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* Invoked in ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour''. EnfantTerrible Mary blackmails Rosalie by saying she'll reveal that she stole a classmate's bracelet and that the police will put her in jail for decades for stealing.


* Threatened in ''AsYouLikeIt'', when Touchstone finds out that someone else (a simple, non-threatening peasant) likes Audrey:

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* Threatened in ''AsYouLikeIt'', ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'', when Touchstone finds out that someone else (a simple, non-threatening peasant) likes Audrey:



* CyranoDeBergerac: This play deconstructs this trope by showing us the kind of [[FreudianExcuse personality]] and [[MartyrdomCulture mindset]] [[JerkAss of the people that use it]]:

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* CyranoDeBergerac: ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': This play deconstructs this trope by showing us the kind of [[FreudianExcuse personality]] and [[MartyrdomCulture mindset]] [[JerkAss of the people that use it]]:



* ''TheMikado'': most sentences for committing crimes tend toward the CoolAndUnusualPunishment variety, and a lot of them are pretty excessive ([[SnakeOilSalesman Snake Oil Salesmen]] get all their teeth extracted by amateur dentists). Also, flirting is punishable by death, [[RuleOfFunny for some reason]].

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* ''TheMikado'': ''Theatre/TheMikado'': most sentences for committing crimes tend toward the CoolAndUnusualPunishment variety, and a lot of them are pretty excessive ([[SnakeOilSalesman Snake Oil Salesmen]] get all their teeth extracted by amateur dentists). Also, flirting is punishable by death, [[RuleOfFunny for some reason]].


* Practically a RunningGag in ''TheMikado''. Most sentences for committing crimes tend toward the CoolAndUnusualPunishment variety, and a lot of them are pretty excessive ([[SnakeOilSalesman Snake Oil Salesmen]] get all their teeth extracted by amateur dentists). Also, flirting is punishable by death, [[RuleOfFunny for some reason]].
** On the other hand, you can't cut off anyone's head [[BeyondTheImpossible before you've cut your own off]], and people obviously want to avoid this situation, so no executions actually take place in the play.
* Iago seeks to destroy his superior, the Moorish general ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', both personally and professionally by convincing him that his loving wife is actually unfaithful. Iago can't decide on why he's getting revenge, since he offers up several conflicting rationalizations. Ultimately, Iago destroys Othello simply because he doesn't like him.
** He did it because Othello was going to make someone his lieutenant... and that someone wasn't Iago.
*** Still definitely DisproportionateRetribution. He ruins Cassio's reputation and tried to have him assassinated, mentally destroys Othello and causes him to murder his wife, then kill himself. Because he was passed over for a promotion.
** That motive isn't any more plausible than any of his other ones, though.

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* Practically a RunningGag in ''TheMikado''. Most ''TheMikado'': most sentences for committing crimes tend toward the CoolAndUnusualPunishment variety, and a lot of them are pretty excessive ([[SnakeOilSalesman Snake Oil Salesmen]] get all their teeth extracted by amateur dentists). Also, flirting is punishable by death, [[RuleOfFunny for some reason]].
** On the other hand, you can't cut off anyone's head [[BeyondTheImpossible before you've cut your own off]], and people obviously want to avoid this situation, so no executions actually take place in the play.
* Iago seeks to destroy his superior, the Moorish general ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', both personally and professionally by convincing him that his loving wife is actually unfaithful. Iago can't decide on why he's getting revenge, since he offers up several conflicting rationalizations. Ultimately, Iago destroys Othello simply because he doesn't like him.
** He did it because Othello was going to make someone his lieutenant... and that someone wasn't Iago.
*** Still definitely DisproportionateRetribution.
him.. He ruins Cassio's reputation and tried to have him assassinated, mentally destroys Othello and causes him to murder his wife, then kill himself. Because he was passed over for a promotion.
** That motive isn't any more plausible than any of his other ones, though.
promotion.

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** On the other hand, you can't cut off anyone's head [[BeyondTheImpossible before you've cut your own off]], and people obviously want to avoid this situation, so no executions actually take place in the play.


** Tamora has Bassianus (brother to the emperor and the future husband of Titus's daughter, Lavinia) killed, framing two of Titus's sons.

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** Tamora has Bassianus (brother to the emperor and the future husband of Titus's daughter, Lavinia) killed, buried alive, framing two of Titus's sons.


** Titus has come back to Rome victorious from war with the Goths. He ritually sacrifices the eldest son of their Queen, Tamora.

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** Titus has come back to Rome victorious from war with the Goths. He ritually sacrifices the eldest son of their Queen, queen, Tamora.



** Aaron has Titus's daughter (who's really done nothing) Lavinia raped and mutilated (so she can't tell who did it) by Chiron and Demetrius (sons of his lover Tamora), because Titus had their elder brother killed.

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** Aaron the Moor has Titus's daughter (who's really done nothing) Lavinia raped and mutilated (so she can't tell who did it) by Chiron and Demetrius (sons of his lover the empress Tamora), because Titus had their elder brother killed.


* Basically the entire play of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Titus Andronicus}}'', when you consider Titus randomly shanking his son for questioning him, Aaron having Titus's daughter (who's really done nothing) Lavinia raped and mutilated (so she can't tell who did it) by Chiron and Demetrius, because Titus had their elder brother killed. And then Titus finds out, kills the two brothers and makes them into a pie and serves is to the empress, Tamora (their mother). This play is just totally messed up.

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* Basically the entire play of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Titus Andronicus}}'', when you consider Andronicus}}''. Let's see if I can get this in order:
** Titus has come back to Rome victorious from war with the Goths. He ritually sacrifices the eldest son of their Queen, Tamora.
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Titus randomly shanking shanks one of his son sons for questioning him, him.
** Tamora has Bassianus (brother to the emperor and the future husband of Titus's daughter, Lavinia) killed, framing two of Titus's sons.
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Aaron having has Titus's daughter (who's really done nothing) Lavinia raped and mutilated (so she can't tell who did it) by Chiron and Demetrius, Demetrius (sons of his lover Tamora), because Titus had their elder brother killed. killed.
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And then Titus finds out, kills the two brothers and makes them into a pie and serves is it to the empress, Tamora (their mother). This play is just totally messed up.


* One could argue that both Shylock's "pound of flesh" contract and the punishments inflicted upon him at the end of the play are both examples of this trope.

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* One could argue that both Shylock's "pound of flesh" contract and the punishments inflicted upon him at the end of the play are both examples of this trope.trope.
* Basically the entire play of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Titus Andronicus}}'', when you consider Titus randomly shanking his son for questioning him, Aaron having Titus's daughter (who's really done nothing) Lavinia raped and mutilated (so she can't tell who did it) by Chiron and Demetrius, because Titus had their elder brother killed. And then Titus finds out, kills the two brothers and makes them into a pie and serves is to the empress, Tamora (their mother). This play is just totally messed up.


* Iago seeks to destroy his superior, the Moorish general ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', both personally and professionally by convincing him that his loving wife is actually unfaithful. Iago can't decide on why he's getting revenge, since he offers up several conflicting rationalizations. Ultimately, Iago destroys Othello simply because he doesn't like him.
** He did it because Othello was going to make someone his lieutenant... and that someone wasn't Iago.
*** Still definitely DisproportionateRetribution. He ruins Cassio's reputation and tried to have him assassinated, mentally destroys Othello and causes him to murder his wife, then kill himself. Because he was passed over for a promotion.
** That motive isn't any more plausible than any of his other ones, though.
* In ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}},'' one of the witches causes a sailor to be [[strike: shipwrecked]] tossed about in a horrible storm... because his wife wouldn't give the witch a roasted chestnut. (The text explicitly says that the boat won't sink, possibly due to some kind of limitation on the witches' powers, but the sailor will have a thoroughly miserable time of it.)
* One could argue that both Shylock's "pound of flesh" contract and the punishments inflicted upon him at the end of the play are both examples of this trope.
* The title character in ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' murders stagehand Joseph Buquet when the opera managers refuse to give his beloved Christine the lead role in the opera, despite the fact that they stopped the show and made a point of announcing that the pause was so that Christine could step into the part. Later, incensed at Christine's betrayal (with absolutely zero thought to the fact that his behavior has terrified her), he drops a massive chandelier into the audience, where it would have likely injured or killed numerous people, including Christine.

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* Threatened in ''AsYouLikeIt'', when Touchstone finds out
that someone wasn't Iago.
*** Still definitely DisproportionateRetribution. He ruins Cassio's reputation and tried to have him assassinated, mentally destroys Othello and causes him to murder his wife, then kill himself. Because he was passed over for a promotion.
** That motive isn't any more plausible than any of his other ones, though.
* In ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}},'' one of
else (a simple, non-threatening peasant) likes Audrey:
--> "...abandon
the witches causes a sailor to be [[strike: shipwrecked]] tossed about in a horrible storm... because his wife wouldn't give the witch a roasted chestnut. (The text explicitly says that the boat won't sink, possibly due to some kind of limitation on the witches' powers, but the sailor will have a thoroughly miserable time of it.)
* One could argue that both Shylock's "pound of flesh" contract and the punishments inflicted upon him at the end of the play are both examples
society of this trope.
* The title character in ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' murders stagehand Joseph Buquet when the opera managers refuse
female, or, clown, thou perishest; or, to give his beloved Christine the lead role in the opera, despite the fact that they stopped the show and made a point of announcing that the pause was so that Christine could step thy better understanding, diest; or, to wit I kill thee, make thee away, translate thy life into the part. Later, incensed at Christine's betrayal (with absolutely zero thought to the fact that his behavior has terrified her), he drops a massive chandelier death, thy liberty into the audience, where it would have likely injured bondage: I will deal in poison with thee, or killed numerous people, including Christine.in bastinado, or in steel; I will bandy with thee in faction; I will o'errun thee with policy; I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways: therefore ''tremble and depart!"''



* Threatened in ''AsYouLikeIt'', when Touchstone finds out that someone else (a simple, non-threatening peasant) likes Audrey:
--> "...abandon the society of this female, or, clown, thou perishest; or, to thy better understanding, diest; or, to wit I kill thee, make thee away, translate thy life into death, thy liberty into bondage: I will deal in poison with thee, or in bastinado, or in steel; I will bandy with thee in faction; I will o'errun thee with policy; I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways: therefore ''tremble and depart!"''

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* Threatened in ''AsYouLikeIt'', when Touchstone finds out In "Lonesome West" by Creator/{{Martin McDonagh}}, it is revealed that someone else (a simple, non-threatening peasant) likes Audrey:
--> "...abandon
the society father of this female, or, clown, thou perishest; or, the two main characters mocked Coleman's haircut. In response Coleman [[spoiler: grabbed the shotgun and shot his father in the head.]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}},'' one of the witches causes a sailor
to thy better understanding, diest; or, be [[strike: shipwrecked]] tossed about in a horrible storm... because his wife wouldn't give the witch a roasted chestnut. (The text explicitly says that the boat won't sink, possibly due to wit I kill thee, make thee away, translate thy life into death, thy liberty into bondage: I some kind of limitation on the witches' powers, but the sailor will deal in poison with thee, or in bastinado, or in steel; I will bandy with thee in faction; I will o'errun thee with policy; I will kill thee have a hundred and fifty ways: therefore ''tremble and depart!"'' thoroughly miserable time of it.)



* In "Lonesome West" by Creator/{{Martin McDonagh}}, it is revealed that the father of the two main characters mocked Coleman's haircut. In response Coleman [[spoiler: grabbed the shotgun and shot his father in the head.]]

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* In "Lonesome West" Iago seeks to destroy his superior, the Moorish general ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', both personally and professionally by Creator/{{Martin McDonagh}}, convincing him that his loving wife is actually unfaithful. Iago can't decide on why he's getting revenge, since he offers up several conflicting rationalizations. Ultimately, Iago destroys Othello simply because he doesn't like him.
** He did
it is revealed because Othello was going to make someone his lieutenant... and that someone wasn't Iago.
*** Still definitely DisproportionateRetribution. He ruins Cassio's reputation and tried to have him assassinated, mentally destroys Othello and causes him to murder his wife, then kill himself. Because he was passed over for a promotion.
** That motive isn't any more plausible than any of his other ones, though.
* The title character in ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' murders stagehand Joseph Buquet when the opera managers refuse to give his beloved Christine the lead role in the opera, despite the fact that they stopped the show and made a point of announcing
that the father pause was so that Christine could step into the part. Later, incensed at Christine's betrayal (with absolutely zero thought to the fact that his behavior has terrified her), he drops a massive chandelier into the audience, where it would have likely injured or killed numerous people, including Christine.
* One could argue that both Shylock's "pound of flesh" contract and the punishments inflicted upon him at the end
of the two main characters mocked Coleman's haircut. In response Coleman [[spoiler: grabbed the shotgun and shot his father in the head.]]play are both examples of this trope.


* The title character in ''PhantomOfTheOpera'' murders stagehand Joseph Buquet when the opera managers refuse to give his beloved Christine the lead role in the opera, despite the fact that they stopped the show and made a point of announcing that the pause was so that Christine could step into the part. Later, incensed at Christine's betrayal (with absolutely zero thought to the fact that his behavior has terrified her), he drops a massive chandelier into the audience, where it would have likely injured or killed numerous people, including Christine.

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* The title character in ''PhantomOfTheOpera'' ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' murders stagehand Joseph Buquet when the opera managers refuse to give his beloved Christine the lead role in the opera, despite the fact that they stopped the show and made a point of announcing that the pause was so that Christine could step into the part. Later, incensed at Christine's betrayal (with absolutely zero thought to the fact that his behavior has terrified her), he drops a massive chandelier into the audience, where it would have likely injured or killed numerous people, including Christine.


** Really, almost every woman's justification in "The Cell Block Tango" is an example of it. Person being the slightest bit of an asshole and/or cheating on you? Murder him.

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** Really, almost every woman's justification in "The Cell Block Tango" is an example of it. Person being the slightest bit of an asshole and/or cheating on you? Murder him. (The one possible exception- among the actual murderers, anyway- is June, whose husband relentlessly accused her of "screwin' the milkman". Even if she ''was'' [and there's nothing to indicate things one way or another], his reaction sounds downright abusive in its own right. Stabbing him to death may well have been a release from dealing with Wilbur's crap for years.)

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** Really, almost every woman's justification in "The Cell Block Tango" is an example of it. Person being the slightest bit of an asshole and/or cheating on you? Murder him.


* Practically a RunningGag in ''TheMikado''. Most sentences for committing crimes tend toward the CoolAndUnusualPunishment variety, and a lot of them are pretty excessive ([[SnakeOilSalesman Snake Oil Salesmen]] get all their teeth extracted by amateur dentists). Also, flirting is punishable by death, [[RuleOfFunny for some reason]].

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* Practically a RunningGag in ''TheMikado''. Most sentences for committing crimes tend toward the CoolAndUnusualPunishment variety, and a lot of them are pretty excessive ([[SnakeOilSalesman Snake Oil Salesmen]] get all their teeth extracted by amateur dentists). Also, flirting is punishable by death, [[RuleOfFunny for some reason]].reason]].
*In "Lonesome West" by Creator/{{Martin McDonagh}}, it is revealed that the father of the two main characters mocked Coleman's haircut. In response Coleman [[spoiler: grabbed the shotgun and shot his father in the head.]]


** At Act I, Ligniere exposes Count De Guiche plan to bully Roxane into being TheMistress. De Guiche sends a hundred men to punish Ligniere. And from here, ItGotWorse. De Guiche ends with power and influence only to discover that is LonelyAtTheTop.
** At Act I Scene IV, Cyrano destroys Montfleury’s delusions of glory and love because he is a bad actor and interrupts La Clorise because the verses of his author, Baró, are worth nothing. Later, when a Bore bothers him, he invokes this trope [[BerserkButton using his nose]] so he can kick the Bore’s ass. HilarityEnsues. From here, ItGotWorse. [[LaserGuidedKarma Cyrano ends his days]] in PerpetualPoverty (because his Pride is so big he would not left his friends help him).

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** At Act I, Ligniere exposes Count De Guiche plan to bully Roxane into being TheMistress. De Guiche sends a hundred men to punish Ligniere. And from here, ItGotWorse.things go downhill. De Guiche ends with power and influence only to discover that is LonelyAtTheTop.
** At Act I Scene IV, Cyrano destroys Montfleury’s delusions of glory and love because he is a bad actor and interrupts La Clorise because the verses of his author, Baró, are worth nothing. Later, when a Bore bothers him, he invokes this trope [[BerserkButton using his nose]] so he can kick the Bore’s ass. HilarityEnsues. From here, ItGotWorse.things get worse. [[LaserGuidedKarma Cyrano ends his days]] in PerpetualPoverty (because his Pride is so big he would not left his friends help him).


* Handled ''hilariously'' in ''AsYouLikeIt'', when Touchstone finds out that someone else (a simple, non-threatening peasant) likes Audrey: "...abandon the society of this female, or, clown, thou perishest; or, to thy better understanding, diest; or, to wit I kill thee, make thee away, translate thy life into death, thy liberty into bondage: I will deal in poison with thee, or in bastinado, or in steel; I will bandy with thee in faction; I will o'errun thee with policy; I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways: therefore ''tremble and depart!"'' Especially disproportionate since Touchstone isn't really all that into Audrey and is only marrying her so that he can justify having a fling with her.

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* Handled ''hilariously'' Threatened in ''AsYouLikeIt'', when Touchstone finds out that someone else (a simple, non-threatening peasant) likes Audrey: Audrey:
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"...abandon the society of this female, or, clown, thou perishest; or, to thy better understanding, diest; or, to wit I kill thee, make thee away, translate thy life into death, thy liberty into bondage: I will deal in poison with thee, or in bastinado, or in steel; I will bandy with thee in faction; I will o'errun thee with policy; I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways: therefore ''tremble and depart!"'' Especially disproportionate since Touchstone isn't really depart!"''
* Practically a RunningGag in ''TheMikado''. Most sentences for committing crimes tend toward the CoolAndUnusualPunishment variety, and a lot of them are pretty excessive ([[SnakeOilSalesman Snake Oil Salesmen]] get
all that into Audrey and their teeth extracted by amateur dentists). Also, flirting is only marrying her so that he can justify having a fling with her.punishable by death, [[RuleOfFunny for some reason]].

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