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18th Jul '16 1:19:49 PM DrOO7
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* In the film ''John Doe: Vigilante'', the titular character is a SerialKiller spending his nights killing child molesters/abusers, rapists, and abusive husbands/boyfriends. His final victim is revealed to be the man who murdered his wife and daughter. In an interview, John Doe's portrayer Creator/JamieBamber admitted that it was very easy to imagine the grief and rage that this man was feeling, as he himself is the HappilyMarried father of three girls and simultaneously very hard to play the scenes for that very same reason.



* Because of the intense, complicated nature of their storylines, this is often seen on [[SoapOpera soap operas]]. One actress' RealLife struggle with losing her pregnancy weight was turned into a storyline for her character (though her RealLife methods never became as extreme as her character, who turned to diet pills), while several others decision to have plastic surgery was also played out on the show. But the most prominent example has been with onscreen romances eventually transcending to RealLife. Two especially eerie examples include two characters who were involved in an extramarital affair--the actors eventually left their spouses to marry each other, while at least two others had a couple's RealLife love story virtually parallel their onscreen one--meeting, dating, marriage, children. . .and divorce.

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* Because of the intense, complicated nature of their storylines, this is often seen on [[SoapOpera soap operas]]. One actress' RealLife struggle with losing her pregnancy weight was turned into a storyline for her character (though her RealLife methods never became as extreme as her character, who turned to diet pills), pills and eventually ran down her friend's son--who lived, fortunately--while high), while several others decision to have plastic surgery was also played out on the show. But the most prominent example has been with onscreen romances eventually transcending to RealLife. Two especially eerie examples include two characters who were involved in an extramarital affair--the actors eventually left their spouses to marry each other, while at least two others had a couple's RealLife love story virtually parallel their onscreen one--meeting, friendship, dating, marriage, children. . .and divorce.


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* ''Series/{{ER}}''. Dr. Elizabeth Corday and Dr. Peter Benton have a brief and tense relationship that finally fizzles out when she realizes he'll never get over his discomfort of dating a white woman (he's African-American). In RealLife, Benton's portrayer, Eriq [=LaSalle=] was equally uncomfortable with the relationship, feeling that it sent a negative message to the African-American community and asked the show's writers to nix it.
13th Jul '16 6:00:22 PM Adept
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** In the Season 5 premier, the gang discusses the disastrous final season of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', and how Zach Braff only returned for a handful of episodes. Troy reacts angrily to this, and calls Braff a "Son of a bitch" for bailing on the show after it made him famous. In real life, it had been announced that [[ChildishGambino Donald Glover]] (Troy's actor) was leaving the show five episodes into the season in order to focus on his rap career, which made the line a bit of good-natured SelfDeprecatingHumor.

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** In the Season 5 premier, the gang discusses the disastrous final season of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', and how Zach Braff only returned for a handful of episodes. Troy reacts angrily to this, and calls Braff a "Son of a bitch" for bailing on the show after it made him famous. In real life, it had been announced that [[ChildishGambino [[Music/ChildishGambino Donald Glover]] (Troy's actor) was leaving the show five episodes into the season in order to focus on his rap career, which made the line a bit of good-natured SelfDeprecatingHumor.
9th Jul '16 11:41:17 AM nombretomado
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* The main author for the ''{{Franchise/BIONICLE}}'' media, [[WordOfGod Greg Farshtey]], when asked why the HumongousMecha Mata Nui never paid any attention to the fact that some of the tiny beings inside him were plotting to take over his body, would often use the analogy of a normal person who goes about their daily life, focusing on the outside world rather than paying attention to what the cells in their body were doing. However, he said, if that person was to have a health scare, then they would feel more inclined to keep an eye on what was happening inside them. Greg later revealed that he himself had been diagnosed with diabetes.

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* The main author for the ''{{Franchise/BIONICLE}}'' ''{{Toys/BIONICLE}}'' media, [[WordOfGod Greg Farshtey]], when asked why the HumongousMecha Mata Nui never paid any attention to the fact that some of the tiny beings inside him were plotting to take over his body, would often use the analogy of a normal person who goes about their daily life, focusing on the outside world rather than paying attention to what the cells in their body were doing. However, he said, if that person was to have a health scare, then they would feel more inclined to keep an eye on what was happening inside them. Greg later revealed that he himself had been diagnosed with diabetes.
25th Jun '16 11:26:07 AM res20stupid
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* The titular rumor of ''Rumor Has It'', about how Sarah's parents were the inspiration for the movie ''Film/TheGraduate'' stems from an real-life rumor that the original novel was inspired by an actual family.
20th Jun '16 6:11:15 PM tropeminer
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* One of the biggest examples of this is the allegory behind ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''. The movie entails the forging of peace between long-standing enemies, {{the Federation}} and the Klingon Empire, as the Klingons face extinction following the destruction of their moon, Praxis. The film, released in 1991, bluntly parallels the ending of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar as tensions between the United States (The Federation) and the Soviet Union (Klingons) had subsided considering the potential damage done to Russia, one of the world's greatest superpowers, after the Chernobyl Disaster (Destruction of Praxis).

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* One of the biggest examples of this is the allegory behind ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''. The movie entails the forging of peace between long-standing enemies, {{the Federation}} and the Klingon Empire, as the Klingons face extinction following the destruction of their moon, Praxis. The film, released in 1991, bluntly parallels the ending of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar as tensions between the United States (The Federation) and the Soviet Union (Klingons) had subsided considering partially due to the potential damage done to Russia, one of the world's greatest superpowers, after the Chernobyl Disaster (Destruction of 1986 (The Destruction of Praxis).
19th Jun '16 7:44:34 AM dmcreif
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld the second episode of the new series]], Creator/BilliePiper (as Rose) rants at the "bitchy trampoline" Cassandra that "she'd rather die" than have any of the cosmetic modifications Cassandra suggests. The very powerful subtext at work here is that Billie Piper had ''anorexia'' years earlier.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld the second episode of the new series]], Creator/BilliePiper (as Rose) Rose Tyler rants at the "bitchy trampoline" Cassandra that "she'd rather die" than have any of the cosmetic modifications Cassandra suggests. The very powerful subtext at work here is that Billie Piper Creator/BilliePiper had ''anorexia'' years earlier.
16th Jun '16 2:57:43 PM kquinn0830
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* Coca-Cola's first television ad with newly signed spokesperson Jordan Spieth was intended to feature the golfer enjoying a Coke on the golf course during a hot day. However, the day the commercial was being shot, it began to pour rain and would not let up. This forced the creators to change the ad concept on the fly. The result? [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU1Hw-ItmMg Spieth trying to pass time while waiting for rain to let up so he can film a Coke commercial.]]
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11th Jun '16 8:20:16 PM Minni128
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*''Broken Gate'' has a rather upsetting case of this that the authoress candidly reveals in a note at the end of the final chapter, where she mentions [[spoiler: and her relatives (a family of nine, the which included an older brother) once lived together in her home, where, after some time of living stably and accommodating, it turned turned into something of an abusive situation, which took a ''terrible'' toll on her mental health (to the point where she implies that she's contemplated suicide). Eventually, she got him out of her home but she had to resort to using a restraining order.]] She goes onto mention how she didn't want to resort to that and wishes things could have been different and how she based the story and characters off of her own experiences
1st Jun '16 4:00:58 PM X2X
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* Laurel Lance from ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' is walking with these. She has an alcoholic father, much like her actress' father having drinking problems. In the second season, she had a SelfDeprecation speech mentioning how people tend to stay away from her, alluding to her status as TheScrappy in most of the show's fandom. In the third, she becomes a ReplacementScrappy for her sister as the ComicBook/BlackCanary, both InUniverse and out.
* ''Series/TheMindyProject'' has been criticized for its MonochromeCasting in regards to Mindy's love interests (who have all been white), although this criticism died down somewhat after she settled down with [[spoiler: Danny.]] In season 4, she goes on a date with an Indian guy who doesn't think she's Indian enough for him. She then begins wearing traditional Indian clothes and even has a traditional Hindu ceremony [[spoiler: for her son Leo]]. The end of the episode even features Mindy asking her parents why they didn't immerse her more in Indian culture.

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* Laurel Lance from ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' is walking with these. She has an alcoholic father, much like [[Creator/KatieCassidy her actress' actress']] father having drinking problems. In the second season, she had a SelfDeprecation speech mentioning how people tend to stay away from her, alluding to her status as TheScrappy in to most of the show's fandom. In the third, she becomes a ReplacementScrappy for her sister as the ComicBook/BlackCanary, both InUniverse and out.
** This gets twisted further in Season 4 with [[spoiler:Laurel's death]]. Laurel continued to be a polarizing figure after donning the Black Canary mantle, only for many a fan's view of both Laurel and her previously torpedoed relationship with Oliver Queen to improve dramatically right before [[spoiler:Damien Darhk kills her]], though this is also tied to [[ShipToShipCombat their wariness]] with the show's handling and [[CharacterShilling shilling]] of Felicity Smoak--once a fan favorite whose romance with Oliver Laurel was pushed aside for--in the third and fourth seasons. Laurel's LoveConfession to Oliver, Oliver's laudation of Laurel's contributions to Starling City, and [[spoiler:his declaration of vengeance against Darhk]] all mirror the majority of the current ''Arrow'' fandom in some way or another.
* ''Series/TheMindyProject'' has been criticized for its MonochromeCasting in regards to Mindy's love interests (who have all been white), although this criticism died down somewhat after she settled down with [[spoiler: Danny.]] [[spoiler:Danny]]. In season Season 4, she goes on a date with an Indian guy who doesn't think she's Indian enough for him. She then begins wearing traditional Indian clothes and even has a traditional Hindu ceremony [[spoiler: for [[spoiler:for her son Leo]]. The end of the episode even features Mindy asking her parents why they didn't immerse her more in Indian culture.
1st Jun '16 10:03:55 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'', Colossus's attempts to have Deadpool join the X-Men and act like a real hero, and Deadpool having none of it, can be seen as reflecting the real-life push for making a more standard-fair, family-friendly superhero movie, and the filmmakers' (especially Ryan Reynolds) utter refusal to do so, and keeping the movie as trashy and R-rated than the character deserved.

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* In ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'', Colossus's attempts to have Deadpool join the X-Men and act like a real hero, and Deadpool having none of it, can be seen as reflecting the real-life push for making a more standard-fair, family-friendly superhero movie, and the filmmakers' (especially Ryan Reynolds) utter refusal to do so, and so by keeping the movie as trashy and R-rated than as the character deserved.deserves.
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