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* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: The villain wants no one else to kill the hero but them, and even ''saving'' the hero from certain doom, even though the other villain would just as easily dispose of their nemesis otherwise.


* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Someone in the story [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that the above options are stupid and that a simpler, more direct solution exists - namely, by just shooting him. The villain may or may not take their advice.

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* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Someone in the story [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that the above options are stupid and that a simpler, more direct solution exists - -- namely, by just shooting him. The villain may or may not take their advice.


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Compare ThirdActStupidity, ContractualGenreBlindness and KillHimAlready (when the good guys are urging a quick kill). Contrast CombatPragmatist and NoNonsenseNemesis. Not to be confused with JustEatGilligan, although there can be overlap. Also contrast OnceIsNotEnough when the hero KO's the villain and then chooses to flee instead of finishing him off.

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Compare ThirdActStupidity, ContractualGenreBlindness and KillHimAlready (when the good guys are urging a quick kill). Someone might invoke this trope by using a ScheherezadeGambit. Contrast CombatPragmatist and NoNonsenseNemesis. Not to be confused with JustEatGilligan, although there can be overlap. Also contrast OnceIsNotEnough when the hero KO's the villain and then chooses to flee instead of finishing him off.


There may or may not be some in-story justification for this failure to take the direct approach. [[WatsonianVersusDoylist The Doylist explanation]] will always boil down to "because if he ''did'' just shoot him, the story would be much shorter, and [[TheBadGuyWins the bad guys would win]]."

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There may or may not be some in-story justification for this failure to take the direct approach. [[WatsonianVersusDoylist The Doylist explanation]] will always boil down to "because if he ''did'' just shoot him, the story [[AnthropicPrinciple would be much shorter, shorter]], and [[TheBadGuyWins the bad guys would win]]."






Compare ThirdActStupidity, ContractualGenreBlindness and KillHimAlready (when the good guys are urging a quick kill). Contrast CombatPragmatist and NoNonsenseNemesis. Not to be confused with JustEatGilligan, although there can be overlap.

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Compare ThirdActStupidity, ContractualGenreBlindness and KillHimAlready (when the good guys are urging a quick kill). Contrast CombatPragmatist and NoNonsenseNemesis. Not to be confused with JustEatGilligan, although there can be overlap.
overlap. Also contrast OnceIsNotEnough when the hero KO's the villain and then chooses to flee instead of finishing him off.

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* FairPlayVillain: The villain deliberately gives the hero a way to survive, specifically because they think shooting the hero would be dishonorable, unsporting, or simply less ''fun''.


* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Someone in the story [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that the above three options are stupid and that a simpler, more direct solution exists - namely, by just shooting him. The villain may or may not take their advice.

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* JustHitHim: When a physically imposing villain does try to kill the hero in a hands-on fashion, he opts to pick the hero up menacingly and throw them across the room a bunch, even though he could crush him or kill him with a few punches.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Someone in the story [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that the above three options are stupid and that a simpler, more direct solution exists - namely, by just shooting him. The villain may or may not take their advice.


If you, the viewer, are wondering why someone won't just shoot someone else, {{Headscratchers}} is the place to ask.

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If you, the viewer, are wondering why someone won't just shoot someone else, {{Headscratchers}} {{Headscratchers/Headscratchers}} is the place to ask.


Compare ThirdActStupidity, ContractualGenreBlindness. Contrast CombatPragmatist and NoNonsenseNemesis. Not to be confused with JustEatGilligan, although there can be overlap.

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Compare ThirdActStupidity, ContractualGenreBlindness.ContractualGenreBlindness and KillHimAlready (when the good guys are urging a quick kill). Contrast CombatPragmatist and NoNonsenseNemesis. Not to be confused with JustEatGilligan, although there can be overlap.


Compare ThirdActStupidity, ContractualGenreBlindness. Contrast CombatPragmatist and NoNonsenseNemesis.

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Compare ThirdActStupidity, ContractualGenreBlindness. Contrast CombatPragmatist and NoNonsenseNemesis.
NoNonsenseNemesis. Not to be confused with JustEatGilligan, although there can be overlap.


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-> '''One-Armed Man''': I've been looking for you for 8 months. Whenever I should have had a gun in my right hand, I thought of you. Now I find you in exactly the position that suits me. I had lots of time to learn to shoot with my left.
-> ''[Tuco kills him with the gun he has hidden in the foam of his bubble bath.]''
-> '''Tuco''': When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.

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-> '''One-Armed Man''': I've been looking for you for 8 months. Whenever I should have had a gun in my right hand, I thought of you. Now I find you in exactly the position that suits me. I had lots of time to learn to shoot with my left.
-> ''[Tuco
left.\\
''(Tuco
kills him with the gun he has hidden in the foam of his bubble bath.]''
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bath)''\\
'''Tuco''': When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.


Compare ThirdActStupidity, ContractualGenreBlindness. Contrast DangerouslyGenreSavvy, CombatPragmatist, and NoNonsenseNemesis.

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Compare ThirdActStupidity, ContractualGenreBlindness. Contrast DangerouslyGenreSavvy, CombatPragmatist, CombatPragmatist and NoNonsenseNemesis.


-> '''Scott''': Why don't you just kill him?
-> Dr. Evil: ''You just don't get it, do you Scott? ''
-> '''Scott''':I have a gun, I can get it and shoot him to two seconds: BANG!
-> Dr. Evil: ''SSSSST! I've got a whole bag of SSSST! right here. ''

->-- ''Film/AustinPowers''


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-> '''Scott''': Why don't you just kill him?
-> Dr. Evil: ''You just don't get it, do you Scott? ''
-> '''Scott''':I have a gun, I can get it and shoot him to two seconds: BANG!
-> Dr. Evil: ''SSSSST!
'''One-Armed Man''': I've got been looking for you for 8 months. Whenever I should have had a whole bag of SSSST! gun in my right here. ''

->-- ''Film/AustinPowers''

hand, I thought of you. Now I find you in exactly the position that suits me. I had lots of time to learn to shoot with my left.
-> ''[Tuco kills him with the gun he has hidden in the foam of his bubble bath.]''
-> '''Tuco''': When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
-->-- ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''


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