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25th Jan '18 6:41:08 PM BattleMaster
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' had a US Acres sketch where Roy found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, which turned out to be a game show run by a {{Leprechaun}}. Roy is given the choice between an old sock or Door Number 2. Obviously, he takes the second option, which is revealed to be a new car. He's the given the option to keep the car or take the prize behind Door Number 3. After taking Door Number 3, he finds out that it's fame and fortune, which he can keep or take the prize behind Door Number 4. Even though he realizes that he's won everything he ever could have wanted, he can't resist seeing what's behind the fourth door. It's an old sock.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' had a US Acres sketch where Roy found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, which turned out to be a game show run by a {{Leprechaun}}. Roy is given the choice between an old sock or Door Number 2. Obviously, he takes the second option, which is revealed to be a new car. He's the given the option to keep the car or take the prize behind Door Number 3. After taking Door Number 3, he finds out that it's fame and fortune, which he can keep or take the prize behind Door Number 4. Even though he realizes that he's won everything he ever could have wanted, he can't resist seeing what's behind the fourth door. [[StatusQuoGameShow It's an old sock.sock]].
25th Jan '18 6:35:08 PM BattleMaster
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' had a US Acres sketch where Roy found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, which turned out to be a game show run by a {{Lerechaun}}. Roy is given the choice between an old sock or Door Number 2. Obviously, he takes the second option, which is revealed to be a new car. He's the given the option to keep the car or take the prize behind Door Number 3. After taking Door Number 3, he finds out that it's fame and fortune, which he can keep or take the prize behind Door Number 4. Even though he realizes that he's won everything he ever could have wanted, he can't resist seeing what's behind the fourth door. It's an old sock.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' had a US Acres sketch where Roy found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, which turned out to be a game show run by a {{Lerechaun}}.{{Leprechaun}}. Roy is given the choice between an old sock or Door Number 2. Obviously, he takes the second option, which is revealed to be a new car. He's the given the option to keep the car or take the prize behind Door Number 3. After taking Door Number 3, he finds out that it's fame and fortune, which he can keep or take the prize behind Door Number 4. Even though he realizes that he's won everything he ever could have wanted, he can't resist seeing what's behind the fourth door. It's an old sock.
25th Jan '18 6:34:32 PM BattleMaster
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' had a US Acres sketch where Roy found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, which turned out to be a game show run by a {{Lerechaun}}. Roy is given the choice between an old sock or Door Number 2. Obviously, he takes the second option, which is revealed to be a new car. He's the given the option to keep the car or take the prize behind Door Number 3. After taking Door Number 3, he finds out that it's fame and fortune, which he can keep or take the prize behind Door Number 4. Even though he realizes that he's won everything he ever could have wanted, he can't resist seeing what's behind the fourth door. It's an old sock.
22nd Nov '17 12:22:56 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'': The book series had Mr. Boddy arrange various contests for his guests. Sometimes the prizes were genuinely valuable (usually cash or a valuable treasure); other times, they were gag prizes (and at least once the "prize" was a punishment). Examples included a tug-of-war competition in which each member of the team would receive a rare Boddy treasure ([[spoiler:a big kiss on the nose from Mr. Boddy]]), a game of bobbing for apples in which one of the apples contains a golden nugget ([[spoiler:actually a nugget of caramel candy]]), a snowball fight ([[spoiler:in which the winning team got ice cream cones]]), a competition to paint the most doors in the mansion's downstairs ([[spoiler:everyone got a prize - bars of soap to clean the paint off their hands]]) and a horse race ([[spoiler:everyone's "prize" was being forced to muck out the stalls, since Boddy had gotten angry with them for fighting over who was the best rider and demanding a race to prove who ''was'' best]]). There was also one contest (a lottery drawing) with a half real, half zonk prize; while the guests weren't too happy about playing for the zonk (a chance to see Mr. Boddy compete in a tennis tournament being held at some point later on), they ''did'' want to win the money he was also putting up. [[spoiler:After Boddy lost badly in the tournament, the winning guest graciously gave him some of the prize money to spend on private lessons.]]

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'': The book series had Mr. Boddy arrange various contests for his guests. Sometimes the prizes were genuinely valuable (usually cash or a valuable treasure); other times, they were gag prizes (and at least once the "prize" was a punishment). Examples included a tug-of-war competition in which each member of the winning team would receive a rare Boddy treasure ([[spoiler:a big kiss on the nose from Mr. Boddy]]), a game of bobbing for apples in which one of the apples contains a golden nugget ([[spoiler:actually a nugget of caramel candy]]), a snowball fight ([[spoiler:in which the winning team got ice cream cones]]), a competition to paint the most doors in the mansion's downstairs ([[spoiler:everyone got a prize - bars of soap to clean the paint off their hands]]) and a horse race ([[spoiler:everyone's "prize" was being forced to muck out the stalls, since Boddy had gotten angry with them for fighting over who was the best rider and demanding a race to prove who ''was'' best]]). There was also one contest (a lottery drawing) with a half real, half zonk prize; while the guests weren't too happy about playing for the zonk (a chance to see Mr. Boddy compete in a tennis tournament being held at some point later on), they ''did'' want to win the money he was also putting up. [[spoiler:After Boddy lost badly in the tournament, the winning guest graciously gave him some of the prize money to spend on private lessons.]]
22nd Nov '17 12:16:50 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'': The book series had Mr. Boddy arrange various contests for his guests. Sometimes the prizes were genuinely valuable (usually cash or a valuable treasure); other times, they were gag prizes (and at least once the "prize" was a punishment). Examples included a tug-of-war competition in which each member of the team would receive a rare Boddy treasure ([[spoiler:a big kiss on the nose from Mr. Boddy]]), a game of bobbing for apples in which one of the apples contains a golden nugget ([[spoiler:actually a nugget of caramel candy]]), a snowball fight ([[spoiler:in which the winning team got ice cream cones]]), a competition to paint the most doors in the mansion's downstairs ([[spoiler:everyone got a prize - bars of soap to clean the paint off their hands]]) and a horse race ([[spoiler:everyone's "prize" was being forced to muck out the stalls, since Boddy had gotten angry with them for fighting over who was the best rider and demanding a race to prove who ''was'' best]]). There was also one contest (a lottery drawing) with a half real, half zonk prize; while the guests weren't too happy about playing for the zonk (a chance to see Mr. Boddy compete in a tennis tournament being held at some point later on), they ''did'' want to win the money he was also putting up. [[spoiler:After Boddy lost badly in the tournament, the winning guest graciously gave him some of the prize money to spend on private lessons.]]

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6th Nov '17 7:28:27 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), 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).

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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), comical furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom" and "Velcro Living Room"), "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), "'Apple' Watches" (made of apple peels), 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).
18th Oct '17 9:30:37 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''FanFic/TheMLPLoops'': During the Great Elevator Saga (in which the Mane Six are stuck in an elevator for several hundred floors and can't get off until the top floor... and the door opens on ''every single floor'', taking them all over the multiverse in the process), one floor opens on a game show; the host promptly announces the protagonists as a zonk prize.
-->'''Host''': "... six technicolor ponies! Yes, these ponies will clash with every single item in your home! Useful for carrying very small parcels, testing for color blindness, and inducing diabetic shock. This ZONK prize is worth: absolutely nothing!"
-->'''Rarity''' (to her friends): "I don't know which is more mortifying, darlings," ... "being given away as a prize on a game show... or being a BOOBY PRIZE on a game show."
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4th Oct '17 5:43:56 AM v-n-n-n-n
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* The "Win the Ads" game of ''[[Creator/AntAndDec Ant & Dec]]'s Saturday Night Takeaway'' has prizes ranging from holidays and a new car to toilet roll and a tin of baked beans.

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* The "Win the Ads" game of ''[[Creator/AntAndDec Ant & Dec]]'s Saturday Night Takeaway'' has prizes of varying value, ranging from holidays and a new car to toilet roll and a tin of baked beans.
4th Oct '17 5:31:47 AM v-n-n-n-n
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* The "Win the Ads" game of ''[[Creator/AntAndDec Ant & Dec]]'s Saturday Night Takeaway'' has prizes ranging from holidays and a new car to toilet roll and a tin of baked beans.
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.
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