History DisproportionateRetribution / Literature

10th Jun '16 10:43:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* The DeanKoontz short story "Kittens". Sure, it's horrible when you're a first-grade girl and you find out that your father has been drowning your cat's litters of kittens and claiming that "God took them", but [[spoiler:drowning your twin baby brothers in the bathtub]] to get back at him is going a little far. (Especially disproportionate because drowning kittens was a common practice back in the day.)

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* The DeanKoontz Creator/DeanKoontz short story "Kittens". Sure, it's horrible when you're a first-grade girl and you find out that your father has been drowning your cat's litters of kittens and claiming that "God took them", but [[spoiler:drowning your twin baby brothers in the bathtub]] to get back at him is going a little far. (Especially disproportionate because drowning kittens was a common practice back in the day.)
8th Jun '16 8:15:36 AM Silverblade2
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** Even though it's not direct retribution for what he's done, [[spoiler:the torture Theon goes through at the hands of Ramsay is much harsher than the more honourable punishments the reader may expect he'd get]].
8th May '16 1:30:27 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''InDeath'': A number of murderers and criminals throughout the series have done this. ''Promises In Death'' reveals that Max Ricker sliced up three men and left them floating down a river. Why? Because they stole from a store owned by his son, Alex Ricker, and caused him embarrassment. Creepy!

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* ''InDeath'': ''Literature/InDeath'': A number of murderers and criminals throughout the series have done this. ''Promises In Death'' reveals that Max Ricker sliced up three men and left them floating down a river. Why? Because they stole from a store owned by his son, Alex Ricker, and caused him embarrassment. Creepy!
1st Apr '16 2:38:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* Done a great deal in AesopsFables. One particularly harsh example is in the story of the monkey and the camel. The monkey danced for all the desert animals and amused them with how nimble and cute he was. The camel saw this and figured that he could do just as well. He showed off, trying to dance as well, but was much clumsier and oafish. The animals were so annoyed at his terrible dancing that they drove him out of the desert, and then ate him, "serving refreshments of camel humps and ribs".

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* Done a great deal in AesopsFables.Literature/AesopsFables. One particularly harsh example is in the story of the monkey and the camel. The monkey danced for all the desert animals and amused them with how nimble and cute he was. The camel saw this and figured that he could do just as well. He showed off, trying to dance as well, but was much clumsier and oafish. The animals were so annoyed at his terrible dancing that they drove him out of the desert, and then ate him, "serving refreshments of camel humps and ribs".
5th Mar '16 2:56:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* The captain of the Albatross in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries'' has Michael flogged for accidentally spilling paint on him. Bonus points for Michael not having been the one to spill the paint in the first place.

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* The captain of the Albatross in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries'' ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' has Michael flogged for accidentally spilling paint on him. Bonus points for Michael not having been the one to spill the paint in the first place.



* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''LineOfDelirium'' (inspired by ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion''), the backstory has humans wiping out the entire [[LizardFolk Sakkra]] race after they invade three remote human colonies (they can't control their reproduction and need space). TheEmperor justifies this by claiming that the Sakkra uncontrolled birthrate would eventually result in them being a threat to ''everyone''. The other alien races still haven't forgiven humans for the genocide.

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* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''LineOfDelirium'' Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'' (inspired by ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion''), the backstory has humans wiping out the entire [[LizardFolk Sakkra]] race after they invade three remote human colonies (they can't control their reproduction and need space). TheEmperor justifies this by claiming that the Sakkra uncontrolled birthrate would eventually result in them being a threat to ''everyone''. The other alien races still haven't forgiven humans for the genocide.
3rd Jan '16 7:06:19 PM Xelloss08
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* In the ''Watersong'' novels by Amanda Hocking, Persephone's four handmaidens goofed off and weren't there to prevent her rape and murder at the hands of Hades. Persephone's mother, Demeter, was understandably angry at four human girls for not being there to fight a god off, and turned them into sirens. It turns out to be a case of CursedWithAwesome, since they don't mind so much having to eat the hearts of men, though Demeter gives some explanation of how eternity without love is the punishment. Two of the original sirens are killed by the leader, and the main character replaces one of them since there must always be four. In the name of continuing to punish the two remaining, Demeter refuses to help the MC, and doesn't much care about the thousands upon thousands who are suffering and dying at the hands of the sirens.

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* In the ''Watersong'' ''Literature/{{Watersong}}'' novels by Amanda Hocking, Persephone's four handmaidens goofed off and weren't there to prevent her rape and murder at the hands of Hades. Persephone's mother, Demeter, was understandably angry at four human girls for not being there to fight a god off, and turned them into sirens. It turns out to be a case of CursedWithAwesome, since they don't mind so much having to eat the hearts of men, though Demeter gives some explanation of how eternity without love is the punishment. Two of the original sirens are killed by the leader, and the main character replaces one of them since there must always be four. In the name of continuing to punish the two remaining, Demeter refuses to help the MC, and doesn't much care about the thousands upon thousands who are suffering and dying at the hands of the sirens.
22nd Dec '15 3:11:43 AM catmuto
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* ''Literature/FriedGreenTomatoesAtTheWhistleStopCafe'' has a moment where Evelyn Couch was waiting for a parking spot at a grocery store and two teen girls take it. In response to them mocking her for being 'old and slow', Evelyn [[DissonantSerenity calmly]] backs up her husband's car into theirs ''six times'', completely destroying it. And, as icing on top of the cake, tells the girls that Evelyn 'is much older and has much more insurance'.
29th Nov '15 3:33:38 PM ecuvulle6267
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* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', this is par for the course in Panem: after all, it's a society that decided to punish a single rebellion by obliterating districts and ordering its citizens to give up their children to a ruthless bloodsport every year in perpetuity.
** Katniss and Gale practically live off hunting in the Meadow, an area that is entirely abandoned by mankind and fenced off. Yet this action is considered poaching, even though the land belongs to no-one. Luckily District 12's Peacekeepers do not enforce this law, [[spoiler: at least at first]] because it carries awful penalties.
** Victors in the Hunger Games are forced to do exactly what Snow wants with the threat of having their families slaughtered. Case in point: [[spoiler:Snow had Haymitch's mother, brother, and girlfriend killed just because he didn't like the [[{{Combat Pragmatist}} clever trick]] he used to win the games.]]
12th Oct '15 8:16:10 PM ME24601
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** Tywin Lannister is well known for his harsh retribution. A popular song, "The Rains of Castamere" was written about how he completely wiped out two noble houses for being disloyal.

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** Tywin Lannister is The Lannisters are well known for his their harsh retribution. A popular song, "The Rains of Castamere" was written about how he they completely wiped out two noble houses for being disloyal.
7th Oct '15 10:27:00 PM YT45
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* The ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' series by Taylor Anderson has Gunner's Mate Dennis Silva USN, of the USS ''Walker''. Silva is pretty much the Patron Saint of this trope. Prank him into chewing "tobacco" that's actually a powerful laxative, like his lemurian buddy Chack did? He will scandalize your sister (with her willing assistance). Break his favorite gun? He will beat you to death with it, as some Holy Dominion ''soldados'' found out the hard way. Kidnap Princess Rebecca Anne McDonald, who he considers his adopted little sister? ''You and everyone you know are going to die''.

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* The ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' series by Taylor Anderson has Gunner's Mate Dennis Silva USN, of the USS ''Walker''. Silva is pretty much the Patron Saint of this trope. Prank him into chewing "tobacco" that's actually a powerful laxative, like his lemurian buddy Chack did? He will scandalize your sister (with her willing assistance). Break his favorite gun? He will beat you to death with it, as some Holy Dominion ''soldados'' found out the hard way. Kidnap Princess Rebecca Anne McDonald, [=McDonald=], who he considers his adopted little sister? ''You and everyone you know are going to die''.
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