->''"You wanna settle down now? Please say 'no.'"''
-->-- '''Hawkgirl''', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', "Hereafter"

[[AliceAndBob Alice]] has Bob more or less where she wants him. There's no need for violence to enforce her will, and there are a dozen ways it might be a bad idea. [[BloodKnight That doesn't mean that, knowing she shouldn't, she doesn't want to]]. She goads, provokes, pushes for any excuse to beat the crap out of him. And if Bob so much as twitches in the wrong direction, he winds up with a sword at (or in) his throat. Alice may even tell him to [[Film/DirtyHarry go ahead and make her day]].

This is an instance where one character is begging for an excuse to be violent to another, verbally or otherwise. This can overlap with ImpliedDeathThreat if Alice doesn't want to merely ''hurt'' Bob, but ''kill'' him. Has a similar, but opposite effect to DontMakeMeDestroyYou, where Alice ''doesn't'' want to hurt Bob, and ''doesn't'' want the provocation, but certainly will if given.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with a romantic]] StockPhrase where a character begs their love interest to "give me a reason to stay."



[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* In the original ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA, episode 4 (the ''original'' HotSpringsEpisode), Tenchi tries to interrupt Ryoko and Ayeka's faceoff. They both glare angrily at him, and he backs off.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Sillage}}'' #4, when the protagonists are ambushed by the antagonist [[spoiler:, which turns out [[AntiHero not to be evil]]:]]
-->'''Moneva:''' I have your spawn of the devil [at my mercy]! Lay down your weapons!\\
'''General Rammasz:''' And if we refuse?\\
'''Moneva:''' You would cause grief for you... and joy for me!
* ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}: A BrainwashedAndCrazy Moonstone calmly announces she's going to kill Doc Samson. Samson replies, with genuine joy:
-->'''Doc Samson''': I don't believe it. You gave me an excuse.
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': One story has Luke kidnapped by the Daltons and a German proto-psychiatrist, the latter telling Joe to shoot Luke if he does anything suspicious.
--> '''Joe:''' [[PlayAlongPrisoner He's grinning! He's grinning!]] That's a suspicious move!
--> '''HerrDoktor:''' Now now, Joe, don't be childish.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act V'': Jenner Rythmore, head of the [[CreatureHunterOrganization Human Defense Agency]] founded in response to TheUnmasquedWorld, openly admits to his subordinates in chapter 20 that he's just waiting for any possible excuse he can use to declare open war on the monster world, having previously expressed open hatred and distrust of all monsters.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'', during Simba's confrontation with his EvilUncle Scar:
-->'''Simba:''' Give me one good reason why I shouldn't rip you apart!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Poor Boy's Game''.
-->'''Chris Webb''': You give me an excuse, Donnie. You give me one fucking excuse!
* ''Film/SuddenImpact'' features one of Dirty Harry's most iconic lines, delivered to a bad guy who's holding a woman at gunpoint:
-->'''Dirty Harry:''' Go ahead...make my day.
* ''Take the Lead''
-->'''Principal''': Keep talking. Give me a reason to kick your butt out of my school. Give me one.
* ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Anna (the captured guerilla) tries to escape from Dillon, her captor. After she's recaptured he says to her "Try it again...please", a threat of what he'll do to her if she does.
* ''Film/TheStreetFighter's Last Revenge'' has Terry do this to Frankie Black before a deathmatch that ends with Terry burning the latter to death.
-->'''Terry Tsurugi''': Hey, Black... ''come on.''
* ''[[Film/{{Tombstone}} Tombstone]]'': Wyatt Earp and his gang have gone on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge to kill every member of the Cowboys. When they manage to ambush a few of them at a flophouse, this exchange happens:
-->'''Wyatt Earp''': (''brandishing his gun'') Don't move!
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Doc Holliday]]''': (''also brandishing his gun'') Oh no, please. By all means, ''move''.
* ''Film/TheFriscoKid'': The bad guy is knocked flat by Rabbi Avram, losing his gun in the process. As he scrambles to get it, Harrison Ford's character Tommy, the {{Lancer}}, shoots it and keeps knocking it out of reach. Finally, Tommy shouts, "You reach for that gun again and I'll blow your head off." After explaining why Avram was forced to kill the guy's brother (they were ambushed and the brother would have killed both Avram and Tommy in cold blood), Tommy yells to the guy, "Reach for it....Please!" Luckily for the guy, Avram was able to resolve the conflict. "I'll take San Francisco, you take the rest of America."
* ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'': After the Klingon commander Kruge kills his gunner for having destroyed the ''Grissom'' instead of disabling it, his first officer calls for his attention while he's still in full bloodlust mode.
-->'''Kruge''': ''(whips around, pointing his disruptor)'' Say the wrong thing, Torg!
* ''Film/LostInSpace'' Major Don West uses this on Dr. Smith in the 1998 film.
-->'''West''': Give me an excuse to kill you. Please.
* A great line from ''Film/{{Robocop 3}}'':
-->'''Paul [=McDaggett=]''': How may I help you, officer?
-->'''Robocop''': By resisting arrest.
* In ''Film/ShowdownInLittleTokyo'', when Murata and Kenner go to arrest Yoshida at a Japanese bath house, Kenner lists his various crimes and tells him to come with them to the station or give him a reason to blow his head off.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': The Joker interrupts a meeting of the city's crimelords.
-->'''Gangster:''' Give me one reason I shouldn't have my boy here pull your head off.\\
'''Joker:''' How about a magic trick? (sticks pencil in table) I'm gonna make this pencil, disappear.\\
The mook gets up and gets the pencil [[EyeScream rammed into his eyeball]] by the Joker.\\
'''Joker:''' Ta-dahh! It's, ah, it's ''gone''.\\
''Then'' he tells the other gangsters he's the one who stole their money.
* ''Film/TheHatefulEight'' essentially consists of eight dangerous people trapped together in a cabin who all feel this way towards at least some of the other seven.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': During Roger's BigDamnHeroes moment.
-->'''Judge Doom:''' Put that gun down, you buck-toothed fool!\\
'''Roger Rabbit:''' That's it, Doom! Give me another excuse to pump ya full of lead!
* ''Film/LawAbidingCitizen'': Just because Nice Rice is making a plea deal with an ''utterly'' irredeemable murderer/rapist for the sake of a solid conviction, does ''not'' mean he has to like it, or ''really'' wish he had an excuse not to. Especially when said piece of shit obliquely inquires [[TooDumbToLive about his family]].
--> '''Nice Rice:''' ''(whispering)'' Please fuck this up so I can destroy you.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': Everett Ross, played by ''Creator/MartinFreeman'', gives us this line in a calm-ish manner:
--> '''Everett Ross:''' Raise your voice, zap. Touch the glass, zap. You step outta line, you deal with me. Please, step outta line.

* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Snape uses those exact words when threatening escaped prisoner and longtime nemesis Sirius Black.
-->"Give me a reason," he whispered. "Give me a reason to do it, and I swear I will."
-->Black stopped dead. It would have been impossible to say which face showed more hatred.
* ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' has Vimes wishing that a bunch of dwarves he sees in the street would give him a reason to arrest them. He was really pissed at dwarves for warmongering against trolls, [[spoiler:and also for trying to kill him and his family.]]
** The City Watch's motto is "FABRICATE DIEM, PVNC" (see Film/DirtyHarry above).
* In ''Literature/TheTalisman'', Captain Farren is clearing out drunks and vagabonds who are taking advantage of the fact that a stagecoach filled with ale has tipped over. One man chooses this particular time to try and throw his weight around, and Farren almost ''eagerly'' invites him to start a fight, because "carving you will be the best thing that's happened to me all day".

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In "Ted," Joyce gets involved with the eponymous Ted, who acts like a nice guy in front of Joyce and Buffy's friends, but is an ass to Buffy herself and threatens her when they're not around. When he reads Buffy's diary and [[ArmorPiercingSlap slaps her]], Buffy is ''happy'' to have an excuse to fight back and promptly gets in a fist-fight with him.
-->'''Buffy''': I was ''so'' hoping you'd do that.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Defector", the ''Enterprise'' is staring down three Romulan Warbirds and gets this from the Romulan Commander. [[spoiler:Tomalak never gets to make good on his threat, as Picard then signals a fleet of cloaked Klingon Birds-of-Prey that were surrounding them the whole time.]]
-->'''Tomalak''': First, Captain, you will return the traitor Jarok, then you will surrender as prisoners of war.\\
'''Picard''': Do you seriously expect me to accept those terms?\\
'''Tomalak''': ''(smirks)'' No, Captain Picard, I expect you won't.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Major Kira pulled this on Damar in the episode "Favor the Bold". After being given an excuse. [[CurbStompBattle Guess what happens]].
-->'''Ziyal:''' It should be obvious, even to you, Damar, that I am not a true daughter of Cardassia!\\
'''Damar:''' What is obvious to me is that your father should have left you to rot in that Breen prison camp. But he didn't. He took pity on you. And it's your duty to repay him! Now, come with me! ''([[StandardFemaleGrabArea grabs her arm]])''\\
'''Kira:''' ''Let her go.''\\
'''Damar:''' And if I don't? What happens then?\\
'''Kira:''' I was hoping you'd ask. ''([[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown proceeds to beat the ever-loving tar out of Damar]])''
* ''JohnnyRingo'' episode "Die Twice"
-->'''Johnny Ringo''': Make a move - give me an excuse.\\
'''Boone Hackett''': I got my hands up.\\
'''Johnny Ringo''': Put one of 'em down - that's all it takes to draw.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Ivanova does this often:
--->'''Sinclair:''' Commander, please remove Major Kemmer from C&C.\\
'''Ivanova:''' With pleasure. ''({{beat}})'' You are going to ''resist'', I hope.
** When the mole who shot Garibaldi in the back is arrested, the arresting officer invites him to "make my solar year".
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Utopia", Chantho points a gun at the Master. The Master was probably planning on killing her anyway, but upon having a weapon pointed it him, his observation is that now he can claim he was provoked.
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Becoming, Part 1", Principal Snyder uses this on Buffy in the context of giving him a reason to expel her.
* Spoofed in ''Series/TheDailyShow''. In one episode, the correspondents mock overly aggressive journalists by surrounding random people on the street and demanding they answer questions. In one segment, a correspondent insists "we can do this the easy way, or the hard way", and another comes up ''with a baseball bat'' and says "please, pick the hard way".

* "Glory Box" from ''Music/{{Dummy}}'' by Music/{{Portishead}} has the following line:
--> ''Give me a reason to be a woman, I just want to be a woman.''
* {{Downplayed}} in Music/PoetsOfTheFall's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3rYhyIk8jM&list=PLjACqN5i5sDV1jkUkrNCzytFOlYdQN8rM The Ultimate Fling]]" where the physically hypercombative tone and demand to "Give me a reason" is a metaphor for initiating the {{Breakup|Song}} of a relationship.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In one of the last levels of ''VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves'', you team up with a man who has already betrayed you once or twice. It is one of the only levels where you do not have a gun, while shooting mooks is basically 70% of the game. Here, HE has the gun. If you taunt him by trying to punch him in the face, he will first punch back, and tell you "Just give me one reason, Drake!". You can obviously try again, just to see...

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** In the episode "Hereafter", Lobo crashes Superman's wake, and is eventually subdued by the rest of the League. [[FieryRedhead Hawkgirl]], however, ''really'' wants to keep hitting him, resulting in the page quote.
*** Lobo himself has done a variation of this: "Now, the more you struggle, the more this is gonna hurt. So, feel free to go crazy."
** Hawkgirl is a [[BoisterousBruiser fan of this]]:
---> "We gonna do this the hard way, [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Lex]]? Please say 'yes.'"
** The episode "The Once and Future Thing: Weird Western Tales: Part 1" has Batman facing off with a cowboy, armed only with his utility belt.
--->'''Batman''': Go ahead - give me an excuse.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' episode "The Hunter"
-->'''Rex''': What's your damage, man? I was ''this'' close to curing that thing!\\
'''Hunter Cain''': Didn't look that way to me, filthy E.V.O.!\\
'''Rex''': "Filthy E.V.O.?"\\
'''Hunter Cain''': Give me a reason. Just one.
** Gatlocke says it in "Badlands", but [[SubvertedTrope corrects himself.]]
--> "Give me a reason, give me one good reason..." ''Laughs'' "Only kidding! Like I need a reason."
* An ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode has Sonic decide to let [[{{Mooks}} Scratch and Grounder]] catch him to spring a cartoonist from jail from the inside. But not before [[ISurrenderSuckers fucking around with them for a while first]], including a scene with him on a scaffold [[PaperThinDisguise dressed as a window washer]]. Of course, this couldn't have been invoked at all if they weren't [[WhatAnIdiot standing directly underneath the scaffold to begin with.]]
-->'''Scratch:''' Hold it right there, Hedgehog!\\
'''Sonic:''' Boy, you guys are fast! You must've taken your vitamins today!\\
'''Scratch:''' Shut your yap!\\
'''Sonic:''' Okay, I will!\\
'''Scratch:''' Feet apart!\\
'''Grounder:''' [[TooDumbToLive Hands on top of your head!]]\\
'''Scratch:''' NO!\\
'''Sonic:''' ''([[BreakingTheFourthWall directly to the camera]])'' I was hoping he'd say that. ''(does as he's told, releasing the scaffold wires and dropping it on top of them)''
* The [[WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Dastardly & Muttley]] episode "Have Plane, Will Travel" has the Vulture Squadron stationed on a deserted island, using material at hand to stop Yankee Doodle Pigeon. When another of Klunk's inventions lands them in the water, he says to swim for the island:
-->'''Dick Dastardly:''' Give me one good reason why I should swim all the way back to that island.
-->'''Klunk:''' I'll give you (''clicking sound effects'') four. (''Sharks approach them'')
-->'''Dastardly:''' Sharks!!! Let's start swimming!!
* ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' has one where Linus asks Lucy to give him a reason to memorize all of his lines for the Christmas play.
-->'''Lucy''': I'll give you five good reasons. ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE! *makes fist*
-->'''Linus''': Those are good reasons. Christmas is not only getting too commercial, it's getting too dangerous!
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' The Mane Six weren't keen on Celestia's {{plan}} to reform Discord but did it out of loyalty to their princess. As soon as they release him from stone they make it clear that if he even ''appears'' to be [[WorldGoneMad up to his old tricks]] they will immediately turn him back to stone.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' Hulk went on a rampage and was locked up. Red Hulk replaced Hulk on the Avengers. Captain America didn't trust him, so he helped Hulk escape imprisonment. The Red Hulk showed up (with the Avengers) and demonstrated this trope.
-->'''Red Hulk:'''You are under arrest for treason against the United States government. You can come quietly or you can resist. Please resist.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' features this,. The corrupt warden of [[TheAlcatraz The Boiling Rock]] orders a prisoner to stand with his back turned before using his bending to blast fire at him. The man turns quickly and deflects the blast using a little bending of his own. Because its understandably illegal for anyone besides the guards to use their bending, The man is taken into custody and placed in the cooler.