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10th May '17 9:53:58 AM Madrugada
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Contrast FauxSymbolism (when something only appears symbolic), WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic, EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory (when people see symbolism in everything). See also StockMonsterSymbolism.

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Contrast FauxSymbolism (when something only appears symbolic), WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic, EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory (when people see religious symbolism in everything). See also StockMonsterSymbolism.
2nd May '17 2:29:51 PM PikaHikariKT
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' relied on this in one episode of ''Sun and Moon'' to clue viewers in to [[spoiler:Stoutland's rapid decline and eventual death]]. There are far less leaves on the tree near its home as there were a few episodes ago, and when [[spoiler:Litten realizes its mentor's offscreen death]] its couch bed suddenly breaks followed by a sudden downpour. After [[spoiler:Litten]] comes to terms with the event, its face is seen in the clouds...and a rainbow above its underpass home, possibly symbolizing the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Bridge_(pets) rainbow bridge.]]
15th Mar '17 8:45:53 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''):
** InUniverse, the red eyes of the Voidbringers are seen as a ''very'' bad sign.
** SymbolicWings occur out-of universe, since the image doesn't exist in Alethi culture. [[spoiler:Kaladin's ascension to a full Knight Radiant is coupled with frost behind him forming into the shape of wings briefly]]. In Universe, the 'wings' are most likely the glyphs that make up the oath he just swore, but since birds are exceptionally rare in this world, wings don't have any special symbolism attached to them.
8th Mar '17 10:15:49 AM tdwally
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* Kamina's V-shaped shades in ''Anime/GurrenLagann'' are somewhat ridiculous, especially in light of the fact that he originally started wearing them while living underground. However, they symbolize the facade of bravado he often wears to inspire others (and himself), and when not wearing them he is quieter and less confident but also more sincere. In particular, the shades fall off before both his brief HeroicBSOD and his heart to heart talks with Simon. [[spoiler:When Kamina comes to help him escape the LotusEaterMachine, the shades are nowhere to be seen.]]
4th Mar '17 11:19:46 PM DrPsyche
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* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersCombinerWars'': When Optimus Prime opens his chest to unveil the Matrix, it shines out through his chest panels and looks like a cross. At this point the Matrix was basically empty and incapable of shining (which was later retconned), and the Transformer mythology had changed to make it resemble Christianity less in this continuity; but the message of Optimus being a Messiah-like figure and the Matrix as a holy object come across easily.
21st Feb '17 11:15:12 AM gb00393
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** Each season ends with a scene relating to a symbol of fire or ice, alternating between the two each season. They also seems to have a bi-seasonal switch between a Supernatural ending and a Mundane ending.
*** Season 1: Daenerys' dragons hatch (fire), (supernatural).
*** Season 2: The White Walkers attack the Fist of the First Men (ice), (supernatural).
*** Season 3: Daenerys Targaryen (of a family strongly associated with fire) frees the slaves of Yunkai, a city that is located in a desert (fire), (mundane).
*** Season 4: Arya Stark (of a family strongly associated with ice) sails (on water, aka ice) away from Westeros. (ice), (mundane).
** In "Winter Is Coming", the Starks find a stag and a direwolf MutualKill. This is seen as a disturbing omen in-universe. The direwolf also has six pups which map directly onto the Stark children (including HeroicBastard Jon Snow, who gets an albino that was separated). Theon is also quick to accept the idea of killing the pups, which foreshadows his future.
** Tywin Lannister is introduced in "You Win Or You Die" butchering a stag (the sigil of House Baratheon) while his army assembles for what will become the War of the Five Kings. A DeletedScene from Season 3 also shows Tywin catching fish (the sigil of House Tully).
** In the midst of a melee, it is NonActionGuy MagnificentBastard Littlefinger who holds a knife to Ned's throat to underscore his backstabbing.
** Sandor "The Hound" Clegane wears a snarling dog helmet and is Joffrey's human RightHandAttackDog until he gets tired of being kicked and bites back. He also develops a MoralityPet relationship with both Stark girls that culminates in him being mortally wounded protecting Arya from a perceived threat.
20th Jan '17 3:44:48 PM MsZephy7
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'', after [[spoiler: Meena's singing literally brings down the house at the end of the show]], instead of seeing a regular open-air stage with the theater's crescent signature moon, the audience (both in-story and out) are left with a view of a clear night sky, illuminated by a ''full moon''.
10th Jan '17 11:35:30 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* In one of his books, ''I Have Landed'', Stephen Jay Gould discussed how many critics thought there was a symbolic meaning to the references to butterflies in Creator/VladimirNabokov's novels.
* The Greek poet and [[UsefulNotes/NobelPrizeInLiterature Literature Nobel Prize winner]] Odysseas Elytis once attended a celebration in his honor, where samples of his work were read and then had their meaning analyzed in detail by distinguished scholars. When his turn came to speak and thank everybody, he put his tongue in his cheek and gave special credit to the scholars for finding more depth to his poetry than even he had thought of.
7th Jan '17 9:55:39 AM nombretomado
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* ''TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' uses this in-universe. When the characters are watching one of the last scenes of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', the white flowers in a field turn red in a dramatic moment. Decoy Octopus questions the reason for such a phenomenon, only to be told it doesn't matter.
* ''{{Hiimdaisy}}'''s big long ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' comic uses this, in context of when the Shadow of a character appears, but only got this on Yukiko and Kanji's.

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* ''TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' uses this in-universe. When the characters are watching one of the last scenes of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', the white flowers in a field turn red in a dramatic moment. Decoy Octopus questions the reason for such a phenomenon, only to be told it doesn't matter.
* ''{{Hiimdaisy}}'''s ''Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}}'''s big long ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' comic uses this, in context of when the Shadow of a character appears, but only got this on Yukiko and Kanji's.



7th Dec '16 8:28:27 PM iroanxi
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', [[spoiler:when Robert uses Stormbreaker in a practice fight against Jaime Lannister, the latter's sword rapidly rusts from the inside, even while the surface remains untouched and perfectly polished.]]
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