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26th Mar '16 7:22:04 PM maxwellsilver
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* A Advertising/{{GEICO}}[[note]]The largest car insurance company in the US. For non-Americans, it's easier to note that it's the company that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway got the money to do all the investments.[[/note]] campaign (the [[SwitchingToGEICO former]] TropeNamer, as it happens) used this trope. This type of spot goes like this: A guy talks to someone else, saying "I've got bad news. ''[insert story here]''...but I've got good news: I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to GEICO!" which of course is of no use whatsoever to the person hearing those words. Even [[Anime/SpeedRacer Speed-about-to-fall-off-a-bridge]] on Trixie's insurance plan is of no immediate help to Speed Racer himself

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* A Advertising/{{GEICO}}[[note]]The largest car insurance company in the US. For non-Americans, it's easier to note that it's the company that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway got the money to do all the investments.[[/note]] campaign (the [[SwitchingToGEICO [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes former]] TropeNamer, as it happens) used this trope. This type of spot goes like this: A guy talks to someone else, saying "I've got bad news. ''[insert story here]''...but I've got good news: I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to GEICO!" which of course is of no use whatsoever to the person hearing those words. Even [[Anime/SpeedRacer Speed-about-to-fall-off-a-bridge]] Anime/{{Speed|Racer}}-about-to-fall-off-a-bridge on Trixie's insurance plan is of no immediate help to Speed Racer himself
26th Mar '16 7:20:32 PM maxwellsilver
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* In one episode of ''Series/CornerGas'', after the Rough Riders lose and Brent is blamed because he wasn't wearing a Rough Riders jersey, someone tells Brent he now has to tell his wife he lost the farm. When Brent asks if he bet the farm on a football game, he clarifies he's just bad at business and was hoping to invoke this trope to lift his wife's spirits.



* Multiple characters on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', as the emphasis on humor [[{{Flanderization}} eventually turned most of them into]] [[IdiotBall idiot]] [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]]. This was particularly apparent with Dr. Rip Studwell, a charming but self-absorbed fairy doctor who would rather talk about the success of his golf swings rather than diagnosing his patients:

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* Multiple characters on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', as the emphasis on humor [[{{Flanderization}} eventually turned most of them into]] [[IdiotBall idiot]] [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]].into idiot jerkasses. This was particularly apparent with Dr. Rip Studwell, a charming but self-absorbed fairy doctor who would rather talk about the success of his golf swings rather than diagnosing his patients:
19th Mar '16 4:01:08 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the movie ''21'', a friend of the main character declares "[[ShoutOut I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance]]," but does not mention GEICO.

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* In the movie ''21'', ''Film/TwentyOne'', a friend of the main character declares "[[ShoutOut I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance]]," but does not mention GEICO.



* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge: The Meltdown'', has the vulture that tells everyone that the flood is coming soon and they need to move fast if they are to survive. But there is good news, the more of them that die the better he eats. He never said it was good news for them.

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* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge: The Meltdown'', ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown'', has the vulture that tells everyone that the flood is coming soon and they need to move fast if they are to survive. But there is good news, the more of them that die the better he eats. He never said it was good news for them.
19th Mar '16 3:48:51 PM Morgenthaler
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* A highly surreal edge-case from ''TwinPeaks'': Agent Cooper is blessed in a [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone prescient dream]] with the good news that "that chewing gum you like is coming back in style".

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* A highly surreal edge-case from ''TwinPeaks'': ''Series/TwinPeaks'': Agent Cooper is blessed in a [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone prescient dream]] with the good news that "that chewing gum you like is coming back in style".



* A comedian from ''TheTonightShow'' was talking to Manny Ramirez c. 2003. He mentioned that the Red Sox hadn't won a World Series in 85 years. "But you know what the good news is? I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance."

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* A comedian from ''TheTonightShow'' ''Series/TheTonightShow'' was talking to Manny Ramirez c. 2003. He mentioned that the Red Sox hadn't won a World Series in 85 years. "But you know what the good news is? I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance."
9th Mar '16 10:16:52 PM Medinoc
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Added DiffLines:

-->'''Dr.:''' I'm really sorry, but it looks like the test confirmed it, your cancer is back. But, I do have some good news.
-->'''Patient:''' Didja save a bunch of money on your car insurance, doc?
-->'''Dr.:''' ... If any doctor were to ever say that they would lose their license immediately. Do you really think that's funny?
22nd Feb '16 6:55:39 PM jormis29
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* BrooklynNineNine double-subverts this, in one episode, in which Hitchcock comes back from checking out a perp's alibi, and announces that he has good news and bad news. The ''bad'' (irrelevant) news is that his favorite taffy place was closed. The ''good'' news is... the perp's alibi checked out. As Peralta points out, that was actually also bad news.

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* BrooklynNineNine ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' double-subverts this, in one episode, in which Hitchcock comes back from checking out a perp's alibi, and announces that he has good news and bad news. The ''bad'' (irrelevant) news is that his favorite taffy place was closed. The ''good'' news is... the perp's alibi checked out. As Peralta points out, that was actually also bad news.
4th Dec '15 5:42:13 PM nombretomado
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* {{Seltzer and Friedberg}}'s ''Epic Movie'' does this too, in a GagSub, but without the setup. [[FleetingDemographicRule Although given their modus operandi, we shouldn't be surprised.]]

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* {{Seltzer Creator/{{Seltzer and Friedberg}}'s ''Epic Movie'' does this too, in a GagSub, but without the setup. [[FleetingDemographicRule Although given their modus operandi, we shouldn't be surprised.]]
2nd Dec '15 7:35:20 PM FF32
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* The Geico commercials are directly parodied in [[http://www.captainsnes.com/2006/03/11/531-wright-does-the-unthinkable/ this]] ''CaptainSNES'' strip. The author notes below the strip, "I want a Geico commercial set in the end times."

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* The Geico commercials are directly parodied in [[http://www.captainsnes.com/2006/03/11/531-wright-does-the-unthinkable/ this]] ''CaptainSNES'' ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' strip. The author notes below the strip, "I want a Geico commercial set in the end times."
29th Jul '15 8:08:23 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted in the first ''ModernWarfare'', where Gaz's "good news" is there's a civil war in Russia, with Ultranationalist rebels against government loyalists. The bad news is a new guy's joining them.

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* Inverted in the first ''ModernWarfare'', ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', where Gaz's "good news" is there's a civil war in Russia, with Ultranationalist rebels against government loyalists. The bad news is a new guy's joining them.
14th May '15 6:28:52 AM StFan
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* A {{GEICO}}[[note]]The largest car insurance company in the US. For non-Americans, it's easier to note that it's the company that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway got the money to do all the investments.[[/note]] campaign (the [[SwitchingToGEICO former]] TropeNamer, as it happens) used this trope. This type of spot goes like this: A guy talks to someone else, saying "I've got bad news. ''[insert story here]''...but I've got good news: I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to GEICO!" which of course is of no use whatsoever to the person hearing those words. Even [[Anime/SpeedRacer Speed-about-to-fall-off-a-bridge]] on Trixie's insurance plan is of no immediate help to Speed Racer himself

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* A {{GEICO}}[[note]]The Advertising/{{GEICO}}[[note]]The largest car insurance company in the US. For non-Americans, it's easier to note that it's the company that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway got the money to do all the investments.[[/note]] campaign (the [[SwitchingToGEICO former]] TropeNamer, as it happens) used this trope. This type of spot goes like this: A guy talks to someone else, saying "I've got bad news. ''[insert story here]''...but I've got good news: I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to GEICO!" which of course is of no use whatsoever to the person hearing those words. Even [[Anime/SpeedRacer Speed-about-to-fall-off-a-bridge]] on Trixie's insurance plan is of no immediate help to Speed Racer himself
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