Occurs in the South Park episode "Fishsticks," where Cartman "helped" Jimmy write a joke, then is concerned that he won't get proper credit, and asks Kyle for help. Kyle doesn't give him any, but tells Cartman:
Yes, I believe that you believe
you helped write that joke. That's how people like you work! Your ego is so out of whack that it will do whatever it can to protect itself. And people with a messed up ego can do these mental gymnastics
to convince themselves they're awesome, when really, they're just douchebags!
Jimmy, you really believe that you came up with it all on your own? Oh my God, wait. I totally get it now. Jimmy:
What? I, I still don't get anything. Cartman:
All this time I've been mad at you, Jimmy, for trying to take all the credit, but, now I realize it's just that your ego has made you believe things happened differently
. That's what Kyle was trying to tell me.
That you have such a huge ego you do these mental gymnastics to make yourself a part of things. Jimmy:
Rih, r-r-really? Cartman:
I thought you were just trying to Jew me out of my part of the credit, but now I realize that... some people just have egos that are so out of whack that no matter what people tell them, they can't accept the truth of who they are. Jimmy, I owe you an apology. I realize now you can't help believing you created the entire joke, because your ego won't let you think otherwise. I just have to accept that.
Disney's Lilo & Stitch: The Series has an episode where Gantu is immediately rebuked for his idea of how useful an experiment would be. When 625 discovers something that could vindicate him, he's too angry to listen.
- And in "Coon 2: Hindsight" and "Coon vs. Coon and Friends." You got poop, don't you?
Gantu: Quiet! I do not want to hear anything more about 113.
Gantu: But nothing. Go make a sandwich!
625: Well gee, you don't have to be a jerk about it!
Gantu: Yeah? What are you gonna do about it, trog?
625: Look, I'm trying to tell you that—
Gantu: (covers his ears) I'm not listening! Na na-na na-na-na.
- And then later, when 625 tells him what he found out, we get one of the best instances of this trope ever thought up:
Gantu: Why didn't you say so before?!
625: (chuckles, then holds up a tape recorder) Caught it all on tape.
Gantu (recording): Quiet! I do not want to hear anything more about 113.
Gantu (recording): But nothing. Go make a sandwich!
Gantu: You can't talk to me like that!
Gantu (recording): Yeah? What are you gonna do about it, trog?
Gantu: (pulls out plasma gun and holds it against the recorder) Insolent device! SILENCE!
Gantu (recording): I'm not listening! Na na-na na-na-na.
- Blasting the recorder didn't do much to mollify him, either.