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13th Jul '17 4:56:21 AM colBoh
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* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "The Million Hare". WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck barely beats WesternAnimation/BugsBunny in a race to a radio station, but is told that his prize wasn't a million bucks, but "The Million Box": a crate containing a million little boxes. Daffy "graciously" gives the prize to Bugs, but finds out that each of the little boxes contained a $1 bill.

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* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "The Million Hare". WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck barely beats WesternAnimation/BugsBunny in a race to a radio television station, but is told that his prize wasn't a million bucks, as he hears, but "The Million Box": a crate containing a million little boxes. Daffy "graciously" gives the prize to Bugs, but finds out and is then told that each of the little boxes contained a $1 bill.
6th Jul '17 5:38:18 PM cornycrunch
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* In Bally's ''Pinball/DrDude'', one of the random prizes available from the Bag O' Tricks is a measly 10 points.

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* In Bally's ''Pinball/DrDude'', one of the random prizes available from the Bag O' Tricks is a "a measly 10 points.points".
19th May '17 11:54:27 PM Lirodon
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** Certain international versions, and the U.S. version during theme episodes, sometimes had low money amounts in the main game substituted with Zonk prizes, such as boxing gloves, Thanksgiving turkey, etc.
5th May '17 11:16:31 AM Lirodon
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* Parodied on a ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch: The winner of the [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign apparently]] Dutch game show ''Feelyat!'' happily goes home with a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig.
* ''Series/{{Conan}}'' does it as well - winners on "Basic Cable Name That Tune" are awarded such dubious prizes as a sack of barber hair, a cake that nobody ever picked up from the bakery (with the frosting reading "Hope your operation was a success!"), or a jar full of an unidentified white ooze with a handwritten label reading "NUZZ".
19th Apr '17 9:51:47 AM Lirodon
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** It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and/or ExactWords-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom" and "Velcro Living Room"), "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), and a "Cardboard Boombox", but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "The Big Apple" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).

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** It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and/or ExactWords-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically comical furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom" and "Velcro Living Room"), "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), and a "Cardboard Boombox", but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "The Big Apple" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).
8th Apr '17 10:39:14 PM Lirodon
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** It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and/or ExactWords-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), and a "Cardboard Boombox", but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "The Big Apple" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).

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** It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and/or ExactWords-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), Bedroom" and "Velcro Living Room"), "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), and a "Cardboard Boombox", but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "The Big Apple" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).
14th Mar '17 10:56:47 AM ZombieAladdin
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* The Special is typically the highest standard award in a pinball machine, earned by either advancing really far or getting really lucky. By default, it's a free game, but it can be set by the operator to be other things, and it falls into this trope if the Special has been set to a low points award or to nothing at all. To add insult to injury, on many machines, you get the Special by [[ViolationOfCommonSense draining the ball down an outlane]], and the game won't tell you what the Special will be until you get it, so if the operator has set it to be worthless, you'll have likely drained your ball for no reason (unless [[GuideDangIt you find out from someone else ahead of time]]).
5th Mar '17 7:22:14 PM Lirodon
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* The Brady version has also had food Zonks that fall into the EatThat category (well, for Wayne Brady), such as chocolate-covered bugs and ''mayonnaise mouthwash.''
5th Mar '17 7:19:55 PM Lirodon
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** It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and pun-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).

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** It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and pun-based and/or ExactWords-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), and a "Cardboard Boombox", but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "[[ExactWords The "The Big Apple]]" Apple" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).
2nd Mar '17 7:16:16 AM Lirodon
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** Then you have the Brady version, which averts this altogether as the Zonks are never actually meant to be prizes. Almost anything shown as a Zonk during the first season, even the large amounts of food, was usually spray-painted, smashed, or otherwise defaced to render it worthless. This practice now seems to be abandoned for the most part, to the point where certain Zonks contain things like DJ mixers and tube [=TV=]s that appear to be in perfect condition and often even ''shown to be working''... but they're still not actually prizes. Instead, the contestant gets a small sum between about $100-$300, depending on how much effort it took to put the Zonk together (and, hence, why the Brady-era Zonks have a large "ZONK!" sign). It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and pun-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island and "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).

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** Then you have the Brady version, which averts this altogether as the Zonks are never actually meant to be prizes. Almost anything shown as a Zonk during the first season, even the large amounts of food, was usually spray-painted, smashed, or otherwise defaced to render it worthless. This practice now seems to be abandoned for the most part, to the point where certain Zonks contain things like DJ mixers and tube [=TV=]s that appear to be in perfect condition and often even ''shown to be working''... but they're still not actually prizes. Instead, the contestant gets a small sum between about $100-$300, depending on how much effort it took to put the Zonk together (and, hence, why the Brady-era Zonks have a large "ZONK!" sign).
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It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and pun-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).
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