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Basic Trope: A character hears something that end up Squicking the hell out of them. Generally related to sex or bodily functions of humans or animals, and/or to Nausea Fuel.

  • Straight: Report Siht suddenly begins talking about how his constipation is getting in the way of his sex life.
  • Exaggerated: Siht does the above at a formal dinner where no one has been discussing bodily functions, then pokes the anorexic model next to him and asks her if she has some spare laxatives.
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  • Downplayed: Report Siht mentions he's constipated; others don't need to know that, but he doesn't dwell on it.
  • Justified:
    • A discussion in private with a close lover or friend.
    • An advertisement for a product allegedly offering a solution to the problem.
    • A discussion with one's doctor.
    • A class, a legal investigation or trial, a discussion of patient care, or another situation where the excessive information absolutely needs to be shared between all parties.
    • A post to a community that is about discussing health issues or sexual issues or Nausea Fuel subjects.
    • Instructional material relating to a specific subject that might be considered awkward.
    • Report Siht is a Motor Mouth with No Social Skills and so he lets his mouth run off before his brain can catch up.
  • Inverted: Siht discusses the weather and fluffy bunnies in his doctor's office or in a similar situation where sharing something that might otherwise be inappropriate is a good idea.
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  • Subverted: "My god, you would not believe the problems my wife and I are having in the bedroom. We got one of those flatpack beds, you know? Nightmare to put together."
  • Double Subverted: "...So we were in the middle of the Articulated Penguin and the thing collapsed, trapping my testicle..."
  • Parodied: Report Siht says some entirely banal, inoffensive bit of information and is treated as if they had just shared shocking or offensive.
  • Zig Zagged: See Parodied, but then the people acting offended later say they were just kidding. Only it turns out one guy was actually genuinely shocked, but then he says he's more offended by Report's tone of voice than what he actually said.
  • Averted: Report Siht avoids uncomfortable topics in inappropriate situations.
  • Enforced: The authors want to show how awkward Report Siht is.
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  • Lampshaded: "Did we really need to know that?"
  • Invoked: A Troll deliberately tells his friends disgusting details about his constipation during a meal time to deliberately gross them out.
  • Exploited: Report Siht Needs to discuss something in private with a friend. To get rid of eavesdroppers, he first talks about the most disturbing things he can think of.
  • Defied: Report Siht gets told to shut up before he can share the uncomfortable details and actually listens.
  • Discussed:
    • "Maybe we should have someone in this story say something gross during the formal dinner scene." "No thanks, we're not going for Toilet Humor here."
    • "Sometimes people start talking about such weird and gross topics. It's so uncomfortable."
  • Conversed: "Did you see Hamptons Movie yet?" "No, because all it's known for is that guy standing up and screaming about how constipated he is, Dude, Not Funny!."
  • Deconstructed: Siht doesn't particularly shock or disgust anyone with his revelation, and everyone in earshot just treats it as if he was talking about the weather rather than an intimate personal problem, either because they are used to it or because the writer wishes to make a point about how people attribute far too much power to words or aren't prudes in the setting.
  • Reconstructed: Everyone is doing this because they are shocked beyond any sort of rational or even irrational response. Report Siht's statement is so overwhelmingly inappropriate and embarrassing that no one can even think of a response except pretending it didn't happen or silence.
  • Played For Laughs: Too Much Information as a Toilet Humor joke.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Report Siht reveals something that is Nightmare Fuel such as abuse, combat injuries, incest, rape, or torture.
    • Report Siht has telepathy and can't filter out unnecessary or unwanted information. Having bean forced to hear everyone else's embarrassing and gross thoughts has made him feel no shame about expressing his own.
  • Implied: Report Siht is noted for his stiff awkward manner of speaking, and explains that "once I start, everything comes out".

Now that was way Too Much Information!

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