- Zero in Beetle Bailey lives this trope. Usually.
- A running gag with Uncle Ted in Big Nate is that every attempt at his parents' hinting at moving out goes right over Ted's head.
- A Calvin and Hobbes strip involves Calvin looking for a movie to watch. He finds one that contains "adult situations", to which he asks Hobbes what that means. Hobbes replies "You know, paying the bills, going to work, that sort of thing." Calvin wonders how they make money.
Calvin: Mom, can I have a flamethrower?Mom: Of course not! No.Calvin: Even if I didn't use it in the house?
- Also the Crossword Puzzle:
Calvin: Bird... I've got it! Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.
Hobbes: But there are only five boxes.
Calvin: I know. These idiots make you write real small.
- Another good one:
- In one comic, Calvin's mom lets him smoke a cigarette, intending that the nasty taste will turn him off smoking (rather than simply forbidding it, which was bound to backfire). Calvin nearly coughs up a lung after a single smoke, at which point Mom asks whether he's learned a lesson:
Calvin: Trusting parents can be hazardous to your health.
- Occasionally, Calvin will understand the point but deliberately reject it anyway. "Live and don't learn, that's us!"
- In one strip, Calvin is about to backflip off a high stepladder into a kiddie pool when Hobbes tells him, "Better hurry- I think your mom's yelling something," apparently telling him to stop doing that.
- Also the Crossword Puzzle:
- Candorville gives us this little gem.
- Kenny from Dogs of C-Kennel. Oftentimes, he misunderstands dating advice from either Wheeler or Tucker, and he frequently misinterprets what his friends tell him.
- Doonesbury's Zipper gave a college tour that focused on Walden's slacker-friendliness. This didn't impress Leo, a wounded Iraq vet from a working-class family who actually wanted an education.
- Wondering about what pets did when they didn't know their owners were watching, Jon sneaked aroung and saw Garfield and Odie playing cards.
Jon: I don't believe it.Garfield: Neither do I. Odie just drew to an inside straight.
Jon: This morning I had a bowl of cereal with strawberries. When I turned my back, a mouse ate them. What do you say to that, Garfield?!Garfield: We have strawberries?
- In another one, Jon mocked Garfield by commenting Garfield must be missing the time he could see his feet. Garfield then asked himself if he had feet.
- Liz wondered what the future held for them and Jon suggested they might have ice cream.
- Jon once commented that, according to a chart, Garfield should be eleven feet tall considering his weight. Garfield asked if Jon was calling him short.
- Liz, with a dirty appearance, asked Jon if he noticed someone cleaned his kitchen. He then came to the conclusion "Elves do exist!!"
- Jon was expecting Liz to arrive at his home when he realized his watch had stopped. He then thought she'd never arrive.
- Jon comes home with an amazing story, and Garfield asks the wrong details.
- U.S. Acres: Orson told Booker and Shendon the story of the boy who cried wolf and Booker learned the boy... needed a big club to hit the wolf with.
- Also, A worm trying to sell gloves to another worm. When his potential customer got inside home without even speaking to him, he thought she went inside to pick up her handbag.
- Orson believes goalies must be ready to spring at any moment to avoid being hit with the ball.
- In one FoxTrot arc, included in the collection Orlando Bloom Has Ruined Everything, Jason and Paige go to see The Return Of the King. After the movie, they both go on about how great the film was, until Jason snaps at Paige that he was not talking about the close-ups on Bloom. Paige replies, "Ick, don't tell me you liked all that filler about a ring.]]
- Frequent with Limpid Lizard from Tumbleweeds. In one strip, he is wearing a new jacket with long sleeves. Little Pigeon, his unrequited love interest, compliments him tactfully.
Little Pigeon: You look nice, Limpid Lizard. That new jacket really does something for you.Limpid Lizard: (proudly examines sleeves) How troo. No more wipin' m'mouth on m'bare wrists.
- On the January page of the 1990 Dykes to Watch Out For Calendar, Mo's then-girlfriend Harriet takes a look at Mo's New Year's resolutions (reading out numbers 22 to 25 of a very long list), and when asked about her own resolution says she hasn't made any. Mo immediately springs into action:
Mo: Aw, don't worry, sweetie! I'll help you make your list! Your first resolution could be to ask for a raise at work. You know they don't pay you what you are worth! And number two could be to become more politically active!Harriet: Okay! And make number three to find a new girlfriend who isn't controlling, anal-retentive or driven by liberal guilt.Mo: There you go! See, it's easy once you get started! Does 'anal-retentive' have a hyphen?Harriet: (rolls eyes).