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וַיְדַבֵּ֣ר אֱלֹהִ֔ים אֵ֛ת כָּל־הַדְּבָרִ֥ים הָאֵ֖לֶּה לֵאמֹֽר׃
לֹ֥֖א תִּֿרְצָֽ֖ח׃
Exodus 20:1,13 (in the Westminster Codex — the english version is on the main page)

Batman: You don't understand. I don't think you've ever understood.
Red Hood /Jason Todd: What? What, your moral code won't allow for that? It's too hard to cross that line?!
Batman: No! God Almighty, no! It'd be too damned easy. All I've ever wanted to do is kill him. A day doesn't go by I don't think about subjecting him to every horrendous torture he's dealt out to others, and then end him... But if I do that, if I allow myself to go down into that place... I'll never come back.

"Hey, 'Thou Shalt Not Kill', remember? What kind of church man are you?"
Vash the Stampede, Trigun

"I know Darth Vader's really got you annoyed, but remember if you kill him then you'll be unemployed."

"I broke my oath. I killed him. Nobody has the right to kill. Not Mxyxptlk... not you... not Superman. Especially not Superman."

Cyborg-Superman: You can't kill me!
Superman: To be honest, Henshaw, I've never tried.

Kick-ass: No way. I'm not going to kill anybody. I'm supposed to be a fucking superhero.
Hit Girl: Oh, kiss my ass. What is this? The Silver Age?

"Rubber bullets. Honest."

Bruce Wayne/Batman: I'm no executioner.
Henri Ducard/Ra's Al Ghul: Your compassion is a weakness your enemies will not share.
Bruce: That's why it's so important. It separates us from them.

Superman: There are at least six different ways I can stop you right now.
Lex Luthor: But they all involve deadly force, don't they? And you don't do that. (Superman is silent) No. You need me. You wouldn't be much of a hero without a villain, and you do love being a hero, don't you? The cheering children, the swooning women — you love it so much, it's made you my most reliable accomplice!
Superman: Accomplice?! What're you—
Lex Luthor: You could have crushed me any time you wanted. And it wasn't the law or the will of the people that stopped you — it was your ego. Being a hero was too important to you. You're as much responsible for this as I am! So go ahead, fix it somehow. Put me on trial, lock me up — but I'll beat it. And then we'll start the whole thing all over again.
Justice League, "A Better World"

"An honorable warrior does not need to kill other cats to win his battles, unless they are outside the warrior code or it is necessary for self-defense."
Code 14 of the Warrior Code, Warrior Cats

"Whatever they did to you, Bette, you don't kill people."
Chloe Sullivan, Smallville, "Plastique"

"Chloe Sullivan does not die this day... If your code was really based on me, your number one rule should be, 'Don't kill.'"
Clark Kent, Smallville, "Legion"

Zeke: See, that's just it. Why operate in a place where superheroes are here to foil them? That's like opening a butchery in a vegan community.
Asagi: Publicity? That and the superheroes generally don't kill, meaning you at worst get jail time?

"NOOOOOOO! I've taken a life. I've killed a man. My people. My city. What have I done?! AAAAAAAAARGH!"
HARDAC-Batman Batman: The Animated Series, "Soul of Silicon"

"When I became a doctor, I swore an oath to do no harm. And I have just killed a man! I'm not doing that again. I became a doctor to save lives, not take them!"
Stephen Strange, Doctor Strange (2016)

Matt Murdock: I know my soul is damned if I take his life. But if I stand idle — if I If I let him consume this city, all the people that will suffer and die-
Father Lantom: There is a wide gulf between inaction and murder, Matthew. Another man's evil does not make you Good. Men have used the atrocities of their enemies to justify their own throughout history! So the question you have to ask yourself is: Are you struggling with the fact that you don't wanna kill this man — but have to — or that you don't have to kill him... but want to? "Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is the righteous man who gives way before the wicked." Proverbs 25 something, I never can remember.note 
Matt Murdock: Meaning righteous men have a duty to stand up to evil.
Father Lantom: One interpretation. Another is, that when the righteous succumb to sin, it is as harmful as if the public well were poisoned. Because the darkness of such an act — of taking a life — will spread to friends, neighbors... the entire community.
Matt Murdock: What if it already has?
Father Lantom: Then we wouldn't be sitting here, would we? I don't believe you went to see this woman for insight into how to kill a man. I think, maybe you went looking for a reason not to.
Daredevil, "Speak of the Devil"

"Batman never kills. Life is sacred to him. In his book, life even beats out justice."
Tim Drake, Batman #488, "Costumes"

"You're right, old pal. I'll never understand no matter the reason what drives someone to murder. And I don't think I want to."
Kogoro Mouri, Detective Conan

"Stop. Stop it, Ray. Even if you are facing a bitter aspect of life...Drugs and murder are foul, without any excuse...Deserve a red card, for a loser."
Conan Edogawa, Detective Conan

"Courage is a word of justice. It means the quality of mind that enables one to face apprehension with confidence and resolution. It is not right to use it as an excuse to kill someone."
Ran Mouri, Detective Conan

"It's bad to kill. Guns kill. And you don't have to be a gun. You are what you choose to be. You choose. Choose."
Hogarth, The Iron Giant

Hippolyta: Since the Krypts are the last men from your planet, both groups decided to let you decided what should be done with them. We'll decide about Badra afterward.
Mala: Not even a Venus girdle can withstand that one for long. Though such is against our nature, O queen, perhaps execution is in order.
Hippolyta: Not while alternatives exist, Mala. She will remain in stasis till we find a means of imprisoning her for life. We will find that means. Our hands will not be stained with blood... even hers.

I could have killed her on the spot; I just had to enter her ear, then grow. End of story. Not even a vampire can survive having her brain squished out of her skull. In fact, I realized I could be an unstoppable assassin. Shrunk to a pinpoint, I could slip past any sensors. Unseen, I could sneak into anyone's body and wreak havoc: heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms. Then I could escape microscopically. With practice, I could make my kills look like natural causes... maybe even create delayed effects by starting effects by starting little bleeds in the brain that wouldn't cause death until I was somewhere else for an alibi. I could murder anyone, anywhere, anytime. I could take down world leaders during televised speeches; I could dispatch any Darkling or Spark, hero or villain; if I wanted, I could casually kill innocents on the street.
The prospect made me sick to my stomach. I could be far worse than Lilith with her simple thirst for blood. It would be trivial to kill her, but then what? Where would it end?
So don't judge me for letting her live, or for any other monster I haven't slaughtered. Do you think I don't realize how much tragedy I could prevent? Leaving maniacs alive is a promise of horrors to come.
When I shift my vision to look at myself, I see a perfectly normal person who happens to have powers. I don't see the apex predator of this entire plane of existence. I cling to that. I have to.
All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault, by James Alan Garner

"The Jedi do not believe in killing their prisoners. No one deserves execution, no matter what their crimes."
Bastila Shan, Knights of the Old Republic

Toa aren't killers. If we were, we would have started with you.

I want to fight her, sure. I wouldn't mind even sending her to the med-center for a few days. But I'm a wrestler, not a killer, Zora. If I really hurt her, there goes my license and a shot at the movies.
Jara, Kara Of Rokyn

Your crew fought off all my men without killing any of them. Criminals would not have wasted the effort not to kill their attackers. I can't in good conscience take you all in simply for defending yourselves.
Duncan, Demon Fist

Salvatore Maroni: From this height, the fall wouldn't kill me.
Batman: I'm counting on it.

Robot: Keeping them here would be a death sentence. Hopefully they've learned their lesson.
Invincible: Right... and I'm supposed to be the new guy.
Robot: It is not mathematically inconceivable that at some point we encounter an adversary that realizes the error of their ways and gives up their plans for revenge.
Invincible: I hope you're right.

Kara: You know, I didn't like what you had to do in my body.
Buffy: You mean, possessing it? Oh. Oh, now I know, sorry. Miss Obtuseness, here. You mean killing Zol-Am.
Kara: Neither I, nor Superman, take human life. I know Zol-Am wasn't technically alive. I know he was post-human. But still... These hands destroyed a thinking being. I realize why it had to be done. I destroyed M'nagaleh, when we last met. But it’s not something I'm proud of.

Heroes don't kill. We find a better way.

Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not to strike without need... Deserves death! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.

Dev-Em: Kara, you ever have a chance to read military theory and / or history? In case you don't know, commanders have to make decisions that will endanger some innocents, perhaps even kill them—
Kara: Not me. Not ever.

Lupin: Harry, the time for Disarming is past! These people are trying to capture and kill you! At least Stun if you aren't prepared to kill!
Harry: We were hundreds of feet up! If I Stunned him and he'd fallen, he'd have died the same as if I'd used Avada Kedavra!

Captain America: I'm thinking of stepping out, Carol. This new age seems to be an age for killers— the Punisher, Wolverine, U.S. Agent. I've only killed one person in recent times. Flag-Smasher manipulated me into it. I didn't like it. I'm not a killer anymore.
Carol Danvers: But that's just why they do need you, Cap. To keep them from going down that slope anymore. I don't think we feel the same way about killing... but I won't do it unless there's no other way. I agree, I don't think the Avengers should become killers. You may be the only guy that can make sure they don't.
Cap: They weren't killing a man, and they were killing a killer. But I'm more worried that they might come to see this as a solution. Super-villains outnumber super-heroes by at least a 3 / 1 ratio, Carol. But guys like the Punisher never seem to have trouble with repeat offenders.
Carol: Guys like the Punisher end up hunted down as murderers. I don't want that to happen to the Avengers.

"Every day we meet people the world would be better without, but we do not kill them. We must be better than the beasts."


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