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7th Jul '17 5:09:19 AM tsstevens
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** Shortly after Faith is introduced and doing a tour of the school she stands in front of a poster, ''Campus Rape Starts Here.'' It's meant to be a warning on spiking drinks but depending on how you count them Faith would end up a multiple rapist.
17th Jun '17 9:31:38 AM JackG
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* ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth''. Gwen pistol-whips a (fake) ambulance officer, next to a poster warning of the legal consequences of assaulting ambulance officers.
16th Jun '17 2:59:55 AM JackG
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** In "My Heart Will Go On", Fate is trying to kill the Winchesters with freak accidents. As the brothers walk nervously along the street, they're alarmed by skateboarders zooming past them and street performers juggling hatchets, despite a sign forbidding all of these activities.

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** In "My Heart Will Go On", Fate is trying to kill the Winchesters with freak accidents. As the brothers walk nervously along the street, they're alarmed by skateboarders zooming past them them, pedestrians walking large dogs, and street performers juggling hatchets, sharp objects, despite a sign forbidding all of these activities.
7th May '17 1:15:48 AM Eddy1215
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* Subject of a gag in ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', in which a beaker in a laboratory is labeled "ACID DO NOT THROW IN FACE". Rather unsurprisingly, a Gremlin chooses to ignore this dictate.

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* Subject of a gag in ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', in which a beaker in a laboratory is labeled "ACID "ACID: DO NOT THROW IN FACE". Rather unsurprisingly, a Gremlin chooses to ignore this dictate.



** Parodied in the animated series. Timon narrowly escapes a piranha infested lake and complains that there should be a sign. Pumbaa replies "Like this one?" and points out a plain looking sign next to them saying "Beware: Piranhas". Timon tries to save face by saying the sign should be bigger and Pumbaa points out an even ''bigger'' sign with spotlights and the same word written in lights.

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** Parodied in the animated series. Timon narrowly escapes a [[PiranhaProblem piranha infested lake lake]] and complains that there should be a sign. Pumbaa replies "Like this one?" and points out a plain looking sign next to them saying "Beware: Piranhas". Timon tries to save face by saying the sign should be bigger and Pumbaa points out an even ''bigger'' sign with spotlights and the same word written in lights.
23rd Apr '17 9:18:50 PM Prfnoff
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* ''Anime/PomPoko'' has a scene where trash is dumped in the woods near a "no littering" sign.
27th Mar '17 10:15:33 PM BlackRoo1967
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* A Sweet Pickles Book called "Xerus Won't Allow It" has the titular creature (a relative of the squirrel family) posting signs in an attempt to bring order in the town where she lived at.



** And then there's the [[HypocriticalHumor Noisy]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Librarian]] sketches...



* In the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' special ''WesternAnimation/SnoopyComeHome'', Snoopy is continually frustrated by signs that prevent him from going where he wants and doing what he wants, either in general or because he is a dog. Snoopy was actually happy with the last one he saw because it was at the building his previous owner lived and he could it as an excuse not to return to her. (Not that he hated her, he just liked Charlie Brown better.)

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* In the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' special ''WesternAnimation/SnoopyComeHome'', Snoopy is continually frustrated by signs that prevent him from going where he wants and doing what he wants, either in general or because he is a dog. Snoopy was actually happy with the last one he saw because it was at the building his previous owner lived and he could it as an excuse not (to break it to her gently) why he cannot to return to her. (Not that he hated her, he just liked Charlie Brown better.))
** Actually, Snoopy ''loves'' his previous owner and Charlie Brown. He just wasn't particularly thrilled at the thought of living with her other pet, '''a cat.'''



* In the MGM ''Captain and the Kids'' cartoon "Petunia Natural Park", the Captain contemplates on feeding a sad-looking bear despite a "Don't Feed the Animals Sign". He decides to give him a sandwich, only for bear to turn out to be a cop in disguise who proceeds to beat the Captain with his club.

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* In the MGM ''Captain and the Kids'' cartoon "Petunia Natural Park", the Captain contemplates on feeding a sad-looking bear despite a "Don't Feed the Animals Sign". He decides to give him a sandwich, only for bear to turn out to be a cop in disguise who proceeds to beat the Captain with his billy club.
18th Mar '17 7:27:09 PM foxley
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* One episode of ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'' has local VigilanteMan Strike Man getting angry at a bunch of cars parked right in front of a '"No Parking" sign. He proceeds to deflate their tires as punishment.

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* One episode of ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'' has local VigilanteMan Strike Man getting angry at a bunch of cars parked right in front of a '"No Parking" sign. [[ParkingPayback He proceeds to deflate their tires as punishment.punishment]].
5th Mar '17 10:37:07 AM Mineboot45
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquareOants'', Squidward is closing up shop at the Krusty Krab and puts up the CLOSED sign just as a customer walks up. He asks if they're open, to which Squidward replies, "Read the sign." The customer then immediately makes an order.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquareOants'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', Squidward is closing up shop at the Krusty Krab and puts up the CLOSED sign just as a customer walks up. He asks if they're open, to which Squidward replies, "Read the sign." The customer then immediately makes an order.
24th Feb '17 5:34:22 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', the Ruins have signs warning you to stick to the path and not step on the leaves, each of which can only be read by not doing as the sign says.
6th Feb '17 12:22:02 PM StFan
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** An exhausted Ryouga is so desperate he asks a ''horse'' for directions. Naturally, there's a nearby sign that reads, "Do not talk to horse."

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** An exhausted Ryouga Ryōga is so desperate he asks a ''horse'' for directions. Naturally, there's a nearby sign that reads, "Do not talk to horse."



* A sketch by ''TheTwoRonnies'' includes a sign saying "Do Not Throw Stones at This Notice".

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* A sketch by ''TheTwoRonnies'' ''Series/TheTwoRonnies'' includes a sign saying "Do Not Throw Stones at This Notice".



* [[http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=BC+ZC+2316 No Leaning on the Sign]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}''
** [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2008-03-10 Done with a]] SwordInTheStone.
** [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/nodwick/dragon/nodwick06.html Also]]:
--->'''Nodwick:''' What part of ''"Open ye not the portal to my tomb lest I pour out my undying wrath"'' did you ''not'' understand?\\
'''Yeagar:''' I thought it was just a bluff to keep the tourists out.

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* %%* [[http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=BC+ZC+2316 No Leaning on the Sign]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}''
** [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2008-03-10 Done with a]] SwordInTheStone.
** [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/nodwick/dragon/nodwick06.html Also]]:
--->'''Nodwick:''' What part of ''"Open ye not the portal to my tomb lest I pour out my undying wrath"'' did you ''not'' understand?\\
'''Yeagar:''' I thought it was just a bluff to keep the tourists out.
Sign]]



* ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'':
** [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2008-03-10 Done with a]] SwordInTheStone.
** [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/nodwick/dragon/nodwick06.html Also]]:
--->'''Nodwick:''' What part of ''"Open ye not the portal to my tomb lest I pour out my undying wrath"'' did you ''not'' understand?\\
'''Yeagar:''' I thought it was just a bluff to keep the tourists out.



* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''

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* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'':



* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':



*** And indeed that if there was a big lever in a hidden cave somewhere with a sign next to it saying "END OF THE WORLD SWITCH. DO NOT TOUCH." the paint wouldn't even have time to dry.

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*** ** And indeed that if there was a big lever in a hidden cave somewhere with a sign next to it saying "END OF THE WORLD SWITCH. DO NOT TOUCH." the paint wouldn't even have time to dry.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':



* ''Series/HomeImprovement''

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* ''Series/HomeImprovement''''Series/HomeImprovement'':



* ''Series/{{Community}}'' - Jeff takes Beginner Pottery, an "ultimate blow-off class", then sets off Professor Holly's BerserkButton by inadvertently re-enacting the pottery scene in ''Movies/{{Ghost}}''. Holly growls "One rule I asked you to follow. One. LOOK!" and points to a poster of Patrick Swayze with an "X" over it.

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' - ''Series/{{Community}}'': Jeff takes Beginner Pottery, an "ultimate blow-off class", then sets off Professor Holly's BerserkButton by inadvertently re-enacting the pottery scene in ''Movies/{{Ghost}}''. Holly growls "One rule I asked you to follow. One. LOOK!" and points to a poster of Patrick Swayze with an "X" over it.



* ''Series/DoctorWho''.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''.''Series/DoctorWho'':



** Inverted in the Classic episode "Spearhead From Space", in which the Third Doctor is recovering from regeneration in a British hospital. He sneaks out of his room in a hospital gown, seeking clothes and to hide from his (very perplexed) physician; spotting a door marked "Doctors Only", he (being ''the'' Doctor) walks right in.

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** Inverted in the Classic episode "Spearhead From from Space", in which the Third Doctor is recovering from regeneration in a British hospital. He sneaks out of his room in a hospital gown, seeking clothes and to hide from his (very perplexed) physician; spotting a door marked "Doctors Only", he (being ''the'' Doctor) walks right in.



* A Christmas episode from [[Series/SwiftandShiftCouriers Swift and Shift Couriers]] had Mario being told to stop by the Traffic Controller, which causes a fight between them.
** Later that same episode, Amanda nearly killed the traffic controller while drunk.

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* A Christmas episode from [[Series/SwiftandShiftCouriers Swift and Shift Couriers]] had ''Series/SwiftandShiftCouriers'' has Mario being told to stop by the Traffic Controller, which causes a fight between them.
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them. Later that same episode, Amanda nearly killed the traffic controller while drunk.



* In the quasi-patriotic video-clip for the Dutch song Vijftien Miljoen Mensen the iconic image is a picture of a "Do Not Walk On The Grass" sign behind which are dozens upon dozens of people walking, talking, picnicking and doing other assorted things on the grass.
* In a Music/MichaelJackson film a cop turns up to tell Jackson off from Moonwalking, pointing to the no moonwalking sign.

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* In the quasi-patriotic video-clip for the Dutch song Vijftien "Vijftien Miljoen Mensen Mensen", the iconic image is a picture of a "Do Not Walk On The on the Grass" sign behind which are dozens upon dozens of people walking, talking, picnicking and doing other assorted things on the grass.
* In a Music/MichaelJackson film film, a cop turns up to tell Jackson off from Moonwalking, pointing to the no moonwalking sign.



->"This going to be long night."

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->"This ->'''Cookie Monster:''' This going to be long night."



* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', a sign in 1950s Aperture warns you not to fall down an elevator shaft. Sure enough, the only way to proceed is to fling yourself by falling down the elevator shaft.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', ''VideoGame/Portal2'', a sign in 1950s Aperture warns you not to fall down an elevator shaft. Sure enough, the only way to proceed is to fling yourself by falling down the elevator shaft.



** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'':



* ''VideoGame/EarthBound''

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* ''VideoGame/EarthBound''''VideoGame/EarthBound'':



* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''

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* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''''VideoGame/Mother3'':



* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''

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* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'':



* Happens in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' with The cave where the Giant Scorpion emerges from. It has old drawings of people attacking the monster with sticks and spears. This could signify that the monster had been in the cave since the original war with the Grimm and warning people to stay away. Unfortunately, since the symbols may hint that there may be ruins in the cave, it may double as SchmuckBait.

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* Happens in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' with The the cave where the Giant Scorpion emerges from. It has old drawings of people attacking the monster with sticks and spears. This could signify that the monster had been in the cave since the original war with the Grimm and warning people to stay away. Unfortunately, since the symbols may hint that there may be ruins in the cave, it may double as SchmuckBait.



* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':



* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''

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* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'':



'''Bus Driver:''' (''points to sign reading "Do not talk to driver"'')\\

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'''Bus Driver:''' (''points ''[points to sign reading "Do not talk to driver"'')\\driver"]''\\



'''Bus Driver:''' (''taps repeatedly on the sign'')\\

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'''Bus Driver:''' (''taps ''[taps repeatedly on the sign'')\\sign]''\\



* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'':



* ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'':



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Squidward is closing up shop at the Krusty Krab and puts up the CLOSED sign just as a customer walks up. He asks if they're open, to which Squidward replies, "Read the sign." The customer then immediately makes an order.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquareOants'', Squidward is closing up shop at the Krusty Krab and puts up the CLOSED sign just as a customer walks up. He asks if they're open, to which Squidward replies, "Read the sign." The customer then immediately makes an order.



-->'''Rogue:''' (''kicking Kitty out'') The sign says "Occupied"!\\

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-->'''Rogue:''' (''kicking ''[kicking Kitty out'') out]'' The sign says "Occupied"!\\
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