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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.
5th May '16 12:47:15 PM Gravidef
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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).
15th Apr '16 1:53:09 PM ironballs16
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* When someone passes away and there are children around, oblivious, adults would likely try to not talk about the death.

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* When someone passes away and there are children around, oblivious, adults would likely [[NeverSayDie try to not talk about the death.death]].
15th Apr '16 1:49:44 PM ironballs16
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* In general, whenever couples have to see each other after a tough split, even if it's only a few seconds when handing off kids.

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* In general, whenever couples have to see each other after a tough split, even if it's only a few seconds when handing off kids. Creator/ChristopherTitus compared it to a hostage transfer in ''Love is Evol''.
5th Apr '16 10:07:09 AM aurora-australis
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