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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, Dr. Rudolph Van Richten dedicated his life to [[VampireHunter hunting vampires]] after his son fell victim to one. But while he slew the monster that was responsible, he was forced to MercyKill his own son first -- who had been transformed into an undead creature himself.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, Dr. Rudolph Van Richten dedicated his life to [[VampireHunter hunting vampires]] after his son fell victim to one. But while The first vampire he slew the monster that killed was responsible, he was forced to MercyKill his own son first -- son, who had been transformed into an undead creature himself.asked him to do it [[DyingAsYourself before the transformation could corrupt his soul]].



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[[caption-width-right:350:And then he turned out to be TheImmune.]]


** A RunningGag is that whenever a member of Team Angel warns a co-worker to be ready to kill them if they turn evil, they agree a lot more readily than the other one finds comfortable. [[IHaveYouVampireDad Especially Connor.]]

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** A RunningGag is that whenever a member of Team Angel warns a co-worker to be ready to kill them if they turn evil, they agree a lot more readily than the other one finds comfortable. [[IHaveYouVampireDad [[IHateYouVampireDad Especially Connor.]]


** The first episode also featured Xander staking one of his best friends - by ''accident.'' He couldn't do it and only survived because a panicked bystander unknowingly shoved the vamp onto his raised stake.
** In "Phases" Angelus turns a schoolmate of Buffy's into a vampire, knowing that [[BreakTheCutie she'll be forced to stake her]] when she goes to examine the corpse. A flashback episode in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' showed him pulling the same stunt with Holtz's daughter.

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** The first episode also featured Xander staking one of his best friends - by ''accident.'' He couldn't do it and only survived because a panicked bystander unknowingly shoved the vamp onto his raised stake.
** In "Phases" Angelus turns a schoolmate of Buffy's into a vampire, knowing that [[BreakTheCutie she'll be forced to stake her]] when she goes to examine the corpse. A flashback episode in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' showed him pulling the same stunt with Holtz's daughter.



** Gunn staked his sister and Holtz was forced to throw his daughter into the sunlight.
** Subverted with Illyria and Spike: he didn't care if she had Fred's body, even though Fred was his buddy.
-->'''Illyria''': You held affection for this shell, and yet you strike at its form without remorse.
** None of them really showed any hesitation over trying to kill Illyria. Even Wesley tried, though Illyria's resemblance to Fred got to him later. They were just totally incapable of achieving it.
** A RunningGag is that whenever a member of Team Angel warns a co-worker to be ready to kill them if they turn evil, they agree a lot more readily than the other one finds comfortable. Especially Connor.

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** In a flashback episode, VampireHunter Holtz returns to his home to find Angelus and Darla have been there first to kill his wife and turn his daughter, whom he kills by throwing her into the sunlight. The act fuels his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Angel in the present day.
** In his introductory episode as the leader of a vampire-hunting street gang,
Gunn staked had to stake his sister and Holtz after she was forced to throw his daughter into the sunlight.
turned.
** Subverted with When Illyria and Spike: he didn't care if she had Fred's body, even though Fred was his buddy.
-->'''Illyria''':
takes over the body of Winifred Burkle, the most beloved member of Team Angel, none of them show any hesitation over trying to kill her. They were just totally incapable of achieving it.
--->'''Illyria''':
You held affection for this shell, and yet you strike at its form without remorse.
** None of them really showed any hesitation over trying to kill Illyria. Even Wesley tried, though Illyria's resemblance to Fred got to him later. They were just totally incapable of achieving it.
** A RunningGag is that whenever a member of Team Angel warns a co-worker to be ready to kill them if they turn evil, they agree a lot more readily than the other one finds comfortable. [[IHaveYouVampireDad Especially Connor.]]


See also ICannotSelfTerminate, MercyKill and MercyKillArrangement. SubTrope of KillTheOnesYouLove and TragicMonster. Compare and contrast SupportingTheMonsterLovedOne, which is this trope's alternative. Not to be confused with ''[[StalkerWithACrush stalking]]'' [[StalkingIsLove the loved one]].

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See also ICannotSelfTerminate, MercyKill MercyKill, and MercyKillArrangement. SubTrope of KillTheOnesYouLove and TragicMonster. Compare and contrast SupportingTheMonsterLovedOne, which is this trope's alternative. Not to be confused with ''[[StalkerWithACrush stalking]]'' [[StalkingIsLove the loved one]].



* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' ends with everyone defeating the [[EnemyWithout Self-Defense Program]] of Reinforce, the former Book of Darkness. She's grateful, but the next day informs them that they have to finish the job with her too or else her programming will be forced to regenerate the [=SDP=]. Nanoha and Fate do, because it would be too cruel to make Hayate do so.

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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' ends with everyone defeating the [[EnemyWithout Self-Defense Program]] of Reinforce, the former Book of Darkness. She's grateful, but the next day informs them that they have to finish the job with her too or else her programming will be forced to regenerate the [=SDP=]. Nanoha and Fate do, do because it would be too cruel to make Hayate do so.



* {{Subverted}} in ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}''--Shinichi tries to do this to the Parasite who killed/infested [[spoiler:his mom]], but freezes up at the critical moment. [[NonProtagonistResolver Mamoru Uda and Jaw kill her instead]], with the former arguing that Shinichi shouldn't have to be the one to do it.

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* {{Subverted}} in ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}''--Shinichi tries to do this to the Parasite who killed/infested [[spoiler:his mom]], mom]] but freezes up at the critical moment. [[NonProtagonistResolver Mamoru Uda and Jaw kill her instead]], with the former arguing that Shinichi shouldn't have to be the one to do it.



* Done with a twist in ''FanFic/TheReturn'' when one character is forced to shoot her sister who has been turned into a demon, so that she can be given an EmergencyTransformation to save her.

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* Done with a twist in ''FanFic/TheReturn'' when one character is forced to shoot her sister who has been turned into a demon, demon so that she can be given an EmergencyTransformation to save her.



* Non-fantastic example in ''Film/TheSearchers'': Debbie Edwards's own family expect her uncle to kill her after they learn she's been indoctrinated by the Comanches who kidnapped her into becoming their squaw - and they have hardly any regrets, because after all Debbie is now the enemy. Of course, since said uncle is a fanatical Indian-hating psychopath, Debbie's blood tie to him never even enters the picture [[spoiler: until he actually has the opportunity to do it, and he experiences an AdoptTheDog moment]].

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* Non-fantastic example in ''Film/TheSearchers'': Debbie Edwards's own family expect her uncle to kill her after they learn she's been indoctrinated by the Comanches who kidnapped her into becoming their squaw - and they have hardly any regrets, because regrets because, after all all, Debbie is now the enemy. Of course, since said uncle is a fanatical Indian-hating psychopath, Debbie's blood tie to him never even enters the picture [[spoiler: until he actually has the opportunity to do it, and he experiences an AdoptTheDog moment]].



* In ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' Selena tells Jim right near the start that if he got infected she'd kill him "in a heartbeat", and she proves this by killing one of her other friends when he turns. At the climax she believes Jim has been infected due to the [[EyeScream shockingly brutal]] killing the formerly gentle man commits. [[spoiler: She can't bring herself to actually attack him.]]

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* In ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' Selena tells Jim right near the start that if he got infected she'd kill him "in a heartbeat", and she proves this by killing one of her other friends when he turns. At the climax climax, she believes Jim has been infected due to the [[EyeScream shockingly brutal]] killing the formerly gentle man commits. [[spoiler: She can't bring herself to actually attack him.]]



* Best known example from Bram Stoker's ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' when Helsing shows the men first hand of Lucy's undead form after she "dies" and seeing she's more monster then human. He forces her fiancee Arthur to do it claiming a loved one should set her soul free.

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* Best known example from Bram Stoker's ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' when Helsing shows the men first hand of Lucy's undead form after she "dies" and seeing she's more monster then than human. He forces her fiancee Arthur to do it claiming a loved one should set her soul free.



* In the Literature/MercyThompson novels, doing this to werewolves who can't control their "wolf side" is usually the duty of their closest werewolf relatives, but if they can't do it, the Marrok (Alpha-in-chief of all North America's werewolf packs) or his son Charles have to step in. The novels make it clear that both the Marrok and Charles have already done it too many times for their own peace of mind.

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* In the Literature/MercyThompson novels, doing this to werewolves who can't control their "wolf side" is usually the duty of their closest werewolf relatives, but if they can't do it, the Marrok (Alpha-in-chief of all North America's werewolf packs) or his son Charles have has to step in. The novels make it clear that both the Marrok and Charles have already done it too many times for their own peace of mind.



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** Season Two is a protracted inner struggle for Buffy, who can't bring herself to stake Angelus in their first encounter. She ends up having to send him to Hell to stop Acathla, when he'd ''just'' had his soul restored.
** The first episode also featured Xander staking one of his best friends - by ''accident.'' He couldn't do it, and only survived because a panicked bystander unknowingly shoved the vamp onto his raised stake.

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** Season Two is a protracted inner struggle for Buffy, who can't bring herself to stake Angelus in their first encounter. She ends up having to send him to Hell to stop Acathla, Acathla when he'd ''just'' had his soul restored.
** The first episode also featured Xander staking one of his best friends - by ''accident.'' He couldn't do it, it and only survived because a panicked bystander unknowingly shoved the vamp onto his raised stake.



** Now in the US version, Aidan is forced to stake [[spoiler: Bernie, his ten year old neighbor, because as a child he cannot control his emotions or appetites]]. A little later on, Aidan again stakes [[spoiler: Rebecca at her request.]]

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** Now in the US version, Aidan is forced to stake [[spoiler: Bernie, his ten year old ten-year-old neighbor, because as a child he cannot control his emotions or appetites]]. A little later on, Aidan again stakes [[spoiler: Rebecca at her request.]]



-->'''Bobby:''' She was the love of my live. [[TearJerker How many times do I have to kill her?]]

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-->'''Bobby:''' She was the love of my live.life. [[TearJerker How many times do I have to kill her?]]



* A vampire hunter in a ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' episode does this after finding his wife in a coffin, before the other vampires swarm him. Quinn is ready to do this to Wade, except she hasn't been bitten and was just sleeping in the coffin.

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* A vampire hunter in a ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' episode does this after finding his wife in a coffin, coffin before the other vampires swarm him. Quinn is ready to do this to Wade, except she hasn't been bitten and was just sleeping in the coffin.



** After the season 2 reveal that [[spoiler: the virus is in all of them and when they die, regardless of if they were bit or not, they will rise again as a walker]], it becomes standard procedure to stab or shoot their loved ones in the head whenever they die. One of the more disturbing examples is [[spoiler: Carl, a young teenage boy, shooting his mother in the head after she dies in childbirth]].

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** After the season 2 reveal that [[spoiler: the virus is in all of them and when they die, regardless of if they were bit bitten or not, they will rise again as a walker]], it becomes standard procedure to stab or shoot their loved ones in the head whenever they die. One of the more disturbing examples is [[spoiler: Carl, a young teenage boy, shooting his mother in the head after she dies in childbirth]].



* In the Music/SoundHorizon song "Koibito wo Uchiotoshita Hi" ("The Day I Shot Down My Lover"), a girl must kill her lover - who saved her life from a monster - when the venom from his battle wound cause him to turn into a monster himself.

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* In the Music/SoundHorizon song "Koibito wo Uchiotoshita Hi" ("The Day I Shot Down My Lover"), a girl must kill her lover - who saved her life from a monster - when the venom from his battle wound cause causes him to turn into a monster himself.



* In ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'', Riesbyfe's path takes place in a timeline where Sion fell to vampirism, and she had to kill her. Then she had to do the same thing to Dust of Osiris; a copy of a version of Sion from a possible future that never came to be (It's complicated). She does this knowing that Dust of Osiris is sustaining Riesbyfe's existance. "I hope to see you again, my friend; after the darkness."

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* In ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'', Riesbyfe's path takes place in a timeline where Sion fell to vampirism, and she had to kill her. Then she had to do the same thing to Dust of Osiris; a copy of a version of Sion from a possible future that never came to be (It's complicated). She does this knowing that Dust of Osiris is sustaining Riesbyfe's existance.existence. "I hope to see you again, my friend; after the darkness."



* The ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' comic shows Zoey's back story that occurred a week after the zombie outbreak. A zombie breaks into the apartment and bites Zoey's mother. She gets infected and attacks Zoey's father, which forces him to shoot her dead. Fearing that he is now infected, Zoey's father asks her to shoot him, which she tearfully does so. This scene is more gut wrenching when Zoey discovers that the carrier gene (what prevents people from becoming a zombie) is passed down on the father's side on the family, [[SenselessSacrifice thus there was a chance Zoey's father could have been just fine]].

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* The ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' comic shows Zoey's back story that occurred a week after the zombie outbreak. A zombie breaks into the apartment and bites Zoey's mother. She gets infected and attacks Zoey's father, which forces him to shoot her dead. Fearing that he is now infected, Zoey's father asks her to shoot him, which she tearfully does so. This scene is more gut wrenching gut-wrenching when Zoey discovers that the carrier gene (what prevents people from becoming a zombie) is passed down on the father's side on the family, [[SenselessSacrifice thus there was a chance Zoey's father could have been just fine]].


See also ICannotSelfTerminate, MercyKill. SubTrope of KillTheOnesYouLove and TragicMonster. Compare and contrast SupportingTheMonsterLovedOne, which is this trope's alternative. Not to be confused with ''[[StalkerWithACrush stalking]]'' [[StalkingIsLove the loved one]].

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See also ICannotSelfTerminate, MercyKill.MercyKill and MercyKillArrangement. SubTrope of KillTheOnesYouLove and TragicMonster. Compare and contrast SupportingTheMonsterLovedOne, which is this trope's alternative. Not to be confused with ''[[StalkerWithACrush stalking]]'' [[StalkingIsLove the loved one]].


* ''Literature/StormOfSwords'': Tormund Giantsbane's son dies of exposure and comes back as a wight.

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* ''Literature/StormOfSwords'': ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': One of Tormund Giantsbane's son sons dies of exposure and comes back as a wight.

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* ''Literature/StormOfSwords'': Tormund Giantsbane's son dies of exposure and comes back as a wight.
-->'''Tormund:''' Had to see to him m'self. That was hard, Jon. He wasn't much of a man, truth be told, but he'd been me little boy once, and I loved him.


See also ICannotSelfTerminate, MercyKill. SubTrope of KillTheOnesYouLove and TragicMonster. Not to be confused with ''[[StalkerWithACrush stalking]]'' [[StalkingIsLove the loved one]].

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See also ICannotSelfTerminate, MercyKill. SubTrope of KillTheOnesYouLove and TragicMonster. Compare and contrast SupportingTheMonsterLovedOne, which is this trope's alternative. Not to be confused with ''[[StalkerWithACrush stalking]]'' [[StalkingIsLove the loved one]].


* On ''Series/ForeverKnight'', in "A More Permanent Hell" [=LaCroix=] is brought across by his early-teen daughter Divia to escape the destruction of Pompei, but when she declares that mortal rules should no longer constrain them, and they should become lovers, LaCroix [[EvenEvilHasStandards is horrified]], and [[spoiler:beheads Divia and imprisons her remains in a sarcophagus]].
** Later, in the final episode, [[spoiler:Nick asks LaCroix to stake him so that he and Natalie can die together, telling LaCroix that he should do it because of their friendship. (The scene cuts away before the actual staking, though, so it's a popular fan theory that LaCroix instead smacked Nick in the head with the wood and brought Natalie across.)]]

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* On ''Series/ForeverKnight'', in "A More Permanent Hell" [=LaCroix=] is brought across by his early-teen daughter Divia to escape the destruction of Pompei, but when she declares that mortal rules should no longer constrain them, and they should become lovers, LaCroix [=LaCroix=] [[EvenEvilHasStandards is horrified]], and [[spoiler:beheads Divia and imprisons her remains in a sarcophagus]].
** Later, in the final episode, [[spoiler:Nick asks LaCroix [=LaCroix=] to stake him so that he and Natalie can die together, telling LaCroix [=LaCroix=] that he should do it because of their friendship. (The scene cuts away before the actual staking, though, so it's a popular fan theory that LaCroix [=LaCroix=] instead smacked Nick in the head with the wood and brought Natalie across.)]]


* On ''Series/ForeverKnight'', [=LaCroix=] has to stake his daughter for much the same reason Spike later staked his mom on Buffy.[[note]] Wanting to 'shag' him.[[/note]]

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* On ''Series/ForeverKnight'', in "A More Permanent Hell" [=LaCroix=] has is brought across by his early-teen daughter Divia to escape the destruction of Pompei, but when she declares that mortal rules should no longer constrain them, and they should become lovers, LaCroix [[EvenEvilHasStandards is horrified]], and [[spoiler:beheads Divia and imprisons her remains in a sarcophagus]].
** Later, in the final episode, [[spoiler:Nick asks LaCroix
to stake his daughter for much him so that he and Natalie can die together, telling LaCroix that he should do it because of their friendship. (The scene cuts away before the same reason Spike later staked his mom on Buffy.[[note]] Wanting to 'shag' him.[[/note]]actual staking, though, so it's a popular fan theory that LaCroix instead smacked Nick in the head with the wood and brought Natalie across.)]]


* On ''Series/ForeverKnight'', [=LaCroix=] has to stake his daughter for much the same reason Spike staked his mom on Buffy.[[note]] Wanting to 'shag' him.[[/note]]

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* On ''Series/ForeverKnight'', [=LaCroix=] has to stake his daughter for much the same reason Spike later staked his mom on Buffy.[[note]] Wanting to 'shag' him.[[/note]]


* {{Subverted}} in ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}''--Shinichi tries to do this to the Parasite who killed/infested [[spoiler:his mom]], but freezes up at the critical moment. [[NonProtagonistResolver Mamoru Uda and Jaw kill her instead]], with the former arguing that he shouldn't have to be the one to do it.

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* {{Subverted}} in ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}''--Shinichi tries to do this to the Parasite who killed/infested [[spoiler:his mom]], but freezes up at the critical moment. [[NonProtagonistResolver Mamoru Uda and Jaw kill her instead]], with the former arguing that he Shinichi shouldn't have to be the one to do it.

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* {{Subverted}} in ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}''--Shinichi tries to do this to the Parasite who killed/infested [[spoiler:his mom]], but freezes up at the critical moment. [[NonProtagonistResolver Mamoru Uda and Jaw kill her instead]], with the former arguing that he shouldn't have to be the one to do it.


* This situation comes up a few times during ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', with the drama therein played to the hilt every time.



* [[TearJerker The most heart wrenching decision]] you'll have to make in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' and possibly in video games in general) [[spoiler:comes at the end where Lee is about to succumb to the infection that will turn him into a zombie, and the player must decide whether to have Clementine shoot him or simply run and leave him. It seems like a pretty clear cut choice and it would for most, but given the hell that poor Clementine has been through for most of the game, having to shoot the man who's faithfully protected her through it all must seem like murder. Whether she does it or not is up to the player, but either way, its hard to watch.]]

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* [[TearJerker The most heart wrenching decision]] you'll have to make in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' and possibly in video games in general) [[spoiler:comes at the end where Lee is about to succumb to the infection that will turn him into a zombie, and the player must decide whether to have Clementine shoot him or simply run and leave him. It seems like a pretty clear cut choice and it would for most, but given the hell that poor Clementine has been through for most of the game, having to shoot the man who's faithfully protected her through it all must seem like murder. Whether she does it or not is up to the player, but either way, its hard to watch. This situation comes up more than once a season, with the drama therein played to the hilt every time.]]

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