Around 2010 or so, DirecTV launched an advertising campaign regarding their service.
The commercials consist of people being disappointed in their cable, a series of unfortunate happenings, and, long story short, the narrator admonishes viewers to switch to DirecTV.
The format is like this: "When something adverse related to cable happens, you do A. When you do A, it causes B." And so on until "...it causes G. Don't let G happen. Get rid of cable and upgrade to DirecTV."
This campaign features examples of:
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Sometimes the final item is less bad than the item preceding it. For example:When you go to Vegas, you lose everything. And when you lose everything, you sell your hair to a wig shop. Don't sell your hair to a wig shop.
- Attending Your Own Funeral: As a guy named Phil Schiffly.
- Beard of Sorrow: The guy collecting stray animals grows one.
- Cable/Satellite Mudslinging
- The Cameo: Charlie Sheen makes an appearance in one of the ads.
- Crazy Animal Hoarder: Caused by loneliness, because his wife thought he had anger issues.
- Disaster Dominoes: Invoked.
- Dye or Die: When you fake your death, you dye your eye brows.
- Epic Fail: When you run along rooftops, you fall into a dinner party.
- Escaped Animal Rampage: A gorilla name Jimbo escapes from his cage and attacks the protagonist at his home.
- Eyepatch of Power: Parodied. "When you get an eyepatch, people think you're tough."
- Faking the Dead: Causing him to attend his own funeral as a guy named Phil Schiffly.
- Insane Troll Logic: All over the place.
- Overly Long Gag: Goes hand-in-hand with Insane Troll Logic.
- Percussive Therapy: One commercial had a father smack the armrest of his chair in frustration over his cable problems. This left an impression on his young daughter, who grew up to be a rebellious hellion who marries a bad boy. The commercial concludes that if this series of events happen when your cable's on the fritz, "you will get a grandson with a dog collar".
- Prisons Are Gymnasiums: The wrongly convicted man is shown working out in prison.
- Rage Against the Legal System: The wrongly convicted man blows up the lawyer's house.
- Rear Window Witness: When you start staring out windows, you see things you shouldn't see.
- Roof Hopping: When you become The Fist of Goodness, you run along rooftops.
- Rule of Funny: No kidding.
- Slippery Slope Fallacy: Leading to the trope five entries up...
- Slow Electricity: When the glider crashes into the pylon, the resulting power outage hits the city district by district.
- Space Whale Aesop: Invoked. It's the entire point.
- Stuff Blowing Up: The wrongly convicted man decides to blow up the lawyer's house.
- Title Drop: The unofficial name is always mentioned.
- Viva Las Vegas!: "When you feel like a winner, you go to Vegas"
- You Can't Go Home Again: Because you were stung by something exotic, and eventually you'll wind up as a fisherman the locals call "Big Fatty-Face".