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'''Tropes existing purely due to the Rule Of Funny:'''

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'''Tropes existing purely due to the Rule Of of Funny:'''



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* The ''FanFic/TouhouM1GrandPrix'' is a BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine competition staring characters from an ElegantGothicLolita WorldOfBadass ShootEmUp. It runs on Rule of Funny. There's even an instance of with a [[SoreLoser finalist crying all-alone]], running into a HopeSpot / JumpScare that's {{played for laughs}}.
* In ''FanFic/TheStoryToEndAllStories'', [[spoiler:the Doctor only mentions there's food in the TARDIS after numerous attempts to find food elsewhere are thwarted]].

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* The ''FanFic/TouhouM1GrandPrix'' ''WebAnimation/TouhouM1GrandPrix'' is a BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine competition staring characters from an ElegantGothicLolita WorldOfBadass ShootEmUp. It runs on Rule of Funny. There's even an instance of with a [[SoreLoser finalist crying all-alone]], running into a HopeSpot / JumpScare that's {{played for laughs}}.
* In ''FanFic/TheStoryToEndAllStories'', ''Fanfic/TheStoryToEndAllStories'', [[spoiler:the Doctor only mentions there's food in the TARDIS after numerous attempts to find food elsewhere are thwarted]].



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-->'''Kuzco:''' No... It can't be! How did you get here before us?
-->'''Yzma:''' Ah- uh, how ''did'' we, Kronk?
-->'''Kronk:''' Got me. *pulls out a map, showing the two parties' paths* By all accounts, it doesn't make sense.

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-->'''Kuzco:''' No... It can't be! How did you get here before us?
-->'''Yzma:''' Ah-
us?\\
'''Yzma:''' Ah--
uh, how ''did'' we, Kronk?
-->'''Kronk:'''
Kronk?\\
'''Kronk:'''
Got me. *pulls ''[pulls out a map, showing the two parties' paths* paths]'' By all accounts, it doesn't make sense.



* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' has characters that might act goofy or out of character if the writers think the joke is funny. For example, Diego is a mostly serious character yet will start acting silly or goofy if the joke depends on it (like him trying to hide that Sid's family abandoned him again by saying they were destroyed by an asteroid).

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* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' has characters that might act goofy or out of character if the writers think the joke is funny. For example, Diego is a mostly serious character character, yet will start acting silly or goofy if the joke depends on it (like him trying to hide that Sid's family abandoned him again by saying they were destroyed by an asteroid).



* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' declares this to be an actual law of cartoon physics:
-->'''Eddie:''' You mean you could have taken your hand out of that cuff at any time?!\\

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* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'':
** Roger
declares this to be an actual law of cartoon physics:
-->'''Eddie:'''
physics. This being the most frequently referenced instance of the rule, it's interesting to note that Roger's phrasing makes it hard to tell whether or not he's just pulling Eddie's chain, but his apologetic tone suggests that he's being sincere about slipping the cuffs and not any happier about it than Eddie is.
--->'''Eddie:'''
You mean you could have taken your hand out of that cuff at any time?!\\



** This being the most frequently referenced instance of the rule, it's interesting to note that Roger's phrasing makes it hard to tell whether or not he's just pulling Eddie's chain, but his apologetic tone suggests that he's being sincere about slipping the cuffs and not any happier about it than Eddie is.



*** "ShaveAndAHaircut..."
* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' the [[CoolStarship Millennium Falcon]] malfunctions but Han Solo restarts the engines by [[PercussiveMaintenance punching the instrument panel]]. Which happens [[RuleOfThree three times]]. (Two for Han, and once for Lando.)

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*** "ShaveAndAHaircut...--->"ShaveAndAHaircut..."
* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', the [[CoolStarship ''[[CoolStarship Millennium Falcon]] Falcon]]'' malfunctions but Han Solo restarts the engines by [[PercussiveMaintenance punching the instrument panel]]. Which happens [[RuleOfThree three times]]. (Two for Han, and once for Lando.)



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* On the show ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' during the episode "[[Recap/MerlinS04E06AServantOfTwoMasters A Servant of Two Masters]]", Merlin continuously (and humorously) fails to kill Arthur by using weapons and chemicals. It is because of this trope the Merlin doesn't use magic to try and kill Arthur.

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* On the show ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' during the episode "[[Recap/MerlinS04E06AServantOfTwoMasters A Servant of Two Masters]]", Merlin continuously (and humorously) fails to kill Arthur by using weapons and chemicals. It is because of this trope the Merlin doesn't use magic to try and kill Arthur.



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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' functions off of this, even as a game. It doesn't matter how good your attack is, if it isn't funny, it will almost never work. On the flip side, something that is inherently a baby of this has a far greater chance to succeed.
** One of the earliest examples was the summoning of Magikarp, who proceeds (through screwy mechanics) to flail at the godmodder, and then summon a tsunami. Guess which one connects.
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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' functions off of this, even as a game. It doesn't matter how good your attack is, if it isn't funny, it will almost never work. On the flip side, something that is inherently a baby of this has a far greater chance to succeed. One of the earliest examples was the summoning of Magikarp, who proceeds (through screwy mechanics) to flail at the godmodder, and then summon a tsunami. Guess which one connects.



* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
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** OnePiece has some pretty outlandish character designs, but some manage to go the extra mile (like Wanze and Jango's telescopic and heart-shaped eyes) just for the sake of a gag.
* This is the '''only''' thing that keeps the shower scene with [[spoiler:Baron Ashura]] in episode 5 of Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} from being NightmareFuel.

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** OnePiece ''One Piece'' has some pretty outlandish character designs, but some manage to go the extra mile (like Wanze and Jango's telescopic and heart-shaped eyes) just for the sake of a gag.
* This is the '''only''' thing that keeps the shower scene with [[spoiler:Baron Ashura]] in episode 5 of Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' from being NightmareFuel.



* ''Manga/BinbouGamiGa'' practically runs on it- particularly everything [[{{Troll}} Momiji]] does.

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* ''Manga/BinbouGamiGa'' ''Manga/BinboGamiGa'' practically runs on it- particularly everything [[{{Troll}} Momiji]] does.






* Creator/DonRosa uses this trope from time to time as a justification for breaking realism in his otherwise painfully serious comics. He even mentions it (though not by name) in one of the comment pages for ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'', when he had retroactively added [[http://duckman.pettho.com/drinfo/eisner.jpg the Eisner comic award]] he won for the series in its last chapter, hanging on Scrooge's wall. DonaldDuck [[LampshadeHanging even remarks]] that it has to be fake, since they're living in the 50s and the award reads "1995" with big letters. Rosa compares his relationship with the rule to the below-mentioned joke in Roger Rabbit.
* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' is well-known for humorously [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderizing]] a number of characters or having them [[TookALevelInDumbass Take A Level In Dumbass]] for the sake of comedy. This lead to the period in [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica League]] history being considered a DorkAge and OldShame in-universe (in real life the series is beloved by fans), largely because the team had become a group of ineffectual jokesters.
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl breathes this trope. How else can you explain how a girl with a tail who has the power to [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway talk to squirrels]], can defeat super villains like Thanos (MagnificentBastard), Doctor Doom(CrazyPrepared Personified) and {{Deadpool}} (Deadpool)?

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* Creator/DonRosa uses this trope from time to time as a justification for breaking realism in his otherwise painfully serious comics. He even mentions it (though not by name) in one of the comment pages for ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'', when he had retroactively added [[http://duckman.pettho.com/drinfo/eisner.jpg the Eisner comic award]] he won for the series in its last chapter, hanging on Scrooge's wall. DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck [[LampshadeHanging even remarks]] that it has to be fake, since they're living in the 50s and the award reads "1995" with big letters. Rosa compares his relationship with the rule to the below-mentioned joke in Roger Rabbit.
* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' is well-known for humorously [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderizing]] {{Flanderiz|ation}}ing a number of characters or having them [[TookALevelInDumbass Take A Level In Dumbass]] for the sake of comedy. This lead led to the period in [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica League]] history being considered a DorkAge and OldShame in-universe (in real life the series is beloved by fans), largely because the team had become a group of ineffectual jokesters.
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl breathes this trope. How else can you explain how a girl with a tail who has the power to [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway talk to squirrels]], can defeat super villains like Thanos ComicBook/{{Thanos}} (MagnificentBastard), Doctor Doom(CrazyPrepared ComicBook/DoctorDoom (CrazyPrepared Personified) and {{Deadpool}} SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} (Deadpool)?



* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, of all people, points this out in ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader''.

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, ComicBook/TheJoker, of all people, points this out in ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader''.



* ''[[ComicBook/{{Nextwave}} Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.]]'' runs on this. It starts with the team fighting a giant green dragon in underpants, and proceeds to get unashamedly weirder without so much as stopping for breath -- [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs except to huff more laughing gas]].
** To wit, Dirk Anger, director of H.A.T.E., (A Nick Fury {{expy}}) spends the entire series a) trying to kill Nextwave by, say, throwing Drop Bears at them from his flying submarine base, and b) concocting ever more elaborate suicide attempts due to the [[VillainousBreakdown breakdown]] the Nextwave squad are giving him.

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* ''[[ComicBook/{{Nextwave}} Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.]]'' runs on this. It starts with the team fighting a giant green dragon in underpants, and proceeds to get unashamedly weirder without so much as stopping for breath -- [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs except to huff more laughing gas]].
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gas]]. To wit, Dirk Anger, director of H.A.T.E., (A Nick Fury (a ComicBook/NickFury {{expy}}) spends the entire series a) trying to kill Nextwave by, say, throwing Drop Bears at them from his flying submarine base, and b) concocting ever more elaborate suicide attempts due to the [[VillainousBreakdown breakdown]] the Nextwave squad are giving him.



* The film ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' declares this to be an actual law of cartoon physics:

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* The film ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' declares this to be an actual law of cartoon physics:



*** "Shave and a haircut..."
* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' the [[CoolStarship Millennium Falcon]] malfunctions but Han Solo restarts the engines by [[PercussiveMaintenance punching the instrument panel]].
** Which happens [[RuleOfThree three times]]. (Two for Han, and once for Lando.)
* Every Creator/MontyPython movie, especially Holy Grail. The opening titles even contain faux Swedish subtitles that ramble off on tangents, leading the people in charge of the titles to be fired, mid title sequence.

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*** "Shave and a haircut..."ShaveAndAHaircut..."
* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' the [[CoolStarship Millennium Falcon]] malfunctions but Han Solo restarts the engines by [[PercussiveMaintenance punching the instrument panel]].
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panel]]. Which happens [[RuleOfThree three times]]. (Two for Han, and once for Lando.)
* Every Creator/MontyPython movie, especially ''[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Holy Grail.Grail]]''. The opening titles even contain faux Swedish subtitles that ramble off on tangents, leading the people in charge of the titles to be fired, mid title sequence.



* 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 BarBrawl. Or watch ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' for the sheer number of visual pun gags.

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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 Creator/ValKilmer 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 BarBrawl. Or watch ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' for the sheer number of visual pun gags.



* Every Marx Brothers film revolves around this, to a varying degree. Many of their best routines have absolutely nothing to do with the plot.

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* Every Marx Brothers Creator/MarxBrothers film revolves around this, to a varying degree. Many of their best routines have absolutely nothing to do with the plot.



* ''Film/PocketNinjas'' attempts to use the Rule a lot but fails. It's full of things that can only be there because they're supposed to be funny but turn out mind-bogglingly, embarrassingly stupid, even for a children's movie. Examples: The FinalBattle. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7XdeF9Zt0g&feature=related In a videogame.]] The BigGood fighting the BiggerBad. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j1wucWpV8c With balloons and horrible carnival music.]] And pat-a-cake and... seriously, what the hell are they doing??

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* ''Film/PocketNinjas'' attempts to use the Rule a lot but fails. It's full of things that can only be there because they're supposed to be funny but turn out mind-bogglingly, embarrassingly stupid, even for a children's movie. Examples: The FinalBattle. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7XdeF9Zt0g&feature=related In a videogame.]] The BigGood fighting the BiggerBad.[[GreaterScopeVillain Bigger Bad]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j1wucWpV8c With balloons and horrible carnival music.]] And pat-a-cake and... seriously, what the hell are they doing??



* In the final scene of ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', Otto is seen hanging on to the window of an airplane taking off, [[spoiler:having apparently survived being run over by a steamroller and smushed into wet cement]]. On the DVD, John Cleese argues that this joke wouldn't have worked at any point in the film other than the very end.

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* In the final scene of ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', Otto is seen hanging on to the window of an airplane taking off, [[spoiler:having apparently survived being run over by a steamroller and smushed into wet cement]]. On the DVD, John Cleese Creator/JohnCleese argues that this joke wouldn't have worked at any point in the film other than the very end.



* Craig Shaw Gardner's Cineverse Cycle, as a parody of B movies in general, pretty much lives and breathes this trope, whether it's the subtitles that appear underneath the inhabitants of the "foreign film" universe whenever they speak, or the mad scientist who turns into a Gargamel {{Expy}} whenever he's around this bunch of fluffy bunnies in the "cartoon" universe, or the slime monster in the "horror" universe which turns out to be [[spoiler: the formerly-missing chimp companion of the Tarzan {{Expy}} in the "adventure" universe, clad in a monster suit.]]

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* Craig Shaw Gardner's Cineverse Cycle, as a parody of B movies in general, pretty much lives and breathes this trope, whether it's the subtitles that appear underneath the inhabitants of the "foreign film" universe whenever they speak, or the mad scientist who turns into a Gargamel {{Expy}} whenever he's around this bunch of fluffy bunnies in the "cartoon" universe, or the slime monster in the "horror" universe which turns out to be [[spoiler: the formerly-missing chimp companion of the Tarzan {{Expy}} in the "adventure" universe, clad in a monster suit.]]suit]].



* Magic in the Harry Potter universe is half this, half whatever the plot needs.

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* Magic in the Harry Potter ''Literature/HarryPotter'' universe is half this, half whatever the plot needs.



* On the show ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' during the episode "[[Recap/MerlinS04E06AServantOfTwoMasters A Servant of Two Masters]]", Merlin continuously (and humorously) fails to kill Arthur by using weapons and chemicals.It is because of this trope the Merlin doesn't use magic to try and kill Arthur.

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* On the show ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' during the episode "[[Recap/MerlinS04E06AServantOfTwoMasters A Servant of Two Masters]]", Merlin continuously (and humorously) fails to kill Arthur by using weapons and chemicals. It is because of this trope the Merlin doesn't use magic to try and kill Arthur.



* The title character of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' could go from dead serious to goofball surprisingly fast.
** In fact, the entire point of "Smile Time" seems to be this trope. There is a mysterious bad guy, it could do anything. Why would it turn Angel into a puppet? Because it's hilarious, that's why.

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* The title character of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' could go from dead serious to goofball surprisingly fast.
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fast. In fact, the entire point of "Smile Time" "[[Recap/AngelS05E14SmileTime Smile Time]]" seems to be this trope. There is a mysterious bad guy, it could do anything. Why would it turn Angel into a puppet? {{puppet|permutation}}? Because it's hilarious, that's why.



** They briefly {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed Holly's [[TheDitz senility]] for a joke multiple times, with the extreme being "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV White Hole}} White Hole]]" (in which (s)he was counting by banging her head on the screen). However, (s)he is shown to be much more lucid (if not necessarily brilliant) in other episodes, notably in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Queeg}} Queeg]]" with a well-planned hoax ''based'' on the idiot-perception and in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth}} Back to Earth]]" when (s)he saves the entire crew. Also, "White Hole" itself establishes that the ship's power generation requires her input, making you wonder why something hasn't exploded yet.
** Perhaps the flaw of the final two series where whole scenes seem to have been tacked on mainly for laughs. The most glaring are the tap dancing shuttle craft scene and the Tyrannosaurus rex, ([[ArtisticLicensePaleontology of course]]) eating a giant curry. Pretty base stuff by the series previous standards and not helped by some [[SpecialEffectsFailure not-very-convincing CGI]].

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** They briefly {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed Holly's [[TheDitz senility]] for a joke multiple times, with the extreme being "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV White Hole}} White Hole]]" (in which (s)he was counting by banging her head on the screen). However, (s)he is shown to be much more lucid (if not necessarily brilliant) in other episodes, notably in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Queeg}} "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIQueeg Queeg]]" with a well-planned hoax ''based'' on the idiot-perception and in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth}} Back to Earth]]" when (s)he saves the entire crew. Also, "White Hole" itself establishes that the ship's power generation requires her input, making you wonder why something hasn't exploded yet.
** Perhaps the flaw of the final two series where whole scenes seem to have been tacked on mainly for laughs. The most glaring are the tap dancing shuttle craft scene and the Tyrannosaurus rex, ([[ArtisticLicensePaleontology of course]]) eating a giant curry. Pretty base stuff by the series previous standards and not helped by some [[SpecialEffectsFailure [[SpecialEffectFailure not-very-convincing CGI]].



* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'': A relentless HurricaneOfPuns and a bizarre array of [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Everything Trying To]] [[InsistentTerminology Beat You Up]] make up only a fraction of the silliness.

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* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'': A relentless HurricaneOfPuns and a bizarre array of [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Everything {{Everything Trying To]] To|KillYou}} [[InsistentTerminology Beat You Up]] make up only a fraction of the silliness.



* The ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' spin-off webcomic ''Cheer!'' features a pie catapult with an automatic targeting system [[http://cheer.thewotch.com/index.php?date=20070822 designed to maximize laughs]].

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* The ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' spin-off webcomic ''Cheer!'' features a pie catapult with an automatic targeting system [[http://cheer.thewotch.com/index.php?date=20070822 designed to maximize laughs]].



** Arguably one of the most polarizing points in the show's evolution for fans was when the characterizations became dependant on the trope. Depending on the gag, the entire cast can switch between likable yet wacky characters akin to the original episodes or FauxAffablyEvil psychopaths taking part in high order ComedicSociopathy. This is even more jarring when originally [[OnlySaneMan level headed and more humanized]] characters such as Lois and Brian [[ComedicSociopathy join in on]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes the sadism]] [[{{Flanderization}} of a gag]].

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** Arguably one of the most polarizing points in the show's evolution for fans was when the characterizations became dependant on the trope. Depending on the gag, the entire cast can switch between likable yet wacky characters akin to the original episodes or FauxAffablyEvil psychopaths taking part in high order ComedicSociopathy. This is even more jarring when originally [[OnlySaneMan level headed and more humanized]] characters such as Lois and Brian [[ComedicSociopathy join in on]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes the sadism]] [[{{Flanderization}} join in on]] [[NotSoDifferent the sadism]] [[ComedicSociopathy of a gag]].



* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "[[{{Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSerpentsPass}} The Serpent's Pass]]" Toph is rescued from drowning by Suki and (thinking she is Sokka) gives her a [[HoYay big kiss]]. Even though Toph is blind, there was nothing to stop her from noticing the makeup during the kiss, but the resulting scene is funny.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "[[{{Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSerpentsPass}} "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSerpentsPass The Serpent's Pass]]" Toph is rescued from drowning by Suki and (thinking she is Sokka) gives her a [[HoYay big kiss]]. Even though Toph is blind, there was nothing to stop her from noticing the makeup during the kiss, but the resulting scene is funny.



* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' episode "Kid Stuff" the kidified Justice Leaguers face off against a baby version of the demon ComicBook/{{Etrigan}}. There is absolutely no reason at all for why Etrigan should be a baby or why Etrigan should be in this episode at all. One would think that Mordred would have banished Etrigan along with all the other adults, seeing as they've been mortal enemies literally for centuries. But damn if Baby Etrigan isn't the funniest thing you ever did see.

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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' Unlimited]]''
** In the
episode "Kid Stuff" the kidified Justice Leaguers face off against a baby version of the demon ComicBook/{{Etrigan}}. There is absolutely no reason at all for why Etrigan should be a baby or why Etrigan should be in this episode at all. One would think that Mordred would have banished Etrigan along with all the other adults, seeing as they've been mortal enemies literally for centuries. But damn if Baby Etrigan isn't the funniest thing you ever did see.



* Normal girls defeating [[GeniusBruiser Mojo Jojo]] with pillows at a slumber party on ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
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Normal girls defeating [[GeniusBruiser Mojo Jojo]] with pillows at a slumber party on ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.party.



** ''The Simpsons'' is a LongRunner which slips a running gag past the MoralGuardians. BumblingDad and {{Jerkass}} Homer repeatedly strangles his son, Bart. This is always PlayedForLaughs and excused on the Rule of Funny. This may also serve as a show GettingCrapPastTheRadar thanks to a show-level version of the GrandfatherClause; child abuse as comedy is not going to fly on most shows.

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** ''The Simpsons'' is a LongRunner {{Long Runner|s}} which slips a running gag past the MoralGuardians. BumblingDad and {{Jerkass}} Homer repeatedly strangles his son, Bart. This is always PlayedForLaughs and excused on the Rule of Funny. This may also serve as a show GettingCrapPastTheRadar thanks to a show-level version of the GrandfatherClause; child abuse as comedy is not going to fly on most shows.



* On the 80's ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero 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]]'', 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'.]] 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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** Lampshaded again by Amy in an episode whose plot gets kicked off by the crew deciding to sign up for the gym. Leela and Amy walk into the Planet Express lounge, where a noticeably-chubby Fry and Bender are watching TV.

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** Lampshaded again by Amy in an episode whose "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E5WhyMustIBeACrustaceanInLove Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?]]", where the plot gets kicked off by the crew deciding to sign up for the gym. Leela and Amy walk into the Planet Express lounge, where a noticeably-chubby Fry and Bender are watching TV.
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* There was an episode of the Creator/{{Disney}} show ''WesternAnimation/TheBuzzOnMaggie'' in which Maggie got electrocuted by her older brother's hand buzzer, resulting in XRaySparks. It should be noted that this show is a high-school comedy involving ''insects'', and insects do not have inner skeletons.

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* There was an episode of the Creator/{{Disney}} show ''WesternAnimation/TheBuzzOnMaggie'' in which Maggie got electrocuted by her older brother's hand buzzer, resulting in XRaySparks. It should be noted that this show is a high-school high school comedy involving ''insects'', and insects do not have inner skeletons.
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** "Raging Bully" reveals that Dr. Doofenshmirtz's HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood began with ''neither of his parents'' showing up on the day he was born.
** In "Out to Launch", all of Phineas and Ferb's attempts at simulating a rocket launch end in catastrophic failure until Ferb points out that their equation includes them dividing by the square root of a CartoonBomb. They're successful when Phineas replaces the bomb with a smiley face.



** In "Skiddley Whiffers", when Doofenshmirtz explains to Perry why he's trying to [[OverprotectiveDad protect Vanessa]] on her camping trip, we're treated to a flashback from his HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood where he gets [[BeeAfraid attacked by bees]], which leads to him falling off a cliff, through a patch of thorn bushes, and through a field of fire hydrants. He then shows Perry that he has a hydrant stuck inside his leg (he can't have it removed because it's too close to an artery), which appears out of nowhere and disappears just as quickly.

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** In "Skiddley Whiffers", when Doofenshmirtz explains to Perry why he's trying to [[OverprotectiveDad protect Vanessa]] on her camping trip, we're treated to a another flashback from his HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood where he gets [[BeeAfraid attacked by bees]], which leads to him falling off a cliff, through a patch of thorn bushes, and through a field of fire hydrants. He then shows Perry that he has a hydrant stuck inside his leg (he can't have it removed because it's too close to an artery), which appears out of nowhere and disappears just as quickly.
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** In "[=SpongeGuard=] on Duty", [=SpongeBob=] attempts to save Patrick from drowning by drinking all of the water in Goo Lagoon. Despite [=SpongeBob=] using a straw, he somehow sucks Patrick up as well.
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* Penny's intelligence and Sheldon's social skills in ''Series/{{TheBigBangTheory}}'' both tend to vary wildly based on this trope.

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* Penny's intelligence and Sheldon's social skills in ''Series/{{TheBigBangTheory}}'' ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' both tend to vary wildly based on this trope.



** They briefly {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed Holly's [[TheDitz senility]] for a joke multiple times, with the extreme being "White Hole" (in which (s)he was counting by banging her head on the screen). However, (s)he is shown to be much more lucid (if not necessarily brilliant) in other episodes, notably in "Queeg" with a well-planned hoax ''based'' on the idiot-perception and in "Back to Reality" when (s)he saves the entire crew. Also, "White Hole" itself establishes that the ship's power generation requires her input, making you wonder why something hasn't exploded yet.

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** They briefly {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed Holly's [[TheDitz senility]] for a joke multiple times, with the extreme being "White Hole" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV White Hole}} White Hole]]" (in which (s)he was counting by banging her head on the screen). However, (s)he is shown to be much more lucid (if not necessarily brilliant) in other episodes, notably in "Queeg" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Queeg}} Queeg]]" with a well-planned hoax ''based'' on the idiot-perception and in "Back "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth}} Back to Reality" Earth]]" when (s)he saves the entire crew. Also, "White Hole" itself establishes that the ship's power generation requires her input, making you wonder why something hasn't exploded yet.



* Many of the "challenges" in ''TopGear''. Why turn a truck into an amphibious vehicle? Why launch a car on a rocket only to see it hit the ground and then explode? Why make James May try to drive fast? (Or why let him get lost--actually lost--on a ''race track''? Because it's funny, durn it!)

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* Many of the "challenges" in ''TopGear''.''Series/TopGear''. Why turn a truck into an amphibious vehicle? Why launch a car on a rocket only to see it hit the ground and then explode? Why make James May try to drive fast? (Or why let him get lost--actually lost--on a ''race track''? Because it's funny, durn it!)



** ''"What should I know about the vast territory that lies beyond the confines of my little subculture of textbooks, Ramen noodles, coin-operated laundry and TV shows that seem to think they can skate by with random jokes about giant chickens that have absolutely nothing to do with the overall narrative? The boys at South Park are absolutely correct: Those cutaways and flashbacks have nothing to do with the story! They're just there to be... funny. And that is a shallow indulgence that South Park is [[StealthInsult quite above]], and for that I salute them."''\\

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** ''"What -->What should I know about the vast territory that lies beyond the confines of my little subculture of textbooks, Ramen noodles, coin-operated laundry and TV shows that seem to think they can skate by with random jokes about giant chickens that have absolutely nothing to do with the overall narrative? The boys at South Park are absolutely correct: Those cutaways and flashbacks have nothing to do with the story! They're just there to be... funny. And that is a shallow indulgence that South Park is [[StealthInsult quite above]], and for that I salute them."''\\\\



* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Serpent's Pass" Toph is rescued from drowning by Suki and (thinking she is Sokka) gives her a [[HoYay big kiss]]. Even though Toph is blind, there was nothing to stop her from noticing the makeup during the kiss, but the resulting scene is funny.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The "[[{{Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSerpentsPass}} The Serpent's Pass" Pass]]" Toph is rescued from drowning by Suki and (thinking she is Sokka) gives her a [[HoYay big kiss]]. Even though Toph is blind, there was nothing to stop her from noticing the makeup during the kiss, but the resulting scene is funny.



* An instance similar to the [=SpongeBob=] example occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Deep South", when Zoidberg's house burns to the ground... underwater. Zoidberg wails "How could this have happened?" and Hermes notes, "That's a very good question." Implicitly claiming responsibility, Bender picks his still-lit cigar out of the ruins and puffs on it -- eliciting a cry of, "That just raises further questions!"

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* An instance similar to the [=SpongeBob=] example occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E12TheDeepSouth The Deep South", South]]", when Zoidberg's house burns to the ground... underwater. Zoidberg wails "How could this have happened?" and Hermes notes, "That's a very good question." Implicitly claiming responsibility, Bender picks his still-lit cigar out of the ruins and puffs on it -- eliciting a cry of, "That just raises further questions!"



** ''Futurama'' is fond of both this rule and lampshading it. In an early episode, aliens are threatening to invade Earth and the planet sends Zapp Branigan to destroy the mothership. After an epic battle with a massive, well-guarded space installation, Earth succeeds in destroying the thing. Zapp celebrates the victory, before a substantially larger ship pops into view. This, it turns out, is the mothership. When Zapp asks what they just destroyed, Kiff looks at a computer screen, groans and says, "The Hubble telescope." Series producer David X. Cohen said in the episode's commentary track that he knew the joke made absolutely no sense, but loved it so much he had to keep it in.

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** ''Futurama'' is fond of both this rule and lampshading it. In an early episode, "[[Recap/FuturamaS1E12WhenAliensAttack When Aliens Attack]]", aliens are threatening to invade Earth and the planet sends Zapp Branigan to destroy the mothership. After an epic battle with a massive, well-guarded space installation, Earth succeeds in destroying the thing. Zapp celebrates the victory, before a substantially larger ship pops into view. This, it turns out, is the mothership. When Zapp asks what they just destroyed, Kiff looks at a computer screen, groans and says, "The Hubble telescope." Series producer David X. Cohen said in the episode's commentary track that he knew the joke made absolutely no sense, but loved it so much he had to keep it in.



** The "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.
** The Simpsons is a LongRunner which slips a running gag past the MoralGuardians. BumblingDad and JerkAss Homer repeatedly strangles his son, Bart. This is always PlayedForLaughs and excused on the Rule of Funny. This may also serve as a show GettingCrapPastTheRadar thanks to a show-level version of the GrandfatherClause; child abuse as comedy is not going to fly on most shows.
*** Which makes it even funnier when they ''do'' treat it as child abuse. One episode had Homer take fathering lessons. He tells the class a story where Bart, the little dickens, calls him fat. He then casually say 'so then I was strangling him when...' causing the whole group to drop their jaws and question what kind of man he is. Completely played for laughs how they react, and even has Homer reveal that's how he was raised, not that Abe strangled him when he did bad, but that ''Homer'' strangled his ''father'' every time he tried to punish him. One of the funiest scenes ever.
** 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."

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** The "Cape Feare" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E2CapeFeare 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.
** The Simpsons ''The Simpsons'' is a LongRunner which slips a running gag past the MoralGuardians. BumblingDad and JerkAss {{Jerkass}} Homer repeatedly strangles his son, Bart. This is always PlayedForLaughs and excused on the Rule of Funny. This may also serve as a show GettingCrapPastTheRadar thanks to a show-level version of the GrandfatherClause; child abuse as comedy is not going to fly on most shows.
*** Which makes it even funnier when they ''do'' treat it as child abuse. One episode had Homer take fathering lessons. He tells the class a story where Bart, the little dickens, calls him fat. He then casually say 'so then I was strangling him when...' causing the whole group to drop their jaws and question what kind of man he is. Completely played for laughs how they react, and even has Homer reveal that's how he was raised, not that Abe strangled him when he did bad, but that ''Homer'' strangled his ''father'' every time he tried to punish him. One of the funiest funniest scenes ever.
** In several episodes, Ned's biblical references are complete nonsense, and simply sound like weird things from the Old Testament. In the episode "Home "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E3HomeSweetHomediddlyDumDoodily Home Sweet Home- Diddily- Dum- Doodily," Homediddly-Dum-Doodily]]", for instance, he expresses shock that Bart and Lisa are unfamiliar with the story of the "the Bridal Feast of Beth Chedruharazzeb."
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