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* The main premise of Monokuma's DeadlyGame in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'': the only way anyone can escape their ClosedCircle GildedCage is to kill one of their classmates, then successfully cover up the crime. If the others students can't figure out who the murderer is, the culprit gets to leave... while the rest suffer a brutal punishment. If they're ''caught'', though... [[HangingJudge well]]...

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* The main premise of Monokuma's DeadlyGame in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'': ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'': the only way anyone can escape their ClosedCircle GildedCage is to kill one of their classmates, then successfully cover up the crime. If the others students can't figure out who the murderer is, the culprit gets to leave... while the rest suffer a brutal punishment. If they're ''caught'', though... [[HangingJudge well]]...


* On ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', one episode has Prue get in touch with an old friend of hers, who has fallen into a demon recruitment program and is about to graduate with this kind of initiatory killing of an innocent.

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* On ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', one episode has Prue get in touch with an old friend of hers, who has fallen into a demon recruitment program and is about to graduate with this kind of initiatory killing of an innocent.

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* ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum''. In a flashback to his training for the Treadstone program, Bourne is told to shoot an unknown hooded man without any explanation whatsoever except that this act will result in "saving American lives".

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* ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoMeikyuu'': [[spoiler:Yuuji is subjected to this at Oslo's terrorist training facility as his graduation exam. Though they were not paired up throughout the training course, they deliberately choosed the person who got the closest to him as his opponent. He was winning quite easily at the beginning, but ultimately he could not bring himself to kill her.]]


* In the ''Film/{{Kingsman}}'' fanfic ''Trials'', when faced with the test mentioned below, Eggsy [[TakeAThirdOption takes a third option]]: he shoots Arthur, the leader of Kingsman and the one administering the test, instead. [[spoiler: This takes him off the Kingsman trials but puts him on the fast track to become the next ''Arthur'', as a knight does what he's told, but a ''king'' does what is ''right''.]] Needless to say, Arthur was less than pleased with this turn of events.

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* In the ''Film/{{Kingsman}}'' fanfic ''Trials'', ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/7589053/chapters/17268946 Trials]]'', when faced with the test mentioned below, Eggsy [[TakeAThirdOption takes a third option]]: he shoots Arthur, the leader of Kingsman and the one administering the test, instead. [[spoiler: This takes him off the Kingsman trials but puts him on the fast track to become the next ''Arthur'', as a knight does what he's told, but a ''king'' does what is ''right''.]] Needless to say, Arthur was less than pleased with this turn of events.

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* In the ''Film/{{Kingsman}}'' fanfic ''Trials'', when faced with the test mentioned below, Eggsy [[TakeAThirdOption takes a third option]]: he shoots Arthur, the leader of Kingsman and the one administering the test, instead. [[spoiler: This takes him off the Kingsman trials but puts him on the fast track to become the next ''Arthur'', as a knight does what he's told, but a ''king'' does what is ''right''.]] Needless to say, Arthur was less than pleased with this turn of events.
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* One of the tests in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' is to shoot the dog the candidate had partnered with and cared for throughout the test. Failing to do so means they're booted from the tests. The gun's loaded with blanks. Eggsy failed to shoot JB, but after the Valentine crisis, he's allowed to be a Kingsman anyway. In ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'' Eggsy used his knowledge of this test to try to traumatize an amnesiac Harry into regaining his memories by accusing him of being a dog murderer.
--"It was a fucking blank! I would never hurt Mr. Pickle!"

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* One of the tests in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' is to shoot the dog the candidate had partnered with and cared for throughout the test. Failing to do so means they're booted from the tests. [[spoiler: The gun's loaded with blanks. blanks.]] Eggsy failed to shoot JB, but after the Valentine crisis, he's allowed to be a Kingsman anyway. In ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'' Eggsy used his knowledge of this test to try to traumatize an amnesiac Harry into regaining his memories by accusing him of being a dog murderer.
--"It -->"[[spoiler:It was a fucking blank! blank!]] I would never hurt Mr. Pickle!"


* One of the tests in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' is to shoot the dog the candidate had partnered with and cared for throughout the test. Failing to do so means they're booted from the tests. The gun's loaded with blanks. Eggsy failed to shoot JB, but after the Valentine crisis, he's allowed to be a Kingsman anyway. In ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'' Eggsy used his knowledge of this test to try to traumatize an amnesiac Harry into regaining his memories by accusing him of being a dog murderer.
--"It was a fucking blank! I would never hurt Mr. Pickle!"



* Exaggerated in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' with the [[RedShirt Klokateers]] [[TrainingFromHell first training step]] : all the candidates are put together in a large room and each one choses a partner whom they must kill with their bare fists in order to make it to the next step.

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* Exaggerated in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' with the [[RedShirt Klokateers]] [[TrainingFromHell first training step]] : all the candidates are put together in a large room and each one choses chooses a partner whom they must kill with their bare fists in order to make it to the next step.step. This becomes hilarious when one remembers that one of the Klokateers in "Go Forth and Die" is a sweet old lady who tutored Nathan in math, implying that ''she'' killed someone with her bare hands.


* Exaggerated in ''WesternAnimation/Metalocalypse'' with the [[RedShirt Klokateers]] [[TrainingFromHell first training step]] : all the candidates are put together in a large room and each one choses a partner whom they must kill with their bare fists in order to make it to the next step.

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* Exaggerated in ''WesternAnimation/Metalocalypse'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' with the [[RedShirt Klokateers]] [[TrainingFromHell first training step]] : all the candidates are put together in a large room and each one choses a partner whom they must kill with their bare fists in order to make it to the next step.

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* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' the final test for a [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissarial cadet]] before they graduate from the [[MilitaryAcademy Schola Progenium]] is to execute their closest friend at the training facility[[note]]As mentioned in the Militarum Tempestus codex; other accounts of the Schola vary[[/note]]. This test is to ensure that the cadet will not hesitate to execute the troopers he is assigned to watch over as he has already killed someone far more important to him.


* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' the final test for a [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissarial cadet]] before they graduate from the [[MilitaryAcademy Schola Progenium]] is to execute their closest friend at the training facility. This test is to ensure that the cadet will not hesitate to execute the troopers he is assigned to watch over as he has already killed someone far more important to him.

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* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' plane Amonkhet is a setting where children grow up practising all kinds of athletic, martial and magical arts, working towards the Five Trials, at the end of which everyone aspires to be deemed Worthy. They train in groups ominously named "crops". The ''fourth'' trial, the Trial of Ambition, requires the cropmates to [[spoiler:sacrifice and trap each other in order to emerge alive]]. The ''fifth'' trial, the Trial of Zeal, is [[spoiler:a fight to the death against other initiates or whatever monsters the God of Zeal deems appropriate]]. And the reward for victory? The God Hazoret will [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=426829 Deem Worthy]] the victorious initiates by [[spoiler:killing them. So that the BigBad Chessmaster dragon can raise them from the dead as an army of the zombies formed from the most perfect physical specimens of a whole plane]].


** ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'' includes a graduation test for Pteppic, in which he's supposed to assassinate someone who is sleeping in a room "guarded" by one of his teachers. Pteppic is terrified by the idea of actually killing someone, however, and ends up firing his crossbow at nothing rather than kill (but still hits the target due to a "lucky" shot). Rumour among the student body is that the victim is a student who failed the exam, but it turns out to just be a dummy under a sheet. They're also perfectly allowed to inhume the examiners... but the savvy ones don't tend to risk it.

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** ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'' includes a graduation test for Pteppic, in which he's supposed to assassinate someone who is sleeping in a room "guarded" by one of his teachers. Pteppic is terrified by the idea of actually killing someone, however, and ends up firing his crossbow at nothing rather than kill (but still hits the target due to a "lucky" shot). Rumour among the student body is that the victim for an exam is a student who previously failed the said exam, but it turns out to just be a dummy under a sheet. They're also perfectly allowed to inhume the examiners...examiners to pass with full marks... but the savvy ones don't tend to risk it.

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* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' the final test for a [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissarial cadet]] before they graduate from the [[MilitaryAcademy Schola Progenium]] is to execute their closest friend at the training facility. This test is to ensure that the cadet will not hesitate to execute the troopers he is assigned to watch over as he has already killed someone far more important to him.



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* ''Series/TheAvengers''. In "Invasion of the Earthmen", the villain is training students to conquer space, including a survival exercise involving two students where only one is allowed to return. Meanwhile our heroes are infiltrating the school and end up getting into a fight with the students. Steed ties one up, and he watches horrified as the other student approaches him...only to cut him free. Turns out the exercise has been cancelled as everyone has been ordered to kill the heroes instead.

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