Va'al: Thanks awfully for identifying exactly what episode that Simpsons Transformer stuff was in! Will have to toodle by the library next week to actually view it, but references/reviews were easy to dig up in the meantime. I even found a quotable quote of the dialog from the specific clip I saw...here it is:
Bestimus Macho: Wait a minute. We're missing Sex Toy.
[Sex Toy enters]
Bestimus Macho: Where have you been?
Sex Toy: Where haven't I been?
Heh. And now you know why I instantly assumed that this one was going to be cheerfully perverted!
Back to references I've actually seen... Here's one I heard on The Daily Show, about a month or so ago. Jon and one of his 'reporters' were discussing some big Tea Party meetings and the difficulties the Party was having in finding suitable candidates because of what Jon thought were the Party's impossibly high standards. So Jon starts naming people most would consider highly virtuous as fantasy candidates, all of whom the reporter guy kept shooting down for one ridiculous reason or another. Then, VERY unexpectedly, I hear Jon suggest, "Optimus Prime." Nope. Sorry. Even Optimus wouldn't do. Because Optimus would have supported the auto assembly plant bailouts...