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27th Nov '16 4:10:28 PM Prfnoff
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->''"Frito, who had been silently taking all this in, suddenly spoke up. "I think I have the answer," he said as a 25-watt light bulb appeared over his head."''

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->''"Frito, ->''Frito, who had been silently taking all this in, suddenly spoke up. "I think I have the answer," he said as a 25-watt light bulb appeared over his head."''''
23rd Oct '16 12:14:26 AM Morgenthaler
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Often parodied. Most common subversions are the appearances of a broken light bulb to signify someone is thinking of a bad idea; candles, torches, or other sources of light appearing over the heads of characters who pre-date the lightbulb; and a character getting the bulb, but turning it off, indicating they had second thoughts and decided it wasn't a good idea after all. In shows with a weak fourth wall, characters may even grab the lightbulb off of their head and utilize it in their plan, or may happen to be standing under an actual lightbulb that is turned on by another character. Characters GenreSavvy enough will sometimes put an actual lightbulb above their head or someone else's in an effort to give them an idea. A DeadHorseTrope, definitely. Nearly every example here is a parody or subversion. Often used as part of a RebusBubble.

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Often parodied. Most common subversions are the appearances of a broken light bulb to signify someone is thinking of a bad idea; candles, torches, or other sources of light appearing over the heads of characters who pre-date the lightbulb; and a character getting the bulb, but turning it off, indicating they had second thoughts and decided it wasn't a good idea after all. In shows with a weak fourth wall, characters may even [[MetafictionalDevice grab the lightbulb off of their head and utilize it in their plan, plan]], or may happen to be standing under an actual lightbulb that is turned on by another character. Characters GenreSavvy enough will sometimes put an actual lightbulb above their head or someone else's in an effort to give them an idea. A DeadHorseTrope, definitely. Nearly every example here is a parody or subversion. Often used as part of a RebusBubble.
16th Aug '16 3:23:38 AM WillBGood
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* [[http://ohnolookoutitsaraygun.com/20071110-04.gif This comic]] takes the trope about as far as it'll go, with a lightbulb having an idea about... oh, just read it.
** Unfortunately it appears you can't any more.
10th Jun '16 2:34:25 PM katrinahood
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* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' episode "Runaway Pride at Lightstation Kilowatt". When Kevin gets an idea on how to save the Emperor's Pride, a light bulb alien lights up next to his head.
27th Apr '16 12:24:53 PM luiz4200
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* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'': [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1991-05-07 Orson greeted Bo because Bo's greetings bring wind.]]

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* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'': ''ComicStrip/USAcres'':
** [[https://garfield.com/usacres/1986/06/02 Orson deciding to turn his lemonade stand into a shade stand]].
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[[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1991-05-07 Orson greeted Bo because Bo's greetings bring wind.]]
19th Apr '16 8:42:37 PM JMQwilleran
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'', an anime-style idea bulb will sometimes appear over a character's head when they get an idea, such as in Chapter 4 when Emma excuses her talking with her cat, Celine, as talking with a friend on her [=ARCUS=] unit. It also sometimes shows up when Rean answers a question in class.
8th Apr '16 1:47:06 AM PaulA
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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyPlanets'': One appears above Bong's head when Bong has a moment of inspiration in "Spring Cleaning".
4th Apr '16 7:52:38 AM ospalh
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* Played rather straight in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' when Hannelore gets a [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2588 compact fluorescent lamp]].
16th Jan '16 3:00:50 PM StFan
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]

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[[folder:Anime and & Manga]]



* In ''TheWizardOfId'', the title character is, in the first panel, straining hard to come up with an idea. Panel two, his face brightens, and a light bulb appears over his head. Panel three, the scene is drawn at a wider angle to show a huge pile of light bulbs next to him. Wizard grumbles, "I need ideas. I get light bulbs."

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* In ''TheWizardOfId'', ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'', the title character is, in the first panel, straining hard to come up with an idea. Panel two, his face brightens, and a light bulb appears over his head. Panel three, the scene is drawn at a wider angle to show a huge pile of light bulbs next to him. Wizard grumbles, "I need ideas. I get light bulbs."



[[folder: Other]]
* At the Edinburgh Science Festival 2015 strand "The Idea Fsctory", the lecture theatres were decorated with large lightbulbs with unusually shaped filaments (a microphone, a tuba, a TV set, Vitruvian Man...)

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[[folder: Other]]
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* At the Edinburgh Science Festival 2015 strand "The Idea Fsctory", Factory", the lecture theatres were decorated with large lightbulbs with unusually shaped filaments (a microphone, a tuba, a TV set, Vitruvian Man...)



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14th Jan '16 1:24:19 AM jormis29
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* The lit candle is used in [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2003-08-20 this]] ''Nodwick'' strip.

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* The lit candle is used in [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2003-08-20 this]] ''Nodwick'' ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' strip.



* ''SquidRow'' [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=1343 Looking for inspiration]]

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* ''SquidRow'' ''Webcomic/SquidRow'' [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=1343 Looking for inspiration]]
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