Flintstone Theming is when a single pervasive concept that is basic to the show is used repeatedly for as many jokes as it can possibly yield, especially with character names
. Some shows shoot for the moon and try to make a pun out of everything
is sometimes hard. Coming up with an endless string of bad puns
based on the concept of your show, on the other hand, is usually pretty easy. At least at first. It gets progressively harder to come up with decent, original puns the longer and longer your show is on the air and the more puns you’ve already used up.
Compare Hold Your Hippogriffs
. See also Mister Sandman Sequence
, which is similar - only abusing Popular History
instead of the English language.
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Anime And Manga
- Common in many light novels and works derived from them, because the medium often omits dialogue tags. A Verbal Tic like this (along with several other kinds) helps to identify who said a line without having it stated explicitly.
- Shinryaku! Ika Musume's main character constantly spouts aquatic puns like "What the gill!" or "Let's get kraken! (cracking)" in the English dub.
- In Japanese she's very fond of ending her sentences with "janaika" (basically instead of saying "X is Y" she says "Isn't X Y?!")...mostly because its last two kana are "ika", i.e. "squid".
- Despite cultivating an image as The Ojou, Azuki Azusa in Hentai Ouji To Warawanai Neko often uses animal metaphors—frequently bizarre ones—because she's secretly an animal-obsessed middle-class girl whose apartment doesn't allow pets.
- Ellis in Blade Dance of the Spirit Users, a Magic Knight whose hobby is cooking, frequently threatens to turn people into bizarre dishes (all of them are actually just metaphors for "beat them savagely", along the lines of "make mincemeat out of"). The protagonist starts complimenting her on her eclectic tastes in food once he's used to her threats.
- The adventures of Captain Carrot And His Amazing Zoo Crew were set in Follywood, Califurnia, in the United Species of America. And it didn’t stop there.
- Marvel Apes and its simian-themed naming.
- Same goes for The Spectacular Spider-Ham, which is essentially a Marvel version of Captain Carrot.
- Howard the Duck showed that Howard's homeworld was like this with a duck theme.
- In Rudolph The Nasally Empowered Reindeer, a story in James Finn Garner's Politically Correct Holiday Stories, some older reindeer scold Rudolph for "rocking the kayak." (Because they're in the Arctic.)
- In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Who-ville does this with the word "who". For example, their Christmas feasts involve "Who-pudding" and "Who-roast-beast".
- Same deal for Horton Hears a Who. Lampshaded in the film by the mayor, who says that putting the word "who" in front of everything doesn't make it better.
- There's a reason Harry Potter is the Trope Namer for Hold Your Hippogriffs.
- The Berenstain Bears does this with, naturally, bears, in a lot of areas.
Live Action TV
- Subverted in one episode of I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again: at the beginning of a sea-based sketch, John Cleese irritatedly recites all the fish puns he can think of right at the start, to get them out of the way. "And that concludes the fish jokes. Thank cod!"
- Kip Addotta's "Wet Dream" also goes for the fish puns; it often gets played on the Dr Demento show.
- Addotta followed this up with "Life in the Slaw Lane," which consists entirely of vegetable puns.
- The Fallout series manages to pull double duty on this. Everything from before the war is either Atomic- this, Nuka-that or some kind of 50s pop culture reference; while about half of anything more recent is a Mad Max reference.
- Plants vs. Zombies uses as many plant puns as it possibly can. It starts with the relatively mild "Pea Shooter" and goes on from there.
- Ultra Fast Pony parodies, defies, and lampshades this. Characters will occasionally use insufficiently pony-fied dialogue, for which the captions will criticize them. Then the characters themselves comment on the practice:
Pinkie, you are not the internet! Pinkie:
Oh, you mean ponynet! Twilight:
Not everything has to have the word "pony" on it! Celestia:
Want to name a country after horses, even though there are plenty of other creatures living here? Do it! You're immortal, who cares?
- The Flintstones is the Trope Namer, for reasons that should be obvious to anyone who has ever seen an episode. Between the Stone Age equivalents of modern technology and the rock-and-stone puns tossed out at a rate of four or five per minute, these jokes are basically the only thing that make the show not The Honeymooners.
- An episode of Robot Chicken lampshaded the fact that the rock-based puns sometimes just didn’t work well.
- And, of course, The Jetsons did the same with "futuristic" and/or planetary themed puns.
- The Roman Holidays did this as well, with the puns being obviously Ancient Roman in theme.
- A Family Guy episode with a Flintstones parody had Stone Age Lois (playing the part of Wilma) use the word "rockgasm" instead of "orgasm", at which point Stewie and Brian decided they had had enough of the Stone Age.
- Futurama either parodies this or just uses it brilliantly by twisting the Planet of Hats concept into providing a different one of these almost every episode (using up every possible joke about shellfish along the way).
- SpongeBob SquarePants oscillates randomly between "everything is replaced with its loose underwater equivalent" and completely ignoring its setting, depending on whatever makes the joke at hand work.
- The Abra-Catastrophe :Fairly OddParents special landed Timmy Turner in a world where the human race had been replaced by sentient apes. The primate-related puns flowed like water.
- Lampshaded at least twice: Timmy by expressing his desire to "wish for a world without puns," and AJ by noting that "The Declar-ape-tion of Independence" would sound like an Incredibly Lame Pun if it weren't historically accurate.
- Fish Police, a cop show set underwater, where all the characters were fish, seemed to exist solely to make loads and loads of fish-related puns.
- The characters in Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends replaced the –body suffix with –buggy (anybuggy, somebuggy, busybuggy, and so on).
- The Geronimo Stilton series lives and breathes puns related to rodents and cheese.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has this in spades. The main cast is called the mane cast by fans, there are towns and cities such as Canterlot, Manehattan, Appleloosa (like the breed Appaloosa), they say things like "everypony" and "nopony"... Naturally, Fan Nicknames continue the trend (Stalliongrad, Trottingham, San Franciscolt, etc.)
- Trottingham eventually became canon as the birthplace of Pipsqeak, one of the series' minor characters.
- Common expletives include "What the hay" and "bucking [noun]". One comic pointed out that using the latter had the unfortunate effect of making Applejack's job (applebucking, i.e. knocking fruit out of trees) sound horrible.
- Birdz, with an entirely avian (except one) cast, was up to its beak in bird puns. These usually manifested themselves in the names of celebrities (e.g. "Whippoorwill Smith"), but also in the setting of Birdland and the occasional "anybird".
- Monster High uses "ghoul" as a substitute for everything possible (though most usually "girl").
- And not just that. MH uses plenty of horror-related words to build as many puns as possible around them (like in the latest toyline and CG film tie-in, called Scaris: City of Frights, which is set, as you might have guessed, in a twisted version of the French capital).
- The Tex Avery-directed MGM cartoon "Symphony in Slang" is practically one big Hurricane of Puns.
- The names of the inhabitants of the game "Sugar Rush" in Wreck It Ralph all are based on candy and candy flavors. The main character, Vanellope Von Schweetz (a hybrid of "vanilla" and "Penelope") starts off as a homeless outcast and winds up taking her rightful place being Sugar Rush's princess.