History Main / WhileRomeBurns

2nd Jul '17 10:24:31 AM Monolaf317
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Compare with HoldingOutForAHero, RefusalOfTheCall, AchillesInHisTent, CosyCatastrophe, and SleptThroughTheApocalypse. If the survivor seems to be actively enjoying the destruction, see DancingInTheRuins. If it's more an example of heroically attempting to avoid letting nasty situations get you down, it's probably ScrewTheWarWerePartying. If someone tells them ThisIsNoTimeForKnitting, whatever they're doing is likely an attempt to save the day. Not to be confused with StiffUpperLip, where people aren't in denial of the problems around them. Opposite of sorts of WatchingTroyBurn. Contrast CryingWolf and MistakenForApocalypse. See WatchTheWorldDie, while this is about not caring the world is ending, that trope is watching it from a safe vantage point.

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Compare with HoldingOutForAHero, RefusalOfTheCall, AchillesInHisTent, CosyCatastrophe, and SleptThroughTheApocalypse. If the survivor seems to be actively enjoying the destruction, see DancingInTheRuins. If it's more an example of heroically attempting to avoid letting nasty situations get you down, it's probably ScrewTheWarWerePartying. If someone tells them ThisIsNoTimeForKnitting, whatever they're doing is likely an attempt to save the day. Not to be confused with StiffUpperLip, where people aren't in denial of the problems around them. Opposite of sorts of WatchingTroyBurn. Contrast CryingWolf and MistakenForApocalypse. See WatchTheWorldDie, while this is about not caring the world is ending, that trope is watching it from a safe vantage point.
point. Compare LastDayToLive.
1st Jul '17 2:15:16 PM WillKeaton
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* The eight member band aboard the Titanic continued playing music even when it became apparent that the ship was sinking.
1st Jul '17 2:13:22 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Gunshow'' has a comic featuring [[http://gunshowcomic.com/648 this dog]], who continues to drink his coffee while his house burns down around him. Also used as an ''Creator/AdultSwim'' [[https://youtu.be/0oBx7Jg4m-o bump]].

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* ''Gunshow'' has a comic featuring [[http://gunshowcomic.com/648 this dog]], dog,]] who continues to drink his coffee while his house burns down around him. Also used as an ''Creator/AdultSwim'' [[https://youtu.be/0oBx7Jg4m-o bump]].bump.]]
1st Jul '17 2:12:43 PM WillKeaton
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* During {{South Korea}}'s [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_MV_Sewol MV Sewol Disaster]], caused by a series of {{disaster dominoes}} (including ignoring regulators' warnings that the ship was top heavy and thus needed lots of ballast, [[HanlonsRazor making a haphazard sharp turn that in an area infamous for strong currents, other acts of crew incompetence]], and the aforementioned disobedience of the regulators leading to the ship capsizing when making said sharp turn), witnesses testified that the crew ([[KarmicDeath of which many didn't survive]]) [[ItsAllAboutMe were all "relaxing themselves"]] [[http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-ferry-crew-idUSKBN0GY08E20140903 drinking beer while waiting to be rescued]]. The surviving crew members then claimed that they were expecting that [[BystanderSyndrome it was the Coast Guard's job]] to rescue the passengers, and [[RealityEnsues this attitude led to]] the [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife deaths of 295 (not including 2 rescue divers) out of 476 passengers]], [[TearJerker including 250 students from the same school]] ([[AdultsAreUseless who the crew could have helped to safety]] [[EpicFail because the disaster happened at daytime]]).

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* During {{South Korea}}'s [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_MV_Sewol MV Sewol Disaster]], Disaster,]] caused by a series of {{disaster dominoes}} (including ignoring regulators' warnings that the ship was top heavy and thus needed lots of ballast, [[HanlonsRazor making a haphazard sharp turn that in an area infamous for strong currents, other acts of crew incompetence]], incompetence,]] and the aforementioned disobedience of the regulators leading to the ship capsizing when making said sharp turn), witnesses testified that the crew ([[KarmicDeath of which many didn't survive]]) [[ItsAllAboutMe were all "relaxing themselves"]] [[http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-ferry-crew-idUSKBN0GY08E20140903 drinking beer while waiting to be rescued]]. rescued.]] The surviving crew members then claimed that they were expecting that [[BystanderSyndrome it was the Coast Guard's job]] to rescue the passengers, and [[RealityEnsues this attitude led to]] the [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife deaths of 295 (not including 2 rescue divers) out of 476 passengers]], [[TearJerker including 250 students from the same school]] ([[AdultsAreUseless who the crew could have helped to safety]] [[EpicFail because the disaster happened at daytime]]).
22nd May '17 5:34:35 AM TheCuza
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** The Engineer is casually strumming his guitar and drinking beer while his turrets do his fighting for him.
** During Meet the Sandvich, the Heavy just stands atop a hill, watching the battle play out and happily munching his Sandvich.

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** The In "Meet the Engineer", the Engineer is casually strumming his guitar and drinking beer [[TheTurretMaster while his turrets do all his fighting for him.
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** During Meet In "Meet the Sandvich, Heavy", there is a scene of the Heavy on Dustbowl [[BoisterousBruiser loudly yelling and laughing as he fires his minigun at the enemy team]]. This same scene is also in "Meet the Sandvich", only this time the Heavy just stands atop a hill, watching the battle play out and happily there munching on his Sandvich.Sandvich while the fighting happens around him.



* ''Gunshow'' has a comic featuring [[http://gunshowcomic.com/648 this dog]], who continues to drink while his house burns down. Also used as an ''Creator/AdultSwim'' [[https://youtu.be/0oBx7Jg4m-o bump]].

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* ''Gunshow'' has a comic featuring [[http://gunshowcomic.com/648 this dog]], who continues to drink his coffee while his house burns down.down around him. Also used as an ''Creator/AdultSwim'' [[https://youtu.be/0oBx7Jg4m-o bump]].
20th May '17 3:49:12 PM Prometheus117
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* Referenced in ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'', wherein Nero appears, and promptly [[ShownTheirWork points out how false this was]], even saying "Fiddles weren't even ''invented'' yet!"

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* Referenced in ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'', wherein Nero [[spoiler:[[BigBad Emperor Nero]] himself]] appears, and promptly [[ShownTheirWork points out how false this was]], even saying "Fiddles weren't even ''invented'' yet!" [[spoiler:Apollo notes that while that might be true and he might not have started said fire, he certainly didn't hesitate to take advantage of it]].
16th May '17 9:51:10 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/NicholasAndAlexandra'': Prince Yusupov sees more clearly than most people in TsaristRussia that the good times (for nobles, anyway) are going to [[RedOctober end real soon]], but that's not going to stop him from partying.

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* ''Film/NicholasAndAlexandra'': Prince Yusupov sees more clearly than most people in TsaristRussia UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia that the good times (for nobles, anyway) are going to [[RedOctober end real soon]], but that's not going to stop him from partying.
15th May '17 9:33:37 PM Nicoaln
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* Referenced in ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'', wherein Nero appears, and promptly [[ShownTheirWork points out how false this was]], even saying "Fiddles weren't even ''invented'' yet!"
13th May '17 5:11:59 PM nombretomado
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* The opening cutscene of ''{{Starcraft}}: Brood War'' features a marine who is saved by another marine with a rocket launcher. The aforementioned marine is black, wears sunglasses, has football face-stripes on and is rocking back and forth to rock music. When the marine he saved asks where the air support is, he calmly points to the battlecruiser hovering overhead (which the other dude [[NoPeripheralVision somehow missed]]). At the end of the scene, the battlecruiser takes off, and the marine seals his suit with a reflective gold face-covering. The scene ends with a pull back from the two marines as [[BolivianArmyEnding an impossible number of Zerg units overruns them]].

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* The opening cutscene of ''{{Starcraft}}: Brood War'' ''VideoGame/StarcraftBroodWar'' features a marine who is saved by another marine with a rocket launcher. The aforementioned marine is black, wears sunglasses, has football face-stripes on and is rocking back and forth to rock music. When the marine he saved asks where the air support is, he calmly points to the battlecruiser hovering overhead (which the other dude [[NoPeripheralVision somehow missed]]). At the end of the scene, the battlecruiser takes off, and the marine seals his suit with a reflective gold face-covering. The scene ends with a pull back from the two marines as [[BolivianArmyEnding an impossible number of Zerg units overruns them]].
22nd Apr '17 8:34:45 PM nombretomado
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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v3: A particularly notable version occurs where [[OccidentalOtaku Carson Baye]] plays on his DS while a gunfight is starting around him.

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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v3: A particularly notable version occurs where [[OccidentalOtaku Carson Baye]] plays on his DS while a gunfight is starting around him.
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