Provocation Gambit YKTTW Discussion
From here, you will witness the final destruction of the Alliance and the end of your insignificant rebellion . . . the hate is swelling in you now. Take your Jedi weapon. Use it. I am unarmed. Strike me down with it. Give in to your anger!It's generally agreed that violence is not an acceptable response even to deliberate provocation into it. Some villains (or "heroes" who aren't above such underhanded tactics) will exploit this by deliberately provoking someone into violence as a means of corrupting them and/or making them look bad.
- Palpatine and Vader use this frequently in the Star Wars series, including as a means of trying to provoke Luke by using every Berserk Button for Luke they can think of. (When Vader implies that he'll corrupt Leia if he can't corrupt Luke, it actually works... temporarily.)
- This is a repeated theme in The Dark Knight through The Joker, who tries to get Batman to kill him just so that Batman will have broken his one rule.
- Bellatrix Lestrange uses this in Harry Potter: Order Of The Phoenix, by killing Sirius Black, and then gloating about it while Harry is chasing her, provoking Harry into using the Cruciatus Curse on her. Harry even considers killing Bellatrix until Voldemort shows up suggesting to do so.
- This comes in handy again in Half Blood Prince when Bellatrix Lestrange shows up in front of the Weasleys' home, gloats again about having killed Sirius Black so that Harry will chase her again, and the Weasleys go after Harry; but then Bellatrix and other death eaters burn down the Weasleys' home while they're away.
- One of the Daedric shrine quests in Oblivion involves corrupting a man by goading him into killing you (thanks to your patron, you get better and he loses his soul).