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9th Sep '17 3:58:33 PM nombretomado
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* You would think that it's impossible for anything as short as a TV ad to have a BLAM, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhm-22Q0PuM this ad]] for Herman Cain (at the time a candidate for the [[AmericanPoliticalSystem 2012 Republican nomination for President]]) proves us all wrong. It features Cain's Chief of Staff Mark Block talking about what Cain hopes to achieve by running...and then, towards the very end, out of nowhere, [[RandomSmokingScene a shot of him randomly taking a drag off his cigarette]]. Combined with the closing shot of Cain slowly turning to the camera and slooooooowly smiling, the ad [[MemeticMutation quickly went viral]].

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* You would think that it's impossible for anything as short as a TV ad to have a BLAM, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhm-22Q0PuM this ad]] for Herman Cain (at the time a candidate for the [[AmericanPoliticalSystem [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem 2012 Republican nomination for President]]) proves us all wrong. It features Cain's Chief of Staff Mark Block talking about what Cain hopes to achieve by running...and then, towards the very end, out of nowhere, [[RandomSmokingScene a shot of him randomly taking a drag off his cigarette]]. Combined with the closing shot of Cain slowly turning to the camera and slooooooowly smiling, the ad [[MemeticMutation quickly went viral]].
1st Sep '17 4:35:46 PM Everdream
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** In ''The Gospel of Mark,'' When Jesus is being seized, some random unidentified man following him is grabbed by his garment, struggles loose and runs away stark naked leaving his clothes behind. Who this man is and why exactly God decided to tell us about this has been the subject of much confusion and many sermons.

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** In ''The Gospel of Mark,'' When when Jesus is being seized, some random unidentified man following him is grabbed by his garment, struggles loose and runs away stark naked leaving his clothes behind. Who this man is and why exactly God decided to tell us about this has been the subject of much confusion and many sermons.
1st Sep '17 4:33:43 PM Everdream
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** In ''Exodus,'' in one of the weirdest moments in the Bible, God almost kills Moses, only stopping when Moses's wife cuts off their son's foreskin and touches Moses's feet with it. What?
** In ''the Gospel of Mark,'' When Jesus is being seized, some random unidentified man following him is grabbed by his garment, gets loose and runs away stark naked leaving his clothes behind. Exactly who this man was and why exactly God decided to tell us about this has been the subject of many sermons.

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** In ''Exodus,'' in one of the weirdest moments in the Bible, God almost kills Moses, Moses and only stopping stops when Moses's wife cuts off their son's foreskin (yes, from his ''penis'') and touches Moses's feet with it. What?
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** In ''the ''The Gospel of Mark,'' When Jesus is being seized, some random unidentified man following him is grabbed by his garment, gets struggles loose and runs away stark naked leaving his clothes behind. Exactly who Who this man was is and why exactly God decided to tell us about this has been the subject of much confusion and many sermons.
31st Aug '17 11:26:35 PM Everdream
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* ''Literature/TheBible:''
** In ''Exodus,'' in one of the weirdest moments in the Bible, God almost kills Moses, only stopping when Moses's wife cuts off their son's foreskin and touches Moses's feet with it. What?
** In ''the Gospel of Mark,'' When Jesus is being seized, some random unidentified man following him is grabbed by his garment, gets loose and runs away stark naked leaving his clothes behind. Exactly who this man was and why exactly God decided to tell us about this has been the subject of many sermons.
9th Jul '17 8:41:46 PM MHarrington
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->''"This is named after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5iZE6-a9jU the random musical number sung by a big-lipped alligator]] towards the end of the film'' WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven. ''A scene that comes right the fuck out of nowhere; has little to no bearing whatsoever on the plot; is WAY over the top in terms of ridiculousness, even within the context of the movie; and after it happens, no one ever speaks of it again."''

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->''"This is named after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5iZE6-a9jU the random musical number sung by a big-lipped alligator]] towards the end of the film'' WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven. ''A scene that comes right the fuck out of nowhere; has little to no bearing whatsoever on the plot; is WAY over the top in terms of ridiculousness, [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext even within the context of the movie; movie]]; and after it happens, no one ever speaks of it again."''
5th May '17 7:24:43 PM Luigifan
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** The plot comes to a halt as the scene takes its spot in the running time. There can't be any Foreshadowing and it can't take a logical place in the plot (e.g., coming across a trap while StormingTheCastle is not random, but expected.)

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** The plot comes to a halt as the scene takes its spot in the running time. There can't be any Foreshadowing {{Foreshadowing}} and it can't take a logical place in the plot (e.g., coming across a trap while StormingTheCastle is not random, but expected.)



** The fictional setting, characters and narrative devices have to be at odds with the scene. In that regard, WorldBuilding moments, strange personalities, and a surreal story structure that can explain its origin are exempt from this trope. For instance, AllJustADream gives a good reason, as using the trope tends to go hand-in-hand with the surreal (although for some genres and franchises, using the scenario of AllJustADream itself may qualify).

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** The fictional setting, characters characters, and narrative devices have to be at odds with the scene. In that regard, WorldBuilding moments, strange personalities, and a surreal story structure that can explain its origin are exempt from this trope. For instance, AllJustADream gives a good reason, as using the trope tends to go hand-in-hand with the surreal (although for some genres and franchises, using the scenario of AllJustADream itself may qualify).



The Trope Namer is ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', and the TropeCodifier is WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic from their review of ''WesternAnimation/FernGully'' while commenting on another example. In the trope naming scene (in a movie that mostly deals with talking dogs, the afterlife, and mafia undertones, somewhat strange itself) a big-lipped, Cajun-accented, bone-through-the-nose alligator takes a liking to the main character Charlie and forces him to sing a duet "Let's Make Music Together". While the alligator goes on to have a role in the plot later on, Charlie is noticeably very confused over the whole song.

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The Trope Namer is ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', and the TropeCodifier is WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic from their review of ''WesternAnimation/FernGully'' while commenting on another example. In the trope naming scene (in a movie that mostly deals with talking dogs, the afterlife, and mafia undertones, somewhat strange itself) itself), a big-lipped, Cajun-accented, bone-through-the-nose alligator takes a liking to the main character Charlie and forces him to sing a duet "Let's Make Music Together". While the alligator goes on to have a role in the plot later on, Charlie is noticeably very confused over the whole song.



Adding to the controversy is the fact that, in certain circumstances at least, belief in this trope could be considered an example of the PerfectSolutionFallacy; defined in this case as excessive pedantry about adherence to the {{Law Of Conservation Of Detail}}. Aside from anything else, there are works where irrelevant or obfuscating details are actually important; pare down the details too much in a murder mystery, for instance, and you risk making the plot obvious from the outset. Being excessively paranoid about avoiding this trope or conserving detail, also potentially puts constraints on creativity in general terms, as well.

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Adding to the controversy is the fact that, in certain circumstances at least, belief in this trope could be considered an example of the PerfectSolutionFallacy; defined in this case as excessive pedantry about adherence to the {{Law Of Conservation Of Detail}}. Aside from anything else, there are works where irrelevant or obfuscating details are actually important; pare down the details too much in a murder mystery, for instance, and you risk making the plot obvious from the outset. Being excessively paranoid about avoiding this trope or conserving detail, detail also potentially puts constraints on creativity in general terms, as well.



* BrickJoke: It comes out of nowhere, seems like it has no relevance at first (or only marginal relevance), disappears for awhile then comes back like a boomerang later on at some random point and becomes relevant, even if only to a very minor plot element. If it does so more than once, it becomes a RunningGag.
* CutawayGag: A throwaway joke that has a {{framing device}} of a character reminiscing of an unrelated past story/flashback or an ImagineSpot or a WhatIf scenario.

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* BrickJoke: It comes out of nowhere, seems like it has no relevance at first (or only marginal relevance), disappears for awhile awhile, then comes back like a boomerang later on at some random point and becomes relevant, even if only to a very minor plot element. If it does so more than once, it becomes a RunningGag.
* CutawayGag: A throwaway joke that has a {{framing device}} of a character reminiscing of an unrelated past story/flashback story[=/=]flashback or an ImagineSpot or a WhatIf scenario.
18th Mar '17 4:14:43 AM kilian
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Also compare WhatHappenedToTheMouse, AbortedArc, MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext, and FlashMob (a RealLife BLAM). If the BLAM is used to sell products, it may be a ProductPromotionParade.

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Also compare WhatHappenedToTheMouse, AbortedArc, MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext, and FlashMob (a RealLife BLAM). If the BLAM is used to sell products, it may be a ProductPromotionParade.
ProductPromotionParade. If it's inappropriate in nature, it might be a CensorDecoy that failed to do its job.
14th Mar '17 2:46:59 PM thelivingtoad
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Springboarding from there, we find the Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, or BLAM ([[FunWithAcronyms an appropriate term in itself,]] as they tend to show up with all the subtlety of a shotgun blast). This is a very bizarre scene in an otherwise normal story that veers off into the surreal or strange. Upon exiting that scene, the plot continues on like it never happened. Think the "Party Time" number from ''WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn''.

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Springboarding from there, we find the Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, or BLAM ([[FunWithAcronyms an appropriate term in itself,]] as they tend to show up with all the subtlety of a shotgun blast). This is a very bizarre scene in an otherwise normal story that veers off into the surreal or strange. Upon exiting that scene, the plot continues on like it never happened. Think the "Party Time" number from ''WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn''.
happened.
12th Mar '17 5:09:48 PM OzGuy
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Springboarding from there, we find the Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, or BLAM ([[FunWithAcronyms an appropriate term in itself,]] as they tend to show up with all the subtlety of a shotgun blast). This is a very bizarre scene in an otherwise normal story that veers off into the surreal or strange. Upon exiting that scene, the plot continues on like it never happened.

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Springboarding from there, we find the Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, or BLAM ([[FunWithAcronyms an appropriate term in itself,]] as they tend to show up with all the subtlety of a shotgun blast). This is a very bizarre scene in an otherwise normal story that veers off into the surreal or strange. Upon exiting that scene, the plot continues on like it never happened.
happened. Think the "Party Time" number from ''WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn''.
1st Mar '17 1:57:33 AM Rainbowdash55
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** ''BLAM/{{Evaporate}}''
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