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24th Apr '18 12:36:21 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters'', [[TheCaligula Phobos']] insanity and cruelty eventually reach the point where ''his entire inner circle'' are either plotting against him or have outright abandoned him.
28th Mar '18 10:28:14 PM nombretomado
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# Eaten by piranha beetles, and then the clone was shown the remains.
# Blown out an airlock
# Lowered inch by inch into a vat of molten copper ("It was what the smelter used that day.")
# Chained in a drive tube while the engine was slowly powered up
# Among others. When the New Republic finally got a hold of him and sentenced him to death, his request to the firing squad was that they "do it right this time."

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# ## Eaten by piranha beetles, and then the clone was shown the remains.
# ## Blown out an airlock
# ## Lowered inch by inch into a vat of molten copper ("It was what the smelter used that day.")
# ## Chained in a drive tube while the engine was slowly powered up
# ## Among others. When the New Republic finally got a hold of him and sentenced him to death, his request to the firing squad was that they "do it right this time."
28th Mar '18 10:27:45 PM nombretomado
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* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':



*** Eaten by piranha beetles, and then the clone was shown the remains.
*** Blown out an airlock
*** Lowered inch by inch into a vat of molten copper ("It was what the smelter used that day.")
*** Chained in a drive tube while the engine was slowly powered up
*** Among others. When the New Republic finally got a hold of him and sentenced him to death, his request to the firing squad was that they "do it right this time."
** Beautifully subverted in the third StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel, ''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy The Last Command]]''. Grand Admiral Thrawn confronts the officer who failed to stop Luke Skywalker from escaping, and the poor sap expects a Vader-style execution like the ones quoted above. Indeed, an officer who'd failed in the same thing and then tried to pass the blame had been killed, so everyone believes this one is out of luck. Instead, Thrawn ''promotes'' him, praising his creative attempt even though it failed.
-->''[Pellaeon] stood there beside the newly minted lieutenant, feeling the stunned awe pervading the bridge as he watched Thrawn leave. Yesterday, the ''Chimaera'''s crew had trusted and respected the Grand Admiral. After today, they would be ready to die for him.''

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*** # Eaten by piranha beetles, and then the clone was shown the remains.
*** # Blown out an airlock
*** # Lowered inch by inch into a vat of molten copper ("It was what the smelter used that day.")
*** # Chained in a drive tube while the engine was slowly powered up
*** # Among others. When the New Republic finally got a hold of him and sentenced him to death, his request to the firing squad was that they "do it right this time."
** Beautifully subverted in the third StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' novel, ''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy The Last Command]]''. Grand Admiral Thrawn confronts the officer who failed to stop Luke Skywalker from escaping, and the poor sap expects a Vader-style execution like the ones quoted above. Indeed, an officer who'd failed in the same thing and then tried to pass the blame had been killed, so everyone believes this one is out of luck. Instead, Thrawn ''promotes'' him, praising his creative attempt even though it failed.
-->''[Pellaeon] --->''[Pellaeon] stood there beside the newly minted lieutenant, feeling the stunned awe pervading the bridge as he watched Thrawn leave. Yesterday, the ''Chimaera'''s crew had trusted and respected the Grand Admiral. After today, they would be ready to die for him.''
24th Dec '17 10:37:39 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' explores this trope in "The Gift" in which Lord Hater becomes absolutely frustrated with the stupidity of the Watchdogs. Meanwhile, Wander gives each Watchdog a gift (It's the equivalent of Christmas or the holiday season) and for the first time ever, they experience what it's like to be happy. Their competence skyyrockets and they create an organized team to "Rescue " Hater (Who had been trying to avoid getting a gift from Wander and Sylvia.). After they secure Hater, he congratulates them on a job well done. The Watchdogs respond by thanking him for all the gifts he bought them, causing him to realize that Wander signed Hater's name to the gift tags instead of his own. This trope is really driven home in "The Gift 2: The Giftening" as well because in it we learn that the watchdogs have never been happy and that their boss quite literally treats happiness like a disease as well as frequently zaps anything that angers him with loads of green lightning.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' explores this trope in "The Gift" in which Lord Hater becomes absolutely frustrated with the stupidity of the Watchdogs. Meanwhile, Wander gives each Watchdog a gift (It's the equivalent of Christmas or the holiday season) and for the first time ever, they experience what it's like to be happy. Their competence skyyrockets and they create an organized team to "Rescue " Hater (Who had been trying to avoid getting a gift from Wander and Sylvia.). After they secure Hater, he congratulates them on a job well done. The Watchdogs respond by thanking him for all the gifts he bought them, causing him to realize that Wander signed Hater's name to the gift tags instead of his own. This trope is really driven home in "The Gift 2: The Giftening" as well because in it we learn that the watchdogs have never been happy and that their boss quite literally treats happiness like a disease as well as frequently zaps anything that angers him with loads of green lightning.
23rd Dec '17 10:55:16 PM CountDorku
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** While Snoke mostly avoids this in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', he starts berating both Kylo Ren and General Hux for their failures in ''Film/TheLastJedi''. Averted with Ren, though: Kylo prefers to take out his anger issues on inanimate objects by, for example, tearing up a room with his lightsaber. [[spoiler:When Snoke pushes his luck a little too far and Kylo [[KlingonPromotion kills him and takes his stuff]], Kylo starts his own demotivational approach, ensuring Hux's obedience by applying a Force-based beating whenever the General starts back-sassing him.]]


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** Chaos Lords can also get in on this, particularly Abaddon the Despoiler, whose ship ''fires on'' any ally to fail a command check. They mostly get away with it, for the simple reason that they are more sadistically violent than most of their minions.
16th Oct '17 10:36:01 PM Benthelame
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''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' explores this trope in "The Gift" in which Lord Hater becomes absolutely frustrated with the stupidity of the Watchdogs. Meanwhile, Wander gives each Watchdog a gift (It's the equivalent of Christmas or the holiday season) and for the first time ever, they experience what it's like to be happy. Their competence skyyrockets and they create an organized team to "Rescue " Hater (Who had been trying to avoid getting a gift from Wander and Sylvia.). After they secure Hater, he congratulates them on a job well done. The Watchdogs respond by thanking him for all the gifts he bought them, causing him to realize that Wander signed Hater's name to the gift tags instead of his own. This trope is really driven home in "The Gift 2: The Giftening" as well because in it we learn that the watchdogs have never been happy and that their boss quite literally treats happiness like a disease as well as frequently zaps anything that angers him with loads of green lightning.
15th Sep '17 9:15:25 PM Narutaki2012
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* Literature/MartinFierro: When the conscripted soldiers arrived at the Frontier, an official told them that anyone who tries to desert will get five hundred strokes, and so he could count himself as dead.

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* Literature/MartinFierro: When the conscripted soldiers arrived at the Frontier, none of the old recruits are relieved. One of them complains, [[MakeAnExampleOfThem and he is promptly tortured]]. Then an official told them the new recruits that anyone who tries to desert will get five hundred strokes, and so he could count himself as dead.dead. And from then on, things will only get worse.
10th Sep '17 6:56:42 PM Narutaki2012
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* Literature/MartinFierro: When the conscripted soldiers arrived at the Frontier, an official told them that anyone who tries to desert will get five hundred strokes, and so he could count himself as dead.
9th Sep '17 3:39:23 AM lillolillo
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* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Lordgenome treats his QuirkyMinibossSquad in this manner. Most blatantly, when Adiane withdraws from a battle with the heroes to avoid harming Lordgenome's [[RebelliousPrincess own daughter]], he scolds her because said daughter had been abandoned - and when Adiane remarks that she was never TOLD that, he responds with even more threats. In fact, the only one of the Miniboss Squad who doesn't seem to be effected by this is Guame, who is assumed to be Lordgenome's NonhumanSidekick from [[spoiler:his time as a Spiral Warrior. Guame was Lordgenome's Boota!]]

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* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Lordgenome treats his QuirkyMinibossSquad in this manner. Most blatantly, when Adiane withdraws from a battle with the heroes to avoid harming Lordgenome's [[RebelliousPrincess own daughter]], he scolds her because said daughter had been abandoned - and when Adiane remarks that she was never TOLD that, he responds with even more threats. In fact, the only one of the Miniboss Squad who doesn't seem to be effected affected by this is Guame, who is assumed to be Lordgenome's NonhumanSidekick from [[spoiler:his time as a Spiral Warrior. Guame was Lordgenome's Boota!]]



* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Adventure Comics'' issue #423, alien conqueror Gur executes his Communications Officer for one small error and tells his crewmen to "take heed".
-->'''Gur:''' A task I shall never hesitate to perform upon a crewman... who is negligent in his duties! So take heed, all of you witless, blundering fools...



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6th Sep '17 10:09:18 AM Byzantine
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* Despite his pop-cultural portrayal, Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli was aware of this trope. In his ''Literature/DiscoursesOnLivy'' he cites exapmles of rulers who punished their military leaders for failures with death or exile. He concludes that such measures drastically decreased the army's ethusiasm and willingness to risk, so he severely discouraged use of YouHaveFailedMe tactic.

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* Despite his pop-cultural portrayal, Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli was aware of this trope. In his ''Literature/DiscoursesOnLivy'' he cites exapmles examples of rulers who punished their military leaders for failures with death or exile. He concludes that such measures drastically decreased the army's ethusiasm and willingness to risk, so he severely discouraged use of YouHaveFailedMe tactic.
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