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** In "In the beginning" (a spin-off depicting the Earth-Minbari war) Dr. Franklin is revealed to have gathered extensive biological information on Minbari after he tried to cure a group of sick aliens, but he's unwilling to pass the info to the military, since they'll most certainly use it to create bio-weapons and he considers using it to be as bad as the genocide that Minabari are inflicting.

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** In "In the beginning" (a spin-off depicting the Earth-Minbari war) Dr. Franklin is revealed to have gathered extensive biological information on Minbari after he tried to cure a group of sick aliens, but he's unwilling to pass the info to the military, military since they'll most certainly use it to create bio-weapons and he considers using it to be as bad as the genocide that Minabari are inflicting.



* The opening episode of ''Series/CrimeStory'' has Detective Torello thwarting a robbery of a department store by Ray Luca's mob - he storms into Luca's storefront hideout and is ready and willing to shoot him on sight. Instead, he kicks Luca's chair out from under him, fires a bullet into the floor an inch from his head and growls that he's going to take Luca down legally. Luca never bats an eye through all this - it's a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for both of them.

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* The opening episode of ''Series/CrimeStory'' has Detective Torello thwarting a robbery of a department store by Ray Luca's mob - he storms into Luca's storefront hideout and is ready and willing to shoot him on sight. Instead, he kicks Luca's chair out from under him, fires a bullet into the floor an inch from his head head, and growls that he's going to take Luca down legally. Luca never bats an eye through all this - it's a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for both of them.



** Played bizarrely straight (and by a character who should have known better); an episode of the second season ends with one of the agents pondering, apropos of almost nothing, how much difference there REALLY is between the offenders that they hunt, and the agents themselves. In this corner, an antisocial, sociopathic recidivist murderer who was abused by his parents for fifteen years and slaughters innocent women purely for the sexual thrill that it gives him. In the opposite side, an agent with ten or fifteen years of experience in fieldwork with the FBI who is willing to fire their weapon ONLY in cause of self-defence or the preservation of another life (and even then, only with utmost angst over the decision afterward), and who has dedicated their professional life to the incarceration of those who would commit such heinous crimes. Yeah, that's a real slippery slope right there.

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** Played bizarrely straight (and by a character who should have known better); an episode of the second season ends with one of the agents pondering, apropos of almost nothing, how much difference there REALLY is between the offenders that they hunt, and the agents themselves. In this corner, an antisocial, sociopathic recidivist murderer who was abused by his parents for fifteen years and slaughters innocent women purely for the sexual thrill that it gives him. In the opposite side, an agent with ten or fifteen years of experience in fieldwork with the FBI who is willing to fire their weapon ONLY in the cause of self-defence or the preservation of another life (and even then, only with utmost angst over the decision afterward), and who has dedicated their professional life to the incarceration of those who would commit such heinous crimes. Yeah, that's a real slippery slope right there.



** He does, however start to slide down that slippery slope when he attempts to [[spoiler: kill the doctor that the Gunslinger is trying to kill for making him]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E3ATownCalledMercy A Town Called Mercy]]". Luckily, Amy is there to snap him out of it. To be honest, [[spoiler:the Doctor is not a fan of Kahler-Jex, who created cyborgs to go to war, killing thousands to bring about peace, though it is hypocritical to judge Jex when the Doctor practically committed genocide to end the Time War, making him [[LastOfHisKind the last Time Lord]]]].

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** He does, however however, start to slide down that slippery slope when he attempts to [[spoiler: kill the doctor that the Gunslinger is trying to kill for making him]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E3ATownCalledMercy A Town Called Mercy]]". Luckily, Amy is there to snap him out of it. To be honest, [[spoiler:the Doctor is not a fan of Kahler-Jex, who created cyborgs to go to war, killing thousands to bring about peace, though it is hypocritical to judge Jex when the Doctor practically committed genocide to end the Time War, making him [[LastOfHisKind the last Time Lord]]]].



** In the Season 2 episode "Grannie Annie", after Boss is kidnapped by a counterfeiter and his bodyguard who plans to brutally kill him (after believing he double-crossed him), Rosco begs Bo and Luke to go after the counterfeiter and save Boss' life; Bo and Luke balk and all but outright refuse, but after Rosco gives a tear-stained, impassioned plea telling them that if they don't go after Boss' captors and allow him to be killed, he will hold them accountable for the rest of their lives and never forgive them ... and (although unstated) they will be just as bad as Boss was. The Duke boys agree and save Boss' hide.

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** In the Season 2 episode "Grannie Annie", after Boss is kidnapped by a counterfeiter and his bodyguard who plans to brutally kill him (after believing he double-crossed him), Rosco begs Bo and Luke to go after the counterfeiter and save Boss' life; Bo and Luke balk and all but outright refuse, but after Rosco gives a tear-stained, impassioned plea telling them that if they don't go after Boss' Boss's captors and allow him to be killed, he will hold them accountable for the rest of their lives and never forgive them ... and (although unstated) they will be just as bad as Boss was. The Duke boys agree and save Boss' Boss's hide.



Of course, Vic Mackey doesn't just bend the rules to get results. He pulls heists to enrich himself (such as the Armenian money train) and even murdered a fellow detective just to protect himself and his questionable methods (which Kavanaugh seeks to prove). He goes out of his way to antagonize Kavanaugh (such as sleeping with his mentally-ill ex-wife and bragging about it to him). Kavanaugh may have crossed the line in "framing a guilty man" and ultimately paid with his career and freedom for his transgressions, but he avoided the MoralEventHorizon. Mackey crossed it in the pilot episode with no regrets.

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Of course, Vic Mackey doesn't just bend the rules to get results. He pulls heists to enrich himself (such as the Armenian money train) and even murdered a fellow detective just to protect himself and his questionable methods (which Kavanaugh seeks to prove). He goes out of his way to antagonize Kavanaugh (such as sleeping with his mentally-ill mentally ill ex-wife and bragging about it to him). Kavanaugh may have crossed the line in "framing a guilty man" and ultimately paid with his career and freedom for his transgressions, but he avoided the MoralEventHorizon. Mackey crossed it in the pilot episode with no regrets.



** Subverted in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Shephard and Michael fight on the roof-tops. Michael hangs from the roof by his finger-nails. Earlier in the episode, Michael had threatened Teyla's baby. Teyla stamps on one hand and then the other; Michael falls to his doom. Mom morality pwns Hollywood morality.
** This is part of the philosophy of the Ancients in ''Series/StargateSG1''. They believe in the free will of every being and even though they have the power to eliminate every threat in the galaxy, they still don't do it. This, however is taken to such an extreme that one can only declare them [[NeglectfulPrecursors guilty]].

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** Subverted in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Shephard and Michael fight on the roof-tops. Michael hangs from the roof by his finger-nails.fingernails. Earlier in the episode, Michael had threatened Teyla's baby. Teyla stamps on one hand and then the other; Michael falls to his doom. Mom morality pwns Hollywood morality.
** This is part of the philosophy of the Ancients in ''Series/StargateSG1''. They believe in the free will of every being and even though they have the power to eliminate every threat in the galaxy, they still don't do it. This, however however, is taken to such an extreme that one can only declare them [[NeglectfulPrecursors guilty]].



** A minor villain in ''Battle For Azeroth'', Grozztok the Blackheart, tries to invoke this when you kill him, claiming that you are no better than he is for killing him. Given that he not only attacks the you first but is trying to unleash an EldritchAbomination upon the world, it's a fairly ridiculous claim.

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** A minor villain in ''Battle For Azeroth'', Grozztok the Blackheart, tries to invoke this when you kill him, claiming that you are no better than he is for killing him. Given that he not only attacks the you first but is trying to unleash an EldritchAbomination upon the world, it's a fairly ridiculous claim.



* Played straight in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' when [[spoiler:Ken]] tries to kill [[spoiler:Shinjiro]] as revenge for [[spoiler:Shinjiro accidentally killing Ken's mother]]. The response is along the lines of "If you kill me, you will be just like me", though he's more referring to the guilt [[spoiler:Ken]] would feel from killing than the crime he would have committed. Of course, [[spoiler:Shinjiro]] is [[PleaseKillMeIfItSatisfiesYou still fully prepared to die]]. Not that it matters because [[spoiler:Ken]] plans on [[DrivenToSuicide killing himself]] after doing the deed as his finding his mother's killer was the only thing keeping him alive, which [[spoiler:Shinjiro]] immediately protests when he finds out. However, Strega interferes and [[TakingTheBullet it goes downhill from there.]]
* ''VideoGame/Persona5'': The Protagonist and [[TheLancer Ryuji]] initially bring this up as their reason for not HeelFaceBrainwashing the school's physically abusive PE teacher Suguru Kamoshida. If the process goes wrong, the teacher could die, which would make the heroes far worse than even a monster like Kamoshida. And then Kamoshida [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil gleefully crosses]] the MoralEventHorizon, leaving the protagonist and Ryuji with much less qualms about dealing with him.

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* Played straight in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' when [[spoiler:Ken]] [[spoiler: Ken]] tries to kill [[spoiler:Shinjiro]] [[spoiler: Shinjiro]] as revenge for [[spoiler:Shinjiro accidentally killing Ken's mother]]. The response is along the lines of "If you kill me, you will be just like me", though he's more referring to the guilt [[spoiler:Ken]] would feel from killing than the crime he would have committed. Of course, [[spoiler:Shinjiro]] [[spoiler: Shinjiro]] is [[PleaseKillMeIfItSatisfiesYou still fully prepared to die]]. Not that it matters because [[spoiler:Ken]] [[spoiler: Ken]] plans on [[DrivenToSuicide killing himself]] after doing the deed as his finding his mother's killer was the only thing keeping him alive, which [[spoiler:Shinjiro]] [[spoiler: Shinjiro]] immediately protests when he finds out. However, Strega interferes and [[TakingTheBullet it goes downhill from there.]]
* ''VideoGame/Persona5'': The Protagonist and [[TheLancer Ryuji]] initially bring this up as their reason for not HeelFaceBrainwashing the school's physically abusive PE teacher Suguru Kamoshida. If the process goes wrong, the teacher could die, which would make the heroes far worse than even a monster like Kamoshida. And then Kamoshida [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil gleefully crosses]] the MoralEventHorizon, leaving the protagonist and Ryuji with much less fewer qualms about dealing with him.


:: Simba immediately followed this with offering Scar a particularly [[IronicEcho ironic]] form of CruelMercy, which, although, ''did'' lead to his death.

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:: Simba immediately followed this with offering by giving Scar a particularly [[IronicEcho ironic]] form of CruelMercy, which, although, although to note, ''did'' lead to his death.


** Played straight in one issue of Wolverine's self-titled comic, when confronting Reno and Molokai, hitmen who had murdered Jubilee's parents. ComicBook/{{Jubilee}} settles for a GroinAttack on both of them.

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** Played straight in one issue of Wolverine's self-titled comic, when confronting Reno and Molokai, hitmen who had murdered Jubilee's parents. ComicBook/{{Jubilee}} ComicBook/JubileeMarvelComics settles for a GroinAttack on both of them.


(''Tarzan presses the barrels right to Clayton's throat, and imitates a gunshot'')\\

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(''Tarzan presses the barrels right to Clayton's throat, throat...and imitates a gunshot'')\\

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* The final battle of ''Film/MagnificentWarriors'' concludes with the Japanese forces occupying the rural town of Kaal defeated, with their leader, General Toga, being the invaders' SoleSurvivor. One of the town soldiers who earlier on witnessed his mother being killed by General Toga tries to bayonet the general, but the heroine Ming stops him, name-dropping this trope and saying "they're better than the invaders".

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** In Comicbook/TheNightGwenStacyDied, enraged over the Goblin killing Gwen, Spider-Man nearly beats him to death, but recoils because of this trope.


:: He immediately followed this with offering him a particularly [[IronicEcho ironic]] form of CruelMercy.
** At the climax of ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}'', Tarzan has an easy opportunity to off Clayton with his own gun. After the villain taunts him to go ahead and do it, he comes to his senses and throws said gun away in disgust.
-->'''Clayton''': Go ahead, shoot me! (''Tarzan hesitates, Clayton laughs'') Be a ''man''!\\
(''Tarzan presses the barrels right to Clayton's throat...and imitates a perfect gunshot'')\\

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:: He Simba immediately followed this with offering him Scar a particularly [[IronicEcho ironic]] form of CruelMercy.
CruelMercy, which, although, ''did'' lead to his death.
** At the climax of ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}'', Tarzan has an easy opportunity to off Clayton with his own gun. After the villain Clayton taunts him to go ahead and do it, he Tarzan comes to his senses and throws said gun away in disgust.
-->'''Clayton''': Go ahead, shoot me! (''Tarzan hesitates, Clayton laughs'') Be a ''man''!\\
''man!''\\
(''Tarzan presses the barrels right to Clayton's throat...throat, and imitates a perfect gunshot'')\\


* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', Batman explains that the reason he didn't kill the Joker after the latter killed [[ComicBook/RedHood Jason Todd]] was that if he went there, he'd never come back. Jason failed to understand the reason behind his statement, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}'': At the climax, Tarzan has an easy opportunity to off Clayton with his own gun. After the villain taunts him to go ahead and do it, he comes to his senses and throws said gun away in disgust.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', Batman explains that the reason he didn't kill the Joker after the latter killed [[ComicBook/RedHood Jason Todd]] was that if he went there, he'd never come back. Jason failed to understand the reason behind his statement, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}'':
** At the climax, climax of ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}'', Tarzan has an easy opportunity to off Clayton with his own gun. After the villain taunts him to go ahead and do it, he comes to his senses and throws said gun away in disgust.



* Hans does this to Elsa in ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen|2013}}'' where he pleads with her not to kill Weaselton's guards in self-defense. This momentarily stops Elsa in her tracks and makes her realize what she has done. [[spoiler:However, given Hans's status as TheEvilPrince, it is clear that he only does it to get Elsa off-guard and purposely knock her unconscious with a chandelier so he can take her to the castle so as to maintain a good image in the eyes of his subjects.]]

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* ** Hans does this to Elsa in ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen|2013}}'' where ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen|2013}}'', when he pleads with her not to kill Weaselton's guards in self-defense. This momentarily stops Elsa in her tracks and makes her realize what she has done. [[spoiler:However, given Hans's status as TheEvilPrince, it is clear that he only does it to get Elsa off-guard and purposely knock her unconscious with a chandelier so he can take her to the castle so as to maintain a good image in the eyes of his subjects.]]]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', Batman explains that the reason he didn't kill the Joker after the latter killed [[ComicBook/RedHood Jason Todd]] was that if he went there, he'd never come back. Jason failed to understand the reason behind his statement, though.


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* Played straight in many Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon movies, one notable example being ''WesternAnimation/{{The Lion King|1994}}''.

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* Played straight in many Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon movies, one notable example being ''WesternAnimation/{{The Lion King|1994}}''.King|1994}}'':


*** Jean told this to Wolverine when he was about to kill Wraith, the colonel from "Weapon-X" that tortured him. Wolverine did not care, so she had save Wraith herself.
*** Jean does not approve killing the soldiers of Weapon X, even after the tortures they gave them.
** ''ComicBook/UltimateDaredevilAndElektra'': Elektra threatened Trey, and left. He did not scare him. Rather, she prompted him to escalate the action.

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*** Jean told says this to Wolverine when he was he's about to kill Wraith, the colonel from "Weapon-X" that Weapon X who tortured him. him, if only because a Mutant killing a human will prove everything the media says about Mutants is right. Wolverine did not doesn't care, so she had save saves Wraith herself.herself (though she does take the time to tell Wraith not to even think about thanking her). In the next arc, Wraith returns and abducts all the X-Men, Jean included.
*** Jean does not doesn't approve killing the soldiers of Weapon X, even after the tortures torture they gave them.
put the X-Men through.
** ''ComicBook/UltimateDaredevilAndElektra'': Elektra threatened threatens Trey, and left. He did not leaves. She doesn't scare him. Rather, she prompted prompts him to escalate the action.


The hero has finally subdued the hordes of evil, thwarted the EvilPlan, and subdued the BigBad in one final showdown. However, the villain couldn't make things simple and die in battle. Now he's [[SwordOverHead helpless at the hero's feet]], andů the hero stops. Maybe he throws away his weapon and says, "I'm not like you." Maybe he was about to kill, but his companion shouts something like, "You're better than him!". Maybe the villain taunts them about being NotSoDifferent. Either way, he refuses to kill.

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The hero has finally subdued the hordes of evil, thwarted the EvilPlan, and subdued the BigBad in one final showdown. However, the villain couldn't make things simple and die in battle. Now he's [[SwordOverHead helpless at the hero's feet]], andů the hero stops. Maybe he throws away his weapon and says, "I'm not like you." Maybe he was about to kill, but his companion shouts something like, "You're better than him!". him!" Maybe the villain taunts them about being NotSoDifferent. Either way, he refuses to kill.


Though it is not common, the hero's reason for sparing the villain is because he feels letting his adversary live, especially with the agony and humiliation of defeat, to be a [[FateWorseThanDeath fate worse than death]], even saying [[DeathSeeker "you will have a death wish when I'm through with you".]]

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Though it is not common, the hero's reason for sparing the villain is because he feels letting his adversary live, especially with the agony and humiliation of defeat, to be a [[FateWorseThanDeath fate worse than death]], even saying [[DeathSeeker "you will have a death wish when I'm through with you".]]


In such cases, killing is treated as a special kind of evil. Even things like [[CruelMercy eternal imprisonment or horrible maiming]] are treated as more moral than a quick death. Anything really, just so long as the hero ''doesn't kill.'' A TechnicalPacifist is likely to go along these lines.

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In such cases, With this trope in play, killing is treated as a special kind of evil. Even things like [[CruelMercy eternal imprisonment or horrible maiming]] are treated as more moral than a quick death. Anything really, just so long as the hero ''doesn't kill.'' A TechnicalPacifist is likely to go along these lines.


** Subverted in ''Anime/DigimonSavers.'' [[spoiler: Marcus and Shine Greymon have defeated Kurata's OneWingedAngel form, and effectively have him completely beaten and begging for mercy. Not a single one of Marcus' allies pull this trope on him, instead actually '''encouraging him to kill him!''' What avoids making this a StartOfDarkness is that Kurata '''is really''' that much of an evil bastard.]]

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** Subverted in ''Anime/DigimonSavers.'' ''Anime/DigimonDataSquad''. [[spoiler: Marcus and Shine Greymon have defeated Kurata's OneWingedAngel form, and effectively have him completely beaten and begging for mercy. Not a single one of Marcus' allies pull this trope on him, instead actually '''encouraging him to kill him!''' What avoids making this a StartOfDarkness is that Kurata '''is really''' that much of an evil bastard.]]



* In ''LightNovel/TheGardenOfSinners'', Mikiya doesn't want Shiki to kill [[spoiler:Lio]], despite him being a crazy cannibalistic superman, because he feels that Shiki isn't and shouldn't become a murderer. [[spoiler:At first she defers to his wishes. Then Lio stabs Mikiya in the eye, seemingly killing him. An enraged Shiki then kills him anyway. Mikiya, after he wakes up, is somewhat annoyed, but seeing that Shiki's murderous side remains under control, says that he'll get over it.]]



* In ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', Mikiya doesn't want Shiki to kill [[spoiler:Lio]], despite him being a crazy cannibalistic superman, because he feels that Shiki isn't and shouldn't become a murderer. [[spoiler:At first she defers to his wishes. Then Lio stabs Mikiya in the eye, seemingly killing him. An enraged Shiki then kills him anyway. Mikiya, after he wakes up, is somewhat annoyed, but seeing that Shiki's murderous side remains under control, says that he'll get over it.]]

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