Chunky's a soup! It's a meal! It's the soup that eats like a meal!
Miller Light's TV ad campaign was this trope and touts "Great Taste, Less Filling". Some examples, Sumo High Dive, Lawyer Rodeo, Dog Drag Racing, Luge Bowling and more...
Commercial for candymania.com: "Do you like the Minions? Do you like candy? Do you like awesome video games with the Minions and candy?"
Parodied in one commercial for Jack-in-the-Box, which had their board of directors struggling to come up with a name for their new sandwich, a double cheeseburger with bacon on a sourdough roll. Jack himself had the solution: "Why don't you call it... the Sourdough Bacon Double?"
Anime and Manga
In one episode of Soul Eater, Death the Kid realizes that a person he assumed was a tourist is actually a witch, then wonders if she wasn't a witch tourist.
In Episode 2 of Sword Art Online, one of the players accuses Kirito of withholding information from everyone on the boss they all had just recently defeated:
"You're a beta-tester and a cheater! You're a 'beater!'"
Actually, the entire crowd of players was accusing him. Some were accusing him of being a beta tester, and others a cheater. Kirito himself combined the two words and called himself a "beater" to differentiate himself from the other beta testers in order to protect them from discrimination.
Gear: The cats are dismayed to discover that Gear is not very smart.
Cat soldier 1: He's not a hero... he's dumb! Cat soldier 2: He's retarded. Cat Elder: No, worse... He's dumb-tarded.
In Don Rosa's Uncle Scrooge story "Cash Flow", a bank of switches on the money bin's security system allow for the release of "Big Dogs", "Mean Dogs", and "Big, Mean Dogs".
A variant, of sorts, occurs in the Darkwing Duck comic. Darkwing encounters, at various points in a storyline, guard dogs, guard flamingos, and guard dogs riding guard flamingos.
In another instance, Negaduck recites a shopping list consisting of "chainsaws, flamethrowers, flaming chainsaw-throwers..."
In the Kingdom of Loathing comic, Jill's dad tells her to not talk to "boys, or strangers, or strange boys".
In a What The Duck comic, a duck attempts to find the right camera setting. In addition to several other settings, there's "Moving Water mode, Pregnant Woman mode, Pregnant Woman In Moving Water mode..."
A pair of hazmat guys/drug dealers in King City discussing what to have for lunch come up with a list of options including Chinese, pizza, and hookers. They settle on Chinese hookers.
In the story Rainbow in the Dark, during the Running of the Leaves, Brownie thinks the only way he won't come in dead last is if "one of the participants was a turtle. Or a snail. Or a creature fusing a turtle and a snail."
Chapter 4 of No Gods, Only Guns starts with Lilith and Kaidan arguing over whether to sell the Eridian Artifact or give it to the Alliance. Roland defuses the situation by suggesting that they sell it to the Alliance.
Paper Mario: Legend of the Clouds Chapter 36: SchoolTime: Part IV - Mario (thinking): "Now I can't even tell if they're stupid, insane, or just cleverly stupid and insane."
The finale of the second season of Zany To The Max has Yakko come up with a survey for Coach Nurse to take. The survey combines beans and The Mr. Men Show in various ways, similar to the "Beans and George Wendt survey" (as it was called in this episode) from the canon episode "Survey Ladies" (see Western Animation below). Subverted with the last two questions, one of which being "Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?"
In fact, Takko and Jakko try to distract the Warners with the "Beans and George Wendt survey," but Sikko was listening to the plan. And the fact that Jakko told Takko and Zot about the plan in Finnish didn't help, Sikko being an Omniglot and all. Takko and Jakko only end up distracting Pakko, Makko, Jot, Sikko, Zak, and Ko.
In a scene in Scary Movie 4 parodying The War of the Worlds, Tom is discussing the alien invasion with a man holed up in house. Then the man throws this line out there:
Bill: This armor's heavy. Ted: Like metal. Both: Heavy metal! [air guitar]
In Walk Hard, Dewey is seen in rehab while his nurse is asking for blankets to give him. First, she asks for more blankets. Then, she asks for less blankets. Then, she asks for more blankets AND less blankets.
Rhodey: Why do you sound out of breath? Tony Stark: I'm not. I was just jogging in the canyon. Rhodey: I thought you were driving. Tony Stark: Right, I was driving... to the canyon... where I'm gonna jog.
Andy: Everybody and their mums is packing 'round 'ere. Nicholas: Like who? Andy: Farmers. Nicholas: Who else? Andy: ...farmers' mums.
Mrs. Doubtfire has a notorious sequence of the son finding out the British nanny who watches over him and his sisters is actually his divorced dad in disguise. (It's a long story.) He is so shocked that he can barely speak, and while trying to explain the situation to his older sister he splutters: "He's a she! No, she's a he! No, he's a he-she!"
A variation in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, when discussing the mutants Tokka and Razar, Shredder says they're stupid, the scientist insists they're just infants, but then is forced to concede that they're stupid infants.
In Dave, Kevin Kline's titular character is calling his real secretary to let her know he won't be available for a while, leading to the following:
Dave(after saying that he's met a woman): She's great. She's really exotic! She's a princess! She's Polynesian - well, half Polynesian, and half American. She's... an Amnesian.
Two explorers get captured by natives, and are told by the chief they must choose between death or "unga bunga". One of them chooses unga bunga, which turns out to be an unpleasant and painful sexual act. After witnessing it the other says he'll rather pick death, and the chief declares, "Death by unga bunga!"
"You can pick your nose, you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your friend's noses."
In one of the Nightside books, Pew is searching through his occult equipment for a healing spell: "Dowsing rod, pickled penis, dowsing rod made from a pickled penis ..."
In the original web-based novel The Dwayne Diaries, after the captain questions who would ever need ten boats, Cthulhu says he could use the money for "A mansion, or a yacht, or a mansion on a yacht, whatever!"
A staple of Dave Barry's numerous lists. He generally has a list of three or four things, starts mixing and matching two at a time, and culminates with all of them together. One such list, from the column "Vacation Reservations":
"You can keep your food costs down by eating at one of the many fine roadside stands, such as the Dairy Queen, the Dairy Freeze, the Dairy King, the Frozen Dairy Queen, the Freezing King of the Dairy, the Dozing Fairy Queen, and so on."
In the children's book The Pirate and the Penguin, the eponymous penguin complains that the south pole is boring, so his friends remind him of all the fun things there are to do, like daydreaming, yoga, and daydreaming about yoga.
In an essay from his book When You Are Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris discusses the kinds of people who buy different cigarette brands. Camels, in his view, were for "procrastinators, those who wrote bad poetry, and those who put off writing bad poetry."
In Zen Ghosts, Karl can't decide whether to be a pirate or an owl for Halloween. Stillwater, his panda friend, suggests going as an owl-pirate, but Michael protests that there's no such thing. Though not mentioned in the story, the illustrations show that Karl took Stillwater's advice.
Isaac Asimov was often criticized for the absence of extraterrestrial life and sexuality in his works. So he wrote The Gods Themselves, which contains aliens, sex and alien sex.
Lemony Snicket's Unauthorized Autobiography has a photograph of three detectives named "Detective Smith, Detective Jones, and Detective Smithjones".
In Harold's Fairy Tale, Harold encounters an enchanted garden that's barren. The king tells him this is due either to a witch or a giant, but he doesn't know which. Harold later finds that the trouble is being caused by a giant witch.
Khaavren: Do you know that, when the economy is troubled, intendants are dismissed? And, in addition, when war goes badly, generals are executed?
Aerich: Well, yet. That is the usual way of the world.
Khaavren: Well, they have been executing intendants.
In The End of the World, Valkyrie is mentioned as looking at Ryan with a face that people usually reserve for "Idiots, or toddlers. Or idiot toddlers".
In Not Just a Witch by Eva Ibbotson when the main character Heckie (who has the power to change people into animals) and her friend Dora (who has the power to turn creatures to stone) have just discovered that Mr. Knacksap, whom they thought was their friend, had secretly been leading them both on and tricking them into abusing their powers for his own benefit:
Oh, Lord, don't let them get me, prayed the furrier. Don't let me become a louse. Don't let me become a statue. And please, please don't let me become the statue of a louse!
In Blood Rites, Harry faces a giant monkey-demon that forms from smaller monkey-demons merging together. Being both a Pop Cultured Badass and The Nicknamer, he first calls it monkey Kong, then Monkey Voltron, and finally Kongtron.
In Good Omens, a group of English kids hear the rumor that in America there are ice-cream stores with 39 flavors:
"There aren't thirty-nine flavors in the whole world." "There could be, if you mixed them up," said Wensleydale, blinking owlishly. "You know. Strawberry and chocolate. Chocolate and vanilla." He sought for more English flavors. "Strawberry and vanilla and chocolate," he added, lamely.
In Interesting Times, when Teach dies, the barbarian heroes suggest giving him a variety of different warriors' funerals, like being on a boat set on fire, being under a burial mound, or on top of a pile of the corpses of all of his enemies. They eventually settle on "In a boat set on fire, on top of a pile of his enemies, under a burial mound."
Unseen Academicals has "the smell of pipe smoke and old socks, and since the wizards are lax about knocking out their pipes, smoking socks as well."
When the picture of Alex kissing a man is leaked in Heart In Hand, the media speculates his partner might be drugged, underage, a prostitute, or even a drugged underage prostitute.
In World War Z, among the things that Colonel Christina Eliopolis says are being dropped into the blue zones holding out against the zombies are "tools, spare parts, and tools to make spare parts."
In The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Zack and Cody enter high school and Cody notices the posters for clubs: chess club, robotics club, robots-who-play-chess club. "Checkmate," he says in his impression of a robot.
When Zack points out that Cody's ex-girlfriend, Irma, has more hair on her upper lip than he does, Cody maintains that it was just an "unfortunate series of moles". Naturally, the argument goes: "Hair!" "Moles!" "Hair!" "Moles!" "Hair!" "Moles!" "Hairy moles!"
From Friends, Joey talks about how he wants girls, but also wants sandwiches. He decides he wants girls on bread.
When listing off the number of categories of towels Monica has during the Joey/Chandler-Monica/Rachel trivia contest on "The One with the Embryos", Joey and Chandler note that she has "fancy", "guest", and "fancy guest."
House, Season7 Episode8: "You don't want to propose at a wedding; emotions running high, people on edge. You want to try somewhere like a Buddhist temple. Or an aquarium. Or a Buddhist aquarium."
"Well, there's egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg bacon and spam; egg bacon sausage and spam; spam bacon sausage and spam; spam egg spam spam bacon and spam; spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam..."
Upon discovering a dead bishop on the landing, a family considers calling the church or the police before calling the Church Police.
"NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our weapon is surprise ... surprise and fear ... fear and surprise ... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...And ruthless efficiency...Our three weapons are fear, and surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope...Amongst our weapons are fear, surprise, ruth...Amongst our weaponry are such elements as...I'll come in again."
With Jimmy Fallon: "Remember that time we rode that bicycle built for two? Remember that time we rode that ferris wheel? Remember that time we rode that bicycle built for two on that ferris wheel?"
During one segment of Threatdown, Stephen listed the top five threats as robots, bears, robots, bears, and robot bears.
Also from The Colbert Report, leading up to his interview with Maurice Sendak: "Anybody who knows me knows that I don't like children, or books, or children's books."
"The elderly, the insane, and the insanely elderly."
On Game of Thrones, Tyrion asks his sellsword Bronn what he wants. "Gold? Women? Golden women?"
On another episode, Tyrion says, "We've had vicious kings, and we've had idiot kings, but I don't know if we've ever been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king!"
In yet another episode, Tyrion describes Shae's accusations as "Cruel. And unfair. Cruelly unfair."
Oberyn Martell says that the Lannisters are overly fond of their gold, their lions, and their golden lions.
The Nights Watch is going over their latest batch of 'recruits'. "Raper, raper, thief, thief and raper..."
On Married... with Children, when Al mistakes a random scientific concoction of Kelly's for shampoo, it gives him a full head of hair. Upon seeing himself in the mirror, he proclaims "I'm a hunk! I'm a dude! I'm a hunky dude!"
On That '70s Show, when Red recalls the moment he used "dumbass" for the first time.
Red: I mean, he's kind of... he's an ass. And he's dumb. He's a... (Angelic Chorus) ...dumbass!
Wheel of Fortune: On one episode, there was a contestant who could imitate Forrest Gump, and another who could imitate The Road Runner. Host Pat Sajak then asked the former to imitate Forrest Gump as the Road Runner. He did.
The categories used on the show used to include Fictional Character, Family, and Fictional Family.
Look Around You takes the trope as far as possible with the Anti-Cobbles cream, which contains cream, potassium, nitrates, potassium nitrates, and nitrate of potassium nitrate.
One Monk episode has the titular character in a panic to get rid of his multiple phobias upon finding out his insurance company won't cover individual therapy sessions anymore. The first three phobias he lists are "Bees", "Blenders" and "Bees in Blenders".
Carlos: It's like a vacation! With singing! It's a sing-cation!
In a later episode, James tries to bribe Carlos...
James: I'll get you a monkey!
James: A butler!
James: A monkey butler!
One of the Leveragepromo videos for season 2 features the writers' room Jumping the Shark in the most ridiculous way possible. One of the writers lists all the important points they want to hit: "Zombies, aliens, babies, and zombie alien babies."
On M*A*S*H, after Klinger shows Col. Blake a letter he claimed to receive announcing that his father was dying, Blake produces a stack of (equally fake) letters that Klinger had produced in the past:
"Father dying, last year. Mother dying, last year. Mother and father dying. Mother, father and older sister dying. Mother dying and older sister pregnant. Older sister dying and mother pregnant. Younger sister pregnant and older sister dying. Here's an oldie but a goodie: half of the family dying, other half pregnant."
"Do you like cheese? Do you like peas? Then you'll love these! The brand new cheesy-peas!"
"They're good for your teas!"
In an episode of Wings, when Lowell is informed his boat was sunk:
"My house? My boat? My houseboat?"
In one of Anthony Sullivan's commercial for some cleaning product, as he was cleaning the carpet, he said the stuff he was using was good, "if you have kids, if you have animals, if you have kids that act like animals."
Malcolm in the Middle when Reese tampered with Malcolm's chemistry experiment and created a new color by combining blue with yellow and decided to call it "blellow" (green).
Honorable Mention goes to The Electric Company, whose iconic silhouetted-faces bit takes this trope to the phonetic level. "Th." "Ing." "Thing." "Br." "Ing." "Bring." And so on.
In the fourth series finale of Misfits, Rudy explains to Nadine why she is far too good for him. He confesses to having anal sex, living almost exclusively off candy and having anal sex with candy.
On Scrubs, this is how The Janitor comes up with the knife-wrench.
According to Chappelle's Show, "HBO, the greatest network of our time, has brought you compelling documentaries about pimps, ho's, players, johns, tricks, marks, mark-ass tricks, trick-ass marks, skeezers, skanks, skig-skags, and scallywhops..."
On Home Improvement, Brad asks his parents when they ever need to multiply compound fractions, which leads to this exchange:
Jill: Like when I go to the grocery store and I buy a pound and a half of cheese.
Brad: Yeah, but you're not multiplying anything.
Jill: Well, you didn't let me finish!
Tim (putting her on the spot): Why don't you finish it, then?
Jill: Well, I buy a pound and a half of cheese and then I multiply it by... a gallon and a half of milk.
Brad (utterly confused): But why would you do that?
Jill: Because, because, I'm... making cheese milk.
In Shake It Up's third season premiere "Fire it Up", when CeCe is afraid that she's going to get arrested for accidentally burning down the studio, she states that she doesn't look good in orange, jumpsuits, or orange jumpsuits.
In Hi Honey Im Home, Honey hands out condoms to some boys, thinking them to be something else. When one of the mothers talks to her about it:
Mother: They are condoms!
Honey: They're mints.
Lloyd: They're condiments.
In Elementary's series 2 premiere, Sherlock asks Joan to accompany him to London because "without you, the airline might seat me next to a morbidly obese person. Or a child. Or a morbidly obese child."
Frasier: Sometimes I am forceful with my opinions but that is only because I am passionate and right. And passionate about being right.
Gilmore Girls: One town meeting features a discussion about "Cart, Kiosk, Cart/Kiosk" permits - which sounds like a redundant title when spoken aloud (as Lorelai and Rory don't hesitate to point out), but is actually a permit the town requires for businesses run out of carts, kiosks, or... cart/kiosks, which is apparently some combination of the two.
One Rolling Stone magazine's review on Kylie Minogue's X says she has "songs about sex, dancing and sexed-up dancing."
A What's New? with Phil and Dixiecomic from Dragon Magazine compared sci-fi and fantasy role-playing games, and how they're Not So Different. The last panel showed a space marine and a barbarian hanging out at a tavern, drunkenly arguing whether they were looking at mutants or trolls, and concluding they were mutant trolls. (They were actually looking at their own reflections.)
One cover of Mother Jones magazine lists groups that the US Republican Party have pissed off in recent years, including "scientists", "economists", "dog lovers", "the 99%", "gays", "vets" and "gay vets".
"Group W's where they put you if you may not be moral enough to join the Army after committing your special crime, and there was all kinds of mean, nasty, ugly-looking people on the bench there. Mother rapers. Father stabbers. Father rapers!"
"Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" by Kip Moore. Each verse begins "Somethin' 'bout a…" (truck in a farmer's field, beer sittin' on ice, girl in a red sundress, kiss that's gonna lead to more), and then the chorus begins, "And there's somethin' ' bout a truck in a field / And a girl in a red sundress with an ice cold beer to her lips / Begging for another kiss".
The Pogues' "A Pair Of Brown Eyes": "Some prayed, some cursed, some prayed, then cursed, then prayed, then bled some more."
Das Racist's "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell":
Three consecutive songs on the Paul and Storm album Gumbo Pants are "If James Taylor Were on Fire", "If Bob Dylan Were Hiding at the Bottom of a Well", and "If James Taylor Were on Fire at the Bottom of a Well".
Beetle Bailey: Zero observes that Beetle appears to be crying. Killer says that he must just have the flu, because he's too tough to be crying. Beetle says that anyone would cry if they had such a bad flu as his.
Also, Sarge visits an eating place and has this exchange:
A Bloom County strip has a salesman from the Universally United Writer's Bunch Syndicate offering comic strips to Opus, who was working at the Bloom Beacon:
I got what you want! Strips about divorce! Strips about babies! Strips about plumbers! Strips about Divorced Baby Plumbers!
During an election arc;
Portnoy: We should have gotten Jesse Jackson. Hodgepodge: Are you kidding? We'd alienate half of America! Portnoy: How about Jesse Helms? Hodgepodge: We'd alienate the other half! Portnoy: (Beat) Let's alienate everyone! Jesse and Jesse for '88! Hodgepodge: Oh shut up!
In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin is talking about his difficulty in deciding on a hobby. He couldn't choose between collecting stamps or collecting bugs, so he decided to collect stamped bugs.
Garfield: Oh no, a wrinkle! Oh no, a gray hair! OH NO, A WRINKLED GRAY HAIR!!!
Jon: Good coffee... hot coffee... gooooooood hot coffee.
And a third, with TV channels:
Drivel...Nonsense...Nonsensical Drivel Garfield: At last!
One Dilbert strip featured a professional UI designer who feels a "computer interface should hurt the user". He added some sounds to their product, including "sound of puking", "fingernails on blackboard" and "bird hitting window". And If the user does something wrong, "the sound of a puking bird hitting a blackboard." (It's "puke / screech / splat", apparently.)
Another strip involves an employee lunch. Everyone signed up to bring either salt or water. Wally offers to bring sparkling mineral water.
Another strip did a comparison between Prairie Dogs, Office Workers and Prairie Dog Office Workers.
One Zits strip has Jeremy said he would rather watch grass grow, or paint dry, or paint the grass and watch it dry as it grows.
Also occurs whenever two WWESuperstars are randomly paired in a tag team. Very briefly in 2011, for example, The Miz and R-Truth joined forces. The Miz's catchphrase is "I'm awesome!" while R-Truth's is "The truth has set me free!" The name of their tag team? "Awesome Truth."
This is a staple of tag team names: The Miz and The Big Show became Sho-Miz, Chris Jericho and Big Show became Jeri-Show, Edge ('The Rated-R Superstar') and Randy Orton (whose finishing move is the RKOnote For his initials: Randy Keith Orton) became Rated-RKO, Kofi Kingston (Boom Drop) and Evan Bourne (Air Bourne) became Air Boom, Santino Marella (Cobra) and Zack Ryder (Broski Boot) became Team Co-Bro, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow (playing an intellectual) became Team Rhodes Scholars, Cody Rhodes (when he used the nickname "Dashing") and Drew McIntyre (The Chosen One), became the Dashing Ones, Layla and Michelle McCool became Lay Cool, Kane (whose ring pyro is called 'hellfire') and Daniel Bryan (the 'No' Lock) are Team Hell No...
The BBC Radio 4 satire show Bremner's One Question Quiz, in a spoof "Come to Britain!" advert that is actually trying to discourage visitors:
Whatever you're looking to experience, be it a screaming, shaven-headed man punching you in a car park, a neglected dog snarling at you in a car park, or a screaming, shaven-headed man punching a neglected dog in a pram, in a car park...
On his album A Place for My Stuff, George Carlin gives us this in his "Ice Box Man" routine:
Perhaps the worst thing that can happen is to reach into the refrigerator and come out with something that you cannot identify at all. You literally do not know what it is! Could be meat....could be cake! Usually at a time like that, i'll bluff. "Honey? Is this good?" "Well, what is it?" "I don't know! I've never seen anything like it! It looks like....MEATCAKE!"
In one of the Babylon 5 RPG sourcebooks, a trader from the pacifistic and community-oriented Abbai race is explaining why she always checks the cargo she's hired to carry thoroughly: because there might be something "awful" in there..."Like weapons, or drugs. Or weapons and drugs!"
One Shadowrun sourcebook contains a section on "Armor and Clothing". The first sub-section in the next page is "Armored Clothing".
In an adventure for Deadlands, characters can drink water that's been filtered through ghost rock. Side-effects could include delusions where a character becomes convinced that fellow posse members are "harrowednote essentially, zombies, transvestites in drag, or perhaps harrowed transvestites in drag."
In Paranoia, the players are Troubleshooters who hunt down traitors, unregistered mutants, Commies, and Mutant Commie Traitors.
A number of Magic: The Gathering cards use this in the mechanics, but don't play it for comedy. Hull Breach is the standout here. As with the lawyer-ese in the Real Life examples below, the intent is to keep the rules unambiguous.
A monster in Munchkin is described as having a bonus against Elves, a bonus against Wizards, and a (twice as big) bonus against Elf Wizards. Several others have similar bonuses that can stack.
Many decks also have special monster types (Undead in the classic deck, Santa in the Christmas deck, etc.), which allow like types to be added to a fight. A few will have two types, for those who like mixing decks, and to make the fights potentially harder.
"We can show you rapiers!" Cue a man and woman fencing "Or rape!" Cue the woman jumping on the man's crotch. "Or both!" (Cue the woman raping the man while fencing another man.)
A variation shortly afterwards, with an odd subversion:
“We're more of the love, blood, and rhetoric school. Well, we can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and we can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and we can do you all three concurrent or consecutive. But we can't give you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory. They're all blood, you see.”
Homestar: Not so good. Marzipan's vegan, and most of the food in here contains meat, milk, milky meat, or... meaty milk.
Strong Bad: Hey, don't be dissin' my meaty milk!
Also from Homestar Ruiner, Strong Bad tries to eliminate Pom Pom as a competitor in the race by suggesting to Coach Z that Pom Pom's unusually amazing time is the result of him being on steroids, a robot, or a robot on steroids. Coach Z insists that there are no "'roided up androids" on his team.
In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Emil and Marta are going off about what they can do to Alice. Marta's suggestion is to tie her up in a sack and throw her into Lenore Harbor, and Emil says she's too soft and to tie her up to the peak of Mount Fugi. When Zelos comes around, his idea is to do both.
"You will never run away from your sin! You have no right to live! It is a sin for you to be alive!"
In Fable II, if your renown isn't high enough when you meet Reaver, he'll suggest you go "rescue some travelers, or slay some beasts, or slay some travelers... the details are unimportant."
In Katawa Shoujo, during the Act 1 scene "Mind Your Step", Hisao and Lily run into Rin in the middle of town at night, and this thought occurs to Hisao:
Hisao: [Rin] looks like a zombie. Or a statue. A statue of a zombie.
Later he compares Shizune and Misha to "Prison Guards. Or Bloodhounds. Or Prison Guards bred from Bloodhounds."
During their nightly maintenance, rather than letting you log in, Kingdom of Loathing encourages visitors to listen to Radio KoL - with a warning that it's "not intended for children or the easily offended. Or easily offended children."
The description of the Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich: "Perfect for the busy Adventurer on the go, this portable powerhouse is packed with everything you need to start your day: Grease, cheese, vitamins (probably,) and greasy cheese."
When you defeat the penultimate boss of (the Gladiator path of) the Sea Monkees Quest, Ringogeorge, the Colosseum announcer says, "may your name be celebrated in story, song, and story songs! You know, the kind of song that has a complete narrative?"
If you ask Grandpa Sea Monkee about eels, he'll go off on a Rambling Old Man Monologue about the time him and some of his friends went to a clambake, or possibly a shindig, or maybe even a shinbake.
Three of the combat skills Seal Clubbers can learn are Lunge Smack, Thrust-Smack, and Lunging Thrust-Smack.
The item, thermos of "whiskey", is "a glass of perfectly innocent milk that absolutely does not have any vodka or rum or whiskey or a blend of vodka, rum and whiskey in it."
Pirate 1: Er... rum and jam. It's an old pirate favorite, everybody knows that.
Inherit the Earth has a dim-witted talking bear at a country fair. When you ask him what he's selling at his stand, he replies,
"Sweets. Fruit on a stick. Honey on a stick! Honeyed fruits on a stick. If it's sweet, and will fit on a stick, I'll sell it!"
In Kid Icarus: Uprising there are enemies shaped like eyes (Monoeye), like mouths with large tongues (Mick) and like large noses that spit bombs (Specknose). There's also an enemy that is a combination of all three forming a face, aptly named Monomiknose.
As noted on that page's Game Breaker section, two completely overpowered factors in multiplayer mode are clubs and freezing mods. Palutena forbid you encounter the player who is dragging behind them a club with a freezing mod.
If there's two things Bayonetta hates in this world, it's cockroaches and crying babies.
Bayonetta: Well, a crying baby cockroach would be truly terrible...
In Asura's Wrath, Augus has this piece of wisdom to dispense to Asura.
"Relax son. Enjoy every moment. You fight, then you eat good food. You fight, then you drink fine wine. You fight, then you sleep with beautiful women. Hell, fight with beautiful women! That's what it means to live."
The "British Tea Biscuit" series of flavored cookie upgrades in Cookie Clicker exhibit this. In order, there are: British Tea Biscuits, Chocolate British Tea Biscuits, Round British Tea Biscuits, Round Chocolate British Tea Biscuits, Round British Tea Biscuits with Heart Motif, and finally, Round Chocolate British Tea Biscuits with Heart Motif.
In Saints Row: The Third, the description for the vehicle theft mission involving the Stork helicopter has Rigg say that it's good for carrying smuggled goods, smuggled people or smuggled people with smuggled goods in them.
In Guild Wars 2, Dierdre, the only NPC in a hidden area of the map, says to players who reach her: "What brings you to my glade? It's unusual to see travelers out here, unless they're lost. Or cartographers. Or lost cartographers."
Myst received an Updated Re-release in May 2000 called Myst: Masterpiece Edition. Later that year, it was remade as realMyst. Then, in 2014, it was remade again as realMyst: Masterpiece Edition.
The Medic in Team Fortress 2 when the player equips the Medimedes, which turns his head into a dove's:
"It's a bird! It's a head! It's a bird head!" (laughs)
Homestar Runner: While critiquing fan-made Halloween costumes one year, Strong Bad describes a particularly obscure one as "both A, amazing; B, depressing; and C, amazingly depressing."
In the email "bedtime story", Strong Bad combines this with a Portmanteau: "I'm not your freakin' babysitter! Or your dad. Or your... dadbysitter."
In "The House That Gave Sucky Treats", Strong Bad gives this insult if you give him an apple while trick-or-treating: "What are you, a dentist? Or a hippie? Or some kind of hippie dentist?"
In the email "web comics", Strong Bad describes most web comics as being "all about video games, gamernerds, webgeeks, dorknerds, gamewads, nerdgames, webwebs, and elves."
In the email "time capsule," Strong Bad explains that time capsules should be capsule-shaped and not made from shoe boxes or tennis ball cans which are "different, and lame, and differently lame"
With the video game examples from SBCG4AP and PNatI, it's safe to assume the Brothers Chaps love this trope.
There is also this exchange between Roy and the polearm shopkeeper in strip 136 - "Glaive? Guisarne? Glaive-Guisarne? Guisarne-Glaive? Glaive-Guisarne-Glaive? Glaive-Glaive-Glaive-Guisarne-Glaive?" (The shopkeeper answers "No" to the first 5 and closes with "I think you're drifting into another sketch, sir" - the strip's title acknowledges the whole thing as a Monty Python shout-out)
After Belkar's pet allosaurus is hit by a Baleful Polymorph spell that turns it into a common lizard, he refers to it as "The dinosaur! The lizard! The lizard that used to be a dinosaur!".
Imagine watching the world's finest talents at inventing a game. That's an Olympics I'd like to see. Nation against nation. Athletes, nerds, and nerd-athletes alike take the field to create something marvelous.
Boss: Excellent, ten days since the last accident.
PFY: I think you'll find that's a binary number.
BOFH: And that's only because we don't count disappearances as accidents.
PFY: Or people who don't work here.
BOFH: Or disappearances of people who don't work here.
A review of the PS2 game Ring Of Red on the website RPGfan had the following to say about the game's troop mechanics:
Sending them out a second too early might convince the computer to spray them with shrapnel, flammable liquids, or even the dreaded shrapnel drenched in flammable liquids!
He's not kidding. Your mechs can in fact be armed with Incendiary shells (burninate a single squad), Shrapnel shells (hit both squads), or Incendiary Shrapnel (burninate both squads).
One review of Versus described it as "the only movie that successfully combines yakuza, swords, guns, yakuza with guns and swords, zombies, zombies with guns, zombie yakuza, and zombie yakuza with guns and swords."
"Yesterday, you bought me Haagen Dazs milk chocolate ice cream bars for no reason. I interpreted this to mean either a) you are fattening me up so that you can kill me and eat me or b) you are covering something up. You are probably covering up the fact that you are trying to fatten me up to kill me and eat me. "
In one of the movie trailer parodies, this one parodying Inglourious Basterds, Deadpool plays the sergeant. He gives us "And the skrull will grow to fear the pain they will feel at our hands, and at the edge of our knives, [camera switch to Wolverine] and the edge of the knives that come from our hands."
OK, what has Draco sent them this time? A bird? An apple? A horrible bird apple that pecks your eyes out with each delicious bite?!?
In the RiffTrax for Twilight we get this gem as Edward is reading people's minds: "Sex...cats..." "Cat sex..."
Zero Punctuation, on Team Fortress 2: "If I did have to criticize it, and Ido, I'd say there isn't much variety in the maps. You get to decide between territory control in a desert environment, territory control in an industrial environment, or, just to mix things up, capture the flag... in a desert-industrial environment."
Yahtzee also describes the subject matter of every rap song as, "guns, whores, and whores getting shot with guns."
His list of ways one can kill enemy mooks in the second video game installment of The Force Unleashed: you can hit them with a lightsaber, reflect their blaster shots back at them, throw your lightsaber at them, microwave them with force lightning, force push them into walls, throw them at their mates, or "lift them up, throw your lightsaber at them, microwave them with force lightning, then throw whatever mess remains at their mates."
Phelous: watching the opening credits And what is this music with it? Makes it seem like a wedding video intro. Lupa: Or some kind of pet memorial video. Both: Or a pet wedding video! *cut to a wedding announcement for their cats*
Again in Phelous's review of Octopus 2:
"The chief isn't hearing any of this octopus story. It was either a squid or a terrorist. Or a terrorist squid! Ooooh!"
Diamanda Hagan 's fourth Emanuelle review has this about what women are interested in;
"Love! And PINK things! And babies! And pink babies! Made from love!"
Christopher Torres, who designed the web animation Nyan Cat, said that after one person requested him to draw a Pop-Tart, and another requested a cat, he created a cat with a Pop-Tart for a body.
The Pimp My RideXzibit meme in general, ("Yo Dawg, I herd you like [noun X], so I put an [noun X] in your [noun Y] so you can [verb Z] while you [verb Z]) though this◊ may be the Most Triumphant Example.
Describing Hogwarts' Halloween feast, the narrator of Wizard People, Dear Reader lists off "Apples, candied apples, appled candies, candied whiskey, apple fritters, anything you could ever want!"
On Oblivion being one of 6 Games That Put Insane Detail Into Stuff You Didn't Notice: "instead of just following a script like non-player characters in most video games, every NPC in Oblivion has a built-in list of needs he or she has to fulfill — food, sleep, poon-nabbing, etc. If you and your Level 14 Orc Shaman happen to interrupt any one of those needs, say by breaking into an NPC's house and stealing all of his food, the NPC will venture out into the world to find more food for himself. He may get killed by a monster, robbed by a thief, or killed and robbed by a monster thief..."
From 5 Thing I Learned Defusing Bombs Movies Won't Show You: "when the president has a press conference, we have to be there to make sure none of the cameras are actually bombs, or hidden guns, or hidden bomb guns, or some sort of alarming new weapon that turns guns into bombs."
How do we know this is the bedroom of a typical little boy? Well, there's an orgy of evidence. We've got sports, cars, sports cars...
On Ponytopia.net (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic roleplaying website) the front page has a disclaimer below the introduction that the "portal that looks just like a website" to Equestria is in fact "Not an actual portal, Batteries not included, May contain Ponies, Nuts and nutty Ponies."
Lelouch comes up with one of these in Code MENT when expressing his disappointment with the new Knightmares:
One: I dunno. They coulda made them look cooler. Like with more guns and shit. Or put, like, a chainsaw on them—HOLY MARMALADE OF SWEET SUGARY GOODNESS! They should have guns that shoot chainsaws! Someone get on that already!
Ohgi: How about like, a gun that shoots another gun?
One: Okay, okay, I'm liking it, but it's missing something.
Kallen: How about a gun that shoots another gun that shoots chainsaw bullets?
One: Kallen gets the robot.
Flipping over a table in anger: (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻
Putting the table back nicely: ┬──┬◡ﾉ(° -°ﾉ)
Throwing the guy who put the table back nicely: (╯°Д°）╯︵/(.□ . \)
In the My Little Pony Mystery Bags video, Ashens describes his friend Andy as "very keen on chemicals, fire and chemical fires". No points for guessing what happens to the items featured in said video.
Or this one from the episode "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie":
Homer: If you've been good, pizza. If you've been bad... uh... let's see... poison. Lisa: What if one of us has been good and one of us has been bad? Bart: Poison pizza. Homer: Oh no, I'm not making two stops.
After Homer's driver's license gets suspended.
Homer: I am so screwed. I can't drive to work, I can't drive to the store, and I certainly can't drive to the store at work.
While flying first-class on an airplane, Homer is given the choice of ordering one steak or two steaks for dinner. He Takes A Third Option and orders three steaks.
In the episode "The Color Yellow" while making a family tree for school, Lisa is horrified that she can't find a single good ancestor, and that she comes from "a long line of horse thieves, deadbeats, horse beats, dead thieves."
In "HOMЯ", research scientists discover Homer has a crayon lodged in his brain, and offer to remove it.
In the episode "A Bird in the Hoof", Twilight freaks out and wildly speculates about what could happen to Fluttershy if Princess Celestia finds out she took her royal pet. Apparentlynote not really she could be banished from Equestria, thrown into a dungeon, or banished, and then thrown into a dungeon inside the place she's been banished to.
In a strange example of having only one listed item, Pinkie Pie worries if her unfamiliar "Pinkie Sense" in "Feeling Pinkie Keen" means Fluttershy "exploded...and then exploded again!".
In "A Dog and Pony Show", Rarity objects to the Diamond Dogs addressing her as "pony" all the time:
Rarity: I am a lady, and I wish to be addressed as such. So you may call me "Miss", or "Rarity", or "Miss Rarity".
Another moment is in "Party Of One", when Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash engage in some Stereo Fibbing.
Pinkie Pie: (referring to a made-up bear that Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash have said that they're house sitting for) He's vacationing at the beach?
Rainbow Dash: Yep! He loves to...
Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy: Play beach volleyball!/Collect seashells! (Beat.)
(Repeat, reversed. Beat.)
Play seashells!/Collect volleyballs!
Applejack provides one in the season two premiere in her attempts to wrap her head around the fact that it's raining chocolate milk:
Applejack: Rainbow Dash, what's going on with this rain? I mean, chocolate milk? I mean, chocolate milk rain?
During the musical number in "May the Best Pet Win":
Rainbow Dash: The bat would be awesome, but the wasp I'm digging too. Do you have something in a yellow-striped bat?
In Hot Topic's "Hot Minute with Twilight Sparkle" promo video, Twilight's favorite subject is "Magic. And reading. And reading about magic."
Bugs Bunny: AHH! My glamour shot! AHH! My tennis trophy! AHH! My glamour shot of my tennis trophy! NOOOO!
In Phineas and Ferb Doofenshmirtz's invention of the week in "The Chronicles of Meap" was a static electricity generator that could steal balloons. His targets were clowns, children, and clown children.
Another from Doof, regarding his solar-powered Evaporator-inator in "De Plane! De Plane!": "Its green and evil! I call it 'greevil'."
In the same episode, Candace says there's been a lot of talk about diving, snakes, and diving with snakes.
In "Excaliferb", Malifishmirtz says that he's not scared of anything except unicorns, whales, squids, and Pegasus. Down comes the Pegawhalesquidicorn.
In fact, it's a Pegawhalescorpiounisquidicorn GIRL! Another thing Medieval Doof's afraid of. But he does dismiss it as more ridiculous than scary.
In an episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Phil has just been killed, and Harvey wants to avoid telling his daughter Judy. He looks out the window for an excuse and sees a billboard about taking a vacation. Which partially peels away to reveal one about going on honeymoon. So Harvey tells Judy her father is on a Vacaneymoon.
A visual version happens in another episode. In an Imagine Spot, Stan threatens Francine first with a chainsaw, then with a leopard, then with the leopard holding the chainsaw.
Played straight in "Dungeons And Wagons", where Steve and his friends are playing an MMORPG in the vein of World of Warcraft or Everquest. When Hayley and Jeff break up, he starts playing the game too, and comes to idolize Steve's character "Agathor." When Hayley joins the game and kills Agathor with his Weaksauce Weakness, Jeff builds him a shrine in the game, with the epitaph: "Here lies Agathor—Warrior, Friend, Warrior-Friend"
In "Cock of the Sleepwalk", Roger sees a dark stain on Stan's shirt and asks if it is poo. Stan notes that it's actually cake, and Roger then questions if it is poo-cake.
In Johnny Test, when Hugh gets trapped in Johnny's Tinymon game, he says "I blame Johnny! No, the sisters! No, Johnny and the sisters!"
Coop: Nobody. No robot, no alien, no alien-robot does that to me and gets away with it.
In "Bad Guy":
Coop: Piece of cake. Ooh, I could go for some cake. Or some ice cream. Or some ice cream cake!
Reversed in Aqua Teen Hunger Force when Master Shake neglected to pay the bills and the house's water and cable were shut off:
Shake: Look on the bright side. We've got electricity and we've got each other. the lights go off. We've got each other...
Dilbert: In one episode, Wally (after realising that engineers are actually in demand) negotiates for a well-paid job at a competing company. As part of his compensation package he asks for "a personal jet... And a llama... And a personal jet for my llama..."
When his potential employers ask if Wally would consider sharing a jet with a llama, he gets offended. Negotiations finally break down when he realises he would be expected to do actual work in return.
Foxxy: I said 'fuck!' And they didn't beep it! Fuck! Fuckfuckfuckfuck! (gasp) What about 'shit?' What about 'cunt?' What about 'shit-cunt?'
In an episode of the Beetlejuice cartoon, BJ and Lydia must escape from the Vanishing Village of Brinkadoom by answering the Riddle of the Stinx: "What's black and white and red all over?" Beetlejuice and Lydia argue for a bit over whether the answer is supposed to be "a newspaper" or "an embarrassed zebra", and when the Stinx presses for them to settle on an answer, Beetlejuice blurts out "an embarrassed newspaper", which turns out to be correct.
Early: "So what you're saying here is that my grandbaby right here, might someday grow up to be the Gay President of Tom T. Hall? Outstandinger than hell."
On The Cleveland Show, Cleveland compares a shrimpy Christmas tree to "an Asian or a little boy or an Asian little boy."
In the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends epsiode "Mac Daddy", Mac and Bloo are making a soap box derby car and figuring out what to paint on it. Bloo suggests "Hot Rod Flames" but Cheese, a bizarre friend Mac apparently created, suggests "Bunnies!" Bloo and Cheese argue over it, until it's revealed they ended up painting bunnies wreathed in hot-rod flames.
Gary: "She's coming in low and slow, it's classic Monarch 'look at my cool new thing' approach." Sgt. Hatred: "Should I ready the extinguishers?" Gary: "Please! He only uses fire and lasers at night. I got my money on acid, or a magnet kind of thing." The Monarch: "READY THE ACID MAGNET!"
Babylonian numerals probably count as well - while they used a base sixty system, their numerals were built from base ten and base twelve subglyphs.
Really, all numerical systems are like this. Binary is just the most obvious example because it only uses two digits.
In spoken French this is especially blatant. The teens past sixteen are ten-seven, etc. When you pass sixty-nine, suddenly there's no seventy, just sixty-ten, sixty-eleven... Then eighty becomes four-twenties, and then the nineties are four-twenties-and-ten, four-twenties-and-eleven... all the way up to four-twenties-and-ten-and-nine!
Not counting Belgium and some areas in France, which use more reasonable numbering for 70s, 80s and 90s.
China is similar; the numbers after ten are ten-one, ten-two, ten-three, etc.
Japanese also (likely because its number system was imported from China - it uses the same kanji for numbers as Chinese), and possibly a better example than French or English because there are no separate words for multiples of ten, like how French uses "vingt" and English uses "twenty"; in Japanese, ten is juu, one is ichi, so eleven is juuichi (ten-one) - two is ni, so twenty one is nijuuichi (two-ten-one) - hundred is hyaku, so two hundred and twenty one is nihyakunijuuichi (two-hundred-two-ten-one).
Pashto is also like this. Eleven is one-ten, twelve is two-ten, and so on.
In some regards, English is like this as well — 13 = "three-ten," 14 = "four-ten," 15 = "five-ten," etc. — the pronunciation and spelling has just shifted somewhat over the years.
Listing compass directions: north, east, northeast, north-northeast, north by east, northeast by north...
The commonly combined Ninjas and Pirates into Ninjapirates. Or pirate-ninjas.
An old joke, boiled down to its essence: "Pretty or ugly?" "Pretty ugly." (Which works in multiple languages, including Mandarin Chinese and German.)
In Chinese, combining the word for "Spear" with the word for "Shield" makes the phrase for "Paradox" (as per the tale of the blacksmith who claimed to forge omni-penetrating spears and invincible shields). See it for yourself. Due to cultural osmosis it works in Vietnamese too.
Names of ionic compounds work this way. For instance, sodium chloride (table salt) is formed from a sodium ion and a chloride ion.
Tickets to a concert at Emirates Stadium, London, which stated that "no audio, visual or audiovisual equipment" would be allowed into the event.
Sex columnist Dan Savage lists his only Squicks as pedophilia, necrophilia, coprophilia, and zoophilia, and adds "I really have a beef with anyone out there fucking dead shit-covered puppies."
Spoons + forks = sporks.
Three popular forms of skiing are alpine (downhill), nordic (cross country), and norpine (telemarking).
Speaking of skiing, at some ski resorts (in particular a few in Colorado), there are blue trails (intermediate), black trails (advanced), and blue-black trails (advanced-intermediate, which is basically a spot in between the previous two designations).
Human blood types: A, B, AB (also O, which inverts this trope, as it is the ABSENCE of both A and B).
Poker: A two of a kind? A three of a kind? How about a two of a kind and a three of a kind: a full house!
Also, there is a straight (5 cards in consecutive value), a flush (all cards of the same suit), as well as a straight flush (both)!
A Japanese-German dictionary translates "Zaseki"note "Seat" in English as "Sitz, Platz, Sitzplatz."