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* When Tory party leadership contender Theresa May declared "Brexit means Brexit", it may have been what would secure her victory. This was just after the British public voted to leave the EU in a referendum, and the leadership election was seen as a vote on the nature of the Brexit that the Government would pursue.
* One of the definitions and goals of Metaphysics--the {{Philosophy|Tropes}} not the [[FunctionalMagic other stuff]]--is this. Namely "how to say something ''and'' have meaning." E.g. a circle is red vs. a circle is a circle. This happens because if you want pure knowledge you strip the things that can vary, namely empirical observation. (It's a bird, no it's a plane.) With those gone the only 100% sure things are tautologies. Getting beyond that is the metaphysicist's job.
* In mathematics, the Identity Postulate is X = X.[[note]]While it sounds like a case of CaptainObvious, the Identity Postulate is necessary to define equality, which is required for most mathematics.[[/note]]
* Some people write the word that a symbol represents afterwards, e.g. "10% percent" or "".
* This can be used in SQL Injection attacks against authentication forms. When the input isn't treated separately from the code you can 'OR' the check with a tautology in an input field, such that the result is always true. In badly designed systems this means you'll automatically get access. For example, enter the username and password: ' OR 'A' = 'A (with exactly those quotes).
* The El Niño current is practically saying "The The Boy Current"; the male and female articles "El" and "La" from Spanish are treated in this way a lot, hey, even Spanish has words (of Arabic origin) through that process, and they got to English... Alchemy (from Alquimia from, according to most sources, "Al Khmi", "the black earth", as opposed to barren sand, made right with the words "Quimica" and "Alquimia"), Alfajor ("Al Fasur"; The Nectar, The Fancy/Great Sweets) and Alligator (El lagarto; The Lizard)
** Many American Beverages read "Naturally flavored with other natural flavors."
** The Alhambra. It was originally al-Qasr al-Hamra ("The Red Fortress") in Arabic, then passed into Spanish as "la Alhambra." So basically its current name is not from ''what'' it is, but what ''color'' it is, and has too many definite articles to boot.
** The Alicorn (the horn of a unicorn or the material of which it is made, now often used as the term for winged unicorns) has it worse. The name began in Latin, passed into Arabic, and then into English. The definite article in Arabic (al) was added to the word when it cam into English, and the definite article in Latin (li) was added when it came into Arabic, so it can be translated as "The The The Horn".
** Similarly, The El Alamein battle, translated from the various languages it's passed through (Arabic->Spanish->English), means "the the the two flags battle."
** That "alligator" originally meant "the lizard" means that [[Music/{{America}} alligator lizards]] have a redundant name; contextually, since they were named ''after'' the crocodilian "alligators", their name means "lizard that looks like an alligator." Literally, however, their name means "the lizard lizard."
* "Ramen noodles", if referring to the whole dish, and not the noodles by themselves. Noodles are a critical ingredient of Ramen, so it's kind of like saying "Marshmallow s'mores". While there is a style of noodles in China called "Lamian" (lit. "Pulled noodles") which it is believed changed in transliteration to become the Japanese "Ramen", Chinese characters are not used to write the name in Japanese (It's written as just the sound, "Raamen"), nor is Ramen considered in China or Taiwan to be a variant or offshoot of any traditional Chinese dish; it's a completely separate, Japanese dish. So while the noodles commonly used to make Ramen are usually called "Chuuka Souba" (lit. "Chinese-style noodles") in Japan, sometimes people do also call them "Raamen souba".
* [[RecursiveAcronym RAS (Redundant Acronym Syndrome) syndrome]], the condition afflicting such common phrases as "PIN (Personal Identification Number) number," "ATM (automatic teller machine) machine," "MLB (major league baseball) baseball," "RAS (redundant acronym syndrome) syndrome," and many others. PIN Number, when spoken (rather than typed), however, is apparently not redundancy but instead serves as clarification. In case someone thought you were asking for the other type of pin, presumably.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAS_syndrome RAS (Redundant Acronym Syndrome) syndrome]] was previously known as PNS Syndrome (PIN Number Syndrome Syndrome, or Personal Identification Number Number Syndrome Syndrome)
** On [[Wiki/TVTropes This Very Wiki]], ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is referred as TOS, and the time it takes place is referred to as the TOS era, or 'the The Original Series era'.
* The English (possibly Welsh) placename 'Torfell Hill' contains three different versions of the English language, each of which says 'hill' in their own way. At some time, of course, the place was 'the tor' (simply the local hill above the village); then, most likely, it became, after the language moved on; 'tor fell' (which means 'hill hill'); and to cap the redundancy level, it later became, after another local language upgrade, 'Torfell Hill!'. Pendle Hill has a similar issue in Lancashire.
** They had some fun on ''Series/{{QI}}'' with that sort of thing. Torpenhow though is a compound word of Tor (meaning hill), Pen (meaning hill), and how (meaning hill), so Torpenhow Hill means Hill Hill Hill Hill. They mentioned [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tautological_place_names more examples]].
** Similarly, Bredon Hill, which is now officially a mountain; making it Hillhill hill mountain.
* Also in the UK, the River Avon (with several towns including Shakespeare's birthplace named after their being built alongside it) is named from the Welsh word for River.
** There are multiple rivers named Avon, and multiple towns named Stratford, though apparently only one is on an Avon (that being Stratford-upon-Avon, Will's aforementioned home town).
** And the same applies to several rivers called Ouse, into one of which Virginia Woolf walked with her pockets full of stones. In fact, many British rivers turn out to have names that were pre-Celtic tribal words for 'river'. In much the same way that Londoners tend to speak of 'The River' meaning the Thames.
** This happens, it seems, because the Romans drew maps giving rivers names to tell them apart, and were slow to catch on that cultures which didn't draw maps didn't- a river to an ancient Celt was just 'river'- or, indeed, 'avon'. It was a real-life version of the'Terry Pratchett Surly Native School of Place Naming' (see 'Discworld' above.)
* Some [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem Republican]] candidates would rather ballots list their party affiliation as "GOP Party". "GOP" stands for "Grand Old Party."
* Very common in the US sports media, particularly when they refer to acronyms of college sports conference names and forget that the C at the end always stands for "Conference": ACC conference, SEC conference, WAC conference, MAC conference, etc.
* Inverted in the case of a [[=NIC Card=]], which is used for networking. Most people think it stands for Network Interface Card, when the C is actually Controller and not redundant at all.
** Similarly "PDF file" is perfectly well-formed, expanding to "portable document format file".
* Plato is fond of philosophizing about how "beauty is a thing that possesses beauty," in his dialogs. He also devotes passages to explain how even numbers can never be odd, which should be apparent by definition.
** In the first case, Plato is discussing an object's essential qualities (that is, attributes that are inherent to the object itself, rather than being a transitory concept applied to the object); beauty makes things more beautiful, but is not an essential quality of an object (otherwise, all objects would, by nature of their existence, be 'beautiful'). In the second case, it's a very common approach in philosophy to arrive at a conclusion by explaining how something can ''not'' possess certain qualities. For example, if someone sees the shadow of a human being on the horizon, he has gained 'essential knowledge' of that shadow by learning what it is ''not'' -- that shadow stands on two legs, so it is ''not'' an animal, or a vegetable, or a mineral.
* People who order "chai tea". Cause chai means... yeah. "Chai" in the "chai tea" sense is properly "masala chai", spiced tea with steamed milk and sugar. A Chai latte is thus spiced (tea/coffee) with steamed milk and sugar with steamed milk and sugar.
* Some restaurants have Soup of the Day. Some restaurants Soupe du Jour. And then some restaurants sell Soupe du Jour of the Day -- Soup of the Day of the Day.
* Many restaurants that sell French dip sandwiches offer them "with au jus sauce". "Au jus" is French for "with juice".
* Another example is the dish lobster scampi. "Scampi" being Italian for "lobster from the Adria," you're eating Mediterranean lobster lobster.
* The Los Angeles Angels baseball team. [[BilingualBonus When translated]], it comes out to "The The Angels Angels." You could be pedantic and translate it as "The Angels of 'The Angels'". Yes, a team called "The Angels" from a place also called "The Angels". Makes more sense. Officially, they're the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Or you could be even more pedantic, and say that it's really "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula" Angels, which translates to "The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Piglet River" Angels, which, while it sounds weird, isn't actually an example of this trope.
* Similarly, "The [=LaBrea=] Tar Pits" are actually "The The Tar Tar Pits".
* Often seen on packets of cigarettes and/or tobacco:
** "WARNING! Smoking may lead to life-threatening cancer." As opposed to the slightly annoying, non-life-threatening variety. It's also known as Basal-cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer which is very rarely life-threatening.
** This was "predicted" by ''Series/YesMinister'', which had Bernard suggesting a warning label along the lines of "Dying of lung cancer can be hazardous to your health."
** Similar to how some side effects of certain drugs can lead to "heart attacks, stroke, sudden loss of consciousness, and ''death''." As if the previous symptoms couldn't lead to death. This is actually an aversion though since side effects of side effects aren't usually listed. Also, while the first three ''can'' (and in many cases often ''do'') lead to death, they are all potentially survivable.
* Averted in the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System). While it seems that them always reminding you that "cheating is strictly forbidden" means "breaking the rules is against the rules", it actually states that breaking the rules is not allowed, turning the rules into laws (in this context).
* The Connecticut River translates into the "Beside The Long Tidal River River".
** The Ohio River translates into the "Large River River".
** The Mississippi River translates as "Great River River".
** Many who insist on using the indigenous name will put it between "the" and "people". Many names for ethnic groups are [[OfThePeople simply ''their word'' for "people"]]. As a result, we have "the people people"
* Many foreign phrases are used wrong, like "the hoi polloi" (the the masses).
* Jeb Bush's first name stands for '''J'''ohn '''E'''llis '''B'''ush.
* Similarly, there is a local thrift store / charity / volunteer organization called "The LISTEN Center". LISTEN stands for "LISTEN In Service To Every Neighbor". So, The L(((isten In Service To Every Neighbor)isten In Service To Every Neighbor )isten In Service To Every Neighbor)... Center.
* Two major users and/or abusers of tautologies in [[TruthInTelevision real life]] are Yogi Berra and David Coleman.
** Some Yogi tautologies (there's so many they have their own name, ''Yogisms'') are:
--->"Ninety percent of putts that fall short don't go in."\\
"It ain't over till it's over."\\
"It's like déjà vu all over again."\\
"Half the lies they tell me aren't true."\\
"If I didn't wake up, I'd still be sleeping."\\
"You can observe a lot by watching."\\
(after watching a Steve [=McQueen=] movie) "He must have made that when he was alive."
*** Of course, Yogi Berra collected all the things he said -- and that other people said that he said -- in the book "I Really Didn't Say Everything I Said". So he may have said everything listed here, except for the ones he didn't say.
** Some Coleman tautologies ("Colemanballs") are:
--->"If that had gone in, it would have been a goal."\\
"The Italians are hoping for an Italian victory."\\
"Forest have now lost six matches without winning."
* A startling number of the coaches' comments on pregame sports programs boil down to, "The key to winning tonight is to score more points than the other guys and stop them from doing the same."
** Football commentator John Madden is either infamous or popular (depending on whether you like his commentary or not) for this kind of commentary. People either love or hate him for it depending on what they think of it.
*** Brazilian commentator Galvão Bueno is a CaptainObvious with a tendency for this as well - "Argentina is Argentina!", "If the ball doesn't enter, it isn't goal!", "The game only finishes when it ends"...
** Bjorn Borg, on ''How to Win in Tennis'': I have to hit the ball over the net one more time than the other guy.
* Also stemming from the world of sports (probably): [Person] being [Person]. "Manny being Manny" may not have actually been the first one, but it was the one that started the craze of referring to everyone who's a little bit quirky in this fashion. Then again, maybe it ''was'' the first: It was shown that this line was first quoted in print way back in 1995, Manny's second, strike-shortened, full year in the big leagues.
** It had existed in some form at least a decade-and-a-half earlier with "Let Reagan be Reagan."
* And let us not forget Brooke Shields' immortal testimony before Congress: "Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life."
* Not to mention the various misstatements made by [[http://www.snopes.com/quotes/candidate.asp Dan Quayle]]. Including the following (probably apocryphal) one:
-->"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."\\
"The future will be better tomorrow."
* "If we played like that every week we wouldn't be so inconsistent" -- Bryan Robson.
* Six words: "Wherever you go, there you are."
** For that matter, "You are here."
*** According to email legend, there is a train station somewhere in Japan which has a large sign stating "YOU ARE HERE" on the wall. [[MathematiciansAnswer And no map.]]
*** Around the student campus of [[http://www.tkk.fi/en/ a Finnish university]], there's a sign with only the words "you are here" (in Finnish) and a large red dot. There is also a corresponding half-a-meter diameter red circle painted on the ground next to the sign.
* In the US military, unclassified computer systems are logged into with a "Common Access Card", which true to its name, is the same basic ID card used for everything else. This is shortened to CAC (pronounced "cack"). Many people insist on the phrase "CAC card". Unfortunately, said individuals tend to be your ''commanding officer''.
** Also, the computers are set to audibly remind you to remove your ID after a few minutes of inactivity. The phrase? "Please remove your CAC from the CAC reader".
** Similarly, Disneyland gives guests with disabilities that aren't necessarily visible a Guest Assistance Card, also known as a GAC, or "GAC card."
* "No Unauthorised Access" is the same as "No Trespassing", only worse. If you think about it, what it says is that if you're not allowed to enter, then you're not allowed to enter.
** Possibly more egregious is "Unauthorized Access is Prohibited"
* This Joke:
-->Q: What's [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar brown and sticky]]?
-->A: [[spoiler:A stick.]]
* UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln said once: "[[TriviallyObvious People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.]]"
* The legal phrase "children under eighteen," although the distinction here is that anyone under eighteen is to be treated as a child.
* John Kerry on hiring illegal immigrants: "[[CaptainObvious It's against the law to hire someone illegally]]."
** Bush gave us the very similar "Those who enter the country illegally violate the law."
* [[http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=1712 The Justice Society of Justice]] -- offering twice the Justice of the leading competitors!
* Creator/AynRand: "Existence exists". Duh.
** Since a lot of modern philosophy claims existence doesn't existence is sadly not as duh as it sounds.
** And "A is A" (which can be found at a Springfield preschool named in her honor in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "A Streetcar Named Marge") is quite literally the statement "shaped like itself".
* [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] can only take so much of this from President Bush. See [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/py5qmk/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-president-bush-in-his-own-words this legendary clip]] for what happens when he cracks.
--> '''Jon:''' Yes, A equals A... it's what's known in math as the retarded-ive property!
** And from ''Series/TheColbertReport'': [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/q08fbb/the-colbert-report-the-word---experience "We are where we are now."]] John [=McCain=] is quite the philosopher.
* Overheard: [[http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/014307.html You know that saying about how if you teach a man to fish, he can fish?]]
* "Drugs and alcohol," even though alcohol is a drug.
** Even worse is "alcohol and substance abuse," since the term "substance abuse" was coined specifically to include both alcohol and illegal drugs.
** Several anti-drug campaigns now feature the term "alcohol and illegal drugs..." However, this is just as bad: these ads are targeted towards minors, to whom alcohol is an illegal drug... Largely this can be said to be a form of StealthCigaretteCommercial: the term "drugs" has been so linked, morally to "illegal drugs" that even anti-drug groups are shy about associating things like Alcohol and Tobacco with the phrase, even though they both meet the technical requirements.
*** Ah, so 'legal' drugs are ok. Pass me that benzadrine.
* In Mathematics, there is the Reflexive Property. It states that any value is equal to itself.
** A lot of theorems in calculus tell you that what you think happens happens. This led to the following joke:
--->Q: What's a small red round thing with a cherry pit inside?\\
A: [[spoiler:A cherry.]]\\
This is sometimes known as [[spoiler:The Cherry Theorem]].
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX6XMIldkRU I don't know. A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof, and when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven]]." Thank you, [[CanadaEh Jean Chretien]].
* "We'll be okay unless something unforeseen happens, but quite frankly, I can't foresee that happening."
* RSVP is an abbreviation for ''Répondez, s'il vous plaît'', which is French for "Respond, please". So any party invitation that requests that you "please RSVP" is being unintentionally needy: ''"please respond, please."''
* A particularly stupid example: in rebranding, the Federal Express corporation named one of their subsidiaries [=FedEx=] ''Express''.
** Not as dumb as it sounds. The name of the company was Federal Express, but it was changed to '[=FedEx=]'. So, the company name is [=FedEx=], and there is now a division of that called [=FedEx=] Express. Much like [=KFC=] is now the business name for the restaurant formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken.
* There is a well-known vendor of graphics processor chips formerly known by the name "ATI Technologies Inc.". "ATI" originally stood for "Array Technologies Incorporated".
* There is a WWI Era song to the tune of auld lang syne where the lyrics are "We're here because we're here because we're here because...". No, really. It's in Horrible Histories and everything.
** This was a bit of gallows humour over the fact that most of the troops had ''no idea'' why they were there due to the incredibly complex arrangement of alliances and pacts that led to WWI.
* From Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy's [[MemeticMutation "I'm a man! I'm forty!" press conference rant]]: "This was brought to me by a mother. Of children."
* The denizens of Website/FourChan et al. in their earlier years had a catchphrase that goes "<Adjective> <Noun> is <Adjective>". Examples include "HUEG XBOX IS HUEG", and the Chanology's opinion on Mark Bunker: "Wise Beard Man is Wise, and his face is full of Beard". The format has been adopted enthusiastically by Creator/CinemaSins.
** The exact phrasing on the latter is closer to: "Wise Beard Man. His words are wise. His face is beard."
** It originated with "Long Cat is LOOOOOOOO­OOOOOOOOOOO­OOOOOOOOOO­OOOOOOOOOOO­OOOOOOOOOONG."
** Obvious troll is obvious.
* So, so much from the legendary F1 commentator Murray Walker, such as "With half the race gone, there is half the race still to go" and "It's raining and the track is wet".
** '-of course, being out in front means you you have the whole track in front of you'; instantly, the car described went off the track and crashed.
** "Jacques Lafitte is as close to Surer as Surer is to Lafitte."
* There is a subdivision named The Shire of Hamlet Village.
* The [=JavaScript=] error "''''null' is null''' or not an object".
** The GCC error "'long long long' is too long". (Though strictly speaking it's really three long.)
** Python's ZeroDivisionError: integer division or modulo by zero.
* Every object in Java has a toString() method, which converts the object to a String.[[note]]A string is a sequence of characters; usually letters, numbers, and symbols.[[/note]] ''Every'' object, including String itself. It's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the Java API.
* The English word "sacrosanct" is itself an subversion of this trope. The root "sacro" comes from the Latin word "sacrum", meaning sacred, and the root "sanctus" (the past participle of the Latin word "sanctire") means holy. Three guesses on what this adjective means in English. [[spoiler: It's usually inviolable, although "highly holy" is the original meaning.]]
* Any street named El Camino Road. Similarly, Table Mesa and Pinnacle Peak.
* East Timor (an island country in Southeast Asia). Timor is a variant of "timur" Malay for "east". Timor is the island's name. The western half of the island belongs to Indonesia. East Timor is located... [[CaptainObvious in the east]].
* The [[http://www.kirtland.af.mil/afrl_de/ YAL-1]], a terrifying aircraft equipped with a terrifying laser of terror, is being developed by Kirkland AFB's [[http://www.kirtland.af.mil/afrl_de/ Directed Energy Directorate]]. Susan J. Thornton is the Director of the Directed Energy Directorate. It's all very [[OverlyLongGag direct]]. Yet this is actually an aversion since the DED is a Directorate, an agency headed by a director, which deals with Directed Energy, such as lasers, particle beams, and occasionally sonic weapons, and Mrs. Thornton is its director.
* People who say things like "4 a.m. in the morning."
* French singer Johnny Halliday during an interview at the Paris-Dakar rally said a very profound thing: "If we hadn't wasted an hour and fifteen minutes, we'd be here an hour and fifteen minutes earlier".
* The phrase "rate of speed", when used to mean simply "speed". "Speed" means "rate of motion", so "rate of speed" means "rate of rate of motion", which is acceleration rather than speed but which is seldom used to mean acceleration. Like "from whence" below, this does not stop people from using such phrases as "The car took off at a high rate of speed" instead of simply "a high speed".
** Well, if it's ''taking off'' and gets fast quickly, clearly it does have a large acceleration.
* The phrase "Whys and wherefores"--"wherefore" means why.
** Similarly: "For all intents and purposes".
** Duplicate words are extremely common in law. One book on legal writing said that the practice originated in the days of Old English, when two words were used -- one Anglo-Saxon, and one Latin.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Annan River Annan]] is named for a word in a now extinct Celtic language meaning "water", and "the River Water" is tautological enough. However, in culture (such as in songs by Kate Rusby and Music/TheDecemberists, and the webcomic ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''), the river is usually named "the Annan Waters", which of course means "the Water Waters".
* Creator/MaeWest: "I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it."
* Similarly, from Creator/OscarWilde's ''Theatre/LadyWindermeresFan'': "I can resist anything except temptation."
* Back on the 8th of May 1945, newspapers were awfully excited about how it was VE Day in Europe. Victory in Europe Day in Europe.
* "Assless chaps." All chaps are assless. Otherwise they'd just be leather pants.
** If anything, the phrase simply refers to when chaps are worn with nothing underneath them, which is kind of like calling a beanie not worn with a visor a "bill-less hat".
* DSW Shoe Warehouse = Designer Shoe Warehouse Shoe Warehouse
* An Australian economic guru once said "The Market was 50% from its high which means it's 50% from its low" although this could go in DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment
* Many Fractals are literally shaped like themselves, infinitely. It's easy to find a fractal zoom video on Website/YouTube.
* The Earth used to be considered a sphere, then an ellipsoid. Now it's called a geoid, "uniquely Earth-shaped"... so the Earth is quite literally shaped like itself.
* Recursive functions are defined in terms of themselves. Computer Science folk love to joke about this.
-->'''recursion''' n.
-->If you don't get it, see '''recursion'''.
** Google jokes about it, too. Search for recursion and see for yourself.
--> Did you mean: recursion
** If you already understand recursion, fine. If you don't, ask someone who's closer to Donald Knuth than you are.
* People often refer to the NATO alliance, or, even worse, the NATO treaty. Yes, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization treaty.
** The first one is acceptable, and could be considered more of a style issue or redundancy. The second one can refer to the actual document that created the Treaty Organization.
*** … which is called the North Atlantic Treaty.
* Common parodies of conspiracy theories call NBC News et al. the "Mainstream MSM Media." Guess what MSM stands for?
* This happens ''way'' too often in the computer world. Programmers are supposed to document their code's behavior, but all too often you see "widget.calculateFrob()" described as "This function calculates the frob value of the widget object."
** Often these are the result of a programmer being told he ''has'' to document everything, despite the fact that he deliberately named it to be self-documenting. I mean, if you need documentation to figure out what [=ConvertToString=]() does, either you really shouldn't be programming, or the original programmer shouldn't.
** It doesn't help that there are comment generators to produce exactly this type of useless comment.
* Sensory Integration Disorder is sometimes called SID disorder to distinguish it from Sudden Infant Death, which is referred to as SID. This could be avoided if people used the more complete SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) - of course, they're rarely likely to be confused in context anyhow.
* Obsessive Compulsive Disorder also gets this treatment quite often, being referred to as OCD Disorder.
* University College Dublin runs afoul of this. Their [[http://www.ucd.ie/images/homepage/1_6_logo.jpg logo]] proclaims them to be University College Dublin Dublin.
** Similarly, University College in Oxford is a constituent college of the University of Oxford.
** And University College London is a university (in London) which is a constituent college of the University of London.
* When translating Finnish lakes and rivers into English, it's usually done by adding the word "lake" or "river" before or after the name. Thus we have "Lake Pyhäjärvi" (Lake Holy Lake) and "Kemijoki River" (Kemi river River) and countless others.
* A [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny People's Democratic Republic]] translates from Greek and Latin as a "People's people's rule of people's affairs."
* This exchange in an interview with the pop duo Tears for Fears:
--> '''Roland Orzobal''': See, if I weren't married...
--> '''Curt Smith''' (interrupting): You'd be single.
--> '''Roland Orzobal''': ....Yeah.
* Tons of food names and culinary terms with foreign origins are like this, due to no one knowing the translation for the word. For example:
** Pizza pie: pizza comes from either piede or pitza, meaning... pie.
** The Head Chef of a restaurant: Chef means Chief. The full title is actually Chef de Cuisine. Head Chief is like saying the Chief Chief. Better still, the word ''chef'' itself meant “head” in Old French. So the Head Chef is the Head that is at the Head of the cuisine.
* In propositional logic, a statement is a tautology if it evaluates to true for all possible Boolean inputs. The simplest form of this is "A or ¬A". In layman's terms, when there are only two options, everything is either one or the other.
* Wittgenstein is a master of this even while he criticizes it. In the ''Investigations'', he comments, "We might also say: 'Every thing fits into itself.' --Or again: 'Every thing fits into its own shape.' While saying this, one looks at a thing and imagines that there was a space left for it and that now it fits into it exactly." He goes so far as to smear a blob of ink on the page, saying, "Does this spot 'fit' into its white surrounding? --''But that is just how it would look'' if there had at first been a hole in its place and it then fitted into the hole."
* Several [[{{Malaproper}} Bushisms]] fall into this, such as "More and more of our imports are coming from overseas", and "Its against the law to hire somebody illegally."
** In the case of "imports" he was actually making a meaningful statement; [[CaptainObvious the US is not, geographically speaking, Britain]] (which if you count Northern Ireland can import things from overseas ''within the domain of Great Britain''). The States receive imports from Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America, none of which are overseas. Compare the growing industrial might of China. That's right. George W. Bush made a statement that was perfectly correct and in fact rather observant...''and people called him dumb for it''. That's practically Zen.
* It is what it is.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OefBfUkPkw But why is it what it is?]]
* In South Africa, a certain football commentator (whose name escapes me) is known for his stupid comments during matches. At the beginning of the final match of the 2008 PSL (a South African Football League) season, for example: "What a great season this has been, 43 goals scored, and would-you-believe-it, 43 conceded", and (in reference to Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Manchester United a few years ago "[Unremembered sum of money]! For that kind of money, I'd play for free!".
* A UsefulNotes/WorldWarII era German map labeled a lake in Finnish Lapland as "Jaurijärviozero-See". The joke here is that "See" means "lake" in German, "ozero" means "lake" in Russian, "järvi" means "lake" in Finnish, and "jauri" means "lake" in Sami, the language of the indigenous peoples of that area. In other words, on the map, it's titled "Lakelakelake-lake".
* Most U.S. coins list their value in cents, but the dime's value is said to be "one dime."
* Pluto is now classified as a "Plutoid" and a "Plutino."
** In the same vein, an Egg's shape is defined as being ovoid - that is, its shape is similar to, but not actually, an oval. Oval literally means egg-shaped. So eggs have shapes similar to, but not exactly like, eggs.
* Oddly, the Darwin-inspired platitude Survival of the Fittest (coined by Herbert Spencer rather than UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin) is an example. "Fittest" simply means "most likely to survive".
** In biology, fitness is more commonly measured not by how long an individual organism lives, but by how many offspring it's able to pass its genes on to.
* The common programming idiom "Trope trope = new Trope();" This roughly translates to "Create an object using the Trope constructor. We will treat it as a Trope and call it 'trope'." (The first instance is not just idiomatic but '''necessary''' in most languages (those without type inference). The second can be avoided through better variable naming, but is often required by simple-minded workplace policies.
* Happens all the time in the Canadian Arctic when terrain features are officially designated by their traditional local Inuit name, but mapmakers sometimes then append the English term for the feature to the Inuktitut. Leading, inevitably, to things that come out as "Big Hill Hill", "Small Island Island", "Big Island in the Lake Island", and "Small River River".
* Ever hear of UMUC? It's the University of Maryland University College, a distance-learning university...college...place.
* The word "almond" is derived from the ancient Greek world ''amygdala'', which means "almond-shaped."
** And then in the brain there are almond-shaped sections involved in processing and memory recall of emotional moments called...the amygdalae (singular amygdala)
* In the United States at least, companies are required to put allergy warnings on products for the most common allergens. This happens even if the allergen is the '''only''' item in the product. For example, on a can of nuts, it's still necessary to put the warning "May Contain Nuts" on it. To doubtless paraphrase many a comedian, ''we sure hope so''.
** Redundant allergy warnings are in place for a reason. They protect the manufacturers from litigation because even though it should be obvious what the main ingredient in, say, peanut butter is, some enterprising smartass who's allergic to peanuts realized they could sue peanut butter companies because the packaging contained no such warnings.
* The Fumble Rule "Eschew obfuscation, espouse elucidation." is redundant (as well as breaking itself). This rule has been around for a long time and is quite old.
* Some place names in Japan when subtitled in English can become this, like for instance, Kandagawa River (-''(k)gawa'' itself meaning river), or Dogen-zaka slope (take a guess what the -''zaka'' means).
* "It tastes like itself" is justified in the cases of some foods that really don't have a flavor that can be compared to anything else. Ask someone what an avocado tastes like, and you'll ''probably'' get "It tastes like an avocado." (The rest will tell you that it's a creamy, buttery taste, since it can be used as a healthier substitute for mayonnaise on sandwiches.) Especially noticeable with bubble gum that comes in "bubble gum flavor".
** Some artificial flavors end up like this, albeit for interesting reasons. When artificial banana flavor was developed, it closely resembled the taste of the Gros Michel banana, the most commonly-eaten variety in the developed world. Then a fungal infection wiped out the Gros Michel and it was replaced by the Cavendish. So now we have bananas that taste starchy and semi-sweet and artificial banana flavor, which tastes like ... artifical banana flavor.
* In a May 2011 Issue of the Newspaper called ''The Metro'', the subtitle of an article reads, ''"Larger earthquake 250km from Madrid preceded by smaller one"''.
* Saying "Hi, it's me" over the phone.
* A literal and graphic example: a flock of flamingos get together and form a [[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/4/8/4/85484_v1.jpg ...guess what.]]
* Some people hear the Japanese refer to Mt. Fuji as "Fujisan", and decide to call it "Mt. Fujisan". "San" is the Sino-Japanese (on'yomi) reading for "Mountain". The main reading is "yama", which gets its own share of this: in the English commentary dub of TV show ''Ninja Warrior'', they refer to "midoriyama" as "Mt. Midoriyama" which would mean "Mount Green Mountain".
* And here's comedian [[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/3/4/106234_v1.jpg Andy Dick]] demonstrating this trope in more ways than one.
* A linguistic example is "the gostak distims the doshes," used to demonstrate how meaning can be arrived at using the syntax of a sentence. The words are nonsense, but logic goes that a gostak must be something that distims the doshes, while distimming is what the gostak does to the doshes and the doshes are what the gostak distims.
* The word "lagomorph" is a classification that includes rabbits, hares and pikas. The Greek root words for this term essentially mean "hare-shaped".
** If we include this then we can include possibly hundreds of scientific/literary words of Greek origin such as anthropology, biology, cardiology, geology, ophthalmology, paleontology, pathology, theology, zoology, and of course homomorph, which could be translated as "shaped like itself"
* In Nevada, there is a big mountain named Big Mountain.
* The U.S. Army has developed the "Army Values": 7 ideals each soldier is supposed to live up to. Each ideal is embodied by a word with a specific definition. For example, Respect: [[TheGoldenRule Treat others as they should be treated]]; Loyalty: Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other Soldiers. For the value of Honor, its definition is... to live up to the Army Values. Typical attempts to explain further tend to devolve into "Honor means to act honorably at all times."
* The URL website ifpapinball.com is a subversion. While the URL expands to "International Flipper Pinball Association Pinball", a quick Google search shows that IFPA is highly ambiguous and many organizations share that acronym so the superfluous "pinball" is necessary for disambiguation.
* The Milky Way Galaxy, since the word Galaxy derives from the Greek ''galaxías kýklos'', meaning "Milky Way".
* A lot of those [[CoolSword fancy swords]] that have lovely, exotic sounding names are often simply the word "sword" in the language from which it originates. For example, the "kilij", a curved Ottoman sword, has a name that literally translates to "a sword". This is lost on people who often call them "a (example) sword". So calling it "a kilij sword" would be literally calling it [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment a a sword sword]].
* People often compare pains to swear words. "My knee hurts like a son-of-a-bitch," "My backache feels like a bastard," "my head hurts like a motherfucker." Can anyone tell me what a son-of-a-bitch, a bastard or a motherfucker hurts like? Probably hurts like itself, wouldn't you think?
* The word "bed" when printed in lowercase letters in English, resembles a bed.
** In a similar vein, the letters of the word "Boob," when capitalized, can be summarized as "top view, front view, side view"
* There's an organization known as "The National Association of Realtors." In case you're wondering what a "Realtor" is, the word's official definition[[note]]It's actually a trademark.[[/note]] is, "A member of the National Association of Realtors."
* Gaskets known as O-Rings.
* [[http://now.msn.com/cookies-n-creme-oreos-sold-as-special-edition-by-nabisco Cookies n' Creme Oreos]].
* Some people state that they toast toast.
--> '''WesternAnimation/{{Ed|EddNEddy}}d:''' [[LampshadeHanging Toast doesn't go in a toaster, Eddy! Bread does.]]
* Black and Ethnic Minority. In almost all countries this phrase is used, black people are an ethnic minority. The phrase only makes any sense if black people aren't an ethnic minority in the area concerned.
* Much like 'PIN number' and 'ATM machine', high-class universities like Oxford have extra tests in their admissions process known as '(Subject e.g. Physics) Aptitude Test', and admissions tutors have been known to refer to the 'PAT test' without realising.
* If you look up Crater Lake (Oregon) in [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]], it will tell you that it is:
-->'''Lake Type:''' Crater lake
* The Australian city of Parramatta comes from the Aboriginal word ''burramatta'', meaning 'river's head'. The city of Parramatta serves as the namesake for the Parramatta River, which the city was settled near. Thus, the Parramatta River means "River's Head River".
* In 2016, Music/TaylorSwift won the first ever [[http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7325271/bmi-pop-awards-taylor-swift-award-barry-mann-cynthia-weil "Taylor Swift Award"]] from BMI.
* The word for the color orange comes from the name of the fruit. So oranges are orange-colored (except when they aren't). The same goes for other colors named after things, like indigo, turquoise, cream or ash grey.
* This line in the Terms & Conditions of the website [[http://www.pottermore.com Pottermore.com]] (it frequently occurs on many other websites as well, this is just an example), [[CaptainObvious that you can only read with a working internet connection and browser]]: ''"3.1 You will need an internet connection and a browser to access the pages on pottermore.com"''. Also counts as SelfDemonstratingArticle, and NarratingTheObvious.
* The word "sahara" means "desert" Arabic. The Desert desert.
* "Femme" is a word sometimes used (in and out of the LGBT+ comunity) to describe the more traditionally feminine party of a same-sex couple (as opposed to "butch"). It literally means "woman" in French. Discourse over that term ensues.
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the primary weapon on any human ship or station is the MAC Cannon. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The C in MAC stands for cannon.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonFable'', [[MadScientist Cysero]] creates a "schnozzberry bush", which seems to grow noses as fruit. When asked about what they are:
--->'''Cysero''': They taste like schnozzberries!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' when Jimmy falls off his bike he remarks that it's "[[CaptainObvious just like ridin' a bike.]]"
* A few from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''--
** "Many became rebels. Plotting rebellion against the royal family."
** Professor Bordam Daravon's wise words in the tutorial: [[GratuitousEnglish "Items being used are items used in battle."]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', [[spoiler:after the mission ''The Cheetahs'']], one of the words that Montblanc says to help Marche is "Marche is Marche and Ritz is Ritz."
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' Cloud: "Who is Nanaki?" Cosmo Canyon settler: "Nanaki is Nanaki."
** Which gets even funnier if you played the game before and [[HelloInsertNameHere had the foresight to name]] [[spoiler: [[HelloInsertNameHere Red XIII]]]] [[HelloInsertNameHere Nanaki to begin with.]]
* Sazh from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' -- "All this dampness is damp."
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** Many characters throughout the series are named after color schemes (Shadow, Silver, [[GratuitousFrench Rouge]]) or some obvious physical trait (Tails and Knuckles).
** In ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'':
--->'''Knuckles:''' I'll punch this thing with my fists!
** Shadow the Hedgehog's theme song: Starts with "I am all I am, all I am." then goes to "I am all, I am all of me." and then on the last verse takes it UpToEleven with "I am, I am everyone, everywhere, any how, any way, any will, any day..."
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', the GoldfishPoopGang member Solt says things are "painfully painful", "obviously obvious", etc.
* The cake recipe in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' involves "sediment-shaped sediment" and a whole series of fish-shaped things shaped like fish.
* ''VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob'': COCONUT = COCONUT. It means that the blob will turn into a coconut (which you can throw) if you feed him coconut jellybeans. Just abbreviated.
* ''VideoGame/DivineDivinity''.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/GuildWars Prophecies'' is referred to in-game as the "Undead Lich."
* The combat system of ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' allows for some... interesting occurrences, such as "The Stone gargoyles have been turned to stone!"
* The item description for a lemon in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is "This is a lemon. It's shaped exactly like a lemon." A lime's description is "This is a lime. Like a lemon, it's shaped like a lemon. Unlike a lemon, it's a lime."
** One of the main locations in the game is the Mysterious Island of Mystery.
** Quoth one adventure, "You should not be here! You should really beat feet! / If those demons find you, you're dead as dead meat!"
** The [[Film/DudeWheresMyCar Continuum Transfunctioner]] is a vital item. Its description is quoted straight from the film.
** The item description for the Staff of the Staff of Life states that while "if you think about it, a loaf of bread is like a staff"... even if you don't think about it, "a staff with a loaf of bread on it is even more like a staff."
** The consumption message on the [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Bottle_of_wine Bottle of Wine]]: "You drink the bottle of wine. It tastes like wine, with subtle overtones of wine, and also a faint aftertaste of wine. "
** If a Pastamancer travels to their Nemesis's secret volcano island lair, they can find someone protesting against the Spaghetti Cult, with such clever slogans as "The Spaghetti Cult is a cult!"
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' includes a Cathedral of the Children of the Cathedral. They're not even sure why they say Cathedral twice.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has a character refer to a Long Dick Johnson, who had a [[PrecisionFStrike f-ing]] long dick, "hence the name."
** [[BrainInAJar Doctor]] [[OnlySaneMan Mobius]] from Old World Blues DLC is introduced transmitting from his [[LargeHam "DOME-SHAPED DOME"]]. It's located in the Forbidden Zone. A zone that is... [[DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment forbidden]] for the Think Tank.
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' has an item called Earthen Bow. Its description is as such: "A bow that looks like it is made in a natural way, making it look like it looks quite natural."
* Unique monsters in ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' have random name generators. Results? ''Bloodcloud the Cloud'', and such...
** ''Stone Skin''. Modifiers: Undead, Stone Skin.
** It can also happen with the stock effect phrases for random loot names, such as a light leather belt that increases your light radius in dark places, or as the game calls it, a "Light Belt of Light." While this is not technically redundant since the item in question is a light(weight) belt that produces light(illumination), it still sounds funny.
** Then there are the skills that let you interact with corpses. While you've got one selected, mousing over a body will display its name as "<monster name> Corpse", which is sensible enough. However, due to the way some monsters are named, it occasionally throws up such gems as "Decayed Corpse Corpse" or "Corpse Axe the Dead Corpse".
* There is a videogame titled ''VideoGame/KilledUntilDead''. (The notion of killing someone to death sure seems to be popular...)
* In the Polish translation of ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', one of the soundsets has a line ''Zabiję cię! Zabiję na śmierć!'', which means exactly ''I'll kill you! I'll kill you to death!!''
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'', one of your lieutenants points out that calling Los Carnales, a rival gang, "The Los Carnales" is redundant, since "Los" means "The." He gets upset later on when ''he'' accidentally calls them "The Los Carnales."
* It's very common to see users on ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' saying something along the lines of "Please PST me", not knowing that PST is an abbreviation for "Please Send Tell".
** Also, Looking For Group or Looking For More/Mate can mean the same thing in real life, but LFG and LFM mean you're alone or you have some other guys respectively.
** Enraged Crusher has become enraged!
* The Western title of the game ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}: Wrath of Heaven'' essentially translates to "Heaven's Wrath: Wrath of Heaven"
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'':
--> '''Dynaheir''': Minsc is, well, [[CloudCuckoolander Minsc]].
* Anyone who has even a passing knowledge of Spanish will get hours of amusement out of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'''s incessant referencing of "The Los Illuminados"--see "The El Niño" down in RealLife.
** Also, "the Las Plagas" though this was [[TranslationCorrection averted in the Spanish translation]].
** Item: [[http://residentevil.wikia.com/Mirror_w/_Pearls_%26_Rubies Mirror w/ Pearls & Rubies]]. Description: A gorgeous mirror lined with many pearls and rubies.
* In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', when the librarian in Onett gives you the map item, she helpfully informs you that "all the info is there, except the info that isn't there".
* Any time John Madden is in a football game, such as ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'', he uses such sounds-like-itself phrases as, "You know, the receiver can't catch the ball if the quarterback doesn't throw it!" or "Usually, the team with the most points wins!"
* VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}'s super-villain Rictus says one line, a slight variation of the main example.
* ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' features the [[BrutalBonusLevel Hell Temple]], which starts off with a tablet describing the place as one that none should enter and only for those with no sense of regret, before concluding, "Hell Temple is hell!"
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Mordin lampshades this while singing his own rendition of the MajorGeneralSong
-->I'm quite good at genetics (as a subset of biology)
-->Because I am an expert (which I know is a tautology)
** Also, this gem from [[EnsembleDarkHorse Niftu Cal]], [[AGodAmI biotic god]]: "I am a great wind that will sweep all before me like a... a great wind!" A great ''biotic'' wind, for [[MemeticBadass he is, after all, a biotic god.]]
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', if your [=FemShep=] is romancing Kaidan he will come to her room for a "quick drink" and upon realizing how depressed she is, tries to comfort her by saying "Look, it's gonna be... it's gonna be what it is."
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' gives the line: "Colette [[CaptainObvious is Colette]]." In context, it's said to reassure Colette that her friends will accept whatever changes that happen to her. [[MindScrew (However, the hot coffee that is actually iced coffee is, hot.)]]
* Actual ''VideoGame/{{Tomba}} 2'' dialogue: "It's a fire hammer. It's a hammer with the power of fire."
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims'', the description for the Oval Glass Sconce reads, "It's Oval!!! It's Glass!!! It's a Sconce!!!"
** In ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval'', a bit of quest dialogue refers to an item your hero is carrying as a "mouse-filled bag of mice."
* In the ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'' Brady Games player's guide, its explanation on the monsters in the game on page 41 has this as its first line, "The strange creatures you see are creatures."
* What about Franziska von Karma's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment foolery]] in the second ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' game? "Foolish fool who foolishly dreams of foolish dreams." Also, "A fool is a fool who will only listen to the foolish opinions of other foolish fools." The list goes on and on…
** And in case 3-5 we also have Gumshoe say this:
-->'''Gumshoe:''' Prosecutor Edgeworth is a prosecutor, and that's why he's Prosecutor Edgeworth!
** And yet again from the same case:
-->'''Edgeworth:''' ...Gumshoe indeed! Like gum on your shoe, he's impossible to get rid of!
* Alistair in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', on Morrigan: "Beautiful just like...like something that's also dangerous. Like a...beautiful dangerous thing."
** Alistair's initial description of Morrigan as "some kind of sneaky... witch thief!".
** In ''Awakening'', the description of Oghren's unique battle-axe;
--> ''Oghren called this axe the "Darkspawn Ravager"... because that's what it does.''
** Continues in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', where the Inquisitor can sentence a dead person to have their skull used in public theatre about the "evils of evil". The Inquisitor, at least, seems to be doing it for a joke.
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'''s Dark Carnival campaign, there's a lot of posters for a FakeBand named the Midnight Riders. Each band member has their own title, like "The Lover", "The Drinker", or "The Brawler". Ox, the drummer, gets a title of "The Drummer".
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', resident CloudCuckooLander Taokaka is Taokaka. Which is her answer to the question of who or what she is when asked "who/what are you?"
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', if you use the hand icon on the tinder box, you are told, "It feels exactly like a tinder box."
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' features a sword named Gram, the description of which reads "The sword named Gram." It also features a sword named Harper. The description for it reads "The sword named Harper."
* ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner'' revolves around the big "Race to the End of the Race". In ''Episode 2: Strong Badia The Free'', all the characters create their own independent countries, including the eponymous Strong Badia, Marzistar/Homezipan, The Homsar Reservation, and Strong Mad's country of... Country.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has these helpful descriptions:
** Shirt: "It's a shirt!"
** Pants: "It's a pair of pants!"
** Work Pants: "Sweaty work pants!"
** Finger Shot: "Fingers shoot bullets"
** ...and so on
* Near the beginning of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', Leon tells Sora, "TheHeartless. Those without hearts." ''Really'', Leon? Because I thought we were calling them the Heartless in a ''metaphorical'' sort of way that had nothing to do with them being creatures of pure darkness! Curiously enough, it's actually an aversion. [[NonIndicativeName The Heartless aren't beings without hearts, but rather hearts consumed by darkness. ]]
* The title of puzzle game series ''VideoGame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath''.
* If you smell the plants in Central Park in ''[[VideoGame/{{Gateway}} Frederik Pohl's Gateway]]'' (the text adventure based on the ''Literature/HeecheeSaga''), you are informed that they smell "very plant-like".
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'':
** In the original ''VideoGame/{{Metroid|1}}'' there's an item called the Maru Mari, which is commonly translated as "round ball."
** In ''MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'', characters will refer to your Phazon Enhancement Device as a "PED Device".
* The InteractiveFiction game ''Detective'' contains this infamous example:
-->''You are now carrying the wooden wood.''
* Averted with the voice command for calling someone a Spy in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': using it with your cursor over any given player will result in saying "that [class] is a Spy", but if you use it on someone who already looks like a friendly Spy but may be an enemy Spy, the lines are along the lines of "that's Spy isn't on our side".
* The Cursed Shield in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' (SNES version) has the item description of "Is cursed".
* In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', one of the Oho Jees of Oho Oasis tells you "I am me".
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'', the Unidade de Forças Especiais are a special forces unit of military police. The name translates from Portuguese as "Special Forces Unit".
* In ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'', weapons and armour can come with random modifiers in their names such as "Balanced", "Rusted", "Bent", "Strong", "Ragged" etc. Two items in the game are the Ragged Outfit and the Strong Bow. It is consequently possible to find a Ragged Ragged Outfit and a Strong Strong Bow.
* Who hasn't said "RPG games" at some point?
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' there is a weapon called "Mythril Dagger". Its description reads "Thief's dagger made of mythril."
* ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Meruru|TheApprenticeOfArland}} '' has this quote:
--> '''Meruru''': But Miss Totori is Miss Totori, Miss Totori!
** And no, that's not a BlindIdiotTranslation.
* One TV show in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' is called ''Jack Howitzer Is Jack Howitzer In Jack Howitzer''.
** This immortal dialogue in the mission "Robbing Uncle Sam" from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', with a whiff of subversion due to the double meaning of "shit":
--> '''Ryder''': That shit was tight, man!
--> '''CJ''': Tight? That shit was shit!
* When Desmond naively says they're the good guys in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', Shaun replies, "We're Assassins. We assassinate people. [[DeadpanSnarker I can look it up for you if you'd like.]]"
* In the end credits of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}: Mister Torgue's Campaign of Carnage'', Mister Torgue exclaims to Moxxi that he didn't know that illegal offworld deathmatches were illegal.
* In ''Videogame/{{Terraria}}'' the Santa Claus NPC could--before a fix--spawn with the text 'Santa Claus the Santa Claus has arrived'.
* ''VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash'' gave us Yoshi Circuit... ''literally'' Yoshi Circuit, since it takes place on an island in the shape of the green dinosaur himself.
* On of the items in ''Leather Goddesses from Mars'' is a T-remover. If you use it on, for example, a raft, you'll get a raf. If you examine it, you will be told that "It looks just like a raf, whatever that is."
* In ''VideoGame/PixelDungeon'', after using a unidentified object for a while, you can get sentences such as "You have identified the sword. It is a sword." It actually means that your sword is just a boring normal sword and is not upgraded, downgraded, cursed, enchanted, or whatever.
* An early line in ''VideoGame/TheLastStory'' crossing over with BuffySpeak:
-->'''[[LadyDrunk Syrenne]]:''' What, you think I'm drunk? Look, I'm as sober as...[[NotHelpingYourCase whatever's normally sober]].
* Most of the 8-bit ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games, the rooms of the dungeons are typically arranged so that when you look at the map, the shape matches the name of the dungeon, such as the Face Shrine having a face-shaped floor layout. The only aversion to this would be the Eagle Tower of Awakening, which only has a series of round floors.
* In certain Creator/{{Jackbox}} games in which players submit decoys, the game can place random decoys to fill in any missing spots formed when one decoy is shared or when a player doesn't submit one in time. One possible random decoy in ''VideoGame/{{Drawful}}'' is "random decoy".
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'', Rose's True Name is Wilkis Wilk, meaning "Rose is Rose." To be fair, Sorey came up with it in a hurry.
* During monster encounters in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', the game will occasionally offer flavor text describing what the monster smells like. This falls flat after Mettaton appears; the best the narration can offer is "Smells like Mettaton." Another monster named Jerry, known for annoying other monsters with his unhygienic habits, "smells like....... Jerry."
* In any of the ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' games that allow you to add adjectives to the objects you summon, you can also add adjectives that these objects already have on their own, like an "undead zombie", a "burning fire" or a "ghostly ghost".

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the primary weapon on any human ship or station is the MAC Cannon. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The C in MAC stands for cannon.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonFable'', [[MadScientist Cysero]] creates a "schnozzberry bush", which seems to grow noses as fruit. When asked about what they are:
--->'''Cysero''': They taste like schnozzberries!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' when Jimmy falls off his bike he remarks that it's "[[CaptainObvious just like ridin' a bike.]]"
* A few from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''--
** "Many became rebels. Plotting rebellion against the royal family."
** Professor Bordam Daravon's wise words in the tutorial: [[GratuitousEnglish "Items being used are items used in battle."]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', [[spoiler:after the mission ''The Cheetahs'']], one of the words that Montblanc says to help Marche is "Marche is Marche and Ritz is Ritz."
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' Cloud: "Who is Nanaki?" Cosmo Canyon settler: "Nanaki is Nanaki."
** Which gets even funnier if you played the game before and [[HelloInsertNameHere had the foresight to name]] [[spoiler: [[HelloInsertNameHere Red XIII]]]] [[HelloInsertNameHere Nanaki to begin with.]]
* Sazh from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' -- "All this dampness is damp."
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** Many characters throughout the series are named after color schemes (Shadow, Silver, [[GratuitousFrench Rouge]]) or some obvious physical trait (Tails and Knuckles).
** In ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'':
--->'''Knuckles:''' I'll punch this thing with my fists!
** Shadow the Hedgehog's theme song: Starts with "I am all I am, all I am." then goes to "I am all, I am all of me." and then on the last verse takes it UpToEleven with "I am, I am everyone, everywhere, any how, any way, any will, any day..."
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', the GoldfishPoopGang member Solt says things are "painfully painful", "obviously obvious", etc.
* The cake recipe in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' involves "sediment-shaped sediment" and a whole series of fish-shaped things shaped like fish.
* ''VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob'': COCONUT = COCONUT. It means that the blob will turn into a coconut (which you can throw) if you feed him coconut jellybeans. Just abbreviated.
* ''VideoGame/DivineDivinity''.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/GuildWars Prophecies'' is referred to in-game as the "Undead Lich."
* The combat system of ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' allows for some... interesting occurrences, such as "The Stone gargoyles have been turned to stone!"
* The item description for a lemon in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is "This is a lemon. It's shaped exactly like a lemon." A lime's description is "This is a lime. Like a lemon, it's shaped like a lemon. Unlike a lemon, it's a lime."
** One of the main locations in the game is the Mysterious Island of Mystery.
** Quoth one adventure, "You should not be here! You should really beat feet! / If those demons find you, you're dead as dead meat!"
** The [[Film/DudeWheresMyCar Continuum Transfunctioner]] is a vital item. Its description is quoted straight from the film.
** The item description for the Staff of the Staff of Life states that while "if you think about it, a loaf of bread is like a staff"... even if you don't think about it, "a staff with a loaf of bread on it is even more like a staff."
** The consumption message on the [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Bottle_of_wine Bottle of Wine]]: "You drink the bottle of wine. It tastes like wine, with subtle overtones of wine, and also a faint aftertaste of wine. "
** If a Pastamancer travels to their Nemesis's secret volcano island lair, they can find someone protesting against the Spaghetti Cult, with such clever slogans as "The Spaghetti Cult is a cult!"
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' includes a Cathedral of the Children of the Cathedral. They're not even sure why they say Cathedral twice.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has a character refer to a Long Dick Johnson, who had a [[PrecisionFStrike f-ing]] long dick, "hence the name."
** [[BrainInAJar Doctor]] [[OnlySaneMan Mobius]] from Old World Blues DLC is introduced transmitting from his [[LargeHam "DOME-SHAPED DOME"]]. It's located in the Forbidden Zone. A zone that is... [[DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment forbidden]] for the Think Tank.
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' has an item called Earthen Bow. Its description is as such: "A bow that looks like it is made in a natural way, making it look like it looks quite natural."
* Unique monsters in ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' have random name generators. Results? ''Bloodcloud the Cloud'', and such...
** ''Stone Skin''. Modifiers: Undead, Stone Skin.
** It can also happen with the stock effect phrases for random loot names, such as a light leather belt that increases your light radius in dark places, or as the game calls it, a "Light Belt of Light." While this is not technically redundant since the item in question is a light(weight) belt that produces light(illumination), it still sounds funny.
** Then there are the skills that let you interact with corpses. While you've got one selected, mousing over a body will display its name as "<monster name> Corpse", which is sensible enough. However, due to the way some monsters are named, it occasionally throws up such gems as "Decayed Corpse Corpse" or "Corpse Axe the Dead Corpse".
* There is a videogame titled ''VideoGame/KilledUntilDead''. (The notion of killing someone to death sure seems to be popular...)
* In the Polish translation of ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', one of the soundsets has a line ''Zabiję cię! Zabiję na śmierć!'', which means exactly ''I'll kill you! I'll kill you to death!!''
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'', one of your lieutenants points out that calling Los Carnales, a rival gang, "The Los Carnales" is redundant, since "Los" means "The." He gets upset later on when ''he'' accidentally calls them "The Los Carnales."
* It's very common to see users on ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' saying something along the lines of "Please PST me", not knowing that PST is an abbreviation for "Please Send Tell".
** Also, Looking For Group or Looking For More/Mate can mean the same thing in real life, but LFG and LFM mean you're alone or you have some other guys respectively.
** Enraged Crusher has become enraged!
* The Western title of the game ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}: Wrath of Heaven'' essentially translates to "Heaven's Wrath: Wrath of Heaven"
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'':
--> '''Dynaheir''': Minsc is, well, [[CloudCuckoolander Minsc]].
* Anyone who has even a passing knowledge of Spanish will get hours of amusement out of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'''s incessant referencing of "The Los Illuminados"--see "The El Niño" down in RealLife.
** Also, "the Las Plagas" though this was [[TranslationCorrection averted in the Spanish translation]].
** Item: [[http://residentevil.wikia.com/Mirror_w/_Pearls_%26_Rubies Mirror w/ Pearls & Rubies]]. Description: A gorgeous mirror lined with many pearls and rubies.
* In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', when the librarian in Onett gives you the map item, she helpfully informs you that "all the info is there, except the info that isn't there".
* Any time John Madden is in a football game, such as ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'', he uses such sounds-like-itself phrases as, "You know, the receiver can't catch the ball if the quarterback doesn't throw it!" or "Usually, the team with the most points wins!"
* VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}'s super-villain Rictus says one line, a slight variation of the main example.
* ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' features the [[BrutalBonusLevel Hell Temple]], which starts off with a tablet describing the place as one that none should enter and only for those with no sense of regret, before concluding, "Hell Temple is hell!"
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Mordin lampshades this while singing his own rendition of the MajorGeneralSong
-->I'm quite good at genetics (as a subset of biology)
-->Because I am an expert (which I know is a tautology)
** Also, this gem from [[EnsembleDarkHorse Niftu Cal]], [[AGodAmI biotic god]]: "I am a great wind that will sweep all before me like a... a great wind!" A great ''biotic'' wind, for [[MemeticBadass he is, after all, a biotic god.]]
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', if your [=FemShep=] is romancing Kaidan he will come to her room for a "quick drink" and upon realizing how depressed she is, tries to comfort her by saying "Look, it's gonna be... it's gonna be what it is."
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' gives the line: "Colette [[CaptainObvious is Colette]]." In context, it's said to reassure Colette that her friends will accept whatever changes that happen to her. [[MindScrew (However, the hot coffee that is actually iced coffee is, hot.)]]
* Actual ''VideoGame/{{Tomba}} 2'' dialogue: "It's a fire hammer. It's a hammer with the power of fire."
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims'', the description for the Oval Glass Sconce reads, "It's Oval!!! It's Glass!!! It's a Sconce!!!"
** In ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval'', a bit of quest dialogue refers to an item your hero is carrying as a "mouse-filled bag of mice."
* In the ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'' Brady Games player's guide, its explanation on the monsters in the game on page 41 has this as its first line, "The strange creatures you see are creatures."
* What about Franziska von Karma's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment foolery]] in the second ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' game? "Foolish fool who foolishly dreams of foolish dreams." Also, "A fool is a fool who will only listen to the foolish opinions of other foolish fools." The list goes on and on…
** And in case 3-5 we also have Gumshoe say this:
-->'''Gumshoe:''' Prosecutor Edgeworth is a prosecutor, and that's why he's Prosecutor Edgeworth!
** And yet again from the same case:
-->'''Edgeworth:''' ...Gumshoe indeed! Like gum on your shoe, he's impossible to get rid of!
* Alistair in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', on Morrigan: "Beautiful just like...like something that's also dangerous. Like a...beautiful dangerous thing."
** Alistair's initial description of Morrigan as "some kind of sneaky... witch thief!".
** In ''Awakening'', the description of Oghren's unique battle-axe;
--> ''Oghren called this axe the "Darkspawn Ravager"... because that's what it does.''
** Continues in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', where the Inquisitor can sentence a dead person to have their skull used in public theatre about the "evils of evil". The Inquisitor, at least, seems to be doing it for a joke.
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'''s Dark Carnival campaign, there's a lot of posters for a FakeBand named the Midnight Riders. Each band member has their own title, like "The Lover", "The Drinker", or "The Brawler". Ox, the drummer, gets a title of "The Drummer".
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', resident CloudCuckooLander Taokaka is Taokaka. Which is her answer to the question of who or what she is when asked "who/what are you?"
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', if you use the hand icon on the tinder box, you are told, "It feels exactly like a tinder box."
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' features a sword named Gram, the description of which reads "The sword named Gram." It also features a sword named Harper. The description for it reads "The sword named Harper."
* ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner'' revolves around the big "Race to the End of the Race". In ''Episode 2: Strong Badia The Free'', all the characters create their own independent countries, including the eponymous Strong Badia, Marzistar/Homezipan, The Homsar Reservation, and Strong Mad's country of... Country.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has these helpful descriptions:
** Shirt: "It's a shirt!"
** Pants: "It's a pair of pants!"
** Work Pants: "Sweaty work pants!"
** Finger Shot: "Fingers shoot bullets"
** ...and so on
* Near the beginning of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', Leon tells Sora, "TheHeartless. Those without hearts." ''Really'', Leon? Because I thought we were calling them the Heartless in a ''metaphorical'' sort of way that had nothing to do with them being creatures of pure darkness! Curiously enough, it's actually an aversion. [[NonIndicativeName The Heartless aren't beings without hearts, but rather hearts consumed by darkness. ]]
* The title of puzzle game series ''VideoGame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath''.
* If you smell the plants in Central Park in ''[[VideoGame/{{Gateway}} Frederik Pohl's Gateway]]'' (the text adventure based on the ''Literature/HeecheeSaga''), you are informed that they smell "very plant-like".
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'':
** In the original ''VideoGame/{{Metroid|1}}'' there's an item called the Maru Mari, which is commonly translated as "round ball."
** In ''MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'', characters will refer to your Phazon Enhancement Device as a "PED Device".
* The InteractiveFiction game ''Detective'' contains this infamous example:
-->''You are now carrying the wooden wood.''
* Averted with the voice command for calling someone a Spy in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': using it with your cursor over any given player will result in saying "that [class] is a Spy", but if you use it on someone who already looks like a friendly Spy but may be an enemy Spy, the lines are along the lines of "that's Spy isn't on our side".
* The Cursed Shield in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' (SNES version) has the item description of "Is cursed".
* In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', one of the Oho Jees of Oho Oasis tells you "I am me".
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'', the Unidade de Forças Especiais are a special forces unit of military police. The name translates from Portuguese as "Special Forces Unit".
* In ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'', weapons and armour can come with random modifiers in their names such as "Balanced", "Rusted", "Bent", "Strong", "Ragged" etc. Two items in the game are the Ragged Outfit and the Strong Bow. It is consequently possible to find a Ragged Ragged Outfit and a Strong Strong Bow.
* Who hasn't said "RPG games" at some point?
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' there is a weapon called "Mythril Dagger". Its description reads "Thief's dagger made of mythril."
* ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Meruru|TheApprenticeOfArland}} '' has this quote:
--> '''Meruru''': But Miss Totori is Miss Totori, Miss Totori!
** And no, that's not a BlindIdiotTranslation.
* One TV show in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' is called ''Jack Howitzer Is Jack Howitzer In Jack Howitzer''.
** This immortal dialogue in the mission "Robbing Uncle Sam" from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', with a whiff of subversion due to the double meaning of "shit":
--> '''Ryder''': That shit was tight, man!
--> '''CJ''': Tight? That shit was shit!
* When Desmond naively says they're the good guys in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', Shaun replies, "We're Assassins. We assassinate people. [[DeadpanSnarker I can look it up for you if you'd like.]]"
* In the end credits of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}: Mister Torgue's Campaign of Carnage'', Mister Torgue exclaims to Moxxi that he didn't know that illegal offworld deathmatches were illegal.
* In ''Videogame/{{Terraria}}'' the Santa Claus NPC could--before a fix--spawn with the text 'Santa Claus the Santa Claus has arrived'.
* ''VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash'' gave us Yoshi Circuit... ''literally'' Yoshi Circuit, since it takes place on an island in the shape of the green dinosaur himself.
* On of the items in ''Leather Goddesses from Mars'' is a T-remover. If you use it on, for example, a raft, you'll get a raf. If you examine it, you will be told that "It looks just like a raf, whatever that is."
* In ''VideoGame/PixelDungeon'', after using a unidentified object for a while, you can get sentences such as "You have identified the sword. It is a sword." It actually means that your sword is just a boring normal sword and is not upgraded, downgraded, cursed, enchanted, or whatever.
* An early line in ''VideoGame/TheLastStory'' crossing over with BuffySpeak:
-->'''[[LadyDrunk Syrenne]]:''' What, you think I'm drunk? Look, I'm as sober as...[[NotHelpingYourCase whatever's normally sober]].
* Most of the 8-bit ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games, the rooms of the dungeons are typically arranged so that when you look at the map, the shape matches the name of the dungeon, such as the Face Shrine having a face-shaped floor layout. The only aversion to this would be the Eagle Tower of Awakening, which only has a series of round floors.
* In certain Creator/{{Jackbox}} games in which players submit decoys, the game can place random decoys to fill in any missing spots formed when one decoy is shared or when a player doesn't submit one in time. One possible random decoy in ''VideoGame/{{Drawful}}'' is "random decoy".
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'', Rose's True Name is Wilkis Wilk, meaning "Rose is Rose." To be fair, Sorey came up with it in a hurry.
* During monster encounters in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', the game will occasionally offer flavor text describing what the monster smells like. This falls flat after Mettaton appears; the best the narration can offer is "Smells like Mettaton." Another monster named Jerry, known for annoying other monsters with his unhygienic habits, "smells like....... Jerry."
* In any of the ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' games that allow you to add adjectives to the objects you summon, you can also add adjectives that these objects already have on their own, like an "undead zombie", a "burning fire" or a "ghostly ghost".
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** In a similar vein, the letters of the word "Boob," when capitalized, can be summarized as "top view, front view, side view"
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* Creator/LewisCarroll: "Begin at the beginning, the King said, very gravely, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." Since Lewis Carroll is Lewis Carroll, you can also find inversions in his work. Remember "The Aged Aged Man"?
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* Another inversion is the urban legend of celebrity X (insert adlib) appearing incognito on a celebrity X similarity contest. And getting the Y-th prize, where Y>1.
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