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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread:˛%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.˛%%˛[[quoteright:226:[[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}]]]]˛˛->'''Ronald:''' Half-charged? You've seen the crazy ones, this won't stop them!\˛'''Jacob:''' It's not for ''them''.˛-->-- ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''˛˛Sometimes, good guys -- or friends of [[TheHero good guys]] -- [[FaceHeelTurn go bad]]; they [[BetrayalTropes turn traitor]], [[KnightTemplar go too far in pursuit of good]], or [[HeWhoFightsMonsters have stared into the darkness for too long and let it corrupt them]]. Sometimes when they do, their former friends have to bring them in.˛˛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]] 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]].˛˛So when they leave, the hero will Leave Behind a Pistol. A loaded pistol, with [[OneBulletLeft one round]] in the chamber. And maybe a bottle of Scotch, if you're lucky. [[RedemptionEqualsDeath The implication]] [[DrivenToSuicide is clear]].˛˛We may then see the hero walking down a corridor. And hear a single gunshot from the room they've just left.˛˛A subtrope of RedemptionEqualsDeath and DrivenToSuicide, with a side-order of RewardedAsATraitorDeserves. Commonly occurs to heroes who have turned to the dark side, friends of the heroes who have done the same, or the Worthy Adversary. Often tends to occur in military or espionage settings (or characters involved in the same), where codes of loyalty and honor may require an extreme solution if violated. It doesn't have to be a gun -- any time when the hero offers a noble suicide to a disgraced foe applies -- but the 'pistol with a single round' version is quite common.˛˛A variation is shown in works that feature {{pirate}}s; a pirate marooned on a DesertIsland (in fiction, at least) is usually left a pistol, powder, and shot to kill himself before he dies of thirst/starvation/boredom.˛˛Another variation occurs in stories involving a ZombieApocalypse, wherein the person being left a pistol is a ZombieInfectee, and [[HeroicSacrifice kills him/herself to prevent returning as a zombie that would menace the other heroes]]. Unlike most examples under this trope, the person killing themselves often didn't pull a FaceHeelTurn, [[ShootTheShaggyDog and simply got the bad luck of being bit by a zombie during an intense action scene]], making their story a case of tragic disaster instead of LaserGuidedKarma.˛˛A SubTrope of both DrivenToSuicide and AteHisGun. May be the start of a TreacheryCoverUp -- partly because they must NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead. Often occurs alongside DontTellMama. See also FaceDeathWithDignity. A particularly cruel subversion is when the villain goes to take the hero's offer... [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets only to learn that the gun's empty]].˛˛Has nothing to do with the common [[RetroactivePreparation time-traveller's gambit]] in which a gun is deposited where you know an ally (or an alternate you) will be needing one later, or with downed video game enemies leaving behind a weapon to collect.˛˛For people outright telling someone to kill themselves, see SuicideDare and OrderedToDie.˛˛This is a variation on the idea of "honorable" ritual suicide; see {{Seppuku}} and BathSuicide. Much like Seppuku, it has traditionally been reserved for gentlemen.˛˛!!'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''˛˛----˛!!Examples:˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Anime and Manga]]˛* In the end of the first episode of ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'', Maeno gets hit by CloningBlues hard, so Rin just hands him a loaded gun and leaves. Although it looks like he kills himself, it is later revealed that he wavered in the last moment, being left with just a light scratch on the forehead. In the end, he stays with Rin for the half of the series.˛* At the end of the second season of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', when [[ Okonogi]] is convinced the battle is lost, [[GracefulLoser he surrenders]]. His boss Miyo Takano refuses to surrender. He delivers a venomous TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, gives her a gun, and tells her the only option she has left is to take all responsibility for the failure with this trope. She uses the gun to make [[VillainousBreakdown one last attempt at revenge]] against the after-school club of Hinamizawa.˛* Dutch and Revy of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' do a variation of this to a Neo-Nazi leader. Subverted in that the man doesn't have the courage to kill himself and tries to shoot them instead (they don't leave the room), only to find that the gun has no bullets. Turns out the bet they were discussing a minute ago was which one of them he [[BlackAndGreyMorality will try to shoot first]], the hulking black man Dutch, or the Chinese-American woman Revy. [[spoiler: "It wasn't much of a bet."]]˛* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', the cowardly and incompetent British official Sir Penwood chooses to stay at the command center in the midst of the SS Blitzkrieg on London, even though it meant certain death. The man was visibly terrified, but refused to abandon his duty when it could be the single most important thing he'd ever done with his life. Integra Hellsing, impressed by his dedication, slides a pistol across the table to him...[[SubvertedTrope but it isn't for Penwood to use on himself.]] The explosive, holy silver bullets were a parting gift for him to [[TakingYouWithMe use against the vampiric Nazi soldiers]].˛** Played straight in ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' when Integra advises Penwood to save one round for himself.˛* Actively and repeatedly subverted in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', despite (or perhaps BECAUSE of) Japan's historical affinity for using suicide to regain one's lost honor. On several occasions, Conan goes well out of his way to prevent cornered criminals from committing suicide (including old-school Sepuku in one memorable case), stating that since HE'S the one who solved the case and left them cornered, their deaths would otherwise be on his conscience.˛* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'', Avdol sets Polnareff on fire and then gives him a dagger, instructing him to use it so that he can die quick and painlessly. [[spoiler:This turns out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter, because Polnareff's refusal is what gets Avdol to put out the fire, as it indicates that he is honorable enough to feel remorse for his wrongdoings, and thus worth saving.]]˛* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', Treize Khushrenada breaks with the Romefeller Foundation over their use of "mobile dolls" (HumongousMecha AttackDrones). Out of respect for his past service, the Foundation does not have him executed. Instead, they confine him to their headquarters and give him a fancy single-shot pistol.˛* A variation occurs in the anime of ''LightNovel/JuniTaisenZodiacWar'': rather than a gun, Boar leaves her sister a perfectly sharp knife when she's been holed up after she started killing her schoolmates and masnion staff, muttering to herself about killing something.˛* 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.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Books]]˛* Sort-of example from the "Tales of Human Waste" TradePaperback of ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''; an excerpt from Spider's column after Spider has forced The Beast to leave office reads:˛--> "The Beast is Dead. Well, Near as damnit. He has been removed from power. Which, for such as him, is much the same thing as being dead. ... I feel uncommon pity for him. So I have sent him, care of his feedsite's address, a loaded handgun. I have marked it with the words USE THIS ON YOURSELF. I urge you to do likewise."˛* 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 ''slowly'' if she hadn't followed through with the gun.˛* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} is hired by both a wealthy old man and his extremely attractive trophy wife to kill the other. At one point, he has both of them in a room and tries to convince them that they should work their problems out rationally, instead of with violence. To do this, he leaves an unregistered pistol with a single round on the table between them, noting how either could grab the gun faster and do the job themselves if they want to that badly. He leaves, confident that they'll talk things out. A sudden BLAM makes him realize that, [[BatmanGambit when it comes to gambits, he's no Batman]].˛** Both characters cameo on a later issue, alive but wounded, with the old man getting the wife some new jewelry. Making unclear who managed to get the gun first˛* Subverted in Max Brook's run on the ''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.˛* It's a piece of rope instead of a pistol, but what Jesse Custer in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' does to ([[spoiler:sympathetic, so of course it turns out he's an ex-Nazi]]) Gunther at the end of the "Salvation" arc is pretty much this trope writ large.˛* In the gangster [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge]] comic ''ComicBook/BackToBrooklyn'', [[{{Determinator}} Bob]] throws [[PsychoForHire Churchill]] to a pack of hungry attack dogs and gives him a gun to kill himself quickly. [[spoiler: It's empty, and Bob watches with glee as Churchill is eaten alive.]]˛* In the ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' special ''The Return of Gustavo Garian'' the title character, terminally ill and condemned to die a slow and painful death, asked Ginko to lend him his gun after confessing he had been the one hiring the killers who had apparently murdered Diabolik and were supposed to kill Gustavo too. Ginko, actually Diabolik in disguise, gave him a gun and left in shock at discovering ''who'' had almost got him killed.˛* In ''Comicbook/CaptainBritainAndMI13'', when FallenHero Captain Midlands is arrested for betraying the team, he and Pete Wisdom discuss how neither of them want a trial (in Wisdom's case because he's not sure Midlands wouldn't get off), and Wisdom leaves a gun in the cell. As he walks off, he ''doesn't'' hear a shot, and bitterly reflects that the worst part is he's not even surprised.˛* In ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', when Batman discovers that the Mutants are using military-grade 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.˛* One ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story has him hunt down his parents' killer, Joe Chill, and psychologically torture him for weeks. Eventually he confronts Chill, shows him the gun used to kill Thomas and Martha Wayne, and informs him that there is one bullet left in the chamber. Chill realizes that he is to blame for creating Batman and that the supervillains of Gotham will tear him apart for this. Batman then gives him the gun and leaves. He's barely out of the room before Chill makes use of it.˛* One ''ComicBook/LargoWinch'' arc ends with a Burmese general (in league with a corrupt CIA agent to control the country's opium export). When the plot is revealed, the CIA guy panics, but before he can escape, the general enters the room with two armed guards, who then leave the room. The general then tells the agent that due to his rank, he was allowed two privileges: first, to have this conversation inprivate; second, they left him his sidearm... with ''two'' bullets. The guards outside don't flinch when they hear the first shot, or the second sometime later, after the general finished his cigar.˛* In the final issue of ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'', TheDragon of the 8 corrupt generals has captured Castle and leaves him alone in a room with a gun. [[spoiler: Except it turns out he was sympathetic to The Punisher, who saved his life in Vietnam, the whole time. He left him a gun with 8 bullets, one for each of his bosses.]]˛** An earlier arc where Frank goes to [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Belfast]] ends when he has two opposing gang leaders against the wall and shoots out their legs. Then he drops the gun and leaves. [[{{Anvilicious}} The two leaders, instead of trying to help each other, both head for the gun so they can shoot the other.]] Of course, Frank didn't leave a ''loaded'' gun, knowing they'd bleed out before they could even grab it. Did we mention it was written by Creator/GarthEnnis?˛* In ''Comicbook/{{Promethea}}'', a demon in human guise probes a cab driver's memories and reveals that he knows the driver molested his granddaughter. Instead of a fare, he hands the driver a gun, telling him he knows what to do with it. The shaken driver agrees and shoots himself.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fan Works]]˛* In the ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' fanfic "[[ The Way is Shut]]", the corpse of a high-ranking North Korean officer is found locked in a room, having apparently shot himself despite not being a ZombieInfectee. What everyone finds creepy is that there's a (now defunct) CCTV camera mounted on the wall, pointed at the corpse.˛* In the ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' fic ''FanFic/WorldOfTheDead'', Saya reveals this to be the reason she opted to save a fully-loaded Luger as a "last resort"; as she points out, it's better than starving or freezing to death. Takashi adamantly shoots it down, declaring that [[IveComeTooFar they haven't made it this far just to give up]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Film]]˛* ''Film/TheLifeOfEmileZola'' offers an example that is at once inverted--as it is the bad guys offering the innocent Alfred Dreyfus a pistol after they've arrested him for espionage--and subverted, as Dreyfus angrily refuses the pistol and insists he is innocent.˛* Bourne does this in ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'' to the BigBad.˛* From Oliver Stone's ''Film/{{Nixon}}''; whilst not an example of the trope [[RealLife for obvious reasons]], [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon President Nixon]] lampshades it to General Alexander Haig at one point. It's when Watergate is starting to go sour, and a revealing insight into his less-than-healthy mental state at the time:˛-->'''Nixon:''' Hey Al. Men in your profession, you give 'em a pistol and then leave the room. I don't have a pistol, Al.˛* The finale of ''Film/PointBreak1991'' is something like this: Bohdi is caught bang to rights, but is given the option of dying in the surf. Which he takes, of course.˛* The climax of ''[[èvres_(film) 36]]'' is a subversion -- after confronting Klein, Vrinks ''does'' leave behind a pistol, but Klein doesn't use it, instead running outside to taunt Vrinks. Then a ChekhovsGun fires.˛* ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates'': "I have to report to [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin The Boss]]. Perhaps you'd like to avoid the red tape?"˛* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':˛** ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'':˛*** A variation; when Captain Jack's crew [[TheMutiny mutinies]], they dump him on a desert island with a pistol and a single shot, so that he may kill himself rather than face a long, painful death from starvation and exposure; not so much an honorable end as a ''quick'' one. Jack keeps the pistol, and eventually uses it. [[DesignatedBullet But not on himself.]]˛*** Before Barbossa maroons both Jack and Elizabeth, he gives Jack his pistol back (still with a single shot). Jack points out that, as there's two of them, a gentleman would give them a pistol each, to which Barbossa suggests that ''Jack'' can be the gentleman, by shooting Elizabeth and starving to death himself. Ouch.˛** ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'': Used again, but with ''Jack'' doing the marooning. He at least picks an island on a busy trade route. "You can signal a passing ship - or you can just bite the proverbial bullet, as it were." [[spoiler: Angelica]] tries to shoot ''him'' as he rows away, only to miss. ˛* ''Film/{{Blade}}''. Whistler is attacked by Frost's men, and is left dying and soon to become a vampire. The eponymous character, rather than kill his friend and mentor, gives him a gun with one round. Blade leaves Whistler, and it is assumed that Whistler kills himself off-screen. A deleted scene has Whistler becoming a vampire, and this is confirmed in the sequel, where he reappears as a prisoner of the vampires who keep him around for interrogation. He is cured of his vampirism and returned to human after Blade rescues him. And then [[spoiler: he's killed in the last movie!]]˛* ''Film/EscapeToAthena'' (1979). David Niven (playing the leader of the POW's) gives Roger Moore (playing the German commandant) a choice between aiding the Greek Resistance or being killed by them. When the commandant asks if there's any other option, Niven wordlessly chambers a round into his P-38 and removes the magazine, leaving the weapon with the commandant. He elects not to kill himself.˛* Towards the end of the made-for-TV movie ''Tempting Fate'', Bollandine (Abraham Benrubi's character) is exiled by the [[{{Dystopia}} government]] to a cabin in the woods with a pistol with one bullet. He's about to use it when other exiles show up, at which point he elects to join them instead.˛* Subverted in ''Film/{{The Count of Monte Cristo|2002}}'': the disgraced Villefort is led to the paddywagon (just like he had done to Dantes so many years before); inside it he finds a pistol and is told by one of the gendarmes that it's "a courtesy for a gentleman." However when he pulls the trigger, [[CruelMercy nothing]] [[HopeSpot happens]].˛-->'''Dantes:''' You didn't think I'd make it that easy, did you?˛* Played nearly straight in ''Film/RomeoMustDie''. At the end, Jet Li's character meets his father in his office. His father takes a gun out of his drawer and sets it on the desk as Jet Li explains how he figured out the betrayal. As Jet Li walks away down the hallway, a shot is heard, causing him to pause a moment before continuing.˛* The BigBad of ''Athadu'', who ordered the murder of his political rival Siva Reddy, also goes out through a variant of this after he is exposed for the scum he is by Pandhu. His friend on the force confronts him with the tape that proves his involvement in the murder plot, and while Baji Reddy points out that this doesn't constitute solid evidence, the officer tells him that it will be proof enough for Siva Reddy's hotheaded son, who has sworn vengeance for his father's death. After the officer leaves, Baji kills himself with his own revolver.˛* Played with in ''Film/WhereEaglesDare''. A suspected traitor is given a gun, but when his treason is revealed on the plane ride at the end of the movie, and he tries to shoot the main character, we find that the firing pin had been removed. The main character gives the traitor the chance to leave the plane before it lands and he would get arrested. He takes it. He doesn't, however, get a parachute...˛* In the 1986 Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger "epic" ''Film/RawDeal'', undercover cop Mark Kaminsky had previously been driven out of the FBI on Excessive Force charges by a zealous Federal Prosecutor, who advised him to "resign or be prosecuted." At one point in the film, he invades a Mob bar, killing everyone but that self-same District Attorney, who is in the pay of the local [[TheDon Mob Boss]].˛-->'''Kaminsky:'''"This must be what they mean by "poetic justice." Because of you, a lot of people are dead. And now it's your turn."˛-->'''Prosecutor:''' "No, no, no..."˛-->''(Kaminski drops a pistol in front of the prosecutor.)''˛-->'''Kaminski:''' [[IronicEcho "Resign or be prosecuted."]]˛-->''(Kaminski walks out. From behind the closed door comes the sound of a single gunshot as the prosecutor chooses to "resign.")''˛** In the unedited version, the prosecutor tries to back-shoot Kaminski after being given the gun, and is blown away for his trouble.˛* Sand Serif does this to Donenfeld in ''Film/TheSpirit'', after [[YouHaveFailedMe he fails her]].˛* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Film/TheDeparted'': an [[ShellShockedVeteran understandably mentally unstable]] Billy Costigan asks his shrink for a Valium prescription. She hands him ''one'' pill. "Why don't you just give me a bottle of scotch and a handgun to blow my fucking head off!" She eventually gives it to him, [[GoodIsNotNice the jerk...]]˛* ''[[Film/DeadAir2009 Dead Air]]'': When one of the surviving terrorists loses his pouch of anti-venom that would prevent him from getting infected after releasing an airborne ZombieApocalypse virus, his leader hands him a pistol and leaves him with the following words:˛--> "There is not enough anti-venom for the two of us. How you choose to leave this world is up to you."˛* A scene filmed for ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' has [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Carter Burke]] [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong impregnated]] and cocooned to the wall. Ripley gives him a grenade to detonate and moves on. The scene has never been included in any release of the film, [[WordOfGod apparently]] because it breaks up the tension of the final segment, plus it would raise potential plotholes with regard to the alien lifecycle. However, the scene is included in the novelization and the ''Newt's Tale'' comic series.˛* ''Film/ThingsToCome'' (1936). John Cabal leaves his pistol with a dying enemy pilot as DeadlyGas is floating towards him.˛* ''Film/ManOnFire'' plays this trope completely straight, though the scene itself remains tense. Creasy gives [[spoiler: Pita's father]] a gun loaded with a bullet that he tried to use to kill himself earlier in the film, but which misfired. He states that the bullet always knows if it needs to fire, and that it didn't work for him, before loading it into the gun and walking away. [[spoiler: It works for Pita's father.]]˛* 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]].˛* A villain-to-protagonist variation in ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}''. After [[ForegoneConclusion the plot to overthrow Hitler fails]], Terence Stamp's character asks his jailors for a pistol "for personal reasons". They give it to him, and he puts it to his head and pulls the trigger.˛* ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'' has Tom Hagen doing this to Frank Pentangali after Frank balks at implicating Michael 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.]]˛--> '''Tom Hagen''': You were around the old timers - and meeting up on how the family should be organized. How they based them on the old Roman legions and called them regimes - the capos and the soldiers. And it worked.˛--> '''Frank Pentangeli''': Yea, it worked. Those were the great old days you know. And we was like the Roman Empire. The Corleone Family was like the Roman Empire.˛--> '''Tom Hagen''': It was once. Frankie - when a plot against the Emperor failed - the planners were always given a chance to let their families keep their fortunes.˛--> '''Frank Pentangeli''': Yea - but only the rich guys, Tom. The little guys - they got knocked off and all their estates went to the Emperors. Unless they went home and uh, killed themselves - then nothing happened. And their families - their families were taken care of, Tom.˛--> '''Tom Hagen''': That was a good break - nice funeral.˛--> '''Frank Pentangeli''': Yea - they went home - and sat in a hot bath - opened up their veins - and bleed to death. And sometimes had a little party before they did it.˛--> '''Tom Hagen''': Don't worry about anything, Frankie Five-Angels.˛--> '''Frank Pentangeli''': Thanks Tom, thanks.˛* Variation in ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. Near the end of when Katsumoto is imprisoned some men come to see him. At first it seems they mean to assassinate him, but instead one man simply leaves him a tanto dagger so he can save them the trouble by committing honorable suicide.˛* ''Film/DeepRising'': Joey gives nasty mercenary Hanover a gun when he sees he's been caught by the monsters that are following them. The ungrateful Hanover instead tries to shoot Joey out of spite but misses. Once Joey escapes, Hanover then tries to shoot himself [[LaserGuidedKarma but the gun is now out of rounds]] so he dies a horrible death by being digested alive.˛* Likewise in ''Film/TheColony'', Sam leaves a pistol for Mason - the JerkAss leader of their colony, who's wounded and refuses to leave anyway. Mason picks the gun up and points it at Sam as if to shoot, but Sam reminds him that he's going to need every bullet against the cannibals who are currently breaking through the door. [[spoiler:Mason only needs one bullet as it happens, to ShootTheFuelTank and take them all with him.]]˛* At the start of ''Film/{{Assassins}}'', Rath has a contract on another hitman. The man doesn't want to die like a 'mark', so Rath takes out a second gun, removes the magazine so there's only a round chambered, and gives it to him so he can commit suicide.˛* ''Film/The39Steps1935'': The AffablyEvil spymaster explains to the protagonist that YouKnowTooMuch and must be killed, but gives him the option of shooting himself if he wishes. This would have a double benefit of [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident wrapping things up nicely for the inevitable police investigation]]. He declines the offer, and gets shot by the spymaster. [[spoiler:Which is just as well, as a PocketProtector saves his life.]]˛* ''Film/MadMax1'': Max catches up with the last surviving member of the motorcycle gang that killed his wife and son; he forces the man to secure himself with handcuffs by his ankle to the steering column of his car; then he throws a hacksaw into the car, telling him that it will take about 10 minutes to cut through the chain, but if he really wants to escape, he can cut through his ankle in five; as he walks away, as an added incentive, he punctures the fuel tank and sets it on fire.˛* ''Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes'': When Caesar makes his way into the Colonel's bunker to kill him with his own pistol, he sees the Colonel lying in his bed, succumbing to the Simian Flu offshoot that diminishes a human's mental capabilities, including the ability to speak. Taking pity on him, Caesar puts down the pistol and allows the Colonel to kill himself with it.˛* 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]], implying that Poirot did it as a SecretTestOfCharacter as he was debating whether to let them all go.]]˛* In ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'', Quigley interrogates a badly-wounded mook:˛˛--> I wonder which will get you first - the dingos, or the ants? ... ''(Mook aims his revolver at Quigley)'' You've got one shot left in that shooter. Make it a good one. ''(Quigley turns and walks away.)''˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Literature]]˛* ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresJustWar Just War]]'' has the Doctor pull this on a captive, unrepentant Nazi in the guise of a round of RussianRoulette. The Doctor plays by the rules, and no harm comes to him. The Nazi, when he gets the gun, cheats and tries to shoot the Doctor, and accuses the Doctor of cheating when the gun fails to fire. The Nazi then looks in the gun -- and discovers it's loaded. The Doctor leaves the Nazi with the gun and the knowledge that he's ultimately a coward and a failure.˛* The Literature/PastDoctorAdventures novel ''The Devil Goblins Of Neptune'' features a subversion; a spy who's been acting to undermine U.N.I.T has discovered that his superiors have betrayed him, and has been captured and tortured by them as a result when he tried to defect. Later, one of his minders appears to leave a gun behind to end the spy's misery; he tries to, only to learn it's not loaded. His former boss then enters the room and bluntly tells him that ''he'll'' be the one to decide when it ends for him.˛* Lord Peter does this to the murderer at the end of the Literature/LordPeterWimsey novel ''Murder Must Advertise''. The drug ring the murderer's involved with has shown a nasty penchant for staging fatal accidents for anyone who gets in their way. So, after he's confessed, Peter tells him that there's one way to get out of this without his family being dragged in: go home slowly, on foot, and don't look behind him too carefully.˛** In ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club'', Lord Peter and Colonel Marchbanks, having extracted a signed confession from the murderer, leave him alone in the library with the Colonel's loaded revolver.˛** Sayers liked this one: in ''Whose Body'', Lord Peter gives the murderer a sufficiently clear hint that he tries to kill Lord Peter, and when that fails, chooses to kill himself and leave a suicide note addressed to Lord Peter.˛* Deconstructed in the Creator/PDJames novel, ''Original Sin.'' Finding the murderer sympathetic, Daniel does a version of this for him. This is completely illegal, and it's implied that he ends up fired or even nailed with criminal charges. The main character is torn about having to turn Daniel in, and there's a major {{tearjerker}} when his co-worker stumbles on the scene and immediately knows what happened and what's going to happen.˛-->'''Kate:''' Oh, Daniel, you could have been so good, you were so good.˛* ''Literature/JackRyan'':˛** At the end of ''Literature/ClearAndPresentDanger'', the GeneralRipper who sold out several dozen US soldiers to ruthless Colombian druglords to save his own career, is confronted by John Clark (who is basically ThePunisher with government backing). John tells him that they managed to save a handful of the soldiers, and have plenty of evidence to reveal his involvement in the whole affair. He also informs him that he's being watched by federal agents, and that they'll come by to arrest him within a couple of hours, to put him on trial for a multitude of crimes, up to and including treason. Then he leaves him. Shortly after, the General goes jogging... and halfway through his route, steps out on the street in front of a bus[[note]]Despite what he said, Clark knew that the prosecution of Cutter would be chancy at best, and would reveal horrendous corruption and illegal acts by the government and cause a massive diplomatic incident. He talked to Cutter specifically knowing that the official would take the easy way out, and save everyone the time and headache of a trial[[/note]].˛** And then disallowed in a later novel, ''Debt of Honor''. The BigBad of the book asks if he can spend some time alone after his capture. It's denied so he can't take his own life.˛* In the ''Literature/JamesBond'' short story "[[Literature/OctopussyAndTheLivingDaylights Octopussy]]", Bond offers this option to Major Smythe, telling him he will return tomorrow to arrest him. Bond thinks he has taken it when Smythe shows up drowned, but he actually decided to fight the charges and drowned in an unrelated accident.˛** In the movie, Smythe (Film/{{Octopussy}}'s father) apparently did 'take the honorable way out', thereby earning Bond her gratitude.˛* In the Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''Literature/TheMurderOfRogerAckroyd'', Poirot tells the culprit that he will turn them in the following morning - and suggests that they perhaps spare their loved ones the shame of the truth...˛** Another Christie short story ends with the perpetrator dismissing Poirot's theory [[spoiler: that he is mentally unbalanced and has been {{Gaslighting}} his wife's illegitimate son in order to drive him to suicide]] as a load of nonsense, going off to shoot rabbits. Everybody involved is well aware he's going to have "a hunting accident".˛** Very common in detective stories, more so if the murderer is at all sympathetic. It happens in ''Death on the Nile'' and ''Peril at End House''. Both times Poirot correctly deduces the ''gun's'' existence[[note]]though in ''Peril at End House,'' it's not a literal gun[[/note]] but does not attempt to prevent its use. This gives him deniability since he has no actual knowledge. In ''Dumb Witness'' and ''Three Act Tragedy'' he shows the murder he knows and lets them choose their way out.˛** Subverted in ''The ABC Murders''. No easy death for this cold blooded murderer. Poirot goes out of his way to unload the murderer's gun from him before the SummationGathering at the end of which he attempts suicide.˛* In Creator/DanAbnett's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Necropolis'', Sturm is offered this, and promptly tries to kill Gaunt with the pistol. In ''Traitor General'', Sturm pleads with Gaunt to allow it again, and Gaunt risks it. Sturm thanks him and shoots himself.˛* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars The Chessman of Mars]]'', when they decide to proclaim A-Kor jeddak of Manator:˛-->''"There can be but one jeddak in Manator," said the chief who held the dagger; his eyes still fixed upon the hapless O-Tar he crossed to where the latter stood and holding the dagger upon an outstretched palm proffered it to the discredited ruler. "There can be but one jeddak in Manator," he repeated meaningly.\˛O-Tar took the proffered blade and drawing himself to his full height plunged it to the guard into his breast, in that single act redeeming himself in the esteem of his people and winning an eternal place in The Hall of Chiefs.''˛* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':˛** On Barrayar, the punishment for [[BlueBlood Vors]] who commit treason is [[ComeToGawk public exposure]] until they starve to death; Aral Vorkosigan at one point observes that nowadays they are given a chance to kill themselves, but him, if it came to that, he'd insist on getting the punishment.˛** Referenced in ''Literature/{{Memory}}'' -- after the villain is captured, Miles mentions to Simon Illyan that someone in the villain's position might be expected to commit suicide, but that it was difficult for a prisoner to do so without some help. Simon decides that said help should not be provided, as dying's easy and he should be made to suffer through his court martial.˛* In ''Solar Station'' by German author Andreas Eschbach, the traitor aboard the eponymous space station is allowed to walk outside by himself (without a space suit...) once all his accomplices have been dealt with. Quite a dignified death, as expected by the almost-all-Japanese crew, who just ignore him and leave him come to his conclusion alone.˛* At the end of ''Hag's Nook'' by Creator/JohnDicksonCarr, Literature/DrGideonFell cuts a deal with the murderer: a full confession in exchange for a handgun with one bullet in it. The last chapter of the book is the murderer's written statement. The trope gets twisted in the final two sentences, when the murderer is too afraid of death to raise the gun to his temple. But hey, Dr Fell fulfilled ''his'' part of the bargain, not his fault the murderer will now have to face the hangman.˛* Toward the end of ''Literature/IntoTheLookingGlass'', the Mree general that lead the invasion forces trying to stop the protagonists from taking the [[PortalNetwork Looking Glass]] is trapped on Earth after the Glass is sealed by Dr. Weaver's deploying the Ardune device on the other side, and neither he nor his men can process Earth food, leaving them to ultimately starve to death. Command Master Chief Miller leaves behind his pistol for the general to use after a brief discussion about honor, and outside the holding room the general is heard using it to take his own life once Miller and Dr. Weaver leave.˛* In ''Literature/IAmLegend'', Robert Neville spends his days slaughtering infected people before they inevitably die and become undead monsters. Eventually, he meets Ruth, another survivor like him, and takes her to his house and befriends her. Later on, he realizes that she is also a vampire and she escapes after drugging him. Neville is captured by the infected survivors and held in a room to await execution for his crimes, but is visited later by Ruth. Having understood his motives and taken pity on him, she stays with him for a short while and gives him pills to take. Neville swallows them after she leaves and it is implied that the drug kills him.˛* In the Evelyn Waugh novel ''Decline and Fall'', the lovable cad Grimes describes this being done to him during World War I after he "ended up in the soup" (which is implied to be a euphemism for homosexual activity, possibly with a significantly younger partner). Grimes was left a loaded gun and some alcohol to steady his nerves. When his fellow soldiers came back, they found him alive and roaring drunk. Luckily for Grimes, a commanding officer who heard about this happened to have gone to the same public school and Grimes instead got [[ReassignedToAntarctica posted in rural Ireland]], where as he put it, he could get into the soup without problems.˛* Upheld and then subverted in ''Secret Honor'' by WEB Griffin, Major Hans-Peter von Wachtstein, who is assigned to the German Embassy in Argentina, is confronted by the new military attache, Commander Boltitz, who has found out that von Wachtstein is the traitor who has been providing information to the Allies. Unaware that von Wachtstein was not a solo operator and as a courtesy to the son of a senior officer, Boltitz gives von Wachtstein the option of killing himself rather than reporting him to the SS. And then subverted when von Wachtstein speaks to the ambassador before killing himself, to let him know that their conspiracy has been blown... and the ambassador recruits Boltitz by showing him a letter from Boltitz' father, a vice-admiral, that indicates that Vice-Admiral Boltitz was ''also'' involved in the treason (along with von Wachtstein's father, a major general on the OKW staff) that Boltitz was investigating.˛** Invoked in Griffin's ''In Danger's Path'', regarding an officer who'd gotten reckless with the Allied code-breaking secret:˛---> "In any army but ours, he would be handed a pistol and expected to do the right thing."˛* ''Literature/JudgeDee'' gives a(n attempted) parricide a ReasonYouSuckSpeech and a borderline order to commit suicide before charging him with his crime (not so much for the AssholeVictim's family's sake, but because the idea of attacking one's parents is particularly monstrous to the Tang Chinese mindset). In another, he watches as the mastermind of a vicious court conspiracy takes his 'medicine' knowing perfectly well it is actually poison.˛* Done to [[spoiler: Danny Upshaw]] in Creator/JamesEllroy's ''The Big Nowhere''. One of the other characters notes the trope.˛* At the end of ''SuicideHill'' by Creator/JamesEllroy, Lloyd gives a loaded revolver to Gaffaney, and leaves the room. Bang! "And then there was a second shot,and another and still another." Lloyd runs back to the room, and embraces Gaffaney in an act of forgiveness.˛* Creator/ElleryQueen does this to the murderer at the end of ''Ten Days' Wonder''.˛* Towards the end of the short story "Death Stops Payment", the money-grubbing private detective locks the murderer in a windowless room with an unloaded pistol. He only delivers the bullet ''after'' the killer's check clears.˛* In ''Literature/MaraDaughterOfTheNile'', when Thutmose reclaims the throne from Hatsheput, he offers her a poisoned goblet. She accepts, on the condition she be allowed to drink it in the privacy of her chambers, although Thutmose accompanies her as a witness.˛* Creator/RexStout uses it several times in his Literature/NeroWolfe stories, although it's usually some sort of explosive device, rather than a pistol. The names of the stories are spoilered out. ˛** In one novella, Nero has Archie put a grenade under a tree in the middle of a remote field, then drops off the murderer (who used a similar grenade as his weapon), telling him that his other option is to face a court-martial and utter disgrace as a traitor.˛** In a short story ([[spoiler:"Instead Of Evidence"]]), when Wolfe finds that his client is the murderer, he has Archie deliver a photo of the victim, with duplicate of the small but powerful explosive they used as the murder weapon taped to it. ˛** In the novel [[spoiler:''A Family Affair'']], the blackmailer/murderer is taken out of the brownstone and given a duplicate of the murder bomb. In this case, it's not Wolfe who decides to do this, it's Archie, Saul, and Fred. They don't even consult Wolfe about it. [[spoiler:The murderer is Orrie Cather, one of Wolfe's other free-lance men, who proceeds to blow himself up on Wolfe's front steps.]]˛** Discussed after an occurrence in one novel, where Archie rather snarkily suggests that the main reason Wolfe engages in this practice is to ensure that he won't be called upon to leave his home to testify in a murder trial rather than out of any feelings of honor.˛* A non-firearms example in "Literature/TheGreatGodPan":˛--> Austin said nothing, but nodded his head slightly; he still looked white and sick. Villiers pulled out a drawer in the bamboo table, and showed Austin a long coil of cord, hard and new; and at one end was a running noose.\˛"It is the best hempen cord," said Villiers, "just as it used to be made for the old trade, the man told me. Not an inch of jute from end to end."\˛Austin set his teeth hard, and stared at Villiers, growing whiter as he looked.\˛"You would not do it," he murmured at last. "You would not have blood on your hands. My God!" he exclaimed, with sudden vehemence, "you cannot mean this, Villiers, that you will make yourself a hangman?"\˛"No. I shall offer a choice, and leave Helen Vaughan alone with this cord in a locked room for fifteen minutes. If when we go in it is not done, I shall call the nearest policeman. That is all." ˛* When Jack Reacher returns home from England at the end of Personal, he tells the real mastermind how he figured everything out and leaves him a pistol he took from one of the minor bad guys in the book. A month later he reads in an Army newspaper that the mastermind shot himself by accident with an unfamiliar gun. ˛* Played with in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand''. Nadine Cross and Harold Lauder defect from the good guys at the Boulder Free Zone to the side of BigBad Randall Flagg, but Flagg decides that someone who's turned traitor once is not to be trusted and resolves [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves to kill Harold]] by arranging a motorcycle accident on the way to Vegas which leaves Harold crippled, stranded, and doomed to die of thirst and exposure. Nadine decides to leave behind a pistol as an act of mercy, but where said pistol is traditionally loaded with a single bullet in situations like this, Nadine leaves him one that's [[TooDumbToLive fully loaded]] instead. [[SarcasmMode Perhaps in recognition of her generosity]], Harold returns the favor by attempting to return several of the extra bullets to her. [[BoomHeadshot With gusto.]] After a few days of enjoying the fall weather and penning an extensive suicide note, Harold uses the last bullet on himself.˛* At the end of ''[[Literature/TheNexusSeries Nexus]]'' by Ramez Naam, after the ERD's illegal operation is exposed and instructions for creating [[BrainComputerInterface Nexus]] are released onto the internet, Maximillian Barnes informs Warren Becker that he's going to be HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee tomorrow - and leaves behind a poison pill. Becker takes it and wipes massive swathes of the ERD's computer network, rather than have its activities revealed to the world.˛* ''The Alchemist'' by Ken Goddard. A criminal abducts a rival, who wakes up in the back of a police car in Mexico, [[FrameUp with a dead police officer in the front seat]], surrounded by horrified Mexican police. Knowing he's facing a FateWorseThanDeath, the man grabs the dead officer's revolver and puts it to his head, [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets only to find all the rounds have been fired]]. It's implied this was done as a final MindScrew by the criminal who set him up.˛* Part of Andrei Taganov's backstory in the Creator/AynRand novel ''We the Living'' describes an encounter with a wounded soldier during the Russian Revolution. The man turns out to be an enemy officer, who asks for Taganov's gun as they limp across the battlefield. Taganov gives it to him and never looks back after hearing one shot.˛* In ''The Survivalist'' series by Jerry Ahern, the President of the United States is facing capture by the [[InvadedStatesOfAmerica occupying Soviet forces]]. Knowing that he'll be used as a [[PuppetKing puppet ruler]], he orders a member of the Secret Service to leave behind his pistol and instruct him on how it works.˛* ''A Sailor of Austria'' by John Biggins. Otto Prohaska is awarded Austria's highest military honor for sinking an enemy submarine, but it later appears that he might have sunk an German submarine by mistake. His superiors can hardly court martial him after giving him a medal, so consider this trope instead. However they decide the 'suicide' of such a hero would also be embarrassing, so [[UriahGambit assign him to a hazardous part of the front]]. Fortunately he survives long enough to be cleared of the accusation.˛* 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.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live Action TV]]˛* An episode of ''Series/FoylesWar'' has Foyle confront a businessman who'd been dealing with the Nazis with the fact that, as a result of his dirty dealings, his business empire is crumbling, his son's been arrested for murder, his wife has left him, and his reputation is ruined. He then leaves the businessman and walks outside -- and we hear a shot. Foyle's lack of reaction indicates that he expected this.˛** In another episode, he offers a gay airman implicated in a murder the chance to fly one last mission in The Battle Of Britain. His plane is shot down. He does not bail out.˛** This is done in several episodes. In yet another episode, he allows a killer to return to his duty on the Arctic convoys, an extremely dangerous job in the period the episode is set in. And then there was the episode where a German spy was uncloaked. When said spy threatened Foyle with a gun, he merely replied that the house was surrounded and turned to leave. Cue the gunshot as soon as he had left the building.˛* Several episodes of ''Series/MissionImpossible'' ended this way.˛* Implied in one episode of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' (the new version): Baltar and Boomer (who is beginning to suspect that she is a [[ManchurianAgent Cylon agent]]) have a long conversation discussing how she needs to "do what's right for herself." As Baltar leaves, a gunshot is heard from the room behind him.˛** Something of a subversion. She missed.˛* ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'': Played straight. Hetty warns her ex-friend/coworker that he's going to jail for the rest of his life. She walks away, and you can hear the bang.˛* ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'': ˛** {{Subverted}} in ''[[Recap/SharpeS3E2SharpesBattle Sharpe's Battle]]''. Sharpe remarks that leaving a disgraced officer in a room with a loaded pistol might be the gentlemanly thing to do, but of little use to the regiment or the officer's family. He gives him a chance to lead a suicidal charge instead.˛** In ''[[Recap/SharpeS1E2SharpesEagle Sharpe's Eagle]]'', after getting a lot of people killed and losing the regiment's colours, the [[MilesGloriosus incompetent Colonel Simmerson]] is advised to go behind a tent with his pistol and "blow out what is left of your brains", but Simmerson tries to pull a ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections instead. ˛* A variant in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' when [[MagnificentBastard Frank]] puts [[TragicHero Peter]] into a hot bath, gives him a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech lecture]], and puts a razor on the edge of the bath.˛* [[BlackComedy Actually]] PlayedForLaughs in the "Roger of the Raj" episode of ''Series/RippingYarns''. At dinner one night, as the ladies are leaving, one officer [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud blurts out, "We'll be in to spank you later, you firm-buttocked Amazons, you."]] As everyone stares at him, his commanding officer says, "I think you know what to do," and he apologizes, steps outside and shoots himself. One by one, each of the other officers decides to rebel against the social order by committing another crime against etiquette, like [[FelonyMisdemeanor passing the port the wrong way around the table]], and then voluntarily does the honorable thing.˛-->"All right, I'll go. But I want you to know I don't care, do you hear? I don't care! If that's the way you want to pass the port, you pass it -- but you can pass it without me."˛* In the latest ''Series/RobinHood'' series, Guy's sister Isabella is in the dungeon following the capture of Nottingham by the peasants. Her execution is scheduled for the next day. While Guy doesn't exactly feel anything for his FaceHeelTurn sister, he does give her a vial of poison, claiming she'll be dead by morning. Isabella manages to escape and, in the ensuing fight, kills Guy with a dagger and then cuts Robin with it, having covered it with the poison beforehand. This gives Robin just enough time to kill the Sheriff and Isabella and say his good-byes to the gang.˛* In ''Series/PrisonBreak'', Agent Mahone tells C-Note that his wife will go free if he uses what is in the package Mahone gives him. C-Note opens it to find a rope, already tied in a noose. C-Note tries to use it, but the guards manage to pull him off just in time. Subverted in that this isn't about honor at all. [[spoiler:C-Note ends up agreeing to testify against Mahone and is given a new identity, along with his family]].˛* In the ''Series/BlakesSeven'' "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E8RumorsOfDeath Rumours of Death]]", Avon captures a professional Federation [[TortureTechnician torturer]] and teleports him to an underground cave with a limited air supply. He offers the man a "way out" if he tells him what he wants to know about his [[ItsPersonal ex-lover]] who was supposedly tortured to death. After the man breaks down and tells Avon all he can, Avon coldly teleports away, leaving him his "way out": a loaded gun.˛* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E3ImageOfTheFendahl Image of the Fendhal]]", the Doctor leaves the villain a gun when he's frozen in place by the Fendahl, so he can [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled kill himself rather than ]][[FateWorseThanDeath be taken over]].˛* ''Series/{{Spooks}}'': one episode ends with one of the masterminds behind a planned coup d'état behind bars, waiting to be officially arrested. He asks Harry, the head of Section D, that his belt wouldn't be taken. Harry complies.˛* In ''Series/TheMusketeers'' episode "The Homecoming", Captain Treville leaves his pistol for Emile de Mauvoisin. However, de Mauvoisin has to prompt him to do it, because Treville really wanted to arrest him for framing a Musketeer.˛* In the 9th season finale of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', this trope is played with. [[spoiler:The BigBad, who has spent the first half of the two-parter framing local pimp Preacher Mills for several murders, lures him to a diner with three corpses and two guns with several magazines worth of ammo. One of his cohorts then calls in the FBI and police, and he shoots the non-corrupt sheriff and forces Mills into a LastVillainStand.]]˛* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'': Upset that Wendy's drug use while pregnant has led to Abel being born prematurely and with complications, Gemma visits her hospital room and leaves behind a syringe with enough drugs to cause an overdose. Wendy takes them, but survives.˛* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''˛** Strange variation in an episode involving a prosecutor accused of murdering her defense attorney husband. It turns out that the husband faked his death, is still alive, and is cleaning out accounts of charities they ran and is ready to go on the run, but then it's also revealed that she in fact was collaborating with him rather than being framed. However she also finds out that he was planning on double crossing her ''and'' was having an affair with her best friend, so when they finally meet up on their boat she pulls a gun on him. Reese shows up, but after finding out neither one is the victim and deciding neither is worth saving leaves behind a ''second'' gun for the husband and leaves the boat, after which the sound of gunshots are heard implying they killed each other.˛** A perp is about to jump off a building after Reese has exposed his murder plot. Reese tells him that being [[SuicideByCop shot by a cop]] has a better life insurance payout than simple suicide does. He tosses a gun at his feet, then uses this to legally kneecap the man when he goes to pick it up.˛* ''Series/IClaudius''. When Emperor Claudius' wife Messalina is involved in treason and adultery, his advisors get Claudius to sign her death warrant while he's too tired and [[DrowningMySorrows hungover]] to realize what he's doing. The centurion sent to carry out the execution is told to offer Messalina a knife first, because if she commits suicide they won't have to show Claudius the death warrant the next day.˛* ''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.]]˛** 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.˛* In the Season Five finale of ''Series/{{CSI}}'', [[spoiler:Nick Stokes has been BuriedAlive by the perp and was given a gun to commit suicide. Nick instead uses the gun to shoot out the lamp of the coffin to give himself and his colleagues more time to rescue him before his air runs out.]]˛* ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'': Martinez gives Karl a noose to hang himself with if he doesn't want to wait until the food runs out.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Tabletop Games]]˛* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'' features a short story where a witch-hunter finds that a town's local priest of Sigmar, and an old friend who once saved his life in his youth, has become a chaos cultist. Rather than treating his old friend to the usual round of BurnTheWitch, he offers him a dagger and leaves the room. The priest is given a hero's burial.˛* In one ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' supplement, a man accused of multiple murders is given this option:˛-->[SOUND OF SOMETHING BEING PLACED ON TABLE]˛-->''"What you want do give me that for?"'' ˛-->''"I don't think you'll use it to escape. Be a man, Joe."'' ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Theatre]]˛* ''Theatre/TheVisit'': A [[{{Revenge}} vengeful]] billionaire has offered the impoverished town of Güllen a fortune if one of the residents kills Alfred. The townspeople emphatically refuse, then waffle over it, then eventually the Mayor tries to give Alfred a pistol and a speech about TheNeedsOfTheMany. [[spoiler:Alfred refuses, telling him that he won't absolve them of any responsibility for the deed.]]˛* In ''Theatre/PeterGrimes'', the titular character is ConvictedByPublicOpinion to have been the murderer of his two young apprentices, eventually driving him delirious and ostracized from the borough with fear of being lynched. Captain Balstrode advises him to sail his boat out to sea and intentionally sink it. The next day, the coast guard reports a sinking ship.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* Somewhat subverted in ''VideoGame/MetroLastLight'', as it was requested, and the shooter was somebody else. When the Reds [[spoiler: flood Oktyabrskaya station with the ebola virus]] a captain is wounded. Another soldier gets ready to euthanise him, but the captain demands a bullet instead. The unnamed soldier unceremoniously obliges with his sidearm.˛--> '''Captain Rzhavin:''' "What? Gonna put me to sleep like a fucking overgrown mutt?! I'm a soldier, I followed orders. You owe me a bullet."˛--> '''Unnamed Soldier:''' "Have it your way then, Kapitan."˛* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', on Jacob's loyalty mission, he finds his father marooned on a planet where the men of his crew have gone feral and he's kept the women as his personal harem, all of them except Jacob's father suffering from mental degeneration from the food on the planet. You find out [[ApocalypticLog how things went so horribly wrong]], and have the option of either taking him in, leaving him alone with a pack of bloodthirsty, feral former crew members...or leaving him alone with a ''half-loaded gun'' and said feral formal crew members closing in. If you do the latter, the trope plays straight, complete with the gunshot while walking away.˛* One of the weapons you can pick up in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar 2'' mentions that leaving a shotgun with a single shell in it in the cell of someone charged with treason is common practice on Meridan. Considering the alternatives that have been described for treason convictions in the setting, this is a ''ridiculously'' merciful and humane act.˛* Variation : In ''VideoGame/TenchuStealthAssassins'', you confront a corrupt government minister. Rather than killing him, you offer to assist him (by delivering a coupe de grace) if he chooses an honorable death by seppuku.˛** In a case of GameFavoredGender, only the male character can act as his second. The female character must fight him, since [[DeliberateValuesDissonance he's too offended by the sight of a woman who dares to talk back to him to do anything other than silence her at the spot permanently.]]˛* A variation pops up in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' during the sidequest "Return to Sender": If you choose to turn in [[spoiler:Chief Hanlon]] for falsifying intelligence reports, as soon as you leave the room, he confesses to the crime over the camp's PA system and then shoots himself.˛** There is a pistol left behind though. His. Which you can then run in and take. It's the unique black revolvers only NCR rangers have, and it's the only way to get one without killing a ranger yourself.˛** At the climax of ''Dead Money'', you may feel the urge to leave a police pistol and a round of .357 in Sinclair's vault if you plan to trap Elijah, even though he won't use it.˛* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', after Volgin's torture session, Ocelot puts a Single Action Army with no ammo into your holster. [[spoiler:This has more to do with the fact that Ocelot is a double agent rather than giving Snake a way out.]]˛** Snake does this to Eli in an [[DummiedOut unused scene]] for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain''. Eli also happens to be stranded on an island and infected with vocal chord parasites. Fortunately for him, Rebenok removes the parasite and lifts him off the island, allowing Eli to pursue revenge against Snake in the future.˛* Mengsk does this with [[spoiler: Raynor]] in ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'', leaving behind the revolver fully loaded so [[spoiler: Raynor]] will either shoot himself or [[spoiler: Kerrigan who had reassumed her Queen of Blades form]]˛* Subverted in ''Videogame/TheCatLady''. Susan is strapped to a table having recently been abducted by the 2nd parasite, when he enters the room and notices that his wife has [[EyeScream blinded Susan with a bottle of bleach]]. He tells her that since he was going to kill her anyway, he's going to leave a one-bullet pistol so she can choose to MercyKill herself if she wishes... [[KickTheDog then he leaves the pistol just out of her reach, because "Life's a real fucker sometimes."]]˛* A potential interpretation of Admiral Tolwyn's death in the winning endgame of ''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)?˛* 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.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Original]]˛* Subverted for [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP-451]], a former agent who can no longer perceive or directly interact with other people. A colleague left a gun for him [[MercyKill as a favor]]. [[IntangibleMan The bullet didn't touch him]].˛* A variation of this trope occurs in ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}'' when A_J expels Egg from the Silo into the irradiated, poisonous wasteland above. She is given a single bullet for her pistol.˛* This is [[spoiler:the Director]]'s fate in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', by his own request. Particularly poignant in that the person he asks to leave him the pistol ([[spoiler:Agent Carolina]]) came there to kill him, but decided at the end that it wasn't worth it -- probably in part because [[spoiler: [[TheReveal they were]] [[TearJerker father and daughter]]]]. [[spoiler:She also sees that he's a broken man, who could never let go the memory of his wife, her mother, and created Project Freelancer specifically to bring her back, at least in part. He sort-of succeeds with Agent Texas, who is actually an AI echo of his late wife, but, like the real Allison, Tex is destined to always lose in the end. At the end, Project Freelancer is a failure, most of the agents are dead, and Tex is gone, so the Director really has nothing left (as far as he's concerned; plus, his own daughter hates him)]].˛* 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.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* In one ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' skit, WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer decides to climb a mountain and Swiper follows her up. Unfortunately for Swiper, he's not prepared for the cold and quickly succumbs to hypothermia. When Dora comes across him again, she leaves behind a pistol for Swiper so he can end his suffering. He tries to use it, only to find that it's empty.˛-->'''Swiper:''' You bitch...˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Real Life]]˛* When Erwin Rommel was implicated in the "Valkyrie" plan to assassinate Hitler, he was told that if he were to "die from his injuries" (he'd been injured by an Allied air raid) his family would be protected as the heirs to a war hero. Whilst he was actually left a cyanide pill and not a pistol, the principle is the same.˛** Following the Night of the Long Knives, Ernst Röhm (unlike the other victims of the purge) was offered this. [[DefiantToTheEnd Reputedly, he responded by saying that Hitler should kill him himself, and when the guards returned to execute him he had pulled open his shirt to bare his chest for them to shoot]].˛** Ludwig Beck offered to commit suicide after being arrested for his role in the Valkyrie plot. Unfortunately he survived the gunshot and a sergeant had to deliver a coup de grace.˛** At the climax of the battle of Stalingrad, Hitler promoted [[ Friedrich Paulus]] (commander of the German forces in the city) to Field Marshal, with particular emphasis on the fact that [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled no German or Prussian field marshal had ever surrendered]]. Paulus [[SubvertedTrope did not take Hitler up on his offer]], and Hitler swore Paulus would be the last Field Marshal he ever appointed.˛*** But later, he appointed other Field Marshals, for example Schörner or Ritter von Greim.˛* [[ Thomas Baker]] subverted this trope while badly injured and retreating from a Japanese attack. He told another soldier that he was slowing down the retreat too much, so he asked to be left behind with a loaded pistol, requesting a new one because his was too damaged from '''[[PistolWhipping melee combat]]''' to shoot. He was last seen sitting against a tree, calmly holding a pistol loaded with 8 rounds. When they went back for his body, they found it in the same place, [[ImprobableAimingSkills facing 8 dead enemy soldiers.]]˛** That would qualify as a badass [[TakingYouWithMe Dying]] [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Moment of Awesome]]. Bit of a mouthful though...˛** [[ Sergeant Thomas Baker received the posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor for the feat.]] [[TooCoolToLive May his legacy of asskicking live on...]]˛* In a subversion of sorts, the former Head of the Metropolitan Police (Head of the Greater London police and generally regarded as the top policeman in the UK) Sir Iain Blair was once described as the sort of man who if offered the traditional revolver and bottle of whiskey, would drink the whiskey and come out shooting.˛** Preventing this type of reaction is why the TropeNamer pistol is loaded with only one round.˛* Colonel Alfred Redl was head of the Secret Service of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the years prior to WWI. He was selling secrets and agents to the Russian Empire (the Russians had him in their clutches by blackmailing him: they knew he was a closeted homosexual). He was finally discovered in 1913 (ironically by his subordinates, who applied the very methods Redl had developed for the Secret Service) and was offered a revolver with a single bullet. He took the offer.˛* A variant of this trope happened during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in Poland: a captured officer of [[LaResistance the Home Army]] was released from prison to deliver an offer of limited cooperation to the LaResistance command. However, the command refused to even think of it, instead telling him to "solve the matter in an honorable way". After a couple of days, he shot himself.˛* 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.˛* During the Estonian first independence 1918-1939 the legitimate way of carrying the death penalty was to first to offer the convict "a cup of legally approved swift-effecting and painless poison". If the convict refused from it, he was to be executed by a firing squad. The poison option was abolished during the Soviet regime 1939-1991. Death penalty was abolished in Estonia in 1995.˛* This is pretty much standardized in the medieval FarEast when the elite were implicated in capital offenses less than treason. The reason was, like all examples, to protect the person's honor. It is often effected by an Imperial "gift" of things that can be used this way (sword, long pieces of silk, or poison). While nobody mentioned what are those gifts used for, the giftee can usually get the idea.˛* A non-lethal variation often occurs in workplaces where a sympathetic supervisor might discover that a liked employee has nonetheless done something worthy of termination and presents them a resignation form instead of reporting it or before an investigation occurs.\˛\˛This variant is especially common in politics. So common that in some countries it's virtually unheard of for a member of government to actually be fired. In fact, the usual ostensible reason for such a resignation-in-disgrace -- "to spend more time with my family" -- is so broadly recognized that it's a common euphemism for the practice.˛* Before confessing to killing her two sons, Susan Smith asked the sheriff to give her his gun so that she could take her own life.˛* The [[ Mess Webley]] in the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships British Army]] refers to a [[ metaphorical or actual pistol handed to officers]] when they really screw up or turn traitor and need to do the decent thing rather than suffer the ignominy of resigning their commission and leaving the mess. Though actual honorable suicides are practically non-existent nowadays (and it is arguable whether or not they ever actually took place), the "Mess Webley" now refers more generally to the last resort of actually taking responsibility for a fuckup when there are no feasible means of disguising it or passing the buck (or, more rarely, if the buck can only be passed to those the clumsy officer regards with affection). If the usage of the Mess Webley will make a mess (either literally or in terms of fallout), the unfortunate is requested to "spread some newspaper down" to avoid such mess, which would, depending, be either blood and brains or punishments for other officers. ˛* {{Pirate}}s would strand people (usually mutinied captains) on deserted islands and give them a flintlock with a single bullet to save them the pain of dying from hunger or exposure if they didn't get rescued before it was clear they were done for. This is one of the more historically accurate facts ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' got right.˛* [[MiscarriageOfJustice Alfred Dreyfus]] was offered this by an interrogator. He refused, and the affair became a public scandal.˛* A political variant, in the climax of the Watergate scandal. On the night of August 7, 1974 (two days after the release of the [[ "smoking gun" tape]]), a group of Republican Congressman met with UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, informing him that his support in Congress had evaporated, the House was certain to approve articles of impeachment, and no more than 15 Senators were willing to vote for his acquittal. Nixon subsequently announced his resignation the next day.˛* Aleksandr Krymov, a leader in the Kornilov Plot against the Russian Provisional Government shot himself in the heart after the Plots failure. He left a note to Kerensky, the Provisional Prime Minister, explaining his actions. He was an honorable military leader who believed in honesty, and if he stayed alive he would have to lie to keep himself out of jail. He also felt that Russia was doomed to destruction without a strong central government that could crush leftist agitation and carry on the War resolutely. ˛[[/folder]]˛----


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