Main Gallows Humor Discussion

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05:28:46 PM Dec 18th 2010
These were cited without details — please add some when replacing them on the main page.

02:43:51 PM May 12th 2010
A good two thirds of the examples on this page are Black Comedy, not Gallows Humor... if anyone wants to try to move some of them, that'd be great.
03:34:38 PM Jul 19th 2011
Gallows Humor is technically a sub-trope of Black Comedy; Black Comedy is pretty much joking about things that usually aren't supposed to be funny, like getting injured or other people's misery. Gallows Humor is more specifically about making jokes about death, like Barry the Chopper of Fullmetal Alchemist fame, who's motto/Catch-Phrase is "I kill, therefore I am,"*
09:13:18 PM Dec 14th 2011
Um, no. The trope is described as being from the vicitms point of view...
06:56:12 PM Apr 8th 2010
Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose" has William of Baskerville invoke a certain saint to Jorge to illustrate the value of humour in Christianity. Apparently, while being boiled alive, this saint says that the water isn't hot enough, and when their 'gallowsman' puts his hand in the water, he gets burned. This could be a 'Real Life' examples (bearing in mind Eco is a medieval scholar), thought the reference is from literature.

Can anybody confirm/expand?
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