"That wasn't a joke. That was an unfortunate coincidental pairing of words."—Angry factory lady, Drake and Josh
The accidental pun is exactly what it sounds like. While it has to be unintentional by the speaker in-story, it can be, and generally is, intended by the author. If the original speaker notices their pun after the fact, they will generally respond with "No pun intended," or something similar. If a Pungeon Master is nearby, they will almost always be pointed out.
Often the closest The Comically Serious will ever come to telling a joke.
Anime and Manga
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Mami Tomoe's name "Mami" means Mommy in Spanish and other languages like German. Considering her mentor role it fits her.
- In Hidamari Sketch, Sae gives Hiro a poetry collection covered with an embroidered book cover. Shishuu is a homonym for both "poetry collection" and "embroidery", but when Miyako asks if it was a pun, Sae claims it was accidental.
- In episode 24 of Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Mr. Daidoji sees into Hel kidnapping his daughter, but has no idea who she is. Their first exchange:
Mr. Daidoji: Who the Hell are you?!
Bella: [I]t may be that you should avoid simultaneously being around me and sharp objects.
Emmett: Edward is a sharp object.
Bella: Point. Uh, no pun intended.
- The Hudsucker Proxy has the hero surrounded by reporters, excited about his invention of the hula hoop. When he comments on all of the hoopla surrounding it, the reporters laugh at his cleverness and he winds up very confused. After it's explained to him, he uses it all the time in future press conferences with far less stellar results.
- In DC Showcase: Green Arrow, Perdita comments that "every queen needs a consort," unaware that Green Arrow's real name is Oliver Queen.
Live Action Television
- One episode of Drake and Josh features the following exchange:
Angry factory lady: Let the sushi roll!
Drake: I get it. Sushi roll.
Angry factory lady: That wasn't a joke. That was an unfortunate coincidental pairing of words.
- In the QI' segment about lobster-hypnosis, Stephen Fry commits some accidental mussel/muscle punnage, which is immediately jumped on by Phil Jupitus.
- An early episode of Have I Got News for You, with an Odd One Out round featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
Ian Hislop: Didn't Tutu train in Hull?
Angus Deayton: Tutu train? No, I don't think so...
- A Super-Match posit on Match Game was "_______ Duty." The cast and crew were looking for other possibilities to fill in the blank ("Do your duty," "Civic duty"), when someone offstage cracked "Howdy duty." Gene Rayburn bought it and then discovered how hard he bit.
- The unfortunately named nük e-reader and the sheet e-reader are running gags in Mike: Bookseller.
- The creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender admit they didn't really know that "Momo" means peach in Japanese until after they made the scene in which said lemur is named while holding a peach.
- In Transformers Animated, the writers swear that when they named the Fully Automated Rapid Transit System, they didn't realize the initials spelled F.A.R.T.S.