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25th Jul '16 8:08:57 PM Micah
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* Near the end of Season 5 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Church expresses irritation at the fact that "something dramatic happens exactly every five minutes" (which is the length of a typical episode).

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Near the end of Season 5 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', 5, Church expresses irritation at the fact that "something dramatic happens exactly every five minutes" (which is the length of a typical episode).episode).
** In Season 11, Lopez the robot gets asked about his creators (i.e., the other characters) and says, "You're going to want to sit down for this story. It's about twenty hours long and I only enjoy telling it in five-minute intervals."
25th Jul '16 7:37:31 PM Willbyr
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* Though Ryou of ''Manga/KoufukuGraffiti'' never specifically address viewers, [[SupremeChef she]] often holds ingredients or dishes she made towards the camera.

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* Though Ryou of ''Manga/KoufukuGraffiti'' ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'' never specifically address viewers, [[SupremeChef she]] often holds ingredients or dishes she made towards the camera.
25th Jul '16 8:38:40 AM FreeJaffa
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* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' expansion ''Oath of the Gatewatch'' has a group of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407623 cards]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407540 of]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407570 different]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407650 colors]], each depicting a planeswalker promising to keep watch, but no black version is present. Three expansions later, ''Eldritch Moon'' completes the theme with [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=414395 "Oath of Liliana"]], whose flavor text reads, "I'll keep watch. Happy now?"
23rd Jul '16 4:32:45 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/DonRosa's Scrooge [=McDuck=] comic ''The Black Knight Glorps Again'' features pictures CarlBarks painted of Scrooge as in-universe artifacts. Scrooge [=McDuck=] calls the person who did the paintings "his favourite artist" while WesternAnimation/{{Donald|Duck}} claims they [[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/FavouriteArtist.jpg "look like scenes out of a kid's comic book".]]

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* Creator/DonRosa's Scrooge [=McDuck=] comic ''The Black Knight Glorps Again'' features pictures CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks painted of Scrooge as in-universe artifacts. Scrooge [=McDuck=] calls the person who did the paintings "his favourite artist" while WesternAnimation/{{Donald|Duck}} claims they [[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/FavouriteArtist.jpg "look like scenes out of a kid's comic book".]]
21st Jul '16 7:57:25 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' have a RunningGag of random characters mistaking you for the previous games' protagonist. Even Hilbert/Hilda's ''mother''. The best lean of [=BW2=] is performed by [[spoiler: Ghetsis in the Giant Chasm, commenting to the teenage player character that random teenagers always seem to screw up his plans... so this time, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he'll just get you out of the way first]]]].

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' have a RunningGag of random characters mistaking you for the previous games' protagonist. Even Hilbert/Hilda's ''mother''. The best lean of [=BW2=] is performed by [[spoiler: Ghetsis in the Giant Chasm, commenting to the teenage player character that random teenagers always seem to screw up his plans... so this time, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he'll just get you out of the way first]]]].first]].



** Tarquin (DangerouslyGenreSavvy already) calls out the readers when [[spoiler:[[DracoInLeatherPants Thog]] turns out to be the arena champion]].

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** Tarquin (DangerouslyGenreSavvy (GenreSavvy already) calls out the readers when [[spoiler:[[DracoInLeatherPants Thog]] turns out to be the arena champion]].
20th Jul '16 5:26:59 PM siberia82
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*** The passage from ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'' that Professor X reads to his class is: "The past must be obliterated and the new start played. Let us now start fresh without remembrance rather than live forward and backward at the same time." For the audience, the underlying message is that we should ignore the RetGone original timeline of the X-Men movie series and focus on its AlternateTimeline.

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*** The passage from ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'' that Professor X reads to his class is: "The past must be obliterated and the new start played.made. Let us now start fresh without remembrance rather than live forward and backward at the same time." For the audience, the underlying message is that we should ignore the RetGone original timeline of the X-Men movie series and focus on its AlternateTimeline.
19th Jul '16 8:45:41 PM Gravidef
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* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' liked to indulge in this trope:
** In the Season Three premiere, Roseanne comes into the kitchen and remarks that it's such a beautiful day, she feels like singing. Over the summer of that year, Barr had infamously performed the National Anthem ''extremely'' badly at a baseball game, earning much criticism.
** In one episode, Dan comments that his and Roseanne's lives feel like different problems every week...and that they relive those same problems over the summer.
** The biggest examples, though, come from when Sarah Chalke [[TheOtherDarrin replaced Lecy Goranson]] as Becky. At the end of her first episode, the family watches ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' and [[LampshadeHanging discusses the fact that Dick Sergeant replaced Dick York]]. Becky comments that she likes the second Darrin better.
*** When Goranson returned to the series, characters repeatedly asked her "Where the hell have you been?" every time she came on screen, with Roseanne commenting that "it feels like you've been gone for three years!"
*** One episode showed an adult D.J. (played by John Goodman) being taken to a psychiatrist, as he [[MadnessMantra won't stop repeating]] the phrase "They say she's the same, but she ''isn't'' the same..." The end of the episode jokingly plays clips of both Goranson and Chalke playing Becky, which apparently drove D.J. crazy.
*** When Chalke returned to play Becky for the episode where the family travels to Disney World, Roseanne asks her "Aren't you glad you're here this week?"
*** Chalke plays a mom taking her children trick-or-treating in an episode during Goranson's return to the role. She talks about how nice the Conners seem, and how she wishes she could be part of their family.
16th Jul '16 6:42:31 PM skidoo23
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** Similar to the "must be Tuesday" line in ''Buffy'', in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"]] the Doctor claims Saturdays are "big temporal tipping points when anything's possible."

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** Similar to the "must be Tuesday" line in ''Buffy'', in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"]] the Doctor claims Saturdays are "big temporal tipping points when anything's possible."" Except for a few seasons in the 1980s, and Christmas specials when Christmas falls on another day of the week, ''Doctor Who'' has traditionally aired on Saturdays since its inception.



** The show also sometimes makes references to its title. [[spoiler:In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]], it is revealed that "the first question, the oldest question in the universe, hidden in plain sight" is just "Doctor who?". It's hidden in plain sight, because it's the show's title and has appeared at the beginning of every episode for 50 years! It's also the oldest question in the ''Who''niverse.]]

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** The show also sometimes makes references to its title. [[spoiler:In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]], it is revealed that "the first question, the oldest question in the universe, hidden in plain sight" is just "Doctor who?". It's hidden in plain sight, because it's the show's title and has appeared at the beginning of every episode for 50 years! It's also the oldest question in the ''Who''niverse.]]''Who''niverse and the utterance of "Doctor Who" becomes a major plot point in Series 7 and the final Eleventh Doctor episode, "The Time of the Doctor"]]



** Series 9 plays with the issue of major character deaths in the Creator/StevenMoffat-era seasons (Series 5 onward) often being undone or revealed to not be what they seemed. Half of the season's {{Cliffhanger}}s tease the deaths of the Doctor, Clara, ''and/or'' other recurring characters -- TheReveal in the next episode that they didn't is often almost immediately. Two major character deaths from Series 8, [[spoiler: Missy and Osgood's]], prove to have been more complex than what the audience saw at the time -- and the former character says as soon as they appear that yep, they're back, let's get on with things! The Doctor saves "The Girl Who Died" with alien tech but makes her immortal and ageless as a result; because he can't take her on as a companion due to the risk of ImmortalityImmorality for both of them (as he is functionally immortal himself), she becomes a problem he has to deal with for a ''long time''. It all leads up to a finale in which he puts the entire universe at risk of destruction to [[spoiler: save Clara Oswald from her fixed-point-in-time death]], and '''all''' of the other characters tell him he should have just accepted what happened in the first place!

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** Series 9 plays with the issue of major character deaths in the Creator/StevenMoffat-era seasons (Series 5 onward) often being undone or revealed to not be what they seemed. Half of the season's {{Cliffhanger}}s tease the deaths of the Doctor, Clara, ''and/or'' other recurring characters -- TheReveal in the next episode that they didn't is often almost immediately.characters. Two major character deaths from Series 8, [[spoiler: Missy and Osgood's]], prove to have been more complex than what the audience saw at the time -- and the former character says as soon as they appear that yep, they're back, let's get on with things! The Doctor saves "The Girl Who Died" with alien tech but makes her immortal and ageless as a result; because he can't take her on as a companion due to the risk of ImmortalityImmorality for both of them (as he is functionally immortal himself), she becomes a problem he has to deal with for a ''long time''. It all leads up to a finale in which he puts the entire universe at risk of destruction to [[spoiler: save Clara Oswald from her fixed-point-in-time death]], and '''all''' of the other characters tell him he should have just accepted what happened in the first place!


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* Music/MartyRobbins: Robbins' masterwork is considered to be the "El Paso" trilogy that began with the epic song of the same name, an even ''more'' epic prequel titled
"Faleena from El Paso", and then more than a decade later he released the third part, "El Paso City". In this last song, Robbins sings about hearing the first song and the story within, "I can't recall who sang the song," he says.
13th Jul '16 10:15:38 AM KeithTyler
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* In OceansTwelve, Tess Ocean (played by JuliaRoberts) decides to pretend she's Julia Roberts, since she looks so similar, and runs into BruceWillis (as himself), who thinks it's her.
12th Jul '16 10:54:57 PM PantaroP
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*** A variation of this line shows up in the second season finale with Commander Peepers' reaction to Lord Hater's HesBack moment.
--> '''Commander Peepers''': Where has this guy been all season... ''of our lives''!
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