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13th Jan '17 1:23:57 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Over the 8,000 years since the Long Night, conditions at the Wall have steadily deteriorated, leaving the Night's Watch undermanned and under-equipped to hold the Wall against the wildlings and White Walkers beyond. In addition, the long summer is ending and the War of Five Kings has distracted everyone, even the Starks, from preparations for the coming winter.
** Neither Jon nor Ygritte want to face the question of what will happen when Jon is forced to choose which side he's really on.
** Tyrion calls Joffrey a bastard in front of everyone in "The Laws of Gods and Men," though his entire speech is so venomous it's doubtful anyone read too much into it.
9th Dec '16 6:54:52 PM Arkhia
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* In ''The Sanctuary Telepath'' Helen and Janine still call each other sisters after a century, all the while pointedly ignoring that the connection between them was Janine's brother/Helen's ex-fiancé who turned into a [[JackTheRipper serial killer]]. Of course this is a very comfortable arrangement for Janine as she [[SecretKeeper knows much more than she lets on]]...
** The trope turns up several other times in the story as the main characters are all very adept at ''not'' talking about things. One of the more heartbreaking scenes is the Druitt siblings silently acknowledging James's mortality but keeping silent as they can't do anything about it.
28th Nov '16 12:46:17 PM dmcreif
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp":

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp":Wasp", The Doctor and Donna realize they've arrived in time for Agatha Christie's notable disappearance:
21st Oct '16 8:25:35 PM chopshop
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* In ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', Krok obsessively carries a small device that he insists is sending a signal to his old squad, whom he got separated from years ago. Except it's soon obvious that it's ''not'' doing so and the "[[HesJustHiding missing squad]]" is actually dead, with Krok being delusional from the trauma. All of the Scavengers can see it plain as day, but they're terrified of broaching the subject and just try to pretend they don't notice, to increasingly poor effect. Misfire grows steadily more fed up with dancing around the issue, eventually [[spoiler: forcing the others to confront it by ripping the device out of Krok's hand by force.]]


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* Played disturbingly in ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}''. The city of Dunwall is in the grips of a terrible plague, with the body count rising terrifyingly fast and the rest of the Isles Empire seriously considering blockading the city to prevent the plague from spreading.What are the city's [[TheBeautifulElite Beautiful Elite]] doing during this dire crisis? Throwing parties and hedonistically flaunting their wealth as if nothing is going on. Even as it becomes obvious that the plague is going to spread well past the city's lower class, the rich citizens are in complete denial about the situation.
15th Oct '16 7:29:49 AM ClatoLawa
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* Referenced in ''Fanfic/TangledUpInYou'' in one of Adrien's jokes: "I bought my friend an elephant for their room. They said thanks. (''{{Beat}}'') I said don’t mention it."
3rd Oct '16 3:34:18 AM Vir
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* ''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:



** Timmy never makes any sort of [[ReedRichardsIsUseless world-benefiting wish,]] like no discrimination, world peace, a cure for cancer, etc. While this could be justified in that he's a self-centered 10-year-old child and when he grows up all remnants of his fairies magic will disappear, it seems implausible that he never thought to wish for something like this not even ''once''.

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** Timmy never makes any sort of [[ReedRichardsIsUseless world-benefiting wish,]] like no discrimination, world peace, a cure for cancer, etc. While this could be justified in that he's a self-centered 10-year-old child and when he grows up all remnants of his fairies fairies' magic will disappear, it seems implausible that he never thought to wish for something like this not even ''once''.



** 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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** Brian, a talking dog--who interacts with everyone, has human girlfriends, drives a Prius, and so on. Yet no one ever questions it. [[RuleOfFunny Unless it's funny.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:''' --->'''Farmer:''' Biscuit had a lot of puppies.
--->
puppies.\\
'''Brian:''' I was the one who could talk.
--->
talk.\\
'''Farmer:''' Brian!



* 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 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.mom.
* A near-literal example in the Malaysian series ''Pumpkin Reports'', where the VillainProtagonist has planted a giant pumpkin in the corner of her surrogate home that's visible in the living room and has taken out a sizable chunk of the wall.
25th Sep '16 1:43:55 PM AwesomeBlackGuy
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* Taken as a LiteralMetaphor--Dum from ''Webcomic/DumCat'' gets crushed by it.
10th Sep '16 4:11:58 PM smalltime
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** Even the more good-natured Chloe doesn't consider making such wishes, even though she does occasionally make world-benefitting wishes on a much smaller scale.
13th Aug '16 9:22:34 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The premise of ''ComicBook/XMen'' is that there is a group of people born with random super powers who are the next step of human evolution. Society fears those mutants and their powers, and all mutants have to endure the FantasticRacism. So what about the ''other'' superheroes of the Marvel Universe? How can the presence of mutant heroes feared because of their powers, and non-mutants heroes be loved as celebrities (in-universe), such as the Avengers and the Fantastic Four? Why does the people fear Sunfire, a guy who can fly and get on fire, and love the Human Torch, another guy who can fly and get on fire? As a result, most adaptions of the X-Men to other media simply skip the Marvel Universe as a whole, and focus just on the parts of it related to the X-Men.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Spider-Man's secret identity becomes this among Peter Parker's group of friends. Eventually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Kenny "Kong" [=McFarlane=]:
--> ''What, you want us to have some kind of secret code? "Oh, if only Spider-Man were here and could go after our friend!"''



* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Spider-Man's secret identity becomes this among Peter Parker's group of friends. Eventually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Kenny "Kong" [=McFarlane=]:
--> ''What, you want us to have some kind of secret code? "Oh, if only Spider-Man were here and could go after our friend!"''
30th Jul '16 2:47:37 AM konekootome
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* In ''[[FanFic/BlackkatsReverse Reverse]]'': no one in any of the Hidden Villages wants to acknowledge that [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer their abuse and isolation]] of their [[LivingMacGuffin respective]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction jinchuuriki]] is why so many of them run away with [[PeggySue Kurama]] when he finds them. They refuse to acknowledge it, believing that Kurama is a kidnapper. They are forced to answer for it when Han and Roushi, two adult jinchuuriki publicly proclaim that they’re on Kurama’s side and fend off the trackers hunting him.
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