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Burns: Don't kill me!
Abe Simpson: I ain't gonna kill ya. That'd be cowardly. Monty Burns cowardly! I just wanna watch you squirm.
Burns: Yes, sir! Is this to your liking? (squirms)
The Simpsons, "Curse of the Flying Hellfish"

Buffy: Willow, please, just stop. We love you. And Tara. But we don't kill humans. It's not the way.
Willow: How can you say that? Tara is dead.
Buffy: I know... I know. And I... can't understand... anything. Not what happened... a-and not what you must be going through. Willow, if you do this, you let Warren destroy you too.
Xander: You said it yourself, Will. The magic's too strong. There's no coming back from it.
Willow: I'm not coming back.

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Ra's al-Ghul: Bruce, your compassion is a weakness that your enemies will not share.
Bruce Wayne: That's why it's so important. It separates us from them.

"A friend of my dad's was at one of the camps. He used to come over to the house, and he and my dad used to shoot some pinochle. He said he once saw a guy at the camp kneeling and praying. He said, 'What are you doing?' The guy said he was thanking God. And my dad's friend said, 'What could you possibly be thanking God for?' He said, 'I'm thanking God for not making me like them.'"
Toby Ziegler, The West Wing

Clayton: Go ahead, shoot me. Be a man.
(Tarzan presses the barrels right to Clayton's throat... and mimics the sound of a loud gunshot.)
Tarzan: Not a man like YOU! (breaks the gun)

"Wade! Four or five moments, that's all it takes to be a hero. Everyone thinks it's a full-time job. Wake up a hero, brush your teeth a hero, go to work a hero. Not true. Over a lifetime there are only four or five moments that really matter. Moments when you're offered a choice to make a sacrifice, conquer a flaw, save a friend...spare an enemy. In these moments everything else falls away...(Wade gets bored and blows the Big Bad away)
Colossus, Deadpool

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Batgirl: Stop. I need him alive.
Supergirl: But why?
Batgirl: Because… Because he has to suffer for his crimes! And because you — you're better than vengeance! You're… Hope. If you let him change that… If you let him bring you down… Then he really has destroyed the last child of Krypton.

Lin: You are responsible for the death of Captain Brenner. You killed him, and now I'm going to kill you. Will and the others won't like it... But it's what needs to be done.
Greyfield: Stop! I... I... I surrender! I surrender my forces to you! Th-there! You can't hurt me now! I am a prisoner of war! C-C-Captain Brenner would never hurt a prisoner! It's murder! If you kill me, you're as bad as me! You'll be just the same as me!
Lin: ...Huh. I guess you're right. -shoots him anyway-

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"Don't be the monster they fear you are!"
Prince Hans, Frozen

Jean Grey: Wolverine, NO! Don't kill him! I can't imagine what that animal put you through over the years, but murder him out here like this and all you're going to do is prove that the papers are right about us.
Wolverine: Babe, do I look like the kind of guy who lies awake at night worrying about the public's perception of mutants?
Jean Grey: You've had a hard enough day, big man. Don't make me hurt you.

Scar: What are you going to do? You wouldn't kill your own uncle?
Simba: No, Scar. I'm not like you.

"Don't do it Krillin. I know it seems like justice, but it's not right. If you strike him down, it will only show that we aren't any better than he is. It means that they've won, no matter what. He's strong....don't forget Krillin, I am a Saiyan, just like he is. (Krillin drops the sword) Thanks Krillin, that took a lot of strength and courage. I'm proud of you."
Goku, Dragon Ball Z, note 

Nick: Lemme hit 'im too, sir. I promise not to kill 'im too quick.
Kevyn: I know he murdered our friend, but that will take you into a very dark place, Nick. We are going to turn Shufgar, alive and healthy, over to judges of House Est'll. Then, per ancient tradition, he will be killed and eaten a little bit at a time.
Nick: Your place sounds darker, sir.
Kevyn: It has the advantage of being legal.

"Do not fear, human," the Perslop said. "I'll not kill you. I define myself by being what you are not. I let you live even though every pulse of my hearts says you should be squashed between my arms like vermin."
The History Within Us, by Matthew Kressel

"I should make you pull the trigger. But that would make us no better than you."
Kayla Silverfox using her hypnotic powers on Colonel William Stryker, X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Supergirl: If you kill him, what does that make you?
Manchester: The intolerant Left.
Supergirl (2015) (on killing a White Nationalist)

"Mihaly's granddaughter tossed the gun aside. She said if she resorted to killing, she'd just end up like the rest of us."
Dr. Schroeder, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

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