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* ''Fanfic/AGrowingFireInMyHeart'': A classic DeathTrap example is done. When Ember, Twilight, and their rescue team sneaks into Redskull's dungeon to rescue Spike, they fall into a trap set by Lord Redskull and his [[VillainTeamup new accomplice]] [[spoiler:Chrysalis]]. The two of them [[JustBetweenYouAndMe tell their captives]] their plan to ruin relations between dragons and ponies by [[spoiler:unleashing Spike on Equestria after forcing a potion of madness and greed on him, turning him into a mindless beast that will destroy everything in his path]]. Instead of killing their captives themselves, they leave them to die, slowly drained of life from a special crystal that was [[spoiler:made from the remains of Chrysalis' throne and modified herself]]. This allows [[spoiler:Grable to pull a HeroicSacrifice to destroy the crystal and free everyone]].


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* DoubleSubversion in the William Gillette play ''Theatre/SherlockHolmes'', where Moriarty's first plan is in fact to just shoot Holmes. He doesn't try it again, though; his next plan involves preparing a ShortCon as bait to lead Holmes into a DeathTrap (which he escapes in dramatic fashion). Justified, since Moriarty doesn't want a gunshot to be heard outside.

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* DoubleSubversion in the William Gillette play ''Theatre/SherlockHolmes'', where Moriarty's first plan is in fact to just shoot Holmes. He doesn't try it again, though; his next plan involves preparing a ShortCon [[TheCon con]] as bait to lead Holmes into a DeathTrap (which he escapes in dramatic fashion). Justified, since Moriarty doesn't want a gunshot to be heard outside.


* The AnimatedAdaptation, called ''WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr'' if anything had this problem even worse because of being a kids cartoon. With sixty-five episodes and half a dozen novellas there's far too many examples to list in detail, but for instance "The Heart Break Caper" had the villains tie James Jr. and his friends to a support beam and leave them to be scalded to death with a blast of steam. As soon as they're alone, James Jr. starts cutting his way free with a miniature buzzsaw in his wristwatch.

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* The AnimatedAdaptation, called ''WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr'' if anything had this problem even worse because of being a kids cartoon. With sixty-five episodes and half a dozen novellas there's far too many examples to list in detail, but for instance "The Heart Break Caper" had the villains tie James Jr. and his friends to a support beam and leave them to be scalded to death with a blast of steam. As soon as they're alone, James Jr. starts cutting his way free with a miniature buzzsaw in his wristwatch.GadgetWatch.


* The AnimatedAdaptation, called ''WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr'' if anything had this problem even worse because of being a kids cartoon. With sixty-five episodes and half a dozen novellas there's far too many examples to list in detail, but for instance "The Heart Break Caper" had the villains tie James Jr. and his friends to a support beam and leave them to be scalded to death with a blast of steam. As soon as they're alone, James Jr. starts cutting his way free with a miniature buzzsaw in his wristwatch.



* Parodied in the computer game ''VideoGame/EvilGenius''. The most formidable members of the Forces of Justice, called Super Agents and based on action movie protagonist archetypes, cannot be killed by normal means. When they run out of health, they simply fall unconscious for a few minutes. They can only be defeated by exploiting a [[AchillesHeel specific weakness]]. So until you figure out what their particular weakness is, your options are limited to locking them up and torturing them regularly to keep their stats down.

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* Parodied in the computer game ''VideoGame/EvilGenius''. The most formidable members of the Forces of Justice, called Super Agents and based on action movie protagonist archetypes, archetypes who'd usually be put into such traps, cannot be killed by normal means. When they run out of health, they simply fall unconscious for a few minutes. They can only be defeated by exploiting a [[AchillesHeel specific weakness]]. So until you figure out what their particular weakness is, your options are limited to locking them up and torturing them regularly to keep their stats down.


* Parodied in the computer game ''VideoGame/EvilGenius''. In the game, super agents cannot be killed by normal means. When they run out of health, they simply fall unconscious for a few minutes. They can only be defeated by exploiting a [[AchillesHeel specific weakness]]. So until you figure out what their particular weakness is, your options are limited to locking them up and torturing them regularly to keep their stats down.

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* Parodied in the computer game ''VideoGame/EvilGenius''. In The most formidable members of the game, super agents Forces of Justice, called Super Agents and based on action movie protagonist archetypes, cannot be killed by normal means. When they run out of health, they simply fall unconscious for a few minutes. They can only be defeated by exploiting a [[AchillesHeel specific weakness]]. So until you figure out what their particular weakness is, your options are limited to locking them up and torturing them regularly to keep their stats down.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'': General Grievous has the heroes cornered, so naturally, being the CombatPragmatist he is ([[CharacterizationMarchesOn in this series, at least]]), he kills them, right? Nope. He instead launches into a dramatic speech about the futility of their persistence against him, which Shaak Ti ignores and [[CapeSnag ties his cape to a nearby train]] with the Force. Grievous is swiftly pulled away from the scene and has to expend extra effort trying to catch up.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': Tso Lan the Moon Demon has two examples of this trope in his MonsterOfTheWeek episode. When he has Jackie and Jade at his mercy in the space station, he makes no haste in finishing them off, allowing them to launch a torpedo at him (though this immediately works against Jackie and Jade when it forces him out of the station and gives him a [[FromBadToWorse clear path to the Moon]], which he takes right away, prompting an OhCrap from Jade). Later, he overpowers Jackie just as the Moon is nearly covered by his magic. At the same time, Uncle is chanting the banishing spell, but it won't work due to the symbol of He Xiangu (the lotus pod) being inside Jackie's spacesuit. Tso Lan says out loud that Jackie has to remove his helmet, prompting Jackie to get the pod out by unplugging his air hose for a moment.


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'':
** Rushu. Wanting to play games with the heroes gives them a chance to escape, [[spoiler:although Remington and Grany don't quite make it]].
** EvilAllAlong antagonist [[spoiler:Qilby]] has quite a bit of WhyDontYouJustShootHim tendency, but the prize winner is when he has Yugo at his mercy in the [[BlankWhiteVoid White Dimension]] and can easily leave him trapped there while he moves on to Emrub, but instead he offers to take Yugo with him to Emrub to meet his people and then trap him back in the White Dimension afterwards. Doing this only lowered [[spoiler:Qilby]]'s chances of convincing the Eliatropes to join him, to say nothing of how Yugo ''is'' the Eliatropes' rightful king.


* [[ItWasHisSled Famously defied]] by [[BigBad Ozymandias]] in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''.
--> '''Ozymandias:''' Dan, I'm not a Republic Serial villain. Do you seriously think I'd explain my master-stroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome? [[spoiler: [[WhamLine I did it]] [[YouAreTooLate thirty-five minutes ago.]]]]

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* [[ItWasHisSled Famously defied]] by [[BigBad Ozymandias]] [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''.
--> '''Ozymandias:'''
''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', who avoids giving the details of his EvilPlan.
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Dan, I'm not a Republic Serial villain. Do you seriously think I'd explain my master-stroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome? [[spoiler: [[WhamLine I [[spoiler:I did it]] it [[YouAreTooLate thirty-five minutes ago.]]]]ago]].]]


* In ''Fanfic/TheVow'', Lord Shen has the perfect chance to kill Po and the Furious Five (who are all placed in cells and restrained by acupuncture restraints) by just throwing [[KnifeNut his knives]]. However, he instead excuses himself to spring the trap set for the invited nobility and leaves two wolves to kill the heroes. They're promptly rescued by [[NinjaMaid Jade]].

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* In ''Fanfic/TheVow'', Lord Shen has the perfect chance to kill Po and the Furious Five (who -- who are all placed in cells and restrained by acupuncture restraints) restraints -- by just throwing [[KnifeNut his knives]]. However, he instead excuses himself to spring the trap set for the invited nobility and leaves two wolves to kill the heroes. They're promptly rescued by [[NinjaMaid Jade]].


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* ''Fanfic/JWITCHSeason1'': When Cornelia and Jade are captured in "Gladatorial Clash", they're left trapped in a magic sphere when the villains go to spring their trap for the other heroes. No-one stays to guard them, and they're not searched for any weapons or tools, with Phobos assuming there's nothing they can do. By the time Tarakudo and the Dark Chi Enforcers realize that they're possessing the Heart of Kandrakar and come to take it them, the two girls have just used it to free themselves and thwart the bad guys with an [[WeaksauceWeakness onion]] and the [[{{Invisibility}} Snake Talisman]].


** In the 8-bit version of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2,'' Eggman actually ''rescues'' Sonic from falling to his death -- in order to try killing him his preferred way, in a [[ShoutOut Sarlacc pit]]. Justified in that, at this point, Sonic was supposed to have one of the Chaos Emeralds on his person, so letting him fall into a pit of lava would ''definitely'' put a bit of a wrinkle in Robotnik's plans. Said Sarlacc pit is also [[ThatOneBoss one of the hardest boss fights in the]] ''[[ThatOneBoss entire franchise]]''.

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** In the [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog28Bit 8-bit version of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2,'' of]] ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog28Bit Sonic the Hedgehog 2]]'','' Eggman actually ''rescues'' Sonic from falling to his death -- in order to try killing him his preferred way, in a [[ShoutOut Sarlacc pit]]. Justified in that, at this point, Sonic was supposed to have one of the Chaos Emeralds on his person, so letting him fall into a pit of lava would ''definitely'' put a bit of a wrinkle in Robotnik's plans. Said Sarlacc pit is also [[ThatOneBoss one of the hardest boss fights in the]] ''[[ThatOneBoss entire franchise]]''.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'': Ladja has the opportunity to easily kill the hero twice, and later the hero's wife along with him, the first while he's a child and doesn't know he's a threat yet, and the second when he turns the hero and his wife to stone and knows all too well, but in both cases decides to make a quick buck off the hero instead.


* Played straight, and not quite {{Narm}}, as it IS a kids show and [[ViewersAreMorons kids are stupid]], in almost every episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' or its follow-up ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingSpiez''. Instead of actually spying as their occupations imply, it is always the sequence: get tiny bit of info, get captured, [[BigBad villain]] explains evil plot, leaves before making sure they die, escape, foil.

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* Played straight, and not quite {{Narm}}, as it IS a kids show and [[ViewersAreMorons kids are stupid]], straight in almost every episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' or its follow-up ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingSpiez''. Instead of actually spying as their occupations imply, it is always the sequence: get tiny bit of info, get captured, [[BigBad villain]] explains evil plot, leaves before making sure they die, escape, foil.


* Crops up several times in ''Film/{{Spectre}}''. BigBad Oberhauser's [[EvilIsPetty petty desire]] to sadistically torment Bond and relish in his suffering instead of killing him on the spot [[spoiler:due to their CainAndAbel relationship]] ends up becoming his FatalFlaw in the movie.

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* Crops up several times in ''Film/{{Spectre}}''. BigBad Oberhauser's [[EvilIsPetty petty desire]] to sadistically torment Bond and relish in his Bond's suffering instead of killing him on the spot [[spoiler:due to their CainAndAbel relationship]] ends up becoming leads to his FatalFlaw in the movie.downfall.



** [[spoiler:[[EvilAllAlong C/Max Denbigh]]]] himself is guilty of this, as he had many chances to kill M so he [[spoiler:won't hinder his EvilPlan to seize control of the world's intelligence agencies and forward the collected intel to SPECTRE, but opts to go for BreakThemByTalking near the climax. He also fails to realize that M managed to do a sweep of his office and empty his gun before C gets there, being that M is a former field agent unlike C, who's more of a corrupt paper-shuffler and ObstructiveBureaucrat. He finally tries to kill M, but M manages to grab C's gun and send him down a DisneyVillainDeath]].

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** [[spoiler:[[EvilAllAlong C/Max Denbigh]]]] himself is guilty of this, as he had many chances to kill M so he [[spoiler:won't hinder his EvilPlan to seize control of the world's intelligence agencies and forward the collected intel to SPECTRE, but opts to go for BreakThemByTalking near the climax. He also fails to realize that M managed to do a sweep of his office and empty his gun before C gets there, being that M is a former field agent unlike C, who's more of a corrupt paper-shuffler and ObstructiveBureaucrat.paper-shuffler. He finally tries to kill M, but M manages to grab C's gun and send him down a DisneyVillainDeath]].

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' provides a rare heroic example. In ''The Mountain and the Viper'' Oberyn Martell gains the advantage in his fight with Gregor Clegane and has the opportunity to finish him off, but instead delays while demanding his opponent confess to the rape and murder of Oberyn's sister. Unfortunately for him, he gets a little too close to the downed Gregor and gets pulled off his feet, at which point his foe gleefully delivers the desired confession, while simultaneously crushing Oberyn's head with his bare hands.

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