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5th Feb '17 6:30:10 PM Vir
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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', a no-fourth-wall [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=304 strip]] reveals that the cartoonist has a button to turn himself and anyone nearby into busty cheerleaders. His minion is unclear on why that button exists. Also, it seems cartooning is more exciting than one might expect.

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', a no-fourth-wall NoFourthWall [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=304 strip]] reveals that the cartoonist has a button to turn himself and anyone nearby into busty cheerleaders. His minion is unclear on why that button exists. Also, it seems cartooning is more exciting than one might expect.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Plankton equips his [[MobileSuitHuman Robot Mr. Krabs]] with a Penny-Powered SelfDestructMechanism.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Plankton equips his [[MobileSuitHuman Robot Mr. Krabs]] with a Penny-Powered SelfDestructMechanism.



* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Most of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's inventions have some sort of reverse, or self destruct function, especially when this would make no sense. Some examples:

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Most of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's inventions have some sort of reverse, or self destruct self-destruct function, especially when this would make no sense. Some examples:



** "Hail Doofania!" The Rainbow Generator features a SelfDestructMechanism
--->'''Ferb''': You know, in retrospect I questioned the inclusion of a self destruct button in the first place.
** In "[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossTheSecondDimension Across the 2nd Dimension]]" Doofenshmirtz mentions he once deployed an army of robots and hid the self destruct buttons on their feet. Guess how the robots were defeated.
** In one episode, Doofenshmirtz spends an entire episode looking for an on-off switch so he can activate his latest [[ThingOMatic -inator]]. It turns out that all the -inator does is open the cage that he had trapped Perry in.
** In one episode Doofenshmirtz builds a Go-Away-Inator which spins a wheel of locations and sends whatever it's pointed at away. Near the end of the episode it sends a group of people into Doof's pants. It turns out that that "My Pants" setting was there because the -inator's wheel had been mixed up with his dry cleaning wheel.

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** In "Hail Doofania!" The the Rainbow Generator features a SelfDestructMechanism
SelfDestructMechanism.
--->'''Ferb''': You know, in retrospect I questioned the inclusion of a self destruct self-destruct button in the first place.
** In "[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossTheSecondDimension Across the 2nd Dimension]]" Doofenshmirtz mentions he once deployed an army of robots and hid the self destruct self-destruct buttons on their feet. Guess how the robots were defeated.
** In one episode, "Finding Mary [=MacGuffin=]", Doofenshmirtz spends an entire episode looking for an on-off switch so he can activate his latest [[ThingOMatic -inator]]. It turns out that all the -inator does is open the cage that he had trapped Perry in.
** In one episode "Candace Gets Busted" Doofenshmirtz builds a Go-Away-Inator which spins a wheel of locations and sends whatever it's pointed at away. Near the end of the episode it sends a group of people into Doof's pants. It turns out that that "My Pants" setting was there because the -inator's wheel had been mixed up with his dry cleaning wheel.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': "Action Packed"
--> '''Jurgen:''' AH! Why did I build a "Reverse-Suck"?!
--> '''Timmy:''' 'Cause this is MY movie!

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': "Action Packed"
--> '''Jurgen:''' AH! -->'''Jorgen:''' NO! Why did I build put a "Reverse-Suck"?!
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reverse switch on it?!\\
'''Timmy:''' 'Cause this is MY movie!



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons ''
** A Halloween special features an murderous Krusty doll: "Yep, there's your problem. Somebody [[MoralityDial set this thing to evil]]."
** Another Halloween special features Ned desperately trying to stop Homer from pressing a button in the Nuclear Plant that makes it explode and destroy Springfield. [[spoiler: Ned was given no other choice than to kill Homer, but even THAT didn't stop him from pressing the button.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons ''
''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** A Halloween special features an a murderous Krusty doll: "Yep, there's your problem. Somebody [[MoralityDial set this thing to evil]]."
** Another Halloween special features Ned desperately trying to stop Homer from pressing a button in the Nuclear Plant nuclear plant that makes it explode and destroy Springfield. [[spoiler: Ned was given no other choice than to kill Homer, but even THAT didn't stop him from pressing the button.]]



** Recurring teenage villain Cree explained that the only reason she escaped from a prison spaceship was because one of the pilots accidentally pressed the "Blow Up The Engines" button during a fight over trading cards.
-->'''Cree:''' Who else but a bunch of stupid kids would put a "Blow Up The Engines" button on a spaceship?

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** Recurring teenage villain Cree explained that the only reason she escaped from a prison spaceship was because one of the pilots accidentally pressed the "Blow Up The the Engines" button during a fight over trading cards.
-->'''Cree:''' Who else but a bunch of stupid kids would put a "Blow Up The the Engines" button on a spaceship?



* He-Man and She-Ra's [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Special]] shows Orko launching a rocket that's manipulated by one easily breakable lever.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had Professor Farsnworth's glow-in-the-dark nose making machine. About halfway through the episode, he prepares to insert a note from Leela's parents into it to analyze it and hopefully translate it. This exchange took place:
-->'''Fry:''' Isn't that the machine that makes noses?
-->'''Professor:''' It can do other things! Why shouldn't it?

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* [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse He-Man and She-Ra's She-Ra]]'s [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Special]] shows Orko launching a rocket that's manipulated by one easily breakable lever.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had Professor Farsnworth's Farnsworth's glow-in-the-dark nose making machine. About halfway through the episode, he prepares to insert a note from Leela's parents into it to analyze it and hopefully translate it. This exchange took place:
-->'''Fry:''' Isn't that the machine that makes noses?
-->'''Professor:'''
noses?\\
'''Professor:'''
It can do other things! Why shouldn't it?
30th Jan '17 6:06:54 PM PrimeEvil
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** "Warriors' Gate": Apparently the TARDIS console has a switch that can take the ship out of the Space/Time Vortex--to press it while in flight would be suicide. Naturally, the Doctor ''almost'' pressed it, but Romana stopped him just in time.
27th Dec '16 9:34:56 AM fruitstripegum
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* The trope image comes from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "B.O.T.", which is about the Decepticons trying to rebuild Bruticus because he is supposedly the only one big enough to use their gigantic superweapon. Despite the Decepticons' success, the Autobots manage to foil their plans and destroy it. How do they do this? The B.O.T. presses a button on a ''human-level'' control panel clearly marked "Over Load" [''sic'']. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin True to its label]], it overloads the superweapon and makes it explode. This and numerous other nonsense moments in the story contribute to its reputation as the worst episode in the franchise's history.

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* The trope image comes from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "B.O.T.", which is about the Decepticons trying to rebuild Bruticus because he is supposedly the only one big enough to use their gigantic superweapon.superweapon (even though they still have both Devastator and Menasor). Despite the Decepticons' success, the Autobots manage to foil their plans and destroy it. How do they do this? The B.O.T. presses a button on a ''human-level'' control panel clearly marked "Over Load" [''sic'']. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin True to its label]], it overloads the superweapon and makes it explode. This and numerous other nonsense moments in the story contribute to its reputation as the worst episode in the franchise's history.
22nd Dec '16 3:24:22 PM margdean56
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When the MadScientist or GadgeteerGenius creates a machine of diabolical nature, some function gets thrown into the mix that wasn't quite planned, doesn't really serve any practical purpose, and may even be an AchillesHeel - a lever for flooding the cockpit of the HumongousMecha with its fuel reserves, for instance.

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When the MadScientist or GadgeteerGenius creates a machine of diabolical nature, some function gets thrown into the mix that wasn't quite planned, doesn't really serve any practical purpose, and may even be an AchillesHeel - a AchillesHeel--a lever for flooding the cockpit of the HumongousMecha with its fuel reserves, for instance.



Compare with CowTools, where nothing about the machine makes sense. Contrast with MundaneUtility, where simply being what it is lets the device do something useful- cooking popcorn with your DeathRay, for instance. Frequently overlaps with SelfDestructMechanism. See also CapsLockNumLockMissilesLock.

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Compare with CowTools, where nothing about the machine makes sense. Contrast with MundaneUtility, where simply being what it is lets the device do something useful- cooking useful--cooking popcorn with your DeathRay, for instance. Frequently overlaps with SelfDestructMechanism. See also CapsLockNumLockMissilesLock.
25th Nov '16 6:29:58 AM FurryKef
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* Car speedometers often go higher than is safe to travel in the car in question, or is designed to read velocities that the car isn't even capable of reaching. In both cases it's fully justified. For the former, driving a vehicle at it's maximum speed for any length of time (redlining) will drastically shorten the lifespan of the car and can burn out the engine, so they are designed with much higher speeds than what would be practical to prevent this. For the latter, often there is one type of speedometer which has to cover a whole range of cars. There's also the fact that it's ideal to have the most common max speed(like 50 or 60 mph) near the top of the speedometer, which makes it relatively easy to see without taking your eyes off of the road for too long.

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* Car speedometers often go higher than is safe to travel in the car in question, or is designed to read velocities that the car isn't even capable of reaching. In both cases it's fully justified. For the former, driving a vehicle at it's its maximum speed for any length of time (redlining) will drastically shorten the lifespan of the car and can burn out the engine, so they are designed with much higher speeds than what would be practical to prevent this. For the latter, often there is one type of speedometer which has to cover a whole range of cars. There's also the fact that it's ideal to have the most common max speed(like 50 or 60 mph) near the top of the speedometer, which makes it relatively easy to see without taking your eyes off of the road for too long.
9th Sep '16 2:09:05 PM Moonstreak
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When the MadScientist or GadgeteerGenius creates a machine of diabolical nature, some function gets thrown into the mix that wasn't quite planned, doesn't really serve any practical purpose, and may even be an AchillesHeel- a lever for flooding the cockpit of the HumongousMecha with its fuel reserves, for instance.

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When the MadScientist or GadgeteerGenius creates a machine of diabolical nature, some function gets thrown into the mix that wasn't quite planned, doesn't really serve any practical purpose, and may even be an AchillesHeel- AchillesHeel - a lever for flooding the cockpit of the HumongousMecha with its fuel reserves, for instance.
3rd Sep '16 8:34:30 AM treehugger0369
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* Car speedometers often go higher than is safe to travel in the car in question, or is designed to read velocities that the car isn't even capable of reaching. In both cases it's fully justified. For the former, driving a vehicle at it's maximum speed for any length of time (redlining) will drastically shorten the lifespan of the car and can burn out the engine, so they are designed with much higher speeds than what would be practical to prevent this. For the latter, often there is one type of speedometer which has to cover a whole range of cars.

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* Car speedometers often go higher than is safe to travel in the car in question, or is designed to read velocities that the car isn't even capable of reaching. In both cases it's fully justified. For the former, driving a vehicle at it's maximum speed for any length of time (redlining) will drastically shorten the lifespan of the car and can burn out the engine, so they are designed with much higher speeds than what would be practical to prevent this. For the latter, often there is one type of speedometer which has to cover a whole range of cars. There's also the fact that it's ideal to have the most common max speed(like 50 or 60 mph) near the top of the speedometer, which makes it relatively easy to see without taking your eyes off of the road for too long.
3rd Sep '16 8:31:27 AM treehugger0369
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* If you frequently use any chat where Enter=submit message, odds are you'll end up submitting an incomplete message at least once because you hit Enter when you meant to hit the apostrophe.
29th Aug '16 3:27:25 AM darrenr
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** The episode "42" has a sequence where Martha is trapped in an escape pod falling into a sun. The recall button for said pod is located on the ''outside'' of the spacecraft.
23rd Aug '16 8:23:16 PM TheGreenHerring
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* PlayedForLaughs at the end of the video for Music/{{Genesis}}' "Land of Confusion", featuring puppets by the crew of ''Series/SpittingImage''. After a bad dream and in need of water, the puppet UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan tries to call for a nurse from his bed, and reaches for two buttons right next to each other labeled "Nurse" and "Nuke". Guess which one he presses instead.
--> "Man, that's one heck of a nurse!"
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