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11th Oct '17 7:36:25 AM Gosicrystal
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Sometimes characters will refer to an object, person, event or plan in an extremely ambiguous way, mostly just to [[MindScrew screw with the audience]]. Maybe it's a RunningGag, which will never be revealed, because to do so would ruin a perfectly good joke. Maybe you're seeing events from a [[PointOfView particular character's perspective]], and because it is integral to the plot that this character [[InnocentInaccurate doesn't know what this 'thing' is]], other people will refer to it in [[VaguenessIsComing vague terms]] so as to heighten the suspense and [[DidntSeeThatComing not give away the ending]]. Maybe it's the [[IwasToldThereWouldBeCake cake]] for a [[ForgottenBirthday surprise birthday party]]. Maybe it's a priceless artifact another character is [[RightUnderTheirNoses planning to steal]]. Either way, you won't know what [[TitleDrop that mysterious 'thing']] ''really'' is until the most [[RuleOfDrama dramatic moment possible]].

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Sometimes characters will refer to an object, person, event or plan in an extremely ambiguous way, mostly just to [[MindScrew screw with the audience]]. Maybe it's a RunningGag, which will never be revealed, because to do so would ruin a perfectly good joke. Maybe you're seeing events from a [[PointOfView particular character's perspective]], and because it is integral to the plot that this character [[InnocentInaccurate doesn't know what this 'thing' is]], other people will refer to it in [[VaguenessIsComing vague terms]] so as to heighten the suspense and [[DidntSeeThatComing not give away the ending]]. Maybe it's the [[IwasToldThereWouldBeCake [[IWasToldThereWouldBeCake cake]] for a [[ForgottenBirthday surprise birthday party]]. Maybe it's a priceless artifact another character is [[RightUnderTheirNoses planning to steal]]. Either way, you won't know what [[TitleDrop that mysterious 'thing']] ''really'' is until the most [[RuleOfDrama dramatic moment possible]].
3rd Oct '17 6:49:33 AM JackG
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* ''The Big Kill'' by Creator/MickeySpillane. Mike Hammer is tortured by a gangster boss who believes he has something important. Unfortuntately Hammer has no idea what they're talking about, and the boss won't tell Hammer (because his flunkies might hear and he thinks Hammer knows anyway) so Hammer just gets tortured for nothing without getting any closer to solving the mystery.

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* ''The Big Kill'' by Creator/MickeySpillane. Mike Hammer is tortured by a gangster boss who believes he has something important. Unfortuntately Unfortunately Hammer has no idea what they're talking about, and the boss won't tell Hammer (because his flunkies might hear and he thinks Hammer knows anyway) so Hammer just gets tortured for nothing without getting any closer to solving the mystery.
3rd Oct '17 6:49:20 AM JackG
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* ''The Big Kill'' by Creator/MickeySpillane. Mike Hammer is tortured by a gangster boss who believes he has something important. Unfortuntately Hammer has no idea what they're talking about, and the boss won't tell Hammer (because his flunkies might hear and he thinks Hammer knows anyway) so Hammer just gets tortured for nothing without getting any closer to solving the mystery.
25th Sep '17 6:01:43 PM PaulA
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See NoodleIncident ("Remember 'that time' when..."), NoodleImplements ("'That thing' I plan on doing with all this weird stuff..."). May turn out to be a ChekhovsGun, involving {{Foreshadowing}}. Occasionally related to BuffySpeak, when a character refers to something as a 'thing' due to lack of full knowledge of what said 'thing' actually is. Compare HurricaneOfEuphemisms and related tropes, in which the mysterious 'thing' isn't referred to vague terms but in bizarre ones. Not to be confused with YouKnowThatThingWhere or TheThingThatGoesDoink.

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See NoodleIncident ("Remember 'that time' when..."), NoodleImplements ("'That thing' I plan on doing with all this weird stuff..."). May turn out to be a ChekhovsGun, involving {{Foreshadowing}}. Occasionally related to BuffySpeak, when a character refers to something as a 'thing' due to lack of full knowledge of what said 'thing' actually is. Compare HurricaneOfEuphemisms and related tropes, in which the mysterious 'thing' isn't referred to vague terms but in bizarre ones. Not to be confused with YouKnowThatThingWhere or TheThingThatGoesDoink.
10th Jun '17 7:46:27 PM DrFraud
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Sometimes characters will refer to an object, person, event or plan in an extremely ambiguous way, mostly just to [[MindScrew screw with the audience]]. Maybe it's a RunningGag, which will never be revealed, because to do so would ruin a perfectly good joke. Maybe you're seeing events from a [[PointOfView particular character's perspective]], and because it is integral to the plot that this character [[InnocentInaccurate doesn't know what this 'thing' is]], other people with refer to it in [[VaguenessIsComing vague terms]] so as to heighten the suspense and [[DidntSeeThatComing not give away the ending]]. Maybe it's the [[IwasToldThereWouldBeCake cake]] for a [[ForgottenBirthday surprise birthday party]]. Maybe it's a priceless artifact another character is [[RightUnderTheirNoses planning to steal]]. Either way, you won't know what [[TitleDrop that mysterious 'thing']] ''really'' is until the most [[RuleOfDrama dramatic moment possible]].

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Sometimes characters will refer to an object, person, event or plan in an extremely ambiguous way, mostly just to [[MindScrew screw with the audience]]. Maybe it's a RunningGag, which will never be revealed, because to do so would ruin a perfectly good joke. Maybe you're seeing events from a [[PointOfView particular character's perspective]], and because it is integral to the plot that this character [[InnocentInaccurate doesn't know what this 'thing' is]], other people with will refer to it in [[VaguenessIsComing vague terms]] so as to heighten the suspense and [[DidntSeeThatComing not give away the ending]]. Maybe it's the [[IwasToldThereWouldBeCake cake]] for a [[ForgottenBirthday surprise birthday party]]. Maybe it's a priceless artifact another character is [[RightUnderTheirNoses planning to steal]]. Either way, you won't know what [[TitleDrop that mysterious 'thing']] ''really'' is until the most [[RuleOfDrama dramatic moment possible]].
14th May '17 10:08:45 AM Sandman87
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* In Robyn Hitchcock's "How Do You Work This Thing?" the function of the device is never defined, although it appears to deflate when used, has a spigot that is easily kinked, does loop-the-loops, and is difficult to turn off.
28th Dec '16 9:01:34 PM themisterfree
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* From ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', 'That thing' that Potamus always sends people.

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* From ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', 'That thing' that Potamus always sends people. See the quote above.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'' had the "Secret Thing"- some sort of small object housed in an orange, candlestick-esque holder. We never found out what it was, all we knew was that it rattled around inside the holder, and that it was very important that T.H.E.M. not get their hands on it. It would frequently show up in random locations as a FreezeFrameBonus.



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24th Dec '16 11:19:27 AM Xtifr
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcj16EGYYrs "The Thing"]] written by Charles Randolph Grean, with the most popular version sung by [[ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow Phil Harris]]. The song is called "The Thing" but the word Thing doesn't actually appear in the song - it's just ''BOOM BA-BOOM''.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcj16EGYYrs "The Thing"]] written by Charles Randolph Grean, with the most popular version sung by [[ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow [[Radio/ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow Phil Harris]]. The song is called "The Thing" but the word Thing doesn't actually appear in the song - it's just ''BOOM BA-BOOM''.
20th Nov '16 12:46:06 PM epoxy
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* ''WebAnimation/BamanPiderman'' occasionally draws attention to "that thing ober there" only for Baman to say he doesn't know what it is.
6th Feb '16 11:56:20 PM MetaFour
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* Deliberately exploited in one ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon, where Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and the Cheat all stand around "Looking at a thing in a bag," and talk about how fascinating it is. There isn't actually anything in the bag--they're just pretending so they can manipulate Homestar into buying stuff for them.
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