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10th Jan '17 7:01:41 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Digital Short "The Curse": A businessman ([[TheLonelyIsland Andy Samberg]]) is cursed by a homeless gypsy (Fred Armisen) after he accidentally steps on his sacred talisman. The curse in question causes everything he does to be interrupted by a shirtless man called Sergio ([[Series/MadMen Jon]] "MrFanservice" [[Series/MadMen Hamm]]) bursting through the wall while playing a [[{{Sexophone}} sexy saxophone]] solo.

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* The ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Digital Short "The Curse": A businessman ([[TheLonelyIsland ([[Music/TheLonelyIsland Andy Samberg]]) is cursed by a homeless gypsy (Fred Armisen) after he accidentally steps on his sacred talisman. The curse in question causes everything he does to be interrupted by a shirtless man called Sergio ([[Series/MadMen Jon]] "MrFanservice" [[Series/MadMen Hamm]]) bursting through the wall while playing a [[{{Sexophone}} sexy saxophone]] solo.
24th Dec '16 11:36:04 AM nombretomado
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* Killing Madame Toussaud in ''{{Arcanum}}'' will permanently penalize your character's charisma.

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* Killing Madame Toussaud in ''{{Arcanum}}'' ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' will permanently penalize your character's charisma.
22nd Oct '16 4:55:52 AM TheCuza
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* On ''Series/YesDear'', Greg gets a call that a great aunt of his is about to pass away, and would like to see him one last time. Greg and Jimmy go alone to the hospital, and on the way there Greg reveals to Jimmy that he doesn't actually ''have'' a great aunt by that name and the call was a wrong number, but he decided to roll with it and use it as a convenient excuse to get the two of them out of whatever activity their wives were forcing them to do. Jimmy, however, feels bad for the dying old woman who won't get to see her great nephew because he never received the call, and makes Greg go visit her anyway. The woman can't see very well and mistakes Greg for her actual great nephew. After beckoning him to come closer, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished she calls him a no-good bum who has brought nothing but shame to the family, hands him some kind of amulet, and uses her last breath to give him a curse]]. In TheTag, Greg tracks down the great nephew and passes the curse on to its rightful recipient by giving him the medallion and repeating the curse verbatim.
7th Oct '16 1:43:53 PM val
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On the other hand, even when being used for that particular SpaceWhaleAesop, there seems to be a law of conservation of Gypsy Curses. The cursed person will find properly getting rid of the curse [[ClingyMacGuffin impossible]] but there will be [[CurseEscapeClause some rule]] that allows them to transfer the curse onto somebody else like it's a forged banknote. As soon as the character finds this out, expect to have the next scene full of the most adorable, [[BusFullOfInnocents innocent looking]] people in the world. This is all part and parcel of the crazy, traditionalist, demonic disingenuation of the UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} portraying them as [[MoralMyopia revenge focused]], not justice focused, uncaring of collateral damage and inspiring selfishness in others (in other words, it's kinda racist). It doesn't help that they're often {{Karma Houdini}}s, escaping any repercussion for their actions...or even benefiting!

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On the other hand, even when being used for that particular SpaceWhaleAesop, there seems to be a law of conservation of Gypsy Curses. The cursed person will find properly getting rid of the curse [[ClingyMacGuffin impossible]] but there will be [[CurseEscapeClause some rule]] that allows them to transfer the curse onto somebody else like it's a forged banknote. As soon as the character finds this out, expect to have the next scene full of the most adorable, [[BusFullOfInnocents innocent looking]] people in the world. This is all part and parcel of the crazy, traditionalist, demonic disingenuation of the UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} portraying them as [[MoralMyopia revenge focused]], not justice focused, uncaring of collateral damage and inspiring selfishness in others (in other words, it's kinda racist). It doesn't help that they're often {{Karma Houdini}}s, escaping any repercussion for their actions...or even benefiting!
14th Sep '16 8:37:41 AM Morgenthaler
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A common indulgence of the {{horror}} movie is the GypsyCurse laid down by the stereotypical UsefulNotes/{{Roma|ni}} (often an old woman).

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A common indulgence of the {{horror}} movie is the GypsyCurse gypsy curse laid down by the stereotypical UsefulNotes/{{Roma|ni}} (often an old woman).
14th Sep '16 8:37:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{ParaNorman}}'', Norman's town focuses most of its publicity on this. Back in the 17-18th century, a witch condemned to death cursed the dead to rise from the grave every year, on the anniversary of her death. [[spoiler: But then it's subverted in that the witch wasn't cursing all the dead - just the people who sentenced her. Furthermore, it wasn't to punish the town, it was to punish the very people she was raising, by forcing them to go through what she went through - unjust violence because of fear.]]
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{ParaNorman}}'', Norman's town focuses most of its publicity on this. Back in the 17-18th century, a witch condemned to death cursed the dead to rise from the grave every year, on the anniversary of her death. [[spoiler: But then it's subverted in that the witch wasn't cursing all the dead - just the people who sentenced her. Furthermore, it wasn't to punish the town, it was to punish the very people she was raising, by forcing them to go through what she went through - unjust violence because of fear.]]
23rd Aug '16 1:42:40 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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SubTrope of {{Curse}}. Compare HollywoodVoodoo and IndianBurialGround, similar curse-related tropes.

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SubTrope of {{Curse}}. Compare HollywoodVoodoo and IndianBurialGround, similar curse-related tropes.tropes with similar ethnic baggage.
9th Jul '16 2:56:57 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Dr. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_van_Richten Rudolph van Richten]] in the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting was cursed by the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Vistani]] "to live forever among monsters and see all whom you love die by them". But then, van Richten himself cursed ''this whole tribe'' to be targetted by {{undead}}... and didn't know about either curse until many years later [[LastOfHisKind the sole survivor]] told him so. It turned out that curses invoked by Vistani aren't so special, but they have some traditional guidelines and a better chance that the curse will work.
** In fact, this happens a ''lot'' in the ''Ravenloft'' campaign. A good rule of thumb while you're there is, don't make the Vistani angry at you.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}':
** Truth be told, this happens a ''lot'' in the setting. A good rule of thumb while you're there is, don't make the Vistani angry at you.
** The most famous example is likely
Dr. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_van_Richten Rudolph van Richten]] in the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting Richten]]. He was cursed by the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Vistani]] "to live forever among monsters and see all whom you love die by them". But then, van Richten then himself cursed ''this whole tribe'' to be targetted by {{undead}}... and And he kind of had a valid excuse (they had kidnapped his son to sell to a vampire... ''and'' he didn't know about either curse until many years later [[LastOfHisKind when the sole survivor]] SoleSurvivor told him so. It turned out that curses invoked by Vistani aren't so special, but they have some traditional guidelines and a better chance that the curse will work.
** In fact, this happens a ''lot'' in the ''Ravenloft'' campaign. A good rule of thumb while you're there is, don't make the Vistani angry at you.
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3rd Jul '16 6:08:43 PM Doug86
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** Oddly enough, in TheFilmOfTheBook, Madame Zeroni and her descendants are all portrayed as black, despite the backstory taking place in a [[{{Ruritania}} fictionalized]] UsefulNotes/{{Latvia}}, where there would be a sizable population of actual Romani (especially in the late 19th century, before [[ThePurge certain]] [[WorldWarII events]] cut the Latvian Romani population in half).

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** Oddly enough, in TheFilmOfTheBook, Madame Zeroni and her descendants are all portrayed as black, despite the backstory taking place in a [[{{Ruritania}} fictionalized]] UsefulNotes/{{Latvia}}, where there would be a sizable population of actual Romani (especially in the late 19th century, before [[ThePurge certain]] [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII events]] cut the Latvian Romani population in half).
23rd May '16 1:24:49 PM Kitchen90
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* The song "Love Potion No. 9" by The Clovers (famously covered by Music/TheSearchers) has the voice of the song being cursed with a magic potion from Madame Ruth the gypsy, which turns them into a serial kisser, until a policeman destroys the potion's container.
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