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Accidental Pun
aka: Pun Not Intended
"That wasn't a joke. That was an unfortunate coincidental pairing of words."
Angry factory lady, Drake & Josh

A humorous play on words not intended by the speaker.

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

Often the closest The Comically Serious will ever come to telling a joke.

Compare Innocent Innuendo, where a double-meaning is invoked by observers but not the speakers and Accidental Innuendo.

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Mami Tomoe's name "Mami" means Mommy in Spanish and other languages like German. Considering her mentor role it fits her.
  • In Hidamari Sketch, Sae gives Hiro a poetry collection covered with an embroidered book cover. Shishuu is a homonym for both "poetry collection" and "embroidery", but when Miyako asks if it was a pun, Sae claims it was accidental.
  • In episode 24 of Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Mr. Daidoji sees into Hel kidnapping his daughter, but has no idea who she is. Their first exchange:
    Mr. Daidoji: Who the Hell are you?!
    Hel: [chuckles]
  • The title of Neko Kissa is either this or a Bilingual Stealth Pun. In Japanese, "Neko" = "Cat" and "Kissa" = "Cafe". So, "Cat Cafe". The title could also be translated as being the word "cat" in two different languages - Japanese and Finnish: Neko (Japanese), Kissa (Finnish).
  • In Little Witch Academia, when a minotaur is approaching antagonist Diana, her friends Hannah and Barbera try to hell her it's behind her (ushiro) but only manage to stammer out ushi (cow).

    Comic Books 
  • During the Justice League of America event JLApe, Batman is briefing Nightwing on a Gorilla City crimelord who acts like he's in a '30s gangster film:
    Batman: Grimm wouldn't be the first hood to ape old movies.
    Nightwing: "Ape".
    Batman: Sorry. Unintentional.

    Fan Works 

    Film 
  • The Hudsucker Proxy has the hero surrounded by reporters, excited about his invention of the hula hoop. When he comments on all of the hoopla surrounding it, the reporters laugh at his cleverness and he winds up very confused. After it's explained to him, he uses it all the time in future press conferences with far less stellar results.
  • In DC Showcase: Green Arrow, Perdita comments that "every queen needs a consort," unaware that Green Arrow's real name is Oliver Queen.
  • Sort of a meta-example in A Knight's Tale: When William notices the trademark (an upside-down Nike logo) on the armor that Kate made for him, Kate mentions that she had put it on the armor "in case some other knight should admire (her) work." Neither the script-writers nor the cast were aware at the time that one of Nike's co-founders was named Phil Knight.

     Literature 
  • In Doom: Hell on Earth, Arlene and Albert are out trying to find computer connectors for their hacker Jill. Arlene tells Albert that they shouldn't have any problems finding the jacks for Jill. She starts giggling when she catches it and Albert takes longer to figure it out.

    Live Action Television 
  • One episode of Drake & Josh features the following exchange:
    Angry factory lady: Let the sushi roll!
    Josh: Haha, I get it. Sushi roll.
    Angry factory lady: That wasn't a joke. That was an unfortunate coincidental pairing of words.
  • In the QI segment about lobster-hypnosis, Stephen Fry commits some accidental mussel/muscle punnage, which is immediately jumped on by Phil Jupitus.
  • An early episode of Have I Got News for You, with an Odd One Out round featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
    Ian Hislop: Didn't Tutu train in Hull?
    Angus Deayton: Tutu train? No, I don't think so...
  • A Super-Match posit on Match Game was "_______ Duty." The cast and crew were looking for other possibilities to fill in the blank ("Do your duty," "Civic duty"), when someone offstage cracked "Howdy duty." Gene Rayburn bought it and then discovered how hard he bit.

    Video Games 
  • The tutorial in LEGO Chess on getting in and out of check features this line:
    King: So can you check out — 'scuse me, that wasn't a joke — the spaces I can move to?
  • The way Hwoarang's name is pronounced in Tekken 6 and Street Fighter X Tekken is literally "how wrong" and strangely enough, that's exactly the case. The first syllable "Hwoa-" is supposed to be pronounced as "hwah" (which rhymes with "bwah", as in "BWAHahaha!"). The second syllable "-rang" is pronounced just like the English word "rung".
  • In Dragon Age II, a potions shop in the Gallows is low on stock and the owner is looking for Hawke to "remedy that". Snarky!Hawke can point out the pun, at which the owner says it wasn't meant as a pun, but that he should remember it for future use.
  • In the Saints Row: The Third mission "Nyte Blayde's Return", Viola objects to having to dress as the Bloody Cannonness as part of a scheme to kidnap Josh Birk, star of a Show Within a Show and spokesman for S.T.A.G.
    Viola: I'm not making going out like this a habit!
    The Boss (Male Voice 1): See, you're already making nun jokes, I knew you'd get into this.
    Viola: I hate you.

    Webcomic 

    Web Original 
  • A fellow in Tipping Forties asks for a rain check on a meeting with Raine.
  • Urban Dictionary calls this an eigenpun.
  • There is a facebook group about this. Seriously.
  • In [1]'s Let's Play of Beyond Good & Evil:
    General Ironicus: Do naked cartwheels while grabbing your junk!
    Chip Cheezum: This isn't Metal Gear Solid.
    General Ironicus: Aw, nuts.
    Chip Cheezum: (beat) "Aw nuts."
    General Ironicus: Hey, that was unintentional.
  • In Ambisagrus's Let's Play of Little Kings Story, Ambisagrus is going through the Worrywart Kingdom, which they establish early on has an egg theme to it. Plaz uses the phrase "egg it on".
    Plaz: That was accidental. I'm gonna go now.

    Western Animation 

    On This Very Wiki 
  • The word "straight" can come off as this on the Playing With pages for sexuality tropes. Occasionally, it's lampshaded with a link to this page.
  • Every page for an individual Saints Row game begins with "The [number] of the Saints Row series". E.G., the page for Saints Row 2 begins with "The second of the Saints Row series". The accidental pun occurred when the third game was revealed to be titled Saints Row: The Third (which nominally represents the fact that the gang is called "The Third Street Saints", thus being an intentional pun that led to an accidental one).

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alternative title(s): No Pun Intended; Pun Not Intended; Unintentional Pun
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