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7th Aug '17 6:26:59 AM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Power", Avon is captured by the leader of a primitive society, and grabs his arm to stop him hitting his wife. As their society is based on AsskickingEqualsAuthority as well as misogyny, he naturally assumes that Avon is [[ThrowingDownTheGauntlet challenging him for leadership]].
19th Jun '17 4:02:05 PM DarkHunter
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* The war with the buggers in ''Literature/EndersGame'' started because of this. It is not uncommon for for them to kill others of their kind to send a message; as they are a HiveMind, the life of any one individual is meaningless to them. When they first made contact with a human spaceship, they killed everyone on board, under the same reasoning. Humans took this as an act of aggression.

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* The war with the buggers Formics in ''Literature/EndersGame'' started because of this. It is not uncommon for for them to kill others of their kind another queen's drones to send a message; as they are a HiveMind, the life of any one individual drone is meaningless to them. When they first made contact with a human spaceship, they killed everyone on board, under the same reasoning. Humans Humans, of course, took this as an act of aggression.murder. [[spoiler:Once the Formics figured out that humanity were individuals and they had slaughtered intelligent, thinking people, they were [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified to their cores]] and nearly gave up all hope of ever calming humanity's wrath toward them.]]
29th May '17 8:02:38 PM eroock
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--> --''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "Shindig"

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--> --''Series/{{Firefly}}'', -->-- ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "Shindig"
28th Apr '17 5:50:38 PM ErikModi
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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Shindig": Mal hauls off and decks Atherton Wing after the latter hits the former's BerserkButton by implying that Inara is a whore (only Mal gets to call her that). Turns out that punching someone in a social function on that planet is considered a formal challenge, and Mal ends up having to fight a sword duel over her honor. Use of a swhat?

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Shindig": Mal hauls off and decks Atherton Wing after the latter hits the former's BerserkButton by implying that Inara is a whore (only Mal gets to call (Mal may not respect her that).job, but Atherton disrespected ''her''). Turns out that punching someone in a social function on that planet is considered a formal challenge, and Mal ends up having to fight a sword duel over her honor. Use of a swhat?
3rd Oct '16 9:38:46 PM JST
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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Shindig": Mal hauls off and decks Atherton Wing after the latter hits the former's BerserkButton by implying that Inara is a whore (only Mal gets to call her that). Turns out that punching someone in a social function on that planet is considered a formal challenge, and Mal ends up having to fight a sword duel over her honor.

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Shindig": Mal hauls off and decks Atherton Wing after the latter hits the former's BerserkButton by implying that Inara is a whore (only Mal gets to call her that). Turns out that punching someone in a social function on that planet is considered a formal challenge, and Mal ends up having to fight a sword duel over her honor. Use of a swhat?
14th Sep '16 11:58:12 PM PaulA
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* The war with the buggers in EndersGame started because of this. It is not uncommon for for them to kill others of their kind to send a message; as they are a HiveMind, the life of any one individual is meaningless to them. When they first made contact with a human spaceship, they killed everyone on board, under the same reasoning. Humans took this as an act of aggression.

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* The war with the buggers in EndersGame ''Literature/EndersGame'' started because of this. It is not uncommon for for them to kill others of their kind to send a message; as they are a HiveMind, the life of any one individual is meaningless to them. When they first made contact with a human spaceship, they killed everyone on board, under the same reasoning. Humans took this as an act of aggression.
18th Jun '16 8:18:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''Creator/NoahAntwiler'' once recounted a tale of the one time he played LegendOfTheFiveRings where his ignorance of the setting's customs (and the other players' unwillingness to explain them) led to him being challenged to a duel that he promptly lost.

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* ''Creator/NoahAntwiler'' once recounted a tale of the one time he played LegendOfTheFiveRings TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings where his ignorance of the setting's customs (and the other players' unwillingness to explain them) led to him being challenged to a duel that he promptly lost.
18th Feb '16 9:14:03 PM doornik1142
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** Wild canids that is. One of the things that notably separates domesticated dogs from wolves is that dogs will look a human in the eye.
21st Oct '15 7:15:46 AM StFan
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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy, Johnny bumps into an alien. Trying to look harmless, he shows his empty hands and smiles. The alien returns the gesture... spreading her claws and showing off her teeth. Also, several of Pratchett's books contain a point of advice: Never grin at an orangutan.

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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy, ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy'', Johnny bumps into an alien. Trying to look harmless, he shows his empty hands and smiles. The alien returns the gesture... spreading her claws and showing off her teeth. Also, several of Pratchett's books contain a point of advice: Never grin at an orangutan.



* In the ''{{Starfire}}'' series by DavidWeber, the Orions consider a toothy smile a challenge. There is also an inversion where a person mistakes an Orion's toothy smile for a friendly gesture.

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* In the ''{{Starfire}}'' ''Literature/{{Starfire}}'' series by DavidWeber, Creator/DavidWeber, the Orions consider a toothy smile a challenge. There is also an inversion where a person mistakes an Orion's toothy smile for a friendly gesture.
11th Oct '15 5:32:44 PM nombretomado
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* The same happens in a ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' story, by PiersAnthony. Dor meets a giant spider, and tries a "hug" gesture to show friendship. The spider thinks he is readying his fangs.

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* The same happens in a ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' story, by PiersAnthony.Creator/PiersAnthony. Dor meets a giant spider, and tries a "hug" gesture to show friendship. The spider thinks he is readying his fangs.
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