History LampshadeHanging / WesternAnimation

4th Apr '18 6:10:27 AM T-Troper24
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* A hilarious one from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': in "The Junkman Cometh", as Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl are flying to the Moon, Sheen goes, "Hey Jimmy, there's a question I've always wanted to ask you. How come whenever we're in outer space we don't gotta wear helmets?" and Jimmy responds with "Good question, Sheen! And the answer is quite interesting you see." and as he explains it, the camera shifts to Carl, singing a song and drowning out Jimmy's explanation. Happens again on the return trip with another question.

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* A hilarious one from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': in "The Junkman Cometh", as Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl are flying to the Moon, Sheen goes, "Hey Jimmy, there's a question I've always wanted to ask you. How come whenever we're in outer space we don't gotta wear helmets?" and Jimmy responds with "Good question, Sheen! And the answer is quite interesting you see.see..." and as he explains it, the camera shifts to Carl, singing a song and drowning out Jimmy's explanation. Happens again on the return trip with another question.
4th Apr '18 6:09:53 AM T-Troper24
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* A hilarious one from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': in "The Junkman Cometh", as Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl are flying to the Moon, Sheen goes, "Hey Jimmy, how come we can fly through space in this rocket with our heads exposed? Shouldn't we not be able to breathe?" and Jimmy responds with "That's an excellent question, Sheen! Well, you see..." and as he explains it, the camera shifts to Carl, singing a song and drowning out Jimmy's explanation. Happens again on the return trip with another question.

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* A hilarious one from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': in "The Junkman Cometh", as Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl are flying to the Moon, Sheen goes, "Hey Jimmy, how there's a question I've always wanted to ask you. How come we can fly through whenever we're in outer space in this rocket with our heads exposed? Shouldn't we not be able to breathe?" don't gotta wear helmets?" and Jimmy responds with "That's an excellent "Good question, Sheen! Well, And the answer is quite interesting you see...see." and as he explains it, the camera shifts to Carl, singing a song and drowning out Jimmy's explanation. Happens again on the return trip with another question.
19th Feb '18 12:44:53 PM InvincibleSparrow
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse''
** In the episode Inst-gran, Lincoln points out the continuity error of Lynn appearing in a ninja costume whereas in a previous scene she was wearing her regular clothes. Her response to Lincoln is, ”what happened to your bowl cut” referencing the fact that in a earlier scene, Lincoln had a bowl cut in a previous scene which had disappeared. See also [[Plot Hole]], [[Continuity Not]], [[Continuity Error]].
11th Jan '18 9:17:52 PM merotoker
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' season 2 episode 9, Jade is shown to be a BigEater, eating 5 hot dogs at a ballpark, and the game wasn't even FINISHED yet! Tohru lampshades this by saying he doesn't know where she puts it all which is saying something considering how much ''he'' eats.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', "Jack versus Aku":
-->''(Aku appears before Jack)''\\
'''Jack:''' Aku!\\
'''Aku:''' ''(droll)'' Yes, it is I, Samurai Jack. ''(rolls eyes)'' How incredibly observant you are.\\
''(Jack draws sword and runs at Aku, screaming)''\\
'''Aku:''' Oh, put that thing away, Samurai. We all know what's gonna happen.\\
''(Jack comes to a stop and watches Aku warily, sword still drawn)''\\
'''Aku:''' You'll swing your sword, I'll fly away and probably say something like "I'll be back, Samurai!" And then I'll flutter off over the horizon and we won't see each other for about a week. And then we'll do the same thing all over again.\\
'''Jack:''' ''(looks guilty, then gets mad)'' Your word play will not trick me, villain! ''(lunges at him)''\\
'''Aku:''' ''No, wait! (turns into a bird and flutters off into the sky)'' I'll be back again, Samurai, you'll see! ''(flies over the horizon, laughing)''\\
''(Jack stares after Aku, then rubs chin in thought)''\\
'''Aku:''' ''(reappears before Jack)'' See what I mean?
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', the pixie Digit always thinks logically, but when the pixies are all hit with a homesickness spell, Digit can't come up with a logical explanation for why they have to return home when [[BigBad Lord Darkar]] needs to follow them back to their village to complete his evil scheme. Tecna (her bonded fairy) addresses this, noting that it's completely illogical for her to be saying this.
* This happens many times in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** In "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air". Peter points out that his doctor's voice sounds an awful lot like his father-in-law's ([[TalkingToHimself the two characters share a voice actor]]). Mr. Pewterschmidt then enters the room from nowhere and proceeds to talk to Dr. Hartman, commenting on how they do have very similar voices, and how no one has ever noticed since they have not had any previous extended interaction.
** In "A Fish Out of Water", after Peter shoots the talking fish Daggermouth, revealing that it's a robot, the fisherman Salty hops out from behind some stalagmites and explains his devious plot, spreading the Daggermouth legend and then getting rich off the merchandising, ending with:
-->'''Salty:''' And now I'm going to give you $50,000 to be on your way.\\
'''Peter:''' But why?\\
'''Salty:''' To keep your mouth shut! And because the longer we stay here, [[FridgeLogic the more people are gonna question]] how a fisherman, with no engineering background, managed to build a sophisticated talking fish-robot.
** In "Road To Rupert", Brian and Stewie have this exchange:
-->'''Brian:''' Besides, aren't you getting a little old for a teddy bear?\\
'''Stewie:''' [[VagueAge Brian, I'm 1!]]\\
'''Brian:''' [[NotAllowedToGrowUp Still?]]\\
'''Stewie:''' What?
** In Season 6, Stewie brought up this point upon meeting Brian's son, "How can you have a 13 year old son when you yourself are only 7?" Brian immediately lampshades it with, "Well Stewie, if you don't like it, [[InternetBackdraft go on the internet and complain.]]"
** In the episode where Brian and Stewie join the Army, they set up for a cutaway and never go to it. Stewie even asks if they have a scene for that, guesses not, and they just go on.
** In fact, when Stewie and Brian are waiting outside Cleveland's ex-wife's front door, they have a whole conversation about who should do the talking; "Well I don't know, I thought only immediate family members could understand you", etc, until finally an 'off-camera' voice shouts "Guys! We're still rolling!"
** Done several times with Peter's chin. In "Ready, Willing, and Disabled", Peter is rubbing his chin in thought, he becomes surprised and promptly removes his chin and sticks it down his pants. Later in "PTV", the FCC wants to censor it due to it looking like a set of testicles.
** In "Go, Stewie, Go", Stewie reveals he was pretending to be female through transvestism (to get a female only part) during a live scene of Jolly Farm.
-->'''Brian:''' ''(after the scene)'' Hey, why were they shooting that scene live?\\
'''Stewie:''' Convenience.\\
'''Brian:''' Yeah, but why'd they--\\
'''Stewie:''' ''(interrupting)'' Let's not start pulling threads on this one...
** From "Spies Reminiscent of Us":
-->'''Dan Aykroyd:''' Are there any local residents whom you've seen acting strangely?\\
'''Stewie:''' Well, there's a pedophile up the street that nobody seems to be doing anything about, [[RuleOfFunny but it's mainly because he's so funny.]]
** Peter is watching the news and a story comes on that gives him an idea to solve the problem-of-the-week. Then the news presenter says: "Coming up in the next half-hour: our in-depth look at conveniently placed news reports in television shows. But first, Peter - watch out for that skateboard." Peter then stands up and slips on a skateboard that had no reason to be there and wasn't there earlier.
** "The Splendid Source"
-->'''Peter''': Cleveland? Who knew we would run into you here except everyone cause Fox [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil ruined it in the promos]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''
** Season finale. Peter Griffin and Glenn Quagmire are attending the wedding that was the centerpiece for the episode.
-->'''Quagmire:''' Well, they made it through the whole season. Now can I have my own show, Peter?\\
'''Peter:''' Quagmire, you're a rapist. ''(Quagmire grumbles)''
** Cleveland's son starts playing guitar and singing a song in Spanish to his Mexican girlfriend, Cecilia, while Cleveland watches and jealously criticizes the situation under his breath:
-->'''Cleveland:''' Okay, he is not NOT fluent in Spanish.\\
(Junior keeps singing)\\
'''Cleveland:''' And he's NEVER played guitar. NEVER.\\
(Junior keeps singing)\\
** There is a recent immigrant character named Fouad whose whole role is to hang lampshades about the jokes that were just done.
-->'''Co-worker:''' Can I buy a cup of coffee?
-->'''Fouad:''' Ohoho! Yes! Is funny because is free! Anyone can have!
'''Cleveland:''' (through gritted teeth) It is UNREALISTIC for him to suddenly gain these abilities!
* ''TheSimpsons'' uses this trope quite often, though sometimes in more subtle ways:
** In the 1st Simpsons Clip show, Bart shakes a beer can in a paint shaker, which explodes (with a mushroom cloud) when Homer opens it, putting him in a coma. Grandpa explains that being in a coma, you relive past moments of your life, a lot like "one of those TV shows where they play clips from previous episodes." Here the authors acknowledge on their own behalf that a clip show is a lazy production with no new material. The episode is actually titled "So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show".
** When Moe got plastic surgery and became a soap opera star, his face was crushed by a falling back drop and reverted [[StatusQuoIsGod back to its original form]]. Moe began asking why that happened, [[FridgeLogic stated it didn't make any sense]], [[NoEnding and the episode immediately ended]].
** Bart becomes a "Junior Camper" (a Boy Scout): Lisa, Bart and Homer are watching an episode of Itchy and Scratchy, Bart notes that the scene was unrealistic. Lisa defends the cartoon, reminding Bart that cartoons don't need to be 100% accurate all the time. Though Homer is watching with them in the living room, as Lisa speaks, an intentionally mis-edited Homer is seen clearly walking outdoors past the window. This is an acknowledgment of the many inconsistencies that crop up throughout the show's history, and how the authors don't intend to make the show consistent.
** In "Homer Loves Flanders", Bart is starting to wonder if Homer's newfound friendship with Ned Flanders will really last.
-->'''Lisa:''' Don't worry, Bart. It seems like every week something odd happens to the Simpsons. My advice is to ride it out, make the occasional smart-alec quip, [[ResetButton and by next week we'll be back to where we started from, ready for another wacky adventure]].\\
'''Bart:''' Ay, caramba!!\\
'''Lisa:''' That's the spirit.\\
By the end, it seems like Ned and Homer will remain friends and Lisa's convinced that their wacky adventures will end. Cut to a scene taking place next week, Homer tells Ned Flanders to get lost.
** Homer makes a comment about 'lousy Korean animation.' As he's saying it, his mouth disappears and reappears a few inches from his face, hanging in midair. There is a scene where Homer makes a comment about how bad at drawing Matt Groening is. A giant eraser appears and starts to rub him out. He yells that he 'takes it back' and then it is revealed that the eraser is just a sculpture being carried past. There is also an episode where a news report gives Homer an idea about how to solve a problem. He tells Lisa it's a good thing she turned the TV on at that moment. She says she didn't turn it on. They look back to the TV, which is now switched off, and say that neither of them turned it off either. Eerie music plays.
** "Lemon of Troy" piles on the [[ShoutOut [=ShoutOuts=]]] to Creator/{{Homer}}'s epics of the Trojan War: the name of the show's patriarch being an obvious, but not prominent example. Springfield's and Shelbyville's kids--ultimately, joined by their parents--feud over a disputed lemon tree. The grown-ups sneak Flanders' motor home into Shelbyville's cat-impound-lot fortress: by appearing to leave their vehicle abandoned in a hospital zone. As the tow truck [[TrojanHorse drags them toward the forbidden destination]], Homer Simpson exults, "No one in history has '''ever''' done anything this clever!"
** A list of all of the Lampshade Hangings done -- particularly in later seasons -- could probably be a website in and of itself. [[http://www.simpsonsarchive.com The Simpsons Archive]] has a long list of "meta-references."
** The Simpsons even manage to lampshade themselves ''on other shows''. For example: on Creator/DavidLetterman's last show, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqQH8yEPtSk this clip]] about both shows' longevity:
-->'''Homer:''' ''(laughing hysterically)'' He broke the window! Again!\\
'''Marge:''' Gosh Homie, Dave's been on for thirty-three years! Back then, Bart and Lisa were kids, and Maggie was still a baby! ''(zoom out to the kids)'' [[ComicBookTime Huh.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', "Foster's Goes to Europe": The show addresses why Mac should be going to Europe with his imaginary friends instead of his family. Coco gives the explanation, which makes it [[TheUnintelligible unintelligible]].
* A hilarious one from ''JimmyNeutron'': in "The Junkman Cometh", as Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl are flying to the Moon, Sheen goes, "Hey Jimmy, how come we can fly through space in this rocket with our heads exposed? Shouldn't we not be able to breathe?" and Jimmy responds with "That's an excellent question, Sheen! Well, you see..." and as he explains it, the camera shifts to Carl, singing a song and drowning out Jimmy's explanation. Happens again on the return trip with another question.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' season 2 episode 9, Jade is shown to be a BigEater, eating 5 hot dogs at a ballpark, and the game wasn't even FINISHED yet! Tohru lampshades this by saying he doesn't know where she puts it all which is saying something considering how much ''he'' eats.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', "Jack versus Aku":
-->''(Aku appears before Jack)''\\
'''Jack:''' Aku!\\
'''Aku:''' ''(droll)'' Yes, it is I, Samurai Jack. ''(rolls eyes)'' How incredibly observant you are.\\
''(Jack draws sword and runs at Aku, screaming)''\\
'''Aku:''' Oh, put that thing away, Samurai. We all know what's gonna happen.\\
''(Jack comes to a stop and watches Aku warily, sword still drawn)''\\
'''Aku:''' You'll swing your sword, I'll fly away and probably say something like "I'll be back, Samurai!" And then I'll flutter off over the horizon and we won't see each other for about a week. And then we'll do the same thing all over again.\\
'''Jack:''' ''(looks guilty, then gets mad)'' Your word play will not trick me, villain! ''(lunges at him)''\\
'''Aku:''' ''No, wait! (turns into a bird and flutters off into the sky)'' I'll be back again, Samurai, you'll see! ''(flies over the horizon, laughing)''\\
''(Jack stares after Aku, then rubs chin in thought)''\\
'''Aku:''' ''(reappears before Jack)'' See what I mean?
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', the pixie Digit always thinks logically, but when the pixies are all hit with a homesickness spell, Digit can't come up with a logical explanation for why they have to return home when [[BigBad Lord Darkar]] needs to follow them back to their village to complete his evil scheme. Tecna (her bonded fairy) addresses this, noting that it's completely illogical for her to be saying this.
* This happens many times in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** In "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air". Peter points out that his doctor's voice sounds an awful lot like his father-in-law's ([[TalkingToHimself the two characters share a voice actor]]). Mr. Pewterschmidt then enters the room from nowhere and proceeds to talk to Dr. Hartman, commenting on how they do have very similar voices, and how no one has ever noticed since they have not had any previous extended interaction.
** In "A Fish Out of Water", after Peter shoots the talking fish Daggermouth, revealing that it's a robot, the fisherman Salty hops out from behind some stalagmites and explains his devious plot, spreading the Daggermouth legend and then getting rich off the merchandising, ending with:
-->'''Salty:''' And now I'm going to give you $50,000 to be on your way.\\
'''Peter:''' But why?\\
'''Salty:''' To keep your mouth shut! And because the longer we stay here, [[FridgeLogic the more people are gonna question]] how a fisherman, with no engineering background, managed to build a sophisticated talking fish-robot.
** In "Road To Rupert", Brian and Stewie have this exchange:
-->'''Brian:''' Besides, aren't you getting a little old for a teddy bear?\\
'''Stewie:''' [[VagueAge Brian, I'm 1!]]\\
'''Brian:''' [[NotAllowedToGrowUp Still?]]\\
'''Stewie:''' What?
** In Season 6, Stewie brought up this point upon meeting Brian's son, "How can you have a 13 year old son when you yourself are only 7?" Brian immediately lampshades it with, "Well Stewie, if you don't like it, [[InternetBackdraft go on the internet and complain.]]"
** In the episode where Brian and Stewie join the Army, they set up for a cutaway and never go to it. Stewie even asks if they have a scene for that, guesses not, and they just go on.
** In fact, when Stewie and Brian are waiting outside Cleveland's ex-wife's front door, they have a whole conversation about who should do the talking; "Well I don't know, I thought only immediate family members could understand you", etc, until finally an 'off-camera' voice shouts "Guys! We're still rolling!"
** Done several times with Peter's chin. In "Ready, Willing, and Disabled", Peter is rubbing his chin in thought, he becomes surprised and promptly removes his chin and sticks it down his pants. Later in "PTV", the FCC wants to censor it due to it looking like a set of testicles.
** In "Go, Stewie, Go", Stewie reveals he was pretending to be female through transvestism (to get a female only part) during a live scene of Jolly Farm.
-->'''Brian:''' ''(after the scene)'' Hey, why were they shooting that scene live?\\
'''Stewie:''' Convenience.\\
'''Brian:''' Yeah, but why'd they--\\
'''Stewie:''' ''(interrupting)'' Let's not start pulling threads on this one...
** From "Spies Reminiscent of Us":
-->'''Dan Aykroyd:''' Are there any local residents whom you've seen acting strangely?\\
'''Stewie:''' Well, there's a pedophile up the street that nobody seems to be doing anything about, [[RuleOfFunny but it's mainly because he's so funny.]]
** Peter is watching the news and a story comes on that gives him an idea to solve the problem-of-the-week. Then the news presenter says: "Coming up in the next half-hour: our in-depth look at conveniently placed news reports in television shows. But first, Peter - watch out for that skateboard." Peter then stands up and slips on a skateboard that had no reason to be there and wasn't there earlier.
** "The Splendid Source"
-->'''Peter''': Cleveland? Who knew we would run into you here except everyone cause Fox [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil ruined it in the promos]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''
** Season finale. Peter Griffin and Glenn Quagmire are attending the wedding that was the centerpiece for the episode.
-->'''Quagmire:''' Well, they made it through the whole season. Now can I have my own show, Peter?\\
'''Peter:''' Quagmire, you're a rapist. ''(Quagmire grumbles)''
** Cleveland's son starts playing guitar and singing a song in Spanish to his Mexican girlfriend, Cecilia, while Cleveland watches and jealously criticizes the situation under his breath:
-->'''Cleveland:''' Okay, he is not NOT fluent in Spanish.\\
(Junior keeps singing)\\
'''Cleveland:''' And he's NEVER played guitar. NEVER.\\
(Junior keeps singing)\\
** There is a recent immigrant character named Fouad whose whole role is to hang lampshades about the jokes that were just done.
-->'''Co-worker:''' Can I buy a cup of coffee?
-->'''Fouad:''' Ohoho! Yes! Is funny because is free! Anyone can have!
'''Cleveland:''' (through gritted teeth) It is UNREALISTIC for him to suddenly gain these abilities!
* ''TheSimpsons'' uses this trope quite often, though sometimes in more subtle ways:
** In the 1st Simpsons Clip show, Bart shakes a beer can in a paint shaker, which explodes (with a mushroom cloud) when Homer opens it, putting him in a coma. Grandpa explains that being in a coma, you relive past moments of your life, a lot like "one of those TV shows where they play clips from previous episodes." Here the authors acknowledge on their own behalf that a clip show is a lazy production with no new material. The episode is actually titled "So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show".
** When Moe got plastic surgery and became a soap opera star, his face was crushed by a falling back drop and reverted [[StatusQuoIsGod back to its original form]]. Moe began asking why that happened, [[FridgeLogic stated it didn't make any sense]], [[NoEnding and the episode immediately ended]].
** Bart becomes a "Junior Camper" (a Boy Scout): Lisa, Bart and Homer are watching an episode of Itchy and Scratchy, Bart notes that the scene was unrealistic. Lisa defends the cartoon, reminding Bart that cartoons don't need to be 100% accurate all the time. Though Homer is watching with them in the living room, as Lisa speaks, an intentionally mis-edited Homer is seen clearly walking outdoors past the window. This is an acknowledgment of the many inconsistencies that crop up throughout the show's history, and how the authors don't intend to make the show consistent.
** In "Homer Loves Flanders", Bart is starting to wonder if Homer's newfound friendship with Ned Flanders will really last.
-->'''Lisa:''' Don't worry, Bart. It seems like every week something odd happens to the Simpsons. My advice is to ride it out, make the occasional smart-alec quip, [[ResetButton and by next week we'll be back to where we started from, ready for another wacky adventure]].\\
'''Bart:''' Ay, caramba!!\\
'''Lisa:''' That's the spirit.\\
By the end, it seems like Ned and Homer will remain friends and Lisa's convinced that their wacky adventures will end. Cut to a scene taking place next week, Homer tells Ned Flanders to get lost.
** Homer makes a comment about 'lousy Korean animation.' As he's saying it, his mouth disappears and reappears a few inches from his face, hanging in midair. There is a scene where Homer makes a comment about how bad at drawing Matt Groening is. A giant eraser appears and starts to rub him out. He yells that he 'takes it back' and then it is revealed that the eraser is just a sculpture being carried past. There is also an episode where a news report gives Homer an idea about how to solve a problem. He tells Lisa it's a good thing she turned the TV on at that moment. She says she didn't turn it on. They look back to the TV, which is now switched off, and say that neither of them turned it off either. Eerie music plays.
** "Lemon of Troy" piles on the [[ShoutOut [=ShoutOuts=]]] to Creator/{{Homer}}'s epics of the Trojan War: the name of the show's patriarch being an obvious, but not prominent example. Springfield's and Shelbyville's kids--ultimately, joined by their parents--feud over a disputed lemon tree. The grown-ups sneak Flanders' motor home into Shelbyville's cat-impound-lot fortress: by appearing to leave their vehicle abandoned in a hospital zone. As the tow truck [[TrojanHorse drags them toward the forbidden destination]], Homer Simpson exults, "No one in history has '''ever''' done anything this clever!"
** A list of all of the Lampshade Hangings done -- particularly in later seasons -- could probably be a website in and of itself. [[http://www.simpsonsarchive.com The Simpsons Archive]] has a long list of "meta-references."
** The Simpsons even manage to lampshade themselves ''on other shows''. For example: on Creator/DavidLetterman's last show, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqQH8yEPtSk this clip]] about both shows' longevity:
-->'''Homer:''' ''(laughing hysterically)'' He broke the window! Again!\\
'''Marge:''' Gosh Homie, Dave's been on for thirty-three years! Back then, Bart and Lisa were kids, and Maggie was still a baby! ''(zoom out to the kids)'' [[ComicBookTime Huh.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', "Foster's Goes to Europe": The show addresses why Mac should be going to Europe with his imaginary friends instead of his family. Coco gives the explanation, which makes it [[TheUnintelligible unintelligible]].
* A hilarious one from ''JimmyNeutron'': ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': in "The Junkman Cometh", as Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl are flying to the Moon, Sheen goes, "Hey Jimmy, how come we can fly through space in this rocket with our heads exposed? Shouldn't we not be able to breathe?" and Jimmy responds with "That's an excellent question, Sheen! Well, you see..." and as he explains it, the camera shifts to Carl, singing a song and drowning out Jimmy's explanation. Happens again on the return trip with another question.



* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' revolved around adding a new mutant to the cast (such as the Frogs), and the main characters, who were notorious for breaking the FourthWall, would comment on the seemingly unending stream of mutated characters they seemed to run into.
** One episode had one of the Turtles hang a lampshade on the fact that the episode's plot had meandered for about 20 minutes without bringing it any closer to a resolution, by telling the rest of the team "We'd better do something soon, or we'll have to show our first two-part episode!"
** Another episode had a dinosaur causing (accidental) havoc in the city. As it ran away, one of the Turtles stated "We've got to chase after it" and ran off. One of the remaining Turtles asked "How come?" to which another replied: "Because if we didn't, it wouldn't be much of an episode". "...oh right".
** The turtles mention Shredder stealing energy for the Technodrome, to which Michelangelo would say "Duh, they do that every episode."
** Near the final seasons (after countless episodes where the Turtles have shut down the Technodrome), the Turtles sigh and say "we know, we know" step-by-step how they'll sneak inside and shut down the Technodrome, the same way they've had so many times before at this point.
** Shredder mentions they kidnap April O'Neil... "We've done it so many times before."
** Shredder and Krang were watching the use of a new military robot on the screen in the Technodrome. Krang wanted Shredder to attach a device to the robot that would let him control it. As he handed the device to Shredder, Shredder asked him "so, this is something you JUST HAPPENED to have laying around, huh?" to which Krang replied "We've got to keep the story moving".
** In an episode, Michaelangelo watches many buildings falling to their ruin to which he reacts with the comment "The animators must have spent the entire season's budget on this single episode!" or something along those lines.
** From the episode where Usagi is introduced; "He's from ancient Japan in an alternate reality. So naturally, he speaks English."
** In the movie ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', jokes poke fun at BreakingTheFourthWall. For three times the 87 cartoon Raphael breaks the 4th wall, a villain from the 03 series, Hun, looks at the screen with a look that says "WTF" on his face. The 3rd time he gets mad and grabs Raphael and shouts "Why do you keep doing that? Who are you talking to? There's no one there!" Similarly, as an in-joke as to how the original Mirage turtles narrated certain story arcs, the 87 and 03 turtles actually hear the Mirage Leonardo narrating a fight and ask who he's talking to.
** Also in Turtles Forever, Karai is inspecting 87's Shredder's Technodrome and berates the robotic foot soldiers for being "Easy breakable, no intelligence and Cartoonish"
* Quite popular in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', usually accompanied by "this raises a lot of questions that ''we don't need to talk about''," and [[MST3KMantra "It's best not to think about it."]]
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' almost takes pride in doing this:
** In "The Deep South", Zoidberg's house burns to the ground... underwater. Zoidberg wails "How could this have happened?" and Hermes notes, "That's a very good question." Implicitly claiming responsibility, Bender picks his still-lit cigar out of the ruins and puffs on it, eliciting a cry of, [[VoodooShark "That just raises further questions!"]]
** In "Why I Must Be a Crustacean In Love", Leela and Amy harp on Fry and Bender for being lazy, Leela making a point of Fry's beer belly. Amy points out that Bender's "belly" is bloated and his door won't close. She pauses, then adds, "...and that doesn't even make sense."
** The Professor offers a long, elaborate, technically dubious, and absurd explanation for the appearance of "robot ghosts" in a castle, to which Hermes responds: "Of course! It was ''SO'' obvious!"
-->"Yes, that sequence of words I said made perfect sense."
** In Season 1's "Hell is other Robots", the Robot Devil explains the conditions of a "Devil went down to Georgia"-like fiddle contest for Bender's soul.
-->'''Robot Devil:''' ...also you'll win a solid gold fiddle.\\
'''Fry:''' Wouldn't a solid gold fiddle weigh hundreds of pounds and sound crummy?\\
'''Robot Devil:''' Well, it's mostly for show.
** In "Godfellas", after Bender is lost in space and hurled back to Earth by a god-like entity, he lands, unharmed, directly in front of Fry and Leela, who have been looking for him in the Himalayas. After Bender stands up, Leela announces that it is "by a wide margin the least likely thing that has EVER happened". (In the DVD commentary, the crew makes explicit reference to this being a lampshade hanging. "...And that's how we wrote our way out of THAT.")
** In fact, there's a Lampshade Hanging in the very 1st episode: when both of Bender's arms fall off and he somehow puts them both back on, Fry simply comments, "I don't know how you did that." Very subtly hand waived in a later episode, when it is revealed that Bender's arms are capable of movement completely independent of the rest of his body, and seem to possess some measure of artificial intelligence.
** After Bender is kidnapped and asks Fry and Leela for help, Leela is indecisive, saying she wishes they had two or three minutes to think about what to do. Cue commercial break.
** Professor Farnsworth's cloned "son" remarks that faster than light travel is impossible to which Professor Farnsworth replies that scientists had previously increased the speed of light to circumvent that limitation. The clone's response was a nonchalant, "impossible." Originally, the clone character was intended to constantly lampshade the stranger aspects of the show, but the staff decided [[DontExplainTheJoke that would be annoying]] and [[TheScrappy dropped it]].
** After many episodes of mundane and unrelated quests that the crew have been pursuing and chasing throughout the seasons, Hermes remarks "Didn't we used to be a delivery company?" in Season 5.
* Happens several times in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In "Cartman's mom is still a dirty slut", a doctor mentions that a patient will be just fine as long as the power doesn't go out. Then it immediately does. He remarks "Who didn't see that coming from a mile away?"
** In "Butt Out" the boys smoke, and Kyle says that they should just confess, otherwise the townsfolk would grab pitchforks and torches and riot. [[GenreSavvy Kyle then goes on to say that they are following a very specific storyline formula.]]
** In "Cancelled" the boys are negotiating with [[ItMakesSenseInContext Joozian business executive aliens]] in a restaurant in space over the cancellation of Earth, which was revealed to be one big reality TV show for the rest of the universe. This was the 97th South Park episode.
-->'''Joozian Executive:''' "Yeah, a show should never go past a hundred episodes, or else it starts to get stale with ridiculously stupid plotlines and settings."
-->'''Joozian Waitress:''' "Here's your order of gespahtgaplachfenachenblah."
** In both "Pandemic" and "Pandemic 2" Craig gets mad at the boys for dragging him into a bad situation. Craig says that normal kids don't get arrested by the government, sent to Peru to take out the government and then accidentally wind up in the land of the giants.
** In "Cartmanland", Cartman gets sued when Kenny gets killed on one of the rides at his amusement part, and protests, "[[TheyKilledKenny He dies all the time!]]"
** Happens when Kenny berates Stan for crying over Kyle's imminent death, saying he dies all the time and no one cares. He is then promptly killed, and Stan doesn't seem to give a damn.
** In the 1st Christmas episode, Kenny is alive at the end of the episode - the cast stands around silent and wonder aloud that something seems amiss. "THE END" appears, and Kenny jumps for joy.
** Kenny is afraid of going into a wood shop class, despite the fact that "very few students are severely injured in shop class."
** In the "Cartoon Wars" episodes the boys repeatedly take a break from making fun of WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy to say, "At least it's not all preachy and up its own ass with messages." Poking fun at the newer WesternAnimation/SouthPark episodes, which are just that. The lampshade managed to make the withering assessment of WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy elsewhere in the episode seem less mean spirited, which is sadly undercut by Matt and Trey's remarks about it in real life, often without the qualifier that they know their show is sometimes nowhere near as deep as they like to think, if it ever was.
** In the same episode;
-->'''Cartman:''' ''(on the topic of cartoons ridiculing religion)'' How would you feel, Kyle, if there was a cartoon on television that made fun of Jews all the time?\\
'''Kyle:''' ''(pointing at audience)'' Uh...
** In "Cartman's Incredible Gift", Mrs. Crabtree is killed. The police remark that she was not a popular character and wouldn't be missed by the fans, as she was not in any recent episodes.
** Done by Sharon in "You're Getting Old". It is [[TearJerker not played for laughs]].
-->'''Sharon:''' I'm unhappy too, we both are, obviously. How much longer can we keep doing this? It's like the same shit just happens over and over and then in a week [[ResetButton it just resets until it happens again]]. [[StrictlyFormula Every week it's just the same story]] and it just keeps getting more and more ridiculous!
** The "Imaginationland" trilogy featured Cartman and Kyle breaking into the Pentagon three times ([[ThereWasADoor using a different window to jump through each time)]], which is followed by the general asking "Why is it so easy for children to break into the Pentagon"?
** In WesternAnimation/SouthPark http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/153287/beating-a-dead-horse
** Episode 222, ''A history channel thanksgiving'': The key-device to solve main conflict (''Natalie Portman'') is conveniently present to ''conveniently'' lead and guide their [[SavingTheWorld Keanu Reeves]] (the Pilgrim), just when he ''happens'' to plummet into the earth. Binding the two together to ''[[{{Anvilicious}} conveniently]]'' wrap the plot.
--> '''Random Scientist''': ''"All over the country, people are reporting a shortage on stuffing...We don't think it's a coincidence."''\\
'''Head of the History channel''': ''"You're telling me, that during a stuffing shortage this..Pilgrim drops down from space and got into a truck, driven by Natalie Portman!?"''\\
'''Another insignificant Scientist''': ''"Look, if anyone knows something about stuffing, it's Natalie Portman!"''
--> '''Stan:''' "Kyle! What the hell's going on ''this'' time?!"
--> '''Kyle:''' "I have no idea!"
** The famous "They killed Kenny!" exchange was played with more than once during the show, before it fell into disuse after Kenny was KilledOffForReal. And then came back.
** "Krazy Cripples" focused on Jimmy and Timmy for the A-story and Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman for the B-story. Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny become GenreSavvy enough to just walk away from the craziness of both.
** Kenny's many deaths are acknowledged by the character in "Mysterion Rises".
** From "200":
--> '''Creator/TomCruise:''' "By taking what Muhammad had, we would all be safe from ridicule. Like Creator/TimBurton here. Imagine this, Tim: nobody could rip on you for all the rehashed movies you've made lately. There'd never be a TV show that pointed out you haven't had an original thought since Film/{{Beetlejuice}}. And you put Creator/JohnnyDepp and the same crappy music in every film. And if you're that in love with Johnny Depp you should just have sex with him already. A TV show could never say that!"
** In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" (episode #53), when the new baby Kenny shows up:
--> '''Mr. [=McCormick=]:''' "God, this must be the 50th time this has happened."
--> '''Mrs. [=McCormick=]:''' "Fifty-second."
** In "It Hits the Fan" they mock the controversy that just because someone swears on television doesn't mean it harms society.
* In the introduction of ''What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown'', Charlie Brown is recounting the follow up to events from ''Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown'' where the kids and Snoopy go to France as exchange students. When Sally asks, "And your dog? How did he get to go along?" Charlie Brown replies, "Who knows, who knows how he does anything he does?" Snoopy's Walter Mitty complex is well-established, but most of the time it's taken to be his active and fanciful imagination. However, in ''What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?'', Snoopy's very human activities including driving a car and interacting with adults (when renting said car), which make those activities far less imaginary in the context of the story. No justification or explanation is given for Snoopy's imagination bleeding into reality, which does happen occasionally but rarely in a way noticeable by adults in the world, much less visible adults on screen. Charlie just brushes it aside.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, while falling towards water after being blasted into the sky by a [[NonFatalExplosions non-fatal explosion]], says "I hope that's SoftWater down there".
** In the ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]'' short "WestenAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel", Daffy tries to jump from a window onto his horse's saddle, but falls on the ground with a crash. He comments, "That never happens to Creator/ErrolFlynn."[[note]]Justified in that this was a script Daffy was reading to a director.[[/note]]
** Bugs Bunny's famous final lines in the short ''WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc'' are: "[[DownerEnding Well, what did you EXPECT in an opera?]] [[MoodWhiplash A HAPPY ending?!]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'':
-->'''Rocky:''' ''(recognizing Boris' voice)'' That voice. Where have I heard that voice before?\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' [[NoFourthWall In about 365 other episodes]]. But I don't know who it is either.
** Or this one, which features Wassamatta U. playing football against a team of thugs dressed as women:
-->'''Rocky:''' Aw, what kind of a game can you play with girls?\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' Boy, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar this really is a kids' show, isn't it]]?
** This classic recurring gag:
-->'''Bullwinkle:''' Hey, Rocky, watch me PullARabbitOutOfMyHat.\\
'''Rocky:''' But that trick never works!
* After Marty [=McFly=] keeps running into various ancestors of Biff Tannen (traveling not only through time, but space as well!) in ''WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture TheAnimatedSeries'', he exclaims: "Is there a Tannen in ''every'' century?"

to:

* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' revolved around adding a new mutant to the cast (such as the Frogs), and the main characters, who were notorious for breaking the FourthWall, would comment on the seemingly unending stream of mutated characters they seemed to run into.
** One episode had one of the Turtles hang a lampshade on the fact that the episode's plot had meandered for about 20 minutes without bringing it any closer to a resolution, by telling the rest of the team "We'd better do something soon, or we'll have to show our first two-part episode!"
** Another episode had a dinosaur causing (accidental) havoc
In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', in the city. As it ran away, one of the Turtles stated "We've got to chase after it" and ran off. One of the remaining Turtles asked "How come?" to which another replied: "Because if we didn't, it wouldn't be much of an episode". "...oh right".
** The turtles mention Shredder stealing energy for the Technodrome, to which Michelangelo would say "Duh, they do that every episode."
** Near
the final seasons (after countless episodes where the Turtles have shut down the Technodrome), the Turtles sigh and say "we know, we know" step-by-step how they'll sneak inside and shut down the Technodrome, the same way they've had so many times before at this point.
** Shredder mentions they kidnap April O'Neil... "We've done it so many times before."
** Shredder and Krang were watching the use of a new military robot on the screen in the Technodrome. Krang wanted Shredder to attach a device to the robot that would let him control it. As he handed the device to Shredder, Shredder asked him "so, this is something you JUST HAPPENED to have laying around, huh?" to which Krang replied "We've got to keep the story moving".
** In an episode, Michaelangelo watches many buildings falling to their ruin to which he reacts with the comment "The animators must have spent the entire season's budget on this single episode!" or something along those lines.
** From the
episode where Usagi is introduced; "He's from ancient Japan in an alternate reality. So naturally, he speaks English."
** In the movie ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', jokes poke fun at BreakingTheFourthWall. For three times the 87 cartoon Raphael breaks the 4th wall, a villain from the 03 series, Hun, looks at the screen with a look
when Jake finally reveals to his father that says "WTF" on his face. The 3rd time he gets mad and grabs Raphael and shouts "Why do you keep doing that? Who are you talking to? There's no one there!" Similarly, as an in-joke as to how the original Mirage turtles narrated certain story arcs, the 87 and 03 turtles actually hear the Mirage Leonardo narrating a fight and ask who he's talking to.
** Also in Turtles Forever, Karai is inspecting 87's Shredder's Technodrome and berates the robotic foot soldiers for being "Easy breakable, no intelligence and Cartoonish"
* Quite popular in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', usually accompanied by "this raises a lot of questions that ''we don't need to talk about''," and [[MST3KMantra "It's best not to think about it."]]
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' almost takes pride in doing this:
** In "The Deep South", Zoidberg's house burns to the ground... underwater. Zoidberg wails "How could this have happened?" and Hermes notes, "That's a very good question." Implicitly claiming responsibility, Bender picks his still-lit cigar out of the ruins and puffs on it, eliciting a cry of, [[VoodooShark "That just raises further questions!"]]
** In "Why I Must Be a Crustacean In Love", Leela and Amy harp on Fry and Bender for being lazy, Leela making a point of Fry's beer belly. Amy points out that Bender's "belly" is bloated and his door won't close. She pauses, then adds, "...and that doesn't even make sense."
** The Professor offers a long, elaborate, technically dubious, and absurd explanation for the appearance of "robot ghosts" in a castle, to which Hermes responds: "Of course! It was ''SO'' obvious!"
-->"Yes, that sequence of words I said made perfect sense."
** In Season 1's "Hell is other Robots", the Robot Devil explains the conditions of a "Devil went down to Georgia"-like fiddle contest for Bender's soul.
-->'''Robot Devil:''' ...also you'll win a solid gold fiddle.\\
'''Fry:''' Wouldn't a solid gold fiddle weigh hundreds of pounds and sound crummy?\\
'''Robot Devil:''' Well, it's mostly for show.
** In "Godfellas", after Bender is lost in space and hurled back to Earth by a god-like entity, he lands, unharmed, directly in front of Fry and Leela, who have been looking for him in the Himalayas. After Bender stands up, Leela announces that it is "by a wide margin the least likely thing that
has EVER happened". (In the DVD commentary, the crew makes explicit reference to this being a lampshade hanging. "...And that's how we wrote our way out of THAT.")
** In fact, there's a Lampshade Hanging in the very 1st episode: when both of Bender's arms fall off and he somehow puts them both back on, Fry simply comments, "I don't know how you did that." Very subtly hand waived in a later episode, when it is revealed that Bender's arms are capable of movement completely independent of the rest of his body, and seem to possess some measure of artificial intelligence.
** After Bender is kidnapped and asks Fry and Leela for help, Leela is indecisive, saying she wishes they had two or three minutes to think about what to do. Cue commercial break.
** Professor Farnsworth's cloned "son" remarks that faster than light travel is impossible to which Professor Farnsworth replies that scientists had previously increased the speed of light to circumvent that limitation. The clone's response was a nonchalant, "impossible." Originally, the clone character was intended to constantly lampshade the stranger aspects of the show, but the staff decided [[DontExplainTheJoke that would be annoying]] and [[TheScrappy dropped it]].
** After many episodes of mundane and unrelated quests that the crew have been pursuing and chasing throughout the seasons, Hermes remarks "Didn't we used to be a delivery company?" in Season 5.
* Happens several times in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In "Cartman's mom is still a dirty slut", a doctor mentions that a patient will be just fine as long as
the power doesn't go out. Then it immediately does. He remarks "Who didn't see that coming from a mile away?"
** In "Butt Out" the boys smoke, and Kyle says that they should just confess, otherwise the townsfolk would grab pitchforks and torches and riot. [[GenreSavvy Kyle then goes on
to say that they are following a very specific storyline formula.]]
** In "Cancelled" the boys are negotiating with [[ItMakesSenseInContext Joozian business executive aliens]] in a restaurant in space over the cancellation of Earth, which was revealed to be one big reality TV show for the rest of the universe. This was the 97th South Park episode.
-->'''Joozian Executive:''' "Yeah, a show should never go past a hundred episodes, or else it starts to get stale with ridiculously stupid plotlines and settings."
-->'''Joozian Waitress:''' "Here's your order of gespahtgaplachfenachenblah."
** In both "Pandemic" and "Pandemic 2" Craig gets mad at the boys for dragging him
turn into a bad situation. Craig says that normal kids don't get arrested by the government, sent to Peru to take out the government and then accidentally wind up in the land of the giants.
** In "Cartmanland", Cartman gets sued when Kenny gets killed on one of the rides
Dragon at will. The first his amusement part, and protests, "[[TheyKilledKenny He dies all the time!]]"
** Happens when Kenny berates Stan for crying over Kyle's imminent death, saying he dies all the time and no one cares. He is then promptly killed, and Stan doesn't seem to give a damn.
** In the 1st Christmas episode, Kenny is alive at the end of the episode - the cast stands around silent and wonder aloud that something seems amiss. "THE END" appears, and Kenny jumps for joy.
** Kenny is afraid of going into a wood shop class, despite the fact that "very few students are severely injured in shop class."
** In the "Cartoon Wars" episodes the boys repeatedly take a break from making fun of WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy to say, "At least it's not all preachy and up its own ass with messages." Poking fun at the newer WesternAnimation/SouthPark episodes, which are just that. The lampshade managed to make the withering assessment of WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy elsewhere in the episode seem less mean spirited, which is sadly undercut by Matt and Trey's remarks about it in real life, often without the qualifier that they know their show is sometimes nowhere near as deep as they like to think, if it ever was.
** In the same episode;
-->'''Cartman:''' ''(on the topic of cartoons ridiculing religion)'' How would
father asks is, "When you feel, Kyle, if there was a cartoon on television that made fun of Jews all the time?\\
'''Kyle:''' ''(pointing at audience)'' Uh...
** In "Cartman's Incredible Gift", Mrs. Crabtree is killed. The police remark that she was not a popular character and wouldn't be missed by the fans, as she was not in any recent episodes.
** Done by Sharon in "You're Getting Old". It is [[TearJerker not played for laughs]].
-->'''Sharon:''' I'm unhappy too, we both are, obviously. How much longer can we keep doing this? It's like the same shit just happens over and over and then in a week [[ResetButton it just resets until it happens again]]. [[StrictlyFormula Every week it's just the same story]] and it just keeps getting more and more ridiculous!
** The "Imaginationland" trilogy featured Cartman and Kyle breaking into the Pentagon three times ([[ThereWasADoor using a different window to jump through each time)]], which is followed by the general asking "Why is it so easy for children to break into the Pentagon"?
** In WesternAnimation/SouthPark http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/153287/beating-a-dead-horse
** Episode 222, ''A history channel thanksgiving'': The key-device to solve main conflict (''Natalie Portman'') is conveniently present to ''conveniently'' lead and guide their [[SavingTheWorld Keanu Reeves]] (the Pilgrim), just when he ''happens'' to plummet into the earth. Binding the two together to ''[[{{Anvilicious}} conveniently]]'' wrap the plot.
--> '''Random Scientist''': ''"All over the country, people are reporting a shortage on stuffing...We don't think it's a coincidence."''\\
'''Head of the History channel''': ''"You're telling me, that during a stuffing shortage this..Pilgrim drops down from space and got into a truck, driven by Natalie Portman!?"''\\
'''Another insignificant Scientist''': ''"Look, if anyone knows something about stuffing, it's Natalie Portman!"''
--> '''Stan:''' "Kyle! What the hell's going on ''this'' time?!"
--> '''Kyle:''' "I have no idea!"
** The famous "They killed Kenny!" exchange was played with more than once during the show, before it fell into disuse after Kenny was KilledOffForReal. And then came back.
** "Krazy Cripples" focused on Jimmy and Timmy for the A-story and Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman for the B-story. Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny become GenreSavvy enough to just walk away from the craziness of both.
** Kenny's many deaths are acknowledged by the character in "Mysterion Rises".
** From "200":
--> '''Creator/TomCruise:''' "By taking what Muhammad had, we would all be safe from ridicule. Like Creator/TimBurton here. Imagine this, Tim: nobody could rip on you for all the rehashed movies you've made lately. There'd never be a TV show that pointed out you haven't had an original thought since Film/{{Beetlejuice}}. And you put Creator/JohnnyDepp and the same crappy music in every film. And if you're that in love with Johnny Depp you should just have sex with him already. A TV show could never say that!"
** In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" (episode #53), when the new baby Kenny shows up:
--> '''Mr. [=McCormick=]:''' "God, this must be the 50th time this has happened."
--> '''Mrs. [=McCormick=]:''' "Fifty-second."
** In "It Hits the Fan" they mock the controversy that just because someone swears on television doesn't mean it harms society.
* In the introduction of ''What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown'', Charlie Brown is recounting the follow up to events from ''Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown''
transform, [[MagicPants where the kids and Snoopy go to France as exchange students. When Sally asks, "And do your dog? How did he clothes go]]?" And no, we do not ever get to go along?" Charlie Brown replies, "Who knows, who knows how he does anything he does?" Snoopy's Walter Mitty complex is well-established, but most of the time it's taken to be his active and fanciful imagination. However, in ''What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?'', Snoopy's very human activities including driving a car and interacting with adults (when renting said car), which make those activities far less imaginary in the context of the story. No justification or explanation is given for Snoopy's imagination bleeding into reality, which does happen occasionally but rarely in a way noticeable by adults in the world, much less visible adults on screen. Charlie just brushes it aside.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, while falling towards water after being blasted into the sky by a [[NonFatalExplosions non-fatal explosion]], says "I hope that's SoftWater down there".
** In the ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]'' short "WestenAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel", Daffy tries to jump from a window onto his horse's saddle, but falls on the ground with a crash. He comments, "That never happens to Creator/ErrolFlynn."[[note]]Justified in that this was a script Daffy was reading to a director.[[/note]]
** Bugs Bunny's famous final lines in the short ''WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc'' are: "[[DownerEnding Well, what did you EXPECT in
an opera?]] [[MoodWhiplash A HAPPY ending?!]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'':
-->'''Rocky:''' ''(recognizing Boris' voice)'' That voice. Where have I heard that voice before?\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' [[NoFourthWall In about 365 other episodes]]. But I don't know who it is either.
** Or this one, which features Wassamatta U. playing football against a team of thugs dressed as women:
-->'''Rocky:''' Aw, what kind of a game can you play with girls?\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' Boy, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar this really is a kids' show, isn't it]]?
** This classic recurring gag:
-->'''Bullwinkle:''' Hey, Rocky, watch me PullARabbitOutOfMyHat.\\
'''Rocky:''' But that trick never works!
* After Marty [=McFly=] keeps running into various ancestors of Biff Tannen (traveling not only through time, but space as well!) in ''WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture TheAnimatedSeries'', he exclaims: "Is there a Tannen in ''every'' century?"
answer.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' frequently points out the fact that henchmen #21 and #24 never die. For example; in the episode "Lepidopterists", #21 and #24 point out to Henchman #1 that they would never die, unlike the other henchmen. Also, in the same episode, Dr. Girlfriend asked Monarch why he keeps using 21 and 24, he replied "I know it sounds crazy, but they both have that rare blend of 'expendable' and 'invulnerable' that makes for a perfect henchman."
** [[spoiler:Which turns into morbid Foreshadowing when #24 dies in the season finale. Though, the unlikely situation leading to that is lampshaded by #21 asking his friend why he even buckled up when they weren't going anywhere in the car.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' loves doing this through the use of signs, particularly with buildings about to be destroyed.
** Several include "ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding," "This Building is Scheduled for Demolition Anyway," and "Explosions and Shrapnel Factory".
** Coop's megaweapon button, which always reads something along the lines of: "Super Destructor Mode" or "Being Hit With A Giant Taser? Press Here". In one case the lampshade hanging is enormous: the same thing happens, and then a bit later during the same fight, Coop presses the button again, it reads: "Exactly the same button Coop just used like five minutes ago", but for a different effect.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' is full of these types of jokes, frequently insulting the show itself for comedic effect. An example is in the episode "Little Orphan Hero", where Spanky, Princess Clara, Foxy, Toot, and Ling Ling try to help a suicidal quadriplegic end his miserable life. When said man reveals himself to be an undercover cop intending to arrest them for attempting to 'murder' him and that the entire area is surrounded by similar quadriplegic cops (importantly for the joke, all with horrible pun names, like Bob, who's waiting in the water) intending to arrest them, Spanky sighs and says, "This is so stupid, it's like some retarded 3rd grader wrote this."
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' does this on occasion.
-->'''Buzz:''' Of course, I should have known... the butler always did it.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''
** David Xanatos needs some way to lure the magical Coyote to him. To do this, he puts Goliath, Angela, Elisa, and Bronx in a DeathTrap to make the being intervene to save them. Xanatos and his robot lovingly describe the trap to the heroes and Xanatos cannot resist noting, "It's my first stab at [[SuperVillain clichéd villainy]]; how am I doing?"
** Xanatos and Demona creates a new Gargoyle, by putting the remains of three back together, who were destroyed in stone form. When the Gargoyle mixup began to live again, Xanatos shouted with great joy: "It's alive! IT'S ALIVE!" Followed by: "IAlwaysWantedToSayThat."
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' did this a few times, with Edd making a remark about Ed's "badly drawn fingers", and later with Eddy shouting, [[WhoWritesThisCrap "Who writes his material?"]]

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' frequently points out the fact that henchmen #21 and #24 never die. For example; in the In an episode "Lepidopterists", #21 and #24 point of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', the following dialog is spoken after Archer pulls out to Henchman #1 a grenade after a threesome:
-->'''Lana:''' Where'd you get a grenade?\\
'''Archer:''' Hangin' from the lampshade!\\
'''Lana:''' Wait, what?
** And in an earlier episode:
--->'''Archer:''' God, I ''said'' the cap slips off the poison pen for no reason, didn't I?!\\
'''Cyril:''' I know, I know, but I just assumed
that they would never die, unlike if anything bad happened it--it would've been--\\
'''Archer:''' No, do ''not'' say [[ChekhovsGun
the other henchmen. Also, in the same episode, Dr. Girlfriend asked Monarch why he keeps using 21 and 24, he replied "I know it sounds crazy, but they both have that rare blend of 'expendable' and 'invulnerable' that makes for a perfect henchman."
** [[spoiler:Which turns into morbid Foreshadowing when #24 dies in the season finale. Though, the unlikely situation leading to that
Chekhov gun]], Cyril! THAT, sir, is lampshaded by #21 asking his friend why he even buckled up when they weren't going anywhere in the car.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' loves doing this through the use of signs, particularly with buildings about to be destroyed.
** Several include "ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding," "This Building is Scheduled for Demolition Anyway," and "Explosions and Shrapnel Factory".
** Coop's megaweapon button, which always reads something along the lines of: "Super Destructor Mode" or "Being Hit With A Giant Taser? Press Here". In one case the lampshade hanging is enormous: the same thing happens, and then
a bit later during the same fight, Coop presses the button again, it reads: "Exactly the same button Coop just used like five minutes ago", but for a different effect.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' is full of these types of jokes, frequently insulting the show itself for comedic effect. An example is in the episode "Little Orphan Hero", where Spanky, Princess Clara, Foxy, Toot, and Ling Ling try to help a suicidal quadriplegic end his miserable life. When said man reveals himself to be an undercover cop intending to arrest them for attempting to 'murder' him and that the entire area is surrounded by similar quadriplegic cops (importantly for the joke, all with horrible pun names, like Bob, who's waiting in the water) intending to arrest them, Spanky sighs and says, "This is so stupid, it's like some retarded 3rd grader wrote this."
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' does this on occasion.
-->'''Buzz:''' Of course, I should have known... the butler always did it.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''
** David Xanatos needs some way to lure the magical Coyote to him. To do this, he puts Goliath, Angela, Elisa, and Bronx in a DeathTrap to make the being intervene to save them. Xanatos and his robot lovingly describe the trap to the heroes and Xanatos cannot resist noting, "It's my first stab at [[SuperVillain clichéd villainy]]; how am I doing?"
** Xanatos and Demona creates a new Gargoyle, by putting the remains of three back together, who were destroyed in stone form. When the Gargoyle mixup began to live again, Xanatos shouted with great joy: "It's alive! IT'S ALIVE!" Followed by: "IAlwaysWantedToSayThat."
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' did this a few times, with Edd making a remark about Ed's "badly drawn fingers", and later with Eddy shouting, [[WhoWritesThisCrap "Who writes his material?"]]
facile argument!\\
'''Wodehouse:''' Also woefully esoteric.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' had a scene where after two of the six main characters have been captured by the Villain of the Week and two more have been sucked through the TV into an alternate dimension, one of the remaining characters says, "If we keep losing teammates, this show's gonna be called ''The Mighty '''Duck'''''". Nosedive also tends to cross the line into NoFourthWall territory, as he's been shown to hear flashback music and have enough {{Genre Savv|y}}iness to recognize a really friggin' ObviousTrap.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
** "Suction Cup Symphony". [=SpongeBob=] annoys Squidward in Squidward's house. Randomly, Patrick just appears in the room. When Squidward asks why Patrick's there, he simply goes, "[[RuleofFunny I'm funny]]"
** Patrick and [=SpongeBob=] are sitting by a campfire:
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' At least it's warm by the fire.\\
'''Patrick:''' Hey, if we're underwater, how can there be a -- ''([[PuffOfLogic fire promptly goes out]])'' I'm scared.
** In "Fools in April", Patrick is wearing [=SpongeBob=]'s hat (Squidward only sees the hat and thinks it's him). When asked why he's wearing it (as there's no reason to other than to set up the scene), he simply says, "I don't know."
** [=SpongeBob=] is trying to stop Patrick from doing some really nonsensical, dangerous things, and when asked why he's doing them, Patrick responds...
-->'''Patrick:''' [=SpongeBob=], you can't expect my normal garden-variety brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up, keep you on your toes.
** When Patchy the Pirate sends a letter to [=SpongeBob=] inviting him to a party, the ink is smeared. [=SpongeBob=] comments "Whoever sent this letter is obviously unaware of the physical limitations of living underwater!", before throwing it into a fire.
** Mr. Krabs once called [=SpongeBob=] a "loony loofah", possibly intended to lampshade the fact that [=SpongeBob=]'s a kitchen sponge.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' had a scene where after two After Marty [=McFly=] keeps running into various ancestors of the six main characters have been captured by the Villain of the Week and two more have been sucked Biff Tannen (traveling not only through time, but space as well!) in ''WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture [[RecycledTheSeries The Animated Series]]'', he exclaims: "Is there a Tannen in ''every'' century?"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'' does this more or less every episode:
-->'''Backyardigan (often Pablo):''' Oh look! A(n) x!\\
'''Tyrone:''' Well ''that's'' certainly convenient.
* In
the TV into an alternate dimension, one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' called "Q&A", the villain is re-enacting a game show at which he lost years before, with the people who were hosting the game being forced to play it, with death the penalty for losing. Right after he tells them the rules of the remaining characters game, he says, "If we keep losing teammates, "At this show's gonna be called ''The Mighty '''Duck'''''". Nosedive also tends to cross the line into NoFourthWall territory, as he's been shown to hear flashback music and have enough {{Genre Savv|y}}iness to recognize a really friggin' ObviousTrap.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
** "Suction Cup Symphony". [=SpongeBob=] annoys Squidward in Squidward's house. Randomly, Patrick just appears
point in the room. When Squidward asks why Patrick's there, he simply goes, "[[RuleofFunny I'm funny]]"
** Patrick and [=SpongeBob=] are sitting by
show we would usually break for a campfire:
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' At least it's warm by
word from our sponsor... ''don't you wish''." Cut to real-life commercial.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', as Batman's telling Robin about
the fire.\\
'''Patrick:''' Hey, if we're underwater, how can there be a -- ''([[PuffOfLogic fire promptly goes out]])'' I'm scared.
** In "Fools in April", Patrick is wearing [=SpongeBob=]'s hat (Squidward only sees
villain of the hat and thinks it's him). When week's plans, they pass a building prominently labeled "Exposition Hall".
* Once on ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'', Beavis
asked why he's wearing it (as there's no reason Butthead to other than to set up change the scene), he simply says, "I don't know.channel on a video they particularly disliked. Butthead responded, "Why bother? All we seem to get on this TV is bad videos."
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' does this on occasion.
-->'''Buzz:''' Of course, I should have known... the butler always did it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'':
** [=SpongeBob=] is trying to stop Patrick from doing some really nonsensical, dangerous things, Season finale. Peter Griffin and when asked why Glenn Quagmire are attending the wedding that was the centerpiece for the episode.
-->'''Quagmire:''' Well, they made it through the whole season. Now can I have my own show, Peter?\\
'''Peter:''' Quagmire, you're a rapist. ''(Quagmire grumbles)''
** Cleveland's son starts playing guitar and singing a song in Spanish to his Mexican girlfriend, Cecilia, while Cleveland watches and jealously criticizes the situation under his breath:
-->'''Cleveland:''' Okay, he is not NOT fluent in Spanish.\\
(Junior keeps singing)\\
'''Cleveland:''' And
he's doing them, Patrick responds...
-->'''Patrick:''' [=SpongeBob=], you can't expect my normal garden-variety brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up, keep you on your toes.
** When Patchy the Pirate sends a letter to [=SpongeBob=] inviting
NEVER played guitar. NEVER.\\
(Junior keeps singing)\\
'''Cleveland:''' (through gritted teeth) It is UNREALISTIC for
him to a party, suddenly gain these abilities!
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
** Hanging
the ink is smeared. [=SpongeBob=] comments "Whoever sent this letter is obviously unaware of the physical limitations of living underwater!", before throwing it into a fire.
** Mr. Krabs once called [=SpongeBob=] a "loony loofah", possibly intended to
lampshade at how things were getting predictable [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld ("... we learn some]] [[AnAesop moral]][[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld ... or some nonsense and then we go home..")]]
** Dark Danny pointing out how obvious his PaperThinDisguise was. Also in
the fact same one where Clockwork points out Dark Danny (in disguise as his younger, non-evil self) and says something like, "See? He's back to his proper time and ''apparently'' not evil." David Carradine, you rock.
** At the end of "Reign Storm", Danny doesn't feel satisfied, given
that [=SpongeBob=]'s a kitchen sponge.[[OutOfSightOutOfMind lot of things]] [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse weren't adequately resolved]], and this concerns him. Sam only shuts him up by saying he saved the day, and he should relax for now.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' titled "[[Series/TwinPeaks Twin Beaks]]", alien plants are creating clone duplicates of everyone, exactly as in ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', only [[AffectionateParody sillier]].
-->'''Gosalyn:''' That plot doesn't sound so cliché when it's happening to you!



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' constantly lampshades itself during most of its run. In fact it loves this trope so much, you'd almost think it [[WhyDontYouMarryIt married the trope]].
** The [[WillTheyOrWontThey will-they-or-won't-they]] relationship between Kim and Ron is lampshaded by commenting on a similar couple in the SoapWithinAShow ''Agony County'' before the [[UnCancelled original]] GrandFinale.
-->'''Kim:''' Like that would ever happen. It would end the series!
** Team Impossible questioned about Ron's lack of [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum Mystical Monkey Power]]:
-->'''Dash:''' I thought you were supposed to be some master of [[ChunkyUpdraft monkey kung-fu]].\\
'''Ron:''' You know, it's funny. It comes and goes.
** LoonyFan Joss Possible both commented about [[{{Chickification}} Ron's hero-ness]] and [[TheDragon Shego's]] [[HarmlessVillain lack of evilness]]:
-->'''Joss:''' I mean, I know Dr. Drakken is your [[ArchEnemy arch foe]], but it seems to me Shego's the really dangerous one. I mean, if she put her mind to do it, she could be the toughest villain out there, don't you think?\\
[...]\\
'''Joss:''' Ron here is afraid of practically everything, but does he let his fears keep him from sidekickin'? Let's face it, Kim. You can do anything. So facing all those dangers and villains, well, [[BrokenAesop it's just like you say. No big. A fella filled with that much fear always chargin' into action with you? Seems to me that's a true hero]].
** Ron commenting on how every girl he seems to get close to for the most part happen to be {{Action Girl}}s.
-->'''Ron:''' Are all girls like this? Or just the ones I know?!
** The lampshading of the "[[TheMenInBlack Government hiding evidence of]] [[{{Area51}} aliens]]" is quite hilariously done by Ron.
** Ron being attacked for the third time by birds in "Cat Trouble" (the third time practically comes out of nowhere):
-->'''Ron:''' (being pecked) AHHH! THIS IS JUST SO RANDOM!!!

*** Another from the same episode. Ron is lampshading an offscreen NoodleIncident that involves Kim trying to fix up a hand-me down broken down cat her father gave her. Things aren't working out at all...somehow Ron is entangled in wires. Poor Ron, if only he knew RuleOfFunny.
--> '''Ron''': Wait a minute?! I wasn't even helping! How did this happen?!
** Shego, from TheMovie: "You know, one of these days, we reeeeally need to take that [[ShoePhone hair]] [[GrapplingHookPistol dryer]] from her."
** Kim gets her own in "A Sitch in Time" when she corners the villains, but they boast they have a advantage against her, being she's outnumbered (as Drakken sneaks up from behind her). Drakken has his own Lampshade to this too.
-->'''Kim:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh what? Like]] [[DeadpanSnarker I'm supposed to be surprised]] that Drakken is right behind me?
-->'''Drakken:''' How does she always do that??
** Another lampshade from the same movie, Kim shows up to stop the villains and...
--> '''Drakken''': ''Kim Possible?!''
--> '''Killigan''': Why do you always sound so surprised?
--> '''Drakken''': [[Funny/KimPossible I don't know]].
** When Drakken explains his DeathTrap to Kim:
-->'''Shego''': "If [[DrowningPit the pit]] is bottomless, than how do you fill it with water?"
-->'''Drakken''': "IT'S VERY VERY DEEP, ALL RIGHT?!?"
** Kim lampshades her habit of [[CollapsingLair blowing up Drakken's lair]] in the episode "Bad Boy". The episode's main conflict - [[PersonalitySwap Ron absorbing Drakken's evil]] - is resolved with Drakken's lair and Ron's DoomsdayDevice still intact. Drakken crows about this, but Kim just says "I think we both know what happens next." Cut to Kim and Ron flying away from the exploding lair.
** The episode in which Kim's [[IdenticalGrandson ancestor from a hundred years ago, Miriam "Mim" Possible]], stopped Shego's [[IdenticalGrandson ancestor "Ms. Go"]] from stealing a device created by [[IdenticalGrandson Dr. Dementor's ancestor]], but a photo taken by [[IdenticalGrandson Wade's ancestor, who was ten at the time]], made it look like Mim had stolen it, so she was arrested by [[IdenticalGrandson Barkin's ancestor, Constable Barkin]], while [[IdenticalGrandson Ron's ancestor ate one of the first tacos]]. Also, [[IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect Wade figured out]] that the device which Ms. Go tried to steal was due to blow up exactly fifteen minutes from when they finished uncovering all of the backstory. Ron's every other LINE was a lampshade. [[spoiler:It was AllJustADream.]]
* Once on ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', Beavis asked Butthead to change the channel on a video they particularly disliked. Butthead responded, "Why bother? All we seem to get on this TV is bad videos."
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' titled "[[Series/TwinPeaks Twin Beaks]]", alien plants are creating clone duplicates of everyone, exactly as in ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', only [[AffectionateParody sillier]].
-->'''Gosalyn:''' That plot doesn't sound so cliché when it's happening to you!
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'', episode "Poxy": Jumba brings the heavily modified dune buggy into his and Pleakley's room to prepare for Lilo and Stitch's journey inside of Pleakley to retrieve the experiment making him sick. While Jumba is explaining the plan, Lilo asks, "Hey, how'd you get the buggy in here?" Jumba responds, "Oh, simple... um, is not important."
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''
** Hanging the lampshade at how things were getting predictable [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld ("... we learn some]] [[{{Aesop}} moral]][[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld ... or some nonsense and then we go home..")]]
** Dark Danny pointing out how obvious his PaperThinDisguise was. Also in the same one where Clockwork points out Dark Danny (in disguise as his younger, non-evil self) and says something like, "See? He's back to his proper time and ''apparently'' not evil." David Carradine, you rock.
** At the end of "Reign Storm", Danny doesn't feel satisfied, given that a [[OutOfSightOutOfMind lot of things]] [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse weren't adequately resolved]], and this concerns him. Sam only shuts him up by saying he saved the day, and he should relax for now.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' did this all the time, even in the FiveEpisodePilot. For example, Scrooge [[PooledFunds jumps into a pile of coins and starts swimming through it like usual]], and his nephews try to do the same but just land on top of the pile, then wonder how he does it. In the very first episode, Scrooge tells his nephews to "[[FourFingeredHands Give him four]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' occasionally uses this trope.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' constantly lampshades ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' is full of these types of jokes, frequently insulting the show itself during most of its run. In fact it loves this trope so much, you'd almost think it [[WhyDontYouMarryIt married for comedic effect. An example is in the trope]].
** The [[WillTheyOrWontThey will-they-or-won't-they]] relationship between Kim
episode "Little Orphan Hero", where Spanky, Princess Clara, Foxy, Toot, and Ron Ling Ling try to help a suicidal quadriplegic end his miserable life. When said man reveals himself to be an undercover cop intending to arrest them for attempting to 'murder' him and that the entire area is lampshaded surrounded by commenting on a similar couple quadriplegic cops (importantly for the joke, all with horrible pun names, like Bob, who's waiting in the SoapWithinAShow ''Agony County'' before the [[UnCancelled original]] GrandFinale.
-->'''Kim:''' Like that would ever happen. It would end the series!
** Team Impossible questioned about Ron's lack of [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum Mystical Monkey Power]]:
-->'''Dash:''' I thought you were supposed
water) intending to be some master of [[ChunkyUpdraft monkey kung-fu]].\\
'''Ron:''' You know,
arrest them, Spanky sighs and says, "This is so stupid, it's funny. It comes and goes.
** LoonyFan Joss Possible both commented about [[{{Chickification}} Ron's hero-ness]] and [[TheDragon Shego's]] [[HarmlessVillain lack of evilness]]:
-->'''Joss:''' I mean, I know Dr. Drakken is your [[ArchEnemy arch foe]], but it seems to me Shego's the really dangerous one. I mean, if she put her mind to do it, she could be the toughest villain out there, don't you think?\\
[...]\\
'''Joss:''' Ron here is afraid of practically everything, but does he let his fears keep him from sidekickin'? Let's face it, Kim. You can do anything. So facing all those dangers and villains, well, [[BrokenAesop it's just
like you say. No big. A fella filled with that much fear always chargin' into action with you? Seems to me that's a true hero]].
** Ron commenting on how every girl he seems to get close to for the most part happen to be {{Action Girl}}s.
-->'''Ron:''' Are all girls like this? Or just the ones I know?!
** The lampshading of the "[[TheMenInBlack Government hiding evidence of]] [[{{Area51}} aliens]]" is quite hilariously done by Ron.
** Ron being attacked for the third time by birds in "Cat Trouble" (the third time practically comes out of nowhere):
-->'''Ron:''' (being pecked) AHHH! THIS IS JUST SO RANDOM!!!

*** Another from the same episode. Ron is lampshading an offscreen NoodleIncident that involves Kim trying to fix up a hand-me down broken down cat her father gave her. Things aren't working out at all...somehow Ron is entangled in wires. Poor Ron, if only he knew RuleOfFunny.
--> '''Ron''': Wait a minute?! I wasn't even helping! How did this happen?!
** Shego, from TheMovie: "You know, one of these days, we reeeeally need to take that [[ShoePhone hair]] [[GrapplingHookPistol dryer]] from her.
some retarded 3rd grader wrote this."
** Kim gets her own in "A Sitch in Time" * In the 1953 WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} cartoon "The Three Little Pups", Droopy and his brothers are watching a TV western when she corners the villains, Big Bad Dogcatcher/Wolf attempts to suck them out of their house with an overly large straw but they boast they have a advantage against her, being she's outnumbered (as Drakken sneaks winds up from behind her). Drakken has his own Lampshade to this too.
-->'''Kim:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh what? Like]] [[DeadpanSnarker I'm supposed to be surprised]] that Drakken is right behind me?
-->'''Drakken:''' How does she always do that??
** Another lampshade from
inhaling and swallowing the same movie, Kim shows up to stop television instead. In the villains and...
--> '''Drakken''': ''Kim Possible?!''
--> '''Killigan''': Why do you always sound so surprised?
--> '''Drakken''': [[Funny/KimPossible I
next scene, the three are once again watching their program when Droopy turns to the audience and says, "Now don't know]].
** When Drakken explains his DeathTrap to Kim:
-->'''Shego''': "If [[DrowningPit
ask us how we got the pit]] is bottomless, than how do you fill it with water?"
-->'''Drakken''': "IT'S VERY VERY DEEP, ALL RIGHT?!?"
** Kim lampshades her habit of [[CollapsingLair blowing up Drakken's lair]] in the episode "Bad Boy". The episode's main conflict - [[PersonalitySwap Ron absorbing Drakken's evil]] - is resolved with Drakken's lair and Ron's DoomsdayDevice still intact. Drakken crows about this, but Kim just says "I think we both know what happens next." Cut to Kim and Ron flying away from the exploding lair.
** The episode in which Kim's [[IdenticalGrandson ancestor from a hundred years ago, Miriam "Mim" Possible]], stopped Shego's [[IdenticalGrandson ancestor "Ms. Go"]] from stealing a device created by [[IdenticalGrandson Dr. Dementor's ancestor]], but a photo taken by [[IdenticalGrandson Wade's ancestor, who was ten at the time]], made it look like Mim had stolen it, so she was arrested by [[IdenticalGrandson Barkin's ancestor, Constable Barkin]], while [[IdenticalGrandson Ron's ancestor ate one of the first tacos]]. Also, [[IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect Wade figured out]] that the device which Ms. Go tried to steal was due to blow up exactly fifteen minutes from when they finished uncovering all of the backstory. Ron's every other LINE was a lampshade. [[spoiler:It was AllJustADream.]]
* Once on ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', Beavis asked Butthead to change the channel on a video they particularly disliked. Butthead responded, "Why bother? All we seem to get on this TV is bad videos.
television set back."
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' titled "[[Series/TwinPeaks Twin Beaks]]", alien plants are creating clone duplicates of everyone, exactly as in ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', only [[AffectionateParody sillier]].
-->'''Gosalyn:''' That plot doesn't sound so cliché when it's happening to you!
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'', episode "Poxy": Jumba brings
the heavily modified dune buggy into ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' Franchise/GreenLantern episode, while Dodgers expresses his and Pleakley's room to prepare for Lilo and Stitch's journey inside of Pleakley to retrieve the experiment making him sick. While Jumba is explaining the plan, Lilo asks, "Hey, how'd you get the buggy in here?" Jumba responds, "Oh, simple... um, is not important."
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''
** Hanging the lampshade at how things were getting predictable [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld ("... we learn some]] [[{{Aesop}} moral]][[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld ... or some nonsense and then we go home..")]]
** Dark Danny pointing out how obvious his PaperThinDisguise was. Also in the same one where Clockwork points out Dark Danny (in disguise as his younger, non-evil self) and says something like, "See? He's back to his proper time and ''apparently'' not evil." David Carradine, you rock.
** At the end of "Reign Storm", Danny doesn't feel satisfied, given
delight that a [[OutOfSightOutOfMind lot of things]] [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse weren't adequately resolved]], and this concerns him. Sam only shuts the ring gives him up by saying he saved the day, and he should relax for now.
power of flight, a bunch of regular black ducks fly behind him.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' did this all the time, even in the FiveEpisodePilot. For example, Scrooge [[PooledFunds jumps into a pile of coins and starts swimming through it like usual]], and his nephews try to do the same but just land on top of the pile, then wonder how he does it. In the very first episode, Scrooge tells his nephews to "[[FourFingeredHands Give him four]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' In "The Beagle Birthday Massacre" of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'':
-->'''Webby''' Lena, this is Huey, Dewey, and Louie.\\
'''Lena''': Cute, with the names, and the color-coded outfits. Is that like your thing? You're all exactly the same?\\
'''Huey, Dewey, & Louie''': ''[in unison]'' Hah! No way! We're all unique snowflakes! ''[surprised]'' Well this usually never happens! This is really weird! Okay, stop talking! Antidisestablishmentarianism! Seriously?! [[{{Angrish}} Gah!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' did this a few times, with Edd making a remark about Ed's "badly drawn fingers", and later with Eddy shouting, [[WhoWritesThisCrap "Who writes his material?"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
occasionally uses this trope.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' three members of The Legion of Super Heroes follow Brainiac back a thousand years in time to stop him killing a teenaged Clark. Saturn Girl says Clark will need a disguise, to which Clark says "like a pair of glasses would fool anyone". Chameleon Boy a few moments later shapeshifts into Superman to illustrate what they were saying Clark was going to become, to which Clark says "Red underpants? Now I know you are crazy!"
* In the first episode of the adult animated series ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'', Andy's sometime girlfriend Gwen comments on Andy's old plan for an animated TV series for adults: "Oh God, not another animated series."
** Double points given, in that ''Mission Hill'' was greenlit because the WB (later the CW) wanted their own animated show like many other channels at the time (''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''[=/=]Creator/ComedyCentral, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''[=/=]Creator/{{Fox}}), but ignored what their demographic was.
* Happened a couple of times in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', as both main characters are fairly GenreSavvy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', as Batman's telling Robin about the villain of the week's plans, they pass a building prominently labeled "Exposition Hall".

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* This happens many times in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
**
In "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air". Peter points out that his doctor's voice sounds an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' three members of The Legion of Super Heroes follow Brainiac back awful lot like his father-in-law's ([[TalkingToHimself the two characters share a thousand years in time voice actor]]). Mr. Pewterschmidt then enters the room from nowhere and proceeds to stop him killing a teenaged Clark. Saturn Girl says Clark will need a disguise, talk to which Clark says "like a pair of glasses would fool anyone". Chameleon Boy a few moments later shapeshifts into Superman to illustrate what Dr. Hartman, commenting on how they were saying Clark was do have very similar voices, and how no one has ever noticed since they have not had any previous extended interaction.
** In "A Fish Out of Water", after Peter shoots the talking fish Daggermouth, revealing that it's a robot, the fisherman Salty hops out from behind some stalagmites and explains his devious plot, spreading the Daggermouth legend and then getting rich off the merchandising, ending with:
-->'''Salty:''' And now I'm
going to become, to which Clark says "Red underpants? Now I know give you $50,000 to be on your way.\\
'''Peter:''' But why?\\
'''Salty:''' To keep your mouth shut! And because the longer we stay here, [[FridgeLogic the more people
are crazy!"
*
gonna question]] how a fisherman, with no engineering background, managed to build a sophisticated talking fish-robot.
** In "Road To Rupert", Brian and Stewie have this exchange:
-->'''Brian:''' Besides, aren't you getting a little old for a teddy bear?\\
'''Stewie:''' [[VagueAge Brian, I'm 1!]]\\
'''Brian:''' [[NotAllowedToGrowUp Still?]]\\
'''Stewie:''' What?
** In Season 6, Stewie brought up this point upon meeting Brian's son, "How can you have a 13 year old son when you yourself are only 7?" Brian immediately lampshades it with, "Well Stewie, if you don't like it, [[InternetBackdraft go on the Internet and complain.]]"
**
In the first episode where Brian and Stewie join the Army, they set up for a cutaway and never go to it. Stewie even asks if they have a scene for that, guesses not, and they just go on.
** In fact, when Stewie and Brian are waiting outside Cleveland's ex-wife's front door, they have a whole conversation about who should do the talking; "Well I don't know, I thought only immediate family members could understand you", etc, until finally an 'off-camera' voice shouts "Guys! We're still rolling!"
** Done several times with Peter's chin. In "Ready, Willing, and Disabled", Peter is rubbing his chin in thought, he becomes surprised and promptly removes his chin and sticks it down his pants. Later in "PTV", the FCC wants to censor it due to it looking like a set of testicles.
** In "Go, Stewie, Go", Stewie reveals he was pretending to be female through transvestism (to get a female only part) during a live scene of Jolly Farm.
-->'''Brian:''' ''(after the scene)'' Hey, why were they shooting that scene live?\\
'''Stewie:''' Convenience.\\
'''Brian:''' Yeah, but why'd they--\\
'''Stewie:''' ''(interrupting)'' Let's not start pulling threads on this one...
** From "Spies Reminiscent of Us":
-->'''Dan Aykroyd:''' Are there any local residents whom you've seen acting strangely?\\
'''Stewie:''' Well, there's a pedophile up the street that nobody seems to be doing anything about, [[RuleOfFunny but it's mainly because he's so funny.]]
** Peter is watching the news and a story comes on that gives him an idea to solve the problem-of-the-week. Then the news presenter says: "Coming up in the next half-hour: our in-depth look at conveniently placed news reports in television shows. But first, Peter - watch out for that skateboard." Peter then stands up and slips on a skateboard that had no reason to be there and wasn't there earlier.
** "The Splendid Source":
-->'''Peter''': Cleveland? Who knew we would run into you here except everyone cause Fox [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil ruined it in the promos]].
** The immigrant character named Fouad whose whole role is to hang lampshades about the jokes that were just done.
-->'''Co-worker:''' Can I buy a cup of coffee?
-->'''Fouad:''' Ohoho! Yes! Is funny because is free! Anyone can have!
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', "Foster's Goes to Europe": The show addresses why Mac should be going to Europe with his imaginary friends instead of his family. Coco gives the explanation, which makes it [[TheUnintelligible unintelligible]].
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' almost takes pride in doing this:
** In "The Deep South", Zoidberg's house burns to the ground... underwater. Zoidberg wails "How could this have happened?" and Hermes notes, "That's a very good question." Implicitly claiming responsibility, Bender picks his still-lit cigar out
of the adult animated series ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'', Andy's sometime girlfriend Gwen comments ruins and puffs on Andy's old plan it, eliciting a cry of, [[VoodooShark "That just raises further questions!"]]
** In "Why I Must Be a Crustacean In Love", Leela and Amy harp on Fry and Bender
for an animated TV series for adults: "Oh God, not another animated series.being lazy, Leela making a point of Fry's beer belly. Amy points out that Bender's "belly" is bloated and his door won't close. She pauses, then adds, "...and that doesn't even make sense."
** Double points given, The Professor offers a long, elaborate, technically dubious, and absurd explanation for the appearance of "robot ghosts" in a castle, to which Hermes responds: "Of course! It was ''SO'' obvious!"
-->"Yes,
that ''Mission Hill'' sequence of words I said made perfect sense."
** In Season 1's "Hell is other Robots", the Robot Devil explains the conditions of a "Devil went down to Georgia"-like fiddle contest for Bender's soul.
-->'''Robot Devil:''' ...also you'll win a solid gold fiddle.\\
'''Fry:''' Wouldn't a solid gold fiddle weigh hundreds of pounds and sound crummy?\\
'''Robot Devil:''' Well, it's mostly for show.
** In "Godfellas", after Bender is lost in space and hurled back to Earth by a god-like entity, he lands, unharmed, directly in front of Fry and Leela, who have been looking for him in the Himalayas. After Bender stands up, Leela announces that it is "by a wide margin the least likely thing that has EVER happened". (In the DVD commentary, the crew makes explicit reference to this being a lampshade hanging. "...And that's how we wrote our way out of THAT.")
** In fact, there's a Lampshade Hanging in the very 1st episode: when both of Bender's arms fall off and he somehow puts them both back on, Fry simply comments, "I don't know how you did that." Very subtly hand waived in a later episode, when it is revealed that Bender's arms are capable of movement completely independent of the rest of his body, and seem to possess some measure of artificial intelligence.
** After Bender is kidnapped and asks Fry and Leela for help, Leela is indecisive, saying she wishes they had two or three minutes to think about what to do. Cue commercial break.
** Professor Farnsworth's cloned "son" remarks that faster than light travel is impossible to which Professor Farnsworth replies that scientists had previously increased the speed of light to circumvent that limitation. The clone's response
was greenlit because a nonchalant, "impossible." Originally, the WB (later clone character was intended to constantly lampshade the CW) wanted stranger aspects of the show, but the staff decided [[DontExplainTheJoke that would be annoying]] and [[TheScrappy dropped it]].
** After many episodes of mundane and unrelated quests that the crew have been pursuing and chasing throughout the seasons, Hermes remarks "Didn't we used to be a delivery company?" in Season 5.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** David Xanatos needs some way to lure the magical Coyote to him. To do this, he puts Goliath, Angela, Elisa, and Bronx in a DeathTrap to make the being intervene to save them. Xanatos and his robot lovingly describe the trap to the heroes and Xanatos cannot resist noting, "It's my first stab at [[SuperVillain clichéd villainy]]; how am I doing?"
** Xanatos and Demona creates a new Gargoyle, by putting the remains of three back together, who were destroyed in stone form. When the Gargoyle mixup began to live again, Xanatos shouted with great joy: "It's alive! IT'S ALIVE!" Followed by: "IAlwaysWantedToSayThat."
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** At the beginning of "Carpet Diem", the twins accidentally break a window with a golf ball and hit Stan in the head. He then screams, "Aah, my head! It hit me right in the head!" When they do the same thing, but in the middle of the night...
---> '''Stan:''' Aah, my head! Why am I out here at night?
** From "The Legend of the Gobblewonker":
---> '''Dipper:''' Okay, what's the problem with most monster hunts?\\
'''Soos:''' You're a side character and you die in the first five minutes of the movie. Oh wow, am I a side character? Do you ever think about stuff like that?
* Quite popular in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', usually accompanied by "this raises a lot of questions that ''we don't need to talk about''," and [[MST3KMantra "It's best not to think about it."]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' season 2 episode 9, Jade is shown to be a BigEater, eating 5 hot dogs at a ballpark, and the game wasn't even FINISHED yet! Tohru lampshades this by saying he doesn't know where she puts it all which is saying something considering how much ''he'' eats.
* WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest loves hanging lampshades in regard to stories and
their own animated show like many other channels at recurring plotlines. In [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Johnny Boat Racers]] after being joined in racing a rowing crew by Mr. Black, Mr. White, his sisters, and Bling Bling Boy, Johnny lampshades the time (''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''[=/=]Creator/ComedyCentral, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''[=/=]Creator/{{Fox}}), but ignored what their demographic was.
* Happened a couple of times in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', as both main characters are fairly GenreSavvy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', as Batman's telling Robin about the villain of the week's plans,
fact that they pass get joined by at least two more, one of them a building prominently labeled "Exposition Hall".talking cat. Moments later Mr. Mittens and [[spoiler: Steve [=McCool=]]]. Also, Bling Bling Boy lampshades the fact that he'll never get Susan to kiss him by winning the race, but likes being a part of them anyway because they're always fun.



* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' called "Q&A", the villain is re-enacting a game show at which he lost years before, with the people who were hosting the game being forced to play it, with death the penalty for losing. Right after he tells them the rules of the game, he says, "At this point in the show we would usually break for a word from our sponsor... ''don't you wish''." Cut to real-life commercial.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', the following dialog is spoken after Archer pulls out a grenade after a threesome:
-->'''Lana:''' Where'd you get a grenade?\\
'''Archer:''' Hangin' from the lampshade!\\
'''Lana:''' Wait, what?
** And in an earlier episode:
--->'''Archer:''' God, I ''said'' the cap slips off the poison pen for no reason, didn't I?!\\
'''Cyril:''' I know, I know, but I just assumed that if anything bad happened it--it would've been--\\
'''Archer:''' No, do ''not'' say [[ChekhovsGun the Chekhov gun]], Cyril! THAT, sir, is a facile argument!\\
'''Wodehouse:''' Also woefully esoteric.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'' does this more or less every episode:
-->'''Backyardigan (often Pablo):''' Oh look! A(n) x!\\
'''Tyrone:''' Well ''that's'' certainly convenient.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', from their take on ComicBook/TheCloneSaga:
-->'''Spider-Man:''' [[DiscontinuityNod This is starting to sound]] [[TakeThat like a bad comic book plot!]]
** In another episode, when Robbie is framed as a criminal mastermind, the prosecutor mocks his story of being knocked out and waking up with a blaster in his hands. "This isn't some Saturday morning cartoon show!"
** During the "Six Forgotten Warriors" arc, Kingpin reveals his intention to conquer the world to a captured Spider-Man, who doesn't take him very seriously. "Kingpin, now you're starting to sound like a Saturday morning cartoon villain."
* WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest loves hanging lampshades in regard to stories and their own recurring plotlines. In [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Johnny Boat Racers]] after being joined in racing a rowing crew by Mr. Black, Mr. White, his sisters, and Bling Bling Boy, Johnny lampshades the fact that they get joined by at least two more, one of them a talking cat. Moments later Mr. Mittens and [[spoiler: Steve [=McCool=]]]. Also, Bling Bling Boy lampshades the fact that he'll never get Susan to kiss him by winning the race, but likes being a part of them anyway because they're always fun.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Black Cat tries to persuade Spidey to join her in criminal pursuits, and when he's in his Black Costume at their next meeting, she immediately assumes that he's agreed to her proposal and made an EvilCostumeSwitch.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'', believe it or not, lampshaded ''SuddenlyVoiced'' by '''''TOM AND JERRY!'''''
-->'''Tom''': I'm Tom.
-->'''Jerry''': I'm Jerry.
-->*Cue closeup on Tom and Jerry*
-->'''Both''': YOU TALKED!
* In the MusicalEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko wonders how everyone knows the CrowdSong. Heffer explains rehearsals were every Thursday.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'' ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' constantly lampshades itself during most of its run. In fact it loves this trope so much, you'd almost think it [[WhyDontYouMarryIt married the trope]].
** The [[WillTheyOrWontThey will-they-or-won't-they]] relationship between Kim and Ron is lampshaded by commenting on a similar couple in the SoapWithinAShow ''Agony County'' before the [[UnCancelled original]] GrandFinale.
-->'''Kim:''' Like that would ever happen. It would end the series!
** Team Impossible questioned about Ron's lack of [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum Mystical Monkey Power]]:
-->'''Dash:''' I thought you were supposed to be some master of [[ChunkyUpdraft monkey kung-fu]].\\
'''Ron:''' You know, it's funny. It comes and goes.
** LoonyFan Joss Possible both commented about [[{{Chickification}} Ron's hero-ness]] and [[TheDragon Shego's]] [[HarmlessVillain lack of evilness]]:
-->'''Joss:''' I mean, I know Dr. Drakken is your [[ArchEnemy arch foe]], but it seems to me Shego's the really dangerous one. I mean, if she put her mind to do it, she could be the toughest villain out there, don't you think?\\
[...]\\
'''Joss:''' Ron here is afraid of practically everything, but
does this more or less he let his fears keep him from sidekickin'? Let's face it, Kim. You can do anything. So facing all those dangers and villains, well, [[BrokenAesop it's just like you say. No big. A fella filled with that much fear always chargin' into action with you? Seems to me that's a true hero]].
** Ron commenting on how
every episode:
-->'''Backyardigan (often Pablo):''' Oh look! A(n) x!\\
'''Tyrone:''' Well ''that's'' certainly convenient.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', from their take on ComicBook/TheCloneSaga:
-->'''Spider-Man:''' [[DiscontinuityNod This is starting
girl he seems to sound]] [[TakeThat get close to for the most part happen to be {{Action Girl}}s.
-->'''Ron:''' Are all girls
like a bad comic book plot!]]
** In another episode, when Robbie is framed as a criminal mastermind,
this? Or just the prosecutor mocks his story ones I know?!
** The lampshading
of the "[[TheMenInBlack Government hiding evidence of]] [[{{Area51}} aliens]]" is quite hilariously done by Ron.
** Ron
being knocked attacked for the third time by birds in "Cat Trouble" (the third time practically comes out and waking up with a blaster in his hands. "This isn't some Saturday morning cartoon show!"
** During
of nowhere):
-->'''Ron:''' (being pecked) AHHH! THIS IS JUST SO RANDOM!!!
*** Another from
the "Six Forgotten Warriors" arc, Kingpin reveals his intention same episode. Ron is lampshading an offscreen NoodleIncident that involves Kim trying to conquer the world fix up a hand-me down broken down cat her father gave her. Things aren't working out at all...somehow Ron is entangled in wires. Poor Ron, if only he knew RuleOfFunny.
--> '''Ron''': Wait a minute?! I wasn't even helping! How did this happen?!
** Shego, from TheMovie: "You know, one of these days, we reeeeally need
to a captured Spider-Man, who doesn't take him very seriously. "Kingpin, now you're starting to sound like a Saturday morning cartoon villain.that [[ShoePhone hair]] [[GrapplingHookPistol dryer]] from her."
* WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest loves hanging ** Kim gets her own in "A Sitch in Time" when she corners the villains, but they boast they have a advantage against her, being she's outnumbered (as Drakken sneaks up from behind her). Drakken has his own Lampshade to this too.
-->'''Kim:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh what? Like]] [[DeadpanSnarker I'm supposed to be surprised]] that Drakken is right behind me?
-->'''Drakken:''' How does she always do that??
** Another lampshade from the same movie, Kim shows up to stop the villains and...
--> '''Drakken''': ''Kim Possible?!''
--> '''Killigan''': Why do you always sound so surprised?
--> '''Drakken''': [[Funny/KimPossible I don't know]].
** When Drakken explains his DeathTrap to Kim:
-->'''Shego''': "If [[DrowningPit the pit]] is bottomless, than how do you fill it with water?"
-->'''Drakken''': "IT'S VERY VERY DEEP, ALL RIGHT?!?"
** Kim
lampshades her habit of [[CollapsingLair blowing up Drakken's lair]] in regard to stories the episode "Bad Boy". The episode's main conflict - [[PersonalitySwap Ron absorbing Drakken's evil]] - is resolved with Drakken's lair and their own recurring plotlines. Ron's DoomsdayDevice still intact. Drakken crows about this, but Kim just says "I think we both know what happens next." Cut to Kim and Ron flying away from the exploding lair.
** The episode in which Kim's [[IdenticalGrandson ancestor from a hundred years ago, Miriam "Mim" Possible]], stopped Shego's [[IdenticalGrandson ancestor "Ms. Go"]] from stealing a device created by [[IdenticalGrandson Dr. Dementor's ancestor]], but a photo taken by [[IdenticalGrandson Wade's ancestor, who was ten at the time]], made it look like Mim had stolen it, so she was arrested by [[IdenticalGrandson Barkin's ancestor, Constable Barkin]], while [[IdenticalGrandson Ron's ancestor ate one of the first tacos]]. Also, [[IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect Wade figured out]] that the device which Ms. Go tried to steal was due to blow up exactly fifteen minutes from when they finished uncovering all of the backstory. Ron's every other LINE was a lampshade. [[spoiler:It was AllJustADream.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'', episode "Poxy": Jumba brings the heavily modified dune buggy into his and Pleakley's room to prepare for Lilo and Stitch's journey inside of Pleakley to retrieve the experiment making him sick. While Jumba is explaining the plan, Lilo asks, "Hey, how'd you get the buggy in here?" Jumba responds, "Oh, simple... um, is not important."
*
In [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Johnny Boat Racers]] a ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, while falling towards water after being joined in racing a rowing crew blasted into the sky by Mr. Black, Mr. White, a [[NonFatalExplosions non-fatal explosion]], says "I hope that's SoftWater down there".
** In the ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]'' short "WestenAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel", Daffy tries to jump from a window onto
his sisters, and Bling Bling Boy, Johnny lampshades horse's saddle, but falls on the fact ground with a crash. He comments, "That never happens to Creator/ErrolFlynn."[[note]]Justified in that they get joined by at least this was a script Daffy was reading to a director.[[/note]]
** Bugs Bunny's famous final lines in the short ''WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc'' are: "[[DownerEnding Well, what did you EXPECT in an opera?]] [[MoodWhiplash A HAPPY ending?!]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' loves doing this through the use of signs, particularly with buildings about to be destroyed.
** Several include "ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding," "This Building is Scheduled for Demolition Anyway," and "Explosions and Shrapnel Factory".
** Coop's megaweapon button, which always reads something along the lines of: "Super Destructor Mode" or "Being Hit With A Giant Taser? Press Here". In one case the lampshade hanging is enormous: the same thing happens, and then a bit later during the same fight, Coop presses the button again, it reads: "Exactly the same button Coop just used like five minutes ago", but for a different effect.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' had a scene where after
two more, of the six main characters have been captured by the Villain of the Week and two more have been sucked through the TV into an alternate dimension, one of them a talking cat. Moments later Mr. Mittens the remaining characters says, "If we keep losing teammates, this show's gonna be called ''The Mighty '''Duck'''''". Nosedive also tends to cross the line into NoFourthWall territory, as he's been shown to hear flashback music and [[spoiler: Steve [=McCool=]]]. Also, Bling Bling Boy lampshades the fact that he'll never get Susan have enough {{Genre Savv|y}}iness to kiss him by winning the race, but likes being recognize a part of them anyway because they're always fun.
really friggin' ObviousTrap.
* In an the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Black Cat tries to persuade Spidey to join her the adult animated series ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'', Andy's sometime girlfriend Gwen comments on Andy's old plan for an animated TV series for adults: "Oh God, not another animated series." Double points given, in criminal pursuits, and when he's in his Black Costume at that ''Mission Hill'' was greenlit because the WB (later the CW) wanted their next meeting, she immediately assumes that he's agreed to her proposal and made an EvilCostumeSwitch.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'', believe it or not, lampshaded ''SuddenlyVoiced'' by '''''TOM AND JERRY!'''''
-->'''Tom''': I'm Tom.
-->'''Jerry''': I'm Jerry.
-->*Cue closeup on Tom and Jerry*
-->'''Both''': YOU TALKED!
* In
own animated show like many other channels at the MusicalEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko wonders how everyone knows the CrowdSong. Heffer explains rehearsals were every Thursday.time (''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''[=/=]Creator/ComedyCentral, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''[=/=]Creator/{{Fox}}), but ignored what their demographic was.



* When ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'''s resident TeamPet, Sari, discovers that there is no record of her existence, Bulkhead and Bumblebee both [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBBppW-Fnfs offer a range of possible explanations]] virtually lifted straight from the fan forums (with a few pop-culture references added in), as well as the prophetic [[spoiler:"maybe she's really a robot"]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{VeggieTales}}'' does this ''[[BetterThanABareBulb constantly]]''.
--> '''Tom:''' [[InvisibleAnatomy How are we clapping?]]
--> '''Pa:''' I have no idea.
* In the 1953 Droopy cartoon "The Three Little Pups", Droopy and his brothers are watching a TV western when the Big Bad Dogcatcher/Wolf attempts to suck them out of their house with an overly large straw but winds up inhaling and swallowing the television instead. In the next scene, the three are once again watching their program when Droopy turns to the audience and says, "Now don't ask us how we got the television set back."
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', in the final episode when Jake finally reveals to his father that he has the power to turn into a Dragon at will. The first his father asks is, "When you transform, [[MagicPants where do your clothes go]]?" And no, we do not ever get an answer.

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* When ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'''s resident TeamPet, Sari, discovers that there is no record of her existence, Bulkhead and Bumblebee both [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBBppW-Fnfs offer a range of possible explanations]] virtually lifted straight from the fan forums (with a few pop-culture references added in), as well as the prophetic [[spoiler:"maybe she's really a robot"]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{VeggieTales}}'' does this ''[[BetterThanABareBulb constantly]]''.
--> '''Tom:''' [[InvisibleAnatomy How are we clapping?]]
--> '''Pa:''' I have no idea.
*
''Franchise/{{Peanuts}}'': In the 1953 Droopy cartoon "The Three Little Pups", Droopy introduction of ''What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown'', Charlie Brown is recounting the follow up to events from ''WesternAnimation/BonVoyageCharlieBrown'' where the kids and Snoopy go to France as exchange students. When Sally asks, "And your dog? How did he get to go along?" Charlie Brown replies, "Who knows, who knows how he does anything he does?" Snoopy's Walter Mitty complex is well-established, but most of the time it's taken to be his brothers are watching active and fanciful imagination. However, in ''What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?'', Snoopy's very human activities including driving a TV western when the Big Bad Dogcatcher/Wolf attempts to suck them out of their house car and interacting with an overly large straw but winds up inhaling and swallowing the television instead. In the next scene, the three are once again watching their program when Droopy turns to the audience and says, "Now don't ask us how we got the television set back."
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'',
adults (when renting said car), which make those activities far less imaginary in the final episode when Jake finally reveals to his father that he has context of the power to turn story. No justification or explanation is given for Snoopy's imagination bleeding into reality, which does happen occasionally but rarely in a Dragon at will. The first his father asks is, "When you transform, [[MagicPants where do your clothes go]]?" And no, we do not ever get an answer.way noticeable by adults in the world, much less visible adults on screen. Charlie just brushes it aside.



* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** At the beginning of "Carpet Diem", the twins accidentally break a window with a golf ball and hit Stan in the head. He then screams, "Aah, my head! It hit me right in the head!" When they do the same thing, but in the middle of the night...
---> '''Stan:''' Aah, my head! Why am I out here at night?
** From "The Legend of the Gobblewonker":
---> '''Dipper:''' Okay, what's the problem with most monster hunts?\\
'''Soos:''' You're a side character and you die in the first five minutes of the movie. Oh wow, am I a side character? Do you ever think about stuff like that?
* In ''Springtime with Roo'', a Franchise/WinnieThePooh movie drawing heavily on ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', with Rabbit's control-freakery standing in for Scrooge's miserliness and the story transposed from Christmas to Easter:
--> '''Tigger:''' What the dickens - (''turns to camera'') - and I really mean, [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] - is going on here?



* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' GreenLantern episode, while Dodgers expresses his delight that the ring gives him the power of flight, a bunch of regular black ducks fly behind him.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' GreenLantern episode, while Dodgers expresses MusicalEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko wonders how everyone knows the CrowdSong. Heffer explains rehearsals were every Thursday.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'':
-->'''Rocky:''' ''(recognizing Boris' voice)'' That voice. Where have I heard that voice before?\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' [[NoFourthWall In about 365 other episodes]]. But I don't know who it is either.
** Or this one, which features Wassamatta U. playing football against a team of thugs dressed as women:
-->'''Rocky:''' Aw, what kind of a game can you play with girls?\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' Boy, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar this really is a kids' show, isn't it]]?
** This classic recurring gag:
-->'''Bullwinkle:''' Hey, Rocky, watch me PullARabbitOutOfMyHat.\\
'''Rocky:''' But that trick never works!
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', "Jack versus Aku":
-->''(Aku appears before Jack)''\\
'''Jack:''' Aku!\\
'''Aku:''' ''(droll)'' Yes, it is I, Samurai Jack. ''(rolls eyes)'' How incredibly observant you are.\\
''(Jack draws sword and runs at Aku, screaming)''\\
'''Aku:''' Oh, put that thing away, Samurai. We all know what's gonna happen.\\
''(Jack comes to a stop and watches Aku warily, sword still drawn)''\\
'''Aku:''' You'll swing your sword, I'll fly away and probably say something like "I'll be back, Samurai!" And then I'll flutter off over the horizon and we won't see each other for about a week. And then we'll do the same thing all over again.\\
'''Jack:''' ''(looks guilty, then gets mad)'' Your word play will not trick me, villain! ''(lunges at him)''\\
'''Aku:''' ''No, wait! (turns into a bird and flutters off into the sky)'' I'll be back again, Samurai, you'll see! ''(flies over the horizon, laughing)''\\
''(Jack stares after Aku, then rubs chin in thought)''\\
'''Aku:''' ''(reappears before Jack)'' See what I mean?
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' uses this trope quite often, though sometimes in more subtle ways:
** In the 1st Simpsons Clip show, Bart shakes a beer can in a paint shaker, which explodes (with a mushroom cloud) when Homer opens it, putting him in a coma. Grandpa explains that being in a coma, you relive past moments of your life, a lot like "one of those TV shows where they play clips from previous episodes." Here the authors acknowledge on their own behalf that a clip show is a lazy production with no new material. The episode is actually titled "So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show".
** When Moe got plastic surgery and became a soap opera star,
his delight face was crushed by a falling back drop and reverted [[StatusQuoIsGod back to its original form]]. Moe began asking why that happened, [[FridgeLogic stated it didn't make any sense]], [[NoEnding and the episode immediately ended]].
** Bart becomes a "Junior Camper" (a Boy Scout): Lisa, Bart and Homer are watching an episode of Itchy and Scratchy, Bart notes
that the ring scene was unrealistic. Lisa defends the cartoon, reminding Bart that cartoons don't need to be 100% accurate all the time. Though Homer is watching with them in the living room, as Lisa speaks, an intentionally mis-edited Homer is seen clearly walking outdoors past the window. This is an acknowledgment of the many inconsistencies that crop up throughout the show's history, and how the authors don't intend to make the show consistent.
** In "Homer Loves Flanders", Bart is starting to wonder if Homer's newfound friendship with Ned Flanders will really last.
-->'''Lisa:''' Don't worry, Bart. It seems like every week something odd happens to the Simpsons. My advice is to ride it out, make the occasional smart-alec quip, [[ResetButton and by next week we'll be back to where we started from, ready for another wacky adventure]].\\
'''Bart:''' Ay, caramba!!\\
'''Lisa:''' That's the spirit.\\
By the end, it seems like Ned and Homer will remain friends and Lisa's convinced that their wacky adventures will end. Cut to a scene taking place next week, Homer tells Ned Flanders to get lost.
** Homer makes a comment about 'lousy Korean animation.' As he's saying it, his mouth disappears and reappears a few inches from his face, hanging in midair. There is a scene where Homer makes a comment about how bad at drawing Matt Groening is. A giant eraser appears and starts to rub him out. He yells that he 'takes it back' and then it is revealed that the eraser is just a sculpture being carried past. There is also an episode where a news report
gives him Homer an idea about how to solve a problem. He tells Lisa it's a good thing she turned the TV on at that moment. She says she didn't turn it on. They look back to the TV, which is now switched off, and say that neither of them turned it off either. Eerie music plays.
** "Lemon of Troy" piles on the {{Shout Out}}s to Creator/{{Homer}}'s epics of the Trojan War: the name of the show's patriarch being an obvious, but not prominent example. Springfield's and Shelbyville's kids--ultimately, joined by their parents--feud over a disputed lemon tree. The grown-ups sneak Flanders' motor home into Shelbyville's cat-impound-lot fortress: by appearing to leave their vehicle abandoned in a hospital zone. As the tow truck [[TrojanHorse drags them toward the forbidden destination]], Homer Simpson exults, "No one in history has '''ever''' done anything this clever!"
** A list of all of the Lampshade Hangings done -- particularly in later seasons -- could probably be a website in and of itself. [[http://www.simpsonsarchive.com The Simpsons Archive]] has a long list of "meta-references."
** The Simpsons even manage to lampshade themselves ''on other shows''. For example: on Creator/DavidLetterman's last show, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqQH8yEPtSk this clip]] about both shows' longevity:
-->'''Homer:''' ''(laughing hysterically)'' He broke the window! Again!\\
'''Marge:''' Gosh Homie, Dave's been on for thirty-three years! Back then, Bart and Lisa were kids, and Maggie was still a baby! ''(zoom out to the kids)'' [[ComicBookTime Huh.]]
* Happens several times in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In "Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut", a doctor mentions that a patient will be just fine as long as
the power doesn't go out. Then it immediately does. He remarks "Who didn't see that coming from a mile away?"
** In "Butt Out" the boys smoke, and Kyle says that they should just confess, otherwise the townsfolk would grab pitchforks and torches and riot. [[GenreSavvy Kyle then goes on to say that they are following a very specific storyline formula.]]
** In "Cancelled" the boys are negotiating with [[ItMakesSenseInContext Joozian business executive aliens]] in a restaurant in space over the cancellation
of flight, a bunch Earth, which was revealed to be one big reality TV show for the rest of regular black ducks fly behind him.the universe. This was the 97th South Park episode.
-->'''Joozian Executive:''' "Yeah, a show should never go past a hundred episodes, or else it starts to get stale with ridiculously stupid plotlines and settings."
-->'''Joozian Waitress:''' "Here's your order of gespahtgaplachfenachenblah."
** In both "Pandemic" and "Pandemic 2" Craig gets mad at the boys for dragging him into a bad situation. Craig says that normal kids don't get arrested by the government, sent to Peru to take out the government and then accidentally wind up in the land of the giants.
** In "Cartmanland", Cartman gets sued when Kenny gets killed on one of the rides at his amusement part, and protests, "[[TheyKilledKennyAgain He dies all the time!]]"
** Happens when Kenny berates Stan for crying over Kyle's imminent death, saying he dies all the time and no one cares. He is then promptly killed, and Stan doesn't seem to give a damn.
** In the 1st Christmas episode, Kenny is alive at the end of the episode - the cast stands around silent and wonder aloud that something seems amiss. "THE END" appears, and Kenny jumps for joy.
** Kenny is afraid of going into a wood shop class, despite the fact that "very few students are severely injured in shop class."
** In the "Cartoon Wars" episodes the boys repeatedly take a break from making fun of WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy to say, "At least it's not all preachy and up its own ass with messages." Poking fun at the newer WesternAnimation/SouthPark episodes, which are just that. The lampshade managed to make the withering assessment of WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy elsewhere in the episode seem less mean spirited, which is sadly undercut by Matt and Trey's remarks about it in real life, often without the qualifier that they know their show is sometimes nowhere near as deep as they like to think, if it ever was.
** In the same episode;
-->'''Cartman:''' ''(on the topic of cartoons ridiculing religion)'' How would you feel, Kyle, if there was a cartoon on television that made fun of Jews all the time?\\
'''Kyle:''' ''(pointing at audience)'' Uh...
** In "Cartman's Incredible Gift", Mrs. Crabtree is killed. The police remark that she was not a popular character and wouldn't be missed by the fans, as she was not in any recent episodes.
** Done by Sharon in "You're Getting Old". It is [[TearJerker not played for laughs]].
-->'''Sharon:''' I'm unhappy too, we both are, obviously. How much longer can we keep doing this? It's like the same shit just happens over and over and then in a week [[ResetButton it just resets until it happens again]]. [[StrictlyFormula Every week it's just the same story]] and it just keeps getting more and more ridiculous!
** The "Imaginationland" trilogy featured Cartman and Kyle breaking into the Pentagon three times ([[ThereWasADoor using a different window to jump through each time)]], which is followed by the general asking "Why is it so easy for children to break into the Pentagon"?
** [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/153287/beating-a-dead-horse Jared beats a dead horse.]]
** Episode 222, ''A history channel thanksgiving'': The key-device to solve main conflict (''Natalie Portman'') is conveniently present to ''conveniently'' lead and guide their [[SavingTheWorld Keanu Reeves]] (the Pilgrim), just when he ''happens'' to plummet into the earth. Binding the two together to ''[[{{Anvilicious}} conveniently]]'' wrap the plot.
--> '''Random Scientist''': ''"All over the country, people are reporting a shortage on stuffing...We don't think it's a coincidence."''\\
'''Head of the History channel''': ''"You're telling me, that during a stuffing shortage this..Pilgrim drops down from space and got into a truck, driven by Natalie Portman!?"''\\
'''Another insignificant Scientist''': ''"Look, if anyone knows something about stuffing, it's Natalie Portman!"''
--> '''Stan:''' "Kyle! What the hell's going on ''this'' time?!"
--> '''Kyle:''' "I have no idea!"
** The famous "They killed Kenny!" exchange was played with more than once during the show, before it fell into disuse after Kenny was KilledOffForReal. And then came back.
** "Krazy Kripples" focused on Jimmy and Timmy for the A-story and Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman for the B-story. Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny become GenreSavvy enough to just walk away from the craziness of both.
** Kenny's many deaths are acknowledged by the character in "Mysterion Rises".
** From "200":
--> '''Creator/TomCruise:''' "By taking what Muhammad had, we would all be safe from ridicule. Like Creator/TimBurton here. Imagine this, Tim: nobody could rip on you for all the rehashed movies you've made lately. There'd never be a TV show that pointed out you haven't had an original thought since ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''. And you put Creator/JohnnyDepp and the same crappy music in every film. And if you're that in love with Johnny Depp you should just have sex with him already. A TV show could never say that!"
** In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" (episode #53), when the new baby Kenny shows up:
--> '''Mr. [=McCormick=]:''' "God, this must be the 50th time this has happened."
--> '''Mrs. [=McCormick=]:''' "Fifty-second."
** In "It Hits the Fan" they mock the controversy that just because someone swears on television doesn't mean it harms society.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', from their take on ComicBook/TheCloneSaga:
-->'''Spider-Man:''' [[DiscontinuityNod This is starting to sound]] [[TakeThat like a bad comic book plot!]]
** In another episode, when Robbie is framed as a criminal mastermind, the prosecutor mocks his story of being knocked out and waking up with a blaster in his hands. "This isn't some Saturday morning cartoon show!"
** During the "Six Forgotten Warriors" arc, Kingpin reveals his intention to conquer the world to a captured Spider-Man, who doesn't take him very seriously. "Kingpin, now you're starting to sound like a Saturday morning cartoon villain."
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Black Cat tries to persuade Spidey to join her in criminal pursuits, and when he's in his Black Costume at their next meeting, she immediately assumes that he's agreed to her proposal and made an EvilCostumeSwitch.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** "Suction Cup Symphony". [=SpongeBob=] annoys Squidward in Squidward's house. Randomly, Patrick just appears in the room. When Squidward asks why Patrick's there, he simply goes, "[[RuleofFunny I'm funny]]"
** Patrick and [=SpongeBob=] are sitting by a campfire:
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' At least it's warm by the fire.\\
'''Patrick:''' Hey, if we're underwater, how can there be a -- ''([[PuffOfLogic fire promptly goes out]])'' I'm scared.
** In "Fools in April", Patrick is wearing [=SpongeBob=]'s hat (Squidward only sees the hat and thinks it's him). When asked why he's wearing it (as there's no reason to other than to set up the scene), he simply says, "I don't know."
** [=SpongeBob=] is trying to stop Patrick from doing some really nonsensical, dangerous things, and when asked why he's doing them, Patrick responds...
-->'''Patrick:''' [=SpongeBob=], you can't expect my normal garden-variety brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up, keep you on your toes.
** When Patchy the Pirate sends a letter to [=SpongeBob=] inviting him to a party, the ink is smeared. [=SpongeBob=] comments "Whoever sent this letter is obviously unaware of the physical limitations of living underwater!", before throwing it into a fire.
** Mr. Krabs once called [=SpongeBob=] a "loony loofah", possibly intended to lampshade the fact that [=SpongeBob=]'s a kitchen sponge.



** Rex then gives a [[HandWave Hand Wave]], thinking it's the one they use before?

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** Rex then gives a [[HandWave Hand Wave]], HandWave, thinking it's the one they use before?before?
* Happened a couple of times in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', as both main characters are fairly GenreSavvy.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' three members of The Legion of Super Heroes follow Brainiac back a thousand years in time to stop him killing a teenaged Clark. Saturn Girl says Clark will need a disguise, to which Clark says "like a pair of glasses would fool anyone". Chameleon Boy a few moments later shapeshifts into Superman to illustrate what they were saying Clark was going to become, to which Clark says "Red underpants? Now I know you are crazy!"
* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' revolved around adding a new mutant to the cast (such as the Frogs), and the main characters, who were notorious for breaking the FourthWall, would comment on the seemingly unending stream of mutated characters they seemed to run into.
** One episode had one of the Turtles hang a lampshade on the fact that the episode's plot had meandered for about 20 minutes without bringing it any closer to a resolution, by telling the rest of the team "We'd better do something soon, or we'll have to show our first two-part episode!"
** Another episode had a dinosaur causing (accidental) havoc in the city. As it ran away, one of the Turtles stated "We've got to chase after it" and ran off. One of the remaining Turtles asked "How come?" to which another replied: "Because if we didn't, it wouldn't be much of an episode". "...oh right".
** The turtles mention Shredder stealing energy for the Technodrome, to which Michelangelo would say "Duh, they do that every episode."
** Near the final seasons (after countless episodes where the Turtles have shut down the Technodrome), the Turtles sigh and say "we know, we know" step-by-step how they'll sneak inside and shut down the Technodrome, the same way they've had so many times before at this point.
** Shredder mentions they kidnap April O'Neil... "We've done it so many times before."
** Shredder and Krang were watching the use of a new military robot on the screen in the Technodrome. Krang wanted Shredder to attach a device to the robot that would let him control it. As he handed the device to Shredder, Shredder asked him "so, this is something you JUST HAPPENED to have laying around, huh?" to which Krang replied "We've got to keep the story moving".
** In an episode, Michaelangelo watches many buildings falling to their ruin to which he reacts with the comment "The animators must have spent the entire season's budget on this single episode!" or something along those lines.
** From the episode where Usagi is introduced; "He's from ancient Japan in an alternate reality. So naturally, he speaks English."
** In the movie ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', jokes poke fun at BreakingTheFourthWall. For three times the 87 cartoon Raphael breaks the 4th wall, a villain from the 03 series, Hun, looks at the screen with a look that says "WTF" on his face. The 3rd time he gets mad and grabs Raphael and shouts "Why do you keep doing that? Who are you talking to? There's no one there!" Similarly, as an in-joke as to how the original Mirage turtles narrated certain story arcs, the 87 and 03 turtles actually hear the Mirage Leonardo narrating a fight and ask who he's talking to.
** Also in Turtles Forever, Karai is inspecting 87's Shredder's Technodrome and berates the robotic foot soldiers for being "Easy breakable, no intelligence and Cartoonish."
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'', believe it or not, lampshaded ''SuddenlyVoiced'' by '''''TOM AND JERRY!'''''
-->'''Tom''': I'm Tom.
-->'''Jerry''': I'm Jerry.
-->*Cue closeup on Tom and Jerry*
-->'''Both''': YOU TALKED!
* When ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'''s resident TeamPet, Sari, discovers that there is no record of her existence, Bulkhead and Bumblebee both [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBBppW-Fnfs offer a range of possible explanations]] virtually lifted straight from the fan forums (with a few pop-culture references added in), as well as the prophetic [[spoiler:"maybe she's really a robot"]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{VeggieTales}}'' does this ''[[BetterThanABareBulb constantly]]''.
--> '''Tom:''' [[InvisibleAnatomy How are we clapping?]]
--> '''Pa:''' I have no idea.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' frequently points out the fact that henchmen #21 and #24 never die. For example; in the episode "Lepidopterists", #21 and #24 point out to Henchman #1 that they would never die, unlike the other henchmen. Also, in the same episode, Dr. Girlfriend asked Monarch why he keeps using 21 and 24, he replied "I know it sounds crazy, but they both have that rare blend of 'expendable' and 'invulnerable' that makes for a perfect henchman."
** [[spoiler:Which turns into morbid Foreshadowing when #24 dies in the season finale. Though, the unlikely situation leading to that is lampshaded by #21 asking his friend why he even buckled up when they weren't going anywhere in the car.]]



* In "The Beagle Birthday Massacre" of ''WesternAnimation/Ducktales2017'':
-->'''Webby''' Lena, this is Huey, Dewey, and Louie.\\
'''Lena''': Cute, with the names, and the color-coded outfits. Is that like your thing? You're all exactly the same?\\
'''Huey, Dewey, & Louie''': ''[in unison]'' Hah! No way! We're all unique snowflakes! ''[surprised]'' Well this usually never happens! This is really weird! Okay, stop talking! Antidisestablishmentarianism! Seriously?! [[{{Angrish}} Gah!]]

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* In "The Beagle Birthday Massacre" of ''WesternAnimation/Ducktales2017'':
-->'''Webby''' Lena, this is Huey, Dewey, and Louie.\\
'''Lena''': Cute,
''Springtime with the names, Roo'', a Franchise/WinnieThePooh movie drawing heavily on ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', with Rabbit's control-freakery standing in for Scrooge's miserliness and the color-coded outfits. Is that like your thing? You're all exactly story transposed from Christmas to Easter:
--> '''Tigger:''' What
the same?\\
'''Huey, Dewey, & Louie''': ''[in unison]'' Hah! No way! We're all unique snowflakes! ''[surprised]'' Well this usually never happens! This is
dickens - (''turns to camera'') - and I really weird! Okay, stop talking! Antidisestablishmentarianism! Seriously?! [[{{Angrish}} Gah!]]mean, [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] - is going on here?
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', the pixie Digit always thinks logically, but when the pixies are all hit with a homesickness spell, Digit can't come up with a logical explanation for why they have to return home when [[BigBad Lord Darkar]] needs to follow them back to their village to complete his evil scheme. Tecna (her bonded fairy) addresses this, noting that it's completely illogical for her to be saying this.
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* WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest loves hanging lampshades in regard to stories and their own recurring plotlines. In [[WackyRaces Johnny Boat Racers]] after being joined in racing a rowing crew by Mr. Black, Mr. White, his sisters, and Bling Bling Boy, Johnny lampshades the fact that they get joined by at least two more, one of them a talking cat. Moments later Mr. Mittens and [[spoiler: Steve [=McCool=]]]. Also, Bling Bling Boy lampshades the fact that he'll never get Susan to kiss him by winning the race, but likes being a part of them anyway because they're always fun.

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* WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest loves hanging lampshades in regard to stories and their own recurring plotlines. In [[WackyRaces [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Johnny Boat Racers]] after being joined in racing a rowing crew by Mr. Black, Mr. White, his sisters, and Bling Bling Boy, Johnny lampshades the fact that they get joined by at least two more, one of them a talking cat. Moments later Mr. Mittens and [[spoiler: Steve [=McCool=]]]. Also, Bling Bling Boy lampshades the fact that he'll never get Susan to kiss him by winning the race, but likes being a part of them anyway because they're always fun.
1st Nov '17 8:39:45 AM Skylentt
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** There is a recent immigrant character named Fouad whose whole role is to hang lampshades about the jokes that were just done.
-->'''Co-worker:''' Can I buy a cup of coffee?
-->'''Fouad:''' Ohoho! Yes! Is funny because is free! Anyone can have!
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* In "The Beagle Birthday Massacre" of ''WesternAnimation/Ducktales2017'':
-->'''Webby''' Lena, this is Huey, Dewey, and Louie.\\
'''Lena''': Cute, with the names, and the color-coded outfits. Is that like your thing? You're all exactly the same?\\
'''Huey, Dewey, & Louie''': ''[in unison]'' Hah! No way! We're all unique snowflakes! ''[surprised]'' Well this usually never happens! This is really weird! Okay, stop talking! Antidisestablishmentarianism! Seriously?! [[{{Angrish}} Gah!]]
12th Sep '17 9:20:37 AM CosmicFerret
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** Franchise/WonderWoman blocks a lightning bolt from Weather Wizard with her reflective (''metal'') wristbands. TheFlash is quick to point out: "There are ''so'' many reasons why that shouldn't have worked."

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** Franchise/WonderWoman blocks a lightning bolt from Weather Wizard with her reflective (''metal'') wristbands. TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash is quick to point out: "There are ''so'' many reasons why that shouldn't have worked."
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** When Timmy meets Vicky for the first time.
--> '''Timmy''': Did anyone else notice the lightning?
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** In the movie ''TurtlesForever'', jokes poke fun at BreakingTheFourthWall. For three times the 87 cartoon Raphael breaks the 4th wall, a villain from the 03 series, Hun, looks at the screen with a look that says "WTF" on his face. The 3rd time he gets mad and grabs Raphael and shouts "Why do you keep doing that? Who are you talking to? There's no one there!" Similarly, as an in-joke as to how the original Mirage turtles narrated certain story arcs, the 87 and 03 turtles actually hear the Mirage Leonardo narrating a fight and ask who he's talking to.

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** In the movie ''TurtlesForever'', ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', jokes poke fun at BreakingTheFourthWall. For three times the 87 cartoon Raphael breaks the 4th wall, a villain from the 03 series, Hun, looks at the screen with a look that says "WTF" on his face. The 3rd time he gets mad and grabs Raphael and shouts "Why do you keep doing that? Who are you talking to? There's no one there!" Similarly, as an in-joke as to how the original Mirage turtles narrated certain story arcs, the 87 and 03 turtles actually hear the Mirage Leonardo narrating a fight and ask who he's talking to.
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