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"Upon discovering that Miles Black, the famous phrenologist from Yorkshire, was going to take up yodeling to lonely goats in Bali, James White decided to balance four planks of wood on a beer keg and call it an abstract work of art in the style of a famous fourteenth-century architect, just going to prove that people will read any old garbage if they think there will be a good pun at the end of it."
— The Grand Panjandrum's Special Award for Vile Puns, The 2008 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

A short-short story (300 words on the average, although 500-word examples exist), ending in a pun or a punchline that is pretty obviously the only reason for the story's existence. The telling detail in a Feghoot is the groan emitted by the reader/listener when he hits the punchline. In essence, an Overly Pre-Prepared Gag in short story form.

Named for the character Ferdinand Feghoot, created by Science Fiction author Reginald Bretnor using the pen name Grendel Briarton. Bretnor chronicled Feghoot's adventures in the multi-year series "Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot!", in which each installment was a short-short that ended in a horrific pun.

Compare with "Shaggy Dog" Story. A form of Overly Pre-Prepared Gag. See also Collective Groan, which will certainly result if the Feghoot is told well.


Examples:

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    Comic Books 

    Fanfic 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanauthors seem to be fond of these.
    • The fanfic Shipping Sickness is a Cargo Ship story that ends with the following dialogue by Twilight Sparkle to a small table that she had magically brought to life: "I thought maybe I could love you. But you were right. We're not each others' soulmates. We can never be together, not truly. For I am a pony wizardess... and you are just my one nightstand."
      • While that is the biggest groan-inducing pun in the story, there are many others that may cause you to groan or facepalm as well, such as Princess Mi Amore Credenza or her "husband", Shining Armoire.
    • The flash recursive Friendship is Optimal fanfiction "A Shaggy Pony Story" ends with the line "Now is the winter of our disk contents made glorious summer by this sunny 'orse!" The main character being named Feghoof and the title of the story should be sufficient warning to the reader.
    • The Legend of Falling Rocks, Buffalo Brave is a collection of three stories about buffalo mythology, written in the style of Native American legends. As Native American surrogates, Buffalo feature Native American-esque names, though in truth all characters in the My Little Pony universe tend to have strange names by human standards. The first two stories are pretty much what you would expect, and by the third story, any idea that the main character might have a strange name is forgotten. Unfortunately, in the course of the third legend, he goes missing, and the buffalo are forced off their land as a result. However, the buffalo do manage to exact a promise from the ponies that they would keep an eye out for their missing hero, even going so far as to erect signs in the mountains that he disappeared to in search of allies. The signs, of course, beseech the reader to watch for falling rocks.
    • In "The Phantom of the Genre", Rarity and Pinkie Pie are called on to exorcise a ghost from a theater. The ghost isn't malicious, but the cows in the theater orchestra refuse to play in a haunted venue. Pinkie Pie finds a way to keep the bovine band by convincing the ghost to haunt Rarity's chaise lounge instead. As they say, "A herd in the band is worth boo in the tush!"
  • The Legend of Korra fanfiction "The Last Heist" is a story set in the future about Kai stealing money to buy a wedding ring for Jinora. His victim hires the Triple Threats to kill him. The first chapter finished with Kai's death and the line "He was all I needed...I loved him, and he had changed and grown so much from when I met him on the streets...and now he's on a Kai-way to Hell..."
    • The second chapter is just a paragraph about the leader of the assassins telling his men to return to their employer's company. The first name of Kai's victim and his company put together is "Bahdumm Tisse".
  • "A Shaggy Faunus Story" is a RWBY fanfic about a snake faunus (named Pheghiss) dating Velvet the rabbit faunus. Weiss gets jealous, and eventually confesses her feelings to the snake boy at the end of the story, only for him to reply that "I'm sorry Weiss, but this anaconda DON'T, this anaconda DON'T, this anaconda DON'T want none unless if you are a BUN, HON!"
  • The Stargate SG-1 fanfiction "Hero of the Soviet Union" spends several pages detailing the operation of a Soviet-run SGC, all to set up the punchline when a KGB major mocks a captured Goa'uld: "In Soviet Russia, gods bow to you!"

    Film 
  • The Court Jester. Pretty much the whole point of the "Jester Song" is to lead up to the pun: "And a jester unemployed is nobody's fool!"note 

    Literature 
  • Isaac Asimov wrote several stories that are more or less excuses for ending with tortured puns:
    • "Shah Guido G" is particularly notorious, although arguably the title gives fair warning.
    • At the end of Death Of A Foy the eponymous Starfish Alien, having been tricked into believing that giving his large-sized hearts will lead to a doctor playing a choir for him as his soul returns to his homeworld, wills, "Give my big hearts to Maude, Dwayne. Dismember me for Harold's choir. Tell all the Foys on Sortibackenstrete that I will soon be there".
    • "A Loint of Paw" concerns a man who, after stealing several hundred thousand dollars, used a time machine to travel to the day after the statute of limitations expired. After the prosecutor and defense attorney finish arguing, the judge renders his decision: "A niche in time saves Stein."
    • "Sure Thing" is about a race between alien pets, with the punch line being "Sloane's Teddy wins the race."
    • "Dreamworld" is about a boy who reads a lot of science fiction and keeps telling his uninterested Aunt Clara about the crazy science-fiction inspired dreams he keeps having. His aunt keeps telling him that he has to face reality, or else, one day, he'll be stuck in one of his dreams and unable to wake up. The next time he goes to sleep, he has a dream in which hundreds of giant-sized duplicates of his Aunt Clara are all chasing him and demanding that he face reality. He desperately hopes that he'll be able to wake up from this dream, or else he'll have suffered the worst science-fictional doom of all: being trapped in a world of giant aunts.
    • "Battle-hymn" is ostensibly about someone trying to influence the outcome of a vote by Mars colonists on whether to allow Mars to be used as a location for potentially dangerous hyperspace experiments. To counter the other side's jingle (No, No, A Thousand Times No), they get the colonists, who were of French descent (but don't speak the language any more), all singing the French national anthem. It works, because although they don't really understand the lyrics, they know the title: Mars say yea!
  • Arthur C. Clarke wrote the two pager Neutron Tide about a spaceship passing too close to a neutron star and being ripped apart by the huge tidal forces in order to facilitate a pun about the single piece from the astronaut's toolkit that was found in the wreckage. It was a "Star-mangled spanner."
  • Spider Robinson wrote a collection of short stories that started with Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, all taking place in the eponymous Weirdness Magnet Inn Between the Worlds. Slightly different from the normal format, the stories are weird little philosophical pieces with puns in several places.
    • One of the things they do there is have Tall Tales Night to see who can tell the most outrageous shaggy dog story with the worst pun-filled punchline.
  • Gravity's Rainbow is a long story, but it has digressions within it to go off on long tangents crossing half a dozen pages about something like the fur trade just so that it can abruptly end in a pun. For instance, on page 563 there's a pun on the song "Forty Million Frenchmen can't be wrong". For De Mille, young fur—henchmen can't be rowing.
  • Athyra has an extended digression about the difference between the kind of flax used to make salad and the kind of flax used to make linen, all so Brust can sneak in the line, "The true, true salad flax would melt..."
  • "The Casque of Lamont T. Yado" by Victor Milan is a short story rather transparently based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado", which you'll recall ends with the words "For the love of God, Montresor!". The hero blames the villain for the death of his shipmates, but has agreed to help him steal the eponymous casque — an alien time-controlling helmet. The villain, incidentally, is a "tracer" who can teleport by tracing lines of force, and attributes his powers to "Tracergod". He also affects a Jamaican accent and says things like "mon" instead of "man". After they have succeeded in teleporting the casque out of its secure location, the villain puts it on, believing that it will give him superhuman speed. Instead, he finds himself inexorably slowing down — the hero has reprogrammed the helmet to freeze the villain like a statue for eternity. The very last thing the villain is able to say before his speech grinds to a halt is "For the love of Tracergod, mon!"
  • Roger Zelazny liked to sneak these into his works. For example, the entire second chapter of his Hugo-winning novel Lord of Light is an elaborate setup allowing him to finish with the final line "Then the fit hit the Shan." In fact, the whole purpose behind his novel A Night in the Lonesome October is this trope.
  • Unwind has an in-universe example, an urban legend about a boy whose surname was Dunfee, and whose first name began with an H, but who will always be known as Humphrey. His father was one of the strongest advocates of the policy of using Delinquents for organ transplants, so when he started to misbehave in school, his father was pressured into having him "unwound." Mr. Dunfee eventually snapped, and started hunting down and reclaiming all the donated organs — but "all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humphrey back together again." (It later turns out that this story isn't wholly inaccurate, and the story ends with a reunion of all the people who received the boy's organs.)
  • The infamous Marquis de Sade, known for works of a questionable nature, once took the time out of his busy schedule to write a story about a man cheating on his wife with a nun, and claiming that since nuns are dedicated to God, surely this is a method of unlocking the gates of heaven. The man's wife, after sleeping with a priest, comments that it must have worked, because she'd never seen a bigger key.
  • "Flush Fiction", the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader book featuring a lot of short stories, has a feghoot about an ugly boy, Tool, and his attempt to impress a beautiful girl, Honey, by joining some pirates. In the end, the pun is "A Tool and his Honey are soon parted."
  • In John Dies at the End, Amy tells Dave about an incident of Spontaneous Human Combustion:
    "I have a friend, Dana, who was in the grocery store one day, and her arm, like, bursts into flame. Just like that. Just her arm. And she's screaming and waving her arm around and around, flames shooting everywhere. Finally the cops showed up and arrested her."
    "Arrested her? Why did—"
    "Possession of an unlicensed firearm."
    A great, heavy silence settled over the room. She looked down at the table again, a smile playing at her lips, looking extraordinarily pleased with herself.
    I said, "You know, in the Middle East, a woman can be flogged for telling a story like that."
  • Robert J. Sawyer's The Good Doctor with Isaac Asimov as the pun.
  • Marilyn Manson's autobiography The Long Hard Road Out of Hell featured an entire chapter about a girl he dated who had an unusual circular birthmark around her vagina. Though many events happen during this chapter, he does close it by stating that someone else he knew started dating her and "snatched her away like a greedy little Hobbit and indeed became the Lord of the Ring."
  • "A Clockwork Lemon" (warning: PDF), attributed to A. Bertram Chandler, is a tale of a dystopian future where fuel shortages have resulted in automobiles being made of clockwork and delivered by airship. When one such airship must jettison its cargo, a spectator on a nearby rooftop warns, "Take cover! It's raining Datsun cogs!"
  • The Mensa Puzzle Book has a series of these which are turned into puzzles by presenting the story and asking the reader to guess the punchline.
  • The Science Fiction YA novel Gemina features a dark twist on this type of story. One of the Mooks starts telling a "joke" to his comrades. It's about a man who travels to a foreign land and stops in this little bar, but every time he tries to drink a beer, the bartender sounds an alert and screams "The wolves are coming!" Everyone runs and hides, and every time they come back the traveler's glass is empty. Finally fed up, the traveler refuses to join everyone else in the cellar, arguing with the bartender until he's left alone to enjoy his beer in peace. The "punchline": "Then the wolves came. And they ate him. And drank his beer." It's creepy in context, especially due to the surrounding circumstances.
  • One of Alan Dean Foster's Mad Amos Malone stories has the mystical mountain man and a Snake Oil Salesman named Sam both asked by a group of farmers to try to purify a plot of cursed earth so they can farm it. After the two compete with demonstrations of magical produce growing, Amos warns the farmers that the land's curse is too strong, and bad things will happen if they don't leave it alone. Sam assures them he can fix it (and he's cheaper than Amos) so they hire him. After Amos leaves, Sam says that if anything does go wrong with the land, they can tell everyone that it's his fault. His fault, or his name's not Sam Andreas.
  • Bred Any Good Rooks Lately?: A Collection of Puns, Shaggy Dogs, Spoonerisms, Feghoots & Malappropriate Stories is an anthology gathered by James Charlton, and is full of short stories that all end with spoonerisms or other puns. The title comes from the last line of "For the Birds", a humorous short story contributed by none other than Stephen King.

    Live Action TV 
  • In Red Dwarf, Lister tells one to Rimmer:
    Lister: My mate Petersen once brought a pair of shoes with artificial intelligence. Smart Shoes, they were called. It was a neat idea. No matter how blind drunk you were, they would always get you home. Then he got ratted one night in Oslo, and woke up the next morning in Burma. See, the shoes got bored just going from his local to the flat. They wanted to see the world, man, y'know? He had a helluva job getting rid of them. No matter who he sold them to, they'd show up again the next day! He tried to shut them out, but they just kicked the door down, y'know?
    Rimmer: Is this true?
    Lister: Yeah! Last thing he heard, they'd sort of, erm, robbed a car and drove it into a canal. They couldn't steer, y'see.
    Rimmer: Really?!
    Lister:: Yeah. Petersen was really, really blown away by it. He went to see a priest. The priest told him, he said, it was alright, and all that, and the shoes were happy, and they'd gone to heaven. Y'see, it turns out shoes have soles.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: The "no tribble at all" line in the famous episode "The Trouble With Tribbles" seems to count.
  • In Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Colin usually starts off games of Weird Newscasters with one of these.
    Colin: Convicted hit man Jimmy Two-Shoes McClarty confessed today that he was once hired to beat a cow to death in a rice field using only two small porcelain figures. Police admit that this is may be the first known case of a knick knack paddy whack.
    • This is one of the best:
      Colin: Famous playboy Hugh Hefner managed to successfully stop an order of monks from operating a business on his property. The police forced the friars to close down their stall, which was outside the Playboy Mansion, where they had been selling flowers. Said one friar, "Well, if it was anyone else we might have gotten away with it, but unfortunately, only Hugh can prevent florist friars."
    • In one particular game of Greatest Hits, Colin mocked Ryan's Pun segues by coming up with a few of his own, ending with:
      Colin: When I was a jockey [Ryan scoffs] No, I was, just for a little while. In my bed - well, it was more of a cot - we had this sort of sanitary paper for the fillies. Wait a minute... bed cot filly papers? Red Hot Chili Peppers!
    • More examples can be seen on the Overly Prepared Gag page.
    • Similar to the Colin Mochrie example, but predating it, The Two Ronnies often did these as one of their fake news stories.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 had a sketch from "The Sword and the Dragon" episode called "A Joke by Ingmar Bergman". Servo and Crow walk along a pier, counting the wooden boards and the slits between them, until they reach the end and Servo falls in. Crow summarizes, "When you're out of slits, you're out of pier." This is a play on an old beer commercial tagline, "When you're out of Schlitz, you're out of beer." In true Ingmar Bergman style, it's all black and white with almost no dialog or action, and has a length of over four minutes.
  • One episode of The Flip Wilson Show began with Flip telling a long story about a man who gained fame by picking a berry, which he then gave to his wife, until two men came to steal the berry, saying "We've come to seize her berry, not to praise it."
  • The Soviet series Seventeen Moments of Spring spawned a great many jokes and anecdotes due to the Fountain of Memes nature of the series, and about half of them are feghoots. Unfortunately, almost none of the puns translate well into English. Some of them just might work in translation. An example:
    ''Stierlitz was struck by a bullet in the nape.
    "An explosive bullet," flashed through his head.''
  • Pee-wee Herman delivered one during an 1984 appearance on Late Night with David Letterman.
  • The Muppet Show: The Peter Ustinov episode had a skit where Ustinov tells Fozzie a rambling story about a man named Benny who was told he would live forever if he never shaved his beard. When he tried to shave for the sake of love, he was turned into a Grecian urn. The moral of the story: A Benny shaved is a Benny urned.
  • Small Wonder: One of the later episodes pits two robotic children against one another- the protagonist Vicki, and Russian rival Vladimir Godunov. At the very end, Vladimir's robotic nature is exposed, and his creator is left to protest "You couldn't leave Godunov alone?" That one was so bad, even the studio audience could only moan at it.
  • An episode of Frasier brings to a climax a plot-line involving Daphne developing an eating disorder and putting on a lot of weightnote , which everyone except Niles notices and awkwardly tries to avoid bringing up. When there is a confrontation at the end of the episode, Daphne ends up slipping and being unable to get back up under her own strength, leading Frasier, Niles and Martinnote  to try and help her. While they're doing so, Martin is struck by a thought: "Hey Daphne, I just realised something. It took three Cranes to lift you!" Everyone glares at him.
  • Quite a few of Dave Gorman's stories on Modern Life Is Goodish are eventually revealed as feghoots, or at least turned into feghoots by the addition of a terrible pun at the end, usually to groans from the studio audience.
  • Played for drama- in the Black Mirror serial "Playtest", a young man is asked to test an up-and-coming horror game that adapts to the player's fears. Unfortunately, the game zeroes in on his Adult Fears and plays mind games with him that way; he has to deal with his id, his fears of Alzheimer's, and many other horrors. The game even fakes him out of leaving twice— and the third, most sobering exit, where he sees his mother in the exact same Alzheimer's fate he feared, was a fakeout as well. In reality, he never left the game, much less started it; he was killed when his phone's signal interfered with the system, frying his brain. After convulsing and calling out to his ailing mother in vain, the staff cooly sits and writes down his final moments: "Called 'Mom'".

    Magazines 
  • Amazing Stories had a regular contribution called "Through Time and Space with Benedict Breadfruit" by Grandall Barretton (a pseudonym for Randall Garrett) which were all Feghoots that used the names of other well known science fiction writers.
    • A later Briarton story had somebody ask Feghoot if Breadfruit could be trusted. "Absolutely," replied Feghoot. "He was conceived in our Garrett."

    Music 
  • In P.D.Q. Bach's "Knock, Knock" cantata, the fourth and last movement has the recitative telling the story of an aquarium worker being ordered to catch some baby seagulls and bring them back immediately in order to stop indecent acts from going on in the dolphin tank. Walking his way back, the worker steps over a drowsy lion that recently escaped from the zoo, and a policeman suddenly appears to arrest him. The punchline (sung by the chorus) gives the charge: "Transporting young gulls across the staid lion for immoral porpoises."
  • Joe Nichols' "Revelation" is about a nightmare involving the Second Coming; the song ends, "If I never go to Hell, Lord, it'll be because you scared it out of me."

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Pearls Before Swine has countless examples, mostly spoken by Rat to set up the strip's trademark Incredibly Lame Puns. And they're almost always followed with some kind of Self-Deprecation involving Rat — thoug sometimes he's replaced by Goat or even Pig — belittling the author for bothering to make such a pun.
  • Dilbert:
    • This strip.
    • The arc that introduced Bob and Dawn had them discussing the theory that a meteor killed the dinosaurs, which Bob says was greatly exaggerated. It did land on one dinosaur; he actually survived, but as you might imagine, it took a lot of expensive medical treatment. Poor Larry was eventually recognized as the first member of a new species, the doctor-billed flattypuss.
    • Another strip had Dogbert get Dilbert to discuss a marine biologist relative of his, who won awards for breeding sea anemones, but had little time for a social life. Dogbert wisely gets out of slapping range before delivering the punchline:
    Dogbert: With anemones like that, who needs friends?
  • These two Get Fuzzy strips.
  • This Foxtrot strip. It's worth mentioning that all the non-PBS examples were either a Shout-Out to Pearls' use of this or had the similarity to Pearls pointed out in at least one comment.
  • B.C. had a 1995 strip in which an inventor demonstrates a new, expensive model of unicycle equipped with brakes that allow a rider to pull up safely short of a bunch of tacks. The final panel had someone chanting, "Tacks brakes for the rich!"

    Radio 
  • Right Between The Ears has a recurring sketch called "The Casebook Of Mobile Holmes", which is basically a setup of bad puns done in Sherlock Holmes style. This pretty much ends up with a Feghoot like this:
    • Mobile wanted the rest of the gang to take a plumbing course in Egypt: "Yes, we'll all be pharaoh faucet majors."
    • Or in a case about a general who was looking for his brother's ziggaurat but died because it was on fire: "The searching general has proven that smoking ziggurats can be hazardous to your health."
  • In later seasons of My Word, the final round consisted of Frank Muir and Denis Norden each telling a convulted shaggy dog story that ended with a pun based on a famous phrase or quotation. Muir and Norden later compiled several volumes of books containing some of the My Word! stories. Examples included Norden's explanation of how he worked his exit from the army with pedantically exact interpretations of his superior officers' orders ("Brief on 'shun' is better than QR" (that is, Queen's Regulations) - "prevention is better than cure"), and Muir's account of his desperately scouring the contents of his neighbour's greenhouse, having bet him £50 that he could work them into a My Word! story ("A snipe, a harp, a fern, corn, seeded trayfuls" - "a snapper up of unconsidered trifles").
  • Take this trope and stretch it out to 25 minutes with musical interludes, potshots at the BBC, brandy, shorter sub-feghoots existing solely to put in awful puns, Insane Troll Logic, and silly noises, and you've got The Goon Show and quite possibly a hangover.

    Video Games 
  • Deekin tells one in Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide during a break in the action. It is a story of a cruel monarch's interrogator whose favorite method of torture is to chop the fingers off of a prisoner with a hatchet one by one until he confesses. The monarch captures a count who was accused of plotting rebellion against him and takes him down to the dungeon where the interrogator cuts off first his fingers, then his toes. The count remains silent. The monarch is so impressed that he orders the interrogator to give him a quick death, but as the hatchet swings for his neck, the count finally cracks. By then, it is too late and his head is severed from his body. The moral of the story: Never hatchet counts before they chicken!
  • In Baldurs Gate 2, a drow NPC in Ust Natha tells the story of the first drow, and how they all lived in reed huts before they'd learned how to mine stone properly. One day, the followers of their greatest matron mother raided a neighbouring dwarf kingdom, taking as plunder the dwarf king's solid stone seat. Intending to surprise their matron with the plunder, they secretly stored the seat in her hut's attic, where it sank through the reed floor and onto the matron below, squishing her flat and proving that you should never stow thrones in grass houses. One of the other drow in the audience tries to kill him for it.
  • Professor Sycamore (Not that one) in Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy provides one that ends with the punchline "Never judge a buck by its mother." The character he tells the joke to doesn't get it, but takes it on as valuable life advice.
  • In Star Wars: Rebel Assault 2, one Easter Egg allows you to access an alternate subtitle track, filled with jokes. One of these involves a story about a tribe that worshipped the sun god, and killed the evil witch Sybil, then danced in celebration holding her severed head. The sun god was displeased, and struck them down, because you should never end a sundance with a dangling part of Sybil.

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • Entries in the "Vile Puns" category of the yearly Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest tend to consist mostly of these. The page quote is a subversion.
  • Yahtzee has admitted to doing this with a few Zero Punctuation episodes:
  • 365 Tomorrows's flash story: HollowPlanet.
  • David Wong's essay on the Monkeysphere has one involving Charles Darwin.
  • The Team Fortress 2 promotional video "Meet the Soldier" has the RED Soldier giving a nonsensical speech about how Sun Tzu not only invented fighting, but he once herded two of every animal onto a boat and beat the crap out of all of them.
    Soldier: And from that day forward, any time a bunch of animals are together in one place, it's called a zoo! ...Unless it's a farm!
  • The StarCraft caster Day[9] once made a video in which he described his 'ideal sci-fi series'. One wonders how he kept a straight face for that long...
  • Max Gilardi's "Tarantino's New Business" toon is about Quentin Tarantino opening a morgue exclusively for black people. While there are a lot of jokes throughout the cartoon, for the most part the whole thing seems to just be a set up to have Quentin say "Because storing dead niggers is my fucking business, that's why!"
  • SCP Foundation has a few of these as tales and as joke SCPs
    • SCP-649-2568-J is a snake that causes changes to geological surfaces it finds too short. Because "I like big buttes and I cannot lie." (there are two Stealth Puns in the build-up: the snake is an anaconda, and the number spells MIX-ALOT). Should be noted that basically everyone in the comments page gives a grudging upvote / Lame Pun Reaction.
    • SCP-0002-j is a talking toilet that wants to write a book about his life because he's seen some shit.
    • The 12 Days of Site 87's Christmas takes place over the course of twelve days before Christmas 2014, and involves the Krampus, a magical Christmas tree that makes its own ornamentation, and a fight between the two of them. In the final fight between the Tree and the Krampus, one Dr. Partridge gets knocked on his ass by a blast from the former, and transformed into, as one of the characters puts it, "A small tree of the genus Pyrus." In other words, Dr. Partridge is a Pear Tree.
    • Again, in Happy Howlidays, which involves a werewolf Santa of all things. Said Werewolf Santa followed throughout the story by a character named Virginia, and eventually ends up concussing a Foundation researcher and a claw shot off by a sniper before dying. After the fact, the delirious, concussed researcher finds the claw and proclaims, "Yes, Virginia, There's Santa Claws."
  • The Cinema Snob review of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace ends with one.
    Snob: But, you know, the movie serves its purpose in letting people debate which is the better Superman film: Superman IV or Man of Steel. And Man of Steel fans can say "Only an idiot would think 'Superman IV' is the better movie!", and Superman IV defenders can always respond with "Yeah, well, at least 'Superman IV' is canon." (shit eating grin)
  • "The Moral Of The Story" is a blog post by Scott Alexander consisting entirely of these.
  • Word of God from Team Four Star is that the entire first season of Dragon Ball Z Abridged was a setup so they could end the season with the revelation that Vegeta is now being haunted by the ghost of Nappa, Vegeta's annoying henchman that he killed in a fit of rage during the previous episode. More to the point, to have Ghost Nappa sing a parody of the original Ghostbusters theme song.
  • Someone on 4chan posted a convoluted greentext about Chinese twins named Ving and Ling (never mind that Ving isn't a real Chinese name). The twins go to the town hall so Ving can change his name to Lee ("like Bruce Lee"), but Ving hesitates at the last minute because he doesn't want to betray his family tradition. Just as Ling is pulling out some money to pay the cancellation fee for Ving's paperwork, their dad appears and encourages Ving to go through with the decision: "Don't stop. Be Lee, Ving. Hold on to that fee, Ling."
  • AC-bu's short Anzenunten no Shiorinote  does this in Japanese. It's all about a humble salaryman trying to drive to work, only to run a red light and get chased down by the police. Eventually, the chase gets so bad the cars end up somewhere near a mountain road with a lot of steep curves; the police and salaryman lose control of their vehicles and drive over the edge, but before they can die in the ensuing explosion, a mysterious cop on a motorcycle catches them all and carries them to safety. The cop removes their helmet, revealing she was a woman the whole time. Noting her careful driving saved their lives, she promptly introduces herself as ...Shiori. That's right, Shiori's safe drivingnote  kept them alive.

    Western Animation 
  • The The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Catfish" is about Gumball (cat) and Darwin (fish) making up a person online to be their grandpa Louie's friend. Most of it leads up to the pun in the episode title.
    Louie: Do you know what a cat and a fish pretending to be someone else online is called?
    Gumball: Cat... fishing?
    Louie: No! It's called... wait. Actually, yes, that is what it's called.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle:
    • Mister Peabody in the Peabody's Improbable History sketches would end on him making a summation of the historical goings on in a Pun.
    • The alternate titles for the segments of the main cartoon were, quite often, Puns as well. In many cases, it seems strongly likely that plot developments were thrown in specifically so they could work the puns in as titles.
    • The Aesop and Son segments would end with Aesop giving the moral of the story, followed by Aesop Jr. giving an alternate "moral" as a pun.
      Jr.: Dad, I think the lesson was "A chain is only as strong as its weakest mink!"
      Aesop: Takes after his mother, that boy does.
  • The South Park episode "More Crap" turns out to be this. The reason why Bono tries so hard at everything is because of a major case of envy. He is literally made out of feces — according to his father, "He will always be my Number Two." The rest of the joke is finding ways to say that Bono is the world's biggest shit.
  • The Teen Titans Go! episode "The Art of Ninjitsu" revolves around the team trying to capture the "Golden McGuffin", an indeterminate object that is important to Robin, because... reasons. At the end, they find out that the McGuffin they were questing for is an egg, bacon and English muffin sandwich. Cyborg drops the by-now-mandatory pun:
    Cyborg: You mean we did all this for an Egg McGuffin?

    Real Life 
  • A man in China was faced with rescuing his girlfriend Rong or his ex-girlfriend Jun after they both jumped into a river. He chose Rong.
  • After taking LSD, a man in Oregon attacked a car, claiming he was an Elf and the car was the Dark Lord Morgoth. He was a high elf.

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