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21st May '16 9:02:30 AM erforce
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* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'': During a fight, Ms. Marvel fails to recognize a reference to ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''. Spider-Man, the one who made the reference, is deeply upset by this and claims he's unable to talk to her.

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* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'': During a fight, Ms. Marvel fails to recognize a reference to ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''. Spider-Man, the one who made the reference, is deeply upset by this and claims he's unable to talk to her.



* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', Olivia doesn't get Peter's reference to [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} crossing the streams]].

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* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', Olivia doesn't get Peter's reference to [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} crossing the streams]].
16th May '16 8:49:42 AM kquinn0830
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** In his next movie, ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', it's shown Cap is trying to defy the trope, complete with a checklist on notable works made since WWII; to the point Black Widow says [[Film/WarGames "Shall we play a game?]]" and before she tries to explain the response is "Yes, I watched that".

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** In his next movie, ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', it's shown Cap is trying to defy the trope, complete with a checklist on notable works made since WWII; to the point Black Widow says [[Film/WarGames "Shall we play a game?]]" and before she tries to explain the response is "Yes, I watched that"."I've seen it".
8th May '16 1:40:14 PM ultimomant
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* In a 2011 ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode, when Cheech and Chong are making a reunion tour -- ironic considering ''The Simpsons'' ran throughout the '90s, but ComicBookTime may apply:

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "Treehouse of Horror VI", Homer tries to describe the 3D world by comparing it to ''Film/{{Tron}}''. Nobody present has seen it.
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In a 2011 ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode, when Cheech and Chong are making a reunion tour -- ironic considering ''The Simpsons'' ran throughout the '90s, but ComicBookTime may apply:



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Treehouse of Horror VI", Homer tries to describe the 3D world by comparing it to ''Film/{{Tron}}''. Nobody present has seen it.
8th May '16 6:01:38 AM Piando
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* [[ComicBook/{{Silk}} Cindy Moon]] has this problem -- having been locked away since she was 18, a lot has changed in ten years: she's confused when she asks Peter Parker where Netscape Navigator is (when Google Chrome and Firefox are the big ones nowadays), annoys ComicBook/SpiderGwen when she starts singing one of Creator/{{Eminem}}'s old songs, actually ''impressed'' J. Jonah Jameson when she asks "What's a Twitter?" and constantly refers to her first non-Inheritor foe as a Franchise/{{Pokemon}}.

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* [[ComicBook/{{Silk}} Cindy Moon]] has this problem -- having been locked away since she was 18, a lot has changed in ten years: she's confused when she asks Peter Parker where Netscape Navigator is (when Google Chrome and Firefox are the big ones nowadays), annoys ComicBook/SpiderGwen when she starts singing one of Creator/{{Eminem}}'s Music/{{Eminem}}'s old songs, actually ''impressed'' J. Jonah Jameson when she asks "What's a Twitter?" and constantly refers to her first non-Inheritor foe as a Franchise/{{Pokemon}}.
7th May '16 6:08:04 PM Unknownlight
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** In "No Second Prances", Starlight Glimmer has never heard of the Wonderbolts, a celebrity aerobatics team. As a [[FaceHeelTurn former villain]], Starlight [[SelfDeprecation half-jokes]] she must have been too busy enslaving villages.

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** In "No Second Prances", Starlight Glimmer has never heard of the Wonderbolts, a celebrity aerobatics team. As a [[FaceHeelTurn [[HeelFaceTurn former villain]], Starlight [[SelfDeprecation half-jokes]] she must have been too busy enslaving villages.
7th May '16 6:06:22 PM Unknownlight
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** In "No Second Prances", Starlight Glimmer has never heard of the Wonderbolts.

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** In "No Second Prances", Starlight Glimmer has never heard of the Wonderbolts.Wonderbolts, a celebrity aerobatics team. As a [[FaceHeelTurn former villain]], Starlight [[SelfDeprecation half-jokes]] she must have been too busy enslaving villages.
5th May '16 9:59:43 AM StFan
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* Using in-universe media, ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' sees this happen to Spider Jerusalem. When a band comes up on the TV, he mentions an earlier musician that did the same genre better, then asks Channon if she's heard them:
-->'''Channon:''' My dad liked him...\\

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* Using in-universe media, ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' sees this happen to Spider Jerusalem. Jerusalem.
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When a band comes up on the TV, he mentions an earlier musician that did the same genre better, then asks Channon if she's heard them:
-->'''Channon:''' --->'''Channon:''' My dad liked him...\\



-->'''Man 1:''' Who was Hitler?
-->'''Man 2:''' Rock star. He was in Music/LedZeppelin. [[BestialityIsDepraved Fucked goats]] and wrote the old national anthem. Blew up Auckland in the Blitz.

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-->'''Man --->'''Man 1:''' Who was Hitler?
-->'''Man
Hitler?\\
'''Man
2:''' Rock star. He was in Music/LedZeppelin. [[BestialityIsDepraved Fucked goats]] and wrote the old national anthem. Blew up Auckland in the Blitz.



* Comicbook/TwoFace once saw that one of his mooks was obliviously standing in the way of somebody he was trying to shoot. Two-Face asked him to get out of the way, saying he couldn't afford to lose any more {{Red Shirt}}s. When the confused mook asked what that term meant, Two-Face incredulously asked him if he had ever watched ''Franchise/StarTrek''. When the mook said no, Two-Face called him too stupid to live and killed him on the spot.

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* Comicbook/TwoFace ComicBook/TwoFace once saw that one of his mooks was obliviously standing in the way of somebody he was trying to shoot. Two-Face asked him to get out of the way, saying he couldn't afford to lose any more {{Red Shirt}}s. When the confused mook asked what that term meant, Two-Face incredulously asked him if he had ever watched ''Franchise/StarTrek''. When the mook said no, Two-Face called him too stupid to live and killed him on the spot.



* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'': During a fight, Ms. Marvel fails to recognise a reference to Film/{{Ghostbusters}}. Spider-Man, the one who made the reference, is deeply upset by this and claims he's unable to talk to her.

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* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'': During a fight, Ms. Marvel fails to recognise recognize a reference to Film/{{Ghostbusters}}.''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''. Spider-Man, the one who made the reference, is deeply upset by this and claims he's unable to talk to her.



* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'': FishOutOfTemporalWater ComicBook/CaptainAmerica has only a blank expression when Phil Coulson drops Creator/StephenHawking's name in a conversation. Used from the other perspective when Thor mentions an animal from Asgard that Coulson has clearly never encountered (Thor incorrectly assumed we have them on Earth, too). Later, Cap is happy when he gets a ''[[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wizard of Oz]]'' reference that is lost on Thor. (in [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier his next movie]], it's shown Cap is trying to defy the trope, complete with a checklist on notable works made since WWII; to the point Black Widow says [[Film/WarGames "Shall we play a game?]]" and before she tries to explain the response is "Yes, I watched that")

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* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
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''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'': FishOutOfTemporalWater ComicBook/CaptainAmerica has only a blank expression when Phil Coulson drops Creator/StephenHawking's name in a conversation. Used from the other perspective when Thor mentions an animal from Asgard that Coulson has clearly never encountered (Thor incorrectly assumed we have them on Earth, too). Later, Cap is happy when he gets a ''[[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wizard of Oz]]'' reference that is lost on Thor. (in [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier Thor.
** In
his next movie]], movie, ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', it's shown Cap is trying to defy the trope, complete with a checklist on notable works made since WWII; to the point Black Widow says [[Film/WarGames "Shall we play a game?]]" and before she tries to explain the response is "Yes, I watched that") that".
** In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Peter Quill is the only human from Earth in a galaxy full of aliens, so he sometimes makes references no-one else gets. In one scene, he recites the plot of ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' to Gamora while claiming it is an old fable.



* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Peter Quill is the only human from Earth in a galaxy full of aliens, so he sometimes makes references no one else gets. In one scene, he recites the plot of ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' to Gamora while claiming it is an old fable.



-->'''Galahad''': If you're prepared to adapt and learn, you can transform.\\
'''Eggsy''': [[RealMenWearPink Yeah, like in]] ''Film/MyFairLady''.

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-->'''Galahad''': -->'''Galahad:''' If you're prepared to adapt and learn, you can transform.\\
'''Eggsy''': '''Eggsy:''' [[RealMenWearPink Yeah, like in]] ''Film/MyFairLady''.



* Temperance "Series/{{Bones}}" Brennan's CatchPhrase for virtually any PopCulture reference: "I don't know what that means." (She notably ''did'' know who [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Stewie]] was when it came up.) She is sliding from Type 1 to Type 2, albeit slowly. In one episode, she tries to console Sweets (who's just broken up with his girlfriend) by offering to take him to the [[GretzkyHasTheBall "bowling rink"]]....

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Temperance "Series/{{Bones}}" "Bones" Brennan's CatchPhrase for virtually any PopCulture reference: "I don't know what that means." (She notably ''did'' know who [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Stewie]] was when it came up.) She is sliding from Type 1 to Type 2, albeit slowly. In one episode, she tries to console Sweets (who's just broken up with his girlfriend) by offering to take him to the [[GretzkyHasTheBall "bowling rink"]]....



** Sawyer himself fell victim to this in a Season 6 episode where Hurley mentioned to bring someone "back from TheDarkSide like Anakin", prompting a response of "Who the hell is Anakin?"... despite Sawyer having made ''StarWars'' references before.

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** Sawyer himself fell victim to this in a Season 6 episode where Hurley mentioned to bring someone "back from TheDarkSide like Anakin", prompting a response of "Who the hell is Anakin?"... despite Sawyer having made ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' references before.



** This gets [[AvertedTrope Averted]] or even [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] when the plot of the episode calls for it. One example is when Sam just happened to know ''Theater/ManOfLaMancha'' by heart because he listened to it obsessively while building his time machine.

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** This gets [[AvertedTrope Averted]] {{Averted|Trope}} or even [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] {{Inverted|Trope}} when the plot of the episode calls for it. One example is when Sam just happened happens to know ''Theater/ManOfLaMancha'' by heart because he listened to it obsessively while building his time machine.



* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' :

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' :''Series/{{Angel}}'':



** Giles is unaware of Franchise/SpiderMan or Comicbook/JimmyOlsen. Spider-Man came out in America in 1962, when Giles would have been about 8, if we go by Anthony Head's age. Giles has likely ''heard'' of ''Spider-Man'' and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', but doesn't know any details about them. He never gave any indication that he read comic books/watched American cartoons as a kid, so there's no reason to suppose he's lying just to maintain his image as Stuffy British Man. (There's definitely reason to suppose he's lying about never having done magic prior to becoming Buffy's Watcher...) It also goes the other way as Giles has sometimes made references that have gone totally over Buffy's head.

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** Giles is unaware of Franchise/SpiderMan or Comicbook/JimmyOlsen.ComicBook/JimmyOlsen. Spider-Man came out in America in 1962, when Giles would have been about 8, if we go by Anthony Head's age. Giles has likely ''heard'' of ''Spider-Man'' and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', but doesn't know any details about them. He never gave any indication that he read comic books/watched American cartoons as a kid, so there's no reason to suppose he's lying just to maintain his image as Stuffy British Man. (There's definitely reason to suppose he's lying about never having done magic prior to becoming Buffy's Watcher...) It also goes the other way as Giles has sometimes made references that have gone totally over Buffy's head.



** Comes up twice, both time involving UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson and Dr. Keller. First, in "Trio", Colonel Carter uses Brian Greene and UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson in a game of "Who would you rather?", explaining to Keller that she chose physicists who were on TV so Keller should know them (she doesn't). A season later, in "Brain Storm", Tyson introduces himself to Keller and adds "from television" when she seems confused.

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** Comes up twice, both time involving UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson and Dr. Keller. First, in "Trio", Colonel Carter uses Brian Greene and UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson Neil deGrasse Tyson in a game of "Who would you rather?", explaining to Keller that she chose physicists who were on TV so Keller should know them (she doesn't). A season later, in "Brain Storm", Tyson introduces himself to Keller and adds "from television" when she seems confused.



* In many 90s sitcoms such as ''Series/GrowingPains'', whenever the name Creator/StanLee came up, someone always asked "Who's that?". In one episode, Kirk Cameron's character met Stan Lee to show him his comic book art. Lee responded: "This is very good, but why show this to me?" Kirk's character asked "Aren't you Stan Lee, the famous comic book guy?" Lee responded that he wasn't. But he was Stan Lee, the owner of a company called Lee's Carpets. This Stan Lee wasn't played by the famous one and it's also odd that Kirk's character would mistake a namesake for the more distinctive Stan Lee already known to geeks. But then, at the time, the general audience didn't know any better.
* Similar to the example from ''Series/{{Castle}}'' above, there's an episode of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' where the team comes across the victim of a Chitauri virus:
-->'''Skye:''' Phys-Ed teacher at the local high school and varsity baseball coach and troop leader and volunteer firefighter. This guy makes ComicBook/CaptainAmerica look like "The Dude". (''blank stares from Coulson and Ward'') Film/TheBigLebowski? (''more blank stares'') Seriously?

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* In many 90s '90s sitcoms such as ''Series/GrowingPains'', whenever the name Creator/StanLee came up, someone always asked "Who's that?". In one episode, Kirk Cameron's character met Stan Lee to show him his comic book art. Lee responded: "This is very good, but why show this to me?" Kirk's character asked "Aren't you Stan Lee, the famous comic book guy?" Lee responded that he wasn't. But he was Stan Lee, the owner of a company called Lee's Carpets. This Stan Lee wasn't played by the famous one and it's also odd that Kirk's character would mistake a namesake for the more distinctive Stan Lee already known to geeks. But then, at the time, the general audience didn't know any better.
* Similar to the example from ''Series/{{Castle}}'' ''Castle'' above, there's an episode of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' where the team comes across the victim of a Chitauri virus:
-->'''Skye:''' Phys-Ed teacher at the local high school and varsity baseball coach and troop leader and volunteer firefighter. This guy makes ComicBook/CaptainAmerica look like "The Dude". (''blank stares from Coulson and Ward'') Film/TheBigLebowski? ''Film/TheBigLebowski''? (''more blank stares'') Seriously?



* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' shows Myka has no knowledge of music or movies within the last 50 years. Early episodes have her just admitting she doesn't know what her partner is talking about but later episodes have her trying and failing to have more up to date references.
-->'''Myka Bering:''' If we don't bag this artifact soon, Pete here is hopping the stairway to heaven.
-->'''Pete Lattimer:''' It's... buying... BUYING the stairway to heaven.
-->'''Myka Bering:''' [[DiggingYourselfDeeper Well, I'm not a Rolling Stones expert.]]
** Averted in one episode, where Pete says Artie sees them as {{Redshirts}}, and is quite surprised that she knows what he's talking about.

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* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' shows 13}}'':
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Myka has no knowledge of music or movies within the last 50 years. Early episodes have her just admitting she doesn't know what her partner is talking about but later episodes have her trying and failing to have more up to date up-to-date references.
-->'''Myka --->'''Myka Bering:''' If we don't bag this artifact soon, Pete here is hopping the stairway to heaven.
-->'''Pete
heaven.\\
'''Pete
Lattimer:''' It's... buying... BUYING the stairway to heaven.
-->'''Myka
heaven.\\
'''Myka
Bering:''' [[DiggingYourselfDeeper Well, I'm not a Rolling Stones expert.]]
** Averted in one episode, where Pete says Artie sees them as {{Redshirts}}, {{Red Shirt}}s, and is quite surprised that she knows what he's talking about.



-->'''Edgar''': In your relationship with Gretchen, are you [[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow the Mary Tyler Moore or the Rhoda]]?
-->'''Lindsay''': [[TheDitz Who are those people? They sound ugly]].
-->'''Edgar''': Okay, uh, flipping out on-on Bravo... are you the Jeff Lewis or the-the Jenni We Don't Know Her Last Name?
-->'''Lindsay''': Oh, my God! I am totally the Jenni "We Don't Know Her Last Name". Actually, I do... it's Pulos. I'm a big fan.

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-->'''Edgar''': -->'''Edgar:''' In your relationship with Gretchen, are you [[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow the Mary Tyler Moore or the Rhoda]]?
-->'''Lindsay''':
Rhoda]]?\\
'''Lindsay:'''
[[TheDitz Who are those people? They sound ugly]].
-->'''Edgar''':
ugly]].\\
'''Edgar:'''
Okay, uh, flipping out on-on Bravo... are you the Jeff Lewis or the-the Jenni We Don't Know Her Last Name?
-->'''Lindsay''':
Name?\\
'''Lindsay:'''
Oh, my God! I am totally the Jenni "We Don't Know Her Last Name". Actually, I do... it's Pulos. I'm a big fan.



* Wrestling fans in general are often accused of living in what's called the Wrestling Bubble. Notable examples include an infamous call where wrestling writers Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez failed to notice the reference when someone asked them about [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bret Hart purchasing a mansion owned by Montomgery Burns]] and treated it as fact as well as Pitbull's appearance on Raw leading to much confusion about who he was despite being a massive musical star.

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* Wrestling fans in general are often accused of living in what's called the Wrestling Bubble. Notable examples include an infamous call where wrestling writers Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez failed to notice the reference when someone asked them about [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bret Hart purchasing a mansion owned by Montomgery Montgomery Burns]] and treated it as fact as well as Pitbull's appearance on Raw leading to much confusion about who he was despite being a massive musical star.



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* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the Emperor is constantly calling Ultramarines "Smurfs" and calls their Chapter Master "Papa Smurf", while Kitten has no idea what this is supposed to mean. On the other hand, it's the forty-first millennium, so the Emperor may be the only (semi)living human being who knows what Smurfs are.
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* ''Webcomic/PvP'': [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2001/10/04/thu-oct-18 This strip]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/867-5309/Jenny Explanation]], in case you don't get it either.

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* %%* ''Webcomic/PvP'': [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2001/10/04/thu-oct-18 This strip]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/867-5309/Jenny Explanation]], in case you don't get it either.



* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Phase, being a FishOutOfWater, often fails to get the anime and cartoon jokes that his teammates make (he has had to sneak away and search for the reference on the Internet), while his teammates sometimes don't get his jokes (because classical literature jokes go over so well with high schoolers).
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the Emperor is constantly calling Ultramarines "Smurfs" and calls their Chapter Master "Papa Smurf", while Kitten has no idea what this is supposed to mean. On the other hand, it's the forty first millennium, so the Emperor may be the only (semi)living human being who knows what Smurfs are.

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Phase, being a FishOutOfWater, often fails to get the anime and cartoon jokes that his teammates make (he has had to sneak away and search for the reference on the Internet), while his teammates sometimes don't get his jokes (because classical literature jokes go over so well with high schoolers).
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the Emperor is constantly calling Ultramarines "Smurfs" and calls their Chapter Master "Papa Smurf", while Kitten has no idea what this is supposed to mean. On the other hand, it's the forty first millennium, so the Emperor may be the only (semi)living human being who knows what Smurfs are.
high-schoolers).



-->'''Archer:''' Danger Zone? You know, that thing I'm always saying?\\

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-->'''Archer:''' --->'''Archer:''' Danger Zone? You know, that thing I'm always saying?\\



'''Lana:''' Okay, calm down. ''{{Beat}}'' So who's beard guy?\\
'''Archer:''' Are you...That's Kenny Loggins!\\

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'''Lana:''' Okay, calm down. ''{{Beat}}'' (''{{beat}}'') So who's beard guy?\\
'''Archer:''' Are you... That's Kenny Loggins!\\



** In yet another episode, Lana accuses Malory of wanting to play Vader to Cyril's Palpatine. Malory apparently doesn't know anything about Star Wars.

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** In yet another episode, Lana accuses Malory of wanting to play Vader to Cyril's Palpatine. Malory apparently doesn't know anything about Star Wars.''Star Wars''.



* Played with in an episode of ''Series/HolbyCity'', where an American patient says she understands the medical details because she's seen ''{{Series/ER}}''. Arthur Digby, who doesn't own a television, gets excited thinking she means she's been in an ''actual'' ER.

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* Played with in an episode of ''Series/HolbyCity'', where an American patient says she understands the medical details because she's seen ''{{Series/ER}}''.''Series/{{ER}}''. Arthur Digby, who doesn't own a television, gets excited thinking she means she's been in an ''actual'' ER.



-->'''Agnes''': 200 dollars.
-->'''Carlton''': For an ordinary bracelet, but not okay for one that formerly belonged to UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat.
-->'''Agnes''': The one-armed chick that works the corner of Hollywood and Vine? She a class act. Okay, $300.
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': Tim is giving the group StarWars codenames. [[TheFashionista Twist]] is stuck with "Jabba", which probably would have offended her if she'd ever seen StarWars:
-->'''Twist''': Was Jabba the princess?
-->'''Everyone''': [[SureLetsGoWithThat Yes.]]

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-->'''Agnes''': -->'''Agnes:''' 200 dollars.
-->'''Carlton''':
dollars.\\
'''Carlton:'''
For an ordinary bracelet, but not okay for one that formerly belonged to UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat.
-->'''Agnes''':
UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat.\\
'''Agnes:'''
The one-armed chick that works the corner of Hollywood and Vine? She a class act. Okay, $300.
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': Tim is giving the group StarWars ''Star Wars'' codenames. [[TheFashionista Twist]] is stuck with "Jabba", which probably would have offended her if she'd ever seen StarWars:
-->'''Twist''':
''Star Wars'':
-->'''Twist:'''
Was Jabba the princess?
-->'''Everyone''':
princess?\\
'''Everyone:'''
[[SureLetsGoWithThat Yes.]]



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* During a flashback in ''TheDaVinciCode'', Robert Langdon is explaining to his editor about the real nature of the Holy Grail. The editor asks why he's never heard of it and Langdon answers that the coverup "is backed up by [[TheBible the world's biggest best seller]]". The editor immediately expresses surprise that HarryPotter talks about the Holy Grail.

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* During a flashback in ''TheDaVinciCode'', ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', Robert Langdon is explaining to his editor about the real nature of the Holy Grail. The editor asks why he's never heard of it and Langdon answers that the coverup "is backed up by [[TheBible [[Literature/TheBible the world's biggest best seller]]". The editor immediately expresses surprise that HarryPotter ''Literature/HarryPotter'' talks about the Holy Grail.



* "WebVideo/EndTimes" plays with this a lot. Kimber is constantly missing the other survivors' pop culture references. 12 years later the Archivist doesn't get them either, probably because 1. she was maybe 8 back when TV or internet was a thing and 2. [[spoiler:she was at least partially brainwashed by a military dictatorship and spent most of her teen years as an assassin]].

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* "WebVideo/EndTimes" ''WebVideo/EndTimes'' plays with this a lot. lot.
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Kimber is constantly missing the other survivors' pop culture references. 12 years later the Archivist doesn't get them either, probably because 1. she was maybe 8 back when TV or internet was a thing and 2. [[spoiler:she was at least partially brainwashed by a military dictatorship and spent most of her teen years as an assassin]].



30th Apr '16 1:19:37 PM ultimomant
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** In "No Second Prances", Starlight Glimmer has never heard of the Wonderbolts.
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* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': In the spin-off ''The Bridge: Sound of Thunder'', a scientist brings in a blade that may be the legendary weapon Excalibur. Admiral Taizo Tachibana has never heard of it. Everyone pokes fun at him, with Ozaki pointing out that like Tachibana, he's Japanese, yet he's familiar with the story.


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Treehouse of Horror VI", Homer tries to describe the 3D world by comparing it to ''Film/{{Tron}}''. Nobody present has seen it.
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'''Angel:''' (''smiles'') Right. Lorne Greene. (''Cordelia and Wesley stare at him'') ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''? Fifteen years on the air not mean anything to anyone here? Okay, ''now'' I feel old.

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'''Angel:''' (''smiles'') Right. Lorne Greene.Creator/LorneGreene. (''Cordelia and Wesley stare at him'') ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''? Fifteen years on the air not mean anything to anyone here? Okay, ''now'' I feel old.
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