Created By: AFP on August 28, 2011 Last Edited By: AFP on March 17, 2012

Sarcastically Designated Mom

Sarcastic reply to excessive instruction or advice.

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Needs a Better Title. In fact, this might just be Team Mom.

A character is giving instructions or advice to others. Oftentimes, it is very good advice, but sometimes they are overdoing it, or at least the others think they are. A light-hearted way to address this is to refer to the person as "Mom", regardless of any family relation or lack thereof. It can even be used with a character's actual mother when Sarcasm Mode is in full effect.

Examples

Film

Live-Action TV

  • During a fight, Chandler sarcastically calls Monica "Mom".
    Chandler: Thanks, mom.
    Monica: What was that?
    Chandler: Beat ... Thanks, Mon...?
  • At the end of the first episode of season four of House, the title character tells Cuddy, "I did it all by myself, mommy." This was the first episode after he lost his entire team.

Web Comics

Western Animation

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: "The Runaway" -- Katara tries to get Toph to quit scamming because it's resulted in her being a wanted criminal; Toph refuses and snarkily calls Katara "Mom."
  • In Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Rhodey, very much an overly cautious male Team Mom, is affectionately nicknamed "Mom" by Tony and Pepper on multiple occasions.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons Bart finds a severly drunk/hungover Krusty the Clown;
    Bart: Jeez. What have you been drinking, gasoline!?
    Krusty: Yes I was drinking gasoline, mother.
  • Parodied in SpongeBob SquarePants, during the episode "Dumped":
    Patrick: Hold it right there, DadMom AngryPants!
    SpongeBob: What's that supposed to mean?
    Patrick: I don't know.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • August 28, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Avatar The Last Airbender: "The Runaway" -- Katara tries to get Toph to quit scamming because it's resulted in her being a wanted criminal; Toph refuses and snarkily calls Katara "Mom."
  • August 29, 2011
    Bisected8
  • August 29, 2011
    Statalyzer
    Actually, I like "Sarcastically Designated Mom", which is pretty close to the original title.
  • August 29, 2011
    Statalyzer
    Actually, I like "Sarcastically Designated Mom", which is pretty close to the original title.
  • August 30, 2011
    Bisected8
    Seconding Sarcastically Designated Mom (possibly with Sarcastically Designated Mum as a redirect).
  • August 31, 2011
    TheBigDawg
    Thirding "Sarcastically Designated Mom". As an alternate, " Thanks, 'Mom'. "
  • August 31, 2011
    X2X
    Western Animation
  • September 1, 2011
    NESBoy
    In An SMWC Production, at the beginning of the second world, Luigi asks Mario if he should have told Peach where they were going before he went on the adventure. Mario just walks off, responding, "Whatever, Mom."
  • September 2, 2011
    TonyG
    In one episode of Friends Monica is being her demanding self when Chandler says "Relax, Mom." He quickly corrects himself and says "Relax... Mon."
  • September 25, 2011
    AFP
    Now that I think of it, would this just be an entry in Stock Phrases?
  • September 25, 2011
    X2X
    That could work. Something like "Thanks, Mom.", I take it?
  • September 25, 2011
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    Amir Blumenfeld from Hardly Working occasionally addresses his friends as "moms" when they chastise him.
  • September 25, 2011
    TBeholder
    Seen It A Million Times.

    Stock Phrases "Thanks, Mom" and "Yes, Mom" are staple of this trope, but it can and do appear in other forms. Stage whispers "or Mom will not give us the dessert", etc.
  • October 17, 2011
    NESBoy
    Parodied in Sponge Bob Square Pants, during the episode "Dumped":
    Patrick: Hold it right there, DadMom AngryPants! SpongeBob: What's that supposed to mean? Patrick: I don't know.
  • October 17, 2011
    Bisected8
    • In an episode of The Simpsons Bart finds a severly drunk/hungover Krusty the Clown;
      Bart: Jeez. What have you been drinking, gasoline!?
      Krusty: Yes I was drinking gasoline, mother.
  • March 4, 2012
    CrystalBlue
    Bump.
  • March 4, 2012
    surgoshan
    • During a fight, Chandler sarcastically calls Monica "Mom".
      Chandler: Thanks, mom.
      Monica: What was that?
      Chandler: Beat ... Thanks, Mon...?
  • March 4, 2012
    Acebrock
    • At the end of the first episode of season four of House, the title character tells Cuddy, "I did it all by myself, mommy." This was the first episode after he lost his entire team.

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