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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 a "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 
  • 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.
  • 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 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."
  • The dub of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt gives us this little gem:
    Garterbelt: Ladies and Panty...
  • 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".
    • At the beginning of the Zou arc, one half of the Straw Hat Pirates are looking for the other half (having been separated earlier during the events of Dressrosa) and upon finding their Cool Ship, Luffy starts calling out their names ("Sanjiii! Namiii! Chopper! Broook! Momoooo!") before remembering there was another. ("...And that gassy guy.") This is justified since the guy in question, Caesar Clown, is actually the Straw Hats' prisoner, so Luffy can't be bothered to think of him.
  • 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.

    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..."
  • 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.
    • Another example, when Archie's superhero persona Captain Pureheart meets Dr. Detest:
      Pureheart: He's contaminating all my good friends! Also Reggie!
    • A visual variant is with ever-suffering Principal Weatherbee and his file cabinets: students' files are all neatly arranged and alphabetized, but there's an entire cabinet dedicated to Archie alone.
  • PS238:
    Tyler: He says if he sees me at school again, he'll splat my friends. Oh, and Zodon, too.
  • 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.
    Ultraman: 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.

    Comic Strips 

    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.)"
  • 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.
  • 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
    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—
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Naruto: The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show, Naruto 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: We have some of the smartest witches and wizards in the country here, and Severus, so surely we can do something?
  • The Smurfs That Canon Forgot: During their first holiday spent without the missing smurfs, the villagers share poetry and stories about their absent friends. It's only as the night is winding down that one of them abruptly remembers Brainy.

    Films — Animation 
  • 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!

    Films — 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."
  • 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 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).
  • 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. This matches the common parlance and was probably not intended to be a slight, as PBS does work a bit differently from the three commercial broadcast networks.
  • 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 accidentally 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."
  • Discworld:
    • 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] the whole 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".
  • Ciaphas Cain does this to 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.
  • Isaac Asimov's Opus 100: Dr Asimov describes his relationship with publishers as wonderful, except for Gnome Press. He was very happy when Doubleday obtained their publishing licenses and began reprinting the four books Gnome Press had owned. These four books were I, Robot and The Foundation Trilogy.

    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 Three 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 Dorothy," 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: 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.
  • 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.
    • 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 episode.note 
  • A relatively serious case from The Bill, in the wake of the 2005 Sun Hill Fire, Inspector Gold asks the team to raise their glasses to the victims, "Ken and Marilyn. Good colleagues, and good friends. And Andrea as well." For context, PC Andrea Dunbar had been exposed as an undercover journalist right before the fire, which had torpedoed a rape trial.
  • 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..."
    • 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."
  • In Crisis on Earth-X, after the first encounter with their Alternate Universe doppelgängers, the team is trying to find out how to get information on where these attackers came from and who they are. Barry reassures the team that they'll figure it out due to having a team full of smart people... and Rory.
  • During the Dean Martin Roast of Michael Landon, Lorne Greene delivered the following line: "Ladies, gentlemen...and Don Rickles..."
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show: 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!"
  • In the Doctor Who episode "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.
  • 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 Thanksgiving:
      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 
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • On Pawn Stars, Rick Harrison stated he was throwing a party in honor of his best employees, and Chumlee.
  • Pixelface: Romford gets one in "HAL":
    Romford: Tempting, but I'm going to have to go with saving my friends. And Aethelwynne.
  • Reba:
    • Brock, upon walking into Cheyenne's baby shower, says: "Look at all these beautiful women. (Looks at Lori Ann) You must be security."
    • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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?
  • 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..."
  • 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."
  • Zondag Met Lubach made a satirical video where Trump gave the viewers a tour through the White House. When he showed his photos he said the following line:
    Trump: Photos of my loved ones. And Melania.

  • 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?"
    • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 it's 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.
  • 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".
  • 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
  • Friday: When Rebecca Black says "my friend is by my right," she's sitting between two girls.

    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, 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.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • "Sports and pro wrestling." 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.
  • 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"
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Utilized by Chris Jericho during one of his feuds with Stephanie McMahon.
    Jericho: And as far as your husband goes, he's been gone for such a long time and I know how lonely you must be. I mean, I know that you've been forced to form a private alliance of your own with 3/4 of the superstars in that locker room.....and the lighting crew.....and the camera crew....and the sound technicians....and the stage hands....and the prop guys...and the merchandise sellers... and the popcorn vendor in the 15th row. CONGRATULATIONS, LOUIE!

    Puppet Shows 
  • Dinosaurs:
    Earl: Hello family... and Ethyl.
  • 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."
  • Bleak Expectations: In the opening episode of series 5, Lord Clampvulture makes a toast to the finest minds in Europe... and Harry Biscuit. Harry, being Harry, thinks he's just getting a name check.


  • During 2019 FormulaOne season, Romain Grosjean and George Russell had a crash at Singapore. They had an off-screen talk to end grudge. Next week, they shared the plane to Russian race, and posted the same picture on Instagram, Zoidberginq each other georgerussell63 To Sochi with friends... and Romain grosjeanromain Flying to Russia with friends and Georges 😉😂 (we are good, no boxing gloves needed)
  • 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."
    • 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 Sportsnote , 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 footballnote  or soccernote 
    • Conn Smythe began many a public speech with, "Ladies, gentlemen... and Frenchmen." Or some variant.
  • 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.


    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 an insult, however, as Helga seems much cheerier after the addendum. 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. 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."
  • 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!
  • 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. (It may imply 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 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 Undertale, encounters involving Jerry introduce him separately from the other monsters, usually with a dismissive statement like "Jerry came too."
    • Lesser Dog is the only member of the Snowdin Canine Unit who is fought as a random encounter rather than as a miniboss like the other members. It also plays poker against itself at Grillby's rather than join in with the other dogs, and is still inside during the Playable Epilogue while the others are outside.
  • 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.
  • Namco High: If you talk to Anti-Bravoman, he states the poetry club is full of nice people... and him.

    Web Animation 
  • History Matters: Whenever the Treaty of Versailles is mentioned, the treaty always says "The Winners (and Belgium)."
  • 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!
    • After a fight with RWBY in "Painting the Town...", even Roman gets in on the act:
      Roman: Ladies... Ice Queen...
      Weiss: Hey!
  • 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.
  • Minilife TV: In "Spirit in the Sky":
    Snowball: Wait, you have to open up the mall! Our friends are in there!
    Archie: *beeps*
    Snowball: Right, and a man named Wilkins.

    Web Comics 
  • 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..." (Though that might be him not knowing what gender Marluxia is.)
  • 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 gets this treatment from 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.
  • 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: "Dear friends (and Malène)..."
  • 8-Bit Theater: "The Fighting Fighters, Also Bikke." Seen here
  • Brawl in the Family gives us an example in this strip:
    Kirby: Best of friends on an adventure! Also Meta Knight
  • 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)".
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: At some point, Onni calls the group formed by the main members of the cast "the flock of clowns... and Lalli". Lalli is Onni's younger cousin, whom he pretty much raised.

    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!?!
    • 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.
    • Sort of inverted in "Less Than Hero", insulting Fry. The New Justice Team theme song names Super King and Clobberella, but Captain Yesterday (Fry) falls under "all the rest" despite being the only other member.
    • Used in "Zapp Dingbat"
      Zapp: Honored guests... and Kif.
    • Inverted in "Bender's Big Score":
      Lars: Hello to everyone who isn't Leela. And a very special hello to everyone else.
    • From "Anthology of Interest II":
      (Winged monkeys Walt, Larry and Igner swoop down and grab Leela, Fry and Bender, leaving Zoidberg alone.)
      Zoidberg: (indignant) What, do I smell or something? (smells own armpit) Awwwww.
    • Inverted in Zoidberg's favor with the Robot Santa Claus, who was designed to give presents to the nice and punish the naughty. However, a programming error rendered his standards too high and leads him to pretty much just try to murder everyone... except for Zoidberg, the only one who somehow met those absurdly high standards.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Deep Space Homer" includes this, when a NASA guy starts a press conference with: "Ladies and gentlemen and members of the press..."
    • Justified in "Margical History Tour", when the story of Lewis and Clark is retold with Lenny and Carl, which leads to an unavoidable contradiction.
      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!
    • 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. "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.
  • 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 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".
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • "It's three on three-plus-Sokka." Sokka's not a bender... but neither are two of the opponents.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!:
  • 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."
  • Total Drama:
    • 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."
  • 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":
    Daphne's father: 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.
  • 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.
  • When Ultimate Spider-Man guest stars on Avengers, Assemble!, he says that he leads a team of heroes... and Nova.
  • 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 Owl House episode "Really Small Problems" has Gus refer to him, Luz, Willow and King as "my best friends... and King"note  while they were fighting for their lives in a mini circus.
  • The Bad Future in the Danny Phantom special The Ultimate Enemy is kicked off when Jack, Maddie, Jazz, Sam, Tucker, and Mr. Lancer are killed in an explosion. The first five are honored with a statue inscribed "Gone but not forgotten." The last one gets a statue to himself, simply inscribed "Gone."

    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.)
  • 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 the 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: "[Population] 451 + Dennis"
  • This billboard: "Why leave a city that has six proffessional sports teams, and also the Mets?"
  • 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—eight 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."
  • 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."
  • 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).
  • A common joke: Members of the Ivy League and Brown.
  • 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.note 
  • 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.
  • 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.note 
  • 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.


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