->''"The Super Bowl. No one misses this game, Jack; not the big one; not if you're an American. You are riveted every minute to this game. People are betting a million bucks a minute you are. Wealthy people selling insurance, beer, car batteries, beer, automobiles, beer, and [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment beer]]."''
-->-- '''Robert Klein'''

There is good reason why a thirty-second commercial in the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl costs millions of dollars[[note]] more specifically, an average of $3.5 million for a 30-second spot in 2012[[/note]]: The Super Bowl is always, without question, the most-watched program of the entire calendar year in America. If you're blowing half your annual advertising budget on just getting the spot, the commercial better be pretty damned good. And many are. This is so well known that many people watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials, creating the advertiser's dream: a three hour block of time where over ninety million people tune in to watch advertisements.

Many ad campaigns are debuted at the Super Bowl. The commercials are generally given a much bigger budget, and quite a few include [[LargeHam celebrity cameos]]. Most will have a funny twist ending intended, as many commercials do, to help you remember the product or service being sold (although sometimes [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain this doesn't always work out]]). Many also go sexy (which can cause DistractedByTheSexy to occur on occasion), each year being more titillating than the last... or so they did until the infamous "WardrobeMalfunction" at Super Bowl XXXVIII. For even more meta-flavor, some commercials will recall commercials from years past.

[[NostalgiaFilter Almost invariably]], each year's crop of commercials will be called worse than last year's crop.

These days, organizations will sometimes deliberately create commercials that will be rejected, usually for being too sexy, for the publicity ''that'' generates. The commercial is then of course put online, where it will quickly generate a million hits.

This would also be a good time to note that the NFL has trademarked the name SuperBowl, which is why you almost never hear anyone mention it in commercials. Generally, you'll hear "The Big Game" instead, or a gag name like "That game at the start of February where the professional football championship is contested". The league itself runs an ad during the broadcast, often thanking its fans for their patronage during the season that is ending. And, of course, the network that airs the game itself gets plenty of free air time to promote the crap out of their big shows, the biggest of which will likely be airing a special episode right after the Big Game.

Since the advent of Website/YouTube, advertisers have taken to uploading their Super Bowl commercials (along with behind-the-scenes footage etc.) there. This may or may not result in news outlets posting lengthy articles about the leaked commercials, resulting in a sideways case of TrailersAlwaysSpoil. Website/PlatypusComix took some time out of [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/superbowl26.html reviewing some 1992 Super Bowl ads]] to state that this seems to be why people say that the ads get worse and worse every year: "Well, what do you expect when there are no surprises going in at all?" The website Adland has a [[http://adland.tv/SuperBowlCommercials pretty extensive archive]] of Super Bowl commercials, dating back over 40 years.

A similar, worldwide version of this is the FIFA World Cup Special: since the UsefulNotes/FIFAWorldCup is the most watched sports event in the entire world, the mid-time ads are where the world's biggest mega-corporations [[HomogenousMultinationalAdCampaign pull out their]] {{BFG}}s.
!!Memorable Super Bowl Commercials include:

* Apple's ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'' commercial introducing the UsefulNotes/{{Mac}}, aired in... 1984. This is the ad that started the Super Bowl commercial craze. It's also considered to be one of the best commercials of ''all time'', if not ''the'' best.
** Apple attempted to follow up on the commercial in the following year with an ad for the ill-fated Macintosh Office called "Lemmings", depicting a group of blindfolded office workers marching single file off a cliff while whistling "[[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves Heigh-Ho]]". The last person in the line stops short at the edge and takes off his blindfold, not only realizing the near-miss he made, but also seeing another group of whistling office workers in blindfolds. Around this point, a voiceover lets the viewers know that Apple will announce the Office on January 23rd, adding, "You can look into it, or you can go on with business as usual." Apple spent weeks hyping up the ad, only for it to miss the mark, with people misinterpreting the commercial's metaphor as an unflattering portrayal of potential customers.
** And then Motorola did a TakeThat to Apple and their 1984 ad with their 2011 ad for the Xoom, a tablet competing with the iPad.
* Pick a Budweiser ad campaign, and it's quite likely that it got its start at the Super Bowl. The frogs, the lizards, the Clydesdales, The Bud Bowl, the "Wazzuuuuuuup" guys, the "Here We Go" {{Phrase Catcher}}s...all Super Bowl commercials.
** Notably, Budweiser traditionally buys the first ad spot after kickoff, the most valuable one there is.
* In 1996, a little summer film called ''Film/IndependenceDay'' released a [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4rxoh_independence-day-super-bowl-trailer_shortfilms trailer]] for Super Bowl XXX. The following year, {{Summer Blockbuster}}s would start releasing trailers during the Super Bowl.
* Pepsi's ads have also been quite memorable. The line of commercials with Hallie Kate Eisenberg started there, as did the Music/BritneySpears line.
** Diet Pepsi's may have been even more memorable, including several ads featuring Creator/CindyCrawford, and one ad spoofing that series (with Cindy Crawford herself checking out a Diet Pepsi-drinking guy...and later, so did one of the ''Series/QueerEye'' guys).
** One 1997 Super Bowl commercial for Pepsi had a group of grizzly bears...dancing and miming to a version of "YMCA" by the Music/VillagePeople.
* Coca-Cola has had many impressive ads, too, including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xffOCZYX6F8 this spot]], featuring Pittsburgh Steelers tackle "Mean Joe" Greene, which aired during Super Bowl XIV in 1980 and is often considered the best SB commercial of all time.[[note]]Although that one technically debuted several months ''before'' the Super Bowl, during the 1979 baseball playoffs.[[/note]]
** In 2009, Coke Zero [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA79R5acfMk spoofed the Mean Joe ad]] with Troy Polamalu.
** The "Happiness Factory" ads started out as a 2006 Germany FIFA World Cup Special.
*** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4OXItHCgi0 "Los Cocacoleros" ad]], featuring a [[WeDidntStartTheBillyJoelParodies parody of "We Didn't Start The Fire"]] by Music/BillyJoel, was also a FIFA World Cup Special.
** In 2014, their ad had an unforeseen reaction, where it was ''America the Beautiful'' sung in multiple languages. However the InternetBackdraft that followed was mostly HateDumb, proclaiming an American, patriotic song should be sung in English only (never mind that most of them were speaking broken English, among other things).
*** Made doubly funny when some of those criticizing the ad incorrectly referred to the song as the National Anthem.
* [=GoDaddy.com=] has made a name for itself making [[SexSells blatantly suggestive]] ads. In fact, they get so caught up in trying to be risque that [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain the product tends to be overlooked]] - they're in the extremely sexy...domain-name registrar business.
** In 2008 they pulled the stunt of posting a TooHotForTV ad online and hyping ''that'' with the actual TV spots. But it's worth noting that most of the steaminess was actually broadcast; the [[UnratedEdition web version]] is just longer.
** Tell me how [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R5KKimcA_M these]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WBE4LJCoUI commercials]] relate to Go Daddy.
** The year after the infamous WardrobeMalfunction, they actually ''referenced'' the incident in their ad.
* Terry Tate, Office Linebacker.
** ''[[DynamicEntry ::CRASH::]]'' [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife GET OFF TVTROPES AND GET BACK TO WORK]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch BITCH!]] [[CatchPhrase WOO WOO!]]
** This commercial was so popular that Terry Tate [[{{Expy}} essentially]] became a playable character in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar''.
** The Terry Tate commercials manage to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get an awful lot of crap past the radar]], including Terry's repeated [[CurseCutShort Curses Cut Short]] and his boss being named Mr. [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=felching Felcher]].
* One Nissan commercial had a squadron of pigeons chasing it down, trying to poop on it, chasing it through, among other things, a sidewalk cafe and a wedding, all with KennyLoggins's "Danger Zone" from the ''Film/TopGun'' soundtrack blaring.
** They also did the ad where GIJoe picks up {{Franchise/Barbie}} (to Ken's dismay) to the Van Halen version of "You Really Got Me".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0nliPWaCvA One Doritos commercial]] consisted of a guy using a Dorito chip as bait in a mousetrap, and sitting in front of it. He takes a bite from a handful of Doritos, and a giant mouse blasts through the wall and tackles the guy sitting, and proceeds to punch him in the face.
** Don't forget the Doritos ad from Super Bowl XLIII. The one where the boss gets [[GroinAttack hit in the groin by a snowglobe at the end]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNH2lCoau-k The]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Doritos-Samurai-Ninja]], with Doritos shuriken and [[EpicFlail Flail]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpjaOUjUPUc Never, ever, tease a pug with Doritos]].
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GIeIpcRv7o Never, ever, tease a granny and a baby in a sling-jumper with Doritos]].
*** Heck, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugn_qmQ0NFo Never, ever tease your baby]] ''in utero'' with Doritos! (This one actually got backlash from both pro-and anti-abortion groups.)
* Tobasco ran [[http://www.tabasco.com/mcilhenny-company/faqs-archives/ads/ their "Mosquito" ad]] for SB XXXII. It depicts a guy eating a slice of pizza with their hot sauce added to it, who gets bitten by a mosquito. After dining, the insect flies off a few feet and promptly explodes into a fireball.
* in 2008, [=FedEx=] ran an ad in which someone at a business firm proposed using carrier pigeons for shipping. For large items, they already had giant carrier pigeons. [[Attackofthe50FootWhatever Mayhem ensued.]]
* In 2005, [=FedEx=] tried to make [[http://youtu.be/--CvPkOqq5g the best Super Bowl ad]] by [[LampshadeHanging combining elements of other successful ads]]:
## [[CelebrityEndorsement Celebrity]] (Creator/BurtReynolds)
## [[NonHumanSidekick Animal]] ([[BearyFunny a bear]])
## [[FunnyAnimal Dancing animal]] (the bear starts to dance with Burt)
## [[DeliberatelyCuteChild Cute kid]] ("That bear can dance!")
## [[GroinAttack Groin kick]] (SelfExplanatory)
## TalkingAnimal ("Sorry, Mr. Reynolds.")
## [[SexSells Attractive females]] ("Hey, that bear can talk!")
## [[EnforcedPlug Product message]] [-([[WhatWereTheySellingAgain optional]])-] (Burt delivers the tagline)
## [[RepurposedPopSong Famous pop song]] ([[Music/{{Journey}} "Don't Stop Believing"]])
## [[TheStinger Bonus ending]] (Bear: "I loved you in ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit''.")
* In 2000, [=eTrade=] showed two guys and a monkey in a garage, with a boom box playing "La Cucaracha". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnQMq5wtZcg That's pretty much it]]. The tag line: "Well, we just wasted two million bucks. What are you doing with your money?"
* In 2008, Mexico had a salty crackers ad where a Chinese boy in a Mexican family wonders if he's adopted, only to have his question shrugged off by the family talking about the crackers. The 2008 Beijing Olympics Special was the same commercial, ''but reversed:'' a Mexican boy in a Chinese family was wondering if he's adopted. For even more bonus points, the entire commercial was spoken in unsubtitled Chinese, and yet it was ''perfectly understandable''.
* For Super Bowl XLIII, PETA wanted to run an ad that would encourage people to go vegan. It has been denied airtime by the Super Bowl ad committee, cited as being too sexy. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTCtGOYKuP0 Look for yourself.]]
** [[XanatosGambit That's exactly their plan; they win either way.]] Note that a gory guiltfest follows it unless you navigate away.
* Snickers got in trouble with gay rights groups for the 2007 Super Bowl ad where two male mechanics share a SpaghettiKiss over a Snickers bar, then try to de-gay themselves by "doing something manly". The ad had alternate endings available online; the one that aired showed them ripping out their chest hair, while one online version had them [[UnfortunateImplications violently attack each other]].
* In 2009, [=Cash4Gold.com=], previously known for its late-night basic cable ads that look like they were shot on VHS in 1986, ran a Super Bowl ad starring Ed [=McMahon=] and [=MC Hammer=]. Cue much BlackComedy on the state of the economy...
** To make this HarsherInHindsight, Cash4Gold has [[http://moneywatch.bnet.com/saving-money/blog/consumer-reporter/why-cash4gold-is-a-lousy-deal/440/?tag=content;col1 been exposed as little more than a gold-stealing scam]], meaning that they used the Super Bowl to put one over on all of America at once.
** It was pretty harsh even at the time. Remember, 2009's Super Bowl was months after the worst market crash since TheGreatDepression and the newly bailed-out auto manufacturers skipped that year.
* During the dot-com bubble, Super Bowl advertising was almost totally consumed by random websites selling useless services, who folded shortly afterward (likely, because they blew a year's budget on a Super Bowl ad and people still didn't know what they sold). The most famous of these, by far, was the Pets.com sock puppet, which has been spoofed ruthlessly in years since.
** In a weird move, that ''exact puppet'' has been selling Bar None insurance for more than half a decade, arguably longer than it actually existed as the spokespuppet for Pets.com.
** Referenced in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqBEYey6pRM this E*Trade commercial]] (excuse the quality), where the monkey from the previous year rides on horseback through {{Desolation Shot}}s of failed fictional dot-com bubble businesses, concluding with a sockpuppet (resembling the afore-mentioned Pets.com puppet) from a demolishing-in-progress "[=eSocks=].com" building thrown at the monkey's feet. Cue [[CryingIndian crying monkey]].
* In 2010, the controversy is over an ad bought by [[MoralGuardians Focus on the Family]] featuring Tim Tebow and his mother, and how grateful she was to have chosen life over an abortion. CBS, the Tebows, and Focus on the Family have all come under fire for this, especially when it is considered that Mrs. Tebow was living in the Philippines, a country that bans abortions, at the time she supposedly considered one.
** The controversy was further inflamed when news media picked up on two pro-gay ads (one by a church, one by a dating site) were rejected for inappropriateness. The main question being how Standards and Practices could neutrally pass the Tebow ad but reject the gay ads.
** The controversy was doubly further inflamed when Mrs. Tebow revealed that doctors had advised her to have the abortion for medical reasons. All but the most staunch pro-life advocates would keep abortions legal when the mother's life is at risk, undermining the message of the ad.
** The controversy was diminished once people actually saw the ad. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqReTDJSdhE Ooh, how offensive.]]
* For 2010, [=HomeAway.com=] showed a trailer for a mini-movie followup on the ''[[Film/NationalLampoonsVacation Vacation]]'' series called ''Hotel Hell Vacation'', with Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo reprising their respective roles of Clark and Ellen Griswold. The film can be viewed [[http://vacation.homeaway.com/ here]].
* [=BoostMobile=], for XLIV, reunites the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew for a [[MilestoneCelebration 25th anniversary]] followup of their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJNC3dgreaU Super Bowl Shuffle]], called the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxOSz095_HY Boost Mobile Shuffle]]. Of course, to save airtime, they aired [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLCbh2hAdqE a 30 second preview of the song]], which concludes with the Crew saying, "Go online to find the rest of our jam."
* The 2010 Music/{{KISS}} Dr. Pepper ad, co-staring Little Kiss, a KISS tribute band authorized by KISS, made up of midgets.
* Also in 2010, the Website/{{Google}} ad [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnsSUqgkDwU "Parisian Love"]].
** Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk7yqlTMvp8 'Cat herders']] commercial.
** The same company did try to top that the next year, with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2zqTYgcpfg building airplanes]]. In the sky. So, between a commercial showing cat herders and skydiving aerospace mechanics, could you guess that they're a company that does [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_Data_Systems IT maintenance and database program development]]?
*** This turns out to be FridgeBrilliance once you know the whole picture. Their ads are designed to be ''memorable'', '''period'''. They're not advertising to the public at large, so they couldn't care less if 99% of viewers have no idea what they do. It's actually a form of Conspicuous Consumption: after the Super Bowl, they run print ads in industry publications that reference the Super Bowl spot, basically saying "Remember this ad? Yeah, that was us. We're not some rinky-dink fly-by-night operation; we can afford to advertise ''on the Super Bowl''."
* And who could forget the [[LongRunners long-running]] but [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks little-changed]] [=MasterLock=] "Shoot the Lock" (my term) ads?
* Believe it or not, there was an ad for ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' in the Super Bowl of 2000. It was moderately funny. The ad is available on the DVD, or you can watch it [[http://www.viewaskew.com/news/jan00/3.html here]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5zbEsQYMb0 This]] Nuveen Investments' commercial in 2000, set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. Mankind has made signifigant progress, having cured AIDS and Cancer, and is currently having an award ceremony for the breakthroughs in fixing spinal cord injuries. One of the guests presenting the award? None other than Creator/ChristopherReeve, up and about again. A wonderful case of DoingItForTheArt.
** This ad also created a bit of a stir, and is often cited as either one of the best Super Bowl ads ever, or one of the worst. TheReveal of a walking Christopher Reeve was rather surprising, and some people (who apparently missed the parts about AIDS and cancer being cured) thought it was real. They were disheartened to realize that Reeve was still in his wheelchair, and felt that Nuveen was giving people false hope.
* FIFA example: Possibly the most elaborate commercial ever made, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idLG6jh23yE Write the Future]]" is a Nike ad which follows several famous players and shows how one errant pass or spectacular save can [[WhatCouldHaveBeen change the man's whole life]]. Includes several Crowning Moments of Funny for good measure.
** HarsherInHindsight: Every single player featured in that commercial was either dropped from their national team or eliminated in the Round of 16. "Write the Future" indeed.
*** Except for the three Spanish players (Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique), who ''won'' the World Cup.
** Nike would do this ad campaign in the states as well, with one imagine spot being what if Michael Jordan had missed The Shot?
* In 2010, Dockers premiered an ad which opened with a bunch of guys marching heroically through a field, clad only in shirts and underwear, proudly singing a song by California folk band The Music/PoxyBoggards, called ''"I Wear No Pants."'' The ad cut to a shot of a model wearing Dockers' khakis and a voice intoning, "Calling all men -- it's time to wear the pants."
* The 2010 Super Bowl commercial for Kia cars was cute (a gang of giant, living toys goes on a fun road trip to UsefulNotes/LasVegas), but it almost got the company in serious trouble because of an NFL rule that bans showing gambling and casinos during the broadcast.
* The Super Bowl's current proximity to Valentine's Day actually has worked in the favor of online floral clearinghouse Teleflora, who in 2009 and 2010 made commercials with "bad box" flowers berating the recipient with how much of a cheapskate the flower-buyer was. The 2010 commercial featured Don Rickles as the voice of the bad flowers.
** Teleflora also got in hot water when one of the ads had the rude flowers telling its recipient, "No one wants to see you naked!"
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f83AYIJiQUw "Miller High Life!"]] Yup, an ad that ran less than 3 seconds, and just had the main character of the ad campaign (a black delivery guy in a khaki uniform, who in other ads of the campaign delivered Miller High Life to stores) state the name of the product. This piggy-backed off an earlier ad during the NFL playoffs in which the character was confused on why companies needed 30 seconds to pitch their products.
* The Super Bowl [=XLV=] commercial for the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKL254Y_jtc&feature=player_embedded Chrysler 200]] was seen as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, Music/{{Eminem}}, and Chrysler.
* Super Bowl XLV also had the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R55e-uHQna0 Volkswagen Passat ad]] where a kid dressed as [[StarWars Darth Vader]] tries using "The Force" on everything and failing [[spoiler: until his dad helps him with Forcing the car to start]]. Doubly a CrowningMomentOfFunny and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, and, even better, is immediately obvious what they are selling, and what feature you'll remember.
** This got referenced the next year as a {{Stinger}} to another Volkswagen ad, which involves a dog losing weight so he could go through a pet door and run alongside the advertised car. The commercial ends and we see that it was being watched in the Mos Eisley cantina, where one of the patrons says he liked it better than the Vader commercial. Cue the real Vader showing up and force-choking him.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL3ccJDplzs Garmin's Super Bowl XLI commercial]] is a ShoutOut to ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''.
* Super Bowl XXIII had an unsuccessful attempt for Diet Coke in which they had heavily publicized an ad airing before that game's halftime show that was to be the first spot produced in 3-D (this being January 1989). The ad and subsequent "Bebop Bamboozled" show flopped miserably ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6g0A2waZWc Here is the ad itself]]; bookended by NBC Sports' icon Bob Costas [[DeadpanSnarker making snarky comments]].)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIL93lCUwEE A more successful commercial]] was produced for American Express; which teamed ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' stars Creator/JonLovitz and Creator/DanaCarvey traveling to Miami for the game only for Lovitz (apparently stuck with Visa) having to rely on Carvey to pay his way because his card wasn't accepted, ultimately winning the inaugural USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter.
* For Super Bowl XLVI...
** Chevrolet ran an ad taking place AfterTheEnd of 2012, with a Chevrolet truck emerging from the debris, driving through the SceneryGorn, and regrouping with other survivors, all set to Barry Manilow's "Looks Like We Made It".
*** Featured a huge TakeThat at Ford, where one of their buddies didn't make it.
** XLVI also saw the TV debut of Ms. Brown, M&M's latest {{mascot}}.
*** To expand, the commercial involves the Red M&M seeing Ms. Brown at a party, believing it's [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy ''that'' kind of party]], stripping down, and dancing the "Gangnam Style" dance to "Sexy and I Know it". [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Really.]]
*** Keep in mind this was before "Gangnam Style" was ''even released'', giving the commercial [[HilariousInHindsight a new layer of depth]] when you go back & watch it again.
** Coca-Cola introduced a unique ad featuring its polar bears (one representing each team in the Super Bowl) reacting to the current game action, including a website where visitors could take a peek at the bears' real-time reactions to the game at hand.
** Kia premiered a commercial for the Optima, wherein a man gets accidentally buried in dream dust and winds up fantasizing about Music/MotleyCrue playing a concert while he races his car around a track in front of a crowd of bikini babes. Then it subverts the traditional SexSells setup by having the man bust into his ''wife's'' dream and take her away from the MrFanservice she was with. Commentators praised it for being one of the only commercials to show a man ''wanting'' to spend time with his wife. Then Kia chopped the last part off when they put it into normal rotation, cutting out the Subversion.
** Honda gave us a commercial {{Homage}} to ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''...complete with Creator/MatthewBroderick as the star.
* Pepsi and Lucas Arts had a hilarious joint commercial to honor the remastered ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies coming to theaters that year involving an usher calling out Darth Vader for harassing a kid in the theater (By force crushing the Pepsi cup the kid was noisily drinking), drawing his flashlight, and fighting the Sith Lord in a lightsaber duel.
* Snickers started their current [[AdamWesting "You're Not You When You're Hungry"]] ad campaign by having Creator/BettyWhite get obliterated during a backyard football game.
* In 1994, Alamo Rent-a-Car had a 1:30 commercial (the longest single ad of that year) where a couple rents a car from their service and go on a quest to drive all over America... all over-four-million miles of roads in it (Alamo didn't charge per mile). During this journey, they have a family, raising and educating their children (especially on geography). Their children also have grandchildren. By the time the journey is finished, it is [[{{Zeerust}} 2028]]. The family assumes that they've covered all the miles in Alamo territory... until they learn that Alamo now has over 20,000 locations world wide. [[HereWeGoAgain Now they have to travel over TWENTY million miles!]]
* For Super Bowl XLVIII, Franchise/TheMuppets, Terry Crews, and Toyota would like to remind you that there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJtP5WHAnCo No Room For Boring]].
* Super Bowl XLIX saw the NFL produce one of their own of these with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ul29X69UJA "Together We Make Football,"]] showing tons of real and fictional people screaming and stomping, including ship captains, bus riders, mascots, the Mane Six of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the penguins of ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'', the cast of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', Keyboard Cat and Music/BritneySpears.
** It wasn't the first time they did this. For Super Bowl XLV, they rolled out an ad titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIrrOKxVXKs "Best Fans Ever"]], featuring characters from TV shows past and present geared up for the big game, ranging from classics like ''Series/HappyDays'', ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' and ''Series/FamilyMatters'' to more modern hits like ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', ''Series/{{Glee}}'' and ''Series/TheOffice''. The edits made to these scenes were quite convincing; a side by side comparison of the commercial and the unaltered scenes from each show can be found [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB0lM5srJb8 here]].
** From the same Super Bowl as "Together We Make Football", there was also massive MoodWhiplash for a domestic abuse website called "No More," in which an abused woman has to pretend to call for a pizza in order to get help. While it was well-received, it had some of the more cynical viewers wondering how they got it to air during such a lighthearted event.
** Another MoodWhiplash example: Nationwide had a child-safety ad featuring a boy who died from a preventable accident. Naturally, it (unlike the above-mentioned No More ad) received a massive InternetBackdraft to the point where "Nationwide" became a trending topic on Twitter because of it.
** On the lighter side of things, there's the ads for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9A1NowrnGI Bud Light]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1jwWwJ-Mxc BMW]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQo0TfuueaY Doritos]].
* Mexican beer brand Tecate's "Somos Bax" campaign began as a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_E9N_8Hnb0 Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Special]]. It features Sylvester Stallone interrupting a man doing something not particularly manly by saying "TE HACE FALTA VER MAS BAX"[[note]]YOU NEED TO WATCH MORE BOXING[[/note]].
* Super Bowl 50:
** Skittles had one with Steven Tyler that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21ivbtgqJkg has to be seen to be believed.]]
** {{Creator/Nintendo}} also aired their first Super Bowl commercial, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F46tGehnfo commemorating]] {{Franchise/Pokemon}}'s [[MilestoneCelebration 20th anniversary]].
** Snickers also built on to their "you're not you" campaign by having Creator/WillemDafoe [[WTHCastingAgency as]] Creator/MarilynMonroe, [[https://youtu.be/WhfntLl6xx0 recreating]] the SignatureScene from ''Film/TheSevenYearItch''.
** And then there's Mountain Dew's [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot puppy-monkey-baby]]. [[https://youtu.be/ql7uY36-LwA See it here.]]
** The NFL's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KqekigARfE Super Bowl Babies]] commercial, where a choir of people born in a town 9 months after their team won the Super Bowl sing a Super Bowl-themed song to the tune of Music/{{Seal}}'s "Kiss from a Rose".
* Super Bowl LI:
** Audi's [=#DriveProgress=] [[https://youtu.be/G6u10YPk_34 commercial]], featuring a girl racing in a soapbox derby and her father as the narrator, pondering about the idea that [[DoubleStandard she'll be valued and paid less in life simply because she's female]]. InternetBackdraft ensued, with the video receiving a very high dislike-to-like ratio.
** On the more successful side, Snickers aired a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9M_wQDTTdk live commercial.]]
** As [[http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/super-bowl-2017-ads this article]] proves, a lot of 2017 ads went for a WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical attitude. For example, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH2bCJ5xm9I this haircare ad]] went for a not-so-subtle jab at Trump's hair.
* A few months after acquiring the film from Creator/{{Paramount}}, Creator/{{Netflix}} released an ad during Super Bowl LII that ''Film/TheCloverfieldParadox'' would be "coming very soon" -- by which they meant that people could watch it as soon as the game ended. Analysts afterward considered this a genius marketing move for a movie that would have bombed if Paramount had kept it and released it the normal way.


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* In the second episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', Professor Farnsworth pays for a Planet Express commercial to air during the Super Bowl. "Not on the same channel, of course."
* ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', referenced [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2817.htm here]] and then subverted [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2818.htm here]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday", Lisa and Marge see a commercial spoofing the music video for Music/ZZTop's "Legs", with 3 sexy women providing "service" for a man at a gas station. The camera zooms in [[MaleGaze as the man is staring at one of the women's cleavage]], she has a cross necklace, prompting a voiceover saying "The Catholic Church: we've made a few changes.", to which Lisa says "These Super Bowl commercials are weird." The Catholic League, a Catholic anti-defamation organization, [[DudeNotFunny was unamused with this scene]].
* ''FadeToBlack'', the fifth of Creator/RobertGoldsborough's officially-sanctioned continuation of Creator/RexStout's ''Literature/NeroWolfe'' series, centers around industrial espionage between two ad agencies. The case is kicked off when one of the ad executives meets Archie Goodwin at a Superbowl party; one of the ads during the game is his agency's work.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', a retired football player ends up appearing in several local Super Bowl commercials for competing restaurants in the unnamed city the series is set in.