->'''Franchise/{{Batman}}:''' Let her go!\\
'''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker:''' ...[[UnhandThemVillain very poor choice of words]].
-->--''Film/TheDarkKnight''

This is the technique of putting a sarcastic twist on the more plain meaning of something. Though [[LiteralMinded literal-mindedness]] is often associated with [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm not understanding sarcasm]], in some cases [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]] and literal-mindedness can go hand-in-hand.

See also GrammarNazi, whose more snarky varieties are prone to this. If one ''acts'' on the sarcastic twist, it's a JerkassGenie.
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* From HappyGilmore:
-->'''Shooter:''' I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast!
-->'''Happy:''' You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?
* Don Lockwood does this to himself in ''SinginInTheRain'' to prove a point:
-->'''Lina''': Oh Donny! You couldn't kiss me like that and not mean it just a teensy bit!\\
'''Don Lockwood''': Meet the greatest actor in the world! I'd rather kiss a tarantula.\\
'''Lina''': You don't mean that.\\
'''Don Lockwood''': I don't - - Hey Joe, get me a tarantula.
* From ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'':
-->'''Han Solo''': Afraid I was gonna leave without giving you a goodbye kiss?\\
'''Princess Leia''': I'd just as soon kiss a Wookiee.\\
'''Han Solo''': I can arrange that. You could use a good kiss.

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* Vetinari in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is infamous for this.
** Creator/TerryPratchett's work is ''made'' of this: "Don't let me detain you"; "Throw the book at him"; "I would rather die than betray the emperor", etc.
*** Though the second one was accidental as Sam Vimes remembered too late that Carrot was very literal minded, the book was around several thousand pages and about thirty pounds, and they were on a tower.
** This example from Discworld/GoingPostal:
-->'''Moist''': If you shove a broom up my arse, I could probably sweep the floor too!
-->'''Vetinari''': An excellent idea. Drumknott, do we have a broom closet on this floor?
** Combined with the NarrativeProfanityFilter in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'':
-->'''Thief 1''': Oh -- me, a --ing wizard. I ''hate'' --ing wizards.
-->'''Thief 2''': You shouldn't -- them then.
* Literature/HarryPotter, when he decides to get his snark on, tends toward this variety of snark.
-->'''Draco Malfoy:''' You're dead, Potter.\\
'''Harry Potter:''' Funny, you'd think I'd have stopped walking around...
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'': [[spoiler:Jaime]] combines this with some grisly GallowsHumor when he gets a fancy new necklace with [[AnArmAndALeg his own hand]] as the pendant.
--> '''Roose''': You have lost a hand.
--> '''[[spoiler:Jaime]]''': No. I have it here, hanging about my neck.

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* Brennan from ''Series/{{Bones}}''
* Sheldon from ''TheBigBangTheory''
* The show ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has a rather terrifying example. Sherlock has to prove a painting is a fake so Moriarty won't kill his hostage. Sherlock shouts, "Okay, I'll prove it. Just give me time." Moriarty's answer? Making his hostage, a CHILD, count down to his own fiery death. "Ten, nine, eight...."
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has plenty of this with the kings of the trope being Garak and Odo who can snark ''anything''.
** When a Klingon throws a rabidly insulting curse towards Odo in the Klingon language that's never translated in the episode ("Your mother has a smooth forehead"). It's clearly an insult about Odo's origins in what's probably a "son of a bitch" kind of way (except more insulting) and equally clearly meant to be rhetorical and a winning moment for the Klingon who says it, especially since the Klingon is clearly not expecting anyone around to be able to understand his language. Garak blandly responds with "Actually, I'm not sure Constable Odo has a mother" which completely takes the wind out of the Klingon's sails.
** Bashir has his moments, too. Including bonus points for being able to pull this trope once on ''Garak''.
-->'''Garak:''' "Doctor, has anyone ever told you that you're an infuriating pest?"
-->'''Bashir:''' "Chief O'Brien. All the time. And I don't pay any attention to him, either."
** Ziyal, of all people, as is clear when she gets fed up of Quark complaining about his business suffering under the Dominion.
--> '''Quark:''' "The Jem'Hadar don't eat, don't drink, and they don't have sex. And if that wasn't bad enough, the Founders don't eat, don't drink, and they don't have sex either. Which, between you and me, makes my financial future less than promising."
--> '''Ziyal:''' "It might not be so bad. For all we know, the Vorta could be gluttonous, alcoholic sex-maniacs."
* From the first episode of TheCosbyShow:
--> (There's a knock on Cliff and Claire's bedroom door)
--> '''Cliff:''' "Who is it?"
--> (Vanessa and Rudy walk in)
--> '''Cliff:''' "No. No, no, when I say, 'Who is it?' it doesn't mean for you to come in. When I say 'Who is it?' you say who it is."
--> (Both girls walk back out, close the door, and knock again)
--> '''Cliff:''' "Who is it?"
--> '''Vanessa:''' "Who it is!"
* Charlie from [[Series/MrAndMrsMurder Mr and Mrs Murder]] is fond of these (being played by Shaun Micallef).
--> Peter: Apparently, he's a real pussy cat.
--> Charlie: An actual pussy cat. That's amazing.

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* Strong Bad from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' shows signs of this, such as in [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail2.html the 2nd sbemail]]:
-->''"Keep sending me your questions, and I will keep making fun of your punctuation and spelling. I mean, answer them."''

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Leon S. Kennedy, from Franchise/ResidentEvil, sometimes likes to respond to villains' dramatic statements by pretending to take them literally.
-->'''Salazar''': So maybe you do have nine lives. But it doesn't matter now, Mr. Kennedy! I've sent my [[TheDragon right hand]] to dispose of you.
-->'''Leon''': [[{{Troll}} Your right hand comes off!?]]
** Of course, given all of the weird stuff that Leon has lived through, [[FridgeBrilliance that IS a perfectly legitimate question!]]
* One of the clash quotes from ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'':
-->'''Harley Quinn:''' You fight like my grandma!
-->'''Nightwing:''' You fought your grandma?

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[http://iamnotashamed.org/ I am not ashamed]], an [[TheFundamentalist Answers in Genesis]]-powered website, encouraged christians around the world to "''stand'' unashamedly and uncompromisingly ''on'' Literature/TheBible." (See MixedMetaphor.) In response, [[http://hjhop.blogspot.com/2010/04/uncompromising-unashamed-atheists-can.html a group of internet atheists]] decided to comply with this call a little more literally than the creators of the original campaign had intended.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In addition to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie's]] [[LiteralMinded Literal-Minded-ness]], she can also be like this from time to time.
-->'''[[FeatheredFiend Gilda]]:''' I'll be watching you...like a hawk.\\
'''Pinkie:''' Why? Can't you watch me like a griffon?
** Perhaps she just DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm.
*** [[CloudCuckooLander Definitely.]]
* BugsBunny falls on the receiving end of this trope in the LooneyTunes cartoon "Knighty Knight Bugs", where he plays a jester in King Arthur's court:
-->'''Bugs''': Only a fool would go after the Singing Sword.\\
'''Arthur''': A good idea...Fool!

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* Creator/{{Voltaire}}'s response when someone told him that coffee was "a slow poison": "I think it must be slow, for I have been drinking it for sixty-five years and am not dead yet."


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