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* In a broader sense, a political demonstration like a march through the street invokes the idea that there are many people who support such-and-such cause enough to stand out in public and disrupt the daily routine in order to communicate to government officials the scale of their discontent - destructive riots when organization and crowd control are lost are in a sense this attempt GoneHorriblyWrong (or [[GoneHorriblyRight Right]]). Similarly, police or paramilitary forces brought in to control it are always dressed in proper uniform and frequently sporting visible signs of heavier equipment like riot shields, police batons, or heavier-than-normal vehicles equipped with water cannons as a means to non-verbally communicate to the demonstration (or any bystanders) "Do not cause excessive trouble" and more implicitly "We are still in charge" - again, incidents of PoliceBrutality and other suppression of civil rights are this GoneHorriblyWrong (or [[GoneHorriblyRight Right]]). [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Specific cases are ideally evaluated by the details and mindful about one's sympathies.]]

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* In a broader sense, a political demonstration like a march through the street invokes the idea that there are many people who support such-and-such cause enough to stand out in public and disrupt the daily routine in order to communicate to government officials the scale of their discontent - destructive riots when organization and crowd control are lost are in a sense this attempt GoneHorriblyWrong (or [[GoneHorriblyRight Right]]). Similarly, police or paramilitary forces brought in to control it are always dressed in proper uniform and frequently sporting visible signs of heavier equipment like riot shields, police batons, or heavier-than-normal vehicles equipped with water cannons as a means to non-verbally communicate to the demonstration (or any bystanders) "Do not cause excessive trouble" and more implicitly "We are still in charge" - again, incidents of PoliceBrutality and other suppression of civil rights are this GoneHorriblyWrong (or [[GoneHorriblyRight Right]]). [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Specific cases are ideally evaluated by the details and mindful about one's sympathies.]]

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** When Jack Burton confronts the Lords of Death members at the airport, one of them pulls out a knife and an extendable staff. When he starts swinging them in front of himself in a frightening display of his weapon-handling abilities, Jack wisely backs away from him.


* ''WebAnimation/{{Haloid}}''. After the first time Samus activates her LaserSword, she performs some basic cuts and swings with it to let MC know she's no one to be trifled with.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{Haloid}}''. After the first time Samus activates her LaserSword, LaserBlade, she performs some basic cuts and swings with it to let MC know she's no one to be trifled with.


* This leads to in-universe ValuesDissonance in ''Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy''. To dark elves, demonstrating one's superiority with a weapon to someone else, while leaving them completely unharmed, is an indicator that you have no intention of harming them and in fact wish to ally with them. When Drizzt tries this on a human, the response is one of fear.

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* This leads to in-universe ValuesDissonance causes a CultureClash in ''Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy''. To dark elves, demonstrating one's superiority with a weapon to someone else, while leaving them completely unharmed, is an indicator that you have no intention of harming them and in fact wish to ally with them. When Drizzt tries this on a human, they run off in terror and warn everyone of the response is one of fear.evil Drow lurking in the woods.

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* In ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat Gets Drafted'', the BigBad is screening a propaganda broadcast to a colony of pacifists, with a MillionMookMarch montage of troops and tanks. Rather than being intimidated however, the locals given their culture are simply confused as to why so much energy and resources are being wasted to no apparent purpose.

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* In the Conrad Stargard series by Creator/LeoFrankowski, a delegation sent by the Mongols demands that the Poles submit to their empire. To show their soldiers have no fear of death, several of them cut their throats on command. Conrad Stargard realizes he's got to do something or the war will be lost before it's begun. So Conrad asks the Mongol ambassador to order another member of their delegation to kill himself. He hesitates (because it's his son, as it turns out) but complies. Then Conrad asks for yet another demonstration. When the ambassador demands to know why, Conrad says if all the Mongols are stupid enough to kill themselves, they won't have to fight them on the battlefield. The Poles all break out laughing and the ambassador departs having lost the initiative.


* In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', a samurai warrior tries to intimidate Cohen the Barbarian by throwing a silk handkerchief in the air and cutting it in half with his extremely-sharp sword. In response, Cohen throws his own handkerchief in the air -- and attacks the samurai while his attention is on the handkerchief.

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* In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', a samurai warrior tries to intimidate Cohen the Barbarian by [[SplitHair throwing a silk handkerchief in the air and cutting it in half with his extremely-sharp sword.sword]]. In response, Cohen throws his own handkerchief in the air -- and attacks the samurai while his attention is on the handkerchief.

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* ''[[Series/WonderWoman1975 Wonder Woman]]'': In "I Do, I Do", a [[{{Mooks}} thug]] tries to hit Wonder Woman with a tire iron. She catches his arm, takes the weapon out of his hand, tosses him away, and then ignores him in favor of bending the tire iron into a circle. That's when he decides to run.


* While Obi from ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' usually prefers to enter fights without his target even being aware of his presence beforehand once when he caught up to a pair of thieves and realized they were just kids he got in a tree ahead of and above them and called on them to surrender while threateningly spinning one of his throwing knives with his face framed in shadow. The tacit worked as they immediately gave up when Zen arrived, though Obi was annoyed they took him for a criminal.

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* While Obi from ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' ''Manga/SnowWhiteWithTheRedHair'' usually prefers to enter fights without his target even being aware of his presence beforehand once when he caught up to a pair of thieves and realized they were just kids he got in a tree ahead of and above them and called on them to surrender while threateningly spinning one of his throwing knives with his face framed in shadow. The tacit worked as they immediately gave up when Zen arrived, though Obi was annoyed they took him for a criminal.


* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989). When the Joker's sword wielding {{mook}} first appears, he swings his swords around in an expert manner in an attempt to scare Batman.

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* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989).''Film/Batman1989''. When the Joker's sword wielding {{mook}} first appears, he swings his swords around in an expert manner in an attempt to scare Batman.


* In the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games, triple-crossing MagnificentBastard Revolver Ocelot is rarely seen ''not'' elaborately twirling around his revolvers to intimidate his foes and his allies. It's played for both silliness and creating menacing tension.

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* In the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' games, triple-crossing MagnificentBastard Revolver Ocelot is rarely seen ''not'' elaborately twirling around his revolvers to intimidate his foes and his allies. It's played for both silliness and creating menacing tension.

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* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] advances toward Eddie Valiant with a toon buzzsaw, extending the handle and cutting through a pipe, with lots of sparks flying out, to show that it can kill Eddie.


* In Ethology this is called a "threat display".
** There's a practical reason too. If the alpha male fights a rival, even if he wins he risks getting injured, making him vulnerable to the next challenger.

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* In Ethology this is called a "threat display".
**
display". There's a practical reason too. If -- if the alpha male fights a rival, even if he wins he risks getting injured, making him vulnerable to the next challenger.challenger. Better to just scare them off without fighting.


* In 1976, the US embarked on a mission with 813 men with aerial support in order to take out a tree in the DMZ between North and South Korea after two American soldiers were killed in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axe_murder_incidentrecent incident.]]

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* In 1976, the US embarked on a mission with 813 men with aerial support in order to take out a tree in the DMZ between North and South Korea after two American soldiers were killed in a [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axe_murder_incidentrecent org/wiki/Korean_axe_murder_incident incident.]]


* Upon encountering a Thresher industrial robot in ''[[VideoGame/Descent Descent 3]]'', it will pick up a crate and shred it to demonstrate its great strength.

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* Upon encountering a Thresher industrial robot in ''[[VideoGame/Descent ''[[{{VideoGame/Descent}} Descent 3]]'', it will pick up a crate and shred it to demonstrate its great strength.

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