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* Used in ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' to turn protecting [[MacGuffin the sword of the fire lotus]] into a ShaggyDogStory, when all it did was [[PowerGlows light up]].
-->'''Villain:''' The ancient scrolls said its power shone like a lantern... We always assumed it was a metaphor.\\
'''Stroker:''' Yeah... I guess it must have seemed a lot cooler before they invented flashlights.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** An example from when the crew are floating in space collecting [[PlotCoupons Chronotons]]:
--->'''Leela:''' All right, cool your jets, hotshot.\\
'''Fry:''' C'mon Leela, why won't you go out with me? We both know there's something there!\\
'''Leela:''' No, I mean ''cool your jets''. You're melting Bender's face.
** And another when Zoidberg is trying to do standup:
--->'''Zoidberg:''' Good evening ladies and germs.\\
(''rimshot'')\\
'''Zoidberg:''' That wasn't a joke! I was talking to Dean Streptococcus!
** Bender's [[MetaphorIsMyMiddleName middle name]] is ''actually'' "Bending".
** In "The Bots and the Bees", as Bender drinks at popular club [[{{Pun}} The Hip Joint]], he overhears the following from a robot bar patron:
--->'''Robot:''' I need to loosen up, give me a screwdriver.\\
(''bartender lays a flathead screwdriver on the bar in front of her'')
** In "A Big Ball of Garbage":
--->'''Talking Bart Simpson Doll:''' Eat my shorts!
--->'''Bender:''' Okay!
--->''(Literally eats doll's pants)''
--->'''Bender:''' [[{{Homage}} Mmm, shorts...]]
** In "Bender's Game", an ordinary outhouse is occupied by a wizardly version of Farnsworth.
--->'''Farnsworth:''' Just a minute. (''closes the door'')\\
'''Bender:''' (''waving around his nose'') Methinks he's casting a powerful spell indeed.\\
(''Farnsworth opens the door to reveal [[BiggerOnTheInside a large cozy room]]'')
** Wanting a subject for his experimental growth ray, Farnsworth announces that they'll need a guinea pig. Cut to an actual guinea pig, which Farnsworth uses as bait to trap Zoidberg so that they can experiment on him.
** In "A Taste of Freedom", Zoidberg's prosecution for eating a flag leads to his Decapodian brethren enslaving the Earth, and Fry's [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece ancient heat-seeking missile]] fails to demolish the Decapodian Mobile Oppression Palace because "All Decapodian technology is cold-blooded, like us!". Zoidberg saves the day by burning a flag "to preserve the freedom it represents" because he's not just expressing his free speech, but also using it as a beacon for the missile.
** At the end of "The Late Phillip J. Fry", Fry finally makes it to his dinner date with Leela after going through two iterations of the universe in a one-way time machine and accidentally killing an alternate version of himself. When Leela expresses disbelief that Fry would make it on time, he casually remarks "That was the old Fry. [[ThatManIsDead He's dead now]]."
** From "[[SeriesFauxnale The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings]]":
-->'''Bender:''' Sure, I can help you, but we might have to metaphorically make a DealWithTheDevil. And by "devil," I mean "[[AffablyEvil Robot Devil]]," and by "metaphorically", I mean "get your coat."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': Done in the episode in which Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone meet Dr. Sinister.
-->'''Barney:''' Hey look, Fred. The volcano's flipping its lid!

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* Used in ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' to turn protecting [[MacGuffin In the sword of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "Crouching Jimmy, Hidden Sheen":
-->'''Jimmy:''' It's Yoo Yee's temple, alright. And it's crawling with ninjas!\\
(''cut to
the fire lotus]] into a ShaggyDogStory, ninjas literally crawling on the ground'')
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** From "It Came from the Nightosphere", just after Finn and Marceline have started going after her dad, Finn asks how he can kill her father.
--->'''Marceline:''' Finn! You can't ''kill'' my ''dad''!\\
'''Finn:''' Oh, right, I'm sorry--\\
'''Marceline:''' No, literally. You can't kill my dad. He's deathless.
** In "His Hero",
when all it did was [[PowerGlows light up]].
-->'''Villain:''' The ancient scrolls said its power shone like
Finn and Jake convince Billy that fighting evil with violence isn't so pointless, Billy tells them "It's as if your words are filling a lantern... hole in my very being... Wanna watch?" He then parts his beard to show that a ''literal'' hole in his chest is being filled in again.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** This exchange:
--->'''Steve:'''
We always assumed it was a metaphor.don't have an instrument for Jeff.\\
'''Stroker:''' Yeah... I guess '''Bob:''' He could play the skin flute!\\
'''Steve:''' (''bursts out laughing'')\\
'''Bob:''' (''holds up a flute bound with animal skins'')
** On one occasion, Francine is completely fed-up with Roger's [[{{Jerkass}} jerkishness]], and screams at him "Would
it must ''kill'' you to be nice for a change?!" As it turns out, members of [[TheGreys Roger's species]] have seemed a lot cooler before they invented flashlights.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** An example from when the crew are floating in space collecting [[PlotCoupons Chronotons]]:
--->'''Leela:''' All right, cool your jets, hotshot.\\
'''Fry:''' C'mon Leela, why won't you go
to let out with me? We both know there's something there!\\
'''Leela:''' No, I mean ''cool your jets''. You're melting Bender's face.
** And another when Zoidberg is trying to do standup:
--->'''Zoidberg:''' Good evening ladies
their innate "bitchiness", or it will fester in their bodies, poisoning and germs.\\
(''rimshot'')\\
'''Zoidberg:''' That wasn't a joke! I was talking to Dean Streptococcus!
** Bender's [[MetaphorIsMyMiddleName middle name]] is ''actually'' "Bending".
** In "The Bots and the Bees", as Bender drinks at popular club [[{{Pun}} The Hip Joint]], he overhears the following from a robot bar patron:
--->'''Robot:''' I need to loosen up, give me a screwdriver.\\
(''bartender lays a flathead screwdriver on the bar in front of her'')
** In "A Big Ball of Garbage":
--->'''Talking Bart Simpson Doll:''' Eat my shorts!
--->'''Bender:''' Okay!
--->''(Literally eats doll's pants)''
--->'''Bender:''' [[{{Homage}} Mmm, shorts...]]
** In "Bender's Game", an ordinary outhouse is occupied by a wizardly version of Farnsworth.
--->'''Farnsworth:''' Just a minute. (''closes the door'')\\
'''Bender:''' (''waving around his nose'') Methinks he's casting a powerful spell indeed.\\
(''Farnsworth opens the door to reveal [[BiggerOnTheInside a large cozy room]]'')
** Wanting a subject for his experimental growth ray, Farnsworth announces that they'll need a guinea pig. Cut to an actual guinea pig, which Farnsworth uses as bait to trap Zoidberg so that they can experiment on him.
** In "A Taste of Freedom", Zoidberg's prosecution for eating a flag leads to his Decapodian brethren enslaving the Earth, and Fry's [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece ancient heat-seeking missile]] fails to demolish the Decapodian Mobile Oppression Palace because "All Decapodian technology is cold-blooded, like us!". Zoidberg saves the day by burning a flag "to preserve the freedom it represents" because he's not just expressing his free speech, but also using it as a beacon for the missile.
** At the end of "The Late Phillip J. Fry", Fry finally makes it to his dinner date with Leela after going through two iterations of the universe in a one-way time machine and accidentally
eventually killing an alternate version of himself. When Leela expresses disbelief them. So, yes, it ''would'' kill him to be nice.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' short "Video Revue", the Warner siblings are in a video store, fleeing from a ''T. rex''
that Fry would make it came out of a ''Jurassic Park'' video -- so they decide to [[http://youtu.be/oPBMMqxl-BU?t=7m36s drop some "bombs"]] on time, he casually remarks "That was the old Fry. [[ThatManIsDead He's dead now]]."
** From "[[SeriesFauxnale The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings]]":
-->'''Bender:''' Sure, I can help you, but we might have to metaphorically make a DealWithTheDevil. And by "devil," I mean "[[AffablyEvil Robot Devil]],"
it, including ''Film/HeavensGate'', ''Film/{{Ishtar}}'', and by "metaphorically", I mean "get your coat."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': Done in the episode in which Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone meet Dr. Sinister.
-->'''Barney:''' Hey look, Fred. The volcano's flipping its lid!
''Film/HowardTheDuck''.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** When Lisa is talking about guest-star [[WesternAnimation/TheCritic Jay Sherman]]:
--->'''Lisa:''' I like him! He's smart, he's sensitive, he's clearly not obsessed with his physical appearance --\\
'''Homer:''' My ears are burning.\\
'''Lisa:''' Uh, I wasn't talking about you, Dad.\\
'''Homer:''' No, my ears are really burning. I wanted to see inside so I lit a Q-Tip.
** And another when members of the LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub catch sight of Troy [=McClure=].
--->'''Louie:''' Hey, I thought you said Troy [=McClure=] was dead.\\
'''Tony:''' No, what I said was: "[[BestialityIsDepraved He sleeps with the fishes]]". You see...\\
'''Louie:''' [[BrainBleach Uh, Tony, please, no. I just ate a whole plate of dingamagoo...]]
** In "The Great Money Caper":
-->'''Homer:''' How'd you get wise to us?\\
'''Abe:''' Are you kidding? They used to call me Grifty [=McGrift=]. I WroteTheBook on flimflamming.\\
''(Bart looks at the back of the book he and Homer have been using and sees a picture of a young Abe.)''\\
'''Bart:''' Wow, he did!
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** This one:
--->'''Man:''' Wow, Lois Griffin. Hey, I love your act! Nice melons.\\
'''Peter:''' Hey, listen pal!\\
'''Lois:''' Peter, I'm holding melons.\\
(''she's holding two watermelons'')\\
'''Peter:''' Oh.\\
'''Man:''' And her hooters ain't bad either.\\
'''Peter:''' Now hang on a second there!\\
'''Lois:''' Peter, I'm holding hooters!\\
(''she has two owls perched on her arm'')\\
'''Peter:''' Oh, sorry.\\
'''Man:''' No problem. (''beat'') [[RuleOfThree Your wife's hot!]]\\
'''Peter:''' All right, that's it!
** In another episode, Peter is trying to organize Stewie's first birthday party but one of the only things he could find was a "big-ass piñata"; pan over to show a large papier-mâché butt. Brian responds "I sure hope ''candy'' comes out of that."
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** Used a couple of times in the episode "Comet Kermillian". While at the park, Candace's screams of "I have SquirrelsInMyPants!" are misinterpreted by a couple of performers, who think she's referring to her crazy dance moves. Then the squirrels get out, and one of the guys comments, "We just got served." Later on, when [[ItMakesSenseInContext steaks are falling from the sky]], the same guy catches one and comments, "We keep getting served."
** Parodied in "Let's Take a Quiz".
--->'''Phineas:''' You're on fire, Candace!\\
'''Candace:''' [[FlatJoy Woo hoo.]] (''{{beat}}'') I'm not actually on fire, am I?\\
'''Buford:''' Nah, you're good.
** In "Brain Drain", Dr. Doofenshmirtz ends up busting a rap about being controlled by Perry the Platypus turning his mind-control device against him. Vanessa's friends all think "There's a Platypus Controlling Me" is a metaphor for "whatever's keeping you down".
--->'''Doofensmirtz:''' I'm not speaking metaphorically, the platypus controlling me is underneath the table!
** In retaliation to people telling him not to make a mountain out of a molehill, Doofenshmirtz tried to do it literally in "At the Car Wash".
** In "Picture This!", the boys literally turn the garage upside-down looking for Ferb's favorite skateboard.
** When Doofenshmirtz was told he didn't have a green thumb in "Moon Farm", he took it literally and bought a can of green paint to make himself green. Ironically, because of how he held the can, his thumbs weren't painted. Only later, as he explained his plan to Perry, Doof [[LateToThePunchline finally understood the metaphor]].



* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** Marvin the Martian's "[[EarthShatteringKaboom Earth-shattering kaboom]]" in ''Hare-Way to the Stars'' was a literal metaphor. Then it became metaphorical again -- the Trope name for the explosion of a whole planet or moon ([[ThatsNoMoon or humongous spacecraft]]), not just the Earth.
** Played straight in "Knighty Knight Bugs" where Yosemite Sam is the Black Knight, who owns a fire-breathing dragon who tends to sneeze a lot, breathing fire uncontrollably when it does. At the climax, Bug manages to lock Sam and the dragon in a tower full of explosives. Sam desperately tries to keep the dragon from sneezing, shouting, "No! No! Don't sneeze, you stupid dragon! Or you'll blow us to the moon!" Unfortunately for him, the dragon does sneeze, and the tower takes off like a rocket, towards the moon. (With Sam growling, "Dragons is so stupid!")

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** Marvin the Martian's "[[EarthShatteringKaboom Earth-shattering kaboom]]" in ''Hare-Way to the Stars'' was
From ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': "The Waterbending Scroll":
-->'''Uncle Iroh:''' (''stops Zuko and
a literal metaphor. Then it became metaphorical again -- the Trope name pirate captain from fighting'') Are you so busy fighting you cannot see your own ship has set sail?\\
'''Prince Zuko:''' We have no time
for the explosion of your proverbs, Uncle!\\
'''Uncle Iroh:''' It's no proverb!\\
(''cut to pirate ship being hijacked'')
:: Later, ''Zuko's'' ship gets hijacked! "Maybe it ''should'' be
a whole planet or moon ([[ThatsNoMoon or humongous spacecraft]]), not just the Earth.
** Played straight
proverb..."
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' got a creepy example
in "Knighty Knight Bugs" "Deep Cover for Batman". While Batman is in a MirrorUniverse where Yosemite Sam is heroes are villains, the Black Knight, who owns a fire-breathing dragon who tends to sneeze a lot, breathing fire uncontrollably when it does. At alternate version of Blue Beetle, Scarlet Scarab, comments that he has the climax, Bug manages heart of a hero. An eavesdropping Batman wonders if he's a possible ally... only for Scarab to lock Sam and the dragon add that he keeps it in a tower full jar in his closet.
* Done a fair number
of explosives. Sam desperately tries to keep times on the dragon ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon, with its love of {{visual pun}}s. In one episode, Beetlejuice is hosting a ShowWithinAShow and excuses himself for "a few words from sneezing, shouting, "No! No! Don't sneeze, you stupid dragon! Or you'll blow us to our sponsors"... the moon!" Unfortunately for him, the dragon does sneeze, words turn out to be "BUY!", "NEW!" and the tower takes off like a rocket, towards the moon. (With Sam growling, "Dragons is so stupid!")"FREE!"



* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
** Brainiac 5 and Green Arrow find the [[FiveBadBand Fatal Five]] waiting for them.
--->'''Brainiac 5:''' Shoot.\\
'''Green Arrow:''' I know. I was hoping they'd be out looking for us.\\
'''Brainiac 5:''' No, shoot!
** Also, when the Leaguers were looking for New Genesis, they met someone who told them the Gods were above them.
** And when Green Lantern captures Firefly and Volcana in a giant green bell jar, and they try to burn their way out, he says "Sure, knock yourselves out!" A few seconds later, they've used up all the oxygen and fall unconscious.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** From "It Came from the Nightosphere", just after Finn and Marceline have started going after her dad, Finn asks how he can kill her father.
--->'''Marceline:''' Finn! You can't ''kill'' my ''dad''!\\
'''Finn:''' Oh, right, I'm sorry--\\
'''Marceline:''' No, literally. You can't kill my dad. He's deathless.
** In "His Hero", when Finn and Jake convince Billy that fighting evil with violence isn't so pointless, Billy tells them "It's as if your words are filling a hole in my very being... Wanna watch?" He then parts his beard to show that a ''literal'' hole in his chest is being filled in again.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** This exchange:
--->'''Steve:''' We don't have an instrument for Jeff.\\
'''Bob:''' He could play the skin flute!\\
'''Steve:''' (''bursts out laughing'')\\
'''Bob:''' (''holds up a flute bound with animal skins'')
** On one occasion, Francine is completely fed-up with Roger's [[{{Jerkass}} jerkishness]], and screams at him "Would it ''kill'' you to be nice for a change?!" As it turns out, members of [[TheGreys Roger's species]] have to let out their innate "bitchiness", or it will fester in their bodies, poisoning and eventually killing them. So, yes, it ''would'' kill him to be nice.
* From ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': "The Waterbending Scroll":
-->'''Uncle Iroh:''' (''stops Zuko and a pirate captain from fighting'') Are you so busy fighting you cannot see your own ship has set sail?\\
'''Prince Zuko:''' We have no time for your proverbs, Uncle!\\
'''Uncle Iroh:''' It's no proverb!\\
(''cut to pirate ship being hijacked'')
:: Later, ''Zuko's'' ship gets hijacked! "Maybe it ''should'' be a proverb..."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LiteSprites'' special, the sprites are lost in a cave, and Meadow begins to glow. The other girls try to tell her this, but she takes it as a compliment instead.
* Used to the point of a HurricaneOfPuns in the Creator/TexAvery short ''Symphony in Slang'', where Noah Webster and St. Peter try to interpret the slang-filled life story of a new arrival at the Pearly Gates.
* Ski-Nose, the Bob Hope caricature in the Bakshi ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' episode "Bat With a Golden Tongue," greets the audience at an awards ceremony as "{{ladies and germs}}," and sure enough, the tables are populated by ladies and germs.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy "Dragonshy"]], Fluttershy is so nervous about facing a full-grown dragon she's literally scared of her own shadow.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie "Call of the Cutie"]], when Apple Bloom is upset, Rainbow Dash sees her and comments that she has a dark cloud hanging over her head. Fortunately, Rainbow Dash is a weatherpony, and can move [[PersonalRaincloud the actual dark cloud]] elsewhere.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1"]], Discord's ears are burning. Yes, literally.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord "Make New Friends but Keep Discord"]], Discord [[FireballEyeballs gets green fire in his eyes]] when his rage over Fluttershy's new friendship with Tree Hugger reaches its peak, turning him into a literal GreenEyedMonster.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E16RarityInvestigates "Rarity Investigates!"]], one of Rarity's {{Private Eye Monologue}}s involves this: "Rainbow Dash was obviously upset, but I had all my ducks in a row!" (''An orderly trio of ducklings crosses the screen.'') "...except one." (''A fourth duckling rushes to catch up with the others, trips, and falls into a rain puddle.'')
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Drakken and Shego go "shopping":
-->(''salesman describes the features of [[WeatherControlMachine a weather machine]] they're looking at'')\\
'''Drakken:''' We'll take it!\\
'''Salesman:''' Great! Hey, why don't we step into the office.\\
'''Drakken:''' No, I mean we'll ''take'' it. Shego!\\
(''they steal the weather machine'')



* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'' series where Pink isn't silent, there was one episode where a bad guy was illegally drilling for oil in an Alaskian village. A villager told Pink he was threading on thin ice. After Pink told the villager he agreed with the metaphor, the villager explained he meant it literally.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'':
** Jade once used the Snake Talisman to sneak in during one of Jackie's missions. After he's complimented for defeating some bad guys "alone", she complained by asking if she was invisible. Duh, as she said once she realized she was indeed invisible because of the talisman's power.
** In "The Jade Monkey", Jade uses the Monkey Talisman to turn the Dark Hand enforcer Ratso into a rat and herself into a monkey to avoid the other enforcers. When Jackie realizes this, we get this line:
--->'''Jackie:''' Jade turned Ratso into a rat and herself into a monkey? I'm a monkey's uncle.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' got a creepy example in "Deep Cover for Batman". While Batman is in a MirrorUniverse where heroes are villains, the alternate version of Blue Beetle, Scarlet Scarab, comments that he has the heart of a hero. An eavesdropping Batman wonders if he's a possible ally... only for Scarab to add that he keeps it in a jar in his closet.
* Done a fair number of times on the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon, with its love of {{visual pun}}s. In one episode, Beetlejuice is hosting a ShowWithinAShow and excuses himself for "a few words from our sponsors"... the words turn out to be "BUY!", "NEW!" and "FREE!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' short "Video Revue", the Warner siblings are in a video store, fleeing from a ''T. rex'' that came out of a ''Jurassic Park'' video -- so they decide to [[http://youtu.be/oPBMMqxl-BU?t=7m36s drop some "bombs"]] on it, including ''Film/HeavensGate'', ''Film/{{Ishtar}}'', and ''Film/HowardTheDuck''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''
** "It's Hokey Mon!": Grim has created chaos after being badgered into bringing kids' Hokey-Monster cards to life, and Mandy puts a stop to things by making her own monster for Grim to bring to life, which she describes with the phrase "Makes toast out of all other monsters." In this case, Mandy's monster literally turns its enemies into slices of toast.
** "Brown Evil": Billy accidentally makes a batch of brownies that taste terrible to humans, but are irresistible to monsters. Instead of throwing them out like Mandy ordered him to, Grim decides to stash the batch inside his skull. Unfortunately, the smell of the brownies attracts a horde of zombies to Billy's house, and Hoss Delgado ends up coming in to investigate. After determining that the zombies aren't interested in brains or human flesh, Hoss detects the smell of the brownies and finally figures out what's going on:
--->'''Hoss:''' (''points at Grim'') It's all in his head!\\
'''Mandy:''' You mean Grim's imagining all this?\\
'''Hoss:''' No, I mean whatever's attracting those zombies, it's inside his head.
* During one of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s many repeated running gags (in this case, the famous "Jared Has Aides" episode), the title character repeats the joke while literally beating a dead horse.
** The episode "Douche and Turd" had Puff Daddy's "Vote or Die" campaign taken to its literal extreme; if you don't vote, he'll hunt you down and kill you!
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' is spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' when Sophia describes her encounter with a high school basketball team: They run a (model) train on her and she gets their (basket)balls in her face.
* In an episode on ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'', Adam wants to try a game at a carnival where you have to knock over pins; the carnie tells him, "Sure kid, knock yourself out." When Adam tries, the ball ricochets back, and beans him in the forehead, knocking him to the ground. The carnie says, "You know, kid, usually that's a figure of speech..."



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "Crouching Jimmy, Hidden Sheen":
-->'''Jimmy:''' It's Yoo Yee's temple, alright. And it's crawling with ninjas!\\
(''cut to the ninjas literally crawling on the ground'')

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** This one:
--->'''Man:''' Wow, Lois Griffin. Hey, I love your act! Nice melons.\\
'''Peter:''' Hey, listen pal!\\
'''Lois:''' Peter, I'm holding melons.\\
(''she's holding two watermelons'')\\
'''Peter:''' Oh.\\
'''Man:''' And her hooters ain't bad either.\\
'''Peter:''' Now hang on a second there!\\
'''Lois:''' Peter, I'm holding hooters!\\
(''she has two owls perched on her arm'')\\
'''Peter:''' Oh, sorry.\\
'''Man:''' No problem. (''beat'') [[RuleOfThree Your wife's hot!]]\\
'''Peter:''' All right, that's it!
**
In another episode, Peter is trying to organize Stewie's first birthday party but one of the ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' only things he could find was a "big-ass piñata"; pan over to show a large papier-mâché butt. Brian responds "I sure hope ''candy'' comes out of that."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': Done in the
episode "Crouching Jimmy, Hidden Sheen":
-->'''Jimmy:''' It's Yoo Yee's temple, alright. And it's crawling
in which Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone meet Dr. Sinister.
-->'''Barney:''' Hey look, Fred. The volcano's flipping its lid!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** An example from when the crew are floating in space collecting [[PlotCoupons Chronotons]]:
--->'''Leela:''' All right, cool your jets, hotshot.\\
'''Fry:''' C'mon Leela, why won't you go out
with ninjas!\\
(''cut
me? We both know there's something there!\\
'''Leela:''' No, I mean ''cool your jets''. You're melting Bender's face.
** And another when Zoidberg is trying
to do standup:
--->'''Zoidberg:''' Good evening ladies and germs.\\
(''rimshot'')\\
'''Zoidberg:''' That wasn't a joke! I was talking to Dean Streptococcus!
** Bender's [[MetaphorIsMyMiddleName middle name]] is ''actually'' "Bending".
** In "The Bots and
the ninjas literally crawling Bees", as Bender drinks at popular club [[{{Pun}} The Hip Joint]], he overhears the following from a robot bar patron:
--->'''Robot:''' I need to loosen up, give me a screwdriver.\\
(''bartender lays a flathead screwdriver
on the ground'')bar in front of her'')
** In "A Big Ball of Garbage":
--->'''Talking Bart Simpson Doll:''' Eat my shorts!
--->'''Bender:''' Okay!
--->''(Literally eats doll's pants)''
--->'''Bender:''' [[{{Homage}} Mmm, shorts...]]
** In "Bender's Game", an ordinary outhouse is occupied by a wizardly version of Farnsworth.
--->'''Farnsworth:''' Just a minute. (''closes the door'')\\
'''Bender:''' (''waving around his nose'') Methinks he's casting a powerful spell indeed.\\
(''Farnsworth opens the door to reveal [[BiggerOnTheInside a large cozy room]]'')
** Wanting a subject for his experimental growth ray, Farnsworth announces that they'll need a guinea pig. Cut to an actual guinea pig, which Farnsworth uses as bait to trap Zoidberg so that they can experiment on him.
** In "A Taste of Freedom", Zoidberg's prosecution for eating a flag leads to his Decapodian brethren enslaving the Earth, and Fry's [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece ancient heat-seeking missile]] fails to demolish the Decapodian Mobile Oppression Palace because "All Decapodian technology is cold-blooded, like us!". Zoidberg saves the day by burning a flag "to preserve the freedom it represents" because he's not just expressing his free speech, but also using it as a beacon for the missile.
** At the end of "The Late Phillip J. Fry", Fry finally makes it to his dinner date with Leela after going through two iterations of the universe in a one-way time machine and accidentally killing an alternate version of himself. When Leela expresses disbelief that Fry would make it on time, he casually remarks "That was the old Fry. [[ThatManIsDead He's dead now]]."
** From "[[SeriesFauxnale The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings]]":
-->'''Bender:''' Sure, I can help you, but we might have to metaphorically make a DealWithTheDevil. And by "devil," I mean "[[AffablyEvil Robot Devil]]," and by "metaphorically", I mean "get your coat."


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''
** "It's Hokey Mon!": Grim has created chaos after being badgered into bringing kids' Hokey-Monster cards to life, and Mandy puts a stop to things by making her own monster for Grim to bring to life, which she describes with the phrase "Makes toast out of all other monsters." In this case, Mandy's monster literally turns its enemies into slices of toast.
** "Brown Evil": Billy accidentally makes a batch of brownies that taste terrible to humans, but are irresistible to monsters. Instead of throwing them out like Mandy ordered him to, Grim decides to stash the batch inside his skull. Unfortunately, the smell of the brownies attracts a horde of zombies to Billy's house, and Hoss Delgado ends up coming in to investigate. After determining that the zombies aren't interested in brains or human flesh, Hoss detects the smell of the brownies and finally figures out what's going on:
--->'''Hoss:''' (''points at Grim'') It's all in his head!\\
'''Mandy:''' You mean Grim's imagining all this?\\
'''Hoss:''' No, I mean whatever's attracting those zombies, it's inside his head.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'':
** Jade once used the Snake Talisman to sneak in during one of Jackie's missions. After he's complimented for defeating some bad guys "alone", she complained by asking if she was invisible. Duh, as she said once she realized she was indeed invisible because of the talisman's power.
** In "The Jade Monkey", Jade uses the Monkey Talisman to turn the Dark Hand enforcer Ratso into a rat and herself into a monkey to avoid the other enforcers. When Jackie realizes this, we get this line:
--->'''Jackie:''' Jade turned Ratso into a rat and herself into a monkey? I'm a monkey's uncle.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
** Brainiac 5 and Green Arrow find the [[FiveBadBand Fatal Five]] waiting for them.
--->'''Brainiac 5:''' Shoot.\\
'''Green Arrow:''' I know. I was hoping they'd be out looking for us.\\
'''Brainiac 5:''' No, shoot!
** Also, when the Leaguers were looking for New Genesis, they met someone who told them the Gods were above them.
** And when Green Lantern captures Firefly and Volcana in a giant green bell jar, and they try to burn their way out, he says "Sure, knock yourselves out!" A few seconds later, they've used up all the oxygen and fall unconscious.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Drakken and Shego go "shopping":
-->(''salesman describes the features of [[WeatherControlMachine a weather machine]] they're looking at'')\\
'''Drakken:''' We'll take it!\\
'''Salesman:''' Great! Hey, why don't we step into the office.\\
'''Drakken:''' No, I mean we'll ''take'' it. Shego!\\
(''they steal the weather machine'')
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LiteSprites'' special, the sprites are lost in a cave, and Meadow begins to glow. The other girls try to tell her this, but she takes it as a compliment instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** Marvin the Martian's "[[EarthShatteringKaboom Earth-shattering kaboom]]" in ''Hare-Way to the Stars'' was a literal metaphor. Then it became metaphorical again -- the Trope name for the explosion of a whole planet or moon ([[ThatsNoMoon or humongous spacecraft]]), not just the Earth.
** Played straight in "Knighty Knight Bugs" where Yosemite Sam is the Black Knight, who owns a fire-breathing dragon who tends to sneeze a lot, breathing fire uncontrollably when it does. At the climax, Bug manages to lock Sam and the dragon in a tower full of explosives. Sam desperately tries to keep the dragon from sneezing, shouting, "No! No! Don't sneeze, you stupid dragon! Or you'll blow us to the moon!" Unfortunately for him, the dragon does sneeze, and the tower takes off like a rocket, towards the moon. (With Sam growling, "Dragons is so stupid!")
* Ski-Nose, the Bob Hope caricature in the Bakshi ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' episode "Bat With a Golden Tongue," greets the audience at an awards ceremony as "{{ladies and germs}}," and sure enough, the tables are populated by ladies and germs.
* In an episode on ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'', Adam wants to try a game at a carnival where you have to knock over pins; the carnie tells him, "Sure kid, knock yourself out." When Adam tries, the ball ricochets back, and beans him in the forehead, knocking him to the ground. The carnie says, "You know, kid, usually that's a figure of speech..."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy "Dragonshy"]], Fluttershy is so nervous about facing a full-grown dragon she's literally scared of her own shadow.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie "Call of the Cutie"]], when Apple Bloom is upset, Rainbow Dash sees her and comments that she has a dark cloud hanging over her head. Fortunately, Rainbow Dash is a weatherpony, and can move [[PersonalRaincloud the actual dark cloud]] elsewhere.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1"]], Discord's ears are burning. Yes, literally.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord "Make New Friends but Keep Discord"]], Discord [[FireballEyeballs gets green fire in his eyes]] when his rage over Fluttershy's new friendship with Tree Hugger reaches its peak, turning him into a literal GreenEyedMonster.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E16RarityInvestigates "Rarity Investigates!"]], one of Rarity's {{Private Eye Monologue}}s involves this: "Rainbow Dash was obviously upset, but I had all my ducks in a row!" (''An orderly trio of ducklings crosses the screen.'') "...except one." (''A fourth duckling rushes to catch up with the others, trips, and falls into a rain puddle.'')
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** Used a couple of times in the episode "Comet Kermillian". While at the park, Candace's screams of "I have SquirrelsInMyPants!" are misinterpreted by a couple of performers, who think she's referring to her crazy dance moves. Then the squirrels get out, and one of the guys comments, "We just got served." Later on, when [[ItMakesSenseInContext steaks are falling from the sky]], the same guy catches one and comments, "We keep getting served."
** Parodied in "Let's Take a Quiz".
--->'''Phineas:''' You're on fire, Candace!\\
'''Candace:''' [[FlatJoy Woo hoo.]] (''{{beat}}'') I'm not actually on fire, am I?\\
'''Buford:''' Nah, you're good.
** In "Brain Drain", Dr. Doofenshmirtz ends up busting a rap about being controlled by Perry the Platypus turning his mind-control device against him. Vanessa's friends all think "There's a Platypus Controlling Me" is a metaphor for "whatever's keeping you down".
--->'''Doofensmirtz:''' I'm not speaking metaphorically, the platypus controlling me is underneath the table!
** In retaliation to people telling him not to make a mountain out of a molehill, Doofenshmirtz tried to do it literally in "At the Car Wash".
** In "Picture This!", the boys literally turn the garage upside-down looking for Ferb's favorite skateboard.
** When Doofenshmirtz was told he didn't have a green thumb in "Moon Farm", he took it literally and bought a can of green paint to make himself green. Ironically, because of how he held the can, his thumbs weren't painted. Only later, as he explained his plan to Perry, Doof [[LateToThePunchline finally understood the metaphor]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'' series where Pink isn't silent, there was one episode where a bad guy was illegally drilling for oil in an Alaskian village. A villager told Pink he was threading on thin ice. After Pink told the villager he agreed with the metaphor, the villager explained he meant it literally.


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* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' is spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' when Sophia describes her encounter with a high school basketball team: They run a (model) train on her and she gets their (basket)balls in her face.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** When Lisa is talking about guest-star [[WesternAnimation/TheCritic Jay Sherman]]:
--->'''Lisa:''' I like him! He's smart, he's sensitive, he's clearly not obsessed with his physical appearance --\\
'''Homer:''' My ears are burning.\\
'''Lisa:''' Uh, I wasn't talking about you, Dad.\\
'''Homer:''' No, my ears are really burning. I wanted to see inside so I lit a Q-Tip.
** And another when members of the LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub catch sight of Troy [=McClure=].
--->'''Louie:''' Hey, I thought you said Troy [=McClure=] was dead.\\
'''Tony:''' No, what I said was: "[[BestialityIsDepraved He sleeps with the fishes]]". You see...\\
'''Louie:''' [[BrainBleach Uh, Tony, please, no. I just ate a whole plate of dingamagoo...]]
** In "The Great Money Caper":
-->'''Homer:''' How'd you get wise to us?\\
'''Abe:''' Are you kidding? They used to call me Grifty [=McGrift=]. I WroteTheBook on flimflamming.\\
''(Bart looks at the back of the book he and Homer have been using and sees a picture of a young Abe.)''\\
'''Bart:''' Wow, he did!
* Used to the point of a HurricaneOfPuns in the Creator/TexAvery short ''Symphony in Slang'', where Noah Webster and St. Peter try to interpret the slang-filled life story of a new arrival at the Pearly Gates.
* During one of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s many repeated running gags (in this case, the famous "Jared Has Aides" episode), the title character repeats the joke while literally beating a dead horse.
** The episode "Douche and Turd" had Puff Daddy's "Vote or Die" campaign taken to its literal extreme; if you don't vote, he'll hunt you down and kill you!
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' to turn protecting [[MacGuffin the sword of the fire lotus]] into a ShaggyDogStory, when all it did was [[PowerGlows light up]].
-->'''Villain:''' The ancient scrolls said its power shone like a lantern... We always assumed it was a metaphor.\\
'''Stroker:''' Yeah... I guess it must have seemed a lot cooler before they invented flashlights.
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-->'''MasterShake''': How did he know I ''love'' baked goods?!

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-->'''MasterShake''': -->'''Master Shake''': How did he know I ''love'' baked goods?!
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''{Shake suddenly becomes happy and lifts a tray of muffins from the chair}''

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-->'''MasterShake:''' ''{annoyed}'' Oh ''great,'' our little canine friend left a "present" on my chair. Yyyyep... looks like someone delivered some ''baked goods''. ''{suddenly happy]'' How did he know I love baked goods? ''{lifts tray of muffins from chair}''

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-->'''MasterShake:''' -->'''Master Shake:''' ''{annoyed}'' Oh ''great,'' our little canine friend left a "present" on my chair. Yyyyep... looks like someone delivered some ''baked goods''. ''{suddenly happy]'' How did he know I love baked goods? ''{lifts
''{Shake suddenly becomes happy and lifts a
tray of muffins from chair}''the chair}''
-->'''MasterShake''': How did he know I ''love'' baked goods?!
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* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', after the gang gets a dog:
-->'''MasterShake:''' ''{annoyed}'' Oh ''great,'' our little canine friend left a "present" on my chair. Yyyyep... looks like someone delivered some ''baked goods''. ''{suddenly happy]'' How did he know I love baked goods? ''{lifts tray of muffins from chair}''
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** The station hired a tough negotiator, "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Hammer]]" to renegotiate everyone's contract. Gil's salary has been slashed, but Bebe comes in with Roz, cheering.
--->'''Gil Chesterson:''' How on earth did you get all that?\\
'''Bebe Glazer:''' Oh, we go way back, the Hammer and I. I know where the bodies are buried. [''{{beat}}''] Usually, that's just a metaphor...
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-->'''ComicBook/TheVision:''' Well, I was born yesterday.

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-->'''ComicBook/TheVision:''' Well, I was ''was'' [[ReallyWasBornYesterday born yesterday.yesterday]].
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* ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDivine'' has the gods/artists that Ananke had more trouble controlling, Baphomet and the Morrigan, described as "underground" and given a more indie vibe...while also generally being located underground, with the Morrigan preferring subway tunnels and abandoned stations. [[spoiler: Persephone takes it up a notch by being able to sink herself and her allies directly under the earth, while also having the same indie flavor of the other two.]]
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** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0320.html When leaving Azure City,]] Roy states that they are on "the road to Adventure". And indeed, it's the name of Gate 6 (next to Gate 7, the Film/RoadToPerdition).

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** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0320.html When leaving Azure City,]] Roy states that they are on "the road to Adventure". And indeed, it's the name of Gate 6 (next (between Gate 5, the [[Film/RoadTo Road to Morocco]], and Gate 7, the Film/RoadToPerdition).


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** A delayed action one: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0747.html "Make It Three, Just To Be Safe"]], Haley asks Elan if he needs "200-foot-tall flaming letters" to see Tarquin is evil. In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0759.html "Yes, Apparently"]], he's given some.
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