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* Why do elephants paint their nails red? So they can hide in cherry trees. You've never seen an elephant in a cherry tree? That's because of the red nails.
28th Aug '16 12:04:55 PM BlueGuy
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* Invoked through DialogueTree in one of [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Karin's]] pep talks in the Olympic Mode in ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNKMillenniumFight2000'' for the NeoGeoPocket:

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* Invoked through DialogueTree in one of [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Karin's]] pep talks in the Olympic Mode in ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNKMillenniumFight2000'' for the NeoGeoPocket:UsefulNotes/NeoGeoPocket:
29th Jul '16 3:57:32 AM foxley
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* ''Series/NewTricks'': In "The Fame Game", Steve is interviewing an agent who specializes in celebrity lookalikes, and who bemoans that reality television has made celebrities ten a penny:
-->'''Agent:''' Who wants a lookalike when you can have Joey Essex?\\
'''Steve:''' Who?\\
'''Agent:''' Exactly.
29th Jun '16 1:43:16 AM gravious
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* Invoked by the titular character in ''{{Film/Chopper}}'' when trying to provoke a fellow prison inmate into a fight.
--> '''Mark "Chopper" Read''': Beethoven had his critics too, Keithy. See if you can name three of them. ''(Keithy gives him a puzzled look)'' See, you can't, can you?
1st Jun '16 7:28:02 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* When the new, so-called Iron Horse decided to run wild, Advertising/JohnJameson casually finished his breakfast, [[BigDamnHeroes before taking matters into his own hands.]] After all, he was quite fond of its [[NotDistractedByTheSexy "precious cargo"]]. Calmly, [[ItSoundedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime he relieved the engineer]], [[DidntThinkThisThrough a decision he would instantly regret]]. Selflessly, he rescued his whiskey. And for good measure, he set the Iron Horse free to roam greener pastures—[[AchievementsInIgnorance coincidentally saving all of Ireland]] from the Prussian Incursion of 1807. [[DiscussedTrope Which is the reason nobody has ever heard of the Prussian Incursion of 1807.]]

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* When the new, so-called Iron Horse decided to run wild, Advertising/JohnJameson casually finished his breakfast, [[BigDamnHeroes before taking matters into his own hands.]] After all, he was quite fond of its [[NotDistractedByTheSexy "precious cargo"]]. Calmly, [[ItSoundedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime he relieved the engineer]], [[DidntThinkThisThrough a decision he would instantly regret]]. Selflessly, he rescued his whiskey. And for good measure, he set the Iron Horse free to roam greener pastures—[[AchievementsInIgnorance coincidentally saving all of Ireland]] from the Prussian Incursion of 1807. [[DiscussedTrope Which is the reason nobody has ever heard of the Prussian Incursion of 1807.]]
1st Jun '16 7:27:18 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* British TV ad: "If you don't drink your milk, you'll only be good enough to play for Accrington Stanley." "Who are they?" "Exactly." (Accrington Stanley is an actual British amateur soccer team, much more obscure than the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea. As of May 2006, it has just been promoted back to UK league football.)
** This probably in fact references an earlier Accrington Stanley team than the current reformed team, who infamously resigned from the football league mid-season. This is akin to not merely failing, but giving up half-way.

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* British TV ad: "If you don't drink your milk, you'll only be good enough to play for Accrington Stanley." "Who are they?" "Exactly." (Accrington Stanley is an actual British amateur soccer team, much more obscure than the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea. As of May 2006, it has just been promoted back to UK league football.)
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) This probably in fact references an earlier Accrington Stanley team than the current reformed team, who infamously resigned from the football league mid-season. This is akin to not merely failing, but giving up half-way.half-way.
* When the new, so-called Iron Horse decided to run wild, Advertising/JohnJameson casually finished his breakfast, [[BigDamnHeroes before taking matters into his own hands.]] After all, he was quite fond of its [[NotDistractedByTheSexy "precious cargo"]]. Calmly, [[ItSoundedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime he relieved the engineer]], [[DidntThinkThisThrough a decision he would instantly regret]]. Selflessly, he rescued his whiskey. And for good measure, he set the Iron Horse free to roam greener pastures—[[AchievementsInIgnorance coincidentally saving all of Ireland]] from the Prussian Incursion of 1807. [[DiscussedTrope Which is the reason nobody has ever heard of the Prussian Incursion of 1807.]]
16th May '16 12:58:36 PM StarTropes
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Additionally, this assumes that fame is the intended outcome. Someone with more reclusive tendencies will be less likely to be dissuaded by this appeal, or may find it more appealing instead.
13th May '16 8:03:28 AM Kirayoshi
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* ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'': Dr. Sloan, while held hostage by domestic terrorists, managed to convince the revolutionary group to stand down and surrender to the Feds, rather than try to shoot their way out and likely get themselves killed, by invoking this trope. He pointed out that they would ultimately be forgotten as martyrs but if they stood trial, they would get 24-hour news coverage.
-->'''Dr. Sloan''': No martyr ever got interviewed by Larry King.
26th Apr '16 5:43:56 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', when the kids go on a trip to New York.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', when the kids go on a trip to New York.



-->"Yeah--who decided [Ashley Judd] was a movie star?"\\
"I know. Same person who decided Molly Ringwald was."\\

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-->"Yeah--who decided [Ashley Judd] [Creator/AshleyJudd] was a movie star?"\\
"I know. Same person who decided Molly Ringwald Creator/MollyRingwald was."\\



-->'''Chad''': Have you ever seen Michael Crawford on a cereal box?\\

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-->'''Chad''': Have you ever seen Michael Crawford Creator/MichaelCrawford on a cereal box?\\



* Used in ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' as the professor and therapist discuss Will's future. They ask the bartender if he's ever heard of several people who've taken the path they don't want Will to take, including the professor's name. Finally, Robin Williams' character wins with this:

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* Used in ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' as the professor and therapist discuss Will's future. They ask the bartender if he's ever heard of several people who've taken the path they don't want Will to take, including the professor's name. Finally, Robin Williams' Creator/RobinWilliams' character wins with this:



-->'''von Cunth''': Do you remember the assassination of Jimmy Carter?

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-->'''von Cunth''': Do you remember the assassination of Jimmy Carter? UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter?



* ''Jade'' has a governor telling an assistant district attorney to drop a case, or he'll "have as much of a future here as Jerry Brown," to which the DA responds, "Who’s Jerry Brown?"
* At ''Author!, Author!'' Al Pacino is Ivan Travalian, Broadway producer who really needed his last work to be a success. He and all his family are waiting in the cold street at 4:00 A.M. for the newspaper with the reviews of the premiere, [[ReviewsAreTheGospel because the only thing that matters is the newspaper's critic opinion:]]

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* ''Jade'' ''Film/{{Jade}}'' has a governor telling an assistant district attorney to drop a case, or he'll "have as much of a future here as Jerry Brown," UsefulNotes/JerryBrown," to which the DA responds, "Who’s Jerry Brown?"
* At ''Author!, Author!'' Al Pacino In ''Author Author'', Creator/AlPacino is Ivan Travalian, Broadway producer who really needed his last work to be a success. He and all his family are waiting in the cold street at 4:00 A.M. for the newspaper with the reviews of the premiere, [[ReviewsAreTheGospel because the only thing that matters is the newspaper's critic opinion:]]



'''Echo''': You ever heard of Bonnie and Clyde?\\

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'''Echo''': You ever heard of Bonnie and Clyde?\\Film/BonnieAndClyde?\\



'''Balthazar:''' Ugh, because I hated the movie.\\

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'''Balthazar:''' Ugh, because I hated [[Film/{{Titanic 1997}} the movie.movie]].\\



--->'''Balthazar:''' That godawful Celine Dion song made me want to smite myself.\\

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--->'''Balthazar:''' That godawful Celine Dion Music/CelineDion song made me want to smite myself.\\



--->'''Castle''': I mean, I'd rather be Peter Gabriel than Anthony Phillips.\\

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--->'''Castle''': I mean, I'd rather be Peter Gabriel Music/PeterGabriel than [[Music/{{Genesis}} Anthony Phillips.Phillips]].\\



'''Castle''': Exactly.

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'''Castle''': Exactly.[[note]]Phillips was Music/{{Genesis}}' original guitarist; [[ThePeteBest he left after their second album.]][[/note]]



* In ''Series/AgentsOfShield'', Coulson defends S.H.I.E.L.D's policy of covering up supernatural events:
--> '''Coulson''': Do you remember the panic when that anti-matter meteorite landed off the coast of Miami and nearly devoured half the city?

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* In ''Series/AgentsOfShield'', ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Coulson defends S.H.I.E.L.D's policy of covering up supernatural events:
--> '''Coulson''': Do you remember the panic when that anti-matter meteorite landed off the coast of Miami UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} and nearly devoured half the city?



* 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!"
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon has a rant about how he has a long history of choosing wrong in technology wars such as VHS vs Beta, HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray and iPod vs Zune. Amy asks what a Zune is, to which Sheldon replies, "Exactly."

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* Used in Radio/TheBurnsAndAllenShow, ''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!"
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon has a rant about how he has a long history of choosing wrong in technology wars such as VHS vs Beta, HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray UsefulNotes/BluRay and iPod vs Zune. Amy asks what a Zune is, to which Sheldon replies, "Exactly."



-->Christopher Columbus never gave up
-->Benjamin Franklin never gave up
-->Abraham Lincoln never gave up

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-->Christopher Columbus -->UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus never gave up
-->Benjamin Franklin -->Creator/BenjaminFranklin never gave up
-->Abraham Lincoln -->UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln never gave up



* This doesn't quite work in one strip of ''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.

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* This doesn't quite work in one strip of ''ComicStrip/{{Candorville}}''. [[SpecialGuest Stephen King]] SpecialGuest Creator/StephenKing] argues that [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens's]] Creator/CharlesDickens'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.



-->'''FBI Agent:''' The Secret of the Sierra Madre, the secret recipe for Coke, and the secret of UsefulNotes/GeorgeBush's appeal.

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-->'''FBI Agent:''' The Secret secret of the Sierra Madre, the secret recipe for Coke, and the secret of UsefulNotes/GeorgeBush's appeal.



-->'''Faye''': You'd better be careful with those drinks, they're what killed Keith Moon.\\

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-->'''Faye''': You'd better be careful with those drinks, they're what killed [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon.Moon]].\\



* ''Webcomic/DorkTower'': Igor [[http://www.dorktower.com/2011/12/06/dork-tower-tuesday-december-6-2011/ educates Matt]] on the efficiency of ''Kickstopper''.

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* ''Webcomic/DorkTower'': Igor [[http://www.dorktower.com/2011/12/06/dork-tower-tuesday-december-6-2011/ educates Matt]] on the efficiency of ''Kickstopper''.[[Website/{{Kickstarter}} Kickstopper]].



-->'''Superman''': Have you ever heard of Mr. Mxyzptlk?\\
'''Green Lantern''': No.\\

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-->'''Superman''': -->'''Franchise/{{Superman}}''': Have you ever heard of Mr. Mxyzptlk?\\
'''Green Lantern''': '''Franchise/GreenLantern''': No.\\



* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; after Lisa fails her audition for first chair in the school orchestra and tells herself there's no shame in being second place, she has a dream about being a member of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_and_Garfunkel Garfunkel]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall_and_Oates Oates]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loggins_and_Messina Messina]], and Lisa", the second-most popular band in America. The group is sponsored by Avis Rent-a-Car and has a #2 single called "Born To Runner-Up".

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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; after Lisa fails her audition for first chair in the school orchestra and tells herself there's no shame in being second place, she has a dream about being a member of "[[http://en."[[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel Garfunkel]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_and_Garfunkel Garfunkel]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall_and_Oates org/wiki/Hall_%26_Oates Oates]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loggins_and_Messina Messina]], and Lisa", the second-most popular band in America. The group is sponsored by Avis Rent-a-Car and has a #2 single called "Born To Runner-Up".



'''Stan''': Because two words: John Kerry.\\

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'''Stan''': Because two words: John Kerry.UsefulNotes/JohnKerry.\\



-->'''Yakko:''' Very Pete Townshend-esque.\\

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-->'''Yakko:''' Very [[Music/TheWho Pete Townshend-esque.Townshend]]-esque.\\



* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Black Friday", when Stan tries to convince the goth kids that they don't want the [=PS4=] to lose to the Xbox One like Betamax lost to VHS.

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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Black Friday", when Stan tries to convince the goth kids that they don't want the [=PS4=] to lose to the Xbox One UsefulNotes/XboxOne like Betamax lost to VHS.



* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler says: "Accordingly, I have placed my death-head formations in readiness — for the present only in the East — with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language. Only thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum) which we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?"
** He may have invoked this trope, but the annihilation of the Armenians was a very real event from around the time of WWI. This quote is often used to argue that the Holocaust was at least in part inspired by Turkey's genocide of the Armenians, and its ability to go unpunished for it.
** The Armenian Genocide had somewhat fallen into obscurity at the time, so it worked. Only later was it made more famous once the UN adopted laws against genocide and the Armenian diaspora attempted to finally bring it to justice. Due to Turkey invoking the StreisandEffect they only brought more attention to it in their efforts to cover it up.

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* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler says: "Accordingly, I have placed my death-head formations in readiness — for the present only in the East — with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish [[UsefulNotes/{{Poland}} Polish]] derivation and language. Only thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum) which we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?"
[[UsefulNotes/{{Armenia}} Armenians]]?"
** He may have invoked this trope, but the annihilation of the Armenians was a very real event from around the time of WWI. UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. This quote is often used to argue that the Holocaust UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust was at least in part inspired by Turkey's UsefulNotes/{{Turkey}}'s genocide of the Armenians, and its ability to [[KarmaHoudini go unpunished unpunished]] for it.
** The Armenian Genocide had somewhat fallen into obscurity at the time, so it worked. Only later was it made more famous once the UN UsefulNotes/UnitedNations adopted laws against genocide and the Armenian diaspora attempted to finally bring it to justice. Due to Turkey invoking the StreisandEffect StreisandEffect, they only brought more attention to it in their efforts to cover it up.
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