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->'''[[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]]:''' ''[mid-battle]'' Awww... is this one of those "{{witty banter}}" teams?\\
'''ComicBook/SpiderMan:''' Yeah.\\
'''Iron Fist:''' I hate banter.\\
'''ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}:''' You're ''doing'' banter.
-->-- ''ComicBook/NewAvengers''

A common trend for characters in works of fiction is to shrug off danger or laugh at it. In totally serious drama, characters might be crying in fear or "shell-shocked" from life-threatening situations, but in any other genre, characters react to danger in any number of more calm ways:

* Crack a joke or make a sarcastic comment about the danger.
* Crack a joke to get people's attention. (e.g. someone hanging from a cliff says "Hey guys? Over here!")
* [[IgnoredEnemy Argue or speak casually while the danger is going on]], usually about something tangential. Bonus points if the argument briefly stops for one of the heroes to shout "look out!" and then resumes shortly afterward. Points also awarded if a character in danger suddenly focuses on a complete non-sequitur to the action ("Your hair looks ''fantastic''!").
* Act as if the danger is real in their dialog, but speak calmly about it. See also ThisIsGonnaSuck and DangerDeadpan.

Depending on how it's handled, the first three occur most often in comedic shows, while the last one is most common in shows that don't lean too far towards humor, or want to be more realistic. The first three also happen fairly often in more serious works, but often with an edge of sarcasm or bitterness, implying that the hero isn't feeling particularly mirthful about the situation.

There's some truth to this. People in real life professions such as police or military become so used to life-threatening situations occurring every week, or even multiple times a day, that they end up engaging in Casual Danger Dialog all the time. For example, Evan Wright's nonfiction book ''Literature/GenerationKill'' has accounts of United States Marines under heavy machine gun and mortar fire and in the middle of pitched gun battles remaining calm under pressure. Even ordinary people can end up this way, as it's well-known that many people use humor or sarcasm as a way of coping with stress or fear. See GallowsHumor, StiffUpperLip.

Usually done for comedic effect in comedies, naturally. May involve some amount of AcousticLicense. Compare TalkingIsAFreeAction. See also DistractingDisambiguation. Contrast SayMyName and BigNo, which involves meaningless exclamations that can seem as unrealistic as a quip. Truly FailureIsTheOnlyOption when dealing with dramatic dialogue. The other intended effect is to communicate just how used to these situations the heroes are. When things are so bad that they ''don't'' do it, see SarcasmFailure. If the person receives a phone call during a tense situation, and picks it up to complain about the timing of the call, see KindaBusyHere. See SeinfeldianConversation and CavemenVsAstronautsDebate for meandering/meaningless arguments to be had in situations such as this.

A subtrope of {{Bathos}}.



* One Geico ad has golf commentators calmly discussing a game, keeping this up even as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaJWYjWt9c0 a Kraken emerges from the water hazard and wreaks havoc.]]
-->'''Commentator 1:''' Looks like we have some sort of sea monster in the water hazard here.\\
'''Commentator 2:''' I believe that's a kraken, Bruce.\\
'''Commentator 1:''' It looks like he's gonna go with the Nine Iron. That may not be enough club.\\
'''Commentator 2:''' Well he's definitely going to lose a stroke on this hole.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This is a pretty common occurrence throughout the English dub of ''Anime/{{Digimon|Adventure}}''. Sure the Digidestined may be facing a monster that holds the fate of the two worlds in its hands, but that won't stop them from making small talk and cracking jokes during the battle. All of them are 12 or under so it's likely a combination of stress relief and trying to distract each other from the situation. TeamDad [[TheSoCalledCoward Jyou]] tends to engage in this the least which fits his more serious nature.
* Spike Spiegel in ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' shows this kind of behavior every time he is in a dangerous situation, probably because he already thinks he's [[spoiler:living on borrowed time, and anyone he meets could be coming to collect]]. One notable exception is during his fight with Tongpu. That guy must've been too freaky, even for Spike.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': [[TheMovie The End of Evangelion]]. During the JSSDF assault on NERV's headquarters, Misato is cracking jokes, but then again, she's singlehandedly demolishing the entire JSSDF squad that's hunting down Shinji.
* Boss Chang from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' engages in this during the Hansel & Gretel arc. Chang and a group of his {{Mooks}} are outside Verrochio's place and he casually mentions, "You may want to duck". Seconds later one of Verrochio's goons goes flying through the air and the {{Mook|s}} ducks and barely manages to avoid being hit by the body.
** He also does this during the "Goat Jihad and Rock and Roll" arc, engaging in banter with Revy and generally being ultra cool as the two of them blast up terrorists to lead the others out.
* The title character in ''Manga/InuYasha'' does this regularly. One of the earlier examples has him calmly walking towards his gigantic wolf-like older brother muttering "yeah yeah, 'roar roar' to you too."
* Knuckles and Rouge play this out in an episode of ''Anime/SonicX''. The building they are in is collapsing around them, bombs they set up are about to explode, and all they can do is argue with each other.
* In ''[[Anime/{{K}} K: Missing Kings]]'', Kuroh and Misaki have such an easy time beating the mooks from Jungle that they can just stop for Kuroh to play one of his [[RunningJoke late master's haiku]] and ask Misaki what he thinks, [[BishieSparkle complete with sparkle]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** The first episode has a memorable example when Bulma is abducted by a pterodactyl while taking a bathroom break. After Goku defeats the pterodactyl and she ends up with her shirt caught on a tree branch on a cliff, she shouts "I'm having a crisis over here!" with an annoyed voice. If you look closely, her "crisis" isn't the near-death situation. She never got to go to the bathroom, and is now peeing down the cliff.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has a tradition for Goku to turn up at the last second, see all his friends beaten to death or near-death by the latest superpowered villain, and completely ignore the villain in favour of ensuring his friends' safety and having a chat with them. Examples include when he finally turns up to face Nappa, and finally recovers enough to face Frieza. He also tends to chat with the villain, like him having casual conversations with Frieza about fighting styles before things became really serious. In ''Super'', he wishes Bulma a happy birthday and apologizes for not bring a gift when Beerus is ready to blow up the planet.
* ''Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan''. Overlaps with ExcuseMeWhileIMultiTask; the title samurai throws thugs around while hitting up her partner for lodging cash. Said partner has been imprisoned in a dungeon and she's breaking in.
* The manga ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' starts off with Koro-sensei casually dodging a heavy barrage of gunfire from his students while he calls out each of their names to take attendance. When one student fails to answer back, Koro-sensei politely asks him to speak up over the sound of the gunfire before resuming the roll call.
* In ''Manga/Classi9'', Tchaikovsky casually comments on a furious Wagner’s "boring" behavior after kicking him down so Beethoven could douse him in alcohol. He also gave advice to Brahms on how to insult someone while Wagner was grabbing him by the collar and shaking him ''because he had insulted him''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Some form of this ''will'' happen if two heroes end up in the same room together.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' loves doing this. It's been hinted this is actually a coping mechanism (if he's cracking jokes, he's too distracted to be afraid). Spidey (and thus the fans) refer to this type of dialogue as [[YouFightLikeACow "quipping"]].
** Other writers have said that this is a coping method for boredom. Given that he fights primarily by instinct and thinks so quickly that fights may as well be playing in dramatically slow motion, his upper thought processes have a lot of spare cycles to devote to a running commentary.
** His quipping has also been called a mode of managing his enemies, if he keeps them annoyed enough, they'll only target him, as opposed to nearby civilians, and if he keeps them angry enough, they get sloppy.
** Spidey's tendency to chat mid-battle seems to be infectious: the ComicBook/NewAvengers can hold entire conversations while surrounded by ninjas/demons/copycat villains.
* ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'', being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, has weaponized his to the point that his enemies have problems focusing on the task at hand. It's occasionally contagious: when working with the X-Men, he caused Beast to spout off some bad puns.
* In ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'', [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] and [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara Gordon]] argue as to what Dick's batons are called as being chased down by a killer giant robot. Kara lampshades it:
-->'''Kara:''' You really think this is the time for a semantics debate?
* Hilarious example happened in ''ComicBook/SecretSix''. Deadshot and Jeanette were meeting with the client at the edge of a cliff. When the client appears, his personal female killer grabs Deadshot by the throat and holds him over the cliff. Meanwhile the client's personal assistant monologues about how the best way to control someone is the death threat, and to prove his point, asks Deadshot what he thinks, knowing that his slightest whim can mean his death. Deadshot responds that he wasn't listening because he was too busy having sexual fantasies.
* [[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Asterix and Obelix]] do this many times when they singlehandedly and casually beat the crap out of Roman legions. It certainly helps the fact that they are powered by a magic potion which grants them superhuman strength.
* In ''[[ComicBook/XMen The Uncanny X-Men]]'', Madelyne Pryor once took time out from being ''tortured'' to have a chat to a friend. Okay, to a demon.
* ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}'': Stephanie Brown -alias Batgirl II- is an expert at this, often sharing wisecracks with her mission control while in the middle of a fight. When she and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} are being [[ItMakesSenseInContext strangled by Dracula]] in issue #14 of ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}}'', Batgirl tries to apologize for how their night out has been sidetracked.
-->'''Batgirl:''' I hope you won't hold this against me.\\
'''Supergirl:''' ThatsWhatSheSaid.\\
'''Batgirl:''' You're funny.\\
'''Supergirl:''' I try.
** Stephanie and her frequent boyfriend Tim Drake used to bounce puns off each other and have discussions while fighting criminals when they were still going by Spoiler and Robin. One of Tim's standout examples however came later in ''ComicBook/RedRobin'' when he responded to being cornered by a furious ComicBook/RasAlGhul realizing just how much damage Tim managed to do to his system with a laid back: ''How can I help you, Ra’s? Computer trouble?''
* The Comicbook/YoungAvengers ''so'' much.
-->'''Speed:''' Just so I know: Are we going to stand here and bicker all day or are we going to fight the bad guys?\\
'''Stature:''' We usually manage to do both at the same time. We're that good.\\
'''Speed:''' I'll try to keep up.
* ''ComicBook/{{Boneyard}}'' does this a few times.
-->'''Paris:''' Are you trying to scare me? Because, good job. Nice use of terror.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Doom}}'' comic is filled with Casual Danger ''Monologues''.
* The first issue of ''ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' sees the captain (a cartoon rabbit) falling from a great height, seemingly to his doom. He spends the entire plummet making punny observations about the situation, and ends by [[LampshadeHanging casually wondering if human beings would make stupid puns at a time like this]]. [[spoiler: [[TheBigGuy Pig Iron]] catches him, btw.]]
* The ComicBook/RatQueens do this on a nearly constant basis during their fights.
* In ComicBook/{{PS238}}, several of [[BadassNormal The Revenant]]'s scenes have him simultaneously conducting a phone conversation and fighting a villain.
-->"Whoop. He's got a bomb. I'll call you tonight, all right?"
* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' movie parodies frequently have characters (including those on opposite sides) having long conversations during battles, chase scenes and other dangerous situations, often commenting on the absurdity of the story.
* One issue of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' has the team continuing to play a game of truth-or-dare while battling a host of giant snake monsters.
* When ComicBook/CaptainAtom ended up in the Creator/{{Wildstorm}} universe, he ran into the ComicBook/WildCATS. They considered him such a low-level threat that they paused to have an impromptu trivia contest to determine which one of them would be responsible for kicking his ass.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* There are several examples of this at LOTR spoofs.net, an excellent example being the bottom left image on [[http://www.lotrspoofs.net/fotr02.html this page]].
* ''Fanfic/CodePonyEvolution'': Keep in mind that this is being said '''while she falls to her certain death''' [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash saves the day, but only just. And that's at maximum speed.]]
--> '''Applejack:''' That was mighty impolite of him to throw me down here like this.
* PonyvilleGoesToTheDragons: Despite the fact that they're in a massive battle against [[spoiler: the Canterlot Royal Guards]] at the time, Spike and Spyro end up pausing during it to discuss one another powers.
* EnemyOfMyEnemy, a brilliant Halo 3 fanfic has Shipmaster Vtan, alone with a jammed weapon, hearing the enemy charging at his position and absently remarking, "Disconcerting."
* In ''Fanfic/OhGodNotAgain'', this is often used by Harry (along with a great deal of [[SarcasmMode sarcasm]]) every time he and Voldemort have a showdown.
-->'''Voldemort:''' You have been taught how to duel, Harry Potter?\\
'''Harry:''' I've been taught to drop my wand and summon snakes. Our dueling club was kind of substandard.
* In ''FanFic/HogyokuExMachina'', [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo]], [[SuperpoweredEvilSide his hollow]] and [[GrumpyOldMan Yamamoto]] discuss whether or not it's possible to [[spoiler:bind two [[EmpathicWeapon zapakuto]] to a {{shinigami}} at once.]] All while [[spoiler: Tensa Zangetsu and Muramasa]] try to kill each other about 20 feet away.
* In chapter 19 of ''[[Fanfic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]'', this conversation between Firefly and Rainbow Dash as they escape from [[spoiler: Fortress Intimidation]]:
--> '''Firefly''': You know... this is probably the most intense flight I’ve had in my life! Hahaha!\\
'''Rainbow Dash''': Yeah... but we gotta make it out of here, so we can live to tell others about it!\\
'''Firefly''': Let’s speed up! Now it’s only a straight way out! There’s a light in front of us!\\
'''Rainbow Dash''': I hope it’s not a passage to the other world! ''[laugh]''
* Examples from Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}:
** From ''Fanfic/AttackOfTheTeacherCreature'':
---> '''Calvin:''' Okay, so it's not the hamster home university, but at least our monsters stay under the bed. They don't come out. Like that one, for instance.
** From ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
---> '''Calvin:''' How many people are in this pyramid?\\
'''MTM:''' Hmmm, let me see. Counting you, Hobbes, Socrates, Andy, that hamster and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick the five dead people following you down the hallway...]] ooooh... about ten.
** Another example occurs in "Dr. [=BrainChill=]", wherein Dr. Brainstorm and Jack chat idly while a fight rages on around them.
** The RecursiveFanfiction ''Fanfic/ThePezDispenserAndTheReignOfTerror'' uses this when Socrates calmly exchanges banter with his EvilKnockoff right after it's given him five nasty cuts.
* In part 1 of ''Fanfic/HardBeingPure'', Phobia is in the middle of a battle when Dr. Evans calls her.
--> “Evans? Hey don't go yet. I'm free to talk right now. It has been so long since we last had a chat.” A few more gun shots were heard, along the ping of bullets against metal, followed by screams of agony. He heard her shout in the back, her hand pressed against her cell phone muffling the sounds, 'Do you mind?! I'm taking a call here!!' “Geez, no manners at all.”
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has a fight scene in the [[BadFuture Dark World]] between the Elements of Harmony and Discord's {{Mooks}} that's so [[CurbStompBattle one-sided]] that Applejack and Rarity are able to have a philosophical debate while kicking flank.
* ''FanFic/BurningBlack'' has Timmy attempting a BigDamnHeroes rescue of [[spoiler:Tootie]] and holding back a massive inferno of explosions with a slowly failing shield. She shows up, having busted herself out, and proceeds to argue with him over how bad of a job he's done on it himself, then takes her time on figuring out what to do about the raging fires about to break through the shield while still trading snarks with Timmy.
* FanFic/FlyFree has [[Manga/OnePiece Robin]] start off her first meeting with [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Zabuza]] by having some small talk after he tries to kill her. She starts off the second by offering him and Haku tea.
* ''Naruto: Demon's Path''. Naruto, Haku and Zabuza end up trapped in the mansion by a villain. This happens:
-->''[Zabuza looks on as the wall locks up on him]''\\
'''Villain:''' Hello Mister Momochi.\\
'''Zabuza:''' Isn't it supposed to be ''Welcome to my parlour said the spider to the fly''?\\
'''Villain:''' ''[sincerely]'' You'd be surprised how old that one gets.\\
''[meanwhile as Naruto and Haku deal with a ZergRush of guards]''\\
'''Naruto:''' Ya know... Zabuza's gonna bitch about how you didn't kill the guys upstairs right?\\
'''Haku:''' I suppose so.\\
'''Naruto:''' I can hear the lecture now. ''You boys need to get serious or it will lead to your death and more importantly mine''.\\
'''Haku:''' ''[chuckles]''
* In one story of the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', Danny and Sam have a pleasant conversation while in the middle of battles with Technus and Skulker.
* In ''[[FanFic/NewLookSeries Joe's New Look]]'', Silvia tells Joe how to use his new combat form as the latter's fighting against Big John and his troops. Lampshaded. ''"We're in the middle of a fight, you damn cross-dresser."''
* Twilight and Trixie spends the majority of ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/166203/unlikely-allies Unlikely Allies]]'' arguing and bickering even as they infiltrate the Lord Umbra's lair. Including defeating the villain's entire army of Tartarus-summoned beasts while arguing over the relative merits of Starswirl the Bearded as a contributor to the field of magic. And eventually devolving into petty name-calling, while ''still'' fighting. They don't let up until Lord Umbra parades out his greatest beastie... at which point Trixie just remarks that he must be compensating for something.
* in ''FanFic/FourDeadlySecrets'' Ruby does this, when she and Miltia walk into the middle of a confrontation between India and Venus and a gang of faunus.
* ''FanFic/SaetwosStory'': During the chaos of the FinalBattle, Uloobu and Tyscene still manage to find the time to [[spoiler: flirt with each other and set up a date for afterwards]]. Xekrai has to shout at them to focus on the fight.
* During her sword fight with the Rat King in ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/237978/how-trixie-somehow-saved-hearths-warming How Trixie (Somehow) Saved Hearth's Warming]]'', Trixie and her enemy at one point have a polite conversation about [[RunningGag why the Rat King's castle has so many flower pots in the frozen north]] and their mutual love of [[LargeHam theatrics]], including the fact they're only screaming at this point because they're having a sword fight and it'd be less dramatic if they weren't. Justified, as [[spoiler:Trixie's using the conversation to [[GuileHero distract him from noticing her plan to defeat him.]]]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' is rife with this. From small scale fights to the epic melee of the FinalBattle, everyone finds the time to make small talk and pithy comments, especially the teenagers - though in the latter case it's pretty openly stated to be a coping mechanism, and one that [[OnlySaneMan Jean-Paul]] frequently complains about.
** In Harry and Carol's case, it usually includes a rich vein of FlirtingUnderFire, which they then strenuously deny, claiming to be JustFriends. Absolutely ''no one'' is fooled.
* ''FanFic/ThisBites'':
** Happens in Chapter 7, while navigating the Grand Line's weather for the first time, after Cross has finished expressing how much he loves feeling alive, Nami snaps for him to get to work:
-->'''Usopp''': What happened to you enjoying living your dream?!
-->'''Cross''': ''(quietly)'' Nami's not a part of that dream, she's a goddamn course hazard!
-->'''Soundbite''': ''Headstrong!'' '''NOT SUICIDAL!'''
-->'''Nami''': ''[[IHeardThat I HEARD THAT!]]''
** Happens again in Chapter 39, while fighting against the soldiers of Enies Lobby.
* In ''Fanfic/SugarPlums'' this happens during the first chunin exams arc where Ume runs into the center of an all out brawl that has broken out during the second exam, starts fighting alongside Suigetsu and Chojuro while commenting on the fact that Chojuro got a new sword.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'': After the submarine is swallowed by an EldritchAbomination.
-->'''Paul:''' What should we do?\\
'''John:''' Serve tea.\\
'''Paul:''' Lovely.
* A [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments classic]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhOrxkGlLDM moment]] of the first type in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove,'' all [[DeadpanSnarker massively deadpan]]:
-->'''Pacha:''' Uh-oh!\\
'''Kuzco:''' Don't tell me. We're about to go over a [[InevitableWaterfall huge waterfall]].\\
'''Pacha:''' Yep.\\
'''Kuzco:''' Sharp rocks at the bottom?\\
'''Pacha:''' Most likely.\\
'''Kuzco:''' ''({{beat}})'' Bring it on.
** This one's more shell-shock than disregard for danger. At this point in the story, Kuzco has been booted in the nuts by fate so often that the waterfall genuinely isn't all that scary anymore. It'll certainly be an improvement over the days leading up to this moment.
* In Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'', during the big fight at the archery tournament, Robin proposes to Marian and they then proceed to discuss plans for their honeymoon and how many children they should have while fighting off Prince John's goons.
* In ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'', when a stampede heads towards Timon and Pumbaa in the canyon:
-->'''Pumbaa:''' Shall we run for our lives?\\
'''Timon:''' Oh, yes, let's.\\
''(Both start screaming and running)''
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'' has this exchange during the first major battle between the dragon riders and Draco:
-->'''Hiccup''': Welcome aboard, Dragon Rider.\\
'''Eret''': Uh, thanks, I think.\\
'''Astrid''': Where have you been?\\
'''Hiccup''': Well, y'know, catching up with Mom. ''(Astrid sees Valka, standing atop Cloudjumper in full armor, the Bewilderbeast behind her)''\\
'''Astrid''' ''(amazed)'': That's your mother?\\
'''Hiccup''': Well, now you know where I get my dramatic flair.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', the Adelita Twins have a petty little arguement during the battle. Granted, they're skilled fighters with years of experience and already long dead, so what else are they scared of? Not being able to join the fun?
* From ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE''
-->'''Tek''': It's time, Cale. It's time to stop running.\\
'''Korso''': (''spotting the Drej entering'') Well, actually, I think it's time to ''start.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', Max and Goofy have an intense emotional argument while they and their car go careening off a cliff and down into wild rapids.
-->'''Max:''' You shoulda let me stay at home!
-->'''Goofy:''' Why?! So you'd end up in prison?!
-->'''Max:''' ''Prison?!'' What are you talking about?!
-->'''Goofy:''' Your principal called me!
-->'''Max:''' It's not what you think...!
-->'''Goofy:''' You even ''lied to me!''
-->'''Max:''' I had to! You were ruining my life!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/MurderByDeath'' Dick and Dora Charleston have an extremely nonchalant--indeed emotionless--conversation about the deadly scorpion on their bed who will force them to remain perfectly still, quite possibly for the rest of their perhaps short lives. Later, when the killer asks Dick how they escaped, he replies in a perfectly calm and carefree, cordial tone: "We didn't: it stung Dora. The poison's in her system right now. We have fifteen minutes to get to a hospital."
* Film/JamesBond is a perfect example of this trope, particularly when it's [[BondOneLiner someone else's danger]].
* Jake and Elwood engage in these during both [[DrivesLikeCrazy epic]] [[HotPursuit police]] [[LemmingCops chases]] in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''. Not once do they acknowledge the police or the ridiculousness of the situation, instead commenting on interesting items and sales ''while driving through a shopping mall.'', including lines like "Pier 1 Imports," "This place has got everything," and "The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year."
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Whenever anybody gets into a fight, they're unusually calm about it. "[[CatchPhrase I have a bad feeling about this]]", anyone?
--->'''Han:''' How are we doing?\\
'''Luke:''' Same as always.\\
'''Han:''' That bad, eh?
** By the time of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are almost absurdly casual in the face of death. Anakin's response to meeting [[TheDreaded General Grievous]] is "You're [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller shorter than I expected]]." When Obi-Wan enters a camp full of battle droids ''and'' General Grievous later in the movie, he introduces himself with "Hello there!" This shows that they've [[SeenItAll been at war for a very long time]].
** And, of course, the ComingInHot scene after the ''Invisible Hand'' breaks in half:
---> '''Anakin:''' We lost something.\\
'''Obi-Wan:''' Not to worry--we are still flying ''half'' a ship.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGMvadAFqLQ Battle of Endor]]. Most characters' voices show some controlled degree of strain or alarm at various points, but Wedge is calm and professional from "Red Leader, standing by" to "I'm already on my way out." In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, he's said to have ice in his veins - he never panics. Which is funny when one remembers his alarmed observation on the size of the Death Star in the original movie.
** Red Leader ''never'' raises his voice during the assault on the first Death Star (except for his jubilant "It's away!" when he launches his torpedoes, and his defiant scream as his crippled fighter is about to plow into the surface). Even when he ''announces the fatal damage that kills hims'' to Luke he calmly reports he just lost his engine and orders him to make his attack run, as calmly as if he were ordering dinner at a drive-thru.
* When Indiana Jones and his father are trapped in a burning room in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', daddy has such helpful observations as "The floor is on fire" and "Our situation has not improved."
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', Indy pauses in the middle of a chase scene to give a student study advice. Bonus points to said student for having the chutzpah to ask for it when his teacher's just crashed through the library on a motorbike.
** Ironically, the advice Indy gives the student is to read V. (Vere) Gordon Childe, a passionate and well-known Marxist - while being hotly pursued by a couple of Commie thugs...
** Later on in the movie, as Indy and Marion are sinking into a drysand pit, he attempts to educate Mutt on the difference between quicksand and drysand...while he is sinking deeper by the second.
* From the movie ''Film/{{Twister}}'', Jo & Bill are in Jo's truck. Bill is driving, and they're bickering. At one point, in a '''completely nonchalant''' tone of voice, Jo asks,:
-->'''Jo:''' Can I drive?\\
'''Bill:''' No!\\
'''Jo:''' Then will ''you''?\\
'''Bill:''' ''(noticing truck has drifted off the road and is about to run into a parked farming vehicle)'' Holy shit!
* Very common in ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', but averted in one famous scene: Butch gets annoyed when Sundance finally shows some emotion about being chased for days and cornered on a cliff overlooking a raging river.
-->'''Butch:''' What's the matter with you?\\
'''Sundance:''' I can't swim!\\
'''Butch:''' ''(pause, then raucous laughter)'' Are you crazy?! The fall will probably kill you!
* Mocked mercilessly in ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife''. One section shows British army officers in Africa completely ignoring a raging battle ''in their own camp'' [[StiffUpperLip in order to have their morning tea]].
* In ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' there is a character played by Eric Idle who casually tells the man sending him off to be crucified that he's been set free and then laughs and cheerily admits he was yanking his chain when the man believes him, and walks off to get his cross. Later he asks the guards what the hold up is and japes, "How 'bout a reach-around? We've got time." Upon being put up on the cross he tells Brian, "See? Not so bad once you're up."
* Similarly mocked in ''Film/CarryOnUpTheKhyber'' where Governor Sir Ruff-Diamond, his wife and special guests are having a sit-down meal while the natives are massacring the guards outside. This is because he said earlier:
-->'''Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond:''' Do? We're not going to DO anything. We're British.
* ''[[Film/DrStrangelove Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb]]''. Imagine, if you will, the American president speaking over the telephone to the Soviet Premier in an extremely timid, friendly voice:
-->'''President Merkin Muffley:''' Now then, Dmitri, you know how we've always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the Bomb... The ''Bomb'', Dmitri... The ''hydrogen'' bomb! Well now, what happened is, ahm, one of our base commanders, he had a sort of... well, he went a little funny in the head, you know, just a little... funny. And, ah... he went and did a silly thing. Well, I'll tell you what he did: He ordered his planes... to attack your country... Ah, well, let me finish, Dmitri... Let me finish, Dmitri... Well listen, how do you think I feel about it? Can you ''imagine'' how I feel about it, Dmitri?... Why do you think I'm calling you? Just to say hello?... ''Of course'' I like to speak to you! ''Of course'' I like to say hello! Not now, but any time, Dmitri. I'm just calling up to tell you something terrible has happened. It's a ''friendly'' call. Of course it's a friendly call... Listen, if it wasn't friendly, you probably wouldn't have even got it.
* In the 2005 remake of ''Film/TheProducers'', when Franz is pointing a gun at Max and Leo, Max quips to Leo "Remember when I said I'd tell you when we were in too deep? We're in too deep." (Also said in the stage show.)
* Downplayed in ''Film/GetSmart'' (2008). While chasing a bad guy, Max drives the pursuit vehicle through various hazards. When the car finally stops, a swordfish from a sign they crashed through has narrowly missed impaling the Chief. Throughout the chase, Max is discussing the broader situation and essentially oblivious to the car's surroundings, while the Chief is noticeably anxious about the various near-misses, especially the swordfish.
-->'''Max:''' Are you thinking what I'm thinking?\\
'''Chief:''' I don't know, are you thinking "[[PrecisionFStrike Holy shit, holy shit]], a swordfish almost went through my head!"? If so, then yes.
* ''Film/TrueLies''. When Harry and his wife are tied up by the bad guys, she asks if they're going to die. Harry listlessly replies "Yep," then continues with "They're gonna shoot us in the head or they're gonna torture us to death or they're gonna leave us here when the bomb blows up..." Made better by his following it up with a BadassBoast said in the exact same tone. Note that the former was the set-up for the latter, establishing the fact that he was, in fact, unable to lie: "They've given me a truth serum." "Is it working?" "Ask me something you know I'd lie to." "Are we going to die?" "Yup!"
* ''Film/TheMummyReturns'':
** The bus chase has some. Namely, it starts off with this:
--->'''Rick:''' Oh, I hate mummies.\\
'''Ardeth:''' Glad to see me now?\\
'''Rick:''' Just like old times.
** And it ends with this...
--->'''Rick:''' You all right?\\
'''Ardeth:''' This was my first bus ride.
** Watching a ritual take place:
---> '''Rick:''' Ya know, a year ago this would have been weird to me.
** Running away from EliteMook mummies, Eve tries to close the door on them. Rick answers with this:
---> '''Rick:''' Uh...Honey. These guys don't use doors.
* At the climax of ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', Roger and Eve engage in witty banter while dangling by their fingertips from Mt. Rushmore.
* In ''Film/ForeignCorrespondent'', three characters chasing after a gun-wielding assassin discuss, among other things, the weather and the spelling of the driver's name. "How do you pronounce it, like a stutter?" "No, just a straight 'fuh'."
* ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'':
** Egon Spengler is a master of this, almost to the point where he sounds bored even when he's supposedly being emotional in the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame original film]].
--->'''Venkman:''' Ray has gone bye-bye, Egon. What've you got left?\\
'''Egon:''' Sorry, Venkman, I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.
** In ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'', when he and the Rookie encounter a SerialKiller's ghost in the elevator they were in, he expresses it in a ThatMakesMeFeelAngry fashion.
--->'''Egon:''' Well. That was terrifying.
* In the ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' movie, regardless of whether they're hovering over a [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doomy canyon of doom]], or trying to thread narrow walkways with falling pillars, Justin and Alex still find time to snark incessantly at each other.
* In the movie adaptation of ''Film/AngelsAndDemons'', Robert Langdon has this to say upon finding himself locked in a hermetically sealed vault in the Vatican Library with no incoming oxygen because the power is being cycled throughout Vatican City:
-->'''Robert Langdon:''' Oh, that's disappointing.
* In ''Film/TheBourneIdentity'', the always understated title character is in the middle of a high speed chase, being pursued by the entire Parisian constabulary. Trying to keep calm for the benefit of his shell-shocked passenger, he remarks that "We're going to have... er... a little bump here." before driving a Mini Cooper down three flights of stairs.
* In ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', Ian Malcolm, Sarah Harding and Nick van Owen are stuck inside a two-section bus that has partly been pushed of a huge cliff (they're in the hanging part, of course), the bus is slipping, the glass window on the low end of the bus already broke, and oh yeah, the tyrannosaurus that pushed the bus to its current position is still around, with his partner, and the one remaining party member that could help them is apparently too nervous to know what to do, as this exchange proves:
-->'''Eddie:''' What do you need?!\\
'''Ian:''' A rope! Get us a rope!!\\
'''Eddie:''' Rope! Anything else?!\\
'''Ian:''' Yeah. Three double-cheeseburgers with everything.\\
'''Nick:''' No onions on mine...\\
'''Sarah:''' And an apple turnover!
* Taken to something of an extreme in the 1992 film ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans''. As Major Heyward is dragged away to be burned alive in place of Cora Munro, he responds to Hawkeye's protests with a hurried, but nonetheless perfectly polite: "My compliments, sir. Take her and get out."
* In ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', Kermit The Frog is informed that Miss Piggy's been kidnapped. Doc Hopper orders Kermy to step outside the hotel ..."My boys will meet you there." Kermit obeys ... and is immediately surrounded by goons levelling their shotguns at him.
--> '''Kermit The Frog''' -- Oh, um ... are you the guys I'm supposed to meet?
* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'':
** ''Film/SpiderMan2'' gives us the immortal "Hi... This is really heavy..."
** It also gave us the train conductor sarcastically asking "Got any more bright ideas?" When Spidey's first attempt to stop the runaway train fails. Because imminent death is no reason to stop being a smartass.
** You know [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Peter and Harry have finally put their past animosity behind them]] when they engage in some of this in ''Film/SpiderMan3''.
* The ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movies are known for this, as Riggs and Murtagh are always arguing with each other over something during their various action sequences.
%%** "Are those little hearts?"
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'':
** The dialogue between Inigo and the Man In Black as the latter is trying to [[ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity Climb the Cliffs of Insanity]] alone, with his bare hands, probably counts.
--->'''Inigo:''' Hello there! Slow going?\\
'''Man in Black:''' Look, I don't mean to be rude but this is not as easy as it looks, so I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't distract me.\\
'''Inigo:''' Sorry.\\
'''Man in Black:''' Thank you.\\
'''Inigo:''' I don't suppose you could speed things up?\\
'''Man in Black:''' If you're in such a hurry, you could lower a rope or a tree branch or find something useful to do.\\
'''Inigo:''' I could do that. I have some rope up here, but I do not think you would accept my help, since I am only waiting around to kill you.\\
'''Man in Black:''' That does put a damper on our relationship.
** Then they spend their entire duel complimenting each other's skill in swordsmanship and discussing fencing techniques.
* In the intro of ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', one of Lord Blackwood's men attempts to sneak up on Holmes, only to be ambushed and put into a choke-hold by Watson. As Sherlock grabs and holds the man's nose to keep him from breathing further, Holmes and Watson have a rather pleasant conversation.
-->'''Watson:''' I like the hat.\\
'''Holmes:''' I just picked it up.\\
'''Watson:''' Did you remember your revolver?\\
'''Holmes:''' Ah. Knew I forgot something. Thought I'd left the stove on.\\
'''Watson:''' You did.\\
(Man passes out.)
* Wade Wilson in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. After blasting their way into a high security facility and just before he blasts into a room of guards armed with machine guns he quips at his boss
-->'''Wilson:''' Stuck in an elevator with five guys on a high protein diet. Dreams really do come true.\\
'''Stryker:''' Just shut it. You're up next.\\
'''Wilson:''' Thank you sir. You look really nice today. It's the green, brings out the seriousness in your eyes.\\
'''Logan:''' Oh my god do you ever shut up pal?\\
'''Wilson:''' No. Not when I'm awake.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** In the ''Film/IronMan'' movies, Tony Stark is incapable of ''not'' saying sarcastically inappropriate things in the middle of life-threatening situations.
--->'''Tony''': [[{{Pun}} You walked right into this one; I've dated hotter chicks than you.]]\\
'''[[PlayingWithFire Brandt]]''': That all you got? A cheap trick and a cheesy one-liner?\\
'''Tony''': Honey, that could be the title of my autobiography.
** The final conversation over the radio between Steve and Peggy in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. They were making plans to go dancing, even when they both know Steve [[TearJerker isn't going to make it]]. (Of course, this was a given both in [[InMediasRes the film's setup]] and the history of the character.)
--->'''Steve:''' It'll have to be a slow dance, I don't want to [[KilledMidSentence step on your--]]
** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has a lot of this as well. It's justified in a way, due to the fact that, though they had greater numbers, the Chitauri weren't exactly impressive fighters. Though the casual banter does go down significantly as the battle goes on.
-->'''Tony:''' I'm bringing the party to you. ''(comes into view around a corner pursued closely by a giant armored space whale)''\\
'''Natasha:''' I...don't see how that's a 'party'.
** Happens at least once between Thor and Sif in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', with her commenting that everything was under control and him asking with a grin if that was the reason everything was on fire. Plus:
---> '''Sif:''' All yours.
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', Black Widow spends most of the film trying to get Captain America a date. She doesn't let up during fight scenes.
--->'''Natasha:''' ''[after tossing a man off a roof]'' How about that secretary who works on the first floor?\\
'''Steve:''' The one with the lip piercing?\\
'''Natasha:''' Yeah.\\
'''Steve:''' Yeah...I'm not ready for that.
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'':
*** During the final battle, Hawkeye is driving a car through a warzone with Black Widow in the passenger seat, discussing his plans to knock down a wall in his house to turn the dining room into a workspace.
---->'''Black Widow:''' You do usually eat in the kitchen.\\
'''Hawkeye:''' Who ever eats in a dining room?
*** Additionally, Vision beans Ultron with the Mjolnir then compliments Thor on the impressive weight balance of the weapon, to which Thor gives a few pointers on how to get the most out of the swing.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'':
*** Rocket's only reaction to seeing the giant, monstrous Abilisk land in front of them and start screaming is "well, that's intense."
*** While the team is fighting a StarfishAlien, Groot just stands around cutely waving hello to Gamora.
---->'''Groot:''' ''[waving]''\\
'''Gamora:''' ...Hi.
*** Peter and Rocket have an extended conversation about finding some tape to cover up the "Death Button" that'll set off Rocket's giant bomb as an entire armada of spaceships have an epic SpaceBattle behind them.
--->'''Rocket:''' Does anybody have any tape out there? I wanna put some tape over the death button.\\
'''Peter:''' Nobody has any tape!\\
'''Rocket:''' Not a ''single'' person has tape!?\\
'''Peter:''' You have an atomic bomb in your bag, if anyone's going to have tape it's ''you''!\\
'''Rocket:''' I have to do ''everything''!\\
'''Peter:''' You are wasting a lot of time!
** ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' opens with Thor making idle chit-chat with Surtr while tied up and suspended in front of him.
** In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', Stan Lee isn't fazed by aliens invading earth anymore.
--->'''Stan Lee:''' What's the matter with you kids? You've never seen a spaceship before?
* ''Film/TheAvengers1998'' relies ''too'' heavily on this trope, as virtually no one shows any amount of emotion at any point in the entire movie despite being in mortal danger.
* In ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', [=McKnight=] seems very casual under fire, conducting conversations in a neutral tone while everyone is freaked out about it and bullets fly by.
** At one point, [=McKnight=] calls one of his sergeants to ask for his status. The sergeant, driving a vehicle through heavy enemy fire, curtly replies that [[KindaBusyHere he doesn't want to talk about it right now.]]
* In ''Film/LordOfWar'' Yuri is held at gunpoint by Interpol, and calmly asks one of the agents if he would like a silencer for his new [=MP5=].
* ''Film/TheProfessionals'' from start to finish. A crowning example is the scene where Fardan rescues Dolworth from some Mexican bandits:
--> '''Fardan''': I wouldn't do that! My friend would die of a terrible headache, and so would you. [aims gun at head bandit]\\
'''Bandit''': And so would you. [the bandits close on Fardan with machetes drawn]--\\
'''Fardan''': So wouldn't it be more sensible if we both kept our heads?\\
'''Bandit''': Put down your gun.\\
'''Fardan''': If I did that, how do I know you would still be friendly.\\
'''Bandit''': Do I gotta kill you to prove I like you?
* Often in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'', but particularly on April and Vernon's part as they slide down a snowy mountain in a truck cab - their conversation does not match their dire situation.
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' has this dialogue exchange: "Am I wrong, or is the world... rising?" "I dunno, but whatever it is, I hate it."
* Mikey Walsh engages in this in ''Film/TheGoonies'', while Andy is trying to hit the right notes on the skeletal organ (where one more wrong note will send them plunging to their deaths):
--> '''Andy:''' I can't tell if it's an "A sharp," or a "B flat."\\
'''Mikey:''' Heh. If you hit the wrong note, we'll ''all'' be flat.
* ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' has pretty much every character nonchalantly commenting on their circumstances, whether it be kidnapping, imminent bloodshed or the threat of world war. At one point the protagonist, Moroccan rebel [[Creator/SeanConnery Mulai el Raisuli]], is warned not to risk his life in a hostage exchange. Raisuli responds "What does my '''life''' matter? I've nothing else to do!"
* {{Parodied}} (of course) in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' with [[TheStoner Fred]] giving the rest of our heroes bad news in a completely bored-sounding voice while stuff is exploding behind him:
-->'''Fred:''' Hi, guys. Listen, they're...they're telling me that the...the generators can't take it, and the ship is...flying apart and all that. Just FYI.
* A TearJerker example in ''Film/StarTrek'' when George Kirk is making his HeroicSacrifice to stop the ''Narada'' while his wife is giving birth on a medical shuttle. As the ''Kelvin'' is falling apart around Kirk, he and his wife decide to name their son Jim--and then the ''Kelvin'' kamikazes the ''Narada''.
* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', while he's not technically the one in danger, Alfred remains perfectly calm and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] whatever [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce]], a man who's like a son to him, is up against.
-->'''Alfred''': I count two dozen hostiles on the third floor. Why don't I drop you off on the second?
** Later in the film, Batman leads Doomsday, a massive Kryptonian monster, into the abandoned Gotham Port, hoping to find his Kryptonite spear, the one weapon that will be able to kill it. After having the Batplane shot down and nearly being vapourised himself by Doomsday's EyeBeams:
-->'''Superman''': Did you find the spear?
-->'''Batman''': I've been a little busy.
* In ''Film/SuicideSquad'', Griggs' reaction to being held at gunpoint by Deadshot, a ProfessionalKiller who had previously promised to kill him the first chance he got.
--> '''Griggs''': Ames, If this man shoots me, I want you to kill him and I want you to go clear my browser history.

* Even Creator/RudyardKipling did this. In ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', when the villagers are turning against Mowgli for his RaisedByWolves behaviour, it's the wolf Akela who first recognises how much trouble Mowgli is in.
-->The old Tower musket went off with a bang, and a young buffalo bellowed in pain.\\
"More sorcery!" shouted the villagers. "He can turn bullets. Buldeo, that was thy buffalo."\\
"Now what is this?" said Mowgli, bewildered, as the stones flew thicker.\\
"They are not unlike the Pack, these brothers of thine," said Akela, sitting down composedly. "It is in my head that, if bullets mean anything, they would cast thee out."
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Percy Weasley transforms his brainwashed superior using a Sea Urchin Jinx, and states that he is resigning. Fred then remarks that Percy finally told a joke. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Fred dies right after.]]
-->"You are actually joking, Percy... I don't think I've heard you joke since you were--"\\
The air exploded.\\

* The characters in the Literature/CharlieParkerSeries do this constantly, with Parker and Angel in particular often doing it intentionally to irk their enemies.
* In the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' novel The Long Patrol, during the required massive battle scene at the end of the book, two hares carry out the third kind of this trope while outnumbered 5-1. The book specifically notes that they "talked like old pals and fought like demons."
* Remo Williams and Chiun of the ''Literature/{{Destroyer}}'' book series (to some extent, the movie as well) may be the most extreme example. Their combat arguments regarding Ung poetry, Remo's alleged unconscious seduction of flight attendants, who left the toilet seat up (all right, not that one, but they ''have'' covered toilets in more general terms), and suchlike are used to show that a few hundred soldiers firing assault rifles at them are barely worth paying attention to, let alone commenting on. If the threat's a yawner like the average Bond-style Dragon trying to repeatedly shoot, stab, poison, or bomb them, the authors sometimes (when writing from the attacker's perspective) don't even bother ''writing explicit lines of dialogue'' for the two, just to emphasize the disconnect and the frustration that an experienced, professional killer feels trying repeatedly to kill people who apparently don't even notice that they're being attacked.
* In [[Creator/TherinKnite Therin Knite's]] Literature/{{Echoes}}, Dynara and Adem do this whenever they're in an echo together.
* A fine example in Dumas' ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''. At the siege of La Rochelle, d'Artagnan and his friends go and have breakfast in a bastion in the middle of the battleground just so they can talk without worrying about the Cardinal's spies overhearing them. They win a bet by holding the bastion for the length of the meal, too.
* What with his not being at all afraid of death, Jaime Lannister elevates this to an art form in Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire:
-->'''Jaime:''' Come on, let's see who's home ''[opens inn door and finds a crossbow in his face]''\\
'''Crossbowman:''' [[AnimalMotif Lion, Wolf or Fish?]]\\
'''Jaime:''' We'd hoped for capon.
* Beautifully averted in the Literature/StephaniePlum novels. While the protagonist normally maintains a running DeadpanSnarker dialogue in her head throughout the books, and can keep it together pretty well as long as the threats stay strictly verbal, or if other people are in danger or have been hurt (such as the time a cop she knew got shot,) any time she's in real physical danger she's shown to lose any semblance of bravery or wit, complete with panicked screaming, crying in fear, and occasionally dripping snot in terror. And even if she does manage to keep it together at the time, she's usually a nervous wreck afterwards.
** Played straight by Ranger, who has a famously cool head, except for that one time [[spoiler:when his daughter was kidnapped.]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' by Jim Butcher rarely, if ever, show anything but CDD during tense situations. In the narration Harry makes sure to note how he's only doing it to cope and is really scared shitless on the inside.
%%* Literature/AnitaBlake does this. All. The. Time.
* In the various books of the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', Rogue Squadron is notably quieter on missions than when they're off duty. The same goes for the Wraiths - but unless someone's hit, they'll still try to have some back-and-forth. Wedge is often heard telling his squadron, "Cut the chatter".
* ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' has Luke commanding in a battle where everything goes to hell. He's ''incredibly'' calm about the whole thing, and soothes officers who aren't taking it as well. He also records an emergency signal to be broadcast on loop. The narration mentions that his voice is low and "preternaturally calm".
-->'''Luke:''' This is New Republic Cruiser ''Justice'', Luke Skywalker commanding. Admiral Kalback is dead. The ship has broken up, and there are no escape pods remaining. I have taken the helm and will attempt to set down behind the dawn terminator above the north tropic. Begin the search for survivors at the coordinates on the encoded supplementary frequency. Good luck, and may the Force be with you. Skywalker out."
* ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'': Grand Admiral Thrawn will routinely discuss minor matters with Captain Pellaeon in the middle of major battles, as well as instructing his subordinates to remain calm during battle.
* During ''Literature/CloneWarsGambit,'' HeterosexualLifePartners Obi-Wan and Anakin [[SnarkToSnarkCombat bicker incessantly]] while plunging to their deaths or fighting against droids. Ahsoka seems to have picked this up from them as well.
* Literature/ColtRegan and his partner Alex have discussions about things like jello while in demon infested bars.
* In ''Literature/TheDiamondAge'', Carl Hollywood and an old British military man keep up a line of casual wisecracks while fighting their way through a rioting city. Hollywood understands that it's to maintain their courage.
* In ''Literature/{{Reamde}}'', a number of characters spend quite a lot of time making dry observations during the protracted final gunfight.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** The Animorphs do this fairly often, and are self-aware about it. When Ax and Tobias have to infiltrate a slaughterhouse as the steer, they have the following exchange while riding the ConveyorBeltODoom.
--->'''Tobias:''' So. [[AliensStealCable Seen anything good on TV lately?]]\\
'''Ax:''' Are you attempting to distract us from our fear by engaging in irrelevant conversation?\\
'''Tobias:''' Yeah.\\
'''Ax:''' In that case, I did enjoy watching The Simpsons. I assume that they do not represent some variant species of humans but are, in fact, humorous pictorial exaggerations of humans?
** And in ''The Reaction'', after Rachel's house collapses [[spoiler:due to her uncontrollable morphing]] and she's trapped in the rubble (keep in mind that she's confused and terrified);
--->'''Jordan:''' Rachel? Is that you?\\
'''Rachel:''' ''(sarcastic)'' Well, who else would it be?\\
'''Sara:''' That's Rachel, all right.
* In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Mage Winds'' trilogy, Elspeth comments humorously on Kero's penchant for dry understatement, describing an incident in which, caught up in a flood that washed away half a town, all she wrote was "It's a little wet here, be back when I can."
* ''Literature/AdventureHunters'': When a booby trap in a tomb activates, Artorius and Lisa take a moment to make a bet: rushing water or giant boulder?
* ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'': In ''The Happy Return / Beat to Quarters'', Bush and another lieutenant on the ''Lydia'' engage in an academic debate about the tactics of the ''Natividad's'' gun officer and how closely he's directing the fire... on the ''Lydia''. They're interrupted when a shot hits home, and then use the hit for their counterarguments. Hornblower is eventually annoyed (and envious) enough that he tells them to cut it out. Hornblower himself makes quips during battle over the course of the series, but in his case it's an InvokedTrope to keep morale up as he never ''feels'' casual while under fire.
* In ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin]]'', the eponymous Rachel (a thirteen year old girl) does this when the {{invisible|ToNormals}} wraith which has been feeding on their classmate suddenly turns its attentions on her, keeping calm and describing its position so the others can avoid it or take it out.
* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'') Sebariel in the final battle, as [[spoiler:a highstorm and an everstorm are closing in]], threatening to wipe out everyone on the battlefield.
-->"Dalinar!" a voice called.\\
He turned to find the utterly incongruous sight of Sebarial and his mistress sitting beneath a canopy, eating dried sellafruit off a plate held by an awkward-looking soldier.\\
Sebarial raised a cup of wine toward Dalinar. "Hope you don't mind," Sebarial said. "We liberated your stores. They were blowing past at the time, headed for certain doom."\\
Dalinar stared at them. Palona even had a ''novel'' out and was ''reading''.
* Half of Kennedy's dialog in ''TheManWhoFellIntoTheBlackInferno'' is this.
-->'''Shay:''' Any ideas?\\
'''Kennedy:''' Maybe we should remind him very firmly that we're the good guys here.\\
'''Shay:''' Any ideas that won’t get us laughed at?
* [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice]] had a famous monologue about the curiosity of falling down a bottomless rabbit hole to her possible death.
* In ''Literature/TheMahabhrata'', while driving a chariot during (through) the Kurukshetra war, Krishna notices that the horses look tired and stops fighting so he can bathe them [[ItMakesSenseInContext in a magically summoned lake]]. (His bro, Arjuna, helps out by providing cover fire.) His gentle reassurances of the horses while he grooms them are therefore this trope.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "Icarus", Oliver, Clark and ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} break into a government base separately and casually talk about Clark's love life while pilfering the bad guy's office.
* Pick any episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' in which there are firefights, shelling of the camp, shelling of an ambulance, shelling of a jeep, landmine navigation, snipers, massive amounts of casualties, insane people, or violent patients (in other words, close to three-quarters of all episodes). There ''will'' be massive quantities of this trope being produced during every minute of the episode, often in the form of Hawkeye insulting Frank or Charles and flirting with Maragaret while Trapper or BJ makes [[DeadpanSnarker wisecracks]] and Henry or Potter yell at them to shut up and pay attention, all while they operate on seriously injured patients and bombs fall all around the camp.
** It's well established throughout the series Hawkeye, at least, delivers wisecracks to prevent himself from cracking up due to the madness of the war, and he also is trying to keep up everyone else's morale.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** On numerous occasions. Most notably in the episode War Stories, when Mal and Wash argue about shipboard romance while being horribly tortured. Earlier in the episode, when the two are ambushed and held at gunpoint, Wash's response is an annoyed, "Now I'm learning about scary."
** It's subtly implied in a later conversation with Zoe that Mal was purposely [[InvokedTrope invoking this trope]] when they were tortured by Niska as a way to keep Wash's mind off of the torture and thus keep him alive.
** And the exchange as they're landing, "I'll likely crash, kill us all." "Well, if that happens, let me know."
--->'''Mal:''' Define 'interesting'.\\
'''Wash:''' ''[deadpan]'' "Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die?"\\
'''Mal:''' ''[over intercom]'' This is your captain speaking. We may experience some slight turbulence and then... explode. ''[to Wash]'' Can you shave the vector?\\
'''Wash:''' I'm doing it, it's not enough.\\
'''Mal:''' Well, just get us on the ground.\\
'''Wash:''' That part'll happen pretty definitely!\\
'''Jayne''': I don't wanna explode.\\
'''Zoe''': Hey Cap'n, we crashing again?\\
'''Mal''': Talk to your husband.
** A few minutes later, after a tense argument between Mal and Simon regarding taking River on a mission, the ship shakes more than usual.
--->'''Mal:''' Honestly Doc, I think we may really crash this time anyway.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In the episode "Bad Girls", in the middle of fighting some vampires, Faith asks Buffy if she has ever slept with Xander.
** Lampshaded in the season 7 episode "Bring on the Night," where Xander's making jokes while the Potentials are scared to death waiting for night to fall and the übervamp to come crashing in:
---> '''Willow:''' Xander? Newbies. Let's ease them in to the whole jokes-in-the-face-of-death-thing.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' when Chuck criticizes Casey for doing this.
-->'''Chuck:''' "Did someone order drive-thru?" That's clever. Did you think of that on the way over here? "I think I'll say this when I CRASH INTO THE BUILDING!!!"
* ''Series/FallingSkies'', Hal reminisces about his old girlfriend "Rita" with Maggie while hiding in a car from patrolling Mechs.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', quite a few times. On one occasion John drops a bomb down a shaft after activating it, knowing it will probably kill them all:
-->'''John:''' Yeah. It should go off in about... 60 microts.\\
'''Chiana:''' And then it explodes?\\
'''John:''' Yeah.\\
'''Chiana:''' A big explosion?\\
''(John grunts noncommittally; the nuke hurtles, chittering furiously, down the newly created shaft; suddenly, John remembers the Democracy Thing.)''\\
'''John:''' Oh. God -- we should have voted. ''(louder, desultorily)'' All in favor -- show of hands. ''(he raises his and the others stare at him; then Aeryn and Scorpius raise theirs -- a little)'' All opposed. ''(Chiana and D'Argo cast their votes)'' 3 to 2 -- Sikozu abstains.
-->'''Rygel:''' Crichton! What the hezmana just happened? Where are you, you fahrbot? Did you blow up the bomb? HOW COULD YOU BLOW UP THE BOMB?\\
'''John:''' You missed the vote.
* ''Series/GenerationKill'' plays this both straight and ''absolutely'' realistically. When Colbert spots hostiles camping no more than a dozen meters from their Humvees, his response is an incredibly calm "There's men in the trees." Beforehand, during the tense moment when the Humvees stop and create their traffic jam, Colbert is notably aware of how much of a perfect ambush place this is, and is calmly ''singing'' to himself while waiting for something to happen.
** It's easy to miss Colbert singing only because Person ''owns'' this trope shortly thereafter as he's trying to get some coordination into Hitman's efforts to re-orient their Humvees and get out of what is, essentially, a traffic jam in a killzone. At one point, he walks out of his Humvee, approaches the next one over at a normal walking pace with bullets flying ''everywhere,'' asks the driver to "please back the fuck up", gets little in the way of a response, and calmly walks back, telling Colbert their progress getting out is "Not going well." He earlier complains about a colleague speaking Portuguese in the same scene [[note]]said soldier was Brazilian and therefore reverted to his native language under stress[[/note]] with the comment: "Fucking Baptisa, how would he like it if I joined the Brazilian Marines and only spoke English."
** Nate Fick does this as well in the same scene, diving out of his vehicle and running to ''each of the others'' to give the drivers specific instructions. He's in as much, if not more danger than Person. One can actually hear Gunny Wynn in the background shout "Jesus ''Christ,'' Nate!"
* On ''Series/TopGear'', Jeremy Clarkson spends the entirety of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e7R3y-qwZ0&t=50s a film]] ''in which he is chased by baddies in a Corvette through a shopping center'' reviewing aspects of the Ford Fiesta he is driving and commenting on the shortcomings of the more powerful 'Vette.
-->'''Clarkson:''' The baddie has made the ''classic'' baddie error... he's got too much power. I've got 120 hp in this. You don't want any more than that on marble.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** In an early episode, the safety film in the long-distance lift is acted by a stereotypically smiley and bubbly air hostess type: "If you look to your left, and to your right, you will see there are ''no exits''!" "In the event of the lift having to make a forced landing, death is certain."
** Holly shortly before a comet hits the titular ship.
---> '''Holly:''' Wait a minute. I've forgotten what I was gonna say. \\
'''Rimmer:''' Well, it can't have been that important then, can it? (A meteor hits the ship)\\
'''Holly:''' (In a cheerful tone) Yeah. That's it. "Look out, a meteor is about to hit the ship". I knew it'd come back to me.
** In Quaratine, after Rimmer telekinesis'd an axe into Kryten
---> '''Lister:''' Kryten man, you okay? \\
'''Kryten:''' (Deadpan) I have a medium-sized fire axe buried in my spinal cavity. (beat) That sort of thing can really put a crimp on your day.
* Characters, especially Sawyer, do this all the time on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. For example, the following dialogue takes place while Juliet and Sawyer are hiding in the bushes from a group who just attacked them with [[ArrowsOnFire flaming arrows]]:
-->'''Sawyer:''' Who were those people? Are they yours? Did they shoot the arrows?\\
'''Juliet:''' You want me to crawl out there and ask 'em?\\
'''Sawyer:''' You don't have to be a wiseass.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': SG-1 do this a lot.
** Notably, more than once Mitchell responded to a scary Ori's angry preaching with complaining that the Ori sound like his grandma. Sam also once responded to the threat of being run over with a ''spaceship'' with [[OhCrap "Oh boy."]]
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and inverted in the episode "Bad Guys" when our heroes are pretending to be, well, the bad guys.
--->''[two women are arguing over a man]''\\
'''Daniel''': What the hell are you doing?! Stop it!\\
'''Hesellven''': She started it.\\
'''Sylvana''': Oh. I think you started it when you kissed Harron.\\
'''Daniel''': Shut up. Shut up! You're hostages! This is like a, a life-and-death situation here. Start acting like it.\\
'''Sylvana''': Oh, please. You're not rebels. We're not deaf, you know, everyone in this room knows it.\\
'''Daniel''': That doesn't matter. You're hostages, we're... we're your captors. We're heavily armed. There's uh... there's rules, there's a whole school of etiquette to this. (pause) Don't eyeball me.
* When Alan Partridge of [[Series/KnowingMeKnowingYouWithAlanPartridge the eponymous]] [[Series/ImAlanPartridge British TV shows]] is held hostage and in a head-lock by a mad fan, Jed, who insists that Alan visit Jed's s brother-in-law next weekend:
-->'''Jed:''' Bet you can't guess where he lives.\\
'''Alan:''' Erm...\\
'''Jed:''' Go on, have a guess.\\
'''Alan:''' Er, Nottingham?\\
'''Jed:''' No.\\
'''Alan:''' ''(hoarsely)'' Oh. Er... Chester?\\
'''Jed:''' ''(slightly releases his grip)'' Where?\\
'''Alan:''' Ches-? Chester. Near north Wales off the M56.
* Though not usually commenting on danger to himself, ''Series/{{House}}'' is nevertheless absurdly calm when nearby patients show catastrophic symptoms. For example, in the 4th season episode "97 Seconds", House watches a clinic patient stab an electrical outlet to electrocute himself. Fitting his personality, he's more curious than concerned, first saying "Interesting." before doing anything else. After calling for a crash cart he pokes the man's lifeless body with his cane and says "I didn't do it."
** Right before said patient electrocutes himself, as he's pulled out the knife, House thinks he wants to use it to attack him, and doesn't scream for help, or yell, or run for his life -- he takes a step back and goes "whoa".
* ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'' has a sketch which is set in an episode of ''Series/QuestionTime'', after the Soviets have just launched the missiles. Most of the panel members continue sniping at each others' parties and using statements like "I think we're missing the real issue here, which is the government's appalling record on education reform..." while one OnlySaneMan gibbers "We're all going to die!"
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Mulder has a tendency to do this. In the episode "The Pine Bluff Variant", while trying to infiltrate a domestic terrorist group, he is led to a darkened warehouse where the one of the leaders attempts to see whether or not Mulder is a spy for the F.B.I. When the bag that was covering Mulder's head is removed and he sees where he is, he quips "Is this the Pepsi Challenge?" When the leader remarks that this is a method he uses to learn the truth, Mulder's response is "Well, you might want to put that hood back on, unless you want to see a grown man cry."
** And then there's this classic, when Mulder and Scully are examining a weird viscous substance:
---> '''Mulder''': (''puts his fingers in the substance to examine it'')\\
'''Scully''': It almost smells like...(''realizes'') Oh, God, Mulder, it's bile.\\
'''Mulder''': ...So, is there any way I can get this off my fingers quickly without betraying my cool exterior?
* Series/ScrapheapChallenge once had a fine example of British {{Understatement}}. "Could I have some water, please?" "Certainly, how much would you like?" "Enough to put out a small fire." "Where would you like it?" "On the fire, please." (The requester had set a seat on fire while welding in a car. Possibly scripted, but still funny.)
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** There are definitely elements of this in the Doctor, justified given the Doctor's perilous and bizarre way of life. Topics include romantic issues, bananas, little hospital shops, dancing, and whatever random topic is on the Doctor's mind.
** The Doctor does kinda get to play this both ways. Half of the time he's genuinely fearful when he's quipping and he's relying on his gob to at least misdirect the MonsterOfTheWeek for a few seconds, but other times he just knows the threat's beneath him and decides to have a laugh with it. Compare the way that he acts around the Daleks, who he fears more than anything else in the universe and yet happily taunts just to see how long they'll keep him alive, to the ways he treats the Sycorax, who he flat-out ignores in order to quite nonchalantly reintroduce himself to a small group of Londoners.
** The "maturity" of a companion can usually be gauged by their ability to engage in smalltalk in the face of danger. Of course, not all of The Doctor's companions appreciate this ability when they're in distress.
---> '''[[DamselInDistress Amy]]''': Is this really important flirting? Because I feel I should be higher on the list.
** The Doctor did plenty of this before the Time War as well. It's quite common in the series for him to mock his captors or have a quippy conversation with a companion while faced with death, especially if the villain has insulted him. To give just two of countless examples: when finally confronting Morbius in "The Brain of Morbius" and while under torture during "The Deadly Assassin".
** And who could forget this example from "Night of the Doctor"?
---> '''Ohila''': We restored you to life, but it's a temporary measure. You have a little under four minutes.\\
'''[[spoiler: Eighth]] Doctor:''' ''Four minutes?'' That's ''ages!'' What if I get ''bored'' and need a television, couple of books? Anyone for chess? Bring me knitting.
** In "The Husbands of River Song," River finally recognizes the Doctor when they're surrounded by dozens of armed and angry genocidal maniacs (not to mention a robot trying to steal the Doctor's head). They immediately go back to their [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple normal flirty means of conversing]].
--->'''Evil Concierge:''' Excuse me, but ''what is this!?''\\
'''River:''' Hush now, mummy and daddy are talking.
* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', [[EmotionlessGirl Cameron]], being, well, [[RobotGirl Cameron]], always speaks this way in combat situations. At one point, she's pinning another Terminator in place that's trying to crush her and kill everyone else, asks for a knife and then pliers to extract its chip in the same tone one would order coffee. Later on, after punching another rampaging Terminator through a wall and blowing it apart, she glances to Derek and remarks "Sometimes they go bad." as if she'd just stepped on an insect.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Space Seed," Khan wakes up and holds a scalpel to Doctor [[TheMcCoy McCoy's]] neck, who had been treating him. [[TheMcCoy McCoy]] calmly informs Khan of the most efficient way to kill him, and that if he doesn't intend to actually do it, he should put the blade down and let him finish his work. It was incredibly awesome.
** In the episode "The Doomsday Machine", as Kirk watches as the titular weapon is getting closer within the rigged-to-explode U.S.S. ''Constellation'', Kirk calmly tells his crew to hurry up with fixing the transporters before he ends up going up with the ship.
* ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' was ''filled'' with this:
-->'''Frank:''' After you.\\
'''Joe:''' Me? You're the oldest.\\
'''Frank:''' Yeah, but you're more agile than me, and stronger.\\
'''Joe:''' Since ''when?''\\
'''Frank:''' Since right now.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' is a serious drama, but will use this trope for subtle humor in nearly every episode.
* ''Series/BreakoutKings'' gives us a particularly weird example when some kidnappers make their terrified victim call home:
-->'''Julianne:''' ''[terrified]'' It's Julianne, I've been kidnapped... ''[suddenly calmer, to her kidnappers]'' It's call waiting, click over.
* In the season 2 finale of ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', Alex and Sean spend the whole episode trying to stop the bad guy from melting down a nuclear reactor in the US. Sean also spends the whole episode trying to get Alex to agree to go on a date with him:
-->'''Sean:''' After this whole thing is over, this whole storming the castle, save humanity thing, I think you and me gotta go on a proper date.\\
'''Alex:''' Are you kidding me?
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' has [[PsychoForHire Gilroy]], whose last words are:
-->'''Gilroy:''' Sorry, did I mention I'm attached to an explosive device? Perhaps you should run.
* In the ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' movie, regardless of whether they're hovering over a doomy canyon of doom, or trying to thread narrow walkways with falling pillars, Justin and Alex still find time to snark incessantly at each other.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', adopted son Luke informs Sarah Jane that he might be eligible to start university a year early. Sarah Jane suggests it might not be the ideal moment for the conversation, seeing as how they're currently handcuffed to a large alien bomb.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** In the episode "Cops and Robbers", when Castle and his mother are held hostage during a bank robbery, Castle comments, "Mother, I find I'm no longer satisfied with the customer service at this establishment. I think we should take our business elsewhere."
** In "Still", Castle does this while Beckett was trapped on a pressure-plate activated bomb;
--->'''Castle''': ''[entering the room with two lattes]'' Whatcha doing? Napping? 'Cause I can come back later.\\
'''Beckett''': Castle, what are you doing here? You promised...\\
'''Castle''': Yeah, I promised I'd leave. [[ExactWords Didn't promise I wouldn't come back]]. Oh, I brought coffee for later when you're off that thing.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "The Midas Touch", Gambit and Purdey have a casual conversation about who was the director of ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierramadre'' during a CarChase.
* In ''Series/WolfHall'', this is Cromwell's reaction when told that Henry has died in a jousting mishap. His initial response is a calm "Oh." (Which is followed by [[LetsGetDangerous slipping a dagger up his sleeve as he departs for the scene]].) When he gets there, he details the immediate future to Rafe: they have to get Princess Mary away from the Boleyns, or she'll die. But if the Catholics get her on the throne, ''he'll'' die. Either way they'll have a civil war. At best he sounds somewhat distracted as he pushes his way through the crowds around the unconscious king.
* ''Super Dave'' would engage in this during the stunt segments of his variety show. One example is his safety lesson explaining what to do if you get rear-ended and his demonstration of using the rear view mirror. It should be noted that Fuji is driving a large truck with a push plate in this scene.
-->'''Super Dave:''' Okay, I'm checking my rear view mirror. I see Fuji. I'd say he's about thirty yards back. I check again and now he's about ten yards back. I check again and now I can see my life is over.
-->''Fuji drives into the back of Super Dave's car and crushes it against the wall.''
* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E6FracturedHouse "Fractured House"]], Lance Hunter and [[ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} Bobbi Morse]] have an argument in the middle of a HYDRA safehouse, briefly pausing to shoot a HYDRA member in tandem before carrying on right where they left off.
** In [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS5E6FunandGames "Fun and Games"]], as Fitz, Simmons and Daisy escape Kasius, Fitz and Simmons bicker LikeAnOldMarriedCouple over who proposed to who first.
* This is taken to ridiculous levels [[note]]even for the time[[/note]] in ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', where Maddie Hayes and David Addison almost ''always'' argue, even when pursuing the criminal of the week.[[note]]It doesn't help that later seasons start doing WillTheyOrWontThey episodes...[[/note]]
* Done often in ''Series/TheWildWildWest'', whose heroes are experienced Secret Service agents who react to every threat with WittyBanter.

* Though it may be an artifact of the nature of the song, C.W.[=McCall's=] ''Wolf Creek Pass'' has this bit in a near deadpan:
-->And I said Earl I'm not the type to complain, but the time has come for me to explain that if you don't apply some brake real soon they're gonna have to pick us up with a stick an' a spoon

* Lewa, the PluckyComicRelief in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', does this in just about every scene he's in. This leads to a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} when he decides to start telling his friends the story of the [[RuleOfThree three]] [[LittlePeople Matoran]], the [[BigCreepyCrawlies Rama swarm]] and the [[FantasticFruitsAndVegetables basket of Bula berries]]... ''in the middle of a battle''. He even annoys Kopaka into a NotSoStoic moment with his seemingly pointless babble.
** As a matter of fact, pretty much all Toa have the ability to make lame jokes while fighting.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Non-scripted versions of this can happen in online gaming: while simultaneously fighting the enemy team in a first-person shooter, players with microphones may engage in friendly conversation or discuss upcoming media releases that have nothing to do with the game they are playing.
* The Mantel Soldiers in ''VideoGame/{{Haze}}'' take this to an extreme, joking, rapping, and generally having fun in the middle of combat. This is intentional, intended to show how [[PsychoSerum Nectar]] causes a disconnect from reality and humanity. The Promise Hand still uses the fourth type, though.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''
** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'', when they were testing out the new "Party Chat" system, you could "Talk" to your allies during battle. (Of course, if you chose to "Talk" once too often, your enemies got a free round of attacks. [[TalkingIsAFreeAction Rude of them, isn't it?]])
** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', when Marcello is dangling above a gaping crater and certain death, his only reaction is to try to talk Angelo out of saving him.
* Variation in the two ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games, where people tend to have casual danger dialog while getting hurt: You could imagine that "You popped a goddamn lung" was in fact said in a very serious way, but there's no way anyone could go "Crap, my eye's dangling by the optic nerve here" without it being a perfect example of this trope.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Mordin Solus in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is a borderline example: He's a little too animated to consider him entirely ''casual'', but consider this sample of his combat chatter:
--->'''Mordin:''' Flammable! Or Inflammable. Forget which. Doesn't matter!
** Most of Shepard and Liara's [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple banter]] in the ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' DLC. Shepard is obviously having fun during the frantic hover-car chase through the streets of Ilium, while Liara is naturally freaking out at sitting next to the [[DrivesLikeCrazy galaxy's worst driver]], while later both are surprisingly calm, considering that they are fighting their way across the surface of a really big spaceship, in the middle of a perpetual thunderstorm.
** In the ''Overlord'' DLC opening mission, Shepard and his/her squad look up to see the giant satellite dish they just disabled starting to collapse on them. Shepard's reaction is a simple ''"You have '''got''' to be kidding me."''
** Shepard and Tali engage in some of this in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' on the Geth Dreadnought if they are in a romance together, including some pretty suggestive flirting. If you bring Ashley, she has this to say:
--->'''Ashley''': Maybe we can talk about this when we're not on ''a damn geth dreadnought!''
** The ''Citadel'' DLC takes the cake for this, especially in the Archives, during which Shepard's entire team (and Wrex) all go on the assault together, and casually trash-talk and banter their way through the whole thing. Just another day, and CurbStompBattle, at the office.
--->'''Wrex''': Uncle Urdnot is back in town, and he brought the BOOM! *''explosions happen''*\\
'''Shepard''': That some kind of catch phrase, Wrex?\\
'''Wrex''': Thought I'd try it out, see what you thought.\\
'''Tali''': Try again!
** Shepard's reaction to being sealed in the Archives for the rest of time by [[spoiler: their clone]], is to be more concerned about [[spoiler: whether or not they [[DoIReallySoundLikeThat really sound like that]] or say "I should go" that often]]. Subverted when Shepard points out to their worried companions that they were ''never'' in any danger at all, since [[RobotBuddy Glyph]] was [[ChekhovsGunman still outside]] to unlock the door.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' all of the characters have a chance at doing this, though it's mostly [[TheStoic Auron and Lulu]], while Tidus, Wakka and Rikku drift more into {{b|adassBoast}}oasting. One of the best examples is most definitely Wakka and/or Rikku pondering how much food they could get out of a particular fiend when they step up to fight.
** Balthier, from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', deserves an honorable mention, for his behavior in the first level of the DS sequel, if nothing else. If Balthier is killed, one of the quotes he may utter ''as he dies'' is a calm ''"Is that your best?"''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': Whenever your characters buff or heal each other, they usually give some variation on a mild mannered "Thanks.", even if they're fighting DemonicSpiders. Or soaring through the air from a launch attack.
** In ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'', in the final dungeon, Lightning comes across a slew of dead monster bodies, noting that "someone's beaten me here." A floor or two down, she finds [[BloodKnight Fang]] duking it out with a [[BossInMooksClothing Chimera]]:
-->'''Lightning:''' Heh, I ''should'' have guessed.\\
'''Fang:''' You all right, Lightning? Almost missed the party.\\
'''Lightning:''' What are you talking about? Looks like you don't need my help.\\
'''Fang:''' [[LesYay Stop playing hard to get]], and get your butt over here! I ''know'' you're dying to get in on this!
* The main characters of the ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' games have a habit of acting completely nonchalant in the face of ridiculous or particularly hammy villains. In one notable example in ''Covenant'', whilst one villain is busy monologuing about how he will rip the heroes' bones apart and condemn them to a lifetime of torture, the party is in a huddle busily discussing how the villain is managing to levitate himself: ''"It's the pillow he's sitting on! I'm sure of it!" "You think so?"''. When the villain is finished ranting, main character Yuri has only one thing to say: ''"Where can I get one of those pillows?"''
* In ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'', Benjamin Keane challenges resident badass Garcian to game of Russian Roulette. Benjamin attempts this trope with increasingly longer and intense rants between rounds. Meanwhile, Garcian just picks up the gun, puts it to his head, pulls the trigger, then passes it back each time. Benjamin probably thought he sounded cool, but his tone and hesitant straining on the trigger pulls suggests he scared and/or crazy. Of course, running a school with invisible, giggling, exploding zombies roaming the halls will probably do that to you.
* Sam Fisher of ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' fame never reacts surprised to any danger that erupts around him, speaking dryly and casually even when he has no idea how he's permitted to react at that point. It's implied that from all the battles he's been through, he's [[SeenItAll gotten used to the odd occupational hazard]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries''
** This happens quite a few times in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', usually when [[ButtMonkey Zelos is involved]].
---> '''Yuan:''' ''[after trapping the party]'' I have you now, you fools!\\
'''Lloyd:''' ''*to Zelos*'' ...He just called you a fool.\\
'''[[EmotionlessGirl Presea]]:''' Zelos is... clumsy.\\
'''Zelos:''' Oh man, I am so sad right now.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'', during one event where the characters are being chased, there is a series of skits in which Tenebrae suggests a "Speaking Ban" because he feels the dialogue in the skits themselves is interfering with escape (ironically, it also prevents him from gloating over its success)
** [[HeterosexualLifePartners Flynn and Yuri]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia.'' They fight together once and duel twice, and all three times they just can't stop snarking at each other:
---> '''Yuri:''' Hey, this isn't the time to get worked up.\\
'''Flynn:''' I am NOT worked up!\\
'''Yuri:''' It's okay, don't hide it!\\
'''Flynn:''' Would you be serious for once?\\
'''Yuri:''' [[BlatantLies I am serious!]]\\
'''Flynn:''' I can't concentrate with you ''talking'' all the time!\\
'''Yuri:''' Well, I can't concentrate without talking, so...we're kinda stuck!
* ''VideoGame/StubbsTheZombie'' tends to elicit very... unusual death rattles from his victims. Most robots speak casually no matter what happens, presumably due to their programming. But even normal victims tend to have extremely skewed priorities, with shouts such as ''"That was my favorite arm!"'', ''"Now how will I juggle?"'', or even: ''"That was my '''second''' favorite arm!"''
* ''VideoGame/{{WET}}'' at the end of the game [[spoiler: after being shot at twice by Rupert Pelham]] Rubi says, ''"Bummer. Sucks for you."'' This is in a tone of voice one would expect to hear someone use when they realized they dropped their wallet [[spoiler: not when they just deflected two bullets and are about to take Final Vengeance on someone]].
* The Dude in ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} 2'' remains remarkably calm while being shot, with many cheerfully making remarks.
-->''"Hey! Now I can't feel '''my''' legs!"''\\
''"Oooh, right in the stuff!"''\\
''"That's gonna be sore tomorrow!"''
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' the titular protagonist [[DeadpanSnarker deadpans]] his way through most of his gunfights.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear''
** Meryl and Johnny Sasaki in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', where they casually discuss [[spoiler: their wedding plans]] while trying to hold off waves of FROG soldiers.
** Snake and Venus in ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid2''. While the game's villain monologues about his motives, the two of them calmly chat about how to destroy the Metal Gear he's piloting and ask him to shut up when they get bored.
* In ''VideoGame/AlanWake'', while Alan and Barry are holding off waves of Taken from [[ItMakesSenseInContext a concert stage]], Barry talks about things like the large amount of ammo around, the pyrotechnics, and how bad this 1970's-era wiring is. But this takes the cake:
-->'''Barry:''' Al, this may be the most AWESOME MOMENT of our ENTIRE LIVES!\\
'''Alan:''' They are trying to kill us! ''That's'' the high point of my life? Really?\\
'''Barry:''' "Children of the Elder God"! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M1k1tgq87g Enjoy it]], dammit!
* The Survivors of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' do this all the time, cracking jokes, bantering and insulting the Infected. They do get serious when they're heavily injured, though.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** While most of the dialogue in-game is various taunts and unwarranted advice yelled back and forth between teams, some lines are surprisingly calm for a battleground, generally from one teammate to another.
** The Spy will, when [[KillItWithFire set on fire]], occasionally say [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Spy_responses#Set_on_Fire "I do believe I'm on fire" or "I appear to have burst into flames"]] without any hint of pain. Considering how the most useful way of finding spies is to set them on fire, it might just be commonplace to him by now.
** The Sniper in ''Meet the Sniper'', while taking aim at one of his marks.
--->'''Sniper:''' I think his mate saw me.\\
''[bullet hits railing, Sniper and camera duck]''\\
'''Sniper:''' ''Yes,'' yes, he did.
* In ''VideoGame/Portal2'', the main protagonist falls down a seemingly bottomless shaft, with [=GLaDOS=] [[spoiler:falling down with her after having her [=AI=] transferred to a potato battery by the [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity now-mad-with-power]] Wheatley, and]] commenting on the situation.
-->'''[=GLaDOS=]:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Oh, hi. So, how are you holding up? [[spoiler:''Because I'm a potato.'' ]]
]] (''[[SarcasticClapping slow clapping]]'') [[/folder]]

[[folder: Oh, good. My slow clap processor made it into this thing. So we have that. Since it doesn't look like we're going anywhere--well, we ''are'' going ''somewhere''; alarmingly fast, actually--but since we're not busy other than that, here's a couple of facts: [[spoiler:[Wheatley]'s not just a regular moron. He's the product of the greatest minds of a generation working together with the express purpose of building the ''dumbest moron who ever lived''. And you just put him in charge of the entire facility. ]]
]] (''slow clapping'') [[/folder]]

[[folder: Good, that's still working. Hey, just in case this pit isn't actually bottomless, do you think maybe you could unstrap one of those long fall boots of yours and shove me into it? Just remember to land on one foot... ]]

%%* Dante from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' lives this trope, especially in 3 and 4.
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* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' has DialogDuringGameplay that the player can engage in - in which York talks to his imaginary friend Zach - while driving around town, which is normally a safe activity. However, after midnight, zombies infest the town and giant zombie dogs are in the streets. The DialogDuringGameplay doesn't stop despite this, and the result is that you can drive around and talk to your imaginary friend, holding conversations about movies and previously worked-on cases, while seeming to be totally oblivious to the numerous zombies and demon dogs trying to kill you.
* ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'': In an overheard radio message a Marine relatively calmly informs command ''he has a hole in his chest'' (paraphrased):
-->'''Marine:''' I need a medi evac!\\
'''Radio operator:''' Who is this? I can't get a read on your med chip.\\
'''Marine:''' My med chip was damaged.\\
'''Radio operator:''' What? That chip is installed near your heart!\\
'''Marine:''' I know, I can see it.
* ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'' does this a lot. Particularly in boss battles, you'll have chatter between your party and the bad guys, that doesn't stop while you're unloading clip after clip of bullets into the bad guy.
* ''VideoGame/TimeGal'' has a scenario in the B.C. 44 stage where [[PlayerCharacter Reika]] tries to pick up a guy... ''while swordfighting him.''
-->'''Reika:''' Hey, good-looking. You're my kinda guy! Oh, how old ''are'' you?
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' has all the main characters calmly talking about what they're going to do with whatever is trying to kill them at that moment in time. One fun example is when Leon and Hellena are sliding down a waterway (seemingly into the bowels of the Earth) while being chased by a giant mutant fish; they never raise their voices once. While Jake and Sherry sound almost bored when they're on a speeding elevator that's outrunning a fireball while simultaneously also attempting to defeat a boss.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has plenty of this depending on what you're fighting when certain characters use their battle quotes. You could be fighting hordes of Risen (zombies) or high ranking commanders of enemy armies, but that doesn't stop Henry from saying ''"Oooh, ugly!"'' or Nowi from asking ''"Do you like dragons?"'' before she blows stuff up with dragon breath.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'': You pretty much go through the entire game listening to the hilarious banter of all of the characters while you are in combat as Pit (and in one chapter, Dark Pit). Well, that is unless you deactivate the character commentary in the secret options, but considering the hilarity of the characters in this game, why would you wanna do that?
* In ''VideoGame/Bayonetta2'''s prologue, Bayonetta and Jeanne seem awfully preoccupied about their upcoming Christmas party. That would be casual enough, if not for the fact that they were at the same time fighting hordes of Angels hell-bent on killing them.
* [[FanNickname Phone Guy]] in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' does this in his phone recordings to the player. He's going through the same hell the player is -- manning the doors, watching the security cameras, and trying to juggle both to conserve his power supply so he doesn't suffer a CruelAndUnusualDeath -- and the entire time he's casually chatting as if he's sitting in a break room. [[spoiler:Even when he knows he's about to die, he's more or less calm when he tells the player that he might not be able to make another recording because "It's been a bad night here for me" which, despite sounding dire, is the ''understatement of the century''. And Phone Guy still doesn't freak out despite the fact that in the background of the recording, you can ''hear'' the same tune that the player hears every time the power goes out and they're about to be brutally murdered -- which means that Phone Guy was staring right at the thing that was about to kill him, knew [[CruelAndUnusualDeath what was about to happen]], and was [[AndIMustScream totally incapable of doing anything to stop it]].]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'':
** Hawke and crew, particularly Sarcastic Hawke. One example has Sarcastic Hawke standing in front of a powerful pride demon they just released.
--->'''Hawke:''' ''[{{deadpan|Snarker}}]'' Summoned a horror. Of course. [[LampshadeHanging Why]] ''wouldn't'' I do that?
** The game can also occasionally glitch, meaning that the party banter carries on during combat. Given that said banter usually involves sarcasm and sniping at each other, this certainly qualifies.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', when facing off against the FinalBoss again after finishing the single player campaign, the members of MissionControl will start to casually chat with each other during the fight instead of giving tips like usual.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutShelter'', if you set up two dwellers to guard the vault entrance during a raider attack, they may have the same casual dialogue that they have while working anywhere else in the Vault. Three raiders are breaking into your vault, and they're talking about what their favorite pizza toppings are with guns at the ready.
* At the finale of the Pantagruel section in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' while the good guys and the bad guys are having a MexicanStandoff, the characters deduce that if they start fighting against one another, it would just end in a stalemate and Olivert thinks that's just no fun. Instead, he then suggests to throw a party instead which makes both the NinjaMaid and his rival to immediately jump onto that idea. Xeno, a PrivateMilitaryContractor, also jumps in by bringing in the booze while Duvalie and Altina can't take the casual atmosphere anymore and both want to take things seriously.
* ''VideoGame/WarhammerTheEndTimesVermintide'': Most the humor in the world has been eaten alive by the Skaven, so making fun of them (especially the 'ninjas' who can't make a single parkour jump without yelling at their targets) is a good way of getting it back.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo'' is full of this. Fighting an army of ninjas is apparently good fuel for the wit.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Normally, people would be intimidated by fighting two large bear monsters. Not [[BadassAdorable Yang]], apparently. Between dodging their swings, she's casually teasing them and asking them if they've seen where her sister Ruby is. That is, [[BerserkButton until one of their swings]] [[MinorInjuryOverreaction catches a strand]] [[NobodyTouchesTheHair of her hair...]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** About just about everyone does this, since most are {{Deadpan Snarker}}s and TalkingIsAFreeAction. No mere action sequence is going to slow down the puns. Belkar is especially prone to it.
** Elan does this all the time, much to the other party members' chagrin. Well, this is Elan's designated role as the party's bard.
** It seems to run in the family -- Nale is quite capable of nonchalantly disregarding the most fearsome of his opponents.
--->'''Nale:''' Malack. How's the family?
* ''Webcomic/ColourWheel'': [[http://colourwheelcomic.com/comic/page-13/ Violet takes a call from her dad.]] "As a matter of fact, there ''is'' a robot trying to kill me."
* On [[http://deadwinter.cc/page/269.htm this page]] of ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'', Liz and Alice have a discussion about pacifism, as they nonchalantly smash in the brains of a zombie who tried to sneak up on them.
* No surprise with ''Webcomic/{{Acrobat}}''. He even does this once [[spoiler: when Magnum was being [[PeoplePuppets remote controlled by their common enemy.]]]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Gil protects his bedridden father from a few assassination attempts effortlessly in the midst of several conversations with his advisers.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Schlock has no problem finishing up his one-liner [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20080810.html after his friend gets his eye blown off by a sniper]].
** DeathIsCheap for the ''Schlock'' universe, and even accounting for that, Schlock knows Ebbirnoth's injury isn't as serious as it looks (especially since the sniper thought he was delivering a deadly headshot to a being that keeps its brain in its abdomen); it can be regenerated with the help of nanobots. Casual annoying injury dialog maybe?
*** Casual debilitating-and-really-painful-injury dialogue; Ebby's eye is his major sensory organ and consequently ''really'' sensitive. Incidentally, this also justifies the trope; Schlock is NighInvulnerable and knows it, and Ebby needs ''something'' to distract him from the pain of having his eye sniped.
* ''Webcomic/RipHaywire'' loves this trope.
* Almost every fight in ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire'' is rife with this.
* ''All'' of ''[[Webcomic/EightBitTheater 8-bit Theater]]'', and not just the dialog between the casual dangers that are the protagonists.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'', Liz gets kidnapped and imprisoned in some extra-dimensional space. You wouldn't know that from the way she telepathically contacts Mary, and asks if Mary can cover for her on stakeout duties while she's out of town.
* Kitti and Dries in ''Webcomic/WhatTheFu'' discuss their relationship while beating up a bunch of cultists.
* Most of the ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' characts spend so much time snarking, that Marten's reaction to a psycho trying to kill his friend Steve while he's present (supposedly for being a bad boyfriend) is to remark that his hair is neither spiky nor blonde enough for this.
** In a later confrontation with the same attacker, Dora casually grabs Faye's ass, much to the latter's irritation. When asked why, Dora's response is that if she's going to die, she'd rather die happy.
* Quant and Androssi in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. Quant being one of those people who achieved the nigh-impossible goal of reaching the top of the Tower, Androssi being one of those who got the power of the King and third strongest person of the Tower. There is a lot of danger here to be ridiculed with casual quips.
* Nikki, in ''Webcomic/TheKAMics'' does it [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5199667/ here]] and in the next strip.
* Rather than escaping, the mad {{Genius Ditz}} from Average Joe has a completely casual conversation with the titular character [[http://ajcomic.com/?p=456 here]], while a third character is occupied keeping him from being cut in half by a Bond-style laser beam.
* In ''Webcomic/SpyingWithLana'', the first conversation where we see Lana has her snarking to her chief that she's "little busy right now" in the middle of a gun fight.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': As a work running on LightmareFuel with a DeadpanSnarker in the cast, this was bound to happen sooner or later. From Mikkel's FlatEarthAtheist perspective, the ghost attack consisted of an unconscious Lalli suddenly starting to scream, followed by Mikkel himself passing out for no apparent reason and waking up to the tank being driven away from the campsite and the monster-decting kitten having apparently had a BringMyBrownPants moment. Meawhile, his superior Sigrun is running around trying to resolve the situation after a similar moment of passing out. Mikkel's contribution to the frenzy is pointing out that Tuuri, who techically went against Sigrun's earlier orders by driving away from the campsite while she was uncounscious, should be on Sigrun's mutiny risk list instead of Mikkel himself. The list in question had been started due to a minor act of disobedience on Mikkel's part, and only had Mikkel's name on it.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Moxie}}'', Choco has no problem [[http://www.moxiecomic.com/comic/pg44/ whispering a witty remark]] to Mari as they are about to be mugged.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* LetsPlay/AlChestBreach does this quite often. It's amongst his defining characteristics.
* Sonia, from ''Literature/TheSaints'', is incapable of not [[DeadpanSnarker mouthing off]] to every threat she encounters.
* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Diamond and Bungie once had a heartfelt discussion about Diamond's plans to adopt a baby while they escaped a [[AncientConspiracy Tarot Base]] crawling with gun-toting {{Mooks}} and supervillains.
* Rob from the web fiction serial ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'' is notorious for cracking stupid jokes before, during, or after most battles, usually leading to him being smacked upside the head by Wyn.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** [[SassyBlackWoman Chaka]] is definitely the guiltiest party of the members of Team Kimba. When super-powered ninjas attacked on Parents' Day, she stopped to hassle the ninja leader about his technique, then collected the throwing stars being hurled at her and handed them out to her little brother and Tennyo's younger brother.
---> '''Chaka:''' ''[whistles]'' Hey Daikon BAY-BAY! How y'all doin'? R'member ME?
** Basically, ''all'' of Team Kimba, except Lancer, who is stuck playing team leader. Their instructors in Team Tactics have been getting on their case about it. When attacked by a stream of lethal robots in a simulation of Crucible's supervillain lair, they pretty much have a contest to see who can come up with the best robot joke.
* In the ''WebVideo/HardlyWorking'' episode ''Emergency Flirt'' Pat starts flirting with the animal control operator, and forgets about the tiger trying to eat them all.
* [[ActionGirl Vero]][[GenkiGirl nica]] does this in a bloody, large scale battle with [[DarkActionGirl Tay]][[ArchEnemy lor]] in ''Roleplay/ShadowhunterPeril''. She talks to Taylor while swinging a mace at her, commenting on her hair and such. Then she goes so far to ask if she's annoying Taylor. It's hilarious in two aspects: There's a massacre going on in the background, and Taylor actually doesn't flip out at Veronica (but she doesn't take her questions seriously).
* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'' has [[http://notalwaysright.com/courage-under-hire/22826 a guy]] who told a would-be robber ''threatening him with a knife'' to quit holding up the line.
* ''[[http://www.rinkworks.com/stupid/ Rinkworks' Computer Stupidities]]'' has a story of a technician teaching his daughter how to do his job. One of the things he teaches her is to remain calm while working. She takes this lesson a little too well because when she's doing her first hard drive swap, she says "Okay, the drive is on fire. Is that normal?" (It isn't and the drive is faulty.) Oddly enough, the more experienced one panics while the newbie remains perfectly calm.
* ''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged'': Seen when Barry tries pulling a gun on Jill, who effortlessly snatches it out of his hand and turns it on him. Barry keeps his cool and tries to talk her down by joking with her.
-->'''Barry:''' ''(raising hands in surrender)'' "Believe it, or not, I have a good explanation for that too."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "Escape to the House of Mummies, Part II", we get this exchange:
--->'''Villain:''' Give me the Hand of Osiris!\\
'''Dr. Venture:''' Give me head!\\
'''Villain:''' You didn't just say that.\\
'''Dr. Venture:''' I absolutely did. What are you gonna do about it?\\
'''Villain:''' I'm...about to kill your sons...\\
'''Dr Venture:''' Join the club!
** Gradually, two [[JustifiedTrope justifications]] are developed for the show's many, many examples of this trope. First, most of the villains are [[PunchClockVillain card-carrying members]] of the Guild of Calamitous Intent, therefore bound by a thick rulebook that tones down their effective menace (to say nothing of those that are incompetent to begin with). Second, the Venture family have been in seemingly perilous situations their entire lives and have become somewhat GenreSavvy and even bored with it. A lampshade is hung on it in "Victor. Echo. November.", when the danger comes directly from the Guild itself for a change:
--->'''Dr. Venture:''' ''[after the lights go out]'' Don't be a nervous Nelly. The generators will kick in in-- ''[lights come back on]'' There you go. ''[lights go out again]'' Um, this is different, Brock, isn't it?
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and other ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' characters are fond of throwing little asides at the audience during tense moments. One notable example: in ''Hair-Raising Hare'', Bugs is barricading a door with a monster on the other side and shouts frantically "Is there a doctor in the house?" When [[BornInTheTheatre one stands up]], Bugs merely give him his CatchPhrase "Eh, what's up, Doc?" The CatchPhrase is also delivered with total cool when Elmer is pointing a gun at him. When they were first created, ''Bugs Bunny'' cartoons were funny because of all the responses the audience expected from a rabbit facing a hunter, casual flippancy wasn't even on the list.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': Dinobot and Rattrap (who never got along, since Dinobot was [[HeelFaceTurn originally a bad guy]]; his sense of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warrior's honor]] caused him to join the good guys) are arguing as they drag Tarantulas down a tunnel. They stop to continue arguing and Tarantulas wakes up, pulls a gun, and stands up. Upon aiming it at the two good guys and screaming a threat, both Dinobot and Rattrap yell "[[BigShutUp SHUT UP!]]" and punch him out... in unison!
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' is full of this. This is expected, as the whole show's purpose is to partner Batman with one or more heroes in every single episode. The most hilarious situations often involve ComicBook/GreenArrow, Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, and the ComicBook/BlueBeetle (both Jaime and Ted).
* Can anyone say ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''?
** An especially good example would be the ''Titans'' incarnation of Kid Flash.
** Or any superhero show for younger people, for that matter, like ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''. Not as badly as some, but enough to get a bit annoying when, in the middle of a perfectly good story, Spud keeps making forced-sounding criticisms of Dark Dragon's EvilLaugh. (Spud, for the record, [[TheDitz has no idea what he's talking about]] -- Dark Dragon had a ''great'' evil laugh.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'''s title character and his RoguesGallery engage in this when they aren't [[WittyBanter bantering wittily]] or [[YouFightLikeACow trading insults]].
** Hawkeye (as Ronin) and Spider-Man once had a [[WittyBanter witty banter contest]] while fighting off hordes of ninjas, including musing about what ninjas got as job benefits. ("Oh, and throwing stars. Lots and lots of throwing stars.")
** Being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, ''Deadpool'''s rambling is even more distracting than Spider-Man's. Even [[DisabilitySuperpower Daredevil]] is fooled.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'':
** In one particularly memorable scene, Superman and Batman are fighting a group of anonymous masked criminals while casually talking about Captain Marvel, a new member of the League. About halfway through the scene, one of the heroes suddenly realizes something:
-->'''Batman:''' What do these guys want, anyway?\\
'''Superman:''' To take over the world... Or rob banks. I forget. ''(beat up bad guys)'' But, back to Captain Marvel...
** Another [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome example]] from ''Justice League Unlimited'': Batman has been forced to eject from his jet, and the enemy has destroyed the ejector seat (which presumably contained his parachute). As he is ''plummeting to his death,'' he says in a completely calm, deadpan voice:
--->'''Batman:''' Batman to all points: I could use some air support.\\
'''Batman:''' Since I can't fly.\\
''(still falling)''\\
'''Batman:''' At all.\\
''(seconds from hitting the ground)''\\
'''Batman:''' Now would be good.\\
''([[NotTheFallThatKillsYou Superman swoops in to catch him just before impact]])''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Zhao and Iroh are discussing invasion plans when Hahn [[WithCatlikeTread unmasks himself and charges them with a spear]]. Zhao throws him off the ship without missing a beat and calmly continues talking.
** Iroh gets one too when a bunch of Dai-Li agents attack him out of nowhere and he simply takes a sip of tea then asks them if they know why he is called the "[[RedBaron Dragon of the West]]".
** The Gaang gets a variant of this when they storm the Earth King's palace, advancing and fending off all of the Earth Kingdom warriors with ease... ''while apologizing to them'', since they were only following orders.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** "You Only Move Twice" has Homer and Scorpio having a conversation about Homer's family being unhappy in their new town while the army is invading Scorpio's headquarters.
--->'''Scorpio:''' Homer, I'm disappointed but I think you need to do what's best for your family. You need anything, you call me...I never had to call my own company. Someone will tell you [the number] upstairs. But Homer, on your way out, if you wanna kill somebody it would help me a lot.\\
''(dons a flame thrower and goes back into the fray)''
** From the ''Film/TheShining'' parody in "Treehouse of Horror V":
--->'''Lisa:''' Mom, is Dad gonna kill us?\\
'''Marge:''' I guess we're just gonna have to wait and see.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** Kim and {{sidekick}}/boyfriend Ron are so used to the danger around them that they carry on casual conversations while sneaking into {{Supervillain Lair}}s, fighting the bad guys, or even discuss their relationship ''while the [[SuperVillain villain]] aims a DeathRay at their heads''. Often Kim has to tell her sidekick to focus on the [[EvilPlan matter at hand]].
** In one instance, Ron was fighting Kim (his body controlled by a bad guy) when they argue about a misunderstanding. The dialog includes the lines "Oh, this is our first fight," and "I never meant to hurt you," as Ron throws Kim over a table.
** From the same show, Yori is like this by nature, most likely as a product of her Ninja training. From the episode "Big Bother":
--->''(Kim and Yori are tied back to back, they jump onto a patch of ground that immediately becomes the only piece of land in the middle of a large lava field)''\\
'''Yori:''' Hmm. This is a mild setback.\\
'''Kim:''' Calm in the face of danger much?
** The time the Go siblings walk into Electronique's trap, it comes across more as simple obliviousness:
--->'''Shego:''' Can we focus on the fact that Miss Sparky's ''pointing a weapon at us?''
** Kim and Shego also often have a little chit-chat while fighting, often about fashion, or complimenting Drakken on actually being competent for once.
* Multiple people on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' do this -- a notorious example being singing while plummeting towards Earth at insane speeds -- but [[DeadpanSnarker Noah]] and {{D|elinquent}}uncan do it an awful lot.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Stewie Griffin, being a DeadpanSnarker, and also insane, does this a lot. A classic example:
--->'''Stewie:''' Be careful! The mountains are the same color as the sky!\\
'''Brian:''' What?\\
'''Stewie:''' I said the mountains are the same color as the--WHOA!\\
'''Brian:''' What was that?\\
'''Stewie:''' I'm practicing my comedy crash!
** Another example would be in Seahorse Seashell Party, during the time when Brian is tripping on 'shrooms.
---> '''Brian:''' ''[in a calm, if not garbled tone]'' [[InsaneTrollLogic I'm gonna cut off my ear to prevent World War II.]]\\
''[[{{Squick}} [does just that] ]]''
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Marsala]] is generally prone to this in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'', e.g. this gem:
-->''(TheSquad is trapped by overwhelming enemy numbers and their PoweredArmor is half-offline)''\\
'''J.T. Marsh:''' Can you fly?\\
'''Marsala:''' I presume you mean "in an [[HumongousMecha E-frame]]"?\\
'''J.T. Marsh:''' Great. Of all times, you pick ''now'' to find a sense of humor?
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'':
** Odd Della Robbia is the living incarnation of this trope. He's constantly fooling around while fighting, whether on Lyoko or the real world. He's done things like giving girl names to the monsters he's destroying or making sport announcer commentaries of his own exploits (this has gotten him devirtualized once). If Odd ever stops this and starts screaming in terror, you can bet he's ''really'' in mortal danger.
** [[DeadpanSnarker Ulrich Stern]] is no slouch either, especially when Odd isn't around and he feels the need to take his friend's place at making lame jokes.
** Aelita and Yumi can sometimes quip or joke, but they tend to be much more serious than the boys.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': "Oh, Fluttershy. Could you be a dear and fly faster, please?" [[spoiler: Said by Rarity when she and Pinkie Pie are being dragged through the air by the corrupted Rainbow Dash in the second episode of season 2. It only qualifies because of the polite wording -- she does raise her voice and appears somewhat concerned with the last few words.]]
* Done all the time in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Sterling]] and [[TheRival Barry]] argue about Barry ruining Sterling's suit and how Sterling slept with Barry's fiance while they are being shot at by the KGB. Later, [[DoggedNiceGuy Cyril]] wastes no time laying into Sterling about trying to get them all killed by taking on the {{Yakuza}} stone drunk just because they might have his [[CoolCar birthday present.]] And, of course, any time Sterling and [[ActionGirl Lana]] [[BelligerentSexualTension talk about their failed relationship.]] Then there was also the time Sterling is fighting of an army of mooks while talking to a 16 year old German diplomat's daughter about her daddy issues [[spoiler: while said girl is topless outdoors in the middle of winter]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda Holiday Special'', the heroes discuss the upcoming Winter Festival while fighting off a group of bandits. The bandits even join in.
* [[ActionDad Brock]] and [[ActionMom Vonnie]] of ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' have had to master the art of this thanks to being trapped in a world of non-stop danger; most of their MUHU conversations with Penn involve them giving him advice or discussing mundane topics while fighting monsters or defusing bombs.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E3TheGolfWar The Golf War]]", Pacifica is left on a deathtrap. When Mabel starts untying her from it, she starts complaining about various things she's doing. At least, until Mabel threatens to leave her there.
-->'''Pacifica:''' Took you long enough. And watch the earrings. They're worth more than your house.\\
'''Mabel:''' You know what, on second thought, maybe I won't untie you.\\
'''Pacifica:''' Untie me! Untie me!\\
'''Mabel:''' That's what I thought.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has [[AcePilot Numbuh Two]] while dodging punches in a HumongousMecha fight with [[FirstMate Numbuh Five]]. Given his ImprobablePilotingSkills, he dodges all of her attempts to [[ItMakesSenseInContext tag him]] easily while saying this gem of a line.
-->'''Numbuh Two:''' ''[with {{old master}} accent]'' Oh, your moves, young grasshopper, [[YouFightLikeACow are like elephants doing the mambo in tapioca]].
* This happens often on ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'', whenever Milo and his friends end up in trouble because of his [[TheJinx terrible luck]].
-->'''Zack:''' (''while being chased by a rolling concrete pipe'') AAAAAH! Wait, why aren't ''you'' screaming?!\\
'''Milo:''' I find it doesn't help. Just hurts the larynx.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', the main four are normally extremely calm when dealing with danger.
* Happens in an episode of ''Justice Friends'' from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. Major Glory takes time in the middle of a battle to catch up with his old college roomie Living Bullet. The whole episode is also about Kronk trying to romance his DistaffCounterpart "She Thing" and his friends actually help him while simultaneously battling the villains.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://skippyslist.com/2010/02/25/my-son-the-next-me/ This kid]], who may not be MadeOfIron, but probably has BallsOfSteel.
* Anyone who has spent time around people routinely in dangerous situations (police, firefighters, paramedics, and soldiers) will have seen this. (Compare ItNeverGetsAnyEasier.)
* The crew of Apollo 13. The very real possibility of dying hundreds of thousands of kilometers from Earth in a space capsule would rank slightly higher than "a problem" on most people's scales. American astronauts up to and through the moon shots were all direct graduates from the Chuck Yeager school of flying. Besides which, in space, there are no small ''problems''.
* In 1908-09, Douglas Mawson and Professor Edgeworth David were part of an Antarctic expedition. Mawson was working in the tent one day when the Professor asked if he was busy. Mawson said yes. A few minutes later, Professor David asked again, explaining apologetically, as Mawson quotes him, "I am so sorry to disturb you, Mawson, but I am down a crevasse and I really don't think I can hold on much longer."
* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was campaigning in Wisconsin in 1912 when he was shot right before giving a speech. [[PocketProtector The speech, folded up in his pocket, slowed the bullet and sapped its lethality]]. Not fazed by a mere bullet, and being familiar with human anatomy, Roosevelt deduced the bullet had not done severe damage and [[MadeOfIron finished his speech, standing up, for 90 minutes before seeking medical attention]]. In the end the bullet was left in because removing it would have been too dangerous.[[note]]Some believe UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley, Roosevelt's presidential predecessor, would have survived his assassination if the doctors hadn't tried to remove the bullet.[[/note]] This might more properly be a case of [[{{Pun}} Casual Danger Monologue]], however.
--> "Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but [[BadassBoast it takes more than that to kill]] [[{{Pun}} a Bull Moose]]."[[note]]He was running as a member of the Bull Moose party[[/note]]
* An example of this cost some lives in UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar: an American commander, upon being told by the British 29th Infantry Brigade that things were "a bit sticky," ordered the unit to remain in place and continue to defend the river, not knowing that [[{{Understatement}} "a bit sticky" meant "outnumbered 70 000 to 4 000, ammunition virtually exhausted."]]
** Andrew Marr, ''A History of Modern Britain'':
--->'''Narration:''' Unfortunately, the American commander didn't realize that "a bit sticky" was [[StiffUpperLip stiff-upper-lip]] for "catastrophic."
* According to mountain climber David Brashears, he has ''never'' heard another climber scream as he/she fell. If they say anything at all, it's a brief warning to those below, like "Falling!"
* In 1982, British Airways Flight 9 encountered a cloud of volcanic ash that sand-blasted the aircraft's windows and choked all four of its engines with rock fragments causing them all to flame out. The aircraft was reduced to gliding over the ocean, miles away from the nearest airport (or indeed any land whatsoever), with little hope of relighting the apparently dead engines, and the point rapidly approaching where the only option left was ditching (a maneuver never attempted in a 747, and one that has far more often than not gone horribly wrong on other models of airliner). Amid their frantic attempts to restart the engines the crew did manage to find the time to make the following announcement (called "a masterpiece of {{Understatement}}") to the passengers:
-->"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress."
** They landed safely. Though by this point the danger was long gone, it is still amusing that the people on that plane called themselves the "Galunggung Gliding Club" (the ash came from Mount Galunggung and they had glided out of the cloud).
** All airline pilots are told to sound as calm and casual as possible when announcing an emergency, and indeed, only to use the intercom if it is absolutely necessary.
* 01/15/09, Hudson River, Captain C. "Sully" Sullenberger. An emergency landing after losing both engines to birdstrike. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZPvVwvX_Nc The dialogue with the control tower is available here.]] In a nutshell, it's "We're gonna be in the Hudson." As in, he was going to land ''in the Hudson River''. This is a professional requirement of pilots and air traffic control - when the fellow you're on the phone with is about to make a split-second decision with a few hundred lives, you're not to add any pressure, thank you very much.
* Captain Al Haynes, while guiding a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Airlines_Flight_232 DC-10 with no flight controls]] approaching the Sioux City airport, even cracked a joke. When told he was cleared to land on any runway, he laughed and replied "You want to be particular and make it a runway, huh?" He did hit the runway, and 184 of 296 people on board survived. If that seems like a large number of deaths (only 13 people were uninjured), realize that the plane hit wing-first, started a fire immediately, lost that wing completely, and flipped over. This was an incident where everyone on the plane and some bystanders could have died had the landing not been done so well.
** That wasn't the only joke cracked during the crisis. While assisting the crew in the cockpit, deadheading[[hottip:*:riding as a free passenger]] captain Dennis Fitch told the crew, "We'll all have a beer when we get this thing down." Haynes' reply? "I don't drink, but [[INeedAFreakingDrink I'll sure as hell have one anyway!]]"
* "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We've had a small problem; the plane is under control now and we're headed back to Detroit for an emergency landing." - Captain Bryce [=McCormick=], pilot of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Airlines_Flight_96 American Airlines Flight 96]] (another DC-10) after the cargo bay had decompressed and partially collapsed the cabin floor, severely restricting the pilots' control of the plane.
* As the UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic was sinking in 1912, the chamber strings group on board continued to play their music, even as passengers were rushing for the lifeboats. It was documented over and over again by the survivors. What is less certain is ''what'' they played - tradition holds that it was ''Nearer My God, to Thee'' but opinions differ. One survivor says he certainly did not remember hearing it, as passengers would have taken it as an unsubtle hint that they were all doomed, and caused a panic. Nevertheless, the orchestra continued to play until the angle of the deck became too great for them to keep their balance. This was portrayed in both Creator/JamesCameron's [[Film/{{Titanic 1997}} 1997 film]] and the 1958 film ''Film/ANightToRemember''.
* [[http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=985_1261528577 Man Impaled With Knife Orders Coffee]]
* Lawrence Oates, British antarctic explorer. Aware that his failing health was impeding his comrades' chances for survival, [[HeroicSacrifice he chose to speed up his death]] via exposure [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown in order to give them a better chance.]] His last words before walking out of the tent into a blizzard were "I am just going outside and may be some time."
* UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan famously wisecracked after he was shot on March 30, 1981. He apologetically told wife Nancy, "Honey, I forgot to duck." He also jokingly told the surgical staff, "I hope you're all Republicans."[[note]]The chief trauma surgeon, Dr. Joseph Giordano, a liberal Democrat, replied, "[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Mr. President, we're all Republicans today]]."[[/note]]
* After getting in a bar fight to defend a female companion, which resulted in him getting slashed in the arm with a piece of glass, Creator/SeanBean ordered another drink and let them give him first aid.
* [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2450678/Pictured-time-Brave-light-aircraft-passenger-77-landed-plane-help-instructors-radio-pilot-fell-ill-later-died.html John Wildey]], the British man who landed the flight instruction aeroplane he was in (with no previous experience and an illness-stricken instructor), remarked: "This isn't going to end very well is it," as he took the plane into a controlled crash.
* As Japanese carrier ''Hiryu'' was sinking during the Battle of Midway, Her captain and his superior, Admiral Yamaguchi, calmly talked about the moonlit night sky as they went down with the ship. Heroic and honorable this might have been, it was still foolish as Yamaguchi was Japan's best carrier admiral and his loss was a big blow.