- Done in a particularly brutal fashion by Sarv'swati in Drowtales. When she learns that one of her officers lost the colony of Dariya'ko thanks to a clever Sarghress trick, she punches him to the ground, stomps on his face and brings a massive, enchanted axe down on his chest. She does not take failure well.
- The Order of the Stick:
- Defied by Therkla. She fails in her mission, but is able to deflect the blame to another minion. Her master praises her for weaseling her way out of her responsibilities, but then informs her next time, he will accept no loopholes.
- Xykon refuses to allow Redcloak to regenerate his right eye, calling it an "idiot tax" for failing him. He tells him to resurrect his hobgoblin henchman because he at least shouted a warning before being cut down by a hero.
- Also practiced to extremes by General Tarquin.Empire of Blood soldier: We'll fight the guy with the big sword — he can only kill us. [Tarquin] can have our whole families wiped out.
- Parodied in 8-Bit Theater, where Kary kills her minions for no reason at all, thinking that it's something villains just "do", with the eventual effect that she runs out of them.
- This Antihero for Hire strip. To the Wizard's defense, he is genuinely insane and the Big Bad corporation made him so.
- Parodied and lampshaded in this strip of The B-Movie Comic, titled "What henchmen are good for". See also The Rant, quite instructive.
- In Concerned, Dr. Breen (in here made a Card-Carrying Villain) tends to try and pull off a faux Force Chokehold when he's angry at someone, wishing for his minions to at least play along.
- Khrima, from Adventurers!, doesn't normally do this, but this particular minion really had it coming.
- Subverted in The Wotch. This villain prefers minions with initiative.
- In Sluggy Freelance Lord Horribus kills a couple of demons for not doing their part in the hunt for Torg. It's actually somewhat more understandable in this case, since it was less a case of the demons failing to capture Torg and more that they hadn't even been trying.
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, two of Frans Rayner's mooks report that they were unable to capture the Doctor's father because he was on fire. Rayner insists that he could catch both of his mooks if they were on fire, and has his midget douse them with gasoline and light a match to prove it. He just sits there and watches them run around screaming.Assistant: You're not trying to catch them, sir?
Rayner: (sips his coffee) No. I guess they were right.
- The Speaker in Harkovast forces a Junlock minion who disrespects The Speaker's religion to drown himself. He also causes the Junlock's friends to think this was perfectly okay.
- Krystal in Kid Radd loves doing this. Every time one of her subordinates brings bad news, instead of executing them, she just inflicts horrific pain on them.
- In Soapbox Hill, a Demon-chick gets defeated and cast back into the netherworld. Her overlord whispers in her ear "this is the third time you've failed me..." The look on her face is one of utter terror...
- Bob and George Your apology is accepted
- Darths & Droids:
- Parodied during Obi-Wan's and Anakin's climactic duel:
- When Darth Vader shows up after the time-skip, one of the first things he does is order an underling to fix his mistake and then execute himself. The "I find your lack of faith disturbing" scene then becomes Motti complaining about Vader's policies requiring them to replace half the Death Star workforce. Vader doesn't quite get the point.
- In Sinfest, when one can't even deliver a message properly, Satan decides to get rid of the Enlightened drones.
- Dragon Ball Multiverse: Babidi does this to Dabura (it gave us a couple of funny moments, though), and Frieza did this to Ginyu in the U8 backstory.
- Girl Genius:
- After one of his fleet's airships fires at a Corbettite fortress, causing an overwhelming retaliation, an enraged Martellus demands to know who went over his head and ordered that shot. One guy proudly claims credit, openly questions his competence as king, and starts patronizing him like he didn't just cause a military disaster. Martellus promptly defenestrates him.
- Not (yet) shown in person, but it's explicitly noted this is likely the attitude of Parisian traitor Beausoliel's secret master(s) after his plan to take over the city for them falls apart.
- North Korea provokes USA in the Polandball comic strip "North Korea Finally Becomes Great◊" by launching a nuclear missile at Japan. It fails spectacularly. China's reaction? Sitting on him. And then a trail of blood is shown leaking out from under him..
- Cosmic Dash: The Wootari brothers say the Dragon does not take failure well; there's no in-comic proof of it, though. What is shown in-comic is that he's much less tolerant of betrayal.
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