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* ''Literature/TheDeadZone'': Greg Stillson makes use of this to control people and make them do what he wants; most notably within the text is banker Chuck Gendron, whose family Stillson threatens to get him to raise campaign contributions for him and to work as his campaign manager.


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* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': Somewhere near the the beginning, [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Corrin and company]] are tasked with capturing a fort, an attack that results in the death of almost everyone in the building. Nothing is really made of it, and only the commander is given any kind of characterization before his untimely demise. Then later one [[spoiler: we get to meet the father of one of the people stationed there, without even having any idea of ''which'' mook he's the father of, who says that the death of his son motivated him to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Nohr. [[WhatTheHellHero Ouch.]]]]
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* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': Somewhere near the the beginning, [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Corrin and company]] are tasked with capturing a fort, an attack that results in the death of almost everyone in the building. Nothing is really made of it, and only the commander is given any kind of characterization before his untimely demise. Then later one [[spoiler: we get to meet the father of one of the people stationed there, without even having any idea of ''which'' mook he's the father of, who says that the death of his son motivated him to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Nohr. [[WhatTheHellHero Ouch.]]]]
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ComicBook/HarleyQuinn turns against TheJoker when she realizes that his plan to nuke the city will also kill all their "friends" at Arkham, as well as her pet hyenas.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ComicBook/HarleyQuinn turns against TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker when she realizes that his plan to nuke the city will also kill all their "friends" at Arkham, as well as her pet hyenas.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', the Enforcers each have a nephew whom they love and care dearly for and haven't told them the truth about their "import-export business"[[note]]criminal activity over the years[[/note]]. At the end of "Dragon Scouts", when the Enforcers "leave for the Far East for a big business deal"[[note]]getting arrested for stealing the Golden Squid and going to prison[[/note]], you can faintly see the tears sitting in the corners of their eyes as they wave their nephews goodbye.


* ''ComicBook/{{Joker}}'', a mini-series focusing on the Joker is told from the perspective of one of Joker's henchmen, a man named Frost. During the story he is revealed to have a whole normal family. This comes back to bite him later when the Joker rapes his wife and when questioned why states that it makes him and Frost even after Joker saved Frost's life during a heist.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Joker}}'', a mini-series focusing on the Joker ComicBook/TheJoker is told from the perspective of one of Joker's henchmen, a man named Frost. During the story he is revealed to have a whole normal family. This comes back to bite him later when the Joker rapes his wife and when questioned why states that it makes him and Frost even after Joker saved Frost's life during a heist.



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Harley Quinn turns against the Joker when she realizes that his plan to nuke the city will also kill all their "friends" at Arkham, as well as her pet hyenas.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Harley Quinn ComicBook/HarleyQuinn turns against the Joker TheJoker when she realizes that his plan to nuke the city will also kill all their "friends" at Arkham, as well as her pet hyenas.


* In Literature/GauntsGhosts, Hark had a conversation with another commissar who recommended killing the random hangers on who travel with the imperial guard (including family) to save money. Hark shuts him up by explaining the guard would desert en masse.

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* In Literature/GauntsGhosts, ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'', Hark had a conversation with another commissar who recommended killing the random hangers on who travel with the imperial guard (including family) to save money. Hark shuts him up by explaining the guard would desert en masse.


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* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', of all series to have this (given most vermin in the series lack much in the way of any redeeming qualities -- especially in the later series, when the morality becomes almost strictly BlackAndWhiteMorality) has a brief example in ''Doomwyte''. BigBad Korvuss Skurr, in the chaos of the final battle, finds a soldier huddling for shelter in one of the few safe areas, who replies he's lost his mate in battle and can't fight. Korvus Skurr, in his most prominent KickTheDog moment, relentlessly strikes him down and tells him to join his fallen mate, all to take their safe space.


* [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight]] gives us mooks who are out town, generally throwing riots, going for joyrides in stolen cars and being trouble in general. Business in Gotham, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday as usual]]. But you listen in on the EnemyChatter enough and you get this:

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* [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight]] ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight Arkham Knight]]'' gives us mooks who are out town, generally throwing riots, going for joyrides in stolen cars and being trouble in general. Business in Gotham, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday as usual]]. But you listen in on the EnemyChatter enough and you get this:


* [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight gives us mooks who are out town, generally throwing riots, going for joyrides in stolen cars and being trouble in general. Business in Gotham, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday as usual]]. But you listen in on the EnemyChatter enough and you get this:

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* [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight]] gives us mooks who are out town, generally throwing riots, going for joyrides in stolen cars and being trouble in general. Business in Gotham, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday as usual]]. But you listen in on the EnemyChatter enough and you get this:

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* [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight gives us mooks who are out town, generally throwing riots, going for joyrides in stolen cars and being trouble in general. Business in Gotham, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday as usual]]. But you listen in on the EnemyChatter enough and you get this:
-->'''Mook:''' Alright, we can go on a riot, but not for long. It's my turn to watch the kids tomorrow.


* Baron Greenback takes umbrage at WesternAnimation/DangerMouse inserting a photo of the Baron's mother in his people personality projector (which allows him to manipulate how they act) in the episode "'Cor! What A Picture." But once she goes on a nagging jag, [[SubvertedTrope the Baron tells her to shut up]].


* Baron Greenback takes umbrage at WesternAnimation/DangerMouse inserting a photo of the Baron's mother in his people personality projector (which allows him to manipulate how they act) in the episode "'Cor! What A Picture." But once she goes on a nagging jag, [[SubvertedTrope the Baron tells her to shut up]].



* Baron Greenback takes umbrage at WesternAnimation/DangerMouse inserting a photo of the Baron's mother in his people personality projector (which allows him to manipulate how they act) in the episode "'Cor! What A Picture." But once she goes on a nagging jag, [[SubvertedTrope the Baron tells her to shut up]].


* In a Marvel issue of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', Scooby chases a phony spook henchman to the beam of an unfinished skyscraper. The henchman is losing his balance and falling off Scooby catches him, reasoning "He may be a mean, rotten dog scarer, but he probably has a mother."




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* Baron Greenback takes umbrage at WesternAnimation/DangerMouse inserting a photo of the Baron's mother in his people personality projector (which allows him to manipulate how they act) in the episode "'Cor! What A Picture." But once she goes on a nagging jag, [[SubvertedTrope the Baron tells her to shut up]].


Henchie will ask if he can at least save this one person they love... and the boss will refuse. For extra sting the effort needed would be minimal ''and'' [[ItsAllAboutMe the boss will rail on the henchman for placing others above his goals]]. Worse is the variant where the boss [[ShootYourMate puts a gun in their hand]] and ''[[AndYourLittleDogToo tells them to shoot]]'' as a proof of their loyalty. Despite whatever horrible things they've done, the resulting [[ConflictingLoyalty conflicting loyalties]] nearly always come up on the side of the loved one. As you can guess, this {{egregious}} VillainousDemotivator will cause a MookFaceTurn pretty darn fast, or at least prompt the minion to release someone who ''can'' save the loved one... namely, the hero who is in the (actually) inescapable DeathTrap.

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Henchie will ask if he can at least save this one person they love... and the boss will refuse. For extra sting the effort needed would be minimal ''and'' [[ItsAllAboutMe the boss will rail on the henchman for placing others above his goals]]. Worse is the variant where the boss [[ShootYourMate puts a gun in their hand]] and ''[[AndYourLittleDogToo tells them to shoot]]'' as a proof of their loyalty. Despite whatever horrible things they've done, the resulting [[ConflictingLoyalty conflicting loyalties]] nearly always come up on the side of the loved one. As you can guess, this {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} VillainousDemotivator will cause a MookFaceTurn pretty darn fast, or at least prompt the minion to release someone who ''can'' save the loved one... namely, the hero who is in the (actually) inescapable DeathTrap.


* Brutally defied in ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes''. [[spoiler: [[BigBad Achultani Central Computer]] makes sure that none of his soldiers will be loyal to his girlfriend more than to him, by killing every achultani female as soon as she's achultani equivalent of teenager]]

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* Brutally defied Defied in ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes''. [[spoiler: [[BigBad Achultani Central Computer]] makes sure that none of his soldiers will be loyal to his girlfriend more than to him, by killing every achultani female as soon as she's achultani equivalent of teenager]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In the season seven premiere "[[Recap/GameOfThronesS7E1Dragonstone Dragonstone]]" the Lannister soldiers Arya meets mention missing their family (in one case, the soldier's wife had a baby he's never seen, the other wishes he were back fishing with his father), emphasizing they're not so bad, along with the fact they invited Arya to share a meal with them. It's apparent they have only recently been conscripted, and haven't been hardened by war.

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