"Not a joke, but an incredible simulation!"The writers put in a joke (almost always a pun), but never make or put in a Punch Line or explicit statement, hiding it in the set up of the joke. Some percentage of the audience will "get" the joke, but the rest will know it was there and be going, "What? Why didn't you say it?" There can be several reasons.
— Crow T. Robot, Mystery Science Theater 3000
- It's naughty or otherwise not appropriate for this timeslot, in which case this serves the same purpose as a Last-Second Word Swap.
- It's an Incredibly Lame Pun and is only remotely funny when realized later; using it in-story would grind everything to a halt.
- Telling the punch line would keep our lawyers busy for months, so we'll just leave a blank here and let you do the copyright infringement.
- The pun is in the middle of a song, poem, or other rhythmic verse, where using it fully would break the meter.
- The pun is a form of Foreshadowing, and the audience won't get the joke until later. (It's probably also a spoiler.)
- Or simply because they're being clever, or at least trying to.
Examples with subpages:
- Animated Film
- Anime And Manga
- Fan Works
- Live-Action TV
- Professional Wrestling
- Puppet Shows
- Real Life
- Stand-Up Comedy
- Tabletop Games
- Video Games
- Web Comics
- Web Original
- Western Animation