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6th Jul '16 6:47:11 PM rjd1922
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* The WebOriginal/NostalgiaCritic has had various jokes that he used at the beginning of his run, only to cycle them out and exchange them for new ones. With one - his showing of a clip M. Bison saying "Of course!" when a character expresses a desire to rule the world - he refuses to show it because it's been overdone, only for the clip to force its way onto the screen despite his protests. In the commentary for the review, Doug Walker mentions that he tries to be mindful of if he's overusing a joke to the point where it isn't funny, at which point he tries to mix things up a little and keep it fresh.

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* The WebOriginal/NostalgiaCritic WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has had various jokes that he used at the beginning of his run, only to cycle them out and exchange them for new ones. With one - his showing of a clip M. Bison saying "Of course!" when a character expresses a desire to rule the world - he refuses to show it because it's been overdone, only for the clip to force its way onto the screen despite his protests. In the commentary for the review, Doug Walker mentions that he tries to be mindful of if he's overusing a joke to the point where it isn't funny, at which point he tries to mix things up a little and keep it fresh.
11th Jun '16 4:39:37 PM Luigifan
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** In a meta-sense, J. Jonah Jameson twisting every single heroic deed Spider-Man made & Spider-Man's general status as a HeroWithBadPublicity. After over 4 decades of it in the mainstream Marvel universe & 9 years in the Ultimate universe, Jameson stopped slandering Spider-Man after the events of ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'', when he witnessed Spider-Man doing everything he could possibly do to save people in the midst of New York being flooded whilst the other superheroes where nowhere to be seen, and subsequently this led to Spider-Man having the best PR out of any of the heroes when Jameson proceeded to admit he was wrong & the Bugle became Spider-Man's biggest supporters. He ''did'' restarted the slandering when Miles Morales started on his path as Spider-Man, but on an interesting twist this was because Jameson (like many people) thought that Miles was desecrating Peter's memory.

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** In a meta-sense, J. Jonah Jameson twisting every single heroic deed Spider-Man made & Spider-Man's general status as a HeroWithBadPublicity. After over 4 decades of it in the mainstream Marvel universe & 9 years in the Ultimate universe, Jameson stopped slandering Spider-Man after the events of ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'', when he witnessed Spider-Man doing everything he could possibly do to save people in the midst of New York being flooded whilst the other superheroes where were nowhere to be seen, and subsequently this led to Spider-Man having the best PR out of any of the heroes when Jameson proceeded to admit he was wrong & the Bugle became Spider-Man's biggest supporters. He ''did'' restarted restart the slandering when Miles Morales started on his path as Spider-Man, but on an interesting twist twist, this was because Jameson (like many people) thought that Miles was desecrating Peter's memory.



* A rare example of a RunningGag ending dramatically instead of comically happened on ''Series/HillStreetBlues''. Every few episodes Belker would arrest the same petty criminal. Whenever Belker asked him for his name, he would always give an obviously fake one. Belker would often be on the phone with [[MyBelovedSmother his mother]] while booking the criminal, who smirked at the incongruity of a tough detective being nagged by his mom. This went on for years, until the criminal was accidentally caught in the crossfire of a shootout. He had nothing to do with the gang shooting it out with the police; he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Belker ran up to him where he lay dying he finally told Belker his real name and asked Belker to tell his (the criminal's) mother what had happened.

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* A rare example of a RunningGag ending dramatically instead of comically happened on ''Series/HillStreetBlues''. Every few episodes episodes, Belker would arrest the same petty criminal. Whenever Belker asked him for his name, he would always give an obviously fake one. Belker would often be on the phone with [[MyBelovedSmother his mother]] while booking the criminal, who smirked at the incongruity of a tough detective being nagged by his mom. This went on for years, until the criminal was accidentally caught in the crossfire of a shootout. He had nothing to do with the gang shooting it out with the police; he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Belker ran up to him where he lay dying dying, he finally told Belker his real name and asked Belker to tell his (the criminal's) mother what had happened.



* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' had a Running Gag involving women hitting men with a HyperspaceMallet whenever they said something sexist. The Hammers were eventually deconstructed as their true purpose was revealed: They were not designed to prevent sexist comments, but rather encourage them, as the hammers gave women an opportunity to get back at the men in a harmless manner, meaning the men didn't have to feel bad about upsetting them. The hammers became permanently unusable when [[spoiler:The immortal who controlled them was preparing for his death and rebirth.]]

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' had a Running Gag involving women hitting men with a HyperspaceMallet whenever they said something sexist. The Hammers were eventually deconstructed as their true purpose was revealed: They were not designed to prevent sexist comments, but rather encourage them, as the hammers gave women an opportunity to get back at the men in a harmless manner, meaning the men didn't have to feel bad about upsetting them. The hammers became permanently unusable when [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:the immortal who controlled them was preparing for his death and rebirth.]]



*** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1847 These may be coming back soon enough though.]]

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*** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1847 These may be coming back soon enough enough, though.]]



*** In fact, Bringing Silly Back, seemed to be mainly using this as a chance to call a capper on the overly silly running gags, and reconstruct them to fit the new tone of the comic.

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*** In fact, Bringing Silly Back, Back seemed to be mainly using this as a chance to call a capper on the overly silly running gags, and reconstruct them to fit the new tone of the comic.



* ''Series/{{Noob}}'' has a case of this trope meeting RealLifeWritesThePlot. One of the running gags was situation in which a {{Player Kill|ing}}er was in MistakenForBadass situation with TheFool of the cast. The actor playing one of the two could no longer participate so [[spoiler:the Player Killer's higher ups suddenly got frustrated with the situation that had been lasting for years and expelled him for his guild. That was followed by The Fool managing to beat him up in the middle trying to give him a little consolation. That resulted in him quitting the game out of spite]].

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* ''Series/{{Noob}}'' has a case of this trope meeting RealLifeWritesThePlot. One of the running gags was a situation in which a {{Player Kill|ing}}er was in a MistakenForBadass situation with TheFool of the cast. The actor playing one of the two could no longer participate so [[spoiler:the Player Killer's higher ups suddenly got frustrated with the situation that had been lasting for years and expelled him for from his guild. That was followed by The Fool managing to beat him up in the middle of trying to give him a little consolation. That resulted in him quitting the game out of spite]].



** On that point, one of his reviews ''did'' ended with its respective RunningGag (a {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed-to-the-point-of-uselessness Film/PatchAdams called "Bitch Spasms") being blown away (and the cadaver being left on the ground as a BrickJoke for a future episode), the review for ''Film/JurassicPark III'' finishing (at least apparently for now) the "Motherfucking T-Rex" gag (on the moment that the T-Rex gets its neck snapped by another dinosaur), the review for ''The Lost World'' kills the newsreel-style LongList [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters of how humans screw up nature]] that had pervaded several nature-related film reviews with the critic belting out a BigShutUp and rambling about how annoyingly {{Anvilicious}} films get when they try to (continuously) hammer this point.
* Jeph Jacques of ''QuestionableContent'' frequently used Yelling Bird, a foul-mouuthed avian, as filler material when he needed a break. In August of 2015, he officially retired Yelling Bird, after letting the bird verbally abuse the [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3016 readers one last time.]]

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** On that point, one of his reviews ''did'' ended end with its respective RunningGag (a {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed-to-the-point-of-uselessness Film/PatchAdams called "Bitch Spasms") being blown away (and the cadaver being left on the ground as a BrickJoke for a future episode), the review for ''Film/JurassicPark III'' finishing (at least apparently for now) the "Motherfucking T-Rex" gag (on the moment that the T-Rex gets its neck snapped by another dinosaur), the review for ''The Lost World'' kills the newsreel-style LongList [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters of how humans screw up nature]] that had pervaded several nature-related film reviews with the critic belting out a BigShutUp and rambling about how annoyingly {{Anvilicious}} films get when they try to (continuously) hammer this point.
* Jeph Jacques of ''QuestionableContent'' frequently used Yelling Bird, a foul-mouuthed foul-mouthed avian, as filler material when he needed a break. In August of 2015, he officially retired Yelling Bird, after letting the bird verbally abuse the [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3016 readers one last time.]]



* From ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the evil monkey living in Chris' closet. In season 8, he finally [[AccidentalInnuendo came out of the closet]], turned out not be that bad of a monkey, helped Peter and Chris amend their relationship, and moves out to live in Jake Tucker's closet. He has been OutOfFocus in Family Guy, but he makes a complete HeelFaceTurn in ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', where he is [[MeaningfulRename renamed Monkey]], and he saves Cleveland from the guys from {{Deliverance}}.

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* From ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the evil monkey living in Chris' closet. In season 8, he finally [[AccidentalInnuendo came out of the closet]], turned out to not be that bad of a monkey, helped Peter and Chris amend their relationship, and moves out to live in Jake Tucker's closet. He has been OutOfFocus in Family Guy, but he makes a complete HeelFaceTurn in ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', where he is [[MeaningfulRename renamed Monkey]], and he saves Cleveland from the guys from {{Deliverance}}.



** Possibly Quagmire's hatred for Brian, which was last seen in an EscalatingWar in "Tiegs For Two" where Brian suggested the two making amends. Granted it culminated in Quagmire running him over with his car, but the feud has not been brought up since, save for Quagmire being seen apathetically playing on his phone during [[spoiler: Brian's funeral]].
* Subverted with the running gag of Peter's shenanigans destroying the front of Cleveland's house while he's taking a bath, causing his tub to fall to the ground. At first, it seemed like the first episode of The Cleveland Show was this as it was TheLastStraw that convinced Cleveland to move out of Quahog. Even after that, however, the gag still makes a few sparse appearances.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with a combination of AbortedArc. Pre-season 8, Skinner was a NonGivingUpSchoolGuy and Krabappel was a ChristmasCake. In season 8, Skinner and Krabappel hooked up, ending the jokes about the two individually (particularly Krabappel), and became more notable as a couple with ADayInTheLimelight together occasionally. In season 14, the two got engaged, and since this show loves StatusQuoIsGod this would put a stalemate to any future development. Surprisingly, season 15 showed their marriage, where Krabappel left Skinner at the altar. Since then, they reverted back to their original characters, Skinner was received opposite {{Flanderization}} (which is very notable considering The Simpsons is the {{Trope Namer|s}}), and Krabappel received regular {{Flanderization}}, though Krabappel's case seemed like it might change since in the season 22 finale, she and Flanders hooked up in a {{Cliffhanger}}. However, the death of her voice-actress and with it, apparently, the character, leaves whatever plans for the character there were derailed.

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** Possibly Quagmire's hatred for Brian, which was last seen in an EscalatingWar in "Tiegs For Two" where Brian suggested the two making amends. Granted Granted, it culminated in Quagmire running him over with his car, but the feud has not been brought up since, save for Quagmire being seen apathetically playing on his phone during [[spoiler: Brian's [[spoiler:Brian's funeral]].
* Subverted with the running gag of Peter's shenanigans destroying the front of Cleveland's house while he's taking a bath, causing his tub to fall to the ground. At first, it seemed like the first episode of The Cleveland Show was this this, as it was TheLastStraw that convinced Cleveland to move out of Quahog. Even after that, however, the gag still makes a few sparse appearances.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with a combination of AbortedArc. Pre-season 8, Skinner was a NonGivingUpSchoolGuy and Krabappel was a ChristmasCake. In season 8, Skinner and Krabappel hooked up, ending the jokes about the two individually (particularly Krabappel), and became more notable as a couple with ADayInTheLimelight together occasionally. In season 14, the two got engaged, and since this show loves StatusQuoIsGod StatusQuoIsGod, this would put a stalemate to any future development. Surprisingly, season 15 showed their marriage, where Krabappel left Skinner at the altar. Since then, they reverted back to their original characters, Skinner was received opposite {{Flanderization}} (which is very notable considering The Simpsons is the {{Trope Namer|s}}), and Krabappel received regular {{Flanderization}}, though Krabappel's case seemed like it might change since in the season 22 finale, she and Flanders hooked up in a {{Cliffhanger}}. However, the death of her voice-actress and with it, apparently, the character, leaves whatever plans for the character there were derailed.



** The boys trying to find a replacement fourth friend in the sixth season. For the majority of the first half they took in Butters, who GotVolunteered into all sorts of {{Zany Scheme}}s OncePerEpisode, before finally getting thrown out with Tweek being placed in the role instead. However Tweek was eventually phased out before Kenny himself finally reappeared at the end of the season.

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** The boys trying to find a replacement fourth friend in the sixth season. For the majority of the first half they took in Butters, who GotVolunteered into all sorts of {{Zany Scheme}}s OncePerEpisode, before finally getting thrown out with Tweek being placed in the role instead. However However, Tweek was eventually phased out before Kenny himself finally reappeared at the end of the season.
8th Jun '16 4:36:38 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': WhosOnFirst jokes regarding the Goa'uld Lord Yu were eventually abandoned, as even the characters in-universe were getting tired of them.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': WhosOnFirst jokes regarding the Goa'uld Lord Yu were eventually abandoned, abandoned in the eighth season, as even the characters in-universe were getting tired of them.
them. Weir, a newcomer to the series, hears his name and is immediately told that every single joke and pun has been done to death, so please don't. [[spoiler:Yu himself dies near the end of the season as well, putting the final nail in the proverbial coffin.]]
8th Jun '16 4:32:10 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': WhosOnFirst jokes regarding the Goa'uld Lord Yu were eventually abandoned, as even the characters in-universe were getting tired of them.
7th May '16 3:06:26 AM DannWoolf
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** It comes back for one last hurrah in ''The World's Strongest Abridged''.
31st Mar '16 7:19:17 AM Eddy1215
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* From ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the evil monkey living in Chris' closet. In season 8, he finally [[AccidentalInnuendo came out of the closet]], turned out not be that bad of a monkey, helped Peter and Chris amend their relationship, and moves out to live in Jake Tucker's closet. He has been OutOfFocus in Family Guy, but he makes a complete HeelFaceTurn in ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', where he is [[SignificantRename renamed Monkey]], and he saves Cleveland from the guys from {{Deliverance}}.

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* From ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the evil monkey living in Chris' closet. In season 8, he finally [[AccidentalInnuendo came out of the closet]], turned out not be that bad of a monkey, helped Peter and Chris amend their relationship, and moves out to live in Jake Tucker's closet. He has been OutOfFocus in Family Guy, but he makes a complete HeelFaceTurn in ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', where he is [[SignificantRename [[MeaningfulRename renamed Monkey]], and he saves Cleveland from the guys from {{Deliverance}}.


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* Subverted with the running gag of Peter's shenanigans destroying the front of Cleveland's house while he's taking a bath, causing his tub to fall to the ground. At first, it seemed like the first episode of The Cleveland Show was this as it was TheLastStraw that convinced Cleveland to move out of Quahog. Even after that, however, the gag still makes a few sparse appearances.
13th Mar '16 5:06:05 PM ading
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' had some jokes in early seasons which implied that Gunter, despite being to all indications an ordinary penguin, was in fact the ultimate evil in the Land of Oo, surpassing even [[{{Satan}} Hunson Abadeer]] and [[OmnicidalManiac The Lich]] in threat level. This seemed to just be RuleOfFunny until "Orgalorg", which revealed that [[spoiler:Gunter is actually a MadGod named Orgalorg who is older than the Universe and can destroy planets on a whim when at full power. The only reason he's seemingly not a threat is because the King of Mars wiped his memory when he was banished to Earth, reducing him to primal animal instincts. Only when his brain is exposed can he remember his past.]]
10th Mar '16 8:47:29 PM Angeldeb82
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How do you handle it? Send it off in grand style, of course. Give it a conclusion, or maybe [[BreakingTheFourthWall tell the audience and end it there.]]

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How do you handle it? Send it off in grand style, of course. Give it a conclusion, or maybe [[BreakingTheFourthWall tell the audience and end it there.]]
there]].



* In Part 1 of ''{{Naruto}}'', viewers would sometimes see how Sakura feels through Inner Sakura whenever she felt differently then how she responded. In Part 2, Sakura has learned how to express her true feelings and Inner Sakura only appears once in what could be considered a CallBack (seen in Episode 8 of ''Shippuden'' and Chapter 250 of the manga).

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* In Part 1 of ''{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', viewers would sometimes see how Sakura feels through Inner Sakura whenever she felt differently then how she responded. In Part 2, Sakura has learned how to express her true feelings and Inner Sakura only appears once in what could be considered a CallBack (seen in Episode 8 of ''Shippuden'' and Chapter 250 of the manga).



* Usopp's lies in ''OnePiece''. His fighting style used to heavily rely on flat-out lying to his opponents to scare them and gave him the upper edge. This is a variation because instead of entirely dropping them at a certain point, he used them less and less and utilized more of his inventions. He still lies, but only occasionally, and he will usually have a plan instead of improvising a lie, such as the Usopp Golden Pound in his Thriller Bark fight against Perona.

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* Usopp's lies in ''OnePiece''.''Manga/OnePiece''. His fighting style used to heavily rely on flat-out lying to his opponents to scare them and gave him the upper edge. This is a variation because instead of entirely dropping them at a certain point, he used them less and less and utilized more of his inventions. He still lies, but only occasionally, and he will usually have a plan instead of improvising a lie, such as the Usopp Golden Pound in his Thriller Bark fight against Perona.



* In ''SpyKids 3D'', everybody constantly refers to "The Guy", and it becomes ArcWords and a minor plot thread. Once the kids reach the entrance to Level 5, "The Guy" appears, opens the way, then gets killed immediately after. Nobody brings it up again.
* After two movies of being a [[FoundFootageFilms Found Footage Film]] series, [[Film/{{REC}} REC 3]] goes through a GenreShift to more traditional horror... and the way it does this is by filming its first act in the regular Found Footage style and then one of the characters ending up pissed at the cameraman because he is eager to continue recording everything instead of helping (the cameraman even justifies himself by repeating a line that the characters on the other films use to ''encourage'' their cameramen into continuing his recording), so he wrestles the camera away from the cameraman and slams it into the ground.

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* In ''SpyKids ''Film/SpyKids 3D'', everybody constantly refers to "The Guy", and it becomes ArcWords and a minor plot thread. Once the kids reach the entrance to Level 5, "The Guy" appears, opens the way, then gets killed immediately after. Nobody brings it up again.
* After two movies of being a [[FoundFootageFilms Found {{Found Footage Film]] Film|s}} series, [[Film/{{REC}} REC 3]] goes through a GenreShift to more traditional horror... and the way it does this is by filming its first act in the regular Found Footage style and then one of the characters ending up pissed at the cameraman because he is eager to continue recording everything instead of helping (the cameraman even justifies himself by repeating a line that the characters on the other films use to ''encourage'' their cameramen into continuing his recording), so he wrestles the camera away from the cameraman and slams it into the ground.



* A short-lived example in ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': The [[RuleOfThree third]] time the RightBehindMe gag was [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000617 used with Dr. Wily]], Dave Anez retired the joke. (The name of that particular strip even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this: "This Is The Last Time, I Swear".) The "retirement" only lasted one year before [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010617 it was brought back]], at which point Wily rages about the author's broken promise. The gag would continue to be used on occasion right up to the final story arc.
* ''Series/{{Noob}}'' has a case of this trope meeting RealLifeWritesThePlot. One of the running gags was situation in which a [[PlayerKilling Player Killer]] was in MistakenForBadass situation with TheFool of the cast. The actor playing one of the two could no longer participate so [[spoiler:the Player Killer's higher ups suddenly got frustrated with the situation that had been lasting for years and expelled him for his guild. That was followed by The Fool managing to beat him up in the middle trying to give him a little consolation. That resulted in him quitting the game out of spite]].

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* A short-lived example in ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': The [[RuleOfThree third]] time the RightBehindMe gag was [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000617 used with Dr. Wily]], Dave Anez retired the joke. (The name of that particular strip even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this: "This Is The Last Time, I Swear".) The "retirement" only lasted one year before [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010617 it was brought back]], at which point Wily rages about the author's broken promise. The gag would continue to be used on occasion right up to the final story arc.
* ''Series/{{Noob}}'' has a case of this trope meeting RealLifeWritesThePlot. One of the running gags was situation in which a [[PlayerKilling Player Killer]] {{Player Kill|ing}}er was in MistakenForBadass situation with TheFool of the cast. The actor playing one of the two could no longer participate so [[spoiler:the Player Killer's higher ups suddenly got frustrated with the situation that had been lasting for years and expelled him for his guild. That was followed by The Fool managing to beat him up in the middle trying to give him a little consolation. That resulted in him quitting the game out of spite]].



** On that point, one of his reviews ''did'' ended with its respective RunningGag (a [[{{Flanderisation}} Flanderized]]-to-the-point-of-uselessness Film/PatchAdams called "Bitch Spasms") being blown away (and the cadaver being left on the ground as a BrickJoke for a future episode), the review for ''Film/JurassicPark III'' finishing (at least apparently for now) the "Motherfucking T-Rex" gag (on the moment that the T-Rex gets its neck snapped by another dinosaur), the review for ''The Lost World'' kills the newsreel-style LongList [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters of how humans screw up nature]] that had pervaded several nature-related film reviews with the critic belting out a BigShutUp and rambling about how annoyingly {{Anvilicious}} films get when they try to (continuously) hammer this point.

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** On that point, one of his reviews ''did'' ended with its respective RunningGag (a [[{{Flanderisation}} Flanderized]]-to-the-point-of-uselessness {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed-to-the-point-of-uselessness Film/PatchAdams called "Bitch Spasms") being blown away (and the cadaver being left on the ground as a BrickJoke for a future episode), the review for ''Film/JurassicPark III'' finishing (at least apparently for now) the "Motherfucking T-Rex" gag (on the moment that the T-Rex gets its neck snapped by another dinosaur), the review for ''The Lost World'' kills the newsreel-style LongList [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters of how humans screw up nature]] that had pervaded several nature-related film reviews with the critic belting out a BigShutUp and rambling about how annoyingly {{Anvilicious}} films get when they try to (continuously) hammer this point.



** The "Kaio-what?" gag[[note]]In which Goku uses the Kaio-ken ([[CallingYourAttacks whle saying its name]]), promting his foe to ask "Kaio-what?" before getting punched in the face[[/note]] ended with Freeza {{No Sell}}ing it (though it did return in the Goku vs. Superman episode of ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'').

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** The "Kaio-what?" gag[[note]]In which Goku uses the Kaio-ken ([[CallingYourAttacks whle while saying its name]]), promting prompting his foe to ask "Kaio-what?" before getting punched in the face[[/note]] ended with Freeza {{No Sell}}ing it (though it did return in the Goku vs. Superman episode of ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'').



* Early on in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks,'' Tom was deathly afraid of [[BlackComedyRape being raped by Bubba,]] [[HypocriticalHumor despite happily sending members of his own race to the exact same fate.]] In ''A Date With The Booty Warrior,'' he faces his greatest fear: [[MemeticRapist The Booty Warrior.]] [[TookALevelInBadass He easily defeats the Booty Warrior,]] and he doesn't get a single rape joke in Season 4.
* From ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the evil monkey living in Chris' closet. In season 8, he finally [[AccidentalInnuendo came out of the closet]], turned out not be that bad of a monkey, helped Peter and Chris amend their relationship, and moves out to live in Jake Tucker's closet. He has been OutOfFocus in Family Guy, but he makes a complete HeelFaceTurn in ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow,'' where he is [[SignificantRename renamed Monkey,]] and he saves Cleveland from the guys from {{Deliverance}}.

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* Early on in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks,'' Tom was deathly afraid of [[BlackComedyRape being raped by Bubba,]] Bubba]], [[HypocriticalHumor despite happily sending members of his own race to the exact same fate.]] fate]]. In ''A Date With The Booty Warrior,'' he faces his greatest fear: [[MemeticRapist The Booty Warrior.]] Warrior]]. [[TookALevelInBadass He easily defeats the Booty Warrior,]] Warrior]], and he doesn't get a single rape joke in Season 4.
* From ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the evil monkey living in Chris' closet. In season 8, he finally [[AccidentalInnuendo came out of the closet]], turned out not be that bad of a monkey, helped Peter and Chris amend their relationship, and moves out to live in Jake Tucker's closet. He has been OutOfFocus in Family Guy, but he makes a complete HeelFaceTurn in ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow,'' ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', where he is [[SignificantRename renamed Monkey,]] Monkey]], and he saves Cleveland from the guys from {{Deliverance}}.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with a combination of AbortedArc. Pre-season 8, Skinner was a NonGivingUpSchoolGuy and Krabappel was a ChristmasCake. In season 8, Skinner and Krabappel hooked up, ending the jokes about the two individually (particularly Krabappel), and became more notable as a couple with ADayInTheLimelight together occasionally. In season 14, the two got engaged, and since this show loves StatusQuoIsGod this would put a stalemate to any future development. Surprisingly, season 15 showed their marriage, where Krabappel left Skinner at the altar. Since then, they reverted back to their original characters, Skinner was received opposite {{Flanderization}} (which is very notable considering TheSimpsons is the TropeNamer), and Krabappel received regular {{Flanderization}}, though Krabappel's case seemed like it might change since in the season 22 finale, she and Flanders hooked up in a {{Cliffhanger}}. However, the death of her voice-actress and with it, apparently, the character, leaves whatever plans for the character there were derailed.
* "Oh, my God! TheyKilledKenny!" In its early seasons, Kenny [=McCormick's=] death OnceAnEpisode was one of the defining traits of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Many a fan eagerly awaited to see how Kenny would bite it this week. Soon, however, the writers felt that it was becoming an OverusedRunningGag, and decided to end it before it got too much. And so, Kenny was KilledOffForReal in the aptly titled episode "Kenny Dies", and stayed dead for the better part of the following season. Eventually, Kenny was brought back from the dead, only now he wasn't killed off... at least not as often. The whole thing got a good {{Deconstruction}} in the "Coon and Friends" arc, where we learn that [[spoiler:Kenny's parents were part of a Lovecraftian cult and his immortality was a curse from the Dark Ones.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with a combination of AbortedArc. Pre-season 8, Skinner was a NonGivingUpSchoolGuy and Krabappel was a ChristmasCake. In season 8, Skinner and Krabappel hooked up, ending the jokes about the two individually (particularly Krabappel), and became more notable as a couple with ADayInTheLimelight together occasionally. In season 14, the two got engaged, and since this show loves StatusQuoIsGod this would put a stalemate to any future development. Surprisingly, season 15 showed their marriage, where Krabappel left Skinner at the altar. Since then, they reverted back to their original characters, Skinner was received opposite {{Flanderization}} (which is very notable considering TheSimpsons The Simpsons is the TropeNamer), {{Trope Namer|s}}), and Krabappel received regular {{Flanderization}}, though Krabappel's case seemed like it might change since in the season 22 finale, she and Flanders hooked up in a {{Cliffhanger}}. However, the death of her voice-actress and with it, apparently, the character, leaves whatever plans for the character there were derailed.
* "Oh, my God! TheyKilledKenny!" {{They Killed Kenny|Again}}!" In its early seasons, Kenny [=McCormick's=] death OnceAnEpisode OncePerEpisode was one of the defining traits of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Many a fan eagerly awaited to see how Kenny would bite it this week. Soon, however, the writers felt that it was becoming an OverusedRunningGag, and decided to end it before it got too much. And so, Kenny was KilledOffForReal in the aptly titled episode "Kenny Dies", and stayed dead for the better part of the following season. Eventually, Kenny was brought back from the dead, only now he wasn't killed off... at least not as often. The whole thing got a good {{Deconstruction}} in the "Coon and Friends" arc, where we learn that [[spoiler:Kenny's parents were part of a Lovecraftian cult and his immortality was a curse from the Dark Ones.]]Ones]].



* For four and a half seasons of ''{{Daria}}'', Quinn refused to admit that Daria was her sister, insisting that she was her "cousin" instead. She was especially nervous that her friends in the [[GirlPosse Fashion Club]] not find out her real relationship with Daria. But thanks to CharacterDevelopment, by the fifth season Quinn's relationship with Daria had improved and she started sticking up for herself more in the Fashion Club. This led to the following exchange in the episode "Lucky Strike":

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* For four and a half seasons of ''{{Daria}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', Quinn refused to admit that Daria was her sister, insisting that she was her "cousin" instead. She was especially nervous that her friends in the [[GirlPosse Fashion Club]] not find out her real relationship with Daria. But thanks to CharacterDevelopment, by the fifth season Quinn's relationship with Daria had improved and she started sticking up for herself more in the Fashion Club. This led to the following exchange in the episode "Lucky Strike":
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*** [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=414 Even the Demonic Duck is back.]]



** Even the Demonic Duck is back: http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=414
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** Even the Demonic Duck is back: http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=414
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