troperville

tools

toys


main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
That Came Out Wrong
Tobias: I'm afraid I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a dry run, if you will, so it seems I have something of a mess on my hands.
Michael: There's just so many poorly chosen words in that sentence....

A character says something innocuous, but can easily be misconstrued as something really dirty. Different from Innocent Innuendo in that the audience isn't misled—it's just the character him or herself not filtering their thoughts properly. Other, more dirty-minded characters may make fun of the speaker or chime in with "That's What She Said!" More commonly, the speaker catches herself and, after a beat, acknowledges it with the title phrase or something to the same effect.

A related phenomenon is this sequence:
  1. The inadvertent Double Entendre is said.
  2. The speaker moves on to something else, while everyone else is awkwardly silent.
  3. The person closest to the speaker says "Wait for it."
  4. Cue dawning realisation and a flustered explanation from the speaker.

Verbal Backspace may be employed to select a more appropriate phrase. May degenerate into Digging Yourself Deeper or Freudian Slippery Slope. See also Freudian Slip.

Compare Accidental Innuendo, where this isn't intentional on the writer's part.

Not to be confused with Came Back Wrong.

Examples

    open/close all folders 

    Advertising 
  • Burger King did one that was not so much dirty as Squicky: "We don't just serve burgers, we serve people."
  • McDonald's had a brief (and swiftly recalled) online advertising campaign in which they'd slightly misunderstood youth slang. "Double cheeseburger? I'd hit it".note 
  • KFC once had a Battlestar Galactica tie-in promotion which advertised a sweepstakes to win a "Frak Pak". After realizing what the frak that actually meant, they removed all instances of "frak" and changed the name of the promotion to "Can't-Say-That-Word-on-Television Sweepstakes". This was probably even worse, since the old name only suggests a prize pack with condoms and KY Jelly, while the revised name suggests a Happy Ending Massage for the winners.
  • The "True love that comes from a little green leaf" line in this Truvia commercial.
  • The people behind Corn Nuts really could have phrased this jingle better.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Yume De Aetara, the protagonist got locked in an elevator overnight, and so got late for the date he had the next day. The woman he got locked in with helpfully explained that he was late because they had spent the night together. Oops...
  • The uncut English dub of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's sixth episode has Yoko doing a Foe-Tossing Charge to punch Kamina in the face because he got Distracted by the Sexy. He responds that there are some things a guy just has to see, to which she angrily yells that if he wanted to see it that badly, she can show them any time... then hurriedly tries to correct herself.
  • In Akane's special for Mai-Otome, this exchange happens while Akane and Kazuya are about to have sex.
    Kazuya: I'm a little scared.
    Akane: Don't worry, I know lots of stuff.
    Kazuya: Eh?
    Akane: (sheepishly while waving her hands) No, I didn't mean it like that. I learned lots in school.
    Kazuya: R-right.
  • This conversation from the second season of the Sailor Moon anime:
    King Endymion: Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Kamen, this girl is the daughter of you two.
    (Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Kamen look at each other and go beet red)
    Sailor Mars: (enraged) In which year, month, day, minute, and second did this happen?! (realizes what she just said and blushes)
  • The Happy StrikerS parody Yonkoma released together with Chapter 0 of Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force in NyanType magazine had this little gem.
    Fate: That's right. On my days off, Nanoha and I do things like that together.
    (Beat Panel)
    Fate: Of course, I mean like stretches and training.
    Teana: Please don't clarify it like that. It's suspicious.
  • Poor Poor Lips has Nako completely missing the subtext behind the head maid's comment on her sleeping with Ren and proceeding to give Ren a heart attack when she cheerfully announces to Ren that she'll "Attend to you all night if you want!!"
  • School Rumble when Harima accidentally told Tenma that he will take care of her sister Yakumo forever.
  • In Infinite Stratos, Ichika's sister tells his harem that she's not going to just hand him over to them, they'll need to get up to her level. It's only much later (during the OVA) that she realizes now they all think she's sexually interested in her little brother.
  • In The Sacred Blacksmith, Cecily asks Luke to forge her a katana, but he refuses. She declares she will prove herself worthy to wield one, puts her hand over her chest, and says she wants him to look at her. Luke blushes and Lisa gets excited. Cecily realizes what she just said and gets really embarrassed, trying to explain that she wanted him to see her heart and soul, not her body.
  • In the dub version of the second season of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Yuma watches Rio duel a Brainwashed Barian pawn using her ice-themed deck. When Rio wins, he compliments her, calling her an "ice queen", and then quickly realizes what that usually means. (Fortunately, Rio realizes he meant it as a compliment.)
  • In Rising X Rydeen the main character has the power to release white gel from any part of his body. It's a gross and useless power so he goes to the hospital to see if it can be removed. Unfortunately, he wasn't clear to the nurse attending to him that shooting "white gel in huge loads" is his superpower, and that by he wants her to "relieve" him of it he means that he wants her to depower him. His phrasing causes the nurse to accuse him of trying to sexually harass her and things get worse when his decides to show her his powers.
  • Aquarion Evol has a pretty hilarious example where Andy calls Mix aside with the excuse that he wants to ask her something. What he intends to ask is for her to let him fill the hole in her heart but after several minutes of struggling to actually say it to her face, he literally says "Let me fill your hole!" Mix is not amused.

    Comic Books 
  • X-Men example:
    Wolverine: No offense, but you trying to act... sexy... seems so wrong.
    Jubilee: Not thirteen anymore, Wolvie.
    Wolverine: I sort of wish you were. (pause) That... sounded bad.
    Jubilee: Awful.
  • Gotham Central:
    Crispus Allen: What's going on between you and Corrigan?
    Renee Montoya: I beg your pardon?
    Crispus: Not like that.
    Renee: Then like what?
  • Knights of the Dinner Table: B.A.'s repeated use of the phrase "I've got wood for sheep" while playing a Bland-Name Product version of Settlers of Catan. He never works out why everyone else is cracking up.
  • In the erotic graphic novel Teach Me 3, Daphne is stunned by how much her 18 year old nephew has grown up since the last she saw him.
    Daphne: Uncle Tim's away at a conference, so he won't be able to play with you in the pool... What am I saying? You're all grown up - you can play with yourself - err... on your own!
  • In Critter #14, School Girl is trapped atop a buoy by giant crustaceans. She screams:
    "Help! I've got crabs! I mean... Jeez. That's not what I mean."
  • In Hawkeye #15, Bobbi asks Clint about the strip club he busted up. He is surprised that she knows about that and attempts to defend himself:
    Clint:I wasn't there for the girls. I was there for the guys. No. Wait."

    Comic Strips 
  • Zits
    • The history teacher once makes one: "And the Vikings in their pillaging made off with lots of booty." Needless to say, the class was over after she said it.
    • Likewise, one earlier Sunday strip is made of this trope, in which a museum guide calmly gives the class a tour on "the many wonderful examples of tools", causing Jeremy and Hector to mutter "Tools" at each other and dissolve into barely contained giggles. The guide goes on to explaining to the class on how "Some tools are very large... some are nearly microscopic", then asks them "Can you think of a tool you have in your pocket right now? What tool do you use every day?" It's a wonder they kept straight faces for as long as they did.
  • Roger in FoxTrot:
    "I don't want some drop-dead gorgeous, hot-bodied wife!... (beat) ...I'm not helping myself, am I?"
  • In a strip of Dilbert, Ratbert gets attacked by a cat which bites onto his head and won't let go. Dogbert and Bob try to help, and Dogbert explains the plan: "I'll yank the cat off Ratbert's head, and you stamp on it." Sure enough, Dogbert yanks the cat off, and Bob stamps on Ratbert's head. Dogbert admits that he could have phrased it better.

    Fan Works 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Screw the Money, I Have Rules!!... Wait, let me try that again.
  • Chris Dee's Cat Tales, in the fourth story, "Catfight": Bruce is talking to his (dead) father's portrait, in an attempt to resolve some issues:
    "If I had a nickel for every time I said I'd take her down, and she tried to flay me with that whip while I tried to get the cuffs on her..."
    Bruce stopped as his imagination caught up with the words he was speaking, and he envisioned his conservative, middle-aged father's reaction to this evocative imagery.
    "It's not as kinky as it sounds," Bruce lied.
  • In the Codename: Kids Next Door fanfiction Operation: There Is No Operation, Numbuh 362 taunts Father by daring him to spank her, sending him on a tirade on how that attitude makes pseudo-genocidal war on kiddom awkward and how he would never ever— cut off. It is assumed he was going to say something about sexual abuse.
  • In a Teen Titans fan pic, Raven flubs about her skills with Beast Boy. Although, she might have meant it like that subconsciously.
  • Don Paolo invokes the trope by name in the humorous Professor Layton story Beloved My Cheeseburger. When the story's other villain states that Layton is the only one who could possibly stop him, Paolo objects.
    "I can stop you!" Don Paolo snapped. "I'm greater than Layton! I build flying machines and soup up cars to turn them into gliders! Not to mention I'm extremely handy with latex!" He paused. "That came out wrong."
  • In Christian Humber Reloaded, Vash, after killing Soku, apologizes to the kids for doing it in front of them, because he doesn't want his enemies to find out that he has "a thing for children". This was meant to show that he is a Friend to All Children, but the kids initially think he's a pedophile.
  • In the "Zero Hour" arc of I'm a Marvel... And I'm a DC, when the heroes meet Lars, Spider-Man says "So, you finally went and changed your douche. Good Lord, that came out horribly."
  • In Kyon Big Damn Hero, when Tsuruya and Kyon are disguising themselves as students of another school:
    Tsuruya: Now, Kyon-kun, can you get on your knees?
    Kyon: (shrugs) Somehow, I really expected to hear that from Haruhi, first.
    (beat)
    Tsuruya: (chuckles) I have to do your hair.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged has a few of these, several centered around characters only knowing one definition of the word "Balls". Goku is also a fountain of material for this, but never quite realizes it.
    • There's also the accidental calls to George Takei...
    Goku: Then he went and brought this really horny guy!
    George: Oh my.
    Goku: Who's that, King Kai?
    King Kai: It's George Takei. Somehow we made this into a three-way.
    George: Ohhhh my!
    King Kai: Call! Three-way call!
    • During Popo's training session:
    Tien: No! Chiaotzu, my partner!
    Yamcha: ... gay.
    Tien: Hey, at least I don't spend all of my free time living alone with a cat!
    Yamcha: Hey, at least I get some puss— wow, that did NOT come out right.
    • From a later episode, when the Ginyu Force arrives on Namek:
    Ginyu: Now, Jeice, we need to touch on Freeza's balls.
    Jeice: Uh, Captain...
    Ginyu: Yes, yes. Realized it the moment I said it.
  • In Bruce Has A Problem, Commissioner Gordon talks with his daughter about her resuming a relationship with Dick Grayson, when he had been under the impression lately that she had been playing for the other team, as it were:
    Gordon: "Not that there's anything wrong with that! I mean, If you'd actually told me, I would have been completely supportive of any of your lifestyle choices."
    Barbara: "I'm not a lesbian, dad."
    Gordon: "Well, obviously not, since you obviously like Dick—"
    Barbara: (stares at her dad for a long moment before suddenly cracking up)
    Gordon:"That's not what I meant!"
  • Fever Dreams has poor drunk Matsuda...
    Matsuda: It was so horrible. I- I feel like I've violated Misa-Misa just by listening to those lies being told to her... I don't want to have sex with two men and Misa-Misa at the same time... (*everyone stares*) No, no, I'm not with this guy, he's just my friend who has sex with my other male friend. I really like women a lot and any women who want to be with me, I'll respect them incredibly hard and skillfully with all the right respectful lines that I'm going to learn.
    Light: I don't think you should return to this bar anytime soon.
  • Weightless: Chapter 4, apparently, Garrus's awkwardness is contagious:
    Garrus: Turians like it hot.
    Shepard: I ride my soldiers hard and put them away wet, I can at least make sure they don't go to bed hungry.
  • From Death Note: The Abridged Series (Kpts4tv):
    Light: But I'm a boy!
    Ryuk: Riiight.
  • Most of the dialogues of the Homestuck fancomic Alabaster The Doomed Session are filled with innuendo, both intentional and completely accidental.
  • Naruto: Rend
    Naruto: "Hey Ichigo. You got a minute."
    Ichigo: "Naruto? What are you doing here? Shouldn't you be catching up with that woman? Whats her name... Hinata?
    Naruto: "She's getting dinner with Nel. Besides, we're roommates so we'll have lots of time together."
    Ichigo: (raises eyebrow)
    Naruto: "It's not like that!"
  • In the A Certain Magical Index fic He Will Surely Save, while Kuroko is trying to explain how a wormhole works, she makes a ring with her thumb and forefinger, then sticks her other forefinger through it. Everybody is disgusted by what looks like a vulgar display.
  • RWBY Reckoning gives us this gem:
    Prof. Kor: Darrel? Might I ask what you are doing out and about in the middle of the night?
    Darrel: Sorry, sir. I wanted to get out of the hospital so I could go and sleep with RWBY.
    Prof. Kor: (snickering) Darrel, I know you're a teenage male, but don't you think you're rushing it a bit?
    Darrel: (as he realizes how badly his response was constructed) OH GOD NO! That is not what I meant!

    Films — Animation 
  • Near the end of Monsters University, when Don announces he's marrying Squishy's mom.
    Don: Just think of me as your brother who is married to your mother. Wait, that doesn't sound right. Think of us as brothers who share the same mother/wife. No, wait, that's even worse.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman features this gem.
    Mr. Peabody: I've got to stop Sherman from touching himself!
    (cue dropped jaws around the room, followed by Mrs. Grunion furiously scribbling notes)
  • A non-sexual variation occurs in Aladdin:
    Iago: Wait a minute, wait a minute, Jafar! What if you were the chump husband?
    Jafar: What?!
    Iago:: OK... OK, you marry the Princess, all right?! And then, then you become the Sultan!
  • Uttered verbatim by Manny at an awkward moment with Ellie in Ice Age: The Meltdown.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Occurs repeatedly in Down Periscope when the Captain Dodge is introducing their female dive officer to the ship's otherwise all-male crew.
    Dodge: I know this is an unusual situation. Can't be easy for Lt. Lake here to be thrown into a jungle such as this, and I know it will make things hard on all of us ... (laughter) ... Let me re-phrase that. It's going to make things difficult on all of us as well. But if we just work together as a team, I'm sure we can handle ourselves ... (more laughter) ... comport ourselves as professionals.
  • Grosse Pointe Blank:
    Debi: You're a psychopath.
    Martin: No, no. Psychopaths kill for no reason. I kill for money. It's a job. That didn't come out right.
  • Subverted in the RiffTrax for The Return of the King, during the battle of Gondor. Apparently that came out exactly right:
    Bill: Nice. Nothing like a good sack. Always cheers me up.
    Mike: (snickering) I bet it does.
    Bill: Yeah, a sweaty, blood-soaked sack will always improve my mood!
    Mike: Wow.
    Kevin: Bill, might want to reconsider your choice of words about the battle...
    Bill: ...Battle?
  • In Transformers, Sam has a Freudian Slip and blurts out to Michaela:
    Sam Witwicky: I was wondering if... if I could ride you home... I, I mean if I could give you a ride home.
  • In The Avengers, Agent Coulson is a huge fanboy of Captain America.
    Coulson: I watched you while you were sleeping. (Awkward silence). I-I mean... I was present when you were unconscious from the ice.
  • Carol in American Graffiti tries to come up with a zinger as John drives away, and spills out "Your car's uglier than I am!" After a second, she says to John "That didn't come out right."
  • In She's The Man, Paul said to Viola before she enters Ilyria, even lampshading:
    Paul: Just remember, inside every girl, there's a boy. *pause* That came out wrong but you know what I mean.
  • A little one crops up in the fourth Harry Potter movie, which is a little weird in retrospect given that the two characters in the scene (Harry and Hermione) are about 14 years old:
    Hermione: Harry, you told me you'd figured that egg out weeks ago! The task is two days from now!
    Harry: Really? I had no idea. I suppose Viktor's already figured it out.
    Hermione: Wouldn't know. We don't actually talk about the tournament. Actually, we don't really talk at all. Viktor's more of a physical being.
    Harry: *snicker*
    Hermione: I just mean he's not particularly loquacious.
  • Get Smart: When KAOS discovers the identities of the CONTROL agents, Larabee volunteers to go out to the field:
    Larabee: Let me out there, sir! I have no problem exposing myself.
    Agent 99: Do you ever think before you speak?
    Larabee: No, I just whip it out there. Seems to work best.
  • In Iron Man 3, Happy tries to describe to Tony what Killian's holographic presentation to Pepper on the mind looks like.
    Happy: He's showing her his big brain. And she likes it.
  • In Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler leaves Holmes chained naked to a bed with a pillow covering both his privates and the key to the chains. Holmes's efforts to persuade the chambermaid to help him could have been worded better:
    Sherlock Holmes: Madam, I need you to remain calm and trust me; I'm a professional. But beneath this pillow lies the key to my release.
  • In School of Rock, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) has just been exposed as a fake substitute teacher during parent's night. He tries to reassure the shocked parents with this line.
    Dewey: I have been touched by your kids. And I'm pretty sure I've touched them!
  • In X-Men: First Class, the loud-and-clear message of Xavier's Oh Crap face after "they were just following orders". Played for Drama.

    Literature 
  • In The Dresden Files book Turn Coat, Harry offers to help the leader of the White Council, the Merlin, prove the innocence of Morgan, as the politics involved in the situation prevent the Merlin from finding anything helpful without making it look like he's trying to save his own ass. When he asks why Harry intends to help him, Harry responds, "Because your balls are in a vise and I'm the only one who can pull them out." Cue arched eyebrow from the Merlin.
    Harry: Okay. That came out a little more homoerotic than I intended.
    Merlin: Indeed.
  • In Heart In Hand, this conversation happens after Alex agrees to let the producers of his reality TV hockey show with Darryl pay for their plane trips and jokingly dubs it a "booty call":
    Darryl: Look, aren't you going to feel guilty if a tv network ends up paying for - for booty calls, as you said? I still can't believe you said that, by the way!
    Alex: Wait, is that trick question or something? First, nobody take what I say seriously, Darryl, and two, why feel guilty? I mean, yes, is definitely going to be booty call, but they also gonna film us!
    (Beat.)
    Alex: Er, I didn't mean like that.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game Shows: Have several examples, many making various blooper specials:
    • Bullseye: Host Jim Lange, interviewing a contestant who is an avid golfer, replies to a remark about kissing his clubs for luck that when he (Lange) golfs, he kisses his balls for good luck. The audience breaks out laughing as Lange gives a "what'd I say" look, as he was referring to his golf balls, not his anatomy.
    • Family Feud: The possible explanation for the "shoots his weapon" answer and more specifically the resulting uproarious audience laughter offered to a rather benign question, "What does James Bond do in a sexy way?"
    • Match Game: Although it was more a case of Gene Rayburn misspeaking in the infamous blooper reel outtake where he was trying to complement a pretty contestant's dimples but instead said "nipples."
  • Teen Wolf: Numerous instances, but Stiles is always making them.
  • Ugly Betty: In "In or Out," Betty says that the severely depressed Daniel needs to "get back on the horse" and start dating again. Later, she stands up, says "I'm gonna find him another horse to ride," marches resolutely off camera, then returns to add "that didn't sound so dirty in my head."
  • Greek:
    "I can't go to that interview [that my ex-boyfriend Evan set up for me]. Evan tainted it."
    "Who cares about Evan's taint?"
  • Friends
    • Ross once had a crush on the pizza delivery girl. When she comes to deliver pizzas she complains that her new haircut makes her look like a young boy. Ross says (impulsively thinking that it'll be a compliment) that he "happens to like" young boys. Oops.
    • Ross was the Mayor of doing this on that show. In a late season, he's trying to convince Rachel's ex-boss to rehire her, and he learns that the man's son is into dinosaurs.
    Ross: I'll let your son come to the museum, late at night after everyone is gone, and he can touch anything he wants!... OK, I just heard that the way you must have heard it. I mean you'll be there too, and the touching just refers to bones — Fossils!
    • Rachel had her moments too, like this line to Ross while they were sleeping together;
    Rachel: Oh please. That Paolo thing was barely a relationship. All it really was was just, ya know, meaningless animal sex. (seeing Ross' hurt look) Okay, you know, that sounded so much better in my head.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    Dawn: It's like a meat party in my mouth. (pause) Okay, I'm just a kid and even I know that sounded wrong.
    • Willow, describing college:
    Willow: But here, the energy, the collective intelligence, it's like this force, this penetrating force, and I can just feel my mind opening up — you know? — and letting this place thrust into and spurt knowledge into... That sentence ended up in a different place than it started out in.
    • Willow again:
    Willow: He likes you. He wanted to ask you out last year, but you weren't ready then. But I think you're ready now, or at least in the state of pre-readiness to make conversation, or-or to do that thing with your mouth that boys like.... Oh! I didn't mean the bad thing with your mouth, I meant that little half-smile thing that you... You're supposed to stop me when I do that.
    Spike: So you're just here to pump me for information?
    Buffy: What else would I want to pump you for? (beat) I really just said that, didn't I?
    • Anya, comforting Willow after Tara has been driven insane:
    Anya: You can sleep with me! That came out a lot more lesbian than it sounded in my head.
    • Anya is disappointed that Souled Spike didn't fight a demon to the death when Buffy and Robin Wood walk into the conversation.
    Spike: No need to thank me. I'm just the one who beat him off.
    Buffy & Robin: ...
    Spike: Repelled him would perhaps be the better phrase. Demon...
    • Buffy explaining why she's not ready for a real relationship (namely with Angel):
    Buffy: I'm cookie dough, I'm not done baking yet, I'm not done becoming whoever the hell it is I'm going to be... maybe one day I turn around and realize I'm cookies, and then if I want someone to eat me... (beat) Er, enjoy "delicious cookie" me...
    • Buffy even managed to do this without saying anything: In the episode where demons had stolen everybody's voices, she mimed a staking by jerking her hollowed right hand up and down, before she realized what that gesture normally refers to.
    • When Buffy & Riley fought a vampire/demon tag team, she said to Riley "You get fangs, I'll get horny! I mean..."
      • Later in the same episode, Buffy and Riley have been magically induced into having sex indefinitely. Meanwhile, fighting and commotion occur just outside their door; Giles wonders why they didn't hear anything:
    "In the midst of all that? Do you really think they were keeping it up?" [beat] "Oh, for a different phrasing."
    • Non-sexual example in "Inca Mummy Girl", while discussing costumes for a fancy-dress-dance.
    Xander: Okay, no shirts with ruffles, no hats with feathers, and definitely no lederhosen. They make my calves look fat.
    Willow: Why are you suddenly so worried about looking like an idiot? That came out wrong.
    Buffy: When I kissed you? You know I was thinking about Giles, right?
    Spike: (Double Take) You know, I always wondered about you two.
    • And Xander after interrogating Andrew
    Xander: "He's primed, I'll be pumping him in no time." (Beat Panel) "I mean, he'll give us information soon."
    • And again in Season 8 with "Big buts come with the slayer territory " and "I have an ace in my hole... let me instantly rephrase that. We have... an inside man".
  • Angel
    • Angel trying to get Lindsey to join his team:
    Angel: I want you, Lindsey. (beat) I'm thinking about rephrasing that.
    Lindsey: Yeah, I'd be a lot more comfortable if you did.
    • From the Season 2 premiere:
    Cordelia: You can't see everything. You're just a vampire, like everyone else. That didn't come out right.
    • Fred and Gunn, tracking Holtz by the radiation given off after crossing dimensions:
    Fred: We've been tracking Conner's emissions this whole time!
    Gunn: I could go without ever hearing that phrase again.
    • In the episode "Guise Will Be Guise", Wesley has been hired as a bodyguard for and subsequently slept with a young woman named Virginia. A confused Angel, thinking he's talking about the state, asks, "You were in Virginia?" Cue visible embarrassment from Wesley.
    Wesley: (mumbling) ...that's not the point.
    • Also when Illyria says that she no longer has intercourse with Wesley, then has to explain to a startled Spike that Wesley is no longer talking to her.
  • And from Firefly:
    Badger: Of course, you couldn't buy an invite with a diamond the size of a testicle, but I've got my hands on a couple.
    (Mal and Jayne glance at each other and start snickering)
    Badger: Of invites!
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Roxie designs clothing.
    Roxie: Soon, every guy in this college will be in my pants... that came out wrong.
  • Frasier LOVES the "wait for it" variation. Usually Martin does the "Wait for it."
  • Scrubs:
    Elliot: Well, Dr. Cox, you may have seen it all and done it all, but you haven't done me!
    (Elliot walks off, as all the other doctors and nurses gasp.)
    Cox: Give her a second there, gang.
    • Elliot gets a LOT of these. Most notably in the Season One episode "My Blind Date", where she's trying to get Dr. Cox to treat her as his second-in-command as he does J.D., and comes out with such gems as "I want you to use me and I don't care how degrading it is." Each turns into an even worse Double Entendre than the one it was trying to explain, ending with the fourth iteration: "I just want to make you happy." At that point, she just gives up.
    • Elliot's patient Sean: "Wow, you're my doctor. I have something for you in my pants. No! Nonono! I'm not wearing any pants right now. My pants are over there and there's a note from my GP in the pocket. If you need me, I'll be under here. *hides under sheet*"
    • Though not necessarily "innocuous", J.D.'s conversation with the Janitor after seeing him naked took a spin into the Entendre Zone:
    J.D.: Janitor, I'm gonna be straight with you. I saw your penis, and I noticed a possible melanoma that you should really have checked out.
    Janitor: When did you see my penis?
    J.D.: Last night, when you were showering.
    Janitor: Where were you?
    J.D.: Oh, I was outside, in the bushes.
    Janitor: Uh...
    J.D.: Look, it was just a coincidence, man — I mean, if you had looked out the window, you'd have seen my penis, you know!
    Janitor: What! Why?
    J.D.: Because I had it out while I was looking at yours!
That one's more the Ho Yay (because it's Scrubs) version of Accidental Pervert. (Well, if it weren't J.D. having to pee.)
  • Arrested Development: Almost all of Tobias Fünke's lines fall under this trope. ALMOST ALL. Not only does Tobias phrase things horribly, he constantly finds himself in ambiguously-homosexual scenarios, seemingly oblivious of his consistent, perhaps subconscious involvement in them.
    • When Michael plays matchmaker, Tobias says:
      Tobias: Michael, you really are quite the cupid. You can zink your arrow into my buttocks any time.
    • After painting himself blue:
      Tobias: I'm afraid I just blue myself.
    • Tobias' errors are not always spoken, but sometimes written.
      Tobias: I was a professional twice over — an analyst and a therapist. The world's first analrapist.
      Lindsay: Yes, and you were almost arrested for those business cards.
    • Tobias wants to be cast as a leading male role in a major film. So naturally, he says:
      Tobias: Ooh, I can taste those meaty, leading man parts in my mouth!
    • Tobias agrees to be a wing man by helping pick up chicks. And he'll do it! Even if he ends up with a fat girl. So he says:
      Tobias: Even if it means me taking a chubby, I will suck it up.
    • Some of his lines are so bad, they don't even work as a double entendre. Perhaps most baffling:
      Tobias: I wouldn't mind kissing that man between the cheeks, so to speak.
    • When pretending to be a British nanny serving breakfast:
      Tobias: (as Mrs. Featherbottom) Who'd like a banger in the mouth? Oh, I forgot, here in the States you call it a sausage in the mouth!
      Michael: We just call it a sausage.
    • An excerpt from Tobias' self-help book, The Man Inside Me, which was notably popular in the gay community:
      There's a man, deep inside me, and only when he's finally out can I walk free of pain.
    • At Michael's suggestion, Tobias records his comments for a day with a tape recorder and replays them, finally realizing there is something wrong with his phrasing. His acknowledgement?
      Tobias: Oh, Tobias. You blowhard!
  • In an episode of Seinfeld, Jerry's asking his girlfriend (a deaf lip-reader) what time she wants to arrive at a party:
    Jerry: What about six? Six is good. You got a problem with six? (Jerry's girlfriend looks horrified and runs out)
  • Stargate SG-1
    • Episode "Urgo":
    Maj. Carter: A strong enough EM pulse can knock out most electronic-based technologies. It would be harmless to us, but it should render Urgo impotent.
    Urgo: Could you, uh... rephrase that?
    • Better one in "New Order, Part 2" The team is discussing whether or not Jack should become commander of the SGC.
      Carter: If you don't take the job, we could end up with someone much worse.
      [the rest of SG-1 stares at her]
      Carter: Okay, that didn't come out right.
    • Carter is just good at these. There's one in season 6's "Forsaken":
      Corso: Amazing. For a supposedly less advanced human you're pretty comfortable with our technology.
      Carter: Well, you're in luck. I have a little more experience with this sort of thing than most people on my planet. Besides, all we're really doing is plugging your ship into my battery.
      Corso: Whatever you say.
      Carter: ... That didn't sound very good, did it?
  • Stargate Atlantis
    • Rodney is attracted to a female scientist on the world Taranis and comes up with the following. He doesn't say the trope-namer, but realizes it and then digs himself deeper.
    Norina: Perhaps one day I could study under you.
    McKay: Uh, yes, well, I really... um, really look forward to that. But first, we need to, uh, get off. Uh, first we need to get off the planet ... first we need to get off the planet, and then you can be under me.
  • The Office (US) features this from time to time.
    • It is best seen in the "Women's Appreciation" episode after Phyllis gets flashed in the parking lot:
    Pam: I don't often miss Roy, but I can tell you one thing: I wish someone had flashed me when I was with Roy. Because that would've been the ass-kicking of the year. Especially if it'd been Jim. He would not have wanted to me to have seen Jim's... (pause) I'm— I am saying a lot of things.
    • When Toby (Michael's archrival) shows up late to find Michael mocking the incident by sticking his finger through his fly.
    Toby: I don't think this is an appropriate response.
    Michael: Speaking of that, where were you this morning, anyway?
    Toby: (getting annoyed and walking off) I was taking my daughter to school.
    Michael: Sure... Let's see your penis! (beat) You know, even as I was saying it...
    • From the "Bachelor Party" episode
    Michael: Sort of a guys' night out. A 'G.N.O.', if you will. A 'G.N.O.'... Actually, it's more of a guys' afternoon in. A 'G.A.I.'... A gay. Not... no... it's a... not a gai, it's a... It's a bridal shower for guys. A guy shower. A hour-long shower with guys.
  • The Hollywood Squares had an infamous cut section when John Davidson (who tried to keep up a clean-cut pretty boy image) got this question: "What do Japanese Women Shave after they marry?" The other panelists, who are known for raunchier jokes, were howling as the poor man is obviously trying to come up with an answer:
    John: Well, on the whole of the matter... (cue a priceless expression when he realized what he just said)
  • Occasionally on Top Gear.
    • Adding to the humor is that the worst offender is the sober, serious-minded James May, who often realizes his mistake a few seconds later, tries nobly to continue with a straight face, and then loses it shortly thereafter.
    May: (on women who make their husbands ride in the backseat) She's effectively saying, "You've given me the baby, now get in the back."
    • Happened to Richard Hammond when was riding a Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle:
    Hammond: I'm now straddling my boyhood hero! (pause) No. Wait. That's not right. Between my legs... no, no...
    • One segment involving the gang trying to build a kit car has an entire scene full of this, though they don't realize it, while they're putting the brakes together. Gems include "I am now pumping", "I need more", and "Oh yeah, that's good, that's nice and hard." There is a brief shot of Hammond (who is pumping the brake pedal) mugging for the camera, however, suggesting he might have had an inkling...
  • Happens a few times in How I Met Your Mother, most notably when Barney's trying to train someone to be his wingman.
    • In "Okay Awesome", after Robin's overblown sense of worldliness lands her in trouble:
    Robin: I get recognized once and I think I'm Julia Roberts! I'm not a VIP. I'm not even an IP. I'm just a lonely little P sitting in the gutter.
    Lily: Oh honey, I'd take a P in the gutter over Julia Roberts any day.
    (both of them realize what was just said, with priceless expressions)
  • A Will and Grace episode had friends of the title characters begging off from their usual game night due to Grace's overcompetitiveness.
    Grace: Well, if no one wants to play with me, then I'm just going to go to my room and play with myself. (pause) By myself. I meant, by myself.
  • Rules of Engagement
    • In the episode "Lyin' King", Audrey tells Jeff to stop ribbing their gay friends, which elicits this response:
    Jeff: What's the point of having gay friends if I can't ride them every now and again. (pause) Just forget I said that.
    • Another example (from "The Birthday Deal"):
    Adam: And each year, when I'm doing it, I'll be thinking of you. (pause) I did not just say that.
    Jeff: I didn't hear it.
  • Eureka
    • In the pilot episode:
    Sheriff Cobb: (hangs up the phone) That was Ned Carver. He claims aliens abducted some of his cattle again, so...
    Lupo: Tell him to call me when they move on to anal probes.
    (Cobb and Zoe stare)
    Lupo: Wait, um... that didn't come out right.
    • There was also a moment in an episode where Zane and Fargo are arguing about backdoor access to GD from the smart house's system. Jo gets sick of it:
    Lupo: Boys, there's plenty of backdoor access for everyone! (pause) That didn't come out right.
    • In another episode, Carter is talking to Zoe's best friend Pillar about the surprise party they're planning. Allison teases him for it.
    Allison: Oh, me? I thought you were into young brunettes?
    Carter: No, no, I'm into old brun... (trails off uncertainly)
    Allison: Didn't come out right, did it?
  • The X-Files
    Mulder: It's not a bad piece of ash, huh?
    (Scully gives him a look)
    Mulder: The bat... I'm talking about the bat.
    • And in "Monday", after Mulder's waterbed sprung a leak.
    Mulder: I woke up, I opened my eyes, I was soaking wet...
    (on another look from Scully)
    Mulder: It's a long story.
    • And in "Empedocles", though that was Mulder taking something dirty from nothing. Mulder arrives at Scully's apartment, and is a little miffed that she was expecting someone else.
    Scully: I was just about to hop in the shower, but I was waiting for the pizza man.
    Mulder: You got something going on with the pizza man I should know about?
    Scully: The pizza man?
    Mulder: Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but you did just say you were waiting for the pizza man to hop in the shower.
  • NCIS
    • Season 2's finale, "Twilight": Tony is still not 100% after his brush with plague in the previous episode.
    Kate: Damnit, Tony. I should just take you home and get you into bed. (Ducky and Tony look at her) Okay, that didn't come out like it was supposed to. (cue big grin from Tony, until Kate elbows him in the chest)
    • Also the scene where Gibbs catches McGee underneath Abby's table (while she's sitting in it) rewiring her hotbox note . McGee's attempts to explain what he's doing to a tech-ignorant Gibbs on full Death Glare sounds like a Freudian Slippery Slope version of this trope.
    • And Ducky in Season 4's "Dead and Unburied", talking about finding footprints on carpets:
    Ducky: It looks like Sisal. It's a naturally stiff fiber woven from the leaf of the cactus plant. It doesn't mat, trap dust, or build static. It's ideal for carpeting, but personally, I prefer a good shag. (awkward silence) From a criminal investigative standpoint...
  • QI saw Doon Mackichan manage a visual version of this, attempting to mime a Deep-Fried Curly Wurly.
    • Also happened verbally when the discussion had turned to the preferred synonym for "breasts". Straight Gay Stephen Fry proclaimed "I like 'titties'" and spent the rest of the episode living it down.
  • In the first episode of Sleuth 101 one of the female suspects, while attempting to explain that she spent her nights alone cleaning, says:
    "It's just me and the Dustbuster. (pause) That came out wrong."
  • Castle
    • Castle say to Beckett:
    Castle: I'm rubbing off on you. (beat) That sounded dirtier than I intended.
    • Later, one that wasn't dirty, merely accidentally insulting:
    Alexis: I'm a rat killer!
    Castle: You don't know that! You may just be a loser! (beat) A... rat-loser... This did not come out right.
    • "Overkill" has a nice one, undermining Castle's manliness. After he scored free samples of an expensive shaving cream for Ryan and Esposito, Beckett compares them to Charlotte and Miranda.
    Castle: Wait a minute, that would make me Carrie.
    Beckett: You're so metrosexual for even knowing that!
    Castle: I only watched that show out of the corner of my eye when my mother had it on!
    (realises)
    Castle: That so did not come out right.
    • While investigating the murder of a stripper:
    Castle: Are we going to pump Von Manschaft until he pops?
    (off everybody's vaguely incredulous expressions)
    • Breaking into the back of a van where a robber is cutting a safe open with a rotary saw:
      Beckett: Let go of your tool now!
      (Ryan and Esposito start sniggering.)
      Beckett: Shut up.
    • In the Clip Show episode Still, Castle reminisces to Beckett about all the times she's said dirty things to him, including (while putting a cd into a cd-rom drive), "Please, let's just stick it in and get this over with". Cut back to the current time, her response: "That's not how I meant it. I can't help it if you get off by putting things in my mouth."
  • Psych is quite fond of this.
    • Particularly regarding Gus; in season 3, episode 6, "There Might Be Blood", Gus says, "I'm nobody's pawn, Shawn. I'm a queen!"
    • Episode 13 of the same season, "Any Given Friday Night At 10PM, 9PM Central" (Yes, that is actually what the episode is called), has this exchange when they meet a football coach, a childhood hero of theirs from when he was a QB:
    Gus: (to Coach Winslow) I slept on your face for years!
    (Winslow and Shawn stare at him oddly)
    Gus: I mean, I had sheets with you on them when I was a kid.
    • And this exchange, from the same episode:
    Gus: (walking with Shawn) Look, let me be very clear. These hands are not touching anyone. I only use these hands to touch myself.
    (They both stop walking almost immediately, followed by a Beat)
    Gus: Uh, let me rephrase that.
    Shawn: Please stop speaking.
    • Another one, from season five, episode thirteen, "We'd Like to Thank the Academy":
    Lassiter: You can't beat me on the field so now you want to beat me off?
    Shawn: You may want to rephrase that, sir.
    • Lassiter, in Season 1's "Who You Gonna Call?" talking about the SBPD not having gala events: "We don't have balls."
    • A recent one from the musical episode, as Gus is trying to come up with a rhyme for Yang, the look on his face after he said it is priceless:
    Shawn:"Wang?
    Gus:"Yeah, I like Wang!
  • A clean one in Bones:
    Sweets: I've been mocked many, many times before. (beat) That... came out wrong.
  • Doctor Who, "The Vampires of Venice": Having burst abruptly into Rory's stag party, the Doctor informs Rory — in front of all his friends — that his fiance Amy tried to kiss him. Attempting to reassure the shocked Rory, the Doctor takes pains to stress that he's a lucky man, because she's a great kisser. One awkward, hostile silence later:
    The Doctor: ... Funny how you can say something in your head and it sounds fine...
    • In "The Power of Three", Kate Stewart describes her efforts to rebuild UNIT with an emphasis on science;
      "UNIT's been adapting. Well I dragged them along, kicking and screaming. Which made it sound like more fun than if actually was."
  • In Dad's Army, Captain Mainwaring manages to get a block of rationed cheese as a surprise for his wife. However, when he telephones her with the good news, things don't quite go as he planned.
    Captain Mainwaring: Yes, Elizabeth. I think I may have a little surprise for you tonight...
  • In Dollhouse:
    Topher-doll: Who's your backdoor-man?
    Real Topher: Lets just pretend I didn't say that.
    Topher-doll: Yeah.
  • A classical example in Community:
    Jeff: Hey, Troy sneezes like a girl!
    Troy: And how about I pound you like a boy? That didn't come out right.
    • The best part is that he doesn't even bother with the beat, realizing halfway through the sentence that he was in trouble.
    • The outtake from "Beginner Pottery".
      Annie: Gotta get it wet again.
  • An exchange between Emma and Mickey in Hustle:
    Emma: How would you like it if I drooled over you?
    (significant look from Mickey)
    Emma: Forget I asked that.
  • In the Quantum Leap episode "Dr. Ruth", the prudish Sam is incredibly uncomfortable when he leaps into the eponymous sex therapist and has to read some promos for her radio show:
    Sam: Tomorrow on "Frank Talk About Sex", we're going to discuss some common male sexual dysfunctions, like prema-t-ture... Premature... Well, we're gonna discuss a lotta things that I'm sure will be very stimulating. (beat) Uh, uplifting. (beat) Interesting!!
  • It happened in That '70s Show when Eric and Donna where going to have a romantic dinner together.
    Kitty: Oh, this is so cute! It'll be just like the little Play-Doh dinner you had when you were kids, except it won't end with Donna sitting on Eric's head!
    (everyone notices the innuendo and stares at Kitty; Red and Kitty leave)
    Red: Kitty, that was just awful.
    • In another episode, the guys use spray paint to remove the "ler" from the word "muffler" wherever it appears on a muffler shop. Kitty is initially confused, but is noticeably angry when she finds out what "muff" means to them. (To her it always meant a furry tube for one's hands.) She loudly complains that she no longer feels comfortable keeping her lovely gray muff, which she used to wrap Eric in when he was a baby.
  • Dexter:
    Debra: Really? You're gonna cook for me? Well, don't ever expect me to return the favor. Unless you're a fan of toast.
    Lundy: I would love to eat your toast. (they both laugh) Gosh, that sounded wrong.
    • Later, Dexter being willing to run a test off the record:
    Dexter: Absolutely. If you need something under the table... I'm your guy. (beat) That didn't come out right.
    • Also, after Angel started a bar-brawl defending Marias honor. The line isn't too bad in and of itself, but given that Vince Masuka is the resident pervert, Le Guerta immediately takes it the wrong way.
    Masuka: (to Le Guerta) With all due respect, this man is a knight in shining armor. You should be polishing his lance.
    Maria: Excuse me?!
    Masuka: (beat) I meant that... metaphorically, not... like it sounded.
  • From a game called "Secret" in Whose Line Is It Anyway?:
    Ryan: (listening to the ground) Buffalo come. (realization dawns, audience is already laughing)
    Colin: You really didn't have to put your ear in it.
    • From a Press Conference game (Colin is Batman coming out of the closet):
    Ryan: How's the partner feel about this?
    Colin: Well, of course he's a little worried, because he depends on me for a lot of the income. But, ah... (audience laughs) I'm not sure, but I may want to rephrase that later. Yes?
    Brad: You might want to rephrase that now.
    • From a game of Sound Effects with Ryan as Tarzan and Colin as Jane:
    Ryan: Before you come, Tarzan only have animals. Animals think Tarzan forget about them now. (the audience laughs) I meant as FRIENDS!
  • A rare moment of comedy in Sex Traffic:
    Daniel: (after spilling a drink on a girl's shirt) You should maybe take that off. Well, not... off... now. Uh, I didn't mean-I didn't mean it like that... um, ah, sor-forget it.
  • The Drew Carey Show, when Drew anticipates his revenge on some guys who put cigarettes in his beer:
    Drew: We'll shove our butts in their mugs, see how they like the taste of that!
    Lewis: Uh... Drew...
    Drew: I know, I regretted it the minute I said it.
    • In another episode, Drew and the others end up going to the store after hours to look through Mimi's desk, as Drew believes she's up to something. Mr. Wick comes out of his office with a woman, causing the others to hide. Before leaving with the woman, Mr. Wick takes some candy from Drew's desk to share with her. After they leave, the others come out of hiding, and Drew loses his patience:
    Drew: No one puts their hands in Drew Carey's drawers and pulls out his goodies!
    [Oswald and Lewis start giggling]
  • Coupling
    • When Susan finds out that all of her friends want to see her sex-tape with Patrick.
    Susan: What is it with you lot? Why do you all have this desperate desire to see me naked?
    Steve: Oh Susan, no one wants to see you naked. (beat) Okay, that came out wrong.
    • Steve does this at least as often as Jeff:
    Susan: So nice to know that the first time we were intimate you were busy noticing all the little differences from perfect, freckle-free Jane.
    Steve: No! No! No, I hardly noticed any difference at all!
  • Modern Family
    • Pulled off hilariously by Cam.
    Cam: Why do you have to throw a wet blanket on my dreams?
    Mitchell: I do not.
    Cam: You do it all the time. And you know what I end up with? Wet dreams. I heard it as soon as I said it, just leave it alone.
    • In one Valentine's Day episode, Phil demonstrates his ability to tie a knot in a cherry stem with his tongue. He unfortunately follows it up by saying "I can tie any kind of knot. It's like I've got a sailor in my mouth".
    • In fact, Phil makes such a habit of this that after another one in "Yard Sale" ("I've had bigger hogs than this between my legs"), Jay remarks "He really oughta run things through his head first".
  • In the Becker episode where he is Mistaken for Racist, he confronts the journalist who libeled him. "I have strong opinions, but none of them are racially motivated! Everything I say is motivated by stupidity!" Beat "You know what I meant!"
  • The Walking Dead
    • Lori says the trope name word-for-word after saying that she'd rather eat Miss Piggy than frog legs.
    • Rick provides a dramatic version of one of these when he tells Shane that he wouldn't understand his plan to go to CDC because Lori and Carl aren't his family, when it was Shane that took care of them while he was gone.
  • Literal example in "The Roommate Transmogrification" in The Big Bang Theory:
    Penny: What happened to Leonard?
    Sheldon: The same thing that happened to Homo Erectus. He was replaced by a superior species.
    Raj: I'm the new Homo in town. (beat) That came out wrong.
    Sheldon: I want to build a road, but I need wood. Either of you fellas have wood? (Raj and Howard giggle) I don't understand the laughter. The object of Settlers of Catan is to build roads and settlements. To do so requires wood. Now, I have sheep, I need wood. Who has wood for my sheep? [..] Come on, I just want wood. Why are you making it so hard?
    (later) And now that I have some wood, I will begin the erection of my settlement.
    Howard: (aside, to Raj) Okay, he's got to be doing this intentionally.
  • An unintentional Crowning Moment of Funny occurred on The Gruen Transfer during a discussion of an ad for women's razors. A female panelist commented that the majority of young males had never seen female pubic hair. Russel then remarked "Except for their mother's". As the rest of the panel collapsed in a mix of shock, disbelief and hilarity, Russel hurriedly tried to explain that he had meant when they were born, but the explanation was lost under the hysterical laughter.
  • On Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, one of the new ADA's was introduced to Stabler and Benson and was... a little too enthusiastic about her new posting.
    Hardwicke: (to Stabler) I'm a big fan of your unit.
    Stabler: (bemused stare) Uh...
    Hardwicke: That's not what I meant.
  • On The Ultimate Fighter reality show, UFC President Dana White considers kicking an unruly fighter off the show. But as he stands before all of the fighters, he reconsiders and decides the unruly fighter, Junie, should fight and lose, leaving the show that way. He says, "This isn't fucking Survivor. You don't fucking vote him off. Let's fucking BEAT HIM OFF. [pause] That didn't sound good, did it?"
  • On The Tonight Show, Michelle Williams talked about her vacation in Mexico being an adventure resulting in this exchange.
    Jay: So what was the adventure?
    Michelle: I'm still a little sore.
    (beat)
    Jay: (looking horrified) Oh that's... we'll move on to another.
    Michelle: Oh no, I mean horseback riding.
  • Power Rangers: The SPD / Dino Thunder teamup.
    Broodwing: Did you think you could get away from me that easily?
    Ethan: We've run away from a lot worse than you, buddy! Ooh, that didn't come out right at all.
  • Parks and Recreation, after cheating her way to fishing glory:
    Ann Perkins: Pathetic, maybe. But it feels pretty good to have a bunch of little boys be super into me. That... came out wrong.
  • A staple joke of The Nanny is for C.C. to say something (usually 100% clean) and Niles will make sure it's presented in the naughtiest possible light or transforming it into an insult about C.C.
    C.C.: They're fumigating my apartment.
    Niles: They've done that before. You always come back.
    C.C.: (Death Glare at Niles) So I need to find a kennel.
    Niles: Oh, treat yourself to a hotel.
  • Rizzoli & Isles: Angela cannot text, apparently, because she sent Jane a message that said "Homie, I need a boner." She really meant "Honey, I need a loaner.". This is more an autocorrect fail.
  • From the Veronica Mars episode "Versatile Toppings":
    Veronica: I need you to get me into a restricted website.
    Mac: What's it for?
    Veronica: It's a Neptune High gay chatroom.
    Mac: Veronica, you're not...
    Veronica: No, I'm just curious. (There's a beat as Veronica realizes what she's said.) ...Curious as to what's posted on the website, more accurately.
  • Felicity from Arrow is a fountain of these. For example:
    • Her very first appearance in the series gives us this gem of a conversation:
    Oliver: "Felicity Smoak? Hi, I'm Oliver Queen."
    Felicity: "Of course. I know who you are, you're Mr. Queen."
    Oliver: "No, Mr. Queen was my father."
    Felicity: "Right, but he's dead....I mean, he drowned but you didn't. Which means you can come down to the IT department and listen to me babble. Which will end in 3...2...1."
    • (about to show her boss something not visible under normal light) "It needs to be dark in here if we're gonna do this. (beat). If I had more time to think of that sentence it wouldn't have sounded so dirty."
    • (Oliver is using a valuable piece of his family's jewelry as bait to catch a jewel thief) "Have you given any thought to what might happen if this doesn't work and the Dodger absconds with your family jewels? (beat) Sorry, that came out...very wrong."
    • (speaking with Oliver over an earpiece) "It feels really good having you inside me. (beat) And by you I mean your voice. (beat). And by me I mean my ear. I'm going to stop talking right now."
    • "The last time the vigilante paid your mom a visit, you got shot and I got to play doctor with you! (beat) Why does my brain think of weird ways to say things?"
    • The accidental innuendos mostly happen when talking to Oliver, but she has a problem with self-incrimination in general. When Detective Lance suspects her of helping the vigilante and asks during a criminal interrogation how she would describe hacking, her reply is, "A hobby... that I do not engage in!"
  • In The King of Queens, Doug and Carrie are staying in a hotel and play-fighting over the mini-bar key:
    Carrie: Now why don't you come over here and give me your mini-bar key?
    Doug: [frowns]
    Carrie: ...Sorry, I meant that cute but it came out hurtful.
    Doug: That's alright, just shakin' it off.
  • Mash
    • Col. Potter is told that the nurses have a problem with the men using up all the hot water for the showers and leaving the place messy. His response? "As soon as I can, I'll look into the nurses' showers...so to speak."
  • Sean Saves The World:
    Sean: You're a smart, strong, young girl, so screw boys! [realizes] Just so we're clear, I'm not saying "screw boys" like go do that.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Fitz talking to Skye in the pilot
    Fitz: When you get back, I'll show you my thing. A thing! It's not my- it's my hardware. My equipment! My- hang up.
  • Sanctuary: During "The Bank Job" we get this exchange (over the phone, no less)
    Henry: I'm the geek, you're the doc. I do tech, you do drugs. [beat] You know what I mean.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: In "Takes One to Know One", Joxor speculates that Minya's motive for the murder might be that she "loves horses too much". After a pause, and several odd looks from the other characters, he continues "Let me rephrase...".
  • This is the basis of most of the jokes in Bottom.
  • Supernatural, season 2, "Everybody Loves a Clown": a creature is killing parents, and their children are saying that a clown did it. Dean brings news of the latest deaths to Sam, who tries to complete Dean's sentence:
    Sam: More murders?
    Dean: Two more last night. Apparently they were ripped to shreds. And they had a little boy with them...
    Sam: (interrupting) who fingered a clown.
    Dean: (Gives Sam a strange look.)
    Sam: What?
  • In Season 3 of The Sing Off, Sara Bareilles has a few "why did I just say that" moments in the first episode, such as...
    Bareilles [regarding Afro Blue]: ...and I also wrote down that you're all very attractive, so... [general laughter] ...maybe I need to work on taking notes, but you're all very good looking in addition to sounding amazing — [to Ben Folds, leaning over to read her pad] — it's on there, it is on there. I know. Get over it.
  • Battlestar Galactica has season 3, "Dirty Hands" {smirk}. When President Roslin's ship gets damaged, Admiral Adama offers her accommodation on the Galactica:-
    Adama: If the quarters become cramped, you're always welcome in one of my beds...
    Roslin: (Smiles)
    Adama: ...in a manner of speaking.
  • The Thin Blue Line:
    • Raymond Fowler. Take this example from "Kids Today", in which he fondly describes his childhood Mechano sets, much to Habib's amusement:
    Fowler: They'll never know the joy a young lad can have sitting alone in his room... with his tool in his hand, tightening his little nuts.
    • Grim: "It's my arse on the line and I don't want a cock-up!" and many variations.
  • Sheldon Cooper makes gaffes like this in The Big Bang Theory. deciding to emulate professor Xavier's example and call his trusted team after himself - the C-Men. or else his palintive cries during a game of "Settlers" about not being able to get wood. So as to make erections.

    Pinball 
  • Narrowly averted with Stern Pinball's Mustang; the Spelling Bonus drop targets for G-E-A-R-S were originally supposed to spell S-H-I-F-T, until someone noticed what would be written if someone knocked down the letter "F"...

    Pro Wrestling 

    Theater 
  • The song "Putting It Together" from Stephen Sondheim's Sunday In The Park With George features this lyric:
    Gotta keep a link with your tradition
    Gotta learn to trust your intuition
    While you re-establish your position
    So that you can be on exhibit...
    [Beat]
    So that your work can be on exhibition!
  • Invoked verbatim in Samuel D. Hunter's play The Whale: "There are other people, people like Charlie, for whom this amazing plan doesn't fit. You can't fit a round peg in a square hole, and you certainly can't fit a morbidly obese gay peg in a Mormon hole... that came out wrong."

    Video Games 
  • In Assassin's Creed II, Ezio says this towards the beginning when seducing a girl.
    Ezio: May I come up?
    Girl: Fine. But only for a minute.
    Ezio: A minute is all that I'll need...
    Girl: Indeed...
    Ezio: Wait... that came out wrong.
  • Persona 3 has an early scene between the main character, Yukari and Junpei, the day after the hero stumbled upon Yukari armed with her evoker during the Dark Hour and she asked him not to tell anyone about it. Junpei's heard that the hero and Yukari walked to school together that morning and playfully asks if there's anything going on between them. Yukari brushes him off as reading too much into things, then immediately checks to make sure the main character hasn't told anybody "about last night". Cue Junpei's jaw dropping open, and Yukari freaking out as she realizes what he thinks she means.
  • Mass Effect 2 has a memorable example from Garrus Vakarian if you romance him as a female Shepard: "You know me. I always like to savor the last shot before popping the heat sink... wait. That metaphor just went somewhere horrible."
    • The original has one from Liara: "I just think you'd be a fascinating subject for an in-depth study. ...No, no, that's even worse!"
  • Also from BioWare, Dragon Age: Origins has awkward, virginal Alistair agree to sex with a female Warden romancing him thus, if she initiates it: "I don't know, I'm willing to give it a shot, if you are." The Warden can lampshade this unintentional bad choice of phrasing nastily with "'Give it a shot'? You weren't joking about the idiot part" - but Alistair will be very hurt and dump her if you do this.
  • From Baten Kaitos: Origins:
    Sagi: I'll... get wood. (beat) At the tree! Tree wood!
  • In Pokemon Platinum, the rival drags you off to Lake Verity to find the legendary Pokemon Mesprit for Professor Rowan, as thanks for giving you starter Pokémon. However, he suddenly stops and exclaims that you don't have any balls... and immediately has to clarify that he meant Poké Balls. Yes, they got a "balls" joke into a Pokémon game.
  • From Golden Sun: Dark Dawn:
    Karis: ... So keep your Fireballs under control.
    Tyrell: I'm going to pretend I never heard that.
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Licensed Game, Buffy suggests to the Scoobies that "while everyone bones up on sigils and resurrection, [she'll] head over to the mansion and bone up on Angel."
  • Anarchy Reigns: The Baron challenges Sasha to a fight. Jack asks if he has the endurance, and the Baron shouts that "I'll be done in thirty seconds!" Then it hits him.
    "Wait a minute... Motherfucker!"
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, Sully accidentally tells Gregor in their C-rank Support Conversation that "I'll put you on the table!" She then pauses and adds "never mind" after realizing what she just said.
  • Touhou: Story of Eastern Wonderland has Meira announce her intentions to "take the power of Hakurei". She means it as a challenge. Reimu takes it as a proposal. Hilarity Ensues.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney
    • In the 4th game: "Okay Justice, time to take advantage of her... I mean of her mistake."
    • The first game also has one in the second case. "I'll get to this woman's bottom! Wait... I mean... you know what I mean."
    • The 3rd case of the 2nd game has Phoenix being rather impressed by Max's 'ample bust'. The statue kind, not that one...
  • Kyousuke from Little Busters! has a few of these, mostly involving very Ho Yay-ish comments to Riki made without him realising it. For example, when Riki is moaning about how having 'indecent' thoughts about Kyousuke is desecrating their friendship and Kyousuke suddenly says 'Riki, wanna do it with me?' ...in reference to playing tabletop baseball. Or when he ends up in a very touchy position with Riki, making it look like they're almost kissing, and when Mio notices, asking her if she wants to join...because he has an announcement to make and wants to know if she'll listen as well.

    Web Animation 
  • This exchange from Spriggs, a Halo 3 Machinima:
    Triple M: (referring to General Vollin) Bitch.
    Meme: EXCUSE ME!?
    Triple M: No, not you, the other bitch... Oh, that came out wrong!
  • In one Homestar Runner toon that appears to be a Halloween toon, but was released on Decemberween:
    Strong Bad: I think we may have gotten our... "weens" crossed.
    Strong Sad: Can you please never say that again?
  • From "I Can Swing My Sword" by Tobuscus: "Swinging is my business - and by that I mean swinging swords..."
  • Ultra Fast Pony. After establishing that the zebras are subject to Fantastic Racism, Twilight tries to introduce herself to one of them:
    Twilight: Hey, Zecora. You wanna hang?
    [Beat. Oh Crap expression on Twi's face.]
    Twilight: Wow, that came out so wrong. I mean, do you wanna hang out?
  • From Red vs. Blue:
    Tucker: I don't know what the technical military term is for it, but, uh, we're pretty fucked up down here. We need men!
    Tucker: No, no, no, n-not like that! We need more men to help us.

    Tucker: I'm a lover, not a fighter!
    Church: Yeah, me too, Tucker. We're just a couple of lovers.
    Tucker: That sounded gay, dude.
    Church: Yeah, it kinda did...

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Agents Of Cracked:
    Dan: I like combining my man-parts with those of a child.
    Mandy: ...Huh?
    Dan: I... like combining my man parts with those of a child?
    (Mandy looks disgusted and leaves)
    Dan: Why did I say it twice?
  • Acts of Gord:
    Notes to self:
    Talking to a person about being into the hardcore gaming scene is completely different than talking to them about the hardcore anime scene. In future, I must find a new adjective.

    And do not, I repeat, do not say "if she is really into the hardcore anime scene, I can get import DVD's from Japan and Hong Kong" when I'm talking to a 14-year-old girl's mother.

    Further notation: Do not attempt to salvage this by then saying "I mean, I can get DVD's from Japan that you can't get here."

    Next time, say "really likes anime" and "can get DVD's not on sale here yet."
  • The Nostalgia Critic does this in his Old vs. New for The Karate Kid with the line: "What's the better movie that everybody wax off to? That sounded really bad."
  • Whateley Universe: In "Toni and the Tiger", Toni is sitting in class wearing her new mithril bracelet. Nikki, being a Sidhe, is entranced by it.
    Mrs. Chulkris read off attendance, and began today's lesson, something about Ley Lines. I couldn't pay that much attention, because Nikki kept running her finger over my bracelet. Finally, I snatched my wrist away.
    Mrs. Chulkris stopped the lesson. "Is there a problem?"
    "Yeah! Nikki keeps fondling my bling-bling!" From the hoots of derision, I could tell that I could have phrased that better.
  • Happens very often to Marik in Marik Plays Bloodlines. They are usually accompanied by the sound of Bakura bursting into laughter in the background. Marik rarely gets it.
    Marik: This isn't the first time I've shot in a guy's face!
    Bakura: (dies of laughter)
    Marik: Why are you in such a giggly mood, Bakura?
  • One day, while presumably talking about guns (as he has made numerous references to Texans being allowed to carry concealed guns), Ghost said that "I always walk around here in Texas, with my strap on ... uhh well that didn't, that didn't really, that didn't really sound right." As opposed to a "strap-on" by any chance?
  • Cracked: The 8 Manliest Images on the Internet:
    Robert Brockway: Yes, here they are, eight prime examples of why I love men.... Wait, that came out wrong! Don't start the list ye—
  • Not Always Right:
  • In Holy Musical B@man!, while Green Lantern is having a conversation with Superman, GL reveals that he knows Superman's obvious secret identity. He then tries to make him feel better by saying, "Come on, nobody cares who Superman is."
  • From Jerma985's 'Jersey Boys in Sentry Town':
    Jerma(after he died anticipating STAR__ to tell his story): Yeah but I was paying attention to the notion that you were going to tell the story, that's it, as I was sitting there, whacking the gunnote  *STAR_ tried to stifles his laugh*
    • Lampshaded in 'The Lob Slobs', after Jerma talked with a weird voice and explained to STAR_ that he has to be 'in the mood' for the video and STAR_, Jerma then imitated a typical shipper's reaction in the comments section:
    Jerma: Hey, did you see that top comment? Jerma wants to be in the mood for STAR_ mwuh mwuh mwuh-

    Western Animation 
  • Justice League: Unlimited:
    (flashback shows a shot of Batman being bandaged by a paramedic)
    Amanda Waller: Bruce's DNA was easy enough to obtain. He left it all over town.
    (end flashback, Terry raises an eyebrow)
    Amanda Waller: Not remotely what I meant.
  • In the Kim Possible episode "Ill Suited", Ron steals Kim's battlesuit and uses it to cheat his way into the position of star quarterback of the football team out of fear that Kim would dump him for a jock (based in part on misunderstanding a conversation he overheard). This is revealed when Professor Dementor uses a remote device to take control of the suit, whilst Ron is still in it. He attempts to explain his position... poorly at first (whilst being controlled to fight Kim).
    Kim: "You cheated your way onto the football team!"
    Ron: "Yeah, but that was just a perk. I was really trying to cheat on you..." *notices Kim's angrier expression* "-For you! To win you!"
  • Carl The Evil Cockroach Wizard says that verbatim in an episode of Yin Yang Yo.
  • Owen of Total Drama Island (and Action) has done this repeatedly.
    Owen: I'm glad we're in a separate cabin with just guys!... I mean, no! Not like that! I love the ladies. I just don't want to sleep with them. NO! Wait!
  • Family Guy
    • When Brian told Lois that a lovestruck Meg made him eat the hair from her pie (punch). But wait, Stewie had some too (punch).
    • Played with in another episode where Peter is teaching Meg how to find a boyfriend. Obviously referencing the idiom "Beating someone off with a stick", Peter says to Meg "Soon you'll be beating off guys with both hands". The audience 'waits for it' but, Peter being Peter, he doesn't catch onto what he said.
    • The same episode did a similar gag with Lois and Chris.
    Lois: All right, now that we've practised kissing and cuddling, it's time to practice eating out... at a fancy restaurant!
    • In "Peter's Got Woods when Brian dates Meg's African-American teacher Shauna, and talk about her job at the school.
    Brian: You know, I've always wondered why they named it after James Woods, you know? I mean, there's gotta be somebody more deserving. Like, just, you know, off the top of my head, uh, I don't know, Sidney Poitier, uh, Reggie Jackson, Martin Luther King, uh, you know, those are just three names that come to mind.
    Shauna: Brian, that's a great idea! We should get them to rename the school after Dr. King.
    Brian: You like Dr. King? Because I love Dr. King. I love MLK, man. He's-he's my guy. He's-he's... I mean, I love all black people. You know, I mean, if I... if I could take all the black people in the world, and just, you know, just buy a farm somewhere and, and let them all... Uh, whoa, you know, what? That, uh, actually, that didn't really come out right.
  • South Park both subverts and plays straight. For example:
    Cartman's mom: (ring up Kyle's mom) Uhm, Sheila? I'm sorry to trouble you with this but apparently your son has a picture of Eric with another boy's penis in his mouth.
    Kyle's mom: ... ... excuse me?
  • Non-sexual example from Avatar: The Last Airbender :
    Zuko: I want my father to not think I'm worthless.
    Iroh: I'm sure he doesn't! Why would he banish you if he didn't care?
    (Zuko shoots him an angry glare and walks off)
    Iroh: ... That came out wrong, didn't it?
  • The title character of Ruby Gloom, shortly before a major public appearance, gets what's supposed to be a motivational speech from her friend Misery:
    Misery: Oh, yeah — don't worry about failing, even though you only have this one day to get it right and if you mess it up you'll never be invited back ever... that didn't come out right. See you there.
  • Archer: Mallory Archer does this all the time.
    Mallory: You wanna play me hard?
    Sterling: Phrasing.
    Mallory: Well, then, you better nut up!
    Sterling: Phrasing!
    Mallory: Because I've swallowed just about all I'm going to take from you!
    Sterling: HEY! PHRASING!
    • In Mole Hunt:
    Mallory: The thought of me dead gives you an erection!?
    Archer: Just a half of one. The other half would have really missed you. [Beat] Eew.
    • Diversity Hire:
    Archer: What the hell smells like shrimp?
    Cheryl: Just my sensual womanhood...oh, wait...eew.
  • One episode of American Dad! has Jeff running off to Burning Man with a brainwashed Francine. Stan suggests that he and his daughter Hayley should date to get back at Jeff/Francine.
    Stan: Wait a minute... Daddy didn't think that through.
    • Stan is mistakenly arrested for domestic abuse and to get him out of it, Roger pins the blame on a Jerk Ass co-worker. The cops find Neo-Nazi paraphernalia in his car, and the guy points out that "this is America", so his freedom of speech is protected. However, the head detective is Jewish, and has the guy taken to his car, obviously to beat and/or kill him. As the cops drag him off, the Jerk Ass says "What is this, Nazi Germany?! ...Wait, that would be awesome!"
    • Another episode has Stan forgetting about his and Francine's wedding anniversary and going on a company fishing trip with Bullock and his other co-workers. He tells them that he's happy to be away from the house because it's the anniversary of a huge fight they had (namely, last year's wedding anniversary where Francine beat the shit out of Stan because he forgot), and he even mentions why the fight took place, and then happily resumes fishing. His co-worker moves to tell him, but Bullock stops him, wanting to see if he'll figure it out on his own. When Stan finally screams in horrific, dawning comprehension, Bullock just smiles and says "There it is.".
  • Inverted in a King of the Hill episode where Dale needs the help of a very attractive woman to exterminate a flock of pigeons that have infested the alley:
    Dale: (in a very high voice) Dale Gribble, Dale's Dead Bug. (aside) Damn, did I say "Dale's Bug Dead"?! (resumes) Dale Gribble, Dale's Dead Bug.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: In "Oh, You Animal", Bubbie attempts to explain about her and Flapjack:
    Bubbie: He doesn't live with me. He lives inside me. (pause) My mouth! He lives inside my mouth! (pause) That sounds weirder than it is.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) has Casey attempting to propose to April using a hockey analogy.
    Casey: April, I love you like... like Gretzky loves hockey, and I wanna play you for the rest of my life... Dah! I mean your life! I-I mean Gretzky's life! I mean—
  • Young Justice
    • A serious one occurs in "Homefront". Robin and Artemis are looking at the security footage to find out what ambushed their friends, only for all four cameras to be wiped out while recording the ambush.
    Robin: That's it. All four are dead.
    (Artemis looks at him in horror)
    Robin: (hurriedly) The cameras. I meant the cameras.
    • A more humorous version happens in "Humanity".
    Zatanna: Tornado never knew my moves!
    Robin: And I bet you've got some good ones!
    (beat)
    Robin: Whoa! Sorry, that may have come off a little too Wally.
    Zatanna: I don't mind.
  • A subversion in an episode of Sealab 2021. Marco leaves some tamales outside Quinn's door and tells Debbie that they should leave without bothering him because he'll probably be "busy with that hooker for awhile." Cue Debbie's outraged "WHAT?!? A HOOKER?!??" and several minutes of people going "Uh-oh!" Finally:
    Debbie: I can’t believe he’s with a hooker!
    Marco: No, no! He’s watching TJ Hooker.
    Debbie: I thought you said he was with a hooker.
    Marco: No, he’s watching TJ Hooker. On television.
    Marco: (laughs)
    Debbie: (laughs)
    Marco: (laughs)
    Debbie: (laughs)
    Marco: (laughs) ... with a prostitute.
    Debbie: WHAT!?!
  • The Fairly OddParents two-part episode "School's Out: The Musical" has the Pixies persuading Flappy Bob into wishing for the world to be boring. Trying to stop them, Timmy tells Bob he knows the Pixies are the ones who gave him all he wanted and Timmy is the one who tore down his dream but Bob needs to listen to Timmy. Timmy then realizes his mistake.
  • In Shrek, the titular character briefly leaves Princess Fiona behind temporarily because he "has to save his ass." He was actually referring to Donkey (who is exactly what it says on the tin), but Fiona thought he meant he was going to abandon her, causing her to call him out for the action.
    • Alternately, as the dragon yells while Fiona's congratulating him on having already killed it, he could be saving his ass by belatedly killing the dragon in order to live up to the general expectations for a brave hero.
  • In Adventure Time, when Finn is about to face Marceline's dad:
    Marceline: Finn, you're like an ant to him.
    Finn: Oh, yeah? Well this ant's about to get in his pants!
    Marceline:... What?
    Finn (blushing): Well— you know! Because I'm going to make him uncomfortable while I release those souls!
  • Rallo can sense something wrong with Holt's rap on The Cleveland Show.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: When Jack Spicer hears that the good guys don't have a plan:
    Wow, all this time I thought you guys were like these amazing Xiaolin geniuses, but it turns out you're just as pathetic as me! (laughs) Wait, that didn't come out right.

    Real Life 
  • This pastor's blooper reminds us all of the importance of good enunciation while preaching.
  • BBC Radio 4 has a reputation for being mealy-mouthed, which makes thisnote  rather amusing. Note also the "coughing fit" that follows.
  • British cricket commentator Brian Johnston was well known for generating highly quotable gaffes, including the often quoted "The bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey".
    • His fit of giggles when co-commentator Jonathan Agnew's said "He just didn't quite get his leg over"note  when Ian Botham was given out after accidentally knocking over the wicket while batting, was voted the favourite moment of sports commentary by BBC Radio 5 listeners.
  • Iphone's Autocorrection function can cause...amusing effects on your text messages.
  • People with Asperger Syndrome. Because they are much more socially naďve than most people, they tend to fall into this while talking. It may take longer for them to realize it, too, because they often have trouble reading others' facial expressions—in fact, unless there's a more obvious cue (such as someone bursting out laughing), they may not realize their mistake at all, and even then they may not know what, exactly, the problem is.
  • It's possible to trip someone up in saying this or "putting words in their mouth" so to speak if they're not focusing on what you are saying:
    Guy 1: "Don't worry. I'm the man!"
    Guy 2: "You the man."
    Guy 1: "I'm the man."
    Guy 2: "You're a pedophile."
    Guy 1: "TO THE CORE! (Beat) Wait, WHAT??!"
  • There's also this gem.
  • TV news reports, morning shows, etc. can be prey to this, especially when the anchors try to improvise or banter. For example...

That Came Out Wrong Came Out Wrong Too.
Something Else Also RisesInnuendo TropesThat's What She Said
Thank Your PreyDialogueThat Cloud Looks Like
Laugh TrackRecap/Sports Night S 02 E 01 Special PowersTitle Drop
Sesquipedalian LoquaciousnessPoor Communication KillsThird Act Misunderstanding
Thanks for the MammaryComedy TropesThat Poor Plant

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
186261
1