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Playing With: Matter of Life and Death
Basic Trope: A Stock Phrase thrown in the face of those obstructing you in — a matter of life and death.
  • Straight: The Obstructive Bureaucrat dallies over handing out the antibiotics; Jack screams this is a Matter of Life and Death.
  • Exaggerated: The Obstructive Bureaucrat dallies over letting Jack into the weapon that will destroy the alien fleet before it destroys Earth; Jack screams this is a Matter of Life and Death.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified: It really is a matter of utmost seriousness.
  • Inverted: Serious Business
  • Subverted: Jack throws the phrase about a game of chess.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: The Obstructive Bureaucrat stentoriously declares about it about anything which might conceivable at some point be a factor in a hypothetical death.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Everyone treats the matter with proper urgency, and it doesn't get shouted.
  • Enforced: "We need some drama about getting it; have someone obstruct it so Jack can shout about how it's a Matter of Life and Death."
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "..and no matter how frustrated I get, I'm not going to resort to florid expressions like 'this is a matter of life and death.'"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Jack throws it about in an effort to jump the line and get antibiotics, although everyone else in the line is also trying to get antibiotics for the dying.
  • Reconstructed: But Jack's trying to get it for the technicians who could manufacture more.

The Matter of Life and Death page is technically a "Matter Of Life And Death"...but it's not an actual matter of life and death. Am I clear?

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