The meme. [[labelnote:Explanation]]The explanation behind the meme, if necessary.[[/labelnote]] Explanation Like this.
Further mutations and successor memes, if any.
Billboards and Signs
There's that famous
A shaving cream
Burma-ShaveExplanation From the '20s to the '60s Burma-Shave had sequences of billboards placed along roads, which you'd read as you drove along. There are always four, with the fifth reading "Burma-Shave", and usually they rhymed.
SEE ROCK CITY.Explanation Another that's Older than Television: Lots of barn roofs would have the phrase "SEE ROCK CITY" painted on them, which was a natural landmark in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The man responsible for this would offer to paint a farmer's barn for free if he allowed him to put the slogan on the barn roof.
Wall Drug.Explanation Wall Drug is a tourist trap in South Dakota with a memetically large number of billboards reminding you of its existence.
The Corn Palace. Explanation Another tourist trap that dominates the eastern half of the state with billboards. When traveling east-west, the billboards end not long before the above's begin (and vice-versa).
South of the Border Explanation A Mexican-themed truck stop and tourist trap in South Carolina known for having billboards all along Interstate 95; what Wall Drug is to South Dakota, South of the Border is to the US East Coast.
Yeehaw Junction Explanation Both up and down I-95 on the way to Orlando are tons of signs for this tourist trap, which offers discounts and tickets. Pulling off the interstate, you're greeted with... a trailer and a gas station.
Zoom Zoom ZoomExplanation A slogan from Mazda, a car company. It's part of the lyrics to a Brazilian (Portuguese) capoeira song. The next line is "Capoeira murder him".
"IT'S HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE -City found in Western New York State- Huh-UGE!!!" Explanation Tagline for the Fucillo Auto Group indicating the awesomeness of their car deals. Not very well know outside or New York state but dreaded and loathed by residents in New York state.
"Fahrvergnügen. It's what makes a car a Volkswagen." Explanation An old 90s ad from Volkswagen, a German car company. The word is Gratuitous German for "driving pleasure". Both the word and its accompanying stick figure were parodied.
Everyone from Chicago knows that "That old car might be worth money!"Explanation Victory Auto Wreckers, a car company that gives quotes for any car. It's been said that they've been using the same footage for over twenty years.
Mutation: The folks who made Idiocracy asked the folks who made Powerthirst to make one for Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator. They obliged. Also, Powerthirst is now a real energy drink.
Carlsberg don't do memes, but if they did, they'd probably be the best memes in the world. Explanation Carlsberg, a lager (beer) maker advertised for a very long time (presumable to get past regulations) that theirs was "Probably the best lager in the world." Later they went on to make adverts of impossibly good products - imagine a car air freshener that, when sprayed, created a woman in a sexy maid outfit who cleaned your car. According to the adverts, if Carlsberg made car air fresheners, they would be like that.
"I'm filling my mineral water with volcanicityyyyyyyyyy!" Explanation Volvic mineral water and their "Tyrannosaurus Alan" campaign, providing ample ingredients for YouTube Poop.
"COME ON, WORLD, I'LL HAVE YOU FOR BREAKFAAAAASSST!"
"I'm off to eat someone's parents."
"I'M THE DADDY NOW!"
"You can't say that!"
"Eleven of you? One of me? Sounds like Pimms o'clock!" Explanation Pimm's campaign with Alexander Armstrong
Red Bull gives you wiiiiings! Explanation Red Bull's slogan, used in many commercials since its creation.
Could've had a V8. *slap* Explanation Some of V8's commercials show somebody that avoids fruits and vegetables while having a copious amount of food. Another person would then lightly smack them on the forehead to remind them of their eating habits and that they could've had a V8.
Orangina, the citrus drink of choice for furry orgies. Explanation Orangina's commercial has slightly anthropomorphic animals having a huge, suggestive party with Orangina to drink.
Bud. Weis. Errr. Explanation One of Budweiser's ads has three frogs croaking each syllable of the beer's name.
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP?!?!Explanation Another ad has five guys saying this phrase to each other very loudly.
His personality is so magnetic, he can't carry credit cards. He speaks fluent Russian.... in French. Even his enemies list him as their emergency contact number. He is... The Most Interesting Man in the World..." Explanation Created by Dos Equis, a lager.
"I don't always X, but when I do, I prefer Y" Explanation A snowclone based off the line "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis."
"Stay thirsty, my friends..."
"'Ave it!" "Two more lamb bhunas!" Explanation Peter Kay's adverts for John Smith's beer, unsurprisingly given Kay's well-deserved reputation as a walking meme factory.
Bud Light Presents: Real Men of Genius Explanation Bud Light's "Real Men of Genius" campaign seemingly glorifies men that have found ways to get by at life, but are acutally ridiculed for being ridiculous or stupid.
Also from Bud Light:
Jimmy:HI, I'M JIMMY FOOTBALL! It's the Bud Light (fake product) and it's..." Audience:TAILGATE TESTED... Jimmy:TAILGATE APPROVED!
Brilliant!Explanation From Guinness, a type of beer.
We secretly replaced this example with Folger's Crystals. Let's see if anyone notices the difference... Explanation An old Folger's Crystals campaign had people taste-testing coffee, unaware they're part of the experiment.
"Funny, TV Troper never asks for second cup of coffee at home." "Maybe you should try Folgers Crystals."
"Hey Kool-Aid!" "Oh yeah!!!!" Explanation A classic ad for Kool-Aid, where thirsty kids would call for Kool-Aid and a giant anthropomorphic pitcher of the stuff would bust through the wall, yelling the second line in a deep voice
"What more do you want from life?" "A Lucano!' Explanation In Italy, a commercial for an alcoholic drink shows a character having the best. Day. Ever. In the end he's asked 'What more do you want from life?', and he anwsers, 'Un Lucano!' ('A Lucano!'), the name of the product. Since then, it's almost a given to answer that kind of question that way, jokingly.
"Hello, I'm a Mac." "And I'm a PC." Explanation Macintosh commercials where an actor would play a PC, playing up the stereotypical problems, and a second actor would play a Macintosh, claiming not to have those problems.
Early mutations involved adding "I'm Linux".
Later mutations include "I'm a Marvel, I'm a DC", which became a whole Web Original series on its own.
"IDK, my BFF Jill?" Explanation A Cingular commercial involving obnoxious tweens speaking aloud in chatspeak in ways no actual tweens do, including inventing acronyms. For some reason, the above line is the most imitated.
"IDK, my BFF Rose?" Explanation Another commercial had a grandmother doing the same thing.
"It's little, like my (Insert reference)". Explanation A line in the ad that she said, but those who comment in the ad replace the word dog with something else that's Not Safe for Work, like tits (A reference to Miranda being flat chested), or similar dirty stuff, or sometimes offensive insults to her, like her career.
An ad featured this immortal exchange:
Driving in a car
Son: Why'd the build the Great Wall of China?
Dad: That... That was during the reign of Nasi Goreng, and it was to keep rabbits out... Too many rabbits in China...
[cut to Son, beaming proudly at the front of his classroom]
Teacher: Okay, now Daniel will do his talk on China
Explanation: Bigpond, a net provider in Australia. For those not in the know, "nasi goreng" means "fried rice."
"Dude, you're getting a Dell!" Explanation An old advertising campaign for Dell's computer had a spokeperson going to people in need of a good computer at a budget price.
If you want to keep track of your memes, there's an app for that. Explanation To promote the iPhone, Apple had a campaign to show off the App Store where one can download thousands of apps, implying that the iPhone could have an app for anything.
"I can't believe it's not butter!"Explanation From the ads for the eponymous margarine, where an actor would say the line after eating something to which it had been applied.
"Give me back that Fillet-O-Fish! Give me that fish!" Explanation McDonald's commercial involving a singing wall fish, much like a Big Mouth Billy Bass, singing the jingle. Now sold as a toy.
"Where's the beef?" Explanation Wendy's commercials involving an old lady pointing out the lack of beef in their competitor's products. It's considered as a pretty popular 80s phrase.
Mutated into a way to accuse almost anything of being overhyped, or under-delivering on its promised results. Achieved saturation when Walter Mondale used the phrase to ridicule his Presidential primary opponent, Gary Hart.
Later became used as the name of a bodybuilding advice line.
Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee. Explanation This was the Sara Lee corporation's tagline until 2006. As a joke, it was sometimes warped into, "Nobody does it like Sara Lee."
"You got your X in my Y!" "You got your Y in my X!" Explanation Reese's peanut butter cup commercials, in which two actors angrily argue, "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!" "You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!" before realizing that the combination is delicious.
"What would you do for a Klondike bar?" Explanation Tagline of an advertising campaign by Klondike.
"When I bite into a York Pepperment Patty, I get the sensation that ... I'm somewhere cold!" Explanation Tagline for a series of York Pepperment Patties where people imagine themselves somewhere cold, like a ski slope.
"Five dollar foot long!" Explanation Subway commercials that first introduced a menu of foot long subs for $5, then occasionally ran promotions where all subs were $5. Rumored to annoy employees to no end at the end of the promotions.
"Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun." Explanation McDonald's commercials stating the ingredients list for a Big Mac.
"What do you want on your Tombstone?" "Pepperoni and sausage!" Explanation From an ad for Tombstone Frozen Pizzas featuring two cowboys; one would always have the other on the ropes, and deliver the set-up line "What do you want on your tombstone?"
Meme codifier: The most-used copy of The Oregon Trail included a headstone that read "here lies andy / peperony and chease (sic)", a reference to the commercial.
We know of a remote farm in Lincolnshire, where Mrs. Buckley lives. Every year, in July, peas grow there...Explanation Source: Findus frozen foods, and a notorious voiceover session by Orson Welles...
"Uh-oh, Spaghettios!" Explanation An old tagline for Spaghettios, a type of soup filled with pasta in the shape of Os.
"I hanker for a hunka cheese!" Explanation In the early 1970s, there was a short series called Time for Timer where the main character, Timer, usually gave advice on when it's time to eat or sleep. The most famous episode was when he advised the audience when it was time to eat, they should go get some cheese.
"You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy tropes." Explanation One that goes back to the 1950s: "You don't have to be Jewish to..." The original print ad tagline was "You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy Levy's real Jewish rye," and featured various obviously non-Jewish people (such as a Native American) eating the company's rye bread. Since then variations have appeared in countless book and film blurbs, as the title of a 1960s Borscht Belt comedy revue, and in numerous parodies. An Orthodox Jewish magazine in the early seventies took this meme all the way with a nasty satirical piece about a Reform seminary that planned to ordain non-Jews as rabbis, with the recruitment slogan "You don't have to be Jewish to be Jewish."
It also attracted Volkswagen's attention, leading them to hire the agency which would develop THE most successful and influential ad campaign of The Sixties for VW.
"Silly Rabbit! Trix are for kids!" Explanation The shtick of nearly every Trix commercial where the rabbit is never allowed to have Trix because it's for kids.
"Mentos! The fresh maker!" Explanation The catchy jingle from Mentos commercials, created in 1991.
"LEGGO MY EGGO!" Explanation The catch phrase of Eggo waffles.
TV Tropes is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Explanation When sliced bread was first sold in 1924, their slogan was "the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped". Eventually, it morphed into the phrase shown, where anything could be "the greatest thing since sliced bread".
Wake up withThe King. Explanation Burger King advertised their breakfast items by having the King serve random tired folk with food. One commercial in particular had the King laying in bed with another man, ready to give him a Double Crosandwich. As a result, the King gained Memetic Molester status.
"Hey! Where's the cream filling?" Explanation A slogan for Hostess Cakes.
Ran ran ruu!!Explanation From 2004 to 2007, Japan ran a series of commercials called Ronald Rumors where Ronald McDonald asked trivial questions about himself. The most famous was him saying, "Ran ran ru!" and explaining how he always says it when he's happy.
This one basically lead to the creation of the McRoll. Explanation McRoll works similar to the Rickroll, uses clips of the Japanese McDonald, synced up to U.N. Owen Was Her?
Miracle Whip will nottone it down.Explanation Miracle Whip's anti-establishment advertisements which make the salad dressing/mayonnaise substitute the hip and trendy thing to have on your sandwich.
PURI PURIN! PURI PURIN! SUGOKI DEKKAI GIGA PURIN!Explanation Giga Puddi is a kit to create a large chocolate pudding that could serve up to twenty people. It was made popular on Novemeber 2010 when 4chan embedded the video in the whole site and made a word filter that changed all words into PUDDI.
I WANT MY BABYBACKBABYBACKBABYBACK I WANT MY BABYBACKBABYBACKBABYBACK~Explanation A song for Chili's, a grill and bar restaurant.
You can call me nannerpuss, nannerpuss! And guess what? I love p—*SLAM*Explanation Restaurant chain Denny's commercial shows a pancake breakfast with a banana peel puppet on top. It then cuts it off to ask the consumer if they want a more serious breakfast.
"Those other guys? Their stuff's made in New York City!" "NEW YORK CITY?!" "Get a rope." Explanation Ads for Pace Thick and Chunky Salsa touted the authenticity/superiority of their salsas because their ingredients were gathered in the heart of San Antonio Texas... what "real" salsa's supposed to taste like.
"If I give one to you, I have to give one to everybody else!" Explanation From a Lays potato chips commercial shown in Canada, where the speaker is a guy in the middle of the far north (with no one in sight for miles) explaining why he can't share "just one" potato chip with the other guy.
Choosy moms/dads choose Jif. Explanation Jif peanut butter has been using this slogan for many decades. At first it was just, "Choosy moms choose Jif," back when more women were in charge of raising children and taking care of household manners, but ever since those gender roles have disintegrated, they started using, "Choosy dads choose Jif" instead.
"You ate his face?!" Explanation From a 2010 ad for the fast-food chain Jack-in-the-Box, advertising their breakfast sandwiches.
Yorkie. It's not for girls!Explanation Yorkie's advertising is emphatically sexist. Some commercials feature girls trying to obtain the chocolate bar, Trix rabbit style, from BRIAN BLESSED
Honeycomb big, yeah yeah yeah It's not small, no no no Explanation A commercial for Honeycomb cereal
"Por que no las dos?" (Why don't we have both?) Explanation A commercial for Old El Paso Hard n' Soft Taco kit.
YEAH~! BABIES EVERYWHERE!Explanation A weird, hammy Nutrigrain promo where a woman exclaims this after her new fiancee says he wants 500 kids.
"Kids love Snickers on Halloween!" Explanation The Snickers Halloween commercial with the Uncanny Valley lady in the supermarket.
"Warum habe ich immer hunger!?" Explanation Another Snickers commercial involved somebody eating a Snickers and quickly lost his hunger. Wondering where it goes, it ends up in a man in Germany who becomes constantly hungry as a result.
You're not you when you're hungry. Explanation 2012 Snickers ads involved one person acting out and a companion saying, "X, eat a Snickers," prompting the former to ask why. The latter would reply, "You turn into a Y when you're hungry." The angry person would eat the food and turn back into normal. It has since evolved into a snowclone.
Juicy Fruit is gonna move ya/It chews so soft, it gets right to ya/Juicy Fruit, the taste, the taste, the taste is gonna moooove yaaaaaa! Explanation An 80s slogan for Juicy Fruit.
"Skip it, skip it…"Explanation Used in 1990s advertisements for the Skip It jumping toy. The "Skip it" part of the jingle is usually used in the video commentary community if a particular commentary is running long and/or repeats a lot.
"HI, BILLY MAYS HERE WITH [product name]!" Explanation Source: Billy Mays was a pitchman who advertised a lot of products in late-night infomercials before his death, making his name basically a celebrity endorsement.
This meme found a resurgence shortly after his death, as he was in the news a lot.
Memetic mutation has caused "Billy Mays Mode" to become a way to refer to caps lock, or simply typing in all capital letters.
Unstoppable Force vs. Immovable ObjectExplanation A fad in YouTube Poop in which a clip of something (or someone) getting struck is shown, then cuts to a clip of Billy Mays shouting "BURNT-ON CHEESE" in his Big City Slider Station infomercial, followed by a short continuation of the scene or a still shot of Billy Mays.
"I've fallen and I can't get up!" Explanation Commercials for a company called LifeCall in 1989, before they went out of business in 1990. It was meant as a fairly serious representation of the kinds of problems elderly people living alone could run into, but the bad acting and narm were so memorable that it's still a popular mutation today.
LifeAlert, a Spiritual Successor service to LifeCall, would later trademark the phrase for use in its own commercials.
Slap-Chop commercial quotes, such as "You're gonna love my nuts" or "You're gonna be in a great mood all day, cause you'll be slapping your troubles away!". Similarly, ShamWow quotes. Explanation Vince Offer, advertising Slap-chop
Mutation: The Slap-Chop Rap, which has now been licensed to be put into the actual commercial.
HI, I'M BARRY SCOTT! AND I USE CILLIT BANG! Explanation Cillit Bang and the spokesperson for their UK commercial campaign.
BANG! AND THE DIRT IS GONE!
And it came full-circle in the US ads for Cillit Bang (known as Easy-Off BAM there), which used music "inspired by" the Cillit Bang remix video.
Further proof if any was needed, that New Zealand is the 51st state. In New Zealand, it's Easy-Off BAM, of course, and the guy has a hybrid NZ-American accent (well, most NZ advertising voice-overs have this weird hybrid accent).
Blankets are okay, but they can slip and slide. And when you need to reach for something, your hands are trapped inside. Explanation Now there's the Snuggie: the blanket that has sleeves!
This is a meme. This is a meme on drugs. Any questions?Explanation A PSA advertising the effects of drugs by showing an egg (your brain) then that same egg being fried (this is your brain on drugs).
Followed up by a sequel in which Rachel Leigh Cook proceeds to wreck an apartment with a frypan.
An Easter Egg death in Space Quest 4, in which Roger steps onto a planet without the right protective gear: "This is Roger. This is Roger on Ortega. Any questions?"
"This isn't normal, but on meth it is." "Meth: not even once." Explanation A series of graphic Scare 'Em Straight ads warning about the dangers of meth. For example, the originals included "Beating an old man for money isn't normal. But on meth it is." "Fifteen bucks for sex isn't normal. But on meth it is."
I am a non-attorney spokesperson. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma... Explanation This comes from commercials that claim that one can be compensated for contracting illnesses from their job or surgery.
"Grab a chip? A chip?" "You know I can't grab any of your GHOST CHIPS!" Explanation From ''Legend'' a New Zealand Drink Drving ad, a teenager imagines that his friend has come back as a ghost to haunt him after dying in a car accident caused by drink driving.
"I've been internalizing a complicated situation in my head."
National FF-Type Kerosene Heater. Explanation Only in Japan does a TV product recall "commercial" become a meme. Though that's to be expected when it's been played over 28000 times in a year on TV and over 8000 times on radio.
Side effects may include nausea, fatigue, mild headache, itching, dry mouth, memory problems, sleeplessness, diarrhea, vomiting, double-vision, rashes, constipation, severe halitosis, weight gain, hair loss, anal leakage, suicidal thoughts, temporary blindness, impotence, and death. Consult your physician. Explanation All commercials about prescribed medicine list the possible side-effects of the medicine. This has been parodied countless times to show ridiculous side-effects a large list of them.
"HeadOn: Apply Directly to the Forehead." Explanation A commercial for a homeopathic headache medicine was forbidden from saying it cures headaches and so merely repeated the above line several times. Mutations often substitute "HeadOn" and "forehead".
Later, the company itself began running commercials saying "HeadOn: I hate your commercials, but I love your product!" in an attempt to mutate it in their favor.
The phrase "B.O." Explanation In the 1930s, the soap-manufacturing company Lifebuoy wanted to advertise a new soap that was promised not simply to mask body odor, but to get rid of it. Problem was, at that time the phrase "body odor" was considered vulgar. Instead, for their printed ads Lifebuoy coined the term "B.O." for "Body Odor." For their radio ads they made it sound even more ominous: the very letters "B.O." were censored with a two-note foghorn sound, as in "BEEEH-OHHHH". Not only was the advertising campaign successful, the initials "B.O." entered the American vernacular. The foghorn sound would also be parodied in many a Western cartoon, being played whenever something foul-smelling is shown onscreen.
I'm not a meme, but I play one on TV! Explanation From an advert for Vicks cough syrup. It was considered good advice for a time, when commenting on professional topics online, such as healthcare, to add a note that you are not, for instance, a healthcare professional. Thus the near-omnipresent phrase "I am not a doctor" tempted people to recall this slogan.
It's been replaced by a similar one: "Are you an X?" "No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night."
"Hello tropers. Look at your entry. Now back to mine. Now back to your entry. Now back to mine... Sadly, yours isn't mine. But if you stopped posting wrong examples and followed the guidelines, it could look like mine. Look down, back up, where are you? You're at TV Tropes, reading an article about memes. What's in your hand, now back to me. I have it, it's a famous meme from that commercial you love. Look again. THE MEME IS NOW DIAMONDS. Anything is possible when you follow the guidelines and not post bad examples. I'm on a laptop." Explanation The Man Your Man Could Smell Like, courtesy of Old Spice Body Wash. Best known for Dramatic DeadpanBreathless Non Sequitur delivery.
Also, what sportswriters really want to ask Troy Polamalu is how he keeps his hair so fabulous. Explanation Head & Shoulders Shampoo
"Manly, yes; but I like it too." Explanation The old Irish Spring commercials were famous enough to have generated at least one parody song, King Missile's "The Commercial".
"This man is a dentist, so we can't show you his face on television." Explanation From a commercial on Oral-B toothbrushes, where the dentist always has his back shown on screen.
"And remember, if don't get help at Charter... Please get help somewhere." Explanation From a Charter Mental Health Hospital commercial.
Money and Insurance
Internet: $49.95. Computer: $599.95. Discovering TV Tropes and having it ruin your life: priceless. Explanation Source: Mastercard commercials would do this, showing the things the people in the commercial would buy using the credit card and ending with the tagline, "There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's Mastercard". Typically, the "priceless" item would be some kind of epic win.
For cheap car insurance, go to CompareTheMARket.com - Simples!
OH EIGHT HUNDRED DOUBLE OH, TEN SIXTY-SIX!!!!! Explanation Hastings Direct, a UK insurance company, whose last four digits of their number correspond with the year the Battle of Hastings took place.
GO COMPAAAAAARE! GO COMPAAAAAARE! WHEN IN DOUBT, CHECK THEM OUT, GO COMPAAAAAARE! WITH JUST A FEW CLICKS AND YOUR SPONDOOOOOLIKS AND YOU'LL THANK YOUR STARS THAT YOU WENT TO GO COMPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARE!!! Explanation Go Compare, another UK insurance comparison website and their tenor character Gio. (And no, the lyrics really don't make any sense.)
They sort of do, if you get them right. It's "With just a few clicks, you'll save spondulicks [as in slang for cash]..."
"Oh, no! Your tire's all flat an' junk!" Explanation From a popular Geico commercial featuring a pothole speaking in a Southern accent.
I haaa~ve a structured settlement and I need cash now~Call J.G. WENTWORTH! 877-CASH NOW!Explanation J.G. Wentworth, a financial services firm, had a commercial consisting of opera singers singing about having structured settlements or monthly annuities, but they need cash now.
It's your money, use it when you need it!
IT'S MY MONEY AND I NEED IT NOW!
Shoulda gone to Freeeeeeee Credit Report dot com! (Yeehaw!) Explanation FreeCreditReport.Com became famous with their commercials featuring a band that sings about their tribulations when dealing with horrible credit and how they should've went to the site to keep track of it.
AFLAC! Explanation Aflac's mascot, a duck initially voiced by Gilbert Gottfried, that always quacks the company's name.
USA Prime Credit, I am Peggy.Explanation Campaign started by Discover to tout their customer service compared to other credit card companies. Well known enough in the general population but the ones made in conjuction with the NHL have made it a top tier meme among hockey fans. More recent spots feature superstars Patrick Kane and Tim Thomas. Other such spots included NCAA football legends Bobby Bowden and Lou Holtz. "Peggy", by the way, is played by Romanian-born actor Tudor Petrut.
Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there... with a meme explanation! Explanation One of State Farm's ad campaigns, showing "like a good neighbor, State Farm is there" as magic words to get literally anything you want.
Get Allstate. Save cash and be better protected from mayhem... like me. Explanation The Allstate Mayhem Guy, played by Dean Winters, is a villain that goes around and causes general disarray to drivers. He usually describes the situation, playing as somebody or something, and makes a car have a nasty accident as a result.
We! Are! Farmers! Bum ba dum bum bum bum bum!Explanation Radio and TV commercials for Farmers Insurance Group, who is quickly rivaling GEICO in the department of snarky, humorous insurance ads.
"We'll leave the light on for you."Explanation Spoken by Tom Bodett in radio for motel chain Motel 6.
Basically anything that sings the jingle of numbers. Examples include:
877-393-4448! (Think of it being sung in the style of reggaeton with the "4448" bit hyperextended.)
And in the United Kingdom, we have the number for the car insurance firm Hastings Direct: "0800 00 1066", sung as "Oh-eight-hundred double-oh, ten-sixty-six."
CAAAAALL 337-2323! 337-2323! 337-2323 FOR PIZZA HUT DE-LIV-ER-Y!
"Not happy, Jan!" Explanation An Australian Yellow Pages ad.
Mutation: People annoyed with the actions of former Prime Minister John Howard turned it into the Catch Phrase "Not happy, John!"
It does Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Explanation Invented as a marketing slogan for Ronseal Quick Drying Woodstain, to make the point that you never need ask "What is Ronseal Quick Drying Woodstain?" because if you can say the product name you know what it is.
Referenced in politics when David Cameron referred to the coalition government as "A Ronseal Deal"
"I love Cliche Storms, I love the Jerkasses, I love the Big Nos, I love the Badasses! I love TV Tropes, and all its bits and words! Boom de ah da! Boom de ah da! Boom de ah da! Boom de ah da!" Explanation The Discovery Channel's "Boom De Ah Da" series of ads. It's got an entire playlist devoted to people making their own versions, and those are only the ones they like.
The CRAZY WAREHOUSE GUY!!! We have rugs for 50, 60, 70, 80 and even 90% off! Closing down sale!! We've closed down before, but this time we mean it! If we don't sell this entire container by midnight, we'll burn the lot!
"I'm Jim Adler, the Texas Hammer!"Explanation Jim Adler, a lawyer that specializes in injury claims, was well-known for having very assertive ads, claiming that he'll hammer for lost wages and medical bills.
Who's better than Lastman's Bad Boy?NOOOOOBODY!Explanation before Mel Lastman became mayor of North York and Toronto for about one hundredgazillionyears (31 years to be exact), he was the owner of the appliance and electronics chain Lastman's Bad Boy. In 1993, he regained control of the company while still in office launching a series of commercials which would always end with the narrator asking "Who's better than Lastman's Bad Boy?" and Mel in a prison jumpsuit yelling NOOOOOOOBODY!
"[Athlete's name] going all [ATHLETE'S NAME]!" Explanation From a DirecTV commercial where LL Cool J chastises NFL fans who missed Phillip Rivers going all PHILLIP RIVERS! because they only had cable.
I lift things up and put them down. Explanation A commercial for Planet Fitness.
I MADE A BUNNYYYYYYY!!
Do you want me to put my email? BANG BANG BANG POW BANG POW POW POW BANG BANG BANG POW BANG BANG POW POW.
"Is it the shoes?" Explanation One in a series of Nike commercials with Michael Jordan and Spike Lee (appearing as Mars Blackmon, his character from his film She's Gotta Have It) produced the line "Is it the shoes?", which was later picked up for use by NBA Jam's announcer. Maybe it was the shoes after all...
A very localized and specific meme, to those stationed on US military bases in Korea 2007-2009. An ad of a floating Genghis Khan head repeating seductively "Mongolian Barbeque..."
"It's just like—it's just like a mini mall!" Explanation Flea Market Montgomery, a store that specializes in selling home furnishings, released a commercial where the owner Sammy Stevens raps about his store. Many have found the commercial So Bad, It's Good. It was popularized thanks to Ellen DeGeneres's talk show.
This is not just a meme, this is an exaggerated, cool background music-containing, sexy Irish-voiced, M&S meme. Explanation Advertising for Marks & Spencer, a retailer in the UK.
"WOW! THAT'S A LOW PRICE!" Explanation Staples (video is private, and unable to view it) commercials featuring this irritating character, dubbed "Loud Low-Price Guy".
You probably thought this entry was alive. Nope. Chuck Testa. Explanation A So Bad, It's Good Taxidermy commercial made for an episode of Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings that spawned tons of image macros.
WE MAY BE A MEME BUT WE'RE NOT STUPID! AT CRAZY GIDEON'S!!!Explanation A store in the Los Angeles area, Crazy Gideon's commercials were famous for being loud and insane.
Super-regional example: "You can't spell Texas without H-E-B!" Explanation A song by Jack Ingram, "You Can’t Spell Texas Without H-E-B" was created in 2011 for the H-E-B grocery chain. It managed to get popular enough to be played in the Super Bowl in the same year.
HI, I'M GEORGE ZIMMER, FOUNDER AND CEO OF THE MEN'S WEARHOUSE. I SHOW UP TO PONTIFICATE ON MY COMA-INDUCING SEXUAL PROWESS AND BROBDIGNAGIAN TACKLE, AND MOST LIKELY MY ENGAGING YOUR CRETINOUS MOTHER IN AN HOURS-LONG SESSION OF MIND-SHATTERING PLOWING AS WELL, TYPICALLY DESCRIBED IN OUTLANDISH, PERVERSE, VERBOSE HYPERBOLE USING NOTHING BUT CAPITAL LETTERS. I GUARANTEE IT.
Craaaaazy Bruuuuce's Liquoooooors... We've got the bargains for you! (Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!) Explanation This and other commercials for a liquor store called Crazy Bruce's Liquors.
"It's a sofa by day! / And a bed by night! Is it true? Yes it is! ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!" Explanation If you've ever lived in northern Indiana, The Futon Factory will haunt you for all eternity. That ad hasn't run in at least a decade, maybe closer to 15 years, but everyone in the area knows it by heart.
For you folks in Northeast Ohio... Norton's is here for you! Seriously. If you can't get credit in his store... you can't get credit ANYWHERE.
For you folks in Southwest Ohio... SAVE CASH AT KASH'S! KASH'S BIG BARGAIN BARN!
For ANYONE here in Ohio... IT'S YOUR MONEY, AND YOU NEED IT NOW!
"Sit 'n Sleep will beat anyone's advertised price, or your mattress is FREEEEEEE!"
"YOU'RE KILLING ME, LARRYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!"
Anyone who lives in the northeastern United States knows from many commercials for Bob's Discount Furniture. For those who don't know from Bob... I'm too polite to provide any Schmuck Bait links. If you absolutely must know, you know how to use Youtube's search engine.
Two related ones from the San Francisco Bay Area: "Have a good night's sleep for less, Mattress Discounters!" and "Sleep Train! *woo woo* Your ticket to a better night's sleep!"
U-Phage! It's what puts the Rope in TV Tropes!
Weeeeeeee wish you a Merry Christmas, but at the mall, you're spending too much...
Those tropers living in the Pacific Northwest, particular western Washington State are familiar with Pemco Insurance Northwest Profiles.
Have you got any Grey Poupon?
No, move along!
Those in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina (although it may also apply outside the Triad) should recognize "CAAAAAAROLINA KIA!"
"Here at Crazy Eddie's, our prices are... INSAAAANE!!!"
The Nike "Write the Future" lampshades the Memetic Mutation process, in which a soccer player's fancy footwork gains international notoriety and gets replicated via YouTube Poop.
A certain KFC commercial featuring a black man eating chicken managed to spawn a meme featuring that very man dancing in front of a rainbow background and an 8-bit arrangement of the Alf theme. The meme's name? 2204355.
I bet he drinks Carling Black Label.
But even if he does, he's no match for someone who eats three Weetabix.
The area around here has a Toyota dealership called Bob's, who's tagline is "Bob's, he just wants to get you a loanalone."
This is made worse by the fact that it is often a boy delivering the line.
There are now countless banner ads across the internet that follow the following format: "1 strange tip for (x): one simple trick to (x) that has angered (experts in x)"