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12th Jan '18 3:06:10 PM SteveMB
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* In [[https://xkcd.com/1941/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' comic, a 30-foot Foucault pendulum is left as an inheritance. The AltText adds an second impractical inheritance in the form of a life-size [[PietaPlagiarism Pieta ice sculpture]] blessed by the Pope, along with the complication that the items must be removed from the decedent's estate within 24 hours.
14th Oct '17 2:55:59 PM MetaFour
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E23SecretsAndPies "Secrets and Pies"]] shows this one from the gift-giver's point of view. Pinkie Pie bakes a special pie for Rainbow Dash--then, seconds after delivering the pie, she sees an identical one in Rainbow's trash. Pinkie investigates further and realizes that she's baked dozens of pies for Rainbow over the years, but she's never actually ''seen'' Rainbow eat one of them. The truth comes out: [[DoesntLikeSpam Rainbow can't stand pies]], any pies, and she's been pretending to eat and enjoy them just to avoid hurting Pinkie's feelings. [[DidntThinkThisThrough So Pinkie's hurt that Rainbow Dash lied to her.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E23SecretsAndPies "Secrets and Pies"]] shows this one from the gift-giver's point of view. Pinkie Pie bakes a special pie for Rainbow Dash--then, seconds after delivering the pie, she sees an identical one in Rainbow's trash. Pinkie investigates further and realizes that she's baked dozens of pies for Rainbow over the years, but she's never actually ''seen'' Rainbow eat one of them. The truth comes out: [[DoesntLikeSpam [[DoesNotLikeSpam Rainbow can't stand pies]], any pies, and she's been pretending to eat and enjoy them just to avoid hurting Pinkie's feelings. [[DidntThinkThisThrough So Pinkie's hurt that Rainbow Dash lied to her.]]
14th Oct '17 2:55:19 PM MetaFour
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* In Webcomic/CardboardCrack, a character [[http://cardboard-crack.com/post/70457400710/white-elephant-gift-exchange gives Magic: the Gathering cards as a white elephant gift]] with the hope of getting these cards back for himself.

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* In Webcomic/CardboardCrack, ''Webcomic/CardboardCrack'', a character [[http://cardboard-crack.com/post/70457400710/white-elephant-gift-exchange gives Magic: the Gathering cards as a white elephant gift]] with the hope of getting these cards back for himself.


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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E23SecretsAndPies "Secrets and Pies"]] shows this one from the gift-giver's point of view. Pinkie Pie bakes a special pie for Rainbow Dash--then, seconds after delivering the pie, she sees an identical one in Rainbow's trash. Pinkie investigates further and realizes that she's baked dozens of pies for Rainbow over the years, but she's never actually ''seen'' Rainbow eat one of them. The truth comes out: [[DoesntLikeSpam Rainbow can't stand pies]], any pies, and she's been pretending to eat and enjoy them just to avoid hurting Pinkie's feelings. [[DidntThinkThisThrough So Pinkie's hurt that Rainbow Dash lied to her.]]
13th Aug '17 5:46:28 AM Euodiachloris
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To add to the character's pain, the poor receiver of the doomful gift turns out to either be just ''so'' good an actor, that the presenter insists that they wear it all the time, put it on display, paint the house to coordinate, etc. Or, the gifter is either simply being or pretending to be SelectivelyOblivious to the actual situation. All the while, the poor victim has to profess contentment with or love of this horrible MoneySink. Cue an increasingly miserable character, and [[HilarityEnsues thus is comedy and/or drama committed]] as they try either to get rid of it, come to terms with it or endeavour to find a magical [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] that will bypass the whole dilemma.

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To add to the character's pain, the poor receiver of the doomful gift turns out to either be just ''so'' good an actor, that the presenter insists that they wear it all the time, put it on display, paint the house to coordinate, etc. Or, the gifter is either simply being or pretending to be SelectivelyOblivious in SelectiveObliviousness to the actual situation. All the while, the poor victim has to profess contentment with or love of this horrible MoneySink. Cue an increasingly miserable character, and [[HilarityEnsues thus is comedy and/or drama committed]] as they try either to get rid of it, come to terms with it or endeavour to find a magical [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] that will bypass the whole dilemma.
13th Aug '17 5:40:51 AM Euodiachloris
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Most often a stock sitcom plot inherited from theatre (predominantly farce and pantomime) in which a character receives a present. [[MyNewGiftIsLame The present is absolutely hideous, the wrong shape or size, impossible to maintain or clean and/or some other defect.]] He or she is forced to pretend that they just ''love'' it, however, so as not to hurt the presenter's feelings or otherwise disappoint them for whatever reason. Often, and very unfortunately, the poor receiver of the doomful gift is just ''so'' good an actor, that the presenter insists that they wear it all the time, put it on display, paint the house to coordinate, etc. All the while, the poor victim has to pretend to love this horrible money sink. Cue an increasingly miserable character, and [[HilarityEnsues thus is either comedy or drama committed]] as they try either to get rid of it, come to terms with it or endeavour to find a magical [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] that will bypass the whole dilemma. If played more for the drama, you can find the trope tipping towards the classical White Elephant mode, wherein the present was given specifically to [[PassiveAggressiveKombat passive-aggressively troll or hurt the receiver]] in some way. If they're lucky, it's just a TricksterMentor or some [[TheGadfly Gadfly]] friend trying to [[AnAesop teach them to come clean with their feelings]] if it is done deliberately, however maliciously played. Unlucky examples, however, can involve the Villain proving themselves to be a pain in the rear.

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Most often a stock sitcom plot inherited from theatre (predominantly farce and pantomime) in which a character receives a present. [[MyNewGiftIsLame The present is absolutely hideous, the wrong shape or size, impossible to maintain or clean and/or some other defect.]] He Additionally, however, he or she is forced to pretend that they just ''love'' it, however, so as not to hurt the presenter's feelings or otherwise disappoint them for whatever reason. Often, and very unfortunately, reason.

To add to the character's pain,
the poor receiver of the doomful gift is turns out to either be just ''so'' good an actor, that the presenter insists that they wear it all the time, put it on display, paint the house to coordinate, etc. etc. Or, the gifter is either simply being or pretending to be SelectivelyOblivious to the actual situation. All the while, the poor victim has to pretend to profess contentment with or love of this horrible money sink. Cue MoneySink. Cue an increasingly miserable character, and [[HilarityEnsues thus is either comedy or and/or drama committed]] as they try either to get rid of it, come to terms with it or endeavour to find a magical [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] that will bypass the whole dilemma. dilemma.

If played more for the drama, you can find the trope tipping towards the classical White Elephant mode, wherein the present was given specifically to [[PassiveAggressiveKombat passive-aggressively troll or hurt the receiver]] in some way. If they're lucky, it's just a TricksterMentor or some [[TheGadfly Gadfly]] friend trying to [[AnAesop teach them to come clean with their feelings]] if it is done deliberately, however maliciously played. Unlucky examples, however, can involve the Villain of the piece proving themselves to be a an effective pain in the rear.
ways that can be anything from PokeThePoodle levels of "evil" to honest to badness CardCarryingEvil.
6th Aug '17 6:13:05 PM Mullon
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Westeros has... [[AwesomeButImpractical Harrenhal]]. For when King's Landing needs to reward somebody, yet get rid of them at the same time, nothing beats handing them the impossible task of taking care of [[TheMillstone the place]] by giving them what seems to be a [[SchmuckBait peach of a title and access to the pick of lands in the Riverlands]]. [[RealityEnsues It. Isn't. Really, it's not.]] It's almost a pity quite a few people, both in the main story and the history of the place, [[SubvertedTrope never realise that]] until a [[HighTurnoverRate bit too late to do them any good]] (readers, other GenreSavvy characters and those writing the supplementary histories chronicling the various misfortunes are ''well aware'', however). Worse, those winding up in possession of the stone pile can't exactly try giving the place back after either 1) accepting the title to it or 2) trying to take it by force or deception. Because reacting like "You know, after actually trying it, it doesn't really fit me; can I have a refund?" would be either treason to the Crown or an insult to the region, both of which would get you justifiably besieged within your awkward-to-fully-man walls... and squashed. [[spoiler: Littlefinger has so far got around this by having others try taking over and holding the castle using their own treasons: he thereby gets all the peripheral rights to the titles, with none of the maintenance or other problems actually dealing with the white elephant directly would give him -- or, those being ungrateful enough to turn the [[OpportunisticBastard oportunity down flat]] in front of the Lannisters would give him, either. He is aiming to [[CuttingTheKnot cut the knot]] by quarrying the thing to the ground and replacing it with a much saner keep down the line, hopefully at a profit -- Harren used top-quality materials when he built it, after all.]]

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Westeros has... [[AwesomeButImpractical Harrenhal]]. For when King's Landing needs to reward somebody, yet get rid of them at the same time, nothing beats handing them the impossible task of taking care of [[TheMillstone the place]] by giving them what seems to be a [[SchmuckBait peach of a title and access to the pick of lands in the Riverlands]]. [[RealityEnsues It. Isn't. Really, it's not.]] Harrenhal is just a little too big to properly maintain, defend, or govern, and that's ignoring the rumors that the place is cursed. It's almost a pity quite a few people, both in the main story and the history of the place, [[SubvertedTrope never realise that]] until a [[HighTurnoverRate bit too late to do them any good]] (readers, other GenreSavvy characters and those writing the supplementary histories chronicling the various misfortunes are ''well aware'', however). Worse, those winding up in possession of the stone pile can't exactly try giving the place back after either 1) accepting the title to it or 2) trying to take it by force or deception. Because reacting like "You know, after actually trying it, it doesn't really fit me; can I have a refund?" would be either treason to the Crown or an insult to the region, both of which would get you justifiably besieged within your awkward-to-fully-man walls... and squashed. [[spoiler: Littlefinger has so far got around this by having others try taking over and holding the castle using their own treasons: he thereby gets all the peripheral rights to the titles, with none of the maintenance or other problems actually dealing with the white elephant directly would give him -- or, those being ungrateful enough to turn the [[OpportunisticBastard oportunity down flat]] in front of the Lannisters would give him, either. He is aiming to [[CuttingTheKnot cut the knot]] by quarrying the thing to the ground and replacing it with a much saner keep down the line, hopefully at a profit -- Harren used top-quality materials when he built it, after all.]]
24th Jun '17 1:43:56 PM nombretomado
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* The Series 8/ Season 34 finale of DoctorWho featured [[spoiler: Missy giving the Doctor a Cyberman army made from dead humans]] which he reacted to like she was giving him a HomemadeSweaterFromHell. It's the thought that counts, right?

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* The Series 8/ Season 34 finale of DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'' featured [[spoiler: Missy giving the Doctor a Cyberman army made from dead humans]] which he reacted to like she was giving him a HomemadeSweaterFromHell. It's the thought that counts, right?
1st Jun '17 3:00:29 PM SomberCaelifera
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* The Series 8/ Season 34 finale of DoctorWho featured [[Missy giving the Doctor a Cyberman army made from dead humans]] which he reacted to like she was giving him a HomemadeSweaterFromHell. It's the thought that counts, right?

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* The Series 8/ Season 34 finale of DoctorWho featured [[Missy [[spoiler: Missy giving the Doctor a Cyberman army made from dead humans]] which he reacted to like she was giving him a HomemadeSweaterFromHell. It's the thought that counts, right?
1st Jun '17 2:59:32 PM SomberCaelifera
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Most often a stock sitcom plot inherited from theatre (predominantly farce and pantomime) in which a character receives a present. [[MyNewGiftIsLame The present is absolutely hideous, the wrong shape or size, impossible to maintain or clean and/or some other defect.]] He or she is forced to pretend that they just ''love'' it, however, so as not to hurt the presenter's feelings or otherwise disappoint them for whatever reason. Often, and very unfortunately, the poor receiver of the doomful gift is just ''so'' good an actor, that the presenter insists that they wear it all the time, put it on display, paint the house to coordinate, etc. All the while, the poor victim has to pretend to love this horrible money sink. Cue an increasingly miserable character, and [[HilarityEnsues thus is either comedy or drama committed]] as they try either to get rid of it, come to terms with it or endeavour to find a magical [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] that will bypass the whole dilemma. If played more for the drama, you can find the trope tipping towards the classical White Elephant mode, wherein the present was given specifically to [[PassiveAggressiveKombat passive-aggressively troll or hurt the receiver]] in some way. If they're lucky, it's just a TricksterMentor or some [[TheGadfly Gadfly]] friend trying to, e.g. [[AnAesop teach them to come clean with their feelings]] if it is done deliberately, however maliciously played. Unlucky examples, however, can involve the Villain proving themselves to be a pain in the rear.

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Most often a stock sitcom plot inherited from theatre (predominantly farce and pantomime) in which a character receives a present. [[MyNewGiftIsLame The present is absolutely hideous, the wrong shape or size, impossible to maintain or clean and/or some other defect.]] He or she is forced to pretend that they just ''love'' it, however, so as not to hurt the presenter's feelings or otherwise disappoint them for whatever reason. Often, and very unfortunately, the poor receiver of the doomful gift is just ''so'' good an actor, that the presenter insists that they wear it all the time, put it on display, paint the house to coordinate, etc. All the while, the poor victim has to pretend to love this horrible money sink. Cue an increasingly miserable character, and [[HilarityEnsues thus is either comedy or drama committed]] as they try either to get rid of it, come to terms with it or endeavour to find a magical [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] that will bypass the whole dilemma. If played more for the drama, you can find the trope tipping towards the classical White Elephant mode, wherein the present was given specifically to [[PassiveAggressiveKombat passive-aggressively troll or hurt the receiver]] in some way. If they're lucky, it's just a TricksterMentor or some [[TheGadfly Gadfly]] friend trying to, e.g. to [[AnAesop teach them to come clean with their feelings]] if it is done deliberately, however maliciously played. Unlucky examples, however, can involve the Villain proving themselves to be a pain in the rear.


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*The Series 8/ Season 34 finale of DoctorWho featured [[Missy giving the Doctor a Cyberman army made from dead humans]] which he reacted to like she was giving him a HomemadeSweaterFromHell. It's the thought that counts, right?
15th Apr '17 12:58:26 AM DrFraud
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* Both {{Christmas Episode}}s of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''' show that Rose tends to give rather subpar gifts to her three roommates. She gives Dorothy a maple syrup spigot in the first one, while the second has Blanche offhandedly admitting she buries hers out in the backyard.

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* Both {{Christmas Episode}}s of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''' ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' show that Rose tends to give rather subpar gifts to her three roommates. She gives Dorothy a maple syrup spigot in the first one, while the second has Blanche offhandedly admitting she buries hers out in the backyard.
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