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"Lincoln Sternn, you stand here accused of 12 counts of murder in the first degree, 14 counts of armed theft of Federation property, 22 counts of piracy in high space, 18 counts of fraud, 37 counts of rape... and one moving violation."
Prosecutor, Heavy Metal

When listing three or more things, the comedy rule is to not finish strong, but to list some strong examples followed by a very weak example, for the funny. Sometimes this will stick to the Rule of Three, but sometimes a proper Long List will increase the humor.

In the US and Canada, "jaywalking" means crossing the road in a dangerous manner, particularly ignoring the crosswalks when crossing city streets. In places where jaywalking is illegal, it's usually an infraction (i.e. like a parking ticket) rather than a proper criminal offense.

See also: List of Transgressions, Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving, Felony Misdemeanor, Good News, Bad News, Odd Name Out, The Triple. Compare Poke the Poodle, Skewed Priorities, All Crimes Are Equal, Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life (when the minor crime carries significant consequences), and Worst News Judgment Ever (where jaywalking is the main headline over arson and murder). This trope is sometimes used to invoke Bathos. The inverse is Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick, where a list of seemingly mundane things ends with something much darker. Clue, Evidence, and a Smoking Gun is a related inverse that deals with deductions rather than listing things. This can also overlap with Take That!, in cases where the speaker/writer is jokingly implying that the last item on the list is equally as horrible (or even more so) as the serious bad things earlier in the list.

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  • The Sprite Evo commercial includes this trope. It goes through explaining all the features of the phone, ending with "First has a kickstand."
  • This NASCAR on ESPN describes that Jimmie Johnson would do anything to win: take two tires instead of four on pit stops with a few laps remaining, wait until the final lap to make his move, lock Kasey Kahne in a port-a-potty and then go eat a steak sandwich, and even sleep in his car to be first at the track.
  • There is a TAC car safety advertisement, where after explaining what airbags to look for in a car, the reason to do so is that you're risking your life, and your resale value.
  • In this commercial for Coppertone Kids sunscreen featuring Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls, the Narrator reminds the Girls that there are harmful things in the outside world. (He, of course, is referring to the Sun's harmful rays.) Blossom thinks of Mojo Jojo laughing evilly, Buttercup thinks of a giant monster destroying the city, and Bubbles thinks of a cat stuck in a tree.
  • This Danish voting PSA (NSFW) stars a man who goes to extreme lengths to make sure people vote. In his backstory, he forgot to vote, and as a singlehanded result, influence had all but vanished regarding climate regulation, agricultural subsidies, chemicals in toys, and the amount of cinnamon on his cinnamon buns.
  • Early advertisments for Grand Theft Auto (Classic) read "Murder, drug busts, hijacking, smuggling, bank raids, police bribes, road rage, bribery, extortion, armed robbery, unlawful carnal knowledge, adultery, pimping, petty thievery, and double parking!"
  • The General Mills description for Trix cereal describes the flavors as "Raspberry red. Lemony lemon. Orangey orange. Wildberry blue. Grapity purple. And watermelon."

    Comic Strips 
  • Bloom County: In the '80s, when an oil refinery crops up in the middle of the meadow, the animals take offence and start blaming then-Secretary of the Interior James Watt:
    Portnoy: James Watt's behind it!
    Hodge Podge: James Watt's behind the despoiling of the environment!
    Portnoy: James Watt's behind global industrialization!
    Hodge Podge: James Watt's behind the cancellation of Lou Grant!
    Portnoy: James Watt's behind my aunt's gout!
    Milo: ...Let's go, boys, we've lost the momentum.
  • The Boondocks: In the final strip, Caesar is reading all the bad news in the paper. He lists: war, corruption and Tyler Perry movies.
  • Calvin and Hobbes
    • Calvin begs his mother:
      Calvin: Mom, can I set fire to my bed mattress?
      Mom: No, Calvin.
      Calvin: Can I ride my tricycle on the roof?
      Mom: No, Calvin.
      Calvin: Then can I have a cookie?
    • In psychology this is called the "door in the face" method of bargaining.
    • In an even funnier one, Calvin declared that he wanted to be a radical terrorist and was going to inhale pesticide in order to soften up his mother (who doesn't believe him) before moving in for the kill with, "I'm going to watch TV all night!" Unfortunately, it doesn't work. ("That's what you think, buster!")
      Calvin: You can never tell if they're listening or not.
  • In one Candorville strip, a psychologist is talking about his experiences with gangs: "I thought I knew the evils of gangs. Drive-bys, carjackings, garish bandanas..."
  • In Drabble, Norman has to explain to his father, Ralph (a mall cop), why he got arrested at the mall.
    Norman: I went snorkeling in the fountain.
    Ralph: That's not so bad.
    Norman: And I jumped up and down on all the beds in the mattress store.
    Ralph: A minor infraction.
    Norman: And I rode the escalator without holding the handrail!
    Ralph: Whoa! Now you're looking at hard time!
  • In The Far Side, there was one that showed the Devil in hell leading people into 3 different doors. Door #1 had a sign on it that said "Homicidal Maniacs". Door #2 had a sign saying "Terrorists". Door #3 had a sign saying "People who drove too slow in the fast lane".
  • Bluff called in FoxTrot:
    Andy: Jason, I told you two weeks ago that I didn't want Mortal Karnage II coming into this house. You have no one to blame but yourself.
    Jason: But...but...
    Andy: You're too young for this sort of thing. I mean, look at what it teaches: that human disembowelment is entertainment...that "winners" decapitate their enemies...that carnage is spelled with a "K"...
    Jason: I know carnage isn't spelled with a "K".
    Andy: The sad part is, that's the least of my concerns.
  • From the title character of Garfield: "Well, King Kong is on the roof batting down airplanes. The entire planet is being ravaged by brain-eating aliens... but more important, my dish is empty."
    • Another example, where both Jon and Garfield are watching television:
      Jon: Garfield I have some bad news, I ran out of your favorite cat food.
      Garfield: I'll survive.
      Jon: Odie chewed up your scratching post.
      Garfield: Big deal.
      Jon: And Frank left Marcia for Stephanie.
      Garfield: How could he?!note 
    • This in relation to: "My hair's on fire!" "Your dinner will be a teense late." "Why does everything always happen to me?"
    • Jon tells Garfield about some injuries.
      Jon: I hurt my back...
      Garfield: Big whoop.
      Jon: And my neck...
      Garfield: Whatever.
      Jon: And the finger that operates the can opener.
      Garfield: MEDIC!!
  • In Over the Hedge, RJ upset the balance of nature by making Verne popular. And then the Nature Police show up.
    Nature Police: You're under arrest.
    RJ: What for?
    Nature Police: Tampering with a loser, humiliation without a license...and jaywalking.
    RJ: Jaywalking!? I was Edgar Allan Poe for Halloween...He was my pet raven!
  • Peanuts
    • In one strip, Lucy is yelling at Charlie Brown, who is walking ahead of her:
      Lucy: You blockhead, Charlie Brown! Numbskull! Dimwit! Dummy! (Beat Panel) Smartyboots!
      Charlie Brown: Smartyboots??
    • In another series of strips, Snoopy is pretending he's an astronaut flying to the moon. When he gets there, he excitedly proclaims, "I beat the Russians, I beat everybody! I even beat that stupid cat who lives next door!"
  • This little gem from Real Life Adventures:
    I just ran into the Fifth Horseperson of the Apocalypse.
    Yeah, there's pestilence, famine, war, death, and your ex-wife.
  • Megan in this Sherman's Lagoon strip:
    Megan: I want scars! I want yellow teeth! I want a fish hook in my left nostril and blood-red lipstick... and a little Marilyn Monroe beauty mark right here.
  • In Zits, there was a variation. Jeremy's mother says there's something she wants to talk to him about. He then deadpans several wild guesses, including "You're having a sex change?" and "You and dad are cousins?" She gets increasingly frustrated and finally yells out, "No! We're changing salsa brands!" "...WHAT??"

  • In Williams Electronics' Scared Stiff, whenever you activate "Terror from the Crate", Elvira will wonder what will come out, naming off various ferocious creatures, with the last one being something mundane like "lawyers!" or "taxi drivers!".
    • Inverted in one case, where she lists off certain dogs, only to end with "Oooh, werewolves!"
  • In Judge Dredd, one of the situations that can come up for Dredd to deal with is "Bad Elvis Impersonator".
  • Spider-Man (Zen Studios) allows players to fight Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin Mysterio, and... J. Jonah Jameson?!

  • Egyptian Mythology:
    • Shezmu is the demonic god of execution, slaughter, blood, oil, wine, and...perfume.
    • Seth is the god of the desert, storms, chaos, violence, and...foreigners. Some scholars believe that he only gained the negative connotation after Egypt was occupied by foreign invaders for a few dynasties.
  • Classical Mythology: The Greek Goddess Athena is Goddess of Knowledge, Defensive War...and handicrafts.
  • The Bible:
    • The parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector from The Four Gospels has the Pharisee say "I am not like other men- robbers, evildoers, adulterers- even this tax collector." It must be noted that, during the Roman occupation of Palestine when, tax collectors were despised for being Les Collaborateurs.
    • Several of the things that the Old Testament law said not to do were because other peoples, particularly foreign priesthoods, did them. These included men dressing in women's clothing and tattoos.
    • Similarly, without the context of "raisin cakes" being a ritual offering, Hosea 3:1 appears to condemn idolatry and baked goods in the same sentence.

  • Flygia in Dark Dice is known as "the demon-witch of the grey swamp," "the keeper of the wilds," and "the lady of bunnies."
  • Ede Valley: Quoted nearly word for word in "To Judge a Book." The police want to arrest local biker hooligan Lilith for "arson, destruction of government property, and jaywalking."
  • In The Thrilling Adventure Hour the titular Emperor Yessel from the episode "Emperor on Mars" gets charged with shooting Bill Clover and with declaring themselves emperor. Additionally, Croach writes them a ticket for parking their flying saucer in the Marshall station's blue zone.
  • Recently, Rifftrax has been doing this with Content Warnings for riffs of any TV-MA rated movies or shows offered as VOD. They sometimes include at first the actual problematic issues that make them not suitable for all ages, and then add a funny objection at the end note . For instance:
    • Apex Predators: "Rated TV-MA for language, nudity, drug use, smoking, light blood, and excessive stock footage";
    • Project Eliminator: "Rated TV-MA for bloody violence, profanity, attempted sexual assault, homophobic slurs, and lots of Carradines";
    • Blood Harvest: "Rated TV-MA for violence, language, blood, gore, nudity, sexual assault, a dead pig, and Tiny Tim singing.
    • Jurassic Shark: "Rated TV-MA For blood, violence, language, and the longest and slowest end credit sequence ever".

    Professional Wrestling 
  • WrestleCrap's entry on TNA's Gooker Award-winning New Monday Night War:
    It all started out promising enough. The Carters had decided to go for broke and started bringing in big name talent. Hogan. Flair. Hardy. Van Dam. Knobbs.
  • Kane's speech about his past while in an anger management class on the August 27, 2012 edition of Raw. Hilarity Ensues.
    "I grew up locked in a basement, suffering severe psychological and emotional scarring when my brother set my parents on fire. From there, I shifted around among a series of mental institutions until I was grown, at which point I buried my brother alive ... twice. Since then, I've set a couple of people on fire and abducted various co-workers. Oh, and I, uh, once electrocuted a man's testicles. Years ago, I had a girlfriend named Katie but let's just say that didn't turn out too well. My real father is a guy named Paul Bearer, who I recently trapped in a meat locker. I've been married, divorced, broke up my ex-wife's wedding and tombstoned the priest. And, for reasons never quite explained, I have an unhealthy obsession with torturing Pete Rose.note 
  • At CHIKARA Aniversario Blue, May 20, 2005, Knight Eye for the Pirate Guy (Lance Steel and Jolly Roger) defeated Larry Sweeney and ShareCropper in a match where, had Sweeney's team won, Allison Danger would have to be Sweeney's "slave" for 30 days, but, if Knight Eye won, Sweet 'n' Sour International would have to appear in diapers the following night. Knight Eye won when Sweeney was Hoisted by His Own Petard after accidentally hitting ShareCropper with a chain. Steel pinned ShareCropper for the win. The following night, Aniversario Orange, Sweeney walked out and said that ShareCropper wasn't there so he doesn't have to appear in a diaper. Leonard F. Chikarason threatened Sweeney with not being able to wrestle for CHIKARA again if he didn't live up to the stipulation in the contract. Sweeney stormed off and came back 10 minutes later with Sweet 'n' Sour International (Crossbones, Rorschach, Mano Metalico) and himself all wearing diapers. Sweeney complained how they were in this situation because they didn't listen to him, they hadn't gotten on the winning streak that he wanted and, Crossbones wouldn't put the dishes away. Sweeney fired all three guys, said he quits and that Sweet 'n' Sour International was no more, and left through the back door.

  • I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again had this (paraphrased):
    David Hatch: Jorrocks had prepared an evening of hunting, shooting, maiming, killing, disembowelling and bridge.
    • Also, there's a sketch from the sixth season in which a man calls a solicitor's firm as he's being sued for libel. "I wrote a letter to the local paper in which I rather foolishly implied, in an indirect roundabout way, that a certain public figure was the leader of an international gang of jewel-thieves and that he went around committing murder and rape and pillage and arson and cut his toenails on the kitchen table and never used a handkerchief."
  • Subverted in The Space Gypsy Adventures when Gemma's criminal record is read off: stealing shuttles, handling stolen goods, bootlegging, counterfeiting, and shoplifting. The last one turns out to mean lifting a shop 450 feet off the ground.
  • The blurb for the Big Finish episode The Scorchies has the description "The Scorchies want to take over the world. They want to kill the Doctor. And they want to perform some outstanding showtunes."
  • From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1978) when Ford tells Arthur they hitched a lift to board the galley of a Vogon ship:
    Arthur: Excuse me! Are you trying to tell me we just stuck out our thumbs and some green bug-eyed monster stuck his head out and said "Hi, fellas, hop right in, I can take you as far as the Basingstoke Roundabout"?
    Ford: Well, the thumb is an electronic subetha device...the roundabout at Barnard's Star is six light years away, but that's more or less right.
    Arthur: And the bug-eyed monster?
    Ford: Is green, yes.
  • The Wacky Musical Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Intergalactical Magical Radio: After saving the aliens, Ronald McDonald informs the rest of the McDonaldland gang and the children accompanying them that they must also get off Asteroid 23 before the asteroid gets sucked into a black hole, they get destroyed in the process and, in addition, be late for dinner.

    Recorded and Stand-Up Comedy 
  • From Bo Burnham's rap song "Catholic Rant":
    There's so much pain beyond this steeple
    Wars and drugs and homeless people
    Sadness where there should be joy
    hate and rape and Soulja Boy
  • Hannibal Buress remarks on a (seemingly unintentional) appearance of this trope in the Odd Future songs "Pigions" and "Radicals":
    Buress: I saw this group Odd Future perform. They had some good songs, but the hook to their closing song was "KILL PEOPLE, BURN SHIT, FUCK SCHOOL!" ... But doesn't that seem like they get more reasonable as they go along? Like, "kill people," that's murder, that's awful. "Burn shit," that depends on what you're burning, right? "Fuck school" — that's just truancy, what are you standing on, man?! That's weak!
  • From George Carlin:
    Carlin: I want you to know, when it comes to believing in God, I really tried. I really, really tried... but I gotta tell you, the longer you live, the more you look around, the more you realize: something is fucked up. Something is wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption, and the Ice Capades.
  • Jack Carroll used this trope back in 2013 when referring to judges.
    Carroll: ... What judges are you most afraid of? Probably have to be Judge Dredd, Judge Judy and Judge John Deed; they're the main ones, aren't they?
  • On the album Salvation, Bill Hicks talks about all the horrible things on the news these days with a Call-Back to how he was in England during the Los Angeles riots and all the BBC channels were only showing snooker for some reason.
    Hicks: This half-hour: War, Death, Famine, Recession, Depression, Drought, Flood, Earthquake, Riots, Quayle... and snooker highlights!
  • From "The Downtrodden Song" in Denis Leary's No Cure for Cancer:
    Leary: ... Cancer, death, AIDS, inflation, taxes, George Bush, Hell, Satan, cancer of the face, cancer of the colon, cancer of the wrist, yeah... and JOHN DENVER! ON COMPACT DISC!
  • Lampshaded in the title sketch of John Mulaney's "New in Town." Mulaney discusses his bemusement on being accosted by a man who informs him that he's homeless, gay, has AIDS, and is new in town.
  • From Christopher Titus:
    Titus: So I took [my future wife] from the womb to Los Angeles. The city of drive-bys, riots, fires, floods, earthquakes, and producers.
    • Christopher Titus loves to use this trope and Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick. When describing how dysfunctional his family line is in Norman Rockwell is Bleeding, he names off that his family tree is full of mental illness, perscription drug abuse, and worst of all — one of his uncles was a Mormon!
  • An old Jeff Dunham skit with a "dead Osama" (who would eventually become Achmed the Dead Terrorist) has this when Osama describes his camp's activities.
    Dead Osama: Hand-to-hand combat training, explosives training, arts and crafts.
  • Gabriel Iglesias reminds the audience in Stadium Fluffy that he goes out of his way not to be divisive which is why he never discusses politics, religion, or sports.

  • Older Than Feudalism: Two of Aristophanes' three extant jabs at the no-talent playwright Morsimus were of this sort:
    • In The Knights, "May Morsimus teach me his choruses" is part of an imprecatory oath taken by the chorus.
    • In The Frogs, after fraud, parent battery, and perjury is listed "cop[ying] out a speech of Morsimus".
  • In "Whatcha Wanna Do?" from Bat Boy: The Musical, Shelley and her boyfriend are singing about the various things they'll do to the title character, ending with "We're gonna chain your arm to an atomic bomb. And make you take your granmama to the senior prom."
  • "Big Jimmy's Big Tip," the third scene of Extra Pulp, names this trope verbatim when Big Jimmy lists his past crimes.
    Big Jimmy: Bank robbery, fraud, extortion, murder, arson... oh, and jaywalking.
  • In "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" from The Book of Mormon, the spirits of Genghis Khan, Jeffrey Dahmer, Adolf Hitler and Johnny Cochran appear, and each describes their claim to infamy. Cochran is the last to mention his crime, which was getting OJ Simpson free. Elder Price then tells them that leaving his companion was "way worse" than what they did.
  • Company: In Poor Baby, as Bobby is seen making love to April, the wives are shown saying that he ought to have a woman, but not someone like the woman he's with right now. They each state their criticisms of her, saying that she's "dumb", "tacky", "vulgar", "odd", etc. Joanne's complaint? She's "tall enough to be your mother".
  • Crimes of the Heart: She began drinking and smoking when she was only 14, she hardly made good grades, why, she never even made her bed!
  • In the Swedish musical Djingis Khan (Genghis Khan), the most famous number, "Härjarevisan" (Translation: "The Raiders' Song") is about how the Mongol hordes, led by the titular character, are excited to go raiding once more. The chorus includes a line describing what the raiders are going to get up to, including drinking, fighting, burning cabins, beating children, and... saying bad words. In one official recording, the "bad words" are mainly of the Gosh Darn It to Heck! variety. The song is also sometimes sung at student dinners and parties, with the "bad words" being names of other universities, professors, courses or whatever else the students in question dislike. Fitting with the trope name, the song makes references to arson and murder, though not jaywalking.
  • In the Jára Cimrman play Dlouhý, Široký a Krátkozraký the protagonists persuade the giant that a beautiful giantess is interested in him:
    Giant: Why doesn't she come to meet me?
    Prince: She's ashamed of you, because you eat people!
    King: And don't wash your feet!
  • In The Importance of Being Earnest, Jack's list of reasons for not letting his ward Cecily marry Algernon starts off with Algernon having entered his home under false pretenses and tricked Cecily into believing that he was his brother Ernest and ends with Algernon's uncalled-for consumption of the muffins he had left out on a table.
  • In Stephen Fry's play Latin!, or Tobacco and Boys, the Chartham Park Prep School's "Black Hole" demerit is handed out for the "grossest breaches of school rules, such as armed robbery, genocide and masturbation."
  • Legally Blonde: The Musical: Emmett is helping Elle study for her class at Harvard Law. Upon being asked for the definition of malum en sae, Elle responds: "An action that's evil in itself: Assault, murder, white shoes after Labor Day…"
  • In Matilda, the title character is a Child Prodigy who tells Miss Honey, on her first day of school, that she's read "quite a few" books in the last week alone. When asked which ones, she lists some unexpectedly advanced titles to her increasingly astonished teacher.
    Miss Honey: What books did you read?
  • The Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch "The Philosopher's Football Match" had an excellent moment of these. As a parody of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, it pitted the philosophers of Germany against the philosophers of Greece. At the end of the match, after Socrates scores a header, three Germans complain to the referee.
    Narrator: Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination, and Marx is claiming it was offsidenote .
  • In The Physicists by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, the protagonist presents a pseudo-psalm by the ghost of Solomo about space travel:
    Möbius: Even on Mars we were wolfed by the sun - Thundering, radioactive, yellow.
  • One production of Robin Hood contained the Sheriff reading off all Robin's crimes. These started with the obvious ones, such as deceit, thieving, and injuring/killing travellers and the Sheriff's men, and went right down to "laughing at the Sheriff in his purple pants" (meaning underwear, for you Americans), a reference to earlier in the play.
  • At the end of Guildenstern's Long List of Hamlet's "symptoms" in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead:
    Guildenstern: "...stabbing his elders, abusing his parents, insulting his lover, and appearing hatless in public..."
  • In the stage adaptation of Singin' in the Rain, Lina Lamont has a line that goes "I'm calling my agent! I'm calling my lawyer! I'm calling my mother!"
  • At the 2018 Off-Broadway production Trainspotting, are parental warnings that the show contains "violence, strong language, nudity, splatter, adult themes, heavy drug use, needles, simulated sex, loud rave music, strobe effects, lasers, haze, Scottish accents, audience interaction, and the worst toilet in Scotland."

    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Glass-Maker's Dragon campaign for Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine, Chuubo's first arc involves being haunted by the Dream-Witch, stalked by creatures of the Outside, and forced to learn self-discipline. Italics are taken directly from the book.
  • Dungeons & Dragons::
    • Inevitables are six models of constructs that uphold the Laws of the multiverse. They relentlessly hunt down individuals that do such heinous acts as escaping justice, breaking an oath, seeking immortality by unnatural means (or killing lots of people to avoid death), ascending to godhood (or trying to kill a god), and messing with the integrity of spacetime. The sixth one gets really mad if you try to irrigate a desert.
    • Birthright Campaign: The Official Playtest Notes:
      Then a terrible natural cataclysm struck Temple X in Duerlin; the earth belched fire, the skies vomited hail, and the crocus did not bloom.
    • A priest/lawyer addressing the famous Rogue-Mage Raz in a trial:
      Inquisitor: You... are the worst of all... your crimes are the stuff of nightmares to all decent folk and just ways! YOU ARE AN ABOMINATION UPON LIFE AND DECENCY!!! VANDALISM, BANDITRY, SPYING, PIRACY, ABDUCTION, ILLEGAL USE OF MAGICAL ENERGIES, LOITERING, RESISTING ARREST, and worst of all... tax evasion. WHAT HAVE YOU TO SAY FOR YOUR HERESY?note 
  • In a post by Word of God detailing what Erandis Vol of Eberron with her (immortal) time (and why she isn't a higher level than 17): "What is she doing in those six centuries? Managing her vast network of underlings. Studying archaeological tomes for reference to the Qabalrin Codex. Knitting."
  • One Exalted writer quote listed the scale of damnation, as "how disturbing the Unconquered Sun finds you", to go the Maidens -> Luna -> Raksha -> People Dressed As Cupcakes -> Yozis -> Neverborn.
  • The old Ghostbusters RPG from West End Games has this in the intro to the Training Manual: "To be a Ghostbuster, you gotta face unimaginable horrors — horrors which threaten life, sanity, happiness, the very fabric of the universe — and even your profit margin."
  • Mage: The Awakening: Hallows (places of natural magical power) can be tainted by foul magic, violence, and other negative influences, with side-effects such as "curdling milk, blighting crops, sickening animals and children, attracting ghosts and corrupt spirits, and ruining television reception."
  • Magic: The Gathering': The card Balshan Collaborator has the flavor text: Power, gold, crackers — every bird has its price.''
  • The Pathfinder book Occult Mysteries begins with a letter from a scholar encouraging his peers to remove some of the more dangerous books in their collection from circulation. Some of these he believes to contain coded messages, sinister magic, actually be intelligent, and in one case might in fact be a bear that underwent a Forced Transformation. And one, entitled The Romance of the Cooper and the Hen Handler he wants removed because it "is simply terrible".
  • In Pokémon Tabletop Adventures, Martial Artists players can become Athletes, Aura Users, Black Belts, Dirty Fighters, Ninjas, Weapons Masters... and Massage Therapists.
  • Psionics: The Next Stage in Human Evolution gives us a character who is deeply upset about being the only person in her group with no psionic powers, being kidnapped, not being able to contact her family, living in a drug den, and having to hang out with people that are kind of jerks...
  • In Villainous, players play as the Creator/Disney villains to achieve their wicked Objectives. Some, like Jafar, want to rule over their Realm. Some, like Captain Hook, want to defeat their heroic Arch-Enemy. The Queen of Hearts... wants to play a game of croquet.

    Web Animation 
  • Batmetal Returns involved Aquaman getting tortured the following ways while under the first chorus of "Murmaider": Ariel was bashing his head with Flounder, Plankton was drilling his forcefully clamped tongue, Spongebob was lighting a blowtorch up his ass... and Squidward was playing the clarinet into his ear.
  • In Bowser's Kingdom episode 666, Jeff tries to warn Hal about the Zombies by describing what makes them dangerous. Hal is aloof to what Jeff is saying, but Jeff says they called Hal gay. Hal is indignant and the two set off on a zombie hunt.
    Jeff: There's a bunch of dead guys walking around eating people.
    Hal: So?
    Jeff: They're eating them alive!
    Hal: So?
    Jeff: And then they turn into more of them!
    Hal: So?
    Jeff: I heard them call you gay...
    Hal: Ohhh, they gotta die!
    Jeff: Yeah, let's go on a zombie hunt!
  • Camp Camp: In the Season 1 episode "Romeo & Juliet II: Love Resurrected", when Max steals David's phone, his searches include "how to blow up a summer camp", "super murder plot", and "what do boobies look like".
  • Clicker: When Bloo is listing what Trevor has done wrong during their relationship, he mentions spring break of 2003 and spring break of 2004, showing Trevor on a no-fly list, and Trevor & Bloo on a life raft with a capsized ship in the background respectively, immediately after that he mentions Trevor seeing The Nutcracker without him.
  • DEATH BATTLE! routinely provide lists of the current combatant's feats, powers, equipment or other items of relevance, and every so often they like to sneak in an unexpected detail. For instance, among Andoid 18's feats are listed "Dominated Earth in alternate timeline", "Deflected Super Saiyan Blue Kamehameha", and "Withstood love making with Krillin".
  • Gridiron Heights: During the The Purge parody episode, defensive players attack quarterbacks, trash the city, steal money, and... engage in inappropriate celebrations (such as hip thrusts or mimicking weapons) while wearing cleats in non-regulation colors. Tom Brady also uses the Purge as his cheat day for his diet, as he's seen hiding behind a dumpster chowing down on a carton of ice cream.
  • Kurzgesagt: In "How to Win an Interstellar War", the human race is introduced as a technological civilization with rockets, nuclear weapons, and memes.
  • Llamas with Hats:
    • In the second episode:
      Paul: Carl, I watched you fire a harpoon into the captain's face!
      Carl: That sounds dangerous!
      Paul: You were headbutting children off the side of the ship!
      Carl: That, uh, that must have been horrifying to watch.
      Paul: And then you started making out with the ice sculptures!
      Carl: Thank God that the children weren't on board to see it!
    • With the fourth episode the openings themselves become an example. The first begins with Paul finding a dead human in their house, the second with Carl sinking a cruise-ship, the third with Carl overthrowing a South-American Government, and in the fourth... He drags mud all over the carpet. It Got Worse.
    • Sort of a reverse example, from another of his videos, "Ferrets", in which two ferrets are talking in a valley. The one on the left, Harold exclaims how sad he is, so the other one on the right insists that whenever he's feeling down, he sings about things that make him happy. He then breaks into song, and starts listing off happy things to make Harold happy. The first things he sings are okay, like "the feel of a dollar bill", but the song quickly gets dark, when he starts singing about "the fresh smell of blood", and "touching Harold inappropriately while he sleeps".
  • Lucky Day Forever: White society media seems to be comprised largely of pornography, sexually suggestive commercials, and bland pop T.V. shows.
  • The wanted posters from Madness Combat:
    • Hank is wanted for distorting reality, felony evasion, public urination and crime.
    • Sanford is wanted for murder, telling lies, torturing, kidnapping, conspiring, arson... and for being ugly.
    • Deimos is wanted for murder, lying, thievery, conspiring, betraying the cause, and for being a smoker.
  • The Pink City: The trailer for "Elain Gets Adopted" lists some of Gooseworx's past creations: Little Runmo, "Elain the Bounty Hunter", "Ghost of the Year", and the low-effort joke video "FANTASTIC GAZEBOS Vol. 1", which is just a slideshow of gazebo photos with music playing on top.
  • PONY.MOV: MAGIC.MOV: "Crush. Kill. Destroy. Swag." It even made its way into Bronycon.
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • The villainous O'Malley goes "I need that computer to compile my evil formulas, and to rebuild the weather machine. Also to download music! Wuhuhahahaha!""
    • When Simmons temporarily defects to the Blue Team, Sarge says "Simmons, I can understand your going crazy and seein' imaginary tanks! ('The tank is right there for the love of God.') And I can obviously understand why you'd wanna attack your own base. But painting yourself blue? Dear God man, doncha have any shame at all?"
    • As the soldiers try insulting Epsilon-Church to make him angry enough do the 'laserface' again, it goes "you're ugly and nobody likes you", "you're annoying and your team sucks" and "you're round and can't wear pants." And yet the last one manages to get Church downright depressed.
    • When Dr. Grey decides to commit Insurance Fraud by exaggerating on Agent Washington's medical condition, she puts him as "de-armed, castrated and generally bothered in the line of duty".
  • In Sonic for Hire episode "The Battle: Part 2", Mario wants to kill Sonic for ruining his business, let Luigi getting killed by a bus , and programing his DVR to record Bachelor Pad three different times. Tails did that last one.
  • Starbarians Episode 1.5 has the protagonists being wanted for "coercion, extortion, extinctions, distortions, desertions, perversions, illegal insertions, invasions of nations and space tax evasion, commotions, explosions, and... loitering?!"
  • Homestar Runner:
    • In the Strong Bad Email "caffeine", Strong Bad describes Strong Sad on the final stages of a caffeine high as becoming "erratic, violent, and really funny to watch."
    • In "virus", Strong Bad's computer is so riddled with viruses to the point that it warps reality around it. He runs the computer's anti-virus program to find a ridiculous number of viruses. This causes him to freak out. The computer BSOD's on him, with the message "Computer Over. Virus = Very Yes", to which he shouts, "That's not a good prize!" But when the monitor dissolves into a blue liquid and splashes onto the floor, Strong Bad says, "...aaaand the Compy just peed the carpet" in a deadpan fashion.
    • In "myths & legends", Strong-Badian fence etchings recorded the Bear Holding a Shark's involvement in "destroyed crops, stolen babies and family bike rides... or family pie-sitting contests."
    • In "unnatural", Strong Bad shouts out a string of possible explanations for where a giant version of Bubs has come from: "It's a giant Bubs from outer space! Or... mutated by radiation! Or... from the depths of the ocean! Or... flushed down the toilet!"
  • In Underpants, an Undertale parody, In the True ending, when the monsters see the surface, they see war, disasters, pollution, Donald Trump, and the Undertale fandom.
  • Zero Punctuation:
    • On Batman: Arkham Asylum: "I could go on about how the combat flows, and how the atmosphere is solid, and how the highlights for me were the Scarecrow sections where Batman's perceptions of reality askew in favor of a nightmarish and respectively delusional glimpse into the darkest pretenses of his soul, and how jumping on people is cool"
    • From a recap on WET: "Which played like mixing every bad idea from the past ten years in a blender then drinking it from a pouch fashioned from a hollowed out ball-sack. Soundtrack was good, though."
    • From his review of Saints Row IV, complaining about Australian censorship of the game: "Wouldn't want people to mimic irresponsible behavior like shooting fire out of their bare hands, or leaping twelve stories into the air, or going into politics."
    • In his review of Layers of Fear, Yahtzee picks up on the hints of a wife and child in the protagonist's backstory and, given that this is an Ontological Mystery horror game, guesses "You probably murdered them, or ate them, or strapped them to the couch and forced them to watch televised snooker until they lost the ability to reason."

    Other Media 
  • You'll find some of this occasionally across TV Tropes, many of which are Potholed to the main page.
  • The site Free Republic managed one quite by accident, when giving a serious prediction of what, according to them, would (and according to reality, didn't) happen in the second term of Barack Obama. Among them are two nuclear attacks by China and North Korea, the outlawing of all non-homosexual marriage, the roundup and slaughter of all gun-owners and Christians, Arizona placed under martial law, a 100% tax rate on all income earned over $20,000, and the suspension of the Miami Marlins baseball teams manager.
  • Literary magazine N+1's about page: "Interns are involved in...research, fact-checking, proofreading, publicity, mailing, distribution, web administration, and bartending."
  • Comedian George Carlin did this during one of his rants about God in relation to the state of the world:
    "The longer you live, the more you look around, the more you realize; something is fucked up. Something is wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption, and the Ice Capades."
    • Not to mention the immortal (and 100% NSFW) routine "The Seven Words You Can't Say On Television":
      You wanna know what they are? There's seven of them. note 
    • The revised version of the list is even better: motherfucker is exchanged for "fart," which as Carlin points out couldn't even be alluded to on TV at the time he performed the routine (whereas all of the others could be referred to with some kind of euphemism).
    • In one of his books he mentions a news story of two men who were arrested for forcing a little boy to smoke, drink, and perform oral sex on them. "Can you imagine?" he comments. "Smoking!"
  • A whiny email to a Web site mocking America's more recent President Bush's Malaproper tendencies limply defends him by pointing out that his predecessor "only mangled the honor of the White House, inconvenient witnesses, innocent people in asprin [sic]note  factories, and the word 'is'."
  • Movie does this a lot, but a particularly hilarious example occurs in their Brüno (2009) review.
    Very strong pagan, pornographic worldview with very strong and often pornographic scenes as well as several scenes mocking conservative Christians and Evangelical Protestants, Orthodox Jews and Orthodox Judaism, the military, Southerners, rednecks, heterosexual men, hunters, and African Americans, especially older blacks (apparently because blacks voted 70-30% in favor of traditional marriage in California in 2008 and tend to oppose the radical homosexual agenda of this movie's pornographic filmmakers), plus a scene with occult content, which includes a psychic.
  • Rex's rapsheet starts out strong. Murder. Torture. Arson. Domestic violence. Brutal assalt. Treason. Smuggling. Piracy. Kidnapping. Espionage. Drunken espionage. Aggravated Mischief. Cattle forgery. Forgerous brutality. Brutal Drunkenness. Moving violations, kittennapping, littering, chain pulling... you get the idea; The number of silly crimes outstripes the serious ones, and "Drunken {something}" recurs often.
  • A hilarious quote from a New Media Are Evil website that quite obviously didn't do its research:
    "Something Awful is a cult that supports drug use, rape, racism, illegal use of firearms, harassment, piracy and child pornography."
  • A youtube user called Songunblog publishes propaganda videoes from North Korea (it is probably done it for the comedic effect, see this video). Oneis a a comparsion between North Korea and USA, portraying North Korea as a Utopia and USA as a Dystopia. The text about the video says that the USA is "awash with crime, guns, violence, prostitution, drug trafficking, murder and jaywalking."
  • Billy Connolly once read out a lengthly and utterly hilarious business card that began with this: "Albert Richardson Nelson, 1952 East Belfast. Film and TV VIP, Seeker of the Peace, Part-time Chandelier Cleaner..."
  • British comedian Marcus Brigstocke in a bit on global warming: 'Listen, there's a lot China doesn't do that's worth our while. Democracy. Human rights. Cheddar. There's three.'
    • Also, from one of his Now Show rants against religion: "The Bible contains examples of acts of wanton genocide, infanticide, fratricide, straight murder, rape, pedophilia, enslavement, brutality and sexism. And before anyone asks 'Would you say the same about Islam?', yes, if I was going to critique Islam I would mention the beheadings, underage sex, mysogeny, and the fact that Mohammad was an illiterate."
  • Jeff Dunham let Walter, dressed as Santa, answer questions from the public. To the question "If you could rename your reindeer, what would you call them?" Walter ansewered: "Moron, Dimwit, Numbnuts, Pinhead and Chuck."
  • Gilbert Gottfried's version of The Aristocrats joke:
  • Inverted in this MLIA post.
  • The name of this poor child: Jesus Joseph Dewey.
  • WebMD's Symptom Checker— and how! A simple headache may be the sign of brain cancer, Type II diabetes, or might just be a tension headache.
  • The expression "OMGWTFBBQ."
  • On this article, a music critic listing the weird/awful stuff in which Mötley Crüe was involved, does it twice: "Vince Neil killed Nicholas Dingley of Hanoi Rocks in an auto accident.., Tommy Lee served time for beating up Pamela Anderson... Nikki Sixx served as songwriter for hire to Meat Loaf, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw... Vince Neil's ex-wife accused him of spousal abuse... married family man Sixx slept with tour drummer Samantha Maloney and slammed her for it on his website after the fact... and what the hell is that thing sitting on top of Mick Mars' head? Is that hair?"
  • A Daily Mail article discussing the Glee episode "Britney/Brittany" said it was accused of promoting "Drug use, masturbation, and burlesque" Sure burlesque is a bit a 1920's sort of way.
  • An io9 article on improbable natural disasters asks, "what would happen if the moon disappeared?" It goes on to describe the resulting earthquakes, volcanoes, chaotic changes in the Earth's rotation with all sorts of weird consequences, and then ends with "it would also be harder to see at night."
  • Steven A. Grasse's "nonfiction" book The Evil Empire: 101 Ways That England Ruined the World is chock-full of this. He accuses England of everything from World War I, World War II, Islamic terrorism, and the Opium War to the Piltdown Man hoax, homosexuality, the Industrial Revolution, and *gasp* knighting Elton John.
  • From a recent issue of Readers Digest: "Three Reasons to be Happy: The divorce rate in the United States has fallen by 13 percent since 2000. The average credit card debt is under $5,000 for the first time since 2002. Scientists have discovered that gorillas play tag."
  • Upon locking an intfiction thread, the mod sternly announced, "I hate to do this but we're only on page two and we've already seen Nazis, accusations of trolling, unnecessary profanity and the omission of a serial comma."
  • Passware advertises their computer forensics program as being able to decrypt TrueCrypt volumes, acquire physical memory images over FireWire, and instantly reset passwords for QuickBooks 2010.
  • This review of The Cabin in the Woods notes that the cast is forced to fight "endless evil, including — but not limited to — zombies, aliens, fearsome monsters, graves, ghosts, grim clowns, grim reapers, dead-eyed dolls, SWAT teams, janitors, more zombies."
  • MacNeil/Lehrer (PBS NewsHour) Journalism consists of the following principles:
    1. Do nothing I cannot defend;
    2. Cover, write, and present every story with the care I would want if the story were about me;
    3. Assume there is at least one other side or version to every story;
    4. Assume the viewer is as smart and as caring and as good a person as I am;
    5. Assume the same about all people on whom I report;
    6. Assume personal lives are a private matter until a legitimate turn in the story absolutely mandates otherwise;
    7. Carefully separate opinion and analysis from straight news stories, and clearly label everything;
    8. Do not use anonymous sources or blind quotes except on rare and monumental occasions;
    9. No one should ever be allowed to attack another anonymously;
    10. And finally, I am not in the entertainment business.
  • A Natalie Angier science editorial uses this trope twice in the introduction, asking first whether you "think it unfair to blame one lousy little chemical for war, dictatorships, crime, Genghis Khan, Gunga Din, Sly Stallone, the N.R.A., the N.F.L., Stormin' Norman Schwarzkopf and the tendency to interrupt in the middle of a sentence", and then going on to say that testosterone "may not be the substance that drives men to behave with quintessential guyness, to posture, push, yelp, belch, punch and play air-guitar."
  • raocow is rather fond of this trope.
  • WWWF Grudge Match did this during their sixth annual tournament of champions, which had each contestant on death row: The Joker for trying to gas the entire city of Gotham, Mad Max for sand smuggling, excessive homoeroticism, and furthering Tina Turner's career, Dr. Evil for attempted world domination, Emperor Palpatine for attempted universe domination, Jackie Chan for repeated counts of attempted murder and assault with deadly playground equipment, Stephen Hawking for breaking the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and worst of all, Hobbes for stealing a tuna sandwich.
  • According to Skippy's List, "The following words and phrases may not be used in a cadence- Budding sexuality, necrophilia, I hate everyone in this formation and wish they were dead, sexual lubrication, black earth mother, all Marines are latent homosexuals, Tantric yoga, Gotterdammerung, Korean hooker, Eskimo Nell, we’ve all got jackboots now, slut puppy, or any references to squid."
  • Top 60 Ghetto Black Names spends the whole video Crossing The Line Twice with stereotypical Ghetto Names like 'Sha'Londria' and 'La'Quaysha' (while occasionally holding up things like a bag of fried chicken, a glass of Kool-Aid or a watermelon) until it gets to the #1 name, Courtney.
  • Slacktivist describing young-earth creationists:
    They can get quite nasty when cornered, baring their teeth, snarling and getting elected to school boards.
  • The Library of Congress subject terms assigned to books in library catalogs, which are intended to help people search for items of interest to them, can sometimes provide unintentional examples of this trope. For instance, these are the LOC subject terms for the teen fiction novel Highway to Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore: Monsters, Chupacabras, Psychic Ability, Witchcraft, Demonology, and Journalism.
  • In Judaism, the Vidui, or Confessional Prayer, is recited numerous times on Yom Kippur. It is an acrostic in Hebrew, with a list of sins, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, in order (ashamnu for aleph, bagadnu for bet, etc.) One English translation is not literal, and instead is also an acrostic (we abuse, we betray, etc.) Because some English letters are seldom used, this forced the author to get creative in some cases. Many sins are severe, like stealing, killing, or rebelling. However, the last three sins, for the seldom-used letters X, Y, and Z, are "We are xenophobic, we yield to evil, we are zealots for bad causes."
  • Even distiguished science journals can't resist. "Disability, Despotism, Deoxygenation"...with gratuituous Alliterative Title via Alliterative List.
  • Formally, a slogan of the supporters of German soccer club St.Pauli (their political standpoint is best described as Lulz Left) fits well here: "Never again war! Never again fascism! Never again 2nd Division!" It could be argued, though, that playing only 2nd Division is no "jaywalking" matter for a supporter.
  • In one entry of the blog Gaijin Chronicles, the blogger, a large black man who at the time taught English to Japanese middle-school kids, was watching an after-school girls dodgeball game. After it unexpectedly turned from timid to violent, he said if he was in a house and had the choice of facing "a group of Japanese girls in K-Groove Jack Bauer berserker mode" downstairs or "Freddy Krueger, Jason, the masked guy from the Scream movies, Predators, Aliens, and Céline Dion singing the Titanic song" upstairs, he’d go upstairs and take his chances, because he’d actually have a remote chance of coming out of it alive.
  • A Wonkette post notes that when a Wisconsin judge overturned the gay marriage ban in the state, "a vengeful Jehovah did not hurl any lighting bolts at the courthouse or suddenly afflict the greater Madison area with plagues of boils, frogs, or Minnesota Vikings fans."
  • An old bit of Web 1.0 e-mail humor that used to make the rounds holds that at a computer expo, Bill Gates compared the advancement in computer technology to advancements in automotive technology, stating that if General Motors kept apace of Silicon Valley, we would be driving 25 dollar cars that got 1,000 miles per gallon. The response from GM is, supposedly, a list of the things that would be wrong with such a car, an obvious Take That! to the problems that many computers suffered from back then, and the last item on the list is something to the effect of "You would have to press the start button to turn off your car."
    • Guess which thing on that list is true for some newer models of car?
  • In a Collegehumor video called "The Six Ways You'll See Your Dad", one of the ways he is seen as a tyrant. The narrator starts by saying "He's like Darth Vader, Hitler, and the Reverend from Footloose all rolled into one."
  • This photo.
  • Mathew Buck's ''Projector'' rant about the titular character from Keith Lemon: The Film:
    "The guy doesn't talk about anything but holes! He talks about his penis, he talks about his asshole, and he also talks about the hole that isn't commonly found on people of his own gender. That's all he ever talks about. Oh, and tits."
  • El Chigüire Bipolar's article Maduro: The National Electoral Council gave me the internet history of all of you says that Maduro knows if you voted, didn't vote, bank account stats, internet history and what you had for breakfast.
  • This review of Final Destination 3 in its "What Parents Need To Know" section gives us this hilarious gem:
  • From BIONICLE:
    Vezon: So, what am I supposed to do on Destral? Theft? Assassination? Running with sharp objects?
  • In a post about how early psychedelicists were incredibly weird[1]: "During his later life, he wrote books about how the human brain had hidden circuits of consciousness that would allow us to live in space, including a quantum overmind which could control reality and break the speed of light. He eventually fell so deep into madness that he started hanging out with Robert Anton Wilson and participating in Ron Paul fundraisers."
  • In an article that Henry Kissinger wrote in Foreign Affairs magazine in 1999:
    By the summer of 1974, when Gerald R. Ford took over as president, Richard M. Nixon's foreign policy had become controversial. Liberals chastised him for inadequate attention to human rights. Conservatives depicted his administration as overeager for accommodation with the Soviet Union in the name of detente, which, in their view, compounded bad policy with French terminology.
  • Walter Moers "Essay" Warum Sie unbedingt mal auf der Damentoilette nachsehen sollten contains the following list of consequences of the first women appearing on earth
    ...Der Untergang der griechischen Kultur...Elend und Not...Weltkrieg I und II, Vietnam, Sarajewo, runtergeklappte Klodeckel
    • Translation
    ...The downfall of ancient Greek culture...misery and destitution...World War I and II, Vietnam, Sarajewo, closed toilet lids
  • This article about why Deadpool isn't appropriate for kids. In order, the reasons given are: extreme levels of violence, gore, profanity, nudity, sex... and kids won't even get most of the clean jokes.
  • The New York Times article states that voters have no interest in denying gays civil rights, controlling women's healthcare choices, or telling people where to go to the bathroom.note 
  • From this very wiki: the Locked Pages article explains why F.A.T.A.L., (notorious for an obsession with rape, sexual violence, molestation, possible paedophilia, etc) is locked for editing - with this line:
    FATAL: Trimmed down and locked under content policy. Pervasive objectionable content and confusing math.
  • While most of Joan Cornellà's surreal visual strips rely on the "Tomato Surprise" trope to act as a punch line, sometimes they use this trope as one. In one strip a man in a red coat shakes hands with a man in a white shirt, who has a needle stuck in his arm and pisses all over the man in the suit's pant's leg. It doesn't phase him at all...until he see's the other man works in marketing.
  • After George Orwell published Nineteen Eighty-Four, he had his publishers send a copy of it to Aldous Huxley, the author of another significant dystopian novel, Brave New World. After Huxley read Nineteen Eighty-Four, he wrote a letter to Orwell to share his thoughts. The letter ends this way:
    In other words, I feel that the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to modulate into the nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined in Brave New World. The change will be brought about as a result of a felt need for increased efficiency. Meanwhile, of course, there may be a large-scale biological and atomic war —- in which case we shall have nightmares of other and scarcely imaginable kinds.
    Thank you once again for the book.
  • This Harpers article on juror selection for the Martin Shkreli trial is structured to use this joke as a punchline. After a long series of jurors saying they wouldn't be able to judge him fairly due to the way he raised the price on prescription drugs, the potential harm it could do to them, hatred for corporate greed, etc, it ends on this note:
    THE COURT: All right. We are going to excuse you, sir.
    JUROR No. 59: And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.
  • The Villains Wiki page for Segata Sanshiro lists his crimes as "assault, attempted murder, murder, using an illegal tactic in soccer."
  • Chinese animated series Happy Heroes has at least one example. In Season 2 episode 16, Big M. lies that he wants to quit working at the school. Someone hears him and tells him he hasn't paid his rent and utility bills, another appears afterward saying he also hasn't paid his property management fees, elevator and broadband fees, or cleaning fees, and then a third one appears and mentions that he hasn't paid for two onions he purchased earlier.
  • Sometimes the cleaning instructions for Redbubble t-shirts will say, "Cold Wash Only, Don't Bleach, Don't Tumble Dry, Don't Slap Pandas".
  • This Deadline article uses it in the headline: PTC Blasts ‘Family Guy’ For Jokes About Rape, Sexual Exploitation Of Kids, And “Internal Defrosting Of Frozen Hot Dogs”
  • Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor once worked for an advice column, where she gives this gem of an advice:
    Question: My fiancé gave me a car, a mink coat, and a stove. Is it proper for me to accept these gifts?
    Gabor: Of course not! Send back the stove.
  • Controversial writer Sam Harris gave a sarcastic nod to this trope after a blog post he wrote advocating higher taxes for billionaires caused a torrent of hate mail, much of it from his fans.
    Do you have too many readers of your books and articles? Want to reduce traffic on your blog? ... Simply write an article suggesting that taxes should be raised on billionaires. Really, it’s that simple! You can declare the world’s religions to be cesspools of confusion and bigotry, you can argue that all drugs should be made legal and that free will is an illusion. You can even write in defense of torture. But I assure you that nothing will rile and winnow your audience like the suggestion that billionaires should contribute more of their wealth to the good of society.

Alternative Title(s): Ending Weakly, Murder Arson And Jaywalking


The Spear of Selene!

Zeus laments how Scrooge stole his popularity by defeating the immortal Gorgon, finding the lost treasure of Troy… and being really good at building sand castles.

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