02:44:51 PM Apr 24th 2013
Could Roy's accident be considered a Noodle Incident? Consider we don't actually see what happened, just the near-immediate aftermath (as seen in the opening credits, and from what we see, it was bad enough that it killed a horse)), and the end result (Roy in hospital), and how it is spoken of afterwards. Or is the accident too much of a plot point to be noodly?
07:57:37 PM Apr 25th 2013
I think it's borderline, but overall I'm on the side of non-noodlyness. I think a true Noodle Incident derives its power from how it's able to tantalize the imagination without ever delivering a payoff. As it is, we already know almost all of the salient facts about Roy's accident: the nature of the stunt (jumping/falling onto a moving horse from/on a bridge), the result, why he did it, how he felt about it, how his colleagues reacted, etc. All that's left to fill in are the details. If it had been deliberately obscured, and only referred to in terms that implied a ludicrous and bizarre situation without ever spelling it out—"You know, I think Roy might even have made that jump, if it weren't for that crazed badger, the runaway hot-air balloon, and the puddle of congealed lard..."—then it would have been a true Noodle Incident.
09:07:43 AM Oct 19th 2012
Badass Spaniard has been renamed to Dashing Hispanic. The trope requires some necessary characteristics, like being a rogue Anti-Hero of wit and charm, kind of like Zorro. There is not enough context to tell if it fits here.