Never Heard That One Before
Aquaman, they might mention that he talks to fish, and nothing else. The reaction of a comic fan? "Gee, I've never heard that one before". The recipient of the joke may also simply say, "It wasn't funny the first hundred times." A variant is when a person can just tell that his new acquaintance is dying to drop that line, and says with resignation, "Go ahead; just say it. I know you're thinking it." Often subverted by having a character who really has never heard that joke before. Truth in Television: This happens in Real Life to people with distinctive or Unfortunate Names. Or people with names linked to something with pop cultural significance. Or, Heaven forbid, a Punny Name. Or another obvious distinguishing feature: for example, working at a company that has the same name. Can lead to anger if done too frequently or the wishes of the person on the receiving end to cut it out already aren't respected. The person who says this may be a Phrase Catcher.
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Anime and Manga
- There's a whole episode of Zoku Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei about this trope, as well as a chapter in the manga.
"You may think it's funny but I have heard it a million times before."
- The miniseries Superman Secret Identity has the protagonist living in our world, who begins to develop the identical powers of Superman. His name's Clark. Clark Kent. Yes, like the Comic Book. Some of his co-workers set him up on a blind date with a woman named Lois. Apparently she has been set up with several Clarks in the past, while Clark has been set up with a number of Loises, along with a few Lanas and at least one Cat. This Clark and Lois, however, end up Happily Married during the course of the story.
- Y: The Last Man has a protagonist named Yorick. Alas.
Victoria: [As she is preparing to execute him] 'Alas, poor Yorick...'Yorick: Gee, never heard that one before... you fucking TWAT!.
- The final book ends with the words "Alas, poor Yorick".
- Starman: From one of The Shade's journal entries detailing the time he was hired by Howard Hughes to fight a series of Lewis Carroll characters that had been sent after him by Tod Browning:
Mild: You know what a mock turtle is?Shade: It's a soup of course. And a creature... A make-believe creature from the Alice books.Mild: Well, a not so make-believe Mock Turtle attacked Mr. Hughes here two days gone. The creature was big and mean. Killed three of Mr. Hughes' guards before the rest got Mr. Hughes to safety.Shade: A mock turtle. Indeed how—Mild: If you say curious, I swear I'll take a swing at you. Anybody who's done any reading in their time and then learns of what's going on says that. And they all say it like they've just been crowned the King or Queen of Witty Remarks and no one has thought to say it before them. The other day I had to hold back from kicking Katharine Hepburn in the teeth when she opened her mouth to say it.
- From the Hawkeye and Deadpool issue of A + X:
- From A Cure for Love:
Light: I've heard them all before, L, and they weren't funny the first time.
- The Man with No Name has this:
Big Bad: You cannot escape, Doctor!The Doctor: I can't begin to tell you how often I've heard that line over the centuries.
- In Turnabout Storm, when the prosecution tries to pull a classic cop-out:
- In Vengeance from the Grave, when a disguised Harry asked Susan Bones, who was studying for her Charms mastery, if she was charming, she replied "Oh, hah-hah! That's a riot. Gee, I've never heard that one before."
- Inverted in Dirty Sympathy, Apollo and Klavier make the jokes on their names to get it over with.
Apollo: Apollo Justice. I know. I should at least be taller.Klavier: I count myself lucky that my parents named me in the living room. And that they had a piano. Otherwise Kaffeemaschine Gavin would have been a real possibility
- In Connecting The Dots, Uchiha Sasuke uses Tsukiyomi on Robin and forces him to relive the deaths of his family. However, by this time Robin's been forced through this memory so many times that it no longer bothers him, and uses the time inside the illusion to Talk The Monster To Death.
- In the This Time Round story "Plot and Loophole" by Vicky J, characters who say things like "So you're a librarian. You must get to do a lot of reading" to her Author Avatar tend to be attacked by orang-utans and Watchers.
Film — Animated
- In Finding Nemo, everyone who notices Marlin is a clownfish wants him to tell a joke, but seems to expect he's never gotten that response before and has a joke prepared. He does have a joke, but he keeps trying to explain it. By the end, he's lightened up a little and even has a decent ocean-themed pun.
- In The Incredibles, quoted verbatim by Frozone when his friend Mr. Incredible is teasing him.
Bob/Mr. Incredible: "Hey! Ice of you to drop by!"Lucius/Frozone: "HA!" (deadpan) "Never heard that one before..."
- Iago of Disney's Aladdin hates the phrase "Polly wanna cracker", most likely because the Sultan, while thinking Iago as an ordinary parrot, would feed Iago a cracker at every opportunity. When Jafar takes over Agrabah, Iago takes great, vidictive pleasure in forcing crackers down the Sultan's throat. This has become Iago's Berserk Button, as his The Dog Bites Back moment in the beginning of the sequel Aladdin The Returnof Jafar is triggered by Jafar declaring, "If it weren't for me, you'd still be in a cage in the bazaar, squawking "Polly want a cracker!" When Iago first meets the second sequel's titular King of Thieves, this exchange occurs.
King of Thieves: Good birdy...Polly want a-Iago: Say "Cracker" and I let you have it on principle!
- In Hoodwinked, when the Wolf is interviewing Woolworth, a sheep who is a paid informant of his, he gives a payment to learn Red's name and Granny's name.
Woolworth: It's the family business. Haven't you ever heard of Granny Puckett?The Wolf: Puckett?Woolworth: That's her grandma.The Wolf: The Granny Puckett? You pulling the wool over my eyes?Woolworth: Ha ha, hillarious. You come up with that by yourself? That's funny.
Film — Live-Action
- Exact Words by Nick Lassard to Capt. Harris in Police Academy V when Harris called him a buttwipe for standing in his sun while he was tanning.
- In The Social Network, Mark, upon meeting the literally identical Winklevoss twins, asks if they're related. It's not clear if he's being serious, and their "Never Heard That One Before" is friendly enough that it's not clear if they're being serious either.
- Prince Caspian, almost to the point that it's a running gag:
Caspian: You... you are a mouse.
Reepicheep: I was hoping for something a little more original.
- And later...
Mook: You... you are a mouse.
Reepicheep: You people have no imagination!
- And later...
- Michael Bolton from Office Space, who expresses his annoyance at having to constantly deal with jokes about the
singerno-talent ass-clown of the same name, or people asking if they're related.
- Michael Bolton, the singer, is understandably sick and tired of hearing that scene quoted back to him.
- In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Clementine asks Joel to not make any jokes about her name. He fails. It's an actual plot point, though, because the first time we see them meet, he can't remember the pun because he's had a mindwipe.
- Clementine: Hi, Joel. So no jokes about my name?
Joel: You mean, like... Oh, my darlin', oh, my darlin', oh, my darlin', Clementine...? Huckleberry Hound? That sort of thing?
Clementine: Yeah, like that.
- Bedazzled (2000)
Devil: [Upon Elliot finally believing she's the devil] You can ask me anything you like. As long as it's not about God.
Eliot: [awkward silence]
Devil: Yes, there is a God. Honestly, you'd think meeting the Devil would be interesting enough.
- James Bond
- In The World Is Not Enough, upon introducing herself to Bond, Doctor Christmas Jones says, "Don't make any jokes, I've heard 'em all." Bond effortlessly replies, "I don't know any doctor jokes." He does make a couple Christmas jokes eventually, including a truly wince-inducing one that's the movie's last line ("I thought Christmas only comes once a year.").
- In Quantum of Solace, being a more serious take on Bond, no jokes are made but the potential is noted by Ms. Strawberry Fields.
- When the heroine of Juno introduces herself to the prospective adoptive father of her baby, he says "Like the city in Alaska!" She immediately deadpans "No." (She's actually named after the Roman queen of the gods; the city's name is spelled "Juneau.")
- Subverted in the 2008 remake Get Smart:
Maxwell Smart: Oh gee, Maxi-pad, I haven't heard that one before! [short pause] I never have heard that before, actually.
- In Practical Magic, Sally's daughters are taunted with the line "Witch! Witch! You're a bitch!", causing Sally (who also received during in childhood) to lament that they've had three hundred years to come up with something better.
- It happens only once in The Expendables, but you get the feeling that Tool (Mickey Rourke) likes taunting Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) by saying "Christmas Time" a lot.
- In The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, when Flynn goes to Casablanca, he makes the inevitable quotes. The taxi driver is understandably unamused.
Driver: Ah, from the movie! How delightfully original of you
- Played with in Roxanne, when a guy in a bar calls Steve Martin's Cyrano-Expy character "Big Nose". Not only does Martin snark back about how unoriginal the insult is, but he proceeds to win a bet by rattling off twenty-six other rude remarks about his overlarge schnoz that the fellow could have said instead. (The same thing happened in the original play Cyrano de Bergerac.)
- In The Mummy (1999), after Benny betrays Rick and Eve to Imhotep, Rick angrily shouts, "You'll get yours, Benny!" Benny answers, "Oh, like I've never heard that one before!"
- In Iron Man, Coulson's deadpan response to Pepper's complaints about his organization's name makes it clear he's heard it before.
Coulson: I'm with the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division.
Pepper: That's quite a mouthful.
Coulson: Yeah. We're working on it.
- This comes up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when, upon being asked why they're called this way, an agent snarkily replies that someone must have really wanted it to spell SHIELD.note
- Casino Royale (1967) - Peter Sellers is at a training center preparing to take the role of James Bond. He's shown gadgets for the field, including a pen that sprays poison gas. He tells the obligatory 'poison pen letter' joke, and his instructor wearily finishes the sentence with him, pointing out that all new recruits say that. Some years later, Roger Moore as 007 says it, but gets a free pass (apart from Q's usual peevish reaction.)
- In Super Troopers, a Spurbury cop named Ursula gets hit on by a Vermont state trooper named Foster by calling her a "Charlie's Angel" (she remotely looks like Farrah Fawcett by virtue of being blonde). She congratulates him on being the 1,000,000th person to call her that. However, she says it pretty good-naturedly. She's much less good-natured when Farva says the same thing later, not helped by the fact that Farva is overweight, naked, and covered in powdered sugar.
- A man's son is born without ears. After every doctor, nurse, orderly and family member visiting the hospital has commented on it, he's ready to punch the next person to talk about it. Along comes his brother-in-law...
Brother-in-law: Gee, I hope the kid won't have low eyesight later on.
Father: Low eyesight?
Brother-in-law: Yeah, how're the glasses supposed to stay on?
- Pick a Raven. Any raven. Then say, "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore'" at it. They will never be amused. The one in American Gods gives a particularly vulgar response.
Lucifer: Quoth the Raven...
- Except for Matthew the Raven in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman; not only did he voluntarily and spontaneously say "Nevermore" in issue #22, he turned out in the ensuing conversation to be unaware that it was a cliche.
- The Death of Rats' steed in Discworld is a talking raven who's named Quoth because he was owned by a wizard who thought he had a sense of humor. Quoth does not say "the N word."
- An earlier Pratchett book, Strata, references the trope by having a robotic raven; when it speaks, the text uses the phrase "Quoth the raven:..." even though its eventual words are something like, "You kitten!"
- The boy in Robin Jarvis's Wyrd Museum trilogy also names his zombie raven Quoth.
- The protagonist of About a Boy, who lives off the royalties of his father's popular song, is quite tired of people singing it once they learn about this fact.
- Discworld's Tiffany Aching refers to her father's pun as The Joke. He's a farmer and he works hard. Do the math. "He was Aching when he woke, and he'll be Aching when he sleeps." They recognize that it's not a funny joke, but it's got sentimental value behind it, like an elderly aunt.
- Moist von Lipwig, the protagonist of Going Postal and Making Money, notes in the former book that he's heard every possible joke about his name. His love interest, Adora Belle Dearheart, commiserates.
- Whenever Harry Potter meets anyone who knew his parents, they inevitably tell him, "You look like your dad, but you've got your mum's eyes." When Slughorn says this in the sixth book, Harry thinks that he's starting to get sick of it. Fanfiction tends to exaggerate this to the point where it becomes Harry's Berserk Button. Also, there were a number of common cracks made on his name that got really lame after a while (and they indicated as much), and his friends. "Oh, Potter, you rotter," "potty wee Potter," "crackpot," "Potty and the Weasel," "Weaselbee," And Hermione's reaction to the "Potter Stinks" badges? "Oh, very funny. Really witty."
- In The Dresden Files, Wizard Harry Dresden mentions he gets the occasional phone call from people who just have to ask if he's 'a wizard named Harry'. He seems to be less than amused by this.
- Prehensile Haired Deirdre responds this way when Harry makes a Medusa joke.
- In So Long And Thanks For All The Fish, When Fenchurch first introduces herself to Arthur Dent, she adds:
Fenchurch: And I'm watching you like a lynx to see if you're going to ask the same silly question that everyone asks me till I want to scream. I shall be cross and disappointed if you do. Plus I shall scream. So watch it.
- In Star Trek: New Frontier, Caitian officer M'Ress (a felinoid) has heard all the cat-related jokes in existence.
So let us be clear with one another, Admiral. I have one life, not nine. I have never been killed by curiosity, my parents do not live in a cat house, my mother did not rock me as an infant in a cat's cradle, the preferred Caitian method of self-defence is not cat-boxing, I do not deposit my earnings into a kitty, if I am trying to be delicate about a subject I do not pussyfoot around - shall I go on?
- In Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Wyoming Knott introduces herself to Mannie, adds "My friends call me Wy," then immediately forbids him from uttering the pun that naturally comes to mind. (Her close friends call her Wyoh.)
- When the sentient computer Mike does make the joke after being introduced to her, she gives him a pass on the grounds that he's new to puns (and humor in general). She does warn him that it's only Funny Once, though.
- Mercedes Thompson works as a VW mechanic. There's a reason she usually goes by Mercy.
- In the Knight and Rogue Series this becomes the standard reaction to Fisk's jokes by the third book, either because Michael has been listening to him compare things to bandits for almost two years by this point, or because he meets people who've had their professions compared to bandits before.
- In The Long Dark Teatime Of The Soul, Kate has a friend who plays the double bass, and is tired of people saying "I bet you wish you played the piccolo" when they see him trying to carry it around. When she learns Dirk is a private detective, she spends a moment thinking if there's something everyone would say to a private detective, so she can avoid saying it. When she explains this, Dirk replies "No. What happens is that everybody looks very shifty for a moment, and you got that very well."
- In the X-Wing Series, Wraith Squadron pilot Falynn Sandskimmer's career has been held back mainly by her trouble with authority, which isn't helped by her attitude towards a certain hero of the Rebellion: "Can you imagine being compared to him all your adult life just because you're another pilot from Tatooine? No, I've never met Luke Skywalker. In fact, I wish I'd never heard of him."
- The police surgeon in The Mad Hatter Mystery by John Dickson Carr is called Doctor Watson. Thirty years of Sherlock Holmes jokes have taken their toll on his patience.
- Pact has Isadora, an ethics teacher and Riddling Sphinx who has declared her intention to eat anyone that decides to answer one of her questions with "a man" and think they're clever.
- Dave Barry once mentioned that if you go on a tour of the National Mint, asking the guards if they're handing out free samples is hilarious and well worth getting shot in the leg.
Live Action TV
- Saturday Night Live wheeled out a Seth Meyers skit based solely on two guys with similar names.
"I'm William Fitzpatrick!"
"And I'm Patrick Fitzwilliam!"
"And we've heard the jokes so SAVE IT!"
- When Richard Wilson (Victor Meldrew from One Foot in the Grave) guest starred on Father Ted, Ted and Dougal decided to shout his catchphrase "I don't believe it!" at him, on the reasoning that surely no one had ever done that to him before and he'd be thrilled that someone recognised him.
- Chris Tarrant from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (in Britain) apparently gets loads of people coming up to him and yelling things like "hey, phone a friend!" and "is that your final answer?" and other catch phrases of the show.
- Regis Philbin's autobiography Who Wants To Be Me? has a comic strip about this on the back cover. The breaking point comes while Regis is attending a gun show.
- The elderly gentleman in Thomas Dolby's She Blinded Me With Science video complained of random strangers coming up to him and shouting "SCIENCE!" at him.
- Will from Will and Grace got sick of people cringing or apologizing when he told them he was a lawyer, so in one episode he tells everyone he is a tennis player. Of course, there is another professional tennis player at the party so Hilarity Ensues. And it turns out that guy really worked for the IRS, so everyone heard that before.
- On Scrubs, with the fictional Cheers writer:
- Turk and J.D.: Noooorrm!Mr. James: Yeah, I get it.
- Also, in the pilot, upon being introduced to Elliot, Turk raises his index finger and speaks her name is a long, drawn-out croak. She is not amused.
- In the "Cockneys" episode of QI, the buzzer music for Bill Bailey was "(Won't You Come Home) Bill Bailey".
Alan Davies: That's very clever what they've done there.Stephen Fry: Has anyone ever pointed that out to you—
- The Other Wiki states that his music teacher gave his this nickname (his birth name was Mark Bailey) for his talent playing this song when he was younger.
- Dan on Sports Night slips up on the air and reports about an athlete practicing in a park "all covered with cheese." By the time Rebecca starts to tease him about it, he can truthfully say "You know, I think I've heard them all."
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Will eventually admits that even he is getting tired of all the fat jokes. When his Uncle Phil laments, "Why must I always be The Heavy?", Will just says to himself, "Forget it, that would be too easy."
- Also, in the episode with William Shatner. When he walks into the building someone jokingly says: "Hey, I saw your car outside, I guess you thought beaming down would be too flashy." Mr. Shatner was not happy.
- Also subverted and lampshaded in Monk during the Sharona days. Sharona meets a new boyfriend.
Boyfriend: (walks up) M-M-My Sharona!Sharona: (laughs)Boyfriend: (seems to think it's sarcastic) You must get that a lot.Sharona: No, actually.
- And when they're at the US mint...
Vince: Do you have samples?Bedard: How original you are, sir. I've never heard that before.
- And when they're at the US mint...
- (Paraphrased, of course.)
- Spoofed in Monty Python's Flying Circus:
Mr. Smoke-Too-Much: My name is Smoke-Too-Much. Mr. Smoke-Too-Much.Mr. Bounder: Well you'd better cut down a little then.Mr. Smoke-Too-Much: What?Mr. Bounder: You'd better cut down a little then.Mr. Smoke-Too-Much: Oh I see! Cut down a bit, for Smoke-Too-Much.Mr. Bounder: Yes... I expect you get people making jokes about your name all the time, eh?Mr. Smoke-Too-Much: No, no actually. Actually, it never struck me before.
- On an episode of Wings, Fay reveals that one of her former married names was "DeVay". Before Joe and Brian can begin cracking any, she informs them that she's "heard them all": "Can you show me DeVay?" "Do you go all DeVay?" and her personal favorite: "Old soldiers never die, they just Fay DeVay."
- On Homicide: Life on the Street, some detectives are discussing someone's easily-punned last name. Kay Howard wonders aloud whether the guy in question got teased a lot as a kid, prompting her partner to reply:
Det. John Munch: Take it from Mrs. Munch's baby boy- HE DID.
- Gareth Blackstock is a master chef on the Brit Com Chef. "Stock", as it relates to food, is a flavored liquid "prepared by simmering various ingredients in water", and which forms the basis of soups, sauces, and many other dishes. Worse, one kind is called "white stock", which "is made by using raw bones and white mirepoix". He put up with the jokes in cooking school, and he will not tolerate them in Le Chateau Anglais.
- When John Glenn guest starred on Frasier, the good doctor just couldn't resist:
Frasier: Hey, senator, what are you drinking there, Tang?Sen. John Glenn: (Looks at watch) Hey, two minutes and twenty seconds - that's a new record!
- In "No Sex Please, We're Skittish" Niles goes to the sperm bank to ask if his "deposit has earned any interest". The nurse replies "Sir, I've worked here twenty-eight years. Think you can tell me one I haven't heard? Go ahead, try me." Niles backs down.
- In the episode of Murphy Brown where she gives birth to her son, Jim and Frank at different times ask a man present if he's the doctor, and both get the same response:
Nurse: No, I'm the nurse. [beat] Go ahead! Make all your "male nurse" jokes! I heard them all! "Gee, Bruce? Why did you become a nurse? So you can get yourself a cute doctor?"
- In an episode of Home Improvement guest-starring Real Life astronaut Story Musgrave:
Tim Taylor: Hey Story- what's the story?Story Musgrave: Never heard that one before.
- A Goa'uld in Stargate SG-1 has the unfortunate name of Yu (pronounced You). After several jokes whenever he appears:
Dr. Elizabeth Weir: Yu? [smirks as if she's about to continue]Dr. Daniel Jackson: Don't. Just, don't. Every joke, every pun, done to death. Seriously.
- In the first episode of of the three-parter "The Siege" in Stargate Atlantis, Radek Zelenka explains to Elizabeth Weir that the Ancient computer system is incredibly redundant. Incredibly redundant? "That one never gets old."
- In the episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Dax takes a shot at it when two members of Temporal Investigations come to question Captain Sisko. "I guess you boys from Temporal Investigations are always on time..." The annoyed look the two investigators share make it pretty clear that wasn't a new one.
- In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode Revenge of the Creature, Mike and the 'bots learn from Professor Bobo that they are in the year 2525 and Earth is now ruled by apes. You can guess which movie Mike starts quoting. Bobo then completes Mike's quotes with an utterly apathetic and bored tone, clearly having heard this several times before.
- Subverted and Lampshaded in the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode "Officer Krupke", where the title officer says that he never heard the song (from West Side Story).
- One of the villains in the pilot of Due South is named Francis Drake. "Yeah, like the explorer. Never heard that one before."
- From Doctor Who, "It's bigger on the inside." Usually followed by the character running out of the TARDIS, round it, and back in, goggle-eyed. These days, it has become something of a Dead Horse Trope on Doctor Who, with the Doctor frequently lampshading it, pre-empting it, or the characters being in too much of a rush to really pay attention. Although when Rory figures out what's what without any help he seems to be more than a little perturbed that he didn't get the usual response.
Doctor: Well, Sergeant, aren't you going to say that it's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside? Everyone else does.Sergeant Benton: That's pretty obvious, isn't it?
- Subverted by Clara in "The Snowmen". She gets goggle-eyed and runs around the TARDIS, The Doctor waits for it, only for her to say "It's smaller on the outside!". The Doctor is actually surprised, and muses that a new's one.
- This goes back at least as far as the Jon Pertwee era. From "The Three Doctors":
- From an episode of Bottom, where Richie and Eddie visit a sex shop:
Eddie: This is a sex shop, isn't it?Assistant: Yes sir.Eddie: [Slapping bank note on counter] I'll have five quids worth then!!!Assistant: That's very droll, sir. I've never heard that one before.Eddie: Haven't you? Shall I tell it again, then?Assistant: No thank you sir, I'd rather have a pineapple violently inserted into my rectum.Eddie: ...You've been working here too long, mate.
- In an episode of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, while the lads are working on relocating the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, Dennis consults their structural engineer:
Dennis: You know that dismantling sequence you showed us? What do you call it, you know, when it's the other way round? You know, when you put the bridge back up again?Calhoun: An erection sequence.Moxey: [sniggers]Calhoun: No jokes please, I've heard them all.
- Naomi's reaction to the laughter at the reveal of her full name (Naomi Campbell) in Skins screams that she's been through that exact rigmarole at least a dozen times before.
- On The West Wing Sam makes a reference to "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey?" when he meets Will's sister Elsie, to which she responds, "You should definitely mention that to him, 'cause he's probably never heard that reference before." She adds that he goes by Will, not Bill, and he tries again with, "Merry Christmas, y' old Building & Loan!" — which they probably also haven't heard before, since as Elsie says, that's George Bailey.
- In an episode of Ellen guest-starring Carrie Fisher, Ellen puts a pair of cinnamon rolls on either side of her head and says, “Guess who?” Carrie replies, dryly, “You know, no matter how many times I see that it never gets old!”
- In the first episode of Yes, Minister, Jim Hacker is introduced to Sir Humphrey, the Permanent Secretary and Bernard Woolley, Hacker's Principal Private Secretary. Humphrey then explains that the Permanent Secretary also has a Principal Private Secretary, and that the Department contains 10 Deputy Secretaries, 87 Under Secretaries and 219 Assistant Secretaries. The Prime Minister will appoint two Parliamentary Under Secretaries, and Hacker will appoint his own Parliamentary Private Secretary. Hacker asks how many of them can type, and suggests opening an agency, before adding "I suppose all new Ministers say that." Sir Humphrey smoothly replies "Of course not, Minister. Not quite all."
- Doubly subverted in the Leverage episode "The Reunion Job": Nate deduces that their mark Duberman has been called "Doucherman" countless times and incorporates that name into his impersonation of the popular boy who tormented Duberman in high school.
- In Community episode Beginner Pottery the pottery teacher has seen so many lame Ghost reenactments that his single rule is no Ghost reenactments on penalty of failure.
- The Office (US)' Michael Scott, being such a bad comedian, falls into this one often:
Michael: And this is Oscar... Oscar the Grouch. Can you believe he never heard that one before working here?Purse saleswoman: No, I don't believe it.Michael: I know, amazing, right?
- At a christmas party, he's also under the impression no one ever thought of mixing orange juice with vodka.
- His "One With Everything" special however does seem pretty original.
- And this isn't even getting into the time he took Jim to lunch at Hooters. His time spent in the restaurant was basically this nonstop.
- At a christmas party, he's also under the impression no one ever thought of mixing orange juice with vodka.
- Angel: green-skinned demon Lorne doesn't really like going by that name because he hates Lorne Greene jokes, but is fine with it once it turns out that the only one who even gets the reference is Angel.
Angel: Bonanza? Fifteen years on the air not mean anything to anyone here? Okay, now I feel old.
- The second season of The Wire introduces us to Ukrainian gangster Sergei, who is addressed as Boris several times, either by stupid punks or by detectives looking to mess with him. For a hardened mob enforcer with a history of cutting off the hands and faces of his victims, Sergei responds surprisingly gently. Instead of lashing out, he tends to give a long suffering sigh or say in confusion "Boris. Why is it always Boris?"
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: At the end of the seventh season, Xander bemoans his eye plight — or, more specifically, all the terrible jokes he hears.
Xander: And you know what's even worse? All the stupid "it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" jokes. "Hey, Xander, so no more fun and games, huh?"
Dawn: Giles was just having fun with you.
Xander: That's not the point. It's an obvious joke. It'd be like someone calling me a cyclops.
Dawn: Oh. (giggles, then stops, clears throat) Okay, so not that funny.
Xander: I mean, uh... give me some "eye of the beholder" jokes. You know? Or, uh... some "eye for an eye" jokes. Or maybe even a post-modern "I, Claudius" joke, you know? It's about standards, Dawnie.
- Cold Case, in the episode "Bad Reputation" Rush and Detective Saccardo briefly get into a spat a crime scene
- The Castle episode "Target" features a character named "Bram Stoker". Many people have mentioned the author to him.
- On Defiance Rafe McCawley avoids telling people that his family used to own a pet food company because those who recognize the brand almost always insist on singing the company's catchy jingle.
- From the February 25, 2013 episode of Jeopardy: Colby Burnett answers a clue about cheese. Alex: "also a Colby cheese!" Colby: "Never heard that before, Alex!"
- In the beginning of the Helen Reddy episode of The Muppet Show, Helen makes a "ready" joke, if only to get them out of the way. When Scooter asks if she seriously believes the Muppets would stoop so low, Fozzie Bear pops in to make a "ready" joke. "Lower." Confirms Helen.
- One episode of NCIS features a guest character named Benjamin Franklin, which gets Tony's attention. Franklin tells him that he's already heard all the jokes. Doesn't stop Tony from joking about it anyway.
- Inverted on Supernatural, when Benny tells the story of how he used to be a part of a vampire gang who perpetrated pirate attacks. Dean remarks that they were Vampirates, and Benny says that, in fact, he hasn't heard that joke before. Dean actually found this joke so obvious and funny that he was surprised no one had ever thought of it before.
- Five Iron Frenzy, at their 2003 farewell concert, performed "Blue Comb '78", in which Reese Roper laments a favorite comb he lost at age six, and asks the listener "Have you seen my comb?". After the song finished, Reese chatted with the audience a bit:
Reese Roper: What? You found my comb? Boy I never heard that one. Thank you! Tomorrow morning, when I'm sleeping in until, like, noon, I'm gonna be like, "Aaaaah. No more combs!" I've got about ten thousand combs at home.
Dennis Culp: If you only knew how many times we've wished we'd named that song "Have You Seen My Dollar?".
- Although it's not regarding himself, this comes up in Roy Zimmerman's "Eine Kleine Barackmusic".
His name's Barack Obama, Barack Obama, sounds like Osama, I'm just the 137 millionth person to have made that point!
- You may or may not like Hip-Hop music, but please do not say "Rap is Crap!"
- Pogo has a ladybug who's sick of being told to fly away home. She's so angry about it, Albert mistakes her for a Bengal tiger.
- One series of Calvin and Hobbes strips focused on a School Play about the food groups. Calvin asks Suzie what she's playing, she responds "I'm 'Fat'", and of course Calvin says "No, I mean in the play." The last panel shows Calvin laid out on the ground and Suzie screaming "ANYONE ELSE WANNA SAY IT?!"
- In Mafalda, the character Libertad (whose name, of course, means Liberty) is a really short girl, half the height of the other characters of her age. When she first meets Mafalda, she introduces herself, waits a beat, and adds "Did you already reach your stupid conclusion? Everybody reaches the same stupid conclusion when they meet me."
- One Garfield strip has a guest on a TV show Garfield is watching who has two heads. This trope is his Berserk Button.
Host: Ever hear the expression, "Two heads are better than one"?!Guest: Ever hear it eight gazillion times a day?Garfield: I think he hit a nerve.
- John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme had a song in which zookeepers complained about the things people always say at their exhibits. ("When you see a meerkat, don't say 'Simples'...")
- One Vampire: The Masquerade sourcebook says that Kindred in general have a special nickname for "Bela Lugosi's Dead" - TFBS, or "That Fucking Bauhaus Song." Because there's always someone who thinks they're being a wit when they play it over the stereo at Elysium.
- Gary Coleman's complaint in "It Sucks To Be Me" from Avenue Q is about people quoting his Diff'rent Strokes Catch Phrase back at himnote :
Everyone: It sucks to be you
Kate: You win!
Everyone: It sucks to be you
Brian: I feel better now!
Gary: Try having people stopping you to ask you:
"Whatchyou talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
It gets old.
- In Wicked, Elphaba intercepts comments on her green skin with "No, I'm not seasick. No, I didn't eat grass as a child."
- Cyrano de Bergerac. After a man tries to insult Cyrano and tells him that his nose is "very big", he gives a Long List of better insults in various styles. However, he makes it clear that he wouldn't take such insults from anyone but himself.
- In Plants vs. Zombies, the Snow Pea has "heard them all" regarding cold-themed expressions.
- Fire Mage Cynn's battle quotes in Guild Wars: Eye of the North include "The next person to call me 'hot lips' gets scorched" and "Yes, I have a fiery personality. Like I've never heard that before..." (and yes, she does).
- World of Warcraft:
- The male Tauren express this sentiment in one of their /silly emotes:
"Moo. Are you happy now?"
- Also the reaction of many players when the discussion turns to the human female dance - the macarena. "It was funny for 30 seconds seven years ago."
- The male Tauren express this sentiment in one of their /silly emotes:
- When rescuing Carson the bounty hunter in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, a Malkavian PC will utter "Heeeeeeeeeerrrrreeee's JOHNNY!". He's visibly unimpressed.
- This attitude is expresed by a DJ in Saints Row when a woman named Jane calls in to request a song. That alone tells him the title of the song she intends to request. When she's shocked he knew, his response is a sarcastic "Lucky guess."
- Max Payne gets this a lot because of his last name.
Joey Finito: Here's Max Payne! Pain... to the max!
Max: Did you come up with that one yourself, or did you pay a wino to write it for you?
- The developers of Dragon Age: Inquisition managed to do this to themselves. During development, they all made so many "NO ONE EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!" jokes that they grew tired of them and announced that they wouldn't make any in the actual game.
- Of course, they couldn't resist a couple riffs: Once when you attempt to recruit the mages ("No one was expecting us") and once during an ambient training exercise ("What is the chief weapon of the Inquisition?" "Surprise!" "Fear!" "Really nice clothes?")
- The Genie in a Bottle character in Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark will comment on the fact that just because he is a genie, nearly every mortal he's met, including the Player Character, has been under the misconception that he's obliged to grant them a wish.
- In Poker Night 2, Claptrap talks about life on Pandora, leading to Ash and Brock talk about a different Pandora.
- In the Borderlands 2 DLC Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, one of the generic dialog for Roland the White Knight is him telling you that if you ask him why he (a black man) is known as the White Knight, he'll punch you in the face.
- Doug Walker apparently heard too many Doug jokes when growing up, so The Nostalgia Critic has an intense hatred for that show, and even playing Doug's theme serves as a Berserk Button. Eventually Walker had to explain the Alter Ego Acting to Doug creator Jim Jones' daughter, saying that he himself doesn't hate the show.
- Noah Antwiler comments during his review of Highlander II: The Quickening that as a kid he had to deal with a lot of "Where's the Ark?" jokes.
Oh and by the way, just because I do actually happen to have an ark in the backyard has nothing to do with the fact that my name is Noah, and when the polar ice caps finally melt, flood the earth, and destroy all life, I am not gonna let any of you dickweeds who made fun of me in!
- Todd in the Shadows plays the piano... and apparently is sick of requests for a particular Billy Joel song.
ATTENTION WORLD, STOP ASKING ME TO PLAY PIANO MAN WHEN I SIT DOWN IN FRONT OF A KEYBOARD. I AM SICK OF PIANO MAN. NO MORE PIANO MAN.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged: Lord Freeza has been keeping track of things that would-be heroes (or just empire topplers) have said to him before trying to kill him; even "We're going to f*** your FACE!!" has come up twelve times. This is then subverted in Episode 27, when Goku shows up.
Goku: So are you that Freezer guy?(Beat)Freeza: I am Lord Freeza, yes.Goku: Awesome! I'm-a deck you in the schnoz!Freeza (after dropping Vegeta): ...I'm sorry, that's a new one.
Cell: Oh, "I'm a monster!" Haven't heard that one screamed at me today.
- In Episode 33, Trunks reacts this way after Freeza boasts about his cyborg enhancements.
- In Episode 43, Cell reacts this way after being called a monster.
- The Runaway Guys: This is JoshJepson's reaction to Chuggaaconroy singing "Meet Josh Jepson..."
- Demo Reel \ Nostalgia Critic actress Rachel Tietz is more than aware of how her last name is pronounced, thank you.
- JesuOtaku says in her Facebook profile: "I'm just Hope...the girl of a thousand puns on her first name. (I really want a nickel for every one of them. That'd be tight.)"
- In Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv), Light Yagami experiences some severe Sanity Slippage after being the butt of a certain fan joke one too many times:
- Ultra Fast Pony:
- In "The Pet Games", the Duck is introduced with a subtitle reading "Has Heard All The Jokes Before".
- In "For Glorious Mother Equestria", when the doctor returns with a diagnosis, Twilight quips "Doctor, doctor, give me the news!" (referencing a Robert Palmer song). The doctor tells her to shut up.
- Carrie of Thespiphobia giggled and said "I've never heard that before!" when Gwyn said they'd do their best not to dump pig blood on her. Gwyn and the other jaded techies were surprised and confused as to whether she was being sarcastic.
- Annie from Catena, in addition to the Annie jokes, has also had to deal with Star Wars references ever since the first prequel. She's heard 'em all.
- Angela from this Punch an' Pie comic. A short joke she's "never heard" before.
- And a lampshading in this Queen of Wands comic. Seamus really is a sweet guy.
- In Get Medieval, ex-lawyers are fed up with "decided you'd rather go to heaven" Evil Lawyer Jokes.
- In Shortpacked!, played entirely straight.
- In this strip of Crap I Drew on My Lunch Break, the same joke meets with a less patient response.
- Tailsteak scans his drawings to get them on his website. He has a scanner.
- Multiplex: #1.
- In one webcomic about a place called Booger County, one of the residents goes to another state for college, and...this trope ensues.
- Spinnerette has finally had it.
- This Dominic Deegan strip.
- In El Goonish Shive, when the Uryuoms first appear.
Elliot: Hey, cool! I'm having a Close Encounter of the Fifth Kind!William: Hey, cool! Some nerd is pointing at me!
- In the May 19, 2005 strip of Full Frontal Nerdity, where the boys are at E3:
Lewis: Can I have a T-shirt?Booth babe: Let me guess: mine?Lewis: You've done this before!
- When Greg and Liz of Real Life Comics go to Paris, they go for Orly airport because it looks like O RLY.
Greg: I bet we're the first people to make this joke in the history of ever!
- Kathryn Flinders, in this strip of Schlock Mercenary, replies sarcastically that "that joke never gets old" when Schlock references an old joke about "military intelligence" being an oxymoron, after she's hired by the Toughs in the "Haven Hive" storyline.
- Dr. Stein from Blood Stain does not take kindly to anyone calling him "Blood Stain". Being saddled with that nickname by asshole kids back in his school days will do that to you, and when Elly mistakenly calls him this, he goes on a quite pissed-off and snarky rant about this trope, nearly scaring poor Elly out of her wits.
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! the local college has a dean named Martin, who is therefore addressed as Dean Martin. His personal Berserk Button is for people to ask him where Jerry Lewis is.
- In one Bravo vs. Ponyville strip, Johnny Bravo is trying to chat Rainbow Dash up.
Johnny: Some say there is a treasure at the end of the rainbow—
Rainbow Dash: Yeah-yeah, very funny. That's like the 1000th time I hear that joke.
- A character in Amazing Super Powers receives the old "Did you know 99% of statistics are made up?" joke... rather poorly.
- All Grown Up:
Pangborn: Can it, Pickles! Or should I say, jar it?Tommy: [sarcastically] Heh, heh, good joke, sir. Never heard that one before.
- Family Guy: While playing golf, there was this exchange:
Peter: Hey Joe...
Joe: Don't say it, Peter...
Peter: I was just wondering...
Joe: Peter, I swear to God...
Peter: What's your handicap?
Joe: OH, HAHA! EVERY HOLE! IT'S A JOKE THAT JUST DOESN'T GET OLD!
- On another episode, someone quoted Anne Robinson's "you are the weakest link, goodbye" in class, and Stewie went on a (sarcastic) tirade about how unoriginal that was.
- In "Emission Impossible", Brian is reading instructions for crib assembly to Peter, specifying rods and slots. Brian cuts across Peter's anticipated reply with "If you say 'That's What She Said' one more time, I'm gonna pop you."
- The Simpsons visit an exhibit of luxury cars, one of which is presented by a blonde bikini bimbo. Homer quips "Do you come with the car?" and she giggles, "Oh, you!". The next person to come by makes the exact same joke and she replies in the exact same way. Either she's very used to it and has practiced it, or she has the memory of a goldfish.
- In It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge (originally aired in 2000), each student in Bart's class is given a video camera for a school project to create a movie. As soon as he hands over the cameras, Skinner immediately says he doesn't want to see "30 Blair Witch knockoffs". Cue the entire class going "Aw...".
- Subverted in the case of Bart's teacher, Mrs Krabappel, whose name was always pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable until one day Milhouse came out with the obvious pun. Turns out none of the kids had ever thought of it before.
- Dr. Harleen Quinzell's response in "Mad Love" when the Joker points out that her name shortens to Harley Quinn. Of course, she later adopts the name.
- One episode of the animated series of Disney's Hercules, "The Arabian Night", is a crossover with Aladdin. While Herc and Aladdin are fighting each other, the latter taunts the former with the nickname "Jerk-ules".
Hercules: [repeatedly attempting to punch Aladdin] Y'know, everyone thinks they're being clever when they call me that, but it's not! That! Funny!
- In Secrets of the Furious Five, Crane gives a variation on this when the instructor at the kung fu academy makes fun of his 'skinny legs': "Yeah...my skinny legs. First time that's ever been mentioned..."
- During the "smoking is bad" episode of Ozzy and Drix, Ozzy tells Nicotine "This town's a no-smoking area!" Nicotine grouses that it was funny the first 500 or so times he heard it.
- One Robot Chicken sketch has James Bond making it with a woman named Christmas. A Hurricane of Puns ensues, much to the poor woman's growing frustration.
- The sketch is naturally referencing The World Is Not Enough mentioned above.
- From Young Justice:
The Flash: Back in a flash. (runs off)
Impulse: Heh. "Back in a flash". Does he say that often?
Every Other Member of the Allen Family: (sighs) Too often.
- In the Halloween episode of American Dad!, Stan tells his gay neighbor Terry that his haunted house will "scare you straight!" Terry mutters "Every year..." under his breath and walks off.
- One scene in The Critic features Duke meeting then-Pope John Paul II. He then asks, "Hey, John Paul. Where's George Ringo?" Pope John Paul merely sighs and says, "I am so sick of that joke!"
- In Moral Orel it's not played for laughs. The owner of a hardware store is named Mr. Nohammer and runs the store Nohammer Hardware. He seems to have been made so paranoid by that joke of people calling to asks if he has any hammers that his entire store is covered in hammers and signs in big letters stating "YES WE HAVE HAMMERS!".
- Bounty Hamster. A Body Surf criminal steals Cassie's body, leaving her stuck in the form of hulking thug who's quickly arrested by a Bounty Hunter.
Cassie: But I'm innocent!Bounty hunter: That's what they all say.Cassie: But I'm a thirteen year old girl!Bounty hunter: They all say that, too.
- Spongebob Squarepants alludes to this trope briefly in the episode "Fear of a Krabby Patty".
Karen: I've heard this joke before.
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- Umberto Eco, whose surname means "echo" in Italian and Spanish. He writes of how tired he is of everyone making jokes about how he "always answers back", and journalists writing articles with titles such as "Eco's echo", "A book with echos", etc.
- Corbin Bleu and Cordon Bleu jokes. Lampshaded in the Agony Booth recap of High School Musical:
By the way, Corbin Bleu should not, under any circumstances, be confused with chicken breasts stuffed with ham and swiss. And boy, I'm sure he's never heard anyone make a joke like that.
- Ben Affleck has complained about people coming up to him and saying "AFFLECK!" in the same tone as the AFLAC duck says "AFLAC".
- Due to Wayne's World, anywhere Alice Cooper went, people started saying "We're not worthy!". He said that it was at least better than when he released the album Hey Stoopid.
- John Bytheway. Yes, that is his name. He's gotten tired of people saying, "By the way, John." He realized in 8th grade that his last name is a prepositional phrase and that if his child's middle name is a verb "he or she will be a sentence." He also has traced his family name back to 16th century England. He relates a story in which, after decades, a new joke was made. "If you have a son, will you name him Owen?"
- In the book of Harry Enfield and Chums, Enfield recounts a story about looking for a dog he was supposed to be walking. Every person he passed said "You don't want to do it like that", in reference to his character Annoying Dad (aka Mr You-Don't-Want-To-Do-That). Finally he snapped, and responded "And you don't want to be the hundredth person to say that to me today!" In the book he takes the opportunity to apologize to the person, if they're reading.
- Wayne Knight on the Seinfeld DVDs recounts how he chewed out a fan after having "Hello, Newman" shouted at him one too many times.
- In Kevin Jenning's memoir, Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son, he mentions that, when he first met his future partner, he said, "Your name is Jeff Davis!", prompting the man to wearily ask, "Which part of the South are you from?"
- Ever since Team America: World Police, Matt Damon apparently cannot go a week without hearing "[stupid voice] Matt Day-minnn!" He seems to take it pretty well though. In fact, he was actually bummed that the South Park guys didn't ask him to provide his own voice.
- Just barely avoided with David Buehler, the starting placekicker for the Dallas Cowboys football team in 2010. Due to the way his name is spelled, it appeared the poor guy was doomed to a lifetime (or at least a career) of countless smartasses saying "Bueller.... Bueller...." to him in a monotonous voice. Fortunately, TV commentators put the issue to rest as early as possible by noting that his name was actually pronounced "Beeler."
- Dave Chappelle mentioned he was tired of people constantly saying (shouting), "I'm Rick James, bitch!" from Chappelle's Show.
- Chris Barrie mentioned in an interview that until about ten years after the last episode of Red Dwarf was broadcast, he could not go on The London Underground without someone on the platform shouting "Oi! Smeghead!".
- Averted by Billy Crystal, who commented in a standup routine that he thought it was very amusing the variety of people who would greet him with "You look mah-velous!" (Apparently this was better than the greeting he often got during the run of Soap, which consisted largely of "Hey faggot!")
- The Barenaked Ladies at one point became annoyed at fans throwing boxes of Kraft Dinner onto the stage during performances of "If I had $1000000". When fans didn't listen they started just collecting the boxes before the show to donate to local food banks.
- John Cleese complained, after the Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch was aired, that he couldn't go down the street without cab drivers shouting "Oi! Monty! Do your funny walk!"
- When Barack Obama was asked who gave him the middle name of Hussein, he quipped, to paraphrase, "somebody who never thought I'd be running for President of the United States."
- When a New York cable company said on Twitter that they were "engaged" to make sure a customer was taken care of, saying they'd "make it so," the customer, Patrick Stewart, replied "Impertinent, presumptuous. And so... "original"."
- Alyson Hannigan says she'd gotten so many people hollering 'Band Camp!' to her that she took to replying 'If I had a nickel for every... Oh, wait. I do.'
- Kate Micucci of Garfunkel And Oates somehow managed to make it to college before realizing the Double Entendre potential of her family name and understanding what all of her schoolmates were taunting her about. She seems to have made her peace with it, naming her one-woman show Playing with Micucci.
- Businessman Armand Hammer was not named after Arm & Hammer brand of products. Nor did found the company. He did try to buy it in the 1980s because he was tired of explaining that. (They wouldn't sell, but he did become a major stockholder and board member.)
- Also despite being given the same name, his grandson goes by "Armie Hammer". This was likely a good decision, because as an actor Arm & Hammer jokes in the media would have started and never, ever ended.
- Thomas F. Wilson, who played Biff Tannen and his descendants in the Back to the Future movies composed a song called "Biff's Question Song", about his most frequently-asked questions.
"'Was that real manure?' No, it wasn't. 'Was that real manure?' No! 'Was that real manure?', It's a movie!, stop asking me the question!"
- Multiples, especially twins, can find it increasingly annoying when people joking say 'Uh oh, double trouble!'. Especially if they are well behaved anyway.
- Other annoying phrases or questions that wear thing quickly can be:
- "Why don't you dress the same/Why don't your names go together?"
- "Which of you is the smart/pretty/dumb/troublemaker/insert-adjective-here one?"
- "You can't be twins/triplets/quads/etc, you don't have the same (insert hair colour, eye colour, height, weight, math ability, etc) as each other!" This one is particularly annoying for fraternal twins. Speaking of fraternal twins:
- "Are they identical?" Yes. The two babies, one of whom is in a pink onesie and the other in a blue, who I just introduced as Alice and Bob, are identical twins.
- The Schindler Group is a leading manufacturer of elevators, based in Switzerland and dating back to 1874. With elevators known as "lifts" in the UK, puns based on Schindler's List got old real fast. Some of the company's international divisions are named Schindler Lifts, suggesting that maybe their technicians got a little tired of hearing the same joke all the time.
- When The Stanley Cup was won by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015, the Cubs Twitter profile soon had to respond plenty of "original" jokes on how they're 107 years without a title.
- Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has expressed his annoyance over people making a big deal about the fact that his name is just one letter different from Eva Longoria's.