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->''"I'll get you, my pretty -- [[TropeNamer and your little dog too!]]"''
-->-- '''The Wicked Witch of the West''', ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''

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When the villain targets an innocent for the sole purpose of [[KickTheDog showing how evil he is]], and that innocent just happens to be something the hero [[{{Protectorate}} cares a lot about]] -- [[VillainBall which justifies the hero kicking butt over it.]]

A hero, for the most part, [[HumbleHero is not supposed to care what happens to themselves]]. However, once the villain has threatened that one thing that the hero must protect, they will commit to opposing the villain.

Whether it's the LoveInterest, [[DoomedHometown the hero's hometown]], or the hero's family, once the villain has found a hero's "weak point", nothing less than his complete destruction will get him to leave the hero's world alone -- even when attacking this "weak point" consistently brings the hero down on his head with [[HeroicResolve more than the usual enthusiasm]].

Sometimes there's a particular reason for this obsession, such as {{Blackmail}}, [[RevengeByProxy vengeance]], or some other [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse Offer The Hero Can't Refuse]], but for the most part, it's a plot device used by the writer to get the hero involved.

Beware. If the hero attempts RefusalOfTheCall despite this, they will be punished because TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive.

Typically crosses over with YourLittleDismissiveDiminutive. Compare KickTheDog, for a more proactive villain. Compare and contrast RevengeByProxy (where the villain is doing this sort of thing for the sake of retaliation). See EvenMooksHaveLovedOnes for when it's done to a minion. When used to top off some other unspeakably evil acts, some (arguably heartless) people may view this as a case of ArsonMurderAndJaywalking.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' (one of the Western names for this was ''Shogun Assassin'') had the main character (Ogami Ichirou) killing ''hundreds'' of the Shogun's troops, very violently. Said Shogun declares that he's willing to leave Ogami alone, but just to be a snit, his dear infant son Daigoro must die. ...so Ogami, as the good PapaWolf that he is, destroys the rest, resulting in the viewer concluding that Shogun was an idiot for not predicting that.
* In episode 7 of ''Manga/OnePiece'', when Buggy learns how much Luffy values the straw hat he got from Shanks, he tries to destroy it... which only provokes Luffy further. To be fair, Buggy hates ''Shanks'' even more than he hates Luffy.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is pretty fond of these; the lead being an AllLovingHero, he can't actively seek combat, so they use this as a method to make him. For example:
** In the Shinigami Arc, the hollow that killed his mother (for worse, he was a little child back then, and she died protecting him).
** In the Soul Society Arc, he was allowed to fight because they were going to execute his friend Rukia.
** During the Arrancar's attack on the real world, they attacked his friends and family. [[spoiler:And then, his ''dad'' got to off the hollow (now an Arrancar) that killed his wife and the lead's mom.]]
** In the Hueco Mundo Arc, they forced his ''other'' friend Orihime to go with them via SadisticChoice -- it's even pointed out for that final closure (just in case taking poor Orihime away wasn't enough) that the BigBad wants to destroy his home town so that he has fuel for his MacGuffin.
* Due to their nearly symbiotic relationship, the weapons and technicians in ''Manga/SoulEater'' frequently have each other as their BerserkButton, especially the female characters for the male ones.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Yukishiro Enishi has held a grudge against Kenshin fo years after Kenshin's [[spoiler: AccidentalMurder of Enishi's elder sister Tomoe]], to the extent that he [[RevengeByProxy repeatedly targets Kenshin's]] TrueCompanions, including his LoveInterest Kaoru, in order to make Kenshin suffer.
* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', at least Mai is provoked this way when the first MonsterOfTheWeek targets her ill and weak-willed brother Takumi. Later events, in a subversion of this trope, imply that this is the standard method of "initiation" for most [=HiMEs=], with the monster attacks carefully planned by the PowersThatBe specifically to attack their loved ones to draw them into fighting.
* In ''Anime/WeissKreuz'', to get back at Ran "Aya" Fujimiya for his part in killing their boss, the Schreient girls kidnap his [[IllGirl comatose little sister]] Aya-chan and hold her hostage, intending to kill her in front of him. This results ''directly'' in Aya rejoining Weiss to hunt them down and kill them.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'': Threaten to rape/disfigure/brutalize the mightiest of an order of demonslayers [[ObstructiveCodeOfConduct pledged not to take human life]]? She says [[TheStoic "Fine, I don't care,"]] and thinks uncharitable thoughts. Kick around the girl that was following her around? She ''draws the guy's own sword'' and makes perfectly clear that, if the order in question has to put her down, he will still be dead. The failure of the bandit in question to keep that hint in mind when he finds said girl in a village the Claymore he threatened just left kicks off a RoaringRampageOfRevenge that was both [[CurbStompBattle brief...]] and '''total'''.
* The Team Rocket trio's obsession with Ash's Pikachu in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' since really, aside from a bad attitude about Poke Balls, Pikachu wasn't much different from any other Pokemon. Yet the threat makes them the main villains regardless.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', [[TheLancer Dragon Shiryu]] was almost dead by the hand of Cancer Deathmask, a purely evil Golden Saint who was completely immoral about murder, even killing children for the lulz. Cue to the image of Shiryu's stepsister Shunrei praying far, far away in the Rozan cascade. [[spoiler: Cue back to Deathmask being upset about that and using his PsychicPowers to grab the poor girl and throw her down a waterfall in hopes of killing her and projects the image ''in Shiryu's mind'' to taunt him with what he just did. See the always calm, cool and collected Shiryu ''go absolutely batshit on Deathmask'' in his only ever UnstoppableRage episode in the series, as Cancer's attempt at murder backfires on him big time]].
* In the ''Literature/EaCycle'' Morjin threatens to kill Valashu's family. [[spoiler:He later follows on his promise. Brutally.]]
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Rosette and Chrono probably would have never gotten into the demon-hunting business at all, much less try to stop Aion's plans, if it hadn't been for him kidnapping Rosette's brother in the first place. (That being said, he ''did'' have a good reason to go after Joshua.)
* Literal non-example, in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''; Balalaika reminds the leaders of the other criminal organisations that her [[TheMafiya organisation]] will destroy anyone who gets in their way, and their families, and even their pet dog, if necessary.
* In the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' TV series, both groups of TheMenInBlack choose to repeatedly target a normal writer for their sinister plan, despite it being easy enough to just find someone else. This leads her friends, various heroines who used to work for the groups, to rebel against them.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Frieza indulging in this is what [[NiceJobFixingItVillain triggers Goku's first Super Saiyan transformation]], [[HoistByHisOwnPetard leading to him beating Frieza to a pulp.]] ''First'' he kills Krillin, who was no threat to him whatsoever and had already been revived once, meaning (as far as Goku knew) he couldn't come back again. Then he declares he's going to do the same to Gohan. [[PapaWolf Goku promptly transforms.]]
** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', [[spoiler: after Zamasu wishes to switch bodies with Goku, becoming "Goku Black", he proceeds to murder him - then, just for the heck of it, callously murders both Chi-Chi and Goten. He even takes the opportunity to [[WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied reveal this to Goku]] purely for the sake of [[ForTheEvulz being a dick]], and Goku promptly flies into an UnstoppableRage; to note, this is one of the few times in the franchise, especially as an adult, that Goku outright tries to ''murder'' someone rather than simply defeat them.]]
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', when straight-up ColdBloodedTorture fails to break Kaneki, Yamori decides to get creative. He brings in a pair of prisoners Kaneki had sacrificed himself to protect and orders him to [[SadisticChoice decide]] which of them will die. Then he brutally murders them both, just for good measure. This is the event that throws Kaneki over the DespairEventHorizon and leads him to decide that it's better to PayEvilUntoEvil -- the next time Yamori visits his TortureCellar, Kaneki breaks free and beats his tormentor within an inch of his life, then [[ThrowEmToTheWolves leaves him crippled]] for CCG to find and finish off. This event transforms the gentle and kindhearted Kaneki into a ruthless AntiHero, willing to do ''whatever'' is necessary to keep the people he cares about safe.
* ''Anime/{{Trigun}}'': How the Gung-Ho Guns (and Knives) keep doing harm to Vash the Stampede: because the goofball is enough of a MartyrWithoutACause that he doesn't minds being hurt himself, they just exterminate everybody that he cares about, everybody that so much as gives him the time of day, and everybody else in the immediate area. One of Vash's greatest showcases of what happens when he reaches the RageBreakingPoint is when Monev the Gale, in his single-minded hunt to kill him, slaughters an entire town with machine gun fire in the hope that Vash will be hit by it.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'':
** While Rorschach is being taken back to his cell, one of the prisoners threatening him promises to kill his mother, kids, sister, and... dog.
** Similarly, Rorschach kills the dogs of a child-killer before killing the killer himself. Granted, the killer had fed the bodies of his victim to the dogs, but they're ''just dogs''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' - If you're ever associated with John Constantine, chances are you're already dead.
** A perfect example was during the ''Reasons to be Cheerful'' arc. John's demonic children attempted to kill everyone that John has ever met and knew. That includes his family, close friends, and those he hasn't seen for a long time. They almost succeeded. They didn't kill any dog, [[spoiler:but they did kill a rabbit.]]
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl is convinced that she and the other ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers shouldn't try to fight a villain who is on the verge of destroying the entire universe, and that they should leave it up to more powerful heroes. Until it is pointed out that if the universe goes, all the squirrels go with it. [[BerserkButton No! Not the squirrels!]]
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'':
--> '''Scootaloo''': She was all "I'mma' getchoo Twilight! And your little pony friends too"!
* Parodied in the first issue of ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Radioactive]] [[Creator/BongoComics Man]]'', where Claude manages to thwart the saboteurs while in disguise. He's about to come clean until one of them vows to escape from prison, discover the identity of the man who stopped him, and then kill him, his girlfriend, his parents, ''and'' his dog. Claude reconsiders ("I don't have a dog, but Gloria and Pop could be in danger!") and decides to adopt the identity of Radioactive Man as a result.
* In ''[[ComicBook/SecretSix Villains United]]'', Mockingbird keeps Cheshire and Deadshot in line by threatening to kill their respective children.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-fan-fiction/828948-transformers-meta.html Transformers Meta]]'', Barricade occasionally falls under this trope whenever he threatens to and/or contemplates [[spoiler:harming/killing Bumblebee]] [[RelativeButton to get to Hound]].
* At one point in Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure, [[NominalHero ADMIRAL Awesome]] announces his plans to kill Enemy Boss Leader's family and all his friends, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday forgetting that he already killed them years ago]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero which was in fact Enemy Boss Leader's reason for joining the Enemies in the first place]].
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':
** In Act IV chapter 11, after revealing that her attempts at redemption were all an act, Falla tells Tsukune that when she's finished killing them, she'll visit Tsukune's mom and cousin and show them just "what kind of friend" she really is. Fortunately, she doesn't live long enough to make good on her threat.
** As revealed in Act VI chapter 53, this is Gyokuro's plan for the [[SuperSerum Blackheart]]-enhanced clones of Moka, Ruby, Kokoa, Kurumu, Mizore, and Yukari: to have them destroy everyone and everything the originals hold dear before killing the girls themselves.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'': After [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally helping Mojo Jojo take over Townsville]], the girls are too afraid, confused, and angry to return even though they can hear the people's cries for help... until Mojo goes after TheProfessor, and they return to kick butt and save him.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'': The Wolf says "You can't hold on to those recipes forever! I'll get you and your little Granny, too!" after Red tricks him into falling into a river.
* Sunset Shimmer makes a reference to this trope in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls2013''. It is subverted at the end, though, as if she does have Spike kidnapped by her flunkies, it is mainly to get Twilight where she wants her; she never truly intends to harm the dog (or so she says).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' is the TropeNamer. The Wicked Witch of the West declares, "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!" just to show how evil she is by threatening Dorothy's beloved pet. It's actions like this that prove the Witch is evil, to justify Dorothy's eventual melting of the Witch.
** It's also because it's AllJustADream and the witch was based on Miss Gulch, a nasty old woman who tried to have Toto destroyed for biting her, and who Dorothy even called a "wicked old witch".
* In ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'', Llewellyn calmly advises Chigurh not to threaten his wife. And then [[spoiler:Chigurh kills them both.]]
** It's even worse than that; [[spoiler:Chigurh has already found the money he was looking for, and Llewellyn is already dead. Chigurh has absolutely no reason to kill the wife, other than to make good on his threat.]]
* Cyrus "the Virus" Grissom of ''Film/ConAir'' just ''might'' have lived and escaped if he didn't make the '''terminally stupid''' mistake of telling Cameron Poe (the hero) ''"Before I kill you, I'll let you know that [[TheLastThingYouEverSee the last thing]] that little Casey Poe (your daughter) will ever smell will be my stinking breath."'' [[PapaWolf Sure enough]], cue HeroicResolve from Cameron, and a hilarious KarmicDeath under a rock-crusher (don't ask) no more than five minutes later.
* Debbie in ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family Values]]'' uses the line "I'll get you, and your little hand too!" as she drives away from Fester in a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'', in a scene where all the main character's friends die one by one, ending with his dog. They all get better, except [[spoiler:TheRival]].
* {{Subverted}} in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''. Drug dealers rape Keyser Soze's wife, cut his son's throat in front of his eyes, then threaten to kill the rest of his family unless he hands over his turf. He responds by killing two of the drug dealers, then the ''rest'' of his family, then hunting down the drug dealers' families and everyone they've ever known or done business with, while the narrator explains that Soze's real strength is his willingness to do what the other guy wouldn't.
* ''Film/{{Aliens}}'': Do not kidnap Newt and turn her into a cocoon. [[spoiler:Unless you want to get your nest torched and your ass ThrownOutTheAirlock]]. "Get away from her, you bitch!" indeed.
* Biff A has done this to Lorraine in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII''. When Lorraine A threatens to walk out, Biff A threatens to also cut off her children -- leaving Lorraine A with no choice but to stay.
* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'':
** The Green Goblin of the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' movie surely should have known that telling Peter that "M.J. (your girlfriend) and I... we're gonna have a '''hell''' of a time!" while waving a phallic weapon in his face would give Peter the righteous rage to kick his armored-ass to hell and back; and Peter did.
** To top it off, in ''Film/SpiderMan2'', the one thing that has Peter spring back into action and regain his powers is Dr. Octopus kidnapping Mary Jane.
** In fact, [[OnceAnEpisode all three movies]] involved kidnapping Mary Jane at the climax. How [[DamselInDistress very original]] of them.
* In ''Film/ThePatriot'', it is Col. Tavington's pathological targeting of Benjamin Martin's family that turns the protagonist from a mild-mannered pacifist to a furious hatchet-wielding 'ghost' who empowers militia forces and inspires his compatriots to victory.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Darth Vader threatens to try and turn Leia to TheDarkSide, prompting Luke to attack him with renewed vigor. Possibly an InvokedTrope, as both Vader and the Emperor [[TeachHimAnger wanted Luke to be angry]] so it would be easier to turn him to the Dark Side.
* Mrs. Deagle in ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' literally threatens the little dog too, in an extended {{homage}} to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
* Lampshaded in TheWestern movie ''Film/{{Silverado}}'' (1985) when corrupt town sheriff Cobb indicates to Paden that he'll harm Stella, the female bartender, if Paden moves against him, even though Cobb acknowledges she has nothing whatsoever to do with their dispute. He does, however, know Paden (whom he used to work with when they were robbers) got caught while protecting a wounded dog he'd previously claimed to despise, so figures the threat will make Paden back off. It works at first, but the bartender figures out what's happened and talks Paden into fighting Cobb anyway.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. Who else but Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal could be worthy of turning Harvey Dent into Two-Face?
* In ''{{Film/Zoolander}}'', a protester shouts to Mugatu "Screw you, and your little dog too!".
* [[spoiler:Literally done]] in ''Film/{{Shooter}}'' when [[spoiler:they kill his dog.]]
* In ''Film/{{Jumper}}'', the villainous Paladins claim that they hunt Jumpers because only God should have that power and mortals will abuse it. Considering David's behavior, they might have a point. Then they [[spoiler:try to kill his father]] for little good reason.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows''
** Moriarty in makes a point of attacking and threatening Watson just because he knows Holmes holds him in high regard. Holmes even goes to Moriarty's office on Watson's wedding day to plead with the professor not to involve him in their ongoing conflict, only to be told that Watson is 'collateral damage' and the professor has already made sure to send his 'regards' to the happy couple (in the form of a squad of assassins who attack Watson and his bride during the train journey to their honeymoon). Although initially he implies that if Holmes backs down, then Moriarty will too, so PragmaticVillainy is involved.
** The trope occurs again at the end of the movie when Holmes reveals he's bested Moriarty, who again promises revenge against Watson and his wife out of revenge. Holmes is facing certain death at that point, so such revenge would be completely gratuitous.
* The corrupt agent Atwood in ''Film/{{Timecop}}'' won't testify against the BigBad he's secretly working for because "He'll send somebody back to wipe out my grandparents. It'll be like I never existed. My mother, my father, my wife, my kids, my fucking cat!"
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''
** In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', Thor finally stops trying to reason with a now AxCrazy Loki and attacks him when Loki threatens to pay Jane Foster a "visit".
** Loki does this again in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' while being interrogated by Black Widow. Having brainwashed Clint Barton / Hawkeye, her old friend and comrade, he vows to make Barton kill her in the most sadistic manner possible, then give him his free will back just long enough to see what he's done before killing him, too.
** In ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' once the Vulture figures out Peter is Spider-Man he threatens to kill him and everyone he loves if he keeps interfereing. ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'' notices that, taken literally, this means he'll have to kill [[spoiler: his own daughter.]]
** ''Film/BlackPanther2018'' - similar to the ''Thor'' example, T'Challa stops trying to reason with Erik / [[spoiler: N'Jadaka]] after he vows to hunt down and kill anyone who even ''thinks'' of staying loyal to him.
* Averted in ''Film/KickAss2''. The Motherfucker specifically refuses to kill Col. Stars and Stripes' dog, saying he was "not ''that'' evil."
** In the comics, he actually ''did'' have the dog killed.
* In ''Film/GreenLantern'', while Hal Jordan battles Parallax, the villain threatens to kill everybody Hal loves.
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', the other vampires killed EVERYBODY in the battlefield as Vlad fought Mehmet. Only Vlad's son, who was prisoner of Mehmet, remained... with his tasty blood still in his veins.
* In ''Film/TheDrop'', Eric Deeds beat his dog Rocco. Not only that, he threatens to get the police to take him away from Bob, who rescued him, since he's still the legal owner, and starve and beat him unless Bob pays $10,000.
* Just some advice if you want to live: don't kill ''[[Film/JohnWick John Wick's]]'' dog. Otherwise, he will hunt you down, [[spoiler: even if he has to take out an entire mafia.]]
* ''Film/TheBarrettsOfWimpoleStreet'': At the end, having been informed that Elizabeth (the target of his PervertDad urges) has left home forever, Edward goes into Villainous BSOD for a minute. Then he snaps out of it, saying "Yes...I'll have her dog." He turns to one of his sons and orders for Elizabeth's dog to be destroyed, only for a triumphant Henrietta to tell him that Ba took the dog with her.
* In ''Film/{{Fargo}}'', Carl threatens Jerry that he'll kill him, his wife and all his children if he doesn't bring him the money within a half hour.
* ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'': Queen Elizabeth refuses to abdicate, until the (french) villain puts a gun to the head of her beloved dog. Only then, she gives in.
* ''{{Film/Unforgiven}}'': "Any sumbitch takes a shot at me, I'm not only gonna kill him, but I'm gonna kill his wife, all his friends, and burn his damn house down." -- Will Munny

* A literary example: In ''Literature/TheAeneid'', Aeneas' [[TheRival rival and counterpart]] Turnus kills Aeneas' good friend, the innocent youth Pallas; at the end of the epic, Aeneas is about to spare Turnus' life when the sight of a baldric stolen from Pallas reminds him of the murder and drives him into a killing rage.
* Done accidentally in ''Literature/TheIliad'': With [[AchillesInHisTent Achilles sulking in his tent]], his [[HoYay very good friend]] [[KissingCousins and cousin]] Patroclus donned Achilles' armor to bolster morale and strike fear in the enemies hearts. Hector wasn't deterred, fought and killed "Achilles". Hector killing Patroclus caused Achilles to come out of his tent, return to battle full of UnstoppableRage, and whoop Hector's ass. Before maliciously desecrating Hector's corpse.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the [[spoiler:Skinwalker]] threatens Harry with this.
--> [[spoiler:'''Skinwalker''': I will come for you. I will kill you. I will kill your blood, your friends, your beasts. I will kill the flowers in your home and the trees in your tiny fields. I will visit such death upon whatever is yours that your very name will be remembered only in curses and tales of terror.]]
* In the third ''Literature/YoungWizards'' book, ''High Wizardry'', the [[BigBad Lone Power]] (a.k.a. {{Satan}}) tells Dairine that It's going to punish her by instigating a nuclear holocaust on Earth, and, well... It ''[[LittleMissBadass really]]'' [[LittleMissBadass shouldn't have done that]].
* A particularly cruel example in ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', where after the town had found out about Miss Katherine and Sam's relationship, they also killed Sam's beloved donkey Mary Lou, right after killing Sam himself.
* In the Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Wings of Fire'', the Libyans kill [[spoiler:Paul [=McLanahan=]]] and abet [[spoiler:Pavel Kazakov's henchwoman]] killing [[spoiler:Wendy [=McLanahan=]]].
** In ''Air Battle Force'', General Gryzlov threatens Patrick [=McLanahan=]'s friends, bases, crews, aircraft, and son. He tries to make good on this in ''Plan of Attack'', but doesn't completely succeed.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books, Cordelia Ransom, head of Public Information, planned to kill Nimitz, Honor's treecat companion, purely to break her before the cameras [[spoiler:and to enrage her fellow captives so that they would attack and could be stripped of the protections of prisoners of war]].
* Played with in the novel ''White Plume Mountain''. One of the villains actually says "I'll get you, and your little dog too!", but the dog in question is neither innocent nor helpless. [[spoiler:The "dog" is a sentient, fire-breathing hell-hound skin.]]
* ''Literature/DyingOfTheLight'': When Jaan's less-than-wise attempt to stop a duel leads to him being challenged, the challenger's [[HeterosexualLifePartner teyn]] starts raving that now they're going to kill Jaan and Garse and Dirk and Gwen and Arkin. Jaan ignores him, and continues with the dueling ritual.
* In the ''Literature/{{Drenai}}'' novel ''Waylander II'', Morak gleefully points out during his final duel with Waylander that he's already shot Waylander's actual dog, and instead relishes aloud the thought of paying a visit to Waylander's daughter after he wins.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Mr.15 threatens Eric's entire social circle during their battle at Mount Heios. He states that will use Tiza for breeding stock, Nolien as raw materials, and Basilard as a punching bag as well as detailing the "invasive and demeaning experiments he had planned for [[LoveInterest a certain elf girl]]". After seeing the horrific things Mr.15 had already done to his protégé, Zettai, Eric resolved to kill him dead. [[spoiler: Even after Mr.15 mana mutates, and thus no longer has any idea who he is or what threats he's made, Eric says that he can't risk Mr.15 ever coming back.]]
* ''The Algebraist'', by Creator/IainBanks. A GalacticConqueror wants the cooperation of an alien species, so proceeds to space hundreds of men, women and children from the human colony he's just conquered, [[AndIMustScream immobilised yet fully conscious]]. Unfortunately the aliens have BlueAndOrangeMorality so their response amounts to: "Yes, and what do this have to do with us?"

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', [[BigBad Gustavo Fring]] [[WhamLine says]] to Walt in Season 4 episode [[WhamEpisode ''Crawl Space'':]]
--> '''Gus:''' If you interfere, the problem becomes much simpler. [[RevengeByProxy I will kill your wife.]] [[DisproportionateRetribution I will kill your son.]] [[MoralEventHorizon I will kill your infant daughter.]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', even Jor-El does this on occasion due to his AdaptationalVillainy. Like in ''Arrival'' when he [[spoiler:freezes Chloe almost to death.]] There is also the time in ''Splinter'' when he infected Martha with a deadly virus [[spoiler:which turns out to be a trick by Brainiac, but Clark totally buys it.]]
* Invoked in the second episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
* The original series of ''Series/BlackAdder'' has the villainous Witchsmeller Pursuivant burning an innocent old woman as a witch, and her cat on a correspondingly smaller stake. He later sneers in the face of the cat-loving Percy that he burnt "Mistress Scott...and her pussycat!" He gets a spectacular comeuppance, after which Percy wisely comments, "I SAID he shouldn't have burnt that cat..."
* Rita Repulsa in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' refused to attack any city other than Angel Grove, despite it being the one city that was protected by a force capable of challenging her.
** She said the phrase word-for-word in a HalloweenEpisode of ''Series/PowerRangers, adding that "IAlwaysWantedToSayThat".
* This is the one thing that consistently works on [[TheKirk Captain Kirk]]. In one ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode, Klingons find that torturing Kirk himself is useless, but torturing ''Chekov'' snaps him instantly; in another, the PsychopathicManchild points a gun at ''Spock'' to get Kirk to comply. It works.
* At one point in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Herc goes into the underworld to visit his family, who were murdered by Hera. With his family is their dog, and on the commentary, Kevin Sorbo notes something like, "You can tell she's evil, she even killed my dog!"
* In the second season premiere of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', a rather enraged Sarkissian attempts to get revenge on the Connors by assaulting their house, car bombing Cameron, and beating the Connors senseless. Sarah and John are unable to resist... until Sarkissian [[AttemptedRape tries to rape Sarah.]] John ''very'' quickly drops all pretenses of ThouShaltNotKill, and delivers a highly righteous (if offscreen) ass-kicking.
** This is later shown on a flashback.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** On ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Daniel Holtz starts out by getting revenge on Angelus - by harassing the ''souled'' Angel. Initially, Angel responds with sympathy and guilt with what his soulless self did to the troubled man -- and tries to simply reason with him. When Holtz starts to threaten Angel's ([[RevengeByProxy innocent]]) friends, that's when Angel realizes that more drastic action needs to be taken.
** In the Angel episode "The House Always Wins", a crooked casino owner enslaved Lorne to exploit his empathic abilities. To get Lorne to cooperate, the man casually shot a random girl to death and threatened to kill more.
** On ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Angelus makes it clear that he intends to kill everyone Buffy cares about also [[RevengeByProxy to get back at her]] for making him feel human.
** Angelus did this to ''actual'' dogs.
--> '''Buffy:''' Skip it. I don't have a puppy, so skip it.
** In ''Buffy'' season 5, Glory at one point explicitly threatens to kill Buffy's friends and family while [[ForcedToWatch making Buffy watch]], while confronting Buffy in her ''own home,'' no less.
-->'''Glory''': I'll kill your mom, I'll kill your friends and I'll make you watch when I do. Just give me the Key. You either have it or you know where to find it. Obviously, this is a one-time-only deal. Next time we meet, something you love dies bloody. You know you can't take me. You know you can't stop me.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' subverts this in this threat from Sue Sylvester:
--> I will go to the animal shelter and get you a kitty cat. I will let you fall in love with that kitty cat, and then, on some dark, cold night, I will steal away into your home and punch you in the face.
* A recurring tactic of immortals in the ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' TV series, although there is a practical purpose to it. By destroying the loved ones of their immortal rivals, they hope to cripple their will to live, making them an easier fight ([[WhoWantsToLiveForever Who Wants to Live Forever]], after all?). Naturally, this can, and has, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge backfired.]]
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar gives us this exchange:
-->'''Sylar:''' What was your brother's name again? Larry?
-->'''Claire:''' Lyle.
-->'''Sylar:''' Right, he's gonna die too.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', people do this to the Winchesters pretty often (in the form of "I'll kill your brother" or ShameIfSomethingHappened), and [[BerserkButton it's always a bad idea]].
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': One of the assassins after the Fixer, they stated to kill her and her driver too. Root uses this trope to ensure Harold's cooperation on two occasions. The first time, she threatens innocent bystanders, the second time she threatens to kill his former fiance.
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': [[spoiler:Becky, Huck's girlfriend, murders the entire family he keeps an eye on. Oh, and she literally killed their dog too]].
* In the season 1 finale of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', the Reverse-Flash threatens to kill Flash's friends and father.
* ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'' proves it really is DarkerAndGrittier by having the ''hero'' do this to the villain. In a desperate attempt to get information out of Wilson Fisk, Matt Murdoch tells Fisk that he can keep his love Vanessa out of the country forever with one letter sent to the right office. Unfortunately, all of the people who could have told Matt how [[BerserkButton bad of an idea it was to use Vanessa against Fisk]] are dead. And that is not a coincidence. Fisk basically beats Matt's face in, then delivers his own counter-threat against Matt and his friend Foggy.
* ''Series/AlteredCarbon'' provides a rare (anti-)heroic example in episode 4 when Kovacs poses as a CTAC officer to frighten his torturers into freeing him:
--> '''Kovavs''': You have ''any'' idea what they're gonna do to you? They're gonna hunt you down. All of you. Gonna make what you did to me look like a tropical cruise. They're gonna [[DeaderThanDead rip your stacks out and feed them to the shredder.]] They're gonna kill your families, friends, dogs, cats ''and fucking goldfish.'' [...] The one who lets me up lives. The other two... when the core is through with you, you won't even be a memory.

* One of Breaking Benjamin's songs, "Home", makes a lot of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' references, including this line, "cause Iím gonna get you and your little dog too".

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* BJ Whitmer, to get revenge on Wrestling/CMPunk for knocking him out in a match and then making fun of him as a commentator, naturally took revenge by going after CM Punk, but he ''[[MisplacedRetribution started]]'' by laying out Punk's girlfriend, [[Wrestling/DaffneyUnger Lucy]].
* During their feuds with Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/RandyOrton both targeted Cena's father. Orton did so, [[SevenYearRule twice]].
* The [[Wrestling/ChrisHero Kings]] of [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Wrestling]], during their prolonged feud with the Briscoe Brothers, made the mistake of bringing the brother's father into by attacking him, making the Briscoes go much further than usual for revenge.
* The rest of Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s Knockouts decided to unite against Wrestling/AwesomeKong and [[Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa Raisha Saeed]] when Saeed had ordered Kong to take out Wrestling/GailKim and then decided to send Kong after Gail's sister too, even though she's not even a wrestler.
* During her feud with Taylor Wilde, Wrestling/{{Daffney| Unger}} targeted TNA's backstage interviewer Lauren because she was Taylor's sorority sister.
* During their campaign to ruin the life of Michael Elgin, Adam Cole, Wrestling/MattHardy, Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis [[ForcedToWatch forced Elgin to watch]] them assault [[Wrestling/MsChif his wife]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Quite literal in the board game expansion of ''Kill Doctor Lucky''. Aptly named Kill Doctor Lucky and His Little Dog Too.
* The ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeon Master's Guide]]'' lampshades this as a tactic for a DM to develop a campaign setting called "Hitting the [=PCs=] Where It Hurts" -- having the son of a blacksmith they befriend become kidnapped by slavers, for example, or having a peaceful village they love to visit be in the path of an evil cleric's invading army. It also warns not to overdo the tactic, however, or otherwise the [=PCs=] [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies will never grow attached to anything for fear of putting it in danger]].

* Compared to the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', humans [[PunyEarthlings are tiny, weak, and fragile]], but possess heart and guts far beyond their size... which makes the Autobots ''extremely'' protective of them. Naturally, the Decepticons just ''have'' to pick on the humans instead of quietly sneaking off and conquering a planet the Autobots haven't adopted yet.

* If players in ''VideoGame/FableII'' didn't have sufficient motivation to stop Lucian before, they will once he [[spoiler:murders the player's spouse, children, and dog.]]
** Keep in mind this is ''after'' he [[spoiler:kills your sister]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', Enclave [[TheDragon Dragon]] Autumn shoots a research assistant in the head to 'motivate' the main character's father. This despite the fact that he had total control over the situation, and she couldn't possibly have been a threat.
* The 1997 ''VideoGame/BladeRunner'' video game features a rather brutal case of this trope, where a character literally ''butchers'' the protagonist's dog off-screen.
* Judgment Six (J6), the grouping of major corporations behind the worldwide tournaments in the ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' series, is responsible for [[ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination assassinations]], blackmail, white-collar theft, and illegal, clandestine SuperSoldier projects, among others. This matters little to fisherman and wrestler Jeffry [=McWild=]... until J6 antagonizes him by kidnapping the great white shark [[AnimalNemesis that he has been after for at least a decade]]. [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Refusing to let anyone else catch the "Great Satan"]], Jeffry enters the fifth tournament to retrieve his longtime nemesis from J6's clutches.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' video game (if you don't count the Darkness itself) is a mob boss named Paulie "Kill The Children Too" Franchetti.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' Chapter 1, when [[spoiler:the Marquis De Singe is defeated by Guybrush and leaves, promising to have revenge on him and his little hand too]].
* In ''VideoGame/BioShock1'', [[spoiler:Fontaine]] threatens to kill all the rescued Little Sisters: "When you're cold and stiff, I'm going over to Mother Goose's house, and I'm going to take it apart, piece-by-piece and brat-by-brat. Consider it your legacy."
** Almost goes through with it in [[Videogame/BioshockInfinite BurialAtSea]]:
--> [[spoiler:Fontaine]]: Ah, I'm almost through. Last chance, pet. Where's... the ace... in the hole?
--> [[spoiler:Elizabeth]]: [...] Go ahead. You'll be doing me a favor.
--> *Beat*
--> [[spoiler:Fontaine]]: AAARGH! *Reverse Stab* BRING IN THE MONSTER! *Smash* Well, ain't you a regular egghead! Can't risk harming the only part of ya that's worth a damn! Well, there's more than one way to fry an egg! Now, little one-
--> Sally: Ugh, no!
--> [[spoiler:Fontaine]]: Have you ever heard of a [[spoiler:trans-orbital lobotomy]]? It's quite simple, really, I take this needle, and this [[spoiler:hammer]], and jam it straight into your [[spoiler:forehead]]. BETTER, TO SHOW BY EXAMPLE-
--> [[spoiler:Elizabeth]]: No, please, I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING, PLEASE NO, PLEASE-
* The rifleman from ''VideoGame/WarCraftIII'' will, [[StopPokingMe if you click enough]], say "I shot the sheriff...and the deputy...and your wee doggy too!
* Used in, of all things, ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'', where the BigBad [[spoiler:kidnaps Layton's adopted daughter]] in order to make absolutely sure that Layton will pursue him. The irony is that Layton, being Layton, would have gone after him anyway -- all this trick did was [[PapaWolf make him]] ''[[BerserkButton mad]]''.
* In ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'''s backstory, the Emperor punished [[spoiler:his traitorous brother Sun Li]] by ordering [[StateSec the Lotus Assassins]] to kill his family. [[spoiler:The assassin ordered to do so rebelled halfway through and spared Sun Li's daughter.]]
* In the Champion mission of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'', you initially have to defend a printer from the eponymous Templar. In the second part, the Champion goes after the printer's father instead.
* While Pit is storming [[BigBad Medusa]]'s castle in ''Videogame/KidIcarusUprising'', Medusa taunts [[BigGood Palutena]] by saying that she will have her revenge on her and that she'll start by [[TakenForGranite turning Pit to stone]].
** Given that Pit is the one who defeated her the previous time, it also counts as personal revenge.
* The FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' can sometimes grab one of your party members, with a different dialogue snippet for each of them. If they go after [[PlayerCharacter Hawke's]] LoveInterest, the speech is aimed at Hawke rather than the victim.
--> "How does it feel, Champion, to know I hold the life of one you love in my hand?"
* In the PSP game ''Gangs of London'', the murder of Morris Kane's prized racing pigeon is what drives him to kill off the other gangs and take over all of London.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': in the ''Citadel'' DLC, the villain has interrupted Shepard's shore leave, killed people, locked the TrueCompanions in vaults with only an hour of air, and is attempting to steal the Normandy...but it's going after Shepard's ''hamster'' that really pisses them off. Assuming you have it, anyway.

* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'' advises people how to [[DefiedTrope defy]] this when they become crime fighters (which he recommends as the ideal career) -- "Your family should hide in the bushes outside your house with guns every night. Because bad guys are always trying to kidnap your family if you are a crime fighter."
* In ''Webcomic/CrimsonDark'', Abraham Mensk makes this threat after losing a battle to [[TheCaptain Vaegyr Ward]]. Since Mensk is a loose cannon sociopath, Vaegyr [[StateTheSimpleSolution calmly orders the destruction of Mensk's ship]]. Unfortunately, Mensk is part of a really large organization of revenge-minded SpacePirates.
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'': When Rogue and Lothar finally come to blows, Lothar tells Rogue he'll have his village destroyed after he kills him.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}'', Sojueilo kills Rowasu's team-mate. He swears to kill all of Sojueilo's team, finishing with Sojueilo herself.
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' invokes this trope word for word when Piro is playing a Harvest Moon [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/877 game]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** Mentioned by name by Haley when she chastised Belkar for killing a prospective recurring villain.
** From page [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0453.html 453]]:
-->'''''Hinjo''': Nobody invades my city -- and absolutely NOBODY HURTS MY DOG!!!''
** When a black dragon (the mother of the dragon that was killed earlier on in the comic) attempts to invoke this with [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius]]'s family, [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius]] responds by taking it UpToEleven with [[spoiler:Familicide: a spell that kills everyone related by blood to the target, then kills everyone related by blood to those people]]. So basically, And Your Little Dog's Little Dog Too.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': "We will follow you forever. We will take everyone around you." spoken by a being that only two out of six crew members can actually hear is hard to interpret any other way. The threat actually makes Reynir realize that he may be unable to go home as long as that being exists, as it may target his family.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/SailorNothing'', [[spoiler:Magnificent Kamen/Dark General Radon threatens Dusty. This results in him getting killed.]]
* [[spoiler:In [[http://e621.net/post/show/118119/ this]] video on e621, the dog not only died. King died first.]]
* In Creator/TomSka's short film ''WebVideo/HitIt'', [[spoiler:John is threatened by someone on the phone to turn himself in or have resources sent to brutally murder his girlfriend Zoey and then hunt him down afterwards.]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': At the end of Volume 3, [[spoiler: Adam specifically swears to make it his mission to destroy ''everything'' Blake loves to punish her for abandoning him and the White Fang, a threat he makes good on by [[AnArmAndALeg slicing off Yang's arm]], which forces Blake on the run just as he wanted. Sun follows her home, determined to have her back, and gets injured when they fight Adam's subordinate Ilia, which reinforces Blake's belief that she needs to be alone. After Sun [[YouAreNotAlone gives Blake a lecture on how her abandonment of her friends actually causes them more pain than their enemies ever could]], Blake's parents reveal the content of the intel Blake and Sun managed to recover from Ilia: that Adam plans to overthrow the White Fang leader, Sienna Khan, and then launch a full-scale assault on Haven Academy, destroying it just as he destroyed Beacon. At this point, Blake finally decides to stop running and begins making plans to take back control of the White Fang from Adam.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This one of several things that consistently provokes the Avatar State in the normally sweet and pacifist Aang in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. In the first episode of season two, some unnamed Earth Kingdom general ''tries'' to provoke Avatar State by sinking Katara in rock, [[GoneHorriblyRight which turns out to be a bad idea.]] Appa is also a frequent target.
** Likewise, Katara will not stand aside while Aang gets hurt. [[spoiler:Azula and later Hama]] learned this the hard way.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', when Bronx helps Cuchullain in a fight:
--> '''Cuchullain''': Crom-Cruach, deathworm. You are still no more than that! A WORM!
--> '''Crom-Cruach''': But more than enough to deal with a noisy young hero and his little dog too!
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Do NOT threaten Aquaman's toddler son. [[PapaWolf Just... don't]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' episode Ken 10, Kevin Levin stomps Ken's rock dog-thing, just to provoke the kid into attacking him. [[spoiler:It gets better by the end of the episode, naturally.]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet'', Zorak is forced by Space Ghost to give Brak lessons on being evil. He does this by telling him to threaten Space Ghost "and your little dog, too". Brak objects to the notion of harming Space Ghost's (non-existent) dog and asks him to blast Zorak, to which Space Ghost happily complies.
-->'''Space Ghost:''' THAT was for Scraps! ''(Beat)'' Wait a minute, I don't have a dog.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', you should never threaten the lives of [[AnimalSuperhero Perry the Platypus]]' owners in front of him, even accidentally. Dr. Doofenshmirtz learns this the ''hard'' way.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Terry is fighting a mutated Dr. Cuvier, and Ace, [[CanineCompanion Bruce's pet Great Dane]], is also present. Now, the two have had a turbulent relationship so far, but when Terry gets hit, Ace rushes in to fight off the monster, only for the monster to wrap its tentacles around Ace and try to do him in. [[BerserkButton And that's when Terry got pissed.]]
-->'''Terry:''' "DON'T. [[BerserkButton TOUCH.]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis MY. DOG!!]]"
* In the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Superman gives Darkseid an AndThisIsFor punch for Dan Turpin, whom Darkseid murdered at the end of his foiled invasion of Earth. Darkseid responds by claiming that "Had I known one human's death would pain you so, I would have killed more." When Darkseid gets the upper hand in their fight right after this, he adds "And kill more I shall! Carry that with you to oblivion, Superman!"'
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' when Desaad threatens Superboy and his dog... er, wolf:
-->'''Desaad''': "Kill the boy, and his little dog, too."
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'': In the episode "Eye of the Beholder", when the witch who has enchanted herself to look beautiful and put the whole of Dunwyn Castle (including the king) under her spell is finally exposed, she threatens to get princess Calla, "and [her] little pig too" (Sunny is disguised as a pig to avoid being spotted by humans).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Discord captured all of Twilight's closest friends "and [[YourLittleDismissiveDiminutive her little dragon]], too."
** In the episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]],'' Twilight Sparkle is on the run from BigBad Tirek, but steels her resolve and confronts him after he throws a fireball at the Golden Oaks Library, blowing it up with Owlowiscious still inside (she rescues him with a DivingSave). [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] because Tirek didn't even know the owl was there.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Almost every single episode has [[{{Jerkass}} Mr. Cat]] torment [[NighInvulnerable Quack Quack]] in various ways so Kaeloo will get angry.