Does This Remind You Of Anything: Western Animation
- Pretty much every children's cartoon since 1995 has done at least one really, really G-Rated Drug and one thinly-veiled Coming-Out Story.
- A similar situation happens in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, when, prompted by Robotnik's comment that a complete idiot could make a better robot than them, Scratch and Grounder decide to create a robot of their own. The whole thing is played a lot like they're having a child together; first, they hug and say "We're gonna be parents!" Then, they put spare robot parts into the "Robot-Making Machine", and Grounder asks Scratch wistfully, "Oh, Scratch, I wonder what it'll look like?" When the robot comes out, Scratch cries, "It's a boy! He has my chin, and my eyes!" And, when the robot kid runs away from home, the two robots end up placing an ad in the paper that says "Parents Seek Missing Robot". It's pretty blatant.
- Adventure Time:
Ricardio: I was just trying to impress you...
- The Ice King frequently kidnaps, drugs, or outright mind controls women so that he can force them to "marry" him. The way he tries to justify his actions are even very similar to typical lines used by real life rapists and abusers.
- His backstory is uncomfortably familiar (albeit involving magical powers and an Artifact of Doom) to anyone who has watched a grandparent or other loved one slowly succumb to dementia, such as Alzheimers. The episode "I Remember You" twists the knife as Marceline tries all she can to break through to his former self. She doesn't.
- It also in some ways resembles a drug addiction, with Simon "needing" it and it giving him special abilities, but making him behave strangely, hallucinate, and do awful things to his loved ones then not remember it later.
- "What Was Missing" resulted in the incredible popularity of the Bubblegum/Marceline pairing because of all the romantic subtext between the two of them. Marceline singing a song with the line "I'm gonna drink the red, from your pretty pink face" note is only the beginning.
- "Hug Wolf" is an entire episode of rape metaphors, including scenes like a newly-transformed Finn sneaking into a young candy girl's room, and the angry mob shouting "No more hugs! Without consent!". It's rather disturbing.
- "Lady and Pebbles" deals with the reality of being put in the position of Sexual Extortion/coercion - but also that you don't have to take that.
Bubblegum: You didn't.
- Lumpy Space Princess frequently uses "lumps" as an obvious euphemism for breasts. Taken Up to Eleven in "Gotcha!".
- References to suicide, subtle or not, are in multiple episodes, including "Ghost Princess", "Dad's Dungeon", "Princess Monster Wife", "You Made Me!", and especially "Princess Cookie".
- "Princess Cookie" is easily read as an allegory for Trans sexuality, with Cookie desperately wanting to be a princess, and culminates in a suicide attempt (something depressingly common for transgender people in Real Life). He gets his wish in the end.
- "Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake" has more sexual innuendo than the entire rest of the third season combined. The pinnacle is definitely when Gumball invites Fionna up to his room, his bed covered in rose petals, locks the door behind him and starts removing his shirt. Sure, it was Ice Queen removing her disguise, but damn.
- Soon afterwards, Cake (who had seen Fionna go into Gumball's room) hears Fionna grunting and shouting "Get it off me"! (she's fighting Ice Queen). Cake bursts into his room, see's Fionna's ripped dress and Gumball next to her, and completely flips out. "Don't you touch her!"
- Speaking of Gender Flips, Gumball and Marshall Lee's short scene in "Bad Little Boy" has Marshall suck the pink out of Gumball's cream puff, then throw white sticky stuff on his face.
- Lemongrab's ambiguous autism. Surprisingly, not played for laughs.
- The conflict in "All Your Fault" is literally that the Lemongrabs started making children together immediately after they met and wouldn't stop for anything.
- Finn's relationship with Flame Princess is dripping with masochism vibes. He first expresses his crush on her after she slaps him (leaving a burning handprint on his cheek). After their first hug he tells Jake "It hurt..." in a gleeful tone of voice, and their first kiss has him smiling while he has third degree burns all over his face. He gets way too hot under the collar when he sees Flame Princess fight, and dreams about her 'burning' his crotch.
- Jake stopping Finn from hugging FP until he's safely wrapped-up... to protect him from the heat.
- Multiple scenes do everything but outright state that Jake and Lady Rainicorn are having lots of kinky interspecies sex. Sometimes its a subtle Bilingual Bonus, such as in "From Bad to Worse" where Lady says she wanted Jake to bite her (who blushes and laughs nervously), and sometimes it's hilariously overt. Jake's speech to Finn about tiers in "Burning Low" gives a glimpse of their foreplay ("Then down the road you'll make it to Tier 5, where she'll let you discover all 15 feet of her long beautiful stomach.") and intercourse ("Do NOT do Tier 15!"), while "The Pit" reveals Jake made a sex tape for Lady.
- Finn's dream about a white comet, with a long white tail, swimming through the ocean until it enters a crack in the sea floor. As if it that were too subtle, Finn is also holding a baby version of himself throughout the dream. This comes in season 6's "The Visitor."
- The Ice King frequently kidnaps, drugs, or outright mind controls women so that he can force them to "marry" him. The way he tries to justify his actions are even very similar to typical lines used by real life rapists and abusers.
- Æon Flux was pretty much made of this trope. In one episode Trevor caught Aeon atop his high-atmosphere platform; both were wearing pressurized air suits, and Trevor plugged the air hose from his suit into Aeon's and forcibly inflated her suit, then drained the excess air back into his, and repeat, causing each one to swell up in turn. She grunts in shock each time she's "filled up". Riiiight.
- American Dad! has this:
Stan: And the Number One dog on my fictitious dog list is Brian Griffin!
(zoom out to reveal Brian, sipping a martini)
Brian: Uh, do I know you? (walks off)
Stan: (beat) STOP PRETENDING I DON'T EXIST!
- Another episode has Stan's father explain to him that in order to bypass the dial locks on the vault, you have to treat it right like a woman's body. Cut to Stan's father fiddling with the locks that are arranged just like a woman's "parts".
- From an old episode of Arthur:
Arthur: Francine! Distract the goalie! Tell him something about his face!
- In the Animated Adaptation of Astérix and the Big Fight, you can see Cancaphonix singing like a rock star, his guitar between his legs.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- The scene at the end of "The Headband" where Aang and Katara have a big dance number that ends with them sweating and panting, looking at each with big smiles on their faces was something. Granted that is what normally happens when people dance, but still.
- In the beginning of the episode where Sokka meets his future girlfriend, Aang quite happily says the line, "Where we're going, you won't need any pants!" Sokka also dresses up in women's clothes in that episode.
- The scene in "Bitter Work", where Toph steals Aang's sack of nuts and then breaks a few with his staff and eats them. She even calls Aang a delicate instrument.
- The giant drill the Fire Nation used to pierce the wall of Ba Sing Se in "The Drill", complete with the rock/water slurry, which appears to serve as a lubricant for the drill, and has the consistency of very slippery mud. When Aang delivers the crushing blow to the drill by smashing the weak spot, the slurry splatters everywhere, but particularly towards the front of the drill. It's no wonder Mai doesn't want to go anywhere near the stuff. And just in case it was still subtle as all, just before attempting to "penetrate the Impenetrable City", the Drill extends itself.
- Batman: The Animated Series:
- "The Ultimate Thrill" features Roxy Rocket, a former stuntwoman turned jewel thief who rides rockets as part of her robbery plans. It's mentioned a couple of times that she is in it more for the thrill of the crime than the actual spoils, and adding Batman chasing her into the mix just made it more exciting. The episode ends with Batman cornering Roxy straddling one of her rockets which is about to crash into the side of a cliff, and her getting really into it.
- Batman: The Animated Series was notorious for its sexual innuendo. The pie scene in "Mad Love" for instance:
Harley: Don't you wanna rev up your Harley? VROOM VROOM!
- In an episode of Batman Beyond, the villain Shriek (a sound engineer) rewards his assistant by letting him play with a special tuning fork that "stimulates the brain's pleasure center." Ollie enjoys it so much that he winds up lying on the floor, rubbing the fork on his head, moaning sensually and giggling. Watching the scene as an adult, it's hard NOT to see the fork as a stand-in for a vibrator.
- In Bob's Burgers, Bob's kids discuss how they saw their "first time", eating lobster. This is carried out to the point of Tina wanting to "wait for marriage" to have lobster, and Gene wanting to eat lobster his first time in a hot tub. Louise just wants to order lobster as her last meal before an execution and use its claws to stab her way to freedom. In the same episode, Hugo's date appears to like a man with a big "badge".
- The Boondocks episode "A Date with the Health Inspector" is a satire of the Iraq War. Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy represent George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfield, the X-Box killer which starts the whole episode is Osama Bin Laden, and the store clerk that Ed and Rummy rob for no reason is Saddam Hussein (in a No Celebrities Were Harmed). Several quotes are also made referencing the war, such as Rummy reciting Rumsfeld's "known unknowns and unknown unknowns" quote, and Wuncler telling the clerks to "Bring it, bitch" (a parallel to Bush's "Bring them on" speech).
- In the Captain Planet episode "Frog Day Afternoon", Dr. Blight manages to shoot Wheeler and Linka with darts full of her latest experimental mutation serum that unexpectedly causes them to shrink to about an inch tall... only hours later, in their sleep. And their clothes didn't shrink along with them. One can only imagine what the other Planeteers concluded upon awakening to wonder, and I quote, "Where could they have gone?" "Without their clothes?"
- "Asleep At The Chalk" has Rudy going into ChalkZone late at night because he doesn't want to go to bed. After partying with Snap for a while, he becomes so tired that he starts passing out during their fun, which prompts Snap to help him walk home. It plays out very similarly to one of them getting drunk and the sober one has to help him get home.
- "My Big Fat Chalk Wedding": At the beginning of the episode, Rudy helps Bobbie Sue with her art project, which causes her to develop a huge crush on him because "they made it together like a mommy and a daddy". She then draws what would be her ideal wedding to Rudy on the blackboard, however it's erased into ChalkZone before she can draw Rudy. Later, when Rudy and Snap are in ChalkZone, they run into chalk!Bobbie Sue and her family, and Rudy is forced into a (G-rated and shotgun-less) Shotgun Wedding with her because "they made an art project together like a mommy and a daddy". And her chalk!dad even asks Rudy "what his intentions were" regarding it.
- Code Lyoko:
- Jérémie is shown to have some computer magazines hidden under his mattress. The French version makes it quite clear that Jim expected it to be a Porn Stash.
- The episode where Jérémie keeps using a helmet that boosts his brain power while ruining his physical and mental health. Steroid metaphor?
- Codename: Kids Next Door
- Knightbrace is a wannabe dentist who was rejected by the ADA for being too crazy. He is shown stalking the streets, ambushing children, and mutilating their mouths. His attacks are played out disturbingly like rape scenes.
- The episode where there's a place where all the teenage couples go. "You go up as a boy, but come home as a man!" It's eleven minutes of sexual innuendo.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog:
- "Freaky Fred" features the eponymous barber, who has a compulsion to shave anyone and anything completely bald. However his creepy inner monologue, complete with delighted, drawn-out repetitions of "Naaaaauughty", and chorus of "La La La La"'s in the background (very similar to a certain song in A Nightmare on Elm Street) cause him to appear as something between a murderer and a child molester, making the series' least threatening villain into one of its most disturbing (he was, apparently, a parody of Sweeney Todd).
- The episode "The Mask" includes very thinly veiled references to abusive relationships, domestic violence, and prostitution, while Kitty and Bunny are quite close "friends". The former are thoroughly disturbing, the latter is heartwarming.
- In the Dan Vs. episode "Anger Management", Dan goes out on a date with his anger management therapist, where they end up wrecking a litterer's car. When they go to dinner, Dan finds out that she only went out with him so he'd help her. He then asks if they're "revenge buddies" and spends the rest of the episode complaining about how she's just "using him".
- In Danny Phantom, overshadowing someone looks very much like possession (although more benign).
- In the Daria episode Jane's Addiction, Trent agrees to help Daria and Jane with a school project but flakes out on them. At the end of the episode he and Daria have a conversation about how "maybe it wasn't such a good idea for [them] to get together...on this".
- The Muffin Episode in Dexter's Laboratory. Drug addiction or sex (muff-a-holic?) addiction, take your pick.
- Disney's Doug has an episode revolving around a product touted as a "relaxant" that is not legal to sell to anyone under 18, but whose manufacturers are secretly trying to get kids hooked on it. The product, Nic-Nacs, does not exist in real life, but it's suspiciously similar to one that does...
- In one episode of Downtown Jen and Alex have a "post-coital" scene where they lie on the bed, exhausted, and talk about how good what they just did was. The joke is that in the previous scene they weren't having sex, but playing children's board games.
- In Drawn Together, Ling-Ling and his wife are having troubles: she never wants to battle him anymore, and when they do battle, she just lies there, unlike in the beginning of their marriage. Then, they decide to have sex instead. (Metaphorgotten!)
- Ed, Edd n Eddy:
- When Edd discovers a scientific magazine a page unfolds like a Playboy centerfold and he reacts "oh my" and smiles. The camera then reveals that the picture is of a praying mantis.
- Edd and Eddy are searching through Ed's room and Eddy finds a magazine called Chicks Galore. He gleefully remarks "Ed's been holding out on us!", only to discover that the magazine is about baby chickens.
Double D: I didn't even know they had magazines like that!
- The Kankers' POV in the Christmas special. They found a moldy piece of bread, sausages and pennies, and a fur coat. Later, when Edd (dressed as an angel) was stuck to the top of Rolf's shed, Eddy was laying in a chicken's roost, and Ed (dressed as a shepard) was just standing there, the Kankers show up with the items in hand.
Edd: Can it be? 3 Kings who have traveled afar?
Lee: Away in a manger, huh? We come bearing gifts.
May: See? Mold!
Marie: I brought Franks and Cents!
Lee: And Fur!
- Some scenes between Eddy and Edd in The Movie (eg. Edd questioning Eddy implying that he's impressing his brother, the entire fight after the "sandquick" prank — Ed's suggestion that the two tickle each other doesn't help) just scream Unresolved Sexual Tension. Hell, when Eddy broke down after his brother's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on him, it sounds like something out of a Hurt/Comfort Fic.
- Eddy's big brother asks if Double D is Eddy's girlfriend. This question was posed twice in the movie.
- Eddy's relationship with his brother in general is portrayed like a abusive relationship, right down to Eddy lying about his brother's true colors.
- Family Guy:
- A scene at the Bavarian festival from "I Never Met the Dead Man" involves the owner of a German sausage stand taking over a Polish sausage stand and eyeing the Czech stand. To make it more obvious, he has the familiar mustache.
- "Brian: Portrait of a Dog" has Brian fighting against being discriminated against for being a dog. Scenes include him getting in trouble for drinking from a "human" water fountain and getting offended when an officer calls him "boy".
- The subplot of "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" involves Stewie making the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation spend time with him, and the situation eventually devolves into Stewie acting like stressed-out father watching over group of a bratty kids.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
Bloo: How did this happen?
- "Mac Daddy": When Bloo discovers that Mac created another imaginary friend in his sleep (or so they think), the conversation plays out like an uncovered affair:
Mac: I don't know! I don't remember anything; I just woke up and he was in my bed!
- Goo accidentally creating imaginary friends in her sleep is treated as similar to bed-wetting — made even more explicit by Cloudcuckoolander Coco suggesting solving it by having Goo wear a diaper on her head.
- Bloo going behind Mac's back to play with a rich kid is treated like an affair... down to Mac binge "drinking" with ice cream when he discovers Bloo is still doing it after the first discovery.
- "The Route Of All Evil" portrays Bender brewing beer inside himself as awaiting a pregnancy, brought on by Bender realizing that there would be a living thing (yeast) inside him. He even goes so far as to sing lullabies and knit bottle covers. By the end, he's "giving birth" to the beer. Also notable for Fry declaring, "I hope it's a lager, so I can take it to a ballgame."
- In an earlier episode, Bender gets addicted to injecting himself with electricity. Leela finds him doing the same in the bathroom and asks, "Bender, are you jacking on in there?" This could be interpreted as either an allusion to drug addiction or masturbation, making it a double Double Entendre.
- The opening of the first movie, Bender's Big Score, combines a particularly over-the-top example of this with a vicious Take That against Fox, comparing Planet Express closing and re-opening to the series' cancellation, sometimes bordering on Metaphorgotten.
- The episode "I Dated A Robot" parodies the society's attitudes towards both interracial marriages and same-sex marriages, and also has the message that file sharing is morally wrong.
- "Proposition Infinity" has Bender and Amy fighting to legalise "Robosexual marriage".
- More than one episode had an odd example: robots need alcohol to function properly, so when Bender was feeling particularly bad about something, he went for a while without drinking... and as a result, behaved as if he were drunk. Thus, Bender's sobriety reminds one of alcoholism in humans. Which leads to:
Leela: Just promise me you won't get behind the wheel without some sort of alcoholic beverage in your hand.
Bender: I promise nothing!
- One episode has Bender's antenna treated like a certain part of male anatomy...
Masculine Police Robot: You call THAT an antenna?
- In Neutopia, at first the only noticeable difference in Bender is that his antenna is gone.
- Mina's friendship with Trina on Groj Band is somewhat portrayed like an abusive relationship.
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law:
- The episode with Peanut gaining his superpowers treated the "changes" a lot like puberty and Harvey (among others) were concerned about who he would have his first superhero battle with.
- An earlier episode has Apache Chief losing his superpowers due to spilling burning coffee in his lap (to grow tall) presented as if it were erectile dysfunction. Made worst by the fact that he regains his superpower by being turned on.... Multiple superheroes go on to play the powers-as-sexuality thing.
Harvey: Mr. Vulcan, tell us about your superpower.
Black Vulcan: Pure electricity... in my pants.
Harvey: Tell us, what would life be like without your powers?
Black Vulcan: Well, you know when the power goes out in your house? It would be like that... but in your pants.
- And who could forget the episode where Harvey, who gets his powers from the sun, needs to stay in the shade for medical reasons, ending up with a powerful addiction to self-tanning lotion, with Peanut as his "dealer".
- The Hey Arnold! episode "Chocolate Boy" is about Chocolate Boy breaking his addiction to chocolate, similarly to alcohol or drugs. It's scary that the storyline of the episode would go completely unchanged if they replaced "chocolate" with "crack" throughout the episode. Also gets kinda funny when you know that he kicks the habit by constantly eating radishes.
- Home Movies - a few episodes depict Jason's binging on candy, acting like a classic problem drinker.
- Invader Zim:
- Irken society is structured around height, to the point that leaders are chosen solely due to being taller than everyone else. This definitely has parallels to real life.
- Dib using water against Zim in "The Wettening" crosses over into BDSM territory on a few occasions, in particular when he merely opens a tap behind Zim and watches with a growing smirk of satisfaction as he twitches and shudders with every drop that hits the sink. In the same episode, Zim covers himself completely with paste, white and sticky paste.
- In the first episode, having just met Zim, Dib decides the most appropriate course of action is to handcuff him. With handcuffs that, in his words, render aliens "completely helpless". Handcuffs that he was carrying with him for the slight possibility that he might encounter an alien. Sleep cuffs, to be exact. Oh, the date rape implications.
- Zim consistently walks in goose step. Combined with his love of world-conquering and the Irken tendency to slaughter or enslave most other alien races, it's surprising Nick was okay with it, considering how often they asked to change other things in the show.
- The Legend of Korra:
- In "The Revelation", Amon has set up his removal of the ability to bend from criminal leaders at an Equalist rally in the manner of a public execution.
- At the end of "The Voice in the Night", Equalists ambush Korra, chi-block her, and tie her up so that Amon can taunt her with word of his plans while gripping her jaw. At the end, he knocks her out—on camera—with a blow to the neck. It, and Korra's traumatized sobbing into Tenzin's chest, is painfully similar to a rape.
- Amon's ability to take away bending is similar to rape, especially people's traumatized reactions to it.
- The rape imagery continues in "When Extremes Meet" when Tarrlok bloodbends Korra to the ground, knocking her unconscious and then slowly advances on her as her eyes close. And then he ties her up and drives her away in the back of a van. And locks her up in a basement.
- Amon's backstory about he and his brother Tarrlock were forced into bloodbending training by their father Yakone is disturbingly like sexual abuse in how degrading the characters feel as a result of it and how it continually propagates throughout the generations.
- The symbolic rapes continue for Korra in the next two seasons. The Final Battle of Season 2 is preceded by her uncle ripping part of her soul out of her body and an almost incapacitated Korra unable to stop him as he severs her connections to her past lives one by one.
- The symbolism continues escalating in the Season 3 finale, where Zaheer knocks Korra out, flings her over his shoulder, and carries her unconscious to an underground cavern. She wakes up with most of her clothes gone and her hands and feet bound so that she can't move or bend. She survives but is broken physically and emotionally and takes years to recover from the ordeal. Just in case the imagery wasn't clear enough, in Season 4, she tries to help herself heal by confronting her attacker in his prison cell, where she ends up shouting at him, "You ruined me!"
- In an episode of Disney's Lloyd in Space, Lloyd, an alien, notices his antenna has been acting up a lot lately. As the episode is about puberty, it's all pretty obvious. It turns out that Verdigrean boys will psychically project strange characters at the most inconvenient moments. The really strange thing, for a Saturday morning cartoon, is Lloyd's grandfather telling him that on Mars boys would get together to see who could project the weirdest character!
- Kim Possible:
- "Homecoming Upset" has Ron and Bonnie elected Homecoming King and Queen, and thus are forced to attend a number of public events together. At one of them, Ron is holding a fire hose and Bonnie comes up from behind and surprises him with a hug. The hose picks that exact moment to turn on and shoots water all over Kim.
- Kim laying on her belly with Warmonga looming over her with her weapon. Kim even groans.
- In Episode 53, Kim and Shego are affected by devices known as "moodulators" that makes them—especially in the presence of the men —- become affectionate at one minute, and lashing out at them in anger in the next.
- In "A Sitch in Time," Ron and Kim are talking about him moving to Norway and Kim's trying to reassure him that they'll still be able to work together.
- Mega Man:
- So, you're fighting your older brother over a gigantic acid spill with only a ridiculously small space to do so, eh? Mega Man ends up in this very situation and his first action is to wrap his legs around said older brother's (Protoman's) waist. While Protoman's lying on top of him. Whatever you say, bro!
- How about Roll vs. that female cosmetics robot? The makeup bot is under Wily's control, and straps her to a chair. Roll tells the robot to let her go, but Wily gives her a creepy look and goes "Not before I give you the beauty treatment!" Then the cosmetics robot produces an oversized powderpuff from her chest area (really) and tries to smush it in Roll's face. Roll acts like this is the worst thing in the world that could happen to her.
- Moral Orel:
- The trip to Inspiration Point, where Orel and his girlfriend go to "pray". They really do pray.
- A less funny example is when Nurse Bendy's "hubby" teddy falls on her rump, knocking some milk onto her face in the process. She freaks out.
- My Life as a Teenage Robot: "Daydream Believer". It's not hard to imagine it being about psychoactive drugs instead of daydreaming.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- The episode "Call of the Cutie" concerns Apple Bloom being the last in her class to get her "cutie mark," a symbol that represents who she is and what she'll do with her life. The language used to describe getting a cutie mark ("It isn't something that happens overnight, and no amount of wishing, hoping, or begging will make a cutie mark appear before its time"), the way Apple Bloom is teased for not having one, and the fact that one girl has a "cuteceñera" to celebrate getting hers, is reminiscent of a girl going through puberty.
- In "Bridle Gossip", Twilight's horn gets "cursed", and needless to say the imagery is such that it's very easy to draw parallels between her inability to use magic and erectile dysfunction.
- "Bridle Gossip" also features the entire town discriminating against Zecora, a zebra who speaks with a foreign accent and has a black (and white) coat.
- In the episode "Lesson Zero", Big Macintosh is holding onto a doll that Twilight enchanted so that anypony that looked at it would desperately want it. First, Big Macintosh got a hold of it, and suddenly everypony from town starts chasing after him for it. They all end up crowding him and piling on top of him for it. Now, if the doll weren't there...
- How the doll got that way isn't much better: a disheveled, clearly-unstable Twilight Sparkle approached a group of fillies (close friends, mind you!) playing in the park, offering them a doll, even "enchanting" it when they didn't go for it at first.
- Later in the episode we see that, once the spell is reversed, everypony stops caring about the doll except Big Macintosh who picks it up and gleefully runs away with it. A grown male genuinely infatuated with something intended for young girls, huh?
- This sort of thing is fairly common for Spike, going all the way back to his barely-concealed desire for a ticket to the Grand Galloping Gala in the third episode. By far the most evocative incident, however, is the Running Gag throughout "A Canterlot Wedding" wherein he is repeatedly caught playing with pony dolls.
- Similarly, "Read It and Weep" has Rainbow Dash initially dismissive of the Daring Do books, reading one out of curiosity, becoming completely obsessed, embarrassed by her obsession and going to absurd lengths to try and hide it from anyone who might tease her. It's basically one huge reference to the "bronies", and subcultures in general.
- In "Owl's Well That Ends Well", Spike goes into Twilight's drawer looking for an extra quill, but finds a very frilly saddle which looks similar to panties.
- "Hearts and Hooves Day" is chock full of examples of the romantic variety. The cherry scene shown above is close to the most blatant, but the scene that truly takes the cake is Cheerilee and Big Macintosh coming out of their love poisoning, with no memory of how they got there, on a feather bed in the bottom of a pit.
- "Ponyville Confidential" is punctuated at one point by a Black Comedy Burst where Pinkie Pie, in response to the Gabby Gums article detailing her "out-of-control party animal" lifestyle, abruptly breaks down crying and admits that she has a problem. In case the implications weren't clear enough, the story includes a photo of her wearing a lampshade and dancing in a punch bowl.
- The changelings behave almost exactly like succubi, albeit gaining power by feeding off of love instead of sex. Moreover, their leader, Queen Chrysalis, impersonates the bride-to-be in order to "feed" off of Shining Armor, and even gets touchy-feely with him during her villainous monologue, as well as sounding borderline lustful in some lines of her Villain Song, most notably "be a very... lucky bride".
- Pinkie Pie's Sanity Slippage in "Party of One" is uncomfortably similar to mental illnesses such as manic-depression and paranoid schizophrenia, complete with drastic personality changes, mood swings, and full-blown hallucinations.
- Conversely, Fluttershy's Sanity Slippage in "The Best Night Ever" involves her stalking animals she's trying to force to befriend her, even to the point of trying to trap them in a net. It's remarkably similar to the portrayal of a Clingy Jealous Girl and a Yandere, complete with the line "You're... going to LOVE ME!"
- Hearth's Warming Eve" is comparable to any nation's history in which the nobility (unicorns), the military (pegasi) and/or poverty-stricken workers (earth ponies) are in conflict, complete with distrust and bigotry on all sides.
- In "Putting Your Hoof Down" Fluttershy tells another pony to "go to the back of the line where you belong!" To put it in perspective, Fluttershy's a pegasus, while the addressee is an earth pony (as are all of the other ponies in line that subsequently move to the back).
- On the Ho Yay page, there's an image of Twilight Sparkle holding Rainbow Dash's face very close to hers as if she's about to kiss her taken from "Lesson Zero". This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the preceding line:
Twilight Sparkle: Oh Rainbow Dash, you don't have to hide your feelings from me.
- "The Cutie Map" centers on the Mane Six going to a dystopian village where everyone has given up their cutie marks so that they're all "equal" and nobody will be better than anybody. Communism, anyone?
- "Tanks for the Memories" deals with Rainbow Dash dealing with the fact that her pet tortoise will have to hibernate through the winter. The conflict plays out as though she were dealing with the impending death of a loved one, to the point that she goes through the Five Stages of Grief over the course of the episode. To make the parallel even more unambiguous, the plot starts with RD noticing something is wrong with Tank and taking him to a doctor, and ends with her burying him (well, helping him burrow into the ground for hibernation).
- Pepper Ann:
- In one episode Pepper agonizes over whether she is ready to have her first... kiss.
- One character is caught sneaking into the school bathroom, and Pepper Ann is horrified to find out that she has taken up gum chewing.
- Phineas and Ferb:
- Perry the Platypus discovers that Dr. Doofenshmirtz is having his evil plans foiled by another hero, which is set up like an affair, complete with Perry walking in and Doof having a pawprint (re: lipstick) on his face, with Peter the Panda hiding in the nearby closet. Not What It Looks Like indeed. They're not enemies. Just bad friends. Or so Doof said. There's a whole break-up dialogue between Doof and Perry. The "affair" is played with again in "Meapless in Seattle".
- "Your hotdog is no match for my bratwurst!" What? Doof begins to fight Perry with his very long bratwurst, when Perry whips out his considerably shorter hotdog. Well, It Makes Sense in Context...
- A similar situation takes place in "Hip Hip Parade", between Buford and Baljeet. A big part of the episode is about Buford breaking up with Baljeet, finding a "new nerd", then eventually dumping him and deciding to be Baljeet's bully again. Buford even asks the new geek to speak with the same accent Baljeet has.
- As part of Getting Crap Past the Radar, in "Perry Lays An Egg", Doofenshmirtz begs Perry to "thwart him" after Perry leaves, seeing how his latest scheme was pretty pathetic. He chases Perry into town and just when Perry thinks he successfully escapedDoof ...
Doofenshmirtz: (appearing out of nowhere) Thwart me Perry the Platypus!
Perry: (Looks shocked and runs away)
- "Phineas And Ferb Get Busted" is a somewhat disturbing homage to prison films and the rehabilitation/re-programming in A Clockwork Orange.
- Doofenshmirtz once had a girlfriend who left him for a man with huge hands. You know what they say about guys with big hands.
- In the Pinky and the Brain episode "Brinky", The Brain attempts to clone himself, which almost works until Pinky's DNA (from a clipped toenail) accidentally gets combined with Brain's, thus essentially making them parents of the resulting clone (and Pinky calling himself the clone's "mommy"). Most of the dialogue during the cloning process is scripted like an actual birth: for example, when the door on the cloning machine won't close (which is the reason Pinky's DNA is even in there), the Brain tells Pinky to help him "push", complete with Pinky doing Lamaze breathing.
- The Powerpuff Girls played a candy addiction as a drug addiction, even going as far as hiring Mojo Jojo as their "fall guy" to commit some misdeeds to send him to jail so as to be rewarded with said candy. (Those sounds they made when eating the candy, AND after, really didn't help.)
- Recess is full of this. One notable example from season one as the introduction of Vince's big brother Chad, whom all of the younger generation remember being a totally cool kid. As it turns out, Chad is quite obviously a geek, but Vince refuses to see what is right in front of him. When he finally realizes that his brother is a geek, Vince fears that it is either hereditary or that he will "catch it"...Kinda like finding out that a friend or loved one is homosexual, right (even Chad's helmet is rainbow striped)?
- ReBoot. Everything about Hexadecimal in Season 3 involved BDSM. Which was made even more disturbing when you realize the fact Megabyte is her brother...
- The Ren & Stimpy Show:
- Stimpy has to overcome his TV addiction in one episode by quitting cold turkey. He eventually weans himself off... and goes into gambling
- In the episode Jerry the Belly Button Elf, Stimpy keeps playing with his belly button, which is treated similar to masturbation, but when Stimpy enters it (yes, he enters his own navel), he goes on an acid trip before meeting Jerry.
- In "Sven Hoek" Ren goes on a psycho rant where he describes how he's going to torture Sven and Stimpy. Poor Sven and Stimpy are crying and hugging each other, shaking in pure terror, during the whole thing. It can remind some people of how little kids react when they are abused by their parents. Their reactions just sell the scene and make it even more disturbing.
- The Adult Party Cartoon has a painfully obvious scene featuring Ren with a saw strapped to his groin sawing through a log on Stimpy's back, causing Stimpy to react in pleasure. At the end, Ren's saw goes flaccid and he's shown looking tired and smoking.
- "Powdered Toast Man" ends with the title superhero taking over as President. After he gets a blazing fire going in the Oval Office fireplace (by tossing in the Constitution and Bill of Rights), he and his Lovely Assistant exchange moony-eyed glances. He holds up a hot dog on a stick, she holds up a melting marshmallow.
- Rocko's Modern Life featured an entire episode with Ed Bighead having a closeted fascination with clowns, which is treated like transvestitism; he sneaks a clown nose into his briefcase, then at work unwinds by locking the restroom door and "honking". His boss catches him, then reveals that he too is a secret clown, and welcomes Ed into the underground clown scene. Rocko also has his own secret, to the dismay of the others.
- In "Give and Take" Chuckie can't stop playing with Boppo. When the others tire of watching, they leave Chuckie with the toy. Phil comments, "A kid his age should be outside playing with his friends, not sitting alone in his room bopping his Boppo." Lil adds that her brother is right that Chuckie has a problem.
- "The Trial" is already a parody of courtroom films, but the clincher comes at the end when Angelica is found out as the perpetrator, and Didi and Betty go and punish her. As she's dragged away, she screams "No! Not the chair! NOT THE CHAIR!" She is forced to sit in a high chair until her father comes back.
- The episode "Cradle Attraction" has Chuckie and a girl named Megan discover that they love being mean to each other, and throughout the episode, that's how they show affection towards one another. Near the end of the episode, Chuckie goes to find Megan and "put a worm in her hair," but can't figure out where she went. He walks up behind her, and sees her poking another boy with a tree branch (which is how she first showed that she likes Chuckie). Chuckie is appalled and runs away, screaming "Megan, how could you?!" while Megan shouts "Wait, it's not what it looks like!" Phil even comments "You'd think if she was gonna pick on another kid, at least she'd stop picking on you first."
- The Simpsons:
Bleeding Gums Murphy: I spent all my money on my $1,500 a day habit.
- In "Brother from the Same Planet", Lisa's addiction to the Corey hotline is portrayed as similar to a drug addiction.
Homer: You've been out gallivanting with that floozy of a Bigger Brother of yours, haven't you? Haven't you?
- From the same episode:
Homer: Remember when I used to push you on the swing?
- Also this disturbing exchange...
Bart: I was faking it.
Homer: (gasp) Liar!
Bart: Oh yeah? Remember this? "Higher Dad! Higher! Whee!"
- In the episode "Brawl in the Family", when Homer moves into the treehouse with a woman he married while inebriated in Las Vegas, Marge overhears that woman making a sandwich to Homer's specifications... which to the audience sounds surprisingly like a certain sexual act. An appalled Marge exclaims, "Oh no! She's making him a sandwich!"
- In the episode "Love, Springfield Style", in Bart's version of the movie Sid and Nancy, Lisa and Nelson become chocoholics in a way that is portrayed like a drug addiction, right down to using razor blades to divide small piles of chocolate milk mix, using cigarette lighters to melt pieces of candy bars in spoons, and flushing various chocolate candies down the toilet whenever the cops show up.
- In the episode "Round Springfield", this classic exchange happens:
Bleeding Gums Murphy: I'd like another Fabergé egg, please.
Salesman: Sir, don't you think you've had enough?
Bleeding Gums Murphy: I'll tell you when I've had enough!
(changes to a scene of Murphy lying broke and destitute in an alleyway, surrounded by broken Fabergé eggs)
Burns: We don't have to be adversaries, Homer. We both want a fair union contract.
- In the episode "Last Exit to Springfield", Mr. Burns tries to bribe Homer, who's a Union leader. Homer thinks Mr. Burns is hitting on him.
Homer: (thinking) Why is Mr. Burns being so nice to me?
Burns: And if you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.
Homer: (thinking) Wait a minute. Is he coming onto me?
Burns: I mean, if I should slip something into your pocket, what's the harm?
Homer: (thinking) My God! He is coming onto me!
Burns: After all, negotiations make strange bedfellows. (chuckle, wink)
Homer: (thinking) Aaaaaagh!
Homer: (aloud) Sorry, Mr. Burns, but I don't go in for these backdoor shenanigans. Sure, I'm flattered, maybe even a little curious, but the answer is no!
Nelson: Haw! Haw! I touched your heart!
- In the episode "Dangerous Curves", the interaction between Bart and Lisa it's played like an old married couple. Here Bart is the father, Lisa is the mother and Maggie is their kid. Bart mentions Marge just like if she is his mother in law (Lisa's mother).
- Yet another, in "The Haw-Hawed Couple": Bart becomes Nelson's "best friend", and it's played exactly like a relationship, with lines like "I've known him for ages, but we met at a party and hit it off right away" and jealousy over Bart 'flying kites' with another boy. Complete with a Brokeback Mountain homage at the end.
- In the episode "Lisa the Drama Queen", the friendship between Lisa and Juliet makes you remember a lesbian romance and obsessive codependent relationships. Besides, their fantasy world "Equalia" reminds some serious mental disorders.
- In "Brother from the Same Planet", Lisa's addiction to the Corey hotline is portrayed as similar to a drug addiction.
- In The Smurfs episode "A Hug For Grouchy", Grouchy running away from Smurfs who were stalking him and pouncing on him to give him a hug on Hug-A-Smurf Day, whether he wanted one or not, could be construed as an allegory for rape.
- South Park:
"There's nothing sweet about a people who were decimated. A once proud nation that finally lost hope and left their leader to be massacred by Cowboys in a defiant last stand!"
- "Here Comes The Neighborhood" was devoted to the town's reaction when Token Black, the only rich kid in town, convinces a number of other rich families (such as those of Will Smith and Oprah) to move to South Park. The locals get upset, and try progressively more extreme plots to drive the "richers" out of town: burning giant lowercase letter Ts on their lawns (short for "time to leave"), dressing as peak-headed ghosts (because rich people are scared of ghosts, naturally), etc. This was all a plan by Mister Garrison to take over their property and sell it to make the South Park residents rich, which fell through because the others hated rich folk... to which he replies, "Well, at least we got rid of those damn ni—" before being cut off by the closing credits.
- "Best Friends Forever" was a thinly veiled satire of the media hooplah over the Terri Schiavo case, with a battle against The Legions of Hell thrown in for good measure.
- "Jared Has Aides", in which the mistaken phrase should be obvious.
- "Red Man's Greed", the history of American colonization and Native American displacement... with roles reversed.
- "Margaritaville", a Jew (Kyle) starts preaching and gathering followers. Check. Some adults start taking him as a threat. Check. He is betrayed by one of his followers (Cartman) who sold him out. Check. He does a (sorta) Heroic Sacrifice. Check. He is hailed as a savior. Subversion, Obama is the one.
Kyle: Awww! Come on!
- In "Major Boobage", even with Kyle giving him hints Cartman didn't (or refused to) see any significance to his hiding of outlawed cats in his attic.
- "Crème Fraiche": In Real Life, the Shake Weight already has this (see Advertising section), taken Up to Eleven in this episode, combined with something that could only be described as literal Food Porn.
- Completely parodied in "The Ring" with the The Jonas Brothers doing obvious sexual things such as spraying their white hot foam on the faces of young girls. (Which they actually did.)
- In "Go Fund Yourself", Cartman names his startup company "Washington Redskins" because the USPTO removed the copyright on the NFL team. The whole deal is basically Cartman's Redskins = the NFL team (a company that doesn't care about public opinion) and Washington Redskins = native Americans (people offended by its association with said company). This all culminates in the football players refusing to play the Dallas Cowboys, leading owner Dan Snyder to go by himself and get massacred. Thus in a protest...
- In a pretty obvious reference to events in Ferguson, MO, "The Magic Bush" has protests erupt in South Park after Stan's UAV drone get shot down by a drone being piloted by police. The national news reporting on it states that Stan's drone was black and unarmed. Eventually the governor of Colorado calls in the Nation Guard - a bunch of camouflage colored drones.
- The Spectacular Spider-Man has Harry's addiction to the Psycho Serum Globulin Green, which causes black outs and turns him into the Green Goblin... or did it?. This is handy for adapting his actual drug addiction in the comics on a child-friendly show.
- SpongeBob SquarePants:
- "Dumped", where Spongebob is heartbroken after Gary (his pet snail) leaves him for Patrick is treated as if Spongebob and Gary were lovers until Gary eloped.
- "Squirrel Jokes" can be interpreted as an allegory for racist and/or sexist jokes.
- The whole premise of the Season 3 finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Seriously, a group of hunters (predators) kidnapping Jedi younglings (children), because Knights (adults) are too strong for them?!
- Steven Universe:
- Gem fusion is an allegory for romantic relationships, with the closeness of those involved directly relating to how stable the resulting fusion is. "Giant Woman" is a whole episode of Belligerent Sexual Tension, Pearl and Amethyst only able to fuse once they stop fighting, de-fusing immediately once that start fighting again. "Coach Steven" shows that Garnet and Amethyst work well together in the short term but in the long term are just too different to remain together. Ruby and Sapphire meanwhile form the most stable and harmonious fusion in the series because of how deeply in love they are, much like how Steven and Connie in "Alone Together" manage to remain fused for so long until outside stress cause them to de-fuse. Conversely, lacking harmony or being outright antagonistic makes the fusion far more monstrous and unstable, like Alexandrite in "Fusion Cuisine" and Malachite in "Jailreak".
- Garnet's "I Am" Song is a response to Jasper mocking her for being a fusion. However, it sounds somewhat like a response to the Moral Guardians who would have a problem with the relationship of two women in love, which is what she literally is.
- Amethyst's backstory as revealed in "On the Run" calls to mind the plight of people who have self-esteem issues related to their parents having conceived them accidentally. Clinched by the line "I didn't ask to be made!"
- Steven's struggles as a Half-Human Hybrid more than a few times resemble the struggles of being adopted, torn between two groups of people and trying to find a balance between them, with Greg playing the role of the supportive adoptive parent who wants his child to connect with his other family but is still concerned he'll be hurt doing so.
- Some scenes from "Keystone Motel", including scenes of Ruby and Sapphire arguing and assuring Steven that their squabble is not his fault, play out just like scenes of a kid whose parents are getting a divorce.
- Rebecca Sugar herself says in an interview that "Alone Together" is a metaphor for puberty, to "suddenly find yourself with the body of an adult, how quickly that happens, how it feels to have a new power over people, or to suddenly find yourself objectified, all for seemingly no reason since you’re still just you".
- Teen Titans:
- Slade's Mind Rape attacks on Raven in "Birthmark" are disturbingly similar to an Attempted Rape scene. Every time he touched her some of her clothes would disappear!
- Slade's partnership with Terra has so many BDSM overtones she might as well have been wearing a gimp mask, while his propositions to Robin to "join him" are equal parts "we can rule the world" and "I have candy in my van". Let's face it, Slade is made of this trope.
- A non-innuendo-laden variant pops up in the episode "Troq", dealing with the Fantastic Racism the character-of-the-day has against Starfire's race. At one point while discussing it with Cyborg, she asks him if he knows what it's like to be judged because of how he looks. He tells her "of course I do", claiming it's because he's part-robot - keep in mind, though, that he's also black.
- The Sword of Omens in ThunderCats (1985). It's a weapon that Lion-O was given when he reached puberty. When he waves it around, it grows longer and longer until, with a great shout of "Ho!", its eye opens and a white beam shoots out.
- Time Squad:
- In "Larry Upgrade", Tuddrussell and Larry argue like a married couple (but not before sending Otto out to play). Then, there's the "break-up" between Lewis and Clark on "Lewis and Clark and Larry," along with Clark getting jealous that Lewis "went exploring" with Larry.
- "Ex Marks the Spot" is notorious for some memorable moments that include: Larry being super-nice to Tuddrussell (to the point that it becomes Did You Just Have Sex?-type behavior; further proven by the Visual Innuendo of Larry filling a turkey with gravy by shoving a funnel into the turkey and pouring the gravy in until the turkey looked like it would explode, then topping the turkey off with a cherry that sinks into the gravy, never to be seen again), then acting like a clingy jealous fembot when Tuddrussell and Sheila (his ex-wife, as revealed in "Kubla Khan't") look as if they're going to get back together, and the icing on the cake: the ending with Larry being so upset and angry that he overreacted to the whole thing that he tells Tuddrussell that he's sleeping on the sofa tonight. The kicker to all of this is that it's all played straight. If this episode doesn't convince you that the show is fueled on Ho Yay, then nothing will.
- In "Child's Play" Shakespeare gets into creative differences between his agent (who wants him to do kids' plays for merchandise) and Larry (who acts as a Moral Guardian and keeps objecting to the plays' content). Considering how short-lived Time Squad was, one has to wonder if this wasn't Dave Wasson (the show creator) speaking out against the creative output of his show or if this was merely a satire on the mediocre quality of current kids' TV programming and movies due to greed and censorship.
- The two times Larry has acted drunk. In "Eli Whitney's Flesh-Eating Mistake" his Non Sequitur Thud after being beaten by angry townspeople is "I'm okay to drive. Just help me to the car". In "Pasteur Packs O'Punch", Larry experiences wild mood swings after being electrocuted, where he drunkenly tells Tuddrussell that he loves him, offers to drive despite being in no condition to operate anything, telling off Otto with a slurred, "Hey, don't tell me what to do!", and embarrassing himself at a party by standing on a table and declaring himself "The Queen of France".
- Tuddrussel always berates Larry's effeminate personality and hobbies and tells him to act like a robot (as seen in "Hate and Let Hate" and "Forget the Alamo"), which can be taken as a G-rated version of saying "Get Back in the Closet!"
- In the first episode, "Eli Whitney's Flesh-Eating Mistake," there was Fantastic Racism in the form of the townspeople who were attacked by Eli Whitney's flesh-eating robots attacking Larry because he may be a flesh-eating robot.
- "Daddio DaVinci" (season one, episode three) had Otto opening Larry's gear box on his chest and Larry covering himself in the same way a woman would if her breasts were exposed.
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Happens at the end of "My Dinner With Elmyra" when Elmyra plants a big one on Montana Max and Max squeezes the seltzer bottle in response causing it to spray seltzer everywhere.
- In the Tom and Jerry episode "Flirty Birdy" the male eagle's response to seeing a crossdressing Tom is to stretch his neck out with wide eyes, tongue hanging out, and the feathers on his neck move up almost like a penis going hard would look like when aroused.
- Transformers Animated:
- The Scrapper and Mixmaster watch a luxury car being dismantled while hooting and swilling oil.
- When Meltdown was "experimenting" on Blackarachnia's body. She's pretty unsure, then the dude reveals his intentions to change her from technorganic to pure organic. The utter shock and terror at having her body violated beyond recognition, and her cries for him to stop. Thankfully Optimus saves her.
- In the Grand Finale of Transformers: Beast Wars, Dark Action Girl Blackarachnia borrows Rattrap's rather lengthy sword for a mechanical purpose and swiftly snaps its blade in half. Cue to her paramour Silverbolt shuddering in sympathy.
- On The Venture Bros., when Brock and Lt. Baldovich coordinate over the radio to dock Dr. Venture's shuttle with the Gargantua I space station, it sounds like they're discussing a sexual encounter they're having. Dr. Venture seems to realize it too, since he groans in exasperation and snaps at Brock to hurry up after a while.
- In season 2, episode 18 of Wakfu, Sadlygrove fails to make his weapon get bigger, to which he apologizes to a nearby girl "I'm sorry, this is the first time this has happened to me."
- Young Justice:
- When Superboy confesses to the team that he's been using Lex's shields to use his full powers, the way he delivers it is like a guy coming clean that he's been using drugs or steroids, and Luthor was his dealer.
- When Red Arrow has been going off on his own to try and find the original Roy Harper, he is a total wreck and his health isn't looking any good, the other heroes basically stage an intervention.
- North and South Rhelasia are pretty blatant stand-ins for North and South Korea, complete with all the tension.
- Queen Bee's network of kidnapped teens (which introduced Static and the Runaways) is essentially a human-trafficking ring.