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"So, does anyone else want to drop out?"
Max Zorin, A View to a Kill

A villain has a grand scheme, but not necessarily the resources to pull it off. He calls together a room full of potential investors and outlines the plan.

But these guys are businessmen, used to being pitched at, and sometimes one will stand up and announce that it sounds too risky (or that guy's just more squeamish than the rest), and he wants out. Sometimes, so as not to risk scaring the rest, the villain will graciously allow him to leave, and remind him not to talk about it. He will ask his henchman to "show him out." The Henchman will nod, smile, escort him from the room and kill him, thus ensuring total loyalty and secrecy for his evil plot. The rest of the time, he'll throw the man out right there and then, usually followed by a quip to the nature of "anyone else?".

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Compare and contrast Board to Death, where all of the businessmen are killed. Compare Death Flight.

Not to be confused with a scene where a someone is literally thrown out of a zeppelin in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (or the one in K).


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    Comic Books 
  • The Mighty Thor: God of Thunder Reborn (an arc from Jason Aaron's Thor run) has Sindr, the queen of Muspelheim, would-be queen of Hel, gathering the chieftans of Hel and tries to persuade them to join with her. Lady Allmour of the Pleasure Lands refuses, so Sindr kills her immediately.
  • Outsiders #6; Supervillain cult leader Brother Blood has just engineered a mass prison break and demands that all the villains he freed join him. Airstryke the Pterodactyl Man is less than thrilled with this:
    Airstryke: Hey, Jim Jones, what if we don't want to help your religious freakshow ass!
  • The Punisher MAX: The second time Ax-Crazy Nicky Cavella tries to take over a leaderless Mafia family, none of the five capos are willing to give him the time of day until he desecrates the remains of the Punisher's family to make himself a target for the vigilante. Following that, two of the capos support making Nicky their boss, one (Joey Picardi) opposes this idea, and two are undecided but are poised to follow Joey. Joey is killed by Nicky's bodyguard during a bathroom break, and the opposition to Nicky disappears.
  • In Dynamite's The Shadow #10, one of the conspirators gets cold feet and asks to be excused. He gets it... in the head.
  • One of the final Star Wars: Republic issues has Palpatine gathering the most decorated captains of the recently disbanded Republic Navy (including three recurring characters) to demand their continued service. Captain Jace Dallin voices skepticism when Palpatine repeats his lie about the Jedi being traitors. Dallin is promptly force-choked to death by Vader. A second captain, Sagoro Autem, also voices misgivings but does so more quietly. However, one of his fellow officers reports his statements to Palpatine and Vader, and Autem has to go on the run.
  • Underworld Unleashed: The demon Neron gives several dozen super villains their greatest desires, then says that he wants their souls and their help in a war against the superheroes as payment. Mongul tries to kill Neron, doubting he's that powerful, and is swiftly killed. Zigzagged, given that Neron does allow some other villains to decline his offer and leave safely, and only kills Mongul for outright defying him.
  • Referenced in Gotham Underground, when Tobias Whale is trying to unite the gangs of Gotham under his leadership, one of the gangleaders stands up and asks "Why you?" Whale replies "Please don't be that guy", saying the whole thing of one man standing up, only to be killed as an example to the others, is such a cliche. The guy sits down again.,
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    Film — Animated 
  • In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Bonk complains about his gang's latest heists under their new leader, the Joker, and wants out. Joker responds by pulling a gun on Bonk and firing. Subverted in that the gun merely pops out a "BANG!" flag, and everyone sighs in relief. Then Joker immediately fires the gun a second time, killing Bonk with the flag through the torso.
  • The Great Mouse Detective: Ratigan's bat henchman Fidget gets tired of pedaling Ratigan's escape blimp and suggests to lighten the load (meaning tossing Olivia overboard). Ratigan likes the idea—but throws Fidget overboard instead, and Fidget (who can't fly due to his crippled wing) plummets into the river below.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Ant-Man: When Darren Cross is giving the pitch for the Yellowjacket to the government, one man objects that given what has already happened in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the weapon could be dangerous in the wrong hands. Cross shuts him down and promises to talk about it later. In true Bond villain fashion, Cross then follows him into a restroom and uses an unstable shrinking ray to do away with him.
  • In a scene from The Avengers (1998), the villain (Sean Connery) announces his plans for world domination to a room full of scientists then asks if any of them will opt out. Two scientists raise their hands to quit and the villain kills them with poison darts in front of the other scientists, unusual for this trope. The other scientists are eventually killed off anyway.
  • In Batman (1989), where the Joker (Jack Nicholson) brings in the "mob bosses" of Gotham, and introduces himself as the new big boss. One of the mobsters opts out, and as they shake hands he gets the "joy buzzer" from the Joker, which rather gruesomely kills him, as a lesson to the other bosses. ("I'm glad you're dead!")... then goes on to order the deaths of the other bosses. He decides to kill them all on the "advice" of the boss he just killed note . It's the first sign that Jack, who was "just" a sociopath, is now completely unhinged.
  • Taken to absurdity in the Italian movie Danger: Diabolik; mob boss Valmont meets with his subordinates about the police's offer to team up to fight the eponymous super-crook. Three of them vote against the plan; Valmont shoots two, but misses the third, who begs for his life. Valmont agrees not to shoot... then presses a button that drops the man through a hole in the floor. When the film was riffed on the final episode of the original run of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Mike responded to the above moment by shouting "Extreme organized crime!"
  • In The Dark Knight, the Joker pretends to have a similar tendency, but is really just planning to kill just about everyone he can, whether or not they want to be his ally.
  • Dick Tracy (1990). When Big Boy Caprice offers to let the other gangsters join his operation, Spaldoni is the first to question why he (Big Boy) should be the leader. Big Boy casts an aside glance at Itchy, who steps outside the room. Five minutes later, he returns in time for Spaldoni to turn down Big Boy's offer. Big Boy had the foresight to realize that at least one of his former rivals would be unwilling to go along with the plan, and had Itchy prepared to take them out.
  • If Looks Could Kill: Augustus Steranko has this done to the French finance minister at the beginning. The finance minister won't sign France up for Steranko's plan to have all of Europe's gold stored in his chateau, so Steranko has the guy killed by getting bludgeoned to death with a tea tray.
  • In The Pink Panther film Inspector Clouseau, two criminals decline to take part in The Heist due to feeling it's overcomplicated. Their boss acts sympathetic and convinces them to handle a smaller job for him: kidnapping Clouseau. However when they go to kidnap Clouseau, the two are murdered by another criminal and evidence is planted on their bodies to manipulate the detective.
  • James Bond:
    • Goldfinger, where the unfortunate mobster Martin Solo is killed for refusing to finance Auric Goldfinger's Fort Knox scheme, then get crushed with his car. Goldfinger then gasses the rest of the mobster investors anyway, eliminating any potential competition after gaining their confidence.
    • The trope name is taken from A View to a Kill, in which the meeting is taking place on board Max Zorin's blimp, and one of the investors is literally thrown from a Zeppelin: as he climbs down the stairs to the lower level of the cabin, a trapdoor opens at the bottom — revealing that the Zeppelin is airborne — and Mayday activates a Surprise Slide Staircase.
    • In Licence to Kill, Kwang, one of the Asian drug lords Sanchez wants to become partners with, displays a certain air of skepticism throughout their meeting and refuses to commit to their deal unless Sanchez shows him his drug lab up close. Sanchez acts accommodating but senses Kwang is dangerous and sends a hit team to his house that night. In a twist, Kwang turns out to be an undercover cop rather than a generic Red Shirt skeptic.
  • In Kill Bill, O-Ren declares herself the leader of the various Yakuza families, to which one of the bosses objects. She cuts off his head and then tells the remaining bosses (in English, since this is important) that she's not asking, she's telling.
    • Although it's implied that the reason she killed him, or at least killed him so brutally, was because he insulted the Chinese and American side of her heritage.
      As your leader, I encourage you from time to time, and always in a respectful manner, to question my logic. If you're unconvinced that a particular plan of action I've decided is the wisest, tell me so, but allow me to convince you and I promise you right here and now, no subject will ever be taboo. Except, of course, the subject that was just under discussion. The price you pay for bringing up either my Chinese or my American heritage as a negative is...I collect your fucking head. Just like this fucker here. Now...if any of you sons of bitches got ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY, NOW'S THE FUCKING TIME!
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life has the villain infect his board of potential investors with a strain of "super-ebola," letting one of them die before the others sign up for his plot...and the vaccine.
  • In The Legend of Zorro, after the Ancient Conspiracy members hear Armand's evil plans, one disagrees. As a result, Armand demonstrates his secret weapon - nitroglycerin - by throwing a small bottle of it on him.
  • The Losers: In the movie, Max is introduced talking to three scientists he wants to build his doomsday weapon. One of them angrily refuses on moral grounds and is thrown off the roof as the other two gape. This is played with though as Max actually only wanted Wade to beat the man up to make him change his mind, but noticing the stunned looks on the faces of the other two scientists, he says that it did serve some purpose. He then tells Wade to throw off a second scientist before the third man stops him and says that they'll do it for enough money and/or to save his colleagues life.
  • In the film North Sea Hijack, one of the hijackers gets cold feet and wants to leave with the government representatives who came to investigate (and will be trying to convince the government to pay the ransom). The Big Bad, played by Anthony Perkins (of Psycho fame), pretends to sympathize with him, and tells him he can go, but signals one of his henchmen to shoot him when he's on the lift being carried off.
  • In The Phantom, when the Big Bad presents his plan to steal the magic skulls, one of his associates decides to leave. Oddly enough he objects on the basis that the idea is morally questionable, rather than because it revolves around magical skulls. The big bad impales him with a javelin.
  • Zigzagged in The Punisher (1989): When Lady Tanaka first demands that The Mafia become her junior partners, not one of the five mob bosses agrees to her demands, and she stabs the most belligerent of them through the hand rather than killing them. She then kidnaps their children to use as hostages, only to murder everyone who surrenders to save their kids' lives.
  • Real Genius opens with a table of military and intelligence officials discussing a proposed flying death ray. One of them leaves after the "immoral and unethical" nature of the weapon is explicitly acknowledged. After he's out the door, it's implied that he's about to be silenced, one way or another.
    David Decker: Afraid we're going to have to liberate George.
  • Sherlock Holmes (2009): This trope is played with when Lord Blackwood takes over the Cult he belongs to. One man, Ambassador Standish, protests, but rather than try merely trying to walk away, he draws his gun and tries to shoot Blackwood. Standish ends up burned alive for his troubles, and Holmes later deduces that Blackwood anticipated having to kill Standish from the start and had prearranged to show off his fake supernatural powers while doing so.
  • Space Mutiny has a scene where some traitorous engineers hold a meeting (at a suspiciously small table), and when one of the wimpier ones threatens to report their treason, boss engineer MacPhearson kills him with his cane.
  • A variant occurs in The Sum of All Fears when one of the Russian scientists decides to opt-out. The villain's butler first helps him put his jacket on, then strangles him with his own scarf right in front of the other scientists before any of them can have second thoughts.
  • The Jackie Chan movie The Tuxedo had the villain call in an underling who'd been publicly criticizing The Plan, and gave said underling a drink of his dehydrating water. He also uses this later on the water company executives who refuse to give their companies to him.

    Literature 
  • In Ahriman: Sorcerer, Ignis meets with a group of lesser Chaos Lords to persuade them to take part in Sanakht’s scheme to overthrow Ahriman and take control of his warband. One of the Chaos Lords refuses the offer and, realizing that Ignis will kill him to keep word of the plot from getting out, tries to defy this trope by killing Ignis first—only for Ignis’s robot bodyguard Credence to step in and rip his head off.
  • Alex Rider combines this with Resignations Not Accepted on two occasions.
    • In Scorpia, Max Grendel declares that he doesn't want to be involved in a plot to murder thousands of schoolchildren and that he'd like to retire from the eponymous Nebulous Evil Organization. Several of his fellow board members are angry (but not necessarily homicidal) about this. Mrs. Rothman makes a speech about respecting Max’s wishes and then gives him a briefcase as a retirement present. Said briefcase is full of poisonous scorpions.
    • In Scorpia Rising, Levi Kroll angrily resigns from the Scorpia Board due to repeatedly being passed over for major assignments and finding his colleagues' desire to risk ruin by seeking revenge against Alex Rider insane. Mindful of what happened to Grendel, Kroll pulls a gun on the others, holding them at gunpoint while he prepares to flee. He's shot by a sniper posted nearby seconds later.
  • Archmaester Gyldayn's Histories: When Aegon II chooses to seize the throne that has been willed to his older half-sister, all of his father's councilors pledge to support Aegon (and his mother and younger brother) except Lyman Beesbury, the Master of Coin. Exactly how he dies is unclear, but Lyman never leaves the Red Keep alive. His last recorded words are, "I am an old man, but not so old that I will sit here meekly whilst the likes of you plot to steal her crown."
  • Dirk Pitt Adventures: The Big Bad of Blue Gold has a meeting of businessmen, scientists and politicians she wants to recruit, describing her plans to monopolize the world's water supply.Congressman Jeremy Kinkaid angrily protests this as immoral and vows to fight it in court, while a scientist named Dearborn also questions the ethics of it. They are told that their opinions are respected but after the meeting her wet work specialists (who were watching) are asked who they think they should kill, and name Kinkaid (who is later confirmed to have died in an "accident") and Dearborn.
  • Discworld:
    • Moist von Lipwig is presented with two options at the beginning of Going Postal. He can become Vetinari's postmaster, or he can walk out the door behind Vetinari. Moist is smart enough to open up the door and drop an object down the inevitable pit before trying to walk out. The test is subverted in Making Money, the next Moist von Lipwig book. The door by which Moist can exit is perfectly normal and he is free to walk away and go back to his job at the Post Office. When Moist asks what happened to the pit, Vetinari claims to have no idea what he's talking about.
    • At the end of Going Postal, Moist's Evil Counterpart Reacher Gilt used the door. It's ambiguous whether he stormed through without checking it or indeed comitted suicide rather than work for the patrician, though the latter would fit better with the book's theme of every freedom being based on the most basic one: the freedom to take the consequences. On the other hand, Reacher Glit is more than once portrayed as being arrogant enough to fall for it.
    • The trope was spoofed in Guards! Guards!, when a huge Dragon takes over the city and his human aid explains to the civic leaders that the Dragon demands a monthly Virgin Sacrifice. They're all waiting for someone else to protest, so they can mumble a quiet agreement so that the others know they obviously don't like this deal without having to be so stupid as talk back to the Dragon. When they all keep their mouths shut, they all curse the others for being so cowardly.
    • Interesting Times: When the Silver Horde conquers the corrupt and decadent Agatean Empire, they summon all of the previous emperor's servants, councilors, and concubines, reveal what has happened and encourage them to continue serving the new regime. The lord chamberlain declares that he would rather die than betray the Emperor and gets his wish, keeping anyone else from voicing similar thoughts.
  • The Last Days of Krypton: Zod gathers several disgruntled younger sons of Kryptonian noble families to build his dictatorship. Only one protests.
    Vor-On: Commissioner, you're talking about overthrowing the established noble families. I wanted to be one of them, not destroy them. You can't expect us to take part in this .. this mutiny.
    Zod: Very well, Vor-On. I thought I could count on your support, but do what you think is best for Krypton. And I'll do what I think is best.
    Zod throws Vor-On off a cliff.
  • In MacCallister: The Eagles Legacy: Kingdom Come by J.A. Johnstone, an outlaw kills the mayor and lawmen of a frontier town and gathers the town council in the saloon. He orders the town council to appoint him the new mayor, and then proposes making the town a haven for outlaws, with higher prices for all of their services, but accompanying higher taxes that go to him. Two city councilmen who protest are shot on the spot. The rest keep their mouths shut and either leave town once the meeting is over or decide to get rich by going along with the operation.
  • The William Johnstone novel Prey has several Straw Character liberal senators gather to discuss assassinating a conservative president. The least radical senator present repeatedly expresses contempt for the plan and exasperation with the others for considering it. He's Killed Offscreen shortly after the meeting ends.
  • The Donald Westlake book A Spy In The Ointment has the Big Bad gather the leaders of a dozen or so disparate and largely ineffectual extremist groups whom he hopes to recruit into a plan that involves assassinating a prominent industrialist. Anti-Unionist Lionel Stonewright insults the ideologies of his fellow terrorists (to be fair, all of them insult each other, but he's particularly vocal) and announces his intention to tell the police about them. The narrator promptly closes his eyes as The Brute marches toward Stonewright and (based on the sounds) tears his head off. Then, shortly after the meeting, some of the leaders who did agree to join the Big Bad are killed anyway after he deems that they lack any valuable skills or resources.
  • In a Star Trek novel, a recruiter tells his recruits about a plan to destroy the Federation by pumping a virus through their replicators. When one of the recruits decides not to take part, he's given a pat on the shoulder and allowed to leave. He's dead from the virus 30 seconds later.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • The Glove of Darth Vader: Zigzagged. When Trioculus claims Palpatine's throne during a summit of Imperial warlords, a Royal Guard and a Grand Admiral question whether he has the best claim. Trioculus shocks them with (apparent) Force Lightning but stops short of killing them when the two recant their doubts. Shortly afterward, a second Grand Admiral refuses to support Trioculus's decision to build a military base on Hoth until he finds the Glove of Darth Vader and is shot by The Dragon.
    • The Star Wars: Knight Errant tie-in novel features Lord Daiman gathering several mercenary commanders for an ambush. No one likes Daiman's plan (and one commander deserts during the battle), but most of them stay silent. Kr'saang the Togorian mocks Daiman's Armchair Military tendencies, states that he'll only deploy his soldiers in a straight-up fight, and prepares to leave. Daiman challenges Kr'saang to a duel and easily wins.
  • A heroic version happens in Stone of Tears where Kahlan, before leading the remnants of a small army on midnight raids to destroy the larger, more experienced army that destroyed their home, lets a dissenter and a group leave. She then sends another group of soldiers to kill the lot of them, deducing correctly based on...something that they planned to rat them out to the larger army.
  • The Three Investigators: In the Back Story of The Mystery of the Flaming Footprints, the founder of Lapathia gathered all of the local chieftains and nobles to propose his plan for a new kingdom. Only one man, who was dubbed Ivan the Bold, refused. His severed head was put on a pike outside by the end of the day.
  • In The Witches by Roald Dahl, one witch expresses doubt that the Grand High Witch's scheme to kill all the children in England will work. The Grand High Witch promptly uses her Eye Beams to incinerate the dissenter, then proceeds with her speech. Later, the narrator's grandmother mentions that the Grand High Witch does this to at least one witch during every meeting, to keep the others in line.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an episode of Criminal Minds, a cult leader gives his flock juice, then tells them they'll all die from the poison that was in it. It turned out there was no poison, it was just a test to see who his most die-hard worshippers, the ones who would follow him to the end, were (those who appeared distraught or terrified at the thought of dying were kicked out of the compound).
  • Daredevil: In season 3, Kingpin summons five other mob bosses and offers to use his newfound connections to protect them from the authorities in exchange for 20% of their profits. Three of the bosses mock Kingpin's offer and accuse him of being an FBI informant. When one man tries to leave, Kingpin immediately kills him and informs the others that now he wants 25% of their profits. They nervously comply.
  • Doctor Who: In the final part of "Genesis of the Daleks", Davros does this to his staff to sort out the dissenters from his loyal supporters. After the ones who are with him come over to stand beside him, he has the Daleks do what they do best to the ones still on the other side of the imaginary line. Subverted when they then kill off the others too, then Davros.
  • FBI: Most Wanted: In "Hairtrigger", Earl Hansen is one of a trio of Right Wing Militia Fanatics planning an attack on a government building. However, he starts getting cold feet after one of their number, Doug, kills a cop. He says that the manhunt for Doug is drawing too much heat and they should postpone their plan. The leader Mike refuses and tells Earl that he is either in or he's out. When Earl announces that he's out, Mike orders Dog to shoot him and Doug promptly does so.
  • Game of Thrones: The heroes pull off a variant of the trope in Hardhome when Jon Snow and Tormund Giantsbane try to convince the Wildling leaders to ally with the guardians of the Wall against the undead White Walkers. The Lord of Bones sneers at the idea of an alliance, accuses Tormund of being a traitor, and is promptly beaten to death. The Lord of Bones is actually killed before the meeting where Jon lays out his entire proposal, and the other chieftains contemplate it (with one who rejects it being allowed to leave peacefully). Still, his death is fairly similar to an ordinary use of the trope.
  • A (somewhat) heroic version happens in Last Resort when several businesspeople, politicians, Secret Service agents, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff join a coup against the President Evil Big Bad. One general tries to back out and is immediately shot by a Secret Service agent. Unusually for the trope, his killer isn't acting under the orders of the group's leader, and several of those present are horrified.
  • In the MacGyver episode "Legend of the Holy Rose", the bad guy has his advisor with a niggling conscience thrown from a helicopter when he is of no further use.
  • Played very straight in the Monty Python's Flying Circus episode titled "The Golden Age of Ballooning." During the inaugural flight of his new airship, Ferdinand von Zeppelin becomes frustrated because the dignitaries on board keep referring to it as a balloon. He begins throwing out anyone who uses the B-word, and keeps it up until most of the German government is dead.
  • Supernatural:
    • When Abaddon tries to take over Hell in season 9, one demon repeatedly speaks in favor of Abaddon's rival Crowley and openly questions Abaddon's plan. A frustrated Abaddon exorcises that demon from her earthly vessel and sends her back to Hell.
    • Zigzagged in season 11 when Lucifer tries to take over Heaven while God is absent and his angels are unable to stop the Darkness from threatening all of existence. Two angels repeatedly (albeit nervously) display reluctance to accept his leadership. There's a brief musical buildup implying that Lucifer's about to kill one of them after one such remark. However, Lucifer settles for threatening him with a reminder of how he killed another angel who opposed him just before the meeting started.
      Lucifer: You know what they say: he who hesitates, disintegrates!
    • A variant: Rowena gathers three witches to propose her plans for a "Mega Coven," but all three scornfully refuse and are killed. Rowena then seeks out a pair of more susceptible lower-ranking witches to repeat her proposal to.
  • That Mitchell and Webb Look saw this action denied by a lack of No OSHA Compliance. After several minutes of flashing lights, a safety rail being placed around him, and a voice announcing "Trap door number four is about to open, please vacate the area" he got up and left.
  • True Blood: In season 5, the bloodthirsty Sanguistas overthrow the Vegetarian Vampire governing body and demand that its founders swear allegiance to them. Dieter Braun bravely calls their request blasphemous and is promptly decapitated.

    Video Games 
  • Pay attention to the negotiation with the mobsters at the beginning of the campaign in Evil Genius, and you'll see how one of them, after trying to back off, is the victim of your hidden shrinking beam. Incidentally, it's the same one who gave you trouble by being too ballsy and had to be "convinced" to attend by force.
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    Western Animation 
  • Played for Laughs in Frosty Returns when Mr. Twitchell sends a board member down a trapdoor for objecting to his Summer Wheeze on environmental grounds.
  • Justice League: A non-fatal version occurs at the beginning of the two-part finale when Lex Luthor tells the Legion of Doom about his plan to resurrect Brainiac and conquer the universe. Several members, such as Goldface, are clearly unhappy with this plan.
    Luthor: Of course, if you don't like those terms, you'd better stop me now while you still have a chance. But you'd also better remember what happened to poor Goldface.
    Luthor presses a button and subjects Goldface to some Facial Horror.
  • In Justice League Unlimited, Lord Chronos discovers that one of his henchmen is secretly on Batman's payroll. He sends the henchman to the time of the dinosaurs... the very end of the time of the dinosaurs, just a few seconds before the asteroid impact that wiped them out.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Natural Born Kissers", when Bart talks with Lisa about pirates' buried treasure, there's a Imagine Spot in which a pirate suggests to the captain: "I know we usually bury the treasure, but what if this time, we use it to buy things? You know, uh, things we like." The captain shoots him before he can say anything more. As he turns to face the rest of the crew, they start digging as fast as they can.
  • In Superman: The Animated Series, Lex Luthor pulled this off far more frequently than you'd think a Saturday morning cartoon on the WB in the late nineties would do. Often, this involved having his bodyguard, Mercy, escort someone home. One memorable quote:
    Superman: I know about Dr. Vale. It's just a matter of time before the police find him.
    Lex Luthor: And what makes you think there's any of him left to find?
    [Superman flinches]
  • An odd heroic version occurs in The Venture Bros. episode "Tag Sale You're It". The security guards for Dr. Venture's yard sale are lined up and informed that due to the serious risk involved in working the event, any one of them who doesn't feel up to it has the option to opt out. One does. The leader quietly tells another guard to make sure he doesn't make it to the gate alive. He doesn't.
    • Also in the episode "ORB" this gets inverted when Aleister Crowley puts forth a plan that is a little too daring for some people's tastes and promptly finds himself ejected from a zeppelin.

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