Villain produces proof he can find someone to carry out a threat against them.
I found the title I Know Where You Live as a dead internal link (in other words the page already exists), and I consulted the instructions for handling such dead internal links. Since it said to "Click the edit button...", that's what I did. I came back to it later to find the page blank again, but it's not on the Cut List, so I'm a bit puzzled. I thought I was doing things correctly, but evidently not. <shrug> Hence, this YKTTW. Anyway, I think we need this, as it isn't really covered by other tropes that I have found, though it does get mentioned elsewhere. Please note that I'm only used the working title for now because it has a page already. In other words, I know it sounds like dialogue and some tropers don't like that, but it'll do for now, and yes, I'll tag it for a title change. Honestly, though, I think the original title works quite well in conveying the point.
The Villain, having made a threat against The Hero and/or someone the Hero loves, produces proof he can actually find the intended victim(s) and carry it out. Recent photographs of the target(s) at home or in other familiar settings are probably the most popular form of evidence; the recipient(s) will recognize background items, clothing, hairstyle and other details as familiar and recent, and the very existence of the photos implies someone got physically close enough to take them. On the other hand, The Villain may simply say or write the home address, phone number, school name, or other recent identifying information ("Lovely blue leotard your daughter wore to her dance class today. It matches her eyes."). He may even produce some recognizable item belonging to the target(s), thereby proving he's been there once already and can return. Since executing this trope involves inspiring feelings of fear and intimidation, it is most often performed by The Villain or at his command. If a heroic character does this, chances are that Hero already operates outside ordinary rules (think superhero), or is angry or desperate enough to act without the aid of law enforcement. When invoked against someone with a secret identity, the trope I Know You Know I Know will play a part in the threat. Implying or announcing that he knows such a secret is another means of making the threat hit close to home, and may even imply that the opponent has some way to deal with the target's special abilities (If he knows Clark Kent is really Superman, maybe he also knows about that kryptonite problem too). While this may be done in conjunction with an Implied Death Threat, it usually appears with more direct threats (of the Shame If Something Happened variety) or explicit threats, so as to underline both the intent and the ability to follow through. If it is not given in person or via telephone, such proof will likely accompany an anonymous threatening letter. Compare and contrast The Call Knows Where You Live. Where this trope is about demonstrating the ability to strike (i.e. the baddies have done their homework and show their work to prove it), The Call Knows Where You Live is about going ahead and actually doing it (possibly without any warning). Either way, the situation is Serious Business and demands some kind of response. It's also possible to do this trope first, then go ahead and pull the other one (by carrying out a threat). If the villain just wants to get the drop on the hero, he'll just act (TCKWYL); if the villain wants to play with the hero's head first, he'll do this first (or something like it).
Indexes on launch: The Index Is Watching You, Fear Tropes, I Have Your Index