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"In one scene, Winkler was supposed to comb his hair in the bathroom mirror, like all the kids did back then. Instead, he sauntered up to the mirror, started to comb, and immediately stopped. He stared into the mirror, arms outstretched, and realized his hair was already perfect, and he was already the coolest guy in the world. 'AYYY!'"

"Katy Manning objects to being called 'dizzy' in the commentary to The Mind of Evil, but I think the tag stands if you watch her era from beginning to end. She's smart, resourceful, selfless...but she's also very dizzy at times. Jo Grant is an instant favourite and as she trips onto the scene with her hippy hair and crazy clothes and walks straight into ruining one of the Doctor’s experiment (thinking she is saving his life) and it is easy to see why a generation of teenagers might have fallen in love. There are few other assistants that prove to be as feisty and enterprising and yet also fairly useless and somebody you would want to take under your wing and protect at the same time. It’s all down to Katy Manning’s very sweet performance and her chemistry with Jon Pertwee...Jo is very excited to inform the Doctor that she took an A Level in General Science but waits a while (when she has cocked something up) to admit that she failed."

"As weird as it is that there’s a whole store that sells playing cards, what really bothers me is that you’d think he’d be buying those things in bulk at this point...Then again, mail-order wouldn’t give him the opportunity to flirt with the foxy playing card store cashier, whose breathy 'You must like to play cards' is met with 'I like solitaire okay, unless I got play with.'

For those of you who may have missed that, this is how the
X-Men cartoon chooses to introduce Gambit: With him announcing through the thinnest possible metaphor that he likes to masturbate unless there’s someone around willing to have sex. Gambit, everybody!"
Chris Sims on X-Men

Kamina: {draws a sword against a Gunman) HEY HEY HEY HEY HEY HEY HEY! Listen you-
(Gunman attacks, but Simon pulls Kamina out of the way in time)
Simon: What the hell are you doing?!
Kamina: Establishing that I'm the badass leader, duh.

"A toast establishing me as the wealthy, successful protagonist, who is handsome."
Wealthy, Successful Protagonist (Who Is Handsome), A Trailer for Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever

"Jedi. You are surrounded. Your army is decimated. Make peace with the Force now, for this is your final hour. But know that I, General Grievous, am not completely without mercy: I will grant you a warrior's death. Prepare."
General Grievous, Star Wars: Clone Wars

The reader also knows everyone poos. But if the first thing a character does is poo in front of the reader, the reader will think of them as the Pooing Character forevermore.

Korra: I'm the Avatar! You gotta deal with it!
(Korra proceeds to bend three elements)
Korra, The Legend of Korra, "Welcome to Republic City"

"HEY! NO RESETTIN'! YOU HEAR ME?! Huh? You sayin' you never reset nothin'? Oh, well, uh.... Guess we ain't got a problem then. So, lemme introduce myself. Name's Resetti. Mr. Resetti. On behalf of the family, I'd like to show youse.... I mean show YOU, uh.... Uh, show you.... Aw, forget it! How's a mole supposed to remember this garbage? HUH? Let's cut to the chase. Ever hear of Animal Crossing? Yeah? Well, that's where I'm from. I'm the guy who stops cheaters from cheatin'. The no-resettin' policy enforcer, ya follow? Ya break the rules, ya gotta deal with the mole in charge here. I'm like you say.... conscience of Animal Crossing. And, uh, I ain't one to toot my own horn or nothin', but I'm a big deal. I'm the most popular— What's that? You ain't got time for this? You wanna know what it is I'm doin' here? You ain't heard a word I said, that it? You got potatoes in your ears, punk? HUH? This is Super Smash somethin' or other, ain't it? Yeah? Then quit complainin'. I'm SUPPOSED to be here. I'm the star of the show, twerp! Huh? What's that? I'm in the way? Ya can't see the screen? KEEP CRYIN', PUNK! I got a little news for ya! It don't matter if you're resettin' anything, OK? I'm gonna be poppin' up now an' again, so you'd better be ready for your daily dose of mole! It ain't like this is all earthworms and mudbaths for me, pal. I'm just followin' orders. We clear? SCRAM!"

[The basketball scene] tells you everything you need to know about these people. Jubilee’s a teenager and cooler than a polar bear’s toe nails. Gambit’s a rogue, and Rogue is totally into it, but too smart to fall for him. Rogue herself is a straight-shooter, but not to the point that she’s a stick in the mud. Wolverine might not be as flashy as the others, but that’s just because he is apparently better than everyone at everything, including being too modest to admit how good he actually is.

John Van Dyke: The first commandment says "Honor thy father".
Toby Ziegler: [Curtly] No it doesn't.
Josh Lyman: Toby—
Toby Ziegler: It doesn't!
Josh Lyman: Listen—
Toby Ziegler: No! If I'm gonna make you sit through this preposterous exercise, we're gonna get the names of the damn commandments right! "Honor thy father" is the third commandment!
John Van Dyke: Then what's the first commandment?!
President Bartlet: [Walking into the room] I am the Lord Thy God; thou shalt have no other God before me. Boy, those were the days, huh?
The West Wing, "Pilot"

The Ninth Doctor: Do you know like we were saying, about the earth revolving? It's like when you're a kid, the first time they tell you that the world is turning and you just can't quite believe it 'cause everything looks like it's standing still. I can feel it...[the Doctor takes Rose's hand]...the turn of the earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. The entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We're falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world. And, if we let go...[He releases her hand]...that's who I am. Now forget me, Rose Tyler. Go home.

Hi kids, do you like violence?
Eminem, "My Name Is..."

OGiNiM: HaLlO, MiJnHeEr! HoE GaT DaN MeT U? SoRrY, I’m StIlL LeArNiNg DuTcH AnD I’m PrObAbLy BuTcHeRiNg YoUr LaNgUaGe...
(sometime later)
OGiNiM: Oh! By ThE WaY, HyDrO ToLd Me ThE NeWs. 100,000 SuBsCrIbErS?! ThAt’S InCrEdIBlE! CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS! HaVe YoU GoTtEn ThE LiTtLe SiLvEr ThInGy YeT? I’m DyInG To SeE It!
HyDrO: are you late or something? he showed the plaque at the very beginning of the stream


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