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Robot 1-X: How may I help you?
Bender: Save my friends! And Zoidberg!
Futurama, "Obsoletely Fabulous"

A standard comedy trope which, at its core, takes the form:

"Group A... and Bob."

It is often expanded to mention two or more groups that form a supergroup:

In either version, Bob is already expected to be among the group(s) in question, but is singled out as if he's not, usually at Bob's expense; "Bob" may be anyone, including the Butt-Monkey or an Acceptable Target. In extreme cases, the group will be received with cheers, and the name of Bob will be received by Chirping Crickets.

This can be Played for Laughs in cases where it's literally impossible for Bob not to be a member of the groups mentioned.

It can also be used to deliver a Stealth Insult: "We welcome members of all benevolent professions, as well as lawyers." Or, inverted, it can even deliver a compliment: "You morons, and Bob."


Protagonist and Friends is a Sub-Trope, in which this and Character Title collide. Compare: And the Rest, Snub by Omission, Bait-and-Switch Comparison, I Take Offense to That Last One!, Guilt by Association Gag, Ladies and Germs, and Insult to Rocks. Compare and Contrast Especially Zoidberg.

See also The Friend Nobody Likes, which overlaps in casesnote where this person is singled out because, well, they're the friend no one likes.



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  • "Avocado can be found in upscale restaurants... and now Subway!"
  • An Ace hardware commercial has a woman talking to her "friends, neighbors...Scott."
  • In a commercial for the Monsters vs. Aliens animated series: "Don't miss Monsters vs Aliens!... And Bob."
  • In a 2013 TV Land promo for the season premieres of Hot in Cleveland, The Exes, and The Soul Man, the announcer promotes it as "a night of a thousand stars" before Betty White interrupts and says she only counts 10... and Wayne Knight. note 
  • In the "Junkface" ad from Neutrogena, it states that the Junkface problem occurs in "provinces, territories... and Nunavut." According to their Artistic License – Geography, Nunavut is not one of the territories... oh, and its border with the Northwest Territories apparently doesn't exist.
  • A promotion for the Nintendo UK store offered, with a pre-order of Sonic Boom, "a free t-shirt featuring a host of likable characters. And Amy Rose."
  • Presumably unintentional example from an advert broadcast in the UK: "Get all these hilarious comedies, and Grown Ups and The Other Guys, on Blu-Ray or DVD"

    Anime & Manga 
  • An incident in Lucky Star, where Konata greets the Hiiragi twins with "Tsukasa-tachi", leading Kagami to complain about not being mentioned by name. (It should be noted that Konata and Kagami being best friends (for a given value of 'best'), or more according to many fans, this snub will have been entirely intentional on Konata's part.)
  • Mazinger Z: Hilariously inverted every time the villains told a sentence along the lines of "Go ahead! Finish with Mazinger-Z... and the other two robots!". The other two robots being Aphrodite-A (or Diana-A) and Boss Borot.
  • The Battle City arc of Yu-Gi-Oh! features a scene with Seto Kaiba in a single turn summoning all three of his Blue-Eyes White Dragons...and Hyozanryu.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Chazz says "we may be one man down, but we're 5 men strong. Well, 4 men and a lovely lady. Alright, 3 men, a lady, and Syrus!"
  • Natsu of Fairy Tail and anyone who doesn't go on missions with him likes to say either "It's Natsu's Happy" or "Fairy Tail's strongest team...and Lucy" Lucy and Happy even do it. Only Gray seems kind enough not to.
  • Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts: At the bathhouse, there are three changing rooms: men's, women's, and Hideyoshi's.
  • In Durarara!! the character Izaya Orihara claims to love all human beings. Except for Shizuo Heiwajima.
  • In an early episode of Pokémon, Misty says that she's the 4th sensational sister, who were a trio of water performers and Misty's sisters. One of them said that there are "three sensational sisters and one runt."
    • A later episode features a tag battle during a ball. The participants are Serena, Ash, Miette and James. The latter was even wondering why he got selected in the first place and was the least invested in the battle.
  • The dub of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt gives us this little gem:
    Garterbelt: Ladies and Panty...
  • Angel Beats! has Naoi, who insists on calling the entire SSS a group of idiots. Except for the wise and benevolent Otonashi, of course!
  • One Piece:
    • Inverted in Sanji's case. Whenever he gets separated from the others, he worries only about the ladies of the crew, and always wants to assist them first. And cares little to not about the other guys.
      Sanji: Hello! Nami, and Vivi! And the rest...
    • When Usopp left the crew during the Waters Seven arc, addressing members of the crew tended to be tailed with something along the lines of "And Usopp, I guess".
  • Sgt. Frog has a variation when Fuyuki sees a UFO crash into his house.
    Fuyuki: Mom! Sis! And to a lesser degree, Sarge!
  • In the anime version of Magic Knight Rayearth, as the Magic Knights reflect on the foes they have faced, none of them mention Innouva even once, despite his defeat in the previous episode.
  • The non-Cure main characters are usually referred as extra characters: "Pretty Cure and Shiny Luminous." "Pretty Cure [5] and Milky Rose."
  • Saki:
    • Kyoutarou, The One Guy of the Kiyosumi mahjong club and by far its worst player, tends to get this from time to time. In the anime, Hisa tells Mako that she locked the three first-years out of the mahjong club room so that Yuuki would be able to study for her exam retake. Mako reminds Hisa that there are four first-years, and Hisa mentions that Kyoutarou is, as usual, doing the heavy lifting for the club.
    • The trope is lampshaded to an extent when Tsuruga talks about being invited, along with Kazekoshi and Ryuumonbuchi, to help Kiyosumi prepare for the Nationals after their victory in the prefectural tournament. Yumi suspects that Kiyosumi's team wants to practice against Kazekoshi and Ryuumonbuchi, both of whom have been to the nationals before, more than they want to practice against the relative underdog Tsuruga, but sees it as a mutually beneficial arrangement.
      Yumi: I can understand wanting to play strong opponents in preparation for going up against the monsters at the nationals. Ryuumonbuchi and Kazekoshi from the prefectural finals at least are national-level teams.
      Satomi: Wa-ha-ha. So we're just the extra?
      Yumi: [smiles] Kiyosumi isn't trying to be mean. And it doesn't sound half bad to me.
  • In Etotama, when Usa-tan is showing everyone a chart of which Eto-shin do and do not want Nya-tan included in the Chinese Zodiac, Moo-tan (who has a crush on Nya-tan and thus would be in her favor) is excluded because "she's too perverted to count."

    Asian Animation 
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: The English Pleasant Goat Fun Class episode descriptions often refer to the main group of protagonists as the "goats and Wolffy".

    Audio Plays 
  • On We're Alive Michael chastises a bunch of rebellious Tower dwellers by saying "I just sent two of my friends out there to help you people, and I'll not have you throw it back in their faces!" Angel brings it up a bit later:
    Angel: Didn't we send three people out there?
    Michael: I said two friends. The other one was just Burt.

  • The Colbert Report:
    • Stephen Colbert announced Dish Network was being sued by all the major networks. And NBC.
    • Another time, he commented that Putin was banning food imports from all major countries and Norway.
  • Dave Barry: This is one of his running gags.
    • Once referred to human beings "and Limp Bizkit."
    • "We, humans and congressmen alike..."
  • Ambrose Bierce wrote the following for the definition of "man" in his Devil's Dictionary:
    an animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be. His chief occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species, which, however, multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada.
  • Brian Regan: "My wife and I, we have two wonderful kids...and another kid."
  • Riche and Eddie in Bottom did this with their Bottom Live 2001: An Arse Oddity tour, during a rather moving funeral scene for Dave the parrot. "Dearly beloved... and Eddie."
  • In this Saturday Night Live sketch, Donald Trump refers to his two oldest sons as "son and Eric."

    Comic Books 
  • Avengers: The Initiative:
    Ant-Man: So, Taskmaster, anybody ELSE still alive?
    Taskmaster: Everybody worth mentioning.
    Crusader: Ahh... my hand...
    Taskmaster: And Crusader.
  • In the 1995 hypothetical one shot The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe, the title character is sentenced to life in jail "for the murder of several of this nation's greatest heroes - and the X-Men Cyclops and Jubilee".
  • Archie Comics:
    • In one story, Jughead is chosen to be a contestant in a game show, Dull or Not Dull (parody of Deal or No Deal). Cue this dialogue:
      Jughead: I need my friends for support. (pause) Oh, and you can come, too, Veronica.
    • Variant in one comic strip, when Jughead reads a newspaper article describing their rock group:
      Jughead: The Archies come across as a tight-knit and cohesive group...with one exception. (cue a shot of Reggie)
    • Another example, when Archie's superhero persona Captain Pureheart meets Dr. Detest:
      Pureheart: He's contaminating all my good friends! Also Reggie!
  • PS238:
    Tyler: He says if he sees me at school again, he'll splat my friends. Oh, and Zodon, too.
  • In an issue of X-Men, Rogue is being attacked by the villainous Acolytes, when the rest of the X-Men show up in true heroic fashion.
    Cyclops: That, sir, is no way to treat a lady.
    Gambit: ...or Rogue neither, eh?
    Beast: My oh my, talk about a man who loves to live dangerously!
  • Hilary Goldstein, reviewing "The 25 Greatest Batman Graphic Novels" at IGN, described Batman: Dark Victory as "a fascinating examination of the Batman's most dangerous foes... plus Calendar Man."
  • Uncanny X-Men 537:
    Wolverine: The stink of what you've been doing is all over you. You're torturing my friends. Summers, too.
  • In a Justice League of America comic, Ultraman (an evil alternate version of Superman) addresses Batman this way. It's really more of his way of un-subtly insulting Owlman (his universe's version of Batman) as having little purpose in the Crime Syndicate. Ultraman and Owlman tend to make remarks like this all the time.
    "Say your goodbyes. Only a few seconds left before the strongest among you- and Batman- find yourselves on our world. We'll kill the others slowly."
  • In the Polish comic book series Tytus, Romek i A'tomek, in the issue #18 called "Tytus Artystą" ("Tytus As An Artist"), we have this unique case:
    Radio announcement: A subhuman named Tytus left his home and didn't return, distinguishing marks: has fur. Speaks human and English.

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    Fan Works 
  • In Half-Life: Full Life Consequences, Gordon Freeman, in his dying breaths, tells John Freeman to "Save humens[sic] and Henry Freeman".
  • In a variation where the format works as a compliment, one Gorillaz fanfic featured Murdoc calling the other band members "you retards - and Noodle". Possibly attempting to save his own skin, given Noodle's Tyke Bomb status.
  • From Merlin fanfic How to Pick Up Guys At Bars: "It took Arthur a little over an hour to decide what to wear. Fretting over clothes was such a girly thing to do, he didn't dare ask any of the men for their help. (Instead, he asked Lancelot.)"
  • From Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
    Calvin: Well. We've saved our home from total havoc.
    Hobbes: What about everybody else?
    Calvin: Uh... Yeah. Them too.
  • In Mai's Ramblings, Mai frequently comments that "everyone and Ty Lee knows..."
  • Inverted in the Death Note AU Change Of Circumstances where L often thinks of Light... and his successors.
  • In Naruto: the Secret Songs of the Ninja when Naruto has his first meeting with Jiraiya:
    This was the great Toad Sage who had saved Konoha’s survivors from total annihilation? The disciple of the Third Hokage who was almost a legend? A writer of dirty books for dirty men (and Kakashi-sensei)?
  • A Running Gag in Monster In The Twilight and its sequel with the CMC. Adult characters repeatedly refer to them as "The girls. And Featherweight," with Featherweight usually interjecting "Hey!" at the appropriate point.
  • A Very Potter Musical (Harry, to Ginny, Hermione, Ron, and Draco: "I love you all, you know that? Except for you, Draco. I fucking hate you."
  • Hope On A Distant Mountain: Naegi has a lot of regrets about what happened in the events of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and wishes that he could have helped everyone out more, including the murderers and mastermind. ...Except for Hagakure. Screw that guy.
  • During book 2 of the Broken Bow series.
    Armani: Great Lords and Ladies of your respective dominions... and Apollo.
    Apollo: Hey!
  • Team Four Star's DragonBall Z Abridged
    • There are a few variations:
      Nappa: Well, it's been fun, kid. I mean, for me, not for you. As for you (cut to Piccolo), everyone important to you is dead.
      Krillin: Hey, I'm still alive—
    • And when Goku arrives and sees all the characters Nappa killed, but only because Yamcha's meant to be awesome:
      Goku: Hey guys, what'd I miss? Oh... are they all? Tenshinhan... Piccolo... Yamcha... Oh wow, especially Yamcha.
    • And during Popo's training:
      Tienshinhan: Let's do it for Chiaotzu!
      Yamcha: And Krillin!
      (chirping crickets)
      Yamcha: OK, just Chaotzu.
    • Another version from Goku, highlighting both his Big Eater mindset and complete disconnect with parenting.
      Goku: Hey! You get away from my food, my friend, my two emergency foods, and my son. ...In That Order.
  • Episode 9 of Khenpoe's Bleach: The Abridged Series, when Ichigo starts his explanation of what happened at the Don Kanonji/Trashy event:
    Ichigo: Friends, teachers... Rukia.
  • This is pretty much how Nighthawk is treated in I Don't Need Your Civil War. Special mention to Iron Man, who manages to keep him separate even from the other Zoidbergs.
    Iron Man: Lemme see if I can't sum up for you here: world's most powerful heroes and villains on my side. Plus Sabra and Thor-Girl and Doc Samson. And Nighthawk, even. Actually, tell you what, we'll spot you Nighthawk. It's not like we don't have a million guys who can fly already, you know.
  • This My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comic.
    Twilight: All my friends are here. And Applejack is here, too.
  • Ultra Fast Pony has this exchange:
    Applejack: You're just making dresses for all your friends, then.
    Rarity: That's right.
    Applejack: How in blazes are you going to make five dresses?
    Rarity: And Fluttershy.
    Applejack: Six dresses.
  • From Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series's Pharaoh's Throne:
    Bakura: Enough! You may have won this battle, Pharaoh, but you shall not win the war!
    Atem: Yeah, let's do a head count here, shall we? I've got Slifer, Obelisk and Ra: the Egyptian Gods, Priest Seto, who can tear monsters out of people's souls, a girl who can predict the future, one of the most powerful sorcerers in the world, and his... less powerful apprentice, an old man who possesses the ultimate and unstoppable monsters, and Shada. Yeah... not sure what Shada actually does, really, but... but there you go, that's the head count.
    • Also from Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged:
      Kaiba: In the four months since the last episode aired, I have developed an all-new, ultra-efficient, technologically-advanced DUEL DISK SYSTEM! And that's not all. I also have a sexy new outfit. With these weapons at my disposal, Yugi will be powerless to defeat me. Also, I have a God Card.
  • There's a Bleach gif that uses this trope titled "Know your Gotei 13", listing the captains by their Fan Nicknames (Captain Tuberculosis, Captain Superman, Captain Mom), finishing with "... and Kenpachi".
  • Harry Five-0:
    Harry: Ladies and gentlemen... and Danny, welcome to the Ministry of Magic!
  • Harry Potter and the Circle of Light:
    Sirius: Ladies, gentlemen, students and the Weasley twins... it is time we headed for the train.
  • Stars from Home: Alcohol is for adults. And Alex.
  • Naruto in Naruto: The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show refers to his team in one episode as "David Bowie, Sasuke, and that other guy." In the next episode, he laments on how his friends and Sakura were in danger.
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Katsuki tends to be left out of group announcements because of how irritable he is.
    Yang: Okay ladies, gentlemen and Bakugou-
    Katsuki: Go to [gets punched in the gut] OMPH- Hell!
    Yang: Already there whenever you're around there, Sparky.
  • In Albus Dumbledore and the Harbinger of Magic Sirius comments on the spectator-unfriendly nature of the Second Task, due to it taking place underwater.
    Sirius: It is going to be a tad boring for the assembled masses. Is there any chance we can whip something up to allow us to follow the progress of the three students? Something like a follow camera? Or see through their eyes type of thing? We have some of the smartest witches and wizards in the country here, and Severus, so surely we can do something?

    Film — Animated 
  • In Disney's animated version of Alice in Wonderland, the King of Hearts always seems to be referred to after everyone else, even Alice.
  • The Lego Movie 2 The Second Part: Inverted, when Emmet rebuilds his house into a space ship to rescue his friends from the Systar System.
    Emmet: Hang on to your fronds, Planty! We're going to save Lucy... and all the other people who were captured!
  • From Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus, as Zim watches his army of robot minions getting destroyed.
    Zim: Spenser! Devon! Maria! LAWRENCE! NOOOO! GIR, avenge your robot brothers, and Maria!

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Example from The Golden Age of Hollywood: There were seven big studios... and United Artists.
  • The Boat That Rocked: "Thank you gentleman, lady... [looking at Bob] strange bearded thing."
  • Done in the first film Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers did together, Flying Down to Rio, 1933. Fred and Ginger both play members of a music band where Ginger is the band vocalist (and the band's only girl) named Honey. Near the start of the film, Ginger/Honey is with the rest of the band when Fred approaches them and says, "Attention, boys and girls, and you too, Honey!"
  • Hudson Hawk:
    Darwin: Ladies and gentlemen! And Minerva!
  • The First Wives Club: "Gentlemen? And Daddy."
  • In Spaceballs, Lord Helmet introduces the plastic surgeon as being the best of his profession "in the entire universe, and Beverly Hills."
  • Whenever anyone approached The Three Stooges and called out "Gentlemen!", they would look behind them and ask "Who came in?"
  • Clerks II: "Ladies and gentlemen! ...And you, Elias!"
  • In A Night at the Opera, Driftwood begins his speech with: "Ladies! Gentlemen! ...I suppose that covers most of you."
  • In Austin Powers when Dr. Evil orders everyone to leave the room: "Except for you ... and you ...". The only person he wanted to leave the room was his son.
  • In The Inbetweeners:
    Will: I'm going to go somewhere normal, with my normal friends to a place full of normal people.
    Dad: And you.
  • The French movie Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table! has one right in the title ("Boys! William! Dinner's ready!"). The main character (Guillaume) spent most of his childhood acting like a girl, due to his mother acting as the title implies.
  • The Fault in Our Stars: Mr. Lancaster's airport sign reads MY BEAUTIFUL FAMILY (AND GUS).
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014): The film's tagline is: "The Leader. The Brains. The Attitude. And Mikey."
  • In Home Alone, Kevin goes to a Santa impersonator and asks for his family to be returned to him. "And if he has time, my Uncle Frank."
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past: In 1973, Hank McCoy has jerry-rigged a device that can record shows on all three networks and PBS. Wolverine (who came from 2023) is somewhat amused by this.
  • A serious example in X-Men: The Last Stand when Wolverine sums up Magneto's latest band of mutants. "[He]'s got an army...and Jean."

  • Animorphs:
    • All of the blurbs on the back cover described the adventures of "X (the main character of that particular installment), the Animorphs, and Ax," with the subtle implication that, being an alien (and a Sixth Ranger), Ax didn't really count. It may be a reference to the fact that they came up with the term "Animorph" to refer to each other before Ax joined, but still...
    • The comedic version was also done, where Rachel demanded the Helmacrons free "my friends...and Marco, too..."
  • In The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove, Abraham Lincoln sends three negotiators to a meeting with the Confederate States, including Ben Butler - incredibly unpopular in the Deep South for his actions in New Orleans, so a calculated insult. Robert E Lee refers to them as "the gentlemen and Mr. Butler".
  • In "Pretty in Pink" by Rachel Maude, Seedy Moon is about to give a speech at his engagement party to "friends, family, and Tila Tequila".
  • From Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Oliver Wood does it to himself, when he lists the members of the Quidditch team: "We've got three superb Chasers. We've got two unbeatable Beaters. And we've got a Seeker who has never failed to win us a match! (after a long pause in which he realizes he's forgotten someone) And me." In an aversion to this trope, the other players are quick to tell Wood that they think he's very good, too.
  • In Snuff, it's mentioned that the Watch "appears to include at least one of every known bipedal sapient species, plus one Nobby Nobbs".
    • A subtle one in Night Watch, since it reverses the usual order: "Good evening, Downey, gentlemen..."
  • The Devil's Dictionary defines man as an animal that "infests most of the habitable Earth and Canada".
  • In Daniel Pinkwater's The Last Guru, protagonist Harold Blatz at once point mails a certificate to "every man, woman, and child in the civilized world and Iceland."
  • The protagonist in one of the books in the ''Karlsson on the Roof" series addresses his audience repeatedly as "my friends - and Kirre" - the latter being the greedy one.
  • Ciaphas Cain Zoidberg's himself in one story.
    Cain: This was a job for Zyvan's tame psykers and no business of honest men. Or me.
  • Matt does this over and over in his narration in The Affix whenever his stalker ex-girlfriend Liz is with his friends. They don't like her either.
  • The title of Princess Puffybottom... and Darryl.
  • In Twig, when Sylvester sees other members of the Lambs entering the city he's in, he arranges to have real live lambs dropped off at where they're staying, one for each Lamb...except for Duncan, who isn't an experiment and whom Sylvester suspects is more interested in advancing his career at the Academy of Evil than caring for the Lambs as people. Duncan gets a chicken.

    Live-Action TV 

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  • In season five of 30 Rock, Tracy has a personal crisis and disappears for several weeks, almost leading to the cancellation of TGS. Upon returning, he goes to his dressing room and is reunited with Grizz, Dot Com, and Kenneth:
    Tracy: Look, we got a lot of work to catch up on.
    Kenneth: Yes sir! It just feels so good to have the 3 Musketeers and Dot Com back together again.
    [Dot Com gives Kenneth a dirty look]
  • An episode of ALF had the family throw a party for ALF with all the humans he'd met, in order to show him that he wasn't as isolated as he thought. He consistently referred to them as "My friends... and Dorothynote ," except in his final iteration of the phrase: "My friends... including Dorothy."
  • All in the Family used a variant in "California, Here We Are". Visiting Mike and Gloria over the holidays, Archie and Edith discover the Stivics are separated and that Gloria has been seeing another married man:
    Archie: How could you do a thing like this to your family? [points at Mike] And him...
  • America's Next Top Model Heather delivers one:
    Heather: Hey Pretty Lady. And Tyra.
  • Are You Being Served? - In one episode, when the heads of the men's and ladies' departments lend their support to a plan, Mr. Lucas claims that just leaves Mr. Humphries.
  • The Basil Brush Show has this comic line whilst Basil is reading a goodbye note from his Cousin Mortimer, his arch enemy.
    Basil: Dear Molly, Dave... and the other one.
  • On The Beverly Hillbillies, as Jed and Granny pass by Mrs. Drysdale among a small group of ladies.
    Jed: Good mornin', ladies.
    Granny: You too, Mrs. Drysdale.
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • Leslie has done this several times in reference to her nemesis Sheldon: "Hello, fellow scientists. Sheldon."
    • Howard gets this a lot because he doesn't have a Ph.D. unlike the others. Usually from Sheldon.
      Sheldon: And then one day, she meets a group of geniuses, and their friend Howard.
    • The dean of the university isn't much better.
      Dr. Gabelhauser: Hello, Doctor Hofstadter ... Doctor Cooper ... Doctor Koothrappali ... and [smirks] Mister Wolowitz.
    • They also like to conveniently ignore him when he brings up the fact that as an engineer he doesn't really need a doctorate to go as far as he can in his chosen profession. Case in point: Of the main cast he gets to build and operate Mars rovers, work with science icons like Stephen Hawking, and even go into space as an astronaut. It's because his skills are far more in demand on an everyday basis.
    • One episode Sheldon even goes as far as to refer to the main cast as his three best friends and a "treasured acquaintance". They were unsure which of them was the acquaintance until he returned at the end of the episodenote .
  • Done in the first season of Blackadder, with just two people:
    Richard XIV: ...My sons! Harry!... And another one!
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • From season 7 episode "Lies My Parents Told Me": "Have you seen me with those girls? The way I treated my friends, and my family, and Andrew..."
    • Spike actually does this to himself, when the Scoobies are defending Tara from her family.
      Xander: You're going to have to deal with all of us!
      Spike: Except me.
      Xander: Except Spike.
      Spike: I really don't care what happens.
    • And in the spin-off series Angel
      Fred: Angel, you're not going down there alone.
      Angel: I'm not gonna risk anybody I care about.
      Spike: I'll go.
      Angel: Okay.
  • At the crime scene in the Castle episode "Undead Again". perpetually grouchy medical examiner Perlmutter greets the main characters as "our intrepid heroes...and Mr. Castle".
  • In an episode of Chopped: After Hours wherein host Ted Allen participates in the cooking challenges, chef Geoffrey Zakarian acts as host and constantly refers to the competitors as "Chefs... and Ted."
  • Inverted on The Closer:
    Brenda: I was promised a crew of elite detectives, and what Captain Taylor here has given me is a bunch of junior varsity wannabes and Provenza!
  • In Cougar Town: "I thought it wouldn't be so bad to spend this day with a few friends. Plus, Ellie is here."
  • An episode of Counting Cars opens with Danny greeting his crew with "Good morning gentlemen! You too, Mike."
  • During the Dean Martin Roast of Michael Landon, Lorne Greene delivered the following line: "Ladies, gentlemen...and Don Rickles..."
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show has someone do it to himself. In one episode, Rob witnesses a crime (sort of) and wants to tell the police what he saw. Laura doesn't want him to put himself in any danger, but he puts his foot down and says, "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do... and so do I!"
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Journey's End": Everyone is allowed to help fly the TARDIS... except for Jackie. She should just stay over there, thanks.
    • "The End of Time":
      Donna: This photo's just with friends... friends... and Nerys.
  • In Downton Abbey, every time all of the servants are called up to the main hall, Daisy asks, "and me?" or prepares to go up, to which the response is invariably some version of "No Daisy, not you." This was dropped in Season 3, as Daisy became an assistant cook, allowed up with the other servants.
  • A dialogue variation used in Entourage:
    Vince: I'm here with all my friends.
    Eric: And Ari.
    Vince: And Ari.
  • Frasier:
    Frasier: Thank you, Niles. You're a good brother and a credit to the psychiatric profession.
    Niles: You're a good brother, too.
  • From Friends:
    • This could just be because they're exes.
      Rachel: Josh, these are my friends. And that's Ross.
    • When they played a surprisingly difficult game on Thanks-giving:
      Ross: You know, I hate to lecture you guys, but it's kinda disgraceful, that a group of well-educated adults and Joey can't name all the states.
      • Note that among the "well-educated adults" is Phoebe, who dropped out of middle school.
  • Game of Thrones: Bran prays for the safety of his family and friends, "And Theon, too, I suppose."
  • Gilligan's Island: In the episode "Nyet, Nyet — Not Yet", one of the stranded Soviet cosmonauts mentions, "Three men... and a Gilligan."
  • Glee 2x13:
    Will: All right, guys and gals! And Sue.
  • From The Goodies episode "Frankenfido", when it's revealed Graeme has been gathering body parts from celebrities, following his "chopping list", to create the perfect dog:
    Graeme: Look. Teeth. You wouldn't find teeth like these on a mere dog.
    Tim: What are they? Horse, alligator, tiger...
    Graeme: Look at them.
    Tim: No! Not Donny Osmond!
    Graeme: Yep.
    Tim:'ve been using people! ...And Donny Osmond!
  • In The High Fructose Adventures of The Annoying Orange, Orange's response to several of his friends being killed by a Freddy Krueger parody is "My friends- and Apple- destroyed!"
  • From Home Improvement, in the episode dealing with Jill's 39th birthday:
    Tim: Great? There were only eleven people at your party.
    Jill: Yeah, but eleven people I really love. Well, ten plus Benny.
  • How I Met Your Mother: "Ladies. Gentlemen. Ted."
    • In "Slapsgiving", after Robin invites her new beau to Thanksgiving, Lilly remarks that the pictures will be "The three people I love most in the world... and Bob"
  • iCarly: Invoked by Freddie in "iHate Sam's Boyfriend".
    Freddie: Hello, ladies. Or should I say lady and Sam.
    Sam: [squirts cheese in Freddie's face]
  • Several examples in The IT Crowd, usually aimed at Roy:
    Douglas: My father was particularly proud of the IT Department, run by a dynamic go-getter, a genius, and a man from Ireland.
    • In the final episode:
    Jen: With my business acumen...
    Moss: ...and my technical know-how...
    Roy: I'm also here!
  • Also done in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, which boasted a cavalcade of returning Rangers from past seasons... and the odd civilian character.
    Gai: It's Sanjou Yukito, AbareBlue! And... someone we don't know!note 
  • In Last Week Tonight with John Oliver he describes the Olympics as "A global display of the world's greatest athletes, and also dressage."
  • The Librarians (2007): While delivering a Rousing Speech, Frances describes her staff as "dedicated librarians... and cleaners".
  • In Little Mosque on the Prairie, Babbar claims their mosque constitution was written by "our wise founding fathers. And Faisal."
  • In Married... with Children, when Al's wife Peg informs them that she has invited the neighbors Marcy and Jefferson over for a game of "Ethical Dilemma", Al responds, "Oh a dream come true by gum! You mean I actually get to spend an evening playing a board game with two people I can't stand, and Jefferson?"
    • In another episode, when the Bundys go to a charity basketball game, the announcer introduces "...your NBA All-Stars...and Danny Ainge."
    • Al also once refers to Bud and Kelly as "[his] children and Kelly."
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show: After a disastrous poker game, Lou Grant informs Mary, "Well Mary, there's something you have to remember about poker. It doesn't matter if you win or lose. It's being involved in a group activity with people you like. And Ted."
  • M*A*S*H had an inverted one in a later episode when Col. Potter has to take Rizzo's remedial driving course:
    Rizzo: Listen up, scum - and sir, ...
  • Josh from My Parents Are Aliens is a victim of this. One example being in the Series 6 episode, "The Alienist", where Brian gives a speech on alien rights.
    Brian: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, carbon and silicon-based organisms, Josh.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000
    • Brain Guy does a backpedaling variation of this trope during the Hobgoblins episode when he yells at Pearls and Bobo.
      Brain Guy: Listen, you IDIOTS! ...And, Pearl, you, of course, too.
    • On another episode, Tom Servo takes the joke to the logical extreme, naming everyone present, including himself.
      Servo: Gentlemen and Gypsy. And Mike. And Crow. And Servo...
    • One of the fan letters read on the air starts with "Dear Gentlemen and Gypsy..." This is justified because Gypsy has a female personality.
  • From the phone book episode of MythBusters.
    Narrator: Nine muscled MythBusters, and Adam.
  • Charlie Brooker via Newswipe described the telethon for Haiti's post-earthquake aid as "a collection of all the musicians you would ever want to listen to... and Sting.
  • There was an old, Danish children's mini-series named Og Valdemar ("And Valdemar"). It is about a boy called Valdemar who is the youngest in a huge family and is always forgotten by everybody else who will only think of him at the last moment and then say "oh yes... and Valdemar". This has made him think his actual name is "And Valdemar", cue the series title. All the episodes are about Valdemar, either on purpose or inadvertently, trying to hog the spotlight and sometimes succeeding, but always returning to being the forgotten one at the end of the episode.
  • On Only Fools and Horses Del describes the seating plan for the meal with Raquel's parents as "Girl, boy, girl, boy, girl, boy, girl, boy and Uncle Albert."
  • Parks and Recreation gives us this gleaming gem when Andy is addressing code names to everyone when they're trying to solve the mystery of who pied Jerry:
    Andy: Also, from now on, we'll be using code names. You can address me as "Eagle One". Ann, code name: "Been There Done Tha". April is "Currently Doing That". Donna is "It Happened Once In A Dream". Chris, code name: "If I Had To Pick A Dude". Ben is "Eagle Two".
    Ben: Oh thank God!
  • On Pawn Stars, Rick Harrison stated he was throwing a party in honor of his best employees, and Chumlee.
  • Person of Interest. In "Contingency", Reese's search for a kidnapped Finch is waylaid by neo-nazi criminals who've captured Reese and Bound and Gagged Detective Fusco. Reese tries to explain he's not interested in their activities.
    Reese: I just wanna find my friend. See, I don't have many friends. Just the one, in fact. (Fusco gives annoyed grunt) Maybe two...
  • Pixelface: Romford gets one in "HAL":
    Romford: Tempting, but I'm going to have to go with saving my friends. And Aethelwynne.
  • Reba has Brock, upon walking into Cheyenne's baby shower, do: "Look at all these beautiful women. (Looks at Lori Ann) You must be security." Lori Ann insults right back afterward. In a separate episode, Reba walks into the kitchen, sees Cheyenne, Van, and Barbra Jean, and says: "Hello, loved ones. Barbra Jean."
  • In Red Dwarf, Rimmer orders that to enhance understanding with a new life form, the ship's systems put out a message in every known language. Oh, and in Welsh.
  • Rules of Engagement:
    • Audrey has been known to do this.
      Audrey: I'd like to share it with all my friends. And Russell.
    • The second time, Audrey got mad at Jeff for not supporting her in front of her friends. And Russell.
  • In an episode of S Club 7 in Miami (aka Miami 7), Rachel reports the death of many people during a hurricane, including several talented artists and Bradley MacIntosh.
  • Scrubs:
    • Dr. Cox makes use of this trope in the episode "My Last Day" while listing things he cares as little about as his and JD's last week together:
      Dr. Cox: ...everything on the planet, everything in the solar system, everything everything everything everything everything everything everything that exists - past, present and future, in all discovered and undiscovered dimensions. Oh! And Hugh Jackman.
    • Highlighting Dr. Kelso's increasing laziness, he didn't bother learning interns' names.
      Kelso: Listen up, faces. In order to save us all some time, I will call all the males "Daves" and all the females "Debbies".
      Debbie: "Debbie"'s actually my name!
      Kelso: Then out of fairness to the others you will be "Slagathor". Daves, Debbies, Slagathor, I will be in my office; if you need anything, feel free to bother Dorian.
  • When Maggie joined the cast to replace Arturo in Sliders, she wasn't exactly embraced warmly - especially by Wade. Rembrandt points this attitude out in "The Other Slide of Darkness".
  • Star Trek: Voyager: The Doctor makes a lot of these types of jokes at Tom Paris's expense.
    • In the opening of "Year of Hell Part 1", the Doctor is moved to a speech that delivers one of these from out of nowhere.
      "Who would have thought this group of voyagers could actually become a family: Starfleet, Maquis, Klingon, Talaxian, hologram, Borg, even Mr. Paris."note 
    • In another early episode, the Doctor was discussing with Kes his problems: he was built as an emergency software for special cases and now has to be available 24 hours a day, everyone treats him as he did not even exist, nobody tells him what's going on, nobody remembers to shut him when leaving, he has nobody to assist him... Kes pointed out that Paris was assigned to be his nurse. "Like I said, nobody to assist me".
    • In "Living Witness", the Doctor wakes up in the future to find that the historians of that era have painted a rather unflattering picture of their ancestors' run-in with the Voyager crew, and depicted them all like evil, violent lunatics. When he protests this, he follows it up by singling out Paris as not having been that different in real life from the way he's portrayed in the recreation (which is more cocky than evil).
  • Strange Hill High: In "Crushing Embarrassment", Tanner agrees to play M. Barrassment's game, on the understanding that if he wins then Barrassment will release "all of my friends. And Tyson".
  • Inverted in an episode of Supernatural. Dean ends up in a Bad Future where the apocalypse has become so terrible that his future self plans to sacrifice a whole group to a distraction suicide mission just to get a shot at Lucifer. Present/Past Dean is horrified at such a cold decision.
    Dean: You mean you're gonna feed your friends into a meat grinder? Cas, too?
  • On Survivor, when Sandra finally makes her move against Russell, she has this to say:
    "I'm voting for Russell because I've been waiting to vote him out for 30 days too long. It's time for revenge, and this is for Courtney, Boston Rob, Tyson, and even Coach, who I don't care about, but I'll throw him in there too."
  • Whenever Dick Gautier and his wife Barbara Stuart appeared on Tattletales and the question was posited to the husbands, Bert Convy would start the question "Gentlemen...and you too, Dick..."
  • On Top Gear, for the British Leyland specialnote , Richard explains why the presenters face such a challenge proving that the company ever made a good car, ever.
    Hammond: [narrating] Now, for our younger viewers, we should explain why the Top Gear office thinks the three of us lost our marbles. See, some B.L. cars were quite badly built ... but most weren't built at all.
  • True Blood:
    Sookie: You're in my house, and those are my friends! Plus... Jane Bodehouse.
  • From the Thanksgiving episode of season 1 of Two and a Half Men:
    Alan: I'm thankful that I get to spend this holiday around all the people I love, and all the people who love me. ...And Judith.
  • The Weekly with Charlie Pickering: In "The Murdoch Bunch" song, Charlie Pickerling summarises Rupert Murdoch's press holdings thusly:
    He owned outlets 'round the world, watched by millions.
    He also owned Sky News.
  • What I Like About You:
    • Discussing a surprise.
      Holly: What could be better than giving her in front of all the people she loves? ...and Tina.
    • Later:
      Vic: So I want to ask you, in front of all the people you love... and Tina...
  • From the White Collar episode "Unfinished Business":
    Sara: Gentleman. Neal.
  • Wings: An episode wherein Fay, gathered with the whole group to console and help someone, assures the person that he is surrounded by nice, compassionate friends who care for his well-being. And Roy.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place does this.
    Professor Evilini: Friends. Wizards. Visiting parents. Larry.
  • In the second-to-last (originally aired on December 8th) episode of the 2012 edition (Series 9) of The Xtra Factor, the companion show to The X Factor, Olly Murs introduces the celebrity guests, "and Rylan."
  • The Young Ones:
    Vyvyan: Mum, this is a friend of mine called Mike, this is a friend of mine called Neil, and this is a total bastard I know named Rik.'

  • In The Beatles fandom and lore, Ringo Starr often is treated this way — sometimes seriously, sometimes jokingly, depending on the period. Part of this is Ringo's own doing: unlike John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who had, let's say, healthy egos, and George Harrison, who was The Quiet One, Ringo loved Self-Deprecating Humor. He liked to joke that he was actually an awful drummer who was riding the others' coattails; his bandmates, on the other hand, have all said his skills are second to none. Well, or something like that. Also, Ringo was the last Beatle to get his own TV Tropes page.
    • Being a drummer doesn't help, either. Drummers, in general, are often the butt of a lot of jokes about musicians. For example: "What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians all day?"
    • Pete Best's lack of desire to be friends with the group offstage is a big part of the reason he was replaced by Ringo.
    • McCartney carried this into his post-Beatles career: the liner notes of Band on the Run state that "Paul would like to thank Linda/And Linda would like to thank Paul/And thanx Denny" (that being Laine, the only non-McCartney member of Wings on the album).
  • In the They Might Be Giants song, "The Mesopotamians", the fictional band is made up of Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh. Poor old Gilgamesh's name is covered by the chorus nearly every time by the end of the song. Oddly, the song was supposed to be a parallel of TMBG's start. Make of that what you will.
  • Machine Head had a pretty lulzy one at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards where they thanked all the awesome bands on Roadrunner...and Nickelback.
  • On Showbread's tour supporting their album No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical, they were the headlining band, with two metal bands opening for them. Showbread's frontman, Josh Dies, referred to the tour several times as "the Monsters of Metal Tour...and Showbread".
  • The Axis of Awesome sometimes introduce themselves in this manner:
    Jordan: Good evening everyone, I'm Jordan.
    Lee: I'm Lee.
    Benny: And I'm...
    Jordan & Lee: We are the Axis of Awesome.
    Benny: ...And I'm Benny.
  • Tenacious D manage to pull it off constantly a duo! They are Jack Black. And K.G.
  • This is how The B-52s have been since the Cosmic Thing period, where the core four members (and on Good Stuff, three) are always considered the group, and the rest of the backing band (bassist, drummer, and keyboardist) are rarely mentioned, except live when its necessary to introduce them. This backing band doesn't have an input into the songwriting process by all accounts.
  • The Velvet Underground managed to pull this off with their first album which featured singer Nico on some tracks. The album's title: The Velvet Underground & Nico.
  • This is how Nile has treated every bassist since Jon Vesano. Most were technically full-time members (Steve Tucker and Christian "Kreishloff" Lofgren were one-time live members, but Joe Payne was officially a session member for almost two years), but promo photos usually only Karl, Dallas, and George, and the former two have recorded the bass tracks on every album since Annihilation of the Wicked. Brad Parris has at least appeared in promo photos, but, as has been the case with all post-Vesano albums, he didn't record any tracks (to be fair, he was hired after What Should Not Be Unearthed was done being recorded; the same can't be said for Chris Lollis, who around for two separate recording processes but never actually laid down any tracks).
  • Poor Jeff Lynne often gets this treatment when someone brings up The Traveling Wilburys. Not helped by being the least recognizable as a solo artist when next to the likes of Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Bob Dylan.
  • A subtle version in the liner notes for Faith No More's King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime. The band is listed at the beginning of the credits after the lyrics...except for Trevor Dunn, whose guitar credit is listed at the very end, after engineer interns and such. This was a bit of a Take That! at him for bailing on the band after replacing Jim Martin and recording the album because he decided he didn't want to tour.
  • Ever since Freddie Mercury died Queen has gone by "Queen + (insert singer here)". Singers include Paul Rodgers, Nate Ruess and Adam Lambert.
  • One song by the Israeli rock band Kaveret mentions "the universe and Bat Yam".
  • This song gives this treatment to Zeppo Marx.
  • The Other Two, a synthpop band with Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert of New Order, got named this way in reference to this trope, as they were "the other two" besides Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook that had their own side projects, Electronic and Revenge respectively.
  • New Kids on the Block offered a remarkable (and presumably unintentional) put-down to their young female fanbase in "Tonight".
    Remember when we travelled 'round the world?
    We met a lot of people and girls
  • Beastie Boys, "The New Style":
    Coolin' on the corner on a hot summer's day,
    Just me and my posse and MCA

    Myths & Religion 
  • If the trope had been used straight at the time, these biblical examples would have been inversions:
    • In Mark 16:7, an angel tells the ladies visiting Jesus' (empty) tomb to "tell his disciples and Peter" to meet up in Galilee. This is an inversion of the trope: Peter had denied Jesus three times a couple of days before, so the angel is specifying that he should be included among the Disciples.
    • In the Old Testament, the Bible mentions that Solomon had seven hundred wives, "and Pharaoh's daughter." This acts as an inversion according to many commentators, who note that she's singled out because Solomon loved her much more than the others.
    • Played straight in Luke 7:29: "When all the people and the tax collectors heard this..."
  • In The Qur'an, the verse 98 of the second surat says " Whosoever is an enemy unto Allah and His angels and His apostles and Jibril and Mikail note , then verily Allah is an enemy unto the infidels." According to commentators, Jibril and Mikail are apart because they are the most important angels.

  • In Cactus Canyon, the list of offenses on the "Help Wanted" poster includes the following:
    ...insulting the fine and God-fear'n women of Cactus Canyon (with the exception of a certain Saloon Gal who shall remain nameless)...

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Mick Foley did this all the time to prank his friend Al Snow. When he "retired", he was presented with the original WWF Hardcore Championship by a lot of the other extreme wrestlers. In his farewell speech, he said "It's an honor to be in the ring with so many hardcore legends. And Al Snow!" On another occasion, he managed to convince a pilot to announce after a landing "Welcome to all the WWF Superstars...and Al Snow."
    • Mick also used a non-insulting version in his book, about one of his indy matches. "I was busted wide open in front of 25 hardcore wrestling fans and my wife's sister"
  • During one of his feuds with Stephanie McMahon, Chris Jericho launched into a Long List of those he "knew" she slept with, capping it off with "the popcorn vendor in the fifteenth row. Congratulations, Louie!"
  • On the October 29, 2012, edition of Raw, Paul Heyman addressed the crowd as, "Ladies, gentlemen, and the people of Charlotte."
    • During his appearance on "Miz TV" on the June 28, 2013 WWE SmackDown, while introducing Curtis Axel, he said, "Ladies and gentlemen, and you too Miz."
  • Assembling a RAW team for the "Bragging Rights" PPV, HHH noted that "we have millions of dollars of talent and Cody Rhodes."
  • Then there's the fact that for legal reasons concerning its (mostly) scripted nature, pro wrestling isn't actually a sport. Also, wrestlers aren't allowed to join SAG-AFTRAnote  for similar reasonsnote , so they get this from two sides. Japanese pro wrestling famously toys with the ordeal, as while it is not widely considered a kakutogi (combat sport), most of the Japanese media that covers combat sports inevitably has pro wrestling among them and sometimes presented as the main one. And finally, Mexico prefers to consider pro wrestling as pro wrestling, separated both from sport and acting.
  • A since-deleted picture on Heidi Lovelace's Instagram about The Social Network appearing at AIW Girls Night Out 11 featured a sign reading "SOCIAL NETWORK A BITCH A SLUT A PSYCHO OH YEAH AND HEIDI."

    Puppet Shows 
  • Dinosaurs:
    Earl: Hello family... and Ethyl.
  • In The Muppets TV special Hey Cinderella!, everyone in the kingdom is invited to the ball except frogs, with the explicit intention of excluding Kermit.
  • Fozzie Bear pulls this in The Muppets after Kermit meddles in his relationship with his human girlfriend Becky after a misunderstanding.
    Fozzie: Alright! Let's knock out these regional promos, friends...and Kermit.

  • The radio adaptation of the Jack Benny comedy The Horn Blows At Midnight has Ludwig van Beethoven in heaven chastising Jack's character Athaniel (an angel) thusly:
    Beethoven: We have ten thousand men in this orchestra, Athaniel; nine-thousand-nine-hundred-and-ninety-nine musicians. And you.
  • The Goon Show:
    • Pretty common:
      Grytpipe-thynne: You may have noticed that throughout the civilized world... and America... British prestige has fallen very low.
    • From the non-politically correct 1950's:
      My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen... and Wogs! We present - The Goon Show!
  • In 1/29/13, 95.1FM, a classic rock radio station based in Rochester, New York had its DJs mention the Guitar Center's Rock Walk of Fame and the bands included. One DJ says: "The Walk of Fame includes some of the greatest rock and roll bands in history... and Mötley Crüe."

  • Several NASCAR examples:
    • Before a NASCAR race in the mid-90s, the person giving the command at the start of the race did it as "Gentlemen, and Jimmy Spencer, start your engines!"
    • Matt Martin before the 2nd race of the 2005 Gatorade Duel: "Gentlemen, and Dad (Mark Martin), start your engines!"
    • For much of the 2010s, the NASCAR Cup Series was comprised of common men...and Danica Patrick. Similarly, Darrell Waltrip announced green flags at the start of races during Patrick's Cup career by saying "Boogity-boogity-boogity! Let's go racin' boys... and Danica!"
  • Pittsburgh has become known in recent years as "the city of Champions... and the Pirates" in light of their baseball team setting a record for consecutive losing seasons, while the Penguins and Steelers have won multiple championships.
  • It is sometimes said that New York City is home to six professional sports teams... and the Mets (some version of this joke replace them with the Knicks, depending on how the teams are doing at any given time).
  • In Basketball:
    • The 1992 Dream Team is remembered for being composed of 11 Hall of Famers who are considered some of the best players in the history of basketball... and Christian Laettner.
      • During the 2010 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, in which the Dream Team officially entered the Hall as a unit, Larry Bird came to the pedestal and said that the team was "a cast of characters and different personalities... then Charles Barkley."
      • Even one of the Hall of Famers, John Stockton, got this. There is home video of Stockton, getting off the team bus in the middle of traffic, and walking into the crowd with nary a person realizing who he was. He even talked to a woman who had a picture of his face on her shirt (it was a team picture printed on a t-shirt) and had no idea who she was talking to until his son flat-out told her.
    • What was originally supposed to be a respected Miami Heat trio ended up being more known as the ultimate Miami duo of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James... and Chris Bosh.
    • Once LBJ brought someone along with him in his return to Cleveland, people either play it straight or invert: it's the seventh straight NBA finals for James Jones! And some guy named LeBron.
  • There seems to be an inverted version of this when it comes to stereotypes of nations "apathetic" to soccer, in the saying that, "The only people that hate The Beautiful Game are Americans... and Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and some Irish." This is also true when it comes to stereotypes of nations referring the sport as soccer.
  • Happens in Ice Hockey quite a bit:
    • The National Hockey League, or rather, the entire sport of ice hockey, considering it is the least popular of the "Big Four" American and Canadian Team Sports note , gets this quite a bit as some detractors will even omit Hockey from its major league status. Here, the group of leagues would be referred to as: "The Big Three Sports...and Hockey."

      This happens more frequently the more south you go (in which hockey is cropped out entirely or replaced with NASCAR). Don't say this the farther north you go through, especially in Canada.
      • In markets where hockey has a huge following (Canada, Michigan, Minnesota, New England, etc.) basketball usually fits this trope. For a while, the Minnesota Timberwolves could only be heard on a 9,100-watt station that only reached the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Wild, on the other hand, was on 50,000 watt WCCO.
      • When hockey is not getting this, it's usually Canadian Football note  or Soccer note 
    • In Canada the line that opens a CBC hockey broadcast is: "Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland..." This is not exactly an example, as when the line was recorded (the 1930s) Newfoundland wasn't a Canadian province, but another of the self-governing dominions of the British Empire.
    • Conn Smythe began many a public speech with, "Ladies, gentlemen... and Frenchmen." Or some variant.
    • Four teams joined the NHL in 1979 from the former World Hockey Association—the Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques, and Winnipeg Jets. The only one that has not changed its name and location is the Oilers.note 
  • During 2011 and the first half of the 2012 Tennis season, it was common for pundits to say that the greatest players were unquestionably Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal... and Andy Murray, "the other guy" who was unquestionably better than anyone who wasn't Djokovic, Federer, or Nadal but unquestionably overshadowed by them nonetheless. It wasn't until the latter half of 2012 that Murray began breaking out of his "that Tennis player most likely to fill the last spot of the semifinals after Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal show up for their reservations" role.
    • However, at the end of 2012, Andy Murray took a level in badass and became the first Brit to win a Grand Slam in 75 years. Then, Rafael Nadal dropped out of the 2013 Australian Open and thus out of the top 4 for the first time since 2005. The Top 5 players in Men's Tennis was then therefore composed of: The Big Four... and David Ferrer. More recently, with a late-career resurgence by Stan Wawrinka, some observers put him on a par with the Big Four until injuries and a drop in form ended that.
    • The 36 men's Grand Slam singles titles between the 2005 French Open and 2013 US Open were won by the Big Four...and Juan Martín del Potro (US Open, 2009).note 
  • The National Collegiate Athletic Association is the primary college-level in the US, comprising of nearly every major and minor college and university in the United States... and Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Examples abound in NCAA Division I conferences. (All affiliations are current for the 2019–20 school year, with select future affiliations also noted as needed.)
    • The current Big East Conferencenote  has 10 full members, consisting of nine Catholic institutions and Butler University, a private but nonsectarian school. To be averted when UConnnote  joins in 2020... which will create a different set of Zoidbergs, to be discussed in their own bullet point below.
      • Another Big East Zoidberg: Villanova, playing football in the second-level FCS, is the only conference member that awards football scholarships. (The other two members with football programs, Butler and Georgetown, also play in FCS, but without football scholarships.) Also to be averted once UConn joins.
      • UConn will become a Big East Zoidberg in more ways than one. First, it will be the only public institution to be a full member. Also, since it plans to remain in FBS football as an independent, it will be the only member with FBS football.
      • Creighton is a Zoidberg in the Big East in that they are the only school in the conference never to be a member of either the original Big East, the Atlantic 10 Conference, or the Horizon League (formerly the Midwestern City Conference and the Midwestern Collegiate Conference). From 1928-48 and again from 1976-2013, Creighton was in the Missouri Valley Conference, with a stint as an independent in-between.
    • Several conferences consist entirely of public schools except for one private institution (counting only full members):
      • Big Ten Conference: 13 public schools and Northwestern.
      • Southeastern Conference: 13 public schools and Vanderbilt.
      • Conference USA: 13 public schools and Rice.
      • Ohio Valley Conference (which plays FCS football): 11 public schools and Belmont.note 
      • America East Conference (a non-football conference): 8 public schools and Hartford.
    • Conversely, two conferences, both of which play FCS football, would consist entirely of private institutions but for one public school:
      • Northeast Conference: 10 private schools and Central Connecticut.
      • Pioneer Football League (a football-only league): 9 private schools and Morehead State. The number of private schools will drop to 8 in 2020 with Jacksonville shuttering its football program, and return to 9 when Presbyterian joins in 2021.note 
    • The Big West Conference, which began as a football-sponsoring league but dropped the sport after the 2000 season, demonstrates this trope in two different ways:
      • The conference's current membership consists of eight California schools and the main campus of the University of Hawai'i. The number of California schools will expand to 10 in 2020 when Cal State Bakersfield and UC San Diego join.note 
      • More than 20 schools have been members of the conference, either in all sports or for football only, since it was founded as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association in 1969. Every one is a public institution except for the University of the Pacific, a private school that retains its historic Methodist affiliation but has received no church funds since 1969. It was a founding member for football only and joined in other sports in 1971, but left in 2013 to return to its former home of the West Coast Conference.
    • The West Coast Conference (also non-football):
      • For over 30 years (1980–2011), it consisted of seven Catholic institutions and Pepperdine University, affiliated with the Churches of Christ.
      • Then averted when BYU joined.
      • Returned in a slightly different form in 2013, when the aforementioned Pacific rejoined—the WCC now has nine church-funded institutions and one technically nonsectarian school.
    • The Horizon League (also non-football):
      • Its current members are nine public schools and Detroit Mercy. In July 2020, it will be 10 public schools and UDM once Purdue Fort Wayne joins.
      • Before 2015–16, it was made up of eight schools that had once been in The Summit League... and the aforementioned Detroit Mercy.note  Averted with the arrival of Northern Kentucky, which had spent the first three years of its move from NCAA Division II in the Atlantic Sun Conference. After PFW joins, it'll be nine former Summit League members, UDM, and NKU.
    • A couple of football-playing conferences have one non-football school:
      • American Athletic Conference: Wichita State
      • Southern Conference (FCS): UNC Greensboro
    • For more than 30 years, Tennessee State was the Zoidberg of Division I HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities). These schools have traditionally formed their own conferences, a legacy of an era when many predominantly white schools refused to play them. With that refusal in the increasingly distant past, it's now more a matter of tradition and affinity. When TSU joined the Ohio Valley Conference in 1986, it became the first D-I HBCU that wasn't in either the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference or Southwestern Athletic Conference. The trope was averted in July 2018 when Hampton left the MEAC for the Big South Conference, and will be further averted in 2021 when North Carolina A&T makes the same move.
    • In terms of fandom, a couple of conferences are (or have been) famous for having single schools with a sporting obsession wildly out of place with the rest of the league:
      • SEC: Throughout the SEC, it's said there are two seasons: football and spring football. Not at Kentucky, where it's instead basketball and basketball recruiting. Football is mainly a nice diversion from basketball... at least as long as the Wildcats have a chance to make a bowl game.
      • ACC: For much of the conference's first 40 years, Clemson was notorious for being the one football-obsessed school in a basketball-obsessed league. (While other ACC schools, notably charter member Maryland and late-1970s arrival Georgia Tech, cared a good deal about football, they tended to care more about basketball. Clemson didn't even pay lip service to basketball.) This was averted in the early 1990s with a renaissance for Georgia Tech football and the arrival of Florida State, and has since become a thing of the past with the later arrival of football factories such as Miami and Virginia Tech.
  • Several Zoidbergs can be seen in Philadelphia college sports. All surround the Philadelphia Big 5, one of the most storied rivalries in men's basketball and indeed in all college sports.
    • The schools involved in the Big 5 are La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph's, Temple, and Villanova. Zoidberg No. 1: Villanova is the only one of these not located in the city of Philadelphia; it's in the nearby Main Line suburbs.note  Zoidberg No. 2: Temple is the only public institution of the five.note  Zoidberg No. 3: Penn, an Ivy League member, is the only one of the five never to have been in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
    • The city proper does have five D-I members... but Drexel is not part of the Big 5 rivalry, despite not only being in the city proper but also physically adjacent to Penn, making it even more of a Zoidberg than Temple or Nova within the Big 5 proper. That said, the term "City 6" is often used to describe the Big 5–Drexel combination, and Drexel and Penn do have their own intense rivalry, which is geographically the closest in D-I. This rivalry is called the Battle of 33rd Street, thanks not only to the two campuses being adjacent but the schools' basketball arenas being all of three blocks apart on said street.
  • Examples related to the Atlantic Coast Conference
    • Every school in the ACC plays FBS football, but only Notre Dame does not actually play football in the conference, opting to remain independent in that sport. However, the Fighting Irish do play at least 5 ACC teams annually, and also rotates opponents so that each other ACC member gets to play them at least once every 3 years.
    • Florida State is the only school in the Power Five conferences to have been a women's college. The school was formally founded in 1851, began instruction as a male-only college in 1857, and became coeducational the next year when it absorbed a nearby all-female college. In 1905, the state reorganized its higher education system, converting what was then the coed Florida State College to a women's college. Florida State returned to coeducation 1947 as Florida State University.
    • From 2005-13, Boston College was the only member not located in the South Atlantic States (as defined by the US Census Bureau). Averted with the arrival of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse in 2013.
    • Just for the 2013-14 season, Notre Dame was the only ACC member not located in an East Coast state. Averted with the arrival of Louisville in 2014. Notre Dame remains the only Midwestern school in the ACC, and Louisville is the only ACC member located in a non-East Coast Southern state.
    • Every protected football crossover in the ACC is between teams in the same state or neighboring states - except Boston College vs. Virginia Tech.
    • Of all the schools that were in the ACC over the years, until 2014 South Carolina was the only school ever to leave the ACC. Averted with the loss of Maryland in 2014.
    • Georgia Tech doesn't sponsor women's soccer, making it the only school in any of the Power Five conferences without that sport.
    • Syracuse is the only ACC member without a baseball team.note 
  • Examples related to the Big 12, whose charter dates back only to 1996, but unofficially traces its history to the formation of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1907 (the conference split in 1928, creating the Big Six and Missouri Valley Conferences)
    • At its formation in 1907, the only private school to compete in the first football season was Washington University in St. Louis, now a Division III school. Drake competed in Olympic sports that year, but did not join for football until the next year.
    • Including the eras of the MVIAA and Big Eight, Oklahoma State is the only current or former member to have two separate stints in the conference. As Oklahoma A&M, it was a member from 1925-28, then aligned with the private schools in the modern-day MVC until 1958, when it rejoined the then-Big 7, a year after adopting its current name.
    • From 1947 to 2011, Colorado was the only school in this succession of conferences in the Mountain Time Zone and the Western US; the others were in the Central Time Zone and Central US.
    • Baylor was the only private school in the conference from 1996-2012, when longtime rival TCU joined.
    • West Virginia, which is on Eastern Time, is currently the only Big 12 school outside the Central Time Zone.
    • The Big 12 was raided by every other current Power 5 league in the early-2010s realignment cycle except for the ACC.
    • Iowa State is the only Big 12 member without a baseball team.
    • Oklahoma State is the only Big 12 member without a women's volleyball team, and only one of two in the Power Five (see the SEC list for the other).
  • Big Ten examples
    • After the 1939 season, charter member Chicago dropped football, making them the only school in the conference without football, until they left later in the 1940s.
    • Penn State was for over two decades the only Big Ten school not in the Midwest. Averted with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers in 2014.
    • During the last realignment, the Big Ten raided every AQ conference that was not based in the Western US... except the SEC.
    • Purdue is the only West Division school in the Eastern Time Zone (which houses all the East Division schools). The rest of the West Division is in the Central Time Zone.
    • Wisconsin is the only Big Ten member without a baseball team.
  • PCC/Pac-12 examples
    • The Pac-12 can easily be divided into three rivalry pods, one based in California, another in the Pacific Northwest, and the last in the Four Corners states. Only the one in California does not contain a land-grant school (the Pacific Northwest has Oregon State and Washington State, and the Four Corners has Arizona).
      • Depends on how you define "land-grant school". The University of California as a whole is a land-grant school... but UC houses its agriculture programs mainly at its Davis and (to a lesser extent) Riverside campuses. The California pod is the only one that does not include a school that functions as a land-grant institution, but the Four Corners pod is the only one with just one legally defined land-grant school.
    • Arizona State is the only public school in the current Power 5 conferences that began as a state-supported normal school for the training of teachers. This was the school's primary purpose until 1945; its last name as a teacher's college was Arizona State Teachers College (another former teacher-training school in the state is now Big Sky member Northern Arizona).
    • Colorado is the only Four Corners state school that never held membership in the Western Athletic Conference (of which Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah were charter members). Colorado did hold membership in a predecessor conference, the Skyline (or Mountain States) Conference, from 1938-47.
    • The California rivalry pod is the only one to contain private schools (Stanford and USC).
    • Of the six primary football rivalries in the conference, the only one which is currently not allowed to take place during Thanksgiving weekend is California-Stanford, citing the amount of traditions surrounding the game. UCLA-USC has not taken place on that weekend though since 2015, and can only do so in odd-numbered years (due to USC hosting Notre Dame to close out even-numbered years).
    • Colorado is the only Pac-12 member without a baseball team.
    • The Pac-12 Network is the only cable TV network launched by a Power 5 conference that does not have the backing of a major media conglomerate.
  • SEC examples
    • The SEC has three former members - Georgia Tech, Sewanee and Tulane. Each is a Zoidberg in its own way:
      • Only Georgia Tech currently competes in a Power 5 conference, the ACC (which, like the SEC, spun off from the Southern Conference).
      • Only Tulane competes in a Group of 5 conference, currently the American Athletic Conference.
      • Sewanee is the only one that's outside of Division I; they became part of the NCAA College Division when the NCAA first split into divisions in 1956, and Division III when the College Division was itself split in 1973 into today's Divisions II and III. The Tigers' current conference home is the Southern Athletic Association.
    • The SEC has expanded twice since the conference's founding in 1933. Only one of the new schools added, South Carolina, is in the Eastern Time Zone; the other three are in the Central Time Zone.
    • Through the 2019 season, the SEC was the only Power 5 league whose true home football games couldn't be televised by ABC; the rights were held by CBS instead. While no announcement has yet been made, it's been reported that ABC parent Disney has reached a deal with the SEC that will kick in for 2020.
    • Missouri is the only SEC school not located in the South (they are Midwestern).
    • Vanderbilt is the only SEC member without a women's volleyball team, and also the only one without a softball team.
  • For many years, of the former members of the current Power 5 conferences (if counting the MVIAA/Big Eight and the Big 12 as the same conference; the Pacific Coast and Pac-12 are counted as one as the latter claims the former's history) that now play football in sub-FBS levels, only former PCC member Montana awarded scholarships in football; Montana has been a member of the Big Sky Conference since its launch in 1963. Former Big Ten member Chicago, former MVIAA members Grinnell and Washington U., and former SEC member Sewanee all play in Division III, which prohibits athletic scholarships entirely. Though former MVIAA member Drake plays FCS football, it is a non-scholarship program in the Pioneer Football League. This was averted when former PCC member Idaho downgraded football back to FCS in 2018, rejoining the Big Sky Conference. This also made Tulane, a former SEC member, the only former member of a current Power 5 conference that is currently in a Group of Five conference (The American).
  • Examples from the American Athletic Conference
    • Navy is the only football school in the Eastern Time Zone in the West Division, which otherwise is based entirely in the Central Time Zone. The remaining Eastern Time teams, including Cincinnati, form the East Division. Navy is in the West while Cincinnati is in the East despite being closer to the Central Time schools than Navy because the Midshipmen want to play a game in Texas every year to help recruiting.
    • Temple is the only school from the inaugural season of Big East football still in the American, but its tenure has not been continuous. It was kicked out from 2005-2011 for various program shortcomings, most of this time spent as an affiliate member of the MAC. It rejoined for football only in 2012, and then became a full member of what became the American the next year.
    • UConn was the last pre-1991 full member of the Big East still in The American; all other full members joined in the 21st century.
  • C-USA examples
    • Every charter member began C-USA play in the conference's first year of operation in 1995-96 - except Houston, who wanted to see out the last year of the Southwest Conference (and thus were the only member not to come from the Metro or Great Midwest Conferences). They began C-USA play a year later.
    • Every former Southwest Conference member not initially admitted into the Big 12 in 1996 eventually became a C-USA member. Only Houston is a public school; the rest are private schools.
      • Rice is the only one of these schools still in C-USA.
    • When C-USA was raided in 2005, most of the full members that departed went to either the Big East or Atlantic 10 Conferences, both major basketball conferences based primarily in the Northeastern US (though the Big East in football was also a BCS AQ league at the time). The only one that didn't was TCU, who moved to the Mountain West Conference. They were invited to join the Big East later on, but they reversed their acceptance of that invitation and joined the Big 12 instead.
      • TCU is the only "big market" school from the SWC that later joined the Big 12.
    • The West Division of C-USA is based entirely in the Central Time Zone, except for UTEP, which is in the Mountain Time Zone.
    • Of the four non-football schools that left in 2005, Charlotte was the only one to be public (the others were Catholic), the only one to eventually launch a football program, and the only one to return to C-USA, doing both in 2013 (Charlotte football joined the conference two years later).
    • Southern Miss is the only school to take part in every C-USA football season. It's also the only one of the six schools that played in the first C-USA football season (1996) that never joined The American.
    • As for the other five inaugural C-USA football schools, all are now in The American except for Louisville, which left for the ACC after only one year in The American.
  • MAC examples
    • Every school currently in the Mid-American Conference has made the conference championship game in football... except Eastern Michigan.
    • The MAC was also the only FBS conference whose core membership did not change during the early-2010s Division I conference realignment.note 
    • Buffalo is the only non-Midwestern school currently in the conference, and the only non-Ohio school in the East Division.
    • Every Ohio school is in the East Division except Toledo. Bowling Green spent three years in the West from 2002-05.
    • Toledo is the only West Division school that was not founded as a state-supported school for the training of teachers.
    • The MAC has had three football-only members in its history. Only UCF did not have the Atlantic 10 as its primary conference.
  • Mountain West examples
    • Examples related to charter members
      • BYU was the only true private school to be a charter member.
      • All charter members were in the WAC prior to its ill-fated expansion to 16 teams... except UNLV.
    • Examples related to former members
      • Utah is the only one to be a public institution.
      • BYU is the only one not currently in a Power 5 league as well as the only one not to play in a major bowl during the BCS era while an MW member.
      • TCU is the only school not truly located in the West that was ever in the conference.
    • The MW currently has 12 football members. Only Hawaii is not an all-sports member; its primary conference is the Big West.
    • Air Force is the only member to be a federal military academy rather than a state-supported institution.
  • Sun Belt examples
    • South Alabama is the only school to have continuous membership in the conference from its establishment.note 
    • Of the charter members, only New Orleans did not eventually establish a football program, though three of those that did - Charlotte, Jacksonville, and South Florida - are no longer in the conference (Jacksonville dropped football after the 2019 season).
    • All the Sun Belt schools that have been based in Florida had football at some point, but only Jacksonville never awarded scholarships to its football players, at least legally (a former coach inadvertently broke the PFL's no-scholarship rule and had to sit out the 2014 and 2015 postseasons, he was eventually removed from the program as his desire to compete as a scholarship program was not shared by other university officials).
    • Of the schools that joined the Sun Belt in 1991, only Little Rock did not come from the American South Conference - it joined from what is now the Atlantic Sun Conference.
    • Every school that left the Sun Belt in 1991 eventually joined Conference USA, except VCU (which has never sponsored football).
    • Six former Sun Belt schools joined Conference USA in the last realignment cycle. Only Western Kentucky did not join in 2013, joining a year later.
  • Once UConn joins the Big East, only one all-sports conference in NCAA Division I will never have undergone any membership changes in its history: the Ivy League, which officially formed in all sports in 1956 and grew out of a football scheduling alliance and the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League.note 
  • Zoidbergs related to the College Football Playoff (established 2014)
    • Ohio State is the only non-Southern school that has won a national championship under both the BCS system and the CFP system, at least officially.note 
      • Along these lines, the 2014 Ohio State team (entering the 2019-20 bowl season) is the only Northern team (located in a Midwestern or Northeastern state as defined by the United States Census Bureau) to score a touchdown in a CFP game, scoring multiple TDs in their run to the national championship in the 2014 season. The next two Northern representatives in the CFP, Michigan State in 2015 and OSU themselves the next year, failed to score at all in their losses. The 2018 Notre Dame team could only manage a field goal against the eventual national champions Clemson. Averted in a way on the Buckeyes' second drive of the 2019 Fiesta Bowl, though OSU is still the only Northern team to score a TD in any CFP.
    • The 2014-15 College Football Playoff is, for now, the only time Clemson failed to qualify. Similarly, the 2019-20 CFP is the only time Alabama failed to qualify, at least for now. Both met in the CFP in each of the four years they qualified together (3 national championship games and a semifinal).
      • This in turn makes OSU the only Northern team, or any non-Southern team, with multiple CFP appearances.
    • The 2016-17 CFP is the only one to include a non-conference champion from one conference, but not the champion of the same conference (Ohio State) - at least for now.
    • The 2017-18 CFP, at least for now, is the only one that did not include any non-Southern teams, let alone Northern teams. It is also the only time, at least for now, that two teams from the same conference qualified for the playoff: Alabama and Georgia of the SEC, who met in the title game with Alabama winning in overtime. Wisconsin had a chance to qualify for the playoff that year if they had beaten Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game, which they did not, shutting the North out of the playoff entirely.
    • Michigan State is the only team to make the CFP one year and then fail to become bowl-eligible the following year.
  • From 2006-2018, every major broadcast partner of the National Football League (not counting NFL Network) was under common ownership with a major movie studio...except CBS. Fox was co-owned with 20th Century Fox, ESPN with Walt Disney Studios, and NBC with Universal.
    • Averted on March 20, 2019 when most of the assets of 20th Century Fox's parent company were bought by Disney. The 20th Century Fox film studio was included, but the Fox network was not.
    • Returned on December 4, 2019 when Viacom completed its reunion with CBS Corporation, bringing CBS back under common ownership with Paramount.
  • This trope has also been demonstrated several times throughout the various divisional alignments the NFL had.
    • From 1946-49, the only Western Division team not located in the Midwest was the Los Angeles Rams.
    • From 1950-60, the Chicago and later St. Louis Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals) were the only American/Eastern Conference team in the Central Time Zone.
    • From 1952–59 and 1961-66, the Dallas Texans and their successors the Baltimore Colts (now located in Indianapolis) were the only National/Western Conference team not in California or the Midwest.
    • In 1968 and again since 2002, the Dallas Cowboys are the only team in the NFC East (known as the Eastern Conference Capitol Division in 1968) in the Central Time Zone rather than the Eastern Time Zone. This is done to preserve intense rivalries that have existed for decades.
    • In 1967 and 1969, the Cardinals were the only Eastern Conference Century Division (later known as the AFC Central and now known as the AFC North) team in the Central Time Zone rather than the Eastern Time Zone.
    • From 1967-76 and again since 2002, the Detroit Lions are the only NFC North (originally Western Conference Central Division, then NFC Central) team located in the Eastern rather than Central Time Zone.
    • The NFC Central had another Zoidberg during the years (1977-2001) it had five teams. The Zoidberg in question was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, located in the Southeastern U.S. rather than the Midwest like the other teams in the division.
    • The Colts were an AFC East Zoidberg in multiple ways from 1970 to 2001. First, beginning in 1970 while the team was still in Baltimore, they were the only non-former AFL team in the division and the only team to predate the AFL's launch in 1960. After moving to Indianapolis in 1984, they became the only team in the AFC East not located in an East Coast state.
    • During the days of the American Football League, the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) were the only team in the Eastern Division (later the AFC East) that was located in the Central, rather than the Eastern Time Zone.
    • The Miami Dolphins have been an AFC East Zoidberg since 2002, the only team not in the Northeast and the only team who wasn't an AFL charter member. This was done to preserve rivalries, even though the Dolphins are the southernmost team in the NFL.
    • From 1970-94, the Oilers were the only AFC Central team located in both the Southern United States and the Central Time Zone. The others were in the Northern United States and the Eastern Time Zone.
    • From 2002-13, the Baltimore Ravens, a franchise created in 1996 from Art Modell's attempt to relocate the Cleveland Browns, were the only AFC North team not located in the Big Ten Conference's footprint. Averted when Maryland joined the Big Ten in 2014.
    • The Bengals have been an AFC North Zoidberg since 2002, being the only team that was formerly in the AFL and the only team not located in a market that joined the AFC from the old-line NFL in 1970.
    • The Colts are still a Zoidberg even after leaving the AFC East for the AFC South in 2002. They are the only team in the division not actually located in the Southern U.S. And their market is the only one in the division that was not part of the AFC Central at some point.
    • From 1960-67, 1970-75 and again since 1977, the Kansas City Chiefs (originally the second Dallas Texans) were the only team in the AFC (formerly AFL) West that wasn't truly located in the Western United States.
    • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976 and the Seattle Seahawks from 1977-2001 were the only AFC West team during those seasons that did not originate in the AFL.
    • The New Orleans Saints are the only team in the NFC South that is located in the Central rather than Eastern Time Zone.
    • The Buccaneers are the only NFC South team that did not come from the NFC West.
    • From 1995-2001, when the Rams moved to St. Louis, the San Francisco 49ers were the only NFC West team actually located in the Western United States.
    • From 2002-15, the Rams were the only NFC West team not located in the Western United States. Averted with relocation back to Los Angeles. The Rams have remained in the NFC West to preserve the rivalry with the 49ers.
  • Some Zoidbergs related to Super Bowl performance
    • The AFC East currently only has one team that has not won the Super Bowl - the Buffalo Bills, who lost 4 straight to start the 90s, all four to NFC East teams, the last two to the Cowboys.
    • Conversely, the Indianapolis Colts are the only team in the AFC South to have won the Super Bowl, winning one in both Baltimore and Indianapolis.
    • The Cleveland Browns are the only AFC North team never to reach the Super Bowl.
    • The Baltimore Ravens are the only AFC North team to be undefeated in the Super Bowl, and currently the only team in the entire league who made multiple Super Bowl appearances and is still unbeaten in the game.
    • The Los Angeles (formerly San Diego) Chargers are the only AFC West team to never win the Super Bowl.
    • Of the 8 current divisions in the NFL, the NFC East is the only to see all its current members win the Super Bowl.
    • The Green Bay Packers are the only old-line NFL team to win a pre-merger Super Bowl.
    • The Arizona Cardinals are the only NFC West team not to win the Super Bowl.

  • Hamilton: Being the least historically relevant of the three Schuyler sisters, Peggy often forces her way into the conversation:
    Angelica: "Angelica!"
    Eliza: "Eliza!"
    Peggy: "...and Peggy!"

    Video Games 
  • Used in one of the endings of Disgaea 2. "You aren't alone. You have friends that care about you...And Etna."
  • Is somewhat implied in Persona 4 if you take one of Yosuke's statements the wrong (or right way):
    Yosuke: I have my friends and my family...and you.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal: "Ladies and gentlemen...oh, and Helga." This is not exactly an insult, however, as Helga seems much cheerier after the addendum.
    • It's because Helga IS neither. She's a robot, and hence, genderless, even if she's modeled after a female.
    • It's likely that this is an objection on her part to Qwark's usage of "ladies" (as Helga is hardly lady material) rather than a reference to her being a robot. She identifies as female and is referred to as a female. Note that, despite being present at the time, Clank wasn't excluded like she was.
  • Game Informer's review of Devil May Cry HD Collection said in their concept tab: "Two great games for one great price. Also, Devil May Cry 2."
  • The Bungie Podcast's theme song ends with the line "It's our podcast show, with Brian and friiieeennnds...and Frankie."
  • Gigolo Assassin, one of the flash games on Adult Swim's website: "Great nations of the world...and Sweden."
  • Granblue Fantasy has an Inverted example. The Lowain-Elsam-Tomoi trio is sometimes referred to as "Lowain and bros." both in-universe (i.e. referenced by Scathacha in "Bzzt! Amped Up Summer") and by a portion of the playerbase.
  • Otomedius features "a cast of well-designed characters... and Emon."
  • Used in Jade Empire:
    Black Whirlwind's journal: Kill anything that moves, as long as it doesn't look like one of my companions or the bun man.
  • Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves involves our protagonist having to distract the cops, so he interrupts a meeting (in the middle of the police station) being led by his love interest, Carmelita Fox. They are thoroughly distracted when he shouts out, "Attention assorted meatheads...and lady."
  • In Team Fortress 2, The Pyro in-universe. Despite the fact the Pyro they're talking about is on the RED team, The Heavy calls him/her a "Thing", the Spy gives a monologue on how much he fears him/her, and the Scout calls him/her a "Freak".
  • Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Strong Badia the Free:
    • After each of the main characters forms their own country, Marzipan organizes a collection of "treasures from all the developed countries, plus Coachnya".
    • Also, from the trailer:
      Strong Bad: "It's Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People. But you can play too!"
  • Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days has a non-comedic example: 'Count the chairs. When have we ever been more than thirteen?'
    • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance has a visual one: during Sora's "My Friends Are My Power!" Badass Boast in the cutscene of the same name, you get Xigbar's Oh, Crap! face. This is the guy who laughed at Sora as he was dying. What's he freaking out about? Apparitions of every known Keyblade wielder in the series, Keyblades drawn... as well as Donald and Goofy.
  • In the Lunar: The Silver Star PSP remake, Royce turns your entire party to stone, save for Jessica, who mopes for a second with the line, "My friends...and Kyle..." What makes it funnier is the fact that Kyle is the one who saved her from being "stoned" in the first place.
    • The implication is that she thinks of Kyle as more than a friend, not less.
  • Courtesy of The Dark Id, in the New Game+ section of his Chrono Cross Let's Play;
    After the battle, Solt and Peppor come to investigate the unstoppable end game squad that could murder their entire army busting through the front gate. And Pierre.
  • Used to deliver a Take That! in the end-credits rap from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare:
    '"Marines, SAS, hands up
    Zakhaev, (haha) hand up"
  • In Mass Effect 3, during the mission to Sur'Kesh, Wrex has a moment like this if Garrus and Liara, two of his fellow party members from Mass Effect, are in the party.
    Wrex: These females are the best, and probably last hope for my people.
    Liara: We'll get them back, Wrex. Don't worry.
    Wrex: I appreciate that, Liara. I wouldn't want anyone else along for the ride.
    Garrus: [clears throat]
    Wrex: I suppose I can make room for you, too, Garrus. (laughs)
  • In the soundtrack of LocoRoco 2 and LocoRoco Midnight Carnival, the singers for the credits song (etoule pucoratte) are listed as "Loco Roco All-Stars and Viole".
  • In Poker Night 2, at the start of a tournament, GLaDOS will sometimes say "Gentlemen. And Claptrap."
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM, Misty Tredwell is introduced this way as you don't recognize her when you first see her.
    Game: Just when you thought you were safe, Yusei, Akiza and... one of Tropica City's renowned top models surround you.
  • In Undertale, encounters involving Jerry introduce him separately from the other monsters, usually with a dismissive statement like "Jerry came too."
  • Luigi hilariously gets this treatment in Super Mario World when playing Two-Player Mode. Even if Luigi defeats a castle the congratulations screen still says Mario did it. Even if Luigi rescues Princess Peach, she declares that "she, Mario, the Yoshis, and their friends are going on a vacation!" It ain't easy being green.
  • A Star Wars: The Old Republic quest to repeat the final battle of the Shadow of Revan storyline lists the various NPC allies you'll fight along, with "And C2-D4note !" in parentheses after the list.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, the religion of the Eight (later Nine) Divines was specifically created so that the eight most agreed-upon divine entities would be worshiped in the official religion of the new Empire of Tamriel. The main point of contention was Lorkhan, the deity who spurred the creation of Mundus, the mortal plane. Lorkhan, as Shor and Shezarr to the Nords and proto-Imperials, respectively, is beloved as the driving force of creation, which freed the spirits from a prison of pre-creation unchanging stasis. Meanwhile, most races of Mer (Elves) despise Lorkhan, as they consider the stasis of pre-creation to be divine and his actions forced their immortal spirits to experience mortal loss and suffering. To keep the fledgling empire from falling apart due to religious infighting, Lorkhan was excluded from the Divines but acknowledged as the "Missing God".
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: When first shown, it was revealed that every single fighter in the series would be playable... Luigi and Yoshi are introduced last, with the former being eaten by the latter.
  • For many years, every Pokémon type had a Gym Leader...except Dark. Fairy even got one in its debut games. Averted with Pokémon Sword and Shield.

    Web Animation 
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • The video for the Halo 3 demo had the following exchange:
      Sarge: Another important development from Bungie Labs is the homo-sapien propulsafier, also known as the man-cannon.
      Simmons: It fires men?
      Sarge: Yes, and also Grifs. Come here Grif. Let's says the Blues are launching co-ordinated offensive...What better way to slow them down, then to choke up their movement ways with dead soldiers, or if no soldiers are available, dead Grifs.
      Grif: Wait, what? (Sarge knocks Grif out and throws him in the man-cannon)
    • Sarge tends to use this a lot when addressing his soldiers, e.g.
      Sarge: Alright men...and Donut...
      Sarge: Alright everyone...and Grif...
    • Heck, it even appears on the website for the Recreation DVD, which says it has "all of your favorite characters (and Simmons)".
    • While Epsilon is stuck in the Monitor body and being worshipped by the aliens, he's called upon to give a eulogy. He begins this way.
      Epsilon: [to aliens and Caboose] Attention true believers! [turns to the Reds and Tucker] And other people.
  • RWBY:
    • In the first episode of season 2, Ruby addresses the other members of her team and JNPR.
      Ruby: Sisters! Friends! Weiss.
      Weiss: Hey!
    • When Sun introduce Team RWBY to Neptune...
      Sun: Ruby, Yang, Blake... Ice Queen.
      Weiss: Why does everyone keep calling me that?!
    • After a fight with RWBY in Painting the Town..., even Roman gets in on the act:
      Roman: Ladies...Ice Queen...
      Weiss: Hey!
    • And when Nora is describing the various strengths of Team JNPR:
      Nora: We've got a world-renowned fighter, what's basically a ninja, I can bench five of me... Jaune... we've been training all year, our weapons are awesome, Glynda barely yells at us anymore and, uh... Jaune!
      Ren: You going to take that?
      Jaune: [dejected] She's not wrong...
  • Inverted in the MLP fan video Elements of Cringe, when the Elements of Harmony are captured, Celestia demands Twilight's release and also, whoever the other ones are.
  • This quote by Koden in the DSBT InsaniT episode, "The Camping Webisode".
    Koden: I am not about to let the third thing with my friends... and Dave and Lisa... be ruined because of the monster... or douchebag... of the week messed everything up!
  • Puffin Forest mentions a time when a GM brought together his best and brightest players.

  • A Mortal Kombat sprite comic uses this:
    Jax:Alright ladies and gentlemen, and Nightwolf, here's how this plan is gonna work...
  • Ansem Retort's Axel started off his closing speech with "Ladies, Gentleman, Marluxia of the jury...".
  • Buttersafe uses this in the saddest punchline ever written in The Tragic Life of Annabelle.
    Man: Everyone that ever loved you just died. Your mother will be here to pick you up shortly.
  • From the Basic Instructions strip How to Be Kind to the Least Among You:
    The Judger: We are "The Legion of Superheroes, and the Knifeketeer," a collection of the world's mightiest crime fighters. And the Knifeketeer.
    The Knifeketeer: I'm feeling a bit excluded.
    The Judger: You're included. That's what "and" means.
  • Darths & Droids:
    C-3P0: I love it here. A beautiful desert cruise with wonderful friends. And you.
  • A rare example of the trope being used as a compliment, let alone to oneself, occurs in FreakAngels when Karl introduces himself to Alice.
    Karl: Welcome to the home of ten twentysomethings with arrested development and an obsession with loud, crap shagging. And me.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Belkar is this to the Order. For an early example,
      Durkon: They be a fine group, for humans. And an elf.
      Hilgya: And a halfling.
      Durkon: No, I left 'im out on purpose.
    • Later on, there's the reaction to learning that Roy and Belkar have been imprisoned.
      Haley: Crap! We need to break Roy out of there! And then decide what to do about Belkar!
  • In Rascals, this happens to Issy when she's invited to join Skye, Jenny, and Reiko for a private photo shot seen here.
  • In PS238, Tyler was worried about a metaprodigy threatening his friends. Oh, and Zodon too.
  • Vexxarr used another variation:
    Sploorfix: ...a war in which millions of innocent, intelligent beings will perish?
    Vexxarr: No, no. See, the Lattroxx and Bleen would be fighting each other...
  • From El Goonish Shive, an example that manages to be as insulting as it is complimentary.
    Sarah: [on Tedd and Grace's relationship] Damnit, why are all my friends attracted to freaks?
    Tedd Hey, are you calling Grace a freak?
    Sarah: Nope.
  • Kaitlyn from Precocious here.
    Kaitlyn: I just wanted my best friends (and Roddy) to come over and play our favorite games.
  • Looking for Group:
    • This comic takes this to an extreme.
      Cale: Ladies and gentlemen. And gnomes. Bloodrage. Skeletons. Sisters and sons. Imps. And — What is that?
      Richard: A gruffalo.
      Cale: A gruffalo? What's a gruffalo?
    • There's also this one where Richard sulks about being left out of the happy reunion.
  • From Not Quite Daily Comic, a straight example in this strip.
  • 8-Bit Theater:
    • "The Fighting Fighters, Also Bikke." Seen here
    • Inverted later on
      Sarda: You are all selfish monsters who need to die for the good of everyone else.
      Black Mage: Wait, even Fighter?
      Sarda: Except Fighter.
      Fighter: Yay!
      Sarda: He's a casualty.
      Black Mage: Yay!
  • Brawl in the Family gives us an example in this strip.
  • In Sinfest, Plus these guys.
  • In Commander Kitty, Fluffy is many things...but an intelligent life form is apparently not one of them.
    Nin Wah: Those drones are programmed to relinquish command in the presence of an intelligent life form.
    CK: ...and Fluffy, it would seem.
  • The team of Exterminatus Now is such a Dysfunction Junction that Rogue manages to apply it to everyone.
    Xerxes: Are you going to introduce me to your friends?
    Rogue: I would if there were any here.
  • In the "Tournament" arc of Evil, Inc., Grandgamer's Personnel File says that "he is obsessed with games and has mastered every one developed by a group of civilized, sentient beings in the universe. And Activision."
  • The profile blurb of Once Stung describes Queen Bees foes as "a gallery of freakish supervillains (And one guy named Jerry)".
  • Lackadaisy: Mitzi gives a Rousing Speech to the band. It needs a little work.
    Mitzi: A few for old-time's-sakes, Mozzie? Sy. Ben. ...That guy.
    That Guy: Walter. I play the drums sometimes - for the past 8 months-
    Mitzi: Anything, boys.

    Web Original 

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • Futurama is the Trope Namer, so expect it to have a lot of examples;
    • Zoidberg is the trope namer, if not the outright king;
      • Bender's plea to Robot 1-X that he "Save my friends! And Zoidberg!" Over the course of the show, the writers have been trying to develop Zoidberg to have occasional bouts of heroic moments, in which he averts his own trope!
      • Zoidberg later returned the insult, referring to Leela, Fry, and Bender as "my friends and the robot."
      • Zoidberg even Zoidbergs himself:
      Fry: Everyone we invited is here.
      Zoidberg: Also Zoidberg!
      • Zoidberg even did it in the midst of a monologue.
      Zoidberg: So all over the world, couples stood together in joy. And me, Zoidberg!
      • In "Mobius Dick" there is a flashback to fifty years earlier when Zoidberg was popular enough to use this joke on the captain of the first Planet Express Crew.
      Zoidberg: Hey, it's all my favourite patients, and also Captain Tucker! Pow!
      [general laughter, high fives exchanged]
      Captain Tucker: You totally got me, Dr. John. You're hilarious.
      Hermes: [back in the present] Zoidberg was popular!?!
      • Used again in "Fry Am the Egg Man", where Fry gets a monster (Mr. Peppy) as a pet:
      Fry: Look, I know he's ugly, and kind of corrosive, but we can't murder someone just 'cause he's hideous and annoying.
      Amy: That's what we said about Zoidberg, and look where that got us.
      Zoidberg: Amy has a point.
      Fry: Mr. Peppy's not like Zoidberg, he's my friend!
      Zoidberg: Awwwwwww!
      • Subverted in "Spanish Fry" when the primary crew goes on a mission to get Fry's nose back.
      Fry: Who's with me?
      Leela: Me, Bender and Zoidberg if he feels like it.
      Zoidberg: No, I'm good.
      • Of course, being "And Zoidberg"'d isn't always bad. In the evil robot Santa Claus'note  first appearance:
      Robot Santa: You have all been very naughty, very naughty indeed! Except you, Dr. Zoidberg, this is for you. (Hands Zoidberg a pogo stick.)
    • In "The Deep South", folk singer Donovan talks about how all the quality people (like Jeff Foxworthy and the inventor of Coca-Cola) evacuated the sinking city of Atlanta. As the boat pulls away and in the middle of his narration, Jane Fonda charges through the crowd, shoving people aside and leaps into the boat at the last second, prompting Donovan to add "And Jane Fonda was there too" mid-sentence.
    • A stealth subversion in "Proposition Infinity": note 
      The Professor: Oh, the Humanity!! Also Bender.
    • Also achieved twice in quick succession (both being acknowledged by the potential Zoidberg in question) in "Into The Wild Green Yonder", when the gorilla hole is being tested:
      Lead Tester: Stand by, men! ...and manly aliens.
      Lead Tester: [after hole is successfully completed] Good work, men! ..and manly aliens.
    • Used in "Less Than Hero", insulting Fry. Fry is the only member of the team left - but he's still "all the rest".
      Go, go, go, New Justice Team!
      Fighting justice is their quest!
      Super King, Clobberella, and all the rest!
    • Used in "Zapp Dingbat"
      Zapp: Honored guests... and Kif.
    • Featured in "Brannigan, Begin Again" when Bender begs Leela to take command again.
      Bender: Leela, save me! ...And yourself, I guess. ...And my banjo!
      [Fry gestures to himself]
      Bender: ...And Fry!
    • Inverted in "Bender's Big Score":
      Lars: Hello to everyone who isn't Leela. And a very special hello to everyone else.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Deep Space Homer" includes this, when a NASA guy starts a press conference with: "Ladies and gentlemen and members of the press..."
    • "Margical History Tour" had the story of Lewis and Clark retold with Carl and Lenny.
      Homer (as Chief): "We have always known of the coming of the white man, and Carl."
  • The Fairly OddParents!:
    • Used to open a Chip Skylark concert:
      Timmy: Ladies! And Timmy Turner's dad!
      Timmy's Dad: Hey, that's me!
    • The above example is a played-with variation. Timmy was going to say "Ladies and Gentlemen", but since his dad was the only gentleman in the room, he had to address him by "name". Another instance occurs earlier in the episode, when after watching a news report about Chip's fans rioting in his absence, Timmy says "I've gotta get Chip to the concert before all those women—and my Dad—tear the town apart!"
    • In another episode:
      Timmy: Everyone I know and love (and Mr. Crocker) are headed...!
    • In "Timmy's Secret Wish", Timmy risked his life to save other characters. A member of the Fairy Council described them as Timmy's friends and Foop. (Crocker and Dark Laser were among the 'friends')
    • Jorgen inverted it twice with "The reunion with the weakling fairies, AND ME, is going to begin." and in "Abracatastrophe": "This emergency meeting of every puny fairy in the universe, AND ME, will now come to order!"
  • Chowder:
    • In the episode "A Taste of Marzipan":
      Mung: You see, Chowder, there is enough room in this festival for two good chefs...and Endive.
    • Mung can't resist this trope, it seems. He also did the more obvious variant:
      Mung: Ladies and gentlemen! ...And Endive.
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Jimmy pulls this: "Ladies and Gentlemen!...And Cindy."
    • When the group gets superpowers, Sheen decides to name their group the Fantastic League of Justice-Bringing Avenging Men. Libby objects, prompting Sheen to append, "And two girls!" Thereafter, whenever Sheen mentions the teams, it's the Fantastic League of Justice-Bringing Avenging Men and Two Girls. (Everyone else calls them the N Men.)
    • In the episode where Jimmy makes his whole class sick Miss Fowl had this to say
      Miss Fowl: I miss them all so much! (sobs) EXCEPT SHEEN!
    • And again in "Jimmy Neutron for President"
      Miss Fowl: So our candidates are Jimmy, SHEEN, Libby and the boy with the funny name!
  • In Horrid Henry, Horrid Henry and the Lost Dog, Peter finds a dog's hair and analyses in his "lab", where he finds that it isn't a human hair, "and it isn't one of Henry's either".
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, "It's three on three plus Sokka." Due to Sokka being a warrior, but not a Bender.
    • Since 2 of the 3 opponents weren't Benders either, that was still quite Zoidbergish.
    • The Avatar Extras re-airings get into it too. At the end of "The Chase," when the Gaang plus Zuko attack Azula, it notes this is the first time in the series all four elements are seen attacking at once. Plus Sokka.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • In one episode:
      Buster Bunny: Ladies and gentlemen...
      Montana Max: [in audience] BOOOOOO! BOOOOOOOO!
      Buster Bunny: ...and Monty.
      • Monty's butler, Grovely manages to use the same wisecrack in another episode, somehow managing to avoid Monty's wrath.
    • In the same episode, Bugs Bunny addresses the group of veteran cartoon characters:
      Bugs Bunny: Distinguished friends, honored colleagues, beloved cartoon-stars...and uh, you too Daffy.
      Daffy Duck: ...Oh, har har, it is to laugh.
  • There's a Swedish cartoon centered around this, called The Three Friends and Jerry. Lampshaded in a short segment where Jerry asks "Why can't it be 'The Four Friends'? I'm a friend!" Only for Thomas to reply, "Just be glad your name is in the title!" To which Jerry protests, "But why single me out like that?"
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man: "Now gentlemen...and Rhino..."
  • King of the Hill:
    • They used this trope at least once.
      Hank: Hey guys...and Kahn.
      Kahn: Hello!
    • Dale does it in "The Honeymooners" episode.
      Hank You guys don't have to come.
      Dale Of course we're coming. We're the three amigos! ...And Bill.
  • A visual variant on the same style gag is done in, of all places, the darkest episode of Danny Phantom, "The Ultimate Enemy". In a Crapsack World future, Jack, Maddie, Jazz, Tucker, Sam, and Mr. Lancer are dead. The first five get a statue that says "Gone, but Not Forgotten". The last? Just plain "Gone".
  • In the last episode of American Dragon: Jake Long, the presence of Jake's father gives Grandpa pause when he greets the family.
    Grandpa: Welcome to Hong Kong, beloved family and...daughter's husband.
  • In the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode "Bloo Done It", Uncle Pockets says - in his song - that he loves everyone... except for Gary. But after he repeats it, he jovially adds, "Just kidding!"
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • From the episode "What Do It Do?":
      Phineas: Friends, bullies, Irving...
    • In "The Lizard Whisperer", during Ferb's speech to motivate Phineas and Isabella:
      Ferb: And we few, we happy few, we small band of brothers—and girl from across the street—
    • In Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel:
      Phineas: Gentlemen...and Hulk, Welcome to S.H.E.D.
  • As Told by Ginger:
    Mrs. Gordon: Ladies. Gentlemen. Hoodsey.
  • Hey Arnold!, from the episode "Wheezin' Ed."
    Sid: AAAAAAAH!! It's Wheezin' Ed! And...and some other guy!
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: "Friends...relations...whatever the hell Meatwad is..."
  • Teen Titans:
    Cyborg: Ladies and Gentlemen...and whatever Beast Boy is...
  • In the Timon & Pumbaa episode "The Laughing Hyenas: TV Dinner", this is done visually. Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed sit in directors chairs. Shenzi has the megaphone of Director 1, Banzai has the megaphone of Director 2, but Ed has a megaphone labeled simply Ed.
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, when Hey Nanny Nanny arrives to put Mandy in her place, Grim says the following.
    Grim: She travels all over the world...and Burbank...
  • From Xiaolin Showdown:
    Omi: Xiaolin Warriors, double your efforts! Raimundo, triple yours.
  • American Dad!: Klaus the fish is often a victim of this, such as after Francine comes home to the aftermath of a house fire:
    Francine: Is everyone okay? Steve? Hayley? Roger?
    Stan: Everyone's fine.
    Francine: [sees Klaus glaring at her] Oh, and... and Klaus. Is Klaus okay? He's the only one I really care about.
    Klaus: Too late, Francine. Too fucking late.
    • In "It's Good to be the Queen," Stan is mentioning all the great things that he has in his life, and mentions "a great kid, another kid..."
  • Pinky and the Brain: "Actually, we're two genetically-altered lab mice dressed as wallpaper hangers in an attempt to Take Over the World! Oh, and he's Larry."
    Larry: Hi there!
  • A variant occurs in Kim Possible: So The Drama, wherein Kim responds to being asked if it's guy trouble, "It's not a guy, it's Ron."
  • From Total Drama Revenge of the Island:
    Brick: Men, and Dawn...
    • Later in the season, when Chris dissolves the teams, he says that it'll now be "every man, woman and Cameron for himself."
    • In an earlier season:
    Owen: (talking about the other contestants) Duncan and Harold and Lindsay and Beth are my friends! Oh... and Courtney's okay, I guess.
  • On Family Guy one episode's opening is done in the style of Superfriends with the cast of the Griffins playing as each superhero. Each one gets introduced...and Meg.
  • Dan Vs.: "Good news friends ... and Elise."
  • In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) episode "Metalhead", Donatello says "Gentlemen, and Raphael" before unveiling the eponymous attack drone. Raph is not amused by this, but Mikey seems to be.
  • Gravity Falls: In one episode, Grunkle Stan addresses his staff as "Party people... and Dipper."
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Daphne's father delivers one when he is hosting a dinner for a visiting Chinese delegate in "The Dragon's Secret":
    "Mr. Wang, friends... Fred".
  • South Park:
    • Cartman is a frequent target of this. For example, in one early episode Kyle comments that he thinks of the group as his family—"except for Cartman."
    • In one episode, the boys download music illegally and are taken to the police station for it. When the chief talks to them about their crime, he mentions they downloaded hundreds of songs from famous bands and artists... and Judas Priest.
    • Weirdly inverted in the "Coon and Friends" Trilogy, when the superhero team continues to use Cartman's egocentric name even after they kick him out. Mysterion notes that it "pisses him off beyond belief (giggles) and I find that extremely funny."
  • Generator Rex: Rex delivers one regarding his Rogues Gallery in "Enemies Mine":
    Rex: My four worst enemies are still on the loose! Well, my three worst enemies and Valve.
  • The intro for Taz-Mania lists every member of the regular cast before tossing in at the end "...Oh yeah, don't forget Taz."
  • When Ultimate Spider-Man guest stars on Avengers, Assemble!, he says that he leads a team of heroes... and Nova.
  • Done in the theme song for Archie's Weird Mysteries.
    Archie, Reggie, Veronica, Betty! Jughead, too!
  • In "This Is Actually My Party" from Charlie and Lola, Charlie says that all of his friends are invited to his birthday party, and Lola. Which comes across as a bit odd since the two are generally pretty friendly.
  • Ready Jet Go!:
    • In "Commander Cressida Begins", after Mindy and Sydney ask Celery to take them to space, Celery exclaims "Girls trip!". After Sunspot gets annoyed, Celery changes it to "Girls and Sunspot trip!"
    • In "Freebird", the snow geese are collectively referred to as "The Hanks and Cynthia".
  • In the series The Loud House, there are 11 children of Lynn Sr. and Rita Loud who form the core characters of the series. Only one of them, Lincoln, is male - the rest are female.

    Real Life 
  • At the 2008 Discworld convention, the convention chairman made a speech beginning: "My lord Patrician. Honoured Guild leaders. Ladies and gentlemen. Members of the Watch. Nobby. And Bernard Pearson."
  • A few stock jokes:
    • "Three musicians and a drummer"
    • "Three men and a tenor"
    • "Three reporters and the gentleman from the Times".
    • The last one nowadays would either be "Three reporters and that guy from Fox News" or "Three reporters and that guy from CNN".
  • Frequently used when writing the Acknowledgments section of a doctoral thesis, as you will probably have to thank several people for political reasons, even if they don't actually merit mentioning. "I'd like to thank everybody who contributed to this project, and also this pet student my professor has". In extreme cases, your advisor is Zoidberg!
  • Before he became a senator, Al Franken performed at a Clear Channel pro-Iraq War rally. (He admits it's not his proudest moment, since he was against the Iraq War, just as he is now.) He opened with: "Ladies, Gentlemen, SportsRadio 640 WGST contest winners, and Lee Greenwood..." This incident is referenced in his book, Lies and The Lying Liars Who Tell Them.
  • One of Neil Gaiman's earlier books, Ghastly Beyond Belief (co-written with Kim Newman) is dedicated "To all intelligent lifeforms everywhere...and to my sister Claire."
  • Doug Demuro, Jalopnik columnist, invoked this trope with the passage: "For proof, I start with my own experience owning German cars. I've owned eight, in total: one from every important German automaker, and also Volkswagen. And they were all complete pieces of crap."
  • At the 2006 Academy Awards, Jon Stewart (who was hosting) opened with "Good evening everybody, ladies, gentlemen...Felicity." (Felicity Huffman, who was nominated for playing a trans woman in Transamerica.)
  • The solar system consists of eight planets... and Pluto, which along with other bodies is a dwarf planet.
  • From a community-driven appliance drive: "We accept all appliances...and microwaves."
  • Any speech that opens in the style of "Friends, Romans, countrymen..." risks sounding like this, especially if the listener perversely insists on interpreting the list as non-intersecting groups. The U.S. President's annual State of the Union address traditionally begins with something along the lines of "Ladies, gentlemen, members of Congress, distinguished guests..." In England, the proper way to greet a crowd is "Ladies, gentlemen, and officers of the Royal Navy", due to a decree by Queen Victoria stating that officers of the Royal Navy are not considered gentlemen.
  • In Argentina, after a train accident, this immortal line was given: "Murieron tres personas y un boliviano.", or if you prefer: "Casualties are three persons and a Bolivian.", you can just get yourself an idea of how racist our country is from that alone. And it still managed to be darkly hilarious.
  • A probably unintentional one, Creative Commons licenses have versions readable by "humans", "machines" and "lawyers".
  • Can't we just say everyone and Linda?
  • This sign.
  • This billboard.
  • Due to the Cold War, in a number of historical and fictional works about World War II, the Western Allied Powers are often shorted to simply Allied Powers, although the latter also included the Soviet Union and its allies (such as Polish Armia Ludowa). "Allied Powers... and the Soviet Union" sounds just like the trope.
  • When Khrushchev came to power in USSR, the opposition in Central Committee was labeled "factionary anti-party group which included Molotov, Kaganovich [...] and Shepilov who adjoined them", mostly to "discount" at least one — 8 members of the Communist Party top rung in "anti-party group" was too much. "Shepilov" immediately became memetic alias for any extra joining an established group, and it has become a joke that the longest last name in Russia is Andshepilovwhoadjoinedthem. Shepilov even wrote memoirs later, titled "The Unadjoined".
  • As of the 2015 Canadian federal election, the House of Commons consists of 184 Liberal MPs, 99 Conservative MPs, 44 New Democratic Party MPs, 10 Bloc Québécois MPs, and Elizabeth May.note 
  • Steve Coogan in this Guardian article about Top Gear:
    "I've been fortunate enough to work with the likes of Peter Baynham, Armando Iannucci, Chris Morris, Simon Pegg, Julia Davis, Caroline Aherne, Ruth Jones, and the Mighty Boosh some of the funniest and most innovative people in British comedy. And Rob Brydon too."
  • During the January 18th Internet blackout protest, Gawker had a headline of "Today, some of the best websites on the internet — and Reddit — are blacked out to protest SOPA."
  • The G8 is often referred to by the press as "The 7 most developed countries... and Russia." note 
  • An intentional one: Canada and Quebec pension plan
  • The full name of the UK can come across like this: The United Kingdom of Great Britainnote  and Northern Ireland.
  • Rice University has a residential college system. When Martel was built, it was founded as a dormitory instead of a college, receiving 60 freshmen from the other colleges. The other colleges then decided to agree that Martel doesn't properly qualify as a college. Although Duncan and McMurtry have been built since then and are considered colleges, the running joke that "Martel is not a college" still remains, making common such statements as, "Remember, there are nine other colleges and Martel."
  • In the state of Georgia, Dade County, located in the extreme northwestern corner of the state. Until 1939, there was no access road to Dade County from the rest of the state, meaning one had to drive through Alabama or Tennessee to get to Dade County. More controversially, Dade County was omitted from the state outline on the Georgia State Quarternote 
  • The "Lady Gaga Daily" Twitter feed reported on 12/4/12 that: "Lady Gaga is up against many talented artists and Nicki Minaj for three 2012 World Music Awards."
  • The Latin conjunction nec non meaning "and besides/in addition" describing this situation without any specific connotation.
  • It's rather common to hear U.S. media say something along the lines of "X states and the District of Columbia", due to D.C.'s weird status in regards to statehood - officially it's not a state and so only gets one non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives and nothing at all in the Senate, but unlike US territories such as Puerto Rico and American Samoa (who get similar arrangements in Congress) the District is granted three electoral votes in the Electoral College (and this required the 23rd Amendment to be passed in 1961).
  • Played for laughs in the Giant Bomb video game community. At first, it used to be Jeff, Ryan, Vinny, and Brad Shoemaker, mainly because Brad was known for playing pretty bad during video game quick looks, much to the entertainment of the community. A saying was even coined called "Pulling a Brad," as well as jokes about Brad getting fired and leaving the website. However, in recent years, Brad Shoemaker became decent enough to show off games properly during quick looks, to the point where the Butt-Monkey effect wore off and "Team Brad" replaced it. Now Patrick Klepek is considered the "and" guy among the Giant Bomb cast, especially after his controversial articles about sexism in the video game industry, among other things that upset the community: a community that's used to jokes and sarcasm from the main staff, not serious articles about discrimination. He's also been included in almost every quick look since he joined the video game website.
  • A common joke: Members of the Ivy League and Brown.
  • In South America, Suriname (a former Dutch colony), Guyana (former British colony) and French Guiana (still a part of France) are often forgotten amidst 10 former Portuguese and Spanish colonies. Especially so in football (soccer)—these are the only three South American countries that are not members of CONMEBOL, which governs the sport in South America. They're instead members of CONCACAF, the continental governing body for the rest of the Americas and the Caribbean.
  • The Times of London website has a UK News tab, containing such topics as Media News, Crime, Law, and Scotland.
  • This quote from Orthodox Rabbi Yosef Edelstein concerning the morality of the death penalty.
    I think it's clear that with regard to Jewish jurisprudence, the capital punishment outlined by the Written and Oral Torah, and as carried out by the greatest Sages from among our people ... did not remotely resemble the death penalty in modern America (or Texas).
  • From the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner:
    George Bush: I believe we're an America that should come together: Democrat, and Republican, and John McCain.
  • Inverted by Rachel Maddow, who once described Fox News as "a full employment program for Republican politicians and their patrons, plus a couple of journalists named Shep Smith and Greta van Susteren." Smith is widely acknowledged by the mainstream media as the Only Sane Man of Fox News who refuses to go along with his more partisan colleagues' blatant biases, and van Susteren is actually a good friend of Maddow's who has earned respect for her reporting from many in the profession. The obvious implication, of course, was that no one else employed by Fox qualified as a real journalist.
  • The megaregion of Southern California (that's with a capital "S") includes every county south of San Luis Obispo County, except Imperial County.note  Hence, in order to describe the entire geographical region, it's sometimes referred to as "Southern California and Imperial County" or something synonymous. The reason is that Imperial County's population is an order of magnitude smaller than any of the other countries included within the megaregion, or in the case of Los Angeles, two orders of magnitude smaller. And just like Zoidberg, most natives can remember the other counties but forget that Imperial exists.
  • At the end of The Napoleonic Wars, the victorious nations met in Paris for discussions, by the behest of Great Britain. The nations were the UK, Russia, Austria... and Sweden (justified because Sweden had pissed off the English all spring with their constant hammering on the Norway question).
  • When the US Constitution was ratified, Alexander Hamilton was part of the New York delegation; however, he'd been saddled with two other New York delegates who opposed ratification and who ended up walking out. Unwilling to pass up the opportunity to put his name to the historic document, Hamilton - despite having no authority to do so - signed anyway, leading Washington to dryly note in his private journal that the Constitution was ratified by "11 states and Colonel Hamilton."
  • Several magazines and websites previewing The Defenders (2017) used the joke of "your favorite Marvel Netflix show heroes. And Iron Fist."
  • Analgesic drugs: opioids, non-steroid anti-inflammatories... and paracetamol.
  • The Washington Post ran a story in February 2016 entitled , "Merkelnote  meets Amal Clooney and her husband to discuss refugees". Said unnamed husband is a somewhat famous guy by the name of George Clooney .
  • In Germany, you have the political party CDU, which stands up for "Christian Democrats in Germany... and Bavaria." Justified though, since Bavaria has a different sister-party called the CSU, and the CDU has no actual power there.
  • Back when the newspaper The Times (of London) was considered the best of the best of English journalism, a common joke was to describe the press gallery with the line "three reporters and a gentleman from The Times." This is a rare case of the trope being used as a compliment.
  • As of July 4, 2019, the US House of Representatives consists of Republicans, Democrats... and Justin Amash.note 
  • Happens when the (self-professed) Masters of (20th Century) Science Fiction are mentioned. Everyone seems to be able to remember Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein. No one ever seems to remember the fourth. note 


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