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12th Feb '18 1:44:43 PM MikeW
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* On ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'', the title character is up front on how he's the Devil come to Los Angeles but no one believes it. Thus, when someone threatens him with a gun, his reaction is to literally laugh it off as nothing can harm him.
** Subverted if Lucifer is with Chloe as, for some reason, her presence does make him vulnerable to harm.
** Lucifer discovers that Pierce is actually [[spoiler: Cain, the world's first murderer, condemned with eternal life.]] When Pierce is walking away, Lucifer threatens to tell everyone the man's secret. Pierce scoffs to go right ahead as "no one even believes you're the Devil."
1st Feb '18 11:41:30 AM MikeW
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* On ''LawAndOrderSVU'', Haung decides to help an addict get clean with a controversial drug that's not been cleared in the U.S., knowing it's a risk. The boy helps the detectives trick the doctor who got him on drugs in the first place to get on tape confessing to murder and assault. When the man threatens to reveal what Haung did, Haung relates he already reported himself, being put on unpaid leave by the FBI and his license suspended 30 days but as far as he's concerned, "it was worth it."
28th Jan '18 3:10:01 AM CountDorku
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* Used very darkly in ''Literature/LovecraftCountry''. At the end, the BigBad threatens the protagonists: they will never be safe in America. Because it's the time of Jim Crow and the protagonists are African-American, they burst out laughing; they're not safe anyway.
5th Dec '17 12:05:04 PM Odacon_Spy
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** In a similar vein, GOP Speaker of the House Paul Ryan [[http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/10/21/13358274/paul-ryan-bernie-sanders warned of]] Bernie Sanders becoming the chair of the Senate Budget Committee in the wake of a Democrat takeover of Congress. Sanders promptly ran with the idea, raising over $2 million in the span of two days and spawning the sarcastic #ThanksPaul hashtag.

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** In a similar vein, GOP Speaker of the House Paul Ryan [[http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/10/21/13358274/paul-ryan-bernie-sanders warned of]] Bernie Sanders becoming the chair of the Senate Budget Committee in the wake of a Democrat takeover of Congress. Sanders promptly ran with the idea, raising over $2 million in the span of two days and spawning the sarcastic #ThanksPaul [=#ThanksPaul=] hashtag.
1st Dec '17 1:21:49 PM tromag
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* In ''Film/RuthlessPeople'', two clueless kidnappers snatch Danny De Vito's wife and threaten to kill her. Since he was planning on doing that himself it isn't much of a threat.

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* In ''Film/RuthlessPeople'', two clueless kidnappers snatch Danny De Vito's wife and threaten to kill her. Since her, not realizing that he was planning to murder her the same day. He refuses their ransom demands and becomes increasingly irritated when they hesitate to follow through on doing that himself it isn't much of a threat.their threats.
26th Oct '17 9:35:22 AM TheWanderer
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* In ''Film/MoneyTrain'', John and Charlie find Patterson's threat "I'll fuck ya dead" more confusing than intimidating. In private, Charlie asks John "do you think he's gonna fuck us before or after we're dead?"

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* In ''Film/MoneyTrain'', John and Charlie find Patterson's threat "I'll fuck ya dead" more confusing than intimidating. In private, Charlie asks John "do you think he's gonna fuck us [[InThatOrder before or after after]] we're dead?"dead?" They later make a complete joke out of it by saying how they have to stay a step ahead of "That [[ILoveTheDead necrophiliac]] Patterson."
28th Sep '17 1:02:08 PM Kafkesque
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*** This one works on a couple levels. First, Savage is correct that it wouldn't affect him. Second, he's gone through thousands of years of MyGodWhatHaveIDone after causing the complete extinction of the human race, and would almost certainly be a DeathSeeker if it were at all possible for him to die. Basically, there is ''no level'' on which the threat is effective.
11th Sep '17 11:06:58 AM CosmicFerret
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-->'''[[FanNickname Brainthor:]]''' ''(to a restrained [[TheFlash Flash]])'' Looks like ComicBook/TheQuestion [[CassandraTruth was right all along]]... I kill you, and then [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Armageddon.]] Right on schedule. ''(points gun at Flash.)''\\

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-->'''[[FanNickname Brainthor:]]''' ''(to a restrained [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]])'' Looks like ComicBook/TheQuestion [[CassandraTruth was right all along]]... I kill you, and then [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Armageddon.]] Right on schedule. ''(points gun at Flash.)''\\
10th Sep '17 6:45:50 PM AriRockefeller
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# The person being threatened has run out of fucks to give and does not even register the threat words strung together to form a sentence, much less some horrible consequences that are about to befall them. Bonus points if the one making the threat is thrown completely off their game as this non-reaction.
26th Aug '17 8:14:58 AM FoxBluereaver
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* Book Three of ''Fanfic/TheLastSon'' has Franchise/{{Superman}} turning it around when SelfDemostrating/DoctorDoom threatens to go public about his secret identity:
-->"I think I know you better than ''you'' do, Victor. I know you won't go public…because if you do, you'll have to explain how Victor von Doom, the ''supposedly'' most intelligent man in the world, the Lord of Latveria… ''[smiles coldly]'' …got the snot beaten out of him by a ''Kansas''. ''Country.'' '''Farmboy'''. [...] Go ''ahead'', Victor. Go on and tell Fury; he'll laugh you right out of the Triskelion! Tell your neighbours; they'll never look at you with respect, ever again! Tell your people; you'll become the biggest joke they've ever heard! Heck, tell the whole ''world''; then everyone will know what we do – that Victor van Damme is the world's biggest ''loser''! Go ahead, Victor; ''tell them''."
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