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->''"There is no escape. [[TropeNamer Don't make me destroy you.]] ''(pause)'' Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. And with our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy."''
-->-- '''Darth Vader''', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''

Two characters conflict and one is more powerful/more advantageously positioned than the other. This powerful character wants to avoid a fight and so warns the other party against provoking a decisive clash because they will lose. This could be for any number of reasons:

* The character will go [[UnstoppableRage berserk]] and won't be able to stop himself from maiming or killing the opponent rather than merely defeating him.
* The attacker is a friend/family/{{True Companion|s}}.
* The character is a MartialPacifist or GoodIsNotSoft and is trying to offer a LastSecondChance.
* The character sees their opponent as [[WeCanRuleTogether a potential ally]].
* The character is evil, but an AntiVillain, NobleDemon, or [[DatingCatwoman otherwise]] [[BigBadFriend attached]] to their opponent.
* The character merely wants the challenger to stop bothering him, and intimidating their opponent into [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere fleeing the fight]] is a pragmatic way ToWinWithoutFighting.
* The fight is likely to get nasty enough to leave even the winner injured and vulnerable to other threats.
* The character fears that winning the fight will trigger some [[GoneHorriblyRight undesirable consequences]].
* The fight will lead to unwanted collateral damage that the character is trying to avoid.

For whatever reason, the powerful character is hoping not to have to fight. Can be used by heroes, anti-heroes, and villains.

Not to be confused with WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou which is where the powerful character blames the victim for provoking a one-sided abuse. Compare YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry which covers most situations where a powerful character is trying to deter an attack. Has a similar, but opposite effect to GiveMeAReason, where one character ''does'' want to hurt the other, and ''does'' want the provocation, and certainly will if given.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Captain Kyoraku, one of the oldest captains, on two occasions,
** In the Soul Society arc he encounters a hopelessly inexperienced and outmatched Chad. He doesn't exactly beg for him not to attack, but makes an extensive attempt at parley, clearly for no reason other than the fact he didn't want to hurt him.
** During the Fake Karakura Town arc, he (along with Stark) tries to make the point that a duel between such powerful men would be needlessly destructive (when pushed, he [[CombatPragmatist goes to the fucking wall]]). Jushiro Ukitake simultaneously has one of these moments with the fraccion, Lilynette.
* Late in the second battle over Tokyo in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Suzaku finds himself in [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown an insane disadvantage against a furious Kallen]], who warns him that she will destroy him if he does not take the opportunity to retreat. Naturally, given his [[DeathSeeker death wish]], he stays to accept defeat... which is when [[spoiler:his "live" command geass activates and forces him to use the FLEIJA cannon equipped to his Lancelot, forcing a stalemate, and nuking most of Tokyo]]. Whoops.
* For a {{True Companion|s}} example, ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Luffy saying this to [[spoiler:Usopp]] before their fight.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', when Al makes Ed stop trying to beat Tucker to death, and Tucker continues to goad him on. Al tells him that if he doesn't quit, HE'LL be the one beating Tucker. Al is made of nothing but steel like armor at this point, so if he starts beating you, it will hurt a lot more than if Ed gets a shot at you.
** In "Fullmetal vs. Flame" Col. Mustang has a flashback to Ishval, in a situation with a young soldier he caught off guard, but hesitates to kill. Both Mustang and the boy know that if the kid so much as raises his rifle, Mustang will kill him. The kid does anyway.
** When Buccaneer asks him to [[YouShallNotPass hold the line against the soldiers still loyal to Amestris]], Greedling warns them first that if they don't want to get hurt or have a family at home, they should leave right now. Those that stay are the victims of a {{Franchise/Terminator}}-inspired rampage.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** Gohan begs Cell to give up his plans and surrender peacefully, because Gohan knows that if he should enter his UnstoppableRage mode, he'd utterly annihilate Cell, and he doesn't wish that on anyone, not even a monster like Cell. Cell, however, decides that he wants to see this fantastic power for himself. [[GoneHorriblyRight He gets his wish]], and it does not end well for him.
** Goku repeatedly warns the Ginyu Force that they don't stand a chance against him and should just scram. They end up trounced by him (and finished off by Vegeta). He tries something similar when he first goes Super Saiyan in his fight with Frieza, though CruelMercy was also a factor.
** In a villain example, before Frieza unleashed half of his power, he offers Goku the chance to come work for him, [[SparingTheAces saying it would be a shame to destroy such talent]]. When Goku says no, Frieza is quite upset about it, saying what a complete waste it is, along with how stupid the Saiyans were for not remaining his faithful servants.
* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'': Masaki says this to King in chapter 140. Obviously, the villain does not listen.
* In ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'', Inuyasha and Kikyo's early interactions consisted of Kikyo pinning Inuyasha to a tree with her arrows and warning him to stay away from her and the Shikon Jewel if he doesn't want to be killed. It's subverted; every time, she gives him the warning, but doesn't go through with it.
* In the backstory of ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', emperor Kornelias I sent emissaries to the Free Planets Alliance to beg them to accept his rule peacefully and negotiate their entry in the Galactic Empire. Three times he sent emissaries, and three times they were laughed out of the Alliance, whose government was still riding high on [[CurbStompBattle their triumph at Dagon]], by then the only large scale confrontation of the war. Then Kornelias personally prepared and led an invasion, [[WhosLaughingNow and bulldozed through the Alliance Star Fleet]] until a palace coup forced him to turn back.
* Twice in ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', [[BookEnds in both the first and the last chapter]]:
** In the first chapter Sailor V begs the youma Narkissos to stop his attack, as he was also her first love. He doesn't, and to save herself Sailor V hits him with a Crescent Beam, killing him.
** In the finale Sailor Venus begs Danburite to stand down, as she still sees him as [[spoiler:Ace]] and doesn't want to kill [[spoiler:her true love]]. He attacks, and Sailor Venus promptly kills him.
* ''Anime/LupinIII: Anime/GoemonIshikawasSprayOfBlood'': After he undergoes a revelation about his sword skills, Goemon warns the Inaniwa gang, who want him to take the blame for their boss's death, not to make another move against him or he will kill them all. They do... and he proceeds to [[AnArmAndALeg disarm all of them]].

* In the Matt Fraction ''[[ComicBook/TheDefenders Defenders]]'', the ComicBook/SilverSurfer begs a tiger-headed man to release him, saying "Don't make me do this." The attacker doesn't relent, and the Surfer renders him into atoms.
* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns:'' When the government sends in Superman to take down Batman, Supes spends the entirety of their fight begging Bats to just give up because he really ''doesn't'' [[ThouShaltNotKill want to go through with it.]] Bats refuses to stay down.
* ''[[Series/{{Angel}} Angel and Faith]]'': [[spoiler: After Angel makes it clear to Whistler that he does not support his [[WellIntentionedExtremist methods]], Whistler snaps, [[TorsoWithAView punches a hole through Angel's stomach]], and comes within a hair's breadth of staking him before he manages to stop and compose himself, remarking that, even after everything that's happened, Angel is still his "favorite kid" and he doesn't want to go through with it. Nonetheless, he warns Angel to stay out of his way because he won't be so lucky next time.]]
* In an issue of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': Spoken word for word by Monkey Khan in Universe 39 when he [[spoiler: fights Mecha Sally.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': In chapter 9 [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] quotes the trope verbatim after [[DeadpanSnarker Shinji]] [[BelligerentSexualTension gets on her nerves]]:
-->'''Asuka''': Third Child [...] Come with me.\\
'''Shinji''' ''[to Misato]'': You have no idea how long I've waited to hear her say that…\\
'''Asuka''': Don't make me destroy you.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': When Rei brings Kaworu home, she instructs him NOT to touch anything because she's yearning for an excuse to obliterate him. Kaworu assures her that he'll try not to goad her to destroy him.
-->'''Rei:''' This is my residence. Do not touch anything. My instincts are already demanding your destruction for the invasion, even requested.\\
'''Kaworu:''' ''[smiling]'' I will try not to force you to destroy me.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119688/1/you-obey/the-interrogation You Obey,]] Shadowfax is threatened with this by her interrogator. He makes good on his threats in a non-lethal but gruesome way.
* In the ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' fic ''[[FanFic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy Blood and Spirit]]'', when Link is briefly [[DemonicPossession overtaken]] by Majora and sent to attack Zelda, Fi intervenes, stating that, while she does not want to fight her master, she will do what she has to do to protect her creator.
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Alex Harris has this reaction whenever someone tries to fight her. She knows she's going to win, and is constantly afraid of hurting people, but also doesn't believe in ''not'' putting a person who is a threat to her down as hard as possible.
* The last chapters of ''Fanfic/CleavesCutsAndCracks'' has [[spoiler: Spinel]] choosing between and old friend and the Crystal Gems. She begs the Gems to stop since she doesn't want anyone harmed which [[spoiler: tragically leads to her demise.]]
* ''Fanfic/AmbienceAFleetSymphony'':
** In chapter 99, [[spoiler:Shoukaku receives a communication from the Abyssal reinforcements]] warning the Combined Fleet to withdraw, or else.
** In chapter 106, after another incident that threatens the unity of the fleet, Sanford says that the ship girls had better stop pushing their luck, unless they want him to start giving out punishments.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Cross offers to let Fukuro go if he simply stands down, as he wasn't involved in Robin's kidnapping and is JustFollowingOrders. Fukuro admits that he'd gladly take them up on the offer if not for Lucci's orders to fight them; while the Straw Hats scared him, the leopard-man scared him more.
* ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'': “Don't make me hurt you!” the panicking ActualPacifist Paul screams at his captor, Keemerleen, who is at the moment much stronger than Paul and is holding onto him to keep him out of the fight that has broken out as several factions try to separate, depower, and imprison the four. Keemerleen just laughs, so Paul in desperation [[DeadlyUpgrade goes to high strength]]... which does not end well for either him or Keemerleen.
* In the sequel to ''Fanfic/AlphaAndOmega'', Shinji calmly requests that Misato order her men to stand down. While the actions of WUNDER have led to the mess they're in, including [[spoiler:Councilor Tevos]] being in a coma and dying, he's willing to resolve the situation without any further violence. However, he also prioritizes [[spoiler:Tevos's]] health over their entire organization and will kill every last one of them if he has to.
** A few minutes later when confronted with Misato's soldiers, Shinji offers them the same chance. When they decline, he guns them all down and continues on his way.
* In Fanfic/NeonMetathesisEvangelion, Kaworu pleads with Arael to leave before he's forced to kill another sibling.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'':
-->'''Jumba:''' Don't make me shoot you. You were expensive.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', right before the plague of the firstborn Moses is begging his brother Ramses not to let things continue, all while staring at Ramses's son. Ramses refuses, upsetting Moses, who knows that the son will be a victim of the plague.
* Part of Mojo Jojo's WeCanRuleTogether speech from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Movie'' ("We are kindred spirits whose powers spring from the same source, so, girls, ''do not make me destroy you!''"), resulting in a very painful ShutUpHannibal.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The TropeNamer is in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. Darth Vader has Luke trapped and defenseless, but he also knows Luke is the best bet for ending the Galactic Civil War and possibly destroying the Emperor as well. There's also their [[LukeIAmYourFather familial relationship;]] Vader has found out rather recently that [[ItWasHisSled Luke is his son]] and as such would rather not kill him.
** Happens ''twice'' in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. Anakin, knowing he is the ChosenOne, says "Don't make me kill you", but at the end of that duel, [[IHaveTheHighGround Obi-Wan has the high ground]] and realizes that Anakin is about to do something really stupid in his blind rage. Obi-Wan's reply? "Don't try it," in an exasperated, almost pleading tone.
* ''Run Leia Run'' (StarWars spoof animation)
-->'''Darth Vader''': Bring me my shuttle.
-->'''Stormtrooper''': Sir, that line's been changed to "Alert the Star Destroyer to prepare for my arrival."
-->'''Darth Vader''': Don't make me destroy you.
* ''Film/SpiesLikeUs''. The two title spies are undergoing harsh training and ask to quit.
-->'''Colonel Rhumbus:''' Boys, it would be a shame to have to kill you now.
* ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'':
-->'''Draco:''' I don't want to kill you; I never did! And I don't want you to kill me! [Bowen looks at Draco] How do we gain? If you win, you lose a trade. If I win, I wait around for the next sword slinger thirsting to carve a reputation out of my hide. And I'm ''tired'' of lurking in holes and skulking in darkness. I'm gonna let you up now, and if you insist, we can pursue this fracas to its final stupidity... or... you can listen to my alternative.
* During Kyuuzou's early duel scene in ''Film/SevenSamurai'' it's mentioned by a spectator that Kyuuzou asked his challenger not to duel him, because he would certainly be killed. SingleStrokeBattle ensues and Kyuuzou is notably saddened by the outcome.
** Pay attention during the practice duel. Kyuuzou clearly landed a killing blow (if they weren't wielding bamboo shoots).
* Cap to [[spoiler: Bucky]] at the end of ''Film/{{Captain America The Winter Soldier}}''. [[spoiler: After all, he doesn't want to be forced to kill his best friend.]]
* ''Film/InTheLineOfFire'': Would-be assassin Mitch Leary is toying with Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan. He doesn't actually want to harm Frank, though, [[DontMakeMeDestroyYou unless he actually gets in the way of his plan]].
* The second half of 2010's B-movie ''Half Moon'' consists largely of the werewolf, Jacob, cuffed to a chair, held at gunpoint by the prostitute, Rose. She's trying to convince him to give her the combination to his safe so she can take the money to appease her pimp, while he's trying to convince her to leave with the money he's already given her (he needs the rest to pay for anti-lycanthropy treatments) before he transforms and kills them.
* In ''Film/TheTenCommandments'', Seti, Moses' adopted father, is visibly distraught as Moses keeps digging himself a deeper and deeper hole in regards to his murder of a slave master. Seti must hold his adopted son accountable in the law, but does not want to sentence his own son to death -- he eventually settles on exile and [[UnPerson striking Moses' existence from all Egyptian records]].
-->'''Seti:''' Why are you ''forcing'' me to destroy you?
* Near the end of ''Film/TheEliteSquad'', Nascimento tries to get a mook to spill the beans on Baiano's location without having to torture. Unfortunately, the dumbass doesn't get the message...
* The climax of ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'' becomes this when Andrew goes berserk with power [[spoiler:after his mother dies and [[AbusiveParents his father]] berates him for it]]. Matt, whom had been spending the entire 2nd half of the movie convincing Andrew to calm down and control his telekinetic power, continuously pleads Andrew to stop or he'd be force to do this. [[spoiler: Sadly, Andrew doesn't listen, and [[ShootTheDog Matt is forced to do what he has to do]]]]...
* Shows up in the second of Eddie Murphy's ''Film/DrDolittle'' movies. The good doctor wants to introduce Archie to Ava in hopes of preserving their species. Ava is not impressed.
-->'''Ava, to Dr. Dolittle''': Oh, don't make me eat you.
* In ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', Specialist Mike Kurth sees a woman about to pick up a gun. He yells for her not to do it... and unhesitatingly shreds her when she does.
* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', while [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]] has previously warned [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce]] that he'll take him down if Bruce doesn't stop being the Batman, by the time of their actual fight, he's realised that Comicbook/LexLuthor is the real threat, and wants Bruce's help to [[spoiler: rescue his mother, whom Lex is holding hostage]]. When his initial attempts to talk to Bruce fail as Bruce just attacks him before he can finish his sentence, Clark shows how powerful he is in an attempt to convince Bruce that if he was here to fight, Bruce wouldn't stand a chance. Unfortunately, this fails to convince Bruce, who just breaks out the [[KryptoniteFactor Kryptonite]].
--> '''Superman''': Stay down! If I wanted it, you'd be dead already!

* Sun Tzu advised this in ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'', saying that "supreme excellence" in wartime isn't winning every battle, but making the enemy back down without fighting. He thus advised a general to make it known to the enemy that, should they escalate a conflict, they would be swiftly and mercilessly destroyed.[[note]]Though a lot of what Sun Tzu advised would now be considered war cimes, the sentiment was to express the idea of "I don't want to fight you, because if I do, I will show you no mercy."[[/note]]
* OlderThanDirt: In one of the more famous myths about the Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar, she descends into TheUnderworld but is denied entrance. She calmly gives the following response:
-->If thou openest not the gate to let me enter,
-->I will break the door, I will wrench the lock,
-->I will smash the door-posts, I will force the doors.
-->I will bring up the dead to eat the living.
-->And the dead will outnumber the living.
* Averted in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': Captain Tern knows that, if she tries to force entry to the Whistler household, the Whistler girls (the oldest one who is at home at the time is about sixteen) will fight to death, regardless of what she says, as they have brothers to protect. She's not keen on killing little girls, so she decides to wait until the Queen's Justice arrives and sorts it out. She explains this thought process to Princess Rensellaer when asked why she's willing to wait for what could be hours. (Captain Tern would have to kill the girls, as it is her duty to protect the royal family, regardless of how stupid the princesses act. Fortunately, Rensellaer agrees that they should avoid a confrontation)
* [[Franchise/TheWitcher Geralt]] warns a [[Literature/SnowWhite Snow]] [[TragicVillain White]] {{Expy}} that this will happen [[AlasPoorVillain when they fight]]. Though to be fair, his fighting style provides few non-lethal tools for dealing with dangerous opponents.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', during peace talks after decade-long wars:
-->"Speaking for myself, as an individual, and not for my Star Empire or my Queen, I implore you to accept Her Majesty's proposal. I've killed too many of your people over the last twenty T-years, and your people have killed too many of mine. Don't make me kill any more, Madame President. Please."
** This starts becoming par for the course when the Manticorans start having regular encounters with the Solarian League Navy. The SLN is so big [[WeHaveReserves its reserves have reserves]], but it is also so painfully obsolete that those numbers amount to very little, prompting Manticoran officers to make it clear just how easily they could be destroyed. It's the rare Solly officer who has the intelligence and/or moral courage to KnowWhenToFoldEm.
* Heroic examples occur several times during the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', when before or during a fight someone - usually [[AcePilot Wedge Antilles]] - will announce his rank, his name, and his affiliation, and then offer the enemy the chance to either surrender or, sometimes, cease fighting and escape. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. When it doesn't he and his forces invariably annihilate the enemy forces, though not always without [[MauveShirt casualties]].
* Wencit to the wizards of Kontovar in David Weber's The War Maid's Choice. Paraphrased 'This is the only warning, I know all your plans, if you try to go through with any of them or in any way seek to hurt the woman in question, I will release the spell to raze your continent. None of you will escape and it will become such a ruined, barren wasteland that it will be a hundred thousand years before any sign of life reemerges."
* In ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'', the Rainlords of Sair basically say this with their motto, which is "The rain fears not the torch."
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': When royal guards came to arrest Mia on false charge of sedition, she warned them not to make her leave [[HomeBase the guild lobby]]. [[spoiler:Her hammerspace ate them.]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' ''Small Favor'' has Harry witnessing this type of confrontation. On one side is a human possessed by a FallenAngel who takes the form of a powerful gorilla. On the other side, there is the Eldest Gruff, champion of Queen Titania and, based on the three purple shrouds he wears on a belt, killer of three Senior Council of Wizards in his long life. Both want Harry for their own reasons and the Fallen refuses to back down, despite the Gruff asking him too. He has no conflict with the Fallen, but will defend himself if attacked. It is a quick and painless death for the Fallen's host.
* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', Thomas Cromwell does everything he can think of to get Thomas More to sign the Oath of Supremacy recognizing Henry VIII as head of the Church in England rather than the Pope. He stalls, sends in More's family, tells him basically to cross his fingers and sign, and asks if he's really unafraid of death as he drags out the matter until Henry's patience is at its limit. Though he admits he ''is'' afraid of the axe, More refuses to betray his principles, so Cromwell shrugs his shoulders and gets on with the KangarooCourt.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Riker, to his new girlfriend Yuta, who turned out to be a villain (the misguided type).
* From ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', when Kara and Sam reunite after New Caprica:
-->'''Kara:''' [to Sam] I'm in a different place now. I... I, I don't know how else to explain it to you, but I got out of that cell and it's like someone painted the world in different colors. And I look at you and I want to tear your eyes out just for looking at me. I just want to hurt someone and it might as well be you. So you should probably go before that happens.
** Earlier in the series, after Kara admits that [[spoiler:she was indirectly responsible for Zak's death by clearing him to fly a fighter he didn't have the skills for]], Adama tells her "Walk out of this room...while you still can."
* From ''Series/{{JAG}}'', when [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Admiral Chegwidden]], a former Navy SEAL, gets into a scrape with a Italian mafioso:
-->'''Admiral:''' Signor Amati, many people have tried to kill me one time or another. [[BadassBoast They're mostly dead.]] So there's a good chance that your brother-in-law will join them if he does come after me.... Does he have other sons?\\
'''Enrico Amati:''' Uno.\\
'''Admiral:''' When he comes, I'll regrettably kill him too. And after him?\\
'''Enrico Amati:''' My sister will expect me to uphold the honor of mi familia.\\
'''Admiral:''' Then I'll have to kill you. I don't want to have to do that.\\
'''Enrico Amati:''' [in Italian] You're either a very ''bold'' man, or crazy!\\
'''Admiral:''' [In Italian] Not crazy. Practical.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** PlayedForLaughs when Xander is fighting a demon-possessed Cordelia.
--->"Cordelia! I don't wanna hurt you...[[BelligerentSexualTension some of the time]]."
** Willow says this to Xander at the end of Season 6, when he stops her from destroying the world.
** When Angel makes it clear that he will not support Whistler's methods, Whistler loses his temper, puts his fist through Angel's gut, and comes dangerously close to staking him before managing to stop himself, remarking that even after everything that's happened, Angel is still his "favorite kid" and he doesn't want to kill him. However, he nonetheless departs while warning Angel to stay out of his way or he would be forced to.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Tenth Doctor regularly does the LastSecondChance version to his enemies.
-->'''Ten''': I'm so old....I used to have so much mercy...You get ''one'' warning and that was it.
** The Eleventh Doctor gets in on this, too.
-->'''Eleven''': You gave me hope and then you took it away. That's enough to make anyone dangerous. God only knows what it will do to ''me''. Basically, '''''RUN!!!'''''
--> - "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]"
-->'''Eleven''': Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out ''[[TheFettered why I have so many.]]''
--> - "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar A Good Man Goes To War]]"
-->Eleven gives what his arguably his best one of these in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]''
-->'''Eleven:''' "No plans, no backup, no weapons worth a damn. Oh, and something else I don't have: anything to lose. So, if you're sitting up there with your silly little spaceships and your silly little guns and you've any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight; just remember who's standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you and then, AND THEN, do the smart thing. {{Beat}} [[VictoryThroughIntimidation Let somebody else try first.]]"
** Twelve in "Face the Raven" almost goes a bit War Doctor when he threatens Ashildr. [[spoiler:When Clara is about to be killed by the Quantum Shade, he basically turns into the Master, "I'll bring UNIT, I'll bring the Zygons, give me a minute, I'll bring the Daleks, and the Cybermen-- You will save Clara. And you will do it NOW. Or I will rain hell on you for the rest of time." "I can do whatever the hell I like. You've read the stories, you know who I am. And in all of that time, did you ever hear about anyone who stopped me?" He even brazenly admits to not acting in the name of the Doctor any more, which is very very scary.]] He only seems to back off when [[spoiler:Clara orders him not to insult her memory with revenge; even then, his last words to Ashildr are "I was lost a long time ago, she was saving you, I'll do my best, but I strongly advise you to keep out of my way", punctuated with an exhalation that seethes with blood curdling rage: "you'll find it's a very small universe when I'm angry with you."]]
** In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' we see that this behavior tends to rub off on companions.
* Mal does this [[UnsettlingGenderReveal while dressed as a woman]] in ''{{Series/Firefly}}'':
-->"[[InTheNameOfTheMoon I swear by my pretty floral bonnet]]: if your hand touches metal, I will end you."
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Commonly heard from human commanders: "Surrender or be destroyed." Sheridan, being a goody two-shoes, instructs his crew to target the engines and weapons systems.
--> '''Sheridan''': We're trying to disable them, not destroy them.
** When Delenn arrives with a fleet to protect Babylon 5, the attackers say this. She responds with a combination this and BadassBoast:
-->'''Delenn''': Why not? Only one human captain has survived battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value you lives, be someplace else.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Lucifer begs Gabriel, his beloved younger brother, not to stand against him, and says this trope nearly word for word. Gabriel retorts that "No one ''makes'' us do anything", a criticism of Lucifer's tendency to [[NeverMyFault blame others]] for his own actions, and attacks him. It doesn't work out well for Gabriel.
* Happens repeatedly when Series/{{Merlin}} is cornered. He doesn't want to kill people with his magic (and he usually has to kill them to prevent his secret getting out) so he tries to warn them off in advance. Sadly, it never works.

* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}'':
-->'''Sergeant Johnson:''' [while he is fighting the Covenant] I don't want to kill you, it's just that you're too ugly to let live!
** Funnily enough, {{Creator/Bungie}}'s PretentiousLatinMotto, ''Non facete nobis calcitrare vestrum perinaeum'', is this. It translates to "[[BadassBoast Don't make us kick your ass.]]"
* Used word-for-word by Artanis towards [[spoiler:Aldaris]] in ''Starcraft: Brood Wars'' during the penultimate Protoss mission.
* Implied towards Shepard by [[EldritchAbomination Harbinger]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
-->'''Harbinger:''' If I must tear you apart Shepard, '''I will'''.
** The Illusive Man says something to this effect in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.
--->'''The Illusive Man:''' Don't interfere with my plans Shepard. I won't warn you again.
** In all 3 games, Paragon Shepard's approach to hostile situations is essentially "I'd ''like'' us to get along...[[GoodIsNotSoft but I have a fully loaded arsenal at my fingertips and I'm really good at using it.]]"
*** Spelled out particularly well in the conclusion of the ''Citadel'' DLC, where one of the villains has been captured. Said villain banters with Shepard some, and Paragon Shepard warns them not to ever cross paths again. [[KnowWhenToFoldEm The villain takes the hint.]]
-->'''Shepard''': And don't let us meet again.\\
'''Adversary''': What's this? Commander Shepard pleading for his/her life?\\
'''Shepard''': I am pleading for '''yours'''.
** Unlike the Paragon Shepard who convinces them there's a better way and a chance for peace, [[NobleDemon Renegade Shepard]] can end the Geth-Quarian War by basically informing the quarians "The geth are about to come back online and I'm done saving you from yourselves. You want to throw yourselves at them, be my guest."
** Saren invokes this several times during the first game. Paragon Shepard replies with exactly the ''[[NotSoDifferent same]]'' thing.
* If you ask the Orz what happened to the Androsynth in ''VideoGame/StarControlII'', they warn you that they will kill you if you insist on asking that, and thus ask you not to do so. [[PressXToDie Keep it up]] and [[HopelessBossFight they'll show that they aren't bluffing.]]
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'': At the very beginning of his campaign, Leon futilely attempts to talk the [[TragicMonster zombified President]] down, but ultimately can't stop [[StakingTheLovedOne the inevitable]].
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'': Right before the BossBattle with Credo, Nero explicitly tells him to back down, not wanting to hurt him for the sake of Kyrie, Credo's sister and Nero's LoveInterest. Credo dismisses it:
-->'''Credo''': Hurt ''me''? You still don't get it, do you?! (''goes OneWingedAngel'')
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal'' has the Allure Wars, a conflict between the [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty tricky and ruthless]] halfling [[TheEmpire Nargol Empire]], and the [[TheFettered honorable]] but [[KnightTemplar intrusively]] "[[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul benevolent]]" human [[PoliceState Conclave]]. When the Nargol were pushed to the brink of losing, they warned the Conclave that "''a great tragedy will ensue if you continue to push further, and do not accept our previously-stated terms of peaceful resolution. Do not force us to do this.''" Of course, by this point, they'd spent so much time [[CryingWolf bluffing]] for tactical advantages that the Conclave [[PoorCommunicationKills was hardly inclined to believe them]]. [[spoiler: The first [[FantasticNuke mass-necromantic attack]] in history caught the Conclave completely off-guard, horrifying them into [[ScrewTheRulesTheyBrokeThemFirst abandoning all pretenses of chivalry]] and ensuring the war would turn into an [[CycleOfRevenge increasingly vicious stalemate]].]]
* If you're going down the [[KillEmAll Genocide path]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', Sans the Skeleton will warn you that if you continue down the path you're currently on, you're going to have a bad time... He may be ThePrankster, but this time [[MarathonBoss he's]] ''[[SNKBoss not]]'' [[GoddamnedBoss joking]].

* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.'' Bob is one of the [[TrueCompanions only three people]] in the universe Galatea loves (she's just betrayed a possible fourth, Fructose Riboflavin, but with [[BigBad good reason).]] When Bob suddenly arrives while she's on the verge of conquering a planet, she says, "So... You ''don't'' approve? Oh Uncle, ''don't'' make me fight ''you."''
* In ''Webcomic/TheSpecialists'' [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-28/ Hartmann doesn't want to hurt anyone.]]
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000405 "Hold it right there! Don't make me shoot!"]] -- last panel is a complaint about the regulations.
* [[EmperorScientist Baron Klaus Wulfenbach]] of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' basically founded his version of the Empire of Europa on one main guiding principle: "Don't Make Me Come Over There". Because he ''will'' stomp you flat using great tactical advantage ([[CoolAirship from on high]]) if you provoke him into it by [[TooDumbToLive Doing Something Stupid]]. He [[BerserkButton really, really hates stupidity]] (like, trying to enslave or otherwise abuse your general population, fomenting treason and rebellion, not handing over [[SealedEvilinACan any found cans o' evil]] for proper disposal... that kind of thing) with a vengeance, so it's ''very much'' in your best interest ''not'' to push that button while he's around. And, he's proved it often enough, both in back-story and on-panel.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' episode "The Lair of General Grievous":
-->'''Nahdar Vebb:''' [to Grievous] Don't make me destroy you!
** [[DoomedByCanon Needless to say]], it doesn't work out the way Nahdar intended.
* In ''TheSimpsons'', included in Homer's advice to Lisa:
-->'''Lisa:''' What do you say to a boy to let him know you're not interested?
-->'''Marge Simpson:''' Well, honey, I...
-->'''Homer:''' Let me handle this, Marge. I've heard them all: "I like you as a friend," "I think we should see other people," "I no speak English"...
-->'''Lisa:''' I get the idea.
-->'''Homer:''' "I'm married to the sea," "I don't want to kill you but I will"...
* Gaz on ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim seems'' to imply this when she has a hard time understanding the stupidity and lameness of Dib.
--> '''Gaz:''' "That was your fate of the world work? Jumping in a puddle? ...You do realize I'm going to have to destroy you now."
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': Jack's father gave this ultimatum to some bandits who ambushed him and his family. They refused to leave peacefully, forcing him to kill them to protect his wife and son. Jack gives the same exact ultimatum to the Daughters of Aku before their second battle; like the bandits, they refuse to leave. [[spoiler: And Jack definitely kills three of them and possibly kills the rest.]]
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}'', when Kaz finally catches up with his long-time [[TheRival rival]] Thrax and has him at gunpoint. Thrax rather calmly reminds Kaz that no one actually makes him do anything, so whether he does or does not pull that trigger is his decision alone. Kaz is so bewildered by this reply that he lets him simply walk away. This scene is particularly poignant because unbeknownst to Kaz, [[spoiler:Thrax has just willingly disobeyed a direct order from the planet's supreme commander to nuke a city so it wouldn't fall to the Terrans, putting him on a short one-way track to be CourtMartialed]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': In the episode "The Tale of Tiger Claw," Alopex, Tiger Claw's sister, comes to town and manages to defeat him, but ultimately refrains from killing him because he's the only family she has left, warning him to walk away from his "twisted path" or he would receive no mercy next time. Immediately afterwards, Tiger Claw tries to shoot Alopex InTheBack... only for her to {{Flash Step}} out of the way and [[BackstabBackfire chop his]] [[AnArmAndALeg arm off]] as a warning.
-->'''Alopex''': Never forget. I could have taken your life.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Marine Gen. James Mattis]], [[http://www.armedforcesjournal.com/2006/08/1936008 in a message sent to Iraqi tribal leaders in August 2003]].
-->"''I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: [[SophisticatedAsHell If you fuck with me, I'll kill you all.]]''"
* Basically the message from Commodore Matthew Perry to the Japanese government in 1854.
* In the animal world, venom is a biologically expensive substance, taking a long time and a not insignificant amount of energy to produce. As such, many venomous animals will try ''really'' hard [[ToWinWithoutFighting to make you back off before they dose you with it.]] Rattlesnakes make their signature noise, cobras flare out their hoods and hiss, tarantulas (and some other spiders) will rear up and expose their fangs, and [[ScaryScorpions scorpions]] spread their claws and arch their [[BewareMyStingerTail tails]] over their bodies. Even some species of [[BeeAfraid wasp]] will ram you as a final warning before they start stinging.