arbiter099 on Jun 16th 2014 at 1:14:05 AM
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arbiter099 on Nov 26th 2016 at 3:00:24 PM
Page Type: Trope
Poor Communication Kills and when something is important as important as the fate of the world as we know it, it can do nothing but help to clearly identify what you're talking about. Not so in fiction land. Characters will obscure very important details behind pronouns or other non-specific names like "the device" because if they didn't our protagonist would never get to ask what "it" is and thus have some handy exposition served up. Sometimes it's a critical twist in the plot where changing just one thing to a proper noun could wrap all of this up in a second and probably save the lives of countless Red Shirts but then we wouldn't have a story. Compare The All-Concealing "I" for when pronouns or other selective techniques are employed to hide something about the first-person narrator.
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Mutt says, "They're going to kill him" so that the audience can be caught up on Indy's old friend Oxley who is appearing in this series for the first time.
- Spider-Man: Norman Osborne phrases a line to his son as "Maybe you can tell me who she is," prompting Peter Parker to be able to discover that Harry has a girlfriend.
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