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"That's a harp he's playing, Nobby," said one of them, after watching Imp for a while.
"No, it's the honest truth, I'm—" The fat guard frowned and looked down.
"You've just been waiting all your life to say that, ain't you, Nobby," he said. "I bet you was
born hoping that one day someone'd say 'That's a harp' so you could say 'lyre', on account of it being a pun or play on words. Well, har har."

A character (especially a Pungeon Master) makes a pun, that is claimed to be so obvious or disgusting, that it makes listening characters wince, groan or even feel compelled to inflict violence on the punster—or, at least, bring a lawsuit against him for pun-itive damages. This can work both ways—rimshots and some form of celebration by the punster is completely optional.

Since puns are considered one of the lowest forms of humor by default, this claim can be made even if the pun in question is actually really, really funny.

The chief purpose of this trope seems to be to allow a writer to deploy an awful groaner and still dodge the blame for it by pointing the karmic retribution at the character, or to use this acknowledgment as a piece of Self-Deprecation, turning this lampshading into the joke's punchline, instead of just having the pun itself.


This is a subtrope of the Pun. For other puns that may or may not be bad, see Hurricane of Puns. For a character that always makes these, see Pungeon Master. For a work which is saturated with puns, see World of Pun. For an index of punny trope names, see Just for Pun.

Not to be confused with Stealth Pun, which refers to puns where the punchline is simply left to the readers or listeners as an exercise.

This may also warrant a Collective Groan or "Get Out!". See also Visual Pun and Humor Dissonance.

Oh, and a lame reaction to a pun is rather (not excluding some possible overlap) the opposite of this trope.


In-Universe Examples Only

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  • A Heinz ad for corn:
    Ad: One of our corn farmers has a saying: "You won't believe my ears!" We never said it was a good saying.
  • An Australian beer ad featured some stereotypically blokey blokes out on a drinking-lots-of-beer-and-fishing holiday, cooking some fish in a wheelbarrow because they forgot the frying pan.
    Bloke 1: What kind of fish is it anyway?
    Bloke 2: It's, ah... barra.
    Bloke 3: That's terrible.
    Bloke 2: Yeh, it is.
  • A GEICO commercial features two guys working at a pizza parlor, flipping dough:
    Man 1: Hey, you know I just saved a bunch of money by switching my insurance.
    Man 2: Great.
    Man 1: You know what that is?
    Man 2: (sighs) Yeah...
    Man 1: You know what that is?
    Man 2: Yeah, I do. Just don't...
    Man 1: That's a lot of dough!

    Anime & Manga 
  • Ninin Ga Shinobuden has a truly horrible visual pun at the end of episode 9's first half. The ninja attempt to make a furo by rerouting a hot spring into their bath house, but it's not water that comes out of the pipe...
    Ninja: Permed hair!?
    Kaede: Afro?
    Shinobu: I guess...
    Onsokumaru: It's "a furo", therefore "afro".
    [everyone groans]
    Ninja: That was a lame joke.
  • In Azumanga Daioh (the anime), Tomo makes a pun, though what that pun is depends on whether it's the dub, the sub (both based on "freedom"), or the original (based on "yoyuu"). The other girls groan and Chiyo says it was bad, while Tomo is flabbergasted at their response.
  • Fuuka of Yotsuba&! makes the occasional pun, though only Asagi attacks her for it (Koiwai and Jumbo merely tell her off). Her father, on the other hand, appreciates the humor value.
  • One of the main characters from Shaman King, Chocolove, is rather famous for his puns so horribly obvious that the others tend to freeze in awe for a few seconds before continuing the conversation, often turning completely white in the process (in the anime, at least). Other times he just gets attacked by someone, usually Ren.
  • Tamahome throws one out in Fushigi Yuugi. In an attempt to cheer Miaka up, he tells her that after causing some trouble, Tasuki will probably be taken to task (in the Japanese version, the word used for the pun is tasukete, or "help" in English). He acknowledges the lameness of his pun himself and blames his Money Fetish for it.
  • In The Prince of Tennis, on the team of Rokkaku, Amane 'David' Hikaru is frequently kicked for making many lame puns. Many people know him as "that pun guy" instead of his real name.
  • Darker Than Black: Kurosawa has spent two entire episodes littering his speech with very bad Gratuitous English on the mistaken impression that it'll help his client, a Scandinavian named Eelis Castinen, understand him. Then he crosses the Gratuitous English Event Horizon by making an Engrish pun on "Castinen" ("cast it in"), and his Hypercompetent Sidekick, who has been wincing behind his back the whole time, gets annoyed.
    Kiko: I knew you were going to say that. It wasn't even funny.
  • In Kamichama Karin, Karin makes one of these ("Wait, a god (kami) just burned my hair (also kami)??") and then chastises herself for it.
  • In My Hime, Haruka attempts to make a pun which is immediately followed by dead silence and staring.
    Haruka: What a hideous face. What is that?
    Yukino: I believe it's a kelp grouper, Haruka.
    Haruka: Really?
    Yukino: Yeah. It's good to serve at parties in a hot pot or sashimi.
    Haruka: No wonder it's called a grouper.
  • Brook in One Piece makes these constantly in regards to his body. In just one scene, he does it three times with commentary for each. First two times? Franky starts to aim his Weapons Left and Robin tells him not to because he's already dead. The third one she just says 'go ahead and beat him up.' And he does.
  • Excel of Excel Saga draws a comparison between conquest (征 服, seifuku) and uniforms (制 服, also seifuku). Hyatt notes that this is just too obvious (and she usually plays Captain Obvious to explain the joke, so this is her way of calling it lame).
  • Judai in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is quite fond of this trope. Here's a good example as shown below when he duels with Wheeler, a monkey duelist, to rescue fellow Duel Academy student Jasmine in the episode "Monkey See, Monkey Duel":
    Judai: You saw my moves, now do yours! Hah! Get it? Monkey see, monkey DO?
    Jasmine: You make puns now, and not even good ones!
  • Howdy from Hamtaro just loves to tell really bad jokes that nobody in the show finds funny at all.
  • At the start of the Steel Ball Run in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the race's benefactor, Stephen Steel, announces the trophy for the winner has been buried in a block of ice dug up from Antarctica which will melt by the time the race is over. When he say that his comments have hopefully "broken the ice", everyone is astounded he would make such a horrible joke, except Stephen's wife, who claps.
  • One Shugo Chara Chan! comic has the Guardian Characters wondering what the prince of flowers ("hana" in Japanese) looks like, and one of the princes is a nose (Also "hana" in Japanese). Ran says "That's not the right "hana" we're talking about!"
  • 3-gatsu no Lion:
    • Hayashida, the teacher to the protagonist Rei, utters a bad Japanese pun involving pork cutlets (katsu) and winning (also pronounced katsu but written differently) during their lunch break as a way of encouraging Rei for his recent string of losses. Rei feels a chill (a Japanese visual cue for a pun that's found terrible) when he's told to "katsu" his battles while being given a pork cutlet.
    • Rei's almost driven insane by Takeshi Tsuji's onslaught of terrible, context-less puns during their shogi match.
  • Eden of the East's protagonist Akira Takizawa has one of these moments when he finds out why Mr. Outside is called that. His name is Ato Saizo. It's a pun.
  • In the dubbed version of the 4th episode of the Pokémon anime, the following happens. For reference, in the original Japanese, Kasumi (Misty) screams out "mushi" (bug), so Satoshi (Ash) pops up with "ushi" (cow).
    Misty: [screams] I think I see another bug! Gross!
    Ash: Maybe it's a... Cowterpie!
    Misty: That's not funny!
    • Samson Oak in Sun and Moon tends to cause these with his Pokemon-related puns.
  • In Gintama, once Gintoki and Hijikata switch bodies thanks to Hiraga's rice maker, Hiraga makes a joke that instead of making "Egg on rice", it made "Ego in the wrong device".(In the original Japanese version, he made a joke about "tama", or soul, being switched instead of "tamago", or egg. ) Both Gintoki and Hijikata attack him while yelling "That's not funny!".

    Card Games 
  • Because most character names in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic are made of normal words, puns are fairly inevitable. According to Diamond Mint's card in the Collectible Card Game, she apparently makes the "diamond in the rough" pun on her own name enough to annoy Lemony Gem into making an unspecified threat over it.

    Comic Books 
  • In Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic is known for his many lame puns. Apart from the obvious Eggman jokes, he has also fought Knuckles when the latter was Enerjak, calling him Ener-Joke. This prompted Knuckles to yell, "Are you quite finished?!" Sonic, smug as ever, then said, "Actually... Jumping-jak. Ener-tube. Flap-jak. Ener-state. Ener-jak-in-the-box. And come to think of it... "Enerjak" sounds like some kind of sports drink. Now I'm finished." Knuckles threw him into a wall afterward.
  • In Squadron Supreme, toddler Hyperion is startled by his new pet dog and incinerates it with his heat vision. One of the two guards watching him over security camera remarks "I guess Spot was kind of the right name after all." His partner lays him out for that one, in a cross between this trope and Dude, Not Funny!.
  • In one issue of The Simpsons, the cast parodies various Shakespeare plays including Romeo & Juliet, King Lear, Henry The 5th, and Titus Andronicus. During their parody of Julius Caesar (Portrayed by Mr. Burns), the senate (Portrayed by Homer, Mr. Smithers, and others) have accidentally stabbed each other because Mr. Burns/Caesar was too frail and thin to stab, which leads to a perplexing setup to a particularly awful pun.
    [the senate is dying on the floor, having accidentally stabbed each other while trying to stab Mr. Burns/Caesar]
    Mr. Burns/Caesar: Well well, some surprise party this is! Not even a cake!
    [Homer/Cassius produces a cake from his toga]
    Homer/Cassius: Here.
    Smithers/Brutus: ...Why do you have a cake on your person?
    Homer/Cassius: I always keep a cake on hand. Just in case.
    Mr. Burns/Caesar: Hold the phone there...there are slices missing from it.
    Homer/Cassius: Well we were waiting around a really long time, and I got pretty hungry. I had the cake right there so I...
    Smithers/Brutus: DON'T SAY IT.
    Homer/Cassius: ...ate two, Brutus.
    [everybody groans]
  • Batman's Robins have such a propensity to this, it's been suspected it's a tacit requirement to being Robin.
    Batman: You still haven't gotten over the puns?
    Nightwing: Oh shush. You love it.
  • In the Don Rosa story "Return to Plain Awful," Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck visit the Lost World of Plain Awful, a Utopia where square things are prized, round things are illegal, and the people live "on good cheer" with no financial interests. Eventually, Scrooge does manage to interest the people in his money — but only aesthetically, and as a finishing touch, they chop their new stack of bills into two square halves. The story ends with Donald noting that now, Self-Made Man Scrooge has something in common with the Awfultonians:
    Donald: Well, they made their billion by being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties! And you know what else?
    Scrooge: Oh, no, nephew! Don't say it! ...Please!
    Donald: That's right! They made it square!
  • Rhonda Bleenie's fruit salad love story in Amelia Rules! The Tweenage Guide to not Being Unpopular is a hurricane of incredibly lame puns.
    Rhonda: "You're the APPLE of my eye", he stated with a PLUM. "Well, we do make quite a PEAR", she replied ...
    Amelia: ARGH! I HATE it when they serve FRUIT SALAD!
  • In Mega Man, when Mega Man is first facing Cut Man, he spends the entire fight giving off puns involving cutting. So when he's defeated:
    Mega Man: Sorry, I didn't mean to cut you off. Ha... that was lame.
    • In Issue #22, Mega Man does it again when he fails with Roll, Ice Man, and Quake Woman after they make "break the ice."
      Mega Man: I don't know what hurt worse the fall or the unintentional pun.
  • Asterix is known for its Woolseyism and World of Pun, so this is bound to appear sooner or later. Of particular mention, in Asterix and Cleopatra, after a failed offensive by the Romans:
    Centurion: Hmm, that didn't work! Right, we'll attack from all sides at once. Advance!
    Legionnary 1: But we've only retreated!
    Legionnary 2: If we advance, we'll be driven into the Nile!
    Legionnary 3: We'll be an-nile-ated!
    Legionnary 4: One more pun like that and I desert!!
  • Marvel's all-humor special The Fantastic Four Roast (February, 1982) delivers this as Thor approaches the dias and presents the Thing with a proclamation from the kingdom of Asgaard:
    Thing: Hey, Goldilocks, I can't read this!
    Thor: Of course not. It's in Norse code!
    Thing: (Groan...)
  • Archie Comics:
    • In the story "Ratman" (a parody of 1989 Batman), the Punster (Reggie) evades capture by telling the police or Ratman (Archie) an intentionally lame joke, then running away while they groan over the punchline. Ratman eventually outsmarts the Punster by putting on some earplugs, so that the puns can't distract him.
    • In one comic, Jughead cringes at an elevator operator's pun.
  • In the X-Men comics, when the team was trying to come up with a codename for Kitty Pryde, someone eventually suggested "Sprite". Kitty liked it but added "I don't want to hear any jokes about pulling my Tab!" Professer X simply responds "Ouch!"
  • The Madballs comic book published by Marvel Comics subsidiary Star Comics featured a villain called Colonel Corn, whose power was to debilitate the Madballs by making awful puns and jokes.
  • In Dylan Dog this is the standard reaction to pretty much anything Groucho says. He actually used it to save a life once: as Bloch lied into coma after being shot with the doctors not expecting him to get through the night, Groucho arrived to his side and unleashed lame pun after lame pun until Bloch woke up screaming that someone dragged him away.
  • In the Mickey Mouse Comic Universe saga of Darkenblot, Phantom Blot has a subdued but devastating one when a boat arrives to his hideout somewhere in the North Atlantic (north enough everything's frozen) and the first thing the captain says is a pun about his name Bricco and the word "briccone" (an Italian word for "villain"), reaction given through an order to his men:
    "Throw that clown in the sea and sink the boat."
  • The 2015 run of Young Avengers features Loki's guilty conscience haunting him in the form of the ghost of his reborn younger self, who he killed and whose identity he's adopted. Kid Loki taunts him by comparing the "haunting" to Hamlet's and eventually comments, "Well, we can't make a Hamlet without breaking a few eggs." Loki, with a look of disgust, declares that the pun makes him glad he killed Kid Loki.
  • In the adventure gamebook comic You Are Deadpool, the tutorial has Kieron Gillen as Deadpool's opponent to demonstrate the combat rules, armed with a large sandwich he'd made himself to use as a weapon. When he explains "I've made my attack roll" Deadpool comments that now he knows why they're fighting.

    Comic Strips 
  • A recurring gag in Pearls Before Swine, where a long conversation leads to a stretched word pun on the entire conversation, and then (usually) Rat threatens bodily harm on artist Stephan Pastis.
    Pig: So if at "Farce" you don't suck seed, try dry again?
    Rat (to author): Have some pride.
  • In Calvin and Hobbes:
    Calvin: Hey Hobbes, want to see an antelope?
    Hobbes: An antelope?
    Calvin: Come on! (goes to an anthill) See, she's climbing down the ladder to her boyfriend's car. (beat) You're not laughing.
    Hobbes: It's not funny.
    • There was another one where Calvin took a telephone into the woods to "make some bird calls" and ended up with the receiver in his mouth and the bulk of it tied to the back of his head.
  • Peanuts had a strip where Linus made a snowman who is reading a book and tells Charlie Brown that he imagines the snowman is reading some poetry, but is at a loss for a poet a snowman would like. When Charlie Brown suggests Robert Frost, Linus responds, "You said it, I didn't."
    • There was also a Running Gag of Snoopy working on his novel and writing a scene involving an unnamed man telling his wife some lame pun.
      "I've bought you a St. Bernard. His name is Great Reluctance. Now when I go away, you shall know I am leaving you with Great Reluctance!"
      She hit him with a waffle iron.
  • Early Dilbert strips loved their puns. One strip features Dogbert instructing the readers on finding a safe place out of range from which to deliver the punchline of the following pun:
    Dogbert: Tell me again about your uncle the famous biologist.
    Dilbert: Uncle Albert won many awards for his work on anemones...sadly he had little time for a social life.
    Dogbert: With anemones like that, who needs friends?
  • The Australian comic Snake has a lot of these, usually very violent and slapsticky. Snake himself has been trampled, crushed under his own rock, hurled into water with weights tied to him and so on, while the Flying Doc's are more likely to get his head slammed in the door to his surgery. Roo and the Aboriginal duo are the most frequent providers of this kind of pain.
  • A Running Gag in Funky Winkerbean is one of the characters making a terrible pun and a character with no choice but to listen suggesting that this is some form of abuse. For instance, a student whose science teacher inflicts two jokes on them beginning "Ursa goes into a bar..." and ending with lame puns on "Major" and "Minor" asking "Is this bullying?"
  • David Lynch's comic The Angriest Dog in the World features terrible puns in some strips ("Pete has a police record." "What does he have a police record for?" "I guess he likes Sting and their music."), creating the impression that some of the dog's rage comes from hearing this sort of thing all day.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures and Teen Titans crossover fic A Shadow of the Titans, Jade has this attitude towards the Titan's one-liners.
  • In the franchise-spanning Mega Man crossover fanfic "Epilogue," Elec Man makes several electricity-based puns both before and after his fight with the heroes. Zero just grins and goes along with it, even firing back with some puns of his own, but X gets more and more irritated until he eventually snaps, decides "Pacifism be damned!," and has to be held back to stop him from tearing Elec Man limb from limb. Then Zero makes one more pun, and X's systems, already under severe stress from the recent battle, temporarily shut down in response.
  • "Solaere ssiun Hnaifv'daenn": Tovan asks Jaleh to dinner after she finishes her evening prayer, and Jaleh replicates some dates to break her Ramadan fast with and offers them to him.
    Tovan: That what this is? A date?
    Jaleh: Very funny. It's a kind of fruit.
  • In the One Piece Self-Insert Fic This Bites!, when Bartolomeo makes his "lunatic" joke about Enel, Hina whacks him, and when he objects considering that they're under a truce, Goldenweek claims that he deserved it.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • This little gem when Krillin and Piccolo use multi-form:
      Krillin and Piccolo: Kage Bunshin no Jutsu!
      Nappa: Vegeta! I can't ... Believe it!
      Vegeta: [angrished groan]
    • After Tien loses part of his arm:
      Vegeta: Looks like he's been, disarmed.
      [Tien stops screaming in pain over the pun, seconds later]
      Nappa: I get it.
    • The prediction of a future one occurs in the second podcast episode (for the record, they only used it twice in the end.)
      Kaiser: You thought Frieza was cool. Huh? Huh?
      Lani: His brother's Cooler.
      [Taka groans and vomits]
      Lani: Get ready for that about twenty more times during that movie. We literally have that line in there twenty times, and we haven't even written it yet.
  • Ultra Fast Pony, "The Pet Games":
    Dick Hardman: Looks like some of the racers have been caught in the thorns.
    Tom Watergate: Looks like they're having no trouble getting the point, don't you think so?
    Dick Harman: My lawyer has advised me not to answer that question.
  • There's a series of comic strips about Sailor Venus making horrible space jokes and getting this reaction by everyone but Usagi (who actually likes them). They can be found in motion comic form here.
  • Invoked by Marinette in the Miraculous Ladybug fanfic i've been out on the ocean, sailing alone. In this fic she's the one who has to select Chat Noir and has been told about Plagg's love for puns, she decides to test her list of candidates (her classmates) by unleashing horrible puns on them, discarding the ones who have this reaction (and hoping she'll have an excuse to discard Adrien, as she doesn't want to have her crush as a partner). The biggest one, however, is Ivan's—-after one bug pun too many. he stormed out of the class... And came back as an akuma.
  • Escape From the Moon: In the sequel The Mare From the Moon, after Pinkie makes an unwitting pun while Comically Missing the Point in chapter 12, there's a Collective Groan, then a chuckle from Rainbow Dash, who actually liked it.
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, this is the reaction of Pikachu and Yellow to Scott making a remark about Ash's Snivy being "a little green". He meant inexperienced, but seeing their expressions he quickly realizes how corny it sounded.
  • The Merging:
    Tonks: I dunno, you could stand to laugh more, I suppose. I hate seeing you down, it gets me all moody.
    Harry: Nothing gets me more Moody than a peg leg and a magical eye.
    Tonks: That was awful. Did you seriously just say that?
  • The Wolf Lord:
    Morgan: Wow! There is so much food.
    Remus: Well then we should eat quickly so it doesn't go to waste. Though if we eat all of that it probably will go to waist.
    Veronica: Bad Remus bad. (Hits him with a newspaper)
  • In Blazewing's Living in Equestria, Dave groans — sometimes only inwardly — at many of the city names and ponified book titles. Additionally, Lyra uses bad jokes and puns to break Bon Bon out of a funk. One early one has the side effect of making Dave briefly stop playing the piano because it "was worthy of a Face Palm".
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Yang tends to get a chorus of groans whenever she puns along with a tongue-based Dope Slap from Tsuyu. Izuku is one of the few people who won't groan every time and gets similar treatment when he makes an Accidental Pun himself.
  • Harry Potter and the Slytherin Ice Queen:
    Sirius: So then, how are you two doing, still in the puppy love stage?
    Harry: Are you seriously interested, or are you just making dog puns?
    Sirius: I'm always Sirius.
    Harry: That was bad.
  • Halloween Unspectacular: During the climax of the Witch Ember arc in the first edition, Witch Ember turns Sandy into a plush animal, causing E350 to state that the heroes are "stuffed". Linkara is barely able to keep Zim from throwing him off the flying van in response.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Land Before Time 2. When a pair of egg-stealing Struthiomimuses arrive at the Great Valley after a long trek, one of them says that he's just "egg-xausted". His partner kicks him in the face in response.
  • Yellow Submarine is liberally sprinkled with puns.
    • One in particular, when the submarine's motor dies, falls into this category:
      John: Maybe we should call a road service?
      Paul: Can't, no road!
      Ringo: And we're not sub... scribers.
      John/Paul/George: [groaning] Subscribers, ohh...
    • Or this, as Ringo and Old Fred walk through a hall of displays:
      Old Fred: Say, what would your friends be doing here?
      Ringo: Displayin'.
      Old Fred: Displaying what?.
      Ringo: Displayin' around.
  • Hoodwinked. When Detective Flippers wonders aloud about what "the fellow with the axe" was doing in the woods, officer Stork says "Maybe you should AXE him yourself!" then starts laughing uncontrollably at the pun until he sees Chief Grizzly giving him the Death Glare, at which point he sobers up and says "I'll bring him in."
  • In the Rainbow Magic movie, the fairies react this way to Amber's bad puns.
  • Pocahontas: Grandmother Willow introduces herself to John Smith, and tells him not to be afraid. "My bark is worse than my bite." Two owls in her branches shoot a look at each other.
  • In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Sam is ecstatic about Flynn making it snow ice cream, and says "I don't know how you're gonna top this!", to which Flynn replies "Maybe...with hot fudge?" He then proceeds to strike a dashing pose and let loose with a booming laugh - which withers under Sam's immediate transition from rapt admiration to stony Death Glare.
  • In Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, the wise-cracking Shrieko typically gets a Dope Slap from Freako whenever he delivers an Incredibly Lame Pun. For example;
    Freako: (A Bout the clue Shaggy is about to read) So, what's it say?
    Shrieko: It doesn't say anything! You gotta read it! Ho-ho, boy, am I sharp!
    Freako: (Punches Shrieko's head pancake-shaped) Now yer' flat!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Lights of New York: In one scene a scene a bypasser asks a cop where's the other side of the Broadway, and, when shown, answers that it's strange: people there just told him this side was the other one. The policeman is not amused.
  • Duck Soup: Chicolini's suggestion that Freedonia maintain a standing army, "because then we save money on chairs", provokes Firefly to give him the bum's rush from the room (and apparently worse, judging by the Offscreen Crash that follows). This is a pun so bad that Groucho, the man who once took pictures of the native girls and was waiting for them to develop, felt it necessary to chase Chico.
  • In Mean Girls 2, this was the reaction to the "Anti-Plastics". Noted as such by Jo in voice-over.
  • In What's Up, Tiger Lily?, hero Phil Moskowitz and his girl assistant, tied up, think they've been abducted by bad guy Shepard Wong, but it turns out to be a second bad guy, Wing Fat, who introduces himself: "I am Wong's competitor." Phil quips, "Well...two Wongs don't make a wight!" Wing Fat smiles and says, "For that joke you should only drop dead."
  • Flash Gordon has a terrible one. Flash asks a wounded ally if he's all right, and gets the reply "He only winged me!" The ally is a Hawkman, who was shown to be hit in the wing.
  • In Master and Commander, the Surprise's Command Roster is eating dinner, and Jack Aubrey sees a pair of weevils on the table. He asks Stephen Maturin which he would choose. After some deliberation Stephen chooses the right-hand weevil because it's bigger. (Actually, Jack pestering him to walk into the joke is almost as funny as the joke itself.)
    Jack: [slams the table] There! I've got you! You're completely dished. Do you not know that in the service, one must always choose the lesser of two weevils?
    [everyone at the table laughs uproariously]
    Stephen: (shaking his head) He who would pun would pick a pocket. Really, weevils...
  • In Inspector Gadget, Scolex is not amused by his mook Kramer's attempts at humor.
    Scolex: I deserve a dashing appellation.
    Kramer: "A dashing Appalachian". What is that? A hillbilly with a tuxedo?
    Scolex: No, you idiot! It's a nickname.
  • Whenever Curly of The Three Stooges makes a pun, you can expect Moe's reaction to be physical.

  • The Discworld series is extremely fond of these, and not one is ever considered funny by the people hearing them.
    • In Soul Music, Fred Colon sees Imp y Celyn busking on the streets of Ankh-Morpork, and remarks on him playing a harp. His constant companion Nobby Nobbs quips "Lyre" (liar), and Fred is not amused when he gets the joke.
      "You've just been waiting all your life to say that, ain't you, Nobby," he said. "I bet you was born hoping that one day someone'd say 'That's a harp' so you could say 'lyre', on account of it being a pun or play on words. Well, har har."
    • Hogfather
      • The Dean remarks that he knows what's good for a hangover: drinking heavily the previous night. When nobody else laughs, he defensively remarks that he thought it was "a good word joke".
      • Death - standing in for the Hogfather - says Let's get out there and sleigh them. After a moment he asks Albert whether he noticed the pun; Albert responds "I'm laughing like hell deep down, sir."
    • The New Discworld Companion tells the story of Monsieur Jean-Paul Pune, founder of the Fool's Guild:
      "Q. When is a door not a door? A. When it is ajar (a jar)" - one of his early puns for which he was tarred and feathered and left for dead.
    • In Feet of Clay, Vimes is disgusted enough to learn that modern heraldry is mostly the art of punning. After hearing a few more of them, he says "Oh, the art of bad punning."
    • Even the Auditors of Reality get into it, with one wondering what would happen if gravity became personified-and had a crush on someone.
    • Colon is also unimpressed by Nobby saying "We'll be fez to fez, sarge" in Jingo.
  • Dave Barry is not fond of puns, and rarely uses them without heavyweight Lampshade Hanging.
    • Take, for example, this passage in Dave Barry Slept Here:
      But now he could sit back and relax as the reaper roared through as many as ten acres per hour, reaping the living hell out of everything that stood in its path, occasionally spitting out bits of mule fur or farmhand clothing, which could easily be reassembled thanks to the sewing machine, invented by Elias Howe. "Don't ask me Howe it works!" he used to say, over and over, until finally somebody, we think his wife, shot him in the head with a revolver, invented by Samuel Colt.
    • Or this passage in Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You Will Ever Need:
      The history of Ireland dates back a long time to the original inhabitants, the Picts, who were a fun-loving tribe known for their wit. "You sure Pict a winner that time!" is the kind of thing they were always saying, until finally a neighboring tribe called the Celtics got sick and tired of it and came in and, in 432 B.C. on October 8, defeated the Picts in the Battle of Defeating the Picts when John Havlicek sank two free throws in overtime.
  • In Piers Anthony's Xanth series, much of the wildlife and magic are literal puns, such as a mango being a human-shaped fruit that makes you urinate immediately upon eating it. Most of the characters dislike the puns, particularly a winged centaur whose name is a pun (Karia, who starts floating helplessly away whenever she hears her name.)
  • Inverted by the characters in Spider Robinson's Callahan's Crosstime Saloon series, who are prolific with puns, to the point of competitions in which the worst/best pun of the evening gets his bar tab waived. They call it Punday Night. Normally, things are thrown at the offending punster, and fire extinguishers and seltzer bottles are also used for particularly outrageous puns. The bigger the response, the better they consider the pun.
    • The highest honor a pun can receive is when the audience reacts to a particularly wonderful/horrible pun by immediately fleeing the room, screaming and holding their nose.
    • The time traveler who tried to sell them 4 (fake) high tech gems on the 4th of July. Get it, 4th jewel lie. This was also incredibly cruel since one of the gems made a paralyzed man think he could walk.
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz, the second Oz book, sees H.M. Wogglebug T.E. make a joke about the Sawhorse, noting that if he rode him, it would be a "horse-and-buggie". Jack Pumpkinhead covers up his permanently-smiling mouth, and the Tin Woodsman threatens the Wogglebug with his axe.
    • When the protagonists are flying on the gump, Mr. Wogglebug tells Jack Pumpkinhead that if his head fell off now, it would no longer be a pumpkin, but a squash. Tip scolds him about his unfeeling puns.
  • In Aunt Dimity's Death, When Lori asks Bill how he got the irises in the Willises' parlour in early April, he starts to reply, "Where there's a Willis—". Lori groans to cut him off.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, after George loses one of his ears, and says he feels "saint-like":
    George: You see... I'm holy. Holey. Fred, geddit?
    Fred: Pathetic. Pathetic! With the whole wide world of ear-related humour before you, you go for Holey?
    • And that's when everybody knows George is okay!
  • In Starfighters of Adumar, Rad Flat (Red Flight) meets regularly with a reporter who wears a recording unit on her shoulder that looks like the head of a protocol droid, making her appear to have two heads. Once, she complained that it was malfunctioning and she couldn't seem to fix the problem.
    Janson grinned at her. "Some days make you just want to beat your heads against a wall, don't they?"
    Hobbie said, "Maybe not. The young lady might not have her heads on straight, after all."
    Tycho said, "Still, I think she ought to get her heads examined."
    Wedge looked at them, appalled.
  • Doctor Who – Expanded Universe:
    • The Slow Empire has an instance of a character making a pun so lame even he gets embarrassed:
      "I'm Fitz. Just Fitz."
      "And it fits you admirably," said Jamon de la Rocasnote , "I have no doubt."
      For a moment everybody gazed up in the air and whistled, avoiding each other’s eyes at what could not even be dignified as a pun.
    • Later in the same novel, the Doctor manages a pretty crummy pun, which he's actually embarrassed to have even thought of, and a footnote reveals that the writer himself was embarrassed, particularly as it makes the whole novel look like the setup for a bad joke.
    • Lungbarrow has one for the Hand of Omega.
      The Other: Omega, despite his sacrifice, still had a hand in their affairs. It was a rather good joke he thought, but Rassilon didn't find it funny at all.
    • Back in Fitz's first appearance, the Doctor asks Sam "Your worried if our newcomer fits in?" and she replies "Stop dodging the issue with crappy puns."
  • In Jim C. Hines' The Princess Series novel The Snow Queen's Shadow, Talia tells a story about the time, many years ago, when Snow made it rain urine in Prince Armand's room for more than an hour. When Queen Beatrice asked Snow why she did it, Snow said that "she wanted him to know what it felt like to be a peon". Talia said that she told Bea that whatever Snow's punishment was going to be, it ought to be doubled just for that pun.
  • One of the running jokes in Diary Of A Nobody is Charles Pooter's incredibly laboured puns and his family and friends reactions to them "I'm afraid these trousers are frayed"
  • In Les Misérables, Tholomyés makes a pun at the dinner table, and his friends are less than impressed, killing the conversation. He immediately launches into an elaborate speech in defense of puns, regaining his popularity.
  • An implicit, somewhat slyly-given example in Star Trek: Ex Machina. Two crewmen - an Eeiauoan and a Caitian - are mentioned to have started fighting. Given that both races are feline, we have a literal Cat Fight. They’re told to “groom and make up”.
  • In Alice in Wonderland the King of Hearts tries to make a joke about a poem not fitting the Queen of Hearts (because she never has fits). Nobody laughs... until he explains that its supposed to be a pun.
    • While we're at Lewis Carroll, a Snark (no, not that Snark) reacts very allergically to puns.
  • In The Dresden Files novel Cold Days, Harry and Thomas are building a dock, which Pop-Cultured Badass Harry promptly dubs the Whatsup Dock. Thomas proceeds to throw him into the lake.
  • In James Joyce's Ulysses, one character poses a riddle: What opera is like a railwayline?
    - The Rose of Castile. See the wheeze? Rows of cast steel. Gee!
    (...)Mr O'Madden Burke fell back with grace on his umbrella, feining a gasp.
    - Help! he sighed. I feel a strong weakness.
  • Kitty Norville:
    • In "Kitty's Big Trouble", Kitty is investigating rumors of Wyatt Earp being a vampire hunter in Dodge City with Ben and Cormac. She then meets two werewolves who want her to leave, leading to this passage.
    “Look, seriously, I’m really sorry if we freaked you out,” I said. “We have rooms in a hotel on the other side of town, but if you don’t want us here, say so, and we’ll just … we’ll just…” Oh God. I couldn’t bring myself to say it. “Get the hell out of Dodge?” Dan said, raising his eyebrows. I shrugged. Ben was holding his forehead like he had a headache.
    • In "Kitty Steals the Show", Kitty is slated to soon give a speech in London. A caller on her show wants her to confirm that is indeed where she will be. She notes he sounds like he is stoned and is trying to suppress a giggle as he utters "So that would make you an American werewolf in-." Before he can finish she cuts him off, saying she must have lost the call.
  • The Guns of the South: Robert E. Lee has one to his son Custis as they're discussing hiring black people to spy on the AWB.
    Custis: I promise, Father, I shan't be niggardly.
    Lee: Good, for mostly being poor, they are—you young scamp!
    Custis: I'm sorry, sir. I couldn't resist.
    Lee: You might have tried.
  • In the Einstein Anderson, Science Detective series, the titular character loves cracking jokes and puns every chance he gets. His family usually reacts to them by groaning or pinching their noses.
  • Lord Peter Wimsey: In ''Murder Must Advertise", during the cricket match, Ingleby is out for zero (called out for a duck).
    Lord Peter: Quack quack.
    Ingleby: [chucks his bat at Lord Peter]
  • In The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, (and subesquently the TV version, but not the original radio series), when Zaphod says he thinks someone said something important shortly after Arthur described the restaurant as "not so much an afterlife, more a sort of après-vie" (a play on "après-ski"), Arthur starts "I said it was a sort of après..." only to be interrupted with "Yeah, and don't you wish you hadn't?"
  • In the SF "A Darkling Sea" by James Cambias we even have a case of preemptive troping. The woman interrupts the man already in the setup and threatens with sex deprivation.
  • The Stormlight Archive:
    • Words of Radiance: When Shallan and Kaladin are lost in the chasms (after they stop actively hating each other), they start making terrible puns. It starts with Shallan saying that executioners have an easy time of getting ahead, and it gets worse from there.
      Kaladin: [calling for help] Hey, up there? Anyone? We're down here, and we're making bad puns. Please save us from ourselves!
    • They continue the habit in Oathbringer.
      Shallan: I had a splinter once. It eventually got out of hand.
      Kaladin: You... you did not just say that.
  • Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident: Artemis Fowl Sr sets up a deal to export soft drinks to Russia but the Russian Mafia ambush his freighter in the Bay of Kola and sink it. This leads to the following exchange between two of the Mafia enforcers:
    Lyubkhin: Tonight, we are truly on the Bay of Kola.
    Vassikin: Be warned. This weather is souring my temper. So no more terrible jokes.
  • In one of the Colonization books, a toymaker named Jack has two horrified reactions to his subordinate's idea for a robot teddy bear. The first when building the prototype involves ripping the stuffing out of a regular teddy bear. The second...
    Goldfarb: What's the matter? Didn't know you were working alongside the Ripper, Jack?
  • Vicky Peterwald: Rebel:
    Vicky: Look on the bright side, guys. If we all hang together, it will be one hell of a date.
    Mannie Artamus: Only if you go up the scaffold stairs first. And in a short dress.
    Vicky: No doubt, my stepmother would be only too happy to oblige you. But I live by the old saying, no noose is good noose. (cue Collective Groan)
  • In City of Bones (2002), the main plot is kicked off when Harry Bosch gets a phone call from Sgt. Mankiewicz, the Hollywood Division watch commander, who sends Bosch to check out a bone that was found by a dog. Bosch is immediately skeptical because he's seen this before and it's usually animal bones. Mank assures Bosch that the caller is a doctor and not only identified the bone as human, but specifically a child's upper arm bone, complete with scarring from numerous injuries.
    Mank: The point is, this doctor says it was just a kid, Harry. So could you humor us and go check out this humerus?
    Bosch: .....
    Mank: Sorry, had to get that in.
    Bosch: Yeah, that was funny, Mank.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Sheldon makes one to Howard on in reference to bad tasting cobbler in The Big Bang Theory.
    Howard: This is the worst cobbler I've ever eaten. I mean it tastes like it was made of actual ground-up shoemaker.
    Sheldon: How clever, a pun based on the double meaning of cobbler.
  • In Blackadder Goes Forth, Blackadder manages a look of unparalleled contempt while his own firing squad are providing such gems as assuring him that they aim to please.
  • Blankety Blanks, a short-lived 1975 game show on ABC (not the British and Australian editions of Match Game), had contestants and celebrity team captains correctly filling in the blanks of a riddle. The words of the riddle are regularly pun-laden. Clifton Davis was given "When Mary took her sheep to get a trim, she took them to a ______ ______ ______." Clifton answered "sheep clip joint" with the utmost confidence and was dumbfounded when he was ruled wrong. The answer was revealed as "baa baa shop". The audience went into extended groans and Clifton beat his head against the wall.
  • On an episode of Blockbusters, host Bill Cullen made an incredibly bad joke on the answer "rudder": "The first rudder was made in 1241, and that's very recently, because it's only 1:10 now... Boy, I knew that joke wouldn't work." After he explained the joke, the sound effects booth sounded the show's Losing Horns on him.
  • Britain's Got Talent had one contestant be given the unfortunate distinction of being buzzed off before he could even perform his act thanks to one of these. He came on with a doughnut on his head, leading Piers to question what it was doing there. He responded that he'd been to the hairdresser's and had his hair done up in a bun. This lead the judges to all hit their buzzers within a second of one another, with the contestant being given three "no"'s and leaving without having done a single impression.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • This exchange (among others):
    Giles: I've never actually heard of anyone attacked by a lone baseball bat before.
    Xander: Maybe it's a vampire bat. (dead silence) I'm alone on that one, huh?
    • And "Earshot" has Angel of all people say he's "dying to get rid of immortality."
    • Buffy chops a man in half and gives the expected Bond One-Liner: "He had to split", then notes that she hasn't had a good pun in a while.
    Angel: That would still be the case.
    Buffy: Hey, my kill, my wordplay.
  • Community:
    • In the episode "Cooperative Calligraphy":
      Jeff: I have a date to catch, or, should I say, a catch to date.
      Britta: Oof, I hope you just came up with that.
      Dean Pelton: I expect to see you all at the puppy parade. Except you, Jeffrey - I know you've got a catch to date.
    • In "Remedial Chaos Theory" Shirley runs out of the room after her pies burn, and Jeff says she had a mental breakdown.
      Pierce: More like a mental-
      Jeff: Bakedown, I know, I didn't say it on purpose.
  • In CSI: Miami: "That gives a new meaning to the term 'fried hard drive'". Cue silent stare.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Second Doctor apologized for one in "The Tomb of the Cybermen" after he fried some Cybermats.
      The Doctor: You might almost say they've had a complete metal breakdown.
      [Jamie groans]
      The Doctor: I'm so sorry, Jamie.
    • The Ninth makes an equally bad one in "The Unquiet Dead" while part of a séance:
      The Doctor: Don't antagonise her. I love a happy medium.
      Rose: I can't believe you just said that.
    • "The Unicorn and the Wasp": After the villain is defeated, the Tenth Doctor makes a horrid pun off of the title of an Agatha Christie novel.
      The Doctor: Murder at the vicar's rage.
      [Donna shoots him a Disapproving Look]
    • In "The Eleventh Hour", the Eleventh Doctor makes a pun while addressing Prisoner Zero.
      The Doctor: And the final score is no TARDIS, no screwdriver, two minutes to spare. [outstretches arms] WHO DA MAN?
      [no-one laughs]
      The Doctor: Alright, I'm never saying that again. Fine!
  • This happens in The Flash (2014)
    Barry: [phone vibrates] Another bee attack, Folston Tech.
    Eddie: I'll see where Joe is.
    Felicity: Bee careful.
    Barry: For real?
    Felicity: Bad pun, sorry. Just don't die.
  • Frasier:
    • In "Look Before You Leap", Frasier is attempting an opera song, requiring him to hit an impossibly high note, while Niles is horny due to refusing Maris' rare sexual invite despite their marriage counselor's advice.
      Niles: You know, as much as I admire your willingness to take a leap, I did warn you that you were getting into a dangerous aria. (pained laugh) Oh God, I'm using humor to mask sexual frustration. It's high school all over again.
    • From "Are You Being Served?":
      Frasier: Well, that's our show today. But before we close, I'd like to invite you all to join us here at KACL in wishing a fond farewell to our happy chef, Leo Pascale, as he bubble-wraps his crepe pan and heads south towards sunny Santa Fe. Leo, you stirred us with your passion, melted us with your charm, added spice to our lives. Now, as you whisk youself away, let's not say goodbye, but rather, "tar-tar" for now. This is Dr. Frasier Crane, KACL 780.
      Roz: (coming into the booth, still with a nauseated expression) Well, at least you stopped short of saying, "I'll be 'fricaseeing' you."
    • Frasier's family is prone to this. In one episode, Daphne is putting on weight and falls down, prompting Frasier, Niles, and Martin to all help her up. Martin, laughing at his own wit, says, "Daphne, I just realized! It took three Cranes to lift you!" Daphne wasn't as amused as Martin was.
    • In "Dark Victory" Roz gets a package from her family from a dairy farm and talks about how they make cheese-related puns. Frasier invites her over to his father's birthday saying he doesn't like to see her upset, adding "I'm camembert it".
  • In the Friends episode "The One In Vegas" Monica gets two tickets to Las Vegas so she and Chandler could go there and visit Joey, and celebrate the one-year anniversary of their relationship.
    Monica: Oh gosh, it would be perfect, we get to see Joey plus we get to start our anniversary celebration on the plane. We can call it out plane-aversary.
    Chandler: Do we have to?
    Monica: No.
    Chandler: Okay this is great, but Joey said he didn't want any of us out there.
    Monica: Oh, he just doesn't want us to go through any trouble. Think of how excited he'll be when we go out and surprise him! Plus we get to have our own, ani-Vegas-ary! A-Nevadaversary!
    Chandler: I think we should see other people.
  • In March 2007, after another ill-fated pun by Ron MacLean on Coach's Corner on Hockey Night in Canada, MacLean's partner, Don Cherry, curled his lips and shook his head in disgust, a reaction that was arguably funnier than the pun MacLean had tried.
  • In Home Improvement, Tim, being the Pungeon Master that he is, generates these regularly from most of the other characters. Al, especially, was known for the wide range of responses to Tim's wisecracks, from stunned silence, to a better joke of his own, to simply holding up a sign with the address to send letters to the producers.
  • iCarly: Both Shay siblings are very prolific with these.
    • In "iNevel", Spencer is repairing his commissioned statue made of butter.
      Spencer: Don't worry, Mr. Toasty, soon you'll be back and butter than ever.
      [Spencer looks around the room]
      Spencer: Thank god no one heard that.
    • In "iFix A Popstar", Wade Collins is brought up on the webshow.
      Carly: One might call him... hobnoxious. [laughs]
      Sam: Ohohoho, Carly... [looks away in horror]
    • In "iQuit iCarly", as they introduce Fleck and Dave.
      Sam: Their videos are hi-larious.
      Carly: Which is the opposite of low-larious. [chuckles]
      Sam: I begged her not to say that.
      Carly: I should have listened.
  • In a Terebi-kun magazine extra episode of Kamen Rider Double, a literal Cooking Duel ensues between the main characters. While Akiko's and Ryu's entries were Double and Accel themed bowls, respectively, Shotaro's was just an overly drawn-out setup for a hard-boiled eggs pun. Cue everyone's poker face and howling wind in the background.
  • Little Lunch: In "The Kiss Chasey Oval", Atticus keeps making bad olympics puns, much to Melanie's consternation:
    Atticus: And everyone went 'Ohhhh!' Because it was the 'ohhhh'-lympics!
    Melanie: Please stop.
    Atticus: I don't think I can.
  • In Lucifer (2016)', a guy tries to hit on Chloe.
    Guy: Are you from Tennessee?
    Chloe: No.
    Guy:Because you're the only ten I see.
    Lucifer: Oh, you poor soul. Does that actually work?
    Guy: [ashamed] No.
    Lucifer: No, I didn't think so.
  • Madam Secretary: One of Liz's staffers writes a speech on fisheries that, from the snippets we hear, seems to consist of nothing but a string of ocean-related puns. About five puns in the other staffers tell him to knock it off.
  • M*A*S*H:
    • Hawkeye and B.J. were prone to these.
      Hawkeye: In fact, you might say that all of us together made up Tuttle.
      (Cut to eyeroll from Radar.)
    • That's amateur night compared to the one B.J. brought out while telling the story of Androcles and the Lion to a group of orphaned kids:
      B.J.: ...Because he was not only very kind, he was also very Gentile.
      (Hawkeye stares daggers through him.)
    • Two Marine MPs are trying to take Hawkeye into custody:
      B.J.: Hawk, have you been rotten to the Corps?
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    • In the "Art Critic" sketch, when a pretty girl enters:
      Art Critic: Oh hello there father, er confessor, professor, your honour, your grace …
      Girl: I'm not your Grace, I'm your Elsie.
      Critic: What a terrible joke!
      Girl: [crying] But it's my only line!
    • The tail end of the "Rude Chemist" sketch:
      Customer: I'd like some after shave, please.
      Chemist: Yes sir. Walk This Way, please.
      Customer: If I could walk that way, I wouldn't need after shave. [Constable comes in and arrests customer]
  • Tom Servo of Mystery Science Theater 3000 absolutely loves to bust puns out, usually attracting the ire of Crow and Joel/Mike/Jonah.
    • In the Time Chasers episode:
      Servo: Hey, that moss has taken a lichen to that tree.
      Eddie (Mike's brother): Hey! What'd I say about puns?!
      Servo: To jam them up my...
      Eddie: That's right!
    • Later, in the same episode:
      Lisa: Nick!
      Crow: I shaved this morning and got a nick.
      [Eddie punches Crow in the shoulder, knocking him out of his seat.]
    • In Future War, Crow and Mike joke about the weird cardboard box maze the scene is set in
      Crow: [cheerily] He's boxed in!
      Mike: Yeah, well I'm cardbored!
      Servo: Shut up, you two.
    • During several of the Gamera films, Crow makes either a single truly bad pun or a series of bad puns, which prompts Joel to pull off his arm and toss it across the theater. A couple of times Crow didn't learn his lesson and Joel would yank off the other arm. Gamera vs Guiron is the highlight of this, especially during the Space Gyaos vs Guiron fight; Crow makes so many puns he loses both arms, and when Guiron decapitates his opponent Crow quips "Ah, quit while you're ahead!" and Joel almost pulls him completely apart while Crow yells "I'm sorry, I'm sorry!"
    • In Mac and Me, when Eric dies and the aliens and other people have their hands over him to revive him, Servo quips "Hands across him Eric-a", which prompts Jonah to throw his head across the theater.
  • The third part of the four-part Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation episode "Unchain My Heart" had Donatello ask Venus if she could "beat this heart" while trying to figure out what to do with the vampire Vam-Mi's heart. He remarks "Tough crowd" when the other Turtles walk away in reaction to his bad pun.
  • Inverted on Parks and Recreation: One Running Gag involves Ben making some awful pun about accounting or math to Barney, the head of a local accounting firm - and Barney invariably finding it completely hilarious, to the point of inviting other employees into his office to hear it.
  • QI. Frequently. When discussing the European habit of kissing cheeks and how Corsicans apparently kiss five times as a greeting:
    Stephen Fry: Can you tell me what sort of person kisses five times? 'Course I can!
    **beat, audience groans**
    Alan Davies: ...I think you have to leave now.
    • In the "Holiday" episode, Rob Brydon talks about stamp-collecting:
      Rob: I collected stamps for a very brief period like you in my early teens and I gave it up. I just thought- I thought to myself, philately will get me nowhere.
      [pained reactions from everyone on the panel including Brydon himself, groans from the audience]
      Bill Bailey: Press the—go back in time. Go back in time.
      Rob: [pushes buzzer, which makes a glissando] I collected stamps for a period when I was a teenager and I loved it.
    • Also:
      Steven: How does a ferret build an airliner?
      Jo Brand: Really weaselly.
    • Sometimes the audience gets in on it:
      [The panellists are discussing methods of assisted birth operations]
      Audience Member: Inconceivable!
      Alan Davies: Right. You, out!
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: In the 17th episode of season 3 ("Sabrina The Teenage Writer") Sabrina writes a spy story on a magic typewriter and her characters, which mirror actual characters of the show, come to life. At one point the mirror character of Dr. Kraft (Dr. Bad) captures Harvey's character Derek (who has a habit of saying bad puns) and ties him to a buzz saw in order to kill him, and then this dialogue happens:
    Derek: There's always been an unpleasant edge to you, Dr. Bad.
    Dr. Bad: [with his hands on his ears] I am killing you, just to stop the puns.
  • In The Sarah Jane Adventures, Pungeon Master Clyde is telling Jo Jones that her family should spend more time together as her grandson Santiago is feeling neglected. Otherwise "relations with Santiago might get a bit chilly." Even Clyde himself is ashamed of that pun.
  • Shooting Stars generally has Vic give one horrible joke in the show. Everybody remains stone-faced, church bells toll, the wind howls and a tumble-weed rolls by before we move on, leaving Vic sweeping into his sleeves. Then Bob tells the exact same joke and everybody laughs.
  • A meta example occurs in an episode of Small Wonder where Vicky competes against a Russian wiz-kid named Vladimir Godunov. At the end of the episode, the family discovers that Vladimir is actually a robot like Vicky. His creator complains, "You couldn't leave Godunov alone." The studio audience groaned.
  • The Smoking Gun Presents: is replete with bad puns, often made by the celebrity panel. If one person makes a particularly egregious one other celebrities will have a Stunned Silence possibly accompanied by Chirping Crickets.
  • Spaced: Mike is kicked out of the Rough Ramblers after a disastrous Eskimo roll. Tim says:
    Tim: So it wasn't so much an Eskimo roll as a case of rolling right Inuit.
    Mike: (stares)
    Tim: Inuit's another word for Eskimo.
    • While paintballing, Tim gets into a Mexican Standoff with Duane, the man his girlfriend left him for. As they stand there, Duane's mobile phone rings:
      Tim: Are you going to answer that?
      Duane: I've got an answering service.
      Tim: You've got an answer for everything.
      Duane: I cannot believe you said that.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • The show had a habit of making Who's on First? jokes using the System Lord Yu. When newcomer Dr. Elizabeth Weir first heard of Yu in "The New Order", she started to make one but Daniel Jackson cut her off, explaining that every possible variant had already been done and it wasn't funny anymore.
    • When the team first figures out that Ba'al has been cloning himself in "Insiders", they end up having to capture the whole lot and bring them back to the SGC. At one point Cam Mitchell drops this one:
      Mitchell: (to CMSgt. Harriman) Chief, we got a full count. Two strikes, three Ba'als.
      Harriman: (chuckles) Oh. That's clever, sir.
      Carter: (eye roll) He was thinking that one up the whole way home.
      Mitchell: Yeah, the whole three seconds.
  • In a Running Gag on Svengoolie, whenever the Horror Host makes a particularly bad pun, he gets pelted with rubber chickens. He's taken to carrying a chicken shield for self-defense.
  • In the That '70s Show episode "Holy Crap!" when Kelso wants to grow a beard:
    Fez: May I grow one too?
    Kelso: I don't know Fez, the two of us growing beards together...isn't that kinda girly?
    Fez: Well, I just figure, the more the hairier! (dead silence) Oh I'm surrounded by idiots!
    • In the episode "Ramble On" when Fez, having submitted an application for the DMV, is being interview for the position.
      Fez: Okay, but one thing that my application doesn't say, is how well I could APPLY myself to the job here.
      Interviewer: I'm going to have to ask you to stop making puns now.
    • This is a Running Gag in the show. Fez often makes puns in everyday conversation and he usually gets negative reactions from the people he's around. Especially Hyde.
  • Johnny Carson's "Carnac the Magnificent" on The Tonight Show typically served up plenty of puns and if the audience groaned or booed loudly enough, Carnac would place a funny curse on them in retaliation.
  • In True Blood, Sookie is skeptical when Bill tells her that the vampire bar in Shreveport is called "Fangtasia". He tells her that most vampires are really old, and puns used to be the highest form of humor.
  • The West Wing had this gem:
    Margaret: C.J.'s here.
    Leo: [reading] Okay.
    Margaret: Wanna hear a joke?
    Leo: [looks up] Uh, okay.
    Margaret: You know why they only eat one egg for breakfast in France?
    Leo: Why?
    Margaret: Cause in France, one egg is an oeuf. [Leo stares at her] Okay, C.J.'s here.
    Leo: [looking wary and a little frightened] Okay.
    • After C.J.'s been going on about the Dadaist surrealism of the butter Last Supper depicting butter:
    C.J.: Duchamp was the father of Dadaism.
    Toby: I know.
    C.J.: The dada of Dada.
    Toby: [Beat] ...It's like there's nothing you can do about that joke, it's coming and you just have to stand there.
    • Donna tries to warm up the crowd listening to President Bartlet recording his radio address by telling them to form a horseshoe against the wall, but "not an actual horseshoe; that takes special training as a blacksmith." The crowd doesn't laugh.
      Donna: They didn't laugh at the blacksmith joke.
      President Bartlet: That's almost hard to believe, Donna.
    • Bartlet's not immune getting that reaction either, as in the episode "Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc":
      Bartlet: What's in Jordan?
      Dr. Tolliver: Amman.
      Bartlet: You should stay here. We got Amman, a woman, little kids, the works.
      Dr. Tolliver: 131 over 84.
      Bartlet: See, that was a joke.
      Dr. Tolliver: Good one.
      Bartlet: Everybody's a critic today.
  • In an episode of The Worst Witch Mildred and Enid accidentally cast a spell that causes written down numbers to multiply and spread around the entire school. Ms Hardbroom stops the spell and remarks "as for these girls, I think their number's up". She allows herself a giggle before realising that nobody else is laughing.
  • One episode of Yes, Prime Minister has Sir Humphrey involved in a conversation to the effect that a candidate has been waiting for quite a while to be made a bishop. Humphrey cracks, "So, 'Long time, no See.'" The person he's talking to scolds him for the pun then spends the rest of the conversation visibly struggling to keep a straight face.
  • Young Blades: In "Enchanted", when D'Artagnan announces that Ramon's new love is a poetess, King Louis asks if she "has good lines," making an hourglass shape in the air. He continues to ask if everyone gets it as they all look awkward or roll their eyes.

  • Owl City's song, "Rugs From Me to You" is full of puns. One of them he apologizes for in-song. He sings, "Excuse the pun, but it's hair today, gone tomorrow."
  • Kate Micucci's song "Dear Deer" has one of these. 'Some say Pennsylvania's sunny, but I prefer to say it's gunny.' Lampshaded immediately with 'Ok maybe that's not funny, but either way it's way too punny.'
  • "Cows With Guns" by Dana Lyons has a lampshaded one:
    Cows gathered around 'cause the steaks were so high. *guitar strumming* Bad cow pun.
  • That Was the Year That Was: Tom Lehrer lampshaded his own pun in his song "Whatever Became of Hubert?", about Vice President Hubert Humphrey and his lack of impact in the Lyndon Johnson administration:
    We must protest this treatment, Hubert
    Says each newspaper reader
    As someone once remarked to Schubert:
    Take us to your lieder! (Sorry about that)
  • Rose and the Arrangement's novelty song "The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati" includes some noises of disapproval from the backup singers/"audience" after the line "I thought Ben looked a little bit ratty...", and the singer apologizes.
  • In a novelty-record Image Song dedicated to The Riddler of the 1966 Batman TV show, the backup singers play along with the Riddler's "riddles" until...
    Riddler: Riddle me this! What did the chick say to the other chick when the hen laid an orange instead of an egg?
    Singers: What did the chick say to the other chick when the hen laid an orange, not an egg?
    Riddler: The chick said, "Look at the orange Marma laid!"
    [Music stops]
    Singers: ...oh, come on, Riddler!

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppet Show likes these.
    Kermit: You like your drums more than food?
    Animal: They are food! Eat drums, eat cymbals!
    Kermit: How cymbalic.
    Animal: Bad joke! Bad joke!
    • In the John Denver episode, Denver starts singing "Nobody Knows The Truffles I've Seen" to a gang of sentient mushrooms and gets attacked for it.
    • A less aggressive one took place in the Roy Clark episode, after making a terrible pun:
      Roy Clark: Y'know what they call that kind of joke in Virginia?
      Kermit: Bad?
    • And during a Veterinarian's Hospital sketch, after Rowlf makes a particularly bad joke;
      Miss Piggy: If Florence Nightengale had to put with this, she would've been a waitress.
    • Milton Berle didn't even wait for the pun to be delivered to react during the "Top Banana" number.
      (Berle walks in carrying a coat hanger)
      Fozzie: Hey, hey, hey! What happened in court?
      Berle: You wanna know... Stop the music! Do we have to do this joke?
      Fozzie: We gotta do it.
      Berle: Oh, it's an oldie, pal.
      Fozzie: I know, I know.
      Berle: You got a lotta guts, pal, I'll tell you that...
      Fozzie: Good, go do it!
      Berle: Feed me once more, feed me, please.
      Fozzie: Uh... hey, what happened in court?
      Berle: You ready? ...I lost the suit!
    • In the Leo Sayer episode, Kermit comments that they don't often get good rock (music) on the show, only to have an actual rock turn up to complain. When Kermit says they've been taking them for granite, he earns a headbutt for his trouble.
  • The Muppet Movie:
    • A second appearance of the "Hare Krishna" joke leads Kermit to make an Aside Comment on it.
      Kermit: Geez, this guy's lost.
      El Sleezo Patron: Maybe he should try Hare Krishna!
      Kermit: (to the audience) Good grief, it's a Running Gag.
    • During the "Movin' Right Along" number, Kermit's response to seeing a literal fork in the road is to dryly remark "I don't believe that."
  • In The Muppets Take Manhattan, an amnesiac Kermit is told that he and Miss Piggy are in a relationship and proceeds to make a series of derisive puns about it, e.g. "going hog-wild". Piggy loses her temper and clobbers him which makes him get his memory back.
  • In the first episode of Muppets Tonight, one of the first acts is the Dancing Cheeses.
    Clifford: This better be gouda!
    Rizzo': Ugh.
    Clifford: What, too cheesy?
    (Rizzo looks away and shakes his head)
  • Sesame Street:
    Elmo: Does a trash heap have a nose?
    Oscar: No, but it smells...terrible.
    Elmo: So does that joke, Oscar.
    • During a "News Flash" segment riffing on the nursery rhyme "Old King Cole", Kermit averts the obvious pun:
      King Cole: Bring me my royal pipe, and step on it!
      Kermit(to camera): At this point you might think we're going for the cheap joke, but we're not going to.

  • Dan LeBatard, of Highly Questionable fame, has fellow Miami Herald writer and Pungeon Master Greg Cote as an occasional guest host of his radio show. Cote's frequent bad puns are generally met with the losing trombone sound from The Price Is Right.
  • A few of the puns on The Debaters have been bad enough for host Steve Patterson to apologize of behalf of the entire production team.
  • I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again was a pun-storm all of its own. As Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie gleefully threw puns around for minutes at a time, John Cleese would stand back from the mike, fold his arms in disdain, refuse to join in and can be heard repeating "easy. Easy. Too easy".
  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme:
    • In season 7 episode 1, John says he wrote one sketch because he'd just learned the "g" in "gnu" is supposed to be silent, and he wanted to get this information known. He uses the phrase "spreading the gnus", and then immediately tries to pretend he hasn't.
    • In season 7 episode 6, the Interview Sketch features a lecturer in applied linguistics, explaining why experts in interviews now start all their answers with "So..." (and, of course, doing so in all his answers). It ended like this:
      Dr Channing: So, generally, it takes an influential innovator to start doing it and they bring imitators along behind them.
      Patsy Straightwoman: Can you give me a visual metaphor for that?
      Dr Channing: So, a needle pulling thread.
      Patsy Straightwoman: Go away!
  • The Kevin and Bean Show: When a host makes a bad pun, another host will usually shout "File!" to have it filed away and added to the next recurring "Would You Like to Take That Back?" segment, in which bad puns and jokes made by the hosts are replayed and the offender is given the option of "taking it back."
  • The live-recording of folksinger/historian Utah Phillip's spoken-word piece Moose Turd Pie starts with this moment:
    Phillips: ..Went down and got a job with the rural electrification in the Navajo Indian reservation, running electric power lines into all the Navajo outhouses. Was one of the first people to wire a head for a reservation!
    Audience: [laughs, groans]
  • On Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, host Peter Sagal occasionally pulls this on his own puns. Specifically, the pun with which he introduces the Listener Limerick Challenge (e.g. "In just a minute, Carl tells us about his favorite Transformer, Optimus Rhyme.") seems to get lamer every week. At one point, he followed it with, "Look, if you got better ones, send 'em in, OK?"
  • The skits the teams perform for the Sound Charades round in I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue frequently provoke this from the opposing team, especially when Graeme and Barry get into an Overly Prepared Gag with the Hamish and Dougal characters. After an elaborate description of an episode of The Teletubbies in which Po couldn't be seen from the front or the back (The Po-Side-On Adventure) Stephen Fry began his answer with "I can't believe you're doing this to us!" On another occasion, when Dougal urged Hamish to ignore the fact his roosters made a buzzer noise instead of crowing (for Never Mind the Buzzcocks), Tim suggested the answer was We Hope It's All Over. He also once commented "The trouble is, you get as far as 'Ah, Hamish!' and I switch off."

    Tabletop Games 
  • GURPS 4th Edition lists "constantly makes bad puns" as a moderate negative social trait. By comparison, offensive body odor is only a mild negative trait.

  • Gilbert and Sullivan, The Grand Duke:
    Notary: When exigence of rhyme compels,
    Orthography forgoes her spells,
    And "ghost" is rhymed with "goest".
    All: With what an emphasis he dwells
    Upon "orthography" and "spells"!
    That kind of fun's the lowest.
  • In RENT Roger and Mark are burning old concert posters and screenplays to keep warm and as they are burning them they sing:
    • Mark: The music ignites the night with passionate fire!
    • Roger: The narration crackles and pops with incendiary wit!
  • The Complete History Of America Abridged has many instances of this:
    • The Lewis and Clark scene is filled with bad puns, which the script notes audiences will generally react negatively to. The worst is when Lewis's actor, after confusing "Netherlands" with "nether regions," asks, "So I shouldn't put my finger in a dyke?" Even the other actors react disgustedly to that one.
    • Private detective Spade Diamond is being grilled by two toughs on what Lucy Ricardo was doing on the day of JFK's assassination (this Makes Just as Much Sense in Context). The alibi he gives is that she was with him, but wasn't seen with him because she was disguised. One of the toughs snaps back, "So, Lucy was disguised with Diamond." All three then do an Aside Glance as the audience groans. ("I should've seen that coming," Spade confides to the fourth wall.)
  • From Spamalot, after Arthur and the Knights are given the quest for the Holy Grail, he has to explain to them why they were given the quest.
    Arthur: It's a symbol! (cymbal crash; Arthur glares at orchestra pit)
  • The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) anticipates this as an audience reaction when John the Baptist tries to lead an Audience Participation sequence, threatening to "baptize" them with a spray bottle when they display insufficient enthusiasm:
    JTB: Now let's try this again. And this time, do not deny your faith! Denial is not just a river in Egypt! I said— (Somebody groans) I heard that! (He squirts the groaner.) Everybody's a critic.

    Video Games 
  • Animal Crossing will make your character crack a bad joke whenever he/she catches a fish or bug and this is occasionally lampshaded:
    You: "I caught a sea bass! See? BASS! (Why do I keep saying things like that?)"
  • Sacrifice brings us this little gem, aimed at a servant of the god of earth who's made of living rock:
    Zyzyx: Now Grakkus here is none too quick on his feet. It may be because he leads such a... sedimentary lifestyle!
    Eldred: ...Never Say That Again.
  • Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal: Guybrush, on meeting treasure hunter Joaquin D'Oro, makes a pun so bad even his Evil Hand feels the need to upbraid him for it:
    Guybrush: Can I call you "D'Oro the Explorer?" *Punches himself*
    • Amazingly, he manages to top himself in the very next episode, The Siege of Spinner Cay, after receiving a book of 101 Fish Jokes from the Vaycaylian Tetra (many of which also qualify):
      Guybrush: I hope it doesn't keep me in stitches or I might need a ... Sturgeon!
      Tetra: I hate you now.
  • Tenebrae from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World absolutely loves groan-inducing puns. At one going, he made one that was so bad that Raine and Genis didn't groan, but instead unloaded on him with their ultimate unison attack from the previous game.
    (Emil, Marta, Genis and Raine sigh)
    Tenebrae: Too small for me, I'm afraid.
    Emil/Marta/Genis/Raine: Huh?
    Tenebrae: A "sighs four," that is. (laughs)
    Genis: Raine!
    Raine: Ready when you are!
    Genis/Raine: Prismic Stars!
    Tenebrae: Aaaahhh!!!
  • Jude and company are looking for the legendary weapons known as the devil's arms in Tales of Xillia. They defeat the last beast guarding the weapons, and Jude complains about how difficult the creatures were to find.
    Jude: I guess the devils were in the details!
    Leia: Jude. Seriously?
  • In Fallout 2, there's Frog Morton...
    Chosen One: Why do they call him Frog Morton?
    Sheriff Marion: His name's Morton, and they call him Frog 'cause he croaks people. Ready to go get 'im?
    Chosen One: Ohhhh. Ouch. That's terrible. The pain, the pain!
    Sheriff Marion: Hey, I didn't make that one up — he did. With puns that bad, I'd say that gives you just one more reason to kill 'im.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, there is the failed barter check for asking Mr. House for higher payment for recovering the Platinum Chip:
    The Courier: Raise your price, or... or, uh... you're "chip outta luck."
    Mr. House: (dryly) Was that an attempt at... humor?
  • There is an optional scene in Persona 3 where Akihiko, trying to get over his shyness around girls, practices his pick-up lines in secret. Reading that a sense of humor is vital, he makes an utterly horrid pun ("Want to go to that Beef Bowl place?... I hope I 'meat' you there!"), then promptly chastises himself:
    Akihiko: Who am I, the Chairman?!?
  • In Persona 4, Yukiko Amagi is known for her rather... Whimsical ways of thinking, and for breaking into fits of laughter that can last several minutes. So, the first time she hears one of Teddie's un-Bear-ably bad puns, everyone braces themselves for another giggle fit. Except...
    Yukiko: I'm sorry. Was I supposed to laugh?
    (Team continues on while Teddie falls over in defeat)
  • In the second to last dungeon of Persona 5, there are statues that turn the characters into mice in certain rooms. When it first happens, Yusuke, of all people, starts making puns about it, much to Futaba's ire.
    Yusuke: This is prepawsterous! ...Or something like that.
    Futaba: Ugh, go to hell Inari.
    Yusuke: My ad-mice would be to pro-squeak cautiously.
    Futaba: .....
    Yusuke: Oracle, my ad-mice would be—
    Haru: I believe she heard you the first time.
  • In Namco × Capcom, there's a stage where EVERYONE starts making these in the Japanese version. It even highlights in red what the pun is supposed to be. To the characters, it gets old really fast.
  • Kingdom of Loathing is chock full of references and puns, occasionally even the narrator recognizes how terrible some of them are. For example:
    "This is a dairy goat. Insert a pun on "udderly" and "utterly", if you're the kind of guy who doesn't get punched in the face enough."
    • Then, later in the fight:
      "She swings her udder at you, but misses. She's an udder failure. Yeah, go ahead and punch me in the face."
    • There's also the baseball bat monster, "a bat with the body of a baseball. And the heart of a bad pun."
  • In the Japanese version of Ar Tonelico 2, Infel has a penchant for these, with Croix reacting appropriately after every single one. This is completely lost in the English version of the game as it seems Infel's text was translated word-for-word, and Japanese puns normally don't work in other languages. Croix still reels after each joke, confusing many English-speaking players.
  • Here is a random conversation bit taken from an ERCS Guard in a bug-ridden research lab in Mass Effect. His laugh sound as though he's on the verge of failing a SAN check:
    Science pukes. Should just bug out and leave 'em to die. All their fault anyway. (beat} Heh. "Bug out." Heh. Heh.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney:
    • Justice For All has this attempt at humor from the main character in case 3: 'Why am I, Phoenix Wright, such a good lawyer? Because I'm "Wright" all the time!' Maya is unimpressed, but warms up to it eventually.
    • In the DLC case for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, Phoenix is less than impressed by Sasha Buckler's fish puns.
    Phoenix: ("Minnow?" "Blowfish"? Those puns floundered a bit...)
  • Icewind Dale II has an enemy boss utilizing trained war bears. Before fighting him, if asked how his own bears don't tear him to shreds, he points out the magical collars they 'bear'. The main character Deadpan Snarker is quick to point out the slip up, at which point the boss essentially disowns the pun with embarrassment claiming it unintentional.
  • Final Fantasy XIII: when the group is being chased through the air by a monster on Pulse:
    Fang: He thinks we're lunch.
    Sazh: Like a L'Cie food buffet.
    Light: "Cie Food", cute...
  • Final Fantasy XV has a moment when the group explores a labyrinth.
    Prompto: This place is a-mazing, huh?
    Gladiolus: I'd laugh if we weren't lost.
    Noctis: Say no more. I'll leave the pathfinding to you from now on.
    Prompto: Nah. I'm more the "ask for directions" type.
  • Mortal Kombat X gives us this interaction between Johnny Cage and Triborg.
    Triborg: I am Triborg.
    Johnny Cage: More like Failborg.
    Triborg: Pun detected. Eradicate.
  • In Madworld, Kreese has to endure his co-commentator Howard making lame puns throughout the contest's duration.
    (When Jack throws an enemy into a spiked wall)
    Howard: That's a clever solution to a thorny problem!
    Kreese: Wow. The shit you say sometimes makes me wanna smack you.
  • The various Artix Entertainment games (AdventureQuest, DragonFable, MechQuest...) are crammed so full of puns that this sort of lampshading is inevitable on occasion. An example: at one point in the Archknight storyline of Dragonfable, main character Ash Dragonblade is facing a necromancer who specializes in evil trees called Deadwoods. He makes so many terrible tree-related puns that the necromancer flips out and attacks him out of sheer annoyance.
  • One of the achievements in Legendary: The Box is a pun called "Dou-Bull Trou-Bull", which you get for defeating 2 Minotaurs who are fighting you at the same time. Right after you get that achievement, though, you get another achievement titled "I owe you an apology", where the lead designer apologizes for making such a lame pun.
  • Final Fantasy V has a few. Most notably, when the protagonists are hanging on a ship mast:
    Xezat: I'm coming! Hang in there!
    Galuf: That pun is so bad, I'm gonna fall on purpose...
  • Early in Banjo-Tooie you must shoot down a few pesky flies that are eating through an anthropomorphic cow's crops. Upon completion of the task she exclaims, "A-maizing! I corn hardly believe it! You wheatly sorted those flies out!", to which Kazooie quips that she's had enough of the "crop jokes".
  • One early sidequest in Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir has the player find a parrot for Volothamp Geddarm. Turns out the parrot's prior owner taught it a wide variety of useful Dwarven expletives. Cue Volo remarking on the bird's "fowl language"note , and the player characters calling him on it. One dialog option goes something like "Make another 'foul'-to-'fowl' pun and I'll break your neck."
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising gives us these:
    • Palutena: That Great Reaper has quite the evil eye!
      Pit: How could you be making puns at a time like this?!
      Palutena: I guess I just don't SEE the problem with a little levity.
      Pit: Agh! You're killing me here!
    • Pit: That's right, you tentafool!
      Palutena: Tentafool? Uh, nice one, Pit.
  • Before the final boss of Sonic Colors, Sonic comments on Eggman's repeated amusement park puns.
    Eggman: Leaving so soon? There are no lines, and I've saved the best rides for last! At least let me STAMP your hand so you can come back in.
    Sonic: I know you're trying to be clever with this whole amusement park pun thing, but it's just coming off lame. Say you're going to destroy us and stop embarrassing yourself.
    Eggman: Curse you, Sonic! Not only do you foil my plans, but you foil my speeches as well! I work hard on them!
  • During Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, there's an achievement for jumping into the pool at the top of the Nepal hotel. If you do, Nathan (who is attempting to retrace Marco Polo's discovery of Shangri-La) will yell out "Marco!" Chloe will be left utterly dumbstruck.
  • In a side-quest in Borderlands 2, Back-Alley Doctor Dr. Zed has you pick up a shipment from an "arms dealer". Said shipment turns out to be actual severed human arms. The flavor text after you complete the quest says that the pun may have been more painful than all the injuries you've sustained so far in your quest.
    • Also, during a side-quest to sabotage some heaters in a bandit camp, Claptrap keeps making bad jokes about getting the bandits to "chill out" and the like. He interprets the stunned silence from the Vault Hunters as them not getting the joke, and proceeds to excessively explain why it was supposed to be funny.
    • Claptrap gets another one in the Tiny Tina DLC, where after Tina went through the effort to make a fart joke, Claptrap ruins it for her. She simply tells him that he ruins everything in a bitter tone.
  • In the clown-dunking game in Learning Voyage: Sand Trapped!, Arno makes several puns, and sarcastic rimshots sound after each one (with Blip face-palming in the background). Realizing the puns are no good, Arno says "All right, I'll leave the humor to the clown."
    • In the "Ants in the Plants" game, ZZ makes a joke about leaf-cutter ants, and a trumpet goes "Wah-wah-wah-wahhhhhhhh" in response.
  • In Splatoon, this can happen when the Inkopolis News presenters are commenting on Port Mackerel.
    Callie: Holy mackerel!
    Marie: Sigh...
  • In Kings Quest 2015, Gwendolyn responds this way to most of Graham's puns, although she confesses she's warming up to them by the end of the episode, and even makes a couple of her own.
  • In Telepath Tactics, Gavrielle usually elicits this reaction.
    Umber: Wait! Please, spare me. I don't deserve to die like this! Just...take the damned map!
    Gavrielle: Ya know, for a "Coria Dog," you sure lack cur-age.
    Emma: ...Really, Gavrielle?
    Umber: I've changed my mind. Kill me.
    Gavrielle: Hey! Come on, it wasn't that bad!
  • The Fairly OddParents: Shadow Showdown has a memorable example in "Get a Clue" when Timmy makes his second wish, a magic clue-detecting magnifying glass.
    Cosmo: We...hahaha... we should call this... hahaha... a magic-fying glass! Ahaha, get it?
    Wanda: I don't think so either. Mention that again, and I'll turn you into a candelabra, then light all your heads.
  • Undertale:
    • Papyrus often has this kind of reaction to his brother Sans' puns, even when he actually likes them. Upon meeting Toriel in the True Pacifist ending, Papyrus declares that it's the best day of his life. After one bad skeleton joke from her, he decides it's now the worst day of his life instead. However, there are times when Sans points out that he's smiling, and in some of his phone calls, he makes his own puns.
    • The player has the option to heckle Snowdrake, who makes bad ice puns while he attacks. (His dad doesn't approve, either.)
    • During a segment taking place on television, interacting with a certain object will cause Mettaton to make a pun...that he immediately decides should be cut in post.
  • There's an implied one in Ratchet: Deadlocked, likely Juanita, his co-commentator giving him one of these.
    Dallas: The zombie team just flew in from Catacrom Four, and boy, are they DEAD tired! Hahahahahahaha! Hahahahahahaha! Hahaha-what?!
  • A Running Gag in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Chief among them would be Cassandra who is disgusted with a number of lame puns, with the odd one she finds Actually Pretty Funny. Most of the other characters get in on the act as well. For example:
    • One scene allows passing judgment on a bear. One of the possible options of accepting is to say you don't want things to become unbearable and even the bear groans.
    • Quickly followed by a possible quest that is, to phrase who came up with it, too grizzly to bear. One outcome has your spymaster chime in wondering if it was a roaring success.
  • The talking possessed tree from Dragon Age: Origins also gets one. It speaks only in rhyme, and asks at one point "Does that make me a poet-tree?" One possibly response from the Player Character is "It'll make you dead if you keep up the puns."
  • In an ancient email found in Horizon Zero Dawn a soldier-in-training receives a package and a note from her girlfriend, who she'd been fighting with. It's a toy armadillo and the note says "I'm sorry, hon. Arma dilling with some personal issues." The soldier breaks up with her. Using a lame pun to brush over a major fight seems to have been a last straw.
  • One occurs in Ikemen Sengoku on Shingen's route:
    Yukimura: You get one dessert a day and you decided you wanted it at breakfast.
    Shingen: That barely qualified as a treat. Come on, would you really...desert me now?
    MC: (thinking) Even from a man as attractive as Shingen, that pun is unforgivable.
  • In Brütal Legend, the Guardian of Metal will react to you looking at the Ace of Hades paint job for your car with "I hate puns."

    Web Animation 
  • Eddsworld often features puns, mainly from the title character, but from other sources, too.
    Tom: Hey. What did our neigh...BOORS want?
    Edd: You and the water are very similar, Matt. You're both SHALLOW!
  • Self-inflicted one in Freeman's Mind, in which Gordon comments about the ceiling, with "What's up with the ceiling?" after which he realizes that he just made an Accidental Pun and groans.
  • Red vs. Blue: The Reds try to make themself pass as Freelancers by adapting their Location Theme Naming.
    Simmons: And I'll be Agent Denial. Yehehit's, because a state of denial, like the saying? You know, it's like a, I was, you know, the whole State/state thing? You know, it's a joke.
    Grif: No, dude, jokes are funny.
  • Zero Punctuation:
    • In the review of Mass Effect. "You only get to see like one second of bare ass anyways, so it will hardly make your Mass Erect!" Later, in the end credits he admits that "Yeah this whole review was leading up to that horrible pun at the end"
    • The review of Metro: Last Light ends with the words: "When Art Yom eats food does he go om yom yom (Oh for fuck's sake)"
  • Homestar Runner:
    • In the Strong Bad Email "lackey", an Easter egg has Puppet Homestar Runner starring in a variety show with Doreauxgard, the cantaloupe puppet Strong Bad created. When Homestar offers Doreauxgard the position of "produce-er", Doreauxgard quips "Forget you, Whitey, I'm going solo!" and walks away.
    • In the email "local news", the Cheat is unimpressed by Strong Bad's attempts at newscaster humor.
      Strong Bad: [after a report on a "traffic jam" at Bubs' Concession Stand] I guess those roads should not be rode upon, eh?
      The Cheat: [subtitled] Not funny... I didn't even mention... any roads.
      • This previous reaction from The Cheat doesn't stop Strong Bad from trying again later in the broadcast after Strong Mad's sports corner...
        Strong Bad: Thank you, Strong Mad! Well The Cheat; looks like our sportscaster isn't being a very good sport, eh?
        The Cheat: [subtitled] ...Pathetic.
    • The 2010 cartoon "Which Ween Costumes?" was made to make up for the lack of a Halloween cartoon that year by providing a Decembeween version of the traditional costume round-up. It featured the gang dressed in holiday-themed costumes, including characters from famous Christmas specials and movies... and Coach Z as a giant sheet of paper. When Strong Bad reluctantly asked what Coach Z was supposed to be, he stated he was (w)rapping paper. Cue Collective Groan from the rest of the cast.
  • RWBY:
    • In the first episode of Season 2, after Ruby expresses a desire to "Start the semester off with a BANG!", Yang replies "I always start my semester off with a YANG!" Everyone else silently shakes their heads or Face Palms, while Nora throws a tomato at Yang's face from offscreen while booing her. This happens an awful lot with Yang honestly (particularly on RWBY Chibi), considering she's voiced by Barbara Dunkelman (see Rooster Teeth in the Web Original folder).
    • Near the end of "Painting the Town", Weiss attempts a Quip to Black based on Neapolitan's leaving glass statues of herself and Torchwick behind as decoys (which Yang shatters with a Megaton Punch).
      Weiss: Yeah, I guess she really made our plans... fall apart?
      Yang: No. Just... no.
      Weiss: What? But you do it.
      Yang: There's a time and a place for jokes.
      Weiss: Is this not it?
      Yang: No, it just... wasn't very good.
    • In "New Challengers", after Team SSSN secures victory through some clever use of electricity, this exchange occurs between the Combat Commentators:
      Port: You know what I call that victory?
      Oobleck: Shocking?
      Port: No. Well-earned. What you said is stupid!
  • In a Season 6 episode of Arby 'n' the Chief, A surprising considering the main characters are a Deadpan Snarker, and an Extremely Volatile Halo Fanboy.
    Arbiter: (...) I saw this great movie the other night. I streamed it on the Xbox. You oughta check it out. I really think you'd dig it.
    Chief: wat m00v33
    Arbiter: Footloose.
    Chief: go 2 hell
    Arbiter: Hahaha.
    Chief: at l33st i dusnt l00k liek i just had a sleepovar @ peter north's house
    Arbiter: What's that supposed to mean?
    Chief: l00ks liek sum dude drained his balls in ur helmet b4 u put it on lmao
    Arbiter: It's glue!

    Web Comics 
  • The titular character in Dominic Deegan is a frequent offender, as are the rest of his family, and anyone else who spends too much time with them.
    • In one case, Siggy does this on purpose to elicit groans from hiding thieves and give away their position.
    • In another, Dominic's father uses this to incapacitate Jacob's Quilt Man.
  • xkcd has these in several strips:
  • And in Scary Go Round, "You were wrong. Puns don't help."
  • This page of DOUBLE K. In the words of the writer: "KAMINA just pissed away every cool point he earned over the last 25 pages, way to go buddy".
  • In Agents of the Realm, when Kendall enters her first fight, she immediately establishes herself as a Pungeon Master, eliciting groans of exasperation from Norah.
  • 8-Bit Theater:
    • King Astos of had been shaping up to be the major antagonist in the Elfland subplot. Just before the assumed climactic battle would transpire, an incredibly lame pun by Red Mage wrecked the tension. The following pun by Black Mage was so lame that King Astos died immediately upon hearing it. (The author of the webcomic is a fan of such Anti Climaxes, by the way.)
    • Also, when it finally sinks into Fighter's thick skull that Thief is actually the Prince of Elfland:
      Fighter: Wait, let me get this straight. So Thief is the elf formerly known as Prince?
      Black Mage: Killing you is going to be the greatest moment of my life.
  • Starslip:
    Cutter: Honking our horn ain't enough. I say we flash them our hi-beams.
    Vanderbeam: How would we do that?
    Cutter: Say hi, Beams.
    Vanderbeam: Guh.
  • Casey and Andy features the (extremely lethal) Pun Police. In one strip a villain successfully kills Andy by inducing him to make a bad pun.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Elan's "Dashing Swordsman" prestige class gives him actual combat boosts based on puns. To the annoyance of those around him, they don't need to be good to be effective.
      Elan: C'mon, Nale, don't be a sword loser!
      Nale: Ugh, that was horrible! I swear, I'm going to kill you, then pay a cleric to raise you, and kill you again, just to make you pay for the puns!
    • In this strip, Vaarsuvius has sworn not to interfere in the battle except in self-defense... or if Elan's puns drive them crazy.
  • In Jailhouse Blues the character of Bean Man has puns so bad, or at least so undignified, that his creator forbids him from using them. He does anyway and earns himself a rather painful death in the process.
  • Sluggy Freelance:
    • In "K'Z'K": When Torg needs to inflict pain on the demon K'Z'K to exorcise him, he and Riff manage this by doing a Hurricane of Puns.
    • In "Meanwhile in the Dimension of Pain":
      Demon King: Nothing toughens a demon up more than possessing the soul of a mortal, while other mortals are trying to drive you out using holy rituals... I'm putting you all on a strict exorcise program!
      Demons: GROAN!
      Demon King: Thought that would get you where it hurt!
      Horribus: Actually, sire, it was that pun...
      Demon King: That's what I meant!
    • In "Phoenix Rising": "Argh! I'm stabbed! Less painful than that pun!"
  • In this comic of Our Little Adventure, the male Wight makes a pun when talking to Julie about what kind of undead they are. This earns him a smack upside the head from the female Wight he's with.
  • Bob and George:
    • Mega Man managed to make a broom wince in pain when he explains the Rule of Funny and dubs it the "gag reflex."
    • Bright Man (who has a lightbulb for a head) having an idea prompted Kalinka Cossack to collapse to the ground, protesting to her father that "I thought you loved me!"
    • This shows up a lot in Bob and George, usually with a Beat panel right beforehand. In the fight against Knight Man, Mega Man makes an especially excruciating one, followed up by getting his head caved in again.
  • In Rusty and Co., the team meets a ghostly knight in the woods.
    Mimic: Yoiks! Who're you?! We don' wanna hurt youse!
    Ghost knight: I... was once... the White Knight. [Beat Panel] But now, I am... the Night Wight.
    Mimic: A'ight, well, now we wanna hurt youse.
  • Bobwhite. Marlene's Jewish bluegrass band is trying to come up with a new name for the band. Something that will get people to take them seriously.
    Fiddle player: Sheriff Yeehaw's Mazel Tov Jewboree!
    Marlene: You're out of the band.
  • In Homestuck, Jack Noir/Spades Slick in all of his incarnations is rather fond of puns. Unfortunately, he's pretty terrible at them.
    He says the Prince flew the coop. And the girl's gone... You say gone what. Rogue? After a little while he says AWOL. The guy doesn't really take a shining to puns and you can't say you blame him.
  • Cyanide & Happiness:
  • In Irregular Webcomic!, "PunGuard 2.1" reacts to a bad pun in #967 by displaying a dialog box. This is also a Stealth Pun, as the dialog box blocks the pun.
  • In Faulty Logic, Jalyss tends to react to Fox's puns with violence, but in this one, she is helpless to stop the lamest pun of all time.
  • From Blade Bunny Book 12, Page 29:
    Bunny: Nothing personal, cutie, but I have to end this now... with an ax.
    Elite Mook: You mean cut this short?
    Bunny: (beat panel) SHUT UP! (swings the ax)
  • Claire in Questionable Content gets the "silent disapproval" reaction to almost all of her puns, to her great aggravation. Or on one occasion being ejected from the coffee shop.
  • In morphE Tyler is stared down and made to feel ashamed of himself for trying to joke that Adrestia destroyed a training dummy with her "bear hands"
  • This happens in Darths & Droids #1232 where Annie (Playing Princess Leia) reacts to Corey's (Who plays Luke) bone related pun.
  • This Shortpacked! strip not only features one but implies they're so common in-store they keep a running count.
  • In Orbit, this is Mars' reaction to Earth making a pun about Moon's disappearance.
    Mars: Moon. He was just there, but now he's gone.
    Earth: Oh. I'm sure he'll turn up lunar or later.
    [Beat while Mars silently stares Earth down]
    Earth: I should go look for him.
  • In Skin Horse, when Unity is protesting to her colleagues that they're berating her for something that is her disembodied hand's fault, she says "Talk to the hand!" They're both horrified, and she apologises.
  • (x, why?) has an incorrigible punster, to the dismay of his girlfriend as seen here and here and here.
  • Paranatural has this exchange in chapter 4:
    Johnny: [it'll get better] over time!! What are you? An out-of-work doctor?! Have some patients!
    Ollie: Johnny I just lost a lot of respect for you.
    * Lighter Than Heir: Page 351 is basically comprised entirely of Roth and Hurtz making puns while one of the captive Zamoran Guards begs them to stop.

    Web Original 
  • Comment sections and forums will usually have the punner doing a Stock Shtick that follows the rimshot: "Thank you! I'll be here all week!" (common addends are *Mic Drop*, "try the veal" and "remember to tip your servers")
  • The Annoying Orange: The most frequent reaction to the lead character's jokes.
  • Whateley Universe: Chaka's lame pun at the end of "Ayla and the Networks" gets her severely pummeled by pillows, beanbag chairs, etc. And her pun at the end of "It's All In The Timing" gets her magically thrown into a snowdrift.
  • The web fiction serial Dimension Heroes is notorious for bad puns, which usually lead to whoever says them getting smacked.
  • The Spoony Experiment: In Spoony's Let's Play of Phantasmagoria 2, he made more than a few horrible puns and then smacked himself for doing so.
    "Look, a 'bicurious' jacket. Get it? Its a straitjacket and he's bicurious."
    (After a letter vaporizes into a bunch of sparks) "Hey look; electronic mail... I'm sorry, I'll do it again." *slap* "I'm a bad boy..."
  • Andy Zaltzman's terrible puns in The Bugle frequently lead to John Oliver begging for mercy. On at least one occasion, the show's producer has resigned (and then been re-hired to find out some obscure piece of trivia).
  • LoadingReadyRun:
    • Several appear throughout Phailhaüs series, one of which resulted in Matt being banned from Phailhaüs for a year.
    • In addition, any Crap Shot entitled "The Punishment" is essentially Alex making a bad pun, followed by Graham dishing out Cool and Unusual Punishment for it.
  • OH! Shit it's your birthday, isn't it.
  • SCP Foundation:
    • There is a kind of tomato that reacts violently to lame puns, sometimes resulting in death. The suckiness of the pun is directly proportional to how fast the tomato throws itself at the source of the lame pun; particularly bad ones can cause the tomato to break the sound barrier.
    • For a never-ending barrage of this, check the discussion to SCP-649-2568-j, where the reactions range from "Take this upvote and go away" to "Puns like these make me want to give the pun maker a smack up the head."
  • The Freelance Astronauts can fall into this, depending on the game. Usually whoever makes the lamest puns gets punched for his troubles.
  • In The Nostalgia Chick's Pocahontas review, putting words in John Smith's mouth:
    Chick: ...and by that I mean I'd like to poke-your-hontas, heh. [Cringes from rightful booing and catcalls.]
  • Bad Movie Beatdown:
    • Film Brain likes to make puns, but it's only a problem for Linkara when he joins FB to review The Spirit:
      Linkara: Holy crap, Frank Miller makes worse puns than you, Film Brain!
      Film Brain: I never thought such a thing could be accomplished.
    • Not that's he's blameless either:
      Film Brain: Did he just break the fourth wall?
      Linkara: Don't worry — we're atop it!
      Audience: [Collective Groan]
      Caption: Channel Awesome would like to apologize for that pun. The writer has been flogged for his sins.
  • Stuart Ashen once reviewed a POP Station that "looks like a fat batarang: a fatarang!" He apologizes quickly after.
  • After positively reviewing The Hunger Games, Mike Stoklasa says he's "hungry for more Hunger Games." Then he vomits.
  • Brain POP has an episode of "Mysteries of Life" on the hiccups, which ends with a play on the vagus nerve that Tim calls "quite possibly the worst joke we've ever done."
  • In the middle of a serious discussion on a guy getting limbs blown off by a bomb, somebody drops in with "In Soviet Russia, bomb disarms YOU!" This got a Dude, Not Funny! response.
  • Two Best Friends Play: The Last of Us. Pat has the controller. When Ellie starts reading bad puns from a joke book ("You want to hear a joke about pizza? ... Never mind, it's really cheesy"), Pat responds by wordlessly unholtering his gun and pointing it at Ellie's face. Low ammo was probably the only reason he didn't pull the trigger.
  • From None Piece: Luffy mentions that he doesn't want to get roped into anything stupid. Cue Nami tying him up with a rope.
    Luffy: Wow! I actually felt myself die a little inside!
  • Jake in Midnight Screenings does a lot of Comical Overreacting to puns, even making them his Berserk Button.
  • In the Let's Play of Seiken Densetsu 3:
    Game Text: Snow City Elrand
    Doran Blackdawn: Snow City Elrond. "Take the hobbits to Ice-engard."
    Dr. Destructo: Did you just say "Ice-engard"?
    Doran Blackdawn: Yes.
    Dr. Destructo: 'Cause I think that's grounds for a beating.
    Doran Blackdawn: [chuckles] See, 'cause we're in a frost place—
    Dr. Destructo: [irritated] Yeah, I--I get it.
    Doran Blackdawn: [laughs] Oh, you're so angry when I let out the puns.
    Dr. Destructo: Painful, painful puns.
    Doran Blackdawn: Puns fill you with a burning rage, just like Streets Of Rage 2.
    Dr. Destructo: I know. Except I'm not making a stand for peace.
  • Happens frequently in The Runaway Guys whenever one of them, usually Chuggaaconroy, makes a bad pun.
  • Barbara Dunkelman from Rooster Teeth is so full of puns, she almost always gets a boo from someone, normally Jack. She even has not one, not two, but FOUR different RT animated adventures about her.
    Gus: I've been playing Ni No Kuni, it's fucking good, man.
    Barbara: I don't need no kuni!
    Jack: BOOOOOO!!
  • During RiffTrax live performance riff of House on Haunted Hill (1959), Kevin Murphy makes the joke "Ghost parties; Those things are dead!" which disgusts Mike Nelson and Bill Corbett to the point where they fire him on the spot and hire Paul F Tompkins to replace him. note 
  • The Tumblr blog Joking Luna involves Princess Luna annoying her sister Princess Celestia with bad jokes, including a number of terrible puns (though Celestia finds a few of them are Actually Pretty Funny).
  • Andy Farrant of Outside Xbox is prone to yelling "BOOOO" from offscreen when someone else makes a pun during a video. Somehow this doesn't stop him being a key part of a channel that specialises in list videos where every entry brings a fresh caption pun.
  • Robby Motz used to do this A LOT in =3 after telling a bad pun. The reactions varied from mass groans, “Worst Pun Ever Record” caption, “New Worst Pun Ever Record” caption and flat out punch to the face.
  • Filthy Frank makes the mistake of making a pun when Mr. Negi wouldn't accept the spaghetti he and Red Dick made for him (technically, Red Dick did all the work). Frank then mocks Mr. Negi about the leek along with the aformentioned pun:
    Frank: You know what this guy needs to do? If he likes leeks so much... this guy needs to take a leek. (he and Red Dick laughs) Hilarious. He needs to take a leek.
    (the camera focuses on Mr. Negi, then quickly moves to Frank, where Mr. Negi suddenly appears behind him, holding a leek to his throat)
    Frank: How did you do that?
    Mr. Negi: Don't talk shit about leeks... nigga.
    (Mr. Negi whacks Frank in the back of the head with the leek, causing him to moan in pain)
  • In TyrantSabre's Let's Play of The Saboteur:
    (Sean Devlin slides down a ladder)
Darrin: He keeps murdering his hands.
TyrantSabre: I thought... I thought we already established this. He's got hands like ham hocks. He's got hand hocks.
Enigmatic Cardboard: (laughing) Hand... That was the worst pun.
TyrantSabre: I can't help it.
  • Later:
    TyrantSabre: (of Yosef Bryman) I would be very surprised if didn't know anything about The Resistance. After all, he is an electrical engineer.
    Darrin: No, no, he's— awwww...
    (others start laughing)
    Darrin: Awwww... Every time you open your mouth, I hate you just a little more.
    'TyrantSabre': Excellent.
LawrenceFriday: Now these guys... they just keep coming. Perhaps because they are a... glutton for punishment!note 
Jo(h)n Murdoc(k): Kill yourself.
Teh Warsmith: Put the sunglasses on. Put the sunglasses on.
LawrenceFriday: It doesn't deserve sunglass.

    Western Animation 
  • The Riddler's hints in Batman: The Animated Series episode "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?" are a good example.
    (Batman and Robin come across a sign that says "Loser's Ahead")
    Robin: "Loser's Ahead?" DUCK!!!
    (the duo turns a corner, two giant shurikens come out of nowhere, and the duo ducks just before the blades lob their heads off)
    Batman: Loses a head. I don't know what's worse: the traps or the puns.
    • Similarly, another episode had the Riddler delivering this clue as to his whereabouts: "If the planet were equitable, I'd still have my old job." Batman deduces he's at the World's Fair Exposition.
    Robin: (long-suffering) "If the World's fair, I'd still have my ex-position." Oh, give me a break...
  • In Batman Beyond "Dead Man's Hand," Bruce explains to Terry how the Royal Flush Gang are old-school gimmick villains, only committing robberies for items related to playing card suits (such as diamonds). Why their heist on a yacht for miscellaneous non-diamond jewelry, then? "It was in a yacht club." They're both disgusted by the pun.
  • Justice League:
    • In "Secret Society", Killer Frost freezes J'onn solid. Flash breaks him free and makes a quip about antifreeze. Annoyed, J'onn says, "Please, no jokes. Just get her!"
    • In "Wild Cards", the Flash ties up King at super speed and quips "That about wraps you up." King grumbles at him through his gag, and Flash admits it was the best he could do on short notice.
    • Green Lantern makes a similar joke in "Kid Stuff", to Clark and Diana's surprise. He apologizes and blames it on hanging out with Flash.
  • Many MGM cartoons, especially those directed by Tex Avery, live on this in a Hurricane of Puns; however, in "Car of Tomorrow" a pun involving "Seal beam headlights" was so bad even the narrator groaned and "X"ed it out.
    • The 1944 short Batty Baseball has a pun that involves the baseball stadium being named W.C. Field. A message then pops up reading "The guy who thought of this corny gag isn't with us any more."
  • There was a literal Card-Carrying Villain on Jackie Chan Adventures, complete with puns like, "We have the upper hand." He keeps it up after even his boss tells him to "quit with the card puns."
  • In "Osama Bin Laden has Farty Pants", the first episode of South Park to air after September 11th, Towelie makes a cameo appearance. Discovering the kids don't want him around, he asks, "Am I to understand there's been a... Towelie ban?" Everyone else groans, once they figure it out.
  • At least half of the things Numbuh Two says in Codename: Kids Next Door. It really bothered Numbuh Five. (When the kids go to a Negative World, Negative Numbah 2 makes everyone laugh their asses off.)
  • Pick any episode in Kung Fu Dino Posse and you will hear at least one of these. Or several.
  • Beast Boy from Teen Titans frequently makes jokes which his teammates hate. There are too many to list here, but here are a few:
    • He throws the Brain into a freezing machine saying something like "Dudes check it out! BRAIN FREEZE". The entire hero cast (plus some extras) groans in dismay.
    • Or:
      Blackfire: Hey, Beast Boy, what's up?
      Beast Boy: Nothing but the ceiling! (Blackfire laughs) See, Raven, she thinks I'm funny.
      Raven: Statistically, I suppose somebody has to.
  • Danny Phantom:
    • In "Shades of Gray", the ghost dog burst into the school and Danny responds with "Who let the dogs in?". Right afterwards, Danny had to explain the joke and decided to save some face to get the dog out. Sam responds with, "Bring better jokes!"
    • When Spectra turns into a snot monster (It Makes Sense in Context):
      Danny: There's a "you blew it" pun here somewhere, but... I'd rather not.
      Spectra: Let's boogie!
      Danny: Ya' see, that was the kind of pun I was trying to avoid with the whole "you blew it" comment.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In "Wet Painters", SpongeBob and Patrick have to disguise the fact that they got a spot on Mr. Krabs' first dollar. They hang several paintings in front of it, which Mr. Krabs take off one-by-one. Eventually, Spongebob himself is hanging on the wall.
      Mr. Krabs: SpongeBob, what are you doing?
      Spongebob: Oh, you know ... just hanging around!
      Patrick: Boooooo!
    • The infamous "Rock-A-Bye-Bivalve" even had a lame pun. When SpongeBob gives his pants to the scallop for it to sleep there, he finds the time to crack a joke.
      SpongeBob: There you go. (points to his backside) It's the best seat in the house.
      (pan to Gary doing a rimshot)
    • From "Shell Shocked":
      SpongeBob: I guess all's shell that ends shell!
      Gary: (locks SpongeBob out of the house)
    • In "Pre-Hibernation Week":
      Sandy: (Tosses a fishing pole to SpongeBob, who has melted into a puddle) Wake up, slowpoke. (pan to a plane) We're going fly-fishing!
      (cue cut to a live-action guy doing a rimshot)
    • In "Pranks a Lot", a barrage of them between SpongeBob and Patrick eventually ended with the narrator saying "Several bad puns later."
    • In "Fear of a Krabby Patty", Spongebob goes to see psychotherapist Peter Lankton about his fear of Krabby Patties.
      SpongeBob: You're a bit smaller than I imagined, doctor. I guess that's why they call you "shrink"! (cue awkward silence as Plankton gives an Aside Glance)
    • In "Giant Squidward" SpongeBob sprays a penny Mr. Krabs is tossing in the air and catching repeatedly with Squidward's Kelp Grow Juice and the giant penny comes back down to crush Mr. Krabs and also surprise him.
      SpongeBob: You always said you wanted to make big money! (cut to old looking live action footage of an audience booing)
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the episode "Pokey Mom" involving Homer, a prison warden, and a painting of a unicorn in outer space, there's this exchange:
      Warden: I mean, look at this! It's a unicorn in outer space! I mean, what's it breathin'?
      Homer: Air?
      Warden: Ain't no air 'n space!
      Homer: There's an Air 'n' Space Museum. (grins like an idiot, and then is thrown out of the prison)
    • There was one emitted by Homer when commencing a roast against Mr. Burns for his birthday (and in case you're wondering why it fits, its because shortly afterwards, he drops his pants and proceeds to moon Mr. Burns and the audience, a caricature of Burns' face is on his butt, and he tries to quote Mr. Burns).
      Homer: Now here's an impression of Mr. Burns that is incredibly... cheeky.
    • There was the one where the Mayor Quimby's nephew gets put on trial for beating the living daylights out of a waiter. Intrepid Reporter Kent Brockman wanted to call the incident "Waitergate", but was shouted down at the Press Club.
    • A Holloween episode had a wall that housed the moaning souls of Lord Montymort's (Mr. Burns) victims, among them the infamously unfunny Krusty the Klown.
      Krusty: I've heard of a wailing wall, but this is ridiculous!
      The souls wail louder.
      Comic Book Guy: I'm so sick of that joke!
  • Robot Chicken:
    • Kim Jong Un has Kim Possible hanging over a pit with alligators. The two proceed to make puns with involving their name, while the alligators watch unamused.
      Gator 1: Man, these two should just bang and get it over with.
      Gator 2: Yeah. He should Kimpregnate her.
      Gator 1: You're dead to me, David.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle:
    • Mr. Peabody would end every segment of his show with a pun pertaining to the era they had visited, to the chagrin of Sherman. In one episode, Sherman pays Mr. Peabody back.
    • In another episode, Bullwinkle discovers a toy boat covered in rubies, with the name "Omar Kayam" inscribed on the side. When Rocky asks, "Do you know what this is?" Bullwinkle waits a beat before answering, "If you're hesitating for me to provide the answer, you're in for a long wait!" (The jeweler they were talking to replies "And I haven't got the guts to say it!") Rocky shrugs and gamely announces (much to Bullwinkle's chagrin) that they now have the Ruby Yacht of Omar Kayam.
    • They even did that in The Movie. For example, when Rocky and Bullwinkle are Squashed Flat by a car.
      Bullwinkle: Looks like this movie's getting...
      Rocky: Don't say it.
      Bullwinkle: Two-dimensional.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • In the episode "Meet the Beat-Alls", Mojo justifies stealing eggs and other white items because "it's all right as they're all white!" The terrible pun prompts Princess to drop the eggs and groan in disgust.
    • In "I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future," Blossom finds a tarot card as a clue to a string of thefts, to which she announces that it's the work of a "tarot-ist." Bubbles feels our pain.
  • The Fairly OddParents! movie "Abra-Catastrophe" had a monkey gain access to Timmy's wishing power, and turns everything in the world to monkey versions - including the town name, which goes from "Dimmsdale" to "Chimpsdale". When Timmy notices this he mutters, "When this is all over, I'm wishing for a world without puns..." Later in the episode, during a history lession, mention is made of the "Declar-ape-tion of Independence". AJ comments along the lines of "If that wasn't historically accurate, I would say it was the most horrific pun ever."
  • Kim Possible:
    • When she fought the Mathter, a Riddler expy who specialized in math-themed crimes, he used appropriate math-themed puns, like "Time to subtract you from the equation!", or "Let me throw some numbers at you,"(as he tossed digit-shaped grenades), or "I've left your boyfriend with a new problem to solve." Finally, an irate Kim shouted, "Okay, one more lame-o math reference, and I am going to LOSE IT!"
    • As Kim and Ron raided the headquarters of international thief Falsetto Jones, she noticed a huge pool on the villain's property:
      Kim: Let me guess, Wade. Crocs? Sharks?
      Wade: No, electric eels.
      Kim: And the villain puns just write themselves. "Shocking, isn't it?"
    • This one is thought of as god-awful in universe, spotting Duff's hideout Ron comments...
      "There it is. Killigan's island."
    • Another villain by the name of Gemini, who had numerous weapons built into his robotic hand, delivers a quip before attacking:
      Gemini: Here, let me give you a hand.
      Kim: How many times have you used that line?
      Gemini: And yet, it never gets old!
  • Drawn Together:
    • During the episode "The One Wherein There Is A Big Twist, Part II", Xandir tells Strawberry Sweetcake (an obvious parody of Strawberry Shortcake) "You're gonna be spending a CHOCO-LOTTA time locked up behind CANDY bars!". There is a long silence after which Princess Clara whispers to Xandir "God dammit, I hate you!".
    • Also when Xandir makes a Title Drop pun on how they are all "Drawn together". In the film the killer robots all aimed their laser sights at his head when he said that.
  • In Jimmy Two-Shoes, while playing a carnival game that involves rabbits, Jimmy remarks "Well then, I'll hop right to it", eliciting a groan from the booth attendant.
  • Jonny Quest TOS episode "Monster in the Monastery".
    Hadji: Yeti...are invisible.
    Jonny: Well, if they're invisible, how can anybody see a yeti?
    Hadji: No one has...yeti.
    Jonny: Oh, come on!
  • Family Guy:
    • Stewie tries to make a few in the episode "The Thin White Line". After Brian has an emotional breakdown because of his drug habit, Stewie makes an attempt at humor, calling Brian first a "melan-collie" and then a "chi-wah wah!". He is infuriated to find that nobody else finds this funny.
    • In "Amish Guy":
      Lois: I can't believe we're stuck in Amish country!
      Stewie: I thought something was Amish [pronounced 'uh-mish' (amiss)]. (gets smacked by Brian)
    • In "Stewie, Chris & Brian's Excellent Adventure", Brian comments on Stewie and Chris making up after going back in time to the sinking of the Titanic.
      Brian: Well, looks like one ship was saved today — a relation-ship.
      [everyone in the lifeboat jumps into the sea]
  • Occasionally used in The Tick. One of the more painful ones is:
    El Seed: Soldiers of corn! Lend me your ears!
    Tick: Ooh, that's bad.
  • Duckman: In the episode "Ebony, Baby" (a full-on Blaxploitation mock), we have this exchange:
    Tawnze: Enough shop talk. What do you need?
    Ebony: Information. One of my clients was murdered; Victor Demann.
    Tawnze: ...I shoulda known you was workin' for Demann.
  • Danger Mouse:
    • In "All Fall Down," this takes place as he and Penfold search for the villainous serpent Mac The Fork:
      DM: (to Colonel K) Don't worry, sir, we'll soon weed out that snake in the grass.
      Penfold: Yes, then he'll be all for-lawn. Hee hee!
      Colonel K: Wha? What's that, Penfold?
      DM: Forget it, sir. he's just having one of his turns. Over and out.
    • This from the episode "Mechanised Mayhem" where Penfold is about to be sucked into one of two sentient vacuum cleaners:
      Vacuum: Ha! This one's in the bag!
      D.M. Don't get taken in, Penfold!
      Penfold: Any more jokes like that and it'll be almost be worth it!
    • Even later in the episode after DM captures the sentient telephone leading a mechanical revolution:
      Penfold: He must be the ringleader.
      DM: (stifling a laugh) "Ringleader!" You complain about the jokes!?
    • In series 10, a bad pun would result in no laughter from either DM or Penfold or a comment of "You don't laugh at mine...I don't laugh at yours."
  • In the Bond-parody episode of American Dad!, "Tearjerker", Stan's boss Avery Bullock meets him in a Japanese restaurant, with both dressed as geishas.
    Bullock: I thought we could be secret Asians.
    Stan: A sixteen-hour flight for a bad pun? [smiles] ...yes. Yes.
  • Animaniacs:
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • Done by Billy after he splits his nose in half to share with a nasal-mancer, or nose wizard, who was using an enchanted scent to lure all the noses of the city to the shopping mall he inhabited to find a replacement nose after he lost his, which was later found by Mandy but blown up during a inflated nose-balloon chase (It Makes Sense in Context).
      Billy: Snot a problem!
      [Billy's half of his nose comes alive and smacks him with a steak in annoyance]
    • The steak hitting his face was actually a running gag in the episode as he made two bad jokes earlier:
      Mandy: Let's try a stakeout.
      Billy: [moving a steak away from his face] I tried that but it didn't work. [tosses it aside, only for it to fly back and smack his face]
      Billy: Why do I have to sleep?
      Mandy: Because, out of the three of us, you have the nose.
      Billy: Oh. I nose that. [steak flies by and hits him again]
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "A DuckTales Valentine", Huey, Dewey and Louie find a chest in a sunken Greek temple. When they wonder what the inscription on the lid is supposed to mean, Launchpad quips "It's Greek to me!" There's an awkward pause, after which Launchpad says defensively "Well, somebody had to say it."
  • Adventure Time:
    • At the end of the episode "Loyalty to the King", Finn describes exposing the Nice King as just the Ice King with his beard cut off as "a close shave", which earns a groan, a chuckle, and a Face Palm from Jake.
    • In "Beautopia", Finn asks Jake to make some hazelnut coffee, then randomly wonders what would happen if Jake changed his name to "Zelnut"
      Finn: And then I would be like, "Hey, Zelnut!"
      Jake: That's terrible.
      Finn: Hey, Zelnut!
      Jake: (playfully tackles Finn) Nooo! Stop!
  • Arthur:
  • The Magic School Bus:
  • The Loud House has all the Loud siblings doing a Collective Groan every time Luan makes a pun.
  • From The Fantastic Four (1967), after Reed outsmarts Doctor Doom:
    Thing: I'll bet you we won't see him again until Doomsday! Get it? Doctor Doom! Doomsday!
    Johnny: Yeah, Ben. We get it. Oh, brother!
    [no-one other than Thing laughs]
  • World of Quest is full of these with too many to list. Worth mentioning is the time the titular character attempts this. After throwing away a couple of rocks the group had been carrying around the entire episode, he comments "let's rock and roll", cue rimshot. After being told he should just leave the puns to everyone else he delivers "and we shall leave no stone unturned"(groan).
  • The pilot of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends features Mac yelling "Let's Bloo this!" confidently before taking on Duchess and his brother Terrence. The scene is temporarily halted when Bloo and his new friends chide him for the lame pun. Shortly afterward Mac starts to talk and everyone begs "Please don't!" Mac sighs and says "Let's do this."
  • In one episode of Garfield and Friends, Binky the Clown is arrested and brought to trial, for crimes that were actually committed by an Evil Twin named Stinky. Garfield steps in to prove Binky's innocence. He lures Stinky into the courtroom and then, as confusion mounts over which Binky is the real one, Garfield hands the judge a script of the show.
    Judge: (reading script) "Order in the court."
    Binky: I'll have a ham on rye! Hold the mayo! (cackles)
    Garfield: (pointing to the Binky who just spoke) There's the real Binky.
    Judge: Arrest that phony!
    Stinky: (dragged away) Hey! You can't do this to me! I'll get you for this, cat!
    Garfield: (looks at the camera) The real Binky could never resist a very old joke.
  • In an episode of House of Mouse, Mickey protests that since Scrooge McDuck bought the club, it's been turning into the "House of Baby Chicks", which Horace doesn't get.
    Mickey: You know, cheap-cheap.
    Horace: Even the writing's gotten cheap-cheap.
  • Steven Universe:
    • In "Together Breakfast", Steven cracks a joke about his stack of waffles being a balanced breakfast to Garnet. Cue an awkward pause that lasts long enough for Steven's cheesy smile to slip.
    • At the end of "Cat Fingers", Steven returns to normal from becoming a conglomeration of Cats that have formed all over his body. Upon being asked by the Crystal Gems how he was able to find a cure all by himself, he responds by going off on a long list of cats puns that even Garnet couldn't stand to hear.
      Steven: That would have been a total cat-tastrophe!
      (cue awkward laughter from Amethyst and Pearl)
      Steven: But I'm feeling much better meow!
      (cue groans)
      Steven: What's the matter? Cat got your tongue?
      Garnet: Okay, that's enough. (She and the other Gems walk away.)
      Steven: Wait, I've been coming up with cat jokes all morning! You guys, I'm feline fine! Everything's purr-fect! Aw, c'mon, I'm just kitten around...
  • In the Samurai Jack episode "Jack is Naked", after his clothes get stolen Jack ends up "borrowing" an outfit from a Blatant Burglar who turns out to have stolen a sack of cats. An angry mob of cat owners ends up chasing Jack, with one of their number calling him out, with great reluctance ("Go on, say it!"), as a cat burglar.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force doesn't always acknowledge bad puns, but the few times they do are memorable...and pointed out by Meatwad.
    Meatwad: I get it. It ain't making me laugh, but I get it.
  • In the preview for The Beatles episode "Do You Want To Know A Secret?":
    George: I don't think I'll ever get that gold the leprechaun promised us. No matter how much I wish and I wish and I wish.
    Paul: Well, that's the luck if the "I wish." (groans)
  • Nina Needs to Go had this dialogue in the episode "Wedding":
    Nana: We are gathered here today, to celebrate the union of Gladys and Walker. note 
    [Nina gasps]''
    Nana: If there's any reason these two should not be wed, speak now, or forever hold your peace. note 
    Nina: I can't! I need to go!
  • In the Darkwing Duck episode "Tiff of the Titans," Fenton comes in after Darkwing has used his chair secret passage that connects his secret hideout to his house. Fenton asks where Drake has gone.
    Launchpad: Oh. Uh... He went out for a spin. note 
    [Gosalyn and Honker glare at him in disgust]
  • In the third season premiere of Beast Wars, the Maximals arrive in the Ark to discover Silverbolt and Blackarachnia with the nearly-dead body of Optimus Prime:
    Optimus Primal: [gasps, then dejectedly] Well, that's just Prime.
    Rattrap: Ohh, what's left of him, anyway. [Rhinox delivers a Dope Slap] D'oh!
  • The general reaction whenever Cat Noir puns in Miraculous Ladybug — to the point that one villain literally blew him across Paris just because she couldn't stand it.
  • The Butt-Ugly Martians episode "That's No Puddle, That's Angela" has Do-Wah Diddy joke about how being turned into a puddle has wet his appetite. His pun causes the other characters to groan.
  • Kaeloo:
    • In most cases where a character makes a pun, everyone else pulls an annoyed expression and walks away from the person who made the pun.
    • In one of the season 3 episodes, Mr. Cat and Kaeloo are walking down the street and Mr. Cat drops a Hurricane of Puns, to which Kaeloo flatly tells him "I hate your guts."
  • In the Bump in the Night episode "Loss of Face", the bugs that found Squishington's lost face start referring to Squishington as "the foretold one" once he regains his face. Mr. Bumpy, who was being tortured by the bugs for trespassing, overhears this and asks the bugs if they didn't mean "the four-toed one" while pointing out that he himself has four toes. The bugs' leader promptly gestures his men to continue torturing Bumpy.

    Real Life 
  • George Bernard Shaw called Magic, G. K. Chesterton's first (and last) play, Fatty's First Play. Chesterton called this epithet "Skinny's Worst Pun," at least according to George Jean Nathan.


Alternative Title(s): Lame Pun Acknowledgement