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Taken Up to Eleven in Spinnerette, Colonel Glass mentions not only the trope Faceless Goons, but the fact that there is a TV Tropes page on it.
hangs a lampshade on Cade Masters's description sounding like a Twice Blessed Mary Sue on the first page.
hangs a lampshade on the mysterious absence of the George the Dragon main character's wings.
hanged a lamshade on hanging lampshades Checkerboard Nightmare all the way back in 2002.
does it periodically, particularly regarding the Bittersweet Candy Bowl anthropomorphic characters' lack of clothing on the rare occaisions that they do show up clothed.
Irregular Webcomic! lampshades The Order of the Stick Tabletop Games tropes endlessly.
: In Ninja Burger this strip, Max ninja tell Steve ninja something every ninja already know about shadow clone technique. Steve ninja is understandably confused.
: El Goonish Shive "Now if you'll excuse me, I'm out of exposition."
"Merciless" is the best word to describe the manner in which applies this trope, usually while subverting or justifying the trope being lampshaded. See Exterminatus Now Team Pet and The Smurfette Principle.
Pretty much any comic by S. Sakurai ( Muertitos, , Gorgeous Princess Creamy Beamy ) will be so crawling with lampshade hangings that choosing specific examples would be pretty hard.
Intragalactic Turns up plenty in . Just take a look at Sluggy Freelance this strip:
Torg: Nothing Can Save Us Now! Zoe:
It's a classic cliché! In this type of situation, when someone says "Nothing can save us now," it's followed by someone showing up to save us.
You mean like "
It can't get any worse
K'z'k the Soul Collector: (suddenly appears)
Riff: A dynamic character with an ability to survive certain death, and a questionable death scene leaving no corpse? Face it, we'll never see her again!
T-rex of explains in Dinosaur Comics this comic.
hangs a lampshade on one of its longest-running elements in Something Positive this strip:
Pee-Jee: How'd he get into your ice cream? That makes no sense. Davan: He's a 30+ year old pudding cat who can travel through drains but this is where your ability to believe is gonna be taxed?
Pee-Jee: Even so, there's a point where reality dictates— Davan: How'd that woman at your job die again? (fact: she was eaten by a ceiling alligator) Pee-Jee: ... this ice cream could use sprinkles.
Pee-Jee: Goddamnit! Why does everything revolve around sex around here?
Davan: ...bad writing...
Davan: I'm sorry, I'm just reading John Grisham for the first time. This writing is awful.
In , Abe lampshades Abe&Kroenen two of the comics' most common gags (characters pulling a stealth Batman-esque appearance and Kroenen's thick German accent) at the same time. To be fair, he was pretty pissed off at the time.
Abe: Are you people in a club or something?
does this on a regular basis, and even hung a lampshade on itself in May 2009 8-Bit Theater courtesy of Black Mage:
Black Mage: That's it, I've had enough. This whole goddamn adventure has been nothing but pointless build ups toward pay offs that never happen.
lampshades lampshading Real Life Comics here.
: I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space!!! "It appears we're getting dangerously close to a plot hole. ...I mean black hole."
lampshades Silent Hill: Promise Smoking Is Cool as its protagonist lights up.
gives us this beauty.
Ansem Retort Aerith:
I feel like I'm in a bad
, which is ironic since I am in a bad TV show.
This and This one from an early .
It's Walky! "How did you even print those banners?" ◊
Cuanta Vida : "This ending Bob and George sucks."
does this a lot concerning the rather... The Last Days Of FOXHOUND Tenous... Grasp of genetics and biology found in the -verse. Mantis or Naomi are usually the Metal Gear Only Sane Man in this regard, but of course all these biologically impossible events keep on happening anyway.
Sirkowski, the creator of Miss Dynamite recently created and sold "22 Fan Service panels that always work!!" An homage to Wally Wood that features several Shout Outs to fanservice-related Tropes. Gems include Absolute Cleavage ◊, Clothing Damage, Under Boob, Erotic Eating ◊, Bare Your Midriff, and others.
Fans, among many good examples: "By cartoon rules, we would be attacked as soon as I said 'That's a cartoonish way of thinking,' just to prove me wrong." The joke is that the attack which (of course) immediately follows is only a distraction from the main plotline, though it foreshadows a later plotline.
In Trope Overdosed The Webcomic, Bob lampshades the fact that he lives in a Schizo Tech universe.
In : GastroPhobia "Check it out, those guys are fortuitously discussing subject matter pertinent to our current task."
In : Arthur, a talking duck, Sheldon says to the non-talking animals that, in a piece of fiction, "If one animal talks, they all gotta talk. You gotta keep it consistent."
Dark Legacy Comics asks, "What do you think this is, some kind of badly written melodrama?!"
Often done in Chrono Redux in part to make fun of the comic itself, but also to make fun of the game "Chrono Trigger" when these sorts of things happens in the game. These are usually brought up by Chrono in internal monologues because he's mute.
In , it's a frequent plot point that Gunnerkrigg Court creatures who look evil turn out to be actually nice. So when Blue summons a Gol-shogeg:
Antimony: You - you're trying to summon it? But it's very dangerous! Student 1: Ah, don't worry! Student 2: It prob'ly looks mean but turns out ta be a nice guy! Student 3: Yeah, dat always hap- [CRASH]
: The narrative regularly juggles three or four subplots, often timing the transitions between subplots just in time for gratuitous cliffhangers. There's also a Spacetrawler Framing Device that Nogg is telling the entire story to Mr. Zorilla—and Mr. Zorilla eventually gets just as ticked about these shifts as the readers do. On this page, just as a major mystery about spacetrawler construction is about to be cleared up...
Mr. Zorilla: You're going to change to another storyline aren't you. Nogg: Meanwhile, back in Kppfing. Mr. Zorilla: I hate you. [On the next page, Mr. Zorilla has forced Nogg out of the car.] Nogg: Okay okay! I'll continue telling you about how spacetrawlers are made. Mr. Zorilla: Alright. You can get back in.
is utterly rife with visual and verbal Homestuck callbacks. Late in Act 5, Doc Scratch calls attention to the fact that these keep happening, and names the phenomenon "circumstantial simultaneity" (as opposed to mere temporal simultaneity). Then, in Act 6, Dirk Strider lampshades it again:
TT: I feel like you've said something like that before. TT: Different statements, but in that exact syntax. [...] TT: That actually sounds familiar too. TT: Are you sure you haven't said something like that before?
In the Jägergenerals Girl Genius comment that crashing airships explode only "in dose cheap novels". A few strips later, General Khrizhan blows one up with a huge machine gun.
Too many to count in Commander Kitty, but none stand out quite as much as Nin Wah lampshading how Mittens and Socks don't wear clothes.
...Which brings up
another freaky thing about this ship!
Used to subtly celebrate passing 2000 strips.
Out There In Episode Two of , Space Kid Pizmo points out to Dr. Conquest the unnecessary complexity of his plot to destroy a city with a giant robot squid.
isn't prone to such self-awareness, but does lampshade Gary's Ménage à 3 Extreme Doormat status in strip #795 (September 24, 2013, marginally NSFW); "It's like he has no will of his own." For an added twist, this recognition also immediately reinforces Gary's Clueless Chick Magnet status, as he becomes a target for seduction — by a rather scary dominatrix.