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17th Feb '17 7:04:07 AM Raytina
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* Similar to the Walt Disney example above, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln's last words to his loyal bodyguard, William H. Crook, were the same. As Lincoln left for the theater (where he would be assassinated), he turned to Crook and despondently said, "Goodbye, Crook." According to Crook, this was the first time he said that; before, Lincoln had always said, "Good night, Crook." Crook later recalled:
--> "It was the first time that he neglected to say 'Good Night' to me and it was the only time that he ever said 'Good-bye'. I thought of it at that moment and, a few hours later, when the news flashed over Washington that he had been shot, his last words were so burned into my being that they can never be forgotten."
13th Feb '17 9:51:12 AM megarockman
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* Governor Chris Christie showed how seriously he took Hurricane Sandy when he praised Democrat UsefulNotes/BarackObama and snubbed fellow Republican Mitt Romney (for whom he was a high-level spokesman) days before the election (as in, he basically told Romney to bite him, if not in so many words, at the implication that he'd use the hurricane for political purposes). He also later beat up on Republicans in Congress for declining to pass a [[http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/little_help_here_1kW6aQ8fElj4CKwbheEV0N pork-filled relief bill]].

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* Governor Chris Christie (a Republican) showed how seriously he took Hurricane Sandy when he praised Democrat UsefulNotes/BarackObama and snubbed fellow Republican Mitt Romney (for whom he was a high-level spokesman) days before the election (as in, he basically told Romney to bite him, if not in so many words, at the implication that he'd use the hurricane for political purposes). He also later beat up on Republicans in Congress for declining to pass a [[http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/little_help_here_1kW6aQ8fElj4CKwbheEV0N pork-filled relief bill]].



* In political science, this is known as a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon_goes_to_China Nixon goes to China]] moment, in which a politician takes a course of action that he or she normally would not take, and it's considering historic ''because'' they have a long enough history of consistency in the other direction. To provide context, UsefulNotes/RichardNixon was a staunch opponent of communism throughout his political career, but he was the U.S. President who opened relations with RedChina in 1972. At the time, it was considered quite out of character for ''both'' Nixon ''and'' UsefulNotes/MaoZedong, given their [[DirtyCommies very]] [[CapitalismIsBad different]] worldviews[[note]] he and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger framed it in terms of {{Realpolitik}} - the Sino-Soviet Split had cemented only a few years prior with border clashes between China and the USSR at the Ussuri River and so both had common interests in wanting to check against the Soviet Union[[/note]]. However, Nixon could do it ''because'' he was such a staunch anti-communist that it would not jeopardize his chances of reelection. Since then, the term ''Nixon goes to China'' has been used to refer to uncharacteristic courses of action by certain politicians.

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* In political science, this is known as a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon_goes_to_China Nixon goes to China]] moment, in which a politician takes a course of action that he or she normally would not take, and it's considering historic ''because'' they have a long enough history of consistency in the other direction. To provide context, UsefulNotes/RichardNixon was a staunch opponent of communism throughout his political career, but he was the U.S. President who opened relations with RedChina in 1972. At the time, it such a meeting was considered quite out of character for ''both'' Nixon ''and'' UsefulNotes/MaoZedong, given their [[DirtyCommies very]] [[CapitalismIsBad different]] worldviews[[note]] he and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger framed it in terms of {{Realpolitik}} - the Sino-Soviet Split had cemented only a few years prior with border clashes between China and the USSR at the Ussuri River and so both had common interests in wanting to check against the Soviet Union[[/note]]. However, Nixon could do it ''because'' he was had such a long record of staunch anti-communist anti-communism that it would not jeopardize his chances of reelection. reelection - a more moderate president trying this would have been torpedoed by accusations of being soft. Since then, the term ''Nixon goes to China'' has been used to refer to uncharacteristic courses of action by certain politicians.politicians given their previous history.
13th Feb '17 9:40:24 AM megarockman
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* In political science, this is known as a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon_goes_to_China Nixon goes to China]] moment, in which a politician takes a course of action that he or she normally would not take, and it's considering historic ''because'' they have a long enough history of consistency. To provide context, UsefulNotes/RichardNixon was a staunch opponent of Communism, but he was the U.S. President who opened relations of RedChina in 1972. At the time, it was considered out of character for ''both'' Nixon ''and'' UsefulNotes/MaoZedong, given their [[DirtyCommies very]] [[CapitalismIsBad different]] worldviews. However, Nixon could do it, ''because'' he was such a staunch anti-Communist it would not jeopardize his chances of reelection. Since then, the term ''Nixon goes to China'' has been used to refer to uncharacteristic courses of action by certain politicians.

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* In political science, this is known as a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon_goes_to_China Nixon goes to China]] moment, in which a politician takes a course of action that he or she normally would not take, and it's considering historic ''because'' they have a long enough history of consistency. consistency in the other direction. To provide context, UsefulNotes/RichardNixon was a staunch opponent of Communism, communism throughout his political career, but he was the U.S. President who opened relations of with RedChina in 1972. At the time, it was considered quite out of character for ''both'' Nixon ''and'' UsefulNotes/MaoZedong, given their [[DirtyCommies very]] [[CapitalismIsBad different]] worldviews. worldviews[[note]] he and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger framed it in terms of {{Realpolitik}} - the Sino-Soviet Split had cemented only a few years prior with border clashes between China and the USSR at the Ussuri River and so both had common interests in wanting to check against the Soviet Union[[/note]]. However, Nixon could do it, it ''because'' he was such a staunch anti-Communist anti-communist that it would not jeopardize his chances of reelection. Since then, the term ''Nixon goes to China'' has been used to refer to uncharacteristic courses of action by certain politicians.
7th Feb '17 8:46:22 PM BigJaredMonkey
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* In Chapter 29 of ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Tony Stark, Alex Harris, and Natasha Romanov have what is effectively a strategy session while the two women are sitting topless, sunbathing next to the Black Panther's swimming pool. The fact that Tony Stark isn't ogling the hell out of the naked women is a sign that he's taking the situation ''much'' more seriously than he normally takes any situation.
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7th Feb '17 9:44:42 AM Madrugada
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[[CharactersAsDevice Some characters have strong traits that they are known by]]. This is for when a character [[SubvertedTrope momentarily breaks away]] [[OutOfCharacterMoment from their normal habits]] to make a point or because the plot demands it. Often causes the other characters to do a DoubleTake and [[LampshadeHanging mention why this event]] is SeriousBusiness. When most or all of these [=OoC=] moments happen at once, you can be sure that [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the world is ending]], or at least the DarkestHour, leading characters to behave in ways they normally wouldn't, because they know they might not have another chance to do so.


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[[CharactersAsDevice Some characters have strong traits that they are known by]]. This is for when a character [[SubvertedTrope momentarily breaks away]] away [[OutOfCharacterMoment from their normal habits]] to make a point or because about the plot demands it.seriousness of the situation. Often causes the other characters to do a DoubleTake and [[LampshadeHanging mention why this event]] is SeriousBusiness. When most or all of these [=OoC=] moments happen at once, you can be sure that [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the world is ending]], or at least the DarkestHour, leading characters to behave in ways they normally wouldn't, because they know they might not have another chance to do so.




* A similar joke happened in an early ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse''. Michael complains of feeling sick, and when Elly tells him to go to bed, he says "okay" and goes right upstairs. She tucks him into bed, convinced that he's sick.

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* A similar joke happened in In an early ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse''. Michael complains of feeling sick, and when Elly tells him to go to bed, he says "okay" and goes right upstairs. She tucks him into bed, convinced that he's sick.



* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanReturnOfTheCapedCrusaders'', Batman is fairly happy and works with the police, fitting the 60's TV show that the movie's based on. When he's BrainwashedAndCrazy, he pulls off a StealthHiBye on the commissioner like most other versions of the character, making everyone present realize that something is wrong with him.
27th Jan '17 11:01:15 PM BenOfHouston
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* Shoddycast's Storyteller in the Fallout universe never shuts up. Over the first 58 videos, he was never at a loss for words, prattling on about the history of one thing or another to anyone who will listen as well as many who would rather not. However, at the end of season 3 [[spoiler: when Junior is killed and Tanner captured, he leaves to rescues them, alone with his droid. In. Complete. Silence.]]
23rd Jan '17 3:13:39 AM StarTropes
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** ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' has a few:
2nd Jan '17 9:50:30 PM Gabo2oo
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** The beginning of case 4 in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' has both Apollo and Blackquill acting weird. Apollo is wearing an eyepatch for some reason, but insists that [[CatchPhrase he's fine]] and demands that the trial get started. [[spoiler:The victim in this case is Apollo's close childhood friend, and the defendant is an acquaintance who Apollo trusts wouldn't hurt a fly.]] Blackquill, who always wears shackles to court, usually breaks them when things start to get serious. In this case, he breaks them as soon as the trial begins. [[spoiler:He believes the defendant is the phantom, the one who committed the murder he took the fall for.]] The judge notices that there's something up with both of them.
** During Case 5 in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'', an astute player will notice [[spoiler: Phoenix]] doesn't seem to be acting quite right. He won't even look at Apollo, the current player character, once he starts talking about the case, and he's acting unusually serious and evasive. [[spoiler: If you didn't figure out by then that something was up, Phoenix's desperation in court should be a clue. While Phoenix isn't a stranger to desperate floundering, the last time he was so desperate that he made wild claims, a kidnapped Maya's life was in danger]]. And that's just what happened this time, too.

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** The beginning of case 4 in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' has both Apollo and Blackquill acting weird. Apollo is wearing an eyepatch for some reason, but insists that [[CatchPhrase he's fine]] and demands that the trial get started. [[spoiler:The victim in this case is Apollo's close childhood friend, and the defendant is an acquaintance who Apollo trusts wouldn't hurt a fly. On top of that, he has more than a few reasons to believe his own co-worker and assistant in the case may have been the true culprit.]] Blackquill, who always wears shackles to court, usually breaks them when things start to get serious. In this case, not only he breaks them as soon as the trial begins.begins, bue he decides to give the case's opening statement himself, a task he usually leaves to the Judge. [[spoiler:He believes the defendant is the phantom, the one who committed the murder he took the fall for.]] The judge notices that there's something up with both of them.
** During Case 5 in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'', an astute player will notice [[spoiler: Phoenix]] doesn't seem to be acting quite right. He won't even look at Apollo, the current player playable character, once he starts talking about the case, and he's acting unusually serious and evasive. [[spoiler: If you didn't figure out by then that something was up, Phoenix's desperation in court should be a clue. While Phoenix isn't a stranger to desperate floundering, the last time he was so desperate that he made wild claims, a kidnapped Maya's life was in danger]]. And that's just what happened this time, too.
28th Dec '16 10:25:31 AM Yukianesa
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* In ''Film/KellysHeroes'', Oddball ([[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} aptly named]]) is a tank commander and sort-of proto-Beatnik who goes on about "positive vibes" and sits down for cheese and wine in the middle of a battle when his tank breaks down. The only truly serious moment he has in the whole film is when he's explaining to Kelly just how badly outmatched his tank is against the [[TheDreaded Tiger tanks]].
27th Dec '16 5:11:31 PM Megadoomer
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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanReturnOfTheCapedCrusaders'', Batman is fairly happy and works with the police, fitting the 60's TV show that the movie's based on. When he's BrainwashedAndCrazy, he pulls off a StealthHiBye on the commissioner like most other versions of the character, making everyone present realize that something is wrong with him.
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