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19th Apr '18 9:34:10 AM TheFallofElDorado
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* ''No Right Answer of The Escapist'' name-dropped this at the beginning of the episode "Living With Depression" in the wake of [[WebVideo/YouCanPlayThis Justin Carmical]]'s suicide. The episode was dead serious.
9th Apr '18 10:12:58 AM Bisected8
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* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}''; Sennir briefly breaks the fourth wall in a question-and-answer session to tell readers that death was not a reasonable price to pay for [[spoiler:[[{{Transsexual}} gaining a body which fit his gender]]]], and assures them help is available.

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* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}''; Sennir briefly breaks the fourth wall in a question-and-answer session to tell readers that death was not a reasonable price to pay for [[spoiler:[[{{Transsexual}} [[spoiler:[[{{Transgender}} gaining a body which fit his gender]]]], and assures them help is available.
10th Mar '18 7:00:47 AM Monolaf317
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* According to [[http://articles.latimes.com/1999/feb/26/entertainment/ca-11792 this article,]] ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'''s "When You've Got To Go!", which taught about potty training, was a very special episode. Why? Because back in the 90's, and even still today, potty training was rarely addressed in children's shows. It even was released on home video!

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* According to [[http://articles.latimes.com/1999/feb/26/entertainment/ca-11792 this article,]] ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'''s "When You've Got To Go!", which taught about [[ToiletTrainingPlot potty training, training]], was a very special episode. Why? Because back in the 90's, and even still today, potty training was rarely addressed in children's shows. It even was released on home video!
10th Mar '18 6:59:53 AM Monolaf317
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* ''Anime/ShimaShimaToraNoShimajiro'' has 3 episodes teaching kids about potty-training. The first was the one everyone knows and loves, the second was about public restrooms, and the third had a superhero named "Pants Man" in it, who's an anamorphic kangaroo.

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* ''Anime/ShimaShimaToraNoShimajiro'' has 3 episodes teaching kids about potty-training.[[ToiletTrainingPlot potty-training]]. The first was the one everyone knows and loves, the second was about public restrooms, and the third had a superhero named "Pants Man" in it, who's an anamorphic kangaroo.



* ''Animme/YokaiWatch'' has [[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6HuHD0AGhWs a web-exclusive episode]] on eye safety featuring Baddinyan trying to get Nate and Whisper to do bad things to their eyes

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* ''Animme/YokaiWatch'' has [[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6HuHD0AGhWs a web-exclusive episode]] on eye safety featuring Baddinyan trying to get Nate and Whisper to do bad things to their eyeseyes.
10th Feb '18 11:48:03 AM Airlane1979
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An episode, often in a sitcom, in which the lead confronts some highly emotional or forbidden issue from everyday life. Drug abuse, teenage sex, bulimia... At the end of the episode, the protagonist is Enlightened, and the [[LongLostUncleAesop guest character]] with the Very Special Problem is never seen or heard from again. Often there is an 800 number to call, should you (or someone you love) actually have the Very Special Problem. Another key criteria is that [[SideEffectsInclude side-effect, complications,]] or [[TheBadGuyWins failure-rates]] of the official government mandated Very Special Solution the episode promotes are never mentioned. If the problem involves children in some way (and it almost invariably ''will''), then it may also be promoted as something that "No Parent Should Miss". These often come about when [[OscarBait networks or writers are bucking for awards]], or may be caused by WriterOnBoard.

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An episode, often in a sitcom, in which the lead confronts some highly emotional or forbidden issue from everyday life. Drug abuse, teenage sex, bulimia... At the end of the episode, the protagonist is Enlightened, and the [[LongLostUncleAesop guest character]] with the Very Special Problem is never seen or heard from again. Often there is an 800 number to call, should you (or someone you love) actually have the Very Special Problem. Another key criteria criterion is that [[SideEffectsInclude side-effect, complications,]] or [[TheBadGuyWins failure-rates]] of the official government mandated Very Special Solution the episode promotes are never mentioned. If the problem involves children in some way (and it almost invariably ''will''), then it may also be promoted as something that "No Parent Should Miss". These often come about when [[OscarBait networks or writers are bucking for awards]], or may be caused by WriterOnBoard.
27th Jan '18 10:40:18 PM MisterCPC
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* There's a Very Special ''Issue'' of the ''ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}}'' comic book, wherein Tim Drake talks a kid down from jumping off the roof; it fits well in the story, as Robin himself had recently lost everyone he ever knew. It even came complete with a teen suicide hotline at the end of the issue.

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* There's a Very Special ''Issue'' of the ''ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}}'' comic book, wherein Tim Drake talks a kid down from jumping off the roof; it fits well in the story, as Robin himself had recently lost everyone he ever knew. It even came complete with a teen suicide hotline at the end of the issue. Another involves a classmate of Tim's being killed by another who brings a gun to school, which ended up having repercussions in future issues.
5th Jan '18 9:18:08 AM kyojikasshu
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** The "Streets of Poison" storyline in his main book had Cap taking on a drug ring after discovering that Avengers support staffer Fabian Stankiewicz had been taking a new type of illegal drug. Cap would be caught in a warehouse explosion that caused him to inadvertently inhale a substantial amount of said drug, which would interact badly with his Super-Soldier Serum, eventually forcing Cap to have to receive a complete transfusion of ordinary blood. Fabian had even called Cap out on the Serum, pointing out that he had basically benefited from a type of drug, and this caused Steve not to want to get his old blood back after it had been purged of the drug. Though that point would become moot, as the cells in his body basically regenerated the Serum into his bloodstream anyway.
5th Jan '18 8:57:01 AM kyojikasshu
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* UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} Speedy Roy Harper (later known as Arsenal and later still as Red Arrow) became a Very Special Character for much of his career, starting with a 1971 story in which he became a heroin addict. The original story was not especially {{Narm}}ful, but many of the later ones which mentioned his drug abuse were.

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* UsefulNotes/{{The 1971 was a watershed year for Very Special Episodes in comics, thanks to [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]] and [[Creator/DCComics DC]] publishing two such stories in short order. It also had a major impact on UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode.
** ComicBook/SpiderMan came first, and this story became known for being one of the better Very Special Episodes. Creator/StanLee was asked to write a very special episode about drugs by the government, and, instead of creating a LongLostUncleAesop to focus the story on, he chose to use an existing character, with bonus points for being a rich white male with known emotional issues. The Comics Code Authority then [[IdiotBall refused to approve the comic,]] so Lee sent ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #96-98 to press without the CCA stamp. Though the Authority would continue for four more decades, it would never be the same.
** The month after ASM #98 was published, DC published ''ComicBook/GreenLantern[=/=]ComicBook/GreenArrow'' #85 (pictured at the top of the page), which introduced a heroin addiction for [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks
Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} Age]] Speedy Roy Harper (later Harper. By this time, the CCA, having endured a backlash against them for refusing to approve the Spidey story, revised their standards to allow the Speedy story to be approved.
* Roy Harper, who would later be
known as Arsenal and later still as Red Arrow) Arrow, became a Very Special Character for much of his career, starting with a 1971 story in which he became a heroin addict. The career due to that storyline. And while the original story was not especially {{Narm}}ful, but many of the later ones which mentioned his drug abuse were.



* One of the most infamous of these stories was the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' 'Drug Awareness issue' mentioned in PietaPlagiarism.
* ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' has been a very popular character for very special episodes, selected {{narm}}filled issues shows our hero:

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* One of the most infamous of these stories was the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' 'Drug Awareness issue' mentioned in PietaPlagiarism.
PietaPlagiarism. And holding the victim was Speedy himself. Though this book is also infamous for its CaptainErsatz of Robin, the Protector, due to rights issues (the book was sponsored by a cookie company, but one that didn't have the licensing rights to Robin).
* ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' Coming back to ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'', he has been a very popular character for very special episodes, selected {{narm}}filled issues shows our hero:



** Teamed with ComicBook/{{Storm}} and ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} to combat Smokescreen. [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/at4w/13915-ep067 Guess what this one is about]]
** Spider-Man is also known for one of the better Very Special Episodes. Creator/StanLee was asked to write a very special episode about drugs by the government, and, instead of creating a LongLostUncleAesop to focus the story on, he chose to use an existing character, with bonus points for being a rich white male with known emotional issues. UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode then [[IdiotBall refused to approve the comic,]] which was the beginning of the end for the CCA.

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** Teamed with ComicBook/{{Storm}} and ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} to combat Smokescreen. [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/at4w/13915-ep067 Guess what this one is about]]
about]].
** Spider-Man is also known for one of the better Very Special Episodes. Creator/StanLee was asked Stopped a [[CanadaEh Canadian]] drug ring in a story by Todd [=McFarlane=]. Naturally, they just had to write a very special episode about be [[AuthorAppeal smuggling their drugs by the government, and, instead of creating a LongLostUncleAesop to focus the story on, he chose to use an existing character, with bonus points for being a rich white male with known emotional issues. UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode then [[IdiotBall refused to approve the comic,]] which was the beginning of the end for the CCA.in hockey pucks]].


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** And finally, coming back to the subject of the original ''Amazing Spider-Man'' storyline, Harry Osborn's drug history would actually lead him to follow in [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn his father]]'s footsteps and become [[LegacyCharacter the second]] ComicBook/GreenGoblin.
20th Dec '17 1:27:49 AM LegitimateIdiot
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* Expect at least one or two sidequests at ''least'' to take on various forms of this in the ''Franchise/{{Yakuza}}'' series. While a lot of these are universal, several others focus on issues that are fairly unique to Japanese society, such as the dangers of cults, confronting the need to lay off employees when business is hard (which is a ''huge'' cultural taboo in Japan) and helping a school girl confront one of her peers who has roped her into selling her used panties to strangers. Unlike most examples, these are usually thoughtfully approached and well-written, enough so that ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'' dedicated an episode giving praise to how ''VideoGame/Yakuza0'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzdylKgPjNI handled the topic of sexuality.]]

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* Expect at least one or two sidequests at ''least'' to take on various forms of this in the ''Franchise/{{Yakuza}}'' series. While a lot of these are universal, several others focus on issues that are fairly unique to Japanese society, such as the dangers of cults, confronting the need to lay off employees when business is hard (which is a ''huge'' cultural taboo in Japan) and helping a school girl confront one of her peers who has roped her into selling her used panties to strangers. Unlike most examples, these are usually thoughtfully approached and well-written, enough so that ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'' ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' dedicated an episode giving praise to how ''VideoGame/Yakuza0'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzdylKgPjNI handled the topic of sexuality.]]
17th Dec '17 6:37:21 PM nombretomado
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** His review of ''Film/{{Melancholia}}''. The movie deals with themes of severe depression, and when it starts as a fun MilestoneCelebration, it quickly grinds down and becomes less funny until FilmBrain calls him out for focusing on easily mocked but ultimately irrelevant aspects of the movie instead of facing the ElephantInTheRoom. At this point, Kyle stops the review to talk for a moment about real-life depression and his battles with such.

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** His review of ''Film/{{Melancholia}}''. The movie deals with themes of severe depression, and when it starts as a fun MilestoneCelebration, it quickly grinds down and becomes less funny until FilmBrain WebVideo/FilmBrain calls him out for focusing on easily mocked but ultimately irrelevant aspects of the movie instead of facing the ElephantInTheRoom. At this point, Kyle stops the review to talk for a moment about real-life depression and his battles with such.
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