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"Hey! The secret to health, happiness, a successful marriage and a booming business is simple. All you need is puns! No more trotting out boring old "Good morning" and "Goodnight". When you greet people, do it with a smile and a bit of horseplay. Try a "Good marening" or a "Goodneight"! Before long, you'll be the most popular punner in the town, neigh, the world! Remember: you'll be galloping your way towards happiness with laughter as your steed."
A Pun-filled Life Is A Fun-Filled Life!, found on Torneko's bookshelf in Dragon Quest IV

This work is drowning in puns. The characters are dropping them left and right, and often the narrator (if there is one) will get in on the action, too. Worlds of Pun generally capitalize on a quirky brand of humor, with the puns as an integral, pundamental feature of the work's appeal.

Compare World of Ham and World of Snark. Often includes Punny Names and Pun Based Titles. See also Hurricane of Puns. For a character who frequently uses puns, see Pungeon Master.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Rumiko Takahashi's first breakaway success, Urusei Yatsura, is filled to the brim with puns — its name, for example, can be read half a dozen ways depending on Kanji, Kana, and the use of spaces, each one of them a pun or joke.
  • One Piece lives and breathes puns. Attack names (most of Zoro's sword moves, notably, also resemble types of sushi when written), character names, and in the seventh movie over half the lines of the plot-central prophecy were puns.
  • The Rave Master dub is overflowing with puns.
  • Martian Successor Nadesico has a lot of puns. Izumi Maki, in particularly, uses so many puns that she barely speaks at all without a translator's note appearing.
  • Bakemonogatari: Name itself is pun already, far more ensues.
  • In Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, nearly every name is some sort of pun based on food (Goku is the exception, since his name comes from Journey to the West).
  • The official English translation of Daily Life with Monster Girl, goose full on with the animal puns. Deer cod...
  • The Mashin Hero Wataru Series runs them off the charts. The usage of punny names in particular are there to help children learn Japanese phrases, historical figures, celebrities, and important cultural references. The examples listed below are the most commonly used.
    • The name of Mashins are a play on words "Ma (Demon)", "Shin (God)", and "Machine."
    • Wataru the "savior" is always mistaken as an "emergency vehicle." note 
    • Senjinmaru's phone number.

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    Comic Books 
  • The Flemish series De Kiekeboes (a few English translations exist as Jo and co) has over 100 issues and in almost all of them at least one of the one-time characters, the companies or even the title itself is a pun.
  • A lot of Orient Men comics are based around puns, especially the last few ones.
  • The Asterix comic books are full of this, in both the original French and the English translations.
    • From the same writer as Asterix (René Goscinny), the Iznogoud comic books take this Up to Eleven and into a Dimension of Pun all its own.
  • Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! could barely go two panels without punning.
  • Brian Azzarello loves using puns, and so do characters in pretty much all his works, especially 100 Bullets.

  • Airplane!: loads of them — "Surely you can't be serious", Ted's drinking problem, smoking tickets.
  • Practically all the lines in Batman & Robin are "plant" or "ice" puns.
    "Allow me to break the ice."
    "I'm afraid my condition has left me cold to your pleas of mercy!"
    "Freeze well!"
    "What killed the Dinosaurs? The Ice Age!"
  • Wild Wild West. Particularly the scenes where James West (black) and Arliss Loveless (has no legs) throw double entendre insults on each other's conditions.
    Arliss: How nice of you to join us and add color to these monochromatic proceedings.
    James: Well when a man comes back from the dead I find that occasion to stand up and be counted.
    Arliss: Miss East tells me you're looking for General McGrath. I haven't seen him in a coon's age.
    James: Well I can see how it'd be hard for a man of your stature to keep track of... half the people he knows.
    Arliss: Perhaps the lovely Miss East can keep you from becoming a slave to your disappointment.
    James: You know beautiful women: support you one minute, cut the legs out from under you the next.
  • The Marx Brothers build a lot of their humor from puns. For instance, Chico combines this with "Fauxreigner":
    "Taxes? My uncle's from Taxes."
    "No, not Texas, taxes. Dollars, Taxes!"
    "That's where he's from! Dollas, Taxes!"
  • The whole movie Una Película de Huevos (even the title itself).
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is full of puns:
    Scott: You once were a ve-gone, and now you will be gone.
  • Spaceballs. The radar gets jammed, they comb the desert, and of course there's the Druish princess.
    Dark Helmet: Raspberry! There's only one person who would dare give me the raspberry. *visor clanks shut* Lone Starr!

  • Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus. Riordan being Riordan, it is almost as frequent as snarking. Special mention goes to Lupa, directed to Jason: "As always, you are our saving Grace."
  • Piers Anthony's Xanth books: There's been a steady increase in puns throughout the series. The first two books had only a handful of puns. After that, Piers Anthony started making the series more comedic, and adding more puns as part of the process. Then he started accepting reader-submitted puns and it and got completely out of control. Naturally, a great many Xanth fans were thrilled by this opportunity to actually be a part of their favorite series, even if only in a small way, so the puns flooded in ever-greater numbers, to the point that Anthony frequently has several books' worth of pun backlog. The characters are quite aware of this:
    Grundy Golem: "Of course. Xanth is largely fashioned of puns."
  • Isaac Asimov was passing fond of puns and wrote quite a number of Shaggy Dog Stories around them. One of these stories is actually named "Shah Guido G." (Because it sounds like Shagg- Oh, never mind.)
  • Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures series has puns everywhere, including the titles of all the books and of the series itself. The various dimensions have Punny Names: Klahds are from Klah, Deveels are from Deva, Cupys (small, doll-like people) are from Cupid...
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld series
    • That was a "Pune", or play on words.
    • There's the "Oh God of Hangovers" in Hogfather — not a god, or the god, but Oh, GOD of Hangovers.
    • Night Watch
      • The book contains a sequence describing the ornamental armour Sam Vimes has to wear, and how it makes him feel like a class traitor. The pune-chline: "It was gilt by association."
      • And the Fat Mines contained BCBs (Burnt Crunchy Bits) that Vimes said died because they were battered to death.
      • There's also an example of him being entirely unable to stop himself with the story of Fingers Mazda, who stole the secret of fire from the gods. He was unable to fence it, it was too hot. He really got burned on that deal.
      • Granny Weatherwax's lodgings in the Shades are made are all the better for being next door to a notorious reseller of stolen items. Because good fences make good neighbours.
      • Magrat believes that broomsticks are sexual metaphors when witches ride them. But this is a phallusy.
    • The name of the countries Djelibeybi and Hersheba. Terry Pratchett's realization that American audiences weren't getting the Djelibeybi pun (because Jelly Babies are hard to get in the US) inspired the creation of nearby Hersheba, which unfortunately most audiences in general aren't getting.explanation 
  • The Wayside School books are full of puns, both stealth and otherwise.
  • Finnegans Wake. Every sentence. In about sixty different languages (this is not an exaggeration).
  • The Phantom Tollbooth is one of these. There's a "watchdog" called Tock who is a dog with a clock in his abdomen. In the city of Dictionopolis people literally "eat their words" off plates, and for dessert they have half-baked ideas (like "The moon is made of green cheese"), fresh from the half-bakery. King Azaz owns a carriage that "goes without saying" — as soon as the passengers were all quite silent, it starts moving. People literally jump to an island called Conclusions. And so on and so forth.
  • Alice in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There are both famous for their wordplay and allusions.
  • Harry Turtledove's The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump combines this with Functional Magic. Djinnetic engineering? Spell Checkers? A Demon-Stration? All there...and more! The author actually confessed that most of the process of writing the book consisted of coming up with one bad pun after another and stringing them together into a narrative.
  • Callahan's Crosstime Saloon: In-universe example: In addition to the puns that litter their ordinary dialogue, the regulars at Callahan's hold regular Punday Night competitions and tell shaggy dog stories where the punchlines are truly horrible. Jake, the series' Narrator, states that the highest compliment one can pay to a pun is to hold one's nose and run screaming into the night.
  • Any world created by Jasper Fforde is certainly going to exist Just for Pun.
  • Peter David is quite the master of pun-play...which he took Up to Eleven for Sir Apropos of Nothing. Yes, starting with the main character's name.
  • A short story known as "Polynomials," "Little Poly Nomial," "Poly Nomial and Curly Pi" is a world of incredibly lame math puns.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrested Development took this trope liberally, hiding many of the punny gems for viewers to find.
  • Power Rangers. It's actually quite impressive to see how they can keep the pun ball in the air for long stretches.
  • Happy Endings: Although there are other kinds of humor in the show, the main characters all engage in puns at least once an episode, usually in a volley across characters.
  • The Israeli sitcom Shemesh featured about a Hurricane of Puns per episode.


  • The band Alkaline Trio lives in one of these. Their albums have titles like Good Mourning and From Here To Infirmary. [1]
  • There's a band called the Misfats who cover The Misfits songs and change the lyrics so they're about food. So they play songs like "Mommy, Can I Go Out And Grill Tonight".
  • Words, Words, Words by Bo Burnham.
  • The world of P.D.Q. Bach is saturated with puns in many languages, from the titles of the pieces and their movements to the lyrics to his vocal works to the liner notes to the recordings.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Too many to go into, but during the early years of Dilbert, Scott Adams was really, really into puns (very little office humor was involved, Dilbert was ostensibly an engineer just to provide a context for nerd-jokes and nerdy jokes).
  • Pearls Before Swine: The Sunday strips, especially, which are often nothing more than elaborate setups for atrocious puns, like this one. The final panel often has the characters confronting the cartoonist, Stephan Pastis.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Paranoia
    • While there's no general consensus on when the games jumped the shark, the trend was marked by a decrease in the social satire in game supplements and an increase in the puns. This reached its nadir with Fifth Edition.
    • Since the game's re-release as Paranoia XP, puns have become few and far between. Even older adventures that get updated and repackaged have character names surgically altered to remove any trace of former puns.

  • William Shakespeare absolutely loved puns. Wait, you mean they weren't actually talking about how small a bee's stinger was?
    • Surprisingly one of the tragedies, Romeo and Juliet, has the most by far, with an average of one pun every 4 lines. The opening scene starts off with Gregory and Sampson, two of the Capulets' servants, before they encounter Abraham and Balthazar:
    Sampson: Gregory, o' my word, we'll not carry coals.
    Gregory: Nay, for then we should be colliers.
    Sampson: I mean, and you be in choler, we'll draw.
    Gregory: Ay, while you live, draw your neck out o' the collar.note 

  • Monster High. Only in this doll franchise will you see cities like Monster Picchu, Boo York, and Barcelgroana. Or countries like Costa Shrieka, Fangladesh, and the Doominican Republic. And yet, Earth is still called Earth.

    Video Games 
  • Essentially every name in the Ace Attorney series is a pun. Most of them are just terrible, including a bomber named Ted Tonate, a detective named Dick Gumshoe, a noodle vendor named Guy Eldoon, and a victim literally just named Deid Mann. Others are a little more well thought out: mob doctor Pal Meraktis, for instance, becomes "malpractice" when you switch the first letters of the first and last names. All, however, are corny as hell and stupidly fun to figure out.
  • AdventureQuest is infamous for this, and they tend to be so spectacularly lame that they end up So Bad, It's Good. Or, as Artix described it:
    Arch Knight Style Humor (adj) — A savory blend of caffeinated epic failure served with with a side of cheese. This also probably means Artix wrote it himself... it is sort of like a train wreck. You really want to look away, but for some reason, you just... have to watch.
  • When Kingdom of Loathing isn't making random references to song lyrics, it's hitting you over the head with puns of varying quality.
    "You're fighting a bread golem. You find him crusty, and his wit stale. For having thought of the previous sentence you almost hope he manages to kick your ass."
    "This is a bat with the body of a baseball. And the heart of a bad pun."
  • Pretty much every Sierra adventure game ever. The King's Quest series is probably better known for the puns in its death messages than anything.
  • Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars: technically found in Warcraft but in Defense of the Ancients the hero responses are heard constantly. Nearly every hero with a voice says some sort of pun. Nearly every response by the Pandaren Brewmaster is a pun.
  • There's a stage in Namco × Capcom where every character is making lame puns. All of the puns are highlighted in red, to boot.
  • Super Mario Bros. loves to use puns, especially the RPG titles (with some Lampshade Hanging on the particularly bad ones).
  • Final Fantasy X-2: As an aid to the game's much lighter tone, puns are all over the place in this game, and virtually any ability any of the three main characters use has a good chance to lead them to quip one before firing it off (in contrast to the original, where puns were only heard when Lulu or Tidus used magic, and even then, only the first time they used it in a random encounter).
  • You'd be extremely hard-pressed to find a hero in Dota 2 that doesn't have at least one or two puns in their voice responses.
  • Dragon Quest IX is absolutely rife with puns, with damn nearly every enemy, boss, town and NPC dropping puns like there's no tomorrow! Sample enemy names include "Hell Nino", "Stenchurion", "Bagma", Expload" and so many many more...
  • Godville goes a step further by integrating puns into the local laws of physics. Items like a Token of Gratitude and a Green Thumb, monsters like the dreaded Wedding Knight and the vile Turncoat of Arms, and even events like your hero literally slamming a window of opportunity shut in the enemy's face.
  • Splatoon has a ton of this. Nearly every character and location has a Punny Name, and puns constantly show up in just about everybody's dialogue.
  • The ZX Spectrum adventure game Danger Mouse in the Black Forest Chateau was this, starting with the title. One situation has DM falling into a moat, where he encounters a shark... a lone shark, who takes a great deal of interest.
  • Puns are The Gungeon's second language.
  • Undertale loves puns almost as much as it loves dogs. Not only are there multiple Pungeon Master characters, Punny Names are everywhere and puns are also common in Flavor Text.
  • The Web Game Monster Breeder is basically all about making as many monster based puns as possible by combining famous monsters with each other.
  • Practically everything in The Adventures Of Square is some sort of pun, including names of the enemies, the pickups, the levels, the dialogues, and even the difficulty levels.

  • DevilBear uses puns frequently. The characters Bearalzebub and Lucy Fur in particular make puns the most in the series. Ursa, the Daiva of Wrath, however, indicates that she hates puns.
  • If any given strip of Doc Rat isn't part of a larger dramatic storyline, chances are it'll contain at least one pun (frequently acknowledged as terrible in-universe).
  • Evil, Inc. can barely go a strip without puns.
  • +EV is full of them, mostly Poker-related. Big Blind, Pocket Pear...
  • When Hejibits isn't doing a comic about Video Games, it's almost always a comic about a terrible pun of some sort.
  • Hybrid webcomic/browser game Demon Thesis does this constantly when in game mode, as virtually any action you have the characters take is accompanied by a pun or reference. For example, give Clady the spear and let her attack with it, and the attack is called "Clad the Impaler". Give Val, the sole American, the axe, and it's called "American Chopper" when she uses it. If Alain, a french-Canadian, goes into a defensive mode to take less damage, it's Block Quebecois, and so on and so forth.
  • Dominic Deegan falls under this, especially during the early strips before Cerebus Syndrome set in. For example: Seer's catalog, bookmarking sites...
  • Puns related to characters' themes or characterization are something of a tradition with Homestuck's trolls.
  • Paranatural derives much humor from puns and portmanteaus, especially in more recent chapters.

    Web Original 
  • The Cool Kids Chronicles' tagline states it outright:
    In a world in peril... they'll save the day... and make bad puns. Really bad puns.
  • Holy Musical B@man! is absolutely full of puns. Batman and Robin almost spend more time making puns than stopping crime when they team up, and the dialogue of the main villain, Sweet Tooth, is almost entirely pun-based! He even has props! The tendency for Batman's villains to be so heavily pun-based is lampshaded in a conversation between Superman and the Green Lantern, who sum up almost all of them as "guys in suits with things on their heads making puns around a theme."
  • The Best Joke Ever! has a large number of puns in it.
  • Unsong is set in a universe where There Are No Coincidences - not even in language. One side effect of this is that puns are absolutely vital to the study of Functional Magic.
  • Chuggaaconroy's Let's Plays are full of these, Chugga being the Pungeon Master he is.

    Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic loves puns, especially horse-related ones, both noticeable and stealthy.
  • Bob's Burgers is full of it. It starts with the names of the burgers of the day, the (changing) names of the neighbour shop and the van appearing in the intro and continues with names of various businesses.
  • Almost every episode of House of Mouse used puns, especially in the cartoon shorts but often in the main story as well. Like Mickey saying he had to stop at the bank because he was "overdrawn" and two guests, who are still pencil tests, saying, "He's lucky! We're not done yet!"
  • Kim Possible is notorious for this, as Kim herself has noted once or twice.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold is laden with puns.
    • In fact, it's almost mandated. Batman is instructed during his training that he has to make an entrance with a quip or a pun!
    "Mad men like you come in many forms. But liquid, gas or solid, they always wind up in the same state: inert."
  • Any and all of Jay Ward's cartoons were this in spades: just see Rocky and Bullwinkle, George of the Jungle or Hoppity Hooper. The narrator was especially fond of the "Tune in next time, when we hear Bullwinkle say..." variety.
  • The same could be said of Total Television's works: Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, Underdog and a few others.
  • Hanna-Barbera's The Impossibles is loaded with puns!
  • All over the place in Archer. It's pun for the whole family!
  • Half of the humor in Bojack Horseman is darkly comedic satire, and the other half are animal puns. Loads and loads of animal puns.

Alternative Title(s): Worldwide Punomenon, A Worldwide Punomenon