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27th Nov '16 1:05:52 PM HawkbitAlpha
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There we go. Anyhow, the use of a Running Gag is generally constrained over the course of one episode. But there are some jokes that the writers thought [[IfItWasFunnyTheFirstTime are just so funny that they should be used in another episode]], and another, and ''another'' and ''another''. Even if it isn't OncePerEpisode, it's still squeezed into the series wherever they see fitó [[RunningGag fitó fitó fitó fitó]] '''*THUMP*'''

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There we go. Anyhow, the use of a Running Gag is generally constrained over the course of one episode. But there are some jokes that the writers thought [[IfItWasFunnyTheFirstTime are just so funny that they should be used in another episode]], and another, and ''another'' and ''another''. Even if it isn't OncePerEpisode, it's still squeezed into the series wherever they see fitó [[RunningGag [[SelfDemonstratingArticle fitó fitó fitó fitó]] '''*THUMP*'''
5th Sep '16 11:42:22 PM ExSlacker
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* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': Omi and his butchering of idioms. At one point Raimundo (usually the one who "translates") eventually asked Omi if he's been doing them on purpose. It got to the point that the myriad reactions of other characters (especially the villains) towards them has become a RunningGag itself.
-->'''Wuya''' (ArcVillain of Season 1): Can somebody PLEASE translate?!
2nd Aug '16 3:04:29 PM DuckDuckNoose
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* Paul F. Tompkins' album ''Impersonal'' contains a short routine ("Cherry Picking") that quickly turns from the concept of a "migrant farm worker fantasy camp" into a meta exercise in seeing how long the gag can play out.
-->'''Randy:''' Thanks a lot, Mr. Guerrero. Hey, uh, quick question -- what's up with your accent?\\
'''Jesus Guerrero:''' Ho! [[JustAStupidAccent It is not very good, is it? Not at all believable.]]\\
'''Randy:''' No, it's kind of... kinda just sounds like you're a vampire or something.\\
'''Jesus Guerrero:''' Oh, I know it sounds that way, but I am not! Please, Randy, do not worry that I'm going to feast on your blood to sustain my undead existence. I assure you, that is not going to happen. I am just a poorly drawn stereotype.\\
'''Randy:''' You really are; you should probably stop.\\
'''Jesus Guerrero:''' Oh, I ''know'' I should! And yet, I continue on, do I not? This should have ended a few minutes ago if you ask me, but I don't know -- I just keep going until all the goodwill is exhausted by the crowd.\\
'''Randy:''' I think we're probably there.\\
'''Jesus Guerrero:''' Oh, I know, and yet ''here comes a few more minutes of this!'' Ho ho, ''boy!'' Believe me, Randy, no one is more aware than I that this has outworn its welcome.\\
'''Randy:''' Why don't you just knock it off?\\
'''Jesus Guerrero:''' Would that it were that easy, my friend. From your lips to God's ears, you know what I'm saying? Oh, Randy, the stories I could tell you of how long I have done this poor, borderline-offensive accent.
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18th Jul '16 12:09:18 AM ExSlacker
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* Movie buff Cisco from ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has time and again compared the odd things that he and the rest of Team Flash tackles to the movies he saw, making at least one ShoutOut per episode. Joe, usually the OnlySaneMan of the team and just as versed in movies as Cisco was, eventually tires of it at one point.
-->"You and your movies."
26th May '16 4:30:02 PM MattP5557
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** In a later episode Peter meets God who gives him a message from Conway Twitty himself telling them to stop.
22nd May '16 10:31:43 PM triscion
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* In VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII, King Trode's ability to [[StealthHiBye pop up from nowhere]] is usually followed by Yangus [[https://33.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7mtjuttDC1r00wup.jpg jumping to the side in surprise]] with a yelp of "COR BLIMEY!!" However, by the time the party visits Tyran Gully (very late into the game), Yangus admits that the gag's run it's course.

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* In VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII, King Trode's ability to [[StealthHiBye pop up from nowhere]] is usually followed by Yangus [[https://33.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7mtjuttDC1r00wup.jpg jumping to the side in surprise]] with a yelp of "COR BLIMEY!!" BLIMEY!!"]] However, by the time the party visits Tyran Gully (very late into in the game), game, Yangus admits that the gag's run it's course.
17th May '16 6:57:36 AM emeriin
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** In ''Christmas With The Kranks'', he declares most of his old memes as overused, saving the most venom for "bat credit card".
12th May '16 12:30:52 PM evknucklehead
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* The [[http://www.mojang.com/2016/05/minecraft-193/ changelog]] for ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' 1.9.3 (and 1.9.4) interrupts the traditional "Removed Herobrine" entry to acknowledge that "This is getting old."
12th Apr '16 8:46:15 PM Angeldeb82
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There we go. Anyhow, the use of a Running Gag is generally constrained over the course of one episode. But there are some jokes that the writers thought [[IfItWasFunnyTheFirstTime are just so funny that they should be used in another episode]], and another, and ''another'' and ''another''. Even if it isn't OnceAnEpisode, it's still squeezed into the series wherever they see fitó [[RunningGag fitó fitó fitó fitó]] '''*THUMP*'''

Okay. After a while, though, the writers will come to realize that the bit has started to peter out. Then one can be sure to start seeing plenty of LampshadeHanging and heavy [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in the effort to keep the joke fresh, or tolerated. Once ''that'' wears thin, one can expect the bit to be dropped like a Christmas hamó [[RuleOfThree hamó hamó hamó hamó]] '''*SMACK*'''

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There we go. Anyhow, the use of a Running Gag is generally constrained over the course of one episode. But there are some jokes that the writers thought [[IfItWasFunnyTheFirstTime are just so funny that they should be used in another episode]], and another, and ''another'' and ''another''. Even if it isn't OnceAnEpisode, OncePerEpisode, it's still squeezed into the series wherever they see fitó [[RunningGag fitó fitó fitó fitó]] '''*THUMP*'''

Okay. After a while, though, the writers will come to realize that the bit has started to peter out. Then one can be sure to start seeing plenty of LampshadeHanging and heavy [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] {{subver|tedTrope}}sion in the effort to keep the joke fresh, or tolerated. Once ''that'' wears thin, one can expect the bit to be dropped like a Christmas hamó [[RuleOfThree hamó hamó hamó hamó]] '''*SMACK*'''



* In ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', during an episode [[DontExplainTheJoke explaining]] many of the series' jokes to newer audiences, the audience member asks about the background running gags. "It's like something we do OnceAnEpisode." "[[SelfDeprecatingHumor What's funny about that]]?"

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* In ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', during an episode [[DontExplainTheJoke explaining]] many of the series' jokes to newer audiences, the audience member asks about the background running gags. "It's like something we do OnceAnEpisode.[[OncePerEpisode Once an Episode]]." "[[SelfDeprecatingHumor What's funny about that]]?"that?]]"



* By the third movie ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'', the running gag of several witnesses likening a flying object to a naughty body part was called out by Music/OzzyOsbourne, watching it on TV with [[Series/TheOsbournes his family]].

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* By the third movie ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'', ''Film/AustinPowers in Goldmember'', the running gag of several witnesses likening a flying object to a naughty body part was called out by Music/OzzyOsbourne, watching it on TV with [[Series/TheOsbournes his family]].



* ''Series/HannahMontana'''s tendency towards [[ZanyScheme zany schemes]] is noted, repeatedly, by Lilly, who eventually gets fed up at never being asked to just sit down and have breakfast but constantly being roped into Miley's schemes. On ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Harper tends to think similarly about Alex Russo. Same for ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and Zack roping Cody into schemes.

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* ''Series/HannahMontana'''s tendency towards [[ZanyScheme zany schemes]] {{zany scheme}}s is noted, repeatedly, by Lilly, who eventually gets fed up at never being asked to just sit down and have breakfast but constantly being roped into Miley's schemes. On ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Harper tends to think similarly about Alex Russo. Same for ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and Zack roping Cody into schemes.



* ''MyWifeAndKids'' introduced Michael's catchphrase "Eh... No." in the second season, which he used to troll the kids by giving them hope he would say yes to them before ultimately rejecting them. It was used so often in the second season alone that he began finding increasingly idiotic ways to drag out the "Eh..." part of the catchphrase, such as running up & down the hallway several times whilst saying it before jumping back into the room & saying no, that it made no sense that his kids continued to get their hopes up that he'd say yes years later.

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* ''MyWifeAndKids'' ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'' introduced Michael's catchphrase "Eh... No." in the second season, which he used to troll the kids by giving them hope he would say yes to them before ultimately rejecting them. It was used so often in the second season alone that he began finding increasingly idiotic ways to drag out the "Eh..." part of the catchphrase, such as running up & down the hallway several times whilst saying it before jumping back into the room & saying no, that it made no sense that his kids continued to get their hopes up that he'd say yes years later.



* MontyPythonsFlyingCircus did this on a number of occasions

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* MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus did this on a number of occasions



* In DragonQuestVIII, King Trode's ability to [[StealthHiBye pop up from nowhere]] is usually followed by Yangus [[https://33.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7mtjuttDC1r00wup.jpg jumping to the side in surprise]] with a yelp of "COR BLIMEY!!" However, by the time the party visits Tyran Gully (very late into the game), Yangus admits that the gag's run it's course.

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* In DragonQuestVIII, VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII, King Trode's ability to [[StealthHiBye pop up from nowhere]] is usually followed by Yangus [[https://33.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7mtjuttDC1r00wup.jpg jumping to the side in surprise]] with a yelp of "COR BLIMEY!!" However, by the time the party visits Tyran Gully (very late into the game), Yangus admits that the gag's run it's course.



** [[spoiler: though it gets a call-back in the (normal) ending]]

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** [[spoiler: though Though it gets a call-back in the (normal) ending]]ending.]]



* For a while, almost all the male characters in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' joked among themselves that "monkeys" was Gwynn's pet name for her breasts. Since Gwynn owns several ''real'' monkeys, this gag came up a lot when she made innocent remarks like "[[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=070109 My monkeys! They're gone!]]" or "[[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=060628 Be on the lookout for my monkeys and grab them if you see them. They could pop up anywhere.]]" Eventually, Riff got tired enough of the joke to [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=070219 reprimand himself for using it again]]. And then [[spoiler: The monkeys got killed off.]]

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* For a while, almost all the male characters in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' joked among themselves that "monkeys" was Gwynn's pet name for her breasts. Since Gwynn owns several ''real'' monkeys, this gag came up a lot when she made innocent remarks like "[[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=070109 My monkeys! They're gone!]]" or "[[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=060628 Be on the lookout for my monkeys and grab them if you see them. They could pop up anywhere.]]" Eventually, Riff got tired enough of the joke to [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=070219 reprimand himself for using it again]]. And then [[spoiler: The the monkeys got killed off.]]off]].



* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has [[StreetFighter M. Bison]]'s "Of course!" that pops up every time someone wants to TakeOverTheWorld. When the Nostalgia Critic got sick of it, it showed up on its own and crushed him.
** Saying the word "Elephant" summons the Burger King who silences the characters in the movie who won't shut up. It didn't work on {{Twister}}. After the Top 11 Nostalgic Mindfucks, he recalls that it didn't come when he talked about the Pink Elephants from Disney/{{Dumbo}}; after some experimentation, the Burger King logo brained him out of irritation.

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has [[StreetFighter [[Film/StreetFighter M. Bison]]'s "Of course!" that pops up every time someone wants to TakeOverTheWorld. When the Nostalgia Critic got sick of it, it showed up on its own and crushed him.
** Saying the word "Elephant" summons the Burger King who silences the characters in the movie who won't shut up. It didn't work on {{Twister}}.Film/{{Twister}}. After the Top 11 Nostalgic Mindfucks, he recalls that it didn't come when he talked about the Pink Elephants from Disney/{{Dumbo}}; after some experimentation, the Burger King logo brained him out of irritation.



* Website/{{WrestleCrap}}'s induction of a wrestler named Man Mountain Rock featured a picture of said wrestler shrugging with the caption "Yeah, I don't know either dude." After using this picture in 6 straight updates, writer RD Reynolds threatened to end its use. Fan demand brought him into an additional 6 updates and possibly counting.

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* Website/{{WrestleCrap}}'s Website/WrestleCrap's induction of a wrestler named Man Mountain Rock featured a picture of said wrestler shrugging with the caption "Yeah, I don't know either dude." After using this picture in 6 straight updates, writer RD Reynolds threatened to end its use. Fan demand brought him into an additional 6 updates and possibly counting.



* Strong Bad apparently got tired of people sending him WebAnimation/{{Strong Bad Email}}s signed "Crapfully yours", "With Crap" and the like as early as the e-mail "spring cleaning". Starting with "vacation", he would usually react with a weary sigh whenever he answered an e-mail signed in this fashion, and in "do over" he reads the signature "Crapfully yours" as "[[SarcasmMode Totally not gettin' old]]". He hinted at his disdain for email closings that contained the word "crap" a few emails earlier, in "3 Wishes", which was signed "Much crap":

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* Strong Bad apparently got tired of people sending him WebAnimation/{{Strong Bad Email}}s signed "Crapfully yours", "With Crap" and the like as early as the e-mail "spring cleaning". Starting with "vacation", he would usually react with a weary sigh whenever he answered an e-mail signed in this fashion, and in "do over" he reads the signature "Crapfully yours" as "[[SarcasmMode Totally not gettin' old]]". old.]]" He hinted at his disdain for email closings that contained the word "crap" a few emails earlier, in "3 Wishes", which was signed "Much crap":



** Similarly, a running joke involves him putting a Kermit the Frog doll on one of his computers, noticing something wrong, and [[ComicallyMissingThePoint fixing some minor thing wrong with the computer]], knocking the doll down in the process. One video, uploaded right before AprilFoolsDay, began with him starting the joke, but then he says, "Okay, I've had enough of this. It's ''Kermit the Frog'', people!" and continues talking about how stupid the joke was. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that afterwards the video cut to a RelaxOVision screen, and he actually did the whole joke in the next take.

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** Similarly, a running joke involves him putting a Kermit the Frog doll on one of his computers, noticing something wrong, and [[ComicallyMissingThePoint fixing some minor thing wrong with the computer]], knocking the doll down in the process. One video, uploaded right before AprilFoolsDay, began with him starting the joke, but then he says, "Okay, I've had enough of this. It's ''Kermit the Frog'', people!" and continues talking about how stupid the joke was. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] {{Subverted|Trope}} in that afterwards the video cut to a RelaxOVision screen, and he actually did the whole joke in the next take.



* Similarly, any joke introduced in ''WebAnimation/YoutubePoop'' can become this if it gets used widely enough; often to the point people become sick of seeing it all the time, occasionally resulting in CreatorBacklash in some cases[[note]] Creator/{{CS188}} and Creator/DaThings1 have [[DiscreditedMeme discredited]] the InherentlyFunnyWords they respectively invented, "Joj" and "Sus", since their inception, for example[[/note]]. [[UsefulNotes/PhilipsCDI SpaDinner gags]] soon became one of the biggest examples of this and, as such, aren't widely used in Poops anymore, and videos centered around them are generally seen as outdated and cliche.

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* Similarly, any joke introduced in ''WebAnimation/YoutubePoop'' ''WebAnimation/YouTubePoop'' can become this if it gets used widely enough; often to the point people become sick of seeing it all the time, occasionally resulting in CreatorBacklash in some cases[[note]] Creator/{{CS188}} and Creator/DaThings1 have [[DiscreditedMeme discredited]] {{discredited|Meme}} the InherentlyFunnyWords they respectively invented, "Joj" and "Sus", since their inception, for example[[/note]]. [[UsefulNotes/PhilipsCDI SpaDinner gags]] soon became one of the biggest examples of this and, as such, aren't widely used in Poops anymore, and videos centered around them are generally seen as outdated and cliche.



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s "Oh My God, TheyKilledKenny!" It gets old, gets lampshaded, subverted and eventually cut down severely in the later seasons.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s "Oh My God, TheyKilledKenny!" {{They Killed Kenny|Again}}!" It gets old, gets lampshaded, subverted and eventually cut down severely in the later seasons.



* I Am Not Making This Up and So Yeah ended up being [[DiscreditedMeme discredited]] and finally dead. OrSoIHeard was completely reworked.

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* I Am Not Making This Up and So Yeah ended up being [[DiscreditedMeme discredited]] {{discredited|Meme}} and finally dead. OrSoIHeard was completely reworked.
25th Mar '16 1:46:49 PM howdotheyriseup
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has what appears to be a running gag in the first couple of volumes, with [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030421#.VvWhgOKLTIU multiple Jaegers ]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031027#.VvWhoeKLTIU all commenting]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030711#.VvWhzeKLTIU on how good she smells]] to the point at which Agatha [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031003#.VvWiTuKLTIU gets extremely angry]] at the next person who mentions a 'smell'.
** Except for the fact that this is ''not'' just a running gag, but foreshadowing - all Jaegers have UndyingLoyalty to the Heterodyne family, which comes along with [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050624#.VvWjHOKLTIU a way of knowing who is and isn't a Heterodyne,]] including the voice, and the ''smell''. Although the lower-ranked Jaegers just noticed the nice smell and didn't realise what it signified, the Generals and the detached Jaegers realised that Agatha was a Heterodyne ''very'' quickly.
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