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2nd Apr '16 8:49:05 PM erforce
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* ''{{Equilibrium}}'': Probably the only reason the drug ampules looks like bullets and the drug is injected with an apparatus that looks like a gun.

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* ''{{Equilibrium}}'': ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'': Probably the only reason the drug ampules looks like bullets and the drug is injected with an apparatus that looks like a gun.



* TakashiMiike's ''Film/{{Gozu}}'' makes almost no sense at all without the realization that, not only is nearly everything symbolic, it uses symbols and tropes drawn from several entirely unrelated sources ([[spoiler: mainly Japanese and Greek mythology, as well as psychological metaphors for the main character's coming to terms with his homosexuality]]).
* Roger Ebert made an observation regarding the controversial ending of ''TaxiDriver'': "The end sequence plays like music, not drama: It completes the story on an emotional, not a literal, level."

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* TakashiMiike's Creator/TakashiMiike's ''Film/{{Gozu}}'' makes almost no sense at all without the realization that, not only is nearly everything symbolic, it uses symbols and tropes drawn from several entirely unrelated sources ([[spoiler: mainly Japanese and Greek mythology, as well as psychological metaphors for the main character's coming to terms with his homosexuality]]).
* Roger Ebert made an observation regarding the controversial ending of ''TaxiDriver'': ''Film/TaxiDriver'': "The end sequence plays like music, not drama: It completes the story on an emotional, not a literal, level."
5th Mar '16 8:19:10 PM Andyroid
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "My Fair Hatey", after Lord Dominator shoots down Lord Hater's advances she goes into a VillainSong where she reveals her true motivation: [[spoiler: she has no interest in conquest and is just destroying planets outright ForTheEvulz.]] During her song she's seen sucking resources out of the [[HeartSymbol heart-shaped planet]] Lemoria from "The Date", gleefully watching it shrivel up as she simultaneously crushes Lord Hater's hopes that Dominator would want to [[UnholyMatrimony rule the galaxy by his side]] and Wander's hopes that LoveRedeems.
2nd Mar '16 4:13:42 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Many of the [[NewowersAsThePlotDemands New Cards As The Plot Demands]] in the YuGiOh franchiseare set up to allow actions in the game to reflect something outside of it. For example, in YuGiOhArcV, Shun uses a combo that puts a mark on Dennis' Performage trapeze Magigician, which would force Dennis to reveal his hand [[spoiler: (and the Polymerization he was holding, which would out him as an agent of Fusion)]] when it was destroyed. This makes Trapeze Magician a representative of Dennis' [[spoiler: false persona]], and it's ensuring destruction would force him to 'show his hand' in both a figurative and literal sense.

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* Many of the [[NewowersAsThePlotDemands [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands New Cards As The Plot Demands]] in the YuGiOh franchiseare ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' franchise are set up to allow actions in the game to reflect something outside of it. For example, in YuGiOhArcV, ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', Shun uses a combo that puts a mark on Dennis' Performage trapeze Magigician, Trapeze Magician, which would force Dennis to reveal his hand [[spoiler: (and the Polymerization he was holding, which would out him as an agent of Fusion)]] when it was destroyed. This makes Trapeze Magician a representative of Dennis' [[spoiler: false persona]], and it's its ensuring destruction would force him to 'show his hand' in both a figurative and literal sense.
27th Feb '16 5:14:12 AM Stinkoman87
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* Many of the [[NewowersAsThePlotDemands New Cards As The Plot Demands]] in the YuGiOh franchiseare set up to allow actions in the game to reflect something outside of it. For example, in YuGiOhArcV, Shun uses a combo that puts a mark on Dennis' Performage trapeze Magigician, which would force Dennis to reveal his hand [[spoiler: (and the Polymerization he was holding, which would out him as an agent of Fusion)]] when it was destroyed. This makes Trapeze Magician a representative of Dennis' [[spoiler: false persona]], and it's ensuring destruction would force him to 'show his hand' in both a figurative and literal sense.
23rd Feb '16 1:10:00 AM WillBGood
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* Frida Kahlo's paintings tend to involve a lot a symbolism, especially the ones when herself and her feelings in them (i.e ''Las Dos Fridas'' being an example, symbolizing her feelings during a divorce from her husband Diego Rivera [[https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-1010/art-between-wars/latin-american-modernism1/a/kahlo-the-two-fridas-las-dos-fridas]]).

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* Frida Kahlo's paintings tend to involve a lot a symbolism, especially the ones when herself and her feelings in them (i.e ''Las Dos Fridas'' being an example, symbolizing her feelings during a divorce from her husband Diego Rivera [[https://www.''[[https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-1010/art-between-wars/latin-american-modernism1/a/kahlo-the-two-fridas-las-dos-fridas]]).org/humanities/art-1010/art-between-wars/latin-american-modernism1/a/kahlo-the-two-fridas-las-dos-fridas Las Dos Fridas]]'' being an example, symbolizing her feelings during a divorce from her husband Diego Rivera ).
7th Feb '16 5:51:16 AM Freshmeat
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* ThomasPynchon's MagnumOpus ''Literature/GravitysRainbow'' is so rife with symbolism integrated magnificently into the story (even much of the {{squick}} is symbolic!) that there's plenty of symbolism to be seen ''even when it might not be there at all''!

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* ThomasPynchon's MagnumOpus ''Literature/GravitysRainbow'' is so rife with symbolism integrated magnificently into the story (even much of the {{squick}} is symbolic!) that there's plenty of symbolism to be seen ''even when it might not be there at all''!
27th Jan '16 11:56:43 PM intastiel
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* Invoked in an ''Literature/AncientHistories'' novel when an ordinary butterfly is on auction for a staggering sum because it was captured under ''just'' the right circumstances to make it a perfect symbol of chaos theory, potentially giving its owner power over the very concept of ForWantOfANail... and then the field [[TimeStandsStill suspending it in time]] is broken, and an ordinary butterfly carries on its way.

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* Invoked in an ''Literature/AncientHistories'' a ''Literature/SecretHistories'' novel when an ordinary butterfly is on auction for a staggering sum because it was captured under ''just'' the right circumstances to make it a perfect symbol of chaos theory, potentially giving its owner power over the very concept of ForWantOfANail... and then the field [[TimeStandsStill suspending it in time]] is broken, and an ordinary butterfly carries on its way.
27th Jan '16 11:55:50 PM intastiel
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* Invoked in an ''Literature/AncientHistories'' novel when an ordinary butterfly is on auction for a staggering sum because it was captured under ''just'' the right circumstances to make it a perfect symbol of chaos theory, potentially giving its owner power over the very concept of ForWantOfANail... and then the field [[TimeStandsStill suspending it in time]] is broken, and an ordinary butterfly carries on its way.
23rd Jan '16 9:45:43 AM nombretomado
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* During a flashback to his college years, Stuttering Bill Denbrough, one of the heroes of StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'' lampshades this trope by asking the professor (and students) in his creative writing class, "Why does everything have to have hidden meaning? Can't you guys just let a story be a story?" When the Professor sarcastically asked the exasperated Denbrough if he thought people like Shakespeare and Hemmingway were "just writing stories", Denbrough replies, "Yeah, pretty much." The professor suggests Denbrough "has a lot to learn".

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* During a flashback to his college years, Stuttering Bill Denbrough, one of the heroes of StephenKing's Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'' lampshades this trope by asking the professor (and students) in his creative writing class, "Why does everything have to have hidden meaning? Can't you guys just let a story be a story?" When the Professor sarcastically asked the exasperated Denbrough if he thought people like Shakespeare and Hemmingway were "just writing stories", Denbrough replies, "Yeah, pretty much." The professor suggests Denbrough "has a lot to learn".
19th Jan '16 1:52:55 PM Discar
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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': In-universe. [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2015-07-07 A new human embassy]] has gardens with sands, pebbles, and polymer chips from every single human world, moon, or habitat.
-->'''Commodore Tagon:''' That seems like a lot of work for a little symbolism.\\
'''General Bala-Amin:''' It all arrived in the same crate. There's an entire industry built around these embassy franchise kits.
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