House: We're going to cure her.When a character, either feigning genuine laughter or being obviously sarcastic, pretends to laugh along with other characters, or encourages/threatens them to do so, then abruptly tells them to shut up, in one way or another. Sometimes, this is in concert with a Laugh with Me moment. Contrast Tension-Cutting Laughter. The trope name can also be used when something is Actually Pretty Funny, but amusement isn't enough to change things.
Cameron: We're going to cure death?!
House: MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! ...Doubt it.
Cameron: We're going to cure death?!
House: MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! ...Doubt it.
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- Durarara!!: Shinra, after Izaya trolls him by handing his cellphone number to the police.
Izaya: How was it? Gave you quite the adrenaline shot, didn't it? Did you and Celty just grow to love each other even more due to the misattribution of arousal?
Shinra: Ah hah hah. Go die chest-first in a clay ice shaver, Izaya.
- In the anime adaptation of Fairy Tail, Happy and Lucky break out into laughter while chopping firewood. Then Lucky screams at Happy to stop laughing.
Edolas!Lucy: Wait a sec. Probably should've asked this first, but do you have any money?
- Earlier in the same arc, Natsu and Wendy visit a black market to pick out magic weapons with help from Edolas!Lucy because they can't use their magic in that world, whereupon she asks Natsu if he had any money once they realized how pricey the merchandise was. They don't.
Natsu: *laughs* What would make you think that we have any money?
Edolas!Lucy: That's not funny, jerk!
- In The Sandman there's a scene where Lucifer is asked if he would ever return to Hell. He stares for a moment and then says exactly this.
- Happens to Scrooge in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, when he realizes that no-one would hold him accountable if he decided to steal a giant opal.
Scrooge: It's worth millions! And who NEEDS self-respect when you're rich? HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAWnuts!
(he's shown leaving the cave already, the opal back in its place)
- In Retro Chill, this is Socrates' response to being asked if he'll forgive Sherman for putting a transmitter chip inside his head.
- In Wizard Runemaster, Harry Potter's group reacts this way when Corazon, the leader of the Veela, implies Harry's gay. For the next few minutes, Jessir can't even look at Corazon without breaking into laughter again.
Films — Animated
- In Toy Story, Woody does a form of this after Bruce the toy shark's lame impression of him after finding his hat.
Bruce: Look! I'm Woody! Howdy howdy howdy!
Woody: Ah-hah, ah-ha-hah, (yanks his hat off Bruce's head) gimme that.
- Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, when she realizes that her idiotic goons have been searching sixteen years and are still looking for a baby. The mooks start laughing along... then she starts zapping them before sighing that she's Surrounded by Idiots.
- In The Pebble and the Penguin, the villain Drake gets one of the most magnificent ones in history. First, he asks Marina (the hero's girlfriend) to marry him, to which she answers with a Big "NO!". Drake then says:
Drake: "WHAT'S SO FUNNY?!??"
- Drake then laughs very loudly, causing his bootlicking courtiers to start laughing along with him. The villain suddenly stops laughing:
- …and then proceeds to sing a whole song titled "Don't Make Me Laugh". A whole song.
Films — Live-Action
- Jareth from Labyrinth pulls this on his goblin Mooks after telling them the "You remind me of the babe" joke.
- Used at least once in each Austin Powers movie between Dr. Evil and his son Scott, as an Overly Long Gag.
- In The Princess Diaries movie:
Joe: You may call me Joe.
Mia: Joey? Hehe...
Joe: Hehehe. No. Joe.
- In The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Riff does this to Magenta during the dinner scene.
- There's a very sinister example in The Lives of Others, which is set in communist East Germany. A young Stasi agent in training is telling a (quite funny) joke to some of his friends that could be interpreted as being anti-government. A Stasi captain overhears it, and when the joke is finished, he laughs heartily... and then asks for the joke teller's name and rank, presumably so that he can be fired or imprisoned. And then he says he was just kidding, tells an even more anti-government joke, and leaves the stunned jokester be.
- In The Clones of Bruce Lee (which is about, you guessed it, Bruce Lee clones), the villain Dr. Ni gives a hearty laugh, then immediately yells "Silence!" at all his henchmen laughing with him.
- The first Night at the Museum has the boss do this, after Larry tells him that the mess with the fire extinguisher was caused by the (now-inanimate) cavemen. Gervais' character simply ask if he should laugh, laughs silently with exaggerated expressions, then returns to telling him off.
- Ferris Buellers Day Off: Cameron does this in response to Ferris' suggestion that they take the miles off his dad's Ferrari by driving home backwards.
- In Scream (1996), when Randy asks Stu if he thinks Sidney would go out with him, Stu laughs and points at him in the most flamboyant way possible before putting on a deadly serious face and saying "No. I don't. At all. No."
- In Spider-Man, there's also a scene that has been used by many to emphasis this trope, with J. Jonah Jameson laughing at Peter Parker's claim before asking, "You serious?"
- Billy Madison. The title character delivers a pretty great variation:
Carl: ...I see you got a little sun today.
Billy: Oh you think so? I fell asleep by the pool for a few hours.
Eric Gordon: Did you fall asleep or did you pass out?
Billy: Hahahahaha SHUT UP!
- In Wayne's World, this is Wayne's reaction when Garth asks "did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he dressed as a girl bunny?"
- In The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Fred telling Chip "I knew you were a good guy" is met with one of these.
- In Batman Returns, when Max Shreck announces that the Penguin is running for mayor (not having gotten the Penguin's approval yet) a campaign aide makes fun of the Penguin's appearance, saying, "There must not be a lot of reflective surfaces down there in the sewers." (He meant mirrors, obviously.) Everyone laughs, including the Penguin, then the Penguin says, jovially, "Still, could be worse! My nose could be gushing blood!" Everyone laughs again... And then the Penguin bites the guy on the nose.
- A Christmas Carol inverts this trope. A reformed Scrooge pretends to direct his anger at his assistant for being late, then abruptly starts laughing and saying "Merry Christmas!"
- Variant in American Psycho: Patrick Bateman tries to get a last-minute reservation at hot restaurant Dorsia... and the maître d' starts laughing hysterically before slamming the phone down and cutting him off.
Live Action TV
- In "Last Laugh," a M*A*S*H episode, Hawkeye and BJ arrive (drunk) at the Swamp from a court martial caused by a practical joke. As the "friend" who played the trick is leaving in a jeep they loaned him, they get a bill for his antics for $580. They both laugh for a few seconds before Hawkeye abruptly stops and gets mad. However, it's a subversion, as BJ cheerfully explains that the joker will have to walk back to camp in 30 minutes because "the only thing gassed up in that jeep was us!"
- Another episode has Col. Potter trying to bring a meeting to order when Hawkeye makes a lame joke. Potter, laughing, says "Pierce, sometimes you can be very amusing," and then abruptly stops and says "And then there's now."
- Used many, many times by Uncle Phil in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The laugh rises up into a high pitched, somewhat creepy register, but he loses the exclamation on "No", and goes straight into thunderous shouting. For example, in one episode Will and Carlton lose Vivian's bracelet which they pawned for a stock investment that quickly tanked. Phil finds out about this and starts laughing which the boys join in. When asked by Phil what he should do, Will jokingly replies he should "reward them for their honesty... it worked for The Beav" causing Phil to laugh louder.
Phil: hahahahahaha DO I LOOK LIKE A WHITE GUY NAMED WARD?!
- Jayne in Firefly.
- He makes a suggestive comment about Zoe, who laughs and replies cheerfully "I can hurt you."
- He does the same thing regarding Inara, who has a similar response.
- Mad Men has a hilariously cryptic example when Bert Cooper asks Duck Phillips, who's up for a job with the company, whom he's voting for. Duck good-naturedly answers that if he says Nixon, Cooper will think he's sucking up, and if he says Kennedy, he'll want to reform him, so he'll say... Nixon. "That's nice to say," Cooper responds with a smile — which abruptly disappears... and then abruptly reappears — and then abruptly disappears again. Duck just stands there looking bewildered until he's led away.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Giles is none too pleased to learn that Angel, who nearly tortured him to death the last time they met (after murdering his girlfriend a few months earlier), is still alive. He's even less pleased when Angel shows up at his doorstep.
Angel: I'm sorry to bother you.Giles: (Stares, then bursts out laughing). Sorry. That's just rather funny, coming from you. (Chuckles) "Sorry to bother me."Angel: I need your help.Giles: And the funny keeps on coming.
- Angel. When Darla and Drusilla surprise Lilah and Lindsey, the former two laugh evilly at Lindsey. Lilah starts to join in, but they snap at her to shut up.
- Hannah Montana when Jackson, for the second time, has horrible luck with his sister's birthday cake and the seagulls come to eat it. His friend makes a joke and starts laughing with Jackson joining in; a minute later he then tells his friend to go home.
- On Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Ryan got a great one in during a game of Secret based on William Tell and his son.
Colin: Say, you're not gonna, like, shoot me through the head so I won't tell your horrible secret...Ryan: Ha ha ha!!! ...put that on your head and go over there.Colin: What's with the grape?!
- MST3K examples:
Recording Artist: <gives the Okay sign, smiling, and then suddenly frowns> "It stinks!" (Note that in Spain, where the film was shot, the "Okay" gesture means "Worth nothing".)
- In the episode Pod People
"Ha ha ha ha — you're stuck here!"
- In the episode Fugitive Alien
- In most episodes, Crow will respond to an obnoxious comment from a movie character with: "Ha ha... SHUT UP!"
- Joffrey from Game of Thrones starts an episode by listening to a minstrel play and sing an incredibly irreverent song that said minstrel wrote about the death of his father and what a bitch his mother is. While the minstrel begs for mercy, Joffrey applauds and laughs... and then asks the minstrel which he would rather have: hands or a tongue.
- On The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, a girl Zack was dating does this exact trope before scolding him.
- On Beakmans World, in a Meekman segment, Meekman makes a sarcastic joke at the doctor's expense. The doctor laughs for a second, then seriously tells him, "Don't make me laugh."
- In Season 15 of the U.S. version of The Amazing Race, the judge at the Estates Theater in Prague would do this when the player doing the Roadblock handed them the wrong item.
- Manny receives one from his creepy new boss in the Black Books episode "Manny Come Home": "Hahahahahahaha - I'M REALLY ANGRY NOW!!"
- On House of Anubis, Fabian does this to Jerome in the first episode, following a remark Jerome made.
Jerome: Fabian, tell me, does it ever get boring always being the one to say 'that's not right' or 'cut it out' or 'fun is bad.'Fabian: HAHAHA no.
- Monty Python - in a job interview sketch, interviewer John Cleese has applicant Graham Chapman uncomfortable from the start by reacting to everything he says and does with disapproving clucks and note-taking; at one point Graham gives a flippant answer that has them both chuckling until Cleese goes "ha ha ha...no." and takes more notes.
- In the Doctor Who story "Revenge of the Cybermen", the Doctor is knocked unconscious in a rockfall and Harry attempts to undo the bomb strapped to his back, not knowing that doing so will cause the bomb to go off. Then the Doctor wakes up:
- Get Fuzzy. In the strip for 9-27-13, Bucky has been trying to become a superhero by attaching bat wings (from a real bat) to his back and donning a bizarre costume. He asks Satchel his opinion as to his success.
Bucky: So what do you think? Am I the next great superhero?Satchel:: Short answer?Bucky: Yes.Satchel:: No.Bucky: Long answer?Satchel:: Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha...No.
- Cyrano de Bergerac:
Le Bret (stupefied): How now? What? Can it be...?Cyrano (laughing bitterly): That I should love?...(Changing his tone, gravely): I love.
- Cyrano invokes this trope at Act I Scene V when he considers the possibility that an ugly man could love.
All (laughing): Ah! ah! ah!Cuigy: He who laid that ambush, 'faith!Must curse and swear!Brisaille: Who was it?De Guiche: I myself.(The laughter stops):I charged themï¿½work too dirty for my sword,To punish and chastise a rhymster sot.(Strained silence.)
- De Guiche plays it straight at Act II Scene VII when he reveals to the multitude that celebrates Cyrano combat against a one hundred men that he was the man who hired them against a poet for a satiric poem:
- When Shepard offers to dance with EDI in Mass Effect 3, Joker starts laughing... for 30 straight seconds, before saying "Seriously though, don't go there."
- Final Fantasy II: The Emperor does this late in the game in Dissidia: Final Fantasy (though not exactly in the same circumstances pictured).
- Kingdom of Loathing:
"Ha ha ha," Shen laughs, wincing. "Okay, you got me that time. So we're even now."
- Used word for word in the strange leaflet if, while standing in front of the cave that contains the house and the grue egg, you try typing "Take cave".
- After Shen Copperhead poisons you three times and forces you to go grab a random artifact in exchange for the antidote (instead of the Dismantled Macguffin piece you actually came to him for), you lose your patience and just beat him over the head and take the antidote from him.
"Ha ha ha," you reply. "No. Not even close."
You proceed to beat nine kinds of hell out of him until he tells you where the Copperhead Charm is. It turns out he had it in his jacket pocket all along.
- The Sims. Sims sometimes do that in their negative responses.
- The Force Unleashed. Starkiller is facing off against a gorog, a creature capable of crushing a rancor with a single hand.
Kota: We have to take this thing out of commission.Starkiller: Hahaha... HOW?!
- Dynasty Warriors. Sima Yi gives a particularly good one in #7.
Cao Shuang: I was right to do what I did! Know your place! Our men were becoming as one under me...his highness knew that!Sima Yi: Ha ha ha ha! You Imbecile!
- Borderlands 2
Marcus: Oh, don't worry. I'm sure we'll be doing this all again soon enough. Hahahahaha! Get off my bus.
- When the player is delivering invitations to Claptrap's birthday party, this is Marcus' reaction to actually coming there.
- He also says it in the first Borderlands, when you first start the game
- In Grim Fandango, Manny's reaction to the player trying to order him to pick up used cat litter during Act 2 is a burst of incredulous laughter.
- In Grand Theft Auto V, if you kill Trevor during a friend activity or otherwise outside a mission, he sends you a text:
Trevor: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! pay my hospital charges.
- In VVVVVV, one of the rooms is called "Plain Sailing From Here On". The following room is then called "Ha Ha Ha Not Really".
- After the squirrel girls play an unintentionally cruel April Fools Day prank on Art in Sequential Art, he responds with this:
Art: Ah ha haa. My sides. So funny. IF THIS IS PERMANENT...
- The GM in a guest comic for Friendship is Dragons, after one too many attempt at Min-Maxed characters.
- Hazel from Girls with Slingshots becomes the receiving end of one, courtesy of the landlord of a very nice (and out of her league) apartment, when after submitting all the paperwork the landlord goes on to check her previous landlord references...
- Red vs. Blue: Washington delivers the Trope title (in full snarking mode) when Doc suggests the Reds are behind a well thought through trap. Made quite creepy by the fact that Washington never laughs otherwise. Its probably for the best.
- There's also a very early example with Caboose, of all people.
Tucker: I'm sorry, what? It's kind of hard to hear you over the sound of your constant team-killing.
Caboose: Ah ha ha ha ha ah ha yeah ah hah—Don't make me mad.
- There's also a very early example with Caboose, of all people.
- RWBY has Ruby responding this way when Weiss tried to team up with Neptune. "Hahahaha, nah." Then Ruby drags Weiss out of the room.
- The Nostalgia Critic, reviewing The Room: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha that's not funny, you sick fuck!"
- Concluding his bit on Scrappy Doo in top 11 Dumbasses in Distress, he laughs briefly, then shoots his gun several times.
- The Cinema Snob gets a lot of mileage out of this trope:
- "Grizzly 2":
Snob: Wow, ha, ha, ha-THIS WAS A MESS.
- Dracula: The Dirty Old Man:
Snob: Ha ha ha ha — he murdered two people!
- The Heil Honey, I'm Home! DVD-R Hell:
Hitler: I've been a very very bad Hitler! [slaps his wrist]Brad: Ha ha ha ha...because he killed millions of people!
- Camp Counselor "Diddler" from Sleepaway Camp:
Counselor: Ain't no such thing as too young! You're just too old!Black chef: (boisterous laugh)Snob: Ha ha ha ha — oh, pedophilia!
- The Top 11 Cinema Snob Moments of 2011:
Snob: (venomously) Ha Ha Ha I PUNCHED SOMEBODY!note
- "Grizzly 2":
- Phelous once did a unique variation on this, when reviewing the "funny" version of House of the Dead. There was a scene where it suddenly started playing in reverse for no reason. Phelous laughed out loud, heartily; then the video reversed to before he started laughing and he said "Actually that's not very funny at all."
- Linkara did this in his reviews of "Doom's IV #2" and "NBComics #1", laughing in response to the sexist jokes in both comics before yelling "This comic sucks!"
- In the first episode of My Little Pony: Camaraderie Is Supernatural, the narrator uses it during his retelling of the original show's Storybook Opening.
So she's all like "Screw this, I'm making it night all the time!" And her sister was like "Ha ha ha, no," and used a bunch of magic Maguffins to put her in time-out for a thousand years.
- Metal Gear Awesome
Snake: "Whats that rumbling in the back, are you in a helicopter?"Miller: "That's my stomach, I'm hungry."Snake: "Hungry for worms?"Miller: "No, hungry for wooooooords!"*Both laughing*Snake: "HahahahaSHUT UP!" >:(
- A sort-of example in Nin10doh!
Chicken:Hi, I'm a cock.Cat:And I'm a pussy!Both:NO!!!
- Charlie The Unicorn. "Oh yes, the Banana King, of course. Absolutely not."
- From MMO Grinder's Maple Story review "The official statement from Nexon's FAQ was that being Level 20 in Maple Story meant a lot more than being Level 20 in OTHER MMO's, to which I thought 'Hahahahahahaha...no'"
- Dragon Ball Abridged.
Dende: Hahahahahaha no. No, it's Dende. Say "Dende."
- "Oh, no! The invincible Lord Freeza defeated by a mere child! What dramatic irony! Oh-ho-ho no, just kidding."
- Dende gets one later, when Vegeta gets his name wrong.
- In episode 47 of Welcome to Night Vale Kevin uses this trope towards his boss Lauren when she gets a little too chummy.
Lauren: Thanks Kev! Can I call you Kev?Kevin: Hahahahaha! No Lauren. By no means.
- Played as a Running Gag in this YouTube Poop of Caillou.
Caillou: Can I look inside the truck?Eric: Ha-ha-ha! No—(Smash Cut to next scene)
- Todd in the Shadows, "One Hit Wonderland: Kung Fu Fighting" - Did Carl Douglas deserve better? This is Todd's response (although he does say he didn't deserve worse)
- Used by Stuart Ashen during his review of the 'Whole Chicken In A Can'.
Ashens: Ha ha ha ha ha ha I wish I was dead.
- The Simpsons
Ranier: Bart, your little tie makes me smile.
- The episode "The Bart Wants What it Wants" has this:
Bart: Excuse me, but you don't sound as tough as you do in the movies.
Ranier: [threatening] If you don't shut your big yap, I will rip off your face and use it as a napkin.
[pause, and then everyone laughs]
Ranier: [serious again] Laughing time is over.
Homer: OK son, just remember to have fun out there today. And if you lose, I'll kill you!
- Episode "Lisa on Ice":
Bart: [good-humored] Oh, Dad.
Homer: [looks menacingly at Bart]
- Also from the episode where Homer becomes trash commissioner, and has to deal with (actually, ignore) the garbage crisis: Homer is about to leave Moe's. When Moe asks him to pay for his drinks, Homer says his campaign catchphrase: "Let someone else do it." Moe laughs, amused. Homer starts to walk out. Moe cocks his shotgun: "Seriously, give me the money."
- Inverted in the episode The Springfield Connection: Marge tells Chief Wiggum that she wants to join the police force. He answers with roaring laughter, seemingly implying that the concept of a female police officer is just ridiculous for him - then his laughing abruptly stops and he welcomes her to the team. And at the end if the episode, this scene gets a reprise, but now with Marge's request to quit her police job.
- Futurama. Hermes wants Leela to sign an indemnity waiver in case she is killed on a mission.
Leela: I don't know about your last crew, but I plan on doing as little dying as possible.Hermes: Ha ha ha ha... Just sign the paper.
- The Powerpuff Girls are jailed for they crimes they did not do in their second episode, "Powerpuff Bluff", and have to break free from prison to get rid of their impersonators. And So Once Again, the Day Is Saved, right? Not quite.
(crowd laughter)Mayor: I'm serious.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force: "Heheheheheh...yeah, we're not doing that."
- Adventure Time has the Earl of Lemongrab, upon finding out that his "attack" was a prank.
- In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, when Fred is complimented by his father and asks him if he finally accepts what Fred wants to do with his life (solve mysteries using ridiculous traps), he gets this trope in reply.
- In Rockos Modern Life episode "Dear John", Rocko hires a hyena contractor to fix his kitchen, but the wreckage is so huge and costly that the hyena contractor guy bursts into hysterical laughter over it.
- Is the final line of subtitled dialogue in the silent short "Teddy Bear's Picnic," featured in Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Film Festival.
- Regular Show
Rigby: Yeah, it's not cool to cheat on bets. And though my physical wounds are minor, this lesson will psychologically scar me for years to come.Mordecai: So no more cheating, huh? Would you care to (pulls out blond dye) wager on that?(both laugh)Rigby: No.
- At the end of the episode "Bet to Be Blonde", we get this exchange:
Mordecai: Hey, so you admitted we're cool huh? you're gonna give us the cart back, right?(Benson bursts out laughing)Benson: No.
- Also at the end of "Cool Bikes".
- In the last episode of Titan Maximum, Jodi is held captive by extremely sarcastic guards.
Jodi: Please, you have to let me go!Guard 1: (chipper) Yeah, we could do that, but (dead serious) yeah, we're not gonna do that.
- At the end of the first episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) cartoon, in answer to Leonardo's confusion over why he was so sure in choosing him as the team's leader, Master Splinter asserts that as leader, he will learn that there are no right and wrong answers, only "choices".
Leonardo: So you could have chosen any of us?Splinter: Yes.Leonardo: Even Mikey?Splinter: No-ho-ho-ho... that would have been wrong.
- Code Lyoko:
Odd: Oh, come on, relax, Yumi. After all, you gotta admit, the photo thing was funny, wasn’t it?Yumi: (angry about an embarrassing picture being posted in the paper) Hahaha, no!
- A staple of Frank Conniff's repertoire from his days on Mystery Science Theater 3000 as TV's Frank through to Cinematic Titanic.
- Done hilariously, when Jimmy Fallon asks to keep a prototype of the Nintendo 3DS after being shown by Reggie Fils-Aime.
- Henry Rollins relates this effect in his monologue on working with William Shatner: "He works in the music industry, Henry! He can get your songs on the radio!" "AHHAHAHAHAHAHnohecan't."
- This happened behind the scenes on MythBusters. They were testing whether certain sugary breakfast cereals are in fact less nutritious than the box they come in. The test involved three groups of mice: a control group (A) being fed standard mouse food, a group (B) being fed sugary cereal, and a group being fed cardboard processed into mouse-food-like pellets (group C). All three groups of mice did fine all week. Then everyone left for the weekend. When they returned on Monday, there were no longer three mice in group C. Instead, there was one very fat mouse and two mouse skeletons. When the team showed the footage to Discovery Channel executive types, this was their reaction in a nutshell.
- Adele used this on Jonathan Ross, to get out of a question as to whether the special theme project she'd just admitted to working on would be for the next James Bond. (She was lying.)
AHAHAHAHAHAHA—get out of this trope page.