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Interestingly, we may have the Hays Office's old [[MoralGuardians Production Code]] to thank for this. In the olden days, most mainstream works couldn't use profanity. How to show that your villain is one bad dude when his language is carefully scrubbed with bleach? Well, according to Literature/TheBible, whoever says "You fool!" is liable to fiery Gehenna. (Matthew 5:22)[[note]] "Fool" is used for the Greek word ''moros'', which can also mean godless or infidel - a possible interpretation of the verse is that if you condemn others to Hell, you'll end up there yourself [[/note]] Thus, having your villain call his rival a fool allowed the audience to know that this guy was bad news without resorting to using any verboten words.

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Interestingly, we may have the Hays Office's old [[MoralGuardians Production Code]] to thank for this. In the olden days, most mainstream works couldn't use profanity. How to show that your villain is one bad dude when his language is carefully scrubbed with bleach? Well, according to Literature/TheBible, whoever says "You fool!" is liable to fiery Gehenna. (Matthew 5:22)[[note]] ([[Literature/TheFourGospels Matthew 5:22]])[[note]] "Fool" is used for the Greek word ''moros'', which can also mean godless or infidel - a possible interpretation of the verse is that if you condemn others to Hell, you'll end up there yourself [[/note]] Thus, having your villain call his rival a fool allowed the audience to know that this guy was bad news without resorting to using any verboten words.


** In ''Knighty Knight Bugs'', Bugs is a court jester telling the king that "only a fool would go after the Singing Sword!" [[IWasJustJoking To which the king retorts]], "A good idea...''fool!''"

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** In ''Knighty Knight Bugs'', ''WesternAnimation/KnightyKnightBugs'', Bugs is a court jester telling the king that "only a fool would go after the Singing Sword!" [[IWasJustJoking To which the king retorts]], "A good idea...''fool!''"


** Black Star once made a history report on Excalibur which consisted of this word and nothing else.

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** Black Star once made a history report on Excalibur which consisted of this word and nothing else.else - [[DumbassHasAPoint Dr. Stein let him get away with it]].


--->'''Edgeworth:''' [[LampshadeHanging (We got your point about three "foolishes" back, Franziska...)]]

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** From ''Investigations'':
--->'''Franziska:''': I canít believe [[PhantomThief that foolish fool]] would dress in foolsí clothing to act foolishly!
--->'''Edgeworth:''' [[LampshadeHanging (We got your point about three "foolishes" "foolish-es" back, Franziska...)]]

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**''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''


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**''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''


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**In ''TheLastJedi'', Snoke mocks Rey as "young fool" for not realizing that he was the one who stoked the connection between her and his apprentice Kylo Ren and continues to mock her as pathetic as he's [[spoiler:directing Ren to take up his lightsaber and kill her, not realizing that Ren is about to kill him instead.]]

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* Hiei's go to insult in ''Anime/YuYuHakusho.'' He also calls others "buffoon" or "idiot" a few times. Most insults are to Kuwabara.


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* [[TheHero Emil]] pulls this on Marta in ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' during her depression induced stupor regarding Ratatosk's Core and its possible effects on her. The "You fool" bit tips her off that it's really Ratatosk-Emil talking, [[OutOfCharacterAlert not regular Emil]].

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* [[TheHero Emil]] pulls this on Marta in ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' during her depression induced stupor regarding Ratatosk's Core and its possible effects on her. The "You fool" bit tips her off that it's really Ratatosk-Emil talking, [[OutOfCharacterAlert not regular Emil]].

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* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Said by Killer Monster when Koden returns in 'The Camping Webisode', but [=WG=] quickly shuts him up.


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* ''Fanfic/FatesCollide'': Taiga Fujimura's combat class teaches [[BoxingLessonsForSuperman how to fight without using Noble Phantasms]]. When Oda Nobunaga said the concept was stupid, Taiga calls her a fool because Nobunaga's fighting style is entirely dependent on her Noble Phantasms, and if she cannot access them, she'll be useless and get herself killed.

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