Insistent Terminology: Western Animation
- Animaniacs: Whenever someone mentions the Warner brothers, expect Dot to pipe up with "And the Warner sister!"
- The Archer episode "Skytanic" has the repeated insistence that the titular ship isn't a zeppelin, but a rigid airship filled with helium. Archer never gets it, constantly referring to the thing as a hydrogen-filled death trap.
Lana: ...and what part of that are you still not getting?Archer: Well, obviously the whole concept, Lana! We didn't all go to science camp!
- EVERYONE refers to Trinette's son as "the wee baby Seamus." Every. Single. Time.
- Ray's brother Randy isn't a drug dealer, he's a drug farmer
- It's not YYZ it's YY Zed.
- Ditto with Dr. Gangreen from Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- The first episode has both Katara and Aang insist that what they do isn't magic; it is bending. Thankfully, nobody ever tried to sell that distinction again.
- And it's not a ponytail; it is a Warrior's wolftail, thank you very much.
- It's not "piracy", it's "high-risk sea trading".
- And it's not a dance, it's an ancient, sacred firebending form. Called "The Dancing Dragon".
- The Legend of Korra: Varrick allegedly committed the crimes of arson, kidnapping, terrorism, and grand larceny. ALLEGEDLY.
Varrick: Never convicted!
Asami: That's because you escaped before the trial.
Varrick: I didn't escape, The Universe decided to set me free!
- The Boondocks features recurring character "A Pimp Named Slickback", who gets flustered whenever people refer to him simply as Slickback and constantly has to correct them. A Pimp Named Slickback actually makes this correction a part of his introduction in one episode: "Please say the entire thing. Yes, that includes the 'A Pimp Named' part. Yes, every time."
- The full title of the game "Big Ball" from Chowder. Apparently, it's bad luck not to refer to Field Tournament Style Up and Down On the Ground Manja Flanja Blanja Banja Ishka Bibble Babble Flabble Doma Roma Floma Boma Jingle Jangle Every Angle Bricka Bracka Flacka Stacka Two Ton Rerun Free for All Big Ball by its full name.
- In Code Lyoko, when Odd Della Robia is called "scrawny" or "skinny", he always corrects them by saying he's "svelte".
- In the Halloween Episode of Codename: Kids Next Door:
Numbuh Four: I am not "pretty"! I'm handsome.
- In Cranberry Christmas, Mr. Whiskers and Cyrus Grape get into an argument over who owns a nearby body of water, and whether or not it is a pond or a cranberry bog. Any time it is mentioned throughout the special, the other will insist that his term is the correct one. Cyrus even does this to the audience. "That's right; I said pond."
- In Dan Vs.:
Chris: So I'm expendable?Dan: Let's just say "non-vital", it's nicer.
- Fang from Dave the Barbarian: "Not a monkey!"
- Like Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid (see Literature above), Doug insists that his journal is not a diary.
- Doug writes in his journal, and in one episode, gets annoyed when people call it a "diary", despite opening an earlier episode with "Dear Diary".
- DuckTales episode "Once Upon a Dime" had Scrooge McDuck wearing a kilt and correcting some non-Scots who called it a skirt.
- On Family Guy, Peter learns he has a black ancestor who was a slave and tries to embrace his roots, adopting the name "Kichwa Tembo", which he insists on being called, until his father-in-law offers him reparations.
Carter: Not enough? Fine. Make it $20,000. How do you spell Kichwa?Peter: Yeah, you know what? Screw the Kichwa. Make it out to Peter. P-E-T-E...
- In an episode of The Flintstones, Fred is employed as an apartment complex's janitor. "Not janitor! Resident stationary engineer!"
- As Bender of Futurama puts it when accused of blackmail, "I prefer 'extortion'. The 'X' makes it sound cool."
- Generator Rex: Bobo the nanite-enhanced, intelligent ape repeatedly insists his diaper is a "simian undergarment".
- Jackie Chan Adventures: Jackie "fell asleep". "Uncle merely resting brain."
- In Johnny Test, Mad Scientist Eugene insists on being called "Bling-Bling Boy", due to the amount of jewelry he wears.
- Kim Possible
- Wade bemoans Kim for calling the genre "Sci-Fi" when it is in fact "Science Fiction".
- "That's DOCTOR Drakken you dolt!"
- "It's a housecoat!"
- "It's called 'outsourcing'."
- When Kim comments on Ron's "dumb luck", he answers, "Dumb skill."
- "This building is actually made of cheese."
- After Shego referred to him as a "college reject", Drakken points out that he's a college dropout — "They let me in; I let myself out."
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Sittin' muscle!
- On Mighty Max Virgil's usual response to being chicken (which happened at least once an episode) was "Fowl, actually."
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, specifically "A Dog and Pony Show": "I am NOT whining; I am complaining!"
- Then of course, there's Trixie, or as she prefers, The Great and Powerful Trixie!
- The underdog candidate in "May the Best Pet Win" is a not a turtle; it's a tortoise.
- In "Read it and Weep", there's a brief debate over whether Rainbow Dash was causing a ruckus or a fracas.
- And in "Magical Mystery Cure", Shining Armour insists that his Tears of Joy at the end are, in fact, "Liquid pride... totally different thing!"
- "Putting Your Hoof Down" has Fluttershy insisting that "Iron Will's not a monster, he's a minotaur!"
- In The New Scooby-Doo Movies episode "The Ghost of Bigfoot", Laurel and Hardy apply at a ski resort for the positions of what Ollie calls "luggage expediters." Stan clarifies, "He means bellhops."
- Before Stan clarified to the desk clerk that he and Ollie were looking for jobs, Ollie said they were on a business travel.
- In the Wizard of Oz parody episode of Phineas and Ferb, Doctor Doofenshmirtz (playing the Wicked Witch of the West) is insistent that he's a warlock, not a witch. The credits even list him as "Doofenwitch," with "witch" crossed out and replaced with "warlock".
- From the episode "Candace Gets Busted": It's not a party, it's an intimate get-together!
- Buford wasn't crying. He was sweating through his eyes. Major Monogram later said the same thing in the movie. (see above)
- Again with Buford when he allowed Doofenshmirtz and his date to enter Phineas and Ferb's platypus-themed restaurant without a reservation. Doof didn't bribe Buford. He, to quote Buford, "caught my attention in a monetary fashion".
- A downplayed example but Phineas and Ferb are each other's brothers rather than stepbrothers, Candace is Ferb's sister rather than stepsister, Linda is Ferb's mom rather than stepmom and Lawrence is Phineas and Candace's dad rather than stepdad (in fact, it's hard for first time viewers to tell that the Flynn-Fletchers are a blended family at all).
- The Inspector from The Pink Panther cartoon series, correcting Deux Deux for his Gratuitous Spanish: "Don't say sí, say oui."
- In an episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle, a Southern Gentleman insists that people call The American Civil War "The War Between The States". This sort of bickering over historical and political terminology is very much Truth in Television. Actually he gets peeved over any word or phrase that even sounds like "Civil". When the next episode was going to be titled "Civil Defense", he angrily blustered, "War — I say — War between the States Defense!" He relents after the war is reenacted (on the football field) and the South wins.
- The Angry Scientist from Sheep in the Big City would get especially angry if anyone referred to him as a Mad Scientist. "Angrrrrry! I am an ANGRRRRRRRY scientist!"
- From The Simpsons:
Girl: Milhouse has cooties!
Milhouse: It's called lice, and it's nothing to be ashamed of!
Homer: Wow, my boss.Hank Scorpio: Don't call me that word. I don't like things that elevate me above the other people. I'm just like you. Oh, sure, I come later in the day, I get paid a lot more, and I take longer vacations, but I don't like the word "boss".
- Homer meeting the President of the Globex Corporation:
Superintendent Chalmers: I'm bald-ing! Why does nobody honor the "ding?"Principal Skinner: I honor the "ding," sir.Superintendent Chalmers: What the hell are you talking about?
- In one episode, Lisa points out that she's a perfectly reasonable child in order to stand up for children's rights at the town hall. An onlooker immediately reacts in shock, saying that he'd thought she was a midget. "First of all, they prefer to be called 'little people,' and secondly..."
- In a parody of Artificial Intelligence, there was a robot urinal that doesn't like being called an urinal-bot. He prefers to be called "Lava-tron".
- The man Marge bought a ticket from wasn't a scalper. He was a "dude whose 200 friends did not show up".
- The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant melts down once, but meltdown is "one of those annoying buzzwords. We prefer to call it an unrequested fission surplus." Homer saves the plant/town through sheer dumb luck.
- This exchange in "G.I. (Annoyed Grunt)":
Moe: Actually, Homer, we resent being called 'mutants'. We prefer 'freaks'. Or 'monsters'.
- Homer does not want to take a vacation in Florida ("America's wang"). "They prefer the Sunshine State," though.note
- When Lisa and Bart unleash a zombie plague on Springfield, he chides her for calling them zombies: "They prefer to be called the living impaired."
- This exchange from "Treehouse of Horror VII" section The Thing and I:
Dr. Hibbert: You don't forget a thing like... Siamese twins!Lisa: I believe they prefer to be called "conjoined twins".Dr. Hibbert: And hillbillies prefer to be called "sons of the soil", but it ain't gonna happen.
- Lampooned in the "Treehouse of Horror VIII" section The Homega Man:
- The writers insist that Waylon Smithers is not gay, he is a "Burns-sexual".
- Sofia the First:
- "The Floating Palace": Oona constantly corrects anyone who refers to her sunken ship hideaway as a "shipwreck."
- "When You Wish Upon a Well": The wishing well prefers the term "wish-granting water feature".
- South Park
Cartman: The adventuring party saunters forth! The great wizard, the skillful ranger, and the covetous Jew.
- Sea Man regularly insists that people stop calling him "Semen".
- And from the episode "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers":
Kyle: I'm a paladin, Cartman!
Cartman: Jews can't be paladins!
- Spongebob Squarepants: "That's MISTER Doctor Professor Patrick to you!"
- Memetically used in the Super Mario World cartoon episode "Mama Luigi."
Luigi: That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario! *wheeze*
- In the Sushi Pack episode "From the Planet Citrus", Kani keeps calling the Ambassador to Citrus "Professor", and he corrects her each time.
- Buddy Boar would like you to know that he was not "fired" from Taz-Mania. He was "promoted". To director.
- Dr Orpheus from The Venture Bros. is a necromancer. Although he'll be the first to admit that he uses that title because Sorcerer or Magician sounds goofy nowadays.
- W.I.T.C.H.: Blunk is no smuggler, he's a retailer.
- In the ''Storm Hawks' first episode, the team is registering at the Sky Knight council. The registar asks if Radaar is a pet, and when Radaar gets mad, Aerrow steps in to explain that Radaar prefers to be called the 'Mission specialist'.
- In American Dragon Jake Long, Jake's mythology teacher and minor antagonist Hans Rotwood insists on being called "Professor", not "Mister".