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21st Aug '16 9:21:16 PM CamelCase
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** German humor is pretty fond of gallows humor. Another old literal one: "Back in the middle ages the criminal who was about to be hanged on Monday tells the judge 'Great start of the week, huh?'" (Please note that in many countries, the calendar week begins on Monday.)

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** German humor GermanHumor is pretty fond of gallows humor. Another old literal one: "Back in the middle ages the criminal who was about to be hanged on Monday tells the judge 'Great start of the week, huh?'" (Please note that in many countries, the calendar week begins on Monday.)
21st Aug '16 4:15:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* The jokes present in ''ThisHourHas22Minutes'' are only rarely Gallows Humor, but in a commercial for the show in the nineties, Rick Mercer had this to say on the subject, after musing on why Canadians seem to take such glee in lambasting not only their politicians, but themselves: "If ya can't laugh, ya might as well cry."

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* The jokes present in ''ThisHourHas22Minutes'' ''Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes'' are only rarely Gallows Humor, but in a commercial for the show in the nineties, Rick Mercer had this to say on the subject, after musing on why Canadians seem to take such glee in lambasting not only their politicians, but themselves: "If ya can't laugh, ya might as well cry."
13th Aug '16 3:26:33 PM GMon
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'''TARS:''' Yeah, you can use it to find your way back to the ship after I blow you out the airlock. ''[cue light blinks]''

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'''TARS:''' Yeah, you can use it to find your way back to the ship after I blow you out the airlock. ''[cue light blinks]''blinks]''\\
12th Aug '16 8:16:26 PM That897Guy
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* A purportedly leaked storyboard for the Disney Channel series ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has Star's ex-boyfriend threatening to destroy the Earth... unless she goes to the prom with him.
24th Jul '16 5:55:16 PM WhatTheSpoot
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* Modern Francise/{{Marvel}} comics as a whole are fairly fond of this.
-->'''Black Widow''': A boat is coming to pick you up in fifteen minutes -- try to hold out. If the enemy gets past us, my advice is for you to commit suicide.
-->'''Punisher''': You ought to do that anyway.
24th Jul '16 8:38:20 AM AFreakyDude
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* A couple of near-literal examples from real world criminals sentenced to death:

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* A couple of near-literal examples from [[FamousLastWords real world criminals sentenced to death:death]]:



* On his deathbed, Voltaire, a fervent deist, received a Catholic priest who asked him to renounce Satan and thus be accepted in Heaven. He reportedly replied "Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies".

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* On his deathbed, Voltaire, a fervent deist, received a Catholic priest who asked him to renounce Satan and thus be accepted in Heaven. He reportedly replied "Now, "[[FamousLastWords/RealLife Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies".enemies]]".
18th Jul '16 11:16:17 AM Doug86
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12th Jul '16 5:54:35 AM StFan
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-->-- '''Creator/ChristopherTitus''': ''Norman Rockwell is Bleeding''

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-->-- '''Creator/ChristopherTitus''': '''Creator/ChristopherTitus''', ''Norman Rockwell is Bleeding''



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* ''KimiNoKakera'' (''Your Piece'') contains a few outrageous cases too. A particularly jarring example is the RunningGag tied to Icolo's [[spoiler: breasts]], since [[spoiler: the children are fascinated by them because they're all motherless and have had no substitute mom before teenage Icolo]] and [[spoiler: Icolo/Cololi and a few other young girls are rape victims who went through forced prostitution]].
%%* Half of ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' is nothing but this, particularly with Satou and Yamazaki.

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* ''KimiNoKakera'' ''Manga/KimiNoKakera'' (''Your Piece'') contains a few outrageous cases too. A particularly jarring example is the RunningGag tied to Icolo's [[spoiler: breasts]], since [[spoiler: the children are fascinated by them because they're all motherless and have had no substitute mom before teenage Icolo]] and [[spoiler: Icolo/Cololi and a few other young girls are rape victims who went through forced prostitution]].
%%* Half of ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' ''LightNovel/WelcomeToTheNHK'' is nothing but this, particularly with Satou and Yamazaki.



* A staple of the [[TearJerker often sad]] ''Anime/AngelBeats''. At one point, they play a character hanging herself for laughs. There's also the hilarious DwindlingParty sequence - and it's a ''BreatherEpisode'' in this series - where the characters all do a SayMyName whenever someone gets killed off. That is, until they get to [[TokenEvilTeammate Naoi]]:
-->'''Naoi''': No, no, [[HeroicSacrifice I'll go next]]!
-->''(gets stabbed)''
-->'''Hinata''': ''({{Beat}})'' ...Somebody say something.
-->'''Yui''': I don't know his name.

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* A staple of the [[TearJerker often sad]] ''Anime/AngelBeats''. At one point, they play a character hanging herself for laughs. There's also the hilarious DwindlingParty sequence - -- and it's a ''BreatherEpisode'' in this series - -- where the characters all do a SayMyName whenever someone gets killed off. That is, until they get to [[TokenEvilTeammate Naoi]]:
-->'''Naoi''': -->'''Naoi:''' No, no, [[HeroicSacrifice I'll go next]]!
-->''(gets stabbed)''
-->'''Hinata''': ''({{Beat}})'' ...
next]]!\\
''[gets stabbed]''\\
'''Hinata:''' ''[{{beat}}]'' ...
Somebody say something.
-->'''Yui''':
something.\\
'''Yui:'''
I don't know his name.



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* Creator/RichardPryor was the master of this trope.
* Creator/ChristopherTitus
-->"How come Mom's crazy and I'm not? It's possible she could have got up every night in front of this many people, talk about all the ''CRAP'' in her life and those people sat around and ''laughed'' with her, would have meant nothing and she could have moved on cool. It's also possible she also could have taken out the front row with a large caliber weapon, she was, ''whew'', out there. And maybe things would be different for Mom, she would have gotten her [[Series/{{Titus}} own show]] and you would read about me in 'The Inquirer' as her heroin addicted son. Oh, we can dream!"
* The Dutch stand-up comedian Herman Finkers does it literally: "Two gallows are walking down the street...".
* Following his open-heart surgery, Creator/RobinWilliams was quick to poke fun about it in his HBO special "Weapons of Self-Destruction."
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} once chastised Franchise/{{Superman}} for this when he was trying to remove a Kryptonite bullet from his chest in ''[[ComicBook/SupermanBatman Superman/Batman]]''.
-->'''Batman''': The Kryptonite's near your heart. I don't know if I'll be fast enough to get it before the wound closes.
-->'''Superman''': Where's TheFlash when you need him?
-->'''Batman''': Do me a favor, and lose the sense of humor.
-->'''Superman''': Do us both a favor and buy one.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} once chastised Franchise/{{Superman}} for this when he was trying to remove a Kryptonite bullet from his chest in ''[[ComicBook/SupermanBatman Superman/Batman]]''.
-->'''Batman''':
''ComicBook/SupermanBatman''.
-->'''Batman:'''
The Kryptonite's near your heart. I don't know if I'll be fast enough to get it before the wound closes.
-->'''Superman''':
closes.\\
'''Superman:'''
Where's TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash when you need him?
-->'''Batman''':
him?\\
'''Batman:'''
Do me a favor, and lose the sense of humor.
-->'''Superman''':
humor.\\
'''Superman:'''
Do us both a favor and buy one.



* In ''[[ComicBook/LuckyLuke Belle Starr]]'', [[spoiler:one criminal sentenced to hang refused OneLastSmoke because it would be bad for his health]].
** This was an allusion to [[TheBluebeard Landru]] (see RealLife below).
* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' does this all the time. For instance, in one Al Jaffee article, two rather sadistic correction officers lead a prisoner on death row to the gallows. They mockingly keep him from walking under a ladder or letting a black cat cross his path, saying it will bring him bad luck. When they give him a last cigarette (each of them lighting one of their own) he warns them that lighting three cigarettes with one match is also bad luck. [[spoiler: (And it ''is''; when they pull the leaver, [[LaserGuidedKarma the whole scaffold collapses and crushes them,]] giving him the last laugh.)]]

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* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': In ''[[ComicBook/LuckyLuke Belle Starr]]'', ''Belle Starr'', [[spoiler:one criminal sentenced to hang refused refuses OneLastSmoke because it would be bad for his health]].
**
health]]. This was an allusion to [[TheBluebeard Landru]] (see RealLife below).
* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' does this all the time. For instance, in one Al Jaffee article, two rather sadistic correction officers lead a prisoner on death row to the gallows. They mockingly keep him from walking under a ladder or letting a black cat cross his path, saying it will bring him bad luck. When they give him a last cigarette (each of them lighting one of their own) he warns them that lighting three cigarettes with one match is also bad luck. [[spoiler: (And it ''is''; when they pull the leaver, [[LaserGuidedKarma the whole scaffold collapses and crushes them,]] giving him the last laugh.)]]
below).



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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8358093/1/Love-in-Shades-of-Green-and-Gray Love in Shades of Green and Gray]]'', [[TeenTitans Beast Boy]]'s final words to Raven (a natural death at the age of 211, with her living three centuries more) are "How do you keep a beautiful half-demon in suspense"?

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8358093/1/Love-in-Shades-of-Green-and-Gray Love ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' does this all the time. For instance, in Shades of Green and Gray]]'', [[TeenTitans Beast Boy]]'s final words to Raven (a natural one Al Jaffee article, two rather sadistic correction officers lead a prisoner on death at row to the age gallows. They mockingly keep him from walking under a ladder or letting a black cat cross his path, saying it will bring him bad luck. When they give him a last cigarette (each of 211, with her living them lighting one of their own) he warns them that lighting three centuries more) are "How do you keep a beautiful half-demon in suspense"?cigarettes with one match is also bad luck. [[spoiler: (And it ''is''; when they pull the leaver, [[LaserGuidedKarma the whole scaffold collapses and crushes them,]] giving him the last laugh.)]]



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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8358093/1/Love-in-Shades-of-Green-and-Gray Love in Shades of Green and Gray]]'', [[TeenTitans Beast Boy]]'s final words to Raven (a natural death at the age of 211, with her living three centuries more) are "How do you keep a beautiful half-demon in suspense"?
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'', we get a slow-motion scene of Alex reverting to a primal state and ferociously chasing his friend Marty...while the National Geographic fanfare triumphantly plays in the background.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'', we get a slow-motion scene of Alex reverting to a primal state and ferociously chasing his friend Marty... while the National Geographic fanfare triumphantly plays in the background.



* Despite the inherent seriousness of the situation, after [[spoiler: Richie's suicide attempt]] in ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums'', a dark joke is thrown in:
--> '''Richie:''' I wrote you a [[spoiler: suicide note.]]
--> '''Chas:''' You did?
--> '''Richie:''' Yeah.
--> '''Chas:''' ...Is it dark?
--> '''Richie:''' 'Course it's dark, it's a [[spoiler: suicide note...]]
* Outtake first seen in the ABC-TV version of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''
-->After the transporter is fixed following a nightmarish transporter error that resulted in two crewmen being turned inside out, an arriving crewman says "Someone wanted to first see 'how it scrambled ''our'' molecules'".
-->'''Kirk''' to '''Transporter Chief Rand''': That has a familiar ring to it....
** (True to the trope, another poster objected to this being placed under ''CrowningMomentOfFunny'' on the [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture STTMP]] page.)
* From ''Franchise/StarWars'':

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* Despite the inherent seriousness of the situation, after [[spoiler: Richie's [[spoiler:Richie's suicide attempt]] in ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums'', a dark joke is thrown in:
--> -->'''Richie:''' I wrote you a [[spoiler:suicide note.]]\\
'''Chas:''' You did?\\
'''Richie:''' I wrote you Yeah.\\
'''Chas:''' ...Is it dark?\\
'''Richie:''' 'Course it's dark, it's
a [[spoiler: suicide note.[[spoiler:suicide note...]]
--> '''Chas:''' You did?
--> '''Richie:''' Yeah.
--> '''Chas:''' ...Is it dark?
--> '''Richie:''' 'Course it's dark, it's a [[spoiler: suicide note...]]
* Outtake first seen in the ABC-TV version of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''
-->After
''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'': After the transporter is fixed following a nightmarish transporter error that resulted in two crewmen being turned inside out, an arriving crewman says "Someone wanted to first see 'how it scrambled ''our'' molecules'".
-->'''Kirk''' to '''Transporter -->'''Kirk:''' ''[to Transporter Chief Rand''': Rand]'' That has a familiar ring to it....
** (True ::(True to the trope, another poster objected to this being placed under ''CrowningMomentOfFunny'' on the [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture STTMP]] ''STTMP'' page.)
* From ''Franchise/StarWars'':



---> '''Han''': One thing's for sure, we're all going to be a lot thinner!

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---> '''Han''': --->'''Han:''' One thing's for sure, we're all going to be a lot thinner!



----> '''Han''': How we doin'?
----> '''Luke''': Same as always.
----> '''Han''': That bad, huh?

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----> '''Han''': ---->'''Han:''' How we doin'?
----> '''Luke''':
doin'?\\
'''Luke:'''
Same as always.
----> '''Han''':
always.\\
'''Han:'''
That bad, huh?



----> '''Han''': I think my eyes are getting better. Instead of a big dark blur, I see a big light blur.
----> '''Luke''': There's nothing to see. I used to live here, you know.
----> '''Han''': You're going to die here, you know. Convenient.
* Present quite often in ''Film/ANightToRemember'', from the 'You and I will be in the same boat later' conversation, to an aristocratic lady moaning about being out of bed due to the Titanic being 'unsinkable', cut to the boiler room flooding and the stokers desperately evacuating.

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----> '''Han''': ---->'''Han:''' I think my eyes are getting better. Instead of a big dark blur, I see a big light blur.
----> '''Luke''':
blur.\\
'''Luke:'''
There's nothing to see. I used to live here, you know.
----> '''Han''':
know.\\
'''Han:'''
You're going to die here, you know. Convenient.
* Present quite often in ''Film/ANightToRemember'', from the 'You "You and I will be in the same boat later' later" conversation, to an aristocratic lady moaning about being out of bed due to the Titanic being 'unsinkable', cut to the boiler room flooding and the stokers desperately evacuating.



** From ''Film/TheCounterfeiters'': "Why is there no God in Auschwitz?... He didn't get through the selection process."

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** * From ''Film/TheCounterfeiters'': "Why is there no God in Auschwitz?... He didn't get through the selection process."



-->'''''[Reverend reads a bible passage]'''''
-->Could you get a move on? I haven't got all night...
** RealLife serial killer Carl Panzram famously said something similar to his executioner: "Hurry up, you Hoosier bastard! I could kill ten men while you were fooling around."

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-->'''''[Reverend -->''[Reverend reads a bible passage]'''''
-->Could
passage]''\\
[[spoiler:'''Marv:''']] Could
you get a move on? I haven't got all night...
** RealLife serial killer Carl Panzram famously said something similar to his executioner: "Hurry up, you Hoosier bastard! I could kill ten men while you were fooling around."
night...



* In ''{{Film/Argo}}'', Jack O'Donnell drops Tony Mendez off at the airport, as Tony's leaving to extract six Americans who are hiding out in Tehran at the height of the hostage crisis. Being a CIA agent who's going into post-revolution Iran, it's naturally a very dangerous mission that can end very badly, very bloody, very publicly. Before Tony leaves the car, there's this exchange:
-->'''Tony Mendez:''' I should have brought some books to read in prison.
-->'''Jack O'Donnell:''' Nah, they'll kill you long before prison.

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* In ''{{Film/Argo}}'', ''Film/{{Argo}}'', Jack O'Donnell drops Tony Mendez off at the airport, as Tony's leaving to extract six Americans who are hiding out in Tehran at the height of the hostage crisis. Being a CIA agent who's going into post-revolution Iran, it's naturally a very dangerous mission that can end very badly, very bloody, very publicly. Before Tony leaves the car, there's this exchange:
-->'''Tony Mendez:''' I should have brought some books to read in prison.
-->'''Jack
prison.\\
'''Jack
O'Donnell:''' Nah, they'll kill you long before prison.



-->'''TARS:''' Everybody good? Plenty of slaves for my robot colony?
-->'''Cooper:''' A giant, sarcastic robot. Wonderful.
-->'''TARS:''' I have a cue light I can use to show you when I'm joking, if you like.
-->'''Cooper:''' That might help.
-->'''TARS:''' Yeah, you can use it to find your way back to the ship after I blow you out the airlock. [Cue light blinks]
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-->'''TARS:''' I won't leave you behind, [beat] Doctor Brand. [As he addresses the entire group concerning a potential suicide mission]

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-->'''TARS:''' Everybody good? Plenty of slaves for my robot colony?
-->'''Cooper:'''
colony?\\
'''Cooper:'''
A giant, sarcastic robot. Wonderful.
-->'''TARS:'''
Wonderful.\\
'''TARS:'''
I have a cue light I can use to show you when I'm joking, if you like.
-->'''Cooper:'''
like.\\
'''Cooper:'''
That might help.
-->'''TARS:'''
help.\\
'''TARS:'''
Yeah, you can use it to find your way back to the ship after I blow you out the airlock. [Cue ''[cue light blinks]
--->Also:
-->'''TARS:'''
blinks]''
[...]\\
'''TARS:'''
I won't leave you behind, [beat] ''[beat]'' Doctor Brand. [As ''[as he addresses the entire group concerning a potential suicide mission]mission]''



-->In the morning he could see through the bars in the little window that the people were hurrying out of the town to see him hanged. He heard the drums and saw the soldiers marching along. All the world was going. Among them was a shoemaker's boy in his leather apron and slippers. He was in such a hurry that he lost one of his slippers, and it fell close under the soldier's window where he was peeping out through the bars.
-->"I say, you boy! Don't be in such a hurry," said the soldier to him. "Nothing will happen until I get there!"

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-->In -->''In the morning he could see through the bars in the little window that the people were hurrying out of the town to see him hanged. He heard the drums and saw the soldiers marching along. All the world was going. Among them was a shoemaker's boy in his leather apron and slippers. He was in such a hurry that he lost one of his slippers, and it fell close under the soldier's window where he was peeping out through the bars.
-->"I
bars.\\
"I
say, you boy! Don't be in such a hurry," said the soldier to him. "Nothing will happen until I get there!"



--> '''Quinn:''' " It looks like the world's worst picnic."
--> '''Astrid:''' " I believe that's what's referred to as Gallows Humor."
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' frequently makes these types of jokes, which for some reason are usually followed by a variation of the phrase: "Ron laughed, but Hermione didn't"

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--> '''Quinn:''' " -->'''Quinn:''' It looks like the world's worst picnic."
-->
\\
'''Astrid:''' " I believe that's what's referred to as Gallows Humor."
Humor.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry
frequently makes these types of jokes, which for some reason are usually followed by a variation of the phrase: "Ron laughed, but Hermione didn't"didn't."



---> With the whole world of ear-related humor before you, you go for holey?

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---> --->'''George:''' [[spoiler:''[after losing an ear]'']] With the whole world of ear-related humor before you, you go for holey?



** Similar musings played straight in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'': Carrot takes a moment to work out that the motto Rincewind recommends be sewn on Leonard's space suits translates from CanisLatinicus as "We who are about to die, don't want to".
** Another good one is Moist Von Lipwig in Going Postal. As he is about to be hanged, he says "I commend my soul to any God that can find it!"

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** Similar musings played straight in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'': Carrot takes a moment to work out that the motto Rincewind recommends be sewn on Leonard's space suits translates from CanisLatinicus as "We who are about to die, don't want to".
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** Another good one is Moist Von Lipwig in Going Postal.''Discworld/GoingPostal''. As he is about to be hanged, he says "I commend my soul to any God that can find it!"



* ''AWrinkleInTime''. [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Mrs. Which]]: "We mustn't lose our senses of humor! The only way to cope with something [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt deadly serious]] is to try to treat it a little lightly."

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* ''AWrinkleInTime''.''Literature/AWrinkleInTime''. [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Mrs. Which]]: "We mustn't lose our senses of humor! The only way to cope with something [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt deadly serious]] is to try to treat it a little lightly."



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* ''TopGear''

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* ''TopGear''''Series/TopGear''



** The presenters allegedly have a pact that, should any of them die, the others will appear at the beginning of the next episode, make a mournful comment, and then say "Anyway.." and cheerfully continue with the show.

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** The presenters allegedly have a pact that, should any of them die, the others will appear at the beginning of the next episode, make a mournful comment, and then say "Anyway.."Anyway..." and cheerfully continue with the show.



* A recurring theme throughout the various ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' series, although special mention should be granted to 'Goodbyeeee...', the final episode of 'Blackadder Goes Forth', where the constant threat of death has finally... [[IncrediblyLamePun pushed them over the top.]]

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* A recurring theme throughout the various ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' series, although special series.
** Special
mention should be granted to 'Goodbyeeee...', "Goodbyeeee...", the final episode of 'Blackadder ''Blackadder Goes Forth', Forth'', where the constant threat of death has finally... [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} pushed them over the top.]]



-->'''Blackadder:''' "Can I ask you to leave a pause between the word 'aim' and the word 'fire'? Thirty of forty years, perhaps?"\\
'''Blackadder:''' ''(asked by the marksmen where they should hit)'' "Just above my head might be a good spot."\\
'''Blackadder:''' "Robinson, good to see you!" ''*gun gestures*''
::It helps, though, that he's set up and expecting a LastMinuteReprieve to pull his chestnuts out of the fire, and when it looks like it's not coming he starts sounding a lot more panicky. Another example, however, is at the KangarooCourt where he was sentenced to death to begin with:
-->'''Melchett:''' "I therefore have absolutely no hesitation in announcing that the sentence of this court is: that you Captain Edmund Blackadder be taken from this place and shot to death by shooting tommorrow at dawn. Do you have anything to say?"
-->'''Blackadder:''' "Yes, can I have an alarm call, please?"

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-->'''Blackadder:''' "Can --->'''Blackadder:''' Can I ask you to leave a pause between the word 'aim' "aim" and the word 'fire'? "fire"? Thirty of forty years, perhaps?"\\
perhaps?\\\
'''Blackadder:''' ''(asked ''[asked by the marksmen where they should hit)'' "Just hit]'' Just above my head might be a good spot."\\
\\
'''Blackadder:''' "Robinson, Robinson, good to see you!" ''*gun gestures*''
you! ''[gun gestures]''
::It helps, though, that he's set up and expecting a LastMinuteReprieve to pull his chestnuts out of the fire, and when it looks like it's not coming he starts sounding a lot more panicky. panicky.
**
Another example, however, is at the KangarooCourt where he was sentenced to death to begin with:
-->'''Melchett:''' "I I therefore have absolutely no hesitation in announcing that the sentence of this court is: that you Captain Edmund Blackadder be taken from this place and shot to death by shooting tommorrow tomorrow at dawn. Do you have anything to say?"
-->'''Blackadder:''' "Yes,
say?\\
'''Blackadder:''' Yes,
can I have an alarm call, please?"please?



-->'''Warden Glynn''': The M.E. has ruled [=McCullum's=] death as suicide. He bit into his skin, chewing off chunks of muscle over the course of a week or so, causing himself to bleed out.\\
'''Sister Pete''': Sweet Jesus!\\
'''Officer Murphy''': Like a cannibal!\\
'''Tim [=McManus=]''': A cannibal eats somebody else's flesh.\\
'''Murphy''': So what do you call a guy who eats his own flesh?\\
'''Tim [=McManus=]''': Inventive.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' had this exchange between Sarah Jane Smith and the Third Doctor as they're trapped in a web in ''Planet of the Spiders'':
-->'''Doctor''': I think they'll find I'm rather a tough old bird.\\
'''Sarah Jane''': An old boiler, in fact.\\
'''Doctor''': (chuckles) yes, yes. I would make a good item on the agenda of the next spider council meeting. Whether to stew a Time Lord or roast him in a slow oven?\\
'''Sarah Jane''': That will give them something to [[IncrediblyLamePun chew over]].\\
'''Doctor''': Yes, something they can get their teeth into, hmm?
** In ''The Time of the Doctor'' when the Eleventh Doctor is dying of old age and out of regenerations, surrounded by [[AbsoluteXenophobe Daleks]], on the planet Trenzalore where he is destined to die, he tells some to Clara.
--->'''Doctor''': The trouble with Daleks is, they take so long to say anything. Probably die of boredom before they shoot me.
** One of the soldiers being chased by murderous ghosts in ''Under the Lake'': "If I die, you know that I will come back to haunt you."
** Done literally in ''The Woman who Lived'', with a highwayman waiting to be executed stretching out his life with stand-up comedy, mostly puns on "hanging about" and "well hung", because the crowd will be angry if they hang him while he's still funny.

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-->'''Warden Glynn''': Glynn:''' The M.E. has ruled [=McCullum's=] death as suicide. He bit into his skin, chewing off chunks of muscle over the course of a week or so, causing himself to bleed out.\\
'''Sister Pete''': Pete:''' Sweet Jesus!\\
'''Officer Murphy''': Murphy:''' Like a cannibal!\\
'''Tim [=McManus=]''': [=McManus=]:''' A cannibal eats somebody else's flesh.\\
'''Murphy''': '''Murphy:''' So what do you call a guy who eats his own flesh?\\
'''Tim [=McManus=]''': [=McManus=]:''' Inventive.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' had this ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** This
exchange between Sarah Jane Smith and the Third Doctor as they're trapped in a web in ''Planet "Planet of the Spiders'':
-->'''Doctor''':
Spiders":
--->'''Doctor:'''
I think they'll find I'm rather a tough old bird.\\
'''Sarah Jane''': Jane:''' An old boiler, in fact.\\
'''Doctor''': (chuckles) '''Doctor:''' ''[chuckles]'' yes, yes. I would make a good item on the agenda of the next spider council meeting. Whether to stew a Time Lord or roast him in a slow oven?\\
'''Sarah Jane''': Jane:''' That will give them something to [[IncrediblyLamePun chew over]].over.\\
'''Doctor''': '''Doctor:''' Yes, something they can get their teeth into, hmm?
** In ''The "The Time of the Doctor'' Doctor", when the Eleventh Doctor is dying of old age and out of regenerations, surrounded by [[AbsoluteXenophobe Daleks]], on the planet Trenzalore where he is destined to die, he tells some to Clara.
--->'''Doctor''': --->'''Doctor:''' The trouble with Daleks is, they take so long to say anything. Probably die of boredom before they shoot me.
** One of the soldiers being chased by murderous ghosts in ''Under "Under the Lake'': Lake": "If I die, you know that I will come back to haunt you."
** Done literally in ''The "The Woman who Lived'', Lived", with a highwayman waiting to be executed stretching out his life with stand-up comedy, mostly puns on "hanging about" and "well hung", because the crowd will be angry if they hang him while he's still funny.



* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': Most of "The Russians Are Coming", where Rodney convinces them to build a nuclear fallout shelter after Del unknowingly buys a kit along with a shipment of lead. Most of the episode highlights just how unprepared the average person in 1981 was to cope with the possibility of nuclear war and life afterwards, particularly with only a "four minute warning" to seek shelter.
-->'''Del''': By the way, how are we doing?
-->'''Rodney''': We're dead. We died 45 seconds ago.

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* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'':
**
Most of "The Russians Are Coming", where Rodney convinces them to build a nuclear fallout shelter after Del unknowingly buys a kit along with a shipment of lead. Most of the episode highlights just how unprepared the average person in 1981 was to cope with the possibility of nuclear war and life afterwards, particularly with only a "four minute warning" to seek shelter.
-->'''Del''': --->'''Del:''' By the way, how are we doing?
-->'''Rodney''':
doing?\\
'''Rodney:'''
We're dead. We died 45 seconds ago.



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* Creator/RichardPryor was the master of this trope.
* Creator/ChristopherTitus
-->"How come Mom's crazy and I'm not? It's possible she could have got up every night in front of this many people, talk about all the ''CRAP'' in her life and those people sat around and ''laughed'' with her, would have meant nothing and she could have moved on cool. It's also possible she also could have taken out the front row with a large caliber weapon, she was, ''whew'', out there. And maybe things would be different for Mom, she would have gotten her [[Series/{{Titus}} own show]] and you would read about me in 'The Inquirer' as her heroin addicted son. Oh, we can dream!"
* The Dutch stand up comedian Herman Finkers does it literally: "Two gallows are walking down the street...".
* Following his open heart surgery, Creator/RobinWilliams was quick to poke fun about it in his HBO special "Weapons of Self-Destruction."
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--> '''Mickey''': He didn't want to donate an organ! He wanted me to donate my organs!
--> '''Goofy''': And you're not even done with them.
* A purportedtly leaked storyboard for the Disney Channel series ''Star and the Forces of Evil'' has Star's ex-boyfriend threatening to destroy the Earth...unless she goes to the prom with him.

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--> '''Mickey''': -->'''Mickey:''' He didn't want to donate an organ! He wanted me to donate my organs!
--> '''Goofy''':
organs!\\
'''Goofy:'''
And you're not even done with them.
* A purportedtly purportedly leaked storyboard for the Disney Channel series ''Star and the Forces of Evil'' ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has Star's ex-boyfriend threatening to destroy the Earth...Earth... unless she goes to the prom with him.



* Three years after British Comedian Rik Mayall almost got killed in a quod bike accident, he could joke about it in the fourth live version of ''{{Bottom}}'':
--> '''Richard Richard''': That actor who plays me ... You know.. the tosser who fell off his bike?.
** When Rik did finally die in 2014, his frequent comedy partner Adrian Edmonson commented that he died "without me. Selfish bastard."
* 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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* Three years after British Comedian Rik Mayall almost got killed in a quod bike accident, he could joke about it in the fourth live version of ''{{Bottom}}'':
--> '''Richard Richard''':
''Series/{{Bottom}}'':
-->'''Richard Richard:'''
That actor who plays me ...me... You know.. the tosser who fell off his bike?.
** * When Rik did finally die in 2014, his frequent comedy partner Adrian Edmonson commented that he died "without me. Selfish bastard."
* 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 - 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.not.
* RealLife serial killer Carl Panzram famously said this to his executioner: "Hurry up, you Hoosier bastard! I could kill ten men while you were fooling around."
8th Jul '16 9:04:05 AM Blazer_the_Delphox
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* Strangely, there is no ''literal'' Gallows Humor in Creature Feature's "A Gorey Demise," a song that is an [=ABCs=] of a year's Obituaries. This is perhaps out of difficulty of using the word "hanged" in a song. Though "hung" (although not proper grammar) would provide a lot of comedy, all by itself. (W is for [[TakeThat William]] who was [[BiggusDickus very well]] [[IncrediblyLamePun hung]]?)
7th Jul '16 12:49:42 PM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/RichardPryor was TheObiWan of this trope.

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* Creator/RichardPryor was TheObiWan the master of this trope.
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