MHarrington on Oct 10th 2017 at 11:17:43 PM
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AndreaTx on Oct 14th 2017 at 12:17:45 PM
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Two people squabble over who has priority rights to use something. Person A might be sitting on a chair, for example, then leave for whatever reason. In Person A's absence, Person B will come along, claim the chair for him or herself and invoke this trope as an excuse not to give up their newly acquired seat (PERSON A: "That's my chair!" PERSON B: "I don't see your name on it."). May or may not result in literally putting their name on something to preclude anyone from using the item again without permission. Often commonplace with children in fiction, but Truth in Television, too. May also extend to adults in comedic situations such as lunches in the workplace refrigerator.
- Newsradio has a Double Subversion. After Max Lewis is introduced, he casually takes a sandwich out of someone else's lunch bag and starts eating it. Dave tells him that it's his lunch and Max tells him "I don't see your name on it." Dave turns the bag around to show it does have his name on it and Max tells him "I still don't see your name on the actual sandwich."
- In the Simpsons episode "Lisa's First Word", this is the exchange between Bart and Lisa for control of the rug.
Marge: Bart, don't write on the rug.
- This is the basis for the Dexter's Laboratory episode, "Labels". Tired of Dee Dee refusing to share space in the house with him, on the grounds that she didn't see his name on anything, Dexter decides to do just that: namely, label his name on EVERYTHING in the house so that Dee Dee will stop bugging him about it. This is taken Up to Eleven, as they engage in a labeling war that makes a mess of the house.
- All Grown Up!: Subverted in an encounter between Angelica and Savanna. The scenario starts as usual, with Savanna claiming Angelica was in her seat, and the typical "It's not like your name is on it" response is uttered. Only for Savanna to point out her name is actually written on it... in gold lettering, no less. Angelica is suitably impressed.
- Red vs. Blue: During an all-out gunfight between insane red and blue characters (not the main characters), two of them were firing at each other with a rock between them. Someone else with a rocket launcher came behind one of them and blew him up, and his teammate shouted "You stole my kill!" His response: "Didn't see your name on it!"
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