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17th Oct '15 3:48:34 PM DavidBoothroyd
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* In ''G.B.H.'' Michael Murray wants to threaten Jim Nelson, but his fear of headteachers and a flashback to his childhood makes him mess it up. Nelson has to help him out: -->'''Michael Murray:''' This is one sudden death that ends! One fucking sudden - one death game! -->'''Jim Nelson:''' This is one fucking game that ends in sudden death? -->'''Michael Murray:''' That's it, yeah.
26th Sep '15 5:46:30 PM DragonRanger
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* Subverted in ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''. Jafar is a genie now and as multiple people point out, genies are incapable of killing anyone. He remains a serious threat since these reminders are always followed by "But you'd be surprised what you can live through."
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* Subverted in ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''. Jafar is a genie now and as multiple people point out, genies are incapable of killing anyone. He remains a serious threat since these reminders are always followed by [[FateWorseThanDeath "But you'd be surprised what you can live through.""]]
26th Sep '15 5:45:16 PM DragonRanger
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* Subverted in ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''. Jafar is a genie now and as multiple people point out, genies are incapable of killing anyone. He remains a serious threat since these reminders are always followed by "But you'd be surprised what you can live through."
27th Apr '15 6:13:32 AM Ramona122003
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* ''Franchise/DragonBall''. Goku is prone to making dire death threats when angered, but almost always seems to go back on it later because of his merciful nature, regardless of what set him off in the first place. Apparently, you can shoot all the Nameks you like, kill Krillin, and/or significantly reduce earth's population, and he'll still do his best to spare you if you give him the puppy eyes and promise you'll be good from now on. (The villains have taken advantage of this more than once.) At one point, Vegeta actually follows along behind him, killing the Ginyu Force after they're defeated because [[GenreSavvy he knows Goku won't]]. And yes, Goku does get mad at him for it. These guys came within five minutes of killing his 5-year-old son!
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* ''Franchise/DragonBall''. Goku **Goku is prone to making dire death threats when angered, but almost always seems to go back on it later because of his merciful nature, regardless of what set him off in the first place. Apparently, you can shoot all the Nameks you like, kill Krillin, and/or significantly reduce earth's population, and he'll still do his best to spare you if you give him the puppy eyes and promise you'll be good from now on. (The villains have taken advantage of this more than once.) At one point, Vegeta actually follows along behind him, killing the Ginyu Force after they're defeated because [[GenreSavvy he knows Goku won't]]. And yes, Goku does get mad at him for it. These guys came within five minutes of killing his 5-year-old son!son! **The above only holds true when he is an adult. When he was a kid, he was far less merciful to the point when he claims he's going to kill you, chances are he will unless the person escapes, repents, or beat him. The Red Ribbon Army, King Piccolo, and his children are testaments of this. It isn't until his training with Kami that Goku becomes more merciful. Even then, Goku goes back to killing his enemies after the Frieza Saga and stops offering second chances. Even in Frieza's case, it was more CruelMercy than him forgiven Frieza for pissing him off.
19th Feb '15 6:07:41 PM AgentTasmania
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* In ''{{Skyrim}}'', the Dragonborn can become both [[spoiler:the Listener for the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] and the Guild Master of the [[HonorAmongThieves Thieves' Guild]]]]. Once the Dragonborn holds both of these positions, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Maven]] [[{{Jerkass}} Black-Briar's]] threats to sick either or both organizations on the Dragonborn become absolutely hilarious considering she's essentially threatening you with ''yourself''.
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* In ''{{Skyrim}}'', the Dragonborn can become both [[spoiler:the Listener for the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] and the Guild Master of the [[HonorAmongThieves Thieves' Guild]]]]. Once the Dragonborn holds both of these positions, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Maven]] [[{{Jerkass}} Black-Briar's]] threats to sick either or both organizations on the Dragonborn become absolutely hilarious considering she's essentially threatening you with ''yourself''. Also very quick and easy to [[spoiler:single-handedly exterminate the Dark Brotherhood, which won't stop her threatening you with the cave full of corpses]]

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12th Feb '15 11:38:19 PM Redazrael
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* In ''{{Skyrim}}'', the Dragonborn can become both [[spoiler:the Listener for the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] and the Guild Master of the [[HonorAmongThieves Thieves' Guild]]]]. Once the Dragonborn holds both of these positions, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Maven]] [[{{Jerkass}} Black-Briar's]] threats to sick either or both organizations on the Dragonborn become absolutely hilarious considering she's essentially threatening you with ''yourself''.
14th Jan '15 10:23:00 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* While that Batman was still called out on it, he at least is scary enough to intimidate criminals. In the 60s [[Film/BatmanTheMovie Batman movie]] starring Adam West, he at one point (as Bruce Wayne) threatens to kill the members of his rogue's gallery when he hears they've kidnapped Miss KITKA. The effect is less-than-imposing.
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* While that Batman was still called out on it, he at least is scary enough to intimidate criminals. In the 60s [[Film/BatmanTheMovie Batman movie]] ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' starring Adam West, he Batman at one point (as Bruce Wayne) threatens to kill the members of his rogue's gallery when he hears they've kidnapped Miss KITKA. The effect is less-than-imposing.
31st Dec '14 11:36:34 AM nombretomado
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* From JeffDunham's routines, Achmed the Dead Terrorist's catchphrase is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uwOL4rB-go "SILENCE! I KILL YOU!"]].
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* From JeffDunham's Creator/JeffDunham's routines, Achmed the Dead Terrorist's catchphrase is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uwOL4rB-go "SILENCE! I KILL YOU!"]].
19th Nov '14 12:15:56 PM MarsJenkar
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* In ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', Mara Jade's threats toward Luke Skywalker end up being this, either due to external circumstances either forbidding it outright (generally because her boss has given an explicit command ''not'' to), or because she's stuck in a CantKillYouStillNeedYou situation. Eventually she finds out that [[spoiler:it's not really ''her'' who wants Luke dead, but the Emperor, who had given her one last command to do so, as a final act of revenge against Darth Vader. Some time after this discovery, she frees herself from the command via LoopholeAbuse.]]
17th Nov '14 6:46:58 AM WillBGood
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Characters make death threats that they never seem to carry out. It's not uncommon to have people say "{{ILLKILLYOU}}" all the time, only to have fights that never quite go that far, only stopping at wounding and/or maiming. Granted, "I'll '''seriously wound''' you!" doesn't sound quite as badass (though even that can be pulled off [[ToThePain effectively]]), but at least it's more threatening than a StronglyWordedLetter.
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Characters make death threats that they never seem to carry out. It's not uncommon to have people say "{{ILLKILLYOU}}" "IllKillYou" all the time, only to have fights that never quite go that far, only stopping at wounding and/or maiming. Granted, "I'll '''seriously wound''' you!" doesn't sound quite as badass (though even that can be pulled off [[ToThePain effectively]]), but at least it's more threatening than a StronglyWordedLetter.
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