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->''"Ok, this is the most common thing I write. I've said it 34 times in my notes. Nothing else. Just that single word, followed by a lack of any punctuation. Not a question or an exclamation, just a statement of utter disbelief."''
-->-- ''Blog/MarkReadsTwilight''


A {{Stock Phrase|s}} when it comes to reactions, but a simple one. Although it is just one word, the way in which it is pronounced can speak volumes about how absurd (or mundane) the situation can be, simply by how and where the inflection in a speaker's voice (if any) is used. In written speech, it's supplemented by the punctuation following it. For an example:

* "What?" Standard reaction when someone notices that someone spoke to him, but didn't hear well what was said. Common in the real world, little used in fiction as it goes against TheLawOfConservationOfDetail
* "What?" Standard reaction, used in everyday speech; slightly rising inflection (clarify what someone said, being asked a favor, etc.)
* "What?!" Sharper inflection indicating a level of surprise ([[EmergencyBroadcast disturbing news]], [[BreakingBadNewsGently something you may need to sit down for]], etc.)
* "[[DefensiveWhat What!?]]" An accusatory or intimidating statement; "I'm in your face, what are you going to do about it!?", or in defense against accusatory stares if the speaker believes that whatever earned them those glares was normal
* "[[BigWhat WHAT?!" "WHAAAAAT?!?!?!]]" et al; New levels of absurdity have been hit (Variations on the length of the word and (ab)use of ? and ! as needed; this is the one most often used for comic effect)

'''[[WellThisIsNotThatTrope None of the above is an example of this trope.]]''' That's below.

* "What." You've just been witness to something so [[MindScrew bizarre]], so [[TheDitz eye-crossingly]] [[TooDumbToLive stupid]] (or possibly so mind-crushingly terrifying [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} as to put you beyond the capacity for rational thought]]), [[SarcasmFailure that your brain no longer has the cognitive faculties to put together a more articulate response]].

And that's exactly how it's written, too: "what" with a period at the end.

When the speaker recovers, WhatWereYouThinking tends to be invoked.

'''Unless it is being listed as a trope, DO NOT''' '''{{Pothole}}''' '''this trope on other pages.'''



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* One of the best parts of the dubbed ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Electric Shock Showdown!" was Lt. Surge's Flat What after [[spoiler:Pikachu nullifies his Raichu's Thunderbolt by grounding its tail]]. [[NewRulesAsThePlotDemands This is also a remarkably accurate representation of what every fan of the Pokémon games said at that exact moment.]]
* Kyon pulls one after Haruhi announces the SOS brigade will be hosting a movie screening at the culture fest in episode 20 of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''.
** And when Yuki tells him she's an [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien alien.]] And when Asakura [[spoiler:tells him she's going to kill him.]] He seems pretty fond of this and the FacePalm.
* ''LightNovel/SeitokaiNoIchizon'' has a knocked-out Sugisaki Ken trying to cross the river of Hell to reach his "harem". ''Anime/HellGirl'', who happens to be passing by on her ferry, responds to this bizarre scene with a flat "Oi..." after he passes her.
* In a chapter of ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'' -a ''Anime/MazingerZ'' spin-off-, Kouji and [[RobotGirl Minerva-X]] are together inside the cockpit. During the battle Minerva lands on Kouji on a ''very awkward and embarrassing'' position. Sayaka -ClingyJealousGirl and ActionGirl who has just arrived and destroyed three Mechanical beasts in a fit of jealous rage- sees him, and they -after displaying a tremendously comical OhCrap stares- try to explain it is not what it seems, and Minerva is not human but she actually is a Super Robo created by TheProfessor Dr. Kabuto to be Mazinger-Z's partner. Sayaka's reaction?
-->'''Sayaka''':... What.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'', Ami, Kitamura, and Minorin do a flat what after Ryuuji tells them that he and Taiga [[spoiler:are going to run away and get married.]]
* In ''Yankee-kun to Megane-chan'' (''Manga/FlunkPunkRumble'' in the American release), Izumi reacts this way after the student council finds a necklace that claims to grant three wishes... and Chiba immediately suggests wishing [[WastefulWishing that 5th-period PE get cancelled. ]]
* In the last episode of ''LightNovel/LadiesVersusButlers'', after Sernia and Tomomi hfe had one of their biggest battles ever over a ticket to the amusement park Try Aqualand for a date with Akiharu (won by Sernia), the guy is so ObliviousToLove that he completely misunderstands their enthusiasm, and gives the other ticket to Tomomi as a "sort of consolation prize". Cue absolutely deadpan Flat What from Tomomi, followed by some verbal abuse from most of the named cast, and topped with an earth-shaking double ArmorPiercingSlap from BOTH Tomomi and Sernia.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei:'' This is Nozomu Itoshiki's standard reaction to whatever [[ThePollyanna Kafuka]] [[StepfordSmiler Fuura's]] most recent, outlandish explanation was.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia:'' Russia mixes one of these with a creepy, intense stare when Stalin informs him that the White Sea-Baltic Canal he spent a year breaking his back digging is [[http://aph.starry-sky.com/rsa.html totally useless]].
* In one particular {{filler}}[=/=]{{flashback}} episode, Manga/{{Naruto}} (or, more accurately, one of his shadow clones) has this reaction to Tenten summoning what appears to be [[ItMakesSenseInContext thousands of syringes to rain down on him]].
* In ''LightNovel/{{Corsair}}'', in the midst of discussing Aura's wish to marry Canale, Ayace decides to bluntly let everyone know that Canale is his lover. While the others' reactions vary from awkwardness to surprise, Aura simply says "...what."
* Uryuu Minene aka the 9th, a terrorist of some repute, of ''Manga/FutureDiary'' does this when [[spoiler: the police officer Nishijima proposes to her while they were on the run from other police officers. He even had a ring.]]
* Shinji gives a very amusing one in chapter 612 of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' when [[spoiler: Soifon gives Yoruichi's little brother, Yushiro, pocket money]].
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'':
** Kaneki gives one after meeting [[spoiler: Dr. Kanou]], who reveals that [[spoiler: Manager Yoshimura is deeply connected to Aogiri. Namely being the father of its leader.]]
** Saiko from '':Re'' gives one after Haise announces that [[ItMakesSenseInContext they're all going to become girls]].
* In the ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' anime adaptation, Koro-sensei panics and does one when his students, [[spoiler: having exploited a loophole in his offer to let them destroy one tentacle for each top score they took in finals, inform him they want to claim their "prizes" while the class is on the island vacation they ''also'' won for their top scores]]. The reason this frightens Koro-sensei senseless? [[spoiler: He's severely weak to water, which clogs up his tentacles and slows him down.]]
* ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'': Kuroyukihime has this reaction when Haruyuki tells her that he went through with her suggestion to cable link with his childhood Chiyuri.
* ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'': This is Tanya's reaction to Tasha being a boy.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This is Doctor Nemesis's reaction to an unexpected teleport in the Comicbook/XMen one-shot Blind Science.
* A particularly amusing example from ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles''. A Mexican god of death tells to a very young Lord Fanny that she has to give her body/soul to a passage to the next level of her ritual to become a witch. She doesn't want to... so she offers the god a joke. A god of death answering with a flat what its just priceless (mostly because a lot of readers were asking themselves the same).
* The Devil's response when [[Comicbook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] nonchalantly comments that the candles made booze out of holy water. The booze the Devil just drank, and the candles that Constantine promptly kicks over.
* At the end of the first issue of ''ComicBook/TheSandmanOverture'', Morpheus is being summoned somewhere and declares that he is Dream of the Endless and he is prepared for whatever comes next. Then he sees [[spoiler:all the different facets of himself from throughout the universe in one giant meeting]] and goes "What."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'':
** In chapter 32:
--->''Daniel flinched slightly at something and put a hand to the side of his head. “Ow. Alright, before half my children jump in with suggestions, I’m going to head them off with at least one of my own; You need to stand right up, put your right hand on your hip, your left hand in the air, and start signing the ‘I’m A Little Teapot’ song while Asuka throws pies at you and I play the accordion.”\\
Shinji stared at him. Asuka’s head came up off Shinji’s chest and joined in. “What,” they said flatly in stereo.''
** Chapter 74 provided a rare non-humorous example:
--->''"Ching, come with me. Asuka, you should stay here," Shinji said, avoiding Asuka's eyes.\\
"What." Asuka's voice was dangerously flat.''
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'':
** In chapter 4 Asuka uttered one after finding out what Shinji had accidentally touched Rei's breasts once.
--->''Asuka narrowed her eyes. "Yes, that was a sudden, convenient little 'accident' you had out there. What was Wondergirl about to say? You touched her somewhere?"\\
"He touched my right breast," Rei calmly supplied.\\
Asuka stared at her, mouth gaping. "What." She shook her head. "Explain, rapidly."''
** In chapter 8 Asuka starts explaining Shinji her plan to simultaneously tell Misato that they are together and have her accepting that they are also sleeping together.
--->'''Shinji:''' Ok, so what's our first plan?\\
'''Asuka:''' Strip chess.\\
'''Shinji:''' What.
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'':
** When Shinji and Asuka meet after the timeline restarts:
--->'''Asuka:''' Trying to stab you when we ran into each other by Misato's memorial was spur of the moment. I've had three months to plan this meet-up. Besides, [...] you masturbating over my comatose body was far from the worst thing to happen to me that week. At least it proved you were too dumb to know when you're being hit on instead of just gay.\\
'''Shinji:''' What.
** In the first draft Misato uttered one when she saw Asuka had been reading "The Ethical Slut":
--->''Misato couldn't help but smile... until she happened to glance at the cover of the book Asuka had been reading, and realized it was a copy of The Ethical Slut. And Asuka had apparently been taking notes.''\\
* In ''Fanfic/DGrayManAbridged'', there is a short starring Kanda and Allen:
-->'''Kanda:''' Hey Allen. You're a bean sprout.\\
'''Allen:''' Your mom's a bean sprout.\\
'''Kanda:''' Your beansprout's a mom!\\
'''Allen:''' ...What.
* ''Fanfic/SurrogateOfZero'': In this fic, the ghost of Asuka narrates all what her husband Shinji does, and she has a... very particular style, and Shinji -who is [[MindlinkMates mind-linked to her]]- sometimes has this kind of reaction:
-->'''Asuka:''' The waters are red, not like blood, but the broken dreams of Communism.\\
'''Shinji:''' What.
* Alphonse and Hohenheim have [[http://www.cryogenia.com/~dragnl/Valiant/Supernova/?directory=.¤tPic=8 this reaction]] to Edward's {{determinator}}-style declaration in a ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' doujin.
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'':
** Anguirus pops this upon first encountering an erratically flying Derpy Hooves.
** Rodan pops this after receiving a letter asking him to join Rainbow Dash in performing an air show.
* Given the frequency of positively bizarre crap that happens in the Pokémon fic ''Fanfic/BraveNewWorld'', one can hardly blame [[OnlySaneMan Pikachu]] for reacting this way often. You know it's approaching critical mass when [[CloudCuckoolander Leo]] does it though.
* ''Fanfic/SecondWind'': Buggy gives one of these when Luffy proposes to do nothing while the former executes him.
* Happens fairly often in the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Skin}}'', more often than not followed by a BigWhat when the weirdness factor hits critical mass.
* In the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5972992/1/Proper_Equipment Proper Equipment]], Yuuno gives one in response to hearing that his new device Raising Heart is designed for long-range offensive magic. Apparently Mazda, the Scrya clan matriarch who gave it to him, didn't realize that he specialized in defensive and support magic, or that he was actually a boy.
* Waking to a situation that's already taxing her mind, [[Fanfic/ChildrenOfTheStars Keleria]] is further confused by Ayuri saying she's taken a courier job leading to Stranglethorn Vale.
--> ''Keleria blinked, feeling about as intelligent as a suffocating fish, "what."''
* Draco Malfoy has this reaction in ''[[FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality Methods of Rationality]]'' when told that Harry needed a bit of cash, after using the money he'd ''stolen from his own Gringotts vault'' to buy a gift for Hermione Granger. Exactly which part of that the Flat What is in response to is left to the reader.
** Harry also ends the first chapter with one.
* In ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns'', people occasionally exhibit this reaction when the protagonist issues some strange command, like [[spoiler:telling Branka to make golem-sized pickaxes]].
* Continuing the tendency marked by [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya his canon counterpart]], Kyon in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' gives a Flat What when Haruhi announces that, due to Kyon inadvertently making her believe he was upset with her, [[InsaneTrollLogic she can no longer trust him to put his costume on by himself]] and asks Yuki to hold him down.
* In the ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fanadventure ''Webcomic/BeTheSeaDwellerLowblood'', Karkat does this trice after finding out that [[spoiler:Eridan, on top of breaking into (and locking Karkat out of) his private quarters, has been using his Trollian account to troll his friends, [[OutGambitted out-manipulating Vriska]] and single-handedly rescuing [[LaResistance an organization devoted to upthrowing Aradia (and Karkat)]] from the hands of one of Karkat's best (and certainly closest) legislacerators.]]
* A RunningGag in ''Fanfic/GloriousShotgunPrincess'', whenever someone from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe is exposed to the over-the-top martial-arts "bullshit magic" of the ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' setting or just about anything that [[BigGood Autochthon]] [[ScienceHero does]] [[MadScientist or]] [[CloudCuckoolander says.]]
** Becomes really hilarious when [[spoiler: a ''Reaper'']] does it.
** Admiral Hackett's reaction to seeing [[spoiler: raptors escaping from the crew quarters (read: a private tropical beach)]] is a simple 'Oh god what the fuck'
*** Presumably many readers had a similar reaction when Hackett [[spoiler:started beating the crap out of said raptors and even ''suplexing one!'']]
* ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' uses this on occasion. A notable example is when Haruhi [[spoiler:gets crushed by a blimp]].
* Fanfic writers can get these when they get a review to a long-finished story.
** It can also be about the only response possible to a request for a continuation of a very definite one-shot, or a reviewer who is reviewing...something else entirely, you hope, given that the piece they reviewed is a look into the local CuteAndPsycho's {{Gorn}} fantasies...and the review is for a RomanticComedy.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7181421/3/From-the-End-to-the-Start From the End to the Start]]'' this is Hermione's reaction to Luna's statement that pudding, according to her mother, "can be served for medicinal purposes for poison consumption and for irritable bowels."
* Happens in Ewar's Tale once, when the signature characters meets a pair of bats that he thought were spirits, the Author seems self-aware too for some reason.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/850294/chapters/1668533 Empire's Gleam]]'', a [[PeggySue time-traveling]] Series/{{Merlin|2008}} has this reaction when Arthur states he would never bring his manservant out hunting or on campaign with him.
* In ''FanFic/MonstersInParadise'', this has become the characters' stock response to anything absurd enough to break their thought processes, [[spoiler: such as Skarmory's ability cancelling out Flandre's]]. Marisa eventually lampshades this:
--> "Say it. You know you want to."
* Several characters in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/SilverBlood'' demonstrate this reaction, usually to unexpected information. Brendan seems to be a particular cause for them, one notable example being when he [[spoiler: caught Domino off-guard by turning her attempt to fight into an impromptu dance with her.]]
* In the ''Manga/SoulEater'' oneshot [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10677407/1/Oblivion Oblivion]], this is Shaula's reaction when Medusa, after [[BigBrotherBully abusing her younger sister all throughout their childhood]] and continually mocking her and hitting her when they meet again as adults, demands that Shaula help her with one of her experiments.
* In ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'', Takara Tsukuda can only react to Monokuma's appearance with this.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fanfic "[[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/like-mother-like-skitter-worm-au.378117/page-21#post-21113162 Like Mother Like Skitter]]", Tattetale has this reaction when a notorious, psychopathic serial killer breaks into her loft and tells that he wants her team's services "in helping a young woman come to terms with her sexuality!"
* In ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops'' ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fic "[[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/worm-loops-choose-your-own-canon.282371/page-6#post-12872171 Worm Loops]]", Taylor has this reaction when ''[[Manga/AhMyGoddess Belldandy, Urd and Skuld]]'' tell her that, when she manages to get out of the time loops, she'll become another goddess.
-->“The only actual way for you to end the loops is if you were to ascend to a full admin. In order to do that, you need experience. Fortunately, you can gain plenty of that in the loops.” She gives me a smile, “The closer you get towards the endpoint the greater control you’ll have over your own loops. Eventually, down the road, you will get out of the loops.”\\
The three goddesses bowed to me again, smiles on their faces. “And on that day, we will welcome you as one of us.”\\
* Understandably, this is [[Franchise/MassEffect Miranda Lawson's]] reaction to the Illusive Man telling her to turn Shepard into a man/woman/robot/werewolf/gun hybrid[[note]]He wants Shepard to be given laser eyes and a vagina ''and'' be turned into a werewolf[[/note]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11521278/1/It-Got-Loose-and-Killed-All-Our-Guys-The-Project-Lazarus-Story It Got Loose and Killed All Our Guys: The Project Lazarus Story]]''.
* Celestia tends to induce these in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11376451/8/Celestia-takes-a-vacation Celestia takes a Vacation]]'' whenever she decides to [[TheGadfly screw with people for her own amusement]], such as reacting to [[LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero Princess Henrietta]] entering the room by loudly declaring her plot foiled and teleporting away with Siesta with whom she'd been having tea.
* ''FanFic/ThisBites'':
** Chapter 14, following TheReveal and Cross' tearful begging to stay on the crew:
-->'''Nami''': ''(solemnly)'' Alright, Cross, we'll let you stay on the crew… But first… you have to answer a few questions for us……Cross, listen to me ''very'' closely. I need to know… How rich are we going to get?
-->'''Cross''': ''(mentally)'' …what. ''(out loud) What.''
** Chapter 25... several times.
** Chapter 32, during the accidental landing in G-8, when the crew realizes that Vivi and Carue are being pampered in luxury by a barrack of overly-chivalrous Marines.
** Chapter 38, Sengoku goes from FlatWhat to BigWhat when he realizes the island the Straw Hats plan to pillage and burn is Enies Lobby.
* Poor Hayato in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11868249/1/Red-like-the-Storm Red like the Storm]]'' when Harry crashes his training camp on a bike, pursued by Squalo insulting her and Skull riding an octopus. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Yeah...]]
** Then you have Mukuro in Chapter 17 when Harry is replaced by her future self who CurbStomp the Estraneo Famiglia, offers him chocolate - his favourite kind ! - and a ''kiss on his forehead'' then manages to talk the Vindice into letting her go. The kid is left speechless and frankly, can you blame him for it?
* When Sola-Ui worries about Berserker - suspected to be Achilles - allying with Lancer for ''personal'' motives in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7514983/8/Holding-Back-the-Sea Holding Back the Sea]]'', Kayneth playfully suggests to let Lancer ''handle crafting'' the alliance. Needless to say, the Servant does ''not'' appreciate the joke.
* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', John traps a number of adventurers neck-deep in mud and Ringo goes to talk to them. One of the adventurers says to him, in effect, “Hurry up and torture us and get it over with already!” To which the ActualPacifist Ringo responds: “Y'what?”
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''/''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' crossover ''[[http://cartoon.adult-fanfiction.org/story.php?no=600095039 How I Learned to Love the Wild Horse]]'' Mandy has this reaction when she finds out Alex, Clover, and Sam are spies, and have been, "Since freshman year."
* ''[[WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged SMA the Movie: Promise of the Lost Rose]]''
-->'''Kisenian:''' Fiore, go! Kill him! He's shitfaced; it'll be easy.\\
'''Fiore:''' But... he's my lover.\\
'''Kisenian:''' ... What.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' gave us a great one: Piccolo and Krillin use the Multi-Form technique to attack Nappa, but Nappa is still able to dodge their attacks. Piccolo ponders what kind of mental discipline Nappa had gone through to be so powerful, but Nappa is simply singing ''Patty-Cake'' in time to his attacks. Afterwards we get this:
-->'''Nappa:''' Good effort, but I'm still the patty-cake champion!\\
'''Piccolo:''' What.
** Another one in Episode 16:
--->'''Yamcha:''' What the hell? I waxed off everything! I waxed off your car, I waxed off your house, [[ItMakesSenseInContext I even waxed off your monkey]]!\\
'''Piccolo:''' Okay, I just started paying attention - what.
** Aaaand Episode 15:
--->'''Vegeta''': Look at you, Dodoria. You're always so damn proud. And now here you are, crying like a woman!\\
'''Dodoria''': [[spoiler: I ''am'' a woman!]]\\
'''Vegeta''': What.
** When the heroes ask for one of the legendary Dragon Balls.
--->'''Nail''': Learn your place, Earthling! you have some nerve demanding-\\
'''Guru''': Here, take it.\\
'''Nail''': I... what.
** Here's another one from their ''Bardock Special'':
--->'''Zarbon''': Mm, too bad. And that Bardock was such a dashing rogue.\\
'''Dodoria''': What.
** This was also Shenron's reaction in the ''Christmas Tree of Might'' Christmas Special when the group summons him and go on about the forest being devastated by fire. Naturally Shenron thinks they want him to restore life to the forest, but Krillin's response that nah, Krillin just wants a great Christmas tree first makes Shenron do a Flat What, then marks his breaking point from being a BenevolentGenie into a JackassGenie.
* ''WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged'':
-->'''Kuwabara:''' Urameshi... [[ItMakesSenseInContext I need you to finger bang me.]]\\
'''Yusuke:''' What.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
-->'''Dartz:''' Here's what we're gunnah do, mayn. We're gunnah find Yuu-gay Mowtoe, and we're gunnah take his deeck.\\
'''Rafael:''' What.
* In ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'', this is Asuna's response when she wakes up to see Kirito smirking at her, pulls her sword and demands to know what he did to her while she was sleeping, and learns he [[FaceDoodling drew cat whiskers on her face.]] More specifically, she's shocked [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe that's]] ''[[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe all]]'' [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe he did to her.]]
* From ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', Snape's reaction to Cedric's reaction to Snape's House roll call:
-->'''Snape:''' Hufflepuff...\\
'''Cedric:''' FIND!\\
'''Snape:''' What.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10982267/9/The-Rivalry The Rivalry]]'':
-->'''Harry:''' It isn't that I thought it was worth it, it's that I wasn't willing to go back to nothing. This pain was something, even if it was pain, and anything was better than nothing. But now...now I miss nothing. And I don't want to hurt anymore.\\
'''Draco:''' Nothing is over-rated. It keeps your head clear and it keeps people at a distance but you'll never be happy. You can't be happy when you have nothing. Awards and galleons and large houses with empty rooms can never fill the spaces inside of us that ache against our will. Some of us choose this path. You don't have to be one of them.\\
'''Harry:''' You seem fine with it.\\
'''Draco:''' What.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12662216/1/Sharing-Is-Caring Sharing Is Caring]]'' this is Draco's reaction to Harry's comment that Hermione spelled him and Ron to look and feel seven months pregnant for a week after Ron made an unwise remark about Hermione's own pregnancy.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10290918/8/Dead-Man-Walking Dead Man Walking]]'' this is Ron's reaction to a Hufflepuff ducking into his, Harry and Draco's compartment to escape some flying quills.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11685814/9/Children-of-the-Sun Children of the Sun]]'' this is Draco's reaction to Harry's statement that his golden anaconda familiar got the defensive runes on its body by protecting him from his abusive Muggle relatives.
* In '[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12306271/1/More-Powerful-Than-Magic More Powerful Than Magic]]'' this is Abraxas' reaction when Harry appears in Malfoy Manor after Draco makes a wish for him to be there.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'': Goofy says this in response to Pete telling him that Max had changed their road map so that they are heading to Los Angeles. Pete also uses this when Goofy says that he doesn't believe him on that.
-->'''Pete:''' Your kid's dupin' ya.\\
'''Goofy:''' What do you mean?\\
'''Pete:''' Well, I heard the little mutant telling PJ that he changed the map so... you're headin' straight to L.A., pal.\\
'''Goofy:''' What.\\
'''Pete:''' Oh, you tried, Goof. He's just a bad kid, that's all.\\
'''Goofy:''' I don't believe you, Pete.\\
'''Pete:''' What.\\
'''Goofy:''' I don't believe you.\\
'''Pete:''' Well, hey, don't take my word for it. Check your map.
* Disney's ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'' features a memorable example between [[TheImp Iago]] and [[BigBad Jafar]]:
-->'''Iago:''' To think we gotta keep kissing up to that chump, and his chump daughter for the rest of our lives...\\
'''Jafar:''' No, Iago. Only until she finds a chump husband. Then she'll have us banished--or beheaded!\\
''[Both shudder.]''\\
'''Iago:''' Oh! Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Jafar? What if '''you''' were the chump husband?\\
'''Jafar:''' What.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'': Red Puckett delivers one in reaction to seeing [[CrazyPrepared Japeth]] [[HeliCritter wearing a set of horns that have helicopter blades built into them]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': The Bog King does this when his princess hostage starts singing about how much she loves him, even though this is the first time they've actually met. She's been [[LovePotion love potioned]] but he doesn't get it until after she's halfway through the song.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Elizabeth in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', when Jack uses his vote to make her the Pirate King.
* General Bethlehem from ''Film/ThePostman'' pulls one of these when a village refuses to open its gates to his army. He doesn't take it well.
* The best Flat What in history belongs to Kevin Spacey in ''Film/LAConfidential'' when Guy Pearce expresses doubts about the Nite Owl case.
* Somehow, Creator/BusterKeaton manages to pull out one in ''Film/TheGeneral'', a silent film. His deadpan face is like a physical Flat What.
* [[Creator/RobertRedford Joe Turner]] in ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor'' drops [[ClusterFBomb a few]] after [[spoiler: [[Creator/MaxVonSydow Joubert]] shoots CIA Deputy Director Atwood]] when Turner [[spoiler: confronts him in his home]].
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'': Zorg's response when he learns one of his lackeys failed to take Korben Dallas' spot on the plane.
* ''Film/FightClub'': After Jack explains to Marla Singer that [[spoiler: Tyler Durden is a separate personality that he's only just been made aware of]], she delivers one that manages to be both [[CrowningMomentOfFunny flat and epic at the same time.]]
** In response to "I want you to hit me as hard as you can."
* Trinity says this to Neo in ''Film/TheMatrix'' when he says that Morpheus thinks he's something he's not.
* In ''Film/NationalTreasure'', Ben responds with this when his dad tells him he doesn't have the Silence Dogood letters.
* ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' - this is Diane's initial reaction when Wayne tells her that his shrinking machine zapped their kids. It becomes a sharper "[[BigWhat What?!]]" as she realizes the implications.
* ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'': The Nethers squad commander, after Preston kills two of his men. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrJOF7jhgAQ With their own shotguns.]] ''[[GunsAkimbo simultaneously.]]''
* There's a fantastic example in '' Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' after Spottswoode tells Gary that he will have regained his trust if he performs oral sex on him. ItMakesSenseInContext... kinda.
** Another example comes earlier on, when Gary, in 'disguise' as Ahmed, is sat in a fleeing jeep with some terrorists, who have turned around and started driving towards Gary's teammates:
-->'''Gary:''' Uh, what are we doing?
-->'''Chechen Leader:''' This jeep is filled with explosives! We're going to take their lives, and our own!
-->'''Gary:''' We're, we're gonna what?
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'': The first evil-ex "boss battle" is already beyond absurd to everyone present in the scene, from Matthew Patel's crashing-in appearance to Scott surprisingly fending him off in fantastical fashion, but when Patel breaks out into a Bollywood-esque number (with demon hipster chicks) in the middle of the fight, a disbelieving Stacy Pilgrim can only manage a "what."
* Toward the end of ''Film/{{Super 8}}'' after [[spoiler:Joe is speaking with the Alien, and the Alien sets Joe down very nicely and starts to leave]] Cary delivers an extremely confounded Flat What.
* In ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', an officious TheNeidermeyer type Colonel confronts Pvt. Joker about his peace sign necklace and helmet which reads "Born to Kill".
-->'''Joker''': I'm trying to suggest something about the duality of man, ''sir!''
-->'''Colonel''': What.
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'', Aragorn does this when Gimli asks him to toss him to the stone bridge leading to the gate of Helm's Deep, claiming that he "cannot jump the distance".
** This is also [[TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack Gollum's]] reaction when [[SplitPersonality Sméagol]] tells him to "Leave now and never come back!"
* In ''Film/PoliceAcademy'', when Lt. Harris is asking who has prior military experience and Mahoney raises his hand:
-->'''Harris:''' You have had prior military training, Mahoney?
-->'''Mahoney:''' Yes, sir, but not in this life.
-->'''Harris:''' What.
-->'''Mahoney:''' In a previous life I served with Her Majesty's forces in India.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': Eddie does this when he hears that Marvin Acme has been murdered.
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', this is Ronan's reaction when Quill interrupts his epic final speech by [[spoiler: singing and dancing to "Ooh Child" and then challenging Ronan to a dance-off]].
-->'''Ronan''': ''(completely, totally flabbergasted)''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaaJyAjvajo ....what are you doing.]]
* A rather more dramatic case from Quill in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', when Ego reveals [[spoiler: he placed a tumor inside Quill's mother's head]]. It's enough to snap Star-Lord out of what is essentially brainwashing.
* In ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', when Aurora first meets the title character.
-->'''Aurora:''' I know who you are.\\
'''Maleficent''': Do you?\\
'''Aurora:''' [[WrongGenreSavvy You're my Fairy Godmother!]]\\
'''Maleficent:''' What.
* In the 2013 movie adaption of Literature/{{Carrie}}, when Tommy asks Carrie to the prom, after a moment of stunned silence this is the only reaction she is able to produce.
--> '''Tommy:''' So you know the prom is next week? I was wondering, if you don't have a date already, maybe you want to go with me?\\
'''Carrie:''' What.
* ''Film/AntMan'' features two 'tip montages' narrated by Luis, whose [[MotorMouth mouth moves so fast]] that the only thing Scott has to say by the end is "...What."
* ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'': When Begbie goes picking a fight in a restaurant just for fun and a massive BarBrawl suddenly erupts, the rest of his fellow drug addicts just stand on the balcony overlooking all this mayhem with this reaction on their faces.
* In ''Film/IronMan3'', Tony Stark is getting his ass kicked by the BigBad until [[spoiler:a superpowered ''Pepper Potts'' comes crashing OutOfTheInferno and [[BigDamnHeroes rescues him]]]].
-->'''Stark''': ''({{Beat}})'' ...I got nothin'.

* Attributed to UsefulNotes/RichardNixon as the epigraph to the fourth part of ''Literature/GravitysRainbow''.
* In ''The Zigzag Kid'', Nono says "What is this" instead of asking, because he's too shocked to "wrinkle his voice at the end to make a question" when he finds out [[spoiler:his friend the ConMan is also his grandfather]].
* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] occasionally punctuates "what" without a question mark.
* In ''[[Literature/TheCinderSpires The Aeronaut's Windlass]]'', this is the reaction when a character casually mentions that she is speaking to the airship. Note that this and Literature/TheDresdenFiles are by the same author.
* In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' Vetinari is talking with Leonard of Quirm about Leshp, the island that's just come up out of the sea, and Leonard casually mentions he did some sketches there once. After leaving the room, Vetinari thinks for a moment, turns around, goes back into the room and flatly asks Leonard, "You did ''what''?" [[spoiler: The island reappears and sinks back into the sea periodically, but at that point Leonard is the only living person who knows anything about it.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/FamilyTies:'' This was Alex P. Keaton's response to [[spoiler: Mallory and Nick's decision to get married]].
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' uses this fairly regularly.
** Perhaps best demonstrated in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y0yolPv7tU Blackadder teaching Baldrick how to count]]:
-->'''Blackadder:''' Right Baldrick, let's try again shall we? This is called adding. If I have two beans, and then I add two more beans, what do I have?\\
'''Baldrick:''' Some beans.\\
'''Blackadder:''' ''(pause)'' [[MathematiciansAnswer Yes...and no.]] Let's try again, shall we? I have two beans, then I add two more beans. What does that make?\\
'''Baldrick:''' A very small casserole.\\
'''Blackadder:''' Baldrick, the ape creatures of the Indus have mastered this. Now try again. One, two, three...\\
'''Baldrick:''' ''Four!''\\
'''Blackadder:''' So how many are there?\\
'''Baldrick:''' Three.\\
'''Blackadder:''' What.\\
'''Baldrick:''' And that one.\\
'''Blackadder:''' Three... and that one. So if I add that one to the three, what will I have?\\
'''Baldrick:''' Oh! Some beans.\\
'''Blackadder:''' Yes. To you Baldrick, the Renaissance was just something that happened to other people, wasn't it?
* ''Series/MadMen:'' Don Draper is fond of this.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsJSRP7cZVo Very fond of this.]]
** Peggy has two when [[spoiler: Stan confesses that he's in love with her]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Tenth Doctor gets in at least one of these per season. Often combined with a TripleTake.
** His first use of it may have been in "Army of Ghosts", [[spoiler: when the Cyber-Leader reveals the Cybus Cybermen didn't build the Void ship that broke the barrier between universes.]]
** Used exquisitely in both "Voyage of the Damned" and the mini-episode "Time Crash" (which reuse the same scene). The prow of (what looks like) an antiquated (read: early 20th century) ocean-liner smashes through to the interior of the TARDIS (while the TARDIS is ''in space''!) and the Doctor, as any sane man would, responds in surprise. And then repeats himself for emphasis. Finally, upon discovering that the ship is, in fact, the ''Titanic'', he finishes off in a perfectly flat "What."
** Also used in his first encounter with Donna Noble (at the end of series 2's final episode "Doomsday" and again, when the same scene is replayed at the start of the Christmas Special "The Runaway Bride"), when she suddenly, inexplicably appears out of thin air inside the flying TARDIS and starts berating him.
** The Eleventh Doctor, too. And Amy.
** Eleven's flattest one was probably in "Closing Time"
---> '''Sales Lady:''' "Well there is the silver rat..."
---> '''Doctor:''' *turns around slowly*
---> '''Doctor:''' "What."
** The Fourth Doctor was very fond of saying "what", too.
** Martha does one in "Gridlock", when she learns that a ten-mile trip on "the motorway" in New New York will take six years.
** In "The Eleventh Hour", this is Young Amy's reaction when the Doctor tells her that the blue box he crashed in is actually a time machine.
* Series/HannahMontana uses this at least OncePerEpisode.
* Arya, in ''Series/GameOfThrones'', reacts this way after the Waif plays 'the game of faces' with her.
* In one episode of ''Series/WhiteCollar'', Neal [[ItMakesSenseInContext is given tranquilizers and strapped to a bed]]. When Peter finds him, Neal's still in the bed (singing, no less) even though he freed himself a while ago.
-->'''Peter:''' We gotta get you out of these binds.
-->'''Neal:''' Oh, you mean these? ''(raises arms and straps fall to the floor)'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny What.]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': Sam the American Eagle looses a fine one on learning that his requested concerto would be played by The Electric Mayhem. Sam is rather famous for these. He has a particularly beautiful one while reading "The Ant and the Grasshopper"; he reads the traditional Aesop's fable until he reaches the last line:
-->'''Sam:''' And so it was, dear listeners... [[spoiler:that the Grasshopper drove his sports car to Florida, and the Ant got stepped on]].\\
'''Sam: WHAT.'''
* Cameron Mitchell of ''Series/StargateSG1'' says "what" with varying inflections so often that he's been accused of using it as his CatchPhrase. Obviously, at least one Flat What has come up.
** While she doesn't actually say it, [[Series/StargateAtlantis Teyla]]'s facial expression just ''screams'' this upon Sheppard telling her in a matter-of-fact tone what the last two digits of [=McKay=]'s password mean. For reference, the password is 164318791968[[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy 42]].[[note]]1643: UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton's birth year. 1879: UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein's birth year. 1968: [[InsufferableGenius Rodney McKay]]'s birth year.[[/note]]
-->'''Sheppard:''' It's the Ultimate Answer to the Great Question of [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Life, the Universe and Everything]].
-->'''Teyla:''' ... ''(slowly turns back to her own computer)''
* In ''Series/{{Skins}}'', Emily launches one when Katie tells her she ''does'' have to ask her who she sleeps with.
* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', Jackson's reaction at being demoted to co-captain... alongside Scott.
* Both forms are running gags on ''Series/{{Titus}}''; the flat what is often used by Ken Titus, usually toward an unseen observer of his behavior.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcatQSyRK6c&playnext_from=TL&videos=wc-1fGQaFVc a few of these]].
* ''Series/{{Community}}'', right after Jeff telling off Abed's father for trying to control Abed vaguely backfires:
-->'''Abed's Dad:''' Fine! You want to raise him? You raise him! I'm out!\\
'''Jeff:''' What.
** This was Troy's reaction when Pierce brought his late mother's essence (a lava lamp) to class.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', this was Koragg's reaction when Nick rode in to battle on Koragg's own CoolHorse, Catastros. Previously, Koragg had been the ''only'' one able to tame and ride Catastros.
* Frequently, [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] and [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]] on their respective shows in response to stupid world events.
* Barbara Walters interviewed Herman Cain as one of her most fascinating people of 2011 and gave this when he answered a question about theoretical cabinet positions with he would like to be Secretary of Defense. This from a man who admitted (and demonstrated) he didn't know squat about foreign affairs.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Jenna's reaction upon learning that John Gilbert is Elena's father.
* ''Series/ThirdWatch'': After a bad night, Doc does the math on how much they make on each run. Faith's response to the $13.85 is a Flat What.
* Creator/DavidLetterman tends to quickly bolt out one if he hears something over the course of his show that's weird or otherwise catches him off-guard.
* ''Series/{{Life}}'''s Captain Tidwell reverses the usual scenario by using the Flat What as his go-to response to other people's reactions to ''his'' odd comments.
* At the end of ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', when [[spoiler:the team finds out that because of the blood transfusion, Rex is as immortal as Jack]], Jack, Gwen and Rex let out three Flat Whats in a row. Doubles a CallBack to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' examples above.
* In ''WebVideo/TheBoothAtTheEnd'' The Man, normally unflappable, has this reaction to learning that [[spoiler: Willem kidnapped and is keeping prisoner the girl he agreed to protect so he could "be the hero."]]
* In ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow'', Kate (Catherine Tate) insists that Ellen (Ella Kenion) guess how old her salsa instructor thought she was. Ellen guesses 42, prompting a flat "what" from Kate although you can still tell she was restraining her anger.
-->'''Kate:''' Guess how old ''tony'' thought I was.\\
'''Ellen:''' I ''really'' wouldn't like to.\\
'''Kate:''' Go on, just ''guess''!\\
'''Ellen:''' Forty-two?\\
'''Kate:''' ''What.''\\
'''Ellen:''' Forty-eight?
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie:''
-->'''Amy:''' I made Charlie, so, in some way, I made that painting too!\\
'''Bob:''' But honey, by that logic, I made that painting too.\\
'''Amy:''' Oh really? So you carried that painting inside of you for nine months?\\
'''Bob:''' What.
* In the BBC Version of Sherlock, in "A Scandal in Belgravia", right before they go to visit Irene Adler, Sherlock asks John to punch him in the face. This is his response.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWuF6TPpB8w Here]] is a collection of all the times someone on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' said "What". From BigWhat to Flat What to all the whats in between.
* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', this is Pam's reaction in the Season 2 finale when Jim confesses his love for her.
* In the 2010 ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' adaptation of ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', Mrs. Hubbard interrupts Poirot's [[SherlockScan evaluation of the crime scene]] by calmly saying that she saw the murderer, eliciting a {{dull|Surprise}} "...Quoi."
* In ''Series/TheApprentice'', this is Lord Sugar's response to Karthik's boast "Give me a laptop, I'll make you a billion-dollar company." For context, this was following the defeat of Karthik's team by over £40,000.
* ''Series/ThePractice''. Murder trial, pretty routine for lawyers, prosecutors, and judge, obviously guilty defendant... and the CommonNonsenseJury surprises everyone with a verdict of Not Guilty. Helen does this, then delivers an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the jury.
* In "[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E14DieHandDieVerletzt Die Hand Die Verletzt]]", a second season episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' Mulder admits that he agrees with a hick sheriff that a creepy woodland murder scene looks ritualistic, he simply didn't want to start a panic. Scully is Scully until she's interrupted by a rain of toads.
-->'''Mulder''': ''So... lunch?''

* Music/BryanAdams and his producer both had this reaction when informed for his next song, what it was they wished for him to come up with. A song about a male stripper. Cue Bryan's "What."
* The Japanese pop duo [=WaT=] has nothing to do with this trope. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imeKI07eZCk The comments on their YouTube video, however...]]
* In Music/TheLonelyIsland's song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI6CfKcMhjY&NR=1 Jack Sparrow]]'' this is the reaction Andy Samberg gives when Music/MichaelBolton interrupts their BoastfulRap with..this:
-->'''Michael Bolton:''' ''[singing]'' This is the tale of Captain Jack Sparrow! Pirate so brave on the seven seas!\\
'''Andy:''' What.
* In Music/{{Eminem}}'s "Just Lose It", he tells a male chorus to grab their left nuts to make their right ones jealous. This is their response.
* The lyrics to ''Music/ChristinaAguilera'''s song "Dirrty" ends with one.
* Music/TaylorSwift's "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together" has one.

* The most famous {{Pinball}} example comes from ''Pinball/HighSpeed,'' just before the player is about to start multiball:
-->'''Car 504:''' "Dispatch, this is 504. He got away, over."\\
'''Dispatch:''' "504, this is dispatch. He ''what.''"

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* A now [[MemeticMutation infamous]] recent example stems from a RAW where Wrestling/MichaelCole, after Wrestling/JerryLawler was driven through a table by a rampaging Wrestling/MarkHenry, announcing that Lawler had several injuries and, "with all due respect....anal bleeding." Wrestling/BookerT 's expressioin for a split-second is priceless. It's one part "[[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon they]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar actually cleared that line?]]" Another part, "[[Wrestling/MichaelCole he]] actually ''said'' that?" and another part "WhoWritesThisCrap?" Booker's thrown off so badly in he beginning that he could only utter one word. "What."

* Delivered by the character Culverton Smith in BBC Radio 4's production of the Sherlock Holmes story, 'The Dying Detective', when he realizes [[spoiler: Holmes has been faking a terminal illness the whole time and he's just confessed to a murder]]. You can hear the character's face collapse, the word is so deftly underplayed by the actor.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The real time strategy game Age of Mythology features several flat whats.
* The ''VideoGame/SecondLife'' griefing group "W-Hat" takes its name from a Website/SomethingAwful {{emoticon}} containing a [[VisualPun W immediately followed by a hat]], used in much the same way as the Flat What.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Recettear|AnItemShopsTale}}'', a very flat "What." is spouted by Tear in a pub conversation where a very drunk Charme says, unflinchingly, that [[spoiler: she became a thief out of necessity, but eventually grew to like the whole "being a murderous thug" thing.]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} 10.5: Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'', Alice pulls one after being defeated by Remilia in the latter's story.
-->'''Remilia Scarlet:''' [[ItMakesSenseInContext To make rain fall]], you... control dolls...\\
'''Alice Margatroid:''' What.\\
'''Remilia Scarlet:''' Hey, Sakuya, that makes no sense! Bring up the next!
* In the BossRush of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'', this is most possible characters' reaction to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Ultros]].
* A very flat what appears in the intro to ''Wrestling/{{WCW}}/Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldOrder}}Wo: Revenge'', when a truck driver notices that Wrestling/{{Sting}} has lit a bunch of barrels on fire in the middle of the road for no apparent reason. Dodgy voice acting may be to blame.
* This is Qualstio's reaction to seeing [[spoiler:Tatzylvurm]] in ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction''.
** And in a CallBack, this is Rami's reaction to seeing [[spoiler:the same creature]] in ''Videogame/IMissTheSunrise''.
* From ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'':
-->'''[[BlindWithoutEm Kenji]]''': That blind broad is up to no good; I can feel it in my spleen, man. Her presence is like a dark shadow that's in the way of my great vision. [[HypocriticalHumor As expected of blind people]].
-->'''[[OnlySaneMan Hisao]]''': What.
** And again in Lilly's route:
-->'''Kenji''': I've confirmed that Lilly is in the Mafia.
-->'''Hisao''': What.
** Come to think of it, just about any interaction with Kenji tends to have this effect on Hisao, even if it isn't always played straight in the actual dialogue.
* Raz of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' gives a perfectly flat "What." when the true identity of The Phantom is revealed. Rightfully so, because [[spoiler: it's Jasper. [[DontExplainTheJoke How can all that fat fit into that cloak?]]]]
* Nick from ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' is full of these.
* The tsundere AI, *Mute, from ''VisualNovel/AnalogueAHateStory'' fires of a bunch of these over the course of the game.
* Upon waking up for the first time as a zombie in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' as part of the special challenge path Zombie Master, and seeing your gravestone, this is your response.
* One of the post-battle skits in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has this.
-->'''Asbel''': Sometimes, I can't help but regret the past.
-->'''Cheria''': Asbel...
-->'''Asbel''': Why didn't I push hard for a raise in my allowance?!
-->'''Cheria and Hubert''': What.
* Raiden gives off a couple in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''.
* Junpei utters one in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' after Santa tells him he hates the number 4 for being a "half-ass number".
** In the sequel ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', Sigma lets one out upon discovering [[spoiler:the body of the old woman in his and Phi's AB room]]. It quickly becomes a BigWhat.
* Constitutes a CrowningMomentOfFunny in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'', after Starlow finally runs out of quips regarding the Massif Bros.' bizarre obsession with beef.
-->'''Big Massif:''' BEEF!\\
'''Lil' Massif:''' FOR!\\
'''Big Massif:''' TWO!\\
'''Both Massif Bros.: BEEF STEW!'''\\
'''Starlow:''' What.
* In the most recent ''VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2'', Laharl has one of these after [[spoiler:[[LongLostRelative Sicily]], the angel who came to [[SiblingRivalry take over his Overlordship]], reveals herself to be his Little sister.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', this and BigWhat tends to be Alistair's standard reaction to the Warden's eccentric hiring policy for [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits new companions]], especially in the case of an assassin who had only moments before [[DefeatMeansFriendship tried to murder them all]].
** Morrigan delivers one when Flemeth reveals she's sending her with the Warden's party. [[spoiler: Subverted later on, when it's revealed this was actually their plan all along]].
* As per her role as one of the {{Only Sane M|an}}en of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', Makoto has uttered this trope a few times. The most notorious involved the absurdity of the casting in her gag reel ([[CurseCutShort one of which was silenced by]] [[SirSwearsALot Ragna]] [[HypocriticalHumor of all people]]), but she has done it in canon - namely, after heading off with Noel to get some food after first contact with [[HandsomeLech Kagura]].
-->'''Makoto''': I can't believe that guy.\\
'''Noel''': Makoto... I think Kagura... might be a good person.\\
'''Makoto''': ''*exasperated*'' What the hell. You are one cheap date.
* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFuckboys 3'', this is Springtrap's reaction to particularly bizarre events (i.e. being transported into [[AnotherDimension Atari]] [[{{Retraux}} Land]], or watching two animatronics have sex).
* In ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePresequel'', this is [[TheStoic Wilhelm]]'s reaction to Lilith's explanation to why she and Roland aren't up to helping, initially.
-->'''Roland:''' We're out of the vault hunting business.\\
'''Lilith:''' Too many tentacles.\\
'''Wilhelm:''' What.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', this is Undyne's reaction [[spoiler:when you try to hit her [[HitMeDammit after she challenges you to a final duel]] to restore her pride during a Pacifist Run. You can choose to fake a hit, but even if you don't, you will be incapable of summoning enough intent to harm her to deal more than 1 HP of damage. Undyne, upon realizing this, is reminded of someone else equally innocent (most likely Asriel) and decides that she can't bring herself to hurt you either.]]w
* ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' Proves that this reaction can even come from a SilentProtagonist like Link. After smashing the Spider boss Arhmogohma three times with the Dominion Rod, the creature finally convulses and dies, bursting into smoke. Link gives a triumphant flourish of the Master Sword, only to gape in disbelief when the smoke clears to reveal the boss's true form: [[ClippedWingAngel A comparatively tiny and entirely non threatening spider.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/SC2VN'', this is Mach's response to being tricked into a bet match with a high schooler.
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', Hisao says this to Kenji's assertion that Lilly is a member of the Mafia.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn 2'', Charlie reacts this way when he and his two... um... friends encounter a giant letter Z.
-->'''Blue''': ¡El hombre con el sombrero nos envió!\\
'''Pink''': ¡Él nos cuenta muchas historias asombrosas!\\
'''Z''': ''(makes pinging noises)''\\
'''Blue and Pink''': Hohohoho!\\
'''Charlie''': ...what.
* ''Machinima/FreemansMind'':
** Freeman says this when he is confronted with [[spoiler:an elevator that finally goes up, but is blocked by boxes of explosives.]]
** Adrian Shephard in ''Shephard's Mind'' does this ''twelve times'' in response to unleashing a swarm of snarks.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKVha8YqKWo And again:]]
--->'''Jon:''' I'd be down with a cool black star like that.\\
'''Emile:''' Actually, it's official name is [[{{Pun}} Ztar]].\\
'''Jon:''' ... What.
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', at the start of Season 10 Church finds out that while he's been in the Memory Unit (Which makes up most of Season 9's plot), Washington has replaced him fully. His reaction is [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]]:
-->'''Caboose''': We sort of call the new guy Church, y'know, sometimes.\\
'''Church''': What.
* In the Creator/CBoyardee animation ''Dilbert 3'', Alice delivers one in response to a murderous Dilbert's "ranch or cool ranch" Doritos trick questions before she is promptly shot after answering "ranch".
* ''WebAnimation/SonicInJaws'':
-->'''Conker''': Nice hairdo.\\
'''Sonic''': What.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** The ''Expiration Date'' short has Engineer switch from happy to terrifyingly angry with just this trope after hearing that [[spoiler:Soldier teleported bread.]]
** Some videos use the Spy as a StraightMan and chop the "What" from his response lines into a short statement of incredulous disbelief. Showcased nicely by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-knIFuPrXoc this]] ''Machinima/TeamServiceAnnouncement''.
* At the end of the ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat'' episode "Beach", Cardamon is attempting to unclog Bee's toilet. An assumed hour later, we see him fishing out a can of food lodged in the toilet. When it's out, he simply says:
-->'''Cardamon:''' Why.
* The ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "sisters" has Strong Bad's malfunctioning computer accidentally deleting an email from a girl named Ali and her sister. He receives another email and thinks it's from Ali, only discovering it to be nonsensical gibberish.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Whaaat... You're not Ali. [[DeadpanSnarker You're not even literate]]!
* In the ''WebAnimation/ElementsOfCringe'' Celestia has priceless reaction to [[BigBad Flame Majesty's]] demands to turn him and his bony friends to their [[OriginalCharacter OC's]]. Considering this is one of their main motives for ''capturing The Elements of Harmony and launching an unprovoked invasion'' it's understandable.

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* Parson Gotti of ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', on Maggie [[http://archives.erfworld.com/Book+2/83 unexpectedly casting a suggestion spell on Stanley]] to make him leave the room and appoint Parson chief warlord.
--> '''Parson:''' Lolwut.
* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' uses this a lot, mostly by [[GlassCannon Black Mage]] and [[TheOmnipotent Sarda]] (the latter involving an incident that almost completely broke his brain).
** It's important to note that Sarda (Barring [[spoiler: Chaos. Who he turns into.]]) is the most powerful character in the comic and downright omnipotent as well as [[spoiler:only about 30 seconds younger than the universe itself and due to a StableTimeLoop has already experienced this same event from his younger self's perspective]]. He just had his mind broke by a character who managed to [[BeyondTheImpossible Dual Wield longbows with two arms]] ''[[UpToEleven twice]]'' resulting in wielding four bows, each with three arrows apiece loaded.
** The Lich reacts this way after Black Mage pulls a NotNowKiddo on him (discussing killing his son, Vilbert, right in front of him, on his own property, without even bothering to turn around to address Lich.)
* ''Webcomic/{{Explorers of Souls}}'':
-->'''Pikachu:''' I have no idea what you're going on about. Partners? Adventures? Sounds too tough for me. Plus, I don't even know who you are...\\
'''Mel:''' WAIT, WAT.
* ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': Part of a RunningGag is that whenever something on TV mentions him in some fashion (the infamous "[=McNinja=] Burgers" from UsefulNotes/McDonalds, mayor Goodrich fingering him as the partner in the town's zombie defense system), the titular doctor will spend [[BeatPanel one brief panel]] staring at the TV in surprise and saying "What." in the next.
** Also, this is how Dan [=McNinja=] opens his tirade against the pirates in the bar he's hiding in, declaring his intention to burn the place down on the way out.
** A sort of extended variation of this trope is used for the doctor reacting to how Dan [=McNinja=] wound up on fire. "You. Lit. Yourself. On fire. ''Why did you light yourself on fire.''" Punctuated as it was in the comic.
** In the Army of One storyline, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p66 Doc's reaction]] to Franz Rainer defending himself against the [=McNinja=] clone horde, taking full advantage of the InverseNinjaLaw.
** And then there was that time the Doctor was shocked by his own [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p26 improbable motorbiking skills]]. This time with no punctuation whatsoever.
* In ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'', Sucre [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=207 elicits one of these]] from Bolivar after suggesting that maybe they ''shouldn't'' be fighting for freedom all the time. Which, of course, is a completely incomprehensible idea to [[AttackAttackAttack Bolivar]].
* In the ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' "Snips, snails and Dragon Tales" segment where the members of the Order make up stories (read: Take famous stories from RealLife and parody them in a 3.5 context), Roy's retelling of ''{{Hamlet}}'' has Hamlet (played by Roy) utter this when the play he set up to make Claudius (played by Xykon) admit to his father's murder gets... Slightly derailed (The leader of the theatre troupe was played by Elan, and the rewrite went ''slightly'' OffTheRails).
* Mort the ghost from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' does this one when Annie has her other undead friends scare the bejeebers out of him (as a roundabout way of apologizing) in [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=535 this]] strip. ([[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=534 This]] one is the setup for it.)
* Diane from ''Webcomic/{{Iron Crown}}'' gets [[http://ironcrowncomic.com/comic/chapter-2-page-8 a nice one]] when she hears about traitors being the cause of the current mess she's in for the first time. One can only imagine she shares the same attitude her father (a dictator) has towards them.
* Mike of ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'' has been known to use it.
* In ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'', [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=377 Psycho Mantis' reaction]] to being told that [[spoiler: Berthold could talk. Being psychic and thus differently-brained, Berthold couldn't get through to him.]]
** Also, [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=35 this strip]]:
-->'''Liquid:''' Say, huh... Why don't you levitate yourself up here? You can do that.\\
'''Psycho Mantis:''' Couple of reasons. First, it takes a lot of concentration, and getting blown up sort of threw me off a little. Second, there's a stalactite the size of a goddamned '''baseball bat''' lodged in my chest.\\
'''Vulcan Raven:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Stalagmite.]]\\
'''Psycho Mantis:''' What.
* Many webcomic artists attribute this to Ryan North of ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics''.
* Occurs in ''Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren'' a couple of times.
* [[http://blankitcomics.com/2008/08/18/what/ This]] ''Webcomic/BlankIt'' comic is both named for, and delivers, upon Aric finding that the world contains an infinite loop.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has a good one from [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1481 Faye]].
** As well as [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1978 this one]] from Faye.
** Dale provides an excellent response to a CloudCuckooLander with one [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2550 here]].
* Mike Warner of ''WebComic/{{Shortpacked}}!'' had this reaction upon learning that [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-10/04-hamalanche/what-2/ Amber had adopted a pair of hamsters.]]
* ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' has one [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/ here]], as Joyce plans to [[SisterShip hook her roommate Sarah up with her boyfriend's roommate Jacob]].
* From [[http://dizzy.pestermom.com/?p=thcomic22 this]] installment of ''Webcomic/TouhouNekokayou'':
-->'''Eirin''': Yes, it tastes almost exactly like "Tewi is trying to get me and Mika to pull a prank."
-->'''Reisen''': What
** Used [[LampshadeHanging word for word]] [[http://dizzy.pestermom.com/?p=csa01marisa0386 here]].
* Here's a great one in ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'', from the mouth of a [[http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?p=22 sassy bat.]]
** And also from the mouth of Conrad, who is [[http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?p=781 NOT invited to the party.]]
* Occurs in ''Webcomic/MountainTime'' when an onion sensei is asked about the [[http://mountaincomics.com/2009/09/28/aisle-5/ human status of Donna the Bears]], a woman whose mind is several bears.
* Since the protagonists of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' are only connected through [=IMs=], bouts of confusion are common.
** [[OnlySaneMan Karkat]] says this several times in conversations with [[TheFool John]], [[TheHyena Terezi]], and [[TheStoner Gamzee]]. Also, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=009279 this gem]]:
-->'''JOHN:''' because i punched her in the face.
-->'''KARKAT:''' WHAT
** Since Dave [[WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma almost never uses punctuation]], ''all'' of his "what"s are flat.
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=009933 Another gem]]:
-->'''JADE:''' oh yeah by the way dave...
-->'''JADE:''' youre a pretty good kisser!
-->'''JADE:''' even when youve got cat lips ;)
-->'''DAVE:''' WHAT
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-06-23 has]] [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-09-22 it]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-02-18 as]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-12-15 a]] RunningGag.
-->'''[[WordOfGod Dan Shive]]''': I love it when characters say 'what.'
* From ''Webcomic/JohnnyWander'', we get [[https://web.archive.org/web/20091229184556/http://www.johnnywander.com:80/comics/35 this gem.]]
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' has [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/398 this triple one.]]
* ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' demonstrates the appropriate male reaction to the [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=041111 Pokémon Musical.]]
* Alicia does one of these in ''Webcomic/GrowingUpGrunge''.
* The [[http://fancyadventures.com/2008/08/08/page-9/ revelation of the premise]] of Webcomic/TheFancyAdventuresOfJackCannon.
* Nita's reaction to "THE AWESOME (untested) POWER OF YOGIC FLYING" in the ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'' SpinOff ''Giant Days''.
* In ''Webcomic/GastroPhobia'', [[http://gastrophobia.com/comix/2011-04-20.png Phobia's reaction]] to being told that [[spoiler: Philia is her and Klepto's daughter.]]
* Avatar of ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'' does one in reaction to a [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1191539/page-348-i-was-not-prepared-for-that/ particularly flamboyant mad scientist]].
* Nick gets one in ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' when Trudy accidentally slips [[spoiler: that she ''isn't'' the alternate universe self everyone thought she was.]]
* The nameless mercenary from ''Webcomic/FlakyPastry'' reacts appropriately to [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=379 this]] rather... ''unconventional'' technique.
* Done hilariously by Zelda in [[http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/335/8/e/how_skyward_sword_should_have_ended___spoilers_by_metaknuckles-d4hvj7m.jpg this (spoileriffic!) fan comic]] of ''Webcomic/SkywardSword''.
* [[http://www.firmanproductions.com/?p=675 Strip #343]] of Michael Firman's ''Moe'', accompanied with an extra-large speech bubble for emphasis.
* In the "Crux's Climb" story arc of ''Webcomic/AMomentOfPeace'', Story asks Ito if he thinks she is happy sitting by the pool waiting for Crux, for which he answers "yes". [[http://www.amomentofpeace.net/?num=154 Apparently it wasn't the answer she expected.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SpareKeysForStrangeDoors'', Marion reacts to the arrival of [[spoiler:a unicorn]] [[http://sparekeyscomic.com/index.php?comic=20120628 this way.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DreamScar'', this is Vix's reaction to seeing [[http://dream-scar.net/?id=132 what happened to Ophelia]].
* This is ''Webcomic/AxeCop'''s [[http://axecop.com/index.php/acask/read/ask_axe_cop_69 reaction]] when he enters [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]] through a wardrobe... though it should be noted there's nothing special about magically entering a world with talking animals and fantasy creatures compared to what goes in his comic all the time. In fact, his arrival [[http://axecop.com/index.php/acask/read/ask_axe_cop_70 makes Narnia considerably weirder]].
* Page 86 of ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': After dealing with Sydney's skittishness for several pages, they finally find out what she's hiding in the tube on her back. Seven unmarked orbs float into the air and do nothing. Maxima looks at this and says "what." It's so much less than what everyone was anticipating.
* ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'' [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/comic/648/ February 10, 2012.]] Mike insists that Keith -- a member of a race incapable of magic -- once transformed him into a girl.
-->'''Natani''': Wat
* ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'': (mild spoiler) [[http://www.mspfanventures.com/?s=43&p=520 A particularly confusing conversation]] eventually [[http://www.mspfanventures.com/?adv=43&id=523 elicits this reaction]] from Slick after a couple of {{beat panel}}s.
* ''Webcomic/KiwiBlitz'' has [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/index.php?id=152 this moment]].
* Schtein's reaction in ''Webcomic/StringTheory'' when he's been told that he's been assigned to the garbage duty at the prison.
* This is Megaman's catchphrase in ''Webcomic/{{Megamanspritecomic}}'', almost beginning each comic strip with a flat "what".
* The ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' tie-in webcomic "The Naked And The Dead" has Miss Pauling drop one when Soldier's fiancee Zhanna tells her to "stay away from [her] man" - in this case, because a) Miss Pauling is [[https://twitter.com/jaypinkerton/status/612113790750961664 confirmed lesbian]] by WordOfGay, and b) Soldier is so much of a ''[[CloudCuckoolander complete]] [[BloodKnight frickin']] [[AxCrazy lunatic]]'' that ''only'' the similarly unstable Zhanna would really be that interested in him. For bonus points, at the moment this is being said, Soldier is resting between waves of robots, which he has been fighting while naked and covered in honey, and [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext the only element that makes it make sense in context is that it's the Soldier doing it]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Pick an image hosting site or image forum, ''any you can think of'', that allows people to tag the images. Search for any images labelled wat or what, and that's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it'll get out of you.]] Expect the results to cross over with NightmareFuel and/or NauseaFuel.
* ''Blog/CinnamonBunzuh'': Ifi's reaction after reading ''The Capture''.
* The "LOL WUT" meme.
** Alternatively, "Wat."
** In the long form, "what is this i dont even" (sic), additionally, "i'm 12 and what is this" is used in similar fashion.
** In the long''est'' form (verbose): [[DelusionsOfEloquence "I have become quite profounded from your previous statement, so much so that it has become quite humorous how abnormal the said statement is."]]
* The unofficial ''[[VideoGame/{{Aetolia}} Aetolia: The Midnight Age]]'' wiki has an entire page devoted to this trope [[http://www.ankyreanarchives.com/wiki/What here]].
* Pretty much the primary catchphrase of the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' series review blog ''Blog/BloggerBeware''.
* Uttered by Ironyuppie in ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'' "Casino Imperiale", after she finds out that Landshark beat her nemesis before she could.
* The [=RPGNet=] HiveMind is fond of "man what" (no punctuation) as a response to any completely brain-spraining statement.
** Notably inspired by and associated with (by those in the know) a certain photograph of Bob Marley in a state of absolute man what
** The hive mind seems to have determined it actually came as a response to [[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=206199 someone discussing]] the Inferi from ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''... to the tune of "The Happy Wanderer" (the "Valderie, Valdera" song). "In-fer-iiiii... in-fer-aaaaaaa..." The first post after that was a prematurely-launched post consisting entirely of "man what"
*** NOTE: The absence of a period at the end of the previous entry is entirely deliberate and proper. The phrase expresses such a profound and utter state of confusion that it ''eradicates'' any and all punctuation and grammar within a radius of one post.
* Inventing Swear Words 4 has a good example, right after Stag complains to the GM that every other class is more powerful with him, to which the GM responds with a "What." Made funnier by how Stag then demands that every class be nerfed except his, which is, without even a beat, followed by the GM teleporting him away.
* Very good one in The Fine Bros.' Kids React to Nyan Cat, at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TQbDz6-4eM&feature=player_detailpage#t=181s 3:01.]]
* [[Website/DesuDesBrigade Vixen]] used this to describe a scene from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. The scene in question has Utena jump down from a balcony, tear off her own dress to reveal her uniform, take a table cloth from a nearby table, then form a dress to cover her {{heterosexual life partner|s}} Anthy's WardrobeMalfunction.
* A staple in the commentaries at ''FanFic/TheClassicDoctorWhoTwitterBlog.'' Frequently goes hand-in-hand with "Wait." Lots of them.
* The page quote is from Blog/MarkReadsTwilight, a truly insightful blog not for Twilight fans.
* It's become [=NothingNow=]'s defacto CatchPhrase in [[Script/TheCreepyTeenYears AH.Com: The Creepy Teen Years.]]
* On various image-sharing sites, "what" is used as a tag for bizarre, shocking, or absurd images, usually involving physical or anatomical impossibilities. [[strike:Most]] Nearly all examples will be {{NSFW}} at the least, so seek them out at your own risk.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bRRupLoijM Don't tell my dad!]]
* A very popular subject of {{Image Macro}}s.
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'': There was an infamous death in v2 involving SpontaneousHumanCombustion. Said character's post-game evaluation on the [[http://sotf.wikia.com/wiki/Caitlin_Evans wiki]] is, of course, one of these.
* During the production of ''VideoGame/ASuperMarioThing'' on the talkhaus forums, this was LetsPlay/{{Raocow}}'s reaction upon [[http://talkhaus.raocow.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1028&start=150#p47900 discovering]] that {{Rule 34}} had been made of Demo (the main character of ''ASMT'' and Raocow's own creation; a female [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot demon alien minion]] with no arms, blue hair, and a face composed of a single giant eye).
* [[http://ursulav.deviantart.com/art/The-Biting-Pear-of-Salamanca-29677500 The Biting Pear of Salamanca]] (otherwise known as the "LOL WUT" pear), which probably deserves its own page.
* ''Smart Bitches, Trashy Books'' sometimes resorts to this, such as in a review of a (thankfully short) e-book called [[http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/blog/ravished-by-the-triceratops ''Ravished By the Triceratops'']] (NSFW, obviously}.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/AloneInTheDark2005'':
--> '''N.C. (Through Speakonia):''' How did you get in here?
--> '''Spoony:''' I'm from the future.
--> '''N.C. (Through Speakonia):''' What.
** The same site's WebVideo/BumReviews give us this, from the review of ''Film/BurnAfterReading'':
---> '''Chester A. Bum:''' And at the end, something happens, but at the same time, nothing happens! What.
** [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/29922-return-of-the-nostalgic-commercials "You, your mate, and your Johnson."]]
*** A particularly good example is when he figures out the evil plan in Future 5.
** The Nostalgia Critic also does this in his review of ''Film/TheRoom''.
---> '''NC:''' Where are we?
---> '''NC of the future:''' The future!
---> '''NC:''' Okay, but...why are we downstairs in the basement?
---> '''NC of the future:''' Oh, it's the only place we can hide to stay away from the seahorses.
---> '''NC:''' Oh, okay.
---> ({{beat}})
---> '''NC:''' What.
** Then there's the Critic's reaction to the plot twist of ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh 2''...
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick made good use of this too when she reviewed ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas'', letting out three in quick succession:
--> '''Creator/TimCurry:''' They can't fall in love...[[{{Narm}} if they're DEAD]]!
--> '''Nostalgia Chick:''' What.
--> ''[cue noise and running around as the Tim Curry tries to kill Belle and the Beast through the [[ThePowerOfRock power of]] [[OminousPipeOrgan dramatic organ music]]]''
-->'''Nostalgia Chick:''' What.\\
''[The Beast throws a piano at organ!Tim Curry]''\\
'''Nostalgia Chick:''' What... EVER, ''please, for the love of God, END''!
* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob got one in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' when WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic revealed that yes, he really did order twenty tons of dynamite.
* Creator/AllisonPregler gave one in her review of "Fatal Deviation", when out of nowhere, with no bearing to the plot, there's a naked man in a cowboy hat taking a bath outside.
* [[WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou Nash]] uses it so often, it ought to be classified as one of his [[CatchPhrase catch phrases.]] But then, considering the nature of his show's content, it seems natural.
* Used as a tag on the imagesite Danbooru for those images that make no sense whatsoever. A user was quoted as saying, "Does it make your brain shut down for a second when you see it? Then it's a 'what' picture."
** On some "booru" image sites there's also a "no seriously what" tag, for when "what" is not enough.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO9q9M5Irl0 this]] review of SugarWiki/{{Eversion}} one reviewer has already written the game off as a generic ''SuperMarioBros'' clone, when the second reviewer casually mentions 'and then there's your power to warp reality to your whims'. The first reviewer's response is of course 'What.'
* In Nakar's ''VideoGame/UltimaVI'' LetsPlay, during the parodic [[http://lparchive.org/Ultima-4-5-and-6/Update%2057/ "cannon"ical ending]], Draxinusom utters the [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker Gargish]] version of this upon seeing something truly bizarre:
-->'''Draxinusom:''' To be saying what.
* On ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'''s ''Daily Drop'' feature at Website/TheEscapist, the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/daily-drop/3289-Billy-the-Bass utter indestructibility]] of one object lead the captions to declare, "DOES NOT COMPUTE", "SERIOUSLY?" and finally the Flat What.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqGFMPy9x7c This video]] collects hundreds of these scenes from various webcomics.
* ''LetsPlay/LetsDrownOut'':
** [[VitriolicBestBuds Gabriel]] offers this reaction when [[Creator/BenCroshaw Yahtzee]] [[http://youtu.be/JGy-A9uVNsw?t=11m6s challenges him to observe, then explain]] one of ''VideoGame/CurseOfEnchantia'''s many surreal SolveTheSoupCans-type puzzles.
-->'''Yahtzee:''' "Okay, theories? That was the puzzle, by the way, we now have the sticks we needed."\\
'''Gabe:''' "''What.''" \\
'''*Yahtzee laughs.*'''
** [[http://youtu.be/189YB3LURRQ?t=47m45s Gabe gets Yahtzee back]] when they review ''VideoGame/AdventuresInTheGalaxyOfFantabulousWonderment'', where Gabe gets to drop a mildly relevant non-sequitur into the discussion and derail Yahtzee's train of thought.
-->'''Gabe:''' "I saw a special needs girl throw a goat on Friday."\\
'''Yahtzee:''' "What. Was that like a Mad Lib?" \\
'''Gabe:''' "No, no, this was a real thing that's happened in my life."
* This video, simply named [[https://www.destroyallsoftware.com/talks/wat Wat]], discusses creative Javascript typing. Wat ensues. (Peppered with pictures of Internet Wat Memes.)
* In the ''Staying Alive'' episode of ''Podcast/HowDidThisGetMade'', Paul Scheer is taking audience comments and has a Flat "What." reaction upon hearing that there was actually a ''Staying Alive Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' book.
* ''WebVideo/CinematicExcrement'''s response to the final battle in Breaking Dawn Part 2 [[AllJustADream turning out to be the vision Alice shows Aro]].
* WebVideo/JonTron has this reaction in the episode "Anti Drug Games":
-->'''Drug dealer:''' Take one hit and you'll do ''anything'' to cop more. Steal from your mama...\\
'''[=JonTron=]''': (''concerned'') H-Hey, man, did you get bit by a mosquito or somethin'...?\\
'''Drug dealer:''' (''now transformed into a snake man'') Do I look like the kind of guy who do that to a child like you?\\
'''[=JonTron=]''': [[SuddenlyShouting YOU LOOK LIKE A SNAKE!]]\\
'''Drug dealer''': YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!\\
'''[=JonTron=]''' : WHAT? WHAT THE ''FUCK''?

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Lisa Simpson is fond of this expression. Notably, the episode "Bart's Inner Child" and motivational speaker Brad Goodman:
-->'''Brad Goodman:''' Young man, what made you yell out that remark?\\
'''Bart:''' I dunno...\\
'''Brad Goodman:''' You just wanted to... express yourself, yes?\\
'''Bart:''' I do what I feel like.\\
'''Brad Goodman:''' Why, that's marvelous! 'I do what I feel like'. Ladies and gentlemen... this little boy here is the inner child that I've been talking about.\\
''(cut to Lisa, who is wearing an expression of TranquilFury.)''\\
'''Lisa:''' What.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Cartman gives one in "T.M.I." when he finds out that the school actually ''didn't'' post the boys' penis sizes.
** Cartman also does it in "Crack Baby Athletic Association" when Kyle proposes using 30% of the company's profits to build an orphanage for the crack babies.
** In the later seasons the boys' FunctionalGenreSavvy (especially Stan) has reduced many of their reactions (to ever-increasingly improbable events) to "what." Sometimes they upgrade it to a deadpan "Dude, what the fuck?".
* In the second season première of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', this is the reaction of The Monarch to escaping from prison through the sewers, grasping the arm of what he believes to be one of his henchmen, and finding that it is instead the arm of Doctor Venture (and that the rest of the doctor is elsewhere, due to a teleportation accident.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
** The episode "[[Recap/TeenTitansS4E6Troq Troq]]". Cyborg and Starfire (well, Cyborg's doing the talking) inform Robin that "Troq" is a very offensive anti-Tamaranian slur (they had been assuming it was just a nickname, as they had all been given one). His Flat What is one of the few times it's ''not'' intended to be funny.
** Robin also gets a Flat What of the second variety in "Apprentice, Part One", as Slade is revealing his WeCanRuleTogether ploy. Like the first example, it's not very funny.
** In "Every Dog Has Its Day" when the Titans decide that what they really need to catch the alien dog-thing they're chasing (which has been constantly jumping on Comicbook/{{Raven}} and enthusiastically licking her every time it sees her) is "some bait". Raven gives the ''flattest'' "...what." you will EVER hear.
*** A few moments earlier, everyone thought the alien-dog was Beast Boy with PowerIncontinence. Then it burps up a car bumper.
--->'''Cyborg''': ...Oookay.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'''s fourth season premiere, "The Batman/Superman Story", ComicBook/LexLuthor can only manage a strained "''Whaaat''" when it becomes clear his plans have been foiled and Superman is hovering just outside of his HumongousMecha.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' does this occasionally, such as when she finds out Monique is a huge wrestling fan.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the gang is talking about some strange creature, and Aang simply gives a perfect flat "What."
** After Combustion Man blows up their campsite and starts a five-minute FullContactMagic brawl, Toph Beifong has just one thing to say;
-->"Well, that was random."
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'': This trope is Butt-Head's immediate reaction to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T3blDLl8JY music video for "Real American" by Rick Derringer]] (Hulk Hogan's WWE theme song), but once the video transitions from Hulk playing bass in front of the U.S. flag to clips of him in WWF matches, he and Beavis get excited.
* In a "Dial M for Monkey' cartoon on ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', the Justice Friends say this after Rasslor's big melodramatic speech.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' Noah gives out one of these after watching the Japanese ''Total Drama Action'' promo.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Bender delivers this after being asked, [[ItMakesSenseInContext "Have you any idea how it feels to be a fembot living in a manbot's manputer's world?"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' give a flat "say what?" in "Him Diddle Riddle" when they find that they have gone through white heat solving Him's riddles only to fail the last one, and now the Professor will ''pay''... full price for a pancake breakfast. Even the ''narrator'' can't finish his [[OncePerEpisode "once again the day is saved" bit]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' pulled one or two. Gusto Gummi had carved a wooden statue of a Gummi Bear that artistically parodied the Statue of Liberty, then it promptly got devoured by a super termite. Cue "What."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Spike, who really should be used to this sort of thing by now, gets one in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]" when Pinkie Pie goes off on a tangent about how grudge rhymes with fudge while the two are announcing for a race.
** Lyra, upon learning [[spoiler: that Bon Bon is actually Sweetie Drops, a secret agent of a monster hunting agent gone undercover by Celestia's orders after a bugbear they sent to Tartarus escaped]] could only respond with a series of these.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E15ScareMaster Scare Master]]", Fluttershy manages to induce one from ''[[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie]]'' of all characters during her first attempt to scare her friends.
-->'''Fluttershy''': Pinkie Pie, look to your left and ask your best friend to pass the cucumber sandwiches.\\
'''Pinkie Pie''': Huh? I-I can't. There's nopony there.\\
'''Fluttershy''': That's right! Because she didn't care to show uuuuuup!\\
'''Pinkie Pie''': What.
** Pinkie's sister [[TheStoic Maud]] has this reaction when she learns that Pinkie gave up her party cannon to buy her a present. Surprisingly enough, it's not played for laughs.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' when she reads from [[TheSlacker Trent's]] journal of song lyrics.
-->'''Daria:''' "My heart is like an open wound/That reads the tea leaves of its doom." What. "Soothe me with redemption's love/Like a heat-proof kitchen glove." God, I hope this is a first draft.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Marceline drops this after Finn says a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar suggestive line]].
-->'''Finn''': I'm gonna take him down!\\
'''Marceline:''' Finn, you're like an ant to [[EldritchAbomination him]].\\
'''Finn:''' Oh yeah? Well, ''this'' ant's [[HoYay about to get in his pants]].\\
'''Marceline:''' What.\\
'''Finn:''' ''(blushes)'' [[ThatCameOutWrong Well--I-I-you know!]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "A Real Boy", Vanessa has this reaction when her father mistakenly says that he wishes he had a son instead of a daughter:
-->'''Dr. Doofenschmirtz:''' What? You're wearing headphones? So you haven't heard a thing I've said all day...\\
'''Vanessa:''' Why do you think I wear the headphones?\\
'''Dr. Doofenschmirtz:''' So you're not mad at me for saying I'd rather have a son than a daughter like you?\\
'''Vanessa:''' What.\\
'''Dr. Doofenschmirtz:''' Oh, nothing, nothing! Just... ''(puts the headphones back in Vanessa's ears)'' put these back on... there you go. ''(leaves)''\\
'''Vanessa:''' Whatever.
* ''Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy'': Princess Peach when Mario asks her if he can have a kiss after he rescues her.
%%* Used frequently on ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'', as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiOPFUziA1E here]].
* In the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short "Duck! Rabbit, Duck!", after WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck quips "I guess I'm the goat," Bugs holds up a sign reading "[[RunningGag GOAT SEASON OPEN]]", and Daffy delivers this kind of "What" right before getting shot by Elmer Fudd.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', [[spoiler:Peridot]] reacts with one of these while Steven and the rest of the Crystal Gems are discussing the consequences of some rather strange events she didn't witness (including a fusion and one rather unusual incident involving watermelons).
* A variation of this is one of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck's'' {{Catch Phrase}}s whenever something weird and/or stupid happens.

[[Film/PulpFiction Say "what" again!]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Say! "what"! again!]] [[Creator/SamuelLJackson I dare you!]] [[ScaryBlackMan I double-dare you, motherfucker! Say "what" one more goddamn time!]]