Shows with their own subpages:
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
- From the episode "I Dream of Jimmy":Jimmy: Carl...you're asleep. There are llamas in the classroom. Libby rowed to school with a plastic leg!
Carl: Her paddle broke!
- This could be semi-justified, since this was happening in Carl's dream, and Carl had admitted beforehand that his dreams don't really follow conventional logic.
- From the episode "Sheen's Brain":Carl: "Tom has three pieces of bubble gum. If he trades all his gum to Ida for two raisins per piece, how many raisins will Tom have?
Sheen: "What sort of idiot would trade bubblegum for raisins?
Jimmy: That's not the point.
Sheen: What is he, some kind of health nut?! If ya ask me, Tom needs counseling. And what kind of name is "Ida"? What's it short for: "I'd have preferred a different name"?!
- From the episode "I Dream of Jimmy":
- American Dad!:
- From the episode "Phantom of the Telethon":Terrorist: When you are forbidden to drink, dance or touch yourself, your afternoons are pretty much free.
Roger: You can't touch yourself? How do you masturbate?
- From "An Incident from Owl Creek":Stan: I'm gonna have a drink at the airport bar, then I'm gonna blow my brains out. Don't tell the kids.
Francine: (chirpily) Stan, the kids know you drink.
Stan: (sighs) Yeah I'm a...I'm not gonna miss that.
- From "Francine's Flashback":Stan: This midnight fishing is great!
Bullock: Sounds to me like someone doesn't want to go home.
Stan: Yeah I'm, uh, layin' low. Today is the anniversary of a huge fight me and Francine got into last year.
Jackson: Yeah? What about?
Stan: Oh, I forgot our anniversary. *Jackson and Bullock go wide-eyed* Hah, I'm never gonna do that again!
Jackson: (beat) ...Ah-
Bullock: raises hand*
Stan: *drinks from beer* Ahhh...............AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!
Bullock: There it is.
- From the episode "Phantom of the Telethon":
Arthur:Wow, what a ridiculous dream. Pal doesn't even know our phone number.
- In the episode "Arthur Goes Crosswire", Arthur gets paired with his class's shallow Rich Bitch, Muffy Crosswire, to work on a project, and he quickly begins to act like her. At the episode's climax, all of Arthur's friends start acting like Muffy to show him how obnoxious he's being. Muffy thinks they're trying to flatter her:Muffy: I didn't mind when Arthur started acting like me, but I'm sorry, there's only one me, and that's enough.
- In "Sick as a Dog", when Pal has to stay overnight at the vet, Arthur has an overblown anxiety-induced dream about Pal calling Arthur and being kidnapped by the other dogs, who leave a ransom note written in pawprints and are pursued by a police helicopter. When Arthur wakes up, what does he say?
- In the episode "Arthur Goes Crosswire", Arthur gets paired with his class's shallow Rich Bitch, Muffy Crosswire, to work on a project, and he quickly begins to act like her. At the episode's climax, all of Arthur's friends start acting like Muffy to show him how obnoxious he's being. Muffy thinks they're trying to flatter her:
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:Sokka: Whoever took Aang and Toph left this.
Katara (reading the note): "If you wanna see your daughter again, bring five hundred gold pieces to the arena..." It's signed Xin Fu and The Boulder.
Sokka: I can't believe it...(grabs the paper from Katara) I HAVE THE BOULDER'S AUTOGRAPH!"
- Also, when Zuko tries to join the group:Zuko: ...and I never should have sent that Fire Nation assassin after you. I'm gonna try to stop—
Sokka: Wait, you sent Combustion Man after us!?
Zuko: Well, that's not his name...
- When Sokka and Suki share a quiet moment in "The Serpent's Pass":Suki: I lost someone I care about. He didn't die, he just went away. I only had a few days to get to know him, but he was smart, and brave, and funny...
Sokka: (offended) Who is this guy? Is he taller than me?
Suki: No, he's about your height.
Sokka: Is he better-looking?"
- The Gaang, minus Aang and Momo who have vanished completely at a moment when the world really needs the Avatar, seek out The Order of the White Lotus. Bumi notices something odd about the group.Bumi: Wait! Someone's missing from your group! Someone very important! Where's Momo?!
Sokka: He's gone. And so is Aang.
Bumi: Oh, well. So long as they have each other, I'm sure we have nothing to worry about.
- In the episode "Sozin's Comet, Part 1 - The Phoenix King", after Zuko attacks Aang to get him to train, Sokka gives us this:Katara: What happened?
Sokka: Zuko's gone crazy! I made a sand sculpture of Suki and he destroyed it! [beat] Oh, and he's attacking Aang.
- Katara questions Toph's training method of rolling a boulder down on Aang so he has to earthbend to deflect it. Toph agrees and adds a blindfold so he has to sense the boulder through the earth.Aang: Gee, thanks Katara!
- Also, when Zuko tries to join the group:
- There are many, many instances of this in Beavis and Butt-Head.
- In Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, Butt-Head is woken from his dream by Beavis with the alarming news that their TV has just disappeared and he can't work out why. After looking at the broken-in door, the muddy footprints leading to the door, and the two people talking about how they're going to sell a TV for about a minute, Butt-Head finally says "Hey Beavis, I've figured something out...this sucks!"
- Also, at the McCarran Airport, they see a guy holding out a sign with their names written on it. Beavis attempts to read it: "B...U...T—'Boot?!' There's a guy named 'Boot?!'" Butt-Head corrects him, sort of. "It says Butt-Head. Beavis, you idiot. These guys have the same names as us!"
- In a regular episode, when some girls at a shopping mall tell the two to come back in ten years, instead of interpreting this as "I don't want to see you for a really long time", they think the girls literally mean to come back to them in ten years. Butt-Head tells Beavis to hurry up and get rid of their "beards" so that they can actually meet them again in ten years. (They're gonna forget by then anyway.)
- In one episode, the two spend the day at Stuart's house while he and his family are out. Two "moving men" break in and they help them steal most of their things. Stuart's dad isn't happy when they tell him the movers took everything. Butt-Head assumes he's angry because his new house was a ripoff.Stuart's Dad: Movers? You idiots! We've been robbed!
Butt-Head: Robbed? We were here all day, we didn't see any robbers.
- In the Yet Another Christmas Carol episode, Beavis is taken to the future to see that a family's children are gone. When informed that they didn't have enough money to feed the children, he concludes that they ate the kids.
- Used with many times in BoJack Horseman.
- When they're filming "Mr. Peanutbutter's Hollywoo Heist", Mr. Peanutbutter continuously subtly rants about how BoJack, who's playing himself, is in a crew-cut and not a V-neck. The movie's script gradually gets worse and worse. When BoJack pulls Mr. Peanutbutter aside to tell him how inaccurate it is, he replies by saying, "...Because of the crew-cut, right?"
- When Sarah Lynn is staying with BoJack and he's unsure whether it's a good idea or not, he asks Diane what she thinks about Sarah Lynn.Diane: Oh, I don't really think about her all that much. I mean, obviously I'm a fan of her early work, which both satirized and celebrated youth culture's obsession with sex, but I do wonder, as a third-wave feminist, if it's even possible for women to reclaim their sexuality in this deeply entrenched patriarchal society, or if claiming to do so is just a lie we tell ourselves so we can more comfortably cater to the male gaze. But you know, on the other hand, I worry that conversations like this one often dismiss her as a puppet of the industry, incapable of engaging in these discussions herself...and infantilization, which is itself a product of the deeply misogynistic society we live in. But, like I said, I don't really think about her all that much.
- In "That's Too Much, Man!", Sarah Lynn tells BoJack that she's always wanted to be an architect...but one of those architects who's also a high-class call-girl at night and a super international spy during the day.BoJack: So when is she an architect?
Sarah Lynn: I don't know frontier times?
- In the Brandy & Mr. Whiskers episode "The No Sleep Over", Mr. Whiskers and Ed attempt to pull a ding-dong-ditch on Brandy. She points out that her and Whiskers' treehouse doesn't have a doorbell, meaning there's no "ding-dong" part, and they forgot to leave before she opened the door, so they left out the "ditch" part as well.
- In A Christmas Carol (1997), Scrooge presents Belle with something round, shiny and the key to their futurenot a ring, but the profits from his first business venture. She's not too thrilled.
- Codename: Kids Next Door:
- Recurring villain Chester starts a burger business that advertises the "Kiddy Meal", which is a trap so kids go in and he puts them in burgers he sells to sharks. Numbuh 3 is sold to a shark family and the rest of the team try to save her, but it turns out she escaped from the box herself and she confronts Chester. His reaction?"Did you know what this means? They'll want their money back!"
- Also, Butt-Monkey the Toilenator is sent to get coffee as an excuse to be kept away from the villains' plan and decides to defeat the Kids Next Door himself to prove his competence to his fellow adults. But he is unaware that Mr. Boss, Crazy Old Cat Lady, Knightbrace and Mr. Wink & Mr. Fibb already broke into Sector V Treehouse and beats them up in a showdown mistaking them for Sector V. Then the real Sector V shows up dumbfounding the Toilenator."I forgot the coffee!"
- Recurring villain Chester starts a burger business that advertises the "Kiddy Meal", which is a trap so kids go in and he puts them in burgers he sells to sharks. Numbuh 3 is sold to a shark family and the rest of the team try to save her, but it turns out she escaped from the box herself and she confronts Chester. His reaction?
- A Cool McCool episode had Number One introducing Cool to a robotic chanteuse made by Rigsy (the agency's inventor) which he plans to use to charm and subsequently capture the archvillain The Rattler. As the robot chanteuse approaches Cool:Chanteuse: (seductively) Cool...you are the cooooolest...
Cool: (picking up the robot's device) I gotta hand it to you, Number One. Out of all the gadgets Rigsy's invented, this is absolutely the greatest. (looks to chanteuse) But shouldn't we talk about it after she leaves?
- In The Critic episode "Miserable":Jay's # 1 Fan: Whenever I get into a relationship with a man, they tend to get dominating and overcritical.
Jay: I can see your point. Although, I wouldn't have used overcritical, and I think your delivery was wooden and unconvincing!
- The Danger Mouse episode "Mechanised Mayhem" has all of London's machines and appliances staging a revolution against their owners. When DM and Penfold retrieve a distress call from Greenback's henchman Stiletto and see Greenback's Frog's Head Flyer joining the mechanical solidarity:Stiletto: Da Baroni's machine is revolting!
Penfold: (sarcastically) Ha! He can talk!
- Same episode: DM is using the telephone (who was leading the mechanical revolt) to find out who is responsible for the mechanical revolution:DM: (receiver to ear) Mm-hmmm....mm-hmmm....good grief!
DM: Leave Fifi out of this!
- Same episode: DM is using the telephone (who was leading the mechanical revolt) to find out who is responsible for the mechanical revolution:
- The Danny Phantom episode "The Million Dollar Ghost" has the following exchange:Newscaster: ...the need for competent, non-Jack Fenton, ghost hunters in Amity Park has never been more obvious.
Jack: Hey! They said my name!
- In the episode "New Mexico" of Dan Vs., Dan and Chris are driving a liquid hydrogen truck (which they stole) through a closed carnival in New Mexico and Dan attempts to throw a lighter at the place, oblivious to the fact that the window is closed. The lighter ends up inside the car, lighting it on fire, and Dan and Chris narrowly make it out before it crashes in a fiery explosion. When Chris asks Dan if he is okay, Dan responds "no", saying that he threw away his good lighter, ignoring the fact that he and Chris were almost killed in the truck crash.Chris: Dan! Are you alright?
Dan: No. (pause) I just realized I threw away my good lighter.
Chris: You almost got us killed and you're worried about a lighter?
Dan: It was nice. I liked it.
- A Daria episode involved a hotel bellboy giving Quinn fantastic room service and upgrades using the excuse of his "uncle" who supposedly owned the hotel. Later Quinn along with her parents was informed by police that the bellboy was in fact billing the family for these, then deleting them from the system and was effectively a stalker. Quinn's reaction:Quinn: You mean I almost went out with...
Police: That's right.
Quinn: A COMPUTER GEEK?!
- Dexter's Laboratory has a particularly funny example with the robot parrot reading out a bunch of random ingredients while Dexter's mother reads a recipe out of a cookbook:Robot Parrot: "Beans."
Robot Parrot: "Cookies!"
Robot Parrot: "Worms and plastic minnows."
Mom: "... Now, wait just a minute, here!... Where am I gonna get worms and plastic minnows?"
Robot Parrot: "The Florida Everglades!"
[*Gilligan Cut of Dexter's Mom driving off to the Florida Everglades in her car*]
- In "Chess Mom", Dexter competes in a chess tournament, but his mom disrupts things by cheering for him really loudly, completely embarrassing him and disrupting everyone's concentration. Dexter tries to tell her to be quiet, but she doesn't listen, then he tells her she doesn't get the spirit of chess. She responds by cheering louder and painting her face like it was a football game. This results in her getting kicked out of the building.
- Captain Hero of Drawn Together is notorious for missing the point, as illustrated by the following example.Unusually Flexible Girl: I missed you more than a retard misses the point!
Captain Hero: What do you mean?
- In one episode, he's under the impression that an AIDS walk is actually a race, and kills the other walkers so that he'll "win." Not only is it not a competition, but since the contestants were being sponsored for how far they walked, Captain Hero ensured that the event didn't raise any money.
- One episode of The Drinky Crow Show has Drinky at sea trying to find a mermaid he thinks he once saw. After beating a Frenchman in a sword fight, he demands to know where she is.Frenchman: Oh, please! The mermaid, she no exist! They are fantasies, hatched in the minds of drunk, frustrated sailors who look at sea cows!
Drinky Crow: How dare you call her FAT!!
- The Fairly OddParents:
- Timmy's dad hears "Icky Vicky", singing about how evil Vicky is. He comes to the conclusion that it's about pumpkins. Doug Dimmadome comes to the same conclusion.
- Timmy's parents (as well as the rest of the world besides Crocker, and even he has his moments) may as well be anthropomorphic personifications of completely missing or ignoring the glaring and obvious magical phenomenon that surrounds Timmy and his fairy godparents. In the episode "Meet the OddParents", Timmy's parents finally begin to seriously suspect the weird things that keep happening to them, such as when they found a gorilla and a monster playing ping pong in Timmy's bedroom. Of course, Timmy's Dad being Timmy's Dad, the only bizarre thing he finds about that situation is that they have a ping pong table.
- In the episode where the Anti-Fairies made their first appearance, Timmy's Dad found a door to Fairy World and the only thing he noticed was that the door didn't lead to the bathroom.
- Family Guy:
- Lois is shown several drawings that Stewie has done. All of them have Lois dying in a particularly gruesome fashion. Lois realizes that this can mean only one thing: "His father's not in any of these pictures; they should spend more time together." The teacher concurs with her.
- One instance of this of many from Peter:Meg: If I can't drive, I'll never have any boyfriends, I'll never get married and then I'll have to adopt a kid like Rosie O'Donnell!
Peter: "Meg, are you implying that Rosie O'Donnell can't drive?"
- In "Back to the Woods" James Woods steals Peter's identity and kicks him out of the house. Brian points out that identity theft works both ways and Peter can be Woods. Peter figures if he was a famous movie star, he wouldn't even want his family.
- A review of Nineteen Eighty-Four:Mrs. Lockhart: Basically what Orwell was saying was it's not perfect, but I'll take it.
- In another episode, Stewie walks in on Chris and his friends watching a porno:Doctor 1: Your test results came back, I'm afraid you've got an acute case of nymphomania.
Woman: Oh no, what should I do?
Doctor 2: Take two of these and call us in the morning!
Stewie: Well that's not going to help her nymphomania! If anything, it'll just exacerbate it!
- When Peter becomes a bully and starts bullying his friends, Lois reminds him that Peter is being no better than the bully that used to torment him in school. Rather than realize what he did was wrong and apologize to his friends, Peter takes the lesson as "I have to confront the guy that used to bully me and kick his ass!" The kicker? The bully from Peter's childhood has Multiple Sclerosis and Peter still tries to beat him up until Chris intervenes.
- In "Seahorse Seashell Party", Peter takes all of Meg's criticisms of him in stride until she calls him a "waste of a man".
- In "Love Thy Trophy", Meg lies about being a single mother of a crack-addicted Stewie in order to get big tips ends up getting Stewie taken away by child services.Lois: How did you make $1,100 as a waitress in a week?
Meg: (nervously) It's easy... when you're the unwed teenage mother of a crack-addicted baby. (nervous laugh)
Peter: Whoa, whoa, whoa, Meg. When did you become a teenager?
Lois: Peter, she's sixteen.
Peter: You knew about this?
- In "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q." when Jeff announces that Brenda is pregnant.Peter: Have you thought about names yet? Like "Slappy" or "Bruisy" or "Keep-it-down-in-thersy"?
- In "Save the Clam", Peter says that one of his hobbies at home is testing Chris to see if he's autistic. When Peter sneaks up behind Chris and bangs two cymbals together near his head, causing Chris to yell and fall to the ground in pain, Peter writes on a notepad that Chris isn't overly affectionate.
- In one episode, the Griffins are watching a news broadcast of Tricia Takanawa interviewing a criminal who was arrested because Chris witnessed him shoplifting and testified against him, and who just broke out of jail:Convict: I'm gonna go bang my girlfriend, and then I'm gonna kill Chris Griffin!
(The entire family gasps in horror)
Stewie: My word! Is he really allowed to say "bang my girlfriend" on this network?
- When Lois addresses a PTA meeting to demand the principal does something to raise the school's average test scores:Principal: We'll drop the dumbest student we have! Chris Griffin is hereby expelled!
Chris: But if I leave now, I'll never find out who's the dumbest kid in school!
- In "He's Too Sexy for His Fat", a cutaway has Peter in the Army dressed as a clown because he believes that the enemy soldiers will be shooting them based on their uniforms, ignoring the fact that their uniforms are designed to blend into their environment and his costume has the opposite effect.
- In the Fanboy and Chum Chum episode "Total Recall", one of the items in Oz's collection of toys recalled for being cartoonishly deadly is a scale replica of the Russian battleship Potemkin which was recalled not because it came with functioning nuclear weaponry, but because it had small parts that broke off easily.
- In Frisky Dingo the Xtacles were not the brightest bunch. After new recruit Hooper showed up with a rather curvy figure (incredible breasts and magnificent posterior), they never quite cottoned on to the fact that he was a she. Then when one of them walked in on "him" in the bathroom and discovered that Hooper had a vagina, they concluded that it must have been really hard for him growing up and that they needed to be more sensitive about calling each other things like "dick" and "pussy".
- Professor Farnsworth says the crew is about to be attacked by an albino humping worm.Fry: Why do they call it an albino humping worm?
[the ship starts rocking back and forth]
Professor Farnsworth: Because it lacks pigment.
- The Robot Mafia is prone to this.Joey Mousepad: This guy's an ox! He's got oxen-like strength. Hey, he needs a nickname, right? Let's call him Clamps!
- Apparently 24th century scientists when renaming Uranus:Farnsworth: They changed that name in 2335 to get rid of that stupid joke once and for all.
Fry: What do they call it now?
- Professor Farnsworth says the crew is about to be attacked by an albino humping worm.
- In the God and Jeffrey clip "If Man Obeyed God", Adam and Eve refuse to eat from the Tree of Knowledge and remain immortal. Thousands of years later, God (who'd actually expected them to eat it) tries to talk Adam into eating the apple after all, only to be told that Adam gave up eating centuries ago: he can't die, and not eating means he doesn't have to deal with the icky business of doing his business, so why bother?
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: In the future, Mandy has mutated into a giant slug creature to obtain immortality and ruled the Earth with an iron fist, keeping a collection of artificially grown Billy clones to keep her company. Demonstrating the same cluelessness as his predecessor, Billy clone 2188, upon activation, asks if Mandy got a new haircut. And he wasn't the only clone to ask about her haircut.
- In "Scythe for Sale", Billy tries to sell off a bag of golf clubs containing Grim's scythe to Irwin. Not understanding the concept of haggling, he makes Irwin pitch lower and lower offers until Billy finally accepts a worthless amusement park souvenir penny.
- The Muggles of Invader Zim. Despite admitting many, many times that he is an alien intent on conquering Earth, Zim is dismissed as talking about something completely different.
- An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes, Jimmy and Heloise are strapped into a roller coaster designed to kill them. One section involves passing through several giant meat cleavers...which only results in a Close-Call Haircut. She angrily yells "Your henchmen do shoddy work!"
- As part of an Overly Long Gag in the episode "Let's Play Golf". Kaeloo attempts to explain the rules of golf to Stumpy and Quack Quack. First, she says that the object of the game is to put the ball in the hole. Stumpy picks up the ball, runs to the hole and puts it in. Kaeloo then tells him that he was supposed to put it in with the club, so he takes the club and drops it down the hole with the ball. Kaeloo tells him that he was supposed to hit the ball with the club, so he goes to the hole with the ball in it and starts violently shoving the club down the hole to "hit" the ball.
- In the episode "Let's Play Red Light, Green Light", when Quack Quack is having trouble opening a yogurt container, Stumpy suggests using a chainsaw. Kaeloo tells him that chainsaws are for cutting trees, and then she proceeds to open the yogurt in a strategic manner and tell Stumpy to "use his head". Stumpy misunderstands this as "use your head to cut trees", so he runs headlong into a tree.
- In Episode 34, Stumpy is granted invisibility powers. He then decides to play hide and seek with Quack Quack. Just then, his powers wear off, leaving him visible again. Quack Quack immediately finds him since he can now see him, and Stumpy realizes that he can see his body again. Rather than realize that he lost his invisibility, he assumes that he has also developed the power to see things that are invisible.
- In one episode, Kaeloo tries to prove that Mr. Cat is too violent with Quack Quack by showing him a bunch of video clips from previous episodes where he tortured him on a TV screen. The only thing Mr. Cat manages to gather from the videos is that he looks extremely telegenic.
- In Episode 93, Stumpy and Quack Quack are training to be firefighters, and one of their training exercises involves "rescuing" Mr. Cat from the second floor of a building which they pretend is on fire. They try to get in, and Stumpy decides to use Quack Quack as a battering ram to break the door open. Kaeloo points out that they were supposed to use a ladder and get to the window Mr. Cat is standing at. Stumpy and Quack Quack take the ladder to the window...and then try to break the windowsill, once again using Quack Quack as a battering ram.
- In "Let's Play Simon Says", Kaeloo runs around greeting all the people and non-living objects with "Good day!" By the time she finally meets Mr. Cat, the last person she wanted to greet before leaving, it's nighttime. He calls her an idiot for wasting a whole day saying "good day" to a bunch of non-living objects. Kaeloo realizes that he is right...she should probably be saying "good night" instead!
- Kim Possible: Ron Stoppable, master of the missed point. For example, fixating on a restaurant manager's decision to take his favourite meal off the menu, instead of said manager's Secret Identity as a superhero, or worrying that the Self-Destruct Mechanism in Drakken's lair will destroy a mind-switching device they need to use, missing the detail that since he and Kim are tied up there, the explosion will get them, too.
- King of the Hill:
- Dale manages to do a single-person version of this by relating to Hank about how 9 months before the birth of his son, he was off chasing UFOs in the desert while his wife was with John Redcorn. Hank says, "Your wife loves you!", but then Dale comes to the conclusion that the aliens impregnated Nancy to take his attention away from them, and asks Hank if there's any better explanation. [[Chocolate Baby Obviously there is,
- Even better, in the episode where Dale's wife ends the affair, Dale notices that every time she gets a headache, she calls in John Redcorn to give her a massage, and comes to the obvious conclusion: her headaches are a cry for attention, and he's been selfishly pawning her off on someone else instead of taking care of her himself. When Redcorn sneaks into their bedroom later to try and patch things up, Dale mistakes him for a burglar and knocks him out with a lamp. Dale is the one who feels guilty for this and in order to make good he helps Redcorn recover his peoples' lands, which ironically helps end the affair because Redcorn feel guilty about betraying Dale's honest friendship and kindness.
- In the first season, Bobby went to Willie Nelson's house to try to apologize for accidentally hitting him with a golf club... But there was some confusion at first:Nelson: Wait, I know you... You're the kid who rakes my lawn.
Bobby: No, I'm the kid who hit you.
Nelson: With a rake?
Bobby: No, with a golf club!
Nelson: You've been rakin' my yard with a golf club? I want my ten bucks back!
- When John Redcorn, Joseph's actual father, tries to be a part of his son's life by taking him on a traditional Native American vision quest as a rite of passage, Dale decides to tag along. Joseph doesn't have a vision, but Dale does. He sees a man wearing an elaborate Native American headdress having sex with Nancy, and then flashes forward to the day of Joseph's birth, where Joseph is born wearing the same headdress. Dale comes to the only possible conclusion... he has Native American ancestry!
- When Dale's father tries to come out to him as gay, he doesn't directly say it, only saying that the rodeo he works at is a gay rodeo and that his "friend" isn't just his friend, but his partner. Dale is disgusted, and tells his father to get out of his sight. After all, his father obviously just confessed to being a government agent, the greatest enemy of conspiracy nuts like Dale all over the world. Why else would the biggest ladies man Dale has ever known be working at the gay rodeo, and with a partner? The two of them must be undercover! He eventually does find out the truth, though, and it doesn't bother him that his father is gay. After all, he's been friends with John Redcorn for years!
- In one episode, Hank catches Bobby with a girls' cheerleading uniform and angrily tells him, "There had better be a naked cheerleader under your bed!"
- When Bobby and Joseph are at a library, Joseph wants to hurry to the art section before all the naked photography books are checked out. Bobby, deeply studying Native American history at the time, is annoyed that that's all Joseph can think about: photography.
- In Disney's Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Lilo often does this as part of her Cloudcuckoolander personality.
- In the episode "The Asteroid", she does this twice in one conversation:Lilo: Cobra Bubbles? What are you doing here?
Cobra: There are questions in life one prefers not to answer.
Lilo: So true. So, what are you doing here?
Cobra: Lilo, I appreciate your curiosity, but there comes a time when adults must deal with adult problems, and children must stay with their field trips and out of adults' hair. Do you understand?
Lilo: You don't have any hair!
- She occasionally gives an experiment an appropriate nickname, but not for the reason you'd expect:
- Experiment 113, who affects the luck of whoever is nearby. Whether it is bad luck or good luck depends on which way the horseshoe-shaped horn on his head is pointing...though in the first part of the episode, even Jumba thought it only created bad luck. After driving away the customer they had for Jumba and Pleakley's "Bed, not Breakfast", Lilo says they need to name him...Pleakley: A name, oh, how about, uh, I don't know, Unlucky? Or Mr. Unlucky? Or Unluckifier?
Lilo: How about Shoe?
Pleakley: Because of that horseshoe shape on his head?
Lilo: Because he needs shoes. He doesn't have any.
- Experiment 251, who binds together uncooperative people with an indestructible putty (though they find out later that Earth wasn't one of the planets taken into account when calling it indestructible; it dissolves in mud). When Lilo and Mertle capture it...Lilo: I think I'm gonna name him... Link.
Mertle: Because he links people together?
Lilo: No, silly. It's short for Linkenstein, the zombie president.
- Experiment 177, which was designed to eat Uburnium, the most powerful and economical fuel source in the universe, and drive prices through the roof. Unfortunately for Jumba, in the language he was using the word used for "Uburnium" was the same word used for "hair". When Lilo and Stitch catch it after it wreaks havoc at a local spa, this exchange follows:Lilo: Hmm... you look like a hairy hairball. And you seem to like to eat hair, and you're made of hair, so I'm gonna call you...
Lilo: NO... Clip!
- Experiment 113, who affects the luck of whoever is nearby. Whether it is bad luck or good luck depends on which way the horseshoe-shaped horn on his head is pointing...though in the first part of the episode, even Jumba thought it only created bad luck. After driving away the customer they had for Jumba and Pleakley's "Bed, not Breakfast", Lilo says they need to name him...
- In the episode "The Asteroid", she does this twice in one conversation:
- The Little Flying Bears: Skulk once had a party with fireworks that went out of control. After the fire was put off, Plato said he hoped Skulk learned his lesson. Skulk said next party would be held closer to the river so it'll be easier to get water.
- In "Llama Llama Light Show" from Llama Llama, when Euclid mentions the upcoming meteor shower, Gilroy comments that he likes baths better.
- Looney Tunes:
- In the short "Daffy Duck Slept Here", Daffy tricks a drowsy Porky into walking out the window of a high-rise hotel room by making him think he was boarding a train. However, when it shows that Porky is on a train outside the window, Daffy makes this statement.Daffy: That's just plain ol' silly. I should have given him some magazines to read on the trip. Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo!
- In the "pronoun trouble" scene from "Rabbit Seasoning", Daffy think he's spotted the problem with Bugs' retort.Daffy: It's not "he doesn't have to shoot you now", it's "he doesn't have to shoot me now". (beat) Well I say, he does have to shoot me now! (to Elmer) So shoot me now!
Elmer: (shrugs, shoots Daffy)
- In the short "Daffy Duck Slept Here", Daffy tricks a drowsy Porky into walking out the window of a high-rise hotel room by making him think he was boarding a train. However, when it shows that Porky is on a train outside the window, Daffy makes this statement.
- My Dad the Rock Star: When Rock Zilla's alma mater granted him a honorary doctorate, he thought he'd be that kind of doctor and started practicing the shout of "Calling Doctor Zilla". When he was told it wasn't that kind of doctorate and he'd instead be a sort of professor, he shouted "Calling Professor Zilla".
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- In the episode "Boast Busters," a unicorn named Trixie comes to town claiming to be incredibly powerful and capable of vanquishing the dreaded Ursa Major. Most of the ponies don't buy it, but two young colts fall for her story and proudly defend her. Spike tells them that unless they actually see her pulling off the feats she claims, they shouldn't believe her. They take this as a cue to find an Ursa Major and bring it to town so Trixie can defeat it in front of everyone. Bad idea.
- In "Stare Master" Fluttershy (finally) gets the Cutie Mark Crusaders into bed and starts singing them a lullaby. Sweetie Belle notes that she knows the song and, when when asked to join Fluttershy, proceeds to raise the roof.
- In "The Show Stoppers," The Cutie Mark Crusaders enter the school talent show hoping to get their cutie marks, but each tackles something they're not suited for (and that another one of them is perfect for). They do actually win an award, but don't get their cutie marks. They realize they failed to get their marks because they neglected their true talents, but decide that their actual calling in life must be comedy, since they won Best Comedy Act.
- Done once again by Scootaloo in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles":Scootaloo: Argh! These namby-pamby stories aren't getting us any closer to our cutie marks! They're all about 'finding out who you are' and boring stuff like that! Explanation for the uninitiated
- Let's just save time and say the CMC pretty much embody this trope every time they appear in the show, because instead of cultivating the talents they're actually good at, they spend all their time trying every random activity they can think of. Like Wile E. Coyote, they've gotten so obsessed with the short-term goal ("catch the roadrunner" / "get a cutie mark") that they've lost sight of why they wanted to accomplish the goal in the first place. Making things worse is that this same obsession leads to them ignoring the hints their elders are giving them.
- In "Party of One" Pinkie Pie throws a birthday party for her toothless pet alligator Gummy, and her friends have a delightful time. though she's a little overeager during the party. The next day, she invites them to an after-birthday-party party that afternoon. All five of her friends decline the invitation. The viewer is led to assume they turn her down because two parties in two days is a too much partying, but they're actually planning a surprise party for her own birthday, which she forgot due to being wrapped up in her own plans for the second party. Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash collaboratively lie, hilariously building the worst excuse of the bunch.Pinkie Pie: Something strange is definitely going on around here, Gummy. Sure Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy had to house-sit for that vacationing bear, but what are the chances all my other friends would have plans this afternoon too? Rarity (the fashionista) has to wash her hair? Applejack (the farmer) has to pick apples? Twilight (the student) is behind on her studies, and has to hit the books? The more I think about it, the more those are starting to sound like (gasps) excuses!
- Even before that, in the second episode...Fluttershy: Why Rarity, it's so lovely!
Rarity: I know! (whips her restored tail) I'll never part with it again!
Fluttershy: No, your necklace.
- In "Owl's Well That Ends Well", Twilight lectures Spike about all the trouble he's been causing because he's jealous of Owlowiscious, telling him "This is not the Spike I know and love!" A dejected Spike interprets this as meaning Twilight doesn't love him anymore, and prompts him to run away from home.
- "To Where and Back Again Part 1": When Starlight is anxious about visiting the Sunset Festival, Twilight suggests that she take a trusted friend with her. The scene cuts to Starlight telling Trixie she was the first pony she thought to bring.
- In Not Without My Handbag, when Satan (possessing her handbag) locks her niece in the washing machine, Auntie says, "My goodness! That's not my handbag! And it's a rather cheap imitation".
- In The Oblongs, Pickles tries to teach Milo that she's cool because she married a great guy and had great kids. Milo reaches the conclusion that he must marry his father.Bob: You just ruined what could have been a very poignant family moment, son.
- The Penguins of Madagascar:
- After accidently being zapped by the penguins's enhancement ray, Mort (a tiny mouse lemur) quadrupled in size and strength, capable of bringing down animals larger than himself and many times taller than his bossy but absent-minded ring-tailed lemur leader, King Julien. Julien's advisor, Maurice, takes note of this transformation immediately.Maurice: Do you, uh, notice anything different about Mort?
Julien: Well yes, he's obviously doing something different with his hair! It's nice actually.
- In another episode, Maurice takes over as king while Julien is sick, becomes mad with power after eating rotten lychee nuts, and threatens to take over the entire zoo. After hearing about this, Julien's reaction is, "I cannot believe what I am hearing. Maurice ate my lychee nuts!"
- Julien, when mocking the rats who are playing against the penguins at hockey, sneers "You probably can't even get the ball into the hoopy-thingy!" Kowalski tells him it's called a "puck", to which Julien responds "Oh, thanks ... You probably can't even get the ball into the puck thingy!"
- After accidently being zapped by the penguins's enhancement ray, Mort (a tiny mouse lemur) quadrupled in size and strength, capable of bringing down animals larger than himself and many times taller than his bossy but absent-minded ring-tailed lemur leader, King Julien. Julien's advisor, Maurice, takes note of this transformation immediately.
- Phineas and Ferb
- In "Greece Lightning", Dr. Doofenshmirtz, the nemesis of superspy Perry the Platypus, watches an old educational film and finds out that due to the effects of encroaching development, "the enemy of the platypus is Man!" So... he builds a giant robot man named Norm, complete with business suit, with which to defeat Perry the Platypus. Also, Buford tells Baljeet "You're going down!". Baljeet then points out that they're on the same team, to which Buford replies "then you're going down with me!"
- In "The Doof Side of the Moon", Doofenshmirtz plans to rotate the moon so that the "dark side" always faces the Earth. At the end of the episode, he realizes his mistake (moonlight is reflected sunlight), and chastises himself, "Dummkopf! I should have rotated the sun!"
- Doofenshmirtz can't tell that Perry is the same platypus with his hat off. Perry once escaped a trap by removing his hat and Doofenshmirtz released the "regular platypus" and wondered what happened to Perry. In another instance, Perry was revealing himself after being disguised as a plumber... But he was still wearing a plumber's belt, so Doofenshmirtz inquired, "Perry the Platypus Plumber?". This was brought to its height in "Across the Second Dimension", where his doppelganger tried to explain it to him and he still couldn't grasp the concept.
- When Perry shows up in the middle of an all-out battle with Doofenshmirtz in "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted", all Candace can say is, "Perry has a hat?" Luckily, it was All Just a Dream. A Dream Within a Dream to be precise.
- The 2010 Pound Puppies:
- McLeish attempts to keep his mother from finding out he's a dog catcher, but when his ruse fails, his mother threatens to cut him out of her will, remove him from the family scrapbook, and disinvite him from Thanksgiving. McLeish's comment: "But the turkey!"
- In the same episode, he resolves to tell his mother that he's actually a CIA agent working undercover, "If I told you more, Mother, I'd have to make you disappear." Olaf, whom he was testing this out on, asks, "Disappear? So are you a spy or a magician?" Annoyed, McLeish storms out, leaving Olaf to mumble, "Being a magician's nothing to be ashamed of."
- The Powerpuff Girls:
- In one episode, after Mojo Jojo reveals his backstory:Blossom: What?
Bubbles: I dont believe it! We had our very own pet monkey?
- In "Los Dos Mojos", where Bubbles has amnesia and thinks she's Mojo:
- In "Helter Shelter", Bubbles brings home a baby whale. When it starts to die from being on land for so long, she realizes that it needs water... and tries to rehydrate it by splashing a cup on it.
- In one episode, after Mojo Jojo reveals his backstory:
- In the Camping Episode of Ready Jet Go!, a squirrel eats all of the jellybeans that Carrot had been marking their trail with. Mitchell and Jet are concerned that they are lost, but Carrot is only concerned about the squirrel's dental hygiene.
- In the beginning of "The Mindysphere", Sean tells Jet and Sydney about how his mom taught him about the heliosphere while eating breakfast. Jet is only interested in what Sean had for breakfast.
- Regular Show:
- In the half-hour special "The Dome Experiment", the park workers are trapped in the park when Maellard lets scientists put a dome over it for unexplained reasons, and Benson is blamed for getting the date wrong. He then becomes obsessed with proving his innocence (even though the others quickly stopped caring) and breaks into the scientists' lab to find proof that he didn't mix up the dates. Instead he finds plans for the dome and evidence proving they were intentionally trapped, which he immediately disregards and keeps looking for his printed-out email.
- Benson manages to do it again in "Chili Cook-off", when he breaks into Gene's office to find proof that he cheated in the eponymous cook-off. Instead he finds another Evidence Dungeon with a portrait of Maellard, Gene, and the head scientist running the dome experiment, a list of shell corporations, more dome plans, and Gene's list of expenses mentioning 2 trillion dollars he spent on their Masonic lodge. He then confronts Gene over the pepper stems in his garbage.
- Played with in Rick and Morty's "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" Rick is pointing out things that don't make sense to convince Morty that they're in a simulation, specifically a living Pop Tart with a toaster-themed house and car. Morty agrees, noting that a Pop Tart would be too scared of toasters to live in one. Rick cites this trope as he clarifies his point — its car is also a toaster, and someone's car is not normally a smaller copy of their house — but really, both observations are valid.
- In Ruby Gloom, conjoined brothers Frank and Len often miss the point of what others are saying, especially Len. This is so common that Frank has developed his own catchphrase because of it: "You're just not getting it, Len."
- This exchange from Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost after they've exposed the identity of the so-called "ghost" of Sarah Ravenscroft:Thorn: (surprised) Daddy?
Mr. McKnight: Hello, Sally.
Luna: Your dad's the ghost?
Fred: Your name is Sally?
- The special Night of the Living Doo featured celebrity guest star Gary Coleman becoming a zombie. When he explains to the gang that he's now undead, they are not alarmed and act as if "undead" is a synonym for "alive".
- In Sheep in the Big City, the Ranting Swede's rants tend to come from him misunderstanding a simple American custom, metaphor or item; such as refrigerators ('I came here to get AWAY from the cold!'), coffee tables ('Is every beverage going to want their own table?') juggling his job, house and family ('It's hard enough trying to have those things, let alone juggle them!') or answering machines. ('I ask it "Will I ever find true love?", and it just SITS there!')
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- In "The Bully", a new student at Mrs. Puff's driving school draws himself punching the title character on the chalkboard and repeatedly threatens to kick his butt. This naturally horrifies SpongeBob, while Mrs. Puff just thinks he's a talented artist.note
- In the episode "Dying for Pie", Squidward accidentally buys an exploding pie for SpongeBob. Mr. Krabs, "inspecting" it, pinches off a tiny piece of crust to eat. When he drops the piece on the ground, it explodes and leaves a huge, gaping hole in Mr. Krabs' office, blasting him and Squidward outside. Then SpongeBob comes in: "Mr. Krabs, are you okay? I heard a... WOW!! (completely ignores the hole and points at the pie) A pie!"
- In "Krabby Land" when SpongeBob has to stall kids for Mr. Krabs by hurting himself, SpongeBob comes to him all battered up and pleads to him to make 'Krabby the Clown' appear already. Mr. Krabs asks him where his arms and legs are, and SpongeBob tells him the kids are using them as boomerangs (with one leg even flying around among them). Mr. Krabs then gets worried that it might break his windows.
- SpongeBob can regenerate limbs though, so it's possible Mr. Krabs really didn't see a problem.
- Mr. Krabs is fond of this. In "Born Again Krabs" when Squidward called out Krabs for selling SpongeBob's soul:Squidward: Mr. Krabs, I can't believe I'm saying this, but how could you sell SpongeBob for 62 cents?
Mr. Krabs: You think I could have gotten more?
- SpongeBob seems rather fond of this trope, actually...Mr. Krabs: Neptune preserve her!
Squidward: How long can she stay like that?
Spongebob: I dunno!
Patrick: Sandy's a girl?
- On yet another driving test rampage, SpongeBob flies by two cops and goes straight through a building.Cop 1: Barnacles! Did you see that?!
Cop 2: Yeah! That guy had no front license plate! LET'S GET 'IM!
- In "Squid's Day Off" Mr. Krabs goes to the hospital and leaves Squidward in charge of the Krusty Krab. Squidward takes advantage of this by telling SpongeBob he has some errands to do so that he can stay at home and skip work. But whenever he reaches his house Squidward ends up becoming paranoid, first that SpongeBob will mess everything up, then later that SpongeBob suspects Squidward's just goofing off and will tell Mr. Krabs about it. In one of those times he ends up going back to the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob innocently asks Squid about his errands. Squidward interprets it as an accusatory question.Squidward: What's that supposed mean? I'm very busy.
SpongeBob: I'm sure you are.
Squidward: I don't like your tone!
SpongeBob: (falsetto) I'm sure you aaaaare. How's that?
- In "Wet Painters" when SpongeBob and Patrick are about to paint the interior of Mr. Krabs's house, they set up the tarp needed to protect the flooring from spills. The tarp is only one square foot, so instead of getting a larger tarp, they put down more equal-sized tarps that still aren't enough to cover the whole floor.
- In that same episode, when trying to get the paint off Mr. Krabs' first dollar, SpongeBob's fourth attempt is beating Patrick with a baseball bat to beat the paint off. Patrick points him to a computer and convinces him that they can use technology to solve their problem, only to pick up the monitor and beat the dollar with it to no effect.
- In "Big Pink Loser", SpongeBob rings up an order that Patrick immediately eats in under three seconds, then gets another tray and instructs Patrick to deliver it to a customer. Since SpongeBob never tells Patrick that he's not supposed to eat it himself, he eats it again when SpongeBob tells him to deliver the tray to the customer, then a third time when SpongeBob tells him to make sure the food gets to the customer's table.
- In "Suds", after working up SpongeBob with the belief that the doctor's office is a horrible place, Patrick attempts to cure him using various methods before Sandy can come and take him there, but they all end up being this: spreading seanut butter on SpongeBob's foot, then putting it between two slices of bread and putting his shoe on it, removing one of his front teeth with the "string on a doorknob" trick, using him as a trampoline, repeatedly pulling off and reapplying a bandage to his back, and putting him in a medieval rack.
- In "Nature Pants", when the grill starts to smoke due to SpongeBob not paying attention, Mr. Krabs gives him a fire extinguisher. He throws it at the grill, causing Mr. Krabs to glare at him right before the grill catches fire.
- In the first "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy", the last straw for the titular duo is seeing that SpongeBob and Patrick decided to paint their Invisible Boatmobile black, thereby making it visible.
- In an episode of Squirrel Boy when Andy is worried that his and Rodney's attempts to get money from recycling cans is too slow, he has an Imagine Spot of them 20 years later and no closer to reaching their goal:Grown-Up Rodney: See, Grown-Up Andy? One man's garbage is another man's garbage that can be traded for minuscule amounts of cash.
Grown-Up Andy: But Grown-Up Rodney, we're no closer to owning a rollercastle note now than we were 20 years ago.
Grown-Up Rodney: Sure we are! We have a dollar.
Grown-Up Andy: (screams, segueing into present-day Andy screaming)
- Star Wars Resistance: In "The Core Problem", upon being told that the maneuver Poe intends to use to sneak off the Colossus is called the "Widowmaker", Kaz protests that he's not married.
- Steven Universe: In "The Zoo", Greg refuses to be part of "The Choosening" among the captives of a People Zoo, telling the "Zoomans" that back on Earth, people are free to choose for themselves whoever they want to be with. All of the Zoomans then try to "Choosen" Greg, who isn't interested.
- In the Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures episode "Too Cool For Rules", Plum Pudding, tired of having to follow rules that she considers "silly", implements some ridiculous rules for anyone who wants to use her dance studio, such as guessing a password and wearing a yellow hat. To retaliate, Lemon Meringue, Blueberry Muffin, and Mr. Longface Caterpillar make up rules of their own for her to follow when she visits them. Strawberry Shortcake rounds those three up and tells them that they aren't helping the situation, and that it isn't fair to have silly rules just for Plum. Their reaction: make everyone follow their new rules.
- In the Teen Titans Go! episode "Communicate Openly", when Bumblebee officially becomes the Titans' Sixth Ranger, she mutates into into an amorphous monster due to her being forced to sleep in the same room as a nuclear reactor. The Titans fail to realize that she's mutated from the reactor and think their mistreatment of her is the cause, so they try to liven up her room with new furniture, then think the problem is that the reactor is taking up too much space. After they destroy the reactor and nuke the whole city in the process, they get a new couch for all six of them to sit on.
- Thomas the Tank Engine: People on the Isle of Sodor tend to have rather blase reactions to train crashes.
- Rather famously, Thomas crashed right into the Stationmaster's house one morning... and his wife was worried more about the pancakes.
- A barber meanwhile has a train crash into his shop when he's shaving a customer, and he decides to get payback by covering half of Duck's face up with shaving cream.
- When The Tick was interviewed on TV, and questioned about what his powers were:Interviewer: Can you destroy the Earth?
Tick: E-GAD!! I hope not! That's where I keep all my stuff!
- In "Red Thunder" on Timothy Goes to School, Henry sets up a biking exercise in which the kids have to navigate through orange cones while also being graded on speed, accuracy, safety skills and overall bikemanship. When the Franks finish their turn, they tell him, "We're done, and we got them all," and Henry can only chuckle as he looks over and sees that they did indeed "get them all" - all of the cones have been knocked over.I-I think you missed the point of the exercise, boys.
- In Total Drama World Tour, a challenge requires the contestants to use riddles as clues to help capture "Jack the Ripper". When Noah and Owen run into the final clue, Noah is in stunned disbelief when Owen figures out the clue on his first try with no help, remarking, "So there is a brain in there. You've been holding out on me." Owen responds that he was not holding out on Noah, because he told him about the sausages he smuggled.
- What's New, Scooby-Doo?: When the gang spotted a journalist trying to use her cell phone to tell her boss about the expected audience from the attacks of the Monster of the Week, Fred commented on that he thought it was easier to get cell phones to work there. Then it was revealed it had relevance.