->''"She begged for her life, detective. She begged for her life, and the life of the baby inside her. [sees Mills' expression] Oh! He didn't know."''
-->-- '''[[SerialKiller John Doe]]''' to Detective Mills, ''Film/{{Se7en}}''

A long time ago, Bob brutally murdered Alice's family while she was [[BoardingSchool away at school]]. Now, Alice has finally found him.

A brutal fight ensues, with [[ImprovisedWeapon all manner of items]] [[NoodleImplements (we don't quite know how the toilet seat got into the fight)]].

Then he says the following:

--> [[YouRemindMeOfX You remind me of your mother.]] [[YouGotSpunk Now there was a woman with some spirit in her.]] [[ReminiscingAboutYourVictims What fun I had with her before the end...]]

Alice is [[BerserkButton incensed]], and it gives her the HeroicSecondWind she needed to beat Bob to a pulp. That said, heroes should beware, as GenreSavvy villains often use this as a means of provoking heroes into making a crucial mistake, such as getting a hero to leave their hiding spot in order to attack the villain, only to find that doing so exposed them to a whole bunch of mooks the villain brought along who actually know how to shoot, since they weren't trained at the [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Stormtrooper Academy]].

See also MamaBear, PapaWolf, YouKilledMyFather, WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied, PostRapeTaunt, and ReminiscingAboutYourVictims. If this is invoked in a villain rather than by a villain, it usually overlaps with EvenEvilHasLovedOnes and EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas.

Not to be confused with RelativeError, which is when two related people are mistaken for being a couple.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', when Edward Elric's brother [[spoiler:sacrifices himself]], the person who caused Al to do that has some serious problems. This is after many an Al-related violent encounter. Don't mess with Edward Elric's family. Don't.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* During the {{Knightfall}} Saga, the Scarecrow sprays Franchise/{{Batman}} with one of his fear skulls and forces him to relive the memory of the Joker killing Jason Todd. Batman, who has already run himself ragged capturing many other criminals that night, responds with rage by knocking out the Scarecrow with a single headbutt and beating the Joker (who's partnered up with Scarecrow) within an inch of his life, calling Jason's name all the while.
* In ''ComicBook/{{DMZ}}'' a military commander that main character Matty Roth hates taunts Matty at one point by [[spoiler:teasing Matty about his dead reporter girlfriend]].
* For both her parents and Chase, never bring up Gert's sad fate from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''. Chase gets violent. Her parents start a small scale genocide.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': when Scar thinks that Simba is at his mercy he tries to twist the knife by whispering: "''I'' killed Mufasa.".
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Epic}}'', Mandrake does not take kindly to [[spoiler:Dagda's death]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Subverted in the 2011 version of ''[[Film/FrightNight2011 Fright Night]]''. [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Jerry]] maliciously tells [[spoiler: Peter]] "You have your mother's eyes. And your father's aim." Unfortunately [[spoiler: Peter]] barely manages to get a couple of shots off at Jerry before things go to hell.
* In ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', Camille does it after the general says "I knew your family, I must have been the last person to see them alive..."
** Not to mention the General saying that the look on her face was just like the [[RapeAsDrama look of fear on her mother's.]]
* Memorably used in ''{{Film/Gladiator}}'', except with less of the beatdown effect and instead just provoking Maximus' ImplacableMan. Commodus cements his MoralEventHorizon by casually bringing up Maximus' wife's gang-rape and the crucifixion of his son while Maximus is surrounded by the Praetorian Guards. The facial expressions of the Praetorians don't budge, but they allow Maximus to leave without Commodus' permission and give him a small nod of respect as he goes. [[spoiler:And then in the final DuelToTheDeath the Guards [[GiveMeASword refuse to give Commodus a sword]] after he gets disarmed by Maximus.]]
* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Darth Vader attempts to threaten do something terrible to [[TheHero Luke Skywalker]]'s [[AndYourLittleDogToo sister Leia]], either kill her or turn her to the [[TheDarkSide Dark Side]]. Luke reaches the RageBreakingPoint before Vader can finish his sentence, flies into UnstoppableRage, and [[CurbStompBattle defeats him]]. Cue WhatHaveIDone and an internal IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim.
** And with Anakin's motives for turning to the dark side in the first place explored in the prequels, it also counts as a NotSoDifferent moment; it was the fear of losing his only remaining family (wife and child for Anakin, sister for Luke) that drove both of them.
*** Anakin slaughters to death an ''enitre Tusken village'' after seeing what they did to his mother.
* When a young Bruce Wayne confronts [[TheDon mob boss]] Carmine Falcone in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', he casually relates Joe Chill's highly untrue version of how Chill killed Wayne's parents for little purpose other than to KickTheDog as his {{mooks}} are about to drag Bruce out of the building.
* Done deliberately to try provoking Benjamin Martin in ''Film/ThePatriot''. At a truce between Martin's rebels and the British, DragonInChief British Colonel Tavington, who is returning from other duties, recognizes Martin and realizes Martin must be [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized the ruthless guerilla leader]] that has been giving Tavington trouble. Tavington immediately tries to order Martin killed, only for another British officer to furiously countermand the order, [[EvenEvilHasStandards stating that under a truce they cannot kill a man who has attempted no violence there]]. Tavington then taunts Martin about shooting one of Martin's sons and asks if the boy died. Martin keeps himself from rising to the bait. Barely.
--> '''Tavington:''' You know, it's an ugly business, doing one's duty. But just occasionally, it's a real pleasure.
--> '''Martin:''' [[TranquilFury ...Before this war is over, I'm going to kill you]].
* In ''Film/{{Se7en}}'', SerialKiller John Doe does this to Detective Mills at the very end, [[spoiler:reveling how he murdered Mlls' pregnant wife Tracy]] in order to get Mills to play his part in Doe's ThanatosGambit.
* Subverted in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster''. Freddy Krueger throws Alice into a BadFuture nightmare where she still works the same dead-end job until she's old and grey, before he shows her [[YourSoulIsMine how delicious he finds teenagers' souls]] by serving up a "soul pizza". Freddy eats Alice's previously deceased brother Rick in front of her by devouring his soul purely to be a dick to Alice, but she's way too horrified to react with immediate rage.
* ''Film/FaceOff'': As if Troy killing Archer's son during a botched hit wasn't bad enough, he then has to throw in a rape threat towards Archer's daughter Jamie during his arrest of Troy. [[PapaWolf Archer reacts as pissed off as you'd expect]].
* In ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', Guy of Gisbourne taunted Robin about his father's death so that Robin would leave the cover of Sherwood forest and try to fight Guy and all his mooks, something which would certainly get Robin killed. He might have succeeded had Azeem not stopped Robin and talked sense into him.
* The Kurgan from the first ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' movie does this twice, once intentionally, once unintentionally. The last time he runs into Connor before their final duel, he brags about killing Connor's mentor Ramirez, and, obviously pleased about himself, also gloats about [[ReminiscingAboutYourVictims raping Ramirez' woman]]. At the time that he said that, the Kurgan didn't know that that woman he raped was actually Connor's wife Heather, but once he saw the look on Connor's face and realized the truth, he quickly turned it into a PostRapeTaunt as another way to get under Connor's skin.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* This occurs in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Harry Potter and the Philosopher's / Sorcerer's Stone]]'', when Harry, upon meeting Voldemort for the first time, is taunted that he will die like his parents, that they died "Begging [Voldemort] for mercy." Not quite the same, but it gives Harry strength.
** Insulting Harry's parents is a very effective way of getting him to fly off the handle. Pushing that button was, after all, [[TitleDrop Aunt Marge's big mistake]].
** In the final book, [[TheDragon Bellatrix]] taunts Molly Weasley about [[spoiler: Fred's death]] while targeting Ginny, resulting in: "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome NOT MY DAUGHTER,]] [[PrecisionFStrike YOU BITCH!]]"
* In an unusually GenreSavvy moment from an [[TheBrute animalistic sociopath]], Gregor Clegane from ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' waits until the moment that he is about to kill someone before pushing their RelativeButton.
** In ''A Dance With Dragons'', Stannis' army [[spoiler:gets caught by an immense snow storm in the middle of marching. Bogged down for weeks, some soldiers resort to [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty cannibalism]] to survive. When caught, they are sentenced to die by burning at the stake. One of the soldiers involved intentionally taunts the executioner about eating the executioner's cousin so that he will be killed quickly by the executioner (who slits his throat) instead of burning alive.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* One of the relatively rare cases of a hero doing this to a villain shows up in Season 3 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. The Mayor, the ArcVillain of that season, has basically adopted Buffy's EvilCounterpart Faith as a daughter, and shows true affection for her. Buffy has to fight with Faith and puts her into a coma during the course of the season. After the Mayor has turned himself into [[ScaledUp a giant snake demon]] in the season finale, Buffy taunts him about what she did to Faith in order to get him to chase her directly into a trap set by the good guys.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Arl Howe will taunt the Human Noble [[PlayerCharacter Warden]] this way in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. Depending on whether you're playing as TheHero or a VillainProtagonist, it could be either played straight or subverted (he dies either way, but it could be you don't care about what he did to your family).
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Happens with pets instead of relatives in [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=071220 this]] ''SluggyFreelance'' strip.
-->'''Jane:''' Before you go, for the record? I ate your monkeys. ''Aw'', I bet you wish you could smack me with your widdle magic now!
** No prizes for guessing [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=071221 what Gwynn does next]].
* As part of [[EvilTwin Nale's]] backstory in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', he once tried to usurp power from [[TheManBehindTheMan his father]]. During the conflict, Nale killed several children of his father's friend/adviser Malack. When the two run into each other again, Nale's first comment to Malack is "Malack. How's the family?" Malack [[CurbStompBattle goes]] ''[[UnstoppableRage berserk]]''.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebAnimation/MarioBrothers'', Mario was already sworn to protect the princess, but Luigi's death at King Koopa's hands made Mario even more determined to see Koopa's defeat.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In Spain, a man on parole from his sentence for raping a young girl saw the girl's mother and taunted her by saying, "How's your daughter?" She went home, got a can of gasoline, and ''set him on fire''.
* Evidently, contract killer Richard Leonard Kulinski, also known as "The Iceman" was extremely protective of his family. Between this, and the fact that he was, yanno, a hitman, people who threatened said family tended to disappear. Violently.
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