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17th Jul '16 4:02:28 PM nighttrainfm
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'''Doctor''': Well, she's British and moneyed. That's what they do. They '''carry on'''.

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'''Doctor''': Well, [[VerbalTic Wellll]], [[StiffUpperLip she's British and moneyed. moneyed.]] That's what they do. They '''carry on'''.
14th Jul '16 6:58:51 PM Monolaf317
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** Scooby Doo can talk...and no one cares (though it was lampshaded in that movie with the aliens...) Lampshaded in the crossover episode with Tim Conway. This one has evolved into a running gag with the latter movies, where someone would exclaim "Oh my gosh! A talking dog!" and Scooby would answer [[FunetikAksent "Rog? Rhere?"]]

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** Scooby Doo can talk...and no one cares (though it was lampshaded in that movie with the aliens...) Lampshaded in the crossover episode with Tim Conway. This one has evolved into a running gag with the latter movies, where someone would exclaim "Oh my gosh! A talking dog!" and Scooby would answer [[FunetikAksent "Rog? "Rog?]] [[WhereWhere Rhere?"]]
3rd Jun '16 7:47:49 PM merotoker
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* Despite the fact that Creator/MarvelComics's version of New York City has been the site of multiple alien invasions, a demonic infestation, has suffered through every kind of cockamamie plot imaginable, and is routinely targeted by {{supervillain}}s of every stripe, there has never been any sort of mass exodus or serious damage to the economy in spite of all the upheavals. (Probably because ComicBook/DamageControl repairs everything so efficiently.) When 9/11 rolled around, it portrayed the Kingpin, Magneto, and Dr. Doom as sincerely moved. Problem is, the Franchise/MarvelUniverse has had much worse. Magneto was actually ''killed'' in such an attack, on Genosha, which killed 16 million people. 9/11, by MU standards, was actually a low-impact event. Furthermore, while the Kingpin might be moved by love for his city, there is no real reason why Dr. Doom would care either way. All comics publishers were in a bind there, because with New York as the home of the ComicBook/FantasticFour and ComicBook/TheAvengers, or the ComicBook/XMen in the same state, or Franchise/{{Superman}} ''on Earth'', it's hard to believe it could still happen, but would have been seen as disrespectful to ignore it. It gets worse. Juggernaut was seen there crying. Juggernaut, in the past, has actually knocked down one of the two buildings himself and laughed out loud about it.
* Similarly, Franchise/{{Batman}}'s home town of Gotham City never suffers from any long-term economic damage or loss of population, even though a number of psychopathic supervillains routinely use the city as a stage for their grisly "performances" (the Joker), a giant petri dish for their scientific experiments (the Scarecrow), or a base for their environmental crusades (Poison Ivy). Ignoring them, the city has long been a WretchedHive of endemic police and civic corruption and mob activity, making it curious that anyone would willingly choose to live there.

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* Despite the fact that Creator/MarvelComics's version of New York City has been the site of multiple alien invasions, a demonic infestation, has suffered through every kind of cockamamie plot imaginable, and is routinely targeted by {{supervillain}}s of every stripe, there has never been any sort of mass exodus or serious damage to the economy in spite of all the upheavals. (Probably because ComicBook/DamageControl repairs everything so efficiently.) When 9/11 rolled around, it portrayed the Kingpin, Magneto, ComicBook/TheKingpin, SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}, and Dr. Doom as sincerely moved. Problem is, the Franchise/MarvelUniverse has had much worse. Magneto was actually ''killed'' in such an attack, on Genosha, which killed 16 million people. 9/11, by MU standards, was actually a low-impact event. Furthermore, while the Kingpin might be moved by love for his city, there is no real reason why Dr. Doom would care either way. All comics publishers were in a bind there, because with New York as the home of the ComicBook/FantasticFour and ComicBook/TheAvengers, or the ComicBook/XMen in the same state, or Franchise/{{Superman}} ''on Earth'', Earth'', it's hard to believe it could still happen, but would have been seen as disrespectful to ignore it. It gets worse. Juggernaut was seen there crying. Juggernaut, in the past, has actually knocked down one of the two buildings himself and laughed out loud about it.
* Similarly, Franchise/{{Batman}}'s home town of Gotham City never suffers from any long-term economic damage or loss of population, even though a number of psychopathic supervillains routinely use the city as a stage for their grisly "performances" (the Joker), (ComicBook/TheJoker), a giant petri dish for their scientific experiments (the Scarecrow), or a base for their environmental crusades (Poison Ivy). Ignoring them, the city has long been a WretchedHive of endemic police and civic corruption and mob activity, making it curious that anyone would willingly choose to live there.



* An old example is the way white people are overrepresented in golden-age superhero comics. We the readers know that this is because that's how you made superheroes comics back then, but it's very strange how nobody in-story ever notices the lack of super-powered non-whites.

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* An old example is the way white people are overrepresented in golden-age superhero comics.UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks. We the readers know that this is because that's how you made superheroes comics back then, but it's very strange how nobody in-story ever notices the lack of super-powered non-whites.



* Beautifully played in Nicole Kidman's ''Film/TheOthers''. Throughout the movie there is the palpable sense that ''something'' has happened in the house and that ''everyone'' knows something that they're not talking about - but what it is remains a mystery to each character and to the audience until the conclusion.

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* Beautifully played in Nicole Kidman's Creator/NicoleKidman's ''Film/TheOthers''. Throughout the movie there is the palpable sense that ''something'' has happened in the house and that ''everyone'' knows something that they're not talking about - but what it is remains a mystery to each character and to the audience until the conclusion.



* In the live action ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' movie. Like Scooby-Doo almost everyone knows Yogi and Booboo are talking bears but no one cares that much. Well, the movie ''does'' imply that in-universe there is a species of bear that talks. (Albeit a very rare one)

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* In the live action ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' movie.''Film/YogiBear''. Like Scooby-Doo almost everyone knows Yogi and Booboo are talking bears but no one cares that much. Well, the movie ''does'' imply that in-universe there is a species of bear that talks. (Albeit a very rare one)



* A fairly common interpretation of KingArthur's actions in ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'' is that he knows that Lancelot is sleeping with Guinevere, or has at least heard the rumors, but refuses to address the issue because he knows the damage it will cause. The rest of the court seems similarly inclined, because even while they circulate rumors they never address the king with their suspicions. At least not until Agravain decides he wants more space in the room.

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* A fairly common interpretation of KingArthur's Myth/KingArthur's actions in ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'' is that he knows that Lancelot is sleeping with Guinevere, or has at least heard the rumors, but refuses to address the issue because he knows the damage it will cause. The rest of the court seems similarly inclined, because even while they circulate rumors they never address the king with their suspicions. At least not until Agravain decides he wants more space in the room.



* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Stephenie Meyer invoked this when a fan asked why Bella never seemed to [[NoPeriodsPeriod menstruate]], then got pregnant with demon spawn after having sex once. Or if she did menstruate, why didn't her vampire boyfriend eat her? The author seemed to be disgusted by the entire idea, though some people still think the question was an excellent point.

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* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Stephenie Meyer Creator/StephenieMeyer invoked this when a fan asked why Bella never seemed to [[NoPeriodsPeriod menstruate]], then got pregnant with demon spawn after having sex once. Or if she did menstruate, why didn't her vampire boyfriend eat her? The author seemed to be disgusted by the entire idea, though some people still think the question was an excellent point.



* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Sunnydale's vampire problem seems to be treated this way, as several episodes make it obvious that the {{Muggles}} know what's going on (especially after season three), they just try to ignore it and get on with their lives. This was made especially obvious during the prom episode: when giving out the various class superlatives, Jonathan announces that everyone ''knows'' there's something weird about the town but don't know ''what,'' only that Buffy is involved with it and seems to help stop it. As a result, [[Heartwarming/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the class gives her a special "Class Protector" award]].

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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Sunnydale's vampire problem seems to be treated this way, as several episodes make it obvious that the {{Muggles}} know what's going on (especially after season three), [[WeirdnessCensor they just try to ignore it and get on with their lives.lives]]. This was made especially obvious during the prom episode: when giving out the various class superlatives, Jonathan announces that everyone ''knows'' there's something weird about the town but don't know ''what,'' only that Buffy is involved with it and seems to help stop it. As a result, [[Heartwarming/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the class gives her a special "Class Protector" award]].



* Played for horror in ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "It's a Good Life", where the residents of Peaksville, Ohio have to pretend that everything is fine and perfectly normal, to avoid angering the [[AGodAmI all-powerful]] mind-reading child who controls their lives. To openly admit the horror of their situation leads to madness and/or a horrible death. That one is parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E7TreehouseOfHorrorII Treehouse of Horror II]]" episode, though it's a dream of Bart. Bart has that power and it goes pretty much like the original, only naturally less horrible. Then Bart gets therapy to get over whatever they called what he was doing (the forcing people to be happy, not the being all-mighty), which he does and develops a sane relationship with Homer. In the end they hug in sign of friendship, and then Bart wakes up, screaming in terror.
* A common AlternativeCharacterInterpretation in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is that Arthur is aware of Merlin's magic, and simply choosing to ignore it. This is sometimes extended to Gwen and Morgana, or even to pretty much the entire castle except, obviously, King Uther.

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* Played for horror in ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "It's a Good Life", where the residents of Peaksville, Ohio have to pretend that everything is fine and perfectly normal, to avoid angering the [[AGodAmI all-powerful]] mind-reading child who controls their lives. To openly admit the horror of their situation leads to madness and/or a horrible death. That one is parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E7TreehouseOfHorrorII Treehouse of Horror II]]" episode, though it's a dream of Bart. Bart has that power and it goes pretty much like the original, only naturally less horrible. Then Bart gets therapy to get over whatever they called what he was doing (the forcing people to be happy, not the being all-mighty), which he does and develops a sane relationship with Homer. In the end they hug in sign of friendship, and then Bart wakes up, screaming in terror.
* A common AlternativeCharacterInterpretation in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' is that Arthur is aware of Merlin's magic, and simply choosing to ignore it. This is sometimes extended to Gwen and Morgana, or even to pretty much the entire castle except, obviously, King Uther.



* Creator/MarkEvanier relates a hilarious story of the time when he worked as head writer for the infamous sketch variety show ''Series/PinkLadyAndJeff'', and was inspired to ask the producers for a live elephant to use as a gag in an {{infomercial}} skit. The joke was that the announcer (Jeff Altman) was supposed to deliver the whole commercial without noticing that there was an elephant on the set until the end. When it came time to film, however, the elephant made the skit [[CrowningMomentOfFunny a lot funnier]] by doing some, shall we say, [[RoadApples unscripted improv]] on the floor. Read the story [[http://www.povonline.com/cols/COL226.htm here]].

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* Creator/MarkEvanier relates a hilarious story of the time when he worked as head writer for the infamous sketch variety show ''Series/PinkLadyAndJeff'', and was inspired to ask the producers for a live elephant to use as a gag in an {{infomercial}} skit. The joke was that the announcer (Jeff Altman) was supposed to deliver the whole commercial without noticing that there was an elephant on the set until the end. When it came time to film, however, the elephant made the skit [[CrowningMomentOfFunny a lot funnier]] by doing some, shall we say, [[RoadApples unscripted improv]] on the floor. Read the story [[http://www.povonline.com/cols/COL226.htm newsfromme.com/pov/col226/ here]].



* [[https://www.facebook.com/maarivonline/photos/a.343062692466563.66376.340687592704073/639302126175950/?type=1 The 2015-01-25 daily illustration]] on ''Ma‘ariv Online'' by Uri Fink (of ''ComicBook/Zbeng'' fame) features one in a complex metaphor: UsefulNotes/BarackObama is speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the former remarking, ‘...When you visit there’s always an elephant in the room,’ struggling to take up some room for himself against [[http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1481/why-is-the-republican-party-called-the-gop the elephant with a large R on its back]] sitting there, looking at him smugly.

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* [[https://www.facebook.com/maarivonline/photos/a.343062692466563.66376.340687592704073/639302126175950/?type=1 The 2015-01-25 daily illustration]] on ''Ma‘ariv Online'' by Uri Fink (of ''ComicBook/Zbeng'' ''ComicBook/{{Zbeng}}'' fame) features one in a complex metaphor: UsefulNotes/BarackObama is speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the former remarking, ‘...When you visit there’s always an elephant in the room,’ struggling to take up some room for himself against [[http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1481/why-is-the-republican-party-called-the-gop the elephant with a large R on its back]] sitting there, looking at him smugly.



* Every single character (except the housemaid) in Eugene O'Neill's ''Long Day's Journey into Night'' has his or her own personal elephant: James Tyrone has his financially-crippling combination of buying worthless land and cutting costs on everything else; Mary has her morphine addiction; James Jr. has his long-held resentment over his status as TheUnfavorite and fear that his parents blame him for killing his infant brother by infecting him with measles; and Edmund (an AuthorAvatar of O'Neill himself) has his tuberculosis. The drama of the play centers on all four of these elephants being dragged into the light, examined, and ultimately left unresolved.

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* Every single character (except the housemaid) in Eugene O'Neill's ''Long Day's Journey into Night'' has his or her own personal elephant: James Tyrone has his financially-crippling combination of buying worthless land and cutting costs on everything else; Mary has her morphine addiction; James Jr. has his long-held resentment over his status as TheUnfavorite TheUnfavourite and fear that his parents blame him for killing his infant brother by infecting him with measles; and Edmund (an AuthorAvatar of O'Neill himself) has his tuberculosis. The drama of the play centers on all four of these elephants being dragged into the light, examined, and ultimately left unresolved.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents!'' has quite a few, some bordering on FridgeLogic:.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents!'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents!'' has quite a few, some bordering on FridgeLogic:.FridgeLogic:



** A sub-elephant brought about by the finale: [[spoiler: now that the world has been retroactively "normalized," Scooby may be the only talking animal left in the world.]]

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** A sub-elephant brought about by the finale: [[spoiler: now that the world has been retroactively "normalized," Scooby may be the only talking animal left in the world.]]world]].



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has Brian, a talking dog--who interacts with everyone, has human girlfriends, drives a Prius, and so on. Yet no one ever questions it.
** Unless it's funny. Like when Peter is suddenly shocked to hear Brian talking... in the middle of a conversation, after having known him for years. Or when Brian goes to visit the farm he was born on:
--> '''Farmer:''' Biscuit had a lot of puppies.
--> '''Brian:''' I was the one who could talk.
--> '''Farmer:''' Brian!

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
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Brian, a talking dog--who interacts with everyone, has human girlfriends, drives a Prius, and so on. Yet no one ever questions it. \n** Unless it's funny. Like when Peter is suddenly shocked to hear Brian talking... in the middle of a conversation, after having known him for years. Or when Brian goes to visit the farm he was born on:
--> ---> '''Farmer:''' Biscuit had a lot of puppies.
--> ---> '''Brian:''' I was the one who could talk.
--> ---> '''Farmer:''' Brian!



** Played surprisingly seriously in "Seahorse Seashell Party." Throughout the series, poor Meg is the Queen of [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkeys]]--she's openly mocked, criticized, excluded, mistreated, and even ''set on fire'' by Peter, Lois, and Chris. In this episode, she finally calls Chris, Lois, and Peter out on their horrific treatment of her, and delivers [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech blistering speeches]] about their own flaws. The problem is that these revelations cause her brother and parents to start fighting endlessly with one another, prompting Meg to realize that she needs to be the target of the family's derision to keep them all alive. In other words, when she mentions the elephant, it goes on a rampage.

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** Played surprisingly seriously in "Seahorse Seashell Party." Throughout the series, poor Meg is the Queen of [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkeys]]--she's {{Butt Monkey}}s--she's openly mocked, criticized, excluded, mistreated, and even ''set on fire'' by Peter, Lois, and Chris. In this episode, she finally calls Chris, Lois, and Peter out on their horrific treatment of her, and delivers [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech blistering speeches]] about their own flaws. The problem is that these revelations cause her brother and parents to start fighting endlessly with one another, prompting Meg to realize that she needs to be the target of the family's derision to keep them all alive. In other words, when she mentions the elephant, it goes on a rampage.



* [[http://pervocracy.blogspot.com/2012/06/missing-stair.html The missing stair]]. Particularly in social circles within geek culture, rapists and/or abusers are able to get away with their actions because most of the circle would rather work around them than have to exclude someone (since exclusion is what [[JerkJock jocks]] and [[TheLibby cheerleaders]] do).

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* [[http://pervocracy.blogspot.com/2012/06/missing-stair.html The missing stair]]. Particularly in social circles within geek culture, rapists and/or abusers are able to get away with their actions because most of the circle would rather work around them than have to exclude someone (since exclusion is what [[JerkJock jocks]] and [[TheLibby [[AlphaBitch cheerleaders]] do).



* In 1937, during the SpanishCivilWar, many of the European powers met in Nyon, Switzerland to discussing a growing problem of SubmarinePirates and what to do about it. What nobody was willing to outright say was that the Italian Navy (in support of the Nationalists) was carrying out unrestricted submarine warfare against shipping from nations supporting the Republicans. Such attacks were an [[ThisMeansWar act of war]], and nobody was yet ready to fight [[WorldWarII the war that this would light off.]]

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* In 1937, during the SpanishCivilWar, UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar, many of the European powers met in Nyon, Switzerland to discussing a growing problem of SubmarinePirates and what to do about it. What nobody was willing to outright say was that the Italian Navy (in support of the Nationalists) was carrying out unrestricted submarine warfare against shipping from nations supporting the Republicans. Such attacks were an [[ThisMeansWar act of war]], and nobody was yet ready to fight [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the war that this would light off.]]
24th May '16 3:27:30 PM RainbowPhoenix
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* The Mage-Templar War in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series is the culmination of this. Due to the Chant of Light saying that "Magic is meant to serve man and never to rule over him," the mages of the setting are kept isolated in various locations surrounded by armies of magic-nullifying templars. While this does have a point (mages are normally victims of DemonicPossession or can go power-mad without demonic intervention) from the Chantry's point of view, shockingly most mages don't appreciate being locked up in a tower with the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads. This comes to a head at the end of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', which proves to be the catalyst of the war when the Templar order in the city (which has begun ruling it with an iron fist by making mages Tranquil for the slightest of reasons or no reason at all or other such things) fails to prevent an uprising and their KnightTemplar (pun intended) commander declares a Rite of Annulment (basically "kill every mage in the place") over the actions of one mage. The PlayerCharacter can decide whether to support the mages or the templars, but the damage to the rest of the world is done.

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* The Mage-Templar War in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series is the culmination of this. Due to the Chant of Light saying that "Magic is meant to serve man and never to rule over him," the mages of the setting are kept isolated in various locations surrounded by armies of magic-nullifying templars. While this does have a point (mages are normally victims of DemonicPossession or can go power-mad without demonic intervention) from the Chantry's point of view, shockingly most mages don't appreciate being locked up in a tower with the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads. This comes to a head at the end of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', which proves to be the catalyst of the war when the Templar order in the city (which has begun ruling it with an iron fist by making mages Tranquil for the slightest of reasons or no reason at all or other such things) things ''despite it being illegal under Chantry law'') fails to prevent an uprising and their KnightTemplar (pun intended) commander declares a Rite Right of Annulment (basically "kill every mage in the place") over the actions of one mage.mage [[MisplacedRetribution that she knew to be an apostate who was never a member of Kirkwall's Circle]]. The PlayerCharacter can decide whether to support the mages or the templars, but the damage to the rest of the world is done.
5th May '16 1:20:39 PM Gravidef
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has Brian, a talking dog. Who interacts with everyone, has human girlfriends, drives a Prius and so on. Yet no one ever questions it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has Brian, a talking dog. Who dog--who interacts with everyone, has human girlfriends, drives a Prius Prius, and so on. Yet no one ever questions it.



--> '''Farmer:''' Which one were you again?
--> '''Brian:''' Uh. The one who could talk.

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--> '''Farmer:''' Which one were you again?
Biscuit had a lot of puppies.
--> '''Brian:''' Uh. The I was the one who could talk.


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** As the page quote mentions, the episode "Death is a Bitch" has Peter and Lois discussing Peter having a breast lump. Lois insists that Peter should go see a doctor, but Peter says that it would be better not to talk about it, "just like we do with the squid." The camera pulls back to reveal an actual giant squid at the table, who knocks various objects to the floor; Peter and Lois make excuses.
** Played surprisingly seriously in "Seahorse Seashell Party." Throughout the series, poor Meg is the Queen of [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkeys]]--she's openly mocked, criticized, excluded, mistreated, and even ''set on fire'' by Peter, Lois, and Chris. In this episode, she finally calls Chris, Lois, and Peter out on their horrific treatment of her, and delivers [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech blistering speeches]] about their own flaws. The problem is that these revelations cause her brother and parents to start fighting endlessly with one another, prompting Meg to realize that she needs to be the target of the family's derision to keep them all alive. In other words, when she mentions the elephant, it goes on a rampage.
5th May '16 1:13:22 PM Gravidef
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* Played humorously in ''Series/ModernFamily''. Cam and Mitch spend all of Season Three trying to adopt another child, but see their efforts repeatedly frustrated. In the Season Four opener, they remark that it's time to talk about the elephant in the room...as in the ''literal'' giant stuffed elephant sitting in the corner that was to be a present for their new baby. Getting rid of it symbolizes their moving on.
5th May '16 1:08:07 PM Gravidef
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* Every single character in Eugene O'Neill's ''Long Day's Journey into Night'' has his or her own personal elephant: James Tyrone has his financially-crippling combination of buying worthless land and cutting costs on everything else; Mary has her morphine addiction; James Jr. has his long-held resentment over his status as TheUnfavorite and fear that his parents blame him for killing his infant brother by infecting him with measles; and Edmund (an AuthorAvatar of O'Neill himself) has his tuberculosis. The drama of the play centers on all four of these elephants being dragged into the light, examined, and ultimately left unresolved.

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* Every single character (except the housemaid) in Eugene O'Neill's ''Long Day's Journey into Night'' has his or her own personal elephant: James Tyrone has his financially-crippling combination of buying worthless land and cutting costs on everything else; Mary has her morphine addiction; James Jr. has his long-held resentment over his status as TheUnfavorite and fear that his parents blame him for killing his infant brother by infecting him with measles; and Edmund (an AuthorAvatar of O'Neill himself) has his tuberculosis. The drama of the play centers on all four of these elephants being dragged into the light, examined, and ultimately left unresolved.
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* This is a key plot point of Paula Vogel's ''How I Learned to Drive'', which explores the relationship between a teenage girl named L'il Bit and her uncle, who molests her throughout her preteen and teen years. Everyone in the family knows about what's going on, and nobody ever says anything about it, instead making excuses or blaming L'il Bit for the problem.
* In Christopher Diaz's ''Welcome to Arroyo's'', main character Alejandro is clearly going through horrible depression after the death of his mother, but he absolutely refuses to discuss either his mental illness or its root causes. It's what makes when he finally snaps and screams "BECAUSE OUR MOTHER JUST DIED!" such a WhamLine--he's finally able to talk about it, which allows him to begin healing.
* This is part of what makes ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' so tragic: it's clear that Willy is ''not'' a great salesman, and that his constant praise of and making excuses for his sons has emotionally crippled them, leaving them unable to function as adults. But none of the Lomans are willing to admit the truth, and to say it ends badly is a massive {{Understatement}}.
* Every single character in Eugene O'Neill's ''Long Day's Journey into Night'' has his or her own personal elephant: James Tyrone has his financially-crippling combination of buying worthless land and cutting costs on everything else; Mary has her morphine addiction; James Jr. has his long-held resentment over his status as TheUnfavorite and fear that his parents blame him for killing his infant brother by infecting him with measles; and Edmund (an AuthorAvatar of O'Neill himself) has his tuberculosis. The drama of the play centers on all four of these elephants being dragged into the light, examined, and ultimately left unresolved.
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25th Apr '16 4:14:18 AM Vir
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* Mr Krabs from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is a crab who has a whale for a daughter. It's never discussed so it's unknown if she's adopted or takes after her mom.

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* Mr Krabs from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is a crab who has a whale for a daughter. It's never discussed so it's unknown if she's adopted or takes after her mom.
25th Apr '16 3:42:40 AM Vir
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* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' at least twice, first in one strip where nobody mentions that Tycho is inexplicably a giant radish and then one where Tycho and Gabe are sitting on a giant Xbox playing with giant controllers (a jab at the original Xbox's enormous size).

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* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' did this at least twice, first in one strip where nobody mentions that Tycho is inexplicably a giant radish and then one where Tycho and Gabe are sitting on a giant Xbox playing with giant controllers (a jab at the original Xbox's enormous size).
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