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19th Jan '16 10:27:18 AM nombretomado
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* In ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Rebel Stand]]'', the cast is looking over new developments in the war. Since the book is written by AaronAllston, they snark constantly.
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* In ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Rebel Stand]]'', the cast is looking over new developments in the war. Since the book is written by AaronAllston, Creator/AaronAllston, they snark constantly.
28th Nov '15 7:27:32 AM RevDave
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* Played straight in the early issue of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' to a villain that has just turned Moscow into a charnel house. The U.N. ups the response by blatantly cough not sending in a kill squad.
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* Played straight in the early issue of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' to a villain that has just turned Moscow into a charnel house. The U.N. ups the response by blatantly cough *cough* not sending in a kill squad.

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* Played straight in In [[Magazine/{{Mad}} MAD Magazine]] parody comic from the early issue of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' to a villain that has just turned Moscow into a charnel house. The U.N. ups late 80s, [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]] is unfavorably portrayed as the response by blatantly cough not sending in kind of diplomat who'd ask Starfleet to send a kill squad.strongly-worded letter to the Klingons... while they're firing on the Enterprise.
21st Oct '15 2:42:43 PM sinesofinsanity
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* Gretchen in ''WesternAnimation/Recess'' at one point takes action on behalf of her friend in the form of an "Angry E-Mail". The AI in her pocket computer (the episode was written before the days of smart phones) becomes very excited about the idea. Notable as the angry e-mail does achieve it's objective, which is more than any of the pranks the gang pulls during the episode do.
9th Oct '15 11:58:35 AM Conradus
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** Holmes writes his guess of the leader in question and passes it unrevealed to the client, who admits that's who it is. [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany It's not difficult to figure out who it's supposed to be.]]
25th Sep '15 6:19:05 PM Berrenta
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* The most ''awesome'' possible version of this occurred in ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'', where the titular character uses a [[{{BFG}} mystical automatic rifle]] that turns into a typewriter to author a strongly-worded letter to the final boss... [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and then ''fires'' it out of the gun]] ForMassiveDamage. It's an [[RunningGag "Unpleasant Note"]], to be exact. Complete with grammatical errors, name-calling and a nasty sketch.
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* The most ''awesome'' possible version of this occurred in ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'', where the titular character uses a [[{{BFG}} mystical automatic rifle]] that turns into a typewriter to author a strongly-worded letter to the final boss... [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and then ''fires'' it out of the gun]] ForMassiveDamage.for massive damage. It's an [[RunningGag "Unpleasant Note"]], to be exact. Complete with grammatical errors, name-calling and a nasty sketch.
24th Sep '15 7:08:15 AM LordInsane
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** Pretty much the exact same criticism was levied against the League of Nations in its time, and just as with the United Nations various associated agencies were actively involved in alleviating the suffering caused by Bad Things (in fact, several UN agencies originated as League agencies).
7th Sep '15 11:20:02 AM nombretomado
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* In ''[[NewJediOrder Rebel Stand]]'', the cast is looking over new developments in the war. Since the book is written by AaronAllston, they snark constantly.
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* In ''[[NewJediOrder ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Rebel Stand]]'', the cast is looking over new developments in the war. Since the book is written by AaronAllston, they snark constantly.
13th Aug '15 10:47:44 AM maxwellsilver
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Don't ever do that again.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', [[BigBad Z]][[LargeHam u]][[CardCarryingVillain r]][[EvilOverlord g]] attacks the planet of Tangea and kidnaps their king. The Tangean response? To immediately form a committee to evaluate the situation. The "committee" is later seen preparing a letter to send to Zurg and one of them asks if "displeasure" is too harsh a word.
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', [[BigBad Z]][[LargeHam u]][[CardCarryingVillain r]][[EvilOverlord g]] Zurg attacks the planet of Tangea and kidnaps their king. The Tangean response? To immediately form a committee to evaluate the situation. The "committee" is later seen preparing a letter to send to Zurg and one of them asks if "displeasure" is too harsh a word.
13th Aug '15 10:46:19 AM maxwellsilver
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* [[Creator/SeanPenn Sean Penn's]] response to TeamAmericaWorldPolice (which allegedly espoused political viewpoints he opposed) was to send Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone an [[http://www.missourah.com/2005/04/25/sean-penns-letter-to-trey-parker-and-matt-stone/ angry letter]] telling them just how angry he was.
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* [[Creator/SeanPenn Sean Penn's]] Creator/SeanPenn's response to TeamAmericaWorldPolice ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' (which allegedly espoused political viewpoints he opposed) was to send Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone an [[http://www.missourah.com/2005/04/25/sean-penns-letter-to-trey-parker-and-matt-stone/ angry letter]] telling them just how angry he was.
13th Aug '15 10:45:09 AM maxwellsilver
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* One of the habits of the Swedish superhero Kapten Stofil ("Captain Geezer"). Many of his first adventures ends with [[AuthorAvatar his civilian alter ego]] writing one. However, as a superhero [[SubvertedTrope he is so good at it that supervillains fear them!]]. And the superhero group he is a member of, ''Všnner Av Ordning'', has a name that not just is a pun on the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} (it means "Friends of Order") - it also reflects the standard signature of a StronglyWordedLetter. ''The Concerned Citizens'' might be a good translation.
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* One of the habits of the Swedish superhero Kapten Stofil ("Captain Geezer"). Many of his first adventures ends with [[AuthorAvatar his civilian alter ego]] writing one. However, as a superhero [[SubvertedTrope he is so good at it that supervillains fear them!]]. And the superhero group he is a member of, ''Všnner Av Ordning'', has a name that not just is a pun on the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} (it means "Friends of Order") - it also reflects the standard signature of a StronglyWordedLetter.Strongly Worded Letter. ''The Concerned Citizens'' might be a good translation.

* Marmee does this in response to Amy's teacher striking her with a ruler in the film version of ''LittleWomen.''
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* Marmee does this in response to Amy's teacher striking her with a ruler in the film version of ''LittleWomen.''Literature/LittleWomen.''

* Also from Literature/{{Discworld}}, ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' has Nuggan, a god who is described by a diplomat as the divine counterpart of the kind of person who constantly sends {{Strongly Worded Letter}}s to the editor signing off as "Disgusted of Ankh-Morpork". (See "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells" in RealLife, below.) [[AnalogyBackfire This was supposed to convince Sam Vimes that Nuggan is not actually insane.]]
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* Also from Literature/{{Discworld}}, ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' has Nuggan, a god who is described by a diplomat as the divine counterpart of the kind of person who constantly sends {{Strongly Worded Letter}}s such letters to the editor signing off as "Disgusted of Ankh-Morpork". (See "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells" in RealLife, below.) [[AnalogyBackfire This was supposed to convince Sam Vimes that Nuggan is not actually insane.]]

* A common additional punchline to jokes about TooSoon or DudeNotFunny current events told by [[TheTonightShow Jay Leno]] was for Leno to mime writing a letter while muttering "Dear Mr. Leno, I just saw your recent show and..."
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* A common additional punchline to jokes about TooSoon or DudeNotFunny current events told by [[TheTonightShow [[Series/TheTonightShow Jay Leno]] was for Leno to mime writing a letter while muttering "Dear Mr. Leno, I just saw your recent show and..."

* A common [=FarkCom=] cliche is that the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations is an entity whose strongest action is the StronglyWordedLetter. Not that it isn't a lot of folks' opinion of the UN...
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* A common [=FarkCom=] cliche is that the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations is an entity whose strongest action is the StronglyWordedLetter.Strongly Worded Letter. Not that it isn't a lot of folks' opinion of the UN...

* Characters on ''TheGoonShow'' would often threaten to write an angry letter to ''The Times'' when being robbed, kidnapped, having their country invaded, being hit by a batter pudding, etc. ** This being ''TheGoonShow'', this is often treated as actually being a credible threat. On one occasion, when Neddie Seagoon tried to write a letter to the papers complaining about his hands being tied behind his back, Grytpype-Thynne attempts to throw them off the scent by substituting a "Dear sir, today I heard the first cuckoo" letter.
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* Characters on ''TheGoonShow'' ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' would often threaten to write an angry letter to ''The Times'' when being robbed, kidnapped, having their country invaded, being hit by a batter pudding, etc. ** This being ''TheGoonShow'', ''The Goon Show'', this is often treated as actually being a credible threat. On one occasion, when Neddie Seagoon tried to write a letter to the papers complaining about his hands being tied behind his back, Grytpype-Thynne attempts to throw them off the scent by substituting a "Dear sir, today I heard the first cuckoo" letter.

* Subverted in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' by Yuna [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2013/06/20/0492-yuna-has-the-atom-bomb/ here]]. When a teacher during a 'Bullying Prevention Day' lesson asks her how she'd deal with incessant chicanery, and Yuna replies that she'd get out her pencil, the teacher immediately assumes that she would send a StronglyWordedLetter to a teacher or maybe the principal. Nope. Yuna's the daughter of an ex-Special Forces operative and a former south-east asian [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized rebel]], who named their kids after characters from ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' and gave them combat-training to match. [[Film/TheDarkKnight How 'bout a magic trick?]] [[EyeScream I'm gonna make this pencil disappear...]]
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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' by Yuna [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2013/06/20/0492-yuna-has-the-atom-bomb/ here]]. When a teacher during a 'Bullying Prevention Day' lesson asks her how she'd deal with incessant chicanery, and Yuna replies that she'd get out her pencil, the teacher immediately assumes that she would send a StronglyWordedLetter Strongly Worded Letter to a teacher or maybe the principal. Nope. Yuna's the daughter of an ex-Special Forces operative and a former south-east asian [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized rebel]], who named their kids after characters from ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' and gave them combat-training to match. [[Film/TheDarkKnight How 'bout a magic trick?]] [[EyeScream I'm gonna make this pencil disappear...]]

* ''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob'' alluded to this in his ''{{Film/Maniac}}'' review:
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* ''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob'' alluded to this in his ''{{Film/Maniac}}'' ''Film/{{Maniac}}'' review:

* At one point, Hank of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' is charged [[ItMakesSenseInContext a ludicrous amount for a haircut by the US Army]], and gets fed up to the point that he stands and declares that he is going to write to his Congressman. [[WhatAnIdiot Naturally, he doesn't even know how to turn on the computer,]] [[BoringButPractical and writes his letter out by hand.]] Subverted, when it's revealed that the Congressman obviously never even read Hank's letter.
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* At one point, Hank of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' is charged [[ItMakesSenseInContext a ludicrous amount for a haircut by the US Army]], Army, and gets fed up to the point that he stands and declares that he is going to write to his Congressman. [[WhatAnIdiot Naturally, he doesn't even know how to turn on the computer,]] [[BoringButPractical computer, and writes his letter out by hand.]] hand. Subverted, when it's revealed that the Congressman obviously never even read Hank's letter.

* In one episode of ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', [[BigBad Z]][[LargeHam u]][[CardCarryingVillain r]][[EvilOverlord g]] attacks the planet of [[StrawVulcan Tangea]] and kidnaps their king. The Tangean response? To immediately form a committee to evaluate the situation. The "committee" is later seen preparing a letter to send to Zurg and one of them asks if "displeasure" is too harsh a word.
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* In one episode of ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', [[BigBad Z]][[LargeHam u]][[CardCarryingVillain r]][[EvilOverlord g]] attacks the planet of [[StrawVulcan Tangea]] Tangea and kidnaps their king. The Tangean response? To immediately form a committee to evaluate the situation. The "committee" is later seen preparing a letter to send to Zurg and one of them asks if "displeasure" is too harsh a word.

*** A Declaration of Independence is a StronglyWordedLetter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_language_is_a_dialect_with_an_army_and_navy with an army and a navy]].
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*** A Declaration of Independence is a StronglyWordedLetter Strongly Worded Letter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_language_is_a_dialect_with_an_army_and_navy with an army and a navy]].

* The UsefulNotes/UnitedNations seems to be quite fond of sending angry letters. If you are funding terrorists, violating human rights, invading other nations, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking creating a fictional version of the UN for a]] [[NationStates web game]] etc, then you can expect your very own StronglyWordedLetter from the UN. Also frequently a point of criticism is that the UN rarely takes any action beyond sending these letters. Note, however, that there is a reason for this--namely, that sometimes, the only thing the UN is ''allowed'' to do is send a StronglyWordedLetter. To wit: ** The UN General Assembly--the part of the UN that includes representatives of all member countries--is forbidden by the UN Charter from issuing resolutions with binding effect (except for resolutions dealing with internal UN matters like the UN budget and nominations for UN bureaucrats), meaning that pretty much everything it does is a Strongly Worded Letter about something or other. ** The UN Security Council actually ''can'' order direct action, but it rarely does so, as the permanent members can veto any resolution, and if whoever is doing Bad Things is a friend of a permanent member (and that is very likely), the Council won't be able to pass any measure that requires action. That said, a lot of the time, what looks like a StronglyWordedLetter from the Security Council is actually the Council giving the countries that can spare the resources permission to take some kind of military action against the country doing the Bad Things, making it not so much a mere angry complaint as a court order (with the court being very politicized and the sheriff being a country). ** The Secretariat and other subordinate bodies of the UN bureaucracy can and do often condemn the Bad Things, but they cannot order it to stop; they merely manage that UN's innumerable agencies and other administrative responsibilities. That said, many of the UN agencies actually ''do'' do something; they tend to supply or coordinate humanitarian aid, alleviating the suffering caused by the Bad Things. Everyone seems to forget about this part of the UN's business--which is, truth be told, most of what they do--when saying that the organization "doesn't do anything."
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* The UsefulNotes/UnitedNations seems to be quite fond of sending angry letters. If you are funding terrorists, violating human rights, invading other nations, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking creating a fictional version of the UN for a]] [[NationStates web game]] etc, then you can expect your very own StronglyWordedLetter Strongly Worded Letter from the UN. Also frequently a point of criticism is that the UN rarely takes any action beyond sending these letters. Note, however, that there is a reason for this--namely, this -- namely, that sometimes, the only thing the UN is ''allowed'' to do is send a StronglyWordedLetter.Strongly Worded Letter. To wit: ** The UN General Assembly--the Assembly -- the part of the UN that includes representatives of all member countries--is countries -- is forbidden by the UN Charter from issuing resolutions with binding effect (except for resolutions dealing with internal UN matters like the UN budget and nominations for UN bureaucrats), meaning that pretty much everything it does is a Strongly Worded Letter about something or other. ** The UN Security Council actually ''can'' order direct action, but it rarely does so, as the permanent members can veto any resolution, and if whoever is doing Bad Things is a friend of a permanent member (and that is very likely), the Council won't be able to pass any measure that requires action. That said, a lot of the time, what looks like a StronglyWordedLetter Strongly Worded Letter from the Security Council is actually the Council giving the countries that can spare the resources permission to take some kind of military action against the country doing the Bad Things, making it not so much a mere angry complaint as a court order (with the court being very politicized and the sheriff being a country). ** The Secretariat and other subordinate bodies of the UN bureaucracy can and do often condemn the Bad Things, but they cannot order it to stop; they merely manage that the UN's innumerable agencies and other administrative responsibilities. That said, many of the UN agencies actually ''do'' do something; they tend to supply or coordinate humanitarian aid, alleviating the suffering caused by the Bad Things. Everyone seems to forget about this part of the UN's business--which business -- which is, truth be told, most of what they do--when do -- when saying that the organization "doesn't do anything."

* [[Creator/SeanPenn Sean Penn's]] response to TeamAmericaWorldPolice (which allegedly espoused political viewpoints he opposed) was to send TreyParker and MattStone an [[http://www.missourah.com/2005/04/25/sean-penns-letter-to-trey-parker-and-matt-stone/ angry letter]] telling them just how angry he was.
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* [[Creator/SeanPenn Sean Penn's]] response to TeamAmericaWorldPolice (which allegedly espoused political viewpoints he opposed) was to send TreyParker and MattStone Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone an [[http://www.missourah.com/2005/04/25/sean-penns-letter-to-trey-parker-and-matt-stone/ angry letter]] telling them just how angry he was.
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