->'''Shooter:''' I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast!\\
'''Happy:''' You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?\\
'''Shooter:''' ({{beat}}) No.
-->-- ''Film/HappyGilmore''

This is the technique of putting a sarcastic twist on the more plain meaning of something. Though [[LiteralMinded literal-mindedness]] is often associated with [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm not understanding sarcasm]], in some cases [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]] and literal-mindedness can go hand-in-hand.

Often involves a MathematiciansAnswer. See also GrammarNazi, whose more snarky varieties are prone to responding to misspoken statements as if they were what the speaker meant to say. If one ''acts'' on the sarcastic twist, it's a JerkassGenie. If the snarky twist is the ''intended'' meaning, it may be a form of LiteralMetaphor.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]

* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
--> '''Greed:''' I don't wanna hear any regrets.
--> '''Ed:''' Gimme a break! I've already got a million regrets! What's one more?
--> '''[[ThoseTwoGuys Darius and Heinkel]]: '''[[MathematiciansAnswer A million and one.]]

* One of the main source of humor in ''[[Fanfic/AWildBadficAppearedCommentaries A Wild Badfic Appeared! Commentaries]]''.

* Don Lockwood does this to himself in ''Film/SinginInTheRain'' to prove a point:
-->'''Lina''': Oh Donny! You couldn't kiss me like that and not mean it just a teensy bit!\\
'''Don Lockwood''': Meet the greatest actor in the world! I'd rather kiss a tarantula.\\
'''Lina''': You don't mean that.\\
'''Don Lockwood''': I don't--hey Joe, get me a tarantula.
* From ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'':
-->'''Han Solo''': Afraid I was gonna leave without giving you a goodbye kiss?\\
'''Princess Leia''': I'd just as soon kiss a Wookiee.\\
'''Han Solo''': I can arrange that. You could use a good kiss.

* Vetinari in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is infamous for this.
** Creator/TerryPratchett's work is ''made'' of this: "Don't let me detain you"; "Throw the book at him"; "I would rather die than betray the emperor", etc.
*** Though the second one was accidental as Sam Vimes remembered too late that Carrot was very literal minded, the book was around several thousand pages and about thirty pounds, and they were on a tower.
** This example from Discworld/GoingPostal:
--->'''Moist''': If you shove a broom up my arse, I could probably sweep the floor too!\\
'''Vetinari''': An excellent idea. Drumknott, do we have a broom closet on this floor?
** Combined with the NarrativeProfanityFilter in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'':
--->'''Thief 1''': Oh ---- me, a ----ing wizard. I ''hate'' ----ing wizards!\\
'''Thief 2''': You shouldn't ---- them then.
** From ''Discworld/WyrdSisters''
--->'''Guard:''' There's a knocking without.\\
'''Fool:''' Without? Without what?\\
'''Guard:''' Without the door, idiot!\\
'''Fool:''' A knocking without a door? This isn't [[IceCreamKoan some kind of Zen]], is it?
** In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', Carrot goes to fight some Klatchians (though Angua convinces him not to), and says "My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure!" Angua responds with "Well, there's eleven of them." (This isn't the only thing that convinces him; sending Angua on board their ship [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent in wolf shape]] is a better plan anyway.)
** Glenda has some moments with this in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', like when Nutt tells her "I am alive" (meaning not an {{Undead}}) and she says "A live ''what''?" And when a waiter at the banquet says "Vetinari [[TheSpymaster has ears everywhere]]" she says she only sees two ears.
* ''Literature/LePacteDesMarchombres'' presents an unusual example, as the two main characters make fun of a crook by being Literal Snarkers about their ''own'' threat.
--> '''Crook:''' *** off!
--> '''Ellana:''' Here's my counter offer. You leave this inn now, without a sound, and promise never to step back in here, and I won't break you into a thousand pieces.
--> '''Jilano:''' ''(from a table afar)'' It's a fool's bargain!
--> '''Ellana:''' ''(pretending to get mad)'' And why's that?
--> '''Jilano:''' Because even if you hit hard, you'll break twelve bones at best. Let's say twenty because it's you. It's a far cry from the thousand pieces you claim.
--> '''Ellana:''' It's an expression. You shouldn't take it literally.
--> '''Jilano:''' Surely, but this good sir could feel cheated.
--> '''Ellana:''' Fine. ''(turns back to the crook)'' Here's my new counter offer. You leave this inn now, without a sound, and promise never to step back in here, and I won't break you into twelve pieces. Maybe twenty because it's me.
** And then she ''actually'' starts [[ExactWords breaking his bones, while counting to twelve]]. She gets to five, then goes back to three because there aren't actually any bones in the nose and ear. The crook, understandably, flees way before she gets to twelve (or twenty because it's her).
* Literature/HarryPotter, when he decides to get his snark on, tends toward this variety of snark.
-->'''Draco Malfoy:''' You're dead, Potter.\\
'''Harry Potter:''' Funny, you'd think I'd have stopped walking around...
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': [[spoiler:Jaime]] combines this with some grisly BlackHumor when he gets a fancy new necklace with [[AnArmAndALeg his own hand]] as the pendant.
--> '''Roose''': You have lost a hand.
--> '''[[spoiler:Jaime]]''': No. I have it here, hanging about my neck.
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'': Lestrade is complaining that Holmes is making a big deal of some slightly contradictory evidence:
--> "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies."\\
"You are right," said Holmes demurely; "you do find it very hard to tackle the facts."
* In Creator/JohnMoore's FracturedFairyTale, ''Bad Prince Charlie'', Charlie is being taken to see a priestess who is reputed to be have the power of prophecy. Charlie is a bit skeptical, but his friend tells him not to underestimate her until he's heard what she has to say.
-->"Fine. I'll hear what she has to say and then I'll underestimate her."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
%%* Brennan from ''Series/{{Bones}}''
%%* Sheldon from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''
* The show ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has a rather terrifying example. Sherlock has to prove a painting is a fake so Moriarty won't kill his hostage. Sherlock shouts, "Okay, I'll prove it. Just give me time." Moriarty's answer? Making his hostage, a CHILD, count down to his own fiery death. "Ten, nine, eight...."
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has plenty of this, with the kings of the trope being Garak and Odo who can snark ''anything''.
** When a Klingon throws a rabidly insulting curse towards Odo in the Klingon language that's never translated in the episode ("Your mother has a smooth forehead"). It's clearly an insult about Odo's origins in what's probably a "son of a bitch" kind of way (except more insulting), and equally clearly meant to be rhetorical and a winning moment for the Klingon who says it, especially since the Klingon is clearly not expecting anyone around to be able to understand his language. Garak blandly responds with "Actually, I'm not sure Constable Odo has a mother", which completely takes the wind out of the Klingon's sails.
** Bashir has his moments, too. Including bonus points for being able to pull this trope once on ''Garak''.
-->'''Garak:''' Doctor, has anyone ever told you that you're an infuriating pest?
-->'''Bashir:''' Chief O'Brien. All the time. And I don't pay any attention to him, either.
** Ziyal, of all people, as is clear when she gets fed up with Quark complaining about his business suffering under the Dominion.
--> '''Quark:''' "The Jem'Hadar don't eat, don't drink, and they don't have sex. And if that wasn't bad enough, the Founders don't eat, don't drink, and they don't have sex either. Which, between you and me, makes my financial future less than promising."
--> '''Ziyal:''' "It might not be so bad. For all we know, the Vorta could be gluttonous, alcoholic sex-maniacs."
* From the first episode of ''Series/TheCosbyShow'':
--> (There's a knock on Cliff and Claire's bedroom door)
--> '''Cliff:''' "Who is it?"
--> (Vanessa and Rudy walk in)
--> '''Cliff:''' "No. No, no, when I say, 'Who is it?' it doesn't mean for you to come in. When I say 'Who is it?' you say who it is."
--> (Both girls walk back out, close the door, and knock again)
--> '''Cliff:''' "Who is it?"
--> '''Vanessa:''' "Who it is!"
* Charlie from ''Series/MrAndMrsMurder'' is fond of these (being played by Shaun Micallef).
--> '''Peter:''' Apparently, he's a real pussy cat.
--> '''Charlie:''' An actual pussy cat. That's amazing.
* In ''Series/TheNanny'', Niles will occasionally use this as a way to mess with C.C., for instance: when Maxwell goes to tell Fran she can't have her boyfriend in her room, Niles tells C.C. that he is "Upstairs with Miss Fine. Discussing the possibility of having sex in her room"; or telling her that "Miss Fine" is pregnant and "Mr Sheffield" is the father, neglecting to mention that those are the names of Grace's hamsters.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "The Harvest of Kairos", Servalan captures the Liberator, but its MasterComputer is still a problem.
-->'''Servalan:''' So tell me, Zen, how does one operate this craft?
-->'''Zen:''' One manipulates the controls, and the craft functions accordingly.
-->'''Servalan:''' Yes, and I've heard of your impudence. Now perhaps you will tell me ''how'' to manipulate the controls.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Captain Cortez of the 4th Company of the Crimson Fists, the single toughest Space Marine in the Imperium, who only has ''two bones'' in his ''entire'' body that haven't broken at least once, tends to react to minor things like getting entire limbs lopped off somewhat differently than normal people.
--> I haven't lost an arm, brother. It's over there.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Leon S. Kennedy, from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'', sometimes likes to respond to villains' dramatic statements by pretending to take them literally.
-->'''Salazar''': So maybe you do have nine lives. But it doesn't matter now, Mr. Kennedy! I've sent my [[TheDragon right hand]] to dispose of you.
-->'''Leon''': [[{{Troll}} Your right hand comes off!?]]
* One of the clash quotes from ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'':
-->'''ComicBook/HarleyQuinn:''' You fight like my grandma!\\
'''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}:''' You fought your grandma?
* In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', you can have Guybrush do this to Wally/Bloodnose. When he warns you "One more peep out of you, and I'll do ya in!", one of the dialogue options is a deadpan "Peep". Guybrush can follow it up by responding to Wally's threat of "One more word, and I'll let you have it!" with "Word".
* [[TheComicallySerious Sten]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' uses this constantly, either to avoid talking about uncomfortable subjects or to [[DeadpanSnarker dryly insult his teammates]]. An example:
-->'''[[PlayerCharacter Warden]]:''' What were you doing in that cage?\\
'''Sten:''' Sitting, as you observed.\\
'''Warden:''' That's not what I meant.\\
'''Sten:''' It's what you asked.
* In ''VideoGame/Persona3'', after [[{{Ubermensch}} Takaya]] gives a MotiveRant about "shining a light upon this darkened world", Junpei [[ShutUpHannibal yells back]]:
-->'''Junpei:''' You're so full of ***! I'm not dying so you can have a friggin' night-light!

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Strong Bad from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' shows signs of this, such as in [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail2.html the second episode]] of WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail, where a typo from a sender's email results in him trying to kill "Homsar":
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Keep sending me your questions, and I will keep making fun of your punctuation and spelling. I mean, answer them.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://iamnotashamed.org/ I am not ashamed]], an [[TheFundamentalist Answers in Genesis]]-powered website, encouraged Christians around the world to "''stand'' unashamedly and uncompromisingly ''on'' Literature/TheBible." (See MixedMetaphor.) In response, [[http://hjhop.blogspot.com/2010/04/uncompromising-unashamed-atheists-can.html a group of internet atheists]] decided to comply with this call a little more literally than the creators of the original campaign had intended.
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', Nail tells Freeza to call "1-800-EAT-A-D*CK". Lord Guru responds thusly...
-->[[RunningGag We don't even]] ''[[NonHumansLackAttributes have]]'' [[OneGenderRace those]]!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In addition to Pinkie Pie's [[LiteralMinded Literal-Minded-ness]], she can also be like this from time to time.
--->'''[[FeatheredFiend Gilda]]:''' I'll be watching you...like a hawk.\\
'''Pinkie:''' Why? Can't you watch me like a griffon?
** Pinkie Pie's older sister Maud Pie shows some signs of this, as seen in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E4RockSolidFriendship Rock Solid Friendship]]":
--->'''Rarity:''' Congratulations on your rock-torate. What are you doing now?\\
'''Maud:''' [[MathematiciansAnswer Talking to you.]]
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny falls on the receiving end of this trope in the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon "WesternAnimation/KnightyKnightBugs", where he plays a jester in Myth/KingArthur's court:
-->'''Bugs''': Only a fool would go after the Singing Sword! Yuk-yuk-yuk-yuk!\\
'''Arthur''': A good idea...Fool!
* From the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E12TheDeepSouth The Deep South]]", when the Planet Express gang goes fishing.
-->'''Leela:''' I'm afraid you're both out of your league, boys, 'cause you're looking at a woman who owns her own harpoon!\\
'''Bender:''' (''laughs'') Harpoon, my ***!\\
'''Leela:''' Okay. (''[[ShotInThe*** stabs Bender in the butt with her harpoon]]'')

[[folder:Real Life ]]
* Creator/{{Voltaire}}'s response when someone told him that coffee was "a slow poison": "I think it must be slow, for I have been drinking it for sixty-five years and am not dead yet."
* Music/TheMonkees were told their song "Randy Scouse Git" was not acceptable in the UK [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch because of its title]], and would have to be released with an alternate title. So, they called it "Alternate Title."
** Similarly, when a record label supervisor frustrated with Creator/MichaelNesmith's NonAppearingTitle habit told him write songs that were just "good clean fun", Nez wrote a song called "Good Clean Fun" that still had a NonAppearingTitle.
* When the founders of Megabots Inc. unveiled the [[HumongousMecha Megabot Mk-II]] (and challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a duel), they did so in a manner that played up {{Eagleland}} stereotypes, such as boasting about the robot being born in the fires of American innovation [[FunnyBackgroundEvent while a lab technician got singed by a gout of flame]]. Suidobashi Heavy Industries' agreed in their response video that the robot was "Super American".
* Creator/{{GK Chesterton}}'s response to one of Holbrook Jackson's platitudes.
-->'''Jackson:''' The future will look upon man as we look upon the ichthyosaurus—as an extinct monster.
-->'''Chesterton:''' The "future" won't look upon anything. No eyes.