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* PrecisionFStrike: The aforementioned use of "bitch" just before the nuclear strike pretty much serves as a warning sign that the film is quickly going to get significantly less cosy and charming.


* BloodFromTheMouth: When Jim sings a song to keep Hilda's spirits up, he starts bleeding from the mouth hard enough to stain his shirt (which is a sign of [[spoiler: the radiation sickness consuming both him and Hilda]]).

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* BloodFromTheMouth: When Jim sings a song "Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag And Smile, Smile, Smile" to keep Hilda's spirits up, he starts bleeding from the mouth hard enough to stain his shirt (which is a sign of [[spoiler: the radiation sickness consuming both him and Hilda]]).

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* OminousHairLoss: By day five, Hilda's hair is coming out in clumps as radiation takes its toll.


Compare to ''Film/TheDayAfter'' and ''Film/{{Threads}}'', and the Japanese ''Manga/BarefootGen''.

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Compare to ''Film/TheDayAfter'' and ''Film/{{Threads}}'', and the Japanese ''Manga/BarefootGen''.
''Manga/BarefootGen'' and ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies''.


* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Jim is a decent chap who wouldn't dream of being rude to his wife. When they hear the four-minute warning that the missiles have been launched, Hilda fails to grasp the seriousness of the situation, decides to get the washing in and dithers about the cakes in the oven, panicking Jim so much that he shouts "Come back, [[PrecisionFStrike you stupid bitch]], and get in the shelter!" Although this could be justified due to it being an emergency where Jim is rightfully panicking and trying to keep him and his wife safe.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Jim is a decent chap who wouldn't dream of being rude to his wife. When wife; but when they hear the four-minute warning that the missiles have been launched, Hilda fails to grasp the seriousness of the situation, decides to get the washing in and dithers about the cakes in the oven, panicking oven. This panicks Jim so much that he shouts "Come back, [[PrecisionFStrike you stupid bitch]], and get in the shelter!" Although this could be justified due to it being an emergency where Jim is rightfully panicking and trying to keep him and his wife safe.


* BreakTheCutie: The Bloggses are perfectly nice and harmless people, but Mutally Assured Destruction and radiation poisoning don't care about that. Eventually becomes a case of [[spoiler:KillTheCutie.]]

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* BreakTheCutie: The Bloggses are perfectly nice and harmless people, but Mutally Mutually Assured Destruction and radiation poisoning don't care about that. Eventually becomes a case of [[spoiler:KillTheCutie.]]



* CosyCatastrophe: Deconstructed. Jim and Hilda both lived through the Blitz when they were young and look back on life during World War II with rose-tinted nostalgia, so they adopt the same attitude towards nuclear war. That attitude turns out not to help them at all, since their nostalgia has blinded them to the true horrors of war and the aftermath of nuclear war is ''much'' worse than the Blitz.

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* CosyCatastrophe: Deconstructed. Jim and Hilda both lived through the Blitz when they were young and look back on life during World War II with rose-tinted nostalgia, so they adopt the same attitude towards nuclear war. That attitude turns out not to help them at all, all since their nostalgia has blinded them to the true horrors of war and the aftermath of nuclear war is ''much'' worse than the Blitz.



* DumbassHasAPoint: Deliberately invoked. Jim's quintessentially British respect for authority means he tries to follow the government's advice regardless of how self-contradictory it is, exposing all its flaws. Hilda spots a few of the flaws as well (How are you supposed to close the doors to prevent fire spreading if you've used them to build your Inner Core Or Refuge? How are you supposed to get a whole family into a makeshift shelter that can barely hold two pensioners?), but they both just brush them off.

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* DumbassHasAPoint: Deliberately invoked. Jim's quintessentially British respect for authority means he tries to follow the government's advice regardless of how self-contradictory it is, exposing all its flaws. Hilda spots a few of the flaws as well (How are you supposed to close the doors to prevent a fire spreading if you've used them to build your Inner Core Or Refuge? How are you supposed to get a whole family into a makeshift shelter that can barely hold two pensioners?), but they both just brush them off.



* GoshDangItToHeck: Being kindly English folk, the strongest language used in the comic is "Blimey!". In the film, on the other hand, James calls Hilda a "stupid bitch" to hurry her into the inner core or refuge once the nukes start coming down. This has the effect of slowing her down as she stops to demand an apology.

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* GoshDangItToHeck: Being kindly English folk, the strongest language used in the comic is "Blimey!"."Blimey!" and Hilda does scold Jim on the language. In the film, on the other hand, James calls Hilda a "stupid bitch" to hurry her into the inner core or refuge once the nukes start coming down. This has the effect of slowing her down as she stops to demand an apology.



* TruthInTelevision: There actually were government leaflets on how to survive a nuclear attack. Everything they do (when following it, at least) is [[http://www.atomica.co.uk/culture.htm exactly what the leaflet said one should do]]. More importantly the symptoms the Bloggses suffer from are the actual symptoms of radiation sickness that align with real accounts.

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* TruthInTelevision: There actually were government leaflets on how to survive a nuclear attack. Everything they do (when following it, at least) is [[http://www.atomica.co.uk/culture.htm exactly what the leaflet said one should do]]. More importantly importantly, the symptoms the Bloggses suffer from are the actual symptoms of radiation sickness that align with real accounts.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Jim is a decent chap who who wouldn't dream of being rude to his wife. When they hear the four minute warning that the missiles have been launched, Hilda fails to grasp the seriousness of the situation, decides to get the washing in and dithers about the cakes in the oven, panicking Jim so much that he shouts "Come back, [[PrecisionFStrike you stupid bitch]], and get in the shelter!"

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Jim is a decent chap who who wouldn't dream of being rude to his wife. When they hear the four minute four-minute warning that the missiles have been launched, Hilda fails to grasp the seriousness of the situation, decides to get the washing in and dithers about the cakes in the oven, panicking Jim so much that he shouts "Come back, [[PrecisionFStrike you stupid bitch]], and get in the shelter!"shelter!" Although this could be justified due to it being an emergency where Jim is rightfully panicking and trying to keep him and his wife safe.



* SayYourPrayers: In a played for tragedy sense at the end where, [[spoiler: Hilda suggests that she and Jim get into the paper bags and pray.]]

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* SayYourPrayers: In a played for tragedy sense at the end where, where [[spoiler: Hilda suggests that she and Jim get into the paper bags and pray.]]


* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Jim is a decent chap who who wouldn't dream of being rude to his wife. When they hear the four minute warning that the missiles have been launched, Hilda fails to grasp the seriousness of the situation, decides to get the washing in and dithers about the cakes in the oven, panicking Jim so much that he shouts "Come back, you stupid bitch, and get in the shelter!"

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Jim is a decent chap who who wouldn't dream of being rude to his wife. When they hear the four minute warning that the missiles have been launched, Hilda fails to grasp the seriousness of the situation, decides to get the washing in and dithers about the cakes in the oven, panicking Jim so much that he shouts "Come back, [[PrecisionFStrike you stupid bitch, bitch]], and get in the shelter!"


* DoomedProtagonist: In an anti-war comic/film like this, what would you expect?

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* DoomedProtagonist: In an anti-war comic/film like this, what would you expect?expect? With the looming threat of nuclear war and the Bloggses' blissful ignorance of how serious the situation is, it's clear that things won't end well for them.

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* DramaticIrony: PlayedForDrama. Most readers will understand that they were doomed from the moment the bomb fell, but Hilda and Jim never realize that the end of the world has come even when [[spoiler: both of them are at death's door from radiation poisoning, both of them still clinging to the idea that the "The Powers That Be" will get to them in the end (when in reality, everyone else is already dead).]]


* CosyCatastrophe: Deconstructed. Jim and Hilda have very rose-tinted memories of WWII, so they adopt the same attitude towards nuclear war. That attitude turns out not to help them at all, since the aftermath of nuclear war is ''much'' worse than the Blitz.

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* CosyCatastrophe: Deconstructed. Jim and Hilda have very both lived through the Blitz when they were young and look back on life during World War II with rose-tinted memories of WWII, nostalgia, so they adopt the same attitude towards nuclear war. That attitude turns out not to help them at all, since their nostalgia has blinded them to the true horrors of war and the aftermath of nuclear war is ''much'' worse than the Blitz.


* [[spoiler:[[MutuallyAssuredDestruction -- .- -..]]: If you know morse, [[FridgeHorror you know what happened.]]]]

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* [[spoiler:[[MutuallyAssuredDestruction MutuallyAssuredDestruction: [[spoiler:The result of the nuclear war. In the film, there's also morse code being typed out as -- .- -..]]: , M.A.D. If you know morse, [[FridgeHorror you know what happened.]]]]


* CosyCatastrophe: Deconstructed. Jim and Hilda have very rose-tinted memories of WWII, so they adopt the same attitude towards nuclear war.

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* CosyCatastrophe: Deconstructed. Jim and Hilda have very rose-tinted memories of WWII, so they adopt the same attitude towards nuclear war. That attitude turns out not to help them at all, since the aftermath of nuclear war is ''much'' worse than the Blitz.


* TooDumbToLive: Though they are more naive than dumb, the Bloggses, especially Hilda, just have no grip whatsoever on the true implications of "the bomb" being dropped, likening it to the nightly bombings carried out by the Luftwaffe on the British mainland during World War II. [[spoiler: Yes, they do fail to survive.]]

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* TooDumbToLive: Though they are more naive than dumb, the Bloggses, especially Hilda, just have no grip whatsoever on the true implications of "the bomb" being dropped, likening it to the nightly bombings carried out by the Luftwaffe on the British mainland during World War II. Among other things, they fail to consider their root cellar as a viable shelter, relying instead on the shoddy and useless "Inner Core or Refuge." [[spoiler: Yes, they do fail to survive.]]


* MoodWhiplash: The cheery approach the Bloggses take to the whole thing is made more heart wrenching as the story keeps cutting to the Soviets setting up for launch, letting the reader/watcher know that yes, there is indeed a nuke coming. Even after the nuke comes, the Bloggses cling to their CosyCatastrophe memories of surviving UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and try to remain optimistic about the whole thing.

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* MoodWhiplash: The cheery approach the Bloggses take to the whole thing is made more heart wrenching as the story keeps cutting to the Soviets setting up for launch, and NATO making their preparations (in the form of a missile silo, a nuclear bomber and a ballistic missile submarine), letting the reader/watcher know that yes, there is indeed a nuke coming. Even after the nuke comes, the Bloggses cling to their CosyCatastrophe memories of surviving UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and try to remain optimistic about the whole thing.

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* BloodFromTheMouth: When Jim sings a song to keep Hilda's spirits up, he starts bleeding from the mouth hard enough to stain his shirt (which is a sign of [[spoiler: the radiation sickness consuming both him and Hilda]]).

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