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31st May '17 10:45:21 PM BiffJr
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*There is a story of a British man visiting San Francisco for the first time and asking a cabby where he can pick up a pack of fags. Fags in British slang are cigarettes. In American slang they're not.
30th May '17 6:21:56 PM thevideogameempire
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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', despite the fact that "There are no slaves in Hurog" (slavery is so thouroughly abolished that every slave who sets foot on Hurog land becomes free), the protagonist Ward owns a slave. Disturbing, isn't it? But the context is such that [[Really700YearsOld Oreg]] was MadeASlave by a distant ancestor of Ward, and is now bound to a ring, that apparently is magically compelled to be inherited by the son of the prior owner. Oreg cannot be freed. Neither can the magic ring be taken off. [[AWizardDidIt An evil sorcerer did it.]]At the end of the book, Ward kills his friend and ally [[spoiler: Oreg]], and also, castle Hurog collapses. Sounds bad? Fortunately, the castle was evacuated at the time, and [[spoiler: Oreg asked Ward to kill him in order to bring that about. And he comes back.]]

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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', despite the fact that "There are no slaves in Hurog" (slavery is so thouroughly abolished that every slave who sets foot on Hurog land becomes free), the protagonist Ward owns a slave. Disturbing, isn't it? But the context is such that [[Really700YearsOld Oreg]] was MadeASlave by a distant ancestor of Ward, and is now bound to a ring, that apparently is magically compelled to be inherited by the son of the prior owner. Oreg cannot be freed. Neither can the magic ring be taken off. [[AWizardDidIt An evil sorcerer did it.]]At ]] At the end of the book, Ward kills his friend and ally [[spoiler: Oreg]], and also, castle Hurog collapses. Sounds bad? Fortunately, the castle was evacuated at the time, and [[spoiler: Oreg asked Ward to kill him in order to bring that about. And he comes back.]]
26th May '17 8:26:14 PM chopshop
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* Inverted in ''Film/TenCloverfieldLane''. There's a scene where [[Creator/JohnGoodman John Goodman's]] character Howard shaves and puts on some nice clothes before preparing dinner for a nice young woman, even offering some ice cream. Seems innocent enough out of context. ''In'' context it's one of the most horrifying scenes in the entire film because of the sheer implications; [[spoiler: Howard is an unhinged murderer and possible rapist who just murdered the only other man in the bunker the characters are in, seems unhealthily obsessed with the woman in question, and keeps [[ParentalIncest comparing her to his possibly dead daughter]]. The implication of the whole scene is that he's on the verge of raping and/or killing her.]]




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* ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'' pretty much begins with a man [[{{Squick}} having sex with a red-skinned woman who has a beetle for a head]]. It ''sounds'' like some kind of Lovecraftian horror scene, but in context it's actually a rather sweet and heartwarming moment; the woman is his girlfriend, just happens to be part of fantasy race of sapient bug people, the sex is totally consensual, and he's basically making up with her after they had an argument about the seriousness of their relationship. The book ''does'' have a lot of horror scenes, this just isn't one of them.


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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has a scene where Picard praises Riker for letting a little girl die. The scene is actually referring to a SecretTestOfCharacter in that episode where Riker was given [[PhysicalGod Q powers]] and yes Riker letting the girl die ''was'' a ultimately good thing. Out of context though it sounds like Picard is a total sociopath who hates children to murderous degrees.
** Similarly, ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has a episode where Janeway [[{{Unperson}} Unpersons]] a dead crew member, forcing the rest of the crew to act like he never existed in an almost ''1984''-esque scene. Except it's only really scary out of context; she's only doing it to fix an error in the Doctor's programming and everyone talks about the guy again once things are fixed.
17th May '17 7:12:53 PM dsneybuf
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-->-- '''qdb.us''' [[http://qdb.us/33726 #33726]] (abridged) [[spoiler:Opius is talking about the stroke tool in Photoshop.]]

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-->-- '''qdb.us''' [[http://qdb.us/33726 #33726]] (abridged) [[spoiler:Opius [[labelnote:spoiler]]Opius is talking about the stroke tool in Photoshop.]]
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22nd Apr '17 8:26:12 PM nombretomado
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* Just try talking about ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' without people giving you strange looks. Just... ''try''. This includes talking about the premise of teenagers being kidnapped by terrorists and forced to fight to the death. And specific scenes can fall into this as well; to most people a scene where a teenager pins another teenager to a tree with a sword and carves words into his chest would be disturbing, for example, but once you know the context it's a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* Just try talking about ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' without people giving you strange looks. Just... ''try''. This includes talking about the premise of teenagers being kidnapped by terrorists and forced to fight to the death. And specific scenes can fall into this as well; to most people a scene where a teenager pins another teenager to a tree with a sword and carves words into his chest would be disturbing, for example, but once you know the context it's a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
22nd Apr '17 6:59:24 PM nombretomado
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* Not only is ''SuperPaperMario'' about an OmnicidalManiac trying to destroy the the ''multi-verse'', an entire chapter of the story is dedicated to the heroes' murder and their descent into the underworld. It's actually presented in a humorous tone, and the characters actually make it to heaven before continuing on with their quest.

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* Not only is ''SuperPaperMario'' ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' about an OmnicidalManiac trying to destroy the the ''multi-verse'', an entire chapter of the story is dedicated to the heroes' murder and their descent into the underworld. It's actually presented in a humorous tone, and the characters actually make it to heaven before continuing on with their quest.
10th Apr '17 1:50:35 PM N.Harmonik
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* UsefulNotes/DavidCameron unveiling UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher 's [[IncrediblyLamePun bust]] at Conservative Party headquarters.

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* UsefulNotes/DavidCameron unveiling UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher 's UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's [[IncrediblyLamePun bust]] at Conservative Party headquarters.
24th Mar '17 9:23:18 PM DarkHunter
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* A major plot point of the ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy involves the two main characters killing the Christian God. People hearing this without context probably imagine this as quite different from how it was actually portrayed. Technically, he dies of old age, and the two of them just happened to be there when it happens, and while they may have had a role in it they didn't do it intentionally, in essence making it a MercyKill. And under one interpretation, God is really The Dust, while the antagonist is an impostor.

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* A major plot point of the ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy involves the two main characters killing the Christian God. People hearing this without context probably imagine this as quite different from how it was actually portrayed. Technically, he dies of old age, and the two of them just happened to be there when it happens, and while they may have had a role in it they didn't do it intentionally, in essence making it a MercyKill. And under one interpretation, God is really The the Dust, while the antagonist "God" that dies is an impostor.
1st Mar '17 1:49:14 PM Kafkesque
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* While playing ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', you may get some weird looks if people overhear a woman moaning and groaning, followed by the question "What did you do to me?" It is then necessary to explain that she was in fact in a hospital dying of injuries, and you were saving her life by feeding her some of your vampire blood. ([[VampiresAreSexGods The subtext may be intentional.]])
20th Dec '16 11:56:55 AM BrendanRizzo
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* For an example that is only ''[[DownplayedTrope marginally]]'' less disturbing in context, whenever fans of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' discuss the scene in which [[VillainProtagonist Cartman]] [[spoiler:arranges the deaths of Scott Tenorman's parents and [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies feeds them to him]]]], it is phrased in such a way as to imply that he pulled the trigger himself. In reality, he tricked them into [[spoiler:trespassing on a paranoid farmer's property, who is the one to have actually shot them]]. That said, considering that Cartman ''[[spoiler:orchestrates the deaths of [[RevengeByProxy two innocents]]]]'' because [[DisproportionateRetribution his nemesis cheated him out of sixteen dollars]], and [[KarmaHoudini he gets away with it]], it is understandable why fans would find that to be mere semantics.
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