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24th Jan '16 10:24:34 AM GlassRain
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* Used in Radio/TheBurnsAndAllenShow, both the radio and TV series. Gracie, when encouraging a young aspiring actress not to give up on her dreams: "Just look at what happened to (name)." "I've never heard of her..." "Of course you haven't! She gave up!"
19th Dec '15 5:21:04 PM nombretomado
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* This actually makes sense in one ''SheHulk'' story, and in quite a disturbing fashion. The Time Variance Authority doesn't just kill people, it [[RetGone prevents them from ever existing in the first place]]. Like Knight Man and Dr. Rocket--not that you'd have heard of them.
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* This actually makes sense in one ''SheHulk'' ''ComicBook/SheHulk'' story, and in quite a disturbing fashion. The Time Variance Authority doesn't just kill people, it [[RetGone prevents them from ever existing in the first place]]. Like Knight Man and Dr. Rocket--not that you'd have heard of them.
21st Nov '15 10:09:51 AM nombretomado
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* This doesn't quite work in one strip of ''{{Candorville}}''. [[SpecialGuest Stephen King]] argues that [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens's]] fictional portrayal of slum life taught more people more about the slums than [mumble]'s factual reporting. Lemont, unable to hear him, asks "Who?" King responds "Exactly," and both wind up confused.
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* This doesn't quite work in one strip of ''{{Candorville}}''.''ComicStrip/{{Candorville}}''. [[SpecialGuest Stephen King]] argues that [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens's]] fictional portrayal of slum life taught more people more about the slums than [mumble]'s factual reporting. Lemont, unable to hear him, asks "Who?" King responds "Exactly," and both wind up confused.
10th Nov '15 4:10:03 PM hamza678
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* ''Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations''. In "DoctorWho and the Silurians", a scientist uses this excuse to keep quiet about the Silurians, rather than go public and find his place in history obscured by journalists and politicians, by mentioning the controversy over who invented the radio (it wasn't Marconi).
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* ''Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations''. In "DoctorWho "Series/DoctorWho and the Silurians", a scientist uses this excuse to keep quiet about the Silurians, rather than go public and find his place in history obscured by journalists and politicians, by mentioning the controversy over who invented the radio (it wasn't Marconi).
30th Jul '15 12:35:06 PM StFan
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* Maybe more a kind of appeal to annihilation than an appeal to obscurity, but in ''AchilleTalon'' thereís a dialogue which goes along these lines: -->'''Lefuneste''': I donít want to swim in that pond: the water looks deadly cold!\\ '''Achille''': Come on, you wimp! Think of the [[TheSpartanWay Spartans]]! In the midst of the winter they would play water-polo using ice balls in the rivers they were gladly swimming in!\\ '''Lefuneste''': Exactly: there are no more Spartans!
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* Maybe more a kind of appeal to annihilation than an appeal to obscurity, but in ''AchilleTalon'' thereís ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' there's a dialogue which goes along these lines: -->'''Lefuneste''': -->'''Lefuneste:''' I donít don't want to swim in that pond: the water looks deadly cold!\\ '''Achille''': '''Achille:''' Come on, you wimp! Think of the [[TheSpartanWay Spartans]]! In the midst of the winter they would play water-polo using ice balls in the rivers they were gladly swimming in!\\ '''Lefuneste''': '''Lefuneste:''' Exactly: there are no more Spartans!

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13th Jul '15 10:14:08 PM Vios
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* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'', [[NietzscheWannabe Haer'Dalis]] deflates Edwin's ambition for eternal life through godhood by this trope:
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* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', [[NietzscheWannabe Haer'Dalis]] deflates Edwin's ambition for eternal life through godhood by this trope:
18th Jun '15 7:06:56 AM Odon
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* In the novelisation of ''DoctorWho and the Silurians'', a scientist uses this excuse to keep quiet about the Silurians, rather than go public and find his place in history obscured by journalists and politicians, by mentioning the controversy over who invented the radio (it wasn't Marconi).
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* ''Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations''. In the novelisation of ''DoctorWho "DoctorWho and the Silurians'', Silurians", a scientist uses this excuse to keep quiet about the Silurians, rather than go public and find his place in history obscured by journalists and politicians, by mentioning the controversy over who invented the radio (it wasn't Marconi).
18th Jun '15 7:00:15 AM Odon
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* In the novelisation of ''DoctorWho and the Silurians'', a scientist uses this excuse to keep quiet about the Silurians, rather than go public and find his place in history obscured by journalists and politicians, by mentioning the controversy over who invented the radio (it wasn't Marconi).
13th Jun '15 1:16:50 PM LordInsane
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Mayor Dewey use this when Steven doesn't recognize the name Ocean Town. It wasn't necessarily Dewey's ''intended'' point given that his next mention of Ocean Town to people got a 'TooSoon', but it was close enough.
4th Apr '15 12:06:28 AM secondtime
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definitely not played straight here- the "exactly" is used in the Abbott-and-Costello sense
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': "Piano Rag"
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': "Piano Rag"
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