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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.
22nd Jul '15 4:37:16 PM Seanette
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* In ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' high school jock Chip Jenkins, angry at what he sees as someone moving in on his girl, punches Alex Mackay in the teeth at the Thuringan Gardens. [=MacKay=], being the product of [[UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar his times]], views this act as the prelude to a duel and announces that his choice of weapon will be cavalry sabres.

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* In ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' high school jock JerkJock Chip Jenkins, angry at what he sees as someone moving in on his girl, punches Alex Mackay [=MacKay=] in the teeth teeth[[note]]For bonus points, Alex had just endured dental work sans anesthetics that day[[/note]] at the Thuringan Gardens. [=MacKay=], being the product of [[UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar his times]], views this act as the prelude to a duel and announces that his choice of weapon will be cavalry sabres.
12th Jul '15 5:34:13 PM hittite
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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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3rd May '15 8:49:39 PM nombretomado
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* In ''DominicDeegan'', Serk Brakkis insults Lars Sturtz's son, Szark, to Lars' face, mocking his (by then in-the-past) penchant for loving duels to the death...and implying that Szark gets off to it. Donovan Deegan then slashes his initials into Serk's pants in response. As it turns out, slicing someone's clothes with a sword constitutes ThrowingDownTheGauntlet thanks to Serk's rule-lawyering.

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* In ''DominicDeegan'', ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', Serk Brakkis insults Lars Sturtz's son, Szark, to Lars' face, mocking his (by then in-the-past) penchant for loving duels to the death...and implying that Szark gets off to it. Donovan Deegan then slashes his initials into Serk's pants in response. As it turns out, slicing someone's clothes with a sword constitutes ThrowingDownTheGauntlet thanks to Serk's rule-lawyering.
15th Apr '15 2:52:12 PM LentilSandEater
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* One of the characters in ''Literature/{{Timeline}}'' does the opposite. An opponent throws down the gauntlet to show his contempt, but our hero apparently didn't know that picking it back up meant he accepted. [[FridgeLogic Even though he was an archeology student recruited for his knowledge of history.]]
** In his defense, he's an archaeology student who specializes in ''buildings'', not social norms, and he was also kind of sub-par because he was more interested in macking on French ladies than studying.

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* One of the characters in ''Literature/{{Timeline}}'' does the opposite. An opponent throws down the gauntlet to show his contempt, but our hero apparently didn't know that picking it back up meant he accepted. [[FridgeLogic Even though he was an archeology student recruited for his knowledge of history.]]\n** In his defense, he's an archaeology student who specializes in ''buildings'', not social norms, and he was also kind of sub-par because he was more interested in macking on French ladies than studying.
23rd Mar '15 6:48:50 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* In ''DominicDeegan'', Serk Brakkis insults Lars Sturtz's son, Szark, to Lars' face, mocking his (by then in-the-past) penchant for loving duels to the death...and implying that Szark gets off to it. Donovan Deegan then slashes his initials into Serk's pants in response. As it turns out, slicing someone's clothes with a sword constitutes ThrowingDownTheGauntlet thanks to Serk's rule-lawyering.

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* In ''DominicDeegan'', Serk Brakkis insults Lars Sturtz's son, Szark, to Lars' face, mocking his (by then in-the-past) penchant for loving duels to ''VideoGame/ShadowKeep'', entering the death...and implying that Szark gets off titular fortress while wielding a weapon would cause the guards to it. Donovan Deegan then slashes his initials into Serk's pants treat you as hostile (i.e. kill you.)
* In ''{{Karateka}}'', ''don't'' [[spoiler: approach Princess Mariko
in response. As it turns out, slicing someone's clothes with a sword constitutes ThrowingDownTheGauntlet thanks to Serk's rule-lawyering.fighting stance]]. [[NonstandardGameOver Just don't]].




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* In ''DominicDeegan'', Serk Brakkis insults Lars Sturtz's son, Szark, to Lars' face, mocking his (by then in-the-past) penchant for loving duels to the death...and implying that Szark gets off to it. Donovan Deegan then slashes his initials into Serk's pants in response. As it turns out, slicing someone's clothes with a sword constitutes ThrowingDownTheGauntlet thanks to Serk's rule-lawyering.
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* In ''VideoGame/ShadowKeep'', entering the titular fortress while wielding a weapon would cause the guards to treat you as hostile (i.e. kill you.)
* In ''{{Karateka}}'', ''don't'' [[spoiler: approach Princess Mariko in fighting stance]]. [[NonstandardGameOver Just don't]].
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3rd Feb '15 10:26:31 AM TheUnsquished
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* ''StarTrekEnterprise'' has a group of aliens storm out of a diplomatic meeting in rage, with the crew having no idea what pissed them off. Ultimately, they have to go track them down to figure out how to get rid of some AlienKudzu; it turns out that their offense was ''eating'' where the aliens could see it, something that is extremely private in their culture. Hoshi is able to gain their forgiveness and assistance in the end.

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* ''StarTrekEnterprise'' ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' has a group of aliens storm out of a diplomatic meeting in rage, with the crew having no idea what pissed them off. Ultimately, they have to go track them down to figure out how to get rid of some AlienKudzu; it turns out that their offense was ''eating'' where the aliens could see it, something that is extremely private in their culture. Hoshi is able to gain their forgiveness and assistance in the end.
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