Some things fans write down can get downright weird
- This Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko fanfic, The Boredom of Yoto Yokodera opens with secret agents in 1912 fighting an evil satanic cult. This is never mentioned again. But then again, not many things in this fanfic make sense anyway.
- Nyx's Family has Chapter 11, wherein Market Forces, an economist in the employ of the Royal Sisters lectures the audience on the virtues of free market capitalism, labels prerevolutionary France's Ancien Regime as an example of the evil and oppresive nature of socialism before we are treated to a flashback of Celestia and Luna using a magic mirror to consult HUMAN economists in order to create Equestria's economic system All of the consulted economists are libertarian free market Austrian school economists like Hayek or Von Mises. Not one mainstream economist like Keynes, Galbraith, or even Milton Friedman is consulted. After a particularly hellacious case of Internet Backdraft exploded in the comments, the author made a point of never ever referring to the events of this chapter in the rest of the story or any of its sequels.
- Queen Of All Oni has a very strange Dream Sequence in the third interlude chapter, it has to be read to be believed!
- Chaos Is Very Good is composed of these, not surpringly. And yet, the Mayor's ghost talking makes the whole thing seem sane and sound in comparation.
- Many stories have Cid Highwind from Final Fantasy VII randomly complain about people interrupting The Dukes of Hazzard... and then the show is never mentioned again and most of the time the plot continues as usual.
- Bart the General, despite making little sense to begin with, has a few scenes like this, such as one when House climbs a water tower and gets his cane broken by an icicle, and a scene where Barton wakes up in an underwater vault with a strange gauge.
- Subverted in Latias' Journey with the Berry Stoo fight, the RPG arc, and the battle between the Pokérangers, Team Rocket and the Tyrantron. Not only does Ash get a rematch with Stoo later on, but Mewgle becomes
The Dragon The Man Behind the Man, and the origin of the Pokerangers becomes an important plot point.
- Played straight when Giovanni's body (working for Deoxys) is trying to interrupt Rayquaza's resurrection and stumbles onto the set of a game show for no good reason.
- Not exactly, Copernicus(the ghost) is mentioned in the following scene, by characters who had NOT been there. He is one of the guard ghosts, and a character from another fanfic author.
- "Watch for moving Nintendo 64 logos."
- In the Evangelion Gag Dub Evangelion: ReDeath, Pikachu attacks NERV. However, the following scene acts like an AMV for Pokémon set to the AC/DC song "Big Balls", and there's not much of a focus on Pikachu, but rather James, another character from Pokémon. After the "AMV" is done, ANOTHER random anime is introduced — Tenchi Muyo!! The cast of Tenchi Muyo! is quickly killed off by Pikachu, and the plot returns. ...yeaaah...
- One of Stephen Ratliff's later Marrissa Picard stories, 'Winning Love By Daylight', has this bizarre (even by Ratliff standards) scene where Jay Gordon and the resident psychiatrist Martin are talking about Marrissa's problems in a restaurant when the narration casually mentions a monster walking in to the place. Just as suddenly, two of the 24th Century's version of the Sailor Scouts show up (please note that outside this scene, Ratliff's stories are Star Trek: The Next Generation fanfic and don't usually cross over with Sailor Moon or anything else) — one of them being a half-Klingon girl. The two vanquish the monster and leave. Jay and Martin comment on the weirdness, and then it's never mentioned again.
- Marty McFly makes a cameo in My Immortal. Yes, that Marty McFly. It's best not to try to think about that.
- Actually, it's probably best that you don't think about My Immortal period.
- My Immortal is full of them. Dobby is one.
- The hacker's chapter and Draco's suicide are two of the most egregious examples.
- While Naruto Veangance Revelaitons is not very coherent, the dream sequence Ronan has in Chapter 47 in which he, among other things, comes face to face with the author's stepbrother, is one by the author's own admission.
- The Total Drama Island Fan Film William Country has several, such as Cody smoking or a completely random cut away to a Guitar Hero-esque game.
- One So Bad, It's Good Sailor Moon fanfic has a random cutaway to Sakaki, Chiyo and Osaka right in the middle of a battle scene. Should also be noted that the fic is otherwise not a crossover.
- Thirty H's is almost entirely composed of this, which, in combination with its abuse of Purple Prose, makes it egregiously hilarious. Whether this is intentional or not is impossible to tell.
- In chapter 1 of Frigid Winds And Burning Hearts, Princess Luna knocks a bowl of soup into Prince Blueblood's face. There is then a brief, inexplicable cutaway to the bowl of soup's dying thoughts, as it hopes to have earned a place alongside Sir Lint-a-Lot and Rocky in Inanimate Object Heaven. To say this is out of place in a story that takes itself so seriously it's painful is to make a gross understatement, and this is never mentioned again.
- The Madness Mantra in chapter 1 of The Grim EDventures of Ed, Edd, n Eddy. Sure, it's taken from one of the works involved, but it's still a BLAM.
- Turnabout Storm has a reference to the infamous Dark Fic Cupcakes involving a creepy zoom, eerie music, and the background turning red; only for then to have everything turn back to normal and the investigation continuing like nothing happened. What triggered this reference you may be asking? A discussion about freaking ladders ...or was it about step ladders?
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series has the titular duo doing a brief (as in two seconds) hat and cane dance at the end of the second episode.
- The "Fanfic Mode" version of episode 5 of None Piece. And that is SAYING something.
- Subverted at one point in Jake Englishs Mysterious Theater Of Scientific Romance From The Year 3000, where Andrew Ryan and Zachary Comstock suddenly appear in front of rose and company to belt out an expository rap duet. It's actually a brick joke from season 3, where sollux joked that this would happen in season 4. Given that he's the Seer of Doom in Homestuck, they probably should have taken this more seriously.
- Also subverted when Valarie shows up in a throwaway gag. This turns out to have been the Start of Darkness that led to her becoming Monarch.
- This is an Enforced Trope during the Cowboy Guys' introduction in Paper Mario: The Land of Harmony where they spoil events that happen later in the game/story shattering the fourth wall whilst doing so.
- In the original Sorting Hat scene in Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Fred and George enchant Harry to sing a magic-themed version of the Ghostbusters theme song. This is never brought up again. Later this scene was removed in an Orwellian Retcon when the author realized how silly it was.