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6th Nov '16 8:51:14 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* The infamous forced laughter scene from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is in the spirit of this.

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* The infamous forced laughter scene from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is in the spirit of this.this since Yuna is trying to teach Tidus how to do this and failing miserably. The awfulness makes them laugh at themselves.
18th Jul '16 8:00:09 PM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Wesley suffers ConflictingLoyalties when he finds a prophecy that Angel will kill his own son. After spending the entire episode wrestling with his conscience and consulting an oracle in the [[ItMakesSenseInContext shape of a fast food hamburger]], Wesley starts to laugh after hearing Angel talk about how much he loves his son.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Wesley suffers ConflictingLoyalties when he finds a prophecy that Angel will kill his own son. After spending the entire episode wrestling with his conscience and consulting an oracle in the [[ItMakesSenseInContext shape of a giant plastic fast food hamburger]], Wesley starts to laugh after hearing Angel talk about how much he loves his son.
18th Jul '16 7:59:03 PM JackG
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-->'''Wes:''' "Life. Life is funny. Listening to stupid people talking to hamburgers is funny. Worrying about things that will never... It's all so incredibly funny and...and beautiful.

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-->'''Wes:''' "Life.Life. Life is funny. Listening to stupid people talking to hamburgers is funny. Worrying about things that will never... It's all so incredibly funny and...and beautiful.
18th Jul '16 7:58:34 PM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Wesley suffers ConflictingLoyalties when he finds a prophecy that Angel will kill his own son. After spending the entire episode wrestling with his conscience and consulting an oracle in the [[ItMakesSenseInContext shape of a fast food hamburger]], Wesley starts to laugh after hearing Angel talk about how much he loves his son.
-->'''Angel:''' What's so funny?"
-->'''Wes:''' "Life. Life is funny. Listening to stupid people talking to hamburgers is funny. Worrying about things that will never... It's all so incredibly funny and...and beautiful.
** Subverted moments later when several PortentOfDoom happen at once, throwing Wesley back into turmoil again.
29th May '16 12:09:48 PM Sugao
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Compare {{Corpsing}}, where an actor inadvertently starts laughing during a serious scene.

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Compare {{Corpsing}}, where an actor inadvertently starts laughing during a serious scene.
scene. Also note the hyena (the actual animal, not [[TheHyena our trope named for it]]) is an example, as its signature giggling call is usually given when losing a disagreement over food or rank. "Ha ha ha, you thought I wanted to fight? Just kidding, boss! Ha ha - don't bite me!"
11th Apr '16 10:31:45 AM Piando
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* In ''[[{{Deryni}} Deryni Rising]]'', though the protagonists are anticipating trouble from Charissa at Kelson's coronation, there's some larking about whilst dressing for the ceremony. Morgan strikes a pose in his finery and Duncan calls him conceited, wagging a finger in the role of scolding priest, whereupon both men burst out laughing, Morgan holding his sides and Duncan collapsing into a chair. [[LampshadeHanging The chapter's epigraph is "For surely laughter masks a nervous soul."]]

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* In ''[[{{Deryni}} ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} Deryni Rising]]'', though the protagonists are anticipating trouble from Charissa at Kelson's coronation, there's some larking about whilst dressing for the ceremony. Morgan strikes a pose in his finery and Duncan calls him conceited, wagging a finger in the role of scolding priest, whereupon both men burst out laughing, Morgan holding his sides and Duncan collapsing into a chair. [[LampshadeHanging The chapter's epigraph is "For surely laughter masks a nervous soul."]]



* In ''TheWestWing'' - in the first season episode "[[Recap/TheWestWingS01E03AProportionalResponse A Proportional Response]]", President Bartlet has been angry all episode about the fact he doesn't think their response to Syria shooting down a plane and killing everyone on board (including the President's physician) has been strong enough. Finally, right before the President is scheduled to go on network television, Leo [=McGarry=] and the President argue it out in private, and though passions are running high, Leo manages to convince the President they're on the right course. Then the President says this:

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* In ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' - in the first season episode "[[Recap/TheWestWingS01E03AProportionalResponse A Proportional Response]]", President Bartlet has been angry all episode about the fact he doesn't think their response to Syria shooting down a plane and killing everyone on board (including the President's physician) has been strong enough. Finally, right before the President is scheduled to go on network television, Leo [=McGarry=] and the President argue it out in private, and though passions are running high, Leo manages to convince the President they're on the right course. Then the President says this:
8th Oct '15 4:18:07 PM nombretomado
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* In ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', there's a scene where Devi and Nny are on a date. Devi jokes about killing Nny and leaving his dead body. Both fall silent, but after a moment they both laugh.

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* In ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', there's a scene where Devi and Nny are on a date. Devi jokes about killing Nny and leaving his dead body. Both fall silent, but after a moment they both laugh.
16th Sep '15 1:40:37 PM JBK405
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* In the second season of ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', Admiral Cain and Commander Adama are each planning to have the other assassinated after the conclusion of the upcoming battle. Their respective assassins have both been put into position, but both decide at the last moment ''not'' to order the assassination. Afterwards, Saul Tigh, who was ignorant of the situation, remarks that Jack Fisk looks like he could use a drink. Fisk, who had been dreading the order to move against Adam, lets out an explosive laugh in relief that gets him looks for all across the CIC.
15th Jul '15 5:54:00 PM Odon
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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Balalaika's EvilLaugh (possibly [[LaughingMad insane laugh]]) does this for the three-way MexicanStandoff in ''Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise''. Balalaika had just been saying that when you have a gun to your head you'd better come up with a reason why you shouldn't die, or find a way to humor the person doing so. Fortunately Rock does the latter.

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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Balalaika's EvilLaugh (possibly [[LaughingMad insane laugh]]) does this for the three-way MexicanStandoff in ''Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise''. Balalaika had just been saying that when you have a gun to your head you'd better come up with a reason why you shouldn't die, or find a way to humor the person doing so. Fortunately Rock does achieves the latter.
15th Jul '15 5:53:24 PM Odon
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* In ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', there's a scene where Devi and Nny are on a date. Devi jokes about killing Nny and leaving his dead body. Both fall silent, but after a moment they both laugh.


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* In ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', there's a scene where Devi and Nny are on a date. Devi jokes about killing Nny and leaving his dead body. Both fall silent, but after a moment they both laugh.
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