12:29:42 AM Aug 13th 2013
Order of The Stick comic. Would that be an example of the trope, but with dinosaurs?
06:38:29 AM Aug 15th 2012
It would be interesting to see a discussion of how this relates to the Monty Python interrupted sketch format. On one hand, the policeman (or whatever) certainly comes from nowhere, but on the other hand he doesn't serve advance the plot in any way, as it will rather be completely discarded. Then again, it does advance the programme.
12:13:12 PM Oct 30th 2011
Does the Naruto example really count? As i understand it, this trope only applies when something random happens and nobody sees it coming with the interest of continuing the plot, but Orochimaru's attack wasn't random, it had been built up for a long time, it may have interrupted the chunin exam, but it wasn't unplanned or out of nowhere.
05:10:27 PM Apr 15th 2011
I never knew about this trope before! This sounds absolutely brilliant!
11:27:03 PM Feb 20th 2011
I don't know if there's already a trope for this, but the very beginning of Season (I think) 3 of Weeds, sort of the opposite happens: Everyone is standing in the kitchen with guns drawn, and in comes this innocent little kid who just needs to use the bathroom. So instead of things suddenly getting more intense, they suddenly get less intense — for a little while. I don't know if that would count as "subverting" the trope or what...