History DisproportionateRetribution / Literature

25th Jun '17 2:07:37 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Holes}}'', every member of the Yelnats family and their descendants are cursed with bad luck because one of their ancestors, Elya Yelnats, forgot to fulfill a promise to Madame Zeroni. The promise? All he had to do was carry her up a mountain, and sing a certain song while she drank from the spring on the top.

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* In ''{{Holes}}'', ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', every member of the Yelnats family and their descendants are cursed with bad luck because one of their ancestors, Elya Yelnats, forgot to fulfill a promise to Madame Zeroni. The promise? All he had to do was carry her up a mountain, and sing a certain song while she drank from the spring on the top.
17th Jun '17 4:23:04 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'', one of Khiruev's mothers kills her partner for taking their daughter to see a historical reconstruction, having decided that having harmless fun with something from before the current regime came to power is obviously heretical.
29th Apr '17 11:25:36 AM nombretomado
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* A race introduced by TimothyZahn in the ''HandOfThrawn'' duology have this as part of their legal code. The penalty for murder is death, life for life - either one who is guilty, or ten of his clan who are innocent. They use this to justify flattening a Bothan space station and further inflaming the political mess engulfing the New Republic.

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* A race introduced by TimothyZahn Creator/TimothyZahn in the ''HandOfThrawn'' ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology have this as part of their legal code. The penalty for murder is death, life for life - either one who is guilty, or ten of his clan who are innocent. They use this to justify flattening a Bothan space station and further inflaming the political mess engulfing the New Republic.
26th Apr '17 8:32:04 PM Seanette
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* ''Literature/AnimalFarm'': "So Napoleon wants dead babies from us, huh? We'll give him dead babies, all right!" [[MakeAnExampleOfThem Words cannot describe how horrifically Napoleon overreacted to that little stunt.]]
13th Apr '17 1:30:41 AM Statzkeen
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*** [[spoiler: WordOfGod later stated that while Voldemort's death lifted the curse, Slytherin's shady reputation nonetheless stands.]]
8th Apr '17 1:08:45 PM nombretomado
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* Slagar the Cruel from the ''{{Redwall}}'' novel ''Mattimeo'' arguably qualifies, since his entire reason for being is revenge against Matthias for his grievous, insanity-inflicting injuries...that were actually well-deserved, what with him being AlwaysChaoticEvil and all, and furthermore had nothing to do with Matthias whatsoever. Simple logic doesn't stop him from kidnapping Matthias' son (the eponymous Mattimeo) and several other children, however, as well as siding with the delusional polecat-slash-pagan deity Malkariss.
** The Redwaller kids point out immediately afterwards that Asmodeus's poison corrupted his mind and made him go batshit crazy into ''thinking'' that the Redwallers were responsible, even though he decided to steal everything valuable in the abbey after they'd saved him from death.
** One of Gabool's pirates, was complaining that they don't get enough shares of the loot. Gabool agrees and allows him to take any treasure he wants, insisting he take that one crown. After the minion puts the crown on his head, Gabool instantly decapitates him as a warning to anyone else.
** Speaking of pirates, when Vilu Daskar caught some members of his crew stealing, he had them savagely beaten and then hung from sunrise to sunset with saltwater thrown into their wounds for good measure.
** Also Swartt Sixclaw found out that one of his minions may possibly be conspiring. He could simply just kill him, no. He orders him to feed a dead bird to another minion, beak, wings, skull, the whole thing. Once the other minion chokes to death, Swartt instantly accuses the first one of murder and orders him to be executed.

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* ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'':
** In ''Mattimeo'',
Slagar the Cruel from the ''{{Redwall}}'' novel ''Mattimeo'' arguably qualifies, since his Cruel's entire reason for being is revenge against Matthias for his grievous, insanity-inflicting injuries...that were actually well-deserved, what with him being AlwaysChaoticEvil and all, and furthermore had nothing to do with Matthias whatsoever. Simple logic - that the Redwallers saved him from poison-induced death - doesn't stop him from kidnapping Matthias' son (the eponymous Mattimeo) and several other children, however, as well as siding with the delusional polecat-slash-pagan deity Malkariss.
** The Redwaller kids point out immediately afterwards that Asmodeus's poison corrupted his mind and made him go batshit crazy into ''thinking'' that the Redwallers were responsible, even though he decided to steal everything valuable in the abbey after they'd saved him from death.
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One of Gabool's pirates, was complaining pirates complains that they don't get enough shares of the loot. Gabool agrees and allows him to take any treasure he wants, insisting he take that one crown. After the minion puts the crown on his head, Gabool instantly decapitates him as a warning to anyone else.
** Speaking of pirates, when When Vilu Daskar caught some members of his crew stealing, he had them savagely beaten and then hung from sunrise to sunset with saltwater thrown into their wounds for good measure.
** Also Swartt Sixclaw found out that one of his minions may possibly be conspiring. He could simply just kill him, no. He orders him to feed a dead bird to another minion, beak, wings, skull, the whole thing. Once the other minion chokes to death, Swartt instantly accuses the first one of murder and orders him to be executed.
21st Mar '17 10:59:45 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* In Andy Hoare's WhiteScars novel ''Hunt for Voldorius'', Malya is chosen for Voldorius's equerry. They get her to obey by threatening to kill a hundred people every time she is disobedient.

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* In Andy Hoare's WhiteScars ''Literature/WhiteScars'' novel ''Hunt for Voldorius'', Malya is chosen for Voldorius's equerry. They get her to obey by threatening to kill a hundred people every time she is disobedient.
21st Mar '17 7:27:04 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* In the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''Chicken Chicken'', the villain Vanessa puts the main characters through horrific BodyHorror... because they (accidentally!) bumped into her and didn't apologize.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''Chicken Chicken'', the villain Vanessa puts the main characters through horrific BodyHorror... because they (accidentally!) bumped into her and didn't apologize. Troy Steele, author of Blog/BloggerBeware, stated that they "literally threw the goddamn book across the room" at the twist ending where Cole (the boy of the PlatonicBoyGirlHeroes pair) ''had the gall'' to burp after drinking the soda that Vanessa ''gave'' to them and proceeded to say "[[HereWeGoAgain Pig pig]]".
15th Jan '17 8:53:05 AM Kimera128
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* ''Literature/FortyEightLawsOfPower:'' In one tale in this book, Lope de Aguierre was sentenced to 200 lashes by Judge Esquivel for a serious crime. Aguierre wanted to be executed instead, but the Judge didn't allow it. Afterward Aguierre chased the judge through three cities, 1100 leagues over the course of three years and four months, some of which was on his bare feet (he had no shoes). Finally the Judge reached a city where the police were a strong force... only to be stabbed to death in his sleep.
20th Dec '16 12:39:23 PM Homemaderat
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* in ''Literature/OurMothersHouse'' Gertie is abused (sexually touched) by a local mechanic. "Mother" orders she be punished by having her hair cut, not talked to, having her most prized possession taken away, limiting how much she can eat/drink.......[[spoiler: and she later dies from it. All because she got abused and supposedly liked it.]]
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