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->''"That wasn't a joke. That was an unfortunate coincidental pairing of words."''
-->-- '''Angry factory lady''', ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''

A humorous play on words not intended by the speaker.

The accidental pun is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it sounds like]]. While it has to be unintentional by the speaker in-story, it can be, and generally is, intended by the author. If the original speaker notices their pun after the fact, they will generally respond with "No pun intended," or something similar. If a PungeonMaster is nearby, they will almost always be pointed out. Oops, no pun intended.

Often the closest TheComicallySerious will ever come to telling a joke.

Compare InnocentInnuendo, where a double-meaning is invoked by observers but not the speakers and AccidentalInnuendo.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The name of the medium {{Anime}} itself. One kanji that can be pronounced "me" means female, another means eye. Both, incidentally, things anime is known for overseas.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Mami Tomoe's name "Mami" means Mommy in Spanish and other languages like German. Considering her mentor role, it fits her.
* In ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', Sae gives Hiro a poetry collection covered with an embroidered book cover. ''Shishuu'' is a homonym for both "poetry collection" and "embroidery," but when Miyako asks if it was a pun, Sae claims it was accidental.
* In episode 24 of ''Manga/MythicalDetectiveLokiRagnarok'', Mr. Daidoji sees into Hel [[spoiler:kidnapping his daughter]], but has no idea who she is. Their first exchange:
-->'''Mr. Daidoji''': Who the Hell are you?!\\
'''Hel''': [''chuckles'']
* The title of ''Manga/NekoKissa'' is either this or a [[BilingualBonus Bilingual]] StealthPun. In Japanese, "Neko" = "Cat" and "Kissa" = "Cafe." So, "Cat Cafe." The title could also be translated as being the word "cat" in two different languages -- Japanese and Finnish: Neko (Japanese), Kissa (Finnish).
* In ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'', when a minotaur is approaching antagonist Diana, her friends Hannah and Barbera try to hell her it's behind her ''(ushiro)'' but only manage to stammer out ''ushi'' (cow.)
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[[folder:Comic Book]]
* During the ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' event ''[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys JLApe]]'', Batman is briefing Nightwing on a Gorilla City crimelord who acts like he's in a '30s gangster film:
-->'''Batman''': Grimm wouldn't be the first hood to ape old movies.\\
'''Nightwing''': "Ape".\\
'''Batman''': Sorry. Unintentional.
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[[folder:Fan Work]]
* ''Fanfic/{{Luminosity}}'', a [[AlternateUniverseFic re-]][[ForWantOfANail imagining]] of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', has this exchange:
-->'''Bella''': [[ItMakesSenseInContext [I]t may be that you should avoid simultaneously being around me and sharp objects]].\\
'''Emmett:''' Edward ''is'' a sharp object.\\
'''Bella:''' Point. Uh, no pun intended.
* Meta-example in the first chapter of ''Fanfic/RedFireRedPlanet''. There's a chief petty officer in the chapter named Sally Blackhawk, who the author's notes state is supposed to be of primarily Shoshoni Indian descent. The author's notes also state that, yes, "Chief Blackhawk" [[PunnyName sounds like a really bad pun from that angle]] and that it wasn't intentional.
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', during the Battle Dome Tournament, Scott makes a comment about Ash's Snivy, calling her "a little green". He meant inexperienced, but still didn't prevent Yellow and Pikachu, who were listening, to have a LamePunReaction to it.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'' has the hero surrounded by reporters, excited about his invention of the hula hoop. When he comments on all of the hoopla surrounding it, the reporters laugh at his cleverness and he winds up very confused. After it's explained to him, he uses it all the time in future press conferences with far less stellar results.
* Sort of a meta-example in ''Film/AKnightsTale'': When William notices the trademark (an upside-down Nike logo) on the armor that Kate made for him, Kate mentions that she had put it on the armor "in case some other knight should admire (her) work." Neither the script-writers nor the cast were aware at the time that one of Nike's co-founders was named Phil Knight.
* In the french ''Film/LesCombinards'', a character is trying to seduce a widow whose husband died at sea recently. She starts crying as she thinks about it. The Widow:" Booh… Booh … "The character: "Ooh… Your eyes are as blue as forget-me-nots… The forget-me-nots are flowers that mustn't be drowned !" The Widow: "DROWNED ! Booh-hoohohooo…
* ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'' has Douche keep making accidental references to items that you'd find in a grocery store through the use of everyday sayings (Ex. "How do ya like them apples" or "Spill the beans"), causing whatever item he's referencing to show up and ask if they're talking about them. He gets progressively angrier and angrier as this goes on.
-->'''Douche:''' Okay, so-
-->'''Queso:''' Did someone say Queso?
-->'''Douche:''' THAT'S A FUCKING STRETCH, AND YOU ''KNOW IT'', QUESO!
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[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''{{Literature/Doom}}: Hell on Earth'', Arlene and Albert are out trying to find computer connectors for their hacker Jill. Arlene tells Albert that they shouldn't have any problems finding the jacks for Jill. She starts giggling when she catches it and Albert takes longer to figure it out.
* A meta example snuck in Literature/DoraWilkSeries. In-universe, "pyr" is a powerful fire demon, and as Polish grammar rules go, female pyr is "pyra"... Which in UsefulNotes/{{Poland}} is also a regional name for potato.
* In ''Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake'', a Chaos cult called Children of Khorne bases itself on a planet whose main produce is... yes, corn. The local Inquisitor even lampshades it, but the pun goes over the heads of everyone else present.
* In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', Ridcully asks the Chair of Indefinite Studies "Lares and Penates? What are they when they're at home?" The Chair interprets "at home" as a play on the fact they're household gods, but Ridcully's genuinely clueless.
-->'''Chair''': I thought you were making a rather good joke, Archchancellor.
-->'''Ridcully''': Was I? I didn't mean to.
-->'''Dean''': Nothing new there.
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[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* One episode of ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' features the following exchange:
-->'''Angry factory lady''': Let the sushi roll!
-->'''Josh''': Haha, I get it. ''Sushi roll''.
-->'''Angry factory lady''': That wasn't a joke. That was an unfortunate coincidental pairing of words.
* In the ''Series/{{QI}}'' segment about lobster-hypnosis, Creator/StephenFry commits some accidental mussel/muscle punnage, which is immediately jumped on by Phil Jupitus.
* ''{{Series/Blackadder}}'': After the Prince seduces both nieces of the Duke of Wellington (played by Stephen Fry), [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZRGO-VVZtQ#t=5m42s he receives this letter:]]
--> Sir, prince or pauper, when a man soils a Wellington, he puts his foot in it. [open brackets] This is not a joke. I do not find my name remotely funny and people who do end up dead. [close brackets]
* An early episode of ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'', with an Odd One Out round featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
-->'''Ian Hislop''': Didn't Tutu train in Hull?\\
'''Angus Deayton''': Tutu train? No, I don't think so...
* A Super-Match posit on Series/MatchGame was "_______ Duty." The cast and crew were looking for other possibilities to fill in the blank ("Do Your Duty," "Civic Duty,") when someone offstage cracked "Howdy Duty." Creator/GeneRayburn bought it and then discovered how hard he bit.
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[[folder:Video Game]]
* The tutorial in ''VideoGame/LEGOChess'' on getting in and out of check features this line:
-->'''King''': So can you check out -- 'scuse me, that wasn't a joke -- the spaces I can move to?
* The way Hwoarang's name is [[NoPronunciationGuide pronounced]] in ''[[{{VideoGame/Tekken}} Tekken 6]]'' and ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'' is literally "how wrong" and strangely enough, ''[[EpicFail that's exactly the case]]''. The first syllable "Hwoa-" is supposed to be pronounced as "hwah" (which rhymes with "bwah," as in "[[EvilLaugh BWAHahaha!]]") The second syllable "-rang" is pronounced just like the English word "[[http://www.thefreedictionary.com/rung rung]]."
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', a potions shop in the Gallows is low on stock and the owner is looking for Hawke to "remedy that." Snarky!Hawke can point out the pun, at which the owner says it wasn't meant as a pun, but that he should remember it for future use.
* In the ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' mission "Nyte Blayde's Return," Viola objects to having to dress as [[NaughtyNuns the Bloody Cannonness]] as part of a scheme to kidnap Josh Birk, star of a ShowWithinAShow and spokesman for S.T.A.G.
-->'''Viola''': I'm not making going out [[AbsoluteCleavage like this]] a habit!\\
'''The Boss (Male Voice 1)''': See, you're already making nun jokes, I knew you'd get into this.\\
'''Viola''': I hate you.
* In ''VideoGame/UltimaV'' Gazers are one of the many enemies borrowed from Dungeons & Dragons; resembling beholders. Starting this game, if you kill one, they release a swarm of insects. In other words, they're Bee-Holders. WordOfGod very [[http://ultimacodex.com/2014/05/how-an-erroneous-tvtropes-entry-led-to-some-fascinating-ultima-lore-revelations/ strongly]] states that this was not intentional.
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[[folder:Webcomic]]
* The unfortunately named nük e-reader and the sheet e-reader are running gags in Webcomic/MikeBookseller.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/btphp/comics/2012-09-29.gif the angels inquiry about the state of Tangerine's soul, and she checks out her, and their, shoe soles. Oddly enough, this does seem to show the state of soul to a certain extent]].
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''. "[[http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/no_pun_intended.png My hobby]]: Appending 'No pun intended' to lines with no puns in them."
* Played with in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/comics/darths0868.jpg #868]]:
-->'''Tarkin''': Whah do we not just flah arahnd ze planet?\\
'''Vader:''' This is a quadrillion Imperial tonne space station. Looks like a moon, moves like a moon, steers like a cow.\\
'''Tarkin:''' Ha ha! Ah get zis joke. A steer is lahk a cow! You kill me, Lord Vader.
---> ''({{beat panel}} with Vader just staring at Tarkin)''
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Terezi was named after the Azerbaijani name for the constellation Libra. However, when her name is correctly pronounced with this in mind (which, contrary to popular belief, would be more along the lines of "ter-REE-see"), it sounds very similar to a feminine version of "Tiresias" - the [[TropeCodifier archetypical]] BlindSeer from Creator/{{Sophocles}}'s Oedipus trilogy.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* A fellow in LetsPlay/TippingForties asks for a rain check on a meeting with Raine.
* UrbanDictionary calls this an [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Eigenpun&defid=4383875 eigenpun]].
* There is a Website/{{facebook}} group about this. [[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10580201455#!/group.php?gid=10580201455&v=wall Seriously]].
* In LetsPlay/ChipCheezum's LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'':
-->'''General Ironicus:''' Do naked cartwheels while grabbing your junk!
-->'''Chip Cheezum:''' This isn't ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''.
-->'''General Ironicus:''' Aw, nuts.
-->'''Chip Cheezum:''' ''(beat)'' "Aw nuts."
-->'''General Ironicus:''' Hey, that was unintentional.
* In Ambisagrus's LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/LittleKingsStory'', Ambisagrus is going through the Worrywart Kingdom, which they establish early on has an egg theme to it. Plaz uses the phrase "egg it on".
-->'''Plaz:''' That was accidental. I'm gonna go now.
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Agent Washington, also known as Wash, is part of the CleanupCrew of Project Freelancer.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The creators of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' admit they didn't really know that [[MeaningfulName "Momo" means peach in Japanese]] until ''after'' they made the scene in which said lemur is named while holding a peach.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Mabel is propositioned by a bunch of gnomes that want to make her their queen.
-->'''Jeff:''' So what d'ya say? Will you join us in holy matri-gnomey? Matri--matri''mony''! Blah, I can't ''talk'' today.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'', Smiley belongs to an Andalusian prince, making him [[Film/UnChienAndalou an Andalusian dog]]. Considering the creators didn't even care enough to write a decent story, it's very unlikely they bothered to think up such a subtle reference.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DCShowcaseGreenArrow,'' [[AChildShallLeadThem Perdita]] comments that "every queen needs a consort," unaware that ComicBook/GreenArrow's real name is Oliver ''Queen''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'': In "Canada", Chris expresses disbelief that a Mountie "lifted [his car] with his bare hands!" We find out later that in-universe, [[spoiler:Canadians are half-bear.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** Happens in the HalloweenEpisode when Mr. Cat criticizes Stumpy's ridiculous zombie impression.
-->'''Mr. Cat (to Stumpy):''' We already told you, your zombie impression ''bites''!
** In the episode "Let's Play at Reading Books", Quack Quack slams a book in Mr. Cat's face by accident. When Mr. Cat tries to say his CatchPhrase "Meow", it comes out as "Me..... OW".
* In ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'', Carrot and Celery think their names are "Earth" names. They were probably going for Garrett and Sally, respectively. Uncle Zucchini was most likely going for Zachary.
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[[folder:On This Very Wiki]]
* The word "straight" can come off as this on the PlayingWith pages for sexuality tropes. Occasionally, it's lampshaded with a link to this page. For example, the StraightMan does not need to be heterosexual nor male.
* In a crossover with AccidentalInnuendo, this can also happen on pages relating to anatomy as well, making the page sound far filthier than it really is.
* Any time [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Jacob Black]] from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' is referred to as a "DoggedNiceGuy".
* [[TheDragon Lord Crump]]'s disguise as the pirate "Four-Eyes" in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Luigi as "Mr. L", and a Toad as the Rock Paper Wizard in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioColorSplash'' are literal {{Paper Thin Disguise}}s, since everyone in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series is made out of paper.
* Every page for an individual ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' game begins with "The [number] of the ''Saints Row'' series". E.G., the page for ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' begins with "The second of the ''Saints Row'' series". The accidental pun occurred when the third game was revealed to be titled ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' (which nominally represents the fact that the gang is called "The Third Street Saints", thus being an intentional pun that led to an accidental one).
* The entry for "BrickJoke" on the page for ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' is linked to this page before the trope explanation occurs.
* On the page EsotericHappyEnding, there is a pothole to BlueAndOrangeMorality that refers to Atlas and P-body from ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', who are referred to as "Blue" and "Orange" respectively by [=GLaDOS=].
* The ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' features [[BigBad Nightmare]], and one of their tropes involves the wielding of that sword going from a young man leading a band of thieves to the greatet evil in the world. That trope? FromNobodyToNightmare.
* Light Yagami is the VillainProtagonist of ''Manga/DeathNote'' and usually dresses in bright colors, to put on a trustworthy appearance. The result? LightIsNotGood.
* On the flip-side to the above, Dr. Thomas Light is the BigGood of the classic ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series, notable for his long and bushy white beard and white labcoat. You can pretty much say that LightIsGood.
* Similarly, Princess Luna from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is an EnsembleDarkhorse both in the sense that she's a popular secondary character and a dark-colored horse who's part of an ensemble.
* The anime ''Anime/CodeGeass'' contains an instance of a character attempting a ZeroApprovalGambit, which also coincidentally includes making the masked persona known as "Zero" approved by the populace. So it's a ZeroApprovalGambit in more ways than one.
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