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** The case of the Roman general Regulus was even more badass: captured by the Carthaginians and sent back to Rome to negotiate a surrender, he told the Senate to fight to the end rather than give in to the hated enemy, even though it meant that all the prisoners would be tortured to death. He then went back to Carthage to die alongside his men.

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** * The case of the Roman general Regulus was even more badass: captured by the Carthaginians and sent back to Rome to negotiate a surrender, he told the Senate to fight to the end rather than give in to the hated enemy, even though it meant that all the prisoners would be tortured to death. He then went back to Carthage to die alongside his men.



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* Marten jokes about this briefly in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' during a bout with food poisoning.
-->'''Dora:''' I asked if I could get him anything, and he said "a family pack of toilet paper, a copy of War and Peace, and a gun with a single bullet, just in case.

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*** But later, he appointed other Field Marshals, for example Schörner or Ritter von Greim.


* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Ser Jorah Mormont's infection has progressed to the point that the maesters intend to ship him off to die with the stone men. However, because he's a knight, they'll allow him to remain a day and have left his sword in his room. How he chooses to spend that day is up to him. [[spoiler:As he's writing out his final letter however, Samwell Tarly turns up to offer a forbidden and very painful treatment.]]

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Ser Jorah Mormont's infection has progressed to the point that the maesters intend to ship him off to die with the stone men. However, because he's a knight, they'll allow him to remain a day and have left his sword in his room. How he chooses to spend that day is up to him. [[spoiler:As he's writing out his final letter however, Samwell Tarly turns up to offer a forbidden and very painful treatment.]]]]
** After Olenna's forces are defeated and Highgarden is captured, Jaime Lannister gives her a vial of poison to kill herself with, a more merciful end than Cersei would have subjected her to.


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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', [[spoiler:Luke and Natalia]], two members of royalty[[note]]Technically speaking; the Luke you know is a replica of the real Luke (Asch), while Natalia was switched with the stillborn real princess[[/note]], are sentenced to death, and told to die by their own hands, so they're brought a bottle full of poison. Luckily, the rest of the party arrives before they're forced to go through with it.

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* In the short sci-fi SpaceOpera ''Between Two Dragons'' by Yoon Ha Lee, Chosar officers carry the "white gun" as part of their uniform, a ceremonial weapon loaded with a single bullet for suicide in dire straits.


For people outright telling someone to kill themselves, see SuicideDare.

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For people outright telling someone to kill themselves, see SuicideDare.
SuicideDare and OrderedToDie.


And sometimes when it's all done the hero will meet their former friend, now in chains or facing disgrace, and tell them that they can't let the matter go to trial and [[ComeToGawk become public]]. Perhaps it'll hurt the hero too much to see their former friend ruined and disgraced, or [[DontTellMama will hurt an innocent loved one of the villain]] to learn what a monster they've become. Perhaps it could even have repercussions that will shake or destroy an entire society. Perhaps the former friend simply doesn't deserve the clemency he may possibly receive, or is facing a horrific fate the hero wouldn't wish on anyone, especially if it's [[DisproportionateRetribution disproportionate to the crime]]. Perhaps the former friend simply deserves a chance to reclaim their sullied honor, and [[AFriendInNeed their old friendship is worth that much]].

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And sometimes when it's all done the hero will meet their former friend, now in chains or facing disgrace, and tell them that they [[TreacheryCoverUp can't let the matter go to trial trial]] and [[ComeToGawk become public]]. Perhaps it'll hurt the hero too much to see their former friend ruined and disgraced, or [[DontTellMama will hurt an innocent loved one of the villain]] to learn what a monster they've become. Perhaps it could even have repercussions that will shake or destroy an entire society. Perhaps the former friend simply doesn't deserve the clemency he may possibly receive, or is facing a horrific fate the hero wouldn't wish on anyone, especially if it's [[DisproportionateRetribution disproportionate to the crime]]. Perhaps the former friend simply deserves a chance to reclaim their sullied honor, and [[AFriendInNeed their old friendship is worth that much]].


* A variation happens in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. During the Battle of Trost, Armin offers to give Mikasa his remaining gas so she can use her ODM gear to help the others. Since Armin would be stranded in a Titan-infested area, he asks to keep a small blade that's too small to use against a Titan so that he can kill himself rather than be EatenAlive by the Titans. Luckily, he never ends up having to us it.



* The film adaptation of ''Film/TheHungerGames'' features Seneca Crane finding a bowl full of poisonous berries in his room, implying that he can use them to avoid being executed for the games he designed backfiring on the Capital so badly.

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* The film adaptation of ''Film/TheHungerGames'' features Seneca Crane finding a bowl full of poisonous berries in his room, implying that he can use them to avoid being executed for the games he designed backfiring on the Capital so badly. [[DeathByIrony In fact, the reason things went so wrong was because Katniss and Peeta had planned on committing a double suicide with said berries rather than fighting to the death, thereby forcing the games to announce two winners]].



* ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'' has Tom Hagen doing this to Frank Pentangali after Frank balks at implicating Michael Corelone at a U.S. Senate investigation. While Tom has no weapons given that Frank is being held under heavy guard at an army barracks, the implication is clear. [[spoiler: Frank Pentangeli ends up taking Tom's advice.]]

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* ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'' has Tom Hagen doing this to Frank Pentangali after Frank balks at implicating Michael Corelone Corleone at a U.S. Senate investigation. While Tom has no weapons given that Frank is being held under heavy guard at an army barracks, the implication is clear. [[spoiler: Frank Pentangeli ends up taking Tom's advice.]]



--> '''Frank Pentangeli''': Yea, it worked. Those were the great old days you know. And one was like to Roman Empire. The Corleone Family was like the Roman Empire.

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--> '''Frank Pentangeli''': Yea, it worked. Those were the great old days you know. And one we was like to the Roman Empire. The Corleone Family was like the Roman Empire.



* A potential interpretation of Admiral Tolwyn's death in the winning endgame of ''VideoGame/WingCommanderIVThePriceOfFreedom''. Why was he left alone, without a guard, with at least two obvious methods of suicide (his bedsheet and his belt)?

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* A potential interpretation of Admiral Tolwyn's death in the winning endgame of ''VideoGame/WingCommanderIVThePriceOfFreedom''.''VideoGame/WingCommanderIVThePriceOfFreedom'', when [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled he hangs himself the night before his execution]]. Why was he left alone, without a guard, with at least two obvious methods of suicide (his bedsheet and his belt)?


* {{Wolverine}} did this to Mystique in the one-shot comic, ''Wolverine: Get Mystique'' after the events of ''Messiah Comple-X''. Of course, he DID snikt her immediately beforehand to the extent where she would've bled out SLOOOOWLLY if she hadn't followed through with the gun.

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* {{Wolverine}} Franchise/{{Wolverine}} did this to Mystique in the one-shot comic, ''Wolverine: Get Mystique'' after the events of ''Messiah Comple-X''. Of course, he DID snikt her immediately beforehand to the extent where she would've bled out SLOOOOWLLY ''slowly'' if she hadn't followed through with the gun.



* Subverted in Max Brook's run on the ''GIJoe'' comic book where, in an issue featuring on COBRA methods of interrogation, a captured soldier who'd defended his allies to the end (and [[OneBulletLeft saved one round for himself]]) was denied access to his gun until he gave the Cobra interrogator certain unspecified information. If the soldier refused to cooperate, he would be released a few months ''after'' Cobra had anonymously released a fake camera record of the battle portraying him (almost certainly impersonated by Zartan) as a coward who abandoned his men. If he complied, he'd be given his gun with the single bullet and left alone to take care of his business while the real footage was released. The story implies that the soldier, whose life had been dedicated to living up to the expectations of his Colonel father, complied with the interrogator.

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* Subverted in Max Brook's run on the ''GIJoe'' ''Franchise/GIJoe'' comic book where, in an issue featuring on COBRA methods of interrogation, a captured soldier who'd defended his allies to the end (and [[OneBulletLeft saved one round for himself]]) was denied access to his gun until he gave the Cobra interrogator certain unspecified information. If the soldier refused to cooperate, he would be released a few months ''after'' Cobra had anonymously released a fake camera record of the battle portraying him (almost certainly impersonated by Zartan) as a coward who abandoned his men. If he complied, he'd be given his gun with the single bullet and left alone to take care of his business while the real footage was released. The story implies that the soldier, whose life had been dedicated to living up to the expectations of his Colonel father, complied with the interrogator.



* As seen above, ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' has Batman track down street gangs wielding military-grade weapons to a U.S. general (who needed the money to pay for his sick wife's treatment).

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* As seen above, ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' has In ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', when Batman track down street gangs wielding discovers that the Mutants are using military-grade weapons weapons, he tracks the sales to a U.S. general (who needed the money to pay for his sick wife's treatment). The end panel of the sequence has Batman carrying the general's body, covered with the US flag and with the smoking gun still in his hand.
-->'''Batman''': I almost asked him why.


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* After confronting the killer in ''Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress2017'', Poirot places a pistol on the table in front of them and turns his back, telling them [[spoiler:that if they wish to go free, they need only shoot him and consign his body to the lake. Mrs Hubbard takes the pistol, but tries to commit suicide with it. The pistol is empty, implying that Poirot did it as a SecretTestOfCharacter as he was debating whether to let them all go.]]

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* After confronting the killer in ''Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress2017'', Poirot places a pistol on the table in front of them and turns his back, telling them [[spoiler:that if they wish to go free, they need only shoot him and consign his body to the lake. Mrs Hubbard takes the pistol, but tries to commit suicide with it. The pistol [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets is empty, empty]], implying that Poirot did it as a SecretTestOfCharacter as he was debating whether to let them all go.]]

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