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"I was re-reading Moby-Dick the other day and—oh, I haven't read it since... I'm sure none of us has. It's worth picking up again. It's about this whale..."
Ruth, Wonderful Town

Sometimes, Pop-Cultural Osmosis only works part of the way, and as a result, certain famous works or events are only known for one or two lines.

To make things worse, a show which attempts to parody said event will only include that one line.

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Often the result of Never Live It Down, and is a common cause of It Was His Sled. If this phenomenon is blown out of proportion enough that the original context seems to become irrelevant, it's Memetic Mutation. See also "Common Knowledge". For the In-Universe trope where most characters know about an alleged secret, see Everybody Knew Already.

A lot of these will also be mentioned in the Signature Line or Signature Scene pages.


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Underneath each item is a list of "stock facts" that everybody seems to know about a person, place, event, or work. Try to guess as many of them as possible before looking at the spoilers. Double points if you know the specific significance or context of each fact.

Possible answers will be:

  • The premise
  • Events
  • Specific details or facts
  • Well-known quotes
  • Completely incorrect information which somehow got associated with it. (Triple points for these, if you both know it and understand why it's wrong!)
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Guideline when adding new entries: It must be something that the majority of people, not just you, or a specific niche of the fandom, are able to recall from memory.

Also, you may add an explanation if you so choose, but it's not mandatory.

Finally, despite the fact that EVERYBODY seemingly knows these things, there are spoilers.


Everybody Knows That...

  • 101 Dalmatians:
    • The bad guy is a lady in a fur coat who wants to kill puppies.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey and series
    • "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that"
    • "Will I dream?"
    • The big black cuboid Monolith
      • "Oh my god... it's full of stars!"
    • "But you'll look sweet/upon the seat/of a bicycle buuilt for twooooooooo...
    • The Star Child
    • The famous leitmotif of Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra (known for its epic "Dun... dun... dun... DUH-DUN!")
  • 300
    • THIS! IS! SPARTAAAA! (kicks other guy into pit)
    • TONIGHT! WE DINE! IN HELL!
  • Ace Attorney
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    • It's about Hot-Blooded lawyers who like to give the pointer finger.
    • OBJECTION!
    • Phoenix and Edgeworth are incredibly gay together. (But they actually aren't)
  • Abraham Lincoln
    • Ended slavery / Freed the slaves.
    • Was assassinated.
    • Had a tall black hat and facial hair.
    • Is on the US penny and $5.00 bill
    • "Four score and seven years ago..."
    • Was quite tall (6'4")
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Adventure Time
    • There's a boy with a white bear hat named Finn and an yellow shapeshifting dog named Jake.
    • It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world.
    • The Ice King kidnaps princesses.
    • There's a princess for everything.
    • The Lich is not funny.
    • Princess Bubblegum and Marceline were in a relationship before the events of the series.
    • Finn loses his arm.
  • Albert Einstein
    • Relativity
    • E = mc^2
    • "God does not play dice with the Universe."
    • His hair
    • Was allegedly a slow student, much to the delight of motivational speakers everywhere.
    • Took a picture showing his tongue.
    • Always makes you look smart when you quote him... even when the quote is fake.
    • "Only two things are infinite, the Universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
    • Nobel Prize. NOT for relativity.
  • Alfred Hitchcock
    • Made a cameo in each of his own films.
    • Even folks who've never seen Alfred Hitchcock Presents can usually hum the theme song, Funeral March of the Marionettes.
    • his silhouette
    • The Birds
      • A bunch of black birds gather around and then attack someone,
    • Psycho
      • A girl gets stabbed in the shower with freaky music playing.
      • Norman Bates is the killer and his mother
  • Alexander Nevsky
    • Ice breaks, the knights drown.
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
    • Alice eats stuff that changes her size.
    • The White Rabbit, who is late
    • The Caterpillar, who smokes a hookah
    • The Cheshire Cat
    • The Mad Tea Party
    • The Queen of Hearts, who constantly shouts "Off with His Head!!"
    • The Jabberwocky
      • "'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves\\Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;\\All mimsy were the borogoves,\\And the mome raths outgrabe."
      • The creature's actual name is "Jabberwock", but many media call it "The Jabberwocky" because of the title of the poem in which it's described. Triple points if you knew that.
    • The Walrus and the Carpenter
      • "The time has come," the Walrus said,\\"To talk of many things:\\Of shoes— and ships— and sealing-wax—\\And cabbages— and kings—\\And why the sea is boiling hot—\\And whether pigs have wings."
    • We're all mad here.
    • People paint some roses red.
    • It was All Just a Dream.
  • American Pie
    • "This one time, at band camp ..."
    • "MILF!"
    • The kid has sex with a pie.
    • Webcam
  • Among Us
    • X sus
    • X was not an imposter. Y impostors remain
  • Amphibia
    • "I'm just a normal girl living in another world!"
    • Three girls get sucked into a music box and get transported to a dimension of sapient amphibians.
    • The main protagonist is blissfully unaware of the leaves and twig in her hair for an entire season.
    • Had a legendary crossover episode with Gravity Falls.
  • Andrew Johnson
    • Had an impeachment trial
  • Animaniacs
  • Anything Goes
    • It's all on a boat
  • Arthur
    • He's an aardvark who doesn't look like one
    • Arthur has a sister named D.W.
      • He punches her in one episode.
      • "I told you... not... TO TOUCH IT!"
    • One song on the show was about the benefits of having a library card.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • There are four nations named after the four elements: Water, earth, fire, and air, and people who can control said elements called Benders.
    • The Avatar can bend all of the elements.
    • But everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.
    • Aang is the Avatar and the last airbender.
    • The Fire Nation killed all the airbenders, except for Aang, who sealed himself in an iceberg for a hundred years.
    • Zuko wants to regain his honor.
    • In one episode, the main characters watch a play about themselves.
    • "That's rough, buddy."
    • It has a bad movie adaptation.
  • Bambi
  • Barack Obama
    • First African-American President.
    • "Yes, we can!"
    • Osama bin Laden went down on his watch.
    • "Hope and Change" (paraphrased, mostly used sarcastically by detractors)
    • Quit smoking before presidency.
  • Batman franchise in general:
    • Batman's parents were killed in front of him in an alley when he was young.
    • He doesn't have super powers, but is very wealthy.
    • His costumes across most incarnations are predominately black or very very dark gray.
    • His sidekick is Robin.
    • One of his greatest rivals is The Joker.
    • Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb.
  • Batman & Robin
    • A Batsuit with rubber nipples.
    • Mr. Freeze makes a LOT of ice puns.
    • A Batbomb?
      • Bat Credit Card?!?
  • The Beatles
  • Benjamin Franklin
    • The electric kite experiment.
    • On the $100.00 bill
    • Poor Richard's Almanack
    • "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."
    • Bifocals
    • Was a manwhore.
  • The Bible - The Old Testament
    • Adam and Eve eat the Fruit of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden.
    • Cain kills Abel.
    • Noah builds the Ark to survive the Flood.
      • The Ark carried Noah's family and two of each animal on Earth.
    • Moses leads the slaves out of Egypt, parting the Red Sea on the way.
    • Moses brings down the Ten Commandments.
    • David kills Goliath with a sling.
    • Job has a pretty rotten time.
  • The Bible - The New Testament
    • Mary gives birth to Jesus in a Bethlehem manger.
    • Jesus walks on water, amongst other miracles.
    • Jesus has a Last Supper.
    • Judas betrays Jesus to the Romans.
    • Jesus dies on the cross, wearing a crown of thorns.
    • Jesus is resurrected three days later.
    • The four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
  • Bill Clinton
    • ...did not inhale.
    • He did not have sexual relations with that woman.
    • It depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is.
    • He feels your pain.
    • Was impeached but not convicted. Remained President.
  • BioShock
    • A man chooses, a slave obeys.
    • Would you Kindly?
  • Braveheart
    • "...but they'll never take our FREEDOM!"
    • Blue facepaint.
  • Caillou:
    • The protagonist is infamous for being whiny.
    • He's bald.
    • He's "just a kid who's four and each day he grows some more."
    • He has a sister named Rosie who's even whinier, but she has fewer haters because she's only two.
  • Casablanca
    • "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
    • "Play it again, Sam." (Which was never spoken in the movie)
    • "Here's looking at you, kid"
    • "I'm shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here!"
    • "You'll regret it... maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life."
    • "Round up the usual suspects."
  • Castlevania
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas:
    • Special about overcommercialization.
    • Everyone dancing in the auditorium
    • Linus quoting the Bible
    • The small tree Charlie Brown gets
    • "I've been kissed by dog lips!"
    • "Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-oooooh" *BREATH*
  • Charles Dickens
    • A Christmas Carol
      • Ebenezer Scrooge
      • "BAH HUMBUG!"
      • Three spirits: Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Christmas Future (Yet to Come)
      • There's a disabled boy named Tiny Tim (although not everyone knows his surname).
    • A Tale of Two Cities
      • "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."
  • Charlotte's Web:
    • The spider dies.
    • There are a lot of big words.
  • Checkers \ Draughts:
    • Played on a board with squares of alternating colours, same as Chess.
    • Relatively simple rule set, compared to, e.g., Chess.
    • A piece is promoted if it gets to the other end of the board. ("King me").
  • Chess:
    • Played on a board with squares of alternating colours, same as Checkers.
    • "Checkmate", which happens when a king cannot escape capture.
    • Pawns are weak, and are often sacrificed.
    • Pawns promote if they reach the other end of the board.
    • Queen is the most powerful piece.
    • Knight has a more complicated movement than the other pieces.
  • Chuggaaconroy
  • Citizen Kane
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Club Penguin
    • You played as a penguin that could wave, throw a snowball or do a dance.
    • You got banned for swearing.
    • There were minigames, including a fishing game, a pizza-making game and an Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors game.
    • Disney bought it.
    • There were lots of parties.
    • It closed down in 2017.
  • The Crying Game
    • Dil is a pre-op transsexual woman.
  • The Dark Knight
  • Dingo Pictures
    • They made several very low-quality mockbuster films.
    • They made one about dinosaurs, where one dinosaur says "Yee".
      • He actually says "Peek" who is another dinosaur.
    • Their mascot is a raccoon called Wabuu who looks like Meeko.
      • "Shoop-de-doop-de-doo, I am the Wabuu!"
    • They made one where animals play soccer.
      • The Ambulance Goose.
      • "He's gonna shit now!"
    • They made a The Lion King (1994) knockoff.
      • "The diamonds, my God!"
      • "Your father, the Black Panther, is your father?"
      • "I think we should be enemies."
  • Dinosaur Train
    • There are dinosaurs.
    • There's a time-traveling train.
    • Buddy, a T-rex, was adopted by pteranodons after his egg somehow ended up in their nest.
  • Disgaea
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Doctor Who
    • The Doctor is a Time Lord.
    • The Doctor regenerates.
    • His time machine/spaceship is a phone box that's bigger on the inside. Except it's actually a police box.
      • And it's called the TARDIS.
    • The original series had hilariously low production values.
    • EXTERMINATE!! EXTERMINATE!!
      • Daleks have plungers for hands, egg whisks for guns and pepper pots for bodies.
      • Evil rubbish bins.
    • The theme song.
    • It makes you hide behind the sofa.
    • The Doctor has a sonic screwdriver.
    • There's some angel statues which move when you aren't looking at them.
  • Donald Trump
    • Real estate businessman with a bad combover.
    • "You're fired!"
    • "Make America Great Again!"
    • Has been divorced three times.
    • Defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
    • "Grab 'em by the pussy."
    • Accused of collusion with Russia.
    • Signature promise to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.
    • Tweeted a nonsense word "covfefe".
    • Has small hands.
    • Claims to be a "stable genius".
    • Said, "Person, woman, man, camera, TV."
    • Was impeached twice during his presidency.
  • Don Quixote
    • A madman tries to fight a windmill.
    • Sancho Panza
    • "En un lugar de La Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme..." is the Spanish cultural equivalent to "To be or not to be, that is the question."
    • Was writen by Miguel de Cervantes as a parody of chivalry novels.
    • Happens in La Mancha.
    • Has 2 volumes.
  • Dracula
    • A Transylvanian aristocrat is actually a vampire and can turn into a bat.
    • In the end, he dies.
  • Dracula (1931)
  • Dr. Strangelove
    • You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!
    • MEIN FUHRER! I CAN WALK!
    • Guy in a cowboy hatnote  riding an a-bomb.
  • Dragon Ball Z
    • It features muscular men fighting each other by shooting energy beams out of their hands.
    • IT'S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAND!!!!!
      • What?! Nine thousand?! There's no way that can be right, CAN IIIT?!
    • KaaaaaameeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaameeeeeeeeHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!
    • Spiky hair.
  • DuckTales (1987):
    • It stars a rich old duck named Scrooge McDuck.
    • Scrooge swims in his money.
    • Scrooge has three great-nephews who he takes on adventures.
    • "Ducktales, woo-oo!"
    • Has a reboot.
  • Duke Nukem
  • ET The Extraterrestrial
    • E.T. has a glowing finger
    • "E.T. phone home."
    • Elliott the kid and E.T. flying through the sky in a bike
    • The infamous video game adaption
  • The Exorcist
    • If your head twists more than it's possible, you're possessed by demons.
    • Pea soup vomit.
    • "Your mother sucks cocks in Hell!"
  • Family Feud
    • "Survey says..."
    • If you guess wrong, a big red X (strike) appears on screen with a memorable buzzer sound.
    • Two contestants facing off, each with their hand over a large button ready to buzz in, at the start of each round.
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
    • Alma rapes Sgt. Beckett.
  • Fatal Attraction
    • Bunny boiler.
    • "I'm not going to be ignored, Dan!"
  • Fate/stay night
    • Saber is a Historical Gender Flip of King Arthur.
    • Archer is actually another version of Shirou Emiya.
    • Rin and Sakura are actually both sisters.
  • A Few Good Men
  • Fight Club
    • The first rule of Fight Club is you DO NOT talk about Fight Club / The second rule...
    • Tyler Durden isn't real
  • Final Fantasy
  • Fire Emblem
  • The Flintstones
    • "YABBA DABBA DOO!"
    • Mel Blanc was the voice of Barney Rubble.
    • The car is powered by his feet
    • Fred accidentally lets the saber-toothed tiger back in when each episode ends.
  • Forrest Gump
    • Forrest runs.
      • "Run, Forrest! Run!"
    • "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna to get."
    • "Shit happens".
    • Stumbles onto historical events.
    • Was played by Tom Hanks.
    • "pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp..."
    • "And that's all I have to say about that."
  • Frankenstein
    • A mad scientist throws a switch which causes electricity to be channeled down into a figure laying on a table
    • Monster made out of body parts.
    • A creepy hunch-backed assistant named Igor
    • "It's Alive!"
    • "Yeth, Mathter."
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    • "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
    • Led the United States during the Great Depression and World War II.
    • Implemented the New Deal.
    • "December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy...
    • Had polio.
  • Free Willy
    • Willy jumping over Jesse.
    • The "actor" who played Willy died from beaching after being freed for real.
  • Futurama:
    • Zoidberg is the Butt-Monkey.
    • The professor says, "Good news" when there isn't any.
    • Bender jokes about his "shiny metal ass".
    • There's a sad scene with an old, dying dog lying on the sidewalk.
    • "Shut up and take my money!"
  • Game of Thrones:
    • A lot of people die, not that living there is very pleasant.
    • One of the characters is Daenerys Targaryen, who is known as Khaleesi and the Mother of Dragons.
      • Also, there are dragons in it!
    • "Brace yourselves, Winter is Coming."
    • LOADS of Fanservice.
    • There's incest.
    • Everybody is fighting over the Iron Throne, which is made of swords.
    • The ending was very dissatisfying to a lot of people.
  • Garfield
    • He's a cat...
      • That hates Mondays...
      • loves lasagna...
      • makes snarky comments...
      • and is orange.
  • Gargantua and Pantagruel
    • Gargantua is a giant who eats a lot.
    • "Panurge's flock".
  • George Washington
    • He cut down a cherry tree
      • And couldn't tell a lie about it
      • Both of these originated in a poem well after his death.
    • He was the first president of the U.S.
    • He crossed the Delaware River
    • He's pictured on the US $1.00 bill and quarters
    • Wore false teeth that actually were not wooden (they were ivory).
  • George W. Bush
    • Strategery.
    • Misunderestimate.
    • Nucular
    • "Heckuva job, Brownie"
    • Led the U.S. into the Iraq War and a recession.
    • Googler.
    • Dodged a shoe thrown by an irate Iraqi.
  • Ghostbusters
    • "Who ya gonna call?"
    • "He slimed me!"
    • "Don't cross the streams!"
    • Giant marshmallow man.
  • Gilligan's Island
    • The seven of them were aboard the S.S. Minnow.
    • "Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale..."
  • The Godfather series:
    • "Make him an offer he can't refuse."
    • "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes."
    • Man wakes up, finds a decapitated head of a horse in his bed. Based on this, some writers have come up with the idea that putting a horse head into someone's bed is a common way for the Mafia to scare people, even though in The Godfather the horse head is there only because that particular horse was important to that particular man.
    • "Nothing personal, it's just business."
    • "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
    • "I know it was you. You broke my heart."
  • Godzilla
    • He fights King Kong in one movie.
    • Destroys Tokyo on a daily basis.
    • He's a giant dinosaur-thing.
  • Gone with the Wind
    • "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
    • "After all, tomorrow is another day."
    • "As God as my witness..."
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Gravity Falls:
    • There's an evil one-eyed triangle-shaped demon called Bill Cipher.
    • There's three books with a six-fingered hand on the covers.
      • They were written by Grunkle Stan's brother.
    • "But her aim is getting better!"
    • There's secret codes in the show.
    • There's some backwards whispering and a circle with symbols on it at the end of the intro.
  • Hamlet
    • "To be, or not to be. That is the question."
    • "Alas, Poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio."
      • A brooding young man speaks to a skull in his hand.
    • Everybody dies at the end.
    • "Good night, sweet prince."
    • "Get Thee to a Nunnery!"
    • "The Melancholy Dane"
  • Happy Days:
    • There's a biker named Fonzie who's famous for doing a thumbs up, snapping his fingers, being promiscuous, and saying, "Ey!".
    • Characters dismiss others with "Sit on it!"
    • Fonzie jumped a shark, which is where Jumping the Shark comes from.
  • Happy Tree Friends
    • A bunch of cute colorful animals die in horrible ways.
    • There's an yellow bunny with pink bunny slippers.
    • There's a dumb blue moose who looks different than the other animals.
    • Flippy "flips out" and kills the other animals.
    • Flaky's gender is ambiguous.
      • The creators eventually confirmed she's female.
  • Harry Potter
    • He wears glasses and has a scar on his forehead.
    • He goes to Hogwarts.
    • He's friends with Ron and Hermione
    • "You're a wizard, Harry."
    • Harry has a pet owl called Hedwig.
    • Lord Voldemort is the bad guy and he doesn't have a nose.
    • Snape kills Dumbledore
  • Hey Arnold!
    • Arnold is a kid with a football head who's basically Jesus Christ if he was a child.
    • He lives with his grandparents because his parents were under a sleeping spell in San Lorenzo whilst exploring there.
    • You're a bold kid, Arnold.
    • STOOP KID'S AFRAID TO LEAVE HIS STOOP!
    • Helga, who bullies him, secretly has a crush on him.
      • Her parents are abusive and her mom is an alcoholic.
  • Henry VIII
    • Had six wives.
    • Father of Elizabeth I and Bloody Mary.
      • And one of the many Edwards.
    • Was really fat.
    • Liked to have people beheaded, including his wives.
    • Split from the Catholic Church so he could get divorced.
  • Home Improvement
    • "I don't think so, Tim."
    • "MORE POWER!"
    • The neighbor's face is always partially covered, usually by the fence.
    • Tim's manly grunts.
  • Homestar Runner
    • Everybody, everybody!
    • Strong Bad checks his email.
    • How do you type with boxing gloves on?
    • Trogdor was a man! Or maybe he was a dragon-man! Or maybe he was just a dragon! But he was still TROGDOOOOOOR!
  • The House of the Dead
  • Hunter × Hunter
  • I Love Lucy
    • The heart logo.
    • Vitametavegemin.
    • "Lucy, I'm home!"
    • Lucy has to "splain" something to Ricky.
    • Lucy was played by Lucille Ball.
    • Lucy is accident-prone and has a friend named Ethel.
    • Lucy once worked at a chocolate factory and goofed up.
  • Inception:
    • It has something to do with dreams...
      • ...within dreams...
      • ...within dreams.
    • Spinning totem.
    • "We need to go deeper."
    • "The dream is collapsing."
    • "Quick, give me a kiss"
    • "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."
  • Invader Zim
    • Zim is an alien disguised as a human kid trying to take over Earth.
    • Zim has a robot assistant named GIR who disguises as a dog.
    • Only Dib realizes that Zim is an alien, but nobody believes him.
    • It has more disturbing content than most Nickelodeon shows.
    • There's an episode where Zim steals people's organs.
    • It was cancelled.
  • I Wanna Be the Guy
    • It's really, really hard to win.
    • APPLES DON'T FALL UP!
      • They're actually more like giant cherries.
    • You get killed by a fake error message.
      • And a fake save point!
    • YOU JUMPED INTO A SWORD, YOU RETARD.
    • GAME OVER - PRESS 'R' TO TRY AGAIN
  • James Bond
  • James Cagney
  • Jeopardy!
    • Trivia show in which you have to answer in the form of a question (e.g. "What is X?").
    • It had that one guy who was champion for a really long time (Ken Jennings, who won 74 games).
  • The Jetsons
  • John F. Kennedy
    • "Ask not what your country can do for you..."
    • was Roman Catholic.
    • Shot dead in his car in Dallas, TX.
    • Promised to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s.
    • "Ich bin ein Berliner."
      • which due to bad grammar means he declared himself to be a jelly donut. Even though you'd need shaky grammar and a bad sense of context to make that conclusion.
    • The Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
    • The World/Za Warudo stops time.
    • So does Star Platinum.
    • "What a beautiful Duwang!"
    • Kira just wants a quiet life.
    • King Crimson just works.
    • Diavolo's infinite deaths.
    • Pucci resets the universe.
  • Kingdom Hearts
  • King Kong (1933)
    • He climbs a skyscraper.
      • Holding a woman while doing so.
      • Biplanes circle around shooting at him.
      • And he ends up falling to his death.
    • "'Twas beauty killed the beast."
    • He fought Godzilla once…and won.
  • Land of Oz
  • Laverne & Shirley:
    • The intro has the title characters singing a rhyme.
    • One of them has a weird drink she drinks.
    • Laverne wears an "L" on her clothes.
    • The producers argued a lot.
  • Led Zeppelin
  • The Legend of Zelda
    • The main character is an elf named Link.
      • Even though Link IS NOT an elf.
    • He finds pieces of the Triforce. (In the original game, and a couple others.)
    • He fights a pig named Ganon.
      • As well as monsters called octoroks that... spit rocks!
    • HEY! LISTEN!
    • "It's dangerous to go alone! Take this."
    • Spin Attack.
    • Smashing pots to find money.
    • Sheik is Zelda in disguise (thanks Smash Bros).
  • Les Misérables
    • Someone steals a loaf of bread
    • A police officer relentlessly hunts the protagonist.
    • "I dreamed a dream..."
  • The Lion King (1994)
    • "Hakuna Matata"
    • "The circle of life."
      • The opening refrain.
    • The father dies.
    • It's Hamlet, by Disney, with lions.
  • The Lone Ranger
    • "Hi Ho Silver... AWAY!"
    • "Who was that masked man?"
    • Theme music: The William Tell Overture.
    • Always leaves a silver bullet when he departs at the end of the episode/movie.
  • Looney Tunes
  • The Lord of the Rings
    • "One Ring to rule them all…"
    • Hobbits
    • "My precious!"
    • Elves. Especially Legolas.
    • Orcs take the Hobbits to Isengard.
    • "You Shall Not Pass!."
      • In the book, "You cannot pass."
    • "One does not simply walk into Mordor."
    • No-one tosses a dwarf.
  • Lost
    • Survivors of a plane crash in a mysterious island.
    • A smoke monster and polar bears.
    • The plot is overly complicated.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • He was deaf (and composed music despite losing his hearing)
    • Ode to Joy (AKA the final movement of his 9th symphony)
    • Da Da Da DANNN! (AKA the first movement of his 5th symphony)
    • Für Elise
    • Moonlight Sonata
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • The Maltese Falcon
    • "The stuff that dreams are made of."
  • Machiavelli's The Prince
    • It is better to be feared than loved.
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The Avengers are Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk.
    • Also, there's Black Panther, who lives in Wakanda in Africa.
    • Spider-Man's also in there, too.
    • There are also the Guardians of the Galaxy, which comprises of a talking alien racoon (Rocket) and a talking tree named Groot who only says "I am Groot!"
    • The Avengers theme song.
    • Avengers: Infinity War
      • Thanos snaps his fingers and half of all life turns into dust.
      • "Mr. Stark? I don't feel so good..."
      • "Perfectly balanced, as all things should be."
    • Avengers: Endgame
      • All the heroes come out of portals at the end.
      • Iron Man dies.
  • The Matrix
  • The Maze Runner
    • Pg. 250
    • "Please Tommy, please."
    • Cyborg slugs.
  • Mega Man
  • Mel Brooks
    • Blazing Saddles
      • "The sheriff is a ni-" *BONG*
      • "Mongo only pawn in game of life."
  • Metroid
    • The playable character in the robot suit is a girl.
    • You can roll into a ball.
    • You fight a giant brain.
  • Michael Jackson
    • "Heee hee!"
    • "Chamone!"
    • Was black, then was white.
    • Did the moonwalk.
    • Was accused of pedophilia.
  • Moby-Dick
    • "Call me Ishmael."
    • Some pirate with one leg is hunting a white whale.
    • Contains reams of seemingly-pointless information about whales.
    • "From Hell's heart I stab at thee!"
    • "Thar she blows!"
  • Monty Python
    • Monty Python's Flying Circus
      • It's...
      • And now for something completely different!
      • NO ONE expects the Spanish Inquisition!
      • The Lumberjack Song: "I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay."
      • This is an EX-PARROT!
      • The Ministry of Silly Walks
      • Does Not Like Spam
    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
      • "It's just a flesh wound."
      • "I can still bite your kneecaps!"
      • The Knights who say "Ni."
      • The Killer Rabbit.
      • The Holy Hand Grenade
      • "Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"
      • "What do you mean? An African or European swallow?"
      • "Run away! Run away!"
      • "One, two, five! (Three sir!) THREE!"
      • "What is your name? What is your quest? What is your favorite color?"
      • The rude Frenchman (who waves his naughty bits at your aunties.
    • Monty Python's Life of Brian
      • "What have the Romans ever done for us?"
      • "He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy."
      • "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life"
  • The Moomins
    • It's about a bunch of white hippo-looking creatures who live in a tall round blue house.
    • There's also a bratty little girl named Little My, a greedy cowardly kangaroo-looking creature named Sniff, a guy who sleeps in a tent and plays harmonica named Snufkin, and a girl who looks like the Moomins but with yellow hair named Snorkmaiden.
    • Every winter, the Moomins hibernate and Snufkin leaves.
    • Snufkin electrocuted a park keeper and ruined his park once because it was filled with regulation signs.
    • There's a scary creature called The Groke.
    • Moominpappa ran away from orphanage and had adventures with an inventor and Sniff and Snufkin's fathers.
    • Moomintroll is gay for Snufkin.
    • The 90s anime adaptation.
      • Little My asks Snufkin to date her.
      • Snufkin wants to fill Moominvalley with crime.
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World
    • "Stay thirsty, my friends."
  • Murder on the Orient Express
    • Everybody did it.
  • My Immortal:
    • Considered an extremely So Bad, It's Good story.
    • It's unknown as to whether the author was trolling or not.
    • The author was an Emo Teen named Tara.
    • Everybody Is Bi.
    • There are lots of vampires.
    • Dumbledore shouts, "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING, YOU MOTHERFUCKERS?!"
    • The main character is a wangsty, lewd, teenage vampire with an Overly Long Name.
    • "Masturbate" is misspelled as "masticate", and Lupin does it.
    • "He put his thingie into my you-know-what and we did it for the first time."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • Adult fans are called bronies.
    • The main characters are multicoloured, talking ponies with pictures on their thighs.
    • There's a wacky, pink one called Pinkie Pie and a rainbow-maned one called Rainbow Dash.
    • It's Sweet Dreams Fuel.
    • One princess sent the other to the moon for turning evil.
    • The main character grows wings and becomes a princess at some point.
  • Naruto
  • Napoléon Bonaparte
    • French military leader.
    • Short (not especially so in reality, though).
    • Defeated in the Battle of Waterloo.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • NetHack
  • 1984
    • The setting is a Crapsack World.
    • "Big Brother is Watching You."
    • Any law or politician you don't like will turn our world into the one in the book.
  • The Noddy Shop:
    • NODDY stands for Notions, Oddities, Doodads and Delights of Yesterday.
    • It was the show where several Canadian actors, most notably Michael Cera, began their acting careers.
    • In a promotional music video for the show, Johnny Crawfish says the word "hell".
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
    • A little boy named K.O., an alien named Rad and a purple-haired girl named Enid work at Gar's Bodega.
    • Lord Boxman sends robots to attack the Bodega, and K.O., Rad and Enid fight them.
    • K.O. is exactly six-to-eleven years old.
    • K.O. has a Superpowered Evil Side called T.K.O.
    • The show has a Cast Full of Gay.
    • Laserblast, Professor Venomous and Shadowy Figure are the same person.
    • It had a crossover episode with various Cartoon Network shows.
  • One Piece
  • The Owl House:
  • Pac-Man
    • Pac Man is a yellow circle who opens his mouth in a pie shape.
    • You eat dots.
    • You run away from ghosts.
    • If you eat a big dot, the ghosts turn blue for a while and you can eat them.
    • The main character makes a "wak" noise (commonly written as "wakka" because he moves quickly).
  • Paul Revere
    • "Listen, my children, and you shall hear/Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere"
    • "One if by land, two if by sea"
    • "The British are coming! The British are coming!"
  • Peppa Pig
    • It's about a family of pigs.
    • The characters are drawn with two eyes on one side of their heads.
    • The narrator constantly states the obvious.
    • George cries very easily.
    • Characters sometimes make fun of Daddy Pig for being fat.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Two brothers build various impossible machines during summer vacation.
      • "I know what we're gonna do today!"
      • Phineas has a triangle-shaped head and Ferb has green hair and doesn't talk much.
      • Their sister Candace tries to bust them to their mother, but always fails.
    • They have a pet platypus named Perry, who is actually a secret agent who fights Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
      • "Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated!"
      • Doofenshmirtz's various evil plans always involve machines titled "-inator".
      • Doofenshmirtz had a Hilariously Abusive Childhood, which he often uses as a Freudian Excuse.
      • Doof can't recognize Perry when he's not wearing his hat.
    • The show is Strictly Formula.
    • There's a lot of songs.
      • "Gitchee gitchee goo"
      • "S to the I to the M to the P!"
  • Pinocchio:
    • The title character is a puppet who wants to be a real boy.
    • His nose grows when he lies.
    • "When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true."
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Planescape: Torment
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf
    • It's about an anthropomorphic wolf that wants to capture and eat anthropomorphic goats, but fails all the time.
    • It's probably the single most successful cartoon to come out of China, what with its 2,000+ episodes.
  • Pogo
    • "We have met the enemy and he is us."
  • Pokémon
  • Pong
    • Primitive graphics \ first video game ever (but not really).
    • Gameplay consists of two paddles bouncing a ball back and forth.
  • Portal
    • The Cake Is a Lie.
    • GLaDOS is Still Alive.
    • "I don't want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these?!"
  • Power Rangers (Note that they all come from the first year.)
  • The Price Is Right
  • The Princess Bride
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Ready Jet Go!
    • Jet is an alien who conveniently looks like a human. His home planet is Bortron 7
    • Only three human kids named Sean, Sydney, and Mindy know he's an alien.
    • Jet is 63 years old in Bortronian years, which would be a kid by their standards. Jet is very much physically and mentally a kid, and is around 9-11 in earth years.
    • Jet's other family members are all named after vegetables.
    • Jet's mom Celery takes Sean and Sydney to space to teach them about the planets and stars.
      • Mindy can't go because she's too little.
      • She turns five and gets to go to space eventually.
    • EXCELSIOR!
    • BOOYAH, SCIENCE!
    • A kid named Mitchell spies on Jet and the others to find proof that Jet is an alien, and is known for being a snide know-it all.
      • Mitchell only acts like this because he doesn't know how to approach friendship due to his insecurity and lack of social skills.
    • The talking computer Face 9000, malfunctions and gets upgraded to become more 3D.
    • Has very catchy songs about the Scientific Method, the Solar System, the moons of Jupiter, and more.
  • Richard Nixon
    • Presided over Watergate, in which some of his supporters broke into the Watergate complex.
    • Resigned from the Presidency because of Watergate.
    • "I am not a crook".
    • Went to Red China, and only he could go there.
    • Known as "Tricky Dick".
    • Made the VSign gesture.
  • Ride to Hell: Retribution
    • It's one of the worst video games in all of existence.
    • The game offensively portrays women as nothing more than sex objects.
    • The game was initially going to be an open-world game, but was changed into a linear game mid-production.
    • There were going to be more Ride to Hell games, but they were cancelled after how badly Retribution was received.
  • Rio
    • After the movie's release, the main character's species went extinct in the wild in real life.
  • Robotech
  • Rocky series
    • Runs up some steps and punches the air.
      • Gonna Fly Now!
    • Adrian!
    • "Eye of the Tiger"
    • Apollo Creed dies.
    • Rocky fights Mr. T.
    • Rocky fights a Soviet Russian guy.
    • The movies are numbered with Roman numerals: II, III, IV, V, except the last one which is Rocky Balboa.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Romeo and Juliet
    • It's a love story.
    • They commit suicide at the end.
    • "Star-cross'd lovers".
    • "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" Often quoted without the initial "O"; frequently cited as though "wherefore" meant "where" rather than "why".
    • "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
    • Mercutio snarks even unto death.
  • The Room
    • It's generally considered the best worst movie ever.
    • "You are TEARING ME APART, LISA!!!"
    • "I did not hit her! It's not true! It's bullshit! I did not hit her! I did NAWT! Oh hai, Mark."
    • "Cheep-cheep-cheep-cheep-cheep-cheeeeep!"
  • Samuel L. Jackson
    • Snakes on a Plane
      • "I have HAD it with these motherfuckin' snakes on this motherfuckin' plane!"
    • Pulp Fiction
      • Does he LOOK... Like a BITCH?!
      • Say what again. SAY WHAT AGAIN! I DARE YOU! I DOUBLE DARE YOU MOTHERFUCKER! SAY WHAT ONE MORE GODDAMN TIME!
      • Ezekiel 25:17
    • The Incredibles
      • Honey? Where's my Supersuit!
      • WHERE! IS! MY! SUPER! SUIT!
      • YOU TELL ME WHERE MY SUIT IS, WOMAN!
  • Saw
    • "I want to play a game"
    • Sawing your own limbs off.
    • The puppet
    • Jigsaw
  • Scooby-Doo
    • Talking Great Dane.
    • "And I've have gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids!"
    • Shares a huge appetite with Shaggy.
    • Also tries to chicken out of cases with Shaggy.
    • Has an annoying nephew.
  • Scott the Woz:
  • Seinfeld:
    • It's a show about nothing.
    • Four friends in New York get into trouble a lot and have petty arguments.
    • "A Festivus for the rest of us!"
    • "No soup for you!"
    • "Hello, Newman."
    • "Not that there's anything wrong with that!"
  • Sesame Street:
    • Elmo speaks in third person, and there's a doll of his that likes to be tickled.
    • There's a character named Oscar who lives in a garbage can.
    • There's two guys named Ernie and Bert.
    • There's a bird.
    • There's a monster who eats cookies and sang about them.
    • There was a character named Mr. Hooper, who died.
    • It's an Edutainment Show and is "brought to you" by letters and numbers.
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Shining:
    • Creepy twins.
    • Blood rushing out of an elevator.
    • "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Typed out over and over again.
    • The husband breaks open a door with an ax and yells "HERE'S JOHNNY!!"
  • Silent Hill
    • Pyramid Head.
    • James killed Mary.
    • The air raid siren is bad.
    • P.T. was cancelled.
  • The Simpsons
    • "D'oh!"
    • Homer strangles his son in Crosses the Line Twice fashion.
      • Why, you little...!!!
    • They're yellow with wacky hair.
    • Starts with an angelic choir singing the name of the show while the camera sweeps past clouds down to the town below.
    • The father is a stupid guy named Homer who eats doughnuts and drinks beer.
    • Bart says, "Ay Carumba!" and "Eat my shorts!" and rides a skateboard.
  • Singin' in the Rain:
    • Used a bunch of old songs.
    • A man, well, sings in the rain.
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • South Park
    • The animation looks like construction paper cutouts.
    • The main characters are four VERY foul-mouthed boys who wear winter clothing.
    • They Killed Kenny over and over again.
  • Soylent Green
    • is people!
  • Spider-Man
    • "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility."
    • The original theme song - "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Does Whatever a Spider Can."
    • The upside down kiss in the first movie.
    • He shoots webs and can swing around the city with them.
    • He lives in New York.
    • "My spider-sense is tingling!"
  • Splatoon / Splatoon 2
    • "You're a kid now, you're a squid now, YOU'RE A KID YOU'RE A SQUID YOU'RE A KID YOU'RE A SQUID YOU'RE A SQUID-"
    • The main playable factions are squid/octopuses that can assume humanoid and feral forms at will.
    • They also shoot their own ink at each other with lots of unlikely weapons, including gardening hoses and huge paint rollers.
    • Also, it's set in the distant future where humans are extinct.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
    • "Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?"
    • SpongeBob's signature laugh.
    • SpongeBob works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab fast food restaurant, run by the greedy Mr. Krabs, and loves making and eating its signature sandwich, the Krabby Patty.
    • SpongeBob and his starfish best friend Patrick Star have a habit of annoying their octopus neighbor Squidward Tentacles whenever the opportunity strikes.
    • The evil Plankton keeps trying and failing to steal Mr. Krabs' secret formula for Krabby Patties and ruin his restaurant.
  • St. Elsewhere
    • The entire show is implied to be taking place in the imagination of an autistic boy named Tommy Westphall.
  • StarCraft
  • Star Fox
    • "Do a barrel roll!"
    • "Can't let you do that, Star Fox!"
    • "Help me Fox!"
  • Star Trek
    • "Beam Me Up, Scotty!."
    • "Uh dun't haf the par!"
    • "She canna take much more captain!"
    • Spock / A character with pointy ears
      • "Fascinating."
      • "Live long and Prosper"
      • Vulcan salute
    • KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
    • The ensign with the Red Shirt will always die.
      • Unless it's TNG or later, in which case the ensign in the mustard-coloured shirt will die.
    • "To boldly go where no one has gone before."
    • "He's dead, Jim."
      • Bones is a doctor, not another profession more relevant to the situation at hand.
    • "We are Borg. Resistance is Futile."
      • "You will be assimilated."
    • One of the captains is Patrick Stewart / "that bald guy."
      • "Engage!"
      • "Make it so."
    • There's Klingons on the starboard bow.
      • It's life, Jim, but not as we know it.
    • Captain Janeway is a redheaded, coffee-drinking lady.
    • The most controversial episodes involve Spock having his brain stolen and Paris and Janeway having lizard babies.
    • Picard tells Wesley to "shut up".
    • Enterprise has a pop song as its theme, and more underwear scenes than the other series.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil
    • Star is a magical princess from another dimension who fights monsters using her magic wand.
    • The monsters aren't actually evil.
    • The fandom is infamous for its Ship-to-Ship Combat.
      • Starco is the most popular ship.
      • Starco eventually became canon.
    • A lot of people hate the last episode.
  • Star Wars
    • "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..."
      • Wall of text scrolling off into the distance.
    • "Use the Force, Luke."
      • "May the Force be with you."
    • "I am your father."
    • There are warriors using light swords, one of which is a cyborg.
    • Darth Vader wears a black helmet that helps him breathe. Heavily.
    • The droids C-3P0 and R2-D2.
    • You Have Failed Me for the last time.
    • "I have a bad feeling about this."
    • "It's a trap!"
    • Jar Jar Binks, who is apparently the only character in the prequels.
    • "These aren't the droids you're looking for."
  • Steven Universe
    • All of Steven's powers are tied to his emotions.
    • Steven's Gem guardian Garnet is really a permanent fusion of two star-crossed non-binary, feminine-presenting lesbians, Ruby and Sapphire.
    • Steven's late mother Rose Quartz was really the assumed identity of Pink Diamond, the deceased member of the ambiguously evil Great Diamond Authority from whom Steven and his Gem friends protect Earth.
  • Superman
    • "Up, up, and away!"
    • "Faster than a speeding bullet; more powerful than a locomotive; able to leap tall buildings In a Single Bound."
    • "Look, up in the sky: It's a bird! It's a plane!..."
    • "This looks like a job for Superman!"
    • Vulnerable to Kryptonite.
    • "The Man of Steel"
    • Last son of the destroyed planet Krypton.
    • His secret identity is Clark Kent, thanks to a pair of glasses. The fact that his birth name is Kal-El is also well known, but not as ubiquitous.
    • Girlfriend - Lois Lane; best friend - Jimmy Olsen; archenemy - Lex Luthor; cousin and sidekick - Supergirl
    • In order of "everybody knowsness": Superstrength; flight; invulnerability; X-Ray vision; heat vision; superspeed; telescopic vision; superbreath; super hearing.
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • Tamagotchi
    • It's a series of virtual pet toys that was massive back when it originally released in the 90's.
    • Its mascot, Mametchi, is a simplistic yellow humanoid creature with a black cap and vaguely cat/rabbit-like ears.
  • Teen Titans Go!
    • It's Denser and Wackier than the comics and the original show.
      • The main characters are a lot meaner.
    • Cartoon Network runs a lot of reruns for it.
    • Slade's return was offscreen.
    • It has the most episodes out of any Cartoon Network show.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    • Kamina and his impossibly cool shades.
      • He dies in episode 8.
    • "Don't believe in yourself. Believe in me who believes in you!"
    • Galaxy-sized mecha.
    • "JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE?"
    • "Mine is the drill that will pierce the heavens!"
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    • Fought at the battle of San Juan Hill
    • Had the Panama Canal built
    • Inspired the Teddy Bear
    • "Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick"
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Titanic (1997)
    • The boat sinks.
    • "I'm the king of the world!"
    • "Jack, I'm flying!"
    • The old lady throws the diamond overboard.
    • The song "My Heart Will Go On"
  • Troll 2
    • They're eating her... and then they're going to eat me... OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!
    • You don't piss on hospitality!
  • Twilight
  • The Twilight Zone
    • "There's something on the wing!"
    • "It's a cook book!! It's a cook book!!"
    • "Your next stop... The Twilight Zone."
    • "Submitted for your approval..."
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin
    • Eliza crossing the ice
  • Undertale
    • Sans will give you a bad time.
    • You don't have to kill anyone.
    • You're an asshole for even playing it, apparently.
    • It fills you with DETERMINATION.
  • WarGames
    • "Shall we play a game?"
    • "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play"
  • West Side Story
    • "I like to be in America!"
    • "I've just met a girl named Maria"
    • "I feel pretty, Oh, so pretty."
    • The two sides are the Sharks and the Jets.
    • Fighting involves walking along snapping one's fingers.
    • It's Romeo and Juliet.
    • When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way.
  • Wheel of Fortune
    • You spin a big wheel with cash values on it to guess letters on a big board.
    • "Can I buy a vowel?"
  • Winston Churchill
    • "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."
    • "I have nothing to offer but blood, tears, toil and sweat."
    • "Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it!" (said in response to Lady Nancy Astor, who told him: "If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee!")
    • "See some of you there"
    • This is nonsense up with which I shall not put!
    • "Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.” (After Bessie Bradock complained he was "disgustingly drunk.")
  • World of Warcraft
    • Some players play it an awful lot.
    • It's a social game; you meet up with other real-life people to take down bad guys.
  • World War II
    • The Germans lost...
      • ...thanks to the Russian winter.
    • America stayed out until Pearl Harbor.
    • Japan was nuked.
      • and surrendered.
      • except for some guys.
    • Paved the way for the Cold War.
    • Hitler.
  • The X-Files
    • Mulder believes in the paranormal and Scully doesn't.
    • Their nemesis is an old man who smokes.
    • The old man who smokes is actually Mulder's biological father.
    • The theme tune.
    • Scully has red hair and is a scientist.
    • The phrases "The truth is out there" and "I want to believe" pop up a lot.
    • Involves aliens.
    • Mulder's sister was abducted by aliens when they were children.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Zero Escape
  • Zero Wing

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