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1st Dec '16 5:12:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''The Day the Earth Caught Fire'' (1961). Water rationing is imposed as the Earth hurls toward the Sun. At one point, the protagonist has to fight his way through a street full of teenagers high on drugs having a water fight. He eventually makes his way to the apartment of his LoveInterest, and they spend a more quiet time together.

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* ''The Day the Earth Caught Fire'' ''Film/TheDayTheEarthCaughtFire'' (1961). Water rationing is imposed as the Earth hurls toward the Sun. At one point, the protagonist has to fight his way through a street full of teenagers high on drugs having a water fight. He eventually makes his way to the apartment of his LoveInterest, and they spend a more quiet time together.
1st Dec '16 5:11:26 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The funniest part]] is when one of them is about to fall on top of him while he's on the phone. He excuses himself, walks out of the spot and continues talking as the guy plummets just behind him.

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** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The funniest part]] part is when one of them is about to fall on top of him while he's on the phone. He excuses himself, walks out of the spot and continues talking as the guy plummets just behind him.



* English soldier [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill Jack Churchill]] started playing his pipe while waiting for the Germans to capture him. Since he is also the guy who [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fought with bow, arrow]] and a claymore (the sword, not the anti-personnel mine) in ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII'', we shouldn't be surprised.

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* English soldier [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill Jack Churchill]] started playing his pipe while waiting for the Germans to capture him. Since he is also the guy who [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fought with bow, arrow]] arrow and a claymore (the sword, not the anti-personnel mine) in ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII'', we shouldn't be surprised.
1st Dec '16 5:11:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* English soldier [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill Jack Churchill]] started playing his pipe while waiting for the Germans to capture him. Since he is also the guy who [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fought with bow, arrow]] [[{{Badass}} and a claymore]] (the sword, not the anti-personnel mine) in ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII'', we shouldn't be surprised.

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* English soldier [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill Jack Churchill]] started playing his pipe while waiting for the Germans to capture him. Since he is also the guy who [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fought with bow, arrow]] [[{{Badass}} and a claymore]] claymore (the sword, not the anti-personnel mine) in ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII'', we shouldn't be surprised.
10th Oct '16 2:40:02 PM Gregzilla
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* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 3'' has an example in [[spoiler:Azura]]. For explanation, [[spoiler:all of the government officials and "important" scientists went to an island that has very lavish buildings the likes of which aren't seen anywhere else on [[DeathWorld Sera]]. The soldiers, on the other hand, are forced to fight in a {{Hopeless|War}} ForeverWar against the Locust]]. When [[TheSquad Delta Squad]] finds out, they're suitably disgusted.
2nd Oct '16 1:13:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[EdgarAllanPoe The Masque of the Red Death]]''. They shut themselves in a tower to avoid a plague and hold a party. The whole point of the story is to give them a massively karmic death, a ''red'' death. The source tale, ''Literature/TheDecameron'', did not kill off the characters. It's just an excuse for a frame tale that shuts people in a room so they'll tell stories to pass the time.

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* ''[[EdgarAllanPoe ''[[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe The Masque of the Red Death]]''. They shut themselves in a tower to avoid a plague and hold a party. The whole point of the story is to give them a massively karmic death, a ''red'' death. The source tale, ''Literature/TheDecameron'', did not kill off the characters. It's just an excuse for a frame tale that shuts people in a room so they'll tell stories to pass the time.
30th Sep '16 3:12:16 AM MadSpy
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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars''. As the Confederacy attacks Coruscant, Chancellor Palpatine remains in his office, sipping tea and ignoring the Jedi's encouragement to take shelter. And when the Jedi-killer General Grievous smashes through the window, Palpatine reacts by ''scolding'' Grievous. But this is all for show: unknown to anyone present, Palpatine is also Darth Sideous, the shadowy leader of the Confederacy. He makes no effort to protect himself because had arranged his own kidnapping.

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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars''. As the Confederacy attacks Coruscant, Chancellor Palpatine remains in his office, sipping tea and ignoring the Jedi's encouragement to take shelter. And when the Jedi-killer General Grievous smashes through the window, Palpatine reacts by ''scolding'' Grievous. But this is all for show: unknown to anyone present, Palpatine is also Darth Sideous, Sidious, the shadowy leader of the Confederacy. He makes no effort to protect himself because had arranged his own kidnapping.
20th Aug '16 2:50:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''There Is No Depression In New Zealand'' by Blam Blam Blam. The song, released in 1981, is told from the viewpoint of then-Prime Minister of NewZealand Robert Muldoon, who insisted everything was hunky-dory and that those who said otherwise were nothing more than rabble-rousers. Later the same year, that sense of security was loudly interrupted by the Springbok Tour which [[BrokenBase bitterly polarised the public]].

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* ''There Is No Depression In New Zealand'' by Blam Blam Blam. The song, released in 1981, is told from the viewpoint of then-Prime Minister of NewZealand UsefulNotes/NewZealand Robert Muldoon, who insisted everything was hunky-dory and that those who said otherwise were nothing more than rabble-rousers. Later the same year, that sense of security was loudly interrupted by the Springbok Tour which [[BrokenBase bitterly polarised the public]].
14th Aug '16 3:08:41 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the Sadie's Story extras in ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', an overweight butcher stays in his store, happily trying to sell or outright give away his meat to refugees fleeing New Mombasa, though he's doing this so that people can have food while getting out of the city, and you can hear a woman thanking him profusely for giving her a number of kabobs. He also admits that he is extremely fat and would take up space on a bus or train that would be better spent on thinner people.
** ''VideoGame/HaloReach''[='s=] New Alexandria level has, as an EasterEgg activated by a switch on another building, a dance club where a DJ is spinning "Never Surrender" from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' (and "Siege of Madrigal" if you hit another switch on the roof) while the city burns. The grunts even dance to the music.

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In the Sadie's Story extras in ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', an overweight butcher stays in his store, happily trying to sell or outright give away his meat to refugees fleeing New Mombasa, though he's doing this so that people can have food while getting out of the city, and you can hear a woman thanking him profusely for giving her a number of kabobs. He also admits that he is extremely fat and would take up space on a bus or train that would be better spent on thinner people.
** ''VideoGame/HaloReach''[='s=] New Alexandria "New Alexandria" level has, as an EasterEgg activated by a switch on another building, a dance club where a DJ is spinning "Never Surrender" from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' (and "Siege of Madrigal" if you hit another switch on the roof) while the city burns. The grunts Grunts even dance to the music.
7th Aug '16 6:14:09 PM nombretomado
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* A rather chilling scene in the [[TheDCU DC Comics]] miniseries ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'': In Superman's absence (due to power failure), ComicBook/LexLuthor has [[VillainWithGoodPublicity started a program to give ordinary people superpowers]], and soon Metropolis is swarming with self-styled superheroes. But Luthor becomes obsessed with a new hero, Supernova, and to call him out, on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, during a huge rally for the new "heroes," he switches their powers off. Luthor spends the next few moments waiting for Supernova's arrival chatting casually on a cell phone as hundreds of helpless people fall out of the sky and onto the pavement.

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* A rather chilling scene in the [[TheDCU DC Comics]] Franchise/TheDCU miniseries ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'': In Superman's absence (due to power failure), ComicBook/LexLuthor has [[VillainWithGoodPublicity started a program to give ordinary people superpowers]], and soon Metropolis is swarming with self-styled superheroes. But Luthor becomes obsessed with a new hero, Supernova, and to call him out, on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, during a huge rally for the new "heroes," he switches their powers off. Luthor spends the next few moments waiting for Supernova's arrival chatting casually on a cell phone as hundreds of helpless people fall out of the sky and onto the pavement.
30th Jun '16 11:18:13 PM M84
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* The villainy of a couple characters in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is highlighted by acting this way while witnessing the atrocities they perpetrate:
** Walder Frey gleefully slurps down his wine during [[spoiler:the Red Wedding where he has the King in the North and his bannermen slaughtered in a horrific violation of [[SacredHospitality Guest Right]].]]
** Cersei Lannister smiles and triumphantly sips a glass of wine as she watches [[spoiler:the wildfire cache burn down the Great Sept of Baelor, along with all of her rivals in it, in the distance.]] She's clearly enjoying the awful spectacle.
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