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  • Many paintings of everyday people, objects, nature, city life that were made in past centuries depict things most people wouldn't really bother to watch in real life. But the fact that many painters, like Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer,... managed to portray them so realistically and only with paint and a brush is amazing! They also give historians a glimpse in the life of every day people in a time where photography hadn't been invented yet.

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Comic Strips

  • The Wizard of Id once had trumpets, drums, and an official presentation for Sir Rodney...taking out the garbage.
    Sir Rodney: Must everything be done with such fanfare?

Fan Works

  • The Gatemaster would be an otherwise fairly typical Sonic the Hedgehog self-insertion fic if it wasn't for a massive dose of this trope, along with an insane length. Also a case of Tropes Are Not Good, as it only served to make the whole thing more pretentious and longwinded.
  • Toy Hammer has completely unnecessary use of Generation Kill-style callsigns and radio protocol used by the local nerd and the mini forces under his jurisdiction.
  • Anything described with Purple Prose in Shinji And Warhammer 40 K.
    "What the hell...?" said one of the boys to his best friend. "Your nose is bleeding...?"
    For once, it wasn't out of perverted thoughts. "It should be illegal to be that awesome out of just -walking-."
  • The author of Deserving doesn't like using characters' names or the word "said", producing this effect when a discussion of interior design is peppered with phrases like "proclaimed the Chosen One". The unnaturally overdramatic diction employed by every character in every situation doesn't help matters either. Actual example: '"LUBE! Always lube. Don’t make me repeat it," came the menacing voice.' One glorious scene in which Harry Potter milks the giant cow and casts fireworks with his wand to make a point about someone's birthday party.
    • In general, domestic fic in which the characters talk about their mundane business with just as much portentousness as The End of the World as We Know It is very common, and invariably lands in this trope.
  • Brendan Namron: Ace Attorney , being based partially off of the Ace Attorney series, uses this trope from time to time, especially in the courtroom.
  • This video, spoofing the incredibly mundane opening lines of The Last War in which Hermione Granger is fretting over a pot of stew, plays this trope to the hilt by reading the account of Hermione's stew-making adventures in an exaggerated bombastic voice with added reverb and setting it to O Fortuna. And includes the actual phrase (and former trope name) "what do you mean it's not awesome" in the tags.
    • The creator of that video has taken to referring to the specific form of Mundane Made Awesome where narration is too epic for what it's describing as "O Fortuna moments", likening the effect to watching someone doing the housework with that backing track.
  • In A Match Made In Hell, Cloud and Sephiroth are forced to resort to a thumb war due to a spell that prevents actual fighting. Notable in that it's presented EXACTLY as dire and significant as a life-or-death fight would be. Cloud loses, and cries in despair... before challenging Sephiroth to best-two-out-of-three. Roxas (who in this case is a voice in Sora's head) comments that "You have such weird friends."
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  • Becoming Female has several examples, such as this one:
    "Yeah, I'm fine," I explained epically.
  • Neon Knights has a fantastic example in the second chapter. Mari Illustrious Makinami takes on a fourth-grade math test. With Purple Prose and Shout-Outs to Mobile Fighter G Gundam, GaoGaiGar, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and Warhammer 40,000. Even the line break separating this scene from the one before it is a massive example of this. And it all works.
  • In Magnetism, Rainbow Dash reacts to successfully making cereal the way Link reacts to finding a major piece of treasure in The Legend of Zelda. Then again, seeing as her previous attempts at making cereal ended up with it catching on fire, you could say her reaction is completely justified.
  • Turnabout Storm has good doses of this during courtroom episodes, mostly thanks to one side of the crossover being the very overblown Ace Attorney series. Outside the court things tend to stay more under control, though not enough to stop a muffin delivery from ditching the usual "evidence found" jingle in favor of Super Metroid's Item Get! fanfare.
  • For a given measure of "awesome", My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic features The Grand Ruler playing hopscotch to a disco remix of "Pop Goes the Weasel".
  • The Final Battle between Awng and Big Bad M. Night Shyamalan in Bring Me All Your Elderly!; it plays out almost exactly like the fight between Aang and Ozai, except it takes place in a small office with the two throwing staples and other office supplies at each other.
  • "Proximity to Balance" is a set of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing one-shots that depict the five Gundam Pilots, now Preventers, as they deal with life after war. The fourth entry, "Normalcy", has them plotting out and treating even simple errands like grocery or department store shopping as missions as a means of acclimating. IE:
    "Zero One to Zero Four."
    "Zero Four receiving."
    "Mission parameters specify black, but the only supplies matching other specs are white. Is white acceptable?"
    "White is acceptable, Zero One."
    "Confirmed. Mission parameters adjusted to include white. Zero One out."
  • In Vapors Hinata Hyuuga suffers a Trauma Conga Line by losing to Gaara in the Chunin Exams, being potentially crippled from her injuries, staying in the hospital for a month with no visitors from her family, being almost kidnapped during the invasion, and then branded with the Caged Bird seal and relegated to the Branch Family. She responds by moving out, filling out paperwork to abandon her family name, and at the very public trial to finalize this she calmly agrees to the requirements her father lists when attempting to frighten her into giving up. Then when asked if she had any other comments, she answers: "Fuck you. Thank you for your time, Hyuuga-san." IT is debated whether the profanity or the Hyuuga-san (calling her father by his last name with insufficient respect in public) is more insulting. It gets her laughter and applause in-universe.
  • In Wonderful!, Taylor tinkered with a mop and turned it into a very destructive weapon.
  • Ponies and Dragons has this in spades, most explicitly with a game of Go played by two titanic dragons (using huge boulders as game pieces, natch). Their casual game and friendly trash-talk draws an enraptured crowd of smaller dragons, who treat it as an intense battle/standoff.
    • The very premise itself. Who knew the cast of a My Little Pony show playing board games could be so entertaining?
  • In An Open Secret, Jabba hires Asajj Ventress' crew and Cad Bane for a difficult mission "right to the center of the Republic capital world itself! Right to the heart of the Jedi Temple! [...] You will deliver this to the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and the Senator Padme Amidala! They are expecting their first child, and you will impress upon them how the Magnificent Jabba has gone to immense lenghts to show his appreciation and gratitude to them!" The fact this is perfectly normal Jabba behaviour, or that it's perfectly normal for him that the gift is in a large platinum crate engrave with ancient Huttese script, only adds to the scene.
  • In Bat Brats, Blackfire explains she used to dogsit Krypto the Superdog. Netted her a billion dollars, as Krypto can be quite dangerous.

Professional Wrestling

  • Any feud summary used in Professional Wrestling marketing of upcoming events. It's often less interesting to actually watch pay-per-view extravaganzas than it is the promotional videos explaining them. Extra points to TNA's promos for their annual Lockdown pay-per-view, which do a pretty convincing job of making a six-sided cyclone-fence cage look like it should be banned by the Geneva Convention.
  • Back in the old Florida territory in the 1980s, they were a minute short of material for the TV show, so King Curtis Iaukea counted down from 60, producing the highest-rated segment of the entire show.
  • So you're the little brother of a legendary heavyweight(Cien Caras). How do you escape from his shadow. If you're Máscara Año Dos Mil, you try finishing your opponents off with a small package!
  • A lot of the more old-school Finishing Moves fall into this, particularly Hulk Hogan's Five Moves of Doom, where a leg-drop is treated as devastating.
  • WrestleMania itself is predicated on this even in-universe, the prime example of this being The Undertaker's streak. Being booked to defeat Undertaker cleanly and/or decisively in an actual match was already treated as a big deal for anyone, but for this to happen at WrestleMania was considered to be unthinkable because of how high the Streak has been raised up in wrestling lore. When Brock Lesnar pinned Undertaker for the three-count on April 6, 2014, the reaction was more akin to witnessing a terrorist attack than the conclusion of a wrestling match.
  • Homicide and American Dragon's best of five series in Ring of Honor. Submission match, taped fist match, falls count anywhere, lumber jack match, steel cage! What ends this? An airplane spin longer than any ever recorded in the history of pro wrestling at 100 rotations!


  • Parodied many times in The Goon Show, as in the following example:
    Neddie Seagoon: (Portentously) Then... suddenly...
    Neddie Seagoon: (Feebly) ...Nothing happened. (Normally) But it happened suddenly, mark you!
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy had a moment like this in episode 20, when Arthur comes back home and finds a mysterious present: a fishbowl engraved with these words: "So long, and thanks for all the fish." The musical score gives one the impression of some legendary item.
    • He later discovers an interesting message when he holds it up to his ear and taps it.
  • Italian radio comedy show "610" (in Italian, spelling each digits of the title results in an insult) has a sketch based on this trope, involving "Pier Maria Carletti", a character 100 times dumber and weaker than an average man. When he ate his own vegetables after they got corrupted by an alien fuel, he gained a superpower: his strength, as well as his brain, got enhanced. But becoming 100 times stronger than he was, ironically Pier Maria Carletti becomes - therefore - like any other average guy. This didn't stop him from making a superhero costume however, resulting in the "super hero" Normalman. Also, as a twist on your usual Clark Kenting (despite both Pier Maria and Normalman wearing glasses), he has to obfuscate stupidity!
  • On I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, there's a few rounds where the studio audience have to know the name of a work. What do they do? Announce that they're going to display the title of the work on the megabyte magic of their liquid-crystal satellite-linked all-purpose laser display board...which is just the producer coming on stage with a cue card. This also serves to confuse the listeners at home, who wonder why the studio audience start laughing when the title is shown.
    • Also, this is mixed with Lyrical Dissonance in the round One Song To The Tune Of Another. The panellists have often sung the words of something mundane or humorous to the tune of something extravagant and melodramatic — like The Marrow Song to the tune of There'll Always Be An England.

Stand-up Comedy

  • Brian Regan has a bit about military inventions and how they all have awesome names. Then along came a device that allowed soldiers to communicate effectively over long distances. It was called the walkie-talkie.
  • From George Carlin's book Napalm and Silly Putty:
    "Do you ever open the dictionary right to the page you want? Doesn't that feel good?"


  • Compared to Greek drama, very little of Japanese Noh drama plays contained actual drama. Much of it featured characters going about everyday tasks and situations, with the actors extremely slow recitation of lines and expressive mannerisms allotting for drama portion.
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee:
    • "Second". Who knew two prepubescent kids taking turns spelling words like "zoonosis" and "astrobleme" could be so epic?
    • An earlier scene has Barfee spell "weevil" in slow motion.
  • The Greek Chorus in the musical Allegro breathlessly anticipates a child's first steps and glorifies his learning to walk with the heroic marching song "One Foot, Other Foot."
  • You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown has a complex, metaphor-laden quartet, crossing multiple musical styles, and has at one point four main characters singing four different melodies with four different texts, reaching an intense musical climax and showing off the vocal talents of the soprano lead. The subject of the song? A 100-word book report on "Peter Rabbit."
  • In Twice Charmed, "All Because of a Shoe" takes this to new extremes.
    Lady Tremaine: Who could've imagined my entire life would be ruined?
    Cast: All because of a shoe!
  • A couple of examples from Hamilton:
    • Near the end of Act I, the new Constitution is about to be ratified but needs rhetorical support in order for the public to buy into it (the Federalist Papers). Aaron Burr says it best by saying it plain — it's the only line in the musical that is spoken rather than sung:
    Burr: The plan was to write a total of twenty-five essays, the work divided evenly among the three men. In the end, they wrote eighty-five essays in the span of six months. John Jay got sick after writing five. James Madison wrote twenty-nine. Hamilton wrote THE OTHER FIFTY-ONE!
    • Act II has a couple of scenes devoted to Cabinet meetings, normally dry and stuffy affairs. How does the musical approach them? As rap battles.
  • Jesus Christ Superstar. Jesus getting flogged is horrifying but take it out of context and it becomes funny because it's about a man counting to the tune of a heavy guitar riff.
  • In Chess, even by the standards of the musical, "The Arbiter" makes it sound like the title singer has about the coolest, most badass job in the world. He's (in his own words) a referee.


  • The Pastry War — whose name itself is a demonstration of this trope — was a conflict between the Kingdom of France and the United Mexican States which engulfed both the Republic of Texas and the United States. The entire Mexican navy was captured by French forces and the war lead to former dictator Antonio López de Santa Anna resuming his position as President of Mexico. Santa Anna's autocratic regime caused Mexico to disintegrate and contributed to Texas becoming annexed by the USA. How did this war arise? Because the Mexican Government refused to pay compensation to a French baker whose shop had been looted by Mexican officers ten years earlier.note 
    • On a similar level: the Football (soccer) War between Honduras and El Salvadornote .
    • On the opposite side: Gino Bartali winning the 1948 Tour de France prevented a civil war.note 
  • The Japanese tea ceremony would appear to be a simple matter: one person brews some tea and serves it to one or more guests, who accept it with gratitude. In fact the ceremony, chadō, is a staggeringly complex ritual with over a thousand variations which may require a lifetime to master.
    • You can't hurry a good cuppa.
    • The tea ceremony has degrees just as like martial arts.
    • Japan tends to make anything into ritualized awesome art: gardening, eating,...
  • The interface to Apple's Time Machine backup software. A backup program is one thing, but a backup program that features a series of windows receding into the background to indicate which backup you're restoring from, all over a painstakingly rendered animated star-field backdrop, that's Epic right there. At the time of this edit, Apple had neither confirmed nor denied that the next version would play Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra while in operation.
  • A United States Air Force Special Operations Weather Technician What's more mundane than doing the weather report? How about from behind enemy lines!
  • Does Howard Dean count?
    • Only in the way it was covered, not anything he did. As Diane Sawyer pointed out, you couldn't even hear him over the enthusiastic cheers of his supporters. It was only when the "news" people stripped out the crowd's voices that his yell seemed weird and out of place. Anybody who was there could attest to the truth of this.
  • A piece of music called (depending on the variant) either "Entry of the Gladiators" or "Thunder and Blazes" must be pretty awesome, right? Well, actually, it's the circus clown music.
    • Performed by a full military-style band, the music itself is pretty awesome. That still makes it an example of the trope, though, because the having a big, brassy march as background music for some guy in whiteface falling on his prat is perhaps a bit over the top.
  • Ohhhhhhhhh, the Alcatel OmniPCX phone exchange promotional video. What do you do when your engineers fail? You call James Bond to save the day!
  • Every single word spoken by Don LaFontaine, aka the original Trailer Voice Guy, ever. The man could make ordering a burger at McDonalds sound like the ultimate battle for the fate of the world. ("In a World... where burgers are grilled, one man will rise to fight...for the fate of a cheeseburger.") Witness for yourself what happens when you put Don and four other famous Voiceover Guys in a limousine and tell them to drive to an awards show. R.I.P, Don, the world is a less Awesome place without you.
  • The Backside of Water at the Jungle Cruise in the Disney Theme Parks. Some skippers have been known to go off into a massive speech upon approaching it, declaring how incredibly amazing it is. Even the normal spiel generally involves referring to it as "The Eighth Wonder of the Natural World" and announcing "The back! Side! Of! WATER!!!"
    • The skipper will, inevitably, be disappointed to discover that it looks a lot like the front side.
  • In an essay in Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris details his aversion and hatred of computers, and among his complaints is their presence in movie scenes that fall under this trope. "Each tiresome new Thriller includes some scene in which the hero, trapped by some version of the enemy, runs for his desk in a desperate race against time. Music swells and droplets of sweat rain down onto the keyboard as he sits at his laptop, frantically pawing for answers. It might be different if he were flagging down a passing car or trying to phone for help, but typing, in and of itself, is not an inherently dramatic activity"
  • Flair Bartending.
  • Billy Mays, from the various Ridiculously Loud Commercials for cleaning products he's done (RIP Beardman).
  • Zinedine Zidane is even more awesome with Ominous Latin Chanting.
  • The Physics Department of the University Of Wales has a "Centre for Explosion Studies". That can't really be as cool as it sounds.
    • If such a department needs to be made cooler, just see if Michael Bay is willing to lend a hand.
    • Syracuse University has (or had) the Center for Really Neat Research (which most of it really was).
  • Several manufacturers of obscure industrial equipment are prone to this. Some people, nightly, have to deal with the terror of working with a machine called the Predator SS... which shrink wraps boxes placed on a pallet. And sometimes must wear a garment called the Revolution XR 55, a simple safety harness.
    • Brian Blessed is exactly that awesome. A short read about his life is like the cliff-notes version of a Norse saga or something.
  • Tim Pawlenty kicked off his presidential campaign with two ads that were just made of this trope. Stephen Colbert was quick to parody it.
  • Google has recently made a tool called Search Stories which lets you upload videos of Google searches with epic camera pans and epic music if you like.
  • Extreme IRONING. Your whites will never be starched this way again.
  • Apparently a GPS manufacturer created an application that turns the voice into Darth Vader's. A "making of" shows how it's a full-fledged example of this trope.
  • Boris Johnson explaining the origin of Ping Pong
  • A new sport from Germany: Sporthocking...EXTREME SITTING!
  • Indoor Cycling Gymnastic Championship
  • As a rule, music from your favorite video games can greatly enhance your life experience. Try playing some of the synth classics or rehashes by The Advantage or The Black Mages while writing a paper or simply walking around. The fact is this genre was intended to make everything you do in games (shopping, hiking, fighting, talking, breaking vases) infinitely more exciting. This effect naturally translates itself into Real Life.
  • CPR... with a toilet plunger!
  • The Breaking Dawn Part I trailer. Wedding invitations, a ceremony, scenes from a honeymoon, and Bella's Dull Surprise scored with Ominous Latin Chanting.
  • T.E. Lawrence wrote about how he once parodied Auda abu Tayi's way of telling stories like this.
    'This was a close parody of Auda's epic style; and I mimicked also his wave of the hand, his round voice, and the rising and dropping tone which emphasized the points, or what he thought were points, of his pointless stories.'

    'I told how we left the tents, with a list of the tents, and how we walked down towards the village, describing every camel and horse we saw, and all the passers-by, and the ridges, 'all bare of grazing, for by God that country was barren.'

    'And we marched: and beyond the what-do-you-call-it there was a what-there-is as far as hereby from thence, and thereafter a ridge: and we came to that ridge, and went up that ridge: it was barren, all that land was barren: and as we came up that ridge, and were by the head of that ridge, and came to the end of the head of that ridge, by God, by my God, by very God, the sun rose upon us!'
  • ORRE NO CHYUU DORRE DA!? Courtesy from them playing a YuYu Hakusho game.
  • And now, Alan Rickman making tea in slow motion to the soundtrack to Inception.
  • Operation Paul Bunyan consisted in chopping down a tree whose position could have sparked a border conflict between the two Koreas without having North Korean soldiers hack to death the choppers as in the first attempt. The Americans sent sixteen combat engineers equipped with chainsaws, with a direct escort of sixty men armed with pistols and axe handles, an indirect escort including 64 South Korea special forces soldiers armed to the teeth daring the North Koreans to cross the nearby Freedom Bridge, an American M728 Combat Engineering Vehicle ready to blow it up and an American infantry company with twenty utility helicopters and 7 attack helicopters, and support from U.S. B-52 bombers and F-4 fighters and South Koreans F-5 fighters. Then, just to make sure, the aircraft carrier Midway and her task force had been moved in the area, and the whole South Korean military and the American troops in Korea (plus troops from Okinawa) were ready to intervene. The tree was cut without incident.
    • Some background is perhaps necessary. The tree was in such a place that it isolated a border observation post from being seen by the next closest one. This lack of visibility meant that something could happen to the soldiers at that post if it were taken by surprise without their neighbors able to see they needed help. At first a handful of Korean workers and American troops went to trim the tree, but were attacked by North Korean soldiers, with two American officers being hacked to death by axes. Operation Paul Bunyan was partially to deal with the original problem of the tree, and mostly to make it abundantly clear to the North Koreans that interfering in the operation again would be unacceptable.
  • The Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks is a painting of a real-life epic Strongly Worded Letter writing (although the latter was a self-conscious parody of the diplomatic etiquette which was most likely never sent).
  • Board games. We've come a long way from the days of Monopoly and Snakes and Ladders. Titles like Prêt-à-Porter or the upcoming Tzokol'kin take mundane activities like running a fashion magazine or assigning workers and make them compelling enough for you to want in on the action.
  • General relativity made just about everything awesome. For instance, that apple you ate for lunch? E = mc^2 reveals that you just ate something containing ten times more energy than the world's most powerful nuclear bomb.
  • Walking Made Awesome
  • You can even play the Home Game!
    • Get your favorite music conveyance such an iPod or CD loaded with "Enterprise Leaves Moorings" from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, "Leaving Drydock" from Star Trek: The Motion Picture or "Stealing The Enterprise" from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
    • If necessary, cue it up to the right part of the music where Enterprise would be leaving in the film.
    • Play it as you start up your car. Backing out of your driveway will never feel the same again. Cut your grass with it, paint the house, whatever. You'll be dying to do the chores.
    • Parallel park your car while the "Blue Danube Waltz" plays.
    • Just about anything by Two Steps from Hell works. As does a fair amount of E. S. Posthumus.
      • Along the same vein, Sabaton makes even doing the dishes awesome.
    • Play "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" next time you take a stroll anywhere.
    • Isn't this basically the function of driving music?
  • Michelangelo illustrated his grocery lists.
  • 24 hour sports news channels. Sky Sports News is a particularly egregious offender. Its overly dramatic theme music and presenters who constantly act excited, even in the off-seasons when nothing is happening.
  • The Brazilian carnival is decided with a vote count two days after the parades. While in sports such as gymnastics they just show the grades after the performance, in carnival's case a deep-voiced announcer reads aloud every grade the 12 "samba schools" had - 10 categories, each with 4 judges (and like with sports, the lowest one is dropped from the count). And by the last categories, you can hear the glee of the schools' supporters with each "TEN!". In the case of the biggest ones in Rio and São Paulo, said count is broadcast nationally - that's right, Brazil's biggest network dedicates two hours of programming (each!) to a guy reading grades aloud.
  • Any kind of macro photography. For example, a ladybug on a wet flower. Or a rusty nail.
  • Starting lineups in sports can be just a bland reading of names. Or, you can combine with Theme Music Power-Up and a highlight reel for your home team, like this:
    • Subverted when introducing the line ups for the visiting team. The boredom in the announcer can result in extreme Mood Whiplash.
  • The enthusiastic back cover blurb for the Computer Maniacs 1989 Diary software tries its best to make a calendar application sound awesome.
  • The Kosciuszko Bridge connecting Brooklyn and Queens in New York City was given a new bridge to replace the old one, which was built in the 1930s. The first half of the project was completed on April 27th 2017 and rather than celebrate with just a typical ribbon cutting ceremony, the city went the extra mile by blasting music and showing off the colorful LED lights on the new bridge.
  • While you're at it, a full Moon night is more appreciated when you think no other Solar System planet except Jupiter (and for a very narrow margin) has a satellite that appears on its sky so large as ours, and especially not as luminous, as for example the already mentioned Jupiter receives just 1/30th of the sunlight received by Earth.
  • Air New Zealand created a The Lord of the Rings-themed airline safety video to celebrate the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. And you thought those pre-flight videos would never not be boring.

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