History Main / LeaningontheFourthWall

9th Feb '16 7:46:20 PM nowaymanguy
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* In ''[[VideoGame/PuzzleAndDragons Puzzle & Dragon Z]]'', when they reached the final stage of The Passage of Life, the Hero, Nick and Sara mention how they've gotten to the end of the dungeon. Sara says that at the end of a dungeon there's only one thing there could be. Prompting everyone to simultaneously shout out "BOSS BATTLE!"
3rd Feb '16 7:38:41 PM jamespolk
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* Superman's "What do you think?" at the end of the second trailer for ''Film/ManOfSteel'' seems aimed at the audience as well as Lois.
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* Superman's "What do you think?" at the end In ''Film/BulldogDrummond'' Drummond hears Phyllis's story and says "You must admit it's rather like a penny thriller." ''Bulldog Drummond'' was an adaptation of the second trailer for ''Film/ManOfSteel'' seems aimed at the audience as well as Lois.''Literature/BulldogDrummond'' series of penny thriller novels.
30th Jan '16 4:00:40 AM Malitia
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* Modern Loki is so prolific in doing this that any given speech balloon has a significant chance of containing something that leans on the fourth wall. [[Comicbook/JourneyIntoMystery Lamenting]] that ''they'' don't have the power to write a happy ending for themselves while {{Aside Glanc|e}}ing at the reader (You could! Please!), [[Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard stating]] that "It's never the end of all stories." about Comicbook/SecretWars2015 (Yeah. No. Not really a reboot.) [[Comicbook/{{Thor2014}} going on tangents]] about Loki being an important supporting character in Thor's life even when everything is Comicbook/{{All New All Different|Marvel}}.
26th Jan '16 9:49:09 AM case
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' finale "All Good Things...", [[TheTrickster Q]] talks about "putting an end to your little trek through the stars".
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': ** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' finale "All Good Things...", [[TheTrickster Q]] talks about "putting an end to your little trek through the stars".
26th Jan '16 9:48:20 AM case
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* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Far Beyond the Stars" has Captain Benjamin Sisko hallucinating/having a vision that he's Benny Russell, a science fiction writer from the 1950s who ''actually writes about Deep Space Nine itself''. At the end of the episode, when the whole thing was revealed to have been a dream (vision, whatever), he wonders if life aboard the station is the illusion.
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* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': ** "Far Beyond the Stars" has Captain Benjamin Sisko hallucinating/having a vision that he's Benny Russell, a science fiction writer from the 1950s who ''actually writes about Deep Space Nine itself''. At the end of the episode, when the whole thing was revealed to have been a dream (vision, whatever), he wonders if life aboard the station is the illusion.

* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' two-part episode "Future's End" featured the ship traveling back in time to the mid-1990s and encountering another time traveler from an additional 300 years in the future, had Captain Janeway remark: "Time travel. Ever since my first day in the job as a Starfleet Captain, I swore I'd never let myself get caught in [[TimeyWimeyBall one of these god-forsaken paradoxes]]. The future is the past, the past is the future. It all gives me a headache."
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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': ** The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' two-part episode "Future's End" featured the ship traveling back in time to the mid-1990s and encountering another time traveler from an additional 300 years in the future, had Captain Janeway remark: "Time travel. Ever since my first day in the job as a Starfleet Captain, I swore I'd never let myself get caught in [[TimeyWimeyBall one of these god-forsaken paradoxes]]. The future is the past, the past is the future. It all gives me a headache."
26th Jan '16 9:46:42 AM case
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** Near the end of "Ship in a Bottle", [[TheCaptain Picard]], ''just short'' of smirking, muses about their reality:
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** Near the end of "Ship in a Bottle", [[TheCaptain Picard]], ''just short'' of smirking, muses about their reality:reality, with a line that leans in even more than it did originally thanks to the advent of smart phones:
24th Jan '16 11:39:54 AM Temmere
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* ''Series/MadMen'': In the Season 5 episode "Lady Lazarus," SCDP makes a commercial that in the preliminary phase has a [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] soundtrack; upon review, they comment that while the track is perfect, licensing Beatles songs is very expensive, and they should probably [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong go with one that sounds almost like it]]. At the end of the episode, Don complains to Peggy about how he doesn't know what's going on in pop culture anymore, and she hands him a copy of the Beatles' ''Revolver''. The episode ends with Don listening to "Tomorrow Never Knows"--the real version, and it reportedly cost AMC a quarter of a million dollars to do that.
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* ''Series/MadMen'': In the Season 5 episode "Lady Lazarus," SCDP makes a commercial that in the preliminary phase has a [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] soundtrack; upon review, they comment that while the track is perfect, licensing Beatles songs is very expensive, and they should probably [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong go with one that sounds almost like it]]. At the end of the episode, Don complains to Peggy Megan about how he doesn't know what's going on in pop culture anymore, and she hands him a copy of the Beatles' ''Revolver''. The episode ends with Don listening to "Tomorrow Never Knows"--the real version, and it reportedly cost AMC a quarter of a million dollars to do that.
18th Jan '16 6:50:36 PM Plactus
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** '''Detective Lance''': The city's in danger, it must be May.
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** --> '''Detective Lance''': The city's in danger, it must be May.May. * ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Felicity, crossing over from ''Arrow'', notes that everyone seems to be in a worse mood than normal with a meta-comment on the differing tones between the two shows: --> '''Felicity:''' I thought Central City was supposed to be the fun one.
9th Jan '16 12:36:45 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''Palimpsest'' by Catherynne Valente, two characters discuss the physics of their alternate world:
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* In ''Palimpsest'' by Catherynne Valente, ''Literature/{{Palimpsest}}'', two characters discuss the physics of their alternate world:
6th Jan '16 10:47:09 PM merotoker
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-->'''Ryuk:''' [[spoiler: It was good while it lasted. We eased each other's boredom for quite a while. Well, Light, it's been interesting.]]
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-->'''Ryuk:''' [[spoiler: It was good while it lasted. We eased each other's boredom for quite a while. Well, Light, it's been interesting.]]interesting]].

** In series finale, Madoka's mom also asks if her daughter is an anime character when talking with Homura [[spoiler:after she re-writes the laws of the universe and everyone else in the world has forgotten her.]]
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** In series finale, Madoka's mom also asks if her daughter is an anime character when talking with Homura [[spoiler:after she re-writes the laws of the universe and everyone else in the world has forgotten her.]]her]].

* The Danish film ''Nattevagten'' ("Nightwatch") ends on this note, with characters discussing the events that have happened and noting that if it were a film it would be called "The Night Guard". And at the end of the movie, one of the characters would [[spoiler:say "No" at his own wedding. He does.]]
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* The Danish film ''Nattevagten'' ("Nightwatch") ends on this note, with characters discussing the events that have happened and noting that if it were a film it would be called "The Night Guard". And at the end of the movie, one of the characters would [[spoiler:say "No" at his own wedding. He does.]]does]].

** 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"]].

* The ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' episode "Flight Risk" leans on the fourth wall, when Alistair (pretending to be Sherlock's father) asks Watson "how's the sex?". This is evidently taking a stab at the criticism the show received before airing, that a having a female Watson was for the sole purpose of being a love interest to Sherlock.
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* The ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' episode "Flight Risk" leans on the fourth wall, when Alistair (pretending to be Sherlock's father) asks Watson "how's the sex?". This is evidently taking a stab at the criticism the show received before airing, that a having a female Watson was for the sole purpose of being a love interest to Sherlock.

* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the TV Star", Monk suspects the star of a TV crime show of murder. During the investigation he meets an obsessed fan, Marci Maven (played by Sarah Silverman), who continually comments that the suspect's show had recently changed its theme song, and that nobody liked the new one. Of course, her comments are aimed at ''Monk'' itself, since it had recently changed its award winning theme song to one by Randy Newman that many fans disliked ("It's a Jungle Out There"). At the end of the episode, Marci comments to Monk that he should have his own TV show, and makes him promise that if he ever gets one he'll never change the theme song. The episode then goes to the credits while the ''original'' theme song plays it out.
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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' ** In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the TV Star", Monk suspects the star of a TV crime show of murder. During the investigation he meets an obsessed fan, Marci Maven (played by Sarah Silverman), who continually comments that the suspect's show had recently changed its theme song, and that nobody liked the new one. Of course, her comments are aimed at ''Monk'' itself, since it had recently changed its award winning theme song to one by Randy Newman that many fans disliked ("It's a Jungle Out There"). At the end of the episode, Marci comments to Monk that he should have his own TV show, and makes him promise that if he ever gets one he'll never change the theme song. The episode then goes to the credits while the ''original'' theme song plays it out.

* The short-lived series ''Series/NowhereMan'', which is about a man who is "erased" by a GovernmentConspiracy and then sees a [[ShowWithinAShow TV show about]] a man who was "erased" by a GovernmentConspiracy, which was made by the actual GovernmentConspiracy just so no one would believe him if he tried to tell anyone the truth. And in the last episode, [[spoiler:he discovers that ''all of his memories and his entire life are a simulation''.]]
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* The short-lived series ''Series/NowhereMan'', which is about a man who is "erased" by a GovernmentConspiracy and then sees a [[ShowWithinAShow TV show about]] a man who was "erased" by a GovernmentConspiracy, which was made by the actual GovernmentConspiracy just so no one would believe him if he tried to tell anyone the truth. And in the last episode, [[spoiler:he discovers that ''all of his memories and his entire life are a simulation''.]]simulation'']].

* In the second episode of the fifth season of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Lorne says this about [[LoveTriangle Angel and Spike's mutual love for Buffy]]: -->'''Lorne:''' The [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer vampire slayer]] that both men loved, both men lost. Oh, I could sell that to a studio in a heartbeat. I'm seeing [Johnny] Depp and [Orlando] Bloom. Then again, I see them a lot. ''(He notices Wesley giving him a strange look.)'' Sorry, I need to get out more--I've been spending so much time running Wolfram & Hart's entertainment division. ** Also in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', in the first season, one episode begins with a woman being hunted by a gang of vampires. The vampires suddenly turn around, and one of them says, "You." The camera then shows us the person who has surprised them, starting with the feet and panning upward: black boots, a [[BadassLongcoat long black trenchcoat]], a sword... and then we get to the face, which is that of a young black man (Charles Gunn) we've never seen before. He smiles and says, "You were expecting somebody else?"
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' ** In the second episode of the fifth season of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Lorne says this about [[LoveTriangle Angel and Spike's mutual love for Buffy]]: -->'''Lorne:''' The [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer vampire slayer]] that both men loved, both men lost. Oh, I could sell that to a studio in a heartbeat. I'm seeing [Johnny] Depp and [Orlando] Bloom. Then again, I see them a lot. ''(He notices Wesley giving him a strange look.)'' Sorry, I need to get out more--I've been spending so much time running Wolfram & Hart's entertainment division. ** Also in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', in the first season, one episode begins with a woman being hunted by a gang of vampires. The vampires suddenly turn around, and one of them says, "You." The camera then shows us the person who has surprised them, starting with the feet and panning upward: black boots, a [[BadassLongcoat long black trenchcoat]], a sword... and then we get to the face, which is that of a young black man (Charles Gunn) we've never seen before. He smiles and says, "You were expecting somebody else?"else?" ** In the second episode of the fifth season, Lorne says this about [[LoveTriangle Angel and Spike's mutual love for Buffy]]: --->'''Lorne:''' The [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer vampire slayer]] that both men loved, both men lost. Oh, I could sell that to a studio in a heartbeat. I'm seeing [Johnny] Depp and [Orlando] Bloom. Then again, I see them a lot. ''(He notices Wesley giving him a strange look.)'' Sorry, I need to get out more--I've been spending so much time running Wolfram & Hart's entertainment division.

** The episode "Jet Lag" of season 7 ends with a Ziva looking at a picture Tony took, commenting, "I think it would look better in black and white." Cue the standard ending black and white shot of said picture.
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** The episode "Jet Lag" of season 7 ends with a Ziva looking at a picture Tony took, commenting, "I think it would look better in black and white." Cue the standard ending black and white shot of said picture.

** In the episode ''Three Stories,'' it's framed by House telling a series of diagnostic tales to a seminar full of med students. One story starts to get heavy, with a patient going into cardiac arrest and the doctors scrambling to save him.... Cut to House, calmly standing in front of the students.
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** In the episode ''Three Stories,'' "Three Stories," it's framed by House telling a series of diagnostic tales to a seminar full of med students. One story starts to get heavy, with a patient going into cardiac arrest and the doctors scrambling to save him.... Cut to House, calmly standing in front of the students.

** In another episode, one of the lawyers is so ecstatic at being re-hired by the firm that he bursts into song. The song? [[ThemeTuneCameo The ]] ''[[ThemeTuneCameo Boston Legal]]'' [[ThemeTuneCameo theme song]]. His performance is used in place of the usual opening credits sequence, with scenes of his gleeful singing inter-cut with the usual cast headshots.
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** In another episode, one of the lawyers is so ecstatic at being re-hired by the firm that he bursts into song. The song? [[ThemeTuneCameo The ]] {{The|meTuneCameo}} ''[[ThemeTuneCameo Boston Legal]]'' [[ThemeTuneCameo theme song]]. His performance is used in place of the usual opening credits sequence, with scenes of his gleeful singing inter-cut with the usual cast headshots.

* {{Downplayed}} in "Theatre/BulletsOverBroadway". They don't exactly wink to the audience, but there is obviously a scene where the ShowWithinAShow briefly overlaps with the real show.
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* {{Downplayed}} {{Downplayed|Trope}} in "Theatre/BulletsOverBroadway". They don't exactly wink to the audience, but there is obviously a scene where the ShowWithinAShow briefly overlaps with the real show.

* In ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'', before the resonance cascade you can find a scientist [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] NPC behavior (as well as the fact that Gordon and his fellow physicists never seem to do more than push buttons):
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* In ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'', before the resonance cascade you can find a scientist [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing NPC behavior (as well as the fact that Gordon and his fellow physicists never seem to do more than push buttons):

** Arguably, the entire point of the game was to lean on the FourthWall. Raiden, like the player, wants to [[VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy be the guy]], Snake, despite never having met him, although he has "simulated" his other missions. When the opportunity comes to prove himself, [[spoiler:however, he constantly fails. Unlike Snake, he wants to go home instead of feeling at home on the battlefield. At the end, none of the bosses (with the possible exception of Fatman) are actually confirmed dead by his hand.]] Raiden is essentially a {{deconstruction}} of a generic video game character, with the [[ThisLoserIsYou player]] sharing his role of ButtMonkey. For more information, read [[http://www.deltaheadtranslation.com/MGS2/DOTM_TOC.htm this]].
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** Arguably, the entire point of the game was to lean on the FourthWall. Raiden, like the player, wants to [[VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy be the guy]], Snake, despite never having met him, although he has "simulated" his other missions. When the opportunity comes to prove himself, [[spoiler:however, he constantly fails. Unlike Snake, he wants to go home instead of feeling at home on the battlefield. At the end, none of the bosses (with the possible exception of Fatman) are actually confirmed dead by his hand.]] hand]]. Raiden is essentially a {{deconstruction}} of a generic video game character, with the [[ThisLoserIsYou player]] sharing his role of ButtMonkey. For more information, read [[http://www.deltaheadtranslation.com/MGS2/DOTM_TOC.htm this]].

* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'''s postgame, [[spoiler: Hydreigon]] has an odd moment where he senses something and looks around curiously, eventually appearing to settle his gaze on ''you'' before giving a QuizzicalTilt. In the climax of the postgame, it turns out that he ''was'' looking at you; just "you" as in the player character [[spoiler: who had returned to the human world at the end of the main story, but had been watching him and the rest of their friends from the other side.]]
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* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'''s postgame, [[spoiler: Hydreigon]] has an odd moment where he senses something and looks around curiously, eventually appearing to settle his gaze on ''you'' before giving a QuizzicalTilt. In the climax of the postgame, it turns out that he ''was'' looking at you; just "you" as in the player character [[spoiler: who had returned to the human world at the end of the main story, but had been watching him and the rest of their friends from the other side.]]side]].

** At the end of the credits for SilentHillShatteredMemories, Kaufman's analysis notes on the patient are directly referring to what he's deduced about ''you'' during the therapy sessions. Not the first game that's done this, until he ends the notes with "Lots of ground uncovered. Might be best to go back to the start and reexamine everything with the knowledge we have now. [[{{Macrogame}} Think patient]] [[NewGamePlus will agree?]]"
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** At the end of the credits for SilentHillShatteredMemories, ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'', Kaufman's analysis notes on the patient are directly referring to what he's deduced about ''you'' during the therapy sessions. Not the first game that's done this, until he ends the notes with "Lots of ground uncovered. Might be best to go back to the start and reexamine everything with the knowledge we have now. [[{{Macrogame}} Think patient]] [[NewGamePlus will agree?]]"

** In ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Investigations]]'', upon meeting Lauren Paups for the first time, Kay comments on how she reminds her of a cartoon character. Altough technically the games aren't cartoons; and you'll probably get [[FandomBerserkButton yelled at by fans for calling the art style that of a cartoon]], it's close enough.
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** In ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Investigations]]'', upon meeting Lauren Paups for the first time, Kay comments on how she reminds her of a cartoon character. Altough Although technically the games aren't cartoons; and you'll probably get [[FandomBerserkButton yelled at by fans for calling the art style that of a cartoon]], it's close enough.

* Near the end of the true final fight of ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', [[spoiler: Chakratarvin's final form starts doing his own QTE's that are similar to your own QTE's, as if someone else is controlling him.]]
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* Near the end of the true final fight of ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', [[spoiler: Chakratarvin's final form starts doing his own QTE's that are similar to your own QTE's, as if someone else is controlling him.]]him]].

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

* In the final chapter of ''Literature/SailorNothing'', one of the main villains gives a BreakingSpeech that can be taken as him addressing either the characters or the audience.
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* In the final chapter of ''Literature/SailorNothing'', one of the main villains gives a BreakingSpeech [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]] that can be taken as him addressing either the characters or the audience.

* In the ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' TV show, when Creator/StanLee's resident AuthorAvatar for the show hears Spidey's comment on how catchy ''Amazing Spider-Man'' (the original title for the comics in their earliest incarnation) sounds, he promptly writes it down, saying that it could be big. Then Spidey says that it would be less than [[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan spectacular.]] Not to mention TheReveal that [[spoiler: Stan came up with the name S.H.I.E.L.D.]]
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' TV show, when Creator/StanLee's resident AuthorAvatar for the show hears Spidey's comment on how catchy ''Amazing Spider-Man'' (the original title for the comics in their earliest incarnation) sounds, he promptly writes it down, saying that it could be big. Then Spidey says that it would be less than [[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan spectacular.]] Not to mention TheReveal that [[spoiler: Stan came up with the name S.H.I.E.L.D.]]D]].

* Considering the length of the average ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' episode... -->'''[[ButtMonkey Squidward]]''': Why must every 11 minutes of my life be filled with misery?
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' ** Considering the length of the average ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' episode... -->'''[[ButtMonkey --->'''[[ButtMonkey Squidward]]''': Why must every 11 minutes of my life be filled with misery?

--> '''Sandy:''' I'll give him a week. --> '''Squidward:''' I'll give him eleven minutes.
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--> ---> '''Sandy:''' I'll give him a week. --> ---> '''Squidward:''' I'll give him eleven minutes.

** In the eleventh episode of Conner gets angry at M'Gann, when she's trying to help him with his daddy issues, and states that they "don't live in a fantasy world where all problems are solved in 30 minutes."
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** In the eleventh episode of Conner gets angry at M'Gann, when she's trying to help him with his daddy issues, and states that they "don't live in a fantasy world where all problems are solved in 30 minutes."

* From the AnimatedAdaptation of ''BackToTheFuture'':
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* From the AnimatedAdaptation of ''BackToTheFuture'':''WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture'':

* The ChristmasEpisode of ''WanderOverYonder'', in which Wander and Sylvia deliver presents to "everyone we've met over this past season…''of our lives!"''
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* The ChristmasEpisode of ''WanderOverYonder'', ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', in which Wander and Sylvia deliver presents to "everyone we've met over this past season…''of our lives!"''

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