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26th Sep '16 4:20:47 PM stuffedninja
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* As was [[Creator/MitchHedberg Mitch Hedberg]]. "I haven't slept for ten days, because that would be too long."

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* As was [[Creator/MitchHedberg Mitch Hedberg]].Creator/MitchHedberg. "I haven't slept for ten days, because that would be too long."
* Anthony Jeselnik ''loves'' incorporating these into his comedy, especially if it falls under his trademark BlackComedy.
-->"My ex-girlfriend bought a parakeet. Oh my God, that fucking thing never shut up. [[BaitAndSwitchComparison But the bird was cool.]]"
-->"My girlfriend makes me want to be a better person...so I can get a better girlfriend."
-->"I've spent the last two years looking for my ex-girlfriend's killer...but no one will do it.
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24th Sep '16 7:57:14 AM BrendanRizzo
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* In ''Fanfic/TheGreatestThereWasOrEverWillBe'', Ash and Brock take a tour of Silph Co. while the girls go shopping, and are on edge because they know that Team Rocket is planning to attack the place. During the tour, they notice a man wearing a trench coat and generally acting suspicious. At the end of the tour, the man takes off his coat, frightening the tour guide, and Ash is prepared for battle... only for the man to turn out to be [[NakedPeopleAreFunny a streaker]].
17th Sep '16 7:27:09 PM RetsofNoraa
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* The host of [[{{WWE}} Wrestlemania 27]] was a subject of great contention up until the night it was revealed. WWE itself got in on this that night by initially teasing with a shot of a limo pulling up, and a close-up of a pair of feminine feet in high heels. Minutes later, with the sudden playing of the theme music of long-inactive wrestler The Rock, the host was finally announced to be DwayneJohnson himself, [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing to the raucous cheers of the crowd.]] Dwayne even includes a little bait-and-switch in his following speech.
-->Now, The Rock is back because I wanted to do something unprecedented. Something no man had ever done before. I wanted to host WrestleMania. So it happened. The Rock called VinceMcMahon and Vince McMahon said "Rock, I know why you're calling. I know you know I need a host for WrestleMania. Rock, there's only one man electrifying enough to host WrestleMania. Rock, there's only one man that can captivate the world. Rock, ''that man can only be '''JustinBieber!'''''"
-->''[Crowd boos]''
5th Sep '16 12:52:43 AM TitaniumDragon
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* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfics use this trope sometimes:
** ''Fanfic/IHaveThisFriend'' has Twilight approach Celestia, looking for romantic advice on behalf of her "friend", who has romantic feelings for a pony who sounds suspiciously similar to Princess Celestia. [[spoiler: Turns out, Twilight was asking for advice on behalf of Applejack regarding her feelings for Rarity.]]
** ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'': The episode "Pirate Shipping" uses this, and then immediate switches right back.
-->'''Big Mac:''' Would you like to know why they call me "Big Mac"? It's because I love to mack on yarr. And also because I've got a giant [[CurseCutShort co--]]\\
('''14 HOURS LATER''')



* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'': The episode "Pirate Shipping" uses this, and then immediate switches right back.
-->'''Big Mac:''' Would you like to know why they call me "Big Mac"? It's because I love to mack on yarr. And also because I've got a giant [[CurseCutShort co--]]\\
('''14 HOURS LATER''')
20th Aug '16 8:49:55 PM ZePappyPawtrol
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* There are several infamous jokes that are extremely lengthy stories that wind up leading up to a very misleading punchline. The Pink Gotilla joke is probably the most infamous.


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** Strong Bad's 100th email has him telling the story about how he and Homestar first met. At one point in the story he comes across a giant egg and wonders what could be inside it. Of course, Homestar...appears right next to the egg saying it was his. (What? Were you expecting him to hatch out of the egg?)
18th Aug '16 2:46:03 PM luiz4200
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** [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1989/07/16 Jon asks Odie to guess who's going to the vet.]] Garfield, believing Odie to be the one, makes up a tale to make the experience seem scary and then Jon reveals that Garfield is the one going to the vet.
10th Aug '16 9:57:11 PM SantosLHalper
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* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gpp75gQ-T6Y St. Louis Blues]], the first modern jazz hit, achieved popularity thanks to this. The composer, WC Handy, began the song with a tango-like habanera melody (which was very popular at the time of the composition) which abruptly shifted into a high energy jazz tune which would surprise the dancers. He even described the dancers when it was first played as being "electrified".
28th Jul '16 4:43:55 AM StFan
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]

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[[folder:Comedy]]
* While doing a bit about football Creator/RobinWilliams described quarterbacks as "men with big hands and big feet, and you ladies know what that means. Yes... big gloves and big shoes."
* Creator/EmoPhillips's comedy is based heavily around this trope/paraprosdokians.
* [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]] was fond of these in his acts.
* As was [[Creator/MitchHedberg Mitch Hedberg]]. "I haven't slept for ten days, because that would be too long."
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* Issue 154 of ''ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian'' had a treatise on "Caesar's ''Literature/CommentariesOnTheGallicWar''" by Jim Owsley (the assistant editor of the comic)... who soon denounces the book and instead reviews ''[[Film/Jaws3D Jaws III]]''. [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CkZaytejQXM/Td7HxIhD3MI/AAAAAAAAAKg/G9DFi664ghk/s1600/Conan%2Bpage%2B1.jpg Read it here.]]
* A running gag in ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2011}}'' for a while was Babs's friend Frankie having an idea for her codename as Batgirl's VoiceWithAnInternetConnection, but never getting to say what it was, although on at least one occasion she got as far as revealing it started with "O". It eventually turned out to be "Operator", and not the obvious MythologyGag.

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* Issue 154 of ''ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian'' had has a treatise on "Caesar's ''Literature/CommentariesOnTheGallicWar''" by Jim Owsley (the assistant editor of the comic)... who soon denounces the book and instead reviews ''[[Film/Jaws3D Jaws III]]''. [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CkZaytejQXM/Td7HxIhD3MI/AAAAAAAAAKg/G9DFi664ghk/s1600/Conan%2Bpage%2B1.jpg Read it here.]]
* A running gag in ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2011}}'' ''Comicbook/Batgirl2011'' for a while was is Babs's friend Frankie having an idea for her codename as Batgirl's VoiceWithAnInternetConnection, but never getting to say what it was, is, although on at least one occasion she got gets as far as revealing it started starts with "O". It eventually turned turns out to be "Operator", and not the obvious MythologyGag.



(''camera zooms in on Vegeta's crotch'')\\

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(''camera ''[camera zooms in on Vegeta's crotch'')\\crotch]''\\



(''camera goes back to Vegeta's face'')\\

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(''camera ''[camera goes back to Vegeta's face'')\\face]''\\



* In ''FanFic/OffTheLine'' when Bigshot discovers Rainstorm's [[GenderBender actual gender]] when he lets down his disguise, he keeps asking if Rainstorm's gay. He stubbornly refuses to let the subject die and or let Rainstorm change the subject. When Rainstorm reluctantly admits that he's bisexual, Bigshot turns out to be supportive of Rainstorm's sexuality and gives him a BearHug to Rainstorm's relief.

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* In ''FanFic/OffTheLine'' ''Fanfic/OffTheLine'' when Bigshot discovers Rainstorm's [[GenderBender actual gender]] when he lets down his disguise, he keeps asking if Rainstorm's gay. He stubbornly refuses to let the subject die and or let Rainstorm change the subject. When Rainstorm reluctantly admits that he's bisexual, Bigshot turns out to be supportive of Rainstorm's sexuality and gives him a BearHug to Rainstorm's relief.



(''[[SplitPersonality Good Cop switches to]] his Bad Cop Personality'')\\
'''Bad Cop:''' Too bad! (''punts the cup off the table but misses Emmet completely'')

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(''[[SplitPersonality ''[[[SplitPersonality Good Cop switches to]] his Bad Cop Personality'')\\
Personality]''\\
'''Bad Cop:''' Too bad! (''punts ''[punts the cup off the table but misses Emmet completely'')completely]''



'''Brooks:''' (''holds his hand out'') Do you mind?\\
(''Andy hands it over skeptically'')\\
'''Brooks:''' (''with a satisfied smile'') Ahh, that's nice and ripe.\\
(''he opens his jacket and feeds it to a baby raven in his pocket'')\\

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'''Brooks:''' (''holds ''[holds his hand out'') out]'' Do you mind?\\
(''Andy ''[Andy hands it over skeptically'')\\
skeptically]''\\
'''Brooks:''' (''with ''[with a satisfied smile'') smile]'' Ahh, that's nice and ripe.\\
(''he ''[he opens his jacket and feeds it to a baby raven in his pocket'')\\pocket]''\\



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* It's at least OlderThanPrint. A [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2479730/The-worlds-oldest-jokes-revealed-by-university-research.html tenth-century joke]] found in Britain goes ''What hangs at a man's thigh and wants to poke the hole that it's often poked before? A key.''
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* In ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS3E6DoubleHeat Double Heat]]", after the A-Team realizes that one of the crime bosses bugged Jenny's phone and now knows where her father is hidden, the scene switches to Mr. Olsen waiting for room service at the hotel. The viewer might think it's one of their men when the doorbell rings...and then Hannibal's voice comes from the other side of the door.

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* In ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS3E6DoubleHeat Double Heat]]", after the A-Team realizes that one of the crime bosses bugged Jenny's phone and now knows where her father is hidden, the scene switches to Mr. Olsen waiting for room service at the hotel. The viewer might think it's one of their men when the doorbell rings... and then Hannibal's voice comes from the other side of the door.



'''Sheldon:''' Cover your ears. (''she grudgingly does so'') Leonard, as soon as we get home, I want to have intercourse with Amy. (''Leonard stares at him in shock, Sheldon glances at Amy'') Okay, she can't hear us, we can talk.

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'''Sheldon:''' Cover your ears. (''she ''[she grudgingly does so'') so]'' Leonard, as soon as we get home, I want to have intercourse with Amy. (''Leonard ''[Leonard stares at him in shock, Sheldon glances at Amy'') Amy]'' Okay, she can't hear us, we can talk.



(''Fleinhardt walks in'')\\

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(''Fleinhardt ''[Fleinhardt walks in'')\\in]''\\



* In one of the episodes of the second series of ''Series/BlackAdder'', Edmund is shown doing what appears to be yelling at the Queen and Lord Melchett. After he is finished the Queen replies "And what did you say to him?"

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* In one of the episodes of the second series of ''Series/BlackAdder'', ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', Edmund is shown doing what appears to be yelling at the Queen and Lord Melchett. After he is finished the Queen replies "And what did you say to him?"



'''Jeff:''' (''distracted'') Eh, it looks like a thin piece of plastic with a thing on the end of it?\\

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'''Jeff:''' (''distracted'') ''[distracted]'' Eh, it looks like a thin piece of plastic with a thing on the end of it?\\



** Since Moffat took over the show, people who seem to talk about the Doctor while meaning someone else have become commonplace. Most notably the opening narration of ''A Town Called Mercy'' is ultimately revealed to refer to [[spoiler:the MonsterOfTheWeek, who is more of an AntiVillain on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, and quite noble once his hunt is over.]]

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** Since Moffat took over the show, people who seem to talk about the Doctor while meaning someone else have become commonplace. Most notably the opening narration of ''A "A Town Called Mercy'' Mercy" is ultimately revealed to refer to [[spoiler:the MonsterOfTheWeek, who is more of an AntiVillain on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, and quite noble once his hunt is over.]]



* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' had a recurring segment in which the panellists announced arrivals with {{Punny Name}}s at a themed Charity Ball. (e.g. at the Christmas Ball: "Mr. and Mrs. Amanger, and their son Wayne.") One episode had a Cheesemakers' Ball, and one of the announcements was "Mr. and Mrs. Zola and their son... Emile." Or at the Menswear Ball, "From Scotland, Mr. and Mrs. Strap and their son...Dougal."

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* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' had a recurring segment in which the panellists announced arrivals with {{Punny Name}}s at a themed Charity Ball. (e.g. at the Christmas Ball: "Mr. and Mrs. Amanger, and their son Wayne.") One episode had a Cheesemakers' Ball, and one of the announcements was "Mr. and Mrs. Zola and their son... Emile." Or at the Menswear Ball, "From Scotland, Mr. and Mrs. Strap and their son... Dougal."



* In Radio/TheFrantics' "Last Will and Temperament" sketch, the late Arthur Muldoon's will states that his overly-emotional sister Jenny shall be bequeathed a boot to the head (and one for her wimpy husband Chester). Subverted with his alcoholic brother Hedge, to whom he bequeathed three crates of whiskey and [[DoubleSubversion a boot to the head]] (and one for Jenny and the wimp). To Mrs. Mulroy, who took care of him, he bequeathed a boot to the head (and another for Jenny and the wimp).
** To his lawyer, he left not a boot to the head but [[GroinAttack a rabid Tasmanian Devil, to be placed in his trousers.]]

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* In Radio/TheFrantics' ''Radio/TheFrantics''[='=] "Last Will and Temperament" sketch, the late Arthur Muldoon's will states that his overly-emotional sister Jenny shall be bequeathed a boot to the head (and one for her wimpy husband Chester). Subverted with his alcoholic brother Hedge, to whom he bequeathed three crates of whiskey and [[DoubleSubversion a boot to the head]] (and one for Jenny and the wimp). To Mrs. Mulroy, who took care of him, he bequeathed a boot to the head (and another for Jenny and the wimp).
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wimp). To his lawyer, he left not a boot to the head but [[GroinAttack a rabid Tasmanian Devil, to be placed in his trousers.]]



[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* While doing a bit about football Creator/RobinWilliams described quarterbacks as "men with big hands and big feet, and you ladies know what that means. Yes... big gloves and big shoes."
* Creator/EmoPhillips's comedy is based heavily around this trope/paraprosdokians.
* [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]] was fond of these in his acts.
* As was [[Creator/MitchHedberg Mitch Hedberg]]. "I haven't slept for ten days, because that would be too long."
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0803.html "Saved by the Belt"]], Blackwing picks up Roy's Belt of Giant Strength while announcing his intent to help the rest of the Order, just as Roy is locked in a death match with Thog. Several panels are shown, alternating between the bird flying with the belt and Thog and Roy dishing out at each other. Until finally, Blackwing drops the belt on... Mr. Scruffy, Belkar's cat companion.



* Many trolls or people who are bored on a forum will usually post a topic title that grabs everyone's attention, but the actual opening post has nothing to do with the topic title. This is usually done by people who just want the attention and this is also how Rick Rolling got started.
* Another method involves starting a topic with a double meaning, with one interpretation (usually the more obvious one) being highly shocking or offensive, but the actual post being about the more mundane interpretation. For example, starting a topic with the title "I HATE FAGGOTS", only for the post to actually be about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faggot_%28food%29 the poster's distaste for the food item]].



** Common for AprilFoolsDay videos, such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGwCUctv0gM this.]] It touts itself as a rarely-aired shorter version of the ''Series/SesameStreet'' song "Let's Go Driving", [[spoiler:only the reason it's "shorter" is because halfway through the song it's interrupted by a video of a different car hitting someone, and then a screen saying "April Fools!"]]
*** GoAnimators, VGCP members, and some VHS opening posters seem to be MARRIED to this trope.
* [=GilvaSunner=] is a famous YouTube personality, known for uploading entire soundtracks of games for listening pleasure. In early 2016, an account with the name Music/GiIvaSunner (note that the third letter is not an L but an I) started making videos that would start off sounding like what they promised, before veering off into a mostly-unexpected direction. At least one or more of the people who run the channel seems to be aware of WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} memes, given that many the posts have a remix of the theme from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''' NES game (a reference to the "Grand Dad" moment from one of Joel's bootleg streams), and then there's the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN1t1HplhI0 infamous edit of the Honeyhive Galaxy theme]] from a certain other stream.

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** * Common for AprilFoolsDay videos, such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGwCUctv0gM this.]] It touts itself as a rarely-aired shorter version of the ''Series/SesameStreet'' song "Let's Go Driving", [[spoiler:only the reason it's "shorter" is because halfway through the song it's interrupted by a video of a different car hitting someone, and then a screen saying "April Fools!"]]
*** GoAnimators, VGCP members, and some VHS opening posters seem to be MARRIED to this trope.
* [=GilvaSunner=] is a famous YouTube Website/YouTube personality, known for uploading entire soundtracks of games for listening pleasure. In early 2016, an account with the name Music/GiIvaSunner (note that the third letter is not an L but an I) started making videos that would start off sounding like what they promised, before veering off into a mostly-unexpected direction. At least one or more of the people who run the channel seems to be aware of WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} memes, given that many the posts have a remix of the theme from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''' NES game (a reference to the "Grand Dad" moment from one of Joel's bootleg streams), and then there's the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN1t1HplhI0 infamous edit of the Honeyhive Galaxy theme]] from a certain other stream.



(''{{collective groan}}'')\\

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(''{{collective groan}}'')\\''[{{collective groan}}]''\\



(''beat; both parents look at each other'')\\

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(''beat; ''[beat; both parents look at each other'')\\other]''\\



-->'''Wheezie''': AHA!\\
'''Zak''': Aha?\\
'''Cassie and Ord''': Aha?\\
'''Wheezie''': A purple button! I just LOOOVE purple! And I especially LOOOVE purple buttons!\\
'''Zak''': I thought ya found Max and Emmy!\\
'''Wheezie''': Oops. Sorry...

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-->'''Wheezie''': -->'''Wheezie:''' AHA!\\
'''Zak''': '''Zak:''' Aha?\\
'''Cassie and Ord''': & Ord:''' Aha?\\
'''Wheezie''': '''Wheezie:''' A purple button! I just LOOOVE purple! And I especially LOOOVE purple buttons!\\
'''Zak''': '''Zak:''' I thought ya found Max and Emmy!\\
'''Wheezie''': '''Wheezie:''' Oops. Sorry...



* Many trolls or people who are bored on a forum will usually post a topic title that grabs everyone's attention, but the actual opening post has nothing to do with the topic title. This is usually done by people who just want the attention and this is also how Rick Rolling got started.
* Another method involves starting a topic with a double meaning, with one interpretation (usually the more obvious one) being highly shocking or offensive, but the actual post being about the more mundane interpretation. For example, starting a topic with the title "I HATE FAGGOTS", only for the post to actually be about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faggot_%28food%29 the poster's distaste for the food item]].
* It's at least OlderThanPrint. A [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2479730/The-worlds-oldest-jokes-revealed-by-university-research.html tenth-century joke]] found in Britain goes ''What hangs at a man's thigh and wants to poke the hole that it's often poked before? A key.''

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* Many trolls or people who are bored on a forum will usually post a topic title that grabs everyone's attention, but the actual opening post has nothing to do with the topic title. This is usually done by people who just want the attention and this is also how Rick Rolling got started.
* Another method involves starting a topic with a double meaning, with one interpretation (usually the more obvious one) being highly shocking or offensive, but the actual post being about the more mundane interpretation. For example, starting a topic with the title "I HATE FAGGOTS", only for the post to actually be about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faggot_%28food%29 the poster's distaste for the food item]].
* It's at least OlderThanPrint. A [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2479730/The-worlds-oldest-jokes-revealed-by-university-research.html tenth-century joke]] found in Britain goes ''What hangs at a man's thigh and wants to poke the hole that it's often poked before? A key.''

26th Jul '16 3:22:41 AM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimationWesternAnimaton/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' episode, "The C Team", Alvin and his brothers meet Mr. T having lunch at a diner. At one point, his food flies off the table he is sitting at. Theodore grabs his bag of French fries and is about to eat them when Mr. T butts in and says, "You can't eat those fries!" Theodore gets into his usual apologetic mood until Mr. T follows up what he said with: "...without ketchup."

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* In the ''WesternAnimationWesternAnimaton/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' episode, episode "The C Team", Alvin and his brothers meet Mr. T having lunch at a diner. At one point, his food flies off the table he is sitting at. Theodore grabs his bag of French fries and is about to eat them when Mr. T butts in and says, "You can't eat those fries!" Theodore gets into his usual apologetic mood until Mr. T follows up what he said with: "...without ketchup."
26th Jul '16 3:22:04 AM Vir
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* The episode of WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo "Batman V Teen Titans: Dawn of Injustice" was almost entirely this, for the episode was about April Fools Day pranks.

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\n* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'':
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The episode "The Return of WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo Slade" brings up the titular villain in the first few minutes, then according to a transition card he's defeated offscreen over the course of 3 episodes and a made-for-TV movie.
** The episode
"Batman V vs. Teen Titans: Dawn of Dark Injustice" was almost entirely this, for the episode was about April Fools Day pranks.pranks.
* Overlaps with BlackComedyBurst in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Are You Happy Now?", where in one scene it looks like Squidward is about to hang himself, then it turns out that he's just hanging a birdcage.
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