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3rd Feb '18 7:25:59 AM ironballs16
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* Done in a GallowsHumor way at the end of ''Film/BloodDiamond'', when Solomon [[spoiler: admits to a dying Danny that he'd suspected the latter would betray him and take the diamond for himself. Danny admits that he'd given it serious thought]], prompting the two to share a laugh.
11th Dec '17 4:37:01 PM nombretomado
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Laughter is a reaction normally associated with good humor, shared insight, and merriment being had. Other times, it signals that you are not going to get shivved in the back. TensionCuttingLaughter is that second kind, the kind that says "Ah, so the Don ''doesn't'' think [[TheInformant I'm a rat selling him out to the Feds]]" or "So Bob ''isn't'' going to [[OverprotectiveDad kick my ass for insulting his daughter]]" or even simply "Mary ''does'' get I was kidding about [[TropeyComeHome selling her cat on]] EBay." It is akin to an exhale of relief after a particularly tense bit of drama has been wound up, the source of which is usually a misunderstanding.

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Laughter is a reaction normally associated with good humor, shared insight, and merriment being had. Other times, it signals that you are not going to get shivved in the back. TensionCuttingLaughter is that second kind, the kind that says "Ah, so the Don ''doesn't'' think [[TheInformant I'm a rat selling him out to the Feds]]" or "So Bob ''isn't'' going to [[OverprotectiveDad kick my ass for insulting his daughter]]" or even simply "Mary ''does'' get I was kidding about [[TropeyComeHome selling her cat on]] EBay.Website/EBay." It is akin to an exhale of relief after a particularly tense bit of drama has been wound up, the source of which is usually a misunderstanding.
17th Oct '17 1:53:48 PM Beedle
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* In ''Videogame/Yakuza1'', during a dramatic face-off with Kiryu at the batting cages, Majima's villainous monolgue is interrupted when the pitching machine beans him in the head with a ball. After a awkward silence, Majima laughs it off, with the rest of his henchmen joining in. [[SubvertedTrope But then]] he notices one of his men isn't laughing and [[MoodSwinger flies into a violent rage.]]

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* In ''Videogame/Yakuza1'', during a dramatic face-off with Kiryu at the batting cages, Majima's villainous monolgue is interrupted when the pitching machine beans him in the head with a ball. After a an awkward silence, Majima laughs it off, with the rest of his henchmen joining in. [[SubvertedTrope But then]] he notices one of his men isn't laughing and [[MoodSwinger flies into a violent rage.]]
17th Oct '17 1:51:43 PM Beedle
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* In ''Videogame/Yakuza1'', during a dramatic face-off with Kiryu at the batting cages, Majima's villainous monolgue is interrupted when the pitching machine beans him in the head with a ball. After a awkward silence, Majima laughs it off, with the rest of his henchmen joining in. [[SubvertedTrope But then]] he notices one of his men isn't laughing and [[MoodSwinger flies into a violent rage.]]
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:
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