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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,"*
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?