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8th Jun '17 6:39:04 AM Getta
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Japanese works love this kind of wordplay, since one certain reading (furigana) can refer to many things at once. Contrast AlternateCharacterReading where gags are made with a set of kanji with multiple readings.


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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': many names and speeches are playing with homophones, reflecting Oda's love of such gags. Case in point, many of Zoro's sword techniques are badass sounding names that happen to be homophonic with something silly or unrelated, such as how "Tatsumaki" is written with the kanji for "Dragon Wave", but it can also mean "Tornado".
22nd May '17 8:57:38 AM Kafkesque
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* ''WebComic/SamAndFuzzy'' has the titular Sam being interrogated by the Ninja Mafia elders as a candidate for Emperor in a YouKillItYouBoughtIt scenario. At one point one of the elders disbelievingly questions Sam's statement that he killed his predecessor with his "bare hands," and Sam, [[BlatantLies realizing how unlikely that sounds]], says that he meant he used his secret martial arts technique of "''bear'' hands".
22nd May '17 8:40:48 AM Kafkesque
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* ''Radio/CarTalk'' would always sign off with a CreditsGag where the hosts would list off fake crew members whose names were a HurricaneOfPuns, such as their Russian chauffeur Pikup Andropov, their makeup artist Bud Tugly, their PR manager Haywood U. Buzoff...
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12th May '17 4:03:14 PM Specialist290
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* ''[[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/eien_no_with/ Eien no With:]]'' Hitomi raises a puppy to be a [[MeaningfulName seeing guide dog who she nameds is Eye]], which is actually an elaborate bilingual pun: Eye is a Labrador, "lab" is pronounced "rabu" in Japanese; "rabu" is how the English word "love" is pronounced; "love" in Japanese is "ai" which sounds like "eye"; "Hitomi" also means "eye". Shy Hitomi feels a connection with Eye, the runt of the litter so there's another layer: "mi" means eye, "mi" sounds like "me" ("he reminds me of me").

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* ''[[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/eien_no_with/ Eien no With:]]'' Hitomi raises a puppy to be a [[MeaningfulName seeing guide dog who she nameds is named Eye]], which is actually an elaborate bilingual pun: Eye is a Labrador, "lab" is pronounced "rabu" in Japanese; "rabu" is how the English word "love" is pronounced; "love" in Japanese is "ai" which sounds like "eye"; "Hitomi" also means "eye". Shy Hitomi feels a connection with Eye, the runt of the litter so there's another layer: "mi" means eye, "mi" sounds like "me" ("he reminds me of me").
26th Apr '17 6:57:42 AM Troperinik
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In the episode "Let's Play Golf", Kaeloo tells Stumpy that he needs to use a tee. He mistakes it for "tea" and asks why he can't have coffee.
25th Apr '17 9:33:21 PM mrincodi
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* In ''[[Videogame/ColossalCave Colossal Cave Adventure]]'', when trying to kill the bear:
-->''With what? Your bare hands? Against his bear hands?''
25th Apr '17 11:33:45 AM mrincodi
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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' twice made a joke of someone talking about Superman's [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS "S"]]: once when Lois first sees a picture and says he has a "nice S", and when Lobo threatens to kick his "big red S".

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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' twice made a joke of someone talking about Superman's [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS "S"]]: once when Lois first sees a picture and says he has a "nice S", "[[Radar/WesternAnimation nice S]]", and when Lobo threatens to kick his "big "[[Radar/WesternAnimation big red S".S]]".
9th Apr '17 10:12:12 AM TheCuza
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* On ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'', the Lodge makes a 50-foot long of sausage link for a cook-off, and are trying to figure out how to actually get it there.
-->'''Red:''' I got an idea! Take a couple of boat trailers, put 'em end-to-end behind the Possum Van, and just lay the sausage right over the whole deal there.\\
'''Dalton:''' But what if the cops stop us?\\
'''Red:''' Well, we'll tell 'em it's a biodegradable telephone pole.\\
'''Dalton:''' Oh! Oh! Y'know what you ''could'' say?\\
'''Red:''' What?\\
'''Dalton:''' ''[laughing]'' "I bet you never ''sausage''[[note]]saw such[[/note]] a thing!"\\
'''Red:''' [[LamePunReaction ...Don't make me kill you, Dalton.]]
17th Mar '17 8:00:08 PM Vir
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* Film/{{Megamind}} names his protege "Titan", and Titan promptly decries the name as stupid. It's not until he writes his own super-name [[spoiler:across the city, in 20-meter-long letters of flaming destruction]] that the viewers learn he thought his new name was ''Tighten''.

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* Film/{{Megamind}} WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}} names his protege "Titan", and Titan promptly decries the name as stupid. It's not until he writes his own super-name [[spoiler:across the city, in 20-meter-long letters of flaming destruction]] that the viewers learn he thought his new name was ''Tighten''.
28th Feb '17 11:07:07 PM Statzkeen
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* An odd example comes in Dodie Smith's ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''. Missy, seeing Pongo covered in soot, declares "Suit soots you!" Everyone falls over laughing at ditzy mom mixing up the words - but, of course, spoken out loud they sound no different, so how did they know she'd gotten them confused?
** Because they're not actually homophones. "Suit" rhymes with "lute" while "soot" rhymes with "put".

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* An odd example comes in In Dodie Smith's ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''. Missy, seeing Pongo covered in soot, declares "Suit soots you!" Everyone falls over laughing at ditzy mom mixing up the words - but, of course, spoken out loud they sound no different, so how did they know she'd gotten them confused?
** Because they're not actually homophones. "Suit" rhymes with "lute" while "soot" rhymes with "put".
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