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->'''Leonard:''' For God's sake, Sheldon, do I have to hold up a sarcasm sign every time I open my mouth?\\
'''Sheldon:''' You have a sarcasm sign?
-->-- ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''

A common trait among characters who have NoSocialSkills due to an offbeat background, also TheSpock, and those who are just that [[TheComicallySerious Comically Serious]], or are just too young. These characters do not understand sarcasm. A lot of times, that can be ([[DeadpanSnarker especially]]) annoying to the sarcastic ones in question. Although characters like this are also often LiteralMinded, some aren't. Sarcasm is tricky for someone to understand, because while "That's great," sometimes does mean that something is great, other times it doesn't. Everything depends on [[IDoNotSpeakNonverbal tone and gestures]]. Likely to cause an InsultBackfire.

A Washington Post contest once dubbed this 'gap' between a sarcastic speaker and the person who misses it the "[[{{Pun}} Sarchasm]]."

For the intermittent effect, see SarcasmFailure.

Compare PoesLaw, CryingWolf, DoNotDoThisCoolThing, SchmuckBait, NoSenseOfHumor, CannotConveySarcasm, SarcasmMode, BluntMetaphorsTrauma. Often seen in CaptainObvious. It's also a trait found in persons with UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome. It can lead to an IWasJustJoking situation.



* Commercials for Hotels.com feature a man in a captain's uniform who enters an unpleasant situation and makes a comment that blatantly states what's going on. One of the people comments "Thanks, CaptainObvious." At least once, he's replied "There is no need to thank me as I have not helped you in any way."

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Sōsuke in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', to no-one's surprise. Very late in the series, Sōsuke acquires enough of a sense of sarcasm to actually (attempt to) employ SarcasmMode, suggesting that he and Tessa should forget the whole deal with Amalgam and saving Kaname, sell off the ''Tuatha de Danann'', and head off to Guam to party. Tessa does not find Sōsuke's very first joke at all amusing -- [[CannotConveySarcasm or even realize he's telling one until the part about Guam.]]
* Osaka from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', especially with the following exchange:
-->'''Osaka:''' (''eyes start wandering around'')\\
'''Kaorin:''' Hey, Osaka, what are you doing?\\
'''Osaka:''' Well, you know those little tiny spots you sometimes catch in your eyes? Well, I'm trackin' them down.\\
'''Kaorin:''' I see... well, [[DeadpanSnarker good luck with that.]]\\
'''Osaka:''' Mmm, thank you.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': When Yoruichi sarcastically responds to Yuushirou's latest blubbering by observing how much stronger he's become, he's thrilled she's noticed it. She kicks herself at that, having forgotten that Yuushirou's so naïve he's incapable of recognising sarcasm.
* [[BoisterousBruiser Denmark]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' never seems to realize when [[DeadpanSnarker Norway]] insults or mocks him, which annoys Norway. Though as he seems to [[SelectiveObliviousness intentionally ignore aggressive words and actions]], he [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation might just be doing it on purpose]].

* Nick Swardson talks about this after one joke. His cat had diarrhea, and when the doctor asked what he was feeding the cat, he said "diarrhea". He said that an audience member actually stood up and was offended by that, and his rebuttal was that there's no way that that joke could be true.
* Creator/DaveBarry writes about "humor-impaired" people who have this problem. He tries to remedy this issue by sprinkling the column with cues as to what's funny and what isn't, as humor-impaired people don't understand what is and isn't supposed to be a joke. He finishes the explanation with "Trust me, these people exist. They write to me all of the time."
** His proposed method, which he claimed was pioneered by UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, was electrified undershorts, remote-operated by Secret Service agents whenever a joke was made so the President would know when to laugh.
---> "Sometimes, if the guests were unusually witty, the chief executive wound up twitching like a freshly-caught mackerel as dangerous voltage levels were reached in his boxers."
** He then notes that if your reactions were laughter or outrage, you do not have Humor Impairment Syndrome, since you got that is was supposed to be funny, the HIS people would be writing in to say [[ComicallyMissingThePoint they'd use hand signals or asking where they could buy those shorts.]]
* In one of Creator/EmoPhilips 's routines about playing at/intentionally ruining a construction site as a boy, he tells of getting caught in wet cement and being stuck for days. One of those days, his friend Jimmy Petersen walks by and asks if Emo got himself stuck in the cement, to which Emo responds: "No; last night I didn't finish my broccoli so my mom cut my head off and threw it here." Jimmy runs away screaming, and the next morning, still stuck, Emo reflects on there being a time and a place for sarcasm. This trope in other people was also listed in an [[http://www.timeout.com/london/comedy/ten-big-questions-emo-philips interview with Emo in Time Out]] as one of the worst things about being a comedian.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Battle Hymn'', the King of the Sea doesn't understand ideas like figurative speech or metaphor; from what he says, they don't seem to have these underwater.
* In ''ComicBook/DylanDog'', UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard's agent Jenkins. [[NoSenseOfHumor Can't get humor, either.]]
* In ''[[ComicBook/ScottPilgrim Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour]]'', when Gideon sarcastically says that Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers clearly have no problems with their relationship, a random guy points out that they were having a fight.
-->'''Gideon:''' You two are adorable. I can see that your relationship is really working.\\
'''Random Guy #1:''' Really? Cause, I mean, it seems like they're fighting.
* Comicbook/{{Ultimate|SpiderMan}} Comicbook/MoonKnight:
-->'''Spider-Man:''' Don't mind me, I'm just here for the chicken wings.\\
'''Moon Knight:''' (''confused'') There... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny There are no chicken wings.]]
* Cat Curio and Vlad in ''Comicbook/HackSlash'' both have a really hard time with any kind of sarcasm or figurative speech. Cat has UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome, and Vlad had an extremely sheltered upbringing wherein speaking to someone besides his not-fluent-in-English foster father was a ridiculous notion.
* Scootaloo and Spike in ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Futurama}}'': One B-Plot involved Hermes, Amy and Zoidberg being forced into the sub-sewers, where they find an idyllic society of handsome and beautiful humans. They keep offering the group things such as new clothes and prestigious positions within their society, and only at the end, when they believe they are about to be made rulers, do they discover why these people live underneath the sewer mutants; they are supremely arrogant and haughty, to the point they now can only communicate in ''biting sarcasm'', meaning they were actually being mocked since the second they arrived.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' has the PointyHairedBoss. He's managed to recognize it maybe five times in ''20 years''. "This could be that 'sarcasm' thing I keep hearing about." Played with in a strip where Dilbert described his accomplishments, rattling off every management buzzword and ending with "I give you -- Dilbert -- the perfect employee."
-->'''Boss:''' Was that sarcasm?\\
'''Dilbert:''' To be honest, I don't even know.
* Dagwood of ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}''. Apparently even sarcasm [[http://www.blondie.com/strip.php?month=12&year=2005&comic=2005-12-4 can't penetrate "that thick skull of his"]]. Made even funnier by the fact that his boss took some time to find this out.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin can be a ''very'' sarcastic child, but it often takes him a while to recognize sarcasm from [[CatsAreSnarkers Hobbes]]. [[LateToThePunchline Sometimes a very long while.]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** Peppermint Patty is spending a rainy night in Snoopy's dog house, which she thinks is a "guest cottage":
--->'''Charlie Brown''': Hey Patty, wake up, your dad is on the phone. He's back and he said you can come home now.\\
'''Peppermint Patty''': Tell him I'm so comfortable here I don't want to leave.\\
'''Charlie Brown''': Okay, I'll tell him.\\
'''Peppermint Patty''': That was ''sarcasm'', Chuck!
** One winter, the kids have to join "snow leagues" in order to build snowmen under adult supervision:
--->'''Charlie Brown''': Do you mean to say I can't build a snowman in my own backyard?\\
'''Lucy''': Why woulod you want to, Charlie Brown? Don't be so stupid. In adult organized snow leagues, we have teams and standings and awards and special fields... We even have a newsletter.\\
'''Charlie Brown''': [[DeadpanSnarker Somehow, I expected you would]].\\
'''Lucy''': There's no need to be sarcastic, Charlie Brown.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Goku in Creator/TeamFourStar's ''[[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Dragon Ball Z Abridged]]'' series is a prime example of this.
-->'''Raditz:''' Now, disregarding the Namekian...\\
'''Goku:''' Nu-uh, the Yoshi.\\
'''Piccolo:''' I'm not a goddamn Yoshi!\\
'''Goku:''' But you said you were?\\
'''Piccolo:''' It's called Sarcasm!!\\
'''Goku:''' [[IsItSomethingYouEat What's that taste like?]]\\
'''Piccolo:''' DAMMIT GOKU!!!
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7292991/1/Xanatos Xanatos]] gives us Linda[[note]]You know, that girl from Wammy's House who appeared in a panel the size of a postage stamp[[/note]], who, while not ''totally'' ignorant of it, at least needs to be told when someone is being facetious. [[RuleOfFunny Naturally]], she interacts a lot with [[DeadpanSnarker Matt]].
* [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Princess Zelda]] sometimes shows signs of this in ''FanFic/PaperMarioX''. Example from chapter 41:
-->'''Koopatrol:''' Oh, would you like to be in the quiz?!\\
'''Zelda:''' OH... a quiz? It's a good test for my wisdom--\\
'''Koopatrol:''' I WAS SARCASTIC! We only need one person!
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics:
** Cloud Kicker in ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'' acts like that at times.
** [[spoiler:Prince Blueblood]] in ''Fanfic/TheVinylScratchTapes'':
--->'''Octavia:''' Still as good at detecting sarcasm as you ever were...\\
'''[[spoiler:Blueblood]]:''' Oh... Well, thank you for the compliment.\\
'''Octavia:''' No, I was being... Ugh, you know what, never mind.
** ''Fanfic/{{Anthropology}}'': Lyra does not understand sarcasm, and actually has to be informed when someone is being sarcastic with her. Example from chapter 23:
--->'''Lyra:''' I was reading that history book you gave me and it said that America had been in wars. A lot of them, actually.\\
'''Paul:''' News flash. I've never heard that before.\\
'''Lyra:''' So... It wasn't true? I mean, if there had really been so many, you would have heard--\\
'''Paul:''' That was sarcasm, Lyra.
** A rather non-humorous example from ''Canterlot Consequences'' from, surprisingly enough [[TheSmartGirl Twilight]]. [[TheWoobie Twilight]] has placed all blame for her fallout with her brother on herself, and none on Shining Armor. When Luna remarks that yes, Twilight should be condemned for losing her temper in the heat of the moment while Shining should be condoned for the same thing, [[ItsAllMyFault Twilight]] agrees, having completely missed Luna's sarcasm. Luna and Cadance are forced to be a bit more direct to convince Twilight to stop blaming herself.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8243003/58/Gypsy-Caravan Gypsy Caravan]]'' Barty Crouch Jr. comments on how hard he's been trying to stay out of Voldemort's way when the latter is busy, prompting Snape to offer to bring a book next time he's called and Crouch to reply that that would be lovely and sincerely thank him. Snape's final thought as he departs is that sarcasm is wasted on the insane.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3545676/3/Family-Counseling-With-the-Dursleys Family Counseling With the Dursleys]]'':
-->'''Harry:''' I was hiding out here so that no stupid oafs would come over and talk to me. But I guess my plan was foiled.\\
'''Dudley:''' Why? Who found you?

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Lampy in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster''. He has his moments, though.
-->'''Lampy:''' I think he was laughing at us.\\
'''AC:''' You know something, you're a real bright little lamp.\\
'''Lampy:''' Oh thanks! (''{{beat}}'') Heeeeeyy....
* Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' trilogy:
-->'''Timon:''' Well, ''that'' worked like a dream.\\
'''Pumbaa:''' It did?\\
'''Timon:''' Sarcasm is a foreign language to you, isn't it?
* From ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'':
-->'''Maggie:''' I got it! Why don't we go nab that Alameda Slim and use the reward money to save the farm?\\
'''Mrs. Calloway:''' Oh, that ''is'' a sensible idea.\\
'''Maggie:''' I knew you'd love it!\\
'''Mrs. Calloway:''' Don't they have sarcasm where you come from?
** Ironically, Maggie can completely understand Calloway's sarcasm in almost every other scene.
* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}''.
-->'''Nicky Flippers:''' ''[regarding Red Puckett's handcuffs]'' What's with the handcuffs on a little girl? Her wrists could slip right out. How 'bout a cage?
-->'''Bill Stork:''' ''[eagerly; on radio]'' Bring in the cage!
-->'''Nicky Flippers:''' I was being sarcastic.
-->'''Bill Stork:''' ''[crestfallen; on radio]'' Sarcasm. Strike the cage.
* From ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', Santa.
-->'''Santa:''' I hope the Yetis treated you well.\\
'''Jack Frost:''' Yeah. I love being shoved in a bag and tossed through a magical portal.\\
'''Santa:''' Oh, good! That was my idea!
* Mr. Tweedy in ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun''.
-->'''Mr. Tweedy: ''' Oooh, that's champion, that is... what is it?\\
'''Mrs. Tweedy: ''' It's a pie machine, you idiot. Chickens go in, pies come out.\\
'''Mr. Tweedy: ''' [[AskAStupidQuestion Ooooh, what kind of pies?]]\\
'''Mrs. Tweedy: '''Apple.\\
'''Mr. Tweedy:''' ''[excitedly]'' My favorite!\\
'''Mrs. Tweedy''': ''Chicken'' pies, you great lummox!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* A sketch in ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'' has an Army drill sergeant barking at his men that they're going to spend the day "marching up and down the square... that is, unless any of you got anything better to do." When the soldiers begin mentioning such things (being at home with the wife and kids, reading a book, practicing the piano), the nonplussed sergeant dismisses them.
* ''Film/DemolitionMan'':
** In the distant future of 2032, sarcasm apparently is a lost art. Spartan was trying to figure out a way to stop Simon Phoenix.
--->'''Police Chief:''' We have figured out a plan. We are going to wait for another [=MurderDeathKill=] and then we will pounce on him.\\
'''Spartan:''' Good plan.\\
'''Police Chief:''' Thank you.
** [[BigBad Phoenix]] is even good enough to [[LampshadeHanging point this out]], in an exchange with cops sent to apprehend him:
--->'''Phoenix:''' Look at you, in your nice shiny uniforms... oooh, I'm SO scared... what, you people don't have sarcasm anymore?\\
'''Squad leader:''' Maniac has responded with a scornful remark.
* Happens in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' when the Guardians are on the run from the Sovereign.
-->'''Rocket''': Come on! You saw how that High Priestess talked down to us. Now I'm teaching her a lesson!\\
'''Peter''': Well, I didnít realize your motivation was altruism! Itís really a shame the Sovereignís mistaking your intentions and theyíre trying to kill us.\\
'''Rocket''': Exactly!\\
'''Peter''': I was being sarcastic!\\
'''Rocket''': [[LampshadeHanging Oh, no! Youíre supposed to use a sarcastic voice! Now I look foolish!]]
* In ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]'' Vin and Chris sarcastically suggest that Chico go and ask BigBad Calvera his plans for the night. Chico does exactly that, infiltrating Calvera's camp and even speaking directly with Calvera under the cover of the particularly dim fire in the camp. Without being discovered as a spy, Chico slips away from Calvera's camp, returns to the village, and tells everyone the awful truth that [[spoiler:Calvera's men are starving and have nowhere else to turn for food]].
* In ''Film/{{Roxanne}}'', the title character accidentally locked herself out of the house, wearing only a bathrobe [[NakedPeopleTrappedOutside that got caught in the door]]. She goes to the fire department for help, and hides in the bushes. C.D. asks her if she'd like a coat, and she sarcastically remarks, "No, I'd really like to stand naked in this bush in the freezing cold." He goes to get his tools, and she's surprised when he returns without anything for her.
-->'''Roxanne:''' Nobody had a coat?\\
'''C.D.:''' I thought you said you didn't want a coat.\\
'''Roxanne:''' Why would I not want a coat?\\
'''C.D.:''' You ''said'' you didn't want a coat.\\
'''Roxanne:''' I was being [[{{Irony}} ironic]].\\
'''C.D.:''' Oh! Irony! Oh, no, no, we don't get that here. See, people ski topless here while smoking dope, so irony's not really a high priority. We haven't had any irony here since about '83 when I was the only practitioner of it, and I stopped 'cause I was tired of being stared at.
* [=C3PO=] from ''Franchise/StarWars'' is programmed with over 6 million forms of communication, but doesn't quite understand Han's sarcasm.
-->'''C-3PO:''' Captain Solo, it would appear that this asteroid is not entirely stable.\\
'''Han:''' "Not entirely stable"? I'm glad you're here to tell us these things!\\
'''C-3PO:''' Sometimes I just don't understand human behaviors. After all, I'm only doing my job!
* ''Calamity Jane'': Calamity does this once or twice, due to ignorance.
-->'''Calamity:''' Why don't you send for her?\\
'''Henry:''' ''Sure.'' Why don't I send for the Queen of Sheba?\\
'''Bill:''' Yeah.\\
'''Calamity:''' ...No good. They want Adelaide!
* Happens during at least one conversation in ''Film/FarAndAway'', when Shannon suggests Joseph be her servant boy while they travel to America and he angrily (as well as sarcastically) rejects the idea.
-->'''Joseph:''' Oh, I see... I see. I could- I could polish your boots for ya.\\
'''Shannon:''' They will need a polish now and then.
* The sheriff in ''Film/BringingUpBaby'' is oblivious to the hero's sarcasm during interrogation.
-->'''Sheriff:''' Who was with you last month in that mail-truck job?\\
'''David:''' Mickey the Mouse and Donald the Duck.\\
'''Sheriff:''' Doc, make a note of their names. Now we're getting someplace.
* This exchange in the western spoof ''Film/SupportYourLocalSheriff'':
-->'''Pa Danby:''' I don't anyone makin' a martyr of this sheriff!\\
'''Danby Jr.:''' What's a martyr?\\
'''Pa Danby:''' [[SurroundedByIdiots Oh that's right!]] They never used words like that in the ''third'' grade!\\
'''Danby Jr.:''' How should I know? I never got that far.
* PlayedForDrama with ''Film/AngelsInTheOutfield''. Roger questions when he can be a family again with his dad, which he sarcastically proclaims "I'd say when the Angels win the pennant.". Roger takes it literally and makes a wish to help the California Angels win the pennant. He gets that help in the form of a team of angels. [[spoiler:While Roger isn't reunited with his dad, he's instead adopted with his best friend with the Angels' coach, whom they befriended over the course of the movie.]]

* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'': Ford Prefect doesn't usually understand sarcasm because he's an [[HumanAliens alien]] and they don't have it on his planet. It's stated that he ''can'' recognize it, but only if he's really paying attention. This leads to a moment in ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'', when he responds to a huge rant about the Guide from Arthur ("I can hardly wait to find out which are the most interesting spaceports to get bored hanging around in!") with a genuinely perplexed "This is that thing you call sarcasm, isn't it?" CharacterDevelopment in ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'':
-->'''Arthur:''' I don't suppose you have a bomb-proof towel.\\
'''Ford:''' Sure, I have a bomb-proof towel and an antimatter pillowcase.\\
'''Arthur:''' Hey, sarcasm. Well done, mate, you're learning.
* In ''Literature/PsyChangeling'', as a result of the Silence Protocol, most [[PsychicPowers Psys]] tend to be this.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Carrot Ironfoundersson, due to his upbringing by the LiteralMinded dwarves. He gets better at recognizing it, even if he still doesn't really understand it. Though some wonder, in-story, if Carrot [[ObfuscatingStupidity isn't as oblivious as he seems]].
** Interestingly, though Carrot has NoSocialSkills because he grew up at the bottom of a dwarven mine, most of the dwarfs seen in the books are a lot more savvy than himself. This is mainly because most of them are from Ankh-Morpork. Mountain dwarfs fall more definitely into this trope, which is justified by the fact that sarcasm (along with metaphor, and other forms of non-literal communication) are useless and potentially unsafe in a mine.
** Sergeant Colon as well, who thinks "irony" means "sort of like iron." When he's made Captain in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', Vetinari's barbed comments just bounce straight off, no matter how blatant he tries to make them. Even better, he ''explicitly fears'' irony and sarcasm being used on him in several books, he just has no idea what they are.
** Cohen the Barbarian ''does'' understand sarcasm, in a vague sense, but he has a little more trouble with metaphor and hyperbole. Several Agatean nobles commit suicide in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' by telling him they'd rather die than see him on the throne.
* From ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** We get an interesting subversion of this with Sansa Stark. She ''isn't'' blind to the vast majority the snark aimed at her, but ''is'' painfully aware that neither her relative position nor available skill-set allow her to openly [[SnarkToSnarkCombat snap back in kind]] without risk of physical and social backdraft. So, she actively uses PolitenessJudo to try to [[SarcasmFailure turn the sarcasm around]], while usually outwardly appearing as if it sailed right over her pretty little head.
** Podrick Payne, however, does play it rather straighter, since he usually focuses on trying to be factually exact, so misses many contextual cues. Given he squires for [[DeadpanSnarker Tyrion]], this is rather amusing.
* In the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', Runt is like this at first, being a non-human new to serving in the New Republic. He learns.
* The Eighth Doctor, in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures books. He's more of a genuine {{Cloudcuckoolander}} than the Doctor [[ObfuscatingStupidity usually is]]. Why he has one or two {{Deadpan Snarker}}s traveling with him basically at all times is something of a mystery.
-->"Well. They could've been muggers, I suppose."\\
"I'm so, so sorry."\\
"Why, did you put them up to it?"\\
The Doctor looked at her strangely. "Of course not!"
* Hephaestus in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''. As the god of the forge, he's not too smart dealing with organic life forms.
-->'''Hephaestus:''' That was sarcasm, wasn't it? Machines don't have sarcasm, usually.
* Creator/BillBryson notes this is a problem when conversing with some of his friends and neighbors, in an article in ''Notes From a Big Country'':
-->'''Bill:''' (''sees his neighbor's car covered in tree branches the morning after a storm'') Morning George! Camouflaging your car, I see!\\
'''George:''' ... No, the storm blew these branches onto my car last night and I need to clear them away.
* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' books, Ax the Andalite at first didn't understand sarcasm, though he was a quick learner. He occasionally played dumb, though.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': [[TheFairFolk Faeries]] with little experience with humans, such as Toot-toot.
* In Rob Grant's ''Backwards'', Ace takes as genuine that Rimmer has telepathic powers, before admonishing him when Rimmer reveals the sarcasm.
%% * ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'': Alec Lightwood. Occasionally.
* Marcus in ''About A Boy'', who can also be a little LiteralMinded. For instance, in one scene Will suggests Marcus try to fit in with the others in his class by wearing a "disguise", meaning he should dress more like they do; Marcus asks if he means [[WigDressAccent wearing a mustache]], and when Will tells him that a 12 year old with a mustache wouldn't stand out at all, he takes the comment seriously. Later on, Marcus at least figures out how to fake the proper response to such remarks even if he doesn't actually understand them - replying with an equally sarcastic "ha, ha".
* In ''Literature/TheSunSword'', Kiriel has been raised in a demonic court where sarcasm just isn't a thing anyone wants to try. And then she goes among sarcastic humans.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Eternity Code'' has Loafers Macguire, a mafia hitman. The narration describes sarcasm making a slight whistling noise as it sails clean over his head.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks' [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] occasionally backfires when she aims it as Mr. Boynton, Walter Denton or Stretch and Bones Snodgrass. Mr. Boynton's so ObliviousToLove that sarcasm has a habit of sliding right off him. Walter Denton occasionally mistakes the sarcastic for the serious. As for the Snodgrasses, it's unlikely [[DumbJock they even know what sarcasm is]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Willow Rosenberg. "Cibo Matto can clog dance!?"
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
** On a sketch hosted by Creator/KevinSpacey he played the "inventor" of sarcasm. He said things like "I love this party" meaning he hated it, but no-one got it because no-one else knew of sarcasm. Until they all understood he was being ''ironic'', became extremely hurt, and burned him at the stake.
** Another SNL skit had Creator/MatthewPerry as a teacher in a class for [[Subject101 Sarcasm 101]].
--->"Is this Sarcasm 101?"\\
"No this is embroidery. Sarcasm 101 is down the hall."\\
"Ah. Thanks!"
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Sheldon Cooper.
** Leonard even made a sarcasm sign in an early episode. And Sheldon keeps track of how many times he correctly understands sarcasm.
** Once, when Howard made a sarcastic comment, Sheldon asked "Was that sarcasm?", and Howard sarcastically replied "No!" -- which, of course, Sheldon failed to recognize the sarcasm of.
** In at least one episode, this is inverted: Sheldon takes something as sarcastic when it isn't. This can be TruthInTelevision to some extent if you can't recognize sarcasm and you're used to looking for it everywhere.
** Over the course of several seasons, Sheldon has eventually learned to recognise sarcasm.
--->'''Sheldon:''' Leonard, I believe what we just heard from Penny was sarcasm. (Penny nods) Oh, good. Iím eight for 26 this month.
** ...but not always.
--->'''Sheldon:''' I zinged him with sarcasm, he didnít even notice.
--->'''Leonard:''' [[SarcasmMode I know, and it was the greatest sarcastic quip Iíve ever heard.]]
--->'''Sheldon:''' [[SincerityMode Well, arenít you a peach.]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Castiel. Though as he hangs out with Dean more, he might get a handle on it.
--->'''Castiel:''' [God] isn't in Heaven. He has to be somewhere.\\
'''Dean:''' Try New Mexico! I hear he's on a tortilla.\\
'''Castiel:''' (''after seriously considering this'') No, He's not on any flat bread.
** Also:
--->'''Jo:''' Hey, ever heard of door handles?\\
'''Castiel:''' (''after teleporting himself out of the car'') Of course I have.
** Lately, he's become more sarcastic himself.
--->'''Castiel:''' You're right. Pardon me for highlighting their crippling and dangerous empathetic response with "sarcasm."
* A ''Series/MrShow'' sketch has a man who expresses constant, venomous sarcasm... through letter writing. Given the obvious lack of cues towards his sarcasm as a result, everyone tends to take him at face value (including one poor woman who receives a "love" letter from him).
* Dr. Temperance Brennan, title protagonist of ''Series/{{Bones}}'', often fails to understand sarcasm at first (if at all) and usually must use logical deduction (out loud) to detect it. Much to the bemusement of her [[UnresolvedSexualTension partner]].
* Bennett Halverson, the programmer played by Creator/SummerGlau on ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', shows signs of this as part of a general [[TheRainman Rainman]] vibe, as evidenced by an exchange with Adelle.
-->'''Bennett:''' You used the company jet to abduct the programmer of a rival house?\\
'''Adelle:''' I'm certain I'll be kicking myself come holiday bonus time.\\
'''Bennett:''' I'm sure you'll be dead by then.
* Virtually everyone in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' except the title character takes turns at failing to understand his sarcasm, especially in the fourth series. This is lampshaded once in the third series.
-->'''Blackadder:''' Baldrick, do you have any idea what irony is?\\
'''Baldrick:''' Yeah. It's like goldey and bronzey, only it's made of iron.
* ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'': Mr. Gordon Brittas not only fails to understand sarcasm, but anything at all that's subtler than coming out and speaking your mind. Cue CringeComedy.
-->'''Laura:''' You see, we were all standing outside the ambulance waving goodbye to Mr. Petrov, and Mr. Brittas was saying "Where are we going to find an internationally famous pianist in the next half hour?" and I said, "Hey kids, why don't we do the show ourselves?"\\
'''Helen:''' Oh, you didn't...\\
'''Laura:''' I just never thought.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': Kramer sometimes asks Jerry for unreasonable favors to which Jerry, as a comedian, replies sarcastically to. Kramer never manages to detect it. For example, when Kenny Roger's Chicken [[AbsurdlyBrightLight makes Kramer's apartment uninhabitable]], Kramer asks Jerry to switch apartments with him:
-->'''Jerry''': Or I could sleep in the park. You could knock these walls down, make it an eight room luxury suite.\\
'''Kramer''': Jerry, these are ''load-bearing'' walls, they're not gonna come down!
* In ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', Mr Pither in the episode "The Cycling Tour":
-->'''Cafe Proprietor:''' 35 p please.\\
'''Mr Pither:''' Ah... oh, I have only a fifty. You have change?\\
'''Cafe Proprietor:''' Well, I'll have a look, but I may have to go to the bank.\\
'''Mr Pither:''' I'm most awfully sorry.
* In the ''Series/{{House}}'' episode "Family Practice", the PatientOfTheWeek is Cuddy's mother, played by Candice Bergen. After going through the usual incorrect diagnoses of what's wrong with her (her hypochondria didn't exactly help things much), House makes a blatantly sarcastic remark about how much he ''loves'' a certain famous baseball player, then asks her if he really meant what he just said. Her inability to detect his sarcasm confirms his suspicions, allowing him and his team to proceed finally in the right direction.
* As of the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Data's Day", Data can recognize sarcasm using logic, but can't quite grasp how to use it:
-->'''Riker:''' (''sarcastic'') Charming woman.\\
'''Data's voice-over:''' The tone of Commander Riker's voice makes me suspect that he is not serious about finding Ambassador T'Pel charming. My experience suggests that, in fact, he may mean the exact opposite of what he says. Irony is a form of expression I have not yet been able to master.
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'':
** Deputy Halloran. when he marvels at the existence of a "lady lawyer," she deadpans "What next, horseless carriages?", prompting his response "They already got those." On another occasion, while helping dispose of a body, he asks whose it is and is sarcastically told it's silent film star Mary Pickford, leading to the shocked response "You killed Mary Pickford?!"
** When Sigrid nags Nelson again about the plumbing, he angrily claims that he got the president of the Roebuck company to personally send a crack team of men to fix the problem. She believes him, forcing to him to state that it was sarcasm and storm out.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'', Abed's inability to understand being "messed with" drives his and Troy's subplot for an episode. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]:
-->'''Abed:''' Troy invented rap music, and he's related to Danny Glover, and President Obama.\\
'''Troy:''' Hey man, that stuff I said this morning wasn't true, I was just messing with you.\\
'''Abed:''' You were lying?\\
'''Troy:''' Yeah, as a joke. You've never had somebody mess with you before?\\
'''Abed:''' Yes, just kidding, no. Like that?... This isn't a table. ''(laughs)'' ... That's funny.
** Abed ''uses'' sarcasm in another episode, but the group fails to recognize it because it wasn't said in a sarcastic tone of voice. Abed then calls himself on that, ending (in a very sarcastic voice), "Sarcasm is soooooo interesting."
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'''s Parker. Too many to count in every episode.
* In one episode of ''Series/ModernFamily'', Haley asks whether her boyfriend Dylan can stay at their house, and Claire sarcastically responds that he can take her and Phil's room. Alex has to explain the sarcasm to Haley.
* Subverted with Chris Trager on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''. Due to his extremely positive, upbeat personality, one would expect that he wouldn't understand sarcasm. He does understand and recognize sarcasm; he just ignores the sarcasm because he believes there is a kernel of truth in sarcasm.
* The elderly Ernie "Coach" Pantusso, bartender at ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', made a lot of dimwit comments after taking sarcasm too literally. His future [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement]] Woody Boyd, a farmboy from Indiana, was probably even worse at it.
* In an episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', Mike is put on trial for [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds all those planets he blew up]] by an omnipotent alien judge. The judge offers Mike the chance to choose who he wants as the prosecutor and defense; both times he lists two famous historical figures [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers plus one of the Mads]] ("Your choices are UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson, Clarence Darrow, and Professor Bobo.") When Mike snarks "Yeah sure, like I'd choose Bobo", the judge takes him seriously. After doing the exact same thing to make Pearl the prosecutor even Mike himself comments that he clearly doesn't learn very quickly.
* In ''Series/FatherTed'', when Mrs Doyle encounters Father Jessup, "the most sarcastic priest in Ireland";
-->'''Mrs. Doyle:''' Shall I make the beds in the spare room?\\
'''Father Jessup:''' No, we'll sleep outside, in a ditch!\\
'''Mrs. Doyle:''' OK so... would you like a cup of tea?\\
'''Father Jessup:''' No, We want to die of thirst.\\
'''Mrs. Doyle:''' (''baffled'') OK so...\\
'''Father Ted:''' (''quietly'') Mrs. Doyle, I think Father Jessup might have been being a bit... sarcastic...\\
'''Mrs. Doyle:''' Really? Were you being sarcastic, Father Jessup?\\
'''Father Jessup:''' No, we'd like to die of thirst!\\
'''Father Ted:''' (''quietly'') Mrs. Doyle, I know it's a bit confusing, but the trick is to do the opposite of what Father Jessup says.\\
'''Mrs. Doyle:''' (''very uncertain'') So, you really... ''do''... want a cup of tea?\\
'''Father Jessup:''' (''exasperated'') Yes! (''reaches out for the cup'')\\
'''Mrs. Doyle:''' (''takes the cup away, looking very pleased with herself'')
* On ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Dorothy is a DeadpanSnarker extraordinaire, while Rose is a [[TheDitz ditzy]] {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Since this is something akin to an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, the writers will usually split the difference and have Rose understand that Dorothy is being sarcastic about half the time. Example: Sophia was telling her friends a friend of hers passed away.
-->'''Rose:''' How did she die?\\
'''Sophia:''' She was fighting an oil rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico. She was 88!\\
'''Rose:''' Well, at least she was able to work right up until the end.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Horatio Hornblower sort of inhabits a WorldOfSnark. The resident {{Deadpan Snarker}}s do not exchange sneering comments with each other, but they are paired with poor Sarcasm Blind Horatio, who is a genius at every other thing but irony, jokes and the like usually escape him. However, his close friend Archie's smartass comments are likely to bring about one of his rare and most attractive smiles. An example from "Retribution", involving the hero and a snarky captain at the Lieutenants' trial which investigates a possible mutiny aboard their ship commanded by [[InsaneAdmiral a crazy Captain]].
-->'''Captain Collins:''' (''in {{sarcasm mode}}'') A happy day for James Sawyer when you four gentlemen came aboard.\\
'''Horatio:''' (''completely honest'') Thank you, sir.\\
'''Captain Hammond a.k.a. HangingJudge:''' (''smirks and laughs out loud'')
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': While Stiles is usually one of the resident snarkers, he has his moments, usually around the more intimidating werewolves. One example being in "Chaos Rising":
-->'''Stiles:''' Where do you live?\\
'''[[spoiler:Peter Hale]]:''' In an underground network of caves hidden deep in the woods.\\
'''Stiles:''' Whoa, really?\\
'''[[spoiler:Peter Hale]]:''' No you idiot! I have an apartment downtown.
* A sort of secondhand example in sketch show ''The Edge'' -- Creator/AlanRuck's character sarcastically confesses to a brutal murder while on the stand in court. Since the audience are laughing at his sarcastic rant, and he hasn't been heard properly, the judge asks the stenographer to read back the last statement, which she does without the sarcastic tone, as such the confession is taken as genuine.
* In one episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted is surprised that Stella expects them to live in New Jersey after they get married, after Ted thought she agreed that they would live in New York. A flashback shows that she made a sarcastic remark about living in New York, which Ted failed to see as sarcasm.
* ''Series/TheClass'' had this with Yonk Allen. Richie had all kinds of fun with it.
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'': When you tell Hanna she [[WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn has the subtlety of a hand grenade]], she's actually ''delighted'' to hear it!
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' - when Radar O'Reilly is leaving the unit, he tells Major Winchester that he's welcome at his Iowa home for dinner anytime. Winchester snarks that he'll anticipate "the dinner bell a-clangin'". Radar replies that he'll be looking forward to it too, and Winchester is genuinely touched at his guileless good nature.
* Wanda from ''Series/CornerGas'' has the ''opposite'' problem in the episode "Dog River Dave". Because she's sarcastic almost all the time, other characters keep assuming her sincere comments are just more sarcasm.
* ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' - Gareth is as clueless here as everywhere, notably when Lee gives Tim a wrapped gift that is obviously a bottle:
--> '''Gareth:''' Probably a bottle of something.
--> '''Tim:''' [[SarcasmMode You reckon?]]
--> '''Gareth:''' Look at the shape.

* In Music/WeirdAlYankovic's 11-minute epic "Albuquerque," he mentions an incident where he saw a co-worker struggling with a sofa and asked if he wanted help. The co-worker responded "No, I want you to cut off my arms and legs with a chainsaw." [[BlackComedy So Al did]], and then wondered why the co-worker started complaining, especially when he's got that really cool nickname now: Torso Boy!

* The ''Jade Regent'' Campaign from Podcast/{{RPGMP3}} features a character called Spivey, a [[http://www.pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Lyrakien Lyrakien]] Cleric of [[http://www.pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Desna Desna]]. Spivey used to live in a cemetery, until the [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] came by. She then joined their caravan and followed them on their quest, quickly earning the nickname "[[FairyCompanion Death Pixie]]", since most of her skills were focused on graveyard maintenance, at that point. She's always flitting around, [[SmallAnnoyingCreature dispensing invaluable moral advice]] and trying to get the [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] to [[GroupHug be nicer to each other]].

-->'''Spivey:''' [[MotorMouth There'sacoupletravellersahead! Weshouldfeedthem.]]\\
'''Harold:''' Ah, Spivey! How do you fly with that heart of gold?\\
'''Spivey:''' Oh, well... Desna gives me wings!\\
'''Misty:''' [[TheDitz Her heart is made out of gold?!]] How do you know? ''[Visibly starts to ponder whether she should [[CuteAndPsycho reach in, pull it out and check]]]''\\
'''Harold:''' Y'know, with the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Good Outsiders]], I wouldn't be surprised.\\
'''Misty:''' ''[Grabs Spivey and shakes her]'' She's not heavy enough to have a heart made of gold?\\
'''Koya:''' Misty, that's not how we usually hug!
-->-- ''Jade Regent, episode 13''

* ''Radio/CabinPressure'': Arthur has moments of this.
-->'''Arthur:''' Mr. Birling says I'll never find another girlfriend.\\
'''Carolyn:''' Oh. Well, Mr Birling, the seventy-something retiree from Sussex, is of course one of the country's foremost relationship experts.\\
'''Arthur:''' Oh no, is he? I didn't even know that!

* In ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', Rutledge sarcastically refers to the "eternal peace and harmony" of the Delaware delegation -- two pro-independence members against anti-independence George Read. [=McKean=] doesn't get it.
-->'''[=McKean=]:''' What're y'sayin', man? Y'know perfectly well neither Rodney nor I can stand the sight of this little wart!

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MySimsKingdom'', the first time you go to Cowboy Junction, Buddy asks what kind of people they'll find there. Lyndsay says that it's probably inhabited by a race of fishmen, which excites Buddy. She tells him that was sarcasm. He tells her that ''he's'' a fishman, prompting a "Really?" from her. He takes that to mean that he fooled her "with a sarcasm."
* Mical the Disciple in ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II''. When the player character receives a request to meet a shady character, [[ComeAlone alone]], [[DeadpanSnarker Atton Rand]] snarks, "Well, at least we know it isn't a trap," to which Mical earnestly replies, "No, Atton, I think it may ''be'' a trap!" Since her and Mical are an either/or pair, The Handmaiden fills this role for [=Male!Exile's=] party. "What are you talking about? It's obviously a trap."
* In ''VideoGame/TouchDetective'', when the player first converses with Daisy:
-->'''Mackenzie:''' Um, I'm Detective Mackenzie.\\
'''Daisy:''' Oh, how cute. A detective.\\
'''Mackenzie:''' Thanks...\\
'''Daisy:''' Don't you understand sarcasm when you hear it?\\
'''Mackenzie:''' ...
:: Mackenzie's reaction showed that she didn't like it.
* Knight-Commander Meredith in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is either totally sarcasm blind or utterly determined to ignore Snarky!Hawke. "Always happy to help in a life-threatening situation." "Good." And so on...
-->'''Meredith:''' I assume you are ready, Champion?\\
'''Hawke:''' To [[spoiler:slaughter the entire Circle]]? Oh, sure.\\
'''Meredith:''' Good.
** One of your companions, Merrill, starts out a few seconds behind on any sarcastic comment. Since "Snarky" is one of the standard conversation options, this can happen several times in her introductory conversation alone.
* During the climax of ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' as the second core transfer starts. {{Justified|Trope}} as it's a machine:
-->'''Announcer:''' Corrupted core, are you ready to start?\\
[[spoiler:'''Wheatley''']]: What do you think?\\
'''Announcer:''' Interpreting vague answer as "yes".\\
[[spoiler:'''Wheatley''']]: [[RapidFireNo Nonononononono!!]] Didn't pick up on my sarcasm...
* Ward the {{Jerkass}} from ''The Orion Conspiracy'' does not know sarcasm when he hears it. Devlin says sarcastically at one point, "Thank you for your compassion and understanding." Ward's response goes something like "What?"
* In ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld,'' Hayden Montag suffers from this. As Headmaster of Innsmouth Academy, one of the most disaster-prone {{Wizarding School}}s in the country, its expected for him to be a bit on the dour and humourless side- especially now that the school ''and'' most of the surrounding countryside are under attack by everything from ancient Norse sea-zombies to Native American wendigos. Montag, however, has great difficulty understanding human emotions, catapulting quite a bit of his dialogue into this trope. Example: Montag has just explained how living humans have been BuriedAlive inside the walls to act as immortal magical power sources, and how the few that just escaped have to be rounded up and forced back into their tombs:
-->'''Usher:''' The first time you get bricked in's probably the worst time, eh?\\
'''Montag:''' From my research, [[FateWorseThanDeath it seems each time begins a claustrophobic eternity anew.]]\\
'''Usher:''' You're like the world's revenge on sarcasm, d'you know that?
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare'' once again features the omni-bigot ConspiracyTheorist and {{memetic|Mutation}} LargeHam Herbert Moon, who blames a broad yet bizarrely specific cabal of groups for the undead plague. John Marston, DeadpanSnarker extraordinaire, piles sarcasm onto Moon for his irrational hate, which Herbert mistakes for support for his righteous cause to single-handedly stop the undead plague and bring down the conspiracy. [[ShootTheShaggyDog Herbert Moon is promptly eaten by zombies seconds after he steps out of his store.]]
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' between his constant malfunctioning and lack of tact one has to question Dr. Nefarious's claim to being an evil super genius. Especially when he can't even see past the scathing burns his own personal servant Lawrence who constantly snide's him on a regular basis yet never notices any of it.
-->'''Nefarious:''' To think, they called me insane Lawrence. We'll see whose insane... when my pets have exterminated all life, On This MISERABLE PLANET!!!"\\
'''Lawrence:''' Well that should clear things right up sir.\\
-->'''Nefarious:''' The famous Captain Qwark, Couldn't possibly be this stupid... Could He?\\
'''Lawrence:''' Even drooling imbeciles can achieve success in certain fields sir; Mad Science for example.\
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' features a few guards [[PetTheDog who make complaints to their commanding officers about terrorizing/executing civilians]]. When they start reacting to the officers' extremism with sarcastic praise about the murder of the innocent for fun and profit, the officers seem to think THIS IS CONSTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR. KILLING PEOPLE IS NOT CONSTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR.
* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', this is the reason why [[HalfHumanHybrid Sin Kiske]] [[ImprobableWeaponUser wields a flag]] as his WeaponOfChoice. During his training, Sin had a discussion with his instructor Sol Badguy about what kind of weapon would suit him. Sin said that he wanted something that draws attention and lets everyone know who he is; in response Sol snarked "Why don't you just use a flag while you're at it?!" Needless to say...
* In ''VideoGame/TheDarksideDetective'', Dooley has this as an aspect of his general ditziness.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Maya Fey seems completely oblivious to Phoenix's sarcastic tone, taking his snarky comments seriously. Lampshaded in Case 1-4, when Maya is trying to think of a good replacement for standing under a cold waterfall (the best way for her to train her spiritual powers). When she takes his suggestion to call the fire department and have them hose her down seriously, he notes that "Apparently Fey blood is no aid in detecting sarcasm".
** ''Dual Destinies'' has Yuri Cosmos, who's so full of himself that insults fly right over his head. During the trial, the prosecutor gets tired of his ramblings about his "great life" and asks him to go tell it to a dog on the street. Cosmos' response? "Of course! The animal world needs to know of my greatness!"
* Rin Tezuka from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' actually asks what sarcasm is when the topic is brought up. Hisao doesn't know what to say to this, because, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} knowing Rin]], she's dead serious.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Caboose from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. Of course, he doesn't understand [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} reality sometimes, either.]]
* Too good to leave off: Shortly after the developer went out of business, Yahtzee did an episode of ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' where he "reviewed" ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'', touting it as the greatest game ever, bar none; he briefly descends into a horrible fantasy where the game was never released because the developer spent twelve years jerking off and rightly got sued into oblivion, but he's ''so glad'' we don't live in a world like that! The next week, after his normal review, he posts a "Letter of the Week" which he received from a fan who was ''so excited'' that the game had finally come out, he'd been waiting for years, and asks Yahtzee where he got his copy because he can't seem to find it anywhere. ([[CaptainObvious This was, of course, years before DNF's actual release.]]) And this was despite the video having '''[[WhatAnIdiot a note at the end stating the entire review was sarcastic!]]''' Sometimes even CaptainObvious has a job to do.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Ruby Rose, who is very socially awkward and often doesn't realize when Weiss Schnee is making sarcastic remarks.
-->'''Yang''': Look, uh, sounds like you two just got off on the wrong foot, so just try to be friends, okay?
-->'''Ruby''': Yeah! Great idea, sis! *Ahem* Hello, Weiss! I'm Ruby! Wanna hang out? We can go shopping for school supplies.
-->'''Weiss''': Yeah! And we can try on clothes! And paint out nails! And talk about cute boys like [[ButtMonkey "tall blonde and scraggly"]] over there!
-->'''Ruby''': Wow! Really?
-->'''Weiss''': [[LittleNo ... No...]]
** Jaune Arc, the above mentioned "tall blonde and scraggly", as well. He actually overhears Weiss' cruel comment about him and thinks she was being serious, leading him to [[CasanovaWannabe hit on her a lot]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** For a while, this applied to Elan in spades. He's getting better, but it's still hit-or-miss.
--->'''Roy:''' "Gee, thanks for helping me, Roy."\\
'''Elan:''' No need to thank me, I like helping you learn new things. Also, Roy is '''your''' name, not mine.\\
'''Roy:''' *sigh*
** Becomes a RunningGag in the case of KnightTemplar Miko:
--->'''Shojo:''' Good gods, they can teach you how to detect Evil, but not sarcasm?
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0630.html Qarr]] completely misses the sarcasm in V's comment about V's spouse (a baker) defeating a dragon by exploiting the fact the dragon has a muffin-shaped hole in its scales.
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=823 As seen in the picture above,]] Agent Wolf of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** John, at least sometimes, due to being a bit of an IdiotHero:
--->'''EB:''' hey, can you hold on?\\
'''EB:''' i'm getting trolled again.\\
'''TG:''' oh man and if weve just concluded anything its that talking to those dbags should be priority number one so yeah go right ahead\\
'''EB:''' ok, brb.
** [[{{Troll}} Kanaya]] as well. Not even ''John's'' sarcasm. She finally catches on to Rose's sarcasm, but she still hasn't figured out that the other trolls use it all the time. She seems to be getting better at it, even referring to sarcasm as "An Enjoyable Exercise In Xenocultural Inculcation." When it is pointed out to her that the other trolls do it just as often, she responds, "Thats True But When We Do It Its Usually Just Because We Are Trying To Be Jerks Rather Than By Way Of A Mild Manner Perpetually Dispatching Little Puzzles Of Rhetoric Without Apparent Purpose."
** Also, Tavros [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007291 here:]]
--->'''Vriska:''' Yes, that's it. Dump them all over the floor a8out ten feet away from me, just like that.\\
The sloppier the pile and the further away from me the 8etter. Gr8 jo8, Tavros.\\
'''Tavros:''' [[InsultBackfire tHANK YOU,]]
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
** Poor Tem Phica is so fearful that he takes even ridiculous threats on his life at face value.
--->'''Col. Pranger:''' They could also have suborned your climate engineers. Better watch out for clear-sky lightning out here in the open.\\
'''Tem Phica:''' Good point. '''''Everybody back inside!'''''\\
'''Pranger:''' [[LampshadeHanging Your paranoia is a powerful defense against my sarcasm.]]
** Legs later [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-06-15 tried to be sarcastic]] with Nick, but quickly saw her mistake.
--->'''Schlock:''' [[DumbMuscle His skull is impervious]] to your sarcasm.
* A running gag in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' is that Red Mage never understands Black Mage's sarcasm. Also, applies to Fighter in spades.
* ''Webcomic/DeathToTheExtremist'': One displays sarcasm blindness in [[http://dtecomic.com/?n=12/ a comic]].
* This [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00556.htm seems to be a common problem]] for robots in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''.
* Zalanna of ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' is shown to be this in [[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/274 an exchange.]]
-->'''Zalanna:''' Did you get my joke? It is because your mother would never kill you, but I exaggerated the extent of her fury. It was really quite quick on the draw. It was really cleaver [sic] of me!\\
'''Tanna:''' Yes, Zalanna. You are quite the jester.\\
'''Zalanna:''' I am? It is a talent I never knew I possessed! How positively exhilarating!
* Scarlet of ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' tends to be one, along with her sisters, befitting their BunnyEarsLawyer manner.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://notalwaysright.com/the-99/15547 This lady]] on Website/NotAlwaysRight. This is actually one of the site's main schticks.
* The website Busy Street believes this to be true of Internet communication in general.
* [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-082 SCP-082]] from the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', a giant cannibalistic mutant who, among other delusions, doesn't grasp sarcasm, parody, or fiction in general (he has even expressed a desire to meet Hannibal Lecter).
* [[http://www.qdb.us/249451 This quote]] from QDB.us:
-->'''Tim333:''' You sound like a real winner\\
'''rockstar111:''' is that a good thing\\
'''Tim333:''' Have you ever heard of "sarcasm" or "irony," rockstar?\\
'''rockstar111:''' what\\
'''Tim333:''' Wow. It must be nice to be invulnerable to insult by means of incomprehension.\\
'''rockstar111:''' what the hell r u talking about
* For a joke, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick took her snarky woobie SexBot's sarcastic suggestion to get to Nella through a wormhole in the sink totally seriously. And hey, it worked.
* Bitch of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' can't properly interpret social cues [[spoiler:[[BlessedWithSuck as a consequence of her power]]]], which includes sarcasm. Since she can't tell when people are mocking her, she tends to [[HairTriggerTemper respond to everything with aggression.]]
* In ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'''s review of ''VideoGame/FridayThe13th'', Jason Voorhees is this. Jason threatens to kill the Nerd if he says anything bad about the game, so the Nerd gives sarcastic, mocking praise to the game throughout the review.
* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'': For years, Ronald E. Army has been living under the assumption that he is a great military general. In actuality he is still a sergeant, but when asking about a promotion, he was met with the response of "yeah, you're going to be a general".
* Sparadrap from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}''. This is a big factor in insults directed at him flying over his head and mistaking random people for being nicer to him than they really are. Top top it off, his pre CharacterDevelopment version tends to have a "random person equals potential friend" logic in a context where there the random person has a decent chance of wanting to harm him.
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'':
** Most of the Ultramarines have this problem, it'd seem. Calgar unleashes a huge, irritated rant sarcastically praising them for succeeding on a completely suicidal mission through sheer CanonSue powers, and the one marine listening in takes it at face value.
** Inquisitor Karamazov is even worse, and the Emperor gets to milk it for every last drop, unleashing the single most sarcastic praising speech the Imperium has ever seen on him. No matter how insulting he gets Karamazov eats it up.
** [[spoiler:Rogal Dorn]] seems to be willfully blind to it. He knows it exists, but refuses to ever be sarcastic about anything, and thinks everyone else should (and IS) doing the same. This makes him almost entirely impervious to the Emperor's biting snark, much to the latter's irritation.
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' Kaiba is still his usual sarcastic self, yet when he IS sarcastic, no one cares or are just too dumb.
** Yami Yugi just seems to IGNORE the sarcasm from others, look at this exchange:
-->'''Yami:''' Reeeally, you mean he came up with the idea of making fun of a Japanese cartoon on the Internet? How innovative. Genius, even.
-->'''Yugi:''' You know, sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.
-->'''Yami:''' Well, you'd know all about that.
-->'''Yugi:''' What?
-->'''Yami:''' Being lowest I mean.
-->'''Yugi:''' Okayó
-->'''Yami:''' Because you're so short and all.
-->'''Yugi:''' Yeah, good one.
-->'''Yami:''' Thank you.
-->'''Yugi:''' I was being sarcastic.
-->'''Yami:''' I still accept the compliment.
* ''Podcast/FatFrenchAndFabulous'': Jessica has a theory that despite the fact that she is terrible at understanding sarcasm, that she might have picked up a ďsarcastic accentĒ from being around her highly sarcastic family.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'':
** Used hilariously in an episode: Bloo has no idea what sarcasm is, despite the fact that he uses it ''[[HypocriticalHumor all the time]]''.
-->"Oh, yes, I'm sarcastic ''all the time.''"\\
"You're doing it right now!"
** Later in the episode, when a man defends a pretty ludicrous deceit with "[[ParodyRetcon I was being sarcastic]]," Mac and Bloo are able to call him out, and back it up with extensive research.
** Also gets mixed with MindScrew in that episode, right after Mr Herriman proved that he 'wasn't' being sarcastic about getting Bloo and Mac jet cars:
-->'''Mr. Herriman:''' ''Yes'', could I ''be'' any more sarcastic?\\
([[CreditsGag Mac and Bloo are still sitting there, trying to figure that one out, well into the credits]].)
** In a later episode when Bloo has eaten all of the food on a camping trip and has to fish for breakfast:
-->'''Bloo:''' I said I wanted bacon and eggs!\\
'''Mac:''' Okay, let me just go back in time and prevent you from eating the ones we brought!\\
'''Bloo:''' You can do that?
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** [[BrainlessBeauty Lindsay]], much to the chagrin of {{Deadpan Snarker}}s like Gwen and Noah.
--->'''Noah:''' Throwing balls, gee, another mentally challenging test.\\
'''Lindsay:''' I know, right?
** In the special:
--->'''Izzy:''' Noah, I'm counting on you for three gallons of diesel fuel.\\
'''Noah:''' Sure thing. I'll just get my unicorn to deliver it.\\
'''Izzy:''' Perfect!
** [[HarmlessVillain Max]] from the third generation cast. When he attempts to turn a rabbit evil with one of his inventions (and fails):
--->'''Max:''' Isn't it terrifying?!\\
'''[[DeadpanSnarker Scarlett]]:''' Goose bumps, Max. I have goose bumps.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'':
** Much of the cast (aside from Daria and Jane, obviously), to much comic effect. Particularly the stupidest characters (Brittany, Kevin, Sandy/Quinn, Mr. O'Neil...).
** This ends up being a minor plot point for Jake in "Is It Fall Yet?" along with his [[CannotTellAJoke inability to tell a joke.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Used in the movie "Imaginationland". The military is interrogating Stan and Kyle, trying to find a way into Imaginationland, and a specialist accidentally lets slip that they have a secret portal there. The general shuts him up, sarcastically saying, "Why don't you just tell them everything about Project X?!" The specialist starts describing it until the general cuts him off by pointing out he was being sarcastic.
** This is the main plot of the episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS16E8Sarcastaball Sarcastaball]]". Randy complains about new rules enforced in junior football to make the sport safer, saying it might as well played with a balloon while all the players wear bras and tinfoil hats, hugging their opponents and giving them compliments. He ends up being team coach after the school board takes him seriously when he says he'd ''love'' to coach the new sport.
** The Canadian Health Control Head explained in a video about puberty that queefing into a man's face results in having a baby since that is what his wife told him.
* During the episode "Snake Hunt" of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' we get an abusing scene after a television show host, posing as an archeologist, deliberately sabotages a cave drawing while Chan is preoccupied with the Dark Hand.
-->'''Rank''': And thus, "Just the Artifacts" has the exclusive scoop on this infamous Snake Talisman, whatever that is. You do think everyone was fighting over the chalk drawing, don't you?\\
'''Stefanson''': Maybe we should ask an archeologist.\\
'''Stefanson''': Oh right, destroying 4,000 year-old drawings, yeah that's what archeologists do.
* Used hilariously in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. In the episode "Eclipsed", a general is possessed by an evil spirit, which wants to pass itself along to a member of the Justice League. Asking a subordinate how to get the attention of the Justice League, the subordinate replies, [[{{Supervillain}} "Put on a gaudy costume and threaten to hurt a lot of people."]] ''So he does.'' The costume he puts together is a ShoutOut to one of the more garish of the old school super villains, Eclipso.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'', Charlie Brown is none to pleased to discover he has received no Christmas cards, so he goes up to Violet, and says:
-->'''Charlie Brown:''' Thanks for the Christmas card you sent me!\\
'''Violet:''' '''I''' didn't send you a Christmas card, Charlie Brown! (''walks off'')\\
'''Charlie Brown:''' Don't you know sarcasm when you hear it?!
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'':
-->'''Lucius:''' Well, I hope you're happy, Two-Shoes.\\
'''Jimmy:''' Aw, Thanks Lucy. I'm a little bummed about the [[CoolPlane plane]] and Jez, but other than that [[ThePollyanna I'm pretty happy]]!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer can exhibit this sometimes.
--->'''Chief Wiggum:''' Just sit down and wait for Detective "Like I Give a Damn."\\
'''Homer:''' Thank you so much.\\
'''Lisa:''' Dad?\\
'''Homer:''' Honey, Daddy's waiting for the detective.
** Also...
--->'''Lisa:''' Maybe they're all reverse vampires and they have to get home before dark.\\
** Barney also shows this in one famous scene:
--->'''Barney:''' And I say England's greatest Prime Minister was Lord Palmerston!\\
'''[[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Wade Boggs:]]''' Pitt the Elder!\\
'''Barney:''' LORD PALMERSTON!\\
'''Boggs: ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis PITT! THE! ELDER!]]'''''\\
'''Barney:''' Okay, you asked for it, Boggs! (''punches out Boggs'')\\
'''Moe:''' [[SincerityMode Yeah, that's showin' 'im, Barn!]] ''"Pitt the Elder"...''\\
'''Barney:''' '''LORD PALMERSTON!'' (''punches out Moe'')
** Bart sees Bonestorm advertised for 99 cents in a store window.
--->'''Bart''': I want to buy a copy of Bonestorm. Here's 99 cents.\\
'''Comic Book Guy''': Allow me to summarize the proposed transaction: you wish to purchase Bonestorm for 99 cents. Net profit to me, negative $59. Oh, oh please, take my $59. I don't want it. It's yours.\\
[Bart reaches for the money]\\
Eh, eh, eh -- seeing as we are unfamiliar with sarcasm, I shall close the register at this point and state that 99 cents is the rental price.
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E15TheLastTemptationOfKrust The Last Temptation of Krust]]" Bart is looking for Jay Leno and doesn't recognize him when Leno arrives. Leno comments that someone should get him a TV and Bart thanks him for the gift.
** In "[[Recap/TheSimsponsS2E17OldMoney Old Money]]" the family takes Grampa to spend the day with them on his girlfriend's birthday despite his protests and finds out she died while he was away. At the funeral Homer tries to apologize but Grampa pretends that he doesn't hear anything. Homer bemoans the loss of Grampa's hearing.
* Most characters on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' are pretty quick on the uptake, but Aang, due to his optimism and shining idealism, demonstrates this characteristic at least once, when he is reluctant to kill the BigBad, but the rest of the Gang wants him to.
-->'''Aang:''' Maybe we could make some big pots of glue, and then I could use gluebending to stick his arms and legs together so he can't bend anymore!\\
'''Zuko:''' Yeah! And then you can show him his baby pictures and all those happy memories will make him good again!\\
'''Aang:''' Do you really think that would work?\\
'''Zuko:''' NO!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra:'' While on a stake-out, Bolin and Asami descide to play a game of Pai Sho, only to realise that the earth-bending street kid and the fire nation aristocrat had been taught different versions of the game.
-->'''Bolin:''' That's no help at all. Korra, as the Avatar, you need to standardize these Pai Sho rules. \\
'''Korra:''' ''[exasperated]'' Okay, I'll put that on my to-do list, right after bringing back the Air Nation and taking down the group that tried to kidnap me. \\
'''Bolin:''' ''[sincerly]'' That's cool, whenever you get to it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** From the episode "Winter Wrap Up":
--->'''Spike:''' Well, you're good at a lot of things. Just not nest making, ice skating, animal waking, snow clearing...\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Thanks a lot for making me feel ''so'' much better.\\
'''Spike:''' That's what I'm here for, sister.
** [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pinkie Pie]] seems to be especially prone to this. In "Feeling Pinkie Keen":
--->'''Pinkie Pie:''' (''observing the frog conspicuously clinging to Twilight's head'') Uh, Twilight, you got [[{{Understatement}} a little something]] on your face there.\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Oh? Did your "Pinkie Sense" tell you that too?\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' No, I could just see it. (''hops off'') La la la la laaaa....
** And again in "Over a Barrel," where it [[InsultBackfire backfires]] on Rainbow Dash because [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pinkie Pie]] takes her quip about Fluttershy being a tree out of context.
--->'''Rainbow Dash:''' When we get to Appleoosa, you think we'll have to carry that heavy tree all the way from the train to the orchard?\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' What tree? You mean Bloomberg?\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' (''sarcasm'') No. Fluttershy.\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' Fluttershy's not a tree, silly.\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' What's going on?\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' Rainbow Dash thinks Fluttershy's a tree.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' I do ''not'' think she's a tree, I was just... \\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Did you ''say'' she was a tree?\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' No... well, yes... but... not exactly ... \\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' You know she's not a tree, right?\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' She's not a tree, Dashie.\\
'''Fluttershy:''' ...[[MemeticMutation I'd like]] [[AscendedMeme to be a tree]].
** And once again in "A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1", after showing off what she had planned for the wedding reception:
--->'''Pinkie Pie:''' I think this reception is gonna be perfect! Don't you?\\
'''Princess Cadance [[spoiler:(actually Queen Chrysalis)]]:''' Perfect! ...if we were celebrating a six-year-old's birthday party.\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' (''gasps'') Thank you!
** In "The Crystal Empire, Part 1":
--->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' I love research papers!\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' Yeah, (''nudges Pinkie'') who doesn't?\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' Oh, oh, oh! Let me guess! Is it Spike? No, no, Fluttershy! Rarity?
** In "Gauntlet of Fire'', Spike makes several sarcastic remarks towards Garble, all of which Garble takes at face value.
--->'''Spike:''' It's nice to see you too, ''Garble''.\\
'''Garble:''' I didn't say it was nice to see you. It's not! I don't like you! Was I not clear about that?
* Beavis from ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead''. If told "Tell me something I don't know." he'll do exactly that. He thinks "Stick it where the sun doesn't shine." means "Put it under your pillow."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'', Terk gives Tantor a sarcastic compliment. When Tantor acts smug, she follows it up by saying that he's really good at detecting sarcasm, as well. Tantor continues acting smug.
* Phineas from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. Case in point: Candace, his [[DeadpanSnarker snarky (and proud of it)]] sister, flat-out informs him that she's being sarcastic, and he's happily shocked and goes off track [[ComicallyMissingThePoint to compliment her for her believability.]]
-->'''Phineas:''' Well, y'know how we do something new every day?\\
'''Candace:''' (''in phony shock'') Nooo...\\
'''Phineas:''' ...Oh, well, we try to build some big project, or do something--\\
'''Candace:''' I'm aware of the concept, Phineas, I was just being sarcastic.\\
'''Phineas:''' ...Really? Hey, that was pretty good. Wow, I totally fell for it. Ferb, I totally fell for it!
* WesternAnimation/{{Doug}} would occasionally fall into this, usually with his DeadpanSnarker of an older sister. There was even an entire episode where he was worried when Patti invited him over for a dinner party and said they were having his favorite: liver and onions. He actually hated liver and onions and even made a speech in front of the class about how much he hated them. It never dawned on Doug that Patti was only kidding until she flat out told him at the end of the episode, after he had practiced eating liver and onions until he could convincingly pretend to enjoy it.
* WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants frequently falls into this due to his naïve and innocent nature, particularly whenever he talks to [[DeadpanSnarker Squidward.]]
* Stan Smith from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' frequently falls into this...
-->'''Francine:''' If it's so darn important for you to dance with the homecoming queen, why don't you just go with Betty Sue?\\
(''Stan does that'')\\
'''Betty Sue:''' I hope this isn't awkward.\\
'''Stan:''' Awkward? Don't be silly, it was Francine's idea.\\
'''Francine:''' I was being sarcastic! Or don't you get sarcasm, genius?\\
'''Stan:''' Oh, I think I get sarcasm, and I'm hardly a genius, but still, thank you; that's awfully sweet of you.
* Omi of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' is often slow to catch on to sarcasm, due to his youth and sheltered upbringing.
-->'''Omi:''' ''(In a dungeon referred to as a hospitality suite)'' Oh...perhaps I am misunderstanding the meaning of the word hospitality.\\
'''Kimiko:''' Or the meaning of sarcasm!
* Inverted with one RunningGag in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', involving an ambiguously foreign man who has just ''barely'' mastered English, and insists on [[DontExplainTheJoke pointing it out and laughing uproariously]] whenever somebody says something sarcastic, as if he's proud of himself for getting the joke.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "Take Elmyra Please", when Elmyra asks her dad if he will be on the news on the day of his new discovery (a clean-burning alternative fuel made from cholesterol), her [[BrattyTeenageDaughter sarcastic teenage older sister]], Amanda, tells her, "No, they're coming over to give you your own show, Elbow-head!". Since Elmyra is unable to understand sarcasm, she really believes what she just said, and as a result, she thinks that [[ThoseTwoBadGuys George and Leonard]], who are sent by their boss, Arthur Jabba, to capture her and hold her for ransom, are the executives for her new show and that their warehouse is the studio for the show.
* Nigel from ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'' is terrible at recognizing sarcasm. When [[DeadpanSnarker Debbie]] mentions it in TheMovie he says he likely never had an ability to recognize it and that he never noticed how sarcastic his daughter was before.
-->'''Nigel''': We'll be gone until after the eclipse. Will you be alright with Donnie?
-->'''Debbie''': Are you kidding? This will be the highlight of my young life.
-->'''Nigel''': That's the spirit, poodles!
-->'''Debbie''': Dad, have you completely lost your ability to recognize sarcasm?
-->'''Nigel''': I'm not sure I ever had it, Deborah.
* At one point in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bunnicula}}'', Bunnicula makes an idea, to which Chester sarcastically says it's a great idea. When it works, Harold is impressed at how it worked, and Chester angrily says he was being sarcastic. Cue [[KindheartedSimpleton Harold]] asking "What's a sarcasm?"
* Happy of ''WesternAnimation/The7D'' doesn't quite have a grasp on Grumpy's wisecracks.
* WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}} and Stumpy are generally oblivious to [[CatsAreSnarkers Mr. Cat]]'s sarcasm.
* In ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'', Lance falls into this sometimes. A good example from the first episode:
-->'''Lance:''' ''(referring to Keith's motorcycle)'' Can't this thing go any faster?
-->'''Keith:''' [[DeadpanSnarker We could toss some non-essential weight.]]
-->'''Lance:''' Oh, right! ({{Beat}}) ...Okay, that was an insult. I get it.
** And later in the first season:
--->'''Lance:''' Hey, does Allura ever talk about me when I'm out of the room?
--->'''Hunk:''' Oh, yeah, all the time.
--->'''Lance:''' ''(excitedly)'' Really?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': Tommy and his friends can never comprehend whenever Angelica is being sarcastic. Ironically, Angelica herself falls into this trope when she overhears [[DepravedKidsShowHost Miss Carol]] state that the real catchphrase of the show is "[[CurseCutShort she thinks they're all little]]--" (''SoundEffectBleep'') and Angelica thinks it's sincere. This leads to a [[InnocentSwearing quite disastrous turn of events]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' a truant officer tells the Gangreen Gang that he is going to make sure that they go to school. Ace tells him that they have never been to school before and the officer pretends he is shocked. When Ace continues the officer explains that he was being sarcastic, which someone would only know if they went to school.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The whole point of using (deadpan) sarcasm for humor is that it creates a brief disconnect between the speaker and the listener (who's implicitly assuming the speaker will say what they mean). Even someone with the best sarcasm-dar in the world will take a moment to realize that that's what's going on, and that tension-and-release is what makes it funny. The problem (and this trope proper) happens when that gap is so large that the listener has reacted to the face-meaning of the utterance before they've spotted the sarcasm (if they ever do).
* Children often take a couple years to recognize sarcasm, hence the prevalence of the "talking to children" tone from adults. Their reaction can vary between simply taking the statement at face value just like this trope, or getting confused at why the speaker's tone and expression doesn't match their words.
* Some people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, such as [[UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome Asperger syndrome]], don't get sarcasm, as they often tend to be very LiteralMinded. And even if they do realize that you're being sarcastic, it can still make a conversation very complicated very quickly. Interestingly, autistic people can still ''be'' very sarcastic, even if they can't always recognise sarcasm themselves. What's worse is that these people may want to mean serious things but other people take it to be sarcasm, causing great frustration, PoorCommunicationKills and other trouble.
** It can also be somewhat amusing when WrongGenreSavvy people, being aware of this, interpret the autistic person speaking sarcastically as if they were [[SincerityMode being sincere]].
** The sarcasm recognition problems in case of Aspies are usually based on the fact that recognizable sarcasm involves presenting a more or less ridiculous sentence, and Aspies are relatively probable to disagree with you whether a sentence is ridiculous or not. Interestingly, this even applies to Aspie-to-Aspie conversation, except that the speakers are usually more used to the whole disagreeing concept than an NT person.
* The ''use'' of sarcasm and the ''recognition'' of sarcasm from someone else are two different things -- this is why even a person who uses a lot of sarcasm might not pick up on it when used against them. The expressions and idioms we use are picked up from interaction with other people, so Sarcasm-Blind people can sometimes use a sarcastic expression without recognizing it as sarcasm.
* A [[http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2011/04/9719/inability-detect-sarcasm-lies-may-be-early-sign-dementia-ucsf-study-shows 2012 study]] found a link between sarcasm-blindness and some forms of dementia.
* Sarcasm is literally a foreign language in some countries, where the spoken and written languages of those countries do not use sarcasm... though they're becoming increasingly scarce as time goes by due to the bad influence of others.
* Due to lacking an ability to demonstrate tone, it's a poor idea to try to be sarcastic on the Internet. There are stories of people getting banned from several online communities for sarcastically stating something that's against the Terms of Use, the most famous incidents involving "I am twelve and what is this?" when you need to be 13 or over to make an account. This was the original reason PoesLaw was formulated, and a frequent source of examples. It's also the main reason you can find a SarcasmMode pothole on most pages of [[Wiki/TVTropes This Very Wiki]].