characters to keep their hands clean. [[note]]That's the theory, anyway. The fact that they're escorted by uniformed military personnel on their first excursion sort of defeats the purpose.[[/note]]


--> [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome "Now who's]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments stupid?"]]

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--> [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome "Now who's]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments stupid?"]]who's stupid?"



---->'''Butch:''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Goodnight, fellas!]]

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---->'''Butch:''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Goodnight, fellas!]]fellas!



* In an episode of ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', Elaine visits a trendy hair stylist(played by Ted Danson) and comes away with an atrocious hairdo. She, Alex and Louie pay the stylist a visit to demand an apology and he rebuffs them. Elaine considers dumping a bowlful of hair dye on the stylist's head but decides not to, declaring "I'm better than you." Before they leave, Louie (in a combination SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome[=/=]SugarWiki/{{Funny|Moments}}) casually dumps the hair dye over the stylist and says, "She might be better than you, ({{beat}})...but I ain't!"

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', Elaine visits a trendy hair stylist(played by Ted Danson) and comes away with an atrocious hairdo. She, Alex and Louie pay the stylist a visit to demand an apology and he rebuffs them. Elaine considers dumping a bowlful of hair dye on the stylist's head but decides not to, declaring "I'm better than you." Before they leave, Louie (in a combination SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome[=/=]SugarWiki/{{Funny|Moments}}) casually dumps the hair dye over the stylist and says, "She might be better than you, ({{beat}})...but I ain't!"


* ''FanFic/LovedAndLost'': When the heroes have [[spoiler: [[TheUsurper Prince Jewelius]] ]] cornered, Queen Chrysalis arrives and has her Changelings [[spoiler: [[EatenAlive devour Prince Jewelius]] ]] thus alleviating the heroes of having to dispose of him.

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* ''FanFic/LovedAndLost'': ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'': When the heroes have [[spoiler: [[TheUsurper [[spoiler:[[TheUsurper Prince Jewelius]] ]] cornered, Jewelius]]]] cornered in the final battle, Queen Chrysalis arrives and has her Changelings [[spoiler: [[EatenAlive [[spoiler:[[EatenAlive devour Prince Jewelius]] ]] as revenge for double-crossing them]], thus alleviating the heroes of having to dispose of him.

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* ''FanFic/LovedAndLost'': When the heroes have [[spoiler: [[TheUsurper Prince Jewelius]] ]] cornered, Queen Chrysalis arrives and has her Changelings [[spoiler: [[EatenAlive devour Prince Jewelius]] ]] thus alleviating the heroes of having to dispose of him.


* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', hardly anyone outside of Britannia likes the Imperial Family, which the main character claims to be a symbol of evil that looks down on others. They promote Social Darwinsim, support militarism and genocide, and/or are pretty much a band of over-privileged parasites. The only exception all three of these is Euphemia [[spoiler:and Lelouch accidentally geasses her into starting a massacre, forcing him to ShootTheDog by killing her.]] As for the rest, [[spoiler:Prince Schneizel does the world a favor by annihilating most of them in one swoop, though this doesn't change the fact that he blows up the entire capital with all its inhabitants in the process.]]

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', hardly anyone outside of Britannia likes the Imperial Family, which the main character claims to be a symbol of evil that looks down on others. They promote Social Darwinsim, Darwinism, support militarism and genocide, and/or are pretty much a band of over-privileged parasites. The only exception all three of these is Euphemia [[spoiler:and Lelouch accidentally geasses her into starting a massacre, forcing him to ShootTheDog by killing her.]] As for the rest, [[spoiler:Prince Schneizel does the world a favor by annihilating most of them in one swoop, though this doesn't change the fact that he blows up the entire capital with all its inhabitants in the process.]]



* [[spoiler: Shiva and Agora]] from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' invoke the trope when [[spoiler:they throw little Helen inside an active volcano.]] They even say that it's the best, [[spoiler: since they had killed her grandfather and would've died anyway]]; in their words, [[spoiler: after being offered as a 'sacrifice' of sorts, Helen's "pure and gentle" soul will become a benevolent spirit.]] [[spoiler:Ikki]] obviously refuses to take this explanation and says they just went [[KickTheDog in full puppykicking mode]]. [[spoiler:And uncommonly for this trope, ''Helen survives''.]]

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* [[spoiler: Shiva and Agora]] from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' invoke the trope when [[spoiler:they throw little Helen inside an active volcano.]] They even say that it's the best, [[spoiler: since they had killed her grandfather and would've died anyway]]; in their words, [[spoiler: after being offered as a 'sacrifice' of sorts, Helen's "pure and gentle" soul will become a benevolent spirit.]] [[spoiler:Ikki]] obviously refuses to take this explanation and says they just went [[KickTheDog in full puppykicking puppy-kicking mode]]. [[spoiler:And uncommonly for this trope, ''Helen survives''.]]






* Similarly, in Transformers ''ComicBook/MoreThanMeetsTheEye'' Whirl believes he's already a monster, and knows that sometimes to keep people safe there are difficult decisions in which there is no winner. He is willing to make those choices so that good people aren't forced to do bad things.

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* Similarly, in Transformers ''ComicBook/MoreThanMeetsTheEye'' Whirl believes he's already a monster, monster and knows that sometimes to keep people safe there are difficult decisions in which there is no winner. He is willing to make those choices so that good people aren't forced to do bad things.



* In ''ComicBook/StreetFighterVsDarkstalkers'', [[spoiler:Jedah Domah is killed by Gill (his [[BigBadDuumvirate partner]] whom Jedah [[TheDogBitesBack betrayed]]) by pulling out his heart from his body and then Akuma (a decidedly grey character) delivers the killing blow by striking him with the Dylec sword. Granted, its not like the heroes weren't trying, its just Jedah was so powerful that it just so happened the ones to defeat him were bad guys. Ironically, Gill himself is defeated just as when he tries to claim victory for getting rid of the competition, he is teleported back to Earth by his own cultists trying to resurrect him]].

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* In ''ComicBook/StreetFighterVsDarkstalkers'', [[spoiler:Jedah Domah is killed by Gill (his [[BigBadDuumvirate partner]] whom Jedah [[TheDogBitesBack betrayed]]) by pulling out his heart from his body and then Akuma (a decidedly grey character) delivers the killing blow by striking him with the Dylec sword. Granted, its it's not like the heroes weren't trying, its just Jedah was so powerful that it just so happened the ones to defeat him were bad guys. Ironically, Gill himself is defeated just as when he tries to claim victory for getting rid of the competition, he is teleported back to Earth by his own cultists trying to resurrect him]].






* In ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds'', [[spoiler:Dr. Beljar makes it really easy for the Titans to not kill Beast Boy, since he takes over control of the Dark Prognosticus, and itís required that whoever controls the Prognosticus must die in order to close the void. This arguably ends up being a moot point, though, when Beast Boy dies anyway from injuries sustained in the battle.]]

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* In ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds'', [[spoiler:Dr. Beljar makes it really easy for the Titans to not kill Beast Boy, Boy since he takes over control of the Dark Prognosticus, and itís required that whoever controls the Prognosticus must die in order to close the void. This arguably ends up being a moot point, though, when Beast Boy dies anyway from injuries sustained in the battle.]]



** ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' also had this, in a way. It turns out that [[spoiler: the backlog of unsent letters at the Post Office are sentient and want to be delivered, and are powerful enough to cause telepathic hallucinations. Not only is this very dangerous given the number of Vetinari's men that got killed falling off of ledges that they couldn't see, it is flatly impossible to deliver some of them since they come from another universe's Post Office, and could cause a lot of upheaval if they accidentally got out. Conveniently, Reacher Gilt's [[TheDragon Dragon]] is an arsonist and burns the office down, letters and all, relieving Moist of the burden.]]

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** ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' also had this, in a way. It turns out that [[spoiler: the backlog of unsent letters at the Post Office are sentient and want to be delivered, and are powerful enough to cause telepathic hallucinations. Not only is this very dangerous given the number of Vetinari's men that got killed falling off of ledges that they couldn't see, but it is also flatly impossible to deliver some of them since they come from another universe's Post Office, and could cause a lot of upheaval if they accidentally got out. Conveniently, Reacher Gilt's [[TheDragon Dragon]] is an arsonist and burns the office down, letters and all, relieving Moist of the burden.]]



* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' are about a competition where 24 children have to kill each other until only one is left standing. Luckily for the main character, a group of kids who went into the game by choice rather than by force are painted in a very negative light, and commit almost all of the unprovoked killings.

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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' are about a competition where 24 children have to kill each other until only one is left standing. Luckily for the main character, a group of kids who went into the game by choice rather than by force are painted in a very negative light, light and commit almost all of the unprovoked killings.



* Ruahkini in ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'' is an incredibly rude and borderline crazy RichBitch who is perpetually insulting Laeshana and patronizing Alaric, as well as being partially responsible for the destructive imbalance in Caederan's magic. Unfortuantely, he's also the royal chancellor, so there's no conceivable way for the heroes to get rid of him. [[spoiler: Luckily, his AxeCrazy [[BlackMagic hoshek]] brother Gaithim shows up and kills him.]]

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* Ruahkini in ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'' is an incredibly rude and borderline crazy RichBitch who is perpetually insulting Laeshana and patronizing Alaric, as well as being partially responsible for the destructive imbalance in Caederan's magic. Unfortuantely, Unfortunately, he's also the royal chancellor, so there's no conceivable way for the heroes to get rid of him. [[spoiler: Luckily, his AxeCrazy [[BlackMagic hoshek]] brother Gaithim shows up and kills him.]]



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' this is how Lannisters endeared themselves to Robert Baratheon. Robert's Rebellion was won except for the Targaryens' last holdout, King's Landing. Tywin Lannister, who had stayed out of the fight until it was all but decided, tricked the Targaryens into letting his army inside their city and then sacked it. Tywin's son Jaime Lannister instigated a BodyguardBetrayal on [[TheCaligula King Aerys]], while Tywin's bannermen assassinated the last of the Targaryen line still in the city. This deflected a lot of blame for the atrocities at King's Landing onto the Lannisters, sparing Robert's reputation and conscience. Tyrion would question the wisdom of this, citing that it made the entire realm despise the Lannisters when they could have let Robert take the blame. Tywin however felt that they had to do it to prove their allegiance, and Robert would be exceedingly grateful to them for doing the dirty work of killing off the royal bloodline, which simultaneously satisfied Robert's desire for revenge against the Targaryens and would prevent future uprisings by Targaryen loyalists.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' this is how Lannisters endeared themselves to Robert Baratheon. Robert's Rebellion was won except for the Targaryens' last holdout, King's Landing. Tywin Lannister, who had stayed out of the fight until it was all but decided, tricked the Targaryens into letting his army inside their city and then sacked it. Tywin's son Jaime Lannister instigated a BodyguardBetrayal on [[TheCaligula King Aerys]], while Tywin's bannermen assassinated the last of the Targaryen line still in the city. This deflected a lot of blame for the atrocities at King's Landing onto the Lannisters, sparing Robert's reputation and conscience. Tyrion would question the wisdom of this, citing that it made the entire realm despise the Lannisters when they could have let Robert take the blame. Tywin however Tywin, however, felt that they had to do it to prove their allegiance, and Robert would be exceedingly grateful to them for doing the dirty work of killing off the royal bloodline, which simultaneously satisfied Robert's desire for revenge against the Targaryens and would prevent future uprisings by Targaryen loyalists.



* A weird meta example occurs in the first ''Literature/WarriorCats'' MythArc. [[TheHero Firestar]] had to defeat [[BigBad Tigerstar]], but being the classical HeroicArchetype he needed to beat Tigerstar with moral superiority. Unfortunately, Tigerstar's plan was actually beneficial to the forest, with it's only problem being that someone crazy and evil was designing it. The problem was resolved in the last book of the arc ''The Darkest Hour'', when Tigerstar's ally [[PsychoForHire Scourge]] betrays him and becomes the BigBad, allowing Firestar to have an opponent he could kill by having greater morals.

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* A weird meta example occurs in the first ''Literature/WarriorCats'' MythArc. [[TheHero Firestar]] had to defeat [[BigBad Tigerstar]], but being the classical HeroicArchetype he needed to beat Tigerstar with moral superiority. Unfortunately, Tigerstar's plan was actually beneficial to the forest, with it's its only problem being that someone crazy and evil was designing it. The problem was resolved in the last book of the arc ''The Darkest Hour'', when Tigerstar's ally [[PsychoForHire Scourge]] betrays him and becomes the BigBad, allowing Firestar to have an opponent he could kill by having greater morals.



* In ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars Dual Strike'', the BigBad is defeated and at the player's mercy. But the machine he hooked himself up to is still draining the planet, and he needs to be killed. Von Bolt taunts Jake, asking if he can really shoot a defenseless old man. The player is offered a choice of whether to shoot him or not, and if you don't, [[spoiler: Hawke shows up and does it for you.]] The odd thing about this is that [[spoiler:''either way'', the shooter just destroys Von Bolt's machine itself.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars Dual Strike'', the BigBad is defeated and at the player's mercy. But the machine he hooked himself up to is still draining the planet, and he needs to be killed. Von Bolt taunts Jake, asking if he can really shoot a defenseless old man. The player is offered a choice of whether to shoot him or not, not and if you don't, [[spoiler: Hawke shows up and does it for you.]] The odd thing about this is that [[spoiler:''either way'', the shooter just destroys Von Bolt's machine itself.]]



** Likewise SociopathicHero Henry from the same game. PlayerCharacter Robin takes issue with killing unless it is in self-defense. Henry has no such reservations, and will do whatever it takes to end the war, even summoning an army of zombies that he has no idea how to control. If they overrun a few villages, oh well!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', if you're taking the pacifist path, [[spoiler: two of the bosses get backstabbed by their underlings; conveniently meaning you don't have to kill them.]] This was actually added in, since earlier versions meant a completely innocent run was impossible.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Ilya [[spoiler:kills Shinji]] in Fate, saving Shirou from having to do it; [[spoiler:Sakura]] does the same in Heaven's Feel. In Unlimited Blade Works, [[spoiler:Shinji survives, but not before Gilgamesh puts him through an [[BodyHorror utterly horrific]] case of BreakTheHaughty, after which he seems to cease any villainous behavior]]. Also in Heaven's Feel, [[spoiler:Sakura and Kotomine]] combined also kill off [[spoiler:Zouken]] , who would probably have caused some moral quandaries since he's essentially defenseless on his own at that point even though his very existence is an abomination.

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** Likewise SociopathicHero Henry from the same game. PlayerCharacter Robin takes issue with killing unless it is in self-defense. Henry has no such reservations, reservations and will do whatever it takes to end the war, even summoning an army of zombies that he has no idea how to control. If they overrun a few villages, oh well!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', if you're taking the pacifist path, [[spoiler: two of the bosses get backstabbed by their underlings; conveniently meaning you don't have to kill them.]] This was actually added in, in since earlier versions meant a completely innocent run was impossible.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Ilya [[spoiler:kills Shinji]] in Fate, saving Shirou from having to do it; [[spoiler:Sakura]] does the same in Heaven's Feel. In Unlimited Blade Works, [[spoiler:Shinji survives, but not before Gilgamesh puts him through an [[BodyHorror utterly horrific]] case of BreakTheHaughty, after which he seems to cease any villainous behavior]]. Also in Heaven's Feel, [[spoiler:Sakura and Kotomine]] combined also kill off [[spoiler:Zouken]] , [[spoiler:Zouken]], who would probably have caused some moral quandaries since he's essentially defenseless on his own at that point even though his very existence is an abomination.



** General Damon is an asshole with no apparent positive qualities, and he spends the entire game sending Squad 7 out on suicide missions in order to keep his success record looking good. When Squad 7 finally manages to capture Selvaria alive, he immediately leaps in to take all the credit for it. [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality Welkin and Alicia get upset at Damon for not being nice to her (apparently they've forgotten how she's been killing thousands of Gallians, some of which might be Squad 7 members depending on how you play)]] but he's the top brass, so they can't stop him, and are assigned to escort the Imperial soldiers away from the battleground at Selvaria's request. [[spoiler: And then Selvaria fries the entire army with a SuicideAttack, so Damon gets his comeuppance, Varrot becomes the only authority Squad 7 answers to, Selvaria is no longer an obstacle, and the good guys don't get a single drop of blood on their hands.]]

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** General Damon is an asshole with no apparent positive qualities, and he spends the entire game sending Squad 7 out on suicide missions in order to keep his success record looking good. When Squad 7 finally manages to capture Selvaria alive, he immediately leaps in to take all the credit for it. [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality Welkin and Alicia get upset at Damon for not being nice to her (apparently they've forgotten how she's been killing thousands of Gallians, some of which might be Squad 7 members depending on how you play)]] but he's the top brass, so they can't stop him, him and are assigned to escort the Imperial soldiers away from the battleground at Selvaria's request. [[spoiler: And then Selvaria fries the entire army with a SuicideAttack, so Damon gets his comeuppance, Varrot becomes the only authority Squad 7 answers to, Selvaria is no longer an obstacle, and the good guys don't get a single drop of blood on their hands.]]



** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Talia kills the Joker during the climax because she knows Batman wonít do it. However itís [[spoiler: not the real Joker. He kills her but ends up dying after the next boss fight from his illness.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Talia kills the Joker during the climax because she knows Batman wonít do it. However However, itís [[spoiler: not the real Joker. He kills her but ends up dying after the next boss fight from his illness.]]



* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'s Argent:'' [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20040327.html While that may not have been necessary, if you know the backstory it's hard to blame him.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'s Argent:'' [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20040327.html While that may not have been necessary, necessary if you know the backstory it's hard to blame him.]]









* In WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee the crew of the USS Exit Strategy needs a bit more time to counterattack the villains, who are already locked on to them and might just win. Cue [[spoiler: Mechakara, whom those same villains betrayed at the end of last episode, beating up the whole evil bridge]].

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* In WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee the crew of the USS Exit Strategy needs a bit more time to counterattack the villains, who are already locked on to them and might just win. Cue [[spoiler: Mechakara, whom those same villains betrayed at the end of the last episode, beating up the whole evil bridge]].



* Doomsday's first appearance in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. In the comics, he killed Supes (He got better). However, Supes' evil universe counterpart, Justice Lord Superman, used his eye lasers to ''lobotomize Doomsday'' not five minutes into the fight (he got better too, and was mighty pissed, but that's another story).

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* Doomsday's first appearance in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. In the comics, he killed Supes (He got better). However, Supes' evil universe counterpart, Justice Lord Superman, used his eye lasers to ''lobotomize Doomsday'' not five minutes into the fight (he got better too, too and was mighty pissed, but that's another story).



* In ''WesternAnimation/KongTheAnimatedSeries'', Ramone De La Porta is the main villain and constantly causes trouble for Jason, Kong, and the gang when he is trying to unlock powers of the Primal Stones, while often making threats and trying to kill Kong, yet they often save him whenever he is in danger (and he only returns the favor once, just so they're even). In the final episode, [[spoiler: Harpy sucks De La Porta's life force out as part of a ritual to awaken Chiros. De La Porta survives when his life force is returned to him later, but is left in a permanent state of shock.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KongTheAnimatedSeries'', Ramone De La Porta is the main villain and constantly causes trouble for Jason, Kong, and the gang when he is trying to unlock powers of the Primal Stones, while often making threats and trying to kill Kong, yet they often save him whenever he is in danger (and he only returns the favor once, just so they're even). In the final episode, [[spoiler: Harpy sucks De La Porta's life force out as part of a ritual to awaken Chiros. De La Porta survives when his life force is returned to him later, later but is left in a permanent state of shock.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'': Tom Slick once raced against a cheater who, after being defeated, was told by Marigold he'd get his commeupance. He said good guys like Tom Slick don't get even. Then he got his commeupance from another racer wronged by his cheating.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'': Tom Slick once raced against a cheater who, after being defeated, was told by Marigold he'd get his commeupance.comeuppance. He said good guys like Tom Slick don't get even. Then he got his commeupance comeuppance from another racer wronged by his cheating.



** While she's a cruel and arrogant slavedriver and tyrant, Queen Miraj Scintel is poses no physical threat to the heroes, and as such the Jedi, being heroes, can't really just use the Force to choke her to death. Count Dooku, on the other hand, has no such qualms.

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** While she's a cruel and arrogant slavedriver and tyrant, Queen Miraj Scintel is poses no physical threat to the heroes, and as such the Jedi, being heroes, can't really just use the Force to choke her to death. Count Dooku, on the other hand, has no such qualms.


** It's obvious midway through "Pegasus" that Admiral Cain is a dangerous psychopath with brutal and immoral methods who needs to be dealt with. Adama is too moral to go through with an assassination, and to her credit Cain just declined (for now) to go through with assassinating Adama and was somewhat helpful to the crew, but it's still obviously a matter of time before the two factions clash again, and Cain has the upper hand. Fortunately, [[spoiler: Baltar has let a Cylon with a grudge against Cain loose]].

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** It's obvious midway through "Pegasus" that Admiral Cain is a dangerous psychopath with brutal and immoral methods who needs to be dealt with. Adama is too moral to go through with an assassination, and to her credit Cain just declined (for now) to go through with assassinating Adama and was somewhat helpful to the crew, but it's still obviously a matter of time before the two factions clash again, and Cain has the upper hand. Fortunately, [[spoiler: Baltar has let loose a Cylon with a grudge against Cain loose]].Cain]].


** The series does this ALL THE TIME considering how many villains die from the hand of other villains-often for all the wrong reasons. The Penguin does this most often thanks to his tenuous, but not quite antagonistic so far, relationship with Jim, compared with the other criminals.

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** The series does this ALL THE TIME considering how many villains die from the hand of other villains-often for all the wrong reasons. The Penguin ComicBook/ThePenguin does this most often thanks to his tenuous, but not quite antagonistic so far, relationship with Jim, compared with the other criminals.


Also see ExitPursuedByABear, DesignatedEvil, PoisonousFriend and TokenEvilTeammate (the 'hero' inclined to play dirty pool in a team of good guys), and TheDogShotFirst (keep the hero morally upright by making their unsavory actions into self-defense).

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Also see ExitPursuedByABear, DesignatedEvil, PoisonousFriend and TokenEvilTeammate (the 'hero' inclined to play dirty pool in a team of good guys), and TheDogShotFirst AdaptationalSelfDefense (keep the hero morally upright by making their unsavory actions into self-defense).


SubTrope of NonProtagonistResolver; in this case, the "resolver" is the villain. Contrast VillainousRescue, where a villain pulls a BigDamnHeroes without committing any acts that were too reprehensible for the good guys in the process. If the villain saves the day by accident through doing something villainous, that's NiceJobFixingItVillain. Overlaps with TheDogBitesBack when the "dog" is a minion. See DisneyVillainDeath for when there is no other bad guy to do the work, so it is done by gravity. If the hero deliberately sets it up, this is a possible case of DoWithHimAsYouWill. Compare AlwaysABiggerFish, when a usually non-sapient monster saves the heroes from another monster.

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SubTrope of NonProtagonistResolver; in this case, the "resolver" is the villain. Contrast VillainousRescue, where a villain pulls a BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Heroes without committing any acts that were too reprehensible for the good guys in the process. If the villain saves the day by accident through doing something villainous, that's NiceJobFixingItVillain. Overlaps with TheDogBitesBack when the "dog" is a minion. See DisneyVillainDeath for when there is no other bad guy to do the work, so it is done by gravity. If the hero deliberately sets it up, this is a possible case of DoWithHimAsYouWill. Compare AlwaysABiggerFish, when a usually non-sapient monster saves the heroes from another monster.



** In a way, this trope is the entire premise of Dexter... Dexter is the [[BigDamnVillains Big Damn Villain]], played straight whenever he interrupts a murder to abduct his target.


Different from a HeelFaceTurn because the villain isn't necessarily being heroic; the villain may be [[PragmaticVillainy entirely motivated out of self-interest]], such as [[EnemyMine fighting a common threat]] or because [[EvilerThanThou a competitor is challenging his place as nemesis]]. Another possibility is it [[MakesUsEven makes them even]] for previous SaveTheVillain behavior. It's possible for it to even be a complete coincidence. At any rate, in more philosophic works, the villain will be likely to subject the hero to some flavor of TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, explaining that the hero can only afford to be so squeaky clean because of this trope.

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Different from a HeelFaceTurn because the villain isn't necessarily being heroic; the villain may be [[PragmaticVillainy entirely motivated out of self-interest]], such as [[EnemyMine fighting a common threat]] or because [[EvilerThanThou a competitor is challenging his place as nemesis]]. Another possibility is it [[MakesUsEven makes them even]] for previous SaveTheVillain behavior. It's possible for it to even be a complete coincidence. At any rate, in more philosophic works, the villain will be likely to subject the hero to some flavor of TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, explaining that the hero can only afford to be so squeaky clean because of this trope.
trope. Sometimes, this role will fall to a SuperpoweredEvilSide of a protagonist if the protagonist has a SplitPersonalityTeam situation going on.


** In one episode, Roslyn has Baltar in the brig and threatens to throw him out an airlock if he won't tell her what she wants. Baltar says that she wouldn't go through with it, so she brings in Col. Tigh. [[spoiler: Even that was a bluff, but Tigh would have done it.]]

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** In one episode, Roslyn Roslin has Baltar in the brig and threatens to throw him out an airlock if he won't tell her what she wants. Baltar says that she wouldn't go through with it, so she brings in Col. Tigh. [[spoiler: Even that was a bluff, but Tigh would have done it.]]


* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' The Joker murders Gillian Loeb to sow chaos and dethrones Roman Sionis and usurps his empire. Loeb was a politically corrupt douchebag who was as untouchable as he was corrupt, and Sionis was the top crime boss in town. So while the Joker's intentions weren't pure, he perversely got rid of two of the biggest sources of rot within Gotham. [[VillainHasAPoint Joker later gloats to Batman that he has "done more in two nights than [Batman has] done in two years"]].

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In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' The Joker murders Gillian Loeb to sow chaos and dethrones Roman Sionis and usurps his empire. Loeb was a politically corrupt douchebag who was as untouchable as he was corrupt, and Sionis was the top crime boss in town. So while the Joker's intentions weren't pure, he perversely got rid of two of the biggest sources of rot within Gotham. [[VillainHasAPoint Joker later gloats to Batman that he has "done more in two nights than [Batman has] done in two years"]].
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Talia kills the Joker during the climax because she knows Batman wonít do it. However itís [[spoiler: not the real Joker. He kills her but ends up dying after the next boss fight from his illness.]]

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