Before having her eyes accidentally healed by Steven's healing spit via an Indirect Kiss, Connie wore pink-tinted glasses. In the episode her eyes were healed, Steven is recalling a Gem mission that made him worried about his future with the Crystal Gems. The last scene has her taking out the pink lenses before placing them back on her face. In other words, prior to this point, Connie saw Steven's adventures with the Crystal Gems through rose-colored glasses. But, by the end, she is able to clearly see how stressful Steven's job is.
While Pearl can drive a car (and has been shown doing so multiple times), the episode "Last One Out of Beach City" reveals that she doesn't have a driver's license. She explains that this is because she is from Homeworld, not from Earth, and therefore isn't a citizen of ANY country. In other words, she's an illegal alien. Two episodes later in "Gem Harvest", Greg's cousin Andy DeMayo does call the Gems "illegal aliens".
The Wham Shot from the episode "A Single Pale Rose" features Rose Quartz's gem turning 90 degrees, revealing it to be none other than the brilliant-cut gem of Pink Diamond. It is, quite literally, a brilliant twist.
From the pilot episode of We Bare Bears when Grizz is trying to cheer up Panda after a breakup:
Grizzly: Cheer up! There are plenty of other girls out there! You're a Panda! You're cute. You're cuddly. You know kung fu. Panda: I don't know kung fu! Grizzly: Yeah, you know what I mean.
Warpath from Transformers: Generation 1 is an Autobot who is best known for his Verbal Tic of adding onomatopoeia to his dialog... to the point where he might have Tourette's. The kicker? He turns into a tank and his upper body is made from the TURRET.
In the third season, the Decepticon leader Galvatron, who turns into a gun emplacement, is crazy and unpredictable, as likely to attack his allies as he is the Autobots. He's quite the loose cannon.
And in the Japanese dub, the Cassetteicons often call Soundwave aniki. In addition to being what gang members call their leader, it also translates to 'big brother.' So, since Soundwave is the Decepticon communications officer who reports treachery to their leader that means that Big Brother Is Watching you.
In an early episode of DuckTales (2017), Huey, Dewey, Louie, and their new friend Webby are playing with dart guns, and Webby gets really into it. She spins an elaborate Backstory for her character in their game, a gruff black operative bent on avenging her men who were captured in Peking. Peking ducks are a breed of duck bred to be cooked.
In Filmation's Ghostbusters, the Team Pet of the group is a little pink bat named Belfry. His name is based on the saying "To have bats in the belfry", meaning "To be a bit crazy".
Also, Jessica Wray is the fiancée of ghostbuster Jake Kong. Wray... Kong... does it ring a bell?
In Kim Possible, when we are first introduced to Team Go, Ron asks why Mego wears a purple costume. Team leader Hego replies, "He's a shrinker" and drops the subject. He's a shrinking violet (but not a Shrinking Violet, mind you); Warner/DC would not be amused.
Mego's power is to shrink to the size of an action figure. He shares his name with a popular line of action figures from the 70s and 80s, including the unintuitive pronunciation.
When we are originally introduced to Team Go, they are introduced as "Hego, Shego, Mego, and The Twins." The implication is that the twins are collectively, "Wego."
In "Big Bother", Ron is conflicted between his school assignment bag of flour and his new sister Hana (which is Japanese for Flower.)
Was Mrs Possible channeling Jill Valentine in "Day of the Snowmen"?
Wanda: Egad, (Tom Sawyer) turned The Three Musketeers into the three Mouse— (Timmy then swiftly covers her mouth and teleports them out)
And later in the same episode:
Cosmo: So he gets into a physics book, what's the worst that could happen? Timmy: Cosmo, don't you understand? He could turn gravity into gravy! He could turn the planets into plants!— Wanda: He could turn Uranus into... Oh no! We have to stop him! Cosmo: What? I don't get it! What's the big threat!
The segment "Dread and Breakfast" has a cameo by two Shaggy and Scooby-Doo lookalikes. Not-Shaggy refers to Not-Scooby as "Doob", which would probably make "Doob"'s name Doobie.
Homer: There once was this guy from an island off the coast of Massachusetts... Nantucket, I think it was. Anyway, he had the most unusual personal characteristic, which was, um...
Another instance not using the man from Nantucket limerick, maybe even being a parody of its usage, comes in an episode where Krusty the Clown is giving Homer an old trampoline of his and talks about dirty limericks ("There once was a man named Enis...").
The traffic guy for Channel 6 News, Arnie Pie, who very deliberately avoids the painfully obvious pun on his name; his segment, live from the traffic chopper, is called "Arnie in the Sky".
Still another: In "Krusty Gets Kancelled", Krusty mentioned that he and Bette Midler once owned a horse together, and named it "Krudler". For those who didn't get it, the more appropriate name is revealed in the DVD Commentary of the episode: Misty
Alternatively, the far less appropriate Busty
In "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)", Homer goes to a shop called "Sneed's Feed & Seed (Formerly Chuck's)".
In the episode "'Sideshow Bob Roberts", the character playing the role of "Deep Throat" is Mr. Smithers.
The "Flaming Moe" drink, formerly known as the "Flaming Homer". The names bear similarities to "'mo" and "homo" respectively, both contractions of "homosexual".
In "Hurricane Neddy", Ned Flanders watches a film of his younger, aggressive, hyperactive self:
In another episode, Homer gets lost in a corn field, and the family sends the dog to help. The music that plays is "Freak on a Leash" by Korn.
In "Wedding for Disaster," Homer is kidnapped and chained up in a cell. When his kidnappers return him back home out of guilt, he still has a chain on him. Marge tells him that they should take that chain off him, to which he responds, "Won't it just dry up after a while and fall off in the bath?" Such is what typically happens to a bandage, not bondage.
In the first season episode "The Crepes of Wrath":
Bart (watching his pet frog): Ah, the life of a frog. That's the life for me. Marge enters the room and asks if Bart would like to go to France.
"I don't know whether to peck you on your kisser or kiss you on your-"
In the retelling of The Odyssey from "Tales from the Public", Odysseus (Homer) is told by Circe (Lindsey Naegle) that to return to Ithaca, he has to travel through Hades, crossing the river Styx. Cut to Homer sailing down the river as Styx's "Lady" plays with skeletons headbanging.
In The Tick, there is a running gag where several villains are never actually named, but they are very obvious visual puns. So we have an evil boy genius with a see-through plastic cranium, but never actually called "Brain Child". Or the man dressed as someone's granny, obsessed with stealing inventions is never called "The mother of invention".
The Tick is pretty famous with this trope for villain names like Chairface Chippendale, a chair faced in a tuxedo (Chippendale is also the name of a furniture) and Milton Roe. Milt means fish sperm and Roe means fish eggs.
Surprisingly, The Powerpuff Girls does this at one point: despite the series' tendency towards the incredibly lame pun, the Mayor's secretary is referred to only as "Miss Bellum." Given her brain capacity relative to that of the Mayor, it's not hard to guess what her first name is... Sara.
They have stated her name at least once. However, it was in fact Sara.
The Mayor is so old his first secretary must have been Antebellum.
Also, Him looks like Satan and dresses like Santa Claus. He also has claws. This is never commented on directly.
The Central Bureaucracy of Futurama has a giant Rubik's cube made out of Rubik's cubes made out of offices. I call it the Rubik's Cubicle.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold, "Deep Cover for Batman": Batman thinks he may have found an ally in The Scarlet Scarab based on a conversation he heard, but it turns out to just provide misdirection, meaning that the Scarlet Scarab was a Red Herring.
In the Justice League episode "The Terror Beyond", Hawkgirl taunts Icthultu when he wishes to speak to her: "Nothing to say! I have a gesture for you, but my hands are tied." That's right, Hawkgirl wants to flip him the bird.
In the episode "The Balance" Wonder Woman receives a message from Zeus saying "By Decree of Zeus Father of Olympus it is so ordered: Diana of Themyscira will travel to Tartarus and set right that which has been disturbed." She starts to respond with "He's telling me to go to..." but is interrupted by Hermes saying "Basically".
The "fire at will" pun is used when Terry (voiced by Will Friedle) showed up in "The Once and Future Thing".
And in "Epilogue", the team is up against another team called the Royal Flush Gang, who Ace gave powers to. One of them is wearing kabuki make-up, with a top knot and swinging a katana. By process of elimination, he's the Jack, and when depowered happens to look like Phil LaMarr. Ten looks like Bo Derek did in the film Ten, Queen is a transformed guy (drag queen), and King looks like Jack "King" Kirby.
In the Unlimited episode "Panic In The Sky", there's a stealth pun allusion to Galatea being the DCAU expy of Power Girl when Supergirl defeats her by (fatally?) electrocuting her with a power cable.
Doubling as a Mythology Gag, in the episode "Hawk and Dove" Wonder Woman teams up with the titular duo to defeat Ares from instigating a war between two countries. They are only able to defeat him by convincing both sides not to fight. So in other words, Wonder Woman made a Hawk and Dove stop a war with love.
Hayley: You have anginanote This is a real disease. Francine: Which according to Dr. Natterson sounds like vagina... I don't know about that, but he's the doctor.
Another episode has a secondary story revolving around bees. What's another term for "secondary story"?
Another episode has an extremely stealth one. When Francine takes an elevator down a shaft Stan built in his house to find Oliver North's gold, Francine comes across a donkey. Stan later says that he was all alone in the hole with only the donkey. A shaft, and a donkey. Whats another name for a donkey in a shaft? An ass in a hole, hence an asshole.
In an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the scene after greeting Suki in a robe, under candlelight, a rose in his mouth, Sokka is seen wearing a flower necklace — he got lei'd.
And Suki got deflowered.
In "The Ember Island Players", a bad in-universe reenactment of the series thus far, the audience starts falling asleep during the sequence with the drill. It's boring.
An episode of The Legend of Korra, the Waterbender twins Desna and Eska cover their boots in frozen water to slide down a mountainside. That's right, they made ice skates.
In "Holy Crap", Brian and Francis get into an argument about God that ends with Francis beating Brian with the Holy Bible. He's a literal Bible-thumper.
In "Road to the Multiverse", Stewie and Brian go to a Disney universe, and this universe's Joe is a coffee pot. Joe. Coffee.
In "Model Misbehavior", Lois becomes a model and walks into the Drunken Clam dressed up. After all the guys make (incredibly lame) puns about her, Joe tells her to take her jacket off. Eventually, all the guys in the bar are shouting a chorus of "jacket off, jacket off". Or, if you listen to it correctly, jack it off.
In the episode, "Grimm Job", Peter, in a parody of Jack and the Beanstalk, picks up a newspaper and reads, "Mary Davis gives birth to... lamb?!" In other words: Mary had a little lamb.
Teen Titans has one of the first type in the episode "Can I Keep Him?" While fighting Johnny Rancid's new "pet", Rancid remarks that the beast is "kicking [Robin's]—", and is then interrupted by two green hooves to the gut. One shot later, it is revealed that Beast Boy has, indeed, turned into an ass.
Cyborg is incredibly good at video games. Why wouldn't he be? He's a computer player.
In the Spongebob Squarepants episode "Karate Island", one of the enemies is named "The Tickler". He also happens to be French. Making him... a French Tickler.
In "Pranks A Lot", SpongeBob and Patrick use a can of invisible spray to disguise themselves as ghosts and scare many citizens of Bikini Bottom. The final guy who shouts out "Ghost!" in fear is shown sitting on the toilet. Get it?! They scared the shit out of him!
In The Chaperone, when Mr. Krabs suggests that Pearl take SpongeBob to the prom.
Pearl: The frycook?? Do you know what that'll do to my complexion? People will mistake me for a planetarium! Krabs: What do you mean? Pearl: I... don't know. note (She'll have so many zits, she'll look like a star chart.)
Late in the third season of Ben 10, Ben's antagonists consisted largely of aliens that resembled Universal/Hammer horror monsters, and he gained the ability to become each of them. First was a werewolf, which he cleverly named Benwolf. (Insert Gwendel joke here.) Next, a mummy, which was called Benmummy in the credits. The third villain, Dr. Vicktor, turned out to be a Frankenstein's Monster pastiche. The credits called the resulting transformation Benvicktor, avoiding the more obvious choice: Benstein.
In the third season of Ben 10: Alien Force, Kevin ends up stuck in a composite form, with various body parts made out of various materials, from metal to crystal. In particular, everything from his groin down is made of wood.
For years, the opening sequence of Animaniacs got away with showing Yakko getting lunchmeat shoved down the front of his trousers, while all three Warners sang "there's bologna in our slacks". Yep, they played "Hide the Sausage" in full view on a kid's show...
An even clever one. The Warner siblings are referred to as the "Warner Bros. The period at the end is also called a "Dot", which explains the sister's name.
The head editor of the dictionary in "The F Word" is Emmanuel Lewis.note "Webster's" is the name of a highly popular dictionary, and Emmanuel Lewis was famous for starring in a 1980s sitcom named Webster.
In "Tsst", Eric's egotistical behavior becomes too much for Mrs. Cartman to handle. When reality TV shows like Nanny 911 and Super Nanny fail to subdue him, it is Cesar Millan the Dog Whisperer who shows Cartman that not everyone is willing to put up with his crap. That's right, the episode implied that Cartman is a "son of a bitch".
The character Butters' last name is "Stotch" making his name Butters Stotch (Butterscotch) but he is rarely, if ever, called by both (his real full name "Leopold Stotch" even moreso). Usually, it's either first or last name only.
"The Problem With a Poo" is a Double-Meaning Title. It refers to how Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo's reception in South Park gradually becomes soured, but it also refers to the Crossover Punchline with The Simpsons at the very end of the episode, which indirectly references the infamous documentary, Hari Kondabolu's The Problem With Apu.
In the Pinky and the Brain episode "It's Only a Paper World," the title characters attempt to Take Over the World by building a life-sized replica of the planet Earth out of paper-mâché and luring the population onto it so they can rule the real Earth without interference. All the music in the episode is based on themes from Dvorak's Symphony No. 9: otherwise known as the New World symphony.
Similarly, an episode dealing with the art world used themes from Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition.
In one episode of The Spectacular Spider Man, Peter hears a radio informing everyone about an attack by Sandman at the harbor. Then it says: "Now for an oldie but a goodie by the Chordettes" before the next scene. One of the Chordettes' most famous songs? Mr. Sandman.
Also, Sandman is trying to steal The Urn of Morpheus.
In "A Gruesome Twosome", two alley cats try to fool Tweety by wearing a horse costume. The one in front reveals himself and tells us, "I'm the horse's head!" The one in back says nothing.
"Buckaroo Bugs" has Bugs as a messenger asking which of the two characters lying dazed on the ground is Red Hot Ryder. Red points to his horse's ass before pointing to himself. "Scrap Happy Daffy" does a similar gag, with Daffy pointing at a horse's ass and exclaiming, "How do ya like that, Schickelgrüber?"
Beavis And Butthead actually subverted this once. They find an injured bird, nurse it back to health, and Butthead sends it on its way by flipping it into the air. Beavis then takes the stealth out of the pun by telling him "Hey, Butthead. You flipped the bird."
In "Horror of the Hodag", Shaggy feels neglected because Scooby found a girl dog named Nova that he likes—much the same as he had done to Scooby when he was dating Velma. When he tells Velma this, she comments that "Payback, thy name is Nova." In other words, payback is a bitch.
And let's not forget "Mr. E".
A French stealth pun for Wakfu: the Havresac. It's a real word (haversack in English), but Ruel's is also a bag (sac) which provides a haven (havre) for the heroes.
There's a Polish cartoon called Generał Italia. Abbreviated to the title and it's Gen. Italia.
In the first episode, "The Mare in the Moon", we can see that Twilight Sparkle (who is more interested in her studies than in making friends) makes her home in a tall, off-white structure (i.e. an ivory tower).
When Nightmare Moon was imprisoned in the moon, she appeared as a large dark spot on the moon's surface, and is referred to as The Mare in the Moon. A dark spot on the moon is known as a sea, or in Latin, mare.note Yes, everypony knows it's pronounced differently, but still.
There's also the more obvious pun behind her name where she's a mare who controls the night, making her literally a Nightmare.
The Wonderbolts are heavily based off of the Blue Angels (and other aerobatics teams), and utilize a winged thunderbolt as their logo. The dark-mirror Shadowbolts used, as their uniform Cutie Mark, a winged skull. A winged skull logo was also used, at one time, by the Hell's Angels. Subtle, but very clever.
In "The Ticket Master", when Rarity is ranting about how her fashion will allow her and Twilight to impress all the Canterlot elite at the Grand Galloping Gala, she has literal stars in her eyes.
The two male ponies, Snips and Snails, are a pun based on the old adage that girls are made of "sugar and spice and everything nice," while boys are made of "snips and snails and puppy dog tails." Given this show's status as a kids' show, it's probably unlikely that we'll see a boy pony named "Puppy Dog Tails," but the other two can work as names in a fictitious environment.
Not very stealthy, but Twilight Sparkle really hopes the legend of Nightmare Moon is just an old 'pony tale'.
In the beginning of "Boast Busters", Twilight's magic abilities are referred to as "tricks," and Spike mentions that most unicorns can only do a small amount of magic related to their profession. Which, one might say, makes them "one-trick ponies."
And the other magically skilled pony in the episode is named Trixie. Tricks-y. The name "Trixie" is a diminutive of 'Beatrix', meaning 'voyager, traveller', and Trixie is a travelling performer.
In "Green Isn't Your Color", when Fluttershy is being chased around by paparazzi, one of them is a pegasus with a dollar sign as his cutie mark. Given pony naming conventions, this means his name is probably Money Shot.
Applejack's story in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" details her attempt to move to the city to live with her Aunt and Uncle Orange. The City Mouse/Country Mouse plot is played completely straight, revealing to Applejack that she's nothing like the city folk. It's like comparing Apples and Oranges.
Similarly, she says "I'm so hungry, I could eat..."
In "Sonic Rainboom", Rainbow Dash pulls off the Sonic Rainboom and wins the Young Fliers' Competition with it. One might say she passed with flying colors.
"The book said when the five are present, a spark will cause the sixth element to be revealed." Spark or Sparkle?
Nightmare Moon: The spark didn't work! Twilight Sparkle: But it did. A different kind of spark.
When defeating Discord, the mane six literally form a "double rainbow".
Rarity is a pony who designs clothes. She's a clotheshorse.
Rarity owns a female cat named Opal, which is a type of gemstone. In "Return of Harmony", Rarity brings home a large "diamond" named Tom.
In "Feeling Pinkie Keen", Twilight stops to stand on a crate and lecture Pinkie about why she has a hard time believing in the latter's "Pinkie Sense". Said crate originally had some bars and bottles of soap on it, which means Twilight literally got on a soap box.
In "Lesson Zero", Twilight Sparkle shows the Cutie Mark Crusaders her toy, Smarty Pants, who comes with accessories such as homework. It also appears to be some kind of donkey, making it a smart ass.
In "Over a Barrel", we see a train pulled by several ponies. We just saw the pony express.
In "A Friend In Deed," Pinkie parodies a few lines from the song "Yankee Doodle Boy" (a.k.a. "Yankee Doodle Dandy"). In the musical that popularized the song, the "Yankee Doodle Dandy" was a horse jockey.
The song also borrows lyrics from the folk song that inspired it, "Yankee Doodle." What did Yankee Doodle come to town riding on, again?
In "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", Pinkie and friends hold a Ticket-Line Campout to be the first to get that season's Sweet Apple Acres cider...in other words, camping in line waiting for the yearly new Apple products.
From the same episode, who ever makes the most cider wins Sweet Apple Acres. Meaning that the Apple family bet the farm that they would win.
In "Sweet and Elite", when talking to Fancypants, after having mentioned staying at the princess' castle, she places Opalescence into one of her carrier-bags. Why? Because she let the cat out of the bag. (Admittedly not the same bag, but still).
In "Secret of My Excess":
Spike goes on a greedy rampage through Ponyville. Part of that includes going to Sugarcube Corner and stealing all the cakes. Pinkie Pie immediately calls out, "How dare you take the cake!" This is a subtle reference to the phrase "taking the cake."
In the same episode, Spike's gigantic pile of wildly assorted presents includes a kitchen sink.
When the Wonderbolts are maneuvering around grown Spike, at one point they cut through his head barbs, with only a short bit that looks like a soldier's haircut remaining. That's because they buzzed him.
In "Read It and Weep", a hospitalized pony with a crazed expression and strait-jacket vocalizes like a dog - making her barking mad. Also, the fact that her cutie mark is a screw makes much more sense when you consider that she's literally screw loose.
The day after "A Canterlot Wedding" — in which Princess Cadance (sic) is revealed to be a villain in disguise — aired, a music geek discovered that one of the songs* (Namely, "BBBFF", not the Villain Song as is often circulated) contains a chord progression known as a known as aDeceptive Cadence. And then the song's composer confirmed via Twitter that it was totally intentional.
A bit of a Fridge Brilliance pun involving the princesses: Prior to the Season 2 finale, a lot of people wondered what Cadence's purpose was. Celestia and Luna basically run the sun and moon, respectively, but Cadence doesn't have any duty of that nature. Then the episode revealed that she was Twilight's foalsitter...◊
Also, she has love powers, and you know what they say... love makes the world go 'round.
There's a point in "Just For Sidekicks" when Rainbow Dash's tortoise Tank is spinning on his back. Would you call him a Tank top?
In "Magical Mystery Cure," the song "What My Cutie Mark Is Telling Me" details results of the cutie mark swap. There's very distinctive transitions between stanzas, which appear in jazz and musicals. It's known as a turnaround, which can also mean 'the reversal of a situation or circumstances'.
In "Rarity Takes Manehattan", she may not have been expecting it, but of course it was by a fashion designer that she was taken in.
A cutie mark is the essence of who a pony is. So when Starlight Glimmer steals them from the Mane Six in the season 5 opener, she's committing identity theft.
When Cheese Sandwich first appears, he's dressed as Clint Eastwood's character from the Dollars Trilogy, which would make him A Horse With No Name. And as he was in sandy Appleloosa when the episode started, he has, in fact been through the desert.
Another one for Cheese Sandwich: He's voiced by "Weird Al" Yankovic, known for his parodies of songs. He also has many similarities to Pinkie Pie, including a food-related name (Pie, Cheese Sandwich), a mute animal sidekick (Boneless the rubber chicken, compared to Pinkie's Gummy the alligator), a "Cheesy Sense" (whereas Pinkie has a "Pinkie Sense"), and is a party planner, among other similarities. In essence, Cheese Sandwich is a parody of Pinkie Pie.
And of course, waaaay back in G1, every female pony wore a bow on the base of their tail. In other words, every pony tail was also a ponytail.
In "Keep Calm and Flutter On", Fluttershy scolds a beaver for his language. While the beaver is The Unintelligible, it seems a fair bet that the problem word was dam(n).
In "The Hooffields and McColts", the latter of the titular warring clans is presented as a family of skilled carpenters and woodsmiths. Sawhorses.
In Real Life, early computers had names like ENIAC, EDVAC, and UNIVAC. In the Rocky and Bullwinkle side feature, "Peabody's Improbable History", the time machine is called the WABAC ('cause they go "way back" in time).
Speaking of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Boris Badenov's name was an allusion to Pushkin's play Boris Godunov. The name is lampshaded in one story arc's next-episode titles: "Don't Make It Worse, It's Badenov."
"Ex Marks the Spot," the penultimate episode of Time Squad, opens with Larry behaving unusually happily, as if basking in the afterglow of...something. He stuffs a turkey full of gravy until it overflows, then tops the dish with a cherry...which sinks into the gravy never to be seen again. In other words, Larry has just lost his cherry.
At the end of the episode "Out of the Groove" there's a debate about Magic Versus Science, and Kowalski firmly believes in science. He also spends the first five minutes of the episode with his head stuck in a glass beaker.
There were two instances of a Griffin named Merv who had a talk show in cartoons:
To keep Agent P distracted while Carl investigates Phineas and Ferb in "Undercover Carl", Monogram assigns Perry the mission of finding the long-lost Agent G, Gary the Gander. Turns out Gary was vacationing on the moon.
In "The Wizard of Odd", Candace reasons that her brothers are behind her sudden trip to Oz. Sure enough, Phineas and Ferb reveal themselves from behind the backdrop. Candace proceeds to ignore every attempt by her brothers to interact with her as she makes her way to Bustopolis, paying no attention to the men (well, boys) behind the curtain.
"Summer Belongs To You" introduces Baljeet's uncle who runs a factory in the Himalayas that makes rubber bands and balls. It's never said outright, but he's literally making India rubber.
The Regular Show episode "Access Denied" has Mordecai and Rigby trying to get into a club called "The Box". They get into the club by thinking outside The Box.
In the Gravity Falls episode "Headhunters", at one point, when Dipper and Mabel are in a biker-bar-type establishment, they pass by a man with a cat drawn on one palm◊. Said fellow is hitting it with his other hand, so you could say that he's pounding pussy.
Penny is a peanut, and she has antlers. She's a doe-nut.
Penny is also Gumball's girlfriend. What does it take to buy a gumball? A penny.
On Bob's Burgers, Linda and Gale help Gene write a song about gravy — "It's a gravy boat, not a navy boat..." They end up rolling with the latter idea and singing about "sailors in your mouth." (Why, what were you expecting?)
In the Rocko's Modern Life episode "Camera Shy", Rocko is shown literally nude descending a staircase. The only hint that this is a pun on the abstract painting Nude Descending A Staircase is when Heffer uses the word "descending" in a sentence.
In an episode of Transformers: Rescue Bots, the bots and Cody are discussing what to watch for movie night. Chase's preference? "I vote for an action film. Preferably with high-speed pursuits." Meaning he enjoys a good Chase Scene.
One that requires a little bit of backstory occurs in Eek! the Cat. Eek's girlfriend was a pink cat named Annabelle. A running gag in the show was that she was the largest character in the show, and everyone but Eek noticed. This was a bit unlike her original voice actress, who had at one time been an actress, music video girl, and general sex symbol. So there's some irony there, sure, but plenty of people play characters that they have nothing in common with. Only people who read the credits get this joke's punchline: simply put, Annabelle was a fat cat, but her voice actress was played by a TawnyKitaen.
The episode "Gailbreak!" involves an attempt to break Zoe's sister (also a dog, of course) out of Largest Ever Pet Shop's day camp. It turns out that it wasn't Gail at all, making the episode a "Shaggy Dog" Story.
In the Batman Beyond episode "April Moon," a villain whose wrists and knees have been replaced with chainsaws cuts open a door. He cuts the door three times - two form a cross, and the third is a diagonal inward slash beneath the cross - the Japanese symbol for "Sa."
In chapter two of Over the Garden Wall, Wirt and Greg find themselves in trouble when they run through a pumpkin field and accidentally ruin some of the crop. Basically, they were Smashing Pumpkins.
In "Young Justice" during the final seasons, the Green Beetle of Mars is introduced, his real name is B'arzz O'oomm A DC comics Martian style name based on Barsoom, the name for Mars used by the natives of Mars in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Jon Carter of Mars Books and their sequels
In the 3-2-1 Penguins! episode, "Runaway Pride at Lightstation Kilowatt", after Zidgel shoves Kevin aside so that he can activate the equipment, he says, "All it needed was one big jerk!" Basically, he's saying he's a Jerkass.
In the Descendants: Wicked World episode "Pair of Sneakers", Mal and Freddie Facilier are searching Dr. Facilier's shop for a jewel that belonged to Maleficent. One of the places they search is in a mobile hanging from the ceiling with bat-shaped figures on it. In other words, it's a bat mobile.
The Venture Bros. sometimes works these into the names of villains, especially those that are only seen or mentioned briefly.
A lame villain named "Brick Frog" appears a few times, but only for a second or two. Since he wears an awful frog costume and throws bricks, you'd think the entirety of the joke is simply how bad he is at being menacing or making any sense. The Genius Bonus is that in masonry jargon a "brick frog" is the indentation in the top of a brick. Which, in a way, makes him even lamer.
Season six introduced a new villain as Dr. Venture's primary archenemy. Since he is very large, has a blowhole, and uses a unified cetacean theme, it's natural to assume that his name is spelled "Wide Whale". If you pay very close attention, however, you'll spot that it's actually "Wide Wale", which is a variety of corduroy fabric. His suit appears to be made of it.
A villain dressed as a gecko in a track suit with the Polish coat of arms speaks briefly at a Guild meeting. It's left up to the viewer to deduce that his name is "Warsaw Gecko", a play on the Warsaw Ghetto that the Nazis established after occupying Poland. In the same scene, another villain is essentially baseball player Pete Rose colored purple. His name is "Purple Rose", making a play on Purple Prose.
Metalocalypse shouts out to a lot of metal bands by naming people and places after them, but the episode "Dethtroll" has an especially stealthy example. The band inadvertently wake a troll sleeping in a lake by playing an ancient Finnish song. So it was a Finntroll.
In the Generator Rex episode "Frostbite", the group takes a trip to a remote base called Paradise, which was destroyed by the end of the episode by an E.V.O. In other words, Paradise was lost.
The plot of the Moral Orel episode "Grounded" revolves around Orel electrocuting himself.
Harvey Beaks has Bartleburt, a ghost stump librarian. It's very fitting, seeing how he's a dead tree.
Challenge Of The Go Bots features the ambitious warmonger and Renegade leader Cy-Kill, who suffers from a fairly obvious Punny Name already because he transforms into a motorcycle. What's never outright stated is that his brutal methods mean that he is literally a vicious cycle.
In the 101 Dalmatian Street Episode; "D-Factor", Dylan gets paint dunked on him, causing him to snap. Many will quickly pick up on this being a Homage to "Carrie", but the Homage continues when Dylan begins making quips about those laughing at him; or, in other words, he "burns" them.
101 Dalmatians: The Series: During one of the group's attempts to break up Cadpig and Mooch in "My Fair Moochie", Lucky sets up a bogus ring toss booth while dressed as an old-timey boardwalk barker.