Created By: thewriter on January 7, 2011 Last Edited By: thewriter on January 25, 2011
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Doesnt Understand Irony

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NEEDS MORE EXAMPLES, TROPERS!!! Alternate Titles: Dude, Not Ironic, Everyone Understands Irony, or What Do You Mean Thats Not Irony? Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Often Irony seems to be something just not everyone can grasp. In fact this is a trope from Real Life too. Compare to Does Not Understand Sarcasm.

examples:
  • Shawn from Psych in one episode.
    Gus: That's not irony, Shawn.
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  • Buford from {Phineas and Ferb}}
    Buford: That's a little something I like to call "Ironing"
  • From a Charmed forum: Piper is the last sister to be seen (and heard) on the series. Ironically she was also the first in Something Wicca This Way Comes.

  • In the season 2 finale of Red vs. Blue the majority of the cast had a (off-screen) 2 hour discussion about whether or not the situation they had found themselves in was ironic. The opening lines to the discussion produces several examples of things which which aren't ironic, including this gem from Caboose:
    "I think it would be ironic if we were all made of iron."

  • Jason Alexander as host of Saturday Night Live hosted the Show Within A Show "Tales of Irony," during which he complained that none were ironic.

  • An episode of King Of Queens had Doug call something ironic and Arthur insist that that's not what irony is. Later, Arthur looks up ironic in the dictionary, and admits he was wrong, saying that (paraphrased) "I thought ironic meant something that was full of irony."

  • In Frisky Dingo, when former billionaire Xander Crews winds up homeless, the documentarian says it's ironic how he's now living in cardboard boxes produced by the company he used to own. Xander says that's not what irony means, while the documentarian replies that that's exactly what irony means.

  • Many comedians observed that the Alanis Morissette song "Ironic" did not contain a single thing that was ironic, but thqat may be the point of the song.

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Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • January 7, 2011
    WackyMeetsPractical
    Needs to link to the page for Irony, which explains what irony is and what it is not.
  • January 7, 2011
    PaleHorse87
    • In the season 2 finale of Red Vs Blue the majority of the cast had a (off-screen) 2 hour discussion about whether or not the situation they had found themselves in was ironic. The opening lines to the discussion produces several examples of things which which aren't ironic, including this gem from Caboose:
      "I think it would be ironic if we were all made of iron."
  • January 7, 2011
    Micah
    In fact, note that Irony already has a list of references to people using "irony" incorrectly, at the very bottom.
  • January 7, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Jason Alexander as host of Saturday Night Live hosted the Show Within A Show "Tales of Irony," during which he complained that none were ironic.
  • January 9, 2011
    foxley
    Many comedians observed that the Alanis Morissette song "Ironic" did not contain a single thing that was ironic.
  • January 9, 2011
    RavenWilder
    • An episode of King Of Queens had Doug call something ironic and Arthur insist that that's not what irony is. Later, Arthur looks up ironic in the dictionary, and admits he was wrong, saying that (paraphrased) "I thought ironic meant something that was full of irony."
    • In Frisky Dingo, when former billionaire Xander Crews winds up homeless, the documentarian says it's ironic how he's now living in cardboard boxes produced by the company he used to own. Xander says that's not what irony means, while the documentarian replies that that's exactly what irony means.
  • January 9, 2011
    originalhobbit
    ^^ That's the point of the song.

  • January 11, 2011
    robybang
    In a Psych novelization, Shawn comments how something is ironic then asks Gus if the situation is actually ironic. Gus responds: "It's ironic that you have to keep asking me what irony is."
  • January 11, 2011
    TheNumber
    @originalhobbit Fridge Brilliance!
  • January 13, 2011
    MorganWick
    Don't we have Isnt It Ironic?
  • January 13, 2011
    Micah
    ^Not the same thing. That's about people using ironically-meant things in non-ironic settings, not about confusion over the definition of irony.
  • January 13, 2011
    LostLenore
    Captain Carrot from Discworld is a good example of this. There's a quote at some point where it says that he didn't possess even a trace element of irony, but I can't find it now.
  • January 14, 2011
    lala
    In the movie Reality Bites, Lelaina was refused a job because she was unable to define irony. She then complains to Troy that nobody knows what it means, and he promptly replies with a clear and succinct definition.

    There is probably some meta-irony going on there. If there isn't, then I guess I just invoked this trope. And that would be ironic. Or it wouldn't...
  • January 14, 2011
    lala
    Herbert Lindenberger, Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Stanford, went on NPR to explain that the Alanis Morisette song had perfect examples of situational irony and cosmic irony. So apparently it's pretty (drumroll please) ironic when people claim that the examples in the song are not ironic. According to people who are a lot more educated than me.

    I have never seen a trope with more potential for meta than this one.
  • January 14, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Simpsons, "Grift of the Magi." Lisa writes "I will not do math in class" on the blackboard as a punishment.
    Bart: Lisa in trouble? The ironing is delicious.
    Lisa: The word is irony!
    Bart: Huh?
  • January 14, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
  • January 16, 2011
    thewriter
    ^Um, no.
  • January 18, 2011
    Evalana
    Not sure if this counts, but in Roxanne, the title character uses the term "ironic" when she probably meant "sarcastic."
  • January 20, 2011
    Premonition_45
    From Blackadder:
    Blackadder: Baldrick, have you no idea what irony is?
    Baldrick: Yes, it's like goldy and bronzy only it's made out of iron.
  • January 22, 2011
    thewriter
    A few more examples and I'm ready to Launch.
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