->'''Tomalak''': First, Captain, you will return the traitor Jarok. Then you and your crew will surrender as prisoners of war.\\
'''Picard''': Do you seriously expect me to accept those terms?\\
'''Tomalak''': No, Captain Picard, I expect you won't. You have thirty seconds to decide.\\
'''Picard''': I do not require ''one'', Tomalak.
-->-- ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E10TheDefector The Defector]]"

The villain has the upper hand, and is being particularly [[EvilGloating smug and verbose]]. He may be [[EvilPlan outlining his plan]], [[LastChanceToQuit demanding the hero's surrender]], [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse his cooperation]], or even [[WeCanRuleTogether offering a chance to join him]]. A typical villain gives the hero time (never much) to consider this proposal. But this is not always necessary.

There are cases where the hero replies to the villain's ultimatum without missing a beat.

This can work one of two ways:

'''A:''' Usually in the form of a ShutUpHannibal, a GetItOverWith, or simply a giant "[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck you]]," the hero tells the villain exactly where he can stick his ultimatum. Bonus points for offering a counter-ultimatum.

'''B:''' The villain offers what he believes to be some sort of SadisticChoice, which the hero makes without any thought whatsoever. (A [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] may or may not be involved. If it isn't, it's usually a case of the villain being so out of touch with the hero's priorities that he gives the hero exactly what he wants.)

Reasons for this may vary. The hero may have come to their conclusion before the villain was even finished speaking, or even before even getting in his current predicament, and was simply being polite in letting him finish. Or he may find the villain [[YoureInsane completely batshit]] and was just waiting to see if what he was hearing would get any worse. He may [[GoodIsDumb not be the type to think before speaking]], or his situation [[TimeForPlanB may not be so hopeless as it seems]]. One way or another, the villain isn't going to get the satisfaction of watching the hero squirm.

A SisterTrope to DefiantToTheEnd. See DefiantStoneThrow, when it's an InnocentBystander doing it. Contrast ImThinkingItOver. If the villain has given someone the job of delivering this ultimatum for them, the messenger might want to beware, as this scenario can easily turn into an instance of ShootTheMessenger.


[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]
* Luffy does this in ''Manga/OnePiece'' by [[IdiotHero accident]]. Boa Hancock offers him a SadisticChoice: either save three Amazon women he's befriended but lose his only chance of escape, or get a ship to leave but leave the women to their fate. Hancock, being a woman who [[StrawFeminist believes all men to be cruel without exception]], assumes he'll choose the latter after some time, but Luffy immediately chooses to save the three women, and even bows to Hancock in thanks (in fact, Luffy doesn't even choose at all, he just immediately thanks Hancock for agreeing to spare the women). Hancock's [[VillainousBSOD shock]] is what ends up starting her HeelFaceTurn.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[BigBad Madara]] is explaining his "[[AssimilationPlot Moon's Eye Plan]]", threatening the Five Kage with war if they do not cooperate and surrender the remaining two jinchuuriki. [[LargeAndInCharge The ]][[ScaryBlackMan Raikage]]'s response is exactly what one would expect, especially considering one of the jinchuuriki is his brother.
-->'''Madara''': That is my goal, my "Moon's Eye Plan!"\\
'''Raikage''': *about a millisecond later* DON'T FUCK AROUND!
* ''Manga/CrimsonSpell'':
-->'''Gile:''' I asked you to come to me because--
-->'''Vald:''' ''I refuse.''
-->'''Gile:''' I haven't told you what I want yet.
-->'''Vald:''' You cannot possibly be up to any good. I have no intentions of helping you with your plans.
* In the "Into the Blue" arc of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', Kurz Weber answers Guen Bien Bo's 'join us in our mutiny or die' ultimatum by explaining that he has a much better plan: "I'll kill you, ask Tessa for a picture of herself in a swimsuit as a reward, then make copies of the picture and sell them to the other guys on the ship for twenty bucks apiece!" Then he brains Bo with a fire extinguisher.
* In the finale of ''Manga/InuYasha'', Naraku tries to dissuade the group from attacking him when it's clear he's lost by pointing out that Kaede's village is right beneath them: if he is killed here, his body will turn into miasma and kill everything below. This does cause them to hesitate, but unfortunately for Naraku, Sesshoumaru is among his foes: "Who cares?" *swings [[OneHitKill Bakusaiga]]*
* At the very start of ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' and [[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199 its remake]] a Gamilan fleet demands the surrender of Earth's last fleet. [[FourStarBadass Okita tells the radio operator to reply]] "[[YouFool Fools!]]"
* A more morally grey version occurs in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. During the series, the relation between [[StateSec NERV]] and their MysteriousBacker, [[AncientConspiracy SEELE]], gradually turn more and more sour, and by the time of ''The End of Evangelion'' it has turned into open hostility. Eventually SEELE's leader, Keel, puts forward their ultimatum to Gendo and Fuyutsuki, [[spoiler:hand over Unit-01, the component they need to initiate their AssimilationPlot]] or they will destroy NERV to the last man. Gendo, both ideologically opposed to SEELE and [[spoiler:needing Unit-01 for his own plan]], rebukes them, telling them that "Death creates nothing." Keel responds with "Then you deserve death!"

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* In ComicBook/TheSupermanAdventures, Brainiac captures Lois and demands the globe containing Krypton's memories. Superman responds with his own demand -- let Lois go or he smashes the ball. Superman won.

[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act VI'': [[StubbornMule Arial]] [[{{Yandere}} Kuyumaya]] does this twice. First, in chapter 13, Rason warns her that if she goes anywhere near Mizore again, she will have to answer directly to the Almighty for her actions; she promptly goes straight to Mizore's bedroom and steals her wedding ring right off Mizore's finger while issuing death threats at her to stay away from Dark. In chapter 15, when the others find out, Moka threatens to tell Dark the AwfulTruth that Arial is [[BrokenPedestal anything but his guardian angel]] unless she gives Mizore the ring back, which Arial dismisses right off the bat.
* Two in a row in "Fanfic/{{Frostbite}}". Breen captain Dalsh Ruul has taken Tess and most of her away team prisoner and tries to bargain with them as hostages after Eleya blows up the Breens' ship in orbit and demands their surrender. Ruul tries to issue a counter-ultimatum to stall for time so his men can set up [[NoWarpingZone transporter scramblers]], but Eleya refuses to negotiate.
-->'''Eleya:''' Breen commander, this is Captain Kanril Eleya of the Federation Starship ''Bajor''. Release your prisoners immediately and surrender.\\
'''Ruul:''' Kanril Eleya. I have heard that name before, in intelligence briefings. Since you have apparently destroyed my ship, you will provide my men and I with a shuttle--\\
'''Eleya:''' Wrong answer.\\
'''Ruul:''' ''(to Tess, sounding surprised)'' [[RudelyHangingUp She hung up on me.]]\\
'''Breen soldier:''' [[OhCrap Dalsh Ruul! Transporter signatures!]] ''(cue BigDamnHeroes from Eleya and ''Bajor''[='s=] assault team)''
* In any DeconstructionFic of ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'', humanity is bound to essentially say this to Celestia and the ponies over their AssimilationPlot.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/{{Lockout}}''. Alex (the big bad) tells Emilie to order her father (the president of the USA) to call off his attack on the space-jail that they are inside of, otherwise he'll sic his psychotic rapist brother onto her. Without missing a beat Emilie tells her father to blow the space-jail -- including herself -- out of the sky.
* ''Film/MenInBlack''. The Bug has taken Laurel hostage and is threatening her.
-->'''Bug''': [[PutDownYourGunAndStepAway Put your weapons down]]!\\
'''Agent K''': [Without missing a beat] Never gonna happen, insect.
* In ''Film/IronMan1'', Tony Stark has been captured by terrorists who are demanding that he reproduce his newest weapon for them. Tony responds with a blunt "I refuse".
** He accepts later... but only after he's subconsciously begun to form an escape plan.
** A compressed version happens later, during his OneManArmy rampage in Gulmira. Several of the terrorists try to take villagers as hostages in order to hinder his ability to repulsor-blast them. Except his [[PoweredArmor suit AI]] is fast and accurate enough [[NoSell to shoot them all dead in a matter of seconds]].
* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', when Westley and Buttercup come out from the Fire Swamp and are caught by Humperdinck and his men, Humperdinck yells "Surrender!" Westley's response: "You mean wish to surrender to me? Very well, I accept!"
* In ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'', the BigBad decides to capture [[spoiler:[=McClane=]'s daughter]]. [=McClane=] immediately calls his bluff saying that the BigBad only did that because he was afraid of [=McClane=] and therefore too afraid to hurt her.
* In ''Film/ABridgeTooFar'' the German commander, hoping to prevent any further pointless bloodshed, sends an offer to discuss a surrender with the surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered British Paras.
--> '''Major Carlyle:''' Shall I answer him, sir?\\
'''Colonel Frost:''' Tell him to go to Hell.\\
'''Major Carlyle:''' (to the German messenger) We haven't the proper facilities to take you all prisoner. Sorry.\\
'''German Messenger:''' What?
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', Marty gets challenged to a duel by Buford Tannen, [[IdenticalGrandson Biff's great-grandfather]]. He accepts, but eventually realizes [[RippleEffectIndicator from the photograph of Doc's tombstone]] that he will die from the duel. Trapped in the local saloon by Buford and his gang, he gets a count to ten to come outside and duel. The patrons also try to tell Marty to fight, but Marty eventually refuses.
-->'''Buford:''' Ten! You hear me, runt?! I said ten, you gutless yellow [[ItMakesSenseInContext pie-slinger]]!\\
'''Marty:''' He's an '''''asshole'''''! I don't care what Tannen says, and I don't care what anybody else says, either!
* Jupiter does this to [[spoiler:Balem]] in ''Film/JupiterAscending''. He can kill her [[spoiler:and her family]], but the alternative is just as bad and this way she's screwing him over in the process.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* A priceless example, combining both ShutUpHannibal and TakeAThirdOption from Christopher Pike's ''Literature/TheLastVampire II: Black Blood''. Also a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for Sita, considering that the AxCrazy bad guy is a lot more powerful than she is, and a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments funny moment]] too.
--> '''Eddie''': Let's cut to the chase. I want you to meet me at Santa Monica Pier in thirty minutes. If you are not there by then, I will begin to kill your friend. I will do so slowly in case a flat tire has delayed your arrival. It's possible that you still might be able to recognize him if you're less than twenty minutes late. My mother, of course, is to be left in her home unharmed. Do you understand these instructions?
--> '''Sita''': Oh, gimme a break. I don't jump when you say jump. You have nothing with which to threaten me. Such a thing does not exist on this planet. You want to talk to me, ''you'' get here within thirty minutes. If not, I will hang your mother's head on the front door in place of a Christmas wreath. The red colour will be in keeping with the holiday spirit. Do ''you'' understand ''my'' instructions, you foul-mouthed pervert?
* In the Literature/LeftBehind book ''Armageddon'', Carpathia issues the following to the defenders of Jerusalem: by the count of three, if there is silence for fifteen seconds, then that means that the defenders will surrender to the GC. The defenders' response: shooting their guns into the air, Tsion and Buck included.
* The protagonist in the Creator/StephenKing short story "[[Literature/NightShift Battleground]]" does this when battling a troop of enchanted plastic army men; it's pretty clearly a ShoutOut to General Anthony [=McAuliffe=], as mentioned below in the Real Life section.
* In ''Literature/AngelInTheWhirlwind'', the Theocracy declares war on the Commonwealth and begins by having sleeper agents bomb civilian targets, then their ambassador demands that King Hadrian surrender unconditionally. Hadrian responds with a BadassBoast that there will indeed be no negotiation, but the Commonwealth won't be the ones surrendering. The full speech is on [[Quotes/ScrewYourUltimatum the Quotes tab]] due to length, but Hadrian concludes:
-->''"I promise you nothing, but war to the knife. And the next time we meet, it will be when I take your surrender in the ruins of your homeworld."''

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Variation in the [[Recap/SherlockS01E03TheGreatGame third episode]] of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. [[spoiler: Moriarty]] ''would'' give an ultimatum, but doesn't even bother, because he knows Sherlock wouldn't accept it.
-->'''[[spoiler: Moriarty]]:''' I would try to convince you, but everything I have to say has already crossed your mind.
-->'''Sherlock:''' Then possibly my answer has crossed yours. ''[[spoiler: (points gun at the bomb jacket)]]''
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In the episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E10TheDefector The Defector]]", Picard's Enterprise is staring down two Romulan Warbirds after investigating a supposedly secret Romulan base in the Neutral Zone. With good reason in this case, Picard was CrazyPrepared [[spoiler: with three cloaked Klingon Birds of Prey surrounding the Romulans.]]
** In the episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E7Reunion Reunion]]", as Worf fights Duras to avenge [[spoiler:the murder of K'Ehleyr]], Duras tells him that if he gets killed, Worf will never get his family honor back after having lost it in "Sins of the Father", since Duras is the only other Klingon who knows the truth about the cover-up. Worf responds "Then that is the way it shall be!", before driving his Bat'leth into Duras' chest.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': We see a double example in the episode "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS5E3ExtremeRisk Extreme Risk]]", the captain of a Malon freighter holds Voyager responsible for the destruction of another of their ships and announces that they're taking Voyager's new probe as compensation and demands that they immediately leave orbit of the gas giant in which it's currently trapped (presumably under threat of violence). Janeway, never one to take anyone's crap, reminds him that the other ship tried to steal their probe and was destroyed going into the gas giant after it, against Voyager's warnings. When he continues to press the matter, insisting that their people are salvage experts and Voyager has little chance of getting to the probe first in any event, Janeway just smirks and busts out this little gem:
-->"We have a little expertise of our own; we're a very determined crew, so ''my'' suggestion is that ''you'' leave orbit, and in the future, if you come across anything that bears the insignia of the USS ''Voyager'', head in the other direction."
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** Season 3 "I Do" offers a non-heroic version. Ben is on the operating table, with Jack warning the Others not to pursue Kate and Sawyer or else he'll let Ben bleed out. Juliet immediately calls his bluff and orders the hunt.
** In another episode, a mercenary is holding Ben's adopted daughter hostage. He offers the simple "do as I say or she dies" ultimatum. Ben, never one to back down, decides to call the merc's bluff. [[spoiler: [[BoomHeadshot Turns out he wasn't bluffing]].]]
* An example in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', when Zoe tries to buy back her captain and her husband, who are both held hostage. [[spoiler: She then uses Wash's piloting skills to launch a surprise attack on Niska's base and rescue the captain.]]
-->'''Niska:''' But, this is only enough for one! Ah, now you have to--\\
'''Zoe:''' ''(points to Wash)'' Him. ''({{Beat}})'' Oh, I'm sorry, you were gonna ask me to choose, right? Did you want to finish?
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Detectives Ryan and Esposito are captured by the VillainOfTheWeek and are given an Ultimatum: Tell the bad guys what they want to know and die a quick painless death or "Jerk us around, and by tomorrow, you will wish you were." They take one look at each other and respond.
-->'''Esposito:''' Yeah, we're going to go with option B.\\
'''Ryan:''' Yeah, we're totally gonna jerk you around.
* In the first revival season of ''Series/DoctorWho'', Rose has been captured by the Daleks:
-->'''Dalek:''' We have your associate. You will obey or she will be exterminated.\\
'''The Doctor:''' No.\\
'''Dalek:''' Explain yourself.\\
'''The Doctor:''' I said no. ... Cause here's what I'm gonna do: I'm gonna rescue her. I'm gonna save Rose Tyler from the middle of the Dalek Fleet, and then I'm gonna save the Earth, and then just to finish off, I'm gonna wipe every last stinking Dalek outta the sky!\\
'''Dalek:''' But you have no weapons! No resources! No plan!\\
'''The Doctor:''' Yeah! And doesn't that scare you to death?
* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS01E19AVoiceInTheWildernessPart2 A Voice in the Wilderness, Part II]]" an alien ship appears and demands that Babylon 5 and the [=EarthForce=] cruiser EAS ''Hyperion'' grant them access to the Great Machine on the planet Epsilon III within ten hours or be destroyed. The captain of the ''Hyperion'' shoots back that they have no authority here, and tells them to GTFO within ''nine'' hours or ''they'' will be destroyed.

[[folder: Music ]]
* The third verse (and opening splash of the music video) of Music/{{Sabaton}}'s "Screaming Eagles" recounts how the commander of the 101st Airborne defending Bastogne at the Battle of the Bulge responded to a German surrender demand as follows: "NUTS!"

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* At the end of ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'', when told by SHODAN WeCanRuleTogether, the until then [[HeroicMime silent]] unnamed player character replies with a deadpan "nah". People are divided on if this is {{Narm}}, [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]], or [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]].
* In the backstory to ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' Klingon Chancellor J'mpok delivered an ultimatum to the Federation to remove all Federation citizens from the disputed Hromi Cluster within three months. Federation President Aennik Okeg basically told him to go jump in a lake.
-->'''Okeg:''' We will continue our explorations of the cluster. We will not uproot Federation settlements that have been in these sectors for decades. You claim you have ancient claims to this region of space. I say that current possession counts for something. We do not want war. But we will defend ourselves.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* In Literature/TheSalvationWar, the British PM responds to a demand from [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu Satan himself]] for the surrender of humankind to the LegionsOfHell with [[Series/{{Blackadder}} "Sod off, Baldrick!"]]
* Late in Season Four of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the Reds attempt to demand a surrender from Church [[TooDumbToLive while he's being backed up by a tank.]] Church simply orders Sheila, the tank, to shoot at them, leaving Donut to helplessly shout "Is that a no?"

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury'', Daffy Duck (as the title character) sends Marvin the Martian an ultimatum via some sort of [[BANGFlagGun bullet-like device]] which reads "surrender or be blown to 17,670,002 micro-cells". Marvin's reply (via a similar device) is a TrickBullet that opens and fires a second bullet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Amon offers to let [[spoiler:Lin]] keep her bending if she reveals Korra's location. She responds by all but spitting in his face.
** This happens again in Book 3, in an episode fittingly titled "The Ultimatum".
--> '''Tenzin''': I will ''never'' let you get to Korra.\\
'''Zaheer''': Unfortunately, you don't have a choice.\\
'''Tenzin''': ''[[PreAsskickingOneLiner Yes, I do.]]''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart and Todd Flanders void Homer's bet on a minigolf final by declaring a draw.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the boys have hit on an idea of making money by stealing tooth fairy money from kids who have just lost teeth. They end up running into an organization that does the same, and after a brief period of cooperation, their partnership sours. The gang kidnaps Kenny and calls Cartman, telling him that they'll kill Kenny if he doesn't get out of the racket. Cartman being who he is, all he has to say is "I ain't givin' you crap! Kenny's not afraid of you!" before hanging up the phone.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the earth is taken over by a race of Scammers. When Leela leads a fleet to retake the planet, they're intercepted by the Scammer fleet.
-->'''Nudar:''' So what'll it be, unconditional surrender...\\
'''Leela:''' Never!\\
'''Nudar:''' ...or total destruction?\\
'''Leela:''' Also never!\\
'''Nudar:''' You have thirty seconds, make up your minds.\\
'''Leela:''' NEVER!

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_McAuliffe General Anthony McAuliffe]]'s one-word response ("Nuts!") to a surrender ultimatum.
** In 1940, Benito Mussolini demanded that Greece open her borders to allow Axis force occupation or face war. Allegedly, the Prime Minister/dictator Ioannis Metaxas' reply was just one word: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohi_Day "No."]][[note]]According to historians, the reply was actually "''[[GratuitousFrench Alors, c'est la guerre]]''"--"[[ThisMeansWar Then it's war]]"--but the sentiment was the same.[[/note]] Although Hitler's invasion of Poland, one year before Greece's denial, is generally accepted to be the official start of WWII, this got them involved.
*** He was operating in the grand tradition of laconic Greek replies to surrender demands there; the Spartans reportedly responded to Phillip of Macedon's message "If I enter Laconia I shall burn it to the ground." with "If."
* At the siege of the Alamo in 1836, when the Mexican army demanded its surrender, William Travis answered by firing the garrison's cannon.