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Running Gag: Fanworks

Calvin and Hobbes

Examples from The Calvinverse:

Cross Over
  • Secret Services do not exist in Aeon Natum Engel.
  • The multi fandom crossover series, Chance Encounter has a couple of these.
    • One is Balian a) insisting 'it feels worse than it is' or variants thereof b) Balian's numerous attempts to escape whichever infirmary he is in this time, being something of the Butt Monkey (he gets beaten up repeatedly, usually after doing something stupidly heroic and getting outnumbered).
    • 'Nanny Balian' and 'Nurse Legolas' (or according to Jack Sparrow, Nurse Legless, somewhat ironic as he spends most of his time drunk). This last one also doubles as a Berserk Button for both of them. Also, 'Truly, it is not a coincidence' or some variation on the theme, however this can be seen as arc words, referring to divine meddling. The author is rather fond of the phrase, using it in a separate but similar fic.
  • In Doctor Whooves and Assistant, they play with some of the classic running gags from Doctor Who.
    • The first time Ditzy/Derpy meets the Doctor, and she asks him who he is. Naturally, the Doctor says, "I'm the Doctor." Rather than play the gag straight, Ditzy responds "Doctor of what?"
    • And again, when Ditzy sees the inside of the TARDIS for the first time.
    Ditzy: It's-!
    Doctor: Yes?
    Ditzy: It's-
    Doctor: Yeah?
  • In Dungeon Keeper Ami, Sailor Mercury simply cannot catch a break. No matter how hard she tries, everyone thinks she is a demented rapist, Magnificent Bastard empress, and magical prodigy out to destroy the world.
  • In Kyon Big Damn Hero, Kyon reminds himself he has a very special hell waiting just for him after kissing Haruhi, the older Mikuru and Yuki.
    • Also, the very first line readable from a letter from the future is an commentary in context of the conversation.
    Haruhi: Can I go (time travelling) with you?
    Kyon: (reading the letter) "No, she can't."
    • Kyon's habit of sending greetings to himself when Time Travelling.
    • Kyon's remarks about how his past and future selves are annoying, then laughing at his past self for doing something stupid.
  • Turnabout Storm:
  • Twilight's poor tree home/library can't stay in good shape for more than minute after it's repaired in Ponyville Goes to the... Dragons??. As of fourteen chapters in, it's been wrecked by a spell gone wrong, had it's books scattered around the place more than once on accident, had it's front door knocked off it's hinges repeatedly, completely decimated by Cynder's tornado attack, and has had multiple fights break out in it. Needless to say, this get's repeatedly lampshaded.
  • Three occur in The Nighthawk Chronicles
    • Villains insist Xander doesn't fight fair.
    • Batman likes Xander
    • Xander wishes God would just kill him before he becomes like Angel (Xander is mentally 26, physically 16, and has several teen super-heroines interested in him)
  • In Origin Story, everyone assumes that Alex Harris's name is “Karen Starr” (which is Power Girl's real name) despite her never once claiming to be Karen Starr. And no one really believes her denials, either.
  • In The Devil Ashikabi has one in Karasuba splattering Harry Potter in blood every time she kills something. By the time she kills the Troll, he's merely mildly annoyed at how much time it takes to get out of his hair.

Dragon Ball
  • Dragon Ball Abridged has the Krillin Owned Count, which is fairly self-explanatory. Prior to Episode 25, he has been owned 14 times. Frieza then bumps him up eleven more for a total of 25 (and two 1ups to boot).
    • For the Planet Namek arc, virtually everything referenced that should be alien simply has "Space" tacked on in front of an Earth reference.
    • "Kaio-wha-"[blow to the face]

Fairly OddParents
  • In Never Had a Friend Like Me, Norm torments the country of Canada in increasingly horrible ways.
    • He also wants to send people he doesn't like to Mars.

Harry Potter
  • A Very Potter Musical has several:
    • Hermione losing House points (for reasons that get more and more blatantly unfair each time), followed by a sarcastic "Thanks, Hermione" from Ron and Harry.
    • Gryffindor losing points - again, each time is increasingly ridiculous.
    Severus Snape: (to Draco Malfoy) Coward! Ten points from Gryffindor!
    • Ron's snacks.
    • Draco rolling around on the floor for emphasis.
    • Some might find Cedric's puns about Hufflepuffs being great finders to be a running gag.
    • In the sequel: diapers, Redvines, who James Potter's best friend was...

Homestuck
  • Be the Sea Dweller Lowblood has... no, the OTHER sea dweller lowblood. No, not that one! The OTHER other one! The FEMALE sea dweller lowblood! No, not that female! Seriously, you're just doing this on purpose now.
    • Sea dwellers don't have hearts. They have collapsing and expanding bladder based aquatic vascular systems.
  • Hivefled: Vanate still doesn't have pants.
  • Alternian Turnabout: Aradia Megido: This fangame continues running gags and callbacks from Ace Attorney, Jailbreak, and Homestuck alike, ranging from the old ladder vs. stepladder discussion to the vanishing pumpkins.

Kingdom Hearts
  • Those Lacking Spines: Several...
    • Vexen gets himself a phobia of cake about half-way through the fic. It keeps getting brought back, until he even comments about how this running gag will appear in another fanfic.
    • "Xaldin was wrong."
    • The little-known facts about Demyx the Pizza boy.
    • "Did you just go there?"/"I rather think I just did."

Lyrical Nanoha

Mass Effect
  • In the fics Inglorious Boshtets and Project Gethinator, neither Tali nor Shepard can seem to go through a single mission without something going kaboom.
  • In the Mass Effect self-insert Mass Vexations, Author Avatar Art introduces The Game to Urdnot Wrex. There isn't a single conversation that they have afterwards where Wrex doesn't try to make Art lose the game.
    • And, as of MV2, Wrex has taught ALL OF TUCHANKA about the game. ALL OF IT. Art loudly makes Wrex lose the game and the entire room of Krogans goes "Oh, dammit!"

Mega Man (Classic)
  • Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race has the author asking fans to point out any continuity errors big enough to [x], with [x] usually being something near-impossible, such as breaking a Met's hardhat.
  • Mega Man Reawakened has a few.
    • Many next chapter previews end with an adjective related to the next episode, such as 'destructive' for Bomb Man's chapter or 'chilling' for Ice Man's.
    • The "I AM A MAN!" punch.
    • Heat Man flipping his top down, resulting in no one being able to understand him.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • Progress has poor Princess Luna getting bashed and battered by baseballs. That, and her attachment to her abacus, which has become a bit of a running gag in itself because it gets shout outs in other fan-fics.
  • Ponies The Anthology has several clips that repeat throughout the entire show, but the best known would be several characters "Firing their lazor." Throughout the first Anthology it's done with Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie (twice), Spike, and, somehow, a letter to Princess Celestia.
  • The Ponies Of Olympus series:
    • Ditzy somehow setting things on fire in Ditzy Don't, even when it's not physically possible.
    • Tom in Atlas Strongest Tournament.
  • Ponies seem to have a great attraction to Sweetie Belle as a target for Jump Scares in The Sweetie Chronicles: Fragments.
  • Tangled Up In Blues: Every single mare that Blues the pony meets is described as "the most beautiful filly I've ever seen".
  • Pink Personal Hell And Altering Fate features one per narrative:
    • Pink Personal Hell: Gummy likes to bite onto Dominic.
    • Altering Fate: Nickel Steel has trouble with stairs.
  • In Vinyl and Octavia Fight Ten Thousand Ninjas, a recurring joke is ponies questioning whether the plural of ninja is ninjas or ninja.
  • The Dear Sweetie Belle Continuity repeatedly notes that the members of the Apple clan seem to have a fondness for pegasi.

''Naruto
  • Anytime someone asks how/why Naruto (or one of his apprentices) did something in Reaching for a Dream, the response is invariably, "Fuck you, that's how."

Ranma ˝
  • Boy Scouts ˝, set in Massachusetts, almost completely ignores characters from the original work. The one major exception is Ryoga, who invariably turns up once a storyline, lost and wondering how to get back to Japan.
    • The gag is turned on its head in the sequel series Boy Scouts ˝ in Japan. When Ryoga sees the Boy Scouts ˝ characters, he assumes he is in Massachusetts once more, failing to notice that this meeting is taking place right outside of his intended destination. Poor Ryoga wanders away before anyone can inform him of this.

Pokémon
  • Brandon getting knocked out in Pokeumans. Dropped in recent chapters, but at his peak he was going about five times per chapter.
  • In Pokémon: The Mew-sical, there are several running gags, including Giovanni shooting people, James trying to work the Magikarp submarine into every plan, and Gary ordering Eevee to use Leer, following the command with "SICK!"

Real Person Fic
  • There are two in With Strings Attached:
    • When the four first meet the exiled skahs wizard Lyndess, she immediately asks them, “What are you selling, olyrr-sars [outworlders]?” When they are sent to Ta'akan, every single person they meet thereafter asks them the same question, until word finally spreads that they have nothing to sell. (At one point a very annoyed John comments that if they get asked that stupid question one more time, he's going to pull his trousers down and say “Yeah.”) Much later, when the Hunter is brought to Ta'akan, he gets swamped with people asking him that.
    • There's a literal Running Gag that starts in the New Zork chapter. Ringo finds himself yanked, dragged, and carried around by practically everyone he meets. This includes a pair of disembodied arms that throw him off a roof, Beagle Brian Epstein, some cops, Flyboy from the “Hitler Youth,” and John. He gets picked up and carried in someone's arms several more times during the book (including twice during the climactic assault on the warehouse), and at one point the Hunter offers to carry him.

Slightly Damned
  • A Different Medius has Iratu constantly being compared to a "Fragarian Scythe-Dog". Eventually, Buwaro and Sam actually meet one in a flashback.

Star Trek: The Original Series

Total Drama
  • Total Drama Comeback has Beth asking a question that reveals some detail about the challenge that Chris would have forgotten to mention.
    Beth: Chris, what about <insert detail about challenge>?
    Chris: Why thank you Beth, here have a cookie.
    • it was a sad day when Chris ran out of cookies

Touhou
  • In Touhou fanfiction, Marisa always seems to be stealing Patchouli's books.
    • We probably shouldn't get into Touhou running gags from a fandom perspective or we'll be here all day. There's few characters that don't have three or four running gags to their name.

Toy Story
  • Three in Breakaway, all in the protagonist's team:
    • Ice's ignorance of mainstream culture, idioms, and informal English.
    Windy: "Does the word 'ain't' not register in your vocabulary?"
    Ice: "Should it?"
    • Windy constantly teasing Ricki and saying things like "green-blooded hobgoblin," as if they really were McCoy and Spock, respectively.
    • Which leads to the final running gag: the girls constantly roleplaying Star Trek.

Others
  • The CSI fic What if Our CSIs were on Facebook has a ton, because it's a parody. Each character has at least one: Nick says he looks hot doing everything. He also often wets himself. Gil always says stuff makes him nervous. Catherine wants Warrick to take his shirt off. She also often forgets she has a daughter. Catherine's dad, Sam, often mentions his concrete swimwear. There's also a running gag about the writers being cheap because of the Lawrence Fishburne Emergency Contract Fund, and one about the show being set in Vegas but filmed in LA. Then there's the Tarantula gag, which turned into two versions-Gil G and his literal tarantula, and as a euphemism for a certain body part, for multiple characters. Later events like Nick being buried and Warrick being shot turned into running references too, way before they happened.
    • Naturally when 'Ending Happy' rolled around, the author got as much mileage out of the 'no signs of sexual trauma' running gag that was shown onscreen as possible. (Dave:Still no signs of sexual trauma!)


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