Created By: polymphus on November 5, 2008
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Precision F Strike

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The opposite of the Cluster F Bomb, and related to the Law of Conservation. Essentially, when swearing has been used in a manner that adds weight to the sentence. Usually this is because swearing has been limited (from the particular character, or in the text at all) up until that point.

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  • November 5, 2008
    Valentine
    Simon in Firefly. Kaylee has been talking to him about how he never swears, to which he replies that he swears when it's appropriate. Arriving in a dirt-poor town they find a statue to Jayne, their ship's resident Jerkass. "Son of a bitch..."
  • November 5, 2008
    Ridicumouse
    Douglas Maxwell's Mothership has a character who has been forced to give up swearing in order to save his job. He almost manages it...
  • November 5, 2008
    LordTNK
    Butters from South Park rarely swears, so it has an effect the few times he does.

    EDIT: And great title. Really fits the contrast with the metaphor.
  • November 5, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Semi-example: Laughter on the 23rd Floor has a foreign character who mispronounces "fuck" all the time and is made fun of for it. He later learns to pronounce it correctly, just to tell off this one asshole.
  • November 5, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    It's one of the listed variants of Sophisticated As Hell: "A normally formal character resorting to profanity due to intense circumstances."
  • November 5, 2008
    Meems
    @UT: I think it's splittable.
  • November 5, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Title is Made Of Win.

    • In The Sum of All Fears, to get a PG-13 rating they could only have one F word. So they give it to the previously calm and unflappable James Cromwell, ie. The President.

    • In ''Live Free or DieHard'', John Mc Clane has kept a clean mouth for the whole movie, but you just know it's coming... and... Yippie Ky Yay Mutherfu----. Oh, what? Yeah, they censored even his catchphrase with a gunshot. Fuckin FOX.

    A subtrope of this could be that, to avoid an R rating, many films strategically hoard their swears for the "right" moments.
  • November 5, 2008
    Pata Hikari
    In Bob And George, the comic Roll uses the F Word fits this. Of course, it eventually became a Running Gag to have it used once a year.
  • November 5, 2008
    MetaFour
    May overlap with Avoid The Dreaded G Rating.
  • November 5, 2008
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    Older Than They Think, since this was done in Gone With The Wind.
  • November 5, 2008
    patsy
    In Good Omens, the Angel Aziraphale has time to swear for the first and seconds times ever before his apparent death.
  • November 5, 2008
    BobbyG
    Early lonelygirl15 is like this. Bree swears precisely once in the entire series, in "I Probably Shouldn't Post This...", when she is defending the Hymn of One in a heated argument with Daniel: "It's my beliefs! There's a million fucking different religions in the world!"

    However, from series 2 onwards, the swearing is much more common, and used much more casually.
  • November 5, 2008
    Seven-of-diamonds
    Ahem. NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH.
  • November 5, 2008
    ShayGuy
  • November 5, 2008
    Octal
    Just chiming in with love for the title.
  • November 5, 2008
    Earnest
    This is so going to get a Troper Tales page less than fifteen seconds after launching.

    I've never much cared for cuss words when English has so many perfectly good words for describing things. So much so that people assume I don't even know any. But I will use them if the situation calls for it. It doesn't help that I hang out with people who have... interesting vocabularies. So when the situation merits and I let loose, heads turn and mouth's open. I'm still working on making someone shatter glass in shock; though.
  • November 5, 2008
    Professor Thascales
    There was a mystery novel, the first one starring Gabriel Locke (?). Mostly forgettable, but one character, under stress, says, "Fuck you!" Since it's the only time that word appears in the book, that line became much stronger, more noticeable, than it usually is.
  • November 5, 2008
    CodeMan38
    Extremely common in PG-13 movies, for obvious reasons...though the actual effectiveness varies wildly.
  • November 5, 2008
    KJMackley
    There are so many movies that only have one F-Word either to Avoid The Dreaded G Rating or because they want to slip under the "R" Rating while still appealing to that crowd, like the Live Free Or Die Hard example. One of the only written rules for the whole U.S. rating system is that PG-13 can pass by with one non-sexual F-Word.
  • November 6, 2008
    BlackDragon
    It's been a while since I watched Full Metal Panic, but I remember that in the great finale, after defeating the Big Bad / Magnificent Bastard, who've been ranting about how "You and I, we're the same..." (We've got a trope for that, right?) during the entire match, the otherwise extremely straightlaced main character (I'm terible with names...) sends a few choice swearwords after the villain. And, not incidentally, across the Cool Ship's entire comm-system, causing everybody on the ship to miss a beat in surprise. I think he said something along the lines of "I'm not like you, you SON OF A BITCH!!!"
  • November 6, 2008
    LordTNK
    ""You and I, we're the same..." (We've got a trope for that, right?)"

    Not So Different.
  • November 6, 2008
    Kilyle
    I love this!

    I don't like watching things that swear a lot (although I enjoy both South Park and Zero Punctuation... though I think the latter would be better with less swearing, personally). I returned Pulp Fiction to the rental place after the first scene due to the Cluster F Bomb. I hang out with people who "would make a sailor blush" but don't swear myself (though I've deliberately excepted "sure as Hell"... haven't had much chance to use it).

    On the other hand, I appreciate a well-chosen word, and a good swear word in lyrics or poetry can arrest attention like the ending of Richard Cory. Same within a novel or series. You have to conserve or all you get is meaningless offense.
  • November 6, 2008
    Wristmilk
    • One set of examples is when it is unexpectedly heard from children.

    • or, from a character who doesn't swear in general as a rule.
  • November 6, 2008
    Sen
    The Alien franchise:

    • Alien - Forgot the exact quote, but Ripley says something like "...and then we'll blast the fucker into space!". Attention, viewers: shit just got real.
    • Aliens - "You don't see them fucking each other over for a percentage". Imagine the line without the precision. Yeah, less power.
  • November 6, 2008
    Vanderer
    Red vs Blue is nowhere near light on profanity, but it uses F missiles with laser guidance, often with hilarious results:

    "Sarge [...] I appear to be stuck in some nexus of teleporters, that can take me anywhere in the universe.. or it's a janitor's closet, hell, I don't fucking know."

    Characters don't use profanity just for the sake of it, but specifically to enhance their lines.
  • November 6, 2008
    Eran of Arcadia
    Handratty's knock knock joke in Catch Me if You Can. I won't post it because I am obsessive about not swearing, but anyone who has seen it should know the one.
  • November 6, 2008
    Wristmilk
    I literally fell off my couch gasping for air after that knock knock joke, and gratuitous profanity usually dosen't phase me... so I feel it is a perfect example of this, plus Tom Hanks' delivery was ideal.
  • November 6, 2008
    Ridicumouse
    I haven't seen Catch me If You Can. What's the line? Anybody?

    (And Seven of Diamonds quote was from Harry Potter.)
  • November 6, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Aziraphale's "Oh fuck!" when being exorcized by accident in Good Omens. Aziraphale's an angel, so profanity from him is Serious Business.
  • November 6, 2008
    MetaFour
    Sneakers. Definitely a case of Avoid The Dreaded G Rating, but it was still pretty darn effective. I don't remember the exact line, though.
  • November 6, 2008
    CodeMan38
    Ridicumouse: It's in the IMDB "Memorable Quotes" page for the movie. First quote, in fact.
  • November 7, 2008
    Wristmilk
    to Ridicumouse: After a comment that Handratty has no sense of humor, he says he knows a knock-knock joke. His partners are elated to hear it, so he says: "Knock-Knock" "Who's there ?" "Go fuck yourselves."
  • November 7, 2008
    Fulltimedefendent
    Gaeta cursing out Tigh on the bridge of the Galactica might be an example. Everyone was surprised.
  • November 8, 2008
    LordTNK
    Final Fantasy VII censored out most swear words, save for a couple for effect.
  • November 8, 2008
    MikeArrow
    In American Beauty, Mena Suvari's character gets one of these.

    Angela Hayes: Hey! That's how things really are. You just don't know 'cause you're this pampered little suburban chick.
    Playground Girl #2: So are you. You've only been in "Seventeen" once and you looked fat! So stop acting like you're goddamn Christy Turlington!
    Angela Hayes: Cunt! I am so sick of people taking their insecurities out on me.
  • November 8, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Bump. I might go ahead tommorrow and do a tenative launch once I've got some coffee inside me.
  • November 9, 2008
    PaulRobinson
    @Sen: Alien also has a line by Ripley to the character played by Yaphet Kotto: "You're guaranteed by law to get a share [of any prize the crew found]. So fuck off!"
  • November 9, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Alrighty. The page is now up. Anyone with more experience than I feel free to wave your wand and cast some wiki magic, as this is the first page I've made.

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PrecisionFStrike
  • November 9, 2008
    BobbyG
    You still need to launch it using the launch button.
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