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Jan 12th 2013 at 12:31:17 PM •••

"Not now, Fido" or "Ignoring the barking dog"

I think there's a variant that's between "Not now Kiddo" and "Evil Detecting Dog" - In this case, the dog (or other pet) doesn't have special powers to detect evil or danger; the dog is just an ordinary dog doing its job of alerting its owner/character to an intruder. So, the audience knows that there's an intruder (or something else amiss nearby) and wishes the character would pay attention to the dog, but the character remains unaware, because "we all know" that dogs bark all the time for no reason whatsoever.

Note by author - I move this discussion to YKTTW

Edited by Edited by putigress83
Jun 19th 2011 at 12:52:06 PM •••

Just one thing about the quote- would it be reasonable to put in the rest of what Dave said? 'Cause it's also relevant:

TG: just once id like to see dad crap his pants when a kid says theres a vampire in his closet
TG: be fuckin dad of the year right there

Camacan MOD
Apr 8th 2011 at 3:47:29 AM •••

The natter makes a reasonable case that this is not an example — but please Repair Dont Respond.

  • Spider-Man : Spidey said something very like this to J. Jonah Jameson in the first movie.
    Spider-Man: "Hey, kiddo. Let Mom and Dad talk for a minute, will ya?"
    The Green Goblin: "SSSSLLLLEEEEEEEEEEP!"
    • Although in this case it wasn't important 'you-must-be-aware-of-this' information that Spider-Man was cutting off, but yet more of Jameson's ill-informed ranting about how Spider-Man and Green Goblin were obviously in cahoots.

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Camacan MOD
Apr 8th 2011 at 3:46:34 AM •••

These examples need details rather than depending on a link or a quote — see How To Write An Example and Fan Myopia. Also: please do not pothole work titles. Work titles are given in italics.




Edited by Edited by Camacan
Jun 23rd 2010 at 1:37:36 PM •••

There's plenty of other pages that have two quotes, why not this one?

Mar 18th 2010 at 10:48:09 PM •••

Renamed from Not Now, Bernard. Archived discussion:

Working Title: Not now honey, the grownups are talking: From YKTTW

Haven: Removed this non-example, since the butler never so much as tried to tell Harry ><

  • This troper actually thought the title was a reference to Spider-Man 3, in which Harry Osborne's butler (named Bernard no less) who holds the infamous information that leads to Harry's Heel–Face Turn until the end of the film.

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Mar 19th 2010 at 8:45:07 AM •••

So Not Now, Bernard got renamed, without leaving the original as a redirect, and despite no-one wanting to create a work page?

Mar 19th 2010 at 5:01:03 PM •••

Discussion. At least three people voiced interest in writing a work page. The original was cut to make room for it — it's less messy that way.