History Main / ShootTheMessenger

22nd Nov '17 3:27:53 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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The origin of the trope leads back to ancient Greece at least. One possible theory (besides the king being affected with {{Pride}}) is that the messenger was a defeated or losing general's son, and that [[YouHaveFailedMe his death was punishment for failure]]. It's also such a common cliche that the EvilOverlordList took time to specifically mention it.

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The origin of the trope leads back to ancient Greece at least. One possible theory (besides the king being affected with {{Pride}}) is that the messenger was a defeated or losing general's son, and that [[YouHaveFailedMe his death was punishment for failure]]. It's also such a common cliche cliché that the EvilOverlordList took time to specifically mention it.
10th Nov '17 7:01:40 PM JackG
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* Played with in ''The Outrider'' series by Richard Harding. An old enemy sends an assassin to kill the hero Bonner, but actually to reveal that IHaveYourWife. Bonner only realises this after he examines the man's vehicle and finds there's not enough petrol for the return journey. They're in a ScavengerWorld and the BigBad knew that Bonner would get the best of his assassin, so why waste petrol?
26th Oct '17 11:17:54 PM darkemyst
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** But in ''Order of the Phoenix'', before Voldemort started to lose his cool, he responded to the news that his plan to steal a prophecy from the Ministry of Magic could not have worked by thanking the messenger and promising to keep him in confidence. The man who [[YouHaveFailedMe furnished him with flawed information, however]], gets the Torture Curse...

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** But in ''Order ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix'', Phoenix]]'', before Voldemort started to lose his cool, he responded to the news that his plan to steal a prophecy from the Ministry of Magic could not have worked by thanking the messenger and promising to keep him in confidence. The man who [[YouHaveFailedMe furnished him with flawed information, however]], gets the Torture Curse...
15th Sep '17 1:30:44 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[{{Seers}} the Oracle]] gets killed now and then by clients who don't like the predictions he gives them, though he fortunately can arrange his resurrection well in advance. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0571.html According to him]], the next time he dies would be when a big druid tears him apart [[MisplacedRetribution after confirming to him that his wife was cheating on him]] (with his [[UpliftedAnimal intelligent-boosted animal companion]] yet).

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[{{Seers}} the Oracle]] gets killed now and then by clients who don't like the predictions he gives them, though he fortunately can arrange his resurrection well in advance. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0571.html According to him]], the next time he dies would be when a big druid tears him apart [[MisplacedRetribution after confirming to him that his wife was cheating on him]] (with his [[UpliftedAnimal intelligent-boosted intelligent-boosted]] [[NonHumanSidekick animal companion]] yet).
15th Sep '17 1:27:08 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[{{Seers}} the Oracle]] gets killed now and then by clients who don't like the predictions he gives them, though he fortunately can arrange his resurrection well in advance. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0571.html According to him]], the next time he dies would be when a big druid tears him apart [[MisplacedRetribution after confirming to him that his wife was cheating on him]] (with his [[UpliftedAnimal intelligent-boosted animal companion]] yet).
14th Sep '17 7:02:02 AM ElodieHiras
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* ''VideoGame/RaidWorldWarII'' has cutscenes that play when you strike a successful blow against the Nazi war machine. All involve Adolf Hitler [[AdolfHitlarious throwing a tamper tantrum]] including one where he yells at the guy bringing him the report to get out and then throwing a hand grenade at him, before realizing he's not at a safe distance and diving for cover. It's oddly satisfying.
7th Sep '17 6:39:50 PM Eddy1215
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'''Hun archer:''' (''draws bow'') One.

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'''Hun archer:''' (''draws bow'') One.[[SpareAMessenger One]].
27th Aug '17 6:23:36 PM eroock
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->''"Do you wanna know why I like killing the messenger? Because it sends a '''message'''.''"\\
-- '''Damon Salvatore''', ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''

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->''"Do you wanna know why I like killing the messenger? Because it sends a '''message'''.''"\\
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'''Damon Salvatore''', ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''
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.]]
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