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28th Dec '17 7:44:51 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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[[caption-width-right:281:Two Examples of an ExpoLabel, Including This Caption [[note]] Also, trained? Not programmed? [[/note]] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:281:Two Examples of an ExpoLabel, Expo Label, Including This Caption [[note]] Also, trained? Not programmed? [[/note]] ]]



Most ordinary things are not labeled like that in RealLife. While an ExpoLabel or two can help with the pacing, they can easily come across as silly and awkward.

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Most ordinary things are not labeled like that in RealLife. While an ExpoLabel Expo Label or two can help with the pacing, they can easily come across as silly and awkward.



Accordingly, the BigRedButton often has an ExpoLabel. Bonus points if it's handwritten on a piece of masking tape because the creator hasn't had the time or inclination to mount anything permanent.

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Accordingly, the BigRedButton often has an ExpoLabel.Expo Label. Bonus points if it's handwritten on a piece of masking tape because the creator hasn't had the time or inclination to mount anything permanent.
9th Dec '17 6:04:18 AM DarkStorm
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* In ''Series/KnightRider'', every button on KITT's control panel had a label. The ones that did useful things had plain English labels like "Turbo Boost" or "Oil Slick", while the buttons that were never used had obscure
labels like "7DLA", "6RM" or "PENG". After the remodel of the control panel in Season 3, the useless buttons had [[WordSaladTitle word salad labels]] like "Fire Assign" instead. Subverted in season 4 when an important-looking button just labeled "C" was added to the control panel, and neither Michael nor KITT knew what it did. [[spoiler:It turned KITT into a '''c'''onvertible.]]

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* In ''Series/KnightRider'', every button on KITT's control panel had a label. The ones that did useful things had plain English labels like "Turbo Boost" or "Oil Slick", while the buttons that were never used had obscure
obscure labels like "7DLA", "6RM" or "PENG". After the remodel of the control panel in Season 3, the useless buttons had [[WordSaladTitle word salad labels]] like "Fire Assign" instead. Subverted in season 4 when an important-looking button just labeled "C" was added to the control panel, and neither Michael nor KITT knew what it did. [[spoiler:It turned KITT into a '''c'''onvertible.]]
9th Dec '17 6:03:15 AM DarkStorm
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* In ''Series/KnightRider'', every button on KITT's control panel had a label. The ones that did useful things had plain English labels like "Turbo Boost" or "Oil Slick", while the buttons that were never used had obscure
labels like "7DLA", "6RM" or "PENG". After the remodel of the control panel in Season 3, the useless buttons had [[WordSaladTitle word salad labels]] like "Fire Assign" instead. Subverted in season 4 when an important-looking button just labeled "C" was added to the control panel, and neither Michael nor KITT knew what it did. [[spoiler:It turned KITT into a '''c'''onvertible.]]
23rd Mar '17 11:13:03 PM Kayube
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* During the chase scene in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Bennie the Cab yells for his passengers to "pull the lever!" Asked "which one?", a sign pops out of the dashboard, marked with a pointing arrow and "This Lever, Stupid!"
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* During the chase scene in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Bennie the Cab yells for his passengers to "pull the lever!" Asked "which one?", a sign pops out of the dashboard, marked with a pointing arrow and "This Lever, Stupid!"
11th Mar '17 2:56:03 PM AthenaBlue
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** [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/propaganda/240_4_02.jpg New York Tunnel]]. ''USA Comics'' #2. A horde of Nazi solders led by UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler driving an underground boring machine) crash into a tunnel helpfully labeled so the audience knows where it is.

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** [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/propaganda/240_4_02.jpg New York Tunnel]]. ''USA Comics'' #2. A horde of Nazi solders led by UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler driving an underground boring machine) machine crash into a tunnel helpfully labeled so the audience knows where it is.



* In the press conference scene in ''Film/DangerDiabolik'', Diabolik's gear has labels for "Exhilarating Gas" and "Anti-Exhilarating Gas Pills". The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' guys got a good chuckle out of this when they riffed the movie in their final episode.
* A justified variant used in ''Film/{{Memento}}'', when the main character has to carry polaroids of everyone with labels like "Don't believe his lies" because he is unable to form any long-term memories.



* A justified variant used in ''Film/{{Memento}}'', when the main character has to carry polaroids of everyone with labels like "Don't believe his lies" because he is unable to form any long-term memories.
* In the press conference scene in ''Film/DangerDiabolik'', Diabolik's gear has labels for "Exhilarating Gas" and "Anti-Exhilarating Gas Pills". The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' guys got a good chuckle out of this when they riffed the movie in their final episode.



* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Lampshaded in the episode "The Age of Steel": Mickey and Jake are looking for the transmitter controls, and Mickey asks what it looks like. Jake responds sarcastically that it'll have a sign with "Transmitter Controls" in big red letters on it. It does.
** In the very early serial "The Edge of Destruction" (and only there), the TARDIS console has a Fast Return Switch. You can tell [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/tardis/images/3/33/Fast_return_switch.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20110530121945 because it has "Fast Return Switch" scrawled above it in felt tip]].



* In ''Series/BeakmansWorld'', Beakman can always find the really dangerous stuff in the cabinet marked REALLY DANGEROUS STUFF.



* In ''Series/BeakmansWorld'', Beakman can always find the really dangerous stuff in the cabinet marked REALLY DANGEROUS STUFF.
* Everything -- and we mean ''everything'' -- in ''Series/LookAroundYou'', with those embossed red stickers that used to be used in laboratories. In one CreditsGag, a male scientist presents a female scientist (played by Sarah Alexander of ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' fame) a ''box of chocolates'' labelled in this way, which included one item purporting to be sulphur.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the very early serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction "The Edge of Destruction"]] (and only there), the TARDIS console has a Fast Return Switch. You can tell [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/tardis/images/3/33/Fast_return_switch.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20110530121945 because it has "Fast Return Switch" scrawled above it in felt tip]].
** Lampshaded in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel "The Age of Steel"]]: Mickey and Jake are looking for the transmitter controls, and Mickey asks what it looks like. Jake responds sarcastically that it'll have a sign with "Transmitter Controls" in big red letters on it. It does.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]]: Clara, while dreaming, finds a tube of toothpaste helpfully labelled "This is Toothpaste".
* Everything -- and we mean ''everything'' -- in ''Series/LookAroundYou'', with those embossed red stickers that used to be used in laboratories. In one CreditsGag, a male scientist presents a female scientist (played by Sarah Alexander of ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' fame) a ''box of chocolates'' labelled in this way, which included one item purporting to be sulphur.



* On an episode of ''Wrestling/{{Smackdown}}'' Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys steal Wrestling/ChrisJericho's gear which includes a balm to be used on one's posterior, which is labelled "ASS CREAM" in big letters.



* On an episode of ''Wrestling/{{Smackdown}}'' Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys steal Wrestling/ChrisJericho's gear which includes a balm to be used on one's posterior, which is labelled "ASS CREAM" in big letters.



* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''
** It mixes the Expo Label with [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain blatant untruths]] to give us the "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=7 NO Spare Robot Parts]]" sign.
** Also the label "Secret Train to Large Animal Holding Cells (Very Hush Hush, You Know.)"



* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''
** It mixes the Expo Label with [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain blatant untruths]] to give us the "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=7 NO Spare Robot Parts]]" sign.
** Also the label "Secret Train to Large Animal Holding Cells (Very Hush Hush, You Know.)"



* [[http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2011/01/cheat-sheet-cakes.html Some of]] the cakes featured on Blog/CakeWrecks. Sometimes for good reason.



* [[http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2011/01/cheat-sheet-cakes.html Some of]] the cakes featured on Blog/CakeWrecks. Sometimes for good reason.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}'' episode "The Constrictor". The titular villain's submarine has an escape hatch helpfully labelled "Escape Hatch" to make sure the audience knows what it is.
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoons:
** ''WesternAnimation/HairRaisingHare''. The MadScientist's castle says "Evil Scientist" in blinking neon lights, and the monster's cell has "Monster" on the door.
** ''Hyde and Hare''. In Dr. Jekyll's laboratory the Laboratory door says "Laboratory" and the Store Room door says "Store Room". Why he would need those signs when he works there is not explained.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''
** "The Space Ark". Inside the title ship there's a control to activate the Force Shield, with a label that says "Force Shield".
** "Two Faces of Doom". The Force Beam control switch in Brak's ship is labeled "Force Beam".



* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoons
** ''WesternAnimation/HairRaisingHare''. The MadScientist's castle says "Evil Scientist" in blinking neon lights, and the monster's cell has "Monster" on the door.
** ''Hyde and Hare''. In Dr. Jekyll's laboratory the Laboratory door says "Laboratory" and the Store Room door says "Store Room". Why he would need those signs when he works there is not explained.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}'' episode "The Constrictor". In the title villain's submarine is an escape hatch which is helpfully labeled "Escape Hatch" to let the audience know what it is.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''
** "The Space Ark". Inside the title ship there's a control to activate the Force Shield, with a label that says "Force Shield".
** "Two Faces of Doom". The Force Beam control switch in Brak's ship is labeled "Force Beam".
9th Jan '17 8:43:38 PM LinTaylor
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* In the press conference scene in ''Film/DangerDiabolik'', Diabolik's gear has labels for "Exhilarating Gas" and "Anti-Exhilarating Gas Pills". The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' guys got a good chuckle out of this when they riffed the movie in their final episode.
18th Sep '16 3:58:35 PM FreeJaffa
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** Someone created a [[http://twitter.com/BatLabels Twitter account]] documenting the show's use of this.
14th Aug '16 6:20:11 PM Swicket
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** In the episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E11Gingerbread Gingerbread]]", the bottle used to knock out Buffy, helpfully labeled (in uppercase bold letters, with nothing else on the label) "CHLOROFORM".
1st Jul '16 12:31:38 PM WillyFourEyes
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* Averted pretty much entirely through Franchise/StarTrek's run. The Original Series simply omitted labels on buttons and such entirely. In the spin-off series, they were labeled with in-jokes, vague terms, and most often with a few random numbers. By the time [=DS9=] and Voyager came around, the panels and buttons were shown using actual screens and the labels started becoming a little more descriptive. It helped that television quality had advanced to the point that people stood a good chance of being able to read them at that point.

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* Averted pretty much entirely through Franchise/StarTrek's ''Franchise/StarTrek[='=]s'' run. [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series Series]] simply omitted labels on buttons and such entirely. In the spin-off series, they were labeled with in-jokes, vague terms, and most often with a few random numbers. By the time [=DS9=] ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' and Voyager ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' came around, the panels and buttons were shown using actual screens and the labels started becoming a little more descriptive. It helped that television quality had advanced to the point that people stood a good chance of being able to read them at that point.
5th May '16 6:30:25 PM billybobfred
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* Anybody who buys a label maker is, in many jurisdictions, legally obligated to label the label maker itself right off. And everything else around them. For about a week.

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* Anybody who buys a label maker is, [[BlatantLies in many jurisdictions, legally obligated obligated]] to label the label maker itself right off. And everything else around them. For about a week.
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