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When you rule by fear, your greatest weakness is one who's no longer afraid.

So never kick a dog because it's just a pup.
We'll fight like twenty armies and we won't give up,
So you'd better run for cover when the pup grows up!
Little People, Les Miserables

"For the treachery of the Empire against the Noghri people. We were betrayed. We have been avenged."
Rukh, after stabbing Thrawn, The Last Command

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[It] is much safer to be feared than loved, when, of the two, either must be dispensed with. [...] Nevertheless a prince ought to inspire fear in such a way that, if he does not win love, he avoids hatred.
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Even a stray has pride.
Gabranth, Final Fantasy XII

"Last night I took an L, but tonight I bounce back."
Big Sean, "Bounce Back"

Vayne: The hound strays? Treason bears a price!
Gabranth: One I gladly pay!

Ramsay: Ah. Sansa. Hello, Sansa. Is this where I’ll be staying now? No. Our time together is about to come to an end. That’s all right. You can’t kill me. I’m part of you now.
Sansa: Your words will disappear. Your house will disappear. Your name will disappear. All memory of you will disappear. [whistles]
Ramsay: [hearing his hound dogs come to him] My hounds will never harm me.
Sansa: You haven’t fed them in seven days. You said it yourself.
Ramsay: They’re loyal beasts.
Sansa: They were. Now they’re starving.
Ramsay: Sit. Down! Down! Down! Down! Down!
— Sansa executing Ramsay, in one of the best examples of this trope note , Game of Thrones

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Woody: Reach for the sky!
Sid: Huh?
Woody: This town ain't big enough for the two of us.
Sid: What?
Woody: Somebody's poisoned the water hole!
Sid: It's busted.
Woody: [still as if through his speaker] Who are you calling "busted", buster? [as Sid turns him around to discover that his drawstring was never drawn] That's right, I'm talking to you, Sid Phillips.
Sid: (shocked yelp)
Woody: We don't like being blown up, Sid. Or smashed. Or ripped apart.
Sid: We?
Woody: That's right, your toys.
[all the toys Sid has mutilated rise from various places and approach Sid, terrifying him]
Woody: From now on, you must take good care of your toys, because if you don't, we'll find out, Sid. [turning his head 360 degrees] We toys can see eeeeeeveryyyyyyyyyythingggggggg. [actual voice] So play nice.

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[Woody throws Daisy's tag over to Big Baby after calling out Lotso on his lies and selfishness]
Big Baby [picks up the tag ]: *sobs* Mama?
Lotso [snatches the tag away while rolling his eyes]: What? You want your mommy back!? She never loved you! Don't be such a BABY! [Lotso smashes the tag with his mallet, causing Big Baby to cry] Push 'em in! All of 'em! [Stretch reluctantly and slowly does so] This is what happens when you DUMMIES try to think! [Lotso hits Big Baby with his mallet, an act that visibly shocks Twitch and Sparks] WE'RE ALL JUST TRASH, WAITING TO BE THROWN AWAY! THAT'S ALL A TOY IS! [Cue Big Baby picking up Lotso] Hey! Stop it! Put me down, you idiot! [Big Baby throws a screaming Lotso into the dumpster] No, wait a minute... Big Baby wait—
[Big Baby closes the dumpster, ignoring Lotso's pleas, while everyone stares at the dumpster in Stunned Silence]
Rex: He's gone.
Mr. Potato Head: Holy cow.
[Big Baby blows a raspberry]

"Turns out, mess with someone's head enough, you can turn a scared little kid into an all powerful bitch."

"One thing you could count on: you push a man too far, and sooner or later, he'd start pushing back."

"Listen, Crow thinks fear is power, but he's wrong. A beaten dog may fear you, but the second you turn your back, he's gonna strike."

"You have a dog. You beat the dog. You keep beating the dog. And you beat the dog and you beat the dog and you beat the fucking dog. And it cowers and it gets submissive. But there is going to be that day where it turns around and bites your face off. [...] You kick the dog enough times and you break it. You kick the dog one more time beyond that, and it fucking kills you."
Emilie Autumn, The Opheliac Companion.

William Hamleigh: Betrayed! By my own wife!
Bishop Waleran: You kick a dog and some day it may bite you.

That's it! I've had it! I hate to be dramatic.
But it's time for me to fly the coup.
Terrific! Fine! I'm drawing the line
before I wind up in a parrot's chute.
I was a fool to let you run the show.
I'm cutting you loose, pal! Look out below!
Arrivederci! C'est la vie!
Hope all goes well! I'm looking out for me!

Cartman: I say again: F**k Jesus!
Token: Good going, you lost us the whole audience!
Cartman: Oh, f**k off, Token, ya black asshole!
(Token delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and walks off, leaving Cartman on the floor)
Butters: ... (farts on Eric and gives him the finger) Fuck you, Eric. (leaves)

Secretary Delacourt: You idiot! Do you realize what you've done? You crashed an unlicensed vehicle into a suburban area. Your orders were to keep this covert. Do you even remember what that means?! [Kruger punches a mirror] Have you completely lost your mind?! You're useless to me! If the administration realized what we're doing, they'll hang us both for treason! [Kruger chuckles] For God's sake, Kruger, are you listening to me?
Agent Kruger: Yes... yes, I'm listening. I'm sorry that we crashed the vehicle and ruined someone's lawn. But no one's going to hang us for treason. We do the hanging... [stabs Delacourt in the throat with a mirror shard]

You were scanning me, weren't you? You were trying to make my head explode, you freaked-out maniac!

"Well well well, looks like the church mouse finally roared."
Elliot Stabler, Law & Order: SVU, "Bully"

"She was mad and that was true, however, someone can only put up with abuse for so long".
Satsuki "Dove" Kiryuuin, Kiryuuin Chronicles, chapter 9

Are corpses afraid? They should be. The people on the outside, the people that they let in only when they feel like it, are pounding very hard on the glass. I hear them striking at the glass. I heard the glass crack. I think they're coming in.
The Giovanni should be afraid. The glass is cracking... and the people on the other side hate them.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Malkavian (Revised)

"When you treat people like animals, you're gonna get bit."
Biddle "B.C." Coleridge, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Past Tense: Part II"

Lobo: Your men would still be breathin' if you'd only been polite when I walked in. Still, I showed you mercy. I just hope you showed your dancers more courtesy...
(hands gun over to dancer)
Crimelord: N-now, Suchin, let's not be hasty...! If I ever hurt any of you girls, it was only because—
(shooting noises)

You humiliated me in school. You attacked my friends! You took me from my family!! I have all the power you ever dreamed of! My Kryptonian cells are supercharged with the light of a million billion suns! And I'm not going to let you destroy the 3rd dimension!

The predecessors to the Adept Tradition clued the Technocracy to the idea that the entire universe is based on numbers. Much to their horror, the Technocracy took that premise and twisted it, polluting it with their own need for power and control. Instead of seeing the potential in diversity, the Union focused on reducing people down to ones and zeroes. The Adepts were reviled, attacked, and ultimately forced to leave the Technocracy.
Then came the Traditions. Here was a group that should have understood and embraced their new allies. Instead, the Trads treated the Adepts with suspicion and sometimes open hostility. Despite their need for a "new" tradition, the Council of Nine still wanted payback for the Technocracy's vicious Pogrom. The Adepts made convenient scapegoats.
Big mistake. The Virtual Adepts have reclaimed their power and they're not going to sit around and take it anymore. They won't allow Technocratic Conventions to rewrite their history into some cheap hack with delusions of grandeur. They will not allow the Traditions to stereotype them as talented children who need to grow up. The nightmare will end and the Adepts will be the ones to end it.
Mage: The Ascension - Tradition Book: Virtual Adepts (revised)

Now these governors Lamb's got in charge would never have seen power in Ryan's day. They're nobodies, really. But I used to raise spaniels... an' the only thing meaner than the top dog was the underdog when he'd just plain had enough.
Augustus Sinclar, Bioshock 2

Kenny: Where the hell do you get off?
Ben: I'm just saying we should all chill, not just you.
Kenny: Chill? [mockingly] "Bandits, hey, chill, here's some pills! Vernon, chill, here's our fucking boat!"
Ben: This isn't my fault.
Kenny: I can't point to one thing that's happened that isn't somehow your fault! Lee should've left you in Crawford.
Ben: FUCK YOU, KENNY!! [...] I am so, so, so sorry about Katjaa and Duck, I am. And I know I fucked up, but stop pushing me around and stop wishing I was dead!
[Kenny opens his mouth to retort]
Ben: NO! You know how they died. You've said goodbye! I never got to see my family, my parents, my little sister... do you get that? Your family is gone, but at least you had them to lose. I never made it home. They could be alive, or dead, or walkers or WORSE, and I DON'T KNOW, SO GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK!

Ah, my beloved parents. No sooner do I wake from my gentle slumber than the world returns in all its cruelty. How it was meant to be. Very well, Very well, if I cannot escape my nature, then, I shall embrace it. To the very depths I have sunk, my soul steeped in spite and rotten to the core. The self-righteous hide behind "justice", but I need no such mask. Father. Mother. Was it not you who made me into this monster? Who taught me the truth of this miserable world? For years, I knew naught but the taste of pain and humiliation, but the time has come to savor my vengeance against Doma. Against all my enemies. And it begins... WITH YOU!
Yotsuyu, Final Fantasy XIV

After ten minutes of standing in line behind this noisy little asshole and his friends, I felt the bile rising. Where did this cop - of all people - get the nerve to argue with anybody in terms of Right & Reason? I had been there with these fuzzy little shitheads - and so, I sensed, had the desk clerk. He had the air of a man who'd been fucked around, in his time, by a fairly good cross-section of mean-tempered rule-crazy cops...
So now he was just giving their argument right back to them: it doesn't matter who's right or wrong, man... or who's paid his bill & who hasn't... what matters here is that for the first time in my life, I can work out on a pig: "Fuck you, officer, I'm in charge here, and I'm telling you we don't have room for you."

Morph: I've had it with you, you sick, depraved sack of #$%&! You murdering spineless narcissistic blob!
Mojo: I hope someone is filming this! We need a special for the sweeps!
[Morph grows Thing-sized fists and sucker-punches Mojo to the ground]
Morph: You won't be around to see that, Mojo! You're just going to have to pay real close attention right now! But I promise - this'll be a real barn-burner! Your big star is really going to deliver a show! It's called The Death of Mojo!
Exiles #19: So Lame Part 2

Hey, master… Emotions are a real pain, aren’t they?
Magilou to Melchior, Tales of Berseria

Was a time I was scared of you. Was a time I'd pissed myself having a gun pointed at my head...you know what I feel right now? Not a goddamn thing.


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