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"Say 'Nevermore'," said Shadow.
"Fuck you," said the raven.

This is the usual response most people have when they hear a comment or joke they've heard a million times or more; particularly when said remark has long since stopped being funny, and moved past tiresome. (The trope name is an instance of Sarcasm Mode, in case you couldn't tell.) For instance, when a person mentions Aquaman, they might mention that he talks to fish and nothing else. The reaction of a comic fan? "Gee, I've never heard that one before".

The recipient of the joke may also simply say, "It wasn't funny the first hundred times."

A variant is when a person can tell that their new acquaintance is just dying to drop that line, and says with resignation some variant of "Go ahead; just say it. I know you're thinking it." Other times, the character may silence the other with a Preemptive "Shut Up" before they can even utter said line.

Often subverted by having a character who really has never heard that joke before.

Truth in Television: This happens in Real Life to people with distinctive or Unfortunate Names, names linked to something with pop cultural significance or, Heaven forbid, a Punny Name. Or another obvious distinguishing feature: for example, working at a company that has the same name. It can also arise as simply a common joke in a certain line of work. Can lead to anger if done too frequently or the wishes of the person on the receiving end to cut it out already aren't respected. The person who says this may be a Phrase Catcher or have a Real Joke Name.

Compare Discredited Meme and Never Live It Down.


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  • A Coors ad has Don Adams accosted at a bar by a man repeating catchphrases from Get Smart.

    Anime & Manga 
  • During the Soul Society arc of Bleach, the true extent of resident Mad Scientist Mayuri Kurotsuchi's depravity is revealed when he goes on a spiel regarding the sadistic and monstrous human experiments he's performed on Quincy test subjects and how sooner or later, they would all say something about how their Quincy pride wouldn't let them do one thing or another.
    Mayuri: Does it have to do with the Quincy pride garbage you people always go on about? [...] It's true. You people always go on about that garbage until you die. [...] I already told you. "I'm done studying the Quincies." I'm done! I've observed the results of all kinds of mental and physical stimuli! Drilling holes in their skulls while they were still alive, forcing a mother to burn her child alive, chopping up bodies, grinding bodies, studying them until they were reduced to lifeless piles of limbs! And while they were being studied, they would always say "I swear on the pride of the Quincies, I will never do it!" or "I swear on the pride of the Quincies, I will never let you do it!"!
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency, the Pillar Man Wamuu kills Caesar's friend Mark by walking into him and absorbing half of his body. Worse, he didn't even notice since humans are just that insignificant to the Pillar Men. When Caesar angrily declares he'll avenge Mark, the Pillar Men...just start laughing. They then claim that they've heard Ripple Warriors make similar declarations throughout the ages so many times that it's funny to them.
  • In Tomo-chan Is a Girl!, the title character's birthday is earlier than all her friends, and therefore she smugly rubs the fact that she's technically older than them in their faces ("You can call me 'Big Sis' if you want.") Both her best friend Misuzu and her Love Interest Junichiro think to themselves that she does this every year and they're thoroughly sick of it.
  • There's a whole episode of Zoku Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei about this trope, as well as a chapter in the manga starting with the main Character who is always pointed out his name is spelled exactly like the word for "Despair". The episode then focuses on many people all hearing the same joke or comment time and time again, and they respond in the same way:
    "You may think it's funny but I have heard it a million times before."

    Comic Books 
  • From the Hawkeye and Deadpool issue of A + X:
    Deadpool: Nice shootin', Legola... Wait, how often do people call you Legolas?
    Hawkeye: All the time.
    Deadpool: Nice shootin', Hunger Games!
    Hawkeye: Heard it.
    Deadpool: Brave! The girl from Brave!
    Hawkeye: Sorry, man.
    Deadpool: The fox version of Robin Hood!
    Hawkeye: Sure.
  • Fathom has a military officer with the most unfortunate rank ever.
    Major Drumm: I'm Major Drumm.
    Judith: Seriously? Like a drum ma—
    Major Drumm: I've heard it. Every variation.
  • The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis: Pretending to be a teacher, Fry tells Bart he wants to talk to him. Bart thinks it's about the pranks he pulled on Fry:
    Fry: No, I did all those things to substitute teachers when I was a kid, too.
    Bart: Oh, so this is where you try and "relate" to me, to get me to open up, and change my ways? Sorry, sister, I've heard it all before!
  • In the limited series Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure, the warden of Riker's Island is named Warden James Warden; when the photographer who arrives to interview Doctor Octopus mentions the irony of that, the warden says, "Yeah, like I've never heard that before".
  • Starman: From one of The Shade's journal entries detailing the time he was hired by Howard Hughes to fight a series of Lewis Carroll characters that had been sent after him by Tod Browning:
    Mild: You know what a mock turtle is?
    Shade: It's a soup, of course. And a creature... A make-believe creature from the Alice books.
    Mild: Well, a not so make-believe Mock Turtle attacked Mr. Hughes here two days gone. The creature was big and mean. Killed three of Mr. Hughes' guards before the rest got Mr. Hughes to safety.
    Shade: A mock turtle. Indeed how—
    Mild: If you say curious, I swear I'll take a swing at you. Anybody who's done any reading in their time and then learns of what's going on says that. And they all say it like they've just been crowned the King or Queen of Witty Remarks and no one has thought to say it before them. The other day I had to hold back from kicking Katharine Hepburn in the teeth when she opened her mouth to say it.
  • The miniseries Superman: Secret Identity has the protagonist living in our world, who begins to develop the identical powers of Superman. His name's Clark. Clark Kent. Yes, like the Comic Book. Some of his co-workers set him up on a blind date with a woman named Lois. Apparently, she has been set up with several Clarks in the past, while Clark has been set up with a number of Loises, along with a few Lanas and at least one Cat. This Clark and Lois, however, end up Happily Married during the course of the story.
  • From Young Justice:
    Superboy: Get your paws off me, you damned dirty ape!
    Monsieur Mallah: Oh, as if I'd never heard that one before...
  • Y: The Last Man has a protagonist named Yorick. Alas.
    Victoria: [as she is preparing to execute him] "Alas, poor Yorick…"
    Yorick: Gee, never heard that one before... you fucking TWAT!

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • One series of strips focused on a School Play about the food groups. Calvin asks Suzie what she's playing, she responds "I'm 'Fat'", and of course Calvin says "No, I mean in the play." The last panel shows Calvin laid out on the ground and Suzie screaming "ANYONE ELSE WANNA SAY IT?!"
    • In one arc, Calvin adds a Morality Dial to his duplicator and makes a pure-good duplicate of himself. The good Calvin is honest about this (because of course he is), but everyone who he explains this to dismisses it on the grounds that Calvin's good side ought to be a lot smaller. "Boy, have I heard THAT joke a lot."
  • Garfield: One strip has a guest on a TV show Garfield is watching who has two heads. This trope is his Berserk Button.
    Host: Ever hear the expression, "Two heads are better than one"?!
    Guest: Ever hear it eight gazillion times a day?
    Garfield: I think he hit a nerve.
  • Mafalda: The character Libertad (whose name, of course, means Liberty) is a really short girl, half the height of the other characters of her age. When she first meets Mafalda, she introduces herself, waits a beat, and adds "Did you already reach your stupid conclusion? Everybody reaches the same stupid conclusion when they meet me."
  • Pogo has a ladybug who's sick of being told to fly away home. She's so angry about it, Albert mistakes her for a Bengal tiger.
  • Retail: One of the recurring gags is how, whenever something doesn't scan at the register, the customer would give a variation of "it must be free then." One of the new cashiers is chastized for playing along the first time she hears one.

    Fan Works 
  • Ashes of the Past: Lance and Agatha have heard all the type jokes, and are not amused when Lorelei makes one at them.
  • Cat Tales:
    • Greg "Giggles" Brady, a former Joker henchman being hired to bartend at the Iceberg Lounge, admits his real name to his new boss. Penguin finally says that it sounds familiar and is not surprised when Brady replies that "I've heard all the jokes, sir." He later admits to Selina that it's why he got into crime, and also out of it (Joker had wanted to set him up as his own '70s-themed criminal, and he wasn't interested).
    • Selina Kyle has many visitors to her apartment who comment on her lack of cat-themed stuff around the place. She's gotten a little tired of it.
  • In Connecting the Dots, Uchiha Sasuke uses Tsukiyomi on Robin and forces him to relive the deaths of his family. However, by this time, Robin's been forced through this memory so many times that it no longer bothers him and uses the time inside the illusion to Talk The Monster To Death.
  • From A Cure for Love:
    L: Just go to sleep. You... ha, you go out like a light.
    Light: I've heard them all before, L, and they weren't funny the first time.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: In chapter 7 of the sequel Diplomat at Large, Tempest Shadow says that "You're tougher than I thought, little Princess." Twilight's reply: "You'd be surprised how often I've heard that lately."
  • Dirty Sympathy: Inverted, as Apollo and Klavier make the jokes on their names to get it over with.
    Apollo: Apollo Justice. I know. I should at least be taller.
    Klavier: I count myself lucky that my parents named me in the living room. And that they had a piano. Otherwise, Kaffeemaschine Gavin would have been a real possibility.
  • In Harry Potter fics, it is common to treat Sirius/serious puns that way (despite the fact that in almost all British accents, the two words are nowhere near homophonic).
  • Here Comes The New Boss: inheritors of the Butcher mantle also get a mental copy of all previous Butchers who can talk to the new host, leading the following mental conversation.
    Vladimir: Gossip’s probably got people thinking you’re crazy.
    Firecracker: Which is true.
    Muramasa: [sighs] Yes, we know, we are hearing voices in our heads. You have been making that joke for over a decade. Will you ever get tired of it?
    Firecracker: No.
  • Hop to It: The main character is named after the Charlie's Angels star Jaclyn Smith, and no one over forty will let her forget it, leading her to go by Jack instead.
  • The Infinite Loops: One of the Jurassic Park Loopers is the T-rex from the first film (and later Jurassic World and its sequel), who's been granted sapience and took the human name Roxanne "Roxy" Hammond. She does not like it when people reference or sing the song Roxanne by The Police around her.
  • Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail: After one too many snide remarks about his contributions to his daughter running away, Professor Cerise hits his limit.
    "I've gotten the same damn speech in the same words from 30 people and counting, and I'm not even sure they actually give a damn about my daughter or if they're trying to... prove to themselves that they're so smart and better and amazing and pat themselves on the back or just hurt me because I'm an easy target now. And you should know that it's not making me reflective or guilty or strengthening my vow to do better or even hurting that much anymore. It's. just. Annoying now."
  • A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor: Yes, Arturia knows she looks like a little girl; no need for every other person to comment on this!
  • In Lilyflour and Other Endearments, Tom Riddle, who's apprenticing at a shop called Enchanté, had to train himself not to react when every young female customer who thinks she's being amusing says "Enchanté, monsieur" while he's ringing up their purchases.
  • The Man with No Name has this:
    Big Bad! You cannot escape, Doctor!
    The Doctor: I can't begin to tell you how often I've heard that line over the centuries.
  • In "Not Those Gates", a Castle fic set after the series finale, Captain Victoria Gates assures Kate Beckett that she knows everyone calls her "Iron Gates", and that she's actually rather proud of the name; "It pays tribute to my tenacity."
  • Past Hurts:
    Mic: Let me buy you a drink.
    Harry: Sorry, but I don't drink.
    Mic: But you're a bartender.
    Harry: I'm aware. But as I already told you, I'm working. I can't do my job correctly if I am pissed.
    Mic: If you were then maybe you wouldn't be such an arse.
    Harry: Oh how very original.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell (a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic):
    • When introducing himself to some of his fellow future Bearers, Wind Breaker adds "And yes, I've heard all the jokes, so please don't start." Vix-Lei is noticeably disappointed at being preemptively cut off. Later subverted by the human Applejack when she hears his name and asks "Your folks named you after a coat?" Wind Breaker has never heard that version and, as he admits to himself, had never heard of a type of coat called that before, so he wasn't expecting it. He comments on it again in the sequel, Picking Up the Pieces, when the pony he's given his name to starts snickering, only to be told they were laughing about something else. Then he has to explain it again a few times to natives of the Griffish Isles during their trip there. At least one asks him to "Please tell me not all Hatchery griffons had such... poorly thought-out names."
    • Referenced for a different situation in chapter 26 of Picking Up the Pieces; when Vix-Lei hears the name of Judge Diamond Knot and makes the predictable "Lest ye be judged" joke, Rex tells her that Judge Knot has heard that joke more times than he can count and finds it annoying.
  • Things I Am Not Allowed to Do at the PPC: As Agent Stormsong is an anthropomorphic weasel, constant jokes about the Weasley family or him "weaseling his way out of something" are noted by the rules to have never been funny.
  • This Bites!: Marine Captain Very Good—a canon character, mind you—is so unimpressed about puns relating to his name that it briefly overcomes his panic of being helpless in the hands of an enemy:
    Very Good: Spare me, Jeremiah Cross. I have heard every joke in the book, not even you could say one I haven't endured before.
  • This Time Round: In "Plot and Loophole" by Vicky J, characters who say things like "So you're a librarian. You must get to do a lot of reading" to her Author Avatar tend to be attacked by orang-utans and Watchers.
  • Total Drama Everything: During the third season, Deadpool exclaims that he found Carmen Sandiego when she is introduced. Carmen dryly states that she's heard it plenty and finds it rather annoying.
  • In Vengeance from the Grave, a disguised Harry chats with Susan, who mentions studying for her Charms Mastery.
    Harry: And are you?
    Susan: Am I what?
    Harry: Charming.
    Susan: Oh, HAH-HAH! That's a riot. Gee, I've never heard that one before.

    Films — Animation 
  • Aladdin: Iago hates the phrase "Polly wanna cracker", most likely because the Sultan, while thinking Iago was an ordinary parrot, would cram a cracker down his throat at every opportunity. When Jafar takes over Agrabah, Iago takes great, vindictive pleasure in force-feeding the Sultan as many crackers as he could. This has become Iago's Berserk Button, as his The Dog Bites Back moment at the beginning of the sequel Aladdin: The Return of Jafar is triggered by Jafar declaring, "If it weren't for me, you'd still be in a cage in the bazaar, squawking 'Polly want a cracker!'" When Iago first meets the second sequel's titular King of Thieves, this exchange occurs.
    King of Thieves: Good birdy... Polly want a little—
    Iago: Say "cracker" and I let you have it on principle!
  • The Aristocats:
    Edgar: May I give you a hand, sir?
    Georges: You haven't got an extra foot, have you, Edgar? [laughs]
    Edgar: That always makes me laugh, sir. Every time.
  • In Finding Nemo, everyone who notices Marlin is a clownfish wants him to tell a joke, but seems to expect he's never gotten that response before and has a joke prepared. He does have a joke, but he keeps trying to explain it. By the end, he's lightened up a little and even has a decent ocean-themed pun.
  • Hoodwinked!: When the Wolf is interviewing Woolworth, a sheep who is a paid informant of his, he gives a payment to learn Red's name and Granny's name.
    Woolworth: It's the family business. Haven't you ever heard of Granny Puckett?
    The Wolf: Puckett?
    Woolworth: That's her grandma.
    The Wolf: The Granny Puckett? You pulling the wool over my eyes?
    Woolworth: Ha ha, hilarious. You come up with that by yourself? That's funny.
  • The Incredibles:
    • Quoted verbatim by Frozone when his friend Mr. Incredible is teasing him.
      Bob/Mr. Incredible: Hey! Ice of you to drop by!
      Lucius/Frozone: HA! [deadpan] Never heard that one before...
    • The superhero files in the DVD extras include the heroine Stormicide, who seems to have largely resigned herself to the jokes that inevitably come from having gas-related powers.
      Stormicide: Because I'm all about "gas emissions," yes, I have been the butt of many jokes. [someone snickers in the background] Maybe it's just because I'm too... [more snickering and outright laughter] What? What? Oh, bec— I said "butt." I said "butt!" What d'ya want, I said "buuuutt!" Ha, ha-ha! [laughter continues in background] Good time. See, this is, this is exactly what I'm talking about. [resigned sigh] I've got powers. They involve gases. What d'ya want.
  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: It's a downplayed moment, but when the Wolf that's been hunting Puss declares that he's Death, he visibly rolls his eyes before telling him that it's not supposed to be a metaphor or allegory. It's implied he's had to deal with others assuming himself as such.
    Wolf: And I don't mean it metaphorically, or rhetorically, or poetically, or theoretically, or in any other fancy way. I'm Death. Straight. Up.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Band Wagon: During the "Triplets" musical number, the titular three children complain about the things they hate about being triplets, one of their points of contention being, "We're sick of jokes on what an art it is to tell us apart!"
  • Bedazzled:
    Devil: [upon Elliot finally believing she's the devil] You can ask me anything you like. As long as it's not about God.
    Eliot: [awkward silence]
    Devil: Yes, there is a God. Honestly, you'd think meeting the Devil would be interesting enough.
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Clementine asks Joel to not make any jokes about her name. He fails. It's an actual plot point, though, because the first time we see them meet, he can't remember the pun because he's had a mindwipe.
    Clementine: Hi, Joel. So no jokes about my name?
    Joel: You mean, like... Oh, my darlin', oh, my darlin', oh, my darlin', Clementine...? Huckleberry Hound? That sort of thing?
    Clementine: Yeah, like that.
  • It happens only once in The Expendables, but you get the feeling that Tool (Mickey Rourke) likes taunting Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) by saying "Christmas Time" a lot.
  • Get Smart: Subverted in the 2008 remake:
    Maxwell Smart: Oh gee, Maxi-pad, I haven't heard that one before! [Beat] I never have heard that before, actually.
  • Groundhog Day: Phil Connors shares his name with Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog.
    Gus: Phil? Like the groundhog Phil?
    Phil: Yeah. Like the groundhog Phil.
    Gus: Look out for your shadow there, buddy!
    Phil: Morons, your bus is leaving!
  • James Bond:
    • In The World Is Not Enough, upon introducing herself to Bond, Doctor Christmas Jones says, "Don't make any jokes, I've heard 'em all." Bond effortlessly replies, "I don't know any doctor jokes." He does make a couple of Christmas jokes eventually, including a truly wince-inducing one that's the movie's last line. ("I thought Christmas only comes once a year.")
    • In Quantum of Solace, being a more serious take on Bond, no jokes are made but the potential is noted by Ms. Strawberry Fields.
    • Casino Royale (1967): Peter Sellers is at a training center preparing to take the role of James Bond. He's shown gadgets for the field, including a pen that sprays poison gas. He tells the obligatory "poison pen letter" joke, and his instructor wearily finishes the sentence with him, pointing out that all new recruits say that. Some years later, Roger Moore as 007 says it, but gets a free pass (apart from Q's usual peevish reaction).
  • Juno: When the heroine introduces herself to the prospective adoptive father of her baby, he says "Like the city in Alaska!" She immediately deadpans "No." (She's actually named after the Roman queen of the gods; the city's name is spelled "Juneau".)
  • The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines: When Flynn goes to Casablanca, he makes the inevitable quotes. The taxi driver is understandably unamused.
    Driver: Ah, from the movie! How delightfully original of you.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • Miss Congeniality: A sleazy pageant assistant is reading off the names of the contestants. When he gets to Miss Washington, he comments, "Nice apples". Which Washington State is known for, but he's clearly referring to either her breasts or buttocks. Her reaction makes it quite clear this isn't the first time she's heard something like this.
    Miss Washington: Original. You come up with that all by yourself?
  • The Mummy (1999): After Beni betrays Rick and Eve to Imhotep, Rick angrily shouts, "You'll get yours, Beni!" Beni answers, "Oh, like I've never heard that one before!"
  • Office Space: Michael Bolton expresses his annoyance at having to constantly deal with jokes about the no-talent ass-clown of the same name, or people asking if they're related. Michael Bolton, the singer, is understandably sick and tired of hearing that scene quoted back to him.
  • Police Academy V: Nick Lassard's response to Capt. Harris when the latter called him a buttwipe for standing in his sun while he was tanning.
    Nick: Buttwipe, huh? Haven't heard that in a while.
  • Practical Magic: Sally's daughters are taunted with the line "Witch! Witch! You're a bitch!", causing Sally (who also received during in childhood) to lament that they've had three hundred years to come up with something better.
  • Prince Caspian:
    • Almost to the point that it's a running gag:
      Caspian: You... you are a mouse.
      Reepicheep: I was hoping for something a little more original.
    • And later...
      Mook: You... you are a mouse.
      Reepicheep: You people have no imagination!
  • Roxanne: Played with when a guy in a bar calls Steve Martin's Cyrano-Expy character "Big Nose". Not only does Martin snark back about how unoriginal the insult is, but he proceeds to win a bet by rattling off twenty-six other rude remarks about his overlarge schnoz that the fellow could have said instead. (The same thing happens in the original play Cyrano de Bergerac.)
  • The Social Network: Mark, upon meeting the literally identical Winklevoss twins, asks if they're related. It's not clear if he's being serious, and their "Never Heard That One Before" is friendly enough that it's not clear if they're being serious either.
  • Sudden Death: Secret Service Agent Hallmark calls up villain Foss. Hearing his name, Foss remarks "I see they cared enough to send the very best." The film's novelization states Hallmark says the trope "in the tone of someone who had heard that one at least once a week since the third grade."
  • Super Troopers: A Vermont state trooper named Foster hits on a Spurbury cop named Ursula by calling her a "Charlie's Angel" (she remotely looks like Farrah Fawcett by virtue of being blonde). She congratulates him on being the 1,000,000th person to call her that. However, she says it pretty good-naturedly. She's much less good-natured when Farva says the same thing later, not helped by the fact that Farva is overweight, naked, and covered in powdered sugar.
  • You and Your Stupid Mate: When Jeffrey and Philip meet Evo, one of the stars of Sons and Surf, at a party, they both yell his catchphrase "What's going on here?" This causes a flashback to all the other times people have said "What's going on here?" to Evo. He yells, "Fuck off!"

  • A man's son is born without ears. After every doctor, nurse, orderly and family member visiting the hospital has commented on it, he's ready to punch the next person to talk about it. Along comes his brother-in-law...
    Brother-in-law: Gee, I hope the kid won't have bad eyesight later on.
    Father: Bad eyesight?
    Brother-in-law: Yeah, how're the glasses supposed to stay on?

  • Dave Barry once mentioned that if you go on a tour of the National Mint, asking the guards if they're handing out free samples is hilarious and well worth getting shot in the leg.
  • Pick a "Raven"... any raven. ( Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, Teen Titans, Discworld, American Gods, the wrestler... anything). Then say, "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore'" at it. They will never be amused.
    • The one in American Gods gives a particularly vulgar response.
    • Except for Matthew the Raven in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman; not only does he voluntarily and spontaneously say "Nevermore" in issue #22, he turns out in the ensuing conversation to be unaware that it's a cliché.
      Lucifer: Quoth the Raven...
      Delirium: Whatever.
    • The Death of Rats' steed in Discworld is a talking raven who's named Quoth because he was owned by a wizard who thought he had a sense of humor. Quoth does not say "the N-word."
    • An earlier Pratchett book, Strata, references the trope by having a robotic raven; when it speaks, the text uses the phrase "Quoth the raven:..." even though its eventual words are something like, "You kitten!"
    • The boy in Robin Jarvis's Wyrd Museum trilogy also names his zombie raven Quoth.
  • The protagonist of About a Boy, who lives off the royalties of his father's popular song, is quite tired of people singing it once they learn about this fact.
  • Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil: Lori encounters the hulking proprietor of the Blackhope pub, one Bart Little.
    Lori: Mr. Little?
    Guy: I'd refrain from ironical comment, if I were you. Bart's heard them all and no longer finds them amusing.
  • Betsy the Vampire Queen: As noted early in book 1, Betsy's real full name is Elizabeth Taylor, and she's heard (and is not amused by) all the jokes comparing her to the actress.
  • One Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. book has Dan spotting a hunchback reading the sports section of a newspaper. Dan asks how Notre Dame is doing, and hunchback's response is one of weary irritation.
  • Discworld:
    • Tiffany Aching refers to her father's pun as The Joke. He's a farmer and he works hard. Do the math. "He was Aching when he woke, and he'll be Aching when he sleeps." They recognize that it's not a funny joke, but it's got sentimental value behind it, like an elderly aunt.
    • Moist von Lipwig, the protagonist of Going Postal and Making Money, notes in the former book that he's heard every possible joke about his name. His love interest, Adora Belle Dearheart, commiserates.
  • The police surgeon in The Mad Hatter Mystery, a Dr. Gideon Fell novel by John Dickson Carr, is called Doctor Watson. Thirty years of Sherlock Holmes jokes have taken their toll on his patience.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Wizard Harry Dresden mentions he gets the occasional phone call from people who just have to ask if he's 'a wizard named Harry'. He seems to be less than amused by this.
    • Prehensile Haired Deirdre responds this way when Harry makes a Medusa joke.
  • Family Skeleton Mysteries:
    • Discussed and subverted when Georgia meets Brownie Mannix for the first time in book 1, and she explains that she's there because she's "trying to establish the provenance of a human skeleton that was recently donated to our collection". Brownie replies that he's been at the carnival since he was born, and he'd been sure there was no towner story he hadn't heard... "But you have indeed come up with a new one."
    • In book 2, Adam McDaniels is in pharmaceuticals, and mentions that every time he goes to a party, people ask if he has any free samples (and it's gotten old). Georgia remarks that she usually gets people commenting "You teach at a college? You must be really smart."
    • In book 3, Georgia mentions that once, when a guy heard her name, he started singing "Georgia On My Mind". And she hates that song.
  • Whenever Harry Potter meets anyone who knew his parents, they inevitably tell him, "You look like your dad, but you've got your mum's eyes." When Slughorn says this in the sixth book, Harry thinks that he's starting to get sick of it. Fanfiction tends to exaggerate this to the point where it becomes Harry's Berserk Button. Also, there were a number of common cracks made on his name that got really lame after a while (and they indicated as much), and his friends. "Oh, Potter, you rotter," "potty wee Potter," "crackpot," "Potty and the Weasel," "Weaselbee," And Hermione's reaction to the "Potter Stinks" badges? "Oh, very funny. Really witty."
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy:
    • In So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, when Fenchurch first introduces herself to Arthur Dent, she adds:
      Fenchurch: And I'm watching you like a lynx to see if you're going to ask the same silly question that everyone asks me till I want to scream. I shall be cross and disappointed if you do. Plus I shall scream. So watch it.
    • Eventually, they chorus the question: "Were you found in a handbag in the Left Luggage office at Fenchurch Street Station?" She wasn't. She was conceived there. Not in the Left Luggage office itself, since her parents would not have had a reason to be there, though. It was in the ticket queue.
  • I Think I Love You: Petra is so sick of having her name compared to the dog from Blue Peter that when Bill says, "Petra as in the Blue Peter dog?" she says, "Petra as in the Baader-Meinhof terrorist."
  • Jaine Austen Mysteries: Plenty of people say "love your books'' when Jaine tells them her name. Suffice it to say, she isn't horribly fond of that joke.
  • Journey to Chaos: Kae Ninae is a mercenary who works with an pack of dog mercenaries. Their pack leader, Jet, is her partner.
    Eric: Alpha male and alpha female?
    Jet: [snort] Like we haven't heard that one before.
  • Knight and Rogue Series: This becomes the standard reaction to Fisk's jokes by the third book, either because Michael has been listening to him compare things to bandits for almost two years by this point, or because he meets people who've had their professions compared to bandits before.
  • The Long Dark Teatime Of The Soul: Kate has a friend who plays the double bass and is tired of people saying "I bet you wish you played the piccolo" when they see him trying to carry it around. When she learns Dirk is a private detective, she spends a moment thinking if there's something everyone would say to a private detective, so she can avoid saying it. When she explains this, Dirk replies "No. What happens is that everybody looks very shifty for a moment, and you got that very well."
  • Mercy Thompson: Mercedes Thompson works as a VW mechanic. There's a reason she usually goes by Mercy. And she's heard all those jokes, too.
  • In Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Wyoming Knott introduces herself to Mannie, and adds "Call me Wy, but don't say 'why not'." (She's consistently called Wyoh, never Wy. Heinlein sometimes showed a tin ear for dialogue.) When the sentient computer Mycroft does make the joke upon being introduced to her, she gives him a pass on the grounds that he's new to puns (and humor in general). She does warn him that it's only Funny Once, though.
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles: Hastings visits Cynthia at the hospital dispensary, and comments, "What a lot of bottles!" Cynthia replies that they're thinking of bestowing a prize on the first person who doesn't say "What a lot of bottles!", and correctly predicts that his next comment would have been, "How many people have you poisoned?"
  • Nick And Nora Mysteries, a Cozy Mystery series about an investigative journalist-turned-sandwich shop owner and her new cat, has Oliver Jebidiah Sampson, a private detective, as a supporting character. He's quite annoyed when people mention that together, his first two initials and last name sound like "O. J. Simpson", complaining that he's heard all the jokes since the trial in 1995 and that this is why he doesn't like to give out his middle name.
  • In The Big Over Easy, when DI Jack Spratt is introduced to DS Mary Mary, he asks if she comes from Baden-Baden. She replies. "First time I've heard that one, sir — today."
  • Pact has Isadora, an ethics teacher and Riddling Sphinx who has declared her intention to eat anyone that decides to answer one of her questions with "a man" and think they're clever.
  • Inverted in The Scholomance: Galadriel quotes her namesake's "Love me and despair!" line from The Lord of the Rings herself, and is thrilled when her new friend doesn't get the reference.
  • In Star Trek: New Frontier, Caitian officer M'Ress (a felinoid) has heard all the cat-related jokes in existence.
    M'Ress: So let us be clear with one another, Admiral. I have one life, not nine. I have never been killed by curiosity, my parents do not live in a cat house, my mother did not rock me as an infant in a cat's cradle, the preferred Caitian method of self-defense is not cat-boxing, I do not deposit my earnings into a kitty, if I am trying to be delicate about a subject I do not pussyfoot around — shall I go on?
  • Rick Riordan includes a preemptive one in his first Tres Navarre novel (Big Red Tequila), in which the titular Jackson "Tres" Navarre takes a friend to meet his older half-brother Garret, a notorious Jimmy Buffett fan. When he learns she's been told of this, Garret's response is "Just no jokes about wasting away in Margaritaville. That one got old faster than Ronald Reagan." Maia promptly starts singing "A Pirate Looks at Forty", to his amusement.
  • The Trials of Apollo: In book 2, Apollo meets a Hunter of Artemis named Hunter Kowalski. When he frowns and says "A Hunter named Hunter?", she responds with "Yeah, I have heard that a million times."
  • The Twilight Saga:
    • In book 1 (and its Perspective Flip Midnight Sun), when Bella and Edward are on their way back to the car from Edward's first demonstration of his "sparkling", Edward offers to show Bella how he travels in the forest.
      Bella: [warily] Will you turn into a bat?
      Edward: [laughing] Like I haven't heard that one before!
    • In book 4, during Bella's pregnancy, Jacob cracks a couple of blonde jokes at Rosalie. She's familiar with both of them.
    • Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined: As in Twilight, Beau and Edythe have almost the same conversation after Edythe shows off her sparkling, with Beau asking if Edythe will turn into a bat and Edythe laughing it off with "Like I haven't heard that one before!"
  • Who Wants to Be Me?, Regis Philbin's autobiography, has a comic strip about this on the back cover. The breaking point comes while Regis is attending a gun show.
  • X-Wing Series:
    • Wraith Squadron pilot Falynn Sandskimmer's career has been held back mainly by her trouble with authority, which isn't helped by her attitude towards a certain hero of the Rebellion: "Can you imagine being compared to him all your adult life just because you're another pilot from Tatooine? No, I've never met Luke Skywalker. In fact, I wish I'd never heard of him."
    • When Grinder and Tyria get into a fight, Phanon tries to tell Wedge that they were "demonstrating a hand-to-hand combat technique" to avoid any trouble. Wedge, visibly irritated, asks Phanon how many times he thinks he's heard that one, and when Phanon says he doesn't know, tells him to get out of the conversation and not come back in.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel: Green-skinned demon Lorne doesn't really like going by that name because he hates Lorne Greene jokes, but is fine with it once it turns out that the only one who even gets the reference is Angel.note 
    Angel: Bonanza? Fifteen years on the air not mean anything to anyone here? Okay, now I feel old.
  • In an episode of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, while the lads are working on relocating the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, Dennis consults their structural engineer:
    Dennis: You know that dismantling sequence you showed us? What do you call it, you know, when it's the other way round? You know, when you put the bridge back up again?
    Calhoun: An erection sequence.
    Moxey: [sniggers]
    Calhoun: No jokes please, I've heard them all.
  • When Dr. Becker is sued for malpractice, the judge loses any patience she still had with him after an outburst that ends with him quoting ...And Justice for All. "You have no idea how much I hate that damn movie!" It's also implied in her expression in the following episode when Becker belatedly notices that her last name is Reinhold (her name was stated and shown onscreen in the courtroom scenes, but no one drew attention to it).
  • Blackadder: The reaction of the Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells to Blackadder trying to ward off hot poker-related death by saying he's "lost his wallet" suggests the bishop's bank (The Black Bank of St. Herefords — "Repayment or Revenge") have heard it just a little too often.
    Blackadder: Where are we going?
    Baby-Eating Bishop: To visit the last poor fool who... LOST HIS WALLET!
    [cut to Blackadder in a very sombre graveyard, reading the gravestone of said poor fool]
  • In The Book of Boba Fett, the Majordomo is a male Twi'lek who's an unabashed Professional Butt-Kisser, so he does this trope with a certain flair when he's called a "tail-head" by the Pyke lieutenant.
    Majordomo: [laughing, points to his lekku] Oh because of these... haha! An enchanting sobriquet of which I never tire!
  • From an episode of Bottom, where Richie and Eddie visit a sex shop:
    Eddie: This is a sex shop, isn't it?
    Assistant: Yes sir.
    Eddie: [slapping bank note on counter] I'll have five quids worth then!!!
    Assistant: That's very droll, sir. I've never heard that one before.
    Eddie: Haven't you? Shall I tell it again, then?
    Assistant: No thank you, sir, I'd rather have a pineapple violently inserted into my rectum.
    Eddie: ...You've been working here too long, mate.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: At the end of the seventh season, Xander bemoans his eye plight — or, more specifically, all the terrible jokes he hears.
    Xander: And you know what's even worse? All the stupid "it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" jokes. "Hey, Xander, so no more fun and games, huh?"
    Dawn: Giles was just having fun with you.
    Xander: That's not the point. It's an obvious joke. It'd be like someone calling me a cyclops.
    Dawn: Oh. [giggles, then stops, clears throat] Okay, so not that funny.
    Xander: I mean, uh... give me some "eye of the beholder" jokes. You know? Or, uh... some "eye for an eye" jokes. Or maybe even a post-modern "I, Claudius" joke, you know? It's about standards, Dawnie.
  • The Castle (2009) episode "Target" features a character named "Bram Stoker". Many people have mentioned the author to him.
    Castle: And might I say how youthful you look.
    Stoker: Witty. Never heard that before.
    Castle: I've never heard of anyone named Bram Stoker before. Except... Bram Stoker.
    Stoker: Apparently he's a distant relative, and both my parents are English scholars. They thought it would be cute. It wasn't.
  • Gareth Blackstock is a master chef on the Brit Com Chef! "Stock", as it relates to food, is a flavored liquid "prepared by simmering various ingredients in water", and which forms the basis of soups, sauces, and many other dishes. Worse, one kind is called "white stock", which "is made by using raw bones and white mirepoix". He put up with the jokes in cooking school, and he will not tolerate them in Le Chateau Anglais. Gareth is played by Lenny Henry, who is, of course, black.
  • Cold Case: In the episode "Bad Reputation", Rush and Detective Saccardo briefly get into a spat at a crime scene.
    Rush: Take a walk buddy, this a crime scene.
    Saccardo: Yeah [flashes badge] mine. But you have my permission to stay, Cagney.
    Rush: Never heard that one before, Serpico.
    Saccardo: [grins] Touché.
  • In Community episode "Beginner Pottery" the pottery teacher has seen so many lame Ghost (1990) reenactments that he solemnly warns his students that if they make any such jokes, "I will come at you... with everything I've got."
  • Subverted and Lampshaded in the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode "Officer Krupke", where the title officer says that he never heard the song (from West Side Story).
  • On Defiance Rafe McCawley avoids telling people that his family used to own a pet food company because those who recognize the brand almost always insist on singing the company's catchy jingle.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "It's Bigger on the Inside." Usually followed by the character running out of the TARDIS, round it, and back in, goggle-eyed. These days, it has become something of a Dead Horse Trope on Doctor Who, with the Doctor frequently lampshading it, pre-empting it, or the characters being in too much of a rush to really pay attention. Although when Rory figures out what's what without any help, he seems to be more than a little perturbed that he didn't get the usual response.
      • This goes back at least as far as the Jon Pertwee era. From "The Three Doctors":
        The Doctor: Well, Sergeant, aren't you going to say that it's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside? Everyone else does.
        Sergeant Benton: That's pretty obvious, isn't it?
      • Subverted by Clara in "The Snowmen". She gets goggle-eyed and runs around the TARDIS, the Doctor waits for it, only for her to say "It's smaller on the outside!" The Doctor is actually surprised and muses that's a new one.
      • In "The Husbands of River Song", because River does not recognize the Doctor's newest regeneration, she takes him to the TARDIS thinking he is just a normal doctor without knowledge of the TARDIS's interdimensional abilities. This leads to the Doctor exclaiming his mock awe whilst River attempts to get him back on track.
        The Doctor: Finally. It's my go. [enters TARDIS] Oh... my... GOD! Oh, it's bigger!
        River Song: Well, yes.
        The Doctor: On the inside...
        River Song: Look, we need to concentrate.
        The Doctor: Than it is...
        River Song: I know where you're going with this, but I need you to calm down.
        The Doctor: On the outside!
        River Song: Well, you've certainly grasped the essentials.
        The Doctor: My entire understanding of physical space has been transformed! Three-dimensional Euclidean geometry has been torn up, thrown in the air and snogged to death! My grasp of the universal constants of physical reality has been changed... forever!
        [River leaves]
        The Doctor: Sorry. I've always wanted to see that done properly.
    • "Army of Ghosts": When the Doctor tells Torchwood Institute head Yvonne Hartman that they'll never get inside the TARDIS, she just smiles and retorts "Et cetera".
  • One of the villains in the pilot of Due South is named Francis Drake. "Yeah, like the explorer. Never heard that one before."
  • In an episode of Ellen guest-starring Carrie Fisher, Ellen puts a pair of cinnamon rolls on either side of her head and says, "Guess who?" Carrie replies, dryly, "You know, no matter how many times I see that it never gets old!"
  • When Richard Wilson (Victor Meldrew from One Foot in the Grave) guest starred on Father Ted, Ted and Dougal decide to shout his catchphrase "I don't believe it!" at him, on the reasoning that surely no one had ever done that to him before and he'd be thrilled that someone recognised him. Wilson attacks Ted, which turns out to be Truth in Television after Alan Davies did just that to someone who yelled Jonathan Creek catchphrases at him.
  • Frasier:
    • Played straight in the Season Four finale, "Odd Man Out", when Frasier meets a woman at the airport:
      Frasier: May I take your cello?
      Laura: Oh, I checked my cello, this is my purse.
      [Frasier stares blankly]
      Laura: I think that's funny, why doesn't anybody laugh at that?
    • When John Glenn guest-starred in Season Seven, the good doctor just couldn't resist:
      Frasier: Hey, senator, what are you drinking there, Tang?
      Sen. John Glenn: [looks at watch] Hey, two minutes and twenty seconds — that's a new record!
    • In "No Sex Please, We're Skittish" Niles goes to the sperm bank to ask if his "deposit has earned any interest". The nurse replies "Sir, I've worked here twenty-eight years. Think you can tell me one I haven't heard? Go ahead, try me." Niles backs down.
    • At one point, Frasier tries to explain why Martin found him apparently evesdropping on him and Ronee, which was because he'd been eating an apple when they entered the flat. Martin shrugs this off, apparently having heard this a lot when he was a cop.
    • By season 8, Frasier's complaints about his latest romantic disaster have become so common his family say they've heard it all before. By season 11, they can recite them along with Frasier.
      Niles: I'm sure I've heard it all before.
      Frasier: This time was different. I'm sure-
      Niles: [at the same time as Frasier] She could've been the one.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:
    • Will eventually admits that even he is getting tired of all the fat jokes. When his Uncle Phil laments, "Why must I always be The Heavy?", Will just says to himself, "Forget it, that would be too easy."
    • Also, in the episode with William Shatner. When he walks into the building someone jokingly says: "Hey, I saw your car outside, I guess you thought beaming down would be too flashy." Mr. Shatner was not happy.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Tyrion isn't happy over how everyone keeps making dwarf jokes, though that doesn't stop him making eunuch jokes to Varys, who just responds with an exasperated eyeroll.
    • From "Battle of the Bastards":
      Tyrion: Everyone who makes a joke about a dwarf's height thinks he's the only person ever to make a joke about a dwarf's height. "The height of nobility," "a man of your stature," "someone to look up to." You're all making the same five or six jokes.
    • And in "Walk of Punishment", Tyrion has been given Littlefinger's job as Master of Coin and asks if he has any advice for his successor.
      Littlefinger: Keep a low profile.
      Tyrion: If I had a gold dragon for every time I heard that joke, I'd be richer than you are.
      Littlefinger: You are richer than I am.
      Tyrion: [beat] Good point.
    • Salladhor Saan relates a certain joke to a couple of prostitutes, who beat him to the punchline. Davos asks them if there's any pirate in Braavos who hasn't told that one.
  • Get Smart. Max is trapped in a phone booth that turns out to be a Drowning Pit. He's run out of coins, so tries to get the operator to place through a call to CONTROL.
    Max: Operator, this is a matter of life and death!
    Operator: That's what they all say!
  • In an episode of Home Improvement guest-starring Real Life astronaut Story Musgrave:
    Tim Taylor: Hey Story — what's the story?
    Story Musgrave: Never heard that one before.
  • On Homicide: Life on the Street, some detectives are discussing someone's easily punned last name. Kay Howard wonders aloud whether the guy in question got teased a lot as a kid, prompting her partner to reply:
    Det. John Munch: Take it from Mrs. Munch's baby boy — HE DID.
  • From the February 25, 2013 episode of Jeopardy!: Colby Burnett answers a clue about cheese. Alex: "also a Colby cheese!" Colby: "Never heard that before, Alex!"
  • The Last Kingdom: In Season 3, this is Aethelwold's response to the likes of Father Beocca, Father Pyrlig and Finan making wisecracks about his missing eye, which he lost for conspiring against King Alfred.
  • Double subverted in the Leverage episode "The Reunion Job": Nate deduces that their mark Duberman has been called "Doucherman" countless times and incorporates that name into his impersonation of the popular boy who tormented Duberman in high school.
  • Monk:
    • Also subverted and lampshaded during the Sharona days. Sharona meets a new boyfriend:
      Boyfriend: [walks up] M-M-My Sharona!
      Sharona: [laughs]
      Boyfriend: [seems to think it's sarcastic] You must get that a lot.
      Sharona: No, actually.
    • And when they're at the US mint in "Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather" (paraphrased, of course)...
      Vince: Do you have samples?
      Bedard: How original you are, sir. I've never heard that before.
  • Spoofed in Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    Mr. Smoke-Too-Much: My name is Smoke-Too-Much. Mr. Smoke-Too-Much.
    Mr. Bounder: Well you'd better cut down a little then.
    Mr. Smoke-Too-Much: What?
    Mr. Bounder: You'd better cut down a little then.
    Mr. Smoke-Too-Much: Oh I see! Cut down a bit, for Smoke-Too-Much.
    Mr. Bounder: Yes... I expect you get people making jokes about your name all the time, eh?
    Mr. Smoke-Too-Much: No, no actually. Actually, it never struck me before.
  • In the episode of Murphy Brown where she gives birth to her son, Jim and Frank at different times ask a man present if he's the doctor, and both get the same response:
    Nurse: No, I'm the nurse. [beat] Go ahead! Make all your "male nurse" jokes! I heard them all! "Gee, Bruce? Why did you become a nurse? So you can get yourself a cute doctor?"
  • In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode Revenge of the Creature, Mike and the 'bots learn from Professor Bobo that they are in the year 2525 and Earth is now ruled by apes. You can guess which movie Mike starts quoting. Bobo then completes Mike's quotes with an utterly apathetic and bored tone, clearly having heard this several times before.
  • NCIS:
    • In the Season 2 episode "SWAK", after Tony contracts Y. pestis, he is sent to Bethesda hospital and treated by Dr. Brad Pitt (no relation). Most of the characters comment on the name in some fashion, with Pitt even referencing the trope.
      Dr. Brad Pitt: Yes, that's my real name, and no, we're not related. Wish we were. Love to meet Angelina Jolie.
    • Season Seven's "The Inside Man" features an SEC investigator named Benjamin Franklin. His admonishment below doesn't stop Tony from trying.
      Tony: Is that really your name?
      Ben: Yes, and I've heard every imaginable joke, so spare me?
    • In Season Eight's "Baltimore", McGee and Ziva interview Dao Huang, the owner of a fortune cookie company, who is Caucasian and speaks with a pronounced Russian accent. When McGee expresses surprise, Dao Huang explains, in the exasperated tone of having done so many times before, that he was adopted in Ukraine by Chinese immigrants, before the family moved to the United States.
      Dao Huang: Is it any stranger than an American with an Irish name? Have you ever been to Ireland?
      McGee: I-I have not.
    • In season 12's "Grounded", shortly after meeting Ellie's husband Jake, they encounter a rude airline passenger:
      Tony: Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.
      Jake: [makes a face]
      Tony: Your name's Jake. You never heard that?
      Jake: [rolls his eyes, sighs wearily] All my life, Mr. Mulwray.
    • The above serves as Foreshadowing for a Plot Point in the same episode when they run into the man again and he claims to be an Air Marshal named Mike Beers. Tony makes a crack about how "we could all use one (beer)" and gets suspicious when the man asks "One what?", noting that "It's like Jake with the Chinatown joke. Anybody named 'Beers' would be sick to death of a joke like that. That guy acted like he never heard it before." It turns out he's right, as the man turns out to be an impostor.
  • The Office (US):
    • Michael Scott, being such a bad comedian, falls into this one often:
      Michael: And this is Oscar... Oscar the Grouch. Can you believe he never heard that one before working here?
      Purse saleswoman: No, I don't believe it.
      Michael: I know, amazing, right?
    • At a Christmas party, he's also under the impression no-one ever thought of mixing orange juice with vodka. His "One With Everything" special, however, does seem pretty original.
    • And this isn't even getting into the time he took Jim to lunch at Hooters. His time spent in the restaurant was basically this nonstop.
  • Subverted for laughs on Pretty Hard Cases when the cops arrest a suspect named Ken Barbie. When they talk about all the jokes he must have heard as a kid, the guy goes, " mean like the dolls? Huh, you're the first person to bring that up." They think he's being sarcastic but as the interrogation goes on with them making one Barbie-themed crack after another, it becomes clear that, incredibly, the guy has never once heard anyone making fun of his name before.
  • In the "Cockneys" episode of QI, the buzzer music for Bill Bailey was "(Won't You Come Home) Bill Bailey". The Other Wiki states that his music teacher gave him this nickname (his birth name was Mark Bailey) for his talent playing this song when he was younger.
    Alan Davies: That's very clever what they've done there.
    Stephen Fry: Has anyone ever pointed that out to you—
    Bill Bailey: [sarcastic] No, no one's ever pointed that out before.
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • It wheeled out a Seth Meyers skit based solely on two guys with similar names.
    "I'm William Fitzpatrick!"
    "And I'm Patrick Fitzwilliam!"
    "And we've heard the jokes so SAVE IT!"
    "SAVE IT!!"
    • Another had a man vetoing literally every single name his pregnant wife suggested for their soon to be born son, insisting that the kid would be subjected to these kinds of jokes — "Hey Harry, where are the Henderson's?" As it turns out, the guy has a very good reason to be worried about his kid's name...
    Delivery man: I have something here for an Asswipe Johnson?
    Man: That's Os-wee-pay.
  • Scrubs:
  • Naomi's reaction to the laughter at the reveal of her full name (Naomi Campbell) in Skins screams that she's been through that exact rigmarole at least a dozen times before.
  • Dan on Sports Night slips up on the air and reports about an athlete practicing in a park "all covered with cheese." By the time Rebecca starts to tease him about it, he can truthfully say "You know, I think I've heard them all."
  • Stargate:
    • Stargate SG-1:
      • A Goa'uld in has the unfortunate name of Yu (pronounced You). After several moments of confusion whenever his name is mentioned:
        Dr. Elizabeth Weir: Yu?
        Dr. Daniel Jackson: Don't. Just, don't. Every joke, every pun, done to death. Seriously.
      • Jokes about Ba'al (pronounced Ball) on the other hand... Jack in particular loves to make them, but then the two of them do have a rather... checkered past... it may be Jack's way of coping with a bit of PTSD.
    • In the first episode of the Stargate Atlantis three-parter "The Siege", Radek Zelenka explains to Elizabeth Weir that the Ancient computer system is incredibly redundant. Incredibly redundant? "That one never gets old."
  • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", Dax takes a shot at it when two members of Temporal Investigations come to question Captain Sisko. "I guess you boys from Temporal Investigations are always on time..." The annoyed look the two investigators share makes it pretty clear that wasn't a new one. They have a similar reaction to Sisko's statement of "believe me if we'd changed the timeline somehow we'd be the first to know."
  • Inverted on Supernatural, when Benny tells the story of how he used to be a part of a vampire gang who perpetrated pirate attacks. Dean remarks that they were Vampirates, and Benny says that, in fact, he hasn't heard that joke before. Dean actually found this joke so obvious and funny that he was surprised no-one had ever thought of it before.
  • That '70s Show: More often than not, Red will threaten to kick someone's ass (or put his foot in it) when they do something he doesn't like or don't do something he asks, which is often lampshaded by other characters. Case in point in "Red Fired Up" where he and Eric are working at a department store:
    Red: Eric, bend your knees and lift with your legs, or else I'm gonna-
    Eric: [deadpan] Kick my ass, put your foot in my ass, make my ass a hat, yeah, yeah, yeah.
    Red: Jeez. And I didn't think you were listening.
  • On This Is Us, Kevin does a film shoot for M. Night Shyamalan. He tells the director "sorry about all those "I see dead people" jokes." In a perfect deadpan, Shyamalan replies "yeah, that never gets old."
  • An episode of TLC features a phlebotomist who goes crazy after decades of hearing people making references to the Hancock's Half Hour episode "The Blood Donor". ("A pint? That's nearly an armful!")
  • The West Wing:
    • Sam makes a reference to "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey?" when he meets Will's sister Elsie, to which she responds, "You should definitely mention that to him, 'cause he's probably never heard that reference before." She adds that he goes by Will, not Bill, and he tries again with, "Merry Christmas, y' old Building & Loan!" — which they probably also haven't heard before since as Elsie says, that's George Bailey.
    • C.J. is well known for her height and the semi-frequent jokes about it. When the First Lady appears on Sesame Street the rest of the Senior Staff immediately start making jokes about Big Bird much to C.J.'s frustration.
      Will: What do C.J. and Big Bird have in common?
      C.J.: This'll be fun because no one's ever made a joke about me and Big Bird before.
      Will: Your heads are in Ohio and your feet are in Florida.
      C.J.: Wouldn't that make us not so much tall as crooked?
  • Played with on White Collar. When Peter has to impersonate someone nicknamed "Fat Charlie" despite being built like a beanpole, he uses this trope to bluff his way through it.
  • Chris Tarrant from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (in Britain) apparently gets loads of people coming up to him and yelling things like "hey, phone a friend!" and "is that your final answer?" and other catchphrases of the show.
  • Will from Will & Grace got sick of people cringing or apologizing when he told them he was a lawyer, so in one episode he tells everyone he is a tennis player. Of course, there is another professional tennis player at the party so Hilarity Ensues. And it turns out that guy really worked for the IRS, so everyone heard that before.
  • On an episode of Wings, Fay reveals that one of her former married names was "DeVay". Before Joe and Brian can begin cracking any, she informs them that she's "heard them all": "Can you show me DeVay?" "Do you go all DeVay?" and her personal favorite: "Old soldiers never die, they just Fay DeVay."
  • The second season of The Wire introduces us to Ukrainian gangster Sergei, who is addressed as Boris several times, either by stupid punks or by detectives looking to mess with him. For a hardened mob enforcer with a history of cutting off the hands and faces of his victims, Sergei responds surprisingly gently. Instead of lashing out, he tends to give a long-suffering sigh or say in confusion "Boris. Why is it always Boris?"
  • In the first episode of Yes, Minister, Jim Hacker is introduced to Sir Humphrey, the Permanent Secretary and Bernard Woolley, Hacker's Principal Private Secretary. Humphrey then explains that the Permanent Secretary also has a Principal Private Secretary and that the Department contains 10 Deputy Secretaries, 87 Under Secretaries and 219 Assistant Secretaries. The Prime Minister will appoint two Parliamentary Under Secretaries, and Hacker will appoint his own Parliamentary Private Secretary. Hacker asks how many of them can type, and suggests opening an agency, before adding "I suppose all new Ministers say that." Sir Humphrey smoothly replies "Of course not, Minister. Not quite all."

  • In the magazine, MAD, there was a "Lighter Side" feature about dentistry, a patient in the chair is spouting lines like "You're looking down in the mouth", striking gold while drilling, and "The Yanks are coming". The dentist is laughing hysterically that this was the first time he'd heard these jokes... (sudden, bitter anger shift) TODAY!!

  • Five Iron Frenzy, at their 2003 farewell concert, performed "Blue Comb '78", in which Reese Roper laments a favorite comb he lost at age six and asks the listener "Have you seen my comb?". After the song finished, Reese chatted with the audience a bit:
    Reese Roper: What? You found my comb? Boy, I never heard that one. Thank you! Tomorrow morning, when I'm sleeping in until, like, noon, I'm gonna be like, "Aaaaah. No more combs!" I've got about ten thousand combs at home.
    Dennis Culp: If you only knew how many times we've wished we'd named that song "Have You Seen My Dollar?".
  • Although it's not regarding himself, this comes up in Roy Zimmerman's "Eine Kleine Barackmusic".
    His name's Barack Obama, Barack Obama, sounds like Osama, I'm just the 137 millionth person to have made that point!
  • You may or may not like Hip-Hop music, but please do not say "Rap Is Crap!"
  • Magnus Pyke, the elderly gentleman in Thomas Dolby's She Blinded Me with Science video complained of random strangers coming up to him and shouting "SCIENCE!" at him.
  • Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac kept her married name after divorcing bassist John McVie because she hated all the puns that went with her given name, Perfect.
  • "I'm so old I can remember when MTV played music!"

    Puppet Shows 
  • In the beginning of the Helen Reddy episode of The Muppet Show, Helen makes a "ready" joke, if only to get them out of the way. When Scooter asks if she seriously believes the Muppets would stoop so low, Fozzie Bear pops in to make a "ready" joke. "Lower," confirms Helen.

  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme
    • A song in which zookeepers complained about the things people always say at their exhibits. ("When you see a meerkat, don't say 'Simples'...")
    • Another episode had a series of skits in which John had an Internal Monologue in which he tried to think of a witty and original thing to say to someone, and came up with the most obvious comment imaginable (asking a tall person "What's the weather like up there?" and saying to Tony Robinson "I've got a good idea!", which isn't even right). The person muttered a sarcastic "Heh, yeah", while John's internal monologue said "Nailed it!" The third time it seemed he was gearing up to make a terrible comment about a woman's breasts and instead he complimented her glasses, and got a sincere thank you. And went off thinking he'd made an utter fool of himself.
  • In the BBC Radio 4 dramady Relativity, when Ian is in the waiting room for his testicular cancer scan, he phones his wife and, when he compares it to a supermarket scanner, she comments that they don't want an unexpected item in the bagging area. He likes that joke and says he'll use it, despite her telling him they'll have heard all the jokes. After a couple of jokes that don't go down well, he uses it, and based on the deadpan reaction of the radiologist backtracks and says it was his wife's joke. She then says that she actually hasn't heard that one before, and his wife's obviously very funny.

    Tabletop Games 
  • A rather meta instance at the end of the rulings regarding the Magic: The Gathering card Void Winnower, which limits your opponent's actions with cards that have even mana costs:
    Yes, your opponent can't even. We know.
  • One Vampire: The Masquerade sourcebook says that Kindred in general have a special nickname for "Bela Lugosi's Dead" — TFBS, or "That Fucking Bauhaus Song". Because there's always someone who thinks they're being a wit when they play it over the stereo at Elysium.

  • Gary Coleman's complaint in "It Sucks to Be Me" from Avenue Q is about people quoting his Diff'rent Strokes catchphrase back at himnote :
    Everyone: It sucks to be you
    Kate: You win!
    Everyone: It sucks to be you
    Brian: I feel better now!
    Gary: Try having people stopping you to ask you:
    "Whatchyou talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
    It gets old.
  • Cyrano de Bergerac. After a man tries to insult Cyrano and tells him that his nose is "very big", he gives a Long List of better insults in various styles. However, he makes it clear that he wouldn't take such insults from anyone but himself.
  • In Noah Smith's stage version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, when Jekyll first meets Helen, he quotes Faustus's speech on meeting Helen of Troy in Doctor Faustus. She finishes it with him, and notes wryly that she's heard it "fairly often".
  • In Wicked, Elphaba intercepts comments on her green skin with "No, I'm not seasick. No, I didn't eat grass as a child."

    Video Games 
  • In the Borderlands 2 DLC Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, one of the generic dialog for Roland the White Knight is him telling you that if you ask him why he (a black man) is known as the White Knight, he'll punch you in the face.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition:
    • The developers managed to do this to themselves. During development, they all made so many "NO ONE EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!" jokes that they grew tired of them and announced that they wouldn't make any in the actual game. Of course, they couldn't resist a couple of riffs: Once when you attempt to recruit the mages ("No one was expecting us")
    • In the game itself, Cassandra and Leliana are respectively known as the Right Hand of the Divine and the Left Hand of the Divine. Cassandra implies in one party banter that she frequently hears jokes about the right hand not knowing what the left is doing, and preemptively threatens to punch Blackwall when he looks like he's about to say it.
  • Fire Mage Cynn's battle quotes in Guild Wars: Eye of the North include "The next person to call me 'hot lips' gets scorched" and "Yes, I have a fiery personality. Like I've never heard that before..." (and yes, she does).
  • One of Cassia's Stop Poking Me! quotes in Heroes of the Storm implies this, but not for herself...
    Cassia: Never call a Valkyrie's assistance the Ride of the Valkyries. They do NOT find it humorous.
  • A few characters in Injustice 2 will open a fight by telling the Joker that they'll be having the last laugh. This is one of the rare times he doesn't seem amused.
    The Joker Like I haven't heard that a million times already...
  • In Lost Horizon Fenton encounters a journalist named Baltus Edison while visiting Berlin.
    Fenton: Edison? Like the famous inventor?
    Edison: Yes, quite. You're the first person to ever notice that, in fact.
  • In Mass Effect 2, if you launch a mining probe at Uranus, the ship's AI will say "Really, Commander?"
  • Max Payne gets this a lot because of his last name.
    Joey Finito: Ladies and gentlemen, it's the pain in the butt!
    Virgilio Finito: Pain to the Max!
    Max Payne: You're killing me. Did you make that up yourselves or did you get some wino downstairs to come up with it? Don't answer that. A rhetorical question.
  • In Mortal Kombat 11, Geras uses that as a counter to Nightwolf's Badass Boast.
    Geras: I've faced Nightwolves before.
    Nightwolf: I will be the last.
    Geras: So said all the others.
  • In Mortal Kombat 1, Nolan has clearly heard a certain speech one time too many.
    Raiden: You know, with great power comes great-
    Omni-Man: Stop right there. You can't platitude me to death.
  • The Genie in a Bottle character in Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark will comment on the fact that just because he is a genie, nearly every mortal he's met, including the Player Character, has been under the misconception that he's obliged to grant them a wish.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies, the Snow Pea has "heard them all" regarding cold-themed expressions.
  • In Poker Night 2, Claptrap talks about life on Pandora, leading to Ash and Brock talk about a different Pandora.
    Claptrap: Ha. Ha. Very funny. Look, MY Pandora was first, got it?
    Ash: Alright, alright, jeez! Just one question.
    Claptrap: What?
    Ash: What's James Cameron really like?
    Claptrap: $&@% you!
  • Postal 2 nods at this on Tuesday, when Gary Coleman is autographing copies of his biography at the mall. If you pick up the newspaper on that day, the Postal Dude will comment on the headline:
    I wonder if he'll say that Willis thing. Maybe I'll ask. I bet he likes that!
  • Quiplash: If you answer the prompt "The World's Most Boring Video Game" with "Quiplash", Schmitty will finish off his "The Reason You Suck" Speech with this:
    And you wanna know what else? It isn't even f**king original. Somebody else answered the same exact g**damn thing yesterday. Ungrateful piece of sh*t...
  • In Stories: Path of Destinies, one of the (many) paths has a Councilwoman comment that the protagonist Reynardo — a Swashbuckling fox — is "crazy like a fox" after he pulls off something particularly ridiculous. The Lemony Narrator describes him "smiling politely like he'd never heard THAT one before."
  • When rescuing Carson the bounty hunter in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, a Malkavian PC will utter "Heeeeeeeeeerrrrreeee's JOHNNY!". He's visibly unimpressed.
  • Saints Row:
    • This attitude is expressed by a DJ when a woman named Jane calls in to request a song. That alone tells him the title of the song she intends to request. When she's shocked he knew, his response is a sarcastic "Lucky guess."
    • This comes up again in Saints Row 2. The Boss being able to look drastically different than he did in the first game — up to and including being a woman — is lampshaded several times throughout the game by characters asking the Boss if they did something with their hair. One early time they respond "yeah, I've been getting that a lot". In the secret mission with Julius, the Boss interrupts his attempt at it by pulling a gun on him and shouting "I didn't do shit to my hair!"
  • World of Warcraft:
    • The male Tauren express this sentiment in one of their /silly emotes:
      "Moo. Are you happy now?"
    • Also the reaction of many players when the discussion turns to the human female dance — the macarena. "It was funny for 30 seconds seven years ago."

    Visual Novels 
  • In The Curse of Kudan, when Sakuya meets first-year Koto, Koto tells Sakuya that she's heard jokes about her names many times already. In the original Japanese, people joke about Koto's name because it's written with the kanji characters for "little rabbit." The English localization changes it to Sakuya making a joke about Koto being a koto player.
  • The title character of Melody is tired of guys giving lame compliments on her name and its musical affiliation. Significantly, the protagonist is one of the few people whom she comes to tolerate making them.

    Web Animation 
  • DEATH BATTLE!: In Shadow vs. Ryuko, we get an exchange between Ryuko and Shadow. You can really tell Shadow is sick and tired of hearing that one word, and he wastes no time in finishing Ryuko off after surviving what she meant to be the deathblow:
    Ryuko: Sayonaranote , dipshit!
    Shadow: SHUT UP!!!
  • Dreamscape: Keela has heard all the jokes about her long hair (which, should be noted, goes down to the back of her knees!)
  • In Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged, when Professor Hojo assumes AVALANCHE is an Animal Wrongs Group breaking into his lab.
    Hojo: Oh-ho-ho-ho! So, what'll it be this time? "They deserve to be free"? "They have feelings too"? Or my personal favorite, "They have a name"?
  • Homestar Runner:
    • Don't ask Strong Bad how he types with boxing gloves on. Even by the first time he read that question on-camera, he had already received so many similar viewer e-mails that he was already sick of it.
    • Strong Bad also began to audibly groan anyone signed off with some variation of crap (i.e., "Crapfully yours," "Crapfully crapfully," "With full of Crap," etc.)
  • In Turnabout Storm, when the prosecution tries to pull a classic cop-out:
    Trixie: That doesn't change anything at all! Whether she heard or saw it doesn't make any difference.
    Phoenix: If got a dime for every time I heard that one!

  • A character in Amazing Super Powers receives the old "Did you know 99% of statistics are made up?" joke... rather poorly.
  • Dr. Stein from Blood Stain does not take kindly to anyone calling him "Blood Stain". Being saddled with that nickname by asshole kids back in your school days will do that to you, and when Elly mistakenly calls him this, he goes on a quite pissed-off and snarky rant about this trope, nearly scaring poor Elly out of her wits.
  • In one Bravo vs. Ponyville strip, Johnny Bravo is trying to chat Rainbow Dash up.
    Johnny: Some say there is a treasure at the end of the rainbow—
    Rainbow Dash: Yeah-yeah, very funny. That's like the 1000th time I hear that joke.
  • Annie from Catena, in addition to the Annie jokes, has also had to deal with Star Wars references ever since the first prequel. She's heard 'em all.
  • In this Dork Tower strip, Matt spends a Patrick Rothfuss signing queue planning the perfect thing to say that will show Rothfuss he's his greatest fan. He gets as far as "So, ha ha, that third book sure is taking its sweet..." before Rothfuss calls security.
  • In El Goonish Shive, when the Uryuoms first appear.
    Elliot: Hey, cool! I'm having a Close Encounter of the Fifth Kind!
    William: Hey, cool! Some nerd is pointing at me!
  • In the May 19, 2005 strip of Full Frontal Nerdity, where the boys are at E3:
    Lewis: Can I have a T-shirt?
    Booth babe: Let me guess: mine?
    Lewis: You've done this before!
  • In Get Medieval, ex-lawyers are fed up with "decided you'd rather go to heaven" Evil Lawyer Jokes.
  • Girl Genius: When Gil meets Orotine, one of the Storm King's Muses, she notes he hasn't bothered to point out that she's a Muse. Gil dryly responds he figured she probably already knew.
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! the local college has a dean named Martin, who is therefore addressed as Dean Martin. His personal Berserk Button is for people to ask him where Jerry Lewis is.
  • Carrie of Thespiphobia giggled and said "I've never heard that before!" when Gwyn said they'd do their best not to dump pig blood on her. Gwyn and the other jaded techies were surprised and confused as to whether she was being sarcastic.

    Web Original 
  • Katalepsis: Evelyn rolls her eyes when Raine makes a joke about her prosthetic right leg costing her, well, An Arm and a Leg.
  • Loves Lost And Found: After Maria subdues the strigoi that tries to kill them, the strigoi threatens Maria, telling them that the Count will avenge it. Maria dryly tells it that they've "heard that before," and then they decapitate it with no effort.
  • Whateley Universe:
    • In Have Your Self an Evil Little Christmas (Part 3), Romeo LaClavar a.k.a Rosethorn expresses this sentiment when he's under an Unstoppable Rage:
      Rosethorn: Oh, and "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo"! [...] Yes, it was funny — the first THOUSAND times I heard it before I was THREE!
    • In Straight from the Squirrel's Mouth (Chapter 7), Anna explains her squirrel powers to the arborist crew, one of whom makes a Squirrel Girl joke:
      Ed teased, "Can you beat up Deadpool too?"
      Anna had heard all the Squirrel Girl jokes a ton of times already, so she just ignored him. She wanted to stick her tongue out at him, but she figured she better not.


    Web Videos 
  • Arlo, of Youtube fame, uses a blue furry Muppet-esque puppet as his online persona. Many, many, many comments on his videos consist of jokes about him being related to Cookie Monster. Downplayed since he responds to these jokes in (semi) good humor.
    Arlo: [talking about his Christmas haul] Then I got lots and lots of cookies. Don't say it! I am allowed to like cookies without obvious jokes being made!
  • In the Atop the Fourth Wall episode "Captain America Goes to War Against Drugs", Captain America reels off various things he's heard by people underestimating him. Linkara adds how the story of "Surely, he couldn't have eaten all the donuts" may not be what they want to hear.
  • Channel Awesome:
    • Doug Walker apparently heard too many Doug jokes when growing up, so The Nostalgia Critic has an intense hatred for that show, and even playing Doug's theme serves as a Berserk Button. Eventually, Walker had to explain the Alter-Ego Acting to Doug creator Jim Jones' daughter, saying that he himself doesn't hate the show.
    • This is also what Doug feels about the "Bat-Credit Card" joke, NC's other Berserk Button. While at first amusing and became his most memetic and famous joke, he got really tired of it when people make him re-enact his rage by saying "Bat-Credit Card" within his vicinity that his lungs were in danger of being damaged so he asks that people stop telling him to re-enact that joke, or he'll just find ways to subvert it without going into rage. Personally, he liked the joke enough that it's amongst his Top 10 favorite Nostalgia Critic jokes.
    • Demo Reel/Nostalgia Critic actress Rachel Tietz is more than aware of how her last name is pronounced, thank you.
  • Critical Role
    • Early into Campaign 2, the party discovers that Fjord used to be a sailor, and all start making "Seaman" puns at his expense. Fjord responds to this with an incredibly deadpan "Gets funnier every time".
    • In campaign 3, Ashton — an earth genasi — responds with exasperation to any and all rock-based puns.
      Orym: You seemed to sleep like a rock to me.
      Ashton: I just knew it was coming, and I've never heard that one before. I've never heard that pun before! Not once! Not even once! Amazing!
  • In Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv), Light Yagami experiences some severe Sanity Slippage after being the butt of a certain fan joke one too many times:
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Freeza has been keeping track of things that would-be heroes (or just empire-topplers) have said to him before trying to kill him; he's heard "We're here to stop this senseless slaughter of our people" 92 times, "This has gone on for too long and now you're going to pay" 355 times, "We are the ones who will stop you" 419 times, "That wasn't part of the deal" 500 times, "You insane bastard" 190 times, and "We're going to f*** your face" twelve times. This is then subverted in Episode 27 when Goku shows up and delivers a one-liner he actually HASN'T heard before.
      Goku: So are you that Freezer guy?
      Freeza: I am Lord Freeza, yes.
      Goku: Awesome! I'm-a deck you in the schnoz!
      [Frieza drops Vegeta in Stunned Silence]
      Freeza: ...I'm sorry, that's a new one.
    • In Episode 33, Trunks reacts this way after Freeza boasts about his cyborg enhancements.
    • In Episode 43, Cell reacts this way after being called a monster.
      Cell: Oh, "I'm a monster!" Haven't heard that one screamed at me today.
  • In one Epic Rap Battles of History, Frank Sinatra unloads on Freddie Mercury with a number of crude jokes and condescending statements regarding Mercury's bisexuality. Mercury's response to Frank begins with "You think I haven't heard those things before?"
  • When I Hate Everything did a video about reaction YouTubers, it unsurprisingly recieved a lot of reaction videos itself, which he made a follow-up video responding to. When one of the people shown quips "If you 'hate everything', does that mean you hate yourself?", he wordlessly loops the audio over a Long List of other people making the exact same joke.
  • Prior to their transition, JesuOtaku stated in their Facebook profile: "I'm just Hope... the girl of a thousand puns on her first name. (I really want a nickel for every one of them. That'd be tight.)"
  • Joueur du Grenier: In the Papy Grenier episode for Hogwarts Legacy, the magic wand seller sarcastically says he never heard this one when asked for a wood "about a foot long, and very hard."
  • ProJared, any time he reviews a game with four treasures of the elements, he will inevitably say "Gee, a game where you have to collect four treasures of the elements? Never heard that one before.", before holding up the cartridge of the original Final Fantasy. May double as a kind of catchphrase.
  • The Runaway Guys: This is JoshJepson's reaction to Chuggaaconroy singing "Meet Josh Jepson..."
  • Solid jj: When Larry mistakenly thinks Strange has a strange name based on him saying "My name is Strange" in "Doctor Strange and Multiverse of Stooges", Strange responds by saying that the gag has been done to death.
  • The Spoony Experiment: Noah Antwiler comments during his review of Highlander II: The Quickening that as a kid he had to deal with a lot of "Where's the Ark?" jokes.
    Noah Antwiler: Oh and by the way, just because I do actually happen to have an ark in the backyard has nothing to do with the fact that my name is Noah, and when the polar ice caps finally melt, flood the earth, and destroy all life, I am not gonna let any of you dickweeds who made fun of me in!
  • The Steven Pakman Show: Steven will often air footage of his critics mispronouncing his name to make the same old Pac-Man jokes or read angry emails doing the same, usually followed by a deadpan comment.
  • Todd in the Shadows plays the piano... and apparently is sick of requests for a particular Billy Joel song.
  • Ultra Fast Pony:
    • In "The Pet Games", the Duck is introduced with a subtitle reading "Has Heard All the Jokes Before".
    • In "For Glorious Mother Equestria", when the doctor returns with a diagnosis, Twilight quips "Doctor, doctor, give me the news!" (referencing a Robert Palmer song). The doctor tells her to shut up.

    Western Animation 
  • All Grown Up!:
    Pangborn: Can it, Pickles! Or should I say, jar it?
    Tommy: [sarcastically] Heh, heh, good joke, sir. Never heard that one before.
  • In the Halloween episode of American Dad!, Stan tells his gay neighbor Terry that his haunted house will "scare you straight!" Terry mutters "Every year..." under his breath and walks off.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: Dr. Harleen Quinzell's response in "Mad Love" when the Joker points out that her name shortens to Harley Quinn. Of course, she later adopts the name. Happens again in Batman: Arkham Asylum in one of her interview tapes. And in The Joker Blogs, both being references to "Mad Love".
  • Blue Eye Samurai. The title character has faced Half-Breed Discrimination her entire life due to what's regarded as Creepy Blue Eyes to the rest of the Japanese population. Akemi poses as a high-class courtesan so she can get close enough to kill Mizu, and anticipating the response to her Mizu says, "Whatever clever insult comes next is not as clever as you think." Akemi goes on to say What Beautiful Eyes! which Mizu hasn't heard before, but she dismisses it as the trained flattery expected of a courtesan.
  • Bounty Hamster. A Body Surf criminal steals Cassie's body, leaving her stuck in the form of hulking thug who's quickly arrested by a Bounty Hunter.
    Cassie: But I'm innocent!
    Bounty hunter: That's what they all say.
    Cassie: But I'm a thirteen-year-old girl!
    Bounty hunter: They all say that, too.
  • One scene in The Critic features Duke meeting then-Pope John Paul II. He then asks, "Hey, John Paul. Where's George Ringo?" Pope John Paul merely sighs and says, "I am so sick of that joke!"
  • A variant where it's the person saying it, with Disenchantment. Stan the Executioner cracks a beheading pun when he hires Bean, and tells her she'll hear all the executioner jokes in the first fifteen minutes of work. "Then it's basically just human tragedy."
  • In one episode of Earthworm Jim, Jim and Peter go to a psychiatrist named Dr. Houston. Jim says, "Houston, we have a problem." Then Jim and Peter crack up from the pun, while Dr. Houston says, "You know, that was real funny the first five hundred times I heard it."
  • A downplayed nonverbal version comes from Garrett Miller of Extreme Ghostbusters in the first episode. When future teammate Eduardo, sore over sticking his foot in his mouth and insulting the attractive girl in class and Garrett ribbing him by quoting the aforementioned trope, makes a tasteless remark about "having a working foot to insert", Garrett's only response is an eye roll that screams this page's trope.
  • Family Guy:
    • While playing golf, there was this exchange (for context, Joe is in a wheelchair):
      Peter: Hey Joe...
      Joe: Don't say it, Peter...
      Peter: I was just wondering...
      Joe: Peter, I swear to God...
      Peter: What's your handicap?
    • On another episode, someone quoted Anne Robinson's "you are the weakest link, goodbye" in class, and Stewie went on a (sarcastic) tirade about how unoriginal that was.
    • In "Emission Impossible", Brian is reading instructions for crib assembly to Peter, specifying rods and slots. Brian cuts across Peter's anticipated reply with "If you say 'That's What She Said' one more time, I'm gonna pop you."
    • In "Hell Comes to Quahog":
      Meg: Mr. Penisberg, I quit.
      Peter: Penisberg?
      Mr. Penisberg: Yeah, go on, get it out of your system...
  • Hercules: The Animated Series: In "Hercules and the Arabian Night", a crossover with Aladdin: The Series, Herc and Aladdin are manipulated into fighting each other. The latter taunts the former with the nickname "Jerk-ules".
    Hercules: [repeatedly attempting to punch Aladdin] Y'know, everyone thinks they're being clever when they call me that, but it's not! That! Funny!
  • In Moral Orel it's not played for laughs. The owner of a hardware store is named Mr. Nohammer and runs the store Nohammer Hardware. He seems to have been made so paranoid by that joke of people calling to ask if he has any hammers that his entire store is covered in hammers and signs in big letters stating "YES WE HAVE HAMMERS!".
    Nohammer: [on the phone with a confused customer, near the point of tears] IT'S JUST MY NAME!
  • During the "smoking is bad" episode of Ozzy & Drix, Ozzy tells Nicotine "This town's a no-smoking area!" Nicotine grouses that it was funny the first 500 or so times he heard it.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • One sketch has James Bond making it with a woman named Christmas. A Hurricane of Puns ensues, much to the poor woman's growing frustration. The sketch is naturally referencing The World Is Not Enough mentioned above.
    • Another sketch featured a bunch of kids singing "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!", only to be confronted by the real Batman and Robin who are obviously annoyed at people singing that, going so far as to kill the children. It turns out to be a story made up by a teacher annoyed at a kid messing up his Christmas play who was singing it.
  • In Secrets of the Furious Five, Crane gives a variation on this when the instructor at the kung fu academy makes fun of his "skinny legs": "Yeah... my skinny legs. First time that's ever been mentioned..."
  • The Simpsons:
    • The Simpsons visit an exhibit of luxury cars, one of which is presented by a blonde bikini bimbo. Homer quips "Do you come with the car?" and she giggles, "Oh, you!" The next person to come by makes the exact same joke and she replies in the exact same way. Either she's very used to it and has practiced it, or she has the memory of a goldfish.
    • In "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge" (originally aired in 2000), each student in Bart's class is given a video camera for a school project to create a movie. As soon as he hands over the cameras, Skinner immediately says he doesn't want to see "30 Blair Witch knockoffs". Cue the entire class going "Aw...".
    • Subverted in the case of Bart's teacher, Mrs. Krabappel, whose name was always pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable until one day Milhouse came out with the obvious pun. Turns out none of the kids had ever thought of it before.
    • "Lisa the Greek": At a fancy restaurant, the waiter introduces himself to the Simpsons and says he'll be their waiter. Homer replies by saying he's Homer and will be the waiter's customer. The waiter dryly says he never heard that one before.
  • From Young Justice:
    The Flash: Back in a flash. [runs off]
    Impulse: Heh. "Back in a flash". Does he say that often?
    Every Other Member of the Allen Family: [sighs] Too often.

    Real Life 
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  • Umberto Eco, whose surname means "echo" in Italian and Spanish. He writes of how tired he is of everyone making jokes about how he "always answers back", and journalists writing articles with titles such as "Eco's echo", "A book with echos", etc.
  • Mandy Patinkin has long made peace with the fact that on every single movie and TV set he has been on since 1987, the first thing a new actor says to him is "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya...".
    • On the audio commentary of the pilot for Homeland, Damien Lewis confesses he did it and "he gave me a 'seriously?' look he's clearly become used to."
  • Corbin Bleu and Cordon Bleu jokes. Lampshaded in the Agony Booth recap of High School Musical:
    By the way, Corbin Bleu should not, under any circumstances, be confused with chicken breasts stuffed with ham and swiss. And boy, I'm sure he's never heard anyone make a joke like that.
  • Ben Affleck has complained about people coming up to him and saying "AFFLECK!" in the same tone as the AFLAC duck says "AFLAC". He's also stated that he longer wants to be told that he was "the bomb" in Phantoms.
  • Due to Wayne's World, anywhere Alice Cooper went, people started saying "We're not worthy!". He said that it was at least better than when he released the album Hey Stoopid.
  • John Bytheway. Yes, that is his name. He's gotten tired of people saying, "By the way, John." He realized in 8th grade that his last name is a prepositional phrase and that if his child's middle name is a verb "he or she will be a sentence." He also has traced his family name back to 16th century England. He relates a story in which, after decades, a new joke was made. "If you have a son, will you name him Owen?"
  • In the rider for one of his comedy tours, prop comic Carrot Top lists what catering for him and the crew that is expected for the venue to provide. In the dessert section, it mentions that carrot cake is not permitted as they no longer feel it's clever at all.
  • In the book of Harry Enfield and Chums, Enfield recounts a story about looking for a dog he was supposed to be walking. Every person he passed said "You don't want to do it like that", in reference to his character Annoying Dad (aka Mr You-Don't-Want-To-Do-That). Finally, he snapped, and responded, "And you don't want to be the hundredth person to say that to me today!" In the book, he takes the opportunity to apologize to the person, if they're reading.
  • Wayne Knight on the Seinfeld DVDs recounts how he chewed out a fan after having "Hello, Newman" shouted at him one too many times.
  • In Kevin Jenning's memoir, Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son, he mentions that, when he first met his future partner, he said, "Your name is Jeff Davis!", prompting the man to wearily ask, "Which part of the South are you from?"
  • Ever since Team America: World Police, Matt Damon apparently cannot go a week without hearing "[stupid voice] Matt Day-minnn!" He seems to take it pretty well though. In fact, he was actually bummed that the South Park guys didn't ask him to provide his own voice.
  • Just barely avoided with David Buehler, the starting placekicker for the Dallas Cowboys football team in 2010. Due to the way his name is spelled, it appeared the poor guy was doomed to a lifetime (or at least a career) of countless smartasses saying "Bueller... Bueller..." to him in a monotonous voice. Fortunately, TV commentators put the issue to rest as early as possible by noting that his name was actually pronounced "Beeler."
  • Dave Chappelle mentioned he was tired of people constantly saying (shouting), "I'm Rick James, bitch!" from Chappelle's Show. Allegedly, some fans have done this while he's with his wife and children somewhere.
  • Chris Barrie mentioned in an interview that until about ten years after the last episode of the original run of Red Dwarf was broadcast, he could not go on The London Underground without someone on the platform shouting "Oi! Smeghead!".
  • Averted by Billy Crystal, who commented in a standup routine that he thought it was very amusing the variety of people who would greet him with "You look mah-velous!" (Apparently, this was better than the greeting he often got during the run of Soap, which consisted largely of "Hey faggot!")
  • The Barenaked Ladies at one point became annoyed at fans throwing boxes of Kraft Dinner onto the stage during performances of "If I Had $1000000". When fans didn't listen they started just collecting the boxes before the show to donate to local food banks.
  • The Mentos Finger video for "Big Me" inspired lots of Foo Fighters fans to throw Mentos on stage. The band even stopped playing the song for a while because it was akin to being stoned as "those candies are like pebbles".
  • John Cleese complained, after the Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch was aired, that he couldn't go down the street without cab drivers shouting "Oi! Monty! Do your funny walk!"
  • When Barack Obama was asked who gave him the middle name of Hussein, he quipped, to paraphrase, "somebody who never thought I'd be running for President of the United States."
  • When a New York cable company said on Twitter that they were "engaged" to make sure a customer was taken care of, saying they'd "make it so," the customer, Patrick Stewart, replied "Impertinent, presumptuous. And so... "original"."
  • Alyson Hannigan says she'd gotten so many people hollering 'Band Camp!' to her that she took to replying 'If I Had a Nickel... for every... Oh, wait. I do.'
  • Kate Micucci of Garfunkel and Oates somehow managed to make it to college before realizing the Double Entendre potential of her family name and understanding what all of her schoolmates were taunting her about. She seems to have made her peace with it, naming her one-woman show Playing with Micucci.
  • Businessman Armand Hammer was not named after Arm & Hammer brand of products. Nor did found the company. He did try to buy it in the 1980s because he was tired of explaining that. (They wouldn't sell, but he did become a major stockholder and board member.)
  • Thomas F. Wilson, who played Biff Tannen and his distant relatives in the Back to the Future movies, composed a song called "Biff's Question Song", about his most frequently-asked questions.
    "Hey, was that real manure?" No, it wasn't.
    "How was that DeLorean?" A piece of garbage.
    "Do those hoverboards really fly?"
    It's a movie!
    Stop asking me the question!
  • The Schindler Group is a leading manufacturer of elevators, based in Switzerland and dating back to 1874. With elevators known as "lifts" in the UK, puns based on Schindler's List got old real fast. Some of the company's international divisions are named Schindler Lifts, suggesting that maybe their technicians got a little tired of hearing the same joke all the time.
  • When The Stanley Cup was won by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015, the Cubs Twitter profile soon had to respond plenty of "original" jokes on how they're 107 years without a title. (As if the universe had been listening and decided to avenge them, the Cubs won the World Series the very next year.)
  • Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has expressed his annoyance over people making a big deal about the fact that his name is just one letter different from Eva Longoria.
  • In 2016, Wil Wheaton has gone on record to say he's now instantly blocking anyone on Twitter who tells him to "Shut up, Wesley", even in jest.
  • Kate Winslet said she is sick of jokes whenever she's on a boat, and was greeted with enough "My Heart Will Go On" that the song makes her feel like throwing up.
  • Mark Hamill mentioned in an interview that his wife is a dentist, and apparently her colleagues are utterly incapable of meeting him and not interject a "may the floss be with you"-joke when they depart. He's even said the line himself in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic expressed genuine annoyance on Twitter over news stories about the Al Franken scandal using "Weird Al" as a headline, not just because he doesn't want to be associated with sexual assault allegations, but he's actually trademarked Weird Al.
  • Tim Minchin when asked about him working on a musical adaptation of Groundhog Day:
    Interviewer: Were you just looking for an excuse to play the same song over and over again?
    Tim: No, I was looking for an excuse to hear that joke over and over again.
  • Whenever longtime Let's Make a Deal host Monty Hall entered a public men's room, he would invariably hear a version of:
    "Do you want door number 1, door number 2, or door number 3."
  • Michael B. Jordan is well aware that he shares his name with a certain basketball player and has already gotten plenty of grief for it on the playground. It had gotten to the point where the joke is made for a Bait-and-Switch gag in Space Jam: A New Legacy.
  • Shirley Temple complained in a radio interview that no matter where she went in the world, she was always served her namesake drink. What's worse, Temple wasn't a fan, not caring for their "saccharine, icky sweet" taste.
  • Green Day doesn't much like jokes about being woken up at the beginning of October, considering that "Wake Me Up When September Ends" was inspired by the cancer-related death of Billie Joe Armstrong's father, and the lyrics are about the Iraq war.
  • After the Harry Potter movies were done being filmed, Emma Watson became a student at Brown University. A Tumblr post by someone claiming to be a Brown student said that after she answered a question correctly in class, someone else yelled "Ten points to Gryffindor!", and Watson was "not happy".
  • A doctor practising in the North of Scotland (who passed away some thirty years ago) was named Donald Duck. When introducing himself he would make it very clear that not only had he heard all the jokes before, but also that he was born and named before "that cartoon fool" made his debut.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe has two cases, the Black Panther (2018) cast regarding the Wakandan salute (the aforementioned Michael B. Jordan even refused to do it once saying "I'm not from Wakanda!") and Sebastian Stan with the Winter Soldier's Trigger Phrase (and while he does find it a "good, honorable thing", sometimes he feels the need to call people out on that).
  • In his memoir The Bassoon King, Rainn Wilson recalled getting "Rainn, Rainn go away" taunts from other kids all throughout his childhood.
  • When it became known that the captain of the American destroyer U.S.S. Zumwalt was named James Kirk (albeit with the middle initial "A" instead of "T"), the jokes were inevitable. Fortunately, the real-life Captain Kirk has said that he's cool with it.


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He Killed My Wife!

Among the Ricks that got teleported to Rick Prime's death trap is a disheveled Rick who angrily states Rick Prime killed his wife. The other Ricks, whose Diane has also been killed, collectively tell him in an annoyed tone "We know".

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