His and Hers
When a matching pair of something, usually bath towels, are labeled 'His' and 'Hers' in order to signify a couple living together. Mostly a Discredited Trope these days, and is almost never played straight. Parody can come either in the labeling of the objects (for example, "Its" instead of "His" or "Hers"), or in the object itself (say, a military family with His and Hers rifles).
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- Played straight in Little House with an Orange Roof, as the two families who are forced to share one house both brought all their own furniture...and labeled it.
- This page shows a series of comics that played with this concept for laughs.
- A comic by Peter Bagge used "hers and its" (the guy was a big dork - however, the girl was an even bigger dork).
- Apparently played straight in Superman, where Lois and Clark have a "His and Hers" towel rail. But only for contrast with Bizarro's bathroom, which has a rail labeled "YOUЯS".
- Parodied in Fatal Instinct. Laura Lincolnberry is married to a spousal abuser: This is made clear when we see three towels in their bathroom, labeled "His", "His" and "His".
- In The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert: upon learning that Tick is married, Adam says that he "would have bought you a lovely matching set of hers and hers bath mats."
- In The Parent Trap, Hallie-as-Annie complains to her mom about the twins being "his and hers kids", as if they were a set of matched towels: "That just sucks!" Mom agrees totally.
- Dave Barry mentions several items that you spent money on and now regret, like whiskey, children, and His & Hers jetskis.
- Played with on Friends. Ross buys Carol and Susan a matching set of "Hers and Hers" towels. They're identical, as a joke.
- Some of the Zonks on Let's Make a Deal, especially bathtubs and junked cars.
- Played with on "The Man Show" in the episode where Adam and Jimmy visit Snoop Dogg's crib. While giving them the grand tour, Snoop shows them the bathroom. On a towel rack is one large towel marked "His" and several smaller towels labeled "Hos." This prompts a question from Jimmy, "How many 'hos' should a 'his' have?"
- On Batman, both Batman and Robin have their own specially-labelled fireman's poles to descend to the Batcave. Yes, there is a lot of Homoerotic Subtext.
- However, it's worth noting that they go down the poles as Bruce and Dick and enter the Batcave as Batman and Robin, so presumably they're individualised to assist the costume change on the way down.
- Game Shows: Dozens of game shows have offered "his and hers" prizes, although said prizes were very rarely if ever specifically labeled that way. Said prizes ranged from watches and luggage to cars. Sometimes, it was clear which was intended for the man and which for the woman (such as watches, by the size of the wristband), but just as often it was two of the same thing with the only difference, if any, being color.
- Even in the latter case, if two cars were the prize/part of the prize package and they were not an identical make and model, it was often the sporty-type car that was intended for the man and the more sedate "family" model for the woman.
- Pulp's fourth studio album, "His 'n' Hers", is named in reference to this phenomenon.
- Mentioned in Victoria Wood's Political Correctness Gone Mad song: "If you're buying him a present/'his' and 'hers' things can be pleasant/but don't bother wrapping 'hers'.
- "Piggy Bank Love" by The Bonzo Dog Band:
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- Girl Genius, with operating tables.
- A pair of Orcs in Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic did it with their swords.
- This poster.
- In one Bugs Bunny cartoon, he has a pair of towels labeled "His" and "Hares".
- In one episode of The Powerpuff Girls, Mojo Jojo has only one towel, labeled "Mine".
- In the Recess episode where Gus is introduced, everyone is just calling him "new kid". He feels so disturbed by this that he even sees his family towels' as "His", "Hers" and "New Kid's".
- In Real Life, numerous companies still do make "His and Hers" lines of products, including everything from bath towels, bath robes, and pillows, to certain types of lubricant.
- ThinkGeek has a chromosomal variant of the towels.
- The basis of an awful joke, a snake charmer and an undertaker get married, their towels are marked 'Hiss' and 'Hearse'.
- Restrooms in some businesses – usually taverns – are labeled "his" and "hers," in lieu of the usual "men" and "women."