->''"There is no escape. [[TropeNamer Don't make me destroy you]]. ''([[{{Beat}} pause]])'' Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. [[WeCanRuleTogether Join me]], and I will complete your training. 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:

* Powerful character will go [[UnstoppableRage berserk]] and won't be able to stop himself.
* The attacker is a friend/family/{{True Companion|s}}.
* The powerful character is a MartialPacifist or GoodIsNotSoft and is trying to offer a LastSecondChance.
* Powerful character wants to keep the attacker alive.
* Character is evil, but an AntiVillain, NobleDemon, or [[DatingCatwoman otherwise]] [[BigBadFriend attached]] to the victim.
* Powerful character doesn't need the win, and intimidating their opponent into [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere fleeing the fight]] is a pragmatic way ToWinWithoutFighting.

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 shut up, 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.
* ''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 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"
* 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.]]

[[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.
** Happens ''twice'' in ''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 Anakin is about to do something really stupid. Obi-Wan's reply? "Don't try it."
* ''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.
* ''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 ''TheSevenSamurai'' 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).
* ''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.

* [[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 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."

[[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|Reimagined}}'', 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. 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'':
** 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.
* The Tenth Doctor on ''Series/DoctorWho''. All the time. Other incarnations as well, but for Ten this was almost a catch phrase.
** In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' we see that this behavior tends to rub off on companions.
** 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 ''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}} Let somebody else try first."
* Mal does this [[UnsettlingGenderReveal while dressed as a woman]] in ''{{Firefly}}'':
-->"[[InTheNameOfTheMoon I swear by my pretty floral bonnet]]: if your hand touches metal, I will end you."
* ''{{Babylon 5}}'': 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.
** Delenn delivers one to President Clark's ships that's a combination of this and BadassBoast when the task force commander tells her not to force him to engage her ships:
-->'''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 ''StarControl 2'', 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'')

* ''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... 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."

[[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: 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 [[GoshHornet wasp]] will ram you as a final warning before they start stinging.