Note: TheOnion often uses [[YMMV.HomePage YMMV]] items and AudienceReactions in an InUniverse setting. Those used InUniverse as a Trope can be kept on the main page. To make this so, just put or PotHole "InUniverse" within the example (where appropriate of course). See InUniverse for more.

For those not used InUniverse, here's a list of [[YMMV.HomePage YMMV]] Tropes and AudienceReactions relating to TheOnion.
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8wO4WVYQRw The Fact Zone's Intro]]
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Many, many articles, such as an article where people resort to [[NoPartyLiketheDonnerParty cannibalism]] after being stuck in an elevator for only a few hours.
* DudeNotFunny: A lot of articles can get this reaction. Specific examples include:
** An ''Onion'' tweet on February 24, 2013 (AcademyAward night) called 9-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis a ''very'' [[CountryMatters rude word]], claiming that everyone else was afraid to admit she was one. It was a parody of all the insinuations and nasty comments on social media that Wallis was being a brat at the Oscars, taken ''way'' too far. The response on Website/{{Twitter}} was ''huge'' and ''angry'', resulting in a sincere apology, the first ever in the Onion's history. Unfortunately, the tweet also lead to a lot of [[{{Misblamed}} misdirected finger pointing]] at the staff of The AV Club, who had nothing to do with the tweet, and were effectively only chosen because they're slightly more visible than the more anonymous writers for ''The Onion'' -- they're also effectively completely separate operations, right down to not even having offices in the same ''state''. One blogger's demands that The AV Club's film editor ''also'' apologize for the tweet resulted in a groundswell of support for the site from the critic community.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/bush-our-long-national-nightmare-of-peace-and-pros,464/ "Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over'"]]
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/nation-celebrates-full-week-without-deadly-mass-sh,29293/ This article, published a day before a shooting attack in NYC.]] The article even received an update.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/pope-forgives-molested-children,101/ Pope Forgives Molested Children]]: Compare some of the phrases in the article to what real-life priests [[http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/31/priest-apologizes-after-sex-abuse-comments-draw-ire/ actually]][[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/08/polish-archbishop-jozef-michalik-sex-abuse-comments-_n_4065751.html said]].
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/millions-of-americans-buying-floyd-landisinspired,9779/ Millions Of Americans Wearing Floyd Landis-Inspired Bracelets]], at the time, was a parody of Lance Armstrong's [=LIVESTRONG=] bracelets making fun of then-Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, who was almost immediately found guilty of doping. However, a few years later, Armstrong himself would admit to doping during each one of his Tour de France wins as well. The Onion [[TheMerch Store]] now sells yellow plastic bracelets with "CHEAT TO WIN" on them.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/kim-jongun-privately-doubting-hes-crazy-enough-to,18374/ Kim Jong Un Privately Doubting He's Crazy Enough to Run North Korea]]. With recent events and threats coming from the top of the Korean peninsula, any doubts people might have had about Kim Jong Un may have been erased...
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/ive-got-you-dumb-motherfuckers-eating-right-out-of,19014/ I've Got You Dumb Motherfuckers Eating Right Out of My Hand]] is basically Creator/{{Pixar}} [=CEO=] Creator/JohnLasseter bragging that his movies bring in a ton of money and are pretty much critically beloved. Later that year, ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' came out and was the first movie in the Pixar library to get critically savaged. Its follow-ups, ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', were better-received, but didn't receive anywhere near the acclaim of their earlier work.
** "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/new-liver-complains-of-difficulty-working-with-lou,32669/ New Liver Complains of Difficulty Working With Lou Reed]]", given that [[Music/LouReed Reed]] died of complications of his liver transplant.
** "[[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/wealthy_teen_nearly_experiences Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequence]]" is about an article where a wealthy teen driving intoxicated gets into a wreck when his car collides with a minivan carrying a family of four. The "affluenza" story around [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethan_Couch Ethan Couch]] may change your perspective.
** ''The Onion Book of Known Knowledge'' defines "Heisman Trophy" as "nation's highest honor that can be given to a date rapist." In 2013 (the year after the book was published), Florida State QB Jameis Winston won the Heisman after a season in which he was accused of, but ultimately not charged for, a date rape of a fellow student.
** "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/chris-farley-has-hilarious-cardiac-arrest,4300/ Chris Farley Has Hilarious Cardiac Arrest]]", published on November 1997, even calls Farley "the next Belushi". Two months later, Chris Farley died of a drug over dose at the age of 33, just like Creator/JohnBelushi.
* GeniusBonus: If you're a history buff, ''Literature/OurDumbCentury'' is full of this.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/fuck-everything-were-doing-five-blades,11056/ "Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades"]]. The Gillette Fusion would be released 2 years later in 2006.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/lady-gaga-kidnaps-commissioner-gordon,17789/ Lady Gaga Kidnaps Commissioner Gordon]]. In ''Franchise/{{Batman}} Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes!'' released in 2011, Batgirl infiltrates a school that brainwashes teenage girls into assassins run by Expys of {{Music/Madonna}}, {{Music/Rihanna}}, Music/KatyPerry...and Music/LadyGaga.
** The April 8, 1998 issue had the headline: "Cubs Eliminated From Playoff Contention." The Cubs went on to make the playoffs that year.
** "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/michael-moore-honored-with-new-ben-jerrys-flavor,1292/ Michael Moore Honored With New Ben & Jerry's Flavor]]" mocks that company's liberal leanings by saying they have invented a new flavor named after Creator/MichaelMoore called "The Waffle Truth" that had vanilla ice cream with chocolate-covered waffle cone pieces. Two years later, Ben & Jerry's did come out with a new flavor named for liberal (faux-conservative) icon Creator/StephenColbert called "Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream", which has....vanilla ice cream with chocolate-covered waffle cone pieces.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOgj2etJs3Y "Miley Cyrus will be depleted by 2013"]]. How wrong they were... [[BileFascination if for the wrong reasons]].
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TrPwOrf4sM Historic 'Blockbuster' Store Offers Glimpse Of How Movies Were Rented In The Past]]", due to the November 6, 2013 announcement that the Blockbuster chain's physical stores were shutting down due to the inability to compete with the advent of digital downloads on Netflix and the Internet in general. Another business that had a historical museum was Borders, which also folded not long after the video was made.
** With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state, it looks like the drugs are actually winning the drug war.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/song-about-heroin-used-to-advertise-bank,1489/ Song About Heroin Used to Advertise Bank]] ran in 2001. Then, in 2010, AT&T used Music/LouReed's song "Perfect Day", which is commonly believed to reference heroin addiction, in a commercial.
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