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2nd Dec '16 1:52:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* At the end of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Wrath has been [[spoiler: fighting for quite some time, already been wounded, repeatedly stated that he is getting past his prime, outnumbered, and unlike the other Homunculi, cannot regenerate. He asks the protagonists present if they would be willing to take a stab at eternity. ''Not a one of them even considers it'']]. Because, you see, badass is somewhat of an {{understatement}} [[BadassGrandpa when]] [[TranquilFury it]] [[UnstoppableRage comes]] [[HeroKiller to]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown this]] [[DissonantSerenity guy]].

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* At the end of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Wrath has been [[spoiler: fighting for quite some time, already been wounded, repeatedly stated that he is getting past his prime, outnumbered, and unlike the other Homunculi, cannot regenerate. He asks the protagonists present if they would be willing to take a stab at eternity. ''Not a one of them even considers it'']]. Because, you see, badass is somewhat of an {{understatement}} [[BadassGrandpa when]] [[TranquilFury it]] [[UnstoppableRage comes]] [[HeroKiller to]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown this]] [[DissonantSerenity guy]].understatement when it comes to this guy.
2nd Dec '16 1:51:29 PM Morgenthaler
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* At the end of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Wrath has been [[spoiler: fighting for quite some time, already been wounded, repeatedly stated that he is getting past his prime, outnumbered, and unlike the other Homunculi, cannot regenerate. He asks the protagonists present if they would be willing to take a stab at eternity. ''Not a one of them even considers it'']]. Because, you see, {{Badass}} is somewhat of an {{understatement}} [[BadassGrandpa when]] [[TranquilFury it]] [[UnstoppableRage comes]] [[HeroKiller to]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown this]] [[DissonantSerenity guy]].

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* At the end of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Wrath has been [[spoiler: fighting for quite some time, already been wounded, repeatedly stated that he is getting past his prime, outnumbered, and unlike the other Homunculi, cannot regenerate. He asks the protagonists present if they would be willing to take a stab at eternity. ''Not a one of them even considers it'']]. Because, you see, {{Badass}} badass is somewhat of an {{understatement}} [[BadassGrandpa when]] [[TranquilFury it]] [[UnstoppableRage comes]] [[HeroKiller to]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown this]] [[DissonantSerenity guy]].
25th Nov '16 1:34:58 PM nombretomado
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* In the AU ''[[AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]]'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6312052/21/Children-of-The-War-Book-3-Fire Children of the War: Book 3, Fire]]'', Sokka uses this during the climax.

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* In the AU ''[[AvatarTheLastAirbender ''[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]]'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6312052/21/Children-of-The-War-Book-3-Fire Children of the War: Book 3, Fire]]'', Sokka uses this during the climax.
3rd Oct '16 4:52:57 PM ThatBitterTase
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* A recurring character in ''ComicBook/TheTick'', Hand Grenade Man, never actually fights his enemies - instead he holds up a hand grenade and just says, "I'll ''do'' it..." It always seems to work.
13th Sep '16 10:40:41 AM SteveMB
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** Smart ''pirates'', usually more interested in loot and profit than in a bloody battle, would naturally try for this. In fact, this is reportedly Blackbeard's ENTIRE M.O.
** All pirates followed this M.O. The purpose of the pirate's showing their true colors - here colors means flag - was to declare that they would do something awful to you if you resisted, but would otherwise almost surely leave you alive. This is good policy; if pirates did slaughter indiscriminately, no one would surrender, and piracy would be a lot more dangerous and a lot less profitable. Even today, Somali pirates prefer to not have to fight and would rather have a reputation of ruthlessness precede them. The corollary is also true; if you did resist, pirates would have to make you suffer, since they can't afford a reputation for being soft.

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** Smart ''pirates'', usually [[PragmaticVillainy more interested in loot and profit than in a bloody battle, battle]], would naturally try for this. In fact, this is reportedly Blackbeard's ENTIRE M.O.
** All pirates followed this M.O. The purpose of the pirate's showing their true colors - here colors means flag - was to declare that they would do something awful to you if you resisted, but if you surrendered they would otherwise almost surely just take your valuables and leave you alive. This is good policy; if pirates did slaughter indiscriminately, no one would surrender, and piracy would be a lot more dangerous and a lot less profitable. Even today, Somali pirates prefer to not have to fight and would rather have a reputation of ruthlessness precede them. The corollary is also true; if you did resist, pirates would have to make you suffer, since they can't afford a reputation for being soft.
25th Aug '16 1:37:20 AM eroock
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-> "Come on, look at me! No plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn, oh, and something else I don't have: anything to lose! So, if you're sitting up there in your silly little space ships with all your silly little guns, and you've got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who's standing in your way! Remember every black day I ever stopped you, and then, and then, do the smart thing! ({{Beat}}) Let somebody else try first."

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-> "Come ->''"Come on, look at me! No plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn, oh, and something else I don't have: anything to lose! So, if you're sitting up there in your silly little space ships with all your silly little guns, and you've got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who's standing in your way! Remember every black day I ever stopped you, and then, and then, do the smart thing! ({{Beat}}) Let somebody else try first." "''
28th Jun '16 9:44:37 PM chc232323
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* After the Battle of Changban in 208, Zhang Fei covered Liu Bei's escape by standing on the opposite side of a river from Cao Cao's forces and challenging them to single combat. No one dared.

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* After The RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms reports after the Battle of Changban in 208, Zhang Fei covered Liu Bei's escape by standing on the opposite side of a river from Cao Cao's forces and challenging them to single combat. No one dared. However, as the Romance is a mix of history and historical fiction, this is not otherwise verified.


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** All pirates followed this M.O. The purpose of the pirate's showing their true colors - here colors means flag - was to declare that they would do something awful to you if you resisted, but would otherwise almost surely leave you alive. This is good policy; if pirates did slaughter indiscriminately, no one would surrender, and piracy would be a lot more dangerous and a lot less profitable. Even today, Somali pirates prefer to not have to fight and would rather have a reputation of ruthlessness precede them. The corollary is also true; if you did resist, pirates would have to make you suffer, since they can't afford a reputation for being soft.
26th Jun '16 9:06:58 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheDresdenFiles'', Dresden delays the attacks of the immortal Red Court vampires by pointing out that, while there were easily enough of them to overwhelm him, whoever went first would certainly die: "Your children have eternity before them. Which one of you wants to give up eternity?"

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* In ''TheDresdenFiles'', ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Dresden delays the attacks of the immortal Red Court vampires by pointing out that, while there were easily enough of them to overwhelm him, whoever went first would certainly die: "Your children have eternity before them. Which one of you wants to give up eternity?"
11th May '16 11:55:14 PM marcoasalazarm
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* This trope is discussed and explicitly defied on ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' during the retelling of the Battle Of Yonkers. In a nutshell: an exposure of the total might of the United States military would make even the most fanatical of human soldiers hesitate (at least), but the zombies are TooDumbToFool (brain-dead, really); and when they see a massive military blockade; all they see is a smorgasbord of human flesh just standing there and ready to be eaten.

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* This trope is discussed and explicitly defied on ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' during the retelling of the Battle Of Yonkers. In a nutshell: an exposure of the total might of the United States military would make even the most fanatical of human soldiers hesitate (at least), but the zombies are TooDumbToFool (brain-dead, really); and when they see a massive military blockade; all they see is a smorgasbord of human flesh just standing there and ready to be eaten. If anything, [[EpicFail the zombies ended up]] [[RussianReversal intimidating the soldiers instead]].
11th May '16 11:53:15 PM marcoasalazarm
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* This trope is discussed and explicitly defied on ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' during the retelling of the Battle Of Yonkers. In a nutshell: an exposure of the total might of the United States military would make even the most fanatical of human soldiers hesitate (at least), but the zombies are TooDumbToFool (brain-dead, really); and when they see a massive military blockade; all they see is a smorgasbord of human flesh just standing there and ready to be eaten.
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