Created By: Roland on August 15, 2007
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It's that moment in the story where all the comedic personalities or secondary characters- the eccentric teachers, the paternal family friends, even the protagonist's own parents- abruptly all draw their weapons, challenge the enemy, and show the hero (and the reader) exactly why they should respect their elders. A great example of this is the latter portions of the last two or so Harry Potter books.
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  • August 17, 2007
    Tangent128
    5th-ed.
  • August 16, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    I second Let's Get Dangerous.
  • August 16, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    See also: Mama Bear.
  • August 16, 2007
    Masel
    How about when Buffy's mom smacks Spike in School Hard (season 2, episode 3) SPIKE: Now, that hurt! But not as much as this will. (Joyce bashes him an ax) JOYCE: You get the hell away from my daughter! SPIKE: Women! (runs out) JOYCE: Nobody lays a hand on my little girl.

  • August 17, 2007
    Ununnilium
  • August 16, 2007
    Scooter007
    I'd need more examples to be sure, but it sounds like a bunch of "goofy" characters suddenly dropping the "Idiot Ball" and turning deadly serious. Or, alternatively, perhaps related to another YKTTW herein discussing "Took A Level In Badass", only applied abruptly: Why didn't we know these goofs could be serious? because You Didnt Ask.
  • August 16, 2007
    BlackDragon
    Alternately, some of them may be Crouching Moron Hidden Badass ...es.
  • August 16, 2007
    cassius335
    God, I hope Lets Get Dangerous hasn't been used yet...
  • August 17, 2007
    Solandra
    Lets Get Dangerous fourthed. (It's got the apostrophe problem, but who cares?)
  • August 16, 2007
    Roland
    Like I said, one of the better examples is basically all throughout the latter part of Harry Potter- the professors and teachers who have seemed eccentric and harmless all along suddenly bust out a serious load of kickass.I wouldn't say it's intended as comedic per se, though- in fact usually this occurs when the comedy has to stop and the serious has to begin.
  • August 16, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    Gondor Calls For Aid is related, but I think this is different enough. Usually it's played for laughs as the big monster gets humiliated by a mere civilian, to show the the monster has Feet Of Clay. It's the opposite of the boars in Dying Like Animals, and the opposite of the poor chump declaring Go Through Me (and getting crushed). --Tzintzuntzan
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