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->''"Oh look, is that a reason to leave?"''
--> -- '''Jeff Winger''', ''Series/{{Community}}''

A type of RoomShuffle where one character actively wants another character out of a room so they can discuss something in private. They'll usually either come up with some absurd reason for the character to go to the kitchen or across the hall or whatever--something along the lines of "Hey, did you know one of the bathroom floor tiles looks just like a map of Tanzania? Go have a look!"--or they say something that they know will make that specific character clear out, like "You know Greg, I was just talking to Bill across the hall and apparently his favorite thing is interminable circus anecdotes."

They may send the character on a search for some item, which may or [[SnipeHunt may not actually exist]].

Often the comic potential of this is stretched by having the departed character reappear at an inopportune time (and [[BrickJoke just after the audience has forgotten about them]]). "You know, you don't even have tiles in your bathroom... [[SorryToInterrupt what are you doing?]]"

INeedToGoIronMyDog is the inverse of this, where the character offers some excuse for their own departure. Compare and contrast with LookBehindYou and WeNeedADistraction.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''TokyoMewMew'' has this little gem in episode seven, at least in the Japanese version -- Ichigo yells "It's a flying huge radish!" and actually throws a radish from one of her shopping bags into the air, in order to distract Bu-Ling. It doesn't work very well.
* BeybladeMetalFusion: Done by Tetsuya while he was in an AustinPowers-esque disguise to learn more about a new device Madoka created. "Hey look, are those rainbow colored crabs in the sky?" {{Subverted|Trope}}, as he ended up pointing to multi-colored crab balloon-banners actually floating in the air behind them.
* TenchiMuyo The very first episode, Tenchi tells Ryoko to look out the window while she's trying to kill him. She does and he runs off, while there's gas filling the room. She's holding a ''LaserBlade'' at the time.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' strip, Dave is sent on an elaborate and extremely convoluted snack run to get him out of the house while the others eat a pizza in his absence.
* A RunningGag in ''{{Nodwick}}'', employed whenever Arthax and Yeagar needs to get Piffany out of the way so they can do something horrid to Nodwick behind her back.
* In an issue of ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', S.H.I.E.L.D. and the NYPD are arguing over who gets to arrest the Wall-Crawler, who has been beaten after his first fight with Doc Ock. Spidey attempts to divert them by saying "Hey, is that Creator/CharltonHeston?" Amazingly, it works.

* ''Fanfic/TheManWithNoName'', a ''{{Firefly}}'' / ''Series/DoctorWho'' crossover, has the Doctor throw a HypnoTrinket up in the air in the hopes that some brainwashed thugs will stare at it long enough for River to beat the snot out of them.
* Parodied in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> '''Calvin:''' OH LOOK! [[CaptainObvious A WALL!]]
* In ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', strangely enough this seems to be one of the few tactics that works as a means of distracting Pinkie Pie.

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}:''
** After Shrek is... uh, wounded by an arrow, Fiona tells Donkey to get blue flowers with red thorns so he would leave them alone. Donkey then stumbles upon a ''field'' chock full of blue flowers with red thorns... and subsequently complains that his task would be easier were he not colorblind.
** In ''Shrek the Third'', Shrek [[spoiler:insults Artie so that he angrily leaves the room, stopping Charming from killing him.]]
* ''Film/TheProducers'': Used at the beginning of the most recent version. Max tells Leo to use the bathroom while he deals with the octogenarian nymphomaniac at his door. Leo uses the bathroom but gets done before Max can get rid of the old bat. Leo then comments on how sorry he was to interrupt him 'feeling up the old lady'.
* In the film ''Film/OldYeller'', when the mother is treating Old Yeller for an injury from a wild boar, she claims that she needs a horned toad and asks the younger brother to go get one.
* Used in ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' (the movie), when the love interest distracts a vampire with, "Look, air!"
* ''AFewGoodMen'' has this exchange:
-->'''Capt. West:''' Commander Galloway, why don't you get yourself a cup of coffee.
-->'''Galloway:''' Thank you sir, I'm fine.
-->'''Capt. West:''' Commander, I'd like you to leave the room so we can talk about you behind your back.
-->'''Galloway:''' Certainly, sir.
* In ''[[Film/HarryPotter Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Dumbledore points out various pieces of landscaping to Fudge in order to keep him from noticing Harry and Hermione sneaking behind him to rescue Buckbeak.
* In ''Gray Matters'', when it's in the middle of the night and Sam tries to get Gray to go to bed so that he can be alone with Charlie:
-->'''Sam:''' Don't you have that big meeting in the morning to get to?
-->'''Gray:''' What big meeting?
-->'''Sam:''' The big meeting in the morning that you have to get to? That big meeting?
-->'''Gray:''' ''Oh'', that big meeting!
* In the 2009 ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' movie, Sherlock sends the policemen inside the recently deceased Sir Thomas's home to look for bath salts while he continues searching by his lonesome for a secret compartment where Thomas kept his occult paraphernalia.
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Peter "Star-Lord" Quill starts breaking out in dance when Ronan makes landfall on Xandar.
-->'''Ronan''': "What are you doing?...''What'' are you '''DOING?!'''"
-->'''Quill''': "I'm distracting you, ya big turdblossom!"
* In the western spoof ''SupportYourLocalSheriff'', Mayor Perkins wants to discuss the hiring of the new sheriff in private, and so sends all the non-important hangers-on out to watch an ongoing brawl in the street.
* In ''TheLosers'', Jensen tells the occupant to the office he's trying to sneak into that security needs the man's help dealing with the individual who has been exposing himself in the elevator, who happens to be Jensen himself accidentally interrupted in the middle of a costume change.
* When Mittens is threatening ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' with Styrofoam, he comments "That's a weird place to put a piano" which distracts her long enough for Bolt to knock the Styrofoam from her hands.
* A complex example from ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' involves Captain Picard being ordered by Starfleet to take the ''Enterprise'' and patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone to make sure the Romulans don't try to take advantage of the [[TheAssimilator Borg]] invasion of [[TheFederation Federation]] space. Picard and Riker quickly deduce that the rather uneventful assignment was set up just to keep Picard away from the battle and from letting his intimate history with the Borg complicate the fight.
* Used as a RunningGag in ''Film/TheGamers: Dorkness Rising'', in order to get the LawfulStupid Paladin out of the way so the party can torture an enemy (or innocent) for information. At one point, the party captures a demon who points out the Paladin's presence, who then invokes INeedToGoIronMyDog.
* MirrorMask shows a handy way of getting past a sphinx. Just point, shout [[StealthInsult "Look, an idiot!"]] and run when the animal turns around.

* In ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'' there is a scene where Mr. Sesemann wants to speak about Heidi with his daughter Klara, so he (somewhat clumsily) makes up an excuse by asking Heidi to bring him a glass of water. This errand turns then into a real adventure for Heidi.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter:''
** Several adults commit variations of this throughout, with several less than comic results in the 5th and 7th books.
** Subverted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' when Mr.Weasley pulls Harry aside to tell him that Sirius Black is after him after Mrs.Weasley's attempts to hide this tidbit from him.
** And in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Luna does this in the Great Hall [[spoiler:to let a fatigued Harry, along with Ron and Hermione, slip out of the room to be by themselves after Voldemort is defeated.]]
* In "The Tower of the Elephant" (a ''ConanTheBarbarian'' story) Taurus sends Conan to check whether there are guards in the garden. Conan suspects this, but obeys. Taurus shuts the door and gets killed.
* At least one ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel has someone throwing an object into the air, then gutting the other person whilst they look at it.
** This happened in ''Interesting Times''. Cohen the Barbarian and his Silver Horde is being threatened by several samurai. One of them throws a handkerchief in the air and cuts it in two with his sword, which is sharp and looks like new. Cohen's sword, in contrast, is rusted and chipped, despite being very sharp, and the samurai aren't exactly impressed with it. Cohen asks for another handkerchief, throws it up in the air...then slits the throats of three samurai while they're looking up at it.
** [[MagnificentBastard Lord Vetinari]] is fond of doing this with committees. When an emergency is afoot, he will gather all the people who think they should have a say in how to deal with it, carefully organize them into teams, and let them bicker about what color the committee newsletter should be while Vetinari and the other competent people actually see about solving the problem.
* ''Literature/TheSupernaturalist'' had a character toss an 'ID card' [[note]]a blank piece of laminated cardboard[[/note]] into the air, then shooting (nonlethally) the bad guys when they watched it go. Crosses with HeyCatch.
* Once in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry needs to pick a lock. Since FairCop Murphy is there, he tells her to "look at that zeppelin." Subverted in that Murphy knows ''exactly'' what he's doing, but complies anyway so that she doesn't actually see him doing anything illegal.
* The gamebook ''[[Literature/TimeMachineSeries Quest for the Cities of Gold]]'' has the protagonist captured by some Aztecs who intend to make him into a HumanSacrifice. The "time travel rules" prohibit the hero from time travelling while being observed, so he distracts the guard by convincing him to check out a supposed noise outside.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}:''
** In one episode, Phoebe uses the word "Crummies" to make Chandler flee the room.
** A slight subversion where Ross distracts Rachel, despite having nothing made up to distract her with. After a short time of Ross trying to think of a conversation, Rachel assumes that he wants to get back together with her.
* In ''Series/{{Titus}}'', when the titular character is being annoyed by his less-than-smart brother during a car ride, he shouts, "Dave, cow!", causing Dave to look frantically for the cow and moo at it. Later in the same episode, the same trick is tried, and Dave replies, "That doesn't work every time, you know", before surreptitiously looking out the window for the cow.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}:''
** In one episode, JD wants to talk to Elliot, but The Todd is in the room. To get rid of him, JD mimes throwing a ball into the hallway. Todd, naturally, goes to find it then, [[RuleOfFunny inexplicably]], returns after JD and Elliot's conversation and hands JD a tennis ball.
** He tries it again with the Janitor. The Janitor asks what he's doing as the Todd runs past, looking for the ball.
** Doctor Cox Gets the best one, though: ''"Oh my god, is that guy on'' '''''fire?'''''" *Runs*
* ''Series/TheITCrowd'': [[DoubleSubversion Subverted multiple times]] in episode four. Roy at one point gets stuck under a desk, with no way to escape because the employee to whom the desk belongs has returned to it. Moss is called in to distract said employee using this trope, but he fails miserably at it because his attempt is only slightly better than literally just saying "Go look at the distraction!". Eventually, Jen successfully pulls it off by claiming that there's a shirtless construction worker outside, a sure distraction for the all-female employees on the floor... and it turns out there really ''was'' a shirtless construction worker, but hardly an attractive one.
* ''Series/ICarly:''
** In ''iOwe You'', Sam tells Freddie his relative got hurt, sending him running back to his apartment, so she could cry to Carly without him seeing.
** In ''iQuit iCarly'', Sam distracts Carly's group by calling out ''Ryan Seacrest''. They fall for it, prompting Sam to occupy the scaffolding they both wanted to shoot a video from first. It's repeated a few seasons later in an INeedToGoIronMyDog fashion when Freddie's control freak (to put it kindly) of a mother walks in on Spencer, his girlfriend, and T-Bo playing a zombie slaying game. Spencer yells "Ryan Seacrest" and he and his date run back into his apartment.
*** Which may be a CallBack to ''DrakeAndJosh'', where in the episode ''The Storm'', Drake is talking to his current girlfriend and two of his past girlfriends. They tell him that they agree that he's the best kisser, then ask him which of them is the best kisser. He mumbles nervously before saying "Ryan Seacrest!" and running out of the room as soon as they look away.
* In an episode of ''Series/EvenStevens'', Louis shouts "Look! A diversion!" to a security guard.
* ''NewsRadio'': Dave helps Lisa get rid of a Japan-obsessed Matthew: "Do you know anyone who knows how sushi is made? Because Joe was wondering..."
* In ''Series/DueSouth'', Fraser distracts Ray from the fact that he's about to push him out of a plane by saying "Look, Ray! Turtles!" Oddly, it works, even though they're flying over the Arctic tundra at the time...
* In ''MurderMostHorrid'' episode "A Determined Woman", Dawn French's character, who has travelled back in time to prevent herself killing her husband, sends him out of the house on errands for random implausible items (a specific sort of string and soup from Uruguay). These items of course turn out to be somewhat less than random as they are all present in the house already and his presenting them to the wrong version of her is part of what leads to his murder in the first place.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': When Niles is [[ItMakesSenseInContext dueling his wife's German fencing instructor]], he points offscreen and yells some [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign German-sounding nonsense]] to buy some time.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''
-->'''Tom Servo:''' Look, a huge distracting thing!
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' has the most common variant of this trope be asking someone to "go get some water".
* On ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' had a little conversation that ended outsmarted.
-->'''Don Ramon''': Why don't you go check the hour at the [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Big Ben]] Clock.\\
'''Chavo''': It's 2:30.\\
'''Don Ramon''': [[SarcasmMode Reaallly?]]\\
'''Chavo''': If you don't believe me, go yourself.\\
'''Don Ramon''': ''[actually leaves the room to check]''
* In ''LoisAndClark'', a temporarily blinded Superman is staying with Lois, who doesn't know his secret yet. When Jonathan and Martha Kent show up at Lois's apartment (greeting their son with an awkward "Hello, Superman"), Superman suddenly requests oolong tea. Jonathan takes the hint and ushers Lois out to the store for tea so that Superman can be alone with his mom.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Oh, look, is that a reason to leave? And [[AxCrazy Chang]] [[ButtMonkey falls]] [[TooDumbToLive for]] [[TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket it.]]
* ''Series/RedDwarf''
-->"Excuse me, could I please just distract you for a brief moment?"
* ''Series/TopGear'': during one challenge related to the fallen British sports car industry, the hosts were engaged in a dispute with the producers over the value of the resultant cars. Richard Hammond's car window refused to shut, leading to him pointing the cameraman in another direction while he tried to quickly drag it back into position. Even Jeremy laughed.
* In one episode of ''All in the Family'' a neighbor lady wants to tell Edith something privately; she starts describing her sister's giving birth to her baby in explicit detail, causing Archie to flee. As soon as he's out of the room she stops the story and begins to discuss the real reason for her coming over.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': One of the security guys on immigration duty was becoming annoyed with some religious pilgrims. He pointed the other direction: "Hey look! It's a comet!"
* ''Series/WestWing'': In the second episode, Margeret is bugging Leo about something, so he hands her a picture and says "Here, look at this. It's a baby with a new mother." She predictably melts.

* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Sarge distracts [[TheDitz Caboose]] by yelling "Caboose! You hear something behind you!"
-->'''Caboose''': I do? I wonder what's causing it...

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' tabletop roleplaying game, characters who are lawful and/or good tend to be especially susceptible to this... especially Paladins or Monks, who MUST keep to the straight and narrow or lose their powers. Often, the player will realize it is in their best interests to be easily distracted when their friends want to do something immoral that will benefit them in some way, leading to a sort of selective ADD.
* Played with in ''Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising'' -- played straight early on, with the party distracting their paladin so the rest of the group can do some JackBauerInterrogationTechnique on a captured badguy. Later, after learning to trust the players a bit more, the DM has his paladin [[INeedToGoIronMyDog wander off intentionally]] to allow the party free rein.\\
When he comes back to find that a demon they'd been interrogating had "inexplicably" had the holy water they'd had him bless dumped over its head, he says, "I feel ''dirty''."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode Two'', Eli Vance sends his daughter Alyx to make some tea for him, so that he can privately talk to [[PlayerCharacter Gordon Freeman]] about their "mutual friend," the G-Man. Unfortunately, just when it looks like we're coming up on TheReveal, Alyx comes back with the tea, and Eli promises Gordon that they'll talk more later. [[spoiler:"Later" never comes, as the next time we see Eli, he's rather unpleasantly killed by a Combine Advisor.]]
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland:''
** A series-wide RunningGag is the well-traveled excuse "Look behind you! A three-headed monkey!" Success is mixed, but notably, Guybrush once tries this on the cannibals on Monkey Island. It doesn't work, but as they lead him to his jail cell, an ''actual'' three-headed monkey follows behind them.
** In episode 2 of ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', Guybrush shouts "Look! A distraction!" to a pair of pirates, one of whom replies with, "Oooh! What's it distracting?"
* In a ''HannahMontana'' game for the Nintendo DS, Oliver is blocking the way somewhere, and you have to choose the right things in a conversation so he'll move. One of the choices is, "Oh, look, a distraction!" [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', there is a point where your party meets Dalton on an icy plain. Your party blocks his fireball, but engages in extreme CutsceneIncompetence when they look behind them, at his request. Cue the party being captured.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', when the group is looking for more information on Largo possibly being Natalia's father, they plan on keeping her out of the loop at the moment, and claim that they're going to Chesedonia to investigate the fake Scorer. When the fake Scorer ([[spoiler:Sync]]) greatly upsets Anise by [[spoiler:reminding her of her responsibility for Ion's death, using Ion's voice]], the party has Natalia accompany Anise around the marketplace. They notice that Anise is somewhat upset at being used as the bait.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonballZBudokaiTenkaichi 3'', Qui's UB attack involves him looking past his opponent and proclaiming, "Ah, Lord Frieza!". When his opponent turns, he unleashes a torrent of energy blasts. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments This works even if he's fighting Frieza.]]
* In the first season of Creator/{{Telltale|Games}}'s ''SamAndMax'', Max is asked by Sam to distract a body guard so Sam can assault the president. One of Max's distractions involve shouting [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "hey, look at Sam!"]]

* Seen in the webcomic ''{{Narbonic}}'' during the "Lovelace Affair" storyline.
--> '''Dave:''' I'm back. Artie, can you explain why we need vegan burritos right ''now''?
* ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'': Played hilariously straight in [[http://eecomics.net/?strip_id=891 this]] strip.
-->'''Bob:''' Look! A distraction!
-->'''Eddie:''' Ooh! Where?! I collect those!
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' strip [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00228.htm #228]] provides the current trope image:
-->'''Florence:''' Helix! Look! It's an obvious distraction!
-->'''Helix:''' Where?! I don't see any obvious distraction.
* ''MacHall''. "Quick, run home! Your mother is on fire!"
* In ''{{Chirault}}'', at one point Astrid sends Teeko to go collect some water from upstream, leaving him and Kiran alone for some interrogation.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': "Hey, is that a demonic duck of some sort?"
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-02-23 nope he's on strike]]
* In GeneralProtectionFault, Fooker, wanting to greet the apparently beautiful woman who comes to his apartment first, tells Chuck that someone is keying his car. He immediately comes to regret it when it turns out to be [[DevilInPlainSight Trudy]].
* [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2011/05/23/0274-last-resort/ "Look!! A talking raccoon!!!"]] yelled by the talking raccoon Woo to distract a hunter in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo''.
* Whenever ''CaptainSNES'' needs to distract someone, the go-to fake-out is, apparently, a three-headed monkey.
* Part of [[EerieCuties Tiffany Winters']] [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/tip_the_odds_in_my_favor extensive monster hunting skills]].
* {{Girly}}: "There's an elephant behind you!" "Wow, there really is an elephant! [[http://girlyyy.com/go/196 And he's busting phat rhymes!"]]
* In ''Webcomic/DemonFist'', Jaws does this while fighting Bon Bardman.
-->'''Jaws:''' What the hell is that?!
-->'''Bon:''' What the hell is what?! ''[turns back to find Jaws gone]'' [[TheDitz Gah! He's a magician!]]

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Used hilariously in ''NarutoTheAbridgedSeries''.
--> '''Haku:''' Um, look over there!
--> '''Kakashi:''' What are you- Oh hey, a tree.
* ''YuYuHakushoAbridged'' uses and possibly subverts this at the same time:
--> '''Yusuke:''' Alright, plan B, look a distraction
--> '''Rando:''' What, where, man, what the hell you talking about, there ain't nothing there.
--> '''Yusuke:''' Really, I could've sworn it was right there, wait a minute I was supposed to do something, run that was it, aw f$%k, I don't suppose you'll fall for that again would you?
* ''TheLegendOfNeil'' has a drunken Neil distract some moblins by pointing behind them and shouting, "I'm disctracting you!". It works.
* Webtoon ''Krentz and The Hand of Shame 3'' has one character simply shout, "Diversion!" to get out of an awkward conversation. It works because as she says that [[FlatWhat an airplane walks by]]. Yes, 'walks'.
* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] has his method of going "Look at the pretty bunny! Look at the pretty bunny!" while waving an adorable rabbit sculpture in front of the camera whenever the logic in the terrible comic he's reviewing falls apart.
* [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Goodness, look at my wrist. I gotta go!]]
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''DragonBallAbridged'', when Goku throws two small energy blasts to distract Freeza so he can attack from behind:
-->'''Freeza''': ''*dodge*'' What? Well, that's just distracting! *dodge* Well, that's just ''annoyingly'' distracting!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons:''
** Reverend Lovejoy once got Ned Flanders to leave by telling him there was an oil stain in the parking lot that looked just like St. Barnabus.
** Bart gets the Red Hot Chili Peppers out of Moe's by telling Moe to look at a wall. Moe does so and isn't sure what it is he is supposed to be seeing, but continues looking regardless. He even charges Homer to do the same.
** Another time:
---> '''Milhouse:''' Hey look its Bart! And he's doing stuff!
---> '''Bart:''' Hey, look at me! [dances around]
---> '''Skinner''' Bart! Stop creating a diversion and get out of here!
** After receiving a hospital bill, Homer shouted about a bear and tried to run away. He didn't go far, given the reason he needed medical help in the first place. [[SubvertedTrope Also, there really was a bear]].
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** Lois gets Brian to leave the room by throwing a ball through the doorway. [[DontExplainTheJoke Brian's a dog.]]
** In "Wasted Talent", in order to win a piano competition, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Lois takes Peter drinking at a teenager's house]]. When the cops catch the two of them:
---> '''Cop:''' Aren't you two a little ''old'' to be underage drinking?
---> '''Peter:''' Uh... uh... Lois! Look over there! ''(to cops)'' Run!
---> ''([[DuckSeasonRabbitSeason Cops run away]])''
* In ''A PinkyAndTheBrain Christmas'', Pinky shouts "Look! A decoy!" to Shotzy the elf.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'', Butt-head unsuccessfully tries to get Beavis off the couch so he can sprawl out on the couch by himself. When Beavis refuses to leave, Butt-head tells him "Hey Beavis, my uncle was over earlier, and he left a 6-foot poop in the toilet, and didn't flush". Beavis goes to check it out, Butt-head sprawls out on the couch.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'':
** In one episode Dib shouts "Hey! Look at that garbage can!". Zim turns, while Dib rams an IncrediblyObviousBug into Zim's computer. The bug then activates a noisy drill to insert itself, [[RuleOfFunny leaving a huge hole]]. Zim: "Yes. It is rather impressive, that can."
** Dib's method of distracting the Pig-thing in "Gaz: Taster of Pork": "Hey! Look! It's something a Pig-thing would like!"
* From ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', "The Lake Nose Monster": "Hey Ferb! It's a Red Herring! I say we follow it and see where it leads us..."
* From ''TheTick'', "The Tick vs. Arthur's Bank Account": "Hi, I'm Arthur, and this is my diversion."
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
-->'''Azula:''' Ahem! Zuko, could I have a word with you?\\
'''Zuko:''' Can't you see we're busy?\\
'''Azula:''' Oh, Mai... Ty Lee needs your help untangling her braid.\\
'''Mai:''' ''(completely deadpan)'' Sounds pretty serious.
** Also lampshaded and parodied in "The Ember Island Players."
--->'''Not!Azula''': "Look Zuko! It's your honor!"
--->'''Not!Zuko''': "WHERE!?"
* On ''JimmyTwoShoes'', Jimmy is about to discover one of [[StalkerWithACrush Heloise's]] Jimmy dolls. In order to distract him, she quickly shouts "Look, a meteor!" It works.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': In "Hitman", Ice King tries this when the unflinching [[TheVoiceless silent]] [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Scorcher]] turns on him.
-->'''Ice King:''' ...Look - a supermodel! ...Look - a hoverboard! ...Look - ''the Apocalypse''! ...[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Someone got]] [[GroinAttack hit in the boingloings.]] ...Hit in the boingloings. Boingloings. Boingloings. Someone got hit in them...
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', Sonic distracts one of Robotnik's more dim-witted robots simply by running up to it and telling it, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CitM__yqJY I'm over there!]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2 "The Crystal Empire, Part 2"]], Applejack is tasked with keeping the crystal ponies' morale high by making sure they don't learn that [[AmplifierArtifact the Crystal Heart]] hasn't actually been found yet. AJ is also [[BadLiar a terrible liar]], so every time somepony asks her about the Crystal Heart, her response is something along the lines of "Hey, look! Food! Look! A jousting match!"
* In ''DrawnTogether'' Clara tells Foxxy that DenzelWashington is out the room so she can stop Wooldor from telling that Clara is keeping him sick. It works. Twice. And the third time Denzel DOES show up. And when he starts telling Foxxy that Clara is keeping Wooldor sick she manages to distract Foxxy by saying that there's another Denzel Washington ''with two penises''.
-->'''Foxxy:''' DOUBLE DONG DENZEL!
* WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}} does this mercilessly in one scene of the episode where Dilbert and the building security guard switch jobs for a day. Apu is dealing Blackjack in the office that night (ItMakesSenseInContext) and on one hand every players except Loud Howard distracts him to look at his hole card.
--> '''Loud Howard''': Look Apu, there's a wall behind you!...What Am I doing wrong?
* The ''VeggieTales'' episode "Lyle the Kindly Viking" features an entire musical number in which Sven and Otar make up increasingly ridiculous things to distract Olaf.
-->Look, Olaf! There's a turtle\\
And he's wearing pink pajamas\\
And he's got a cowboy hat upon his lid!\\
Look, Olaf, very close, and see\\
He's riding on a llama\\
And he's chasing down a herd of giant squid!
* ''TheFairlyOddparents'': Timmy uses this on occasion, on [[SadistTeacher Crocker]] for example ("Look! A child in pain!"). Double-subverted when he tries it on Francis:
--> '''Timmy:''' Uh, look! A rottweiler!
--> '''Francis:''' I'm not falling for that one.
--> '''Timmy:''' You're right. It's just a brick wall.
--> '''Francis:''' [[MundaneObjectAmazement A brick wall! Where?!]]
->[[WesternAnimation/{{Up}} Squirrel]]!