"You wanna settle down now? Please say 'no.'"
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. 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 his throat. Alice may even tell him to 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 Implied Death Threat
if Alice doesn't want to merely hurt
Bob, but kill
him. Has a similar, but opposite effect to Don't Make Me Destroy You
, where Alice doesn't
want do hurt Bob, and doesn't
want the provocation, but certainly will if given.
Has nothing to do with a romantic Stock Phrase
where a character begs their love interest to "give me a reason to stay."
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- In Sillage #4, when the protagonists are ambushed by the antagonist , which turns out 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!
- Thunderbolts: A Brainwashed and Crazy 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.
- Poor Boy's Game.
Chris Webb: You give me an excuse, Donnie. You give me one fucking excuse!
- Sudden Impact 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.
- 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.
- The Street Fighter'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.
- The Frisco Kid: 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."
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: 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!
- Lost in Space 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 Robocop 3:
Paul McDaggett: How may I help you, officer?
Robocop: By resisting arrest.
- In Showdown in Little Tokyo, 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.
- In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 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.
- 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, and also for trying to kill him and his family.
- In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Defector", the Enterprise is staring down three Romulan Warbirds and gets this from the Romulan Commander. 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.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Major Kira pulled this on Damar in the episode "Favor the Bold". After being given an excuse. Guess what happens.
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! (grabs her arm) Kira: Let her go. Damar:
And if I don't? What happens then? Kira:
I was hoping you'd ask. (proceeds to beat the ever-loving tar out of Damar)
- Johnny Ringo 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.
- Babylon 5:
- Ivanova does this often:
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 Doctor Who 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 Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Becoming, Part 1", Principal Snyder uses this on Buffy in the context of giving him a reason to expel her.
- A sad example comes from a famous Sesame Street episode, when Big Bird asks why Mr. Hooper had to die. Gordon, who can't think of a good answer, says he died "just because".
- Justice League:
- Generator Rex episode "The Hunter"
Rex: What's you damage, man? I was this close to curing that thing!
Hunter Cain: Didn't look that way to me, filthy evo!
Rex: "Filthy evo?"
Hunter Cain: Give me a reason. Just one.
- An Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode has Sonic decide to let Scratch and Grounder catch him to spring a cartoonist from jail from the inside. But not before fucking around with them for a while first, including a scene with him on a scaffold dressed as a window washer. Of course, this couldn't have been invoked at all if they weren't standing directly underneath the scaffold to begin with.
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: Hands on top of your head! Scratch:
NO! Sonic: (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 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!!
- A Charlie Brown Christmas has one where Linus asks Lucy to give him a reason to memorize all the play lines.
Lucy: I'll give you five good reasons. ONE,TWO,THREE,FOUR,FIVE! *makes fist*
Linus: Those are good reasons.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 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 up to his old tricks they will immediately turn him back to stone.
- In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes 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.