In the 2 Stupid Dogs episode "Show and Tell", a girl in class is shown in close-up saying, "And when you pull on this cord, it purrs! You would think she has a toy cat or something, but when the camera backs out, it turns out she actually has a chainsaw!
In the Alvin and the Chipmunks episode "The C Team", Alvin and his brothers meet Mr. T having lunch at a diner. At one point, his food flies off the table he is sitting at. Theodore grabs his bag of French fries and is about to eat them when Mr. T butts in and says, "You can't eat those fries!" Theodore gets into his usual apologetic mood until Mr. T follows up what he said with: "...without ketchup."
A twofer in "Four Little Words": after Roger gets a Kevin Bacon-style prosthetic nose and makes the real Kevin Bacon look bad while impersonating him, Hayley tells him that he may be beautiful on the outside like Kevin Bacon, but he's ugly on the inside like Tommy Lee Jones... on the outside. And the inside.
Later in that episode, after Stan convinces Francine to start a new life in India, she adopts an Indian baby. When Stan comes clean about him convincing her that she murdered her friend Melinda earlier, she asks what will she do with the baby; the scene cuts to Stan and Francine at the woodchipper that they used to dispose of Melinda's body, only Stan is simply inserting a piece of wood and the baby was given to Bullock.
The beginning of the episode "100 A.D." claims that 100 characters from across the show will die. After Roger stops the meter from going up by 1 after claiming that his smoking will kill him and Stan almost kills Jeff, rather than any notable recurring characters dying, the victims are a dog that Stan tries to reattach its legs to after blowing them off; 96 minor characters that die when they take a bus that backs off a cliff and explodes; Stan's friend Brett from "Dope & Faith", who converted to Satanism after attempting to kill himself when Stan ruined his life toget him to convert to Christianity; Bobby Bullet from "Stannie Get Your Gun", who tried to kill Stan for stealing his job and expires after being launched by the bus explosion and impaling Brett in the chest; and a serial killing motel manager who hung himself after being unable to live with what he did.
At the end of "Wheels & the Legman and the Case of Grandpa's Key", Steve finally gets the courage to tell people the truth. He tells one of his and Roger's clients that her missing bird was dead all this time, another client that his grandfather was an idiot and his legacy was a satchel that lights up when opened, Klaus that he's not cute (after he spent the whole B-plot trying and failing to prove that he was)... and then he runs up to Dane Cook at one of his shows and says that he finds him hilarious against everyone else thinking so.
In "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance", Roger pulls out a gun, finds that it's unloaded, and questions why he doesn't have a bullet intern to make sure he always has bullets. When one worker tells him that he did have one, Roger asks what happened to her. After a beat that implies she was shot, it turns out that she just went back to school.
In "The Nova Centauris-burgh Board of Tourism Presents: American Dad", Stan and Roger convert the house into a sea park and bring in an enormous, vicious-looking orca to be the star attraction. Instead of eating a Too Dumb to Live kid who wanders into a bucket of chum and Roger pushed into the pool, it politely brings him back to the stage and kisses him. What actually tanks their business is when the orca waves at the audience and splashes water on them, which causes the bleachers to weaken and collapse because Roger had to cut corners to afford the orca and made the bleachers with a 3D printer, so the audience is hospitalized and the park is shut down.
In "Family Plan", Francine's biological father mentions that his wife had died offscreen. Apparently, it was from a car crash, but she wasn't in it; she saw someone else in one and had a heart attack, then at the hospital, she contracted a flesh-eating virus and beat it, only to hang herself shortly after.
At the end of "Ninety North, Zero West", Santa is swallowed by Humbaba in an attempt to gain his powers, but the Sequel Hook in the end credits shows that he survived after Humbaba was beheaded. The following Christmas episode "Santa, Schmanta" has Santa climb out of Humbaba's neck and almost fall back in, only to fall forward instead and break his neck. He gets better.
In Slappy Squirrel's debut cartoon, "Slappy Goes Walnuts", Doug the Dog sets out a xylophone for Slappy to play that's set to explode when she hits a specific note. Slappy decides to play "Those Endearing Young Charms", and the viewer is set to believe she'll keep hitting the wrong note, which is a joke that's been done to death in the Looney Tunes franchise. The thing is, she actually does hit the correct note, and the explosion ends up going off on Doug the Dog.
One Hip Hippos sketch has the hippos in an American Gladiator spoof. After a number of contests with an athletic duo, the score is tied (the hippos' lack of athletic ability in some events made up for by their bulk giving them unexpected advantages in other events). The final tiebreaking event is to eat their way across a swimming pool full of beans and hot dogs. Easy hippo win, right? Their opponents sure think so and are ready to throw in the towel but decide to give it a shot anyway. And the human opponents win easily when the hippos deliberately throw the event. They're the Hip Hippos, remember? They'd never eat something as common as beans and hot dogs.
Animaniacs (2020): In "Bun Control", Wakko calls some dingoes to remove the bunnies and when the dingoes appear, the viewer believes that they will eat them since they are seen growling at them and licking their lips, but when one lunges, the scene cuts to them putting the bunnies in a truck.
Archer: Season 7 ended with Archer shot and lying face-down in a swimming pool. At the beginning of Season 8, the rest of the cast is seen attending a funeral. The grave shows that the funeral is for Woodhouse. Archer's in a coma, setting upthe next several seasons.
In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Mean Seasons", one-shot antagonist Calendar Girl wears a White Mask of Doom to conceal her face, and there are rumors that she'd tried to hide signs of aging with plastic surgery that had gone wrong. When she's unmasked at the end of the episode, she screams for people to not look at her face... which is perfectly normal, even lovely, but which she perceives as hideous because of the way the modeling industry had rejected her because she's gotten "too old".
In the opening scene of the episode "Axin' Saxon", it looks like Gramma Alice is about to attack someone with her sword... Turns out she's just cutting the grass.
In the climax of "Bleeped", Bill realizes he can't control what Cricket says and he's going to say whatever he want, which includes (G-rated) swear words. When he gives him a lesson and leaves, it appears Cricket didn't listen to him and seems ready to drop a B-bomb at the choir concert... but then he sees Bill smiling at him in the audience and sputters, realizing he can't do it, and simply sings the final lyric as it's supposed to.
In the CatDog special, The Great Parent Mystery, there is a segment where Cat and Dog go to a sanctuary where cats and dogs live together in peace and harmony. They find a female cat and a male dog with color schemes very similar to them and assume they are their parents. However, when they come up to them, the Greasers show up as well, and we find out those two were actually Lube's parents.
Classic Disney Shorts: Near the start of the Goofy short "Home Made Home", Goofy is sawing through a plank that's hanging over thin air. It looks like he's about to cut through it so that he falls, but then he catches himself and moves to the side that's supported. But as Goofy finishes sawing, the side of the plank he's now standing on is the one that breaks, and the part he was cutting through hangs in the air for a bit before falling.
The Cleveland Show episode "'Til Deaf" with two kids placing the letter R over the "ELECTIONS TODAY" sign outside the high school. They actually placed it over the letter I.
In the pilot episode of Codename: Kids Next Door, the Delightful Children from Down the Lane say at the end that the girl they chose to prevent the Kids Next Door from taking their birthday cake (that they refuse to share) was a horrible choice that they never should have used. The girl makes this face and gets angered, not because of what the Delightful Children said, but because the Delightfuls' cake was coconut flavor, which she hated.
In the Cow and Chicken episode "The Day I Was Born", Cow asks multiple people about the day she was born, but each tells her a completely different story. It turns out the Red Guy told her the true story. The story is shown in flashback with Chicken and his Dad in the waiting room at a hospital, and they hear the Red Guy yelling, "Push! Push!" You would think Mom is in there giving birth to Cow, but then suddenly Mom appears right next to Dad asking what's going on in the room! The Red Guy was actually telling himself to push the cart he was wheeling out which Cow was laying on.
The Red Guy also did this to Cow and Chicken in "Perpetual Energy", in the role of Rear Admiral Floyd. He announces he'll be taking Cow and Chicken to The Pentagon, but it then cuts to having taken the siblings to a pentagon-shaped tent, to which Floyd announces "Welcome to the Tentagon!" Chicken points out that Floyd had previously said "Pentagon," but Floyd dismisses it with a "Walk This Way!" (with his distinctive butt-walk).
In the episode "Unfortunate Cookie", Dee Dee comes into Dexter's lab to tell him about a Chinese finger trap she found in her box of fortune cookies. Dexter responds by saying, "How can it be?" and begins a mathematical lecture about what we think is the possibilities of that happening, but it turned out he was just complaining about how Dee Dee keeps coming into his lab.
In the episode "G.I.R.L. Squad", Dee Dee and her friends come into Dexter's lab to ask him what "Lick crime" means. Dexter gives the girls a tour of stuff they might need to help them with their mission, which eventually leads to a teleporter, which Dexter winds up using to teleport the girls out of his lab so they won't bother him.
In the episode, "Dexter is Dirty", Dexter starts yelling at Dee Dee after she fails to help him up while he's laminated. She starts to look sad and imagine herself out in the snow, but it turns out she's picturing herself sledding down a mountain, and this gives her the idea to use Dexter as a sled.
Subverted: What Dee Dee ends up doing causes Dexter to destroy the living room in the house. Mom comes in an angrily yells, "Dexter!" She walks up to Dexter, and then suddenly changes to a happy mood and says, "Just look how clean you are!"
In "Dexter's Lab: A Story", Dad stumbles upon Dexter's bedroom and sees the lost dog Dexter is experimenting on. He angrily summons him upstairs about the "lab", causing Dexter to freak out, confess, and face severe punishment, but Dad was actually talking about the dog — a Labrador retriever — which he allows to keep, and Dexter is relieved.
In the episode "A Hard Day's Day", Dexter's Mom in an angry and shocked tone yells at Dexter. She says this as Dexter is standing outside, butt-naked, covered in mud, and has a bird nest with live birds in it on his head, and what is the one thing Mom is mad at Dexter about? "Dexter! Where are your glasses?"
In the episode "Coupon for Craziness", Dee Dee is about to give Dextor (Dexter's hyper counterpart) a cookie, but he says he's not allowed to have sweets. Dee Dee says, "Oooooooohhh!" That means...she gives Dextor the other cookie!
In Dragon Tales as the dragons are searching for Max and Emmy who got shrunken by shrinking violets. As the search continues...
Wheezie: AHA! Zak: Aha? Cassie & Ord: Aha? Wheezie: A purple button! I just LOOOVE purple! And I especially LOOOVE purple buttons! Zak: I thought ya found Max and Emmy! Wheezie: Oops. Sorry.
A trailer shown in theaters for DuckTales (2017) started out as the intro for the cartoon... before a cell phone goes off before the chorus, causing everyone to stop what they're doing and complain about whose phone is going off.
Lampshaded in The Emperor's New School. Kuzco claims to have the perfect way to get into a store he's been kicked out of. Cut to a llama with a head and feet that look suspiciously like Kuzco's walking into the store. Kuzco then jumps out from offscreen and attacks the guard. Kuzco then stops the show and says, "You're probably wondering what that llama that looked just like me had to do with my plan: absolutely nothing."
Family Dog: In the original Amazing Stories episode, the family is arguing and the dog appears to be irritated. It looks like he is about to bark loudly enough to get their attention, but he pees on the carpet instead, only to get kick out of the house once he's finished.
Fudêncio e Seus Amigos: In the episode "Capeta Mirim", the kids all get to ask for one wish each to the devil. Zé Maria tells him she wants something she was not born with, but really wants. Since the character is a trans girl, viewers are expected to think she wants a vagina, but she actually wanted a pink dressing table.
Bender has been rigged to a bomb which is set to go off on his most frequently used word. As it goes through the list, it starts to get to his catchphrase, "Number 5:Bite... Number 4: My... Number 3: Shiny... Number 2: Daffodil..."
In "Bender's Game", when the characters enter a cave called the Cave of Hopelessness:
Frydo: Mr. Wizard, why is this place called the Cave of Hopelessness? Greyfarn: Oh, fear not, lad. 'Tis named for its discoverer, Reginald Hopelessness... Frydo: Whew! Greyfarn: ...the first man to be eaten alive by the Tunneling Horror.
In "The Problem with Popplers", the crew wants to find a name for a new food:
Bender: They're tasty, right? Let's call 'em "Tasty-cles". [collective groan] Leela: We can't call them that. Bender: Why not? Leela: It sounds too much like those frozen Rocky Mountain oysters on a stick. You know, Test-cicles?
The Mars University Professor Fisherprice Shpeekenshpell (a robot with a Mattel See 'n Say for a head) continually talks with programmed lines like "The cow says 'Moo'" (apparently he proved that 50 years ago and had been coasting on it ever since). When it comes time to vote on Amy's doctorate:
Professor Katz: We shall now vote, "Yay" or "Nay". Nay. Wernstrom: Nay! Bubblegum: Hell, nay! Shpeekenshpell: The horse says, "Doctorate denied".
From the first episode.
Cop: Keep you big nose out of this, Eyeball! Leela:No one makes fun of my nose.
From "Anthology of Interest", when Bender approaches the WHAT-IF machine, asking it to show a hypothetical scenario:
Bender: As a robot living among humans, I've never really felt accepted at parties or nude beaches. So I've always secretly wondered: What if I was 500 feet tall?
Green Eggs and Ham: One of the most important lessons of the series is that people and things are not what they appear to be.
BAD GUYS are here to chase after Sam and Guy... because Sam is the actual villain, not them. It turns out they're wildlife conservationists (with BAD GUYS being an elaborate anagram) who were hired to track down Sam, a serial scam artist and animal smuggler.
The penultimate episode ends with E.B. seeing Sam selling Mr. Jenkins to Snerz...the next episode reveals that it's actually a Girooster painted to look like Mr. Jenkins.
The way Guy talks about his family and how they'll react to his failure makes them sound like they put too much pressure on him and are emotionally abusive. It turns out that they have nothing but love and support for him, but he feels inferior compared to how much they've all achieved.
The end of the season has Sam tasting the eggs in his Green Eggs and Ham and realizes they taste like his mom's...cue him entering the kitchen to find a male chef. However, the chef reveals that the eggs are from "Ma's Farmhouse' in East Flubria so that gives Sam hope that his mom is still out there.
The JemBizarro Episode "The Day The Music Died" begins with Jem's sister Kimber breaking the fourth wall to tell you that she's "gone". This, combined with the episode title referencing the famous death of several musicians, makes it sound like Jem is dead. Nope, she really is just gone. Jem ran off with Riot and never returned.
On Jimmy Two-Shoes, just before Jimmy is about to perform a particularly irresponsible stunt, Beezy tells them to be careful not to break his dad's Priceless Ming Vase. Jimmy performs the stunt...and misses the vase entirely. Beezy dances around and celebrates... and spikes the vase.
In the pilot, Stumpy needs to touch a wall before Quack Quack can get there, when he sees a pair of roller skates lying next to a chainsaw and gets an idea. Instead of using the roller skates to skate to the wall, he activates the chainsaw and puts it on the ground so it drags him along.
In the episode "Let's Play Market Vendors", Mr. Cat and Stumpy rob a supermarket, and Mr. Cat threatens to shoot anyone who moves. Kaeloo starts waving her arms and yelling for help. Gunshots are heard. It's then revealed that Mr. Cat shot Quack Quack, not Kaeloo.
In "Let's Play Gangster Poker", Mr. Cat says he has a surprise for Quack Quack, and leaves some yogurt on the table in front of him. Quack Quack reaches out for the yogurt, and then Mr. Cat whacks him on the head with a baseball bat and yells "Surprise!"
In Episode 85, Stumpy and Quack Quack, both having a Potty Emergency, reach the bathroom at the same time. Stumpy says that there is "one final solution" and they both raise their fists... to play RockPaperScissors.
In Episode 113, Mr. Cat makes a slideshow about vampires to show to the rest of the characters. Kaeloo looks at the first slide and is absolutely horrified... not because it's a scary picture of a vampire, but because Mr. Cat accidentally put up a "private" photo of her that was supposed to be for his eyes onlynote It's not a nude photo, but she's still quite embarrassed.
Usually, when the characters are stuck in a dark place and can't see, they yell "Quack Quack, lights!" and Quack Quack uses his Eye Beams as a light source. In Episode 79, Kaeloo yells "Quack Quack, lights!" and Quack Quack... turns on an actual lamp.
In Episode 180, Mr. Cat teaches Stumpy about marital disputes. Kaeloo tells Mr. Cat that he shouldn't be teaching Stumpy about marital disputes because that's not appropriate for a kid Stumpy's agenote Stumpy is ten, and Kaeloo and Mr. Cat are around twelve. Stumpy tells Kaeloo that he watches things that "aren't for kids his age" on the internet all the time. Kaeloo angrily grabs his laptop to see what he's been watching. It turns out that he was looking at knitting tutorials for old ladies.
In one of the season 4 episodes, the main four are judging a singing contest. One of the teams consists of Polar Opposite TwinsPretty and Eugly, the former of whom is a beautiful and popular fashionista and the latter of whom is overweight and often made fun of in-universe for being ugly. Their act involves Pretty dancing and Eugly singing. A fight breaks out between the two and Eugly storms off, prompting this response from Mr. Cat:
Mr. Cat: I have to admit, the ugly one really isn't nice... her sister, on the other hand, sings very well.
There is a classic short that ends with this. Bugs Bunny has to deal with some hillbilly hawks. The short ends with a series of gags that end with one of the hawks shooting the other every time he hears the word "four" (or any homonym of that word). At the very end, it shows Bugs dressed like a golfer about to yell out, "Fore!" but then he stops himself by saying, "Nah. Why should I get in on the act?"
Subverted: Bugs starts to sing the first couple of lines of "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover". On repeat.
A clip from a Warner Bros. gag reel (not meant for public release) shows Porky Pig hitting his thumb with a hammer. He starts to stammer "Son of a b-b...!", but in his usual fashion, he changes what he's going to say after he finishes stuttering. In this case, he changes it to "Son of a gun!" However, the real switch is, Porky goes Breaking the Fourth Wall and says to the audience, "You thought I was gonna say, "son of a bitch", didn't ya?"
In an episode of The Looney Tunes Show, Daffy tries his hand at inventing. His speech indicates he's invented a time machine... but he's invented a suitcase.
In the Martha Speaks episode "Dogs from Space", Martha opens a refrigerator and takes out bread, Bologna, pickles, ketchup, mustard and mayo and says, "I know exactly what to make out of this!" What do you think she's going to make? A sandwich, right? No! She makes what she calls "a delicious mess"!
In "Martha Smells", while Martha is trapped in a box, she sees Weaselcraft and Pablum talking about a talking dog they are trying to catch, and she says to herself: "I feel bad about that talking dog they are after...Wait a minute!...I gotta finish that peanut butter!"
In "Dog Fight", while Alice and T.D. are quarreling with each other, Martha interrupts the fight by yelling, "Stop it!" Alice and T.D. stop thinking Martha was talking to them, but she was actually talking to a flea that she was trying to scratch.
In the Mickey Mouse (2013) episode Roll 'Em, Mickey and Minnie try to run away from the director of a movie they're working on because the film roll broke loose from the camera and instead filmed Mickey and Minnie's attempts to get it back. Eventually, they get caught and this happens:
Director: I'm gonna make you... MY NEWEST STARS! Such poise! Such nu-nu-nuances!
In "Mare in the Moon", Twilight Sparkle has been told by her mentor to make some friends, but she has absolutely no interest in doing so. However, every pony she interacts with makes some kind of "we're gonna be friends" comment, causing her to have a reaction of some sort (spit take, eye twitch, etc.). When the last pony, Pinkie Pie, throws her a party so "now you have lots and lots of friends," Twilight nearly hurks her drink... not because of Pinkie's comment, but because she accidentally took a big sip of hot sauce.
In "Discordant Harmony", while Discord and Fluttershy are having a tea party, he compliments Fluttershy on how she cut off the crusts on the sandwiches for him. He starts to reach for a crustless sandwich, but then shifts his hand over to another plate that has all the crusts, one of which he takes and eats.
Each episode of OOglies ends with a walnut performing the theme song by playing it on a guitar and whistling the melody. However, in all but one case, he gets interrupted, broken or sabotaged. Sometimes, something seems like it's going to happen but instead, something comes out of nowhere and squashes him instead. For example:
He plays on top of a bottle of champagne and, near the end of the song, a rumbling noise is heard. Instead of the bottle spraying him into the air, a bowling ball rolls past and breaks the bottle from underneath him.
He performs right between the cymbals of a cymbal-banging monkey toy. Throughout the song, the monkey winds up its cymbals until it looks like it's about to clash them into the walnut but before it can, a weight falls and crushes it. The monkey then lightly taps its cymbals together.
He rocks out under a shelf. As the song plays, a strongman monkey nut pushes a brick to the edge to try and squash him under it but before that can happen, an anvil beats him to the punch, much to his confusion.
Near the end of "The Fast and the Phineas", Candace brings Mom home to show her the empty garage as proof the boys are not home and get them busted; at first Mom appears to be shocked as Candace is looking away, but then Mom becomes overjoyed and Candace shocked, as the car is somehow back and clean of all the modifications due to Perry crashing through the roof with it.
Double Subverted in "Flop Starz"; Candace attempts to show her mom a building with an ad for the band Phineas and Ferb started. Then Doofenshmirtz's robot building starts going towards the building, making it look like it's going to crush it. However, Perry manages to turn it away at the last minute. Then it turns out that the building was scheduled for demolition right at that moment anyway.
"S'Winter": Doofenshmirtz creates the Meltinator ray, leading one to think that it will melt the boys' mountain of snow. Instead, it shorts out the city's power when he plugs it in, shutting off the fans that kept the snow cooled, and the snow melts on its own.
In "Voyage to the Bottom of Buford", Candace uses a disposable camera to document the boys' adventures; meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz has invented the Media-Erase-Inator. That seems to fit perfectly, but the ray actually ends up erasing a stop sign, causing a traffic accident which knocks over a water tower, and the resulting wave of water destroys the camera.
In "Gaming the System", Candace gets sucked into Phineas and Ferb's video game when she was in the middle of getting ready for the cotillion with Jeremy. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz has created a laser that puts fancy dresses on anyone who is shot with it. Right before Jeremy shows up, Perry and Dr. Doofenshmirtz fight and cause the laser to accidentally go off and shoot... everyone in the yard except Candace. Soon after that, Perry gets out of the dress he was wearing and it falls on Candace (and somehow does her hair).
One unrelated to the show's running gags occurs in "A Real Boy". Candace gets Stacy to hypnotize her into not wanting to bust the boys anymore, with the result that the phrase "Holy guacamole!" will make Candace give up her urges to bust her brothers, and "Leaping lizards!" will make her go back to normal. When Candace heads off on her date with Jeremy, the two of them spot a literal leaping lizard, and Jeremy rattles off several treacherously-close synonyms for the code phrase, which actually ends up being said by a passing kid.
In the Pound Puppies (2010) episode, "Beauty is Only Fur Deep", Champ tells the Pound Puppies the story about how he lost his fur and his self-esteem in a flashback. As he tells the story, he keeps coming to parts where he could have possibly lost his fur. For each one, Niblet interrupts by saying, "Is that how you lost your fur?" but it wasn't. It turns out he lost his fur...from eating a piece of boysenberry pie! (He's allergic to boysenberries.)
The Powerpuff Girls: At the beginning of "Just Desserts", the narrator talks about how Townsville is safe from crimes. He talks to a random guy who acts like he doesn't know what keeps Townsville safe from crime while the girls are playing behind him. The narrator then tells the man to look behind him, but it turns out he (the narrator) was actually referring to a prison that's located further out in the distance.
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja: "The Tale of the Golden Doctor's Note" follows Randy and Howard's attempts to get out of rope climbing in gym courtesy of the titular paper. Halfway through the episode, Randy admits that he only went through with this because he thought Howard couldn't climb a rope. It seems like Randy is referring to Howard's weight at first, but he's actually referring to Howard having tiny hands.
After a full season of Mindy not being allowed to go to space with the older kids, came the episode "Mindy in Space"... which is about the kids pretending to take Mindy to space, complete with Mindy singing the take-off song.
In "Mars Rock for Mom", when Sean shows his mom the rock he found, Dr. Rafferty comments that she knows where it came from. At first, Sean is worried that she knows that it came from Mars, but Dr. Rafferty says that she knows that it came from Sean.
A man tries to fix a lawnmower while his wife tells him not to hurt himself and that it would be better for a mechanic to do the job. The man tells her he can do it if she would just be quiet. Then their daughter announces she's pregnant.
Footage is shown of the actors playing Cylons in Battlestar Galactica having trouble moving around in their costumes. In the final segment one Cylon moves slowly toward a banana peel on the floor only to be hit by a wrecking ball.
Recess: Throughout the episode "Parents' Night," Spinelli does all she can to prevent her friends from meeting her parents or knowing anything about them. Finally, she reluctantly brings them to Parents' Night they're a pair of rude, trashy bikers who stay for only a minute, demand that Spinelli pay them for coming, and then turn her upside down and shake her to get the money from her pockets. For a moment it seems like we're watching a Very Special Episode about Abusive Parents... but then it turns out that the trashy couple were strangers Spinelli hired to pose as her parents, and then her real parents show up. They're perfectly nice and loving, but amazingly embarrassing, and that's the real reason why she hid them from her friends.
In the Rick and Morty episode "Rick Potion #9", the world has been almost completely turned into Cronenbergs, and Rick tells Morty that he has one last plan. It then cuts to the world, having apparently been restored to normal, only for Rick and Morty to die in an explosion and be replaced by their C-137 counterparts.
In the early episode "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo", Kenny (who dies horribly in almost every episode) is continually subjected to a series of extremely hazardous situations. But nothing ever happens and he survives to the end of the episode for the first time.
Happens multiple times in the more recent episodes when you expect Kenny to die like being held at gunpoint, but doesn't.
If there is an episode where the preview involves anything that will get a large portion of the fanbase going "Ha ha, they're making fun of X" the actual episode will likely portray X in a much more endearing manner, while those that see it as cheap, Acceptable Targets will be the ones on the receiving end of a Take That!. These episodes typically center around Cartman. One notable example is "Poor and Stupid", with regard to NASCAR and its fanbase.
Part 2 of "Cartman's Mom is A Dirty Slut!"... WILL NOT BE SHOWN TODAY to bring you this special showing of Terrance And Philip! (To explain, this episode was supposed to reveal Cartman's father after the previous episode left fans hanging for SIX WEEKS. Fans were not pleased.)
In "You Have 0 Friends", the whole sequence of Stan trapped inside the world of Facebook is a homage of TRON, and it appears that everything is all set for the inevitable Lightcycle race... when the bikes are abruptly replaced with a game of Yahtzee.
In "#HappyHolograms", the last few minutes of the episode seem like they're going to be bringing in Mr. Hankey to save the day, but it ends up being PewDiePie, instead.
In "You're Not Yelping", the father of the new Mexican family hopes their restaurant does well so they won't have to move back to "that horrible place". It later turns out he was talking about Boise, Idaho.
Overlaps with Black Comedy Burst in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Are You Happy Now?", where in one scene it looks like Squidward is about to hang himself, then it turns out that he's just hanging a birdcage.
In "Dying For Pie", SpongeBob seems to explode after the sun sets, but it turns out that he was just blowing bomb-shaped bubbles.
In "SB-129", when SpongeTron sees Squidward frozen in ice, he pulls out a hammer...but instead of using it to smash the ice, it shoots a laser beam which melts the ice and burns Squidward's ass.
In "Krusty Towers", Squidward requests some cookies from his mother, so SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs visit Mrs. Tentacles... dressed as robbers for some reason, whom she's shocked about. When it seems in the next shot they've kidnapped Mrs. Tentacles and are trying to close the truck with the buffy sack inside, Mrs. Tentacles casually walks into the scene and Mr. Krabs reveals his laundry was in there.
In one episode, SpongeBob wants into Pearl's girls-only slumber party. We then see someone who looks just like him but with black hair and a purple dress, claiming to be a newcomer named "Girly Teen Girl". It seems as though this is SpongeBob in disguise, but it turns out that she really is a teenage female sponge who moved from another town.
Star Wars Resistance: In "The Disappeared", Kaz and Torra need to get into a turbolift guarded by two stormtroopers. Cut to CB-23 pushing a cart laden with crates up to the door. The troopers note that this isn't a routine delivery and open the largest crate... to be greeted by a number of gorgs, which hop out and attack the troopers. While they're distracted, Kaz and Torra come out of the spot they were hiding in down the hall and sneak into the lift.
Steven Universe: At the end of "The Zoo", after Steven and Greg finally manage to get the attention of the Gems who run the People Zoo so they can have an opportunity to escape by hurting the Zoomans' feelings, causing them to start loudly crying and wailing, a bunch of Amethyst guards come charging in like riot police, suggesting violence is about to ensue. Instead, the Amethysts behave more like counselors, working to calm the Zoomans down.
In "Hare-Raising Night", The camera moves up to a castle atop a tall mountain, with a mad scientist saying, "It's alive! It's alive!", implying that that castle is where Dr. Gene Splicer lives. Buster then interrupts and says, "No, no, no! Wrong show! Splicer's lab is back there!", and the camera moves down the mountain to a rather mundane-looking office building.
In the short, "Bats All Folks!" (part of "Inside Plucky Duck"), when the BatduckMobile leaves the Duck Cave, a view of what looks like it driving down the road is shown. However, the camera zooms out, revealing it to be a video game that Hamton is playing, and the BatduckMobile to be stuck in traffic.
The episode begins with what looks like Plucky in the desert, desperate for water. However, Buster points out that they, along with Babs and Hamton, are actually on the beach, and Plucky is acting up.
Towards the end of the episode, Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton escape from Booty Island with the treasure and the X-Bird. Buster, Babs, and Hamton ride atop the X-Bird as Buster says, "Hey, this is the only way to travel!", making it appear as if the X-Bird is running as they ride her. The camera then pans to reveal that Plucky is still carrying the X-Bird, and he says, "That's easy for you to say!"
In "Kon Ducki", when Pluckys ship is being assembled, a close-up of Plucky straining is shown, making it look like hes assembling his ship. However, the next scene shows that he is on his lunch break and was struggling to open a bottle of mango juice.
At the beginning of the second act of "Thirteensomething", Buster reads a newspaper with a headline that says, BABS BUNNY HEADS TO N.Y., and says, "I can't believe it!". He then points out that he was actually referring to an ad for a carrot sale.
In the short, "Party Crasher Plucky" (part of "A Cats Eye View)", when Plucky and Shirley ride a car to a party, it looks as if they are riding inside the car when it is shown from the right side. When the car's left side is shown, they are actually riding on the car's fender.
In the Spring Break Special, when the Tiny Toons bus arrives at Ft. Lauderdale, it stops at what appears to be a luxury hotel. However, it is only revealed to be a billboard on a truck, and when it drives away, it reveals the run-down Spring Breakers motel behind it, much to the disappointment of most of the Tiny Toons.