Examples of when the character is intentionally doing this:
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- Happens in an early chapter of Bleach: Ichigo and Kon are arguing about Kon running around in Ichigo's body, as a Hollow is creeping up on them. When it tries to interrupt or at least draw attention to itself, they simultaneously kick it in the face telling it to shut up.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged: When Goku arrives on Namek, he goes up to Krillin to offer him a senzu bean. Recoome, who was busy pounding the heroes relentlessly, starts to get riled up and ready to attack...
Goku: SIR. I am talking to my son.
Recoome: Oh, Recoome apologizes. ...wait, what am I apologizing for?! RECOOME'S GONNA KILL YOU!
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- In The Mummy (1999), when Rick O'Connell meets Imohtep for the first time in mummy form, and he lets out his monstrous roar, Rick yells right back in his face and then shoots him.
- In Home Alone, Kevin has a great fear of his basement, including his furnace, which he envisions as a growling, groaning monster. He eventually overcomes his fear of the basement in one scene: the furnace is growling and groaning at him like usual, and he simply says, "shut up." And it does.
- In Beetlejuice, Barbara ends up in the sand desert outside the house. A sand worm threatens her. She slaps it on the nose and it goes away. Later she rides that sand worm to the rescue.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, one pair of shop owners consists of a short little man and his enormous, muscular, roaring companion, who is repeatedly told to just be quiet.
- As seen from the page quote in 8-Bit Theater the four fiends, each of which almost killed them when they fought it the first time, have returned from the dead and joined forces to kill them. But Black Mage is too busy squabbling with Red Mage, so they end up standing there until Sarda shows up to yell at them.
- Looney Tunes:
- "Bully for Bugs": Bugs Bunny turns to the bull breathing down his back, slaps it and says, "Stop steaming up my tail! What're you trying to do, wrinkle it?" The bull retaliates by ramming Bugs out of the arena, leading to a fight.
- On one Pepe Le Pew cartoon, a film director is reviewing the animals to be used in his film. A lion roars at him, then the director shouts "Quiet!" through his megaphone, and the lion shuts up.
- On the Tex Avery cartoon "Cross-Country Detour", the audience is presented with a split screen, one side showing a snarling Gila monster, the other a little girl reciting a nursery rhyme (for those who might find the Gila monster too scary). At the end the girl shouts "Shut up!" to the monster, who runs away whimpering.
- Cosgrove from Freakazoid! has stopped at least a couple monsters by simply telling them to "Cut it out."
- In an Animaniacs short, the Warner kids accidentally tunnel to Hell. Satan attempts to impress them with his hamminess while they check their map, but Dot shushes him by saying "Can you be a doll and hold that thought?" At the end of the cartoon, the gag repeats, but this time with St. Peter at the gates of Heaven.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "It Isn't the Mane Thing About You", Rarity travels through the Everfree Forest to Zecora's home, with slitted yellow eyes staring at her from the shadows. Eventually, she gets annoyed enough to snap at them, which promptly scares them away.
Rarity: Listen, spooky eyes! Why don't you take a picture?! It will last longer!
Examples of it being done unknowingly:
Films — Live-Action
- In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Willie is bothered by an elephant several times as she's preparing to go to sleep. Then, a large snake slithers onto her shoulder. Willie thinks it's the elephant's trunk, and casually brushes it off.
- Classic Disney Shorts:
- In "The Pointer", Mickey Mouse is unaware that there's a huge bear behind him, thinking it's Pluto. He keeps telling it to shut up, even slaps it on the nose without looking back. It's not until Mickey sees Pluto in front of him that he starts to wonder who's been following him all this time.
- In another short, "Good Scouts", Donald Duck is bandaged from head to toe by his nephews, and as he tries to free himself he spills a jar of honey on himself. A bear arrives and starts licking him. Donald, unable to see, thinks it's the boys and tells them to stop; when the bear doesn't he hits it, causing the bear to growl. Donald rises up to shout "What's the big idea?", and at this point the bandages over his eyes loosen, gets a good look at his assailant, and beats a hasty retreat.
- A scene from the Ren and Stimpy episode "A Visit to Anthony" (that was cut by Nickelodeon) has Ren accidentally slapping Anthony's father, thinking it was Stimpy behind him.
- The Simpsons:
- In episode "Bye Bye Nerdie", Lisa and Willie are checking the school security tapes to see what sets off the new bully Francine. At one point, Willie leaves and Francine appears behind her, but Lisa thinks Willie is still behind her and calls Francine a "big ape" before getting beaten by her.
- One episode starts off with a plot about Homer trying to get rid of a rabid badger thats occupying Santa's Little Helpers dog house, and badly mauls him when he tries to get it out. However, the plot then switches to Homer being mad about the town switching to two area codes. When the badger pokes its head in through the window and snarls angrily, Homer tells it to go away because they have bigger problems to deal with, and the badger sulks off. It reappers during the Dance Party Ending leading an army of badgers into the town.
- In an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, a monster comes out of the closet and tries to scare Hampton. But he tells him to be quiet cause he's trying to sleep. The confused monster explains the situation (he's a monster and Hampton's supposed to be scared), but Hampton wakes up to tell him there's no such things as monsters and to get out, and then went back to sleep. So the disappointed monster leaves.
Witch Hazel: Don't tell me the pig boy stopped believing?
Hugo the Snowman: It's a changed world.