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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.]]
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* 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":
21st Feb '16 11:47:34 AM nmn3r3
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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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* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
** 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'').
--> '''Freeza:''' No, seriously, Kaio-''what?''
--> '''Goku:''' [[OhCrap Kaio-]]''[[OhCrap crap!]]''
** In an odd way, the running gag of a {{freeze frame|Bonus}} {{Squick}}y FanDisservice picture appearing whenever someone uses [[BlindedByTheLight Solar Flare]] ended[[note]]At least possibly - barring {{filler}}, the move never shows up again in [[Anime/DragonBallZ the original series]][[/note]] by undergoing a mini-CerebusSyndrome, as when Cell shows up they go from being humorously squicky (such as Freeza's head photoshopped onto a guy showering, or Creator/{{Lanipator}} dressed as [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Dr. Frank-N-Furter]]) to two real cicadas mating, until finally a (mercifully cropped) picture of [[spoiler:Semi-Perfect Cell raping Android 18]] appears in the episode where he [[spoiler:absorbs her and becomes perfect]].
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* LetsPlay/{{Raocow}} has done this in a few LP's, such as in ''Mushroom Kingdom Meltdown'', where he would often abruptly cut away to a fast-forwarded clip of him farming infinite lives whenever he ran out, usually while singing badly. After a few occasions, he said "Okay, this has stopped being funny now", and retired the gag (though he did still farm infinite lives offscreen). He's also said he [[OneOfUs reads his own trope page]] and checks under "Catchphrase" and "Running Gag" to see what he's overdoing and making an effort to stop doing that.
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* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' game, numerous references were made to cake, such as Chell's reward being cake, and the famous TheCakeIsALie meme was found here. In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', [[DiscreditedMeme the writers were sick of the memes]] and stripped out all references to cake... except ''one'': an ObviousTrap labeled "[=GLaDOS=] Emergency Shutdown and Cake Dispensary".

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* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' game, numerous references were made to cake, such as Chell's reward being cake, and the famous TheCakeIsALie meme was found here. In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', [[DiscreditedMeme the writers were sick of the memes]] and stripped out all references to cake... except ''one'': an ObviousTrap [[SchmuckBait Obvious Trap]] labeled "[=GLaDOS=] Emergency Shutdown and Cake Dispensary".
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' had the popular gag where {{Sidekick}} Ron would [[ISeeLondon lose his pants]]. Eventually, the gag ended in "Clean Slate" where Kim gave him a titanium belt. However, it got a good sendoff with a montage of Ron's best pants losing moments, which [[AmnesiacLover helped an amnesia-recovering Kim remember that they were dating]].
** A gag that surfaced in the PostScriptSeason was Kim and Ron {{Almost Kiss}}ing, only to be interrupted by various people (usually Wade), which could've been seen as frustrating to K/R fans. Fortunately, the gag ended in the GrandFinale where we see Kim and Ron kiss onscreen twice.
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