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10th Oct '16 10:02:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the GauntsGhosts novel ''His Last Command'', Gaunt tells some soldiers that he could tell them he was more frightening than the enemy.

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* In the GauntsGhosts Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''His Last Command'', Gaunt tells some soldiers that he could tell them he was more frightening than the enemy.
5th Oct '16 8:54:23 PM Angeldeb82
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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Shishio's mooks are trying to escape as they can't beat the police troops guarding Kyoto. Then, [[BadassGay Kamatari]] [[VillainousCrossdresser Honshu]] appears and proceeds to mow them down with his giant weapon, claiming that anyone who wants to flee can do it... if he can [[SinisterScythe escape his giant scythe first]].

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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Shishio's mooks are trying to escape as they can't beat the police troops guarding Kyoto. Then, [[BadassGay Kamatari]] [[VillainousCrossdresser [[CreepyCrossdresser Honshu]] appears and proceeds to mow them down with his giant weapon, claiming that anyone who wants to flee can do it... if he can [[SinisterScythe escape his giant scythe first]].



* One ''{{Punisher}}'' story has a bunch of Mooks fleeing their increasingly unhinged boss, on the grounds that while he ''might'' be able to get them out of this situation, the Punisher ''will'' kill them.

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* One ''{{Punisher}}'' ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' story has a bunch of Mooks fleeing their increasingly unhinged boss, on the grounds that while he ''might'' be able to get them out of this situation, the Punisher ''will'' kill them.



** When the Blood Pact warriors launch a frontal attack on the Hinzerhaus fortress in ''Only in Death'', their appearance is so terryfying that one of the Ghosts mutters that perhaps the Imperial Guard should learn from them how to raise fear among the enemy ranks.

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** When the Blood Pact warriors launch a frontal attack on the Hinzerhaus fortress in ''Only in Death'', their appearance is so terryfying terrifying that one of the Ghosts mutters that perhaps the Imperial Guard should learn from them how to raise fear among the enemy ranks.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' rpg TabletopGame/BlackCrusade has a rule for this. If your minions are up against a ''fear''-causing foe, you can try to terrify them into attacking anyway because you happen to be the scarier threat.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' rpg RPG TabletopGame/BlackCrusade has a rule for this. If your minions are up against a ''fear''-causing foe, you can try to terrify them into attacking anyway because you happen to be the scarier threat.



* All military organizations and indeed all dangerous occupations that require group coordination(sailors, cops, firemen, etc) depend to a large degree on the fear of social rejection. Indeed [[HonorBeforeReason Honor]] has been defined as a collective moral code enforced by social rewards and punishments.
* In the eighteenth century Generals were so impressed by UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat that they imitated him, even to the point of instituting rigid regulations far beyond what even Frederick's army had. What they [[CompletelyMissingThePoint did not understand]] was that a disproportionate number of Frederick's men had been shanghaied and he had no choice but to be a ControlFreak even when he himself knew it was tactically suboptimal.

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* All military organizations and indeed all dangerous occupations that require group coordination(sailors, cops, firemen, etc) depend to a large degree on the fear of social rejection. Indeed [[HonorBeforeReason Honor]] {{Honor|BeforeReason}} has been defined as a collective moral code enforced by social rewards and punishments.
* In the eighteenth century Generals were so impressed by UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat that they imitated him, even to the point of instituting rigid regulations far beyond what even Frederick's army had. What they [[CompletelyMissingThePoint did not understand]] understand was that a disproportionate number of Frederick's men had been shanghaied and he had no choice but to be a ControlFreak even when he himself knew it was tactically suboptimal.
13th Aug '16 4:04:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''MagicTheGathering'', one version of the "Raging Goblin" card (the Exodus one) has this in the flavour text: "Volrath has bred them to fear only him. Are they charging to battle or merely fleeing his wrath?"

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* In ''MagicTheGathering'', ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', one version of the "Raging Goblin" card (the Exodus one) has this in the flavour text: "Volrath has bred them to fear only him. Are they charging to battle or merely fleeing his wrath?"



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' rpg BlackCrusade has a rule for this. If your minions are up against a ''fear''-causing foe, you can try to terrify them into attacking anyway because you happen to be the scarier threat.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' rpg BlackCrusade TabletopGame/BlackCrusade has a rule for this. If your minions are up against a ''fear''-causing foe, you can try to terrify them into attacking anyway because you happen to be the scarier threat.
20th Dec '15 4:01:53 PM StFan
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* Used in ''OnePiece'' during the Arlong Park arc: Moomoo, the [[{{Kaiju}} Sea Cow]] is summoned to fight the Strawhats, but since he/she was already beaten by Luffy and Sanji earlier, it tries to escape. However, it turns out that It's even more scared of Arlong, as a simple menacing talk from him is enough to push Moomoo to attack the pirates.

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* Used in ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' during the Arlong Park arc: Moomoo, the [[{{Kaiju}} Sea Cow]] is summoned to fight the Strawhats, but since he/she was already beaten by Luffy and Sanji earlier, it tries to escape. However, it turns out that It's even more scared of Arlong, as a simple menacing talk from him is enough to push Moomoo to attack the pirates.






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-->'''King Leonidas''': You have many slaves, Xerxes, but few warriors. It won't be long before they fear my spears more than your whips.

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-->'''King Leonidas''': Leonidas:''' You have many slaves, Xerxes, but few warriors. It won't be long before they fear my spears more than your whips.






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* ''Literature/LoneWolf'': It is explained in ''The Magnamund Companion'' that [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Giaks]] are much more afraid of their officers than of the enemy. Which proved a weakness early on, as the Sommlending archers were quick to figure out that if you targeted and killed the Giak commanders, their troops would readily disband in panic. This forced the Darklords to look for stronger, arrow-resistant platoon leaders, which they found in the huge Gourgaz {{lizardfolk}}s.
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-->'''Azula''': Do the tides command this ship?
-->'''Captain''': Uh, no, Princess.
-->'''Azula''': And if I were to have you thrown overboard, would the tides think twice about smashing your body against the rocks?
-->'''Captain''': N-no, P-princess...
-->'''Azula''': [[EstablishingCharacterMoment So why don't you stop worrying about the tides, which have already made up their mind about killing you, and start worrying about me, who's still mulling it over.]]

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-->'''Azula''': -->'''Azula:''' Do the tides command this ship?
-->'''Captain''':
ship?\\
'''Captain:'''
Uh, no, Princess.
-->'''Azula''':
Princess.\\
'''Azula:'''
And if I were to have you thrown overboard, would the tides think twice about smashing your body against the rocks?
-->'''Captain''':
rocks?\\
'''Captain:'''
N-no, P-princess...
-->'''Azula''':
P-princess...\\
'''Azula:'''
[[EstablishingCharacterMoment So why don't you stop worrying about the tides, which have already made up their mind about killing you, and start worrying about me, who's still mulling it over.]]
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* JosefStalin is quoted as saying ''"in the Soviet Army it takes more courage to retreat than to advance."'' When one takes account of the fact that the Red Army had units whose sole purpose was to shoot would-be deserters, this is probably not that far from the truth.

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* JosefStalin UsefulNotes/JosefStalin is quoted as saying ''"in the Soviet Army it takes more courage to retreat than to advance."'' When one takes account of the fact that the Red Army had units whose sole purpose was to shoot would-be deserters, this is probably not that far from the truth.
21st Nov '15 12:11:30 PM nombretomado
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* In ''RurouniKenshin'' : Shishio's mooks are trying to escape as they can't beat the police troops guarding Kyoto. Then, [[BadassGay Kamatari]] [[VillainousCrossdresser Honshu]] appears and proceeds to mow them down with his giant weapon, claiming that anyone who wants to flee can do it... if he can [[SinisterScythe escape his giant scythe first]].

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* In ''RurouniKenshin'' : ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Shishio's mooks are trying to escape as they can't beat the police troops guarding Kyoto. Then, [[BadassGay Kamatari]] [[VillainousCrossdresser Honshu]] appears and proceeds to mow them down with his giant weapon, claiming that anyone who wants to flee can do it... if he can [[SinisterScythe escape his giant scythe first]].
16th Nov '15 8:41:34 AM FF32
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* Subverted in "The Black Seal" episode of BlackAdder, the Hawk impugns Edmund's fitness to lead the Six Most Evil Men in England. Edmund tries to dismiss this by telling them how utterly evil his rival is.... and of course it backfires.

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* Subverted in "The Black Seal" episode of BlackAdder, Series/BlackAdder, the Hawk impugns Edmund's fitness to lead the Six Most Evil Men in England. Edmund tries to dismiss this by telling them how utterly evil his rival is.... and of course it backfires.
26th Oct '15 5:12:23 AM Wymar
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* This is the preferred method of defeating enemies of ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'''s [[WorldsStrongestMan King]]: standing around menacingly while his opponent [[TheDreaded is too scared to fight back]]. [[spoiler:That's because it's the ''only'' thing he can do. He's just an otherwise normal person with a scary face who got his reputation through a series of flukes.]]

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* This is the preferred method of defeating enemies of ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'''s [[WorldsStrongestMan King]]: standing around menacingly while his opponent [[TheDreaded is too scared to fight back]]. [[spoiler:That's because it's the ''only'' thing he can do. He's just an otherwise normal person with a scary face who got his reputation through a series of flukes.]]
26th Oct '15 5:11:47 AM Wymar
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* This is the preferred method of defeating enemies of ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'''s [[WorldsStrongestMan King]]: standing around menacingly while his opponent [[TheDreaded is too scared to fight back]]. [[spoiler:That's because it's the ''only'' thing he can do. He's just an otherwise normal person with a scary face who got his reputation through a series of flukes.]]
14th Oct '15 7:56:45 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', a Palestinian family decides to accept Israel's offer of sanctuary in the days before the mass zombie outbreaks. The family's teenaged son, full of religious/ethnic fervor and thinking that this was just an Israeli trick of some kind, declares his intention to go join the anti-Israeli militants instead. His father, who at all other times was a patient, quiet, and unassuming man, smacked him upside the head and shouted at him until the son was cowering and sobbing in fear. The son knows why his father did this in retrospect: his father knew it was the only way to get his son to go with them, and the only way to save his life.

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* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', a Palestinian family decides to accept Israel's offer of sanctuary in the days before the mass zombie outbreaks. The family's teenaged son, full of religious/ethnic religious fervor and thinking that this was just an Israeli trick of some kind, declares his intention to go join the anti-Israeli militants instead. His father, who at all other times was a patient, quiet, and unassuming man, smacked him upside the head and shouted at him until the son was cowering and sobbing in fear. The son knows why his father did this in retrospect: his father knew it was the only way to get his son to go with them, and the only way to save his life.
14th Oct '15 7:56:17 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', a Palestinian family decides to accept Israel's offer of sanctuary in the days before the mass zombie outbreaks. The family's teenaged son, full of religious/ethnic fervor and thinking that this was just an Israeli trick of some kind, declares his intention to go join the anti-Israeli extremists instead. His father, who at all other times was a patient, quiet, and unassuming man, smacked him upside the head and shouted at him until the son was cowering and sobbing in fear. The son knows why his father did this in retrospect: his father knew it was the only way to get his son to go with them, and the only way to save his life.

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* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', a Palestinian family decides to accept Israel's offer of sanctuary in the days before the mass zombie outbreaks. The family's teenaged son, full of religious/ethnic fervor and thinking that this was just an Israeli trick of some kind, declares his intention to go join the anti-Israeli extremists militants instead. His father, who at all other times was a patient, quiet, and unassuming man, smacked him upside the head and shouted at him until the son was cowering and sobbing in fear. The son knows why his father did this in retrospect: his father knew it was the only way to get his son to go with them, and the only way to save his life.
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