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* The Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion art book ''Eve'' has this to say about Asuka (in Japanese using SurprisinglyGoodEnglish (mixed)metaphors). "Asuka's pride is a double-edged SwordOfDamocles". Which actually sums things up pretty well.

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\n* The Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' art book ''Eve'' has this to say about Asuka (in Japanese using SurprisinglyGoodEnglish (mixed)metaphors). "Asuka's pride is a double-edged SwordOfDamocles". Which actually sums things up pretty well.



* In the novels for LightNovel/{{Slayers}}, Gourry mixed three metaphors together, one of which was a bit of an anachronism.

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* In the novels for LightNovel/{{Slayers}}, ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', Gourry mixed three metaphors together, one of which was a bit of an anachronism.



* In a ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons Comics]]'' {{Elseworld}} story, Homer was working for the Mafia, Comic Book Guy was the local don, and Lou and Eddie were his two flunkies. CBG assigned Homer to kill Milhouse, to which Homer remarked "Don't worry, boss. This little weiner is toast". CBG replied "Good. And please don't mix metaphors. You know it makes Lou nervous".

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* In a ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons Comics]]'' {{Elseworld}} story, Homer was working for the Mafia, Comic Book Guy was the local don, and Lou and Eddie were his two flunkies. CBG assigned Homer to kill Milhouse, to which Homer remarked "Don't worry, boss. This little weiner wiener is toast". CBG replied "Good. And please don't mix metaphors. You know it makes Lou nervous".



* "ComicBook/{{Cerebus}} has made his omelet and now he has to lie in it."

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* "ComicBook/{{Cerebus}} "ComicBook/{{Cerebus|TheAardvark}} has made his omelet and now he has to lie in it."



* The narrator to [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]] directly lampshades the fact that she often mixes up her metaphors.

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* The narrator to [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed ''[[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]] Revealed]]'' directly lampshades the fact that she often mixes up her metaphors.






* From the first ''AustinPowers'' film: "But unfortunately for yours truly, that train had sailed."

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* From the first ''AustinPowers'' ''Film/AustinPowers'' film: "But unfortunately for yours truly, that train had sailed."



* From the movie ''Film/{{North}}:''

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* From the movie ''Film/{{North}}:''






** Of course, this being Creator/LMMontgomery, Phil promptly [[{{LampshadeHanging}} lampshades]] her error in the next sentences:

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** Of course, this being Creator/LMMontgomery, Phil promptly [[{{LampshadeHanging}} lampshades]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}s her error in the next sentences:



* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat's Revenge'': Inskipp says they "must get a man to Cliaand to root out the problem at the core of the woodpile and cut the Gordian knot." Slippery Jim replies, "Other than being contained in a mixed and disgusting metaphor I think the idea is a suicidal one."

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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat's Revenge'': Inskipp says they "must get a man to Cliaand to root out the problem at the core of the woodpile and cut the Gordian knot." Slippery Jim replies, "Other than being contained in a mixed and disgusting metaphor I think the idea is a suicidal one."






* Common on ''YesMinister'', with Bernard usually lampshading them:

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* Common on ''YesMinister'', ''Series/YesMinister'', with Bernard usually lampshading them:



** And from the sequel, ''YesPrimeMinister'':

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** And from the sequel, ''YesPrimeMinister'':''Yes, Prime Minister'':



* Nina from ''JustShootMe'': "A bird in the hand is worth two if by sea" and "Denial is not just a river in England."

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* Nina from ''JustShootMe'': ''Series/JustShootMe'': "A bird in the hand is worth two if by sea" and "Denial is not just a river in England."



* Kelly Bundy from ''MarriedWithChildren'' is chock full of these, being TheBrainlessBeauty of her family. [[http://www.bundyology.com/kellyisms.html This site]] has a near-complete list of them.

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* Kelly Bundy from ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' is chock full of these, being TheBrainlessBeauty of her family. [[http://www.bundyology.com/kellyisms.html This site]] has a near-complete list of them.



* Michael Scott of TheOffice does this just about OnceAnEpisode.

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* Michael Scott of TheOffice ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' does this just about OnceAnEpisode.OncePerEpisode.



* One of ElChapulinColorado's trademark gags: every time he tries to cite a famous saying he gets it mixed with another one, and ends up saying "...Well, you get the idea."
* {{Lampshaded}} on ''Series/MadMen'' when Bert Cooper calls Don in to tell him they can't fire Pete Campbell because his family is too old and important. He starts off about how New York City is like a fine watch full of tiny, precise parts and always ticking away. Don says it sounds more like a bomb. Cooper says that if they fire Pete word will get around to the Dykeman-Campbells' million connections around the city and the agency will lose some of its establishment cred, and when Don objects to this kind of nepotism, Cooper tells him, "You'll have to have a stronger stomach if you want to be back in the kitchen seeing how the sausage is made." Don, after a beat: "I thought it was a big watch."

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* One of ElChapulinColorado's Series/ElChapulinColorado's trademark gags: every time he tries to cite a famous saying he gets it mixed with another one, and ends up saying "...Well, you get the idea."
* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''Series/MadMen'' when Bert Cooper calls Don in to tell him they can't fire Pete Campbell because his family is too old and important. He starts off about how New York City is like a fine watch full of tiny, precise parts and always ticking away. Don says it sounds more like a bomb. Cooper says that if they fire Pete word will get around to the Dykeman-Campbells' million connections around the city and the agency will lose some of its establishment cred, and when Don objects to this kind of nepotism, Cooper tells him, "You'll have to have a stronger stomach if you want to be back in the kitchen seeing how the sausage is made." Don, after a beat: "I thought it was a big watch."






* Mixed metaphors are one of the richest veins for the sports-commentator gaffes that ''PrivateEye'' refers to as "Colemanballs".

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* Mixed metaphors are one of the richest veins for the sports-commentator gaffes that ''PrivateEye'' ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' refers to as "Colemanballs".
"Colemanballs".



* A well-known example is Music/TaylorSwift's "Love Story", which randomly adds a reference to ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' in an otherwise ''RomeoAndJuliet''-themed song. She does it again in "Sparks Fly", whose first line is "The way you move is like a full-on rainstorm / And I'm a house of cards".
* This was part of what made EltonJohn's Princess Diana version of "Candle in the Wind" so notorious. She's a candle, but she's also a rose and a golden child, capable of leaving footprints on England's green hills, plus equipped with wings of compassion. Cause of death was wind, rain, and/or the fading of the sunset.

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* A well-known example is Music/TaylorSwift's "Love Story", which randomly adds a reference to ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' in an otherwise ''RomeoAndJuliet''-themed ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''-themed song. She does it again in "Sparks Fly", whose first line is "The way you move is like a full-on rainstorm / And I'm a house of cards".
* This was part of what made EltonJohn's Music/EltonJohn's Princess Diana version of "Candle in the Wind" so notorious. She's a candle, but she's also a rose and a golden child, capable of leaving footprints on England's green hills, plus equipped with wings of compassion. Cause of death was wind, rain, and/or the fading of the sunset.




* Inspired a song by MitchBenn on ''TheNowShow'' after he heard a spokesman described global warming by saying the world was "standing on the precipice of a runaway train". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sxgxZQ95ts Listen to it here.]]

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\n* Inspired a song by MitchBenn Music/MitchBenn on ''TheNowShow'' ''Radio/TheNowShow'' after he heard a spokesman described global warming by saying the world was "standing on the precipice of a runaway train". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sxgxZQ95ts Listen to it here.]]







* OlderThanSteam: ''{{Hamlet}}'': "Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?" Apparently, Creator/WilliamShakespeare was [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples notorious for this.]] Then again, Hamlet was probably Schizophrenic.

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\n* OlderThanSteam: ''{{Hamlet}}'': ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'': "Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?" Apparently, Creator/WilliamShakespeare was [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples notorious for this.]] Then again, Hamlet was probably Schizophrenic.
Schizophrenic.




* All-Devouring Black Hole LoanShark, the former trope title. Sharks and black holes both have a well-deserved reputation for devouring and destruction--but surely they don't have anything else in common. Perhaps this status as a mixed metaphor is one reason why the "all-devouring black hole" part is now a mere alternate title for the trope, but it could be argued that this makes the trope more fun since comparing anything to a black hole is a very [[HypocriticalHumor colorful metaphor.]]
** This then also applies to ''{{Pikmin}}'', the TropeNamer.

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\n* All-Devouring Black Hole LoanShark, the former trope title. Sharks and black holes both have a well-deserved reputation for devouring and destruction--but surely they don't have anything else in common. Perhaps this status as a mixed metaphor is one reason why the "all-devouring black hole" part is now a mere alternate title for the trope, but it could be argued that this makes the trope more fun since comparing anything to a black hole is a very [[HypocriticalHumor colorful metaphor.]]
**
]] This then also applies to ''{{Pikmin}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'', the TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}.




* [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Haley Starshine]]: "If you want to pull the strings, you've got to pay the piper!"
* Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}} [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2009/04/09/ But that would be mixing metaphors and Nat Bustard doesn't mix metaphors for anybody.]]

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\n* [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Haley Starshine]]: ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
-->'''Haley Starshine''':
"If you want to pull the strings, you've got to pay the piper!"
* Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}} Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}: [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2009/04/09/ But that would be mixing metaphors and Nat Bustard doesn't mix metaphors for anybody.]]






* Greg Haiste's character on TheJohnDredgeNothingToDoWithAnythingShow is prone to do this:

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* Greg Haiste's character on TheJohnDredgeNothingToDoWithAnythingShow ''Podcast/TheJohnDredgeNothingToDoWithAnythingShow'' is prone to do this:




* Zapp Brannigan of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': "Once we hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."

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\n* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
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Zapp Brannigan of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Brannigan: "Once we hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."



* Abe Linclon on CloneHigh had a few.

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* Abe Linclon Lincoln on CloneHigh ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' had a few.



* And of course, [[MemeticMutation this]] [[YouTubePoop classic]] courtesy of [[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld Mama Luigi]]:

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* And of course, [[MemeticMutation this]] [[YouTubePoop [[WebAnimation/YouTubePoop classic]] courtesy of [[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld Mama Luigi]]:



* From ''DanVs'' "The Dentist,":

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* From ''DanVs'' ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' "The Dentist,":



* From a Newt Gingrich press release:

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* From a Newt Gingrich Creator/NewtGingrich press release:



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12th Dec '15 7:30:50 PM nombretomado
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* A line describing Coruscant's defenses, from ''[[XWingSeries Wedge's Gamble]]'': "the shields make this place a tough nut to crack, but chewing up the meat isn't going to be any easier."

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* A line describing Coruscant's defenses, from ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wedge's Gamble]]'': "the shields make this place a tough nut to crack, but chewing up the meat isn't going to be any easier."
27th Nov '15 5:44:41 PM nombretomado
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* A well-known example is TaylorSwift's "Love Story", which randomly adds a reference to ''TheScarletLetter'' in an otherwise ''RomeoAndJuliet''-themed song. She does it again in "Sparks Fly", whose first line is "The way you move is like a full-on rainstorm / And I'm a house of cards".

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* A well-known example is TaylorSwift's Music/TaylorSwift's "Love Story", which randomly adds a reference to ''TheScarletLetter'' ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' in an otherwise ''RomeoAndJuliet''-themed song. She does it again in "Sparks Fly", whose first line is "The way you move is like a full-on rainstorm / And I'm a house of cards".
5th Nov '15 2:38:08 AM StFan
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* In a ''{{Simpsons}} Comics'' {{Elseworld}} story, Homer was working for the Mafia, Comic Book Guy was the local don, and Lou and Eddie were his two flunkies. CBG assigned Homer to kill Milhouse, to which Homer remarked "Don't worry, boss. This little weiner is toast". CBG replied "Good. And please don't mix metaphors. You know it makes Lou nervous".

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In a ''{{Simpsons}} Comics'' ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons Comics]]'' {{Elseworld}} story, Homer was working for the Mafia, Comic Book Guy was the local don, and Lou and Eddie were his two flunkies. CBG assigned Homer to kill Milhouse, to which Homer remarked "Don't worry, boss. This little weiner is toast". CBG replied "Good. And please don't mix metaphors. You know it makes Lou nervous".



* From an episode of ''TheSimpsons'':
--> '''Homer''': They ran away like schoolgirls with their tails between their legs!

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* From an episode of ''TheSimpsons'':
--> '''Homer''':
''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
-->'''Homer:'''
They ran away like schoolgirls with their tails between their legs!



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[[folder: Real Life ]]
[[folder:Real Life]]
1st Nov '15 8:33:09 AM pavelbronco42
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* Greg Haiste's character on TheJohnDredgeNothingToDoWithAnythingShow is prone to do this:
--> '''Greg''': I don't want to blow my own xylophone…
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* {{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}:''

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* {{Disney}}'s Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}:''
9th Aug '15 3:01:26 PM Prfnoff
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* Something Inspector Grim is good at in ''TheThinBlueLine''. For example in the episode "Night Shift", he informs everyone that he is looking for:

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* Something Inspector Grim is good at in ''TheThinBlueLine''.''Series/TheThinBlueLine''. For example in the episode "Night Shift", he informs everyone that he is looking for:



* Shawn Micallef does this in ''TalkinBoutYourGeneration'': "And next up, something that will literally blow the socks off your mind."

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* Shawn Micallef does this in ''TalkinBoutYourGeneration'': ''Series/TalkinBoutYourGeneration'': "And next up, something that will literally blow the socks off your mind."



* On ''PeepShow'', Jez discovers that his bisexual girlfriend Elena already has a girlfriend named Gail, but (initially) thinks that sharing Elena will work out: "Me and this Gail, we're just eating from different sides of the plate. I play woodwind, she's on brass."
* Emerson Cod from ''PushingDaisies'' was prone to these.

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* On ''PeepShow'', ''Series/PeepShow'', Jez discovers that his bisexual girlfriend Elena already has a girlfriend named Gail, but (initially) thinks that sharing Elena will work out: "Me and this Gail, we're just eating from different sides of the plate. I play woodwind, she's on brass."
* Emerson Cod from ''PushingDaisies'' ''Series/PushingDaisies'' was prone to these.



* On ''FreshMeat'', when the housemates are chewing out Josie for hiding the fact that she got their stuff stolen, Vod tells them that they need to lay off:

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* On ''FreshMeat'', ''Series/FreshMeat'', when the housemates are chewing out Josie for hiding the fact that she got their stuff stolen, Vod tells them that they need to lay off:
7th Jul '15 3:25:47 PM nombretomado
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* From ''TheLosers'':

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* From ''TheLosers'':''ComicBook/TheLosers'':
4th Jun '15 10:37:46 AM erforce
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* Biff Tannen from the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy: "Make like a tree, and get out of here."

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* Biff Tannen from the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy: "Make like a tree, and get out of here."
13th May '15 5:18:57 PM nombretomado
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* Serena on ''GossipGirl'' talks about how her mother ''adapts'' to each new husband:

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* Serena on ''GossipGirl'' ''Series/GossipGirl'' talks about how her mother ''adapts'' to each new husband:



* {{Lampshaded}} on ''MadMen'' when Bert Cooper calls Don in to tell him they can't fire Pete Campbell because his family is too old and important. He starts off about how New York City is like a fine watch full of tiny, precise parts and always ticking away. Don says it sounds more like a bomb. Cooper says that if they fire Pete word will get around to the Dykeman-Campbells' million connections around the city and the agency will lose some of its establishment cred, and when Don objects to this kind of nepotism, Cooper tells him, "You'll have to have a stronger stomach if you want to be back in the kitchen seeing how the sausage is made." Don, after a beat: "I thought it was a big watch."

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* {{Lampshaded}} on ''MadMen'' ''Series/MadMen'' when Bert Cooper calls Don in to tell him they can't fire Pete Campbell because his family is too old and important. He starts off about how New York City is like a fine watch full of tiny, precise parts and always ticking away. Don says it sounds more like a bomb. Cooper says that if they fire Pete word will get around to the Dykeman-Campbells' million connections around the city and the agency will lose some of its establishment cred, and when Don objects to this kind of nepotism, Cooper tells him, "You'll have to have a stronger stomach if you want to be back in the kitchen seeing how the sausage is made." Don, after a beat: "I thought it was a big watch."
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