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.
Lo Po Bia Ren:If King Zahard were to find out about this I can't imagine how disappointed he would be… Ha Yuri Zahard: Oy, RED newbie, are you threatening me right now? Lo Po Bia Re: Th- Threaten? Of course not. I'm simply worry about the future of Zahard… Ha Yuri Zahard: Ah, really? Everything seems to be solved for you when you just add Zahard's name. That's really convenient! Using Zahard's name to threaten one of Zahard's Princesses… you must be out of your mind.
Know this, the strength of Zahard isn't the kind that can be called upon so conveniently. Though, there's no need bothering to explain this to somebody who just uses Zahard's name as he pleases… Get out of hereor I will kill you!
The Duke of Norfolk: Aaahh, he won't attend the wedding. Cromwell: If I were you, I'd try and persuade him. I really would try... if I were you. The Duke of Norfolk: Cromwell, are you threatening me? Cromwell: My dear Norfolk... this isn't Spain. This is England.
Mace Windu: In the name of the Galactic Senate of the Republic, you're under arrest, Chancellor. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine: Are you threatening me, Master Jedi? Mace Windu: The senate will decide your fate. Palpatine:I am the Senate.
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. Sid: Are you threatening me? Diego: MOVE, SLOTH! (avalanche starts) Sid: (Patting Diego) Way to go, tiger!
Commonly uttered by Beavis in Beavis and Butthead when he's in his "Cornholio" phase—said in response to just about anything.
Witness: Are you threatening me? Lennie Briscoe: You catch on pretty fast!
Ron Drexler: Is that a threat? Det. Fontana: A threat? No. A threat would be more like... "If you stonewall this investigation any more I'm gonna break your jaw. And when you're on the ground, I'm gonna kick you 'till you spit blood you cheap shyster." That would be a threat. This is more of a request.
Uncle Vernon: Are you threatening me, sir? Mad-Eye Moody: (pleased Vernon's caught on so quickly) Yes, I am. Vernon: And do I look like the kind of man who can be intimidated? Moody: Well...(reveals his magical eye, making Vernon jump backwards into a luggage trolley) Yes, I'd have to say you do, Dursley.
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! Haywood: Is that a threat, Mrs. Grober? Mrs Grober: French teachers do not threaten, Monsieur. They say, "S'il vous plait."
First Minister Dreylock: Need I remind you that the stargate is in our possession? Tarthus: For the moment. First Minister Dreylock:Is that a threat? Tarthus: It's an assurance that when it comes to the survival of our people, we will do whatever is necessary.
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. Captain Kathryn Janeway: Is that a threat? Kohlar: Merely a fact. You're doing everything you can to get your people home, Captain. That's all I'm doing for mine.
Lister: Okay Rimmer, Okay. Rimmer: Is that a threat Lister? Lister: Yeah. Rimmer: Actually, "okay" is not a threat, technically speaking. Lister: It is when you're meaning it to mean what I'm meaning it to mean, and I'm meaning it to mean okay, Rimmer, O-kaaaay! Rimmer: Lister, "okay" is never a threat, no matter how many "aaaay"s you put on the end of it.
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. Stick: Leave Red out of this. And don't make threats you can't keep. Misha: Oh, they're not threats. They're promises.