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TL;DR: The trope came from the facts that: - If you were impaled on a spear, the smart way to remove it would be to keep pushing it through your body and out the other side.1 So people who actually fought in the era of swords and spears would have seen it done, albeit in less badass circumstances. - More importantly, it actually happened sometimes. In ...


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TLDR: There are plenty of films where the "bad guy" wins. Ultimately, the reason why the bad guy wins can come down to a number of reasons, including to be more realistic, to set up a later "good" ending in another film or because it's unexpected, to name a few reasons. Long Answer (note: there will be spoilers for some films below): There are really ...


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In Le Morte d'Arthur, published in 1485 and popular for over 500 years, Then the king gat his spear in both his hands, and ran toward Sir Mordred, crying: Traitor, now is thy death-day come. And when Sir Mordred heard Sir Arthur, he ran until him with his sword drawn in his hand. And there King Arthur smote Sir Mordred under the shield, with ...


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Aamir Khan was 51 when he played the role of a 19 year old boy in Dangal. From Bollywood Life article So Aamir Khan has done it again what he does the best. The PK actor has gone through a drastic makeover for his upcoming film, Dangal, in which he will be seen going through three different stages for he will play the role of a 19-year-old, 29-year-old ...


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Obvious Child A somewhat recent romantic comedy has actually been lauded for its treatment of this subject: Obvious Child from 2014 starring comedian Jenny Slate. From a Slate article: In the new movie Obvious Child, twentysomething stand-up comic Donna gets pregnant after a drunken one-night stand, loses her job, attempts to schedule an abortion at her ...


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Shirley Henderson was around 37 when she played Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter movies. Born 1965, appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets which came out in 2002 and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which came out in 2005.


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My friend said that an anti-hero does not care about anything and would kill innocent people. No, someone who kills innocent people is a villain. With the exception of the innocent casualties being collateral, but this could apply to a hero as well and is not the definition of an antihero. However, it would be correct to say that an antihero is not averse ...


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It's not awkward, it's bragging. Badass Boast, Evil Boast, Evil Gloating. In character building it's a feat given to make audience sure who is the villain from the start. Usually with bad puns. Or for fun foreshadowing. In Bond Goldfinger (I think) the joke was "he's in a hurry he have a meeting with a press" which turn to be him crushed by literal press.


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The practice is called link analysis, and its purpose is to show us how certain people may be related to each other or specific events. It's not done so much by hand anymore in the manner you see, though perhaps this is still the case in some underfunded backwoods police bureau. These days we use highly sophisticated software like IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook ...


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This is called Comic-Book Time aka Floating Timeline aka Sliding Timescale. The problem is this. On one hand, Superman is a high-selling, successful character with a lot of licenses and so on based off of him. You don't want him to age or die, because that means losing that successful character. On the other hand, Superman exists as part of a ...


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You asked a number of questions here; as often happens, not all of them got answered. Try to ask only one question per question. Are there actually rules, written or unwritten, preventing a script with victorious villains ever being made into a movie? Yes. Do a web search for the "Motion Picture Production Code", also known as the "Hays Code". If you'...


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The use of death-traps far pre-dates films and TV series, dating back to novels and theatrical productions. Take the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb [1892]. To quote from a wiki on the subject: The engineer Victor Hatherley is trapped inside a hydraulic press which would crush him to a pulp. Escape method: a woman ...


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Stockard Channing (born 1944) played teenager Rizzo in Grease (1978) at the age of 34.


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It's called "And Another Thing" Two characters are in a room having a conversation. One of them makes to leave. But as this character reaches the door, they turn back to deliver a final line. Often this is some bit of exposition that sets up something later in the episode ("the starboard discombobulator's on the fritz") but that the writer couldn't figure ...


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I don't know if this has a definitive name, but TV Tropes refer to it as String Theory. I've also heard it referred to as a conspiracy wall. Effectively a character creates a board with all the information they know about whatever they are interested in. They then use pins and string to connect events from all the different pieces of information to try and ...


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As @BrettFromLA mentioned is the comments, I would suggest this character is called the: Red Shirt Warning! TV Tropes Link! The trope name come from Stark Trek: The Original Series where the new recruits/ensigns wore red uniforms. This can be a bit confusing because in later Star Trek series the Command positions wore red... A brief excerpt of what ...


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From wikipedia: An antihero, or anti-heroine, is a protagonist who lacks conventional heroic qualities such as idealism, courage, or morality. These characters are usually considered "conspicuously contrary to an archetypal hero". Although antiheroes may sometimes do the "right thing", it is often for the "wrong reasons" and because it serves their self-...


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In S1E8 of GLOW (Netflix 2017), Ruth has an abortion. There is some emotion, of course, but it turns into a sweet bonding experience between Ruth and the gruff director, Sam. The show doesn't paint it as morally wrong, Ruth isn't overwhelmed with regret, and she's not portrayed as evil or bad. It's not even mentioned in the final two episodes of the season.


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There are multiple tropes for it: TV Tropes has a index for such tropes : I Have Your Index: It may shock you to know that I Have Your Index. How I came to obtain it is not important at this particular point in time. All that is important is that I'm willing to give it back . . . for a price. Which got two related tropes: I Have Your Wife The Big ...


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For a writer, it's important to get your audience to care about your protagonist (whether they are good, bad, ugly, or neutral). If they don't care about and aren't interested in the protagonist, and their plight, then they're not going to care about your story. If you're thinking, well, I'll get the audience to care about the bad guy (etc.), then that ...


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Robert Redford was 48 when The Natural was released. Granted he played a 35 y/o for most of the movie, but he plays a 19 y/o pitcher on a way to a tryout in the prologue.


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Ferris Bueller's sidekick Cameron was played by 29-year-old Alan Ruck in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Alan Ruck was born in 1956, and appeared as Ferris Bueller's trusty high-school friend Cameron in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Mr. Ruck was probably not 30 during filming, since movies are always shot months or even years before they are released. ...


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TvTropes calls this the OminouslyOpenDoor and files it as a death trope, meaning that usually the investigator will find a dead suspect or witness in the room: The good guys are having a hard time finding a lead for the current investigation. They find a possible culprit or a vital link in the investigation. The team gets an address and find the door ...


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Appropriately, this 'trope' is actually named after Indy himself! The Indy Hat Roll is a recognized trope: wherein a character will, given enough time (and typically the presence of a slow moving threat) cease their flight to retrieve a seemingly insignificant fallen item. It is often found paired with Just in Time and No One Gets Left Behind. Indy's ...


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How does Daniel in the lions' den sound, for a Biblical example of exactly this trope?


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If you consider TvTropes an 'official' trope namer, they call it Rock Star Parking: Any time the hero is really in a hurry, there is always an empty parking space directly in front of their destination. Even if in, say, downtown New York. This is generally seen as an Acceptable Break from Reality as really, no one wants to watch an hour of the heroes ...


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The first, most prominent film that springs to my mind is Star Wars : The Empire Strikes Back. ** spoiler alert ** By the end, a Rebel base has been destroyed.. our hero Luke has just had his hand cut off, Han Solo is in frozen in carbonite. Darth Vader and the Emprire definitely have the upper hand. Of course this has to be viewed in the context of ...


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You have to keep in mind that while movies often have the motivation to depict reality and a realistic story in a realistic way, they still are in many respects subject to a certain degree of explicitness upto hyperbole, as is the acting of the cast. So in this viewpoint, the actor actually saying "Hello?" even though hearing the obvious "death-tone" is a ...


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The film Swordfish (2001) has part of its plot around this particular subject. The good guys always winning, the bad guy losing; and the whole idea is for the audience to feel happy. It's also an example of where arguably the bad guy does win. He does get to head off into the sunset having done what he intended. Okay, he paints himself as a good guy, but ...


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Possibly The Cider House Rules from 1999 with Michael Caine as a Dr. Larch, Tobey Maguire as Homer Wells, Charlize Theron as Candy Kendall, and Erykah Badu as Rose Rose. Dr. Larch, director of an orphanage, provides abortions and helps Homer Wells become a physician himself. Homer Wells, one of the orphans himself, who at first doesn't want to provide ...


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