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24th Jun '17 8:54:45 PM MikeW
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* On ''Daytime Divas,'' Maxine is going in for cosmetic surgery (one of a few she's had) when she boasts about being a "natural beauty." She suffers complications and is in a coma but recovers quickly. Mo manages to find out about it and uses it to threaten Maxine to give her more time on the show or she releases the news. On air, Maxine confesses the truth, making it sound like her first time and she's grateful she didn't go through with it. It turns out to be a great moment to win over viewers and thus defuses Mo's leverage.
** Subverted when Mo's assistant tries to hold out for more money or he'll release a sex tape of them. Mo snorts to go ahead as she doesn't mind folks knowing how hot she is. But the man fires back by reminding Mo about how this would count as sexual harassment and get her fired so she has to keep him on at higher pay.
18th Jun '17 1:27:24 PM MikeW
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* In ''Film/{{Dave}}'', when Dave wants to go ahead with his job plan, Bob threatens to fire him. After a pause, Dave replies "fine" and makes it clear he's perfectly ready to go out and tell the press how the White House Chief of Staff conspired to have an imposter pose as the President of the United States just so he could keep his own power. When the First Lady enters, she makes it clear she knows the truth and is okay with it. Too late, Bob realizes there's no way he can reveal the charade without exposing himself as the mastermind and going to jail.
18th Jun '17 1:27:24 PM MikeW
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12th Jun '17 8:38:44 PM ironcommando
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* Drache, the first boss of the ShootEmUp ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}'' is a large dragon-like walker machine who threatens the player ship "Dies ist eine Warnung! Entladen Sie alle Ihre Waffen!" before the fight starts. This translates to "This is a warning! Unload all your weapons!". Not a very smart threat, since the player promptly unloads all their weapons into the boss.
21st May '17 9:03:57 AM nombretomado
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* ''[[AVeryPotterMusical A Very Potter Sequel]]'': Draco orders Crabbe and Goyle to shake Ron and Hermione to win Harry over.

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* ''[[AVeryPotterMusical A Very Potter Sequel]]'': ''Theatre/AVeryPotterSequel'': Draco orders Crabbe and Goyle to shake Ron and Hermione to win Harry over.
29th Apr '17 10:58:36 AM eedwardgrey3
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# The person being threatened knows it's a threat, but decides to take it at the ExactWords face value for comic effect at the other's expense. Most common when the person threatened is a {{Trickster}} or DeadpanSnarker. Can [[BewareTheSillyOnes still]] be fatal.

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# The person being threatened knows it's a threat, but decides to take it at the ExactWords face value for [[LiteralistSnarking comic effect at the other's expense.expense]]. Most common when the person threatened is a {{Trickster}} or DeadpanSnarker. Can [[BewareTheSillyOnes still]] be fatal.[[NotHyperBole fatal]].
26th Apr '17 12:18:18 PM Hjortron18
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* This is a RunningGag in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'':
-->'''Thor:''' You betray me, and I will kill you.\\
'''Loki:''' [''grins''] When do we start?\\
(later)\\
'''Sif:''' Betray him and I will kill you.\\
'''Loki:''' It's good to see you too, Sif.\\
(later)\\
'''Volstagg:''' If you even ''think'' about betraying himó\\
'''Loki:''' You'll... kill me? Evidently, there will be a line.
11th Apr '17 4:55:49 PM Discar
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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Lucius Fox to accountant Reese, who is threatening to expose Bruce Wayne as Batman: "Let me get this straight: You think that your client, one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the world, is secretly a vigilante who spends his nights beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands. And your plan is to blackmail this person? Good luck." Somewhat subverted in that his failure to successfully blackmail the company didn't stop him from threatening to reveal the secret anyway; the Joker [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade took care of that]].

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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Lucius Fox to accountant Reese, who is threatening to expose Bruce Wayne as Batman: "Let me get this straight: You think that your client, one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the world, is secretly a vigilante who spends his nights beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands. And your plan is to blackmail this person? Good luck." Somewhat subverted in that his failure to successfully blackmail the company didn't stop At first, this convinced him from threatening not to reveal the secret anyway; secret, but Reese decided to reveal it when the Joker [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade took care of that]].was killing people while hunting for Batman. Of course, by this point the Joker had decided that the world was more fun with a masked Batman in it, so he puts a hit out on Reese. Bruce saves Reese in his civilian identity, and Reese remains quiet.



--> '''Catwoman:''' I'm not bluffing!
--> '''Batman:''' They know. They just don't care.

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--> '''Catwoman:''' I'm not bluffing!
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bluffing!\\
'''Batman:''' They know. They just don't care.
2nd Apr '17 6:02:06 PM DevilMaster
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--->'''Han:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner Yes, I bet you have.]] (''shoots Greedo [[TheDogShotFirst FIRST]]'')

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--->'''Han:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner Yes, I bet you have.]] (''shoots Greedo [[TheDogShotFirst FIRST]]'')Greedo'')
2nd Mar '17 6:33:40 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Gohan is fighting Cell and is at a distinct disadvantage. However, he knows that he can beat Cell if he goes into an UnstoppableRage and warns Cell of this, hoping to get him to back down. However, Gohan fails to consider that Cell is the kind of person who ''wants'' him at full strength for the sake of a challenge, and Gohan's revelation just makes Cell determined to keep pushing Gohan's BerserkButton until he snaps and unleashes his hidden power. [[GoneHorriblyRight It]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor works]].

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Gohan is fighting Cell and is at a distinct disadvantage. However, he knows that he can beat Cell if he goes into an UnstoppableRage and warns Cell of this, hoping to get him to back down. However, Gohan fails to consider that Cell is the kind of person who ''wants'' him at full strength for the sake of a challenge, and Gohan's revelation just makes Cell determined to keep pushing Gohan's BerserkButton buttons until he snaps [[RageBreakingPoint snaps]] and unleashes his hidden power. [[GoneHorriblyRight It]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor works]].


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* ''Manga/ShamanKing'': When Tokagero possesses Ryu and threatens to kill him, Anna outright threatens to send him to Hell if he does go through with it. Tokagero Tokagero tells her point-blank that the thought of going to Hell doesn't scare him; having been born into poverty and forced to eat his own mother's corpse to survive, he already lived through Hell.
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