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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:
    • Jack is sadistic and enjoys the feeling of tormenting those who are helpless.
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    • Jack is in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
    • Jack caught Tom trying to slaughter innocents and beat him so badly that, in his rage, Jack didn't realize that Tom can't fight back anymore.
    • Tom is Made of Iron and/or is a Combat Pragmatist who has pulled I Surrender, Suckers or Playing Possum before. Jack is smart enough to know that Once Is Not Enough.
    • Tom is trying to murder Jack, so Jack being honorable would be stupid.
  • 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.
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Jack ignores Tom once he is incapacitated, as he longer poses a threat.
    • Tom is down but not out and punches Jack in the balls when he comes to check on him.
  • Enforced: The writers want to show Jack is an incredibly cold-blooded Combat Pragmatist and thus that he is not above disobeying tournament rules or even basic human decency to achieve his goal.
  • Lampshaded: "Screw honor, I want him dead."
  • Invoked: "If I don't finish him now, he'll just get better."
  • Exploited:
    • Tom is not faking being hurt but it was a worthy sacrifice because he knows Jack will value his destruction over common decency or common sense and get close enough to allow him to attack Jack's legs.
    • Tom set things up so his fight with Jack would be recorded. With video proof that Jack is the kind of man who would literally step on the throat of an injured person if that allowed him to win, Tom has made sure Jack's reputation is inescapably tarnished.
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  • 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:
  • 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!"

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