Other guy: It definitely has a lot of qualities. A real conversation starter! [...] By sharing this with me, you are truly making a statement. Chad: You seem to be saying things that sound positive, but when taken literally are just statements of fact.
In Zero no Tsukaima, the principal of the magic academy lays down some praise for Louise, Kirche, and Tabitha after they capture Fouquet. He praises Kirche and Tabitha on their magic abilities. Louise receives praise for coming from a noble family that has created very capable mages. Combine that with the fact that every mage at the academy comes from a noble family of mages, it's kind of obvious that she does.
In Honey and Clover, Yamada's fanclub instantly jumps at the opportunity to eat a meal she prepared. Little do they know, she's a Lethal Chef, forcing them to describe the meal with words that could be used to describe something either truly magnificent or utterly catastrophic.
In The Pink Panther series, Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) is called on to make a speech praising Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers). With everything neutral (there was no one else like him) he says, he bursts out laughing, while others believe he has lost control of his emotions and is crying. Once at the funeral of the supposedly dead Clouseau, and once when programming the computer which will find the missing Clouseau.
Kung Pow! Enter the Fist: "Behold the symbols. One, over here. The other, over there." That's all the explanation they get.
In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, the narration describes WayForward Technologies as being the only British software company that can be mentioned in the same sentence as American companies like Microsoft or Lotus. It then goes on to note that the sentence would probably start something like "WayForward Technologies, unlike such major U.S. companies as Microsoft or Lotus..."
One edition of the book advertised itself on the cover as being "Shorter than War and Peace!"
Winchester: Hunnicutt, I've known many people in my life. You are not among them.
In one episode of Frasier, the eponymous character is writing a foreword for a book that he didn't like, and desperately reaching for something positive to say. Eventually, he writes that the book can "stand on the shelf next to" many great books of psychiatry.
3rd Rock from the Sun. Dick has to write a eulogy for a very unpleasant man he barely knew. After a few tries that used Gallows Humor, he eventually went with describing matter turning to energy at light speed as a poetic metaphor for the moment of death. Most of the humans, including his girlfriend Mary, loved it; his alien family laughed over how trite it was (apparently it's an overused cliché by galactic standards).
Dick:How can we honor the memory of a man like Leonard Hanlin? Like all men, he was governed by the laws of physics. It is a scientific fact that hearts and clocks slow down as they approach the speed of light. Dr. Hanlin's heart reached that speed at 7:35 pm last night, according to the coroner, transforming his matter into energy, into pure white light. Though he is no longer with us, he is all around us.
On Muppets Tonight, the host would always open with a self-deprecating comment about the show. In one episode, he said, "Muppets Tonight: the show critics everywhere are calling... Muppets Tonight."
[Confession Cam shot] Ron: I refuse to lather Marlene up, kiss her ring like everybody else. Instead, I’ll be delivering a speech of facts. [cut to Ron behind the podium] Ron: Marlene is a woman. She has worked in the government for three decades. Thirty years. Properly applied, that's how long a good varnish should last. So Marlene... it is true that you have won this award.
In Good Luck Charlie, Bob says that the grandpa has great qualities, when he is asked to name one, he just says that he expells Carbon Dioxide, Plants need it.
In an episode of Complete Savages, Nick reassures his sons: he has always wanted his five kids, smart, cute, cool, athletic and, er... and Kyle!
It's a Running Gag in Veronica Mars that when anyone asks a Neptune resident if they know a good lawyer, the response is always, "I know a lawyer."
"The audience applauded. More than tolerable. Not as long as some musicals."
A slightly darker usage in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in which the gang are investigating a girl who's been turned invisible by the Hellmouth after being treated as invisible. They read her yearbook which is filled with the phrase: "have a good summer", the thing you write when you have absolutely nothing to write. Buffy points out that even Willow contributed.
Willow: "Have a great summer. See, I cared."
In Mystery Science Theater 3000's presentation of Horrors of Spider Island, one host segment reveals Crow as to having a newspaper column that reports on such things as "Shoelaces are handy, even necessary, for many of today's shoe styles" and "television shows aired last night".
On Cheers, Sam's friend, sportscaster Dave Richards, stops by the bar, and Norm excitedly asks him to repeat his closing remark from his report the night before. Dave says, "Oh, I said, uh, 'Good night, and remember: the world is full of winners and losers. Here's hoping you're one of them.'" Norm, a little deflated, says, "Well, I guess I did hear it right."
MAD did a feature called "Exciting but Meaningless Movie Studio Blurbs◊" (in issue #292), which contained such examples: "You'll laugh until you stop!" and "The Film that Received Many Reviews FROM TODAY'S TOP CRITICS!" Also from MAD: "Every once in a while a magazine comes along. This is such a magazine!"
Jeremy: Well I have seen a lot of movies in my day, and this is certainly one of them.
Reiner: I really appreciated how the film... managed to fill my entire TV screen. It worked in my DVD player.
Jeremy: Yes, it worked in mine, too. I really liked that about the movie. I also liked that it didn't steal my lunch money or abduct my cat.
Calibretto 13's (unreleased) third album: Making the World a Place.
This press release: "Critics unilaterally concur: Delicate Steve is a band who creates music."
In a Garfieldstrip, Jon says: "Odie, you're such a good boy! And Garfield, you're such a... such a... cat."
In Saturday Night Fry, Stephen Fry says (of the theme song) "You know, the more I get to hear that tune, the better I get to know it." (This trope is clearly a favourite of his - he once wrote in chess magazine Kingpin "If more people read this magazine, it would have a higher circulation").
Steve Leveille, the former overnight host on WBZ-AM in Boston, describes himself as "One Of America's Broadcasters" on his personal website. (His entire sense of humor tends to lean in roughly this direction.)
"This is WJZ, New York. No other station can make that statement." The call letters having been reassigned to a Baltimore station, no station can now make that statement.
Says You is fond of closing with "More radios are tuned to this program than any other...appliance." Less applicable now that you can listen to it streaming on your computer, though.
In the play of Beauty and the Beast, Lumiere prompts the Beast to "say something" about Belle's new dress. The Beast addresses Belle quite gracefully and informs that the dress is blue. Cue the Beast being dragged aside for the clarification of something complimentary.
Lano and Woodley used this in their stage show The Island, saying that "Of all the cities we've toured, [Insert City Here] is definitely one of them."
One popular closing joke on the Jungle Cruise is: "Of all the crews I have ever had while working the Jungle Cruise, you have been, by far, the most... recent."
Similarly, "Of all the crews I have ever had while working the Jungle Cruise, you are definitely one of them."
In the third Ratchet & Clank game, Ratchet does this in his eulogy to Captain Qwark.
In Professor Layton and the Curious Village, a minigame revolves around distributing decorative items between Layton and Luke depending on who prefers which. Each character provides a quote for each item which provides an indication of how much they would appreciate it, some of which come under this.
Luke: Yep. That's a globe all right. No two ways about it.
Gabe: The hall was full- and I mean full- of breathable air. Everyone was breathing like crazy.
Wondermark#972. An unnamed man is shown an old children's toy and snarks that "it has a lot of qualities. [...] Playing with this is such a unique experience!" The other guy hangs a lampshade on this trope, and the snarker answers, "If you don't think I like this, Chad, I just don't know how to convince you!"
Thisxkcd explains that "contains a clinically-studied ingredient" is a trivially obvious statement on par with "this movie was watched by Roger Ebert".
"And now, amazingly, someone went back to the vaults and reinserted forty minutes of deleted footage. The result is an "expanded video edition" of The Swarm that clocks (aside from the audience) an impressive, and horrifying, two and a half hours (!). To be fair, though, the added running time does make the movie more, uhm, longer."
Dr. Winston O'Boogie: Well, of all the scenes in this movie, I can definitely say that was one of them.
His description of the pilot for the 2009 remake of V: "Of all the new shows that debuted last fall, ABC's V was, without a doubt, one of them.
Futurama: As That Guy dies horribly of bone-itis, his last words are, "My only regret is that I have... bone-itis."
Additionally, Bender telling Fry "Of all the friends I've had, you're the first."note Considering Bender's reaction to Fry genuinely wanting to be his friend, this may well have been intended as sweet. On the other hand, it's Bender.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force: When Carl is trying to convince Meatwad to take him to the Super Bowl. From Meatwad's reaction this might be the nicest thing anyone has ever said to him.
Look, Meatball. Ever since my son was... never conceived because I've never had consensual sex without money involved, I've always kind of looked at you as a... thing, that I could live next to... in accordance with state law.
On Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Ben lists some possible career paths for himself. When he mentions bartending, his father says, "Out of all the ones you've mentioned so far, that was the third."
In "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield", as Marge Simpson tells her family to Be Themselves at the country club:
Marge: Homer, I like your in-your-face humanity. I like the way Lisa speaks her mind. I like Bart's ... I like Bart.
Similarly, in "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish", when Homer thinks he's dying, he looks in on his kids while they're asleep.
Homer: Goodbye, Maggie. Stay as sweet as you are. Goodbye, Lisa. I know you'll make me proud. Goodbye, Bart. (Beat) I like your sheets.
Similar to Seanbaby's Super Friends observations, in "Whiners Can Be Losers" Luthor noted "Cheetah, you have razor-sharp claws! Brainiac, your mind games are deadly! Scarecrow, you're...YOU'RE MADE OF STRAW!!"
In the Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures episode "The Berry Best You Can Bee," Lemon Meringue calls on Strawberry to help her fix a client's (unknowingly) botched hairstyle. To keep the other girl unaware that her style isn't going as planned, Strawberry simply comments, "That's a hairstyle, all right," as she surveys the damage.
In a later episode, Van Driesen is holding a mock graduation to boost the student's self esteem. When Butt-head comes up to gets his, he tells him "Butt-head, you have many...qualities." With Beavis he just says "Here's your diploma."
On Daria, the title character shows her parents her school picture, which depicts her looking as dour and unsmiling as usual. Her father comments "Wow, that's...sharp focus!"
In one of the tie-in books Mack and Kevin are supposed to write speeches praising the other, and Mack is clearly struggling.
The Olympian efforts of these two great athletes made Super Bowl XXX the most exciting game in decades. Kevin...saw the game.
Family Guy: A commercial for the ball-in-a-cup toy is basically one long description of a ball-in-a-cup toy.
In another episode, Peter is eating a knock-off of Frosted Flakes, and the mascot Terry the Tiger says the slogan "They're food!"
UK publication Private Eye has a regular feature called Colemanballs which chronicle notable gaffes from sports commentators, some of which fall under this trope (due to their low brain-to-mouth reaction time). A few examples:
"Both sides have scored a couple of goals, and both sides have conceded a couple of goals." "It's now 1-1, an exact reversal of the score on Saturday." "He's one of those footballers whose brains are in his head."
Abraham Lincoln was once asked his opinion of a man's book. He didn't particularly enjoy it, but wanted to be nice, so he said "For people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing that they would like."
The story goes of a rabbi who was called upon to say something at a funeral for a man he didn't much like. He said, "What can I say about this man? He was like King David, he was like Moses our Rabbi, he was like the Holy One, Blessed be He!" Later on, he explained his praises: "David died when he was seventy, he died when he was seventy. Moses stuttered, he stuttered. 'God is not a man'—and frankly, neither was he."
From Roger Ebert: "Magoo drives a red Studebaker convertible in Mr. Magoo, a fact I report because I love Studebakers and his was the only thing I liked in the film. It has a prescription windshield."
There's a story about a vicar who always made a good impression with mothers bringing their babies in for christening, though nobody ever remembered his precise words on seeing the baby, only that it was "something nice". Invariably, his actual opening remark was: "My, this is a baby, isn't it!".