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[[caption-width-right:350:[-What do you get when you cross living fire with a fish?-]]]

->'''Aya:''' By the way, you're also a living human, aren't you? Why do you work in the Netherworld?\\
'''Youmu:''' Me? I've never thought of that. But I'm a dead human, too, so... hmm.
-->-- ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red]]''

StarfishAliens and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are plenty strange, but an Oxymoronic Being's mere existence is self-contradictory, like a tall dwarf or a short giant or a kind [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demon (in the Christian sense)]] or an AnthropomorphicPersonification of nothing. To make one, take any two mutually exclusive characteristics; anything that somehow has both is an Oxymoronic Being.

And no, "[[AcceptablePoliticalTargets honest politician]]" doesn't count.



* Starburst had been running advertisements with people like this for a while; for example, an albino lifeguard or zombies as "living dead". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSFudQ_HOQI One of them]] managed to be ''stunningly'' offensive by having the "contradictory" traits being Korean ancestry and Scottish nationality. It basically amounted to a painful national stereotype going off on a racist tirade against a kid. Strangely, this is one of the most commonly-run of the series of ads.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': Near the end of the Future Trunks Saga, we're met with [[spoiler:Fusion Zamasu]], who is this trope on two levels:
** He's essentially an immortal who is partially mortal, as [[spoiler:one of his components, [[EvilTwin Goku Black]], was mortal whereas the other, Future Zamasu, possessed CompleteImmortality. It's for this reason that his immortality winds up being compromised, and makes him capable of being damaged]].
** He's a fusion, that much is true. But the weird thing is that he's basically the fusion of the ''exact same being''; [[spoiler:Goku Black is a version of Zamasu who stole Goku's body using the Super Dragon Balls.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Kisame's personal amount of [[{{Mana}} chakra]] is great enough to draw comparisons to the [[EnergyBeings Tailed Beasts]], and thus he has been given the oxymoronic nickname "The Tailed Beast Without a Tail".[[note]]This sounds slightly less stupid in Japanese, as there the words for "tail" and "tailed (beast)" are much more different.[[/note]] To make this even more hilarious, in spite of his nickname [[spoiler:when he fuses with Samehada he ''does'' have a tail(fin), though it's possible that those don't "count" as tails in Japanese.]]
* Taken to hilarious extremes with minor ''Manga/OnePiece'' character Señor Pink; he's a disgusting slob who somehow has women fawning over him, is an adult man wearing a baby bonnet and sucking on a pacifier, acts like he doesn't care for his crew mates when his actions and words say otherwise, and has the power of the Swim-Swim Fruit, which lets him swim through solid objects, even though the standard price to pay for eating a Devil Fruit is [[SuperDrowningSkills losing the ability to swim]].
* ''Literature/HalfPrince'': Among the protagonists, Doll is a necrophobic necromancer. That is, a cute little girl who tends to panic at the sight of the very undead she summons.
* ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' is a show about miniature models of giant robots. That's fine. Most of the models exist at the 1/144 scale. Where this gets weird is an episode where a Zaku model appears that dwarfs the rest, being a 1/48 scale model. This machine is part of the Mega Size Model line, but is described as a Giant Zaku...making it a giant miniature model of a giant robot.
* ''Manga/{{Karin}}'' is basically a ''human vampire''; she doesn't drink blood (she injects it into others instead), is unaffected by sunlight and doesn't have any cool powers, but her blood parents are vampires!

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'':
** The [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Anteatereatingant Anteatereatingant]].[[note]]That's supposed to be parsed as "Anteater-eating Ant", [[NoPunctuationPeriod if you were confused]].[[/note]] ... which is translated hilariously (or stupidly) wrong in German, where it's now called "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Anteating Anteater]]".
** The [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Fire_Kraken Fire Kraken]], a Fire element, Aqua type monster. Fire breathing squids seems to be a recurring theme in Japanese media.
** The Chemicritters are similar to Fire Kraken in that their Type/Attribute combinations make little sense; Carbon Crab is a Fire Aqua Type and Oxy Ox is a Wind Beast Type, and Hydro Hawk is a Water Winged Beast Type. (While there are a few of those combinations in the game, most have an ice theme; Hydro Hawk is a bird made of fluid.) The higher-level Chemicritters make more sense, however.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', the [[AbsentMindedProfessor Izzet League's]] Weirds combine two opposing elements into a single creature. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=292731 They also make great pets]]!

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[WordOfGod Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird]] have claimed that they at first came up with the idea of the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' because they wanted to create an absurd satire and thought that "turtle" and "ninja" were pretty oxymoronic. (A turtle is a slow, clumsy creature, not one that suggests a martial artist that relies on stealth.) To their surprise, the concept turned out [[CashCowFranchise far better received]] than they thought it would.
* ComicBook/{{Loki}} is technically a small giant, since he's the son of the Frost Giants' king and is about the same size as an average Asgardian.
* ''Technically'' speaking, ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'s super senses allow him to see as well or better as a person with regular vision. So he's a blind superhero without actually being completely blind.
* The French comic book ''ComicBook/{{Aslak}}'', a Viking-themed heroic fantasy, features fierce warrior Almarik, a [[TheBerserker Berserker]] who's... hemophobic. As in, he faints at the sight of blood.
* ''ComicBook/TheUltimates2015'' points out that Master Chaos, an AnthropomorphicPersonification of chaos, doesn't make a whole lot of sense if he's part of a balanced system with his counterpart, Lord Order, and is therefore inherently weaker than his brother.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* One ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' series had [[BumblingDad Roger]] purchase a mobile phone that isn't "mobile" in any sense of the word: it's about three feet tall, weighs a metaphorical ton thanks to its solid steel construction, and it ''has'' to be plugged into a wall socket for power[[note]]Or if you're on the go, you can use the ten built-in cigarette lighter adapters...[[/note]].

* ''Literature/DragonBones'' has Oreg, who is a solid ghost. He can vanish and materialize himself elsewhere and all that, but when someone touches him feels solid like a normal human being.[[spoiler: And he isn't entirely dead, either. It's very complicated.]]
* ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'':
** Milo meets an average-looking man who claims to be "the smallest giant in the world", who lives next door to "the tallest midget in the world", the thinnest fat man and the fattest skinny guy. [[spoiler:They're all the same guy.]]
** There's also Canby, warden of the Island of Conclusions ([[{{Pun}} you get there by jumping]]), who among other things is smart as can be and stupid as can be.
** The triple demons of Compromise are described as "one fat, one thin, and a third exactly like the other two." (The illustrations show it as fat in part of its body and skinny in another part.)
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Due to his being adopted, Captain Carrot Ironfoundersson is a dwarf who stands at 6 feet 3 inches in his socks. The ''other'' dwarfs accept him as one of them because he is devoutly observant of their traditions and even tries to teach his girlfriend to speak Dwarfish. He's just a ''tall'' dwarf.
** Bloody Stupid Johnson can create circles where "the pi is exactly 3". Pi (the ratio of diameter to circumference) is, by definition, ''always'' 3.14159265358979323846264338 and a bit. The only way to make this possible is to imagine a circle being drawn in a non-euclidean 2D world. Even in a non-Euclidean world, pi stays the same. The ratio of circumference and diameter of circle is not fixed in non-Euclidean geometry, but it converges to pi (with its regular value) for small radius. His architecture is very weird as a result.
** There are also occasional mentions in the Discworld of mystics who can see "four-sided triangles" when they meditate.
* There's one story in an obscure German children's book about the inventor Scheibenkork who invented among other things the sphere with five vertices.
* In ''Literature/WitchWeek'', a novel by Creator/DianaWynneJones, [[{{Jerkass}} Simon]] unintentionally turns himself into one while under a "Simon Says" spell that [[LiteralGenie makes everything he says true]]. He first claims that he doesn't know anything, then mindlessly repeats a teacher who says he's not that much of a fool, resulting in him being both stupid and clever at the same time.
* In ''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin'', Shem in the first book is a tiny person (even shorter than child Merlin) who claims he is a giant. This is confirmed when [[spoiler:Shem sacrifices himself to destroy the Cauldron of Death to save Merlin. He immediately comes back to life and starts getting bigger and bigger... It turns out he ''was'' born to giants, but apparently had dwarfism.]]
* Saint Bernard opens up the final canto of ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' by referring to Mary as the "Virgin Mother, daughter of your Son." The theological strangeness of Mary has never been so concisely put as in this opening prayer by her greatest devotee.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* The mythical hippogriff is half-horse, half-griffin. However, since griffins hate horses and attack them on sight, it's hard to imagine how this could happen. That was the point, originally. The Roman poet Virgil referred to the birth of hippogriffs alongside several other metaphors for things that couldn't happen in real life, in a "the lion shall lie down with the lamb" sort of sense.
* TheUndead, in all of their various forms. Despite the fact that they are dead and shouldn't be able to do anything but rot in their graves, they somehow can still interact with the living. This contradictory nature is also what makes them such formidable foes. Not even death itself could stop them. What makes you think the heroes can? Undead that heal themselves quickly or even regenerate (common in video games and [=RPGs=]) make even less sense. How exactly can something that's dead heal? Then you start wondering how they can eat (do their digestive tracts even work?) see, hear, and all of a sudden the whole concept makes no sense at all.
* In Myth/NorseMythology: Alviss, a 5'9" giant. A giant ''dwarf''.
* The "Doctrine of the Trinity" in Christianity states that God is one person, and yet also three persons simultaneously. No-one's entirely certain just how that works; that's why it's called a divine mystery. Also, in many interpretations, Jesus was both God and man, and therefore both mortal and immortal (and, in fairness, he did [[BackFromTheDead both die and survive]], when you think about it). To be fair though, humans in Christianity are immortal by soul and death is separation of body and soul, not destruction. so the mortal/immortal distinction is a bit hard to apply here.
** Similarly, in the Yoruba mythology, the supreme god is composed of three separate entities (Olodumare, Olorun and Olofi) who despite having separate roles are considered the same being. Further adding to the confusion is that unlike Jesus, it/they aren't given any sort of personification, as beyond their roles and names the three supreme being aspects are considered "unknowable" and are properly referred to as an "it" with no gender pronouns, as it is considered the "all-encompassing" aspect of existence.
* In medieval heraldry, there are many imaginary beasts composed by mixing up two unlikely animals. This is possibly based on the concept of splitting a shield down the middle and having half of each noble family's device on each half of the shield.
* The common ParodyReligion known as the "Invisible Pink Unicorn": If it's always invisible, how do you know it's pink? (It's a combination of reason and faith: we know that she is invisible because we can't see her, but we believe that she is pink.)
* Also the Invisible RedStringOfFate, which is one of the things the Invisible Pink Unicorn references.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' setting has enormous hamsters living between the worlds, appropriately known as giant space hamsters. There's also a lesser-known tiny variety, the miniature giant space hamster, which for most intents and purposes is merely a hamster. (They're best known for appearing in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', in which one character has one as a pet. Well, maybe. He's not exactly ''sane'' enough to be a reliable source on that.)
** Another example is the Xeg-Yi, mentioned in the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' campaign and a few other sources. It is native to the Negative Energy Plane, which is a plane of, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin negative energy]], something associated with death. Most inhabitants of the plane are undead, but the Xeg-Yi is a living creature. A living creature that is composed of negative energy. Even one sourcebook where its official stats are detailed mentions how contradictory its existence sounds. (In fact, its counterpart, the Xag-Ya, which is native to the Positive Material Plane, doesn't make much sense either. A living being shouldn't be able to have much individuality in a place that is life incarnate.)
** From 3rd edition onward, "Giant" is a creature type, which is independent from size. Although most giants are at least of Large size, it is perfectly possible to have medium-sized giants (notably, half-giants or forest trolls).
** Third edition also mechanized [[MadeOfEvil Made of Evil]]/[[MadeOfGood Good]]/Law/Chaos by making it a creature subtype. ''Just'' ascending/falling (rare but possible and given examples on both sides) doesn't remove the subtype despite your alignment now being opposite of whatever it is, and the subtype makes you count as that alignment for many effects, with the result that [[FallenAngel fallen celestials]] and [[AscendedDemon ascended fiends]] metaphysically are and detect as both good ''and'' evil (fortunately for both, there are rituals to go full celestial/fiend and switch the subtype, and just sticking it out for long enough is implied by some devil backstories to be enough too).
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the Yozi Oramus is the embodiment of paradox. Cytherea is the first of the Primordials to awaken, yet when she did, Oramus basically said, "What took you so long? I thought you'd never wake up."
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'''s [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness 1st edition]] features one of the most oxymoronic of beings: [[http://whfb.lexicanum.com/wiki/Necoho Necoho]], the Chaos God... of ''Atheism''. Who gets less powerful the more followers he has.

* Action Masters are Franchise/{{Transformers}} who are unable to transform after consuming Nucleon. Then there are Action Master Elites, who can still transform. Making them Transformers that can't transform ''which can transform.''
-->'''Wiki/TFWikiDotNet:''' There's something not quite right about any of that.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The [[HeadlessHorseman Horseless Headless Horsemann]] (sic) in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** Youmu Konpaku. She is [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human]] and half-ghost (which as a form of [[TheUndead undead]] are themselves oxymoronic), with her ghost half existing as a normally formless white cloud separate from her physical body. How it's possible to be half-human and half-ghost, even in the bizarre world of Gensokyou where you can't let yourself be held back by common sense, is never explained. [[VoodooShark Apparently it's genetic]], as her grandfather Youki Konpaku is the same way. As a kicker, she's also afraid of ghosts.
** Koishi Komeiji, [[BonusBoss extra stage boss]] of ''Subterranean Animism''. Like her sister, she is a satori, a youkai species that [[PowerIncontinence constantly]] [[{{Telepathy}} reads the minds]] of everyone around them [[MindOverManners out loud]], leading to them being [[FantasticRacism the most despised youkai species]] in the setting. Koishi got around this prejudice by giving herself a PokeInTheThirdEye (located on her [[EyesDoNotBelongThere external heart]]) which had the unforeseen side-effect of [[EmptyShell sealing off her heart and mind]], leaving her to operate solely via her subconscious. The result is [[BrokenAngel a mind-reader that cannot read minds; not even her own.]] In ''Symposium of Post-Mysticism'', Buddhist monk Byakuren Hijiri describes her state as being close to Enlightenment and expresses a strong desire to meet her and recruit her to her temple.
** Hata no Kokoro's [[BossSubtitles title]] is "The Expressive [[FrozenFace Poker Face]]". She does this by wearing a set of masks representing emotions (which, incidentally, are all her, since she is a tsukumogami). [[{{Foil}} This is possibly the reason why Koishi was made a playable character in the game that introduced her]].
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' features Forgotten Beasts, creatures created by primordial chaos. In-game, they're created by randomly mixing any animals, materials, limbs, and strange attacks. Sometimes this can result in paradoxial creatures, the most famous being the "Six-Legged quadruped[[note]]This means it has [[VertebrateWithExtraLimbs six legs but a quadruped's body structure]][[/note]]."
* The backstory of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' reveals that [[spoiler:''humans'']] are oxymoronic beings since they are heavily implied to be corrupted Vrykul (Viking-like beings who are an offshoot of giants). In other words [[spoiler:humans are miniature giants.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' features goliaths, a kind of GiantMook, and midget enemies, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. You will eventually encounter midget goliaths. And, depending on what you do, you could well get your ass handed to you by a Giant Midget of Death.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' series have a few:
** Ferroseed and Ferrothorn are [[GreenThumb Grass]]/[[ExtraOreDinary Steel]] types. [[ElementalRivalry Plants are organic while metal armour generally isn't]], especially among plants.
** Durant has a bug/steel typing. This presents the same problem as Ferrothorn, but you could probably hand wave it as exoskeleton. What you can't ignore however, is that it evolved its steel shell to protect itself from its long-time rival [[PlayingWithFire Heatmor]]. Both bug and steel types are weak to fire.
** Mawile, Klefki, and Magearna are Steel/[[OurFairiesAreDifferent Fairy]] types. Fairy types are [[ColdIron weak to steel]], but these three are ''made'' of it.
** The Dark-Type has long been thought to be the polar opposite of the Psychic-Type, being immune to Psychic attacks with Dark attacks being Super Effective against Psychic Pokémon. Behold [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Inkay_(Pok%C3%A9mon) Inkay]] (and it's evolved form, [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Malamar_(Pok%C3%A9mon) Malamar]]), the first Psychic/Dark hybrid, introduced in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY X and Y]]''. (Of course, this little guy seems to be all about opposites, called the Revolving Pokémon, with an ability called Contrary (moves that lower its stats increase it instead, and vice versa), and attacks with names like Topsy-Turvy and Switcheroo. The craziest part? [[spoiler:In order for it to evolve when it reaches the right level, you have to hold the Nintendo 3DS upside-down.]]
** Stunfisk is also this, being Electric/Ground.
** There is a glitch Pokémon referred to in the community as [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/----- "Invisible Shiny Bulbasaur"]]. Similar to the Invisible Pink Unicorn above, how can you know that it's shiny if it's invisible? (the answer is that the space where it ought to be sparkles when it first appears!)
** Gligar, Gliscor and both forms of Landorus are Ground/Flying.
** Mega Altaria is Dragon/Fairy. The two types are considered to be the opposite of each other, with Fairy being super effective against Dragon and immune to it. Humorously, this also gives Mega Altaria a double type advantage against other Dragon-types, as Dragon-type moves are ''[[TakesOneToKillOne also]]'' super effective against Dragon.
** Chinchou, and Lanturn are Electric/Water type. Despite their types are opposite to each other, electric fish are not [[JustForPun Farfetch'd]].
** Wooper and Quagsire are Water/Ground type.
** Volcanion is Fire/Water.
** And Volcarona is Bug/Fire.
* In ''Videogame/DiscworldII'', a poster outside the cinema advertises ''[[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Attack of the 50-Foot Dwarf]]''.
* One type of armor in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is [[http://fallout.gamepedia.com/NCR_salvaged_power_armor NCR salvaged power armor.]] The servo-motors that make it easier to move are gone, thus making it PoweredArmor that isn't powered by anything. Attacks that normally do extra damage to power armor don't do so against salvaged power armor and it doesn't require Power Armor Training to use, but it doesn't boost your strength either.
* After adjectives were introduced to ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'', you can summon them. Want to summon a Tiny Giant? A Pacific Terrorist? A Gentle Demon? A Vegetarian Cannibal? A Genius Dunce? An Aquaphobic Fish? [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu A friendly Cthulhu?]] It's all possible.
* In ''Videogame/BaldursGate'', Minsc has a pet hamster named Boo whom he claims is a Miniature Giant Space Hamster. The strange thing is, this ''isn't'' impossible. Giant Space Hamsters do exist in ''Dungeons & Dragons'' (albeit in ''Spelljammer'' which also has things like civilized Illithids), and some of them are miniaturized. It's still more likely that this is just another sign of Minsc's mental instability due to taking one too many blows to the head.
* Ryoji and Teddie from ''Videogame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''Videogame/{{Persona 4}}''. [[spoiler: Shadows]] are described as [[TheHeartless the subconscious opposite of human conscious]] in the games and various official materials, yet Ryoji and Teddie somehow manage to be [[spoiler: Shadows]] with a human heart.
** In ''Videogame/Persona5'', Morgana swears that he's human and fights to "regain his human form" and his memories to go with it - but he keeps having dreams that imply that he's a shadow of some kind, similar to the above. In the end, it turns out that [[spoiler:he isn't a shadow, but he isn't human either - he is the embodiment of hope that was somehow given a human-like heart and has a nature that is similar to, but not the same as, a shadow.]]
* In ''Videogame/GodOfWarPS4'', it's mentioned at one point that not all of the Giants are ''actually'' gigantic in size. [[spoiler:Atreus aka Loki for example is the same size as any other little boy despite being half-Giant on his mother's side.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/AkaiIto'': [[TheLoad Hatou Kei.]] [[spoiler:In one of the MultipleEndings, she become a sort-of vampire due to being given EmergencyTransformation by Sakuya to save her after being gutted in the stomach by the BigBad Nushi. Keep in mind that Kei's blood has the SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious attribute, making her a vampire with her own being as blood source. Even she doesn't know ''what'' she is, only that she's no longer human. Then she TookALevelInBadass and started un-living as a DemonSlayer, making her a once-prey that is now hunting her predators]]. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Whew!]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'':
** Handi-man is a quadraplegic superhero with the power to move like an able-bodied person.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/nothing One strip]] shows the Nothingverse, an alternate universe where it is impossible for anything to exist. This did not prevent sentient life forms from emerging there.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0355.html This exchange:]]
-->'''Police Chief:''' So, the giant bear is...\\
'''Julia:''' Evil.\\
'''Police Chief:''' And the giant dwarf is...\\
'''Julia:''' An oxymoron.
* One guy seen in ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'' has a wide range of extremely potent powers, which he only loses in proximity to space rocks. Earth is a giant space rock.
* ''Webcomic/RoguesOfClwydRhan'' features a Christian fairy. That is, a member of TheFairFolk -- very much associated with paganism, including in-universe, and rather resentful for the encroachment of the new faith -- who converted to Christianism.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s [[spoiler: [=GCATavrosprite=]]] is 50% cat, 50% allergic to cats.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* According to Website/ChuckNorrisFacts, Chuck Norris holds every record in the Guinness Book of World Records, which means, among other things, he's a planet, a pizza, a spider, and a distance.
* ''WebVideo/JourneyQuest'' features Carrow, {{the Undead}} Cleric... of an undead-hating god. (Not his fault, it was a botched resurrection spell.) Notably, he has to be careful when using his TurnUndead power, lest he'd turn himself....
* ''WebVideo/SteamTrain'' gives us [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2TV-uY6Un0 Dinkles]], who's both a HollywoodNerd '''and''' a JerkJock.
* A very short sketch from ''WebAnimation/{{asdfmovie}}'' stars two apparently normal men, one of whom then claims to be a "very tall midget".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** The spider-fly, [[TooDumbToLive which commonly gets caught in its own web.]] Noted in the [[DVDCommentary creator commentary]] as "the most paradoxical animal in the world of Avatar."
** There is also the two-headed rat viper. This is used by the Air Benders as an analogy of consequences of anger: "Revenge is like a Two-Headed Rat Viper; while you watch your enemy go down, you are poisoned yourself."
** When Sokka gives Toph a piece of the meteorite [[ThunderboltIron he used to make his sword]] he calls it "space earth", prompting Katara to question how there could be such a thing.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Man-eating anteaters.
** Leela mentions returning from a vacation at [[SpaceX Space Earth]] once.
** Subverted by [[GeneralFailure Zapp's]] "manned unmanned drones". They're remote-controlled drones [[ComicallyMissingThePoint that have soldiers on them anyway "just for show"]].
* The ''Franchise/LooneyTunes'' short ''The Hole Idea'' has protagonist Calvin Q. Calculus [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome apparently]] figure out how to create a round square.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' had a spoof of AttackOfThe50FootWhatever movies called ''Attack of the Giant Midget''. Said giant midget was about 6'5"... which is pretty tall, for a midget.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' has military characters with {{Punny Name}}s that are usually oxymorons: General Specific, Private Public, Major Minor (who is a baby) and Corporal Ethereal (a hippy).
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has the Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka.
* One villain from ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'', Paradoxter, enjoys things that are perfect paradoxes, such as sweet-and-sour sauce. His henchmen are jumbo shrimp (as in, man-sized), and in one episode he created animixes by [[MixAndMatchCritters splicing together two different animals]], such as a sheep and wolf. One of his henchshrimp points out that he should call himself Oxymoron, since he's a Man-Ox, but Paradoxter does not appreciate this input.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' June met a giant ("You know, a giant," he said, "as in fee, fi, foe, fum?") who was only three feet tall. June got a laugh out of it at first, but it [[DudeNotFunny really wasn't funny]] to the poor guy; his condition had caused him to be the subject of ridicule all his life by the other giants. (June tried to make a growing potion for him, but suffice to say, things went a little haywire.)
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' gives us the episode "Dark Heart", which features ComicBook/TheAtom versus a giant {{nanomachine|s}}.
--> '''Atom:''' He's bigger than my car now, Katie. Personally, I blame you.
* In one episode ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart and Lisa are watching [[ShowWithinAShow a new [=McBain=] movie]] where the action heroes' latest foes are "CommieNazis". This would suggest a combination of Communism and Fascism, which are actually on completely opposite sides of the political spectrum. (Of course, the [=McBain=] movies tend to push the boundaries of belief even more than usual for the show as a whole.)
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa''; he's both the uncle and grandpa of everyone on Earth.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' had amongst Captain Hero's RoguesGallery The Gigaintic Midget. He looked just like a normal guy wearing small clothes.
--> '''Gigantic Midget:''' You've never faced a midget as big as me!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'' features Dr. Entmann, who suffered from Gigantism and fought alongside the original Team Venture as "Humongoloid". But because RealityEnsues, he had severe health problems due to his condition, and Dr. Venture tried to shrink him down to normal proportions. It was too successful, and he wound up insect-sized. He is now a minuscule giant.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'' combines this with HoistByHisOwnPetard; Calythos absorbs ComicBook/MartianManhunter's abilities, including the latter's weakness to fire. Problem is, Calythos is [[ManOfKryptonite made of fire]], so the fight ends pretty quickly from there.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'': In one of his many attempts to understand it, Ben pulls off the Omnitix's faceplate, causing it to glitch out and combine his alien forms whenever he transforms. The final hybrid transformation is one between Heatblast (living magma) and Ripjaws (a fish). Needless to say, the Heatblast part dries out the Ripjaws part, and going underwater to let the Ripjaws part breathe extinguishes the Heatblast part. Even so, Ben somehow managed to balance the hybrid form and save the day anyway.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', every type of Gem [[EveryoneHasASpecialMove has a power unique to that type]]. When Gems are born with defects of some sort (Off-Colors), this trope is usually the result; for instance, Sapphires have the power of predicting events, but Padparadscha's defect causes her to only be able to [[CaptainObvious predict things that already happened]].

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* Referenced by ''Music/TheyMightBeGiants'' -- when an interviewer called them "the biggest indie act in the world", they said it was like being "the world's tallest midget".
* A quantum computer could be considered oxymoronic: quantum phenomena can only occur when a subatomic particle is not observed, however [[CaptainObvious not only is a computer not a subatomic particle]], its programs must be observed, as the whole purpose of a computer is to ''[[ShapedLikeItself compute]]'' things. This is one reason why quantum computers have proved so difficult to design.
* [[http://allisoncscientist5.blogspot.com/2008/02/no-eyed-big-eyed-spider-adelocosa-anops.html The No-Eyed Big-Eyed Spider]]. [[note]]So named because it's an eyeless species of the Big-Eyed Spider family.[[/note]]
* Similar to the No-Eyed Big-Eyed Spider, a contradictory name can happen when you have to describe an animal whose common name has a color in it but which is actually a different color because of a mutation. For example, if you saw the description "red green iguana" you might stop and wonder what color it really is, or if perhaps it's both. It's predominantly red, but it's still a Green Iguana, i.e. ''Iguana iguana''. This problem is perhaps most well known with the "gray" wolf, which can be pure black or pure white without any traces of gray. Also a problem with the "red" fox, which can be other colors such as black and silver.
* In the world of music, an "indie label" is this. Going by the original definition of the term, an artist isn't actually indie unless they ''don't have'' a record label (meaning that they produce and distribute all of their music by themselves). The definition of "indie" started to get a bit fuzzy after several pop artists in the indie scene developed a distinct, recognizable sound, and said sound became popular enough that several record labels started working to capitalize on it.
* The word "sophomoric", derived from sophomore, may be considered an oxymoron in Greek; it derives from the Greek words "sophos", wise, and "moros", stupid, (from which we get the word moron). A sophomoric person may be defined as [[KnowNothingKnowItAll conceited and overconfindent of knowledge, but poorly informed and immature.]] [[note]] The concept may be described by Film/TheThreeStooges whenever one of them (usually Moe) says "Oh, a wise guy, huh?" in response to another's smart-alecky attempt at "wisecracking" a pun.[[/note]]
* An EverythingIsBigInTexas joke goes "A Texan is someone who can't decide whether his state has the biggest or the smallest midgets in the world".