The opposite of melodrama: Acting so low-key that it's impossible to tell what emotion the actor is supposed to be experiencing. Coined by The Distressed Watcher to describe the acting in the Twilight films.
A Secret Squirrel cartoon featured an evil, sentient quark as a villain. He was flattening the United States one structure at at time, destroying structures by pulling out the bottom atom. He planned to turn the country into a parking lot, then flatten Canada to make room for a giant amphitheater...where he would perform. The best part was the way he was defeated...Secret pointed out that quarks are defined as hypothetical particles, so he didn't really exist. Thus, he disappeared in a puff of logic.
Noun: A long, thin strip of fabric on the banner of a low-ranking knight used in the Middle Ages, cut off when he ascended to a higher rank. Thus, "getting one's schwenkel cut off" isn't nearly as painful as it sounds.