Quotes / Contractual Genre Blindness

182. No figuring out the plot and killing the actual villain five minutes into the adventure.

Elan: But on the other hand, bardic tradition demands that I withhold it all so that at some later point, you can accidentally learn an incomplete version and jump to all of the wrong conclusions later leading to entertaining dramatic conflict later in our relationship.
Haley: So...what are you going to do?
Elan: Tell you everything. How are we supposed to get a happy ending if we can't be honest?

Elan: Nale! You're alive!
Nale: Of course I'm alive, you moron. What I can't figure out is how you didn't KNOW I was alive the whole time. You're the bard, surely you should have known that when the bad guy dies off-screen, he's not really dead unless you see the body. And half the time, not even then.
Elan: Yeah, but the hero always THINKS the bad guy is dead until he shows up again.
Nale: But... if you know that, then how can you be surprised... Why didn't you realize thinking I was dead was... I mean... Gah! I think I'm giving myself a migraine trying to understand the level of willful ignorance that requires!
Elan: First blood: ELAN!

For countless generations we have done things in a certain way. We can't just do everything differently now because it... "makes sense".

Senor Senior, Sr.: A proper villain always leaves his foe when he is about to expire.
Senor Senior, Jr.: Why?
Senor Senior, Sr.: Well, it would be bad form to just loll about, waiting for it!
Kim Possible, "Animal Attraction"


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