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* One of the habits of the Swedish superhero Kapten Stofil ("Captain Geezer"). Many of his first adventures ends with [[AuthorAvatar his civilian alter ego]] writing one. However, as a superhero [[SubvertedTrope he is so good at it that supervillains fear them!]]. And the superhero group he is a member of, ''Vänner Av Ordning'', has a name that not just is a pun on the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} (it means "Friends of Order") - it also reflects the standard signature of a Strongly Worded Letter. ''The Concerned Citizens'' might be a good translation.

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* One of the habits of the Swedish superhero Kapten Stofil ("Captain Geezer"). Many of his first adventures ends end with [[AuthorAvatar his civilian alter ego]] writing one. However, as a superhero [[SubvertedTrope he is so good at it that supervillains fear them!]]. And the superhero group he is a member of, ''Vänner Av Ordning'', has a name that not just is a pun on the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} (it means "Friends of Order") - it also reflects the standard signature of a Strongly Worded Letter. ''The Concerned Citizens'' might be a good translation.



* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' had the UN inspector, Hans Blix and Kim Jong-il have this exchange;

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* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' had the UN inspector, inspector Hans Blix and Kim Jong-il have this exchange;



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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Turk and J.D. believe a nurse has got their patient's file confused with someone else's. J.D. insists on taking the lead in confronting her, and Turk asks if he's going to write one of his strongly worded letters. J.D. replies that he's not, because he doesn't have his thesaurus. It's not clear if Turk realises what a lame response the letter would be, or thinks it's going ''too far''.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Turk and J.D. believe a nurse has got their patient's file confused with someone else's. J.D. insists on taking the lead in confronting her, and Turk asks if he's going to write one of his strongly worded letters. J.D. replies that he's not, not because he doesn't have his thesaurus. It's not clear if Turk realises what a lame response the letter would be, or thinks it's going ''too far''.



* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'': The letters from Mrs Trellis of North Wales would sometimes veer into this territory; not helped by the fact that she was often unaware of exactly what programme she was writing to.

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* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'': The letters from Mrs Mrs. Trellis of North Wales would sometimes veer into this territory; not helped by the fact that she was often unaware of exactly what programme she was writing to.



** {{Subverted}} on one occasion however.

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** {{Subverted}} on one occasion occasion, however.



* In ''WebComic/Level30Psychiatry'' Gardevoir and Slippy get attacked by head crabs in the middle of a session. Gardevoir's response.

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* In ''WebComic/Level30Psychiatry'' Gardevoir and Slippy get attacked by head crabs in the middle of a session. Gardevoir's response.response:



* A ''Sev Trek'' cartoon spoofing ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' asks why former Bajoran terrorist Major Kira never seemed to do any of the KickTheDog acts that real terrorists do, like deliberately targeting civilians or moderate Bajorans. When asked how they managed to throw the Cardassians off their planet; "I wrote strongly worded letters of complaint!"
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' by Yuna [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2013/06/20/0492-yuna-has-the-atom-bomb/ here.]] When a teacher during a 'Bullying Prevention Day' lesson asks her how she'd deal with incessant chicanery, and Yuna replies that she'd get out her pencil, the teacher immediately assumes that she would send a Strongly Worded Letter to a teacher or maybe the principal. Nope. Yuna's the daughter of an ex-Special Forces operative and a former south-east asian [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized rebel]], who named their kids after characters from ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' and gave them combat-training to match. [[Film/TheDarkKnight How 'bout a magic trick?]] [[EyeScream I'm gonna make this pencil disappear...]]

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* A ''Sev Trek'' cartoon spoofing ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' asks why former Bajoran terrorist Major Kira never seemed to do any of the KickTheDog acts that real terrorists do, do like deliberately targeting civilians or moderate Bajorans. When asked how they managed to throw the Cardassians off their planet; "I wrote strongly worded letters of complaint!"
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' by Yuna [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2013/06/20/0492-yuna-has-the-atom-bomb/ here.]] When a teacher during a 'Bullying Prevention Day' lesson asks her how she'd deal with incessant chicanery, and Yuna replies that she'd get out her pencil, the teacher immediately assumes that she would send a Strongly Worded Letter to a teacher or maybe the principal. Nope. Yuna's the daughter of an ex-Special Forces operative and a former south-east asian Asian [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized rebel]], who named their kids after characters from ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' and gave them combat-training to match. [[Film/TheDarkKnight How 'bout a magic trick?]] [[EyeScream I'm gonna make this pencil disappear...]]



* On ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', [[BigBad Boris Badenov]] is working as a lion tamer under the alias "Claude Badly" at the Bumbling Brothers Circus, when he deliberately lets the lion loose to run amuck. The Brothers warn him that if he does this again, they'll write him a nasty letter. [[UltimateJobSecurity This is because they don't know of any other lion tamers.]]

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* On ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', [[BigBad Boris Badenov]] is working as a lion tamer under the alias "Claude Badly" at the Bumbling Brothers Circus, Circus when he deliberately lets the lion loose to run amuck. The Brothers warn him that if he does this again, they'll write him a nasty letter. [[UltimateJobSecurity This is because they don't know of any other lion tamers.]]



* At one point, Hank of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' is charged a ludicrous amount for a haircut by the US Army, and gets fed up to the point that he stands and declares that he is going to write to his Congressman. Naturally, he doesn't even know how to turn on the computer, and writes his letter out by hand. Subverted, when it's revealed that the Congressman obviously never even read Hank's letter.

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* At one point, Hank of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' is charged a ludicrous amount for a haircut by the US Army, and gets fed up to the point that he stands and declares that he is going to write to his Congressman. Naturally, he doesn't even know how to turn on the computer, computer and writes his letter out by hand. Subverted, when it's revealed that the Congressman obviously never even read Hank's letter.



* Gretchen in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' at one point takes action on behalf of her friend in the form of an "Angry E-Mail". The AI in her pocket computer (the episode was written before the days of smart phones) becomes very excited about the idea. Notable as the angry e-mail does achieve its objective, which is more than any of the pranks the gang pulls during the episode do.

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* Gretchen in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' at one point takes action on behalf of her friend in the form of an "Angry E-Mail". The AI in her pocket computer (the episode was written before the days of smart phones) smartphones) becomes very excited about the idea. Notable as the angry e-mail does achieve its objective, which is more than any of the pranks the gang pulls during the episode do.



** Can be just as applicable to some left wingers in the ''Guardian'' and ''Independent'' whose letters and comments can read like a [[PoesLaw parody]] of a stereotypical SoapboxSadie.
** And both right and left leaning letter writers are very good at greeting dissent, whether gentle or unjustifiably harsh, with [[HypocrisyNod accusations that the other side are being boorish, racist, and vitriolic]].

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** Can be just as applicable to some left wingers left-wingers in the ''Guardian'' and ''Independent'' whose letters and comments can read like a [[PoesLaw parody]] of a stereotypical SoapboxSadie.
** And both right and left leaning left-leaning letter writers are very good at greeting dissent, whether gentle or unjustifiably harsh, with [[HypocrisyNod accusations that the other side are being boorish, racist, and vitriolic]].



** Of particular note is the letter sent in the case of ''Arkell v. Pressdram''. Mr. Arkell had his lawyers send a stern warning to Pressdram (the publishers of PrivateEye) because they had accused him of taking bribes. Pressdram and their lawyers, meanwhile, were certain that their evidence was good, and sent a reply, quoted here in full: "We acknowledge your letter of 29th April referring to Mr J. Arkell. We note that Mr Arkell's attitude to damages will be governed by the nature of our reply and would therefore be grateful if you would inform us what his attitude to damages would be, were he to learn that the nature of our reply is as follows: [[PrecisionFStrike fuck off]]."

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** Of particular note is the letter sent in the case of ''Arkell v. Pressdram''. Mr. Arkell had his lawyers send a stern warning to Pressdram (the publishers of PrivateEye) because they had accused him of taking bribes. Pressdram and their lawyers, meanwhile, were certain that their evidence was good, and sent a reply, quoted here in full: "We acknowledge your letter of 29th April referring to Mr Mr. J. Arkell. We note that Mr Mr. Arkell's attitude to damages will be governed by the nature of our reply and would therefore be grateful if you would inform us what his attitude to damages would be, were he to learn that the nature of our reply is as follows: [[PrecisionFStrike fuck off]]."



* UsefulNotes/TimurTheLame and the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I exchanged these kind of correspondence with each other until the Sultan was finally fed up and wrote an letter that opened with "Know, O ravening dog named Timur" and threatened to have him captured and [[ForcedToWatch forced him to see]] [[AndYourLittleDogToo his entire harem raped before his eyes]]. Bayezid would deeply regret that, as Timur replied by attacking him with a massive force and taking him captive.

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* UsefulNotes/TimurTheLame and the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I exchanged these this kind of correspondence with each other until the Sultan was finally fed up and wrote an a letter that opened with "Know, O ravening dog named Timur" and threatened to have him captured and [[ForcedToWatch forced him to see]] [[AndYourLittleDogToo his entire harem raped before his eyes]]. Bayezid would deeply regret that, as Timur replied by attacking him with a massive force and taking him captive.



* Notorious animator Creator/JohnKricfalusi, already infamous for his [[Blog/JohnKStuff tactless, hostile writing]], often employed letters like these as a last desperate act to get network executives off his back. When production on ''[[WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil]]'' was stymied by CreativeDifferences, he wrote to the producers, saying that "The time for diplomacy is over" before laying into them about how they were ruining the show. It got him fired. Later, when Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} came down on him for repeatedly missing deadlines and wasting the station's money on unnecessary retakes on ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', he sent them a letter (though his lawyer) stating that the episodes would "cost what they cost and take as much time as they needed." Famously, that also got him fired.

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* Notorious animator Creator/JohnKricfalusi, already infamous for his [[Blog/JohnKStuff tactless, hostile writing]], often employed letters like these as a last desperate act to get network executives off his back. When production on ''[[WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil]]'' was stymied by CreativeDifferences, he wrote to the producers, saying that "The time for diplomacy is over" before laying into them about how they were ruining the show. It got him fired. Later, when Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} came down on him for repeatedly missing deadlines and wasting the station's money on unnecessary retakes on ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', he sent them a letter (though (through his lawyer) stating that the episodes would "cost what they cost and take as much time as they needed." Famously, that also got him fired.


Often a satire of diplomats. (Of course, if the diplomat has a strong country behind them, this actually isn't so weak.)

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Often a satire of diplomats. (Of Of course, if the diplomat has a strong country behind them, this actually isn't so weak.)
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* Crossed with IrrevocableMessage, from ''Series/TheHoneymooners'. The "Lost Episode" "Letter to the Boss." Ralph thinks he's been fired after being told to turn in his uniform, so he dictates to Norton a hilariously hostile letter where he calls his boss JJ Marshall a "dirty bum" and a "miserable lowlife" and that he "ought to turn in" his "membership card to the human race." Ralph tells Norton to sign it "Respectfully yours, et cetera et cetera." Later, Ralph finds out from a higher-up at the bus company that he's been promoted to traffic manager. Ralph is thrilled but remembers the letter so he and Norton have to run off and find it before Ralph's boss sees it. Oh, and Norton ACTUALLY SIGNED the letter "Et cetera, et cetera."
* ''Series/ThreesCompany'': In "Out on a Limb," a food critic comes into Jack's Bistro, takes a quick bite, and leaves, causing Jack to worry that the critic hated the food and is going to give him a bad review. Larry suggests that Jack send the critic an angry letter, with Janet typing it. Larry starts the letter with "Dear Sleazebucket," and it goes downhill from there.[[note]]Jack and Janet ask Larry how he could come up with such a hostile letter off the top of his head like that. He says it was easy because he got the exact same letter that morning at the used-car dealership.[[/note]] Of course, the critic loved the food and gives Jack a great review, so the gang has to [[IrrevocableMessage retrieve the letter before the critic can see it]]. Oh, and Janet actually toned it down.


* A recurring character in the last season of ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' was an angry letter writer who would watch the show, waiting for something offensive to happen so he could write a StronglyWordedLetter to Creator/TheABC. He was never disappointed.

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* A recurring character in the last season of ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' was an angry letter writer who would watch the show, waiting for something offensive to happen so he could write a StronglyWordedLetter Strongly Worded Letter to Creator/TheABC. He was never disappointed.

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* Notorious animator Creator/JohnKricfalusi often employed tactless letters as a last desperate act to get network executives off his back. When production on ''[[WesternAnimation/BeanieAndCecil The New Adventures of Beanie and Cecil]]'' was stimied by CreativeDifferences, he wrote to the producers, saying that "The time for diplomacy is over" before laying into them about how they were ruining the show. It got him fired. Later, when Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} came down on him for repeatedly missing deadlines and wasting the station's money on unnecessary retakes on ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', he sent them a letter (though his lawyer) stating that the episodes would "cost what they cost and take as much time as they needed." Famously, that also got him fired.

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* Notorious animator Creator/JohnKricfalusi Creator/JohnKricfalusi, already infamous for his [[Blog/JohnKStuff tactless, hostile writing]], often employed tactless letters like these as a last desperate act to get network executives off his back. When production on ''[[WesternAnimation/BeanieAndCecil ''[[WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil The New Adventures of Beanie Beany and Cecil]]'' was stimied stymied by CreativeDifferences, he wrote to the producers, saying that "The time for diplomacy is over" before laying into them about how they were ruining the show. It got him fired. Later, when Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} came down on him for repeatedly missing deadlines and wasting the station's money on unnecessary retakes on ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', he sent them a letter (though his lawyer) stating that the episodes would "cost what they cost and take as much time as they needed." Famously, that also got him fired.


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* Notorious animator Creator/JohnKricfalusi often employed tactless letters as a last desperate act to get network executives off his back. When production on ''[[WesternAnimation/BeanieAndCecil The New Adventures of Beanie and Cecil]]'' was stimied by CreativeDifferences, he wrote to the producers, saying that "The time for diplomacy is over" before laying into them about how they were ruining the show. It got him fired. Later, when Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} came down on him for repeatedly missing deadlines and wasting the station's money on unnecessary retakes on ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', he sent them a letter (though his lawyer) stating that the episodes would "cost what they cost and take as much time as they needed." Famously, that also got him fired.


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* A common [=FarkCom=] cliche is that the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations is an entity whose strongest action is the Strongly Worded Letter. Not that it isn't a lot of folks' opinion of the UN...
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* "Gently Push Over The Forces Of Oppression!" Rincewind gets so frustrated with it that he suggests "Slightly Bad Things Please Happen To Our Enemies!"

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* ** "Gently Push Over The Forces Of Oppression!" Rincewind gets so frustrated with it that he suggests "Slightly Bad Things Please Happen To Our Enemies!"

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* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'': Referenced in "The Book of Dougs". After a frustrating meeting with the Good Place Council, Michael describes them as "if the Titanic were sinking, they'd be writing a strongly worded letter to the iceberg!"


->'''Mort:''' I am paying for fully formed crackers, NOT butter crumbles!

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* Played for laughs in a cutaway gag in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', where Mort Goldman is revealed to write these to different companies, demanding compensation for the most trivial things, such as the letter he's currently writing to Ritz Crackers just because some of the crackers in a box he bought were broken.
->'''Mort:''' I am paying for fully formed crackers, NOT butter crumbles!

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