History GenreSavvy / WesternAnimation

14th May '16 4:17:22 PM Viira
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** In "Scary-Oke" after Dipper accidentally summons a legion of zombies, Soos said he is prepared after seeing basically all zombie movies ever made. [[spoiler: Only for him to immediately get bitten, [[BrickJoke like a side-character would.]] Luckily for Soos they find a cure for zombism.]]
** In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Dipper brings seventeen disposable cameras along with him to search for the Gobblewonker, since he realizes how often camera problems ruin monster hunts in movies. Also, Soos worries that he might just be a "side character" and get killed off. Ironically for Dipper, ''all'' [[RunningGag of his cameras get destroyed before the monster shows up]].

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** In "Scary-Oke" after Dipper accidentally summons a legion of zombies, Soos said he is prepared after seeing basically all zombie movies ever made. [[spoiler: Only for him to immediately get bitten, [[BrickJoke like a side-character would.]] Luckily for Soos they find a cure for zombism.]]
** In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Dipper brings seventeen disposable cameras along with him to search for the Gobblewonker, since he realizes how often camera problems ruin monster hunts in movies. Also, Soos worries that he might just be a "side character" and get killed off. Ironically for Dipper, ''all'' [[RunningGag of his cameras get destroyed before the monster shows up]].up]].
** In "Scary-Oke" after Dipper accidentally summons a legion of zombies, Soos says he is prepared after seeing basically all zombie movies ever made. [[spoiler: Only for him to immediately get bitten, [[BrickJoke like a side-character would.]] Luckily for Soos they find a cure for zombism.]]
24th Mar '16 9:05:22 AM Viira
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "Scary-Oke" after Dipper accidentally summons a legion of zombies, Soos said he is prepared after seeing basically all zombie movies ever made. [[spoiler: Only for him to immediately get bitten, [[BrickJoke like a side-character would.]] Luckily for Soos they find a cure for zombism.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
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In "Scary-Oke" after Dipper accidentally summons a legion of zombies, Soos said he is prepared after seeing basically all zombie movies ever made. [[spoiler: Only for him to immediately get bitten, [[BrickJoke like a side-character would.]] Luckily for Soos they find a cure for zombism.]]]]
** In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Dipper brings seventeen disposable cameras along with him to search for the Gobblewonker, since he realizes how often camera problems ruin monster hunts in movies. Also, Soos worries that he might just be a "side character" and get killed off. Ironically for Dipper, ''all'' [[RunningGag of his cameras get destroyed before the monster shows up]].
15th Mar '16 2:14:30 PM ObsidianFire
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
** In "Scary-Oke" after Dipper accidentally summons a legion of zombies, Soos said he is prepared after seeing basically all zombie movies ever made. [[spoiler: Only for him to immediately get bitten, [[BrickJoke like a side-character would.]] Luckily for Soos they find a cure for zombism.]]
* This is parodied in the [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons Tex Avery-directed cartoon]] ''WesternAnimation/NorthwestHoundedPolice'', in which one of the Wolf's escapes from Droopy ends with him on a tiny island large enough for him, a rock and a pebble:
-->'''Wolf:''' (snarkily. [[NoFourthWall to the camera]]) Yeah, I know. (points to the rock) He'll probably be right under that rock.\\
'''Droopy:''' (emerging from beneath [[BehindAStick the pebble that's smaller than his hat]]) Nope, under ''this'' one.\\
'''Wolf:''' (has nervous breakdown)
* This is one of the defining traits of [[MadScientist Grandpa Rick]] on Adult Swim's ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'':
-->'''Mr. Needful''': Tell me, Rick, what do you desire?\\
'''Rick''': ''(disinterested as usual)'' Eh, I make my own stuff. So what are you, like, [[DevilInDisguise the devil?]]\\
'''Mr. Needful''': What? ''(nervously)'' Sorry?\\
'''Rick''': I don't know, [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday store comes out of nowhere,]] all the shit's [[BazaarOfTheBizarre old and creepy]]... are you the devil? Demon? {{Leprechaun}}?
* The ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Brainstorm" is an eleven-minute exercise in this. It depicts Lord Hater's chief henchman Commander Peepers pitching various ways to take over the planet Flendar, all of which Hater shoots down by describing the ways that Wander will likely foil said situation as per a typical episode of the show (i.e. removing the batteries from the DeathRay to power his music player, stealing the backup batteries to power Sylvia's music player, [[UpToEleven stealing the remaining backup batteries to power the music players of all the citizens of Flendar]], etc.) When Peepers ''finally'' evolves an apparently foolproof plan, taking all his concerns into account, Lord Hater envisions Wander inexplicably defeating it with only the power of his banjo and calls the invasion off. The GenreBlind Peepers rouses him from his misery by [[DareToBeBadass reminding him that logically he should be able to best Wander and Sylvia easily, given his powers]]. Encouraged, Hater calls the plan back onů and [[spoiler: [[NoodleIncident cut to the same shot of Hater and his army lying defeated on the ground and Wander raising his banjo triumphantly in the air that was used earlier.]]]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
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''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "Scary-Oke" after Dipper accidentally summons a legion of zombies, Soos said he is prepared after seeing basically all zombie movies ever made. [[spoiler: Only for him to immediately get bitten, [[BrickJoke like a side-character would.]] Luckily for Soos they find a cure for zombism.]]
* This is parodied in the [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons Tex Avery-directed cartoon]] ''WesternAnimation/NorthwestHoundedPolice'', in which one of the Wolf's escapes from Droopy ends with him on a tiny island large enough for him, a rock and a pebble:
-->'''Wolf:''' (snarkily. [[NoFourthWall to the camera]]) Yeah, I know. (points to the rock) He'll probably be right under that rock.\\
'''Droopy:''' (emerging from beneath [[BehindAStick the pebble that's smaller than his hat]]) Nope, under ''this'' one.\\
'''Wolf:''' (has nervous breakdown)
* This is one of the defining traits of [[MadScientist Grandpa Rick]] on Adult Swim's ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'':
-->'''Mr. Needful''': Tell me, Rick, what do you desire?\\
'''Rick''': ''(disinterested as usual)'' Eh, I make my own stuff. So what are you, like, [[DevilInDisguise the devil?]]\\
'''Mr. Needful''': What? ''(nervously)'' Sorry?\\
'''Rick''': I don't know, [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday store comes out of nowhere,]] all the shit's [[BazaarOfTheBizarre old and creepy]]... are you the devil? Demon? {{Leprechaun}}?
* The ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Brainstorm" is an eleven-minute exercise in this. It depicts Lord Hater's chief henchman Commander Peepers pitching various ways to take over the planet Flendar, all of which Hater shoots down by describing the ways that Wander will likely foil said situation as per a typical episode of the show (i.e. removing the batteries from the DeathRay to power his music player, stealing the backup batteries to power Sylvia's music player, [[UpToEleven stealing the remaining backup batteries to power the music players of all the citizens of Flendar]], etc.) When Peepers ''finally'' evolves an apparently foolproof plan, taking all his concerns into account, Lord Hater envisions Wander inexplicably defeating it with only the power of his banjo and calls the invasion off. The GenreBlind Peepers rouses him from his misery by [[DareToBeBadass reminding him that logically he should be able to best Wander and Sylvia easily, given his powers]]. Encouraged, Hater calls the plan back onů and [[spoiler: [[NoodleIncident cut to the same shot of Hater and his army lying defeated on the ground and Wander raising his banjo triumphantly in the air that was used earlier.]]]]
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15th Mar '16 2:09:35 PM ObsidianFire
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', the titular character and Mung [[NoFourthWall go over the formula of the series]], Chowder causes a disaster by messing with the shows weird foods, and then ''proceed to go along with it anyway''.
* Pepper Potts invokes this trope in ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' when Gene's stepfather, whilst wearing the Mandarin armor, threatens her life if Gene and Tony do not find the fifth Makluan Ring. ("Very original," to quote Pepper.)
* Used and then subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. Finn and Jake immediately realize that an invitation from a creepy skeleton king is a trap and walk away listing all of the cliche things that would have happened if they'd gone into his arena--the exits would all seal themselves and they'd have to fight gladiator ghosts. Immediately subverted when they decide it sounds awesome and run right back into the trap, which plays out exactly the way they expected. Later, Finn's accurate predictions of said skeleton king's goals and power source become critical in tricking and defeating him.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. The whole show is a genre savvy parody of several pulp heroes, including the Shadow and Batman. Darkwing himself often mocks cartoon physics while being subjected to them. The other characters are also generally savvy.



** In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Dipper brings seventeen disposable cameras along with him to search for the Gobblewonker, since he realizes how often camera problems ruin monster hunts. Also, Soos worries that he might just be a "side character" and get killed off. Ironically for Dipper, ''[[RunningGag all]]'' [[RunningGag of his cameras get destroyed before the monster shows up]].
15th Mar '16 1:48:25 PM ObsidianFire
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Legion of Super Heroes}}''. Bouncing Boy is the 21st Century horror movie aficionado, so he warns them of the rules.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Legion of Super Heroes}}''. Heroes}}'': Bouncing Boy is the 21st Century horror movie aficionado, so he warns them of the rules.
15th Mar '16 1:47:47 PM ObsidianFire
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''
** # 21 and # 24 . In "The Lepidopterists", they are well aware that they posses the perfect combination of "expendable and invulnerable". Upon being sent off on a mission with # 1, they remark that his cool professionalism marks him for death, while their bumbling incompetence will see them through to the end. Later, when they point out that # 1's lack of a name makes him a RedShirt, he reveals his name, only to have it dismissed as a device to make his impending [[MauveShirt death more emotional]]. Ultimately, he meets his fate when his impressive escape techniques draw the attention of Brock Sampson. # 21 and # 24 were pretending to be wax sculptures at the time. [[spoiler: Ironically, or at least in a cruel twist of fate, in the season 3 finale, 24 stands near the Monarch's car when it suddenly explodes. He's killed in the blast as 21 unintentionally catches his burning head.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''
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''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has # 21 and # 24 . In "The Lepidopterists", they are well aware that they posses the perfect combination of "expendable and invulnerable". Upon being sent off on a mission with # 1, they remark that his cool professionalism marks him for death, while their bumbling incompetence will see them through to the end. Later, when they point out that # 1's lack of a name makes him a RedShirt, he reveals his name, only to have it dismissed as a device to make his impending [[MauveShirt death more emotional]]. Ultimately, he meets his fate when his impressive escape techniques draw the attention of Brock Sampson. # 21 and # 24 were pretending to be wax sculptures at the time. [[spoiler: Ironically, or at least in a cruel twist of fate, in the season 3 finale, 24 stands near the Monarch's car when it suddenly explodes. He's killed in the blast as 21 unintentionally catches his burning head.]]



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy,'' Mandy has this as part of the show's [[NoFourthWall lack of a Fourth Wall]]. For example in "Wishbones," a magical talking skull plays JerkassGenie to practically the whole cast, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor twisting their wishes]] in numerous ridiculous (and horrific) ways. When Mandy gets the last wish, she wisely decides [[spoiler:to auction it off to the highest bidder]].
* Gwen from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' tries to educate the other campers about the rules of horror movies only to be blatantly ignored... except by fellow horror-buff Duncan, who successfully becomes the {{Final G|irl}}uy because of it. Gwen is then subverted into WrongGenreSavvy when she confronts a real psychotic killer, [[AndYouThoughtItWasAGame whom she thinks is an actor pretending to be a psycho killer.]]

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy,'' Mandy has this as part of the show's [[NoFourthWall lack of a Fourth Wall]]. For example in "Wishbones," a magical talking skull plays JerkassGenie to practically the whole cast, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor twisting their wishes]] in numerous ridiculous (and horrific) ways. When Mandy gets the last wish, she wisely decides [[spoiler:to auction it off to the highest bidder]].
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*''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
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Gwen from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' tries to educate the other campers about the rules of horror movies only to be blatantly ignored... except by fellow horror-buff Duncan, who successfully becomes the {{Final G|irl}}uy because of it. Gwen is then subverted into WrongGenreSavvy when she confronts a real psychotic killer, [[AndYouThoughtItWasAGame whom she thinks is an actor pretending to be a psycho killer.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Xanatos manages to restrain several of the gargoyle heroes, and sets up a deathtrap-like situation where a vat of acid will pour down upon them.
-->'''Xanatos:''' It's my first real stab at clichéd villainy. How am I doing?".
** On the whole, he's clearly aware of what is expected from a cartoon villain, and sometimes comments on the cliches he's performing or avoiding. He still rarely achieves DangerouslyGenreSavvy levels, since the methods by which he's foiled are usually relatively standard fare, even if he never admits defeat. [[XanatosGambit That's because his plans usually gain ''more'' for him if he is ''apparently'' defeated.]] Only against Thailog has he ''ever'' truly admitted defeat and come out on the losing side of the exchange.
* Most of the characters on ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum'' know the conventions of the MechaShow. As well as several other film genres. For instance, the following exchange between [[TheHero Palmer]] and [[TheSmartGuy Willie]] after they hear banjo music in the distance:
-->'''Willie''': What was that?
-->'''Palmer''': [[DontGoInTheWoods The worst sound your anus ever heard.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
** In "Action Packed", Timmy wishes the world was like an action movie. [[OnlySaneMan Wanda]] correctly predicts that everything would go from bad to worse. Wanda's awareness that everything will go wrong on every wish qualifies her for this trope.
* Played with in an episode of ''StrokerAndHoop'', where Stroker, in an attempt to be genre savvy, assumes that the suspects in the murder investigation must include a corrupt mayor and a corrupt sheriff. The latter, incidentally being Hoop's half-brother (or something), is in the room and Stroker quickly adds "no offense." Turns out he was right.
-->'''Hoop:''' You clichedly evil bastard!
* In ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', one of the {{Mooks}} was GenreSavvy (but not [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy dangerously so]]) enough to try and promote himself to the main credits, under the belief that he did not have a name until he did something worth earning it. Unfortunately for him, "worth" does not necessarily come in the form of positive gain. When he manages to capture the heroes through sheer luck, he makes a point of NOT discussing his evil plan right in front of them.
15th Mar '16 2:32:36 AM Viira
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** In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Dipper brings seventeen disposable cameras along with him to search for the Gobblewonker, since he realizes how often camera problems ruin monster hunts. Also, Soos worries that he might just be a "side character" and get killed off.
** Ironically for Dipper, ''[[RunningGag all]]'' [[RunningGag of his cameras get destroyed before the]] [[spoiler: real]] [[RunningGag monster shows up]].

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** In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Dipper brings seventeen disposable cameras along with him to search for the Gobblewonker, since he realizes how often camera problems ruin monster hunts. Also, Soos worries that he might just be a "side character" and get killed off.
**
off. Ironically for Dipper, ''[[RunningGag all]]'' [[RunningGag of his cameras get destroyed before the]] [[spoiler: real]] [[RunningGag the monster shows up]].
14th Mar '16 10:26:26 AM ObsidianFire
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** Played straight when there's an episode where Homer becomes an opera star ''and'' someone is trying to murder him ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]). To protect him during an ''opera'' performance, Chief Wiggum orders the hanging [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera chandelier to be ''pre''-crashed]] instead of crashed.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' makes regular use of this trope.
** In "Pandemic", minor character Craig spends the whole episode complaining about how genre blind the main characters are.
** Played With in "Butt Out" in which smart-guy Kyle attempts, and fails, to convince the other major characters to not follow the show's formula for once.
** In "Stanley's Cup" the characters correctly realize that they are in a typical sports movie and thus are bound to win against all odds. They also understand that to achieve that, they need to invite a really good player to their team for their final match, which they also do. This is subverted when they turn out to be WrongGenreSavvy and are beaten brutally: the opposing team were the real protagonists. Similarly, in "The Losing Edge" the team remarks that at this point of the movie, they should include a new, special player in the team to achieve their goals. Only their goal in to ''lose'' and the player is absolutely terrible.
** In "Canceled", the boys realize they're in a rerun of the very first episode.
** Lampshaded by Token, whose name fits this trope, as he clearly is the token black guy and token rich guy.
** For a presentation about the reasons for the American Revolution, Cartman constructs a device that will drop a stone on his head while he is wondering out loudly what the Founding Fathers were thinking back then. His reasoning is that he will pass out and have a wacky flashback episode in which he is present during the declaration of independence.
** Cartman plays this straight in "Spooky Fish" when Stan and Kyle want to send Cartman to the MirrorUniverse where the 'evil' Eric Cartman came from. Cartman tells them to send both him and his twin back, [[BatmanGambit knowing that they would think the real Cartman would never say that.]] It works, and they send back his 'evil' self instead.
** Kenny tends to be something of a genre-savvy StraightMan in general: the gag being that the audience can't generally understand what he's saying even though it's a {{lampshade|Hanging}} or something savvy.
14th Mar '16 10:22:11 AM ObsidianFire
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* Michelangelo in ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward]]'' is so GenreSavvy that he was teaching tropes to a number of onlookers, particularly describing horror tropes.



** Dr. Venture spends half the time making sarcastic genre savvy comments. Brock does it a lot too, especially when they're in danger. Come to think of it, a great deal of the cast are.
-->'''Dr. Venture:''' This is gonna be one of those things, isn't it?
-->'''Brock:''' Uh-huh.
-->'''Dr. Venture:''' I mean, you get a bunch of short-fused, costumed idiots together in one room like this, and what do you think's gonna happen? Any minute now, stuff's gonna start blowing up, guys'll be throwing each other at other guys.
-->'''Brock:''' Yeah, probably.
-->'''Dr. Venture:''' You know, when you're not the one in the middle of it all for once, it's actually totally, completely obvious.
-->'''Brock:''' Welcome to my life.
** Hank and Dean ''aren't''. [[WrongGenreSavvy They think they are, though]], with all their presumed ''[[Literature/TheHardyBoys Hardy Boys]]'' style mysteries. This occasionally works out for them, one example is in the episode "Fallen Arches" when Triana Orpheus is kidnapped by the super villain Torrid and Dean thinks to run the hot water in the shower so the steam will reveal a message on the mirror.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Discussed in this exchange:

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** Dr. Venture spends half the time making sarcastic genre savvy comments. Brock does * ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' discuses it a lot too, especially when they're in danger. Come to think of it, a great deal of the cast are.
-->'''Dr. Venture:''' This is gonna be one of those things, isn't it?
-->'''Brock:''' Uh-huh.
-->'''Dr. Venture:''' I mean, you get a bunch of short-fused, costumed idiots together in one room like this, and what do you think's gonna happen? Any minute now, stuff's gonna start blowing up, guys'll be throwing each other at other guys.
-->'''Brock:''' Yeah, probably.
-->'''Dr. Venture:''' You know, when you're not the one in the middle of it all for once, it's actually totally, completely obvious.
-->'''Brock:''' Welcome to my life.
** Hank and Dean ''aren't''. [[WrongGenreSavvy They think they are, though]], with all their presumed ''[[Literature/TheHardyBoys Hardy Boys]]'' style mysteries. This occasionally works out for them, one example is in the episode "Fallen Arches" when Triana Orpheus is kidnapped by the super villain Torrid and Dean thinks to run the hot water in the shower so the steam will reveal a message on the mirror.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Discussed
in this exchange:



** Lisa manages to apply it to real life in a somewhat rational fashion, as she plans to be a jazz musician who is unappreciated in her time but discovered as a genius decades later. "And I may or may not die young, I haven't decided yet."
** In ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E4TreehouseOfHorrorIX Treehouse of Horror IX]]", Bart and Lisa are trapped in Itchy & Scratcy's universe and are inside a car about to be murdered. Bart uses his cartoon knowledge to draw an eject button, press it and escape.
** Homer applies a bit of genre savviness to help Apu and Manjula get pregnant by setting them up in a scenario with every cliche in the book of the LawOfInverseFertility.
-->'''Homer''': Now, this situation is '''guaranteed''' to end in pregnancy.
-->'''Apu''': I'm willing to play the high school jock but did you have to cut the roof off my car?
-->'''Homer''': Ah bup bup bup bup! That's an Apu question, you're Greg.
-->'''Apu''': ''(reading)'' Uh, gee Betsy, it's such a nice night. Why don't we go all the way?
-->'''Manjula''': ''(reading)'' But Greg, my dad will kill me! And you have that scholarship to Ivy League State.
-->'''Apu''': Loosen up, baby. Tomorrow I'm shipping off to Vietnam. I-- ''(breaking character)'' I thought I was going to Ivy League State.
-->'''Homer''': My mistake. Stay in the moment.
-->'''Manjula''': Just promise not to forget me on your dinosaur bone digging up trip.
** In "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson," the Mafia and the Yazuka are fighting on the lawn. Marge thinks that they should go inside.
-->'''Homer:''' But, Marge, that little guy hasn't done anything yet. Look at him. He's going to do something and you know it's going to be good.
-->(This leads to an {{offscreen moment of awesome}} when Homer and Marge go inside and later hear a loud yell and a body drop.)
-->'''Homer:''' Aw...
** In "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind," Homer accidentally walks in on Marge and Duffman planning a surprise party for him. Feeling guilty, he decides to take Moe's "Forget-Me-Shot" so it will still be a surprise, but before drinking it, Homer realizes that he's bound to retain some memory of walking in and seeing them, which could eventually drive him to despair at the thought of Marge cheating on him, so he tells Lenny to make sure the party has a moon bounce.
14th Mar '16 10:14:59 AM ObsidianFire
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** Surprisingly, the otherwise extremely dimwitted Fry, to the point where tropes seem to be all he ''does'' understand. It's very heavily implied that this is from his near-constant intake of television, movies, etc.
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