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8th Aug '16 2:16:24 PM JMQwilleran
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If the show is a comedy or generally of a comedic bent, then expect the situation to be played for great giggles, generally at the expense of the character who believes that someone is moving away. If the show is generally of a more serious nature, however, then the show may aim to tug at the viewers' heartstrings, even though this plotline is typically a form of DramaticIrony, as the viewers are usually fully aware that the character in question is not, in fact, moving away.

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If the show is a comedy or generally of a comedic bent, then expect the situation to be played for great giggles, generally at the expense of the character who believes that someone is moving away. If the show is generally of a more serious nature, however, then the show may aim to tug at the viewers' heartstrings, even though this plotline is typically a form of DramaticIrony, as the viewers are usually fully aware that the character in question is not, in fact, moving away.
away. Often the result of OutOfContextEavesdropping.


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* In "This is Your Life, Bear" from ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'', the kids believe that Bear is moving away from the Big Blue House when actually he's just won a vacation. They're actually right on a meta-level, though, in that the episode is the show's series finale.
1st Aug '16 8:37:53 PM Monolaf317
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Note: Due to the basic nature of this trope, expect unmarked spoilers in the examples.

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Note: '''Note: Due to the basic nature of this trope, expect unmarked spoilers in the examples.'''
1st Jul '16 9:43:43 AM Monolaf317
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* Was the focus in the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends}}''.

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* Was the focus in the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends}}''. When Mr. Herriman explains that Mac is moving, Bloo decides to give him the best day ever, though things do not go as he plans. Through the entire day, Mac does things with everyone but Bloo, making him angrier and more emotionally hurt after every disappointment. He also gets more pressured every time the clock announces the hour. However, to everyone's surprise and relief (and Mr. Herriman realizes he forgot to mention this), it turns out Mac is moving to an apartment just next door that was held by Louise's family. On a less happy tone for everyone at Foster's, Cheese ends up moving in because Louise's new home does not allow imaginary friends.
15th Jun '16 11:03:00 AM JMQwilleran
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* In "I Don't Want to Leave Home" on ''Literature/LittlePrincess'', Little Princess overhears the King and Queen saying that she needs to "leave home," becomes convinced she's moving away for good. So when they send her on a trip to her great auntie's, she packs a huge suitcase and makes a huge production, and is in tears when Scruff and Puss are discovered in her luggage and kicked out.
-->'''King''': Oh, poppet. Back tomorrow, eh?
-->'''Princess''': What?! Tomorrow!?
3rd Jun '16 1:09:13 PM Blazer
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* In ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', Yayoi decides to play an April Fool's joke by saying that she was moving away. However, the person she told it to, Miyuki, believed it wholesale and went to tell ''everyone''. Yayoi's unable to reveal the truth until Akaoni does it for her and the team is quite upset at this... until they realize that they only believed it because Miyuki believed it.


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** Another episode had Suzie panicking because the creator of the Dummi Bears was going to come to her house for dinner. She tells the babies that everytime he visits, he gets them a new house. Determined to stay put, she tries to drive him off by starting up a food fight, but thankfully, due to other factors (such as the fact that Stu and Drew Pickles crashed the dinner, being big fans of the series), he's convinced that this is the perfect place for him and allows them to stay.
1st Jun '16 4:01:07 PM Monolaf317
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had Angelica's family moving after her mom got a promotion at work. At first [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing the babies are thrilled that Angelica won't be around to bully them anymore]] until Tommy mentions that it was because of Angelica's bullying that they all became friends in the first place. After a {{Whole Episode Flashback}} of their first meeting, the babies becomed saddened by Angelica leaving, including Angelica herself (who overheard the whole thing) and [[JerkWithAHeartofGold wishes she could've been nicer to them.]] The episode ends with Charlotte being passed over for the promotion, and the babies happy that Angelica won't be moving after all...much to Angelica's dismay.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had Angelica's family moving after her mom got a promotion at work. At first [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing the babies are thrilled that Angelica won't be around to bully them anymore]] until Tommy mentions that it was because of Angelica's bullying that they all became friends in the first place. After a {{Whole Episode Flashback}} of their first meeting, the babies becomed become saddened by Angelica leaving, including Angelica herself (who overheard the whole thing) and [[JerkWithAHeartofGold wishes she could've been nicer to them.]] The episode ends with Charlotte being passed over for the promotion, and the babies happy that Angelica won't be moving after all...much to Angelica's dismay.
22nd May '16 6:54:57 PM Monolaf317
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* {{Averted}} in ''Manga/ChisSweetHome'', where [[spoiler: Blackie moves away and is PutOnABus for a while.]] Chi is understandably devastated, to the point where she goes through the FiveStagesOfGrief.
13th May '16 4:10:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* In "Franklin's Party Plans" from ''{{Franklin}}'', Franklin gets the idea that Skunk is moving away to another town, but she's just moving to another street.
* ''TheGetAlongGang'': Bingo believed he was moving to Big City because the moving truck read "Big City Movers". [[spoiler: Because he had previously tricked his friends into buying him ice cream, they thought he was lying. When one of them saw the truck, they started believing. When the truck stopped at its actual destination, Bingo's friends became furious.]]

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* In "Franklin's Party Plans" from ''{{Franklin}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Franklin}}'', Franklin gets the idea that Skunk is moving away to another town, but she's just moving to another street.
* ''TheGetAlongGang'': ''WesternAnimation/TheGetAlongGang'': Bingo believed he was moving to Big City because the moving truck read "Big City Movers". [[spoiler: Because he had previously tricked his friends into buying him ice cream, they thought he was lying. When one of them saw the truck, they started believing. When the truck stopped at its actual destination, Bingo's friends became furious.]]



* Seen in the [=CGI=] ''{{Babar}}'' series, ''Babar and the Adventures of Badou''. When Jake spots his caretaker, Cornelius, with a bunch of suitcases, he comes to believe that they are moving away. He and his friends agree that this must be the case because Cornelius ''never'' goes on vacation. When Cornelius tries to excuse the presence of the suitcases by saying that Lady Rataxes is coming, the kids hatch "Operation Secret Suitcase," a plan to keep everyone running ragged so that Cornelius won't be able to leave, at least until King Babar gets back to the palace and is hopeully able to keep Cornelius from moving. In the end, it turns out that Cornelius actually ''was'' planning a surprise vacation for himself and Jake. Oh, and it also turned out that Lady Rataxes was coming, so all the work they did to welcome Lady Rataxes wasn't wasted after all.
* The animated ''CliffordTheBigRedDog'' show had an episode using this plot. Clifford and Cleo thought T-Bone was leaving the island when in fact he and his owner were just moving to a house more convenient for his owner's job.

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* Seen in the [=CGI=] ''{{Babar}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' series, ''Babar and the Adventures of Badou''. When Jake spots his caretaker, Cornelius, with a bunch of suitcases, he comes to believe that they are moving away. He and his friends agree that this must be the case because Cornelius ''never'' goes on vacation. When Cornelius tries to excuse the presence of the suitcases by saying that Lady Rataxes is coming, the kids hatch "Operation Secret Suitcase," a plan to keep everyone running ragged so that Cornelius won't be able to leave, at least until King Babar gets back to the palace and is hopeully able to keep Cornelius from moving. In the end, it turns out that Cornelius actually ''was'' planning a surprise vacation for himself and Jake. Oh, and it also turned out that Lady Rataxes was coming, so all the work they did to welcome Lady Rataxes wasn't wasted after all.
* The animated ''CliffordTheBigRedDog'' ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' show had an episode using this plot. Clifford and Cleo thought T-Bone was leaving the island when in fact he and his owner were just moving to a house more convenient for his owner's job.
27th Apr '16 2:37:10 PM Monolaf317
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* In ''UruseiYatsura'', young Ten is persecuted by kindergarten {{Yandere}} Mako, who wants him as her boyfriend. In one instance, she tells him about her imminent journey to someplace far away for a long time, which sends Ten into giddy happiness. However, being in kindergarten, Mako simply meant that she would be going to school. A few hours later, she's back and Ten is in shock and despair.

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* In ''UruseiYatsura'', young Ten is persecuted by kindergarten kindergartener {{Yandere}} Mako, who wants him as her boyfriend. In one instance, she tells him about her imminent journey to someplace far away for a long time, [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing which sends Ten into giddy happiness.happiness]]. However, being in kindergarten, Mako simply meant that she would be going to school. A few hours later, she's back and Ten is in shock and despair.
27th Apr '16 12:46:40 PM Monolaf317
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had Angelica's family moving after her mom got a promotion at work. At first the babies are thrilled that Angelica won't be around to bully them anymore until Tommy mentions that it was because of Angelica's bullying that they all became friends in the first place. After a {{Whole Episode Flashback}} of their first meeting, the babies becomed saddened by Angelica leaving, including Angelica herself (who overheard the whole thing) and [[JerkWithAHeartofGold wishes she could've been nicer to them.]] The episode ends with Charlotte being passed over for the promotion, and the babies happy that Angelica won't be moving after all...much to Angelica's dismay.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had Angelica's family moving after her mom got a promotion at work. At first [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing the babies are thrilled that Angelica won't be around to bully them anymore anymore]] until Tommy mentions that it was because of Angelica's bullying that they all became friends in the first place. After a {{Whole Episode Flashback}} of their first meeting, the babies becomed saddened by Angelica leaving, including Angelica herself (who overheard the whole thing) and [[JerkWithAHeartofGold wishes she could've been nicer to them.]] The episode ends with Charlotte being passed over for the promotion, and the babies happy that Angelica won't be moving after all...much to Angelica's dismay.
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