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19th Apr '17 6:04:32 AM gadeel
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* In ''FanFic/ForThoseWeCherish'', Yang hears the Emperor's quote on {{Space Marine}}s ''[[hottip:The relevant quote:They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity. They are my Space Marines and they shall know no fear.]]'' and says that she finds it catchy. Later, after some of the Lamenters talk about Roboute Guilliman, Nora thinks that he sounds like a swell guy.

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* In ''FanFic/ForThoseWeCherish'', Yang hears the Emperor's quote on {{Space Marine}}s Space Marines ''[[hottip:The relevant quote:They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity. They are my Space Marines and they shall know no fear.]]'' and says that she finds it catchy. Later, after some of the Lamenters talk about Roboute Guilliman, Nora thinks that he sounds like a swell guy.
19th Apr '17 6:03:55 AM gadeel
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* In ''FanFic/ForThoseWeCherish'', Yang hears the Emperor's quote on {{Space Marine}}s ''[[hottip:*:They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity. They are my Space Marines and they shall know no fear.]]'' and says that she finds it catchy. Later, after some of the Lamenters talk about Roboute Guilliman, Nora thinks that he sounds like a swell guy.

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* In ''FanFic/ForThoseWeCherish'', Yang hears the Emperor's quote on {{Space Marine}}s ''[[hottip:*:They ''[[hottip:The relevant quote:They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity. They are my Space Marines and they shall know no fear.]]'' and says that she finds it catchy. Later, after some of the Lamenters talk about Roboute Guilliman, Nora thinks that he sounds like a swell guy.
19th Apr '17 6:03:23 AM gadeel
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* In ''FanFic/ForThoseWeCherish'', Yang hears the Emperor's quote on {{Space Marine}}s ''[[hottip:*:They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity. They are my Space Marines and they shall know no fear.]]'' and says that she finds it catchy. Later, after some of the Lamenters talk about Roboute Guilliman, Nora thinks that he sounds like a swell guy.
8th Apr '17 11:08:14 PM infernape612
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%%Just leave the opening line alone, please.

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%%Just %% Just leave the opening line alone, please.


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* In season 5 of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Jack encounters Ashi, an AxCrazy LaserGuidedTykeBomb completely obsessed with "undoing the evil that is [Jack]" who worships the BigBad Aku as a god.
-->'''Jack:''' You are very troubled and very confused.
4th Apr '17 8:08:01 AM Siempie
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* In ''{{VideoGame/Portal}}'', the mildly psychotic supercomputer, SelfDemonstrating/{{GLaDOS}}, also likes to understate things.

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* *''Videogame/{{Portal}}''
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In ''{{VideoGame/Portal}}'', the first ''VideoGame/Portal1''-game, the mildly psychotic supercomputer, SelfDemonstrating/{{GLaDOS}}, also likes to understate things.



** At first it sounds like [=GLaDOS=] just likes you so much that it is going to miss you, but listening to [=GlaDOs=]' later line "The Enrichment Center reminds you, that in the end you will be baked, and then there will be cake", you should know what to expect.

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** At first it sounds like [=GLaDOS=] just likes you so much that it she is going to miss you, but listening to [=GlaDOs=]' [=GlaDOs=]'s later line "The Enrichment Center reminds you, that in the end you will be baked, and then there will be cake", you should know what to expect.


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** Wheatley's remark at the very start of [[Videogame/Portal2 the second game]].
--->'''Wheatley:''' Most test subjects do experience some, ah, cognitive deterioration after a few months in suspension. Now you've been under for... ''quite'' a lot longer[[note]]It's estimated Chell was under for anywhere between 300 and 50.000 years[[/note]], and it's not out of the question... that you might have a ''veeeery'' minor case of... ''serious'' brain damage.
8th Mar '17 3:26:29 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', when Nale's AbsurdlySharpBlade slams into him at full force, Wyndle's only reaction is "''ow''". On one hand, he's an AbsurdlySharpBlade himself, and LikeCannotCutLike. On the other, "full force" means a lot when the person dishing it out is a OneManArmy.

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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', when ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): When Nale's AbsurdlySharpBlade slams into him at full force, Wyndle's only reaction is "''ow''". On one hand, he's an AbsurdlySharpBlade himself, and LikeCannotCutLike. On the other, "full force" means a lot when the person dishing it out is a OneManArmy.
2nd Mar '17 11:16:21 PM AirofMystery
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* Early in ''Film/RedCliff'', Zhuge Liang mentions that he finds the formations that Gan Xing is drilling his soldiers in to be outdated, prompting this exchange.

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* Early in ''Film/RedCliff'', Zhuge Liang - a man [[MemeticBadass widely considered to be one of the greatest military strategists in Chinese history]] - mentions that he finds the formations that Gan Xing is drilling his soldiers in to be outdated, prompting this exchange.
2nd Mar '17 12:58:05 AM BillWoods
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-->'''Dutch''': "Rock, could you take over babysitting? As you can see, not a lot of maternal instinct there." ''(in response to Revy opening fire on an unarmed child hostage)''

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-->'''Dutch''': "Rock, could you take over babysitting? As you can see, not a lot of maternal instinct there." ''(in [''in response to Revy opening fire on an unarmed child hostage)''hostage'']



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}''! - when the Wolf watches Red Puckett fall several hundred feet from a moving cable car cabin, he summarizes it on his note-to-self tape recorder as, "Ouch."

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}''! - -- when the Wolf watches Red Puckett fall several hundred feet from a moving cable car cabin, he summarizes it on his note-to-self tape recorder as, "Ouch."



-->'''Louis:''' ''(Stonefaced)'' It didn't end well.

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-->'''Louis:''' ''(Stonefaced)'' [''Stonefaced''] It didn't end well.



** After Donovan suffers one of the most [[NightmareFuel nightmarish]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath deaths]] ever after drinking from the wrong Grail, the Grail Knight has only this to say: "He chose...poorly."

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** After Donovan suffers one of the most [[NightmareFuel nightmarish]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath deaths]] ever after drinking from the wrong Grail, the Grail Knight has only this to say: "He chose... poorly."



* ''{{Film/Ghostbusters 1984}}'' - "[[ForbiddenChekhovsGun Crossing the streams would be bad]]." And earlier, just after annihilating a cleaning cart, "Okay. Successful test."

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* ''{{Film/Ghostbusters 1984}}'' - -- "[[ForbiddenChekhovsGun Crossing the streams would be bad]]." And earlier, just after annihilating a cleaning cart, "Okay. Successful test."



* In ''Film/StarTrek'', Spock Prime's assessment of the bastard who [[spoiler:destroyed Vulcan because SP failed to save Romulus ''in the future'']]: "He is a particularly troubled Romulan." Leave it to Spock - any Spock - to be a master of understatement.

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* In ''Film/StarTrek'', Spock Prime's assessment of the bastard who [[spoiler:destroyed Vulcan because SP failed to save Romulus ''in the future'']]: "He is a particularly troubled Romulan." Leave it to Spock - -- any Spock - -- to be a master of understatement.



** ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' had a couple regarding the [[EarthShatteringKaboom destruction of Praxis]]. The first was Brigadier Kurla's response to ''Excelsior's'' offer of aid: "There has been an incident on Praxis."

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** ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' had a couple regarding the [[EarthShatteringKaboom destruction of Praxis]]. The first was Brigadier Kurla's response to ''Excelsior's'' ''Excelsior'''s offer of aid: "There has been an incident on Praxis."



--->"...one of our base commanders, he had a sort of - Well, he went a little funny in the head. You know. Just a little funny. And uh, he went and did a silly thing..."

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--->"...one of our base commanders, he had a sort of - -- Well, he went a little funny in the head. You know. Just a little funny. And uh, he went and did a silly thing..."



*** The [[UnfazedEveryman security guard]] who discovers Banner after his [[DestinationDefenestration exit from the Hellcarrier]] sums it up pretty nicely after being told he isn't a {{Human Alien|s}}.

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*** The [[UnfazedEveryman security guard]] who discovers Banner after his [[DestinationDefenestration exit from the Hellcarrier]] Helicarrier]] sums it up pretty nicely after being told he isn't a {{Human Alien|s}}.



''(later)''\\

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''(later)''\\[''later'']\\



* "Wellerism" - binary explosive used by Sam Weller of ''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'' - was sometimes made of Understatement and Parable:

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* "Wellerism" - -- binary explosive used by Sam Weller of ''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'' - -- was sometimes made of Understatement and Parable:



* ''This is The Way The World Ends'' by James Morrow: "Chapter 5 - In Which the Limitations of Civil Defense Are Explicated in a Manner Some Readers May Find Distressing." This is the chapter in which, well... [[spoiler:[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin look at the bloody title.]]]]

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* ''This is The Way The World Ends'' by James Morrow: "Chapter 5 - -- In Which the Limitations of Civil Defense Are Explicated in a Manner Some Readers May Find Distressing." This is the chapter in which, well... [[spoiler:[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin look at the bloody title.]]]]



--> '''Wesley:''' ''(to Angel)'' I may have made a tiny mistake. The word Shanshu that I said meant you were going to die? Actually I think it means that you are going to live.
--> '''Cordelia:''' Okay, as tiny mistakes go...that's not one.

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--> '''Wesley:''' ''(to Angel)'' [''to Angel''] I may have made a tiny mistake. The word Shanshu that I said meant you were going to die? Actually I think it means that you are going to live.
--> '''Cordelia:''' Okay, as tiny mistakes go... that's not one.



--> '''The Doctor''': I'm not trying to be rude - but you died.

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--> '''The Doctor''': I'm not trying to be rude - -- but you died.



--> '''The Doctor''': ''(gestures wildly)'' How can you be here?

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--> '''The Doctor''': ''(gestures wildly)'' [''gestures wildly''] How can you be here?



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-->''(zoom out to reveal that Jimmy caused'' '''''a second ice age''''''')''

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-->''(zoom -->[''zoom out to reveal that Jimmy caused'' '''''a second ice age''''''')''age''''']



* On the return journey from the South Pole in Captain Scott's expedition, Captain Oates was injured so decided to commit suicide to give his companions more chance. Suicide was - genuinely - easy, since he just had to leave the tent and quickly die of exposure. He announced his intentions with the words "I am just going outside and may be some time."

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* On the return journey from the South Pole in Captain Scott's expedition, Captain Oates was injured so decided to commit suicide to give his companions more chance. Suicide was - -- genuinely - -- easy, since he just had to leave the tent and quickly die of exposure. He announced his intentions with the words "I am just going outside and may be some time."



* Captain Eric Moody on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BA_flight_009 BA Flight 009]] said. ''Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking. We have a small problem. [[OhCrap All four engines have stopped."]] Fortunately his efforts to save the flight [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome met with some measure of success]]-all four engines restarted, and the aircraft landed safely. Some years later he remarked that "It was, yeah, a little bit frightening." He isn't the only one, either. All airline pilots are told not to talk to the passengers about an emergency unless they know they can sound perfectly calm. Fictional reflections of this gave rise to the DangerDeadpan trope.

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* Captain Eric Moody on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BA_flight_009 BA Flight 009]] said. ''Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking. We have a small problem. [[OhCrap All four engines have stopped."]] Fortunately his efforts to save the flight [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome met with some measure of success]]-all success]] -- all four engines restarted, and the aircraft landed safely. Some years later he remarked that "It was, yeah, a little bit frightening." He isn't the only one, either. All airline pilots are told not to talk to the passengers about an emergency unless they know they can sound perfectly calm. Fictional reflections of this gave rise to the DangerDeadpan trope.



* The NFPA diamond is a label giving a brief representation of the hazards of a substance. It is divided into 4 sections, with numbers 0-4 in them or special symbols. The blue section represents health risk, the red one flammability, the yellow one reactivity, and the white one reserved for special hazards like acid or oxidation. A handy guide for the number scale for each section lists yellow 4 as "may detonate". This led to the following conversation with a supervisor: "'May detonate'? Under what conditions?" "[[AllOfThem All of them.]]" This rating is reserved for [[MadeOfExplodium nitrogylcerin, nitrogen triiodide, chlorine dioxide, and similarly temperamental chemicals.]]

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* The NFPA diamond is a label giving a brief representation of the hazards of a substance. It is divided into 4 sections, with numbers 0-4 04 in them or special symbols. The blue section represents health risk, the red one flammability, the yellow one reactivity, and the white one reserved for special hazards like acid or oxidation. A handy guide for the number scale for each section lists yellow 4 as "may detonate". This led to the following conversation with a supervisor: "'May detonate'? Under what conditions?" "[[AllOfThem All of them.]]" This rating is reserved for [[MadeOfExplodium nitrogylcerin, nitrogen triiodide, chlorine dioxide, and similarly temperamental chemicals.]]



** Japan seems to have a habit of calling events like this "incidents". Imperial Japan had such minor events as the the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mukden_Incident Mukden Incident]] and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre Nanking Incident]]

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** Japan seems to have a habit of calling events like this "incidents". Imperial Japan had such minor events as the the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mukden_Incident Mukden Incident]] and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre Nanking Incident]]Incident]].
** In August 1945, the Emperor made a radio broadcast, for the first time ever, to say that "the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage". Some listeners were left unsure whether he was announcing Japan's surrender.



* British understatement nearly lost a major battle in the Korean War. Whilst being over-run by Chinese forces outnumbering his men nearly fifty to one, a British brigade commander reported to his American general that "things are getting a little bit sticky here". ''He'' meant "We'd quite appreciate reinforcements." The American heard the laconic unworried voice of his subordinate, and reasoned that the British had things well under control. Reinforcements only arrived very late in the battle, allowing the remants of a British regiment to withdraw undefeated.

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* British understatement nearly lost a major battle in the Korean War. Whilst being over-run by Chinese forces outnumbering his men nearly fifty to one, a British brigade commander reported to his American general that "things are getting a little bit sticky here". ''He'' meant "We'd quite appreciate reinforcements." The American heard the laconic unworried voice of his subordinate, and reasoned that the British had things well under control. Reinforcements only arrived very late in the battle, allowing the remants remnants of a British regiment to withdraw undefeated.
21st Feb '17 2:29:40 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', after Aeduen completely loses his mind when faced with a large fire, he comments in his narration that it had... unsettled him.
18th Feb '17 5:01:16 PM MJaxon
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* ''Series/TimeCommanders'' in the Battle of Gaugamela, the team playing as Macedon gets Alexander killed. The historical experts are very calm when pointing that dying puts a hitch in Alexander's long term plans.
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