->''I told him that I was talking to a boy from school. I thought this would be the end of it, but I'd forgotten Tiffin is eight. "Maya's got a boyfriend, a boyfriend, a boyfriend!" he sang all the way home.''

When one character is trying to think of a FreudianExcuse 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 RealLife in some places as well.

Will occasionally overlap with: BlowingARaspberry. For musically mocking a character about a relationship or crush, see KissingInATree.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'':
--->'''Biyomon:''' Go-ma-mon's em-bar-rassed!
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'': A Mexican girl does it, and Yolei lets out a "nyah nyah" after she and teammates destroy a bunch of control spires.
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': Takato has a dream about a battle in the rain, and tries to tell his friends the next day. They don't believe him.
--->'''Kazu:''' Maybe you [[PottyFailure made your own cold puddle]]! Poor little sleepyhead / made his own waterbed! *runs off laughing*
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Team Rocket teases Pikachu by opening and closing a door on their shockproof machine, punctuating this with the classic "nyah nyah na nyah nyah!"

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' 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! ♪♫

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Creator/MattGroening must like this trope because, besides ''The Simpsons'', he also used it in his ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'' comic where Binky somehow thought it would be cute to sing to his date, "Someone's got a run in her pantyhose."

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Thumper does this to Bambi to encourage him to make a jump during ''Disney/{{Bambi}} II''.
-->'''Thumper:''' You're too afraaaiiid, you cannot juuummp, na na na na na, na na na na na..."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime V'': Ducky teases a Sharptooth (read: ''Giganotosaurus'') 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!" [[OhCrap And then it somehow jumps all the way across the chasm. And they have to start running again.]]
* The "Hook is a codfish" scene from Disney's ''Disney/PeterPan''.
* From ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'':
-->'''Pain and Panic:''' Our hero's a zero! Our hero's a zero!
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'':
** The Hyenas: "No king, no king, la la-la la-la la!"
** At the start of the stand off between Simba's pride and Scar's old pride in ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', Timon and Pumba shake their fannies at the enemy lions and say "Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah!"

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* From ''Film/RookieOfTheYear'':
-->'''Henry Rowengartner:''' Pitcher's got a big butt! Pitcher's got a big butt!
* In ''Film/ALeagueOfTheirOwn'', Evelyn's bratty son Stilwell likes to taunt the Peaches with finger-waggling and a chant of "You're gonna lo-ose."
%%* ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie Doctor Who: The Movie]]'' (1996)
* ''Film/MissCongeniality'': After SheCleansUpNicely:
-->You think I'm gor-geous. You wanna kiss me. You want to hug me.
** It gets a MeaningfulEcho at the end of the film.
* In ''Theatre/AnimalCrackers'', 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.")
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'': [[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs 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 ''Film/StuartLittle'', Stuart shouts, "Hey, Smokey!" in a sing-song voice before he can kill Snowbell and before he whacks Smokey off with a branch.
* In ''Film/TheSmurfs2'', the [[ThemeTuneCameo Smurfs theme song]] is used by Smurfette and Vexy in this fashion when they mock Azrael's failure to catch them.
* In the AudienceParticipation album for ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', 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.
* A slight variation in ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet''; when the district attorney calls "Objection" at one point during the hearing, the judge sing-songs, "O-''Ver''-ruled."
* ''Film/TheWarriors'': "Warriors, come out and play."
* ''Film/FaceOff'': "THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS!"

* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': Vice Principal Nero constantly does this to put down his students, another sign of his ManChild behavior.
* Sheila Tubman in ''Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing'', part of Judy Blume's ''{{Literature/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 ''Literature/{{Forbidden}}'', when Maya tells her little brother that she was late to pick him up because she was talking to a boy from school:
-->''I told him that I was talking to a boy from school. I thought this would be the end of it, but I'd forgotten Tiffin is eight. "Maya's got a boyfriend, a boyfriend, a boyfriend!" he sang all the way home.''
* Creator/ShirleyJackson called this the "''da''-da, da-''da''-da" or "I've got a secret" melody and wrote about the first time she heard one of her daughters sing it along with other typical childhood stuff turning up ("o-u-t spells out", skipping, candy cigarettes, chocolate apples, baseball cards, etc).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/HappyEndings'', 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!
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Spike in "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.
** Joyce in "Faith, Hope and Trick" after silencing Buffy's mocking comments toward Mr. Snyder:
--->I think what my daughter is trying to say is… nyah nyah, nah-nyah nyah!
* Possessed Sam taunting Jo in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Born Under A Bad Sign":
-->My daddy shot your daddy in the he-ad.
* Used occasionally as LosingHorns on some {{Game Show}}s (''Series/{{Cram}}'', ''Just Men!'', and the Davidson run of ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'').
* In one episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Dorothy returns home from a date angry at Sophia, and asks Rose to give them some privacy so they can talk alone. Rose heads down the hall singing ''"Somebody's gon-na geeeet it"''.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' has Sheldon doing this to Leonard in one episode.
-->'''Amy:''' Two dates to a wedding? How times change!\\
'''Sheldon:''' Ha ha! You have to go to a wedding!

* The backing vocals of Music/EmilieAutumn'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.
* In an interview with KISS, after the interviewer asks Gene Simmons if he would have any kids, Paul Stanley lets out a "Do do do do do" to the tune of Ring around the Rosie, and everyone (including Gene) starts laughing.
* The Hammond organ plays this several times at the end of Music/TobyKeith's "How Do You Like Me Now?!"
* The line "Sister's got a boyfriend" in "American Kids" by Music/KennyChesney is done this way.
* "Don't Rush" by Music/KellyClarkson and Music/VinceGill uses the progression unintentionally on the line "Stopping every minute just because we're in it."

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}, being a big hockey fan, was thrilled with the "Gold-berg" chants in Wrestling/{{WCW}}, until he found out they were [[{{Astroturfing}} piped in]].
* One that more closely resembles the "Ring Around the Rosie" tune, Wrestling/SamoaJoe's opponents are often met with the taunt "Joe's gonna kill you! Joe's gonna kill you!" Same goes for Wrestling/{{Tazz}},[[Wrestling/KiaStevens Amazing\Awesome Kong\Kharma]] and a few others. Wrestling/BrayWyatt has even gotten this kind of support recently.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/LegoCityUndercover'', the criminals on Albatross Island taunt the guard with "nya nya nya nya nya nya" when they escape from their cells.
* In ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' games, dragon egg thieves sing "na-na-na-na-na" at you as they run away. Definitely a MostAnnoyingSound, as some of them are very hard to catch.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioKartWii'', Baby Mario does this when he hits someone with an item.
* Baby Daisy says "Nyah Nyah" when she passes another racer.
* Princess Peach in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. "La la la la la la!"
* Mario Party 8 also has Peach's taunt "I am the princess!" in a sing song voice.
* Mario Tennis Open has Baby Peach saying "Nyah nyah!" as her taunt.
* In Mario Kart 8, Cat Peach says "Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah!" sometimes when passing another racer.

* Every once in a while on Creator/{{Negativland}}'s "Over the Edge" weekly show on KPFA, this gets played on a DTMF tone generator (a device that creates the sounds heard on telephone touch-tone dial pads). [[http://www.audiocheck.net/audiocheck_dtmf.php You can play with one here.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'': "Mako's a freaky fish guy!"
** "We're tormenting you!"
* Parodied on the Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} to ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'':
-->(during their sex scene) "Neo likes Trinity, Neo likes Trinity!"
[[AC: WebVideo]]
* The Angry Grandpa videos have this sometimes. Angry Grandpa destroys bathroom:
** "I want em' out my house! I want em' out my house!"
* Angry Grandpa HATES the Nyan Cat:
** "I'm gonna break this motherfucker!"
* In the Dead Rat Prank video, Bridgette taunts Michael by singing "I got you back!" In a sing song voice.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** "Lisa's Date with Density":
--->'''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!
** When Mr. Burns loads the SNPP softball team with ringers in order to win a bet with a rival, Homer is replaced in left field by Darryl Strawberry. Bart & Lisa give him a "Darrr-ylll" chant in the hope that he'll quit so Homer can get back on the field.
** When Ned is coaching Bart's peewee football team, Homer chants, "Flannn-ders" at him to make Ned lose his cool.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'': Lisa has a perfect moment with Colin before they escape the dome. And then...
--->'''Bart:''' Lisa has a boyfriend, that she'll never see again!
** In another ''Simpsons'' episode, Terri & Sherri give Lisa body image anxiety by chanting, "Lisa has a big butt! Lisa has a big butt!"
** In yet another, Lisa is being taunted after the other kids steal her shoes. "Lisa has cooties! Lisa has cooties!" Principal Skinner just happens to come on the PA at that moment [[HumiliationConga calling Lisa in to the nurse's office for a lice inspection...just before she gets hit with a soccer ball and bites her tongue as a result.]]
** In another episode, this is also done, this time with ''fishes'' while Homer is hallucinating: ''"Homer loves Min-dy! Homer loves Min-dy!"''
** When Bart (and then Homer joining in) taunt Lisa for eventually having to go to an "awful" college in "Brawl In The Family": "You're going to Stanford! You're going to Stanford! You're going to Stanford!..."
* In his less sociopathic moments, Cartman of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' this way in the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E8BogusToTheRescue Bogus to the Rescue]]":
-->'''Brattus:''' Bogus is a chicken! Bogus is a chicken!
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "The Big Cheese", Dexter is rendered incapable of saying anything besides the phrase "Omelette 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 ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', Shaggy taunts the villains by singing, "Nah nah, we have Scooby-Dee!"
* Cosgrove is reluctant to tell WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Pound Puppies|1980s}}'', Brattina does this most of the time.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "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 ''WesternAnimation/{{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!"
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' has the two roped into running a teen crisis line. Stewart calls it to talk about his bed wetting problem. Beavis recognizes his voice and starts singing "Stewart wets his bed, dah dah! Stewart wets his bed, dah dah!"
* On ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' Nightcrawler once said "As you kids in America say: Neener, neener, neener!"