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Girl #1: Ben's hot, but I think he's gay.
Person A makes a comment, expecting people to know the real meaning of it. Person B takes the comment literally, and is often unaware that there's more than one meaning to what's being said. Hilarity Ensues... or maybe not.
- A commercial shows a man introducing his son to his boss. After a moment the kid looks at the father and says "Daddy, his nose isn't brown."
Anime and Manga
- School Rumble. This trope is the reason Eri thinks that Tenma is no longer a virgin.
- In the first Naruto Shipuuden movie, the plot involves rescuing a hereditary Barrier Maiden (and in the end getting her to accept her role and the need for the position) the movie ends with said girl talking to the protagonist and mentioning that, basically "I'm going to need help fixing someone to succeed my position, mind helping me out with that?". Cue Naruto going "Sure!" and everyone else facepalming...
- All that time, spent with the most perverted character in the series, wasted.
- it's Filler, so Naruto is obligated to not understand.
- All that time, spent with the most perverted character in the series, wasted.
- Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess frequently misses the actual meaning of people's comments, in one scene in the anime a construction worker speaking to Keiichi remarks that Keiichi probably doesn't get much sleep living with Belldandy, to which Belldandy asks both of them how living with her would keep Keiichi from sleeping.
- In The Man Without A Face, Chuck Norstadt is asked by his mother if his mentor "touched him." Being a young kid, he takes her literally, and it's clear to the audience that he doesn't understand what his mother is really asking him. Hilarity does not ensue.
- Idiocracy. Joe never catches on that Rita is a prostitute, despite the euphemisms she has. She eventually says a Sure, Let's Go with That for painting.
- A hilarious Running Gag in Baseketball is how Jenny McCarthy's character keeps misinterpreting Baxter Cain's sexual overtures -- she ends up literally "laying new carpet" throughout his entire house and "sucks the chrome off of a trailer hitch" among others.
- Which is odd, considering that you could easily interpret that as her thinking he's doing such innuendo, but he's meaning it literally. After all, laying carpet wearing a tight dress like that probably wasn't intentional.
- In Mallrats, someone makes a remark that another character likes to have sex with women "in a very uncomfortable place." Several characters misinterpret this and ask if he means the back of a Volkswagen.
- In the movie Half Baked, Thurgood is telling his friends not to spend any money, as they have to save it. Then:
Scarface: You said you gave Mary Jane a pearl necklace!
Bartholomew: You want to be alone so you can "shake hands with Ben Franklin." *laughs* Y'know, "polish the pewter."
- He gets it a minute later, and is affronted.
- In Guards Guards, the older, more cynical guards assume that young and innocent Carrot joined the Watch to get away from a bad situation at home. One of them asks him if he "got a girl into trouble", and Carrot, recalling all the times his girlfriend was lectured by her father about how unsuitable he was, says that he did, more than once. He also admitted to staying at "Mrs Palm's" (a notorious brothel) every night, impressing his co-workers, though Carrot was actually under the impression it was a boarding house. His letter home to his family included a line about one of the girls waking him up to ask if he wanted anything "but they had no apples so I said no." Non-sexual Incredibly Lame Pun examples abound throughout the series as well.
- In The Shining, Danny, who has telepathic powers, catches a female hotel guest checking out a bellhop and thinking, "I'd like to get into his pants." Danny, who is five years old and clueless about things sexual, takes it to mean that the lady wanted the guy's pants and is thoroughly confused. He has to talk to Dick Halloran about it before he's informed that this wasn't what she wanted (though Danny being five, he just tells him that she has a dirty mind).
Live Action TV
- This is the entire joke of that Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch. You know, that one. Know what I mean? Know What I mean? Nudge nudge wink wink say no more, eh, eh?
- Inverted in another sketch, which has the same man walk into a shop and start reading the advertisements on the door. After he finds out that neither "small white pussy cat," "chest of drawers," "pram," "babysitter," nor "be a blood donor" are what he's looking for, the shopkeeper hands him a card, which he reads: "Blond prostitute will indulge in any sexual activity for four quid a week. What does that mean?"
- Half the jokes on 3rd Rock from the Sun. For example, Sally remarks after her first date that, "Well, he wanted to sleep with me. I wanted sex, but since he was tired I let him go home."
- In the That 70s Show episode "The Velvet Rope":
Jackie: Michael, we can't go. My parents are gonna be out late tonight, and we have to study.
- This is Teal'c's main gag in the first few seasons of Stargate SG-1. Not always sexual.
- A Saturday Night Live skit was built on this premise, as Randy Quaid is trying to explain to Pee-Wee Herman, in euphemisms, that he's thinking about going to a prostitute:
Randy: Well...they wear lots of makeup.
- In the All in The Family episode "The Bunkers and the Swingers", Edith answers an ad in a magazine, which was written by swingers, but she doesn't get the innuendo and thinks they're just looking for friends. When they show up, Hilarity Ensues.
- In an early episode of The War at Home, Dave is concerned that Hillary might have lost her virginity, and tries to find out if Larry knows anything about it. Apparently, he doesn't.
Dave: Listen, I need to ask you a question. What do you, um... know about your, um... sister's relations?
- Pretty much all of the earlier episodes of Two and A Half Men had jokes about Jake not getting the adults sexual innuendos and taking things literally.
- Boy Meets World, in a pregnancy scare episode, had a scene something like this:
Shawn: "Cory, how would you feel if these two waffles got together and made a little waffle?"
- That Mitchell and Webb Look features a sketch with a new doctor starting work in a Bawdy 1970's Hospital. He is soon fired after it becomes apparent he's incapable of making double entendres.
"Shall I rub it on my cock"
- Happens in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:
Will: Well yeah, I had big feet. You know what they say about a guy with big feet...
Amy: Kiss me where I've never been kissed before.
- In one episode of Hello Cheeky, John gives the joke "The world's long-distance swimming record is held by Liza Garotti, a very successful callgirl from Venice". Tim stands around blinking for a while, before saying that he fails to see the humor in that -- a switchboard operator being a good swimmer.
Barry: ...John didn't say 'a switchboard operator', he said 'a callgirl'.
- Grand Theft Auto San Andreas: "Does the Pope shit in the woods?" "I keep telling you I don't know, homes, where His Holiness does his business is his business."
The Truth: I never made love to my mother. She wouldn't.
- During the first few battles with only Yuri and Estelle as your party members you get things like:
Yuri: Yeah, I beat you into next week!
- In Dragon Age: Origins, the golem Shale will ask Zevran why the Warden spared his life after trying to kill him/her. Zevran will ask Shale in turn how anyone could destroy something as attractive as him. When Shale fails to see the point, the following exchange takes place if Alistair is in the party:
Zevran: Here, take that templar fellow. Rugged good looks, quick wit, manly shoulders. Just getting him to hop borders is a challenge worthy of the great heroes.
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has Leonardo da Vinci attempt to come out of the closet by declaring that, "Women provide little distraction" (from constructing equipment for the Assassins) and not-very-subtly placing a hand on Ezio Auditore's shoulder. However, after a moment Ezio answers, "Wait, I don't get it..." and looks at him with apparent confusion, leading to an awkward silence for the both of them.
- Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors has a conversation between Junpei and June in which she's scared of the possibility of drowning and he thinks she's scared of being alone in an elevator with a boy. And then she says "I might get wet down there." Hilarity Ensues.
- From Coach Random, Dorkboy licks a shaved beaver.
- This Girls with Slingshots strip.
- Subverted in that the non-entendre was in fact correct.
- There's also a running gag of the difference between a "dancer" and a dancer.
- This comic has a two for one special
- This Order of the Stick strip. ("The proper term is 'Smite Evil,' not 'Bump Uglies.'") Subverted in hindsight; Miko knows full well what the various Double Entendres mean and is deliberately ignoring them until Roy grows up a bit.
- Harry Partridges Hal the Misinterpretive Porn Star is all about this, and subverts it nicely in the third sketch to boot.
- Lonelygirl15 contains a couple of examples.
- From "Lying Bastards":
Jonas: Listen, Mamasitas lock up your daughters, OK, 'cause the Beast here is south of the border, and, uh, not for nothing dude, you put the "ho" in "Mexico".
- From "Let's Play Doctor":
Jonas: So tell me, uh, what are you doing later?
- A recent episode of Red vs. Blue has Caboose pulling an Entendre Failure on himself, with Tucker's help. When Tucker mentions him and his alien son Junior (long story) being somewhere "in between" human and alien, Caboose replies with "In between two alien... and human... ladies? and later repeatedly wonders aloud "what Tucker's doing in between the two ladies."
- From The Simpsons episode "Dial 'N' for Nerder":
Martin: Care to make it a trio, Bart? You can brush and I can blow.
- Later on in the episode, when Bart buries a bone for Martin to find...
Martin: *gasp* Maybe it's one of the major homos!
- This Overheard quote.
- Tony Attwood tells the story of a child with Asperger syndrome who was asked by a psychiatrist, "Do you hear voices?" The child very naturally said yes. Much consternation and wrong diagnoses ensued.
- From Overheard: "Our bras are 15% off today..."