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Basic Trope: Attacking a helpless foe.

  • Straight: Jack keeps on hitting and kicking Tom while he's down.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • After Tom is down and can't fight back, Jack... sticks a needle in him.
    • Jack hits Tom in the process of getting up.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Being rendered helpless triggers Tom's bomb to kill Jack.
    • Jack barely even seems to spare Tom a thought now that he's down, and goes after whoever's next. Keep it businesslike.
  • Subverted: Tom's ability to regenerate means he's not out of the fight until dead.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But Jack neither knew nor cared about that.
    • Or Jack made it up to justify attacking him.
  • Parodied: Jack keeps on shooting Tom with paintballs even though he "incapacitated" him. Everyone else decries this as foul play.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Jack ignores Tom once he is incapacitated, as he longer poses a threat.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Screw honor, I want him dead."
  • Invoked: "If I don't finish him now, he'll just get better."
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Jack's lair is equipped with padded safety restraints which come down on a helpless person and shield him/her from further harm.
  • Discussed: "You can't trust Jack. He kicks his foes while they're down."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • I Surrender, Suckers means failing to do this risks the lives of your own comrades.
    • The hero Jack nobly refuses to finish off the wounded, but doesn't take them prisoner; his foes end up dying slowly and painfully from dehydration, hunger, and animal attacks.
  • Reconstructed: But adhering to honor persuades the civilians that you are reliable, and they help you and your men.

"You wouldn't go back to the main entry while I'm down, would you?" *KICK* "URK!"