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18th Jun '18 12:34:42 PM SteveMB
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Compare InsultBackfire and AttackBackfire. Often a SubTrope of TemptingFate and the related BeCarefulWhatYouSay, ThreatBackfire is also a common effect of telling someone they have to GoThroughMe, responding to someone else's threat with YouAndWhatArmy, or using virtually any StockPhrase featuring the words "over my dead body" or "from my cold, dead fingers". Also a common response to challenges on the lines of "Oh yeah? And what are ''you'' gonna do about it?" when the threatened person treats this as if it were a real request for information, to be answered with a practical demonstration of more or less devastating force, accompanied by the answer "This".

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Compare InsultBackfire InsultBackfire, AttackBackfire, and AttackBackfire.{{Unishment}}. Often a SubTrope of TemptingFate and the related BeCarefulWhatYouSay, ThreatBackfire is also a common effect of telling someone they have to GoThroughMe, responding to someone else's threat with YouAndWhatArmy, or using virtually any StockPhrase featuring the words "over my dead body" or "from my cold, dead fingers". Also a common response to challenges on the lines of "Oh yeah? And what are ''you'' gonna do about it?" when the threatened person treats this as if it were a real request for information, to be answered with a practical demonstration of more or less devastating force, accompanied by the answer "This".
15th Jun '18 10:02:17 AM falcon2484
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* Played with in Rob Reiner's adaptation of ''Literature/{{Misery}}''. Annie withholds Paul's pain meds until he burns up the only copy of his book ''Fast Cars'', in manuscript form. He tries to save it by falsely claiming he's made other copies and that burning it up won't mean anything to him, but Annie knows too much about him--mainly, that he never makes more than one copy of a new manuscript out of superstition. When he still fails to comply, she proceeds with an oblique threat to "accidentally" set ''him'' on fire instead. That works. (In the novel, Paul doesn't have the presence of mind to consider this tactic, as he is in horrific pain--but later is grateful he didn't, because he realizes that to thwart Annie in her efforts to destroy the "bad book" might've resulted in a ''worse'' fate for ''him''.)

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* Played with (and ultimately averted) in Rob Reiner's adaptation of ''Literature/{{Misery}}''. ''Literature/{{Misery}}''. Annie withholds Paul's pain meds until he burns up the only copy of his book ''Fast Cars'', in manuscript form. form. He tries to save it by falsely claiming he's made other copies and that burning it up won't mean anything to him, but Annie knows too much about him--mainly, that he never makes more than one copy of a new manuscript out of superstition. superstition. When he still fails to comply, she proceeds with an oblique threat to "accidentally" set ''him'' on fire instead. instead. That works. works. (In the novel, Paul doesn't have the presence of mind to consider this tactic, as he is in horrific pain--but later is grateful he didn't, because he realizes that to thwart Annie in her efforts to destroy the "bad book" might've resulted in a ''worse'' fate for ''him''.)
15th Jun '18 9:45:39 AM falcon2484
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* Played with in Rob Reiner's adaptation of ''Literature/{{Misery}}''. Annie withholds Paul's pain meds until he burns up the only copy of his book ''Fast Cars'', in manuscript form. He tries to save it by falsely claiming he's made other copies and that burning it up won't mean anything to him, but Annie knows too much about him--mainly, that he never makes more than one copy of a new manuscript out of superstition. When he still fails to comply, she proceeds with an oblique threat to "accidentally" set ''him'' on fire instead. That works. (In the novel, Paul doesn't have the presence of mind to consider this tactic, as he is in horrific pain--but later is grateful he didn't, because he realizes that to thwart Annie in her efforts to destroy the "bad book" might've resulted in a ''worse'' fate for ''him''.)
13th May '18 1:25:30 PM DaibhidC
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** In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', the Queen of the Elves threatens to take Granny Weatherwax's mind, her strength, and leave one small part of her that remembers who she is but is powerless. Granny retorts that this is called "becoming old" and happens ''anyway''. And if that's the best threat the Queen's got, it just shows how little she understands mortals.
6th May '18 6:48:07 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* A similar variation in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' if your [[PlayerCharacter Warden Commander]] in the expansion is the [[ImplacableMan same one]] from the original. Early on, your Warden is established as the ruler of a portion of land in your country. Your estate receives a letter from a noble, informing you that his daughter is kidnapped and begging you to pay the ransom for him because he can't get the money quickly enough. When you arrive at the meet, the bandit leader is angry that someone other than the noble showed up, and your Warden can casually mention "yeah, he couldn't make it, so [[OhCrap he sent the commander of the Grey Wardens instead.]]" The bandits get worried, and you can almost see one of them losing bladder control as he yelps out "[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu The one who killed the]] ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Archdemon??]]''", but the leader says "well, make any moves and we'll kill the girl!" Your character can basically shrug and say [[BadassBoast "Really?]] [[SerialKiller There's a river of blood behind me.]] [[RoaringRampageOfRescue Well, if that's what you want,]]" which causes half the bandits, including the ones holding the girl, to ''[[GenreSavvy run like hell]]''. Bonus points if your Warden is an [[AGodAmI Arcane Warrior]]. [[GenreBlind Of course]], [[TooDumbToLive the rest of the bandits decide to fight you.]] [[HilarityEnsues Guess how that ends.]]

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* A similar variation in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' if your [[PlayerCharacter Warden Commander]] in the expansion is the [[ImplacableMan same one]] from the original. Early on, your Warden is established as the ruler of a portion of land in your country. Your estate receives a letter from a noble, informing you that his daughter is kidnapped and begging you to pay the ransom for him because he can't get the money quickly enough. When you arrive at the meet, the bandit leader is angry that someone other than the noble showed up, and your Warden can casually mention "yeah, he couldn't make it, so [[OhCrap he sent the commander of the Grey Wardens instead.]]" The bandits get worried, and you can almost see one of them losing bladder control as he yelps out "[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu The one who killed the]] ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Archdemon??]]''", but the leader says "well, make any moves and we'll kill the girl!" Your character can basically shrug and say [[BadassBoast "Really?]] [[SerialKiller There's a river of blood behind me.]] [[RoaringRampageOfRescue Well, if that's what you want,]]" which causes half the bandits, including the ones holding the girl, to ''[[GenreSavvy run ''run like hell]]''.hell''. Bonus points if your Warden is an [[AGodAmI Arcane Warrior]]. [[GenreBlind Of course]], [[TooDumbToLive the rest of the bandits decide to fight you.]] [[HilarityEnsues Guess how that ends.]]
20th Apr '18 9:50:39 PM Lanes17B
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Growth Spout," when Mr. Krabs resorts to stealing food from his employees' homes to feed Pearl's growing body, Squidward threatens to call the police after he caught Mr. Krabs stealing his gourmet food. When Mr. Krabs threatens to fire him, Squidward dials 911. When even stating that of he goes to prison, no one will take care of Pearl is not enough to hang up the phone, Squidward demands Mr. Krabs give him his gold tooth.
11th Apr '18 12:16:52 PM MikeW
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* Played for laughs on ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' when London and Maddie go head-to-head in a competition.
-->'''London''': I'll beat you so bad that you won't have a penny to your name! And you'll have to work like a dog for the rest of your life!
-->'''Maddie''': Ha! I'm already there!
6th Apr '18 9:33:56 AM MikeW
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* On ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', Weber's AA sponsor is checked in, having relapsed and wants him to help her "die with dignity." When he naturally refuses, she first threatens to go over his head but he points out how "I'm married to the owner of the hospital and I mentored the chief surgeon." She then crosses the line by stating she will out him as an alcoholic to any doctor he sends in. He immediately brings in Meredith and Maggie, both of whom already know all about Richard's past problems and snaps that "I trust them completely so feel free to share anything you want."
25th Mar '18 11:02:07 AM Trooper924
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* In the Rodger Corman ''[[Film/TheFantasticFour Fantastic Four]]'' movie, after his lair gets invaded by Doctor Doom, the Jeweler tries to get him to back off by threatening to kill Alicia Masters. Doom responds by leaning over to take a look at Alicia and then deadpanning, "So?"
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