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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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17th Oct '16 8:34:14 AM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMen'':

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21st Sep '16 11:39:15 AM Crino37
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* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in the episode "The Tale of Scrotie Mc'Boogerballs" of WesternAnimation/SouthPark. When Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny wrote a extremely NauseaFuel novel just for fun. The novel ends up being published and became a success, with the readers of the novel end up interpreting the absurdly disgusting scenes as symbolisms for political issues, while they actually don't had any meaning beyond just being disgusting.

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* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in the episode "The Tale of Scrotie Mc'Boogerballs" [=McBoogerballs=]" of WesternAnimation/SouthPark. When Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny wrote a extremely NauseaFuel novel just for fun. The novel fun, it ends up being published and became a success, with the success. Later, they find readers of the novel end up interpreting the absurdly disgusting scenes as symbolisms for political issues, while they actually don't had any meaning beyond just being disgusting.
21st Sep '16 11:35:52 AM Crino37
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* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in the episode "The Tale of Scrotie Mc'Boogerballs" of WesternAnimation/SouthPark. When Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny wrote a extremely NauseaFuel novel just for fun. The novel ends up being published and became a success, with the readers of the novel end up interpreting the absurdly disgusting scenes as symbolisms for political issues, while they actually don't had any meaning beyond just being disgusting.
10th Jul '16 4:36:33 PM nombretomado
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* The web series ''BrokenSaints'' is loaded with this.

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* The web series ''BrokenSaints'' ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' is loaded with this.
9th Jul '16 11:47:07 AM nombretomado
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* Takanuva's reanimation at the end of ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: Mask of Light'' is one of the biggest {{ass pull}}s in the story, but the creators wanted to [[{{Anvilicious}} very blatantly]] make it clear that three of the main characters each represented one of the story's three virtues: Hahli stood for Unity for uniting the villagers, Jaller represented Duty for doing his work without question, and Takua/Takanuva was all about Destiny, accepting his fate and becoming the hero Takanuva who defeated the BigBad. In order to drive the symbolism home, he ends up being reduced to his mask, but is immediately brought back to life by Turaga Vakama loudly proclaiming which virtue each of them represented, placing Jaller, Hahli and the mask onto a UDD symbol engraved into the floor. It's never explained how this brought Takanuva back, nor why he lost his body in the first place.

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* Takanuva's reanimation at the end of ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}: Mask of Light'' is one of the biggest {{ass pull}}s in the story, but the creators wanted to [[{{Anvilicious}} very blatantly]] make it clear that three of the main characters each represented one of the story's three virtues: Hahli stood for Unity for uniting the villagers, Jaller represented Duty for doing his work without question, and Takua/Takanuva was all about Destiny, accepting his fate and becoming the hero Takanuva who defeated the BigBad. In order to drive the symbolism home, he ends up being reduced to his mask, but is immediately brought back to life by Turaga Vakama loudly proclaiming which virtue each of them represented, placing Jaller, Hahli and the mask onto a UDD symbol engraved into the floor. It's never explained how this brought Takanuva back, nor why he lost his body in the first place.
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