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20th Jul '16 5:36:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* There's a ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode in which a DangerouslyGenreSavvy warlord wannabe calls her out on this. Basically, he calls her bluff on the whole pressure point "cut off the flow of blood to the brain" bit, since he has noticed that she ''never makes good on the threat'' anymore.

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* There's a ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode in which a DangerouslyGenreSavvy warlord wannabe calls her out on this. Basically, he calls her bluff on the whole pressure point "cut off the flow of blood to the brain" bit, since he has noticed that she ''never makes good on the threat'' anymore.
6th Jun '16 8:45:43 PM eroock
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->"You know, Angel, coming from you, idle threats are so, well, idle."

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->"You ->''"You know, Angel, coming from you, idle threats are so, well, idle.""''
6th Jun '16 12:07:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* The old rebel in ''The Crimson Pirate'' who while being tortured keeps saying: "Gruda, one day I'll kill you." Eventually he is released from prison and tries to make good on his word, but is killed in the attempt.

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* The old rebel in ''The Crimson Pirate'' ''Film/TheCrimsonPirate'' who while being tortured keeps saying: "Gruda, one day I'll kill you." Eventually he is released from prison and tries to make good on his word, but is killed in the attempt.
6th Jun '16 12:07:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* The sixth ''Franchise/PoliceAcademy'' movie begins with Captain Harris and Proctor staking out a store in an unmarked car; Proctor is singing [[EarWorm "The Twelve Days of Christmas"]] and Harris is visibly annoyed. When he finishes, and is about to start over, Harris loses his patience:

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* The sixth ''Franchise/PoliceAcademy'' movie ''Film/PoliceAcademy6CityUnderSiege'' begins with Captain Harris and Proctor staking out a store in an unmarked car; Proctor is singing [[EarWorm "The Twelve Days of Christmas"]] and Harris is visibly annoyed. When he finishes, and is about to start over, Harris loses his patience:



* In ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'', after learning the depths of how much he betrayed Effie, even as far as having her hit single pulled from the airwaves, C.C. proclaims to Curtis "I could kill you for what you did to Effie!", to which Curtis ''immediately'' calls him on his bluff and returns with, "You couldn't kill shit.''
* Inverted in "Casino" when Nicky Santoro demands his banker return all the money he invested. He then says that he will come down to the bank and if the money is not there he will crack open the bankers skull and go to prison. Based on his actions in the movie (including planning to kill and bury his oldest friend) he might kill the banker but not go to prison. He'd kill the entire city of Las Vegas before taking a prison stretch.

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* In ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'', ''Film/{{Dreamgirls}}'', after learning the depths of how much he betrayed Effie, even as far as having her hit single pulled from the airwaves, C.C. proclaims to Curtis "I could kill you for what you did to Effie!", to which Curtis ''immediately'' calls him on his bluff and returns with, "You couldn't kill shit.''
* Inverted in "Casino" ''Film/{{Casino}}'' when Nicky Santoro demands his banker return all the money he invested. He then says that he will come down to the bank and if the money is not there he will crack open the bankers skull and go to prison. Based on his actions in the movie (including planning to kill and bury his oldest friend) he might kill the banker but not go to prison. He'd kill the entire city of Las Vegas before taking a prison stretch.
20th Feb '16 5:09:03 PM MarcInGA
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* Inverted in "Casino" when Nicky Santoro demands his banker return all the money he invested. He then says that he will come down to the bank and if the money is not there he will crack open the bankers skull and go to prison. Based on his actions in the movie (including planning to kill and bury his oldest friend) he might kill the banker but not go to prison. He'd kill the entire city of Las Vegas before taking a prison stretch.
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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