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*** In order to join the [[MurderInc Dark]] [[ReligionOfEvil Brotherhood]], you have to murder an innocent (ie, not in self defense) person. The next time you sleep, you'll be offered membership.

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*** In order to join the [[MurderInc Dark]] [[ReligionOfEvil Brotherhood]], you have to murder an innocent (ie, not in self defense) person. The next time you sleep, you'll be offered membership. (For some bizarre reason, though, killing the Grey Prince in a match at the end of the Arena gladiator storyline counts for this.)


* ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'': Sam infiltrates an al-Shabaab cell trying to rescue a kidnapped Saudi prince. As they arrive, the hostage, who is about nine, makes a break for it, and the cell leader hands Sam a gun and tells him to kill the prince. Sam just hands the gun back, cracking that [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets he should trust him and give him a gun that's loaded]]. The cell leader smiles, then loads the gun and [[YouHaveFailedMe executes the guy who had been guarding the prince]].
* {{Discussed}} in ''Series/CloakAndDagger''. Detective O'Reilly is trying to get close to vice squad Detective Connors, whom she suspects is [[DirtyCop corrupt]], so she snorts a line of coke in a back room as he walks in. The two of them commiserate over how counterproductive the department's drug policy is, with O'Reilly mentioning that back in Harlem she worked a club where they wouldn't let you in the back room unless you'd used a little.



* The Dr. Dre song "187 (Deep Cover)" opens with Snoop Dogg forcing a guy to hit off a crack pipe to prove he isn't a cop.

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* The Dr. Dre Music/DrDre song "187 (Deep Cover)" opens with Snoop Music/Snoop Dogg forcing a guy to hit off a crack pipe to prove he isn't a cop.


The Bad Guys challenge someone (usually the hero [[DressingAsTheEnemy pretending to be a Bad Guy]]) to [[KickTheDog do something evil]] to [[ProveIAmNotBluffing prove his evilness]]. While the trope name suggests CartoonishSupervillainy this can equally apply to more serious stories, where this trope could be named [[PlayedForDrama If You're So Evil Shoot This Cop]]. Basically, any test to demonstrate the willingness of a person to do immoral deeds, either to demonstrate the individual isn't the hero in disguise, or to just prove that the character isn't going to be afraid of dirty work.

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The Bad Guys challenge someone (usually the hero [[DressingAsTheEnemy pretending to be a Bad Guy]]) to [[KickTheDog do something evil]] to [[ProveIAmNotBluffing prove his evilness]]. While the trope name suggests CartoonishSupervillainy this can equally apply to more serious stories, where this trope could be named [[PlayedForDrama If You're So Evil Shoot This Cop]]. Basically, any test to demonstrate the willingness of a person to do immoral deeds, either to demonstrate the individual isn't the hero in disguise, or to just prove that the character isn't going to be afraid of dirty work.
work. Additionally, the evil deed may give the perpetrator an [[HeelFaceDoorSlam indelibly evil reputation]] and/or leave him feeling [[IveComeTooFar irrevocably committed to evil]], thus reducing any risk of future defection.


* In the Franchise/{{Arrowverse}} CrisisCrossover ''Series/CrisisOnEarthX'', Ollie is posing as his Nazi doppelgänger, and a suspicious Sturmbannführer Quentin Lance offers him the opportunity to kill a Jewish prisoner who was sharing food ... and who just happens to be Felicity's counterpart. When Ollie instead turns the gun on Lance, it turns out not to be loaded.

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* In the Franchise/{{Arrowverse}} Series/{{Arrowverse}} CrisisCrossover ''Series/CrisisOnEarthX'', Ollie is posing as his Nazi doppelgänger, and a suspicious Sturmbannführer Quentin Lance offers him the opportunity to kill a Jewish prisoner who was sharing food ... and who just happens to be Felicity's counterpart. When Ollie instead turns the gun on Lance, it turns out not to be loaded.

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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has Kir being under FBI surveillance in a hospital for a long time. When Kir manages to return to the organization, Gin demands proof that she hasn't gone soft or switched sides to the FBI. Gin wants Kir to call Akai Shuuichi, one of the FBI's best agents, former [[TheMole infiltrating spy]] in the organization, and personal thorn in Gin's side, and kill him. And insists that the meeting be done right now, no time to waste because he doesn't want to give anyone a chance to come up with a plan to stop Akai's death. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for him, long before Kir even went back to the organization, Conan had [[BatmanGambit already laid steps out to fake Akai's death and fool Gin]].]]


* In ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Jack insists that anyone he mentors be truly ambitious, not just trying to get closer to him out of love and admiration. Thus, "if you're so ambitious, cut off my pinkie."

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* In ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Jack insists that anyone he mentors be truly ambitious, not just trying to get closer to him out of love and admiration. Thus, "if you're so ambitious, cut off my pinkie."" Jonathan refuses, horrified, because then Jack wouldn't be perfect anymore.

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* In ''VideoGame/NiNoKuniIIRevenantKingdom'', after Roland supposedly [[spoiler:betrays Evermore and Evan for King Mausinger (Evan's deposer) in Ding Dong Dell]], Mausinger orders him to the dungeons where he wants him to [[spoiler:kill Batu's colleague, Khunbish, who was caught trying to sneak in after Roland. He fakes it by shooting Khunbish with a trick bullet that only knocks Khunbish out and makes it seem like he's dead. Mausinger is seemingly satisfied, though it later transpired that he wasn't entirely convinced.]]

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/Ducktales2017'', Mrs. Beakley ends up pinned under a train car, with only [[ConflictingLoyalties Lena]] around to see what happened to her. Her aunt [[LivingShadow Magica]], in order to make sure she's fully dedicated to her plan, [[WhatYouAreInTheDark tells her to leave Beakley there to die.]] Lena instead chooses to save her. (She justifies this later by claiming that she's "playing the long game", but Magica is skeptical.)


->'''The Forehead:''' Wait a minute... Something smells fishy here. I don't think you guys ''are'' villains!\\
'''The Tick:''' Oh no, we're- We're bad!\\
'''Arthur:''' Yeah, the worst!\\
'''The Forehead:''' Okay, if you guys are so evil, why don't you just... ''Eat this kitten!''\\
'''Appealing Kitten:''' ''Mew!''

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->'''The Forehead:''' Wait a minute...second... Something smells fishy here. I don't think you guys ''are'' villains!\\
'''The Tick:''' Oh no, we're- we'reó We're bad!\\
'''Arthur:''' Yeah, Oh yeah, the worst!\\
'''The Forehead:''' Okay, if Okay. If you guys are so evil, why don't you just... ''Eat this kitten!''\\
'''Appealing Kitten:''' ''Mew!''''Mew! Meow!''


'''Appealing Kitten:''' ''mew!''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheTick, "Armless But Not Harmless"''

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'''Appealing Kitten:''' ''mew!''
''Mew!''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheTick, ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'', "Armless But Not Harmless"''
Harmless"


* In the ''Conquest'' path of ''FireEmblemFates'', the PlayerCharacter's loyalty to the evil King Garon is repeatedly questioned. For the [[PlayerCharacter Avatar]], it's a constant struggle between appearing to meet Garon's very high standard of ruthlessness, and preserving moral integrity. Especially when the time comes to kill the Avatar's Hoshidan family...

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* In the ''Conquest'' path of ''FireEmblemFates'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the PlayerCharacter's loyalty to the evil King Garon is repeatedly questioned. For the [[PlayerCharacter Avatar]], it's a constant struggle between appearing to meet Garon's very high standard of ruthlessness, and preserving moral integrity. Especially when the time comes to kill the Avatar's Hoshidan family...


* Subverted in ''Film/InTooDeep.'' When undercover cop Cole is asked to prove his loyalty (and uh, not a cop) by killing a rival drug dealer, he takes the gun, an Uzi, and promptly and determinedly begins to ''shoot like crazy'' -- {{ATeamFiring everywhere except at the drug dealer}} (or anyone else). His exuberance convinces the gang's henchmen that he's legit, and maybe even a little ''too'' hardcore, although a terrible shot.

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* Subverted in ''Film/InTooDeep.'' When undercover cop Cole is asked to prove his loyalty (and uh, not a cop) by killing a rival drug dealer, he takes the gun, an Uzi, and promptly and determinedly begins to ''shoot like crazy'' -- {{ATeamFiring [[ATeamFiring everywhere except at the drug dealer}} dealer]] (or anyone else). His exuberance convinces the gang's henchmen that he's legit, and maybe even a little ''too'' hardcore, although a terrible shot.

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* Subverted in ''Film/InTooDeep.'' When undercover cop Cole is asked to prove his loyalty (and uh, not a cop) by killing a rival drug dealer, he takes the gun, an Uzi, and promptly and determinedly begins to ''shoot like crazy'' -- {{ATeamFiring everywhere except at the drug dealer}} (or anyone else). His exuberance convinces the gang's henchmen that he's legit, and maybe even a little ''too'' hardcore, although a terrible shot.
* In ''Film/PhilTheAlien,'' in a flashback, we see CIA agent Jones' early training, which involves being order to kill a box of puppies -- [[WithThisHerring with a cheese grater]].

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* Upon being taken back by the Black Organization of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Kir [[spoiler:(actually CIA agent Hidemi Hondou)]] is ordered by Gin to kill FBI agent Shuichi Akai. [[spoiler:Thankfully, they manage to [[FakingTheDead fake his death]].]]

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* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' featured a story arc in which Sydney Bristow undergoes brainwashing and takes on the identity of an assassin named Julia Thorne. As a test of her skill, she is ordered to stab a bound prisoner who is tied to a chair. She does so. Later, after regaining her personality, Sydney is disturbed by her actions, especially when she realizes that, due to conditioning, [[spoiler: she was never fully brainswashed and therefore killed the man of her own volition]].

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