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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.
15th Apr '17 12:58:05 AM DrFraud
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* In "Series/{{Justified}}" we see a shelf in Ava's house that's lined with ceramic figurines. She mentions to Raylan that she'd once seen one in a friend's house and commented in passing that she liked them. Her deceased husband, Bowman, took her on her word and bought them for her every time he saw one. She told Raylan she didn't have the heart to tell Bowman that she'd only made the comment to be polite and that she really thought the figurines were hideous.

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* In "Series/{{Justified}}" ''Series/{{Justified}}'' we see a shelf in Ava's house that's lined with ceramic figurines. She mentions to Raylan that she'd once seen one in a friend's house and commented in passing that she liked them. Her deceased husband, Bowman, took her on her word and bought them for her every time he saw one. She told Raylan she didn't have the heart to tell Bowman that she'd only made the comment to be polite and that she really thought the figurines were hideous.
18th Feb '17 12:21:32 PM Euodiachloris
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Stock sitcom plot in which a character receives a present. [[MyNewGiftIsLame The present is absolutely hideous.]] He is forced to pretend that he just ''loves'' it, so as not to hurt the presenter's feelings. Unfortunately, he is just ''so'' good an actor that the presenter insists that he wear it all the time, put it on display, paint the house to coordinate, etc. The receiver becomes increasingly miserable, and [[HilarityEnsues thus is comedically committed]].

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Stock 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.hideous, the wrong shape or size, impossible to maintain or clean and/or some other defect.]] He or she is forced to pretend that he they just ''loves'' ''love'' it, however, so as not to hurt the presenter's feelings. Unfortunately, he 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 actor, that the presenter insists that he they wear it all the time, put it on display, paint the house to coordinate, etc. The receiver becomes etc. All the while, the poor victim has to pretend to love this horrible money sink. Cue an increasingly miserable, miserable character, and [[HilarityEnsues thus is comedically committed]].
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.
14th Feb '17 5:22:20 PM Jeduthun
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Stock sitcom plot in which a character receives a present. The present is absolutely hideous. He is forced to pretend that he just ''loves'' it, so as not to hurt the presenter's feelings. Unfortunately, he is just ''so'' good an actor that the presenter insists that he wear it all the time, put it on display, paint the house to coordinate, etc. The receiver becomes increasingly miserable, and [[HilarityEnsues thus is comedically committed]].

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Stock sitcom plot in which a character receives a present. [[MyNewGiftIsLame The present is absolutely hideous. hideous.]] He is forced to pretend that he just ''loves'' it, so as not to hurt the presenter's feelings. Unfortunately, he is just ''so'' good an actor that the presenter insists that he wear it all the time, put it on display, paint the house to coordinate, etc. The receiver becomes increasingly miserable, and [[HilarityEnsues thus is comedically committed]].
11th Feb '17 3:23:24 PM Jeduthun
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Compare MyNewGiftIsLame and ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping. Also see KidsPreferBoxes.

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Compare MyNewGiftIsLame and ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping. Also see KidsPreferBoxes.KidsPreferBoxes and IGotARock.
26th Jan '17 7:31:03 AM VicGeorge2011
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* In ''[[Film/AlvinandtheChipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked]]'' Dave is given a macaroni necklace by Theodore, who wants him to wear it everywhere he goes, including a formal dinner with the captain. Alvin's comment was particularly biting:
--> '''Alvin:''' Oh yeah . . . that's a ''real chick magnet''.



* In [[Film/AlvinandtheChipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked]] Dave is given a macaroni necklace by Theodore, who wants him to wear it everywhere he goes, including a formal dinner with the captain. Alvin's comment was particularly biting:
--> '''Alvin:''' Oh yeah . . . that's a ''real chick magnet''.
29th Oct '16 12:57:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''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 ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''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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