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14th Aug '16 1:50:25 PM nombretomado
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* A little kid asks Santa for permission to speak in the ''DoctorSteel [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVfSJPKA0VM Christmas Special]]''.

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* A little kid asks Santa for permission to speak in the ''DoctorSteel ''Music/DoctorSteel [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVfSJPKA0VM Christmas Special]]''.
30th Jul '16 5:28:31 AM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', Cromwell asks Henry's permission to speak (with the "freely" implied) after reinforcing his earlier criticisms of Henry's military campaigns. Henry eplies that he wishes ''someone'' would; he's not always in the mood for an HonestAdvisor but at the moment he's impressed by Cromwell's boldness rather than further aggravated.
14th Apr '16 10:04:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''DrStrangelove'', General Turgidson asks the President for permission to speak freely, then proceeds to actively question the Russians' grasp of technical know-how, visibly angering the present Russian ambassador by calling them 'ignorant peons'.

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* In ''DrStrangelove'', ''Film/DrStrangelove'', General Turgidson asks the President for permission to speak freely, then proceeds to actively question the Russians' grasp of technical know-how, visibly angering the present Russian ambassador by calling them 'ignorant peons'.
6th Mar '16 11:13:41 AM nombretomado
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* Inverted in ''CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', after Agent Peggy Carter returns from dropping off Cap behind the front line, the Colonel chews her out about the risky move and possibly getting herself and Rogers killed.

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* Inverted in ''CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', after Agent Peggy Carter returns from dropping off Cap behind the front line, the Colonel chews her out about the risky move and possibly getting herself and Rogers killed.
1st Mar '16 7:51:44 PM HeraldAlberich
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--> '''Plutarch:''' Permission to speak freely, Madame President
--> '''President Coin:''' You don't want to appear to speak any other way

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--> '''Plutarch:''' -->'''Plutarch:''' Permission to speak freely, Madame President
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President?\\
'''President Coin:''' You don't want to appear to speak any other wayway.



-->'''Colonel:''' If you have anything to say, now is a really good time to keep it to yourself."

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-->'''Colonel:''' If you have anything to say, now is a really good time to keep it to yourself."



* Happens several times in the [[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] books. Sometimes it's played straight, sometimes for laughs - the Wraiths are only MildlyMilitary.
* PeterDavid loves this one. Two examples, of many, from StarTrekNewFrontier:

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* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
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Happens several times in the [[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] books. Sometimes it's played straight, sometimes for laughs - the laughs--the Wraiths are only MildlyMilitary.
** ''Literature/DarkLordTheRiseOfDarthVader'': Moff Tarkin to Emperor Palpatine, on the subject of the fleet commanders' opinion of Darth Vader (it's negative). The Emperor tells him to make it a habit.
* PeterDavid Creator/PeterDavid loves this one. Two examples, of many, from StarTrekNewFrontier:''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'':



-->'''Shelby''': "I feel I must inquire as to...that is, I'm curious as to the thinking behind...Permission to--"\\
'''Jellico''': "Yes, yes, speak freely."\\
'''Shelby''': "''Dammit, Admiral, what the hell is going on in Starfleet?''"\\
'''Jellico''': "I didn't quite mean ''that'' freely..."
** ''Gods Above'': Kebron rather abruptly tells Calhoun, "when we first met, I didn't like you." Calhoun, slightly taken aback, points out that usually, one asks for PermissionToSpeakFreely first; he invariably grants it ([[MilitaryMaverick under the circumstances, he'd have to, or he'd look like a howling hypocrite]]), but "it's the thought that counts."

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-->'''Shelby''': "I --->'''Shelby:''' I feel I must inquire as to...to... that is, I'm curious as to the thinking behind...behind... Permission to--"\\
'''Jellico''': "Yes,
to--\\
'''Jellico:''' Yes,
yes, speak freely."\\
'''Shelby''': "''Dammit,
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'''Shelby:''' ''Dammit,
Admiral, what the hell is going on in Starfleet?''"\\
'''Jellico''': "I
Starfleet?''\\
'''Jellico:''' I
didn't quite mean ''that'' freely..."
freely...
** ''Gods Above'': Kebron rather abruptly tells Calhoun, "when we first met, I didn't like you." Calhoun, slightly taken aback, points out that usually, one asks for PermissionToSpeakFreely permission to speak freely first; he invariably grants it ([[MilitaryMaverick under the circumstances, he'd have to, or he'd look like a howling hypocrite]]), but "it's the thought that counts."



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Riker had a tendency to invoke this with various Special Guest Captains on the Enterprise, when Picard got temporarily replaced for various reasons. This was usually because said temp captains almost always ''were'' [[TyrantTakesTheHelm complete dicks]], who either didn't know anything about the Enterprise's usual group dynamics, or didn't care. In fact, this comes up all the time on the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise. Speaking your mind to a superior officer without asking this first is insubordination and can be punished appropriately and the senior officer can also revoke it at any time. A variant, "permission to speak frankly," also exists. The superior officer may also choose to deny the request, or may reply "Always," indicating an apparent blank check that they prefer for their subordinates to always speak their mind and they will not be punished for insubordination if they do so. It's also worth noting that many officers within the series have simply made this request then gone ahead and started speaking their minds without waiting for the requested permission.
** Riker even once said it to himself, after it is discovered that the transporter created a duplicate of him eight years previously when he was still a Lieutenant, and Lt Riker didn't like Commander Riker's command style.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Riker had has a tendency to invoke this with various Special Guest Captains on the Enterprise, ''Enterprise'', when Picard got temporarily replaced for various reasons. This was is usually because said temp captains almost always ''were'' ''are'' [[TyrantTakesTheHelm complete dicks]], who either didn't don't know anything about the Enterprise's ''Enterprise's'' usual group dynamics, or didn't don't care. In fact, this comes up all the time on in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise. Speaking your mind to a superior officer without asking this first is insubordination and can be punished appropriately and the senior officer can also revoke it at any time. A variant, "permission to speak frankly," also exists. The superior officer may also choose to deny the request, or may reply "Always," indicating an apparent blank check that they prefer for their subordinates to always speak their mind and they will not be punished for insubordination if they do so. It's also worth noting that many officers within the series have simply made this request then gone ahead and started speaking their minds without waiting for the requested permission.
** Riker even once said it to himself, after it is discovered that the transporter created a duplicate of him eight years previously when he was still a Lieutenant, and Lt Lt. Riker didn't like Commander Riker's command style.
28th Feb '16 2:47:42 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheWestWing'' episode ''Dead Irish Writers'', has First Lady Abbey Bartlet having a private talk with some of the women staffers about the impending possible suspension of her medical license, and C.J. asks permission to talk to Abbey, and not the First Lady. Abbey gives permission, but doesn't like what C.J. tells her, and switches back to being the First Lady. A bit later Donna pipes in with:

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* ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode ''Dead "Dead Irish Writers'', Writers", has First Lady Abbey Bartlet having a private talk with some of the women staffers about the impending possible suspension of her medical license, and C.J. asks permission to talk to Abbey, and not the First Lady. Abbey gives permission, but doesn't like what C.J. tells her, and switches back to being the First Lady. A bit later Donna pipes in with:



* The very MildlyMilitary aliens on ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'' occasionally used variations of this. In one episode, Sally was exasperated with Dick's command decisions and came up with the particularly memorable, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1wDAjM7hh0&t=4m15s Dick, permission to bitch?!]]" (He grants it.)

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* The very MildlyMilitary aliens on ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'' ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' occasionally used variations of this. In one episode, Sally was exasperated with Dick's command decisions and came up with the particularly memorable, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1wDAjM7hh0&t=4m15s Dick, permission to bitch?!]]" (He grants it.)
12th Dec '15 8:42:09 PM nombretomado
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* Happens several times in the [[XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] books. Sometimes it's played straight, sometimes for laughs - the Wraiths are only MildlyMilitary.

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* Happens several times in the [[XWingSeries [[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] books. Sometimes it's played straight, sometimes for laughs - the Wraiths are only MildlyMilitary.
23rd Nov '15 7:39:48 PM shawn_allen
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* Inverted in ''CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', after Agent Peggy Carter returns from dropping off Cap behind the front line, the Colonel chews her out about the risky move and possibly getting herself and Rogers killed.
-->'''Colonel:''' If you have anything to say, now is a really good time to keep it to yourself."
21st Nov '15 1:54:23 AM CountDorku
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* In one of the ''Literature/StarTrekKlingonEmpire'' novels, Captain Klag extends this permission to one of his officers, although since both were [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingons]] it was actually ''worded'' along the lines of "I will neither kill nor dismember you for what you say". It's mentioned that some captains will extend this permission and then kill the speaker anyway; fortunately for all concerned, Klag is not one of those captains.
11th Nov '15 3:25:36 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Also in the series 6 episode 'Psirens' when Kryten asks Rimmer for permission to voice, Rimmer smugly responds "Denied" and Kryten proceeds to speak anyway without missing a beat.

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** Also in the series 6 episode 'Psirens' when Kryten asks Rimmer for permission to voice, voice his opinion, Rimmer smugly responds "Denied" and Kryten proceeds to speak anyway without missing a beat.
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