King Goujian of Yue Confused Opponents by Forcing His People to Cut Their Own Throats
King Goujian was an early Chinese statesman with probably the most unorthodox way of winning fights in the history of warfare: victory via his own men slitting their throats in front of the enemy.
A little background: when his father died in the year 496 BCE, Goujian got a nasty coronation present when the nearby kingdom of Wu attacked. Yue was defeated and Goujian was taken to Wu, where he stayed in captivity until he had groveled enough to convince the King of Wu of his subservience. Eventually, he was allowed to return to his country, which proved to be the absolute worst mistake the Wu people would ever make. Goujian spent ten freaking years gathering his strength, patiently devising strategies, and waiting for the opportune time to strike. When a locust-induced famine eventually struck Wu, so did Goujian.
History.Cultural-China.com This is not the face of a man who fucks around.
Goujian took to the battlefield with ten years' worth of revenge fantasies ricocheting around in his head. You had to assume things would get a bit weird, and they did -- before a particularly important battle, as the two armies were doing that thing where they line up and stare at each other for a while before hacking each other to pieces, Goujian would march a line of nigh-unarmed men to the front of his army. In full view of the enemy, these men would then take out knives, scream, and slit their own throats.
After that, he sent in another wave of self-inflicted windpipe-slashery. And another. If you're wondering how he convinced part of his own army to do this, it will make more sense once you realize they were really convicted Yue criminals, ordered to end their lives for no reason other than to momentarily confuse the enemy (making them follow orders was presumably rather easy, because of the massive freaking army of armed-to-the-teeth soldiers standing right behind them).
Wiki Commons Probably not wise to test a guy whose opening offer is, "slit your fucking throat."