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8th Jan '17 6:28:46 AM Jesthor
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* ''DragonsDogma'' starts with a quote from Henri de Régnier. ''The delightful and ever-novel pleasure of a useless occupation.'' It plays with the idea of the NewGamePlus option. [[spoiler: It's also a reference to the ever repeating cycle of the Arisen becoming the Seneschall and existing to provide life to the world only to be replaced by the next Arisen.]]
22nd Nov '16 5:58:58 AM Morgenthaler
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SuperTrope to DictionaryOpening.
21st Nov '16 10:23:23 AM AHI-3000
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* Every episode of ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'' begins with a quote, with one word highlighted to reveal the episode's title and [[AnAesop theme]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' uses this in the episode "Return of the King", which starts with an epigraph from Martin Luther King Jr. about wanting the next generation to understand that the privileges they'll have in the future did not come without sacrifice, followed by an anonymous "whatever, nigga". [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It's pretty important to the overall message]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' uses this in the episode ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'':
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"Return of the King", which King" starts with an epigraph from [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King Jr. Jr.]] about wanting the next generation to understand that the privileges they'll have in the future did not come without sacrifice, followed by an a dismissive anonymous "whatever, reply of "Whatever, nigga". [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It's pretty important to the overall message]].message]].
** "Stinkmeaner: Begun the Clone War Has" opens with the famous "{{He who fights monsters}}" quote from Creator/FriedrichNietzsche's ''Beyond Good and Evil''. Likewise it's also relevant to the episode's theme, which involves our protagonist Robert almost becoming exactly like his {{arch enemy}} Stinkmeaner.
19th Nov '16 4:09:37 PM Morgenthaler
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->"''I am reminded of how Joe Queenan once suggested that if mediocre books were going to preface with quotes from great literature, how great literature could return the favour by prefacing themselves with quotes from Tom Clancy explaining the technical specifications of a military helicopter.''"

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->"''I am reminded of how Joe Queenan once suggested that if mediocre books were going to preface with quotes from great literature, how great literature could return the favour by prefacing themselves with quotes from Tom Clancy Creator/TomClancy explaining the technical specifications of a military helicopter.''"
5th Nov '16 4:10:03 PM nombretomado
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* All but the first two ''InspectorMorse'' novels by Colin Dexter use epigraphs at the top of every chapter. As Dexter's chapters tend to be fairly short, that's a LOT of epigraphs. Not that the research fazed Dexter one bit - if he couldn't find a suitable quote, he simply made one up and credited a non-existent source. This happened a lot.

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* All but the first two ''InspectorMorse'' ''Series/InspectorMorse'' novels by Colin Dexter use epigraphs at the top of every chapter. As Dexter's chapters tend to be fairly short, that's a LOT of epigraphs. Not that the research fazed Dexter one bit - if he couldn't find a suitable quote, he simply made one up and credited a non-existent source. This happened a lot.
18th Oct '16 7:29:58 PM Discar
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* Creator/BrandonSanderson likes doing this with his fantasy works - at the beginning of each chapter is a quotation form an in-universe source. In ''[[{{Mistborn}} The Final Empire]]'', the epigraphs are from [[spoiler: the diary of Alendi, the supposed Hero of Ages, whose packman Rashek killed him and became the Lord Ruler]]. In ''The Well of Ascension'', the epigraphs were written by [[spoiler: Kwaan, the man who first announced Alendi as the Hero of Ages, and gives some hints into the prophecies behind the Hero of Ages]]. In the third and final book, the epigraphs are written by [[spoiler: the Hero of Ages, Sazed, after he takes in both Ruin and Preservation and fixes the world, detailing what he did and how he did it as Harmony]].
** It gets even more complicated in ''The Way of Kings'', the first book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', because the epigraphs are from different sources. In Part 1, the epigraphs are cryptic quotes from people just before their death, which are [[spoiler: being collected by Taravangian]]. They are supposedly the first glimpses of the world beyond, having started seven years before the story starts, roughly when Gavilar first investigated the Shattered Plains, and at least one is a quote from the Lost Herald. In Part 2, the epigraphs are from a letter, probably (but not certainly) written by [[spoiler: Hoid]] and addressed to an unknown person, [[spoiler: almost certainly a Shardbearer]], in which the writer begs whoever the recipient is to end his neutrality and help him in the coming war against Odium. This letter gives hints as to [[spoiler:the workings of the Cosmere at large, talking about the Shards on Sel (and how Odium killed them) as well as talking of Odium's ally Bavadin and a mysterious group called 'The Seventeenth Shard]]. The epigraphs in Part 3 are notes from Jasnah's research on the Voidbringers. Part 4 returns to the quotes from the dying, and Part 5 doesn't have any epigraphs, but considering the massive amount of reveals in those chapters, it doesn't need any.

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* Creator/BrandonSanderson Creator/BrandonSanderson:
** Sanderson
likes doing this with his fantasy works - at the beginning of each chapter is a quotation form an in-universe source. In ''[[{{Mistborn}} ''[[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy The Final Empire]]'', the epigraphs are from [[spoiler: the diary of Alendi, the supposed Hero of Ages, whose packman Rashek killed him and became the Lord Ruler]]. In ''The Well of Ascension'', the epigraphs were written by [[spoiler: Kwaan, the man who first announced Alendi as the Hero of Ages, and gives some hints into the prophecies behind the Hero of Ages]]. In the third and final book, the epigraphs are written by [[spoiler: the Hero of Ages, Sazed, after he takes in both Ruin and Preservation and fixes the world, detailing what he did and how he did it as Harmony]].
** It gets even more complicated in ''The Way of Kings'', ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', the first book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', because the epigraphs are from different sources. In Part 1, the epigraphs are cryptic quotes from people just before their death, which are [[spoiler: being collected by Taravangian]]. They are supposedly the first glimpses of the world beyond, having started seven years before the story starts, roughly when Gavilar first investigated the Shattered Plains, and at least one is a quote from the Lost Herald. In Part 2, the epigraphs are from a letter, probably (but not certainly) written by [[spoiler: Hoid]] and addressed to an unknown person, [[spoiler: almost certainly a Shardbearer]], in which the writer begs whoever the recipient is to end his neutrality and help him in the coming war against Odium. This letter gives hints as to [[spoiler:the workings of the Cosmere at large, talking about the Shards on Sel (and how Odium killed them) as well as talking of Odium's ally Bavadin and a mysterious group called 'The Seventeenth Shard]]. The epigraphs in Part 3 are notes from Jasnah's research on the Voidbringers. Part 4 returns to the quotes from the dying, and Part 5 doesn't have any epigraphs, but considering the massive amount of reveals in those chapters, it doesn't need any.
3rd Oct '16 8:47:28 AM HeraldAlberich
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** ''Literature/TheCasualVacancy'' opens each section with a relevant quote from ''Local Council Administration'' by Charles Arnold-Baker, as befitting a story revolving around a small town government; the first epigram conveniently defines what a casual vacancy is.

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** ''Literature/TheCasualVacancy'' opens each section with a relevant quote from ''Local Council Administration'' by Charles Arnold-Baker, as befitting a story revolving around a small town small-town government; the first epigram conveniently defines what a casual vacancy is.



* ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor]]'' starts off with a Luke quote which actually turns out to be from that very book. (It got quite meta at the end.)

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* ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor]]'' Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor''
starts off with a Luke quote which actually turns out to be from that very book. (It got quite meta at the end.)
3rd Oct '16 8:45:40 AM HeraldAlberich
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-->-- [[http://mightygodking.com/index.php/harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-so-you-dont-have-to-read-it/ MightyGodKing]] on ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''

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-->-- [[http://mightygodking.'''[[http://mightygodking.com/index.php/harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-so-you-dont-have-to-read-it/ MightyGodKing]] MightyGodKing]]''' on ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''



* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' quotes from Creator/{{Aeschylus}}'s ''Theatre/TheLibationBearers'' and Penn's ''Fruits of Solitude''. The theme of both quotes, of course, is death and its aftermath.
** ''Literature/TheCasualVacancy'' opens each section with a relevant quote from ''Local Council Administration'' by Charles Arnold-Baker, as befitting a story revolving around a small town government, the first epigram conveniently defines what a casual vacancy is.
** ''CuckoosCalling'' opens each section with a quotation from various Roman satirists (in the original [[AltumVidetur Latin]]). And for the sequel, each chapter is headed with a quote from classic English playwrights.

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* Creator/JKRowling:
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''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' quotes from Creator/{{Aeschylus}}'s ''Theatre/TheLibationBearers'' and Penn's ''Fruits of Solitude''. The theme of both quotes, of course, is death and its aftermath.
** ''Literature/TheCasualVacancy'' opens each section with a relevant quote from ''Local Council Administration'' by Charles Arnold-Baker, as befitting a story revolving around a small town government, government; the first epigram conveniently defines what a casual vacancy is.
** ''CuckoosCalling'' Literature/CormoranStrikeNovels:
*** ''Literature/TheCuckoosCalling''
opens each section with a quotation from various Roman satirists (in the original [[AltumVidetur Latin]]). And for the sequel, each Latin]]).
*** Each
chapter of ''Literature/TheSilkworm'' is headed with a quote from classic English playwrights.
2nd Oct '16 11:18:39 AM nombretomado
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** ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors Dream Warriors]]'' opens with EdgarAllanPoe's "Sleep, those little slices of death how I loathe them."

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** ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors Dream Warriors]]'' opens with EdgarAllanPoe's Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's "Sleep, those little slices of death how I loathe them."
9th Aug '16 7:31:28 AM StFan
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* One of the trailers for ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' opens with a quote from Milton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' - namely, verses 146-150 from book 2.

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* One of the trailers for ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' opens with a quote from Milton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' - -- namely, verses 146-150 from book 2.



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' starts each tankubon (bound volume) with a small illustration of a character and a short poem that seems to be written in the voice of that character. And Kubo Tite's poetry is surprisingly ''[[http://halcyonjazz.livejournal.com/103520.html good]]''.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' is epigraphed by a passage from Revelation which coincides with the plot.



* Each chapter of ''FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'' starts with one.

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* Each chapter of ''FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'' ''Fanfic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'' starts with one.



* Each chapter of ''FanFic/TiberiumWars'' starts with a suitable quotation - most are from sources in-universe, but the very first is a famous line by Robert Heinlein about the importance of the military.

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* Each chapter of ''FanFic/TiberiumWars'' ''Fanfic/TiberiumWars'' starts with a suitable quotation - most are from sources in-universe, but the very first is a famous line by Robert Heinlein about the importance of the military.



* Each chapter of every story in the ''FanFic/DrunkardsWalk'' fanfic cycle starts with one or two relevant quotes, their sources ranging from modern pop music to ancient Greek philosophers.

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* Each chapter of every story in the ''FanFic/DrunkardsWalk'' ''Fanfic/DrunkardsWalk'' fanfic cycle starts with one or two relevant quotes, their sources ranging from modern pop music to ancient Greek philosophers.



* In ''FanFic/ToTheStars'' each chapter starts with one or two excerpts from in-universe works such as history books, instructions, documentations, documentaries etc. etc, that are relevant to the chapter. And one ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''.
* ''FanFic/{{Stray}}'' has one for most of its chapters. A variation on [[ArcWords "What can change the nature of a man?"]] from ''PlanescapeTorment'' is the most common, but the story also uses quotes from ''The Waste Land,'' ''Evangelion,'' and other works.
* ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'' and all stories in that universe have quotes/poem verses that fit with the events within the chapter.

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* In ''FanFic/ToTheStars'' ''Fanfic/ToTheStars'' each chapter starts with one or two excerpts from in-universe works such as history books, instructions, documentations, documentaries etc. etc, that are relevant to the chapter. And one ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''.
* ''FanFic/{{Stray}}'' ''Fanfic/{{Stray}}'' has one for most of its chapters. A variation on [[ArcWords "What can change the nature of a man?"]] from ''PlanescapeTorment'' is the most common, but the story also uses quotes from ''The Waste Land,'' ''Evangelion,'' and other works.
* ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'' ''Fanfic/HorseshoesAndHandGrenades'' and all stories in that universe have quotes/poem verses that fit with the events within the chapter.



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* ''Film/KillBill'' quotes "Revenge is a dish best served cold" which is (falsely) attributed as being an [[InTheOriginalKlingon old Klingon proverb]].
** Which is parodied in ''AMV Hell 3'', which starts with "At least I have chicken"...still credited as an old Klingon proverb.

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* ''Film/KillBill'' quotes "Revenge is a dish best served cold" which is (falsely) attributed as being an [[InTheOriginalKlingon old Klingon proverb]].
**
proverb]]. Which is parodied in ''AMV Hell 3'', which starts with "At least I have chicken"...chicken"... still credited as an old Klingon proverb.



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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' starts each tankubon (bound volume) with a small illustration of a character and a short poem that seems to be written in the voice of that character. And Kubo Tite's poetry is surprisingly ''[[http://halcyonjazz.livejournal.com/103520.html good]]''.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' is epigraphed by a passage from Revelation which coincides with the plot.
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* The published script of Tony Kushner's ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'': ''Millenium Approaches'' begins with this one:
->In a murderous time
->the heart breaks and breaks
->and lives by breaking.
-->--Stanley Kunitz, "The Testing Tree"

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* Tony Kushner's ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'':
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The published script of Tony Kushner's ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'': ''Millenium Approaches'' begins with this one:
->In --->''In a murderous time
->the
time\\
the
heart breaks and breaks
->and
breaks\\
and
lives by breaking.
-->--Stanley Kunitz,
breaking.''\\
-- '''Stanley Kunitz''',
"The Testing Tree"



->Because the soul is progressive, it never quite repeats itself, but in every act attempts the production of a new and fairer whole."
-->--Ralph Waldo Emerson, "On Art"

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->Because --->''Because the soul is progressive, it never quite repeats itself, but in every act attempts the production of a new and fairer whole."
-->--Ralph
''\\
-- '''Ralph
Waldo Emerson, Emerson''', "On Art"



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* This wiki, [[TVTropesMoreLikeTVQuotes far too many times]].
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* Common in InteractiveFiction.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'': "If there is evil in this world, it lurks in the hearts of men."

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* Common in InteractiveFiction.
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''Franchise/TalesSeries'':
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''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'': "If there is evil in this world, it lurks in the hearts of men."



* ''TooHuman'' used the Nietzsche quote "Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one" in its advertising material. Not sure if it's used in the game itself.

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* ''TooHuman'' ''VideoGame/TooHuman'' used the Nietzsche quote "Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one" in its advertising material. Not sure if it's used in the game itself.



* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri" uses Genesis 3:24 over the opening movie to great effect
-->Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden. He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
-->--Conclave Bible, Datalinks

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* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri" ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'':
** It
uses Genesis 3:24 over the opening movie to great effect
-->Therefore --->''Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden. He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
-->--Conclave
life.''\\
-- Conclave
Bible, Datalinks



*** Then there is ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' in which every technology has a quote with it from Literature/TheBible to Oscar Wilde to Sputnik. Narrated (mostly) by [[Creator/LeonardNimoy the man]].
*** ''Alpha Centauri'' also has quotes for each tech and facility. Most of them are fictional quotes from the faction leaders, while there are literary or other references sprinkled in.

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*** ** ''Alpha Centauri'' also has quotes for each tech and facility. Most of them are fictional quotes from the faction leaders, while there are literary or other references sprinkled in.
*
Then there is ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' in which every technology has a quote with it from Literature/TheBible to Oscar Wilde to Sputnik. Narrated (mostly) by [[Creator/LeonardNimoy the man]].
*** ''Alpha Centauri'' also has quotes for each tech and facility. Most of them are fictional quotes from the faction leaders, while there are literary or other references sprinkled in.
man]].



* ''VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune'' opens with a quote from Sir Francis Drake, and ''[[VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves Among Thieves]]'' continues the tradition with a quote from Creator/MarcoPolo.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'':
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''VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune'' opens with a quote from Sir Francis Drake, and ''[[VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves Among Thieves]]'' continues the tradition with a quote from Creator/MarcoPolo.



* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' contains one or several poems signed Frederica Bernkastel in the beginning, the middle or the end of the arc. They are cryptic but often contains clues or show the emotions that [[spoiler: Rika, the true protagonist]] goes through. Sadly they were not present in the anime version but the ones found in the novels and the manga can be found [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/HigurashiWhenTheyCry here]].



* ''[[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown XCOM: Enemy Unknown]]'' opens with an [[Creator/ArthurCClarke Arthur C. Clarke]] quote:
-->''Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.''

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* ''[[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown XCOM: Enemy Unknown]]'' ''VideoGame/XCom'':
** ''VideoGame/XComEnemyUnknown''
opens with an [[Creator/ArthurCClarke Arthur C. Clarke]] Creator/ArthurCClarke quote:
-->''Two --->''Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.''



-->''Those who play with the devil's toys will by degrees be brought to wield his sword.''

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-->''Those --->''Those who play with the devil's toys will by degrees be brought to wield his sword.''



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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' contains one or several poems signed Frederica Bernkastel in the beginning, the middle or the end of the arc. They are cryptic but often contains clues or show the emotions that [[spoiler: Rika, the true protagonist]] goes through. Sadly they were not present in the anime version but the ones found in the novels and the manga can be found [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/HigurashiWhenTheyCry here]].
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* The chapters from RobertJDefendi's PodioBook ''DeathByCliche'' are all prefaced by gag quotes attributed to the author, often [[SelfDeprecation mocking the action of the chapter they precede]], (particularly those with many {{SaidBookism}}s), or complaining about having to do so many chapter quotes.

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* The chapters from RobertJDefendi's PodioBook ''DeathByCliche'' Robert J. Defendi's {{Podiobook}} ''Podscast/DeathByCliche'' are all prefaced by gag quotes attributed to the author, often [[SelfDeprecation mocking the action of the chapter they precede]], (particularly those with many {{SaidBookism}}s), or complaining about having to do so many chapter quotes.



* WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks uses this in the episode "Return of the King", which starts with an epigraph from Martin Luther King Jr. about wanting the next generation to understand that the privileges they'll have in the future did not come without sacrifice, followed by an anonymous "whatever, nigga". [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It's pretty important to the overall message]].

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* WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' uses this in the episode "Return of the King", which starts with an epigraph from Martin Luther King Jr. about wanting the next generation to understand that the privileges they'll have in the future did not come without sacrifice, followed by an anonymous "whatever, nigga". [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It's pretty important to the overall message]].



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