Created By: noitsnot on August 2, 2013 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on August 23, 2013
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Enemies List

Character likes to make a list of his or her enemies

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Simply put it's whenever a character for some reason, has a list being made of people they don't like. This list doesn't have to be shown nor does what they plan on doing with those people ever have to be said.

Compare Rogues Gallery, the out-of-universe version, and Gotta Kill Them All.


Examples:

Film
  • In the film Jimmy Hollywood down-on-his-luck actor Jimmy (Joe Pesci) has a catchphrase for this: "You're out of the Oscar speech!"
  • In Billy Madison, Billy calls up an old high school acquaintance (played by Steve Buscemi) to apologize for treating him poorly years ago. After the phone call, a thoughtful look appears on Buscemi's face, and he crosses Billy's name off of a list titled "People To Kill." This turns out to be a very good thing.
  • In the 1970 version of The Out Of Towners, Jack Lemmon's character makes out an ever-growing list of people and institutions who are making his stay in New York miserable.
  • In the film The Devil and Miss Jones, the tycoon going undercover as an employee discusses keeping one with a fellow employee, an old lady (I don't remember if she kept one or if one talked the other into keeping one, but their immediate supervisor is put on the list, and the old lady doesn't realize the tycoon has the power to do something about it).

Literature
  • Arya Stark in A Song of Ice and Fire has a long list of people she wants to kill, which she recites every night before falling asleep, bordering on a Madness Mantra. After the Starks fall out of grace and Arya is forced to flee for her life, she murmurs a list of people she considers responsible for her suffering as a sort of promise to herself to take revenge on them. Other people point out how disturbing this is for a nine-year-old girl.
    ""Weese," she would whisper, first of all. "Dunsen, Chiswyck, Polliver, Raff the Sweetling. The Tickler and the Hound. Ser Gregor, Ser Armory, Ser Ilyn, Ser Meryn, King Joffrey, Queen Cersei.""

Live-Action TV
  • In The Big Bang Theory Sheldon has a list of his "mortal enemies". It's said to be extensive, and includes his grade school bully that put a Mexican peso up his nose (it's still there) and Wil Wheaton.
  • Ryan on The Office (US) kept a list of people he wanted to get back at after getting demoted from VP to temp. For the most part he never got around to doing anything.
  • Stephen Colbert has two separate lists on The Colbert Report. The first is his On Notice list. If the person (or thing) on the list does not apologize to him, then it is moved to his second enemies list, his Dead To Me list.
  • One of the most loved episodes of DadsArmy had a captured U-Boat commander threatening to put members of the platoon on a list, every time someone says something he finds a bit disagreeable.
  • Veronica Mars: In the episode "Lord of the Bling", Keith's client has a list of enemies who are all potential suspects.

Tabletop Games
  • Champions supplement C.L.O.W.N. (Criminal Legion Of Wacky Non-conformists).
    • The C.L.O.W.N. member Tag has pictures of superheroes and supervillains in his room with red bullseyes and the notation "I owe you one!" scrawled on them. A pictorial list, as it were.
    • Because of their long history of conflicts, C.L.O.W.N. is on V.I.P.E.R.'s "Top Ten to Trash" list.
  • Warhammer: The entire race of Dwarves in the Warhammer [fantasy] universe each have a personal as well as racial "book of grudges" that they keep for generations. The grudges in said book can be anything from a small slight, to a major event, but all are held up with equal contempt to the person(s) or race(s) that caused the grudge. Dwarves really have a lot of enemies.

Theatre
  • The Mikado has the titular character making a list of all the people (more, classes of people) who he believes should be executed, and sings a song about it no less (since it's an opera).
    The Mikado: "I'm sure they'd not be missed! / I've got them on my list."

Web Comics
  • The webcomic Grrl Power provides a example with Sydney. As seen several times with her tube.
  • Black Mage in 8-Bit Theater has one.

Web Original
  • Freeman's Mind: In the third episode, Freeman puts a scientist on his list for annoying him during the experiment in the test chamber. One can only presume that the aliens and the "rescue team" are on it too if he hasn't completely forgotten about it.

Web Video
  • Wiiviewer has The Rival in Princess Peach of Super Mario Bros., who has a list of people that piss her off. After pissing her off twice, she says the just got higher priority.

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons:
    • Moe has an enemies list - actually, it's the same list as Richard Nixon's but with Nixon's name crossed off and Moe's written in. Moe puts Barney on the list for pointing that out.
    • In "Homer the Great", Homer comes to work and sits on a stool, which promptly collapses. Homer checks the stool and sees it was actually a budget stool produced by Econo-Save. Homer promptly adds the company to his revenge list, which includes (among other things) Stern Lecture Plumbing (the plumbing service he had to deal with at the beginning of the episode), God, gravity, the Bill of Rights, Grandpa, and "the boy" (Bart).
  • Animaniacs had a stuck up character named Charlton Woodchuck. Whom, when feeling put-upon, would ask people to write their name in a book he carries about. Then he'd say "Thank you. When I'm famous I'll make it a point not to like you."
  • Dan on the show Dan VS has a Revenge List, for everything that he wants to take revenge on. This includes anything from William Shatner to Whatever's Causing That Rash .

Real Life

Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • August 2, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Needs a non-dialog title, something like "Enemy List."

    • In the film Jimmy Hollywood down-on-his-luck actor Jimmy (Joe Pesci) has a catchphrase for this: "You're out of the Oscar speech!"
    • The Simpsons: Moe has an enemies list - actually, it's the same list as Nixon's but with Nixon's name crossed off and Moe's written in. Moe puts Barney on the list for pointing that out.
    • A classic cartoon (Looney Tunes I think - I haven't been able to find it) had a stuck up character who, when feeling put-upon, would ask people to write their name in a book he carries about. Then he'd say something like "Thank you. When I'm rich and famous I'll remember not to like you."
    • Real Life: Richard Nixon had an "enemies list."
  • August 2, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    • Wiiviewer has The Rival in Princess Peach of Super Mario Bros, who has a list of people that piss her off. After pissing her off twice, she says the just got higher priority.
  • August 2, 2013
    Melkior
    Theatre
    • The Mikado has the titular character making a list of all the people (more, classes of people) who he believes should be executed, and sings a song about it no less (since it's an opera).
      The Mikado: "I'm sure they'd not be missed! / I've got them on my list."
  • August 3, 2013
    arbiter099
    • Freemans Mind: In the third episode, Freeman puts a scientist on his list for annoying him during the experiment in the test chamber. One can only presume that the aliens and the "rescue team" are on it too if he hasn't completely forgotten about it.
  • August 3, 2013
    Arivne
    Enemies List? (with Nixon's being the Trope Namer?)

    Tabletop Games
    • Champions supplement C.L.O.W.N. (Criminal Legion Of Wacky Non-conformists).
      • The C.L.O.W.N. member Tag has pictures of superheroes and supervillains in his room with red bullseyes and the notation "I owe you one!" scrawled on them. A pictorial list, as it were.
      • Because of their long history of conflicts, C.L.O.W.N. is on V.I.P.E.R.'s "Top Ten to Trash" list.
  • August 3, 2013
    Unknown Troper
    Compare Gotta Kill Them All.

  • August 3, 2013
    Starkiller
    One of the most loved episodes of DadsArmy had a captured U-Boat commander threatening to put members of the platoon on a list, every time someone says something he finds a bit disagreeable.
  • August 3, 2013
    noitsnot
    "Enemies List" it is, guys. Thanks.

    Also, I swear I once heard Veronica Mars say this in one episode. Can any of you guys confirm that?
  • August 3, 2013
    DAN004
    Compare Rogues Gallery, the out-of-universe version.
  • August 3, 2013
    Koveras
    @noitsnot: Well, yeah, kinda. In the episode "Lord of the Bling", Keith's client has a list of enemies who are all potential suspects.

    Also, I'd recommend some Rolling Updates if you want to get hats quickly...
  • August 3, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    In The Big Bang Theory Sheldon has a list of his "mortal enemies". It said to extenstive, and includes his grade school bully that put a Mexican peso up his nose (it's still there) and Wil Wheaton.
  • August 3, 2013
    ElementFangirl
    The webcomic Girl Power provides a example with Sydney. As seen several times with her tube.
  • August 3, 2013
    Quantumawsome
    Black Mage from {{8-bit Theater}} has a kill list.
  • August 3, 2013
    Paradisesnake
  • August 4, 2013
    TonyG
    @randomsurfer: The cartoon you're thinking of is an episode of Animaniacs, and the character is Charlton Woodchuck.
  • August 4, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^Thank you. I originally thought it was an Animaniacs character but, not being able to find it, I suspected it was older than that. The exact quote is: "Thank you. When I'm famous I'll make it a point not to like you."
  • August 8, 2013
    Synchronicity
    • A Song Of Ice And Fire: After the Starks fall out of grace and Arya is forced to flee for her life, she murmurs a list of people she considers responsible for her suffering as a sort of promise to herself to take revenge on them. Other people point out how disturbing this is for a nine-year-old girl.
      ""Weese," she would whisper, first of all. "Dunsen, Chiswyck, Polliver, Raff the Sweetling. The Tickler and the Hound. Ser Gregor, Ser Armory, Ser Ilyn, Ser Meryn, King Joffrey, Queen Cersei.""
  • August 8, 2013
    hbi2k
  • August 9, 2013
    NESBoy
    Another Simpsons example:

    • In "Homer the Great", Homer comes to work and sits on a stool, which promptly collapses. Homer checks the stool and sees it was actually a budget stool produced by Econo-Save. Homer promptly adds the company to his revenge list, which includes (among other things) Stern Lecture Plumbing (the plumbing service he had to deal with at the beginning of the episode), God, gravity, the Bill of Rights, Grandpa, and "the boy" (Bart).
  • August 9, 2013
    TrustBen
    • Ryan on The Office US kept a list of people he wanted to get back at after getting demoted from VP to temp. For the most part he never got around to doing anything.
  • August 9, 2013
    TheTitan99
    • Stephen Colbert has two separate lists on The Colbert Report. The first is his On Notice list. If the person (or thing) on the list does not apologize to him, then it is moved to his second enemies list, his Dead To Me list.

    • Dan on the show Dan VS has a Revenge List, for everything that he wants to take revenge on. This includes anything from William Shatner to Whatever's Causing That Rash .
  • August 9, 2013
    DAN004
    Can someone make an edit to it? Seems like the OP doesn't respond for long...
  • August 9, 2013
    noitsnot
    Sorry. I'm back now. Just added all the examples given to me to the draft.

    By the way, what I was kinda going for is a bit different. See, I as under the impression that there was a common cliche, usually in comedies, of a person shouting "You're on my list!" to someone they just met who has pissed them off. Maybe I was wrong and that happens a lot less than I thought it did. But if anyone knows any examples that fit that bill, could you let me know?
  • August 10, 2013
    Lawman592
    Film
    • In the 1970 version of The Out Of Towners, Jack Lemmon's character makes out an ever-growing list of people and institutions who make his stay in New York miserable.
  • August 10, 2013
    Alvin
    In the film The Devil And Miss Jones, the tycoon going undercover as an employee discusses keeping one with a fellow employee, an old lady (I don't remember if she kept one or if one talked the other into keeping one, but their immediate supervisor is put on the list, and the old lady doesn't realize the tycoon has the power to do something about it).
  • August 11, 2013
    BinaryStep
    Black Mage in 8-Bit Theater has one.
  • August 12, 2013
    Paradisesnake
  • August 18, 2013
    casualobserver
    in tabletop games

    Warhammer: The entire race of Dwarves in the Warhammer [fantasy] universe each have a personal as well as racial "book of grudges" that they keep for generations. The grudges in said book can be anything from a small slight, to a major event, but all are held up with equal contempt to the person(s) or race(s) that caused the grudge. Dwarves really have a lot of enemies.
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