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-> ''"If it's good for laughs, if it works, just do it."''
-->-- '''Noah "Spoony" Antwiler''', ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment''

Any violation of [[{{Canon}} continuity]], [[FridgeLogic logic]], [[ArtMajorPhysics physics]], or [[ViolationOfCommonSense common sense]] is permissible if the result gets enough of a laugh.

This is the comedy equivalent of the RuleOfCool, and is accordingly weighted more in comedy shows. Especially easy to invoke in humor-based American animation and {{webcomics}}, where people expect the lack of realism in the art to translate to other areas.

Compare RuleOfFun.

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'''Tropes existing purely due to the Rule Of Funny:'''
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* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade
* AmusingInjuries (and all subtropes thereof)
** AgonyOfTheFeet
** AnvilOnHead
** BloodlessCarnage
** CraniumChase
** HeadTurnedBackwards
** IllogicalSafe
** ImOkay
** IronButtMonkey
** NonFatalExplosions
* AssShove
* AwesomenessIsVolatile
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter
* BreakingTheFourthWall
** AsideGlance
** MediumAwareness
** NoFourthWall
* BubblegumPopping
* TheCatCameBack
* TheChewToy
* CityOfEverywhere
* ComedicSociopathy
* ComicalOverreacting
* ContainerCling
* CutawayGag
* DiggingToChina
* DrippingDisturbance
* {{Duck}}
* EverythingIsAnInstrument
* GagSeries
* GiganticGulp
* GravityIsAHarshMistress
* {{Hammerspace}}
** ImpossiblyCompactFolding
* HowIsThatEvenPossible
* HyperspaceMallet
* InconvenientItch
* InstantGravestone
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum
* JustJokingJustification
* MadeOfExplodium
* MediumShiftGag
* MundaneWish
* NegativeContinuity
* NoseShove
* OrganAutonomy
* PaintedTunnelRealTrain
* PianoKeyWave
* PinballGag
* QuoteSwearUnquote (at least now it does)
* RapidFireComedy
* ReadingAheadInTheScript
* ReadingsBlewUpTheScale
* ThoughtBomb
* UndignifiedDeath
* UnplannedCrossdressing
* VacuumMouth
* WackySoundEffect
* WaterIsAir
* WaterGeyserVolley
* WhoEvenNeedsABrain
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A [[IncrediblyLamePun running]] sight gag in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is Sakaki, after winning a race, running with the ribbon held up by her (for a Japanese teenager) extremely large breasts. Of course, this means that the ribbon was chest-level on the tallest girl, putting it high enough that some of the contestants would have run right ''under'' it...but it's still funny.
** Sakaki generally bends down a little and kind of "scoops" the ribbon when she runs through. Although I didn't find it funny so much as [[RuleOfCool mildly cool]].
** ''Manga/LuckyStar'' deliberately invoked this trope as well, as noted by GenreSavvy Konata.
* ''Manga/ExcelSaga'', in a nutshell.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses this for a number of things (some of which later get a CerebusRetcon), but one to note is Franky building a nice-looking wooden bridge out of scraps and rubble in less than a minute. It would be a DeusExMachina if Franky's insistence on the level of detail and craftmanship didn't make it hilarious.
** For those who haven't seen the above scene, the bridge has carved, ornate hand rails. Oh and it was varnished.
** Luffy ''eating a cage'' he was trapped in certainly qualifies, especially because he's captured again before he achieves anything. The whole scene serves no purpose but Rule of Funny.
** OnePiece has some pretty outlandish character designs, but some manage to go the extra mile (like Wanze and Jango's telescopic and heart-shaped eyes) just for the sake of a gag.
* This is the '''only''' thing that keeps the shower scene with [[spoiler:Baron Ashura]] in episode 5 of {{Mazinkaiser}} from being NightmareFuel.
* In general, this trope applies to how the titular character beats enemies in ''BoboboBoBobobo''.
* Pretty much everything in ''MahouSenseiNegima'' that isn't covered by RuleOfCool probably falls under this.
** Still both cool and funny parts are usually completely logical. When they're not, it's heavily [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
*** [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/c338/19.html After Negi goes Raiten Sousou while sneezing and blows Chisame's clothes]]:
-->'''Chisame:''' Why the hell are you transforming with a sneeze?! That makes no sense!!
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': The English Dub originally liked to tie in some puns now and then, but has since gone on a more faithful adaptation of the scripts once it passed out of 4kid's hands.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has a lot of jokes and slapstick during its comedic episodes which would already be enough to qualify, but it is also a curious case where the staff has explicitly acknowledged that sometimes they made the characters do something crazy, absurd or plainly hilarious for no good reason other than the Rule of Funny, regardless of the context [[StealthParody appearing to be more serious on the surface]].
* ''SetoNoHanayome''. The ''only'' things that the show ever plays seriously is the relationships between San and Nagasumi, and even then, tongue is lodged firmly in cheek.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' plays has equal shares of this and RuleOfCool as the laws of the universe, instead of the regular, boring laws of physics.
* ''Manga/BinbouGamiGa'' practically runs on it- particularly everything [[{{Troll}} Momiji]] does.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Larry Elmore used this in his classic ''Snarfquest'' comics that appeared in ''DragonMagazine'', citing that his manner of plotting the episodes was to figure out the ending goal of the characters then throw out the plan and write/draw the ''stupidest'' possible way they could get there.
* DonRosa uses this trope from time to time as a justification for breaking realism in his otherwise painfully serious comics. He even mentions it (though not by name) in one of the comment pages for ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'', when he had retroactively added [[http://duckman.pettho.com/drinfo/eisner.jpg the Eisner comic award]] he won for the series in its last chapter, hanging on Scrooge's wall. DonaldDuck [[LampshadeHanging even remarks]] that it has to be fake, since they're living in the 50s and the award reads "1995" with big letters. Rosa compares his relationship with the rule to the below-mentioned joke in Roger Rabbit.
* ''JusticeLeagueInternational'' is well-known for humorously [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderizing]] a number of characters or having them [[TookALevelInDumbass Take A Level In Dumbass]] for the sake of comedy. This lead to the period in [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica League]] history being considered a DorkAge and OldShame in-universe (in real life the series is beloved by fans), largely because the team had become a group of ineffectual jokesters.
* SquirrelGirl breathes this trope. How else can you explain how a girl with a tail who has the power to [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway talk to squirrels]], can defeat super villains like Thanos (MagnificentBastard), [[DoctorDoom Dr. Doom]] (CrazyPrepared Personified) and {{Deadpool}} (Deadpool)?
* Me, the [[{{Deadpool}} Merc with the Mouth]], would have to say that I'm, myself, pretty much the incarnation of this trope. I mean, I never stop talking even when I'm getting beaten to a pulp, and most of the stuff I say goes straight into the CrowningMomentOfFunny section... Also, mention that [[SymbolSwearing percent sign, skull, colon, ampersand, swirly thingy, dollar sign, semicolon]] Squirrel Girl again, and I'll make rabbit leg roti, wrapped in rognonade with cherry and carrot puree out of you! Either that, or curry with rice.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, of all people, points this out in ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader''.
--> "Kid. I'm the Joker. I don't just randomly kill people. I kill people when it's funny. What would conceivably be funny about killing you?"
* ''[[{{Nextwave}} Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.]]'' runs on this. It starts with the team fighting a giant green dragon in underpants, and proceeds to get unashamedly weirder without so much as stopping for breath -- [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs except to huff more laughing gas]].
** To wit, Dirk Anger, director of H.A.T.E., (A Nick Fury {{expy}}) spends the entire series a) trying to kill Nextwave by, say, throwing Drop Bears at them from his flying submarine base, and b) concocting ever more elaborate suicide attempts due to the [[VillainousBreakdown breakdown]] the Nextwave squad are giving him.
* This is the [[strike:main]] only reason for anything that happens in ''TheAwesomeSlapstick'', including the {{Monster Clown}}s from Dimension X, the five-year-old toddler and his [[MechanicalMonster giant robotic teddy bear]], and the highly explosive Neutron Bum.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''FanFic/TouhouM1GrandPrix'' is a BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine competition staring characters from an ElegantGothicLolita WorldOfBadass ShootEmUp. It runs on Rule of Funny. There's even an instance of with a [[SoreLoser finalist crying all-alone]], running into a HopeSpot / JumpScare that's {{played for laughs}}.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The Disney animation ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' repeatedly emphasizes its own ludicrous plot holes with lines such as "Now, what are the odds that trap door would lead me out here?"
-->'''Kuzco:''' No... It can't be! How did you get here before us?
-->'''Yzma:''' Ah- uh, how ''did'' we, Kronk?
-->'''Kronk:''' Got me. *pulls out a map, showing the two parties' paths* By all accounts, it doesn't make sense.
* In ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' a chalk map that rubs off on Milo's shirt is not reversed, as the gag of Milo having to stand in that position would have been voided. The directors were amused that test audiences complained more about that detail and its plausibility than in the following scene where a photograph whirs into life in a 1920's movie style.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' movies follow [=RoF=] to an increasing degree with every movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' has characters that might act goofy or out of character if the writers think the joke is funny. For example, Diego is a mostly serious character yet will start acting silly or goofy if the joke depends on it (like him trying to hide that Sid's family abandoned him again by saying they were destroyed by an asteroid).
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The film ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' declares this to be an actual law of cartoon physics:
-->'''Eddie:''' You mean you could have taken your hand out of that cuff at any time?!\\
'''Roger:''' No, not at any time. Only when it was ''funny''.
** This being the most frequently referenced instance of the rule, it's interesting to note that, the way Roger Rabbit phrases it, you can never be ''quite'' sure if he isn't just pulling Eddie's chain. ...in the figurative sense.
* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' the [[CoolStarship Millennium Falcon]] malfunctions but Han Solo restarts the engines by [[PercussiveMaintenance punching the instrument panel]].
** Which happens [[RuleOfThree three times]]. (Two for Han, and once for Lando.)
* Every Creator/MontyPython movie, especially Holy Grail. The opening titles even contain faux Swedish subtitles that ramble off on tangents, leading the people in charge of the titles to be fired, mid title sequence.
* Any given JackieChan fight sequence.
* This is the entire point of ''JesusChristVampireHunter''.
* The scene in ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'' where the Autobots hide in Sam's backyard doesn't make that much sense - why wouldn't Sam's parents hear them speaking? - but it's so damn funny it barely matters.
* Certain comedy films can't go one minute without violating all sanity for a joke. Consider ''Film/TopSecret'', featuring a very young Val Kilmer as a rock & roll star protagonist in a spy plot: this movie includes a motel called Gey Shluffen, a high speed action chase to change a radio station, and an underwater bar brawl. Or watch ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' for the sheer number of visual pun gags.
** Creator/WoodyAllen's early films were very much of this order. Consider ''Take the Money and Run'' where Woody is imprisoned and punished by being locked in confinement with an insurance salesman. Or ''Love and Death'' where a battle scene is intercut with scenes of Woody as a cheerleader.
* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. BellisariosMaxim is writ '''LARGE''' across every element.
* Pavi Largo's accent in ''RepoTheGeneticOpera''. He's the only one of his siblings with an Italian accent. It appears only to be there to make him hilarious. (It works.) [[note]]the writers have subsequently stated that Pavi developed his accent to cover up a childhood speech impediment. But seeing as the film itself offers no such explanation, it probably still counts as Rule of Funny[[/note]]
** "All of-a eet? OHHHH NOOOOOO!"
* Every Marx Brothers film revolves around this, to a varying degree. Many of their best routines have absolutely nothing to do with the plot.
** ''Film/DuckSoup'' really takes the cake in that regard: the plot makes absolutely no sense if you think about it for more than a minute, but you'll probably be laughing too hard to care. How is one rich heiress powerful enough to decide the leader of an entire country by herself? How does a fast-talking huckster with no political experience get appointed the leader of a country? Why is said country identical to 1930's America? How did a frizzy-haired mute and a guy with an incomprehensible Italian accent get jobs as spies? [[MST3KMantra Just go with it.]]
** Ditto Film/TheThreeStooges.
* The final scene of ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' is so completely nonsensical that it's impossible to describe. Allegedly, the scene is the heroes trying to get out of the casino before it explodes. So why the cowboys, Indians, flying roulette table, bubbles, kinescope police dispatchment, gun-turret banister, etc.? It's funny...at least if you're high enough to write a scene like that.
* The climactic battle of ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', which features the characters [[NoFourthWall leaving their soundstage]] and breaking up a dance number on another set, getting into a pie fight in the studio commissary, then (eventually) getting to the end of the movie by sneaking into a theater playing ''Blazing Saddles'' and watching it with us.
* SeltzerAndFriedberg aim for this trope... with unfortunate results.
* [[SherlockHolmes James Moriarty]], formerly a Professor of Mathematics, being [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ym-Das0s84 unable to perform long division, with decimals]] in ''Film/TheAdventureOfSherlockHolmesSmarterBrother''.
* ''PocketNinjas'' attempts to use the Rule a lot but fails. It's full of things that can only be there because they're supposed to be funny but turn out mind-bogglingly, embarrassingly stupid, even for a children's movie. Examples: The FinalBattle. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7XdeF9Zt0g&feature=related In a videogame.]] The BigGood fighting the BiggerBad. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j1wucWpV8c With balloons and horrible carnival music.]] And pat-a-cake and... seriously, what the hell are they doing??
* Combined with StylisticSuck for the Swedish action-comedy ''Kopps''. A policeman is given ridiculous superpowers, that begin with him arriving at the scene of a robbery seconds after the alarm is activated, flipping his car in the air and landing perfectly on all four wheels, and then...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsc5_Ziy710 all of this happens]].
* In the final scene of ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', Otto is seen hanging on to the window of an airplane taking off, [[spoiler:having apparently survived being run over by a steamroller and smushed into wet cement]]. On the DVD, John Cleese argues that this joke wouldn't have worked at any point in the film other than the very end.
* Most of the {{amusing injuries}} Tony gets when testing the suit in ''Film/IronMan1''.
* Tranquilizers take several minutes to take effect; however, in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' it happens almost immediately, causing one of the funniest parts in the film. In the hospital when Thor is fighting the doctors, this happens: (gets pinned against the wall) "You are no match for the mighty--" (gets tranqilized).
* This is the main reason why anything happens in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' and its sequels. The number of {{Contrived Coincidence}}s and [[RandomEventsPlot random events]] the protagonists go through would be absurdly improbable in RealLife, but the films' inability to take anything seriously [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal allows the audience to accept the absurdity.]]
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' practically ''ran'' on this trope.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' universe, this is an actual rule, akin to a law of physics. Creator/TerryPratchett, author of the series, has cited this rule in interviews. ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Discworld'' (co-authored by Pratchett himself) elaborates that it is a corollary of the Law of NarrativeCausality, known as the Rule of Universal Humour. That term appears once in the novels themselves, mentioned as the reason someone still had his hat on after being turned into a pumpkin.
* Creator/TomHolt and RobertRankin have based their entire careers on this. With Holt, you know the book you're reading is based on the same plot as the ''last'' five books of his you read -- and you don't care; with Rankin... well... the closest description anyone's ever found to his books is ''TheGoonShow'' [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on crack]], and this is pretty much the ''only'' rule it abides by.
* Craig Shaw Gardner's Cineverse Cycle, as a parody of B movies in general, pretty much lives and breathes this trope, whether it's the subtitles that appear underneath the inhabitants of the "foreign film" universe whenever they speak, or the mad scientist who turns into a Gargamel {{Expy}} whenever he's around this bunch of fluffy bunnies in the "cartoon" universe, or the slime monster in the "horror" universe which turns out to be [[spoiler: the formerly-missing chimp companion of the Tarzan {{Expy}} in the "adventure" universe, clad in a monster suit.]]
* The steampower on which the works of Creator/PGWodehouse run. [[ContrivedCoincidence Bizarre coincidences]] are commonplace, the SmartBall and the IdiotBall get juggled around by just about everyone, and [[StrictlyFormula the same things happen ten million times]]. [[TropesAreNotBad By general consensus, he is the funniest writer in the English language]].
* Deconstructed in the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''Sky Pirates'', which is set in a PocketDimension based on jokes, but makes it clear that it's not funny if it actually happens to you.
* Magic in the Harry Potter universe is half this, half whatever the plot needs.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Any "plot" elements in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. See the [[MST3KMantra mantra]]. For example, Season 7 ended with Dr. Forrester being reborn and then killed by Pearl, who then freezes herself. A later episode shows her and the cast go back to the present, so the second Dr. Forrester would still be around, if it had to make sense.
** While Tom Servo's arms are stated in-universe to be non-functional, he will nonetheless hold on to anything he needs so long as it leads to a funny gag.
* On the show ''{{Merlin}}'' during the episode "A Servant of Two Masters", Merlin continuously (and humorously) fails to kill Arthur by using weapons and chemicals.It is because of this trope the Merlin doesn't use magic to try and kill Arthur.
* Penny's intelligence and Sheldon's social skills in ''Series/{{TheBigBangTheory}}'' both tend to vary wildly based on this trope.
* The title character of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' could go from dead serious to goofball surprisingly fast.
** In fact, the entire point of "Smile Time" seems to be this trope. There is a mysterious bad guy, it could do anything. Why would it turn Angel into a puppet? Because it's hilarious, that's why.
*** Actually, it's symbolic of the fact that Angel has been various people's puppets pretty much since the show began, and the purpose of the egg was to turn demons into puppets (so they could take over a kid's show)...
*** But, mostly, it's really, really funny.
* Pretty much what ''Series/RedDwarf'' is made of. The premise, every episode, almost every scene, and a whole lot of the individual lines are all just completely ridiculous (the characters giving out one-liners that are completely inappropriate to the situation is practically a staple of the show), that it's probably used about half of the sub-pages listed above at one point or another. And needless to say, all of this is forgiven by the fans, as it's probably one of the funniest (and [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove most underappreciated]]) TV shows ever made, because as long as it's funny, it works.
** One of the show's creator's strategies apparently seems to be finding RefugeInAudacity. The sheer amount the show uses is perfectly exemplified in a condensed four minutes in the famous return of Ace Rimmer, where he escapes from ropes by dislocating both of his shoulders (yet retains full use of his arms for the remainder of the scene), shrugs off bullets with mild annoyance at his clothes being ruined, and [[AppliedPhlebotinum flies a motorcycle.]] And then some. Really, it's easier if you just [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXYfnWRp1Q0the watch it.]] What a guy! (The fact that he's [[spoiler: actually a solid hologram]] either explains it or makes all ten times better/worse.)
** They briefly {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed Holly's [[TheDitz senility]] for a joke multiple times, with the extreme being "White Hole" (in which (s)he was counting by banging her head on the screen). However, (s)he is shown to be much more lucid (if not necessarily brilliant) in other episodes, notably in "Queeg" with a well-planned hoax ''based'' on the idiot-perception and in "Back to Reality" when (s)he saves the entire crew. Also, "White Hole" itself establishes that the ship's power generation requires her input, making you wonder why something hasn't exploded yet.
** Perhaps the flaw of the final two series where whole scenes seem to have been tacked on mainly for laughs. The most glaring are the tap dancing shuttle craft scene and the Tyrannosaurus rex, ([[ArtisticLicensePaleontology of course]]) eating a giant curry. Pretty base stuff by the series previous standards and not helped by some [[SpecialEffectsFailure not-very-convincing CGI]].
*** There's a glorious piece in the script book, where Naylor describes, step by painstaking step, just how complex the dancing Blue Midget scene was to do, then going on the messageboards and learning "the fans hate it, they think it's filler".
* Many of the "challenges" in ''TopGear''. Why turn a truck into an amphibious vehicle? Why launch a car on a rocket only to see it hit the ground and then explode? Why make James May try to drive fast? (Or why let him get lost--actually lost--on a ''race track''? Because it's funny, durn it!)
* On ''The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show'', George made it clear in his occasional [[NoFourthWall asides to the audience]] that he would go along with anything as long as it was getting laughs.
* Pretty much one of the main reasons Adam as well as the Chuckleheads (Kari, Grant, and Tori) are around in ''Series/MythBusters'' is because they all fulfill the Rule of Funny. Jamie and Adam admit they really aren't that fond of each other in real life - if it weren't for the Rule of Funny, you can bet your bottom it'd just be two Jamie type people.
* The reason ''Series/XPlay'' was ''very'' fond of finding a quote they thought was amusing, then repeating it. Again. And ''again''. And ''AGAIN''!
* This is practically [[That70sShow Hyde's]] excuse for his antics--"Because, it's funnier this way."
* As an unrestrained parody of {{Cowboy Cop}}s, ''Series/SledgeHammer'' runs entirely on Rule of Funny.
* ''PoliceSquad'' is nothing ''but'' this trope. Not surprising, as it was developed by the folks behind ''Film/{{Airplane}}''
* Rule number one on the ''Series/ColgateComedyHour''.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': There is no "Daphne Lane" in Seattle where Niles could find a street sign to steal (nor Maple Street, the intersection where he tries), but obviously you'd lose this plot if it were realistic.
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[[folder:Music]]
* DevinTownsend
** Ziltoid the Omniscient in particular.
* Music/FrankZappa
* Music/{{Primus}}
* Music/{{Megadeth}} has The Chosen Ones, based on ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'''s Rabbit of Caerbannog.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} Pro Wrestling, Incredibly Strange Wrestling, and Lucha Va-Voom practically run on it.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Why does Bluebottle in ''TheGoonShow'' keep getting deaded by explosions even when he's in the middle of a desert on a different continent to the pile of dynamite he's fleeing, then come BackFromTheDead to complain about being killed? Because it's funny. The same applies to...well...pretty much everything else related to the Goons.
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[[folder:Roleplay]]
* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' functions off of this, even as a game. It doesn't matter how good your attack is, if it isn't funny, it will almost never work. On the flip side, something that is inherently a baby of this has a far greater chance to succeed.
** One of the earliest examples was the summoning of Magikarp, who proceeds (through screwy mechanics) to flail at the godmodder, and then summon a tsunami. Guess which one connects.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The election night newsreel in ''OfTheeISing'' relies heavily on the Rule of Funny. In particular, the actual opposition candidate is never identified, so all the election returns show Wintergreen vying with various celebrities, horses, intoxicating liquors, etc.
* Philocomasium's ZanyScheme in ''Miles Gloriosus'' depends very heavily on this, as she's masquerading as her free twin, while the man whose concubine she is has a guard for her.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'': A relentless HurricaneOfPuns and a bizarre array of [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Everything Trying To]] [[InsistentTerminology Beat You Up]] make up only a fraction of the silliness.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay''. To explain, antics such as producing toilet paper from {{Hammerspace}} when fighting a giant singing poo, and drinking from a conveniently placed keg in order to defeat fire imps with "[[UrineTrouble yellow rain]]". Or as the game puts it, the "Context Sensitive Area".
* ''AtelierSeries'' are lighthearted in general, but the ''[[ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis Mana]] [[ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy Khemia]]'' and DS games (''Liese'', ''[[VideoGame/AtelierAnnieAlchemistsOfSeraIsland Annie]]'', and ''Lina'') are practically made of this trope.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2's'' infamous "[[UranusIsShowing probing Uranus]]" joke requires a deviation from format to execute. Normally, when the player deploys a probe, the ship AI will say something like "Probe away" or "Deploying Probe." It never, never says "Probing [Planet Name]"... except when you launch a probe at Uranus, at which point you hear "probing Uranus."
** Bonus points to this one because EDI first asks: "Really, [[PlayerCharacter Commander]]?" One can practically hear the {{facepalm}}.
* ''VideoGame/SuperheroLeagueOfHoboken'' pretty much runs on this trope, with enemies like giant hamburgers and chests of drawers and superpowers like "eating spicy foods without distress" or "folding roadmaps correctly".
* The DatingSim ''Videogame/AlwaysRememberMe'' has a few bonus silly endings where the protagonist declares her love for her [[HighSchoolSweethearts high school sweetheart's]] father and the NewOldFlame--as chibi versions of themselves.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' uses this a lot. To name a few instances:
** In one chapter, Bayonetta hijacks a motorcycle and starts it using her middle finger.
** If Bayonetta is crushed by large, ball-shaped objects, she [[SquashedFlat gets flattened like a cartoon character]], which looks very out-of-place in this game. It could either be this, the fact that the Umbran Witches may have the ability to flatten themselves, or both.
** In a scene where Luka and Cereza are making a daring escape, the camera zooms in on their faces as a sparkle comes from their eyes, accompanied by an AudibleGleam...and then Cereza's doll, Cheshire, even does it too, and meows as it does so.
* ''VideoGame/FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'': Do NOT attempt to follow any of the medical advice listed in the pharmacist's guide/manual. It is a parody of the more primitive state of medicine in the 19th Century and is only meant to be used as a source of humor and copy protection information.
* The entire basis for ''VideoGame/GoatSimulator'', pretty much. Why are you playing a goat? Why are the in-game physics so terrible? Because it's funny.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''[[WebComic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]''. Fighter and Red Mage regularly take actions that [[LampshadeHanging other characters realize]] [[AchievementsInIgnorance should be completely impossible.]] The creator has said that the comic's continuity is whatever makes for the funniest joke at the time.
** Black Belt, who is [[NoSenseOfDirection notoriously bad at navigating]], manages to get himself so lost that he goes back in time and encounters himself. Without any outside help. In a straight hallway. Yeah.
** Lampshaded recently when the character Drizz'l uses a joke to "break the ice". Literal ice. Everyone involved is amazed it worked. Drizz'l outright states he hates that it did.
** 8-Bit Theater isn't above having characters act completely out of character. At least, we've seen Fighter [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/11/11/episode-481-black-belt-walks-into-a-bar/ be intelligent and rational]], Black Mage be cordial, and Red Mage briefly play TheStraightMan.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' is probably one of the most nonsensical works of fiction ever written. It's also absolutely hilarious.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' lives and breathes this trope.
** [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=991114 Ferrets]] can [[CaffeineBulletTime break the sound barrier when they're given sugar]].
** A [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=991121 Cannibals' Anonymous]] support group includes a pair of zombies, an alien, and a miniature wooly mammoth clone.
** A [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=970912 small bunny]] can [[{{Hammerspace}} produce a switchblade from nowhere]] and proceed to [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=970914 beat up a grizzly bear]].
** Brief references to the French Revolution or Oprah's Book of the Month club can [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=060412 instantly put people to sleep]].
** This quote should be at the top of the page:
-->[[spoiler:Dr Schlock: I'll be brief.]]
-->[[spoiler:Kusari: I'll be briefer [kills Schlock, turns to Daedalus] I've located and eliminated Dr. Schlock as you ordered, Daedalus.]]
-->[[spoiler:Daedalus: I wanted to hear what he had to say, but that was pretty funny so you get a pass.]]
* This very much governs ''Webcomic/BratHalla''. It tends to hew surprisingly closely to accurate Norse mythology within the confines of its premise... except when it would be funnier not to. Thus, Tyr is a pacifist, Fenrir is a rock star, half the dark elves are poser goths and emo kids who hang around coffee shops, and the closest thing the comic has to a BigBad is the eye Odin sacrificed to the Well of Mimir, imbued with sentience and severe abandonment issues.
* In ''[[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com/2008/08/15/the-computers-of-the-gods/ Jayden and Crusader]]'' this is referenced by a simple Saxon/Norse superstition being used in the 21st century, and turning out to be true for only the comic in which it is mentioned.
** Later the Artist of J&C himself cited the Rule of Funny regarding his [[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com/2008/12/08/page-101/ own work]]
* As does the webcomic ''BobAndGeorge'' where this is called [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/040527 "The Gag Reflex"]].
* In ''StickmanAndCube'', Humour is one of the main guiding forces of TheVerse, the other being Necessity, that is to say, stuff happens according to what is funny or needed at the time.
* The ''TheWotch'' spin-off webcomic ''Cheer!'' features a pie catapult with an automatic targeting system [[http://cheer.thewotch.com/index.php?date=20070822 designed to maximize laughs]].
* WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad. "WaveOBabies."
** "Three noses!?"
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Redcloak is able to summon Elementals based on the chemical elements even though no explanation is given for how he has come to learn of their existence in the first place.
** He took a Chemistry course. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0423.html And passed.]]
** Per [[WordOfGod Word of The Giant]] there are three priorities for writing each comic, the very first and highest, is Rule of Funny, followed by the story and finally the rules of D&D
* ''QuestionableContent'' - "[[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1425 I have no idea whether this comic actually makes sense. All I know is I could not stop laughing as I drew the last panel.]]"
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' exists for this and RuleOfRomantic. Slightly prone to CerebusSyndrome.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-08-20 Why else would]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2010-07-06 THIS happen]]?
* A [[LampshadeHanging lampshade is hung on it]] in ''{{Nodwick}}'', when [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2002-06-13 Nodwick is asked to lift a five-ton obelisk]].
* Apparently ''[[DominicDeegan Donovan Deegan]]'' has been [[spoiler:[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-01-12 pretending to suck at orcish]]]] ''for over twenty years'' purely because of [[InvokedTrope this]] [[LampshadeHanging trope]]!
** According to WordofGod the entire Wild Edges functions on [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-07-01 this rule.]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Violetta is able to swap a hostage for a matching dummy of him, while the hostage is being physically held by his captor, while Violetta is physically separated from and arguing with said captor, with no explanation of where that dummy might possibly have come from. Just that she [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100226 specializes in misdirection and sleight of hand]].
* ''Webcomic/ElectricWonderland'' personifies the Rule of Funny in Aerynn Arlia, a Magical Girl with no apparent limits. Aerynn can literally do anything at any time, as long as it's amusing ó usually with {{Buttmonkey}} NJ as the victim.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}''. How, exactly, did Galasso manage to resurrect RonaldReagan (and later [[spoiler:the historical Jesus]])?
* Many things in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', as well as its predecessor, ''ProblemSleuth'', can be explained by either this or RuleOfCool. ''ProblemSleuth'' leans more heavily on the "funny" side in comparison though.
-->''"The villain [of Homestuck] is a FUCKING DOG WEARING SUNGLASSES."''
-->-AndrewHussie
** Compared to ''Problem Sleuth'' and ''Homestuck'', their predecessor ''{{Jailbreak}}'' is even more so; Rule of Funny justifies its entire existence. It makes no pretense of having a coherent world or story; Rule of Funny is its be-all and end-all.
* Although there's a lot of Rule of Funny going on in ''Webcomic/TouhouNekokayou'', one scene sticks out to me. Why use a giant laser, Marisa, when you can [[spoiler: [[http://dizzy.pestermom.com/?p=csa01marisa0585 use a giant pie?]] ]]
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Arale and Nekomajin have this as a power: Arale's basically an unconscious RealityWarper on Buu's level, and could have wiped the floor with Cell, and Nekomajin easily holds his own against Gotenks... as long as they can make a joke out of it.
* ''Webcomic/TwoGuysAndGuy'': Not only is sex with Wayne so inherently shameful that inanimate objects are ashamed of it, [[http://www.twogag.com/archives/3293 even masturbatory aids have that reaction.]]
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* The "JustForFun" tropes on this site. Now, if only [[StopHavingFunGuys some people]] would realize that and stop putting them on the CutList...
* [[VideoGame/{{Tetris}} L-Block]] wins GameFAQs Character Battle VI.
* Burnie Burns, writer of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', explicitly stated in an interview that he would sacrifice continuity for the sake of a good joke even in the post-CerebusSyndrome episodes of the series.
* Many jokes on the toad show are like this.[[http://www.youtube.com/user/ILVGwebmaster]]
* ''Literature/SkippysList'' has the line "Iím funny, so they let me live" to explain why he got away with being a goofball in the US Army.
* YouTubePoop takes this SerialEscalation with every second making absolutely no sense in the least, but still being extremely popular with a massive fanbase.
* ShinyObjectsVideos runs on pure Rule of Funny. Abandon your sense of reality, all ye who enter here.
* In ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', Brad tends to chew out the FridgeLogic of bad comedies, but says he would have excused them if the films were actually funny.
* In ''WebVideo/BradJonesDemoReel'', it turns out a VHS copy of ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' can operate a camcorder.
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is probably the ultimate litmus test for it. If they can't make it funny, ''no one'' can.
--> "You know what this means? AIDS is finally funny!"
* The Afterlife was never discussed in Season 1 of ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''. However, in Episode 201, [[spoiler:Stinkmeaner comes BackFromTheDead]]. This is officially the funniest episode.
* The CutawayGag moments in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' often depict moments that almost certainly never happened (e.g. Stewie and Brian running a talk show). Their prevalence amped greatly following the series' return, which attracted criticism from various other cartoonists and comedians and was parodied in the "Cartoons Wars" episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. [[Creator/SethMacFarlane MacFarlane's]] response was:
** ''"What should I know about the vast territory that lies beyond the confines of my little subculture of textbooks, Ramen noodles, coin-operated laundry and TV shows that seem to think they can skate by with random jokes about giant chickens that have absolutely nothing to do with the overall narrative? The boys at South Park are absolutely correct: Those cutaways and flashbacks have nothing to do with the story! They're just there to be... funny. And that is a shallow indulgence that South Park is [[StealthInsult quite above]], and for that I salute them."''\\
-- '''Seth [=MacFarlane=]''', in character as [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Stewie Griffin]], Harvard Class Day 2006
** Arguably one of the most polarizing points in the show's evolution for fans was when the characterizations became dependant on the trope. Depending on the gag, the entire cast can switch between likeable yet wacky characters akin to the original episodes or FauxAffablyEvil psychopaths taking part in high order ComedicSociopathy. This is even more jarring when originally [[OnlySaneMan level headed and more humanized]] characters such as Lois and Brian [[ComedicSociopathy join in on]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes the sadism]] [[{{Flanderization}} of a gag]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' takes this trope to physics. For some reason, the characters can light fire, have snow, and running water, while the series takes place ''under water.'' Naturally, this leads to LampshadeHanging:
-->'''Patrick:''' Hey, if we're underwater, how can there be a fi--''(fire goes out)''
** Another one is when a building is on fire. Disregarding the fact that they're underwater, the audience can accept this one. But then [=SpongeBob=] grabs a bucket, sweeps it through the "air" and collects a bucket of water to put out the fire. Hmmm...
** In "Doing Time" [=SpongeBob=] and Mrs. Puff drive over an ''unfinished'' bridge with the Mayor at the opening cutting the ribbon, because apparently in Bikini Bottom it's acceptable to open something that's half built.
* In the GeronimoStilton cartoon, Geronimo's cousin Trap is asked to provide a diversion, while the rest of the mains sneak somewhere undetected by pe... other mice. What does Trap do? Pretend on being a space alien (complete with a toy helmet with antennas). Geronimo thinks this is stupid. However, the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny whole city]], even the mayor, fall for it!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Serpent's Pass" Toph is rescued from drowning by Suki and (thinking she is Sokka) gives her a [[HoYay big kiss]]. Even though Toph is blind, there was nothing to stop her from noticing the makeup during the kiss, but the resulting scene is funny.
** It's funny because of Toph's deadpan delivery after she figures out it's Suki, not Sokka.
---> '''Toph:''' You can let me drown now.
* An instance similar to the [=SpongeBob=] example occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Deep South", when Zoidberg's house burns to the ground... underwater. Zoidberg wails "How could this have happened?" and Hermes notes, "That's a very good question." Implicitly claiming responsibility, Bender picks his still-lit cigar out of the ruins and puffs on it -- eliciting a cry of, "That just raises further questions!"
** What makes that really funny is that they explain everything that happens in that episode with pseudo-science (in fact, most of the episode is things being explained away.) But for that one last thing, there's absolutely no scientific reasoning.
** ''Futurama'' is fond of both this rule and lampshading it. In an early episode, aliens are threatening to invade Earth and the planet sends Zapp Branigan to destroy the mothership. After an epic battle with a massive, well-guarded space installation, Earth succeeds in destroying the thing. Zapp celebrates the victory, before a substantially larger ship pops into view. This, it turns out, is the mothership. When Zapp asks what they just destroyed, Kiff looks at a computer screen, groans and says, "The Hubble telescope." Series producer David X. Cohen said in the episode's commentary track that he knew the joke made absolutely no sense, but loved it so much he had to keep it in.
** Lampshaded again by Amy in an episode whose plot gets kicked off by the crew deciding to sign up for the gym. Leela and Amy walk into the Planet Express lounge, where a noticeably-chubby Fry and Bender are watching TV.
---> '''Leela:''' Look at you guys. No offense, Fry, but you've become a fat sack of crap.\\
'''Fry:''' [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne Sack]]?\\
'''Amy:''' And Bender; your beer belly's so big your door won't even close. [[LampshadeHanging And that doesn't even make sense]].
** Note to non-fans: Bender (a robot) has a door on the front of his chasis. The door itself is subject to Rule of Funny; sometimes it's a storage compartment for NoodleImplements or for things Bender has stolen, sometimes it gives access to his hardware or software, sometimes it has buttons or diagrams on the inside -- whatever the gag of the moment requires. Also, because Bender is a robot, he can't actually gain weight through over-consumption of food or drink, let alone develop a "beer belly".
* Most classic theatrical cartoons, particularly ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and much of the oeuvre of Creator/TexAvery. Don't question where the [[AnvilOnHead anvils]] are coming from, just laugh at it because it's silly.
** Why, they come from ACME, Inc. of course.
* In perhaps one of the most bizarre applications of the rule ever, the ''size'' of the character Endive in ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' is governed by Rule of Funny. She can vary from about the same size as everyone else, if rather... large, to a towering giant, depending on what's needed for the joke at hand.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has a scene where Starscream, revived and granted immortality by a fragment of the Allspark, repeatedly tries, and fails, to kill Megatron. You'd probably spend the whole time wondering why the other Decepticons didn't try to get rid of him in any other way, were it not so amusing to see him getting blasted to crap and tossed into a river repeatedly.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo7-02kedBY The Starscream Death Montage]] has been called one of the greatest moments in all of Transformers.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' episode "Kid Stuff" the kidified Justice Leaguers face off against a baby version of the demon {{Etrigan}}. There is absolutely no reason at all for why Etrigan should be a baby or why Etrigan should be in this episode at all. One would think that Mordred would have banished Etrigan along with all the other adults, seeing as they've been mortal enemies literally for centuries. But damn if Baby Etrigan isn't the funniest thing you ever did see.
** The writers have also admitted that this is why "[[FreakyFridayFlip The Great Brain Robbery]]" wasn't scrapped.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has a case of Rule of Funny backfiring: Father eating ice cream in ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO''... instead of having an epic battle with Grandfather.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'': This is probably the reason why Stella makes Kiko impersonate Flora in season 3 episodes 5 and 6 when there were enough pixies present to impersonate the other girls.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' basically operate on this.
* As does ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* Normal girls defeating [[GeniusBruiser Mojo Jojo]] with pillows at a slumber party on ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* Any ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch. One that immediately comes to mind is [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Robin]] adding WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead to his team.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' entitled "Cape Feare" invokes this trope to a significant extent. It was the last hurrah for a number of the show's original writers who were leaving. They threw every wacky or random gag into the episode with the mentality of "What are they going to do? Fire us?" This resulted in one of the most highly regarded episodes of the show ever.
** The Simpsons is a LongRunner which slips a running gag past the MoralGuardians. BumblingDad and JerkAss Homer repeatedly strangles his son, Bart. This is always PlayedForLaughs and excused on the Rule of Funny. This may also serve as a show GettingCrapPastTheRadar thanks to a show-level version of the GrandfatherClause; child abuse as comedy is not going to fly on most shows.
*** Which makes it even funnier when they ''do'' treat it as child abuse. One episode had Homer take fathering lessons. He tells the class a story where Bart, the little dickens, calls him fat. He then casually say 'so then I was strangling him when...' causing the whole group to drop their jaws and question what kind of man he is. Completely played for laughs how they react, and even has Homer reveal that's how he was raised, not that Abe strangled him when he did bad, but that ''Homer'' strangled his ''father'' every time he tried to punish him. One of the funiest scenes ever.
* On the 80's G.I. Joe, Barbecue receives several cryptic phone calls from someone calling himself 'The Viper'. Each call gives information that ends up leading to victories over Cobra, and both sides desperately want to know who he is; Cobra to stop the leak, the Joes who fear an eventual set-up. Finally, the Viper reveals himself [[spoiler: he is an older Eastern European man with a thick accent, 'The Wiper' there to 'Vipe Your Vindows'.]] Now, there are any number of ways both Joe and Cobra could have found this out long before the ba-rump-bump ending, such as hearing the joke before. None of them would have been as funny.
* Pinkie Pie from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' regularly pulls off hilariously [[BeyondTheImpossible impossible feats like being in multiple places at the same time, outrunning the faster flier in Equestria while only moving at a casual skipping pace]], or randomly appearing in places she couldn't possibly fit into. By 'couldn't possibly fit into' we mean Pinkie at one point simply manifests in a mirror. This [[EpilepticTrees may or may not have something to do]] with her connection to the Element of Laughter.
** One common mistake in fanfics is to have her doing unusual things because the author thinks they're inherently funny, when within the show her powers only manifest if they can deliver a comic payoff to an established setup. Think more ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' less ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
** The episode "[[{{Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E6SleeplessInPonyville}} Sleepless in Ponyville]]" has Sweetie Belle [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7egMfTgaRk obnoxiously singing "99 Buckets of Oats on the Wall,"]] even though [[{{Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers}} an earlier episode]] established that she's actually a good singer. Of course, no one really cares that this is OutOfCharacter of her, since it's [[{{Funny/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic}} funny]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "Prankless" where a rival park is in a deadly prank war with the protagonists, Muscle Man defeats Gene, the rival park's manager, by scaring him with the illusion of him headed toward the sun. After Gene submits, Muscle Man explains it with ''mirrors''.
* There was an episode of the Creator/{{Disney}} show ''WesternAnimation/TheBuzzOnMaggie'' in which Maggie got electrocuted by her older brother's hand buzzer, resulting in XRaySparks. It should be noted that this show is a high-school comedy involving ''insects'', and insects do not have inner skeletons.
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