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16th Mar '16 4:29:29 PM ObsidianFire
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** {{Averted}} in later season as Penny's finally gotten GenreSavvy enough to just roll with Sheldon's quirks and not ask why.

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** {{Averted}} in later season as Penny's finally gotten GenreSavvy smart enough to just roll with Sheldon's quirks and not ask why.



* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Kaldur explains Wally's disbelief in magic to the rest of TheTeam. Kaldur is himself a practitioner, and he and Wally have known each other for years.

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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Kaldur explains Wally's disbelief in magic to the rest of TheTeam. Kaldur is himself a practitioner, and he and Wally have known each other for years. \n\n----
3rd Jan '16 7:53:11 PM Willbyr
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-->--''TheBigBangTheory''

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-->--''TheBigBangTheory''
-->--''Series/TheBigBangTheory''



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* ''VisualNovel/GakuenHeaven'' sets characters up in neat pairs, so you don't have to reach far for the Manual. Omi/Saionji, King/Hideaki...
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Kurama/Hiei after the gate of betrayal, to bystander Yuusuke.
-->'''Yuusuke:''' You're a hell of an actor. Not everyone can pretend to laugh at their dying friends.\\
'''Hiei:''' Friends are a crutch for the weak. I only saved you because I might need you later.\\\
'''Kurama:''' That's his way of saying 'You're welcome'. You will learn.
* The ''Takumi-kun'' series has Akaike show up and dispense advice concerning Gii for [[ShrinkingViolet Takumi]].

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* ''Film/HowToLoseAGuyIn10Days'' has the mother let slip that Andie is the first girl Ben ever brought home. It's not exactly advice, but it's a "heads up" insight that let her see the context.

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* ''Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying''
** James acts as this for Dylan, and there is also a real manual which is circulated by email amongst new Warplings.
--->'''James:''' You don't just wake him up! There's a procedure.
** This trope is also lampshaded for Nathan.
--->'''Brad:''' Isn't there a manual for him?\\
'''James:''' It's in Chinese. Hence Chan.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Eric spends the early parts of ''Literature/AMagesPower'' studying his teammates' manuals because he likes puzzles. Thus, by the end of the adventure he's able to translate for others. For instance, when Tiza says, "You better do a good job healing (the patient) because I'm gonna beat them up later" what she ''really'' means to say is "I want (the patient) to be at full strength when I challenge them to an honorable duel".

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* ''GakuenHeaven'' sets characters up in neat pairs, so you don't have to reach far for the Manual. Omi/Saionji, King/Hideaki...
* ''YuYuHakusho'': Kurama/Hiei after the gate of betrayal, to bystander Yuusuke.
-->'''Yuusuke:''' You're a hell of an actor. Not everyone can pretend to laugh at their dying friends.
-->'''Hiei:''' Friends are a crutch for the weak. I only saved you because I might need you later.
-->'''Kurama:''' That's his way of saying 'You're welcome'. You will learn.
* ''Film/HowToLoseAGuyIn10Days'' has the mother let slip that Andie is the first girl Ben ever brought home. It's not exactly advice, but it's a "heads up" insight that let her see the context.
* The ''Takumi-kun'' series has Akaike show up and dispense advice concerning Gii for [[ShrinkingViolet Takumi]].



--> '''Leonard:''' *In regards to Sheldon's latest freak out* Aren't you going to ask?
--> '''Penny:''' What is this [[LampshadeHanging my first day]]?

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--> ---> '''Leonard:''' *In regards to Sheldon's latest freak out* Aren't you going to ask?
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ask?\\
'''Penny:''' What is this [[LampshadeHanging my first day]]?




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* ''Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying''
** James acts as this for Dylan, and there is also a real manual which is circulated by email amongst new Warplings.
-->'''James:''' You don't just wake him up! There's a procedure.
** This trope is also lampshaded for Nathan.
-->'''Brad:''' Isn't there a manual for him?\\
'''James:''' It's in Chinese. Hence Chan.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Eric spends the early parts of ''Literature/AMagesPower'' studying his teammates' manuals because he likes puzzles. Thus, by the end of the adventure he's able to translate for others. For instance, when Tiza says, "You better do a good job healing (the patient) because I'm gonna beat them up later" what she ''really'' means to say is "I want (the patient) to be at full strength when I challenge them to an honorable duel".
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* ''Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying''
** James acts as this for Dylan, and there is also a real manual which is circulated by email amongst new Warplings.
-->'''James:''' You don't just wake him up! There's a procedure.
** This trope is also lampshaded for Nathan.
-->'''Brad:''' Isn't there a manual for him?\\
'''James:''' It's in Chinese. Hence Chan.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Eric spends the early parts of ''Literature/AMagesPower'' studying his teammates' manuals because he likes puzzles. Thus, by the end of the adventure he's able to translate for others. For instance, when Tiza says, "You better do a good job healing (the patient) because I'm gonna beat them up later" what she ''really'' means to say is "I want (the patient) to be at full strength when I challenge them to an honorable duel".
<<|NarrativeDevices|>>

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26th Nov '15 3:02:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''HowToLoseAGuyIn10Days'' has the mother let slip that Andie is the first girl Ben ever brought home. It's not exactly advice, but it's a "heads up" insight that let her see the context.

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* ''HowToLoseAGuyIn10Days'' ''Film/HowToLoseAGuyIn10Days'' has the mother let slip that Andie is the first girl Ben ever brought home. It's not exactly advice, but it's a "heads up" insight that let her see the context.



* Frequently used in ''TheBigBangTheory'' regarding Sheldon - most often to [[FishOutOfWater Penny]], but sometimes from Leonard to the other guys who aren't quite so used to him (as evidenced by the page quote). Justified in this case as Sheldon really did come with a manual the form of The Roommate Agreement which Leonard had to sign. It's full of various rules for their interactions. Most of which are rules that let Leonard know not to do X thing that will annoy Sheldon sufficiently to make him unbearable.

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* Frequently used in ''TheBigBangTheory'' ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' regarding Sheldon - most often to [[FishOutOfWater Penny]], but sometimes from Leonard to the other guys who aren't quite so used to him (as evidenced by the page quote). Justified in this case as Sheldon really did come with a manual the form of The Roommate Agreement which Leonard had to sign. It's full of various rules for their interactions. Most of which are rules that let Leonard know not to do X thing that will annoy Sheldon sufficiently to make him unbearable.



* {{Scrubs}}: Not just with the main HeterosexualLifePartners JD and Turk, but other characters either start out close enough for this, or develop it as the series progresses.

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* {{Scrubs}}: ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Not just with the main HeterosexualLifePartners JD and Turk, but other characters either start out close enough for this, or develop it as the series progresses.
17th Sep '15 8:41:43 AM Koveras
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Plots would move more efficiently if difficult people had manuals. Convenient humanoid manuals, like best friends who know all the intricacies of their personality and are looking to clear the conflict up for the sake of their friend.

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Plots would move more efficiently if difficult people had manuals. Convenient humanoid manuals, like best friends {{best friend}}s who know all the intricacies of their personality and are looking to clear the conflict up for the sake of their friend.
28th Apr '15 9:32:18 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Bones}}'':

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* ''{{Bones}}'':''{{Series/Bones}}'':
6th Apr '15 1:28:11 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* Much of the dialog in ''Series/{{House}}'' is devoted to troubleshooting. They're not really manuals when throwing out conjectures, but House's ex-girlfriend and Wilson, and later his former team, have enough experience to strip him down sometimes.

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* Much ''Series/{{House}}''
**Much
of the dialog in ''Series/{{House}}'' is devoted to troubleshooting. They're not really manuals when throwing out conjectures, but House's ex-girlfriend and Wilson, and later his former team, have enough experience to strip him down sometimes.



** {{Averted}} in the most recent season as Penny's finally gotten GenreSavvy enough to just roll with Sheldon's quirks and not ask why.

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** {{Averted}} in the most recent later season as Penny's finally gotten GenreSavvy enough to just roll with Sheldon's quirks and not ask why.



* In many ways, this is at the heart of {{Scrubs}}. Not just with the main HeterosexualLifePartners JD and Turk, but other characters either start out close enough for this, or develop it as the series progresses.
* Kaldur in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' explain Wally's disbelief in magic to the rest of TheTeam. Kaldur is himself a practitioner, and he and Wally have known each other for years.

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* In many ways, this is at the heart of {{Scrubs}}. {{Scrubs}}: Not just with the main HeterosexualLifePartners JD and Turk, but other characters either start out close enough for this, or develop it as the series progresses.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Kaldur in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' explain explains Wally's disbelief in magic to the rest of TheTeam. Kaldur is himself a practitioner, and he and Wally have known each other for years.


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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Eric spends the early parts of ''Literature/AMagesPower'' studying his teammates' manuals because he likes puzzles. Thus, by the end of the adventure he's able to translate for others. For instance, when Tiza says, "You better do a good job healing (the patient) because I'm gonna beat them up later" what she ''really'' means to say is "I want (the patient) to be at full strength when I challenge them to an honorable duel".
13th Apr '14 6:02:26 PM paycheckgurl
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** {{Averted}} in the most recent season as Penny's finally gotten GenreSavy enough to just roll with Sheldon's quirks and not ask why.

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** {{Averted}} in the most recent season as Penny's finally gotten GenreSavy GenreSavvy enough to just roll with Sheldon's quirks and not ask why.



---> '''Penny:''' What is this [[LampshadeHanging my first day]]?

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---> --> '''Penny:''' What is this [[LampshadeHanging my first day]]?
13th Apr '14 6:01:47 PM paycheckgurl
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** {{Averted}} in the most recent season as Penny's finally gotten GenreSavy enough to just roll with Sheldon's quirks and not ask why.
--> '''Leonard:''' *In regards to Sheldon's latest freak out* Aren't you going to ask?
---> '''Penny:''' What is this [[LampshadeHanging my first day]]?
5th Nov '13 7:08:37 AM FlowerofMay
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** Sheldon's mom also acts as a manual on occasion, since she's the only person who can handle Sheldon when he's acting particularly crazy.
21st Oct '13 1:20:47 AM Vasha
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Often packaged as a convenient one-liner in response to a confused/abused expression or exclamation, the Manual Moment is a dialog device. It's a short, essential insight into understanding why someone is suddenly wanting to act out a chapter of "How to Deal With Difficult People," given by someone who can get inside their head.

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Often packaged as a convenient one-liner in response to a confused/abused expression or exclamation, the Manual Moment is a dialog device. It's a short, essential insight into understanding why someone is suddenly wanting to act out a chapter of "How to Deal With with Difficult People," given by someone who can get inside their head.



The Manual, usually a friend, ex-lover or family member, has already leveled up in the area of understanding that particular model of VCR. They're ready to shepherd the n00b around the traps and over-reactions into greener pastures with a simple and unintuitive insight. Compare CloudCuckoolandersMinder.

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The Manual, usually a friend, ex-lover or family member, has already leveled up in the area of understanding that particular model of VCR. They're ready to shepherd the n00b around the traps and over-reactions into greener pastures with a simple and unintuitive insight. Compare CloudCuckoolandersMinder.
CloudcuckoolandersMinder.
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