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When threatened, a character responds with, "Is that a threat?" or "Are you threatening me?" regardless of how poorly veiled the actual threat was. Stock answers include, "No, it's a fact", "No, it's a promise" and "Yes." A common variation is having the character asking "is that a threat or a promise?", and its usually used as a form of Insult Backfire, when the threatened thing wouldn't inconvenience them, or even benefit them.
Compare Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word
"Are you threatening me?"
Lo Po Bia Ren:If King Zahard were to find out about this
I can't imagine how disappointed he would be…
William Parrish: You're at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong woman!
The Duke of Norfolk: Aaahh, he won't attend the wedding.
- Doctor Who: "Partners in Crime":
The Doctor: Seeding a level five planet is against galactic law.
- Big Finish Doctor Who: "Faith Stealers":
Bordinan: Are you threatening me?
Agt. Jason Farrell: Are you threatening me, Agent Malone?
Harry Pearce: Are you threatening me?
(Porter has just threatened to kill Carter while talking to Bronson on the phone)
- Butter Cream Gang has the cliché:
Pete Turner: Are you threatening me? Is that a threat?
Mace Windu: In the name of the Galactic Senate of the Republic, you're under arrest, Chancellor.
Lawyer: Are you threatening my client?
J. K. Robertson: Are you threatening me?
Diego: (The group has found a shortcut under a dangerous-looking cliff, which Sid is hesitant to enter) Then I suggest you take the shortcut.
- Commonly uttered by Beavis in Beavis and Butthead when he's in his "Cornholio" phase -- said in response to just about anything.
- Law and Order:
Witness: Are you threatening me?
- Another example:
Ron Drexler: Is that a threat?
Uncle Vernon: Are you threatening me, sir?
Ethan's psychiatrist: Are you threatening me?
- A variation from an episode of of the sitcom Taxi; Louie has enraged Alex to the point that Alex has ripped the front off of Louie's dispatcher cage and bodily dragged him forth:
Louie: Are you threatening me with physical violence?
"Is that a threat?"
- Rules Of Engagement:
Sokal: Is that a threat?
- Parodied in Two and A Half Men:
Charlie: Is that a threat?
- Played with in Scream 3:
Dewey: Is that a threat, Detective?
Prince Derek: Don't let her die!
Malfoy: My father will hear about this!
Rebecca: Is that a threat, Peee-lar?
- Club Dread:
Juan: Yu and Hank are dead!
Aiden: Is that a threat?
Carla: I'll show you what it's like to be in my school.
- The 1970 horror flick Torture Dungeon:
Ivan: I'd like to break you neck.
George: Try and I'll beat you at your own game.
Dr. Dolittle: (talking to an animal) You're an endangered species!
Mrs Grober: And despite what you are saying, if I don't have Michael Corben by the end of this week, she is going to be one very unhappy lady!
First Minister Dreylock: Need I remind you that the stargate is in our possession?
Vaughn Leland: IT WAS CROOKED! And I believe you knew that! You'll regret this!
Kohlar: It is possible that the sacred scrolls were scrolled by a madman in a cave. Or perhaps they really *were* divinely inspired. Either way, they've guided us for over a century. If my people start to believe that the sacred scrolls have led them astray, there may be violence.
Lister: Okay Rimmer, Okay.
Tony: What's that, a threat?
- The Lion King has a variation
Mufasa: Is that a challenge?
Skipper: I've seen Red around a lot lately. Next time, it might be a tuft of her fur that's left beside a dead Twoleg pet.
"Is that a threat or a promise?"
Frank: Listen to me, you do this April, you do this and I swear to god...
Zack: What are you doing here?