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* Dekka in ''Literature/{{Gone}}'', fearing that she is infected by the parasitic bugs that she was trying to kill, makes Sam promise to kill her if it comes to that. [[spoiler: Sam breaks his promise, keeping her alive to do "surgery" on her - physically tearing the bugs out of her body and then having [[HealingHands Lana]] heal the resulting wound.]]


In order to ease their anxiety about this danger, the person may ask a difficult favor of another: [[MercyKill to end their life if things reach a point where safety and quality of life can no longer be assured]]. This is obviously a very painful thing to have to do, and asking it requires a great deal of trust, both in one's emotional composure in ending another's (often [[StakingYourLovedOne a loved one's]]) life, often in cold blood, as well as the physical ability to do so, especially if the victim is overcome by a supernatural force and is actively attacking them. The person may sometimes give the other a [[KryptoniteRing special weapon]] of some kind that will be effective against them.

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In order to ease their anxiety about this danger, the person may ask a difficult favor of another: [[MercyKill to end their life if things reach a point where safety and quality of life can no longer be assured]]. This is obviously a very painful thing to have to do, and asking it requires a great deal of trust, both in one's emotional composure in ending another's (often [[StakingYourLovedOne [[StakingTheLovedOne a loved one's]]) life, often in cold blood, as well as the physical ability to do so, especially if the victim is overcome by a supernatural force and is actively attacking them. The person may sometimes give the other a [[KryptoniteRing special weapon]] of some kind that will be effective against them.


In order to ease their anxiety about this danger, the person may ask a difficult favor of another: [[MercyKill to end their life if things reach a point where safety and quality of life can no longer be assured]]. This is obviously a very painful thing to have to do, and asking it requires a great deal of trust, both in one's emotional composure in ending another's (often a loved one's) life, often in cold blood, as well as the physical ability to do so, especially if the victim is overcome by a supernatural force and is actively attacking them. The person may sometimes give the other a [[KryptoniteRing special weapon]] of some kind that will be effective against them.

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In order to ease their anxiety about this danger, the person may ask a difficult favor of another: [[MercyKill to end their life if things reach a point where safety and quality of life can no longer be assured]]. This is obviously a very painful thing to have to do, and asking it requires a great deal of trust, both in one's emotional composure in ending another's (often [[StakingYourLovedOne a loved one's) one's]]) life, often in cold blood, as well as the physical ability to do so, especially if the victim is overcome by a supernatural force and is actively attacking them. The person may sometimes give the other a [[KryptoniteRing special weapon]] of some kind that will be effective against them.


* On ''Series/{{House}}'', Thirteen performs a mercy kill for her brother, who was suffering from Huntington’s disease, an incurable degenerative disease their mother suffered from and that Thirteen has as well. House ultimately agrees to kill Thirteen if she ever asks him to.

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* On ''Series/{{House}}'', Thirteen performs a mercy kill for her brother, who was suffering from Huntington’s disease, an incurable degenerative disease their mother suffered from and that Thirteen has as well. House ultimately agrees offers to kill do the same for Thirteen if she ever asks him to.when the time comes, though presumably this is forestalled by [[spoiler:House's faked death]].

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* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': Saya made Haji promise to kill her once they finally succeed at killing Diva, in order to end the chiropteran threat once and for all. [[spoiler:Ultimately, however, Haji and Kai convince her not to go through with it and go on living.]]


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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': In book 26, ''The Attack'', Jake manages to acquire the DNA of one of Crayak's Howlers. As they're seemingly just AxCrazy murderers who kill entire races ForTheEvulz, when Jake is about to morph into it, he has Rachel and Marco on standby, ordering them to kill him should he [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody lose control of the Howler's instincts]]. They don't have to do so, because as it turns out, [[spoiler:the Howlers in fact have the personalities of young children, consider their battles to be fun and exciting games, and [[ObliviouslyEvil have no idea that they're hurting real people]].]]


A sub-trope of ThePromise and ThanatosGambit. Compare BetterToDieThanBeKilled, in which someone tries to commit suicide rather than face an undesirable fate, KryptoniteRing, another arrangement meant to deal with an ally going bad, and SuicideByAssassin, when a character hires a contract killer as part of an assisted suicide. Also compare SuicidePact when individuals arrange to commit suicide together or kill each other under some circumstances. See also BetrayalInsurance, which is less about mercy and more about preventing other characters from stepping out of line.

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A sub-trope of ThePromise and ThanatosGambit. Compare BetterToDieThanBeKilled, in which someone tries A super-trope to commit suicide rather than face an undesirable fate, KryptoniteRing, another arrangement meant when a character entrusts a special weapon to deal with an ally going in case they bad, and SuicideByAssassin, when a character hires a contract killer as part of an assisted suicide.suicide. Compare to BetterToDieThanBeKilled, in which a character tries to commit suicide rather than face an undesirable fate. Also compare SuicidePact when individuals arrange to commit suicide together or kill each other under some circumstances. See also BetrayalInsurance, which is less about mercy and more about preventing other characters from stepping out of line.


* Franchise/{{Superman}} trusted Franchise/{{Batman}} with Lex Luthor's kryptonite ring to use against him if he ever turned evil and needed to be stopped.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}} trusted Franchise/{{Batman}} with Lex Luthor's kryptonite ring to use against him if he ever turned evil and needed to be stopped.


* Dumbledore in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' secretly arranges a mercy kill for himself with [[spoiler:Severus Snape]] when he learns that Lord Voldemort has set Draco Malfoy the task of killing him. He's dying anyway as a result of mishandling a cursed artefact, but doesn't want the boy's soul to be tainted by murder, and is afraid of a much less dignified death in the event that one of the more sadistic Death Eaters gets to him first.

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* Dumbledore in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' secretly arranges a mercy kill for himself with [[spoiler:Severus Snape]] when he learns that Lord Voldemort has set Draco Malfoy the task of killing him. He's dying anyway as a result of mishandling a cursed artefact, artifact, but doesn't want the boy's soul to be tainted by murder, and is afraid of a much less dignified death in the event that one of the more sadistic Death Eaters gets to him first.first. [[spoiler:In addition, he had hoped that the arrangement would break the power of the Elder Wand, its last owner dying undefeated]].

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* In ''VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSinII'' when you recruit Lohse after Act 1 she makes one with the player, since her DemonicPossession problem is only getting worse.


* ''Film/VanHelsing'': The title character has been bitten by a werewolf and must use the supernatural strength bestowed by the transformation to kill Dracula before the twelfth stroke of Midnight. While Van Helsing deals with Dracula, he sends Anna and Carl to find a cure for lycanthropy, and gives Carl a silver stake, insisting that Carl must destroy him if they fail to administer the cure in time.

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* ''Film/VanHelsing'': The title character has been bitten by a werewolf and must use the supernatural strength bestowed by the transformation to kill Dracula before the twelfth stroke of Midnight. While Van Helsing deals with Dracula, he sends Anna and Carl to find search Dracula's castle for a cure for lycanthropy, and gives Carl a silver stake, insisting that Carl must destroy him if they fail to administer the cure in time.before the transformation becomes permanent.
-->'''Van Helsing:''' If I'm not cured before the twelfth stroke of midnight... *brandishes stake*\\
'''Carl:''' I'm not sure if I could.\\
'''Van Helsing:''' You ''must''.


A sub-trope of ThePromise and ThanatosGambit. Compare BetterToDieThanBeKilled, in which someone tries to commit suicide rather than face an undesirable fate, and KryptoniteRing, another arrangement meant to deal with an ally going bad. Also compare SuicidePact when individuals arrange to commit suicide together or kill each other under some circumstances. See also BetrayalInsurance, which is less about mercy and more about preventing other characters from stepping out of line.

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A sub-trope of ThePromise and ThanatosGambit. Compare BetterToDieThanBeKilled, in which someone tries to commit suicide rather than face an undesirable fate, and KryptoniteRing, another arrangement meant to deal with an ally going bad.bad, and SuicideByAssassin, when a character hires a contract killer as part of an assisted suicide. Also compare SuicidePact when individuals arrange to commit suicide together or kill each other under some circumstances. See also BetrayalInsurance, which is less about mercy and more about preventing other characters from stepping out of line.


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* WordOfGod has confirmed that the ''ComicBook/SinCity'' short story "The Customer Is Always Right" is an instance of this trope. The unnamed female protagonist had previously been in a relationship with a gangster who threatened her with a particularly brutal revenge when she broke up with him, so she [[SuicideByAssassin hires an assassin called "The Salesman" to kill her]] so she could be sure of dying on her own terms.

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* ''Fanfic/WeightOfTheWorld'': More like a "Mercy Coma Arrangement" since [[NationsAsPeople personifications]] cannot die and instead go into a brief coma-like state when they are badly injured. [[spoiler:America asks England to put a nigh-unbreakable sleeping curse on him that can be activated if he is about to be captured by Salem. As long as he is comatose, Salem cannot use him to get the Relic of Choice and Remnant and Earth will be safe.]] The request is treated like he's asking for a mercy kill in the face of capture. [[spoiler:England]] agonizes over the decision and is horrified that his brother would ask him to "kill" him. After realizing he will condemn his brother to torture if he doesn't do it, he agrees.
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Nico once asked Gert to kill her if she ever lost control of the Staff of One. Gert has adamantly refused any such arrangement.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Nico once asked asks Gert to kill her if she ever lost control of the Staff of One. Gert has adamantly refused any such arrangement.

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* From ''Theatre/JekyllAndHyde'' we have Dr. Jekyll asking his friend Utterson to kill him should Jekyll's evil alter ego Mr. Hyde take control at an inconvenient time. Depending on the show, Utterson either shoots Jekyll at Jekyll's wedding after Hyde shows up and starts killing people, or Jekyll takes control one last time to run into Utterson's sword after Utterson finds himself unable to do it.
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