A kind of meta joke where a character starts to sing a song, and another character expresses their displeasure that life has suddenly turned into a musical
- In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Herbert tries to sing an "I Want" Song, but his father puts a stop to it. This is Turned Up to Eleven in The Musical.
- Happens a couple of times in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
- The first instance of a song in the series came in episode two.
Pinkie Pie: *starts singing*
Twilight Sparkle: Tell me she's not...
Pinkie Pie: *keeps singing*
Rarity: She is.
- The episode "Bridle Gossip" has Pinkie burst into a The Villain Sucks Song, and Rainbow Dash rolls her eyes and comments, "Here we go," as it starts.
- Happens in Enchanted, where the cynical divorce lawyer is surprised (and annoyed) to see downtown New York spotaneously erupt into song and dance.
- In the Futurama episode "Hell is Other Robots," when the music to the Robot Devil's song begins, Bender groans, "Oh crap, singing. Mind if I smoke?"
- Referenced a few times in Questionable Content, where sudden musical-ness apparently is a possible side-effect of "A guy having a positive, female-related development". In one comic, Steve drags Marten inside when he spots the early signs, stating that "This is how Musicals get started!" Later, when Marten and Dora finally 'do the deed', Faye spots the syndrome in full flower as he leaves the coffee-shop. "He is SKIPPING! A bluebird just landed on his shoulder! Random pedestrians are joining him in a complicated dance-routine!"
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series parody of Poker Face, when the music starts up, Kaiba tells Joey, "Please tell me you're not going to sing." When it becomes apparent that a song is happening, he adds, "Look, I'll pay you any amount of money right now if you don't sing."