History Main / BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord

24th Jul '17 2:39:31 AM Jormungar
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This trope dates back to movies in the 1930s (and possibly earlier). A character discovers that she is the target of {{blackmail}} and confronts the blackmailer who, while not denying their actions, would rather call it something prettier like a "comprehensive insurance policy". The line is virtually stock dialogue now; as a trope it is at the very least [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]], since it's only used for laughs (or period flavor) these days.

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This trope dates back to movies in the 1930s (and possibly earlier). A character discovers that she is the target of {{blackmail}} and confronts the blackmailer who, while not denying their actions, would rather call it something prettier like a "comprehensive insurance policy". The line is virtually stock dialogue now; as a trope it is at the very least [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]], discredited]]. It was already being lampshaded in the 50s, and since then it's only used for laughs (or period flavor) these days.
12th Jul '17 7:07:10 AM hszmv1
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* In the aftermath of accusations that CNN threatened to DOX a reddit user if he posted hateful messages again, CNN clarified that this wasn't their intention and were merely trying to state they made no deal with the reddit user in question. At least one forum poster pointed out that CNN wasn't helping its case because claiming that you don't like to think of what you're doing is blackmail is the first thing anyone says when they blackmail you.
25th Jun '17 10:23:28 PM TylerL320
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', when SEES confronts [[spoiler:Ikutsuki]] and learns of [[spoiler:his]] true intentions:
-->'''Yukari:''' You used both me and my father!\\

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* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'':
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In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', when SEES confronts [[spoiler:Ikutsuki]] and learns of [[spoiler:his]] true their intentions:
-->'''Yukari:''' You used both me and my father!\\[[spoiler:my father]]!\\


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** From ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', one of the [[LevelUpAtIntimacyFive Confidant bonuses]] received from formerly-crooked politician Yoshida lets the party demand more money from enemy Shadows they're holding at gunpoint. Said bonus is called "Fundraising".
22nd Jun '17 2:03:26 PM Sketchdoll
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* Choco from ''Webcomic/{{Moxie}}'' would rather use the word [[http://www.moxiecomic.com/comic/74/ "bamboozle" instead of blackmail]].
18th Jun '17 9:39:54 AM nombretomado
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* In the first ''Literature/KingdomKeepers'' book, [[EccentricMentor Wayne]] says that Finn would only "borrow" WaltDisney's pen, as oppose to stealing it. Possibly inspired by the exchange in ''Disney/RobinHood'', above.

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* In the first ''Literature/KingdomKeepers'' book, [[EccentricMentor Wayne]] says that Finn would only "borrow" WaltDisney's Creator/WaltDisney's pen, as oppose to stealing it. Possibly inspired by the exchange in ''Disney/RobinHood'', above.
19th May '17 2:28:45 PM tromag
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* In TheScarletPimpernel, Marguerite calls Chauvelin out for forcing her to spy on her peers (to uncover the Scarlet Pimpernel's identity) to ensure her brother's safety.
-->"Fie! two very ugly words, fair lady," protested Chauvelin, urbanely. "There can be no question of force, and the service which I would ask of you, in the name of France, could never be called by the shocking name of spying."
30th Apr '17 3:50:28 AM LinTaylor
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* ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryV'' gives us this exchange:
-->'''Arestes:''' Watch yer backside, matey. Blackmail is a very risky profession.\\
'''Ugarte:''' Blackmail, me? I would not put it quite so crudely as blackmail. I prefer to think of it as, say, keeping a secret. I am very careful with my secrets.
29th Apr '17 5:03:38 PM MrFabulous
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-->'''Supervillain Weekly Host''': Lawrence, tell us a bit about this to secret "super weapon" being constructed on Planet Daxx?\\

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-->'''Supervillain Weekly Host''': Lawrence, tell us a bit about this to top secret "super weapon" being constructed on Planet Daxx?\\
29th Apr '17 5:02:35 PM MrFabulous
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* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'', during an episode of Supervillain Weekly:
-->'''Supervillain Weekly Host''': Lawrence, tell us a bit about this to secret "super weapon" being constructed on Planet Daxx?\\
'''Lawrence''': Well, "super" is such a strong word... For that matter "weapon" may be a tad overdoing it.
29th Apr '17 4:03:27 PM MurderySmurf
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* A hilarious inversion in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS03E05SecondSkin Second Skin]]":
-->'''Garak:''' Commander, this is extortion.\\
'''Sisko:''' (ponders briefly) Yes, it is.
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