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3rd Jul '16 8:54:07 PM Doug86
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* It doesn't always have to be a physical defect. In an episode of ''Series/FawltyTowers'', Basil exhorts his staff not to "mention the war" (i.e. WorldWarII) to a group of German guests, [[JustifiedTrope and as the stress of the plot (and a concussion suffered earlier in the episode) gets to him]], eventually finds it impossible to talk about anything ''else'', climaxing in a memorable Hitler impression. This is so well-known that "Don't mention the war!" is a common phrase in the UK and Australia.

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* It doesn't always have to be a physical defect. In an episode of ''Series/FawltyTowers'', Basil exhorts his staff not to "mention the war" (i.e. WorldWarII) UsefulNotes/WorldWarII) to a group of German guests, [[JustifiedTrope and as the stress of the plot (and a concussion suffered earlier in the episode) gets to him]], eventually finds it impossible to talk about anything ''else'', climaxing in a memorable Hitler impression. This is so well-known that "Don't mention the war!" is a common phrase in the UK and Australia.
18th Jun '16 7:31:21 PM SpaceHunterDrakeRedcrest
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* An old ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip featured a short engineer named Les, who was defensive about his height. This led to the following conversation.

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An old ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip featured a short engineer named Les, who was defensive about his height. This led to the following conversation.


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** One strip from ''Dogbert's Clues for the Clueless'' [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] when it is acceptable to ask someone about their disability. Disabilities you should not ask about are awareness-impairment and attractiveness-impairment.
17th Jun '16 2:17:27 AM Chabal2
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* ''Discworld/MakingMoney'': The bank's private chef has an allergy to anyone metnioning the word garlic, going catatonic for four seconds, throwing whatever's in his hand straight ahead, then babbling in fluent Quirmian. Moist is warned (in writing) not to say it, but of course it ends up slipping out a few minutes later.
19th May '16 10:28:36 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Naturally, it was a forfeit in the Germany episode of ''{{QI}}''. Sean Lock fell afoul of it ''five'' times (including a trick question meant to invoke the forfeit), Alan Davies once, and Jo Brand once (while trying to call out Stephen for the same; she got the war wrong in this case).

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** Naturally, it was a forfeit in the Germany episode of ''{{QI}}''.''Series/{{QI}}''. Sean Lock fell afoul of it ''five'' times (including a trick question meant to invoke the forfeit), Alan Davies once, and Jo Brand once (while trying to call out Stephen for the same; she got the war wrong in this case).
16th Apr '16 8:47:05 PM nombretomado
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* On ''GilligansIsland'', Gilligan becomes bald for one episode. Everyone decides not to talk about it, but Mrs. Howell then says she'll have a "hard bald egg".

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* On ''GilligansIsland'', ''Series/GilligansIsland'', Gilligan becomes bald for one episode. Everyone decides not to talk about it, but Mrs. Howell then says she'll have a "hard bald egg".



* Done gloriously blatantly in ''FatherTed'' when Ted tells [[TheDitz Dougal]] not to call the Bishop by his first name or mention his (illegitimate) son. What does Dougal say on meeting His Grace? "Hello Len, how's the son?"

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* Done gloriously blatantly in ''FatherTed'' ''Series/FatherTed'' when Ted tells [[TheDitz Dougal]] not to call the Bishop by his first name or mention his (illegitimate) son. What does Dougal say on meeting His Grace? "Hello Len, how's the son?"



* In an episode of ''AccordingToJim'', Jim and Cheryl accidentally find out that their new neighbors, a man and wife, refer to the man's penis as "Little Winston." The next time they have the couple over for dinner, Jim offers a tray of small sausages and asks if they'd care for -- you guessed it -- a Little Winston.

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* In an episode of ''AccordingToJim'', ''Series/AccordingToJim'', Jim and Cheryl accidentally find out that their new neighbors, a man and wife, refer to the man's penis as "Little Winston." The next time they have the couple over for dinner, Jim offers a tray of small sausages and asks if they'd care for -- you guessed it -- a Little Winston.



* Kramer on ''{{Seinfeld}}'' always manages to avert this trope.

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* Kramer on ''{{Seinfeld}}'' ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' always manages to avert this trope.



* The fifth season of ''TheOffice'' brings us a variation: After Michael [[spoiler: is fired from Dunder-Mifflin]], Dwight uses his notes on his sales clients, which have detailed notes about their families and personal lives on different colored stickers. Dwight tries to chat up a client using something in green ink -- "1 son, gay" -- and turns out that ''all'' of Michael's client notes are about the things he ''shouldn't'' say to their faces, in an attempt to avoid this trope!

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* The fifth season of ''TheOffice'' ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' brings us a variation: After Michael [[spoiler: is fired from Dunder-Mifflin]], Dwight uses his notes on his sales clients, which have detailed notes about their families and personal lives on different colored stickers. Dwight tries to chat up a client using something in green ink -- "1 son, gay" -- and turns out that ''all'' of Michael's client notes are about the things he ''shouldn't'' say to their faces, in an attempt to avoid this trope!
2nd Mar '16 4:56:15 PM nombretomado
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* The first appearance of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammy_Davis_Jr Sammy Davis, Jr.]] on ''AllInTheFamily'' has Archie successfully keep Edith from saying something stupid to Davis, then promptly [[FeeFiFauxPas do so himself]].

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* The first appearance of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammy_Davis_Jr Sammy Davis, Jr.]] on ''AllInTheFamily'' ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' has Archie successfully keep Edith from saying something stupid to Davis, then promptly [[FeeFiFauxPas do so himself]].
6th Feb '16 8:33:01 PM nombretomado
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* Norm's dream job interview in ''{{Cheers}}'' went exactly like this after Rebecca gave him the advice not talk about anything stupid, like his pants, lest he start apologizing about it and eventually end up singing and dancing about it. Inevitably, when he meets the president of the company, the first thing he says is "Nice pants!" It all goes downhill from there.

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* Norm's dream job interview in ''{{Cheers}}'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' went exactly like this after Rebecca gave him the advice not talk about anything stupid, like his pants, lest he start apologizing about it and eventually end up singing and dancing about it. Inevitably, when he meets the president of the company, the first thing he says is "Nice pants!" It all goes downhill from there.



* During the ColdOpen of the ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode 'My Karma', Dr. Kelso gets his coffee splashed onto his face, and, when J. D. runs into him later on, his face is covered in splotches.

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* During the ColdOpen of the ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode 'My Karma', "My Karma", Dr. Kelso gets his coffee splashed onto his face, and, when J. D. runs into him later on, his face is covered in splotches.
8th Jan '16 4:42:45 PM jormis29
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* To continue with Mike Myers films, there's another good example in ''View from the Top''. His character, John Whitney, has a lazy eye and when one of the flight attendants is being interviewed by him, she has a hard time not mentioning the eye at all. Finally, she slips up at the end and as a result does not get the job.

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* To continue with Mike Myers films, there's another good example in ''View from the Top''.''Film/ViewFromTheTop''. His character, John Whitney, has a lazy eye and when one of the flight attendants is being interviewed by him, she has a hard time not mentioning the eye at all. Finally, she slips up at the end and as a result does not get the job.
8th Jan '16 6:55:56 AM StFan
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[[folder:Film]]
* In the Live Action adaptation of ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', [[ThosetwoGuys Jasper and Horace]] are meeting with the skinner who has a large animal attack scar on his neck and can't speak. Jasper tries to emphasize to Horace not to comment [[TheVoiceless Mr. Skinner's]] huge scar on his throat. First words out of his mouth when Skinner opens the door?

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[[folder:Comedy]]
* Creator/BillCosby had a routine in his standup about a conversation with Ray Charles, in which he kept asking Ray why he had all the lights off in his hotel room.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* An old ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip featured a short engineer named Les, who was defensive about his height. This led to the following conversation.
-->'''Dilbert:''' Hi, Les.\\
'''Les:''' You say that almost mockingly. The way you say it, my name sounds like "less". I've told you a thousand times, my name is French -- pronounced "Lez".\\
'''Dilbert:''' You seem a little short-tempered.\\
'''Les:''' Hey! That time you did it on purpose!
* ''ComicStrip/ShermansLagoon'': Megan tells Sherman not to mention the string of bad luck a friend has been going through.
-->'''Sherman:''' Please pass the hook in the mouth.
* In ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'', Luis got annoyed at meddlesome Samantha always trying to do things for him. In fact, the whole reason Luis fell for [[JerkAss Jenny of all people]] is that she alone ignored his wheelchair, even forgoing designated parking spaces.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the Live Action live-action adaptation of ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', [[ThosetwoGuys Jasper and Horace]] are meeting with the skinner who has a large animal attack scar on his neck and can't speak. Jasper tries to emphasize to Horace not to comment [[TheVoiceless Mr. Skinner's]] huge scar on his throat. First words out of his mouth when Skinner opens the door?



'''Skinner:''' ''(DeathGlare)''\\

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'''Skinner:''' ''(DeathGlare)''\\(''{{death glare}}'')\\



--->'''Number Three''': By the way, I realize that I have a large mole on my face...
--->'''Austin''': ...where?
--->'''Number Three''': [[DontExplainTheJoke I also realize]] the {{irony}} that [[TheMole I am myself a mole]].
--->'''Austin''': No one... would make that connection.

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--->'''Number Three''': -->'''Number Three:''' By the way, I realize that I have a large mole on my face...
--->'''Austin''': ...where?
--->'''Number Three''':
face...\\
'''Austin:''' ...where?\\
'''Number Three:'''
[[DontExplainTheJoke I also realize]] the {{irony}} that [[TheMole I am myself a mole]].
--->'''Austin''': No one...
mole]].\\
'''Austin:''' No-one...
would make that connection.



-->'''Whitney''': Does anything frighten you?
-->'''Preston''': Oh, you mean the eye?

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-->'''Whitney''': -->'''Whitney:''' Does anything frighten you?
-->'''Preston''':
you?\\
'''Preston:'''
Oh, you mean the eye?



-->'''Ms. Horgarth''': I'm Anita Horgarth.\\
'''Uncle Buck''': Buck Melanoma, Moley Russell's wart. ({{beat}}) [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud Not her wart.]] Not her wart, I'm the wart, she's my tumor. ''[[DiggingYourselfDeeper My growth. My pimple.]] I'm "Uncle Wart", just Buck "Wart" Russell. Or "melanoma head"...
** Then subverted the principal makes the mistake of insulting his niece, he drops all pretense of ignoring her mole: "Take this quarter, go downtown, and ''have a rat gnaw that thing off your face''. Good day to you, madam."

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-->'''Ms. Horgarth''': Horgarth:''' I'm Anita Horgarth.\\
'''Uncle Buck''': Buck:''' Buck Melanoma, Moley Russell's wart. ({{beat}}) (''{{beat}}'') [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud Not her wart.]] Not her wart, I'm the wart, she's my tumor. ''[[DiggingYourselfDeeper My growth. My pimple.]] I'm "Uncle Wart", just Buck "Wart" Russell. Or "melanoma head"...
** :: Then subverted when the principal makes the mistake of insulting his niece, he niece. He drops all pretense of ignoring her mole: mole. "Take this quarter, go downtown, and ''have a rat gnaw that thing off your face''. Good day to you, madam."






* ''{{Frasier}}'' plays with this spectacularly in the episode "Roz and the Schnoz." Roz is pregnant, and Frasier plays host to the birth father's parents, who, unknown to anyone (including themselves), have extremely large noses. It doesn't help matters that they keep unwittingly setting up nose-related {{pun}}s: "We have a couple of giant schnauzers." [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7clRrOCsEA&feature=player_embedded Just go watch it.]]

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* ''{{Frasier}}'' ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' plays with this spectacularly in the episode "Roz and the Schnoz." Roz is pregnant, and Frasier plays host to the birth father's parents, who, unknown to anyone (including themselves), have extremely large noses. It doesn't help matters that they keep unwittingly setting up nose-related {{pun}}s: "We have a couple of giant schnauzers." [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7clRrOCsEA&feature=player_embedded Just go watch it.]]



[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* An old ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip featured a short engineer named Les, who was defensive about his height. This led to the following conversation.
-->'''Dilbert:''' Hi, Les.
-->'''Les:''' You say that almost mockingly. The way you say it, my name sounds like "less". I've told you a thousand times, my name is French - pronounced "Lez".
-->'''Dilbert:''' You seem a little [[IncrediblyLamePun short-tempered]].
-->'''Les:''' Hey! That time you did it on purpose!
* ''ShermansLagoon'': Megan tells Sherman not to mention the string of bad luck a friend has been going through.
-->'''Sherman:''' Please pass the hook in the mouth.
* In ''SafeHavens'', Luis got annoyed at meddlesome Samantha always trying to do things for him. In fact, the whole reason Luis fell for [[JerkAss Jenny of all people]] is that she alone ignored his wheelchair, even forgoing designated parking spaces.

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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* An old ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip featured Before Wrestling/JillianHall become a short engineer named Les, who HollywoodToneDeaf singer she was defensive about his height. This led to the following conversation.
-->'''Dilbert:''' Hi, Les.
-->'''Les:''' You say
MNM's publicist. In her first appearance Wrestling/{{Melina}} told M and [[Wrestling/JohnMorrison N]] that almost mockingly. The way you say it, my name sounds like "less". I've told you Jillian had a thousand times, my name is French - pronounced "Lez".
-->'''Dilbert:''' You seem a little [[IncrediblyLamePun short-tempered]].
-->'''Les:''' Hey! That time you did it
mole on purpose!
* ''ShermansLagoon'': Megan tells Sherman
her face and not to mention it. Jillian comes in and we see her only from profile, and we see MNM stare at the string of bad luck a friend has been going through.
-->'''Sherman:''' Please pass the hook
mole - but they successfully refrain from saying anything. It is revealed later in the mouth.
* In ''SafeHavens'', Luis got annoyed at meddlesome Samantha always trying to do things for him. In fact, the whole reason Luis fell for [[JerkAss Jenny of all people]] is
episode that she alone ignored his wheelchair, even forgoing designated parking spaces.the mole covers most of the left side of her face. Later the Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}} ate it off her face.



[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Before Wrestling/JillianHall become a HollywoodToneDeaf singer she was MNM's publicist. In her first appearance Wrestling/{{Melina}} told M and [[Wrestling/JohnMorrison N]] that Jillian had a mole on her face and not to mention it. Jillian comes in and we see her only from profile, and we see MNM stare at the mole - but they successfully refrain from saying anything. It is revealed later in the episode that the mole covers most of the left side of her face. Later the Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}} ate it off her face.

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* Before Wrestling/JillianHall become ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': Though it doesn't turn out as badly as one would think. While it's clear he's annoyed by it to some degree, Koris takes no offense at the name, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNDimDd4mfs even states]] that though he has thought of requesting a HollywoodToneDeaf singer she was MNM's publicist. In her first transfer to another ship, he would never leave the Qwib Qwib.
-->'''Tali:''' Commander, this is Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib Qwib. (''aside'') Do not ask about the name.\\
'''Commander Shepard:''' You have a ship called the Qwib Qwib?\\
'''Tali:''' Oh, here we go.
* A Nosferatu player's LooksLikeOrlock
appearance Wrestling/{{Melina}} told M and [[Wrestling/JohnMorrison N]] that Jillian had in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' provokes a mole on her face and lot of horrified reactions, but one convenience store clerk tries gamely not to mention it. Jillian comes in and we see her only from profile, and we see MNM stare at It doesn't work.
--> '''Slater:''' ''Whoa!'' Uh, welcome to
the mole - but they successfully refrain from saying anything. It is revealed later in the episode that the mole covers most Red Spot, home of the left side of her face. Later the Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}} ate it off her face.Monstro Face -- I mean, [[BlandNameProduct Monstro Chug]]...



[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/BillCosby had a routine in his standup about a conversation with Ray Charles, in which he kept asking Ray why he had all the lights off in his hotel room.

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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Creator/BillCosby had Not a routine in his standup about a conversation disability exactly, but Hanyuu from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' was born with Ray Charles, horns. [[spoiler:When she's a human]] no one mentions her horns except for Takano in which he kept asking Ray why he had all the lights off in his hotel room.sound novels due to this.



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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'':
-->'''Tali:''' Commander, this is Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib Qwib. (aside) Do not ask about the name.
-->'''Commander Shepard:''' You have a ship called the Qwib Qwib?
-->'''Tali:''' Oh, here we go.
** Though it doesn't turn out as badly as one would think. While it's clear he's annoyed by it to some degree, Koris takes no offense at the name, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNDimDd4mfs even states]] that though he has thought of requesting a transfer to another ship, he would never leave the Qwib Qwib.
* Not a disability exactly but Hanyuu from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' was born with horns. [[spoiler:When she's a human]] no one mentions her horns except for Takano in the sound novels due to this.
* A Nosferatu player's LooksLikeOrlock appearance in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' provokes a lot of horrified reactions, but one convenience store clerk tries gamely not to mention it. It doesn't work.
--> '''Slater:''' ''Whoa!'' Uh, welcome to the Red Spot, home of the Monstro Face -- I mean, [[BlandNameProduct Monstro Chug]]...
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', Gregory manages to blow [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2002-10-22 Luna's first impression of him]] by mentioning her tusks this way.
** Though really, that's just the fact that Gregory's a master of the {{Pun}} and pops them off constantly. In this particular case it was just the wrong subject to pick.

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[[folder:Videogames]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'':
-->'''Tali:''' Commander, this is Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib Qwib. (aside) Do not ask about the name.
-->'''Commander Shepard:''' You have a ship called the Qwib Qwib?
-->'''Tali:''' Oh, here we go.
** Though it doesn't turn out as badly as one would think. While it's clear he's annoyed by it to some degree, Koris takes no offense at the name, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNDimDd4mfs even states]] that though he has thought of requesting a transfer to another ship, he would never leave the Qwib Qwib.
* Not a disability exactly but Hanyuu from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' was born with horns. [[spoiler:When she's a human]] no one mentions her horns except for Takano in the sound novels due to this.
* A Nosferatu player's LooksLikeOrlock appearance in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' provokes a lot of horrified reactions, but one convenience store clerk tries gamely not to mention it. It doesn't work.
--> '''Slater:''' ''Whoa!'' Uh, welcome to the Red Spot, home of the Monstro Face -- I mean, [[BlandNameProduct Monstro Chug]]...
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', Gregory manages to blow [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2002-10-22 Luna's first impression of him]] by mentioning her tusks this way.
**
way. Though really, that's just the fact that Gregory's a master of the {{Pun}} and pops them off constantly. In this particular case it was just the wrong subject to pick.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kim Possible}}'' falls prey to this the first time she meets a wheelchair-bound Felix. Except her behavior has her acting in a very protective (yet condescending) way. Ron snaps her out of it.
--> '''Kim:''' "RON! What are you doing?"
--> '''Ron:''' "What? Just hanging with Felix."
--> '''Kim:''' "He could have gotten hurt!"
--> '''Ron:''' "Uh..KP. We were just playing basketball."
--> '''Kim:''' "You need to be more careful with him! You're treating him..."
--> '''Ron:''' "...like a normal person?"
--> '''Kim:''' (''{{Beat}}'') [[ThatCameOutWrong "That didn't come out right."]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kim Possible}}'' ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Kim falls prey to this the first time she meets a wheelchair-bound Felix. Except her behavior has her acting in a very protective (yet condescending) way. Ron snaps her out of it.
--> -->'''Kim:''' RON! What are you doing?\\
'''Ron:''' What? Just hanging with Felix.\\
'''Kim:''' "RON! What are you doing?"
-->
He could have gotten hurt!\\
'''Ron:''' "What? Just hanging with Felix."
--> '''Kim:''' "He could have gotten hurt!"
--> '''Ron:''' "Uh..
Uh... KP. We were just playing basketball."
-->
\\
'''Kim:''' "You You need to be more careful with him! You're treating him..."
--> '''Ron:''' "...
\\
'''Ron:''' ...
like a normal person?"
-->
person?\\
'''Kim:''' (''{{Beat}}'') (''{{beat}}'') [[ThatCameOutWrong "That That didn't come out right."]] ]]



* One of the bullies on ''WesternAnimation/{{Pepperann}}'' has a prominent mole on his face that he ''does not'' like anyone talking about. Unfortunately, he tends to hear any word rhyming with "-ole" as "mole", leading him to threaten to beat up people who are merely mentioning "control", "roll", or "bowls".

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* One of the bullies on ''WesternAnimation/{{Pepperann}}'' ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' has a prominent mole on his face that he ''does not'' like anyone talking about. Unfortunately, he tends to hear any word rhyming with "-ole" as "mole", leading him to threaten to beat up people who are merely mentioning "control", "roll", or "bowls".



22nd Nov '15 5:53:42 PM Jbadder
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* Martin Schetselaar wrote (well, drew) [[http://schetch.net/wp/?comic=dear-dmv an open letter]] to the DMV in his Webcomic ''Webcomic/TheSchetchPad'' saying exactly this.[[note]]To be clear, Martin has only half a left arm.[[/note]]
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