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, or outright impossible, or impossibly confusing, or quite possibly confusingly impossible.
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. Morton's Fork is a variant.
Not related to actual breaded eggs (although they do count as an example).
- Fan Works
- Live-Action Films
- Live-Action TV
- Newspaper Comics
- Video Games
- Web Comics
- Web Original
- Western Animation
- Real Life
- 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 Light'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 and more...
- Commercial for candymania.com: "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).
- 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, 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!
- Deadcoders Reviews: Talking about Yumi being a positive example. He pointed out that if the reader is ever an attempted victim of a 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.
- 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 Don Rosa's Uncle Scrooge 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".
- Darkwing Duck comic:
- 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..."
- In the Kingdom of Loathing comic, Jill's dad tells her to not talk to "boys, or strangers, or strange boys".
- 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..."
- Runaways: Chase Stein's list of things to do once he turns 18:
1. Buy monkey2. Buy akohol [sic.]3. Train monkey to mix akohol
Karolina: Aliens? Androids? Alien androids?
- When Karolina asks Topher about his parents' superhuman origins.
- As the ponies set off for Changeling territory at the end of issue 1 of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, Pinkie wonders if they'll encounter ninjas, monkeys, or monkey ninjas along the way.
- 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.
- 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!"
- In Bloom County, Al McMeed of the Universally United Writers Bunch Syndicate boasts: "I got what you want! Strips about divorce! Strips about babies! Strips about plumbers! Strips about divorced baby plumbers!"
- Raoul tries to do this in A Monster in Paris, but can't quite manage it:
"Women like me, men want to be me, uh, men want to be with the women who like me, and the women, uh, want to be... the men who want to be with me..."
- Finding Nemo, when, as the prelude to the jellyfish forest, Dory finds a baby jellyfish:
Dory: I shall call him Squishy, and he shall be mine. And he shall be my Squishy.
- In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games, when the group is speculating over what events could be part of the games Pinkie chimes in with this:
Pinkie Pie: Pie eating? *holds up a pie* Cake eating? *holds up a cake* (GASP) Pie-cake eating?!? *smooshes both together*
- Overlaps with Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking in The LEGO Movie: The Kragle is guarded with "lasers, sharks, laser sharks, and overbearing assistants."
- The LEGO Batman Movie:
Alfred: Master Bruce, your greatest fear is—
Alfred: Bruce, listen. Your greatest fear is being a part of a family again.
Batman: Nope, now it's snake-clowns, because you put that idea in my head.
- "You can pick your nose, you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your friends' noses."
- One Rolling Stone magazine's review on Kylie Minogue's X says she has "songs about sex, dancing and sexed-up dancing."
- 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.)
- 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".
- 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 titsBig onesWet onesBig 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 HutI'm at the Taco BellI'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".
- The spoken intro of Star Bomb's 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!
- Neil Cicierega's Bustin contains this line:
Freaky ghost, baby!Freaky ghost, man!Freaky man baby!
- The opening lines of Super Crazy's entrance music during his WWE tenure: "I am super! I am crazy! I am Super Crazy!"
- This is a staple of tag team names:
- The Rock + Mick Foley = The Rock and Sock Connection
- The Miz (whose Catch-Phrase is "I'm awesome!") + R-Truth = Awesome Truth
- The Miz + The Big Show = Sho-Miz
- Chris Jericho + Big Show = Jeri-Show
- Edge (The Rated-R Superstar) + Randy Orton (whose Finishing Move is the RKOnote ) = Rated-RKO
- Kofi Kingston (Boom Drop) + Evan Bourne (Air Bourne) = Air Boom
- Santino Marella (Cobra) + Zack Ryder (Broski Boot) = Team Co-Bro
- Cody Rhodes + Damien Sandow (playing an intellectual) = Team Rhodes Scholars
- Cody Rhodes (when he used the nickname "Dashing") + Drew McIntyre (The Chosen One) = The Dashing Ones
- Layla + Michelle McCool = LayCool
- Kane (whose ring pyro is called "hellfire") + Daniel Bryan (the "No" Lock) = Team Hell No
- 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!
- 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...
- David Quantick describes Game of Thrones on The Now Show:
- Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!:
- Citing a British study, Peter Sagal asks panelist Maz Jobrani what men talk about at a barnote :
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.
Alonzo Bodden: So what is creepier, a hologram at your funeral or your yoga pants hugging you?
- Another one from the 10/03/15 Listener Limerick Challenge:
Peter: How about a hologram of you at your funeral with your hugging pants on?
- 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".
- 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.
- In one of the Babylon 5 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!"
- One Shadowrun sourcebook contains a section on "Armor and Clothing". The first sub-section in the next page is "Armored Clothing".
- In an adventure for Deadlands, 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.
- A number of Magic: The Gathering cards use this in the mechanics, but don't play it for comedy. Hull Breach is the standout here. As with the lawyer-ese in the Real Life examples below, the intent is to keep the rules unambiguous.
- A storyline example in Magic: The Gathering 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.
- A monster in Munchkin is described as having 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.
- 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.
- The GM advice section of Warbirds 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.
- In the Tomb of Annihilation campaign for D&D 5th edition, players will face undead, dinosaurs, and undead dinosaurs.
- 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!
- 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.”
- The traveling actors have a huge repertoire:
- 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.
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!
- 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:
• Helmets covered with fungus & mold
• Helmets with fungus ∙ no mold
• Helmets with mold ∙ no fungus
• Fungus & mold ∙ no helmets
- 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.
- 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 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 a question from Marzipan with "umm, no; no way; umm, 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.
- From Ultra Fast Pony:
Twilight: I hope you get crabs!
Night Moon Mare: Well, that's kind of a mean thing to say.
Twilight: And the crabs give you cancer.
Night Moon Mare: What?
- 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,"
- 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".