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26th Jul '17 12:49:37 AM JackG
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* Lampshaded in ''ComicStrips/TheWizardOfId''. The King, aware that his incompetent knight Sir Rodney is bringing news of his defeat, reminds him of the old Roman custom in which those bringing good news were rewarded with wine, women and song, whereas the bearer of bad tidings was put to death. A sweating Rodney replies with the 'joyous' news that one of the King's more awful provinces with its rebellious peasants, stinking swamps (etc, etc) [[BadNewsInAGoodWay has been given to the Huns to worry about]].
26th Jul '17 12:40:36 AM JackG
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* ''The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees'' by E. Lily Yu. When the wasps move into the bees territory, the latter send an ambassador with an ultimatum -- the bee is executed [[FingerInTheMail and its stinger sent back to the hive]]. The bees send another ambassador who attempts negotiation. The wasps rip out his stinger and allow the bee to stagger back to the hive and die. Then an elderly bee arrives with his stinger encased in a ball of wax. After hearing the terms of surrender, he begs the wasps to wait a few days [[FateWorseThanDeath for him to die]] before imposing them. [[CruelMercy They refuse.]]
11th Jun '17 8:14:03 AM HazelMcCallister
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** Also done famously to Khwarezmid a few years earlier. The Mongols sent not one, but TWO diplomatic caravans to Khwarezmid, and in both cases the messengers were either executed or publicly humiliated and sent packing. The Mongol response was to ''erase Khwarezmid from the face of the earth''.

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** Also done famously to Khwarezmid Khwarezmia a few years earlier. The Mongols sent not one, but TWO diplomatic caravans to Khwarezmid, Khwarezmia, and in both cases the messengers were either executed or publicly humiliated and sent packing. The Mongol response was to ''erase Khwarezmid Khwarezmia from the face of the earth''.
29th May '17 9:15:25 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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-->'''Penguin:''' What?! But who could've... ''[suddenly [[TranquilFury quietly]] angry]'' No. ''[[GenreSavvy Don't]]'' [[GenreSavvy say it]].

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-->'''Penguin:''' What?! But who could've... ''[suddenly [[TranquilFury quietly]] angry]'' No. ''[[GenreSavvy Don't]]'' [[GenreSavvy ''Don't'' say it]].it.
29th Apr '17 5:36:07 PM LinTaylor
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** In the scene involving Frieza, the henchman comes in, reports on the arrival of the Ginyu Force, and Frieza seems content to let him be, but then the henchman also announces that due to the tendency of Frieza's men to [[BadBoss be killed off by Frieza]], the rest of his men have decided to form a union. Frieza says that decision is "Adorable" in a mildly amused voice, then promptly kills the henchman without even [[ContemplativeBoss turning to face him]].

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** In the scene involving Frieza, Freeza, the henchman comes in, reports on the arrival of the Ginyu Force, and Frieza Freeza seems content to let him be, but then the henchman also announces that due to the tendency of Frieza's men to [[BadBoss be killed off by Frieza]], Freeza's tendency to kill them on a whim]], the rest of his men have decided to form a union. Frieza Freeza says that decision is "Adorable" in a mildly amused voice, then promptly kills the henchman without even [[ContemplativeBoss turning to face him]].him]].
*** In another episode, a messenger doesn't even get to say ''what'' the news is before Freeza blasts him. Freeza was just looking for a way to get out of the awkward conversation he was having with his minion Zarbon (where it looked like he was going to have to admit that [[MistakenForGay he thought Zarbon was gay]]).
25th Mar '17 6:32:09 AM ironballs16
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* This trope is also spoofed in the Rowan Atkinson comedy routine, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaQNuBHd6CY Pink Tights and Plenty of Props]]'' (from 2:10). Particularly funny is the messenger delivering bad news which he thinks is good news.

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* This trope is also spoofed in the Rowan Atkinson comedy routine, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaQNuBHd6CY Pink Tights and Plenty of Props]]'' (from 2:10). Particularly funny is the messenger delivering bad news which he thinks ''thinks'' is good news.
19th Mar '17 11:49:52 AM Lopiny
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* ''Webcomic/GenocideMan'': At one point, the head of the Genocide Project, Kevin (who is also [[SuperSoldier a Genocide Man himself]]), killed a scientist with his bare hands for bringing him bad news before tea, with Lola only finding out when she asks why exactly they're taking vital strategic information to her instead. [[spoiler:This is the last straw for her, and she decided Kevin had [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived his usefulness]], taking him out immediately afterwards]].
15th Mar '17 10:15:44 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': With the masked Devil of Hell's Kitchen causing problems for the Russian gang, Anatoly and Vladimir Ranskahov decide to accept Wilson Fisk's offer of support to their criminal venture. After seeing that Matt has made short work of the guys who had kidnapped Claire, Anatoly personally goes to Fisk to tell him that he accepts the deal....and ends up interrupting Fisk's date with Vanessa. Fisk is so pissed off by this intrusion of his privacy that he proceeds to beat Anatoly unconscious, then decapitate him with a car door. Then Fisk sets in motion the machinations to eliminate the rest of the Russians, including Vladimir.

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': With the masked Devil of Hell's Kitchen Matt Murdock causing problems for the Russian gang, Anatoly and Vladimir Ranskahov decide to accept Wilson Fisk's offer of support to their criminal venture. After seeing that Matt has made short work of the guys who had kidnapped Claire, Anatoly personally goes to Fisk to tell him that he accepts the deal....and ends up interrupting Fisk's date with Vanessa. Fisk is so pissed off by this intrusion of his privacy that he proceeds to beat Anatoly unconscious, then decapitate him with a car door. Then Fisk sets in motion the machinations to eliminate the rest of the Russians, including Vladimir.
25th Feb '17 8:37:17 PM FurryKef
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* With the Extended DLC for ''Videogame/MassEffect3'', if you shoot [[spoiler:the Catalyst]], it answers back in a booming voice "SO BE IT" and decides that you have rejected it's choices, thus causing what is functionally an "ending" that is functionally a NonStandardGameOver.

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* With the Extended DLC for ''Videogame/MassEffect3'', if you shoot [[spoiler:the Catalyst]], it answers back in a booming voice "SO BE IT" and decides that you have rejected it's its choices, thus causing what is functionally an "ending" that is functionally a NonStandardGameOver.
25th Feb '17 8:12:34 PM FurryKef
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* Vlad III of Wallachia (better known as {{Dracula}}) once recieved some Ottoman emmisaries, who due to their religion, refused to remove their turbans. He made certain they could never take them off; nailing them to their heads.

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* Vlad III of Wallachia (better known as {{Dracula}}) once recieved received some Ottoman emmisaries, who due to their religion, refused to remove their turbans. He made certain they could never take them off; nailing them to their heads.
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