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13th Nov '16 12:15:03 AM FordPrefect
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--> [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility ''Now you know how a king and tyrant feels every second of his life. Go home, and cherish your freedom.]]

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--> [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility ''Now ''[[WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility Now you know how a king and tyrant feels every second of his life. Go home, and cherish your freedom.]]]]''
9th Nov '16 10:58:17 PM DeepRed
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The KillSat may easily be an example of this. The WeaponForIntimidation is a somewhat related, smaller scale version. See also GunboatDiplomacy.

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The KillSat may easily be an example of this. The WeaponForIntimidation is a somewhat related, smaller scale version. See also AppealToForce and GunboatDiplomacy.
29th Aug '16 7:25:59 AM dresdor
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** He partially succeeded. A smaller percentage of soldiers died from disease.
27th Aug '16 10:05:03 AM gemmabeta2
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* The trope is also deployed a more metaphorical sense during the annual state opening of Parliament in the United Kingdom. At Westminster, the British Monarch puts on his royal regalia in a room where the execution warrant of Charles I is prominently displayed--just to remind His or Her Majesty who's the boss around here.
16th Aug '16 12:12:12 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', it turns out this is the exact purpose of the titular [[AntagonistTitle Guardians]], massive Forerunner war machines. A single Guardian has enough firepower to keep an entire solar system under control. At the end of the game, we see one of their weapons is an EMP burst strong enough to overwhelm an entire planet.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': In ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', it turns out this is the exact purpose of the titular [[AntagonistTitle Guardians]], massive Forerunner war machines. A single Guardian has enough firepower to keep an entire solar system under control. At the end of the game, we see one of their weapons is an EMP burst strong enough to overwhelm an entire planet.
26th Jul '16 6:05:41 AM Onomateopoetic
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* The TropeNamer is the myth of Damocles and King Dionysios from ancient Greece. Damocles, a low commoner, held his king, Dionysios, in extremely high regard and was very supportive of his rule and life, thinking his life as a king and ruler must be the grandest of all. Hearing about this, Dionysios [[ATasteOfPower invited Damocles to dine with him]], but when Damocles arrived, Dionysios had installed a sword just above Damocles' place in the room, hanging by a hair of a horse' mane. Despite being with his idol as an equal, Damocles couldn't enjoy the feast at all, being so nervous about the sword that he couldn't eat, drink or talk. Dionysios asked him if he enjoyed their meal, and Damocles answered that, in truth, it had been horrible and paranoia-inducing. To that, the king had one answer:
--> [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility ''Now you know how a king and tyrant feels every second of his life. Go home, and cherish your freedom.]]
15th Jul '16 7:11:42 PM direguy
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' villain Kang the Conquerer travels from the future in his ship, which, in his bid to conquer present-day Earth, is referred to as Damocles Base.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' villain Kang the Conquerer travels from the future in his ship, which, in his bid to conquer present-day Earth, is referred to as Damocles Base.Base which is shaped like a giant sword.
26th Jun '16 7:56:04 PM nombretomado
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* Referred to in ''TheDresdenFiles'' as the "Doom of Damocles." The "Doom" is applied to those the White Council believes to be ''just'' shy of irredeemable, and can summed up as "One strike and you're out." With "out" meaning, "beheaded by the Wardens." Note that this usage has little to do with this trope and is based on the original meaning of the term (see the Other folder for explanation).
** ''Ghost Story'' reveals that Harry himself served as this for Chicago with a lot of the supernatural community. They found him so terrifying that most just ''didn't bother showing up.''

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
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Referred to in ''TheDresdenFiles'' overall as the "Doom of Damocles." The "Doom" is applied to those the White Council believes to be ''just'' shy of irredeemable, and can summed up as "One strike and you're out." With "out" meaning, "beheaded by the Wardens." Note that this usage has little to do with this trope and is based on the original meaning of the term (see the Other folder for explanation).
** ''Ghost Story'' ''Literature/GhostStory'' reveals that Harry himself served as this for Chicago with a lot of the supernatural community. They found him so terrifying that most just ''didn't bother showing up.''
5th Jun '16 12:21:09 PM lavendermintrose
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* Literal example -- the first episode of ''{{Anime/K}}'' has two massive swords hanging in mid-air, one of which is referred to as the "Sword of Damocles". [[spoiler: The swords are a manifestation of a King's power. If a King loses complete control, it falls, and everything in the immediate area is destroyed. This has happened at least once with the Red King.]]

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* Literal example -- Swords hang over the first episode of ''{{Anime/K}}'' has two massive swords hanging Kings' heads in mid-air, one of which is ''{{Anime/K}}'', referred to InUniverse as the "Sword "Swords of Damocles". [[spoiler: The swords They are a manifestation manifestations of a King's power. If power, and if Kings overextend their power and the Sword falls, large areas around them will be destroyed as well. When it gets close to this, the only way to prevent it is for the King to be slain - but it is difficult for one who is not a King loses complete control, it falls, to slay a King, and everything in the immediate area is destroyed. This has happened at least once with burden of killing a King puts a huge strain on a King's sword... leading to something of a cycle [[spoiler: that two generations of Red and Blue kings have found themselves in]]. Both seasons of the Red King.]]anime have the possibility of this situation as a plot point.
29th Apr '16 10:42:56 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': The Demigod Vivec saved his [[{{Egopolis}} (equally named)]] city from a moonlet tossed at it by an angry demon from space, by stopping it, frozen in time, about sixty feet aboveground. He then used it as one of these, by making sure his followers didn't stop worshipping: The rock would fall on them otherwise. However, [[{{VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind}} certain dead-God-heart powered incidents later]], Vivec was gone, and the rock had to be kept in place by [[PoweredByAForsakenChild a soul-burning machine]], which later got torn up by an elf trying to save his lover. And thus, we get to see the downside to the Sword of Damocles method: Eventually, the string gives away, and the sword must fall. In this case, with [[ColonyDrop continent-wrecking results]], as it resumed its fall like it had never stopped, turned the city into a boiling crater (and yes, it's still boiling centuries later), and set off the local supervolcano.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': The Demigod In the distant past, MadGod Sheogorath hurled a rogue moon at the newly built {{Egopolis}} of the Dunmeri [[PhysicalGod Tribunal Deity]] Vivec. Vivec saved his [[{{Egopolis}} (equally named)]] the city from a moonlet tossed at it by an angry demon from space, by stopping freezing the moon high above it, frozen in time, about sixty feet aboveground. He but then used it as one of these, by making sure invoked this trope. He told his followers didn't stop worshipping: The rock would fall on them otherwise. However, [[{{VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind}} certain dead-God-heart powered incidents later]], Vivec that the moon was gone, and the rock had to be kept held in place by their love for him, and that if they should stop loving him, it would fall. [[spoiler: Due in no small part to the player's actions in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', Vivec disappears early in the 4th era. Some temporary measures are enacted to keep the moon in place, including the use of a [[PoweredByAForsakenChild a soul-burning machine]], which later got torn up by an elf trying to save his lover. And thus, we get to see the downside to the Sword of Damocles method: Eventually, the string gives away, machine]]. However, those attempts prove futile, and the sword must fall. In this case, moon falls with it's original momentum, causing [[ColonyDrop continent-wrecking results]], as it resumed its fall like it had never stopped, turned province-wrecking]] results. Years later, the waters where the city into a boiling crater (and yes, it's once stood are still boiling centuries later), and set off the local supervolcano.boiling]].
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