[[quoteright:350:[[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Creepers_by_TurnThePhage_5706.png]][[caption-width:350:[[ActionBomb A shame indeed...]]]]]]

->'''Rod Blagojevich''': Okay, just one thing, Senator. I want to thank the committee for allowing me to testify here today. It really is an impressive setting—this hearing room. And I think we can all agree; it would be a real shame if something were to happen to it.\\
'''Christopher Dodd''': What do you mean?\\
'''Rod Blagojevich''': Oh, you know, like—you know, like a fire or something. These old buildings with the old wiring—they’re always catching fire. If you’re interested, I, uh, I have some friends who can keep an eye on the place when no one’s around. They can also watch your cars, too—-$2500 a month.\\
'''Evan Bayh''': You want the government to pay you extortion money in return for not burning down the U.S. Capitol Building?\\
'''Rod Blagojevich''': That is what I’m proposing. Yes.\\
'''Christopher Dodd''': Governor, let me ask you: Are you retarded?
-->--''Series/SaturdayNightLive''

''[[FourthWallGreeting Oh, hello]], {{troper}}s. Why, isn't this a [[ShamelessSelfPromotion very well-written article]] we have here? It would be just ''[[AndThatsTerrible terrible]]'' if someone were to, say, [[WikiVandal scrawl ethnic slurs]] [[PokeThePoodle all over it]][[TemptingFate ...]]''

The Good Guy and the Bad Guy have a meeting. The Bad Guy makes an offer. The Good Guy rejects it outright because he's the Good Guy.

Then the Bad Guy rattles off a few offhand remarks about how beautiful the Good Guy's wife, child, house, dog, mother, whole family, etc. are. He shows recent photos of the lovely person or thing in question, and perhaps a copy of personal information the Good Guy thought was secret. And then comments offhandedly that "It'd be a shame if were to happen to it/them."

The clear implication is if the Good Guy doesn't give the Bad Guy what he wants, ''will'' happen to it/them.

This generally gets the Good Guy back to the bargaining table, and shows just how bad the Bad Guy is. It also calls attention to the resource level of the Bad Guy and his criminal conspiracy.

There may be some overlap with TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive (when the Bad Guy backs up this threat by proving he knows where to find the Good Guy and/or the Good Guy's family). This may lead to an AndYourLittleDogToo situation, making the Good Guy much more likely to take the Bad Guy down than if they [[ItsPersonal hadn't threatened the Good Guy's friends and family]]. And the Bad Guy needs to make sure that the Good Guy they're trying this on with isn't [[MuggingTheMonster someone who could instantly and unexpectedly turn them into a smear on the wall]] if they were in any way displeased, since threatening innocent loved ones is a good [[BerserkButton way to trigger an]] UnstoppableRage from [[BewareTheNiceOnes the seemingly meek and mild]].

This is also a common [[StockPhrases stock phrase]] used by thugs (usually TheMafia) in extortion rackets. "You've got a nice (noun) here. It'd be a shame if anything were to... ''happen'' to it."

Often parodied: the BigBad will threaten the hero with [[PokeThePoodle some minor inconvenience]], and it will be treated with the [[FelonyMisdemeanor same seriousness]] as a death threat, if not more seriously.

In linguistics, this sort of threat is known as a [[http://allthingslinguistic.com/post/49129479494/how-to-threaten-people-and-spoil-jokes-using Gricean Implicature.]]

See also TermsOfEndangerment, InterrogationByVandalism and TroubleEntendre. If the Bad Guy's threat actually gets carried out, it often leads to IHaveYourWife. If one doesn't want to look bad, he can use a MonsterProtectionRacket instead.
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[[folder:Advertisements]]
* A swedish PSA about not buying alcohol for your kids had a young teenaged girl casually remark to her parents how she could in theory make their lives miserable unless they got her what she wanted.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* After Kaname is kidnapped in an episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu,'' Sousuke walks into the female gang leader's hideout. An ExtendedDisarming later, Sousuke plays the trope for ''all it's worth,'' dangling the gang leader's little brother from the hideout's rafters and rattling off a list of the "most precious things" of all the other gang members (sickly mothers, little sisters, exotic fish, etc.), causing them to disperse in tears. This is all done with a [[FaceFramedInShadow ominous shadow over his face]] and in a CreepyMonotone.
** [[spoiler:Then, when Kaname is released, Sousuke reveals that he'd bribed the little brother to play along. We're not sure how much he was joking about the rest, though...]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', a great scene shows Ed trying to quit his job, but then the Fuhrer King casually remarks about Ed's "nice childhood friend Winry", who of course Ed has fairly intense feelings for. Averted when Kimblee makes a similar comment to Ed, but is honestly saying that he just thinks Winry is nice.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', TheMafia [[spoiler:kidnap Sayu, Light's little sister, and tell it to her father with a speech to this effect.]]
* In an early episode of ''Anime/Medabots'' (or at least, the English dub), one of the gang of Medabot thieves threatens Ikki thusly: "Nice Medabot you've got there. Shame if something were to happen to it."
* Subverted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesomely]] in ''ZettaiKarenChildren''. The Normal People, who have The Children in an [[PsychicStatic ECM]] field try to get Minamoto's computer password by threatening Kaoru, [[spoiler: ''[[MemeticMutation just as Minamoto planned]]''. The password Minamoto told them was actually a trigger for an emergency ECCM unit, freeing Kaoru to use her powers.]]
** Since "ECM" and [[spoiler:"ECCM"]] are pretty obscure acronyms and sound pretty similar: The ECM is an AntiMagic field, [[spoiler:the ECCM is an Anti Anti Magic field.]]
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', [[spoiler:[[MagnificentBastard King Yomi]]]] managed to do this on [[TheSmartGuy Kurama]] and get away with it, revealing that not only had he already done extensive research on Kurama and his [[MoralityPet human family]], but that he'd taken measures to [[spoiler:[[BlackMail ensure that Kurama will be forced to work for him]]]]. Notable in being the only time in 112 episodes that Kurama [[PrecisionFStrike actually cusses at someone]].
--> '''[[spoiler:Yomi]]:''' Humans love to travel don't they? It would be a shame if a plane were to crash. Although I doubt a story about middle-aged newlyweds dying on their honeymoon would even make it on the evening news.\\
'''Kurama''': You [[PrecisionFStrike bastard]]...
* Roberto uses this to great effect on [[spoiler: Detective Runge]] in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', talking about his ex-wife, daughter, and grandson in this manner.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', fed up with [[AlphaBitch Erika's]] TrashTalk about how there is an unspoken rule that weaker schools (such as Ooarai, the protagonists' school) should stay out of Tankery, let alone "superior" schools like her Kuromorimine, the otherwise lethargic Mako Reizei, driver of Ooarai's flagship tank, snarks that it'd be a shame were a team of "nobodies" to beat the top dogs that came up with that rule, to which Erika could only glare. [[spoiler:Come the FinalBattle, Ooarai does just that, [[SpannerInTheWorks screwing up Kuromorimine's carefully-laid plans]] with [[ConfusionFu unpredictable moves]], one of which involved fooling Erika's tank into falling off a ditch, leaving her unable to do anything but [[VillainousBreakdown go into a screaming fit on national television]].]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Ever since the [[NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] was revived in the late 1990s, he's done this to SpiderMan on a seemingly annual basis. Unlike some villains on this page, Osborn already has a loved one's death under his belt (Gwen Stacy), so when he threatens Mary Jane, or May, or anybody else Peter cares for, Spidey can't afford to hope it's just a bluff.
** In an excellent story arc in 2002, however, Peter finally DID realize it was just a bluff, when [[spoiler:he came within an inch of killing the Goblin and Osborn tearfully told him to go ahead.]] Peter, realizing that Osborn is so miserable he's stooped to doing stuff like this just for the ''attention'', just walked away. And when Osborn yelled that by this time tomorrow all his loved ones will be dead, [[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore Peter said "Go right ahead", and left.]]
* Played completely straight in the ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' story "Knock Wood": a lawyer uses a genius defense to acquit the son of a mafia boss, who then wants to recruit him permanently. When the lawyer refuses, the boss says the trope name nearly verbatim to threaten his family if he turns down the offer...
* Played straight in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''. Rorschach is in prison, in solitary. Crime boss Big Figure (who Rorschach sent to jail) wants to have a little chat. The guard isn't supposed to let him through... so Big Figure starts making friendly conversation about the guard's wife and kids.
* Ivana Baiul of ''DV8'' calls a troublesome US Senator to console him on the recent death of a good friend of his (which, needless to say, she orchestrated), saying that it would be terrible for anything like that to happen to his wife or daughter.
* The origin of [[{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] involves this. Mob boss Tony Zucoo uses this on the Ringmaster, and after being thrown out partially cuts the ropes for the Garyson's trapeze. The rope breaks when Dick's parents are using it, and they fall to their deaths.
* In the September 1, 1987, strip of ''{{Garfield}}'', Garfield tells John Arbuckle that "it would be a shame if someone slashed [his drapes] into party streamers" with the (successful) intention of getting food.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Mori asks enemy esper Kyouko how her grandfather is in Osaka. She immediately gains a look of barely concealed terror.
* ''FanFic/NightsFavoredChild'': [[TheDragon The Inquisitor]] is attending a PeaceConference with the griffin kings which is falling apart (mostly due to the Inquisitor [[FantasticRacism hating griffins]] and intentionally infuriating them), when the head king eventually threatens war. The Inquisitor then points out that the king's daughter (implied and later confirmed to be Gilda) is currently in Equestria on an exchange program, and while he's monitoring her, it might be... "difficult" to insure her safety if there's a war. The king backs down.
* Used in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119688/1/you-obey/the-interrogation You Obey]] as the interrogator is [[NightmareFuel eyeing his victim's limbs.]]
* ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'' [[BadBoss Kristoph]] tells Apollo after he's nine minutes late to work that if he should adhere to schedule so people will know where he is and where he's supposed to be. Because he doesn't, people wouldn't know where he's supposed to be and won't notice if Apollo went missing.
* In ''[[FanFic/TheQueenWhoFellToEarth On The Wings of Dragons]]'', Harry shows a photograph where a dragon appears smiling right behind a small girl playing in a park. The girl is the grand-daughter of a man that Harry knows is planning to have him attacked in some way because he humiliated the man before, and Harry is doing this to show him he is not to be trifled with. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that it is just a bluff, since Harry is completely unwilling of harming an innocent.
* In the ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10156375/1/My-Child My Child]], during the birth of his and Mikasa's baby, Levi once again refuses to sell his soul to the demon [[OriginalCharacter Xaphan]], telling Xaphan that he doesn't need him and to get out of his life. Xaphan stays put, and replies, "You might regret it if I left and something were to ''happen."'' [[spoiler: Cue [[DeathByChildbirth shoulder dystocia]] nearly suffocating the baby.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', Professor Ratigan uses this to threaten Flaversham's daughter Olivia if Flaversham doesn't help him with his evil scheme.
--> '''Professor Ratigan:''' (activating Olivia's wind-up ballerina doll and watching it dance) I would spend many a sleepless night if anything were to befall her. (proceeds to pick up the doll and viciously squeeze it until it breaks)
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Frank Nitti threatens Eliot Ness's family in this manner, in ''Film/TheUntouchables''. "Nice house."
* This is how Kobayashi keeps the protagonists working for Soze in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''.
* From ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'':
-->'''Angel Eyes:''' That your family? Nice family.
** He proceeds to shoot the man he's talking to, along with his son. After he gets what he wants.
* In the crime/horror movie ''Film/{{Se7en}}'', villain John Doe taunts Detective David Mills by talking about how lovely Mills' wife Tracy is. Of course, this is subverted in that [[spoiler:John Doe has already killed Tracy in order to enrage Mills and get Doe exactly what he wants -- his own murder, at Mills' hands.]]
* In ''Film/TheCastle'', the firm that is trying to buy the main characters' house send a man around after he refuses their offer. He makes vaguely threatening comments that leave the main character riled up, and later trashes his car. When they try it on his neighbour, a Kuwaiti man, he replies: "You send someone 'round to see me, make threats, I send someone 'round to see you, blow up your car." They decide to leave the Kuwaiti man alone.
** The man later tries it again -- only this time, after he makes his threatening comments, the main character's son does a less subtle version of this trope by putting a shotgun in his face.
* ''Film/DieHard'': "That's a very nice suit. It would be a shame to ruin it."
* The villain in ''Film/TheLincolnLawyer'' uses this.
--> Your daughter, Hayley, she's very pretty. She has soccer practice on Saturday?
* A deleted scene from the movie ''Film/AfterTheSunset'' has the local gangster telling professional thief Max, "I love the view of the water from your house." Max corrects him, "You mean the view of my house from the water" (which actually isn't much better, as both lines indicate that he knows where Max lives). The gangster assures him that his first statement was correct, leaving Max to worry about his and his fiancee's safety should he tangle with the man.
* In ''Film/TheSentinel'', the villain outright threatens his henchman when he tries to renege on their plan to assassinate the president. "We're not going to kill ''you''. We're going to kill ''her''. (holds up picture of man's wife) And then we're going to kill her. (holds up picture of man's daughter) And then we're going to kill her. (holds up picture of man's other daughter)
* In the film ''Film/{{Tormented}}'' (best known for its skewering on ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]''), the beatnick ferry operator won't stop rambling about Tom Stewart's house when they meet. Amusingly, the man clearly intended it as a threat but was ''so'' obtuse that Tom couldn't parse out the threat until the kid finally explained himself.
* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Darth Vader replies to Lando's initial protest at him MovingTheGoalposts by replying it would be a shame if he had to leave a garrison behind in Cloud City, essentially threatening Lando with annexation.
* ''Film/PatriotGames'' has a nicely sinister example from Irish terrorist Sean Miller. "How's the family, Ryan?" What's especially frightening about this is that he has ''already'' tried to kill Ryan's wife and daughter in a drive-by shooting. He's not threatening to harm them--he's telling him that he's going to finish the job.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Inverted in the {{backstory}} to the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, where the basically-good Bad Guy (the Patrician) uses it on ''really'' Bad Guys (the heads of various criminal gangs) after persuading them to form a Thieves' Guild that ''regulates'' crime (more or less turning it into an official, ''legal'' profession), for the purpose of reminding them what can happen if they don't honor the deal:
-->"I know who you are, he said. I know where you live. I know what kind of horse you ride. I know where your wife has her hair done. I know where your lovely children are, how old are they now, my doesn't time fly, I know where they play. So you won't forget about what we agreed, will you? And he smiled.\\
"So did they, after a fashion."
** Also from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the kind of behavior that led to the disbanding of the Ankh-Morpork ''Guild of Fire Fighters'', who were paid per fire extinguished. "The penny really dropped after 'Charcoal Wednesday'". The guild also had people take out fire protection insurance policies, with encouragement along the lines of "that thatch roof there, would go up like a torch with one carelessly thrown match, ''know what I mean''."
** In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'': the statue of General Tacticus that Vimes finds in a ruined city in the middle of the Klatchian desert. The words at the bottom read: "I can see your house from here." This was both a boast ''and'' a threat.
** Carcer in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' and his line "I can see your house from up here". Considering Sam Vimes' reaction, this ''definitely'' counts as AndYourLittleDogToo.
** In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'': After two troll thugs working for the troll crime boss Chrysophrase tell Commander Vimes that their boss wants to see him, Vimes tells them "Well, he knows where I live," to which one of them remarks meaningfully "Yeah, he ''does''." [[BerserkButton Not a good idea.]] Later, Chrysophrase insists to Vimes that he never gave orders to make any threats, and had the infractors... [[YouHaveFailedMe dealt with]].
*** In the same book, [[spoiler:the Low King of the Dwarfs unthinkingly snaps at Vimes "You stand here defying me with a handful of men and your wife and child not ten miles away--" and to his credit quickly realises this was a mistake, especially once he learns dwarf extremists have ''already'' targeted said wife and child once.]]
--->'''Rhys''': [[spoiler:I do look forward to meeting Lady Sybil again. And your son, of course.]]\\
'''Vimes''': [[spoiler:Good. They're staying in a house not ten miles away.]]
*** Especially embarrassing for Rhys, because once he and Vimes had had a second to think, both of them realized that Rhys couldn't possibly have known where Sybil and Young Sam were unless he, *ahem*, had a spy in the Watch.
** Nanny Ogg walks right into it in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters''. When the witches find themselves on the balcony of the castle with the evil ruler they're trying to overthrow, Nanny looks into the crowd and, spotting some of her huge family starts waving and calling out to them. The Duke says "I shall remember their faces", but Nanny doesn't get the implication.
** In ''Discworld/TheTruth'', the Patrician comments that it would be a shame if something were to happen to William de Worde. It takes Drumknott a second to realise that he ''really does'' think it would be a shame if something were to happen to William de Worde.
* People like that often wander into Aziraphale's book shop in ''Literature/GoodOmens''. However, once they've been bade a polite farewell, they never ever come back. Crowley also successfully subverts this trope to persuade Aziraphale to help him stop the Apocalypse, not by threatening but by pointing out how many nifty Earthly things will be lost if the world ends.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Nation}}'', one of the [[TheMenInBlack Gentlemen of Last Resort]] casually mentions another character's birthplace, mother, and several other minor details. That character mentions that it felt like the start of a threat, and the fact that no actual threat followed was not comforting.
* In a non-Pratchett involved example, Payne Harrison's ''Storming Intrepid'' ends with [[spoiler:A meeting between the US President, the Vice-President(President-Elect), and the General Secretary of the Soviet Union, formerly the head of the KGB and TheChessmaster behind the events of the plot.]] Said plot has revolved around an anti-nuke KillSat that the Americans have. [[spoiler:The GS says that if the US insists on rebuilding the destroyed weapon, Russia will simply have to find alternate delivery methods. Then he shows a KGB colonel next to a red, white, and blue barrel in Red Square. And another photo with the same man, in normal clothes, next to the barrel in Washington, DC. He notes how ''small'' it's possible to make nuclear bombs nowadays, small enough to fit in a barrel...]]
* One book in the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series turns this sort of sideways when the local Mob wants to get a foothold in the Deveel Bazaar, and begins to extort "protection money" in roughly this fashion. The Deveels decide to hire Skeeve to put a stop to it (blissfully unaware that Skeeve had directed the Mob at Deva to get them off ''his'' back), whereupon Skeeve & Co start setting up the sort of "accidents" that the protection money was supposed to prevent. Naturally, the Deveels are Not Happy about these incidents (after all, they ''paid'') and start demanding refunds from the Mob for substandard protection.
* In Creator/KimNewman's Literature/DiogenesClub story "Soho Golem", a local gangland boss attempts to secure psychic detective Richard Jeperson's cooperation in the investigation of the rather horrific supernatural execution of one of his colleagues by intimidating him with a threat of this nature. Jeperson's response is to cheerfully laugh in his face and to inform the gangster that his threats are meaningless; not only has Jeperson come across too many nastier things in his time to be intimidated by some thug, but the supernatural nature of the threat mean the rules the gangster lives by no longer apply here, and he's dependent on Jeperson's goodwill to remain in the land of the living, not the other way around.
* in ''Literature/TrialByJournal'' the bad guy uses this to get the wrongfully accused guy's lawyer to quit. she quits to protect her two kids.
* This is actually subverted in the original novel of ''Film/TheGodfather''. Everyone in the neighbourhood fears Don Fanucci because of his alleged ties to a more powerful criminal organization. Vito Corleone correctly dismisses this because Fanucci does all of his own collecting instead of sending {{Mooks}}. Thus, instead of buckling under to Fanucci's demands, Vito confronts and kills him instead, knowing there will be no repercussions.
* In the early 20th century novel ''A Candle in Her Room,'' the third-generation protagonist Nina finds herself confronting the wicked Dido. The person Melissa loves most in the world is her great-aunt Melissa, who became her guardian after the deaths of her parents, and in order to compel Nina to do what she wants, Dido starts talking about what a terrible thing it would be if elderly Aunt Liss were to stumble on the stairs or something equally dangerous.
* The Romulans specialize in this in the Franchise/StarTrekNovelverse, particularly the "nice family" variant. D'deridex pulls it on Valdore in the Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch, Sela on a Kevratan rebel in the Literature/StarTrekTheNextGenerationRelaunch, and Koval on Pardek in the novel ''Rogue'' (according to a later story in ''Literature/StarTrekTitan'', Koval actually went through with the threat and murdered Pardek's young daughter).
* ''A Mere Interlude'' by Creator/ThomasHardy:
--> 'I will intercede with my husband, ma'am,' she said. 'He's a true man if rightly managed; and I'll beg him to consider your position. 'Tis a very nice house you've got here,' she added, glancing round, 'and well worth a little sacrifice to keep it.'
* One of the ''SweetValleyHigh'' mystery mini-arcs involved a convicted murder stalking Elizabeth and Jessica because of his grudge against their father. He sends many threats of this nature to Ned Wakefield through the post.
* In the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'', in one of the flashback chapters, a gang member starts making meaningful observations about a woman's new apartment. She doesn't beat around the bush, and just notes that she already paid another gang, Necessarius, for protection money. Then said gang shows up and, to everyone's complete surprise, actually protects her.
-->'''Sinclair:''' Funny, because it looks like you're harassing...Priscilla Ljunborg. Our records show that she is all paid up on her protection money.\\
'''Judd:''' So?\\
'''Sinclair:''' So that means she's under the protection of Necessarius, Gabriel. I'm going to have to ask you to leave.\\
''[beat]''\\
''[beat]''\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Priscilla:''' Huh?
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap: Magyk'': The Hunter threatens to burn Sally Mullin's cafe in that manner before doing so.
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', Blake Thorbun, Rose Thorburn, and Maggie Holt turn up at the house of police officer Duncan Behaim and [[VillainOverForDinner help his wife get her car unstuck from the snow.]] When Duncan, and shortly thereafter his uncle Laird, turn up, Blake threatens to Laird that Duncan could easily lose someone precious to him if Laird continues to work against him. In this case, though, Blake isn't talking about killing her-the Other that Rose has summoned specializes in creating an AppleOfDiscord between allies, and does so by reassigning the connections of objects or people to other people in the most inconvenient way possible. In other words, Blake is threatening to make Duncan's wife break up with him.

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The page quote is from a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch mocking former Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, which has had a reputation of being one of the most corrupt states in the US and is widely stereotyped as having a Mob-controlled government (past ties to AlCapone probably don't help the reputation either). In this particular example, Blagojevich had been arrested for soliciting bribes for political appointments[[note]]Most infamously, he attempted to "auction off" the US Senate seat that BarackObama had vacated after being elected president.[[/note]] and has since been convicted and is currently in jail.
** In a more recent example, SNL also parodied Governor Chris Christie of [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] (another state that is infamous for its political corruption) in the wake of his "Bridgegate" scandal[[note]]Allegedly, some of his staffers ordered the blockade of several lanes of traffic on a highway bridge in retribution to a perceived snub by the local politicians in that area.[[/note]] by having him implicitly threaten [[Creator/{{CNN}} Piers Morgan]] during an interview and invoking this trope word for word.
* [[MagnificentBastard Scorpius]] from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' pulls a rather aggressive version of this trope by forcibly showing [[TheHero John]] a hologram of Earth and [[KickTheDog threatening]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom to send a fleet to destroy it]] if he doesn't start co-operating. [[spoiler: Despite this, even after John foils his plans, Scorpius gets a rather sympathetic scene where he points out that petty revenge against John is pointless if the [[FreudianExcuse revenge he really wanted]] was out of his grasp.]]
* The protection version is sent up in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', when Dino and Luigi Vercotti try this with an Army base.
-->'''Luigi:''' How many men you got here, colonel? \\
'''Colonel:''' Oh, er ... seven thousand infantry, six hundred artillery, and er, two divisions of paratroops. \\
'''Luigi:''' Paratroops, Dino. \\
'''Dino:''' Be a shame if someone was to set fire to ''them.''
* Parodied in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', where an officer delivers his files to Lois in response to her objecting a traffic ticket, and tries to make innocuous small-talk:
-->'''Police Officer:''' Nice house you have here.\\
'''Lois:''' Are you ''threatening'' me!?
* Played with in episode 4.08 of ''SonsOfAnarchy''. Lieutenant Roosevelt remarks that Jax has a beautiful family and naturally, it would be a shame if anything happened to them. However, he's not threatening Jax, just emphasizing that getting into the drug business could cause his loved ones serious harm - by this point the Sons have already been witness to multiple assasination attempts by their cartel's competition.
* The episode "Damned If You Don't" of ''AmericanGothic'' inverts this trope: when Buck comes to collect on a debt, and mentions him having "a lovely daughter...how old is she now, fifteen?" Carter believes (helped along by the sheriff's smarmy turn from AffablyEvil to [[{{Squick}} downright pedophilic]]) that this is a blatant threat to his daughter's life if he turns Buck down--but all the sheriff is doing is innocently offering her a job at the precinct. Of course, when Carter ''does'' turn him down and opts for a different means of paying the debt, the daughter, his wife, and his entire livelihood are indeed threatened...with tragic consequences.
* Parodied in a Swedish cop comedy show called ''S.W.I.P Snutarna''. One StoryArc parodies ''Film/TheGodfather'' with one family being an apple mafia and their neighbours wanting to keep their apple trees (includes a hilarious scene that parodies the horse head, where a man wakes up to find his bed filled with apples). Anyhow, one member of the apple mafia family threatens the neighbours. "''Lovely apple trees you've got. It would be a shame if someone was to... [[InherentlyFunnyWords scrump]].''"
** "Scrump" may be inherently funny, but it's also a British pastime, generally involving small children pinching apples from people's trees, hence its relevance.
* Lana Lang in S6 of ''{{Smallville}}'' does this with one of Lex Luthor's scientists with regards to his family, home and livelihood. Of course, Lana being [[CreatorsPet Lana]], the scientist shows up later in the series to help her get superpowers...''on purpose''.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'', when it's actually the ''good guys'' doing the persuading, complete with the "Nice place you got here" shtick. The duo pulls the [[PokeThePoodle parody version]], which is met with worry from the object of their persuasion.
** And again, in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' by [[TheAtoner the White Ranger]] when he tries to threaten the resident bad-girl into returning a [[SeriousBusiness children's]] [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries trading card]] by revealing to [[BigBad his father]] that her cover was blown. Funny how it's the former bad guys who are okay with pulling this stuff...
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Nathan et al learn a hard lesson on why it's not a good idea to piss off the wrong people while passing through a town to help someone.
--> "Too bad you won't be here next week when the [victim]'s house burns down."
* ''PoliceSquad'' had an episode with a mob protection racket; this trope was one of the few that the episode played straight.
* One ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' short involved a bread salesman; Mike and the bots decided to add some subtext to one scene with a grocer.
-->'''Salesman:''' G'morning, Mr. Marco.\\
'' '''Mike:''' Mr. Marco, you want my coffee ring today? Sure be a shame if something bad happened to your store here.''\\
'''Salesman:''' (Notices shopping cart) Hey! Something new!\\
'' '''Mike:''' Be a shame if this ran over your kid.''
* ''PeepShow'': "Nice packet of Crunchy Nut you've got here, pretty expensive as I recall..."
* On ''TheLeagueOfGentlemen'', Papa Lazarou's exceptionally creepy "makeup speech" eventually turns out to be one of these about a woman he's kidnapped.
-->"You know, the thing a lot of people don't realize about makeup is that you can tend to overdo it. It's much better to have too little, and then add on. I learned my skills from [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty my wives]]. Each one of them has something different to offer. ''Your'' wife, for example, knows a great deal about curling eyelashes. You didn't know that, did you? Perhaps you should have paid more attention to her. I ''know'' I did."
* ''FoylesWar'' contains two examples in the same episode... both of which are rather awesomely thrown back in the faces of the people trying to intimidate our heroes:
** Number one has an arrested black marketeer casually mention to Milner that many of the people he works with won't be pleased that Milner has arrested him, and that Milner should 'be careful' and 'watch his back'. Unfortunately for the black marketeer, he made this comment in front of the desk sergeant as well, giving Milner a reason to calmly add two more charges to his sheet -- obstruction and threatening a police officer. [[spoiler: Even more unfortunately for the black marketeer, someone else later ''does'' try to kill Milner, thus putting the black marketeer in the position of Chief Suspect. The marketeer ends up having to frantically backtrack and plead that he didn't have anything to do with it, honestly]].
** Number two has Sam overhear a conversation that perhaps she shouldn't have between a suspect and a third party at her new job in a map-making facility. Later that night, the suspect surprises her as she's leaving to go home, suggesting that it ''really'' would be better for her if she forgot all about that conversation, and that he really wouldn't want anything bad to happen to her as a result of it. Sam calmly replies that she'd actually forgotten all about the incident already, "but since you're so worried about it you've come out here to try and bully me, I'm going to mention it to everyone I can." She then rides off without a backwards glance, leaving the suspect with an OhCrap expression and the feeling that this possibly wasn't one of his better ideas.
** [[spoiler: Curiously, the men making 'hints' turn out to be uncle and nephew. Having your threats casually dismissed must be genetic.]]
* Subverted on ''{{Dollhouse}}'': when speaking to a possible new Active, Adelle brings up the candidate's mother's financial situation. The candidate thinks she is going to threaten his mother, but Adelle actually offers to solve his mother's financial troubles if he agrees to become an Active.
** Since Adelle offers a combination of threats and promises (carrot and stick), the underlining threat behind this promise was "we know your mother matters to you." She's a MagnificentBastard for a reason.
* Various antagonists in ''Series/BurnNotice'' do this to Michael Westen all the time. In one episode, this is played straight and then later subverted: [[spoiler:Well, subverted in the sense that after playing it straight, the good guy responds with the exact same trope: Michael's brother is threatened by an arms dealer named Brennen. In response, after discovering that Brennen has a daughter living in Europe, Michael threatens her. After burning his American house down to show he's serious.]]
* A gang member once tried this on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', threatening [=McGee=] and Ziva if Gibbs didn't get off his back. Notwithstanding who [[BadAss Ziva]] ''is'' (or [[BadassBookworm McGee]] for that matter), he was [[TooDumbToLive saying this straight to Gibbs' face.]] Needless to say, he took it back. ''Fast.''
* Schillinger does this to Beecher in ''Series/{{Oz}}'' saying he's got a beautiful wife and kids, forcing Beecher to take the photos he has of his family and tear them up.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s final MirrorUniverse episode, "Smiley" says this about [[spoiler:the Klingon flagship once its shields are down]].
* Parodied in a ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' Miss Swan sketch. A mobster tries to extort money out of her by threatening her beauty salon. He demonstrates what could happen if she doesn't pay by "accidentally" knocking a glass jar on the floor. However, Miss Swan is such a CloudCuckooLander that she finds that to be entertaining, and begins destroying other things in her store for fun. The thug has to quickly step in and stop her before she destroys her television.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'': James Steel confronts his nemesis, confronting him with irrefutable evidence of his guilt in several murders and urging him to have the decency to plead guilty and not torture the families of his victims with a lengthy trial. The man responds by casually asking, "He's eight, isn't he? Your little boy? Ethan? Gradley Street, Edinburgh. Beautiful house they've got. But busy roads, though. On his walk to school." Although visibly shaken to realize just how much of a monster he's dealing with, Steel keeps it together long enough to coldly bid the man farewell and walk out of the room.
* Played With in the final season of ''TheSopranos'', one of the family's minor protected businesses folds and is replaced with a BrandX Starbucks. Two of Tony's lieutenants go in to try this routine on the new manager. He immediately recognizes what they are doing, but in an almost sympathetic tone he points out the store's workforce isn't unionized and the company is a billion dollar multinational with complete insurance. What's more, every single bean is in the computer, so if he started skimming for the mob he'd be fired immediately and they'd have to start over. The two mobsters leave, complaining about the state of modern business.
** Then there's the time Bobby Bacala is sent to smooth over a situation involving a recalcitrant union leader:
-->'''Bobby''': I mean, you recently got an offer, for a lot of money. And, if you don't get paid, you can't feed your family. I presume you got a family. I'm a family man myself, and I gotta tell you I'd rather take two shots to the back of the fucking head than not be able to feed my family.\\
''[makes a gun with his hand and points it to the back of his own head]''\\
'''Bobby''': One... Two... To the back of the head. You think about that.
* A standard tactic of the [[GirlScoutsAreEvil evil Girl Guides]] in ''Series/YoureSkittingMe''.
* Variation in the first episode of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. After kidnapping Dr. Watson, [[spoiler: Mycroft]] says he "worries about Sherlock" in an attempt to get Watson to spy on Sherlock. Watson assumes this is a threat, only to discover later that Sherlock's "archenemy" is really his [[spoiler: brother]] who is legitimately concerned about him.
* Used in nearly every episode of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. By every major character. [[{{Cliche}} Against every other major character]].
* In the ColdCase episode "Sandhogs", the victim, an avid union activist, is threatened by one of his opponents. He dismisses the threat, warning the man that if anything happens to him, no one would believe that it was an accident and that everyone would quickly and correctly suspect him. The man agrees, but then reveals that he wasn't really threatening ''him'', stating, "But who's going to care if some random colored woman goes missing on her way home from work?", thus telling him that he'll harm his girlfriend if he doesn't back off.
* In an episode of ''Series/BarneyMiller'' the squad discovers that someone is going around shaking down business owners in the neighborhood on the basis of a spurious rumor that the stationhouse is being closed. Nobody will come forward as a witness because, with the police gone they're the only protection available. But then one business gets robbed and the extortionists don't do anything about it - ''now'' he'll press charges!
* Cancer Man delivers Assistant Director Skinner one of these in ''Series/TheXFiles''. "You ever wonder what it would be like to, uh... die in a plane crash? Of botulism? Even a heart attack's not uncommon for a man your age. You think I'm bluffing?" However, Skinner has an insurance policy in case of such an event and is not intimidated.
-->'''Walter Skinner''': This is where you pucker up and kiss my ass.
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* In the 3DO game ''Zhadnost'', a common thug named Zygi managed to steal a nuclear bomb, and as the announcer is describing him to the game show host, it shows surveillance footage of Zygi "playing" with his new bomb in his house, pretending to be the President of the United States. "You have such a lovely country here. It would be a real... ''shame''... if something happened to it." He pats the bomb while he says this, too.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'', you get an ominous note under your door reading: "Better check on your neighbor" shortly before [[spoiler: Eileen gets brutally attacked and almost killed]].
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' if you're playing evil you can try and pull this on a merchant. Of course he won't understand you and once you switch to simple threats, will chastise you for not getting right to the point.
** Hilariously, he's actually delighted that the thieves' guild is extorting him, because it means he's treated as a serious businessman and it will generate free publicity and draw customers.
* ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' gives us something among these lines when leaders want to threaten you into giving them free stuff.
** Civilization III takes this into full-on ethnic stereotyping when Julius Caesar says "Nice civilization you've got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it."
* According to MemeticMutation, that's what ''{{Minecraft}}'' [[http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q289/Xander77_album/ssssssssssssssssssssss.png Creepers do]].
* In ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'', [[VillainousGlutton Krew]] is trying to convince Jak to throw the championship race, which Jak refuses to do. Krew then makes a thinly veiled threat against [[WeaselMascot Daxter]]. [[TheDragon Errol]] then makes a dramatic entrance, so we don't get to see Jak rip Krew to shreds for daring to threaten his best friend.
* LampshadeHanging in the UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum game "Bugsy":
-->"Nice pawnshop you got here. Shame if anything should happen to it."\\
\\
Okay, so ya want originality. Well, let me tell you dis is 1922 and right now dis line is very original.
* Featured in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. A few carta thugs can be found threatening a shopkeeper in Orzammar Commons. As well as another opportunity for good/evil/money it ties into the main plotline for Orzammar.
* [[FinalFantasyVI Kefka Palazzo]], when asking the King of Figaro where Terra is, says "it would be a shame if something were to happen to your precious Figaro!" He keeps true to his promise with fire.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'': Gizel employs this tactic when he tells Lymsleia about her upcoming coronation as Felana's new Queen, now that the period of mourning for Queen Arhstat and her husband, Ferid, had passed. Lym refuses to go along with it, recognizing that Gizel intended to use her as his puppet, until he invokes the trope:
-->'''Lymsleia: (defiantly)''' "That right! I refuse to be your PUPPET QUEEN!!"
-->'''Gizel: (nonplused)''' "My, my, and here everyone was ''so'' looking forward to the princess' coronation, but the princess is being difficult. '''(pause)''' You wouldn't want anything to happen [[CoolBigSis to Miakis]], or your other servants, would you...?"
-->'''Miakis and Lymsleia gasps in realization'''
-->'''Lymsleia: (horrified)''' "Y-you wouldn't! You wouldn't dare!"
-->'''Gizel: (nonchalant)''' "Hmph... or would I...?"
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Millie from ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' [[http://ozyandmillie.org/2002/03/04/ozy-and-millie-866/ can't quite pull this off.]]
** [[http://ozyandmillie.org/2003/08/20/ozy-and-millie-1246/ The government can.]]
* ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'' has this happen. A shady ChessMaster coerces hitman Monday Blues into his service with a few off-hand comments about a hunting trip in somewhere in Pennsylvania. [[spoiler: Blues decides to play along, then begins viciously hunting down the keystones in his would-be employer's organization, intending to ultimately kill the man at the top.]]
* In KevinAndKell, a beaver makes this threat against Kevin's tree house. Kevin responds by threatening the beaver's dam in a similar manner, forcing him to back off.
* Happens early in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. A local union attempts to intimidate Breya into hiring lots of unnecessary local labor for her new ship-refitting operation. Having failed to notice her day job commanding a mercenary company with very big guns, and very little concern about collateral damage. {{Hilarity|Ensues}}, and [[{{BFG}} Plasma Cannon]], ensue.
* In ''DominicDeegan'', Urban Eddie and his goons use this approach on several businesses in the rebuilt Barthis, as part of Stunt's plan to take control of the town. Subverted when the aforementioned townsfolk and business owners see through the ploy and aren't intimidated by it. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', the protagonists gain the help of the Gungans when Anakin mentions that they know where the Gungan's Lost Orb of Phanastacoria is, and [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0158.html wouldn't it be a shame]] if someone's starfighter accidentally blew it up?
** In a later [[TheRant rant]], it is pointed out that this is a much better way for mercenaries to work.
-->'''TheRant:''' Mercenaries should of course be... mercenary. Any opportunity to turn someone else's misfortune into a quick buck should be grabbed and made the most of. There's no need to be impolite about it though. That's the one mistake [=PCs=] often make. Why raid a cave system full of goblins, slaughtering all before you at considerable risk to life and limb, when you can simply rock up to the front door, make pleasant conversation about how nice a cave system it is, and how it'd be a right shame if anything were to happen to it, while meaningfully picking your teeth with a two-handed sword?
* In Webcomic/DinosaurComics, [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2186 T. Rex]] apparently says this kind of thing all the time out of genuine concern, unaware of how it sounds.
* ''Webcomic/PvP'''s Skull quit playing ''Videogame/AnimalCrossing'' for [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2013/07/01/by-nook-or-by-crook just this reason]].
* Attempted in a flashback in ''Webcomic/FinalFantastyVIITheSevening'', but since the vase Tseng is trying to break is made of plastic, nothing happens.
* In ''Webcomic/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'', [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnones]] [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20100124 do this]] to comic book artists.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* [[WebVideo/PawDugan Paw]] adds this subtext to a scene in his LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV''.
-->'''Graham:''' This is a lovely little shop you have here.\\
'''Paw:''' Shame if anything were to ''happen'' to it!
* ''KeyOfAwesome'': "I'd hate for something bad to happen to your family..."
* In ''JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy'', a gambler lost his pants to a gambling debt, and [[BankruptcyBarrel wears a barrel instead]]. During Instant Grat's LetsPlay of it:
-->'''Hbomberguy''': That's a nice barrel you've got there. Shame if something... happened to it.
* In the Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale episode "The Deft Bowman", we're introduced to the new Strexcorp manager for the radio station. She and Cecil get along ''so'' well; she loves everything about him, and the show, even his boyfriend. Yes, that perfect, scientist boyfriend. What was his name again? Carlos? Right, ''Carlos''...
** Strexcorp is also very fond of Cecil's delightful cat, ''and'' his beloved niece, Janice. The mouthier he gets on the air, the more things Strex seems to find to love about his social circle.
** [[spoiler:And following his blatantly anti-Strex statements at the end of ''Numbers'', they [[KickTheDog acted on their threats]]. Poor kitty.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Parodied when Homer threatens Mr. Burns: "Nice office you have here. It would be a shame if somebody... DIDN'T USE A COASTER!" Mr. Burns [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment appears to be truly shaken]].
** In another episode, Homer threatens the manager of a beauty salon by hurling a hairnet to the ground and unscrewing the lid off of a jar. The manager is perplexed, especially as it is only after these things have happened that Homer explains his intent: he wants the salon to honor Marge's coupon for two free hair streaks, "or a lot more jars are going to be unscrewed."
** And again when Homer hires a private investigator, Dexter Colt, to find information about Lisa. Dexter comments that it would be a shame if Principal Skinner's papers were shuffled and does so. Skinner responds that he could easily put them back, to which Dexter staples the now mismatched pile. Cue a BigNo from Skinner.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', when Cindy, trying to sell products for a school fundraiser, says the above phrase in regards to a rocking horse on the man's front porch. This causes him to worriedly buy several boxes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]] tells Aang "I understand you’ve been looking for your bison. It would be quite a shame if you were not able to complete your quest." This is a variation on the standard trope, as the threat was merely expulsion from the city; although Long Feng ''was'' indeed holding Appa, he had to know that directly using him as a hostage would end... badly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', a trio of bender thugs from the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triple Threat Triad]] are rather unsubtle about it.
--->'''Waterbender gangster''': Mr. Chung, please tell me you have my money, or else I can't protect your fine establishment. ''[The Firebender gangster [[FingersnapLighter palms a ball of fire]] and grins]''
* ''{{Freakazoid}}'' had a one-shot villain named Arms Akimbo, an old-style gangster who offered "Oops Insurance"; whenever the shopkeeper asked "What's 'Oops Insurance'?", he'd knock something over and say "Oops". This culminates with a StockFootage building [[StuffBlowingUp exploding]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny followed by his usual "Oops".]]
* Played with on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RugRats'': on a dark and stormy night, a stranger shows up at the Pickles' doorstep, making vaguely threatening statements about their home and family. Then he realizes he's being inadvertantly creepy, and reveals he's just an insurance salesman and would like a few moments of their time.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', mob boss Tony Dracon runs a protection racket and blows up the buildings that don't pay. As a gargoyle, who are sworn to protect, Goliath is driven into a rage over something like this.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Le Petit Tourette" has Chris Hansen telling Cartman that if he doesn't appear on his show, he will be killed, citing about how a pedophile "shot himself" to get out of being on ''ToCatchAPredator''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Summer Job" had Mr. Krabs making Mrs. Puff work at the Krusty Krab to pay for [[CarMeetsHouse driving into the restaurant]], using this method to threaten her with telling her parole officer if she refuses.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In April 2006, the Motion Picture Association of America actually used this in a letter to Swedish State Secretary Dan Eliasson, with thinly-veiled threats of trade reprisals and/or a smear campaign against Sweden.
-->'''John Malcolm:''' As we discussed during our meeting, it is certainly not in Sweden's best interests to earn a reputation among other nations and trading partners as a place where utter lawlessness with respect to intellectual property rights is tolerated.
* Creator/RoosterTeeth's Geoff Ramsey recalled this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxl1eX11hHk coming from his young daughter]], coupling this trope with TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior.
* The basic ploy of the 'YOUR COMPUTER IS INFECTED WITH VIRUSES' scareware popups that come with a prompt to buy their software... to remove their popups.
* When investigating the death of Guy-Andre Kieffer ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy-Andr%C3%A9_Kieffer#Kidnapping_and_probable_murder who had been killed while investigating allegations of child slavery used in the production of cocoa in Africa]]), Carol Off got this kind of advice twice - first from Embassy officials, and then from local officials.
-->'''Off:''' "But if you have to [ask questions], at the very least, don't ask any questions about Guy-André Kieffer. Whatever you do, don't even mention his name." Maybe that's good advice, but wherever I went they would raise his name and in ways that I realized weren't even veiled threats. I would be speaking with somebody in the business and they would say, "You know what happened to the last person who asked these questions? I wonder where he is now?" They would just look at you. You got the message. I quickly realized how incredibly sinister and evil this story really was.
* During the Ukraine crisis, Russia outright ''admitted'' it does this. When challenged on the issue by the UN, a Russian diplomat said "[[http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/28/us-ukraine-crisis-un-idUSBREA2R20O20140328 We never threaten anyone. We just explain the situation."]]
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