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Aug 28th 2015 at 5:45:35 PM •••

I've had quite a bit of whiskey, but I am very interested in this. Has anyone seen the film "Burn After Reading"? In the last scene they recap on all of the significant compoments of the plot only to realise it is no longer credible and far too much to digest. The realisation demonstrates the farcical nature of the film and even endears the viewer to the point of mitigation of such an absurd plotline. Is this Lampshade Hanging? God I'm drunk.

Apr 25th 2015 at 7:35:02 PM •••

Did anyone else learn about lampshading before Lampooning (I still don't remember what that is, which I'm fine with)? Because I was REALLY disappointed when I learned that Lampooning wasn't a Made of Win portmanteau of lampshading and harpooning. ([url=][/url] didn't work for me so I'm giving up on formatting that and going to sleep.

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Nov 15th 2014 at 2:00:59 PM •••

Why isn't there a page for "New Media" or "Web Original", i.e. web originals that don't fit under webcomics or web animation?

Oct 23rd 2014 at 1:32:25 AM •••

Yes, this one attracts quite a few potholes.

Oct 23rd 2014 at 8:05:04 AM •••

And misuse — a lot of people seem to think that it's a lampshade of Series A if parody Series B makes fun of something that happened in A.

Jun 25th 2014 at 4:42:13 PM •••

The most mis-used trope on the entire wiki.

Oct 30th 2013 at 5:36:28 PM •••

Who removed the Jim Ross quote? Was that you, Triple H?

Jun 26th 2013 at 12:42:36 PM •••

The page image may be funny, but it doesn't really illustrate the trope. Can we find a better image, or is this something that can't really be shown visually?

May 30th 2013 at 6:34:22 AM •••

Yo dawg, I heard your lamp needs a new lampshade, so I brought a lamshade to lampshade your lamp and I'll take the old lampshade and repurpose it into a lampshade shaped hat. You're welcome.

Jul 21st 2012 at 9:57:36 AM •••

Still, I keep wishing this word was in common use in the rest of society, or at least that we had a good synonym for it. I keep wanting to say in English class, "the author lampshades this by...". TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Vocabulary

Sep 13th 2011 at 5:32:37 PM •••

Can anyone explain to me the etymology behind this trope? I'm stumped for where the actual name of it comes from.

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Sep 27th 2011 at 7:04:52 PM •••

Some Buffy commentary. I don't get it either.

Feb 15th 2013 at 5:51:24 PM •••

Should be called just lampshading.

Feb 14th 2014 at 7:46:44 PM •••

The page used to list the etymology, but apparently no longer does so.

I *think* the origin is that of a character being forced to quickly hide from others who simply grabs a lampshade and puts it over their head and ends up undetected. The idea is that if they just stood in a room with no disguise the audience wouldn't buy it, but so long as an effort, no matter how slight or ludicrous, is made our suspension of disbelief can kick in.

Dec 21st 2014 at 3:58:52 PM •••

Is "lampshade hanging" something that TV Tropes made up?

Nov 16th 2010 at 12:55:33 AM •••

Another hilarious example of this effect: Superman, in a fictional story, loses his memory. Supergirl and Batman address the audience, saying that their knowledge of Superman's identity would spoil the story, so they keep quiet.

Oct 4th 2010 at 8:50:43 PM •••

Could we add the lampshade in 'A Christmas Story' to the list because its skirt-like appearance makes the audience accept the existence of a leg-shaped lamp?

Aug 5th 2010 at 3:06:09 AM •••

When should "lampshaded in ..." have a link that leads back to this page?

I posted the question at

Jul 12th 2010 at 12:40:41 PM •••

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