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15th Apr '17 10:17:11 AM carwreck13
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', talking about the Cozy Cone Motel:
-->'''Lightning:''' Haha. Yeah, it's like a clever little twist. The motel's made out of caution cones, which, of course, cars usually try to avoid, and now we're gonna stay in them. Haha. That's funny.\\
'''Sally:''' Figure all that out on your own, did you?\\
7th Apr '17 6:24:38 PM DynastiNoble
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*''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' has these whenever Luan gets the joke or not.
5th Apr '17 8:52:02 AM Quanyails
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--->'''Sokka:''' Wait! I got it! He's an earthbender, right? Rocky! (''{{Beat}}'')You know? Because of all the rocks?

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--->'''Sokka:''' Wait! I got it! He's an earthbender, right? Rocky! (''{{Beat}}'')You (''{{Beat}}'') You know? Because of all the rocks?
28th Mar '17 3:13:16 PM Mineboot45
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* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' has the humorous [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-005-j-ex SCP-005-J-EX]], a "cognitohazardous meme" that causes people to think that jokes are still funny after they've been explained. The Foundation is suppressing its spread by telling people hat doing so is "really annoying".

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* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' has the humorous [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-005-j-ex SCP-005-J-EX]], a "cognitohazardous meme" that causes people to think that jokes are still funny after they've been explained. The Foundation is suppressing its spread by telling people hat that doing so is "really annoying".
15th Mar '17 5:44:06 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Pattern, Shallan's BondCreature, is a LiteralMinded creature alien to the physical world who finds anything not literally true a "lie," and wants to learn more about them. He is especially interested in jokes, and spends a lot of time picking them apart, trying to find what makes them funny. Shallan has to explain that the first rule of humor is that there's nothing less funny than doing exactly that.
13th Mar '17 9:50:48 AM arkholt
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* In ''Webcomic/TheBirdFeeder'', the humour is often intentionally ruined in TheRant.
12th Mar '17 1:59:49 PM ngh93
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'''Yzma:''' I know. It's called a "cruel irony" -- like my dependence on ''you''.

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'''Yzma:''' I know. It's called a "cruel irony" -- like my dependence on ''you''.''[[StealthInsult you]]''.
2nd Feb '17 6:49:56 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw,'' this seems to be a RunningGag between [[TimePolice Dakota and Cavendish]]--Dakota makes a joke at Cavendish's expense, and then feels the need to explain it when Cavendish tries to ignore him.
-->'''Dakota:''' ''(on Cavendish's ascot)'' The last time I wore something that big they brought me a ''lobster.'' ({{Beat}}) What I'm saying is it looks like a lobster bib. ({{Beat}}) When you're in a restaurant and you order a lobster--
-->'''Cavendish:''' ''I get it!''
2nd Jan '17 2:25:15 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', this sometimes happens with the more obscure manga references, such as one in which Nobuhiro makes a reference to the little brother of "Sally the Witch". Justified because these are, in-universe, seen as exceptionally obscure and only funny to manga enthusiasts.

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* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', this ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}''this sometimes happens with the more obscure manga references, such as one in which Nobuhiro makes a reference to the little brother of "Sally the Witch". Justified because these are, in-universe, seen as exceptionally obscure and only funny to manga enthusiasts.
1st Jan '17 4:15:18 PM merotoker
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On a related note, when making jokes involving obscure references and memes here at TvTropes, please ''do'' explain the joke: tropers tend to find the [[TheyWouldCutYouUp dissected innards of humor fascinating]], and {{Zero Context Example}}s highly irritating. [[note]]Linking to MemeticMutation is not an explanation, by the way.[[/note]]

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On a related note, when making jokes involving obscure references and memes here at TvTropes, Wiki/TVTropes, please ''do'' explain the joke: tropers tend to find the [[TheyWouldCutYouUp dissected innards of humor fascinating]], and {{Zero Context Example}}s highly irritating. [[note]]Linking to MemeticMutation is not an explanation, by the way.[[/note]]



--->'''Nerina:''' You'd appreciate this: number two's quite cute, isn't he?\\

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--->'''Nerina:''' -->'''Nerina:''' You'd appreciate this: number two's quite cute, isn't he?\\



* ''WebVideo/JoJosBizarreAdventureAbridged'':

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* ''WebVideo/JoJosBizarreAdventureAbridged'':''WebVideo/JojosBizarreAdventureAbridged'':



* {{Subverted}} in ''Fanfic/AChangedWorld''. Discussing FirstContact between the Federation and the Bajorans (borrowed from the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] novel ''[[Franchise/StarTrekNovelverse Allegiance in Exile]]''), Bajoran viewpoint character Eleya comments that Leonard [=McCoy=] had to make Kirk a cure for banta fever. Gaarra, also Bajoran, nearly falls over laughing, but Biri, a Trill, doesn't get it. Then Eleya explains that [[ReallyGetsAround banta fever is a Bajoran STD]] and Biri breaks out in giggles.

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* {{Subverted}} {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Fanfic/AChangedWorld''. Discussing FirstContact between the Federation and the Bajorans (borrowed from the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] novel ''[[Franchise/StarTrekNovelverse Allegiance in Exile]]''), Bajoran viewpoint character Eleya comments that Leonard [=McCoy=] had to make Kirk a cure for banta fever. Gaarra, also Bajoran, nearly falls over laughing, but Biri, a Trill, doesn't get it. Then Eleya explains that [[ReallyGetsAround banta fever is a Bajoran STD]] and Biri breaks out in giggles.



** He goes futher, in that explaining what he's doing often becomes the joke.

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** He goes futher, further, in that explaining what he's doing often becomes the joke.



* The African guides in the ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' live-action film get one of those rare times when explaining the joke actually manages to ''enhance'' the humor:
-->'''Guide 1''': (''[[NoFourthWall to the camera]]'') Bad guy falls in [[ToiletHumor poop]]: ''[[LampshadeHanging Classic]]'' element of [[{{Slapstick}} physical comedy]]! [[ThisIsThePartWhere Now comes the part where]] we throw our heads back and laugh! Ready?\\

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* The African guides in the ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' live-action film get one of those rare times when explaining the joke actually manages to ''enhance'' the humor:
-->'''Guide 1''': (''[[NoFourthWall to the camera]]'') Bad guy falls in [[ToiletHumor [[ToiletHumour poop]]: ''[[LampshadeHanging Classic]]'' element of [[{{Slapstick}} physical comedy]]! [[ThisIsThePartWhere Now comes the part where]] we throw our heads back and laugh! Ready?\\



** And yet, somehow ''inverted'' during Jon's [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-june-28-2011/louis-c-k- interview with Louis CK]] He began dissecting ToiletHumor during the interview, leaving Jon and the audience in stitches.

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** And yet, somehow ''inverted'' during Jon's [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-june-28-2011/louis-c-k- interview with Louis CK]] He began dissecting ToiletHumor ToiletHumour during the interview, leaving Jon and the audience in stitches.



* ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' magazine used to do this. Whenever they cracked a TakeThat joke, they'd always add "That's a joke; we kid the (target attacked)!" One fan letter pointed this out and said that it kills the joke; he should know, he went to a comedy school. NP responds with, "You tell us you took a comedy class and then write us a letter that's not funny? Some comedy teachers you have! That's a joke; we kid your teachers!"

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* ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' magazine used to do this. Whenever they cracked a TakeThat joke, they'd always add "That's a joke; we kid the (target attacked)!" One fan letter pointed this out and said that it kills the joke; he should know, he went to a comedy school. NP responds with, "You tell us you took a comedy class and then write us a letter that's not funny? Some comedy teachers you have! That's a joke; we kid your teachers!"



* ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' describes [[http://basicinstructions.squarespace.com/storage/2010-12-14-ruinjoke.gif How to Retroactively Ruin a Joke]].

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* ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' describes [[http://basicinstructions.squarespace.com/storage/2010-12-14-ruinjoke.gif [[http://www.basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/12/14/how-to-retroactively-ruin-a-joke.html?rq=how%20to%20ruin How to Retroactively Ruin a Joke]].



** One common stock gag on this news aggregator is for a submission to ''woodenly'' summarize what happens in a news article using increasingly ''stretched'' {{Unusual Euphemism}}s for a ''prominent'' [[ToiletHumor "impolite"]] concept, then ''stiffly'' [[{{Anvilicious}} drop the anvil]] in the last word. Penis.

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** One common stock gag on this news aggregator is for a submission to ''woodenly'' summarize what happens in a news article using increasingly ''stretched'' {{Unusual Euphemism}}s for a ''prominent'' [[ToiletHumor [[ToiletHumour "impolite"]] concept, then ''stiffly'' [[{{Anvilicious}} drop the anvil]] in the last word. Penis.



'''Raven:''' Because Beast Boy lacks the large brain necessary for telling jokes.\\

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'''Raven:''' Because Beast Boy lacks the large brain necessary for telling jokes.\\



-->'''Lucius''': We will fight over the [[BottomlessPit Abyss of Nothingness]]! To the winner goes victory! The loser gets... nothing! Get it? Abyss of Nothingness! Nothing!

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-->'''Lucius''': We will fight over the [[BottomlessPit [[BottomlessPits Abyss of Nothingness]]! To the winner goes victory! The loser gets... nothing! Get it? Abyss of Nothingness! Nothing!
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