Created By: SpiderRider3 on September 28, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on June 14, 2014
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Pie Charts Are Boring

A pie chart is a staple in boring presentations, usually business related

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Business presentations are boring. To show how boring they are, many of these presentations will contain pie charts. A common parody is the chart being displayed in shades of gray (instead of colors), and the presenter assigning names to the different shades to explain what they indicate.

Pie charts are a Discredited Trope in real presentations, due to their inability to display exact information. While they can show proportions, this isn't as useful as the numbers that bar and line graphs can show.


Examples

Advertising
  • A commercial for Staples' printing services has a presenter using a gray pie chart because they couldn't find/afford a color printing service.
  • PC uses a gray pie chart in a Get A Mac ad to represent time spent doing different activities on a vacation.

Live-Action TV
  • Malcolm in the Middle. Hal gives a presentation about his job to Dewey's class on career day, and he starts with the pie charts.

Video Games
  • In the fourth entry in Tropico series, the capitalist representative will frequently mention charts he wants you to look over. When your economy is shrinking, he specifically mentions the pie-chart.
    Antonio Lopez: Take a look at these charts Presidente. The pie-shaped one is my favorite.

Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • September 29, 2012
    spacemarine50
    Very easy to mix this up with:
    • Color chart, but only got B&W printer
    • As above, but got color printer; then makes copies using a B&W copier
    • Work is in B&W
  • May 2, 2013
    SpiderRider3
    spacemarine50: The reason the chart is gray doesn't matter. The gag is that the chart is gray and the presented describes the chart in shades of gray.
  • June 12, 2014
    SpiderRider3
    I changed this from gray pie charts to pie charts in general to make it more tropable.
  • June 12, 2014
    DAN004
  • June 13, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    Say what? "pie charts are used" is a trope now?
  • June 13, 2014
    bitemytail
    In the fourth entry in Tropico series, the capitalist representative will frequently mention charts he wants you to look over. When your economy is shrinking, he specifically mentions the pie-chart.
    Antonio Lopez: Take a look at these charts Presidente. The pie-shaped one is my favorite.
  • June 13, 2014
    needsanewhobby
    "Pie charts are used" on its own is not a trope. "Pie charts are used as shorthand for dull meeting" - that IS a trope.
  • June 13, 2014
    bitemytail
    I fixed the tag in Tropico in my previous post. Please update, OP.
  • June 14, 2014
    Arivne
    • Capitalized the title.
    • Added blank line(s) for readability.
    • Examples section formatting
      • Blue Linked media section title(s).
      • Added a space between *'s and the first word following them.
    • Namespaced work name(s).

    Boring Pie Chart?
  • June 14, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    "Pie charts are boring" is indeed more tropable that just "pie charts occur in a work", but at the moment, none of the examples give any indication on how the pie chart is used as a shorthand for boring.
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