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12th Aug '17 4:52:09 AM Arivne
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* 1973/74 ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' episode "The Balloon People". After Noah Tall is captured by Superman he says "I could have gotten away with it if it weren't for you, Superman."

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* 1973/74 1973-74 ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' episode "The Balloon People". After Noah Tall is captured by Superman he says "I could have gotten away with it if it weren't for you, Superman."
9th Jul '17 9:49:09 PM JMQwilleran
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* Used by the Prophet in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' if he is fingered as the culprit in the Mi'ihen Highroad mystery sequence.

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* Used by the Prophet in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' if he is fingered as the culprit in the Mi'ihen Highroad mystery sequence. Complete with him speaking in his only voiced appearance in the game in voice that sounds just like Shaggy from ''Scooby Doo''.
25th Jun '17 5:53:49 AM tyrekecorrea
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** Scooby Doo is even referred to as "those meddling kids" on Creator/{{Boomerang}}.
13th Jun '17 5:00:12 PM merotoker
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-->-- '''The Chief''', ''TeamoSupremo''

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-->-- '''The Chief''', ''TeamoSupremo''
''WesternAnimation/TeamoSupremo''



* Ken borrows this line at the end of an episode of Anime/DigimonAdventure02, despite being a hypocrite.

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* Ken borrows this line at the end of an episode of Anime/DigimonAdventure02, ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', despite being a hypocrite.



* A ComicBook/TheSimpsons comic book once parodied this trope when Lisa, Bart and Milhouse exposed one of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Burns]]' plans:
--->'''Burns''': Without you and your dog, I might have succeeded!
--->'''Lisa''': But we don't have any dog!
--->'''Burns''': O, it must be one of mine then (cut to one of his guard hounds growling behind the kids). I would advise you to run...

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* A ComicBook/TheSimpsons comic book once parodied this trope when Lisa, Bart and Milhouse exposed one of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Burns]]' plans:
--->'''Burns''': -->'''Burns''': Without you and your dog, I might have succeeded!
--->'''Lisa''':
succeeded!\\
'''Lisa''':
But we don't have any dog!
--->'''Burns''':
dog!\\
'''Burns''':
O, it must be one of mine then (cut to one of his guard hounds growling behind the kids). I would advise you to run...



* One of the {{Troperrific}} chapter headings in ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'' is "And Now For Those Meddling Children".

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* One of the {{Troperrific}} {{Troperiffic}} chapter headings in ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'' is "And Now For Those Meddling Children".



* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', Daniel says "And you would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for us meddling kids" after a bounty hunter fails to capture SG-1.
** That line is made even funnier when you realize that Michael Shanks [[http://www.tvguide.com/celebrity-blogs/Paris-Hilton-Shameless-19811.aspx ad libbed it because he hates when the characters explain to the villain what the audience already knows]].

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* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', Daniel says "And you would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for us meddling kids" after a bounty hunter fails to capture SG-1.
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SG-1. That line is made even funnier when you realize that Michael Shanks [[http://www.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20140927124006/http://www.tvguide.com/celebrity-blogs/Paris-Hilton-Shameless-19811.com:80/celebrity-blogs/Paris-Hilton-Shameless-19811.aspx ad libbed it because he hates when the characters explain to the villain what the audience already knows]].



* Seen at the end of an episode of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' in which Don, his team and his brother Charlie investigate spooky activity at a supposedly abandoned airbase. That was more of an inversion, though, as it was very ambiguous whether the person that said it was a villain at all, and he had helped them solve the case. He was also [[CuckooCloudLander very wacky]], talked in an invisible cell phone and [[StealthHiBye appeared out of thin air]]. He also called three professors and an FBI agent meddling kids.

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* Seen at the end of an episode of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' in which Don, his team and his brother Charlie investigate spooky activity at a supposedly abandoned airbase. That was more of an inversion, though, as it was very ambiguous whether the person that said it was a villain at all, and he had helped them solve the case. He was also [[CuckooCloudLander [[CloudCuckoolander very wacky]], talked in an invisible cell phone and [[StealthHiBye appeared out of thin air]]. He also called three professors and an FBI agent meddling kids.



* Happened on the ''Series/ShakeItUp'' episode entitled "Whodunit Up" [[spoiler: when they catch the custodian who kinda gives himself away]], but the kids are from the show are the first ones who realize who is the culprit.

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* Happened on the ''Series/ShakeItUp'' episode entitled "Whodunit Up" [[spoiler: when they catch the custodian who kinda gives himself away]], but the kids are from the show are the first ones who realize who is the culprit.



* MeddlingKids is the title of a RPG loosely based on Franchise/ScoobyDoo and its kin.

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* MeddlingKids ''TabletopGame/MeddlingKids'' is the title of a RPG loosely based on Franchise/ScoobyDoo and its kin.



* OlderThanSteam: In Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'', after the inept police manage to catch Borachio, the henchman who framed Hero, the heroine, he says (to the noblemen he completely fooled): "What your wisdoms could not discover, these shallow fools have brought to light."

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* OlderThanSteam: In Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'', ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', after the inept police manage to catch Borachio, the henchman who framed Hero, the heroine, he says (to the noblemen he completely fooled): "What your wisdoms could not discover, these shallow fools have brought to light."



* Naturally, this is quoted at the end of the Franchise/ScoobyDoo level in ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'', although with [[spoiler: Lord Vortech]] addressing Franchise/{{Batman}}, [[Film/LordOfTheRings Gandalf]], and [[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie Wyldstyle]] instead of the members of Mystery Incorporated.

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* Naturally, this is quoted at the end of the Franchise/ScoobyDoo level in ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'', although with [[spoiler: Lord Vortech]] addressing Franchise/{{Batman}}, [[Film/LordOfTheRings [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]], and [[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie Wyldstyle]] instead of the members of Mystery Incorporated.



* Used word for word in [[http://eecomics.net/?strip_id=1061 this]] strip of Webcomic/EmergencyExit by the villain's second in command

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* Used word for word in [[http://eecomics.net/?strip_id=1061 this]] strip of Webcomic/EmergencyExit ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'' by the villain's second in commandcommand.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'', [[spoiler: Doug would have gotten away with using a projector to scare people if it [[http://www.weregeek.com/2011/11/02/ weren't for those meddling NPCs]]]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'', [[spoiler: Doug would have gotten away with using a projector to scare people if it [[http://www.weregeek.com/2011/11/02/ weren't for those meddling NPCs]]]]NPCs]]]].



* The TropeNamer: While the exact wording sometimes varied, every episode of ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' ended in this vein, making you wonder what the local police were doing all that time.

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* The TropeNamer: {{Trope Namer|s}}: While the exact wording sometimes varied, every episode of ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' ended in this vein, making you wonder what the local police were doing all that time.



** Scooby Doo is even referred to as "those meddling kids" on Boomerang.

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** Scooby Doo is even referred to as "those meddling kids" on Boomerang.Creator/{{Boomerang}}.



*** ''[[Creator/CartoonNetwork Boomerang]]'' has a block devoted to such shows. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPDwQwM1cLU Guess the name...]]

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*** ''[[Creator/CartoonNetwork Boomerang]]'' Boomerang has a block devoted to such shows. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPDwQwM1cLU Guess the name...]]



** In ''Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire'', the group investigates the bizarre circumstances surrounding a music festival by posing as a band. Naturally, they're known as "Those Meddling Kids". Similarly, it's the name of one of the songs by recurring characters the Hex Girls.

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** In ''Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire'', ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheLegendOfTheVampire'', the group investigates the bizarre circumstances surrounding a music festival by posing as a band. Naturally, they're known as "Those Meddling Kids". Similarly, it's the name of one of the songs by recurring characters the Hex Girls.



* In the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the Pines twins find out that a giant lake monster was actually a robot controlled by [[spoiler: resident crazy person McGucket.]] The unmasking scene plays out in classic Scooby-Doo fashion, until they ask him ''why'' he did it, and he very flatly tells them it was for attention, which is no doubt the real motive of 90-100% of the villains on Scooby-Doo.
* When DonaldDuck foils one of his plans to shut down the WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse, Pete remarks that he "would've gotten away with it if it weren't that meddling duck!"

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* In the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the Pines twins find out that a giant lake monster was actually a robot controlled by [[spoiler: resident crazy person McGucket.[=McGucket=].]] The unmasking scene plays out in classic Scooby-Doo fashion, until they ask him ''why'' he did it, and he very flatly tells them it was for attention, which is no doubt the real motive of 90-100% of the villains on Scooby-Doo.
* When DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck foils one of his plans to shut down the WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse, Pete remarks that he "would've gotten away with it if it weren't that meddling duck!"



* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker does a ShoutOut to this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Referring to some superpowered children the government was trying to mold into {{tyke bomb}}s, which he turns to his side, he states:
-->'''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker:''' "And they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for me meddling with the kids!"
* Subverted in the relatively new (as of 2009) PBS Kids series "Martha Speaks," in which the villain, being taken to jail, says "[The plan] would have worked, too, if it wasn't for... [[BuffySpeak it not working]]."

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker does a ShoutOut to this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Referring to some superpowered children the government was trying to mold into {{tyke bomb}}s, which he turns to his side, he states:
-->'''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker:''' -->'''ComicBook/TheJoker:''' "And they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for me meddling with the kids!"
* Subverted in the relatively new (as of 2009) PBS Kids Creator/PBSKids series "Martha Speaks," ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks,'' in which the villain, being taken to jail, says "[The plan] would have worked, too, if it wasn't for... [[BuffySpeak it not working]]."



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' uses this trope in the episode ''Child Abduction Is Not Funny'': "I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling policemen."
** In an earlier episode, Stan and Wendy (somehow) foil Mr. Garrison (really Mr. Hat's) plan to kill Kathie Lee Gifford, to which Mr. Hat replies "Yeah, and I would've gotten away with it too if it weren't for those meddling kids."

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' uses this trope in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
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the episode ''Child "Child Abduction Is Not Funny'': Funny": "I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling policemen."
** In an earlier episode, "Weight Gain 4000", Stan and Wendy (somehow) foil Mr. Garrison (really Mr. Hat's) plan to kill Kathie Lee Gifford, to which Mr. Hat replies "Yeah, and I would've gotten away with it too if it weren't for those meddling kids."



* Parodied (amongst other villain Stock Catchphrases) with [[MadScientist Dr Animo]] in WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse:

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* Parodied (amongst other villain Stock Catchphrases) with [[MadScientist Dr Animo]] in WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse:''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'':



* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' did it twice.
** In the segment ''Nigel Planter And The Chamber Pot of Secrets'', Dean Toadblatt says, "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids and your stupid dog!"

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' did it twice.
''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''
** In the segment ''Nigel Planter And and The Chamber Pot of Secrets'', Dean Toadblatt says, "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids and your stupid dog!"
3rd May '17 9:51:34 AM infernape612
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&& * Occasionally happens in ''Series/{{Monk}}''.

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&& * %%* Occasionally happens in ''Series/{{Monk}}''.
3rd May '17 9:48:23 AM infernape612
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&&* Occasionally happens in ''Series/{{Monk}}''.

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&&* && * Occasionally happens in ''Series/{{Monk}}''.



* When nearing the end of "Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth", [[spoiler: Quercus Alba]] exclaims a variation of this after realizing he is defeated: "And I would've gotten away with it too if it wasn't for you meddling prosecutors!"
22nd Jan '17 2:22:57 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[http://jeconais.fanficauthors.net/This_Means_War/10c__Werewolves_Goblins_and_Dragons_Oh_My_Part_3_of_3/ This Means War]]'' the warden of Azkaban is accused of taking bribes in exchange for releasing certain Death Eaters.
-->'''Claudia Striven:''' I followed all the ridiculous rules and no one suspected a thing, until your last inspection. I would have gotten away with it too, if it hadnít been for you pesky kids.
6th Dec '16 3:46:34 PM ultimomant
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* In the 2004 sequel ''Film/ScoobyDoo2MonstersUnleashed'', the real identity of the Evil Masked Figure [[spoiler:Dr. Jonathan Jacobo]] says it.

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* In the 2004 sequel ''Film/ScoobyDoo2MonstersUnleashed'', ''Film/ScoobyDooMonstersUnleashed'', the real identity of the Evil Masked Figure [[spoiler:Dr. Jonathan Jacobo]] says it.



* Parodied in the DarkwingDuck episode, "Clash Reunion":
-->'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Megavolt]]''': At last! I'll be rid of those meddling kids and thier nosey dog! [[BreakingTheFourthWall Whoa! Wrong cartoon.]]

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* Parodied in the DarkwingDuck ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode, "Clash Reunion":
-->'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Megavolt]]''': At last! I'll be rid of those meddling kids and thier their nosey dog! [[BreakingTheFourthWall Whoa! Wrong cartoon.]]]]
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', when the Cadmus board of directors dismiss Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash as threats, Dr. Desmond warns that they are more than the typical meddling kids.
4th Dec '16 7:25:31 PM livestockgeorge
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* In the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the Pines twins find out that a giant lake monster was actually a robot controlled by [[spoiler: resident crazy person McGucket.]] The unmasking scene plays out in classic Scooby-Doo fashion, until they ask him ''why'' he did it, and he very flatly tells them it was for attention, which is no doubt the real motive of 90-100% of the villains on Scooby-Doo.
7th Aug '16 6:16:44 PM nombretomado
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* In TheDCU, Dick Grayson and Tim Drake investigate the sabotage of Grayson's circus. Eventually, they crack the case and catch the crooks. When one of the crooks says this quote, Grayson dismisses it saying that they were sloppy and the police would have figured it out on their own. However, since that would have created some really embarrassing press for the circus, it was better that the once and future Robins took care of this.

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* In TheDCU, Franchise/TheDCU, Dick Grayson and Tim Drake investigate the sabotage of Grayson's circus. Eventually, they crack the case and catch the crooks. When one of the crooks says this quote, Grayson dismisses it saying that they were sloppy and the police would have figured it out on their own. However, since that would have created some really embarrassing press for the circus, it was better that the once and future Robins took care of this.
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