50 Tea Recipes from the Duchess is about a tea-loving woman transported into the body of the married Duchess Chloé Battenberg. Chloé's parents are the Count and Countess Gray, who preside over the Earldom of Gray. Since "Count" is an equivalent rank to an "Earl", and "Lady" is a title that can refer to many ranks of noble women (including Countess), that would make them "Earl Gray" and "Lady Gray."
In this episode of Adventures in ASCII (a strip where the characters are letters and other printables), Miss B reacts with a stony silence upon learning that Bold H is taking the guest Miss Delta (she's from @hens) down the river to see the estuary.
Miss B: ... Bold H: What? Miss B: I didn't say anything. Bold H: It was the way you didn't say it.
Here's another one from the same comic about an injured number. Apparently a three falling in a forest does indeed make a sound.
Also, there's one bit of alt text that imagines Dr. McNinja being followed on a quest by his refrigerator. A subsequent panel gives alt text of the fridge huffing as it tries to keep up. His refrigerator is running.
First Gordito shoots the undead, then the uncola. The alt text informs us that next time, Gordito shoots a dusty old book. He shoots the unread.
Mistaken for an example in-universe: The Doctor thinks his brother's ninja name Dark Smoke Puncher is silly. In "Space Savers", Dark Smoke Puncher is acting as Mission Control while the Doctor goes on a quest with Chuck Goodrich where he ends up being attacked by ghosts made of dark smoke. When Chuck tells Dark Smoke Puncher about this and asks for help, he thinks they're making it up to make fun of his name.
In the Pokemon fancomic Alterity, one of Robin's Pokemon had the previous nickname of Dante. Given that Dante is a fire type that makes him Dante's Inferno.
Apricot Cookie(s)! has Apricot barraging her friend with compliments in order to bum a ride to school. Her friend's name happens to be "Butter"as in, "buttering her up".
Moonlight Spritzer keeps her tit (her bird) between her tits (her breasts).
The head surgeon is little more than a human circulatory system given independent life. Her name? Circula Tori.
The receptionist is an amoeba called "Zoe." Her last name is unknown, but it's probably Plankton.
ThisBasic Instructions strip has Scott suggest that his friend get a job driving a rickshaw as a getaway vehicle for criminals. The idea is already so goofy that you might miss the other joke: his friend is named Rick.
In The Bedfellows strip "Board Meeting," Fatigue's bosses get hot and bothered (and, eventually, kinky) as he explains his blueprints for a ballroom. It's "artistic masturbation."
On his character page for Brawl in the Family, Luigi is shown playing violin, with the sheet music across the top of the image labeled "Violin II". Second fiddle, anyone?
In City Face, the fairy Torus convinces the pigeon City Face that he has become a human businessman. She then gives him a berry, which she says every businessman needs. "No! You weren't supposed to eat it!" It was a blackberry.
This strip shows the characters scowling at all the taxes taken out of their paychecks. In addition to the usual federal, state, local, Medicare, and FICA, there are also deductions for "snieca", "hearta", "pollex" (Latin for "thumb") and "Persian 9' X 12'"... in other words, sneak attacks, heart attacks, thumb tacks, and carpet tacks.
Also, there seems to be a chain of coffee shops named "Sundo" (with the bar over the "o" indicating a long vowel). Since the Sun is a star, and do ("dough") is another name for money, or bucks ...
When Mr. Mighty is working the night shift, he comes home in the morning just as the kids are leaving for school. He and his wife take advantage of the empty house for some "quality time" ... and in the next strip, he shows up to work smiling and singing "A Hard Day's Night". Heheheh ... you said "hard".
On this page, Mr. Mighty is thwarting a hold-up at the "Red Rooster Natural Mini-Mart". While some readers might recognize "Red Rooster" as a Brand X version of White Hen Pantry, not everyone will figure out the "Natural" part of the joke. In shooting dice, a "natural" is when you win by rolling a seven or eleven.
The number of examples in Homestuck (see the work page) seems to cement that if we had individual pages for Stealth Pun, Homestuck would be one of the first.
Just for a taste: Dave eventually becomes a time traveller, using his power to do more stuff in a relatively small amount of time. His emblem? A broken record.
The SORD..... Dave alchemises is so shitty it actually costs negative grist. What do you gain on making it? Artifact grist.* Jpeg compression, a staple of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff, creates jpeg artifacts.
Every player in the game gets a small planet called "The Land of X and Y" where X and Y are themes like wind, rain, or silence, and the planets are often abbreviated into an acronym (ie. LOWAA, LOLAR, LOMAT, etc). Nepeta winds up with the Land of Little Cubes and Tea, otherwise known as LOLCAT.
Speaking of Nepeta, for a long time the fanbase was unsure whether or not she survived an attack, since we never saw her. In other words, for a while, she could be alive or dead, such as Schrödinger's Cat.
Nepeta dies in what looks like a Too Dumb to Live moment, since Equius had sacrificed his life to protect her, and given her strict orders to remain in the safety of the vent she was hiding in. But she (a Cat Girl) was overcome with curiosity, and it killed her.
A ridiculously convoluted one - Tavros is introduced trying to 'get Dave's goat' by trolling him, and he performs an extremely bad rap in which he describes being stopped by a policeman who discovers him smuggling Dave's goat as well as a goose, which is apparently 'honktraband'. Later on the word 'honktraband' is used by Gamzee, who is a clown-themed troll, and also associated with goats due to his connection with the star sign Capricorn. And it is eventually revealed that he had been in love with Tavros - in short, Tavros had 'got his goat' and it was 'honktraband'.
One of the many, many huge plot developments in "[S] Cascade" was Bec-prototyped Jack Noir killing everyone in Exile Town except PM on his way through to the troll session. PM is very, very angry... and unbeknownst to Jack, WV was carrying the other prototype ring. PM puts it on, and follows Jack to get revenge. This means the epic battle between Physical Gods also comes down to an age-old conflict: dog versus mail lady.
Equius is an Heir of Void. He dies by being void of air.
Terezi is a troll obsessed with law and order, is a Seer of Mind, is based on the scales sign of the zodiac, and is blind. This is SEVERAL stealth puns- justice is blind, the blind prophet, and her caretaker is a dragon (which she has plushies of that are referred to as scalemates).
And playing off the latter one, Terezi occasionally engages in roleplay with Nepeta, but prefers to play as dragons to Nepeta's mammals. This would make her a scalie to Nepeta's furry.
In Act 5, Terezi findsandscratches Disc. 2 for Homestuck when trying to play it. This glitches the comic and renders the game unplayable. Who is the disc given to repair? Doctor Scratch.
Speaking of which, Doctor Scratch was the First Guardian assigned to Alternia, tasked with making sure that the Alternian session didn't fail as spectacularly as the Scratched Beforan session. To do so, he actively manipulated trolls through the Handmaid, conditioned highbloods to be far more violent than they naturally would and well as placing Gl'bgolyb on the planet as a lusus for tyrianbloods. It worked too - the Alternian players were violent enough to get through the game . In fact, it worked too well. So it could be said that he doctored the post-scratch troll universe.
Snowman is the eighth member of a pool based gang comprised completely of male members aside from her. The name refers to both her status as the "8 ball" and the shape of a snowman, but also as she's no man.
During the events of Cascade, what basically happened was the 8-ball pocketed (Snowman's death) while Scratching. That is, the game is lost.
There are two magic rings in Act 6: one that tuns the wearer invisible and one that returns the dead to life. Later on, it turns out that they're the same, i.e. it's One Ring.
In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Bob's unseen next door neighbor is named Ray, a reference to the old comedy team, Bob & Ray. Even more obscurely, another unseen neighbor is Mrs. Spitoonelli (a play on "spitoon," of course), with a husband named Harold. It is later mentioned her first name is Maude, referring to the Black Comedy movie Harold And Maude. In Galatea's French adventure, she rides a Vespa with the name "Princess" on the side. And the Pirate Captain of Ipecac's favorite Ray Gun is named Nancy, as in Nancy Reagan.
Shakespeare in #967 has a chance to occupy "office B down on level 2". Does he want it? A dialog box for "PunGuard 2.1" covers the pun in the comic! It would have been a pun on Hamlet: "2B or not 2B, that is the question."
Comic #1996 seems to be setting up yet another hobbit-pun. Lambert doesn't tell the pun, and the annotation links to this very trope page. Only Morgan-Mar knows the intended pun for sure. It might have been "Don't make a hobbit of it", or perhaps "Don't burn the hobbit", a pun on "burn the habit."
He said it was a warning about the goods Bilbert did not destroy, which included children's clothing, also known as children's wear, so I'm fairly certain the pun will involve the word "beware", or perhaps merely " 'ware".
It might be something to do with wearing a habit (as a nun would do)?
Pretty sure that it's along the lines of "Hay! Kids! Don't make a Hobbit of this!"
Another example: in comic #2096, Lambert's hobbit-pun is ruined by a (rather ominous, but that's not the point) cough. Lambert probably meant "hobbit-hat," a pun on "habitat."
In this filler strip of Keychain of Creation, we're treated to the Orphaned Punchline of a (naughty) joke that ends with "What I really meant is that we'd need cunning translators." See, in Exalted, your translation ability is measured by your score in "Linguistics", so apparently the joke began with her telling the king that she needed... I'll leave you to figure out the rest.
In thisMegaTokyo strip, Yuki's brother teases her about calling a large animal vet, and then he starts making cow noises. This doesn't make any sense unless you infer that she was yelling "mou" (used in Japanese as a frustration noise, like "Rrrgh!"), which sounds a lot like "moo."
In Monster Pulse, one of the kids recruited by Lulenski and Rjinder to get their own monsters is Claire. She's easily the most cowardly of the four, to the point where she's scared of Luna, her own monster. Said monster happens to be made of her spine. She's spineless.
Narbonic has Dave finding a girlfriend online. She's reluctant to meet him in person. He asks her, "Are you afraid I'll turn you off?" Ironic, since she's actually a computer. Later, Dave actually does turn her off when he downloads his mind into her hardware and erases her, leading to a Shout-Out to 2001: A Space Odyssey: "Dave, what are you doing? I'm afraid, Dave ..."
After going through Gav's storage, with labels such as "torn vinyl" for rent records, King Luca comments "one big of superfluous word association! What wouldst thy psychologist think?" to which Gav directs him to a box labeled "duckorations." Quacks.
In a Bangsian Fantasy sequence, Marduk refers to Bacchus as "Dialysis," and when Gav calls him on it comments that it "makes more sense in Greek." Being a pun on "Dionysus."
In one scene, while mourning the apparent death of a character, the Zoan ambassador, who is gay, is shown with a bundle of sticks tied to his head as part of his funeral garb...AKA a faggot...which also counts as mourning wood.
Kronar is part of a Manly Gay barbarian tribe that reproduces via Homosexual Reproduction, and states that his bloodline has been free from woman's taint for a hundred generations. You don't say.note the joke being that "taint" means "stain" (as a misogynistic insult) and is also crude slang for a bit of female anatomy
Sluggy Freelanceshows what happens when you try to go through a dungeon designed for several players by yourself in a MMORPG like World of Warcraft. When Torg tries to do it, all the monsters get together and hand him a gift. When he opens it to see what it is, it turns out he is, in fact, getting his ass handed to him.
Near the end of Create.swf Adventures: Shenanigans in a Magical Forest, it's revealed that all of the "player" characters have their own individual "Hax Sign" spellcards. As Yasora's spellcards begin to wind down, everyone except Marisa uses their respective Hax Sign spellcard, with a fair amount of success. Cue the final sequence, where Marisa's all ready to bust out her long-awaited Hax Sign: Sepiechritude (a shout out to Problem Sleuth's Sepulchritude, which everyone assumes to be a huge beam attack or something of the sort, as per Marisa's trademarks. Then someone noticed the "pie" in "Sepiechritude..."
ThisTree Lobsters comic has a clever one. On its surface, the comic works as a relatively straightforward parody of infomercials. Look closely at the description on panel 3, though, then look up elements 11 and 17 on the periodic table. Sodium and Chloride, respectively. In other words, it's a grain of salt.
In Triangle and Robert, one of the plotlines involves Triangle fighting things to recover a series of "Dragon Circles," which are lettered A, B, C, etc. When he gets to the 25th one, Dragon Circle Y, he discovers that's the end of them, there are only 25. "Somehow, avoiding the pun makes it even worse."
VG Cats has the side webcomic Super Effective giving us breaking news of the death of a legend... Elvis. Note which Pokémon is giving us the news.