- Happens a bit in Justice League, in particular the episode "Clash". Lex Luthor has, in an attempt at genuine charity, built a self-sustaining city for the homeless. Superman sees a device underground with a timer and sets out to destroy it, despite Lex's attempts to convince him that he's mistaken. Captain Marvel wisely disagrees and thinks they should call an expert in to see what the device really is. Mayhem ensues. In the end the fight destroys the city, and the device is revealed to be a kryptonite-powered generator. It's later revealed that this was a Batman Gambit by Lex Luthor to discredift Superman, by manipulating Superman's distrust of Luthor. The whole fiasco made Captain Marvel verbally tear the Original Seven a new one before resigning:
Captain Marvel: Back home, I've come up against my share of pretty nasty bad guys, but I never had to act the way they did to win a fight. I always found another way. I guess I'm saying I like being a hero. A symbol. And that's why... I'm quitting the Justice League. You don't act like heroes anymore.
- Much more understandable when you remember that J'onn J'onzz, and possibly other Leaguers, can phase through matter and could have checked the power cell in a heartbeat, if Superman had just been a little more patient.
- In the episode "The Doomsday Sanction," where Batman gives one to Superman:
- The League gets called out by a lot of people for easily forgiving Hawkgirl after her actions in the previous season finale. Fortunately, this died down eventually. It also helped that it was clear that not everyone completely forgave her, not even among the Big Six, particularly Wonder Woman, although she eventually did forgive Shayera after teaming up to save Hades from Felix Faust. As Shayera said after Wonder Woman asked if things were OK between them:
Shayera: Like oil and vinegar. We go together, but we don't mix.
- Also in the Justice League episode Twilight (of the Gods) Superman has a massive one due to Darkseid popping up to ask for help to save Apokolyps from Brainiac: while everyone understood why Superman's reaction at seeing him was a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, cheering when Darkseid told them that Apokolips was about to be destroyed received this.
Darkseid: You know his pattern, Kal-El, once he finished siphoning the memory banks of my planet...
Superman: He will annihilate it. Good.
Wonder Woman: Superman!
Martian Manhunter: You can't mean-
Darkseid: You may not care about what happens to me or my world, but know this: if Brainiac is not stopped, countless more will perish. Think about it. *Leaves*
Hawkgirl: What are you saying? You'll let millions die just because you don't like this guy!?
Superman: You don't know Darkseid like I do.
- And then, Batman delivers a second one when Superman delivers that last line:
Batman: We know he used you. Humiliated you. Brainwashed you. Wound you up like a tin soldier and let you loose on Earth. Cry me a river. On the outside chance that this isn't one of his schemes, we have to take action. So, I suggest you get over it.
- Happens twice in A Better World — both times to and by Batman. The parallel Batman argues that at least on his world, no other child would ever have to be brutally orphaned, which disarms the League Batman. Later in the episode, Batman witnesses an indifferent crowd ignoring a terrified man arrested for a simple argument, and asks his twin, "They'd be proud of you, wouldn't they... Mom and Dad?"
- In the first season finale of Teen Titans, Robin accosts a random dockworker for information on Slade's whereabouts, and has to be physically restrained by Raven. The rest of the team accuses him of emulating Slade's tactics in his zeal. What makes this worse is that Slade is pretty civil to his informants, which is why he can use them again and again. So, Robin was actually worse than the villain.
- The MASSIVE shaming Robin received once the team realized that he was pulling a Batman Gambit via being Red X and playing them off to get close to Slade.
Whoever Slade is, you are...similar
. Slade did not trust you, and you did not trust us.
- Speaking of Red X, Professor Chang criticizes Robin for using Xenothium, an incredibly dangerous compound, as a power source for the Red X suit despite manufacturing, selling, and using it himself. The way he says "good little boy" says it all.
- The episode Troq had the whole team confronting Val-Yor, after they discovered what a racist Jerkass he is, and the term troq is a Fantastic Slur towards Starfire.
- And in Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Robin's unnecessarily brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Saico-Tek causes realistic legal trouble for the team. Subverted when they find out that the villain took a dive as a Xanatos Gambit by the movie's Big Bad.
- While in his characteristic harsh manner, Robin calls out Cyborg for essentially leaving behind his old team out of his need to "be a man".
- In the Teen Titans Go! episode "Let's Get Serious", Aqualad of Young Justice gives Robin the riot act over their immaturity and mockery of heroism. What hurts them the most is that his assessment is right as Cyborg and Beast Boy go gaa-gaa over the idea of a pie-eating contest and Starfire and Raven free Jinx to have a girl's night out.
- In Beast Wars, after Dinobot's recent trip through the Heel–Face Revolving Door and giving the Golden Disk to Megatron, Rattrap gives this to him:
Rattrap: You know, I used to think I had you pegged. "Oh sure, he's a slag-sucking saurian, but at least you know where he stands." I guess you live and learn.
- Prowl of Transformers Animated can't seem to convince Optimus Prime that the Dinobots are alive, and thus melting them down would be wrong. Prowl says he can sense a spark, but Prime says the destructive, lumbering, fire-breathing former animatronics are too big a risk when all Prowl has to go on is his feelings. So Prowl convinces Bulkhead to sneak out with him in the middle of the night and save the Dinobots. Prime is not happy about this once he finds out, so depending on how you feel about the Dinobots, it could be a What the Hell, Hero? moment for either Prowl or Optimus; the Dinobots are living things, but they're also incredibly destructive. When they finally get around to telling Prime of this, he is not happy that they stole the Dinobots. Prowl points out that they rescued the Dinobots.
- Ratchet calls out Prowl for his destructive romp when apprehending Starscream (or rather, unbeknown to them, his clone) by pointing out the bird's nest he ruined. Given that Prowl is a Friend to All Living Things, this hit him particularly hard. Even Starscream gets in the act, with a Not So Different line.
- TFA seems to like this trope. In a flashback, Ratchet does this to Ultra Magnus and the rest of the autobots who created Omega Supreme, for making what is essentially a Tykebomb Person of Mass Destruction to win the war with the Decepticons. While none of them deny that what they're doing is wrong, it's quite possible the Autobots would have lost the war without doing it.
- In "This Is Why I Hate Machines," Alpha Trion berates Sentinel Prime for his decision to fire at Omega Supreme, knowing the risks of possibly destroying Cybertron. He makes it very clear that if the decision was up to him, Sentinel wouldn't be Magnus any longer.
- Sentinel himself, despite being a Jerkass most of the time, got to call Optimus out in "Predacons Rising" when he learns Optimus kept the whole Elita-1 / Blackarachnia thing a secret from him.
- Transformers Prime has Jack call out Bulkhead for being perfectly fine with letting jerks be taken by Decepticons, twice.
- In "Legacy", Smokescreen gets called out by Arcee and Optimus for his reckless behaviour, but especially for dragging Jack along on a dangerous mission (which ended up with Jack hiding from Insections in crevice, whilst they slowly dug him out, before being rescued). Smokescreen himself admits that he deserves every word of it.
- Codename: Kids Next Door:
- This happens to Numbuh Four in two separate episodes. The first time is in "Operation: M.A.T.A.D.O.R." when the rest of the team is angry at him for fighting in the Bully Fights. (The KND isn't fond of adults, but what the bullies do them, trap them and give them Klatchian Coffee until they fly into a rage, and then fight them in a bullfight-like setting - that crosses the line.) Numbuh Four has a Heel Realization when his own father is a victim of this cruel sport, and when he ultimately saves the day, he's forgiven.
- He isn't the second time, however, in "Operation: M.I.S.S.I.O.N." In this one, he tricks the authorities at the KND base in Antarctica into freeing four dangerous villains - Mr. Boss, Count Spankulot, Stickybeard, and Soccer Mom - and then threatens them so they can compete against his dad's bowling team. All because he's sick of polishing his dad's trophies. After everything that happened, the rest of Sector V actually sided with the four villains here, and he was punished in the end. By polishing his father's new trophy, no less.
- This trope was the essential plotline for a Liberty's Kids episode where Sarah goes to Thomas Jefferson's farm and discovers that the writer of "All men are created equal..." is a slaveholder. She is understandably shocked and confronts him.
- A more realistic example is displayed in 6teen, when in one episode, the six characters tell each other their most embarrassing secrets. Caitlin blabs to her boyfriend all their secrets with the exception of hers, explaining that she couldn't ruin their relationship. When said boyfriend becomes hypnotized and blabs to the entire mall about it, her friends, as expected, were not too happy with her.
- In another episode, Wyatt composed a song about how important his friends are to him for a contest being held at the mall. When none of them show up to hear it due to various reasons, except for Nikki who is asleep, Wyatt changes the lyrics to vent out his anger. Just about every single person who heard the song would tear into Caitlin and the others for being bad friends.
- In The Fairly Oddparents "Wishology" trilogy, Timmy calls out Jorgen and Turbo Thunder for automatically assuming the Darkness was evil because it "looked scary".
- In the Totally Spies! episode "The Fugitives", the three heroines give this to Jerry in spades while pelting him with snowballs. (His apology for not believing their innocence and trying to capture them and apply brain surgery to stop them - they didn't seem willing to accept it yet.)
- Iron Man
- The season 1 finale had Tony Stark use a robot duplicate (while he himself was disguised as a bridesmaid) to fake a wedding to Julia Carpenter for the purpose of throwing the Mandarin off his trial and convince him that Tony and Iron Man were separate people. However, he decided to not tell the Scarlet Witch about it, who wasn't happy about being left out of the loop.
- The second season of the cartoon starts with Tony faking his death as part of a plan to stop the Mandarin. He doesn't let any of his friends in on it so their grief will convince the villains he's really dead. All but two of the supporting cast (Rhodey and Julia) walk out on him in disgust, and even the two who stay make it clear he crossed a line.
- Season 2 also adapted the classic "Armor Wars" arc, wherein Tony realizes that his technology has been stolen and goes to extremes to stop its use by criminals' hands, and everyone giving him crap for his action. The two-parter had a two-for-one from Julia, who revealed she was no more happy about the wedding stunt in Season 1 than Wanda was.
- Iron Man: Armored Adventures:
- Rhodey calls Tony out in one episode for being willing to use lethal force on people and justifying it with a 'whatever it takes' mindset. Rhodey points out to Tony how that attitude makes him exactly like the people he's fighting and that it's beginning to look like Tony's out for revenge instead of saving lives, which was his original motivation. Tony doesn't respond, but instead the two have a non-verbal glare-down as the episode ends, indicating that Rhodey's words probably struck a little too close to home.
- In the following episode, Tony acknowledges Rhodey was right.
- Another notable one comes from Iron Man's interactions with S.H.I.E.L.D.. Tony frequently collides with Nick Fury on being willing to use drastic methods to solve a problem when Fury's only doing his job by protecting the people. In "Fun with Lasers" Living Laser holds the world hostage from a space station and demands a fight with Iron Man. After an attempt to retrieve two of their agents from the station fails Fury opts to blow up the station. Tony calls him out on it.
- Later on Tony looks into a SHIELD computer and finds the Living Laser dying and calls Fury out on it again.
- In A Bug's Life, Flik the ant, desperate to make up for his blundering, decides to ally the colony with stronger insects to drive off the villainous grasshoppers. It's only after he's brought them back and introduced them as the colony's saviors that he realizes that it was a misunderstanding, and they're actually circus performers. Rather than be exposed as a blunderer yet again, Flik wheedles the circus bugs into keeping up the charade and works behind-the-scenes, formulating their battle plan. When the circus bugs' original boss shows up and Flik's dishonesty is revealed, the Queen angrily orders them to leave, and pulls no punches when she banishes Flik:
Queen: I never thought I'd see the day when an ant would put himself before the rest of his colony! The point is, Flik, you lied to us!
- In the episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender "The Storm" an elderly fisherman calls out Aang on abandoning the world to 100 years of war (although the man is entirely unaware of the circumstances, and believes it to just be a result of cowardice and willful neglect of his duty as Avatar, which it was, up until the whole "frozen in an iceberg" bit).
- When Katara steals a waterbending scroll from pirates because she's jealous of Aang, Sokka calls her out on it. After it gets them captured by Zuko and the pirates, Aang tries to deny it's her fault and then Iroh pops up to point out that no, this is totally her fault.
- Also in "The Storm," this trope is used to show that most people from the Fire Nation are not Always Chaotic Evil, and that Zuko's own crew does not appreciate him acting like an idiot and a Jerk Ass. His lieutenant calls him out for placing his search above the safety of the crew and accuses him of having utter contempt for everyone besides himself, thus hitting Zuko's Berserk Button, when he claims that Zuko knows nothing of respect, unwittingly echoing Ozai's words to him before he gave him his scar.
- Toph calls the rest of the Gaang out in "The Western Air Temple" when they refuse to accept Zuko, despite the fact that he is currently their only hope of finding a Firebending teacher for Aang.
- The whole Gaang's reaction to Jet, once they find out that he's willing to target
Fire Nation Earth Kingdom civilians in addition to Fire Nation soldiers. Even Jet's own followers call him out when he plans on catching Zuko firebending rather than going straight as they planned.
- Sokka gives a rather harsh one to Aang in "Bato of the Water Tribe" when he hides a map from his friends, a map that reveals where their father was at. The real reason why is because Sokka feels that Aang betrayed them, when he hid the map because he didn't want him and his friends to separate yet. Afterwards, a bit later, Sokka and Katara decide to go back to Aang and apologize.
- Sequel Series The Legend of Korra has Korra, of all people, giving one to Lady of War Lin Beifong, snapping at her for being hostile towards Suyin and Opal and being unable to change. Surprisingly, these words cause Lin to shed a few tears when Korra leaves her alone.
- In "Original Airbenders" Bum-ju "gave one" to Bumi for not accepting his brother's apology.
- Mako delivers this to Korra when he and Asami reunite with her after so long when Asami let it slip that she knew what Korra has been up to due to Korra writing to her, but not to him or Bolin despite being just as worried about her well-being. Korra weakly defends that she didn't know what to write to them, which Mako refutes by saying that a simple "hello" would've sufficed.
- In an episode of The Powerpuff Girls, the Professor gets a new job and moves the family from the City of Townsville to the Town of Cityville. After spotting a bank robbery, the girls ply their usual trade, doing craptons of collateral damage while catching the bank robbers (a normal day in Townsville). When they report to the mayor for congratulations, he yells at how stupid they are and that the money they recovered was a tiny fraction of the cost of the damage done.
- Played for laughs in an episode of Phineas and Ferb when Perry crashes through Dr. Doofenshmirtz's door rather than just knocking. Doofenshmirtz proceeds to give Perry a lecture about not going around breaking down other people's doors, and then guilts him into paying to get the door replaced. This had a great callback in a later episode, where Perry had a KEY and Dr. Doofenshmirtz actually comments how much nicer and easier it is now.
- Played straighter in the movie, Across the 2nd Dimension, when Phineas discovers Perry's secret identity.
Phineas: So not only have you been leading a double life this whole time, you sat there and let us help an evil scientist open an evil portal into an evil dimension and you did nothing to stop us?!
Ferb: Well, he did pee on the couch.
- And that last comment sparks another one from Doofensmirtz.
Doofensmirtz: Wait a minute, I just realized, that was a conscious choice. You purposefully peed on my couch!
(Perry grins sheepishly and shrugs in embarrassment)
- The Nightmare Before Christmas: Santa gives Jack a hefty chewing-out when he comes to apologize. In the original poem, he's much more understanding (possibly because he didn't have an evil, sapient burlap sack full of insects gloating about how it intended to turn him into stew and eat him).
- The protagonists of Adventure Time get a lot of these, but most of them can be shrugged off due to the protagonists being very young. Finn is a young teenage boy who was raised by dogs, and Princess Bubblegum is a very young princess who holds the responsibility of ruling a large kingdom... and Jake is a dog. Notable examples for Finn are when he hurts all of those creatures in "Another Way," and in "Too Young," where he beats up Lemongrab and makes him cry. (Lemongrab was being an obnoxious, tyrannical asshole, but not on purpose, and he never physically hurt anybody.) Jake is a klepto, and occasionally makes statements that suggest murder, letting people burn alive, enslaving a group of mutants, and various forms of black humor.
- In "You Made Me!". Lemongrab tells off Princess Bubblegum for isolating him, and the princess realizes her mistakes, feels terrible, and tries to help the poor guy. She ends up creating a companion for him, and he ends up eating him.
- With the reveal is that despite her young appearance, Bubblegum is actually centuries old, many of her morally questionable actions are shown not to be due to inexperience, but pure pragmatism. Some of the ethically dubious actions she's partaken in includes sacrificing the lives of individuals, locking children away for years, and genocide.
- Deconstructed in American Dragon: Jake Long. After finding out that Jake had his Dragon Chi confiscated on purpose, Lao Shi scolds him for being irresponsible and not flawlessly rising to the job. Haley (who has been filling in for Jake) loses her temper and angrily tells Lao Shi that being the American Dragon is not as good as it seems -after being on the job for just a few days, she wouldn't even consider doing it for two more days - let alone two more years. She also points out that ever since Jake began his duties, he's always been late for school, had to lie to his dad, had his own girlfriend forget about him, and in addition to all that, he's the guardian of a magic realm that no mortal (other than his friends) know about. Lao Shi takes this to heart and decides to cut Jake's dragon training in half.
- When Charlie Brown becomes the leader of the boys' and girls' merged teams in Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, Lucy and Peppermint Patty are quick to criticize him. Charlie saves the gang off a water wheel when they become stuck and Lucy even yells at him for that.
- The Penguins of Madagascar: After Kowalski confesses to the other penguins that he stole parts from Mort's "Friend-In-A-Box" in order to finish his mind-reading device, he turns it on them to see what they're thinking...
- South Park:
Cartman: "Aw dude, you shot him in the dick."
Cartman: "That's not cool Butters. You don't shoot a guy in the dick."
Butters: "But I was just trying to stop him, and you said-"
Cartman: [faces him] "It doesn't matter, Butters! You never shoot a guy in the dick. Everyone knows that! Shooting a guy in the dick?? That's just, that's just weak. I can't believe you, Butters."
- Chef chews out the boys for revealing that his bride-to-be Veronica is a Succubus on the night before the wedding (which is true). It doesn't help that they were jealous of her. He forgives them after they send her back to the pits of Hell.
- It's not all that rare that in as soon as season 6, Kyle and especially Stan get called out by their parents or someone else. For example, in "Fun With Veal", the adults call the boys out for "saving" the baby cows from becoming veal. You can't help but side with the kids on this, though, and this is an Author Filibuster based on one of Trey's real-life traits of not eating baby animal meat. And in "The F-Word", the school staff calls the boys out for spray-painting "FAGS GET OUT" on a wall to get the annoying Harley riders out of South Park. Mayor McDaniels does this twice, one of them during the call out.
- The Super Mario World episode "King Scoopa Koopa": Luigi and Yoshi, who have become hooked on Koopa's fast food, trade in Princess Toadstool's treasure chest to continue feeding their addiction. When Princess discovers this, she promptly calls them out on it.
- In the Duck Dodgers cartoon episode "Detained Duck", an evil counterpart of Dodgers, Drake Darkstar, attempts the old switcheroo trick to get out of prison, which eventually ends with a fight between the two which causes them to look identical. The cadet has to try and figure out which one is real and tell the prison guards. Hilariously, Dodgers starts naming off several moments where Dodgers has belittled the cadet, the evil criminal mastermind Darkstar calls him on one:
Dodgers: Hey, I know! Tell 'em about the time I sold your sister to the sausage factory!
Darkstar: You sold his sister to the sausage factory? Dude, that's cold.
- In the Family Guy episode, Brian's Got a Brand New Bag, Brian calls out the entire Griffin family for harassing his latest girlfriend, Rita trying to get her to reveal how old she is, and bringing her to tears in the process. Later in the same episode, Rita calls Brian out for having sex with another woman, and acting like it was no big dealnote , and promptly breaks up with him.
- Similarly in another episode, Peter has his identity stolen by James Woods. James Woods impersonates Peter and claims the house, the family, and everything else belongs to him and calls the cops on Peter to kick him out. Joe appears after the call and you would think that he would arrest James Woods since Joe knew Peter for years or at least ask Peter for his identification to clear up the mess. What happens that Joe follows the law instead and declares James Woods is telling the truth, prompting Joe to kick Peter out. Lois calls Joe out on this bullshit, but he doesn't listen due to him holding the Idiot Ball.
- Brian doesn't try to hide the fact he is willing to do anything for a drink or to sleep with a woman, but in the episode "Be Careful What You Fish For", Brian dates Emily, Stewie's preschool teacher who is far from qualified from looking after toddlers. Emily lets the kids do what they want and doesn't bother trying to keep the place clean or safe, which creates horrible conditions that Stewie tells Brian about and Brain was going to have words with Emily until he saw how hot she was. Stewie calls Brian out for his actions and after his arm got pulled of his socket by Emily and when Stewie tries to tell Lois, Brian attempts to shut Stewie up just to be able to keep dating Emily. Only when Brian finds out Emily already has a boyfriend does he decide to call the cops on her for the preschool's conditions.
- One of the best What the Hell, Hero? moments was the utterly EPIC speech given to Brian by Quagmire, detailing pretty much every single flaw that Brian had. To put all of the flaws in as few words as possible, Brian is pretentious, a complete hypocrite, dishonest, a lazy moocher and sexually promiscuous (which also leads back to the hypocrite part too).
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- The Cutie Mark Crusaders get a few from "Ponyville Confidential", but special mention goes to Big Macintosh, who was actually mad enough to chew them out for humiliating him and Applejack.
- In "Putting Your Hoof Down," after seeing Fluttershy violently deal with a random tourist pony Rarity and Pinkie Pie call her out on her behavior. Considering her new personality though, it doesn't end well for them.
- In "A Canterlot Wedding," Twilight Sparkle is suspicious of impostor Princess Cadance's behavior, and after apparently misinterpreting one of her actions, Twilight bursts into the wedding rehearsal and accuses the princess of being outright evil. Her friends all leave without even speaking to her, and even Princess Celestia herself makes it clear she's disappointed. Then it turns out Twilight was right, that Cadance was evil...but she wasn't even the real Cadance. During the Near Villain Victory, the impostor, Changeling Queen Chrysalis, gives a variation to the rest of the Mane Cast, stating that it was their fault for not listening to Twilight at all about her behavior. Applejack was very remorseful about this and apologized to Twilight on everypony's behalf, but she brushed it off, stating that it wasn't their fault seeing as Chrysalis fooled everypony.
- In "Inspiration Manifestation", Owlowiscious toward Spike as Rarity begins running amok with the spell, and his insistence that everything's going fine. Twilight also berates Spike at the end of the episode for taking the spellbook from the castle without asking permission.
- Peter gets a lot of those in The Spectacular Spider Man, but among the biggest are the one he gets for running away to make pictures of Lizard and publish them in Bugle, instead of helping everybody finding the cure for his state, then gets one from Eddie for not calling the cops but taking pictures of Spider-Man stealing alien lifeform and again for not visiting Aunt May in hospital (of course Eddie doesn't know about Peter's Secret Identity).
- Flash Thompson's first moment of proving himself as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold takes place when he confronts Peter (currently influenced by black costume) and calls him out on being a jerk to his friends. This is what directly makes Peter realize something is wrong and leads to him rejecting black costume.
- In second season he gets one from his girlfriend's brother, for paying more attention to Gwen Stacy, than to her.
- Jonah gets one from captain Stacy, when he cheers on Mysterio's mechanical gremlins beating Spider-Man.
- Young Justice is rife with these moments:
- Batman calls out Superman for remaining distant from his clone Superboy since Superboy needs a role model.
- Eh, arguable: Bruce clearly understands why Clark finds Superboy disturbing and is legitimately sympathetic. It's not quite "calling out" so much as trying to convince him that he's making the wrong choice.
- Batman admonishes Aqualad for the team's near death at the hands of Clayface and tells him that he can't split his mind between Atlantis and the surface and he needs to make a commitment to one or the other.
- When Aqualad keeps his suspicions of a mole on the team to himself and the rest of the team finds out, they hold it against him for an entire episode before conceding that he had good reason to do it.
- When M'gann apparently kills Mister Twist's pilot the team freaks out before the pilot is revealed to be a non-sentient robot.
- Captain Marvel calls out Nabu for forcing Zatara to sacrifice himself to the Helmet to free his daughter Zatanna from it and openly questions why Nabu is allowed to be a member of the Justice League.
- When Artemis lets her insecurity get the better of her and tries to lead the rest of the team away from Cheshire so she can fight her herself in an effort to prove herself better than Roy and the rest of the team finds out, Kid Flash calls her out on it. Even more painful since he had spent most of the episode supporting her.
- In the season 2 episode "Earthlings", Miss Martian psychically rips out the knowledge of what the six missing Leaguers did in space during the sixteen hours they were under the control of the Light from a Kroloteran, leaving him in a coma. Superboy tries to call her out on it but she interrupts with the reveal of her new-found knowledge. Superboy relents but he's clearly furious.
- He finally calls her out on it in "Depths," even stating that her actions make her no better than Psimon. But the last straw was her erasing their fight about it from his mind so he wouldn't be mad at her anymore. And to add insult to injury, Superboy then calls her out on the fact that not too long after their breakup she's now dating Lagoon Boy. Miss Martian shows remorse, but Superboy wonders if its genuine or is it for the fact that she got caught.
- In "Satisfaction" Real!Roy tears into Green Arrow for letting him be captured and not doing more to save him (his own clone had to save him instead). Ollie is crushed by this and considers himself a terrible mentor.
- In "Darkest", Wally calls Nightwing out for allowing Mount Justice to be destroyed and having Aqualad capture Beast Boy, Impulse, and Blue Beetle in exchange for information on the Light.
- In "Before the Dawn", Artemis gives one to M'Gann after the latter Mind Rapes Aqualad in a coma. Interestingly Artemis' tone is more hurt than anything else and her speech is just simply "M'Gann, what have you done?" This results in a HBSD for poor M'Gann since she found out Aqualad was a fake traitor...but only after putting him in the coma.
- In "The Fix", first Nightwing reveals the truth behind Aqualad to Lagoon Boy and Superboy. La'Gaan is understandably pissed, railing against both Nightwing - for lying to them - and Superboy - for not doing enough to save Miss Martian. After ostensibly defending him, Superboy then tears into him in the hallway.
- In the various Ben 10 series, all the main characters get hit with this trope from time to time. Ben gets slammed by Gwen in "The Alliance", while Grandpa get slammed by Ben in "Ultimate Weapon".
- Ben 10: Alien Force: In the episode "In Charm's Way," after Kevin spends the entire episode being a Jerkass to Gwen, believing that she hasn't even been trying to find a way to fix his most recent mutation, Ben hits him with one of these, not only informing him that Gwen has in fact been spending every spare moment since the accident occurred trying to find a cure for him, but for just automatically assuming that Gwen wasn't trying to help him in the first place:
Kevin: She... she never told me.
Ben: Should she have had to?
- In Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: Magister Korwak get's pretty mad when Ben knowingly transports Argit to his training facility as bait for a superpowered Kevin. He calls Ben out on endangering recruits, not Plumbers with his plan, and not even bothering to inform him or anyone on the base about it, until after they'd come aboard.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: It starts right off with Scooby and the gang locked in jail because their recent mystery adventure has disrupted Crystal Cove's revenue stream (it's a supernatural tourist attraction), then episode 26 has the gang divided as Fred discovers the Mayor isn't his real dad, and Velma had kept Angel Dynamite's identity (previous Mystery Inc. member Cassidy Williams) a secret, to which the others took umbrage. It gets worse in episode 27 when the gang—except for Daphne—reunites to stop a zombie clown, but because Daphne was not in the spot Fred calls for, the plan fails and the city is left in a fiery ruin.
- One Dexter's Laboratory has Dexter help rebuild Dynomutt at Blue Falcon's request after a battle with a foe leaves Dynomutt badly damaged. Dexter does so, but once he finds out that Dynomutt's an idiot, he dumps him and builds a sleeker, '90s Anti-Hero-type Dynomutt. When the robot goes berserk, Blue Falcon attempts to pull a "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight speech, only for Dexter to sheepishly admit that this Dynomutt wasn't his Dynomutt, that he wasn't "cool". Blue Falcon tells Dexter off for thinking that, just because Dynomutt was clumsy and stupid doesn't mean he wasn't "cool".
- Played for laughs in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. When it's revealed that, not only did Ronnie Raymond break up with Killer Frost via text message, but he made her pay for all their dates, he gets one from Jason Rusch.
- One episode of Doug has Doug's father admonish him after learning that he had he got into a fight. Granted, it was mostly because Skeeter wouldn't stop talking about it and blew the entire incident way out of proportion.
- The very first short of The Ren & Stimpy Show, "Stimpy's Invention", has Ren calling Stimpy a "sick little monkey" when the Happy Helmet is slapped onto his head. Anything else is drowned out when Stimpy activates it.
- The Looney Tunes Show: In "SuperRabbit", Jor-El calls out Superrabbit for this; pointing out that most of his current problems he has brought on himself because of his arrogance.
- Splinter of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) is usually the first to call out any of the turtles whenever they screw up on a mission. While calling them out, he usually resorts to disciplining them, humiliating them in lessons made in particular for them, and even making their missions harder for them all as punishment should any of them go against his word.
- One example shows how short-tempered this incarnation of Splinter is when Leo decides to give his leadership position to Raph when the latter wouldn't stop running his mouth off.
Leonardo: (...) I've had to make every other decision and I'm tired of it! Those guys have no idea what kind of pressure I'm under and all they do is complain. Is it too much to ask for a simple "Thank you?"
Splinter: Of course it is! Leadership is not about being appreciated, it is about responsibility. It doesn't matter that the burden is heavy, It matters that you carry it. Now go find your brothers!
- Gravity Falls:
- In "Summerween", Mabel is plenty mad at Dipper when his obsession with being "cool" and "adult" in front of Wendy causes him to lose all the candy the twins and Mabel's friends were collecting for the Summerween Trickster, putting all their lives in danger.
- In "Boyz Crazy", Dipper reveals that Robbie not only stole the song he supposedly "wrote" for Wendy, but it had subliminal messages in it, and she angrily breaks up with him. Immediately asks her to hang out, only for a distraught Wendy to lay into him, too, for being so thoughtless.
- Dipper gets called out again in "Dreamscaperers" for not wanting to save Grunkle Stan's mind from the invading Bill Ciper due to Grunkle Stan's memories showing that he believes Dipper to be worthless and wants to get rid of him.
Soos: Dipper, you're a cool dude and all, but that wasn't cool, dude.
- Mabel gets one from Bill Cipher when she nearly sells out her brother just to continue to impress her Guy of the Week in "Sock Opera."
- In the Rugrats episode "Family Feud", when the babies run off and Chas is the only one who notices while the Pickles and DeVilles are busy arguing over petty little things, he flips out and reads them the riot act for it.
Chas: Look at you! Don't you see what you've done?! While you were insulting each other and bringing up every petty difference from your past, you've forgotten about your children, the most important thing in your insignificant lives! You ought to be ashamed!
- In The Hub's Pound Puppies episode "Dogs on a Wire", resident genius Strudel becomes successful as a circus dog, and initially, her team is happy for her. However, after it gets to a point where she's willing not only to leave the Pound Puppies but also abandon her circus teammates to further her success, team leader Lucky lays into her for being selfish.
- In The Great Mouse Detective, Dawson shouts at Basil for indulging in moping while the world is in danger.
"Dash it all, Basil, the Queen's in danger, Olivia's counting on us, we're about to be horribly splatted, and all you can do is lie there feeling sorry for yourself! I know you can save us. But if you've given up, then why don't we just set it off now and be done with it?!"
- The Simpsons has an episode called "Dude, where's my Ranch?" in which Lisa crushing on a boy named Luke, sends a girl named Clara she thinks is his girlfriend in the wrong direction so Lisa could have Luke all to herself. When Lisa realizes Clara is Luke's sister, she brings her back, but Luke angrily chews her out and breaks up with her.
- Batman: Under the Red Hood: During a fight Robin (then Jason Todd) brutally attacks and shatters the collarbone of one of the criminals they were apprehending when said criminal tried to shoot him. Jason and Batman argue about this later, Batman feeling that he over-stepped while Jason justifies it under the fact that the guy was a drug-dealing pimp. Though Jason does concede to Batman's point when he points out that the man is in shock and they can't get any information from him. Jason admits it was a stupid thing to do, but isn't sorry for the damage.
- Red Hood gives one to Batman at the end of the film, though with a twist. When Batman apologizes for letting Jason die, Jason accuses him of being blinded by guilt and an antiquated sense of morality. However, he doesn't hold a grudge against Batman for failing to save him, but he's furious that the Joker is still alive.
- Played with in The Book of Life. In the timeframe of the movie, Bullfighting was the biggest sport, and the great matadors were roughly equivalent to modern day sports heroes. Manolo refusing outright to kill the bull not only had the spectators react with dismay, the entire town turned on him, such that General Posada invited the whole town, including people he hates, to Maria's welcome back party — except Manolo.
- Archer is constantly called out on his horrible acts by other characters.
- It seems to run in the family. His mother, Malory, also gets plenty of these, especially after she starts a drug cartel in Season 5.
- Cyril has also gotten a few, mostly over his tendency to randomly shoot at anything in sight whenever he's nervous. From "Space Race":
Lana: Way to go! You just shot two guys who were just minding their own damn business, and oh yeah, the only person who knew how to fly this damn thing!
- In "Stage 2", Brett makes fun of Archer for being a man with breast cancer. Archer then beats the shit out of him.
- In "El Secuestro", Pam does this to the entire cast regarding how little they cared when she got kidnapped.
- "Once Bitten" has Lana calling out Malory firstly on not sending her on the mission because she's a black woman, and then after she finds out that it's a mission to blow up an oil pipeline.
- Malory gets a ton of these in "White Elephant" after the cast finds out that ISIS was actually a rogue agency and all its members are nearly arrested for treason.
- In the pilot, Archer's Establishing Character Moment comes when Kremenski threatening to kill his mother gives him an erection.
- Ray gives one to the whole cast in "Baby Shower" for how inconsiderately they behaved towards Lana.
- In the same episode, Archer gives one to Cyril after hearing one too many insults directed at Lana's donor baby.
- Ray gets one from both Archer and Lana after they find out that he had been faking paralysis the entire season.
- The Amazing World of Gumball: Gumball and Darwin give and receive their fair share of these.
Darwin: We should make cardboard cutouts of ourselves, set the car on fire, and throw it off a cliff to teach mom a lesson!
*Gumball and Anais silently stare at him, horrified*
: I have a better, less horrific
- Later in the same episode, Nicole declares that Richard has "pushed her past the limit" by actively encouraging the kids to shoplift.
- In "The Saint", after Gumball sells Alan's parents into slavery:
Darwin: No, no, no. You went too far ages ago. Now, you're going to prison.
- A non-Watterson example in "The Law", when the Donut Sheriff lets Orange Woman off with a warning even though she's clearly still dangerous.
Gumball: Are you nuts? That woman is an absolute menace to society!
- "The Sidekick": After Darwin is put in charge, he asks Gumball for advice on what to do to get back at Tobias. Gumball says to do something petty like take something he likes. Cut to:
Gumball: YOU KIDNAPPED HIS MOM?!
Darwin: You said to take something he likes!
Gumball: Something! Not someone!
- In "The Nobody", Rob calls out Gumball and Darwin for ignoring him when he got trapped in the void in "The Void".
- SpongeBob SquarePants: In "Born Again Krabs," Squidward gives Mr. Krabs a scathing speech to this effect after he sells SpongeBob's soul to the Flying Dutchman for pocket change (a whole 62 cents), despite the fact that SpongeBob willingly put his life on the line in order to save Krabs from being taken by the Dutchman.
Squidward: He stuck up for you, and you sold him out. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!
- Nick Wilde, one of the two protagonists in Zootopia, gives a furious tongue-lashing to Chief Bogo for trying to fire Judy Hopps due to her failing to solve a kidnapping case within the allocated time by accusing him of backing out of the deal since she still had 10 hours left. He also points out that Bogo gave Judy, an inexperienced rookie cop, an Impossible Task of solving a case by herself despite her more experienced co-workers struggling on the same case and she still did more investigative work than the entire precinct. Bogo agrees not to fire her and lets her keep investigating.
- In Steven Universe, Steven delivers one to Lapis, who has been... indisposed throughout an entire redemption arc and spends the entire episode furious at the newly redeemed character for past actions: major themes are "get to know her" and "give her a chance", and it seems to work to a degree. He also delivered several during that redemption arc, although Peridot's status as a hero was dubious at best during most of that time.
- Garnet gives a huge one to Pearl when she finds out that the latter has been repeatedly fixing the communication hub just to continue fusing with Garnet, due to the Power High she gets when they form Sardonyx. Garnet is extremely furious with Pearl for her actions, that they don't speak for a long while, and it takes a few episodes for them to finally patch things up.