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->'''Chuck:''' Does this seem like a particularly awkward silence?\\
'''James:''' Dude, ''Miriam's'' not saying anything. It's the end times, man.
-->-- ''Webcomic/OutThere''

The title should be read as "Out-of-Character Is SeriousBusiness."

[[CharactersAsDevice Some characters have strong traits that they are known by]]. This is for when a character [[SubvertedTrope momentarily breaks away]] [[OutOfCharacterMoment from their normal habits]] to make a point or because the plot demands it. Often causes the other characters to do a DoubleTake and [[LampshadeHanging mention why this event]] is SeriousBusiness. When most or all of these [=OoC=] moments happen at once, you can be sure that [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the world is ending]], or at least the DarkestHour, leading characters to behave in ways they normally wouldn't, because they know they might not have another chance to do so.

Some classic {{Archetypal Character}}s who might be the cause of this:

* The ActualPacifist starts a fight.
* TheAlcoholic[=/=]HardDrinkingPartyGirl puts down their drink for the time being (or dumps it out and [[NoMoreForMe swears to never drink again]]).
* The AllLovingHero [[BewareTheNiceOnes wants to kill someone]].
* The ArrogantKungFuGuy takes the path of peace.
* A {{Badass}} gets scared.
* TheBerserker[=/=]HotBlooded guy calms down, or goes into TranquilFury.
* The BigEater states that they're not hungry, double points if they turned down their TrademarkFavoriteFood.
* The BloodKnight suggests a peaceful solution or is repelled by violence.
* The ClingyJealousGirl, CrazyJealousGuy or {{Yandere}} doesn't act out when someone makes moves on their love interest.
* The ClockKing or the CreatureOfHabit deviates from their routines ''purposely''.
* The CloudCuckoolander begins to talk and/or act logically.
* The CoolMask wearer suddenly [[TheReveal removes it]]; one normally in makeup being without also fits this.
* The DeadpanSnarker [[SarcasmFailure is at a loss for words]].
* The {{Determinator}} gives up.
* A DirtyCoward[=/=]LovableCoward stands up to fight.
* A practitioner of DissonantSerenity loses their cool.
* TheDitz does something distinctly intelligent and/or sensible.
* A character who DoesntLikeGuns [[BatmanGrabsAGun uses one]].
* One whose [[EyesAlwaysShut eyes are always shut]] opens their eyes, even if only for a second.
* The ExtremeDoormat [[GrewASpine stands up for themselves]].
* TheFettered or TheUnfettered compromises on their ideal or goal.
* TheFundamentalist thinks [[EveryoneHasStandards someone on their own side is too extreme]]. Bonus if it's BigBad and/or TheHeartless one [[EvenEvilHasStandards being disgusted]].
* The GloryHound lets someone else take the credit.
* The GoshDangItToHeck person [[PrecisionFStrike swears for real]].
* The character with a HairTriggerTemper waves off a slight. Double points if they didn't react or even [[ActuallyPrettyFunny laugh at their]] biggest BerserkButton
* The character who HatesBeingTouched allows someone to touch them (almost always in the form of [[SecurityCling a hug]]).
* The CuddleBug or person with NoSenseOfPersonalSpace respects someone's personal space.
* The ItsAllAboutMe or [[MoralMyopia Morally Myopic]] person shows concern for others, however grudgingly; the former tries to avoid the spotlight.
* The {{Jerkass}} [[TookALevelInKindness becomes very kind]].
* A LargeHam tones it down.
* The [[IWorkAlone loner]] teams up with someone and/or says the team should stick together.
* The MotorMouth shuts up.
* The NiceGuy [[TookALevelInJerkass takes a level in Jerkass]].
* TheNicknamer calls another character [[YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious by their real name]].
* The person with NoIndoorVoice whispers.
* The OmnicidalManiac tells someone that YouWillBeSpared.
* The PerfectPacifistPeople rise up in arms.
* The PerpetualFrowner stops frowning [[TheUnsmile and/or]] [[SlasherSmile starts]] [[WhenSheSmiles smiling]]...
* The PerpetualSmiler stops smiling and/or starts frowning...
* The PickyEater eats [[DoesNotLikeSpam a food they hate the most,]] and starts liking it.
* The PluckyComicRelief becomes dead serious.
* ThePollyanna admits to despair.
* The ProperLady [[PrecisionFStrike uses improper language]].
* The ProudWarriorRaceGuy says a plan of action is too dangerous.
* The ReluctantFanserviceGirl lets loose.
* TheScrooge suddenly gives something away.
* The ShamelessFanserviceGirl dresses conservatively, and not for health reasons.
* The ShrinkingViolet[=/=]FragileFlower becomes confident.
* SirSwearsALot doesn't drop even a single, mild swear.
* The SmugSnake loses all of his haughtiness and becomes ashamed of himself.
* TheStoic becomes NotSoStoic.
* The StrawCharacter demonstrates actual tact, respect for their opponent, and logic.
* The SugarAndIcePersonality or {{Tsundere}} is upfront about their affection for the love interest.
* The character with SuperOCD ignores one of their quirks.
* TheTeetotaler [[INeedAFreakingDrink needs a drink]].
* The TerseTalker speaks in ''complete sentences''.
* The TricksterMentor clearly and directly tells their protege what they want.
* One who practices ThouShaltNotKill takes a life.
* One who TurnTheOtherCheek [[RejectedApology rejects someone's apology]], double points if they said to their offender on that what they did is [[ThisIsUnforgivable unforgivable.]]
* TheUnapologetic gives out a [[SincerityMode sincere, heartfelt apology.]]
* The one with a VerbalTic, spoke normally without dropping a single tic.
* TheVoiceless or TheSilentBob [[SuddenlyVoiced talks]].
* The WalkingShirtlessScene puts on a shirt.
* The character's who bemoans WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes doesn't react to one even when it's right in front of their face.
* The YouNoTakeCandle speaker talks with normal syntax.
* The ZanyScheme maker comes up with a sound and logical plan.

It's also a pretty good indication the GodzillaThreshold has been crossed.

This is a trope for when a somewhat-OutOfCharacter action is used to draw extra attention to the scene (similar to a TitleDrop). It isn't HiddenDepths because it isn't telling us something about the character we didn't already know; it's similar to an OutOfCharacterMoment in that this is specifically the usage of such a moment to draw attention to a scene. If they're doing this deliberately to make another character think something is amiss, see OutOfCharacterAlert. Compare LetsGetDangerous and WeirderThanUsual.

A SuperTrope of:

* BatmanGrabsAGun
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BewareTheQuietOnes
* BewareTheSillyOnes
* EvenEvilHasStandards (more so the more evil the villain expressing this sentiment is)/ EveryoneHasStandards
* MomentOfWeakness
* NotSoStoic
* OldMaster (who doesn't break into fights for just ''anything'')
* PrecisionFStrike (when it involves a character who normally doesn't swear)
* RageBreakingPoint
* RantInducingSlight
* SarcasmFailure
* StutterStop
* SuddenPrincipledStand
* SuddenlyShouting
* SuddenlyVoiced
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth (sometimes)
* TranquilFury
* WhenSheSmiles (sometimes)
* YouAreACreditToYourRace (for racists)
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious

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!Examples:
[[index]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness/AnimeAndManga
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness/ComicBooks
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness/{{Fanfic}}
* OOCISSeriousBusiness/{{Literature}}
* OOCISSeriousBusiness/LiveActionTV
* OOCISSeriousBusiness/VideoGames
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness/WesternAnimation
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', as Calvin is lying sick in bed, [[UnnamedParent his mom]] tells him she's going to call the doctor. She also adds that it's Saturday, so he won't miss school, and he responds with a weak "I know." Since Calvin is a kid who usually is overjoyed at the thought of not going to school and ''despises'' visiting the doctor, his mother is convinced this is serious and races for the phone.
* A similar joke happened in an early ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse''. Michael complains of feeling sick, and when Elly tells him to go to bed, he says "okay" and goes right upstairs. She tucks him into bed, convinced that he's sick.
* In the final week of dailies of ''ComicStrip/USAcres'', LovableCoward Wade achieves peace with the world... sending Orson, Roy, and Booker away screaming in terror.
* Every Christmas, Jon's mother sends ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} a HomemadeSweaterFromHell. But [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2012/12/27 in one strip]], the sweater is both tasteful and fits well on him. Jon immediately heads for the phone to call and check on her.
* Whenever [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] breaks his NiceGuy attitude and gets genuinely angry at someone, it's when he delivers a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, and/or a WhatTheHellHero speech, and it's ''always'' a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for him.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Very notably in ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', when Kenny takes off his hood to say goodbye after [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]] to an eternity in Hell to SaveTheWorld, [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong altering the past to avert a war]].
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'': When [[LovableRogue Silver]] stops trying to sweet-talk TheCaptain, you know he's serious. She does, too.
-->'''Silver:''' You heard the boy! Get this blasted heap turned 'round!
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'', Max is convinced that he wants to transfer schools after being defeated by his own dad at his best event, because there's "only room for one Goof." [[FatBestFriend PJ]] is devastated at the news--temporarily relapsing to the insecure and worrisome personality [[CharacterDevelopment he'd just broken out of]]-- and Beret Girl tells Max that he can't admit defeat, but nothing helps... until Bobby, the PluckyComicRelief, in a dead-serious, emotionally-charged tone, gives Max a RousingSpeech.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'':
** The difference between Anna, the PluckyGirl and Anna, the Princess. Notice her commanding tone when she ''demands'' her horse be brought to her after Elsa runs away; it shows just how important finding and helping her sister is to her.
** [[{{Snowlem}} Olaf]] displays this when he lights fire to keep a freezing Anna alive; he drops his position as comic relief (''very'' briefly) to assure her that he knows full well what will happen to him, but that it's worth it for her.
--->'''Anna:''' Olaf -- you're melting!\\
'''Olaf:''' ...Some people are worth melting for.
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}} 3: Web of Shadows'': Matau, {{Jerkass}} PluckyComicRelief whose bickering drove team-leader Vakama to a FaceHeelTurn, gives a serious IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight speech to try to win him back, even dropping the [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture Chutespeek slang]] he always talks in. Vakama first refuses to believe his sincerity, but eventually gives in and returns to the good side.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', Kup has SeenItAll and uses any situation as an excuse to mention some previous adventure of his. When the Autobots see Unicron standing ''astride the entire planet of Cybertron'', Hot Rod asks if this reminds him of yet another one of his war-stories. Kup's only response is a quiet "Nope... Never seen anything like this before."
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', Shifu, after learning that Po can be trained using his BigEater tendencies, takes him through a series of exercises using food as a motivator, culminating in a long fight over a single dumpling. After Po bests him, he tosses the dumpling right back at Shifu and says "I'm not hungry."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing'' Ed is usually giggling and grinning insanely. After Scar turns on them and is defeated by Simba, Ed is not laughing or grinning; he is visibly ''pissed''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/TheViewAskewniverse'':
** When Silent Bob speaks, ''you listen.'' Though this tendency begins to annoy Jay after a while. This tradition is itself subverted in ''Film/ClerksII'', when Bob's cue to speak arrives and he can't think of anything to say...
** Lampshaded in ''Film/ChasingAmy'' by Jay, who comments that Bob stays silent so often in order to make people pay attention whenever he does speak, and to make whatever he says sounds deeper because of that.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Towards the end of the first movie when Jack shoots Barbossa and Barbossa thinks that Jack wasted his shot. Clever viewers can tell from Jack's cold, steely glare that this is not the case; it's the one time in the entire movie that he's not doing something eccentric.
** Speaking of Jack acting OOC; it can be hard to tell what is and isn't out of character for a guy whose methods are so mercurial. The only certainty is that ''anything'' he does is (virtually) always with the ultimate goal of furthering his own interests.
--->'''Elizabeth:''' Whose side is Jack on?\\
'''Will:''' At the moment?
** Jack gets one at the climax of ''At World's End'' when Jones stabs Will through the heart and Jack, who has has his self-serving objective ''literally'' in the palm of his hand, goes from cruelly gloating over his imminent victory to looking mind-screwed by despair, almost to HeroicBSOD level. It's brief, but is big enough to make his sacrifice afterward make perfect sense without hefty foreshadowing.
** In a deleted scene Jack shows that [[EvenEvilHasStandards even he has standards]] when he solemnly tells Beckett, who is asking about when Jack worked for the East India Trading Company but got on their bad side when he refused to transport slaves, that "People aren't cargo mate" with none of his usual wackiness.
** Jack's refusal to turn the ship around to go back for his hat early in ''Dead Man's Chest'' is a sign that he's very afraid of [[KrakenAndLeviathan the Kraken]]. When he tells them to leave it behind, his crew looks at him as though he's grown a second head.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** What would it take to get quiet, innocent, ancient little Yoda to pull out his lightsaber and suddenly become a living blender? Something ''really'' serious, that's what.
** More pointedly, when the relentlessly optimistic and noble Luke gives in to despair (''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'') or anger (''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''), the entire galaxy hinges on it.
* In ''Film/EastIsEast'', George is clearly shocked when even TheDutifulSon Maneer sides with the rest of the family against him.
* In the final scene of ''Film/PennAndTellerGetKilled'', Teller (who has never spoken to this point), finally breaks his silence to ask what the hell is going on.
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', ClassicallyTrainedExtra Alexander Dane hates being known as a character from a sci-fi series, and hates his CatchPhrase even more, spending most of the movie trying to get out of saying it, or saying it in monotone. However, when a Thermian who's always looked up to Alex's character is shot and mortally wounded, Alexander says, sincerely, "Quellek... by Grabthar's hammer... by the Sons of Warvan... you shall be... avenged" before opening a can of whoop-ass on the bad aliens.
* ''Running Scared'' (1986)
** A humorous version can be found when the two main characters call for backup. They come out of the building [[CrowningMomentOfFunny without their pants]] (having had to give them to the BigBad of the film), only to find that a [[BadassArmy huge number of cops]] -- including the SWAT units -- have shown up to help.
--->'''Danny Costanzo:''' I said "one backup"! One!\\
'''Cop:''' (''trying not to laugh'') You '''never''' called for backup before! We... (''barely keeping from laughing'') [[ApocalypseHow We thought that it was a riot...]]
** There's another: When Danny Costanzo (Billy Crystal) soon-to-be-ex gets kidnapped by the BigBad, Danny (who up until this point has not slowed down the wisecracks for a second) gets a call from the crook letting him know his girl's in trouble:
--->'''Danny Costanzo:''' (''in a dangerous, low tone'') You hurt her, you'll never be dead enough.
* Tiffany spends almost all of ''Film/HellboundHellraiserII'' as TheVoiceless. Her only line, when first encountering [[spoiler: Dr. Channard in cenobite form]], is [[OhCrap "Shit!"]].
* In the Creator/MaryKateAndAshleyOlsen movie ''Film/ItTakesTwo'' (a rip-off of ''Film/TheParentTrap''), the girly girl of the TomboyAndGirlyGirl duo is trying her first sloppy joe. After doing so, she claims it's her favorite, "for a [[GoshDangItToHeck durn]] good reason." After a {{beat}}, the camp counselor turns to the girl and asks "Did you just say 'durn?'" Then quickly checks the girl's temperature, clearly fearing an illness.
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'':
** In the film of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry is running around looking for the diadem. Luna is trying to tell him he needs to ask a ghost, but Harry won't listen. Luna, usually the gentle {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, shouts "HARRY POTTER! YOU LISTEN TO ME RIGHT NOW!" Harry, suitably shocked, turns around and listens.
** In the fifth movie, when Hermione observes that it's kind of exciting breaking the rules, Ron demands "Who are you and what have you done with Hermione Granger?"
* In ''Film/SuddenImpact'', Harry is tipped off to a robbery in the coffee shop that is his usual haunt by the waitress breaking a years-long routine and dumping a large amount of sugar into his coffee.
* ''Film/EasyA'':
** [[TheFundamentalist Marianne]] is shown to never swear. She constantly uses euphemisms like "rhymes-with-witch", and other [[GoshDangItToHeck gosh-dang-it-to-heck-isms]]. But when she hears the rumor that [[spoiler: Olive gave Marianne's boyfriend Micah chlamydia,]] Marianne completely loses it, and yells, even ''screams'' "That... that BITCH!"
** Also, Marianne is shown to be a bit snide, condescending, and utterly dedicated to attempting to correct other's supposed sins, but she does it without being out-and-out confrontational. But after she snaps, she full on slaps Olive across the face. Which is most decidedly ''not'' a typical Christian value.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', Watson deduces that something serious is going on from the fact that Mycroft is missing an appointment at the Diogenes Club, especially since his favorite dish, potted shrimp, is on the menu that night. Holmes stops his wisecracking during his first meeting with Moriarty once the latter reveals [[spoiler:he killed Irene Adler and plans to do the same to Watson and Mary.]]
* ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'': When William Munny, who'd been sober for many years, starts downing that bottle of whiskey before going after Bill Daggett, you know things are about to get serious as a heart attack.
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'':
** When the crew land on Haven and find [[spoiler: that it's been razed]], Mal [[TranquilFury loses it.]] After telling his crew to strap bodies to the front of the ship, threatening to kill any of his crew that gets in his way and shooting dead an Alliance soldier trying to surrender, the crew know that it's all just hit the fan.
** Mal invokes this to prove to his crew that a call from Mal's [[SlapSlapKiss love-hate-love interest]] is actually her being coerced by the villain to lure them in to a trap.
--->'''Mal:''' Y'all were watching, I take it? ''(everyone sort of admits it)'' Did you see us fight?\\
'''Kaylee:''' No...\\
'''Mal:''' ''Trap.''
* ''Manderlay'' (the sequel to Lars Von Trier's ''Film/{{Dogville}}'') features a double-dose of this towards the end. After the freed slaves celebrate their first harvest, they discover that the money they worked so hard to get has been stolen -- and it could have only been done with the help of one of the ex-slaves. Following a massive off-screen riot that gets two people killed, Grace finally arrives on the scene to ask questions: [[WastelandElder Wilhelm]], the man [[MrExposition usually relied upon to explain things]], is too [[HeroicBSOD shell-shocked]] to speak of what happened. This leaves [[CloudCuckooLander Mark]] holding the exsposition ball; for once, he doesn't bother dithering around with longwinded tangents, and provides a straightforward explanation.
* Most of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' is HamToHamCombat between Kirk and Khan, each trying to outmaneuver the other into certain defeat amid shouting matches and grand gestures. It's Kirk's LittleNo that stands out.
* ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'':
** A small, but powerful moment. After apparently firing on a Klingon battlecruiser carrying the Klingon Chancellor on a diplomatic mission, the battlecruiser recovers, rights itself, and prepares to retaliate on the unshielded ''Enterprise''. Kirk watches this for a full ten seconds in silent, slacked-jawed horror. He doesn't raise shields, or order evasive maneuvers, or any of the other things that fans expect him to do; he just ''watches''... and then he surrenders. This is the first time in the history of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' that [[TheCaptain Kirk]] is ever seen to falter in the command chair, and it's terrifying.
** Spock, the paragon of emotionless logic and reason, very ''angrily'' smacks a phaser from the hand of [[spoiler:his protegé, Valeris]], who had just been exposed as a conspirator in Gorkon's assassination. He later uses the Vulcan Mind Meld to try and pry the identities and plans of the conspirators, which ends up becoming, based on the reaction of the receiving party, dangerously close to MindRape.
* In ''Film/TheGreatDictator'', Creator/CharlieChaplin opts out of his usual comedic persona in order to deliver a deadly serious [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IvPIWzQcUYspeech speech condemning Nazism]] [[RousseauWasRight and praising humanity's virtues]], [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall aimed directly at the audience]].
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'':
** When Scotty resigns [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight in protest]] of their mission to [[spoiler:Qo'noS]], he makes a last desperate appeal for Kirk to reconsider and calls him "[[FirstNameBasis Jim]]" instead of Captain.
** Spock's reaction when [[spoiler:Scotty calls him down to the reactor room]]. He doesn't even know what happened, only that [[spoiler:something terrible has happened to Kirk]]. He rushes out of the bridge, forgetting to give ''the legally required order'' that someone takes command. And as he runs through the halls, there is sheer ''panic'' on his face. Which leads to his ''rage'' when [[spoiler:Kirk dies]].
-->[[spoiler:''"KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!"'']]
* ''Film/{{Scrooged}}'': With [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol each of the ghosts]], Frank has a moment which causes him to break from his DeadpanSnarker attitude.
** In the past, he cries when his mother wishes his childhood self a Merry Christmas.
** In the present, he sees Herman, a homeless man who'd asked him for $2, frozen to death inside a storm drain, and goes ballistic.
--->'''Frank:''' You moron! You jerk! Why didn't you stay at Claire's? She would have taken care of you! You would have eaten and been warm! You might be alive! You'd be a prettier color, I'll tell you that!
** In the future, he sees his old flame [[WideEyedIdealist Claire]] has become detached and cruel.
--->'''Claire:''' I wasted years on pathetic little creatures like those. Finally, thank God, a friend said to me, "[[MeaningfulEcho Scrape 'em off, Claire. If you want to save somebody, save yourself]]."\\
'''Frank:''' (''to Christmas Future'') [[TranquilFury That was a lousy thing to do.]]
* [[BigGood Optimus Prime's]] first spoken line in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction''? [[spoiler:Screaming "I'LL KILL YOU!" to a human, who's just tried to save his life]]. Later on, when he finds what the humans did (and are still doing) to [[spoiler:Ratchet, he goes into an UnstoppableRage, swearing to kill every human involved.]]
* Beautifully understated example at the end of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''. After his [[spoiler:rampage through the city under Scarlet Witch's hypnosis, Hulk refuses to return to the Avengers, abruptly ends his video call with Natasha and flees civilization for good. Note that he doesn't smash the panel or run off in a blind rage - he just calmly and gently flicks the switch. This is ''Hulk'' we're talking about. [[HeroicBSOD He just seems completely traumatised and defeated at the realisation that he can never fully control his urges and live a normal, happy life]]]].
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[[folder:Folktales]]
* Is [[TheTrickster Anansi]] doing actual work? He's probably got some ulterior motive. You'd better watch that fish haul like a hawk, or he'll likely help himself to some of it.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Since wrestling announcers are supposed to be loud and talking all the time, it was always a pretty safe bet that when they went completely silent, it was a sign that someone was ''legitimately'' hurt (instead of when they kept talking, which showed it was part of the show). However, that's not quite as accurate now, since the people behind the scenes have caught on to this, and have started to use dead air when trying to sell a Kayfabe injury.
* While announcers do use the "Owen Voice" as it is known by internet fans, they will make it very clear when a real injury or accident happens, by repeatedly dropping all pretenses of kayfabe and telling the audience that it is not part of the show. This was most recently seen during Wrestling/JerryLawler's heart attack during the show. He got drowsy, passed out, started snoring, then there was a silence for a while. While he was being attended to by [=EMT=]s, the crowd reacted to it, and Wrestling/MichaelCole tried to carry on commentary for a few minutes while the match went on. Then he went completely silent for the rest of the match. When they came back from commerical, he (in tears) related to the home audience that Jerry Lawler had a heart attack while at the desk and that it was not part of the show. All updates through out the rest of the show were prefaces with "this is not part of the show". Being pro wrestling, it eventually became part of the show when he returned after 10 weeks and top heels Wrestling/CMPunk and Wrestling/PaulHeyman made fun of it by having Paul fake a heart attack in the ring. This was followed up by every heel on commentary making some kind of joke about his heart attack.
* Wrestling/JohnCena is almost always above everything, just laughing off anything resembling a threat. Until Wrestling/TheWyattFamily came after him. Thus far the Wyatts have proven to be the only thing that can make Cena show actual fear.
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' features the eternally grinning Alfred E. Neuman, whose CatchPhrase is "What, me worry?" Except once. Alfred's reaction to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979: A look of terror on his face, and the comment, "Yes... me worry!"
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Literature/TheBible:
** In the New Testament, Jesus has a very serious [=OoC=] moment known as "the cleansing of the temple". While some people may argue that Jesus [[IncorruptiblePurePureness could never have acted out of character]], there is no doubt that even (and especially) His friends and followers were shocked by what they saw. He was literally the poster boy for patience and [[TurnTheOtherCheek forgiveness]]. But everybody has at least [[BerserkButton one thing that really burns them up]] and makes them want to break something/someone; for Jesus, it seems, it was taking advantage of poor and ignorant people in the name of God (the corruption in the Jewish church was along the same lines as the selling of indulgences in Martin Luther's time). When He saw what was going on, He just stood there, looking around and [[DeathGlare emanating so much anger]] that [[TranquilFury He didn't even have to raise His voice]] for everybody in the temple to know that Jesus meant serious business and they were in it deep. [[FlippingTheTable He flipped over a money-changer's table]], and the priests and merchants ran for it. If you read the account carefully, you'll note that this wasn't a hot-blooded moment of rage. No, Jesus "made a whip out of cords" (John 2:15), which takes a good bit of time. TranquilFury with extreme deliberation. Not as OOC as one might think. Jesus' one true BerserkButton is hypocrisy, in any form.
--->'''Jesus:''' It is written: "My house shall be a place of prayer." ''But you are turning it into a den of thieves.''
** Another example would be when Jesus curses the fig tree, causing it to wither and die. This is the only time that He is shown to use His gifts/talents/powers in a way that does not cause life and healing for the recipient (certain Apocrypha notwithstanding).
* There is even a saying about Buddha, the poster boy for patience, serenity, that goes like this : "Even the Buddha will get angry if slapped thrice in the face" for TheStoic finally snapping. Basically, the threshold is high, but if you are stupid enough to repeatedly annoy them, even a Saint is going to snap at you, and it's going to be SeriousBusiness.
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Gonzo the Great is such a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} that when he opts out of a Bar Mitzvah appearance in ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'', Kermit is quick to take notice.
-->'''Kermit:''' You never miss the chance to shoot yourself out a cannon, is something wrong?
* In ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', Baby always hits Earl over the head and calls him "Not-The-Mama" instead of "Daddy". When he becomes seriously ill, he starts calling Earl "Daddy" and tells him he loves him. The family freaks out and get him cured as quickly as possible. Everyone is relieved when Baby hits Earl and calls him "Not-The-Mama" after he is cured.
* In the ''Series/FraggleRock'' episode "Marooned", perpetually paranoid Boober and energetic Red are BuriedAlive in a cave-in; facing imminent death, Boober is calm and collected, while Red is a nervous wreck.
* In the ''Series/SesameStreet'' special, "Film/ElmoSavesChristmas", Lightning the Reindeer takes Elmo to a BadFuture he created from his wish for it to be [[GroundhogDayLoop Christmas every day]]. In this bad future, The Count is so sick of celebrating an entire year's worth of Christmases, that he is even sick of counting them! Naturally, this sparks a shocked reaction from Elmo.
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[[folder:Sports]]
* Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig never missed a game ever since the day he filled in for Wally Pipp; not even injury stopped him from at least getting in an inning as a pinch hitter. So when he had his manager bench him for one game in 1939, it was a sign something was wrong, confirmed by an ALS diagnosis a short time later.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A number of character-driven [=RPGs=] give characters compulsions to act in certain ways and require expending resources to ignore them, effectively making Out-of-Character a form of HeroicBSOD. For example, ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' calls it "Limit Break"[[note]]No relation to the trope[[/note]] and forces the Solars to either take their greatest Virtue to extremes or invert it, Lunars to act animalistic and Sidereals to stubbornly force Fate into a path dependant on their caste. Similarly, ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' has Virtues (such as Loyalty, Duty, or Courage); every pantheon reveres four of them, and their Scions are expected to uphold them. If a Scion resists his or her Virtues too hard, they can explode into Virtue Extremities, causing the Scion to burst into extreme behavior; a Loyal Scion will throw herself into the line of fire for her friends even if they beg her not to, a Courageous Scion goes into an UnstoppableRage, an Expressive Scion will quite literally [[MadArtist bleed for his art]], and so on.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] are such a threat to the galaxy that the Ultramarines, a chapter of {{Space Marine}}s who [[ByTheBookCop religiously follow the]] ''[[BigBookOfWar Codex Astartes]]'' and take pride in fielding balanced, tactically-flexible forces, have started training cadres of Tyrannic War Veterans ''specializing'' in combating the menace that nearly devoured their homeworld.
** Speaking of Tyranids, when the vast eternally hungry HiveMind leaves a certain light-years wide area of space alone, it's probably for [[RobotWar a good reason.]]
* ''TabletopGame/OnMightyThews'': characters have what is called a "D20 trait", since each skill is assigned a dice value. By acting in concert with your D20 character trait, you earn a reroll token in a scene; but if you act ''opposite'' to it, you can roll a D20 for one skill roll, which means quite a bit when D12 is the largest available die.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Phoenix is always flustered or worried about his cases in some way. But sometimes, he stands perfectly still and and speaks calmly and with absolute confidence. When this happens, not only will he find the killer, but they'll probably be convicted of half a dozen other crimes too. The first time is in game one case four. After Phoenix clears his client of one murder, they admit to another. Naturally, he doesn't believe they did it. In the ensuing recess, Maya freaks out and then asks Phoenix why he's looking at a photograph. Phoenix's response? [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "I'm preparing our case."]]
** At one point in 2-4 he actually manages to intimidate the judge, something usually reserved for the prosecution or certain witnesses.
** In Case 1-3, Edgeworth starts to morph from being a {{jerkass}} to a JerkWithAHeartOfGold when he [[spoiler:helps prevent Dee Vasquez from escaping the court by demanding she testify about after finding the body (which Phoenix hadn't thought to ask her).]] The only reason Phoenix can think of for why he did this was [[spoiler:because he agreed that the evidence was compelling enough that Vasquez was the real murderer,]] but this was the first time that he put finding the true criminal above maintaining his perfect trial record, which had been shattered in the previous case.
** In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', Klavier is typically laid-back in court, even when Apollo pokes holes in his arguments, and enjoys using [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous German]]. When Vera Misham's testimony indicates that [[spoiler:she was responsible for forging the page out of Magnifi's diary, which Klavier uncovered on a tip from his brother and got Phoenix disbarred]], Klavier is visibly shocked, and calls her "Ms. Misham" rather than "Fraulein" or other variants thereof.
*** Later, [[spoiler:when Kristoph is on the stand, Klavier becomes much more hardcore in his prosecuting, blocking most of Apollo's arguments. Trucy speculates that he wants to impress his big brother.]]
** In general, most of the witnesses will have a breakdown point where, if they're pretending to be sweet, naive, innocent, or any other personality type, they'll drop the act altogether. In the case of characters like April May or [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]], it can be pretty scary. In the case of [[spoiler:Yanni Yogi, who completely drops the braindead routine he'd been using for the entire case, Maya even comments that he seems to be a different person entirely.]]
** After she and Edgeworth almost get shot by [[spoiler:Callisto Yew]], Franziska's confident front fades and she is visibly frightened.
** In case of characters like Edgeworth and Franziska, as well as any other aloof prosecutors, any moment during a trial when they suddenly act flustered or look dumbfounded (promptly changing to their most funny courtroom sprites) can be considered this. Sometimes lampshaded by Phoenix's inner monologue along the lines of ''"I wonder what happened to that calm composure he had earlier..."'' or ''"Edgeworth stuttering...? This is not like him at all"'' in 2-4, when Edgeworth was to announce that the next witness is [[spoiler: [[CourtroomAntic a qualified assassin who is willing to testify through a tranceiver]]]].
** The beginning of case 5-4 in ''Dual Destinies'' has both Apollo and Blackquill acting weird. Apollo is wearing an eyepatch for some reason, but insists that [[CatchPhrase he's fine]] and demands that the trial get started. [[spoiler:The victim in this case is Apollo's close childhood friend, and the defendant is an acquaintance who Apollo trusts wouldn't hurt a fly.]] Blackquill, who always wears shackles to court, usually breaks them when things start to get serious. In this case, he breaks them as soon as the trial begins. [[spoiler:He believes the defendant is the phantom, the one who committed the murder he took the fall for.]] The judge notices that there's something up with both of them.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''
** [[spoiler: Lilly]] letting out something that sounds [[PrecisionFStrike like a swear word]]? She's PISSED.
** Similarly, the single time when [[spoiler: Kenji]] calms down enough to speak reasonably and offer [[spoiler: Hisao]] emotional support, you ''know'' it's gonna bring up a TearJerker.
** In Emi's route, when Emi and Hisao [[spoiler:meet after she throws Hisao out of her house]], [[CloudCuckooLander Rin]] becomes surprisingly direct and to-the-point.
-->'''Rin:''' Hisao is kind of worried about you, Emi. I don't think he can decide, or maybe I don't believe him, but I think I'm going to go somewhere less awkward now.
-->'''Hisao Narrates:''' I'm so surprised by Rin's being so suddenly forward about well, anything at all, that I merely watch her head through the door.
** Hanako [[spoiler:exploding at Hisao]] in her bad ending. She also tells him to "...Go away" when he tries to check on her in Lilly's route, surprising him.
** In Lilly's route, Shizune, a typically blunt girl who has a rivalry with Lilly, responds to Hisao telling her that he's going out with Lilly by saying that it's his business who he dates, and she hopes they go well together, which Hisao implies is her not saying what's on her mind. She then is about to say something more, but has Misha not translate her signing, which makes Hisao wonder why Shizune would pull a punch or speak without forethought.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', in the Heaven's Feel route, it is the first cue for the player who went through Unlimited Blade Works and witnessed firsthand [[spoiler: the insane determination Archer puts into accomplishing his goal, killing his younger unwitting self Shirou]], that some VERY SERIOUS shit is about to hit the fan when [[spoiler:Archer witnesses the damage done, and at the drop of a hat, postpones his personal vendetta with Shirou, to switch back into full Counter Guardian mode, and deal with the more pressing, in the end literally world-threatening, issue of the Shadow.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'', Okabe only drops his MadScientist persona when things are at their most serious. When he [[spoiler:{{Mental Time Travel}}s a few days back to prevent Mayuri's death]], the other characters [[YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious pick up on his sudden sincerity]] and are appropriately worried, even if they don't know what's troubling him.
* When [[spoiler:Snake]] from ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' [[spoiler:opens his eyes,]] you know not to fuck with him.
* This is used to solve a mystery in ''VisualNovel/FleuretBlanc''. One subplot involves everyone coming down with food poisoning after eating [[LethalChef Grams]]' cooking, including Le Neuvieme... except that he previously did nothing but express ire and disgust at Grams' concoctions, to the point that he goes out to town to buy all his food. If Grams' food ''was'' unhealthy, he should be the last person to display any symptoms. [[spoiler:Of course, he's faking it, and he poisoned the food himself to make Grams look irresponsible, in the hopes that she would be removed from cooking duty.]]
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'':
** Meta-example: When Yahtzee [[CausticCritic gives a game an even]] ''[[CausticCritic remotely]]'' [[CausticCritic positive review]], his fanbase explodes.
** If he ever [[MotorMouth pauses mid-rant]], you know things have gotten serious, such as when he was [[HeroicBSOD discussing]] ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''.
* In Season 10 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** In Episode 12 the LazyBum Grif, who usually tries to find time to nod off, can't.
--->'''Grif:''' I never thought I'd say this, but I can't sleep.
** In Episode 13, the pervert Tucker, who always finds a DoubleEntendre for anything said, doesn't say it.
--->'''Tucker:''' Church, just because you want to get close to someone doesn't mean that you have to end up inside them!\\
(''{{beat}}'')\\
'''Church:''' ...Oh come on. Aren't you gonna say it?\\
'''Tucker:''' No, because I'm pissed off!
** After [[spoiler:Church]] rages at the crew in Episode 18, [[spoiler:Caboose leaves Epsilon-Church despite his prior UndyingLoyalty]], driving home just how crushed the Blood Gulch Crew is at that point. That said, he does get over it quickly enough, so it's probably more that he was upset that Epsilon-Church was alienating his friends than anything else.
** In the same episode, who is the first to leave? [[spoiler:Lazy Grif, who typically just goes along with whatever crazy scheme everyone else comes up with because it's too much work to disagree with them.]]
** [[spoiler: After Caboose, Simmons, Grif and Tucker escape from the canyon in Season 11, being forced to leave Sarge, Donut, Lopez and Wash at the mercy of their enemies, Tucker, well known for his [[LovableSexManiac behaviour]], doesn't try and woo Vanessa Kimball, the leader of [[LaResistance the New Republic]].]]
** In episode 6 of season 12, [[spoiler:when Kimball has talk with Tucker, she ends their conversation by telling him he can drop by her office at any time. The thought of making a joke and/or hitting on her doesn't even seem to cross his mind. Instead he goes straight to Grif, Simmons and Caboose and tells them they're leaving because he doesn't want her, or anyone else, getting hurt on their personal mission.]]
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the Emperor realizes that something's up with the Tau when normally-calm, serenity incarnate Kitten bursts into furious rant about them. Turns out [[spoiler:he was in love with one of them and she dumped him]].
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Whenever [[TheStoic Keela]] loses her cool, or when [[AllLovingHero Ahjeen]] loses his NiceGuy attitude.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': When Ruby first encounters Penny in Volume 2, she tries to find out where Penny's been all this time, but Penny acts like she has no idea who Ruby is. It turns out that Penny is being monitored, and she's afraid of getting Ruby into trouble if they're caught together.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'': [[MasterOfIllusion Jack]] [[CloudCuckoolander Snipe]] [[PungeonMaster never,]] ''[[TheJester ever]]'' stops cracking jokes and speaking in riddles, even to [[LadyOfWar Wanda]]. Except when [[http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%202/120 she's just barely recovering consciousness]] after [[spoiler:killing her own mount, plummeting hundreds of feet to the ground and just barely getting healed back from the brink of death]]. Once Wanda's back on her feet, though, Jack [[CrowningMomentOfFunny picks it right back up again.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': [[BewareTheNiceOnes Sweet]], [[IncorruptiblePurePureness caring]], [[TheSmartGuy smart]], [[ShrinkingViolet shy]] little boy. FantasticRacism [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2010-09-19 against Fuchsia]].
-->'''Criminy: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Enough.]]'''
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** Dave Strider is normally an [[TheStoic unflappable]] {{Badass}}, so when he [[HeroicBSOD stares at his blood-stained hands for ten minutes]] [[spoiler: after throwing the corpse of an AlternateTimeline version of himself out of a window]], the audience knows that the CerebusSyndrome has kicked into high gear.
** The trolls all have a characteristic quirk or two when it comes to communicating through their messaging system. When [[spoiler: Gamzee's changed from "[=hOnK=]" to "honk HONK", signifying that he's now sober and completely AxCrazy]], Karkat [[OhCrap freaked out.]] (Along with the rest of the readers.)
--->[[color:#626262:CG: OH MY GOD]]\\
[[color:#626262:CG: NO NO NO NO NO NO NO]]
** Feferi and Eridan typically have very distinctive typing styles, but drop their quirks briefly to have a serious conversation about Feferi being Eridan's MoralityChain.
** Vriska blushes and covers her mouth in embarrassment the one time she accidentally types ''nine'' exclamation marks in a row, instead of her trademark eight.
** As of Act 6, you know something's up when ''Terezi'', who is normally the resident HandicappedBadass and TheChessmaster who is obsessed with [[TheNoseKnows smelling and tasting]] everything as replacement for her missing eyesight, suddenly starts hiding her eyes behind her dragon hood and acts more withdrawn. It would seem that meeting [[spoiler:the pre-scratch version of her ancestor]] made her feel more self-conscious, and some of her behavior could also be caused what is revealed sometime later that [[spoiler:she and Gamzee are [[FoeYay filling a black quadrant together]], and at some point she had Aranea fix her eyes.]]
** Later in Act 6, when ''Gamzee'' is staring with a blank expression at something, you know it's weird.
** Dave again . . .
--->DAVE: jade this is STUPID\\
DAVE: my quest is a STUPID PIECE OF GARBAGE QUEST for LAME SHITTY LOSER FUCKHEADS WHO SUCK BALLS WHILE CRAPPING THEIR PANTS\\
JADE: omg\\
JADE: youve really spent way too much time alone with karkat havent you\\
DAVE: ...\\
DAVE: i need help :(
* ''Webcomic/ThisIsTheWorstIdeaYouveEverHad''
-->"Oh my God! She's letting him drive her car!"
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''
** When [[CloudCuckoolander Torg]] starts to actually ''think'' (or simply stops acting silly), you know business has just got serious. Often coupled with LetsGetDangerous.
** In "Oceans Unmoving", Honest Stu ''always'' tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth -- no matter how awkward or dangerous the occasion or rhetorical the question. The one time he actually lies, and [[ItAmusedMe just for the fun of it]] too, is [[spoiler: when he is dying, very nearly with his last words.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0141.html The first time]] [[QuirkyBard Elan]] proves he can actually be useful, it comes as a shock to his teammates. Belkar, naturally, also takes advantage of this to trick Roy.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0591.html Vaarsuvius passing on a perfect opportunity]] to say "IToldYouSo" gets Durkon really worried.
** Belkar is a HeroicComedicSociopath BloodKnight at all times, so when he suddenly starts [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0620.html advocating the most peaceful solution to a conflict]] to reduce the bloodshed... it seriously freaks out Haley and Celia. ([[GenreSavvy Which was of course his intention all along.]])
** [[TheNicknamer The Monster in the Darkness]] finally [[YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious calls O-Chul by his real name]] when he breaks out of his cage to try to kill Xykon.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0880.html Belkar again]] after [[spoiler:Malack kills Durkon and turns him into a vampire spawn]]. Roy is so furious and disbelieving at Belkar's account of the events he threatens to kill him. But after he tells them about [[spoiler:Durkon asking Malack to spare the rest of the Order]], Haley believes him because she doesn't believe the canonically ChaoticEvil Belkar [[EvilCannotComprehendGood is capable of making something like that up]].
** And [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0922.html Belkar yet again]], this time forgoing [[KnifeNut his usual style]] for [[FluffyTamer something a little nicer, though bloodier]].
--->'''Roy:''' OK, now I know we're doomed. Belkar's acting like a ''ranger''.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': Black Mage takes a serious hit during the fight with Lich. When the [[TheDitz thickheaded and childlike]] Fighter realizes he's not getting up, he starts becoming visibly scared and a whole lot less cheerful, [[PleaseWakeUp begging the corpse to yell at him for being stupid]]. When Black Mage ''doesn't'' get up, he then proceeds [[UnstoppableRage attack Lich like it's the only thing in the world that matters]]. It's the only time in the ''entire comic'' that Fighter doesn't even think about heroics or niceties or even being polite, continuing to hit Lich until he's satisfied.
* From ''Webcomic/HeadTrip'', Mal is an unapologetic ChaoticNeutral ComedicSociopath. But when [[http://headtrip.keenspot.com/d/20080505.html confronted with]] ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', she breaks down crying and ''begs'' a priest to come over and exorcise the book.
* In an arc of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Mitzi [=McNinja=] gets cursed [[ItMakesSenseInContext to slowly disintegrate into ash, like a mummy.]] After she gets far enough along, she has a talk with her son, Sean, and apologizes for the way she raised him. Leading to this exchange.
-->'''Dan [=McNinja=]:''' (''returning with a method to cure his wife'') How is she?\\
'''Sean:''' Well... She gave me the "I'm sorry I was a horrible mother" speech.\\
'''Dan [=McNinja=]: ''DRIVE FASTER.'''''
* A subtle but effective one from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''; Airman Higgs is normally composed and nonchalant about everything, with an almost bored facial expression. Except when [[spoiler:Zola runs Zeetha through with a sword]]. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101018#.Vbza4dhQZ8c The next strip]] features a close up of his face, eyes open, and delivering a OneLiner with [[OohMeAccentsSlipping the slightest hint]] of the [[FunetikAksent Jäger accent]] (something he'd never shown before). This comes moments before he [[UnstoppableRage punches someone across the room]] so fast that [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall sequential art cannot capture it]]. The effect, whilst subtle, is rather frightening.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02301.htm Max Post calls Raibert, and is polite.]] Raibert asks what's wrong, as usually Max calls Raibert to rant at him.
** Much later, during Florence's recovery from the secret base, she knows Sam was really worried about her when she finds out he was in the company of another person for more than twenty seconds and didn't take their wallet.
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', the normally-calm-and-passive Marten is furious after Dora flips out on him and Faye for thinking they were fooling around[[note]]actually Marten calming Faye down from a panic attack[[/note]], which startles Faye.
* ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'':
** The kids once [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/10/12 broke Ms. Monster]] by pretending to have been acting constructive and cooperative when she arrived late.
** Also, the reaction when Tiffany is [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/11/16 seen without her button]].
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
** Captain Tagon is being briefed on an A.I. that was found in the massive space station where their mission is taking place. After Tagon is told the AI's name is translated to "Broken Wind", he asks if [[PluckyComicRelief Ennesby]] made a "fart joke" before diving into the computer to fight the AI. When told he did not, Captain Tagon [[LampshadeHanging says]], [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2014-02-15 "We ARE in trouble"]].
** Tagon himself falls under this every time he would reject the chance for (more) money. One time, it was simply his hatred for a certain FatBastard overpowering his greed (slashing the local reverend's hopes for any salvation of Tagon's soul when he learned of that), and the second time, his employer was getting ''incredibly'' annoying, by mercenary standards at least, with his restrictions imposed on the crew. Though he quickly snapped out of it, turning it into an extra profit opportunity (in the form of purchasing infinite Yell at the Captain rights), and lampshading it for good measure ("I don't know what came over me").
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Ysengrin is a YesMan who is wholly devoted to Coyote. When he learns that [[spoiler:Coyote knew all along that the Court tricked Reynardine and imprisoned him and did nothing to help him]] he immediately calls him out on it, asking him how he could leave Reynardine trapped there. Especially notable since previous interactions between Ysengrin and Reynardine indicated that they were not particularly fond of each other.
* In ''Blog/SliceOfLife,'' when Pumpkin Cake passes up the chance to make mischief, her parents (and Pinkie Pie) can tell she's ''really'' upset.
* In ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'', Aki is sweet, gentle, and lighthearted almost all the time ... but every once in a while, [[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/ch-22-page-20 shows the iron faith and determination that underlies that gentleness.]]
-->[[TheRant Speedball:]] Aki is full of love. Some of it is TOUGH love.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'', usually snarky and emotional Corrick turns into a statue when forced to attack Vesper to protect Dom.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Vixen of the ''Website/DesuDesBrigade'' is very relaxed, informal and happy in most of her reviews, even in a lot of the shows that {{squick}} her out. Then came her Film Fox review of ''The Literature/{{Twilight}} Saga: New Moon'', where she's in complete distress with no escape throughout and screams more than once.
* As the endgame approached in ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'', many would notice that [[TheDragon Totheark's]] [[MindScrew videos]] became disturbingly coherent.
* When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic doesn't express joy, anger or depression through swearing and instead goes for GoshdangItToHeck ("holy smokes" is the usual), you know it's even more SeriousBusiness than usual.
** His CutenessProximity-overload review of ''Series/SesameStreet'' is probably the only episode with no swearing whatsoever.
** After selling his soul in ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'', his PapaWolf trait disappears and he spends the review being an abusive babysitter to Evilina.
** In the WebVideo/BumReview of ''Film/TheAvengers'', Doug breaks character twice (pulling off Chester's trademark wool cap and wig) to give a NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer and assure the viewers that yes, the movie is '''that''' awesome, and they really should go out and see it.
** In-Universe example: When Bum reviewed ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Bum was ''completely'' serious. And in the end, instead of using his catchpharse "Change! You got change?!", he tells to viewer ''to keep the change.''
** How deranged is Bennett the Sage? When he had a crossover with ''WebVideo/AskThatGuy'', his answers sent That Guy, who almost never shows visible signs of emotion, ended up curled in fetal position on the floor.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick:
** She never apologizes. So when she tells Nella that she's sorry for not including her in a review, you can see the manipulation coming a mile off.
** More seriously, ''The Christmas Shoes'' was so awful about having the kid (whose mother was dying) being taught the values of earning money that she -- a self-admitted ChildHater -- ended up screaming at the adults for how monstrous they were acting.
* Creator/BradJones has done this on several occasions when playing WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob.
** He starts his review of ''Caligula'' out of character claiming that it's his favorite movie and that it's going to be hard to "Snob" it.
** During the film ''Elves'', the main character's stepmother kills her cat. Brad (a well-known KindheartedCatLover) snarls, "I'd kill her. I'd fucking '''kill''' her!" -- without ''any'' of the Snob's usual tone.
** At the end of his review of ''Goldengirl'', Brad Jones went so far as to take off his glasses and unslick his hair before telling his viewers to seek out the film, just to make it clear he was serious.
** The review of ''Gross Out'' starts with Brad almost ''begging'' his viewers not to watch the review. To put it in perspective, he didn't do this before the review of ''Film/PinkFlamingos''.
** On a similar note: the moment when the protagonist of ''Rock: It's Your Decision'' reveals decidedly homophobic tendencies. Brad's previous cheery mockery vanishes instantly, as he coldly, calmly states: "Kid...''go fuck yourself''."
* Burt from ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'' usually can't resist an opportunity to quote from his favorite movies. But in chapter 23, he and Angel are trapped in a hospital room with zombies at the door and their only escape, a BedsheetLadder, broken. Burt yells for the other two characters, who got out, to leave them and run for the helicopter on the roof of the hospital by saying "Get to the chopper!" Angel asks if that was a quote from Film/{{Predator}}. When Burt "What?...Oh, no, it was just a coincidence." Angel goes into OhCrap mode.
* In ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', amoral NightmareFetishist Dr. Tease is actually ''scared'' of what's going on.
* ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': Spoony gives off one in the middle of his ''VideoGame/UltimaIX'' review. His normal vitriol and hot-bloodedness fades away during the scene as he simply reminisces quietly to the audience on his history with the ''Ultima'' series and the value it had to him growing up... before throwing the cases of those individual games against a wall. The entire scene serves to illustrate not only how far the game itself had broken him, but arguably also [[CreatorBreakdown the state of mind of Noah himself at the time]].
* [[ThePollyanna Koden]] from ''DSBTInsaniT'' falling into despair whenever things go wrong.
* The horror game [[LetsPlay Lets Player]] {{LetsPlay/Markiplier}} usually tries to make a conscious effort to keep his language [[GoshDangItToHeck PG]] so when he starts [[ClusterFBomb swearing up a storm]], you can bet he is either scared or frustrated.
* ''Series/{{Noob}}'' has the well-established fact that Arthéon is afraid of Game Masters. He does quite a few uncharacteristic things after reaching his RageBreakingPoint, but the act that ended up having most of his [[spoiler:soon to be former]] guildmates as an audience was him asking for a Game Master [[spoiler:so he could officially disband the guild]].
* Creator/AchievementHunter's Gavin Free is a certified {{troll}}, doing things to screw over his fellow AH players for shits and giggles, but trying his damnedest not to out and out cheat. When Caleb was caught cheating and it's ''Gavin'' calling him out, you know that you dun goofed.
* Creator/MarkKermode is a avid hater of [[UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie films in 3D]] and is more than willing to rip apart the technology, finding extremely gimmicky and is nothing more than a ploy for studios to make more money. Then ''Film/{{Gravity}}'' came along and on his blog, he posted a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJu7Ov8IN1c video]] announcing that "''Gravity'' is worth seeing in 3D". He then [[FacePalm face-palmed]] for saying those words.
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': The [[MilestoneCelebration 300th episode]], featuring Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/HolyTerror'', has a moment where after about an hour of [[{{Angrish}} enraged screaming]], Linkara [[AlterEgoActing drops his reviewer persona]] and speaks as his real self (Lewis Lovhaug) in order to calmly explain why the book is one of the worst he's ever read because it blatantly goes against everything he believes comic books should be.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'':
** The Foundation very rarely actively attempts to kill supernatural entities, as they don't know what effect it might have. So SCP-682 must be a ''serious'' threat to warrant a file that begins with "SCP-682 must be destroyed as soon as possible."
** The Foundation members are usually portrayed as {{Determinator}}s who will go to any length to find a way to insure that any entities that could pose a danger are safely contained. [[spoiler:Except for [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2317 SCP-2317]], who they have explicitly given up on containing and what procedures they do have are merely to keep up morale.]]
** SCP-682 ends up on the other end of this trope several times. It's an OmnicidalManiac that tries to kill pretty much anything that gets left out in front of it. So something must be seriously, intrinsically ''wrong'' with [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-173 SCP-173]] (which it is too scared of to attack), [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-053 SCP-053]] (the only being it has ever acted legitimately friendly towards), and [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/drclef-member-page Dr. Alto Clef]] (whom it doesn't attack for some unknown reason).
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'':
** Marneus Calgar, GloryHound extraordinaire, not just from [[AllThereInTheManual reading the fluff]] but from a previous scene [[OnlyAFleshWound playing the part of Monty Python's black knight]] during a battle. When we're shown his current whereabouts, we learn the man's undergoing ''serious'' depression, and absolutely hates his own beloved marines' Sue-like exploits. We don't know what's happening, but we do know ''something'' has to be, and it's serious.
-->''Nothing is satisfying anymore...''
** The Emperor catches on to something odd being up with the Tau when the Custodian, who has been polite and quiet to the point of being a YesMan, and has put up with every last bit of his GrumpyOldMan ruler or his fellow MachoCamp custodes' antics without much fuss, starts flipping his shit when he's asked to talk about them.
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[[SelfDeprecation your father.]]]]''
* Community radio host and narrator of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', [[CozyVoiceForCatastrophes Cecil]], is always pleasant and smooth in his delivery. When he's not? Something is very wrong, like his on-air breakdown when he thought [[LoveInterest Carlos]] had died, or the terror in his voice upon seeing the gorefest in [[spoiler: Kevin's studio]]; or very serious, like the sheer venom with which he wished that [[spoiler: rebel leader Tamika would find [=StrexCorp=] before they found her]].
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* Creator/StephenColbert testified to Congress, in character, about the terrible and paradoxical treatment of illegal immigrants in the US. When asked why he felt that this issue, as opposed to others, was so important, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu9SSxe5bz0 he drops his act and speaks earnestly.]]
* Similarly, Creator/JonStewart is normally just a guy out to crack jokes and make fun of everything, but when he stops being funny and starts taking things very seriously, people tend to notice. Stewart was able to generate enough social pressure to get a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Zadroga#James_Zadroga_Act bill to subsidize healthcare for 9/11 first responders]] through congress.
* A soldier in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII managed to invoke this trope unintentionally; he was well known for having a very poor grasp of punctuation, and once joked with his wife that if he ever sent her a perfectly punctuated letter, she should underline the first word of every sentence and it would reveal a coded message. When he was captured by the Nazis and put into a labour camp, he remembered the joke, and sent his wife a coded message hidden inside a well punctuated one. It worked, and his wife, with the help of the British government, managed to smuggle various items to him which he used to escape the camp.
* Speaking more broadly, a sudden change in behavior can be a sign of mental illness. Or in some cases, a regular illness.
** It may also be a sign of neurological or even vascular issues as well. A sudden unexplained personality change in a close friend or family member should be treated as serious and indicative of a possible medical emergency.
** A sudden uptick in someone's mood after a long depression may be a sign that they're happy that their problems will soon be over. Because they're [[DrivenToSuicide about to kill themselves]]. Similarly, the sudden giving away of prized possessions is considered a warning sign of suicidal ideation.
** On the other hand, a sudden change in mood in someone diagnosed with major depression could actually be something more benign. Specifically, the person was misdiagnosed and actually has bipolar II disorder, which is frequently misdiagnosed as major depression, meaning the elevated mood is due to a hypomanic episode (which, due to being less severe than bipolar I's mania, is frequently mistaken for ordinary high-functioning behavior).
** Parents often become concerned if their teenager son or daughter, who has been extremely rebellious and unruly for many years, suddenly [[WeWantOurJerkBack becomes very nice, mindful and polite]] to everybody. Sometimes this may be justified, as it may be a sign that he or she has secretly joined a cult or other clandestine organization. Or that he or she is on drugs.
* Hurricane Katrina caused a couple of these:
** Before the hurricane hit New Orleans, the local National Weather Service office issued a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Weather_Service_bulletin_for_New_Orleans_region bulletin]]. This is standard, but sentences like "PERSONS... PETS... AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK" and "WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS" are ''decidedly not''. After the hurricane, authorities credited the bulletin with saving thousands of lives.
** Broadcast journalist Creator/AndersonCooper built his reputation on fair, even-handed, neutral coverage of even the worst tragedies in the modern era; he's broadcast from Sarajevo at the height of the Balkan civil war, Somalia in the middle of a famine, Baghdad as a war zone, and Sri Lanka immediately post-tsunami. Naturally, he was CNN's man-on-the-ground before, during, and after the storm, producing coverage that ultimately won him a Peabody Award. But this also meant that he was there, on the ground, in amongst the suffering, in the days immediately post-hurricane before federal relief efforts were organised -- so when he spoke to Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu live on air, and she spent the time thanking the President and other politicians, apparently completely unaware of the horror her constituents were going through, Anderson [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsuRCXiYGO4 was having]] ''none of it''. The result was one of his most iconic television moments to date and spoke ''volumes'' about the harrowing situation in the Mississippi Delta at the time, and how much anger and despair the population was feeling.
--->'''Anderson''': Excuse me, Senator, I'm sorry for interrupting.... for the last four days, I've been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi. And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other, you know, I got to tell you, there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated. And when they hear politicians slap -- you know, thanking one another, it... kind of cuts them the wrong way right now, because literally there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman had been laying in the street for 48 hours. And there's not enough facilities to take her up. Do you get the anger that is out here?
** Fox News anchor Shep Smith is famous for being very calm and collected during serious breaking news (a mode his friend and admirer [[Series/TheRachelMaddowShow Rachel Maddow]] calls "Voice of God"). But the catastrophic failure of government assistance in the wake of a storm that obliterated the Gulf Coast of his home state of Mississippi and left thousands starving and dying in the streets [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moFv2zGF4Gk finally broke him]]; his lost, almost plaintive despair on location was a sharp and unnerving highlight of the extent of the disaster. Alongside the aforementioned Anderson Cooper and his own colleague Giraldo Rivera, his heartfelt desperation for ''any'' sort of organized relief efforts is heavily credited with bringing national attention to the crisis.
* Governor Chris Christie showed how seriously he took Hurricane Sandy when he praised Democrat UsefulNotes/BarackObama and snubbed fellow Republican Mitt Romney (for whom he was a high-level spokesman) days before the election (as in, he basically told Romney to bite him, if not in so many words, at the implication that he'd use the hurricane for political purposes). He also later beat up on Republicans in Congress for declining to pass a [[http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/little_help_here_1kW6aQ8fElj4CKwbheEV0N pork-filled relief bill]].
* Usually, Creator/WaltDisney ended his meetings with his staff with "See you later." During his final meeting with Marc Davis, in the middle of a terminal illness that would claim his life before the month was even halfway out, Disney left with these words: "Goodbye, Marc." That sent a signal to Marc that Disney didn't have very long to live.
** Similarly, he left his last meeting with Music/TheShermanBrothers by telling them "Keep up the good work, boys."
* At a Congressional Hearing in 1985, [[Music/TwistedSister Dee Snider]] spoke out against the censorship of music, including his. While he was in his normal outfit, sleeveless shirt and denim trouser, but he didn't have his usual makeup on. This footage shows how [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File%3ADee_Snider_at_PMRC_Senate_Hearing.ogv he had to be taken serious]].
* Early 20th century American William Ellsworth Robinson took his stage persona of [[YellowFace Chinese magician]] Chung Ling Soo to the point of [[MethodActing never speaking English on stage]] and even talking to the press through an "interpreter". In 1918, the gun he used in his trademark bullet catch trick malfunctioned and Robinson was shot for real. He said in English "Oh my God. Something's happened. Lower the curtain", and died in a hospital the next day.
* US President UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt, who was a paraplegic, usually refused to let the full extent of his disability be known to the public. While the citizens were vaguely aware that he had polio, they were encouraged to think he was recovering from it, as he didn't use his wheelchair outside of the White House, wore leg braces, and made all his speeches while standing and leaning on the podium. But in March 1, 1945, he consented to be wheeled into the House chamber to address a joint session of Congress, and even referred to his leg braces at the start of the speech. Needless to say, his audience was shocked, and six weeks later he was dead.
* Rick Mercer, like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert above, is usually satirical and cracking jokes on [[Series/TheRickMercerReport his show]]. However, [[OnceAnEpisode once an episode]] he has a section called Rick's Rants, where he drops the jokes and speaks seriously on an important issue. His serious and sometimes truly outraged demeanour cues the viewer in to how seriously he believes in the topic at hand.
* [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] was well known for treating dangerous (and often aggressive) animals with a [[Literature/HarryPotter Hagrid-like]] awe and cheerfulness. So when he referred to crossing a river near a group of hippos as one of the scariest moments of his career, it really sold how [[BewareTheSillyOnes dangerous]] hippos are.
* There was a story of a man's wife on ''Diagnosis: Dead or Alive'' who was sick with a terminal illness that causes loss of motor functions throwing her left arm around him, something that she hadn't done in a long time, and [[FinalFirstHug pulled him into something of a hug]] [[{{Tearjerker}} before passing away the next day]].
* Creator/JimHenson never missed a taping of his segments on ''Series/SesameStreet'', so when he didn't show up one week in 1990, something was very wrong. Also, a Christian Scientist belief he picked up from his mother saw him stay away from hospitals, and Christian Science taught that medical treatment ''was'' acceptable as a last resort (or, as Henson himself allegedly put it, "Maybe I'm dying."). The first trip Henson made to the hospital? It was also his last; he ended up going straight to the ICU with toxic shock syndrome, which would quickly destroy him.
* In January 2016, while giving a speech about gun control, the usually calm/collected President UsefulNotes/BarackObama [[ManlyTears was tearing up]] when he recalled the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, which stunned many people.
* In political science, this is known as a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon_goes_to_China Nixon goes to China]] moment, in which a politician takes a course of action that he or she normally would not take, and it's considering historic ''because'' they have a long enough history of consistency. To provide context, UsefulNotes/RichardNixon was a staunch opponent of Communism, but he was the U.S. President who opened relations of RedChina in 1972. At the time, it was considered out of character for ''both'' Nixon ''and'' UsefulNotes/MaoZedong, given their [[DirtyCommies very]] [[CapitalismIsBad different]] worldviews. However, Nixon could do it, ''because'' he was such a staunch anti-Communist it would not jeopardize his chances of reelection. Since then, the term ''Nixon goes to China'' has been used to refer to uncharacteristic courses of action by certain politicians.
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