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* Trey attempts this in the ''Series/BroadCity'' episode "Kirk Steele":
-->'''Trey''': Please, Abbi, I have a kid.\\
'''Abbi''': What? You do?\\
'''Trey''': Probably! I mean, a paternity suit could pop up at any time.


* In an episode of ''Series/{{Nurses}}'', two employees slacking off come across a construction worker in trouble. They're reluctant to help, as it will reveal that they've been playing hooky.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Nurses}}'', ''Series/Nurses1991'' , two employees slacking off come across a construction worker in trouble. They're reluctant to help, as it will reveal that they've been playing hooky.


* In ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', Iago tries to convince Abu to open his cage by yelling, "I have a wife and three eggs! Imagine them hatching... never knowing their daddy..." He doesn't, really. Abu opens the cage to introduce Iago to Rajah the tiger. ([[AttackAttackRetreatRetreat "CLOSE THE CAGE! Close it! Close it! CLOSE IT!!!"]])

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* In ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', Iago tries to convince Abu to open his cage by yelling, "I have a wife and three eggs! Imagine them hatching... never knowing their daddy..." He doesn't, really. Abu opens the cage to introduce Iago to Rajah the tiger. ([[AttackAttackRetreatRetreat "CLOSE THE CAGE! Close it! Close it! CLOSE IT!!!"]])

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* An interesting example in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', [[spoiler: Trevor finds himself unable to kill Michael in spite of his betrayal because of the latter's own family which Trevor also [[EvenEvilHasTheLovedOnes loves dearly]].]]


* Spoofed in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'':

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* Spoofed in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'':''Literature/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'':


* It actually works for a random civvie in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', and he doesn't even have to say anything. A visibly starved Zuko rides by while he's cooking and is ready to rob the poor guy blind -- until seeing his pregnant wife. Cue swords sheathing, because [[EvenEvilHasStandards Zuko's]] not ''that kind'' of villain[=/=]AntiHero.
** Incidentally, said random civvie and his pregnant wife play an important role in the plot of a later episode. ''Avatar'' was good at this element (that is, humanising even minor characters rather well).

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* It actually works for a random civvie in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', and he doesn't even have to say anything. A visibly starved Zuko rides by while he's cooking and is ready to rob the poor guy blind -- until seeing his pregnant wife. Cue swords sheathing, because [[EvenEvilHasStandards Zuko's]] not ''that kind'' of villain[=/=]AntiHero.
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villain[=/=]AntiHero. Incidentally, said random civvie and his pregnant wife play an important role in the plot of a later episode. ''Avatar'' was good at this element (that is, humanising even minor characters rather well).


* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny does this in ''Haredevil Hare'': "I have a wife and kids, ''[[ExplosiveBreeder millions]]'' of kids!"

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* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny does this in ''Haredevil Hare'': ''WesternAnimation/HaredevilHare'': "I have a wife and kids, ''[[ExplosiveBreeder millions]]'' of kids!"

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* A variation in ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', in that Roger Thornhill was not pleading for his life so much as expressing his disgust at being used as a chess piece by the Professor, and is thus more [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] than scared:
-->''"Now you listen to me, [[ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder I'm an advertising man, not a red herring.]] I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives, and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself ''slightly'' killed"''


* WebComic/ElGoonishShive uses this for BlackComedy in one of Grace's nightmares about how her pacifist nature could affect those around her negatively.

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* WebComic/ElGoonishShive uses this for BlackComedy in [[http://egscomics.com/comic/2016-07-22 one of Grace's nightmares nightmares]] about how her pacifist nature could affect those around her negatively.

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* WebComic/ElGoonishShive uses this for BlackComedy in one of Grace's nightmares about how her pacifist nature could affect those around her negatively.
-->'''Sensei Greg:''' I'm being attacked by a fire goo griffin right now, Grace. What are you going to do about it? \\
'''Grace:''' Please stop, fire goo griffin! Let's work this out! WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES AND DREAMS? \\
'''Greg:''' [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction The fire goo griffin has literally eaten my arm and is absorbing its power to make itself five times as deadly dangerous, Grace.]] \\
'''Grace:''' AH! NO! I'LL STOP IT! I'LL -- \\
'''Fire Goo Griffin:''' [[PuppyDogEyes I have a wife and three dozen fire goo griffin babies.]]


* ''Rec.Humor.Funny'' has a joke titled [[http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jokes/87/7433.12.html Dicipline]]. The US soldier won't jump off a cliff because he has a wife and family. He receives no sympathy, and is escorted for court martial. The Russian soldier jumps because he has a wife and family.

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* ''Rec.Humor.Funny'' has a joke titled [[http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jokes/87/7433.12.html Dicipline]].Discipline]]. The US soldier won't jump off a cliff because he has a wife and family. He receives no sympathy, and is escorted for court martial. The Russian soldier jumps because he has a wife and family.

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* In the climatic scene of ''Film/{{Seven}}'', John Doe actually brings this up for his WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied taunt. [[spoiler:Detective Mills had no idea that his wife was pregnant, so it's this news that finally causes him to kill John Doe.]]


* [[spoiler: Mr. Bumblypants, a white rabbit puppet]] tries this line in ''Film/TheHappytimeMurders'' pleading that he has 28 kids.

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* [[spoiler: Mr. Bumblypants, a white rabbit puppet]] tries this line in ''Film/TheHappytimeMurders'' pleading that he has 28 48 kids.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Spawn}}'': In the first episode, when some poor schmuck about to be set on fire by trio of mobsters, tries to plea for his life. Goes ignored.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Spawn}}'': In the first episode, when some poor schmuck about to be set on fire by trio of mobsters, tries to plea for his life. Goes ignored.ignored, if not even backfires.



* In the case of Michael Drejka who was incarcerated for shooting Markeis [=McGlockton=] (using a Glock pistol) who was unarmed although he did physically assault Drejka, Drejka's (unnamed, unseen) wife was a crucial subject in his immunity hearing. Drejka's defense attorney John Trevena issued an appeal for Drejka's bond to be significantly lowered on the grounds that Drejka and his wife were evicted from their house by the landlord and facing homelessness. The prosecutors reprimanded that Drejka is responsible for his own financial issues, arguing that he took advantage of his wife forcing her to work full-time, living off her income while he retired from working at age 37 (Drejka used to be a tree trimmer) and stayed unemployed for approximately a decade. The appeal was denied when the Judge ruled Drejka did not have a sufficient reason to kill [=McGlockton=]. Ultimately however, Drejka did get release on bond and reunited with his wife under GPS tracking and staying in the perimeters of Pinellas County.

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* In the case of Michael Drejka who was incarcerated for shooting Markeis [=McGlockton=] (using a Glock pistol) who was unarmed although he did physically assault Drejka, Drejka's (unnamed, unseen) wife was a crucial subject in his immunity hearing. Drejka's defense attorney John Trevena issued an appeal for Drejka's bond to be significantly lowered on the grounds that Drejka and his wife were evicted from their house by the landlord and facing homelessness. The prosecutors reprimanded that Drejka is responsible for his own financial issues, arguing that he took advantage of his wife forcing her to work full-time, living off her income while he retired from working at age 37 (Drejka used to be a tree trimmer) and stayed unemployed for approximately a decade. The appeal was denied when the Judge ruled Drejka did not have a sufficient reason to kill [=McGlockton=]. Ultimately however, Drejka did get release on bond was found guilty in 2019 and reunited with his wife under GPS tracking and staying in the perimeters of Pinellas County. sentenced to 9 years.

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* A pig police officer in ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' tries this on an angry mob of crows pulling out a picture of his kids. They do ''not'' give a fuck.

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** In "One Meat Brawl", Grover Groundhog pulls this on Porky and his hunting dog. "Wife and seventy-two children...no polo ponies...has to roll his own cigarettes...wife has no nylons..."
--->'''Grover''': Dogs are suckers for sob stories.

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