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22nd Feb '17 10:12:11 AM IndustriousArc
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* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': [[CrapsackWorld Considering the environment,]] this is usually the only kind of humor possible.
26th Jan '17 7:17:49 PM KillerClowns
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* In ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'', a literal case is [[SadClown Edér]]'s EstablishingCharacterMoment: he's more than happy to quip about the dead tree ''filled with hanged bodies'' that he fully expects to join.
18th Jan '17 3:27:24 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** When Arya learns that yet another death has prevented yet another homecoming, she simply bursts into laughter.
** The Hound acknowledges he's dead meat "unless there's a maester hiding behind that rock".
6th Jan '17 6:20:56 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Series/{{Mash}}'' is a great example. The theme tune is "Suicide is Painless". The episode ''Rainbow Bridge'' had a high-stakes turnover of prisoners to the MASH doctors, and Frank nearly screwed it all up by bringing a gun. In reflex, Frank reached for his gun and stopped, but the enemy soldiers were not happy about this violation. Upon command, Frank revealed his gun, [[FreudWasRight a very tiny pistol]], which made the enemy soldiers laugh so hard that they forgave him and the turnover went smoothly from then on.

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* ''Series/{{Mash}}'' is a great example. The theme tune is "Suicide is Painless". The episode ''Rainbow Bridge'' had a high-stakes turnover of prisoners to the MASH doctors, and Frank nearly screwed it all up by bringing a gun. In reflex, Frank reached for his gun and stopped, but the enemy soldiers were not happy about this violation. Upon command, Frank revealed his gun, [[FreudWasRight a very tiny pistol]], pistol, which made the enemy soldiers laugh so hard that they forgave him and the turnover went smoothly from then on.
19th Dec '16 8:16:58 PM 20thcenturyvole
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* ''Series/Babylon5'' has a good line in this, but G'Kar is notable for reacting to several absurd, awful situations by laughing at them. When he begs allies for help with a war effort and their best offer is some paltry aid to refugees, he doesn't know whether to laugh or cry, so [[CryLaughing he does both]]. When he's stuck in a burning elevator with his worst enemy and decides he'd rather burn to death with him than cooperate to escape, he's [[LaughingMad giggling so hard he can barely get the words out]]. And when a challenger asks G'Kar what he has personally suffered that could equal the suffering of his people, G'Kar, who has just spent the last week being horribly tortured and is quite obviously missing an eye, can only stare at the man and then [[LiterallyLaughableQuestion walk out chuckling]].
11th Dec '16 7:07:45 PM lucy24
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* During UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup semifinal in 2014, hosts Brazil faced Germany [[DecapitatedArmy without two key players]]. At first incentive hashtags such as "#PrayForBrazil" were common, specially once the Germans scored first. Then the Germans quickly built [[CurbStompBattle a 5-0 lead over]] a clearly [[DeerInTheHeadlights lost]] and [[DidntThinkThisThrough unprepared]] adversary (final score: '''7-1'''), and soon the Brazilians were resorting to SelfDeprecation [[http://f5.folha.uol.com.br/humanos/2014/07/1483046-goleada-alema-sobre-o-brasil-vira-piada-nas-redes-sociais.shtml gallows comedy]] instead. The ShockingDefeatLegacy remains to the point of MemeticMutation-- the phrases "Germany goal!" and "7-1 wasn't enough!" are still used in Brazil to joke about the country's disgraces, football related or not.

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* During UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup semifinal in 2014, hosts Brazil faced Germany [[DecapitatedArmy without two key players]]. At first incentive hashtags such as "#PrayForBrazil" "#[=PrayForBrazil=]" were common, specially once the Germans scored first. Then the Germans quickly built [[CurbStompBattle a 5-0 lead over]] a clearly [[DeerInTheHeadlights lost]] and [[DidntThinkThisThrough unprepared]] adversary (final score: '''7-1'''), and soon the Brazilians were resorting to SelfDeprecation [[http://f5.folha.uol.com.br/humanos/2014/07/1483046-goleada-alema-sobre-o-brasil-vira-piada-nas-redes-sociais.shtml gallows comedy]] instead. The ShockingDefeatLegacy remains to the point of MemeticMutation-- the phrases "Germany goal!" and "7-1 wasn't enough!" are still used in Brazil to joke about the country's disgraces, football related or not.
11th Dec '16 6:57:58 PM lucy24
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** And in a similar vein a popular German joke of the period:

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** And in a similar vein a A popular German joke of the period:



** Similar to yet another joke that was popular among German soldiers in the last weeks of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Translated to English (as featured in ''Film/{{Downfall}}''), it goes:

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** Similar to yet another A joke that was popular among German soldiers in the last weeks of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Translated UsefulNotes/WorldWarII goes (in the original German):
--->"Berlin ist die Stadt der Warenhäuser. Hier war'n Haus, da war'n Haus" (literally "Berlin is the city of warehouses. Here was a house and there was a house").
:: : It was adapted
to English (as featured in ''Film/{{Downfall}}''), it goes:''Film/{{Downfall}}'') as:



** This pun works in both languages: the original German version goes "Berlin ist die Stadt der Warenhäuser. Hier war'n Haus, da war'n Haus" - literally "Berlin is the city of warehouses, here was a house and there was a house". The literal translation obviously doesn't work, but the "where's my house" line comes pretty close to the original.
11th Dec '16 6:51:44 PM lucy24
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* In ''Series/ChinaBeach'', the characters are trapped in a bunker under heavy fire. Some of the men spontaneously burst into song.
--> '''Soldiers''' (''singing''): “Mama said there’d be days like this”
2nd Dec '16 10:40:43 AM Allronix
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* ''AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers.'' While most of [[GentlemanSnarker Doc's]] dialogue is delivered in SarcasmMode, and often lampshades the team's status as SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder (being as he's the team's BadassNormal, his sarcasm isn't misplaced), his casual contemplation on what ''proper attire'' would be to wear to his execution on Tarkon was probably his most literal case of it.
28th Nov '16 4:56:36 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In the commercial for Tombstone pizza [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnlZtAYAOt8 seen here]], a victim of a mob execution who is about to be sent to [[CementShoes "sleep with the fishes"]] says he's going to "make a big splash".
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