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* UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar's General Sherman had an idea decades early during the conflict and said he wanted to make [[WarIsHell war so frightening for the South]] that they'd never want to take up arms ever again. By all appearances he succeeded, since there has not been another American Civil War in the century-and-a-half since then[[note]]although see the entry under WonTheWarLostThePeace for another explanation[[/note]].

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* UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar's UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar's General Sherman had an idea decades early during the conflict and said he wanted to make [[WarIsHell war so frightening for the South]] that they'd never want to take up arms ever again. By all appearances he succeeded, since there has not been another American Civil War in the century-and-a-half since then[[note]]although see the entry under WonTheWarLostThePeace for another explanation[[/note]].


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* Parodied in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' when [[Film/SupermanII General Zod]] takes control of [[Film/BattlefieldEarth Terl's]] operation to kill WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic (who's turned his house into a spaceship). He quickly decides that the best way to fight the Critic is to turn Terl's own CoolShip into a house.
* ''WebVideo/ScottTheWoz'' has a video about smoking, where he tries to start smoking so he can later stop smoking.
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* Parodied in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' when [[Film/SupermanII General Zod]] takes control of [[Film/BattlefieldEarth Terl's]] operation to kill WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic (who's turned his house into a spaceship). He quickly decides that the best way to fight the Critic is to turn Terl's own CoolShip into a house.
* ''WebVideo/ScottTheWoz'' has a video about smoking, where he tries to start smoking so he can later stop smoking.
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* Mao Zedong's defining phase, "political power grows out the barrel of a gun" came from this passage: (''Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung, Vol. II'', pp. 224-225)

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* Mao Zedong's UsefulNotes/MaoZedong's defining phase, "political power grows out the barrel of a gun" came from this passage: (''Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung, Vol. II'', pp. 224-225)



* Cromwell's English republic had this as its motto - ''Pax Quaeritur Bello'', or "Peace is sought through war".

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* Cromwell's UsefulNotes/OliverCromwell's English republic had this as its motto - ''Pax Quaeritur Bello'', or "Peace is sought through war".

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*''WebVideo/ScottTheWoz'' has a video about smoking, where he tries to start smoking so he can later stop smoking.


** And in a general sense this trope is the principle behind vaccines. The body is either infected with, or merely exposed to a milder relative of the microbe responsible for a disease. Sometimes, this even leads to a brief illness in itself, but because the immune system is trained to fight the microbe, the body can't be infected again.


-->bBe stirring as the time; be fire with fire;\\

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-->bBe --> Be stirring as the time; be fire with fire;\\


Be stirring as the time; be fire with fire;
Threaten the threatener and outface the brow

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Be -->bBe stirring as the time; be fire with fire;
fire;\\
Threaten the threatener and outface the browbrow\\


* ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'': in order to stop [[spoiler:Solaris's]] plot to destroy the past, the heroes have to [[spoiler:build him]].

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* ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'': in order to stop [[spoiler:Solaris's]] plot to destroy the past, the heroes have to [[spoiler:build him]].him so that the nanobot virus he has sent into the past will 'upload' itself into his 'new' body]].

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** Similarly, noise canceling headphones produce noise in such a way that it cancels out soundwaves heading towards the ear.

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* In Shakespear's play ''Theatre/KingJohn'':
Be stirring as the time; be fire with fire;
Threaten the threatener and outface the brow
Of bragging horror


Compare TurnTheOtherCheek, when allowing someone to hurt you can be a BadassPacifist tactic that stops them from hurting you, and ZerothLawRebellion, in which this trope is utilized by a logical program.

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Compare TurnTheOtherCheek, when allowing someone to hurt you can be a BadassPacifist tactic that stops them from hurting you, and ZerothLawRebellion, in which this trope is utilized by a logical program.
program. LaboriousLaziness is a SubTrope, in that it means doing a lot of work to avoid work.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' Season 4, Dalek Caan does this. He [[spoiler: rebuilds the entire Dalek Empire under the command of their resurrected creator, Davros, just so the Doctor can kill them all off for good.]] Unfortunately, it doesn't work.


* A number of television shows feature as plots the implementation of various Weapons of Mass Destruction because the antagonist believes if they use them it will bring attention to the anti-WMD cause. Season 2 of ''Series/Jericho'' and a episode of ''Series/Leverage'' feature this using Influenza and Nuclear weapons, respectively. In the case of ''Series/Jericho'', the antagonist also wanted to expose the conspiracy that a corporation had plans to take over the country in the event of a nuclear war - by setting off a bunch of nukes and watching as they carried out those plans.

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* A number of television shows feature as plots the implementation of various Weapons of Mass Destruction because the antagonist believes if they use them it will bring attention to the anti-WMD cause. Season 2 of ''Series/Jericho'' ''Series/{{Jericho}}'' and a episode of ''Series/Leverage'' ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' feature this using Influenza and Nuclear weapons, respectively. In the case of ''Series/Jericho'', ''Series/{{Jericho}}'', the antagonist also wanted to expose the conspiracy that a corporation had plans to take over the country in the event of a nuclear war - by setting off a bunch of nukes and watching as they carried out those plans.

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* In the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' movie ''[[Film/KamenRiderHeiseiGenerationsFinalBuildAndExAidWithLegendRiders Heisei Generations Final]]'', the BigBad's plan is to forcibly merge the mainline ''Kamen Rider'' universe and Series/KamenRiderBuild's AlternateUniverse together during a CelestialAlignment, so that he and his AlternateSelf will [[FusionDance merge into a single being]] with [[AGodAmI godlike power]]. Build and [[Series/KamenRiderExAid Ex-Aid]] activate the villain's machine ''before'' the planets can align, which keeps him from becoming all-powerful and leaves him open to defeat.


* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' starts off spouting the usual lines about WarForFunAndProfit as many villains in the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series do, but then admits he ''hates'' the current system of who decides war and who profits from them. His goal is to use the new war to [[spoiler:become president]], then use that position to tear down the old establishment so that war as a business goes extinct. Instead [[TheSocialDarwinist everyone will be free to fight and die for what they themselves believe in]].

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* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' starts off spouting the usual lines about WarForFunAndProfit as many villains in the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series do, but then admits he ''hates'' the current system of who decides war and who profits from them. His goal is to use the new war to [[spoiler:become president]], then use that position to tear down the old establishment so that war as a business goes extinct. Instead [[TheSocialDarwinist everyone will be free to fight and die for what they themselves believe in]].

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