"Morning honey. You look angry about something."
"No, I'm not angry."
"Hey mom, what's up?"
"Oh, your father's upset about something."
"What? I said I'm not angry."
"Mommy, what's dad angry about?"
"I'M NOT ANGRY!"
Basically, when someone does not have a feeling (specifically, anger), but due to the constant prodding of other characters develops that feeling. Quote above is paraphrased from an old (90's) Drabble
comic. Anger is the most common end result due to Rule of Drama
, but any emotion reached after a steady (and in the moment true) insistence that it is not present counts.
Contrast That Makes Me Feel Angry
, subtrope of Hypocritical Humor
. Truth in Television
for pretty much everyone at some point.
- These two Schlock Mercenary strips.
- This Dinosaur Comics strip.
- Aforementioned Drabble strip.
- Avatar The Last Airbender: "I'M COMPLETELY CALM!"
- Also, "I DON'T NEED ANY CALMING TEA!"
- This Questionable Content strip slowly advances towards this trope, hitting it dead-on at the end...
- Not taken to its conclusion, but shows up in Rahxephon The Movie.
- Anger Management had lots of this.
- In Doctor Who, the Doctor brings down Harriet Jones entirely via this method. With six words. The six words were a trigger, and having the entirety of the media saying "Is it true you're unfit for office?" and "Are you going to resign?" put Harriet over the edge. Those six words? "Don't you think she looks tired?"
- Truth in Television: This really happens. And it's annoying as HELL.
- It comes off better though when subject is already feeling a negative emotion and the needler is trying to get them to smile/laugh.
- One Loriot sketch ending like this:
Wife: Why are you so aggressive?
Husband: I'm not aggressive!
Wife: Why are you shouting at me, then?
- Kicker from Transformers Energon: I AM NOT YELLING!
- The following exchange occurs in the play, 2 Pianos 4 Hands, with the father of one of the characters:
Father: And stop crying like that!
Son: You stop yelling.
Father: (in the same tone of voice as before) I'm not yelling, I'm just very passionate about what I'm saying!
- In The Young Ones, this exchange: