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Matter Of Fact Threat
A threat made all the more ominous because there's no emotion to it at all.
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(permanent link) added: 2011-06-09 16:10:33 sponsor: johnnye (last reply: 2012-07-07 11:24:10)

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'I'd hate you to think we were making a threat. Neither myself nor Mister Vandemar make threats, do we, Mister Vandemar?'
'No? Then what the hell are you doing?'
'We're making a promise,' said Mr Croup through the static and the echo and the hiss. 'And we do know where you live.
'

Someone yelling "I'LL KILL YOU!" might be shocking, but it's easy enough to put down to emotional hyperbole. However, someone walking up to you, looking you square in the eye and calmly letting you know that when you least expect it, "I'm going to kill you"? Now you're worried. They're not even in Tranquil Fury mode, they're just stating a simple fact.

Commonly used by The Stoic.

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Examples:
  • Liam Neeson in Taken gives one so good that a lot of the trailers featured nothing else; "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."
  • Gatehouse in The Shadow Line has this as his schtick. "Call no-one but your son. Tell him to call no-one but me. If you talk to anyone else, he will die. If he talks to anyone else before me, he will die."
  • Eli in The Book of Eli; "Touch me again with that hand and you will not get it back".
  • How could I forget: "Hello. My Name Is Inigo Montoya. You Killed My Father. Prepare to Die."
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