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20th May '17 4:29:25 PM nombretomado
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* A running gag in ''TheVicarOfDibley'', where Alice never gets the jokes Geraldine tells her at the end. Usually Geraldine or someone else has to explain it to her first (and even then, [[TheDitz she still doesn't always get it]]).

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* A running gag in ''TheVicarOfDibley'', ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'', where Alice never gets the jokes Geraldine tells her at the end. Usually Geraldine or someone else has to explain it to her first (and even then, [[TheDitz she still doesn't always get it]]).
7th Apr '17 3:35:47 PM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:310:Very, ''very'' late to the punchline.]]
[-[[caption-width-right:347:[[DontExplainTheJoke It certainly was his kind of belt if it took him ''that'' long.]]]]-]






5th Apr '17 6:07:50 AM Malady
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---> Dawn looks at Willow. Giles looks away.



--->'''Buffy:''' Dawn needs to do a research thing!

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--->'''Buffy:''' --->'''Buffy (panicky):''' [[TakeFive Dawn needs to do a research thing!thing!]]
30th Mar '17 2:25:28 PM eroock
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* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'': [[http://explosm.net/comics/3286/ I love being mentally challenged.]]
** [[http://explosm.net/comics/1791/ A tool belt sounds like your kind of belt.]]
29th Mar '17 3:58:10 PM eroock
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* One of the many {{Running Gag}}s in ''Series/FTroop'' involved Cpl. Agarn making a snide comment about their current situation, like "It's a shame we can't get someone to sing in his place." The other person, realizing that this is actually a good idea, says "Agarn, I don't know why everyone says you're so dumb!" Later, usually after the next scene change, Agarn suddenly shouts "''Who'' says I'm dumb?"
29th Mar '17 3:51:48 PM eroock
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* Used as a RunningGag in ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer''
-->'''Someone:''' Groo, you can not understand this, since you are slow of mind.\\
'''Groo:''' ''[pages later]'' ...What he mean "slow of mind"?
** In one extreme case, he utters this phrase in response to a ''childhood flashback.''
29th Mar '17 3:42:24 PM eroock
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* ''Series/KenanAndKel'' has an example in the episode "Get the Kel Outta Here", revolving around a joke about a sculpture of Kel's head that Kyra has made for school.
-->'''Kenan:''' What are y'all studyin', nasty freak monsters?\\
''[Kel laughs]''\\
'''Kyra:''' This model happens to look exactly like Kel.\\
'''Kenan:''' Like I said, what y'all studyin', nasty freak monsters?\\
''[Kenan, Kel, and Sheryl share a laugh]''\\
'''Kel:''' Ha ha ha! YEAH! Ha ha... ha... hey... that's about me... with the freak monster...
* Quico in ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' is prone to this, mostly when someone insults him.
29th Mar '17 3:34:47 PM eroock
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* ''Comicbook/GrooTheWanderer''.
--> "What did he mean, "slow of mind?"

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* ''Comicbook/GrooTheWanderer''.
--> "What did
Used as a RunningGag in ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer''
-->'''Someone:''' Groo, you can not understand this, since you are slow of mind.\\
'''Groo:''' ''[pages later]'' ...What
he mean, mean "slow of mind?"mind"?



* In the ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' movie, Data had recently gotten upgraded to feel more realistic human emotions and starts laughing almost hysterically out of nowhere.

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* In the ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' movie, Data had recently gotten upgraded to feel more realistic human emotions and starts laughing almost hysterically out of nowhere.nowhere as he finally understands a joke Geordi made seven years earlier.



* ''Series/FatherTed'': usually Dougal being very, very slow to get a joke, naturally enough.
** The best example doesn't use an actual joke at all, but a highly noticeable recurring event...
--->'''Dougal:''' Those women were in the nip!

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* ''Series/FatherTed'': Dougal in ''Series/FatherTed'' is usually Dougal being very, very slow to get a joke, naturally enough.
** The best example doesn't use an actual joke at all, but a highly noticeable recurring event...
--->'''Dougal:''' Those women were in the nip!
enough.



* In a ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch a police inspector introduces himself as "Lookout of the Yard" (as in Scotland Yard), to which another character replies by asking what they would see. Lookout is completely baffled by the comment and the sketch continues. A few lines later, he begins laughing inexplicably and it soon becomes apparent that he has got the joke.

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* In a ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch a police inspector introduces himself as "Lookout of the Yard" (as in Scotland Yard), to which another character replies by asking [[WhosOnFirst what they would see.see]]. Lookout is completely baffled by the comment and the sketch continues. A few lines later, he begins laughing inexplicably and it soon becomes apparent that he has got the joke.



** ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' seems to be a font of these for those who read it as children.

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** ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' seems Happens a lot when Calvin claims to be a font of these for those who read it as children.genius. In one strip, he loudly declares his ridiculously high intelligence, and Hobbes immediately asks him how he walked to the bus stop with both legs in one pant leg. Calvin replies that he fell down a lot, then a panel later, asks what Hobbes is implying.



* At one point in ''WebComic/SchlockMercenary'', the audience see's Doyt's thoughts right after the Doctor insults him, along with a footnote that explains he's only just getting the insult from yesterday's comic.

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* At one point in In [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2001-07-26 this]] strip from ''WebComic/SchlockMercenary'', the audience see's Doyt's thoughts right after the Doctor insults him, along with a footnote that explains he's only just getting the insult from yesterday's comic.comic.
-->'''Doyt:''' Severe [brain damage] as in stupid? Or severe as in dead?\\
'''Haban:''' Doyt, considering the fact it would be hard for a copy of you to get any stupider, I'd have to say "dead".\\
'''Doyt:''' ''[later that night]'' Hey...



* From ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "I am not slow!" That line was from when Homer and his friends were reunited for a night of poker. At some point, one of them told another one not to yell at Homer just because Homer was slow. Homer's brain then stopped to process the fact something mean was said about him. At first, he recalled the "don't yell at Homer" part but figured out that was nice. By the time Homer figured out he was called slow, the other guests had already left and the host was helping himself to a midnight snack.

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* From ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "I am not slow!" That line was from when Homer and his friends were reunited for a night of poker. At some point, one of them told another one not to yell at Homer just because Homer was slow. ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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Homer's brain then stopped to process the fact something mean was said about him. At first, he recalled the "don't yell at Homer" part but figured out that was nice. workmates call him "a little slow" on poker night in one episode. By the time Homer figured responds "How dare you call me that?!", it's hours later, and Lenny is in his nightshirt and cap when Homer finally asks about it, prompting him to say "Boy, you ''are'' slow!" Which then causes Homer to go through the exact same thought process again until Lenny tells him to leave.
--->'''Homer:''' ''[thinking]'' Something said. Not good.\\
'''Lenny:''' Get the hell
out of here!
** In "A Star Is Burns", [[TheAhnold Wolfcastle]] has this happen to him ''twice''. When
he was called slow, the other guests had already left realizes Jay Sherman (from ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'') insulted him, he chases him down with an assault rifle. Sherman says his shoes are untied, and the host was helping himself Wolfcastle replies "From here, they appear to be tied, but I will go in for a midnight snack.closer look". Sherman beats a retreat, day turns to night as Wolfcastle stares at his shoes and finally concludes that they don't even ''have'' laces.
--->'''Wolfcastle:''' On closer inspection, these are loafers.



* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle''

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* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle''''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'': More than once, George would suddenly laugh at a joke he'd heard minutes, maybe hours, before.
24th Feb '17 6:33:11 AM Madrugada
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* ''The WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Show'' had a cartoon called "Aesop And Son". In one episode, Aesop laughs at a joke he heard days ago and tells his son a fable with the moral "He who laughs last laughs best". Come to think of it, a lot of things in that show were jokes young viewers wouldn't get until later.
** Or, in many cases, ever (e.g., the Kerwood Derby).
*** It was a long drawn out gag involving [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0456145/ this guy]] and a bunch of really bad jokes that seemed to offend him greatly, so much so that he tried to sue the makers of the show to get them to stop... it failed.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d from time to time too:
--->'''Bullwinkle:''' Twenty dollars?!? That's antihistamine money!\\
'''Rocky:''' Antihistamine money?\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' Yes. It's not to be sneezed at. Get it? Not to be ''sneezed'' at?\\
'''Rocky:''' ''(exasperated)'' [[LamePunReaction I get it]].\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' Thousands won't!

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* ''The WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Show'' had a cartoon called "Aesop And Son". In one episode, Aesop laughs at a joke he heard days ago and tells his son a fable with the moral "He who laughs last laughs best". Come to think of it, a lot of things in that show were [[ParentalBonus jokes young viewers wouldn't get until later.
** Or, in many cases, ever (e.g., the Kerwood Derby).
*** It was a long drawn out gag involving [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0456145/ this guy]] and a bunch of really bad jokes that seemed to offend him greatly, so much so that he tried to sue the makers of the show to get them to stop... it failed.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d from time to time too:
--->'''Bullwinkle:''' Twenty dollars?!? That's antihistamine money!\\
'''Rocky:''' Antihistamine money?\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' Yes. It's not to be sneezed at. Get it? Not to be ''sneezed'' at?\\
'''Rocky:''' ''(exasperated)'' [[LamePunReaction I get it]].\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' Thousands won't!
later]].
24th Feb '17 4:35:47 AM Gosicrystal
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Compare FridgeLogic, FridgeBrilliance, FridgeHorror (those three for this trope as applied beyond the FourthWall), BrickJoke (where the punchline itself is late in arriving) NoSenseOfHumor, LampshadedTheObscureReference. The non-joke version falls under DelayedReaction.

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Compare FridgeLogic, FridgeBrilliance, FridgeHorror (those three for this trope as applied beyond the FourthWall), BrickJoke (where the punchline itself is late in arriving) arriving), NoSenseOfHumor, and LampshadedTheObscureReference. The non-joke version falls under DelayedReaction.
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