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As the quintessential Fish out of Temporal Water franchise, Back to the Future exploits the trope to its most humorous extents.

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    The Animated Series 
  • Early in the first episode of the animated series, Marty arrives at the Brown residence to find a lot of smoke and chaos. What does Doc have to say in explanation?
    Doc: Always take the aluminum foil off your burrito before you put it in the microwave!
  • "Gone Fishin'": The entire sequence after Marty, the boys, and Emmett examine the materials for the final stunt (going over Upper Yosemite Falls in a barrel). Given the amount of danger involved, Verne asks what idiot would come up with this kind of feat for a four-year-old. Cue the arrival of D.W. Tannen, prompting Marty to comment that he expected this. When Emmett expresses his doubts, Tannen tells him that the stunt is "movie magic" and that he'll be replaced by a dummy before the barrel actually goes over the falls. Without missing a beat, Marty asks if that means Tannen is doing it.
  • One episode involved Marty and Verne going back to WWII and in one scene Marty infiltrated an Andrews Sisters-esque trio while they're performing (complete with costume and falsetto). It's revealed that while they sing fantastic in unison,the sisters' voices get progressively deeper when actually speaking (with the dark-haired sister channeling Homer Simpson).

    IDW comics 
  • When—after much discussion and reassurance that he'll be all right—Doc, who is living in 1885 with his family, jumps into his newest time vehicle and vanishes into the future to grab supplies for the Time Train, Jules is stunned: "All this time, Dad was telling the truth?"
  • In a dramatic moment during the "Who is Marty McFly?" storyline, Marty is seized and dragged away by what appear to be several alternate versions of himself (actually just animatronic look-a-likes) right in front of Doc. When Doc attempts to give chase he's confused to find himself "not getting any closer," and turns around to find yet another Marty grabbing him by his overshirt. He slips out of it with a cool "New Marty, please...don't stretch my shirt."
  • The 80s vision of 2015 from the movies is maintained with actual 2015 elements retroactively thrown in, leading to such great moments as Marty and Doc being served at an 2015 cafe in 2035 by a waiter wearing a Captain America shirt and speaking in social media slang, or Marty struggling to remember what the Internet is called and why it's suddenly important in the future.
  • In Biff to the Future, after failing to kill Biff, Lorraine says she aimed at his heart but he didn't have one.

  • The entire premise of Get Thee Back to the Future (the first movie written as a Shakespeare play) is amusing, and the style sometimes manages to make normal moments in the film funnier. One example of the latter occurs when Doc is pacing and looking at his watch, complaining about Marty being late with a constant, building repetition of "Where's the boy?"
  • This supercut of Marty McFly screaming throughout the trilogy (with a few "holy shit!"s in there for good measure!).
  • Marty sure does fall a lot...
  • This supercut of Marty and Doc saying each other's names.
  • Tom Wilson (the actor who played Biff, as well as Griff and Buford) wrote this song to answer a lot of questions he gets about the film. He did that again in 2009...
    "Do those hoverboards really fly?" It's a movie! Stop asking me the question!
    "What does a producer do?" ...I don't know. Stop asking me the question!
  • USA Today published a "Hill Valley Edition" on October 22, 2015, which Back to the Future Part II noted as the day on which Doc Brown purchased a USA Today reporting on the arrest of Marty McFly Jr. Apparently, Robert Zemeckis is about to adapt George McFly's book A Match Made in Space into a feature film. The last story on the front page bears the headline, "Public more gullible than ever", and uses Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics to detail an experiment from the Sam Houston Institute of Technology apparently revealing how easily readers might mistake the paper's stories for actual events.
    A new study from the Sam Houston Institute of Technology concludes that the public is easily fooled by bogus news stories and made-up research from fictional institutions. In a study conducted by Chad Stern, 5200 people of all age groups were shown a USA TODAY newspaper full of fictional news articles and stories, many inspired by the 1989 motion picture Back to the Future Part II. 63% of the sample thought that some of the information was accurate; 18% believed everything was accurate; while the remaining 29% got the joke immediately. Interestingly enough, 87% of the readers of this very article were unaware that the total percentages involved added up to more than 100%, demonstrating that basic math skills are continuing to decline. The remaining 22% didn't care.