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->''"In America, you can always find a party.\\
"In Russia, the Party always finds YOU!!"''
-->--'''Yakov Smirnoff, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbP1DVeJCT0 Miller Lite Commercial, 1985]]'''

The Russian Reversal, more technically called the transpositional pun, is a type of joke popularized by Ukrainian comedian Yakov Smirnoff. It is based on taking a statement about capitalist United States and inverting it to describe the then-communist Russia as an [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Orwellian]] hellhole. Smirnoff later added the prefix "Soviet" to indicate the jokes were meant to target the past regime, as opposed to TheNewRussia. For instance:
->''"In America, you watch Television.''\\
''"In Soviet Russia, [[SinisterSurveillance television watches YOU]]!!"''

At its most basic, the Russian Reversal takes a situation where a noun normally does something to another noun, and flips it in dialogue to where the second noun acts on the first. For instance, a murder mystery that had a butler as the BodyOfTheWeek could be described in a QuipToBlack as "It Did the Butler" or the equivalent instead of "TheButlerDidIt."

Can cause an InvertedTrope rather easily, if the trope can be described as "X does Y." If in this instance "Y does X," it is both this trope and an inversion of the other trope. It's also the source of many trope names, including AssKicksYou, DogWalksYou, BulletDodgesYou, TheDoorSlamsYou, TheCanKickedHim, and TheGamePlaysYou.

See also GloriousMotherRussia for the HollywoodAtlas version of Soviet Russia that inspired the jokes.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* A while back there was an anti-smoking ad campaign proclaiming "Tobacco smokes you!"
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', when Elfman grows tired of Natsu's ever-lasting motion sickness.
--> '''Elfman''': Vehicles shouldn't make a man sick. A man should make vehicles sick.
* ''Anime/JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu'': According to Haré, some RPG are so linear that it feels as if not you're playing the character, but the character is playing you.
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[[folder:Comedy]]
* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is Yakov Smirnoff, who made jokes about how the U.S.S.R. had a BigBrotherIsWatching regime. It's also a case of BeamMeUpScotty; his most famous line was simply "In Russia...", not "In Soviet Russia..."[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke 'Russia' at the time, though not a country alone, all but answered for the whole Soviet Union.]][[/note]] He shifted his comedy after starting his theater in Branson back in 1992 (where he is still playing), which means he quit using this joke long before it became an internet meme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho5T1zYccU8 In Soviet Russia, the war begins you!]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Pickton In Port Coquitlam, pork eats you!]]
* Subverted by writer Emil Vrabie: ''"Don't you know the difference between the two economic systems? Under capitalism man exploits man. But, under communism, it's just the other way around."''
* During his stand-up comedy days, Creator/WoodyAllen used to tell a joke about his carrying a bullet in his breast pocket; once someone threw a Bible at him and [[PocketProtector the bullet saved his life]].
* In a federal society, it's your vote that counts. In a feudal society, it's your Count that votes.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* From ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', a PlayedForDrama example when Rorshach dumps a pot of bubbling-hot fry fat over a fellow inmate's head when the man tries to pick a fight with him in the chow line, mortally wounding his would-be attacker:
--> '''Rorshach:''' "None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with you." ''(dumps the fat on the inmate)'' ''"You're locked up in here with ME!"''
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' fanfiction "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4531912/4/ Hero of the Soviet Union]]" spends several pages detailing the operation of a Soviet-run SGC, [[OverlyPrePreparedGag all to set up the punchline]] when a KGB major mocks a captured Goa'uld: "In Soviet Russia, Gods bow to you!"
* From the ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fic "It's a small world after all": the characters get kidnapped by fangirls. [[AxisPowersHetalia Russia]] responds "In Russia, fangirls don't kidnap chibis, chibis kidnap them, da?"
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2565609/130/Odd-Ideas ''Ambition'']], a short ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fic by Rorschach's Blot, references the ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' line above. The speaker, in this case, is Harry himself. A pack of Ravenclaws lived to regret it.
* In ''Fanfic/RealityIsFluid'' [[spoiler:[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Benjamin Sisko]]]] mildly chides Eleya for her derisive attitude towards the Bajoran prophecies.[[labelnote:*]]She worships the Prophets, but she doesn't pay much attention to the prophecies due to their tendency towards {{Prophecy Twist}}s.[[/labelnote]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Sisko]]:''' You may not put much stock in the prophecies but the prophecies put stock in ''you''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* One of the first examples, and a contemporary with Yakov Smirnoff's standup comedy, comes from the movie ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', when the henchman of galactic gangster "Pizza the Hut" warns Lone Starr about what will happen if he and Barf don't pay a million spacebucks:
-->"...or else ''Pizza'' is gonna send out for ''you!''"
* ''Film/{{Heist}}'' has this particular gem:
--> '''Jimmy:''' So, is he going to be cool?\\
'''Pinky:''' My motherfucker is so cool, when he goes to bed, sheep count him.
* In ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', Jay imagines a ''PlanetOfTheApes''-style dystopian world where "[[ADateWithRosiePalms we will not spank the monkey]]; the monkey will spank us!"
* In ''Film/VanHelsing'', [[TheIgor Igor]] says this, when the the hot female ally and the Q of the hero try to force Igor into giving them the Werewolf antidote:
-->"You try to get Igor. Igor get you!"
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'': "Sometimes you eat the bar and sometimes the bar, well, eats you."
* The 4th theme of the ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' soundtrack is named "In Russia, phone dials you".
* In ''Film/TropicThunder'':
--> '''Kirk Lazarus''' : I don't read the script. The script '''reads me'''.
* ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' gives us this gem:
--> '''Nick:''' Hammond's cheque cleared or I wouldn't be going on this wild goose chase.\\
'''[[DeadpanSnarker Ian:]]''' Ah, where you're going is the only place in the world where [[RaptorAttack the geese chase you!]]
* From ''Film/MalcolmX'':
--> '''Malcolm:''': We didn't land on Plymouth Rock! Plymouth Rock landed on us!'''
** Which in turn got spoofed in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'':
---> "We didn't land in Sherwood Forest! Sherwood Forest landed on us!"
** The line from ''Malcolm X'' was itself probably a reference to the song "Anything Goes" (see the Theatre section, below).
* ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' has the following exchange after Quatermain and Sawyer capture Mr. Hyde:
--> '''Skinner:''' Hullo, Dorian. The {{great white hunter}}'s bagged his prize.
---> ''(One of Captain Nemo's {{redshirt}}s goes flying across the corridor in front of them.)''
--> '''Dorian:''' Or the prize bagged ''him''.
* Played with in the ''Film/TheCrow''
-->Cop (pointing gun at title character): "You move and you're dead!"
-->Crow: "Yes, I'm dead, and I move!"
* This BondOneLiner from ''Film/LicenceToKill'', after feeding somebody to a shark:
--> '''Bond:''' He disagreed with something that ate him.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche: "If you gaze for long enough into the abyss, the abyss gazes back [into you]."
* From ''Ye Gods!'' by Tom Holt:
-->When Jason opened his eyes, all he could see was a perfectly ordinary Underground carriage, and Virgil sitting on one of the seats, meditatively stirring a large pile of ash and charred bones. Jason winced.\\
"Let me guess," he said, "this is a No Smoking carriage."\\
"On the contrary," Virgil replied. "Only here, the train smokes the people."
* Magazine/{{MAD}} in an 1962 issue: "Russian politics can best be understood by comparing them with American politics. For instance, in America, politicians have to kiss babies, and if they don't, the mothers can take their offices away from them. In Russia, the system is somewhat different. To get food, mothers have to kiss politicians and if they don't, the politicians can take their babies away from them."
* Subverted in the philosophy book ''Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar'', when describing the difference between capitalism and communism.
--> Under capitalism, man exploits his fellow man. Under communism, the opposite is true.
** This is a pretty common joke in the old Eastern Bloc. It's also been used as an {{East German|y}} "[[GermanHumour Fritzchen]]" joke, although it's been told as a Russian/Soviet "Vovochka" joke, as well.
** Mike Myers parodies this on a behind-the-scenes feature on the DVD for ''The Cat In The Hat'', combining it with a running joke. "Under capitalism, man exploits his fellow man. Under communism, it's the complete opposite. *pause* Because of the sand which is there."
* ''Literature/CityOfThieves'' mentions this:
--> "We couldn't feed our pets, so our pets fed us."
* In ''[[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Mid-Flinx]]'', Teal warns Aimee about the flower in her hair: "You do not wear the cristif, the cristif wears you." Unfortunately for Aimee, Teal's not making a Yakov Smirnoff reference: [[spoiler: The "flower" is an invasive parasite, which sends its tendrils fatally bursting from Aimee's flesh seconds later.]]
* In nonfiction text ''The Steampunk Bible'', a troper is quoted about whether the Steampunk movement has jumped the shark:
-->'''Creator/JessGulbranson''': In alternate timeline Czarist Russia, clockwork shark jumps you.
* In Mark Coggins' novel ''[[Literature/AugustRiordan Candy from Strangers]]'', PrivateDetective August Riordan is talking to a disdainful police detective.
--> '''Det. Calhoun:''' Do you have a problem with authority, Mr. Riordan?\\
'''August:''' Not really. It may be that authority occasionally has a problem with me.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The compare-one-country-to-another form is OlderThanTheyThink, first appearing on ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' where Creator/ArteJohnson's [[NonSpecificallyForeign ambiguously]] [[{{Ruritania}} Eastern European]] character Rosmenko simply refers to "[[TheOldCountry Old Country]]."
--> "Here in America, is very good, everyone watch television. In Old Country, television watches you!"
* ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' had a Yakov Smirnoff [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed knockoff]] saying: "In your country, you watch movie ''Film/TheRock''. In my country, we break rock in Gulag!"
* Used in ''Series/{{Grimm}}''. As the Blutbad (werewolf) Monroe explains to Nick, the Grimm, while human children are told stories of all the different monsters who make up the Wesen world who will come to get them if they are bad, Wesen children are told the same kind of stories about the Grimms.
* The Creator/TomBaker era ''Series/DoctorWho'' arc "The Seeds of Doom" featured a plant-monster called a Krynoid. At one point the Doctor observes, "Well, on most planets, the animals eat the vegetation. On planets where the Krynoid gets established, the vegetation eats the animals."
* Since it ''was'' the Cold War, no Soviet reference is made, but the original intro of ''IDreamOfJeannie'' ends with "...and there in this house, the girl in the bottle plays spin the astronaut."
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "The Gamekeeper," SG-1's Planet of the Week has a deserted but apparently well-tended garden, and an overgrown greenhouse in the center of it.
--> '''Daniel:''' I love what they've done with the place.\\
'''Jack:''' ''(seeing several people plugged into chairs in suspended animation)'' I love what the place has done with ''them''.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', when Leonard and Sheldon argue in the episode "The Staircase Implementation":
--> '''Leonard:''' Screw the roommate agreement!\\
'''Sheldon:''' No, ''you'' don't screw the roommate agreement. The roommate agreement screws ''you''!
* In ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'', after someone says "Fuck the future," the county commissioner replies, "You can't fuck the future, sir, the future fucks you."
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/OfMontreal has a song titled ''The Party's Crashing Us''.
* A line in the Music/{{Muse}} song "Knights of Cydonia" goes, "Don't waste your time or time will waste you".
* From Music/BrokenSocialScene's "7/4 (Shoreline)": "If you try to steal the beat, the beat will steal you."
* Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge's "Someone's In The Wolf" has the line "You don't find your way, the way finds you."
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One collection of epic monsters for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' introduces the junkyard golem with the line, "On the world of the Sklavadok, the trash takes you out!"
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The title song of ''Theatre/AnythingGoes'' (1934), making this trope OlderThanTelevision:
-->Times have changed\\
And we've often rewound the clock\\
Since the Puritans got a shock\\
When they landed on Plymouth Rock.\\
If today any shock they should try to stem\\
'Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock\\
Plymouth Rock would land on them.
* In the musical ''Leave It to Me!'' (1938), set largely in Soviet Russia, journalist Buck Thomas is handed a telegram by a messenger. He reaches in his pocket for a tip, but the messenger tells him:
-->'''Graustein''': No tipping. In Soviet Russia, messenger tips you.\\
'''Thomas''': Propaganda.\\
'''Graustein''': Correct.
* In "Monica" from ''ILoveMyWife'', the effects the eponymous girl has on people include "Men go ape/Apes go man."
* JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples even applies to this one: in ''Theatre/RichardII'' the title character, reflecting on his reign, laments that "I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'': The Heavy will speak in this manner on occasion.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' has this trope between two ghosts the player encounters:
-->'''Ghost 1:''' Fuck Fontaine!\\
'''Ghost 2:''' You don't fuck Fontaine. Fontaine fucks you!
* From ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Imperishable Night'':
-->'''Marisa:''' Move and I'll shoot! ... I messed up. I mean, shoot and I'll move. [[SuperSpeed In a flash.]]
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', when you attack a monster named Lurk, he says "In Nagrand, food hunt ogre!"
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', as part of the symbolism the game is steeped in there are three agents associated with the Virtuous Mission: Snake, and two spies codenamed Adam and Eve. By WordOfGod this a StealthPun Russian Reversal: it is not [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Snake who tempts Eve]]; rather, Eve tempts him.
** In most ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games, [[StealthBasedGame you hide from your enemies]]. In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', your enemies ([[OneManArmy try to]]) hide from you. Almost every enemy encounter is an ambush of some kind, and a few [[EasterEgg hidden]] enemies even try [[SignatureMove hiding in cardboard boxes]].
* In ''VideoGame/MarioGivesUp'', the BonusBoss is introduced with a screen that states, "In Soviet Russia, [[spoiler: key uses]] you!"
* The contrast between the two big [[TheReveal plot twists]] of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' and ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' is a classic example. In ''Arkham City'', [[spoiler: someone else is [[BodyDouble impersonating]] SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker]]. In ''Arkham Origins'', [[spoiler: The Joker is [[DeadPersonImpersonation impersonating]] someone else]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/GorgeousPrincessCreamyBeamy'': "In Russian East Stereotypia, prostitute pays YOU! ... Why did I ever leave Russian East Stereotypia?"
* ''Webcomic/TropeOverdosedTheWebcomic'' has the Heavy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' saying "In America, spy sap sentry. In Russia, sentry sap spy!"
* ''Webcomic/{{Mulberry}}'': When the title character and her friends visit Russia in one comic, Jack claims to have trouble believing they're really there, since "the movies aren't watching people, the hamburgers aren't eating people, [and] the pants aren't wearing people". Mulberry explains that things have changed since the Soviets lost power. [[spoiler: However, [[BrickJoke a later panel shows an anthropomorphic burger threatening to eat a Russian.]]]]
* ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'' has its resident Badass Russian say a version of [[http://deadwinter.cc/page/338.htm this]]:
--> '''Yuri:''' Bah! Yuri does not need God. It is God who needs Yuri instead!
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' had the eponymous amorph remind local frat boys that "[[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-04-07 Sometimes you have fun, and sometimes the fun has you.]]"
* A wordless strip of ''Webcomic/NerfNow'' shows a bunch of people in what's evidently Soviet Russia, standing side by side at a bus stop. When enough people arrive to completely fill the panel, [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/376 their lower bodies bloodily vanish]]. According to TheRant, "... ''Tetris'' plays you."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2965 In Soviet America Comic Strip Laugh At You!]]
* In [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=586#comic this]] ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' comic, the absurdity of this trope has lethal consequences.
--> '''Cowboy:''' Sonny, 'fore you hop in that saddle, there's somethin' you oughta understand -- when you're a cowboy, you don't ride the horse. The horse ... ride's you.
* Some characters in ''Webcomic/{{Mezzacotta}}'' try to make these jokes. One character states something, and [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=-271828-04-01 the other character reverses it]]. Because of DadaComics, the reversal tends to be as nonsensical as the original statement.
--> "In Soviet Russia, you make no sense to this joke!"
* The ''Monster of the Week'' version of ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Tunguska" has the EitherOrTitle "[[http://www.shaenon.com/monsteroftheweek/2014/02/28/02282014/ In Russia, Oil Lightly Seasons YOU]]"
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Yakov Smirnoff's "In Soviet Russia" version went memetic long after the fall of communism. The Internet being what it is, these jokes ignored any attempts to make it seem Orwellian in favour of non-sequiturs like "In Soviet Russia, motorcycle rides YOU''!!''"
* Several trope names on [[Wiki/TVTropes this wiki]]: AssKicksYou, DogWalksYou, BulletDodgesYou, TheDoorSlamsYou, TheCanKickedHim, and TheGamePlaysYou. Also an alternate title for Administrivia/TooRareToTrope is "Chairs Sit on People," as opposed to Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs.
* In the middle of a [[http://funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/3007083/In/ serious discussion]] about a guy getting his arms blown off by a bomb, some dipshit drops in with, "In Soviet Russia, bomb disarms you!!" This got a well-deserved DudeNotFunny reaction.
* Despair.inc advertised a t-shirt which mocked the bail-out General Motors received with the text: 'In Soviet America, the car drives you... bankrupt'
* Website/RockPaperCynic gave us ''In Capitalist America, Hope Loses You''. [[RunningJoke Next]] ''In Capitalist America, Money Makes You''. [[UpToEleven Next they]] [[http://www.rockpapercynic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=664 made a contest about it!]]
** [[http://www.rockpapercynic.com/index.php?date=2010-05-24 One of the contest winners.]]
* During WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] joint review of ''Film/{{Superman}} IV'', the two of them are stunned when Superman talks to some Russian astronauts...while still in [[SpaceIsNoisy the vacuum of space]]. "In Soviet Russia, physics breaks you!"
* Used in the Podcast/RiffTrax of ''Film/{{Spider-Man}} 3'' when Spidey nearly gets hit by a subway car: "In Soviet Russia train misses you!"
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick: "In Soviet Russia, Chick remembers you!" C'mon, she was reviewing ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', she had to.
* In the second season of ''Game Dogs'' they're called "game makes you" when they meet the new Russian owners.
* Website/DeviantArt:
** [[http://fav.me/d27uwij]]: In Soviet Russia, [[BlackComedyRape Tentacle Monster gets raped...by you]].
** [[http://rainbowjerk.deviantart.com/art/In-Soviet-Russia-48462156 In America, You Break Law. In Soviet Russia, Law Breaks You!]]
* From ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' episode 52: In Soviet Cyber World [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney rules screw you.]]
* ''Twice'' in Website/SFDebris's review of the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration ST:TNG]] episode "The Naked Now", referring to the Soviet-built ship ''Tsiolkovsky'':
-->(as Picard) ''You know, number one, in your country, you send ships into space, but in Soviet Russia, ship sends YOU into space!''\\
''Well, looks like they're screwed; unable to muck with the tractor beam that can only pull things...it looks like that ship seeking boulder is going to take out the ''Enterprise'' and ''Tsiolkovsky'', which won't make them happy back in Soviet Russia. Wait, that's it! In Soviet Russia, tractor beam will PUSH!''
* Weebl's "WebAnimation/RussianDancingMen" has an image of a Whac-a-Mole machine with the caption, "Do not whack Russian, Russian whaks [sic] you."
* The internet short paying tribute to Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o52X9xXs3g8 Tomatoes Eat You]].
* In Russia you rob bank. [[http://imgace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/in-kapitalist-amerika-bank-robs-you.jpg In Capitalist America bank robs you.]]
* [[http://imgur.com/gJODXj5 In Soviet Russia, english learns YOU!!]]
* [[http://www.motifake.com/in-soviet-russia-soviet-russia-sins-sin-commit-tattoo-prison-demotivational-posters-72384.html In Soviet Russia, sin commits YOU!!]]
* [[http://shirtoid.com/17180/in-soviet-russia-zero-divides-by-you/ This t-shirt.]] In Soviet Russia, zero divides by you! [[http://rainbowjerk.deviantart.com/art/ISR-Dividing-by-zero-48613176 But it's bad for your health.]]
* [[http://www.glarkware.com/adult/in-soviet-russia In Soviet Russia, shirt wears YOU!]]
* Seen on the Website/GameFAQs forum [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/616012-tales-of-xillia/66464488 here]], and then {{lampshaded}} by the next poster.
--> '''darkzero16:''' [A moderator or administrator was deleted at the request of this message]
* One of the comments on [[http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/09/the-life-and-death-of-buran-the-ussr-shuttle-built-on-faulty-assumptions/ this article]] about the Soviet-made ''Buran'' space shuttle, which had a fully-functional autopilot system:
-->'''Kassad''': "In America, you fly shuttles. In Soviet Russia, the shuttles fly you."
* [[http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showpost.php?p=13201841&postcount=5808 A post]] in a "forumites being silly" thread on the ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' forums:
--> '''centersolace:''' Post 404: Error not found.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiPIY9yHCsg this video]] spoofing the ''Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld'' ad campaign with ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rainbow Dash is described in the following way: "Her childhood fantasies dreamt about being her when they grow up".
* In your typical Wizard of Oz logic, you follow the Yellow Brick Road. [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/697717-tumblr In this partial screencap from Tumblr]], said yellow brick road starts following ''you''.
* This is everywhere on Wiki/{{Uncyclopedia}}.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' involved a car with a GPS system, and one of its voice settings was "Yakov Smirnoff".
-->'''GPS:''' Turn left at the fork in the road. In Soviet Russia, road forks you!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** "That's Lobstertainment!": Zoidberg's brief career as a stand-up comedian consisted solely of this type of joke.
-->'''Zoidberg:''' Earth! What a planet! On Earth, you enjoy eating a tasty clam. On my planet, clams enjoy eating a tasty you!\\
''([[ChirpingCrickets glass clinking]])''
** Used and lampshaded in "Crimes Of The Hot":
-->'''Fry:''' That ice dispenser is so big, the ice crushes you! *laughs to self* Yakov Smirnoff said that.\\
'''Leela:''' No he didn't.
* There was ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode with a revue of stars of TheEighties in a song "Ode To Branson". There is the line "So sit back, relax, and watch our revue," and Yakov slides in and says with a homophone pun, "In Soviet Union, review watches you!" This probably had a hand in revitalizing the meme for the Internet crowd.
** After Grandpa causes his mischief on stage, Smirnoff subverts this trope by commenting "In Russia, stage is for performers only." Then Charlie Callas, [[HesJustHiding after reminding visitors he's still alive in the previous song]], starts making similar funny sounds. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment The real Charlie Callas did die years later.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode guest starring Smirnoff has him buying one of these jokes from Bobby, despite the comedian's protestations that he has abandoned this type of material in favor of relationship humor. But give Bobby credit, at least he plays with the trope. "In America, you put 'In God We Trust' on the money. In Russia, we ''have'' no money!" Yakov pays for the joke and says keep 'em coming.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' had this line in the episode "The Girl with the Googily Goop":
-->'''Dot:''' You don't need to go to the potty!\\
'''Wakko:''' Oh, yes, I do!\\
'''Dot:''' Nah! In these cartoons, the potty comes to you!
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/HGWells is quoted as saying, "If we don't end war, war will end us."
* During the 1978 World Chess Championship match between the World Champion Anatoly Karpov of the Soviet Union and ex-Soviet Viktor Korchnoi of Switzerland, there were seemingly endless negotiations about playing conditions thanks to Korchnoi's defector status and the mutual hostility between the contestants. At one point during the negotiations, a Soviet chess official declared (paraphrased, but this is mostly verbatim): "Since we, the Soviet Union, are the strongest country in the world, we do not accept conditions - we impose them!"
* During the investigation of the sinking of UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic, one of the few surviving officers was questioned about when did he leave the ship. His answer was: "'''I didn't'''. The ship left me", which meant that he stayed on the ship until the part he was on started filling with water, then swam away, and was later rescued from the water.
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