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Visual Puns in western animation TV.

  • Visual puns pertaining to characters are a common gag of western cartoons. Common ones include but are not limited to:
    • A donkey (Jackass, an idiot or asshole)
    • A lollipop (Sucker, someone who fell for a trick)
    • The bottom of a shoe (Heel, someone who should be ashamed)
    • A screw and a ball (Screwball, someone weird)note 
    • A dripping faucet (Drip, a loser)
    • A broken pot (Crackpot, someone crazy)
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    • A bell and a swarm of bats (Dingbat or having Bats in the Belfry, also someone crazy)

  • 3-2-1 Penguins!:
    • In the song "Fair and Square", Midgel holds a picture of ham when Zidgel sings his second solo.
    • In "12 Angry Hens", Midgel stops the ship due to an actual fork floating in outer space.
  • In the episode of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius where Cindy and Libby host a TV show, Nick announces he's going to comb his hair without his hands and asks for a drumroll. Cue an actual drum rolling across the stage.
  • Adventure Time has a couple:
    • The Earl of Lemongrab. He himself is a pun on the term "sourpuss"; he looks like a lemon, he is obviously a very angry person and his original name in the storyboards was "Lemonsnatch". All of the clothes he wears are grey, so he's also a pun on "Earl Grey tea".
    • In "The Party's Over, Isla de Señorita", the Ice King tries to impress/seduce Princess Bubblegum by sneaking into her room with a pot of honey and pouring it on her waffles. Clearly, he's misunderstood something important about the honey pot.
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  • In one episode of Aladdin: The Series, Genie conjures up a sandwich on his head and says, "Hey Al! Lunch is on me!"
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: In "The Shell", after accidentally headbutting Penny the antlered peanut because he's too nervous to kiss her and leaving a crack around her eye hole as a result, Gumball makes a joke about being a nutcracker.
  • Animaniacs. Every single short featuring the Warner Brothers (and sister). For instance, in the first episode, psychiatrist Dr. Scratchansniff tries to make them stop doing this - like, when he says "plant yourselves on the couch", they turn into flowers. "This isn't a joke — it's a visual gag."
  • In the Arthur episode "Arthur's Lost Library Book" Arthur has a nightmare about the library book he lost. In one scene the police surround his house and tell him he can't escape the "long arm of the law". Just then an actual long arm with the sleeve of a judge's robe comes in, grabs him, and pulls him across town to the library.
    • In the episode "Mom and Dad Have a Great Big Fight" Arthur and D.W. have a fantasy sequence in the style of Oliver Twist. It parodies the scene where Arthur as Oliver Twist asks the chef for some more food. The chef obliges by giving him an oar, or "some oar" as he puts it.
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    • In the episode "The Big Riddle" Arthur winds up having a dream where he winds up in a world like Alice in Wonderland where everything is a visual pun. His falling out of the sky produces a "break in the clouds" which the Tibble Twins can't fix because they are "all thumbs". He winds up in the middle of the group's "T" party.
    • In the episode "D.W. All Fired Up" D.W. is told the class will have their first fire drill, and immediately imagines a drill that shoots fire instead of using a metal bit. Justified in that she is a 4-year-old kid and has never heard the phrase "fire drill" before.
    • In-Universe in the episode "D.W. The Copycat" where the two are watching Bionic Bunny on TV and he uses his brute strength to escape from a crab-villain's clutches, which he calls his "Built-in escape claws".
  • Try Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book 3. Zuko runs into Suki on the way to Sokka's tent. Suki slips away, and Zuko enters Sokka's tent. Sokka was expecting...someone else. Zuko leaves, and Sokka calls for Suki. The next morning, Sokka is playing with a flower necklace (not dissimilar to a Hawaiian flower necklace). He got lei'd. (And if you're assuming that Suki gave it to him, then Suki got de-flowered.)
  • The Joker and Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series:
    • One of the lightest was in "Harley's Holiday", when Harley declared she was armed and promptly hit Bruce Wayne with the arm of a mannequin.
    • Also during that episode, a mob boss named Boxy gets his pants torn off by Harley's hyenas, revealing that he's wearing boxer shorts.
    • At the very beginning of "Almost Got 'Im", as the assembled villains share theories about who Batman is, Two-Face pours some half-and-half into his coffee.
    • At the end of "Trial", after playing judge at a villains' Kangaroo Court trial of Batman, Joker attacks Batman while swinging from a rope and announces himself as "the hanging judge".
    • In "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne", Two-Face tells the Joker, "Get out of my face, clown!" The Joker replies, "Which one?"
  • Beany and Cecil was loaded with visual gags.
    • An example had the Boo Birds serving a hammerhead shark to Cecil. It was a shark with the top of a hammer on its head.
    • This was really prominent when they described their journey at the beginning of many episodes. Example: "Okay, men, we've cut through the Sandwich Islands (cut to a map with islands shaped like sandwiches, one of which their boat bisects) and saw the Thousand Islands dressing (cut to a still picture of a bunch of islands in various states of dressing)". And that particular gag ended with them looking at a map of their destination: a large island in the shape of a woman with jungle for skin, a desert for hair, and mountains in the shape of a bikini top and bottom, named "No Bikini Atoll".
  • The Animated Adaptation of Beetlejuice saw its title character do this about a dozen times an episode; it's described as a reflex, his powers causing him to transform according to the idioms he uses.
  • Bob's Burgers: In "The Deepening", a giant mechanical shark breaks through the floor of the restaurant and Bob tries to throw things at it. He ends up literally grasping at a box of straws.
  • Similar to the Sabrina example, in an episode of Bonkers, the title character is infected with a 'toon disease called "Literalitis".
  • Bump in the Night: In "Penny For Your Thoughts", Squishy uttered the pun, simply made a random thought, and a penny fell on him from out of nowhere. Bumpy put all his effort into producing a random thought, but it took him a while to do so.
  • Chowder has quite a few from time to time.
    • In "Banned from the Stand", for example, Gazpacho bans Mung from every other fruit stands (apparently he has the power to do that, according to the "code") and keeps saying "Banned! Banned! Banned!". In the last "BANNED!" we then cut to a shot of a marching band looking at Gazpacho.
    • When Mung teases his rival, Ms. Endive, that an ugly beast has just escaped the zoo, a bizarre monster appears out of nowhere and says "Oops, gotta go!" and jumps through a window.
    • Another scene also counts as a Lampshade Hanging from Truffles; when an extremely hot day comes along, Chowder asks why they don't turn on the Air Conitioner, when Truffles says it's because they have a corn-dish-oner. Cut to a scene of a strange washing-machine like thing dishing out corn. Truffles follows this up with "stupid visual puns!"
  • The Critic has had two great examples:
    • "From Chunk to Hunk":
      Penny: (giving Marty a sheet of paper) Goodbye Marty. I wrote you a letter. (Marty sees only the letter P written on the page) You can read it on the bus.
    • "A Song For Margo":
      Hard Copy reporter: Tonight on Hard Copy, O.J. refuses to speak. (shows a pitcher of orange juice on the witness stand) Part 2 tomorrow.
  • Danger Mouse:
    • "How was I to know he had a voice-activated bean spiller?"
    • And similar to the The Muppet Movie example, Dangermouse is following a series of directions around an underground temple one of which is to take a fork left...after colliding with it he asks "Who left that fork there?"
  • The Sketch Artist Plastic Man short for DC Nation ran on these. The purse snatcher was male? Plas turns into a mail box. Pug nose? Pug dog nose!
  • The opening to the Donald Duck educational cartoon, "Donald in Mathmagic Land", shows a forest where trees have square roots.
  • DuckTales (1987):
    • Fenton Crackshell (a.k.a. Gizmoduck) had a day job as a literal "bean counter". He would count beans as they fell into jars and tell his assistant how many to add or remove. He could count hundreds of beans accurately in a fraction of a second, so good for him.
    • Turns out it's not limited to beans. He tried his darndest to get hired as Scrooge's new accountant, and when Scrooge tried to tell him no with a blunderbuss, Scrooge was amazed to hear, "465!" Turned out Fenton counted all the pellets that had been shot. After a quick check revealed he was just as good with counting money (a real plus when your money bin is so big it's a local landmark), Scrooge hired him.
    • Later, after he'd taken on duties as Gizmoduck, this is a Chekhov's Skill. The money bin is taken to a planet of robots ruled by a malicious supercomputer and its robot army. After trying the Gizmoduck frontal-assault approach, Fenton challenges the computer to a counting contest, winner takes all. And he outpaced the computer easily.
  • Thoroughly exercised over the course of The Fairly OddParents!'s run with the goofy but godlike Cosmo and Wanda.
    • As Timmy once said, seated inside a solid-ice convertible after wishing for a Cool Car, "Not funny."
    • From "What's the Difference?":
      Mandie: Prepare to meet your doom! *Holds up a sausage* MEAT?!
      Timmy: Thank you, horrible visual pun!
    • From "Mother Nature":
      Timmy: (to his mom, who is ignoring him) Uh, you're still mad at me and dad for not listening, aren't you?
      Timmy's Mom: Not very fond of getting the cold shoulder, are you?
      (Timmy's right shoulder freezes)
    • The one time it was not Cosmo & Wanda it was A.J.'s dad that invoked a visual pun by installing a parental block on the TV, which appears as an actual block with the words "Parental Block" on the screen.
  • Many people in Spain remember a series of TV bumpers on TVEnote  in the 1960s called "La Familia Telerín" which would inform the (younger) viewers that they were done showing family shows, and that it was time to go to bed. During the song that appears, the family are seen literally "marching off to bed". Also doubles as a Stealth Pun.
  • Family Guy:
    • In an early episode, Peter screws up setting up an extravagant birthday party for Stewie, and remarks that he was at least able to find the "big-ass piñata" he promised. Zoom out to reveal a giant piñata shaped like a pair of buttocks.
      Brian: I sure hope candy comes out of that.
    • In a Stephen King The Shawshank Redemption parody, Peter (Andy) accuses Mr. Pewtershmidt (Norton) of being "so obtuse", then Norton is shown to be sitting in a geometrically obtuse position.
      Norton: How about now?
      Andy: No, now you're acute.
      (cut to Norton in an acute position)
    • A man in a supermarket walks up to Lois and says "Nice melons." Peter gets appropriately angry, until Lois holds two cantaloupes and says "Peter, I'm holding melons." The man does it again with "Her hooters ain't bad, either." Peter yells again, and Lois is seen with two owls on her arm, "Peter, I'm holding hooters." The man finally says "Your wife's hot" and Peter tells him that's enough.
    • In a later episode, Peter claims to have found out how to kill two bird with one stone. He then pulls out two little birds and crushes them with a big rock.
    • In "Petey IV", Peter finds a Russian bootleg of Rocky IV and says that it's better than nothing. Cut to a gray background with literally nothing saying "Hey!", offended by Peter's comment.
  • In an episode of Freakazoid!, after a bit of badly-synced animation, it cuts to Freakazoid saying "Oy, let's watch the lip-sync, okay?", and then cuts to a clip of a disembodied pair of lips sinking into the ocean.
  • Futurama:
    • The movie "Bender's Big Score" ushers in their return with a long line of visual puns, where they take some pretty big jabs at their former network Fox in the form of making fun of the "Box Network". Notable ones include them being "on the air" (flying) and a comment about their many fans (their latest job has them delivering fans).
    • Another fan pun is in "The Lesser of Two Evils" when a robot strip joint has a (rotary-style) fan dancer.
    • Another episode has Leela telling Fry to "cool his jets". Cue a shot of Fry's jetpack burning Bender's face.
  • Done hilariously in an episode of Garfield and Friends. Roy buys a voice-activated weather-summoning robot, which starts interpreting all of Roy's insults ("I said rain, you bucket of bolts!") as requests for the items in question to fall from the sky. Roy finds himself on the receiving end of a bucket of bolts and an overgrown vacuum cleaner before he starts running... and narrating. "It's driving me up a tree! I have to get somewhere safe!"
  • In an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, as Billy and Mandy are shouting "Mine!" while fighting for possession of Grim, the scene momentarily cuts to show an underwater mine.
  • In the first episode of Hotel Transylvania: The Series, a critic is coming to inspect the hotel and Mavis claims that a single bad review from them could sink it. Cut to another hotel quite literally sinking into the ground when a fissure forms underneath it.
  • House of Mouse is full of them. In one scene, someone tells Mickey "The crowd's turning ugly" and there's a cut to the Queen from Snow White turning into the old witch disguise and Prince Adam turning back into the beast.
  • In the Jimmy Two-Shoes episode "Cellphone-itis", Beezy, going through cell phone withdrawal, says he's cracking up. His body then breaks like glass and falls, in pieces, on the ground. A similar moment happens in the episode "Scent of a Heinous" where Samy, panicking about Lucius possibly humiliating himself on TV, says he's having a meltdown. He then melts into a pile of green sludge.
  • Johnny Test:
    • The first episode "Johnny to the Center of the Earth" has Dukey exclaiming, "We're sitting ducks!" with the camera showing Johnny and him sitting in a duck boat.
    • "Princess Johnny" has one that intertwines with Getting Crap Past the Radar. Johnny is pretending to be the missing princess of a small country while agents Black and White find the real one. The princess has a laundry list of royal duties and we are taken through each and every one until he is told "Three O'clock, you must kiss the Royal—" Johnny interrupts and says he's tired, but as the sentence was said, both were looking at a donkey.
  • The Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue" used one to do a Shout-Out to another cartoon. Remember the Royal Flush Gang in that episode? Now, remember how one of them was a samurai, complete with Kabuki samurai costume? That's the Jack of the gang. And to make the pun more obvious, when he lost his powers, his real form closely resembled Samurai Jack voice actor, Phil La Marr. Also, Ten had prehensile cornrows and resembled Bo Derek (from the movie Ten), Queen reverted to a large man after the group lost their powers (i.e. he was a drag queen), and King resembled M.O.D.O.K. (a character created by Jack "The King Of Comics" Kirby).
  • In the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Yaarp", at one point Stitch and Gantu are trying to catch an experiment at a electronics store:
    Store PA: Attention shoppers! Come see our home theater system...
    (Stitch launches a large television at Gantu)
    Store PA: ...a picture so big it hits you like a ton of bricks!
    Gantu: Oh, blitznak.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • "Ballot Box Bunny" has Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam running against each other for mayor of a small town. At the end of the cartoon, they're both a literal dark horse ("Our new mare").
    • In "The Fair Hared Hare", after Sam builds a house over Bugs's rabbit hole, Bugs vows to "take this to the highest court in the country"... and so he does (Elevation 6723 ft.).
      Bugs: (out of breath from climbing all that way) I shoulda picked the lower court. I'm bushed.
    • "Yankee Doodle Bugs" has Bugs explaining American history to his nephew Clyde. Among other jokes, he says that Manhattan was bought from the Indians "for a song" (Indian being given sheet music) and describes the Boston Tea Party in terms of tea with "tacks" (which is both shown visually and made into a verbal pun).
    • "Bugs Bunny Rides Again" has Sam telling to Bugs to leave because "This town ain't big enough for the two of us!" Bugs runs offscreen, we hear sawing and hammering noises, and then Bugs reveals he made the town bigger.
    • In "The Daffy Doc", Daffy Duck is a doctor's assistant and gets kicked out for causing trouble in the operating room.
      Daffy: Where does he get that stuff? Where does he get that stuff? He can't do that to me! I've got a sheepskin! (pulls out an actual sheep's skin) I've got a license! (pulls out a license plate reading "2B or not 2B") I'll get a patient of my own! So there!
    • Both "Hyde And Go Tweet" and "Lighthouse Mouse" have Sylvester, faced with a monstrous bird/mouse, freeze in horror, and then collapse into a pile of cat bits on the floor. The pun is that he's "falling to pieces".
    • Another cartoon with Sylvester and Hippity Hopper ends with a dog who refused to believe Sylvester's stories about a "giant mouse" encountering Hippty riding in his mother's pouch. The dog runs off with Sylvester and concludes "When you see mice that big, with two heads, then it's time to get on the water wagon!" Then it zooms out to show the cat and dog are riding on the back bumper of a truck carrying a tank of water (a literal "water wagon").
    • In Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, Daffy instructs his space cadet (Porky Pig) to wipe the smile off his face and to get the lead out. Cue the cadet literally doing both, which is the last straw for Daffy.
    • In Yankee Doodle Daffy, besides the "screwball" pun, Sleepy Lagoonnote  also pulls out pictures that call Daffy a "ham" (a picture of hamnote , and his Carmen Miranda impersonation act "corn"y (a picture of a corn-on-the-cob).
    • In another Bugs Bunny short, Bugs pretends to die, finally kicking a bucket. This leads to celebration between Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny (until Elmer realizes with whom he's celebrating):
      (Sung to the tune of "Nanny-Nanny Boo-Boo") "The wabbit kicked the bucket! The wabbit kicked the bucket!"
  • In The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, while Flapjack and K'nuckles are traveling wesssssst, Bubbie comments that they're running low on food, water, and overall enthusiasm. K'nuckles reveals that he's wearing his last pair of overalls with the word "ENTHUSIASM" on it, accompanied by some really creepy voices singing OVERALL ENTHUSIASM OVERALL ENTHUSIASM OVERALL ENTHUSIASM YEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAWWWWWWWW.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Applejack normally has both her mane and tail tied up in a ponytail.
    • "Call of the Cutie" has a scene with a close-up of Apple Bloom, who is feeling depressed, when Rainbow Dash sticks her head into the audience's view:
      Rainbow Dash: Whoa. Looks like somepony's got a dark cloud hanging over her head! Let me do something about that...
      (the camera pulls back, revealing the dark cloud that was hovering just a couple feet above Apple Bloom)
    • During Rarity's first fashion show in "Suited for Success", Hoity Toity says Rarity's designs were "a piled-on mishmash of everything but the kitchen sink." Cut to Rarity kicking a kitchen sink away behind the curtains.
    • The kitchen sink makes a return appearance amongst Spike's pile of ill-gotten gains in "Secret of my Excess". And among the stuff Sweetie Belle uses to bar Cheerilee from leaving the dressing room in "Hearts and Hooves Day". It returns yet again, but this time in the Pie family's possession in "Pinkie Apple Pie". During the song, one of Pinkie's lines is "The love I feel here is swim, not sink" Cue Pinkie throwing a sink out of the kart.
    • In "Feeling Pinkie Keen", Twilight stops to give a speech about the difference between magic and the Pinkie Sense — after literally stepping up onto a soapbox that happens to be nearby.
    • During Braeburn's tour of Appleloosa in "Over a Barrel", he points out the horse-drawn carriages, then immediately mentions "horse-drawn horse-drawn carriages" as the camera cuts to several artists sketching out the horse-drawn carriages.
    • "MMMystery on the Friendship Express". The griffon chef uses a Dramatic Spotlight to show off his eclairs, but suddenly he is shown holding a lamp, which he throws away. Why a lamp? Why not a flashlight?
    • In "Magic Duel", Trixie turns Spike into a Dragon Ball.
    • In "Keep Calm and Flutter on", Discord sports a second face when telling Fluttershy about how he thinks he's becoming reformed already, implying that he's a two-faced liar.
    • In "Rarity takes Manehattan", Applejack stops under a damaged carriage and lifts it off the ground with her back, so that they can repair the broken wheel.
    • "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1":
      • Invoked by Pinkie Pie in the cold open.
        Pinkie Pie: (stretching Twilight's lower jaw) Why the loooooong face?
      • Discord as usual. The best being his "ears burning" listening to gossip.
      • Later he shapeshifts into a bird solely for the sake of making a "free as a bird" joke.
      • Cadence sings "Soon will come the day it turns around" while the camera orbits around Twilight.
  • Weenie from Oswald is the titular octopus' pet dog. Weenie is a living hot-dog who resembles a Dachshund.
  • Phineas and Ferb
    • In the episode "Hide and Seek", Baljeet (who is shrunk at the moment) poses for a picture with a dust bunny. Yeah, it's an actual clump of dust in the shape of a bunny.
    • "Picture This" begins with the boys having turned the garage upside-down trying to find Ferb's favorite skateboard.
    • In "Meet Max Modem", Doofenshmirtz makes his (attempt at) an impassioned speech standing on a soap box. Phineas does the same thing with a bit more success in "Summer Belongs to You".
    • In "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo" the two travel to the future and see that "The museum finally added that new wing." The museum has a giant angel wing on it.
    • During their pre-flight checklist in "De Plane! De Plane!" Phineas mentions "co-pilot's instruments", and they cut to Ferb standing in front of a bunch of musical instruments hanging on the wall.
    • In "Mommy, Can You Hear Me?" Doofenshmirtz traps Perry in a giant pickle. He then proceeds to explain that it's funny because he's "in a pickle."
    • In Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension his alternate dimension self quips that he has one last ace up his sleeve- and he arrives in a Giant Mecha of himself, where the control section is in the sleeve. He immediately asks if they get it.
    • In "Tree to Get Ready", Candace remarks on "all the bells and whistles!" in her new treehouse while she and Stacy pass a wall lined with bells and whistles.
    • After being zapped with the Combine-Inator, Candace and her boyfriend Jeremy spend the day joined at the hip.
    • In Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, the tractor beam control is represented with an image of the piece of farm machinery.
  • Pinky and the Brain: In "The Third Mouse", when Pinky and the Brain are on the Ferris wheel, Pinky says, "One of those dots is waving at us." Cut to Dot Warner (from Animaniacs) waving at them. Even though the cartoon is in black and white, her nose is red.
  • Sometimes happens in classic Popeye shorts. One of the more frequent ones is when Popeye eats his spinach. He is seen appearing to have "muscles on his muscles".
  • Robot Chicken has the "Le Wrath di Khan" sketch, which is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as a musical sung in Italian. A Space Opera, if you will.
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life episode "Driving Mrs. Wolfe", Rocko is teaching his friend Mrs. Wolfe how to drive and tells her to "always follow the road signs". The first sign they come upon is "SLOW CHILDREN PLAYING" and sure enough, two children are in the middle of the road playing very slowly.
  • Sheep in the Big City loved this sort of humor.
    • In one episode, the narrator shouts "Hold the phone!", and there's a brief cut to Lisa Rental holding up a telephone.
    • In the very first episode, when searching for Sheep, the army guys are told to turn the city upside down. While General Specific is talking to the disguised Sheep in the foreground, the army guys turning all of the buildings upside down are seen in the background.
    • The narrator, while listing the kinds of things in the Big City that give trouble to Sheep, mentions that Sheep has to deal with attacks from a German shepherd. Rather than a dog, we see Sheep being assaulted by a shepherd who happens to be German.
  • In one episode of The Simpsons, a Huell Howser Expy falls off the back of a turnip truck. The saying "I didn't fall off the back of a turnip truck" is roughly the equivalent of "I wasn't born yesterday".
    • In "Lisa the Vegetarian", after being laughed out of Homer's barbecue by offering a meatless alternative, Lisa pouts in her room that they don't have to rub their eating meat in her face. Guess what flies through her window and where it lands.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • "Plankton!" — When Plankton takes control of SpongeBob's brain and makes him walk into his kitchen, SpongeBob says "Time for a well-balanced breakfast." He walks through the wall and out through the fridge with a loaf of bread, a jug of milk and a carton of eggs balanced on his head and adds "This isn't what I had in mind."
    • Also from "Plankton":
      Plankton: Brace yourself, SpongeBob, this is my lab! (labrador retriever barks) And this is my LABORATORY!
    • "Squid on Strike" — When instructed to make a picket sign, SpongeBob makes two visual puns: the first being a part of an actual picket fence and the second being the image of someone picking their nose, a "pick-it" sign.
    • "No Weenies Allowed" — SpongeBob calls out Sandy for a karate challenge. She appears from the sand and grabs him with the lines "Oh, I'm Sandy alright. I'm very Sandy." And SpongeBob gets the joke while flying in the air!
    • Another "sandy" example, this time from "Ripped Pants"
      SpongeBob: Hey, Sandy! Look! (covered in a mound of sand) I'm Sandy!
    • In "The Algae's Always Greener" where Krabs flicks tiny Plankton back to the Chum Bucket, he yells, "So long, shrimp!" An actual shrimp is then seen exiting the Krusty Krab.
    • Combining this with a normal pun, SpongeBob's phone is shaped like a conch; a "shellphone" if you will.
    • In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V", Barnacle Boy gets sick of being an unrespected sidekick and decides to become evil. He then announces that he's crossing over to the dark side. Zoom out to show half of the Krusty Krab that's pitch-dark. When everyone stares at Mr. Krabs, this is his response:
      Mr. Krabs: Why should I waste money lighting the whole store?
    • In "Clams" after Mr. Krabs is crying over the loss of his dollar SpongeBob says "I've never seen Mr. Krabs so broken up" right before his body appears to be in pieces.
    • In the episode "I'm With Stupid", Patrick receives a note (cue paper with a musical note on it). On the other side, there's a letter on it (cue flip; other side has a giant letter "B" on it). He also got a message from his parents.
    • In the episode "New Leaf" Mr. Krabs tells his employees to keep their "eyes peeled". You can guess how SpongeBob interprets this.
      Mr. Krabs: Plankton's concocting another hair-brained scheme to steal me recipe. So keep your eyes peeled.
      SpongeBob: Whatever you say, cap'n. (literally peels his eyelids)
      Mr. Krabs: (impressed) Now that's an employee who follows orders.
    • Sandy finds Wormsign. Literally. It's a road sign with the word "Worm" written on it.
    • In "The Bully", Mrs. Puff tells the class to "put on a happy face" for the new student. Cut to the class all wearing smiling masks.
    • In "Something Smells", Patrick tells SpongeBob he needs to "Get this thing off your chest" in order to feel better. Cut to a pulsating purple creature attached to SpongeBob's chest.
    • In "Imitation Krabs" SpongeBob remarks that "As long as these pants are square, and this sponge is Bob, I will not let you down!" We then see him holding Mr. Krabs over his head and Mr. Krabs asks if he could please let him down.
    • In "Krusty Krushers" the champion wrestlers put SpongeBob and Patrick in a sleeper hold, which involves rocking the two to sleep like babies.
    • In "Sailor Mouth" Patrick imagines himself with 40 eyelashes after SpongeBob says that Mr. Krabs will give them "40 lashes".
    • In "Sun Bleached" SpongeBob and Patrick tell Craig Mammleton they are putting on coats of sunscreen to stay protected from the sun, and the time comes to put on another coat. They literally make coats, as in outwear, out of sunscreen and put them on, along with a top hat and walking stick to match.
  • There is an old MGM cartoon, Symphony In Slang, about a just-deceased zoot-suited hipster arriving at the Pearly Gates and explaining to St. Peter his life story... largely in slang from The '50s, which Peter can't understand at all. St. Peter enlists Noah Webster to sort out the man's speech, but Webster is almost as clueless, and the action is displayed on screen as if these phrases were literally true.
  • Teen Titans did one that crosses over with Curse Cut Short: Johnny Rancid is taunting Robin about his dog "kicking your a—", cut off when he's struck from off-screen by a pair of hooves. The camera angle reverses to reveal Beast Boy, who has turned into a donkey.
  • One challenge in an episode of Total Drama World Tour involves carrying giant apples from the middle of a pond to shore. When Tyler has trouble doing this, Alejandro tells him to "use his head". Cue Tyler headbutting the apple across the pond.
  • A Wing Dings installment has Klunk asking the rest of the Vulture Squadron if they're going to the barn dance. He points to a barn with arms and legs, dancing.


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