Quotes / Compensating for Something

Dr. Malpractice: (offscreen) Argh! Now I'm all tangled up in my robes! I hope I can get untangled before I make a mess of things. If I wasn't so big, this wouldn't be a problem!
Black Mage: My mighty spells are not overcompensation.
Red Mage: My stat bonuses are not overcompensation.
Fighter: Must remain blissfully unaware of innuendo...
8-Bit Theater, comic #254


Salvador, again while Gunzerking, Borderlands 2


"You would have to have literally no penis at all to drive a car like that."
Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear

"I know all about you Tim: you're at the gym five times a week, you drive a flashy car, you stink of cologne and you can't get it up. Not even Viagra's working for you, you know what that tells me? That tells me that you are hopelessly compensating, it's not just in your head, it is physical. What did girls call you in high school? What did they come up with when you fumbled you way into some girl's pants and she started laughing when she got a good look at just how little you had to offer? Short Stack, Very Little Vogel? Oh I got it: Tiny Tim!"
Jason Gideon, Criminal Minds; 1x01, "Extreme Aggressor"

Cam: Oh, get off your high horse. You do your share of polluting with that substitute for masculinity you're driving.
Frasier: If mine's a substitute for masculinity, then what's yours?
Cam: Bigger!

Female Spartan: Look, I'm just saying.
Samus: I know what you're saying.
Female Spartan: Just saying.
Samus: I know.
Female Spartan: Okay, look. The drill just screams "compensation."
Big Daddy: I own, like, five hummers.
Female Spartan: [places fingers close together as if measuring Big Daddy's man parts; Samus facepalms]

"Hey, y'know what money can buy? A solid gold gun. That shoots diamond bullets. I call it The Compensator. Whatta ya think?"

The tower stood on the exact center of the grounds. It was the tallest structure in Tsukito, and even the next highest palace spire was several levels shorter. Whenever mentioned in official literature or communications from the throne, the tower was always called the “pinnacle of Tsukito engineering” and “combining the best designs of physical construction and magical support,” making it a symbol of “Tsukito’s enlightened balance between the material and the mystical.”

"The engineers thought that a silver-stoned phallic symbol was their best accomplishment. Nothing better than having an enormous member wagging at the world. Boys will be boys"
Eirin Yagokoro, Touhou

Vala Mal Doran: ...only an idiot would assume that this backwater of a planet was safe because you have a few ships with decent shield technology. You don't look like an idiot to me. So, I have to assume that the reason why you would want to build more ships is, like other men, you like big machines with big engines that fire big missiles because you have a deep-seated need to overcompensate for your own shortcomings.
Chairman of the Appropriations Commission: Excuse me?
(aide barely manages to not giggle)
Vala: See, she knows what I mean.

It takes a cold dead hand to decide to pull the trigger,
Takes a cold dead heart, and as near as I can figure,
With your cold dead aim you're trying to prove your dick is bigger,
But we know,
Your chariot may not be swinging low.
Cold dead hand. Cold dead hand. Cold dead hand. Cold dead hand.
You're a big, big man,
With a little bitty gland,
So you need something bigger just to fill,
Your cold dead hand.

Sten: This sword is off-balance to the point of uselessness. It may as well be scrap metal on a stick. Can I assume you wield it with the intent that it compensate for your inadequate genitals?

The ultimate compensator.
Massacre flavor text, Iji

Ten millimeter. That's a gun for people who have either got a small penis or no faith in their ability to hit the center of a target.
Thomas Lang, The Gun Seller

"Do you think maybe he's compensating for something?"

You know what they say about a guy with a big statue...
Rico Rodriguez, Just Cause 3 (He has a chance to say this when you destroy a Di Ravello statue.)

Woman Journalist: Tell me, Mr. Bowman, in your opinion do these men climb to prove their manhood, or is it more a matter of compensating for inferiority feelings?
Ben Bowman: Lady, why don't you go get yourself screwed? It would do you a lot of good.
The Eiger Sanction (1975)

Piccolo: "So that hair does compensate for something.
Eleventh Doctor: I can't see a thing.
Rory: Just as well, [pulls a out a pocket light] I brought this, then.
Eleventh Doctor: [pulls out a massive fluorescent lamp] Ultra-violet portable sunlight!
Rory: Yours is bigger than mine.
Eleventh Doctor: ...Let's not go there.
Doctor Who, "Vampires of Venice"

(Tenth and Eleventh Doctors both take out their Sonic Screwdrivers, with Eleven's being much bigger and fancier)
Ten: Compensating?
Eleven: For what?
Ten: (shrugs) Regeneration. It's a lottery.
Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor"