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"Mom says 'Why can't you agree?' I say 'It's her fault, don't blame me!' 'Is not!' 'Is too!' 'Is not!' 'Is too!' "Is not, is not!' 'Is too, is too!' 'Is not, is not, is not!' 'Is too, is too, is too! Ha!'"
— "Is Not! Is Too!" (children's song by Bill Harley)

Everyone has different opinions, and at times they may conflict; this is where arguing comes in. Past this however, two stubbornly quarreling characters may end up running out of valid points to back up their side of the argument (or perhaps never had any to begin with), or they just aren't listening to each other. So for want of trying to win, the argument descends into juvenile bickering in the basic format of "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!"

Another form this can take is for two characters to simply shout their side loudly and repeatedly, e.g. "Red is the best color to paint it!" "No, blue is the best color to paint!" "Red!" "Blue!" "Red!" "Blue!..."

Often used to indicate general childishness or immaturity. Arguing in and of itself isn't necessarily part of hatred and anger towards other characters or people, but it is possible that sometimes they can both merge into each other, known as a feud.

This may end with any of the following:

  • A character ends the argument or tries to end it by declaring "Is too - infinity!"
    • May result in the other character declaring is "Is not - infinity +1!"
  • One of the characters eventually gives up through sheer exhaustion or boredom.
  • The characters eventually realize their argument is silly.
  • The characters don't stop their argument but do agree that this way of arguing is silly and actually have a reasonable discussion about their problem. Hey, it does happen sometimes.
    • Or they might decide to do something practical to resolve the issue.
  • One character ends the argument by employing Duck Season, Rabbit Season, a sub-trope of this.
    • One character tries to end the argument by employing Duck Season, Rabbit Season. The other sees through it and either sticks to their original "point" or just immediately declares victory by "virtue" of their opponent "agreeing" with them.
  • If neither side backs down, the argument can become physical, often degenerating into a Big Ball of Violence as the two try to force their opinions on the other.
  • If it's children doing it, one of the parents shuts them up, perhaps commenting "If you two don't quit arguing, and I have to turn this car around..."
  • Instead of parents, another character may intervene to stop the argument, perhaps lampshading the silliness of it all.

This may date back as far as Commedia dell'Arte, making it Older Than Steam. See also No, You, a similar form of bickering, but one in which insults are specifically involved. If the argument is over who is at fault for something, it is a Blame Game.


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  • A couple of boys are shown doing this at the end of a holiday 2012 advertisement for KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) and their father gives them cookies included as part of the meal being promoted to shut them up.
  • This happens in a commercial for the Yak Bak voice recorder.
  • A fair number of the Monster Cereals commercials consisted of two of the monsters arguing over whose cereal was better.
    Count Chocula: Count Chocula!
    Frankenberry: Frankenberry!

    Anime & Manga 
  • Haikyuu!!: Teammates and rivals Hinata and Kageyama bicker a lot, but the most ridiculous argument they've had was during a tense moment in season 2 episode 22note  where they argue about whether to say "poop" or "shit" after Yamaguchi told the team (in a very serious voice) that he was going to the bathroom and Kageyama figured he had to go number two. Said arguments just has them repeat their preferred term over and over again.
  • Mirai of the Future: Kun at one point meets his future self, who tells him to stop saying "I don't like it" to everything and everyone, resulting in an extended back-and-forth that's basically just "Don't say don't say don't say don't say don't say don't say that!"
  • One Piece: In a flashback, Garp and Ace have one. Garp wants Ace to join the Marines, but Ace wants to become a pirate. It ends up being cut off by the two learning that you should never leave a large amount- heck, any amount- of food unsupervised when Luffy is close by.
  • Pokémon: The Series: One episode starts with two scientists arguing about whether Sudowoodo is a Rock-type or Grass-type Pokémonnote . Another one starts with father-and-son gym leaders Byron and Roark arguing about which Pokémon is better, Bastiodon or Rampardos. In both cases, it takes a little while before the arguers do anything practical to settle their dispute.
  • Tales of Zestiria The X: In the On the Next segment at the end of "Each One's Principles", Dezel tells Rose that he's been with her forever, so she has him prove it, by asking about stuff like where she cut her finger when she was 10. He gets her questions right, but her last question was the first thing she ever cooked. He says it was dog food and she demands he take it back, that it was curry. He insists it was dog food, and they argue back and forth — "Dog food," "Curry," Dog food," "Curry, curry, curry!"

    Comic Books 
This goes on until he looks like neither a werewolf nor a vampire. Instead, he becomes the park's biggest attraction as a Big Red Devil.

    Eastern Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy: The day after BoBoiBoy got his powers from Ochobot, he wants to show his new powers to his friends, which Ochobot contests. A little back and forth of "Yes I can" and "No you can't" occurs between the two until BoBoiBoy wins the argument by exploiting Ochobot's fear of heights, with a Gilligan Cut of Ochobot saying that he could do so instead.
  • In episode 25 of Happy Heroes, Big M. holds Mr. Lightbulb hostage so he can get his picture taken for the newspaper. Mr. Lightbulb would rather the kidnapping be recorded on live TV, since it would increase his ratings, and he and Big M. argue "Take a photo!" "We can film it!" until the feud devolves further, somehow turning into a boxing match within a few seconds.
  • In the King Shakir episode "Filmmakers", Shakir says he can make a good movie, but his father disagrees with him, simply saying "You can't." Shakir retorts with "I can!", and they keep going back and forth while Kadriye and Necati are talking.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Mighty Little Defenders episode 4, Slowy and Blady have three arguments like this. Firstly, when the goats find a fork in the road they're walking on, Blady wants to take the path on the right while Slowy wants to take the one on the left ("Right road!" "Left road!"); then, Slowy wants to take a break from walking while Blady doesn't want to stop ("Take a break!" "Keep moving!"); and finally, Slowy wants to take a river path while Blady wants to walk on the mountain path ("Take a boat!" "Walk!").
  • In the Simple Samosa episode "Patang Hurdang", Samosa lets Vada fly his kite. Jalebi expresses concern that the kite is strong enough that it'll carry Vada off, with Samosa assuring her he won't (he comments that he couldn't possibly fly off since "he doesn't have wings"). The argument very quickly devolves with the two repeatedly stating their opinions on the matter to the effect of "He'll fly!" "He won't fly!" "He'll fly!" "He won't fly!" before Dhokla interrupts them, pointing out that Vada has, in fact, started to fly off.

    Fan Works 
  • In Harry Potter - Three to Backstep Harry and Sirius get into a "Did not!"/"Did too!" argument about whether Harry arranged for Remus to become the bursar of the newly-established Lily Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund.
  • Whateley Universe fanart: Whateley Moment -Pronoun Plea-:
    Jade: Do not
    Jinn: Do too
    Jade: Do not
    Jinn: Do too
    Jade: We do not
    Jinn: Yes you do
    Jade: Do not
    Jinn: Do too times infinity!
  • In the video of Yugi Muto and Jaden Yuki having a rap battle, the other Yugi and Jaden begin this argument over whether his hair does or does not look like a Kuriboh.
    Jaden: My hair looks nothing like a Kuriboh!
    Other Yugi: Does too!
    Jaden: Does not!
    Other Yugi: Does too!
    Jaden: Does not!
    Other Yugi: Does too, times ten!
  • In A Hitch in the Plan Sirius and Remus get into an "Am not!"/"Are too!" exchange about whether Sirius is more childish than Harry.
  • In The Loud House fanfiction Don't Say, "Dannit", Lily and another baby get into an argument over a block and say nothing but "Block!" and "No!". Justified as they're semi-verbal.
  • In Different plans Dobby and Harry's twin brother Max get into a "Must!"/"Can't!" exchange when Dobby asks Max to promise that he won't go back to Hogwarts.
  • In Abandon Voldemort and Harry get into a "Do not!"/"Do too!" exchange about whether Voldemort whines.
  • In To Walk a Narrow Path Sasha and Seamus get into a "Have not!"/"Have too!" exchange about whether she's been avoiding him.
  • In the Junior Officers chapter "Haddock, Rising Seas, and Gloria", Deborah and Lekona argue like this over whether a school of fish is haddock or cod. Deborah is right; they were haddock.
  • In Forgotten Birthday Draco and Harry get into a "Do not!"/"Do so!" exchange about whether Draco starts talking about his birthday weeks in advance.
  • In Engaged Ron and Harry get into a "Yes you are."/"No I'm not." exchange about whether Harry is becoming a hermit.
  • In Rumors Hermione and Draco get into a "Yes you do."/"No I don't." exchange about whether he has a stick up his ass.
  • In Attraction Draco and Harry have a "Did not."/"Did too." exchange about whether Draco started the previous argument, ended by Harry saying "Did too, times ten."
  • In Harry Potter and the Forced Hero: Rewrite Emerald and Dumbledore get into a "No I'm not."/"Yes you are." exchange about whether Emerald is Harry Potter.

    Films — Animation 
  • 101 Dalmatians: Lucky claims his brother Patch pushed him into the fireplace, but Patch says that Lucky pushed him first, leading to this.
    Lucky: Did not.
    Patch: Did too.
    Lucky: Did not.
    Patch: Did too.
    Lucky: Did not! [sticks his tongue out]
    Perdita: Please, children, don't quarrel.
  • The Boss Baby: Tim and the Boss Baby have one over whether or not the Boss Baby is "the boss of him." Eventually, the Boss Baby gets bored of it, records himself saying "Am too," and plays it repeatedly to continue his side of the argument.
  • The Brave Little Toaster: Blanky accusing Lampy of stepping on him triggers a back-and-forth chorus of "Did not!" "Did too!" between Lampy and the rest of the group. Even Kirby the vacuum cleaner gets in on the action.
    Kirby: Did too!
    Lampy: [aggravated] Did NOT!!
  • The Emperor's New Groove:
    • Pacha's kids argue about whether their father would ever kiss a llama. They interrupt their rapid-fire litany of "Nuh-uh!" "Yeah-huh!" only to say goodnight to their mother, then continue through the rest of the scene.
    • Kronk's Shoulder Angel and Devil engage in a brief version of it as well:
      Shoulder Angel: Oh come off it!
      Shoulder Devil: You come off it!
      Angel: You!
      Devil: You infinity.
      Angel: Rrrgh!
  • Finding Nemo has a brief one in the dentist's office when Bloat the blowfish and Gurgle the Royal Gramma bicker over what tool the dentist used.
    Bloat: Now he's using a Hedstrom file.
    Gurgle: That's not a Hedstrom. That's a K-Flex!
    Bloat: It's got a teardrop cross-section—clearly a Hedstrom.
    Gurgle: No, K-Flex.
    Bloat: Hedstrom!
    Gurgle: K-FLEX!!
    Bloat: HEDSTROM!!! [puffs up] D'oh! Th-There I go! Little help... over here...
    Deb: [resigned] I'll go deflate him. [hissing]
  • Home (2015): Oh and Captain Smek have one of these over whether or not Oh would make another mistake. Smek decides it's so fun that they keep doing it for a while before he finally gets fed up with it and decides he should just erase him, though he doesn't get the chance.
    Oh: But I would not!
    Smek: But you might.
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: Happens between Sid and a beaver child and its mother when Sid's "kids" (who are actually Dinosaurs he stole when they were still eggs due to mistakenly believing they were abandoned) harass the other kids on the playground built by Manny.
    Beaver Mother: Aren't you going to do something?!
    Sid: Why? My kid had it first!
    Beaver Child: Did not!
    Sid: Did, too!
    Beaver Child: Did not!
    Sid: Did, too!
    Beaver Child: Did not!
    Sid: Liar, liar, fur on fire!
  • Moshi Monsters: The Movie: The villain Dr. Strangeglove wants Poppet to hand over a case full of ingredients he wanted, but because he wanted them to hatch an egg that he was going to use the creature inside of for evil, Poppet thinks he should hand over the egg first.
    Poppet: Just hand over the egg and we'll be on our way.
    Dr. Strangeglove: You know the drill. First hand me the case.
    Poppet: [annoyed] The egg.
    Dr. Strangeglove: The case.
    Poppet: The egg.
    Dr. Strangeglove: The case.
    Poppet: [angry] Egg!
    Dr. Strangeglove: Case.
    Poppet: Egg!
    Dr. Strangeglove: Case.
    Poppet: Egg!
    Dr. Strangeglove: Case!
    Poppet: Egg!
    Dr. Strangeglove: Case!
    Fishlips: Hey, this is like ping-pong!
    Poppet: Egg...
    Dr. Strangeglove: The case.
  • Piglet's Big Movie: Tigger and Rabbit end up having one when the rain starts ruining Piglet's scrapbook pages and Rabbit only makes them worse. Roo and Pooh try to stop them before it gets out of hand and they end up losing the book in the river.
    Tigger: You're ruinin' it, Rabbit!
    Rabbit: I am not!
    Tigger: Hand it over, bunny boy! Finding Piglets is what Tiggers do best!
    Rabbit: It's what Rabbits do best!
    Tigger: Tiggers!
    Rabbit: No, Rabbits!
    Tigger: Tiggers!
    Rabbit: Rabbits!
    Tigger: No, Tiggers!
    Rabbit: Rabbits!
    Pooh: Oh, be careful!
  • Sleeping Beauty has the fairies argue over the color of Briar Rose's dress. Flora wants pink, but Merryweather wants blue and they repeatedly use their magic to change the color.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: King Neptune initially gives SpongeBob and Patrick ten days to get his crown back, until Patrick argues it down to six.
    Neptune: Be back with my crown, in exactly ten days!
    Patrick: He can do it in nine!
    Neptune: Eight!
    Patrick: Seven!
    Neptune: Six!
    SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs: PATRICK!!! [tackle Patrick]
    Neptune: Six it is, then.
    Patrick: Five...?
    SpongeBob: Patrick, SHUSH!
  • Toy Story: Woody and Buzz have one early on over whether or not Buzz can fly. It ends when Woody challenges Buzz to prove that he can, resulting in the famous "falling with style" sequence.
    Buzz: Can!
  • Snow Miser and Heat Miser in The Year Without a Santa Claus. "White Christmas!" "Green Christmas!" "White Christmas!" "Green Christmas!"

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland: The following exchange occurs when Elmo sees Huxley steal his blanket:
    Elmo: IT'S A BLANKET!
    Huxley: WOOBY!
    Elmo: BLANKET!
    Huxley: WOOBY!
    Elmo: BLANKET!
    Huxley: WOOBY!
    Elmo: BLANKET!
    Huxley: MINE!
  • Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra: Artifis and Ceplus have a protracted argument where they're just repeatedly saying "Yes" and "No" to each other until they're simply hissing in each other's faces.
  • Deadpool 2: Domino's hiring audition. It's even longer than the below quote in the Super Duper Cut.
    Domino: Domino. I'm lucky.
    Deadpool: Luck isn't a superpower. And certainly not very cinematic.
    Domino: Yes, it is.
    Deadpool: No, it isn't.
    Domino: Yes, it is.
    Deadpool: Let's meet in the middle and say, "No, it isn't."
  • George of the Jungle: One of the villain's henchmen gets into one of these with the narrator.
    Max: Thor, were you fighting with the narrator?
    Thor: Well, he started it!
    Narrator: Did not!
    Thor: You did too!
    Narrator: Did not!
    Thor: You did too!
    Narrator: Did not!
    Thor: You did too!
  • Heathers has a rare case where it's Played for Drama:
    Veronica: I did not want to kill Kurt and Ram.
    J.D.: Did too!
    Veronica: Did not!
    J.D.: Did too!
    Veronica: DID NOT!
  • Hot Shots! has a similar argument:
    Topper Harley: Are too too too too too too too too too too too...
    Kent Gregory: Not not not not not not not not not...
    Topper Harley: Are too times ten.
  • HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami (another Alain Chabat movie): Pablito and General Hermoso have a lengthy argument over Chouniño, Pablito's coati pet.
    Pablito: It's a coati.
    Hermoso: No, it's a raccoon.
    Pablito: It's a coati.
    Hermoso: No, it's a raccoon.
  • Loaded Weapon 1 shows at least one way to settle one of these arguments.
    Luger: I'm driving.
    Colt: I'm driving!
    Luger: I'm driving!
    Colt: I'm driving!
    [Luger punches Colt]
    Colt: Okay.
  • A Matter of Faith: A lot of Kamen and Stephen's exchange devolves into this.
  • Snow Dogs: Ted and Thunder Jack do this twice.
    • First is when Jack tells Ted to pack up and leave Tolketna. Ted responds that he's not going anywhere.
      Thunder Jack: You are a stubborn fool.
      Ted: No, you're the stubborn fool!
      Thunder Jack: You must have something wrong with that head.
      Ted: No, you got something wrong with your head!
      Thunder Jack: No, you got something wrong in your head!
      Thunder Jack: [laughs uproariously] No, you got something wrong in your head!
    • The second time is after Jack rescues Ted from the cold after he loses the dogs. Jack chastises Ted for his foolishness, and Ted reminds Jack that if he had told him what he wanted to know about Lucy Ted wouldn't have been out in the first place.
      Thunder Jack: There's nothing to talk about.
      Ted: It's not nothing.
      Thunder Jack: It's nothing!
      Ted: It's not nothing!
      Thunder Jack: It's nothing!
      Ted: It's not nothing!
  • Spaceballs: Barf and Lone Starr debate on rescuing Princess Vespa from the Spaceballs' tractor beam.
    Barf: The minute we move in they're gonna spot us on their radar.
    Lone Starr: Nuh-uh.
    Barf: Uh-huh.
    Lone Starr: Nuh-uh.
    Barf: Uh-uh.
    Lone Starr: Nuh-uh. Not if we jam it.
    Barf: Aha! You're right!
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home: A short and fast-paced argument between MJ and Webb-verse Peter Parker, when he states that sticking to the ceiling is enough to prove he's Spider-Man, while she insists he should crawl around.
    Peter: Why do I need to crawl around?
    MJ: 'Cause this is not enough.
    Peter: This is plenty.
    MJ: No, it's not.
    Peter: Yes, it is.
    MJ: No, it's not.
    Peter: It is.
    MJ: Nuh-hu.

  • An old joke / urban legend involving a supposed radio communication between two crews on the ocean revolves around one of these exchanges. The first vessel, a major battleship (usually, in modern tellings, belonging to the US Navy) notices the second getting closer and orders them to change course to avoid a collision. The second (usually Canadian or Irish) radios back to retort that they're not moving and the battleship is the one that has to change course. This carries on, often involving increasing amounts of arrogance, belligerence, and frustration on part of the battleship, only to be met with the same contrary response each time. Eventually, the commander of the battleship gets on the radio, lists the powerful capabilities of the battleship/fleet in painful detail, and promises swift and violent action to be taken if the second group does not instantly change course... leading to this response:
    "This is a lighthouse. Your call."

  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy: In the prequel book The Ring of Solomon, Bartimaeus and the "hereditary guard" Asmira get into this after he insists that her supposed great skill with magic is, in fact, all a bluff. (He's more or less correct.) After a bit of "It is not!" / "Is so too!", he takes the argument itself as another point in favor of his side, commenting "How many real magicians do you think to get involved in stroppy little verbal spats like this? They'd have hit me with the Dark Scouring by now and had done with it? ... You don't even know what a Dark Scouring is, do you?"
  • The Belgariad: Garion and Ce'Nedra argue with each other a lot and their arguments occasionally descend to this level when neither is willing to concede the last word or admit defeat. One fight, in particular, is mostly just the two of them shouting "Spoiled brat!" and "Stupid peasant!" back and forth at each other until the adults finally break it up.
  • Dragon-in-Distress: Princess Florinara Tansimasa Qasilava Delagordune and Drafir get into this over whether Sir George would hit a girl. He would.
  • Elephant & Piggie: In the book I'm a Frog!, Gerald and Piggie get into one of these when Piggie asks Gerald if he, too, wants to be a frog and Gerald replies "I cannot." They go back and forth with "No, I can't! "Yes, you can!" a total of six times, before Gerald shouts "No! I CAN'T!" and Piggie decides to ask Gerald just why it is he can't pretend to be a frog. The punchline? "Because I am a cow. Moooooooooooo!"
  • The Guardians of Childhood: In E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core! (Book 2), North and E. Aster Bunnymund get into one when North complains that Bunnymund talks too much about eggs. The book describes the child Katherine's opinion that they're both behaving like a pair of brats despite being respectively the oldest and wisest creature on Earth & the greatest warrior-wizard of the age. As the argument continues into the next page, she decides to tune them out.
  • In his book How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond, composer John Powell explains how before standardization in 1939, the notes found on Western instruments were different from city to city, meaning for example, that an "A" in London would be more like an "A flat" in Milan and a "B flat" in Weimar. He imagines in a scene in 1803 in which Anton Schwarz, a famous German singer, meets Luigi Streptococci, a famous Italian singer, in a pub in Bolton and they have one of these until both are kicked out by the pub's manager because neither is singing in tune with his piano. "No wonder we used to have so many European wars in those days."
    Anton: Hey, Luigi, you're singing every note flat.
    Luigi: No, Anton, it's you — you're singing sharp. I know because I truly have perfect pitch.
    Anton: No, you're wrong.
    Luigi: No, you're wrong.
    Anton: Flat, flat, flat.
    Luigi: Sharp, sharp, sharp.
  • In the Just book "Just Disgusting", the story "Shut Up" has Andy and his sister Jen have several quarrels about who should "shut up" that just consist of "Shut up!" "You shut up!" "No, you shut up!". Sometimes intervened with Andy and Jen's parents saying, "You both shut up!". In one instance, Jen says, "You shut up—infinity to the power of ten," but Andy points out that infinity is infinite and there's no such thing as infinity to the power of ten. Later referenced, when Andy and Jen's dad and the neighbors start arguing over whose family should shut up (after a neighbor shouts 'Why don't you all shut up in there!?') and Andy's dad pulls the "infinity" card, but the neighbors don't reply and Andy says they're smarter than Jen.
  • Snot Stew: The brother-and-sister owners of the brother-and-sister kitten main characters argue "Is not!" Is too!" so often that it starts running together through careless diction and the kittens misinterpret it as the title phrase.
  • The Sword in the Stone: Sir Grummore and King Pellinore have a rather lengthy one following a battle, first about whether Pellinore said "Pax" or "Pax Non," and then about whether or not he's a cad; a bit later, about him being a cheat. The whole thing continues on and off for about a page.
  • Train!, a children's picture book by Judi Abbot, features a young blue elephant named Little Elephant who loves trains and loves playing with his toy train. He's excited when his parents take him for a ride on a real train as a treat, but is disappointed and upset when none of the other kids on the train want to play with his toy train. One of them, Cat, only wants to play with a toy plane and another, Penguin, only wants to play with a toy car. They argue back and forth — "Train. Plane. Car," and then another kid, Rabbit, joins in with a digger. Little Elephant finally gets so upset that he actually descends into Argumentum Ad Nauseam and has a "terrible train tantrum" — "TRAIN! Train! Train! Train! Train! Train! Train!" Then, however, something happens which causes the group to realize that it can be fun playing together and Little Elephant learns a new word — "friends."
  • The picture book You Are (Not) Small is about a little purple bear-like creature and a large brown one, and later a group of them, arguing back and forth about whether little guys are small or whether it's the large guys that are big. Then a petite one and an absolutely massive one appear on the scene and the two agree "you are small and you are big."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Turn on any sleazy daytime talk show like Maury or Jerry Springer / The Steve Wilkos Show and get ready to watch the trailer trash let this fly. "Yes, you did cheat on me, nine times!" "No, I didn't." "Yes, you did!" "No, I...!" "And the lie detector said... that was a lie!" "'What?!!!! #@#$# (bleep bleep)"
  • 8 Simple Rules:
    • Happens in a phone conversation between Paul Hennessey and his daughter Bridget, though the viewers only get to hear Paul's side of the conversation:
      Paul: "Dob" means date of birth. ... Yes, it does. ... Yes, it does. ... Yes, it does.
    • It comes up again when he tells her in a phone conversation to "break a leg."
  • In The A-Team episode "Breakout", Murdock begins teasing B.A. about chasing the thugs who carjacked the van because of being worried about him, to which B.A. retorts that it was the van he was worried about. The two spend several minutes going back and forth about what concerned B.A.
  • Gullah Gullah Island:
    • In "The Binyah Binyah Polliwog Show", Armando and Marisol got into a little argument when the former tells James on the latter.
    Marisol: "What do you mean I'm mean to you? You're the one who's picking up on me.
    Armando: "Am not."
    Marisol: "Are too."
    Armando: "Am not!"
    Marisol: "Are too!"
    • Happens again in "Please Don't Eat the Alstons" when James blames on Vanessa for stealing the cookies from the cookie jar (it was actually Binyah Binyah who did it).
    James: "Vanessa, you stole the cookies from the cookie jar!"
    Vanessa: "Did not!"
    James: "Did too!"
    Vanessa: "Did not!"
    James: "Did too!"
    Vanessa: "Forget you! I'm going upstairs to wash this chocolate off my face!"
  • Medium: In "Night of the Wolf", Ariel and Bridgette have a very loud and extended one regarding whether not Bridgette's friend Bobby is real. (Bobby is real, but he's the ghost of a boy who died five years before, thus why most people can't see him.)
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    • In the "Argument Clinic" sketch, a man goes to the eponymous clinic for an argument, but he mostly just receives negation — which is to say, this. And it's mostly about whether or not contradiction even counts as an argument.
      Man: An argument's not the same as contradiction.
      Mr. Barnard: It can be.
      Man: No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a definite proposition.
      Mr. Barnard: No it isn't.
      Man: Yes it is! It's isn't just contradiction.
      Mr. Barnard: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
      Man: Well it isn't just saying "No it isn't."
      Mr. Barnard: Yes it is!
      Man: No it isn't!
    • In the "Flying Lessons" sketch, Mr. Chigger and Mr. Anemone get into an argument over whether the latter is on a wire, which degenerates into shouting "Is!" and "Isn't!" back and forth until the narrator decides to cut away from this "pointless bickering."
    • The album Another Monty Python Record has Norman St. John Polevaulter, who contradicts people.
      Host: St. John Polevaulter, why do you contradict people?
      Polevaulter: I don't.
      Host: But you told me that you did.
      Polevaulter: I most certainly did not.
      Host: [beat] Oh, I see. I'll start again.
      Polevaulter: No you won't!
      Host: Shh! I understand you don't contradict people.
      Polevaulter: Yes I do!
      Host: And when didn't you start contradicting them?
      Polevaulter: I did! In 1952!
      Host: 1952?
      Polevaulter: 1947!
      Host: Twenty-three years ago.
      Polevaulter: NO!!! note 
    • Eric Praline has a lengthy such argument over whether one needs a license to own a pet cat.
  • The Nutt House: A discussion about how nobody says 'no' to Big Jake.
    Big Jake: Sounds to me like you're tryin' to say no to me. Are ya?
    Norman: No.
    Big Jake: You just said it!
    Norman: No I didn't.
    Big Jake: You just said it again!
    Norman: No, I'm not saying no to you.
    Big Jake: You just said it twice, just now!
    Norman: No I didn't!
    Big Jake: That's three!
    Norman: No, no, no!
    Big Jake: Four, five, six!
  • The Olden Days: Governor Frontbottom and Sergeant Olden get stuck in one of these after Frontbottom complains that their dialogue exchanges are too simplistically written. It goes on for about twenty seconds.
  • On Top Gear, most arguments between Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson end up in this.
  • Utopia: In "Pipe Dreams", Rhonda and Nat get into an argument about whether what Rhonda is proposing is a mature debate, which quickly degenerates into "Yes, it is" "No, it isn't". It ends with Rhonda yelling "Yes, it is and I just won!".
  • You're Skitting Me: The Mario Bros. sketches invariably devolve into this, and generally just cut away without reaching any conclusion.

  • The Beatles:
    • "Hello, Goodbye":
      You say yes, I say no, You say stop, and I say, go, go-go, (whoa-oh),
      You say goodbye, I say hello, I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello
      I say high, you say low, You say why; I say I don't know...
    • "We Can Work it Out":
      Try to see it my way, Do I have to keep on talking till I can't go on?
      While you see it your way, Run a risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone...
      Think of what you're saying, You can get it wrong and still you think that it's alright.
      Think of what I'm saying, We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night....
      Try to see it my way, Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong,
      While you see it your way, There's a chance that we may fall apart before too long...
  • There is a children's song called "Is Not Is Too" written by Bill Harley that is about this and is said to be dedicated to anyone who has a brother, sister, or a good friend they don't get along with.
    "Instead of saying 'is not, is too,' why don't you both try something new? ... Fine! Uh-huh. Uh uh. Uh uh uh..."#
  • Slim Shady has an argument with an evil spirit in "My Darling":
    The Monster: I can bring your career back!
    Slim: But I don't want it back!
    The Monster: Yes, you do.
    Slim: No, I don't!
    The Monster: Yes, you do! You're gonna regret it later.
    Slim: No, I won't!

    Puppet Shows 
  • It's a Big Big World: In "Not Found Here," Smooch and Winslow beg Snook for his help. Winslow says that their problem is serious, Smooch counters that it's 'not that serious,' and then they go back and forth for a bit.
  • Johnny and the Sprites:
    • "Who's on First?", one of the original shorts has Basil and Ginger arguing in this manner about whether Johnny is going to read a book with Basil or play basketball with Ginger. Johnny interrupts it to begin the song "One Good Turn".
    • The "You Never Know What You Can Do Until You Try Out Something New" song in "The Sprites' Snow Day" features several of these as Basil tells the other Sprites that their ideas won't work and they insist that they will.
      Lily: Pretty soon, she'll be flying home in her hot chocolate air balloon.
      Basil: That won't work.
      Lily: Yes, it will.
      Basil: No, it won't.
      Lily: Yes, it will.
      Basil: I'm afraid that won't work out at all.
      Lily: And why not?
      Basil: Because she's too big and that balloon's too small.
      Lily: Oh, good point.
  • Sesame Street: The "We Worked It Out" sketch starts with Big Bird and Snuffy arguing over whether to play tag or hide and seek. They quickly resolve it by deciding to compromise.

  • Annie Get Your Gun: The song "Anything You Can Do" is built around this, with each claim being met with "No you can't", "Yes I can" until one shouts the other down.
  • In Damn Yankees, the men in "Six Months" argue over a baseball game, with one half saying "he's out" and the other half saying "he's safe."
  • In the Disney Cruise Line show Disney Wishes, Brandon, Kayla, and Nicole are visiting Disneyland for one last trip before graduating from high school; two of them argue over whether Space Mountain or Splash Mountain is the better ride.
  • In Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye claims that his little village keeps its peace by quickly settling disputes over things like one man selling another a horse and delivering a mule, but the villagers undermine his point because Jews Love to Argue:
    "It was a horse!"
    "It was a mule!"
  • In Into the Woods, the Baker and his wife get into an argument about the cow having run away from the wife. She tells him that she's been looking for the cow all night and he asks how she could have let it run away. She tells him that it could have just as easily run away from him.
    Baker: But she didn't!
    Wife: But she might have!
    Baker: But she didn't!
    Witch: (dramatically appearing in tree above) WHOOOOOO CARES???!!! THE COW IS GONE! GET IT BACK! GET IT BACK!!
  • In the The Lion King stage show, as Scar breaks down in "The Madness of King Scar," he actually manages to have one of these with himself.
    I tell myself I'm fine
    Yes, I am, no you're not
    Yes, I am, no you're not
    I tell myself I'm fine
    No, you're not, yes I am, no you're not
    Yes, I am
    No, you're not
    Yes, no, yes, no, who am I talking to...?

    Video Games 
  • Fallout 2 has the Sacred Head of the Vault Dweller. In a special encounter, the Chosen One can meet a giant talking stone head of the Vault Dweller, their grandfather. When you tell him (it?) you're Arroyo's chosen one he drags you into one of these arguments. For 12 hours. Afterward, he concedes that you must be the chosen one and gives you a chunk of himself as a gift. Just don't steal more.
    The Talking Head: Damn tourists...
  • Kingdom Hearts II, when the fairies from Sleeping Beauty disagree over the color of Sora's new outfit, much as they did in the film, before finally landing on a stylish multi-colored outfit that can transform into other outfits patterned after a single color that gives Sora special powers.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus has a bonus game where Mr. Gumby can win more points the longer he can keep contradicting a Minister For Pointless Arguments.
  • Star Control the Slylandro tend to devolve into this, and part of the puzzle is finding the right Armor-Piercing Question to cut through their babbling.
  • Tales Series:
    • In Tales of Symphonia, a brief exchange occurs between Lloyd and Yggdrasill.
      Yggdrasill: What you're doing is exactly the same.
      Lloyd: No, it's not.
      Yggdrasill: Yes, it is.
      Genis: No, it's not!
    • In Tales of Graces, Pascal and Hubert have one when he tells that her that just because her sister's mad at her doesn't mean that she's to blame, and she thinks that he's consoling her, but he insists that he's not. The skit is titled "Am Not, Are Too."
  • In Total Distortion, you can get into a few variations of these in dialogue with the first Guitar Warrior you meet.
  • Pâquerette Down the Bunburrows: Pâquerette and Ophéline have a back and forth about who should hold the Bundar until the latter settles with a blunt "no".
  • Wishbone and the Amazing Odyssey: Wishbone and Poseidon get into one when Poseidon says Wishbone's journey will never end; Wishbone retorts with "Yes it will!", Poseidon says "No it won't", Wishbone replies "Will too!" and Poseidon yells back "Will not", before saying he has "no time for these petty mortal arguments" and leaving.
  • In How to Conquer the World the protagonist and his new chauffeur get into a "No, I didn't./Yes, you did." exchange about whether he called the chauffeur a simpleton.

    Web Animation 
  • FreedomToons: "Debates with Strawmen: Fake News" is just left-wing and right-wing media outlets accusing each other of being fake news in "I'm not! You are!" format.
  • Kingdumb Hearts: 14 Days and 5 Min: In the first installment, Xemnas has a brief argument of contradictions with a couple of the other members of Organization XIII over how many members there are now in the Organization — he says 13 and they say 14. One of them tries to end the argument by calling in the The Count, but Xemnas ends it by killing one of them.

    Web Comics 
  • In Evil, Inc., Lightning Lady's two ex-boyfriends argue this way over who's the current boyfriend. When her mom tells her to pick one and produce grandchildren, both men switch claims.
  • Sam and Sawtooth in Freefall
    Sawtooth: He owes me money.
    Sam: Do not!
    Sawtooth: Do too!
    Sam: Do not!
    Sawtooth: Do too!
    Sam: Don't!
    Sawtooth: Do!
    Sam: Don't!
    Sawtooth: Do!
    Helix: Sawtooth is an advanced model. I could never keep up an intellectual argument like that.
  • Homestuck: Happens between Equius and Nepeta, and later Arquiusprite and Dirk Strider. (Interestingly, all these couples have two heroes of Void and two heroes of Heart among them)
    You proceed to have a conversation we read not all that long ago. It went mostly like this.
    CT: D —> Yes AC: :33 < no CT: D —> Yes AC: :33 < no CT: D —> Yes AC: :33 < no CT: D —> Yes AC: :33 < no CT: D —> Yes AC: :33 < no CT: D —> Yes AC: :33 < no CT: D —> Yes AC: :33 < no

    Web Original 

    Web Videos 
  • This YouTube video features an apparent brother and sister doing this in the form of "Did too! Did not!"
  • Kitboga is a scam baiter popular on YouTube and Twitch.
    • This is the typical endpoint of any call involving the "refund" scam in which Kitboga pretends to redeem the gift card codes if the scammer isn't immediately reduced to Angrish. Kit will claim that he has just given them the money back and they will reply that no, he didn't, that he was actually redeeming the money in his own account. Of course, the truth of the matter is that there never were any actual gift cards, and the Google Play Store in which he "redeems" the cards is a fake one that he created. He and the scammer will either argue back and forth until either the scammer descends into anguish or they hang up, having realized they just blew hours of their time with nothing to show for it.
    • In "Scammer Smashes Phone After Losing $3,000," when the scammer tries to insist that Kitboga typed 5000 into the "refund portal" instead 500, Kitboga insists vehemently and repeatedly that "nobody typed 5000."

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures from the Book of Virtues: Annie accusing Zach of causing her bike accident results in a "Yes you did!" "No, I didn't!" "You did too!" argument between them until Plato stops them from bickering. Then it's lampshaded when Plato tells Annie that arguing with a friend isn't the right answer to an accident.
  • Arthur:
    • Season 18 had a feature called "Which Arthur character are you?" One of these shows one girl who says that she's like D.W. because she's funny and another that's like Arthur because she's smart. The funny girl says that they don't argue like Arthur and D.W. do, but the smart girl disagrees and they argue back and forth in this manner, interspersed with clips of Arthur and D.W. doing the same, before finally agreeing that they really are like Arthur and D.W.
    • In "Water and the Brain", Arthur and Binky try to cure the Brain's fear of swimming. When Binky calls Arthur's idea (getting Brain to imagine he's in the fish tank) dumb, Arthur says it was not dumber than getting Brain to jump into the lake, then they start saying, "Was not!" and "Was too!" to each other until the Brain interrupts.
  • Baby Looney Tunes: In "Did Not! Did Too!", Bugs Bunny and Lola have an argument over whose flag to plant in a block tower. They go to their rooms and have a "Did not! Did too!" argument over who asked who to help each other.
  • Blue's Clues: In "Blue Goes to the Beach", Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper argue over whether a straw will sink or float in water. Mr. Salt thinks it will sink; Mrs. Pepper is convinced it will float. Mrs. Pepper is right, as is found out when Steve reasonably suggests that they just try it and see what happens.
  • Bobby's World:
    • In "Jets, Choo-Choos and Cars", Derek and Bobby's argument eventually degenerates into this:
      Derek Generic: Where have you been, brat?
      Bobby Generic: Playing hide and seek! America's #1 favorite game, you started it.
      Derek Generic: Did not!
      Bobby Generic: Did too!
      Derek Generic: Did not!
      Bobby Generic: Did too!
      Derek Generic: I don't have time to argue. We have to catch our plane!
    • Then later:
      Bobby Generic: Gee, You've never been nice to me before. Tell me a story?
      Derek Generic: Forget it! I don't know any stories!
      Bobby Generic: Do too!
      Derek Generic: Do not!
      Bobby Generic: Do too!
      Derek Generic: Do not!
      Bobby Generic: Do too!
  • Charlie and Lola: The story "Yes I Am, No You're Not" is about Charlie and Lola having a number of these about various things. Eventually, after one too many, their parents send them to time-out or the "Simmer Down Chairs."
  • Danger Mouse: The anti-logic Gremlin from the episode "Gremlin Alert" uses contradiction against his protagonists. It works until D.M. lights a Logic Bomb and lobs it at the Gremlin.
  • Dave the Barbarian: One episode has Dave and Fang arguing over how to deal with a band of monsters coming to Udrogoth. The argument eventually degenerates into chasing each other around a table while shouting "Yes!" and "No!" By the end of the episode, they get tired of always coming back to this.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: In "Jeepers Creepers, Where is Peepers?", the Land of Koos is imperiled, and Koosalagoopagoop laments that no one can save them now. Dee Dee sagely remarks "There is one..." Cue a Gilligan Cut to Dee Dee begging Dexter for help, which involves her repeatedly shouting "You gotta!" and Dexter replying "No! Shut up."
  • Dragon Tales:
    • In "Tails, You Lose", Zak is conducting a game of freeze dance with the song "The Wings on the Dragon", a variation of "The Wheels on the Bus". He conducts and sings the song very slowly, leading Wheezie to complain that fast music is better for the game. Zak responds "Is not." "Is too!" comes in, and they're off until Wheezie snatches the baton and conducts the game to a fast version of the song.
    • In "Remember the Pillow Fort", Max and Ord have one over whether red or purple is a better color, descending into "Is not!" Is too!" territory. Zak and Wheezie make it into a song.
    • In "No Hitter", Max and Emmy get into a "Did not!" "Did too!" version over Emmy being the pitcher for the Dragon Ball team when Max asked to pitch in the beginning, but Emmy didn't hear him.
  • Dr. Seuss on the Loose: From "The Zax" segment, the north-going and south-going Zaxes meet each other face to face on the Prairie of Prax:
    North-going Zax: "Look here now!" the north-going Zax said. "Hey, say! You are blocking my path. You are right in my way. I'm a North-Going Zax and I always go north. Get out of my way, now, and let me go forth!"
    South-going Zax: "Who's in whose way?", snapped the south-going Zax. "I always go south, making south-going tracks. So you're in my way! And I ask you to move and let me go south in my south-going groove.
    Narrator: Then, the North-Going Zax said with North-Going pride:
    North-going Zax: "I never have taken a step to one side, and I'll prove to you that I won't change my ways if I have to keep standing here 59 days!"
    South-going Zax: "And I'll prove to you", yelled the South-going Zax, "That I can stand here in the Prairie of Prax for 59 years! For I lived by a rule, that I learned as a boy back in South-Going School, 'Never budge,' That's my rule. Never budge in the least! Not an inch to the west, not an inch to the east!" I'll stand here not budging, I can, and I will if it makes you and me and the whole world stand still."
    • Both of the Zaxes are so stubborn and proud about backing down and taking a step to one side, that they just stand there like statues as the world passes them by...
  • Franklin:
    • On "Franklin's Halloween", Beaver and Fox have one throughout over whether or not there are real ghosts. Later, they get into one about whether or not Mr. Owl's ghost disguise trick (he fooled them because they originally thought he was Bear, only to later to discover that Bear wasn't at the Halloween party) scared her, which is ended when Goose admits that it did scare her and Franklin says that it scared them all, but it was fun.
    • In "Franklin and the Adventure on the Planet Zorb" from Franklin and Friends, the show's All-CGI Cartoon spin-off, Franklin, Bear, Fox, and Rabbit have one with Beaver and Goose over whether they should all play astronauts (the boys' chosen game) or pixies (the girls' chosen game.) They go back and forth several times until Snail declares a "red alert," saying that they're making his ears hurt. Franklin agrees that yelling at each other won't solve everything and they're forced to actually come up with a constructive solution to their problem.
  • Gulliver's Travels: The kings of Lilliput and Blefuscu disagree about whether the song "Faithful" or "Forever" will be played at the wedding, starting the war between them.
    Little: "Faithful" has always been played at our weddings.
    Bombo: Twaddle. Absolute twaddle. It must be "Forever".
    Little: Faithful.
    Bombo: [his crown flying up, and landing back on his head] Forever!!!
    Little: [squeaky voice] Faithful.
    Bombo: [his face going up in flames] It will be Forever, or there will be no wedding.
    Little: No wedding? Oh, but the cake, and the pretty flowers... [dances and sings "faithful"]
    Bombo: IT'S WAR!!!! [smashes the wedding cake, and storms out]
  • Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs:
    • In "It's Made of Cheese!", Harry and Charley have one about whether the moon is made of cheese or peanut butter, with Harry advocating the former and Sam the latter. When Sid tells them it's made of rocks, they decide to travel there themselves to find out once and for all what it's made of. It turns out that none of them are right, and that Steggy instead got it right — it's made of chocolate chip cookies.
    • In "To Outer Space", there are two robots from a different planet about which color (red or blue) is better. At one point, the robots shout out that their opponent's favorite color "stinks", which leads to them repeating themselves out of contrariness and eventually the blue one shouts "Red stinks stinkier!".
  • JoJo's Circus: In "Hop Hooey", Trina and Croaky have a rapid-fire series of these over a trivial problem in a game before doing the "infinity times a kazillion and one" thing and then squaring off against each other and not talking to each other. JoJo, however, solves things by teaching them a trick she learned from her parents to calm herself down when she's angry.
  • Kim Possible:
  • Looney Tunes: Bugs Bunny and the umpire (actually one of the Gas House Gorillas) in "Baseball Bugs" argue "out" and "safe" rapidly until Bugs changes the syntax in his favor.
    Umpire: I say you're safe! If you don't like it you can go to the showers!
    Bugs: Okay then, doc. Have it your way. I'm safe.
  • Mack & Moxy: In "Play It Again, Mack", Mack and Patch get into an argument over whether Mack's ball was on the line or not. Moxy comments that if she remembers her school days, it could go on all day. Shelfish Sheldon, watching from the sidelines, comments that he hopes it does go on all day because then he can get the Great Helpee's egg without any interference. Trooper Sydney finally has them settle the argument with Rock–Paper–Scissors.
  • Madeline: In the episode "Madeline at the Louvre", Chloe and Nicole have a brief argument like this in French about whether The Mona Lisa's expression is a smile or not.
    Chloe: Mais oui!
    Nicole: Mais non!
  • Molly of Denali: In "Art From the Heart," Molly wants to draw a frog, but Tooey wants to draw a wolf. They go back and forth on this until Uncle Jack walks in.
  • Mr. Bogus and Brattus end up in one of these in the first act of the episode "Nightmare On Bogus Street", when arguing about Bogus's denial about putting Brattus in a stewpot, when Bogus was still in his werewolf form.
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh:
    • Roo and Tigger have a fairly long one in the opening of "Pooh Sticks Get Stuck" — Tigger wants to play Pooh Sticks, while Roo wants to play Butterfly Tag, pointing out that they played Pooh Sticks the day before. Darby suggests that they compromise, which Pooh says he's never played. So she explains what compromise is and they agree to play Pooh Sticks first for a little while and then Butterfly Tag.
    • In Super Sleuth Christmas Movie, Kanga suggests that Roo and Lumpy go outside to play and get their sillies out. Roo tells Lumpy that they should build an enormous snowman and Lumpy agrees "Last one there is a Woozle." Roo races over to the door and holds it open for Lumpy, telling him that he's a Woozle. As Lumpy chases him out the door, he says that Roo is and as they fade into the snow, they can still be heard saying "No, you!" "No, you are!" as Eeyore closes the door.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Look Before You Sleep": Applejack and Rarity's argument at the beginning of the episode eventually degenerates into this:
      Rarity: How does muddying my hooves serve any useful purpose?
      Applejack: Y'all wouldn't know useful if it came up and bit ya!
      Rarity: Haha, that doesn't even make any sense.
      Applejack: Does so!
      Rarity: Does not.
      Applejack: Does so!
      Rarity: Does not.
      Applejack: Does so!
      Rarity: Does not.
      Applejack: Does so, infinity! Hah!
      Rarity: Does not, infinity plus one! Hah!
    • In "Stare Master", Apple Bloom and Scootaloo do this in an attempt to get arguing cutie marks.
      Applebloom: Maybe that's our special talent: arguing!
      Scootaloo: Is not!
      Applebloom: Is too!
      Scootaloo: Is not!
      Applebloom: Is too! Anything yet? [Beat] Darn.
    • At the end of "Sisterhooves Social" as Spike is transcribing the friendship lesson Rarity and Sweetie Belle learned, they begin disagreeing over how to end it, which almost leads to another argument before Spike quickly cuts in.
      Rarity: ...But mostly, it's about having fun together. Even if it means getting your hooves a little bit dirty.
      Sweetie Belle: A lot dirty.
      Rarity: A little bit dirty.
      Sweetie Belle: A lot dirty!
      Rarity: A little bit dirty!
      Sweetie Belle: A lot
      Spike: Hold it, HOLD IT!! How about: A medium amount of dirty, not too little, not too much, just right?
      Rarity and Sweetie Belle: Deal!
    • Pinkie Pie has one with her alligator Gummy in "Just for Sidekicks", though, of course, we only get to hear her side. "No, I love you more! No, I love you more! No, I love you more!"
    • In "Surf and/or Turf", the CMC has to decide if Terramar can stay with his hippogriff dad Skybeak in Harmonizing Heights, or with his Seapony mother Oceanflow in Seaquestria. A musical number follows; Sweetie Belle suggests the former, while Scootaloo settles on the latter. The song eventually turns into a quarrel between them which soon ends with one of these.
  • My Little Pony Tales: Melody starts one of these in "The Play's the Thing" when she insists that nobody else can sport her new hairstyle because she has to stand out as the star of the play.
  • Nature Cat: In "Ice is Nice", Nature Cat and Ronald have one of these about whether the real tragedy is Nature Cat's bug mug being broken or Ronald's hug mug, and later over which of them will investigate who or what broke them.
  • PB&J Otter: In "Kid Court", Peanut, Jelly, and Baby Butter are having an argument over which of them should get to watch their favorite TV show. They decide to have Pinch solve as a judge in a mock court and Peanut has Flick testify on his behalf. Flick says that Pinch must rule in Peanut's favor because of Peanut's Law, which states "that if your name is Peanut and the ring toss relays are on, then you get to watch them." Jelly protests that Flick is making that up. "Am not!" "Are too!" "Am not a hundred times." "Are too a hundred times infinity!" "Ooh, she's good." In another installment, there is a brief argument of contradictions over what terms the Otters and the Snooties use to refer to their toys.
  • Peg + Cat: Ludwig von Beethoven and the Three Bears have one of these in "The Play Date Problem", followed by another about the best way to argue.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998):
    • Blossom and Buttercup have a "Nuh-uh!/Uh-Huh!" session in "Makes Zen To Me" after Blossom calls Buttercup to the carpet for going overboard pummeling Fuzzy Lumpkins.
    • They both get into this in "Three Girls And A Monster", arguing whether Blossom's brains or Buttercup's brawn will work in fighting a giant lizard monster. The beast faces Bubbles, who drives him off by being beguilingly sweet.
  • Recess: In one episode, Gus has been jinxed by the Ashleys and so tries to mime out his situation. When his friends wonder what Gus is trying to say, Ashley Q. bumps into Spinelli on purpose.
    Ashley Q.: Like, watch where you're going, Spinelli!
    Spinelli: What are you talking about? You slammed into me!
    Ashley Q.: As if!
    Spinelli: You did too!
    Ashley Q.: Did not!
    Spinelli: Did too!
    Ashley Q.: Did not!
    Spinelli: Did too!
    • And later, when Gus tries to communicate using a notebook:
      Ashley Q.: [Gus] is always whacked-out.
      Spinelli: Is not!
      Ashley Q.: Is too!
      Spinelli: Is not!
      Ashley Q.: Is too!
  • Rugrats:
    • Phil and Lil often argue, and a lot of their arguments are like this.
    • In "The Slide", Chuckie becomes afraid of slides after being pushed down one that was too big for him. Susie makes Chuckie face his fear by having him repeatedly call himself a "big, brave dog." When Angelica calls Chuckie a scaredy-cat, Susie says, "No, he isn't, he's a big brave dog!" and they argue, which degenerates into "Cat!" and "Dog!". Eventually, Chuckie grows bored of it and states that he's a human, not an animal.
    • Stu and Drew Pickles also argue this way, such as in "Party Animals", when they argue about whether King Kong or Tarzan (who Stu was dressed as for Halloween) is "the King of the Jungle".
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM): Some arguments between Sonic and Sally devolve into this. As revealed in the Season 2 episode "Blast to the Past Part 1", they've been arguing thusly pretty much all their lives. Sally's older self even lampshades this after overhearing her younger self and Sonic's argument over whether his messy eating and subsequent belch was cool or disgusting:
    Sally: *sigh* Some things never change.
  • The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: In the episode "Is So Too", Casper and Kat keep arguing whether or not Kat's study session with Vic counts as a date or not. Though both of them try to occasionally back up their arguments, on the whole, the argument basically boils down to "Is so not!" — "Is so too!" repeated ad nauseum throughout the episode. In the end, Vic refers to the study session as "our first date," causing a triumphant Casper to claim: "Was so too a date!"
  • Thomas & Friends:
    • Bill and Ben get into these arguments from time to time. An examples comes from "Double Teething Troubles".
      Bill: That's my line of cars!
      Ben: It's not! It's mine! Yours is over there!
      Bill: It's mine!
      Ben: It's not!
      Bill: It's mine!
      Ben: It's not!
      BoCo: Stop quarreling, you two or the only thing you'll have left to share is...
      [Bill and Ben go for the trucks, but end up derailing each other]
      BoCo: ...trouble.
    • Donald and Douglas get on with this too. "Love Me Tender" is one example.
      Donald: Stop being pushy!
      Douglas: I'm no' bein' pushy!
      Donald: Ye pushed me when the signal changed!
      Douglas: You pulled me, more like!
      Donald: I didnae!
      Douglas: Did too!
      Donald: I didnae!
      Douglas: Did too!
  • Timothy Goes to School:
    • In "Rocky Friendship", Fritz and Charles have an argument that eventually descends into this when they each find a rock at the same time and are unsuccessful in sharing it.
    • Timothy and Fritz have one in "Abracadabra" after Fritz accuses Timothy of teaching Grace his magic trick until Grace puts a stop to it by revealing that she peeked at Fritz's book.
  • Wallykazam!: In "Castle Caper", Wally tries to smuggle Norville into the castle that Bobgoblin has taken over in a cake as a Trojan Horse. The plan fails spectacularly: Wally dresses up in a Paper-Thin Disguise as a cake-delivery guy, but Bobgoblin replies that he didn't order a cake. Wally replies that he did and Bobgoblin just repeatedly argues that he didn't until he catches Norville making noises in the cake, at which point Wally issues a Suspiciously Specific Denial about there being a dragon in the cake.
  • Wonder Pets!: In "How It All Began", Tuck and Ming-Ming disagree over how to make their vehicle; either a boat or something that can fly, which leads to a "Boat!"/"Fly!" exchange. Linny stops them and reveals she made a boat that can fly, which leads to the creation of the team's Flyboat.
  • Work It Out Wombats!: In "Me Time", Malik and Zadie both want a peach, and they go back and forth on whose it is.

    Real Life 
  • Levied by some as a complaint regarding the behavior of President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate. Barack Obama repeatedly stated that Mitt Romney favored a five trillion-dollar tax cut and Romney repeatedly replied that this was not his plan. A letter to the editor in Dayton, Ohio city's Dayton City Paper stated "The debate quickly turned into an argument between two teen-aged siblings 'Yes, you did.' 'No, I didn't.' 'Yes, you did.'" Following the debate, Obama's campaign began repeatedly airing a commercial that showed Romney in the debate: "I'm not in favor of a five trillion-dollar tax cut. That's not my plan." The commercial then discussed how an independent analysis found that such a cut would be required under Romney's plan and then stated "If we can't trust him here [the debate], how can we ever trust him here? [seat in the Oval Office]"
  • More generally, this is becoming more and more common with political "attack ads" in general. The usual pattern: one candidate (or PAC) will run an ad accusing the other of some horrible behavior, with little actual evidence other than perhaps a grossly out-of-context quote. The accused will respond with another ad claiming this is a "false attack" without really saying why it's false. So it all boils down to a more verbose version of "Did too! Did not!", leaving the public confused about where the actual truth lies (usually somewhere in the middle). Fact-checking sites attempt to cut through the noise, but the problem lies in how many people actually read those...
  • A traditional part of America's national pastime, often spiced with Cluster F Bombs. One of the more notable examples is the heated exchange between Baltimore Orioles team manager Earl Weaver and umpire Bill Haller during the 1980 Orioles-Tigers match.
    • An in-depth analysis of the phenomenon can be read here.

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Is too!
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Is too infinity!
Is not uncountable infinity!
Is too replaceable infinity!
Is not inaccessible infinity!
Is too indescribable infinity!
Is not impredicative infinity!
Is too absolute infinity!


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Sid and Beaver Child

Happens between Sid and a beaver child and her mother in Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, when Sid's ''kids'' (who are actually Dinosaurs he stole when they were still eggs due to mistakenly believing they were abandoned) harass the other kids on the playground built by Manny with the argument starting after Sid says that his ''kid'' had the branch first.

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