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10th Jun '16 8:00:11 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution'', Leonard recounts his first meeting with Christine by saying "the roof fell in on me." Meaning, LoveAtFirstSight, right? Well, the flashback does show them being pretty into each other from the get-go... and then he knocks over a makeshift support in her half-ruined apartment, causing the roof to actually fall on him.
5th Jun '16 5:47:04 PM R1ck
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** A man walks into a baa. The sheep says "ouch!"
** [[YouAllMeetInAnInn You all walk into a bar]]. Take 1d6 points of damage, reflex for half.
*** "[[AmbiguousSyntax Jesus Saves]]. Everyone else roll 1d12 damage."
* What's the capital of Thailand? [[GroinAttack Bangkok!]]
4th Jun '16 2:03:49 AM TheBigBopper
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* In Episode 10 of ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuuco'' [[spoiler:Nova breaks Luluco's heart and stomps on her feelings both figuratively and literally.]]

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* In Episode 10 of ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuuco'' ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'' [[spoiler:Nova breaks Luluco's heart and stomps on her feelings both figuratively and literally.]]
3rd Jun '16 9:17:03 PM Gamermaster
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* In Episode 10 of ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuuco'' [[spoiler:Nova breaks Luluco's heart and stomps on her feelings both figuratively and literally.]]
1st Jun '16 8:54:25 AM DaibhidC
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** Also in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', the latest incarnation of imp-powered organiser has handwriting recognition. Vimes show the imp his notebook and it says "Yep, that's handwriting."
31st May '16 9:48:13 AM DaibhidC
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' audio drama "The Whispering Forest", Turlough and Nyssa are wandering through tunnels, and Turglough says the hairs on the back of his neck are sticking up. Nyssa assumes he means the caves are spooky, but he actually means they're filled with static electricity.

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* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho''
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In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' audio drama "The Whispering Forest", Turlough and Nyssa are wandering through tunnels, and Turglough says the hairs on the back of his neck are sticking up. Nyssa assumes he means the caves are spooky, but he actually means they're filled with static electricity.electricity.
** In "The Destroyer of Delights", Amy tells Nisrin, a slave in ArabianNightsDays, that she saw a blue man in a cave, and Nisrin seems remarkably unfazed by this. Later Amy tries to tell the Doctor, who misunderstands who saw what and explains to Amy that Nisrin is of Scandinavian origin and the medieval Norse used "blue men" to describe the people of Africa. He's still explaining this when the actual blue man shows up.


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* Whenever a metaphor is used in ''Radio/HamishAndDougal'' there's a good chance that either someone will [[LiteralMinded take it literally]] or it was ''meant'' literally. (Rarely both at once, for maximum miscommunication.)
31st May '16 1:52:19 AM MrInitialMan
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** In his tribute to Series/SiskelAndEbert, the Nostalgia Critic mentions that, for a time, Gene Siskel was "phoning it in". Thing was, Mr. Siskel was in the hospital and literally on the phone to do his part, making this an example of dedication rather than apathy.
22nd May '16 6:44:24 PM Eievie
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*In "Chapter 14" of ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'', Luisa recounts how she and Rose got together. "And then she kissed me. And then there were fireworks." It was the 4th of July, and the fireworks show started right as Rose kissed her. And then they [[TwoPersonPoolParty had sex in a pool]], while the fireworks continued.
16th May '16 2:09:53 AM StFan
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(''Audrey threatens him with her umbrella'')\\

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(''Audrey ''[Audrey threatens him with her umbrella'')\\umbrella]''\\



-->'''Mr. Johnson:''' (''points at pile of manure'') You see that, son? That's shit. (''takes out bottle of Shinola'') And this is Shinola.\\
'''Navin:''' (''pointing'') Shit... Shinola...\\

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-->'''Mr. Johnson:''' (''points ''[points at pile of manure'') manure]'' You see that, son? That's shit. (''takes ''[takes out bottle of Shinola'') Shinola]'' And this is Shinola.\\
'''Navin:''' (''pointing'') ''[pointing]'' Shit... Shinola...\\



* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'':
-->'''[[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]]:''' Well, I did do all the heavy lifting. Literally, I lifted the heavy things.
* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'':
-->'''ComicBook/TheVision:''' Well, I ''was'' [[ReallyWasBornYesterday born yesterday]].

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* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
**
''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'':
-->'''[[Film/IronMan --->'''[[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]]:''' Well, I did do all the heavy lifting. Literally, I lifted the heavy things.
* ** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'':
-->'''ComicBook/TheVision:''' --->'''ComicBook/TheVision:''' Well, I ''was'' [[ReallyWasBornYesterday born yesterday]].



** When the titular character's subconscious becomes a physical, evil being the main characters have to fight.
-->'''Valkyrie''' "But if you can confront your inner demons—"\\
'''Skulduggery''': "I did confront my inner demon. I punched him in the face and he exploded."

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** When the titular title character's subconscious becomes a physical, evil being the main characters have to fight.
-->'''Valkyrie''' "But --->'''Valkyrie:''' But if you can confront your inner demons—"\\
'''Skulduggery''': "I
demons--\\
'''Skulduggery:''' I
did confront my inner demon. I punched him in the face and he exploded."



-->'''Clary''': Where's Simon?\\
'''Isabella''': He's a rat.\\
'''Alec''': Did he do something to you? Did he touch you? If he tried anything—\\

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-->'''Clary''': -->'''Clary:''' Where's Simon?\\
'''Isabella''': '''Isabella:''' He's a rat.\\
'''Alec''': '''Alec:''' Did he do something to you? Did he touch you? If he tried anything—\\anything--\\



'''Isabella''': Simon drank one of those blue drinks — I told him not to, but he didn't listen — and he turned into a rat."

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'''Isabella''': '''Isabella:''' Simon drank one of those blue drinks -- I told him not to, but he didn't listen -- and he turned into a rat."



-->"Have trolls ''got'' stones?"\\

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-->"Have --->"Have trolls ''got'' stones?"\\



"''Literally.''" (''book goes into an {{infodump}} about Turusch BizarreAlienPsychology'')

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"''Literally.''" (''book ''[book goes into an {{infodump}} about Turusch BizarreAlienPsychology'')BizarreAlienPsychology]''



'''Elliot:''' No, I mean it. Like you did last night. (''takes off her shirt and throws it at him'') Come bite me.

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'''Elliot:''' No, I mean it. Like you did last night. (''takes ''[takes off her shirt and throws it at him'') him]'' Come bite me.



'''Emerson:''' (''deadpan'') Your book. Was a bomb. It ''exploded.''

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'''Emerson:''' (''deadpan'') ''[deadpan]'' Your book. Was a bomb. It ''exploded.''



'''Emerson:''' (''pointing at the white-streaked wall of the bell tower'') I'm showing you bat crap.

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'''Emerson:''' (''pointing ''[pointing at the white-streaked wall of the bell tower'') tower]'' I'm showing you bat crap.



-->'''Marshall''': I can't talk right now; I got a lot on my plate.\\

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-->'''Marshall''': -->'''Marshall:''' I can't talk right now; I got a lot on my plate.\\



'''Marshall''': Well, let's dig in. If we start now, we can be done by lunch.

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'''Marshall''': '''Marshall:''' Well, let's dig in. If we start now, we can be done by lunch.



-->'''Doctor''': Are there any more of you?\\
'''Rita''': Joe. But he's tied up right now.\\
'''Doctor''': Doing what?\\
'''Rita''': No, I mean he's tied up right now.\\

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-->'''Doctor''': --->'''Doctor:''' Are there any more of you?\\
'''Rita''': '''Rita:''' Joe. But he's tied up right now.\\
'''Doctor''': '''Doctor:''' Doing what?\\
'''Rita''': '''Rita:''' No, I mean he's tied up right now.\\



'''Col. O'Neill:''' (''innocently'') Weapon?\\

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'''Col. O'Neill:''' (''innocently'') ''[innocently]'' Weapon?\\



--->'''Pa Kent:''' You can't do that! (''the doctor is outraged'') No, I mean you literally can't do that.\\
[[spoiler:(''the doctor tells him off and sticks the needle in, which goes in fine because the fever neutralized Clark's invulnerability'')]]

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--->'''Pa Kent:''' You can't do that! (''the ''[the doctor is outraged'') outraged]'' No, I mean you literally can't do that.\\
[[spoiler:(''the [[spoiler:''[the doctor tells him off and sticks the needle in, which goes in fine because the fever neutralized Clark's invulnerability'')]]invulnerability]'']]



(''cut to show a phone where Tracy should be'')\\

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(''cut ''[cut to show a phone where Tracy should be'')\\be]''\\



-->'''Crow:''' Wow! I am on the edge of my seat! (''beat'') I should probably scoot back a little; I'd be more comfortable.\\

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-->'''Crow:''' Wow! I am on the edge of my seat! (''beat'') ''[beat]'' I should probably scoot back a little; I'd be more comfortable.\\



(''cut to Martin under the covers with a flashlight -- playing foosball with himself'')

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(''cut ''[cut to Martin under the covers with a flashlight -- playing foosball with himself'')himself]''



'''Auggie:''' (''waves folded white cane'') I meant because I'm blind.

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'''Auggie:''' (''waves ''[waves folded white cane'') cane]'' I meant because I'm blind.



'''Havoc:''' No, ''cow''. (''points'')\\

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'''Havoc:''' No, ''cow''. (''points'')\\''[points]''\\



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* In ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'', Flynt Coal is doing a PrivateEyeMonologue when we get this gem:
-->''It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Looking at these streets I can't help but wonder... why are all these dogs eating other dogs? Don't they know that's cannibalism?''
* [[BigBad Imaginee's]] entire existence is this in ''WebAnimation/TheAutisticWorldOfTheAutist''. He's both heartless and the evilest being imaginable.
[[/folder]]



-->'''Dan:''' (''with ears on fire'') [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_332.php Whoah... Hey Lexsi... my ears are burning!]]\\
'''Alexsi:''' (''not looking'') I'm sure they are, Dan...

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-->'''Dan:''' (''with ''[with ears on fire'') fire]'' [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_332.php Whoah... Hey Lexsi... my ears are burning!]]\\
'''Alexsi:''' (''not looking'') ''[not looking]'' I'm sure they are, Dan...



** 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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** A delayed action one: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0747.html "Make It Three, Just To 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.



* In ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'', Flynt Coal is doing a PrivateEyeMonologue when we get this gem:
-->''It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Looking at these streets I can't help but wonder... why are all these dogs eating other dogs? Don't they know that's cannibalism?''
* [[BigBad Imaginee's]] entire existence is this in WebAnimation/TheAutisticWorldOfTheAutist. He's both heartless and the evilest being imaginable.



(''cut to the ninjas literally crawling on the ground'')

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(''cut ''[cut to the ninjas literally crawling on the ground'')ground]''



'''Steve:''' (''bursts out laughing'')\\
'''Bob:''' (''holds up a flute bound with animal skins'')

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'''Steve:''' (''bursts ''[bursts out laughing'')\\
laughing]''\\
'''Bob:''' (''holds ''[holds up a flute bound with animal skins'')skins]''



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

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



(''later'')\\

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(''later'')\\''[later]''\\



'''Archer:''' (''beat'') Wha...?\\

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'''Archer:''' (''beat'') ''[beat]'' Wha...?\\



--->'''Malory:''' (''calmly'') I am literally going to kill him.\\

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--->'''Malory:''' (''calmly'') ''[calmly]'' I am literally going to kill him.\\



'''Gilette:''' (''shocked'') That's pretty specific for a hypothetical...\\

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'''Gilette:''' (''shocked'') ''[shocked]'' That's pretty specific for a hypothetical...\\



-->'''Uncle Iroh:''' (''stops Zuko and a pirate captain from fighting'') Are you so busy fighting you cannot see your own ship has set sail?\\

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-->'''Uncle Iroh:''' (''stops ''[stops Zuko and a pirate captain from fighting'') fighting]'' Are you so busy fighting you cannot see your own ship has set sail?\\



(''cut to pirate ship being hijacked'')

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(''cut ''[cut to pirate ship being hijacked'')hijacked]''



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', Mr. Waterman is trying to find the rest of his Santa costume:
-->'''Mr. Waterman:''' Where's my [[TheBeard beard]]?\\
'''Mrs. Waterman:''' Right here. (''{{beat}}, then holds up a Santa beard'')

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'':
**
Mr. Waterman is trying to find the rest of his Santa costume:
-->'''Mr.--->'''Mr. Waterman:''' Where's my [[TheBeard beard]]?\\
'''Mrs. Waterman:''' Right here. (''{{beat}}, ''[{{beat}}, then holds up a Santa beard'')beard]''



--->"Chasing these wild geese is like some kind of wild goose ch-- son of a bitch!"

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--->"Chasing --->'''Cleveland:''' Chasing these wild geese is like some kind of wild goose ch-- son of a bitch!"bitch!



(''she's holding two watermelons'')\\

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(''she's ''[she's holding two watermelons'')\\watermelons]''\\



(''she has two owls perched on her arm'')\\

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(''she ''[she has two owls perched on her arm'')\\arm]''\\



'''Man:''' No problem. (''beat'') [[RuleOfThree Your wife's hot!]]\\

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'''Man:''' No problem. (''beat'') ''[beat]'' [[RuleOfThree Your wife's hot!]]\\



(''rimshot'')\\

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(''rimshot'')\\''[rimshot]''\\



(''bartender lays a flathead screwdriver on the bar in front of her'')

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(''bartender ''[bartender lays a flathead screwdriver on the bar in front of her'')her]''



--->'''Talking Bart Simpson Doll:''' Eat my shorts!
--->'''Bender:''' Okay!
--->''(Literally eats doll's pants)''
--->'''Bender:''' [[{{Homage}} Mmm, shorts...]]

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--->'''Talking Bart Simpson Doll:''' Eat my shorts!
--->'''Bender:''' Okay!
--->''(Literally
shorts!\\
'''Bender:''' Okay!\\
''[literally
eats doll's pants)''
--->'''Bender:'''
pants]''\\
'''Bender:'''
[[{{Homage}} Mmm, shorts...]]



--->'''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]]'')

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--->'''Farnsworth:''' Just a minute. (''closes ''[closes the door'')\\
door]''\\
'''Bender:''' (''waving ''[waving around his nose'') nose]'' Methinks he's casting a powerful spell indeed.\\
(''Farnsworth ''[Farnsworth opens the door to reveal [[BiggerOnTheInside a large cozy room]]'')room]]]''



-->'''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."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Little Gift Shop of Horrors", Dipper advises Stan against taunting the local gypsy witch, to which Stan loudly refers to Dipper as a wet blanket to everyone in earshot. Cut to [[ButtMonkey Toby Determined]] selling actual wet blankets.

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-->'''Bender:''' --->'''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/GravityFalls'':
**
In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Little Gift Shop of Horrors", Dipper advises Stan against taunting the local gypsy witch, to which Stan loudly refers to Dipper as a wet blanket to everyone in earshot. Cut to [[ButtMonkey Toby Determined]] selling actual wet blankets.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'':



--->'''Hoss:''' (''points at Grim'') It's all in his head!\\

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--->'''Hoss:''' (''points ''[points at Grim'') Grim]'' It's all in his head!\\



-->(''salesman describes the features of [[WeatherControlMachine a weather machine]] they're looking at'')\\

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-->(''salesman -->''[salesman describes the features of [[WeatherControlMachine a weather machine]] they're looking at'')\\at]''\\



(''they steal the weather machine'')

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(''they ''[they steal the weather machine'')machine]''



** 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.'')

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** In the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy "Dragonshy"]], "[[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 "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie"]], 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 "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1"]], 1]]", Discord's ears are burning. Yes, literally.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord "Make "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord Make New Friends but Keep Discord"]], 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!"]], "[[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.'')



'''Candace:''' [[FlatJoy Woo hoo.]] (''{{beat}}'') I'm not actually on fire, am I?\\

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'''Candace:''' [[FlatJoy Woo hoo.]] (''{{beat}}'') ''[{{beat}}]'' I'm not actually on fire, am I?\\



** 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]].

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** When Doofenshmirtz was is told he didn't doesn't have a green thumb in "Moon Farm", he took takes it literally and bought buys a can of green paint to make himself green. Ironically, because of how he held the can, his thumbs weren't aren't painted. Only later, as he explained explains his plan to Perry, Doof [[LateToThePunchline finally understood understands the metaphor]].



-->'''Homer:''' How'd you get wise to us?\\

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-->'''Homer:''' --->'''Homer:''' How'd you get wise to us?\\



''(Bart looks at the back of the book he and Homer have been using and sees a picture of a young Abe.)''\\

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''(Bart ''[Bart looks at the back of the book he and Homer have been using and sees a picture of a young Abe.)''\\Abe]''\\



-->'''Buster:''' We're not leaving Paris until we find Bugs! ''(beat)'' He has our roundtrip tickets.

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-->'''Buster:''' We're not leaving Paris until we find Bugs! ''(beat)'' ''[beat]'' He has our roundtrip tickets.
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** In "Missing Identity", Mr. Krabs threatens that whoever doesn't pass his inspection will get the boot, as in they'll have to wear a smelly boot all day.
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