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A subdepartment of the Department of Redundancy Department that produces lists. While listing anything, the last item (typically the third, as per Rule of Three, but it can be longer) on the list will be a combination of two or more previous items. Sometimes, this makes sense. Sometimes, it's just confusing, outright impossible, impossibly confusing, or confusingly impossible.

Sometimes this happens as a consequence of Stereo Fibbing. If it's incorporated into The Plan, it may result in being Crazy-Prepared.

This is almost always played for laughs, and prone to creating Ninja Pirate Zombie Robots. ("Zombies? Werewolves? Ghosts? Haunted werezombies?" etc.) Compare Shaped Like Itself, and Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill.... Not to be confused with Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick.

Not related to actual breaded eggs (although they do count as an example).

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  • It's a pillow... it's a pet... It's a Pillowpet!
  • Chunky's a soup! It's a meal! It's the soup that eats like a meal!
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch: Cinnamon. Milk. Cinnamilk!
  • Miller Lite's TV ad campaign was this trope and touts "Great Taste, Less Filling". Some examples, Sumo High Dive, Lawyer Rodeo, Weiner Dog Drag Racing, Luge Bowling, the list goes on...
    • Another memorable Miller Lite commercial stars Bob Odenkirk as a fictional "President of Beers" candidate, who decries a debate between him and the Budweiser Clydesdale as a "travesty, a sham, and a mockery...a traveshamockery".
  • Commercial for "Do you like the Minions? Do you like candy? Do you like awesome video games with the Minions and candy?"
  • Parodied in one commercial for Jack-in-the-Box, which had their board of directors struggling to come up with a name for their new sandwich, a double cheeseburger with bacon on a sourdough roll. Jack himself had the solution: "Why don't you call it... the Sourdough Bacon Double?"
  • In one of Anthony Sullivan's commercial for some cleaning product, as he was cleaning the carpet, he said the stuff he was using was good, "if you have kids, if you have animals, if you have kids that act like animals."
  • Verizon's hum for cars was advertised by saying it was compatible with a whole list of different car types, among those were red cars, white cars, blue cars, & red white & blue cars (as in painted with an American flag design).
  • Reese's:
    • Pieces or Cups? Pieces or Cups? Pieces or Cups? ....Pieces IN Cups!
    • Another commercial shows off a fictional product that grinds up Reese's Peanut Butter Cups so they can be used for toppings on food, such as ice cream, cake, and ice cream cake.
  • In a Colgate Optic White Renewal commercial, in a flashback to 2010: It's jeans, it's's jeggings!
  • A DirecTV ad for its ability to simultaneously stream different content shows a couple flipping back and forth between a tennis game and Wonder Woman 1984 ("Tennis, Wonder Woman, Tennis, Wonder Woman...") so rapidly that the two programs combine and suddenly Serena Williams is dressed like Wonder Woman herself and trashing hostile tennis ball shooters in a mall with a super-powered tennis racket, much to the puzzled fascination of the couple watching... and the chagrin of John McEnroe. A second ad is similar, but instead putting Serena in The Matrix Resurrections, playing tennis under the eyes of Agent Smith-ified spectators.
  • In the 2001 Israeli elections for Prime Minister, candidate Ariel Sharon had several campaigns against then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak (who was running for re-election) in the form of a multiple-choice question followed by the answer. One of these questions:
    Who does Ehud Barak consult with?
    1. Ehud.
    2. Barak.
    3. Ehud Barak.
    4. All the answers are correct.

  • In Season 7 episode 6 of Happy Heroes, Careful S. is being offered some medicine by Ambassador Miao. Careful S. rejects it, saying that he doesn't take Chinese medicine. Then he states that he doesn't take Western medicine either after Miao explains it's not Chinese medicine - as he goes on, he reveals it's actually a mixture of Chinese and Western medicine.

    Anime & Manga 
  • One Doraemon story revolves around Nobita being unsure how to spend his huge allowance; whether to buy a brand-new model kit, or blow it on ten packs of different-flavored ramen. He chose the latter option, only to become increasingly sick of ramen by the fourth pack and wishing he didn't make that choice, so Doraemon uses a gadget to send Nobita's message to his past self. Nobita then buys the model kit instead, only to accidentally screw up the process and destroying his new toy, effectively rendering his efforts moot. In the end, Doraemon uses a different gadget to combine both ideas - cue Nobita buying a ramen model kit.
  • Doraemon: Nobita and the Castle of the Undersea Devil has the gang undecided on where they'll spend their summer vacation. Nobita and Shizuka wants to go hiking in the mountains, while Gian and Suneo wants swimming under the sea. Eventually, Doraemon decides to bring them hiking on an undersea mountain (via the Adaptive Light which allows them to survive underwater).
  • In one episode of Soul Eater, Death the Kid realizes that a person he assumed was a tourist is actually a witch, then wonders if she wasn't a witch tourist.
  • In Episode 2 of Sword Art Online, the entire crowd of players accuse Kirito of withholding information from everyone on the boss they all had just recently defeated. Some were accusing him of being a beta tester and others that he's a cheater, and after a moment, someone labels him as a "beater". Kirito willingly takes the title to differentiate himself from the other beta testers in order to protect them from discrimination.
    "You're a beta-tester and a cheater! A 'beater!'"
  • Maiko from Kill la Kill after stealing Senketsu from Ryuko and trying it on: "It's flowing into me! The strength! The power! The strength-power!"
  • In "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak" episode of Pokémon: The Original Series, Ash and company have to fight a very powerful Gastly. Ash sends out his Squirtle and Bulbasaur to fight, and Gastly (an illusionist) sends out their evolved forms Blastoise and Venusaur, respectively. Gastly would later combine his two illusions into a single monster named "Venustoise".
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Kira pilots the Strike Gundam and later the Freedom Gundam. In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny he then gains the Strike Freedom Gundam.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans has Gaelio Bauduin piloting the Gundam Kimaris. In Season 2, under the alias "Vidar", he upgrades to the Gundam Vidar, and finally into the Gundam Kimaris Vidar.
  • In episode 8 of Beyond the Boundary, when Mirai lets her imagination go off over who could be over at Akihito's home…
    Mirai: How obscene! How unpleasant! How unpleasantly obscene!
  • Yuyushiki reveals the favorite dishes of the main characters in chspter 26. Yuzuko's are curry, croquettes, and curry croquettes.
  • In an episode of Ghost Stories, Amonojaku interrupts Satsuki doing a ritual that would have erased her from existance. When she tells him that she was told the ritual was for something else, he muses that whoever told her that "was either a ghost or a bitch". Later on, when they discover the identity of the Monster of the Week...
    Amonojaku: Run! She's a ghost and a bitch!
  • In The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, the main character's mother tells her that most people are "rotten scoundrels, idiots, or completely idiotic rotten scoundrels."
  • In New Game!, Yun asks a visitor from the outsourcing company they're using for NPCs which she (Yun) is more like, an elf or a thief. The visitor starts saying thief, chickens out, then starts saying elf, chickens out again, then just goes with elf thief. Aoba, Yun, and Hajime quickly agree and come up with an explanation for why a Fairy Story elf would become a thief.

    Audio Plays 
  • Wizard People, Dear Reader:
    • Describing Hogwarts' Halloween feast, the narrator of lists off "Apples, candied apples, appled candies, candied whiskey, apple fritters, anything you could ever want!"
    • Hagar the Horrible speculates that Valmart may be "dead, or hiding, or hiding as someone dead".

  • Deadcoders Reviews: Talking about Yumi being a positive example. He pointed out that if the reader is ever a victim of an attempted rape, approached by a French mental healthcare provider, or a victim of attempted rape by a French mental healthcare provider, that the reader should follow Yumi's example: Kick them in the chest and run.
  • In this essay where John C. Wright discusses his views on sexual morality, he says at one point:
    A partisan of the Sexual Revolution who, if any exist, sincerely maintaining that sex acts with children, dogs, corpses, other men’s wives and the children, or, for that matter, the corpses of dogs of other men’s wive’s children, in violation both of common prudence and simple justice, must have their argument fail merely on the terms of the absence of consent and the presence of harm.
  • Nathan Rabin's analysis of Battlefield Earth describes the Psychlos' character designs as "a glaringly ugly hodge lodge of styles borrowed from Nazis, bikers, Nazi biker gangs and Rastafarians."

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • A number of cards use this in the mechanics, but don't play it for comedy. Hull Breach, for instance, allows you to destroy an artifact, destroy an enchantment or destroy an artifact and an enchantment.
    • A storyline example happens in the story "Skies Over Ghirapur". The pirate captain Kari Zev tells the crew of her ship, the Dragon's Smile, that they are the sharp, fearsome teeth of that dragon. A few paragraphs later, she tells them to swarm their enemies like bees.
      Pirate: Bees? A moment ago we were teeth. Sharp teeth. If I may be so bold, which is it, Captain?
      Kari: What about bees with teeth? How does that sound?
      Pirate: Absolutely terrifying.
  • Munchkin: A type of monster has a bonus against Elves, a bonus against Wizards, and a (twice as big) bonus against Elf Wizards. Several others have similar bonuses that can stack.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:

  • On his album A Place for My Stuff, George Carlin gives us this in his "Ice Box Man" routine:
    Perhaps the worst thing that can happen is to reach into the refrigerator and come out with something that you cannot identify at all. You literally do not know what it is! Could be meat....could be cake! Usually at a time like that, I'll bluff. "Honey? Is this good?" "Well, what is it?" "I don't know! I've never seen anything like it! It looks like....MEATCAKE!"
  • BBC New Comedy Award 2016 winner Jethro Bradley:
    I noticed there seemed to be three basic types of kids at school. You had the cool kids, with real friends. Then you had the kids with imaginary friends. And then you had the children who hung around with the dinner lady. I was the only kid at my school who hung around with an imaginary dinner lady.

    Comic Books 
  • Darkwing Duck:
    • Darkwing encounters, at various points in a storyline, guard dogs, guard flamingos, and guard dogs riding guard flamingos.
    • In another instance, Negaduck recites a shopping list consisting of "chainsaws, flamethrowers, flaming chainsaw-throwers..."
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In comic book story "An Ed for an Ed", Edd says "This is a mockery! A sham! A mockery of a sham!"
  • Gear: The cats are dismayed to discover that Gear is not very smart.
    Cat soldier 1: He's not a hero... he's dumb!
    Cat soldier 2: He's retarded.
    Cat Elder: No, worse... He's dumb-tarded.
  • In an issue of Iron Man Tony Stark mentions how, if you don't write a secret down, mind-readers can still learn what you're hiding..
    Tony: There are psychic spies, psychic industrial spies, and psychic mutants. And psychic mutant industrial spies. Don't keep it in there unprotected.
  • The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing: In Issue #11, Joker tells his goons to ask "the drug dealers, the homeless, the prostitutes and the homeless prostutites" about the other Joker.
  • A pair of hazmat guys/drug dealers in King City discussing what to have for lunch come up with a list of options including Chinese, pizza, and hookers. They settle on Chinese hookers.
  • In the Kingdom of Loathing comic, Jill's dad tells her to not talk to "boys, or strangers, or strange boys".
  • In The Last Avengers Story, Hank Pym explains why various past avengers can't join them for the Final Battle. Black Widow is crippled, Black Panther is dead, Quasar is insane, and the Wild Man is dead and insane. When asked how that could be, Hank simply says "Don't ask".
  • In Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck story "Cash Flow", a bank of switches on the money bin's security system allow for the release of "Big Dogs", "Mean Dogs", and "Big, Mean Dogs".
  • Marvel Zombies 3: Zombie Morbius gives this Badass Boast:
    Morbius: I am a vampire! I am a zombie! I AM A VAMBIE! I cannot be stopped!
  • The third issue of the Muppet Classics miniseries Muppet Snow White has Doc (Dr. Teeth) ask the audience if they're ready to rock, whistle and whistle while rocking.
  • As the ponies set off for Changeling territory at the end of issue 1 of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW), Pinkie wonders if they'll encounter ninjas, monkeys, or monkey ninjas along the way.
  • Rivers of London: In Body Work, Guleed muses to herself while working her way through a list of people who were sold parts from a haunted car:
    "I could have been chasing war criminals... or bankers. Or war criminal bankers..."
  • Runaways:
    • Chase Stein's list of things to do once he turns 18:
      1. Buy monkey
      2. Buy akohol [sic.]
      3. Train monkey to mix akohol
    • When Karolina asks Topher about his parents' superhuman origins.
      Karolina: Aliens? Androids? Alien androids?
  • The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis: In order to defeat the giant Homer, Farnsworth asks what does Homer love more than anything. Lisa replies it's her mother. Bart replies it's TV. Homer himself replies it's pork chops. The next panel then shows Marge appearing on a giant TV while holding a plate of pork chops in order to distract the giant Homer.
  • The second issue of Static has Static restrain Hotstreak and make him promise not to bother him, his friends, his cousins or his cousins' friends ever again.
  • In the fourth issue of Teen Titans: Year One, Wally West practices in the mirror on what he'll say if asked what it's like to be a Teen Titan. He answers that it's a thrill, an honor and kind of a "thronor".
  • In the sixth issue of The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Swerve asks if the data discs Red Alert found in Rewind's quarters contained confidential information, Autobot secrets or confidential Autobot secrets.

    Comic Strips 
  • Beetle Bailey:
    • Zero observes that Beetle appears to be crying. Killer says that he must just have the flu, because he's too tough to be crying. Beetle says that anyone would cry if they had such a bad flu as his.
    • Sarge visits an eating place and has this exchange:
      Sarge: What-cha got?
      Waitress: We have pizza and beer, beer and pizza, and pizza soaked in beer.
      Sarge: Gee, I don't know. They all sound good.
  • Bloom County:
    • A strip has a salesman from the Universally United Writer's Bunch Syndicate offering comic strips to Opus, who was working at the Bloom Beacon:
      Al McMeed: I got what you want! Strips about divorce! Strips about babies! Strips about plumbers! Strips about Divorced Baby Plumbers!
    • During an election arc;
      Portnoy: We should have gotten Jesse Jackson.
      Hodgepodge: Are you kidding? We'd alienate half of America!
      Portnoy: How about Jesse Helms?
      Hodgepodge: We'd alienate the other half!
      Portnoy: [Beat] Let's alienate everyone! Jesse and Jesse for '88!
      Hodgepodge: Oh, do shut up.
  • In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin is talking about his difficulty in deciding on a hobby. He couldn't choose between collecting stamps or collecting bugs, so he decided to collect stamped bugs.
  • Used in a Curtis strip:
    Mom: I'm thinking about doing something different.
    Curtis: About baking a cake?
    Mom: No.
    Curtis: A pie?
    Mom: No, Curtis, I said something different!
    Curtis: Cake-pie? Or pie-cake?
  • Dilbert:
    • One strip featured a professional UI designer who feels a "computer interface should hurt the user". He added some sounds to their product, including "sound of puking", "fingernails on blackboard" and "bird hitting window". And If the user does something wrong, "the sound of a puking bird hitting a blackboard." (It's "puke / screech / splat", apparently.)
    • Another strip involves an employee lunch. Everyone signed up to bring either salt or water. Wally offers to bring sparkling mineral water.
    • Another strip did a comparison among Prairie Dogs, Office Workers and Prairie Dog Office Workers.
  • Garfield
    • In one strip:
      Garfield: Oh no, a wrinkle! Oh no, a gray hair! OH NO, A WRINKLED GRAY HAIR!!!
    • Another from the May 5, 2001 strip.
      Jon: Good coffee... hot coffee... gooooooood hot coffee.
    • An example from the May 14, 2001 strip with TV channels.
      TV: Drivel... Nonsense... Nonsensical Drivel.
      Garfield: At last!
    • In the August 14, 2001 strip, Jon receives a care package from his mother. Jon hopes it's full of cookies, Garfield hopes it's a ham. It turns out to be ham-shaped cookies.
      Garfield: Mom shoots, Mom scores!
    • The March 4, 2018 strip combines this trope with Tempting Fate. Garfield stands outside and finds himself braving snowfall, rainfall, and then wind, in succession. He claims: "Ha! Is that all you've got?!", only to find himself pelted by a rainy snowstorm with heavy wind blow, which leaves him looking badly battered by the time he gets indoor.
      Garfield: Never call March's bluff.
    • In the May 11, 2024 strip, Garfield states there are good choices, bad choices and good bad choices, which he demonstrates by holding up a giant chocolate chip cookie.
  • Hägar the Horrible:
    Hagar: No drinking, no gambling, no rats aboard ship... and especially no drinking, gambling rats!
  • In Judge Parker for 16 April 2019, Abbey says she wants to shake up her life a little. Sam reminds her that recently, said life has comprised dealing with "assassins, kidnappings, and assassins who tried to kidnap".
  • In the Peanuts strip of January 30, 1999, Snoopy encounters three signs:
  • In this instalment of Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Marigold's list of omens includes The Beatles, doppelgangers, and doppelgangers of the Beatles.
  • Scary Gary:
    Leopold: What's your favorite food when you're a bat?
    Gary: Mosquitoes.
    Leopold: And when you're not?
    Gary: Bacon.
    Leopold: Now I'm craving bacon-flavored mosquitoes.
  • A What's New? with Phil and Dixie comic from Dragon Magazine compared sci-fi and fantasy role-playing games, and how they're not so different. The last panel showed a space marine and a barbarian hanging out at a tavern, drunkenly arguing whether they were looking at mutants or trolls, and concluding they were mutant trolls. (They were actually looking at their own reflections.)
  • In a What The Duck comic, a duck attempts to find the right camera setting. In addition to several other settings, there's "Moving Water mode, Pregnant Woman mode, Pregnant Woman In Moving Water mode..."
  • One Zits strip has Jeremy said he would rather watch grass grow, or paint dry, or paint the grass and watch it dry as it grows.

    Films — Animation 

  • "You can pick your nose, you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your friends' noses."
  • A common joke based on the Tenth Commandment: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor, thy neighbor's wife, the neighbor's ass, or thy neighbor's wife's ass."
  • On a Pain Rating Scale from 1 to 100, 1 being a mosquito bite and 100 being giving birth. What's 101? Getting bit by a mosquito while giving birth.
  • "Pretty or ugly?" "Pretty ugly."

  • One Rolling Stone magazine's review on Kylie Minogue's X says she has "songs about sex, dancing and sexed-up dancing."
  • One cover of Mother Jones magazine lists groups that the US Republican Party have pissed off in recent years, including "scientists", "economists", "dog lovers", "the 99%", "gays", "vets" and "gay vets".

  • The methods of manipulating a contrapuntal theme or a tone row: inversion (upside-down), retrograde (backwards), and retrograde inversion (Exactly What It Says on the Tin).
  • From Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant":
    "Group W's where they put you if you may not be moral enough to join the Army after committing your special crime, and there was all kinds of mean, nasty, ugly-looking people on the bench there. Mother rapers. Father stabbers. Father rapers!"
  • The spoken middle section of The Foremen's "Hard Time to Be a Man":
    "Now, this bar graph represents the thought processes of the average American male in 1957. We see, in descending order of importance: sex, sports, cars, and sex in sports cars."
  • In their famous Four Chord Song sketch, Axis Of Awesome take a line from Five For Fighting's "Superman (It's Not Easy)" — "I'm more than a bird, I'm more than a plane" — and instead of continuing, follow up with "I'm a birdplane!" They also released a song "Birdplane" which is about the exact same situation.
  • From Zappa's Concept Album Joe's Garage:
    I know you want someone to show you some tits
    Big ones
    Wet ones
    Big wet ones!
  • "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" by Kip Moore. Each verse begins "Somethin' 'bout a…" (truck in a farmer's field, beer sittin' on ice, girl in a red sundress, kiss that's gonna lead to more), and then the chorus begins, "And there's somethin' ' bout a truck in a field / And a girl in a red sundress with an ice cold beer to her lips / Begging for another kiss".
  • The Pogues' "A Pair Of Brown Eyes": "Some prayed, some cursed, some prayed, then cursed, then prayed, then bled some more."
  • Das Racist's "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell":
    I'm at the Pizza Hut
    I'm at the Taco Bell
    I'm at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell
  • One reviewer commented that in their early days Cradle of Filth had three kinds of songs: songs about sex, songs about vampires, and... well, you can guess the rest.
  • The press release Peter Gabriel issued announcing his leaving Genesis plays with this trope. He lists non-reasons for leaving the band as "To do a Bowie", "To do a Ferry", then "To do a furry boa round my neck and hang myself with it".
  • Three consecutive songs on the Paul and Storm album Gumbo Pants are "If James Taylor Were on Fire", "If Bob Dylan Were Hiding at the Bottom of a Well", and "If James Taylor Were on Fire at the Bottom of a Well".
  • Starbomb: The spoken intro of Player Select has Danny Sexbang claiming that between the two albums, he and Egoraptor were "partying with supermodels, robots, robot supermodel robots, and occasionally writing music".
  • Pikotaro's "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" is all about this.
    I have a pen, I have a apple.
    [smashing motion] Ugh, apple pen!
    I have a pen, I have pineapple.
    [smashing motion] Ugh, pineapple pen!
    • And when he puts those two things together... Title Drop time.
  • Neil Cicierega's "Bustin" contains this line:
    ''Freaky ghost, baby!
    Freaky ghost, man!
    Freaky man baby!
  • Corb Lund has a song called "Family Reunion".
    "You got the Mormons and the drinkers and the Mormons who drink."
  • A.G. Cook of PC Music fame broke out with the singles "Beautiful" (released in 2014) and "Superstar" (in 2016). Come his second album, Apple (released in 2020), it features a song titled "Beautiful Superstar", though it's not a mashup in any way.
  • This is how The All-American Rejects got their name. Nick Wheeler wanted to call them All-American and Tyson Ritter wanted to call them The Rejects, so they combined them and the rest is history.
  • "The Zoology Dragon": "Cow! Cube! COWUUBE!!! Cow! Cube! COWUUBE!!!"

  • Rifftrax:
    • On Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, we get
      "OK, what has Draco sent them this time? A bird? An apple? A horrible bird apple that pecks your eyes out with each delicious bite?!?"
    • In the RiffTrax for Twilight we get this gem as Edward is reading people's minds: "Sex...cats..." "Cat sex..."
  • Welcome to Night Vale:
    • From Episode 32, "Yellow Helicopters":
      Hiram McDaniels: "And what you haven’t heard is that I care about small business owners. What you haven’t heard is that I care about the future of our children. What you haven’t heard is that I care about the future of our small children business owners."
    • From Episode 120, "All Smiles Day":
      Kevin: Sometimes the father broke things on purpose, like vases or the children's toys, or the children's toy vases...or birds.
  • Well There's Your Problem: While discussing the history of maths and abacuses in episode 101:
    Abi: What sorts of things were people counting, back in the day?
    Liam: Grain!
    Alice: Taxes!
    Justin: Taxes.
    Alice: Taxes on grain!

    Pro Wrestling 

    Puppet Shows 
  • Fozzie being heckled on The Muppet Show:
    Leo: Bring on the comic!
    Fozzie: I am the comic!
    Leo: Bring on the girls!
    Fozzie: This is not that kind of show.
    Leo: Bring on the girl comic!
  • In the Dinosaurs episode "A New Leaf", Earl Sinclair berates his son for having spikes on his head, stating that they make him look like a girl, a bum, and a girl bum.
  • In a skit from Crank Yankers, Karl Malone calls a collector's gallery asking about Beanie Babies, which they don't have and don't want. He then inquires about Barbie dolls, which they have, but he won't go into specifics about what he supposedly wants, instead beginning a rambling story about some Barbies that his little sister once had. After a while of this, he asks again if they have Beanie Babies and when is again told no asks "What about the Beanie Barbies?" at which point the owner hangs up.
    Karl: Don't hang up on Karl Malone!
  • In "We're Going Camping" from The Pajanimals, Apollo asks the other Pajanimals to guess what their mother told him they're going to do that weekend. Sweetpea Sue guesses that they're they're riding on a firetruck, which is wrong. Cowbella guesses that they're going to the beach, which is wrong. Squacky suggests that maybe they'll be riding a firetruck to the beach.note 

  • The BBC Radio 4 satire show Bremner's One Question Quiz, in a spoof "Come to Britain!" advert that is actually trying to discourage visitors:
    Whatever you're looking to experience, be it a screaming, shaven-headed man punching you in a car park, a neglected dog snarling at you in a car park, or a screaming, shaven-headed man punching a neglected dog in a pram, in a car park...
  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme:
    • A woman being informed about her past lives being either peasants or slaves is momentarily excited when she's told she was a serf... until she's told that's "basically a mix between a peasant and a slave."
    • The ghost of a businessman laments how unlike most ghosts, he doesn't desire to find out who murdered him or to give his girlfriend his love. Then he asks the Storyteller to give his girlfriend his love, even though she is the one who murdered him.
  • David Quantick describes Game of Thrones on The Now Show:
    It's got everything: sex, violence, intrigue, wit, sex, violence, dragons, sex, violence, sexy violence and violent sex. Possibly with dragons.
  • Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me:
    • Citing a British study, Peter Sagal asks panelist Maz Jobrani what men talk about at a barnote :
      Maz: Sex?
      Peter: Not according to the study.
      Maz: Uh, sports!
      Peter: Not according to the study.
      Maz: Um, sexual sports?
      Peter: Again, not according to the study.
    • Another one from the 10/03/15 Listener Limerick Challenge:
      Alonzo Bodden: So what is creepier, a hologram at your funeral or your yoga pants hugging you?
      Peter: How about a hologram of you at your funeral with your hugging pants on?
  • In the comedic Radio 4 documentary Girl Stuck in Basketball Hoop, about why there had been a rash of cases of teenage girls getting stuck in basketball hoops, the presenter established that teens were easily dared by their peers, but still wasn't sure why this dare specifically.
    Ian Smith: Why not jumping into the river? Or tipping sleeping cows over? Or tipping sleeping cows into the river?
  • In The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry "The Slippery Situation", the scientists reply to a letter asking what the slipperiest substance in the world might be, suggesting "Ice, or a fish, or oil, or an ice cube in the shape of a fish, covered in oil." They eventually conclude that, as slipperiness is a function of how two materials interact, and oil and ice are both most slippery in different environments, this actually has potential.

  • During an episode of Bill Simmons' podcast previewing the 2014-15 NBA season, Jalen Rosenote  tells Bill that other than basketball, he wanted to learn how to speak Spanish and rollerblade. Bill then jokes about how he looks forward to the day Jalen goes "rollerblading in Spain".

    Tabletop Games 
  • Babylon 5: In one of the RPG sourcebooks, a trader from the pacifistic and community-oriented Abbai race is explaining why she always checks the cargo she's hired to carry thoroughly: because there might be something "awful" in there..."Like weapons, or drugs. Or weapons and drugs!"
  • Shadowrun: One sourcebook contains a section on "Armor and Clothing". The first sub-section in the next page is "Armored Clothing".
  • Deadlands: In one adventure, characters can drink water that's been filtered through ghost rock. Side-effects could include delusions where a character becomes convinced that fellow posse members are "harrowednote , transvestites in drag, or perhaps harrowed transvestites in drag."
  • In Paranoia, the players are Troubleshooters who hunt down Commies, unregistered mutants, traitors in general, and Commie Mutant Traitors.
  • The Atomic Robo RPG mentions the tried-and-tested means of accelerating play, the Big Damn Explosion, in which something explodes, like a car, a rocket-propelled grenade, or a car struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.
  • Warbirds: The GM advice section mentions that in a gonzo game, Azure's countless unexplored errant sky islands could well be inhabited by aliens, lizard people, or dinosaur-riding lizard aliens.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Planescape: In the sourcebook Faces of Evil: The Fiends, Xanxost the Slaad gives a description of the defensive abilities of demons and mentions them as being immune to poison, (nonmagical) fire, and poison that has been set on fire.
    • In the Tomb of Annihilation campaign for 5th edition, players will face undead, dinosaurs, and undead dinosaurs.
  • Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: The second edition Bretonnia sourcebook describes the Forest of Châlons as being the haunt of "Undead, Beastmen and Undead Beastmen".

  • Older Than Steam: A variation turns up in Hamlet:
    Polonius: The best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral...
  • From A Year with Frog and Toad:
    There is a frog, a large and terrible frog
    He is terribly large and largely terrible!
    He's mean! And awful!
    And awful mean!
  • Evil Dead: The Musical: When Ash, Annie, and Jake saw the ghost of Professor Knowby, they share this exchange.
    Jake: It's a ghost.
    Annie: It's my dad.
    Ash: It's a ghost dad.
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead:
    • The traveling actors have a huge repertoire:
      "We can show you rapiers!" Cue a man and woman fencing "Or rape!" Cue the woman jumping on the man's crotch. "Or both!" (Cue the woman raping the man while fencing another man.)
    • A variation shortly afterwards, with an odd subversion:
      “We're more of the love, blood, and rhetoric school. Well, we can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and we can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and we can do you all three concurrent or consecutive. But we can't give you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory. They're all blood, you see.”
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Nick: It's got a...a...
    George: A quiet intensity?
    Nick: Well, no...a...
    George: Oh. Well, then, a certain noisy relaxed quality, maybe?
    Nick: No, what I meant was...
    George: How about...uh...a quietly noisy relaxed intensity.
  • Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament features six knights, including the Red Knight, the Yellow Knight, and the Red & Yellow Knight.
  • Starmites:
    Ack Ack: It's the killer.
    Dazzle: It's a Banshee!
    Ack Ack: It's Shak Graa in disguise!
    Herbie: It's Shak Graa disguised as a killer Banshee!
  • The Rocky Horror Show. When Frank first meets Brad and Janet, he says "Unlock a mind, unmind a lock.
  • In the Legally Blonde musical they have a song about whether the witness is gay or European. At the end it turns to that he's gay and European.

    Theme Parks 
  • In the queuing/preshow area for Muppet*Vision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios, there's a crate labeled "The Great Gonzo Stunt Props", with a list of contents reading:
    • Mold
    • Fungus
    • Helmets
    • Helmets covered with fungus & mold
    • Helmets with fungus ∙ no mold
    • Helmets with mold ∙ no fungus
    • Fungus & mold ∙ no helmets
  • The Jungle Cruise themed restaurant Skipper Canteen names the unseen members of Dr. Albert Falls's family by way of three memoirs on the library's shelf.
    • "Married into the Jungle" by Victoria Marie Falls, the wife of Dr. Albert Falls
    • "Born into the Jungle" by Albert Falls Jr., their son.
    • "Married to Someone Born in the Jungle" by Sneh Falls, the wife of Albert Falls Jr. and the mother of current Jungle Navigation Company president Alberta Falls.

    Visual Novels 
  • This exchange from Ace Attorney:
    Gumshoe: Any real detective would look at his bandana!
    Judge: Mmm, banana.
    Edgeworth: That's bandana, Your Honor.
    Judge: Right, his banana-scented bandana.
  • Dream Daddy: When she was four, Amanda couldn't decide whether to go as a princess or a dragon for Halloween, so she went as a Princess Dragon.
  • Katawa Shoujo:
    • During the Act 1 scene "Mind Your Step", Hisao and Lily run into Rin in the middle of town at night, and this thought occurs to Hisao:
      Hisao: [Rin] looks like a zombie. Or a statue. A statue of a zombie.
    • Later he compares Shizune and Misha to "Prison Guards. Or Bloodhounds. Or Prison Guards bred from Bloodhounds."
  • Murder by Numbers (2020): When talking to Becky about the Air Vent in Case 1, the fusion of rats and spiders:
    Becky: Me? Crawl into an air vent? You must be kidding! It'll be full of spiders and... and rats!
    Honor: Hmm. I guess you're right.
    There might even be rat-sized spiders.

    Web Animation 
  • Animator vs. Animation: The files in the Recycle Bin are labeled "crap", "junk", and "crappy junk".
  • Dr. Havoc's Diary: In Episode 6, when Dr. Havoc wonder where the other supervillains are.
    Dr. Havoc: What about Professor Dark Heart?
    General Plague: He's dead.
    Dr. Havoc: Aw, Jesus. Evil Eddie?
    Matt: He's in prison.
    Dr. Havoc: Damn! BluntForce?
    General Plague: He died...
    Matt: ...While in prison.
  • A video called What Is Love has the narrator try and identify love as fruit. Then bread. Then fruit AND bread.
  • No Evil: In the episode "Conduct", the spirits are walking to the village of Hatfield to check on it after Ichabod interpreted several random occurrences (a sneeze and a cloud, as Calamity put it) as a "bad omen." Huey proceeds to pester Icky about what it could be:
    Huey: Plague?
    Icky: No.
    Huey: Death?
    Icky: Nooo.
    Huey: Black Tezcapokey? Zombies? Amaroq? ... ZOMBIE AMAROQ???
    Icky: Huehuecoyotl, it's Hatfield. If anything's wrong, it's McCoy.
  • Homestar Runner:
    • In "The House That Gave Sucky Treats", Strong Bad gives this insult if you give him an apple while trick-or-treating: "What are you, a dentist? Or a hippie? Or some kind of hippie dentist?"
    • In Coach Z's song from Strong Bad Sings and Other Type Hits, "These Peoples Try to Fade Me", he closes the song out by saying "I can flow, I can freak... Uh... I can freak and flow at the same time?"
    • In the Strong Bad Email "bedtime story", Strong Bad combines this with a Portmanteau: "I'm not your freakin' babysitter! Or your dad. Or your... dadbysitter."
    • In the email "time capsule," Strong Bad explains that time capsules should be capsule-shaped and not made from shoe boxes or tennis ball cans which are "different, and lame, and differently lame"
    • In the email "what I want", Strong Bad lists such terrible gift ideas as ornaments, home-made gifts, and home-made ornaments ("That thing is an anti-gift!")
    • In the email "web comics", Strong Bad describes most web comics as being "all about video games, gamernerds, webgeeks, dorknerds, gamewads, nerdgames, webwebs, and elves."
    • While critiquing fan-made Halloween costumes in "Fan Costumes '09", Strong Bad describes a particularly obscure onenote  with "that is A, amazing; B, depressing; and C, amazingly depressing."
    • In "Donut Unto Others," Homestar responds to Marzipan asking if the donuts he's making are for "the 16th anniversary of our 17th break-up" with "Um, no. No way. Um, no way..."
    • In the email "sbemail206", Strong Bad tricks Homestar into running into a mirror, Marzipan into eating The Cheat, and the King of Town into eating a mirror.
      • With the video game examples from SBCG4AP and PNatI, it's safe to assume the Brothers Chaps love this gag.
  • In Pimp Lando's Courtroom Episode, testimonies against Bruce include, "He stole my puppy!", "He stole my baby!", and "He stole my puppy's baby!"
    Lawyer: Don't you mean a puppy's puppy?
  • In If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, the Emperor's description of the Warp is "dangerous, stupid, dangerously stupid and stupidly dangerous".
  • Extra Credits: Extra Credits: Mailbag #1 3m35s: "If you love games, music and game music..."
    • "The Warhammer License (Again)": "Between the games, the books, the gamebooks, and the miniatures, Game Workshop's IP has hundreds of characters and locations and their disposal."
  • In the first episode of Doris & Mary-Anne Are Breaking Out of Prison, Doris asks Mary-Anne if she was imprisoned for murdering her boss, her "loverboy", or her "loverboy who was also [her] boss".
  • Zero Punctuation:
    • On Team Fortress 2: "If I did have to criticize it, and I do, I'd say there isn't much variety in the maps. You get to decide between territory control in a desert environment, territory control in an industrial environment, or, just to mix things up, capture the flag... in a desert-industrial environment."
    • Yahtzee also describes the subject matter of every rap song as, "guns, whores, and whores getting shot with guns."
    • His list of ways one can kill enemy mooks in the second video game installment of The Force Unleashed: you can hit them with a lightsaber, reflect their blaster shots back at them, throw your lightsaber at them, microwave them with force lightning, force push them into walls, throw them at their mates, or "lift them up, throw your lightsaber at them, microwave them with force lightning, then throw whatever mess remains at their mates."
    • He also mentiones Super Mario Maker's random level selection mostly falling into three categories: a level with 10 million of something, the kind of obnoxious difficulty a Roald Dahl villain would come up with, or 10 million of something being obnoxiously difficult.
    • He also mentions that his favorite gameplay is ball-busting difficulty, his favorite story-based games are miserable and depressing, and his favorite game of all is both ball-busting and miserable.note 
  • Christopher Torres, who designed the web animation Nyan Cat, said that after one person requested him to draw a Pop-Tart, and another requested a cat, he created a cat with a Pop-Tart for a body.
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • This bit:
      Caboose: Maybe she's captured. Or dead. Captured or dead. [beat] Or captured AND dead!
    • Or this one:
      Caboose: I call it nap time. Which is right before food time. And then comes food nap time! That is my favorite time of them all.
    • And in an earlier season:
      Sarge: I smell a trap... or a rat. Or a rat in a trap.
  • In End of the Line, upon receiving news about the train about to crash into their base, soldier looks around and is horrified to see an orphanage, kitten store, and kitten orphanage will be in the blast zone.
  • Zany To The Max: The finale of the second season has Yakko come up with a survey for Coach Nurse to take. The survey combines beans and The Mr. Men Show in various ways, similar to the "Beans and George Wendt survey" (as it was called in this episode) from the canon episode "Survey Ladies" (see Western Animation above). Subverted with the last two questions, one of which being "Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?".
  • Epithet Erased: Giovanni bluffs that his projectiles are "lava, uh, acid, uh, lavacid." They're soup.

  • A review of the PS2 game Ring of Red on the website RPGfan had the following to say about the game's troop mechanics:
    Sending them out a second too early might convince the computer to spray them with shrapnel, flammable liquids, or even the dreaded shrapnel drenched in flammable liquids!
He's not kidding. Your mechs can in fact be armed with Incendiary shells (burninate a single squad), Shrapnel shells (hit both squads), or Incendiary Shrapnel (burninate both squads).

  • The Pimp My Ride Xzibit meme in general, ("Yo Dawg, I herd you like [noun X], so I put an [noun X] in your [noun Y] so you can [verb Z] while you [verb Z]) though this may be the Most Triumphant Example.
  • Japanese emoticons:
    • Flipping over a table in anger: (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
    • Putting the table back nicely: ┬──┬◡ノ(° -°ノ)
    • Throwing the guy who put the table back nicely: (╯°Д°)╯︵/(.□ . \)

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