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Where do hostages/captured heroes fit? If a prisoner has no more information, or if these are not the Hobbitses you were looking for (because they're not carrying the ring), would summary execution fit this trope? Or, is there another trope that can be linked and contrasted from here?
I think this article should have no real life examples. No Real Life Examples, Please! lists evil and villain tropes as not being allowed to have real life examples, but this trope is on the Evil Tropes index, and clearly is something reserved for villains. Basically, the real life examples there now are implicitly calling certain people or organizations evil, which doesn't really seem like it should be on this site.
Might want to post that here.
Why is it "useful ness" instead of "usefulness"?
Prolly because you run across a link that says You Have Outlived Your Useful Ness. It's The Problem with Pen Island.
In Mass Effect 3, the Dalatrass Linron objects to healing the genophage stating that the krogan, with the rachni defeated, had lost their usefulness and that the affliction must not be cured, lest the krogan become a threat to the galaxy again.
However, Shepard can nevertheless decide whether to actually cure the genophage or sabotage the cure.
Depending on the player's choice, Linron either congratulates or berates Shepard for their actions.
Would this trope apply in this instance?
Would this apply to "GI Joe vs. the Transformers"? In vol. 2, issue 4, a refitted Starscream escapes to rejoin Shockwave, the new Decepticon leader (Megatron was defeated in the prior volume) and just when Shockwave is about to let him "come home" a recording plays. It's revealed Cobra Commander had lined his housing with plastic explosives as the part of Shockwave's tower with him, Starscream and other Decepticons in it explodes.
meta-trope from Literature
If you bothered to read, you may ntice, that the author has few favorite characters, who "live the life right way"
Others serve mostly as opponents and temptations.
And in last Volume 4 they fades away one by one. For any random chance, for any strange accident, they either die or move far-far away. Almost all of them. They have no use for the author toward the end of the book, as he now gives medals to right guys.
Deleted the following as it's incorrect.
Goldfinger wasn't trying to get rid of his subordinates. He sealed the door to the vault after the American troops started their attack so they couldn't disarm the nuclear bomb.
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