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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 
  • 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.
    • Between Water 7 and Enies Lobby, Franky fights new CP9 agent Nero on the Sea Train's roof. When Nero realizes that Franky's weak spot is his back, what is Franky's countermeasure? He lies down on his back on the train roof. And he's smug about it.
      Nero: That's...that's so stupid, I don't even have a comeback.
    • 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.
    • Played for Drama in the Marineford arc, where Admiral Aokiji says this word for word after witnessing Luffy use his Conqueror's Haki to knock out a good portion of the battlefield. At that point, Aokiji and several other marines have openly acknowledged Luffy as a dangerous future element, but it is that moment that makes them realize how truly high his ceiling is. After that, the Marines start prioritizing Luffy's death to be equal to if not outright above Ace's own execution.
  • 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.
  • In Yuri is My Job!, Sumika sits down with her friend Nene and vents about how Kanoko has an unrequited love for her best friend Hime, a love Kanoko believes will never be reciprocated. Sumika finds this pitiful and asserts that she'd never let Kanoko be in such a state. Nene lets off an incredulous "You're joking," before remarking what she's just realized- that Sumika is in love with Kanoko.

    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.
  • In Legion of 3 Worlds, this is Superboy-Prime's reaction upon discovering the 31st Century's Superman Museum.
  • In Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, Luke is hired by Doctor Doom to hunt down rogue Doombots who hid themselves in the US. After the job was done, Doom left the UN without paying him. A royally pissed-off Cage took a vehicle from the Fantastic Four and traveled all the way to Latveria to personally get the $200 bucks Doom owes him. Doom is both shocked and outraged, especially since he was in the middle of dealing with a revolution.
    Doom: You came all the way here for that!? A paltry $200!!!? You are crazy!
  • 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 on 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.
    • Superman vs. Shazam!: At the start of their fight, Marvel throws a chunk of a wall at Superman, who asks him if he is serious.
      Superman: Throwing rubble? You've got to be joking! I can take the full impact of a nuclear blast— I've dived to the depths of a sun going nova— I've battled creatures big enough to devour whole planets! And you try to smack me with a brick mudball!
    • In Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom, wherein the titular heroes travel to one alien jungle, Supergirl says the line verbatim when she is attacked by a giant, flying green squid as she is searching for food.
  • 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!!
  • Spider-Man: 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."

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    Fan Works 
  • Ace Combat: The Equestrian War: This is Rainbow Dash's reaction upon seeing Canterlot being besieged by the griffins.
  • 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).
  • Avengers: Infinite Wars: When Peter Parker (from a variation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe) becomes caught up in the events of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, he basically elicits this reaction from Spider-Man Noir when he mentions that Noir's time is "getting close to the Second World War".
  • Beyond Heroes: Of Sunshine and Red Lyrium: Happens a few times, but never as humorously as when Hawke reacts to a fact that 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?
  • Cheshire (Miraculous Ladybug): Marinette/Cheshire's reaction when Kim blows his secret identity as King Monkey, making her wonder what Master Fu was thinking to give Kim - one of her bullies - a Miraculous.
  • 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 Crimson and Noire, Apex (who came from a time when she and Cottontail had recently got their Miraculous) has this reaction in chapter 31 when she learns from Crimson that their future selves had to help Crimson and Noire a few months prior against Speedstar because Crimson tried to get in between the akuma and Noire, which is the exact same reason she and Cottontail came to help the heroes against Zombizou.
  • 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.
  • Fairytale of Doom: In chapter 17, this is Lucy's reaction when Levy suggests that the former was able to pick up Prince Phillip's Shield of Virtue might be because Virtue can also mean "virgin." In other words, Lucy was able to pick it up because she was still a virgin, tying back to her frustration of being casted as a princess destined for love.
    Lucy: You have got to be kidding me. I finally get a superpower in this fairytale... and it's the physical manifestation of the fact that for the last two years, the guy I liked didn't see me more than a friend? Why is everything in this goddamn world about romance?!
  • 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.
  • Harry and the Shipgirls has this as the all-around reaction for the reason they were givennote  for the Dementors attempting to Kiss Sirius Black, in spite of him having been acquitted for betraying the Potters and killing a crowd of people.
    Dumbledore: “Please tell me that this is some sick joke, Amelia. That what is in front of me does not exist.”
  • 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.
  • The Intricacies of Magical Etiquette:
    Daphne: If there's nothing else you can offer, I suppose sexual favors would be acceptable.
    Harry: Very funny. [Daphne stares at him] Wait, you are joking, right?
  • Invader Zim: A Bad Thing Never Ends: This is Gaz's word-for-word reaction when Iggins is revealed to be the one piloting Aldrich's Humongous Mecha in Chapter 17.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: Olympian Journey:
    • Eris can't believe that she's the logical one during her conversation with Aphrodite's host.
    • Captain Black's response to finding out that the Six-Eared Macaque has gained Poseidon's powers.
  • 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).
  • The Karma of Lies: Lila has this reaction when she realizes that Adrien — who knows she's presently conning their classmates — is typing the password to one of his family's private bank accounts in front of her. Adrien's complete lack of common sense about the situation gets called out by the police when he tries to report it.
  • 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.
  • My Hero Academia: Unchained Predator: Upon being told by Sayaka that they can't do anything until the no-fly order is lifted, Mera ends up having a Rage Breaking Point while being Forced to Watch the Slayer tear apart the Steel Sabers.
    Mera: Oh? Great! That’s just perfect! Well while we’re sitting here twiddling our thumbs, Arnold Leatherface Schwarzenegger is turning I-Island into the set of a Quentin Tarantino movie!
    Sayaka: You think I don't want to end this insanity as much as you do?! For all we know, we could end up putting more innocent lives at risk if we start sending soldiers and Heroes over there! The public-
    Mera: Oh right, the public! We certainly can't forget that they'll have fucking night terrors for the next fifteen years after what they saw on TV!
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Katsuki explodes when he's placed on a team with Ruby Rose as the leader.
  • Naru-Hina Chronicles:
    • This is Neji's reaction when Lee and Gai end up having a game of Rock–Paper–Scissors, even though it initially seemed like they were about to have an epic fight instead.
    • At the beginning of her training session with Lee and Gai, Arekusu asks "Y-You're just kidding right?" when Gai says they're going to do 20 laps around the village on their hands as a warm-up.
  • One More Trigger: Lisa boggles at the realisation that the Samaritans have used Vista's power to turn Mannequin, of the Slaughterhouse Nine, into a toboggan.
    Lisa: Oh, you didn't. Oh, man. You did. You really did.
  • 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.
  • Potter Club:
    Hermione: Well, I gouged out the contents of the library and discovered that they have very minimal in terms of fiction.
    Harry: Fiction.
    Hermione: Yes, I want you to get me a copy of Harry Potter and the Jade Dragon.
    Harry: You're shitting me right?
  • 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.
  • Rise of the Minisukas: Ritsuko reacts with disbelief when she sees the Minisukas have deployed the Unit-01 decoy.
    "New contact detected! Approaching from Sector-9-Y-5!" Hyuga's announcement got everyone's attention. "Bringing it up on scene 12 now!" Attention was quickly directed to the aforementioned scene to reveal…. Unit-01?
    "Oh, you have got to be kidding me." Ritsuko immediately recognized what it was. "What are they doing with the 1:1 Unit-01 Decoy Balloon?" Misato shot her a confused look.
    "The what?" Any explanation Ritsuko could give died in her throat as energy buildup in the Angel was detected.
  • Return to Krocodile Isle: Klampon is absolutely flabbergasted when he learns that K. Rool's been living in the tavern's basement for the past ten years.
    Klampon: Ten years. That cellar-dweller was in the basement for ten years?!
    Klubba: Well, that does explain all the missing food.
  • Role-Playing (Evangelion): Fuyutsuki believes Gendo is joking when his superior reveals Kaji DID get the bathrooms bugged. Gendo quickly reminds him he does not do jokes.
    "We can blame it on Kaji. He's always up to something anyhow. I wouldn't be surprised if he's got the bathrooms bugged."
    "I had those removed. They were... inappropriate."
    For a moment, Fuyutsuki went slack-jawed. "You're kidding."
    Gendo turned his head, wearing a look of near-amusement. "Do I kid?"
    "No, of course not."
  • 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 who 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.
  • Top of the Line (Editor-Bug): Tallest Red is less than pleased to see Zim show up at the SIR Unit tournament.
  • True Potential:
    • Naruto had a lot of expectations regarding his first mission as a genin, hoping it would be something important. Instead, his first mission consists of pulling weeds, which makes him shout "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!"
    • In the Omake from Chapter 17, Kurotsuchi tells Shikamaru that she told his teammates her plan to keep him awake that night (as revenge for when Shikamaru refused to play at least one card game with her because he was too tired) and, as a result, said teammates are sleeping in other rooms. His response is to say this trope word for word.
    • Anko has this reaction upon seeing the bill after treating Naruto to ramen. Teuchi mentions to her that Iruka and the Third Hokage had similar reactions.
      • Later, when Anko is confronting Naruto about having to blow a week's worth of pay on ramen, Naruto says that he tried to eat less than usual since he didn't want Anko to spend too much money on him. A rather shocked Anko tries to ponder how Naruto can eat so much ramen and, more importantly, pay for it with his Genin earning.
    • Hanabi looks at her sensei Naruto in horror and tells him "... Please tell me you are kidding." when he brings up the possibility of once again doing the D-rank mission of finding a cat named Tora.
    • In Chapter 87, Onoki growls "You have got to be shitting me!" after learning about the Kamizuru Brothers being murdered by ROOT agents.
    • Kabuto says "You have GOT to be shitting me right now?" to Danzō when the latter reveals why the former was considered a liability to ROOT.
  • 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!
  • In the fourth chapter of The SuperStarr Chronicles, Scott Summers doesn't outright say it, but his reaction is basically this when he learns Clara Creed is the sister of Sabertooth.
  • Gendo has this reaction in The Rainbow Connection when he finds out that his son Shinji has been raised by Miss Piggy for the past nine years.
  • In Olive's Last Partner, Olive asks Oscar exactly what the Blobisites, who are cousins of blobs, are parasites of, as is their punny namesake. He tells her they're parasites of boiler systems, to which she responds aptly.
    Olive: You're joking.
    Oscar: Nope! They like to get in the pipes and grow until they fill the whole network, sucking up all the warmth and blocking all the water as they do. [begins to make sucking and gurgling sounds]
  • Twilight Sparkle, You're Being Ridiculous: Played for Laughs. Celestia laughs like crazy over Twilight thinking she was about to be banished and exiled over her outburst at her brother's wedding.

    Films — Animation 
  • Big Hero 6: Deadpan Snarker GoGo says this verbatim when she sees Fred's room.
  • In The Book of Life, this is María's reaction when it's revealed why Chakal is attacking San Angel; he's after one of Joaquín's medals. What she doesn't know is that said medal is the Medal of Everlasting Life, which grants the wearer near-immortality.
    María: (to Joaquín) All this… is about a stupid medal? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
  • Cars:
    • Cars: Lightning says this after he learns Doc has sentenced him to community service and he has to mend the road before he can leave Radiator Springs.
    • Cars 3: Lightning when he and Cruz train at Fireball Beach in one of the failed attempts when Cruz stopped because she didn't want to hit a crab.
  • Frozen: 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.
  • 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 (1994): This is Zazu's response to Mufasa making him take part in Simba's pouncing lesson.
    Zazu: Oh no, Sire, you can't be serious! (groan) This is so humiliating.
    • The Lion King 1 ½: Banzai mutters this in response to Timon and Pumbaa juggling and break-dancing while trying to buy time.
  • 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?
  • In Monsters, Inc., this is Mike's reaction when Sully suggests that they get Boo out of Monstropolis by sending her through her door at the factory.
    Mike: Is that a joke? Tell me you're joking.
  • In My Little Pony: A New Generation, Sunny is not amused that Alphabittle's idea of "The Ultimate Challenge" turns out to be a game of Just Prance.
    Sunny: A dancing game. Seriously?
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Big Bad Oogie Boogie's Villain Song is essentially him expressing shock and hilarity upon discovering that "Sandy Claws" is actually a harmless old man.
    You're jokin', you're jokin'
    I can't believe my eyes!
    You're jokin' me, you gotta be
    This can't be the right guy!
    He's ancient, he's ugly
    I don't know which is worse!
    I might just split a seam now
    If I don't die laughing first!
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: The multiple Spider-People have this reaction when seeing Kingpin throwing a dinner gala in honor of Peter Parker.
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie: The Penguin King says this almost word-for-word after hearing Lumalee's opinion about the only escape from Bowser's castle being the "sweet relief of death" since he and his penguin army had been depressed enough being in Bowser's prison.
  • In Turning Red, this is Mei's reaction to her parents' news that her transformation is a hereditary thing. In the trailer, she uses the trope name almost word for word before attempting to shred the family tapestry with her claws. In the movie proper, her words are different but the sentiment is the same:
    Mei: Are... you... serious?!

    Films — 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.
  • Airplane!:
    Stryker: Surely you can't be serious.
    Dr. Rumack: I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.
  • 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."
    • Captain America: Civil War: This is Rhodey's / War Machine's reaction to Ant-Man enlarging a fuel truck flung at his direction. "OH Come on!"
  • 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 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. "Oh you’ve gotta 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?!
  • Darkman, when Liam Neeson realizes just how many gangsters are coming to get him.
    You gotta be shittin' me!
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Lawrence is showing Freddy all of the things he spends the money he's conned people out of on - a wine cellar with wines he collects but never drinks, a garden, and a statue he helped restore. After seeing all of this, Freddy speaks up:
    Freddy: May I say something here?
    Lawrence: Of course.
  • Enchanted: Robert says this when Edward bursts into his apartment and threatens him with a sword.
    Edward: Have you any last words before I dispatch you?
    Robert: You have got to be kidding me!
    Edward: Strange words. [motions for the blow before Giselle steps in]
  • 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 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), this is O'Shea Jackson Jr.'s character's response to getting his first look at Ghidorah, a giant three-headed dragon with golden scales.
    You gotta be fucking kidding.
  • 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!
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: An extremely exasperated Gamora's reaction when, after Nebula has tried to kill her, crashed her spaceship in the attempt, and Gamora has then blown up that ship with its own guns, Nebula attacks her even after being pulled from the flaming wreckage.
    Gamora: Are you KIDDING me?!
  • Halloween at Aunt Ethel's: At the start of the movie, when two teenagers are in a car, the boy tricks his girlfriend into giving him a handjob. When she realizes this, she says "You've Gotta be fucking kidding me".
  • Near the end of Home Alone 3, when the police arrive at the Pruitt residence to arrest the spies, one of them, trapped in the frozen-over swimming pool with one of his fellow spies, says it word-for-word when the two are held at gunpoint by an officer who orders them to "Freeze!"
  • Similar to the phrase is "You're joking", used twice in Hot Shots! Part Deux, as demonstrated by the page quote.
    If I were joking, I would say...
  • 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 DB5'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.
    • Bond has this reaction in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in Skyfall after Q tells him to get on the train.
  • It: Chapter Two. Pennywise taunts the heroes with an apparition of Stan, which quickly turns into an homage to The Thing (1982) (see below) when the apparition's head falls off and sprouts spider legs.
    Richie: You gotta be fucking kidding!
  • Jumanji: The Next Level: This is Fridge's verbatim reaction when he sees his new Oberon avatar stats that include among other things, "Heat", "Sun", and "Sand" as weaknesses when they are in the middle of a desert.
  • In Kill Bill: Volume 1, during the final battle between the Bride and the Crazy 88, she's fighting in the dark and cuts them all down to one remaining man, who is visibly shaking with fear. Then the lights flick on and the "man" is just a teenager. Her reaction is pricelessnote .
  • 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.
  • Kiss Me: Elizabeth is incredulous when Frida says she's fallen in love with Mia, saying she only told Frida to be friends with her.
  • In Krampus, this is Tom's reaction when getting his first look at Der Klown.
    Tom: Oh, come on.
  • Last of the Dogmen: Lewis says this word for word after Lilian tries to appease their Dog Soldier captors by saying Lewis will fight any of them hand-to-hand.
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always: Zack has always been known for his hiphip break-dancing combat style. He's in full form thirty years later while defending the old Juice Bar from Putties. Trini's daughter (adopted by Zack after her death) is audibly annoyed by this coming in on a Big Damn Heroes moment.
    Minh: Are you break-dance fighting!?
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol: Agent Carter says this after asking where Ethan Hunt is. Ethan is climbing the world's tallest building...from the outside.
    Agent Carter: Where's Ethan?
    [Benji points out the window]
    Agent Carter: You've gotta be kidding.
  • Nutcracker Massacre: On the way back from Dimitri's shop, Clara stops Paul so she can tell him that she thinks the 6-foot Nutcracker in Marie's house is possessed by the ghost of the 19-century German soldier from Dimitri's story, Paul responds with "You've gotta be kidding me."
  • 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.
  • Prom Wars: In the final scene, Diana and her friends have uniformly incredulous and disgusted expressions as they listen to Geoffery tell them a ridiculously inaccurate version of the paintball battle that the girls officiated over as referees.
  • 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 makes 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 (with the head upside-down!). Made even funnier when you realise later that Palmer, the man who uttered the line is also a Thing.
    Palmer: 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!
  • Ticket to Paradise: David mutters "you gotta be kidding me" after seeing his hated ex-wife arrive at the seat next to him on two separate occasions: at Lily's graduation and on the flight to Bali.
  • Top Gun: Maverick: After they're left stranded in enemy territory, Rooster says "You're not serious." when he realizes Maverick's plan to escape is to steal an F-14 Tomcat from the enemy base. His face says it all.
    Rooster: You've gotta be shitting me. An F-14?
    Maverick: I shot down three MiGs in one of those.
    Rooster': We don't even know if that bag of ass can fly.
    Maverick: (beat) Let's find out.
  • Trick 'r Treat does this as a pretty clear homage to The Thing, when Mr. Krieg thinks he has killed the thing that's broken into his house, only to see a severed hand crawling across the floor.
    You gotta be fucking kidding 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • This is the Pigeon's reaction, word for word, to the roller coaster in The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster!, which turns out to be a pathetic little putt-putt affair riding along a straight line, rather than anything really worthy of the name "roller coaster." However, when asked if he wants to go again, he immediately agrees.
  • 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.

    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.
  • Control Z:
    • During Raúl's party, Javier is openly against the hacker's demand that Sofía jump off the roof so that Alex's secret won't be leaked. Sofía ends up obliging, but Javier angrily storms out of the party.
    • Most of the students' furious response when Raúl returns for the first time since his exposure as the hacker.
  • Cowboy Bebop (2021). The Callisto Liberation Front use a spore-dispersing device designed for terraforming to turn people into trees. The newsreader reacts thus:
    Newreader: According to eyewitness reports, the toxic gas turned people into...trees? (turns off-camera) Are you serious with this? Oh shit, that's nutbags!
  • A common reaction by the contestants when 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.
    • "The Bells of St John": Alexei's reaction when the Doctor uses an anti-gravity motorcycle to ride up the side of a skyscraper.
      Alexei: Seriously? It can do that? It can really, actually do that?
    • "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.
    • While she doesn't say it, the Doctor's facial expression in "War Of The Sontarans" to hearing the Sontarans got involved in the Crimean War partially because their commander wanted to ride a horse screams this.
  • Some of the funniest moments on the Steve Harvey episodes of Family Feud is Harvey hearing a contestant give an outrageous answer. He'll spend a few moments mocking them on just how stupid that is...and then that answer is on the board. Harvey's reactions range from just standing in shock to tearing up/throwing away the answer cards and storming off the stage.
  • 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.
  • Firefly: In the episode "Jaynestown", though she doesn't say it, this Inara's reaction when she assumes the "hero of Canton" is Mal, only to find out she's way off the mark:
    Inara: I know this man. He just has this idiotic sense of nobility, you know? He can never just let things go. He thinks he's this hard-hearted criminal, and he can be unrelenting...but there's a side to him that's just so-.
    Fess: You mean you actually know Jayne?
    Inara: Jayne?! Jayne Cobb? You're talking about Jayne Cobb?
    Fess: Yes, Jayne Cobb, the hero of Canton. The only person I ever saw who stood up to my father.
  • Forever: Said word for word by Jo in the pilot when she sees that the owner of the pocketwatch found on the wrecked subway, caught on video entering the fatal car minutes before the accident, is the weird medical examiner she was just talking to, who hadn't said a word about being on the crashed subway even though he knew she was investigating it.
  • Homicide: Life on the Street: This is Munch's reaction when at the liquor license class, the teacher says in addition to making sure he doesn't allow drunks to drive or serve drinks to minors (both of which he's okay with), he also has to make sure not to let people get too drunk, which he thinks goes against the whole point of having a bar.
  • 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.
  • M*A*S*H: Hawkeye does a completely non-verbal one in "Tuttle" when Henry asks him to deliver a eulogy on the recently fallen titular soldier — who never existed in the first place.
  • 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 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.
    • The Punisher (2017). The reaction from all concerned when Karen Page, Amy Bendix, and Agent Dinah Madani show up one after the other to help Frank Castle escape from hospital, even though he doesn't want to be rescued.
  • 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 hang glider 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.
  • Odd Squad:
    • Oscar, Olive, and Otto have this reaction when Oprah tells them that the Featherites have arrived at Precinct 13579. Oprah responds aptly with:
    Oprah: I have a bird nest on my head. Do I look like I'm kidding?
    • In "Night Shift", Olympia says this when she finds out that she's number 539 in line for the tubes and the tube operator on duty is only on number 44.
    • In "Where There's a Wolf, There's a Way", Olympia tells Joy LaFleur that she needs more practice throwing slime at the dragon guarding the special potato of Potatoland in a teasing manner. Otis responds with an aghast "Are you serious?" and Olympia gives him a sly smile in return as the two go back to throwing slime at each other.
    • This is a furious Opal's reaction in "Jeremy" when she returns to the Mobile Unit van for the second time only to find it locked again. She quickly drops her anger when she sees Oswald and Orla trapped in paper-mache.
    • In "The Thrill of the Face", Omar and Orla make a hasty retreat to Oswald's office with a box after Opal becomes turned to stone by the Piedro de Guerrero, hoping it's the box with the Piedro-Reverse-inator gadget. Oswald looks through the box and says that it isn't the right one, causing Omar and Orla to give a unisonant "Are you serious?"
    • From "Odd in 60 Seconds", in response to Orla's disbelief that the Utensiler's younger sister broke into the top-secret Security facility.
      Omar: Are you kidding me right now?
      Orla: Have I ever kidded?
    • Omar has another one of these moments in "Wax On Wax Odd" as Orla tells him that she will return to his cubby every day for the rest of the week and toss stuff to him so he can catch it, over and over again. As he's shown holding a bunch of his souvenirs when Orla leaves, all he can say is, "Are you kidding me?"
    • The Van Computer has this reaction in "Double O Trouble" when a Chicago police officer passing by ends up ticketing the van for illegal parking in Millennium Park, honking the horn at him for added effect.
  • 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.
  • In "New Dimensions" from The Orville, this is Kelly Grayson's reaction when she pulls up John LaMarr's file to place a reprimand on it and discovers that he earned some of the highest marks in Union Point's history.
  • Power Rangers:
  • Psychopath Diary: In-woo watches in disbelief as Dong-sik Screams Like a Little Girl, jumps backward, collides with several barrels, and ends up on the floor.
    In-woo: What? Are you kidding me?
  • 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?!
  • Saturday Night Live: When Seth Meyers was "Weekend Update" anchor, he (and Amy Poehler when she was co-anchor) would sometimes go into the "Really?" segment on stories that simply sounded too ridiculous.
  • 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 to 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. Drew said, "You've got to be kidding me, come on!" when the censors objected and had them change it to Bill Cosby & the Insurance Salesman.
  • A contestant on Wipeout (2008) asked another how he was in 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.

  • Shania Twain's "That Don't Impress Me Much":
    You're one of those guys who likes to shine his machine
    You make me take off my shoes before you let me get in
    I can't believe you kiss your car good night
    Come on, baby, tell me, you must be joking, right?

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible: A recurring phrase in Book of 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 
  • The normal reaction that the reigning World Champion will have when the music plays off the current holder of the Money in the Bank briefcase. For the most part, this will lead to the championship changing hands without much warning.
  • This is also the reaction whenever a wrestler performs a signature move of another wrestler, especially when they think they can copycat The Undertaker. You know who we are talking about.
  • Announcers often say this during awesome high-risk spots. Don West was a frequent offender.
  • The reaction of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Owen Hart, and the British Bulldog to Mick Foley's debut as Dude Love.
  • When Mankind started to climb back up the cell after recovering from the long fall into the Spanish announcers' table in King of the Ring 1998, Jim Ross shouted out, "Are you kidding me?! He wants to climb back up!" As a bonus, in an unused camera feed that has since been shown in some videos like Eve of Destruction, The Undertaker got the same reaction as JR at the same time mixed in with "Oh, Crap!" before scrambling back up to the top of the cell, hoping to get there before Mankind did.
  • There were three matches that involved Big Show where the ring actually broke while getting superplexed, first in 2003 by Brock Lesnar, then in 2011 with Mark Henry, and then in 2017 by Braun Strowman. Corey Graves's words don't even describe how shocked he was.
    Graves: Oh... God. I kid you not, these two gargantuans just collapsed the ring!
  • During the 2006 Royal Rumble, Vince McMahon suggested to Rey Mysterio might recently-departed Eddie Guerrero might have a hand in drawing Rey's number for the main event. Rey agreed...and proceeded to draw #2. He treated it as a practical joke from beyond. Naturally, Rey went on to win the whole freakin' thing, setting a chronological endurance record that would last for the next 12 years.
    Rey: Aww, guys, you gotta be kidding me. Eddie... You got me, man... you got me.
  • This was the reaction at the 2014 Royal Rumble those in the ring had when Los Matadores arrived, thinking it was one of them, only to learn it was El Torito, much to the dismay of the guy who got eliminated. Even the announcers had this response.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppet Show: In a fourth season episode version of "Pigs in Space", the Swinetrek is being menaced by "Dearth Nader", whom Miss Piggy is scared of...until she hears his voice (Gonzo), at which point she makes a face to the audience, and mutters, "Oh, good grief."

  • 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.
  • One of the optional dialogue choices in BattleTech (2018) has Lord Alexander Madeira explain about the icy Hellhole Prison planet you're about drop onto. Yang responds with horrified disbelief at the prospect that the minus-twenty temperatures aren't the worst thing about the place.
    Player: I need to know what I'm about to send my lance into. What makes Weldry so inhospitable?
    Madeira: Everything, from the subzero climate to the inedible vegetation. The whole planet is infested with bloodsucking insects... the swarms can stretch for miles.
    Yang: You're shittin' me.
  • 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 about 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 pursuing 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 one of Ami's lines in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled when she loses a race.
  • In Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, this is Adell's reaction when the summoning spell to conjure Overlord Zenon brings Rozalin;
    Mom: Well, she sure is cute for an Overlord.
    Adell: ...You've got to be kidding! She's Overlord Zenon!?
  • 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 
  • In the Game Boy Advance Updated Re-release of EarthBound Beginnings, 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.
  • Fallout: New Vegas: If you enter the general store in Nipton while having a bad reputation with the Powder Gangers (which most players will, because the game encourages you to wipe them out before leaving Goodsprings), Boxcars (the injured Powder Ganger inside the store) does not react well to seeing you.
    Boxcars: Are you fucking kidding me?! First I get my legs smashed, and then in walks the Powder Gangers' grim fucking reaper?! What the fuck have you got against us, bitch?!
  • 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 upon being shot, turns into a giant golden mutant version of itself.
  • 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.
  • In Halo: Reach, on the mission Exodus; this is said in response to reports of suicide grunts.
  • 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 CD-i Games: Seen in 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!
    • In the Leviathan DLC, this is how the squad, particularly Shepard's love interest reacts to Shepard and Cortez's plan to use a diving mech instead of their shuttle.
      Love Interest: Wait, we're not actually considering-
      Steve: First, we'll need to restore power to get that cargo door open.
      Shepard: How?
      Third Squadmate: (resigned) I guess we are.
  • 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 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!
  • In Octopath Traveler II, the captain of the Sacred Guard refers to Temenos as a "hound" because he keeps getting in their way. In his second chapter, he can have a conversation with Ochette where she hilariously misinterprets the "nickname," at first thinking it's because of Temenos's "big, adorable eyes," and then listing a bunch of good qualities about dogs. When Ochette finally asks if she can call him a hound, too, what's his response?
    Temenos: Please tell me you're joking...
  • 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 on 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?!
  • Twisted Metal:
    • In one of the deleted original endings of the original Twisted Metal, Sweet Tooth wishes for a paper bag, leaving Calpyso shocked in disbelief.
    • Head-On has Cousin Eddy crashing the tournament uninvited with a homemade RV, thinking it was just a fun demolition derby, and wishing for a shinier vehicle, to Calypso's incredulity.
      Calypso: Are you kidding?
      Cousin Eddy: No?
  • 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, 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 1, 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".
    • Happens with Lopez, who due to nearly everyone on the team being unable to understand Spanish is left non-plussed when the only thing that Donut was able to mostly translate accurately was a Sarcastic remark during a tense situation.
    • 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 students 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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 in his Pokémon Emerald playthrough: "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.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • In the third Kai episode, 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?
  • The Funniest Minecraft Videos Ever: In "Minecraft's Funniest You Laugh You Lose...", Slimecicle reacts this way after finding out that immature penis jokes crack Tommy far more than any of their clever, well-thought-out bits.
  • 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, 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.
  • Amphibia: In "True Colors", Sasha says this when she and Anne find out that Marcy had them all transported to Amphibia on purpose.
  • 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.
  • Dragamonz: This is Boaragon's reaction when Fyra has both him and Dax fight against a trio of Mystic Firewings when Fyra sees that they have the Crystal of the Five Corners.
  • 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?!
  • The Emperor's New School: In the first episode, Kuzco had to win a footrace to avoid failing P.E. class. Yzma sabotaged him by cutting the rope bridge to the finish line, but Kuzco jumped over the gorge (he was a rabbit at the time) and flew into the banner over the finish line...which flung him all the way back to the Academy where the race started. Except he landed on a fountain, blocking its flow until the pressure built up enough to send him flying...all the way back to the finish line. At that point, Yzma had this reaction.
  • 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.
  • Invincible (2021):
    • This is Titan's reaction in "That Actually Hurt" to Invincible Bridal Carrying him while flying.
      Titan: This some bullshit.
    • Omni-Man has this reaction in "We Need To Talk" just before getting hit with Cecil's Wave-Motion Gun Kill Sat.
      Nolan: You wouldn't dare...
  • Jackie, in Jackie Chan Adventures, frequently. Like in "Through the Rabbit Hole" when he sees a child version of Valmont bossing the Enforcers around.
  • 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:
    Dale: I know what you're here for.
    John Redcorn: Dale. Uhh, 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 massagin' 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.
  • In Men in Black: The Series, J has this reaction to finding that the Sintillian heart that Alpha was planning to use to give himself immortality is autonomous without a body.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • The Powerpuff Girls franchise:
  • In a segment of Robot Chicken spoofing the scene in The Dark Knight when the Batmobile becomes the Bat Bike. In the segment, the Batmobile becomes increasingly smaller vehicles, until by the time Batman reaches The Joker, he's riding on a pogo stick. Joker just stands in place and says, "Seriously?"
  • 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, to his horror. 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.
  • In the South Park episode "Margaritaville", in the treasury department, Stan observes the Treasury process, of cutting off a chicken's head and then throwing its body on a floor until it lands on a financial course of action to take, then Stan glares at everyone, throws the Margaritaville blender on the floor then walks away.
  • 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 "Bluebird", this is Steven's reaction when the vengeful fusion Bluebird Azurite reforms because their components are that sick of him.
    • 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.
  • Total Drama:
    • In "Beach Blanket Bogus", Duncan reacts with "are you kidding me?!" to Chris throwing Lindsay at him.
    • In "Heroes Vs Villains", Heather's "WHAT?! You've got to be kidding me!" is the most prominent part of the Split-Screen Reaction to the Drama Machine exploding to reveal Alejandro.
    • In "The Bold and the Booty-Ful", Scott observes that the diamond he's supposed to retrieve for the challenge is lodged between Fang's teeth. This being the worst-case scenario, all he says about it in the confessional is "Are You KIDDING ME?!"
  • Transformers:
  • 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.
  • Work It Out Wombats!: In "Zoom In Zadie," this is Duffy's reaction when she finds out that Mr. E is in a square-painting class.
    Duffy: Oh, come on.
  • In the Young Justice (2010) 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 reporter Gordon Godfrey is promoting Lex Luthor as his replacement.

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

Alternative Title(s): Youve Gotta Be Kidding Me


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James isn't too thrilled when he realizes that he has to push Toby and pull his passenger train as well.

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