->'''Sheriff of Rottingham:''' Sire, I have news!\\
'''Prince John:''' And what sort of news do you have? It's not bad news, is it? You know I can't take bad news. The day started out so good. I had a good night's sleep, I had a good B.M. I don't want to hear any bad news. Now, what kind of news is it?\\
'''Sheriff of Rottingham:''' Well, to be perfectly frank, it's ''bad''.\\
'''Prince John:''' I knew it! I knew it would be bad news. Wait, I have an idea. Maybe if you tell me the ''bad'' news in a ''good'' way, it wouldn't sound so bad.\\
'''Sheriff of Rottingham:''' The bad news in a good way. Yes, yes, I can do that. The bad news in a good way. Well, here it goes. ''[hysterically]'' Ha! Ha! Ha! W-wait till you hear this! I just saw Robin of Locksley, he's back from the crusades. ''[laughs]'' You know, he just beat the ''crap'' out of me and my men. ''[laughs]'' He hates you and he loves your brother, Richard! ''[laughs]'' And... ''[laughs]'' ... he wants to see you hanged! ''[laughs and snorts loudly]'' We, we're in an awful lot of trouble! ''[laughs]''\\
'''Prince John:''' What, are you crazy?! Why are you laughing?! This is terrible news!
-->-- ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''

[[BearerOfBadNews Bad news is not easy to deliver]]. Especially if the person you have to deliver it to is your boss and [[YouHaveFailedMe has a habit of killing underlings,]] or [[ShootTheMessenger you just don't want to piss him off.]] So how do you deliver the bad news? Try delivering it in a good way!

This is when bad news, often very bad news, is told in a way that's supposed to make it sound not quite as bad. Perhaps start it off with "a funny thing happened...", give it a positive spin, or tell it in a cheery mood. It also works if bad news is taken as good news.

A SubTrope of BreakingBadNewsGently.

Compare BearerOfBadNews, BadNewsIrrelevantNews, ComicallyMissingThePoint, DistinctionWithoutADifference, and GoodNewsBadNews.


* A series of (banned) "Bud Light" commercials featured a robot that delivered bad news right before offering the recipient Bud Light. Here's one example (paraphrased):
--->'''Robot:''' I'd like to inform you that you just ate poisonous blowfish. An ambulance is on its way, but you're pretty much screwed.
--->(people at the table stare in horror)
--->'''Robot:''' But on the bright side, ''Bud Light''!
--->(everyone is happy again)

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/NegimaSecondSeason'' has the frog Motsu, who will always say "in a good way" [[VerbalTic at the end of everything]], often times very bad news. Often times it sounds something like "You'll be [[BalefulPolymorph turned into an ermine]]. In a good way."
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho's'' Botan is a Grim Reaper, and in the beginning of the series at least does everything related to her job in a very friendly and cheerful way. Yusuke lampshades this as being a very poor way to tell people they're dead.
* ''Anime/LuckyStar'' had Anime Tenchou apologize to a customer at the Comiket how their booth is out of limited merchandise. It's not so much as what he said as to [[HotBlooded how]] he said it.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', one of ways Krillin thinks of breaking the news of Goku's death to Chi-Chi is akin to this trope, simply coming out with the truth, then adding that, since he can easily be brought back with the Dragon Balls, it's not really that big a deal.
* Inverted in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Fumoffu'', where there's been a series of incidents involving a man in a pony mask stalking young girls. One morning, Sōsuke tells Kaname that their friend Kyoko was a victim of the "Pony Man"; the serious way he delivers the news makes Kaname (and the audience) believe that poor Kyoko was raped or killed; however, it turns out that all he did was style her hair into a ponytail. Kaname promptly beats the crap out of Sōsuke for scaring her like that.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure''. At one point a guard comes in, remembers Celesia's [sic] tendency to ShootTheMessenger, and then tells her exactly the same thing he would have otherwise, except that he prefaces it by calling it good news instead of bad news.
** King Gilda does the same thing later on, with similarly successful results.

* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' is the TropeNamer, as the Sheriff of Rottingham had to deliver the bad news about Robin Hood to Prince John. When John suggested he tell it in a good way, the Sheriff began laughing and talking about it cheerily, so as to try and lessen the blow. It didn't work.
* ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}'': 'We'd like to invite you to no longer live with us any more.'
* ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou''
--> "We're screwed."\\
"Hey, I don't want to hear that defeatist attitude! I want to hear you upbeat!"\\
''(cheerfully) ''"We're screwed!"\\
"There you go."
* Bill Lumberg in ''Film/OfficeSpace:'' "Yeeeeah, I'm gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday...
* In ''Film/TheRoom:'' "I got the results of the test back! I ''definitely'' have breast cancer."
* Played straight at first, then subverted in Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. The Beast awaits the arrival of Belle to the dinner he demanded her to attend. When Cogsworth shows up, the Beast demands to know where Belle is. Cogsworth ''tries'' to tell him in a positive way, but eventually just gives up and admits, "She's not coming" - which sends the Beast into a rage.
* When April in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'' says she has to go to a neighbor’s house four miles away to call her boss, Casey responds, “Hey, you just saved yourself an eight-mile round tripper. You were fired.” April doesn’t take it well—either the news or Casey’s attempt at “sensitivity.”

* A variant. In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', Vimes receives note that one of his officers was killed, and asks who was sent to inform the family, hoping it wasn't Nobby Nobbs - he doesn't want a repeat of the "bet-you-a-dollar-you're-the-widow-Jackson" nonsense.
* In the ''Literature/BooksOfSamuel'' in Literature/TheBible, when King David asks a Cushite officer announcing his victory over his son Absalom whether Absalom is still alive, the Cushite replies that he hopes ''all'' of King David's enemies end up sharing that young fellow's fate. [[AlasPoorVillain This does not help David]] [[HeroicBSOD take it well at all.]]

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}:'' The one where Eddie moves in. Chandler told Eddie a funny story about an ex.
-->'''Eddie:''' Alright, I, I've got a funny one, alright.\\
'''Chandler:''' Let's hear it.\\
'''Eddie:''' My last girlfriend Tilly. (haha) Ok, we're eating breakfast, right, (chuckles) and I made all these pancakes, there was like 50 pancakes right (laughs). And all of the sudden she turns to me, alright, and she says, 'Eddie.' I say, 'yeah,' she says, 'Eddie, I don't want to see you anymore.' (hahahah) And it was literally like she had reached into my chest, ripped out my heart, and smeared it all over my life (slightly maniacal laugh), ya know. And now there's like this incredible abyss, ya know, and I'm falling and I keep falling and I don't think I'm ever gonna stop. (frightening, high pitched laugh)\\
'''Eddie, straight faced:''' That uh, wasn't such a funny story, was it?\\
'''Chandler:''' ((Silent))...
* ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}'': 'We'd like to offer you a very generous redundancy settlement.'
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}: Series 1'' The King [[Creator/BrianBlessed BRIAN BLESSED!]] receives several messengers, bearing news:
--> '''Messenger 3:''' My Lord, news...\\
'''King:''' What?\\
'''Messenger 3:''' Lord Wessex is dead.\\
'''King:''' Ah. This news is not so good.\\
'''Messenger 3:''' Pardon, My Lord?\\
'''King:''' I like it not. Bring me some other news.\\
'''Messenger 3:''' Pardon, My Lord?\\
'''Messenger 3:''' Yes, My Lord!\\
'''Messenger 4 (actually Messenger 3, coming in again):''' My Lord, news...\\
'''King:''' What?\\
'''Messenger 4:''' Lord Wessex is not dead.\\
'''King:''' Ah, good news! Let there be joy and celebration; let jubilation reign!
** Rowan Atkinson incorporated this concept into his stage comedy act with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94o-D2_k5ew&list=SL#t=2m10s Bearers of Good News, Bad News, Bad News That The Messenger ''Thought'' Would Be Good News But Didn't Read In Advance And Consequently Got Quite A Shock, Indifferent News (gestures languidly at the message) and Really ''Really'' Bad News (never seen, just throws the message in from offstage).]]
* An episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' features a daydream sequence with Turk reading the following poem:
--> ''"Great to see you, great to talk. The bad news is, your son can't walk."''
** "And, of course, the always popular Resident Kabuki Theater."
** [[ThisIsReality Reality]], in the episode with the poem, is just as bad. When JD gives Turk advice on giving bad news("My Na Na Na"), including thinking of the dancing gopher from ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' to stop himself crying, and "no false hope", Turk quickly ends up DiggingHimselfDeeper:
---> '''Patient's father''': Turk, I have a pit in my stomach because I'm afraid you've come here to tell me my boy is going to be paralyzed.
--->'''Turk''' (starts laughing): Oh, my God. I'm so sorry, something really funny popped into my head. You remember, uh, when the gopher started dancing at the end of ''Caddyshack''?
--->'''J.D.''' (watching from corridor): No, don't ''do'' the dance, Turk, don't ''do'' the dance ... Carla, your husband's not doing very well in there.
** JD's entire family apparently does this; when someone has to give bad news to someone else("My Cake"), they do so while presenting a cake. When JD's brother shows up at the door with a cake, JD immediately knows something bad has happened; sure enough his dad has died.
** There's also the Dr. Toilet ImagineSpot.
** JD has an ImagineSpot about a bad news robot, unfortunately the robot breaks down and he has to tell it's kids. One of them promptly disintegrates him, ending the fantasy.
* ''Series/MrShow'' brings you the "Bad News Breakers", where two adorable twin girls are brought in to tell people terrible news.
--> '''Bad News Breakers:''' Your wife is cheating on you!
--> '''Bob:''' Awww... who wants ice cream?
* From ''Series/{{Titus}}'':
--> '''Christopher Titus:''' Bad news has never been broken gently in my family. Because, breaking it gently takes a few extra seconds. And who's got that kinda time? Hey, we may be failures, but we are very busy. \\
''[flashback]'' \\
'''Ken Titus:''' I got a little story I wanna tell you. Once upon a time, your dog got hit by a truck this morning.
* In a first-season episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Sam's brother Derek - who he hates - is in town and coming to drop by, and Coach has a ''unique'' way of giving Sam bad news:
-->'''Coach:''' Sam, your apartment burned down and you lost everything.
-->'''Sam:''' Oh my God, really?
-->'''Coach:''' No, no, you're brother's in town and he's on his way over. Makes you feel better now, doesn't it?
-->'''Sam:''' I hate it when you do that, Coach...
** And when Derek actually shows up:
-->'''Coach:''' Sam, nuclear bomb just hit Boston!
-->'''Sam and Diane:''' Derek's here.
-->'''Coach:''' You're catching on.
* From ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': the episode "Once More with Feeling." Just about every one of the main characters reveals or discovers a painful secret that damages their relationships with each other. If it wasn't the musical episode, it would probably be the most depressing episode without the death of a main character.
--> '''Buffy:''' (singing) I live in hell/Cause I've been expelled/From Heaven
* From ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''Film/QuestOfTheDeltaKnights'':
-->'''Pearl''': Good news! Only 20% of the village died of the plague today!
* From ''Series/{{Hustle}}'', Ash Morgan tells the team all the security safeguards in place at the bank they've been coerced into robbing.
-->'''Emma''': "Is there ''any'' good news?
-->'''Ash''': "Yes, there is, yeah. It's protected overnight by a private Syrian security firm, with tasers, dogs and a bad attitude. They had an attempted robbery about 4 years ago; by the time the police got there, the Syrian security had beaten them half to death.
-->'''Emma''': "And that's good news how?"
-->'''Ash''': "Well, if we get caught, there might not be enough left of us to lock up."
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'':
-->'''Tom''': All right, the good news is there's only two pieces of bad news.
** This trope is also in play when Chris breaks up with Ann. He delivers the news in his usual upbeat tone of voice, and it's so positively worded that she doesn't even realize he's just dumped her.
* In ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', Robbie and Cat briefly make a business of singing bad news to people to make it easier to take. It works fine until they're hired to tell Trina her date cancelled on her.
** ''Nikki and Sarah'' also thought they can soften the blow of bad news with the saccharine sweet vocals of Music/ArianaGrande. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF2m7ihYIKo They should have thought harder.]]
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' featured a segment discussing government wiretaps. Given that it was discussing massive violations of privacy, it delivered the news under the title "Good news! You're not paranoid!"
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Bat Jar Conjecture", Leonard offers Sheldon a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' cookie jar, revealing that he is blackballing Sheldon off the physics bowl team of which the two are members.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Thanks to the way Tom Baker insisted on reading a line that was likely scripted straight, "Horror of Fang Rock" contains a truly wonderful moment where he announces to everyone stuck in TheSiege that "this lighthouse is under attack, and by morning we might all be ''dead''!!!" in the manner of someone announcing that he's brought along a picnic.
* A ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}'' episode called "The Last Temptation of Ethyl" sees Fran's mother Ethyl suddenly keel over while watching TV. After some token attempts to revive her, Fran's husband Earl [[RefugeInAudacity buries Ethyl in the backyard while his wife is at the beach.]] When Fran returns, Earl tries to break the news gently:
--> '''Earl''': [[TakeThat Speaking of]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext parasites]], remember when you said your mother would be staying with us for the rest of her life?
-->'''Fran''': Mm-hmm?
-->'''Earl''': Well, she's moved out!
* ''Series/ModernFamily'' had an inversion. Claire's preferred method of giving people good news seems to be making them think she had bad news. We don't find out exactly how she told out Phil she was pregnant with Luke, only that it started out, "thousands of children die every day..."

* Music/ModestMouse has an album called ''Good News for People Who Love Bad News.'' The line itself comes from the song "Bury Me With It":
--> Good news for people who love bad news... we've lost the plot and we just can't choose.
* US tape-music act The Broken Penis Orchestra have a song titled "I'm So Happy I Could Put A Shotgun In My Mouth and Pull the Trigger."

[[folder:New Media]]
* Website/JibJab does this for each year to a song in a nice upbeat manner. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztj2qfui114 This one]] even has the singers be angels saying what happened to God having to do it upbeat because:
--> Angel: Last year they had a year this bad the Big Guy sent a flood!

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''. The King, aware that his useless knight Sir Rodney is bringing news of his defeat, reminds him of the old Roman custom in which the bearer of bad tidings was put to death. A sweating Rodney replies with the 'joyous' news that one of the King's more awful provinces with its rebellious peasants, stinking swamps (etc, etc) has been given to the Huns to worry about.
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic, the PointyHairedBoss says he'll use humour in the workplace to ease tension. He then proceeds to tell a knock knock joke, in which the punchline is "not you anymore".
** Dogbert once taught classes about how to deliver bad news with humor. Here's one example:
---> '''Woman:''' I give up. What is the difference between my husband and the pop group "Village People"?
---> '''Dogbert:''' They're coming back.
* A ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' strip has Rat bouncing on a pogo stick to tell Pig that he lost all their money on the tracks and they're being evicted.
--> '''Rat:''' Bad news is best delivered on a pogo stick.
* In the ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' strip [[http://beetlebailey.com/comics/december-22-2015/ seen here]] Cookie tells Beetle he does ''not'' have to [[PeelingPotatoes peel potatoes]] while on KP, and gives him a choice of peeling the carrots or onions.

[[folder: Radio]]
* In the Christmas 2015 episode of ''Radio/TheNowShow'', John Finnemore announced he was going to focus on good news! Instead he presented bad news in a good way, acknowledged rather manically that maybe it was "not quite so good after all", and by the end was in despair.

[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* From Creator/GeorgeCarlin's hilarious "Things You Don't Wanna Hear" bit: "Honey? Ya remember how we told the children never to play on the railroad tracks?"

* ''Theatre/RichardII'' has the wonderful quote "too well, too well thou tell'st a tale so ill," spoken by King Richard to the man who just told him that his army is bleeped twelve ways from Sunday. Apparently he told his news in a good way -- after all, Richard just told him to "Speak sweetly, man, although thy looks be sour."
* ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'' has a scene where couriers come on to report cheerfully such news as: "Peasants revolt. King slays thousands."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': "Good news, everyone! I've perfected a plague that will kill all life on Azeroth!" clearly a ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' reference.
** Something of an inversion: It is good news for him but terrible news for the players.
** The above inversion is itself inverted ([[MindScrew but still without playing it straight]]) when Putricide dies: "Bad news, everyone! I don't think I'm going to make it..."
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a minor quest where you inform the wives of soldiers that they have become widows. Now, the player can either deliver the bad news Him/Herself, or opt to have one of your party members do it. What happens when you get the team drunk, Oghren, to do it?
-->'''Oghren''': Oh... Um... Hey, Good news! You're single!
* From ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': "Good news! I figured out what that thing you just incinerated did..."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', Wheatley tries to gently break it to Chell that after being in suspended animation for years, she might have "a very minor case... of serious brain damage".
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has Claptrap announcing some bad news in a cheerful voice then noting that he's not happy about it, it's just the default setting on his voice synthesizer.
** In a more serious case, Claptrap also read a eulogy for a ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' fan who passed away; Claptrap's character being what it is, it has this effect. The voice actor breaks character soon after and speaks normally for the rest.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Majesty}}: [[ExpansionPack The Northern Expansion]]'', the mission "Urban Renewal" attempts this in the opening narration.
-->'''Advisor''': ''(sigh)'' How can I possibly tell our Sovereign the news? Um, Majesty, I have good news and bad. The good news is your uncle died! No, that won’t do. ''(ahem)'' My Liege, your late uncle has bequeathed you a town... of sorts. Hmm, maybe more positive. It pleases me to inform you that you’ve been granted a tremendous opportunity! You can be the first Ardanian sovereign to give the word "slum" a good name! Oh, that won’t work either. ''(sigh)'' It’s no use...

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimaton/UltraFastPony''. From "Pinkie's Day In":
-->'''Pinkie:''' Okay, so, I have some good news and some bad news. \\
'''Mrs. Cake:''' Well, that doesn't bode well. What happened? \\
'''Pinkie:''' Well, the good news is that I'm still alive. \\
'''Mrs. Cake:''' [[BlackComedy You killed the babies, didn't you, Pinkie?]]

* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' has [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1967#comic used]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1138#comic this]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=547#comic multiple]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=434 times]].
** And also its failure [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=450#comic here]].
* The following ''Webcomic/CwensQuest'' quote from the aptly titled page "Good News Everybody!"
--> '''Attez''': The point is son, I've got some good news. Your mom is dead.\\
'''Sven'''': That is terrible news!\\
'''Attez''': Is it? Hmmmmm. It certainly didn't seem that way to me. Well, I guess I've just moved on emotionally...which brings me to my next bit of good news. I've remarried.\\
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' uses this in what is almost certainly a ShoutOut to ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', as listed below.
-->[[spoiler:'''Tagii:''']] Good news, everyone. I just killed about fifty thousand complete strangers. And now I'm alone with the people I actually ''hate''.
* Near the end of ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}},'' Mel and Artie have to inform Dave that [[spoiler: he's actually a clone of the original Dave outfitted with memories five years out of date]]:
-->'''Mel:''' "Good news, Dave! You can't stop filling out those 'Bring Back Battlestar Galactica' petitions!"

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' had news from Bad Horse delivered by letter, sung as an upbeat western folk song by a three-man chorus. This trope hits home when the chorus gleefully proclaims that Horrible's slip-ups have not gone unnoticed and now his only way into the [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Evil League of Evil]] is cold blooded murder.
* From a "Blog/WhatIf" [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/115/ column]] by Creator/RandallMunroe answering whether a person could [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext survive a nanosecond on the surface of the Sun]]:
--> "There's some good news: Deep in the Sun, the photons carrying energy around have very short wavelengths—they're mostly a mix of what we'd consider hard and soft X-rays. This means they penetrate your body to various depths, heating your internal organs and also ionizing your DNA, causing irreversible damage before they even start burning you. Looking back, I notice that I started this paragraph with "there's some good news." I don't know why I did that."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' has a variation of this. Usually when something bad is about to happen, Gir is as cheery as always.
-->(From "Attack of the Saucer Morons")\\
'''Zim:''' Gir! Finally! I need your help. I've been captured!\\
'''Gir:''' Yay!\\
'''Zim:''' No, Gir, that's bad!\\
'''Gir:''' Yay!\\
(From "Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy")\\
'''Zim:''' Only one pig left! [[BigNo Noooooo!]]\\
'''Gir:''' Yay! We're doomed!
*** An arguable example, as this means [[SkewedPriorities Zim might not throw GIR's last rubber piggy into the past]].
** Also a variation in episode 1:
--->'''Zim:''' I put out the fires.\\
'''Almighty Tallest:''' You made them ''worse!''\\
'''Zim''' Worse... or ''better?''
** Also, from "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars:"
-->'''[[RebelLeader Lard Nar]]:''' Was that part of [[GoodNewsBadNews the bad news]]?
-->'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Shloonktapooxis]]:''' Yeah...our power core has been teleported ''OUT'' of the ship!
-->'''Lard Nar:''' And the good news?!
-->'''Shloonktapooxis:''' Well, it's been replaced by a new, ''HORRIBLE'' one!
* Professor Farnsworth from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has his CatchPhrase, "Good news, everyone!" The news in question would usually range from weird to bad to apocalyptic, with the occasional obligatory subversion of actual good news. Of course, the good news will usually be preceded by "Bad news, everyone!" or something of the sort.
-->'''Farnsworth''': Good news, everyone! Tomorrow you'll be delivering a package to Ebola 9, the virus planet!

--> '''Farnsworth''': Good news everyone!
--> '''Bender''': Uh oh, I don't like the sound of that.
--> '''Farnsworth''': You'll be making a delivery to the planet Trisol...
--> ''' Bender''': Here it comes. . .
--> '''Farnsworth''': A mysterious world in the darkest depths of the Forbidden Zone!
--> ''' Bender''': [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Thank you, and goodnight.]]
** [[SubvertedTrope To be fair]], [[NonIndicativeName it's just a name]]. ''All'' the Zones that names like that [[DoubleSubversion in the Galaxy of Terror]]!
** Also, this exchange:
--> '''Farnsworth''': [[LampshadeHanging Now I've often said "Good news" when sending you on a mission of extreme danger]]. So when I say this anomaly is dangerous, you can imagine how dangerous I really think it is.
--> '''Hermes''': Not dangerous at all?
--> '''Farnsworth''': Actually quite dangerous indeed.
--> '''Hermes''': [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment That]] ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment is]]'' [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment quite dangerous]]!
--> '''Farnsworth''': Indeed.
** And yet another example:
-->'''Farnsworth''': Good news, everyone! Today you'll be delivering a crate of subpoenas to Sicily 8, the [[PlanetOfHats Mob Planet]]!
** "Mother's Day" has:
-->'''Farnsworth''': Good news, everyone! There's a report on TV with some very bad news.
** And of course:
--> '''Farnsworth''': Good news, everyone! The university is bringing me up on disciplinary charges... Wait, that's not good news at all.
** [[OverlyLongGag One more]]:
--> '''Farnsworth''': Good news, everyone! I'm afraid I have some bad news.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" began with Bart getting knocked into a coma. How does Lisa break the news to her mother? "Remember how you said you wished we'd stop growing up?"
** Another episode has this dialogue between network execs and Krusty:
--->'''Network rep:''' We think you're super talented...
--->'''Krusty:''' Oh God, you're cancelling me!!!
** Then there's the episode where Maggie ran away, with Homer running through several versions of this to tell Marge in advance, including "She was only a baby, it's not like we grew attached to her" and "They grow up so fast, one minute they're a baby, the next they're out on their own."
** Homer: "Good news, everyone! I got in a fight with the garbage men and they're cutting off our service!" [[note]]Despite being in a Creator/MattGroening show and ''sounding'' an awful lot like a Farnsworth line, this couldn't possibly be a ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' reference: the episode aired in the 1997-98 season and Futurama didn't premiere until the 1999-2000 season.[[/note]]
** Then in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', we have this line:
--> '''Russ Cargill:''' Your government has realized that sealing you under this dome was a terrible mistake. Therefore, we are commencing with Operation Soaring Eagle.
--> ''[crowd cheers]''
--> '''Russ Cargill:''' ... which involves killing you all.
* From ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': [[Literature/TheUglyBarnacle Once, there was an ugly barnacle. He was so ugly that everyone died! The end.]]"
* One ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' CutawayGag infamously took this to an [[UpToEleven extreme]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N3dI-j6enA when the doctor hired Peter to inform someone they had AIDS with a barbershop quartet.]]
** A later skit had Al Jarreau on TV singing about 37 people dying in a car bombing in Syria.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' had Jay dating an actress. When he sees her new movie, he discovers that she can't act, and in the episode of ''Coming Attractions'' where he reviews the film he tries to say so as nicely as possible ("God help her, she's trying.") Sadly she was only in it for the CastingCouch and promptly dumps him.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' finale, "The Intergalactic 147," dealt with a mysterious white planet on collision course with the Earth. The TV news reporter is quite serious relaying the news, up until he turns it into a contest to name the planet.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' movie ''Daffy Duck's Quackbusters'', when Daffy goes bankrupt he gets a singing telegram telling him his belongings have been repossessed.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' has a variation on this:
-->'''Mr. Spacely:''' Jetson! Thank goodness you're still here! I've got some good news and some bad news...\\
'''George Jetson:''' What's the bad news, Mr. Spacely?\\
'''Mr. Spacely:''' We've discovered a very dangerous computer virus that you have to stop right away!\\
'''George:''' But that could take months! By the way... what's the good news?\\
'''Mr. Spacely:''' The good news is, I don't have to do it! Bye now!
* Done at the end of an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', where the perpetually cheerful news announcer declares the end of tornado season. [[HereWeGoAgain "Now the only thing to worry about is that giant tidal wave roaring across the plains!"]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* "Congratulations! You just won one hundred thousand dollars to be paid out over four years!" "Really!? How!?" "By not getting into Harvard."
* This was done by UsefulNotes/HenryVIII's jester to break the news that Catherine Howard was cheating on him. He told it as a joke because no one else in the palace could give Henry bad news and not be executed.
* Reportedly, Creator/JossWhedon enjoys telling the actors that their characters are going to be offed in this way.