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18th Oct '17 9:29:12 AM StFan
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* ''QuoVadis'': Pictured above is the scene from 1951 Hollywood FilmOfTheBook. And in the more recent 2001 Polish version, Nero is a Extra LargeHam.

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* ''QuoVadis'': ''Film/QuoVadis'': Pictured above is the scene a poster from 1951 Hollywood the 1913 Italian FilmOfTheBook. And in In the more recent 2001 Polish version, Nero is a Extra LargeHam.



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* ''BandOfBrothers'' had an interesting example that happened ''after'' the disaster. The opening of one of the episodes showed a quartet of German violinists playing somber music as their fellow villagers were working to clean up the rubble from their ruined town.

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* ''BandOfBrothers'' ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' had an interesting example that happened ''after'' the disaster. The opening of one of the episodes showed a quartet of German violinists playing somber music as their fellow villagers were working to clean up the rubble from their ruined town.



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* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', there's a mass evacuation of LEGO City just before the FinalBattle, which absolutely reduces the city to ruins and ashes as the Dino Attack Team and their allies battle the largest army of Mutant Dinos they've ever faced... while Walter, Dude, and Donnie decide to go bowling in one of the city's abandoned bowling alleys.
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* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', there's a mass evacuation of LEGO City just before the FinalBattle, which absolutely reduces the city to ruins and ashes as the Dino Attack Team and their allies battle the largest army of Mutant Dinos they've ever faced... while Walter, Dude, and Donnie decide to go bowling in one of the city's abandoned bowling alleys.
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* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', there's a mass evacuation of LEGO City just before the FinalBattle, which absolutely reduces the city to ruins and ashes as the Dino Attack Team and their allies battle the largest army of Mutant Dinos they've ever faced... while Walter, Dude, and Donnie decide to go bowling in one of the city's abandoned bowling alleys.



* The song "Distraction" from TGWTG film ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' is all about this. In-universe, it was written by [[Franchise/{{Superman}} the Kryptonians]] after learning that their planet was coming apart, basically using this song to enjoy their lives a little longer, ignoring the imminent disaster until it actually comes. Granted, this doesn't play any part in the film other than as a nod to how one of Doug Walker's characters that plays a part in it is a parody of General Zod, and the lyrics serve as a perfect lampshade to how the characters who were singing it were doing so [[WeNeedADistraction as part of a distraction]].

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* The song "Distraction" from TGWTG film ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' is all about this. In-universe, it was written by [[Franchise/{{Superman}} the Kryptonians]] after learning that their planet was coming apart, basically using this song to enjoy their lives a little longer, ignoring the imminent disaster until it actually comes. Granted, this doesn't play any part in the film other than as a nod to how one of Doug Walker's characters that plays a part in it is a parody of General Zod, and the lyrics serve as a perfect lampshade to how the characters who were are singing it were are doing so [[WeNeedADistraction as part of a distraction]].
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11th Oct '17 4:03:34 PM Capsarc
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* In perhaps the most iconic moment in British naval history, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis Drake Sir Francis Drake]] [[DissonantSerenity was playing a round of bowls at Plymouth when he learned of the Spanish Armada approaching England in 1588.]] After finishing the game, he set off with the Royal Navy to counter the Spanish forces, utterly trashing the enemy in the process.

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* In perhaps the most iconic moment in British naval history, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis Drake org/wiki/Francis_Drake Sir Francis Drake]] [[DissonantSerenity was playing a round of bowls at Plymouth when he learned of the Spanish Armada approaching England in 1588.]] After finishing the game, he set off with the Royal Navy to counter the Spanish forces, utterly trashing the enemy in the process.
8th Oct '17 1:47:03 PM Willbyr
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3rd Oct '17 6:29:20 PM Willbyr
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** In Rebuild 2.22, at the end, while [[spoiler:Shinji is causing Near-Third Impact]], Kaji and Mari just take it easy while everyone else is scared out of their minds. Later, at the end of Rebuild 3.33, [[spoiler:Mari is sitting around in Unit-08's entry plug, drinking tea while Unit-13 is causing the ''Fourth Impact''!]]

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** In ''[[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Rebuild 2.22, 22]]'', at the end, while [[spoiler:Shinji is causing Near-Third Impact]], Kaji and Mari just take it easy while everyone else is scared out of their minds. Later, at the end of Rebuild ''Rebuild 3.33, 33'', [[spoiler:Mari is sitting around in Unit-08's entry plug, drinking tea while Unit-13 is causing the ''Fourth Impact''!]]
29th Aug '17 9:32:03 PM eroock
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Compare with HoldingOutForAHero, RefusalOfTheCall, AchillesInHisTent, CosyCatastrophe, and SleptThroughTheApocalypse. If the survivor seems to be actively enjoying the destruction, see DancinInTheRuins. 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. Compare LastDayToLive.

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Compare with HoldingOutForAHero, RefusalOfTheCall, AchillesInHisTent, CosyCatastrophe, and SleptThroughTheApocalypse.SleptThroughTheApocalypse, StrollingThroughTheChaos. If the survivor seems to be actively enjoying the destruction, see DancinInTheRuins. 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. Compare LastDayToLive.
22nd Aug '17 5:36:03 AM Gosicrystal
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* The feast of Belshazzar in the Bible.

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* %%* The feast of Belshazzar in the Bible.



* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', President Shinra looks calmly out of his window at the destruction of a whole sector of the city, a Haydn piece playing in the background.
** When Weapon fires on Midgar, Rufus just stands and watches the energy beams heading right for the Shinra building before they blow out the entire floor he's on in a massive firestorm.
*** He does duck at the last second. Somehow, that seems to have helped him, since...
*** [[DeathIsCheap He got better.]]
* The opening cutscene of ''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]].
** The black Marine jamming out during a battle is possibly a ShoutOut to ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
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President Shinra looks calmly out of his window at the destruction of a whole sector of the city, a Haydn piece playing in the background.
** When Weapon fires on Midgar, Rufus just stands and watches the energy beams heading right for the Shinra building before they blow out the entire floor he's on in a massive firestorm.
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firestorm. He does duck at the last second. Somehow, that seems to have helped him, since...
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since [[DeathIsCheap He he got better.]]
* The opening cutscene of ''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]].
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them]]. The black Marine jamming out during a battle is possibly a ShoutOut to ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.



* The VideoGame/TeamFortress2 "Meet the Team" videos have a few.

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* The VideoGame/TeamFortress2 ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' "Meet the Team" videos have a few.



* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', [[ThatOneSidequest after finally reuniting Anju and Kafei and obtaining the Couple's Mask]], they remain in their room while encouraging Link to seek refuge, apparently aware and accepting of the fact that the moon is about to crash into the town.
-->"''We shall greet the morning... together.''"
** On the eve of the final day, the good ending for the Romani/Creamia sidequests has the two sisters tending to their cow. Romani seems oblivious to the danger of the moon, but Creamia ignores mentioning it in front of her sister and handles their impending doom with calm acceptance.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', [[ThatOneSidequest after ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'':
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finally reuniting Anju and Kafei and obtaining the Couple's Mask]], Mask, they remain in their room while encouraging Link to seek refuge, apparently aware and accepting of the fact that the moon is about to crash into the town.
-->"''We --->"''We shall greet the morning... together.''"
** On the eve of the final day, the good ending for the Romani/Creamia Romani/Cremia sidequests has the two sisters tending to their cow. Romani seems oblivious to the danger of the moon, but Creamia ignores mentioning it in front of her sister and handles their impending doom with calm acceptance.



** And then there is the ''Citadel'' DLC, which is about Shepard's crew being ordered to take some time off for R&R while the ''Normandy'' is undergoing needed maintenance and repairs. You can go to a casino, hit an arcade, compete in an ''American Gladiators''-esque game show, and throw one last glorious party with your crew. You actually get two sets of War Assets for it, one since the ''Normandy'' is now functioning better than ever (it ''was'' just repaired) and two the party solidified you all as TrueCompanions.
** The TropeNamer is humorously referenced in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', where Shepard can say, "I'd give [the Citadel Council] fiddles but I doubt they read history."

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** And then there is the The ''Citadel'' DLC, which DLC is about Shepard's crew being ordered to take some time off for R&R while the ''Normandy'' is undergoing needed maintenance and repairs. You can go to a casino, hit an arcade, compete in an ''American Gladiators''-esque game show, and throw one last glorious party with your crew. You actually get two sets of War Assets for it, one since the ''Normandy'' is now functioning better than ever (it ''was'' just repaired) and two the party solidified you all as TrueCompanions.
** * The TropeNamer is humorously referenced in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', where Shepard can say, "I'd give [the Citadel Council] fiddles but I doubt they read history."
20th Aug '17 1:37:23 AM GojiBiscuits
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* In perhaps the most iconic moment in British naval history, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis Drake Sir Francis Drake]] [[DissonantSerenity was playing a round of bowls at Plymouth when he learned of the Spanish Armada approaching England in 1588.]] After finishing the game, he set off with the Royal Navy to counter the Spanish forces, utterly trashing the enemy in the process.
17th Aug '17 9:19:09 PM eroock
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They're still reading a book, listening to music, [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife browsing this site]], whatever. Maybe [[ApatheticCitizens they just don't care]], or they approve of what's going on. On the other hand, maybe they figure that if they're going to die, they might as well [[FaceDeathWithDignity go out with quiet dignity]] rather than in a panic or with RageAgainstTheHeavens. If combined with DissonantSerenity it might have heroic or [[TheStoic stoic]] overtones.

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They're still reading a book, listening to music, [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife browsing this site]], whatever. Maybe [[ApatheticCitizens they just don't care]], or they [[DancinInTheRuins approve of what's going on.on]]. On the other hand, maybe they figure that if they're going to die, they might as well [[FaceDeathWithDignity go out with quiet dignity]] rather than in a panic or with RageAgainstTheHeavens. If combined with DissonantSerenity it might have heroic or [[TheStoic stoic]] overtones.



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. Compare LastDayToLive.

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Compare with HoldingOutForAHero, RefusalOfTheCall, AchillesInHisTent, CosyCatastrophe, and SleptThroughTheApocalypse. If the survivor seems to be actively enjoying the destruction, see DancingInTheRuins.DancinInTheRuins. 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. Compare LastDayToLive.
13th Aug '17 11:20:56 AM Morgenthaler
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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,]] 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.]]]] This has become rather infamous as a [[MemeticMutation meme]] for head-in-the-sand behavior.
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