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Stealth Pun: Web Comics

  • In Irregular Webcomic!:
    • Shakespeare in #967 has a chance to occupy "office B down on level 2". Does he want it? A dialog box for "PunGuard 2.1" covers the pun in the comic! It would have been a pun on Hamlet: "2B or not 2B, that is the question."
    • Comic #1996 seems to be setting up yet another hobbit-pun. Lambert doesn't tell the pun, and the annotation links to this very trope page. Only Morgan-Mar knows the intended pun for sure. It might have been "Don't make a hobbit of it", or perhaps "Don't burn the hobbit", a pun on "burn the habit."
      • He said it was a warning about the goods Bilbert did not destroy, which included children's clothing, also known as children's wear, so I'm fairly certain the pun will involve the word "beware", or perhaps merely " 'ware".
    • Another example: in comic #2096, Lambert's hobbit-pun is ruined by a (rather ominous, but that's not the point) cough. Lambert probably meant "hobbit-hat," a pun on "habitat."
    • The Quintessential Fifth Elementalist. Consider the literal meaning of the word "quintessential".
  • In this episode of Striptease, in a flashback to high school, Max and Em are squirted with red paint by another student, who is then caught by the teacher... red-handed.
  • In this episode of Adventures in ASCII (a strip where the characters are letters and other printables), Miss B reacts with a stony silence upon learning that Bold H is taking the guest Miss Delta (she's from @hens) down the river to see the estuary.
    Miss B: ...
    Bold H: What?
    Miss B: I didn't say anything.
    Bold H: It was the way you didn't say it.
    • Here's another one from the same comic about an injured number. Apparently a three falling in a forest does indeed make a sound.
  • This xkcd comic doubles the stakes. It's based on another joke with a Stealth Punchline.
    • Even better; it inverts the punchline.
    • Speaking of xkcd, Strip #404. Note the title.
  • Tally HO, a somewhat obscure webcomic, does the Stealth Pun here with a common cry of Windows supporters and creators alike. "It's not a bug, It's a feature." This isn't original; it's an old geek joke.
    • Allegedly someone at Microsoft actually has such a car.
  • You actually named it "Variety"?
    • The guy in white is Bobby, the incarnation of Life.
  • Nerf NOW!! with a classic riddle and a..."modern classic" Dracula. "What is a man?"
  • Chopping Block Here.
  • This Precocious strip, which was actually explained by its creator:
    "Et Tu, Brute?" — Famous line from Julius Caesar.
    The Et family really should know better than to go out in pairs.
  • This Nukees. "Duck Orations" would be "Quacks."
  • The Order of the Stick
    • Vaarsuvius's second Evil Counterpart is named Pompey. Vaarsuvius — sounds like Vesuvius; Pompey — Pompeii.
    • Leeky Windstaff's hawk is named Kitty. As in kitty hawk.
    • In this strip, fleeing the burning city, Elan stops to break into a music shop and steals a lute. The setup is palpable, but the inevitable pun goes unsaid. He lutes the store.
    • Not to mention here, in which Roy must get familiar with Blackwing.
    • Malack spell-checking Durkon's scroll. Spell-checking. Got it?
    • The three empires on the Western continent are never mentioned together in the same sentence. They're the Empires of Blood, Sweat, and Tears.
    • In this strip, exactly how vicious Belkar is measured on a chart. That would make the part on the left an Axis of Evil.
    • In "The Polearm Shop", which is a Whole Plot Reference, the last panel features a snake. Presumably, he is Monty Python.
    • When Sabine breaks a viewing screen in response to Nale's father killing him, we can see blood coming out of it. It's a plasma-screen TV.
  • In Triangle and Robert, one of the plotlines involves Triangle fighting things to recover a series of "Dragon Circles," which are lettered A, B, C, etc. When he gets to the 25th one, Dragon Circle Y, he discovers that's the end of them, there are only 25. "Somehow, avoiding the pun makes it even worse."
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Bob's unseen next door neighbor is named Ray, a reference to the old comedy team, Bob & Ray. Even more obscurely, another unseen neighbor is Mrs. Spitoonelli (a play on "spitoon," of course), with a husband named Harold. It is later mentioned her first name is Maude, referring to the Black Comedy movie Harold And Maude. And in Galatea's French adventure, she rides a Vespa with the name "Princess" on the side.
  • In this filler strip of Keychain of Creation, we're treated to the Orphaned Punchline of a (naughty) joke that ends with "What I really meant is that we'd need cunning translators." See, in Exalted, your translation ability is measured by your score in "Linguistics", so apparently the joke began with her telling the king that she needed... I'll leave you to figure out the rest.
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja provides you with this image of a train accident to use if your forum discussion gets off topic it has been derailed. Additionally, your train of thought has been broken.
    • Also, there's one bit of alt text that imagines Dr. McNinja being followed on a quest by his refrigerator. A subsequent panel gives alt text of the fridge huffing as it tries to keep up. His refrigerator is running.
    • First Gordito shoots the undead, then the uncola. The alt text informs us that next time, Gordito shoots a dusty old book. He shoots the unread.
    • The McNinja family is provided with holy weapons to defeat a ghost. Dark Smoke Puncher gets nunchucks made from the bones of Mother Theresa.
    • Doc walks into a room and encounters a barrage of thrown objects. Chuck is chucking things at him.
  • Shortpacked! features a character named Leslie Bean, who is, as her name suggests, a lesbian... but the more subtle pun comes from the fact that she joined the main cast around the time Ethan lost his role as Only Sane Man, and now tends to be the voice of reason in Seinfeldian Conversations and hijinks, making her... the straight man.
  • This The Perry Bible Fellowship strip has one as an added bonus joke: Imagine what the hammer is saying in the last panel.
    • Not to mention the fact that he's giving the other guy a hammering.
  • VG Cats has the side webcomic Super Effective giving us breaking news of the death of a legend... Elvis. Note which Pokémon is giving us the news.
  • This Arthur, King of Time and Space strip has the stated punchline "Beware of Greek bearins GIFs", but leaves out the obvious "Trojan horse" joke.
  • Sluggy Freelance shows what happens when you try to go through a dungeon designed for several players by yourself in a MMORPG like World of Warcraft. When Torg tries to do it, all the monsters get together and hand him a gift. When he opens it to see what it is, it turns out he is, in fact, getting his ass handed to him.
  • Bloody Urban features a character with blue hair named Pandora.
  • An early El Goonish Shive comic could have easily made a Hammertime joke.
  • The number of examples in Homestuck (see the work page) seems to cement that if we had individual pages for Stealth Pun, Homestuck would be one of the first.
    • Just for a taste: Dave eventually becomes a time traveller, using his power to do more stuff in a relatively small amount of time. His emblem? A broken record.
    • The SORD..... Dave alchemises is so shitty it actually costs negative grist. What do you gain on making it? Artifact grist.
    • Every player in the game gets a small planet called "The Land of X and Y" where X and Y are themes like wind, rain, or silence, and the planets are often abbreviated into an acronym (ie. LOWAA, LOLAR, LOMAT, etc). Nepeta winds up with the Land of Little Cubes and Tea, otherwise known as LOLCAT.
    • Speaking of Nepeta, for a long time the fanbase was unsure whether or not she survived an attack, since we never saw her. In other words, for a while, she could be alive or dead... i.e., Schrödinger's Cat.
    • Nepeta dies in what looks like a Too Dumb to Live moment, since Equius had sacrificed his life to protect her, and given her strict orders to remain in the safety of the vent she was hiding in. But she (a Cat Girl) was overcome with curiosity, and it killed her.
    • A ridiculously convoluted one - Tavros is introduced trying to 'get Dave's goat' by trolling him, and he performs an extremely bad rap in which he describes being stopped by a policeman who discovers him smuggling Dave's goat as well as a goose, which is apparently 'honktraband'. Later on the word 'honktraband' is used by Gamzee, who is a clown-themed troll, and also associated with goats due to his connection with the star sign Capricorn. And it is eventually revealed that he had been in love with Tavros - in short, Tavros had 'got his goat' and it was 'honktraband'.
    • One of the many, many huge plot developments in "[S] Cascade" was Bec-prototyped Jack Noir killing everyone in Exile Town except PM on his way through to the troll session. PM is very, very angry... and unbeknownst to Jack, WV was carrying the other prototype ring. PM puts it on, and follows Jack to get revenge. This means the epic battle between Physical Gods also comes down to an age-old conflict: dog versus mail lady.
    • THE ROSE WAS A........... DISTACTION
    • Equius is an Heir of Void. He dies by being void of air.
    • Terezi is a troll obsessed with law and order, is a Seer of Mind, is based on the scales sign of the zodiac, and is blind. This is SEVERAL stealth puns- justice is blind, the blind prophet, and her caretaker is a dragon (which she has plushies of that are referred to as scalemates).
    • Snowman is the eighth member of a pool based gang comprised completely of male members aside from her. The name refers to both her status as the "8 ball" and the shape of a snowman, but also as She's no man.
    • Wandering Vagrant finds a firefly and promptly names it Serenity.
    • Nepeta and Feferi appear as a conjoined so you could say that the sprite is a catfish.
    • A Brainwashed and Crazy Jane tells Dirk to "CEASE REPRODUCTION". So basically . . . fuck off.
    • During the events of Cascade, what basically happened was the 8-ball pocketed (Snowman's death) while Scratching. That is, the game is lost.
    • There are two magic rings in Act 6: one that tuns the wearer invisible and one that returns the dead to life. Later on, it turns out that they're the same, i.e. it's One Ring.
  • This Everyday Heroes strip shows the characters scowling at all the taxes taken out of their paychecks. In addition to the usual federal, state, local, Medicare, and FICA, there are also deductions for "snieca", "hearta", "pollex" (Latin for "thumb") and "Persian 9' X 12'"... in other words, sneak attacks, heart attacks, thumb tacks, and carpet tacks.
    • Also, there seems to be a chain of coffee shops named "Sundo" (with the bar over the "o" indicating a long vowel). Since the Sun is a star, and do ("dough") is another name for money, or bucks ...
    • When Mr. Mighty is working the night shift, he comes home in the morning just as the kids are leaving for school. He and his wife take advantage of the empty house for some "quality time" ... and in the next strip, he shows up to work smiling and singing "A Hard Day's Night". Heheheh ... you said "hard".
    • On this page, Mr. Mighty is thwarting a hold-up at the "Red Rooster Natural Mini-Mart". While some readers might recognize "Red Rooster" as a Brand X version of White Hen Pantry, not everyone will figure out the "Natural" part of the joke. In shooting dice, a "natural" is when you win by rolling a seven or eleven.
  • This Basic Instructions has Scott suggest that his friend get a job driving a rickshaw as a getaway vehicle for criminals. The idea is already so goofy that you might miss the other joke: his friend is named Rick.
  • See if you can spot the stealth Visual Pun in this Penny Arcade when Gabe sneaks into Tycho's room.
    • Tycho has a picture of the actual Tycho Brahe on his wall.
  • This post at Webcomic.
  • In City Face, the fairy Torus convinces the pigeon City Face that he has become a human businessman. She then gives him a berry, which she says every businessman needs. "No! You weren't supposed to eat it!" It was a blackberry.
  • PvP! has in one strip Brent tell Francis the following joke:
    • Brent: Did you hear the one about the cannibal who dumped his girlfriend?
    • (Beat Panel)
    • Francis: Ewww... gross!
    • Brent at the end even calls it a Stealth Joke.
  • Narbonic has Dave finding a girlfriend online. She's reluctant to meet him in person. He asks her, "Are you afraid I'll turn you off?" Ironic, since she's actually a computer. Later, Dave actually does turn her off when he downloads his mind into her hardware and erases her, leading to a Shout-Out to 2001: A Space Odyssey: "Dave, what are you doing? I'm afraid, Dave ..."
  • The English title of Touhou Nekokayou is "Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red." This is taken from the Touhou canon Gaiden Fighting Game Scarlet Weather Rhapsody and the book Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red. Then someone noticed what the other halves of the names make.
    • Near the end of Create.swf Adventures: Shenanigans in a Magical Forest, it's revealed that all of the "player" characters have their own individual "Hax Sign" spellcards. As Yasora's spellcards begin to wind down, everyone except Marisa uses their respective Hax Sign spellcard, with a fair amount of success. Cue the final sequence, where Marisa's all ready to bust out her long-awaited Hax Sign: Sepiechritude (a shout out to Problem Sleuth's Sepulchritude, which everyone assumes to be a huge beam attack or something of the sort, as per Marisa's trademarks. Then someone noticed the "pie" in "Sepiechritude..."
  • This Tree Lobsters comic has a clever one. On its surface, the comic works as a relatively straightforward parody of infomercials. Look closely at the description on panel 3, though, then look up elements 11 and 17 on the periodic table. Sodium and Chloride, respectively. In other words, it's a grain of salt.
  • In this MegaTokyo strip, Yuki's brother teases her about calling a large animal vet, and then he starts making cow noises. This doesn't make any sense unless you infer that she was yelling "mou" (used in Japanese as a frustration noise, like "Rrrgh!"), which sounds a lot like "moo."
  • In Girl Genius, Memetic Badass Axel Higgs' official rank is seaman, third class. In the old navy, a seaman 3/c, or third mate, is known as a bosun, making him the Higgs Bosun.
  • It's easy to miss the cirrhosis joke in this Mountain Time.

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