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3rd May '16 2:04:36 PM Trogdor
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* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', a bunch of goth kids mistake Doofenschmirtz's line "there's a platypus controlling me" as a metaphor for whatever is keeping you down, when he really means [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin there's a platypus controlling him.]]
** Similarly, in ''She's the Mayor'', Candace wins the Mayor for a Day contest because the judges assumed "Why My Little Brothers Should Be Busted" was a political metaphor.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', a ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
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bunch of goth kids mistake Doofenschmirtz's line "there's a platypus controlling me" as a metaphor for whatever is keeping you down, when he really means [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin there's a platypus controlling him.]]
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** Similarly, in In ''She's the Mayor'', Candace wins the Mayor for a Day contest because the judges assumed "Why My Little Brothers Should Be Busted" was a political metaphor.
3rd May '16 1:23:50 PM Trogdor
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', "Definitions": Ted shows up to the wrong classroom on his first day as an architecture professor, and misinterprets his students' attempts to inform him of this as profound reflections on architecture.

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', "Definitions": Ted shows up to the wrong classroom on his first day as an architecture professor, and misinterprets some of his students' attempts to inform him of this as profound reflections on architecture.architecture.
-->'''Ted:''' Can anyone here tell me what this class is really all about?\\
'''Student:''' Uh, Economics?\\
*Class roars with laughter*\\
'''Ted:''' Don't laugh. He's not - he's not entirely wrong. An architect must be economical in his use of space...
16th Apr '16 12:00:50 AM Omeganian
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* On ''TigerAndBunny,'' [[BlowYouAway Keith]] is going through an emotional slump when he happens to meet a pretty girl (actually a [[spoiler:malfunctioning RobotGirl]]) in the park. As he explains his problem she continually responds "Why?," which he takes to mean that he needs to look deeper inside himself for answers. He gets over his slump and returns to his [[TheAce usual bombastic self]], ironically by [[spoiler:destroying the robot when she goes beserk]].

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* On ''TigerAndBunny,'' [[BlowYouAway Keith]] is going through an emotional slump when he happens to meet a pretty girl (actually a [[spoiler:malfunctioning RobotGirl]]) in the park. As he explains his problem she continually responds "Why?," which he takes to mean that he needs to look deeper inside himself for answers. He gets over his slump and returns to his [[TheAce usual bombastic self]], ironically by [[spoiler:destroying the robot when she goes beserk]].berserk]].
6th Feb '16 8:44:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Cheers}}'': when Woody is running for City Council his simple statements are taken as down home country expressions and powerful political messages by reporters.

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* ''{{Cheers}}'': ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': when Woody is running for City Council his simple statements are taken as down home country expressions and powerful political messages by reporters.



* In ''BoyMeetsWorld'', Shawn ends up sitting in on a college philosophy class. When in response to the question, "Why are you here?" he responds "just visiting," everyone takes it as an expression of his belief on the transience of life. This leads Shawn to start thinking that he doesn't need to apply himself in his high school classes anymore, since he's apparently having such an easy time in a college environment. Subverted later on when Cory, who shows up to try and bring Shawn back, tells the professor that he's "just passing through" and gets mocked for seemingly thinking he can pass himself off as profound by spouting {{Ice Cream Koan}}s in class. [[RealityEnsues Shawn is crushed at the end of the episode when his term paper is flunked by the professor, who points out that his lack of knowledge of the basics (Like what you learn in high school) means that his grammatically twisted, illogical and contradictory paper cannot properly express his thoughts]].

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* In ''BoyMeetsWorld'', ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', Shawn ends up sitting in on a college philosophy class. When in response to the question, "Why are you here?" he responds "just visiting," everyone takes it as an expression of his belief on the transience of life. This leads Shawn to start thinking that he doesn't need to apply himself in his high school classes anymore, since he's apparently having such an easy time in a college environment. Subverted later on when Cory, who shows up to try and bring Shawn back, tells the professor that he's "just passing through" and gets mocked for seemingly thinking he can pass himself off as profound by spouting {{Ice Cream Koan}}s in class. [[RealityEnsues Shawn is crushed at the end of the episode when his term paper is flunked by the professor, who points out that his lack of knowledge of the basics (Like what you learn in high school) means that his grammatically twisted, illogical and contradictory paper cannot properly express his thoughts]].
15th Dec '15 3:19:01 PM Beacon80
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* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', a bunch of goth kids mistake Doofenschmirtz's line "there's a platypus controlling me" as a metaphor for whatever is keeping you down, when he really means [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin there's a platypus controlling him.]]
** Similarly, in ''She's the Mayor'', Candace wins the Mayor for a Day contest because the judges assumed "Why My Little Brothers Should Be Busted" was a political metaphor.
12th Dec '15 8:32:23 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' mentions that wisdom from far off appears more profound, which explains why saffron-clad young men tend to pay visits to Ms. Marietta Cosmopolite, an Ankh-Morpork dressmaker. They take the cliches she spouts like "I wasn't born yesterday" and "When it rains, it pours" as koans, and end up inventing a martial art inspired by her that involves shouting at people and hitting them with brooms. ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' reveals that Lu-Tze of the Time Monks is a follower of "The Way of Ms. Cosmopolite", but it's unclear whether Lu-Tze actually believes it to be profound or not. He seems to find a certain profundity to them, but unlike the other monks, he also knows what they actually mean; the other monks try to parse them as koans, which makes them look silly (not that they really need Lu-Tze's help at that).

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* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' mentions that wisdom from far off appears more profound, which explains why saffron-clad young men tend to pay visits to Ms. Marietta Cosmopolite, an Ankh-Morpork dressmaker. They take the cliches she spouts like "I wasn't born yesterday" and "When it rains, it pours" as koans, and end up inventing a martial art inspired by her that involves shouting at people and hitting them with brooms. ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' reveals that Lu-Tze of the Time Monks is a follower of "The Way of Ms. Cosmopolite", but it's unclear whether Lu-Tze actually believes it to be profound or not. He seems to find a certain profundity to them, but unlike the other monks, he also knows what they actually mean; mean (he implies at one point that the sheer practicality is ''why'' he thinks they're profound); the other monks try to parse them as koans, which makes them look silly (not that they really need Lu-Tze's help at that).
18th Oct '15 1:32:24 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ThePowerpuffGirls'', Mayor is running for reelection, spouting his usual, tired lines. Fuzzy Lumpkins gets tired of Mayor's shouting to the crowd interrupting his sleep, so he yells "SHUT UP!", and people act like it's the best campaign slogan ever.
* This happens relatively often in ''{{Daria}}'', usually only between the least intelligent members of the cast. For example, [[DumbJock Kevin]] and [[DumbBlonde Brittany]] telling each other how smart they are, [[TheLibby Sandi]] telling [[LovableLibby Quinn]] that she's deep, and [[FakeBand Mystic Spiral]] [[IceCreamKoan lyrics]].

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* In ''ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', Mayor is running for reelection, spouting his usual, tired lines. Fuzzy Lumpkins gets tired of Mayor's shouting to the crowd interrupting his sleep, so he yells "SHUT UP!", and people act like it's the best campaign slogan ever.
* This happens relatively often in ''{{Daria}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', usually only between the least intelligent members of the cast. For example, [[DumbJock Kevin]] and [[DumbBlonde Brittany]] telling each other how smart they are, [[TheLibby Sandi]] telling [[LovableLibby Quinn]] that she's deep, and [[FakeBand Mystic Spiral]] [[IceCreamKoan lyrics]].
18th Aug '15 9:04:34 AM DracoKanji
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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy,'' [[Cloudcuckoolander Fred Fredburger]] has to cast the deciding vote about whether [[TheDitz Billy]] or [[EnfantTerrible Mandy]] is [[TheGrimReaper Grim's]] true master. [[MathematiciansAnswer He replies yes]], which the judge takes as profound wisdom about how the two friends shouldn't be forced to split up in the first place.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy,'' [[Cloudcuckoolander [[CloudCuckoolander Fred Fredburger]] has to cast the deciding vote about whether [[TheDitz Billy]] or [[EnfantTerrible Mandy]] is [[TheGrimReaper Grim's]] true master. [[MathematiciansAnswer He replies yes]], which the judge takes as profound wisdom about how the two friends shouldn't be forced to split up in the first place.
27th Jul '15 12:15:44 AM Anorgil
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* In the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch about the "poet" Ewan [=MacTeagle=], everybody praises his poetry, even though it's nothing more than some letters asking for money.
30th Jun '15 7:43:45 AM Anarquistador
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* The Creator/IsaacAsimov short story "The Eternal Bard" tells the tale of a scientist who brings Creator/WilliamShakespeare back to life, and enrolls him in a Shakespeare study class taught by a colleague without telling him. [[spoiler: Shakespeare flunks the course, unable to get his head around all the subtext people have extrapolated from the plays he just wrote to pay the bills, calling it "an ocean wrung from a damp sponge."]] It's left up in the air whether or not the scientist, who is drunk at a party, is telling this story just to mess with his friend, but toward the end of the story, the literature professor starts to remember a very odd student...
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