Exactly What It Says on the Tin
, when one character is trying to think of a Freudian Excuse
or has experienced a humiliating incident, or is just minding his own business, another character will immediately mock him to the tune of "Ring Around The Rosie".
There also seems to be a recurring taunt in fiction, where a character puts both hands to the side of their face, with their thumbs at their cheeks, then wiggle their fingers and go "Nana Na Nana Na" to the same tune.
It seems this trope is done mostly by immature characters.
Also a rather common playground thing in Real Life
in some places as well.
Will occasionally overlap with: Blowing a Raspberry
Anime & Manga
- Pokémon: Team Rocket teases Pikachu by opening and closing a door on their shockproof machine, punctuating this with the classic "nyah nyah na nyah nyah!"
Film - Animated
- In The Smurfs comic book story "Smurf Soup", Gargamel sees that Bigmouth the ogre has turned ugly because he ate the Smurf soup. The Smurfs get a little sing-songy just to taunt Gargamel into having Bigmouth physically abuse him.
Bigmouth: You're the one who told me to eat Smurf soup!
Gargamel: But I didn't know it would have that effect!
Smurfs: ♪♫ Yes, he did know! Yes, he did know! ♪♫
Bigmouth: Ha ha! I've got you! And now you're going to do that thing...that trick, like Papa Smurf says, that afterwards makes you like before!
Gargamel: The antidote? But I don't know it!
Smurfs: ♪♫ Yes, he does know! Yes, he does know! ♪♫
Film - Live-Action
- Thumper does this to Bambi to encourage him to make a jump during Bambi II.
Thumper: You're too afraaaiiid, you cannot juuummp, na na na na na, na na na na na..."
- In The Land Before Time V, Ducky teases a Sharptooth (read: Tyrannosaurus rex) this way (before that, Cera shook her tail at it):
Ducky: The log is gooooone! / You cannot get acroooooss!
- Followed by Petrie adding "Me think you a stinker!"
- The "Hook is a codfish" scene from Disney's Peter Pan.
- From Hercules:
Pain and Panic: Our hero's a zero! Our hero's a zero!
- The Hyenas in the Lion King. "No king, no king, la la-la la-la la!"
- From Rookie of the Year:
Henry Rowengartner: Pitcher's got a big butt! Pitcher's got a big butt!
- In A League of Their Own, Evelyn's bratty son Stilwell likes to taunt the Peaches with finger-waggling and a chant of "You're gonna lo-ose."
- Doctor Who: The Movie (1996)
- Miss Congeniality: After She Cleans Up Nicely:
You think I'm gor-geous. You wanna kiss me. You want to hug me.
- In Animal Crackers, Ravelli threatens to reveal Chandler's past identity, taunting him: "Abie the fish man! Abie the fish man!" (In the script of the original play, the taunt was "He's Ivan the Fish-Peddler.")
- Parodied: on the Rifftrax to The Matrix Reloaded:
(during their sex scene) "Neo likes Trinity, Neo likes Trinity!"
- In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Captain Jack Sparrow tries to exploit Davy Jones's prohibition from setting foot on land.
Jack: I got a jar of dirt! I got a jar of dirt!
- In Stuart Little, Stuart shouts, "Hey, Smokey!" in a sing-song voice before he can kill Snowbell and before he whacks Smokey off with a branch.
- In The Smurfs 2, the Smurfs theme song is used by Smurfette and Vexy in this fashion when they mock Azrael's failure to catch them.
- In the Audience Participation album for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a member of the audience goes "nya nya nya nya nya" after Frank N. Furter uses the "sonic transducer" to freeze Brad, Janet, and Dr. Scott so that they couldn't move their feet (or wheels) in the laboratory.
- Matt Groening must like this trope because, besides The Simpsons, he also used it in his Life in Hell comic where Binky somehow thought it would be cute to sing to his date, "Someone's got a run in her pantyhose."
- A Series of Unfortunate Events: Vice Principal Nero constantly does this to put down his students, another sign of his Man Child behavior.
- Sheila Tubman in Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing, part of Judy Blume's Fudge book series, taunts Peter Hatcher and his friend Jimmy Fargo by singing they've got the cooties, until they both turn the tables and sing "Sheila's got the cooties!"
- In Happy Endings, Max makes fun of Brad for having a work wife by chant/singing 'Brad's got a work wife', Dave goes off-book by singing it like he's in a hair band, which Max eventually admits is better.
- Rachel on Friends, "The One With All the Poker".
I have got your mon-ey / And you'll never see it / And your fly's still o-pen / Ha! I made you loo-ook!
- Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Becoming, part 2":
Some-one was-n't wor-thy!
- Xander to Buffy in "Ted":
You've got pa-ren-tal issues! You've got pa-ren-tal issues! [when Willow stops him] Hey, Freud would've said the same thing! Only he might not have done that little dance.
- Possessed Sam taunting Jo in the Supernatural episode "Born Under A Bad Sign":
My daddy shot your daddy in the he-ad.
- Used occasionally as Losing Horns on some Game Shows (Cram, Just Men!, and the Davidson run of The Hollywood Squares).
- The backing vocals of Emilie Autumn's "I Know Where You Sleep" evoke this. In the context set up by previous songs on the album, it conjures up a chorus of dead little girls taunting the man who killed them.
- The lead singer of The Waitresses' "I Know What Boys Like" does "nya nya nya nya nya" during the bridge and at the end of the song while mocking the boys that she teases with her charms throughout the rest.
- The female backup singer of the Thompson Twins' "Sugar Daddy" does "nya nya nya nya nya nya nya" at the end of the chorus.
- Goldberg, being a big hockey fan, was thrilled with the "Gold-berg" chants in WCW, until he found out they were piped in.
- Another wrestling example, and one that more closely resembles the "Ring Around the Rosie" tune, Samoa Joe's opponents are often met with the taunt "Joe's gonna kill you! Joe's gonna kill you!" Same goes for Awesome Kong/Kharma.
- In Lego City Undercover, the criminals on Albatross Island taunt the guard with "nya nya nya nya nya nya" when they escape from their cells.
- The Simpsons has this:
Mr. Dewey Largo: Miss Simpson, do you find something funny about the word "tromboner"?
Lisa Simpson: No, sir. I was laughing at something outside.
Sherri: She was looking at Nelson!
Class: (sing-song) Lisa likes Nelson!
Milhouse: She does not!
Class: (sing-song) Milhouse likes Lisa!
Janey: He does not!
Class: (sing-song) Janey likes Milhouse!
Uter van Finkle: She does not!
Class: (sing-song) Uter likes Milhouse.
Mr. Dewey Largo: *Nobody* likes Milhouse! Lisa, you've got detention!
- In his less sociopathic moments, Cartman of South Park likes to mock people with sing song. "Stan wants to ki-iss, Wendy Testabuuurger!" And then there's the "Muh muh muh" noises he makes in the movie when mocking Kyle.
- Brattus teases Mr. Bogus this way in the episode "Bogus to the Rescue":
Brattus: Bogus is a chicken! Bogus is a chicken!
- One episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had the Shredder make all the adults in New York act like children. A newscaster at Channel 6 went "Nyah nyah, I'm on TV and you're not!" on the air.
- In the Dexter's Laboratory episode "The Big Cheese", Dexter is rendered incapable of saying anything besides the phrase "Omellete du fromage", and Dee Dee keeps mocking him by singing: "That's all you can saaaay, that's all you can saaay!"
- In the "Chiller Diller Movie Thriller" episode of Scooby-Doo, Shaggy taunts the villains by singing, "Nah nah, we have Scooby-Dee!"
- Cosgrove is reluctant to tell Freakazoid! that he has a girlfriend because he's afraid the Freakster will tease him by singing "Cosgrove's got a girlfriend! Cosgrove's got a girlfriend!" Guess what Freakazoid does when he learns the truth?
- In the "A Little Bit Country" episode of Stuart Little: The Animated Series, Stuart taunts Falcon (before he can kill Snowbell and Monty), "You'll never get me! You'll never get me!" in a sing-song tone while running in circles to distract him, then blowing a raspberry as well.
- In Pound Puppies, Brattina does this most of the time.
- One episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "Hurricane Fluttershy", establishes that one of the reasons Fluttershy is unable to fly fast is because she was teased at flight camp as a filly for being a weak flier with the song, "Fluttershy, Fluttershy, Fluttershy can barely fly".
- After Geoffrey's crush on Gretchen in the Recess episode "The Pest" becomes well-known to the student body, both Swinger Girl and Upside-Down Girl tease Gretchen by singing, "Gretchen has a boyfriend! Gretchen has a boyfriend!"