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27th Mar '17 2:07:57 AM marcoasalazarm
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So it goes without saying that trying to use this tactic against a {{Determinator}} or similarly driven (or fanatical) enemy (or one that is able to point out the logic of their capacity to successfully execute a ZergRush) with no means to back up said threats is a 'bad'' idea.

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So it goes without saying that trying to use this tactic against a {{Determinator}} or similarly driven (or fanatical) enemy (or one that is able to point out the logic of their capacity to successfully execute a ZergRush) ZergRush ''and'' successfully makes the rest of the gang follow suit) with no means to back up said threats is a 'bad'' ''bad'' idea.
27th Mar '17 2:07:04 AM marcoasalazarm
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So it goes without saying that trying to use this tactic against a {{Determinator}} or similarly driven (or fanatical) enemy (or one that is able to point out the logic of their capacity to successfully execute a ZergRush) with no means to back up said threats is a 'bad'' idea.
11th Mar '17 10:43:44 PM Emperor_Oshron
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** Smart ''pirates'', usually [[PragmaticVillainy 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.

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** Smart ''pirates'', usually [[PragmaticVillainy 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. , cultivating stories and creating an absolutely demonic persona which involved tying cannon fuse into his hair and beard and lighting it so that smoke would come off him while he threatened and extorted people to give the impression that he was the Devil himself despite there being no records of him murdering or even harming ''any'' of the hostages he ever took. Considering his reputation as ''the'' pirate through to the present-day, it worked.
17th Jan '17 9:05:25 AM WillBGood
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* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'': Frank, having finally dispatched Mama Gucci's hitman the Russian, shows up on her doorstep still bruised and bleeding holding the Russian's decapitated head aloft demanding "Is that the best you could do?". Her assembled mooks drop their guns as one and run away, leaving Frank to kill Gucci.

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* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'': Frank, having finally dispatched Mama Gucci's Ma Gnucci's hitman the Russian, shows up on her doorstep still bruised and bleeding holding the Russian's decapitated head aloft demanding "Is that the best you could do?". Her assembled mooks drop their guns as one and run away, leaving Frank to kill Gucci.Gnucci.
14th Dec '16 8:25:34 AM Prometheus117
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* King from ''Manga/OnePunchMan'' is known as the strongest man in the world. His reputation is so great that he rarely needs to fight. Random monsters he meets on the street have heart attacks due to fear. Merely unfolding his arms causes a horde of monsters to flee.

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* King from ''Manga/OnePunchMan'' is known as the strongest man in the world. His reputation is so great that he rarely needs to fight. Random monsters he meets on the street have heart attacks due to fear. Merely unfolding his arms causes a horde of monsters to flee. [[spoiler:Good thing too, because in reality King has all the fighting skill of a normal human. The reason he got his reputation was because somehow people kept crediting [[InvincibleHero Saitama's]] kills to him, no matter how absurd the logic leap, due to him constantly being in the area. His reputation is ''literally'' the only thing he can bring to the table to win a fight]].
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.
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