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->''"That was a sarcastic clap. The space between the claps means sarcasm."''
-->-- '''Wanda''', ''Series/CornerGas''

[[TheHero The heroes]] have been engaging in heroism, battling countless EvilMinions and/or giving a RousingSpeech.

Cue the slow, rhythmic, sarcastic clapping from the BigBad or [[{{Antihero}} a less idealistic hero]]. [[JadeColoredGlasses He is not impressed]] (sneering "Bra-''vo''" is optional). Extra credit for starting to clap while slouched in [[EvilIsNotWellLit a dark corner]], then sauntering, still clapping, into the light. Can also be done by villains or heroic characters who are not part of the core [[MagneticHero hero]] group (by virtue of [[IWorkAlone being rugged and edgy loners]]), particularly {{Sixth Ranger}}s.

This is normally used to mock the hero(es). Either because their actions so far are insufficient to stop the bad guy, have failed (often spectacularly) and only [[BatmanGambit advanced the villain's agenda]] or simply [[NiceJobBreakingItHero made things worse]].

This clapping may be the remainder of an outburst of applause from genuine supporters.

The golf clap is sometimes substituted by the SissyVillain.

Not to be confused with the SlowClap. Compare SarcasmMode, of which this is often a non-verbal form.



* The red M&M guy does one when Optimus Prime flings a trailer full of strawberry peanut butter M&Ms into the distance.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A pitch video for the (canceled) second season of ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' had Alucard shooting everything up, then the next BigBad clapping slowly. The {{OVA}}, which rebooted the series, features him.
** In the manga, the Major has a tendency to applaud his enemies when they seem to be doing well (although knowing him, it could be that he is genuinely impressed).
* In ''Anime/NegimaSecondSeason'', Eva does this in response to Negi casting a spell to see spirits, but he doesn't realize she's being sarcastic.
* Nagi in episode 16 of ''Anime/MaiHime'', foreshadowing TheReveal immediately afterward.
* Pegasus does it to Kaiba in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' after Kaiba reaches his brother in the dungeon of Pegasus' castle.
* Mao from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is fond of this.
* Minagi from ''VisualNovel/{{Air}}'' did this after Yukito showed off his puppeteering skills.
* Romeo gets one in episode 14 of ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' after an earnest speech to his new, cynical charges at a mine.
* Greed from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' does this, both before and after [[spoiler:he shares a body with Ling Yao]].
* Szayel does this to Renji during their battle in ''Manga/{{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.
* In a [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode]], Izaya from ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' does this to Shizuo the first time they meet, right after Shizuo's laid waste to an entire soccer field full of punks. Obviously, [[HairTriggerTemper Shizuo]] is ''not'' [[MegatonPunch impressed]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Exemplified and mocked in ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' 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 ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'' upon hearing Katchoo's poem, ''This Mask I Wear''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'': During the confrontation in Midnight's lair at the climax of the Jump City Arc, she does this after Cyborg gives her a KirkSummation, saying that it was very moving, and that she'll post it in memorium on the Internet for him. [[spoiler: Then Slade does it from the shadows after the Titans beat Midnight, putting her example to shame.]]
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6075944/1/Opheliac Opheliac]]'': Azula does this to Aang, complete with mocking dialogue, after Ozai escapes prison and begins to gather supporters.
-->'''Azula''': Congratulations, Avatar Aang, [[WhatTheHellHero your idiocy and adherence to long-dead traditions has put the world at far more risk than it was before.]]
* ''Fanfic/ThisBites'': Mr. 3's entrance in Chapter 19, after Cross' TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Tashigi.
* ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'': [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Norlock]] does this to "congratulate" Dib, Steve, and Viera after [[VillainousRescue saving them from Tak]] during the EpicFail of their first mission as a team.
* ''FanFic/LetTheGalaxyBurn'': When Rhaegar orders Visenya to go to the North and bring her twin sister Baela back, she replies by clapping very slowly.

* Raiden in the first ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie. He was a good guy, but thought the good guy heroics were sadly lacking compared to the threat they faced.
* A variation of this is used by the heroes in the movie ''Men At Work'': "Golf clap?" "Golf Clap." *[[FacePalm cue polite clapping of the fingers against the palm]]*
* Theron does this after Gorgo's speech to the Spartan senate in ''Film/ThreeHundred''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf 2007}}'', Unferth does this because he's drunk and unimpressed by Beowulf's boasting and doesn't know any better. Beowulf finds it difficult to argue with a drunk:
* In ''Film/MaryPoppins'', Mary offers up a sarcastic three-clap applause directed at Bert's.. imaginative.. "high-wire act".
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker offers a slow clap to [[spoiler:Gordon once he's appointed Commissioner]]. This was an [[ThrowItIn ad-lib]] by Creator/HeathLedger.
* Bender in ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' after Claire does her putting-on-lipstick-with-my-cleavage trick.
* In ''Film/RememberTheTitans'', Creator/DenzelWashington'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 Music/DeanMartin and Creator/JerryLewis and doing a lone Sarcastic Clap in the awkward silence that follows.
* In ''Film/PrimalFear'', "Aaron" (Creator/EdwardNorton) eerily does this at the end of the movie , when [[spoiler: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 ''Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', 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 ''Film/GhostRider'' film after Johnny transforms. True to the trope, he does it while strolling down an alley into the light.
* ''Film/TheLionInWinter'' has Henry doing this to Eleanor.
* Mr. White does this to Mr. Blonde in ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' 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 ''Film/LegendOfTheBlackScorpion'', 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.
* In the 2010 version of ''Film/{{The Karate Kid|2010}}'', Master Li orders Cheng to injure Dre's leg, and Cheng complies. After one of Mr. Han's cupping treatments, Dre decides to finish his match with Cheng, whereupon he is greeted with applause from Master Li.
* Castor Troy in ''Film/FaceOff'' does it to Dr. Walsh when he discovers his face is implanted to his ArchEnemy 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-[[PrecisionFStrike 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.
* ''Film/BestSeller''. The VillainWithGoodPublicity is giving a speech at a charity function. The hitman who used to work for him does this to get his attention so he'll come over and talk. TroubleEntendre follows.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1'', Katniss is filming a "propo" to stir up support for the rebellion, but is doing a terrible job of it. Following her wooden, stilted delivery of "People of Panem, we fight! We dare to end this hunger for justice!", Haymitch enters...
-->'''Haymitch''': (''slow clap'') And that, my friends, is a revolution dies.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Clint sarcastically claps at the start of his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech when [[spoiler:Tony Stark shows up to speak to the imprisoned members of Team Cap.]]
* Done by the Dragon in ''{{Film/Ladyhawke}}'' as Philippe the Mouse gets cornered by the Bishop's posse.
* In ''two'' Peter Ustinov film adaptations of Creator/AgathaChristie's Literature/HerculePoirot stories, ''Literature/DeathOnTheNile'' and ''Literature/EvilUnderTheSun'', this is the killer's response to Poirot's exposition during the SummationGathering - both times because they think he has no evidence.
* In the sequel of ''Film/TheMightyDucks'', Coach Stansson of [[OpposingSportsTeam Team Iceland]] gives Gordon Bombay a sarcastic little clap after [[CurbStompBattle whupping Team USA 12-1]].

* In one of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' ExpandedUniverse novels, the Doctor attempts to rescue his [[SarcasticDevotee 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; [[IndyPloy maybe he didn't either]]. The ladder falls in, as does the Doctor, and his companion claps sarcastically.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'', when Leonid tells Uriel that he will join him and Pasanius in their death oath, Vaanes claps, slowly.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', Sergeant Jackrum delivers at least one of these.
* 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[[/note]] knows the cavalry would not attack.
* ''Literature/MurderOnTheLeviathan'': Fandorin does this after Renate spins her story about how she killed Gauche because he was trying to kill her.
--> '''Fandorin''': "Bravo!" said Fandorin with a mocking smile, still clapping his hands. "Bravo, Mme. Kleber. You are a great actress!"

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Series/{{Community}}: Chang begins clapping, after saying "I agree". Of course, Jeff [[LampshadeHanging 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.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' has [[DeadpanSnarker Avon]] doing this to Blake, with impeccable timing and a perfectly calculated, calm sneer.
** Have an animated [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kzhxmzvDxB1qboiiho1_400.gif .gif]]
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a skit called "The Sarcastic Clapping Family of South Hampton." The skit parodied the frequent use of this trope in {{Soap Opera}}s.
* ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'': The Quantum Ranger announces his presence for the first time by slow-clapping his hand against his gun in mock-approval of the MonsterOfTheWeek. The steel-on-steel sound of his clapping has the added effect of demonstrating how well-armored he is.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', the Blue Ranger gives Sarcastic Clapping to a MonsterOfTheWeek who uses dance-related attacks.
* Used in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when Buffy drops a tray in the cafeteria (see RealLife, below).
** Spike does this in one of his BadBoss moments. A henchvamp is fighting Buffy and shouts for Spike to give him a hand. Spike doesn't move, except to clap after Buffy stakes the vamp, thereby giving him a different kind of hand.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Dr. Cox claps slowly to an ex-drug addict and he's stunned that he clapped sarcastically, commenting how old it is.
-->"Are you seriously doing the cliched sarcastic slow clapping? Because that is so 1980s."
** He did a sarcastic clap to J.D. at one point for walking away in the middle of an argument. Ted walked up and randomly joined in.
-->'''Ted:''' What are we clapping for?
-->'''Cox:''' His dad just died. ''*slows down and stops*'' Dammit.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** 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, [[StealthPun aka]] [[spoiler: "the clap".]]
** The Trickster does this when Sam and Dean trap him and reveal that he's [[spoiler: the Archangel Gabriel.]]
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'' we have this exchange:
-->'''Joey:''' (''to Ross and Chandler'') I have to do something to repel this woman. Wait a minute, wait a minute - you guys repel women all the time!
-->'''Ross:''' Hey, 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 ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', after Data's speech to human colonists in danger of being wiped out by the Sheliak. The colonists' leader immediately begins Sarcastic Clapping.
* In ''Series/TheShield'', 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.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Eleven does this after Solomon kills the fetch-playing triceratops.
* ''Series/CornerGas'' 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:
-->'''Davis:''' Thanks, Wanda.
-->'''Wanda:''' That was a sarcastic clap. [[LampshadeHanging The space between the claps means sarcasm.]]
* In ''Series/{{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 OhCrap look from Clark.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** 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. Then Joffrey asks the minstrel [[SadisticChoice if his fingers or his tongue are more important to him.]]
** Done by Walder Frey after Robb apologises for breaking his marriage pact.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'':
** 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."
* ''Series/{{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".
* On ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'', resident {{Jerkass}} Hank taunts the titular character, daring her to drop her prim and proper demeanor and tell him off. She finally does, giving him a blistering TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. As she storms out, he applauds, declaring, "Not bad. I didn't think you had it in you."

* Music/TheBeatles song ''The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill'' from ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'' tells a story about a GreatWhiteHunter who is actually a pathetic MommasBoy. In the end John and others applaud for him, definitely meant sarcastically.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' 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.

* Website/SomethingAwful forums have a number of sarcastic clap icons.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Seen in a Japanese match cited by WebOriginal/{{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.
* Wrestling/TripleH did this on occasion during his time as a heel.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho would also occasionally bust it out during his goofier days.
* [[Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger Jushin "Thunder" Liger]] broke into a round of Sarcastic Clapping after his opponent botched a dive off the ropes and fell on his head.

[[folder: Radio]]
* Sometimes [[InvokedTrope invoked]] on ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'': When a musical round is so successful that the audience starts clapping in time, Jack Dee will puncture it with a comment like "I think the slow clap was a bit unkind."

* Called for in the last scene of Act 1 of ''Theatre/DamnYankees''. Applegate uses the tactic when he enters following "Whatever Lola Wants", responding to Lola's failure to... uh... get what she wants.
* ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' 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 ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'', this is the Players' reaction to Pippin's opening speech and song.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'', when Alex and his gang defeat [[TheDragon the Black Dragon]], BigBad The Magic Emperor "congratulates" them on taking out the last remaining obstacle in his attempt to TakeOverTheWorld. Turns out it was [[NiceJobBreakingItHero part of his plan all along]] to have [[TheFourGods the four dragons]] eliminated so that he could assert complete control over the goddess Althena.
* Revolver Ocelot did this in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', while stepping out of the shadows of Metal Gear Ray, after hearing Marine Commandant Scott Dolph's motivational speech to the Marines.
* Salazar does this in one scene of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''.
** [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 And Excella]] does this to Chris and Sheva, and even has the "Bra-vo".
* Zead from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'' 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 ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'', where series lead Dante demonstrates his disdain for the villains by doing this.
** Played straight in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' when MonsterClown Jester pulls off TheReveal.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has the /golfclap emote for those times when a player wants to make it clear he/she is unimpressed.
* [[spoiler:Eggman Nega]] in [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic Rush Adventure]] (through text).
* In ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' Sydney, having already proven he's not terribly impressed with Ashley [[spoiler: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.
* Damon Gant from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' complete with the LaughingMad.
* General Raveshaw from Command and Conquer Renegade does this when he finds you attempting to rescue the scientists in the Black Hand mansion.
* About halfway through ''VideoGame/{{Geist}}'' your nemesis does this, and while possessing your body just to show off.
* [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Roxas, alright. Fight, fight, fight.]]
* Slayer in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear X'' does this as his taunt.
* In the Anguished One's ending in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'', 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 ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', does this rather often when praising the main party, along with his trademark "ja".
* [[spoiler: Adachi]] in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' does this when the party reaches the top of his dungeon.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Wow, that was an amazingly corny speech. Congratulations.
* General Lionwhyte in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' does this when the heroes assemble before his tower. He even includes the "Bravo."
* Happens in ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' does this during a cutscene during the Brotherhood campaign. Why? [[spoiler: Because s/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. The real root of this issue is that Maero offered a sleazy cut of the deal to the Boss for a possible alliance between the Saints and the Brotherhood, to which the Boss did not take well and started a vicious campaign involving a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.]]
* ''VideoGame/Portal2:'' [=GLaDOS=] claims to have a Slow Clap Processor built specifically for this purpose. It's also one of the few things that remains with her [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext when her consciousness gets transferred into a potato]]]].
-->'''[=GLaDOS=]:''' [[AC: Oh, hi. So. How are you holding up? [[spoiler: BECAUSE I'M A POTATO.]]]] ''[Clap. Clap. Clap.]'' [[AC: Oh good, my Slow Clap Processor made it into this thing. So we have that.]]
-->[A short time later]
-->[[AC: ... and you just [[spoiler:put him in charge of the entire facility]].]] ''[Clap. Clap.]'' [[AC: Good, that's still working.]]
* In one of [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Sheeva's]] [[FinishingMove fatalities]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', 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 ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', after [[spoiler:Arl Eamon's speech]] at the Landsmeet, Loghain approaches, applauding sarcastically.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' offers a particularly malicious one from Commander Maro after you [[spoiler: fail to assassinate the emperor.]]
* Happens in VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} after you survive an initiation put up by The Slab King, AKA [[spoiler: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.
** And when you deal damage to him, he just claps faster.
** 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 ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'''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. "InsertPlayerNameHere is so very impressed [with $target]."
* [[spoiler:Magolor]] does it in ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'' [[spoiler:when he reveals he was EvilAllAlong.]]
* In ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'', this is the titular character's reaction after watching Loki take out a group of [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] by himself, granted this might be subverted since she did seem at least somewhat genuinely impressed with his skills beforehand (she is notorious for her snark, afterall). This clapping animation is actually used for Bayonetta's losing animation for her appearance as a GuestFighter in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for 3DS and Wii U'', looking as snarky and sarcastic as ever.
* ''{{VideoGame/Destiny}}'' has this, first made well-known in their [[https://youtu.be/w_eAS1RiJk4?t=20s/ ice bucket challenge video]]. It eventually made it into the game [[https://youtu.be/tTcZuq0Msgg/ as an emote]].
* Reaper of ''Videgame/{{Overwatch}}'' has this as one of his emotes.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* One episode in the "Myths & Legends" storyline of ''Webcomic/TheGodsOfArrKelaan'' had [[http://www.rmcomics.com/Mirror/MythsNLegends/?viewDate=20050909 a god performing one of these]].
* Jim to the gathered party of zombie survivors during ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'''s [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/8/23/ Armadeaddon]] arc. Also, [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/1/21/ the Witchalok]] accompanies his LukeIAmYourFather (And Technically Also Your Mother) with one.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Life}}'', the success of Felicia's plan to [[spoiler:maneuver Edward into asking her to prom]] [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=243 elicits halfhearted applause from Madison.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Vaetris]], posing as [[TheLadette Ax]] in [[TheMagocracy Alent]], starts clapping in this manner as she steps into the light while she witnesses the captive [[HalfHumanHybrid Refan]] nearly succeed in seducing [[MasterOfIllusion 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."
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick does this to the rest of the ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' team after they're cheering about having beaten WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic to death. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* ''LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys'': [[LetsPlay/ProtonJon Jon]] does this often in response to [[LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}} Emile's]] antics. A plethora of notable examples is in their LP of the 2012 ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' game.
* ''The X-Axis'' review of the infamous "exploding communion wafers simulate the Rapture" ''ComicBook/XMen'' storyline concludes "I'm not sure how you do sarcastic slow applause in print, but imagine it here."
* ''Blog/CinnamonBunzuh'': Ifi loves slow clapping at whenever the Animorphs do something idiotic.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Commander Zhao does this to the fire sage who betrays his comrades to help Aang and the others in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* Gutierrez does it when ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' removes the bracelet bomb in the season 1 finale.
* Invoked outright in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', by [[spoiler: the wax statue version of SherlockHolmes.]]
-->"Applaud everyone, applaud sarcastically! ''(everyone claps)'' Uhhh no that sounds too sincere, slower. ''(everyone claps slower)'' There we go, nice and condescending."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': "Bravo, ponies, bravo! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZgFLBkPjU4 Harmony in Equestria is officially dead. Discord rules, Celestia drools."]]
** 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.
** Starlight Glimmer clops her hooves together this way in "The Cutie Re-Mark, Part 2".
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': [[TheMultiverse Evil Rick]] does this when he captures Rick C-137 (our Rick).
-->'''Rick C-137:''' [[DiscussedTrope The slow clap? Really? Kind of played out, dude.]]
-->'''Evil Rick:''' Not in this dimension, it isn't. In fact I invented it. Nobody else has ever even done it here before.
-->'''Rick C-137:''' [sarcastic clapping] Well, la-dee-da.
-->'''Evil Rick:''' Hey, that's mine!
* Homer's brain to Homer in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Last Temptation of Homer".
** Bart does it to Lisa when she becomes student body president, but [[SarcasmBlind Homer and Marge have trouble grasping the very concept.]]
* Plankton does it to Spongebob and Patrick when they return [[FetchQuest with King Neptune's crown]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS4E9PlanOfDissent "Plan of Dissent"]], after [[HotBlooded Hardcase]] manages to get an Umbaran fighter under control -- blowing up half the hangar in the process:
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Jesse]]:''' ''[walks up, clapping]'' I thought the plan was to blow up the supply ship, not destroy our own hangar.
* Invoked in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans''. 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 [[SlowClap slow building applause]]. Twayne has to shout "Stop clapping!"

[[folder:Real Life]]
* 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, "IMeantToDoThat!"
** In Israel it is also common to hear someone saying "Mazal tov," referring to the custom of breaking a cup at Jewish weddings.
** Military members get similar treatment in a mess hall. Dropping a plate of food will earn you cheering, chanting, wild applause, and someone will likely get up to get you a fresh meal, all in the spirit of good-natured mockery.
** At Texas A&M, wild applause is the customary response to someone accidentally tying to leave via one of the fire exits, which sets off the dining hall's fire alarms. Meanwhile, dropping a tray gets you a resounding cry of "'''PICK IT UP!'''"
* Some people play the "Last Clap". Sometimes, participation by other, unseen players carries the "applause" minutes into the next performance.
* Tends to occur in [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball 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 Cristiano Ronaldo 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.
* [[http://slowclapforcongress.com/ Slow Clap for Congress]].
* During the 2013 National Television Awards, Creator/MartinFreeman did a hilarious version of this when ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' beat ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' (in which he stars) for Best Drama. He wasn't even clapping, he was airclapping!
* At Baseball games, the crowd will sometimes sarcastically clap and cheer if a pitcher finally throws a strike after a long string of balls and hits.
** Likewise in basketball games if one team goes on a long scoreless streak that finally ends.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Eagle_Claw Operation Eagle Claw]] began with intensively-trained Delta Force Operators embarking on an ambitious scheme to end the [[{{Argo}} Iran Hostage Crisis]] and ended with them evacuating a burning EC-130 at an early stage in the mission. Heading back to the US, the operators got on an aircraft whose crew chief who didn't know them and gave a verbose presentation on how to evacuate in the event the plane caught fire. According to Col. Charlie Beckwith's memoirs, the singed, smoke-smelling operators gave the man a standing ovation.
* After the 2017 Cleveland Browns went 0-16 on the season, the fans were understandably frustrated with the result, especially since the Browns had already gone 1-15 the previous year. Their response? [[http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21985114/cleveland-browns-fans-hold-perfect-season-parade-20-mark-team-0-16-season A parade to celebrate their team's "perfect" season!]]