Minagi from Air did this after Yukito showed off his puppeteering skills.
Romeo gets one in episode 14 of Romeo X Juliet after an earnest speech to his new, cynical charges at a mine.
Greed from Fullmetal Alchemist does this, both before and after he shares a body with Ling Yao.
Szayel does this to Renji during their battle in Bleach, saying its quite an accomplishment that Rukia and an Espada killed each other while doing battle. Renji, of course, is horrified after hearing the news.
He also does this to Ishida when the latter asks him if he's an Espada.
Kisuke Urahara (Mr. Hat-and-Clogs)'s slow clap, which is sometimes done in sarcasm.
Exemplified and mocked in Gold Digger where the villain Fauntleroy engages in this (complete with optional "Bra-vo.") and Brianna responds with "Durrr...look at me mom! I just figured out how to clap sarcastically! Durr!"
Freddie Femur takes it to the next level in one of the "High School" issues of Strangers in Paradise upon hearing Katchoo's poem, This Mask I Wear.
Raiden in the first Mortal Kombat movie. He was a good guy, but thought the good guy heroics were sadly lacking compared to the threat they faced.
Bender in The Breakfast Club after Claire does her putting-on-lipstick-with-my-cleavage trick.
In Remember The Titans, Denzel Washington's character humiliates two of the white kids to put them in their place after they try a low-key coup of sorts just as the team is about to leave for football camp. He starts it off by announcing them to the crowd of parents as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and doing a lone Sarcastic Clap in the awkward silence that follows.
The killers in the Hercule Poirot films Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun both do this after Poirot exposes them, in both cases because they believe that he has no physical evidence.
In Primal Fear, "Aaron" (Edward Norton) eerily does this at the end of the movie , when the attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere), and us, the audience, discover that Aaron has been faking his split personality/insanity for the entire film- he is actually sane. However, having just been found Not Guilty of murder, by reason of insanity, he cannot be tried twice for the same crime (double jeopardy). Therefore, even though Vail now knows the truth, he's powerless to do anything, as Ed Norton's character mocks him creepily from his cell, because he's just gotten away with murder.
In the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo, Abbe Faria does this when Dantes realizes the reason Villefort burned the incriminating letter and imprisoned him right after acquitting him of the charges.
Blackheart does this in the Ghost Rider film after Johnny transforms. True to the trope, he does it while strolling down an alley into the light.
Mr. White does this to Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs after the latter starts describing why he went on a civilian shooting spree during the heist. Mr. Blonde claps along with him with a grin on his face.
After Wu Luan's play in Legend Of The Black Scorpion, the emperor claps, signalling that the audience may applaud. But what happens immediately following shows that he got his nephew's challenge and is going to kill him.
Castor Troy in Face/Off does it to Dr. Walsh when he discovers his face is implanted to his Arch-Enemy Sean Archer which left him faceless.
Castor Troy: Dr. Walsh! I was just enjoying some of your, uh, greatest hits here. Oh, and I hope you don't mind. I partook in some of your groovy painkillers. You know, this is fabulous work. This is... [sees the surgery videotape finish] Bravo! Bra-fucking-vo! [claps] Oh, god, this is excellent! Bravo!
Dr. Malcolm Walsh: What do you want?
Castor Troy:[claps his hands several times, causing Castor's bloody faceless face to appear reflected in Dr. Walsh's glasses] Take one goddamn guess.
In one of the Doctor WhoExpanded Universe novels, the Doctor attempts to rescue his companion from a pit in the ground by putting a ladder over the pit and... well, I don't know what he meant to do next; maybe he didn't either. The ladder falls in, as does the Doctor, and his companion claps sarcastically.
In Sharpe's Eagle, French cavalry applaud the South Essex's parade-ground perfect maneuvers in a situation where everyone with any sense note Col. Simmerson, commander of the South Essex, not among them knows the cavalry would not attack.
Community: Chang begins clapping, after saying 'I agree'. Of course, Jeff calls him out on this. After their conversation, Chang starts doing it again ("Seriously, do you have brain damage?").
"You can't talk and then do a slow-clap."
"You don't know that!"
Lampshaded in "The First Chang Destiny."
Chang: Sar. Cas. Tic. Claps.
Blakes Seven has Avon doing this to Blake, with impeccable timing and a perfectly calculated, calm sneer.
Saturday Night Live had a skit called "The Sarcastic Clapping Family of South Hampton." The skit parodied the frequent use of this trope in Soap Operas.
Power Rangers Time Force: The Quantum Ranger announces his presence for the first time by slow-clapping his hand against his gun in mock-approval of the Monster of the Week. The steel-on-steel sound of his clapping has the added effect of demonstrating how well-armored he is.
Crowley is fond of this. Being a demon, he can teleport in and do it when you think no one else is around. Once, he switched out the "bravo" for a more obnoxious "...and scene." to end an emotional moment.
A witch catches Sam and Dean breaking into his hotel room. The witch uses this trope as Sam's punishment. Sam later discovers that he has spontaneously developed gonorrhea, aka "the clap".
The Trickster does this when Sam and Dean trap him and reveal that he's the Archangel Gabriel.
Joey: (to Ross and Chandler) I need advice from you guys on how to repel women-
Ross: Hey, I don't repel women! I've been married three times!
cue Chandler's Sarcastic Clapping
Occurs in "The Ensigns of Command", the second episode of the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, after Data's speech to human colonists in danger of being wiped out by the Sheliak. The colonists' leader immediately begins Sarcastic Clapping.
In The Shield, Dutch managed to outwit a dangerous serial killer, prompting a round of genuine applause from the rest of the Barn. At almost exactly the same time, Shane Vendrell has managed to mess up a much easier case by having sex with the lead suspect, prompting a round of Sarcastic Clapping from Vic.
Corner Gas has an episode where Wanda and Davis both take piano lessons from Emma, though Davis is much better at it. After Davis played a song in The Ruby, everybody applauded, except for a jealous Wanda. Davis, being Davis, misses the point entirely:
In Smallville, Clark's home has been trashed in a party, and he has to clean it up before his parents get home. Fortunately, he has super-speed. He manages to clean the entire house in seconds, and then sits triumphantly by a fruit basket. Cue his father's Sarcastic Clapping behind him, and an Oh, Crap! look from Clark.
In Game of Thrones, King Joffrey claps sarcastically after having a minstrel repeat a treasonous song he had sung. The rest of his court is unsure whether they should be following him in applause or not.
Justin does it one episode, after Max attempts to take out the garbage using magic and fails. (This is the episode just after Alex and Justin have been bounced back to level one wizard training.)
Justin: *clapping* "Ladies and gentlemen, the future family wizard."
And then a moment later, when Alex declares she's quitting the wizard competition.
Justin: *clapping* "Ladies and gentlemen, the Russo family quitter. We are an impressive bunch."
Rome. Marc Antony intimidates a senator into passing some radical legislation. As the senator rambles on, Antony gives a slow clap as a way of saying, "Fine, that's enough, you can shut up now." The few remaining politicians in Rome aren't suicidal enough to oppose the legislation anyway, so they all dutifully applaud when the legislation is passed "unanimously".
In one Calvin and Hobbes strip, Calvin makes a theatrical production out of choking down a small bite of his dinner, declaring afterwards that it nearly killed him. Cue sarcastic clapping and calls for an encore from both of his parents.
Seen in a Japanese match cited by Botchamania as a rare case of a botch improving a match. A rookie wrestler is fighting a veteran who's made it clear he doesn't respect the rookie. At one point, the rookie climbs the ropes, only to stumble off the top. The veteran is confused for a second, and then begins to sarcastically applaud before mockingly signalling the crowd to cheer. That's when the rookie jumps and pins him.
Triple H did this on occasion during his time as a heel.
Chris Jericho would also occasionally bust it out during his goofier days.
Jushin "Thunder" Liger broke into a round of Sarcastic Clapping after his opponent botched a dive off the ropes and fell on his head.
Called for in the last scene of Act 1 of Damn Yankees. Applegate uses the tactic when he enters following "Whatever Lola Wants", responding to Lola's failure to... uh... get what she wants.
Avenue Q gives us the song "Schadenfreude": "You ever clap when a waitress slips and drops a tray of glasses?" "Uh-huh." "And ain't it fun to watch figure skaters falling on their asses?"
In Pippin, this is the Players' reaction to Pippin's opening speech and song.
And Excella does this to Chris and Sheva, and even has the "Bra-vo".
Zead from Castlevania: Curse Of Darkness does this twice: once when Hector starts gaining the power necessary to complete his quest, and once when he refuses to do so. Given the contradictory circumstances, one may wonder if he knows anything about the proper use of sarcastic clapping. (Then again, there is little reason to learn such nuances when you don't have skin on your hands.)
Inverted in Devil May Cry 4, where series lead Dante demonstrates his disdain for the villains by doing this.
In Vagrant Story Sydney, having already proven he's not terribly impressed with Ashley by responding to a crossbow bolt through the chest with "quite a scratch" drives the point home with a dose of sarcastic clapping after you beat the Minotaur. Made a little stranger by the fact that the clapper has metal hands and isn't shown for a few seconds after he starts, making for a moment of confusion when an unidentifiable tink tink tink sound breaks into the cutscene.
In the Anguished One's ending in Devil Survivor 2, after managing to activate the Terminal to Polaris, Yamato enters the scene with one of these. If you have Joe in your party, he even comments "I know a sarcastic clap when I hear one."
Yeager, from Tales of Vesperia, does this rather often when praising the main party, along with his trademark "ja".
Adachi in Persona 4 does this when the party reaches the top of his dungeon.
General Lionwhyte in Brutal Legend does this when the heroes assemble before his tower. He even includes the "Bravo."
Happens in BlazBlue when Hazama loses by time out. As if to mock you for not being able to knock him out before the timer runs out.
The Boss of Saints Row 2 does this during a cutscene during the Brotherhood campaign. Why? Because he just stuffed Brotherhood leader Maero's girlfriend Jessica into the trunk of her car and positioned it to be run over by a monster truck... that Maero was driving.
GLaDOS: Oh hi. How are you holding up? ...BECAUSE I'M A POTATO (Clap. Clap. Clap.) Oh good, my Slow Clap Processor made it into this thing. So we have that. [A short time later] ... and you just put him in charge of the entire facility. (Clap. Clap.) Good, that's still working.
In one of Sheeva'sfatalities in Mortal Kombat 9, she rips off her opponent's arms, slaps him or her around with them before kicking the body down, and then flexes while using the arms to sarcastically applaud.
In Dragon Age: Origins, after Arl Eamon's speech at the Landsmeet, Loghain approaches, applauding sarcastically.
Skyrim offers a particularly malicious one from Gaius Maro after you fail to assassinate the emperor.
Happens in Borderlands 2 after you survive an initiation put up by The Slab King, AKA Brick. A Bandit named "Sarcastic Slab" appears and makes sarcastic comments while clapping for you. If you kill him, The Slab King will commend you for it.
A later mission for the Slab King has you meet with his lieutenant Rocko, who does much the same. Sadly, you can't kill him.
In Star Wars: The Old Republic's first Republic flashpoint, a Mandalorian commander greets your party with a sarcastic clap. There's also an emote named for him that lets your character do this. "Insert Player Name Here is so very impressed [with $target]."
In The Gamers Alliance, Vaetris, posing as Ax in Alent, starts clapping in this manner as she steps into the light while she witnesses the captive Refan nearly succeed in seducing Irinthiel with his demonic powers. However, part of it is also her being genuinely impressed by how quickly Refan has learned the demonic trick although she knows he's still no match for her.
Vaetris: "That was quite impressive, Refan. You learn quickly! And now, you see the secret to true power...the power that the North only wishes they could harness. Chaos without order is nothing. Power without control is nothing."
The real kicker is that each clap of paw and claw is a sound that is anything but the sound of hands clapping. In order, it's a duck's quack, clack, a dog's bark, a frog's ribbit, a squishing noise, a camera click, and a thunder clap. Justified in that he's the Spirit of Chaos and Disharmony, after all.
Invoked in the first episode of Ugly Americans. After Mark expresses empathy for legal immigrants at a staff meeting, Frank starts clapping sarcastically. Mark's partner Leonard joins in, and the two argue over whether Leonard was actually clapping sarcastically or going for a dramatic slow building applause. Twayne has to shout "Stop clapping!"
"Applaud everyone, applaud sarcastically! (everyone claps) Uhhh no that sounds too sincere, slower. (everyone claps slower) There we go, nice and condescending."
When plates or glasses are dropped and broken in restaurants and school cafeterias, the typical response is for everyone to burst out in applause. Some restaurants even institute this as a policy for their staff. The idea apparently is to turn an otherwise embarrassing gaffe into a fun little tradition, humorously implying, "I Meant to Do That!"
Some people play the "Last Clap". Sometimes, participation by other, unseen players carries the "applause" minutes into the next performance.
Tends to occur in Football matches, when a player is given a yellow or red card and disagrees. Most likely because more extreme reactions can lead to very hefty punishments. Just like the Wayne Rooney example pictured above. David Beckham also did it, and he got expelled from the game, although it was later proven that he did not intend to insult the referee.
In Japanese culture, the equivalent to the sarcastic clap is to say "We have been waiting for you!" This is done in kabuki theater when the hero makes his appearance. Seen in Memoirs of a Geisha. Sarcastic clapping has found its way in modern Japanese culture, though.
That is not how the phrase "Mattemashita" or "We have been waiting for this/you!" is used in Kabuki at all. It is a phrase of high praise, used when a kabuki actor is about to begin a scene that is both extremely famous and very difficult. The phrase's use in the novel was meant to be a witty bit of sarcasm that was used spur of the moment, and the author explicitly said so.
During the 2013 National Television Awards, Martin Freeman did a hilarious version of this when Downton Abbey beat Sherlock (in which he stars) for Best Drama. He wasn't even clapping, he was airclapping!