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16th Aug '17 1:48:18 PM TwilightLord
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** The "Treehouse of Horror X" segment "I Know What You Diddily-Iddily-Did" has a similar joke. After accidentally running over Ned Flanders, the Simpsons find the phrase "I Know What You Did!" written in blood everywhere they go, including on their front door. Lisa asks who saw them, and the camera slowly pans around the village, showing many characters looking suspicious, before finally ending on Homer pointing straight at the camera. Then the view changes to show he's pointing at Marge (who was in the car when Flanders was run over), who angrily tells him to stop it.


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** In "Homer and Apu", as the family sit down to watch TV, Homer remarks "Everything wrapped up nicely. ''(checks his watch)'' Hmm, much quicker than usual." A subtle reference to the fact that the episode still had ten minutes of running time left.
** "The Springfield Files" uses the same joke, with a FramingDevice featuring Creator/LeonardNimoy AsHimself telling the story to the viewers. Just over halfway into the episode, he makes a closing statement and says "Good night", followed by this exchange.
--->'''Squeaky-Voiced Teen''': Uh, Mr. Nimoy, we have ten minutes left.
--->'''Nimoy''': ''(awkwardly)'': I see. Let me... just... [[INeedToGoIronMyDog go get something out of my car.]]
--->''(He leaves, followed by the sounds of rapid footsteps, a car door slamming, and a car driving off. Squeaky-Voiced Teen comes into view.)''
--->'''Squeaky-Voiced Teen''': I don't think he's coming back.
** The final scene of "Blood Feud" has the family discussing the moral of the episode, eventually coming to the conclusion that there ''was'' no moral.
** Homer in "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington":
--->'''Homer''': Cartoons don't have any deep meaning. They're just stupid drawings that give you a cheap laugh. ''(stands up and his pants slip down, revealing his butt)''
** In the episode "The Front", Roger Meyers Jr., talking about [[ShowWithinAShow ''The Itchy & Scratchy Show'']] to Bart and Lisa, says that often, to save time, animators will reuse the same background over and over again. As he says this, the three very obviously walk past the same background again and again. This technique is often used in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in general.
16th Aug '17 12:41:13 PM TwilightLord
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* Ember does this in ''VideoGame/SpyroAHerosTail''. Her line goes "Don't take that bridge to the swamp, Spyro. If you do, I might never see you again". This both refers to the fact that it's dangerous, and she may not seem him again, and that she disappears from the game after you cross the bridge.

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* Ember does this in ''VideoGame/SpyroAHerosTail''. Her line goes "Don't take that bridge to the swamp, Spyro. If you do, I might never see you again". This both refers to the fact that it's dangerous, and she may not seem see him again, and that she disappears from the game after you cross the bridge.bridge.
** Later, when Spyro encounters a mammoth boss, he mentions that all he has to do is run around for while until he figures out the boss's weakness, then hit him three times. [[spoiler:The mammoth then stomps him flat.]] This is basically Spyro describing how to beat all the bosses in that game (and in several other Spyro games too).


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* Parodied in ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow'' at least twice. TheStinger of episode 5 has the Hokage going off on an extended rant about bridges, which really sounds like he's talking about the concept of Main/TheAbridgedSeries.
-->'''Hokage''': Personally I don't see what's so important about a bridge. I mean, come on. First [[Creator/LittleKuriboh one guy]] [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries makes a bridge]], and everybody uses it, they're like "Ooh, look! A bridge! [[GenrePopularizer That's new!]]" So like, these other two guys make [[WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries another bridge]]. It's [[FollowTheLeader kinda like the first one]], but people use it anyway because [[Creator/LittleKuriboh the other guy]] is like "Oh, their bridge is pretty good too, check it out!" And then [[Creator/TeamFourStar these three other guys]] are like "Oh, we're going to make [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged the best bridge ever]], we're going to combine our talents and be like 'Oh, look at our bridge, it's totally amazing, ooh!'" It's like, turns out really good, it's like the best out of all the other bridges. Everybody subscribes to it.
-->'''Naruto''': Subscribes to it?
-->'''Hokage''': I mean, uh, everybody crosses it. Because it's a bridge. Yeah. And before you know it, [[TheAbridgedSeries everybody and their mother is making a bridge]]. So there's a bridge... everywhere. Nobody even knows why they're making a bridge anymore. They just want people to cross it. They don't care where they're going. The first guy is like "I'm gonna go to conventions to promote my bridge!" It's like, it's just a bridge. It's not a big deal. Get over it.
-->'''Naruto''': What's he talking about?
-->'''Kakashi''': Apparently, bridges.
* At the beginning of episode 7, which was released around the time [=MasakoX=] left WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries, Kakashi (just before collapsing from exhaustion from his battle with Zabuza) quotes [=MasakoX=]'s leaving speech almost word for word. After he collapses, Naruto says this:
-->'''Naruto''': Bowie-sensei! You can't leave! We need you! Who else is going to provide all the voices? ''(long pause)'' ...Of reason?
8th Aug '17 2:13:39 PM Metallix
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** During the episode "Full Alert":
-->'''Kinsey''': You want to take down the Trust. I can help you.\\
'''O'Niell''': I'm sorry, I must have missed an episode. I thought you guys were working together.
7th Aug '17 10:46:29 AM DrFraud
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* Several HarryPotter fics have commented that the events of Harry's life would make a rather interesting book or series of books. In one of them Harry states that if you wrote down everything that happened it would fill seven books and Hermione replies "Or eight movies."
7th Aug '17 10:45:49 AM DrFraud
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* Several HarryPotter fics have commented that the events of Harry's life would make a rather interesting book or series of books. In one of them Harry states that if you wrote down everything that happened it would fill seven books and Hermione replies "Or eight movies."
6th Aug '17 9:17:47 PM TheJ0ker
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* In ''WebOriginal/{{Blackburn}}'' Chief Doyle does this at one point.
30th Jul '17 1:33:56 PM superkeijikun
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** In both ''Persona 3'' and ''Persona 4'', Edogawa holds a lecture on the arcana of the tarot. TarotMotifs are very prominent in the ''Persona'' series, especially from the third game onward, where they tie in with the games' [[RelationshipValues Social Link/Confidant]] mechanics, in addition to the major plotline bosses in ''3'' being themed after the arcana.
30th Jul '17 6:52:48 AM mariofan1000
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* In ''Series/{{CrazyExGirlfriend}}'', Rebecca's law firm is bought out by a new partner who quickly establishes that he is now in charge. The employees sing a song where they worry about introducing a new character ("I mean, he's such a character") this far into the season ("it's almost fall"), and wonder if it's a stunt to boost their ratings (on legalscores.com).

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* In ''Series/{{CrazyExGirlfriend}}'', ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'', Rebecca's law firm is bought out by a new partner who quickly establishes that he is now in charge. The employees sing a song where they worry about introducing a new character ("I mean, he's such a character") this far into the season ("it's almost fall"), and wonder if it's a stunt to boost their ratings (on legalscores.com).
28th Jul '17 8:30:26 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''VisualNovel/{{SOON}}'': After [[spoiler:getting the anti-robot bomb]], that narration states "Things are getting intense. If only real life had save points or you would ''totally'' save right now..."
20th Jul '17 6:59:53 AM LadyNorbert
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* This crops up repeatedly in the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' series ''Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge''. In the ''Dragon Age'' games, Varric often talks about writing his books and is in fact a well-known author, so when he makes remarks in the fic about writing a book about what's happening, it seems like a continuation of that gag. However, it goes beyond this when the reader remembers that Varric is ''credited as the editor of the fanfic.'' Throughout the entire series, Varric inserts repeated [[NoteFromEd editor's notes]] into the narrative; these do everything from explaining things to the reader down to outright scolding the author for something. Since the implication is that he's adding these notes while the story is written, and he's therefore actively involved in deciding what gets included in the story, the instances of him talking about writing the story come across as this.



* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'' features a scene that was not in the book where Faramir captures Frodo and Sam and takes them to Osgiliath with him. While there, Sam looks back on their journey and says "This is all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here".

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'' features a scene that was not in the book where Faramir captures Frodo and Sam and takes them to Osgiliath with him. While there, Sam looks back on their journey and says "This is all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here".here."



** Also, Killian speaking to President Ellis: [[spoiler:"I just needed a reason to kill you that would play well on TV"]].

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** Also, Killian speaking to President Ellis: [[spoiler:"I just needed a reason to kill you that would play well on TV"]].TV."]]



* Darcy and Elizabeth warping the Aesop at the ending of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''.
* Creator/JaneAusten's first novel ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' is full of this, thanks to the main trio being {{Bookworm}}s.

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* Creator/JaneAusten:
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Darcy and Elizabeth warping warp the Aesop at the ending of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''.
* Creator/JaneAusten's first novel ** ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' is full of this, thanks to the main trio being {{Bookworm}}s.
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