{{Lampshade|Hanging}}s. Some writers just love them.

Particularly in parodies, lampshades are the entire point. Usually the idea behind a lampshade is that it is calling attention to the trope it is using and by hopefully doing so it helps maintain the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. Here, the idea is just to lampshade everything, and either derive humor from that, or engage in PostModernism of some other variety.

This can also be a bad thing. Sometimes this is a problem because [[DontExplainTheJoke they explained the bulb too much.]] In addition, if the goal was [[PlayedForDrama drama]], excessive lampshading can draw away from the tone of the scene. Lampshading a badly written plot point or [[IdiotPlot stupid character decision]] can also have a negative effect as it can make the characters look dumb for not realising their stupid idea earlier, which in turn makes the writers look stupid for allowing themselves to write their plot and characters in an idiotic manner.

What constitutes "excessive" is debatable and not the subject of this article.

This trope is about works whose authors and writers believe that lampshades are Better than a Bare Bulb. Please do not address the quality debate in the examples. Examples should merely be shows or works that [[LampshadeHanging hang lampshades]] everywhere, possibly to the point of turning entire scenes into AffectionateParody. Bonus points for a show that lampshades the extensive lampshade hanging.

See also TropesAreTools and {{Deconstruction}}. Compare TropeOverdosed and {{Troperiffic}}. ItRunsOnNonsensoleum is something of a subtrope.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga ]]
* KenAkamatsu likes doing this. Both ''Manga/LoveHina'' and ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' (''especially'' the [[{{Troperiffic}} latter]]) are veritable hailstorms of lampshades, usually hung by a [[MetaGuy particular character]].
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' often hangs lampshades in both the anime and the manga, at least in the beginning of the series. Even the author herself hangs a lampshade now and then in her Author's Notes. Then again, Ouran is an AffectionateParody of {{shoujo}} series.
* In the anime version of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', and in the novels, the SOS Brigade create a film for the Cultural Festival. Kyon becomes narrator, as usual, and proceeds to act as a LemonyNarrator, threatening to beat up Koizumi should he kiss Mikuru, and pointing out that some scenes just don't make sense for instance.
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' has its own [[LampshadeHanging/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows page]] dedicated to everything it lampshades.
* A staple of the humor in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is to have someone acting as a StraightMan and/or MetaGuy for the sake of hanging lampshades on all of the absurdity that happens.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Here are a few characters who ''love'' to hang lampshades all over the place.
** Comicbook/SheHulk
** SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}
** SquirrelGirl
** Franchise/SpiderMan
** Comicbook/{{Robin}}
* And now creators
** PeterDavid
** Giffen and [=DeMatteis'=]
** MarkMillar
** Creator/GrantMorrison: e.g. one scene in his ''Bulleteer'' miniseries shows a villainess trying to kill the title character [[StuffedIntoTheFridge with a refrigerator]].
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero''. Since it's a Haruhi and Tv Tropes crossover written by a troper, this is only to be expected. The name is a big clue, as well.
* GraveAcademy, Jack, Samantha and Luke usually have this job.
* FanFic/OhGodNotAgain! features copious amount of lampshade hanging, paralleling your average abridged series.
* FanFic/OnceUponATimeAbridged: The lampshades are placed where you don't expect them, making it an interesting twist.
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' also does this.
* ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'' Like the top example, written by a troper.
* ''Fanfic/EbonyDarknessDementiaRavenWayVsCanon'' and its sequel were both written by a troper. Naturally, all tropes that pop up are extensively lampshaded (and [[WorldOfSnark mocked]]).
* ''FanFic/TheFanmakeBlooperSeries'' was also written by a Troper, though instead of tropes that are found here, they're tropes that are found in certain kinds of {{Film Fic}}tion, and they are not just lampshaded, but also subverted, parodied, and even deconstructed.
* ''FanFic/LatiasJourney'' did this often enough that you might have mistaken it's author as a troper. By the time of its sequel, ''FanFic/BraveNewWorld'', he WAS a troper, and the GenreSavvy [[AwesomenessByAnalysis Leo]] occasionally indulges in this (and he isn't the only one - chief Badass [[TheCaptain Captain Briny]] also does this at times, and other Pokémon occasionally throw it out)
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[[folder:Film]]
* Every Movie movie by Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg (such as ''Epic Movie'', ''Meet The Spartans'', and ''Disaster Movie'') is ''all'' about hanging lampshades when it's not shoehorning pop culture references. But then [[DontExplainTheJoke they explain what the lampshade is hanging over]].
* ''Film/TheresNothingOutThere'', in which a group of teenagers stay at a cottage in the woods and then get attacked by an alien. The twist is the DangerouslyGenreSavvy protagonist, who points out the absurdities of the CatScare, predicts DeathBySex, and eventually figures out that [[spoiler: [[TrappedInTVLand they're all literally trapped inside a horror movie.]]]]
* Zucker/Abrams parodies from the '80s are a good example of this, as often not a minute goes by where a lampshade isn't hung on something.
* The entire idea behind ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''. It even hangs lampshades on itself.
-->'''Schwartz Master Yogurt:''' Spaceballs: The Lunchbox! Spaceballs: The Breakfast Cereal! Spaceballs: THE FLAMETHROWER! The kids love that one.
* A common occurrence throughout ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum: Battle Of The Smithsonian''.
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''
* ''Film/TheMuppets''
* The narrator in ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' points out and occasionally mocks the storytelling devices being used.
* Elmont and Roderick from ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'' just love {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing FairyTale tropes and referencing [[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk the original story]].
* KungPowEnterTheFist gleefully points out its own editing inconsistencies, such as TheChosenOne asking Master Tang why he's suddenly lying in bed when a moment before in the same scene he was walking around in a completely different room, and Betty proclaiming he's a magician and changing the color of a lackey's shirt throughout the scene.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheToughGuideToFantasyland'' does nothing but [[LampshadeHanging hang lampshades]], being a [[BooksOnTrope Book on Trope]]
* Both the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' and ''Literature/NurseryCrime'' series by Creator/JasperFforde. [[PostModernism Hoooo boy.]]
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series hangs lampshades on and/or subverts practically every trope it uses.
** As befits a series in which characters have scientifically proven (and [[TropeNamer named]]) the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality.
* Tolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Many examples, done very well, of characters noting they are like, or ''are'', characters in a saga and that some trope applies to them. "Give us a story, I want to hear about 'Frodo of the Nine Fingers and the Ring of Doom'", et cetera. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] insofar as in their world there isn't much difference between a story and a history lesson, so this is a little like (for example) drawing parallels between the Iraq war and Vietnam.
* All of the main characters in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' are very GenreSavvy and very snarky. Any use of tropes (and [[{{Troperiffic}} there will be many]]) will thus inevitably be accompanied by a dry LampshadeHanging, and maybe a ShoutOut or two.
* ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' combines this with LeaningOnTheFourthWall and MediumAwareness, as George and Harold frequently lampshade whatever ContrivedCoincidence or convoluted plot they're currently involved with.
-->"That only happens in children's book where the author is clearly running out of ideas."
* While much of Postmodern fiction falls under this, Creator/DavidFosterWallace should get a special mention; he'll frequently hang a lampshade on a plotpoint or theme he's using genuinely...and then hang a lampshade on the hanging itself, which will tie back into the original theme (drawing something real out of irony)
* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', the Battle of Yonkers is both in-universe and out a massive contrivance that requires ''the entire US military command'' to suddenly become TooDumbToLive. As it's told by one of the infantry who were present, he keeps recounting how stupid the decisions had to be. Depending on the reader, this just keeps reminding one of how contrived the whole situation is, bordering on a mid-game DiabolusExMachina.
** Also lampshaded is the mysterious absence of Solanum from the news; the companies that own them didn't want to cause a panic. This disregards just about everything about how the news works, the entire Internet, and the tendency of news to gyrate towards more sensationalist stories, even if it means sacrificing accuracy. The walking dead would be the Holy Grail for any news organization.
* ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' is constructed almost entirely out of lampshades (held together with British snark, postmodernism, and cynicism).
* ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' does this several times to reconcile the writing of an epic with the pragmatic and rather cynical view of war which moderns [[JustifiedTrope and probably Byzantine soldiers too]] have. For instance when Valentinian and Rana Sanga are having a gloriously heroic CombatByChampion, the Roman officer Maurice commits that it is the craziest thing he had seen in his life.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Radio/TheBurnsAndAllenShow'' had Creator/GeorgeBurns shading lamps all over the place.
* ''Series/BostonLegal''. Denny could open a lighting store.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is one of the biggest user of Lampshades.
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''. This isn't because the show is bad by any means, but because the [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger source footage]] is so ridiculously cheesy that ''not'' doing so would almost be an insult, given [[DarkerAndEdgier the nature of the show]]. Lampshades hung include the cutesy-animal mecha, the transformation callphrase, the prerequisite explosions behind them after transforming (which was brilliantly turned into an actual plot point). Impressively, most of the lampshades also come with {{justifi|edTrope}}cations wherein the cliches of the franchise are given semi-plausible explanations.
** And then Toei tried their hand at the trope with ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger''.
* ''Series/StargateSG1 loves'' its lampshades. Particularly notable is its use of ''Wormhole Xtreme,'' a ShowWithinAShow that pokes fun at the series, the creative process, and the entire SciFi genre.
** Plus "Citizen Joe" which contains many a TakeThat at earlier episodes and "200" which somehow manages to push the ideas introduced in "Wormhole Xtreme" even further. Basically, the older the series got, the more lampshades were hung.
*** At one point, they even ''explain the term LampshadeHanging as part of the plot.''
*** After the names of the most-recurring props, cast, and crew (and pronouns and prepositions, of course), "lampshade" may just be the most frequently uttered word on all SG-1 DVD commentaries and behind-the-scenes material. Unless you limit that to only material featuring frequent director and story consultant Peter [=DeLuise=], in which case "regular" (as in bowel movement) might just pip "lampshade".
* ''Series/TheMiddleman'' even has a wall of actual lampshades.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' operates primarily on this rule (especially through MetaGuy Abed) plus a few others. It's even lampshaded this trope.
-->'''Jef''': Abed! [[HypocriticalHumor Stop being so meta all the time! Why do you have to take everything that happens and shove it up its own ass?]]
* ''Series/ICarly'' generally lampshades anything remotely related to the characters picking up an IdiotBall, as well as a wide variety of common genre tropes like [[AdultsAreUseless All Adults Are Useless]].
* ''Series/DueSouth'' enjoys giving Fraser increasingly strange and unbelievable abilities and when other characters express astonishment as to how he does it, he merely says "That's not important."
* ''Series/{{Psych}}''. Almost the entire show is varying degrees of lampshade hanging.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', being a show that's a dramedy loves itself a good lampshade hanging.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' is fond of LampshadeHanging to an extreme degree. Notice how many trope examples on its page involve lampshades in some way.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' has extensive LampshadeHanging, including references about how much the villain resembles monster-movie star Creator/BorisKarloff (who acted the role during the play's initial run on Broadway but not in the film adaptation). There is also a bit where the hero, a theater critic, lampshades his scene by discussing the same scene in a play he recently saw, which is the play in which he is acting. Confused yet?
** Karloff's absence from the film was in fact ''because'' he was doing the play on Broadway - his contract stopped him.
* The musical ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'' hangs lampshades on everything in sight, starting with "too much exposition" and the show's IntentionallyAwkwardTitle.
* This was one of the signatures of George M. Cohan's shows (besides flag-waving, that is).
* ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}''. Considering [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail the source material]], it's not surprising ''at all''.
* OlderThanSteam[=/=]JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples: In ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', a troupe of peasants put on a horrible cliched play about Pyramus and Thisbe. Every lame standby is used and acknowledged. The King and his court--while happy to point out the flaws--still thoroughly enjoy the show, and reward the performers.
-->'''King:''' The best in this kind are but shadows; and the worst are no worse, if imagination amend them. \\
'''Queen:''' [[DeadpanSnarker It must be your imagination then, and not theirs.]]
** For added fun, "Pyramus and Thisbe" has the same basic plot he used for ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' at around the same time.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' does this, thanks largely to having a cast with purposefully vague characterization, especially with both the major heroines being JerkAss DeadpanSnarker MetaGuy characters. In ''Subterranean Animism'', Marisa and Alice's storyline consisted of the two of them insulting each other and making fun of everything they ran across to the point where they never actually uncovered what the plot was, they simply blew everything up because they know it's a game where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou, and that the motives really didn't matter, [[KleptomaniacHero so long as they got all the loot they could find in the end]].
** This form of conversation continues in the Extra Stage, where Marisa asks why the hell she's visiting the Moriya Shrine, and Alice outright tells her that it's the BonusDungeon. Marisa's response is along the lines of [[NoFourthWall 'Haven't I already done enough by beating the game already?']]
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' has taken great glee in mocking just about every Zelda tradition it can. It has to be played to be believed.
* There are two dungeons in ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' which feature countless billboards lampshading almost every known dungeon cliché, including the overdose on billboards itself.
* While the main [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] series is not an example, the VideoGame/PaperMario games love lampshading just about everything about the series. The VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi games do it too, but not quite as much.
* The iOS game ''VideoGame/{{Highborn}}'' lampshades everything it possibly can: odd things that happen in the story, the fact that they're breaking the fourth wall repeatedly, many of the shout-outs.
* The later ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games use lampshading as a frequent source of humor, most prominently Sonic's snarky comments towards Dr Eggman's plans past and present.
* The 2004 ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'' has the Bard and the [[InteractiveNarrator Narr]][[LemonyNarrator ator]] both hang lampshades on everything in reach.
* ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' runs off of this, combining a {{Moe}} personification of the ConsoleWars with a complete lack of subtlety.
* ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' hangs lampshades on nearly everything in the game, ranging from minor CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot moments to its endless {{Double Entendre}}s.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' is pretty much about this.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' derives about half its humour from LampshadeHanging, to such an extent to even ''hang a lampshade on hanging lampshades.'' See the picture on LampshadeHanging.
* [[http://www.nodwick.com/ Nodwick]] also runs hilariously headlong into this trope.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' does this a lot, too, and a lot of the humor ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' comes from hanging Lampshades on some of the more JustForFun/{{egregious}} things in ''Franchise/StarWars''.
** And so, naturally, it was only a matter of time before they got around to [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0353.html Lampshading their own attachment]] to this trope. It's like some sort of infinite recursion of {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing.
* ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' is made of lampshades. Even directly referencing [[Wiki/TVTropes This Very Wiki]].
* All of the video game tropes parodied by ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' are lampshaded by Cherry calling attention to them. This in itself is lampshaded in one comic with: "Oh look, Cherry doesn't get it."
** ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}!'' does much the same, except every RPG trope [[ClicheStorm in existence]] gets lampshaded by ''everyone''. But especially [[OnlySaneMan Ardem.]]
* When ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' indulges in some piece of {{Technobabble}} that's more than half drivel, there's usually a caption saying "Yay! Technobabble!" or something similar.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' derives much of its dialogue from the characters pointing out the flaws in the author's own logic.
* ''BobAndGeorge''. Full stop. To the point where the lampshade hanging continues ''in the Author commentary''!
* {{Webcomic/Comc}}: While [[TheRant the commentary]] says (lampshades?) that "semi-frequent" LampshadeHanging might still be an exaggeration, [[https://sites.google.com/site/comccomic/archive/comc40 this str'p]] [[SpeechBubblesInterruption nearly]] lampshades lampshading lampshading using a [[LampshadeWearing lampshade]] to lampshade lampshade hanging. No wonder Block got a headache.
* {{Webcomic/Shortpacked}} is incredibly fond of this, usually with Robin, who tapdances and does backflips on the fourth wall in about every third appearance. Other characters will occasionally do it also, particularly Mike.
* ''WebComic/MuhPhoenix'': The comic takes a dig at most of the incongruences of ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen, and comic books in general.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] has a habit of pointing out how cliche something he's about to do is, and in [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/1632-Just-Cause-2 one case]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment lampshaded lampshading]].
* {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}}, in his LetsPlay videos will lampshade anything and everything that happens. Usually done with regards to tropes within the game itself, either the story or gameplay, but often will point out how [[CatchPhrase cliche something]] [[VerbalTic he says is]], or how badly he's playing due to the [[PerformanceAnxiety Let's Play Curse]].
* The work of [[WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC Its Just Some Random Guy]].
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' and indeed AbridgedSeries in general ''exist'' for this reason.
* The ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' often lampshade the stranger aspects of the games they play.
* ''WebAnimation/MattNDusty'' frequently points out its own flaws including lackluster animation, questionable voice acting, Dusty's behavior, and Matt's unlikeability.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in later seasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''
* ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'' has a lot of this type of humor.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' gets into this, particularly in the later seasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'': Dear Lord, the movie pretty much ''is'' the trope. The entire damn thing.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', usually on any of its vast amount of OncePerEpisode tropes.
--> '''Phineas:''' Someone should build an All-Terrain vehicle that really goes over all terrain!\\
'''Ferb:''' [Holds up fingers to count] Two, three, four...\\
'''Phineas:''' [[CatchPhrase Hey, Ferb! I know what we're going to do today!]]\\
'''Ferb:''' ...five, six, seven...\\
'''Phineas:''' [[CatchPhrase Hey, where's Perry?]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a whole episode devoted to this trope: "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEmberIslandPlayers The Ember Island Players]]."
* This more or less was the point of ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity''.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', [[TropesAreNotGood to the point where it seems to be incapable of doing any sort of humour other than]] LampshadeHanging.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', to the point where it's even lampshaded LampshadeHanging.
-->'''Lana''': Where'd you get that grenade?\\
'''Archer''': Hanging from the lampshade!\\
'''Lana''': ...What?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' thrives on this, with characters going out of their way to point out how bizarre, unlikely or convenient a situation is.
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