23rd Oct: It's time for the Second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest! Details here
"This is Ronseal Quick Drying Woodstain. You can't miss it, it comes in a tin with Ronseal Quick Drying Woodstain on it. It protects and is rainproof in thirty minutes, which means that in thirty minutes your wood's rainproof and protected. So if you've got wood to stain and you want it to dry quickly, use Ronseal Quick Drying Woodstain. It does exactly what it says on the tin."
— Ronseal Quick Drying Woodstain, the Trope Namer
"The file's called 'catonfire_fallingfromanairplane.exe'. I'm not gonna tell you what it is, but trust me: You got to check it out!"
Gabe: What are you reading?
Tycho: The Time Machine.
Gabe: Oh? What's it about?
Tycho: The Time Machine? What's The Time Machine about?
"Garbage Island. You haven't heard of Garbage Island? It's an island. ...Made of garbage!"
— Marshall, How I Met Your Mother, "Garbage Island"
"All I know is the steak tastes better when I take my steak-tastes-better pill."
— Jonathan Coulton, I Feel Fantastic
"What," said Trillian in a small quiet voice, "does 'sundive' mean?"
"It means," said Marvin, "that the ship is going to dive into the sun. Sun. Dive. It's very simple to understand."
"What a load of rubbish. I've got a tin at home that says "Open other end". It never is."
— Humphrey Lyttelton, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue
Internet Man: Bart, I'm not a woman, and I can't have babies. But I can give life to animated internet cartoons. Let me show you one of our hottest shows: Bin Laden in a Blender.
Bin Laden (in a blender): AAAAHHH!
Lisa: Well, it delivers what it promises.
Percy: Here's one, my lord; the Jumping Jews of Jerusalem.
Blackadder: What do they do?
Percy: They jump, my lord. They travel from town to town and they jump... a lot.
Avi: Why do they call (Boris) the "bullet dodger"?
Tony: ...Because he dodges bullets, Avi.
"That's right. This is just a nest of watchers, just as the name implies."
— Lyar Von Ertiana referring to the Watcher's Nest, Divergence Eve.
"I hate it when the title of a book gives away the whole plot. Take Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea. Geez, talk about leaving nothing to the imagination."
"What's a defabricator?" *ZAP* "Okay...defabricator - does exactly what it says on the tin."
— Captain Jack Harkness, Doctor Who
"It's a bow. Seriously. If you need a description of what a bow does, maybe you should stop playing. Maybe read a dictionary. People who don't know what bows are get shot in the eyeballs."
— description of the Bow, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
"Evil Overlords? Then you must be - a villain!"
"It's kinda implied in the name, isn't it?"
"RoboCop was the finest movie; where the title was also the entire concept, the script, and all the advertising you'd ever need."
Matt: When I was in college, a professor of mine and I would routinely recite the voiceover from the HotD trailer, which warned of “zombies…HORRIBLE zombies.”
Chris: Truth in advertising.
"It seems like I've gotten to the point on this show where, really, I don't even think I need to watch the damn movie; I can just listen to the title and pretty much guess 100% what's going to be in it. What's this I have today? Curse of the Cannibal Confederates? Oh yeah, I'm sure there's a huge chance this is gonna be a Venice-set murder mystery!"
"At this point, you're probably wondering what Trash Humpers is about. Well, you know how Cats was about cats?"
— Oancitizen, Brows Held High
"The title says 'Electric Boogaloo' and by God that's what you're going to get. So sit down, shut up and watch the f*cking dancing! They dance, and dance, and dance, and dance and you feel like committing seppuku and then you realize you are only 10 MINUTES INTO THE MOVIE! If you were to make a drinking game where you take a shot every time a different dance scene started, you would be dead of alcohol poisoning at the 30 minute mark... Just imagine someone doing the robot, then doing a spinaroonie, then doing a little Michael Jackson move, then back to doing the robot again, lather rinse repeat. That is every single dance scene in the entire movie. That is your F*CKING Electric Boogaloo. Oh God, its like a never ending nightmare. If there is a hell, it is a constant loop of ‘I Believe in the Beat’ while Ozone shakes his pleathered package in your face..."
"Why it's, dare I say it, A Swarm, maybe even THE Swarm! That's a season 3 thing: Really Direct Titles. 'The Chute' is about a chute, 'Flashback' is about a flashback, 'Sacred Ground' is about some sacred ground, and 'Warlord' is about a warlord."
"It's perhaps cynical to decide to demand less of a story just because it's called Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, but what else can you do? The story is openly inviting us to revel in superficial fun, and it gives us lots of it. Among a TARDIS crew who can do this in their sleep (and, one occasionally suspects, might actually be), Rupert Graves, David Bradley, and Mark Williams, there's a cast that can make a bit of madcap silliness work...In the end, the worst you can say about this episode is that it's called Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, and that this is a pretty solid and reasonable title for what the story is. This is also the best you can say about it. Actually, it might just be all there is to say about it."
"The point I'm trying to make is that 'Skate 2' is a game for skaters. The purity of the experience is right there in the title: 'Skate', because that's all it is. Also, 2, because there was another one."
— Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Zero Punctuation
"Get this: The full name of [this game] is 'Hannah Montana Pop Tour Guitar Video Game', which is one of my favourite titles ever for a video game, up there with 'Doom Space Marine First-Person Shooter Video Game', 'Nonsense Fantasy Role-Playing Video Game', and of course, 'Piece of Shit'."
"Football. Not this Madden shit, just plain ass, normal, everyday, no question about it, no NFL, no year, not named after a player, not named after a coach, not named after the referee's pet goldfish, no quarterback, dimeback, nickelback. Simple, ordinary, unembelished, unmistakeable, crystal clear, as frank as Frankestein, as blunt as an atom bomb. One compound word, it's motherfucking, goddamn, sons-of-bitching, fuck-fuck fucking, FOOTBALL!!"
"Under normal iOS rules for naming a game, 'Finger Sling' would be a game where you sling fingers. I don't know how or why we've got into this terrible funk with names, the kind where we end up with a game where you shoot lots of robots called 'Shoot Many Robots' or a game where you feed something oil called 'Feed Me Oil' or a game where you run through a temple called 'Temple Run'." Can you imagine if we’d have had this sort of thing at the dawn of videogames? 'I’m just nipping off for a game of Shoot Aliens', 'Anyone fancy a game of Eat Pills?' or 'Ride a bird into battle'.