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26th Jun '17 3:23:43 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': A certain event causes Tuuri to start experiencing a phenomenon that so far seemed exlcusive to the setting's mages. She asks her mage cousin Lalli about it, but prentends to be asking on the behalf of Reynir, the other mage who has known he has powers at all for only about a month at this point. Her lie includes claiming Reynir has just started experiencing this. Reynir was actually shown to experiencin that phenomenon about a week ago in-story.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': A certain event causes Tuuri to start experiencing a phenomenon that so far seemed exlcusive to the setting's mages. She asks her mage cousin Lalli about it, but prentends to be asking on the behalf of Reynir, the other mage who has known he has powers at all for only about a month at this point. Her lie includes claiming Reynir has just started experiencing this. the phenomenon. Reynir was actually shown to experiencin experience that phenomenon particular thing (or at least something close enough) about a week ago in-story.in-story, and his reaction indicated it was nothing new to him.
26th Jun '17 3:18:10 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': A certain event causes Tuuri to start experiencing a phenomenon that so far seemed exlcusive to the setting's mages. She asks her mage cousin Lalli about it, but prentends to be asking on the behalf of Reynir, the other mage who has known he has powers at all for only about a month at this point. Her lie includes claiming Reynir has just started experiencing this. Reynir was actually shown to experiencin that phenomenon about a week ago in-story.
15th Jun '17 4:14:04 PM Anddrix
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* ''Series/TheFamousJettJackson'' doubled up on this, with both of Jett's boy and girl friends being asked by a boy and a girl, respectively, for advice about their feelings for the other advice seeker. When Jett's friends go to him for help, he, [[GenreSavvy naturally]] assumes his friends are talking about each other, but keeps up the "charade".

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* ''Series/TheFamousJettJackson'' doubled up on this, with both of Jett's boy and girl friends being asked by a boy and a girl, respectively, for advice about their feelings for the other advice seeker. When Jett's friends go to him for help, he, [[GenreSavvy naturally]] naturally assumes his friends are talking about each other, but keeps up the "charade".



* ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'': Parker Lewis tried to get advice from his parents about how to convince his best friend Mikey to not drop out of high school. They jumped to the predictable conclusion; then again, he should have been GenreSavvy enough to not open with "I have this friend who's thinking of dropping out of school..."

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* ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'': Parker Lewis tried to get advice from his parents about how to convince his best friend Mikey to not drop out of high school. They jumped to the predictable conclusion; then again, he should have been GenreSavvy smart enough to not open with "I have this friend who's thinking of dropping out of school..."



* In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', Byakuya Togami, in his final Free Time Event, tells of a certain person who could only live by lying to himself and the entire world, which, for him, essentially is [[spoiler:admitting to being the Ultimate Imposter, and not the real Byakuya Togami]]. [[GenreSavvy Hajime suspects that Byakuya is talking about himself]], but tells him that it's up to him whether he wants to tell him the entire story.

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* In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', Byakuya Togami, in his final Free Time Event, tells of a certain person who could only live by lying to himself and the entire world, which, for him, essentially is [[spoiler:admitting to being the Ultimate Imposter, and not the real Byakuya Togami]]. [[GenreSavvy Hajime suspects that Byakuya is talking about himself]], himself, but tells him that it's up to him whether he wants to tell him the entire story.
4th Jun '17 6:28:57 AM TheCuza
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* On ''Series/CornerGas'', Hank feels guilty over egging a cable van and getting away with it, and needs guidance. Being [[TheDitz Hank]], he calls a local access TV show, ''Peggy's Pets''.
-->'''Hank:''' Yeah, I got this friend who egged a cable van...\\
'''Peggy:''' We only take questions about pets.\\
''[{{beat}}]''\\
'''Hank:''' I have this pet who egged a cable van...
19th May '17 11:33:30 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', one of the pre-battle lines between Reinhardt, a warrior in heavy armor, and D.Va, a [[UsefulNotes/ProfessionalGaming professional gamer]], has the former asking the latter for an autograph ''totally'' not because he wants one.
--> '''Reinhardt:''' I was wondering if you'd sign something for me? It's, [[HesitationEqualsDishonesty ahem]], it's for a friend. \\
'''D.Va:''' Of course, here you go! Love, D.Va.
12th May '17 7:14:21 PM ngh93
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'''Squidward''' (''eagerly''): You know the guy who did it?!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]''': [''[[BIgGulp Gulps!]]'']\\

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'''Squidward''' (''eagerly''): '''Squidward''': (''eagerly'') You know the guy who did it?!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]''': [''[[BIgGulp [''[[BigGulp Gulps!]]'']\\
12th May '17 7:11:58 PM ngh93
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--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': This is getting a little out of hand. All I did was throw a peanut. I didn't mean to make the oyster cry. I just wanted to see it perform spectacular stunts! Aw, everyone's gonna ''hate'' me! I, I need some advice! Now let's see now, who could never hate me no matter what I do?
-->[''Cut to [=SpongeBob=] knocking on Squidward's door''] Squidward? Squidward! Oh, Squidward!\\

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--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': This is getting a little out of hand. All I did was throw a peanut. I didn't mean to make the oyster cry. I just wanted to see it perform spectacular stunts! Aw, everyone's gonna ''hate'' me! I, I need some advice! Now let's see now, who could never hate me no matter what I do?
-->[''Cut
do? [''Cut to [=SpongeBob=] knocking on Squidward's door''] Squidward? Squidward! Oh, Squidward!\\
17th Apr '17 11:18:19 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* In the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' episode, "The Couch!", Franchise/{{Shrek}} tells Mario about his ogre friend "Hrek" and his not-so-ogre friend "Honkey" to break the news to Mario that he ate expired cheesecake against his wishes and [[PottyFailure accidentally pooped on the couch]].


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* In the prologue to the short, "A Pigment of His Imagination" from the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS1E46AskMrPopular Ask Mr. Popular]]", Hamton nervously tells Buster that he has "a friend" who has trouble making other friends, and asks him for advice on how to make friends.
7th Mar '17 2:02:10 PM StFan
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-->'''Girl:''' ''(after taking a bite)'' Thanks, I needed that.\\

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-->'''Girl:''' ''(after ''[after taking a bite)'' bite]'' Thanks, I needed that.\\



-->'''Tylor:''' Tell me more about this friend.
-->'''Azalyn:''' Well for one thing, the man that she's in love with is extremely dense!

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-->'''Tylor:''' Tell me more about this friend.
-->'''Azalyn:'''
friend.\\
'''Azalyn:'''
Well for one thing, the man that she's in love with is extremely dense!



[[folder: Character Blog]]
* The [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer J. Simpson]] Website/{{Twitter}} [[CharacterBlog account]] once asked if it's weird to have fantasies about Cleatus the Fox Sports Robot. He adds that it's for a friend, "a friend called Moe".

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* The [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer J. Simpson]] Website/{{Twitter}} [[CharacterBlog account]] once asked if it's weird In the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio drama ''The Eye of Horus'', Benny has found herself in AncientEgypt, confronted with both a) Prince Tutmosis, who wants to have fantasies know his destiny and b) [[spoiler: the Doctor]], who she just saw die in the future. At one point she rants to Tutmosis about Cleatus how distressing it is to know someone is going to die, and want to warn them, but they don't pick up on the Fox Sports Robot. hints. He adds takes it as her subtly telling him what his future holds if he doesn't act against Hatshepsut. And she's so wrapped up in her ''actual'' dilemma that it's for a friend, "a friend called Moe".she doesn't pick up on it.



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-->'''Green Arrow''': Oh, dear God! You ''are'' on drugs! You're really a junkie?
-->'''Speedy''': Who ''else'' did you think I was talking about?
* In ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'', Secret lays out the situation involving a (male) friend whose mother is about to be executed for murder to all her friends to get their opinions on whether it would be wrong to break her out of jail. Robin understands right away that she's talking about her own father, and so does (surprisingly) Slobo.

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-->'''Green Arrow''': Arrow:''' Oh, dear God! You ''are'' on drugs! You're really a junkie?
-->'''Speedy''':
junkie?\\
'''Speedy:'''
Who ''else'' did you think I was talking about?
* In ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'', ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'', Secret lays out the situation involving a (male) friend whose mother is about to be executed for murder to all her friends to get their opinions on whether it would be wrong to break her out of jail. Robin understands right away that she's talking about her own father, and so does (surprisingly) Slobo.



* In Comicbook/{{Silk}} Issue #1, Cindy mocks a villain called Dragonclaw by saying it sounds like a Franchise/{{Pokemon}} and then asks "Is Pokemon still a thing...asking for a friend."

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* In Comicbook/{{Silk}} Issue ''ComicBook/{{Silk}}'' issue #1, Cindy mocks a villain called Dragonclaw by saying it sounds like a Franchise/{{Pokemon}} and then asks "Is Pokemon ''Pokémon'' still a thing...asking thing?... Asking for a friend."



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* ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''. A woman buys a lurid magazine, claiming "It's not for me, it's for friend". The salesman replies, "Isn't it strange how many customers only have one friend."
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* The [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer J. Simpson]] Website/{{Twitter}} [[CharacterBlog account]] once asked if it's weird to have fantasies about Cleatus the Fox Sports Robot. He adds that it's for a friend, "a friend called Moe".
* In episode 3 of ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', when Krillin has to inform Chi-Chi of Goku's death and Gohan's kidnapping.
-->'''Krillin:''' So, Chi-Chi, hypothetically: what would you do if you were told that your husband was dead and your son was kidnapped by his worst enemy?\\
'''Chi-Chi:''' I'd castrate the messenger in his sleep with a rusty carving knife!
* From ''[[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv)]]'':
-->"What if say, hypothetically, someone could kill another person with [[ArtifactOfDoom a diary]]..."
* From the [[CharacterBlog twitter account]] of [[https://twitter.com/Dr_Dinosaur/status/243218710930804737 Dr Dinosaur]] from ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'':
-->WHERE DO YOU CUT A HUMAN TO MAKE IT BLEED TO DEATH THE FASTEST? ASKING FOR A PERFECTLY SANE FRIEND.



-->'''L:''' Light-kun, it's already obvious that you're Kira.
-->'''Light:''' No, I'm not Kira... And you look like a meth addict so no one will ever believe you.

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-->'''L:''' Light-kun, it's already obvious that you're Kira.
-->'''Light:'''
Kira.\\
'''Light:'''
No, I'm not Kira... And you look like a meth addict so no one no-one will ever believe you.



** ''Fanfic/IHaveThisFriend'' calls out this trope by name in its title. Twilight asks Celestia for some romantic advice -- specifically, about her friend's romantic feelings for another mare. A regal, elegant mare who is well respected in Canterlot society. Twilight's friend doesn't want to cause her any trouble, you see. It doesn't take long for Celestia to cotton on to what's going on, and she encourages Twilight to come clean about her feelings. [[spoiler: {{Inverted|Trope}} at the end; Twilight really was asking for a friend, specifically whether or not Applejack should ask out Rarity. Not that she ever tells Celestia, who is left wondering just what romantic Twilight is going to make.]]

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** ''Fanfic/IHaveThisFriend'' calls out this trope by name in its title. Twilight asks Celestia for some romantic advice -- specifically, about her friend's romantic feelings for another mare. A regal, elegant mare who is well respected in Canterlot society. Twilight's friend doesn't want to cause her any trouble, you see. It doesn't take long for Celestia to cotton on to what's going on, and she encourages Twilight to come clean about her feelings. [[spoiler: {{Inverted|Trope}} at the end; Twilight really was asking for a friend, specifically whether or not Applejack should ask out Rarity. Not that she ever tells Celestia, who is left wondering just what romantic move Twilight is going to make.]]



** The I-really-am-asking-for-a-friend variant happens ''twice'' over the course of ''[[FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse To Cherilee With Love]]''. In the first case, Sweetie Bell has a crush on Cherilee. After she asks Dinky Doo for help, Dinky asks her mom for help in turn. Unfortunately, Ditzy Doo doesn't realize that Dinky really is asking on behalf of a friend, and thinks that Dinky's confessing to a crush on her teacher. And while she knows that Cherilee would never encourage such a crush, Trixie has been teaching Dinky magic, and Trixie is known to love people's attention and adoration. So she flies out to confront Trixie. The ensuing argument ends with Dinky convinced that Trixie wasn't encouraging Dinky to have a crush on her, but it also ends with Trixie convinced that Dinky ''has'' a crush on her. And that's where round two comes in. Trixie goes to ask Lyra for help, but fails to specify exactly who she's talking about, only mentioning that "a unicorn" has a crush on "her teacher". Naturally, Lyra assumes that Trixie's confessing to a crush on the one who taught ''her''--Princess Luna. To make matters worse, Lyra shares this conclusion with the Princess. HilarityEnsues.

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** The I-really-am-asking-for-a-friend variant happens ''twice'' over the course of ''[[FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse To Cherilee With with Love]]''. In the first case, Sweetie Bell has a crush on Cherilee. After she asks Dinky Doo for help, Dinky asks her mom for help in turn. Unfortunately, Ditzy Doo doesn't realize that Dinky really is asking on behalf of a friend, and thinks that Dinky's confessing to a crush on her teacher. And while she knows that Cherilee would never encourage such a crush, Trixie has been teaching Dinky magic, and Trixie is known to love people's attention and adoration. So she flies out to confront Trixie. The ensuing argument ends with Dinky convinced that Trixie wasn't encouraging Dinky to have a crush on her, but it also ends with Trixie convinced that Dinky ''has'' a crush on her. And that's where round two comes in. Trixie goes to ask Lyra for help, but fails to specify exactly who she's talking about, only mentioning that "a unicorn" has a crush on "her teacher". Naturally, Lyra assumes that Trixie's confessing to a crush on the one who taught ''her''--Princess Luna. To make matters worse, Lyra shares this conclusion with the Princess. HilarityEnsues.



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-->'''Aladdin''': Abu says that--uh--that's not fair.
-->'''Abu''': What?
-->'''Jasmine''': Oh, did he?
-->'''Aladdin''': Yeah, of course.
-->'''Jasmine''': And does Abu have anything else to say?
-->'''Aladdin''': Well, uh, he wishes there was something he could do to help.
-->'''Abu''': Oh, boy!
-->'''Jasmine''': Hmm, tell him that's very sweet.
* In ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' After Kovu's banishment, Timon and Pumbaa attempt to 'hypothetically' explain to Simba that Kiara ran off alone ... but Simba sees right through it.

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-->'''Aladdin''': Abu says that--uh--that's not fair.
-->'''Abu''': What?
-->'''Jasmine''':
fair.\\
'''Abu:''' What?\\
'''Jasmine:'''
Oh, did he?
-->'''Aladdin''':
he?\\
'''Aladdin:'''
Yeah, of course.
-->'''Jasmine''':
course.\\
'''Jasmine:'''
And does Abu have anything else to say?
-->'''Aladdin''':
say?\\
'''Aladdin:'''
Well, uh, he wishes there was something he could do to help.
-->'''Abu''':
help.\\
'''Abu:'''
Oh, boy!
-->'''Jasmine''':
boy!\\
'''Jasmine:'''
Hmm, tell him that's very sweet.
* In ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'': After Kovu's banishment, Timon and Pumbaa attempt to 'hypothetically' explain to Simba that Kiara ran off alone ... but Simba sees right through it.



* Used to some extent in ''Film/SpiderMan2'' to his doctor. Who is most certainly not a psychiatrist, or for that matter a psychologist. What's worse, Peter started out talking about his actual experiences as, "I've had these dreams where I'm Spider-Man". And then says that it was actually his ''friend's'' dream. The doctor clearly catches on that the "friend" is really Peter (though he doesn't say anything), but mistakes the ''reason'' for why he's doing the routine. Peter is trying to hide the fact that he ''is'' Spider-Man; the doctor thinks he's embarrassed about the dreams.

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* Used to some extent in ''Film/SpiderMan2'' to his doctor. Who is most certainly not a psychiatrist, or for that matter a psychologist. What's worse, Peter started starts out talking about his actual experiences as, "I've had these dreams where I'm Spider-Man". And then says that it was actually his ''friend's'' dream. The doctor clearly catches on that the "friend" is really Peter (though he doesn't say anything), but mistakes the ''reason'' for why he's doing the routine. Peter is trying to hide the fact that he ''is'' Spider-Man; the doctor thinks he's embarrassed about the dreams.



-->'''Doug:''' Listen, doctor, this...friend of mine's been experimenting a little with steroids. He's been having a lot of wet dreams. Could there be a connection between them?\\

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-->'''Doug:''' Listen, doctor, this... friend of mine's been experimenting a little with steroids. He's been having a lot of wet dreams. Could there be a connection between them?\\



-->'''Sigerson''': Now then, precisely what is it that you want of me?\\
'''Jenny''': Well, I have this friend--\\
'''Sigerson''': LIAR!\\
'''Jenny''': I'm being blackmailed.

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-->'''Sigerson''': -->'''Sigerson:''' Now then, precisely what is it that you want of me?\\
'''Jenny''': '''Jenny:''' Well, I have this friend--\\
'''Sigerson''': '''Sigerson:''' LIAR!\\
'''Jenny''': '''Jenny:''' I'm being blackmailed.



-->'''Father Tim''': Are you Catholic? \\
'''Howard''': I have a friend who is...but he's very busy.

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-->'''Father Tim''': Tim:''' Are you Catholic? \\
'''Howard''': '''Howard:''' I have a friend who is...is... but he's very busy.



* In the first half of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', whenever Bruce Wayne talks with [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]], he always refers to his Batman persona as his "powerful friend". When they're dancing at the MasqueradeBall:
-->'''Bruce Wayne:''' Oh, you don't seem very happy to see me.
-->'''Selina Kyle:''' ''[annoyed]'' You were supposed to be a shut-in.
-->'''Bruce Wayne:''' I felt like some fresh air.
-->'''Selina Kyle:''' Why didn't you call the police?
-->'''Bruce Wayne:''' I have a powerful friend who deals with things like this.

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'':
**
In the first half of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', the movie, whenever Bruce Wayne talks with [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]], he always refers to his Batman persona as his "powerful friend". When they're dancing at the MasqueradeBall:
-->'''Bruce --->'''Bruce Wayne:''' Oh, you don't seem very happy to see me.
-->'''Selina
me.\\
'''Selina
Kyle:''' ''[annoyed]'' You were supposed to be a shut-in.
-->'''Bruce
shut-in.\\
'''Bruce
Wayne:''' I felt like some fresh air.
-->'''Selina
air.\\
'''Selina
Kyle:''' Why didn't you call the police?
-->'''Bruce
police?\\
'''Bruce
Wayne:''' I have a powerful friend who deals with things like this.



-->'''Batman:''' Those weren't street thugs, they were trained killers. I saved your life. In return, I need to know what you did with Bruce Wayne's fingerprints.
-->'''Selina Kyle:''' Wayne wasn't kidding about a "powerful friend".

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-->'''Batman:''' --->'''Batman:''' Those weren't street thugs, they were trained killers. I saved your life. In return, I need to know what you did with Bruce Wayne's fingerprints.
-->'''Selina
fingerprints.\\
'''Selina
Kyle:''' Wayne wasn't kidding about a "powerful friend". friend".



-->'''Selina Kyle:''' The rich don't even go broke same as the rest of us, huh?\\

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-->'''Selina --->'''Selina Kyle:''' The rich don't even go broke same as the rest of us, huh?\\



* ''Film/FatalAttraction'': Fed up with Alex's crazed behavior, Dan finally goes to the police. . .on behalf of a "client" who wants an ex to stop harassing him. It's pretty obvious the cops don't believe him.

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* ''Film/FatalAttraction'': Fed up with Alex's crazed behavior, Dan finally goes to the police. . .police... on behalf of a "client" who wants an ex to stop harassing him. It's pretty obvious the cops don't believe him.



* Shaggy in ''Film/ScoobyDooCurseOfTheLakeMonster'' -- he tells Fred and Daphne he has this friend, "Scruffy", who has a crush on a girl etc., etc. Of course, he was talking about himself having a crush on Velma.

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* Shaggy in ''Film/ScoobyDooCurseOfTheLakeMonster'' -- he tells Fred and Daphne he has this friend, "Scruffy", who has a crush on a girl etc., etc. Of course, he was is talking about himself having a crush on Velma.



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--> "Doctor Manette," said Mr. Lorry, touching him affectionately on the arm, "the case is the case of a particularly dear friend of mine. Pray give your mind to it, and advise me well for his sake -- and above all, for his daughter's -- his daughter's, my dear Manette."
--> "If I understand," said the Doctor, in a subdued tone, "some mental shock --?"
--> "Yes!"
--> "Be explicit," said the Doctor. "Spare no detail."

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--> "Doctor Manette," said Mr. Lorry, touching him affectionately on the arm, "the case is the case of a particularly dear friend of mine. Pray give your mind to it, and advise me well for his sake -- and above all, for his daughter's -- his daughter's, my dear Manette."
-->
"\\
"If I understand," said the Doctor, in a subdued tone, "some mental shock --?"
--> "Yes!"
-->
--?"\\
"Yes!"\\
"Be explicit," said the Doctor. "Spare no detail."



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--> '''Henry:''' See them face to face, just spit it out. Say "I'm a lesbian."\\

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--> '''Henry:''' -->'''Henry:''' See them face to face, just spit it out. Say "I'm a lesbian."\\



* ''Series/{{Frasier}}''

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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':



--->'''Frasier''': A man from my building approached me with a very intriguing problem. Seems he's been having a recurring dream.
--->'''Niles''': Oh, please. That little gambit didn't work when we were in knee-socks. What was your dream, Frasier?
--->'''Frasier''': Oh ''all right''.

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--->'''Frasier''': --->'''Frasier:''' A man from my building approached me with a very intriguing problem. Seems he's been having a recurring dream.
--->'''Niles''':
dream.\\
'''Niles:'''
Oh, please. That little gambit didn't work when we were in knee-socks. What was your dream, Frasier?
--->'''Frasier''':
Frasier?\\
'''Frasier:'''
Oh ''all right''.



--->'''Niles''': A funny thing happened the other day. One of my patients had a rather amusing FreudianSlip. He was having dinner with his wife and he meant to say "Pass the salt," but instead he said "You've ruined my life, you blood-sucking shrew."

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--->'''Niles''': --->'''Niles:''' A funny thing happened the other day. One of my patients had a rather amusing FreudianSlip. He was having dinner with his wife and he meant to say "Pass the salt," but instead he said "You've ruined my life, you blood-sucking shrew." "



* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' : Regarding the Ross, Rachel and Julie's love triangle.

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' : ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Regarding the Ross, Rachel and Julie's love triangle.



* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'':
-->'''Miss Piggy''': I have this friend, who is absolutely devastating. But she has this itty-bitty weight problem...



-->'''Seth''': When people are burned, they become vigilant. Really! My friend once brought a girl home who turned out to be a dude, so every time he meets a girl, you can bet he checks for an Adam's apple.
-->'''Amy''': Really.
-->'''Seth''': Really.
-->'''Amy''': Really. That really happened to Seth's "friend."
-->'''Seth''': Really!

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-->'''Seth''': -->'''Seth:''' When people are burned, they become vigilant. Really! My friend once brought a girl home who turned out to be a dude, so every time he meets a girl, you can bet he checks for an Adam's apple.
-->'''Amy''': Really.
-->'''Seth''': Really.
-->'''Amy''':
apple.\\
'''Amy:''' Really.\\
'''Seth:''' Really.\\
'''Amy:'''
Really. That really happened to Seth's "friend."
-->'''Seth''':
"friend".\\
'''Seth:'''
Really!



* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':



--->'''Clark''': My friend got mixed up with the wrong crowd, and now they're making him pay for it.
--->'''Lex''': Is this the old proverbial friend who happens to be you?

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--->'''Clark''': --->'''Clark:''' My friend got mixed up with the wrong crowd, and now they're making him pay for it.
--->'''Lex''':
it.\\
'''Lex:'''
Is this the old proverbial friend who happens to be you?



-->'''Spock''': We have a crew member aboard who's showing signs of stress and fatigue, reaction time down 9-12%, associational reading Norm Minus 3.\\
'''Kirk''': That's much too low a rating.\\
'''Spock''': He's becoming irritable and quarrelsome, yet he refuses to take rest and rehabilitation.\\
'''Kirk''': Mm-hm.\\
'''Spock''': Now, he has that right, but we've found...\\
'''Kirk''': A crewman's right ends where the safety of the ship begins. Now, that man will go ashore on my orders. What's his name?\\
'''Spock''': James Kirk.\\
'''Kirk''': *"YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe" face*\\
'''Spock''': *looking as smug as possible for a Vulcan* Enjoy yourself, Captain.

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-->'''Spock''': -->'''Spock:''' We have a crew member aboard who's showing signs of stress and fatigue, reaction time down 9-12%, associational reading Norm Minus 3.\\
'''Kirk''': '''Kirk:''' That's much too low a rating.\\
'''Spock''': '''Spock:''' He's becoming irritable and quarrelsome, yet he refuses to take rest and rehabilitation.\\
'''Kirk''': '''Kirk:''' Mm-hm.\\
'''Spock''': '''Spock:''' Now, he has that right, but we've found...\\
'''Kirk''': '''Kirk:''' A crewman's right ends where the safety of the ship begins. Now, that man will go ashore on my orders. What's his name?\\
'''Spock''': '''Spock:''' James Kirk.\\
'''Kirk''': *"YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe" face*\\
'''Spock''': *looking
''[Kirk makes a "YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe" face]''\\
'''Spock:''' ''[looking
as smug as possible for a Vulcan* Vulcan]'' Enjoy yourself, Captain.



-->'''Crusher''': Sir, it's been brought to my attention one of the crew has been neglecting his health again.\\
'''Picard''': How so?\\
'''Crusher''': It's a classic case of stress-related ailments brought on by overwork. Exhaustion, irritability, muscle spasms. Yet he insists on ignoring them.\\
'''Picard''': Doesn't sound too serious.\\
'''Crusher''': And I plan to keep it that way.\\
'''Picard''': What's the treatment.\\
'''Crusher''': A week's shore leave.\\
'''Picard''': Impossible.\\
'''Crusher''': Jean-Luc, I could make that an order.\\
'''Picard''': But you won't. Beverly, you know I loathe vacations.
* Dr. Phlox uses a variation in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''--when T'Pol comes down with Pa'nar Syndrome (the Vulcan equivalent of [=AIDS=]), Phlox asks several Vulcan doctors for information about the disease, under the guise of helping a colleague study a similar condition. As he predicts, the doctors are reticent to help, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything as Pa'nar Syndrome afflicts those who lead a lifestyle considered unacceptable by Vulcan society]]. He does not, however, predict that the doctors would figure out that T'Pol has the disease.

to:

-->'''Crusher''': -->'''Crusher:''' Sir, it's been brought to my attention one of the crew has been neglecting his health again.\\
'''Picard''': '''Picard:''' How so?\\
'''Crusher''': '''Crusher:''' It's a classic case of stress-related ailments brought on by overwork. Exhaustion, irritability, muscle spasms. Yet he insists on ignoring them.\\
'''Picard''': '''Picard:''' Doesn't sound too serious.\\
'''Crusher''': '''Crusher:''' And I plan to keep it that way.\\
'''Picard''': '''Picard:''' What's the treatment.\\
'''Crusher''': '''Crusher:''' A week's shore leave.\\
'''Picard''': '''Picard:''' Impossible.\\
'''Crusher''': '''Crusher:''' Jean-Luc, I could make that an order.\\
'''Picard''': '''Picard:''' But you won't. Beverly, you know I loathe vacations.
* Dr. Phlox uses a variation in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''--when ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' -- when T'Pol comes down with Pa'nar Syndrome (the Vulcan equivalent of [=AIDS=]), Phlox asks several Vulcan doctors for information about the disease, under the guise of helping a colleague study a similar condition. As he predicts, the doctors are reticent to help, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything as Pa'nar Syndrome afflicts those who lead a lifestyle considered unacceptable by Vulcan society]]. He does not, however, predict that the doctors would figure out that T'Pol has the disease.



--->'''Donna:''' So Jackie...I mean, ''my friend''--
--->'''Donna's Mom:''' [[TheDitz It is you, isn't it??]]

to:

--->'''Donna:''' So Jackie... I mean, ''my friend''--
--->'''Donna's
friend''--\\
'''Donna's
Mom:''' [[TheDitz It is you, isn't it??]]



--->'''Dick''': I have this friend… whose brother Harry is a much better artist than he is.\\
'''Mary''': Ah, so this is about you and Harry.\\
'''Dick''': Am I that transparent?

to:

--->'''Dick''': --->'''Dick:''' I have this friend… friend... whose brother Harry is a much better artist than he is.\\
'''Mary''': '''Mary:''' Ah, so this is about you and Harry.\\
'''Dick''': '''Dick:''' Am I that transparent?



--->'''Don''': It's, uh, it's another case. A robbery.\\
'''Sally''': What'd the guy steal, Don?\\
'''Don''': Um, money -- money from a beautiful bank teller -- [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not you]]. She was folding this stack of bills because she's a teller, see?\\
'''Sally''': Yeah, I got it, she's a teller.\\
'''Don''': And so when she turned her back from the bills, he just... had to touch them.\\
'''Sally''': Why'd he do that, Don?\\
'''Don''': Because he wanted to be near her. Vicariously, you know. And when she came back, he was so ashamed that he just [[SayingTooMuch shoved the underwear in his pocket!]] ''[beat]'' The money! The money! He shoved the money in his underwear. IN HIS POCKET!

to:

--->'''Don''': --->'''Don:''' It's, uh, it's another case. A robbery.\\
'''Sally''': '''Sally:''' What'd the guy steal, Don?\\
'''Don''': '''Don:''' Um, money -- money from a beautiful bank teller -- [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not you]]. She was folding this stack of bills because she's a teller, see?\\
'''Sally''': '''Sally:''' Yeah, I got it, she's a teller.\\
'''Don''': '''Don:''' And so when she turned her back from the bills, he just... had to touch them.\\
'''Sally''': '''Sally:''' Why'd he do that, Don?\\
'''Don''': '''Don:''' Because he wanted to be near her. Vicariously, you know. And when she came back, he was so ashamed that he just [[SayingTooMuch shoved the underwear in his pocket!]] ''[beat]'' The money! The money! He shoved the money in his underwear. IN HIS POCKET!



--> Ianto: I'm looking for a wedding dress for my friend.
--> Salesman: Ah, of course you are Sir. You'd be surprised, we're quite used to men buying for their... friends.

to:

--> Ianto: -->'''Ianto:''' I'm looking for a wedding dress for my friend.
--> Salesman:
friend.\\
'''Salesman:'''
Ah, of course you are Sir. You'd be surprised, we're quite used to men buying for their... friends.



-->'''Karen:''' Listen. I have this friend who lives at The Palace Hotel. And she and her maid Ro--[[LastSecondWordSwap Mosario]]...switched places so that my friend could pose as a poor, but honest chambermaid to woo a hunky maintenance man. Now my friend's fallen in love with him, and she's afraid that if she tells him the truth, he'll leave her. ''(Grace reaches to steal mints from Karen's chambermaid cart)'' Hey, hands off my friend's cart!
-->'''Grace:''' So, you're afraid...that a poor janitor might not love you because you're rich?
-->'''Karen:''' Not ''me'', my ''friend''!

to:

-->'''Karen:''' Listen. I have this friend who lives at The Palace Hotel. And she and her maid Ro--[[LastSecondWordSwap Mosario]]...switched places so that my friend could pose as a poor, but honest chambermaid to woo a hunky maintenance man. Now my friend's fallen in love with him, and she's afraid that if she tells him the truth, he'll leave her. ''(Grace reaches to steal mints from Karen's chambermaid cart)'' Hey, hands off my friend's cart!
-->'''Grace:'''
cart!\\
'''Grace:'''
So, you're afraid...that a poor janitor might not love you because you're rich?
-->'''Karen:'''
rich?\\
'''Karen:'''
Not ''me'', my ''friend''!



-->'''Brian''': (''after finding out that his new mechanic, Budd, is hiding something about his past'') Hey, Roy, let me ask you something. If you knew somebody who had some sort of incident in their past, what would you-
-->'''Roy''': (''becoming nervous'') What are you looking at me like that for? What did you find out? Damn it, those records were supposed to be sealed! Don't you believe in a fresh start? (''walks away, leaving Brian dumbfounded'')

to:

-->'''Brian''': (''after -->'''Brian:''' ''[after finding out that his new mechanic, Budd, is hiding something about his past'') past]'' Hey, Roy, let me ask you something. If you knew somebody who had some sort of incident in their past, what would you-
-->'''Roy''': (''becoming nervous'')
you--\\
'''Roy:''' ''[becoming nervous]''
What are you looking at me like that for? What did you find out? Damn it, those records were supposed to be sealed! Don't you believe in a fresh start? (''walks ''[walks away, leaving Brian dumbfounded'')dumbfounded]''



-->'''Bartlet''': I've gotta tell him I lost a submarine. Can I make something up, like "say a friend of mine hypothetically..."

to:

-->'''Bartlet''': -->'''Bartlet:''' I've gotta tell him I lost a submarine. Can I make something up, like "say a friend of mine hypothetically..."



[[folder: Music]]

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[[folder: Music]][[folder:Music]]



-->There was this woman and there was this man
-->And there was this moment they had a chance
-->To hold on to what they had
-->How could they be so in love and still never see?
-->Now nothin' could be sadder than
-->This woman, this woman and this man

to:

-->There -->''There was this woman and there was this man
-->And
man\\
And
there was this moment they had a chance
-->To
chance\\
To
hold on to what they had
-->How
had\\
How
could they be so in love and still never see?
-->Now
see?\\
Now
nothin' could be sadder than
-->This
than\\
This
woman, this woman and this manman''



* Music/NeilYoung's "Barstool Blues" has the drunken, rambling narrator declare "Once there was this friend of mine who died a thousand deaths…"

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* Music/NeilYoung's "Barstool Blues" has the drunken, rambling narrator declare "Once there was this friend of mine who died a thousand deaths…"deaths...."



[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''. A woman buys a lurid magazine, claiming "It's not for me, it's for friend". The salesman replies, "Isn't it strange how many customers only have one friend."

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''. A woman buys a lurid magazine, claiming "It's not for me, it's for friend". The salesman replies, "Isn't it strange how many customers only ''Series/TheMuppetShow'':
-->'''Miss Piggy:''' I
have one friend."this friend, who is absolutely devastating. But she has this itty-bitty weight problem...



[[folder: Radio]]

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[[folder: Radio]][[folder:Radio]]



-->'''Jack''': How can I be tested for sexual diseases without anyone knowing?
-->'''Graeme''': Say you're being tested for a friend.
* In the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio drama ''The Eye of Horus'', Benny has found herself in AncientEgypt, confronted with both a) Prince Tutmosis, who wants to know his destiny and b) [[spoiler: the Doctor]], who she just saw die in the future. At one point she rants to Tutmosis about how distressing it is to know someone is going to die, and want to warn them, but they don't pick up on the hints. He takes it as her subtly telling him what his future holds if he doesn't act against Hatshepsut. And she's so wrapped up in her ''actual'' dilemma that she doesn't pick up on it.

to:

-->'''Jack''': -->'''Jack:''' How can I be tested for sexual diseases without anyone knowing?
-->'''Graeme''':
knowing?\\
'''Graeme:'''
Say you're being tested for a friend.
* In the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio drama ''The Eye of Horus'', Benny has found herself in AncientEgypt, confronted with both a) Prince Tutmosis, who wants to know his destiny and b) [[spoiler: the Doctor]], who she just saw die in the future. At one point she rants to Tutmosis about how distressing it is to know someone is going to die, and want to warn them, but they don't pick up on the hints. He takes it as her subtly telling him what his future holds if he doesn't act against Hatshepsut. And she's so wrapped up in her ''actual'' dilemma that she doesn't pick up on it.
friend.



[[folder: Theater]]

to:

[[folder: Theater]][[folder:Theater]]



[[folder: Video Games]]

to:

[[folder: Video [[folder:Video Games]]



-->'''Armand''': I apologize. I've been lying to you this entire time. I had no such friend. The reporter, the one who killed the innocent woman... That was me.
-->'''Lightning''': I had a feeling. The way you've been telling the story...seems to be hitting a little too close to home.

to:

-->'''Armand''': -->'''Armand:''' I apologize. I've been lying to you this entire time. I had no such friend. The reporter, the one who killed the innocent woman... That was me.
-->'''Lightning''':
me.\\
'''Lightning:'''
I had a feeling. The way you've been telling the story...seems to be hitting a little too close to home.



-->'''Bonnibel''': Oh dear. See, I've got this... friend who's got a problem. She's super attracted to a friend of hers. Do you think there's a chance they like her back?

to:

-->'''Bonnibel''': -->'''Bonnibel:''' Oh dear. See, I've got this... friend who's got a problem. She's super attracted to a friend of hers. Do you think there's a chance they like her back?



[[folder: Web Comics]]

to:

[[folder: Web [[folder:Web Comics]]



[[folder: Web Original]]

to:

[[folder: Web [[folder:Web Original]]



* In episode 3 of ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', when Krillin has to inform Chi-Chi of Goku's death and Gohan's kidnapping.
-->'''Krillin:''' So, Chi-Chi, hypothetically: what would you do if you were told that your husband was dead and your son was kidnapped by his worst enemy?\\
'''Chi-Chi:''' I'd castrate the messenger in his sleep with a rusty carving knife!
* Inverted in RhettAndLink's ''The Surrogate Sharers'' series, in which they confess having done something themselves on another's behalf.

to:

* In episode 3 of ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', when Krillin has to inform Chi-Chi of Goku's death and Gohan's kidnapping.
-->'''Krillin:''' So, Chi-Chi, hypothetically: what would you do if you were told that your husband was dead and your son was kidnapped by his worst enemy?\\
'''Chi-Chi:''' I'd castrate the messenger in his sleep with a rusty carving knife!
* Inverted in RhettAndLink's WebVideo/RhettAndLink's ''The Surrogate Sharers'' series, in which they confess having done something themselves on another's behalf.



* Played for comedy in Episode 5 of WebVideo/{{Manwhores}}. Randy (drunkenly): "I have this...friend and his name is Ran-Randy and...Well, let's just say Randy has to sleep with 248 men in the past six days so he can get the past six days so he can get the cash to pay his rent and now he's considering shooting himself in the mouth with a gun he found in an alleyway."
* From ''[[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv)]]'':
-->"What if say, hypothetically, someone could kill another person with [[ArtifactOfDoom a diary]]..."
* From the [[CharacterBlog twitter account]] of [[https://twitter.com/Dr_Dinosaur/status/243218710930804737 Dr Dinosaur]] from ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'':
-->WHERE DO YOU CUT A HUMAN TO MAKE IT BLEED TO DEATH THE FASTEST? ASKING FOR A PERFECTLY SANE FRIEND.

to:

* Played for comedy in Episode 5 of WebVideo/{{Manwhores}}. Randy (drunkenly): "I ''WebVideo/{{Manwhores}}''.
-->'''Randy:''' ''[drunkenly]'' I
have this...this... friend and his name is Ran-Randy and...and... Well, let's just say Randy has to sleep with 248 men in the past six days so he can get the past six days so he can get the cash to pay his rent and now he's considering shooting himself in the mouth with a gun he found in an alleyway."
alleyway.
* From ''[[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv)]]'':
-->"What
A purported example from real life (debunked by ''WebSite/{{Snopes}}'' [[http://www.snopes.com/military/amputee.asp here]], hence the reclassification of this entry from "Real Life") is a soldier telling his parents about his crippling injuries as if say, hypothetically, someone could kill another person they happened to "a friend" he wants to bring home with [[ArtifactOfDoom a diary]]..."
* From
him. When his parents say they can't possibly care for this friend, [[DrivenToSuicide he commits suicide]]. Somehow, this is supposed to [[BrokenAesop make the [[CharacterBlog twitter account]] of [[https://twitter.com/Dr_Dinosaur/status/243218710930804737 Dr Dinosaur]] from ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'':
-->WHERE DO YOU CUT A HUMAN TO MAKE IT BLEED TO DEATH THE FASTEST? ASKING FOR A PERFECTLY SANE FRIEND.
soldier look noble]], even though he didn't reveal the whole truth about his condition. While it's still very broken, the idea seems to be that if he'd told them the truth they'd have felt obliged to look after him, so he uses the "friend" story to find out what they ''really'' think. Which doesn't work, for the reasons Snopes gives.



[[folder: Western Animation]]

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[[folder: Western [[folder:Western Animation]]




[[folder: Urban Legends]]
* A purported example from real life (debunked by ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' [[http://www.snopes.com/military/amputee.asp here]], hence the reclassification of this entry from "Real Life") is a soldier telling his parents about his crippling injuries as if they happened to "a friend" he wants to bring home with him. When his parents say they can't possibly care for this friend, [[DrivenToSuicide he commits suicide]]. Somehow, this is supposed to [[BrokenAesop make the soldier look noble]], even though he didn't reveal the whole truth about his condition. While it's still very broken, the idea seems to be that if he'd told them the truth they'd have felt obliged to look after him, so he uses the "friend" story to find out what they ''really'' think. Which doesn't work, for the reasons Snopes gives.
[[/folder]]
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* In ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', Booster tries this when asking for advice on love in "Plasma Monster". Leads up to a CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', Booster tries this when asking for advice on love in "Plasma Monster". Leads up to a CrowningMomentOfFunny.[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment of Funny]].



-->[''Cut to [=SpongeBob=] knocking on Squidward's door''] Squidward? Squidward! Oh, Squidward!
-->'''Squidward''': [=SpongeBob=]! Do you have to knock so loudly?!
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': Oh, sorry, neighbor.
-->'''Squidward''': Oh, that overgrown clam is giving me a headache! I can't even take my afternoon beauty nap!
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': Funny thing you should mention that old oyster, because I… uh… was kinda wondering, um… Let's say I know this guy who may have something to do with the oyster.
-->'''Squidward''' (''eagerly''): You know the guy who did it?!
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': [''[[BIgGulp Gulps!]]'']
-->'''Squidward''': Oh, this is great! You and I can go turn him in! And then I'll get so much sleep, I'll be ''gorgeous!''
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': Um, actually, I-I'm just talking hypothetically.
-->'''Squidward''': You mean you don't know who did it?
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': Well, um... I... uh... no.
--> (''Squidward slams the door in [=SpongeBob=]'s face'')

to:

-->[''Cut to [=SpongeBob=] knocking on Squidward's door''] Squidward? Squidward! Oh, Squidward!
-->'''Squidward''':
Squidward!\\
'''Squidward''':
[=SpongeBob=]! Do you have to knock so loudly?!
-->
loudly?!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]''': Oh, sorry, neighbor.
-->'''Squidward''':
neighbor. \\
'''Squidward''':
Oh, that overgrown clam is giving me a headache! I can't even take my afternoon beauty nap!
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''':
nap!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]''':
Funny thing you should mention that old oyster, because I… uh… was kinda wondering, um… Let's say I know this guy who may have something to do with the oyster.
-->'''Squidward'''
oyster.\\
'''Squidward'''
(''eagerly''): You know the guy who did it?!
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''':
it?!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]''':
[''[[BIgGulp Gulps!]]'']
-->'''Squidward''':
Gulps!]]'']\\
'''Squidward''':
Oh, this is great! You and I can go turn him in! And then I'll get so much sleep, I'll be ''gorgeous!''
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''':
''gorgeous!''\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]''':
Um, actually, I-I'm just talking hypothetically.
-->'''Squidward''':
hypothetically.\\
'''Squidward''':
You mean you don't know who did it?
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''':
it?\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]''':
Well, um... I... uh... no.
-->
no.\\
(''Squidward slams the door in [=SpongeBob=]'s face'')
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