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21st Jul '17 3:03:02 AM StFan
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-->'''Mr. Youngblood''': These accident figures. Have you noticed that in greater London a man breaks his leg every fifteen minutes?
-->'''Lamb''': He must be getting sick of it by now.

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-->'''Mr. Youngblood''': Youngblood:''' These accident figures. Have you noticed that in greater London a man breaks his leg every fifteen minutes?
-->'''Lamb''':
minutes?\\
'''Lamb:'''
He must be getting sick of it by now.


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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Thrym, the Frost Giants demigod, takes a metaphor Hel makes about "pulling their own weight" literally.
-->'''Hel:''' Well at least ''somebody'' is pulling their own weight around here.\\
'''Thrym:''' Not fair! He's very tiny, his weight is a lot less than mine!
21st Jul '17 3:01:16 AM StFan
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(''later'')\\

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(''later'')\\''[later]''\\



-->'''Tracer:''' (''narrating'') That night, when I got home, I received a call from Mimi Dejour. She said she wanted to meet me at the club right away. Since I had no idea where the Club Right Away was, I suggested the Club Flamingo. She agreed.

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-->'''Tracer:''' (''narrating'') ''[narrating]'' That night, when I got home, I received a call from Mimi Dejour. She said she wanted to meet me at the club right away. Since I had no idea where the Club Right Away was, I suggested the Club Flamingo. She agreed.



(''Emmet extends his hand'')\\

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(''Emmet ''[Emmet extends his hand'')\\hand]''\\



'''Simon:''' ... (''yelling, as his boss walks away'') No, it's not! Time is time! Money is money!

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'''Simon:''' ... (''yelling, ''[yelling, as his boss walks away'') away]'' No, it's not! Time is time! Money is money!



'''Interrogator:''' (''sarcastically'') No, my name!\\

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'''Interrogator:''' (''sarcastically'') ''[sarcastically]'' No, my name!\\



'''Dr. Rumack:''' (''{{beat}}'') ''You can't take a guess for another two hours?''

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'''Dr. Rumack:''' (''{{beat}}'') ''You ''[{{beat}}] You can't take a guess for another two hours?''



-->'''Indy:''' (''shouting'') Eleven o'clock! Dad, eleven o'clock!
-->'''Henry:''' (''checks his watch'') What happens at eleven o'clock?
-->'''Indy:''' (''gesturing'') Twelve, eleven, ten! Eleven o'clock, fire!

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-->'''Indy:''' (''shouting'') ''[shouting]'' Eleven o'clock! Dad, eleven o'clock!
-->'''Henry:''' (''checks
o'clock!\\
'''Henry:''' ''[checks
his watch'') watch]'' What happens at eleven o'clock?
-->'''Indy:''' (''gesturing'')
o'clock?\\
'''Indy:''' ''[gesturing]''
Twelve, eleven, ten! Eleven o'clock, fire!



-->(''Tony gets up and heads for the victim's home; Ziva stays'')\\
'''Gibbs:''' (''angrily'') Are you waiting for an invitation, Officer David?\\
'''Ziva:''' (''clueless'') Oh. So you really ''are'' getting married?\\

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-->(''Tony -->''[Tony gets up and heads for the victim's home; Ziva stays'')\\
stays]''\\
'''Gibbs:''' (''angrily'') ''[angrily]'' Are you waiting for an invitation, Officer David?\\
'''Ziva:''' (''clueless'') ''[clueless]'' Oh. So you really ''are'' getting married?\\



(''cue a slightly confused expression on Castiel's face'')

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(''cue ''[cue a slightly confused expression on Castiel's face'')face]''



(''Bobby and Sam give Dean a disbelieving look'')\\
(''Castiel shows up an inch behind Dean'')\\

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(''Bobby ''[Bobby and Sam give Dean a disbelieving look'')\\
(''Castiel
look]''\\
''[Castiel
shows up an inch behind Dean'')\\Dean]''\\



'''Castiel:''' I was never in...your... (''awkward looks'')

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'''Castiel:''' I was never in... your... (''awkward looks'')''[awkward looks]''



'''Rose:''' (''to Daisy'') Your Onslow is such a pleb.

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'''Rose:''' (''to Daisy'') ''[to Daisy]'' Your Onslow is such a pleb.



* Franchise/{{Terminator}}s are naturally ripe for this joke. In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', a Terminator is searching the schools for John Connor by posing as an FBI agent carrying out a drugs investigation. The school administrator asks him "Look me in the eye and tell me you've never smoked a little marijuana." The terminator does just that (it is, after all, true!)

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* Franchise/{{Terminator}}s are naturally ripe for this joke. In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', a Terminator is searching the schools for John Connor by posing as an FBI agent carrying out a drugs investigation. The school administrator asks him "Look me in the eye and tell me you've never smoked a little marijuana." The terminator does just that (it is, after all, true!)true!).



'''Witch:''' You poor girl... stuck in the middle... (''brandishes knife'') Allow me to illustrate what that phrase means to ''me''.

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'''Witch:''' You poor girl... stuck in the middle... (''brandishes knife'') ''[brandishes knife]'' Allow me to illustrate what that phrase means to ''me''.



[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* After Wrestling/JimCornette prevented Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels and Wrestling/AJStyles from taking physical retribution against Wrestling/GailKim for repeatedly attacking them to preserve the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA TagTeam Title reign of America's Most Wanted, Styles and Daniels decided they'd just hire a very large woman to takeout Kim instead. Sirelda took this job literally by forcibly carrying a protesting Kim out of [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} the Impact Zone]].
* When [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] debuted for Elite Wrestling, he tried to eat Cheeseburger his opponent, for the night(who had been nicknamed such by [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Charlie Haas]] on the grounds [[HollywoodThin he needed to eat one]]).[[/folder]]

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[[folder:Professional [[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* After Wrestling/JimCornette prevented Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels and Wrestling/AJStyles from taking physical retribution against Wrestling/GailKim for repeatedly attacking them to preserve the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA TagTeam Title reign of America's Most Wanted, Styles and Daniels decided they'd just hire a very large woman to takeout take out Kim instead. Sirelda took this job literally by forcibly carrying a protesting Kim out of [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} the Impact Zone]].
* When [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] debuted for Elite Wrestling, he tried to eat Cheeseburger his opponent, for the night(who night (who had been nicknamed such by [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Charlie Haas]] on the grounds [[HollywoodThin he needed to eat one]]).[[/folder]]



-->'''Jezebel:''' I want to punch my father in the face!
-->'''Johnny:''' We're going to get along just fine.
-->'''Narrator:''' Of course, Jezebel was speaking metaphorically, but Johnny didn't notice.

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-->'''Jezebel:''' I want to punch my father in the face!
-->'''Johnny:'''
face!\\
'''Johnny:'''
We're going to get along just fine.
-->'''Narrator:'''
fine.\\
'''Narrator:'''
Of course, Jezebel was speaking metaphorically, but Johnny didn't notice.



[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', [[spoiler:Rogal Dorn]] is so literal it hurts, and completely oblivious to the fact, driving the Emperor crazy.
-->'''Emperor:''' You could fortify me from all the shit that's happening in the galaxy and threatens to spill into my throne room.\\
'''[[spoiler:Rogal Dorn]]:''' Fecal matter does not have mental capacity. You do not require fortifications.
[[/folder]]



-->'''Johnny:''' It's as if I'm looking for a very small thing amidst a large amount of identical, equally small things.
-->'''Marcy:''' Like a needle in a haystack.
-->'''Johnny:''' What's a haystack?

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-->'''Johnny:''' It's as if I'm looking for a very small thing amidst a large amount of identical, equally small things.
-->'''Marcy:'''
things.\\
'''Marcy:'''
Like a needle in a haystack.
-->'''Johnny:'''
haystack.\\
'''Johnny:'''
What's a haystack?



* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', [[spoiler:Rogal Dorn]] is so literal it hurts, and completely oblivious to the fact, driving the Emperor crazy.
-->'''Emperor''': You could fortify me from all the shit that's happenning in the galaxy and threatens to spill into my throne room.\\
'''[[spoiler:Rogal Dorn]]''': Fecal matter does not have mental capacity. You do not require fortifications.



-->'''Delmas:''' Well, Dunbar, my boy, I am glad to see your fever has broken and you're feeling well!\\
'''Clone William:''' Eh... did I break anything else?



(''Warmonga catches Shego and throws her, blowing [[ThereWasADoor a hole in the door]]'')\\

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(''Warmonga ''[Warmonga catches Shego and throws her, blowing [[ThereWasADoor a hole in the door]]'')\\door]]]''\\



-->'''Yakko:''' No, no, no, ''finger''prints!\\
'''Dot:''' (''looks at Prince'')\\
'''Prince:''' (''grins'')\\
'''Dot:''' (''frowns'') I don't think so. (''tosses Prince aside'')

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-->'''Yakko:''' --->'''Yakko:''' No, no, no, ''finger''prints!\\
'''Dot:''' (''looks ''[looks at Prince'')\\
Prince]''\\
'''Prince:''' (''grins'')\\
''[grins]''\\
'''Dot:''' (''frowns'') ''[frowns]'' I don't think so. (''tosses ''[tosses Prince aside'')aside]''



-->'''Homer:''' (''to the baffled Marge and Lisa'') What? Can't I get one right at least?!

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-->'''Homer:''' (''to --->'''Homer:''' ''[to the baffled Marge and Lisa'') Lisa]'' What? Can't I get one right at least?!



'''Fred:''' (''looks at the artifact, then goes away'') Okay then. Later, guys.\\

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'''Fred:''' (''looks ''[looks at the artifact, then goes away'') away]'' Okay then. Later, guys.\\



-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' '''''GARY!''' YOU ARE GONNA FINISH YOUR DESSERT, AND YOU ARE GONNA '''LIKE''' IT!'' (''laughs'') Now it's your turn.\\

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-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' '''''GARY!''' YOU ARE GONNA FINISH YOUR DESSERT, AND YOU ARE GONNA '''LIKE''' IT!'' (''laughs'') ''[laughs]'' Now it's your turn.\\



'''Frankie:''' (''looks at instructions'') Not "random" ''every single time!''

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'''Frankie:''' (''looks ''[looks at instructions'') instructions]'' Not "random" ''every single time!''



'''Penfold:''' (''rapid-fire, gesturing'') ''Tobeornotbethatisthequestionwhether'tisnobler\\

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'''Penfold:''' (''rapid-fire, gesturing'') ''[rapid-fire, gesturing]'' ''Tobeornotbethatisthequestionwhether'tisnobler\\



(''{{beat}}'')\\

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(''{{beat}}'')\\''[{{beat}}]''\\



(''{{beat}}'')\\

to:

(''{{beat}}'')\\''[{{beat}}]''\\



--->'''Ed:''' Found one! (''chuckles'')\\

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--->'''Ed:''' Found one! (''chuckles'')\\''[chuckles]''\\



'''Delightful:''' How can the door be a jar? It's a door! (''pulls out a jar of pickles'') '''This''' is a jar. Of course, it's a pickle jar, and I do adore it. So maybe you're right.

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'''Delightful:''' How can the door be a jar? It's a door! (''pulls ''[pulls out a jar of pickles'') pickles]'' '''This''' is a jar. Of course, it's a pickle jar, and I do adore it. So maybe you're right.



'''Star:''' (''completely earnest'') [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder Yes, that's why I asked]].

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'''Star:''' (''completely earnest'') ''[completely earnest]'' [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder Yes, that's why I asked]].



'''Choo Choo:''' So, Benny was just standing there, (''T.C. joins in'') watching the space!

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'''Choo Choo:''' So, Benny was just standing there, (''T.''[T.C. joins in'') in]'' watching the space!
14th Jul '17 2:05:58 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** This was incidentally the source of the original version of PoesLaw; if you don't make it clear there's no way to tell if you're parodying a position with a more extreme version or just actually more extreme.
14th Jul '17 1:35:01 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** It later turns out this is literally true in the original context (racing on a dirt track).
6th Jul '17 1:38:13 PM ngh93
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** In "Imitation Krabs", Mr. Krabs tries to warn Spongebob to beware the depredations of his rival Plankton.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Don't worry Mr. Krabs, as long as these pants are square, and this sponge is Bob... I WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN!\\
(''cuts to [=SpongeBob=] holding Mr. Krabs above his head'')\\
'''[=Mr. Krabs=]:''' Uh, [=SpongeBob=]? Could you let me down?
16th Jun '17 8:44:56 PM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In the episode "Let's Play Prison-Ball", [[TheDitz Stumpy]] takes the term "prison" in "prison-ball"[[note]]Prison-ball is a game similar to dodgeball, except if a player gets hit they are sent to a space at the back of the court called the "prison"[[/note]] too literally, for example yelling "I didn't do a thing! Society's the one to blame!" and trying to dig his way out with a jackhammer.
13th Jun '17 9:59:25 AM Kitchen90
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* The rule of funny in several WebOriginal/EddieAtTheLMV [[LiteralMusicVideo musical cover videos]]. A particular one is in the ''[[Music/LadyAntebellum Need You Now]]'' video, in which the lyric "Another shot of whiskey" has a visual of Eddie pointing a pistol at a man (presumably called Whiskey).
30th May '17 2:43:12 PM Pichu-kun
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* A popular form of joke in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. However, in the English dubs some jokes get LostInTranslation.

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* A popular form of joke in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. However, ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', however, in the English dubs some jokes get LostInTranslation.






* Music/{{Knorkator}}'s ''Wie weit ist es bis zum Horizont'' (how far is it to the horizon): Turns out the solution to this problem is the Pythagorean theorem, which results in an average distance of 4650m for a person whose eye level is 1,70m above the ground.

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* Music/{{Knorkator}}'s ''Wie weit ist es bis zum Horizont'' (how far is it to the horizon): (How Far Is It To The Horizon): Turns out the solution to this problem is the Pythagorean theorem, which results in an average distance of 4650m for a person whose eye level is 1,70m above the ground.


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* In "Changeling Tale" by Music/HeatherDale TheFairFolk are portrayed this way. Either due to ignorance of human language or pure malice, the fairies give an infetile woman a child when she asks for one. The child however cannot age as her ExactWords were for an infant:
-->''A babe was all she'd asked for, and their promises they'd kept''
3rd May '17 5:32:40 PM Steven
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* Likewise, you'll probably get this reaction when trying to translate directly into a foreign language an expression or idiomatic with no equivalent in said language, and thus that can only be interpretated literally.

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* Likewise, you'll probably get this reaction when trying to translate directly into a foreign language an expression or idiomatic with no equivalent in said language, and thus that can only be interpretated interpreted literally.


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* Text in it's purest form can easily fool people when taken at face value. Sarcasm or other types of figurative speech can easily be lost when there's no voice behind it or any punctuation that indicates that the phrase is not literal. Many people within online forums tend to end their posts with a "/s" to indicate they were being sarcastic, though most do it just out of jest rather than being CaptainObvious about it.
23rd Apr '17 5:33:48 PM Argon2
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* In ''Film/TempleGrandin'' we see the autistic Temple's interpretation of idioms (Temple's Aunt: "We wake up with the chickens around here!" Temple: (after imagining her relatives perched on a fence in their [=PJs=]) *laughing* "That's ridiculous!"). This gets her in a bit of trouble when she builds a hugbox and a psychiatrist asks her if she gets a release from it and she says yes (because if there wasn't a release lever she couldn't get out). Unfortunately she doesn't clarify that part and her hugbox gets taken away.

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* In ''Film/TempleGrandin'' we see the autistic Temple's interpretation of idioms (Temple's Aunt: "We wake up with the chickens around here!" Temple: (after imagining her relatives perched on a fence in their [=PJs=]) *laughing* ''*laughing*'' "That's ridiculous!"). This gets her in a bit of trouble when she builds a hugbox and a psychiatrist asks her if she gets a release from it and she says yes (because if there wasn't a release lever she couldn't get out). Unfortunately she doesn't clarify that part and her hugbox gets taken away.
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