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16th Sep '16 8:31:12 PM BobSaget9
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' had a RunningGag going since the beginning involving "[[NakedPeopleAreFunny Ugly Naked Guy]]", a [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen never-seen]], um, ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin character who lived in the next apartment building over, who would occasionally get mentioned with lines such as "Oooh, Ugly Naked Guy's doing X!" By Season 6, the writers decided it was time to retire the gag, and at that point Ross was also in need of a new place to live. So they killed two birds with one stone by having him move out, and Ross get his apartment.

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' had a RunningGag going since the beginning involving "[[NakedPeopleAreFunny Ugly Naked Guy]]", a [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen never-seen]], um, ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin character who lived in the next apartment building over, who would occasionally get mentioned with lines such as "Oooh, Ugly Naked Guy's doing X!" By Season 6, 5, the writers decided it was time to retire the gag, and at that point Ross was also in need of a new place to live. So they killed two birds with one stone by having him move out, and Ross get his apartment.
31st Aug '16 9:09:55 AM MattP5557
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** "{{Film/Bat|manAndRobin}} [[BerserkButton credit card]]" was killed by [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] when the critic made a cameo in his review of a tie-in comic. Linkara {{reconstructed}} the meme by explaining Batman is filthy rich, uses secret methods to spend that money on crimefighting in ways that cannot be traced back to Bruce Wayne, is known to purchase items while fighting crime if he needs them, and is obsessed with putting his bat brand on everything he uses. With all those traits to him, a Bat credit card is actually rather logical and practical for him to have, so what's so anger-inducing about it? The Critic is speechless.
28th Aug '16 11:43:41 PM marcoasalazarm
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** On that point, one of his reviews ''did'' 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.

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** On that point, one of his reviews ''did'' 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), dinosaur. It do, however, gets a glorious resurrection as a CrowningMusicOfAwesome for the Rexy-vs.-Indominus fight on the ''Film/JurassicWorld'' review), 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.
22nd Aug '16 9:41:30 PM ironballs16
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* ''VideoGame/ToTheMoon'' has the [[MementoMacguffin stuffed platypus]], whose appearance (and long life) is constantly joked about in-game until [[spoiler: TheReveal of its origin at the end.]]
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.
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