Does That Sound Like Fun to You?
Kid: "How'd you get the metal parts, mister? I want some!"
Oh, you do, do you? Let me tell you a story. I was kidnapped, drugged and tortured as a group of scientists wanted to see what would happen if my genetically modified body was combined with bionics. So I was strapped down and injected with a chemical cocktail that caused horrific pain and pemanently bonded me to cold, unfeeling metal. The next thing I know I wake up in a blood rage and slaughtered my way through dozens of armed guards to emerge in the middle of nowhere, alone and half dead. Does that sound like fun?"
A younger, more naive, or just plain stupid character says something would be cool to a more experienced character who may or may not have been through the experience. The more experienced character then goes to lengths to explain just how not cool that experience would actually be. He or she then asks the Na´ve Newcomer
if they still think it would be cool. Unless it's a subversion, the answer is generally a resounding "no". (And contexts in which it the answer would be yes would be a Blunt Yes
by their very nature.)
Useful in many functions of drama. For one, it immediately shows the more experienced character to be the older and wiser of the two. It may be used in a Deconstruction
to show just how awful a seemingly incredibly cool thing would be in real life. And of course, it can actually be quite funny to see the more experienced character completely terrify the younger one with a horrifically descriptive summary of the activity as the younger one desperately tries to backpedal on their stance.
A common version is for the New Meat
imagining that War Is Glorious
to be corrected by the Shell-Shocked Veteran
that no, War Is Hell
Of course, frequently it's subverted as the younger character places a rebuttal on exactly why it is still cool.
Also see Wasn't That Fun?
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- The Phantom Menace: Qui-Gon Jinn uses this to convince Jar Jar to take them to his city.
- One of the plots in The Wild Life concerns a twelve year old who is obsessed with the Vietnam war and hangs out with a Vietnam veteran. Finally the vet snaps when the youngster talks about wishing he had been there.
- Half Baked:
Mary Jane Potman: My father's a drug dealer.
Thurgood Jenkins: Wow, that must've been the shit.
Mary Jane Potman: It ruined his life.
Thurgood Jenkins: That must've been shitty.
- Riddick gives this sort of speech to Jack in Pitch Black when she asks him how she can get cool eyes like that. It ultimately gets subverted through a Retcon in The Chronicles of Riddick as Jack goes off to do exactly what Riddick says... and finds out that he had been pulling her leg. The Escape from Butcher Bay game shows exactly how he got the eyes. It had nothing to do with any surgeon. However, the following games also suggest that he remembers it the way he does in the film as a sort of repressed memory, to explain the differing memory explanation.
Donkey: I don't get it, Shrek. Why didn't you just pull some of that ogre stuff on him? You know, throttle him, lay siege to his fortress, grind his bones to make your bread? You know, the whole ogre trip.
Shrek: Oh, I know. Maybe I could have decapitated an entire village, put their heads on a pike, grab a knife, cut open their spleen and drink their fluids. Does that sound good to you?
Donkey: Uh, no, not really, no.
- Men in Black:
Kay: Imagine a giant cockroach, with unlimited strength, a massive inferiority complex, and a real short temper, is tear-assing around Manhattan Island in a brand-new Edgar suit. That sound like fun?
- Independence Day: The president delivers one to the head scientist of Area51 when the latter comments that the last 24 hours have been really exciting. The president doesn't believe the destruction of every major American city and the deaths of millions of people world-wide is "exciting". Possibly justified in that the scientist has been so caught up in everything going on with the captured spaceship and didn't know about the slaughtering of humans by the alien forces. He's also probably a little bit mad.
Live Action TV
- Teal'c explaining to a civilian how he got the brand on his forehead in Stargate SG-1. It involves a dull, slightly serrated knife and molten gold.
- Kamen Rider Ryuki has a particularly pointed example. After seeing one of the Riders transform, a young boy thinks it would be cool to become a Rider himself. Ren responds by letting the boy watch him fight a monster... and allowing it to beat the crap out of him (Ren).
- Londo Mollari from Babylon5 provides a lighter example when talking to Lennier about the rebirth ceremony and prayer:
Londo: Ah, for a moment I was thinking women, drinking and debauchery. I forgot I was speaking to a Minbari. This, by you, is a good time, is it? What else?
Lennier: You must tell someone a secret that you have never told anyone else before. And you must give away something that is of great value to you.
Londo: Ah, how positively festive!
- A dark version comes up in The Sarah Connor Chronicles, when Derek Reese, a man from a Bad Future who has been fighting homicidal robots his entire life, acts as a sub for an ROTC camp. All the cadets know is that he's a veteran.
Cadet: Got a lot of kills?
Derek: Say again?
Cadet: Kills, sir! I wanna go infantry as soon as I get out of here. Maybe Rangers, maybe Delta. Best of the best.
Derek: Best of the best. Counting kills, like it's a game. Like it's just a game. I remember one particularly fun day. Guy in my squad got his stomach blasted open in a firefight. He spent six hours holding his own guts in. His buddy carried him on his back to the nearest aid station, just praying that someone could put the dumb son of a bitch together again. The game, Pyle, the game is played with your buddy's life! With the life of your squad! Your platoon. The game is played by you, on behalf of the whole damned Human race!
- In the novel Wolfhound by Maria Semenova the titular hero gets to listen to his little highlander travelling companion boasting about how much fun will it be to finally slaughter the rival tribe. Sick of this, Wolfhound enquires if the kid had ever actually seen a settlement slaughtered to the last man. Unlike the kid, he had and then proceeds to share his memory thereof.
Wolfhound: "Flies. Huge blue flies. The didn't even always lift off the bodies when we lifted them to carry to the grave."
- Hermione says she wishes she was able to see thestrals (winged horses that are only visible to people who have "seen death"). Harry rather bitterly points out that what she's implying is that she wishes she'd lost a loved one.
- Subverted in "Alice's Restaurant":
And I went up there, I said, "Shrink, I want to kill. I mean, I wanna, I wanna kill. Kill. I wanna, I wanna see, I wanna see blood and gore and guts and veins in my teeth. Eat dead burnt bodies. I mean kill, Kill, KILL, KILL." And I started jumpin up and down yelling, "KILL, KILL," and he started jumpin up and down with me and we was both jumping up and down yelling, "KILL, KILL." And the sergeant came over, pinned a medal on me, sent me down the hall, said, "You're our boy."
Didn't feel too good about it.
- Lothar Hex of Exterminatus Now, the Trope Namer, is shown giving a fairly horriffic one to a panda kid in the above quote. Subverted in that the kid is as enthusiastic about bionics as ever, leading to Lothar kicking yet another innocent creature into oncoming traffic. Kick The Panda, anyone?
- Happens earlier with Jamilla chewing the gang out for calling the Exterminatus "cool" rather than her definition of it, "horrifying".
Jamilla: "How can you all be so flippant? You think Exterminatus is "cool"? All that terrible destructive power hanging over us in the sky. The power to reduce cities to ashes, mountains to dust. To annihilate entire populations in an eyeblink.note The power of Gods in the hands of mortals. It's terrifying. How can you possibly consider that cool?"
Lothar: "So this is what it feels like to be Jeremy Clarkson..."
- Penny Arcade's view on the Deck of Many Things.
- Subverted in this strip of Fanboys.
- In South Park episode "Starvin' Marvin IN SPACE!", the boys are taken for questioning by a pair of The Men in Black in regards to Starvin' Marvin obtaining an alien spacecraft.
Fed: Earlier this morning, an ethnic child was seen piloting an alien spacecraft over Chinese airspace.
Fed: Cool?! That ship has enough plutonium on board to vaporize a small city. Is that "cool"?
- Also in "Coon VS Coon and Friends", Kenny confronts Kyle when he says he thinks it'd be cool to not be able to die. Kenny goes into detail about his deaths and how they hurt!
- Subverted in Futurama when Bender threatens to hug all the orphans he has adopted "to see how they like it".
- Also subverted in that "Futurama does not advocate the cool crime of shoplifting.''
- Truth in Television: Those privates in Basic Training who claim they wanna join the Army to kill people and shoot guns have a VERY rude awakening coming if a Drill Sergeant actually gets to hear him say so in his presence.
- If you understand spoken French, this guy is an example, only nothing could cure him.
I said, I want to kill. Kill, kill, kill.... I want to be the killer, the number one killer, the best killer, to kill all the time. Send me anywhere, I'll kill everyone.... I spent fifteen days in the military hospital, in the mental ward, because apparently, the army isn't for killing, it's for peeling potatoes...