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World of Pun

"Hey! The secret to health, happiness, a successful marriage and a booming business is simple. All you need is puns! No more trotting out boring old "Good morning" and "Goodnight". When you greet people, do it with a smile and a bit of horseplay. Try a "Good marening" or a "Goodneight"! Before long, you'll be the most popular punner in the town, neigh, the world! Remember: you'll be galloping your way towards happiness with laughter as your steed."
A Pun-filled Life Is A Fun-Filled Life!, found on Torneko's bookshelf in Dragon Quest IV

This work is drowning in puns. The characters are dropping them left and right, and often the narrator (if there is one) will get in on the action, too. Worlds of Pun generally capitalize on a quirky brand of humor, with the puns as an integral feature of the work's appeal.

Compare World of Ham and World of Snark. Often includes Punny Names and Pun Based Titles. See also Hurricane of Puns. For a character who frequently uses puns, see Pungeon Master.

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Rumiko Takahashi's first breakaway success, Urusei Yatsura, is filled to the brim with puns — its name, for example, can be read half a dozen ways depending on Kanji, Kana, and the use of spaces, each one of them a pun or joke.
  • One Piece lives and breathes puns. Attack names (most of Zoro's sword moves, notably, also resemble types of sushi when written), character names, and in the seventh movie over half the lines of the plot-central prophecy were puns.
  • The Rave Master dub is overflowing with puns.
  • Martian Successor Nadesico has a lot of puns. Izumi Maki, in particularly, uses so many puns that she barely speaks at all without a translator's note appearing.
  • Bakemonogatari: Name itself is pun already, far more ensues.
  • In Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, nearly every name is some sort of pun based on food (Goku is the exception, since his name comes from Journey to the West).
  • The official English translation of Daily Life with Monster Girl, goose full on with the animal puns. Deer cod...

    Card Games 
  • Shows up regularly in Magic: The Gathering.
    • Such as the Werebear. ''He exercises his right to bear arms''.
    • There are also the cards "Crashing Boars" and "Apes of Rath".
    • "Over-Soul'd Cemetery".
    • "Wheel and Deal". See, it makes your opponents get the effects of "Wheel of Fortune" and gives you a card draw...
    • Unglued and Unhinged are about 50% puns (the other half is a mixture of cardpaper and in-jokes that only players of the game will get).
      • Unhinged had Donkey Folk, which only existed to make puns on "ass". There was Smart Ass, Dumb Ass, Fat Ass, Cheap Ass and Bad Ass.
      • There are also the Clay Pigeon (a 1/1 flying bird that had an effect when thrown), the Rock Lobster (it wasn't a rock, and many take it for granite), the Paper Tiger (who burns bright and folds easily), and the Scissors Lizard (who has a lot of shear power).
      • Fowl Play turns things into chickens.
    • The Man of Measure is better at offense or defense depending on whether you're measured as taller or shorter than an opponent.
    • The Standing Army doesn't tap when it attacks, because they're always standing... but only as long as you are too.
    • Goblin Offensive? They certainly are.
  • The Spoils has got quite a few, too. Pick five cards at random, and there's a pretty high chance that at least one involves at least one pun.
  • Munchkin, in all of its incarnations. Meet monsters such as Dr. Jackal and Mr. Hide, Tequila Mockingbird and Cowthulhu... and that's only the beginning.

    Comic Books 
  • The Flemish series De Kiekeboes (a few English translations exist as Jo and co) has over 100 issues and in almost all of them at least one of the one-time characters, the companies or even the title itself is a pun.
  • A lot of Orient Men comics are based around puns, especially the last few ones.
  • The Astérix comic books are full of this, in both the original French and the English translations.
  • Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! could barely go two panels without punning.
  • Brian Azzarello loves using puns, and so do characters in pretty much all his works, especially 100 Bullets.

    Film 
  • Airplane!: loads of them — "Surely you can't be serious", Ted's drinking problem, smoking tickets.
  • Practically all the lines in Batman & Robin are "plant" or "ice" puns.
    "Allow me to break the ice."
    "I'm afraid my condition has left me cold to your pleas of mercy!"
    "FREEZE IN HELL, BATMAN!"
    "Freeze well!"
    "What killed the Dinosaurs? The Ice Age!"
  • Wild Wild West. Particularly the scenes where James West (black) and Arliss Loveless (has no legs) throw double entendre insults on each other's conditions.
    Arliss: How nice of you to join us and add color to these monochromatic proceedings.
    James: Well when a man comes back from the dead I find that occasion to stand up and be counted.
    Arliss: Miss East tells me you're looking for General McGrath. I haven't seen him in a coon's age.
    James: Well I can see how it'd be hard for a man of your stature to keep track of... half the people he knows.
    Arliss: Perhaps the lovely Miss East can keep you from becoming a slave to your disappointment.
    James: You know beautiful women: support you one minute, cut the legs out from under you the next.
  • The Marx Brothers build a lot of their humor from puns. For instance, Chico combines this with "Fauxreigner":
    "Taxes? My uncle's from Taxes."
    "No, not Texas, taxes. Dollars, Taxes!"
    "That's where he's from! Dollas, Taxes!"
  • The whole movie Una Película de Huevos (even the title itself).
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is full of puns:
    Scott: You once were a ve-gone, and now you will be gone.
  • Spaceballs. The radar gets jammed, they comb the desert, and of course there's the Druish princess.
    Dark Helmet: Raspberry! There's only one person who would dare give me the raspberry. *visor clanks shut* Lone Starr!

    Literature 
  • Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus. Riordan being Riordan, it is almost as frequent as snarking. Special mention goes to Lupa, directed to Jason: "As always, you are our saving Grace."
  • Piers Anthony's Xanth books: There's been a steady increase in puns throughout the series. The first two books had only a handful of puns. After that, Piers Anthony started making the series more comedic, and adding more puns as part of the process. Then he started accepting reader-submitted puns and it and got completely out of control. Naturally, a great many Xanth fans were thrilled by this opportunity to actually be a part of their favorite series, even if only in a small way, so the puns flooded in ever-greater numbers, to the point that Anthony frequently has several books' worth of pun backlog.
  • Isaac Asimov was passing fond of puns and wrote quite a number of Shaggy Dog Stories around them. One of these stories is actually named "Shah Guido G." (Because it sounds like Shagg- Oh, never mind.)
  • Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures series has puns everywhere, including the titles of all the books and of the series itself. The various dimensions have Punny Names: Klahds are from Klah, Deveels are from Deva, Cupys (small, doll-like people) are from Cupid...
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld series
    • That was a "Pune", or play on words.
    • There's the "Oh God of Hangovers" in Hogfather — not a god, or the god, but Oh, GOD of Hangovers.
    • Night Watch
      • The book contains a sequence describing the ornamental armour Sam Vimes has to wear, and how it makes him feel like a class traitor. The pune-chline: "It was gilt by association."
      • And the Fat Mines contained BCBs (Burnt Crusty Bits) that Vimes said died because they were battered to death.
      • There's also an example of him being entirely unable to stop himself with the story of Fingers Mazda, who stole the secret of fire from the gods. He was unable to fence it, it was too hot. He really got burned on that deal.
      • Granny Weatherwax's lodgings in the Shades are made are all the better for being next door to a notorious reseller of stolen items. Because good fences make good neighbours.
      • Magrat believes that broomsticks are sexual metaphors when witches ride them. But this is a phallusy.
    • The name of the countries Djelibeybi and Hersheba. Terry Pratchett's realization that American audiences weren't getting the Djelibeybi pun (because Jelly Babies are hard to get in the US) inspired the creation of nearby Hersheba, which unfortunately most audiences in general aren't getting.explanation 
  • The Wayside School books are full of puns, both stealth and otherwise.
  • Finnegan's Wake. Every sentence.
  • The Phantom Tollbooth is one of these. There's a "watchdog" called Tock who is a dog with a clock in his abdomen. In the city of Dictionopolis people literally "eat their words" off plates. People literally jump to an island called Conclusions. There's even a car that "goes without saying" — as soon as the passengers were all quite silent, it starts moving. And so on and so forth.
  • Alice in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There are both famous for their wordplay and allusions.
  • Harry Turtledove's The Case Of The Toxic Spell Dump combines this with Functional Magic. Djinnetic engineering? Spell Checkers? A Demon-Stration? All there...and more! The author actually confessed that most of the process of writing the book consisted of coming up with one bad pun after another and stringing them together into a narrative.
  • In-universe example: In addition to the puns that litter their ordinary dialogue, the regulars at Callahan's hold regular Punday Night competitions and tell shaggy dog stories where the punchlines are truly horrible. Jake, the series' Narrator, states that the highest compliment one can pay to a pun is to hold one's nose and run screaming into the night.
  • Any world created by Jasper Fforde is certainly going to exist Just for Pun.
  • Peter David is quite the master of pun-play...which he took Up to Eleven for Sir Apropos of Nothing. Yes, starting with the main character's name.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Power Rangers. It's actually quite impressive to see how they can keep the pun ball in the air for long stretches.
  • Happy Endings: Although there are other kinds of humor in the show, the main characters all engage in puns at least once an episode, usually in a volley across characters.

    Music 
  • The band Alkaline Trio lives in one of these. Their albums have titles like Good Mourning and From Here To Infirmary. [1]
  • There's a band called the Misfats who cover Misfits songs and change the lyrics so they're about food. So they play songs like "Mommy, Can I Go Out And Grill Tonight".
  • Words, Words, Words by Bo Burnham.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Too many to go into, but during the early years of Dilbert, Scott Adams was really, really into puns (very little office humor was involved, Dilbert was ostensibly an engineer just to provide a context for nerd-jokes and nerdy jokes).
  • Pearls Before Swine: The Sunday strips, especially, which are often nothing more than elaborate setups for atrocious puns, like this one. The final panel often has the characters confronting the cartoonist, Stephan Pastis.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Paranoia
    • While there's no general consensus on when the games jumped the shark, the trend was marked by a decrease in the social satire in game supplements and an increase in the puns. This reached its nadir with Fifth Edition.
    • Since the game's re-release as Paranoia XP, puns have become few and far between. Even older adventures that get updated and repackaged have character names surgically altered to remove any trace of former puns.

    Theatre 

    Video Games 
  • AdventureQuest is infamous for this, and they tend to be so spectacularly lame that they end up So Bad, It's Good. Or, as Artix described it:
    Arch Knight Style Humor (adj) — A savory blend of caffeinated epic failure served with with a side of cheese. This also probably means Artix wrote it himself... it is sort of like a train wreck. You really want to look away, but for some reason, you just... have to watch.
  • When Kingdom of Loathing isn't making random references to song lyrics, it's hitting you over the head with puns of varying quality.
    "You're fighting a bread golem. You find him crusty, and his wit stale. For having thought of the previous sentence you almost hope he manages to kick your ass."
    "This is a bat with the body of a baseball. And the heart of a bad pun."
  • Pretty much every Sierra adventure game ever. The King's Quest series is probably better known for the puns in its death messages than anything.
  • Defense Of The Ancients: technically found in Warcraft but in Defense of the Ancients the hero responses are heard constantly. Nearly every hero with a voice says some sort of pun. Nearly every response by the Pandaren Brewmaster is a pun.
  • There's a stage in Namco × Capcom where every character is making lame puns. All of the puns are highlighted in red, to boot.
  • Super Mario Bros. loves to use puns, especially the RPG titles (with some Lampshade Hanging on the particularly bad ones).
  • Final Fantasy X-2: As an aid to the game's much lighter tone, puns are all over the place in this game, and virtually any ability any of the three main characters use has a good chance to lead them to quip one before firing it off (in contrast to the original, where puns were only heard when Lulu or Tidus used magic, and even then, only the first time they used it in a random encounter).
  • You'd be extremely hard-pressed to find a hero in Dota 2 that doesn't have at least one or two puns in their voice responses.

    Webcomics 
  • DevilBear uses puns frequently. The characters Bearalzebub and Lucy Fur in particular make puns the most in the series. Ursa, the Daiva of Wrath, however, indicates that she hates puns.
  • Evil Inc. can barely go a strip without puns.
  • Plus EV is full of them, mostly Poker-related. Big Blind, Pocket Pear...
  • When Hejibits isn't doing a comic about Video Games, it's almost always a comic about a terrible pun of some sort.
  • Hybrid webcomic/browser game Demon Thesis does this constantly when in game mode, as virtually any action you have the characters take is accompanied by a pun or reference. For example, give Clady the spear and let her attack with it, and the attack is called "Clad the Impaler". Give Val, the sole American, the axe, and it's called "American Chopper" when she uses it. If Alain, a french-Canadian, goes into a defensive mode to take less damage, it's Block Quebecois, and so on and so forth.
  • Dominic Deegan falls under this, especially during the early strips before Cerebus Syndrome set in. For example: Seer's catalog, bookmarking sites...
  • Puns related to characters' themes or characterization are something of a tradition with Homestuck's trolls.

    Web Video 
  • Holy Musical Batman is absolutely full of puns. Batman and Robin almost spend more time making puns than stopping crime when they team up, and the dialogue of the main villain, Sweet Tooth, is almost entirely pun-based! He even has props! The tendency for Batman's villains to be so heavily pun-based is lampshaded in a conversation between Superman and the Green Lantern, who sum up almost all of them as "guys in suits with things on their heads making puns around a theme."
  • The Best Joke Ever! has a large number of puns in it.

    Western Animation 

World Of PhlebotinumSetting GimmicksWorld of Silence
The World as MythSettingsWorld of Symbolism
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