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- On the pilot episode of the short-lived MTV cartoon 3South, Cindy (Sanford's sister) visits her brother in his new dorm. Upon seeing Joe's skeleton for anatomy class, she yells, "What are you doing here? I thought I killed you!"
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius:
- At the beginning of "Lights, Camera, Danger", the main characters reminiscence about Jimmy's attempts at creative writing. When Sheen mentions Jimmy's opera, Flashback Effects are cued, then promptly stopped as the other characters do not want to go there.
- In "Operation: Rescue Jet Fusion", when Jimmy is called into the Principal's office (which was actually a fake message to get him called onto a secret mission), he wonders why he's being called in.Jimmy: Maybe he found out about my cafeteria food enhancer, or the recess extender, or that time I freeze-dried Coach Gruber.
- In "Granny Baby", Judy chides Jimmy about not performing experiments on his grandma, citing the time he made her magnetic. We see a flashback of her getting stuck against a bus as she was leaving, but no further details.
- In "Men at Work", Jimmy mentions that he keeps gold buried under his lawn in case Hugh gives all of the family's money to telemarketers again.
- In "The Incredible Shrinking Town", it is mentioned that Hugh got his head stuck in a trash compactor at least 19 times.
- Adventure Time:
- Finn and Jake seem to always be coming from or going to an adventure. The story sort of implies that they are constantly adventuring, whether or not the "camera" is following them. In fact, some episodes deal with the duo struggling with a situation that is preventing them from adventuring.
- Also, the origin of Finn's Auto-Tune voice.Jake: Hey, man, how do you sing like that?
Finn: Remember when I swallowed that little computer?
- Many noodle incidents, such as Marceline's dad stealing her fries, do eventually get explained by the time the show ends.
- In an Aladdin: The Series episode, Mad Scientist Mechanicles tricks Genie into a ship-in-a-bottle so he can trap him in it.Genie: I can't believe I fell for the old "ship-in-a-bottle" trick again!
- Also "It reminds me of the time we were stranded off the coast of Madagascar...
- From American Dad!:
- After a novelty-sized watch on a necklace protects his heart:Stan: For the second time in my life I've been saved by hip-hop... *Turns to the camera* But that's another story..."
- When Hayley returns from being sabotaged by Stan:[Hayley appears holding a bloody pickaxe, wearing torn clothing and a shackle on her ankle]
Stan: [gasp] You escaped the Pit of No Return?! How'd you get past my-
Hayley: They're all dead, Dad.
Stan: Even the younglings?
Hayley: I made you a wallet out of their hides.
- This is done again in the following episode when Hayley escapes being trapped in the basement:Hayley: Hello father! Wondering how I escaped from the basement?
Stan: No, not really.
Hayley: Oh. [beat] ...but it involved training rats.
- This is done again in the following episode when Hayley escapes being trapped in the basement:
- In the episode "Four Little Words", Stan recalls the four times Francine said "I told you so" to him via brief, inexplicable flashbacks. The first involves a double bus crashed into their garage and Stan dressed in a Queen's Guard uniform. The second involves their swimming pool on fire. The third involves Stan playing chess with a chicken (and losing). The fourth shows two guys hanging to death after trying out Stan's "Xtreme Bungee Xperience".
- When a future, cyborg version of Stan comes to the present to win back Francine, who is dead in his time, he comments that the last time he saw her was in the electric chair: "You were so tired... You had been running for so long..."
- In "Old Stan of the Mountain", Stan gets a curse placed on him when he insults an old person, turning him, into an old person himself. When he learns his lesson in the end, instead of turning back to normal, he becomes a black man.Hayley: Alright, Dad, think. What was the last interaction you had with a black person?
Stan: It was at the T-Mobile store and it was not positive.
- In the episode that deals with the onset of Steve's puberty and Stan and Francine's desperate attempts to avert it, we get this gem when Steve is confronting Francine at breakfast over turning him into a toddler:Steve: (pulling down his pants to reveal that he's lost his pubic hair) It's gone! My one man-hair is GONE!
Hayley: Can we have one family meal without someone flashing their genitalia?
- Granted, he flashes them once in the beginning to show off his one pubic hair as a sign of his hitting puberty, but they aren't eating at the time, so it's possible this behavior during meals is par the course for this family.
- Earlier in the same episode, Francine mentions that she's been to prison. For what, we don't know.
- After a novelty-sized watch on a necklace protects his heart:
- From the pilot: "After the lying, and the cheating, and that thing with the mayonnaise-"
- In "White Elephant", ISIS gets shut down by the FBI, which Mallory describes as her "second worst birthday ever":Archer: Wha- how is this better than your second fake fiftieth?
- "Legs":Pam: Just like Fourth of Ju-Luau!
Cheryl: Yeah, if you slid a pig under him.
- The premise of Atomic Puppet is based on one. All we know is that Captain Atomic was turned into a living sock puppet by his disgruntled ex-sidekick Mookie and then he met Joey Felt and teamed up with him when it turned out Joey could reactivate his former powers. Otherwise, the details are very vague ("It's a crazy story, really."); though it apparently involved Joey shaking hands with Captain Atomic.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- An example where the incident actually happens just off screen: Early on in the episode "The Warriors of Kyoshi" Katara runs off screen yelling "No, Appa! Don't eat that!" We never find out what exactly Appa was trying to eat and our only clue is the sound of trees being pulled up.
- The story behind the Zhang/Gan-Jin feud.
- The Blubber Incident that Hakoda and Bato thought up (mentioned in "Bato of the Water Tribe") that we never learn the particulars of.
- Hakoda and Bato apparently had several weird adventures together, none of which we hear much about except that they're supposedly much funnier now than they were at the time.
- We learn in "The Deserter" that Sokka once got two fishhooks stuck in his thumb because he tried to get the first fishhook out with another fishhook... but how did the first one get in there?
- Iroh's journey to the Spirit World. Though it is implied that he was trying to find Lu Ten to bring him back to life.
- According to Zuko, the Ember Island Players butchered Love Amongst the Dragons every year.
- In Ben 10: Alien Force, in the episodem "Fool's Gold," while explaining what happens when his species eats meat, Orb says, "ever wonder what happened to Mars? It used to be called The Popcorn Planet."
- In Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, it's never made clear what happened between Paradox and the Celestialsapiens. Whatever it was, it pissed off the entire Celestialsapien race so badly that they issued a restraining order against Paradox and killing him on sight is the one thing both split personalities of Ben's Celestialsapien form "Alien X" will immediately agree to do. To illustrate how significant this is, Alien X's personalities haven't even reached an agreement on whether or not to save the dinosaurs.
- In The Boondocks, Huey is uses this as a reason to not go to the movies with Riley and Granddad.Huey: I don't ever wanna go to the movies with you again. Not after what happened last time.
Granddad: What happened last time?
Huey: We got arrested... and shot at!
- Bump in the Night
- In "When the Music Starts", Mr. Bumpy sees that Squishington isn't in the mood to play in a band with him and their friend Molly Coddle. He asks Squishington if he is still mad about the time he put broccoli in his underwear.
- In "Made in Japan II", Molly Coddle strongly voices her disapproval of Bumpy giving a tour for Little Robot, bringing up that the last time he played tour guide, he caused the Lithuanian Fly Casting team to be deported and created an international scandal.Mr. Bumpy: Yeah, well I didn't know those flies were on the endangered species list
- Captain Planet and the Planeteers: In "The Conqueror", Gaia says that Zarm once was the Spirit of Earth, like herself, but "left in search of other worlds". We never find out what exactly happened that resulted in him leaving the Earth and seeking revenge on Gaia.
- In the unsuccessful pilot Captain Sturdy: Back in Action, it is mentioned that Captain Sturdy is still haunted by an incident where lives were lost because of a pair of super small size underwear being mysteriously labeled as size extra large.
- In the Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot episode Lazy Susan, one of the pictures of the Bears' previous picture day has Funshine pulling on the tail of a goat while the other bears are fleeing, then followed by another of him lounging at the beach, piña colada in one hand, with a rather happy looking goat. No context or explanation for the latter picture was given.
- There was this from an episode of Celebrity Deathmatch:Johnny Gomez: (picking up the phone) Hello, Deathmatch.
Nick Diamond: (quietly) If that's the ASPCA, I'm not here.
- Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers:
- When Monterrey Jack goes to see if Geegaw Hackwrench is in, he expresses mild concern that Geegaw might still be mad about... something that happened in Zanzibar involving cheese bread. The Zanzibar Incident is one of the series' biggest Canon Fodder supplies because of what little insight it gives the audience into Monty's past and that of Gadget's father.
- Monterrey Jack is full of these.Monty: This reminds me of the time I got shanghaied in Shanghai on a junk full of junk. I think that happened twice!
- In "Catteries Not Included", Monterrey Jack shows reluctance in getting in the Ranger Plane after "the last time".Gadget: Oh, Monty, how many times do you think the wings can fall off an airplane?
Monty: I dunno, you tell me.
- From Chowder: "That was the craziest episode we've ever had!" No, we didn't see it. In fact, that happened twice in the same episode.
- In "Sing Beans", Shnitzel tells an apparently dirty joke. The man said that the joke "involved a bucket of fish and a tiny sailor" and that's all we get to know. Also in that same episode, it was shown that an incident involving Tooty-Pooty Beans resulted in the gang being chased by an angry mob. Mung commented on how that day "began so hilarious yet ended very badly".
- Clerks: The Animated SeriesDante: Hey, it's Ted Danson.
Randal: It's payback time.
- Code Lyoko:
- Jim, the gym teacher, is a man of Noodle Incidents. He'll frequently exclaim, at some weird event, "Oh! This reminds me of the time I [some incredible activity or profession]!" Whenever one of the other characters asks him about it, though, he'll just reply with a mute, "I'd rather not talk about it." The show makes fun of this at one point when Odd guesses "But you'd rather not talk about it?" to which Jim replies "Actually, I'd love to! But I don't have time right now." Another occasion happens where Jim is about to talk about an event, but a downtrodden Odd says, "Maybe some other time." Confused, Jim says, "For once, I would've rather talked about it."
- Jim is actually the main focus of an episode titled "I'd Rather Not Talk About It" in which he actually does talk about it.
- In the flashback episode XANA Awakes, Jim (who is teaching a martial arts class) tells a rather embarassing and not-so-awesome story about fighting a beaver... at which point Ulrich takes a moment to poke fun at the Running Gag, saying, "Maybe you shouldn't talk about that one." Though by courtesy of the series' Reset Button, that incident is not the start of the gag.
- In one episode, Odd has been firmly ordered by Ulrich and Yumi never to mention "what happened at the swimming pool" (which may or may not refer to an incident seen on-screen), and by Jérémie and Aelita never to mention "what happened in the gym," which still remains a total mystery. The same episode includes the moniker "Big Fat Cheesehead", an unexplained "private joke" between Aelita and Jérémie.
- The only time Jérémie entered the virtual world (rather than being stuck as Mission Control Guy) was never shown, but was apparently very funny to everyone else.
- Codename: Kids Next Door:
- According to "Operation: F.O.U.N.T.A.I.N.", the one time Numbuh 5 let The Delightful Children From Down The Lane oppress a kid, they made Numbuh 1 bald. No one knows exactly how this happened.
- Whenever Numbuh 5 meets up with Heinrich Von Marzipan, such as when she tries to rescue a bunny from a chocolate volcano death sacrifice in a cage in "Operation: R.A.B.B.I.T.", he's bound to mention "that incident in Guatemala". That one was eventually explained in Heinrich's last appearance in the show in the episode "Operation: C.A.R.A.M.E.L. Turns out Numbuh 5 and he got enacted a ritual that turned a person's best quality into caramels. Heinrich's was that she valued her appearance but was turned into an ugly boy as a result. Heinrich got greedy with the candy and nearly ate them all while Numbuh 5 seemingly abandoned him, leaving him in his male state. He blamed her for the incident ever since. Turns out however Numbuh 5 was looking for a cure for the ritual and had managed to save the last of Heinrich's caramels, which was needed to reverse the curse.
- "Operation: A.W.A.R.D.S." has Numbuh One stressing to get the team to successfully pull off an upcoming mission to make up for an earlier failed mission, "Sector T is still trying to get that rubber cement out of their hair."
- In "Operation: L.I.C.O.R.I.C.E.", Numbuh 5 asks Stickybeard where Heinrich Von Marzipan is and Stickybeard replies that he's probably gotten in trouble with the Marshmallow Mayans again.
- The Critic:
- Jay mentions an ill-conceived canoe trip through hillbilly country.
- In A Day at the Races and a Night at the Opera, Jay worries that he'll fail as a father, "Just as I did as a husband, and a son, and a Navy SEAL, and an American Gladiator."
- In one episode, Jay mentions that he isn't much of a drinker, commenting that the last time he drank, he woke up in a petting zoo, and one of the goats was missing.
- On the Curious George TV show, George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are looking at an old photo album with a picture of the man as a boy in mismatched clothes:"And, uh, after that I decided to only wear yellow."
- There are several references in Danger Mouse to Fifi, who has some past connection to the White Wonder, but is never explained. Penfold tries to bring the subject up and DM always shushes him.
- Danny Phantom.
- "The Backwash Incident". Apparently it was bad enough that Vlad lists it as one of the three reasons he wants to make Jack die oh so very painfully. We learn later at the end what "The Backwash Incident" was when Danny gets backwashed by Jack.
- Also, from the same episode as the above, just as Maddie is about to walk out the door, this exchange with Jack occurs:Maddie: Please try not to trash the house while I'm gone.
Jack: (sighs) Suck the house into a parallel dimension ONE TIME, and you just can't let it go, can you?
- The season one episode of Daria entitled "The Big House" opens with Daria being dropped off at her house by a mystery car and sneaking back into the house. We never find out the identity of who was driving the car or where Daria had been.
- In "Pierce Me":Trent: Don't want to get [Jane] a CD, and I can't set foot in a bookstore. Don't ask me why, Daria, I just don't want to talk about it.
- In "Pierce Me":
- Darkwing Duck
- The "stupid ski accident" that put Darkwing Duck in a wheelchair. "Well, I told you things got rough at those ski shop sales. You're lucky only your legs were broken."
- Gosalyn's infamous pranks:Gosalyn: I don't know anything about a pig, and I was nowhere near the boys bathroom at the time!
Mrs. Cavanaugh: What pig?
Gosalyn: Dad's never grounded me without a reason before!
Honker: Gee, Gosalyn, maybe he found out about that sewer gas incident in the boys' locker room.
Gosalyn: Nah, it's too soon.
Honker: Um, the UFO hoax at the convent?
Gosalyn: No way, I wore gloves.
- In the DC Animated Universe, several things like this are tossed out every once in a while.
- You do not want to know why Batman needed to freeze the Gotham river and stop asking about the near-apocalypse of '09. Ironically, one Noodle Incident — a Future-Version Superman mentioning to Batman Beyond's Batman that the original Batman hated traveling through boom tubes — actually was shown in Justice League, where Batman (BATMAN!) appears ready to throw up after going through one.
- The best JLU Noodle Incident are the creatures from the Decoran Nebula that Wonder Woman insisted had their beatdown coming. Apparently they weren't misunderstood, they just thought we were food.
- In "Secret Society", Grodd shows Clayface one of Giganta's baby pictures, revealing that she was originally a native of Gorilla City, and also implying that he somehow made her human. He doesn't go into any further detail about it than that.
- The episode "The Greatest Story Never Told" is full of these. Since the story is from the POV of Booster Gold, who was not involved with the main fight with Mordru, we only catch insane clips of the fight while Booster evacuates people. We never learn why they needed Elongated Man ("Maybe they need a vase") or how he ended up stopping the Big Bad, nor do we get any details into the merging of Superman and Batman into one being (with Wonder Woman's voice) other than Batman giving a look of "You will never speak of this again."
- Another great one is in "The Great Brain Robbery" after Dr. Fate has gotten Flash's mind back in his own body.G.L.: It sounds like Wally, but is there any way to be sure?
Flash: You want proof? Until he went off into the Marines, G.L.'s nickname was—
G.L.: Stop! It's him. Man, you promised never to repeat that story!
- In the Static Shock episode "No Man's an Island" we learn Hotstreak doesn't like hospitals because he spent 2 years in the hospital when he was a kid. The audience never learns what happened to him to cause this.
- In "Injustice For All" Batman is captured and placed in a titanium restraint in which he can't so much as move his hands and without his utility belt. Naturally, by the end Batman breaks out and ambushes the Joker, explaining that he could have gotten out whenever he wanted, but as per this trope it's never explained just HOW he managed that.
- One mentioned in the Batman Beyond episode "Out of the Past" and the Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue" was an event called the "Near Apocalypse of '09". The only things known are that, as its name implies, it happened in 2009 and that prior to Beyond, it was the last time Bruce faced off against Ra's Al-Ghul.
- The Christmas Episode of Dexter's Laboratory sees Dexter trying to disprove the existence of Santa, who is very much real, in the process depriving him of his beard, wrecking their living room and tearing the roof off their house.Dexter: Well, I'm sorry I ruined Christmas again
- In episode five of Dilbert, Alice claims that her marriage was broken up by slurping coffee. She does not explain further, except to threaten that "if you do that again I'll throw that coffee on your face and you can slurp it through your pores."
- "That was one crazy Yom Kippur!" practically became Drawn Together's Catch-Phrase.
- Droids begins with Artoo and Threepio recently abandoned in the middle of nowhere. There's something about their former "master" leaving them, but who or what that master was is never explained.
- DuckTales (2017)
- In the first episode, when Scrooge and Donald starts arguing, Donald says it's the "Spear of Selene all over again", with Scrooge responding "I was not responsible for the Spear of Selene!" It's hinted that it was an adventure that involved Scrooge, Donald, and Donald's sister Della that went really south, leading to Scrooge and Donald's falling out. It's eventually revealed that the Spear of Selene was Della getting lost in space, which Donald blames Scrooge for, and Scrooge considers his greatest failure.
- In "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!", it's revealed Louie earned the Embarrassing Nickname "Captain Lost" after he got himself and his brothers really lost on one of their previous boating expeditions.
- In "The Impossible Summit of Mount Neverrest", it is mentioned that Santa Claus is not allowed in the McDuck household.Scrooge: He knows what he did.
- Glomgold's reaction to managing a perfectly normal golf swing implies at least one: "Holy haggis! It stayed on the course! It went forward! And I'm not on fire!"
- From the Earthworm Jim episode "Upholstered Peril":Earthworm Jim: I had one of those sudden inspirations I so often get just when we seem doomed.
Peter Puppy: I am not wearing the dress this time!
Earthworm Jim: No, no, no this time it's a good idea.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy:
- Edd has an extreme fear of physical activity due to a "dodgeball incident" that occurred some years prior and led to him being exempt from gym class. Poor Edd has a PTSD flashback when Eddy tries to rope him into a game of dodgeball in "Ed in a Half-Shell". This event was actually intended to be shown in The Movie, but was cut for time.
- In "Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Ed", Edd spots Eddy's clothes lying on his floor and asks Ed "Is [Eddy] running around naked again?"
- Two episodes involved one of the characters getting grounded (Ed in "3 Squares and an Ed", Kevin in "A Case of Ed"), yet they never reveal what the characters did to get grounded in the first place.
- In The Movie, this is the entire driving force behind the movie, as we never find out just what kind of scam the Eds must have pulled on the kids for them to so determinedly chase after them for ninety minutes, only that somehow, Ed and Eddy screwed it up and that it completely destroyed the cul-de-sac, moreso than in any other episode. Apparently, whatever they did was so unspeakably heinous, that they needed to pack their bags and skip town before the neighborhood kids beat them to death. What takes the cake is that even after they left, the kids hunted them for days, so this was way more serious than just a scam gone awry, though just how serious it was is never fully explained. The only hint that's given in the film is that Eddy evidently disobeyed Edd's order not to press the red button on whatever it was he built (though from the ruins, it looked like some sort of amusement park).
- In one episode of The Emperor's New School, Pacha and Chicha are looking for a babysitter. The third person that they went to was Kavo, who told them that he was grounded after being blamed for causing a fire. We're not told where or how.
- The Fairly OddParents!
- Super Toilet, the wish that prompted the "no more wishes with 'super' in the name" rule. Cosmo tends to start babbling "So... much... clogging..." and curl up in the fetal position when Super Toilet is brought up. Potentially subverted, as when Wanda wishes up Super Toilet, Cosmo falls in and is flushed. Of course, we also have to ask why did Timmy wish up a Super Toilet?
- In one episode where Timmy had his (unconscious) parents distract Crocker by having him talk about himself, we learn several things about him, such as how he once attended a ninja school, had a stint as a cat burglar, and can never return to Cincinnati.
- In the episode "Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad", we have this little gem:Timmy: We could talk.
[Cut to Timmy being pushed out the door by his father]
Timmy's Dad: And that's all you need to know about where babies come from.
Timmy: But what's the machine for?
Timmy's Dad: You'll find out when you're older.
- Family Guy averts the trope continually, by showing the bizarre incidents that happened (hence all the Cutaway Gags that aren't about celebrities or show a What If? scenario) to the point that when they play the trope straight once, during the "Saving Private Brian" episode, Stewie breaks the Fourth Wall to hang a lampshade on the fact.Stewie: Like Peter went after that hockey coach. (silence) Oh, no clip? Thought we had a clip.
- References by Peter, Stewie, and Brian are almost always shown, while those made by Lois are never explained, which often makes them appear even more outrageous.Peter: Where did you get that tattoo?
Lois: I don't know, Peter. Meth is a hell of a drug.
- Actually played straight in one episode when Chris and Peter are at a whale exhibit.Chris: Dad, what's the blowhole for?
Peter: I'll tell you what it's not for, son. And when I do, you'll understand why I can never go back to Sea World.
- Depending on how canon you consider in-character bits from the audio commentary, it's slightly less of a Noodle Incident. Right after that line, Seth Macfarlane says in Peter's voice "You see I fucked a whale in the blowhole." What situation he was in to allow him to try that and his reasoning for doing so are still unexplained, though.
- In another episode, Lois blackmails her father by bringing up the "nice mulatto boy who looks an awful lot like...",
- In an episode "Courtship of Stewie's Father", Quagmire wants to tell of some ridiculous sexual escapade, so Peter covers Stewie's ears and we only see Quagmire's hand movements rather than know the full story. Although we do know that it was his right hand that "caused all the trouble."
- There's also this little exchange:Chris: Oh yeah? What about the time she strangled my other sister?
Lois: (nervously) Chris, honey, we told you, that was just a bad dream.
Chris: But I remember it so clear—
Peter and Lois: It was a dream!
- In "Blue Harvest", Lois/Princess Leia reminds Herbert/Obi-Wan that he owes her because she forced a bunch of children to remain quiet for an obviously sexual reason but Herbert/Obi-Wan fast forwards through most of the details and all we have is "Joey Lawrence haircut".
- In the same episode, Stewie/Darth Vader, when encountering Herbert/Obi-Wan, mentioned a restraining order before fighting him due to something the latter did.
- In PTV, Peter apparently goes into grotesque detail on an apparently sexual event that becomes this due to a Cluster Bleep-Bomb:Peter: You know, you're lucky you're good at (AIRHORN SOUND)ing my (AIRHORN SOUND) or I'd never put up with ya. You know what I'm talking about; when you (AIRHORN SOUND) lubed-up (AIRHORN SOUND) toothpaste in my (AIRHORN SOUND) while you (AIRHORN SOUND) on a cherry (AIRHORN SOUND) Episcopalian (AIRHORN SOUND) extension cord (AIRHORN SOUND) wetness (AIRHORN SOUND) with a parking ticket. That is the best!
- When asked how he knows the zip code for Juarez, Mexico, Joe mentions going down there one time for stem cells and having salsa rubbed on his legs instead.
- One is where Opie from Peter's job got fired and we never find out what he did to get fired besides Peter saying, "Oh well, it's no wonder they finally caught you doing that in here. I mean the underside of your desk looks like Carlsbad Caverns."
- In another cutaway, Peter mentions how mad Lois was when he made that mess in the bathroom. We then see him run downstairs, and hide behind the couch, before hearing Lois scream, "PETER GRIFFIN!" We never do find out what he did in there...
- References by Peter, Stewie, and Brian are almost always shown, while those made by Lois are never explained, which often makes them appear even more outrageous.
- In "To Mar a Stall" we are told that tagger Randall Julian aka. Flava Sava was able to do something to the East wall in 10 minutes with a miniature golf pencil. We never get to see what happened but from the faces of Fillmore and Ingrid it seems that it must have been quite impressive. Or horrific.
- We've also got the diplomatic mess that caused Folsam to give exchange students diplomatic immunity and the exact circumstances under which O'Farrell proved too incompetent to use a stapler. Conversely there's a dramatic one: what exactly happened to Wayne's partner Emily to make her transfer out and turn him into a doormat?
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
- Episode "Squeeze the Day" ends with the entire house (except for Mac and Bloo, who were purposely left behind) returning from the beach with Frankie yelling the following at Wilt:"One day, Wilt— that's all I ask for! One day to rest and relax and you have to go and mess it up! Now I have to go clean up all that sand and somehow find homes for all those jellyfish!
"You're all banned from the beach! That's what the governor said!"
- In the opening scene of "Foster's Goes To Europe", Coco explains to Wilt the basis for the episode's rather unlikely set-up, to which Wilt responds, "Now I remember! What a crazy story!" Problem is, to the viewer, Coco is completely unintelligible.
- "The Big Picture" finds Mac and Bloo trying to find out what happened one year during photo day when the resulting group photo was missing everyone. Everyone they ask is evasive on the matter. Though it's eventually revealed at the end: Wally the prank master pulled a lever beneath the stairs upon which the friends all stood, making it so everybody fell into the basement.
- The episode "Bloo's Brothers" has a lot of Mac's classmates creating their own imaginary friends who happen to be clones of Bloo that all have something wrong with them. Frankie sees them and asks Bloo if he was playing with Mac's chemistry set again. Bloo answers that he did, but the chemistry set isn't the source of the clones.
- "Hiccy Burp" has everyone at the foster home glare at Wilt and chillingly remind him that his act in last year's pageant was a disaster. The details are not revealed.
- In the beginning of "Duchess of Wails", Duchess is displeased with the dress Madame Foster made for her and proceeds to angrily fling it off and declare that she'd rather go naked. Madame Foster pleads Duchess not to do that and even says "Not again", which implies that Duchess went nude to show contempt towards a dress not made to her liking before.
- Episode "Squeeze the Day" ends with the entire house (except for Mac and Bloo, who were purposely left behind) returning from the beach with Frankie yelling the following at Wilt:
- Frisky Dingo:
- Something happened in Phoenix, AZ involving Simon and a pet store that ensures Killface and co. "can never go back to Arizona!"Killface: (after Simon runs away and steals all the knives, he starts to worry) Call all the pet stores. My god, it's Arizona all over again!
- Funny thing is, Simon was going to a pet shop. An episode later we see Simon running a glorified cock-fighting ring where rabbits have knives strapped to them and they engage in brutal fights to the death.
- Something happened in Phoenix, AZ involving Simon and a pet store that ensures Killface and co. "can never go back to Arizona!"
- Futurama has a couple of these, usually during Morbo and Linda's newscasts."All in all, this is one day Mittens the kitten won't soon forget!"
"And that's why the third graders at PS139 are Morbo's Vermin Of The Week."
- And there's the history of "Le Grand Cigar": "This cigar's wrapper is a piece of the original U.S. constitution, was rolled by Queen Elizabeth (during her "wild years"), and was buried with George Burns until grave-robbing space mushrooms...well, you know the rest.
- These are actually common for any events that happened between Fry getting frozen in 2000 and waking up in 3000, which included a period where the Earth was ruled by cyborgs, the Second Coming of Jesus somehow eliminating old video tapes, the death of the last human ghost, etc.
- Upon throwing away a sophisticated toilet, Fry says "sorry, you know too much".
- In the episode "The Sting", Leela has a vivid hallucination of everyone singing "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and exploding after getting stung by bees. When the hallucination ends, Leela asks the crew if they were just singing. Bender responds: "No. I was telling you not to worry. I'm not allowed to sing. Court order." This could be a Call-Back to his fallout with Beck on "Bendin' In The Wind," but since most of the events of "The Sting" were All Just a Dream — or, rather, a coma fantasy, the whole question of whether or not Bender has been legally banned from singing becomes moot.
- In "Put Your Head on My Shoulders", Bender learns that lonely people will spend money for a chance at romance. He then comes up with a deviously clever plan that he'll — Smash Cut to Bender (now with a gold plate on his front "tooth") in court with two hooker bots note and Leela at his side being sentenced to "$500 and time served."Bender: Stupid anti-pimping laws.
- And then there's Hermes, Amy and Zoidberg's delivery to Fantasy Planet in "The Cryonic Woman".Zoidberg: For one beautiful night, I knew what it was to be a grandmother. Subjugated, yet honoured.
- From "Mars University":Dean Vernon: Whenever a fire alarm is pulled, Robot House. When the campus liquor store is looted, Robot House. Whenever a human corpse is desecrated...Bender: Now I can explain that.
- Played straight in "Hell is Other Robots" when Bender "finds religion".Fry: Is this another scam to get free yarmulkes?
- It's anyone's guess as to what Professor Farnsworth's relationship to Pazuzu was, other than that Farnsworth "put him through college" and earned Three Wishes from him at some point.
- When the producer of All My Circuits asks if Bender's been on TV, he responds, "Once, when I took those hostages."
- Garfield and Friends: In "Robodie II", when Dr. Garbanzo Bean saw the giant robot dog, he said it was the second biggest one he'd ever seen.
- Though it could be a Shout-Out to Get Smart's Running Gag.
- Also, in the episode "Canned Laughter", after Jon discovers how expensive it is to buy a comedy robot, he announces that he can do it himself in his garage for half the price. Garfield then comments that he said the same thing when they told him that he had to have his appendix taken out.
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero:
- The episode "There's No Place Like Springfield" had Shipwreck put through a Faked Rip Van Winkle by Cobra, in which he had a home and a wife and a daughter he lacked in real life. After realizing it isn't real he finally escapes, and encounters his parrot Polly. After questioning whether this is the real Polly or another impostor, the parrot responds "Remember that time in Annapolis..." (Annapolis, MD is the state capital and the home of the US Navy Academy) . Shipwreck hastily cuts him off before he can finish.
- In the DiC Entertainment episode "El Dorado: The Lost City of Gold", Grunt observes Cobra Commander panicking at the discovery that Overkill is being possessed by the ghost of Fernando Luiz Jorge Pizarro and remarks that Cobra Commander hasn't been this tense since he found a tarantula in his long-johns. It isn't made clear how Cobra Commander ended up getting a tarantula in his long-johns, let alone how a G.I. Joe operative knew about it.
- On Goldie & Bear, the events of the original tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears are treated as a noodle incident within the series, with it only being mentioned that Goldie broke Bear's favorite chair. The premiere story is all about her trying to repair it in order to surprise him with it as a birthday present.
- In the Goof Troop episode "Dr. Horatio's Magic Orchestra", PJ backs up Goofy's claims that Pete had sunken much lower on previous occasions by mentioning "the incident with the earless monkey", which, apparently, the characters all agreed offscreen to never bring up again.
- Gravity Falls:
- Grunkle Stan apparently went to jail once in Colombia. No other details are given.
- In the same vein, he also said to Ford he was once locked in a car trunk and had to chew his way out. How he managed that, remains unknown.
- Mabel also dated some cute vampires without telling Dipper.Mabel: [to Mermando] Same here. Except for a zombie, a gnome, and a couple of cute vampires.
Dipper: I don't remember the vampires.
Mabel: I don't tell you everything.
- Another episode has Stan mention that he once petitioned the government to have July 13th removed from calendars as a favor to Soos.note This somehow led to Stan being declared a flight risk and not being allowed on airplanes ever again.
- In "The Stanchurian Candidate", Stan offhandedly mentions accidentally letting bees loose in an elementary school a few years ago.
- The ending of the same episode, in which Stan's past crimes are listed by a television network, is a treasure trove of these. His illegal actions include "woodpecker baiting", "impersonating a dentist", "a new crime he invented called 'burglebezzlement'", and "first-degree llamacide".Stan: That llama knew too much.
- The ending of the same episode, in which Stan's past crimes are listed by a television network, is a treasure trove of these. His illegal actions include "woodpecker baiting", "impersonating a dentist", "a new crime he invented called 'burglebezzlement'", and "first-degree llamacide".
- In "Gideon Rises", the police file photo of Stan depicts him in a devil costume, entirely surrounded by flames.◊Stan: That picture's taken out of context.
- For an example not directly connected to any of the Pines family, Mayor Befufflefumpter is apparently responsible for World War I.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
- In "Billy's Growth Spurt", Billy has a dream where he's a TV chef making cookie dough. He doesn't actually bake the cookies, explaining "I'm not allowed to use the oven anymore."
- In "Here There Be Dwarves", Special Guest R. Lee Ermey apologizes for briefly cutting back to a violent fight between elves and dwarves before it's over, saying he "misread the signals". He then mentions a guy he knew who "misread the signals in a combat situation. Now he eats everything through a mechanical straw!"
- Hey Arnold! has a weirder version of this in "Egg Story", given that the viewer may know what they're talking about (a brief scene in the earlier episode "Operation Ruthless"), but the rest of the characters do not.Harold: Come on, Rhonda. You know you like me!
Rhonda: Where in the world would you get a ridiculous idea like that?
Harold: Remember that time at the Cheese Festival when you jumped the- [Rhonda clamps his mouth shut]
Rhonda: SHH! I told you to never mention that night ever again!
- In the first episode of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Harmony mentions that she knows about the "pine nut incident" that has made Yumi afraid of squirrels since she was five. (Although, this is contradicted by a season two episode where she can speak fluent squirrel and claims she was also President of the Squirrel Club in college. As a whole there's not much tying these episodes together.)
- House of Mouse:
- In "Pluto's Seal Deal", Mickey leaves Pluto home alone and tells him not to have things be like what happened last time. "That's right, no firetrucks or news crews!".
- In "Pluto's Kittens", Mickey lets Pluto sleep inside for the night and reminds him that he doesn't want what happened last time and points to an Impact Silhouette of Pluto in the floor.
- In "Daisy's Big Sale", Minnie tells Daisy that "every time I help you, it's a disaster", followed by showing flashback clips of the two in full body casts, on a police lineup and sinking in wet cement.
- In Invader Zim Dib's whole life seems to be either a series of Noodle Incidents, or one big one:
- In one episode we get the following exchange:Prof. Membrane: Son! There'd better not be any walking dead up there!
Dib: It's nothing to worry about Dad! And I said I was sorry!
- In the first episode, one of the other kids complains that Dib claimed to have seen Bigfoot in his garage: "He was using the belt sander." It is never revealed whether this really happened or if it was just Dib being crazy.
- There was also the election episode, where Dib jammed a receiver into his ear. Miss Bitters shooed him away saying "Dib! What did I tell you about jamming things in people's ears?"
- There was also the episode "Mysterious Mysteries" where not only was there a whole closet full of the stuff Dib sends in (Though a lot of it is probably about Zim, who knows what else could be in there), but the host (And, seemingly the creator) of the show said "No! Not after what happened last time..." he then stroked his scar and Dib flashed on the screen for a frame or two. Not to mention the size of his school records, and occasionally his father, sister, or school kids would mention some of the events of his life. The only time we saw more of his past was when Zim tried to alter it.
- And then there's this bit in "Vindicated":Dib: What happened to the old counselor?
Mr. Dwicky: Something... terrible.
Voice from vents: Help... meee...
- Dib called the FBI in "Zim Eats Waffles".Greg: [laughs] Hey, wait. You're... Dib, right? Did you ever get that ninja ghost out of your toilet?
Dib: Yes, no thanks to you!
- In, "Gaz: Taster of Pork", Dib and Gaz are cornered by police on the side of a building. The next shot showed they had escaped in a beat up car while wearing funny animal costumes.Gaz: I liked the part where the giant robot squid launched missiles at us.
- Zim has a tendency to have giant, unseen conflicts in the middle of episodes. In the last scene of "GIR Goes Crazy and Stuff", Officer Squidman mentions a giant battle that occurred sometime after the previous scene. And "Tak, the Hideous New Girl" returns from an Act Break with GIR and Zim fighting a giant monster in the city.Zim: What a horrible adventure with that ham demon.
- In "Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom", Dib dreams of having a long and eventful life in which he saves the world many times. As an old man, he's interviewed and reminisces about his many accomplishments and says, "I even got to ride a moose!" The interviewer chuckles fondly, "Ah, yes, who could forget that day?"
- In one episode we get the following exchange:
- In Iron Man: Armored Adventures:
- Pepper is prone to doing this just as she is introduced on the scene when she is talking to someone.Pepper:' And that's why I wasn't very popular during the eighth grade. But, no charges were filed, so everything turned out okay!
- Tony even uses one about Pepper getting in trouble:Tony: Do you think she tried to arrest someone again?
- Pepper is prone to doing this just as she is introduced on the scene when she is talking to someone.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes
- Jimmy suddenly flying into the screen, landing on the pavement and causing it to crack. He mutters "Beezy was right, that was no fun." We never know exactly what "that" was.
- Also, whatever caused Heloise's issues with ghosts is left unexplained.
- In the Johnny Test episode "Li'l Johnny", Johnny goes into Susan and Mary's lab, only to find them as two heads on one body.Both: Don't ask!
- In the first season finale, when Mr. Cat explains the concept of funerals to Stumpy. After he's done, Stumpy remarks that he sure does know a lot about funerals, and Mr. Cat remarks in a sad voice that he knows "a little too much" about them.
- In one episode, the Alpha Bitch Pretty talks about a girl who got into an argument with her about something (the exact topic is not revealed), and instead of revealing exactly what she did to the other girl she ends her story by menacingly saying "That poor girl...".
- In Episode 94, during a phone conversation, Kaeloo mentions that Stumpy got kicked out of art class at school. Nothing more is said on the matter.
- In Episode 121, when the main four get fired from the show, Kaeloo assumes that it may be because Mr. Cat and Stumpy were playing a destructive new game they invented which involved using sheep as bowling pins, and the directors hate animal cruelty. Mr. Cat responds that the directors probably wouldn't fire them for injuring a couple of sheep because they've gotten away with other stuff that was "far worse".
- Done plenty of times with the favors Kim Possible calls in for her rides (there are brief hints at what happened that Kim helped to stop, but rarely elaborates much further than that).
- And, of course, "The Chess Club Incident" because, "The first rule of Chess Club is: You do not talk about Chess Club."
- Done particularly often in Season 4:Kim: Like that time you cleaned your room.
Ron: We promised never to speak of that dark day.
- Or:Barkin: Don't let them tell you they're supposed to have class outside. We put a stop to that after "the jellyfish incident".
Shego/Ms. Go: Oh, that's so sweet! You took the class to the beach?
Barkin: No beach. Just jellyfish. Don't ask.
- And who could forget the "Paper Machete" incident?Kim: Don't you mean "paper maché"?
Ron: I wish I did, Kim. I wish I did.
- Or the story about how Ron learned to use the potty...
- Another episode has Ron look for a job in the paper and sees one about puppies and thinks he might like to work with them. Rufus disagrees. Ron then agrees with him saying something about "The Fetch Incident".
- Kim didn't go into detail regarding what she did to the bullies in "D Hall" that always harassed Ron while she was in Ron's body due to a "Freaky Friday" Flip; she only said she gave them some "sensitivity training". The bullies ended up giving Ron all the lunch money they had ever taken from him since kindergarten (plus a new video game).
- When faced by an enormous robotic guard bird...Ron: That is the second biggest flamingo I've ever seen.
- Several episodes have Mr. Barkin teaching some new class, briefly referring to the incident that caused the regular teacher's absence.
- Supposedly, Barkin also saved the world once, if his speech to Ron about graduation is any indication:Barkin: Ah, Senior Year, I remember it well. Best two years of my life; big fan on the football team [...] dated the most popular girl in school [...] I even helped save the world a time or two.
Ron: Right on- wait, what?! You?
- Another one from Ron, he is lampshading an offscreen Noodle Incident that involves Kim trying to fix up a hand-me down, broken down car her father gave her. Things aren't working out at all... somehow Ron is entangled in wires. Poor Ron, if only he knew Rule of Funny.Ron: Wait a minute?! I wasn't even helping! How did this happen?!
- Also the incident that resulted in Doctor Drakken's skin turning blue. He finally starts telling about it in the last scene of the Grand Finale, but only gets as far as "It was a Tuesday-"
- King of the Hill:
- In one episode, Hank says that because of an incident at Taco Bueno, Joe Jack isn't allowed to play for the company softball team. Everyone agrees that it was a stupid thing that he did, the details surrounding the event were never explained.
- "Maid in Arlen" opens with one of these.Bill: Do you think I'd meet more women if I changed my name to Tango?
Hank: Don't change your name again, Bill.
- "Hankee Yankee" has this little gem when Cotton calls his old war buddy Topsy.Cotton: Topsy, remember that thing we said we were gonna do but never did?
Listens to Topsy's reply
Cotton: No, no no we did that. We did the hell out of that.
- Another episode mentions a disastrous "Spatula Tuesday Fiasco".
- After being chased out of their house due to testing positive for mold, the Hills end up stuck in a cheap motel. Because of the noise, Bobby claims that he tried to sleep outside, but doesn't say any further than "You know. The dogs."
- Another one in the episode, "Bill's House" when a group of recovering alcoholics move in at Bill's place when he was initially volunteering at their halfway house.Mikey: Man, I love hoops. Went to a Spurs game before I got with the program. Long story short: lost my job.
- The Legend of Korra:
- Korra's attempt to drive and park the team car after Asami got arrested in the eighth episode. They find it two episodes later plowed into a lamppost with a pile of tickets on the windshield.Korra: I made it very clear I don't know how to drive.
- What, exactly, did Meelo decide was a toilet in The Voice In The Night?
- Korra's attempt to drive and park the team car after Asami got arrested in the eighth episode. They find it two episodes later plowed into a lamppost with a pile of tickets on the windshield.
- Daffy Duck spends much of the Looney Tunes short "Nasty Quacks" trying to tell an anecdote about a wild party he was at. Snippets include "One guy was swinging from the chandelier, you'd have thought he was a monkey! Come to think of it, he was a monkey!", "The whole thing started with an innocent telephone call...", and "Someone clipped Charlie in the ear, and that started the whole thing over again!"
- In the episode The Foghorn Leghorn Story from The Looney Tunes Show, Daffy is talking to Foghorn as we come back from commercial break:Daffy: And that is why I don't wear any clothes.
- In Ballot Box Bunny, the viewer learns that Yosemite Sam had some sort fun in St. Louis with a woman named Emma. After thinking she's at the door and getting blasted with his own cannon trap:Sam: Heh heh, same ol' Emma, fulla laughs!
- In the episode The Foghorn Leghorn Story from The Looney Tunes Show, Daffy is talking to Foghorn as we come back from commercial break:
- At one point in the Madballs episode "Escape from Orb", Dusty Dustbrain informs the other Madballs while they're fleeing from their home planet Orb to escape the tyranny of Wolf Breath and the Badballs that there are 4,563,238 planets they can live on. Slobulus replies that he put that many pieces of gum in his mouth. While Aargh afterwards clarifies that Slobulus holds the record for most pieces of gum put in one's mouth, there is still no explanation given for how and why Slobulus put 4,563,238 pieces of gum in his mouth.
- Mighty Max has the unfortunate events in... Rangoon.
- Milo Murphy's Law has MANY references to the crazy scenarios that Milo has had in the past. His Hereditary Curse means that he's been in just about every dangerously ridiculous situation that you can imagine.
- "The Llama Incident" is mentioned more than once throughout the first half of season one, but is ultimately subverted — there's an episode of the same name wherein he and Melissa finally explain the event to Zack. However, this happens while they're all hanging off a cliff in the aftermath of something they refer to as "the Woodpecker Incident", which we only see snapshots of.
- Throughout all of "Smooth Opera-tor", he has a cast on his arm for no explained reason.
- When giving Dr. Doof a pep talk, Melissa reminds him of a time when he saved Zack's life... after accidentally turning him inside out and nearly killing him. Naturally, Zack is confused and terrified when he learns that this happened and that the others erased his memory of it.
- An episode of Mission Hill has a subplot involving a worldwide crisis. The audience is only given vague hints about what the crisis actually is.
- Subverted in the Moral Orel episode when Orel tells his dad he'll "never do THAT with THOSE, in THERE, for that LONG ever again!" and a later episode explains what happened. (See main article.)
- Muppet Babies: Gonzo asks Kermit if he wants to see him break the world speed record.Kermit: No thanks, Gonzo. The last time you tried to break the record, it took us two hours to get your head out of the wastebasket.
- My Knight and Me: The Spaghetti Incident. The fear of similar incidents happening is Lady Fontaine's reason to prevent princesses from eating anything with no protocol on the proper way to eat.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- And then I said 'Oatmeal? Are you crazy?' Not even the characters Pinkie Pie was speaking to know what she was talking about.
- "No matter what we try, we always end up without our cutie marks and surprisingly often covered in tree sap." Scootaloo mentions this after one attempt had them covered in tree sap, but we never learn anything more about those other attempts.
- In "The Last Roundup", we never find out just how Derpy caused so much damage to the town hall. note
- When Rainbow Dash is hospitalized in "Read It And Weep", Pinkie Pie introduces her roommate, a pony in a body cast. One can only guess what happened to that poor pony.
- The Oblongs:
- Combined with Panda-ing to the Audience: in one scene, we cut in on the end of a conversation between Milo and Pickles:"So, anyway, that's how the panda bears broke into the Dairy Queen and WHY I need a lawyer!"
- The Oblongs also had one on "The Golden Child" where Pickles mentions the time Milo stuffed Bob Oblong (the dad) into a guitar case and he somehow ended up at a Farm Aid concert.
- In "Narcoleptic Scotty", we find out Milo was suspended from school for doing something unspeakable with a fish stick. When Pickles found out, she went to spank him, but, for reasons unknown, it turned into a luau with Milo serving mai tais and Pickles and Beth dancing in Hawaiian grass skirts and coconut bras.
- Combined with Panda-ing to the Audience: in one scene, we cut in on the end of a conversation between Milo and Pickles:
- OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: Played for Drama with a mysterious event between Mr. Gar and Carol during their days on the Super Team P.O.I.N.T. that involved a dropped sandwich, an explosion in a donut shop, and some disaster which befell another hero, which strained Gar and Carol's relationship for a while and left Gar saddled with guilt. The full story behind the "sandwich incident" isn't revealed until "Let's Take a Moment".
- Pelswick: The origin of the protagonist's paraplegia is never revealed, aside from it being some sort of "accident".
- The Penguins of Madagascar has several of these.
- Most obviously: why can't Skipper set foot in Denmark?
- Also, "Have you ever had a 6 pound halibut shoved up your left nostril?" "Not the left one, no!" or "Reach down my throat and grab the fish!" "Yuck. This is the second grossest thing I have ever done."
- And from "Truth Ache": "If you think that's embarrassing, you should see what Kowalski does when he thinks no one's watching."
- Manfredi and Johnson!Skipper: "Accident prone", Private? Oh, I've seen accident prone! Try Manfredi and Johnson! And a Chinese lantern! And 6 bottles of rocket fuel!
Kowalski: (sniffles) Worst talent show ever!
- And later:Skipper: Who hasn't gone stupid for a lady?
Rico and Kowalski: [raise hands]
Rico: [lowers hand]
Skipper: Doris the Dolphin.
Skipper: Don't make me show them the tattoo.
- Many responses Pinky has to Brain asking "Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?" in Pinky and the Brain. ...Actually, pretty much they all fit, since Pinky's logic and train of thought has only been followed once.
- When a high school principal offers Brain a job as a teacher, he tells them that the last teacher disappeared under "strange circumstances".Pinky: What happened?
Principal: It's hard to explain if you don't understand the meat packing industry, but man- (laughs) it was funny.
- Also:Brain: I have discovered that there is one thing all my plans have in common.
Pinky: You mean Maury Povich?
Brain: Besides him.
- When a high school principal offers Brain a job as a teacher, he tells them that the last teacher disappeared under "strange circumstances".
- In the Ready Jet Go! episode "My Fair Jet", Jet asks if he's ever made a mistake. Sunspot then shows him some pictures of mistakes he's made on his tablet. The giant runaway plant from one episode was brought up, but two other incidents (a "porcupine jumping contest" and a "maple syrup catapult") were brought up. Jet, at the very least, seems embarrassed by those incidents, and we have yet to learn exactly what went down in those events. We didn't even get to see the pictures.
- In an episode of The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest which involved Race having to borrow a space shuttle from a Russian scientist, upon meeting, she slaps him "for Treste", and then kisses him "for Kabul". To both of these, Race responds that he was only doing his job.
- In School's Out, Prickly mentions that T.J convinced the F.B.I. he was a Chinese secret agent and got him arrested. How? We never get to find out.
- In the same scene, Prickly also mentions an incident where T.J. apparently used Prickly's personal account to order a motorboat for the school. Exactly how T.J. managed to gain access to Prickly's account was not revealed, and the only other thing known about it is that apparently the Kindergartners were part of the reason T.J. did this.
- Ren & Stimpy:
- Stimpy is terribly upset at the horrible thing Ren did to him and every time he brings it up he bursts into tears, later Mr. Horse who's portraying a psychologist asks him what he did him and he loudly whispers something unintelligible to him and he calls him a lunatic and says he needs to be locked up for it, but we never find out the details behind it. This is a Shout-Out to an old Nickelodeon episode where Ren told a psychologist that he "smacked" Stimpy. The reaction is the same.
- Another episode, Ren is having trouble getting to sleep so Stimpy decides to read to him. All we hear of the story is, "Once upon a time, the sky grew black as blood!" and... "... And his last word, as his head rolled onto the floor was 'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!' And everybody lived happily ever after." It then cuts to Ren cowering under the bed.
- When Tommy asks Chuckie, "When was the last time I ever got you lost?", Chuckie rattles off a list of "adventures" seen in previous episodes, except for the last one: "... and the time I got stuck in the tomato bush, and that dog thought I was a tree..."
- Also, when Tommy gets sick in "Slumber Party" and Lou suggests "the Applesauce Cure": "Just hold him upside down and get some applesauce and an old sock big enough for his head...." Nobody's willing to try it again. "I remember that. There was applesauce everywhere!"
- In the very first episode, Stu and Drew decide to put on a puppet show for Tommy's birthday party. When Lou reminds them "Don't you remember what happened the last time you two put on a show?", Stu replies "Come on, pop, my arm healed and Drew sees almost perfectly out of that eye."
- When Chuckie's "gardening (guardian) angel" appears in "Chuckie's Wonderful Life", Chuckie demands to know:Chuckie: Where was ya' the time I got my tongue stucked on that ice cube? Or the time I got my head caught in the back of that weird-looking chair? Or the time I trapped myself in the birdcage?!
Angel: Gimme a break! I'm only two, you know!
- In "Angelica's Last Stand", Angelica tries to persuade Chuckie to help at her lemonade stand:Angelica: Chuckie, have I ever lied to you?
Chuckie: Well, there was that time you told me Spike was my brother, and the time you told me rocks was food, and the...
- One Noodle Incident was unusual in that it happened pretty much on-screen, just out of view. In "Reptar on Ice", Didi and Stu take the children to a Reptar show. While still in the parking lot, Didi asks Stu if he has the tickets. He begins frantically searching himself. Cut to the kids talking, with Didi and Stu in the background. When the scene returns to the adults, they have the tickets.Didi: What I don't understand is why you put them there in the first place.
Stu: It seemed like a good idea at the time.
- In "The Pirate Light", Grandpa Lou is recounting all the times Stu got himself injured in a do-it-yourself home repair project:Grandpa: This one I still don't understand! "October 3rd: Changed the light bulb in the refrigerator. Nine stitches and a case of pink eye"?
- In "Mirrorland", Tommy and Chuckie return from their "trip" to Mirrorland, but Phil and Lil suspect them of being Mirror Universe doubles. They test their identities by asking them questions:Lil: All right, Chuckie, what's the time you were scaredest the most?
Chuckie: It was the time I got my head caught in a sock.
- In "Let Them Eat Cake", the episode where Tommy's Uncle Ben gets married:Chaz: I can't believe Didi's little brother is getting married. It seems like only yesterday, he was running around in short pants, screaming..
Stu: That was yesterday, Chaz. Remember the bachelor party?
- The animated movie based on Scary Godmother has one. Just like in the original book, it involves glitter and a dog. In the original book, it also was mentioned to be the reason the neighborhood had to evacuate for a week.
- Sealab 2021: In "Radio Free Sealab" a heavily censored exchange has an FCC agent telling another agent about such an incident. All we know is that it involved an orangutan and that it was "legal in Tijuana." The DVD release has a much less censored version of the exchange as an extra. Like Watterson and the original Noodle Incident, the writers realized that the scene was much funnier when more was left to the imagination.
- South Park:
- In "Die Hippie Die" Cartman mentions he has kept the town hippie-free on his own since he was five and a half. How he did this we don't find out.
- The entire plot of "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs".
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- We never did find out what was in that embarrassing snapshot of SpongeBob at the Christmas Party from "The Secret Box".
- In "No Free Rides", after Mrs. Puff lets SpongeBob slide through school, she contemplates moving away and starting a new boating school before deciding "No. Not again!"
- Done again when SpongeBob attempts to hitch a ride on Sandy's space shuttle in "Sandy's Rocket":SpongeBob: The moon! Can I go?
Sandy: No way, SpongeBob. Especially after your little mishap with my whirlybird.
[Pan over to Sandy's window to reveal a field of tombstones.]
- As the TV in the Krusty Krab is turned on, we see the very end of a news report. In the corner of the screen is a real-life photo of a litter of adorable kittens. The news anchorwoman ends the report with "...and there were no survivors."
- In "Spongicus", when Plankton considers his latest plan to be his best, Karen tells him he said the same thing about his plan to boil Mr. Krabs in a giant bisque. It apparently backfired horribly, as Plankton remarks "I can still feel the burns."
- In the episode "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" Patrick promises SpongeBob that he'll return from work at 6:00. The episode then cuts to 12:00 midnight, where Patrick returns home with a lampshade on his head and exclaims, "That was some party!"
- And in "Hooky": "No one's taken a break at the Krusty Krab since the Great Chum Famine of '59!"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
- "Rookies": After abseiling off the landing platform, Cody and Rex talk about something that happened on Tybrin that may have had some similarities to their current situation, only with Jedi present.
- "A Friend in Need": The last time the Death Watch appeared, in season 2, they were allies of Count Dooku and the Separatists. In this episode, they are now enemies, and the only thing we know about the falling-out is that Dooku gave Pre Vizsla a nasty scar on his face in the process.
- At the end of "A Necessary Bond", ancient lightsaber architect droid Huyang mentions that the last time any young Jedi had this much of an adventure building their lightsabers was Master Yoda. Obi-Wan cuts him off by saying that currently there's no time to tell the story.
- Star Wars Rebels:
- How, exactly, Kanan came into possession of that Jedi holocron.
- The exact circumstances under which Zeb and Sabine joined the Ghost crew. All we know is that in both cases, Kanan talked them into it.
- "Fighter Flight": Ezra implies he's flown a TIE fighter before.
- "Empire Day": Freeze-Frame and Bilingual Bonus reveals that the ticker at the bottom of the HoloNet News transmission says that lothcats attacked a farm which, given that lothcats, aka tookas, are the Star Wars equivalent of housecats, begs some questions.
- "The Lost Commanders":
- Rex mentions the Siege of Mandalore for the first time."Ahsoka Tano. I fought at her side from the Battle of Christophsis to the Siege of Mandalore."
- The exact circumstances under which Rex, Gregor and Wolffe got their control chips removed are unknown.
- Rex mentions the Siege of Mandalore for the first time.
- "Blood Sisters": Exactly how did Ketsu wind up betraying Sabine and leaving her for dead?
- "Double Agent Droid": AP-5 barges in on Wedge while he's trying to use the refresher. When this is mentioned later, Zeb says that he did it to him as well.
- Steven Universe:
- "Joking Victim": Sadie explains to Steven (who's helping at the Big Donut) that they don't make their own donuts on-site since "The Accident". The camera then pans to a corner of the room with a human body outlined in a large scorch mark on the wall. This is revisited in "Steven Floats", where Sadie tells Steven that a worker-safety lawsuit was dropped, and they'll be able to make fresh donuts again.
- "The Message": Amethyst states that she's never started a car WITH a key before, then after starting the car using a key she says that it's "way easier".
- "Political Power": Mayor Dewey mentions that it's his job to help keep the peace in Beach City, and that panic and riot didn't work out well for "Ocean Town". Steven's never heard of that place, but the rest of the town seems to know...Mayor Dewey: Things could be worse. We could be in Ocean Town!
Mr. Fryman: [above crowd laughter] Too soon!
- "Full Disclosure": Amethyst suggests they build a moat around the Gem temple, and offers to use her shape-shifting powers to become "the crocodile". Garnet shoots her down and Pearl agrees with Garnet, saying "You always say you'll be the crocodile, but you never commit!"
- "Catch and Release": Peridot tries to escape from the Crystal Gems by flushing herself down the toilet in Steven's bathroom. Amethyst tells her that it won't work, she's tried it before. That begs the question: why did Amethyst want to flush herself in the first place?
- "Too Far": Peridot comments on Pearl's habits, such as crying, singing, and crying while singing. It isn't made clear what exactly Pearl was crying and/or singing about.
- One exchange from "Too Short to Ride" manages to imply that a) there has been a previous time someone (quite possibly Amethyst) has fooled Mr. Smiley by telling him that Onion is trying to set the roller coaster on fire, and b) that this worked because at some previous point Onion actually did try to set the roller coaster on fire.
- "Bismuth": The titular Gem reminisces with Garnet and Pearl about a few missions they went on during the Gem War, including one where she and Pearl attacked a dropship. (There's some implication that this is also the origin of Minor Major Character Nephrite, who is of the same type as the only mentioned Gem and currently lives in a crashed dropship.)
- Ocean Town is revisited in "Last One Out of Beach City", where we see a "welcome" sign for it that reads "No Longer On Fire".
- There's also this gem from "Three Gems and a Baby":Pearl: It wasn't such a big deal when that teenage girl kidnapped Steven!
Greg: That was his babysitter, she took him to the park! [laughing] You really scared her when you threw that jungle gym at her!
- In "That Will Be All", Greg remarks that getting abducted by Homeworld Gems and having to be rescued from a People Zoo "has to be the third-craziest weekend I've had."
- "Lars of the Stars": The adventures of Lars and the Off Colours as they became badass Space Pirates include stealing one of Emerald's shuttles and crashing it on Upsilon 9, impersonating imperial officers at a cosmic jubilee and sneaking past 67 Citrine guards to steal the Sun Incinerator. We also don't know how exactly they got off Homeworld, where they were last seen, and the only explanation Lars gives for where he got his new captain outfit with a Badass Cape is "Stole 'em."
- "Your Mother and Mine" ends with Steven and Garnet joining Lars and the Off Colours to raid an asteroid mine for supplies.
- In Gentleman Ghost's only appearance in Super Friends, he escapes from his tomb and seeks revenge on Superman and Wonder Woman for previously defeating him and sealing him in the tomb. Other than a brief flashback of the two heroes putting a coffin in the tomb, this previous encounter is not elaborated on.
- Teen Titans:
- When Cyborg disguises himself as a member of HIVE Academy, his "initiation" involves a pink dress and a unicycle. The only explanation provided is, "Don't laugh, ya have to eat the unicycle".
- The end of the episode has another example, which involves pink shorts, a tutu, and a rubber chicken.Oh Cyyyyborg~!
Robin: You left the Titans.
Beast Boy: That means you have to be initiated.
Raven: Aaaaal over again.
Cyborg: [is dragged away, screaming for mercy]
- The Sadie Hawkins Dance at HIVE Academy:Bumblebee: [to Cyborg] You're gonna pay for that!
- There's also the incident involving Raven's first run in with Dr. Light, when she basically goes semi-Eldritch Abomination and drags him under her cloak. We don't know exactly what happens under there, and he's only there for a couple seconds before the others snap her out of it, but whatever she did, it was enough to drain the color from both his face AND his costume. And was apparently so horrifically traumatizing that merely imitating the form later is enough to get him to calmly request to return to jail. note
- Not exactly an incident, but one episode features Starfire and Robin entering the room just as she concludes: "And that is the secret to traveling faster than light!"
- In Toonami's earliest years, Moltar mentions he used to date Sailor Jupiter. But something happened between them and they broke up. (The Toonami staff may not have been informed of Sailor Jupiter's age.)
- Total Drama Island:
- In "Camp Castaways", Duncan, Heather and Gwen have been confessing their sins to each other:Gwen: Whoa! So that's what you went to juvie hall for.
Duncan: (visibly depressed) Yeah, but at least it's not as bad as what Heather did.
Heather: I admit, it was a little unorthodox, but it doesn't come close to what Gwen did, if that's even your real name.
[Gwen looks away nervously]
- Justified, as Heather makes the statement after the campfire ritual that "everything we confessed back there stays back there."
- "Justin—the Anti-Me. So we meet again." Sadly, this episode is the only time we actually see Noah and Justin interact in canon.
- Crimson from The Ridonculous Race went through one, as evidenced by what she said after successfully riding a mechanical bull.Crimson: Riding mechanical bulls is way easier than real bulls.
[Ennui and Loki stare at her]
Crimson: I don't wanna talk about it.
- In "Cone in 60 Seconds" from the spinoff series DramaRama, the kids get excited when they hear the music from the ice cream truck thinking that it's coming, only for it to actually be coming from a boombox being played by a cat riding a skateboard. When Duncan comments on the weirdness of what they just saw, Beth says that it's only the fourth weirdest thing she's ever seen.
- In "Camp Castaways", Duncan, Heather and Gwen have been confessing their sins to each other:
- The Transformers: Kup was famed for having a war story every time something reminded him of the events... and he was reminded of a lot of things. We never actually hear the details, but Grimlock is very interested in the Petro-rabbits that reminded Kup about the current air raid taking place. It was a good story.
- Transformers Animated: This trope seems to have a great liking for Captain Fanzone, technophobic head of the Detroit Police Department. Professor Isaac Sumdac mentions at the unveiling of his latest line of police robots that, as he has updated the machines' recognition systems, there will hopefully be no repeats of "that unfortunate incident with the Captain's wife," to which Fanzone scowls visibly. Fanzone himself also mentions a different incident which befell his mother-in-law, presumably also having to do with robots/machines gone haywire.
- Used straight many times in The Venture Bros., and also subverted many times, when previously unexplained incidents are explained: Billy Quizboy's mechanical hand ("Where did you get that thing anyway?" "That's a good question. I have no idea."), Rusty's pterodactyl, The Monarch having "the charred remains of Wonder Boy [sent to] his beloved Captain Sunshine", Dr. Girlfriend's her first attempt at being a supervillain ("My murderous moppets were hard to handle"), and Henchmen #24's backstory that apparently involved his dad marrying his ex-girlfriend.
- Venture Bros. had two entire episodes that were Noodle Incidents: "Escape to the House of Mummies Part II" references a Part I in the "Previously on..." and a Part III in the "Next time on...", but neither of these episodes exist. The result is a series of out of context clips that never get fully explained.
- Brock Samson and Hauser "were in 'Nam together." All we know otherwise is that it wasn't during the war.
- Colonel Gathers tends to drop these fairly often, claiming knowledge of (among other things) a second Revolutionary War that was invisible and apparently led to OSI's founding, the President not actually being the President, the United States shutting people's third eyes, and that female Draculas are fictitious.
- We Bare Bears:
- In "Icy Nights", Ice Bear is implied to have a history with Yana the barista. When he asks for help tracking down the guys who stole his Roomba, Yana complains that the last time she helped Ice Bear, her car got totaled and she needed to get thirty stitches in her shoulder.
- In "Icy Nights II", Yana and Ice Bear start listing off various incidents where one of them saved the other's life. There's some debate over who saved who in Halifax.
- Happens at one point on Xavier: Renegade Angel, when a man covered in prosthetic body parts starts taking them all off in preparation to kick Xavier's ass and his friend says "I haven't seen him this heated since The Incident!"