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Ramada: I'm married. I was married before you and I ever met. I'm still married today.
Topper: You're joking.
Ramada: I'm not.
Topper: You've got to be.
Ramada: If I was joking, I would say: "A horse walks into a bar. The bartender says, 'Why the long face?'"
Topper: You are married.

This is a Stock Phrase said, often by the Only Sane Man or Deadpan Snarker, when they've just heard about the stupid or outlandish Zany Scheme. In some cases, it is not even a scheme that they are snarking at, but the sheer idiocy of their world. Compare My God, You Are Serious, which may follow it if said Only Sane Man actually believed that the person in question was kidding. See also Is This a Joke?.


It may also be a reaction to something bad happening, making it somewhere between Oh, Crap! and This Is Gonna Suck. Conversely, it may be a reaction to the characters being challenged by a ridiculously weak opponent... possibly leading to a reveal that the opponent isn't so weak after all.

Truth in Television, naturally.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense: This is the reaction that Maple's friends have anytime she, through her own naivete, ends up coming up with another Game-Breaker technique without trying.
  • Faye in Cowboy Bebop yells this at the end of her backstory when she learns the doctor she had started to fall for has saddled her with a massive debt in addition to her huge health care bill.
  • Dr. Stone: A major Running Gag is Senku listing some new technology they need to make. The primitive people of the Stone World are always impressed, while the revived modern people are always gobsmacked by how Senku is suggesting recreating technology with little more than stone tools. One of his first inventions is a cell phone—before he's even started on iron.
  • My Hero Academia: During the School Trip Arc, Mina Ashido has a huge one after Aizawa tells her and a few other students they'll be having additional lessons with him due to failing exams. It's so ridiculously over the top that it has to be seen to be believed.
  • Naruto: The title character and Sasuke say this in a filler episode when they see Kakashi is wearing a mask even in a hot spring.
  • One Piece:
    • Crocodile uses this phrase after witnessing Luffy's idea to fight him, which included him swallowing a barrel of water to protect it since water cancels out his Nigh-Invulnerability of being able to turn into sand to evade attacks.
    • Then there's a more comical example in the Skypiea arc. Faced with a choice of four doors, Luffy says after they've entered that it may be like a game; pick the right door, you get a prize, and pick the wrong one... "then you fall off the island". Usopp panics, as the island they're on is 10,000 meters in the air, and Sanji dismisses it as absurd. Then they reach the end of the tunnel... and find that while the other three paths go straight forward, theirs plunges straight down, out of sight beneath clouds. Amidst the Wild Takes, Usopp says this line.
    • Another comical example from the Enies Lobby arc. When the Straw Hats and Franky manage to make it to the heart of the bad guys' lair to rescue their kidnapped friend, one of their adversaries, Fukuro, shows up to inform them that their friend is wearing Sea Prism Stone handcuffs, which are not only unbreakable but serve as a Power Nullifier for her. The only way to remove them is with the key, which he shows them. Then literally everyone has this reaction when he informs them that his key might not be the right one.
  • One-Punch Man: Bang has an extremely flat "Are you kidding me." when Elder Centipede regenerates after he and Bomb hit it with their Ultimate Attack.
  • Anytime you hear the phrase "Joudan ja nai wa yo!" screamed (in Ranma ½, particularly by Akane) is basically this, as it literally translates into you "You've got to be kidding (or joking with) me!"
  • Sonic X: In "An Enemy in Need", this is Amy's reaction to Knuckles when he, having once again been tricked into believing Eggman will change his ways, saves Eggman from her:
    Amy: Knuckles, you have got to be kidding me! How many more times are you gonna fall for Eggman's tricks?!
  • In the manga version of Tiger Mask Mr. X has a massive one when his higher-ups at Tiger's Cave send him to their Paris underground wrestling circle to recruit their champion and sic him on Tiger Mask... and finds Tiger Mask there to fight. He nearly faints at the sheer absurdity of the situation, before finally processing what he's seeing and that Tiger Mask is just the man who'd try it.
  • Ryuuji in the Festival Arc of Toradora!, when he finds out Taiga's father won't be coming to see her in any of the school's activities.
  • Havia's reaction in Heavy Object on realizing that the base his team is infiltrating is guarded by an army of gun-wielding trained monkeys.

    Asian Animation 
  • In "It's the Birth of Happy S." from Happy Heroes, this is Big M.'s reaction to Little M. pointing out that, according to their instruction manual, he may have used the Jixie Stones as ammo improperly.
    Big M.: How come nothing's exploding out there?!
    Little M.: Oh! There's more, sir! [reads from the instruction manual for the Jixie Stones/Super Duper Machine Rocks] "Please do not attempt to use the methods listed above. Never ever try it or face the consequences."
    Big M.: Oh, you're kidding me!

    Card Games 
  • In Munchkin Bites, the text for Were-Muskrats is "+4 vs. Werewolves, who cannot BELIEVE this...".

    Comic Books 
  • In Black Magick #9, Alex shares the results of her scrying spell with Rowan. When Rowan sees that the ashes from the ritual formed Aira's sigil, she immediately blames them for what's going on, but Alex counters that the spell actually revealed Aira isn't involved, which Rowan angrily refuses to accept. All the events of the past week catch up to her and she breaks down before Alex can finish explaining, with Alex then convincing the mentally and physically exhausted Rowan to hit the hay.
  • Dan In Space: Dan says this before getting sucked out into space via a hallway that's been sliced in half.
  • In Marvel Comics' "Exiles: Day of Now and Then", Blink says this when Sabertooth shows her Weapon X's version of the Timebreakers' Timebroker's hologram: a beauty of a woman.
  • Final Crisis: In Legion of Three Worlds, this is Superboy-Prime's reaction upon discovering the 31st Century's Superman Museum.
  • Mystique once burgled the home of the "Richest Man in the World" and stole the box containing his "most treasured possession"; opening the box, she found that it contained... a Spider-Man costume. She immediately invoked this trope.
  • People have often said this about The Punisher. He himself has said it only twice in Garth Ennis' run in The Punisher MAX:
    • In "In the Beginning", Frank has to fight Pittsy the mob enforcer for over a dozen pages. The nutcase manages to blow off one of Frank's ribs, then attempts to tear a lung out through the hole. Frank retaliates by throwing him out a fifth-story window onto a metal picket fence. Then jumping out after him and Goomba Stomping him, driving three fence spokes three inches through his torso. Two pages later, Pittsy not only manages to tear the fence loose, but also goes looking for Frank with it sticking out of him.
      Frank Castle: You have to be fucking kidding me. [gives Pittsy a Boom, Headshot! with a shotgun at arm's reach] Next step's a reflex action. So's the next one. Got to be. [Gross-Up Close-Up of Pittsy's shotgunned face]''
    • In "The Long, Cold Dark", after Frank has captured his nemesis Barracuda, shot, beaten and electrocuted him, and left him wrapped in iron chains in the boot of his truck while he attended to other matters. It's all too much for 'Cuda, who just snaps, breaks the chains through sheer strength and barrels out.
      The Punisher: You have got to be fucking kidding me. [Barracuda arms himself] ...was the thought that came to mind.
  • In Robin War, Damian Wayne meets the new Batman:
    James Gordon Batman: I'm Batman.
    [long Beat]
    Damian: You have got to be kidding me.
  • Superman:
    • In the third issue of Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, Supergirl uses a meteor rock to try to gain new powers, but most of them are hilariously useless.
      Supergirl: You gotta... be kidding. The power to overcook waffles...? How is that even a power?
    • War World, Superman has this reaction when Mongul — who is blackmailing him into retrieving an artifact — reveals where the Crystal Key is:
      Mongul: Why, of course — It is hidden on the fifth planet from the sun of the star-system Cygnus! Are you at all familiar with the system?
      Superman: Mongul, you've got to be kidding! The fourth planet from the sun in that system is New Mars — the home of my former Justice League buddy, J'onn J'onzz!
      Mongul: [grinning] Yes... I know.
      Superman: [thinking] Yeah... I'll just bet you do!
    • In The Killers Of Krypton, Supergirl travels through the galaxy in search of several hidden data stones recording evidence of a genocyde perpetrated by a secret galactic organization. Then, while Kara is resting by a lakeside in planet Tavaar, Krypto casually digs up one of the super-hidden Stones. Kara blurts out a "Are you joking?" line, and concludes her universe is weird.
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne's reaction to meeting Ezekiel, a man who acts like the literal king of his community and owns a pet tiger.
  • In one issue of Young Justice, an alien race challenges the team to... a game of baseball. Superboy and Wonder Girl's reactions say it all.
    SB: You're kidding.
    Cassie: Okay, that's it. I'm joining the Titans.
  • During Charlie Huston's run on Moon Knight, Taskmaster invokes this trope where a failed attempt on Marc's life ends with Samuels the butler aiming a blunderbuss inches from his face.
    "Oh, come on!"
  • Lumberjanes: Jen doesn't really take the reveal of Diane's divine status well.
    Jen: NO. I REFUSE. I was ready to be okay with monsters and dinosaurs and jackelopes but I am NOT OKAY with you being Ancient Greek gods of lore!!
  • Anna Maria has this reaction twice in the Superior Octopus oneshot. Having moved to San Fransisco to get away from the whole mess of her boyfriend being Doc Ock in Peter Parker's body and then sacrificing himself, when she learns that SF suddenly has a new Octopus/Spider hero who talks like Otto, she says "You have got to be kidding me". Then she looks over at her slightly weird new colleague who looks a bit like Peter, and says "You have got to be kidding me."

    Fan Works 
  • In Ace Combat: The Equestrian War, this is Rainbow Dash's reaction upon seeing Canterlot being besieged by the griffins.
  • In Advice and Trust, this is Rei's reaction when she realizes that Kaworu is being turned on by her yelling at and threatening him.
  • Alabaster: The Doomed Session: Frequently said by Vamuin (usually before Ginneo).
  • Happens a few times in Beyond Heroes: Of Sunshine and Red Lyrium, but never as humorously as when Hawke reacts to a fact which Varric casually drops during their conversation.
    Hawke: I've been in Skyhold for almost a fortnight and you never thought to tell me that Cullen has a girlfriend?
  • Jack reacts this way in Big Trouble in Old England when he first sees the flying boat he and the others use to get to Voldemort's headquarters.
  • The Bolt Chronicles: Rhino expresses his extreme skepticism to Mittens in “The Funkmeister” when she claims to have imaginary medical conditions that prevent her from dancing with him.
    Mittens: [with a weak chuckle] Um — oh! Oh that! I’ve… uhh… I’ve been sick with a nasty virus lately. And it’s been makin’ my foot break out in spasms. Maybe it’s Tom Jones Tremens, or Snu, or something.
    Rhino: [snickering, looking dubiously askance at Mittens] You’re puttin’ me on! What’s ‘Snu,’ pussycat?
  • In Child of the Storm, this is Wolverine's reaction when the Winter Soldier ends their fight by whipping out a thermite-tipped RPG.
  • In Conquering Eostia, one of the rebel leaders is incredulous when he learns of the curse upon one of the seven Princess Knights: anyone who attempts to rape her will instead "have their life drained by her holy buttocks". Likewise, anyone who hears the proposed "Sex Empire" referred to as "the Cuntry" universally has a Lame Pun Reaction.
  • In Deal with a Devil, Harry Potter asks Lash if she's screwing with him when he sees that Lockhart's test comprises entirely of questions about the man himself.
  • Played for Drama in The Defeated when Ichigo's offered a place in Soul Society, despite them having killed almost all of his friends, given Orihime to Kurotsuchi for experimentation, and tortured him for the last several days. He states this trope verbatim out of sheer rage that they'd dare to make such an offer after what they've done.
  • In A Different Path, Kirito says this when Gilgamesh blocks one of his attacks by pulling a Mirror Force card out of his pocket and bringing it to life.
  • Fate/Harem Antics:
    • Holy Grail Wars tend to be pretty weird in general, but this one is worse than usual because no one realizes that the Grail is being controlled by Iri, who died in the previous War, and is now using the new War as an excuse to get her son Shirou a harem. Not only is every Master and Servant a beautiful woman, but many of the Masters were contracted without their explicit permission (which is odd), and several aren't even mages (which is really odd). And then because Iri decided to summon a couple extra Servants, she accidentally left the door open for more Servants to be summoned, resulting in three completely unknown classes being summoned, ending in a total of twelve Servants (thirteen if you count Gilgamesh) in a system that is only supposed to have seven. Rin, one of the few who knows what a Grail War is actually supposed to be like, gives up when a Master shows up with a mecha-suit of Powered Armor with laser arms.
      Rin: This Grail War is completely insane.
    • Caren does this when Shielder, who knew Saber in life, tells her that Saber really is King Arthur.
    • Rin and Archer/Drake do this when they run into Nobunaga, who introduces herself as Servant Gunner.
    • During their fight, Drake does this when she notices Gunner is able to accurately shoot at her without even looking at her.
  • After seeing how strong but stupid Luffy is in Fighting for the Future, Mr. 5 asks if he and Miss Valentine are really about to be killed by someone who doesn't understand gravity.
  • The Flash Sentry Chronicles: Flash says this when he sees Rainbow Dash faking being injured in "Rainbow Falls".
  • Friendship Is Aura: Shining Armor says this word for word when Luna goes to confront Tartarus's Mooks that are attacking Canterlot, in the middle of him devising a defensive strategy.
  • In Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters, Cornelia's initial reaction to finding out that Elyon is the lost Princess is to faint. After she recovers and it's confirmed that she heard right, she follows up with this trope.
  • In Harry Potter and the Fate We Make, Harry says this almost word-for-word when Dumbledore shows him Trelawney's first prophecy.
  • In Harry Potter and the Prince of Slytherin, this is Lucian Bole's reaction when both Bludgers target Harry during the second year Gryffindor/Slytherin Quidditch game.
    Lucian: Oh you are shitting me!
  • In Harry Potter and the Puppet of Time, this is Draco's reaction to learning that his father betrothed him to Daphne Greengrass in exchange for the "Eternal friendship and staunch support of House Greengrass"... despite the fact that both families were already allied with each other.
  • Hero Chat: Chloe does this multiple times, as she is a Secret Secret-Keeper who has deduced everyone else's identities, and they are so bad at not telling each other details of their private lives (but they still don't make the connection). Eventually, she gets fed up and tricks Ladybug into letting her do an identity reveal for the team. Then the rest of the team starts screaming as they realize the ridiculous situation they are in.
    Marinette: [to Adrien] Do you have any idea? Do you have any idea how much confusion and heartbreak you've caused me because of this? We are in a goddamn lovesquare!
    Alya: [headdesk] Oh my god it's a lovesquare.
  • In Hogyoku ex Machina, Kenpachi laughs and says this when Ichigo's memory of Aizen turning into a butterfly is shown.
  • A couple of examples can be found in the Infinity Crisis spin-off stories:
    • The line is said verbatim by Captain Marvel in Gamma Relations when the Leader sends his pink humanoids to fight the Avengers.
    • Not explicitly stated, but basically sums up the Defenders' reactions in In Hand and Foot when they see four human-sized turtles with martial arts training taking on the Foot.
  • Upon learning Barriss Offee isn't being punished in I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Anakin loudly demands to know what the Jedi Council is thinking to sentence Ahsoka to death but not punish the one who committed and framed her for the crimes she was on trial for.
  • In Kage, this is Jade's reaction to the giant rose Cornelia creates to defeat the Knights of Vengeance (while she's hanging from said rose's stem).
  • In Kingdom Shinigami, Toshiro Hitsugaya gets really annoyed when the people of The Land of Dragons don't bat an eyelash at Sora, Donald, and Goofy, yet regard him with suspicion because he's Japanese.
  • Lucky Balance:
    Lucius: Actually to be precise, Voldemort had 7 Horcruxes and you destroyed one of them.
    Harry: Seven? Seven?! And we have to destroy them all? You have got to be fucking kidding me!
  • Luffy's Renewed Adventure:
    • Miss Valentine has this reaction when Luffy uses Moonwalk to follow her into the air, she floating with her Kilo-Kilo Fruit powers.
    • Many present have this reaction when Vivi accidentally says Crocodile's name, either because of her carelessness or the fact that they're up against a Warlord.
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Katsuki explodes when he's placed on a team with Ruby Rose as the leader.
  • In Opening Dangerous Gates, this is Lucy, Laxus, and Grimmjow's reaction to Natsu having no idea what sulfur and magnesium are. Lucy complains that Natsu has Playing with Fire, how could he not know about flammable materials?
  • This is played for laughs in Persona EG. Flash Sentry has this reaction when he establishes the Moon Social Link with Trixie Lulamoon, who until that point had done nothing but brag about herself and being annoying to him.
  • Wildstyle's reaction upon realizing just who the Special is in A Piece of Rebellion. Mainly, that it's Bad Cop/Good Cop, Lord Business's right-hand man.
  • Pony POV Series:
  • Blizzard has this reaction in The Portal when his friend points out that he's not wearing any pants after being transformed into a dragon.
  • Princess of the Blacks:
    • Jennifer Black's reaction when the compass leading her to the valued person she has to save in the second task of the Tri-Wizard Tournament leads to Ron Weasley, to whom she's spoken exactly once.
    • And again after the task when the judges insist on giving her only 15 points out of 50 for "abandoning her hostage".
  • Queen of All Oni: This is Paco's reaction to Blankman engineering his and the Enforcers' escape from the Vault of Endless Night with a giant paper airplane.
  • The (Questionable) Burdens of Leadership of a Troll Emperor:
    • Naruto has this reaction when he learns that someone else managed to kill Ra while he was on vacation.
    • It happens again when Senator Kinsey dies of a heart attack after Naruto pretends to have taken him to hell.
  • In The Savior and the Scourge, Voldemort tries giving Harry a We Can Rule Together speech.
    Harry: You're kidding right?
  • In Screw You Fate, I'm Going Home, every time Lelouch dies, he respawns at a random point in the original timeline. At one point he respawns during the Zero Requiem.
    Lelouch: Oh come on!
  • This is Naruto's reaction in The Sealed Kunai when he learns that the only way to truly control the Kyuubi's power is to defeat it in single combat.
  • In One Piece, in Whiskey Peak, Luffy picks a fight with Zoro because of a misunderstanding on his part. In the Peggy Sue Fanfic Second Wind, he does it just for kicks and giggles, and Zoro has this reaction upon realizing as much.
  • Servants of Remnant:
    • Achilles says this when he introduces himself, only for a woman to say his name sounds stupid.
    • In the story "The Shining Beacon", Mordred has this reaction when Yang Xiao Long has no idea whom she or King Arthur is.
  • In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Samantha Shepard finds a bra with hacking tech embedded in it worn by a thief trying to steal technical data on her ship. This phrase promptly follows.
  • In the story called Strange Dreams, Part 3, written by SonAmyFan362 on DeviantArt, Bess, White Hawk's mother, shouts "ARE YOU SHITTING ME?!?!?" as she sees The Hacker's plane go up in flame, as Moe, (Bess's husband), and Harold, The Hacker's father, are also in the aircraft.
  • Examples in Swing123 and garfieldodie's Calvinverse:
  • This Bites!:
    • Cross's reaction when he first meets Soundbite, realizing that a Transponder Snail ate a Devil Fruit. Shortly afterwards, he has this reaction again when he draws the conclusion that eating his iPhone gave said snail access to the Internet.
    • Nami and sometimes Usopp's reactions to Cross's adrenaline junkie tendencies.
    • Everyone's reaction to the Inevitable Waterfall.
    • Nami and Vivi's reactions to finding out what the importance of their dancer outfits is: making it so that Scissors can get across the Sandora by dancing for him.
    • Jabra's reaction right before Luffy delivers the coup de grâce.
  • In Ace Attorney fic Through the Years, this is Dahlia's reaction to seeing Iris nursing Phoenix and both of them generally being Sickeningly Sweethearts.
  • Multiple parties have this reaction in Tony's Girl when they learn that "Team Cap" successfully took out a weapons smuggler, but in doing so, sank a freighter in the Panama Canal, aka the most important maritime route in the entire world. The former SHIELD agents helping Team Cap outright demand to know how they did a worse job than regular police officers would have done.
  • In Warriors of the World: Soldiers of Fortune, Samaroh says a deadpan one right after he witnesses a gigantic monster get hit with an equally massive fireball in the chest, get hurled into the wall of a house at top speed from the impact, and immediately get to its feet.
    "You're joking."
  • In White Knights and Dark Lords, Xander says this almost word-for-word when Mr. and Mrs. Weasley flinch when he mentions Voldemort. He has a similar reaction later on when Voldemort uses demons and vampires as part of his army.
    Xander: You're shitting me. Vamps and demons against Slayers?
  • White Sheep (RWBY): Happens pretty constantly due to all the ridiculous stuff happening.
    • Blake in particular can't believe that the various love lives of her friends are even more bizarre and complicated than her smutty books.
    • Yang gets one when the team helps Blake against her psycho ex-boyfriend, only to find that her psycho ex-girlfriend is there as well.
      Yang: Sheesh, why do you even read that smut of yours if your life is like this?
  • In Yugioh EQG: Shadow Gates, Flash Sentry has this reaction when Sombra is explaining his story to him and Cold Steel, and the reason he betrayed Flash's parents. Flash interrupts his story partway to say this, calling Sombra out on his motivation basically being he was angry that Flash's mother Misty Vail married Trail Blazer instead of him, seeing it as a betrayal by both of them.
    Flash: You've gotta be kidding me! That's the stupidest reason to turn evil ever!

    Film — Animation 
  • Big Hero 6: Deadpan Snarker GoGo says this verbatim when she sees Fred's room.
  • The LEGO Movie:
    Batman: Not to be the downer, but we're sitting in a stupid couch floating in the middle of the ocean. It's not like a giant pirate boat is going to come out of nowh-MY-GOSH-
    [Cue Pirate Ship coming out of nowhere. Then later...]
    Batman: There's just one problem with your plan, Dingus: According to your precious instructions, this ship needs a hyperdrive, and we don't have one.
    Benny: Maybe we can find one!
    Batman: What? You think a spaceship is just going to come out of nowhere-
    [cue the Millennium Falcon]
    Batman: ARE YOU KIDDING ME - the same bit?!
  • The Lion King 1½: Banzai mutters this in response to Timon and Pumbaa juggling and break-dancing while trying to buy time.
  • Frozen (2013): Kristoff deconstructs Princess Anna's Thinks Like a Romance Novel mindset when he hears about her quickly agreeing to a Fourth Date Marriage with Prince Hans, a guy whom she just met, and why that was not a wise decision. Kristoff is proven right at the end, as Hans turns out to be a manipulative and backstabbing Gold Digger who used Anna as a pawn to get closer to Arendelle's throne. Having realized the lesson, Anna takes it slowly with Kristoff.
  • Megamind has this when Megamind discovers Metro Man's Weaksauce Weakness. He was kidding. Metro Man just wanted to fake his own death so he could retire.
    Megamind: Your weakness is copper? You're kidding, right?

    Film — Live-Action 
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane: Near the end, Michelle, looking over the field, notices that the helicopter-like noise the group heard earlier was actually being made by an obviously alien craft. It drops a creature into the field near her and she utters a variation of this line at the complete absurdity that Howard was actually right about an alien invasion.
  • When Captain America is visiting the events of The Avengers (2012) to get the Mind Stone during the second act of Avengers: Endgame, he runs into himself. His reaction is "Oh, you've gotta be shitting me."
  • In Big Daddy, this is Sonny's reaction when Julian dances to a sing-along video about a kangaroo.
    Sonny: I can't take this shit, are you serious?
  • Bon Cop, Bad Cop uses it as the villain's Famous Last Words.
  • In The Cabin in the Woods, Hadley has wanted to see a Merman in action for years. When the stable of monsters is unleashed inside the facility, it's a Merman that eventually attacks him. His last words, upon seeing his attacker, are a disbelieving "Oh, come on!"
  • Child's Play 3, when Chucky scares a man whom he was just about to stab into having a heart attack. "You have got to be fucking kidding me."
  • In The Dark Knight Rises, Selina Kyle's reaction to Batman's "no guns" rule.
    Selina Kyle: You've gotta be kidding me!
    Batman; No guns, no killing!
    Selina Kyle: Where's the fun in that?!
  • Enchanted: Robert says this when Edward bursts into his apartment and threatens him with a sword.
    Edward: Any last words?
    Robert: You have got to be kidding me!
    Edward: Strange words. [motions for the blow]
  • Escape to Witch Mountain:
    Tia: He just likes to yell a lot, he's not really that mean.
    Tony: You've got to be kidding me.
  • In From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, Robert Patrick manages to cram even more profanity into the phrase when a total eclipse of the sun makes containment of vampires in a bank during the day impossible.
    Robert: Oh, you gotta be fuckin' shittin' me!
  • The Fugitive: Gerard and his men have cornered Kimble in a tunnel, blocking both exits. But he doesn't attempt to come out of either exit, he's not in the stolen ambulance he was driving, he's not hiding in any of the other cars in the tunnel; he appears to have completely vanished into thin air, leaving the marshals incredulous, and Bobby Biggs outright states "You've gotta be kidding me!" Until Gerard hears the sound of trickling water, follows the path to a storm drain, he (and the audience) realize that this is where Kimble has fled, and he tells them that they've got a gopher.
  • In Gravity Doctor Stone expresses her dismay this way when she taps the Soyuz's fuel gauge and it drops to zero.
    Stone: You gotta be kidding me... You gotta be kidding me!
  • Halloween At Aunt Ethels: At the start of the movie, when two teenagers are in a car, the boy tricks his girlfriend into giving him a hand job. When she realizes this, she says "You've Gotta be fucking kidding me".
  • Similar to the phrase is "You're joking", used twice in Hot Shots! Part Deux, as demonstrated by the page quote.
  • Inglourious Basterds: How did Bridget von Hammersmark injure her leg? Mountain climbing. In France. Cue hysterical laughter.
  • James Bond movies:
    • This moment in Goldfinger, when Q warns Bond about the Aston Martin DB 5's passenger ejector seat.
    Bond: Ejector seat? You're joking!
    Q: I never joke about my work, 007.
    Bond: You must be joking.
    Q: As I learned from my predecessor, Bond, I never joke about my work.
  • Kingsman:
    • Kingsman: The Secret Service:
      • Eggsy's stepdad's thugs to Eggsy, when they find him (and Galahad) having a drink in the same pub in which Eggsy stole a car belonging to one of them.
      • Eggsy's reaction when he — having just fought his way out of Valentine's compound — is told by Merlin that he now has to fight his way back in.
        Eggsy: Are you taking the fucking piss?!
    • Kingsman: The Golden Circle continues the trend when Eggsy realizes that the booby-trapped ski lift he and Whiskey are on is speeding towards a gaping chasm.
  • In Krampus, this is Tom's reaction when getting his first look at Der Klown.
    Tom: Oh, come on.
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol: Agent Carter says this after asking where Ethan Hunt was (climbing the building).
    Agent Carter: Where's Ethan?
    [Benji points out the window]
    Agent Carter: You've gotta be kidding.
  • In Plan B, this is Victor's reaction when he learns that his friend Bruno's plan B to get back his girlfriend revolves around him seducing her new boyfriend.
    Victor: [shakes head] No. You're lying. I don't believe you. [beat] Really?
    Bruno: [grins] Yes.
  • Not said outright in Richie Rich, but when Van Dough finally breaks into the Riches' family vault and discovers it's full of personal keepsakes instead of money like he expected, the Riches' reaction make it clear that they're astonished that Van Dough, a businessman like themselves, honestly thought the richest family in the world kept their entire fortune in a single vault rather than, say, depositing it in banks or investing it in the stock market and real estate.
    Van Dough: But where's the gold... the diamonds... the negotiable bearer bonds? The money! Where is the money?!
    Richie Rich Sr.: In banks. Where else? And the stock market... real estate...
  • Single White Female: Said word for word by Allie when Heddy emerges from her treatment at the salon with a haircut and color identical to hers. Until now, she's been dismissing the things about Heddy that make her uneasy, but this forces her to realize that the situation is becoming dangerous.
  • In Star Trek (2009), this is McCoy's reaction after Kirk becomes Acting Captain following getting Spock compromised and relieving himself of duty. As they point out, Pike did make Kirk Acting First Officer.
    McCoy: You gotta be kidding me!
    Kirk: Thanks for your support.
  • Star Wars:
    • In Rogue One, Saw Gerrera's forces take Jyn Erso and her friends on a Blindfolded Trip — including Chirrut Imwe, who points out how redundant the blindfold is for him.
      Chirrut: Are you kidding me? I'm blind!
    • In The Force Awakens, as Finn has turned his back on the First Order and helped Poe Dameron escape, they have this exchange in the stolen TIE Fighter:
      Poe: I gotta get my droid before the First Order does!
      Finn: Wha— a droid?!
      Poe: That's right. He's a BB unit! Orange and white, one of a kind.
      Finn: I don't care what colour he is! No droid can be that important!
      Poe: This one is, pal.
      Finn: We need to get as far away from the First Order as we can! We go back to Jakku, we die!
      Poe: That droid's got a map that leads straight to Luke Skywalker!
      Finn: [exasperated] OH YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME! [TIE Fighter is hit]
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: John Connor has this reaction upon finding out that there is an "anti-Terminator Terminator" in the form of a T-X.
    John: So she's an anti-Terminator Terminator? You've got to be shitting me!
    T-850: No. I am not shitting you.
  • The Thing (1982): Also doubles as a moment of levity in an otherwise horrific scene, in which the Thing-mimic of Norris detaches its head, sprouts spider legs, and scuttles away. Made even funnier when you realise later that Palmer, the man who uttered the line is also a Thing.
    "You gotta be fucking kidding..."
  • Thir13en Ghosts: Dennis has this reaction in the opening scene when he sees the bait they're using to draw out the Juggernaut.
    Dennis: A truck full of blood?! You gotta be shitting me!
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, detective Eddie Valiant is taking pictures of Marvin Acme and Jessica Rabbit supposedly playing pattycake, but when he sees what Marvin and Jessica are actually doing, he exclaims this phrase in a hushed tone. Given this, you can't really blame him for this reaction.note 

  • An oldie but goodie: An eagle eats a worm and takes off flying. The worm suddenly pops out of the eagle's asshole and asks "How high are we?" The eagle says, "About 1,000 feet in the air." The worm says, "You wouldn't shit me, would you?"

  • From Harry Potter:
    • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, when Dumbledore announces that the Tri-Wizard Tournament is being held at Hogwarts.
      Fred Weasley: You're joking. [crowd laughs]
      Dumbledore: I am not joking, Mr. Weasley, though now that you mention it, I did hear an excellent one over the summer about a troll, a hag and a leprechaun who all go into a bar -
      McGonagall: [clears throat]
    • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry gets one after the dementor attack. You can actually picture him facepalming at the same time.
      Vernon: Fought 'em off, did you, son? Gave 'em the old one-two, did you?
      Harry: You can't give a Dementor the old one-two!
    • Although Harry doesn't say this word-for-word, this is basically how he reacts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when he learns that Cornelius Fudge had tried to gain his support despite having spent a year covering up Voldemort's return and smearing anybody who spoke the truth, including Harry himself.
  • Nina Tanleven: In The Ghost Let Go, when Nine, her father, and Chris come across a spooky house with the name "B. Smiley" on the mailbox, Chris's reaction is "They've got to be kidding." Nine's snarky reply is "I don't care if Smiley shares the house with Dopey, Doc and Grumpy, as long as they let us in out of this rain."
  • In the Star Wars Legends book Enemy Lines 2: Rebel Stand, Han and Leia are trapped in prison, awaiting what looks to be their final meal before they're shipped off-system to the Yuuzhan Vong. Instead of breakfast, Han's blaster, Leia's lightsaber, and an assortment of other useful items pour through the food tray slot courtesy of a complex plan by R2-D2, and the obligatory line is Han's reaction.
    Leia: This is my favorite prison ever.
  • Harrow the Ninth: When the God-Emperor finds out that an overzealous staffer tried to offer herself up as a blood sacrifice while preparing his shuttle for launch, he mutters, "For fuck's sake." where she can't hear.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On Big Time Rush, the guys suck up to the daughter of Griffiths, the owner of the record label, assuming she picks which demos her dad signs on as regular acts. She goes along with it for a while before finally admitting her father uses a "unique super-secret weapon" to choose which acts end up becoming stars. The guys, Gustav, and Kelly have a priceless reaction to finding out what it is.
    Gang: A monkey picks the demos?!
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Seeing Red", Buffy says this when Warren escapes from her with a jet pack.
  • Burn Notice: In "Army of One", when a duped bad guy sees Michael, out of cover and alive.
  • In the Cobra Kai episode "Ace Degenerate", when Johnny Lawrence realizes that one of the girls in the car that T-boned his ride is the daughter of his longtime rival Daniel LaRusso, he mutters, "You gotta be kidding me." under his breath.
  • A common reaction by the contestants when a sabotage is revealed in Cutthroat Kitchen. It's also been done by Alton or judges in response to a dish.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Bad Wolf": This is the Ninth Doctor's understandable reaction to waking up in a futuristic version of Big Brother.
      Davina-Droid: You are live on channel forty-four-thousand. Please do not swear.
      The Doctor: You have got to be kidding.
    • "The Age of Steel": This is Pete Tyler's reaction when Mickey drops a rope ladder from the zeppelin he's piloting for Pete, Rose, and the Doctor to escape from the roof of a burning factory.
    • "The Runaway Bride": This is Donna's reaction to seeing the TARDIS flying down a motorway after her.
    • Donna does it again in "The Fires of Pompeii" when it looks like she's about to be a human sacrifice.
    • "Amy's Choice": Rory's reaction when the Doctor tells him the TARDIS heating is off. Except no, it isn't, it's because of the "cold star" the TARDIS is drifting towards.
    • "It Takes You Away": Ryan's reaction when he discovers a speaker hidden outside the cottage playing the roars of the "monster" Hanne is so frightened of.
    • "Resolution": The Doctor's reaction, complete with facepalm, when she finds out that UNIT has been suspended, just as she needs their help.
  • John Crichton on Farscape, more than once. Not always very sensibly either: Once he says "Aeryn, honey, you have got to be kidding me" on the discovery that she objects to serious drug abuse. And no, he wasn't being sarcastic.
  • Elliot Stabler of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit sometimes reacts this way to the weird cases he deals with, such as the woman who got hammered despite not drinking a drop. She took the alcohol up her... you know....
  • The protagonist of the US remake of Life On Mars gives a quiet "No way" upon waking up in the '70s and seeing the World Trade Center still standing.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Jessica Jones (2015): Malcolm's response when Inez steals his TV from his apartment. He is forced to chase her down to find her trying to sell his TV off at a pawn shop for bus money.
    • The Defenders (2017): Matt's response when he senses Stick's arrival at the Royal Dragon. He makes very clear to Jessica, Luke, and Danny how unhappy he is that his old mentor is popping in to say hello.
  • On Monster Garage, a variation ("You've gotta be kidding me!") was used almost Once an Episode by The Big Schwag during the final challenge.
  • Uttered several times by Tom Servo in Mystery Science Theater 3000, usually when witnessing a spectacular Special Effect Failure.
    • The famous moment of the classic episode Cave Dwellers has hero Ator breaking out a modern-day hanglider to invade a castle.
      Tom: Oh, come on!
      Crow: What the....
      Tom: This is a little ridiculous. Okay, so... he kills a deer, he tans the hides, he stretches the skins, he makes an anodized aluminum frame, he learns how to extrude and weld... all in about five minutes, huh? ... learned aerodynamics...
    • Notable examples include Tom blurting it out verbatim in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians as a "polar bear" is quite obviously a man in a very bad costume.
    • In War of the Colossal Beast, Crow lays a big one on Servo when the latter claims Mr. B Natural is male, and that everyone should follow "his" lifestyle. Crow later says it when TV's Frank will be an "impartial" judge in a contest between the SOL and Forrester.
  • On NCIS, Tony gets this look whenever he has his eyes on the Girl of the Week, only to find out that she has her eyes on McGee. Or Gibbs.
  • The Office: Kevin reacts this way to Jim's declaration that he's single and Pam saying that they're "good friends" at the start of season 4. He's right.
  • In an episode of Pawn Stars, Chumlee is spurned by the others for a bar trivia night. For revenge, he recruits sports expert Sean, book expert Rebecca, and historian Mark. Rick's face upon seeing them walk in is entirely this trope.
  • Power Rangers:
  • Towards the end of the Quantum Leap episode "Running for Honor", despite managing to break up a group of homophobic cadets and saving the life the leapee's roommate, Phillip, Sam has yet to leap out. And according to Al, Ziggy says it's because he still has to compete in the track meet.
    Sam: (annoyed; to Al) I can't believe this! I mean, it's not enough that I saved somebody's life, right, I gotta win that damn race, too?!
  • Stargate SG-1: Colonel Jack O'Neill, in the first manner explained. It's his signature line.
  • Supergirl (2015):
    • In the episode "The Darkest Place", this is Alex's reaction to finding out that James is secretly the Guardian, National City's newest costumed crimefighter.
    • In the pilot episode, Supergirl makes her debut attempting to save a fallen plane. When she sees that the plane is about to hit a bridge, she shouts, "Oh come on!"
  • Supernatural:
  • The West Wing: In "Take This Sabbath Day", this is Leo's reaction at Sam telling him the reason (in not so many words) why Simon Cruz isn't dead yet despite the appeal having been denied – it's after sundown on Friday, and the federal government does not execute people on the Sabbath (technically, all three of them).
    Leo: [Sam is about to leave] Why Monday morning?
    Sam: What do you mean?
    Leo: The court denied the appeal. Why isn't he being executed at midnight tonight?
    Sam: We don't execute people between sundown Friday and sundown Sunday.
    Leo: Why?
    Sam: Hard as it is to believe …
    Leo: [blinks, figures it out for himself] You're kidding me.
    Sam: [shakes his head] No.
    Leo: We don't execute people on the Sabbath.
    Sam: No.
    Leo: Well, that's about the most bizarre thing I've ever heard.
    Sam: Leo, I think you're gonna find as you go through this weekend that there's virtually no part of this discussion that isn't bizarre.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?: One show had a game where the performers sing and act out a title sequence to a sitcom. They received the prompt Bill Cosby & Hitler from an audience member, but the censors objected just as they were ready to start and changed it to Bill Cosby & the Insurance Salesman. Drew reacted by saying, "You've got to be kidding me, come on!"
  • A contestant on Wipeout (2008) asked another how he was the final 4 on the Sweeper when he had injured his knee in the prior round. Said player is Yoshi Sudarso, Blue Dino Charge Ranger...
  • Wire in the Blood: Dr. Tony Hill literally says this when set up and busted for possession of cocaine in his car (after he has pried around too much for the Texas locals). Unusually, everyone else, including the cops, also acknowledges how ridiculous the charge is, but they go through with the drop-charges-if-you-buzz-off-now spiel nevertheless.

    Myths & Religion 
  • A recurring phrase in the Letter to the Romans that Paul answers a few rhetorical questions with what translates literally as "Let it not be", but in connotation means something more like "Are you insane!?"

    Pro Wrestling 

  • As noted, sports announcers will use "You have got to be kidding me" or permutations of it during pivotal moments in an event. But the announcers of the New Orleans-Minnesota game on January 14, 2018 had opposing emotions when Vikings QB Case Keenum's 63-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs with ten seconds left in the game sent the Vikings to the NFC Championship. The Vikings announcers (KFAN) were yelling "Are you kidding me?!" in delirious jubilation while the Saints announcer (WWL) delivered the same line with stressed disillusionment.

    Video Games 
  • Both AWACS Thunderhead and one of the allied tanks in Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War have this reaction in the "Desert Lightning" mission after the enemy manages to sneak a battleship into the river near their fallen airfield.
  • In the very beginning of Beyond Good & Evil, the main heroine Jade finds out that the power company cut off power feed to her house for nonpayment. Oh, yeah, she finds it out when the defensive force field over her house dies in the middle of an alien invasion. Jade is apparently a very polite and temperate girl, so the worst she has to say over the situation is You Have Got To Be Kidding Me.
  • Blood II: The Chosen:
  • Call of Duty:
    • Variations happen twice in Modern Warfare.
      • When Gaz hears that The Squad's extraction point has just become compromised and they have to fight through a virtual army downhill to the secondary one before the chopper leaves without them, he lets out the anguished: "Oh, he's gotta be taking the piss!"
      • Price, Soap, and Griggs fight their way to the final bunker door under extreme time pressure and the door begins to open veeeeerryyyy slooowlyyy.
        Griggs: Oh, you gotta be shittin' me!
        Cue snarks from Price and Gaz on the comms.
    • In Black Ops, Hudson says the quote verbatim when told the only way to escape a pursing Spetznaz hit-squad that wants him, his partner, and their prisoner dead is to jump off the roof of the building they're all standing on.
  • This is Varric's exact reaction in the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition upon meeting the Avvar trader, Helsdim. The man is a major fan of Varric's writings and owns a copy of every single printing of his most famous novel, Hard in Hightown, "even the banned version." note 
  • The Final Fantasy series:
    • Zidane of Final Fantasy IX says this almost word-for-word when the Armodullahan appears out of nowhere in an enclosed space. To his credit, he does start running before saying the line.
    • Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning summoning Odin for the first time cues the following quote just before he tries to bisect Hope. Bonus points for snarking her sudden role as the Badly Battered Babysitter after they were separated from Sazh and Vanille prior to the summoning.
      This cannot be happening.
  • In the Gears of War series, Marcus has this reaction after shooting a chicken that goes into a giant golden mutant one.
  • In Half-Life 2: Episode One, just when Gordon and Alyx find an elevator out of the darkened underground parking areas of City 17, the elevator fails as soon as she tries to call it, capped off with, "You've got to be kidding me!" from Alyx.
  • inFAMOUS has Cole say this when he gets a load of Sasha.
  • Kyle Katarn in Jedi Knight, when he sees just how far he's got to jump to get to his goal. The player probably had a similar reaction: it is a long way over a hell of a drop.
  • In Killzone 3, after blowing up an oil rig and jumping to safety, the resulting wave towers over the main character, and he simply quips "...Really?"
  • In Kindergarten, Cindy's mission involves putting gum in Lily's hair, and the player is expected to do it during morning time. However, if you for some reason wait until Lily's snuck into the corridor during lunch time (at which point you've likely already failed the mission anyway), she'll have this reaction to the fact that you went through the effort of finding something to bribe the lunch lady into letting you out with just so you could put gum in her hair.
  • The Legend Of Zelda C Di Games: Seen in the first of the trilogy, The Faces of Evil.
    Link: How about a kiss, for luck?
    Zelda: You have got to be kidding me!
    [Cue Link performing an Aside Glance while trying not to corpse.]
  • Mass Effect:
    • Shepard utters this exact line in Mass Effect 2's Overlord DLC when the huge satellite dish they just disabled starts collapsing. While they're still standing on it.
    • In Mass Effect 3, the Reapers are going to ground, wiping the floor with their giant laser beams.
      Garrus: Did we just get shot at by a Reaper?!
      James: [as the party runs towards it] You've got to be kidding!
  • The Metal Gear series:
    • In the Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Secret Theater video "Metal Gear Sigint", Naked Snake (aka Big Boss) says it at the end after Sigint gets the Big Boss rank from President Lyndon B. Johnson.
    • In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Raiden says this exact phrase right before the final boss powers up. Odds are the player will say the same thing at this scene.
  • In the Game Boy Advance Updated Re-release of MOTHER, when Teddy, Ninten, and Ana hear a robot monster approaching, Teddy says, "You've got to be kidding me!", and a Hopeless Boss Fight ensues.
  • In Mugen Souls, Chou-Chou has this reaction when she sees Soul Skyheart parading Sandy around in a bikini.
    Ryuto: Wait, someone else is with him.
    Chou-Chou: Oh, you're right. [pauses, then says in disbelief] You're crappin' me!
  • The Portal series:
    • Portal: This is the reaction GLaDOS has when you drop one of her cores into an incinerator.
      GLaDOS: You are kidding me. Did you just stuff that Aperture Science Thing We Don't Know What It Does into an Aperture Science Emergency Intelligence Incinerator?
    • Portal 2:
      • When you try to start the core transfer at the end of "The Escape", GLaDOS incredulously remarks "Core Transfer? Oh, you are kidding me."
      • Wheatley has this to say during the final boss battle, after you manage to survive the booby-trap he placed on the "Stalemate Resolution Button": "What, are you still alive? You are joking! You have got to be kidding me!"
  • Mr. Sandman's Title Defense in Punch-Out!! Wii upon seeing Little Mac has taken not only his title but also his fans.
  • In Rose Riddle: The Fairy Tale Detective, this is Rose's reaction to Prince Charming's statement that he flew to her on the wings of love and is willing to marry her that very minute.
  • In Sam & Max Save the World, this is Max's reaction to finding out Bosco had several items that would've cut right through the bullshit of the last five episodes.
  • In Silent Hill: Homecoming, this is Alex's reaction to encountering a Needler for the first time.
    Alex: Oh, you've gotta be shittin' me!
  • Snake has a habit of being utterly blindsided by his mission control's wackier information regarding the other fighters in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Sheena Fujibayashi in Tales of Symphonia is very fond of this line.
    • She says it when she gets flustered, such as if Lloyd catches her playing with children and Luin and comments how cute this makes her look.
    • It's also what she'll say if an enemy lands a critical blow on her in battle.
    • She gets an epic one in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World after deftly avoiding a trap... only to land squarely on another one.
  • The Scout of Team Fortress 2 will sometimes say this line during stalemate, while reacting to the Burstchester taunt, or when the Yeti Punch taunt is used. He will also say this when he is reacting to the skeleton spell.
    Scout: [during stalemate or by using the Yeti Punch taunt] You have got to be kidding!
    Scout: [during stalemate or reacting to the Burstchester taunt] You gotta be kidding me!
    Scout: [reacting to the skeleton spell or Burstchester taunt] Are you freaking kidding me?!
  • The Uncharted series uses this at least once per scene. Often said by roguish protagonist Nathan Drake as he suddenly finds himself face-to-face with a tank, or a helicopter, a slimy zombie-like thing, or a dude with a humongous gun. Or even just another wall that must be scaled.
  • At the beginning of Xenoblade Chronicles, Mumkhar has this reaction when he sees the third wave of Mechon coming towards them.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • The phrase is stated by Charlie in Charlie the Unicorn 2 when he finds out that the journey to save the world from 1000 years of darkness was actually a trap to steal his television.
  • This classic in A Day in Dracula's Life when Ricther is revived:
    Dracula: Are you fucking kidding me? Are you fucking kidding me?! This is a load of Bullshit!
  • The How It Should Have Ended version of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows has Moriarty utter this phrase when Iron Man shoots a tank missile at him. Made funnier if you've seen their version of Iron Man. Watch it here.
    Iron Man: Tank missile!
    Moriarty: You've got to be kidding me.
    [balcony explodes]
  • In If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, the Emperor reacts this way to many things. Most notably:
    • The alliance between the Blood Angels and the Necrons:
      Emperor: The Blood Angels and Necrons did WHAT?
    • The sheer disbelief at seeing his Custodes' current state of (un)dress uniform makes him spend several minutes just dumbstruck from the sheer shock.
      Emperor: Holy shit. What in the name of Terra on fucking rollerskates is this? [...] This shit is so surreal. Am I on drugs?
  • Foamy the Squirrel in Neurotically Yours, pretty much all the time.
    Foamy: Credit card!? For a COFFEE SHOP!? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!?
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • This has become the closest thing Washington has to a catchphrase, always uttered when something extremely stupid happens to or around him. Which is a lot. For example, he does it in Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction after he discovers that even the Big Bad's computer pronounces "E.M.P." as "ehmp".
    • After the Reds and Tucker spend an entire episode getting their asses handed to them by Tex, Simmons finally gets a clear shot at her with a heat-seeking missile, only for her to outrun the thing and use some teleporters to start running back at them with the missile in tow. This causes Tucker, the only one who held his cool for the entire "fight", to finally lose it.
    • Felix does this when he hears of a man who calls himself "Sharkface".
      Felix: What is he, a Batman villain?
  • RWBY:
    • Jaune screams, "Are you kidding me!?" when Neptune uses the same failed pickup line that he once used on Weiss and it works.
    • And again in season 3: After fighting off a squadron of Paladin mechs and barely surviving, the Hunters turn to see a newer, stronger, faster Paladin prepare to bear down on them. The team's only response? Sun quoting the trope.
    • Torchwick says "You cannot be serious" in the same episode when he finds out that the person who landed on his ship is RubyNote .
  • Turnabout Storm: Phoenix's reaction to "cloud ballistics" being a thing that apparently exists in Equestria. He decides to not speak up to avoid more trouble than he already has for not doing the research on how the land works.

  • This is Ginger's reaction in Collar 6 when Linda Knight shows up as her "training partner".
  • Daughter of the Lilies: This ends up being Thistle's reaction when informed she has to help take down a giant demonic frog.
  • Moby Dick Back From The Deep: Katherine says a variation of this in chapter 4, page 9, when she sees a pod of Orcas making a beeline for Moby Dick.
  • In the Team Fortress 2 chapter The Naked And The Dead, the Spy says this line when the Scout comes back alive a while after the former is revealed (to the audience) to be the Scout's father and has a heartfelt So Proud of You moment with his dead son.
    Spy: You have got to be @#$%ing kidding me.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Elliot says this after being told that his belly button is functioning as an actual button as a result of merging with his phone.

    Web Original 
  • In Caddicarus, this is said in some episodes. It's sometimes even this:
    I Hate Everything: [reacting to the narrator in the Peter Pan Phoenix game] You have got to be shitting me!
    [later, during a dance scene when Peter falls into the house...]
    I Hate Everything: Are you actually shitting me? Caddy, what the fuck is going on?!
    Caddicarus: I don't know, man. Don't ask me.
  • Chorocojo has this reaction after finally managing to catch a Weezing in Crystal, wasting a ton of Great Balls on it before finally catching it with a Lure Ball of all things. A member of the IRC chat he was in came to the conclusion that Weezing is a fish.
  • Chuggaaconroy: "YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME! OH MY GOD! After all 30 of my Ultra Balls failed, a Poké Ball caught it!"
  • In Danganronpa Abridged Thing, this is Leon Kuwata's word-for-word reaction when he is to be executed by pitching machine.
  • In the third Kai episode of Dragon Ball Z Abridged, which covers the Garlic Jr. Saga, one of his henchmen, Vinegar, actually leaves when all the other henchmen get killed, saying it's killing his high. This is Garlic Jr.'s reaction.
    Vinegar: Okay. This place is killing my high. I'm out. [leaves]
    Garlic Jr.: [beat] ARE YOU FUCKING ME RIGHT NOW?
  • Hellsing Ultimate Abridged: Integra responds with this in episode 5 while dodging rockets in her car:
    Integra: YOU'VE! [boom!] GOT! [boom!] TO! [boom!] BE! [boom!] SHIT-[boom!]-TING! [boom!] ME!
  • Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Abridged:
    Dio: Why can't I move? Wh... why can't I- No, no, [sees Jotaro walking out the fire] nononoNONO! MOTHERF**KER!!! [Jotaro stops in front of him] NO! NO! NO! NO! BULLS**T! BULLS**T! BULLS**T! Okay, calm down, Dio. Calm down. Calm down, Dio... Calm down. If I, Dio, don't move, then he won't realize that I, Dio, am not in front[Star Platinum smashes Dio's leg] OH MY GOD!
    Jotaro: Time Continues.
  • In The Mercury Men, words to this effect are said by Edward on several occasions.
  • Everyone's reaction in Suburban Knights when it's revealed that Malachite's Hand is in the same field that they started in at the beginning of the special.
    [Film Brain receives a piece of paper telling him exactly where the Gauntlet is; at the same time, Suede is showing Critic exactly where the Gauntlet is]
    Film Brain: [looking at the paper, furious] Oh, you have—
    Nostalgia Chick: [with the Critic] —got to be—
    Todd: [reading over Film Brain's shoulder] —FUCKING—
  • In Ten Little Roosters, twice in episode 3:
    • Ryan says this when Miles counters Ryan's assertion that he's wearing a dress (he's wearing Lindsay's Ruby Rose cosplay outfit) with that it's a "combat skirt", referencing the show itself.
    • Burnie says this when Chris just refuses to die, allowing the killer to pretty much get away.
  • Uno: The Movie has Jack Patillo pretty much say this when he joins in.
    Jack Patillo: So, of all the games that are out there right now, you guys are playing Uno.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
    • Yami's reaction in "Pilot" when he sees Kaiba's holographic duel arena. "Okay, seriously, you've got to be [BEEP]ing kidding me. Who wastes all that money on something like that?"
    • Yami in episode 30, "Sore", when his opponent appears to be none other than Jigsaw.
    • When Yugi realizes that Jaden challenged him to a rap battle, and he accepted it.

    Western Animation 
  • The Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "The Dressing" has a great example when Carl opens his door and meets a horde of malfunctioning, pissed-off robot turkeys.
    Carl: You have got to be fricking kidding me.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Aang overcomes a Fire Nation vessel with some difficulty... then says this exact phrase on seeing the entire fleet behind it!
  • In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Beware the Grey Ghost", Bruce Wayne realizes that a series of bombings are copied from the Grey Ghost show he enjoyed as a kid. The actor who played him hands over the episode, which Bruce enjoys watching while searching for clues until he finds out that the bombs were driven in toy cars, leading to an unbelieving reaction and Bruce to comment, well, You Have Got to Be Kidding Me.
  • The Bojack Horseman episode "Fish Out of Water" ends with one. Bojack spends the entire episode unable to speak, due to being at an underwater film festival and wearing a helmet — leading to much frustration. In the last moments, he finds out the helmet has a button that allows him to speak, and yells, "You gotta be kid...." before the credits roll.
  • In the Danny Phantom episode "Mystery Meat", Sam is trapped by a ghost in a pile of meat. She utters this line when Tucker arrives with a knife and fork, assuring her he'll free her in no time.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In "Little Ed Blue", Edd is hilariously incredulous when he discovers the cause of Ed's outburst of bad temper was a small rock getting caught in his shoe.
    Edd: A pebble?! Ed's bad mood was all because he had a pebble in his shoe?!
  • House of Mouse: In "Dining Goofy", this is Eeyore's response to being seated with Jiminy Cricket thanks to Goofy's seating charts.
  • This is Tak's verbatim reaction in Invader Zim when Zim, instead of figuring out that she's a rival Irken who's out to prove herself a better invader than him, concludes that her mistreatment of him over the past several days meant they were dating, and so triumphantly "breaks up" with her.
  • In the Justice League episode "Legends", Flash is fighting a supervillain in a Retro Universe. Just when it looks like he's won, he sees a bus full of nuns on a collision course with a TNT truck.
    Flash: You've gotta be kidding.
  • In the Kim Possible movie "A Sitch in Time", Kim is incredulous when Shego summons Dr. Drakken to fight her. This leads to The Reveal that Drakken is now a mass of muscle.
  • In the King of the Hill third season episode "Dog Dale Afternoon", Dale catches his wife Nancy and her "healer" John Redcorn red-handed... but thinks they're trying to steal his mower. Redcorn says the trope name almost word-for-word:
    John Redcorn: Uhh, Dale. This... isn't how I wanted you to find out.
    Dale: Quit screwin' around with my mower!
    John Redcorn: You gotta be kidding.
    Dale: I don't kid about my mower. Now get inside and start massaging my wife.
    John Redcorn: [to Nancy] He's taking some of the fun out of this.
  • In The Lion Guard, Fuli says "Seriously?" whenever she's in disbelief.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • The Powerpuff Girls franchise:
    • The Powerpuff Girls:
      • Professor Utonium says this in "The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever" when the girls drag him into playing Bubbles for their little game.
      • Buttercup says this in "Him Diddle Riddle" when as part of a task by Him she has to make her way to a phone in the Chinatown district of Townsville without flying. She takes the subway and encounters a long line waiting to get tokens.
    • In the reboot, Buttercup says it again at the end of "Tooth or Consequences" after chasing a hideously deformed Blossom to the edge of a cliff a second time.
  • In the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Don't Fool With a Phantom", Fred accidentally encases Shaggy and Scooby in hot wax along with the Wax Phantom. When he chips them loose:
    Fred: Okay, Scoob?
    Scooby: You've gotta be kidding!
  • In The Simpsons episode "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song", Apu has this reaction upon hearing Skinner's plan to write a novel which, unintentionally on Skinner's part, is a Jurassic Park ripoff titled Billy and the Cloneasaurus.
    Apu: Oh, you have got to be kidding, sir. First you think of an idea that has already been done, and then you give it a title that nobody could possibly like. Didn't you think this through? [later] ...bestseller list for eighteen months! Every magazine cover had it... [still later] ...popular movies of all time, sir! What were you thinking? [Beat] I mean thank you, come again.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • "Cargo of Doom": Admiral Yularen is positively incredulous when Anakin announces his intent to board Cad Bane's frigate with AT-TEs. It's obvious that the Admiral is starting to wonder if he's the Only Sane Man among people who regularly work with Anakin during this conversation.
    • "Bound for Rescue": Ahsoka has this reaction when she sees that the "Animal Instincts" are actually the younglings in disguise who came to rescue her from Hondo Ohnaka (though she says it as "Oh no...").
  • Star Wars Resistance: In "Live Fire", this is Hype Fazon's reaction when Kazuda Xiono is introduced as going to be joining Ace Squadron. Kaz is a military-trained pilot, but a) most of the people on the Colossus don't know that because he was undercover, and b) he's The Klutz and a total dork when not flying, so he doesn't come off at all as having had military training.
  • Static Shock: In "A League of Their Own", Static is being chased by a brainwashed Justice League. He tries to escape Flash by flying over water, reasoning that he won't be able to follow him. Flash proves him wrong by running across the water, causing Static to say, "Oh, come on!"
  • Steven Universe: Future: In "Growing Pains", Dr. Maheswaran is dumbfounded that she's the first person to give Steven a medical exam, yelling, "You're 16 years old and you've never been to the doctor?!"
  • A variant in Superman: The Animated Series where Superman has just disrupted a crime in progress and one of the goons brandishes a wooden club at him. Clark just stands there and goes, "You're kidding, right?"
  • Raphael from the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon says it quite often when he runs into trouble. For example:
    • In "Scion of the Shredder", Raph has tired himself out fighting a few Foot Soldiers while escaping on an elevator. Then, just when he's catching his breath, more Foot Soldiers show up. His response? "You've gotta be kidding me."
    • He drops it at least once in the Fast Forward episode "Home Invasion" when a machine that brushes his teeth and puts shaving cream on his face comes to life where he thinks he can get the privacy to read a newspaper.
  • Transformers:
    Sari: You have GOT to be pulling my leg!
    Wreck-Gar: Okay! I have got to be pulling your leg!
  • At the end of The Venture Bros. episode "The Saphrax Protocol", this is the Monarch's reaction to being told that he's brothers with Dr. Venture, his Arch-Enemy.
  • In the Young Justice episode "Endgame", this is Superman's reaction when the Justice League watches a news report that UN Secretary Tsung Dangun resigned due to his collaboration with the Reach invaders, and the reporter Gordon Godfrey promoted Lex Luthor as his replacement.

    Real Life 
  • Notably, the unofficial catchphrase for Wild Weasel crews was "YGBSM", for "You Gotta Be Shittin' Me". To clarify, the Wild Weasels were Vietnam-era USAF fighter aircraft whose job was to act as bait for North Vietnamese air defenses, in hopes of drawing their fire, evading it, and then destroying the anti-air site. The phrase was supposedly coined as
    "...the natural response of an educated man, a veteran EWO on B-52s and the like, upon learning that he was to fly back seat to a self-absorbed fighter pilot while acting as flypaper for enemy SAMs."
  • When Playboy interviewed Mel Brooks in 1966:
    PLAYBOY: What else are you working on?
    BROOKS: Springtime for Hitler.
    PLAYBOY: You're putting us on.
  • John McEnroe was best known for shouting "You cannot be serious!" at a judge during a Wimbledon tournament.
  • Chuck Norris's initial reaction when two Stupid Crooks tried to mug him at knife point was "Are you insane!?"

TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life? You have GOT to be kidding me!


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Alternative Title(s): Youve Gotta Be Kidding Me


Enchanted - Strange Words

In "Enchanted," Prince Edward has finally found his princess Giselle in New York City. But he thinks Robert has kidnapped her and asks him if he has any last words before he kills him. Robert's response? "You have got to be kidding me!" of course.

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