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Does This Remind You of Anything?
Capping a pen with one eye closed: harder than it looks?
James: "Actually, that's not the worst bit about those six-seater cars because it could be worse if you had your wife in the front and both daughters - and you sat in the back."
Jeremy: "Ugh."
James: "No, but, you do see that occasionally. You see the mother in the front, and then... and then, *cringing* there's a bloke sitting in the back seat and-"
Jeremy: "And there's nothing more tragic!"
Richard: "Yeah, it's pathetic."
Jeremy: "It is the most pitiable sight you can see."
James: "She's effectively saying 'you've given me the baby, now get in the back'."
Richard: "Yep."
[Short pause before Jeremy and the audience both burst into a fit of hysterical laughter]
James: "No!"

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.

This sort of situation can lead to a Mistaken for Index plot if some other character hears it out of context.

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. Doesn't always succeed in fulfilling the latter. Doesn't always have to mean anything sexual.

If unintentionally done: Looks Like She Is Enjoying It

If you see "it" everywhere: Freud Was Right

If it was done in a work meant for children: Getting Crap Past the Radar

Similar to Innocent Innuendo / Visual Innuendo in that each of these trope attempts to draw suggestive ideas from the audience; however Innocent Innuendo / Visual 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.

See also:

Not to Be Confused with Ironic Echo, which can easily use this trope's title as a Lampshade Hanging.


Examples


Disproportionate RetributionJustForFun/Tropes of LegendDowner Ending
Rabbit FireLooney Tunes in the FiftiesBallot Box Bunny
Department of Redundancy DepartmentPothole MagnetDon't Explain the Joke
Blood from the MouthImageSource/Visual NovelsFate/stay night
BishōnenOverdosed TropesThe Mole
Dodgy ToupeeComedy TropesDog Walks You

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