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22nd Feb '17 12:46:16 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* One ''Series/SesameStreet'' segment had Bert voluntarily join Ernie in playing a game demonstrating heavy and light, when Bert normally refuses to participate in Ernie's games. Could be chalked up to GenreSavvy, as Bert realized that not volunteering usually means he ends up joining in unintentionally. (Of course, [[ButtMonkey actually participating doesn't work out so well for him anyway...]]).

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* One ''Series/SesameStreet'' segment had Bert voluntarily join Ernie in playing a game demonstrating heavy and light, when Bert normally refuses to participate in Ernie's games. Could be chalked up to GenreSavvy, as Bert realized realizing that not volunteering usually means he ends up joining in unintentionally. (Of course, [[ButtMonkey actually participating doesn't work out so well for him anyway...]]).
16th Feb '17 9:20:01 PM Unicorndance
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*** Downplayed in "Me Wait" song. It was meant to teach patience, or, as it was referred to in the song, "self-control", but the whole premise of the song is that Cookie Monster, despite wanting the cookies, well...waits. It was never established why he was waiting, and at the end, he says "Me waited long enough" and eats the cookies, implying there was no real reason for him to wait.
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' had the episode "Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor". In it, the Addams parents were wanting to make Itt into a marriage therapist and they pretended to be a bickering couple, but then Morticia gets angry and thinks Gomez's acting is how he really feels. This is out of character in itself, but usually, on the rare occasions it happens, Morticia just cries while Gomez reassures her he's not like that and she perks up instantly and apologises. In this episode, however, Morticia is ''still'' angry even after Gomez's reassuring her, even to the point of her ''throwing'' things at Gomez and him sleeping on the couch. They do make up the next day, but she still calls him a "cad", implying she's still not convinced he wasn't just acting. To top it all off, she was previously the onw who had to remind ''Gomez'' that they wr acting, not the other way round.



** In several other places Jesus also advises the Apostles to buy swords, or threatens people with Hell like a born-and-bred rabid fundie. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It makes sense in context]], but just as in the cases above, is nothing like the picture of Jesus most people have.

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** In several other places Jesus also advises the Apostles to buy swords, swords or threatens people with Hell like a born-and-bred rabid fundie. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It makes sense in context]], but just as in the cases above, is nothing like the picture of Jesus most people have.
15th Feb '17 3:13:55 PM pinkdalek
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*** Returning to the Nibelheim Mansion lab in the present day leads to a peculiar encounter with Sephiroth. A usually dramatic and erudite villain, he instead lobs a Materia at Cloud, before doing a hilarious front flip and zooming off towards the camera with his mouth open.
10th Feb '17 4:46:57 AM TommyTiger
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': Arthur's [[TookALevelInJerkass behavior]] in "So Funny I Forgot To Laugh" went beyond just being a case of CompressedVice and became case of this, as Arthur, one of animation's biggest [[NiceGuy Nice Guys]], began continuously harassing his classmate Sue Ellen over a sweater she was wearing.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': Arthur's [[TookALevelInJerkass behavior]] in "So Funny I Forgot To Laugh" went beyond just being a case of CompressedVice and became case of this, as Arthur, one of animation's biggest [[NiceGuy Nice Guys]], [[TheEveryMan Everymen]], began continuously harassing his classmate Sue Ellen over a sweater she was wearing.
8th Feb '17 2:30:44 PM BURGINABC
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Can be considered a SuperTrope to pretty much the entire BallIndex.
8th Feb '17 2:29:10 PM BURGINABC
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Enter the Out-of-Character Moment. Whether it's one of the various [[ContrivedStupidityTropes Ball Tropes]], ImprobableBehaviorTropes, or PoorCommunicationKills, a character gets CharacterDerailment for a scene and allows the plot to move in the direction the author wants. Generally, the creator themselves will acknowledge they forced their character's behavior in some way, though it's not quite as damaging as CharacterDerailment, especially when it results in the natural progression of the plot.

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Enter the Out-of-Character Moment. Whether it's one of the various [[ContrivedStupidityTropes [[BallIndex Ball Tropes]], ContrivedStupidityTropes ImprobableBehaviorTropes, or PoorCommunicationKills, a character gets CharacterDerailment for a scene and allows the plot to move in the direction the author wants. Generally, the creator themselves will acknowledge they forced their character's behavior in some way, though it's not quite as damaging as CharacterDerailment, especially when it results in the natural progression of the plot.



Specific examples of this include: ComedicSociopathy, ConflictBall, HeroBall, IdiotBall, IdiotPlot, SmartBall, VillainBall, CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, and (depending on the character) LawfulStupid.
4th Feb '17 1:51:49 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** There's also the somewhat unusual incident in which Jesus causes a fig tree to wither because it will not bear fruit.

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** There's also the somewhat unusual incident in which Jesus causes a fig tree to wither because it will not bear fruit.fruit out of season.
4th Feb '17 1:50:12 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Averted by Steven Moffat in "The Day of the Doctor". He didn't use the Eighth Doctor as the Time War Doctor as he felt him destroying Gallifrey would be out of character. The War Doctor was used when Creator/ChristopherEccleston decided not to participate (though the Ninth Doctor is supposed to be newly regenerated at the time of the revival, so that wouldnt make much sense either). Apparently the Doctor being a warrior is really out of character, which is justified as the War Doctor was specifically meant as a warrior.

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** Averted by Steven Moffat in "The Day of the Doctor". He didn't use the Eighth Doctor as the Time War Doctor as he felt him destroying Gallifrey would be out of character. The War Doctor was used when Creator/ChristopherEccleston decided not to participate (though the Ninth Doctor is supposed to be newly regenerated at the time of the revival, so that wouldnt make much sense either). Apparently the Doctor being a warrior is really out of character, which is justified as the War Doctor was specifically meant as a warrior. In fact the War Doctor rejects the title entirely, which is why he isn't counted in the numbering.
4th Feb '17 1:41:23 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Worf seems to get handed this a lot. In another episode, he complained about the Starfleet dress uniform, stating that it "looks like a dress." Riker immediately slaps him down, saying that the comment is sexist and outdated.

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** Worf seems to get handed this a lot. In another episode, he complained about the Starfleet dress uniform, stating that it "looks like a dress." Riker immediately slaps him down, saying that the comment is sexist and outdated. This is especially odd since a number of background extras of both sexes wore skirts in the early seasons.
1st Feb '17 11:03:47 PM thecarolinabull01
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** Arnold has another one in "Egg Story" when he and Helga are partnered together to care for an egg as an exercise in parenting. Helga decides to try and be nice to Arnold for once, but before she can, Arnold rips her a new asshole, telling Helga that he is done tolerating her abuse (understandable, but Helga hasn't done anything bad to him up to this point) that he doesn't like her (obviously untrue, since Arnold has admitted to liking Helga in the past and knows that she's not a bad person deep down) and would rather work with anyone else but her (they've successfully worked together several times before this episode, aside from the aforementioned "Biosquare" project). Helga gets furious and rightfully calls Arnold a "big, dumb jerk." The two spend the rest of the episode arguing.

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** Arnold has another one in "Egg Story" when he and Helga are partnered together to care for an egg as an exercise in parenting. Helga decides to try and be nice to Arnold for once, but before she can, Arnold rips her a new asshole, telling Helga that he is done tolerating her abuse (understandable, but Helga hasn't done anything bad to him up to this point) that he doesn't like her (obviously untrue, since Arnold has admitted to liking Helga in the past and knows that [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold she's not a bad person deep down) down]]) and would rather work with anyone else but her (they've successfully worked together several times before this episode, aside from the aforementioned "Biosquare" project). Helga gets furious and rightfully calls Arnold a "big, dumb jerk." The two spend the rest of the episode arguing.arguing as a result.
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