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->''"Not a joke, but an incredible simulation!"''
-->-- '''Crow T. Robot''', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''
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The writers put in a joke (almost always a pun), but never make or put in a punch line or explicit statement, hiding it in the set up of the joke. Some percentage of the audience will "get" the joke, but the rest will know it was there and be going, "What? Why didn't you say it?" There can be several reasons.

# It's [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar naughty]] and not appropriate for this timeslot, in which case this serves the same purpose as a LastSecondWordSwap.
# It's an IncrediblyLamePun and is only remotely funny [[LateToThePunchline when realized later]]; using it in-story would grind everything to a halt.
# Telling the punch line would keep our lawyers busy for months, so [[WritingAroundTrademarks we'll just leave a blank here]] and let ''you'' do the copyright infringement.
# The pun is in the middle of a song, poem, or other rhythmic verse, where using it fully would break the meter.
# The pun is a form of {{Foreshadowing}}, and the audience won't get the joke until later. (It's probably also a spoiler.)
# Or simply because they're being clever, or trying to.

The form can range a bit from a "fill in the blank" stand-up-style jokes to cases where the plot and setting form a pun that you only realise when you try to summarise the situation later. If you're on the Internet, expect someone to respond with, "[[MemeticMutation I see what you did there]]".

'''Also, as this page is about puns that are intentionally obscured in-work, it is one of the few times when it is good form to [[DontExplainTheJoke explain the joke.]] Use your judgment to avoid far-reaching examples; almost anything can be turned into a pun with enough thought. We want the ones that were likely intended by the creators.'''

Compare VisualPun, another form of subtle punning and SubvertedPunchline, for when the audience ''thinks'' they know what's coming. See DontExplainTheJoke for the complete opposite.
!!Examples with subpages:
* StealthPun/{{Advertising}}
* StealthPun/AnimatedFilm
* StealthPun/AnimeAndManga
* StealthPun/{{Comics}}
* StealthPun/FanWorks
* StealthPun/{{Film}}
* StealthPun/{{Jokes}}
* StealthPun/{{Literature}}
* StealthPun/LiveActionTV
* StealthPun/{{Music}}
* StealthPun/{{Other}}
* StealthPun/PuppetShows
* StealthPun/RealLife
* StealthPun/StandUpComedy
* StealthPun/TabletopGames
* StealthPun/{{Theater}}
* StealthPun/{{Toys}}
* StealthPun/VideoGames
* StealthPun/WebComics
* StealthPun/WebOriginal
* StealthPun/WesternAnimation

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Cindy Rogers is from Hartford Connecticut, [[Wrestling/BretHart which explains many of her preferences.]]
* When Wrestling/MickFoley entered the 2012 Royal Rumble, Wrestling/JerryLawler said it wasn't a {{cheap pop}}, but a real pop.
* The Young Bucks's Wrestling/BulletClub theme is called "Double Barrel".
* In 2014, "Los Templarios" Superestrella ASH and Lord William de la Vega won WWC's tag team title belts. ''Franchise/EvilDead'' fans couldn't resist.[[/folder]]