Bolt: Calm down, cat. You're with me.
The opposite of Threat Backfire
, this is for characters saying things that are meant to sound assuring, but those it's being said to perceive as bad.
In other words, Assurance Backfire is to Threat Backfire
as Compliment Backfire
is to Insult Backfire
Can be related to Bad Omen Anecdote
. (If, for example, one uses as an assuring analogy something that actually ended horribly.) Often related to Analogy Backfire
Compare/Contrast with False Reassurance
, wherein the person doing the reassuring is deliberately misleading.
- Bolt has the above quoted dialogue, wherein Mittens doesn't exactly trust Bolt to know what he's doing.
- In Witches Abroad, Magrat is feeling deeply embarassed and uncomfortable about having to pose as Emberella at the ball. The other witches try to help.
"Don't worry," said Granny, "We'll be there too."
"And that's supposed to make me feel better, is it?"
- In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry is worried for his sanity because he suddenly sees skeletal horses pulling the Hogwarts carriages, and nobody else can. When Cloud Cuckoo Lander Luna Lovegood tells him that she can see them too and he's just an sane as she is, he is less than reassured.
- In The Order of the Stick, after Haley's been left behind in (the now overrun by goblins) Azure City, Elan tries to jump out of the boat and swim to her until everyone reminds him that she has a much better chance of survival than him. Then one of the minor characters points out that she has Belkar watching her back causing him to panic again.