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Someone is given an option he doesn't like, and promptly rejects it. The person who made the suggestion returns with something far worse (or at least far less likeable), and On Second Thought, the first suggestion was just fine.

Summed up well by the following joke:

Genie: I will grant you one wish.
Guy: Well, I've always wanted to go to Hawaii, but I'm afraid of flying and boats make me seasick. I wish there was a bridge to Hawaii so that I can just drive there.
Genie: I'm sorry, but that's way too hard for me to do. Think of something else.
Guy: Oh, that's too bad. Well, in that case, I wish I could understand women.
Genie: ...You want two lanes or four?

A subtrope of Immediate Self-Contradiction. Often the former request will end up Off the Table. Compare Would Rather Suffer, So You Were Saying...? and Anything but That!.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Death Note:
    Light: Can you stop calling me Light?
    Misa: Then can I call you "Knight" instead of "Light"? Because you're my Knight in Shining Armor!
    Light: Light is fine.
  • In K-On!, Sawako uses her time before Houkago Tea Time's first show sewing stage costumes that she plans to have them wear, which Mio disapproves. Sawako then suggests Mio wear the more Shock Rock-oriented costume she used to wear in her old band, which Mio says makes the last costume look suddenly more appealing.
  • Early in My Hero Academia, when Midoriya and Uraraka are introducing themselves to each other, she calls him 'Deku', having heard Bakugo calling him that:
    Midoriya: Umm... my real name is "Izuku"... "Deku" is just Kacchan being a bully...
    Uraraka: Oh! Gotcha! Sorry! But "Deku", well... it just screams "Do your best"! I kinda like it.
    Midoriya: (his whole face bright red) HI, I'M DEKU!
  • Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead: When Shizuka meets Akira and Kencho while looking for a camper van, she says she has no intention of traveling with them because that would be too risky, until Akira reminds her that she just told them she doesn’t have a driver’s license and has no idea how to drive an actual car. She promptly readjusts her previous statement and says that traveling with them would be less risky than trying to drive herself.

    Comic Books 
  • In a Batman/Creeper team-up in The Brave and the Bold, Batman tells the Creeper "Don't call me 'Bats'." After the Creeper calls him "B.M." instead, he resignedly says, "Go back to 'Bats'."

    Comic Strips 
  • Phoebe and Her Unicorn opens with Marigold the unicorn offering Phoebe a wish for freeing her from gazing at her own reflection. After a number of ludicrous suggestions are shot down, Phoebe wishes that Marigold would become her best friend, to which Marigold sheepishly replies "Or maybe, um, some gold?"

    Fan Works 
  • Ashes of the Past: Briney is very dubious about the idea of setting sail when the barometer is dropping and the weather looks poor. Then Ash mentions that he has pokémon with Sunny Day.
    Briney: That'll do, cast off be in twenty minutes.
  • Child of the Storm has Fred and George remark on Harry and Carol's UST to Ron, stating that they're expecting a happy announcement any day now.
    Ron: Like a wedding?
    George: No, Ron, like a baby.
    Fred: Though, to be fair, that wouldn't be particularly surprising either.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act VI: In Act VI, after Kokoa flies into an Unstoppable Rage and tries to outright murder Sun for kissing Gin, Kurumu begins to say she can't believe that Kokoa would go that far... and immediately backpedals.
    Kurumu: I can't believe she tried to... well, actually I can believe it.
  • It Gets Worse: Taylor's power makes it so anything that threatens her safety and/or happiness will immediately suffer a stroke of bad luck. Director Piggot becomes Genre Savvy about it, to the point that the mere flicker of lights is enough to make her change course just before she decides something.
  • The Rigel Black Chronicles: Adrian Pucey's snake is frantically trying to escape from him and head for the giant platter of meat upstairs — until Harry tells it that the meat is for the basilisk, at which point it freezes and calmly returns to Adrian, not wanting to pick a fight with "the King".

    Films — Animation 
  • The LEGO Movie has Emmet and Wyldstyle try and sneak past some robot guards. Right as they're about to be caught, Emmet starts singing "Everything Is Awesome". Wyldstyle adamantly states she is not singing it, until the robots give her a Death Glare. She immediately sings it better than anybody in the entire film. It is revealed in the sequel she was part of the girl band who created the song.
  • In Tangled, Rapunzel gets everyone in a Bad Guy Bar to sing about their dreams. When they try to get Flynn to add his dream, he turns them down. After they all point their swords at him, he immediately joins in.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Godzilla Minus One. Akitsu, captain of the tiny minesweeper Shinsei Maru, proudly proclaims he will fight to stall Godzilla in spite of the fact he hates taking orders from the Japanese government, because "someone has to do it". Then he sees Godzilla for the first time destroying their partner minesweeper boat and killing everyone on board.
    Captain Akitsu: Okay, never mind!
  • Guyana: Crime of the Century: Played for Drama when a couple is talking during the night on their bed about whether or not it was a good idea to come to Johnsontown to live.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, when Ron breaks the Szalinskis' window:
    Russ: Look, we'll get it fixed, okay. We'll take it out of his allowance.
    Ron: What? My allowance? No way!
    Russ: Okay, we'll just have Dad pay for it, huh?
    Ron: We'll take it out of my allowance.
  • Evolution (2001): An alien bug has entered the body of Harry Block.
    Dr. Paulson: We might have to amputate.
    Harry Block: Whoa, Doc! Don't take the leg! Ira, don't let them take my leg.
    Dr. Paulson: It's headed for his testicles.
    Harry Block: [shocked look] Take it! Take it! Take the leg!
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail: King Arthur and his knights are excited about going to Camelot. The film cuts to the "Knights of the Round Table" musical number (a reference to the musical Camelot), after which it cuts back to Arthur:
    Arthur: On second thought, let's not go to Camelot. 'tis a silly place.
  • Star Wars:
    • The Phantom Menace:
      • Jar-Jar initially offers to show Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to the Gungan's capitol city, reasoning it's the safest place on Naboo, only to then remember the little detail of how he's been exiled on pain of pain if he ever returns.
      • After Anakin wins the Boonta Eve, Watto tries to back out of his deal with Qui-Gon to let the boy go, insisting that it wasn't a fair bet and that Qui-Gon somehow knew the outcome beforehand. He quickly clams up when Qui-Gon suggests taking it to the Hutts.
    • The Force Awakens: In the scene where Finn, Rey, and BB-8 are fleeing from the TIE-fighters' bombardment on Jakku, Finn suggests they use a spaceship (later revealed to be the Millenium Falcon). Rey dismisses this as "garbage", but the other ship they were heading to gets blown up.
      Rey: The garbage will do.
  • How the heroes convince the guard captain to give them the gate key in The Princess Bride:
    Westley: Give us the gate key.
    Yellin: I have no gate key.
    Inigo: Fezzik, tear his arms off.
    Yellin: Oh, you mean this gate key.

  • Ascendance of a Bookworm:
    • Aurelia, a bride from Ahrensbach, has several reasons to hide her face behind a thick veil, one of which becomes more prominent once she moves into Ehrenfest (she looks identical to a great aunt who started a huge political mess in Ehrenfest and still has portraits around). However, because of the tensions between the two duchies being quite bad as a baseline, she's intially in a Morton's Fork: be considered suspicious because she refuses to show her face, or make the reason she keeps it hidden publicly known, which would be almost as bad as the consequences of actually showing it. As she's considering a Take a Third Option via getting a new veil made with Ehrenfest fabric, Elvira remains convinced that Aurelia is overestimating the extent to which showing her face is a bad option. After seeing Aurelia's face for herself, Elvira tells her that she'll be happy to take her under her wing as soon as her new veil is finished.
    • While Rozemyne is learning how to make an engagement feystone, Hirschur insists upon making her come up with something else than a generic proposal, her reasons being a mix of Rozemyne being quite well-read and her already being betrothed. Rozemyne's attempts at coming up with a good line run into the clash between her values and that of the setting's noble society, resulting in Hirschur suddenly being perfectly fine with her using a generic proposal.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Lost:
    Hurley: Let me ask you something, Arnzt —
    Arzt: Arzt.
    Hurley: Arnzt.
    Arzt: No, not Arnzt. Arzt. A-R-Z-T. Arzt.
    Hurley: Sorry, man. Your name's hard to pronounce.
    Arzt: Oh, yeah? Well, I know a bunch of ninth graders who pronounce it just fine.
    Hurley: How about I just call you by your first name?
    Arzt: How about you don't?
    Hurley: Why not? I remember it from the plane's manifest. I think Leslie's a bitchin' name.
    Arzt: Arnzt is fine.
  • Cobra Kai: In "The Good, The Bad, and the Badass", Mitch, one of the kids who joined Johnny's new Eagle Fang dojo after being expelled from Cobra Kai by Kreese, expresses discomfort over the fact that Johnny still uses the same derogatory nickname he used for Mitch over in Cobra Kai.
    Johnny: Assface, you're next!
    Mitch: Does my nickname gotta carry over from the previous dojo?
    Johnny: You wanna be "Penis Breath"?
    Mitch: [beat] Assface is fine.
  • Desperate Housewives: In "Love is In the Air", Rex asks Bree to pick a "control word" for the sexual roleplay they're planning to do.
    Bree: Okay. So what's our control word?
    Rex: Well, lately I've been using "Philadelphia". What's wrong?
    Bree: Well it's just that my Aunt Fern lives in Philadelphia and I don't want to be thinking about her while I'm spanking you with a leather strap.
    Rex: Okay. Fine. You pick a control word.
    Bree: Um, how about "Boise"?
    Rex: "Boise"?
    Bree: What's the matter with "Boise"?
    Rex: We're going to be doing psychological role-playing here, Bree, and a funny word like "Boise" would ruin the mood. We need something that sounds serious.
    Bree: Hmmm. How about "Palestine"?
    Rex: "Boise" will be just fine.
  • Friends. Phoebe has suggested that they should have a cleansing ritual, to lose the curse of bad boyfriends:
    Phoebe: Okay. We can, um, we can burn the stuff they gave us.
    Rachel: Or?
    Phoebe: Or... or we can chant and dance around naked, you know, with sticks.
    Monica: Burning's good.
  • The Golden Girls:
    Stan: I have tickets to a Dodgers spring training game. Want to come?
    Dorothy: I can't think of anything I would rather do less.
    Stan: Want to go to bed with me?
    Dorothy: Take me out to the ball game.
  • The Daily Show: Baby New Year 2009 and Jon Stewart discuss the assault of Israel on Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
    Baby New Year 2009: Can't we talk about the lighter side of 2009? You know, celebrity pregnancies, sports predictions, stuff like that?
    Jon Stewart: Okay, I'll go with that. How are the Mets going to go this year?
    Baby New Year 2009: Oh. Uh... you know what, let's get back to Gaza.
  • Doctor Who: Subverted when the Doctor's companion actually prefers the second alternative to her Overly Long Name Romanadvoratrelundar, but he continues to use the first one anyway:
    The Doctor: I'll call you "Romana".
    Romana: I don't like "Romana".
    The Doctor: Well, it's either "Romana" or "Fred".
    Romana: Fine, call me "Fred".
    The Doctor: All right. Come on, Romana.
  • Seinfeld: In the final episode, NBC bigwigs have rekindled their interest in Jerry's pilot.
    Kimbrough: And Elaine! I wouldn't mind seeing something happening between those two!
    George: I tell you, I really don't think so-called 'relationship humor' is what this show is all about.
    Kimbrough: Or, we could not do the show altogether, how about that?
    George: Or we could get them together!
  • Angel:
    Angel: You're my secretary?
    Harmony: Hello! Assistant.
    Angel: Explain why I shouldn't kill you.
    Harmony: Secretary's fine.
  • Babylon 5: Londo is having to deal with a demon, sent by Technomages, messing with his computer, for attempting to record a meeting for his own gain.
    Vir: You could always... apologize.
    Londo: Apologize?! Hah!
    Computer: Congratulations! You are now the owner of 500,000 shares of Fireflies Incorporated.
    [lights go out in quarters]
    Londo: On the other hand....
  • The Big Bang Theory has Sheldon use a homemade virtual presence device (a TV screen on wheels) to knock on Penny's door and ask her to sing "Soft Kitty".
    Penny: Really? You want me to sing "Soft Kitty" to a computer monitor?
    Sheldon: Would you rather come over and sing it to me in person?
    Penny: [singing] Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur...
  • Yes, Minister, in the episode "Jobs for the Boys", has Sir Humphrey recommending Desmond Glazebrook to head a commission on government and industry as a payoff for saving a doomed project, while at the same time keeping the imminent failure of said project from Hacker, who thinks Glazebrook would do an awful job. When the truth comes out and Humphrey explains that the only way for Hacker to avoid having to resign is to get a carefully unnamed bank chairman to save the project in exchange for chairing the commission:
    Hacker: Better than that damn fool Desmond Glazebrook. Who is the chairman, anyway?
    Humphrey: Desmond Glazebrook.
    Hacker: ...Actually he's not a bad chap, really... yes, I've... changed my mind, I think he'll be excellent.
  • In an early episode of Mister Ed, Mr. Addison walks in and accidentally overhears Wilbur and Ed talking. Ed covers by claiming (from behind his back) that Wilbur is a ventriloquist:
    Addison: A ventriloquist! That is remarkable, you didn't even more a muscle!
    Wilbur: Mr. Addison, would you believe it if I were to tell you the horse actually talks?
    Addison: Why, of course not!
    Wilbur: I've been a ventriloquist for years.
  • Blake's 7. In "Weapon", the psychostrategist that Supreme Commander Servalan has employed to work out her Evil Plan flees on realising it's going to fail, leaving a video message for her.
    Carnell: Look at it this way, Supreme Commander, you haven't lost anything. Whereas I, well, I've lost my career, my position, the respect of my peers... Come to think of it, I haven't lost much, either.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • In "The Initiative," when Spike finds himself unable to bite or hurt Willow due to his new cerebral microchip, Willow gets a little too caught up in her understanding attitude towards Spike's "performance issues".
      Willow: Why don't we wait a half an hour and try again? [beat] Or... [smashes a lamp over Spike's head before making a break for it]
    • In "I Was Made to Love You," when Buffy returns from a party at the Bronze, Giles suggests he not watch Dawn alone anymore because he can't take much more exposure to the habits of a young teenager. Buffy remarks that her night didn't go so well either, since it consisted of watching a robot throw Spike out a window... and immediately backpedals, laughing at the memory.
      Buffy: [laughs] I'm sorry. I'm very, very sorry, but if it makes you feel any better, my "fun time Buffy party night" involved watching a robot throw Spike through a window, so if you wanna trade... No... Wait... I wouldn't give that memory up for anything.
  • In episode 56 of Mimpi Metropolitan, Pipin offers to take the bag that Bambang bought for Melani, saying that she likes it. One stern order from Melani later, Pipin gives the bag back to Bambang and says she no longer likes it.

  • The Unbelievable Truth: Sometimes panellists will buzz in when they think they've spotted a truth, then get nervous. However, buzzing in on a lie is forfeiture of a point, though sometimes for extra chain yanking it turns out they buzzed in and got cold feet on a truth.

    Video Games 
  • Horizon Zero Dawn: When Aloy first travels to Sunstone Rock, it is under attack by two Behemoths, leading to this exchange between two of the Carja guards:
    Guard 1: I don't like our chances!
    Guard 2: You want to tell Warden Janeva that we backed down?
    Guard 1: Let's take our chances!
  • In Yakuza: Like a Dragon, a substory involves Ichiban coming across a woman complaining to a cop about a man peeing into the river in Ichinjo. After picking the right guy out and then beating him up, he realizes he needs to take a leak. He's just about considering doing what he beat the guy up over before deciding to just go find a restroom instead.
  • Mortal Kombat X Pre-match exchanges:
    Kung Lao: I have no quarrel with you.
    Reptile: I will tear your flesh!
    Kung Lao: I now have a quarrel with you.

Bo' Rai Cho: My favorite pupil.
Kung Lao: I'll bet you tell Liu Kang the same thing.
Bo' Rai Cho: You're right, I take it back.

    Web Animation 
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • When O'Malley approaches Blue Team's base.
      O'Malley: It's quiet... too quiet.
      [a sniper round whizzes past his head]
      O'Malley: Now suddenly it's too loud! I preferred it when it was quiet.
    • Also, during the Blue Team's first surrender:
      Sarge: Alright, blues! First off, we want your flag...
      Simmons: Wait, wait, wait just a second. The last time we got the flag, the chick in the black armor showed up.
      Sarge: stay right where it is. Keep the flag.
  • RWBY; Weiss and Yang are set up to fight a team from Atlas. Before their opponents show up, they start discussing what they'll be up against:
    Yang: You're from Atlas. What can we expect?
    Weiss: Well, seeing as their kingdom, academy, and armed forces are all merged as one, I think we can expect strict, militant fighters with advanced technology, and carefully rehearsed strategy.
    Flynt (a guy dressed like a Jazz musician who uses a trumpet for a weapon) and Neon (a Cat Girl dressed for a roller derby/rave) show up
    Weiss: Or... whatever they are.

    Web Comics 
  • Corner Alley 13
    Noelle: So what is your name?
    Kh'ohl: Bat's clan Kh'ohl Kankaar Vree.
    Noelle: Ah! Cole!
    Kh'ohl: No, Kh'ohl. And don't use my first name.
    Noelle: Mr. Cancan-tree?
    Kh'ohl: ...Cole will do.
  • Circle Versus Square.
    King Pentagon: Come now, there is much to discuss between us two lords. Won't you join me for tea?
    Circle: Do I have a choice?
    King Pentagon: Of course! TEA or DEATH.
    Circle: And those are my only options?
    King Pentagon: Well, I suppose if you prefer we can have tea AND death.
    Circle: Just the tea, thank you.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Shortly before their first confrontation with the heroes, Xykon rehearses the Monster in the Darkness's big reveal.
      MitD: Order of the Stick! Your broken corpses will taste delicious lightly seasoned with nutmeg!
      Xykon: That's... that's what you are going with?
      MitD: What?
      Xykon: As your big line? As your first impression?
      MitD: It's not scary enough?
      Xykon: It's a little less scary, a little more... domestic.
      MitD: Oh, well, I had another idea, too.
      Xykon: Alright, well, it's got to be better than your first choice. Ahem. "Not when I have the power of THIS on my side!"
      MitD: Order of the Stick! I will bathe in your blood with lavender bath gel and a good loofa!
      Xykon: You know what? My bad. You stick with the first one.
    • When Roy discovers that the man presiding over their trial is a senile old man taking orders from his cat:
      Roy: We're not really going to have our fate decided by this guy, are we?
      Hinjo: Oh, no. Lord Shojo will be managing the trial, but he will not be rendering the verdict.
      Roy: Whew!
      Hinjo: For that, our clerics have summoned a being of pure Law and Good from the Upper Planes to render judgment.
      Being of Pure Law and Good: Vengeance shall be brought upon the guilty! There shall be no excuses! A cleansing fire will burn them!
      Roy: Yeah, y'know, on second thought, is it too late to go with the old guy and the cat?
    • A flashback shows a young Durkon visit his Honorary Uncle in hope to get the answer to a question to which his mother refuses to answer. His "uncle" panics and hopes he's not about to ask him about sex. Durkon, being a Someone to Remember Him By baby, asks him how his father died and how his mother lost her arm. His "uncle" immediately attempts to divert the conversation to sex, though Durkon isn't having it.
  • Used in Narbonic when Helen tells Dave they need to talk:
    Dave: Uh oh. Is this about the sentient meme that took over the net in Blue Sector and keeps threatening to vaporize us via spy satellite?
    Helen: No, it's not about the sentient meme! I didn't even know there was a sentient meme!
    Dave: Oh... good.
    Helen: On second thought, let's make this about the sentient meme.
  • Done in this strip of Freefall, when Mr. Kornada is reporting for his first day of community service in which he has to work in a minimum-wage job as a Burger Fool. Since he refuses to do any of the tasks assigned him he asks about a transfer but is told that the only other possible job he can have is working in a factory that manufactures chlorine trifluoride, a chemical compound used in rocket fuel and cleaning nuclear reactors and is so volatile it sets anything it touches on fire. Considering the ramifications of working with such a dangerous substance, Kornada asks his manager if he could go back to cleaning the bathroom.
  • In Misfile, Ashnote  could prep for a car-race during the day, but that would be irresponsible. On the other hand...
    Ash: Later. It's too dangerous during the day. Too many people around and too many cars in the lots. I'll have to burn some time.
    Emily: Well, I DID promise to take you shopping for some new bras.
    Ash: On second thought, I can probably dodge most of the cars, and if I only hit a few people maybe no one will notice...

    Web Videos 
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd, when cornered by Jason Voorhees.
    Nerd: Don't kill me!
    [Jason shows the Friday the 13th NES cartridge, silently telling him to play it]
    Nerd: ... Kill me!
    [wish not granted]
  • At one point in Freeman's Mind, after finally reaching the surface, Freeman adamantly refuses to take the ladder leading back underground. Then, as he's looking for another route, he takes two rounds from a sniper. He then decides that underground isn't so bad after all.
  • Ross's Game Dungeon describes The Chosen: Well of Souls as "the perfect game to play when you know you should be doing something else".
    Ross: Like, hey, have a school paper to work on, or have some chores to do, but you're stressed out and just want a quick break? Well, play The Chosen! You'll find yourself thinking, "Yeah... I should get back to work..."

    Western Animation 
  • Played with on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants:
    SpongeBob: This crowd looks angry. They're not going to wait any longer! I think I'd better give them what they need, and fast.
    Squidward: I think so too, or Krabs will fire both of us! [Beat] On second thought, keep them waiting.
  • The Simpsons, when Homer becomes the Grim Reaper in a Halloween episode:
    [Homer wakes up in the morning, puts on the Grim Reaper robe]
    Homer: All right, who am I giving the finger to today?
    [the name on the list is "Marge Simpson", his wife]
    Homer: No! Not that! Anything but that!
    [name on list changes to "Homer Simpson"]
    Homer: ...what was that first one again?
  • Futurama
    Zoidberg: So do your worst. Because no punishment could be worse than denying my freedom.
    Chief Justice: You are hereby sentenced to death.
    Zoidberg: Wait, let me finish!
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has this happen twice in "The Cave of Two Lovers".
  • In an episode of Camp Lazlo, a snake is loose in the camp and Lazlo, Clam and Patsy want Raj to come with them to find it, but he doesn't want to go.
    Patsy: Suit yourself, for all you know, he might still be in the cabin.
    [Raj is suddenly next to them]
    Raj: I have decided to join you.
  • Bojack Horseman:, BoJack has ended up in a conversation with his co-star about his past addiction to autoerotic asphyxiation, leading to:
    BoJack: Can we maybe talk about anything else?
    Corduroy Jackson-Jackson: Sure.
    BoJack: Thank God.
    Corduroy Jackson-Jackson: Hey, man, it's funny you should mention God, because my new thing is... the Bible. Tell me, have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal savior?
    BoJack: ...Sooooo, noose-wise, what are we talking? You use a standard sailor's knot or more like your average birthday-present bow?
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Look Before You Sleep", Applejack isn't very eager to spend a slumber party with Twilight and Rarity, making up excuses that she should go home. As she's heading out, however, the storm outside intensifies with a Dramatic Lightning Strike, and she's back to the same spot in a flash.
      Applejack: Oh hey, heh, would'ja look at the time. I gotta skidaddle on home quick. I'm powerful late for, uh, fer somethin'. Uh, g'night.
      [heads out; thunderstrike]
      Applejack: GAH! Or maybe I'll sit here for a spell.
    • "Magic Duel" opens with Trixie trying to buy a dangerous power-enhancing artifact from an curiosity shop, prompting this exchange.
      Shopkeeper: I'm afraid this is far too dangerous.
      [Trixie drops a bag of gold on the counter]
      Shopkeeper: ... Would you like that gift-wrapped?
  • Duck Dodgers: In "Duck Codgers", Dodgers and the Cadet get infected with an ailment that causes them to rapidly age, and the only cure is water from a spring located beneath the Martian Palace.
    Dodgers: T-The palace, with the guards, and the... zappy things that burn you like toast? [his hair starts turning gray] ...Set a course.
  • PAW Patrol: Sid Swashbuckle said it on his Debut episode after getting rescued by the PAW Patrol.
    Sid Swashbuckle: On second thought, I-I need my stuff! Let's go!
  • Aladdin: The Series: In "To Cure a Thief", when an angry Abu storms off after a fight with Aladdin, Jasmine suggests that Iago keep an eye on him.
    Iago: Sure! Like the bird has nothing better to do! [he notices Rajah smacking his lips and growling at him] Heh-heh, nothing good on tonight! I think I'll go monkey-watching! Oh, look, there's one now! [flies away]
  • At the end of the Danger Mouse episode "100 Million Years Lost," the narrator says this when Henry V gets carried away with his Battle of Agincourt Speech:
    Narrator: On second thought, here's the weather forecast.
  • Futurama: In "Bender's Game", just before the climax Fry is struggling to climb up a volcano. Zoidberg, who has been reduced to a waddling head, offers to help drag him via his tentacles... only to state they're his testicles. Fry suddenly decides maybe he can still walk after all.

    Real Life 
  • The Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa has the designation "SUX". When they petitioned the FAA for a new identifier, they got the options of GWU, GYO, GYT, SGV, and GAY. They elected to stay with SUX.


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