Precise Correction
When one character states a quantity, and is quickly corrected by another.


(permanent link) added: 2011-04-27 20:35:56 sponsor: LukeTheNuke (last reply: 2011-05-08 23:20:52)

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This trope can take a variety of forms, but always involves one character stating some quantity in the form of a number, and being quickly corrected by another.

It can be used to establish backstory.
  • Revenge of the Sith:
    Anakin: "You owe me, and not for saving your skin for the tenth time."
    Obi-Wan: "Ninth time."

It can be used to establish some amount as fantastic or unthinkable.
  • The Lord of the Rings
    Grima: "Even if [Helm's Deep] is breached, it will take a number beyond reckoning, thousands, to storm the keep."
    Saruman: "Tens of thousands."

It can be used for comedic effect.
  • Short Circuit
    Newton: "Can you believe it's been five years since I've driven?"
    Ben: "I would say ten."

There are more examples, but this is just to give you the basic idea.

  • Transformers pilot
    Spike: "Wheeljack wasn't kidding when he said it would blow up in 60 seconds!"
    Wheeljack: "59.99 to be exact..."
  • Star Trek (2009)
    Kirk: "What would you say the odds are on our gettting out of here?"
    Spock: "It is difficult to be precise, Captain. I should say approximately 7824.7 to one."
    Kirk: "Difficult to be precise? 7824 to one?"
    Spock: [Correcting him] "7824.7 to one."
    Kirk: "That's a pretty close approximation."
    Spock: "I endeavour to be accurate."
    Kirk: "You do quite well."
  • It's A Terrible Life
    Ed Zeddemore: "You have to burn the remains. Okay, this next part gets a little gross. Sometimes you might have to dig up the body. Sorry."
    Harry Spengler: "It's illegal in some states."
    Ed Zeddemore: "All states."
    Harry Spengler: "Possibly all states!"
  • Uptown Girls
    Ray: "You're late."
    Molly: "By like a second!"
    Ray: "Three and a half minutes."
  • The Social Network
    Delpy: "The site got twenty-two hundred hits within two hours?"
    Zuckerberg: "Thousand."
    Delpy: "I'm sorry?"
    Zuckerberg: "Twenty-two thousand."
    Delpy: [to herself] "Wow."
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