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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", the bad guy doesn't even warn the Doctor--he just has [[BerserkButton his friend shot.]] The Doctor . . . [[BatmanGrabsAGun doesn't respond well.]]
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': In "Crawl Space", [[spoiler: Gus Fring tells Walt that he will [[TroubleEntendre "take care of"]] Hank and threatens to kill Walt's entire family if he ever tries to intervene]]

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "Dinosaurs "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", Spaceship]]", the bad guy doesn't even warn the Doctor--he just has [[BerserkButton his friend shot.]] The Doctor . . . [[BatmanGrabsAGun doesn't respond well.]]
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': In "Crawl Space", "[[Recap/BreakingBadS4E11CrawlSpace Crawl Space]]", [[spoiler: Gus Fring tells Walt that he will [[TroubleEntendre "take care of"]] Hank and threatens to kill Walt's entire family if he ever tries to intervene]]



** Invoked as a threat in 'Lover's Walk'. Spike, distraught over his failed UnholyMatrimony, kidnaps Willow and Xander and forces Willow to make him a love spell. Made oddly terrifying by how heart-broken and depressed Spike is.

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** Invoked as a threat in 'Lover's Walk'."[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E8LoversWalk}} Lovers Walk]]". Spike, distraught over his failed UnholyMatrimony, kidnaps Willow and Xander and forces Willow to make him a love spell. Made oddly terrifying by how heart-broken and depressed Spike is.



* A minor example in ''Series/RedDwarf'': Lister and the Cat are [[ItMakesSenseInContext captured by Caligula and Rasputin]]. Caligula's response to everything [[TheDitz the Cat]] says is to slap Lister.

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* A minor example in ''Series/RedDwarf'': the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVMeltdown Meltdown]]": Lister and the Cat are [[ItMakesSenseInContext captured by Caligula and Rasputin]]. Caligula's response to everything [[TheDitz the Cat]] says is to slap Lister.

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* During the final Two-Face mission in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', Two-Face states that every time a mook gets taken out by Batman, he's going to flip his coin: if it lands on tails, he'll execute the mook's family as punishment for failing to stop Batman. As you take out mooks, you can hear Two-Face calling out either "heads" or "tails". Presumably, however, it's subverted, as Batman arrests Two-Face just minutes later.


Can be PlayedForLaughs if the "friend" is [[VandalismBackfire someone the hero doesn't like]].

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Can be PlayedForLaughs if the "friend" is [[VandalismBackfire [[ThreatBackfire someone the hero doesn't like]].


* Happens to the BigBad Le Chiffre in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''. After squandering his client's money on a bad investment, the terrorists whose money he lost attacked Le Chiffre and threatens to cut off his girlfriend's arm.

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* Happens to the BigBad Le Chiffre in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''. After squandering his client's money on a bad investment, the terrorists whose money he lost attacked Le Chiffre and threatens to cut off his girlfriend's arm. The only reason why Le Chiffre's own arm isn't on the chopping block is because, as the terrorist points out, [[PragmaticVillainy he will need it to play poker and recoup his losses]]. Luckily for her, it was just a scare tactic--for now.

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* An implied example in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'', where at one point, a Nazi soldier can be heard making a report to his superior. We can't hear the other end of the conversation, but the soldier mentions that his wife is pregnant, and that they already have two children. He then says that "it would kill [him] if anything happened to them." [[FridgeHorror Read between the lines.]]


** Or: ‘You broke a window? I'll take that off your and your brother's allowance.’

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** Or: ‘You ‘Your brother broke a window? window while you were playing? I'll take that off your and your brother's allowance.the allowance of you both.

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** Or: ‘You broke a window? I'll take that off your and your brother's allowance.’


* This is often done in military basic training. When one person messes up, the instructors prefer to start with just the offender, but if mistakes continue or they want to make a point, then they get the next guy as well or the whole damn platoon. If the instructors actively dislike you and want you out, then they start punishing the whole platoon ''except'' you. When the other recruits are your only support, and the instructors make all of them resent you... either you better be exceptionally mentally tough, or you're quitting (yes, you actually can quit, it's just very hard to unless they really don't want you). The ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' example above is a particularly nasty case of this. Though there is a legitimate reason for it: it's a way to teach the trainees that in a real combat situation, the actions of one affect the entire group. One soldier's incompetence or laziness can get the entire unit killed. It's also used to teach people to look out for one another so they can catch someone else's mistakes: a common tactic in Canadian Military Colleges used to be that if one of the recruit cadets assigned to a room kept having issues during room inspections while the other one or two roommates didn't, eventually the entire room would be trashed to point out to the other cadets that they had a responsibility to look out for more than themselves. Conversely, it is extremely easy to quit the officer accession programs during that period- just say the word and you're out. That's the whole point- only those who can endure it mentally can finish the program and earn the right to lead Marines. Plus they can taunt you with the prospect of quitting. In Boot Camp, the staff is just trying to toughen you up. At the Academy, they really are trying to make you quit.

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* This is often done in military basic training. When one person messes up, the instructors prefer to start with just instructor may collectively punish the offender, but if mistakes continue or they want to make a point, then they get the next guy as well or the whole damn entire platoon. If the instructors actively dislike you and want you out, then they start punishing the whole platoon he's particularly harsh, he may punish everyone ''except'' you. When the other recruits are your offender, making him very unpopular among the only support, and the instructors make all group of them resent you... either you better be exceptionally mentally tough, or you're quitting (yes, you actually can quit, it's just very hard to unless they really don't want you). The ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' example above is a particularly nasty case of this. Though there peers he has. There is a legitimate reason for it: this: it's a way to teach the trainees that in a real combat situation, the actions of one affect the entire group. One soldier's incompetence or laziness can get the entire unit killed. It's also used to teach people to look out for one another so they can catch someone else's mistakes: a common tactic in Canadian Military Colleges used to be that if one of the recruit cadets assigned to a room kept having issues during room inspections while the other one or two roommates didn't, eventually the entire room would be trashed to point out to the other cadets that they had a responsibility to look out for more than themselves. Conversely, it is extremely easy to quit the officer accession programs during that period- just say the word and you're out. That's the whole point- only those who can endure it mentally can finish the program and earn the right to lead Marines. Plus they can taunt you with the prospect of quitting. In Boot Camp, the staff is just trying to toughen you up. At the Academy, they really are trying to make you quit.


->''"So, from now on, when-EVER Private Pyle fucks up, I will not punish him! I will punish all of YOU! And the way I see it, ladies, YOU OWE ME FOR ONE JELLY DOUGHNUT!"''
-->-- '''[[DrillSergeantNasty Gunnery Sergeant Hartman]],''' ''Film/FullMetalJacket''

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->''"So, from now on, when-EVER Private Pyle fucks up, ->''"My good sir, these are hard times," said Riose, with meaning, "and you have children and friends. You have a country for which you have mouthed phrases of love and folly in the past. Come, if I will should decide to use force, my aim would not punish him! I will punish all of YOU! And the way I see it, ladies, YOU OWE ME FOR ONE JELLY DOUGHNUT!"''
be so poor as to strike you."''
-->-- '''[[DrillSergeantNasty Gunnery Sergeant Hartman]],''' ''Film/FullMetalJacket''
'''Foundation and Empire'''


* In ''Literature/TheGreenMile'', this is how [[spoiler:Wild Bill Wharton]] kept the two little girls quiet while he kidnapped him- he told each that he'd kill the other if they screamed.

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* In ''Literature/TheGreenMile'', this is how [[spoiler:Wild Bill Wharton]] kept the two little girls quiet while he kidnapped him- them- he told each that he'd kill the other if they screamed.


* Happens to the BigBad Le Chiffre in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''. After squandering his client's money on a bad investment, the terrorists whose money he lost attacked Le Chiffre and threatens to cut of his girlfriend's arm.

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* Happens to the BigBad Le Chiffre in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''. After squandering his client's money on a bad investment, the terrorists whose money he lost attacked Le Chiffre and threatens to cut of off his girlfriend's arm.


* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'' game, Dr. Zero traps Princess Darcy in a mirror because Prince Tail lost to him and to Cody. However, if Prince Tail wins (while Robopon is plugged into an cheating device such as Madcatz's GameShark, PDP's Code Breaker or Datel's Action Replay), he might rescue Princess Darcy from Dr. Zero and convince Cody to go back to his good natured ways (as shown on GameWinners).

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* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'' game, Dr. Zero traps Princess Darcy in a mirror because Prince Tail lost to him and to Cody. However, if Prince Tail wins (while Robopon is plugged into an cheating device such as Madcatz's GameShark, VideoGame/GameShark, PDP's Code Breaker or Datel's Action Replay), he might rescue Princess Darcy from Dr. Zero and convince Cody to go back to his good natured ways (as shown on GameWinners).


This trope is a signature tactic of a BadBoss. It is also a form of VillainousDemotivator. Those who have their friends and loved ones under constant threat should they fail might be driven to greater efforts. In some cases, [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou it may not be possible or feasible for the villains to harm the ones]] they are trying to "motivate." However, in the long run this situation can hardly be good for morale or loyalty to the BigBad. The target may, and [[SlidingScaleOfFaceHeelTurning likely will]], perform a HeelFaceTurn should the opportunity present itself (and it will) in a desperate bid to save their family and themselves from their circumstances. This can be a factor in convincing people that TheMobBossIsScarier than the police.

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This trope is a signature tactic of a BadBoss. It is also a form of VillainousDemotivator. Those who have their friends and loved ones under constant threat should they fail might be driven to greater efforts. In some cases, [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou it may not be possible or feasible for the villains to harm the ones]] they are trying to "motivate." However, in the long run this situation can hardly be good for morale or loyalty to the BigBad. The target may, and [[SlidingScaleOfFaceHeelTurning [[SortingAlgorithmOfFaceHeelTurning likely will]], perform a HeelFaceTurn should the opportunity present itself (and it will) in a desperate bid to save their family and themselves from their circumstances. This can be a factor in convincing people that TheMobBossIsScarier than the police.


This trope is a signature tactic of a BadBoss. It is also a form of VillainousDemotivator. Those who have their friends and loved ones under constant threat should they fail might be driven to greater efforts. In some cases, [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou it may not be possible or feasible for the villains to harm the ones]] they are trying to "motivate." However, in the long run this situation can hardly be good for morale or loyalty to the BigBad. The target may, and [[AndYourLittleDogToo likely will]], perform a HeelFaceTurn should the opportunity present itself (and it will) in a desperate bid to save their family and themselves from their circumstances. This can be a factor in convincing people that TheMobBossIsScarier than the police.

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This trope is a signature tactic of a BadBoss. It is also a form of VillainousDemotivator. Those who have their friends and loved ones under constant threat should they fail might be driven to greater efforts. In some cases, [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou it may not be possible or feasible for the villains to harm the ones]] they are trying to "motivate." However, in the long run this situation can hardly be good for morale or loyalty to the BigBad. The target may, and [[AndYourLittleDogToo [[SlidingScaleOfFaceHeelTurning likely will]], perform a HeelFaceTurn should the opportunity present itself (and it will) in a desperate bid to save their family and themselves from their circumstances. This can be a factor in convincing people that TheMobBossIsScarier than the police.

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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Bellatrix casts the Cruciatus Curse on Neville to try and get Harry to hand over the prophecy while Neville yells at him not to give in. Luckily the Order shows up very quickly at that point.

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