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I Resemble That Remark
Erik: You are contradicting me again.
Christine: No, I'm not.
Erik: The Vampire Hunter

A form of Hypocritical Humor: Alan makes a criticism of Bob. Bob denies it, but does so in a way that validates the statement.

Perhaps the most common criticism for this is being violent or short tempered, perhaps because it allows a response of comedic violence, but plenty of other criticisms are possible, including stupidity ("No I aren't!"), crudity ("Fuck you!"), inattentiveness ("Huh?"), vanity ("Oh thanks, you noticed!") and pompousness ("Moi?").

See also Description Cut for the inverse of this. Compare Not Helping Your Case, I Take Offense to That Last One, I Would Say If I Could Say, Oblivious Mockery, Oblivious to His Own Description, and contrast with Insult Backfire. The line itself (which is often attributed to Groucho Marx) is, of course, a play on "I resent that remark."

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Kind of a Not Helping Your Case version from the anniversary strips of Azumanga Daioh. When seeing how Kaorin is mooning over Sakaki, Osaka manages to have a realization which escaped all the other characters, and asks Kaorin if she is gay. Kaorin angrily protests that no she isn't, the correct/preferred term is lesbian not gay, and no, she certainly isn't gay, because it wouldn't matter to her if Sakaki were a guy.
  • In Bakuman。, Mashiro lists the three qualities his uncle believes that a successful mangaka should have, the first of which is believing that they are better than others.
    Tagaki: Yeah, Ive got that but then again, Im not being conceited. I really do have the talent
  • Monta from Eyeshield 21 is constantly compared to a monkey. He gets angry at the comparison and acts exactly like a monkey. "Who are you calling a woohee?!"
  • Ayu of Kanon, offended at being teased that she looks like a young boy, protests that she's a girl — but not very girlishly.
  • On an episode of Kaze no Stigma, Ayano's school is being haunted by a Screwy Squirrel pixie named Tiana that keeps playing pranks on her and her two friends (Kazuma, who is also there remains completely come watching the 3 girls run around) at the end the Tsundere throws a tantrum about the pixie and her cousin catches it for her and the two of them begin fighting like little kids. The other 3 comment about this but they both deny being like the other or being immature at the same time.
  • This trope sort of crosses over with the "not helping your case" trope in Lucky Star where Konata's father insists that it's wrong to call him a Lolicon because he likes both young-looking girls and normal girls, so it's more correct to say that he's "'also a lolicon"... Konata wasn't the least bit reassured.
    Konata: You still lose at life.
  • While the cast of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha were talking about how some members of their group acted when they were kids, the Wolkenritter to chime in on how Reinforce Zwei was such a child when she was younger. Naturally, Rein protested, insisting that she had always acted like an adult... in a not very adult way.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: A sure way to hit Kaoru's Berserk Button is disagreeing with her when she states she's fragile.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Rebecca complains about the fact Yugi is yelling at her.
    Yugi: I'M NOT YELLING AT YOU!
  • Death Note: Whenever someone accuses Light of being evil his response is to kill the accuser.
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: In the first episode, Kamille tells a Titans officer that he doesn't like being bullied by thugs. The Titans' response is to beat him up some more.

    Comic Books 
  • In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin does a rant about how violence on television doesn't have any effect on the watcher, and concludes with "I'd like to shoot the idiots that think this stuff affects me."
    • Calvin also ranted about a television show which made no sense. When Hobbes remarked that it was targeted at the average American's fifteen-second attention span, Calvin's response was only, "You're still talking about that?"
  • Groo "What do you mean slow of mind?" said several pages after someone calls says slow of mind (once even to a flashback).
    • In one Usagi Yojimbo story (Which starts with an apology to the makers of Groo The Wanderer), Usagi commends Gen's swordplay by commenting, "You may be slow of mind but you're quick with steel!" At the end of the story, Gen asks Usagi (While talking about something else) "And what did you mean, 'slow of mind?'"
  • One homebrew Knights of the Dinner Table strip had Bob ranting about how he like to kill those media pundits who claimed role-playing games promoted violence.
  • A very nice example: In one Astrix album, Julius Caesar scolds his senators:
    Caesar: "Look at you! You have become decadent! All you think about nowadays is eating and sleeping!"
    Senator (waking up): "What? It's lunchtime already?"
  • In Garfield:
    • When Jon is on the phone with a woman:
      Jon: I'm immature?!! Well excuse me, miss poopie head! (puts the phone down and sucks his thumb)
    • Jon having a conversation with Garfield:
      Jon: Why don't you ever listen to me?
      Garfield: Huh?
      Jon: Why don't you ever agree with me?
      Garfield: That's not true.
      Jon: Why don't you show me any respect?
      Garfield: I do... bonehead.
    • And on another occasion:
      Jon: Remember, Garfield, there is no greater failing than apathy.
      Garfield So what?
  • Alice does it in this Dilbert strip.
  • From Wanted. Wesley Gibson tries to give an Even Evil Has Standards speech to psychotic hedonist Joker expy Mr. Rictus. It doesn't work:
    Wesley Gibson: Enjoy your goat fucking Mr. Rictus.
  • Page actually does it to herself in this exchange in a Foxtrot strip:
    Paige: Mom, can I go see Interview With A Vampire?
    Andy: No.
    Paige (crying): WAAAAAAAAAAH WHY NOT????
    Andy: Because it's rated R!
    Paige: C'mon, I'm mature enough.
    • Another Foxtrot example: Jason and Peter are discussing a study about how video games make kids violent...and then mention how much they want to strangle whoever wrote that.
  • Astro City: Crackerjack laments that his on and off ladyfriend Quarrel is mad at him for flirting with other women, as he flirts with Nightingale.
  • Daisy Duck's reaction when her boyfriend told her she needs to control her temper. Sure, Donald is the same but his reaction to Daisy suggesting him to improve was better than hers.
  • Monica's Gang: Monica overheard Jimmy Five telling Smudge she only settles things through force. She told him it was a lie and that he'd be hit if he didn't take it back.
  • In Dilbert, the CEO does it in this strip.

    Fan Works 

    Film 
  • In Face/Off, "You watch your fucking mouth!" is one of Castor Troy's signature catchphrases. To the point that Archer-as-Castor has to use it as a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner during a prison brawl with Ivan Dubov.
  • In The Big Lebowski
    The Stranger: Do you have to use so many cuss words?
    The Dude: What the fuck are you talking about?
    The Stranger: OK, Dude. Have it your way.
    • Subverted in this exchange:
      The Dude: You just wanted a sap to pin it on! And you'd just met me, and you thought, "Oh, a loser! Somebody the square community wouldn't give a shit about!"
      Lebowski: Well, aren't ya?
      The Dude: Well, yeah!
  • In A Fish Called Wanda
    Archie: How very interesting. You're a true vulgarian, aren't you?
    Otto: You're the vulgarian, you fuck!
  • In Plan 9 from Outer Space (after several remarks about humans' folly and warlike tendencies)
    Eros: [with disgust] Stronger. You see? You see? Your stupid minds! Stupid! Stupid!
    Jeff Trent: That's all I'm taking from you! [pistol-whips Eros upside the head]
  • A serious version from The Rock. General Hummel (Ed Harris) has captured John Mason (Sean Connery) and is justifying his threat to launch poison gas at San Francisco.
    Mason: I don't quite see how you cherish the memory of the dead by killing another million. And, uh, this is not combat. It's an act of lunacy. Frankly, General, sir, I think you're a fucking idiot.
    Hummel: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson.
    Mason: "Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious," according to Oscar Wilde.
    Hummel: (Rifle butts Mason)
    Mason: Thank you for proving my point.
  • In The Hangover
    Phil "You are literally too stupid to insult."
    Alan (smiling) "Thanks!"
  • Get Smart:
    Agent 23: See, this is your problem! Some men like women who are feminine!
    Agent 99: What, I'm not feminine?!
    Agent 23: Nooo...
  • In Clue:
    Wadsworth: We're trying to find out WHO killed him, and WHERE, and WITH WHAT!
    Professor Plum: There's no need to shout!
    Wadsworth: I'M NOT SHOUTING!
    Wadsworth: ALL RIGHT I AM! I'M SHOUTING! I'M SHOUTING! I'M SHOUT— (vase falls on his head)
    • Invoked earlier with Colonel Mustard:
    Wadsworth: That sounds like a confession to me; in fact, that double negative has led to proof positive! I'm afraid you gave yourself away!
    Colonel Mustard: Are you trying to make me look stupid in front of the other guests?
    Wadsworth: You don't need any help from me, sir.
    Colonel Mustard: [Angrily] That's right!
  • In Office Space, Tom says with increasingly panicked and loud voice:
    Tom: I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people. Can't you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?
  • Zombieland has this exchange:
    Columbus: Are you one of those guys that always has to one-up everyone else's story?
    Tallahassee: Hell no! I knew a guy once that was way worse at that than me.
  • In Rush Hour 3, a French taxi driver refuses to transport Carter because he believes that Americans are violent. Carter threatens him with a gun.
    Carter: Say you love America.
    George: I love America. Please don't kill me.
  • Zoe Bell says this line verbatim in Death Proof

    Literature 
  • Paraphrased from the Dragaera book Jhegaala- after the hero Vlad, a former assassin and gangster, has been mistaken for a thug: "I hate when people do that. It makes me want to break their legs". Kiera the Thief makes a similar comment in Orca to the effect that she hates when people think she's to steal their purses and how it makes her want to rob them.
    • From the context it's not clear whether she finds the assumption offensive or amusing (and somebody staring at her worried about their purse a suddenly irresistible challenge).
  • From Alice in Wonderland:
    "You never had fits, my dear, I think?" [the King of Hearts] said to the Queen.
    "Never!" said the Queen furiously, throwing an inkstand at the Lizard as she spoke.
  • Pyp and Grenn have a habit of doing this in A Song of Ice and Fire. One early example:
    Pyp: You're too stupid to be craven.
    Grenn: I am not.
    Pyp: Are too. If we ran into a bear in the forest you'd be too dimwitted to run away.
    Grenn: I would not. I'd run faster than you. ...Hey!
  • An early example: In Laxdla saga (The Saga of the People of Laxrdalur), Thrr accuses his wife Aur of wearing breeches (ie being a transvestite) so that he can divorce her and marry Gurn. When Aur comes into Thrr's bed-chamber to get revenge, she is wearing breeches.
  • In Spellsinger: The Day of the Dissonance, Mudge utters the following line when Roseroar comments on his bad language: "I'll have you know, me elephantine kitten, that my language is as fucking refined as anyone's!"

    Live Action TV 
  • In 3rd Rock From The Sun
    Man: [to Dick] You look capable of violence!
    Dick: [raising a chair] I'll show you who's capable of violence!!!
    • Another 3rd Rock example:
      Sally: All the men I've been with are strong and decisive and you're neither of those things.
      Leon: Well, I can be... maybe... probably not...
  • Corner Gas:
    Brent: [After Oscar tells Emma that Brent is "turning the gas station into a movie theater"] Bearing in mind Dad does have a tendency to overstate things.
    Oscar: I've never overstated anything in the entire history of the planet!
  • The Britcom Not Going Out has a good one:
    Tim : (reading a question from a personality quiz) Are you the kind of person who jumps into decisions without properly considering all the available options?
    Lee: (firmly) No.
    Tim: Hang on, it's multiple choice.
  • Subverted in the first sketch with Gustavo the Euro Guy on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Gustavo complains that Americans are too violent and promptly gets punched out. When Conan points out this proves his point, the guy who punched him out replies "No worries, mate - I'm Australian!"
  • In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of Werewolf:
    Yuri: You callin' me a psychopath?
    Crow (as Yuri): I'll kill your whole family if you call me that again!
    (Yuri attacks Paul, the guy who called him a psychopath)
    Mike (as Paul): I'm sorry, clearly you're not a psychopath; my mistake.
  • Mr. Roper of Three's Company: "I'm not paranoid! Why is everybody against me?"
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Ted Baxter wants to serve as Grand Marshal in a circus parade, but Lou Grant won't let him:
    Ted: He treats me like a little child, Mary. He bosses me around as though I were ten years old.
    Mary: Ted, that isn't true. He may boss you around but he doesn't think you're a kid. He respects you as a mature adult.
    Ted: (whining) Then why won't he let me go to the circus?!!
  • Non-verbal example from The Muppet Show. In the lead-up to a sketch involving Horny Vikings, Kermit describes them as "cruel, heartless, Scandinavian Marauders". The Swedish Chef comes up and hits him with a frying pan, which "persuades" Kermit to alter his description to "quaint, old world charmers".
  • In Coupling, though he only proved half the remark,
    Patrick: What Kind of illness was I supposed to have?
    Sally: I don't know. Whatever it is that connects a limp dick with a limp brain!
    Patrick: There is no connection between my dick and my brain!
  • From Arrested Development:
    Lindsay: I'm a "combative, entitled princess?" I'm going to hire someone to kick your ass for that!
    • Also:
      Michael: I just havent met anybody whos not completely self-absorbed and impossible to have a conversation with.
      Lucille: If thats a veiled criticism about me, I wont hear it and I wont respond to it.
  • Frasier:
    Niles: Don't you DARE call me irrational! You know that makes me crazy!
    • In "Look Before You Leap," Daphne protests the accusation that she's whiny with a high-pitched "I don't whiiine!"
  • From one of Marcus Brigstocke's stand-up comedy routines:
    "Computer games don't affect kids. If Pacman had affected us as kids we'd be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music."
  • Friends, after Joey gets offended that Monica and Chandler didn't ask him for a character reference letter:
    Monica: Sorry Joe, we didn't think you were so much... with the words...
    Joey: Wha-huh? Hey! Whoa, I'mean, tchhh!
    • In an another episode:
      Joey: He made Rachel cry!
      Monica: Rachel always cries!
      Rachel: That's not true! (Starts to cry.)
  • Cheers:
    Frasier: So now you're saying that I'm redundant, that I repeat myself, that I say things over and over again!
    • Norm claims that a chimp could perform Cliff's job of delivering mail. Cliff is highly offended, and refers to a University of Michigan study that found that chimps are 32% slower.
  • Reaper:
    Sally: You are an ass!
  • Scrubs:
    Elliot: Todd, face it. You're gay, and overcompensating for it.
    The Todd: Oh yeah? Well if I'm gay, how come I work out so much?
    • In another episode:
    Carla: "Are you familiar with the term 'delusions of grandeur'?"
    The Janitor: "I believe I coined that term. Look, I'm a simple unassuming janitor who can control people's actions with his mind."
    • Another episode:
    Jake: "Everyone around here is crazy."
    Janitor: "That's not true. Let me put down my bag of rats, and explain something to you."
    • Later in the episode: A patient's brother calls the hospital a "hellhole", to which Dr Kelso replies he ensures the hospital is up to the highest standards and codes. A second later, a bunch of rats run by, chased by the janitor.
    Kelso: "Well that's just bad timing."
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    Giles: Um, Anya, while, while I completely trust you uh, uh, to take care of the inventory and the money, um ... dealing with people requires a certain, uh ... finesse.
    Anya: I have finesse! I have finesse coming out of my bottom! I can completely lie to the health inspector. I can, you know, distract him with coy smiles, and, and bribe him with money and goods.
  • Done seriously on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit when Eliot's son Dicky was caught using the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique on a man he suspected was responsible for the disappearance of his friend. Afterward his father took him into the station and complained about him doing that. When Richard responded that he was not the first member of his family to act like that Eliot attacks his son in the middle of the squad room, both proving Richard's point and showing why he got the Fan Nickname Unstabler
  • Kelly from Misfits is repeatedly accused of being a Chav note  and she eventually responds to this by screaming at another girl: "If you call me that one more time I'll kick you so hard in the c* nt your mum will feel it!"
    • Also, when Nathan's father calls him a "wanker", Nathan responds by being snarky and rude, and then blithely attacking someone with a stapler (although many viewers considered this a Crowning Moment of Funny, he was kind of proving his father's point).
  • Common in Monty Python's Flying Circus letters from viewers:
    "Dear Sir, I am writing to complain about that last sketch about people falling out of high buildings. I myself have worked all my life in such a building, and have never once—WHAAAAAAAA!!!"
    "I would put a tax on all people who stand in water!"
    "Dear Sir, I object strongly to the letters on your programme. They are clearly not written by the general public and are merely included for a cheap laugh. Yours sincerely etc., William Knickers."
    "Dear Sir, I am glad to hear that your studio audience disapproves of the last skit as strongly as I. As a naval officer I abhor the implication that the Royal Navy is a haven for cannibalism. It is well known that we have the problem relatively under control, and that it is the RAF who now suffer the largest casualties in this area."
    "Many of my best friends are lumberjacks, and only a few of them are transvestites."
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Corbomite Maneuver", Kirk berates McCoy for not telling him about an alert. After the former leaves the latter alone, McCoy says "If I jumped every time a light came on around here, I'd end up talking to myself."
  • In Will and Grace, any time someone would throw an insult toward Karen, she would respond this way. One time, when Grace accused her of being racist, she responded: "I may be a lot of things. A homophobe? Sure. Distrustful of Spaniards? Who isn't? But I am not a racist."
  • M*A*S*H has an example intentionally invoked by Hawkeye and BJ.
    Charles: Actually, gentlemen, I'm not altogether unaffected by this arctic blast, but I refuse to huddle around a fire like you two cringing pack wolves.
    Hawkeye: Pack wolves? I've never been so insulted in my life!
    Hawkeye and BJ: *Growling and barking noises at Charles*
  • iCarly:
    Kid Sam is beating up: I'm sorry!
    Sam: Sorry for what?
    Kid: For saying you're aggressive!
  • Married... with Children: When Marcy asked Steve why Al calls her a chicken, her stance did resemble a chicken's.
  • Right after Community's Jeff Winger denies that he's inconsiderate:
    Annie: *sneezes*
    Passerby: Gesundheit.
    Jeff: I didn't sneeze.
    • Also:
    Britta: Jeff, you are a textbook narcissist.
  • Meta example, many Current Affairs shows satirized by The Chaser's War On Everything aired 'responses' to the criticism... which ended up proving all the Chaser team's criticisms completley right.
  • Played with in House:
    Cuddy: Are you being intentionally dense?
    House: (making a stupid face) Huh?
    • And again:
    Cuddy:...and a disturbingly large proportion of your comments are racist or sexist.
    House: That top makes you look like an Afghani prostitute...would be an example of that.
  • In one episode of The Pretender, Jarod punishes a psychiatrist at a mental institution, ending with taking said psychiatrist to another institution, claiming he tried to kill himself. This is followed by the psychiatrist in question ranting and raving about not being crazy.
  • Frank on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia introduces an employee ranking system:
    Mac: Third?! Why am I third??
    Frank: Too volatile.
    Mac: BULLSHIT! THAT IS BULLSHIT!!
  • How I Met Your Mother, when Lily and Robin are accusing Ted of being the "dad" of the group:
    Lily: Ted, you may be single and childless, but you're totally a dorky dad.
    Ted: I don't think I like your tone, young lady.
  • In The Big Bang Theory Sheldon denies resembling C-3PO while making jerky, robotic head movements.
  • Horrible Histories, on the gunpowder plot:
    Guy Fawkes: So we're going to blow up King James and his entire family at the state opening of parliament?
    John Wright: That's right.
    Fawkes: Any reason, or just for fun?
    Wright: Because you're a Catholic and I'm a Catholic, and the king hates Catholics! He seems to think we're always plotting something.
  • One episode of Psych gives us this line:
    Shawn: "Just because I take Gus's giant dinosaur head down to a dead body does not make me a nut-job!"
  • Blackadder Goes Forth, in General Hospital:
    George: I have not got any uncles like that! Anyway, he lives in Walton-on-the-Naze.
  • The Closer: In "Elysian Fields", Provenza complains when Detective Olin is brought in to advise on a case.
    Provenza: "He wrote me up for using bad language, which is bullshit!"

    Music 
  • NWA's "Fuck tha Police" alternates between protesting unfair police attention due to being black and, uh, boasting about criminal activity.
  • The American patriotic song "You're a Grand Old Flag", originally written for a stage musical called George Washington, Jr., calls the USA "the home of the free and the brave" among other praise, but soon after says that in America, "there's never a boast or brag." Hmm...
  • Psychostick's "Beer!" complains that "they say beer will make me dumb". The very next line is "it are go good with pizza"...

    Radio 
  • In one episode of Absolute Power, Sandy, having just done a marketing course, explained to Charles and Martin about fitting people into different demographics. Charles, for instance, was the highbrow sort who needed to flaunt his intelligence by using foreign phrases, whereas Martin was more a middlebrow type who hated making decisions and needed constant reassurance. Their reactions:
    Charles: Au contraire!
    Martin: I'm not like that at all. Am I? Charles?
  • In the surrealish sitcom At Home With The Hardys, Kit and Jeremy are having an argument.
    Kit: Oh my god—you are such a hypochondriac!
    Jeremy: I am not a hypochondriac, and stop shouting at me, you're making me ill!

    Theatre 
  • Played for drama in The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill. The main character attempts to prove that just because he's poor doesn't mean he's a brute, and tries to do this by beating up the girl he thought insulted him. He gets killed by an ape instead.
  • A variation from the musical New Girl in Town. Marthy and Chris are singing about their friendship:
    Marthy: A guy said you ain't fit for pigs, down Larry's bar.
    Chris: What'd you say?
    Marthy: I said, "Yes, you are!"
  • From A Tuna Christmas:
    Stanley: "...and they treat me like sh--''
    Bertha: "Stanley, dammit, don't cuss on Christmas!"

    Video Games 
  • The title character of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney catches himself doing one of these at one point - the Judge says 'I'm not sure we could reasonably expect Mr. Justice to do anything delicately', and Apollo thinks 'Hey! Why I oughta...take a deep breath and calm down.'
  • At the end of the first TV spot for Left 4 Dead one of the characters shouts, "I'll see peace back on Earth if I gotta murder every one of these animals with my own bare hands!" A less TV-friendly version can also be heard in the game under certain conditions ("I'll see peace back on Earth if I gotta murder every one of these bastards with my bear goddamn hands!").
    • "For Chrissake, Francis, don't take God's name in vain."
  • This exchange from Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal:
    Dr. Nefarious: To think, they called me insane, Lawrence. But we'll see who's insane when my pets have exterminated all life on this miserable planet!
  • In one bit of inter-party dialogue in Knights of the Old Republic, Mission asks Bastila if she ever uses the Force for "fun", like making somebody trip if they're annoying her. Bastila acts highly offended and calls the idea "childish", which gets Mission angry enough to start insulting her. (Mission does not like to be called a child). Bastila trips her with the Force while she's in mid-insult, turns away, and smugly denies she has any idea what Mission is talking about.
  • Locke of Final Fantasy VI reacts to a merchant calling him a thief (instead of a treasure hunter) by... stealing his clothes. That's showing him, Locke!
  • The Thraddash of Star Control II revere force to the point that they have semi-regular rebellions that attempt to overthrow the current "Culture" and install themselves as the new Culture. Among the history you can learn from them is the story of Culture 14, who believed that this system of violent revolution set the Thraddash's cultural and technological evolution back 500 years each time. They were wrong, as demonstrated only 10 years after they came to power, when the next revolution only set them back "two, three hundred years tops."
  • Mass Effect 2: when Kelly Chambers enthuses over penitent assassin Thane Krios, a male Shepard can comment that "All Girls Want Bad Boys". Kelly duly calls you out on using a dirty stereotype that just incidentally happens to be true in her case.

    Webcomics 
  • In Penny Arcade
    Tycho: It says here you made 'Crude sexual references a number of times throughout a Mech Assault match'.
    Gabe: Oh, yeah? Well, his mom gives lousy head! ...I mean, that guy's a fucking liar.
    • "It's like you guys can't have a single conversation without using the word 'wang'." "Sure we wang!".
  • 8-Bit Theater had Red Mage face his inner demon, who would not leave until Red Mage conquered his hubris. Red Mage denied his hubris in the most arrogant way possible, including adding humility points to his character sheet while saying things like...
    Red Mage: Let this sheet bellow unto the heavens themselves that Red Mage is the most humble man to walk upon Earth! EVER!
    Demon: Literal adherence to a law means little without respect for the spirit of that law.
    • That plotline is full of this trope. Red Mage eventually admits he cannot defeat his trial, thereby proving his humility and defeating his trial, prompting him to immediately boast about how brilliant he is to have worked out how to do that. Meanwhile Fighter's trial is to learn to solve problems with his brain as well as his swords, which he does by following his brain's advice and slicing his inner demon into little pieces.
  • This strip of Bobwhite.
  • In No Need for Bushido, Ken responds to an accusation that he's not the most agreeable sort...by punching his accuser in the face.
    Ken: THAT'S FER SAYIN' I WASN'T AGREEABLE!
  • Ghastly's Ghastly Comic: Bobby protests to a time-traveller from the 1970s that gay people in the twenty-first century "no longer feel the need to conform to the stereotypes society has used to keep us segregated and ashamed". His boyfriend F'ga, a bright pink tentacle monster, promptly bursts flamboyantly into the room, singing showtunes at the top of his lungs.
    "So you was sayin' 'bout twenty-first century homos?"
    "F'ga doesn't count. I don't think he knows it's the twenty-first century."
  • This Questionable Content strip combines this trope with an Insult Backfire.
    "Goddamnit, I've been flummoxed by someone with the IQ of a herring."
    "Herrings are pretty birds so I'll take that as a compliment."
  • The Order of the Stick Prequel "On the Origin of PCs", has Roy say he thinks that wizards put too much faith in magic. His father Eugene immediately proves his point by saying that magic is perfect and all powerful.
    • In this comic, Chaotic Good(ish) Haley points out that lawful types have a tendency to make other people agree with them... or else. Lawful Good characters Roy and Durkon immediately tell her that this is absurd and to stop with the crazy talk. Even Elan sees the hypocrisy.
  • In the Anti-Heroes Webcomic:
    Aldran: I'm not manipulative.
    Lana: Well, I dunno, you can be a bit-
    Aldran: I said "I'm not manipulative."
    Lana: Okay, okay, you're not. Jeez
  • Spacetrawler:
    Nogg: Krep is our pilot from planet Flimboulx. He's very bad tempered and I'd advise avoiding him.
    Krep: What?! You are such a suppositorial dipshit, Nogg.
    Nogg: You can see my point.
  • In this El Goonish Shive strip, right before Tedd orders some pizza, Justin accuses Nanase of going into really long rants when she's hungry... only to be followed by a Wall of Text from Nanase.
    • And in this strip, Sarah and Tedd suggest Susan take an alias for her role as film critic, with Tedd further recommending use of the word "Grumpy". Susan starts to calmly decline, but when interrupted by the other two eventually blurts out "'SUSAN'! I'M GOING TO GO BY 'SUSAN'! WE DON'T NEED ALIASES! And I'm not grumpy."
  • Schlock Mercenary had Tagon resenting a remark... fortunately, one of his officers got it straight.
  • Homestuck: Gamzee is prone to inattentiveness.
    GC: YOU KNOW YOUR3 JUST GO1NG TO S1T TH3R3 ON TH3 B34CH 4ND SP4C3 OUT 4ND LOS3 TR4CK OF T1M3.
    GC: H3LLO?
    GC: G4MZ?????
    TC: WhAt?
    TC: oH mAn SoRrY.
    TC: I sPaCeD oUt, DiD yOu KnOw HoW bEaTuFuL tHe SoUnD oF tHe OcEaN iS?
    Jake: Pardon me but do i SOUND like some trollycar bellwether toiling in the heart of the mustache belt from the ruff n tumble year of nineteen aught nine???
  • Allen The Alien has a self-inflicted example: RR-TWTTW comments that humans and aliens are just "not wanting to do stuff", commenting that he's too lazy to think of the right word.

    Web Original 
  • Acts of Gord: In Acts of Gord, Book of Annoyances, Chapter 23, a reporter asks Gord (owner of a videogame store) for a quote for the front page of the newspaper, pertaining to videogame violence and its impact on society. Gord replies, "Video games don't make people more violent, and I'll kill anyone who disagrees." After a dramatic pause, the reporter replies that he doesn't think they can print that.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series has Mako.
    Mako: I am not a freaky fish guy! And I will harpoon anyone who says otherwise!
  • Red vs. Blue
    Washington: Quit bickering! You guys are the most immature soldiers I have ever met!
    Grif: Yeah well, your face is immature!
  • In Kickassia, a reporter tells Angry Joe that people think he's gun crazy. Joe demands to know who said that, and shoots the camera.
  • From Spoony's review of Phantasmagoria2: "I'm not crazy! I'll kill anyone who says I am!"
  • Encyclopedia Dramatica's article on atheists has a "butthurt" banner claiming that the article generated more offended rants and vandalism than any other article on religion. The discussion page has an atheist demanding that the banner be removed because atheists don't take offense to people not agreeing with them.
  • News site Reddit has recently been working to dispel allegations of rampant misogyny among its userbase. Around the same time that drama was playing out, the Cool Chick Carol meme was invented. Lampshaded on at least two of the samples, though.
  • From Death Note Abridged (Dogface701):
    Ryuk: Hey Light, there's this big, ugly, scary lookin' guy following you.
    Light: Ryuk, for the last time I know you're there!
    Ryuk: No, not me!
  • In the Dragon Ball Z Abridged version of DBZ movie Lord Slug, Piccolo does some extremely Genre Savvy snarking at the Quirky Mini Boss Squad, pointing out the role and personality type of each. He finishes it with the following:
    Piccolo: ...and that would make you no doubt the big, tough, stupid one.
    Dorodabo: You take that back or I'll kill you!
    Piccolo: Alright, alright, you're not tough.
    Dorodabo: That's better!
    • Vegeta also has a case of this when he has a breakdown on Namek and starts arguing with the (possibly real, possibly hallucinatory) ghost of Nappa that only he can see. The results are... Interesting.
    Krillin: ...Are you... Ok?
    'Nappa': I think your rage broke, Vegeta.
    Vegeta: SHUT UP GHOST OF NAPPA!
    Krillin: Who was tha-
    Vegeta: I'M NOT CRAZY! YOU'RE CRAZY! *ESPECIALLY* YOU, NAPPA!
  • Ultra Fast Pony:
    • In "Utter Lunacy":
    Luna: Siiiigh! Sometimes I feel like no one understands me.
    Twilight: Hey, Luna, what up?
    Luna: Blooooood!
    Twilight: Yeah, sorry, I don't really get that.
    Luna: Oh, I knew it!
    • In "Faith to Faith":
    Applejack: Are we just introducing random characters whenever we feel like, now?
    [The Flim Flam Brothers appear from nowhere]
    Flam: Well a good morning to you, Ponyville!
  • Yahtzee had a fit of this during his review of Aliens Colonial Marines, when he complained that people kept requesting the game because of his nature as a Caustic Critic, and he felt like he was being used as an attack dog against a game that had finally broken the Four Point Scale - after all, what if he had liked the game? He then admitted that, yeah, he didn't think Colonial Marines was worth the electricity to power it, "but you'd have looked pretty silly if I had, wouldn't you?"

    Western Animation 
  • In Futurama
    Leela: Be careful. Many robots are stupid and violent.
    Bender: I wish I was stupid and violent. Then we'd see what's what — I'd pound their face in!

    Fry: They said I was stupid, but I proved them!

    Dwight: I heard alcohol makes you stupid.
    Fry: No I'm... doesn't!

    Prof. Farnsworth: And Fry, you've got that brain thing.
    Fry: I already did.
  • Looney Tunes: if Groucho is the Trope Namer, then Foghorn Leghorn is the Trope Codifier.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    Toph: You're not my mom, and you're not their mom.
    Katara: I don't act that way. What do you think, Aang? Do I act like a mom?
    Aang: Well, I...
    Katara: Stop rubbing your eye and speak clearly when you talk!
    Aang: Yes, ma'am!
    • And in the second season, as can be seen here:
    Aang: Okay, okay, you both need to calm down.
    Katara: Both? I'M COMPLETELY CALM!!
    • In a similar vein:
    Iroh: Why don't you enjoy a cup of calming jasmine tea?
    Zuko: I DON'T NEED ANY CALMING TEA!
  • Drawn Together has this exchange:
    Wooldoor: I don't feel comfortable doing that.
    Captain Hero: Would you feel more comfortable if I broke your arm in three places and then wrapped it in $100 bills?
    Wooldoor: Are you threatening me... or bribing me?
    Captain Hero: What an insulting accusation! Take that back before I tear out your spleen and then drive you to the hospital in your brand new car!
  • Played with in Ed, Edd n Eddy when Double D reads off the "Lackadaisycathro Disease," which is pretty much a description of himself.
    Ed: That sounds resembling, 'cause it sounds like... um...
    Eddy: It sounds like Sock-Head, bonehead.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    Jester: Cosmo's so stupid, if his brains were dynamite he wouldn't have enough to blow his nose!
    Cosmo: I'm not stupid! And I could prove it if you'd just let me out of here! But come on, *poofs out of the box, hits it with a hammer, and then poofs back in*, even Houdini couldn't get out of this!
  • Family Guy: In "Stewie Kills Lois", Peter is on trial for allegedly shooting and killing Lois while on a luxury cruise. When being questioned in court, the following exchange occurs:
    Lawyer: Have you ever struck your wife?
    Peter: Only in front of my kids, to assert my status as dominant male of the pride.
    Lawyer: Are you a violent man?
    Peter: [edgily] What are you, a wise guy? 'Cause I know how to deal with wise guys!
    Lawyer: No further questions. [hurries off]
    Peter: You son of a bitch! If I had a gun on a boat, I'd shoot you!
    • Also from "Running Mates:"
    Brian: Peter, are you sure running against Lois is such a good idea? You know how competitive you get.
    Peter: Hey, hey, I can be just as noncompetitive as anybody. In fact Im the most noncompetitive, so I win.
  • The Haunted World of El Superbeasto does this with Velvet Von Black. "What the fuck did you just call me? You're the one who's fuckin' coherent and shit!"
  • The Looney Tunes Show:
    Bugs: Are you sure you're ready to take your driver's test?
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Greece Lightning":
    Dad: Asperagus defeated [the Minotaur] using the head of Medusa, a creature so ugly she could turn men to stone with just one look.
    Phineas: Kinda reminds me of Candace.
    Candace: (making a face like Medusa's) It does not look like me!
    • Yeah, Candace falls for this a lot. Like how in "Backyard Aquarium" Linda asks her not to freak out on her brothers when she's out.
    Candace: Mom, I do not freak ou- OH MY GOSH! The square root of soon is never!
  • In an episode of Regular Show, Rigby makes a profile for Mordecai on a dating website. Mordecai complains that they way it's written ("Likes: Goofing off, video games, grilled cheese") makes him sound like a loser, and Rigby responds "Hey man, don't put that on me, it's all true!"
  • The Simpsons uses this trope a lot.
    Kent Brockman: Scientists say they're also less attractive physically and while we speak in a well-educated manner, they tend to use low-brow expressions like 'oh yeah?' and 'c'mere a minute.'
    Homer: Oh yeah? They think they're better than us? Bart! C'mere a minute!
    Bart: You c'mere a minute.
    Homer: Oh yeah?

    Smithers: Frankly sir, the people see you as something of an ogre.
    Burns: Why, I ought to club them and eat their bones!

    Ralph Wiggum: Me fail English? That's unpossible!
    Moe: Now who's a sociopath?! Huh?!
    • Homer (again):
    "Oh, Lisa, you and your stories: Bart's a vampire, beer kills brain cells. Now let's go back to that... building... thingie... where our beds and TV... is."
    • From "Marge Gets a Job":
    Homer: I won't sleep in the same bed with a woman who thinks I'm lazy! I'm going to go right downstairs, unfold the couch, unroll the sleeping ba-...uh, good night. (*zzzzz*)
    • Moe again: "Nobody calls Moe St. Cool a phony!"
    • In one episode, Homer is called slow at a poker game. He takes so long to mentally process the remark that by the time he spits out his indignant denial, everyone else has left—except for Lenny, whose house it is; he's getting a midnight snack. It almost happens again in the same episode.
    • "I've been called a greasy thug, too. And it never stops hurting. So here's what we're gonna do, we're gonna grease ourselves up real good, and trash that place with a baseball bat!"
    • On one of the show's DVD commentaries, Simpsons writer Al Jean refers to this kind of gag as a "Stan Daniels Turn", named after the late writer/producer Daniels, of Taxi and Mary Tyler Moore Show fame.
    • "Hey! My dad may have gained a little weight, but he's not some kind of food-crazed maniac!" Cue Homer driving past the school bus in a stolen ice cream truck, stuffing his face (though he did have other reasons for stealing the truck).
    • Another gem from Moe: in "Hurricane Neddy," Flanders goes on a rant insulting everybody in town, and calls Moe ugly and hate-filled. Moe responds, "Hey! I may be ugly and hate-filled, but... What was that third thing you said?"
  • In an episode of Metalocalypse we have the next exchange:
    Charles: You guys have a very short attention span.
    Nathan: No, we're not!
  • In Sponge Bob Square Pants, Mrs. Puff once took offense to an unflattering drawing of herself, immediately turning into exactly how she looks like in the drawing.
    • In the episode Pressure, Sandy calls most of the characters chicken for not wanting to go on dry land.
    Patrick: Hey! We are not chicken! (drops his bag of popcorn) My popcorn! (starts pecking at his popcorn like a chicken)
  • In Garfield and Friends, a running gag is how Lanolin will always disagree with anyone who calls her disagreeable (particularly when the accusation comes from her brother, Bo). Should the accuser then give up and admit that Lanolin is not, in fact, disagreeable, she'll continue to disagree with them anyway. The greatest instance of the trope:
    Lanolin: I am not disagreeable, I have never been disagreeable, and any time you thought I was being disagreeable, you were wrong!
  • In the Wacky Races episode "Rhode Island Road Race," after the narrator calls Dick Dastardly "the Dracula of the drag strip":
    Dastardly: I resent that remark!
    Narrator: But do you deny it?
    Dastardly: No, I just resent it!
  • Happens usually to the Flash in Justice League. First at the end of "The Brave and the Bold":
    Green Lantern: Guess you're not as dumb as you look.
    Flash: Yeah, and I... Hey! I resent that! Nobody makes a monkey out of me!
  • In Recess, after the gang get in trouble again.
    Vince: It's all that jerk Randall's fault.
    Spinelli: Yeah, he's always snooping around.
    Randall: (popping out from a nearby trash can) I am not!
  • This happens in The Powerpuff Girls episode "Los Dos Mojos". When a bump on the head makes Bubbles think she's Mojo, the real Mojo is not happy at all with her impression of his Evil Gloating, denying that he's like that at all. Of course, his words say differently:
    Bubbles (imitating Mojo Jojo): I am not Bubbles! Bubbles is not who I am! I am the one, the only, single, solitary doer of dastardly deeds! Purveyor of pestilence! Interloper of lawlessness! Menace to mankind! I am bad! I am evil! I am Mojo Jojo! Hahahahahaha!
    Mojo: I do not talk like that! The way I communicate is much different! I do not reiterate, repeat, reinstate the same thing over and over again! I am clear, concise, to the point!
  • At the end of one episode of Darkwing Duck, there's this exchange between Megavolt and Quackerjack when the two villains are on prison work detail:
    Megavolt: Stop calling me that! And I am relaxed! I AM COMPLETELY RELAXED!!
  • From the Gravity Falls episode, "Double Dipper":
    Pacifica: Oh, Grenda, by the way, you sound like a professional wrestler. (laughs and leaves)
    Grenda: I wanna put her in a headlock and make her feel pain!
  • Dex Hamilton: Alien Entomologist has this exchange (when the characters are being forced to express their true feelings towards one another):
    Zap: You're not exactly the brightest firefly in the swarm, if you know what I mean!
    Tung: As it happens, I don't!


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