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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' with a high enough speech skill, you can actually talk the BigBad Legate Lanius into calling off his attack on the NCR and going home without a fight.
** You can do this with a high enough Barter skill (in both cases you must have them maxed out). You can either convince him that he won't be able to hold on the already conquered territory if he tries to occupy new territory with his weakened army, or lecture him about economics to show that his logistics are not good enough to invade. Seriously.


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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' with a high enough speech skill, you can actually talk the FinalBoss Legate Lanius into calling off his attack on the New California Republic and going home without a fight.
** You can do this with a high enough Barter skill (in both cases you must have them maxed out). You can either convince him that he won't be able to hold on the already conquered territory if he tries to occupy new territory with his weakened army, or lecture him about economics to show that his logistics are not good enough to invade. Seriously.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocky along with the citizens of O-Town go up to speak with the board of directors for Conglom-O [[GreenAesop about the pollution they've been putting out]], and asks for them to stop. Much to everyone's surprise, the board of directors says ok without so much as an argument.


** In an ironic twist, it's subverted in the YetAnotherChristmasCarol episode when Swiper himself tries it on his future self. Future Swiper just laughs at him, tells him it doesn't work anymore, and swipes the object in question anyway. Turns out that Swiper was just being polite and listening to Dora, when he got put on the Naughty List, he [[TookALevelInBadass stopped]] [[TookALevelInJerkass listening]] and swiped so much stuff that the future Dora angrily tells the present Swiper there's nothing left to steal.

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** In an ironic twist, it's Funnily enough, the show actually subverted this in the YetAnotherChristmasCarol episode when Swiper himself tries it on his future self. Future Swiper just laughs at him, tells him it doesn't work anymore, and swipes the object in question anyway. Turns It turns out that Swiper was really ''was'' just being polite and listening to Dora, when Dora whenever she asked him to stop in all those other episodes. When he got put on the Naughty List, he decides to [[TookALevelInBadass stopped]] stop]] [[TookALevelInJerkass listening]] and swiped went on to swipe so much stuff that the future Future Dora angrily tells the present Swiper there's nothing left in their time to steal.

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** It's revealed in Series 6 that Eleven's entire lifetime is this coming back to bite him. The TARDIS exploding in Series 5, the arc of the Doctor going to his death, is because his reputation has hit the point where even species that he'd be perfectly okay with have come to fear him, and joined Madame Kovarian' renegade sect of the Church of the Silence just for the chance to [[DoUntoOthersBeforeTheyDoUntoUs strike first against him before he could come after them]].


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* People expect this to happen a lot in life. How many times have you insulted a person, knowing that that wouldn't stop them? People, especially immature kids, do this constantly and never get anywhere.
* Actually, it's surprisingly effective when dealing with decent people who are simply tired or overwrought and hadn't considered the effect they were having on those around them. Store clerks, security guards, teachers, and librarians successfully make use of this trope all the time!
* On the flip side, police ''do'' sometimes get this trope. Crooks may be fine stealing from little old ladies (provided they don't carry mace or another weapon in their purses), but when a guy with a badge and a gun shows up, they might just reconsider and decide it's better to go quietly than to risk a struggle with someone more powerful. It's normally inexperienced or reluctant criminals who do this, as those who know they've got a mile-long rap sheet may decide they'd rather go out in a blaze of gunfire than to live life in prison.
** This is also part of the reason tactical snipers like their laser sights: seeing that little dot on his chest or his partner's face (and knowing ''exactly'' what it means) often convinces an enemy that it's in his best interests to comply, as [[BoomHeadshot things will get messy]] if he doesn't. It's more the threat of violence than the force of the commands which yields compliance, but if the sniper never has to take a shot, it certainly ''appears'' to be this trope.
* Happens with children being chastised by parents or teachers all the time.
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* People expect this to happen a lot in life. How many times have you insulted a person, knowing that that wouldn't stop them? People, especially immature kids, do this constantly and never get anywhere.
* Actually, it's surprisingly effective when dealing with decent people who are simply tired or overwrought and hadn't considered the effect they were having on those around them. Store clerks, security guards, teachers, and librarians successfully make use of this trope all the time!
* On the flip side, police ''do'' sometimes get this trope. Crooks may be fine stealing from little old ladies (provided they don't carry mace or another weapon in their purses), but when a guy with a badge and a gun shows up, they might just reconsider and decide it's better to go quietly than to risk a struggle with someone more powerful. It's normally inexperienced or reluctant criminals who do this, as those who know they've got a mile-long rap sheet may decide they'd rather go out in a blaze of gunfire than to live life in prison.
** This is also part of the reason tactical snipers like their laser sights: seeing that little dot on his chest or his partner's face (and knowing ''exactly'' what it means) often convinces an enemy that it's in his best interests to comply, as [[BoomHeadshot things will get messy]] if he doesn't. It's more the threat of violence than the force of the commands which yields compliance, but if the sniper never has to take a shot, it certainly ''appears'' to be this trope.
* Happens with children being chastised by parents or teachers all the time.
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The villain is merely ''told'' to stop his evil scheme, and he does. Usually, this is a way to [[AnAesop teach the audience a lesson]] about the [[PoorCommunicationKills importance of communication]], and sometimes it stands as a testament to the hero's badassery, but just as often it's PlayedForLaughs due to the sheer unlikelihood of the idea.

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The villain is merely ''told'' to stop his evil scheme, EvilPlan, and he does. Usually, this is a way to [[AnAesop teach the audience a lesson]] about the [[PoorCommunicationKills importance of communication]], and sometimes it stands as a testament to the hero's badassery, but just as often it's PlayedForLaughs due to the sheer unlikelihood of the idea.


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* ''VideoGame/StarControlIITheUrQuanMasters'': The titular Ur-Quan generally attack and kill anyone who is not either an Ur-Quan, or a 'Battle Thrall' in their service, owing to a huge (and fairly well-justified) sense of paranoia regarding any sentient species other than their own race. However, one of the tenets of their shared philosophy involves the Question; if one of their enemies does ask in the proper way, the Ur-Quan captain has a moral duty to stop firing and explain the Ur-Quan's history and the reason why it has them killing and/or enslaving every sentient race in the universe. (Interestingly, once you hear it, they're actually surprisingly sympathetic overall.) However, once they've finished explaining it, they'll get right back to shooting at you.

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* ''VideoGame/StarControlIITheUrQuanMasters'': The titular Ur-Quan generally attack and kill anyone who is not either an Ur-Quan, or a 'Battle Thrall' in their service, owing to a huge (and fairly well-justified) sense of paranoia regarding any sentient species other than their own race. However, one of the tenets of their shared philosophy involves the Question; if one of their enemies does ask in the proper way, the Ur-Quan captain has a moral duty to stop firing and explain the Ur-Quan's history and the reason why it has them killing and/or enslaving every sentient race in the universe. (Interestingly, once you hear it, they're actually surprisingly sympathetic overall.) However, once they've finished explaining it, they'll get right back to shooting at you.

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* Nitz, being the OnlySaneMan of his group of friends in ''WesternAnimation/{{Undergrads}}'', has this ability over Rocko:
--> '''Rocko:''' ([[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext Enters the room eating a stop sign]])
--> '''Nitz:''' Rocko, you're being a dumb-ass. Stop that.
--> '''Rocko:''' (Stops)


* In one of the ''Creator/SvenHassel'' novels, Tiny shouts at a Soviet machine gunner in the trenches opposite to stop firing as he's trying to get some sleep. Whether through coincidence or confusion, they actually do stop firing.

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* In one of the ''Creator/SvenHassel'' novels, Tiny shouts roars at a Soviet machine gunner in the trenches opposite to stop firing as he's trying to get some sleep. Whether through coincidence or confusion, they actually do stop firing. Sven is impressed. "I wonder if it will work on tanks."

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* In one of the ''Creator/SvenHassel'' novels, Tiny shouts at a Soviet machine gunner in the trenches opposite to stop firing as he's trying to get some sleep. Whether through coincidence or confusion, they actually do stop firing.


* The ending of ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' ''ends'' with the villain finally listening to what the heroes had been yelling at it for three episodes straight. It came off as something of an anticlimax anyway - it was like "so, you really, ''really'' don't want me to destroy the world? Oh, okay. [Leaves]"


* The ending of ''Anime/DigimonSavers.'' Though the final enemy puts up more of a fight than season two's infamous TalkingTheMonsterToDeath sequence, it still ''ends'' with the villain finally listening to what the heroes had been yelling at it for three episodes straight. It came off as something of an anticlimax anyway - it was like "so, you really, ''really'' don't want me to destroy the world? Oh, okay. [Leaves]"

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* The ending of ''Anime/DigimonSavers.'' Though the final enemy puts up more of a fight than season two's infamous TalkingTheMonsterToDeath sequence, it still ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' ''ends'' with the villain finally listening to what the heroes had been yelling at it for three episodes straight. It came off as something of an anticlimax anyway - it was like "so, you really, ''really'' don't want me to destroy the world? Oh, okay. [Leaves]"

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