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"Have you ever wanted to punch someone but couldn't because you were laughing too hard?"
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Some lines are so good even the humorless can't help cracking up. Whether it be The Chessmaster's witty comeback, the Heroic Comedic Sociopath's cutting insult, the Naïve Newcomer's innocent (or the Deadpan Snarker's not-so-innocent) observation, or even a Pun that somehow manages to be humorous despite the sheer stupidity of it (or maybe because of its stupidity), though by all standards being really low hanging fruit, still makes for a surprisingly sharp and clever quip worth acknowledging, albeit often grudgingly.

Jokes may receive a positive reaction from unexpected people, whether it's someone who's initially reluctant to call it funny or someone who initially claimed it wasn't funny, and any joke that successfully Crosses the Line Twice will naturally receive this reaction from people who would otherwise cry "Dude, Not Funny!". Occasionally, even the target of an insult can admire the sheer comedy value of the joke, in which case it can border on Insult Backfire. May go hand-in-hand with Self-Deprecation jokes.

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A variation of this trope is when a character becomes the victim of a shenanigan that leaves them humiliated or inconvenienced. In any other situation, that character would want to strangle the life out of whoever was responsible for it. And yet they don't, because said shenanigan is not only hilarious; it is so ballsy and outrageous that they not only end up being amused by the sheer audacity of it, but also impressed. If you were in the shoes of an Evil Overlord with a reputation of having a bad temper, how would you react if someone put a whoope cushion on your throne as a prank and made you look silly in front of your minions, only to find that it was the work of some plucky intruder who went through the trouble of infiltrating your Fortress of Doom, evading your elite guards, and dodging every booby trap along the way... all just to pull a silly prank on the one person that no sane man would want to piss off. It would be hard to stay mad at the prankster, because it takes guts to pull a stunt like this.

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Compare Actually a Good Idea, Not So Above It All, The One Thing I Don't Hate About You, Touché, Not Bad, and Crosses the Line Twice. Contrast Tough Room; Dude, Not Funny!. Compare and contrast Too Funny to Be Evil, where the target of the abuse does not see it as humorous but everyone else does. See also Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales.


In general, this trope is In-Universe Examples Only, but Real Life examples are allowed if the target of the joke thought it was funny:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In My-Otome, Haruka is laughing uproariously over Nao getting Natsuki arrested for indecent exposure while trying to hitch a ride to Aries, prompting Yukino to tell her that she's being rude. When Haruka shows Yukino the photo, however, Yukino briefly cracks a smile before quickly clearing her throat, as Natsuki happens to be in the room with them.
  • Starmon's reaction to the Digimon Emperor (who he works for) being called an "Earth reject" in an episode of Digimon Adventure 02.
  • In the fifth episode of Kotoura-san, Manabe gives Kotoura an embarrassing photo of Moritani, a girl that had recently befriended Kotoura after previously tormenting her. Kotoura tells Manabe off because giving that photo is a mean thing to do. Once alone though, she can't help but crack up and spends the whole of the next day trying not to around Moritani. She uses the photo as a pick-me-up at the episode's end after a failure in a relay race.
  • Kimi ni Todoke has an arc where someone is spreading rumors about Ayane and Chizuru. Most of them were rather unflattering, but there is one rumor that they both found hilarious where it is believed that Sawako is the mastermind of a gang and orders them around.
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!: King Dedede starts his own TV channel and all the residents of Capi Town are obsessed with it, including Meta Knight, much to Tiff's horror.
    "King Dedede may be a despicable dictator, but you got to admit he's got some funny schtick."
  • Sailor Moon:
    • At the start of Ami's introduction episode, Usagi is laughing her head off at a comic book. Her mother scolds her for the noise but then Usagi shows her the comic — and she bursts out laughing too.
    • Luna gets this a lot as well. Particularly when Artemis is having a bad day, she joins in with a good amount of the teasing too.
    • At the end of the radio episode, Usagi is writing a love letter to Tuxedo Mask — which Naru snatches off her. Miss Haruna comes into the room and — rather than scolding Usagi for doing it during class — chases the two around the room, just as excited to read the latter as Naru. The English dub changes this to Serena lying that it's homework — which Haruna is still excited to see as Serena's notoriously lazy.
    • Nephrite laughs when Naru asks if the Dark Kingdom gives its employees a few days off. She then joins him, admitting it sounds funny when you put it like that.
  • In one episode of Little Witch Academia, Akko journeys into Sucy's subconscious and sees a movie composed of (Sucy's perception of) her memories. Several of these memories consist of her playing tricks on Akko, which offends Akko up until a memory plays of Sucy pulling the old Banana Peel gag on her, at which point Akko cracks up laughing.
  • In Cross Ange, Ange tells Hilda not to die, because the cell they're locked in will stink if she dies. Hilda laughs at the joke and asks how selfish Ange can be.
  • In Girls und Panzer, Yukari is caught infiltrating a rival school to spy on them right before their match. When she frantically identifies herself as Sgt Third Class Oddball, Kay, the leader of the school, doubles over giggling in response and compliments her again the next day.
  • One Piece:
    • After an intense battle where Kaku has been extolling the virtues of his new giraffe transformation powers, he says that him being fired from the shipwright job of his cover identity is unfortunate, as it's hard for assassins to find other work. Zoro gets a chuckle out him by suggesting the zoo.
    • When Luffy challenges Whitebeard, the World's Strongest Man, saying he'd have to go through Luffy to be Pirate King. (Keep in mind Whitebeard is worth 5.06 BILLION, and Luffy only 300 million). Cue Luffy standing his ground, A Truce While We Gawk from onlookers, and Whitebeard himself being impressed.
  • Snow White with the Red Hair has Izana requiring his brother Zen to go on a date with one of his potential suitors. Zen goes out with Kiki, who is a noblewoman. Izana concedes that it was clever, and technically his own fault for not taking Kiki's name off of the list.
  • In Saint Seiya, Saga, Shura, and Camus barely survived their battle with Shaka in which they were hit with his sensory deprivation technique four times, leaving them a sense each (with the loss of taste also paralyzing the tongue and preventing the victim from talking). Then they noticed that one of them has only the sight, one has only hearing, and one has only taste, and Saga chuckles.
  • In Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Kobayashi tells Tohru and Kanna (who were using their dragon powers to have a Dragon Ball Z-esque battle) to play more on her level. They respond by hunching over and complaining that their backs hurt, imitating Kobayashi. She calls it mean, but then quietly admits that their impressions are spot-on.
  • In Dragon Ball Super, when Goku starts addressing Zen'O, the Top God of all creation, in a very casual and friendly manner, most other characters (besides Zen'O himself, who's happy to make a friend) start freaking out at how inappropriate and rude he's being. On the other hand, Zen'O's retainer, the Grand Priest finds this all very amusing and is frequently seen trying to suppress a chuckle at Goku's antics. Even he has his limits though, as he tells Goku to cut it back and show a little decorum when Goku attends a gathering among the gods of all universes.
  • High School D×D: When here Issei starts going on and on about how his ideal life would be a peaceful one in which he gets to have sex with Rias every day, Kiba finally points out that Rias's elder brother Sirzechs (who also happens to be one of the most powerful devils alive) is in the room. Issei freezes in sheer terror, expecting a My Sister Is Off-Limits! reaction, but the camera shows that Sirzechs ('hiding' behind his chair) is desperately trying not to burst out laughing.
  • Gundam Wing: In the backstory, Duo Maxwell, who was a child at the time, caused a case of this with the Christian priest who raised him. At one point, he says he doesn't believe in God, because he's never seen a miracle, but he does believe in the God of Death, because he's seen a whole lot of dead people. While a nun reprimands him, the priest bursts out laughing and admits he can't fault that logic.

    Comic Strips 
  • One Calvin and Hobbes strip has Calvin combing his hair, putting on his dad's glasses, and marching up to his parents saying, "Calvin! Go do something you hate! Being miserable builds character!" Calvin's mom literally falls off her chair laughing, and his Dad, while annoyed, admits that "okay, the voice was a little funny". They currently provide the page image.
  • In Bloom County, Oliver Wendel Jones' father is outside his room, telling him he got a call from the FBI that Oliver had programmed NASA's computers to have the Space Shuttle land in their neighbor's bean field. He breaks up in the Third Panel.
    Dad: Actually, that's a pretty good one son...
    Oliver: [peeking out of his room] Yeah!
    DAD: BUT YOU'RE STILL IN BIG TROUBLE!!
  • One comic from The Far Side has a chimpanzee find blonde hairs in her mate's fur and accusing him of "conducting a little more 'research' with that Jane Goodall tramp." The Jane Goodall Foundation went ballistic and there were even fears of a lawsuit, but shortly thereafter it was discovered that Dr. Goodall herself loved the cartoon, and was unaware of the ruckus. Gary Larson, the strip's creator, and Goodall then struck up a friendship, with Larson arranging for all profits from a T-shirt featuring that particular strip to be donated to the Foundation. Dr. Goodall even went on to write an introduction to one of the collections and praise Larson for his humor.
  • For Better or for Worse:
    • In-Universe. April once uses Elizabeth's bra as a slingshot and shoots koosh balls at the dog. Elly is too busy laughing to scold April immediately.
    • In another strip, Michael and Lawrence pretend to be superheroes named Burpman and Tootman and they start making rude noises. Elly gives them a brief lecture about how jokes like this are stupid and not funny. Then she goes into the kitchen and starts laughing her head off.
    • Mrs. Kelpfroth admits that Michael's title of "Knock on the ceiling" when he wrote about them actually is pretty clever since that is what they are doing.
  • Garfield Minus Garfield. When Davis got news of the strip, rather than send out the lawyers as one would expect, he actually thought it was VERY funny. He not only allowed them to continue, but contributed to the edits, and even wrote an introduction for their book.
  • One Pearls Before Swine series features a miniature version of Newt Gingrich, who ends up getting eaten by the crocodiles. One of the treasuries mentions that Gingrich liked the series, but questioned the significance of his character dying. Pastis told him not to worry about it, as everyone in the strip dies sooner or later.

    Films — Animated 
  • From Wreck-It Ralph:
    King Candy: [pulls a pair of glasses out of nowhere and puts them on] You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses, would you? [Ralph takes off Candy's glasses and breaks them over Candy's head] You hit a guy with glasses. That's... well-played.
  • The bloopers reel of The LEGO Movie has Emmet laughing at something, which annoys Batman. Emmet responds by saying that he laughs at everything, and Batman admits that the laugh was actually good.
    Batman: Man, your laugh is making me... actually, it's a pretty good laugh.
    Emmet: Well then, you're not gonna hear it anymore.
  • In the animated black comedy film Bébé's Kids during a confrontation in the woman's bathroom between Robin and Dorthea, they start cracking Your Mom jokes. The "fight" ends when Robin fires off one that makes Dorthea's friend Vivian crack up.
    Dorthea: That's OK, yo mama so dumb she thought a quarterback was a refund!
    Robin: Well ain't that a little... yo mama so dumb, they told her it was chilly outside, she went and got a bowl!
    Vivian: [cracks up]
  • Klaus (2019): Jesper tells Klaus about who one of the children in town misinterpreted the wheel-less carriage being ramped into the air as "a flying sleigh being pulled by magical reindeer". To Jesper's surprise, Klaus actually laughs, going from small to being so loud and heartily that he does the iconic "ho, ho, ho" as a result.
  • The Lion King:
    • Zazu and Mufasa are discussing what should be done about Scar; Zazu suggests that he'd make a handsome throw rug. Mufasa playfully chastises him, but Zazu continues that they could take him outside and beat him when he got dirty. Mufasa can't help but laugh.
    • During their Falling-in-Love Montage, Simba playfully pulls Nala into the lake they were just drinking from. She emerges gasping for air and immediately gets out, looking absolutely terrified. When Simba gets out next to her and grins at her though, she smirks at him in amusement at his joke and ridiculous appearance... before shoving him back in the water as revenge and running off.
  • At the end of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Mr. Krupp, now in a good mood gives George and Harold their comics back and admits that while they're juvenile he did find them funny.
  • 101 Dalmatians:
    • Roger and Anita laugh following the Meet Cute scene when Anita tries to wipe herself dry with a handkerchief, only to find it's sodden, to which Roger offers his own handkerchief, which is soaked as well.
    • Pongo enjoys Roger's song and impression of "Cruella de Ville" after she barges in and asks about Perdita's unborn puppies. Anita tries to put on an invoked Dude, Not Funny! front since she's trying to be civil to Cruella but eventually she breaks down giggling offscreen when Roger waltzes with her to the melody.
  • Early in The Simpsons Movie we have Homer and Bart putting shingles on the house, and when Homer prepares to nail in the last few shingles, he ends up nailing himself in the eye with the hammer he was using, and when Bart laughs at him, Homer does admit that it was funny. Doesn't stop Homer from strangling Bart anyway for laughing.
  • Zootopia:
    • When Judy turns Nick's "It's called a hustle, sweetheart" back at him in an effort to enlist his help with a case, Nick's partner-in-embezzlement Finnick breaks down laughing and takes off to leave them to work.
    • When Judy and Nick are getting help from Bellwether, who is a sheep, Nick asks Judy if she counts herself to fall asleep. Judy can't help but snicker when she tells him to shush.
    • At the end when Nick and Judy are getting their first assignment, Nick states that Bogo should have a line of inspirational greeting cards, which causes the rest of the officers in the room to chuckle.

    Jokes 
  • An old Soviet joke uses this trope as the punchline:
    A man needed to travel to Moscow in order to take care of some government business. Having to stop at night at an inn, the man asks if there's any room available — the clerk replies that there is a free bed, but it's in a room with three other people. Seeing no other choice, the traveler takes the bed.
    As it turns out, the three other men in the room know each other very well and are traveling together, wanting to drink and carouse late into the night. The traveler wants nothing else but to get some sleep, but the men keep him awake, telling loudly ribald tales and joking disparagingly about the government. Having heard tales about microphones hidden in rooms, the traveler grows a bit concerned about people listening in, but nothing seems to stop the men from going on and on.
    Then, the man gets an idea. He sneaks out of his bed, unseen by the others, and goes to the front desk, asking if he can have some tea sent to the room. The clerk responds that yes, it will take about 20 minutes. "Perfect," says the man, and he asks for tea to be sent up. The traveler slips back into the room and makes to join the raucous group.
    After 10 minutes have passed, as well as a few more jokes about the government, the traveler asks the others if they'd like to see a trick. Quite inebriated and mirthful, the men agree. The traveler stands up, walks over to one of the lamps in the room and says to the lamp, "Comrade Captain, would you have some tea sent up?" This gets a roar of laughter from the other men, and the traveler smiles as he comes back to the table, and listens to more stories.
    That is, until, right on cue, there is a knock on the door, and a woman comes in with tea, ready for drinking. This sobers the men right up, as they "realize" the truth about how they were being listened to. All four of them drink tea in silence, only the traveler gently smiling, knowing what had happened. After the tea is consumed, all four men retire to bed.
    The next morning, the traveler wakes to discover that the three other men had disappeared. Their beds are slept in, but their things are gone. Wide awake at the realization, the traveler runs to the front desk and asks what happened to the three other men in his room. When the clerk stammers out, "I know nothing about that!" — an obvious lie — the truth is confirmed to the traveler: While he slept, the other three men must have been taken by the secret police. As a chill runs down his spine, the traveler says to himself, "But why not me?" This was loud enough for the clerk to overhear, and he responds helpfully: "Well, Comrade Captain thought the bit with the tea was a riot."
  • In John Mulaney's Stand-Up special "The Comeback Kid", he describes a time where, when he was a child, he and his three siblings were were on a road trip to his grandparents’ house. As they got closer, the kids started getting rowdy because they were hungry, but their dad wouldn't stop anywhere because they were almost there. This culminated in the children chanting, "McDonald's!" over and over to bug him into stopping there. Their dad, being a lawyer focused on people’s Exact Words, pulled into a McDonald’s to the cheers of the children... and only ordered one black coffee (which John called "the only thing on the entire menu no child would like") for himself and drove off. John admits that, while it made him mad then, as an adult it's the funniest thing he's ever seen.
  • Somewhat mixing with meta and inversion, there is a standard joke in dictatorial regimes which goes around "X has good humor — he collects the jokes made about him!" "So does Y — only he also collects the people that make the jokes!"

    Mythology 
  • Greek Mythology: Zeus was amused by Hermes' pranks and antics, but because they interfered with the duties of the other Gods he couldn't allow them to continue. Zeus made Hermes the messenger of the Gods to keep him out of trouble.

    Music 
  • "Shia LaBeouf" by Rob Cantor is about evading, and ultimately defeating, "actual cannibal Shia LaBeouf".note  The live video featuring special guest musicians and extended lyrics ends with LaBeouf himself, alone in the empty theater, delivering a Citizen Kane clap in appreciation before looking around uncomfortably and sitting back down.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic deliberately aims for this trope in his many, many parodies; he makes it a point to ask each artist he's mocking for permission to use their songs, even though it's not necessary (U.S. law protects parodies from copyright issues), as a sign that his work is all in good fun. Most musicians respond positively; Michael Jackson, in particular, was a huge fan of Yankovic, and loved his material so much that he even gave the comedian permission to recreate the music video for "Bad" — right down to letting Yankovic use the same set -- for the parody "Fat." It's also worth noting that if a musician doesn't feel comfortable about the jokes, Yankovic won't make the song: for example, Jackson thought the parody of "Black and White" (titled "Snack All Night") didn't work because of the song's serious message of racial tolerance, and Yankovic agreed not to perform it.
    • "Smells Like Nirvana" is another good example because the parody is actually about Nirvana, about how you can't understand what they're singing and the song will bug your parents. Kurt Cobain immediately agreed to let Yankovic use the song and declared that being asked was a sign that Nirvana had become successful.
    • "Perform This Way," a parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," is another example.
    • Despite Al viewing it as Old Shame, Billy Joel loved "It's Still Billy Joel to Me" and has performed it live.
  • Alanis Morissette released this parody of Fergie's "My Humps" in 2007, poking fun at the overly sexual nature of the song. The Other Wiki reports that Fergie absolutely loved the alt rocker's version, and sent Morissette a posterior-shaped cake to show her appreciation.
  • The Who's song "My Wife" is about a husband who's spent the weekend in prison, and is now going to cartoonish lengths to escape his angry wife. When John Entwistle (who wrote the song)'s wife heard it, she thought it was hilarious.
  • One of the more memetic lines from Lulu is "I am the Table", sung by James Hetfield, which has largely become a case of Never Live It Down. However, Hetfield actually finds jokes about it hilarious, and since he has no control over it, he might as well laugh at it.
  • The grindcore band Anal Cunt once made a song called "Locking Dropdead in McDonald's", which lampoons the veganism and animal rights advocacy of hardcore punk band Dropdead. One day, the two bands met in person, near an actual McDonald's, and Dropdead actually agreed to join in a photoshoot re-enacting the song title.
  • Michael Jackson had a song called Dirty Diana, about a groupie called Diana who slept with members of music bands to get famous. A while after the song's release, Princess Diana happened to be present at one of his concerts. Being afraid that the Princess would be offended, he took it out of the performance. However, Diana's reaction when he told her that was to tell him that it was her favorite song and insisted that he played it. It was too late by that time to put the song back, though, so he couldn't sing it at that concert, but he performed it normally in later concerts.
  • Mojo Nixon released a song entitled "Don Henley Must Die" — and Don Henley showed up at a concert to perform it with him.
  • The 2019 Super Bowl halftime performance of Maroon 5 was something of a Fountain of Memes, and among them was a comparison to Bleeding Through vocalist Brandan Schieppati, whose own heavily tattooed appearance was, all things considered, quite similar to Adam Levine's. Schieppati was amused by the memes and shared several of them.
  • Eminem, whose career is built on insulting everyone, has had many, many examples:
    • Dr. Dre:
      • "Guilty Conscience", a duet with Dre, has the lyric "You wanna take advice from somebody who slapped Dee Barnes?" Em was worried that Dre would take offence to this. Upon hearing it, Dre apparently laughed so hard he nearly fell out of his chair.
      • Eminem often subjects Dre to pointless Muse Abuse for laughs. He's murdered Dre in "The Real Slim Shady" and "Criminal", claimed they're gay lovers in "My Dad's Gone Crazy", and generally does stuff that nobody else would be able to get away with. Dre, though he tends to play the beleaguered straight man to Eminem's antics, finds it hilarious.
    • Elton John is probably the most significant example of this in a career full of it, stating the ironic homophobic jokes in The Marshall Mathers LP appealed to his 'English sense of humour', much to the outcry of GLAAD and other LGBT organisations who reacted as if he was defending a real-life gaybasher. Elton duetted "Stan" with Eminem at the Grammys, quelling the mass protests around homophobia that surrounded Em, for which Eminem was grateful, noting in one of his songs that Elton "played Career Russian Roulette". In 2008, Eminem called Elton for emotional support when recovering from his drug addiction, leading to them becoming almost family... and resulting in Elton ending up the target of many extraordinarily homophobic jokes, both in his songs and out of them, because if Elton thinks they're funny, so should everyone else.
    • This once saved Eminem $1m in one of the many times he was sued for defamation of character for his Muse Abuse. In his song "Brain Damage", Eminem gives an exaggerated, fictionalised account of a scenario where his school bully, Deangelo Bailey, beat him so hard that it gave him brain damage. (The incident in the song was a combination of two seperate incidents, and includes plenty of implausible details.) Bailey was interviewed about the song in 1999 by Rolling Stone, and responded that he was delighted by the shoutout and that his kids would put on the song and laugh and cheer when Eminem said his name. When Bailey, several years later, attempted to sue Eminem for $1m for defamation of character, the judge took into account in her decision that Bailey had been pleased about the reference in Rolling Stone a couple of years ago, and granted Eminem summary disposition. In a rap.
      Yet when Bailey actually spoke to the press
      What do you think he didn't address?
      Those false light charges that so disturbed
      Prompted from Bailey not a single word
      So highly objectionable, it could not be
      —Bailey was happy to hear his name on a CD
    • Britney Spears never had anything negative to say about Eminem despite him dissing her in "The Real Slim Shady" and (more nastily) in "Marshall Mathers" - and, later, describing murdering her in "Same Song And Dance". She said in person he was a 'really cool, sweet guy' and got that it was just his sense of humour. She was even papped wearing Eminem merchandise in the mid-2000s and praised his Super Bowl show in 2022, saying that when she was 17, she adored everything about him. (All of this is in contrast to Christina Aguilera, who was hurt by the admittedly much nastier diss of her on "The Real Slim Shady".)
    • Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC was delighted to get told "you can git yer ass kicked!" in "Without Me", because it was his favourite rapper namechecking him in one of his best songs, and also because he was highly impressed by the fact Eminem had been able to find a perfect rhyme for "Chris Kirkpatrick".
    • Moby has been known to perform in a "nobody listens to techno" tshirt and has the threatening cartoons that Eminem gave to him at the 2002 VM As framed on his wall.
    • Eminem has a strange friendship with Paris Hilton as the result of him casually insulting her in a chat show ("I love Paris almost as much as she loves herself"). He felt bad about it afterwards, as she'd never done or said anything negative about him, and apologised - in response, Paris revealed she was a huge fan of his and was delighted by the opportunity to be made fun of by him. She later turned up in the music video for "Just Lose It", getting to punch Slim Shady in the stomach (as well as kissing and stroking his "beautiful face" in the behind-the-scenes video), and she's stayed his loyal Stan for life, furiously defending Eminem's album Revival online when this was a rather minority opinion.
    • Hilary Duff was thrilled with Slim rapping about her not being quite old enough yet on "Ass Like That".
    • Kim Kardashian was apparently highly amused by Eminem accusing her of being a man on "We Made You", and delighted by the shoutout. She even went on Shade 45 to talk about how excited she was - feeling that being insulted by Eminem was a rite of passage for celebrities that (due to Eminem's hiatus) she'd thought she'd never get to experience.
    • Rosie O'Donnell was excited to get a reference in Relapse ("mosey on over to Rosie O'Donnell's with McDonald's/ jump on her lap then watch The Sopranos"), praising him as a genius and a brilliant father, and telling him, "Marshall, my lap is open!"
    • Ronda Rousey was flattered by the lyric in "SHADYXV" in which Slim insists he is so cold that even if Ronda Rousey is shaking 'her flat little badonkadonk' in his face, he would find it as appealing as if it was the fat guy in Slaughterhouse.
    • In "The Ringer", Eminem raps "I'm off the chain like Kala Brown", referencing the only known survivor of the serial killer Todd Kohlhepp, who was raped daily and kept chained in a shipping container. When asked about it, Kala Brown said she understood Eminem's style of humour, that she found it funny, and that she hoped that it would help people remember her struggle.
  • Filipino-Chinese singer Jose Mari Chan became a staple of memes in recent years, largely due to the enduring success of his 1990 Christmas album which has since been a yearly tradition — so much so that public establishments such as shopping centres play "Christmas In Our Hearts" as early as September. He did acknowledge this and found the jokes rather funny, but remarked that some of the memes were crossing the line especially as he views the song in question as "a gift from Our Lord," never to be trivialised or made irreverent.
  • Youtube user Paranoidave posted a series of 'reinterpretation' videos taking the piss out of various songs by bands he hated, featuring Mondegreens of the lyrics and accompanying images. One of the most popular ones featured the Trivium song 'Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr' (video here). Singer Matt Heafy saw the funny side of it, and mentioned that fans at Trivium's gigs would hold up signs saying 'BOAT RUDDER STRANGE MOUNTAIN' note . Heafy also referred to it on his Instagram.
  • Someone in Pepsi's legal department actually ended up listening to the album Dispepsi by Negativland. They responded with "It's no Odelay, but it's quite a good listen." This came as a relief to Negativland who were afraid that Pepsi would sue them as the album samples a lot of Pepsi commercials and constantly repeats the brands name.
  • Christopher Cross voiced his approval for a The Onion article giving an epilogue to his 1980 hit "Ride Like the Wind".
  • In The Duck Song the titular duck pesters a lemonade stand owner every day to ask for grapes. After getting thoroughly fed up with explaining that all he sells is lemonade, day in and day out, he finally threatens to glue said duck to a tree if he asks for grapes again. The next day the duck asks for glue, and when the man says he doesn't have any, then the duck asks for grapes. This makes the man burst out laughing and offer to take the duck to the store to get him some grapes.

    Podcasts 
  • Decoder Ring Theatre:
    • Black Jack Justice
      • Jack and Trixie are Vitriolic Best Buds to the point that no conversation between them can pass without some bickering and there is a Bottle Episode that consists exclusively of them arguing. One thing that can make it hard to separate the vitriol from good-natured ribbing is that one will often acknowledge a particularly good shot from the other with a "Nice" or by noting "It's probably true, but you still shouldn't say it."
      • Trixie carries a small pistol strapped to her leg as a surprise weapon. Only in her Private Eye Monologue will Trixie admit that she thinks Jack's nickname for it, the Mousetrap, is funny.
    • Red Panda Adventures: Card-Carrying Villain the Mad Monkey genuinely likes it when the Red Panda and Flying Squirrel call him things like "Sinister Simian" or "Babbling Baboon". His first encounter with the heroes in the episode "Monkeyshines" has him complementing such lines while becoming furious when the Red Panda insists on using the Monkey's real name.
  • In The Fallen Gods, Delilah considers the party's plans to reunite her and her sister Missandere (such as stuffing them in a get-along shirt or disguising Delilah as Groucho Marx) rather amusing, though totally ineffectual.
  • Pokémon World Tour: United:
    • During Cobalt's gym battle with Kent, Rose gets fed up with the Hurricane of Puns everyone else is throwing around and flips off the camera broadcasting the fight. Right after, Rose's Togepi, Scramble, imitates the gesture. Kent states that, while he can not condone the act, it was adorable.
    • In episode 53, Jake describes Rose's outfit for the day as "tough and cool", prompting the GM, Alan, to ask if that makes Rose a "tool". Jake admits Alan got him with that, as he walked right into it.
  • The Magnus Archives episode 180, while walking through an absolutely haunted cemetary, Martin and Jon make jokes about playing I Spy. As they're both laughing, a nearby tomb can also be heard laughing in a deep rumble.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Mick Foley finally gets The Rock back for all the years of "It doesn't matter!" During a promo in 2000, Foley tells Rock he's in the upper echelon of WWE Champions, and asks how it makes him feel. Rock barely gets a word out before Foley bellows "IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL!" Foley promptly runs around the ring celebrating, and Rock can't help but chuckle at that one.
  • John "Bradshaw" Layfield, around WrestleMania 29, was defending Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger's views to anyone who would listen, but then Jerry Lawler commented on Colter: "Somebody needs to tell him Yosemite Sam wants his mustache back!" prompting JBL to say, "I gotta admit, that was pretty funny, King."
  • Total Divas:
    • Nattie gets drunk and leaves several voicemails for Stephanie McMahon. When she goes to meet Stephanie, she replays the messages in front of Nattie. When it comes to "I'm not wearing any underwear and I'm ready to ride" Stephanie clearly finds them funny.
    • In the season 2 premiere Nattie and Ariane get into a drunken argument outside a club. A cop comes up to them and tells them they'll be arrested if they get too rowdy. After he leaves, the two go inside and burst out laughing.
  • At the start of the Tessa Blanchard-Sonya Strong match at WWR Adios Aurora on September 9, 2017, Sonya noticed that the fans were cheering for Tessa and said that she knew Tessa had two daddiesnote , and that she was going to be her third. Tessa couldn't help but laugh at that.
  • Jim Neidhart faced Marty Jannetty at ECW's July 28, 1995 event in Middletown, NY, and laughed when the fans chanted "WE WANT BRET!"

    Theatre 
  • Hamilton:
    • Burr mentions that Martha Washington named her feral tomcat after Hamilton because he was such a ladies man. Hamilton acknowledges the anecdote with a smile.
    • Jefferson can't help but clap during the First Cabinet debate when Hamilton does a dance about Jefferson doing "whatever it is you do at Monticello". Then again, as he and a smug Madison put it, Hamilton's arguments for a bank is futile since he doesn't "have the votes".
  • A slightly different version: In a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, after Millie reads back Mrs. Meers's monologue and proving she has enough evidence to send Meersie to prison, Mrs. Meers looks at the audience and says "You can clap, that was good."
  • In 1776, Ben Franklin compares being called an Englishman to "calling an ox a bull — he's grateful for the honor, but he'd rather have back what's rightfully his." Dickinson comes back with "When did you first notice they were missing, sir?" to which Franklin laughs the loudest.note 

    Video Games 
  • From Skies of Arcadia:
    Vigoro: I believe the worth of a man can be measured by his popularity with women.
    Gilder: Hm, I kind of like that. I should remember that for later.
  • Dragon Age, being home to a lot of Deadpan Snarker characters, is abundant with this trope.
    • From Dragon Age: Origins, when Morrigan happens to ask Alistair about his training:
      Morrigan: So I take it you did not enjoy your Templar training?
      Alistair: That's directed at me, I take it?
      Morrigan: Do you see any others about who have failed at their religious instruction?
      Alistair: I didn't fail — I was recruited into the Grey Wardens.
      Morrigan: And if you had not been recruited? What would have happened, instead?
      Alistair: [completely deadpan] I would have turned into a drooling lunatic, slaughtered the grand cleric and run through the streets of Denerim in my small clothes, I guess.
      Morrigan: [amused] Your self-awareness does you credit.
      Alistair: I thought you'd like that.
    • Alistair in general tends to approve when you engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat with him. In once instance, having already told you he's a Heroic Bastard, he'll admit his father was King Maric. Quipping "So you're not just a bastard, you're a royal bastard" will get a chuckle from him and have him muse he should use that line.
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition:
      • A female Inquisitor who's dating Sera will at one point get a quest where they go around asking other party members what kind of gift Sera might like, as she places no value in material possessions. Vivienne, who despises Sera and sees her as crass and uncultured, sarcastically suggests the Inquisitor shave an inappropriate word into her pubic hair. If you actually do it, Sera finds it absolutely hilarious and is even more amused when she learns it was Vivienne's idea.
      • If the Inquisitor romances the Iron Bull, there will be a scene where Cullen, Josephine, and Cassandra (in that order) walk in on Bull naked. Cullen is naturally mortified, but snickers when Bull makes a joke about the Inquisitor being the one "taking it" in response to Cassandra's fumbling.
      • When Varric tries to needle the Iron Bull for getting winded in a fight, he has to laugh and concede to Iron Bull's retort:
        "Hey, some of us have to swing a giant hunk of metal instead of pulling our girlfriend's trigger from the back ranks."
      • The credits sequence of the Trespasser DLC includes a voiceover of Cassandra reading excerpts of the book Varric wrote about the game's events, providing commentary, and doing hilariously bad impressions of the other characters. Near the end, she gets quite upset at not seeing herself anywhere, until she finds herself in the story... begging Varric for forgiveness for her behavior in the previous game's framing device. Instead of being offended (since that obviously did not happen), Cassandra is delighted to see herself in the book and declares that she is "going to read the shit out of this!"
  • From Psychonauts, upon defeating the boss character Kochamara, you're treated to a cutscene with this exchange of dialogue:
    Kochamara: I've got the brain of a little girl back in my lab that's strong enough to power a whole army of psycho-blaster death tanks!
    Raz: (starts laughing uncontrollably)
    Kochamara: What?
    Raz: You've got the brain of a little girl?
    Kochamara: I said, "in my lab!"
    Raz: I think you've got the muscles of a little girl too!
    Kochamara: (groan) ... good one.
    • Earlier, we have one of Raz' unsuccessful attempts to convince the rest of the campers of the ongoing sinister plot:
      Raz: Hey, Bobby. Someone's stealing kids' brains!
      Bobby: Well in that case, you've got nothing to worry about! Ah-ha-ha-ha!
      Raz: ... good one.
      Bobby: BECAUSE YOU GOT NO BRAINS!
  • A rather tragic example in Batman: Arkham City. The Joker is dying, having accidentally knocked the only cure for the after-effects of Titan serum out of Batman's hands. As he lies on the floor wasting away, Batman tells him:
    Batman: Do you want to know something funny? Even after everything you've done... I would have saved you.
    Joker: (Laughing) That actually is... pretty funny! (Dies)
  • The Last of Us: This banter between Bill and Ellie:
    Bill: (To Joel) What are ya deliverin', the little brat?
    Ellie: Ha ha. Fuck you too!
    Bill: (Suddenly cracks up)
  • In Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Dante and Arkham's meeting in the bowels of hell has Dante remark that Arkham needs some hobbies over messing with the Sparda family's issues. Arkham starts laughing at this with Dante joining him shortly after, but both for different reasons: Dante at his own joke and Arkham over how much power that meddling has given him (and how he plans on making Dante eat those words in a second).
  • In Life Is Strange, Victoria tells protagonist Max, whose signature photograph is an instant selfie, to "fuck yourselfie". Max is annoyed but comments that the joke is funny in her journal, and will tell Victoria as much if you decide to make peace with her.
  • Undertale:
    • Early in Snowdin, the brothers Papyrus and Sans (both of whom are skeletons) have an exchange where Sans keeps blowing off Papyrus and making smart ass remarks, which causes Papyrus to smile, despite his best efforts.
    Sans: hey, take it easy. i've gotten a ton of work done today. a skele-ton. [zoom in on Sans winking at the camera complete with rimshot]
    Papyrus: SANS!!!
    Sans: come on. you're smiling.
    Papyrus: I AM AND I HATE IT!
    • Later, in Hotlands, during Mettaton's quiz show, he decides to troll Alphys by asking you who she has a crush on. If you guess yourself, he tells you that you're totally wrong, but he respects the sheer audacity of saying it and laughs at the reason why you could come to the conclusion (Alphys watching your every move on cameras) and gives you the point anyway.
    • If you're enough of a sucker to try to spare Sans at the end of a No Mercy run, you immediately get killed by him, leading to a unique ending screen where he tells you to "geeeeeeeeeeet dunked on!". Given that this forces you to restart the unbelievably difficult fight, this would normally be a Rage Quit moment, but the game plays its "humour" tune, "Dogsong", at this ending screen, which instead makes it absolutely hilarious. You do still have the redo the fight, though.
    • If you talk to Gerson (the turtle shopkeeper in Waterfall) when you first see him, he'll call Asgore "King Fluffybuns", but won't remember why if you ask him. Talking to him in the Playable Epilogue of a True Pacifist run will reveal it to have been an example of this trope: Asgore and Toriel were giving an address to the citizens, and when Toriel went to hand the mic to Asgore, she told him "Your turn, Fluffybuns", which was picked up by the microphone. As the audience laughed, Asgore took the mic and sternly raised his hands to silence everyone, before beginning his segment with "I, King Fluffybuns..."
  • While most of the attempts at humor in Injustice 2 are shot down or deflected by repartee, this one actually sticks the landing:
    Superman: This won't be a fair fight.
    Superman: That was actually kinda funny.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda: Drack often responds to people's quips about him or the krogan in this way. For example, after criticizing the team for being proud of "not dying" on a mission, Cora asks what right a krogan whose ancestors nuked their own homeworld into a radioactive rock has to say that. Drack laughs and replies "Fair point."
    Drack: The rest of the crew doesn't seem to know a lot about you, Peebee.
    Peebee: Way I like it.
    Drack: Then why are you telling me all this stuff?
    Peebee: Eh, you're almost dead anyway.
    Drack: [laughs uproariously]
  • In the skirmish battles with Tyran in Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Lofty is annoyed with the excuses Tyran keeps making for why he keeps running off. After a particularly cheeky one, however, he admits he's starting to become entertained by them.
  • Of all the gods in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, it's surprising that Rymrgand, god of entropy and destruction is prone to this. You can go to their realm and mock them to their face, and they'll respond with only languid amusement. But only because you're the Herald of Berath. They're quite open about the fact that you'd be Deader Than Dead for simply entering their realm were you any other mortal. And there are still a few things you can say that will get you killed.
    • Back in the first game, cracking a Your Mom joke to Hiravias makes him laugh his ass off, though he also adds that, for future reference, only he’s allowed to insult his mother. He lets it slide because he appreciates your dedication to banter.
  • One mission in The Secret World features the player sending an agent to gatecrash a party arranged by the Kingdom in order to learn what debaucheries the undead crime lords get up to in their spare time. Among other things, it requires your agent of choice to be carefully disguised with prosthetic makeup in order to look like a mummy, and have enough charisma to outfox the millennia-old party guests. Should you succeed, the Kingdom are genuinely amused by the trick and actually offer your agent additional work for keeping them entertained.
  • In Fate/Grand Order, Archer of Shinjuku (James Moriarty) has the moniker "The Napoleon of Crime"... much to the amusement of the actual Napoleon, who is a fellow Archer-class servant in the game.
  • In Divinity: Original Sin II:
    • There's a Pro-Royalist song about Beast, a disgraced noble-turned-pirate, falling out with his cousin Queen Justinia and being kicked out of her court. When Beast hears the song himself, he thinks it has some clever lyrics and that overall it's too funny to get mad at.
    • If you play as anyone with the Jester tag or Lohse (who also has the Jester tag), sometimes you can say some non-sequiturs. People are often annoyed, but on occasion they might actually give some sign they thought what you said was amusing.
  • In God of War (PS4), after one sidequest turns sour, Atreus tells his father to go ahead and say "I Told You So", briefly imitating Kratos' voice as he says "You are naive, foolish boy." Kratos is clearly trying to hold back laughter as he tells his son to just consider it a lesson.
  • In Disco Elysium, your first interaction with Klassje has a Suggestion check to attempt to flirt with her. Failing it causes your character to blankly stare at her while grunting out "I want to have fuck with you." This causes Klassje to burst into laughter, even asking you to say it again just for her.
  • In Battletech, Commander Markham started using the nickname "Bob Kurita" for Reynald Yamaguchi, one of his mercenary liaisons, in order to unbalance the latter during negotiations. After a while, Yamaguchi began finding the nickname genuinely funny and Sumire will still occasionally refer to him as "Bob" during conversations.
  • In Stardew Valley, if you turn Mayor Lewis's Lucky Purple Shorts into the wearable version and then talk to Marnie with whom Lewis is having a secret affair, she's laughing too hard to reply.
  • In Stellaris, if a diplomat is assigned to a country to improve relations, a Random Event can occasionally happen where said diplomat insults your leader with various Xeno Slurs. Quick investigation turns up that this was caused by a Playful Hacker messing with said diplomats' Translator Microbes. You can pick your empire's reaction from two choices: consider the incident to be actually pretty funny, strengthening your diplomatic relations for a while and giving you extra Amenities for a bit as your population laughs off the incident, or take it as the mild diplomatic incident that it is, temporarily harming your relations but giving you more influence.
  • Myst: The natives of the Channelwood age play a little prank on Atrus in one of his journals: they keep giving him free black ink, but some time after he writes with their black ink, it changes color to various shades of red or blue, leaving first-time players wondering why Atrus's notes are suddenly and randomly changing colors, at least until his notes explain the prank. The natives think this is hilarious, and Atrus himself has this reaction.

    Visual Novels 
  • In case 5 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, Phoenix has to present Larry's sketch; either you point out "A major contradiction" (the right answer), "Absolutely nothing" (the wrong answer), or explain "Exactly what happened". Phoenix explains "Exactly what happened" as "Of course the victim was flying through the air! You can see it right in the sketch! Woooooooosh!" accompanied with fitting sound effects. Godot is so amused/baffled by Phoenix's explanation that he waives the penalty.
  • In Akatsuki no Goei's fandisk during Aya's epilogue, she convinces Kaito to play an online game. Not really interested, he names his character Nikaido Reika after Aya's sister, offending both Aya and Reika's new guard Tominori. However, he then proceeds to customize the character's appearance to give make her tiny, flat chested and with long pink twintails, at which point they both start giggling at how it looks exactly like her.
  • If the protagonist of Daughter for Dessert takes Heidi on a date to a nice restaurant and asks if she would ever date Blake, she tells him exactly why she couldn’t: he has an anal prolapse. The protagonist then starts making a bunch of jokes about Blake's “problem,” and Heidi laughs along in spite of herself.
  • In Long Live the Queen, Elodie happens upon an unflattering poem involving her and a squid. You have the option to choose whether or not she can find the humour in it, and her emotional state will alter accordingly.
  • In the epilogue of RE: Prince of Nigeria, a visual novel about a 419 Scam, talking with Rich Hastley about his scambot, Horai Owen comments that the bit on the Prince's ID about the Nigerian Football Federation and the portrait of Right Imagay were the last straw, but "The communism was a nice touch, though."

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • Strong Bad has to respect it when normally Dumb Muscle Strong Mad gets a witty retort:
    Strong Mad: (holding up a grease-stained Blubb-O's bag) YOU'RE NOT ON THE LIST!
    Strong Bad: The list? You're looking at a greasy bag of fast food!
    Strong Mad: DON'T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF!
    Strong Bad: Wait, what? Strong Mad, did you just make a joke?! That was pretty good!
    • In one cartoon, Strong Bad declares that the ancient newspaper comic "The Castlefunnies" to be unreadable to anyone under ninety-one. However, when he explains that the Poopsmith was renamed to "Mushy Chamberpot" for censorship reasons, he admits that it's a pretty good choice for a silly name.
  • In the Double Dragon episode of Sonic for Hire.
    Sonic: Consider it done, A.C. Slater.
    Mario: Okay, wait, hold on, what?
    Sonic: No, because Mario Lopez.
    Mario: ...okay, that actually wasn't bad.
  • If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device:
    • The Emperor, despite being the (barely) living incarnation of grumpiness, will occasionally acknowledge a good quip at his expense.
      Rogal Dorn: Father, are you familiar with the saying "You are what you eat"? Considering you increasingly resemble a pile of screaming psychic children.
      Emperor: [beat] Wow, Rogal. Way to bring down the fucking hammer!
    • Cegorach, being the Eldar God of comedy (among other things), doesn't seem to have a problem with others making fun of him, as long as they are clever about it.
      Cegorach: Maybe you could be my ghostwriter?
      Magnus: No but I can... turn YOU into a ghost!
      Cegorach: ... shit, that was good. I need him on my team.
  • RWBY: When Ruby sheepishly admits that the Atlesian military airship she and her companions arrived on was indeed stolen, the Atlesian General Ironwood visibly suppresses a chuckle.
  • Minilife TV: In "The Vampodcast", Zach tries to gain access to the Burton Night Club, a monster-exclusive club, by disguising himself as a zombie so he could help Snowball the vampire with his podcast. When the gargoyle bouncer asks Zach how he became a zombie, Zach says that he watched too much television, which causes the bouncer to laugh so loudly that it shakes the entire city.
    Gargoyle Bouncer: Good one. It is refreshing to see a zombie with a sense of humor.
  • Gawr Gura of hololive EN is a frequent target of A-Cup Angst jokes from her chat and fanbase. While she usually takes it in stride and even leans closer to Petite Pride ("I'm hydrodynamic!"), she has pointed out how hearing the same jokes over and over again does get old after a while, and has on occasion requested that chat at least dial it back a bit, not to mention a Tranquil Fury moment where she made it clear that just because people donate money to her, it doesn't give them free reign to use said donations to make fun of her. However, during one of her streams, someone sent her a superchat (a donation with an attached message) containing a flat joke that she cheerfully admitted to finding funny.
    • During one of Kiara Takanashi's The Sims 4 streams, she created sims of all five of the Holo EN girls and had them live together in one house. At one point during the stream, Gura's sim managed to set herself on fire while trying to cook, which Kiara claimed was "so fucking accurate" and "exactly what would happen" if the girls lived in a house together. Gura later described the stream as "not only just the funniest stream I've seen in a while, but the funniest, just, content in general that I've seen".
    • As part of her Hololive EN's six month anniversary, Gura reacted to her own debut stream. When the stream reached the point where past!Gura was talking about her fan art hashtag and fan base nickname and asking for suggestions, present!Gura started snickering so hard she had to pause the video when she noticed that someone in the chat suggested #shartexplanation .
    • During one of Gura's Dead by Daylight streams, someone sent her a superchat where they claimed that rather than the supposed 25%, Gura's accuracy in the game was closer to 5%. They then admitted that they may be wrong about that, as "I learned all my maths from you". This left Gura in Stunned Silence before she eventually admitted that it was "good".
  • In both Babushka: the Movie and the actual round of Among Us that inspired it, Jacksepticeye laughs hysterically at the manner in which he and his fellow crewmate Tina are killed by the impostors. When Tina (who herself is giving a sad laugh), asks how it can possibly be fair for them to be killed like that, Jack admits that it isn't... but it is funny. See it for yourself.

    Webcomics 
  • This The Adventures of Dr. McNinja strip features everyone except the titular doctor (including the editor) admit that the woman's diss was good.
  • Tycho and Gabe of Penny Arcade are friendly rivals rather than enemies, but they still mock each other mercilessly. They have very different tastes, but occasionally, one will admit "That was actually pretty clever."
    Gabe: (smugly holding up the book Tycho suggested for him to read) Dune? It sounds dry.
    Tycho: (with a strained expression) I'm trying not to be amused by that.
  • Sluggy Freelance has an interesting one when a man is torturing Torg for information.
    Torturer: Just tell us what we want to know, and we'll stop.
    Torg: YOU HAVEN'T ASKED ME ANYTHING YET!
    [torturer starts laughing]
    Torg: Hey!
    Torturer: Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Anyway, we want to know where Doctor Steve's lab is.
    Torg: I don't know that! I couldn't tell you if my life depended on it!
    [torturer starts laughing; after a moment, Torg starts laughing too]
  • Ben's father has to laugh about "dingle-choad" in this strip of Loserz.
  • In Schlock Mercenary, Xinchub laughs at Tagon saying "innocent Marines". Tagon agrees that that's actually funny.
  • Black Mage has a moment of this near the end of 8-Bit Theater where, after having become a super-powerful, super-evil version of himself, he stops in the middle of slaughtering his former allies to admit that a prank they pulled on him just shy of 700 strips earlier actually was pretty funny in hindsight.
    Black Mage: I'm going to look back on this one day and think it's hilarious. I'll kill them all anyway, but at least we can laugh about it.
  • A Brick Joke in Exiern has this effect. An imprisoned barbarian is wondering if she can get freed after accidentally punching the king in the face if she argues it was meant as a show of respect. The king enters at this point and explains that it won't work, before Recruiting the Criminal. At the end of the scene, now allies and with no hostility between them, the king finally punches the barbarian in the face "out of respect" — those present are terrified only to realise, once the king has left, that she's actually laughing.
  • Shows up in this Exterminatus Now strip.
  • Dragon Ball Multiverse: One of the Kais finds Zen Buu's impression of South Kai pretty funny, though he claims that it's just nervous laughter.
  • Girl Genius:
    • The comic has this exchange between a young student, and Klaus Wulfenbach, ruler of a large chunk of Europe:
      Itto: I heard the story of how you fought the dragon from Mars — and how it captured Lucrezia Mongfish — and then she turned into Von Pinn and I wanted to see what could do that!
      Klaus: [concealing a smile] Snort. I'd have given a lot to see that myself.
    • In the novelizations of the comic, it's mentioned that Klaus also allows the traveling "Heterodyne Shows" to continue their increasingly unflattering portrayals of him because he finds them funny.
  • In this strip of Grrl Power, Ariana cannot bring herself to chew out Maxima for making snide remarks because, in her own words, "That was a pretty good one though." The remark in question: in response to a comment about succubus glamour being impenetrable, Max said, "That's the only thing about a succubus that's designed to be impenetrable."
    • Later, Maxima recounting an encounter with Dabbler:
      "It's not funny! Stop Laughing! Sydney! Technically it was sexual assault! [..] Okay maybe it was a little funny."
  • Gunnerkrigg Court:
    • Most people are too scared of Coyote's power and unpredictability to tell him off. Annie makes a point of ignoring this at first, even going so far as to spank Coyote when he pokes his nose up her skirt. Coyote usually finds Annie's refusal to take shit from him highly amusing, but eventually, she has to be reminded that Coyote is a Physical God, and not a benevolent one, and he will kill her (or worse) if she angers him too much.
    • While Parley is initially unamused by Mort making fun of how she thinks you're supposed to talk to ghosts, once they get to know each other it becomes a shared joke.
  • Dumbing of Age: When Carla (a trans woman) finds a penis drawn on her whiteboard, she declares it a hate crime. Then she realizes they're drawn on everyone's whiteboards, and she declares it hilarious.
  • Ennui GO!: In "Invitation" (652, NSFW), during a threesome with Izzy, Noah and Hashim decide to impersonate Darcy. Izzy warns them that Darcy could kill them for that, but Darcy actually finds the impersonations pretty good.
  • Unsounded: Despite fighting against her the night before, when she sees Sette trying to intimidate everyone in the Deadly Nevergreen, Knock's enamored with the performance.
    Knock: Oh no, I love her.
    Toby: Didn't she drop a pulley on your head?
    Knock: I had it coming.

    Web Original 
  • This video featuring Justine and a terrible date.
    Justine: *laughs* I... hate you.
  • Spoony: In one of his Counter Monkey videos, Spoony describes a Dungeons & Dragons game where he played a half-orc thief. The party's wizard mocked him by asking how someone that big and hard-to-miss could possibly pick anyone's pocket. Spoony responded by clubbing the wizard over the head and then taking the coin purse from his unconscious body. The wizard's player laughed and gladly admitted to losing the debate.
  • ProtonJon famously hates Invisible Coin Blocks from the Super Mario Bros. franchise. Yet, when he plays a ROM Hack by a user called Gamelun, he encounters an inventive use of them that he admits is in fact funny. (Long story short: Gamelun presents the player with two different paths to go down, and seems to point towards one path being the right way... but that path leads to a dead end, and when the player tries to jump back out of the dead end he gets sealed in by invisible blocks)
    ProtonJon: [After getting sealed in the dead end by invisible blocks] YOU SON OF A BITCH!!! [chuckles] Okay, that was kinda funny.
  • From a Sonic Unleashed playthrough by Hellfire Commentaries:
    NTom: What's a moray?
    FTA: When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that's a moray.
    NTom: [clapping] Well done, that is actually well deserved.
  • At the end of the first season of commodoreHUSTLE, the villain Geoff, who's determined to ruin LoadingReadyRun because of their comedy's reliance on the Groin Attack, is kicked in the balls by Paul's ball-kicking robot, Mr. Ballsmotron. As he collapses, he says "That... was actually pretty funny."
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Subverted when Frieza makes a Double Entendre pun while handing out a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Nail. Nail starts to chuckle, and Frieza assumes this trope is in effect. Then Nail tells him the real reason he's laughing: because Nail suckered Frieza into wasting time while a plan by the good guys to use the dragonballs and thwart Frieza was being played out.
    • Nail is good with this trope. Such as the time he and Piccolo are trying to think up a better attack name than "Special Beam Cannon".
      Piccolo: "Rail Beam"!
      Nail: "Nail Gun"?
      Beat
      Piccolo: Shit, that's good...
    • In the second version of Dead Zone Abridged, Evil Overlord Garlic Jr. has this reaction crossed with Dumbass Has a Point twice to things that his mook Ginger says.
      Garlic Jr.: Got to say I'm sort of impressed. How'd you find them [the dragon balls] so fast?
      Ginger: Prize in a high stakes poker game.
      Garlic Jr.: Wow. Never thought you had a poker face.
      Ginger: Never said I played!
      Garlic Jr.: Once again, fair enough.
    • Goes into downright meta levels when the voice actors from the original dub of DBZ met with Team Four Star and outright thanked them for what they did. Apparently, they had wanted to rip the cheesy dub apart for years, but never could due to their contracts.
    • Then there's semi-perfect Cell's response to Vegeta's understandable confusion when he literally speaks out of his ass.
      Vegeta: Did... did you just talk out of your ass?
      Cell: Well, to be fair, Vegeta, you are part of my DNA.
      Vegeta: Oh, that is the closest thing to damage you've done since I got here.
    • Vegeta again in response to a quip by Future Trunks:
      Vegeta: Boy, do not make me come up there and be a parent!
      Trunks: First time for everything!
      Vegeta: Oh-ho-ho!
  • This exchange during the confrontation between Alucard and the Dandy Man in Hellsing Abridged:
    Alhambra: I may or may not have fed a lie to the local policia that in return for your capture, I would give them immortality.
    Alucard: And they fucking bought that?
    Alhambra: Like discount peixe.
    Alucard: (legitimately amused) You cheeky dick-waffle!
  • Not Always Learning:
    • This student doodled cartoons making fun of his super-serious professor all semester, throwing them out after each class. At the end of the semester, the professor took the student aside and showed him that he'd salvaged all the cartoons.
      Also... I enjoyed these.
    • A precocious kindergartener got bored reading "Dick and Jane", and convinced his classmates that Spot had rabies. The teacher and the principal both thought it was hilarious.
    • "I guess that is technically correct. Full credit for that answer." For context, the student said that the Kennedy brothers were the first brothers to do... Marilyn Monroe (the intended answer was run for US President).
    • This teacher's assistant once answered the phone using "Captain Redbeard's room", referring to the teacher who, true to the name, had a red beard and was once the captain of the football team. Given the reaction of the teacher's assistant to the caller, it's implied that the caller was the teacher himself (certainly someone she didn't want to hear that), and the laughter on the line — and the fact that the staff called the teacher "Captain Redbeard" for the rest of the year — further implies this trope.
    • This law teacher made and used an exam using the students' names for Dumb Crooks or other silly situations, as a way to vent stress from putting up with them in class. The students loved it.
    • This student's goofy ad-lib during a rehearsal was used in the performance, according to the last line.
    • "Oh, my God, that's a lot of rabbits!"
  • On DEATH BATTLE! during The Joker's fight against Needles Kane, Joker has his own car blown up, jumps into and gets knocked out of Needles... and then the Sweet Tooth turns into a mecha!
    Joker: Okay, that's... funny.
  • In a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver video, John made fun of Pom Wonderful juice and said it should be used for "pomegranate enemas." The Pom Wonderful company thought this was funny and sent him a cooler of juice and a letter that said: "What you do with it is your own business." John in return thought their reply was quite funny as well and corpsed reading on the show.
  • Jayuzumi runs into this a lot. Some of the players he runs into while getting annoyed at the soundboards, in general, will acknowledge if he does a good joke, even if they're the butt of it.
    • During "Homer Simpson Plays COD Ghosts", viewable here:
      Other player: You might possibly have too much time on your hands. You might want to get a girlfriend.
      Homer Simpson: Yes, master!
      Other player: (starts laughing)
    • In "Jay from Inbetweeners Plays Modern Warfare 3", viewable here, a player calls in a care package and goes into a corner to make sure he doesn't get crushed by it. Jay immediately rams him in and gets joined by another player, causing all three to be crushed. The player who loses his care package and dies is laughing like a hyena, as opposed to raging as you'd expect.
  • In 2014, CollegeHumor put out this video, which parodies the Furry Fandom with an over-the-top cartoon show called "Furry Force." Many genuine furries posted comments on the video about how funny and accurate it was, with a few offering suggestions about how to make it even truer to their fandom. The best part? The writers listened and produced this sequel which incorporates those suggestions. In that case, several more furries posted about their love for the parody.
  • Arby 'n' the Chief's infamous "Wedding" episode ends with Arbiter and Master Chief crashing an online wedding between two Xbox-Live Players. The calm, mature Arbiter's dialogue with the juvenile Master Chief after doing so goes like:
    Arbiter: What the hell was that?!
    Master Chief: ONE KICKASS WEDDING
    Arbiter: I can't believe you.
    Master Chief: THAT WAZ SUM FUNNY ASS SHIT
    (beat)
    Arbiter: You know, that actually WAS kinda funny.
    (beat)
    Arbiter: ...you wanna do it again?
    Master Chief: DAYUM RITE SOOON
    (Arbiter and Chief high-five.)
  • In one of Team Four Star's Dragon Ball Xenoverse videos, Lanipator and Kirran try to prank KaiserNeko by telling him "If your hand is bigger than your face, you have cancer"note . Kaiser refuses to fall for it, quipping "How about you check me for prostate cancer?"; Kirran responds "Fuck you! That was a good one."
  • Whenever BlastphamousHD watches a "BlastphamousHD Roast" video, at least one joke will have him cracking up.
  • This video of a prankster, posing as a FedEx employee, convincing a Saudi Arabian man that his iPhone's shipment was stolen by looters. note  First comes a long runaround meant to annoy the victim, including transferring him back to the same person when he asks to speak to a manager and calling him "habibi," the Arabic equivalent of "honey/sweetheart." Finally:
    Victim: Put yourself in my place, you spend almost $2,000 to ship an iPhone as a gift... and it's late. What would you do?
    Prankster: Yeah, I would be upset, but then I would realize, oh shit! I'm from Saudi Arabia! I can buy another one.
    Long pause.
    Victim: Heh heh heh.
  • During The World Cup in 2014, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard had a record-breaking 15 saves, leading a Wiki Vandal to make him United States Secretary of Defense on Wikipedia. The Other Wiki's founder was amused.
  • Episode 15 of Critical Role Season 2 has Beauregard describe her staff as a simple tool, prompting Mollymauk to ask if "simple tool" is her new nickname.
    Beau: You know what? I'll take that, that's fair, that was a good one.
  • Normally, Twitch streamer Kitboga will call a phone scammer, waste their time for a while, reveal the scambait to the scammer, and try to chat with them for a bit. On one stream after a reveal, Kit stuck around and told jokes to the scammer he had on the phone at the time. The scammer had a pretty quick response to one, which Kit laughed at and admitted was pretty clever.
    Kit: Is your name wi-fi? Because I'm feeling a connection here.
    Scammer: No.
    Kit: Oh, okay.
    Scammer: I'm not the wi-fi, I'm the hotspot.
    Kit: [Beat] Oh, oh! Are you saying that — *laughs* Wow, you know what? That's not a bad one! Wow. You're quicker on your feet than I expected.
  • SCP Foundation: During the Ethics Committee Orientation, the interviewer tells a joke at the Ethics Committee's own expense, and brushes off the interviewee laughing by explaining that they're "supposed to laugh". Turns out they encourage the jokes and subsequent stereotype that the Ethics Committee is useless so Foundation personnel don't catch on that the Ethics Committee is technically more powerful than the O5.
  • In Farce of the Three Kingdoms, Cao Cao finds Chen Lin's anti-Cao Cao propaganda hilarious after his initial shop, and ends up giving the man a job.
  • Shipwrecked Comedy's music video "Bertha's Attic Song" ends with Jane Eyre admitting that the picture Bertha did of her is pretty good, and then subscribing to the channel.
  • JonTron uploaded "Dr Ho: License to Practice", which had a joke about him as the hunchback of Notre Dame, on the exact same day as the Notre Dame Cathedreal fire. With that came a slew of memes blaming him for the fire, which he found hilarious.
    Jon: This gothic-ass building has been STANDING IN FRANCE for like, one thousand years, but it's gotta come down TODAY, when I'm uploading a Notre Dame joke, of which how many of them out there are there?
  • Natalie Wynn has many funny moments when she reads something that someone posted in the comments or on Twitter, usually laughing because the remark is so audacious, childish, blatantly incorrect, right by accident, or, rarely, actually clever. What then also makes this awesome is that she takes these from the constant stream of cyber bullying transphobes, Terfs, Nazis, Alt-Right trolls (and lately other trans people) direct at her, invariably intended to be as cruel as possible. And while Natalie has made no secret about how much these attacks hurt her, she also invokes a Sad Clown persona to No-Sell this bullying and unconditionally own her identity in doing so.
  • There's quite a few of these from Game Grumps. To name just a few:
    • During their playthrough of Sonic Forces, Danny talks about the time he had a t-shirt custom-made that read "CHOKING HAZARD" with an arrow pointing to his crotch, only for someone to comment "Isn't that what they put on small things?" At the time his reaction to that was "Ooh, sick burn", and now admits that every so often he'll see it reposted online and that he laughs every single time.
    • Arin is similarly a meme, where someone found a couple of really dorky pictures a younger him, one of him posing in a fedora in front of a bunch of action figures and one of him in an wannabe-edgy pose with a pair of swords crossed behind his back, and added the hilariously misspelled caption of "I can be your angle or yuor devil". Arin utterly adores this and thinks it's among the funniest things he's ever seen.
    • During their Super Mario Maker playthrough when challenging "Bowser's Prison Fight", they find that the maker put a very sadistic prank at the end of the hard but otherwise straightforward level. It lures you into running down a corridor with invincibility stars, which makes you collide with trampolines hidden behind the level goal that bounce you off a cliff and force you to start the whole level over — to actually finish the level you need to instead walk slowly so you touch the tape without bumping any of the trampolines. Arin has an absolute meltdown, while Danny is laughing his ass off with a begrudging level of respect for how twisted it was:
      Danny: OH NO!!!
      Arin: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! ARE YOU BUTT-FUCKING ME?! I FINISHED IT! I FINISHED IT! IT'S DONE! I BEAT IT! FUCK YOU GAME!
      Danny: (Now howling with laughter) That's so fucking evil!!! That's so evil! I... I kind of love that, actually.
    • While Dan's father Avi is normally a fairly private person and doesn't seem too fond of Dan talking about his Israeli-isms on the show, even once threatening "And don't play this on Game Grumps or I'm never calling you again" after leaving one of his hilarious broken-English voice mails (Dan played it anyways), he utterly loves how his referring to "Spotify" as "Spoofy" has become a thing and even proudly shows people the animated shorts lampooning it.
  • When Internet Historian is talking about what finally killed Planking, he lists off a number of similar lame fads that people created to try to "resuscitate" the fad, like "Owling" (shows people perched on things like owls), "Teapotting" (shows people posing like teapots), and "Beheading" (Shows pairs of people posed in ways so it looks like one person with their head removed)... before admitting that Beheading is actually pretty amusing.
    Actually, that's pretty good. But the timing was all wrong and it never properly took off.
  • When the The 8-Bit Guy was doing a live presentation about Commodore 64 videos, he shows off a demo someone made to mock him: it depicts a little animated sprite of 8-Bit Guy in John McClane-ish attire shooting off guns with a caption "SO I HAVE LEARNED THAT THE FAMOUS 8-BIT GUY WAS INTO GUNS. LIKE REALLY REALLY INTO GUNS. SO I WAS LIKE AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGHHH". While laughing, he notes how the sprite work is actually quite good but that he doesn't own any clothes like that.

     Web Video 
  • In Heavy Is Dead, Demoman demonstrates how he supposedly killed Heavy, by.... shooting Sniper. Everyone else surrounds Sniper's corpse with shocked expressions, until Demo reveals he killed him as a joke, at which point they burst into laughter.
  • In Outside Xbox campaign for Dungeons and Dragons, bard Dob decides on a plan to flatter the sorceress that just kidnapped them with love poetry while the others sneak away to ambush her. The sorceress thinks the idea that the bard got kidnapped just to tell her love poetry is really funny and lets him keep doing it.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!:
    • In one episode, there's a running gag with a busboy who says "It was kinda funny" after someone says Dude, Not Funny!.
    • In another episode, after Steve takes the last cookie, Roger pranks him by making him think that he's adopted and that he was really a child who went missing at a boat show years ago. He destroys all the baby photos of Steve and get him to put on a blonde wig and a sailor suit to go and meet his "birth parents." Upon realizing the truth, Steve admits that he legitimately thinks that it was a totally hilarious prank.
  • On Arthur, in "Pageant Problems" D.W. tricks Arthur into performing as the chimp for a two-person poem she wrote for her preschool's pageant by pretending that none of her friends or classmates would agree to perform the poem for her. Afterward, Arthur talks with her classmates, who loved his performance and says that he bets they wished they hadn't refused her offer and nobody has any idea what he's talking about. His friends rib him for being tricked by D.W. He says he's going to get her back, but Francine says that D.W. is just too smart. He admits the whole thing was pretty funny and they crack each other up acting like chimps.
  • Archer:
    • The mainframe is infected with a virus that shuts down all the computers. And displays an animation of a cartoon pirate with a catchy tune.
      Archer: (bursts out laughing)
      Malory: You think this is funny?
      Archer: Do you not?
    • And in "White Nights":
      Malory: Go see Krieger this instant!
      Archer: I don't need a doctor, mother. Katya doesn't have VD.
      Malory: You haven't had sex with her?
      Archer: (sarcastically) Oh, ha ha. For your— (beat) That was pretty good.
    • When Cyril shows up to rescue everyone in a tank, Pam calls him "Michael Du-cockless." Cyril laughs, as did everyone else but Archer, who was furious that Pam said it before he could — though that might have been what Cyril was laughing at.
    • Pam gives Archer a pretty aggravated tirade for basically stowing her in a space cargo hold for sex purposes, but can't help laughing and saying "Nice!" when he refers to Katya as "R-2-Double-D-2".
    • In "The Papal Chase," Archer finds himself riding on top of a speeding car and shouting commands while holding a lit lighter:
      Archer: Lana, head toward Swiss Guard HQ!
      Lana: What, while you request "Free Bird?"
      Archer: (laughs sarcastically) Actually, that was pretty good — for you, at least...
    • Pam does it to herself, oddly enough, in "A Going Concern." Freshly returned from a Noodle Incident that got her deported from Jamaica, she spends the episode immersing herself in Rasta culture. When Archer tries and fails to think of a clever insult, she sportingly supplies one, chuckling at it as Archer walks away.
      Archer: God, would you give it a rest, uh... damn, I had something for this.
      Pam: Blob Marley. [Beat] Heh.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: In a season 1 episode, Katara, then a novice but potentially powerful waterbender who is frustrated that she can't master the art faster, wants to buy an instructional scroll on waterbending from a pirate captain. The captain sets a very high price on the scroll: 200 gold pieces. Aang privately tells Katara that pirates love haggling over prices, and takes over negotiating for the scroll. He makes his offer to the pirate: a single copper piece. The pirate is truly amused by the sheer audacity and Aang's chutzpah, and genuinely laughs at the whole situation. When Aang makes a second offer of two copper pieces, however, the pirate is no longer so amused, saying a joke isn't as funny if you repeat it.
  • On the PBS version of The Berenstain Bears, once they get over the initial shock, this is Mama and Papa's reaction to the "Trouble with Grownups" play. With the idea that turnabout is fair play when Mama and Papa dress up as the cubs.
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • In "Crawlspace", Bob has been complaining about Linda's nagging by calling her "Nagatha Christie". He later apologizes... saying he should have thought of something more clever, like "Secretary of Nagriculture", which gets a laugh out of Linda and her father and makes Linda admit "that was a good one".
    • In "The Belchies", when Bob and Linda discover Tina's diary entry that details how she, Gene and Louise snuck off to the abandoned taffy factory, there's an unrelated aside that states, "Also, if boys had uteruses, they'd be called 'duderuses'", which, despite their worries about their kids, Bob gets a chuckle out of.
  • In the Netflix series Castlevania (2017), Trevor (who is born from a long lineage of Vampire Hunters) and Alucard (being Dracula's son) frequently trade barbs and threats with one another, but do have their moments when they make one another laugh.
    Alucard: I'm disturbed to find that I had more of a childhood than you did.
    Trevor: And your dad's fucking Dracula!
    [both laugh]
  • In Central Park, Season 1 "Dog Spray Afternoon", when Cole shows Helen a new trick he taught Shampagne, placing a stick on his nose to make it look like he has a mustache, Helen almost smiles at it until she goes back to being serious. This moment is what changed her mind about killing Shampagne.
  • From Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • In the climax of "Operation: T.H.E.S.H.O.G.U.N.", Numbuh Four bursts into Shogun Roquefort's throne room, only to find the villain sprawled out on the floor, Numbuh Two having defeated him already. Numbuh Two apparently has made a Face–Heel Turn, and starts to threaten Numbuh Four. Numbuh Four nervously starts to plead with his friend, saying he'll fight him if he has to... And then Numbuh Two bursts out laughing, saying he couldn't believe Numbuh Four actually believed him. Then Roquefort chuckles, and says, "You gotta admit, that was kinda funny...". Numbuh Four is not amused, as he crowns Roquefort on the head with a loose chunk of cheese, knocking him out.
    • In "Operation: B.U.T.T." after Numbuh One quits the team (for no apparent reason) his teammates are upset, confused, and in Numbuh Three's case, crying. Then they find out that the reason was that the Delightful Children from Down the Lane had blackmailed him, threatening to put a photograph of his bare behind in the school paper. All of a sudden, they started to get the giggles, and Numbuh Two started making all sorts of jokes about a big butt, until Numbuh Five (who was usually the first one to call him out for his bad jokes) burst out laughing. (They got over it in time to help him fight the villains later, however.)
  • One episode of Disenchantment has Luci and Elfo become roommates, with Luci being (unsurprisingly) a terrible person to live with. When Elfo demands some say in how the house is run due to being his roommate and Luci responds with "Then get out of my room, mate", Elfo can't help but admit it was a funny and clever response.
  • In one episode, Doug finds himself in hot water with Assistant Principal, Mr. Bone, when the school paper runs a cartoon that he drew making fun of the Mystery Meat in the school cafeteria, and he actually bans the paper. The whole thing ends up getting defused in the end when the principal calls Mr. Bone saying he saw the cartoon and thought it was really funny.
  • In "Emmy's Dream House" from Dragon Tales, Emmy is bossing everyone around when it comes to building the treehouse. Zak and Wheezie try to theme the steps in black and white like a piano, but she dumps red paint on them and it also gets on Zak and Wheezie's toes. Wheezie tells her that they didn't like the way she re-painted their steps. "Or our toenails!" comments Zak, lifting his foot, though Wheezie comments "Actually, I thought the toenails were kinda pretty."
  • In one episode of The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, George and Harold create a comic book focusing on a joke version of the school's local Gentle Giant Bo. Bo thinks the comic is hilarious, though this doesn't stop Melvin from attempting to use the comic to gaslight him into thinking George and Harold hate him and are only using him.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "The Thin White Line", Brian becomes a drug dog for the Quahog police but soon becomes addicted to cocaine. When Joe kicks him off the force, an irritated Brian tells a fellow cop who had previously done an Officer O'Hara impression to show his Joe imitation to his boss. The cop notes that it's not as good as his Irish impression before saying "Look at me, I'm Joe! My legs don't work, but I make up for it by having a very strong upper body!" Joe laughs and acknowledges that he does say that.
    • In "Ocean's Three and a Half", mob thugs come to beat up Joe Swanson, bringing a message from their boss that if he doesn't pay his debt to them, he'll make Joe into a "Swanson frozen dinner". Joe can't help chuckling a little at that.
  • In "Franklin and the Mooseratops" from Franklin and Friends, Mr. Fox can't help but chuckle at one point at Franklin and Bear's antics as mooseratops (wearing branches on their heads as antlers), even though everyone's getting a bit annoyed with him and neither he nor Mr. Owl really want to encourage them.
  • Futurama:
    • In "Where the Buggalo Roam", Leo Wong tells the story of how the Native Martians were "scammed" out of most of the planet by trading it for a single bead. Leela chastises the group for laughing at the story, despite admitting that it is funny.
    • In the revival episode "Saturday Morning Fun Pit", Richard Nixon's head plays censorship-happy Media Watchdog to a G.I. Joe parody, but comments that their Nebulous Evil Organisation "ACRONYM", "A Criminal Regiment Of Nasty Young Men", is "clever" and doesn't change anything about it.
    • In "The Inhuman Torch", Leela, Fry and Bender have to rescue several miners who are trapped in a helium mine. Bender takes advantage of their Helium Speech by suggesting that they sing "Camptown Races" to keep their spirits up. Even Leela can't hide her laughter.
  • House of Mouse: Pete seems to have developed this regarding his and Mickey's interactions. After watching an episode of himself and Mickey racing up a mountain that involved him constantly getting hurt (including being repeatedly mauled by a polar bear) he is seen laughing at it and calling it "delightfully entertaining".
  • Gaz from Invader Zim is usually disdainful of her brother's obsession with Zim, but in one episode when Zim is sent into absolute hysterics after Dib hits him with a muffin (which she had initially dubbed "horrible") she snickers and comments that "Actually, that was kind of funny."
  • In Littlest Pet Shop (2012), episode "Frenemies", Zoe and Pepper get competitive each planning a different party for Penny Ling. When Pepper explains her clown rodeo party plan, she includes a moment where Zoe would get hit with pies, then she admits she's just kidding (or is she?). Then Zoe explains her tea party plan, and has her comeback:
    Zoe: And last but not least, there'll be a dunked skunk dunking booth with Pepper at the dunking tank.
    Pepper: WHAT?! What does a dunking booth have to do with a tea party?
    Zoe: Nothing. I just want to see you get dunked.
    Pepper: Well, that is— heh, it's kinda funny, actually.
  • Zigzagged in the Looney Tunes episode ''Robin Hood Daffy". After getting angry at Porky for laughing at his expense, Daffy starts laughing too for a few seconds... But then he gets angry again and says, "Aw, knock it off! How jolly can you get?"
  • Mamemo: In one episode, Mamemo covers the green cow father with her toys, and then goes to sit down with the green cow mother. The green cow father angrily walks over to them, only for them to start laughing. The camera then pans out to show he's laughing along with them.
  • M.A.S.K.:
    • At the end of the episode "Mystery of the Rings", after Scott Trakker is chewed out by his father Matt for disobeying him and is told that he'll be grounded, Scott's robot friend T-Bob asks to take Scott's picture because it may be the last time they see Scott smile for a while. T-Bob's statement gets a chuckle out of Matt.
    • In "Bad Vibrations", Gloria Baker asks Scott how he cleaned the ice cream off of T-Bob after he got covered in it while M.A.S.K. was looking for the last of Julian Long's vibration bombs. Scott hesitates before sheepishly answering that he didn't like seeing all the ice cream on T-Bob go to waste, so he ate it. After Matt Trakker and the other members of M.A.S.K. laugh, Scott eventually starts laughing with them.
  • From Milo Murphy's Law:
    Lieutenant Tennant: (mumbling, mockingly) I'm Colonel Niblet, I have to stop everything just so I can...
    (stops as Colonel Niblet walks on-screen)
    Colonel Niblet: ... actually, that was pretty good. It sounded just like me. (leaves)
    Lieutenant Tennant: (mumbling, mockingly) Actually, that was pretty good. It sounded just like me.
    Colonel Niblet: YOU'RE BLOWING MY MIND, LIEUTENANT!
  • Motorcity: When Chuck is hanging around his crush Claire, who won't give him the time of day, he refers to his cyborg story as "cyboring". Claire manages a chuckle then tries to hide it sheepishly.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Discord makes Pinkie Pie laugh by doing a little dance on the head of an image of Twilight Sparkle. The fans certainly found that animation amusing.
    • In the episode "Baby Cakes", Pinkie Pie becomes the victim of a running gag. The only way the foals she's babysitting will quiet down is if flour gets dumped on her (in one case while she was soaking wet). At the episode's end, the foals do the flour gag to themselves to cheer up Pinkie. She admits they were right, that is funny.
    • In an earlier episode, "Griffon the Brush Off", Pinkie applies this to her love of pranks by pranking ponies in such a way that it evokes this reaction. She won't pull a prank on someone who's sensitive enough to take even a harmless prank seriously, which is why she aborts a prank when Fluttershy winds up the one it would have hit.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom Part 2", Tirek admits Discord's stained glass window of the two of them (Depicting one holding a gleaming sword and the other holding a baguette) is quite amusing.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • In "The Mane Event", Blossom goes into seclusion after Buttercup and Bubbles butcher her hair just as a multi-eyed monster is rampaging Townsville. The Professor convinces Blossom to laugh along with everyone, and it works for her, as the Monster is laughing so hard that its eyes are all shut, giving the girls the chance to knock it into space. And Blossom gets the last laugh on her sisters at the end.
    • Similarly in "A Made Up Story", Blossom is the only denizen of Townsville who had not fallen victim to Mask-Scara's reign of defacing people and signs with cosmetics... up until the end, when she falls victim to a Humiliation Conga and now everyone is laughing at her.
  • Used on Quack Pack in the episode "Shrunken Heroes". Donald Duck plays a prank on his and Daisy's egotistical boss Kent Powers by replacing his bug spray with maple syrup, causing Kent to attract bugs instead of making them go away. Daisy's response is to say "You didn't" in a somewhat disapproving tone before bursting into laughter.
  • Recess:
    • Spinelli accidentally calls Miss Grotke "Mama" in the middle of the playground. The other kids immediately burst out laughing. Her friends try to hold back for a few seconds but they burst out laughing with everyone else. Next up is Ms. Finster who orders everyone to stop laughing on the megaphone — but she cracks within seconds too.
    • In another episode, Miss Grotke assigns the kids a project on Ancient Civilizations.
      TJ: Ancient Civilizations? You mean like back when Finster was a kid?
      Miss Grotke: We're talking about thousands of years ago, TJ... not hundreds (chuckles).
  • In an episode of The Real Ghostbusters, Peter is captured by the ghost of Casey Jones and forced to stoke a train's furnace with coal. The only thing the ghost ever says to Peter is "More coal!" Peter finally decides to make the most of the experience and starts singing "Sixteen Tons" as he shovels coal. The ghost looks back at him and smiles. (This is also clever foreshadowing that the ghost isn't evil.)
  • In "What's the Time, Hickory?" from Rhyme Time Town, time keeps rapidly switching between day and night. Daisy and Cole tell Dish and Spoon they're going to go talk to Hickory to find out what's going on. Dish says to tell him that if it's some kind of joke, then it's not funny. Spoon, however, giggles and says that it is a bit funny.
  • In Rick and Morty, when Rick goes on yet another nihilistic rant, claiming that nothing that happens is special because it happens across multiple different dimensions, in an attempt to bully the family into shame and subservience, Summer responds thusly:
    Summer: Including this? (farts)
    Rick: Yes! (Beat) Which is not to say that, subjectively, it wasn't funny...
  • Rocket Power had one episode wherein Sammy made a game that made him into The Ace and made his friends look like total dorks (Aside from Reggie). While the kids get offended at their portrayals, they giggle at a game over being "You have been trapped in one of Rumando's boring sixties flashbacks", and laugh at a Tito expy giving some vague "Ancient Hawaiian saying" (Even Ray laughed at that one). Tito thought it was funny (aside from that one part), and by the end, the characters learn to laugh at their hilarious portrayals.
  • In an episode of Sabrina: The Animated Series, Sabrina gets her wisdom teeth removed by magic with the result that she starts being brutally honest to everyone around her. In one scene, Sabrina responds to one of Gem's insults with "Oh, real funny, Gem! ...actually, it was pretty funny."
  • The Simpsons:
    • During a parole hearing in "Cape Feare", Chief Wiggum is forced to admit this about one of Sideshow Bob's remarks, after finally getting the joke.
      Wiggum: Sideshow Bob has no decency! He called me "Chief Piggum!"
      [entire courtroom laughs]
      Wiggum: Ha ha, oh, now I get it. Ha, that's good.
    • In "Deep Space Homer", Marge chastises Bart for writing on the back of Homer's head, but when Homer turns and inadvertently shows her the message ("Insert Brain Here"), she has to hold back her laughter, and actually does laugh when Homer frantically tries to see it, resulting in him spinning on the floor Curly-style.
    • In the "Treehouse of Horror IX" segment "Hell Toupee", Chief Wiggum 'kills' Homer's homicidal toupee:
      Chief Wiggum: Now, that's what I call a bad hair day!
      [general laughter]
      Marge: May I remind you that two people are dead? Oh, wait, I just got it! [laughs]
    • In "Sideshow Bob Roberts", during Sideshow Bob's campaign for Mayor, Bart has this reaction to Bob's suggestion that "Councilman Les Whinen should do more thinking and less whinin'!" despite knowing that Les Whinen doesn't exist.
    • In "Itchy and Scratchy and Marge", Marge is watching one of the kids' cartoons after it supposedly leads Maggie to attack Homer with a hammer. She is left in disgust by the violence, while Homer, despite still suffering from head injuries, is tittering quietly to himself. After she issues a complaint to the studios, they respond by making a squirrel caricature of her being killed by the stars, leaving Homer in hysterics.
    • In the intro to "Treehouse of Horror VIII", the Fox Censor is seen hard at work on a script for The Simpsons, episode 5F02 (that very episode). As he comes to each line that he decides to remove, he says "No" and crosses the offending line out. Then he reads part of it that he seems to find very funny — it makes him laugh out loud for a few seconds — but then he quickly regains his composure and crosses it out too, saying "No" again.
    • In "Dead Putting Society", Homer and Ned Flanders hold a bet over their sons' mini-golf tournament. Bart and Todd declare it a draw but due to Exact Words (Ned preferred the terminology "the father of the boy who doesn't win" instead of "loses"), they both end up having to mow the other's lawn while wearing their wife's best Sunday dress. Homer goes along with it because he thinks it'll humiliate Flanders, but Ned ends up having fun, saying it reminds him of his college days.
    • In "New Kids on the Blecch", when Bart, Milhous, Nelson and Ralph start a boy band, the band’s manager, L.T. Smash goes to New York to destroy MAD upon finding out they’re going to be mocked in a upcoming issue. In the end, when boys find out, they’re all upset because they they loved the idea of being made fun of by Mad.
  • South Park: In this exchange from "Volcano":
    Stan: Come on, fatass, we have to go!
    Cartman: Ay! Don't call me fat!
    [Cartman's mom laughs]
    Cartman: Mom, don't laugh!
    Cartman's Mom: I'm sorry, hun'.
    Cartman: I can't go with you guys now.
    Stan: Yes you can, Porky.
    [Cartman's mom laughs harder]
    Cartman: Mom, seriously!
    Cartman's Mom: That's not funny, boys. Eric's not fat, he's big-boned.
    Kyle: He must have a huge bone in his ass then!
    [Cartman's mom laughs hysterically]
    Cartman: GOD DAMN IT, MOM!
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • One episode has Karen show Plankton a montage of all his humiliating defeats by Krabs. The last one, where Plankton is left a blubbering wreck after Krabs can't even be bothered with him, always cracks her up.
    • In the episode "April Fools", this is how each customer, in turn, reacts to SpongeBob's harmless pranks, culminating in one of the show's most memorable scenes:
      SpongeBob: April Fools'!
      Customer: [angrily grabbing SpongeBob's shirt] WHAT DID YOU DO TO MY DRINK?!!
      SpongeBob: [trying not to laugh] I... I...
      Customer: YOU WHAT?!!
      SpongeBob: You asked for a couple of ice cubes in your drink, and I only put in one!
      [beat]
      Customer: I guess that is pretty funny. [chuckles and walks away]
    • Subverted in "Squirrel Jokes", and then later played straight:
      • Sandy's reaction to the titular "jokes" (which are little more than racist insults) is a very justified Dude, Not Funny!, and after one performance too many, she pretends to have suddenly found them funny in order to lure SpongeBob to the Treedome. Once there, she deliberately plays up to the "dumb hick" stereotype she's portrayed as in SpongeBob's act, and "accidentally-on-purpose" tortures him into dropping said act.
      • At the end of the episode, SpongeBob manages to come up with a softer and wider-ranging version of the act that elicits this reaction from his entire audience.
      SpongeBob: [referring to fish] How can a creature that spends so much time in the water smell so bad?! I mean, really! [imitating a fish] "Soap! Soap! What is? Soap!"
      [the entire audience, most of whom are fish, laugh hysterically]
    • In "The Chaperone", after SpongeBob triggers a Disaster Dominoes at Pearl's prom, Pearl gets upset at him for ruining everything, but cools off after an ashamed SpongeBob gets even more upset and runs away crying. While trying to lure SpongeBob back for another dance, Pearl admits, "Actually, it was kinda funny when that hot dog landed in Judy's hair".
  • Steven Universe:
    • In "Island Adventure", after Steven's first time activating a Warp Pad, shapeshifter Amethyst screams, having transformed into a giant fly, much to Steven's horror. Afterward, the following exchange occurs:
      Pearl: Amethyst, that wasn't funny!
      Garnet: Eh, it was a little funny.
      Pearl: Regardless...
    • In "Gem Harvest", the Gems are trying to butter up to Greg's cousin Andy. In the interest of "combining as many celebrations in the human lifespan" as possible, the Gems bring a wedding cake, a balloon for a baby shower, and a tombstone with Andy's name on it to the family dinner. Andy looks annoyed and baffled at all this before busting out laughing.
  • Teen Titans Go!:
    • Raven actually finds Robin's "Uncle Jokes" from the titular episode to be funny.
    • Robin's ventriloquist act in "Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star" has Robin mocking the Justice League members who are the judges through a dummy of himself. The judges find the jokes so hilarious that Robin is admitted to the final round.
  • Thomas & Friends:
    • In "Dirty Work", Diesel spreads insulting stories about the other engines to try and frame Duck. When Gordon, James, and Henry confront Duck about calling them "a galloping sausage", "rusty red scrap iron", and "old square wheels", respectively, Duck simply tells The Fat Controller that the names are so fitting he only wishes he could take the credit. The Fat Controller himself almost chokes, trying not to laugh.
    • "Donald's Duck": a tiff between Duck and Donald starts a playful prank war between the railwaymen. First Duck's crew leaves a duckling in Donald's tender — and the amused crew keeps her around as a sort of pet. Then Donald's crew leaves an egg under Duck's bunker at night, and Donald insists he laid it. This is enough to make Duck laugh and tell Donald he's won.
  • Inverted and then invoked in one Tom and Jerry cartoon, where Jerry writes a humorous book about his experiences with Tom. Tom is at first incredibly angry about it and the jokes the book makes at his expense... Until he learns that Jerry requested to share the rather large check from the publisher with him. Then he suddenly finds the book hilarious.
    • One episode has Jerry using an invisibility potion to terrorize Tom, culminating in shaving off much of his fur... just in time for the invisibility to run out, at which point Tom vengefully returns the favor. Then they look at themselves. The episode ends with both of them rolling in laughter.
    • Inversely invoked and then inverted in Jerry's Diary, where Tom laughs off the first incident described in the titular diary, but then becomes steamed as he reads about Jerry's other slights against him.
  • The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat had an episode called "The Punderground", where Felix ends up on an island called Mirthless. The king of Mirthless has outlawed puns, but is eventually tricked by Felix into making a pun on the phrase "cat got your tongue". When the king realizes that he just made a pun, he laughs hysterically and decides to repeal his law against puns.
  • Young Justice:
    • Batman shows Ollie and Dinah (who are dating) a video from the Cave's security footage. It shows Dinah having a sparring session with Superboy... and then suddenly making out with him. The two act horrified, and Dinah quickly says that that never happened, before the tape reveals that "Dinah" was actually Superboy's Shapeshifter girlfriend, M'gann, engaging in some kind of roleplaying game. Dinah is still understandably pissed, but Ollie finds it hilarious.
    • Season 2 has Sportsmaster and Cheshire go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge to kill Black Manta and Aqualad as payback for killing Artemis. When Sportsmaster learns that the entire thing is a con meant to slip a pair of moles into Manta's organization which he also fell for, he finds it hilarious and even helps out:
    Sportsmaster: So you and Aqualad are playing Manta and The Light for chumps. Hah! I can live with that, baby girl!

 
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Gumball's Insults

Gumball's insults to Penny about her mom and sister which he does in order to make her mad so that she will transform into something so that she can fight off the monsters actually make Penny laugh rather than get her mad. She doesn't get mad until Gumball admits that the whole love quest was because he thought she didn't like him anymore because of two missing emojis.

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