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It's common to see this in CrimeDrama shows where the police have cornered the killer-of-the-week, and a would-be victim/relative of a victim has the killer at gun point, ready to kill them; generally, the police officers will opt to use this line in an emotional speech in order to get them to stand down so they can arrest the killer.

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It's common to see this in CrimeDrama shows where the police have cornered the killer-of-the-week, and a would-be victim/relative of a victim has the killer at gun point, gunpoint, ready to kill them; generally, the police officers will opt to use this line in an emotional speech in order to get them to stand down so they can arrest the killer.
killer. If they choose to kill, then it's a show of VigilanteInjustice.


Naturally, with all these difficulties with the trope, some writers find a way to make this argument seem plausible, namely by showing that the villain ''is'' similar to the hero. The villain and the hero have a similar past until partaking a morally questionable act put them on the path of becoming a FallenHero or WellIntentionedExtremist, providing evidence the hero is at risk of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters eventually becoming just like the villain]] if they take the role of executioner.

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Naturally, with all these difficulties with the trope, some writers find a way to make this argument seem plausible, namely by showing that the villain ''is'' similar to the hero.hero by virtue of being a ShadowArchetype. The villain and the hero have a similar past until partaking a morally questionable act put them on the path of becoming a FallenHero or WellIntentionedExtremist, providing evidence the hero is at risk of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters eventually becoming just like the villain]] if they take the role of executioner.


Naturally, with all these difficulties with the trope, some writers find a way to make this argument seem plausible, namely by showing that the villain ''is'' similar to the hero, being a FallenHero or WellIntentionedExtremist and the hero is at risk of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters falling down a similar path]] if they take the role of executioner.

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Naturally, with all these difficulties with the trope, some writers find a way to make this argument seem plausible, namely by showing that the villain ''is'' similar to the hero, being hero. The villain and the hero have a similar past until partaking a morally questionable act put them on the path of becoming a FallenHero or WellIntentionedExtremist and WellIntentionedExtremist, providing evidence the hero is at risk of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters falling down a similar path]] eventually becoming just like the villain]] if they take the role of executioner.

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Naturally, with all these difficulties with the trope, some writers find a way to make this argument seem plausible, namely by showing that the villain ''is'' similar to the hero, being a FallenHero or WellIntentionedExtremist and the hero is at risk of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters falling down a similar path]] if they take the role of executioner.


** At the climax of ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}'', Tarzan has an easy opportunity to off Clayton with his own gun. After Clayton taunts him to go ahead and do it, Tarzan comes to his senses and throws the gun away in disgust.

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** At the climax of ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}'', Tarzan has an easy opportunity to off Clayton with his own gun. After When Clayton taunts him to go ahead and do it, Tarzan comes to his senses and throws the gun away in disgust.


* Parodied in ''SiVisPacemParaBellum''. When Harry goes to kill Voldemort, Sal warns him that doing so will make him just like the man.

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* Parodied in ''SiVisPacemParaBellum''.''Fanfic/SiVisPacemParaBellum''. When Harry goes to kill Voldemort, Sal warns him that doing so will make him just like the man.


%%* ''FanFic/ToKillAThief'': [[spoiler:Miyako gets Dark Fin's manipulation into killing Jeanne]]. This is what Light wanted.
* ''FanFic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'': Rainbow Dash prevents Applejack's RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Trixie (who they've been led to believe is the BigBad), by stating that she doesn't want to see her become a killer too.

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%%* ''FanFic/ToKillAThief'': ''Fanfic/ToKillAThief'': [[spoiler:Miyako gets Dark Fin's manipulation into killing Jeanne]]. This is what Light wanted.
* ''FanFic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'': ''Fanfic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'': Rainbow Dash prevents Applejack's RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Trixie (who they've been led to believe is the BigBad), by stating that she doesn't want to see her become a killer too.



* ''FanFic/KingdomHearts3FinalStand'': In chapter 32, after defeating [[spoiler: Vanitas]], Terra remarks that he most likely ''should'' just kill him because of all the pain he's caused, but won't do so because "that would make [him] like Xehanort."
* ''FanFic/SonicTheHedgehogHeroesOfMobius'': In chapter 15, after being [[spoiler: de-roboticized]], Sonic is so furious at what happened that he personally attacks Eggman and nearly kills him, but Tails talks him down by invoking this trope.

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* ''FanFic/KingdomHearts3FinalStand'': ''Fanfic/KingdomHearts3FinalStand'': In chapter 32, after defeating [[spoiler: Vanitas]], Terra remarks that he most likely ''should'' just kill him because of all the pain he's caused, but won't do so because "that would make [him] like Xehanort."
* ''FanFic/SonicTheHedgehogHeroesOfMobius'': ''Fanfic/SonicTheHedgehogHeroesOfMobius'': In chapter 15, after being [[spoiler: de-roboticized]], Sonic is so furious at what happened that he personally attacks Eggman and nearly kills him, but Tails talks him down by invoking this trope.



* In ''FanFic/HarrysNewHome'', Snape strongly disputes this, when Harry expresses fear that his own desire to kill Voldemort makes him as evil as the Dark Lord.

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* In ''FanFic/HarrysNewHome'', ''Fanfic/HarrysNewHome'', Snape strongly disputes this, when Harry expresses fear that his own desire to kill Voldemort makes him as evil as the Dark Lord.



* Parodied in ''[[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fanfic/SiVisPacemParaBellum Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum]]''. When Harry goes to kill Voldemort, Sal warns him that doing so will make him just like the man.

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* Parodied in ''[[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fanfic/SiVisPacemParaBellum Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum]]''.''SiVisPacemParaBellum''. When Harry goes to kill Voldemort, Sal warns him that doing so will make him just like the man.



** At the climax of ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}'', Tarzan has an easy opportunity to off Clayton with his own gun. After Clayton taunts him to go ahead and do it, Tarzan comes to his senses and throws said gun away in disgust.

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** At the climax of ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}'', Tarzan has an easy opportunity to off Clayton with his own gun. After Clayton taunts him to go ahead and do it, Tarzan comes to his senses and throws said the gun away in disgust.


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-->--''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}''

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-->--''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}''

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->'''Clayton''': Go ahead, shoot me. Be a ''man''.\\
(''Tarzan presses the barrels right to Clayton's throat... and mimics the sound of a loud gunshot.'')\\
'''Tarzan''': Not a man like '''''YOU!''''' (''breaks the gun'')
-->--''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}''



->'''Ratchet:''' No. If we kill him, we're no better than him. If we kill him, he wins.\\
'''First Aid:''' Yeah, except we ''are'' better than him and he ''doesn't'' win. He doesn't ''anything.'' He's ''dead.'' That's the point.
-->-- '''First Aid''' points out the slight fallacy in this reasoning in ''ComicBook/MoreThanMeetsTheEye'' #20


A subtrope of HeWhoFightsMonsters and MoralDilemma. See IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim for when the stakes involved in this situation are lower. When using this trope, beware of invoking WhatMeasureIsAMook.

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A subtrope of HeWhoFightsMonsters and MoralDilemma. See IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim for when the stakes involved in this situation are lower. When using this trope, beware of invoking WhatMeasureIsAMook. \n


If a villain clearly deserves death, he may become a [[SelfDisposingVillain self-disposing villain]], suffer a DisneyVillainDeath, be killed by his own men (often [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal henchmen he abused in the past]]), another evil character, or by the hero's TokenEvilTeammate. This way the villain is dead, and the hero gets to walk away scot-free and blameless for the deed.

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If a villain clearly deserves death, he may become a [[SelfDisposingVillain self-disposing villain]], suffer a DisneyVillainDeath, be killed by his own men (often [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal henchmen he abused in the past]]), [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork another evil character, character]], or by the hero's TokenEvilTeammate. This way the villain is dead, and the hero gets to walk away scot-free and blameless for the deed.

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In rare cases, someone will agree that killing the villain will make them no better than them and ''still'' kill them, either because they feel that revenge is too sweet to pass up or they're cynical enough to believe that they have to go down to the level of villains to stop them.


* Parodied in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12302907/35/Si-Vis-Pacem-Para-Bellum Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum]]''. When Harry goes to kill Voldemort, Sal warns him that doing so will make him just like the man.

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* Parodied in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12302907/35/Si-Vis-Pacem-Para-Bellum ''[[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fanfic/SiVisPacemParaBellum Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum]]''. When Harry goes to kill Voldemort, Sal warns him that doing so will make him just like the man.

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