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11th Apr '17 11:14:33 PM Vir
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* Pretty much everything the Orks do in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. In this grimdark universe where there's only unceasing total war between every faction in the universe (who are all based on historical {{Badass Arm|y}}ies), you're likely to die being EatenAlive by [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] and the very ''god of hope'' is an utterly insane demonic entity which is empowered by your emotions, da Orks are a laughable bunch of green-skinned, hyper-deformed and barbaric FootballHooligans who roam around fighting everyone (including each other if they lack anything else) in massive migrations/crusades/pub crawls, all speak in silly accents and build ramshackle technology which runs on InsaneTrollLogic because they have subtle psychic powers which make it work like that. One famous Ork story had a Boss lead his Boyz into a Warpstorm which led him back in time to before he left, where he promptly decided to ''kill his past self so he could have a duplicate of his favourite gun''. [[TemporalParadox In the ensuing confusion]], his Boyz all decided to call it off and go home.

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* Pretty much everything the Orks do in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''. In this grimdark universe where there's only unceasing total war between every faction in the universe (who are all based on historical {{Badass Arm|y}}ies), you're likely to die being EatenAlive by [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] and the very ''god of hope'' is an utterly insane demonic entity which is empowered by your emotions, da Orks are a laughable bunch of green-skinned, hyper-deformed and barbaric FootballHooligans who roam around fighting everyone (including each other if they lack anything else) in massive migrations/crusades/pub crawls, all speak in silly accents and build ramshackle technology which runs on InsaneTrollLogic because they have subtle psychic powers which make it work like that. One famous Ork story had a Boss lead his Boyz into a Warpstorm which led him back in time to before he left, where he promptly decided to ''kill his past self so he could have a duplicate of his favourite gun''. [[TemporalParadox In the ensuing confusion]], his Boyz all decided to call it off and go home.


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* Overlaps with RuleOfThree in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "The Grass is Greener": the things that randomly explode in Timmy's Dad's face include a lawnmower, a barbecue grill, and a completely normal-looking burger.
11th Apr '17 2:22:15 PM Vir
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** In "Boat Smarts", when [=SpongeBob=] crashes into Squidward's boat he sends Squidward's seat flying out. For no reason other than to screw him over, he gets launched toward a vehicle with two spiked grinding cylinders affixed to the front.
11th Apr '17 2:04:08 AM Vir
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* On the 80's G.I. Joe, Barbecue receives several cryptic phone calls from someone calling himself 'The Viper'. Each call gives information that ends up leading to victories over Cobra, and both sides desperately want to know who he is; Cobra to stop the leak, the Joes who fear an eventual set-up. Finally, the Viper reveals himself [[spoiler: he is an older Eastern European man with a thick accent, 'The Wiper' there to 'Vipe Your Vindows'.]] Now, there are any number of ways both Joe and Cobra could have found this out long before the ba-rump-bump ending, such as hearing the joke before. None of them would have been as funny.

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* On the 80's ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero G.I. Joe, Joe]]'', Barbecue receives several cryptic phone calls from someone calling himself 'The Viper'. Each call gives information that ends up leading to victories over Cobra, and both sides desperately want to know who he is; Cobra to stop the leak, the Joes who fear an eventual set-up. Finally, the Viper reveals himself [[spoiler: he is an older Eastern European man with a thick accent, 'The Wiper' there to 'Vipe Your Vindows'.]] Now, there are any number of ways both Joe and Cobra could have found this out long before the ba-rump-bump ending, such as hearing the joke before. None of them would have been as funny.
11th Apr '17 1:40:00 AM Vir
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** During the "Way of the Platypus" musical montage in "Doof Dynasty", Baljeet tries to karate chop a board in half. Instead, the cinder blocks the board is on disintegrate and the board itself remains in mid-air.
9th Apr '17 5:54:52 PM louisXVI
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' entitled "Cape Feare" invokes this trope to a significant extent. It was the last hurrah for a number of the show's original writers who were leaving. They threw every wacky or random gag into the episode with the mentality of "What are they going to do? Fire us?" This resulted in one of the most highly regarded episodes of the show ever.

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* An episode of The ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' entitled has a few examples. After the first few seasons, the premise that it was simply an "animated sitcom" began to be interpreted a lot more loosely, with much more stereotypically "cartoon logic."
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"Cape Feare" invokes this trope to a significant extent. It was the last hurrah for a number of the show's original writers who were leaving. They threw every wacky or random gag into the episode with the mentality of "What are they going to do? Fire us?" This resulted in one of the most highly regarded episodes of the show ever. Among other things, the episode features an elephant stepping on Bob's face and Bob putting on a full Gilbert and Sullivan opera (complete with costumes and a playbill) after being asked to do so on the spot.


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** In several episodes, Ned's biblical references are complete nonsense, and simply sound like weird things from the Old Testament. In the episode "Home Sweet Home- Diddily- Dum- Doodily," for instance, he expresses shock that Bart and Lisa are unfamiliar with the story of the "the Bridal Feast of Beth Chedruharazzeb."
8th Apr '17 1:23:55 AM Psychadelico
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*** "Shave and a haircut..."
5th Apr '17 3:20:36 AM mariofan1000
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode "Skytanic", Archer and Lana are on a blimp and discover a bomb. They put Ray, the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness (then)]] bomb expert, on video call as they try to read the bomb's serial code under interference. There's no explanation for why they can't just point the camera at the serial code, but the result is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K_WmV50e7c one of the funniest scenes on the show.]]
5th Apr '17 2:06:46 AM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''

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5th Apr '17 2:06:25 AM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Ain't No Kiddie Ride", the boys modify a set of kiddie rides to turn them into rocket-propelled vehicles. When Baljeet's machine powers down and he has no quarter to restart it, he tries to put a dollar in and [[NoSnackForYou the machine won't accept it]]. At the end of the episode Baljeet irons the dollar and the machine accepts it, but the ''ironing board'' takes off instead, and when he kicks the machine it takes off as well.
** In another episode, Dr. Doofenshmirtz's latest get rich quick scheme is to use paper airplanes to give people paper cuts so he can sell them bandages. The paper is somehow strong enough to cut the thumb on Phineas and Ferb's lemonade-making robot, which shuts down when it gets lemon juice in the wound.

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In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Ain't No Kiddie Ride", the boys modify a set of kiddie rides to turn them into rocket-propelled vehicles. When Baljeet's machine powers down and he has no quarter to restart it, he tries to put a dollar in and [[NoSnackForYou the machine won't accept it]]. At the end of the episode Baljeet irons the dollar and the machine accepts it, but the ''ironing board'' takes off instead, and when he kicks the machine it takes off as well.
** In another episode, "The Lemonade Stand", Dr. Doofenshmirtz's latest get rich quick scheme is to use paper airplanes to give people paper cuts so he can sell them bandages. The paper is somehow strong enough to cut the thumb on Phineas and Ferb's lemonade-making robot, which shuts down when it gets lemon juice in the wound.
16th Mar '17 7:23:15 PM Prfnoff
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* Certain comedy films can't go one minute without violating all sanity for a joke. Consider ''Film/TopSecret'', featuring a very young Val Kilmer as a rock & roll star protagonist in a spy plot: this movie includes a motel called Gey Shluffen, a high speed action chase to change a radio station, and an underwater bar brawl. Or watch ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' for the sheer number of visual pun gags.
** Creator/WoodyAllen's early films were very much of this order. Consider ''Take the Money and Run'' where Woody is imprisoned and punished by being locked in confinement with an insurance salesman. Or ''Love and Death'' where a battle scene is intercut with scenes of Woody as a cheerleader.

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* Certain comedy films can't go one minute without violating all sanity for a joke. Consider ''Film/TopSecret'', featuring a very young Val Kilmer as a rock & roll star protagonist in a CommieLand spy plot: this movie includes a motel called Gey Shluffen, a high speed action chase to change a radio station, and an underwater bar brawl.BarBrawl. Or watch ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' for the sheer number of visual pun gags.
** Creator/WoodyAllen's early films were very much of this order. Consider ''Take the Money and Run'' ''Film/TakeTheMoneyAndRun'' where Woody is imprisoned and punished by being locked in confinement with an insurance salesman. Or ''Love salesman, and Death'' briefly becomes an Orthodox rabbi as a side effect of medical experimentation. Or ''Film/LoveAndDeath'' where a battle scene is intercut with scenes of Woody as a cheerleader.
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