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Disturbing Statistic
Nosh: Our armada ships...have a 1-in-600 chance of catastrophic impact anytime we pinch space.
Skitter: I...I'm gonna die in space.
Fernando: Nosh, that number is a lie, spread by the royal family. It's not 1-in-600...it's 1-in-400...we lose five or six ships every week.
Skitter: [slow clap] Wonderful. Awesome. Let's all thank Fernando for clearin' up the math, there.
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This trope is when a character mentions a statistic that may have been better off unmentioned. Maybe someone mentioned that they're the 666th person to attempt this task, and nobody else succeeded. Perhaps they just heard how many people die in a certain impoverished country every hour. Or perhaps they heard exactly how many liters of other people's farts we inhale every day.

Can overlap with, but is not to be confused with Never Tell Me the Odds, which is when a character succeeds after hearing the odds are stacked against them. Compare A Million Is a Statistic.

Please be tactful when posting Real Life examples, and ask yourself whether or not they are too squicky to add here.

Examples:

Advertising
  • Many charity organizations attempt to gain donations by invoking this on the viewer in their advertisements.

Anime & Manga
  • Naruto: When preparing to operate on Rock Lee, Tsunade discovers that, at best, he only has a 50% chance of surviving if he goes through with it. The anime has her double-checking the figures, and increasing it to 58% based on his determination.
  • In Attack on Titan, the Survey Corps recruits are told that there is a 50% chance that they'll die on their first journey, among other similarly grim figures about the casualties humanity takes while fighting the Titans, including 90% losses to clear a path that was later lost.

Film
  • The Empire Strikes Back: Luke's chances of survival in the Hoth wastelands during an ice storm are 725 to 1.
    • Han's chances of navigating the asteroid field without being destroyed are 6,720 to 1. He immediately retorts to never tell him the odds.
  • I, Robot: Sonny and Detective Spooner need to climb the stairs of a tall building.
    Sonny: 2,880 steps, detective.
    Spooner: Do me a favor, keep that kind of shit to yourself.
  • The unflappable nature of Marko Ramius, captain of the Red October, is conveyed when he calmly estimates the odds of their plan at defecting to the United States at 1 chance in 3. He then offers the horrified officers more tea.

Literature
  • Discworld: In Going Postal, Mr. Pump tells Moist von Lipwig that he's added up all the damage he's done to people's lives with his cons, and statistically, Moist has killed 2.338 people.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe has Luke being disturbed when he learns over a million people were on the Death Star.
  • Parodied by Dave Barry in a column discussing marriage, citing "alarming statistics" about vending machine deaths and the number of eggs laid by the female pinworm.
  • In The Dresden Files book Dead Beat, Harry explains to someone just introduced to The Masquerade that 1 in 355 people are reported missing each year, "the same loss ratio experienced by herd animals on the African savannah to large predators."

Live-Action TV
  • Merlin: While discussing a tournament Arthur is about to compete in, Merlin keeps talking about how many people died the last time, just on the first day. See it here.
  • Grange Hill: An autistic character (this was back in the days when it was just becoming well known, making him one of the more accurate portrayals) thoughtlessly mentions that Britain had the highest divorce rate in Europe to a girl whose parents are being divorced.
  • Firefly:
    River: The human body can be drained of blood in 8.6 seconds given adequate vacuuming systems.
    • River again when "comforting" Book in Out Of Gas.
    River: You think we're all going to run out of air, then we'll all suffocate. That's not going to happen.
    [Book starts to smile]
    [Book stops smiling]

Newspaper Comics
  • Foxtrot: Andy tells Roger one in order to keep him up all night, thereby keeping him from snoring.

Video Games

Webcomics
  • Drive: The page quote comes from a conversation concerning the fact that there is no protection against random debris in space while using the Drive technology.
  • Subnormality: There was a game show called "Not Worth It" which used this trope in its quiz questions.

Western Animation

Other
  • A joke (with many variants) goes something like this: two national leaders (let's say, the top political guy and the top military guy) are sitting in a diner, planning a war. They decide to kill a million of <insert enemy nation here> citizens, and a completely unrelated bicycle repairman/pizza delivery driver/clown. They pitch this idea to a random bystander who is shocked to hear that they would go out of their way to kill the unrelated civilian. One leader turns to the other and says, "see, I told you no one would care about killing the million enemy citizens."


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