->''"Gaming groups, like all tight-knit groups of people, have their collective quirks.(...) Some -- the highest echelon of geeky humour of all [[note]]Because the point of humour is of course [[LamePunReaction to make the listener groan]].[[/note]] -- engage in punning."''
--> -- '''TheRant''', ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0368.html #368]]

A character makes an announcement, quip or joking remark that causes the entire group to groan simultaneously, in the same tone of voice. Crops up fairly often in comedic shows or films.

This is often a sign that you're dealing with an IncrediblyLamePun, making it a very common LamePunReaction. {{Feghoot}}s take it even further; a Collective Groan is [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny the desired response]].

You'll commonly hear this as well when a bad comedian relies on StockShticks that [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore everybody has heard]] a million times. If he keeps it up too long, it may escalate to ProducePelting.

Also has been known to happen to the BearerOfBadNews. On the other hand, sometimes it's just a ToughRoom.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* A running gag in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is that when ever Sena or Monta make a do-or-die plan, which is horribly simple such as, "Give me the ball!" Hiruma and Kurita's face shrivel up because of their stupidity. (But they [[CrazyEnoughToWork go with the plans anyway]], since Hiruma [[MagnificentBastard is just that badass]].)
* ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' has this when Sasahara (as the freshly elected club president) announces that the club will do a doujin for the next Comiket.

[[folder: Commercials]]
* There is a recent ad for a tax consultancy service that lets you search for your agent based on his specialty. The last request is something like: "And they have to have a cat named Louie!" One collective groan later, only one guy is left standing.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* The four do a lot of this in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', mostly ''not'' in response to puns.
* In ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'', the contestants groan as one at Chris' {{visual pun}} when Noah identifies the Music/CelineDion standee's faerie-like "backup singers" as the [[Music/DixieChicks Pixie Chicks]]. Chris is pleased.
-->'''Chris:''' The greatness of a pun is measured [[LamePunReaction not by the laughs, but by the groans]].

[[folder: Film]]
* From WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine:
-->'''George:''' Maybe we should call a road service?
-->'''Paul:''' Can't, no road!
-->'''Ringo:''' And we're not sub... scribers.
-->'''Other Beatles:''' Sub-scribers... ooh... ''(Paul [[FacePalm facepalms]])''

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{iCarly}}'': Done numerous times in ''iDream of Dance''.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', the "Dirty Fork" sketch. A man in a restaurant politely complains about his fork being dirty, leading to a great deal of anger and violence. At the end of the sketch:
-->''("And now...the punch line" appears on the screen)''\\
'''Man:''' Lucky we didn't say anything about the dirty knife!\\
''(everyone in the area starts booing)''
* From the end of the penultimate season 2 episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
-->'''Data:''' In the strictest sense, I did not win.\\
''(everyone groans)''\\
'''Data:''' I busted him up.\\
''(everyone cheers)''
* From ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
-->'''Giles''': It's the end of the world.\\
'''Buffy, Xander, Willow''': ''[[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed Again?]]''
* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'': Not an in-show example, but in the season three bloopers, two scenes are put back-to-back to get this effect.
--> '''Jeffery Combs ''(as Kevin Burkhoff'')''': I just thought of a really bad joke. How many Canadians does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Eh... t!
-->'''Other actors are seen groaning'''
* Increasingly appearing in ''Series/HarryHillsTVBurp''.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' is especially fond of this, normally in conjunction with paper balls being thrown at the target of the groans. It's become a RunningGag that anytime Britta mentions social justice in any way the whole group boos and groans.
-->'''Annie:''' I don't suppose you'd mind letting us take a little looksie in your bag, then?
-->'''Britta:''' Oh, I'd very much mind, Annie. There's no such thing as a quick invasion of civil liberties!
-->'''Study Group:''' Uuuuuggggh...!
* The audience in ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' will often groan at the bad puns the presenter has to dish out.
-->'''Paul Merton''':''These people have standards you know?''
* Like [=HIGNFY=] the audience in ''Series/TenOClockLive'' will often groan at Creator/JimmyCarr's "too soon" jokes or at the various political figures who attempt to make a joke/pun.
* The CBS revival of ''Series/MatchGame'' in the 70s made groaning and booing from the audience a virtual ritual whenever a bad answer was given by either contestants or panelists.
* One of the sound effects in Series/{{Svengoolie}} is a recording of this. It's frequently used to give the impression of a LamePunReaction, and even ''more'' frequently used to commence the trademark [[ProducePelting chicken pelting]].

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* In one arc of ''Comicstrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Linus ran for class president, and was very nearly a shoo-in. Then he started talking about "[[CloudCuckooLander the Great Pumpkin]]," and this trope (or rather, a collective "UGGH!") resulted.

[[folder: Podcast]]
* Bearing in mind that the final round in ''Podcast/PappysFlatshareSlamdown'' is more or less a HurricaneOfPuns round, some of the puns do elicit this in the audience. A more extreme example happened in series 5 episode 2, when the audience ''booed'' one of the puns.

[[folder: Radio]]
* In ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'', the ''audience'' was wont to do this at any and all puns. It's worth to note that the writers often predicted this, and made the following dialogue reflect it.
** The audience made up a huge part of ''ISIRTA'''s general atmosphere. Sometimes, lines would be dropped because the audience saw the pun coming and groaned before the punchline. Occassionally, the audience would groan at a pun, and then applaud it, because it was a good pun. A typical example of the dialogue predicting the groan would go like this:
-->'''Tim:''' I offer you one thousand!
-->'''John:''' One thousand pounds?
-->'''Tim:''' Certainly not! One thousand Chelsea Railway buns! We only deal in hard currency!
-->''(audience groan)''
-->'''Tim:''' You've got to admire the bravery of it!

[[folder:Recorded Comedy]]
* The very opening of Bill Cosby's 1978 album "Bill's Best Friend" starts off with a joke that got some good-natured groans from his audience:
-->''For my eleventh birthday, my dad gave me two dollars. He said he was giving me a dollar for each one.''

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', before the Venta Cemetery mission, Koss mentions to a group of refugees that their path home will be a tad more "difficult" than they expected. Naturally there's a bit of disappointment.
* ''Videogame/{{Kingdom of Loathing}}'' has a segment in the Haunted Gallery where you go through a series of paintings, and the game proceeds to snark the hell out of them or reinterpret them in...interesting ways. One such is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:David_-_The_Death_of_Socrates.jpg David's ''The Death of Socrates'']]. You walk past the scene in question, where Socrates has just told a bad pun and everyone around is [[LamePunReaction groaning and slamming their heads into the wall]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheClueFinders 3rd Grade Adventures'', we get this little one in the opening.
-->'''Fletcher Limburger:''' Well.... peanuts, anyone?... that's what folks are saying--and there's an old superstition about a monster and a lost city.
-->'''Santiago:''' Superstition!\\
'''Leslie:''' Lost city?\\
'''Joni:''' Monster?!\\
'''Owen:''' ...peanuts?\\
'''All: ''OWEN!'''''
* ''VideoGame/MysticalNinja'' on the [=N64=] had a LaughTrack, which would also groan at the ''really'' bad jokes.
* In ''Videogame/MasterOfTheWind'', seeing some headless [[DemBones skeletons]], Baron jokes that they may have "Got ahead of themselves". There's a groan, before Stoic suggests locking Baron in a cell for such a bad pun.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Invoked by the writer of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' in the AltText of [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/5p40 this]] strip.
-->'''AltText:''' If the internet were an auditorium, I'd be on stage grinning proudly against a chorus of groans.
* It's unclear whether the ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' strip where the page quote annotation comes from is an example - given the BeatPanel before Ben's LamePunReaction could be either everyone groaning or StunnedSilence (after all, it's a thespian [[GotMeDoingIt following the geek tendency for dumb puns]]).

[[folder: Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic had a moment where, in the "Top 11 animated nostalgic hotties", he commented that [[{{Thundercats}} Cheetara]] gave new meaning to the term "fast pussy". Booing ensued, to which he responds [[ObligatoryJoke "I had to! I had to!"]].
** There are plenty of other moments where an offscreen audience booed at him. Particularly terrible jokes in NC, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall tend to be followed by a StockSnippet of canned booing.
** While reviewing ''Film/TheSpirit'' with [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]], [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] cracks a pun that doesn't just get the booing but also a caption to apologise:
-->''Channel Awesome would like to apologise for that pun. The writer has been flogged for his sins.''
* During his review of the ''Film/DirtyDancing'' game, [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] makes a somewhat tasteless joke about the abortion scene from the movie (it involves ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter''). Cut to stock footage of a booing audience, to which Spoony responds "What? It's in the movie!"
** Used several other times, as well, such as when he makes a joke about the death of [[Film/TheCrow Brandon Lee.]]
* Played straight four times, then subverted in the WebAnimation/HomestarRunner short "Senorial Day", when Bubs lets loose [[HurricaneOfPuns a string of bad puns]], then an apparent non sequitur, which leads an off-screen audience to groan after each bad pun, and give a collective "Huh?" after the non sequitur.
** IN the "Which Ween? Costumes" 'toon, everyone dresses up in [[YouMeanXmas Decemberween]] costumes. Coach Z's is just a giant sheet of paper. When Strong Bad finally asks him what he's supposed to be, he explains... he's "Rapping Paper." Cue trope.
* When playing together as LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys, this is frequently LetsPlay/ProtonJon and LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun's response to LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}} whenever he makes a terrible pun, as he's known to consciously do.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Beast Boy says after just having frozen Brotherhood of Evil leader The Brain: "Check it out, brain freeze." Cue groans from the two dozen or so heroes assembled.
* Combined with FirstNameUltimatum on ''TheMagicSchoolBus'': ''"Carlos!"''
** This trope happens even more legitimately in the friction episode where after the FirstNameUltimatum, "Carlos, stop!" is delivered, Keesha informs Carlos that "this is serious" to which he replies "I know; a real heavy situation" (the class is trapped inside DA's book; [[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]); the class is incapable from properly responding and just groans (unusually for this type of scene in TheMagicSchoolBus, Carlos actually looks surprised when the class finds this particular joke so bad).
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', Batman remarks that he's got ComicBook/TheQuestion trying to dig up information on Project Cadmus. Everyone groans, and even Batman admits that The Question is [[ConspiracyTheorist a bit nuts]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', in "James & the Queen of Sodor". Percy wrecks James' coat after miraculously avoiding damage during his dirty jobs all day. James remarks to the others that he'll be cleaned up and "Red-ier than ever!" [[LamePunReaction The episode closes on one of these]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', Rocky brings one of these about by finding a dirty model boat that, once washed off, was found to be made of rubies and had the words "Omar Khayyam" inscribed on it. He pronunces it "The Ruby Yacht of Omar Khayyam", much to the dismay of everyone else in the room. Note that everyone else stated they were aware of the potential punchline, but Rocky was the only one with the nerve to say it out loud.
* The Bakshi ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' episode "Bat With A Golden Tongue" had Bat-Bat's continuous jokes met with contemptuous disgust from the members of a superhero confab.