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->''"You know what? I'm happy."''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}}''

When a character expresses a moment of joy in the most deadpan manner possible. Often by saying the word "yay" or "woo hoo" in a flat monotone or other tone of voice that does not exhibit joy.

Can frequently be used sarcastically, when the "joy" is invoked by something very much ''not'' joyful. In this circumstance, it is inevitably said by the DeadpanSnarker. Just as often, however, the character in question may actually be truly joyful, and merely that he or she simply [[TheStoic isn't an emotional or expressive person]], or is incapable of being loud. Deadpan or Flat is the character's normal tone of voice, even when expressing happiness.

Compare with AndThereWasMuchRejoicing. See also FlatWhat and SarcasmMode. Not to be confused with PetitePride. Also see DullSurprise.

Not to be confused with someone called Joy being flat.


[[folder: Advertising]]
* Ben Stein's schtick, as a spokesman for Clear Eyes eyedrops, was always him giving a flat, disinterested "Wow." after demonstrating the power of Clear Eyes.
* In the radio version of a [=7Up=] ad, Brad Garret is used to show how [=7Up=] can turn someone who is a curmudgeon on the outside (expressing Sarcastic Joy) to happy on the inside (where he's singing his own version of "Everyone Knows It's Windy").
* In commercial for Dairy Queen ice cream cakes, a couple argues over who gets to bring out the cake at a party that they are hosting to receive praise for doing so. After the woman sneaks out past the man into the next room announcing that she brought the cake, she is welcomed by cheers from all the partygoers. The man tries to salvage the situation by grabbing the forks and following her into the next room, announcing that he brought forks, only to be welcomed by a single stifled cheer from a male partygoer.

[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* In the anime version of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Yukari-sensei sets up a dodgeball game with her, Tomo, and Yomi on one team, and Osaka, Chiyo and Kaorin on the other. Yukari enthusiastically introduces her team as "Team Yukari", prompting an insincere "Yay" from Tomo and Yomi. Osaka, meanwhile, introduces her team with equal enthusiasm as "Team Sea Slug", over the protests of her team-mates, who also end up pulling off this trope.
-->'''Osaka:''' Go Team Sea Slug!
-->'''Chiyo & Kaorin''' (unenthusiastic) Yay...
* It's a common staple of characters with a SugarAndIcePersonality express their feelings of joy with words and actions rather than emotions and expressions. It's a common joke with this character.
* The English dub of ''Manga/SuperGals'' played this joke with the person in the cat suit giving prizes.
* In the beginning of the two-parter of ''[[Manga/SailorMoon Sailor Moon S]]'' on Usagi's birthday, she's all joy and smiles but the other girls seem distinctly flat and indifferent to the whole occasion. Turns out to be the girls trolling her both for a laugh and to keep her from figuring out the surprise birthday party at Rei's.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': At the start of Yusuke's first case involving Genkai, he and Kuwabara end up outside her shrine for separate reasons. After seeing the OldMaster for the first time, Yusuke is less than enthused about the case. Meanwhile, Kuwabara wasn't interested in special training, just some advice on how to keep his own power under control. So when she has everyone present draw lots to see who gets to move on to the basic tests,[[note]]She designed them as spiritual litmus paper; only those with sufficient spirit energy would change the paper to a passing color.[[/note]] Yusuke thinks to himself praying for a blank losing slip. What happens?
--> '''Yusuke & Kuwabara:''' ''(DeadpanSnarker)'' [[SarcasmMode Well, lucky me. I won.]] ''(Lame trumpet plays)''

[[folder: Comics]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'':
** In ''Recap/AsterixAtTheOlympicGames'', after the Gaulish villagers have taken their place in the stands, they are as raucous and excited as a typical sporting crowd, cheering loudly for their champion, Asterix... until they realise he has been shut out of the top three in his race. Their behaviour contrasts sharply with the Greeks, especially the Spartans, whose reaction to seeing their athletes sweep the top three is as follows:
--->'''Spartans:''' ''[completely stone-faced]'' Sparta.
** A defining trait of the Corsicans in ''Recap/AsterixInCorsica'', in line with the French stereotype.
--->'''Vermicellix''': (''with a completely unmoving surly expression'') Boneywasawarriorwayayix, I am beside myself with joy.\\
'''Boneywasawarriorwayayix''': (''also with a completely unmoving surly expression'') Vermicellix, the sight of you fills me with pleasure.
* In a one-page ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' comic book gag, Richie tells his butler Cadbury a joke, which fails to elicit an emotional response from him, but later on as Cadbury goes for a walk, he lets out a single "haw."
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': In the animated episode "State Visit", the "enthusiastic crowd" assembled to acclaim the visiting sultan sound thoroughly bored as they say, "Hurray. Hurray. Long live Haroun el-Plassid. Hurray. Hurray. Long live Iznogoud." Similarly, the "ruthless crowd" watching the imprisoned Iznogoud on public display at the end of the episode are almost as listless as they say, "Boo. Boo. Get rid of Grand Vizier Iznogoud."

[[folder: Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> '''Hobbes:''' I said, oh joy. Wonder. Uncontrollable excitement.
* ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''.
-->"I am flattered," said the Martian flatly.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'':
** When "Prince Ali" arrives in the palace:
--->'''Sultan:''' I'm delighted to meet you. This is my royal vizier, Jafar. He's delighted too.\\
'''Jafar:''' (''deadpan'') Ecstatic.
** Also from ''Aladdin'', when Al is fighting Jafar as a [[ScaledUp giant snake]], Genie is cheering him on enthusiastically. When Jafar tells him to stay out of it, Genie then cheers flatly, at first.
---> '''Genie:''' Jafar, Jafar, he's our man. If he can't do it '''[[SuddenlyShouting GREAT!]]'''
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has Scar doing the sarcastic version.
-->'''Simba''': Hey, Uncle Scar, guess what.
-->'''Scar''': I despise guessing games.
-->'''Simba''': I'm gonna be king of Pride Rock.
-->'''Scar''': (''deadpan'') Oh, goody.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf'':
** There's a crowd of Transylvanian peasants cheering like this. This is subject to some mocking by Dracula: "If I vant to be alone, I'll call you guys!"
** Also a funny subversion when the peasants are stuck by lightning, they do cheer appropriately, for once.
--->'''Dracula:''' I ''liiiiike'' that!
** They also cheer when something bad happens to Drac.
--->'''Dracula:''' Pipe down!

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* The reaction to Arthur and Robin being re-united with Lancelot and Galahad in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' is a very unenthusiastic, bored-sounding "yay". The reaction to having to eat Robin's minstrels to stave off starvation is a slightly less bored-sounding "yay".
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', Alexander Dane's utterance of his signature line from the titular ShowWithinAShow when opening a new superstore has an obvious "please kill me now" subtext.
-->'''Alexander Dane:''' (''as his character Dr. Lazarus'') By Grabthar's hammer... What a savings.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Albert's reaction to traveling on the Hogfather's sleigh in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'': "[[WaxingLyrical Oh, what fun.]]"
* During the hunt for Abaddon in ''Literature/AuntDimity and the Deep Blue Sea'', Bill bemoans the disturbance the police investigation brings to his clientele:
--> "Can you imagine the impression it will make?" he asked. "How would you react if a policeman knocked on your door and asked to speak with the family psychopath?"
--> "I'd introduce myself," I said brightly, but my husband was in no mood for jokes.
--> "Ha," he said bleakly.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Eddison Tollet is so well-known for this behavior that he earns the nickname "Dolorous Edd".
-->'''Edd''': We'll live another day. Hurrah.
* Jamie from ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' is famous for this. In the LatexPerfection episode, their acting coach tells Adam to comment about being excited and joyful in a completely flat monotone.
* From the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode, "The Prom":
-->'''Buffy:''' I'm gonna give you all a nice, fun, normal evening if I have to kill every person on the face of the Earth to do it.
-->'''Xander:''' Yay?
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Laurence Dominic's reaction when he and Echo finally get what the guy in the Attic meant when he said that they have to [[ImAHumanitarian "enjoy themselves."]]
--> '''Mr. Dominic:''' Good Times.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': Used as a RunningGag during the short "Junior Rodeo Daredevils".
-->'''Joel:''' And the crowd goes wild.\\
'''Joel, Tom Servo, and Crow in unison:''' ''[monotone]'' Yaaaaaaaaaaay.
* A common occurrence in ''Series/StargateUniverse''. Whenever Dr. Rush, and sometimes, Eli Wallace, come up with a "solution" to a problem that ends up highlighting difficulties ahead, Dr. Volker will respond to the news with a very deadpan "Yaaaaaaay." Since Dr. Brody is no fan of Dr. Rush, he'll often join in with a bit more sarcasm.
** In one of the last episodes, when [[spoiler:they were forced by aggressive automated drones to refuel using a class-O supergiant star instead of the usual red dwarf, and were facing a future of being dogged by said drones, Dr. Rush pointed out that at least they had a full tank of gas.]] Volker, Brody, AND Colonel Young all responded with a rather joyless "Yay."
* George's surrogate in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' ignores affect: "Oh boy. Goodie."
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Ted reacts very deadpan to some good news. When asked about it, he says that he frowns so much it now hurts to smile. Later, when he gets even better news, he smiles, [[BrickJoke and his mouth erupts in pain]].
* Creator/MichaelNesmith did this at least once on ''Series/TheMonkees''.
--> '''Michael:''' Wahoo.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In "Deja Q", after [[JerkassGod Q]] reappears on the ''Enterprise'' with his powers restored:
-->'''Q:''' I'm forgiven! My brothers and sisters of the Continuum have taken me back. [[LargeHam I'M IMMORTAL AGAIN! OMNIPOTENT AGAIN!]]\\
'''Riker:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Swell.]]

[[folder: Music]]
* {{Music/Nirvana}}'s "Smells Like Teen Spirit": "A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido. Yeeeaah! ... ''Yay''."
* This little gem from Another Side of Music/BobDylan:
-->Now they asked me to read a poem\\
At the sorority sisters' ho-em.\\
I got knocked down and my head was swimmin'\\
I woke up with the Dean of Women!\\

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comic, Charlie Brown rewards Snoopy with "The greatest reward a dog can receive from a human: A pat on the head." In the next panel, Snoopy rolls his eyes and thinks, "Thrillsville."
* An early ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' comic had Jon Arbuckle making a ''really big deal'' out of what Garfield was going to get for dinner. When he finally revealed that it was "Liver!", Garfield put on a disgusted expression and thought, "Oh hooray, hop about, clap paws, squeal with glee."

[[folder: Radio]]
* Long-running DJ Music/RickDees had, for many years, a sound bite he would use when appropriate of a group of people saying "Hey, that's... great," in a flat, uninterested tone.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* The first lines of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zJRoi1Q0Q4 "Pulled"]] from ''The Addams Family'', sung by Wednesday Addams: "I don't have a sunny disposition / I'm not known for being too amused / My demeanor's locked in one position / See my face -- I'm enthused."
* The song "Ascot Gavotte" from ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', in which the upper-class men and women sing about how excited they are to be at the racetrack... [[BritishStuffiness in a tone as stuffy and stilted as it can possibly get]].

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} 8'' takes this to its logical extreme with one of its male "Loner" voice sets. ''Every single line'' is read as though the character is perpetually bored or depressed (although balanced with some vicious [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]]). Just imagine flat lines like: "Woo-hoo," on killing a high-level monster; "How exciting," on a level up; "I'm... very excited," on entering the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon; and "I'm... filled with glee," on ''winning the game''.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has a character named Niftu Cal, who is high as a kite and has [[AGodAmI delusions of grandeur]] and is convinced he can take on the BossFight alone. The player can either encourage him to take a nap, or give the least enthusiastic 'Charge!' humanly possible.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': "Wheeeee..."
* Rochelle, from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'', especially concerning Ellis' and Coach's enthusiasm over Jimmy Gibbs Jr.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'':
--> '''Pandora''': You made it. Yay.
* The intro to ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic IV'' has random peasants saying "yaaaay" in the manner of this trope, in a very obvious shout-out to the TropeNamer for AndThereWasMuchRejoicing (the line prompting the Flat Joy was "and there was much rejoicing").
* While most champions in ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' have enthusiastic "woohoo" emotes, Seris is so aloof that her "woohoo" almost sounds sarcastic.
* When the gates first open at the start of the match in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'', the heroes say something to start the game off, usually a whoo-hoo, a cheer, or some kind of battle-roar. Instead of that, [[DeadpanSnarker Sylvanas]] gives out [[http://rpboyer15.github.io/sounds-of-the-storm/vo/vo_hero/Sylvanas/Sylvanas%20-%20Default/Sylvanas_VOX_Cheer05.mp3 the flattest "yay" you will ever hear]].

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Seen in the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "fan club", when Strong Bad is trying to prove that adding the word "club" to the end of something usually makes it more exciting.
--> '''Strong Bad''': Turkey? Mrenh.
--> '''Audience''': (flatly groans)
--> '''Strong Bad''': Turkey ''club''? [=mmmMMRENHhhhh=]!
--> '''Audience''': (slightly less flat) Yaaay.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' has a running gag where crowds are all voiced by a single, completely emotionless voice, rendering all their lines either flat joy or DullSurprise. In "The Cheesen One", it gets lampshaded, as Rainbow Dash complains that her fans' cheers of adoration sound like garbage.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Okay, I saved it. Everyone cheer!\\
'''Crowd:''' Yay.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' What, seriously, is that it?\\
'''Crowd:''' Yaaaaay.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' Wow. We've gotten really lazy at doing the crowd noises.\\
'''Crowd:''' ''[A StockScream. Loud, panicked screaming, at that.]''\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' Now you're just using one that we've used before!
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'':
** The Emperor tends to express joy as flat, unemotional "[[AC:Yey]]"s, partly because he doesn't have that much to be happy about, and partly because that's about as emotional as his Text to Speech Device can get.
** It may run in the family as well, as [[spoiler:Rogal Dorn]] is about as expressive when actually happy (though then again, he expresses every emotion with about the same intensity).
-->''Yey. Bike.''

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** When Elliot [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-01 discovered]] that [[spoiler:his inconvenient "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-11-18 girly powers only]]" time ended and he began to acquire cool magic]].
** Quite in character for Susan [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-06-12 here]].
* [[http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?p=9 Early]] in ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName,'' between the title character and his [[TheStoic stoic]] new partner:
-->"...I'm really excited about this, actually."
-->"'''''ME TOO--'''''wait. Are you being facetious?"

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In an ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' episode, Daniel Floyd introduces ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezTheCartel'' with a very flat "ta-dahhhh."
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow'' did a fun example of this during Joe's infamous [[VideoGame/RideToHellRetribution Ride to Hell: Retribution]] review.
-->'''Joe:''' Oh, and you're a biker, so of course you get to go to a strip club! Yay, titties.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Mai was this in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. She later gets a FreudianExcuse for it in the BeachEpisode.
* WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} could be considered the TropeCodifier, he did so often. It never seemed like he was being sarcastic; rather, this was as expressive as he was physically able to get. Occasionally, he might break character for the sake of humor, erupting in joy and doing over-the-top {{Wild Take}}s and back flips, only to very suddenly stop and look at the camera, and give his usual flat joy line "You know what? I'm happy." This tended to happen when at the end of the episode he received a large sum of money, or [[SmoochOfVictory a kiss from a beautiful woman.]]
* Any crowd of people on ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' cartoons, or any other Creator/JayWard production, always gave very unenthusiastic, half-hearted, deadpan "yay"s and equally unenthusiastic "boo"s. This was most notable in ''Tom Slick'', where at least one yay and boo was expected per episode (cued by the narrator's mention of Tom Slick and Baron Otto Matic, respectively).
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Dr. Drakken is disappointed by Shego's lack of response to his gloating over his plan:
-->'''Drakken:''' A little sidekick enthusiasm wouldn't hurt, you know.\\
'''Shego:''' [deadpan] Woo hoo. Extra hoo. Happy?
* A cut-away gag on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' shows Prince on ''The Price is Right'', reacting this way upon making a perfect bid in Contestant's Row.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** {{Subverted|Trope}} in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]": Fluttershy ''is'' sincere when she practices cheering for Rainbow Dash, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xczDd2_X0DI it comes out as this]] because she's so meek and soft-spoken: "Yay..." [[spoiler:When Rainbow Dash pulls off the eponymous move and saves Rarity and the Wonderbolts' lives, Fluttershy breaks into cheering so ecstatic that her voice cracks]].
** Played straight in the episode "Look Before You Sleep". Rarity and Applejack, both of whom are not in good terms with one another at the time, express this when Twilight Sparkle announces their slumber party.
** In the episode "Maud Pie", the titular character is pretty much this in stark contrast to her sister, GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie.
* Egon in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostBusters''. His deadpan, monotone voice is prevalent, even when he is legitimately happy.
* Lor in ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'' is a [[BadBadActing bad actor]], so when she's given the line "After all these years I finally feel truly alive," this is how it turns out.
* Raven in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' would occasionally indulge in the DeadpanSnarker version of this trope:
-->'''Cyborg''' ([[NotHimself under the effects of a computer virus]])''':''' I know what we should do! Lets go get some waffles! Raven you like waffles, don't you?\\
'''Raven:''' More than life itself.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' had an episode where the students of Acme Looniversity face their rivals Perfecto Prep in a football game. Although the Acme cheerleaders (Babs, Fifi, and Shirley) are quite enthusiastic, all the Perfecto cheerleaders can manage is a halfhearted "Perfecto. Rah."
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the incredibly sarcastic Candace can sometimes fall into this trope.
--> '''Phineas''': You're on fire, Candace!
--> '''Candace''': Woo-Hoo. [{{beat}}] I'm not actually on fire, am I?
* The heroine of ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' quite often. Usually the sarcastic variety, but even when legitimately happy, the most one usually gets out of her is a slight, sly smile.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode "Demon in the Mattress", when Eustace struggles to exorcise the demon out of Muriel with his failed attempt to read the printed incantation correctly, Courage waves a flag and responds with an unenthusiastic "Yay farmer".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** A [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzURH-yOtKs memorable mocking]] of then Vice President Al Gore played this up.
** In "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment", we have HardboiledDetective Rex Banner, whose seriousness creates this trope even when he is happy. He reacts exactly the same way to seeing a message that his services are needed to enforce prohibition in Springfield and another message that the family dog had puppies; a slight narrowing of the eyes. Then there's his attempt to laugh off the idea that the Beer Baron was real - or, rather, his attempt to laugh - which sounds like he has dry heaves.
--->'''Rex Banner:''' Well, I'm sure you all know what laughter sounds like!
* The animated version of ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow'' employs this in the cartoon for Creator/KarlPilkington's diary entry about learning the word "wewe",[[note]] a reference to Wewe Gombel, a female ghost with drooping breasts who kidnaps children according to Javanese and Sundanese mythology[[/note]] which Creator/StephenMerchant pronounces "woo". When Steve reads Karl's comment that he could not imagine a situation where he would ever need the word "wewe", Karl is shown sitting at a table in a pub with a pint, looking around the room, then mouthing "wewe" (in time with Stephen's voice) with an expression of flat joy.
* In an episode from the 1975 Hanna-Barbera ''WesternAnimation/TheTomAndJerryShow'', Robin Hood (here called Robin Ho Ho) tries to get his Merry Men to laugh, and they all respond with a mirthless "ha ha ha...ho ho ho...hee hee hee." This kind of laugh becomes the RunningGag of the whole episode right up to the end, when the Merry Men break out of this habit and have a truly joyous laugh at Robin Hood's expense.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "The Golden Smurf Award", when Brainy nominates himself as the winner of the titular award in order to break a 98-way tie after his friend Clumsy was unable to cast a vote to break the tie, every Smurf groans, and Vanity flatly says, "I'm so happy for you."
* The Goths of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' run on this trope. Even at their most joyful neither goes anything above deadpan and they even tell each other to calm down for being too exuberant even though their delivery is still completely flat.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Some people with Aspergers/Autism can have this problem sometimes. Feeling it but not quite able to express it.
* "Whoop-dee-damn-doo" - Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, upon hearing that he had been confirmed to that position.
* Upon learning he was accepted to [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Harvard,]] Mark Zuckerberg (of {{Website/Facebook}} fame) could only manage a flat [[http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-39969929/watch-mark-zuckerberg-find-out-hes-got-into-harvard "Yay"]] at first, in stark contrast to his father's elation. The fact that he wasn't jumping for joy could have foreshadowed that he would drop out before graduation.

->Stinger time? [--[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Yay.]]--]