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* In ''Film/LiarLiar'', Fletcher tells his ex-wife that he's too busy at the office to be with his son. His exact words are "The boss is really riding me"; he's actually having sex with his boss, who is literally grinding on top of him as he says it.


* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' features a scene where the political website [=PolitiFact=] is an actual person which goes around annoying people by rating their sentences as True or False. At one point, [=PolitiFact=] shouts its harshest rating, "PANTS ON FIRE," but not as a rating of truth; someone hit them with a smoke bomb and presumably ignited its pans.

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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' features a scene where the political website [=PolitiFact=] is an actual person which goes around annoying people by rating their sentences as True or False. At one point, [=PolitiFact=] shouts its their harshest rating, "PANTS ON FIRE," but not as a rating of truth; someone hit them with a smoke bomb and presumably ignited its pans.their pants.

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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' features a scene where the political website [=PolitiFact=] is an actual person which goes around annoying people by rating their sentences as True or False. At one point, [=PolitiFact=] shouts its harshest rating, "PANTS ON FIRE," but not as a rating of truth; someone hit them with a smoke bomb and presumably ignited its pans.

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--> '''Kirk:''' Well, the man may be a fellow Vulcan, but that doesn't mean--\\
'''Spock:''' No, no, no, you do not understand. Sybok also is a son of Sarek.\\
'''Kirk:''' You mean he's your ''brother'' brother? ''({{beat}})'' You made that up.\\
'''Spock:''' I did not.\\
'''Kirk:''' You did too. Sybok couldn't possibly be your brother because I happen to know for a fact you don't ''have'' a brother.\\
'''Spock:''' Technically, you are correct. I do not have a ''brother''.\\
'''Kirk:''' There, you see, you see?\\
'''Spock:''' I have a ''half''-brother.\\
''({{beat}})''\\
'''Kirk:''' [[DramaticSitDown I gotta sit down.]]


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* In ''Film/DumbAndDumber'', when Lloyd meets Mary at a party.
--> '''Lloyd:''' Nice set of hooters you got there.\\
'''Mary:''' ''(covers her chest)'' I-I beg your pardon?\\
'''Lloyd:''' Your owls. ''(points to a birdcage with the owls)'' They're beautiful!

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* Jim in ''Fanfic/BecomingTheMaskTrollhunters'' [[YouDidntAsk never questioned]] Gunmar's plan to bring on [[TheNightThatNeverEnds Eternal Night]], thinking it was a metaphor for [[WeakenedByTheLight trolls]] conquering human territory on the surface. He doesn't take it well when he finds out Gumnar really means it.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', Doug is unable to sell any chocolate bars door-to-door because everyone he asks says [[ItTastesLikeFeet they taste like cement]]. When he goes to the candy factory to complain, they discover that a mis-parked cement mixer is pouring its contents into the chocolate mix.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'':

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'':Due to its absolute weirdness, ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is chock-full of these. Here are few examples:


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** In the episode "The Night," the Moon says "When everything is tired and bleary, they ''spoon'' together snug but weary" as the cutlery literally spoons together.


** In the episode "The Nest," in search of mysteriously missing people, the Elmore police literally "leaves no stone unturned."

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** In the episode "The Nest," in search of mysteriously missing people, the Elmore police literally "leaves "leave no stone unturned."


* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': For Penny, a sentient peanut, the term "coming out of your shell" is quite literal.

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** In the episode "The Nest," in search of mysteriously missing people, the Elmore police literally "leaves no stone unturned."

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* In at least one episode of ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', Endora wants to demonstrate that Darrin's advertising parlance is all meaningless cliches, so she casts a spell that forces him to act out every metaphor literally.


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** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Moist's reaction to seeing the once-proud Post Office is "Oh, shit!" Mr Pump reproves him for his language, but he explains it was a statement of fact: the place is filled with pigeon droppings. Then he finds out [[spoiler:they're actually piles of dead letters ''covered'' in pigeon droppings]]. Near the end of the book, [[spoiler: Reacher Gilt [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere is forced to go on the run]], but not before mailing his pet cockatoo Alphonse to Moist, which as Adora points out is Gilt [[FlippingTheBird literally giving Moist the bird]] on his way out.]]

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** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Moist's reaction to seeing the once-proud Post Office is "Oh, shit!" Mr Pump reproves him for his language, but he explains it was a statement of fact: the place is filled with pigeon droppings. Then he finds out [[spoiler:they're actually piles of dead letters ''covered'' in pigeon droppings]]. Near the end of the book, [[spoiler: Reacher Gilt [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere is forced to go on the run]], but not before mailing his pet cockatoo Alphonse to Moist, which as Adora points out is Gilt [[FlippingTheBird literally giving Moist the bird]] on his way out.]]out]].



** In another, Elliot talks about how great [[RomanticFalseLead her fiancee Keith]] is, saying he would walk through fire for her. A GilliganCut shows the Janitor trying to convince Keith to literally walk through fire to prove the his love for Elliot. [[note]]([[ItMakesSenseInContext Janitor's wedding gift to Elliot is making sure Keith will make a good husband.]])[[/note]]

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** In another, Elliot talks about how great [[RomanticFalseLead her fiancee Keith]] is, saying he would walk through fire for her. A GilliganCut shows the Janitor trying to convince Keith to literally walk through fire to prove the his love for Elliot. [[note]]([[ItMakesSenseInContext Janitor's wedding gift to Elliot is making sure Keith will make a good husband.]])[[/note]]



** The Lady Killer perk is a ZigZaggedTrope. It is both taken as a metaphor (as several female characters can be seduced with it) and literally (as it gives bonus damage against female targets).

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** The Lady Killer perk is a ZigZaggedTrope.ZigZaggingTrope. It is both taken as a metaphor (as several female characters can be seduced with it) and literally (as it gives bonus damage against female targets).



** Played straight in "WesternAnimation/KnightyKnightBugs" where Yosemite Sam is the Black Knight, who owns a fire-breathing dragon who tends to sneeze a lot, breathing fire uncontrollably when it does. At the climax, Bug manages to lock Sam and the dragon in a tower full of explosives. Sam desperately tries to keep the dragon from sneezing, shouting, "No! No! Don't sneeze, you stupid dragon! Or you'll blow us to the moon!" Unfortunately for him, the dragon does sneeze, and the tower takes off like a rocket, towards the moon. (With Sam growling, "Dragons is so stupid!")

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** Played straight in "WesternAnimation/KnightyKnightBugs" where Yosemite Sam WesternAnimation/YosemiteSam is the Black Knight, who owns a fire-breathing dragon who tends to sneeze a lot, breathing fire uncontrollably when it does. At the climax, Bug manages to lock Sam and the dragon in a tower full of explosives. Sam desperately tries to keep the dragon from sneezing, shouting, "No! No! Don't sneeze, you stupid dragon! Or you'll blow us to the moon!" Unfortunately for him, the dragon does sneeze, and the tower takes off like a rocket, towards the moon. (With Sam growling, "Dragons is so stupid!")


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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Beat Your Greens" the Broccoloids intend to hypnotize people through spores placed in broccoli. The girls inspect the field where the broccoli came from but hide in a scarecrow when they see an approaching spacecraft. They jump out to fight, with Blossom wearing the scarecrow's hat, Buttercup the shirt, and Bubbles the pants and shoes. The girls scream after seeing the aliens regenerate and Bubbles jumps out of her extra attire, saying that scared the pants off her.


'''Odo:''' I don't drink.\\
* In ''Series/TheWire'', McNulty thinks he's caught a gangster on tape confessing to murder. Unfortunately, after the arrest, McNulty is extremely disappointed to learn that when the gangster talked about shooting his dog, he did not mean in the colloquial sense of "friend" or "close associate." He meant his actual dog.

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'''Odo:''' I don't drink.\\
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* In ''Series/TheWire'', McNulty [=McNulty=] thinks he's caught a gangster on tape confessing to murder. Unfortunately, after the arrest, McNulty [=McNulty=] is extremely disappointed to learn that when the gangster talked about shooting his dog, he did not mean in the colloquial sense of "friend" or "close associate." He meant his actual dog.

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* In ''Series/TheWire'', McNulty thinks he's caught a gangster on tape confessing to murder. Unfortunately, after the arrest, McNulty is extremely disappointed to learn that when the gangster talked about shooting his dog, he did not mean in the colloquial sense of "friend" or "close associate." He meant his actual dog.

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** The Lady Killer perk is a ZigZaggedTrope. It is both taken as a metaphor (as several female characters can be seduced with it) and literally (as it gives bonus damage against female targets).

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* On ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'', while Lillian is complaining about the new snobby direction of the neighborhood:
-->'''Lillian:''' I don't want to beat a dead horse... but if I did, I couldn't! They're all gone now due to gentrification!

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