Created By: ZanreoFebruary 26, 2013 Last Edited By: ZanreoJuly 13, 2013

That Was One Time

A character points out an embarrasing thing another one did once, and the other character instantly defends themselves.

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Trope
Do We Have This One? (posted it on Lost and Found, no one knew), possibly Needs A Better Name (sounds like it's about the Stock Phrase when it's not), Needs More Examples (I can't think of any at the moment but I know I've seen this from time to time) Also Needs A Better Description. A way better one.

Sometimes a character will mention an embarrasing thing another character did. This can be one time they really messed up, acted like a jerk, or just something they don't want others to know. The other character will instantly blush or go into a small shock, replying "That was once!" in their own defense, to reassure the others that no, they aren't usually like this.

Contrast Remember When You Blew Up A Sun, which acknowledges a positive moment. For when the others believe this is or acts how the character is all the time, see Never Live It Down.

Film
  • A Noodle Incident from Real Genius:
    Knight: What about that time I found you naked with that bowl of Jell-O?
    Kent: You did not.
    Knight: This is true.
    Kent: Look, it was hot and I was hungry, okay?

Theatre
  • Jara Cimrman's theatre's plays have two parts: a lecture about a Czech genius Jaroslav Cimrman, a brilliant scientist and artist, and then follows one of Cimrman's plays, performed with Bad Bad Acting. During one lecture, the Cimrmanologists boast that they gained a chair that used to belong to Cimrman himself and that they take turns at who gets to sit on it. Mr Weigel enthusiastically tells the audience that Mr Sverak call the chair Jarushka, a pet name for Jaroslava. Mr Sverak stands, uptight, and with a stony face says, very strictly: "Once!"

Stand-Up Comedy

Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • February 26, 2013
    KTera
    Sounds like an in-universe version of Never Live It Down.
  • February 26, 2013
    lexicon
    Sounds like Never Live It Down.
  • February 26, 2013
    Zanreo
    I thought so at first too, but from what I got from the trope page, Never Live It Down is about when someone thinks that's all the character does. This doesn't have to be "what they're known for" or "what everyone believes about them", but rather a thing the character did that they're embarrassed/not happy about, and doesn't like to get mentioned. Pretty much Remember When You Blew Up A Sun with a negative moment instead of a positive one. Maybe it needs a different name/description, I can see how it seems like this currently.
  • February 26, 2013
    XFllo
    I might have an example that is not Never Live It Down and it this. However, it needs a lot of context because it's from a Czech play, and it's rather memetic around here, but to explain it to foreigners, oh well...

    For names, I don't know. Perhaps something like

    Theatre
    • Jara Cimrman's theatre's plays have two parts: a lecture about a Czech genius Jaroslav Cimrman, a brilliant scientist, inventor and artist, and then the lecture is followed by Cimrman's play, performed with Bad Bad Acting. During one lecture, the Cimrmanologists boast that they gained a chair that used to belong to Cimrman himself and that they take turns at who gets to sit on it. Mr Weigel enthusiastically tells the audience that Mr Sverak calls the chair Jarushka, a pet name for Jaroslava. Mr Sverak stands up and says, deadpan, very strictly: "Once!"

    Do you have other examples though? If there are no examples, it's most definitely not a trope.
  • February 26, 2013
    Zanreo
    ^ Yeah, I'd say that counts!

    I sadly don't have any other examples, but if someone knows, please add them! I imagine if we have one for positive moments, there surely have to be a bunch of them for negative moments too?

  • February 27, 2013
    randomsurfer
    A joke, former Trope Namer of what is now Bestiality Is Depraved:
    A young man is walking through a small village one day and decides to stop by a bar and have a beer. He walks into a bar, and sees a grizzled old man, crying into his beer. Curious, the young man sits down and says, "Hey old timer, why the long face?"
    The old man looks at him and points out the window, "See that dock out there? I built that dock with my own two hands, plank by plank, nail by nail, but do they call me McGregor the dockbuilder? No, no."
    The old man continued, "And see that ship out there? I've been fishing these waters for my village for 35 years! But do they call me McGregor the fisherman? No, no."
    The old man continued, "And see all the crops in the farms out there? I planted and have been farming those crops for my village for nearly 45 years! But do they call me McGregor the farmer? No, no."
    The old man starts to cry again, "But you screw one goat..."
  • February 27, 2013
    StarSword
    Stand-Up Comedy:
  • February 27, 2013
    Duncan
    A Noodle Incident from Real Genius:
    Knight: What about that time I found you naked with that bowl of Jell-O?
    Kent: You did not.
    Knight: This is true.
    Kent: Look, it was hot and I was hungry, okay?
  • February 27, 2013
    elwoz
    ^ In general, the embarrassing thing being referenced in this trope is often a Noodle Incident.
  • February 27, 2013
    MarkKB
    I was actually looking for something like this a while back but couldn't find it. Now I can't remember the example I was going to add. :(

    Never Live It Down, I think, has too ambiguous a title in the first place - from the title it sounds like... well, this trope, rather than an audience reaction. Also, I just looked through the examples list and there seems to be quite a lot of examples on that page (or rather, the subpages) that qualify for this trope. If OP is doing Rolling Updates, they might want to dig through the examples there.

  • May 2, 2013
    Noah1
  • May 2, 2013
    Koveras
    I don't think this is really splittable from Noodle Incident and Never Live It Down...
  • May 2, 2013
    TooBah
    In an example that crosses over with But Not Too Bi, from Four Weddings And A Funeral:
    Fiona: "Well, I was a lesbian once at school, but only for fifteen minutes."
  • May 2, 2013
    Larkmarn
    A: Dialog as title.

    B: This is just in-universe Never Live It Down.

    Motion To Discard.
  • July 9, 2013
    MarkKB
    ^ For B: what's wrong with that? Since Never Live It Down is explicitly an Audience Reaction (and rather misused at that) I don't see anything wrong with an in-universe equivalent.

    The title would need changing, though.
  • July 10, 2013
    DAN004
  • July 10, 2013
    eowynjedi
    Maybe Stop Bringing That Up? This isn't always about a Noodle Incident; it sounds like a kind of inverse to Remember When You Blew Up A Sun but for things that aren't awesome.

    Maybe Harping On That Incident. Something with the word "harping."

    • In Discworld, aristocrats and others will often remind Sam Vimes of his regicide ancestor, Old Stoneface. He invariably replies that "it was just one king, it wasn't as if it was a habit!"
  • July 10, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Whether you consider this tropable or not, the current title violates the No New Stock Phrases rule. Same with the proposed Stop Bringing That Up.
  • July 13, 2013
    dvorak
  • July 13, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Wow... Who killed Never Live It Down? It didn't used to be an Audience Reaction.

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