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29th Apr '16 9:36:49 PM JackG
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s final MirrorUniverse episode, "Smiley" says this about [[spoiler:the Klingon flagship once its shields are down]].

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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s final MirrorUniverse episode, "Smiley" says this about [[spoiler:the Klingon flagship once its shields are down]]. Weyoun Seven tries this with Ezri Dax, [[BullyingADragon forgetting he's standing next to Worf]], the one Starfleet character who has no qualms about {{Neck Snap}}ping him on the spot.
16th Mar '16 7:19:56 PM Nakuyabi
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In linguistics, this sort of threat is known as a [[http://allthingslinguistic.com/post/49129479494/how-to-threaten-people-and-spoil-jokes-using Gricean Implicature.]]

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In linguistics, this sort of threat is known as a [[http://allthingslinguistic.com/post/49129479494/how-to-threaten-people-and-spoil-jokes-using Gricean Implicature.]]
]] Note that another even subtler way to make this kind of threat is to assert hope that some situation will proceed normally as though there were some reason for it ''not'' to: "Cute kid you got there. I hope she'll grow up to have kids of her own and live to see a ripe old age."


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** Rorschach pulls an anti-heroic version of this on the customers of the BadGuyBar Happy Harry's. When looking for the guy who hired the assassin for an attempted hit on Adrien Veidt, Rorschach casually states that, [[SarcasmMode of course]], he won't insult their ''legendary'' underworld solidarity by expecting them to give up the culprit without being tortured. Everybody in the bar immediately backs away from the culprit in question, leaving him to Rorschach's interrogation.
17th Jan '16 9:50:54 AM StFan
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* In ''Webcomic/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'', [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnomes]] [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20100124 do this]] to comic book artists.

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* In ''Webcomic/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'', ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'', [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnomes]] [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20100124 do this]] to comic book artists.




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* One of the ''SweetValleyHigh'' mystery mini-arcs involved a convicted murder stalking Elizabeth and Jessica because of his grudge against their father. He sends many threats of this nature to Ned Wakefield through the post.

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* One of the ''SweetValleyHigh'' ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' mystery mini-arcs involved a convicted murder stalking Elizabeth and Jessica because of his grudge against their father. He sends many threats of this nature to Ned Wakefield through the post.



-->'''Sinclair:''' Funny, because it looks like you're harassing...Priscilla Ljunborg. Our records show that she is all paid up on her protection money.\\

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-->'''Sinclair:''' Funny, because it looks like you're harassing... Priscilla Ljunborg. Our records show that she is all paid up on her protection money.\\



''[beat]''\\
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'''Priscilla:''' Huh?

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''[beat]''\\
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'''Priscilla:'''
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('''Priscilla:'''
Huh?



* The episode "Damned If You Don't" of ''AmericanGothic'' inverts this trope: when Buck comes to collect on a debt, and mentions him having "a lovely daughter...how old is she now, fifteen?" Carter believes (helped along by the sheriff's smarmy turn from AffablyEvil to [[{{Squick}} downright pedophilic]]) that this is a blatant threat to his daughter's life if he turns Buck down--but all the sheriff is doing is innocently offering her a job at the precinct. Of course, when Carter ''does'' turn him down and opts for a different means of paying the debt, the daughter, his wife, and his entire livelihood are indeed threatened...with tragic consequences.

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* The episode "Damned If You Don't" of ''AmericanGothic'' ''Series/AmericanGothic'' inverts this trope: when Buck comes to collect on a debt, and mentions him having "a lovely daughter...how old is she now, fifteen?" Carter believes (helped along by the sheriff's smarmy turn from AffablyEvil to [[{{Squick}} downright pedophilic]]) that this is a blatant threat to his daughter's life if he turns Buck down--but all the sheriff is doing is innocently offering her a job at the precinct. Of course, when Carter ''does'' turn him down and opts for a different means of paying the debt, the daughter, his wife, and his entire livelihood are indeed threatened...with tragic consequences.



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-->"Nice pawnshop you got here. Shame if anything should happen to it."\\
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-->'''Lymsleia: (defiantly)''' "That right! I refuse to be your PUPPET QUEEN!!"
-->'''Gizel: (nonplused)''' "My, my, and here everyone was ''so'' looking forward to the princess' coronation, but the princess is being difficult. '''(pause)''' You wouldn't want anything to happen [[CoolBigSis to Miakis]], or your other servants, would you...?"
-->'''Miakis and Lymsleia gasps in realization'''
-->'''Lymsleia: (horrified)''' "Y-you wouldn't! You wouldn't dare!"
-->'''Gizel: (nonchalant)''' "Hmph... or would I...?"

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-->'''Lymsleia: (defiantly)''' "That -->'''Lymsleia:''' (''defiantly'') That right! I refuse to be your PUPPET QUEEN!!"
-->'''Gizel: (nonplused)''' "My,
QUEEN!!\\
'''Gizel:''' (''nonplussed'') My,
my, and here everyone was ''so'' looking forward to the princess' coronation, but the princess is being difficult. '''(pause)''' (''pause'') You wouldn't want anything to happen [[CoolBigSis to Miakis]], or your other servants, would you...?"
-->'''Miakis
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(''Miakis
and Lymsleia gasps in realization'''
-->'''Lymsleia: (horrified)''' "Y-you
realization'')\\
'''Lymsleia:''' (''horrified'') Y-you
wouldn't! You wouldn't dare!"
-->'''Gizel: (nonchalant)''' "Hmph...
dare!\\
'''Gizel:''' (''nonchalant'') Hmph...
or would I...?"?



* The trope is used by [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Gensokyo]]'s resident meddling gods, Kanako Yasaka and Suwako Moriya, as part of a faith-gathering scheme. Kanako's a big planner/speaker and Suwako has a group of curse gods under her control; together they essentially offer the chance ''not'' to be cursed by Suwako. ''Mountain of Faith'' is Reimu and crew's response to this scheme.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': The trope is used by [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Gensokyo]]'s Gensokyo's resident meddling gods, Kanako Yasaka and Suwako Moriya, as part of a faith-gathering scheme. Kanako's a big planner/speaker and Suwako has a group of curse gods under her control; together they essentially offer the chance ''not'' to be cursed by Suwako. ''Mountain of Faith'' is Reimu and crew's response to this scheme.



* ''Videogame/FallenLondon'': Attempted by a couple of thugs on Claremont's tattoo parlour. Fortunately for Mr. Claremont, he had hired you, and it's a [[{{Badass}} Dangerous test]]. The two only get as far as "It'd be a shame if something-" before you throw them under a carriage for their troubles. The following SickeningCrunch gets the point across rather wonderfully.



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* In Webcomic/DinosaurComics, [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2186 T. Rex]] apparently says this kind of thing all the time out of genuine concern, unaware of how it sounds.

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* In Webcomic/DinosaurComics, ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'', [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2186 T. Rex]] apparently says this kind of thing all the time out of genuine concern, unaware of how it sounds.



* ''Videogame/FallenLondon'': Attempted by a couple of thugs on Claremont's tattoo parlour. Fortunately for Mr. Claremont, he had hired you, and it's a [[{{Badass}} Dangerous test]]. The two only get as far as "It'd be a shame if something-" before you throw them under a carriage for their troubles. The following SickeningCrunch gets the point across rather wonderfully.



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14th Jan '16 2:40:16 PM margdean56
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* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', Blake Thorbun, Rose Thorburn, and Maggie Holt turn up at the house of police officer Duncan Behaim and [[VillainOverForDinner help his wife get her car unstuck from the snow.]] When Duncan, and shortly thereafter his uncle Laird, turn up, Blake threatens to Laird that Duncan could easily lose someone precious to him if Laird continues to work against him. In this case, though, Blake isn't talking about killing her-the Other that Rose has summoned specializes in creating an AppleOfDiscord between allies, and does so by reassigning the connections of objects or people to other people in the most inconvenient way possible. In other words, Blake is threatening to make Duncan's wife break up with him.

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* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', Blake Thorbun, Rose Thorburn, and Maggie Holt turn up at the house of police officer Duncan Behaim and [[VillainOverForDinner help his wife get her car unstuck from the snow.]] When Duncan, and shortly thereafter his uncle Laird, turn up, Blake threatens to Laird that Duncan could easily lose someone precious to him if Laird continues to work against him. In this case, though, Blake isn't talking about killing her-the her--the Other that Rose has summoned specializes in creating an AppleOfDiscord between allies, and does so by reassigning the connections of objects or people to other people in the most inconvenient way possible. In other words, Blake is threatening to make Duncan's wife break up with him.
14th Jan '16 2:38:15 PM margdean56
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* In the early 20th century novel ''A Candle in Her Room,'' the third-generation protagonist Nina finds herself confronting the wicked Dido. The person Melissa loves most in the world is her great-aunt Melissa, who became her guardian after the deaths of her parents, and in order to compel Nina to do what she wants, Dido starts talking about what a terrible thing it would be if elderly Aunt Liss were to stumble on the stairs or something equally dangerous.

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* In the early 20th century novel ''A Candle in Her Room,'' the third-generation protagonist Nina finds herself confronting the wicked Dido. The person Melissa Nina loves most in the world is her great-aunt Melissa, who became her guardian after the deaths of her parents, and in order to compel Nina to do what she wants, Dido starts talking about what a terrible thing it would be if elderly Aunt Liss were to stumble on the stairs or something equally dangerous.
14th Jan '16 2:35:48 PM margdean56
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* People like that often wander into Aziraphale's book shop in ''Literature/GoodOmens''. However, once they've been bade a polite farewell, they never ever come back. Crowley also successfully subverts this trope to persuade Aziraphale to help him stop the Apocalypse, not by threatening but by pointing out how many nifty Earthly things will be lost if the world ends.

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* People like that often wander into Aziraphale's book shop bookshop in ''Literature/GoodOmens''. However, once they've been bade bidden a polite farewell, they never ever come back. Crowley also successfully subverts this trope to persuade Aziraphale to help him stop the Apocalypse, not by threatening but by pointing out how many nifty Earthly things will be lost if the world ends.
6th Jan '16 9:37:26 AM OlmoJV
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* A ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' fanfic ''FanFic/TheVow'': when [[VillainProtagonist Lord Shen]] discovers that [[TheDragon the Wolf Boss]] Zhan has his eyes on a dhole [[NinjaMaid maid]] named Jade, he tells Zhan to focus on their upcoming conquest of China and put aside his infatuation.
-->'''Shen''': I need you, Zhan. If you're distracted, I may have to find the cause of it and have it ''rooted out''.
5th Jan '16 8:59:12 PM Winter
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** There was a sketch mocking former Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, which has had a reputation of being one of the most corrupt states in the US and is widely stereotyped as having a Mob-controlled government (past ties to UsefulNotes/AlCapone probably don't help the reputation either). In this particular example, Blagojevich had been arrested for soliciting bribes for political appointments[[note]]Most infamously, he attempted to "auction off" the US Senate seat that UsefulNotes/BarackObama had vacated after being elected president.[[/note]] and has since been convicted and is currently in jail.

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** There was a sketch mocking former Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, which has had a reputation of being one of the most corrupt states in the US and is widely stereotyped as having a Mob-controlled government (past ties to UsefulNotes/AlCapone probably don't help the reputation either). In this particular example, Blagojevich had been arrested for soliciting bribes for political appointments[[note]]Most infamously, he attempted to "auction off" the US sketch, he is HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee to answer questions about an attempt to auction off UsefulNotes/BarackObama's former Senate seat seat. At the witness table, he points out that UsefulNotes/BarackObama had vacated after being elected president.[[/note]] the wiring in old buildings like the Capitol is prone to catching fire and offers to hire a couple guys to keep an eye on the place.[[note]]He has since been convicted on multiple charges of corruption and is currently in jail.imprisoned.[[/note]]
4th Jan '16 12:11:33 PM WillKeaton
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* Creator/RoosterTeeth's Geoff Ramsey recalled this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxl1eX11hHk coming from his young daughter]], coupling this trope with TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior.

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* Creator/RoosterTeeth's Geoff Ramsey recalled this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxl1eX11hHk coming from his young daughter]], daughter,]] coupling this trope with TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior.



* When investigating the death of Guy-Andre Kieffer ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy-Andr%C3%A9_Kieffer#Kidnapping_and_probable_murder who had been killed while investigating allegations of child slavery used in the production of cocoa in Africa]]), Carol Off got this kind of advice twice - first from Embassy officials, and then from local officials.

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* When investigating the death of Guy-Andre Kieffer Kieffer, ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy-Andr%C3%A9_Kieffer#Kidnapping_and_probable_murder who had been killed while investigating allegations of child slavery used in the production of cocoa in Africa]]), Africa]]) Carol Off got this kind of advice twice - first from Embassy officials, and then from local officials.
4th Jan '16 12:09:24 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Webcomic/PvP'''s Skull quit playing ''Videogame/AnimalCrossing'' for [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2013/07/01/by-nook-or-by-crook just this reason]].

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* ''Webcomic/PvP'''s Skull quit playing ''Videogame/AnimalCrossing'' for [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2013/07/01/by-nook-or-by-crook just this reason]].reason.]]
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