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25th Mar '17 7:24:54 PM Valiona
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* In ''Fanfic/FrozenHearts, when [[{{Disney/Frozen}} Hans]]' brother Heins is talking with [[spoiler:Kristoff, who doesn't trust Hans because of what he did]], [[OriginalCharacter Hans' brother Heins]] asks this question about Hans. The person being asked the question is forced to admit to never having officially met Hans, and becomes slightly more receptive to what Heins has to say about Hans.

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* In ''Fanfic/FrozenHearts, ''Fanfic/FrozenHearts'', when [[{{Disney/Frozen}} Hans]]' brother Heins is talking with [[spoiler:Kristoff, who doesn't trust Hans because of what he did]], [[OriginalCharacter Hans' brother Heins]] asks this question about Hans. The person being asked the question is forced to admit to never having officially met Hans, and becomes slightly more receptive to what Heins has to say about Hans.



* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7083976/29/Continuance Continuance]], Souji is highly suspicious that his mother, Izumi, has turned over a new leaf and wants to reconnect with him, her brother Ryotaro Dojima, and her niece, Nanako, and bluntly says that visiting him on the way to visit the Dojimas is unlike her. She then takes him off guard with the following question, and while he's tempted to say that she can't, he realizes his personal experiences prove otherwise.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7083976/29/Continuance Continuance]], Continuance]]'', Souji is highly suspicious that about his mother, Izumi, has claiming to have turned over a new leaf and wants wanting to reconnect with him, her brother Ryotaro Dojima, and her niece, Nanako, and bluntly says that visiting him on the way to visit the Dojimas is unlike her. She then takes him off guard with the following question, and while he's tempted to say that she can't, he realizes his personal experiences prove otherwise.



'''Izumi''': People," Izumi repeated. "Do you think they can change if they realize they were wrong about something? I won't deny that [[MarriedToTheJob my job has been important]]. It's been what I've wanted since I was younger than you. But I want to try to reconnect with Ryo and Nanako. I'd like to talk to you without us fighting. I've gotten three calls tonight, and haven't taken any of them. Tell me: do you think that people can change?

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'''Izumi''': People," Izumi repeated. "Do People. Do you think they can change if they realize they were wrong about something? I won't deny that [[MarriedToTheJob my job has been important]]. It's been what I've wanted since I was younger than you. But I want to try to reconnect with Ryo and Nanako. I'd like to talk to you without us fighting. I've gotten three calls tonight, and haven't taken any of them. Tell me: do you think that people can change?
21st Mar '17 2:43:29 PM Gaby007
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12063472/3/What-the-Cat-Dragged-In What the Cat Dragged In]]'', Tony outright refuses to believe SHIELD stayed away from Ladybug and Chat Noir's civilian identities. To make him understand, Natasha asks him how old is Ladybug. When he finds himself unable to answer, she reveals both of the vigilantes use a glamour to keep curious away.
19th Mar '17 4:33:10 PM cybertoy0
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** During the "No Cure for the Paladin Blues" arc, [[TheFool Elan]] asks [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Roy]] why he likes [[{{Jerkass}} Miko]]. Namely, why does Roy like someone who's mean to everyone, no exceptions. Roy is unable to give any answer beyond "She's really good-looking", and is actually ''happy' when they get attacked because it means changing the subject.
14th Mar '17 7:48:23 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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'''Sonny:''' …can you?

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'''Sonny:''' …can '''Sonny:''' ...can you?



Whether it's TheMentor trying to force their student [[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn to learn a vital lesson]], or a villain trying [[BreakThemByTalking to reduce a hero to a wreck]], or a hero trying to [[KirkSummation show a villain how wrong they've been all this time]], or somebody desperately trying to force [[BrilliantButLazy the kid on the sidelines]] to realize they are [[DareToBeBadass meant to do something… more]], a good Armor Piercing Question either cuts directly to the heart of a person's worldview, obsession, or psyche, or else forces the listener to confront unpleasant truths that they either didn't want to face or didn't even consider.

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Whether it's TheMentor trying to force their student [[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn to learn a vital lesson]], or a villain trying [[BreakThemByTalking to reduce a hero to a wreck]], or a hero trying to [[KirkSummation show a villain how wrong they've been all this time]], or somebody desperately trying to force [[BrilliantButLazy the kid on the sidelines]] to realize they are [[DareToBeBadass meant to do something… something... more]], a good Armor Piercing Question either cuts directly to the heart of a person's worldview, obsession, or psyche, or else forces the listener to confront unpleasant truths that they either didn't want to face or didn't even consider.



-->'''Historia:''' [[spoiler:Father...why didn't...my older sister fight?]]

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-->'''Historia:''' [[spoiler:Father... why didn't...didn't... my older sister fight?]]



'''Shinji'''(coldly):''“Just words, [...] Just words… have you said them to Misato-san?”''

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'''Shinji'''(coldly):''“Just words, [...] Just words… words... have you said them to Misato-san?”''



--->'''Fuyutsuki''':''"You're going too far, Ikari. Yui wouldn't approve what you're about to do. She would probably wonder what happened to the Gendo she loved and married...and how could you call that 'humankind's evolution'?"''\\

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--->'''Fuyutsuki''':''"You're going too far, Ikari. Yui wouldn't approve what you're about to do. She would probably wonder what happened to the Gendo she loved and married... and how could you call that 'humankind's evolution'?"''\\



'''Misato''':''"Asuka...tell me. Do you love him?"''\\

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'''Misato''':''"Asuka... tell me. Do you love him?"''\\



'''Asuka''' (between little sobs):''"Yes...I..."''

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'''Asuka''' (between little sobs):''"Yes... I..."''



'''Shinji''': I had to, […] If I didn't, everyone would have died.\\

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'''Shinji''': I had to, […] [...] If I didn't, everyone would have died.\\



'''Shinji''': He was an angel! […] He was an angel who looked like a human. Like Ayanami, I guess.\\

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'''Shinji''': He was an angel! […] [...] He was an angel who looked like a human. Like Ayanami, I guess.\\



'''Asuka''': You're sure? […] That's what he said?\\

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'''Asuka''': You're sure? […] [...] That's what he said?\\



'''Asuka''': If that's so, […] then why didn't he leave?\\
'''Shinji''': … what?\\

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'''Asuka''': If that's so, […] [...] then why didn't he leave?\\
'''Shinji''': … '''Shinji''': ... what?\\



--> '''Felicia''': "…..what do you see in Jakob of all people?"
--> '''Flora''': "He became my friend when nobody else was, helped me even when I hurt him and even when I wasn't worth it. He makes my life worth living, because I know that if I keep on living, I'll get to see him again, [[FreudianSlip even if I can't stand with him like Azura can]]. [[ExplainExplainOhCrap He's…]]"

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--> '''Felicia''': "…..".....what do you see in Jakob of all people?"
--> '''Flora''': "He became my friend when nobody else was, helped me even when I hurt him and even when I wasn't worth it. He makes my life worth living, because I know that if I keep on living, I'll get to see him again, [[FreudianSlip even if I can't stand with him like Azura can]]. [[ExplainExplainOhCrap He's…]]"He's...]]"



-->'''Heins''': … how long have you known him?

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-->'''Heins''': … -->'''Heins''': ... how long have you known him?



--> '''Hinata:''' Are you angry solely because Naruto-kun has shown a crush on someone other than me...or is it because the someone in question is Sakura-san?

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--> '''Hinata:''' Are you angry solely because Naruto-kun has shown a crush on someone other than me... or is it because the someone in question is Sakura-san?



-->'''Rarity''': Dash… we all have a choice…Ours is to save the world… I've chosen to want you back as my friend… But what do YOU want to do?

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-->'''Rarity''': Dash… Dash... we all have a choice…Ours choice... Ours is to save the world… world... I've chosen to want you back as my friend… friend... But what do YOU want to do?



-->'''Marinette''': …Seven years ago, my best friend was akumatized. Hawk Moth took advantage of her when she was at her lowest point, and I knew that. Even afterwards, not once did I hold it against her. She’s such a spirited and compassionate person, always concerned with truth and justice… and if it weren’t for her, I honestly don’t think I’d be the person I am today. Are you telling me someone like that deserves to die just because a supervillain used her for his own schemes, once upon a time?
-->'''Chat''': …Is she really so great, if she was willing to go along with the schemes of a supervillain?

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-->'''Marinette''': …Seven -->'''Marinette''': ...Seven years ago, my best friend was akumatized. Hawk Moth took advantage of her when she was at her lowest point, and I knew that. Even afterwards, not once did I hold it against her. She’s such a spirited and compassionate person, always concerned with truth and justice… justice... and if it weren’t for her, I honestly don’t think I’d be the person I am today. Are you telling me someone like that deserves to die just because a supervillain used her for his own schemes, once upon a time?
-->'''Chat''': …Is -->'''Chat''': ...Is she really so great, if she was willing to go along with the schemes of a supervillain?



** Later, Ivan brings up the same point in a therapy session with Adrien, when he admits that Chat Noir scares him: "I don’t know what happened to change him… but the guy saved my life, once. I thought he was the coolest guy ever. But now, how do I know that he wouldn’t rip right through me if he saw me on the street? Or… Or what if Mylene ran into him in a dark alleyway? What if, instead of us, he only saw the akuma we once were?" Adrien is torn between thinking, "I would never do that!" and "Once an akuma, always an akuma," and he immediately recognises his hypocrisy. The above conversation then comes back to him, with Marinette's question being described as a seed of doubt that's taking root despite him trying to dig it out.

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** Later, Ivan brings up the same point in a therapy session with Adrien, when he admits that Chat Noir scares him: "I don’t know what happened to change him… him... but the guy saved my life, once. I thought he was the coolest guy ever. But now, how do I know that he wouldn’t rip right through me if he saw me on the street? Or… Or... Or what if Mylene ran into him in a dark alleyway? What if, instead of us, he only saw the akuma we once were?" Adrien is torn between thinking, "I would never do that!" and "Once an akuma, always an akuma," and he immediately recognises his hypocrisy. The above conversation then comes back to him, with Marinette's question being described as a seed of doubt that's taking root despite him trying to dig it out.



-->'''Kovu''': I have left the Outsiders. I am a rogue. Judge me now for what I am...or am I to be blamed for a crime I didn't commit?

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-->'''Kovu''': I have left the Outsiders. I am a rogue. Judge me now for what I am... or am I to be blamed for a crime I didn't commit?



* Subverted for humor in ''Film/FieldOfDreams''. After all but kidnapping one of his heroes, the author Terence Mann, to take him to a baseball game, Ray asks Terence, who's in the middle of a rant about why he's all but in hiding from the world, what he wants. As one might expect from a writer, Terence has his answer ready. A recluse from all the hippies he inspired in the sixties, he snaps that he wants people to stop asking him for answers, start thinking for themselves, and give him his privacy. Ray says, somewhat nonplussed, "No, I mean...whaddaya want?" and gestures. Terence follows the gesture...and [[NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion sees an impatient looking concession stand worker]]. "Oh. Dog and a beer."'

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* Subverted for humor in ''Film/FieldOfDreams''. After all but kidnapping one of his heroes, the author Terence Mann, to take him to a baseball game, Ray asks Terence, who's in the middle of a rant about why he's all but in hiding from the world, what he wants. As one might expect from a writer, Terence has his answer ready. A recluse from all the hippies he inspired in the sixties, he snaps that he wants people to stop asking him for answers, start thinking for themselves, and give him his privacy. Ray says, somewhat nonplussed, "No, I mean... whaddaya want?" and gestures. Terence follows the gesture... and [[NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion sees an impatient looking concession stand worker]]. "Oh. Dog and a beer."'



--> '''Dr. Sanderson:''' Mr. Elwood...what was your father's name? ''(Expecting it to be Harvey, the name of Elwood's 'imaginary' rabbit friend)''

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--> '''Dr. Sanderson:''' Mr. Elwood... what was your father's name? ''(Expecting it to be Harvey, the name of Elwood's 'imaginary' rabbit friend)''



*** Leads to later CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, "Tell Mother....I feel fine."

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*** Leads to later CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, "Tell Mother....Mother... I feel fine."



*** This particular question shakes up Damar so much that Kira considers apologizing, but Garak talks her down, saying that Damar's romanticized view of the old Cardassia desperately needed a reality check. Later, [[spoiler:Damar rescues Kira and Odo from an old-guard Cardassian, killing the latter, completing an important bit of CharacterDevelopment in the process. To quote Damar: "He was my friend. But his Cardassia's dead...and it won't be coming back."]]

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*** This particular question shakes up Damar so much that Kira considers apologizing, but Garak talks her down, saying that Damar's romanticized view of the old Cardassia desperately needed a reality check. Later, [[spoiler:Damar rescues Kira and Odo from an old-guard Cardassian, killing the latter, completing an important bit of CharacterDevelopment in the process. To quote Damar: "He was my friend. But his Cardassia's dead... and it won't be coming back."]]



* ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' has "Last Midnight," a song sung in the second act by the Witch. The whole first verse consists of simple questions delivered to the Baker, Jack, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood: "Told a little lie...stole a little gold...broke a little vow, did you?" Those questions force the heroes to admit that their shortsighted, self-centered wishes and "small" wrongdoings have had major consequences for everyone.

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* ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' has "Last Midnight," a song sung in the second act by the Witch. The whole first verse consists of simple questions delivered to the Baker, Jack, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood: "Told a little lie... stole a little gold...gold... broke a little vow, did you?" Those questions force the heroes to admit that their shortsighted, self-centered wishes and "small" wrongdoings have had major consequences for everyone.



-->" You...will remember me, won't you, Father? [[spoiler: Even once the Cynthia of this world is born?]]"

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-->" You... will remember me, won't you, Father? [[spoiler: Even once the Cynthia of this world is born?]]"



* In one of the final Missions of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', Niko Bellic finally accomplishes his reason behind moving from "the Old Country" to Liberty City. [[spoiler:He's finally tracked down his old war buddy (and the word "buddy" is used loosely) that sold out their troop and resulted in almost their entire squad being slaughtered like pigs, all so the traitor could get money to buy drugs with.]] Needless to say, in the conversation that follows As shown below), an armor piercer is shot at Niko, that actually affects him...for about five seconds.

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* In one of the final Missions of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', Niko Bellic finally accomplishes his reason behind moving from "the Old Country" to Liberty City. [[spoiler:He's finally tracked down his old war buddy (and the word "buddy" is used loosely) that sold out their troop and resulted in almost their entire squad being slaughtered like pigs, all so the traitor could get money to buy drugs with.]] Needless to say, in the conversation that follows As shown below), an armor piercer is shot at Niko, that actually affects him... for about five seconds.



'''PlayerCharacter:''' But...if you lose your compassion, will you still care about those slaves?\\
'''Yuthura:''' [sounding unsure] I...yes, of course. I--I mean...losing my compassion as in...holding back...

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'''PlayerCharacter:''' But... if you lose your compassion, will you still care about those slaves?\\
'''Yuthura:''' [sounding unsure] I... yes, of course. I--I mean... losing my compassion as in...in... holding back...



'''Beclem''': ''(gasps at her question, but tries to regain his composure)'' It's...for the safety of the village.

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'''Beclem''': ''(gasps at her question, but tries to regain his composure)'' It's... for the safety of the village.



* In "Joker's Favor," an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', everyman Charlie Collins, after a bad day, shouts at a speeding motorist who cut him off...that motorist happens to be ComicBook/TheJoker. In exchange for his life, Charlie agrees to do a "little favor" for the Clown Prince of Crime--a favor the Joker can cash in at any time. Charlie spends two years hiding from the Joker, but he still finds him and makes him help him with a plan to blow up Commissioner Gordon at a city banquet--and Charlie as well, [[ForTheEvulz just for the heck of it]]--by threatening Charlie's wife and son. When Batman saves the day, Charlie confronts the Joker, who laughs at him and then vows to kill his family if he's caught. Charlie then reveals that he found another one of the Joker's bombs, and threatens him with it. But the Joker's ''real'' deepest fear isn't death--it's the idea of dying at the hands of a "miserable little nobody" rather than Batman, and not pulling off a remarkable, memorable crime before he goes. Charlie reduces the Joker--a mass-murdering psychopath who's laughed at the Dark Knight himself--to a quivering wreck by asking him about this:

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* In "Joker's Favor," an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', everyman Charlie Collins, after a bad day, shouts at a speeding motorist who cut him off... that motorist happens to be ComicBook/TheJoker. In exchange for his life, Charlie agrees to do a "little favor" for the Clown Prince of Crime--a favor the Joker can cash in at any time. Charlie spends two years hiding from the Joker, but he still finds him and makes him help him with a plan to blow up Commissioner Gordon at a city banquet--and Charlie as well, [[ForTheEvulz just for the heck of it]]--by threatening Charlie's wife and son. When Batman saves the day, Charlie confronts the Joker, who laughs at him and then vows to kill his family if he's caught. Charlie then reveals that he found another one of the Joker's bombs, and threatens him with it. But the Joker's ''real'' deepest fear isn't death--it's the idea of dying at the hands of a "miserable little nobody" rather than Batman, and not pulling off a remarkable, memorable crime before he goes. Charlie reduces the Joker--a mass-murdering psychopath who's laughed at the Dark Knight himself--to a quivering wreck by asking him about this:
13th Mar '17 8:02:26 PM Randomwaffle23
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-->[[spoiler:'''Chara''': It was you who pushed everyting to it's edge.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Chara''': It was you who led the world to it's destruction.]]

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-->[[spoiler:'''Chara''': It was you who pushed everyting to it's its edge.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Chara''': It was you who led the world to it's its destruction.]]
12th Mar '17 6:31:17 PM Valiona
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7083976/29/Continuance Continuance]], Souji is highly suspicious that his mother, Izumi, has turned over a new leaf and wants to reconnect with him, her brother Ryotaro Dojima, and her niece, Nanako, and bluntly says that visiting him on the way to visit the Dojimas is unlike her. She then takes him off guard with the following question, and while he's tempted to say that she can't, he realizes his personal experiences prove otherwise.
-->'''Izumi''':Do you believe people can change?"\\
'''Souji''': What?\\
'''Izumi''': People," Izumi repeated. "Do you think they can change if they realize they were wrong about something? I won't deny that [[MarriedToTheJob my job has been important]]. It's been what I've wanted since I was younger than you. But I want to try to reconnect with Ryo and Nanako. I'd like to talk to you without us fighting. I've gotten three calls tonight, and haven't taken any of them. Tell me: do you think that people can change?
* In ''Fanfic/TheStalkingZukoSeries'', Aang gets kicked out of a meeting discussing what to do with Ozai now that his followers are planning on returning him to power after Zuko gets tired of Aang's stubborn refusal to even consider killing Ozai. As Aang begins wallowing in self-pity and complains that Zuko never listens to him, Hakoda asks him several such questions- why Aang thinks Zuko should listen to him, whether Aang thinks his opinion should matter even if he's wrong, and whether Aang's been listening to Zuko.
6th Mar '17 4:52:25 PM Skybrigadier
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* ''Fanfic/CorrinReacts'': Felicia asks one of these that directly forces Flora to quit ignoring the question of her burgeoning feelings for Corrin.
--> '''Felicia''': "…..what do you see in Jakob of all people?"
--> '''Flora''': "He became my friend when nobody else was, helped me even when I hurt him and even when I wasn't worth it. He makes my life worth living, because I know that if I keep on living, I'll get to see him again, [[FreudianSlip even if I can't stand with him like Azura can]]. [[ExplainExplainOhCrap He's…]]"
6th Mar '17 9:30:23 AM mkmlp
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* In the MLP fan comic ''WebComic/TrixieVs'', Trixie is visited by [[Literature/AChristmasCarol The Ghost of Hearts Warming Eve]] ''multiple'' years in a row, to the point that the ghost is forced to resort to showing Trixie the Ponyville of a world where she was never born, which looks exactly the same as the Ponyville from her world and asking her:
--> '''Ghost:''' Ok, so you say Trixie is the biggest thing to ever happen to Ponyville, right?
--> '''Trixie:''' Without a doubt!
--> '''Ghost:''' But in a world without Trixie Ponyville is no different. One minus zero is still one. Ponyville minus Trixie is still Ponyville. Do you understand what that means?
4th Mar '17 11:08:52 AM Wyldchyld
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* Magnificently parodied in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', when Chad gives one of these to Ichigo [[ShipTease regarding Orihime]] in the Thousand Year Old Blood Arc:
-->'''Chad''': "Hey, Kurosaki"
-->'''Ichigo''': "Hm?"
-->'''Chad''': "Well... I've been thinking about the right time to say this... What do you think?"
-->'''Ichigo''' [ [[OhCrap looking kinda panicked]] ]: "About what...?"
-->'''Chad''': "... [[TheCutie Inoue's]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} clothes]]"
-->'''[[CovertPervert Ichigo]]''': "................."
2nd Mar '17 6:28:53 PM WillBGood
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* Perhaps the biggest CrowningMomentOfAwesome in ''Sarum'' goes to Captain Wilson's wife Nellie, who upon her return to Salisbury is immediately accused by HolierThanThou Abigail Mason of being a harlot. Not only does the Captain denounce Abigail by asking the crowd, "And who's this pasty-faced scold?", but Nellie -- quickly sizing up the situation, in which Abigail and her brother-in-law have been watching her spouse Peter Mason being executed for heresy -- declares the ArmorPiercingAnswer, before the ''entire town'':

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* Perhaps the biggest CrowningMomentOfAwesome in ''Sarum'' goes to Captain Wilson's wife Nellie, who upon her return to Salisbury is immediately accused by HolierThanThou Abigail Mason of being a harlot. Not only does the Captain denounce Abigail by asking the crowd, "And who's this pasty-faced scold?", but Nellie -- quickly sizing up the situation, in which Abigail and her brother-in-law have been watching her spouse Peter Mason being executed for heresy -- declares the ArmorPiercingAnswer, ArmorPiercingResponse, before the ''entire town'':
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