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->'''Dogbert''': Well, you know what they say - when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.\\
'''Dilbert''': I'm allergic to citrus.\\
'''Dogbert''': Well, you know what they say - when life gives you lemons, swell up and die.
-->-- ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''

One character makes an analogy comparing two things, often intending to make one of them sound positive. Another character then points out a further fact about the analogy, which changes or even inverts its original meaning.

A common example is someone comparing two lovers to ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', which suggests they've not read the play. Specifically, the fact that the play is meant to ''criticize'' young lovers who become obsessed with each other too early and quickly, without really learning anything about each other.

Compare {{Metaphorgotten}}, SidetrackedByTheAnalogy, {{Dissimile}}, WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt, InsultBackfire, and RhetoricalQuestionBlunder. Contrast SoWasX. May happen with a JumpOffABridgeRebuttal.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Asuka closes the door of her room and says: "This is the impenetrable Wall of Jericho!"[[note]]In Literature/TheBible, the walls of Jericho crumble because of ''sound''. Okay, more like a divine, sonic HolyHandGrenade, but the point is, the walls of Jericho crumbled from practically no impact at all -- the Israelites didn't even toss a pebble at it. Clearly the word "impenetrable" was grossly misapplied.[[/note]] The backfire there is essentially intentional. The line is an extremely oblique {{hint|Dropping}} for Shinji to [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe try something]], but he fails to pick up on it.
** This is a ShoutOut to an identical situation in ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight''. There it was Creator/ClarkGable who named it, so you knew that wall was coming down.
* In the ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' LightNovels, [[TheDitz Isaac and Miria]] try to comfort Ennis by assuring her that, even if she has done some bad things in the past, she'll still be successful and well loved as long as she does good things to balance it out, "just like Al Capone!"
** ''Whitesmile'' also plays with the standard Romeo & Juliet analogy: Elmer is perfectly aware of how the play ends when he suggests that Sylvie take a page from it -- he ''also'' remembers that the Elizabethan era believed in an afterlife.
-->'''Elmer:''' Didnít you know? There's actually an afterlife in the world of that play. [[TogetherInDeath So after they die, they can meet up again]] ó 'Were you just pretending to be dead all along, Juliet?' 'Romeo, darling, youíre so oblivious.' [[EverybodyLaughsEnding They could laugh together afterwards!]]
* In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', there is a lengthy example of one of these:
--> '''Roy:''' You know, running makes you look guilty.\\
'''Edward:''' We're running because we knew you'd come after us! Isn't that what every dog does when it's chased?\\
'''Roy:''' Yes, but a trained dog never defies the orders of its owner.\\
'''Edward:''' Then I'm a stray.\\
'''Roy:''' Really? Then maybe we'll just have to put you down.
** This is playing up a theme that was built into the setting with the phrase 'dog of the military,' as well as being a shout-out to Manga/FullmetalAlchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa's earlier successful one-shot 'Stray Dog,' which dealt with {{Mad Scientist}}s making dog-themed {{Artificial Human}}s and the rights and wrongs of their conditioned loyalty and the use of it.
* Another "named after something the person who came up with that name shouldn't want it to be like", the giant tower superweapon in ''OsamuTezuka's Anime/{{Metropolis}}'' is named "Ziggurat", after towers said to be built by the Babylonians to show off their power, the most famous being ''the tower of Babel'' ([[PropheticName guess what happens]]). What makes this especially ridiculous is that this is acknowledged ''in the actual movie''.
* In an episode of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' Izzy tries to explain to Matt's father how not all Digimon are bad, saying "They're not like those ''pretend'' monsters you see in the movies destroying all those Japanese cities." He quickly realises what a bad example this is, given that the good and bad Digimon had spent the last three days having destructive battles across Tokyo.
* Toward the end of ''MuhyoAndRoji'', Page notes that a "golden thread" binds Muhyo and Roji together. Lil and Maril mercilessly mock his choice of words, noting how easily a thread made out of gold would break.
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', Mashiro tells Takagi, while working on his manga despite being hospitalized, that he feels like [[AshitaNoJoe Joe Yabuki]] going into his last match, and Takagi thinks to himself that Joe died in the ring. This is possibly a subversion, though, as Mashiro had earlier been shown to have been aware of how it ended, and found Joe's death admirable.
** Later on, Fukuda, after not doing as well as he'd hoped in a romance one-shot writing contest, protests that he was "the Romeo of Hiroshima," as if to imply that he had a fair amount of experience. Interestingly enough, the winner, Aoki, had never been on a date before.
*** This makes some sense, since 'romance' as a genre has less to do with sexual experience than with poetic and persuasive depiction of human emotions. And a playboy is likely to have trouble with ''precisely'' the poetry part.
* In the OVA for ''TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'', Elise tells her charge, the singer Fiasse, that she doesn't trust Kyouya and Miyuki to provide her adequate protection, saying that amateurs don't sing on the same stage as professionals. Fiasse then points out that anyone who likes to sing can do so together.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', when the Russia-themed Pravda team has Oorai cornered in a building, they surround it and give them three hours to surrender. Nonna, vice-captain of the team, discusses this decision with her captain, Katyusha.
-->'''Nonna''': You gave them time to surrender because you were hungry and sleepy, I see.
-->'''Katyusha''': No, it's because [[ThirdPersonPerson Katyusha]] has a very kind heart! Kind like the Siberian plain is wide!
-->'''Nonna''': Does that mean you have a heart made of ice, too?
* ''SamuraiPizzaCats'' has a BrickJoke version in the episode "Field of Screwballs". Al Dente informs Princess Vi that she's getting her own show, to which she says "It's like I'm in ''TheWizardOfOz''!". Earlier in the episode, she had made an AndYourLittleDogToo curse at Lucille.
* In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Kiritsugu claims that war and conflict is the worst thing imaginable, and thus [[WellIntentionedExtremist anything that reduces the amount of war in the world is justified]]. Furthermore, he hates glory and honor, since they paint battle as something good. Saber (a knight from the middle ages) claims that if all that were true, every war would bring all the punishments of Hell upon the Earth. [[WarIsHell Kiritsugu says that is exactly right]].
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', when dealing with a crazy [[RobotGirl Humanoid Interface]], Kyon angrily tells her to take their alien conflict to the edge of the galaxy. As she points out, Earth ''is'' at the edge of the galaxy.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' had a recurring brand of door-locks from a company that was rather stupidly (but appropriately) named "Gordian Knot Locks". Guess [[CuttingTheKnot how Rorschach got through them every time]].
** ''Watchmen'' also has a character who calls himself "Ozymandias" because of the greatness of that historical figure. Ozymandias is also a symbol for futility, from a famous Percy Bysshe Shelley poem that Moore even quotes, and the end of the series suggests that [[spoiler:Rorschach's journal could be discovered]] and cause his plan to fail. It's mentioned he chose it in an attempt to redeem the name, so he likely knew this, but considering what happens later on it does backfire somewhat.
** There's also Rorschach, who named himself the Rorschach inkblot test. He chooses the name because of what it represents, that there is no meaning beyond what we ourselves impose, just as the patterns of an inkblot are open to interpretation. Somewhat of a backfire in that he's named after a psychological test, and decidedly psychologically [[AxCrazy unsound]] later on his career after he crosses the DespairEventHorizon.
*** Futhermore, Rorschach likes the black and white ink blots because they exemplify his black and white perspective on life...but the real Rorschach blots contain several multicolored cards.
* An issue of ''{{Spider-Man}}'' had Hammerhead comment on how he'd "Go out in a blaze of glory. Just like the real Scarface." It was later pointed out that Al "Scarface" Capone died in prison of complications due to syphilis.
** In another issue, Peter, who's been through hell lately, angrily tells Mary Jane that he feels like "that guy from ''{{Network}}''". [[spoiler:After he hangs up, MJ quietly observes to herself that the character he's talking about died in the end.]]
* In a meta-ironic example, when ReginaldHudlin had the ComicBook/BlackPanther and {{Storm}} of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} [[TokenRomance married]] (pissing off many fans), JoeQuesada gave it the heads up, and called it the MarvelComics equivalent of "Prince Charles and Princess Diana". The thing is, Princess Diana was believed to be trapped a loveless marriage, separated in 1993, had a romantic fling with Dodi al-Fayed, heir to Harrods owner Mohammed al-Fayed, before the couple were killed in a car crash after being zealously hounded by paparazzi. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Maybe Joe's trying to tell us something here...]]
* The {{X-Men}}, who were famously built around the FantasticRacism trope, were created in the 60's but never took off until ChrisClaremont [[MyRealDaddy heavily revamped the franchise in the 70's]]. Writer Jesse Schedeen pointed out one of the big reasons why the premise didn't work up until that point:
--> It wasn't until the 1970's that someone looked up from the drawing table and said, "You know, maybe if we're trying to sell the idea of the X-Men being hated and feared for being different, we shouldn't have a team [[MonochromeCasting made up entirely of young, handsome, middle class white people]]."
* Inverted in Creator/PhilFoglio's adaptation of ''ComicBook/MythAdventures''. Aahz tells Skeeve, "We'll be '''famous''' for this! Like Napoleon at Waterloo - Custer at the Little Big Horn - the Light Brigade at Balaclava..." The inversion is that Aahz presumably ''knows'' that those battles didn't end well for the named person, and thus is fully aware of what he's saying, but Skeeve doesn't know, and is genuinely encouraged by the analogy.
* PeterDavid's comment on [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]'s Wisdom of Solomon: "God directly commands you to build no temples to other gods. Do you build temples to other gods? If you said "yes", congratulations! You have successfully displayed the Wisdom of [[TooDumbToLive Solomon!]]"
** It's worth noting that Solomon ended up building temples to other gods to keep his wives happy. Whether or not the writer remembered this, of course...
* In ''Flight 714'', Rastapopoulos swears to Franchise/{{Tintin}} that he will crush him "like I crush an insignificant spider!" Unfortunately, the spider in question proves quite adept at dodging Rastapopoulos's foot blows.
* In the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' parody of ''Film/HeavenCanWait1978'', Tony Abbott claims that he would never hurt Farnsworth because he loved him like a brother. Like Cain loved Abel.
* In an early '80s ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' story, Illyana Rasputin is pressing her best friend Kitty Pryde for details regarding Kitty's teenage romance with Illyana's brother Piotr, commenting, "Juliet was younger than you when she met Romeo." Kitty countered, "And look what happened to her!"
* In a ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' issue in which the Avengers disband rather than be seen as supporting an increasingly corrupt US government, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica tries to appeal to [[TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]]' honor to convince him to stay with the team. Hercules glances at Cap and sadly quips, "When in Rome, eh? Rome fell, you know."
* In the ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' strip ''Java Joint'', Tank says that he is "as serious as Garrison Keillor", apparently not realising that Garrison Keillor is a humorist.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* There was a ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fanfic, can't recall the title, wherein it is maintained that Angel is in no way responsible for Angelus' Season 2 actions, just as Dr. Jekyll is not responsible for the actions of Mr. Hyde.
** This is probably an example of the creator being unfamiliar with the original source material, in which Jekyll's EnemyWithin problem was directly caused by his intentionally compounding and repeatedly taking a serum to turn him into somebody else who would indulge in all sorts of foul lechery and cruelty. [[note]]There are delicate references to Jekyll having some particular unmentionable tastes in whores.[[/note]] The whole thing is supposed to be an analogy for addiction and other bad habits, but it's turned into something of a BeamMeUpScotty because the TwistEnding is such an ItWasHisSled.
* Very prevalent in the fanfic, [[Fanfic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], in which the narrator's poor analogies end up backfiring in her face and ruining the points she was trying to make.
* EyrieProductions introduced "Hopelessly Lost" with the line "Eyrie is back... and this time, we're not using condiments." As one MSTing group was quick to point out, if you don't use condiments, the result tends to be bland and tasteless.
* This exchange happens while Merlin is busy turning the family car into a time machine in ''[[Fanfic/TheBestSevenYears In Love and War]]'':
-->'''Merlin:''' Something on your mind?\\
'''Hobbes:''' Oh, it just occurred to me that it's the eighties and I'm watching [[Film/BackToTheFuture an eccentric old man convert a car into a time machine Ė all that's missing is for you to shout 'Great Scott!']]\\
'''Merlin:''' Bah. I have seen the Scots. They are not so great.
* "Fanfic/TheUniverseDoesntCheat": Captain Sivuk throws the old "it's a no-win scenario and the universe is not fair" argument regarding the "Kobayashi Maru". T'Var [[LogicalFallacies calls that logic fallacious]] and Eleya says that [[TitleDrop the universe doesn't cheat]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/{{Alexander}}'', AlexanderTheGreat feels his boyfriend Hephaistion is being less than optimistic over his plans.
-->'''Alexander:''' Did Patroclus stare at Achilles when they stood side by side at the siege of Troy?
-->'''Hephaistion:''' Patroclus died first.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'': After the three are booted off the campus payroll, Venkman tries to console Ray by pointing out they don't need cushy university jobs; after all, "Einstein did his best stuff when he was working as a patent clerk."
--> '''Ray:''' ''Do you know how much a patent clerk earns!?''
--> '''Venkman:''' ''No!''
* ''BabyMama'' has a scene where Amy Poehler says, "We're partners like WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry" and TinaFey replies, "Tom and Jerry hate each other."
** Arguably an unintentional subversion, since whenever Tom and Jerry are seen [[AnimatedActors "off-screen"]], they're never portrayed as anything other than close friends.
* From ''Film/{{Clue}}'': When discussing searching for the killer and the possibility that the killer might kill whoever finds him:
-->'''Col. Mustard:''' This is ''war'', Peacock! Casualties are inevitable. You cannot make an omelet without breaking a few eggs; every cook will tell you that!\\
'''Mrs. Peacock:''' But look what happened to the cook! (The cook was the second murder victim.)
* From ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', talking about Batman's necessity:
-->'''Harvey:''' When their enemies were at the gates, the Romans would suspend democracy and appoint one man to protect the city. It wasn't considered an honor, it was considered a public service.\\
'''Rachel:''' Harvey, the last man that they appointed to protect the republic was named Caesar, and he never gave up his power.
** Rachel leaves an even nastier retort on the table; the name for that office was ''dictator''.
** It's just a shame that Caesar was never appointed, he declared himself dictator. The other dictators usually served Rome successfully and saved them from whatever crisis was going on, [[InvertedTrope giving Harvey the win]]. Though admittedly, the last two dictators preceding Caesar were of the same stripe, with virtually the same actions, except they didn't end up as corpses full of stab wounds.
** Another example is when Bruce Wayne states that [Harvey Dent] is the face of Gotham at the party, which was meant to be an analogy of the improvement of Gotham by eliminating crime and corruption. Unfortunately, after the Joker's machinations, as well as Dent's injury both physically and mentally/emotionally, the analogy ends up being twisted to mean making crime worse.
* The original script for ''Film/MysteryMen'' has one, in which two [[SuperZeroes wanna-be superheroes]] are arguing about why they aren't more successful:
-->'''Mr. Furious:''' What does {{Superman}} have that we don't have?\\
'''The Shoveller:''' Superman has the fact that he's ''Superman''! Bullets bounce off him!
* In the movie ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', the Operative tells Mal that River is a living bad luck charm, and that keeping her would inevitably doom him and his crew. He calls River an albatross, after the poem ''Literature/RimeOfTheAncientMariner'', in which an albatross doomed the mariner to being lost at sea for years. Mal immediately responds with this awesome line.
--> '''Mal:''' The way I remember it, the albatross was ''good'' luck until some idiot ''killed it!''
--> ''[Looks over at Inara]''
--> '''Mal:''' Yes, [[HiddenDepths I read a poem.]] [[DeadpanSnarker Try not to faint.]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick notices how the examples of love conquering the impossible referenced at the start of Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'' backfire drastically:
-->'''Jaquimo:''' [[Literature/TheBible Samson loved Delilah...]]
-->'''Nostalgia Chick:''' That ended... kinda bad.
-->'''Jaquimo:''' [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Romeo, et Juliet]]... oh, impossible!
-->'''Nostalgia Chick:''' Al-so somewhat unfortunate...
** The same film also subverts this precise thing during Ms. Fieldmouse's song, as the ending of ''Romeo and Juliet'' was the whole reason she brought it up.
* In the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film, Spock and [=McCoy=] argue about leaving Kirk behind on a planet:
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' You know, back home we have a saying: "If you wanna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your prized stallion in the stable."\\
'''Spock:''' A curious metaphor, Doctor, as a stallion must first be broken before it can reach its potential.
** In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', when Kirk prepares to ally himself with John Harrison, [[spoiler:aka Khan, to take down renegade Admiral Marcus's warship]]:
--->'''Kirk:''' [[EnemyMine The enemy of my enemy is my friend]].
--->'''Spock:''' [[DiscussedTrope An Arabic proverb]] attributed to a prince who was betrayed and decapitated by his own subjects.
--->'''Kirk:''' [[LameComeback Well, it's still a hell of a quote]].
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', after Boingo tricks Wolf and Twitchy into entering a pitch black cave infested with bats:
-->'''The Wolf:''' That bunny was worthless, not to mention he wrote the directions on an '''Easter egg''' ''(holds up a brightly colored EasterEgg with some illegible directions scribbled on the side in tiny text)'' [[YouCantMissIt which is very hard to read]].
-->'''Twitchy:''' We'regonnadiehere!
-->'''Wolf:''' Come on, that's what they said at the Alamo!
* A similar analogy is made in ''{{Tremors}} 4'', with [[SubvertedTrope a twist]]:
-->'''Juan:''' This will be our Alamo!
-->'''Hiram:''' We lost the Alamo, Juan.
-->'''Juan:''' Speak for yourself, gringo.
** This brings up the FridgeLogic of just ''why'' Juan would bring up the Alamo as an analogy for something to be defended when he's looking at it from the side of the ''attackers''.
** The Mexican view would be "I am defending Mexican Territory from a homegrown enemy (Texans/Tu Lung/Dirt Dragons) and worse to come (Americans/Graboids)." To the Mexicans, the Alamo was a hard-won victory (more Mexicans died than Texans). Juan is telling them to kill all of the Dirt Dragons (or maybe to capture one or two in secret).
*** In successful sieges, more attackers end up dead than defenders. ALWAYS. Unless defenders get outsmarted and there's virtually no fight.
* ''Film/JurassicPark'':
-->'''Dr. Hammond:''' All major theme parks have had delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked! \\
'''Dr. Malcolm:''' But, John. If the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.
** In that same movie, Dr. Hammond compares his bringing back dinosaurs to reviving an extinct species of bird. Dr. Malcolm points out that the bird species went extinct through human meddling, but dinosaurs died out naturally and thus [[AppealToNature their being brought back was throwing out the natural order of things.]]
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' has Powhaten exhort Pocahontas to be like the steady river. When he leaves, Pocahontas notes that the river, in a sense, isn't steady; the water continually changes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' tries to illustrate how ogres have hidden depths by telling Donkey that "ogres are like onions," only for Donkey to latch onto various aspects of onions that, while valid, aren't what Shrek was going for, [[SidetrackedByTheAnalogy as well as several foods with layers that otherwise have very little in common with either onions or ogres.]]
** Though you gotta admit, Shrek handles the analogy pretty well. He does not let it slip under Donkey's various comments and remarks. And "Not everybody likes onions" just ties in perfectly well with ogres.
** Shrek also completely misses the point in that onions don't have hidden depths at all - every layer is the same right down to the core, which is also just more onion. The onion metaphor originated in the play ''[[Creator/HenrikIbsen Peer Gynt]]'', where it stood for the irredeemable VillainProtagonist's soul. In-universe he used the analogy because he just happened to have an onion in his hand at the time.
* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'':
-->'''Neytiri:''' You have a strong heart, no fear, but stupid! Ignorant like a child!
-->'''Sully:''' Well, if I'm like a child, then maybe you should teach me.
* From the Disney version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', when discussing the idea of letting Mowgli stay in the jungle...
--> '''Bagheera:''' The jungle is not the place for him.
--> '''Baloo:''' I grew up in the jungle. Take a look at me!
--> '''Bagheera:''' Yes, just look at yourself! Look at that [black] eye!
* From ''Film/TheOtherGuys'':
-->'''Terry:''' If we were in the wild, I would attack you. Even if you weren't in my food chain, I would go out of my way to attack you. If I were a lion and you were a tuna, I would swim out in the middle of the ocean and freakin' eat you! And then I'd bang your tuna girlfriend.\\
'''Allen:''' Okay, first off: a lion? Swimming in the ocean? Lions don't like water. If you'd placed it near a river or some sort of fresh water source, that'd make sense. But you find yourself in the ocean, twenty foot waves, I'm assuming it's off the coast of South Africa, coming up against a full-grown, 800 pound tuna with his twenty or thirty friends? You lose that battle. You lose that battle nine times out of ten.
* From ''Film/WonderBoys'':
-->'''Crabtree:''' It's not a total loss! What about when Hemingway lost all those stories?
-->'''Grady:''' He was never able to reproduce them!
* In ''Film/HappyGilmore'', when the titular golfer says he's going to beat his opponent.
-->'''Shooter [=McGavin=]:''' Yeah, and Grizzly Adams had a beard.
-->'''Lee Travino:''' Grizzly Adams DID have a beard.
** Also:
-->'''Shooter:''' I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast!
-->'''Happy:''' You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?
* In ''ThePentagonWars'' the Major General defends the weapons of the military before Congress.
-->'''Major General Partridge:''' I'm not going to sit here and tell you the Paveway never missed.
-->'''Madame Chairwoman:''' It missed by a mean distance of five miles, and nearly fifty percent of the time.
-->'''Major General Partridge:''' You know, in baseball, a guy that hits .400 is considered pretty damned great.
-->'''Congressman #1:''' In baseball, the losing team isn't killed by their opponents.
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'':
-->'''Rafael:''' Come back! You're like Juliet and he's your Romeo. Well, they both die at the end, but still!
* In ''Film/{{Contact}}'', when the National Security Adviser, Kitz, asks the protagonist, Ellie, why she adamantly believes that the aliens are good-intentioned:
-->'''Ellie:''' We pose no threat to them. (Them being hostile) would be like us wanting to exterminate some microbes on an anthill.
-->'''Drumlin:''' Interesting analogy. And how guilty would we feel after obliterating some microbes?
* From ''The Trip'', where Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon review various restaurants:
-->'''Rob:''' ''*describing a drink*'' Tastes of a childhood garden.\\
'''Steve:''' Well, it's got a bit of alcohol in it, so it tastes -- Was there a lot of alcohol in your garden as child? I'm sorry, Rob.
* ''LifeOfPi'' features this gem, when Pi's father Santosh announces that they are leaving India for Canada.
-->'''Santosh:''' We will sail like Columbus.
-->'''Pi:''' But Columbus was sailing for India!
* From the WillSmith RomCom ''{{Hitch}}'', when Hitch tries to convince his friend's girlfriend to take that friend back:
-->'''Hitch:''' That man would have sold his soul to make you happy.
-->'''Allegra:''' So what does that make you? TheDevil?
* In ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet'', Jordan optimistically tells his first group of employees that their firm is "chasing Moby Dicks" and compares them to Captain Ahab, [[{{Foreshadowing}} a man who never learned to know the right time to quit.]] (As a result, he died, his ship was destroyed, and he didn't catch Moby).
* In ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'':
-->'''Arthur''': We can talk about normality till the cows come home...\\
'''Ford''': ''What is normal...?''\\
'''Trillian''': ''What is home...?''\\
'''Zaphod''': (beat) What are cows?
* In ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe'', the actor Bronski, cast as Hitler in a play, is told by the play's director that he cannot play a convincing Hitler. To prove it, he points to a portrait of Hitler on the set, only to be corrected by Bronski pointing out that the portrait is actually himself dressed as Hitler. At that point, the director responds "well, then the portrait's wrong too."
* In ''Film/DonJon'', Barbara remarks that the difference between movies and porn is that movies get awards. Jon responds that porn movies get awards too.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* From the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'': "I knew the two of you would get along like a house on fire." Screams, flames, people running for safety...
** The same gag is reused in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' ("Dwarfs and trolls get on like a house on fire. Ever been in a burning house, miss?") and ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' ("I can see we're going to get along like a house on fire. There may be no survivors.")
** Another commonly-reused Pratchett joke is the backfire of "the light at the end of the tunnel". Usually "the light is an oncoming train", but there have been variations, including (appropriately enough) "the end of the tunnel is on fire."
** All of these are really examples of deliberate reversal of the analogy. This one actually seemed like an error by a character: "Light a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Set him on fire and he'll be warm [[ExactWords for the rest of his life]]."
** In ''Discworld/TheTruth'', on being told he and his fellow beggars will be paid a dollar a day for selling newspapers, the Duck Man remarks that by their standards, "We could live like kings on a dollar a day." Arnold Sideways starts rattling off a number of unpleasant ways that famous kings have met their end, to which Duck Man patiently replies "No, Arnold, that's ''dying'' like kings."
** In ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', the monarch of Al-Khali is fond of romantic poetry, comparing women's features to goats on a mountainside and other PurpleProse analogies. He's left a bit speechless when a woman actually makes him stop and ''explain'' just what it is, exactly, that he finds goat-like about her.
** In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', Teatime threatens a security guard by claiming to be the man's worst nightmare. The guard immediately starts recounting [[RealDreamsAreWeirder several bizarre nightmares]] he's suffered, none of which have much to do with an assassin threatening to stab him. Which the guard doesn't think is all that frightening of a dream, although he might've changed his mind when it actually ''happens'' to him.
** ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' has Sam Vimes getting gleeful when an Assassin complains about him walking through their guild like he owns the place. Vimes had just found out that his marriage to Lady Sybil means that ''he does.''
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'': The four HorsemenOfTheApocalypse have messed up the world's computer systems and the world is about to end. The text notes that it's often been said that civilization is two meals away from barbarism, and what's going to happen next will make barbarism look like a picnic: hot, nasty, and eventually given over to the ants.
* The "tragic lovers metaphor" is a running gag in Connie Willis' ''Literature/ToSayNothingOfTheDog''. The guy using them doesn't get that particular girl in the end (and both parties are clearly better off for it).
* One Russian story tells of a dog who told another dog that he was going to be famous like Laika. For those unfamiliar with the history, Laika was the first dog in space... and died up there. Sure enough, the [[HeroicSacrifice dog dies]] at the end of the story while saving a young boy.
* Creator/MargaretAtwood:
-->You fit into me\\
Like a hook into an eye\\
A fish hook\\
[[EyeScream An open eye]]
* The Creator/OgdenNash poem "The Romantic Age," about a lovestruck teenage girl who:
-->Presses lips and tosses head,\\
Declares she's not too young to wed.\\
Informs you pertly you forget\\
Romeo and Juliet.\\
Do not argue, do not shout;\\
Remind her how that one turned out.
* In a scene in ''GoneWithTheWind'', Dr. Meade argues that General Johnston cannot be dislodged from the Kennesaw Mountain.
-->'''Dr. Meade:''' The mountain fastnesses has always been the refuge and the strong forts of people since the ancient times. Think of - think of Thermopylae!
-->'''Rhett:''' They died to the last man at Thermopylae, didn't they, Doctor?
* In DaveBarry's second novel, ''TrickyBusiness'', a series of events lead up to [[spoiler:an ordinary band member named Wally deciding to go after a group of dangerous drug dealers with nothing other than a bottle opener to save some other passengers. He explains that it's like when the passengers on one of the 9/11 planes who refused to stand by and let the terrorists win. His friend points out that all of the passengers on that plane also died]]. On the other hand, it was implied that Wally ''did'' remember [[spoiler:the fates of the passengers]] and was just being brave.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Edward quotes lines of Romeo and Juliet into Bella's ear. Remember what happened to them? [[note]]It's worth noting that him saying the lines was not supposed to be a spontaneous romantic gesture, as he was saying the lines over the actor.[[/note]]
** Bella also constantly broods over R&J and compares it to her own problems.
*** Which makes no sense. She compares Jacob to Paris even though Jacob is her friend whereas Paris was some random business associate of Juliet's father. Her problems pale in comparison but neither her nor the author sees that...
** Edward also mentions how magically wonderful imprinting is, comparing it to ''AMidsummerNightsDream'' and apparently missing the UnfortunateImplications in the play -- namely the rape/threats of rape and the fact that Demetrius would spend the rest of his life brainwashed into loving Helena.
** In ''Eclipse'', Bella compares herself to Cathy of ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' and her love for Edward to Cathy's love for Heathcliff... seemingly forgetting that there is actually an ''[[NamesTheSame Isabella]]'' in the same novel who ''does'' marry Heathcliff... to [[DomesticAbuse disastrous results]].
** In the same book, Bella claims that she's fascinated with Catherine's and Heathcliff's romance because "nothing can keep them apart -- not her selfishness, or his evil, or even death" when just the opposite actually happens in the novel. ''Everything'', especially her selfishness and his evil, keeps them apart -- [[DidNotGetTheGirl the lovers never get together]] and [[ItWasHisSled die miserable, painful, lonely, tragic deaths.]]
** It is quite amusing though how Bella, [[SelfInsertFic and therefore S. Meyer]] both completely miss the points of the texts they compare them to. Whereas Twilight asserts finding true love in your teens with a stranger is possible, Romeo and Juliet may be a [[MisaimedFandom SATIRE]] of this notion.
* A once famous one analyzed in ''VanityFair''. There was an old metaphor of romantic love describing a guy as a strong, solid tree, and a woman as a vine clinging to it. Since this actually means that the vine is ''slowly killing'' the tree, Thackeray refers to the heroine as a "tender little parasite" to add to the idea that the heroic Dobbin finally marrying her is a BittersweetEnding at best, DownerEnding at worst.
* Happens to UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck (of all people) in George [=McDonald=] Fraser's ''[[{{Flashman}} Royal Flash]]'' when he explains his visions for Germany's future to Flashman:
--> '''Bismarck:''' Germany must have its Napoleon, if it is to have its...
--> '''Flashman:''' ...Waterloo?
* In ''[[Literature/TheHouseOfNight Betrayed]]'', when Zoey meets with her boyfriend Erik after he returns from a trip, he greets her as his "Desdemona". Aphrodite quickly comments that if she's his Desdemona, she'd better not cheat on him or he'll strangle her at night. [[spoiler:Given that Zoey was seeing her human boyfriend on the side while flirting with a teacher and that like Othello and Desdemona, Erik and Zoey are in an interracial relationship... [[UnfortunateImplications yeah]].]]
* "''Zlata's diary''" is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin diary written by a girl called Zlata]], who lived in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War and was 11 in 1991, when the war started. As her diary became known, people began to compare her with Anne Frank, who also had a diary. This was '''not''' reassuring to her, because:
--> ''Zlata:'' People compare me to Anne Frank. That scares me, I don't want to suffer her fate.
** She's being disingenuous, then, because she compares herself to Anne Frank in the context of the diary, before anyone knows about it, and gives the diary a name, in imitation of Anne Frank. She began writing it, she notes at the outset, in the hope that someone would eventually publish it, just like Anne Frank's diary was published -- although she does hope she will live to see it published.
** This is part BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor, part bad translation. In original the second sentence sounds like: "And this fact [comparison with Anne Frank] now instills fear in me, fear to suffer her fate." The point is precisely that when she started her diary (before the war), she willfully compared herself with Anne, meaning the "published diary" part -- and now the "didn't survive the war" part sounds more relevant.
* The title of Creator/AynRand's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' is in some ways. In the myth of Atlas, Heracles holds the sky for Atlas while Atlas picks the apples of the Hesperides (only a god or Titan could pick them). Heracles then tricks Atlas into holding up the sky again, but in some versions of the myth Heracles then builds the Pillars of Heracles to hold the sky and relieve Atlas of his punishment. This is the opposite of Rand's Objectivist philosophy, as Heracles's building the pillars was purely altruistic. Heracles had already gotten what he came for, but at seeing Atlas having to hold the weight of the sky (again), he does not tell Atlas "to shrug" as Francisco does in the book, Heracles instead helps Atlas.
** Also, there's why Atlas was holding up the sky in the first place: He had been a war leader of the titans in their war against the greek gods, and having to hold the sky up a punishment laid on him for being a [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]] by some other JerkassGods who beat him (though given what happened to some of the other Titans, Atlas arguably got off ''lightly''). Given the book's attitude towards being a BornWinner it's somewhat of an analogy backfire that the book's ideal and title inspiration was a loser who got stepped on by someone else.
* During the events of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', while Harry attends his career consultation meeting with [=McGonagall=] in which Umbridge (after having Dumbledore ousted from the school) is also present, Umbridge makes more than one attempt to disparage Harry's desire to become an Auror, eventually stating he "has as much chance of becoming an Auror as Dumbledore has of ever returning to this school", to which [=McGonagall=] responds, "A very good chance, then."
* In Richard Armour's "Twisted Tales of Shakespeare", a satire on high-school and college lit textbooks, Armour plays with this trope in a chapter on Shakespeare's sonnets: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Hot? Sweaty? Fly-infested?"
** Which is done in the original sonnet; the entire point of it is that the love interest is ''better'' than a summer's day, because while a day in summer sounds lovely, many things, like heat and poor weather, ruin the experience.
* In "Alice's Birthday", a book from the ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture'' series, Alice wants to save a planet. To give her more confidence, Gromozeka reminds her of Joan of Arc, who rescued France. Alice succeeds, but is captured in the process. While she awaits her trial, she remembers that the actual Joan of Arc was executed. [[spoiler:Except she wasn't in that continuity, but Alice doesn't know that yet...]]
* Referenced in ''[[{{Dragaera}} Yendi]]'', when Vlad observes that Kragar's analogy that life is like an onion doesn't work for him. Kragar says it's because you can peel layers from an onion, but they're all the same until there's nothing left. This notion didn't work for Vlad, because he grew up working in a restaurant and knows you ''chop'' onions, you don't peel them. A zigzagged example, because Vlad then explains how ''he'' thinks life is like an onion because sometimes there's a bad spot on one, but you can cut it out and the rest is fine.
* In ''Q-in-Law'', a Franchise/StarTrek novel, Picard is entrusted to perform a wedding of Keran and Sehira, a son and daughter, respectively, of the leaders of two rivaling clans. He is very pleased with the task, and compares the pair with Romeo and Juliet. Guinan points out that there was a tragic ending. Sure enough, [[spoiler:Keran ends up blowing up a fighter that Sehira flies. She is just fine, though, thanks to Q]].
* The classic Romeo/Juliet failure is subverted in the novelization for ''{{WesternAnimation/Robotech}}''. The comparison with Max and Myria is surprisingly apt: They came into it from separate sides of a war/feud, fell for each other on serious impulses, and were definitely rushing into it (they met only three times before: A HumongousMecha battle, an arcade competition, and a knife fight, all against each other). The snippet ends with the declaration that everyone was definitely going to do their best to change the ending.
* The spoof ''Series/DoctorWho'' UniverseConcordance ''The Complete(ly Useless) Encyclopedia'' has some fun with the TakeThatAudience character of Whizzkid in "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy" and his fan-baiting line "[[PraisingShowsYouDontWatch Although I never saw it in the early days]], I know [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks it's not as good as it used to be]]".
-->Funny thing is, [[StrawmanHasAPoint he was right]]. The circus had, after all, fallen into the hands of [[ExecutiveMeddling malign entities]] that caused it to [[SeasonalRot become stagnant]], employed [[StuntCasting unsuitable acts]], refused to let it go, and eventually [[FranchiseKiller caused its destruction]].
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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ''Reckoning'', Chloe notes that Clark and Lana are practically like Ken and {{Franchise/Barbie}}... then as an afterthought, adds that the producers broke them up later.
* In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', when the principal at Francis's MilitarySchool is cutting their TV privileges, he tries to rally the others to resist.
-->'''Francis:''' Come on, guys, let's stand up. This will be our Alamo!
-->''[the other guys just look at him]''
-->'''Francis:''' Okay, bad example.
* In a LowerDeckEpisode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', Felger says, "We're kinda like the intellectual Butch and Sundance of the SGC," to which Samantha replies, "Butch and Sundance got cornered and killed by the [[BolivianArmyEnding Bolivian Army]]."
** But [[ConservationOfNinjutsu two ninjas can't be wrong!]]
* In the British ''QueerAsFolk'' about the homosexual PlatonicLifePartners Vince and Stuart:
-->'''Hazel:''' You two are like a married couple these days.\\
'''Stuart:''' Except that we never have sex.\\
'''Hazel:''' Like I said, married couple.
* Joe on ''NewsRadio'' insists on making his own components for every device he fixes rather than buy "any of that mass-produced garbage." When an impatient Bill asks Joe to just give up and buy the piece in question, Joe answers, "Did ThomasEdison give up?" Bill points out that "Thomas Edison wasn't trying to invent something that was readily available in a variety of stores near his home."
* On ''Series/TheDailyShow'', discussing changing racial demographics in America:
--> '''Larry Wilmore:''' That's what happens when you have a melting pot. The stew gets darker.
--> '''Jon Stewart:''' Unless, of course, you're talking about a Tuscan stew, which uses white beans.
--> '''Wilmore:''' But the stew still gets darker.
--> '''Stewart:''' Unless, and I don't want to split hairs here, but there could be some kind of a cream base-
--> '''Wilmore:''' What's up with you, Emeril? Did you miss lunch?
** Mainstream Republicans showed the Tea Party coalition a clip from ''Film/TheTown'' to gain their support, which is pretty weird choice in itself, given the pitch: "I need your help. I can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and we're going to hurt some people," but Jon then examines the characters' roles in the rest of the film.
--> "Hey! You know the violent unstable borderline sociopath from ''The Town'', who's useful in a pinch but whose suicidal single-minded mania will ultimately be his downfall? That's you guys. And the guy who's stuck in an uneasy alliance with you but doesn't really like you and ultimately saves himself by walking away from you as you are ''dying''? That's us. So. Do we have your vote?" I'm going to assume that most of the Tea Party coalition has not seen the whole movie.
* In one episode of ''Series/MockTheWeek'', Frankie Boyle discusses SarahPalin's pitbull analogy:
-->The lesson is, keep the analogy short. "I'm like a pitbull, I'm tenacious." Yeah, that's good. "I'm like a pitbull, if you leave me in the room with a child I'll kill them." NO, PALIN! Keep the analogy short! "Once I get a hold of you you're gonna have to stick a finger up my arse to make me let go." NO, PALIN!
** Of course, if Palin is REALLY like a pit bull, she'll be very friendly with any children if left alone with them, probably going so far as to lick them. Pit bulls are actually friendlier than the average dog.
* In an episode of ''MyFamily'', Ben learns his daughter was nearly assaulted by a member of royalty she had been set up with on a blind date. He compares the situation with the opera "Don Giovanni" where the titular lecherous noble was impaled with a sword by the father of a girl he tried to rape. However, Susan (who convinced Ben into listening to Don Giovanni in the first place) corrects him, saying it was Don Giovanni who killed the father. Cue Ben having [[CrowningMomentOfFunny an utterly hilarious look on his face for about a minute]].
** A variant from the first episode has a perfectly valid analogy being used by someone who missed the point of it and thus screws it up. Ben's assistant Brigitte criticises him for not making the time to treat his own family, comparing him to the [[TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes the story of the cobbler's children who had no food]]. When Ben corrects her, she replies, "That makes no sense, their dad was a cobbler."
* The BritCom ''{{Coupling}}'' has done this several times. Usually with Jeff making an analogy and then Patrick translates into something that makes even less sense.
* Dr. Series/{{House}} loves to use farfetched metaphors in his practice, so his colleagues frequently try to imitate him, only to usually backfire:
-->'''Lisa Cuddy:''' She's already on a respirator, the machine is breathing for her... I can do whatever I want to her lungs. If you're playing catch in the living room and you break your mother's vase, you might as well keep playing catch. The vase is already broken!
-->'''James Wilson:''' Except, that room can't breathe without that vase.
** In "All In", the team only have one chance left to save a boy's life:
--->'''House:''' Mighty Casey is down to his last strike.
--->'''Foreman:''' Mighty Casey struck out.
* In ''Series/TheOC'', Ryan tried to convince his girlfriend Lindsay to patch things up with her estranged father:
-->'''Ryan:''' Alright, look. Luke Skywalker was happy to find his dad, right? Even if he turned out to be Darth Vader.
-->'''Lindsay:''' Ryan, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader fought each other with lightsabers until one of them died.
::Later, there was this exchange:
-->'''Kirsten:''' Well didn't you use that Luke Skywalker[=/=]Darth Vader thing?
-->'''Ryan:''' She poked a serious hole in that analogy.
** Considering if Luke didn't make the reconciliation attempt he would have neither been able to redeem his father, and more importantly, not been able to kill the Emperor, maybe that should be an example of a backfire of an analogy backfire.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', "The Seven Year Witch":
-->'''Drake:''' The point is, Leo and Piper's love, it's epic, it's massive. It's [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra... Brad and Jennifer.]]
-->'''Piper:''' All tragedies, I might add.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', one of Echo's engagements had her as a safe cracker. When asked by her partners why they never heard of her if she's so good, she asks if they've ever heard of Bonnie and Clyde. Thinking she messed up the analogy, they pounce on the 'mistake' -- only to have her counter the counter. Bonnie and Clyde didn't try to be the best, they tried to be famous. And they died.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
-->'''Dick Solomon:''' I want ceaseless joy and never-ending passion like Romeo and Juliet.\\
'''Mary Albright:''' They both wound up dead.\\
'''Dick Solomon:''' Antony and Cleopatra.\\
'''Mary Albright:''' Dead.\\
'''Dick Solomon:''' That couple from ''Literature/WutheringHeights''.\\
'''Mary Albright:''' Insane and dead.\\
'''Dick Solomon:''' F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda.\\
'''Mary Albright:''' ''Drunk'', insane and dead.\\
'''Dick Solomon:''' Sigfried and Roy.\\
'''Mary Albright:''' ''(beat)'' Okay, that's one.
** [[HarsherInHindsight So, then one of them gets handicapped for life, putting their glamorous mutual career to a tragic halt?]]
* ''TheMightyBoosh'': "You cannot make milk into cheese!"
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', when Leonard and Howard try to pick up girls, but are unsuccessful:
-->'''Howard:''' You're weighing me down! I'm a falcon who hunts better solo.
-->'''Leonard:''' Fine, I'll sit here, you take flight and hunt.
-->'''Howard:''' Don't be ridiculous, you can't just ''tell'' a falcon when to hunt!
-->'''Leonard:''' Actually, you can. ''(beat)'' There's a whole sport built around it. ''(beat)'' ''Falconry''.
** In the season 3 episode ''The Gothowitz Deviation'' there's a following exchange:
-->'''Leonard''': Iím just saying, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
-->'''Sheldon''': You can catch even more flies with manure. Whatís your point?
** In another episode, after a month-trip to Antarctica as well as Sheldon learning that his friends falsified his report in an attempt to "prove" his theory, the latter being deeply hurt by the action, Penny tried to cheer him up by citing how Kirk, in the Star Trek film, told Spock things he knew weren't true, like that Spock didn't care about his mom dying. This analogy didn't work, and had Sheldon breaking down further because, thanks to that Antarctica trip, he not only missed ComicCon, but also the new Star Trek film.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Best of Both Worlds", Picard, shortly before being abducted and assimilated by the Borg, has this conversation with Guinan:
--> '''Guinan:''' Trouble sleeping?
--> '''Picard:''' It's something of a tradition, Guinan -- Captain touring the ship before a battle.
--> '''Guinan:''' Hmm. Before a ''hopeless'' battle, if I remember the tradition correctly.
--> '''Picard:''' Not necessarily. Nelson toured the HMS Victory before Trafalgar.
--> '''Guinan:''' [[{{Foreshadowing}} Yes, but Nelson never returned from Trafalgar, did he?]]
--> '''Picard:''' No, but the battle was won.
** What he should have said was the ''British'' won the battle. Picard is supposed to be French, after all (i.e. the side that ''lost'' at Trafalgar). On the other hand, the actor is British and keeps forgetting his character's origins.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Year of Hell," Paris comes up with an upgrade for the badly-damaged ''Voyager'' which was inspired by the ''Titanic''. Janeway points out the obvious flaw: "As I recall, it sank."
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': on finding an intact brain several metres from the victim's head, Greg remarks "it's hard to crack an egg without breaking the yolk". Greg is either bad at making analogies, or ''really'' bad at cracking eggs.
* On the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''SpaceMutiny'', the hero lambasts his love interest for putting herself in danger to save him from the evil forces who have mounted a nearly-successful takeover of the ship.
-->'''Rider:''' I wish your father could control you as well as he does this ship!
-->'''Crow:''' You mean have a mutiny on me?
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "City of Death", there's this exchange between Romana and a hard-nosed cop Duggan:
-->'''Romana:''' You should go into business with a glazier. You would have a very symbiotic relationship.
-->'''Duggan:''' What's that supposed to mean?
-->'''Romana:''' I merely meant that you tend to leave a lot of broken glass behind.
-->'''Duggan:''' You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.
-->'''Romana:''' If you made an omelet, I'd expect to find a pile of broken crockery, a cooker in flames, and an unconscious chef!
** In "Voyage of the Damned", the Doctor finds himself on a spaceship called the "Titanic". (Although it turns out that the name might have been intentional.):
---> '''The Doctor:''' Titanic. Um... who... thought of the name?
---> '''Host:''' Information: It was chosen as the most famous vessel of the planet Earth.
---> '''The Doctor:''' ...Did they tell you ''why'' it was famous?
* [[Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace "She was like a candle in the wind...unreliable."]]
* In ''LostInAusten'', Bingley, who thinks Amanda is a lesbian, steers his attentions towards Jane. Darcy does not see this as being anything resembling "love" (as Bingley was previously consumed with Amanda), but Bingley remains steadfast:
-->'''Bingley:''' I am invulnerable, like Ajax.\\
'''Darcy:''' Ajax cut his own throat in a fit of pique.
** [[spoiler:Bingley eventually becomes rather nervous around Amanda, leading Jane to marry Collins...which drives Bingley to drink.]]
* ''Series/That70sShow'':
-->'''Kelso:''' Man, having no parents would be cool. Like the ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''!\\
'''Eric:''' Kelso, did you ever finish ''Lord of the Flies''?\\
'''Kelso:''' ...no.
* Analogies often backfire in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', and most spectacularly in the DramaBomb episode where [[spoiler:Malcolm gets fired]]. The script features a running theme of theatre-related metaphors:
-->'''Marianne Swift:''' Malcolm, we get it, you're still the star of the show.
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' Warm them up, tell them Olivier's on his way but in the meantime here's ''An Audience With Peter'' fuckin' ''Bowles''... what happened, did you get heckled off?
-->'''Steve Fleming:''' [[spoiler:The show's over, it's curtains...]]
* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', Michael's analogies almost always backfire, but in one case he backfired (executive) Ryan's when Ryan wanted him to leave designing the ad to the advertising professionals:
--> '''Ryan:''' It's not part of your job. It's like, maybe you can cook, but that doesn't mean you should start a restaurant.
--> '''Michael:''' Well, actually I can't cook and I am starting a restaurant: Mike's Cereal Shack.
* Done excellently in the ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' episode where Topanga moves to Pittsburgh. Since Cory is reading RomeoAndJuliet at the time, he keeps proclaiming that he and Topanga will be fine just like them... until Mr. Feeny tells him to skip ahead to the end.
* In ''[[{{Blackadder}} Blackadder Goes Forth]]'', the interrogation of a suspected German spy:
--> '''Darling:''' Look, I'm as British as Queen Victoria!
--> '''Blackadder:''' So your father's German, you're half-German, and you married a German?
* Or from the original series, ''[[{{Blackadder}} The Black Adder]]'',
--> '''Percy:''' You know, they do say that the Infanta's eyes are more beautiful than the famous Stone of Galveston.
--> ''(Edmund questions Percy minutely regarding what he knows of both, leading to this conclusion:)''
--> '''Blackadder:''' So, what you're telling me, Percy, is that something you have never seen is slightly less blue than something else you have never seen.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KorhvVQRUM pitch reel]] for ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' compares it to Jim Henson's and George Schlatter's respective previous work, such as ''Series/SesameStreet, Series/LaughIn'' ... and ''[[OneEpisodeWonder Turn-On]]''. It went on the promise that the names of the executives would be household words, like "toilet."
* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Jesse is somewhat prone to this, since he's smart but not overly educated:
-->'''Jesse:''' What's the point of being an outlaw when you got responsibilities?
-->'''Badger:''' Darth Vader had responsibilities. He was responsible for the Death Star.
-->'''Skinny Pete:''' True dat. Two o' dem bitches.
-->'''Badger:''' ...Just sayin'. Devil's advocate.
* In a ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode, Sam warns a mobster that he could end up like Jimmy Hoffa, but since at the time of the story, Hoffa wasn't famous for being whacked, the mobster replies something like, "You mean become head of the teamsters?" and takes that as a positive goal.
* In the ''Series/{{Ellen}}'' episode "What's Up, Ex-Doc?", Ellen attempts to explain to Spence's father that Spence no longer wants to be a doctor; using the same elaborate baking analogy that Spence had used with her about leaving out a vital ingredient and having to throw out the entire mixture. However, Spence's father, who is a baker, points out that there is a very simple fix to the situation she describes that would save the mixture.
* In ''FallingSkies'', the protagonist is a former history teacher in a world six months after an AlienInvasion. He is captured by a gang of racist outlaws, and their leader strikes up a conversation with him. The outlaw thinks the protagonist is stupid for thinking the aliens can be defeated (they have already wiped out most of the major cities and much of the population of Earth). The protagonist compares this invasion to many others throughout our history where the locals have managed to repel the invaders, specifically referencing UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. The outlaw is quick to point out that this analogy is very wrong given the enormous technological and numerical gap between the "skitters" and humans. His analogy is more appropriate, that of Native Americans defending against invading Europeans with a much smaller success rate.
* ''{{Spaced}}'': Tim's justification for getting back with his ex-girlfriend by comparing it to Daisy's desire for a holiday meets a snag.
-->'''Tim:''' This is something that I've always wanted! You have things you want -- you're always going on about going to Asia and seeing the Taj Mahal.
-->'''Daisy:''' I ''do'' want to go to Asia! I ''do'' want to see the Taj Mahal! The difference is, the Taj Mahal didn't sleep with its boss behind my back and break my heart!
-->'''Tim:''' Yeah, well... [[LameComeback it might if you go to Asia.]]
* In ''{{Bottom}}'', when Richie and Eddie are on a camping holiday, and Richie is bemoaning the difficulties they're facing:
-->'''Richie:''' Honestly! Alexander the Great never had this trouble!\\
'''Eddie:''' Yeah well, he wasn't a complete dickhead, was he?
* From ''AccordingToJim'', when Jim's brother-in-law dates a girl Jim doesn't like, Jim (on separate occasions to his wife and his brother-in-law) makes up a hypothetical scenario of himself dating Osama bin Laden as a comparison. Too bad for him this trope haunts him when his target audiences think differently (his brother-in-law considers the possibility of turning bin Laden in for cash reward, and Jim's wife asks Jim if his relationship with bin Laden is serious).
* ''Series/YoungBlades'': When D'Artagnan says that a woman wears his compliments "like silk," Jacqueline points out that silk is spun by worms.
* An exchange between Bernard and Sir Humphrey in ''YesPrimeMinister'':
-->'''Bernard:''' Well I canít accept that, Sir Humphrey, no man is an island.
-->'''Sir Humphrey:''' I agree, Bernard, no man is an island, entire of itself, and therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee, Bernard.
* On ''TheCosbyShow'', Cliff once compared himself to Old Yeller, who protected the family. His wife pointed out that Old Yeller was shot.
* Some examples from ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
-->'''Major Burns:''' How come he gets the cowboys, while I'm stuck with the Indians?
-->'''Colonel Potter:''' I'm one-fourth Cherokee.
-->'''Major Burns:''' Oh. How.
** In another example, a patient is claiming to be Jesus Christ. Colonel Flagg shows up, wanting the soldier either in combat or imprisoned for faking.
-->'''Colonel Potter:''' It takes more than a sound body to make a stallion run. It takes a sound heart, and a sound mind.
-->'''Colonel Flagg:''' It also takes a rider who's not afraid to go to the whip!
** In "Five O'Clock Charlie", General Clayton tours an ammo dump near the camp.
--->'''Clayton''': Oh, it's classic, Henry. The ammo dump, the road. Store material near hospitals so the enemy will leave it alone. Learned it from the Germans.
--->'''Hawkeye''': Great. Now we're taking lessons from the losers.
* Twice in the same episode of ''USA High'' when first Bobby tries to give Lauren a motivational speech and uses Vincent Van Gogh as an example... only to be reminded that he cut his ear off. Ashley then tries with this example.
--> '''Ashley:''' I once fell off a horse and a man came up to me and said 'young lady, you better get right back on'. Of course this horse was on a merry-go-round...
* In one ''Series/HappyDays'' episode, Richie suggests escaping from a predicament by [[DisguisedInDrag disguising themselves in women's clothes]]. Fonzie balks, arguing that Davy Crockett could have escaped from the Alamo that way but instead stuck it out. However, he concedes the point when Richie points out that Crockett [[LastStand died at the Alamo]].
* An extended one in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' season five, when Elliot quickly loses her new job at a different hospital, and refuses help from her friends. Carla maintains the opinion they have to help her. When Turk says Elliot didn't want their help, Carla comes with an analogy about JD refusing help, and Turk immediately finds a reason why JD wouldn't want their help. And it only goes south from there. For the record, Elliot really didn't want help and managed to get her old job back by herself, so Turk's initial point was valid.
--> '''Carla:''' Guys, listen. We really need to help Elliot.
--> '''Turk:''' Baby, she said she didn't want to be helped.
--> '''Carla:''' If JD were drowning and he told you he didn't want you to save him, would you do it?
--> '''Turk:''' That depends: what if there are hot chicks at the pool? Maybe he want one of them to jump in and save him.
--> '''Carla:''' Let's say there's no women.
--> '''Turk:''' There's always women at the pool, baby.
--> '''Carla:''' Fine, he's in a pond.
--> '''JD:''' Oh, I would never swim in a pond. They're infamous for serpents.
--> '''Turk:''' You could swim at the Y[MCA] on tuesdays, men only.
--> '''JD:''' Have you been to the Y on men night? Not me...
--> '''Carla:''' Okay fine! Turk's the one who's drowning!
--> '''Turk:''' (insulted) Oh, so [[UnfortunateImplications now a brother can't swim]]!
--> '''JD:''' Why did you have to go there?
--> '''Carla:''' Oh my God!
* This exchange from ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' between Rowlf and Creator/GeorgeBurns:
--> '''Rowlf:''' Oh listen, I can play in any key. I'm another Jascha Heifetz.\\
'''George Burns:''' Jascha Heifetz played the violin.[[note]]For those unfamiliar with the show, Rowlf plays the piano.[[/note]]\\
'''Rowlf:''' No one'll know the difference, George.
* A rare deadpan comic turn from George Hearst, ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'''s resident BigBad with NoSenseOfHumor, to a sycophantic associate;
-->'''Hearst:''' Are you sayin' you wanna fuck me?\\
'''Jarry:''' [[FlatWhat What.]]\\
'''Hearst:''' You keep calling yourself [[StudentAndMasterTeam Alcibiades to my Socrates]], are you suggesting some sort of homosexual connection between us?\\
'''Jarry:''' ...I forgot [[LoverAndBeloved that part of the story]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Anya does this all by herself due to her natural BrutalHonesty, when Dawn thinks she might be a potential superhero.
-->'''Dawn:''' Everything's different for me now.
-->'''Anya:''' That's because you're a part of something larger. Like being swallowed. By something larger.
-->[=[=][[OhCrap Dawn flees upstairs]][=]=]
-->'''Xander:''' Nice job with the "getting swallowed" analogy.
-->'''Anya:''' Well, it is a mixed bag, you know. If she gets to be the Slayer, then her life is short and brutal. And if she doesn't, then it smells of unfulfilled potential. My swallowed analogy looks pretty sweet right now, doesn't it?
* Perennial loser Al Bundy of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' was prone to both this and {{Metaphorgotten}}, but possibly the crowning glory for the simplicity of it all:
--> '''Al:''' Just remember. "Al" is the first word in "Alamo". (Cue giant cheers from audience)
--> '''Peg:''' Honey, we ''lost'' the Alamo. (Cue equally giant laughs from the audience)
* Combined with GeniusBonus in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment.'' In an early scene, Lindsay is defending her anti-circumcision campaign by saying "It's a doberman; let it have its ears!" Dobermans' ears are typically cropped when they're puppies.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Cersei Lannister tries to explain the impending invasion by Stannis Baratheon to her young son by using a story about [[AnimalMotif a lion being menaced by an evil stag.]] Tommen is quick to point out that stags aren't evil and only eat grass.
* Used often in a variety of situations by different characters on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
* When Dana and her boyfriend run away together in the third season of ''{{Homeland}}'', one of the characters thinks it's harmless and kind of romantic, comparing them to Romeo and Juliet. Carrie Mathison, played by [[WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet Claire Danes]], points out the obvious fault in that analogy.
* In ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', Detective Peralta is a pretty clever but BookDumb guy, and so tends to come out with these. Such as this example:
-->'''Sgt. Jeffords:''' Why are you being so crazy about this case?\\
'''Peralta:''' Because I wanted to work the toughest case we had! It would feel ''awesome'' to solve it. Because a real man doesn't run from a challenge. I mean, do they run from the bulls in Pamplona?\\
'''Sgt. Jeffords:''' Yeah. That's the whole point of it.\\
'''Peralta:''' Seriously? [[ComicallyMissingThePoint That seems lame]].
* On ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', Birkhoff catches himself:
-->''"You're [Nikita and Michael] meant to be. You're like Film/BonnieAndClyde. [{{Beat}}] ...except without [[NoKillLikeOverkill the last scene]]."''
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has a rare positive example: Rudy tries to brush away someone's optimism with "That's what they said about the Apollo 13!" The Apollo 13 crew ''did'' come out okay!
* ''Series/NashBridges'': In "One Flew Over a Cuda's Nest", promising to tutor restless Evan on the upcoming written tests, Harvey offers a comparison: taking those has a formula, like getting a woman in a sack. Evan points out that in that case the tutoring should be the other way around, and Harvey doesn't argue.
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[[folder:Music]]
* There's an old song by The Reflections called "Just Like Romeo and Juliet". The first couple of stanzas use the titular simile to refer to how famous their romance is going to be. By the end, the singer is speculating about how, if he doesn't get his act together, their love will be destroyed by tragedy. Just like Romeo and Juliet.
** Which provides a little FridgeHorror, actually, about the song. You can see the headlines about a murder-suicide brought on by his lack of employment.
* The Music/BlueOysterCult song "Don't Fear The Reaper" manages to get the Romeo and Juliet analogy right -- "Romeo and Juliet are together in eternity; we could be like they are".
* AmandaPalmer's "Ampersand" also gets the analogy right: "I'm not gonna die for you, you know I ain't no Juliet."
* Music/LadyGaga named herself after {{Queen}}'s "Radio Gaga," a song about ''how horrible mainstream radio has gotten.'' Given [[{{Camp}} her general sensibilities]], this is quite possibly intentional.
* The song "I Found a Loophole" by [[Literature/HarryPotter wizard rock]] band the Whomping Willows contains this tongue-in-cheek aversion: "We'll be like Romeo and Juliet, except we won't be dead."
* TaylorSwift's "Love Story" has the singer ask her lover to be her Romeo while she'll be his Juliet and "Scarlett Letter". Possibly an aversion, since the point of the song is how their love is very difficult (like in ''Romeo and Juliet'' and ''TheScarletLetter''), but the end of the song shows that both end up HappilyEverAfter, so yeah...
** The scarlet letter is [[CriticalResearchFailure actually]] [[MedalOfDishonor a badge of shame]] given for adultery, so I don't think he'd want that...
** What makes this possibly more painful is that the HappilyEverAfter is just handed to her without any effort. One moment she's questioning whether he even loves her anymore, the next all the problems have gone away and he's proposing to her.
* In the BlackEyedPeas' song "Imma Be", one of the singers compares himself to a sperm bank. As ToddInTheShadows points out, people also ''deposit'' sperm there.
* Another example Todd pointed out is "[[KatyPerry Firework]]".
-->"Feel like a brief flash of light that exists for 2 seconds before disappearing and is immediately forgotten by the audience."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqXi8WmQ_WM "I'm the Helen Keller of having sex / No, wait, that's a bad example..."]]
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC03hmS1Brk "I don't give a fuck, I'm crazy like Mel Gibson / No, wait, that just makes me sound racist..."]]
* Since Helen Keller was mentioned, 3Oh!3's "Don't Trust Me" has the line "Do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips" (Keller was blind and deaf, but learned to talk!).
* Ke$ha's "Blah Blah Blah" has this lyric: "zip your lip like a padlock." Padlocks don't zip.
* There's a FlightOfTheConchords song full of these. Bret is describing a girl he just met and supposedly had a love affair with, and Jermaine keeps undermining his comparisons: "'She was comparable to Cleopatra' 'Quite old, then?' 'She was like Shakespeare's Juliet' 'What, thirteen?'"
* The ShakeItSong Fashion is my Kryptonite. Kryptonite would refer to something that is poisonous, yet the song was most definitely trying to relate it to an addicting drug.
* {{Music/Metallica}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvKt2LQTsds "No Leaf Clover"]]: "Then it comes to be that the soothing light / At the end of your tunnel / Was just a freight train comin your way."
* The song "Ebony and Ivory" is about racial relations and asking people to consider how the black and white keys of a piano exist side by side in harmony. A great analogy, except for the fact that if you actually play a set of side-by-side keys on a piano, the result is always discordant and not harmonious at all! By that line of thinking, a white person could be friends with a black person who lives across town, but not if they were next-door neighbors...oops.
** Not to mention that notes correspondent to black keys are named in relation to those on white keys (and all of them but one have no other name), and if you just play white keys back-to-back in progression from C, you'll get major scale, the most basic one. They not only lack harmony, one is clearly the "main".
* Music/JoniMitchell's "A Case of You":
-->Just before our love got lost you said\\
"I am as constant as the Northern star"\\
And I said "Constantly in the darkness?\\
Where's ''that'' at?\\
[[INeedAFreakingDrink If you want me I'll be in the bar.]]"
* The Los Furios song "Bad Waters" is supposed to be a parable about how adversity makes us strong, and facing your fears head-on is how you become a better person. Pretty good moral, yeah? However, the setting chosen for the parable was... a captain deciding to sail directly through a storm at sea and telling a sailor not to be such a baby about it. There ''is'' a difference between "not being afraid to take on challenges" and "being suicidally reckless".
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic, the PointyHairedBoss used an apple to represent the company's "core values". Dilbert pointed out that the apple's core is the part you throw away and added "maybe the stem can represent our loyalty to the company".
** ''Dilbert'' was actually very fond of this. In commentary, Scott Adams wrote that all analogies are bad.
** [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/1999-04-25/ Another one]].
** Yet another one has the PHB tell Asok that interns are as important to a company as minks are to a coat. Asok pointed out that minks do not enjoy the benefits of a coat.
* In ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Peter once used ''[[Creator/FranzKafka The Metamorphosis]]'' as an example to Jason, who had been transformed into a girl (it was AllJustADream), commenting on how well things had worked out for Gregor Samsa. Jason says that Gregor starved to death, abandoned by his family. It then transpires that Peter [[strike:had never actually finished]] was still on the ''first page of the book''.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Radio/HelloCheeky'' had this, which isn't so much 'exposing another fact about the analogy' as 'exposing the way the analogy couldn't possibly work':
-->'''Tim:''' Did you know that if the entire population of China started marching past your window right now, due to the immensely high birth rate in China, the procession would never end?
-->'''Barry:''' ...But how could they if they were mar--
-->'''Tim:''' Shut up.
-->'''Barry:''' They're marching! They can't--
-->'''Tim:''' No. Shut up, Barry.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* OlderThanSteam: At the beginning of Act V of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', recently married lovers Lorenzo and Jessica recite to each other a poem comparing themselves to other famous lovers. However, the stories of all the other lovers they mention end in deception, death, or both. It may not be obvious to modern audiences and, as Shakespeare never has anyone call Lorenzo and Jessica on this, it may not have been caught by the audience of his day. Still, it counts.
** It may not count, because it may be entirely deliberate: it is easy to read the scene as evidence that their marriage is not working out.
* In ''Film/ReeferMadness: TheMusical'', Jimmy and Mary compare themselves to Romeo and Juliet, not having read the ending. [[spoiler:Mary dies because of Jimmy, and Jimmy is arrested for her murder. It's surprisingly tragic for such a funny movie.]]
** Mary unintentionally makes the comparison more apt [[spoiler:as she's dying: "We are just like Romeo and Juliet; we're happy, young, and ? (cough) ? hemorrhaging blood..."]]
* ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone'' has the song "Love Is Always Lovely in the End", in which the singer, Mrs. Tottendale, is blissfully oblivious to the fact that every couple she mentions in the song (Romeo and Juliet, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, ([[Literature/TheBible Samson and Delilah]]) had an unhappy ending. Her butler tries to point this out to her, to no avail.
* ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'':
-->'''Kim:''' Miss Alvarez, I'm coming with you!\\
'''Rosie:''' Kim, don't be ridiculous! You're only fifteen!\\
'''Kim:''' Juliet was fourteen when she left home.\\
'''Rosie:''' And look what happened to her!
* ''Theatre/DreamGirl'':
-->'''Georgina:''' Well, what do you think I am, some kind of a jellyfish that's just going to sit and let you--\\
'''Clark:''' If you'd ever tangled with a jellyfish, you'd know they're anything but submissive creatures.
* In the musical adaptation of ''Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}'', Victor sings a song where he proudly and excitedly calls himself "the modern Prometheus" (the subtitle of the source material novel). Henry Clerval quickly points out he should neither want nor strive to end up like Prometheus and that if he proceeds with his insane plans, "Your fate will be the same as his!" The myth of Prometheus has been interpreted throughout ages either as going against divine plan and suffering the price, or as fighting against all odds for the betterment of all mankind, regardless of the risks to oneself; Mary Shelley's original story sided wholly with the former, and was not complimenting Frankenstein by comparing his exploits to the fire thief's.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the very first case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', Larry Butz insists he and his late ex-girlfriend were like "Romeo and Juliet, Cleopatra and Marc Anthony!", and Phoenix thinks, ''"Didn't they all die?"''
** In the third case of the second game, Moe the Clown insists that he saw clearly the defendant that night as he has eyes like a hawk, and Phoenix thinks ''"Umm... Don't birds have terrible night vision?"''.
** And in the fifth case of the third game, Godot says that "[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid a cornered fox]] [[ShoutOut is more dangerous than a jackal]]". Phoenix counters that a cornered fox is "scared and petrified", which catches the prosecutor off guard for a moment before he can recover.
** In the bonus case of the first game, Angel Starr compares a rookie detective to a fresh white cheese ([[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext just go with it]]), and the judge says that then he himself is then, "seasoned, yellow, and sharp as a tack!" Ema cheerfully pipes up, "I bet you smell, too!"
** The final case of the second game includes a defendant with an image "refreshing as a spring breeze". When Edgeworth gets, er, [[{{Pun}} wind]] of this, he wonders aloud "What's so refreshing about a spring breeze?!", leading Phoenix to [[FirstPersonSmartass think to himself]] that perhaps the spring allergies weren't kind to Edgeworth. [[spoiler:The defendant in question turns out to be an ''extraordinarily'' evil person, so perhaps the analogy wasn't so poor after all.]]
* May occur in a flirtatious exchange between Commander Shepard and Ash Williams in [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 the original]] ''Franchise/MassEffect''. The latter quotes Whitman's "O captain! My captain!" line, and the former is quick to point out that the captain is "fallen cold and dead" in the poem. [[spoiler:Which is kind of HarsherInHindsight when the [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 sequel]] came out, due to SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome.]]
* In the final part of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', Sissel is prompted to possess a fountain and spray "as if your life depended on it!"
--> '''Sissel:''' Uh, [[IWouldSayIfICouldSay I'm dead, though...]]
--> '''[[spoiler:Yomiel]]:''' In that case... [[LameComeback make it spray as if your death depended on it!]]
* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' features Manny's [[TheRival rival]], [[TheDragon Domino]] [[SmugSnake Hurley]], giving Manny a minor TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, all while ranting that Manny should act more like him. This culminates in Domino shouting, "If you just adopt the proper attitude, just look what can happen to you!" [[spoiler:He's then immediately ground into powder by the pair of crushers he didn't notice advancing towards him.]]
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', the end of chapter 3. As the culprit is about to be executed...
-->'''Culprit''' [[note]][[spoiler:Celes]][[/note]]: If I am to be reborn, I would surely be MarieAntoinette.
-->'''Hagakure''': ... You'll still get executed in the end, though...
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Parodied in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1196 this]] ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' strip.
** And subverted wonderfully in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2412 this one]].
* Used straight in [[http://www.partiallyclips.com/index.php?id=1410 this]] ''Partially Clips'' strip.
** Subverted in [[http://partiallyclips.com/2006/02/19/office-building/ this one]]
** Lampshaded in [[http://partiallyclips.com/2006/12/04/gangsters/ this one]]
* Parodied in [[http://www.xkcd.com/299/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' strip.
** As well as [[http://xkcd.com/667/ this one.]]
** [[http://xkcd.com/1170/ This one]] illustrates the problem with asking "if all your friends were jumping off a bridge, would you do it?" (If all your friends are jumping off a bridge at the same time, there's probably a good reason for it).
* Used straight in [[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=436 this]] ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' strip.
* Used doubly in [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1564 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}''. Explaining a female-figured suit of armor as "you're my Joan of Arc" runs into the problem that not only was Joan of Arc killed, but she dressed as a man. (Emily points out both in one sentence.)
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' author-comment:
-->"Most roleplayers have little to no practical experience in military strategy and tactics. So when it comes to playing massed combat situations, one way to decide what to do is to take guidance from historical military campaigns. Emulating the victor is the easy way. If attempting to defend an impossible position with bowmen and knights on foot against Genoese crossbowmen and tens of thousands of armoured, mounted knights, make sure you are heavily outnumbered. If attempting to repel a force of cavalry and men-at-arms with longbowmen on St Crispin's Day, make sure you are vastly outnumbered. If defending a hospital stockade against {{Zulu}}s, make sure you are enormously outnumbered.\\
You can choose a different, and more creative, path by doing the opposite of what the losers did. If you field an overwhelming force against a paltry number of defenders, whatever you do, make sure the defenders are not English!"
* ''Webcomic/{{Life}}'' has [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=145 the conversation between Felicia and Madison]] following Felicia's complaint that [[ShowWithinAShow her webcomic]] hasn't had any hits.
* Discussed in ''Webcomic/LeftoverSoup'' [[http://leftoversoup.com/archive.php?num=501 501]], moreso in TheRant.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''
-->'''Penny''': You're not really interested in the homeless, are you?\\
'''Billy''': No, I am, but... It's a symptom. You're treating a symptom, and the disease rages on, consumes the human race. The fish rots from the head, as they say. So what I'm thinking is, why not cut off the head?\\
'''Penny''': ...Of the human race?\\
'''Billy''': It's not a perfect metaphor...
** It's actually a very good analogy, although Penny doesn't know it -- Dr. Horrible, being a supervillain, wants take over the world; that is, replace the current leadership; that is, metaphorically cut off the head.
*** She did, in fact, know that -- not about the supervillain part, but about changing the system and thus, the leadership. Unfortunately, he was speaking rather quickly, and he was talking about cutting off the head of the human race, so metaphor or no metaphor, that's... a bit grim.
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' has had a few, such as this one from his ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' review:
-->"In heaven the food is Italian, the police are British, the platformers are French (with a pop-up of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time), and the shooters are Croatian and it's all run by two international software giants and an electronics corporation. In Hell the food is British the shooters are Canadian and I forget the rest..."
** This is an analogy backfire when you realize that the Prince of Persia series, the Assassins Creed series, the Tom Clancy games, and Far Cry 2 were all made by Ubisoft ''Montreal''.
** I think the point of this analogy was to point out that nobody likes the [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Italians]]...
* ''MeAndMyDick'':
-->'''Joey's Heart''': "What do all of history's greatest lovers have in common? RomeoAndJuliet! Anthony and Cleopatra! Jack Dawson and Kate Winslet's character!\\
'''Joey''': "All the guys die horribly first."\\
'''Joey's Heart''': "Uh eh- BAD EXAMPLE. How about Spider-Man and Mary Jane?"\\
'''Joey''': [[SarcasmMode "Oh yeah they worked out]] [[OneMoreDay PERFECTLY."]]
* ''WebVideo/VisionOfEscaflowneAbridged'' gives us a great set of these from Dornkirk. The conversation goes like this:
--> '''Emperor Dornkirk''': Listen, you can't bake a cake without breaking a few eggs!
--> '''Hitomi''': Yes, you can. My Grandma used to make me vegan cake all the time!
--> '''Dornkirk''': You ''can''? Oi, Folken! Did you know you can bake a cake without breaking any eggs?
--> '''Folken''': Yes my lord, yes you can.
--> '''Dornkirk''': Do you think that means we should stop killing people?
--> '''Folken''': No my lord, I think you just need a better metaphor.
--> '''Dornkirk''': Right! Now listen, you can't test cosmetics without killing a few bunnies!
--> '''Hitomi''': Yes! Yes, you can!
--> '''Dornkirk''': Oi, Folken! Did you know -
--> '''Folken''': Omelet, my lord!
--> '''Dornkirk''': Folken says you can't make an omelet without killing a few bunnies.
* [[http://failbook.failblog.org/2011/01/08/funny-facebook-fails-treat-girls-how/ This]] failbook post.
* During the ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' video of ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', Matt calls ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' "The ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' of video games", because of all the quick time events it has.
* A parody of "The Creation of Man" has WebVideo/{{Thunderf00t}} giving the finger to God, with semi-prominent apologists in the place of angels. The shroud, however, is still in the shape of a brain...
* Analogy backfire is major theme of the political cartoon commentary site [[http://agoodcartoon.tumblr.com/ A Good Cartoon,]] whose title is actually sarcastic; it takes cartoons arguing one perspective and then discusses why its visual elements suggest it would be better used to argue the opposite perspective, and analogy backfire is one aspect of this.
-->[[http://agoodcartoon.tumblr.com/post/22777059112/unless-germany-moves-more-towards-frances#notes "Unless Germany moves more towards Franceís position, everyoneís in a lot of trouble. A good cartoon."]]
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-gfxjAaZg0 this video]] about the same woman, two years apart, 29 and 31, one says "When God closes a door, you see, He opens a window" to which the other answers "You realize that's a smaller opening right? You use to just walk on the front door and now I have to climb out and probably fall five stories to my death or something..."
* In the ''WebVideo/{{Immersion}}'' episode about [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IifP_edmLw Mario Kart]], Michael brings up some safety concerns with his real life Kart to Burnie:
-->'''Michael''': This thing's half made of plastic!\\
'''Burnie''': Nah, it's fine. In the game it's made of pixels. You'll be good.\\
([[{{Beat}} Burnie walks away disconcertingly]])\\
'''Michael''': ''(to himself)'' In the game they ''die''!
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''EekTheCat'' tried to cheer some people up by saying they're like a nearby campfire, but the campfire is going out.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
-->'''Didi:''' So when do you plan to finish this great invention?\\
'''Stu:''' Did Mozart's wife ask him how long it would take to finish his requiem?\\
'''Didi:''' Stu, Mozart [[AuthorExistenceFailure died]] without finishing his requiem.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** '''Chief Wiggum:''' Fat Tony is a cancer on our city! He is the cancer, and I am the... what cures cancer?
** '''Homer:''' It's like David and Goliath, but this time David won!
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', Lord Bravery argues with his wife and mother-in-law about his unsucessful superhero career: "You think Superman started right at the top?" "YES!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Damien", Stan is trying to convince Jesus not to give up during his boxing match with Satan.
--> '''Stan:''' What would Nancy Kerrigan do? Huh? Nancy Kerrigan wouldn't give up! When things were looking their darkest, Nancy Kerrigan fought to be the BEST! She wouldn't stop until she was Number One! Nancy Kerrigan wouldn't settle for second best! She wouldn't quit until she brought home the gold!
--> '''Kyle:''' Stan!
--> '''Stan:''' What?
--> '''Kyle:''' Nancy Kerrigan got the silver, dude. She came in second.
--> '''Stan:''' Really?
--> '''Kyle:''' Yeah, dude.
--> '''Stan:''' Oh... Never mind, Jesus. Nancy Kerrigan sucks.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' did this, although the roles were switched from what you'd expect.
--> '''Pinky:''' Egad Brain, brilliant! Oh, wait, no, you've never played basketball in your life.
--> '''Brain:''' Pish posh. Remember when everyone told Michael Jordan he couldn't play baseball?
--> '''Pinky:''' They were right, Brain.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. Silverbolt compares Blackarachnia to the planet Venus, presumably intending that it be equated to beauty. It backfires because she immediately sums it up as "hot, poisonous, deadly," three traits that describe her rather well, and gets subverted when she thanks him for the compliment. Silverbolt takes a minute to realize she's completely misinterpreted his comparison, positively or not. Also an ActorAllusion, as Blackarachnia is voiced by actress Creator/VenusTerzo.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', Marty is chosen for the school play.
-->'''Marty Sherman:''' But I can't act!
-->'''Drama Teacher:''' That's what a young Steve Guttenberg said to me, but look at him now! No, wait... look at him four years ago.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In "Cry Freedom Fighters!", Plastic Man declares that he is "as patriotic as Benedict Arnold!".
** Possibly a GeniusBonus, as Benedict Arnold actually was ''very'' patriotic... right up until a severe case of MistreatmentInducedBetrayal.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', when Bobby is trying to teach Peggy how to ride a bike:
-->'''Peggy:''' Oh, just give me the freaking thing.
-->'''Bobby:''' But you haven't even heard the part about balance.
-->'''Peggy:''' Bobby, I'm sure riding a bike is just like swimming. You hold your breath and kick like crazy. [Tries to ride away and quickly crashes]
-->'''Bobby:''' Mom, are you ok?...You don't know how to swim, do you?
-->'''Peggy:''' Not so much.
* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' uses the Romeo And Juliet analogy as she tries to help her sister and her boyfriend see each other. Nicky points out that Romeo and Juliet ended up dead. Pepper Ann lists off other famous couples that met unfortunate ends, and Nicky shoots each one down.
* Phineas in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' decides to make a romantic boat ride around Danville Harmor for Baljeet and his friend Mishti in "That Sinking Feeling"... leading to the very obvious conclusion that he and Ferb had watched ''Titanic'' and completely overlooked the tragedy of the ending. Sure enough, the ship ends up getting damaged and sinking. [[spoiler:Good thing they had plenty of life preservers]].
** In the same episode, Candace wishes her relationship with Jeremy could be more romantic, like in Romeo and Juliet, but "without all the dying."
* There's one episode of WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond that has an exchange that goes along the lines of:
-->'''Scientist:''' You can't just come in here like you own the place.
-->'''[[{{Fiction500}} Bruce Wayne]]:''' I ''do'' own the place.
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'':
-->'''Phil''': Y'know, there's something wrong with my eyes -- ''I can't keep them off you.'' That and I have this eyepatch here.
* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Daria}}'' movie, ''Is It Fall Yet'', Mr. O'Neil does this when he tries to have a chat with Link, a despondent kid in his summer day-camp program.
-->'''Mr. O'Neil''': Growing up is kind of like being a kite, isn't it? We want to fly, but we don't really trust ourselves to cut the parental string and soar with the birds.
-->'''Link''': A kite doesn't fly if you cut its string. It blows around in the wind for a while and then crashes.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", after Babs's bath overflows and hits them both with a tidal wave, Buster asks Babs for a Q-tip, prompting a cutaway to a bland Q-tip lecture. Buster complains at that point that [[WhoWritesThisCrap this episode's script must've been written by 13-year-olds]], but Babs tells him that 13-year-olds ''did'' write it.
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* ''Trojan'' condoms. Sure, the city of Troy withstood a siege for 10 years, but the adjective "Trojan" in every other case comes from the Trojan Horse, which was used to sneak a bunch of seamen inside the walls and ruin the place.
** Plenty of sports teams go by the nickname "Trojans," which tends to raise the same question.
* Similarly, Ramses condoms are named after a guy who fathered over 100 children.
* UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton tried to compare herself to Creator/SylvesterStallone's ''Film/{{Rocky}}''. A lot of people commented that he lost in the first movie. Presumably the desired implication was that she'd stick it out 'til the end. Even worse, Rocky loses to a charismatic black man. Hillary should have seen it coming.
** Creator/StephenColbert used the same metaphor in reference to UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush at the Correspondents' Dinner, and was halfway into it before he realized that Rocky lost to Apollo Creed.
---> ...The point is, it is the heart-warming story of a man who was repeatedly punched in the face.
*** Colbert seems to like this. He once discussed one politician who used an analogy of the [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Men of the West's diversionary attack]] and Iraq distracting the Bush Administration from the election, pointing out that by the terms of the man's analogy, this makes the US {{Mordor}}.
* In the 2007 NCAA Basketball tournament, upon being asked about his match-up with future NBA #1 pick (and much taller) Ohio St.'s Greg Oden, U. of Memphis center Joey Dorsey infamously remarked that this was a 'David and Goliath' match-up... "and I'm Goliath." Turns out, he was right after all: Dorsey was held scoreless and Oden had a monster game.
* Likewise, on the eve of the infamous 1987 Fiesta Bowl between Miami and Penn State, the Miami players attended a pregame banquet clad in combat fatigues while the Penn State players wore suits. Some Penn State players performed a skit onstage and made offensive jokes, causing Miami defensive tackle Jerome Brown to attempt a walkout. Brown was televised saying "Did the Japanese go sit down and have dinner with Pearl Harbor before they bombed them?" As the Miami players began to walk out, Penn State punter John Bruno retorted "Excuse me, but didn't the Japanese lose the war?" At the Fiesta Bowl afterwards, Penn State proceeded to upset Miami 14-10 and win their second national championship.
* [[ScienceIsBad Anti-Biotechnology]] groups often refer to genetically modified crops and farm animals as "Frankenfood," presumably arguing that because it was created in a lab like the [[IAmNotShazam Frankenstein Monster]], it must be as dangerous as the FrankensteinsMonster. Anyone who has read the book or seen the movie knows that the monster was originally innocent and benign and only turned to evil when provoked by the bigotry of humans. On the other hand, it's possible that they ''did'' read the novel, and were thinking of ''Victor Frankenstein'''s failure to foresee or take responsibility for the ultimate results of his attempt to play God ForScience. Naturally, Bio-Engineered Food Scientists are ''quite'' concerned with testing or tracking their creations, but whether or not they are required to do so enough or to have their research independently verified by non-industry sources is the central issue here.
** Ironically, non-genetically engineered food is almost never tested for safety, despite the fact that there is no particular reason to believe it would be any less hazardous; indeed, plants produce natural insecticides to deter predation, and traditional plant breeding is actually more likely to introduce undesirable variations in the expression of these traits.
* As Jimmy Carr has pointed out, this applies to the people who have described UsefulNotes/BarackObama as a cross between JFK and Martin Luther King. Both of whom were shot. Let's hope we won't get something worse than a bad analogy.
** Being a legislator from Illinois who was elected president, he's also often compared to UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, another victim of assassination.
** This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3ijYVyhnn0 rather funny]] video has a group of Obama campaigners singing ''One Day More'' shortly before the election. Youtube commentary was quick to point out that most of the characters of ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' died.
** He's also been favorably compared to [[TwentyFour David Palmer,]] who was the first black President, led a country in turmoil in the TheWarOnTerror and was also assassinated after several failed attempts. Like the above examples, it is hoped that in this instance LifeImitatesArt is averted.
* After UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, there were the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartacist_uprising Communist Spartacist uprisings]] in Germany. Named after the famous Film/{{Spartacus}} who led the slaves' uprising against the Roman republic-verging-on-empire. And was defeated by Crassus (the richest man in Rome, and maybe in the world history), and crucified together with 6000 of his fellow slaves. Guess what happened to the German Communists. (OK, they weren't ''crucified''.)
* A Swedish ad campaign for pasta sauce used the slogan "What would Romeo be without Juliet?" (The correct answer being "alive". But a very EmoTeen, however.)
* GlennBeck [[http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Stossel/Story?id=7795824&page=4 compared]] himself to [[{{Network}} Howard Beale]], apparently missing the fact that Beale went insane... [[spoiler:and eventually was murdered by his own network]].
** To be fair, how do we know ''[[FridgeHorror he didn't know that already?]]''
* A ''deliberate'' case of backfiring analogy. When member of Soviet Academy of Science Sakharov became a dissident, the speaker of the academy held a meeting:
--> (Speaker) -Comrades, we have an unprecedented issue here: about nullifying the membership in our Academy for Sakharov...
--> ([[OnlySaneMan Capitza]]) -Why unprecedented? [[ThoseWackyNazis Hitler]] once nullified the membership of Einstein in German Academy...
--> The issue was promptly dropped.
* [[http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/005043.html This]] quote:
--> Pilot: Welcome to the Titanic of airliners.
--> --Delta plane, La Guardia
* When Angus Deayton was fired from his job on ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'' after the second round of wacky cocaine-and-prostitute hijinks, longtime panelist from the show said "We've lost Zeppo, it's no big deal". You'd think a very big aficionado of old comedy (to the point of having written a book on the subject) like Merton would remember that while Zeppo is often perceived as the blandest, a lot of people claim he's just as funny as his brothers, but subtler and more of an acquired taste. Although like the Marx Brothers post-Zeppo, ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'' managed to continue clicking along quite nicely without Deayton, which restores the validity of the analogy.
* The analogy that life is like a roller coaster in that it has its ups (good times) and downs (bad times). When a rollercoaster is going down, isn't that when it is the most fun?
* There are several companies named for Midas, the king whose touch turned things to gold. Excellent, until you remember that this included all the things he touched that were better before they were solid gold (water, food, air, his daughter...)
* Changing {{values|dissonance}} and [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage meaning]] along with [[PoorCommunicationKills poor phrasing or lack of context]] can cause an AnalogyBackfire ''[[ZigZaggingTrope backfire]]''. For example, the phrase "It's always darkest before the dawn" (a common cliche for comedians' complaints) is not inaccurate because of false dawn, but rather means "[[CaptainObvious It's darkest before it starts to get lighter]]".
* Oftentimes political debates, such as the healthcare debate, involve comparisons that run against the point one is trying to make. ''Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher'' involved Bill mimicking sarcastic anti-government questions before answering them with a BluntYes.
-->'''Bill:''' I mean, how stupid is it when people say "[[SarcasmMode oh that's what we need, the federal government telling Detroit how to make cars, or Wells Fargo how to run a bank, you want them to look like the post office?]]"\\
[beat]\\
'''Bill:''' [[FlatYes Yeah.]] I mean, a place that takes a little note from my hand from LA on Monday, to give it to my sister in New Jersey on Wednesday, for 42 cents? Well, let me be the first to say that I would be THRILLED if America's healthcare system was anywhere near as functional as the post office.
* During the 2010 British Airways strike, Sir Creator/IanMcKellen said "Nice well-behaved [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings hobbits]] don't join unions". Creator/DavidLangford was [[http://news.ansible.co.uk/a273.html quick to point out]] that "nice well-behaved hobbits were easy meat for Saruman until the rough aggressive ones got home."
** And when they ''did'' get home, the hobbits took "collective action" to a whole new level (as in, shooting their oppressors by hundreds).
* PETA attempted to put up a billboard in Ohio depicting a sow, a piglet, and a human microwaving a pork chop in reference to the China Arnold murder case along with the caption "Everybody's somebody's baby." For those unfamiliar with the case, Ms. Arnold was convicted of cooking ''her own child''. While this behavior is congruent with that of many domestic pigs [[OffingTheOffspring toward their offspring]], that was probably not the message that PETA intended.
* Back in the older days of GameFAQs, the old administator, [=CJayC=], compared notorious message board ''Life, the Universe, and Everything'' to "a cancer" due to its tendency to invade other boards and cause general mayhem wherever it goes. LUE was quick to point out that "there's no cure for cancer", which briefly became the message board's motto.
* In April 2011, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, trying to connect to younger voters, said that "If this was a Music/LadyGaga song, the relationship between the youth vote and Barack Obama would be 'Bad Romance.'" Apparently he missed the point of the song -- to want all of someone, their good AND their bad.
* During the 2010 California gubernatorial election, Meg Whitman said in a speech she wanted California to be like it was back when she first moved there. It took approximately 30 seconds for Jerry Brown's campaign to put out a commercial helpfully pointing out that when Whitman had moved to California, Brown had been the governor.
* A TVTropes related one! WaltDisney has an extensive [[WeCare Corporate responsibility page]]. In the [[ThinkOfTheChildren "Children and Family"]] section, they have a [[ThinkOfTheCensors Standards and Practices]] page [[http://disney.go.com/crreport/childrenandfamily/contentfordifferentages/standardsandpractices.html located here]]. The show they use to illustrate it? WizardsOfWaverlyPlace, noted for [[Radar/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace getting the you-know-what past the you-know-what]].
* A Mexican left-leaner informative/satirical political magazine ran an informative strip criticizing the Mexican Drug War, denouncing it as being orchestrated by "greedy U.S. capitalists" in order to take control of Mexico just as the Opium Wars were orchestrated by "greedy British capitalists" to take control of China; unfortunately, if the parallel was correct then it would make the ''Mexican'' greedy capitalists who would want to take control of the U.S. and impose the legal sale of drugs. (Unless the author is also [[FridgeBrilliance making a point about]] history being WrittenByTheWinners.)
** And from the same author of the aforementioned strip, [[http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2012/09/26/cartones/0 this editorial political cartoon]] referring to the new Mexican Labor Laws: [[ShoutOut It depicts a poor worker being crushed by the]] "[[Film/ModernTimes Modern Labor Machinery]]" while representing two of the major political parties that are pushing these new laws ([=PAN=] and [=PRI=], that hold opposing views from the author's) as the main cogs of this evil mechanism; however you'll notice that the positioning of the [=PRI=] cog would ''[[SpannerInTheWorks actually prevent]]'' [[SpannerInTheWorks the whole system from working]], something that's actually true, since historically the [=PRI=] has opposed many of the [=PAN=]'s proposed reforms.
* The saying that encourages people to be nice rather than coarse: "You attract more flies with honey than with vinegar." Some cynical people will quickly point "Who would want to attract flies?"
** Or as ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' would [[http://xkcd.com/357/ point out]], you actually attract more flies with vinegar. I guess NiceGuysFinishLast, then.
*** It is also true, as noted by Sheldon on ''TheBigBangTheory'' above, that you can attract more flies with a nice pile of manure than either of the above.
** Winston Groom once wrote in ''ForrestGump'' that "...you can catch more flies with garbage than either of them other two things; assuming you're into catching flies."
* The saying "sure as the sky is blue". Most of the time the sky isn't blue -- at night it's black, at sunset & sunrise it's all the colors of the rainbow, and if you count clouds it's grey / white a lot of the time as well.
** And if you want to get technical about it, the sky isn't ''actually'' blue at all; nothing, in fact, has any inherent colour, it's all wavelengths getting bounced back -- or, in the case of the sky, it's just that the short wavelengths reach our eyes first.
* The phrase "like taking candy from a baby" is virtually a [[DeadHorseTrope Dead Horse Analogy]] now, as it's only likely to be seen if it's followed by the obligatory "Have you ever actually ''tried'' taking candy from a baby?" retort. And looks overused and trite, even with that corollary.
** Hilariously, the Series/{{Mythbusters}} actually tested this. They found out that taking candy from a baby was actually incredibly difficult; the babies had a strong grip that made simply pulling the candy away hard to do, and the older ones knew how to use evasive strategies to hide the candy from the arm trying to take it from them. Not to mention the guilt that is quickly felt when the baby begins crying.
** Mythbusters is late to the game here, back in the '70s when BobBarker was doing the gane show ''TruthOrConsequences'', one of the contests that people had to try tp do was take candy from a baby, without causing it to cry. HilarityEnsues. ''Very'' difficult, indeed!
** Then again, at least in fiction, the people who tend to use this phrase are the sort who would have no problems with ''[[EatsBabies killing]]'' [[WouldHurtAChild said baby]], in which case it probably ''would'' be quite easy.
* The controversial German classical liberal politician Guido Westerwelle once said on one of his party's assemblies, "Here stands the Statue of Liberty of this republic!". The very leftist comedian Volker Pispers was quick to retort: "Can someone kindly tell this man... that the Statue of Liberty is hollow and accessible on the inside?"
* The dove is the internationally used symbol for peace. [[SomewhereAnOrnithologistIsCrying Every ornithologist]] (and many other people) know that doves are very aggressive animals amongst each other -- even more so than falcons.
* Back in TheEighties, the media liked to compare MichaelJackson to Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin (one of the ''Disney's Wonderful World of Knowledge'' yearbooks titled a whole article "The Pied Piper of Pop"), owing to his huge popularity. Such comparisons forgot [[InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers what the Pied Piper did to Hamelin's children]] when the mayor and his underlings wouldn't pay him. In the years since Jackson was first accused of child molestation in 1993, this analogy is usually not applied by those speaking up for Jackson, [[http://www.innermichael.com/2010/01/michael-and-shadow but this author]] not only uses it, but seems unaware that the reason the children followed the Piper is because ''they were bewitched into doing so'', not because they instinctively knew he was a good guy.
* Simon Hoggart pointed out that that any speech from John Major tended to included a fair few of these. For example, Major once said that Labour and taxes go together like peaches and cream, causing Hoggart to remark that people actually like peaches and cream?
* Sarcastically suggesting that someone clearly guilty of something is "blaming the one-armed man", in reference to the lame excuses the accused keeps offering. Completely forgetting that as bizarre as his story was, [[TheFugitive Richard Kimble]] was telling the ''truth''.
* Stating that someone going through a difficult situation is like "Daniel in the lions' den", or experiencing "the trials of Job", disregarding the fact those guys came out of their ordeals okay -- Job was even rewarded twofold for keeping faith that everything would work out.
* [[http://www.upworthy.com/one-of-the-wrongest-harry-potter-related-anti-abortion-signs-youll-ever-see-2 This]] anti-abortion sign: it asks "If Lily Potter had an abortion, than who would stop Voldemort?", to which Tumblr quickly replied A. Neville Longbottom, and B. That Lily herself would have probably had a much better chance of survival if Harry hadn't been born and C. if Tom Riddle's mother, the impoverished Merope, had access to one, Voldemort would have never happened.
%%* In September 2013, Texas senator Ted Cruz spoke of how horrible Obamacare would be by likening it to ''Literature/GreenEggsAndHam'', a story about a man who hates something without actually trying it, and after finally trying it, finds he ''loves'' it.
%%* Some, referring to premarital sex, like to say "Who would buy the cow when they can get the milk for free?" But a dairy farmer wouldn't buy a cow without tasting the milk first.
* There is a popular American chain of indoor waterparks called Kalihari Resorts. Kalihari is a desert in Africa.
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