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Any situation which is made, sometimes for comic effect, sometimes for dramatic effect, to look like another situation — not in the sense that it is mistaken for that other situation
by any of the characters, just in the sense that we the audience see the resemblance. The characters do not. Alternatively it can refer to an ersatz
of something more familiar that the audience would immediately recognize in subtext, in order to make it look less Anvilicious
, but it doesn't always succeed in fulfilling the latter. The situation doesn't always have to mean anything sexual, however it is the most common use of the trope.
This sort of situation can lead to a Mistaken for Index
plot if some other character hears it out of context. If unintentionally done, this is Looks Like She Is Enjoying It
. If it was done in a work meant for children this is Getting Crap Past the Radar
. Similar to Innocent Innuendo
in that each of these tropes attempts to draw suggestive ideas from the audience; however Innocent Innuendo
attempt to trick the audience into thinking the situation is different from what it really is, whereas this trope is upfront about the situation and merely draws parallels to those suggestive ideas. I Thought It Meant Ironic Echo
, which can easily use this trope's title as a Lampshade Hanging
- Sexual meanings: Did They or Didn't They?, Erotic Eating, G-Rated Sex, Double Entendre and its sister trope Lampshaded Double Entendre, Compensating for Something, and Phallic Weapon
- Political/moral meanings: Fantastic Racism, Space Jews, No Blood for Phlebotinum, A Nazi by Any Other Name, Have You Tried Not Being a Monster?
- Drug-related meanings: I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin, Fantastic Drug, Drunk on Milk
- Birth symbolism: Not Really a Birth Scene
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- George Carlin's 1991 routine "Rockets and Penises in the Persian Gulf" points out all of the phallic and sexual innuendos of the first Gulf War. "Imagine an American President using the sexual slang of a thirteen-year-old to describe his foreign policy."
- Warhammer 40,000:
- Descriptions of the biological principles behind Tyranid biomorphs are uncomfortably sexual. Especially the Pyrovore.
- Absolutely anything to do with the Dark Eldar. Torturing people to death then eating their souls is essentially their version of sex, and it just gets worse from there. "My playthings break so easily." And on a related matter, absolutely anything to do with Slaanesh.
- In one of the Werewolf: The Apocalypse tie-in novels, the signature characters Albrecht and the Margrave each take out their respective ancestral BFS. Albrecht is pleased to note that his is bigger.
- Paranoia is loaded with political and social commentary, but while sticking to themes on the Red Scare does a variation with mutants. All of them are executed upon discovery except for a small few who are forced to wear yellow armbands at all times (black if their uniform is yellow) and not allowed the same privileges or freedoms as the rest of Alpha Complex, which already doesn't have much. Player opinion is out on whether or not this is meant to represent Jewish people or oppressed minorities in general.
- In Grisaia No Rakuen, having stayed away all night without eating anything, Makina and Michiru instantly fall upon a container of jam and messily devouring it. A similarly hungry and sleep deprived Sachi follows in moments later, asking Amane whether she thinks it sounds like two girls competing to get something a bit more risque in their mouths before continue to try making triple blowjob sound effects.
- The Minute Physics video The Hairy Ball Theorem, which is about the topological theorem of that name which states that you can't comb a ball totally flat if it's covered entirely with hair. The narrator then goes on to say things like "don't go wasting your time playing around with a hairy ball to try to prove this wrong". At the end, the narrator says that, since the theorem applies not only to balls but any 3-dimensional objects without any holes, the next time a mathematician gives you trouble, you should ask them if they can comb a hairy banana.
- In RWBY, Pyrrha unlocks Jaune's Aura so he can use magic like the other students. The ritual involves a lot of touching and a vow of protection that sounds romantic if taken out of context. And Pyrrha feels exhausted afterwards. And she is canonically attracted to Jaune. Do you see where we're going here?
:...and I just noticed that Pyrrha actually strokes his chest. (...) Just real casually drags her hand down his torso while she’s meshing souls with a boy she met a couple hours ago.