A character makes a derogatory statement about a group of people, then realizes that [[InsultFriendlyFire his statement includes either one of his friends or himself,]] and qualifies the statement with "[[TitleDrop Present company excluded]]." A variation on the VerbalBackspace.

This is often used in passing as a throw-away gag, although occasionally more conflict might stem from it; the character it was unintentionally aimed at might still be insulted (especially if the prejudice was a long running thing), or if the sub-text seems to suggest that the speaker really ''did'' mean to offend. Often, though, the character won't seem to mind.



[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Anime/DragonballZ'' fanfic ''FanFic/HonorTrip'', there's this exchange from Chapter 49:
-->''"Now, at last, all of those damn androids are dead." Upon realizing exactly what he had said, Trunks turned to directly face Cell, and grinned. "No offense, of course," Trunks said. "Of course none is taken," Cell said, with a humble grin as well.''

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', the mayor refers to the population of the town as "sardine-sucking knucklescrapers."
-->'''Brent:''' But not me, right?\\
'''Mayor:''' Oh, not you, Brent. No, you've always been LikeASonToMe.
* Quickly [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] by Bunnymund in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' when Jack has a minor RageAgainstTheHeavens.
-->'''Jack:''' No, [becoming a guardian] is NOT for me! ''[turns to the others]'' No offense.\\
'''Bunny:''' How is that not offensive?!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', when Jonathan is complaining about the Americans in Hamunaptra, while Rick O'Connell is digging.
-->'''Jonathan:''' And when those damn yanks go to sleep, no offense...\\
'''Rick:''' None taken.\\
'''Jon:''' We'll dig our way up and steal that book right out from under them.\\
'''Rick:''' Are you sure you can find this secret compartment thing?\\
'''Evie:''' Oh, yes, if those beastly Americans haven't beaten us to it, no offense.\\
'''Rick:''' None taken.
* In ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', one of the Klingons describes TheFederation as a "''Homo Sapiens''-only club", and another glances at [[TokenNonhuman Spock]] and adds, "Present company excepted."
* Used in ''Film/MasterAndCommander'', after Jack calls for his ship to spill the wind from his sheets, and act lubberly and panicky, like a whaler might (in order to capture the ship they are chasing). With the captain of a whaler who'd been captured by, had the ship he'd been out for two years on burnt to the waterline, and left on a small boat in the middle of nowhere to die by said enemy ship standing right beside him.
* Comes up in the 2004 remake of ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'', when Ben Marco approaches Raymond Shaw.
-->'''Raymond Shaw:''' Who would I ask? My old Army "buddies," who love and adore me for saving their pathetically unimportant -- present company excluded -- asses?

* Averted in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's novel ''Literature/{{Barrayar}}'', during Cordelia's first meeting with the Dowager Princess Kareen:
-->"There have to be bright women around here somewhere, with all these bright men. Where are they hiding?" Cordelia shut her mouth, as it suddenly occurred to her that Kareen might mistakenly construe this remark as a slur on herself. Adding ''present company excepted'' would put her foot in it for sure, though.
* ''Litrature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Discworld/NightWatch'': The revolutionaries on the street are rather confused when Commander Vimes comes up to talk to them, instead of forming ranks against them. Reg Shoe's lone cry of "Death to the Fascist oppressors!" is quickly amended to "Death to the Fascist oppressors, present company excepted."
** ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' has a bit where one of the members of the council says that the dragon [[spoiler:who's been made king of Ankh-Morpork]] shouldn't have to waylay people "like some common assassin" and the head of the Assassins' Guild says "Excuse ''me''?" This makes perfect sense, because there is nothing common about the Assassins.
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'' has a few instances of this when [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch Drizzt]] and his allies face off against other members of [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Drizzt's species]]. Drizzt generally isn't offended when people add the qualifier in haste, though he does care when people [[FantasticRacism deliberately avoid giving a qualifier]].
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Skitter falls into this after one of her confrontations with the [[spoiler:Slaughterhouse nine]].
-->'''Skitter:''' I'm growing to hate tinkers. People with enhanced senses and tinkers. And fire manipulators. Sorry, [[PlayingWithFire Sundancer]].
* From ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
-->'''Harry:''' [[ICantBelieveImSayingThis I can't believe I'm about to say this]]. [[HypocriticalHumor So think real careful about where this is coming from.]] Have you people ever considered talking when you've got a problem?\\
'''[[BigFriendlyDog Mouse]]:''' Uh-woof.\\
'''Harry:''' Sorry, four-footed nonvocalizing company excepted.
* ''Literature/RangersApprentice'' invokes this frequently, with the Skandians being the most common target. Svengal even remarks that one day, he ''will'' take offence when someone casually slurs his race, pointing out that Skandians take offence with a battleaxe.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the episode "With a Little Yelp from My Friends" of ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', Eliza makes a comment about sweatshop babies in front of Henry, who is played by Korean John Cho, and then says no offense to your family. Henry says "My family owns a Buca Di Beppo but, still offended."
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
-->'''Xander:''' I have the worst taste in girls.\\
''[realizes he is speaking to Buffy]''\\
'''Xander:''' Present company excluded, of course.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Ariel":
-->'''Wash:''' Don't you just hate doctors?\\
'''Dr. Simon Tam:''' Hey.\\
'''Wash:''' I mean, present company excluded.\\
'''Jayne:''' Now, let's not go excluding people.
* ''Series/KnightRider'' episode "Deadly Maneuvers"
-->'''Michael Knight:''' Well, these computer things are just a waste of time anyway.\\
'''K.I.T.T.:''' Ahum.\\
'''Michael Knight:''' Oh, present company excluded, of course.
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'' a suddenly revolutionary Baldrick announces to Blackadder his intention to "overthrow the hated oppressors like you and the lieutenant. Present company excepted, sir."
* There's this exchange from the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "I, Mudd":
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' ''[discussing a new crewmember]'' There's something wrong about a man who never smiles, whose conversation never varies from the routine of the job, and who won't talk about his background.\\
'''Spock:''' I see.\\
'''[=McCoy=]:''' ...I mean that it's odd for a non-Vulcan.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s "Meet the Spy" video:
-->'''BLU Scout:''' I've killed plenty of spies. They're a dime-a-dozen back-stabbin' scumbags, like you! No offense.\\
'''BLU Spy:''' If ''you'' managed to kill them, I assure you they were not like me.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the ''[[Machinima/FreemansMind Shephard's Mind]]'' finale, he's being attacked by a shock roach, and when he guns it down, he yells "Not today you jumping thunder***! No offense [[FluffyTheTerrible Sparky."]] (Referring to his own shock roach).
* Comes up in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' with Roman Torchwick, a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain forced to work with Faunus (LittleBitBeastly people):
-->'''Torchwick''': [[FantasticRacism Animals, I swear, every one of 'em.]] ''*realizes another Faunus is standing right next to him*'' Ah, except for you... you're great!

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'':
-->'''Thief:''' I hate wizards.\\
'''Thief:''' What?\\
'''Red Mage:''' I'm waiting for you to say "present company excluded."\\
:: Red Mage then waits an hour for the Thief to say it.
* Used in [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=145 this]] strip of ''Webcomic/FlakyPastry'', but only after three {{Beat Panel}}s
* Used in [[http://community.livejournal.com/avatar_fans/2431073.html this]] ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' parody/recap of "The Western Air Temple."
-->'''Toph:''' I'm serious, though! I mean consider his background! He was raised by upper-class, prejudiced crazies and he still turned out pretty well, considering!\\
'''Katara:''' Whatever. You know we can't trust people like that!\\
'''Toph:''' AHEM.\\
'''Katara:''' Present company excluded, of course.
* Stated explicitly and unironically by Rayne Summers in ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'' at a comic convention, directed at "pathetic webcomic artists" who the author, Ryan, holds in contempt for being crappier than him.
-->'''Rayne:''' [[TakeThat Webcomics suck.]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Two {{mad scientist}}s have [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111221 this discussion]] on dead folk.
--->'''Doctor Mittelmind:''' It's little Wilhelm!\\
'''Professor Mezzasalma:''' I do hope she's alive -- they're no fun when they're ''dead''.\\
'''Doctor Mittelmind:''' I ''say'', sir.\\
'''Professor Mezzasalma:''' Oh, present company excepted, of course.
** When Zeetha [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20151218#.V8oLMCziK70 catches an assassin at a party in an underground kingdom below Paris]]:
--->'''Zeetha:''' I ''hate'' assassins at parties.\\
'''Violetta:''' Hey!\\
'''Zeetha:''' Fine. ''Except you.''
* ''Webcomic/TheDreadful'': [[spoiler:Erin]] complains that the zombies she's fighting don't stay dead, then remembers that she was just resurrected herself.
-->'''[[spoiler:Erin]]:''' Will nothing keep itself dead?! (she realizes) Not that I am complaining, [[{{Necromancer}} Ith]].
* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', Onni's RefusalOfTheCall statement is that only idiots would accept the job that's offered. He then needs to specify that he does not mean to call his younger sister, who JumpedAtTheCall, an idot.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange'':
-->'''Orange:''' The world I've been dreaming of is one without apples.\\
'''Midget Apple:''' Hey!\\
'''Orange:''' Present company excluded.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** In the movie:
--->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' We survived the horrible disgusting monsters!\\
'''Monsters:''' ''[collectively]'' Awwww.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' But not you guys! You guys were awesome!
** In "Frankendoodle", Patrick is going on about how ugly [=DoodleBob=] (a crude drawing of [=SpongeBob=] come to life) is:
--->'''Patrick:''' He's hideous! He makes me sick just looking at him. Those big, bulgy eyes, that square body, those two buck teeth, and that stupid tie!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Ahem.\\
'''Patrick:''' Oh, but it looks good on you, [=SpongeBob=].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** "When Aliens Attack":
--->'''Zapp Brannigan:''' Our mission is clear: destroy all alien life forms.\\
'''Kif:''' Um, not me, sir.\\
'''Zapp Brannigan:''' Right. Nobody destroy Kif. Unless you have to.
** Also in "Less Than Hero":
--->'''Leela:''' My parents! They're coming up from the sewers for a visit Sunday.\\
'''Amy:''' Are you off your rocket? Your parents are ''mutants''! It's illegal for them to come above ground 'cause they're inferior genetic scum! ...Uh, present company excluded, of course.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''
-->'''[[TheChewToy Waspinator]]:''' [[ThirdPersonPerson Waspinator]] detect stink of unnatural Transmetal!\\
'''[[EvilKnockoff Dinobot II]]:''' [growls]\\
'''Waspinator:''' ...Waspinator exclude present company.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** In the episode "The Brave and the Bold", when Green Lantern suggests calling for backup from the rest of the League to help with Grodd, Flash asks him if the two of them cannot take down a dumb gorilla, quickly adding "No offense" to Solovar, who was with them.
** In the episode "Hawk and Dove", Hephaestus uses this trope for some self-deprecating humor. Ares grows impatient as Hephaestus finishes the suit of armor he commissioned, telling Hephaestus, "It doesn't have to be pretty, Hephaestus. Where it's going, things aren't supposed to be pretty." Hephaestus responds, "Present company excluded, of course." The humor comes from the fact that Hephaestus is overweight and ugly.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]":
--->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' ''[concerning her friend Applejack]'' That pony is as stubborn as a mule!\\
'''Mule:''' [snort]\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' No offense.\\
'''Mule:''' None taken.
** Done again in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy Hurricane Fluttershy]]":
--->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Be cool, or be a mule! No offense.\\
'''Mule:''' None taken.
** It happens once again in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E5GauntletOfFire Gauntlet of Fire]]":
--->'''Rarity:''' B-B-But the Dragon Lands are full of... dragons! And they're ghastly creatures!\\
'''Rarity:''' ''[talking to Spike, who happens to be a dragon]'' Oh, oh, not you, of course, Spikey-wikey.
* ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'': When Quigley learned about Tim's FreudianExcuse, he made a comment about witches and then remembered he was talking to witches.
* In [[ObligatoryJoke almost every incarnation]] of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', the word "Rat" will be used as an insult at some point, with the speaker quickly apologizing in this way to Splinter after he or she does so.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': In "Cookie Dough", Bloo complains about the house's leaky roof and says that "an imaginary friend cannot live underwater forever" before excusing Fido, a literal dogfish.
* ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'': In the short "Sandwich Makers", Mickey's new job at a submarine-themed restaurant has him wearing a sailor's suit nearly identical to Donald's normal outfit ([[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal with the addition of pants]]).
-->'''Mickey:''' Gee, I feel like a dope in this sailor's suit.
-->'''Donald:''' ''Hey!''
-->'''Mickey:''' But it looks good on you.