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  • In 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Spot the chicken describes herself as a "dog in a chicken's body", and wants to become a dalmatian instead of a chicken, a desire which greatly offends her mother. It's easy to compare Spot's situation to that of a transgender person who butts heads with their parent over their preferences.
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  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: In "Spontaneously Combustible", Ickis becomes a pariah after being diagnosed with a monster disease that might make him explode, with his fellow students afraid they'll catch it if they get too close to him. His ill treatment resembles the stigmata and discrimination HIV-positive people face (especially since the episode came out in The '90s, when AIDS awareness started becoming more of a thing).
  • Æon Flux was pretty much made of this trope. In one episode Trevor caught Aeon atop his high-atmosphere platform; both were wearing pressurized air suits, and Trevor plugged the air hose from his suit into Aeon's and forcibly inflated her suit, then drained the excess air back into his, and repeat, causing each one to swell up in turn. She grunts in shock each time she's "filled up". Riiiight.
  • American Dad! has this:
    Stan: And the Number One dog on my fictitious dog list is Brian Griffin!
    (zoom out to reveal Brian, sipping a martini)
    Brian: Uh, do I know you? (walks off)
    Stan: (Beat) STOP PRETENDING I DON'T EXIST!
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    • Another episode has Stan's father explain to him that in order to bypass the dial locks on the vault, you have to treat it right like a woman's body. Cut to Stan's father fiddling with the locks that are arranged just like a woman's "parts".
  • Amphibia: In "Wax Museum", after Frog Soos postulates there are perhaps alternate universe versions of themselves, Curator Ponds asks if he's been licking himself again.
  • In The Animals of Farthing Wood: Apart from his hatred of Scarface, Fox's attitude towards Ranger and his relationship with Charmer comes from the fact they're red foxes and Ranger is blue.
    Charmer: What difference does our colour make?
  • Arthur:
    • In S7's "April 9th", a response to September 11th, the characters react to a fire that damages the school. Arthur in particular becomes very worried about his father, who was in the school during the fire. Mr. Read tells him it's his job to worry about Arthur, not the other way around.
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    • In S9's "Arthur Makes Waves", Arthur and D.W. go to the MacDonald house during a heat wave to cool off in the pool in their yard, where D.W.'s classmate and Implied Love Interest James shows up shirtlessnote , nervously asking D.W. if she needs him to kiss her again, to which D.W. responds "Uh-uh" (meaning "No") after a brief pause. The scene is reminiscent of two lovers being nervous about sexual intercourse.
    • "The Pride of Lakewood", a toned-down version of The Wave... and we all know what that was about...
    • The Big Boss Bars in "To Eat or Not to Eat" are highly addictive, which could cause some viewers to think of drug addiction.
      • Binky essentially acts as a drug dealer in the episode, buying out the Sugar Bowl's supply and selling them to students in withdrawal at inflated prices.
    • "Prunella the Packrat" is reminiscent of Hoarding Buried Alive or Hoarders, but for kids. Similarities include Prunella saving things for odd or weak reasons, not being able to let go, accumulating more stuff, and being shocked that she actually has closet space.
    • "All Thumbs", in which Arthur walks in on Buster sucking his thumb, treats the resulting embarrassment between the two as if Buster was caught with his pants down.
    • "Whip. Mix. Blend." has Rattles' attempt to bond with his soon-to-be step-siblings, Angie and Ansel, come off like a rough first date.
  • In Arthur Christmas: Arthur Claus gets a look of amazed anticipation on his face and Bryony asks him, "Is this your first time?" He nods, speechless, and she takes him by the hand and leads him to...a lit Christmas tree, so he can put a wrapped gift under it.
  • In the Animated Adaptation of Asterix and the Big Fight, you can see Cancaphonix singing like a rock star, his guitar between his legs.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The scene at the end of "The Headband" where Aang and Katara have a big dance number that ends with them sweating and panting, looking at each with big smiles on their faces was something. Granted that is what normally happens when people dance, but still.
    • In the beginning of the episode where Sokka meets his future girlfriend, Aang quite happily says the line, "Where we're going, you won't need any pants!" Sokka also dresses up in women's clothes in that episode.
    • The scene in "Bitter Work", where Toph steals Aang's sack of nuts and then breaks a few with his staff and eats them. She even calls Aang a delicate instrument.
    • The giant drill the Fire Nation used to pierce the wall of Ba Sing Se in "The Drill", complete with the rock/water slurry, which appears to serve as a lubricant for the drill, and has the consistency of very slippery mud. When Aang delivers the crushing blow to the drill by smashing the weak spot, the slurry splatters everywhere, but particularly towards the front of the drill. It's no wonder Mai doesn't want to go anywhere near the stuff. And just in case it was still subtle as all, just before attempting to "penetrate the Impenetrable City", the Drill extends itself.
      • It actually gets worse in that the drill was being used for an invasion, so rape allegory also applies.
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • "The Ultimate Thrill" features Roxy Rocket, a former stuntwoman turned jewel thief who rides rockets as part of her robbery plans. It's mentioned a couple of times that she is in it more for the thrill of the crime than the actual spoils, and adding Batman chasing her into the mix just made it more exciting. The episode ends with Batman cornering Roxy straddling one of her rockets which is about to crash into the side of a cliff, and her getting really into it.
    • Batman: The Animated Series was notorious for its sexual innuendo. The pie scene in "Mad Love" for instance:
      Harley: Don't you wanna rev up your Harley? VROOM VROOM!
  • In an episode of Batman Beyond, the villain Shriek (a sound engineer) rewards his assistant by letting him play with a special tuning fork that "stimulates the brain's pleasure center." Ollie enjoys it so much that he winds up lying on the floor, rubbing the fork on his head, moaning sensually and giggling. Watching the scene as an adult, it's hard NOT to see the fork as a stand-in for a vibrator.
  • Ben 10: Alien Force: One episode has Ben telling Kevin about a Contested Sequel to the Show Within a Show Sumo Slammers called Sumo Slammers: Hero Generation. In it, the franchise's main character teams up with one of the first series' most prominent villains after a 5-year time skip. In case it wasn't obvious enough, the working title for Alien Force was "Hero Generation". Kevin has a similar reaction to the audience, but obviously more of a "This reminds me of things that have been happening to me recently" than a "This reminds me of the show I'm watching right now".
  • Bob's Burgers,
    • In "Lobsterfest", Bob's kids discuss how they saw their "first time", eating lobster. This is carried out to the point of Tina wanting to "wait for marriage" to have lobster, and Gene wanting to eat lobster his first time in a hot tub. Louise just wants to order lobster as her last meal before an execution and use its claws to stab her way to freedom. In the same episode, Hugo's date appears to like a man with a big "badge".
    • "The Hormon-iums" can be seen as a PG-rated criticism on abstinence-only sex education. Mr. Frond creates a play to make the kids at Wagstaff believe that if they kiss anybody at all they will get mononucleosis and will die from it. Tina, who is very kiss-positive, doesn't agree with the play, but is tempted to go through with it when Mr. Frond offers her the leading role. When she goes to Bob for advice, he tells Tina she shouldn't do the play if she doesn't believe in its message. He also tells her she's the only one in charge of her mouth and whether or not she kisses anyone with it, as well as who she kisses with it, is nobody's business but her own. In the end, Tina decides to agree to do the play so she can hijack it during the presentation to give the Wagstaff student body real information about mononucleosis; mainly, that it isn't life-threatening unless you're very young, very old, or have a compromised immune system, and it's easily treatable in most cases. She also demonstrates that you can avoid mono while still being kiss-positive simply by just kissing people who don't have it.
      Tina: We don't have to not kiss, we just have to smart kiss.
  • The Boondocks episode "A Date with the Health Inspector" is a satire of the Iraq War. Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy represent George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfield, the X-Box killer which starts the whole episode is Osama Bin Laden, and the store clerk that Ed and Rummy rob for no reason is Saddam Hussein (in a No Celebrities Were Harmed). Several quotes are also made referencing the war, such as Rummy reciting Rumsfeld's "known unknowns and unknown unknowns" quote, and Wuncler telling the clerks to "Bring it, bitch" (a parallel to Bush's "Bring them on" speech).
  • Camp Lazlo: The "Buddy Match" ceremony from "Irreconcilable Dungferences" is played out like a wedding.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers: In "Frog Day Afternoon", Dr. Blight manages to shoot Wheeler and Linka with darts full of her latest experimental mutation serum that unexpectedly causes them to shrink to about an inch tall... only hours later, in their sleep. And their clothes didn't shrink along with them. One can only imagine what the other Planeteers concluded upon awakening to wonder "Where could they have gone?" "Without their clothes?"
  • Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings: When Professor Coldheart is introduced, he picks up kids who get so mad at their parents that they run away from home, drives them to his home (Coldheart Castle) and refuses to let them leave, makes them drink something, turns them into disgusting reptilian-esque creatures, and keeps them as slaves. Child viewers recognize him as the stranger parents and teachers warn you never to get in a car with or let "touch you" in a vague way long before they learn the term "pedophile."
  • Centaurworld:
    • When Glendale needs to push very large objects out of her stomach portal, the dialogue would be equally suitable for a scene about childbirth.
    • "Holes, Part 2": "Baby's First Spell" is a song that very unsubtly compares learning magic to going through puberty.
    • In "Ride the Whaletaur Shaman", the Whaletaur Shaman's modus operandi of letting depressed people jump into her mouth so she can take away their pain and give them one happy final day is a very clear allegory to suicide.
    • In the Season 2 trailer Horse finds out Rider had to get a substitute steed for her job while Horse is in centaurworld, Horse reacts like a jealous ex:
      Comfortable Doug: Rider has a new horsey.
      Horse: New...horse?
      Comfortable Doug: Oh yes. Becky Apples is her comfortable name, she is magnificent.
      Horse: Becky Apples.
      Horse and Wammawink: (singing) Becky Apples, Becky Apples
      Horse: (singing) What a gorgeous fancy shmuck
      Horse and Wammawink: (singing) Becky how'd you like them apples
      Horse: (singing) Cause i think your apples suck.
    • "My Tummy, Your Hurts": Wammawink preparing a snowcone on the side brings into mind a mother with a drinking problem.
  • ChalkZone:
    • "Asleep At The Chalk" has Rudy going into ChalkZone late at night because he doesn't want to go to bed. After partying with Snap for a while, he becomes so tired that he starts passing out during their fun, which prompts Snap to help him walk home. It plays out very similarly to one of them getting drunk and the sober one has to help him get home.
    • "My Big Fat Chalk Wedding": At the beginning of the episode, Rudy helps Bobbie Sue with her art project, which causes her to develop a huge crush on him because "they made it together like a mommy and a daddy". She then draws what would be her ideal wedding to Rudy on the blackboard, however it's erased into ChalkZone before she can draw Rudy. Later, when Rudy and Snap are in ChalkZone, they run into chalk!Bobbie Sue and her family, and Rudy is forced into a (G-rated and shotgun-less) Shotgun Wedding with her because "they made an art project together like a mommy and a daddy". And her chalk dad even asks Rudy "what his intentions were" regarding it.
  • Code Lyoko:
    • Jérémie is shown to have some computer magazines hidden under his mattress. The French version makes it quite clear that Jim expected it to be a Porn Stash.
    • The episode where Jérémie keeps using a helmet that boosts his brain power while ruining his physical and mental health could be considered a steroid metaphor.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door
    • Knightbrace is a wannabe dentist who was rejected by the ADA for being too crazy. He is shown stalking the streets, ambushing children, and mutilating their mouths. His attacks are played out disturbingly like rape scenes.
    • The episode " Operation: T.H.E. P.O.I.N.T. "where there's a place where all the teenage couples go. "You go up as a boy, but come home as a man!" It's eleven minutes of sexual innuendo.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • "Freaky Fred" features the eponymous barber, who has a compulsion to shave anyone and anything completely bald. However his creepy inner monologue, complete with delighted, drawn-out repetitions of "Naaaaauughty", and chorus of "La La La La"'s in the background (very similar to a certain song in A Nightmare on Elm Street) cause him to appear as something between a murderer and a child molester, making the series' least threatening villain (even "villain" is used loosely; he's the only villain yet to be completely non-malicious) into one of its most disturbing (he was, apparently, a parody of Sweeney Todd).
    • The episode "The Mask" includes very thinly veiled references to abusive relationships, domestic violence, and prostitution, while Kitty and Bunny are quite close "friends". The former are thoroughly disturbing, the latter is heartwarming.
  • In the Dan Vs. episode "Anger Management", Dan goes out on a date with his anger management therapist, where they end up wrecking a litterer's car. When they go to dinner, Dan finds out that she only went out with him so he'd help her. He then asks if they're "revenge buddies" and spends the rest of the episode complaining about how she's just "using him".
  • Danny Phantom:
    • Overshadowing someone looks very much like possession (although more benign).
    • The episode "13". Johnny 13 deliberately causes a dangerous situation, allowing him to rescue Jazz from it. He then, one at a time, gives Jazz three of his girlfriend's items, which will allow Kitty to overshadow Jazz and take over her life. When Jazz tries to refuse each "gift", he manipulates her into accepting them. The metaphor for an psychologically abusive and manipulative relationship builds as Jazz is dragged down, step by step. And she is furious when Danny frees her and she realizes what 13 was doing.
  • In the Daria episode Jane's Addiction, Trent agrees to help Daria and Jane with a school project but flakes out on them. At the end of the episode he and Daria have a conversation about how "maybe it wasn't such a good idea for [them] to get together...on this".
  • Dexter's Laboratory :
    • Major Glory, a Captain America Expy and his patriotism, is frighteningly similar at times to gung-ho "all-American" individuals who can fall into Conspiracy Theorist, and his over-the-top manner of speech is reminiscent of Trumplica types or grandiose politicians with an "America First" plan.
    • The episode "The Muffin King" in Season 2 is either an allegory for drug addiction or sex (muff-a-holic?) addiction, though considering that "muffin" is a slang term for a woman's privates the number of choices diminishes considerably.
    • "Figure Not Included" in Season 2 is basically reminiscent of arguments over fan fiction and which fandoms are best when The Major Glory Gang, supposedly Dexter's friends but (who are never seen again after this episode), especially during the scene where they're arguing over which Major Glory figure has the best features. Then the next part where the friends argue about the toys being cheap junk seems reminiscent of arguments over Chinese products and quality control, and then the final scene with Major Glory taking Dexter to see his attorney over copyright is reminiscent of arguments over copyleft-vs-copyright and Public Domain that came about in The New '10s, something that has become particularly notorious as a Flame War topic as much as politics has.
    • "The Mock Side of the Moon" in Season 3 is effectively allegorical for xenophobia towards immigrants and not understanding language barriers and aid towards people from poorer countries, with Dexter mistaking the Martians' tooting as being a declaration of war, when they only needed winter clothing. Fortunately, this has a happy ending when Dexter clears up the misunderstanding via a universal Translator Microbe.
    • "Dexter's Little Dilemma" in Season 4 is similar to Big Brother Is Watching You, and it was effectively satire on that, Reality TV of the 2000s and state control.
  • Disney's Doug has an episode revolving around a product touted as a "relaxant" that is not legal to sell to anyone under 18, but whose manufacturers are secretly trying to get kids hooked on it. The product, Nic-Nacs, does not exist in real life, but it's suspiciously similar to one that does, which also starts with "nic."
  • In one episode of Downtown Jen and Alex have a "post-coital" scene where they lie on the bed, exhausted, and talk about how good what they just did was. The joke is that in the previous scene they weren't having sex, but playing children's board games.
  • In Drawn Together, Ling-Ling and his wife are having troubles: she never wants to battle him anymore, and when they do battle, she just lies there, unlike in the beginning of their marriage. Then, they decide to have sex instead.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • When Edd discovers a scientific magazine a page unfolds like a Playboy centerfold and he reacts "oh my" and smiles. The camera then reveals that the picture is of a praying mantis.
    • Edd and Eddy are searching through Ed's room and Eddy finds a magazine called Chicks Galore. He gleefully remarks "Ed's been holding out on us!", only to discover that the magazine is about baby chickens.
      Double D: I didn't even know they had magazines like that!
    • The Kankers' POV in the Christmas special. They found a moldy piece of bread, sausages and pennies, and a fur coat. Later, when Edd (dressed as an angel) was stuck to the top of Rolf's shed, Eddy was laying in a chicken's roost, and Ed (dressed as a shepherd) was just standing there, the Kankers show up with the items in hand.
      Edd: Can it be? 3 Kings who have traveled afar?
      Lee: Away in a manger, huh? We come bearing gifts.
      May: See? Mold!
      Marie: I brought Franks and Cents!
      Lee: And Fur!
    • Some scenes between Eddy and Edd in The Movie (eg. Edd questioning Eddy implying that he's impressing his brother, the entire fight after the "sandquick" prank — Ed's suggestion that the two tickle each other doesn't help) just scream Unresolved Sexual Tension. Hell, when Eddy broke down after his brother's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on him, it sounds like something out of a Hurt/Comfort Fic.
      • Eddy's big brother asks if Double D is Eddy's girlfriend. This question was posed twice in the movie.
  • Ever After High:
    • Everyone in the Ever-world is content and satisfied with their place in society. Well, except for this one group of people- but nobody really cares what they think. So what if they've been conditioned, since birth, to consider themselves morally inferior to others? So what if their only value- from an Ever's perspective- lies in enabling the fame and luxurious lives of their betters? So what if any member of this group that defies her proper social strata is forced into disciplinary meetings so she will "erase [those] dangerous thought[s] from her head"? Besides, the Legacy system is a vital part of Ever's cultural and political structure and it's just a few ungrateful rebels who don't understand that they should suffer (suffering which often includes verbal abuse, imprisonment, and execution) for the good of everyone else- and their own selves. After all, their kind really deserves to be subjugated. It's their natural lot in life.
    • Cerise hides the marks of her lycanthopy under a hood, fearing that others will judge her because of it, and Daring won't let her on the school sports team because he thinks she's too frail to play. The latter subplot is overtly feminist, but some fans looked at both and thought 'leukemia'.
  • Family Guy:
    • A scene at the Bavarian festival from "I Never Met the Dead Man" involves the owner of a German sausage stand taking over a Polish sausage stand and eyeing the Czech stand. To make it more obvious, he has the familiar mustache.
    • "Brian: Portrait of a Dog" has Brian fighting against discrimination against for being a dog. Scenes include him getting in trouble for drinking from a "human" water fountain and getting offended when an officer calls him "boy".
    • The subplot of "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" involves Stewie making the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation spend time with him, and the situation eventually devolves into Stewie acting like stressed-out father watching over group of a bratty kids.
    • Then we have "The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou" where Stewie uses a tanning bed and falls asleep in it, causing him to get a severe burn. He yells at Brian to put some cream on him which he does, then the camera changes angle and makes the cream look an awful look like semen.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • "Mac Daddy": When Bloo discovers that Mac created another imaginary friend in his sleep (or so they think), the conversation plays out like an uncovered affair:
    Bloo: How did this happen?
    Mac: I don't know! I don't remember anything; I just woke up and he was in my bed!
  • Futurama:
    • "The Route Of All Evil" portrays Bender brewing beer inside himself as awaiting a pregnancy, brought on by Bender realizing that there would be a living thing (yeast) inside him. He even goes so far as to sing lullabies and knit bottle covers. By the end, he's "giving birth" to the beer. Also notable for Fry declaring, "I hope it's a lager, so I can take it to a ballgame."
    • In "Hell Is Other Robots", Bender gets addicted to injecting himself with electricity. Leela finds him doing the same in the bathroom and asks, "Bender, are you jacking on in there?" This could be interpreted as either an allusion to drug addiction or masturbation, making it a double Double Entendre.
    • The opening of the first movie, Bender's Big Score, combines a particularly over-the-top example of this with a vicious Take That! against Fox, comparing Planet Express closing and re-opening to the series' cancellation, sometimes bordering on Metaphorgotten.
    • The episode "I Dated A Robot" parodies the society's attitudes towards both interracial marriages and same-sex marriages, and also has the message that file sharing is morally wrong.
    • "Proposition Infinity" has Bender and Amy fighting to legalise "Robosexual marriage".
    • More than one episode had an odd example: robots need alcohol to function properly, so when Bender was feeling particularly bad about something, he went for a while without drinking... and as a result, behaved as if he were drunk. Thus, Bender's sobriety reminds one of alcoholism in humans. Which leads to:
      Leela: Just promise me you won't get behind the wheel without some sort of alcoholic beverage in your hand.
      Bender: I promise nothing!
    • One episode has Bender's antenna treated like a certain part of male anatomy...
      URL: You call THAT an antenna?
      • In "Neutopia", at first the only noticeable difference in Bender is that his antenna is gone. Similarly, Farnsworth removes his antenna for an Easy Sex Change in "Bend Her."
      • By "The Bots and the Bees" it's no longer a Running Gag so much as an explicit 1:1 analogy. When robots have sex, the male's antenna is used to send a binary file to the female's internal drive so that his manufacturing specs can be merged with hers by a randomized algorithm, creating a baby robot. An educational video depicts this process in a way obviously reminiscent of human reproduction, with the 1s and 0s of the male binary code forming shapes resembling sperm as they "swim" toward the female drive.
    • In "Decision 3012", an esteemed politician running for President gets accused of being an alien by Conspiracy Theorists when his Earth birth certificate cannot be found. Hmm, that sounds familiar...
      • A comedic footnote to the scenario is that, since the candidate in question is running for President of Earth rather than just the United States, his eligibility ultimately hinges on finding proof that he was born in Kenya.
        Leela: Cradle of humanity!
    • In "A Leela Of Her Own", the other female Blernsball player claiming Leela is actually making it harder for "real women" to succeed resembles relationships between trans and non-trans women.
    • Leela's Team Mom status becomes almost literal in "2D Blacktop" when she replaces the dangerous Planet Express ship with a Boring, but Practical model that's treated as the futuristic equivalent of a minivan and quickly finds herself picking up groceries for Hermes, breaking up backseat fights between Fry and Bender ("Leela! Bender's bothering me!") and driving them back and forth to their Wednesday karate class.
  • Gargoyles: The episode "Metamorphosis" starts off with a down on her luck homeless woman being approached by an unseen but clearly wealthy older gentlemen. The man, later revealed to be Doctor Sevarius, tells the woman that he has a job for her before smiling sinisterly. Were this not a children's cartoon on a Disney network your first thought would likely be that the homeless woman, Maggie, is about to be forced into sex slavery. What actually happens isn't much better, considering she's experimented on for an indeterminant amount of time and turned into a Cat-Bat-Eel chimera.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • In "The Inconveniencing," Mabel discovers Smile Dip, a hallucinogenic candy that was banned in the United States. She quickly discovers why after downing the entire package, once the Mushroom Samba sets in.
    • In "The Society of the Blind Eye", the titular society uses a memory eraser gun to prevent the people in Gravity Falls from discovering the supernatural elements of the setting. It's indicated that the Society uses the memory eraser on themselves to manage the pressures of their day to day life, creating parallels to addiction and substance abuse.
      Blind Ivan: Everyone has something they'd rather forget. In fact, your own sister was about to use that ray on herself. Isn't that right?
      Dipper: Mabel? Seriously?
      Mabel: Maybe...
      Dipper: Don't you see? This is ruining lives! What about Old Man McGucket? He lives in a hut and talks to animals, thanks to you! Don't you feel bad about that?
      Blind Ivan: ...Maybe a little. (Ivan zaps himself with the Memory Eraser) But not anymore!
  • An episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy had Billy running into Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo, who are both chronically addicted to picnic baskets, and have bloodshot eyes and a heavily disheveled look. That, and the highly shady way they approach and later chase after Billy, is blatantly meant to be a stand-in for a street junkie.
  • Mina's friendship with Trina on Grojband is somewhat portrayed like an abusive relationship. Mina is very submissive to Trina and obsessed with pleasing her to the point of Les Yay, while Trina does nothing but scream and yell at her, force her to do everything her way, and even physically harm her.
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law:
    • The episode with Peanut gaining his superpowers treated the "changes" a lot like puberty and Harvey (among others) were concerned about who he would have his first superhero battle with.
    • An earlier episode has Apache Chief losing his superpowers due to spilling burning coffee in his lap (to grow tall) presented as if it were erectile dysfunction. Made worst by the fact that he regains his superpower by being turned on.... Multiple superheroes go on to play the powers-as-sexuality thing.
      Harvey: Mr. Vulcan, tell us about your superpower.
      Black Vulcan: Pure electricity... in my pants.
      Harvey: Tell us, what would life be like without your powers?
      Black Vulcan: Well, you know when the power goes out in your house? It would be like that... but in your pants.
    • There is an episode where Harvey, who gets his powers from the sun, needs to stay in the shade for medical reasons, ending up with a powerful addiction to self-tanning lotion, with Peanut as his "dealer".
    • The episode where Harvey defends Quick Draw McGraw and his use of an illegal guitar in the course of his job as sheriff, as well as Phil running for president with the backing of the guitar lobby, is an allegory for gun rights and the gun industry.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • The episode "Chocolate Boy" is about Chocolate Boy breaking his addiction to chocolate, similarly to alcohol or drugs. It's scary that the storyline of the episode would go completely unchanged if they replaced "chocolate" with "crack" throughout the episode. Also gets kinda funny when you know that he kicks the habit by constantly eating radishes.
    • "Curly Snaps", where Curly locks himself in the Principal's office with the school's dodgeballs until his demands are met, plays out very much like a hostage situation, complete with Arnold as the negotiator.
  • Home Movies - a few episodes depict Jason's binging on candy, acting like a classic problem drinker.
  • Invader Zim:
    • Irken society is structured around height, to the point that leaders are chosen solely due to being taller than everyone else. This definitely has parallels to real life.
    • Dib using water against Zim in "The Wettening" crosses over into BDSM territory on a few occasions, in particular when he merely opens a tap behind Zim and watches with a growing smirk of satisfaction as he twitches and shudders with every drop that hits the sink. In the same episode, Zim covers himself completely with paste, white and sticky paste.
    • The first episode has a lot of date rape implications. Having just met Zim, Dib decides the most appropriate course of action is to handcuff him. With handcuffs that, in his words, render aliens "completely helpless". Handcuffs that he was carrying with him for the slight possibility that he might encounter an alien. Sleep cuffs, to be exact.
    • Zim consistently walks in goose step. Combined with his love of world-conquering and the Irken tendency to slaughter or enslave most other alien races, it's surprising Nick was okay with it, considering how often they asked to change other things in the show.
  • Invincible (2021):
    • The Mauler Twins are a duo made up of a blue-skinned genius and his identical clone. Neither of them can remember who's who, arguing about it constantly and whenever one of them shows up the other, they make them admit they're the clone. Take out the sci-fi elements out of it and it's basically two twins fighting about who was born first.
    • Once Machine Head inserts the quantum-probability chip into his head in "That Actually Hurt", he reacts with what can only be described as a robotic cocaine high. It has to be seen to be believed.
  • Jellystone!:
    • "Gorilla in Our Midst" has Doggie Daddy frantically searching for Augie after a catastrophe that devastates town squarenote .
    • "Ice, Ice Daddy" has Captain Caveman hung over after a night of partyingnote  and discover that he has a child that he is not prepared to care for, mentally or otherwise.
  • KaBlam!'s Life with Loopy episode "Loopy And The Lost Voice" features a scene with Loopy (whom has gone voiceless) going to a Lost-And-Found store to test out some temporary voices. The voice devices in question unsettlingly look like sleeveless fleshlights.
  • Kaeloo:
    • The carrots in Episode 96 are clearly meant to parody cigars or cigarettes; they're addictive, and they cause health problems. It's especially evident in the restaurant scene: Stumpy chews his carrots, and the smell annoys Kaeloo (like non-smokers getting annoyed by the smell of tobacco smoke), he taps on the carrot and a few bits fall of (like ashes from a cigarette), and he throws the top of the carrot (the butt of the cigar) at Kaeloo. When Kaeloo asks Mr. Cat, the waiter, to make them leave, he says he can't because they're in the "carrot zone" (smoking zone).
    • In Episode 108, Stumpy the squirrel decides that he wants to become a cat, and he says he's a "cat trapped in a squirrel's body" and then tries to get surgery to turn himself into a cat.
    • In one episode, a mysterious thing falls out of the sky and is confirmed to be a living organism. Kaeloo and Quack Quack decide to take it in, but Mr. Cat and Stumpy refuse to accept this. The argument that ensues makes it seem similar to people arguing about immigrants to their country.
    • One of the episodes had Kaeloo pay Mr. Cat to allow her to engage in violent acts of affection such as hugging him tightly to cause him pain or scratching him. The whole thing is set up like a BDSM encounter.
    • Episode 139 follows a super hero called Ratman (a squirrel) and his sidekick (a duck) who share an apartment. Their nosy neighbor assures them that she's "very open-minded" and that she's perfectly fine with the "modern" idea of a duck and a squirrel living together.
    • In Episode 113, Mr. Cat makes a slideshow to show to the rest of the characters and accidentally puts a photo of Kaeloo on the first slide. Horrified and embarrassed, Kaeloo tells him that the photo was supposed to be "private" between them and Mr. Cat apologizes, saying that the photo was "for later". The whole thing plays out as though she shared a nude photo with him and it accidentally got leaked.
    • In the English dub, Mr. Cat often refers to Quack Quack, a duck, as a platypus, implying that he thinks that all animals with webbed feet and beaks are the same.
  • Kid Cosmic: Fantos' dissapointment about how Erodius isn't doing exciting things like destroying planets is played out like someone's significant other complaining about how the spark in their relationship has gone out.
    Fantos: What happened to that ultimate force of evil that I fell in love with?
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • In "The Revelation", Amon has set up his removal of the ability to bend from criminal leaders at an Equalist rally in the manner of a public execution.
    • At the end of "The Voice in the Night", Equalists ambush Korra, chi-block her, and tie her up so that Amon can taunt her with word of his plans while gripping her jaw. At the end, he knocks her out—on camera—with a blow to the neck. It, and Korra's traumatized sobbing into Tenzin's chest, is painfully similar to a rape. When Amon actually does debend Korra it's equally as bad...made worse in that Mako was Forced to Watch.
      Amon: I told you I would destroy you.
    • Amon's ability to take away bending is similar to rape, especially people's traumatized reactions to it.
    • The rape imagery continues in "When Extremes Meet" when Tarrlok bloodbends Korra to the ground, knocking her unconscious and then slowly advances on her as her eyes close. And then he ties her up and drives her away in the back of a van. And locks her up in a basement.
    • Amon's backstory about he and his brother Tarrlock were forced into bloodbending training by their father Yakone is disturbingly like sexual abuse in how degrading the characters feel as a result of it and how it continually propagates throughout the generations.
    • The symbolic rapes continue for Korra in the next two seasons. The Final Battle of Season 2 is preceded by her uncle ripping part of her soul out of her body (via forcing a spirit tentacle down her throat) and an almost incapacitated Korra unable to stop him as he severs her connections to her past lives one by one.
    • The symbolism continues escalating in the Season 3 finale, where Zaheer knocks Korra out, flings her over his shoulder, and carries her unconscious to an underground cavern. She wakes up with most of her clothes gone and her hands and feet bound so that she can't move or bend. She survives but is broken physically and emotionally and takes years to recover from the ordeal. Just in case the imagery wasn't clear enough, in Season 4, she tries to help herself heal by confronting her attacker in his prison cell, where she ends up shouting at him, "You ruined me!"
    • And to drive this all further home, consider that every one of these cases in an example of a charismatic, older man finding ways to demoralize, torture, or otherwise break a young woman down, with all but Zaheer seeming to relish it rather sadistically (and one of them is Korra's own uncle), while the last villain of the series, Kuvira, is female and does not at all treat Korra in this manner (what suffering she does undergo is either self-inflicted or lingering effects of the previous three). The implications become even clearer when compared to the fact that the traumas suffered by other male characters in the franchise, while often severe (particularly Aang and Zuko), are not at all similar to what happens to Korra. As powerful and dark as the storytelling in The Legend of Korra is, and empowering in the way it shows the main character getting stronger, more balanced, and confident by overcoming her various traumas, it can't be denied that it's rather uncomfortable watching this sort of torture and breakdown of a female character when nothing of the sort is done to male characters in the franchise. Though that's probably the point, to some degree.
    • Nuktut of the North, the "mover" starring Bolin in Season 2, is a propaganda film about a north against south civil conflict which blatantly mixes fact and fantasy in its portrayal of arctic inhabitants in an era where motion picture technology is still brand new.
  • In an episode of Disney's Lloyd in Space, Lloyd, an alien, notices his antenna has been acting up a lot lately. As the episode is about puberty, it's all pretty obvious. It turns out that Verdigrean boys will psychically project strange characters at the most inconvenient moments. The really strange thing, for a Saturday morning cartoon, is Lloyd's grandfather telling him that on Mars boys would get together to see who could project the weirdest character.
  • Kim Possible:
    • "Homecoming Upset" has Ron and Bonnie elected Homecoming King and Queen, and thus are forced to attend a number of public events together. At one of them, Ron is holding a fire hose and Bonnie comes up from behind and surprises him with a hug. The hose picks that exact moment to turn on and shoots water all over Kim.
    • Kim laying on her belly with Warmonga looming over her with her weapon. Kim even groans.
    • In Episode 53, Kim and Shego are affected by devices known as "moodulators" that makes them—especially in become affectionate at one minute, and lashing out at them in anger in the next, depending on what's going on with the remote at the time. And they each fixate on a male target for both their affections and anger. Ron and Drakken are thoroughly confused.
    • In "A Sitch in Time," Ron and Kim are talking about him moving to Norway and Kim's trying to reassure him that they'll still be able to work together.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Her shapeshifting abilities appear on her 13th birthday, and there are several remarks about how the body "goes through changes" at that age—just not these ones, usually.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Captain K'nuckles' bottle of maple syrup probably isn't Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Candy is also treated in a similar fashion.
  • Mega Man (Ruby-Spears):
    • While Mega Man is fighting Proto Man over a gigantic acid spill with only a ridiculously small space to do so, his first action is to wrap his legs around said the latter's waist while he's lying on top of him.
    • In another episode, A female makeup robot under Wily's control straps Roll to a chair. Roll tells the robot to let her go, but Wily gives her a creepy look and goes "Not before I give you the beauty treatment!" Then the cosmetics robot produces an oversized powderpuff from her chest area and tries to smush it in Roll's face. Roll acts like this is the worst thing in the world that could happen to her.
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • Alya and Nino are akumatized into Oblivio out of shame because they were caught hiding in a closet during a field trip to play a game together, a game that is designed for two people. At the end of the episode they apologize to the class, only for several other pairs — both canon and strongly implied couples — to admit that they, too, often play said game. In fact, the only people who haven't played it seem to be Adrien and Marinette, though Adrien remarks that the game seems fun; Alya tells him that he just needs to find the right partner... right, Marinette?
    • Marinette's dad, Tom Dupain, was estranged from his staunchly traditionalist father after adding rice to his family's traditional bread recipe.note  Though it's also shown that he has no problem talking to Sabine on the phone until she brings up Tom, implying that he really is just that petty.
  • Moral Orel:
    • The trip to Inspiration Point, where Orel and his girlfriend go to "pray". They really do pray.
    • A less funny example is when Nurse Bendy's "hubby" teddy falls on her rump, knocking some milk onto her face in the process. She freaks out.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot:
    • In "Daydream Believer", Jenny receives a dreaming chip, which she proceeds to abuse whenever she is bored. It's not hard to imagine it being about psychoactive drugs instead of daydreaming.
    • "Victim of Fashion" deserves a mention. The episode sees Jenny and The Crust Cousins get into a sort of competition to see who can be the most fashionable. It eventually climaxes when Jenny "slims down" by removing all her gadgets, leaving her a pitifully weak walking wireframe with a head.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The episode "Call of the Cutie" concerns Apple Bloom being the last in her class not to get a "cutie mark," a symbol that represents who she is and what she'll do with her life. The language used to describe getting a cutie mark ("It isn't something that happens overnight, and no amount of wishing, hoping, or begging will make a cutie mark appear before its time"), the way Apple Bloom is teased for not having one, and the fact that Diamond Tiara has a "cuteceñera" to celebrate getting hers, is reminiscent of a girl going through puberty.
    • In "Bridle Gossip", Twilight Sparkle's horn gets "cursed", and needless to say the imagery is such that it's very easy to draw parallels between her inability to use magic and erectile dysfunction.
      • "Bridle Gossip" also features the entire town discriminating against Zecora, a zebra who speaks with a foreign accent and has a black (and white) coat.
    • In the episode "Lesson Zero", Big Macintosh is holding onto a doll that Twilight enchanted so that anypony that looked at it would desperately want it. First, Big Macintosh got a hold of it, and suddenly everypony from town starts chasing after him for it. They all end up crowding him and piling on top of him for it. Now, if the doll weren't there...
      • How the doll got that way isn't much better: a disheveled, clearly-unstable Twilight Sparkle approached a group of fillies who are close friends playing in the park, offering them a doll, even "enchanting" it when they didn't go for it at first.
      • Later in the episode we see that, once the spell is reversed, everypony stops caring about the doll except Big Macintosh who picks it up and gleefully runs away with it, seeming like a metaphor of the show's Periphery Demographic.
    • This sort of thing is fairly common for Spike, going all the way back to his barely-concealed desire for a ticket to the Grand Galloping Gala in the third episode. By far the most evocative incident, however, is the Running Gag throughout "A Canterlot Wedding" wherein he is repeatedly caught playing with pony dolls.
    • Similarly, "Read It and Weep" has Rainbow Dash initially dismissive of the Daring Do books, reading one out of curiosity, becoming completely obsessed, embarrassed by her obsession and going to absurd lengths to try and hide it from anyone who might tease her. It's basically one huge reference to the "bronies", and subcultures in general.
    • In "Owl's Well That Ends Well", Spike goes into Twilight's drawer looking for an extra quill, but finds a very frilly saddle which looks similar to panties.
    • "Hearts and Hooves Day" is chock full of examples of the romantic variety. The cherry scene shown above is close to the most blatant, but the scene that truly takes the cake is Cheerilee and Big Macintosh coming out of their love poisoning, with no memory of how they got there, on a feather bed in the bottom of a pit, with Cheerilee wearing a wedding veil.
    • "Ponyville Confidential" is punctuated at one point by a Black Comedy Burst where Pinkie Pie, in response to the Gabby Gums article detailing her "out-of-control party animal" lifestyle, abruptly breaks down crying and admits that she has a problem. In case the implications weren't clear enough, the story includes a photo of her wearing a lampshade and dancing in a punch bowl.
    • The changelings behave almost exactly like succubi, albeit gaining power by feeding off of love instead of sex. Moreover, their leader, Queen Chrysalis, impersonates the bride-to-be in order to "feed" off of Shining Armor, and even gets touchy-feely with him during her villainous monologue, as well as sounding borderline lustful in some lines of her Villain Song, most notably "be a very... lucky bride".
    • Pinkie Pie's Sanity Slippage in "Party of One" is uncomfortably similar to mental illnesses such as manic-depression and paranoid schizophrenia, complete with drastic personality changes, mood swings, and full-blown hallucinations.
    • Conversely, Fluttershy's Sanity Slippage in "The Best Night Ever" involves her stalking animals she's trying to force to befriend her, even to the point of trying to trap them in a net. It's remarkably similar to the portrayal of a Clingy Jealous Girl and a Yandere, complete with the line "You're... going to LOVE ME!"
    • "Hearth's Warming Eve" is comparable to any nation's history in which the nobility (unicorns), the military (pegasi) and/or poverty-stricken workers (earth ponies) are in conflict, complete with distrust and bigotry on all sides.
    • In "Putting Your Hoof Down" Fluttershy tells another pony to "go to the back of the line where you belong!" To put it in perspective, Fluttershy's a pegasus, while the addressee is an earth pony (as are all of the other ponies in line that subsequently move to the back).
    • On the Ho Yay page, there's an image of Twilight Sparkle holding Rainbow Dash's face very close to hers as if she's about to kiss her taken from "Lesson Zero". This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the preceding line:
      Twilight Sparkle: Oh Rainbow Dash, you don't have to hide your feelings from me.
    • "The Cutie Map" centers on the Mane Six going to a dystopian village where everyone has given up their cutie marks so that they're all "equal" and nobody will be better than anybody, which is a lot like communism.
      • In the same episode, one of the local ponies ask the Mane Six to meet her in a basement where "no pony can see what's about to happen". It didn't help that they were confronted by said pony and two others in a very creepy manner. Thankfully the ponies only wanted to know what it was like to have a cutie mark. If this show wasn't rated TV-Y...
    • "Amending Fences" reveals that Twilight's old friend Moondancer became a heartbroken recluse after the former declined an invitation to her party in the pilot episode. Considering she had at least thee other friends who did come to the party, one would think that this was merely an overreaction. But it turns out that the party was meant to help Moondancer improve her social life, and Twilight was the one pony she considered her best friend. With all that in mind, Moondancer's behavior towards Twilight seems all-too similar to a person who was rejected by their crush.
    • "Tanks for the Memories" deals with Rainbow Dash dealing with the fact that her pet tortoise will have to hibernate through the winter. The conflict plays out as though she were dealing with the impending death of a loved one, to the point that she goes through the Five Stages of Grief over the course of the episode. To make the parallel even more unambiguous, the plot starts with RD noticing something is wrong with Tank and taking him to a doctor, and ends with her burying him (well, helping him burrow into the ground for hibernation).
    • Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's mocking of Scootaloo's inability to fly in "Flight to the Finish", especially given the implications that her wings may never grow, is shown as being akin to bullies mocking a kid who is handicapped.
    • In "Stranger than Fan Fiction", Rainbow Dash encounters a fellow Daring Do fan who despises anything in the series outside of the original trilogy.
    • This scene from "The Cutie Re-Mark". Everything from Twilight's creepy way of asking Rainbow Dash to do "something" for her and Rainbow Dash's clearly horrified and uncomfortable reaction is reminiscent of a Bad Samaritan.
    • The way poor Thorax loses control of himself when presented with an abundance of love or affection, right down to trembling, sweating profusely, and even lashing out at others over it, is very reminiscent of a recovering alcoholic or drug addict.
    • In "Every Little Thing She Does", Twilight's friends act like they're suffering from severe hangovers after Twilight undoes the mind control spell Starlight cast on them.
      Applejack: I dunno what kinda whammy Starlight put on us, but I feel like I got shoved through the Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000.
      Rainbow Dash: Tell me about it...
      Rarity: If everypony could speak in a whisper for the next few days, that would be delightful. My head is thumping!
    • The episode "Surf And/Or Turf" in general can be interpreted to parallel a lot of real-life situations where someone finds themselves torn between two lifestyles, homes or identities.
      • Terramar is in a situation where, after the Storm King's defeat, his father decided to return to the surface and become a hippogriff again while his mother opts to remain as a Seapony, with him torn between the two places. This situation could easily compared to a kid whose parents are divorced, and the kid having to decide which parent to live with full-time. Notably, after hearing that his father lives on Mount Aris and his mother lives in Seaquestria, Sweetie Belle acts sheepish and says "Oh, I'm sorry" like a person who realizes they've brought up such a sensitive topic. Sky Beak and Ocean Flow could also be interpreted to be Amicable Exes given how they greet each other near the end.
      • Having to choose between two species to be your "default" by itself may bring up comparisons to the struggles transgender/gender-fluid people go through when it comes to deciding which gender they have to go with in adulthood.
      • On a similar note, Terramar's dilemma can also be reminiscent of someone torn between two cultures or nationalities — for instance, someone born in one culture who moved into another, or with parents who came from different cultures — and having to choose whether to favor one or the other or to favor a "hybrid" or bicultural identity, which is what Terramar decides to do at the end.
      • The situation between the hippogriffs and seaponies also parallels an area where two very distinct cultures live in their own separate communities.
  • The Oh Yeah! Cartoons short "The Feelers" has what can only be described as a thinly-veiled reference to drug addiction where the band's guitarist Mo Skito is shocked to see the band's lead singer Mitzi Moth bang against a lightbulb with an entranced look on her face. Mo stops her and points out that she knows this isn't good for her.
  • The Beast in Over the Garden Wall is an Allegorical Character for suicide, infecting those lost in his forest with despair until they give up and become Edelwood trees.
  • The Owl House:
    • Eda's curse in is often used as a stand in for living with an incurable yet treatable disease. Several of the plotlines used include an unscrupulous shopkeeper price gouging her for the elixir that she needs to keep it under control, her mother getting tricked by scammers in her search for a non-existent cure, or the reveal that her ex broke up with her because she kept being secretive about her condition.
    Eda: No one likes having a curse, but if you take the right steps, it's manageable.
    • By contrast, Emperor Belos' condition that requires the consumption of palismen reads a lot closer to a drug addiction, complete with him suffering violent and painful outbursts as a stand in for going into withdrawl. The comparison gets taken even further when it's revealed that consuming palismen is what caused his condition in the first place.
    • In "Thanks to Them", Luz's depression over her role in helping Belos' plans causes her to believe she's a failure who's hurt everyone she loves. In class, her rant about a character in a story is very clearly really her expressing her anger at herself and ends with Luz stating the "hero" should never have been born. This comes off almost like self-loathing to the point of suicidal intentions, which isn't helped later by the scene of her making a video diary, acknowledging her own mistakes and that she is simply planning to stay in the human realm, which reads distressingly like someone leaving a suicide note. While it's never confirmed if she actually is that depressed, given the situation, this is still enough of a red flag about Luz's mental state to warn Camila that she needs to intervene immediately.
  • Pepper Ann:
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Perry the Platypus discovers that Dr. Doofenshmirtz is having his evil plans foiled by another hero, which is set up like an affair, complete with Perry walking in and Doof having a pawprint (re: lipstick) on his face, with Peter the Panda hiding in the nearby closet. Not What It Looks Like indeed. They're not enemies. Just bad friends. Or so Doof said. There's a whole break-up dialogue between Doof and Perry. The "affair" is played with again in "Meapless in Seattle".
    • "Your hotdog is no match for my bratwurst!" Doof begins to fight Perry with his very long bratwurst, when Perry whips out his considerably shorter hotdog. Well, It Makes Sense in Context...
    • A similar situation takes place in "Hip Hip Parade", between Buford and Baljeet. A big part of the episode is about Buford breaking up with Baljeet, finding a "new nerd", then eventually dumping him and deciding to be Baljeet's bully again. Buford even asks the new geek to speak with the same accent Baljeet has.
    • In "Perry Lays An Egg", Doofenshmirtz begs Perry to "thwart him" after Perry leaves, seeing how his latest scheme was pretty pathetic. He chases Perry into town and just when Perry thinks he successfully escaped Doof...
      Doofenshmirtz: (appearing out of nowhere) Thwart me Perry the Platypus!
      Perry: (Looks shocked and runs away)
    • "Phineas And Ferb Get Busted" is a somewhat disturbing homage to prison films and the rehabilitation/re-programming in A Clockwork Orange.
    • Doofenshmirtz once had a girlfriend who left him for a man with huge hands. You know what they say about guys with big hands.
  • In the Pinky and the Brain episode "Brinky", The Brain attempts to clone himself, which almost works until Pinky's DNA (from a clipped toenail) accidentally gets combined with Brain's, thus essentially making them parents of the resulting clone (and Pinky calling himself the clone's "mommy"). Most of the dialogue during the cloning process is scripted like an actual birth: for example, when the door on the cloning machine won't close (which is the reason Pinky's DNA is even in there), the Brain tells Pinky to help him "push", complete with Pinky doing Lamaze breathing.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998)
    • The episode "Candy is Dandy" played a candy addiction as a drug addiction, even going as far as hiring Mojo Jojo as their "fall guy" to commit some misdeeds to send him to jail so as to be rewarded with said candy. (Those sounds they made when eating the candy, AND after, really didn't help.)
    • The scene in "Cover Up" where a monster walks up to Buttercup (the latter which is lying down on the ground) and she says "No..." could easily be though of as a rape scene without context.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (2016):
    • Man-Boy's ramblings seem to sound like those of a men's rights activist.
    • One episode featured Buttercup and Blossom getting hangovers after binging on candy at a sleepover the previous night. It's a Whole-Plot Reference to The Hangover.
    • In "Painbow", the results of everyone being affected by the rainbow appear similar to some of the symptoms of being high on Ecstasy, minus the less pleasant things like teeth-grinding and nausea.
  • Ready Jet Go!: In the episode "Who Messed Up the Treehouse?", the kids all make a huge mess in the treehouse. None of them want to take responsibility for the mess. They try to find different places to play, but they don't work out. They eventually realize that this problem isn't going away unless they do something about it, and that they only have one treehouse, so they have to learn to share the responsibility and clean it up. This is a metaphor for the trash problem on Planet Earth, and how Earth is the only place we can live, so we have to take care of it.
  • Recess: The episode "The Box" has the titular box having similar effects on T.J. to solitary confinement.
  • ReBoot. Everything about Hexadecimal in Season 3 involved BDSM. Which was made even more disturbing when you realize the fact Megabyte is her brother...
    Herr Doctor: I think she likes being tied up.
    Megabyte: Let us not even THINK about that.
  • In The Real Ghostbusters and the sequel Extreme Ghostbusters
    • The grundel is often compared to a pedophile that stalks children. In the age of social media and pedophiles using it to contact and groom children, the parallel is even more obvious. Grundel is a lot like a pedophile in a chat room or on some other social media/chat website or app.
    • Another possible pedophile/molestation metaphor is the Boogie Man. Basically, Boogie Man can be interpreted as a metaphor for child abuse and molestation where the victim is often not believed. The way Egon reacts is similar to the way an adult victim of molestation or abuse would.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show:
    • Stimpy has to overcome his TV addiction in one episode by quitting cold turkey. He eventually weans himself off... and goes into gambling.
    • In the episode Jerry the Belly Button Elf, Stimpy keeps playing with his belly button, which is treated similar to masturbation, but when Stimpy enters it (yes, he enters his own navel), he goes on an acid trip before meeting Jerry.
    • In "Sven Hoek" Ren goes on a psycho rant where he describes how he's going to torture Sven and Stimpy. Poor Sven and Stimpy are crying and hugging each other, shaking in pure terror, during the whole thing. It can remind some people of how little kids react when they are abused by their parents. Their reactions just sell the scene and make it even more disturbing.
    • The Adult Party Cartoon has a painfully obvious scene featuring Ren with a saw strapped to his groin sawing through a log on Stimpy's back, causing Stimpy to react in pleasure. At the end, Ren's saw goes flaccid and he's shown looking tired and smoking. When Stimpy wants Ren to stay and cuddle, Ren throws him a rag and tells him to clean up the sawdust on his back (which is treated as if it's...something more disgusting).
    • "Powdered Toast Man" ends with the title superhero taking over as President. After he gets a blazing fire going in the Oval Office fireplace (by tossing in the Constitution and Bill of Rights), he and his Lovely Assistant exchange moony-eyed glances. He holds up a hot dog on a stick, she holds up a melting marshmallow.
  • Rick and Morty: The subplot of "Something Ricked This Way Comes", in which Morty and his father clash over whether or not Pluto should be considered a planet, is reminiscent of the climate change debate.
  • Robotomy:
    • The Sunshine class are a group of robots with faulty psycho-chips. They "get their own bus" and are exempt from taking standardized tests, making them a parallel to special-ed students. Then the end of the episode reveals that robots with faulty chips are disposed of via a rocket into the sun because they "burden" society with their feelings.
    • In one episode, the school janitor offers Thrasher and Blastus a tonic (which is made of a gross yellow slime that comes out of a pipe by the playground) that is treated similarly to a performance-enhancing drug like steroids. Later, the duo come down with serious side effects from drinking it. At one point, a character says to them "real alpha dogs don't need to drink stuff that comes out of a pipe at the playground."
  • The Rocko's Modern Life episode "Closet Clown" was confirmed to be an allegory for closeted homosexuals: It involves Ed Bighead having a closeted fascination with clowns. He sneaks a clown nose into his briefcase, then at work unwinds by locking the restroom door and "honking". His boss catches him, then reveals that he too is a secret clown, and welcomes Ed into the underground clown scene. His friends and family are surprised at his double life, but they accept him in the end... Until Rocko reveals he likes rainbows. Then his friends get out the torches and pitchforks.
  • Rugrats:
    • In "Give and Take" Chuckie can't stop playing with Boppo. When the others tire of watching, they leave Chuckie with the toy. Phil comments, "A kid his age should be outside playing with his friends, not sitting alone in his room bopping his Boppo." Lil adds that her brother is right that Chuckie has a problem.
    • "The Trial" is already a parody of courtroom films, but the clincher comes at the end when Angelica is found out as the perpetrator, and Didi and Betty go and punish her. As she's dragged away, she screams "No! Not the chair! NOT THE CHAIR!" She is forced to sit in a high chair until her father comes back.
    • The episode "Cradle Attraction" has Chuckie and a girl named Megan discover that they love being mean to each other, and throughout the episode, that's how they show affection towards one another. Near the end of the episode, Chuckie goes to find Megan and "put a worm in her hair," but can't figure out where she went. He walks up behind her, and sees her poking another boy with a tree branch (which is how she first showed that she likes Chuckie). Chuckie is appalled and runs away, screaming "Megan, how could you?!" while Megan shouts "Wait, it's not what it looks like!" Phil even comments "You'd think if she was gonna pick on another kid, at least she'd stop picking on you first."
    • In "Weaning Tommy" Didi and Stu try to take Tommy off the bottle and have him drink out of a sippy-cup instead. In the middle of the episode, Phil and Lil are visiting and drinking out of their bottles, while Tommy is missing his bottle and has bags under his eyes. The first thing he says to them: “Phil, Lil...I need a drink.” He also offers whatever toys and books he has in his playpen just to share a bottle with one of them.
  • The plot of The Secret Saturdays episode "The Underground Bride" can be summed up like this: A boy finds out his sister is in love with a Bad Boy-type and becomes very concerned about her relationship. Digging up some dirt of her boyfriend, he finds out that his sister is being used as a means to a terrible end. Replace the "boy" with "Zak", the "sister" with "Zon", the "Bad Boy" with the "Monster of the Week", and "the end" with "being dragged off to the Underworld".
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Brother from the Same Planet", Lisa's addiction to the Corey hotline is portrayed as similar to a drug addiction.
      • From the same episode:
        Homer: You've been out gallivanting with that floozy of a Bigger Brother of yours, haven't you? Haven't you?
      • Also this disturbing exchange...
        Homer: Remember when I used to push you on the swing?
        Bart: I was faking it.
        Homer: (gasp) Liar!
        Bart: Oh yeah? Remember this? "Higher Dad! Higher! Whee!"
    • In "Brawl in the Family", when Homer moves into the treehouse with a woman he married while inebriated in Las Vegas, Marge overhears that woman making a sandwich to Homer's specifications... which to the audience sounds surprisingly like a certain sexual act. An appalled Marge exclaims, "Oh no! She's making him a sandwich!"
    • In "Love, Springfield Style", in Bart's version of the movie Sid and Nancy, Lisa and Nelson become chocoholics in a way that is portrayed like a drug addiction, right down to using razor blades to divide small piles of chocolate milk mix, using cigarette lighters to melt pieces of candy bars in spoons, and flushing various chocolate candies down the toilet whenever the cops show up.
    • In the episode "Round Springfield", this classic exchange happens:
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: I spent all my money on my $1,500 a day habit.
      (start flashback)
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: I'd like another Fabergé egg, please.
      Salesman: Sir, don't you think you've had enough?
      Bleeding Gums Murphy: I'll tell you when I've had enough!
      (changes to a scene of Murphy lying broke and destitute in an alleyway, surrounded by broken Fabergé eggs)
    • In "Last Exit to Springfield", Mr. Burns tries to bribe Homer, who's a Union leader. Homer thinks Mr. Burns is hitting on him.
      Burns: We don't have to be adversaries, Homer. We both want a fair union contract.
      Homer: (thinking) Why is Mr. Burns being so nice to me?
      Burns: And if you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.
      Homer: (thinking) Wait a minute. Is he coming onto me?
      Burns: I mean, if I should slip something into your pocket, what's the harm?
      Homer: (thinking) My God! He is coming onto me!
      Burns: After all, negotiations make strange bedfellows. (chuckle, wink)
      Homer: (thinking) Aaaaaagh! (out loud) Sorry, Mr. Burns, but I don't go in for these backdoor shenanigans. Sure, I'm flattered, maybe even a little curious, but the answer is no!
    • In "Dangerous Curves", the interaction between Bart and Lisa it's played like an old married couple. Here Bart is the father, Lisa is the mother and Maggie is their kid. Bart mentions Marge just like if she is his mother in law (Lisa's mother).
    • Yet another, in "The Haw-Hawed Couple": Bart becomes Nelson's "best friend", and it's played exactly like a relationship, with lines like "I've known him for ages, but we met at a party and hit it off right away" and jealousy over Bart 'flying kites' with another boy. Complete with a Brokeback Mountain homage at the end.
      Nelson: Haw-haw! I touched your heart!
    • In "Lisa the Drama Queen", the friendship between Lisa and Juliet makes you remember a lesbian romance and obsessive codependent relationships. Besides, their fantasy world "Equalia" reminds some serious mental disorders.
  • In The Smurfs (1981) episode "A Hug For Grouchy", the story of Grouchy running away from Smurfs who were stalking him and pouncing on him to give him a hug on Hug-A-Smurf Day, whether he wanted one or not, could be construed as an allegory for rape.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, when, prompted by Robotnik's comment that a complete idiot could make a better robot than them, Scratch and Grounder decide to create a robot of their own. The whole thing is played a lot like they're having a child together; first, they hug and say "We're gonna be parents!" Then, they put spare robot parts into the "Robot-Making Machine", and Grounder asks Scratch wistfully, "Oh, Scratch, I wonder what it'll look like?" When the robot comes out, Scratch cries, "It's a boy! He has my chin, and my eyes!" And, when the robot kid runs away from home, the two end up placing an ad in the paper that says "Parents Seek Missing Robot".
    • In the Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) episode "Hooked on Sonics", Sonic and Sally share their first onscreen mouth-to-mouth kiss. During the scene, it's quite clear that Sonic is using his tongue, and he holds Sally directly against his chest as they both start moving together in rhythm.
  • South Park:
    • "Here Comes The Neighborhood" was devoted to the town's reaction when Token Black, the only rich kid in town, convinces a number of other rich families (such as those of Will Smith and Oprah) to move to South Park. The locals get upset, and try progressively more extreme plots to drive the "richers" out of town: burning giant lowercase letter Ts on their lawns (short for "time to leave"), dressing as peak-headed ghosts (because rich people are scared of ghosts, naturally), etc. This was all a plan by Mister Garrison to take over their property and sell it to make the South Park residents rich, which fell through because the others hated rich folk... to which he replies, "Well, at least we got rid of those damn ni—" before being cut off by the closing credits.
    • "Best Friends Forever" was a thinly veiled satire of the media hooplah over the Terri Schiavo case, with a battle against The Legions of Hell thrown in for good measure.
    • "Red Man's Greed", the history of American colonization and Native American displacement... with roles reversed.
    • "Margaritaville", a Jew (Kyle) starts preaching and gathering followers. Check. Some adults start taking him as a threat. Check. He is betrayed by one of his followers (Cartman) who sold him out. Check. He does a (sorta) Heroic Sacrifice. Check. He is hailed as a savior. Subversion, Obama is the one.
      Kyle: Awww! Come on!
    • "Butters' Bottom Bitch", Butters being considered a man once he gets his first kiss is an obvious allusion to Sex as a Rite-of-Passage. Then Butters starts a "kissing company" where he recruits girls to make money by kissing boys. The sexual metaphor is then thrown away for literal sex when Butters unknowingly recruits actual prostitutes to be part of his company, and winds up becoming regarded as the best pimp out there.
      Butters: Senator Morris gets kisses every day at lunchtime! You know where he likes to get kissed? In a motel room! Darnedest thing! He must get sleepy.
    • In "Major Boobage", even with Kyle giving him hints, Cartman didn't (or refused to) see any significance to his hiding of outlawed cats in his attic. Cartman even insisted Kyle wouldn't understand what it's like to have your life made illegal. The joke, of course, is that Kyle is Jewish and Cartman has always admired the Nazis.
    • "Crème Fraiche": In Real Life, the Shake Weight is already mocked for its handjob imagery in Real Life, but it's exaggerated in this episode, where Sharon basically has an affair with her Shake Weight as her marriage fails. It squirts a cooling liquid in Sharon's face and gives her money for cab fare after the workout is done. Meanwhile, Randy's plot has him aroused by cooking shows in an instance of literal Food Porn.
    • Completely parodied in "The Ring" with the The Jonas Brothers doing obvious sexual things such as spraying their white hot foam on the faces of young girls. (Which they actually did.)
    • In "Go Fund Yourself", Cartman names his startup company "Washington Redskins" because the USPTO removed the copyright on the NFL team. The whole deal is basically Cartman's Redskins = the NFL team (a company that doesn't care about public opinion) and Washington Redskins = native Americans (people offended by its association with said company). This all culminates in the football players refusing to play the Dallas Cowboys, leading owner Dan Snyder to go by himself and get massacred. Thus in a protest...
      "There's nothing sweet about a people who were decimated. A once proud nation that finally lost hope and left their leader to be massacred by Cowboys in a defiant last stand!"
    • In a pretty obvious reference to events in Ferguson, MO, "The Magic Bush" has protests erupt in South Park after Stan's UAV drone get shot down by a drone being piloted by police. The national news reporting on it states that Stan's drone was black and unarmed. Eventually the governor of Colorado calls in the Nation Guard - a bunch of camouflage colored drones.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man has Harry's addiction to the Psycho Serum Globulin Green, which causes black outs and turns him into the Green Goblin... or did it? This is handy for adapting his actual drug addiction in the comics on a child-friendly show.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • "Dumped", where SpongeBob is heartbroken after Gary (his pet snail) leaves him for Patrick is treated as if SpongeBob and Gary were lovers until Gary eloped.
    • "Squirrel Jokes" can be interpreted as an allegory for racist and/or sexist jokes.
    • "Hooky" shows the dangers of fishing hooks and lures to the fish at Bikini Bottom, or at least how most of them are indifferent to it. Mr. Krabs however warns Spongebob not to go near the hooks else he'll be pulled up to the surface to be eaten, put on display of a gift shop, or even vacuum-packed into a can of Tuna. Patrick tells him the fun of riding a hook and then jumping off before you get fully whisked away. From Krabs' warning, Patrick being an addict, and Spongebob caught in the middle, this could be seen as an allegory of drugs.
    • "Model Sponge", where after thinking he was fired from his job, SpongeBob gets a job starring in a new sponge commercial, thinking he is just gonna demonstrate cleaning products. However, right before the camera starts rolling, he has his clothes forcibly removed and is used as the model for a cleaning sponge. This can be interpreted as SpongeBob being tricked into becoming a porn star.
    • Ever get lost while taking public transportation? Chances are you wound up in a place that feels just as alien and creepy as Rock Bottom.
    • "Bulletin Board" has SpongeBob put up a bulletin board for Krusty Krab customers to write restaurant reviews, but one customer (Patrick) uses an anonymous alias to write negative or mean reviews, which Mr. Krabs tries to censor. The anonymous customer even resorts to personally insulting other customers. The bulletin board is a clear metaphor for online message boards and review websites that often devolve into trolling and unconstructive criticism.
    • In "Karate Choppers", karate is treated as a metaphor for sex, and the episode portrays the good and bad it can do to a person. When SpongeBob and Sandy have their first karate fight, SpongeBob asks Sandy to stop for a second so he can go get his protective equipment. Right after that, he gives her a phone call, and sends his arm through the phone line to karate-chop her, representing phone sex. He eventually gets so obessed that he can't focus at work because all he can think about is doing karate with Sandy. When they're told to stop karate, they quickly find that everything else reminds them of the martial art. Once they give in and start karate chopping all over the park, SpongeBob, laying back, sarcastically wonders if Mr. Krabs ever does karate, but is shocked when he realizes that Mr. Krabs, who had told him to stop karate due to him becoming addicted, caught him in the act.
    SpongeBob: For a second, that sounded like—
    Sandy: Karate?
    SpongeBob: (excitedly) Right now?! claps his hand over his mouth
    • In "Little Yellow Book", SpongeBob says "I need a break" and goes outside and starts blowing bubbles. The way he does this is very similar to smoking.
    • In the movie's Goofy Goober's Ice Cream Party Boat scene, SpongeBob and Patrick become drunk off of ice cream. These instances shown are:
      • SpongeBob keeps shouting "WAITER!" in suggestive ways.
      • He drags Patrick and the Goofy Goober peanut on stage and sings a song called "WAITER!" while stumbling around on stage, with very slurred speech.
      • Later, a very hung-over SpongeBob appears with a five o'clock shadow and finds an unconscious Patrick: "Patrick! HEYWHASSUPBUDDY-?!" *face-plants the floor*
      • When he arrives at the Krusty Krab, he is very wobbly, still has slurred speech, belches as if ready to throw up, and mistakes King Neptune as a woman. He is clearly having a hangover (or, an "ice cream headache", as The Other Wiki calls it...).
      • Then there's the Thug Tug, where we see some drunk-looking patrons and bottles and mugs littered everywhere. This time, though, there isn't anything confirming that it's not alcohol.
    • In "Broken Alarm", some of the earlier dialogue of SpongeBob trying to fix his alarm clock brings to mind an I Can Change My Beloved scenario. After it breaks, he hugs it to defend it from Krabs and Squidward, saying "I can fix it!" As he's fixing it in his front yard, he tells it, "I still love you!"
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks:
    • "Moist Vessel" reveals that the universe is balanced on the back of a giant koala. This is reminiscent of the world turtle Akupāra from Hindu Mythology, where the Earth is supported by four big elephants standing on the back of a gigantic turtle.
    • "Cupid's Errant Arrow" has the B-plot dealing with the crew of two ships needing to implode a moon from crashing on a nearby planet being impeded by complaints over environmental problems, religious problems and even a conspiracy theory sounds awfully similar to certain political groups objecting to crises like climate change or COVID-19. There's also the last obstacle turning out to be a rich person selfishly equating an inconvenience to their luxury with the seriousness of people's lives being destroyed.
    • "Veritas": Every time Rutherford downloads new updates for his cyborg implants, he has to "reboot" himself, causing him to lose consciousness at inopportune times. The way that it's shown is evocative of pretty much any modern real-world tech product (smart phone, computer, game console etc.) and inconvienent software updates.
    • In the Season 1 finale "No Small Parts", when Badgey is uploading the last of the virus to the Pakled ship, he's grunting as if pent-up and then has a blissful release when finished.
    • "We'll Always Have Tom Paris": The B-plot has Tendi inducing a temporary skin color change in Mariner so she looks like an Orion. After the novelty of going undercover wears off, Mariner comments that it's a little uncomfortable and asks Tendi not to take any pictures. When it wears off at an inopportune moment, the locals form an angry mob, accusing her of wearing "false green". In essence, it's an alien version of Blackface.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: The episode "Mewnipendence Day" features Star learning that her people, who she always thought were heroic settlers who fought the monsters that threatened their new home, actually invaded the monsters' land and drove them off of it, and suffering intense guilt after learning about it, serving as a metaphor for racially biased history.
  • The whole premise of the Season 3 finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is about a group of hunters (predators) kidnapping Jedi younglings (children), because Knights (adults) are too strong for them.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Gem fusion is an allegory for relationships, especially romantic ones, with the closeness of those involved directly relating to how stable the resulting fusion is. "Giant Woman" is a whole episode of Belligerent Sexual Tension, Pearl and Amethyst only able to fuse once they stop fighting, de-fusing immediately once that start fighting again. Ruby and Sapphire meanwhile form the most stable and harmonious fusion in the series because of how deeply in love they are, much like how Steven and Connie in "Alone Together" manage to remain fused for so long until outside stress cause them to de-fuse. Conversely, lacking harmony or being outright antagonistic makes the fusion far more monstrous and unstable, like Alexandrite in "Fusion Cuisine" and Malachite in "Jail Break".
      • The dialogue proceeding Jasper and Lapis Lazuli fusing in "Jail Break" screams emotional (and some physical) abuse, with the former grabbing the latter's arm and forcing her to "just say yes" to fusing. The resulting fusion is an allegory for a toxic relationship, with the two constantly hurting each other and twisted into something worse. This is further emphasized in "Alone At Sea" when Jasper begs Lapis to fuse with her again because of how strong they were together, serving as a metaphor for codependency.
      • The episode The Answer takes the 'fusion as sex' metaphor even further, in a conversation between Sapphire (who had never fused before) and Ruby (who had, but only with similar gems, not a different one) after their first fusion:
        Sapphire: So, um, did you say I was different?
        Ruby: And you haven't before?
        Sapphire: Of course not! When would I have ever?
    • Garnet's "I Am" Song is a response to Jasper mocking her for being a fusion. However, it sounds somewhat like a response to the Moral Guardians who would have a problem with the relationship of two women in love, which is what she literally is.
    • Amethyst's backstory as revealed in "On the Run" calls to mind the plight of people who have self-esteem issues related to their parents having conceived them accidentally. Clinched by the line "I didn't ask to be made!" Or even worse, Amethyst's status as a Gem grown on Earth, via a process which drained the life from the surrounding area, makes her a parallel to a Child by Rape.
    • Steven's struggles as a Half-Human Hybrid more than a few times resemble the struggles of being adopted, torn between two groups of people and trying to find a balance between them, with Greg playing the role of the supportive adoptive parent who wants his child to connect with his other family but is still concerned he'll be hurt doing so. There are also parallels with growing up biracial, not really feeling like you belong with one group or another.
    • Another take on the "fusion = relationship" reading: Pearl repeatedly lying to Garnet so they can fuse in "Cry For Help" is similar to dubious consent or even deceptive rape; Garnet feels used and becomes so distraught that she briefly unfuses, and when they do make up in "Friend Ship" and have to fuse again to save the day, Pearl makes a point to only fuse with Garnet after Garnet says she's okay with it.
    • The dilemma between Ruby and Sapphire in "Keystone Motel", including Steven thinking it's all his fault, play out like a kid seeing his parents fighting for the first time.
    • Rebecca Sugar herself says in an interview that "Alone Together" is a metaphor for puberty, to "suddenly find yourself with the body of an adult, how quickly that happens, how it feels to have a new power over people, or to suddenly find yourself objectified, all for seemingly no reason since you’re still just you".
    • Peridot's interactions with the Crystal Gems after she agrees to work with them to defeat the Cluster have blatant parallels with Real Life prejudices. She is dismissive and then outright hostile towards working with Pearl since Pearls on the Gem Homeworld are a Servant Race and are, in her words, just there to "hold stuff and look pretty," mirroring sexism and racism. She demands that Garnet unfuse since it makes her uncomfortable, mirroring homophobic reactions to PDA between homosexuals. She also accidentally insults Amethyst by calling her "defective" for being smaller than she was supposed to be due to emerging 500 years later than her siblings, mirroring ableism. When discussing her discomfort about Garnet, she even bangs the sides of her fists together, a slang gesture for lesbians.
    • Pearl's reaction to Amethyst being from The Kindergarten mirrors views towards someone being from an underprivileged area.
    • In "The Answer" the condemnation of Ruby and Sapphire's fusion by members of Blue Diamond's court (as fusion between different types of Gems are taboo instead of the same) are very reminiscent of intolerant reactions toward "non-traditional" relationships (interracial, homosexual, etc.).
    • When Steven begins psychically connecting to the Cluster in "Gem Drill", he begins sweating, breathing hard, and clutching his stomach, looking like he's going through labor pains.
    • The treatment of the off-color gems by Homeworld is an obvious parallel with the eugenics movement, which believes "flawed" people need to be removed from the human gene pool.
    • Speaking of the Off Colors, one of them is a fusion of six Gems, and they follow up this reveal with "Maybe more, if we meet the right Gem." If we continue with the "Fusion=Sex" metaphor, it sounds reminiscent of a polyamorous relationship.
    • The way Blue Diamond used to treat Pink Diamond—and to that extent, White Diamond to the other three Diamonds is portrayed similarly to an abusive parent.
  • Teen Titans (2003):
    • Slade's Mind Rape attacks on Raven in "Birthmark" are disturbingly similar to an Attempted Rape scene, since every time he touched her some of her clothes would disappear.
    • Malchior from "Spellbound" presents himself to Raven as a noble soul who respects and cherishes her for who she is, which quickly earns him Raven's affections. However, he's ultimately revealed to be a manipulative creep who only needed Raven's help to escape the spellbook he was imprisoned within. He's essentially the supernatural equivalent of online stranger danger.
    • The symptoms Robin shows in "Haunted" match up remarkably well with those associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, particularly for male survivors of sexual abuse. This makes sense considering Robin's "apprenticeship" being chock full of its own allegories of sexual grooming similar to Terra's.
    • Slade's partnership with Terra has so many BDSM overtones she might as well have been wearing a gimp mask, while his propositions to Robin to "join him" are equal parts "we can rule the world" and "I have candy in my van". Let's face it, Slade is made of this trope.
    • A non-innuendo-laden variant pops up in the episode "Troq", dealing with the Fantastic Racism the character-of-the-day has against Starfire's race. At one point while discussing it with Cyborg, she asks him if he knows what it's like to be judged because of how he looks. He tells her "of course I do", claiming it's because he's part-robot - keep in mind, though, that he's also black.
  • Teen Titans Go! has a scene in "Caged Tiger" where Beast Boy wets himself in a stopped elevator. The sounds he makes when he relieves himself tend to sound like those made by a different bodily function.
  • The Sword of Omens in ThunderCats. It's a weapon that Lion-O was given as a child, but he could not use it properly until he reached puberty (partially due to its full size). When he waves it around, it grows longer and longer until, with a great shout of "Ho!", its eye opens and a white beam shoots out.
  • Time Squad:
    • In "Larry Upgrade", Tuddrussel and Larry argue like a married couple (but not before sending Otto out to play). Then, there's the "break-up" between Lewis and Clark on "Lewis and Clark and Larry," along with Clark getting jealous that Lewis "went exploring" with Larry.
    • "Ex Marks the Spot" is notorious for some memorable moments that include: Larry being super-nice to Tuddrussel to the point that it becomes Did You Just Have Sex?-type behavior; then acting like a clingy jealous fembot when Tuddrussel and Sheila (his ex-wife, as revealed in "Kubla Khan't") act too friendly this time around and he comes to the conclusion that they're going to get back together, "Just when things were going so well". Then, the episode ends with Larry being so upset and angry that he overreacted to the whole thing that he tells Tuddrussell that he's sleeping on the sofa tonight. The kicker to all of this is that it's all played straight.
    • In "Child's Play" Shakespeare gets frustrated over creative differences between his agent (who wants him to do kids' plays for merchandise) and Larry (who acts as a Moral Guardian and keeps objecting to the plays' content). Considering how short-lived Time Squad was, one has to wonder if this wasn't Dave Wasson (the show creator) speaking out against the creative output of his show or if this was merely a satire on the mediocre quality of current kids' TV programming and movies due to greed and censorship.
    • The two times Larry has acted drunk. In "Eli Whitney's Flesh-Eating Mistake" his Non Sequitur, *Thud* after being beaten by angry townspeople is "I'm okay to drive. Just help me to the car". In "Pasteur Packs O'Punch", Larry experiences wild mood swings after being electrocuted, where he drunkenly tells Tuddrussel that he loves him, offers to drive despite being in no condition to operate anything, telling off Otto with a slurred, "Hey, don't tell me what to do!", and embarrassing himself at a party by standing on a table and declaring himself "The Queen of France".
    • Tuddrussel always berates Larry's effeminate personality and hobbies and tells him to act like a robot (as seen in "Hate and Let Hate" and "Forget the Alamo"), which can be taken as a G-rated version of saying "Get Back in the Closet!"
    • "Daddio DaVinci" (Season 1, Episode 3) had Otto opening Larry's gear box on his chest and Larry covering himself in the same way a woman would if her breasts were exposed.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Happens at the end of "My Dinner With Elmyra" when Elmyra plants a big one on Montana Max and Max squeezes the seltzer bottle he was hiding behind his back in response, causing it to spray seltzer everywhere.
  • In the Tom and Jerry episode "Flirty Birdy" the male eagle's response to seeing a crossdressing Tom is to stretch his neck out with wide eyes, tongue hanging out, and the feathers on his neck move up almost like a penis going hard would look like when aroused.
  • Transformers: Animated:
    • Lockdown's introductory episode sees Flashback!Ratchet wake up on Lockdown's operating table and look in horror at the hole in his arm where his EMP generator used to be. It's all framed like someone waking up to realize they've been drugged and had their organs harvested.
    • The Scrapper and Mixmaster watch a luxury car being dismantled while hooting and swilling oil.
    • When Meltdown was "experimenting" on Blackarachnia's body. She's pretty unsure, then the dude reveals his intentions to change her from technorganic to pure organic. The utter shock and terror at having her body violated beyond recognition, and her cries for him to stop. Thankfully Optimus saves her.
  • In the Grand Finale of Transformers: Beast Wars, Dark Action Girl Blackarachnia borrows Rattrap's rather lengthy sword for a mechanical purpose and swiftly snaps its blade in half. Cue to her paramour Silverbolt shuddering in sympathy.
  • On The Venture Bros., when Brock and Lt. Baldovich coordinate over the radio to dock Dr. Venture's shuttle with the Gargantua I space station, it sounds like they're discussing a sexual encounter they're having. Dr. Venture seems to realize it too, since he groans in exasperation and snaps at Brock to hurry up after a while.
    • When the Monarch is forced to stop attacking Doctor Venture during Season 3, and Sargeant Hatred is assigned as Doc's new archnemesis, the Monarch acts as if he's been dumped and is trying to get back at the dating game. He refuses to try out new enemies, complains about Venture "abandoning" him, says he wants a special kind of hatred he can't fake. One episode has the three of them meeting in Hatred's house, and Hatred keeps rubbing his new "relationship" on the monarch's face out of spite. What makes it more complicated is that the Monarch is actually married, and he's complaining about being abandoned to his wife.
  • In Season 2, Episode 18 of Wakfu, Sadlygrove fails to make his weapon get bigger, to which he apologizes to a nearby girl "I'm sorry, this is the first time this has happened to me."
  • X-Men: The Animated Series: In one episode, Rogue and Cyclops were fighting a Sentinel (a 20-foot high robot); Cyclops was knocked unconscious and stopped breathing; Rogue realised she would have to give him CPR even though she risked "absorbing" him and leaving him brain-dead; as she was blowing in his mouth and pumping his chest, at one point she screamed, "Come ON Scott! Make a girl HAPPY!" Almost as though they were having sex...
  • Young Justice (2010):
    • When Superboy confesses to the team that he's been using Lex's shields to use his full powers, the way he delivers it is like a guy coming clean that he's been using drugs or steroids, and Luthor was his dealer.
    • When Red Arrow has been going off on his own to try and find the original Roy Harper, he is a total wreck and his health isn't looking any good, the other heroes basically stage an intervention.
    • North and South Rhelasia are pretty blatant stand-ins for North and South Korea, complete with all the tension.
    • Miss Martian and Superboy's breakup between season 1 and 2 is revealed to be the result of the two of them coming to blows over M'gann's ruthless application of her telepathy on enemies coupled with her trying to make Connor forget he was angry with her in the first place. Connor's sad remarks over how M'gann perverted her "touch" in his mind sounds all too much like someone who left their partner after they hit them.
    • Queen Bee's network of kidnapped teens (which introduced Static and the Runaways) is essentially a human-trafficking ring. Which ironically becomes even more obvious in Season 3.

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