->'''Darwin Mayflower:''' I'll kill your friends, your family, and the bitch you took to the prom!
->'''Hudson Hawk:''' Betty Jo Biarski? I can get you an address on that if you want.
-->-- ''Film/HudsonHawk''

A character threatens another with something that not only fails to scare them, but in fact they would consider a favor. For example, saying "I'll Kill You!" to the DeathSeeker, or describing [[ColdBloodedTorture the tortures]] you could use to the person who is TooKinkyToTorture, or telling someone "IHaveYourWife" to be met with the response that YouCanKeepHer.

Compare InsultBackfire and AttackBackfire. Often a SubTrope of TemptingFate and the related BeCarefulWhatYouSay, ThreatBackfire is also a common effect of telling someone they have to GoThroughMe, responding to someone else's threat with YouAndWhatArmy, or using virtually any StockPhrase featuring the words "over my dead body" or "from my cold, dead fingers". Also a common response to challenges on the lines of "Oh yeah? And what are ''you'' gonna do about it?" when the threatened person treats this as if it were a real request for information, to be answered with a practical demonstration of more or less devastating force, accompanied by the answer "This".

This one has a few variations:

# The person being threatened is ''not'' being funny, just very LiteralMinded or [[NoSocialSkills socio-linguistically tone-deaf]]. TheComicallySerious will often give this kind of response. May also be caused by or overlap with BluntMetaphorsTrauma. Depending on the size and menacingness of the threatened, this one can also be a case of DoNotTauntCthulhu.
# The person being threatened knows it's a threat, but decides to take it at the ExactWords face value for [[LiteralistSnarking comic effect at the other's expense]]. Most common when the person threatened is a {{Trickster}} or DeadpanSnarker. Can [[BewareTheSillyOnes still]] be [[NotHyperBole fatal]].
# The person being threatened has run out of fucks to give and does not even register the threat words strung together to form a sentence, much less some horrible consequences that are about to befall them. Bonus points if the one making the threat is thrown completely off their game as this non-reaction.
# The person making the threat is either grandstanding or bluffing, and now finds they have to follow through, possibly to their own defeat, if they're even given time to respond at all.
# The person making the threat means it literally, even if they might be hoping it doesn't have to come to that: not quite such a straight play, but still straight-ish. May lead to an OhCrap moment on the threat-issuer's part.
# Not infrequently sighted subversion: the person on the receiving end of the threat is trying to exploit the fact that it will be taken in ExactWords terms, and is actually BriarPatching. And then, of course, it turns out this one can backfire, or at least misfire, too (see the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' example).
# The target of the threat is so much more powerful than the one making the threat that it's a case of either MuggingTheMonster or BullyingADragon.

SuperTrope of BlackmailBackfire, which is when the threat is a blackmailing attempt.

!! Examples:


[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': When Victor assures Huey that he's about to undergo the worst experience of his life, Huey takes it as a challenge.
-->'''Huey:''' I wonder... You see, currently, my worst memory is the experience of watching my mother die to prove her innocence in exchange for the execution of many of the people I loved. Another would be the memory of being unable to rescue my wife, back when we were in our hometown. It is positively ''fascinating'' to hear you insinuate that you could force me to experience something even more painful than these two memories. Could you perhaps enlighten me to the specifics?
* ''Manga/BlackCat'': Train's first meeting with [[BigBad Creed]]. Train, being annoyed that he's assigned a partner, disdainfully tells Creed that he doesn't need him, and pretty much threatens him to shove off or he'll kill him. Unfortunately, Creed is a [[CombatSadomasochist masochist]]. Cue Creed constantly [[StalkerWithACrush stalking Train and bothering him]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Gohan is fighting Cell and is at a distinct disadvantage. However, he knows that he can beat Cell if he goes into an UnstoppableRage and warns Cell of this, hoping to get him to back down. However, Gohan fails to consider that Cell is the kind of person who ''wants'' him at full strength for the sake of a challenge, and Gohan's revelation just makes Cell determined to keep pushing Gohan's buttons until he [[RageBreakingPoint snaps]] and unleashes his hidden power. [[GoneHorriblyRight It]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor works]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': During the Luxus arc, Evergreen threatens to turn many of Fairy Tail's female mages into dust if Erza doesn't submit to her. Erza immediately responds by pointing dozens of swords at Evergreen, and praising Evergreen for valuing victory above her own life.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'': The IllKillYou to a DeathSeeker variant appears between Sōsuke and [[BigBad Gauron]]. Sōsuke, who is ''[[WhyWontYouDie sick and tired]]'' of Gauron repeatedly [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat not dying when he's supposed to]], constantly yells that he'll kill him out of frustration. And Gauron, being TooKinkyToTorture and a depraved thrillseeker, responds to this with [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn ecstasy and joy]], normally along the lines of: "OH, I'M SO HAPPY KASHIM!"
* In chapter 516 of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', after Kabuto [[AnimateDead brings Deidara and Sasori back]] as [[OurZombiesAreDifferent revenants]] this exchange occurs:
--> '''Sasori:''' ''(referring to Kabuto)'' The Akatsuki must have gone to hell in a hand basket to be taking orders from such a ragged fool...
--> '''Deidara:''' I wouldn't be so arrogant considering you '''''died''''', master. "True art is beauty that endures eternally", especially when your weakness is a huge bulls-eye in the middle of your chest! [[VerbalTic Hm!]]
--> '''Sasori:''' ''(menacingly)'' You want to die too, Deidara?
--> '''Deidara:''' I ''am'' dead, ''both'' of us are!
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'': When Tokagero possesses Ryu and threatens to kill him, Anna outright threatens to send him to Hell if he does go through with it. Tokagero Tokagero tells her point-blank that the thought of going to Hell doesn't scare him; having been born into poverty and forced to eat his own mother's corpse to survive, he already lived through Hell.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' #20, [[Characters/SecretSix Catman's]] infant son gets held hostage, and the hostage-takers threaten to drop him off a building. For every one of his team he kills in the next five minutes, they will allow his son to live for one year. After long deliberation, Catman tells them to go ahead and drop his son, and that he is going to hunt them all down. He then goes on a pre-emptive RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* ''ComicBook/StarWarsTales'': A sleazy little creep is cornered by Boba Fett and Fett's ex-wife Sintas and tries to use a hostage to save his life. It doesn't go quite as planned.
-->'''Pizztov:''' Drop your weapons, or I will be forced to kill this annoying female.
-->'''Fett:''' No, kill her.
-->'''Sintas:''' Yeah, I don't care.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's mom once told him the all-too-common parental threat that making faces too often would cause his face to freeze that way. She should have known better than to try that with Calvin. It actually encouraged him to do it more.
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' strip, Walt, who was doing the laundry, was getting ''really'' sick of Jeremy sending his socks down the laundry chute wadded up and inside out, and eventually lost his temper:
-->'''Walt''' ''(screaming up the chute)'': ''New rule!'' The next sock that comes down this chute inside out, ''I keep!''
-->''(What has to be every sock Jeremy owns tumbles down the chute on top of him, all of them inside-out.)''
-->'''Walt:''' Well, I guess I deserved that.
-->'''Connie:''' You ''guess?''
-->'''Jeremy''' ''(From upstairs)'': MOM! I need new socks!
* Nearly happens to Jason in one ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' when he goes to science camp for the summer. His councilor, who has been incredibly nasty to him all summer, is a nerdy high schooler named Morton. Jason had been planning to get his revenge by trying to set Morton up with his sister Paige, whom Jason considers completely horrible. Morton, however, considers Paige a goddess and worships the ground she walks on. As Jason is leaving camp, Morton practically begs Jason to help him get together with Paige, causing Jason to rethink his revenge plans...
* In Darby Conley's "Get Fuzzy", the sociopathic Bucky Katt owes a large sum of money to a cat named Whitey. When he can't pay up, we get this exchange:
--> Whitey: You have one week to pay up, Katt, or your dog buddy meets with an accident, capisce?
--> Bucky: That's fine, kill the dog. In fact, kill him now, it'll save you a trip next week.
--> Whitey: Ok, I see how it is. Forget the dog, we'll take out your human.
--> Bucky: You know, that's not a bad idea. He'd probably be easier to take out, yeah.
--> Whitey: Okay, wait, gimme a minute, I'll think of something.
--> Bucky: Hey, my neighbor's a total melvin too, any chance for a twofer?

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/story.php?no=27493 Of Good Men and Monsters]]'', [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]] swears to kill [[Anime/CodeGeass C.C.]] after he learns she made a contract with a child. Upon realizing how serious he is and that he very well could kill her, C.C. smiles genuinely and declares his threat to be their contract.
* Upon becoming a male [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Slayer]] in ''Always A Bridesmaid'', Xander is warned by his Watcher that he'll be on the frontlines now, fighting vampires one on one. Rather than intimidated, Xander's happy to hear he won't have to fight two or three vampires at a time anymore.
* After Saito suggests a pair of nobles arguing over who will duel him first in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9421918/5/Soldier-of-Zero Soldier of Zero]]'' simply duel him at the same time, one of said nobles becomes utterly enraged and asks if Saito is implying he can't beat him on his own.
-->'''Saito''': "What would you do if I said yes? Challenge me to a duel?"
* From ''Fanfic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony'':
-->'''Changeling''': I suppose I should thank you, though. I admit, some of my plans did not develop entirely to my satisfaction, and the fact that you found my papers earlier than planned was unfortunate. However, I’m sure my queen will overlook such minor affairs when I present her with the corpse of one of the Element Bearers.
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': Over my dead body!
-->'''Changeling!Nimbus Gust''': That would be the idea in presenting your corpse, yes.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''/''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' story ''[[http://cartoon.adult-fanfiction.org/story.php?no=600095039 How I Learned to Love the Wild Horse]]'', Clover becomes very impressed with Ranma (despite the girls thinking he's a supervillain) after he tells off Mandy and, at her own urging, asks Clover on a date.
-->'''Clover''': "I am going to do evil ''evil'' things to that man."
-->'''Sam''': "Clover!!! That's probably what he wants to do to you!"
-->'''Clover''': "''God, I hope so''!"
--This is soon followed by a [[DopeSlap dope slap]].
* In the 24th chapter of ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'':
-->'''[[DemonSlaying Nat]]''': Give me one good reason why I shouldn't slit your throat!
-->'''Shendu''': Because I'll be sure to [[DemonicPossession make my next body]] ''yours''. Perhaps I'll then let you watch as your Tutor runs the blade through you, ''demon-hunter''.
-->''Nat flinches slightly at the thought of her father and grandfather, prompting Shendu to grin''
-->'''Shendu''': A member of the family, perhaps? All the more enjoyable.
* Book Three of ''Fanfic/TheLastSon'' has Franchise/{{Superman}} turning it around when SelfDemostrating/DoctorDoom threatens to go public about his secret identity:
-->"I think I know you better than ''you'' do, Victor. I know you won't go public…because if you do, you'll have to explain how Victor von Doom, the ''supposedly'' most intelligent man in the world, the Lord of Latveria… ''[smiles coldly]'' …got the snot beaten out of him by a ''Kansas''. ''Country.'' '''Farmboy'''. [...] Go ''ahead'', Victor. Go on and tell Fury; he'll laugh you right out of the Triskelion! Tell your neighbours; they'll never look at you with respect, ever again! Tell your people; you'll become the biggest joke they've ever heard! Heck, tell the whole ''world''; then everyone will know what we do – that Victor van Damme is the world's biggest ''loser''! Go ahead, Victor; ''tell them''."


[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In Dreamworks' ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'', two Spanish con men (Tulio and Miguel) find the city of gold and are mistaken for gods. Immediately taking advantage of this, they warn that they are not to be trifled with, or else they will bring their wrath upon the city. "And you don't want that, do you?" Unfortunately, that's ''exactly'' what the High Priest wants - for the gods to cleanse the city of the wicked and visit their wrath upon the non-believers. Moments later, a series of coincidences makes it look like Miguel and Tulio avert a volcanic eruption, so their cover isn't blown yet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'', when Lord Farquaad is about to send Fiona over a waterfall:
-->'''Lord Farquaad:''' "With you as my spirit queen, I'll be king of the underworld!"
-->'''Fiona:''' Over my dead body!
-->'''Lord Farquaad:''' Exactly!
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', the BigBad Shan Yu invades China. As a guard explains to him a few seconds later, he immediately alerts China of his presence using a signal fire. He turns out to be happy about it, and he uses the fire to burn an imperial flag.
-->'''Guard:''' Now all of China knows you're here.
-->'''Shan Yu:''' [[ILikeThoseOdds Perfect.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/HudsonHawk'', as quoted above.
* ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery'': Austin takes Scott Evil (Dr. Evil's son) hostage.
-->'''Austin:''' It seems the tables have turned again, Dr. Evil.
-->'''Dr. Evil:''' Not really. Kill the little bastard. See what I care.
* From ''Film/MenInBlack'':
-->'''Bug:''' Place projectile weapon on the ground.
-->'''Edgar:''' You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold dead fingers.
-->'''Bug:''' Your proposal is acceptable.
** Also:
-->'''Dr. Weaver:''' You don't want to eat me. I'm a very important person on my planet. Like a queen, a goddess even. There are those who worship me. I'm not saying this to impress you, I'm just warning you it could start a war!
-->'''"Edgar":'''[[note]]the bug who has taken Edgar's form[[/note]] War? Good! That means more food for my family. All 78 million of them! That's a lot of mouths to feed, your highness!
* ''Film/SpiderMan2'':
-->'''Doc Ock:''' (''entering the carriage'') He's MINE!
-->'''Train Passenger:''' [[GoThroughMe You want to get to him, you gotta go through me!]]
-->''(All the other passengers take up his claim and surround Spider-Man)''
-->'''Doc Ock:''' Very well...
-->''(Doc Ock shoves the passengers aside with his tentacles)''
* In ''Film/RuthlessPeople'', two clueless kidnappers snatch Danny De Vito's wife and threaten to kill her, not realizing that he was planning to murder her the same day. He refuses their ransom demands and becomes increasingly irritated when they hesitate to follow through on their threats.
* A dark version in ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' as Gregor meets Russian gangsters, one of whom is the boyfriend of gorgeous skater Natacha. Gregor tells them he has a sniper in the arena when Natacha is performing and that if the Russians don't pay up fast, she'll be killed. Too late, Gregor realizes the boyfriend has absolutely no qualms about letting his "love" die rather than pay up more money.
* And, of course...''Franchise/StarWars'':
--> '''Greedo:''' Jabba's through with you. He has no use for smugglers who drop their shipments at the first sign of an Imperial cruiser.
-->'''Han Solo:''' Even I get boarded sometimes. Do you think I had a choice?
-->'''Greedo:''' You can tell that to Jabba. He may only take your ship.
-->'''Han Solo:''' Over my dead body!
-->'''Greedo:''' That's the idea... I've been looking forward to this for a long time.
** And then Han ''inverts it on Greedo:''
--->'''Han:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner Yes, I bet you have.]] (''shoots Greedo'')
** In the ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' [[Literature/RevengeOfTheSith novelization]], when Obi-Wan and General Grievous face off on Utapau:
--->'''Grievous:''' I have been trained in your Jedi arts by Lord Tyranus himself!
--->'''Obi-Wan:''' Do you meant Count Dooku? What a curious coincidence. I trained the man who killed him.
* In ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' series:
-->'''Seraph:''' I need to speak with him.
-->'''Club Hel bouncer:''' The only way you're getting through that door is over my big, dead ass.
-->'''Seraph:''' So be it. *asskicking ensues*
* In the [[Film/StarTrek 2009]] ''Film/StarTrek'':
-->'''"Cupcake":''' Maybe you can't count, farmboy, but there's four of us and only one of you.
-->'''Kirk:''' So get a few more guys, and then it'll be an even fight.
** While Kirk may have thrown a few good punches, he was eventually thrown on the table and beaten to a pulp. In the sequel, he fondly remembers that fight, apparently assuming he did well. Pike reminds him exactly what happened.
* In ''Film/{{Dave}}'', when Dave wants to go ahead with his job plan, Bob threatens to fire him. After a pause, Dave replies "fine" and makes it clear he's perfectly ready to go out and tell the press how the White House Chief of Staff conspired to have an imposter pose as the President of the United States just so he could keep his own power. When the First Lady enters, she makes it clear she knows the truth and is okay with it. Too late, Bob realizes there's no way he can reveal the charade without exposing himself as the mastermind and going to jail.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Lucius Fox to accountant Reese, who is threatening to expose Bruce Wayne as Batman: "Let me get this straight: You think that your client, one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the world, is secretly a vigilante who spends his nights beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands. And your plan is to blackmail this person? Good luck." At first, this convinced him not to reveal the secret, but Reese decided to reveal it when the Joker was killing people while hunting for Batman. Of course, by this point the Joker had decided that the world was more fun with a masked Batman in it, so he puts a hit out on Reese. Bruce saves Reese in his civilian identity, and Reese remains quiet.
* Similarly in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Catwoman tries to escape by holding a gun to Dagget's head. When Bane's henchmen continue to advance anyways, we get this exchange:
--> '''Catwoman:''' I'm not bluffing!\\
'''Batman:''' They know. They just don't care.
* In ''Film/{{Unstoppable}}'', Galvin threatens to fire Frank if he tries to chase down the runaway train. Problem is, [[spoiler:Frank was 13 days away from getting laid off, so he doesn't care if he loses his job a little earlier than he was planning]]. He then threatens to fire Will. [[spoiler: Since it's his first day on the job, Will really doesn't have anything vested in it either and just quips it would be a shame as he was "just starting to like" being a train conductor.]]
* ''Film/HappyGilmore'': Shooter [=McGavin=] gets nailed this way multiple times.
-->'''[=McGavin=]:''' I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast.
-->'''Happy:''' You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?
-->'''[=McGavin=]:''' ''({{beat}})'' ...no.
** Then, later.
--->'''[=McGavin=]:''' Yea, and Grizzly Adams had a beard.
--->'''Lee Travino:''' Grizzly Adams DID have a beard.
* In the horror film ''Film/MidnightMovie'', the cop tells the killer that if he wants to get to the girl behind him, "You'll have to go through me." The villain obliges. Literally.
* In the first ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie, Sam Witwicky was arrested due to going to the junkyard and presumably for stealing a car (which the police were ironically responding to his call about someone stealing his car). While being interrogated at the police station, the Sheriff asks Sam if he was on drugs, but denies it, although the police man seems to find incriminating evidence of pills in him (although the pills were actually his dog's painkillers, which his parents backed him up). The Policeman then tries to threaten to bust him upon letting him go free, only for it to backfire when Sam Witwicky [[IronicEcho asks him if the policeman was on drugs]].
* Towards the end of ''Film/TheRocketeer'', as Cliff Secord fights movie star Neville Sinclair [[spoiler:who's actually a Nazi spy, aboard a Nazi zeppelin]]:
-->'''Cliff:''' (''after punching Sinclair'') Where's your stuntman ''now'', Sinclair?
-->(''Sinclair punches Cliff back'')
-->'''Sinclair:''' I do my own stunts.
* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'':
** In TheStinger. Although it probably wasn't intended as a threat or warning, it sounds like it to the audience.
--->'''[[TheDragon The Other:]]''' [[HumansAreWarriors Humans...]] They are not the cowardly wretches we were promised. [...] To challenge them is to [[ExactWords court death]].\\
[[spoiler: ''[cut to ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, whose comic incarnation is a DeathSeeker who is literally in love with the TheGrimReaper, with a SlasherSmile on his face]'']]
** Banner in general gets guns pointed in his face several times throughout the movie, which he just laughs off. Him getting shot would be much worse for the shooter than for him.
--->'''Banner:''' Why don't we do this the easy way, where you don't use that, and the "other guy" doesn't make a mess? Okay?
* A diplomatic example in ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion''
--> '''Ambassador''': "Have you ever heard of the "Big Stick", Your Excellency?"
--> '''Bashaw''': "Do not threaten me, Mr. Gummere. I have been threatened by the French, the Germans, the English... I have been threatened by...''experts''."
* In ''Film/MoneyTrain'', John and Charlie find Patterson's threat "I'll fuck ya dead" more confusing than intimidating. In private, Charlie asks John "do you think he's gonna fuck us [[InThatOrder before or after]] we're dead?" They later make a complete joke out of it by saying how they have to stay a step ahead of "That [[ILoveTheDead necrophiliac]] Patterson."
* In ''Film/TheGodfather'', the film producer wasn't intimidated by the threat that "either his brains or his signature" would end up on the paper. Corleoni's men famously found a more persuasive [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman tactic]].
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' has a threat backfire for a simple reason. Barbossa and Elizabeth are pressured by Sao Feng by the threat that he will "kill this man" who he assumed was a spy of theirs; Barbossa simply says "Kill him. He's not our man!" Will is the first one to figure out the ramifications of this.
--> '''Will''': [[ExplainExplainOhCrap If he's not our man, and he's not your man...whose man IS he???]] (''Cue a dozen or so EITC soldiers kicking down the doors and opening fire.'')
* This is a RunningGag in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'':
-->'''Thor:''' You betray me, and I will kill you.\\
'''Loki:''' [''grins''] When do we start?\\
'''Sif:''' Betray him and I will kill you.\\
'''Loki:''' It's good to see you too, Sif.\\
'''Volstagg:''' If you even ''think'' about betraying him—\\
'''Loki:''' You'll... kill me? Evidently, there will be a line.
* In the Rodger Corman ''[[Film/TheFantasticFour Fantastic Four]]'' movie, after his lair gets invaded by Doctor Doom, the Jeweler tries to get him to back off by threatening to kill Alicia Masters. Doom responds by leaning over to take a look at Alicia and then deadpanning, "So?"

* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Interesting Times'', [[BadassGrandpa Cohen the Barbarian]] does this quite often -- killing people that have said in substance: "I'd rather die than..." -- because the barbarians' concept of honor is rather devoid of subtlety. To the point that Cohen's companions start warning people beforehand to not say this kind of thing around their leader. As Cohen states in exasperation, "Why are they saying this if they don't mean it?"
** When the Klatchian leader in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' is told that the Morporkians believe he will run away after "tasting cold steel" he [[LiteralistSnarking licks his blade]] and asks why that would make him run away.
** Lavaeolus in ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'' leads a raiding party through a fortress's secret door and at once recites a prepared speech demanding that the enemy force surrender. As the only person in the room he's penetrated is a small child on a potty, his well-rehearsed demand rather falls flat.
* Unknown spy story: the Soviets produce a movie with a look-alike of a south-east Asian leader having sex with women. After showing the leader the movie and threatening him, the leader asks for a copy of the movie, knowing that the spectacular sexual abilities of the actor would only increase his standing among his people.
* O. Henry's 1910 story "The Ransom of Red Chief" is a perfect example. Two men kidnap a rich man's son, but when they send the ransom note, the father decides to let them keep the kid for a while. The kid, who calls himself 'Red Chief' is a terror, forcing the two kidnappers [[PityTheKidnapper to play games and being a general nuisance]]. When they return the boy, the father has to actually distract his son from chasing after them as they flee out of town.
* In ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'', [[UnluckyEveryDude Richard]] tells Croup and Vandemar that if they want Door, they'll have to kill him first. Vandemar is (quite unironically) delighted: "Thanks!"
* In the Literature/GemmaDoyle Trilogy, a shadowy group called the Rakshana kidnap the titular character's brother, and tell Gemma that if she gives the group her magic, they'll let him go. This is after a phenomenally bad day. So, Gemma [[RantInducingSlight snaps]], and informs the Rakshana that their plan has backfired: up until then, she's been polite and played nice. And now, the only thing keeping her from kicking all of their asses is the fact that her brother is still alive. If they kill him, [[OneManArmy she'll kill]] ''[[OneManArmy them]]''. They call her on this, and she kicks their asses without killing them.
* In ''Proven Guilty'' of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry confronts what turns out to be a White Court vampire during a horror convention. When Harry starts getting threatening, the vamp smugly says that Harry wouldn't dare risk TheMasquerade by using magic in public. Harry responds that he's in the phone book, under "Wizards." The vampire becomes notably less smug.
** Also, just as a general point and principle, Harry tends to do this to every wannabe warlock and uppity vampire that he runs across, as they tend to have egos bigger than their powers. For instance, in one of the short stories, Harry runs across Darth Wannabe, who is a pompous idiot with a [[Franchise/HarryPotter dark mark]] tattooed on his forearm. Said idiot keeps trying to challenge Harry to a duel over a semi-imagined slight. In response, Harry pulls out his .44. They [[OhCrap quickly lose their sneers]].
--->'''Idiot:''' (Armed with only a plastic Franchise/HarryPotter wand) Wh-what are you doing?
--->'''Harry''': (Southern accent) I'm a-fixin' to defend myself.
* In ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries X-Wing: The Bacta War]]'' [[BigBad Ysanne Isard]] tries to retain her subordinates' loyalty by [[MakeAnExampleOfThem making examples of their entire families]] if they turn traitor. In one case, however, a freighter captain remarks that Isard'll be doing him a favor if she has his wife executed.
* Used very darkly in ''Literature/LovecraftCountry''. At the end, the BigBad threatens the protagonists: they will never be safe in America. Because it's the time of Jim Crow and the protagonists are African-American, they burst out laughing; they're not safe anyway.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/BlueBloods'' episode "Men in Black," Jamie Reagan and Vinny Cruz arrest the previous mayor's daughter and her friend after catching them in the act of smoking pot on a park bench. The former tries to invoke the [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections "Do you know who I am?"]] card, but Jamie, who himself is the son of the current police commissioner and who's never used his father's pull to get his way, smirks and tells her, "I don't really care."
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ("Buffy versus Dracula"), Xander, who has been {{Renfield}}ed, tells Riley that if he wants "The Master" "you will have to go through me first". Riley flatly responds "Okey-dokey" and punches him out of the way.
* On ''Series/DanForMayor'' Mike believes (rightfully) that Dan caused Mike's fiance to break off their engagement. To get revenge on Dan, he buys the bar where Dan is working just so he can fire him. Dan is quite happy about it since he was going to quit later that day, and this way he is owed severance pay which he would not get if he quit on his own.
* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Gibbs is threatened in the usual way by a gangster: "...I'll kill your brothers, your uncles, your father. And after their funerals, I'll kill you." Gibbs responds, "No brothers, no uncles, my father passed years ago. I do have three ex-wives, whose names and addresses I will ''gladly'' fax on to you..." "huh. He hung up." Gibbs was bluffing since his father is still very much alive and whatever issues he has with his ex-wives, he would never let any harm come to them.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Homeland}}'', Saul and Carrie try to blackmail information out of a rich Middle Eastern man. Their first threat, exposing him as gay, doesn't work, possibly because part of him wants to come out anyway.
* Series/BandOfBrothers: To keep him in line, Captain Sobel arranges some obviously frivolous charges against Winters, and tells him he can either lose his weekend pass, which he never uses anyway, or face court-martial. Winters requests trial by court-martial, which winds up revealing Sobel's pettiness to the higher ups and gets Sobel KickedUpstairs to non-combat training duties.
* In ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', Will Graham's threat to Freddie Lounds only gives her more material to work with in making him look mentally unstable.
* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'' Sue tries to force Principal Figgins to back one of her insane plans by threatening to post a video Figgins made years earlier of an embarassing flight attendant tryout. At first, Figgins seems cowed but later ends up refusing to aid Sue. When Sue threatens to leak the video, Figgins scoffs that he already put it up on You Tube and it got only three views.
* On ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' some of the nastier Wesen like to reveal their GameFace to their human victims before they kill them. Usually the victims are so freaked out by seeing a monster straight out of a horror movie that they are too stunned to fight back. However, a number of humans close to Nick know about Wesen and have become accustomed to seeing Wesen in their true form. A Wesen who tries this trick on [[spoiler: Hank]] gets a shotgun butt to the face. One who tries it on [[spoiler: Juliette]] gets a [[GroinAttack kick to the groin]] and a frying pan to the face. Things go even worse for the attackers when they try it on Nick who is a Grimm. When Nick sees a Wesen transform it triggers a supernatural reaction that lets the Wesen know exactly what Nick is. Most Wesen are utterly terrified of Grimms so the confrontation usually ends with the attacker freaking out and begging Nick not to kill him/her.
* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' Quarles approaches US Marshal Raylan Givens in a bar and threatens that one day he will shoot Raylan dead. As Quarles is leaving Raylan fires a round into the ceiling and tells Quarles that this day is as good as any to have a shootout. Quarles backs down.
** Raylan threatens Wynn Duffy by throwing a bullet at him and saying that "the next one will be coming faster". Duffy and Quarles use that bullet with Raylan's fingerprints on it to frame him for murder.
** In general, Raylan reacts very badly to threats against himself or people he cares about. As a result someone who threatens Raylan will have that threat backfire on him fairly quickly.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E22AllHellBreaksLoosePartTwo "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, Ep22)]], Jake was not really thinking when he defies the King of Hell.
-->'''Jake:''' Go to hell.
-->'''Yellow-Eyed Demon:''' [[NotHyperbole Been there. Done that.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor is very good at these. When you spend your free time battling galaxy destroying madmen and monsters, it comes naturally. Such as this instance from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctors Wife"]].
-->'''House:''' Fear me! I've killed hundreds of Time Lords!
-->'''The Doctor:''' Fear me. [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed I've killed all of them.]]
* In ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', Detective Peralta has arrested a perp with no evidence to support holding him, risking the possibility of the case falling apart and the perp having sufficient claim to sue the police department for millions. Towards the end, when the perp's alibi that he was at a nightclub appears to be substantiated, he gloats that he's going to buy said nightclub with his lawsuit settlement winnings and erect a massive statue of Peralta right in the middle. Peralta immediately points out that he's exactly the kind of guy who would ''love'' having a massive statue of himself right in the middle of a nightclub, thus making that a pretty lame threat.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': Sherlock and Moriarty face off properly for the first time:
-->'''Sherlock:''' [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim What if I was to shoot you now]] – ''(raises gun)'' right now?
-->'''Moriarty:''' Then you could cherish the look of surprise on my face. ''(Makes [[FoeYay exaggerated O-face]])'' 'Cause I’d be surprised, Sherlock; really I would. And just a teensy bit disappointed. And of course you wouldn’t be able to cherish it for very long.
* In ''Series/TheWire'', a moment happens where [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVvUTogRHBs Burrell threatens Cedric Daniels' career if he doesn't drop the Barksdale case.]] Daniels is not fazed:
-->'''Ervin Burrell''': FBI field reports... You came into a lot of money quick. You can go to jail just as quick if I start asking the right questions. This case ends, or you are done. Hell, I don't even need you to lock up Barksdale. I can have your major debrief the detectives and type the warrants himself. This case is done.\\
'''Cedric Daniels''': You do what you feel. You wanna pull Avon in on half a case, you go ahead. You wanna put my shit in the street, feel free. But the Eastern had a lot of stories - mine ain't the only one. A lot of people came through that district. If you were gonna do me, I'd already be done. But there ain't nothin' you fear more than a bad headline, is there? You'd rather live in shit than let the world see you work a shovel. You can order warrants, and I'll serve 'em. But as long as I have days left on those dead wires, ''this case goes on''.
* On ''Daytime Divas,'' Maxine is going in for cosmetic surgery (one of a few she's had) when she boasts about being a "natural beauty." She suffers complications and is in a coma but recovers quickly. Mo manages to find out about it and uses it to threaten Maxine to give her more time on the show or she releases the news. On air, Maxine confesses the truth, making it sound like her first time and she's grateful she didn't go through with it. It turns out to be a great moment to win over viewers and thus defuses Mo's leverage.
** Subverted when Mo's assistant tries to hold out for more money or he'll release a sex tape of them. Mo snorts to go ahead as she doesn't mind folks knowing how hot she is. But the man fires back by reminding Mo about how this would count as sexual harassment and get her fired so she has to keep him on at higher pay.
* Played for laughs on ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' when London and Maddie go head-to-head in a competition.
-->'''London''': I'll beat you so bad that you won't have a penny to your name! And you'll have to work like a dog for the rest of your life!
-->'''Maddie''': Ha! I'm already there!
* On ''LawAndOrderSVU'', Haung decides to help an addict get clean with a controversial drug that's not been cleared in the U.S., knowing it's a risk. The boy helps the detectives trick the doctor who got him on drugs in the first place to get on tape confessing to murder and assault. When the man threatens to reveal what Haung did, Haung relates he already reported himself, being put on unpaid leave by the FBI and his license suspended 30 days but as far as he's concerned, "it was worth it."
* On ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'', the title character is up front on how he's the Devil come to Los Angeles but no one believes it. Thus, when someone threatens him with a gun, his reaction is to literally laugh it off as nothing can harm him.
** Subverted if Lucifer is with Chloe as, for some reason, her presence does make him vulnerable to harm.
** Lucifer discovers that Pierce is actually [[spoiler: Cain, the world's first murderer, condemned with eternal life.]] When Pierce is walking away, Lucifer threatens to tell everyone the man's secret. Pierce scoffs to go right ahead as "no one even believes you're the Devil."
* On ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', Weber's AA sponsor is checked in, having relapsed and wants him to help her "die with dignity." When he naturally refuses, she first threatens to go over his head but he points out how "I'm married to the owner of the hospital and I mentored the chief surgeon." She then crosses the line by stating she will out him as an alcoholic to any doctor he sends in. He immediately brings in Meredith and Maggie, both of whom already know all about Richard's past problems and snaps that "I trust them completely so feel free to share anything you want."

* Around about the start of the [=InVasion=] angle, when Wrestling/TheUndertaker was in his American Badass persona, he threatened Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin that he would "make [him] famous" if he messed with his family. This comment inspired Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage to start stalking Taker's wife Sara as part of his plan to get into Taker's head and upset him because, as DDP explained [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI_6FI6FZ0Q&feature=youtu.be in his promo when he revealed himself as the stalker]], he ''wants'' to be famous.
-->'''Diamond Dallas Page:''' Duh! Taker, you idiot, Stone Cold Steve Austin's ''already'' famous! [...] Taker, you got a problem with me? Cool. I'm begging ya- ''make me famous!''

* ''Theatre/AVeryPotterSequel'': Draco orders Crabbe and Goyle to shake Ron and Hermione to win Harry over.
-->'''Draco:''' Thinking about being my friend yet, Potter?
-->'''Harry:''' No way!
-->'''Harry:''' Yeah. You can torture my friends all you want!


* In ''TabletopGames/BattleTech'', just before an enemy force touched down on the planet Twycross, the local commander of the Falcon Guard, Ravil Pryde, complained to a technician that one of the lasers was malfunctioning on his mech- as soon as his computer cycled to it it was automatically firing. He threatened the technician with reassignment somewhere else if he failed to fix it before the battle. As Twycross was regarded as a ''very'' unpleasant planet due to being a DesertWorld with constant winds that blew huge sandstorms across the surface of the main continent, the technician did not regard this as much of a threat. When Ravil went into battle against the attacking Archer's Avengers, his laser misfired, hitting their dropship as it was landing. This attack violated the safe conduct Ravil had previously guaranteed for the landing, and the Avengers proceeded to attack all out, destroying the entire Falcon Guard and [[LaserGuidedKarma killing Ravil]] in the process.


[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', [=McGillicutty=] captures the [=MerLeader=] and threatens [[AmbiguousGender hir]] with ''death by drowning'' if s/he doesn't turn over the MacGuffin. The threat [[ShootingSuperman proves less than effective]] and [=McGillicutty=] is too crazed to realize it.
* ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls'' has this little exchange between the main character and the HeroAntagonist. Considering Desmond is both a {{Jerkass}} and has NoSenseOfHumor it's hard to tell whether he's being obtuse or intentionally antagonistic.
-->'''[[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire John]]:''' You'll pay for what you've done here, you self-righteous bastards!
-->'''[[ChurchMilitant Desmond]]:''' Indeed, we shall be rewarded greatly in the pinnacle of Heaven.
* Variation is the ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' DLC ''Lair of the Shadowbroker''. The person Shepard's pursuing takes a hostage and demands Shepard back off Or Else. One possible response is Shepard listing off the decisions s/he has made that has resulted in mass casualties/genocide/unleashing hostile aliens, and then asking if she believes Shepard won't be willing to shoot a single hostage is ''really'' her plan.
** On assorted occasions various characters make threats about coming after Shepard. Usually just before Shepard shoots them in the face.
* A similar variation in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' if your [[PlayerCharacter Warden Commander]] in the expansion is the [[ImplacableMan same one]] from the original. Early on, your Warden is established as the ruler of a portion of land in your country. Your estate receives a letter from a noble, informing you that his daughter is kidnapped and begging you to pay the ransom for him because he can't get the money quickly enough. When you arrive at the meet, the bandit leader is angry that someone other than the noble showed up, and your Warden can casually mention "yeah, he couldn't make it, so [[OhCrap he sent the commander of the Grey Wardens instead.]]" The bandits get worried, and you can almost see one of them losing bladder control as he yelps out "[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu The one who killed the]] ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Archdemon??]]''", but the leader says "well, make any moves and we'll kill the girl!" Your character can basically shrug and say [[BadassBoast "Really?]] [[SerialKiller There's a river of blood behind me.]] [[RoaringRampageOfRescue Well, if that's what you want,]]" which causes half the bandits, including the ones holding the girl, to ''[[GenreSavvy run like hell]]''. Bonus points if your Warden is an [[AGodAmI Arcane Warrior]]. [[GenreBlind Of course]], [[TooDumbToLive the rest of the bandits decide to fight you.]] [[HilarityEnsues Guess how that ends.]]
** You ''can'' play it straight and, rather than [[DoNotTauntCthulhu intimidate the bandits]] with your [[GodSlayer past accomplishments]] and [[ButForMeItWasTuesday complete nonchalance at a normally high-stakes, high-risk situation]], tell them that [[MurderIsTheBestSolution you're going to kill them no matter what]]. With nothing to lose, they immediately kill the girl, then turn on you.
* In a Genocide run of ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'', any attempts at threatening [[BurgerFool Burgerpants]] will get you nowhere. He's been beaten down by his job to the point that he truly does not care about being threatened at all, even though you're an OmnicidalManiac at that point.
-->'''Burgerpants:''' Sorry, little weirdo. Threats won't work on me. I can't go to hell. I'm all out of vacation days.
* Drache, the first boss of the ShootEmUp ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}'' is a large dragon-like walker machine who threatens the player ship "Dies ist eine Warnung! Entladen Sie alle Ihre Waffen!" before the fight starts. This translates to "This is a warning! Unload all your weapons!". Not a very smart threat, since the player promptly unloads all their weapons into the boss.
* The climax of ''Videogame/LegacyOfKain: Defiance'' has the [[EldritchAbomination Elder God]] threatening the vampire Kain with an AndIMustScream fate of being buried beneath a mountain of rubble until he goes mad with hunger and prays for the release of a death that will never come. Kain's response:
-->'''Kain''': Your words are heartening...for you would not fear us... unless we could [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu truly do you harm!]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', [[spoiler: Kell, recently terminated from Herd Thinners, decides to set up her own company to rival it (after some encouragement and funding from the Rabbit Council). Her former boss, RL, calls her when he finds out and threatens to crush her company and devour her. She's ''thrilled'' that RL sees ''her'' as a threat.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', the vampire Navaan tells Ivan that she's going to kill him... but first she's going to have sex with him. When his response is a [[TooKinkyToTorture delighted smile]], she backs off in confusion: all her other victims have been lifelong virgins for whom sex is a genuine FateWorseThanDeath.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
-->'''Azurite Soldier''': You will never take this city while I am alive!
-->'''Death Knight''': Terms accepted. ''*runs him through with a sword*''
* ''Webcomic/UserFriendly''. [[http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=19990623 There are thirty officers in this building!]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2yv8aT0UFc In this]] parody of the interrogation scene from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Batman can't get anywhere because the Joker can't understand a word he's saying.
* In ''Webcomic/SecretOfManaTheater'', the author gets tired of [[JerkAss Elliot's]] [[FatBastard attitude]], especially [[TakeThatUs badmouthing him and]] [[TakeThatAudience the viewers]].
-->'''Author''': I could have you fired.
-->'''Elliot''': [[SarcasmMode Oh no! Please don't fire me from this crappy job]]!
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony:''
** From "A Library With No Twilight":
-->'''Applejack:''' You take that back or I'll cut ya!\\
'''Rarity:''' Oh, yeah, will you? ''[hopefully]'' Will you? ... You can if you want...
** From "How to Control Freaks:"
-->'''Twilight:''' Screw you, Discord!\\
'''Discord:''' ''Only on my birthday!''... Which is ''tomorrow'', by the way...\\
'''Twilight:''' Oh no, what have I gotten myself into?

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* BriarPatching backfire: in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Fry is upset at the fact he's been assigned the job of "delivery boy";
-->'''Fry:''' What if I refuse to do it?\\
'''Leela:''' Then you'll be fired...\\
'''Fry:''' Fine!\\
'''Leela:''' ...out of a cannon. Into the sun.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', a villain threatens Dr. Venture with the death of his sons, shouting, "GIVE ME THE HAND OF OSIRIS!" Doc's response? "Give me head." Sure that Venture just misheard him, the villain declares "I'm about to KILL your sons!" to which Venture nonchalantly replies "Join the club!". This ''horrifies'' the villain.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode, "Divided We Fall" provides this example:
-->'''[[FanNickname Brainthor:]]''' ''(to a restrained [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]])'' Looks like ComicBook/TheQuestion [[CassandraTruth was right all along]]... I kill you, and then [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Armageddon.]] Right on schedule. ''(points gun at Flash.)''\\
'''Flash:''' No! ''(vibrates arms fast enough so as to escape from Brainiac's mechanical guards.)''\\
'''Brainthor:''' Are you going to fight me, ''boy?''\\
''(Threat appears to take effect. Flash slumps forward and cautiously retreats, then turns around and speeds away. Brainiac relaxes.)''\\
''([[UnderestimatingBadassery Brainiac]] [[LetsGetDangerous takes a hit from the opposite direction.]] And then another hit. And another hit. [[RapidFireFisticuffs And another and another and another...]] Flash ran [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome around the world in less than a fraction of a second, hitting Brainthor each time]] and extracting Brainiac from Luthor molecule'' by ''molecule!)''
** Done even earlier by [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Vandal Savage]] in the episode 'Hereafter'. Superman is shot 30,000 years into the future, where he and Savage are the only remaining people on Earth. When Superman hears how Savage killed the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague, he [[UnstoppableRage beats him down]][[note]]Supes's powers have been drained by future-Earth's red sun, but he's still [[BroughtDownToBadass considerably tougher than Savage]][[/note]] before lifting a rock and declaring:
--->'''Superman:''' I should smash your skull.\\
'''Savage:''' Go ahead. We both know [[GoodThingYouCanHeal it wouldn't work]].
*** This one works on a couple levels. First, Savage is correct that it wouldn't affect him. Second, he's gone through thousands of years of MyGodWhatHaveIDone after causing the complete extinction of the human race, and would almost certainly be a DeathSeeker if it were at all possible for him to die. Basically, there is ''no level'' on which the threat is effective.
* One of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s CutawayGag bits had a slave trader getting annoyed by the slaves constantly asking "Are we there yet?" Finally he yells "If you don't stop it I'm turning this ship around right now!"
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', when Skipper has stolen the batteries from Julien's boombox to shut him up:
-->'''Skipper''': You can have this battery when you pry it from my cold dead flippers!\\
'''Julien''': Ew, sounds gross. But do-able!
* Grandpa Marsh is a DeathSeeker on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
** "Death:"
--->'''Cartman''': You piece of crap! I'll kill you!\\
'''Grandpa''': That's the spirit, tubby!
** "Quintuplets 2000":
--->'''Officer''': Freeze, asshole!\\
'''Grandpa''': Aw, go ahead and shoot me! I dare ya!\\
'''Officer''': Don't push me, man!\\
'''Grandpa''': Pull the trigger, you little pussy!
* Cheryl from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' causes this in a few occasions: threaten to kill her and she'll probably rip her top off in anticipation of her world's [[InsistentTerminology sploosh]]iest orgasm.
* From the series finale of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''.
-->'''Evil Coop:''' You know you don't have a chance.
-->'''Coop:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. DON'T. KNOW. NOTHING!"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'':
** In his debut episode, Hoss Delgado has Grim under his gun and says him he's gonna send him to back to hell. Grim gleefully cheers for him to do it, as it would free him from Billy and Mandy. Hoss changes his mind and leaves.
** The episode "The Wrongest Yard" has two backfires in short order. First, when the football coach plans to replace [[AlphaBitch Mindy]] with Mandy as the captain of the cheerleading squad, Mindy states that she's taking the other cheerleaders with her if that happens, and the coach remarks he doesn't care since Mandy's better than they are anyway. Then, Mindy angrily tells Mandy that she will never speak to her again if Mandy becomes the captain; Mandy simply tells her, "Well, I can't pass up ''that'' offer," and takes the job right then and there.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In one episode Santa's Little Helper sires a bunch of puppies, which look like him with tufts of the mother's poodle-like fur accenting it. Bart and Lisa trying to get rid of them (in a box labeled [[AC:"Free Puppies"]], no less), and run afoul Snake:
-->'''Bart''': Hey, mister, would you like a puppy?\\
'''Snake''': No...''([[WouldHurtAChild flashes his pants-holstered gun]])'' but I'll ''take'' one!\\
'''Bart''': ...okay!\\
'''Snake''': ''(running off to his car with a puppy, brandishing his gun)'' I'm gonna love and cherish this little dude...and there's nothing you can do to stop me!
** In a ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' episode, Maggie is revealed to be Kang's daughter and he and Kodos have come to take her away. After [[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]] fails to solve the problem, they give an ultimatum:
-->'''Kang''': Anywho, this is your last chance. Turn over the baby now.\\
'''Kodos''': Or we will destroy all your leaders in Washington.\\
'''Marge''': ''[knowingly]'' Oh, you couldn't destroy ''every'' politician.\\
'''Kang''': Just watch us. ''(laughing menacingly, they board their flying saucer and take off)''\\
'''Bart''': Don't forget Ken Starr!\\
'''Marge''': Suckers.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheSpooktacularNewAdventuresOfCasper'':
--> '''Kat:''' You're a dead man!\\
'''Casper''': No duh.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Growth Spout," when Mr. Krabs resorts to stealing food from his employees' homes to feed Pearl's growing body, Squidward threatens to call the police after he caught Mr. Krabs stealing his gourmet food. When Mr. Krabs threatens to fire him, Squidward dials 911. When even stating that of he goes to prison, no one will take care of Pearl is not enough to hang up the phone, Squidward demands Mr. Krabs give him his gold tooth.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The standard response when somebody threatens to leave an Internet forum: [[WesternAnimation/TheCritic "And nothing of value was lost."]]
** Some forums have admins who, by policy, give these people a helpful whack with the ban hammer on the way out to make sure they follow through.
** Same for when a terrible customer says "I'm never shopping here again." The store staff will still try and placate them as best they can, but in their heads they're thinking "Good." Especially if the cashier didn't actually do anything wrong and the store is unlikely to be affected by one person not shopping there. If the store staff still have their jobs the next day ''and'' one less terrible customer, this threat is more likely to be laughed at as soon as the person leaves than actually work.
* As anyone who has ever been told something alone the lines of "You wouldn't dare" can tell you, the statement often feels less like an implied threat and more often like the one saying it is trying to goad you into going for it, which quite obviously can easily result in this trope unless self-restraint is observed.
* Marco Guttierez, co-founder of an online group of Latinos supporting UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump's candidacy, claimed that his culture was becoming too dominant. For an example, he said if Trump didn't become President, that there would be taco trucks on every corner. [[Memes/USPolitics The Internet saw that as a promise, not a threat]].
** In a similar vein, GOP Speaker of the House Paul Ryan [[http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/10/21/13358274/paul-ryan-bernie-sanders warned of]] Bernie Sanders becoming the chair of the Senate Budget Committee in the wake of a Democrat takeover of Congress. Sanders promptly ran with the idea, raising over $2 million in the span of two days and spawning the sarcastic [=#ThanksPaul=] hashtag.