We're going to cure her. Cameron:
We're going to cure death?! House: MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
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
. Sometimes, this is in concert with a Laugh with Me
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.
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Anime & Manga
- Durarara!!: Shinra, after Izaya trolls him by handing his cellphone number to the police.
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.
- 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.
Wait a sec. Probably should've asked this first, but do you have any money? 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 held him accountable if he decided to steal a giant opal.
It's worth millions! And who NEEDS self-respect when you're rich? HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAW
nuts! *he's shown leaving the cave already, the opal back in its place
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- 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.
- 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.
''Say, you're not gonna, like, shoot me through the head so I won't tell your horrible secret..."
"Ha ha ha! ...put that on your head and go over there."
"What's with the grape?!"
- MST3K examples:
- In the episode Pod People
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 Fugitive Alien
"Ha ha ha ha — you're stuck here!"
- 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.
- Cyrano de Bergerac:
- Cyrano invokes this trope at Act I Scene V when he considers the possibility that an ugly man could love.
Le Bret (stupefied): How now? What? Can it be...?
Cyrano (laughing bitterly): That I should love?...
(Changing his tone, gravely): I love.
- 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:
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.
- 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:
- 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," Shen laughs, wincing. "Okay, you got me that time. So we're even now."
"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
- 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
Marcus: Oh, don't worry. I'm sure we'll be doing this all again soon enough. Hahahahaha! Get off my bus.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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!"
Snake: "HahahahaSHUT UP!" >:(
- A sort-of example in Nin10doh!
Chicken:Hi, I'm a cock.
Cat:And I'm a pussy!
- 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.
- "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.
Dende: Hahahahahaha no. No, it's Dende. Say "Dende."
- 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?
- 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
- The episode "The Bart Wants What it Wants" has this:
Ranier: Bart, your little tie makes me smile.
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!
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.
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.
Prank...? For laughs...? Yes, of course... Just a prank... For laughs... AhhhhaaaAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
—twelve years dungeon. All of you, dungeon. 7 YEARS, NO TRIAL.
- 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 Rocko's 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
- At the end of the episode "Bet to Be Blonde", we get this exchange:
Mordecai: So no more cheating, huh? Would you care to (pulls out blond dye) wager on that?
- Also at the end of "Cool Bikes".
Mordecai: Hey, so you admitted we're cool huh? you're gonna give us the cart back, right?
(Benson bursts out laughing)
- 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: 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.)
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