JackG on Aug 6th 2016 at 1:15:17 AM
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Miss_Desperado on Jan 12th 2019 at 4:28:16 PM
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- Supposedly there was a Real Life incident that inspired this trope, variously attributed to Shaka Zulu (who marched an entire impi off a cliff to impress visiting Europeans), Alexander the Great (to frighten a city into surrendering), King Henri Christophe of Haiti at the cliff castle of Sans-Souci, or The Old Man of the Mountain (that's the guy who led the Hashshashin, not the Dirty Old Man who chased Betty Boop.) As with all such tales they should be taken with a grain of salt, as they may have just been exaggerated horror stories for the benefit of Western audiences.
- Conan the Barbarian (1982). Thulsa Doom does this merely to demonstrate An Aesop that flesh is stronger than steel. He points out one of the Children of Doom standing high above him on a cliff, and gently encourages her to come to him. She fearlessly leaps off the edge, her impact smashing her through the floorboards.
Thulsa Doom: THAT is strength, boy. THAT is power!
- Babylon A.D.. In an extra included in the DVD, an animated scene called The Genesis of Aurora shows the Back Story of how Darquandier met the High Priestess of the Neolite cult. The latter has the two acolytes accompanying her take poison, just to show off her power.
High Priestess: If one will die for a religion...
- Joke - During World War 2 a Japanese officer tells some Australian soldiers he's taken prisoner that the Japanese will win because their soldiers are braver. To demonstrate, he orders one of his men to commit hari-kari. The Japanese soldier rips open his belly with his sword. Not to be outdone, the Australian officer orders one of his men to do the same. The Australian soldier tells him to f**k off.
Japanese officer: Aha! You said your men were braver!Australian officer: They are. Your man wouldn't have dared answer you back like that.
- In the Conrad Stargard series by Leo Frankowski, a delegation sent by the Mongols does this as psychological warfare when demanding the Poles submit to the Mongol Empire. The protagonist realizes he's got to take charge of matters or the battle 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.
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