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"Just 'cause my parents are yakuza, doesn't mean I'd murder someone, damn it! Now shut up, or I'll kill you!"
Momo Ryuju, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

Alice makes a criticism of Bob. Bob denies it, but does so in a way that validates the statement. This makes it a form of Hypocritical Humor.

One of the most common criticisms used for this is calling someone violent or short-tempered, perhaps because it allows a response of comedic violence, but plenty of other criticisms are possible, including stupidity ("No I aren't!"), vulgarity ("Fuck you!"), inattentiveness ("No, I'm not— What are we talking about again?"), vanity ("Oh thanks, you noticed!"), being pretentious ("Moi?"), and immaturity (throwing a tantrum).

See also Description Cut for the inverse of this. Compare Not Helping Your Case, I Take Offense to That Last One, I Would Say If I Could Say, Oblivious Mockery, Oblivious to His Own Description, Immediate Self-Contradiction, Mirror Character, and contrast with Insult Backfire. The line itself (which is often attributed to Groucho Marx) is, of course, a play on "I resent that remark."


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  • A 1986 commercial for the Embassy Suites hotel chain featured an animated Garfield. The commercial ends with a shot of the logo and the Narrator says, "Embassy Suites, where you don't have to be a fat cat to enjoy the suite life," followed by a shot of Garfield sitting at a table holding a knife and fork and thinking, "I resemble that remark."

    Anime and Manga 
  • When Karen and Erika try to interview Momo in Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, they make a comment about needing to be careful around her lest she kill them. She responds by pointing out that having yakuza parents doesn't mean that she goes around murdering people, then threatens to kill them if they don't shut up.
  • Ayu of Kanon, offended at being teased that she looks like a young boy, protests that she's a girl — but not very girlishly.
  • On an episode of Kaze no Stigma, Ayano's school is being haunted by a mischievous pixie named Tiana that keeps playing pranks on her and her two friends (Kazuma, who is also there, remains completely calm watching the three girls run around). At the end, the Tsundere throws a tantrum about the pixie, her cousin catches it for her, and the two of them begin fighting like little kids. The other three comment about this, but they both deny being like the other or being immature at the same time.
  • Lucky Star:
    • This trope sort of crosses over with Not Helping Your Case trope when Konata's father insists that it's wrong to call him a paedophile (in the exclusive sense) because he likes both young-looking girls and normal girls, so it's more correct to say that he's "also a lolicon". Konata isn't the least bit reassured.
      Konata: You still lose at life.
    • When Kagami and Tsukasa first meet her, Yutaka says that Konata talks about them a lot. Kagami asks what kinds of stuff she's been saying, and Yutaka gets scared. Cue Kagami grilling Konata over it, which only makes an obvious half-truth seem accurate.
  • While the cast of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS are talking about how some members of their group acted when they were kids, the Wolkenritter chime in on how Reinforce Zwei was such a child when she was younger. Naturally, Rein protests, insisting that she has always acted like an adult... in a childish way.
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: In the first episode, Kamille tells a Titans officer that he doesn't like being bullied by thugs. The Titans' response is to beat him up some more.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • In one episode, Tsuyu Asui says that Bakugo won't be popular due to how much of an angry hothead he is. He promptly responds with threatening to hurt her, which doesn't go unnoticed by her.
    • A few episodes later, Bakugou is with Kirishima and is calmly coming up with a plan to beat the attacking villains. Kirishima points out that this is so unlike him as he's usually all "DIE DIE DIE!", which of course causes Bakugou to explode that he's always calm and rational.
  • My Monster Secret features a two-way version when Youko and Akane mutually accuse each other of being immature. The onlookers are quick to notice that the argument and their method of resolution (having a "maturity contest") proves both of them correct about each other.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: A sure way to hit Kaoru's Berserk Button is disagreeing with her when she states she's fragile.
  • In Sgt. Frog, as spring comes, Natsumi tells her mom that Keroro is so lazy, it might be spring all day long on Planet Keron. Keroro is insulted by this, and thinks to himself that he works very hard. But when he tells us what he does as "work", Natsumi is not wrong in the slightest.
  • Transformers Victory: One episode has Leozack arguing with Goryu, who asks why Leozack and his troops never show the Dinoforce any respect. Leozack points out they're a bunch of idiots, which incenses Goryu, just as Kakuryu passes by being particularly Kakuryu-y. Namely, carrying far too much while singing a children's song, which makes Goryu yell at him, which makes Kakuryu drop the fuel, forcing Goryu to perform some acrobatics to stop it falling and exploding.
  • A Running Gag in Urusei Yatsura is Ryuunosuke responding to being called a man with "Ore wa onna da zo!" This literally means "I'm a woman", but it's phrased in the most masculine way you could possibly say it.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Rebecca complains about the fact that Yugi is yelling at her.
    • A much darker version occurs during Atem's duel with Raphael in the Doma filler arc, where Raphael taunts him and claims that when Atem was a Pharaoh in ancient Egypt, he was an evil, bloodthirsty tyrant. Atem has total amnesia and knows nothing about his past except a couple of visions of himself battling his high priest and of his God Monsters towering over a ruined city, and the claim, therefore, strikes a nerve, making him so infuriated by the possibility that it's true that... he punishes Raphael by playing a magical evil card that will rip Raphael's soul from his body forever if he loses. Way to prove you're not a bloodthirsty tyrant there, Pharaoh! (Admittedly, he realizes how idiotic a move this was soon after, but by then it's too late.)

  • From one of Marcus Brigstocke's stand-up comedy routines:
    "Computer games don't affect kids. If Pac-Man had affected us as kids we'd be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music."
  • This is part of Dennis Miller's routine. He starts by saying, "I don't want to get hooked on a rant here, but" and then does exactly that.

    Comic Books 
  • Astro City: Crackerjack laments that his on-and-off ladyfriend Quarrel is mad at him for flirting with other women, as he flirts with Nightingale.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: This is a minor Running Gag in Don Rosa's works, where Hewey, Dewey, and Louie respond to any suggestion that they are so alike to each other by immediately speaking in unison to deny the claim, and generally behave in an identical manner.

    Comic Strips 
  • From an August 2014 Andy Capp strip:
    Marriage Counselor: Mr. Capp, your wife claims that you are often rude and outspoken. Why do you think this is?
    Andy: Beats me, baldy.
  • Blondie: In one strip, Dithers jovially asks Dagwood if the rumor about him having mood swings is "the craziest thing you've ever heard"; when Dagwood reluctantly agrees with him (a white lie), Dithers goes berserk with rage.
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Calvin does a rant about how violence on television doesn't have any effect on the watcher and concludes with "I'd like to shoot the idiots that think this stuff affects me."
    • Calvin also rants about a television show which makes no sense. When Hobbes remarks that it's targeted at the average American's fifteen-second attention span, Calvin's response is only, "You're still talking about that?"
    • One Sunday strip is nothing but this trope. Starting a meeting of their club, G.R.O.S.S., Hobbes starts to read the minutes of the last meeting, which began with how he read the minutes of the previous meeting, followed by Calvin's "commentary on the editorial slant" of the minutes, and various technical terms to state, simply, that Calvin had lost his temper and called him a liar. Of course, as he's doing this, Calvin is again getting angry and calling him a liar, which results in a fight between the two. (And gives the reader the idea that club meetings between the two of them rarely ever result in anything but the two fighting.)
  • A couple of times in Dennis the Menace (US), Gina will get offended by Dennis calling her a tomboy. She typically responds by slugging him.
  • Foxtrot:
    • Paige manages to do this trope in reverse:
      Paige: Mom, can I go see Interview with the Vampire?
      Andy: No.
      Paige: [crying] WAAAAAAAAAAH WHY NOT????
      Andy: Because it's rated R!
      Paige: C'mon, I'm mature enough.
    • Jason and Peter are discussing a study about how video games make kids violent... and then mention how much they want to strangle whoever wrote that.
  • Garfield:
    • When Jon is on the phone with a woman:
      Jon: I'm immature?!! Well, excuse me, miss poopie head! [puts the phone down and sucks his thumb]
    • Jon having a conversation with Garfield:
      Jon: Why don't you ever listen to me?
      Garfield: Huh?
      Jon: Why don't you ever agree with me?
      Garfield: That's not true.
      Jon: Why don't you show me any respect?
      Garfield: I do...bonehead.
    • And on another occasion:
      Jon: Remember, Garfield, there is no greater failing than apathy.
      Garfield: So what?
    • Another occasion that doesn't involve Jon:
      Garfield: Why does your sign say "Beware of Cats"?
      Dog: Because Cats Are Mean.
      Garfield: Take it down or I'll beat you with it.
  • One homebrew Knights of the Dinner Table strip has Bob ranting about how he'd like to kill those media pundits who claim role-playing games promote violence.
  • Peanuts:
    • Lucy Van Pelt denying that anyone could ever dislike her:
      Lucy: I could see how someone would be jealous of me — but dislike? No, that's just not possible!
    • Lucy does it again in another strip. Charlie Brown is at her psychiatric booth talking about how people take advantage of him; for example, they start talking on and on and he can't bring himself to leave. This starts Lucy on a six-panel rant complaining about people who won't shut up.
  • One Women on the Edge strip has the caption "Show me what you're accused of, and I'll show you how you react". Each panel has a character partaking in this trope (childish: "I'm sowwy"; aggressive: "Shut up, idiot", co-dependent: "I'll stop for you!", etc).

    Fan Works 
  • In Bloodstained Heroes of Humanity, Katsuki physically assaults a kid for saying that he wouldn't be a hero with his poor attitude. Then Katsuki beats the crap out of Izuku, who points out that he's proving the kid's point.
  • From Calvin & Hobbes: The Series:
    Hobbes: Calvin, did you realize that half of this episode is being used up with you screaming?
    Calvin: I'M NOT SCREAMING!
  • The Child of Love: In chapter 7, Shinji gets shot down by an Angel and Asuka goes ballistic:
    Asuka: Wondergirl! Move faster!!! DO SOMETHING, DAMMIT!!!!!!!
    Misato: Calm down, Asuka!
    Asuka: I'M CALM!!! THAT'S OBVIOUS, ISN'T IT!!?
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • In the abridged version of DBZ movie Lord Slug, Piccolo does some extremely savvy snarking at the Quirky Mini Boss Squad, pointing out the role and personality type of each. He finishes it with the following:
      Piccolo: ...and that would make you no doubt the big, tough, stupid one.
      Dorodabo: You take that back or I'll kill you!
      Piccolo: Alright, alright, you're not tough.
      Dorodabo: That's better!
    • Vegeta also has a case of this when he has a breakdown on Namek and starts arguing with the (possibly real, possibly hallucinatory) ghost of Nappa that only he can see. The results are... interesting.
      Krillin: ...Are you... OK?
      "Nappa": I think your rage broke, Vegeta.
      Vegeta: SHUT UP, GHOST OF NAPPA!
      Krillin: Who was tha—
    • Another Vegeta example in "It's Been a Year If It's Been a Day" when Goku insults Vegeta within earshot.
      Goku: Alright now, Gohan. When you get out there, try not to brag. [...] Don't let slip just how much stronger we are. Otherwise, Vegeta will be all "Oh, but my pride! Grr, I wish I were a carrot!"
      Gohan: That's not inaccurate...
      Goku: Oh, hey guys! What did I miss?
      Vegeta: Mock my pride...!
      Goku: Huh, what'd I tell you?
  • Fashion Upgrade (Miraculous Ladybug): Kim's version of Hawkmoth is a Large Ham Psychopathic Manchild Mood-Swinger prone to tears at the slightest insult. Gabriel's outrage over this brings him to the verge of a Villainous Breakdown, and he rejects Nooroo's concern over catching him crying.
  • Harry Potter and the Nightmares of Futures Past: Ron is impressed by Harry's ability to talk to Luna when she's upset, and wishes he could do the same with Ginny, but Ginny overhears them.
    Ginny: What's not hard?
    Ron: Talking to you when you're mad about something, without getting hexed.
    Ginny: Ron, I do not go around — how could you say such a thing? <while reaching for her wand>
  • House of Summers: Scott Summers isn't jealous. He's merely irritated by other men ogling to his wife. But he isn't jealous.
    Jean: Are you jealous, Scott?
    Scott: Depends... are you into that southern charm that Guthrie seems to ooze out of his every pore?
    Jean: You are jealous.
    Scott: I'm not jealous! Guthrie is a green, eighteen-year-old... It's just a little frustrating when all these men are drawn to you like moths to a flame, and they can't see the glare behind my glasses.
    Jean: I think it's sweet that you're jealous.
  • In How the Light Gets In, Laurel is suddenly and inexplicably resurrected, shocking everyone. Except for Diggle, who remains (outwardly) completely calm and controlled.
    Felicity: [freaking out] And you! Why are you so calm about this?
    Diggle: [calmly] Who says I'm calm?
  • After Deku successfully heals All Might's internal injuries in Izuku with a strange OP healing quirk, the Pro Hero starts to see him as a potential successor and wants to find out who he really is, but the hospital staff refuses to give out any of Deku's personal information due to dealing with crazy stalkers in the past.
    Toshinori understood the boy's safety was important, but Toshi was not one of those crazy people they were protecting the kid from. All Toshi wanted to do was find out his real name, track him down, thank him from the bottom of his heart, buy him ice cream, bring him to UA, get him accepted, make him a hero and possibly give him his quirk and his mantle... ...Okay, so maybe Toshi was sounding a bit crazy. It must be all the oxygen he was getting now.
  • Occurs in My Master Ed when Edward is trying to explain to Hohenheim who he is, but just keeps working himself up instead.
    Hohenheim: Ed, calm down.
    Hohenheim: I can see that.
  • New Game Plus: In Chapter 9, after Usopp complains about planning out their docking at Loguetown, and Nami points out that it's necessary since "a certain idiot decided to expand our operation", Luffy says this.
  • The One to Make It Stay: During Miracle Queen's assault, Ladybug calls Chat Noir to task for his attempts to blame all of their recent problems working together on her. In particular, she points out how, despite his complaints that she doesn't treat him like her partner and equal, he himself constantly ignores all of her efforts to work with him, refusing to listen — especially when it comes to the matter of his constant flirting. He doesn't respect any of her requests for him to stop, and doesn't treat the other heroes with respect. His response to this is to completely ignore what she's saying and try to blame the argument he started on her, then lashes out at Viperion when he speaks up, proving her points.
    Chat Noir: You're completely out of control. We're supposed to be partners, but then you go ahead and pick and get rid of teammates without me.
    Ladybug: Maybe if you actually acted like a partner, and treated our teammates with respect, I would have given your opinion more consideration. Why is it that I have to entertain what you want, but when I tell you to back off and stop hitting on me, you get to act like I'm being unreasonable?
    Chat Noir: Come on. Are you seriously airing out our dirty laundry in front of everyone right now?
    Viperion: If you don't want her to call you out, don't give her material to work with.
    Chat Noir: [glaring at him] Stay out of this, snake."
  • In Road Trip, Logan angrily claims that he does not like Jean's pet dog as chiding Warren for petting Darwin wrong.
    Logan: I do not love the fucking dog. And I'm not his goddamn uncle. He's a fucking pain in my ass. He begs for food all the damn time — and you wanna tell me why you two starve the poor little guy? He's always hungry, and that chow you feed him tastes like shit — and he trashes my room and chews up my stuff and he's always fucking underfoot — and just how goddamn stupid are you, Birdbrain? Can't you see he wants you to rub his belly? Stop messing with his fucking ears, you simpleminded shit — and we'd all be a lot better off without the mutt, is what I'm saying.
  • In Sight Urahara's zanpakutou, Benihime, tells Ichigo not be vulgar so he would descend to his Hollow, Hakuran's level. Hakuran gets offended and proves her point.
    Benihime: I will when you learn to stop being so vulgar. Honestly, do try not to descend to your Hollow's level.
    Hakuran: Oi, what's that supposed ta mean, bitch?!
  • Agent South Dakota seems to do this a lot in Stress Relief. One time, the Director calls her out on throwing a tantrum and she immediately denies it by throwing a tantrum about it. Even in the first chapter, when he says she keeps "acting like a goddamn child", she goes off in a huff and tosses her helmet to the side.
    Agent York: [about the incident] Definitely not helping her case here.
  • An episode of Teen Titans The Abridged Series includes this conversation.
    Robin: I think you should apologize [to Raven].
    Beast Boy: Dude, she ruined breakfast! She should be the one apologizing!
    Robin: I agree with you, but women are irrational creatures. It's why they always win arguments.
    Starfire: I... am... not... IRRATIONAL! [bursts into tears]
    Robin: [to Beast Boy] Look what you made me do. Now go apologize to Raven while I deal with Starfire crying for the next three hours.
  • This Bites!: Corto of the Amigo Pirates takes real offense to Cross goading him like a matador bull, by charging at him exactly like a bull, complete with snorting and pawing.
  • Turnabout Storm:
  • Turnabout Substitution: When Apollo is explaining to Rhea Wits why she sucks as the Mysterious Bust Killer, one of the things Apollo says is a metaphor: He gave Rhea Wits a shovel, and she just kept digging. So what does Rhea do after that? Go into her Villainous Breakdown by repeatedly digging through the floor with a shovel!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:

    Films — Animation 
  • Done subtly in Aladdin, where Aladdin responds to a taunt of "You will die a street rat, and only your fleas will mourn you!" by saying "I'm not worthless! And I don't have fleas!" as he scratches the back of his head.
  • Merida in Brave clearly gets her stubbornness and pride from her father's side, as her mother Queen Elinor insists.
  • Cinderella:
    The King: [after throwing his crown out of the window] My son has been avoiding his responsibilities long enough. It's high time he married and settled down.
    Grand Duke: [as he rises out of a pile of thrown furniture] Of course, your Majesty, but we must be patient...
    The King: I AM PATIENT! [throws an inkwell at the Duke]
  • In Coco, Miguel briefly starts walking in a clunky, pigeon-toed shamble. When Héctor asks what he's doing, Miguel responds that he's trying to walk like a skeleton.
    Héctor: Skeletons don't walk like that.
    Miguel: It's how you walk!
    Héctor: No, I don't. [looks down and realises he's walking in the same awkward shamble Miguel is trying to mimic] Stop it!
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney):
    Laverne: We always said you were the cute one.
    Hugo: [eating crackers and cheese] I thought *I* was the cute one!
    Laverne: No, you're the fat, stupid one with the big mouth!
    Hugo: Whatcha sayin', exactly?
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
    • In Rainbow Rocks, Sunset Shimmer denies having tackled Rainbow Dash because of a fit of jealous rage... by yelling "It wasn't a fit of jealous rage!" very angrily, and right in Trixie's face.
    • In Holidays Unwrapped, when Applejack calls Sunset's video games "silly", Sunset retorts that they're not... while using a game with a very silly name (Tickle Fruit 2) as an example.
  • In The Rescuers Down Under, Wilbur is being cared for by the Australian medical crew, though he clearly doesn't want to be and keeps struggling to get away. The head doctor tells him to relax.
    Wilbur: [frantically] Relax?! I have never been more relaxed in my life! IF I WERE ANY MORE RELAXED, I'D BE DEAD!!!
    Head Doctor: I'm not convinced.
  • In The Spongebob Square Pants Movie, Princess Mindy denies to King Neptune that she's stalling:
    King Neptune: Yes, yes you are! You're doing it right now!
    Mindy: [skeptically] I'm... stalling?
    King Neptune: Yes!
    Mindy: ...Stalling.
    King Neptune: Stalling!
    Mindy: I'm "stalling".
    King Neptune: Yes!
  • In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Mario calls out Donkey Kong for being nothing other than a "smash monkey", to which Donkey Kong yells that he's "MORE! THAN A GUY! WHO SMASHES THINGS!" while jumping around and smashing things with his hands.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • From Beverly Hills Cop:
    Sergeant Taggart: We're more likely to believe an important local businessman than a foul-mouthed jerk from out of town.
    Axel Foley: Foul-mouthed? Fuck you, man.
  • In Big Eyes, after Margaret testifies that Walter was abusive but good at charming customers:
    Walter: [smugly] sounds like you're describing two different men. One a sadistic ogre, and the other one a delightful bon vivant.
    Margaret: Yeah, that's you, Walter. You're Jekyll and Hyde.
    Walter: [suddenly furious] That's an outrageous statement! I demand we strike it from the record!
  • The Big Lebowski:
    The Stranger: Do you have to use so many cuss words?
    The Dude: What the fuck are you talking about?
    The Stranger: OK, Dude. Have it your way.
  • In Birds of Prey (2020), Black Canary mentions upon meeting Huntress that she's taken a liking to her and her "rage issues." Helena's response is to practically growl back that she does not have rage issues.
  • In Clue:
    • Invoked with Colonel Mustard:
      Wadsworth: That sounds like a confession to me; in fact, that double negative has led to proof positive! I'm afraid you gave yourself away!
      Colonel Mustard: Are you trying to make me look stupid in front of the other guests?
      Wadsworth: You don't need any help from me, sir.
      Colonel Mustard: [angrily] That's right!
    • This exchange:
      Wadsworth: We're trying to find out who killed him, and where, and with what!
      Professor Plum: There's no need to shout!
      Wadsworth: I'M NOT SHOUTING! [...] ALL RIGHT I AM! I'M SHOUTING! I'M SHOUTING! I'M SHOUT— [vase falls on his head]
  • The inattentive version is used in Dumb and Dumber:
    Harry: Yeah I called her up. She gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her or something. I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention.
  • In A Fish Called Wanda:
    Archie: How very interesting. You're a true vulgarian, aren't you?
    Otto: You're the vulgarian, you fuck!
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), as Drax is accused of not understanding metaphors:
    Rocket: His people are completely literal. Metaphors are gonna go over his head.
    Drax: Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it!
  • Hocus Pocus:
    Mary: I suggest we form a calming circle.
    Winnie: I AM CALM!
  • 99's Berserk Button in Get Smart:
    Agent 23: See, this is your problem! Some men like women who are feminine!
    Agent 99: What, I'm not feminine?!
    Agent 23: Nooo...
    Agent 99: I'M NOT FEMININE!? [kicks him in the face, while handcuffed in the backseat]
  • I Could Never Be Your Woman: Jeannie tells Adam that his acting is too broad. His indignant response is to do an exaggerated Spit Take and shout "Me?!?"
  • Loaded Weapon 1: When the police precinct's psychologist calls Detective Colt (a parody of Martin Riggs) a Gun Nut with a Hair-Trigger Temper, Colt's response is to point his sidearm at her face.
  • Mary Poppins: The titular nanny takes out her tape measure and measures Michael with this result: "Extremely Stubborn and Suspicious." Michael shouts "I am not!" and then immediately picks up the tape measure to see for himself.
  • In Plan 9 from Outer Space (after several remarks about humans' folly and warlike tendencies):
    Eros: [with disgust] Stronger. You see? You see? Your stupid minds! Stupid! Stupid!
    Jeff Trent: That's all I'm taking from you! [pistol-whips Eros upside the head]
  • In Office Space, Tom says with an increasingly panicked and loud voice, "I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people. Can't you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?"
  • A serious version from The Rock. General Hummel (Ed Harris) has captured John Mason (Sean Connery) and is justifying his threat to launch poison gas at San Francisco. Incidentally, this is so blatant that it's how Mason figures out Hummel is bluffing.
    Mason: I don't quite see how you cherish the memory of the dead by killing another million. And, uh, this is not combat. It's an act of lunacy. Frankly, General, sir, I think you're a fucking idiot.
    Hummel: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." — Thomas Jefferson.
    Mason: "Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious," according to Oscar Wilde.
    Hummel: [rifle-butts Mason]
    Mason: Thank you for proving my point.
  • In Rush Hour 3, a French taxi driver refuses to transport Carter because he believes that all Americans are violent nationalists. Carter then forces him at gunpoint to say he loves America.
    Carter: Say you love America.
    George: I love America. Please don't kill me!
  • Singin' in the Rain gives us this line:
    Lina: What do they think I am, dumb or something? Why, I make more money than... Calvin Coolidge! Put together!
  • In Starkweather, Charlie screams "I ain't no coldblooded killer!" at his terrified victim just before he puts a bullet in head.
  • Under Siege: As Commander Krill reads through his now-dead superior's report on him, he notices that he pegged Krill for being psychologically unstable. Krill, in drag, asks his associate if he looks like he needs psychological help.
  • The World's End:
    Steven: Wow, you really do have a selective memory, do you?
    Gary: Someone else was saying that!
    Andy: Me!
    Gary: No, I would have remembered that.
  • Zombieland has this exchange:
    Columbus: Are you one of these guys that tries to one-up everyone else's story?
    Tallahassee: No! I knew a guy way worse at that than me.
  • In Zoolander, Prewett explains to Derek that male models are the perfect targets for brainwashing because they're stupid and gullible enough to accept anything:
    Derek: That is not true!
    J.P. Prewett: Yes it is, Derek.
    Derek: Okay.

  • A man and a woman in bed after sex:
    Her: Man, you've got to be the worst lover in the world.
    Him: Yeah? And how exactly did you manage to figure it out in fifteen seconds?
  • "Is it true that you politicians always answer a question with another question?" "Who told you that?"
  • One joke has an aged man married to a woman in her early 20's complain of how people rebuked the age gap between the couple by calling him a pedophile, which the man then remarks ruined their ten-year anniversary.
  • From the Philogelos, the world's oldest joke book:
    A pedant's father says he heard that his son was being judgmental toward others based on how expensive their clothes were.
    "I do no such thing!" the son replies. "Besides, why would you trust the word of someone whose cloak is only 50 drachmae?"
  • A man goes in for a job interview. Things are going well, then the interviewer asks that one question everyone hates:
    Interviewer: What's your biggest weakness?
    Man: Honesty.
    Interviewer: I don't think that's a weakness.
    Man: Well, I don't give a fuck what you think.

  • From Alice in Wonderland:
    King of Hearts: You never had fits, my dear, I think?
    Queen of Hearts: Never! [furiously, throwing an inkstand at the Lizard]
  • In Cold Days, Harry Dresden is looking at Sarissa and Maeve arguing, and he realizes that they are identical twins. They immediately turn to him and simultaneously reply they are not.
  • Discworld:
    • In Wyrd Sisters, Magrat objects to Felmet commissioning a play that depicts the witches as evil meddlers who put curses on people at the slightest provocation.
      "We live in harmony with the great cycles of Nature and do no harm to anyone, and it's wicked of them to say we don't. We ought to fill their bones with hot lead!"
    • In Feet of Clay, when High Priest Ridcully (priest of Blind Io, chief god in charge of lightning) criticizes the bolt-hurling habit of the crocodile god Offler:
      Priest: But Offler is a vengeful god.
      Ridcully: Trigger-happy is what he is.
      [a bolt of lightning tries to hit Ridcully but deflects away at a right-angle]
  • Dragaera:
    • Paraphrased from Jhegaala — after the hero Vlad, a former assassin and gangster, has been mistaken for a thug: "I hate when people do that. It makes me want to break their legs".
    • Kiera the Thief makes a similar comment in Orca to the effect that she hates when people think she's going to steal their purses and how it makes her want to rob them. From the context, it's not clear whether she finds the assumption offensive or amusing (and somebody staring at her worried about their purse a suddenly irresistible challenge).
  • In Johannes Cabal the Detective Leonie Barrow points out that Cabal thinks he's better than everybody else. Cabal dismisses this as absurd and then tries to think of someone he looks up to. He can't.
  • An early example: In Laxdæla saga (The Saga of the People of Laxárdalur), Thórðr accuses his wife Auðr of wearing breeches (i.e. being a transvestite) so that he can divorce her and marry Guðrún. When Auðr comes into Thórðr's bed-chamber to get revenge, she is wearing breeches.
  • The ancient Greek jokebook Philogelos features one. A father accuses his son of judging people based on the value of their clothes. The son vehemently denies this, and upon hearing who told his father about this, asks why he would trust the word of a man whose cloak is worth less than 50 drachmas.
  • Pyp and Grenn have a habit of doing this in A Song of Ice and Fire. One early example:
    Pyp: You're too stupid to be craven.
    Grenn: I am not.
    Pyp: Are too. If we ran into a bear in the forest you'd be too dimwitted to run away.
    Grenn: I would not. I'd run faster than you. ...Hey!
  • In Spellsinger: The Day of the Dissonance, Mudge utters the following line when Roseroar comments on his bad language: "I'll have you know, me elephantine kitten, that my language is as fucking refined as anyone's!"
  • In Unavoidable Family Outing, the narrator fully expects this, and doesn't even bother to check if he's right.
    Sal: [about BRAD] There's no taming him – he hasn't even been fully house trained.

    I didn't need to look over at BRAD. I knew that whatever he was doing, it would back up Sal's comment without question.
  • There are a few examples in the Wings of Fire series:
    • Tsunami responds to being told that she's about as "diplomatic as a rhinoceros" by shouting that "I can be very diplomatic when I want to be!"
    • The following exchange between Qibli and Winter:
      Qibli: [imitating Winter's pretentious manner of speaking] Terribly undignified. We would never allow such higgledy-piggledy shenanigans in the Ice Kingdom.
      Winter: Was that supposed to be me? Terribly unimpressive, if so. I haven't once said "higgledy-piggledy" in my entire life. We would never allow such linguistic imprecision in the Ice Kingdom.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun:
    • For starters:
      Man: [to Dick] You look capable of violence!
      Dick: [raising a chair] I'll show you who's capable of violence!
    • Another example:
      Sally: All the men I've been with are strong and decisive and you're neither of those things.
      Leon: Well, I can be... maybe... probably not...
  • On 30 Rock:
    • Tracy's wife complains that she'll have to cancel her salon appointment because of Tracy's irresponsibility, prompting this:
      Tracy: Keep your hair appointment! I'll do the Christmas shopping this year to prove to you I can be reliable and that I can finish everything that I— [walks away]
    • Jack tells Tracy that he's worried about Tracy's out-of-control spending. Tracy skeptically asks for an example, while wearing a shirt made of money.
    • Liz confronts a psycho auditioner:
      Liz: Jenna was right. You're totally crazy.
      Jaden Michael Tyler: Would a crazy person laugh like this? MWAHAHAHAHA!!
  • Angel:
    Connor: He looks like he's gonna yell.
    Gunn: I do not.
    Connor: He always looks like he's gonna yell.
    Gunn: [raising voice] I'm not gonna yell!
  • From Arrested Development:
    • Lindsay gets called a...
      Lindsay: I'm a "combative, entitled princess?" I'm going to hire someone to kick your ass for that!
    • Also:
      Michael: I just haven't met anybody who's not completely self-absorbed and impossible to have a conversation with.
      Lucille: If that's a veiled criticism about me, I won't hear it and I won't respond to it.
    • On Lindsay:
      Lucille: Oh, she thinks I'm too critical. That's another fault of hers.
  • Austin & Ally: When Austin is telling the gang how they were fighting over the only ticket to his gig in "Tickets & Trashbags":
    Austin: And Ally... talked for a really long time.
    Ally: I don't talk for a really long time! If anything, I talk for a normal amount of time! What is normal anyway?! Is my normal different from your normal which is different from Trish's normal?! Anyway, you were saying...?
  • The Barrier: When offered tranquilizers by his daughter during a harrowing day, Luis snaps at her that he doesn't need them.
  • Subverted in the Batman (1966) episode "Batman Displays His Knowledge", when Batman ponders whether the reported bad luck associated with a particular treasure (phrased as an "amusing old wives' tale") will hold true. Robin's reaction is shock that Batman, of all people, might believe in superstition.
    Batman: Me? Superstitious? Nonsense. ...Ah! Never walk under a ladder, Robin.
    Robin: Batman, I'm surprised at you.
    Batman: Not at all. There is a custom based on fact. The ladder could fall and hit you on the head. Or someone could slip and fall from the ladder. It doesn't pay to court disaster, Robin.
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • Sheldon denies resembling C-3PO while making jerky, robotic head movements.
    • Another example would be Sheldon's line, "I'm not crazy; my mom had me tested."
    • Yet another Sheldon example:
      Sheldon: You don't think I'm condescending, do you?
      Penny: Well...
      Sheldon: Oh, sorry. "Condescending" means—
      Penny: I know what it means!
    • When the guys are trying to convince Sheldon he'd make a good professor:
      Leonard: This might not be that bad. You like telling people they're wrong.
      Sheldon: Wrong! [Beat] Just because I enjoyed that one doesn't mean I always do.
  • Blackadder Goes Forth, in "General Hospital":
    George: I have not got any uncles like that! Anyway, he lives in Walton-on-the-Naze.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
    • This:
      Rosa: You think I have an anger problem? I don't. You are both dead to me.
    • Also this, after Boyle discovers that Gina has been collecting what looks like blackmail information about all her co-workers:
      Gina: I'm not a blackmailer. If you tell anyone I am I'll release all your secrets.
    • And this from Rosa to Captain Holt when asked why she doesn't want to bring her girlfriend to meet him:
      Rosa: It's just that you can be a bit... judgmental.
      Holt: What a stupid thing to say. Name one time when I've been judgmental.
      Rosa: Okay.
      Holt: [in flashback] What a stupid thing to say.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Giles: Um, Anya, while, while I completely trust you uh, uh, to take care of the inventory and the money, um... dealing with people requires a certain, uh... finesse.
      Anya: I have finesse! I have finesse coming out of my bottom! I can completely lie to the health inspector. I can, you know, distract him with coy smiles, and, and bribe him with money and goods.
    • From "Blood Ties", as the Scooby Gang uncomfortably tries to avoid Dawn:
      Dawn: Why does everybody start acting all weird when I'm around?
      Xander: [awkwardly] ...Me? Me not weird!
  • A Running Gag in El Chavo del ocho is Quico acknowledging his own stupidity, especially when he overhears people saying the word stupid or dumb, and asking if they're talking about him. There's one time when El Chavo suggested Quico that he should wish for himself to stop being dumb, he corrects El Chavo by stating he cannot wish for impossibilities.
  • Cheers:
    • Frasier is told that he's being redundant.
      Frasier: So now you're saying that I'm redundant, that I repeat myself, that I say things over and over again!
    • Norm claims that a chimp could perform Cliff's job of delivering mail. Cliff is highly offended and refers to a University of Michigan study that found that chimps are 32% slower.
  • The Closer: In "Elysian Fields", Provenza complains when Detective Olin is brought in to advise on a case.
    Provenza: He wrote me up for using bad language, which is bullshit!
  • Community:
    • Britta is often on the receiving end of this:
      Britta: When are we going to outgrow this outmoded concept of marriage?
      Annie: What, you're anti-wedding now?
      Jeff: No, she's just pro-anti.
      Britta: No to everything you both said!
    • Senor Chang gets one bad review in his student evaluations, then tells the class how he painstakingly went through old exams trying to match the handwriting, then gets in Annie's face and slowly and creepily mocks her for dotting her i's with little circles.
      Chang: [touching foreheads with Annie] Who's "unstable and erratic" now, Princess gringa? [kisses her on the forehead]
  • Corner Gas:
    Brent: [after Oscar tells Emma that Brent is "turning the gas station into a movie theater"] Bearing in mind Dad does have a tendency to overstate things.
    Oscar: I've never overstated anything in the entire history of the planet!
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend:
    • After Nathaniel won't give Rachel her job back:
      Rachel: Really? You're just going to be a child about this?
      Nathaniel: I am not being a child, now get out of my room! ...My office. Get out of my office.
    • White Josh: "My friends all say I'm judgy, but I never listen to them or care what they say because they're stupid idiots."
  • The Doctor Who episode "Deep Breath" has this gem:
    Clara: Hang on. Egomaniac, needy game-player? You were talking about me?
    The Doctor: Clara, what is happening right now, in this restaurant, to you and me, is more important than your egomania.
    Clara: Nothing is more important than my egomania!
    The Doctor: Right, you actually said that...
  • Family Ties:
    Alex: Dad, I think I'm a little old to be sent up to my room.
    Steven: You're also too old to be whining in the car the whole way back.
    Alex: [In a whiny tone] I wasn't whining.
    Steven: Go. [Alex kicks at the side of the counter then exits]
  • From Flight of the Conchords:
    Jemaine: I can't believe you got that job and I didn't.
    Bret: Yeah, well you need to work on your people skills, Jemaine.
    Jemaine: Shut up, Bret.
  • Frasier:
    • From Niles:
      Niles: Don't you dare call me irrational! You know that makes me crazy!
    • In "Look Before You Leap", Daphne protests the accusation that she's whiny with a high-pitched "I don't whiiine!"
  • Friends:
    • After Joey gets offended that Monica and Chandler didn't ask him for a character reference letter:
      Monica: Sorry Joe, we didn't think you were so much... with the words...
      Joey: Wha-huh? Hey! Whoa, I'mean, tchhh!
      Chandler: Clearly, we were wrong.
    • In another episode:
      Joey: He made Rachel cry!
      Monica: Rachel always cries!
      Rachel: That's not true! [starts to cry]
    • In "The One With The Joke", when Monica and Rachel are offended that Phoebe thinks that Monica's high-maintenance and Rachel's a pushover, they decide to go to lunch without her. Rachel suggests a place they could go, Monica immediately shoots it down, and Rachel goes along with it. Monica also demanded Pheobe make a list of all the reasons she was meant to be high-maintenance, so they could go through it point-by-point.
  • From GLOW (2017):
    Rhonda: You're so bloody paranoid all the time.
    Sam: I'm not paranoid! Who told you that?
  • The Good Place:
    • During a discussion, Eleanor's inferiority complex starts rearing its head, and Chidi tells her not to "lash out" at everyone else. Eleanor angrily responds, "Lash out?!"
    • After Shawn accuses the main characters of cheating:
      Eleanor: How is that cheating? You're just falsely accusing us of things you actually did!
      Shawn: No, that's what you're doing!
  • From Grace and Frankie:
    Grace: You have been acting like a petulant teenager all day!
    Frankie: Whatever.
  • Hacks: Jimmy quits the agency and just barely restrains himself from hitting someone with his laptop on his way out, and then screams at them that he doesn't have anger issues.
  • An episode of Hey Dude! sees Danny offending his coworkers with his comic strip, which features thinly veiled negative caricatures of all of them:
    Jake: What right do you have to imply that I only got this job because my uncle owns the ranch?
    Brad: Well, Jake, that is the reason that you got the job, but, hey that's not the point here.
    Lucy: That's right, Danny. And how do you think I feel about you making me out to be some kind of dictator who orders you guys around? [sees Buddy tossing an apple in the air] Stop that, Buddy!
    Brad: [whining] And "Drab", she's always so negative and complaining all the time. I really hate that, Danny!
    Danny: Wow, you guys are really making a strong case.
  • Horrible Histories, on the gunpowder plot:
    Guy Fawkes: So we're going to blow up King James and his entire family at the state opening of parliament?
    John Wright: That's right.
    Fawkes: Any reason, or just for fun?
    Wright: Because you're a Catholic and I'm a Catholic, and the king hates Catholics! He seems to think we're always plotting something.
  • House:
    • Played with:
      Cuddy: Are you being intentionally dense?
      House: [making a stupid face] Huh?
    • And again:
      Cuddy:...and a disturbingly large proportion of your comments are racist or sexist.
      House: That top makes you look like an Afghani prostitute... would be an example of that.
  • How I Met Your Mother, when Lily and Robin are accusing Ted of being the "dad" of the group:
    Lily: Ted, you may be single and childless, but you're totally a dorky dad.
    Ted: I don't think I like your tone, young lady.
  • In one episode of iCarly, Sam is beating up a child:
    Child: I'm sorry!
    Sam: Sorry for what?
    Child: For saying you're aggressive!
  • Frank on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia introduces an employee ranking system:
    Mac: Third?! Why am I third??
    Frank: Too volatile.
  • Subverted in the first sketch with Gustavo the Euro Guy on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Gustavo complains that Americans are too violent and promptly gets punched out. When Conan points out this proves his point, the guy who punched him out replies "No worries, mate — I'm Australian!"
  • Done seriously on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit when Eliot's son Dicky is caught using the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique on a man he suspects is responsible for the disappearance of his friend. Afterward, his father takes him into the station and complains about him doing that. When Richard responds that he's not the first member of his family to act like that, Eliot attacks his son in the middle of the squad room.
  • A sketch on The Lenny Henry Show has various pop stars criticizing Lenny Henry's impressions of them as being hopelessly inaccurate. Since they are, of course, being played by Lenny Henry...
    "Michael Jackson": He can't even sing
    Just keeps on making lots of stupid noises

  • Little Lunch:
    Mealanie: My mum says I can be overly dramatic, but I was pretty sure both my shoulders were broken and my arms would never work again.
  • Married... with Children: When Marcy asks Steve why Al calls her a chicken, her stance does resemble a chicken's.
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Ted Baxter wants to serve as Grand Marshal in a circus parade, but Lou Grant won't let him:
    Ted: He treats me like a little child, Mary. He bosses me around as though I were ten years old.
    Mary: Ted, that isn't true. He may boss you around but he doesn't think you're a kid. He respects you as a mature adult.
    Ted: [whining] Then why won't he let me go to the circus?!!
  • M*A*S*H has an example intentionally invoked by Hawkeye and BJ.
    Charles: Actually, gentlemen, I'm not altogether unaffected by this arctic blast, but I refuse to huddle around a fire like you two cringing pack wolves.
    Hawkeye: Pack wolves? I've never been so insulted in my life!
    Hawkeye & BJ: [growling and barking noises at Charles]
  • The 1980s reboot of The Mickey Mouse Club has a recurring sketch that parodies What's My Line? by having a blatantly obvious panelist come on and the contestants not even come close to guessing their occupation. When the guest panelist is a circus clown of the classic Non-Ironic Clown variety, the show's host finally erupts at the contestants and calls them "clowns" for their stupidity. The actual clown becomes angry at the host using the word "clown" to describe something buffoonish, shouts "I resent that remark!" — and sprays the host in the face with a bottle of seltzer. (Then again, maybe the host just didn't have N-Word Privileges.)
  • Misfits:
    • Kelly is repeatedly accused of being a Chav note  and she eventually responds to this by screaming at another girl: "If you call me that one more time I'll kick you so hard in the c*nt your mum will feel it!"
    • When Nathan's father calls him a "wanker", Nathan responds by being snarky and rude, and then blithely attacking someone with a stapler (he was kind of proving his father's point).
  • Common in Monty Python's Flying Circus letters from viewers:
    "Dear Sir, I am writing to complain about that last sketch about people falling out of high buildings. I myself have worked all my life in such a building, and have never once—WHAAAAAAAA!!!"

    "I would put a tax on all people who stand in water!"

    "Dear Sir, I object strongly to the letters on your programme. They are clearly not written by the general public and are merely included for a cheap laugh. Yours sincerely etc., William Knickers."

    "Dear Sir, I am glad to hear that your studio audience disapproves of the last skit as strongly as I. As a naval officer, I abhor the implication that the Royal Navy is a haven for cannibalism. It is well known that we have the problem relatively under control, and that it is the RAF who now suffer the largest casualties in this area."

    "Many of my best friends are lumberjacks, and only a few of them are transvestites."
  • Mr. Young:
    Ivy: We're dealing with someone who's old, confused, and can't remember anything!
    Mrs. Byrne: I heard that! I don't know what it meant and now I can't remember what it was, but I heard it!
  • In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of Werewolf:
    Yuri: You callin' me a psychopath?
    Crow: [as Yuri] I'll kill your whole family if you call me that again!
    [Yuri attacks Paul, the guy who called him a psychopath, by savagely beating him with a wolf skull]
    Mike: [as Paul] I'm sorry, clearly you're not a psychopath; my mistake.
  • Never Have I Ever:
    • In S01E01, Fabiola protests the accusation that she and her best friends are uncool by pointing out that they're the only students allowed to eat with teachers at lunch.
    • In S01E05, this is part of Devi and Ben's banter. She calls him pretentious and unlikable; he follows it up by saying he can't be those things because his dad drives a Porsche Cayenne. He says she has a somewhat difficult personality; she responds by threatening to punch him in the Adam's apple.
  • From New Girl:
    Cece: I know you guys are technically men, but all you do is hang out together, like you're twelve.
    Nick: What do you know, you're just a stupid girl.
  • The Britcom Not Going Out has this:
    Tim: [reading a question from a personality quiz] Are you the kind of person who jumps into decisions without properly considering all the available options?
    Lee: [firmly] No.
    Tim: Hang on, it's multiple choice.
  • In The Office (US), Michael has an awful tendency towards this, given sensitivity to criticism and general obliviousness. In one famous example, he becomes so upset at being confused of homophobia that he decides to prove how accepting he is of gay people by kissing Oscar on the lips. Without consent.
  • Parks and Recreation:
    • From a deleted scene in which Leslie is trying to avoid having to break up with Ben:
      Ann: Leslie, you're just stalling now.
      Leslie: No I'm not! Just give me 236 reasons why you think that.
    • Ben has a tendency to counter claims that he's a geek in spectacularly geeky ways:
      Tom: So are you going on, like, a year-long walking tour of the set of The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand?
      Ben: To be honest with you, I wasn't a fan of, uh, Peter Jackson's interpretation. So you can put that one away.
  • In one episode of The Pretender, Jarod punishes a psychiatrist at a mental institution, ending with taking said psychiatrist to another institution, claiming he tried to kill himself. This is followed by the psychiatrist in question ranting and raving about not being crazy.
  • Red Dwarf:
    • When Rimmer reads Captain Hollister's comments on his record and learns that the captain considers him overzealous and possibly insane, he immediately starts seething about how Hollister was jealous of his entirely fictitious popularity and sabotaged his proposal to shorten minimum haircut length.
    • In the Red Dwarf: Back to Earth miniseries, where the Dwarfers are Refugees From TV Land, Rimmer reads an SFX magazine article that calls him hilarious and neurotic.
      Rimmer: Neurotic? I'm not neurotic. I've never been neurotic. Neurotic? Neurotic? Are they insane? Who writes this stuff? I wasn't even neurotic when I was a kid. I didn't have time, I was too busy washing my hands. Hilarious? In what way am I hilarious? Name one way in which I'm hilarious. One. Just one. One way.
      Kryten: Well, you're pompous without reason, sir, and you have hilariously unrealistic life-goals.
      Rimmer: When I'm Lord of the Starfleet, Kryten, you'll pay for that remark.
  • A non-comedic example occurs in the Riverdale episode "Chapter 10: The Lost Weekend". Betty confronts Chuck, who is back at school after she semi-tortured him and got him expelled.
    Chuck: You don't have to go "Dark Betty" on me.
    Betty: [slams her hands down and yells] I'm not going...!
  • Scrubs:
    • In one episode:
      Elliot: Todd, face it. You're gay, and overcompensating for it.
      The Todd: Oh yeah? Well if I'm gay, how come I work out so much?
    • In another episode:
      Carla: Are you familiar with the term "delusions of grandeur"?
      The Janitor: I believe I coined that term. Look, I'm a simple unassuming janitor who can control people's actions with his mind.
    • Another episode:
      Jake: Everyone around here is crazy.
      Janitor: That's not true. Let me put down my bag of rats, and explain something to you.
  • Seinfeld: Jerry accidentally ends his Uncle Leo's relationship by doing a comedy routine about his tendency to blame anything that inconveniences him on anti-Semitism. When Leo's girlfriend thinks it's funny, Leo accuses her of being an anti-Semite and they break up.
  • From Silicon Valley:
    • Richard fails to negotiate his negotiation skills:
      Dinesh: No offense, Richard, but you're not a strong negotiator.
      Richard: I'm a great negotiator, Dinesh.
      Dinesh: You're a terrible negotiator.
      Richard: [weakly] I'm a...decent negotiator, ju—so...
    • Richard hears secondhand that a girl he briefly dated said that he was "obsessed" with her, which he vehemently denies, at length, to the point where he can't focus on his work and starts researching her online so he can "find out who she's been talking to", etc.
      Dinesh: Richard, I don't care.
      Richard: Me neither! That's my point!
    • Laurie Bream on why Richard needs to meet with a PR person before an interview:
      Laurie: You are in an emotional state, and when you are emotional, you become highly inarticulate.
      Richard: Well, I don't say that's true!
    • Later:
      Erlich: You do tend to babble on when you're under pressure.
      Richard: [scoffs] Why does this thing people say?
      Erlich: ...Why indeed.
  • In Star Trek: Voyager, Neelix and Tuvok have a disagreement that Tuvok won't let go of:
    Neelix: You always have to get in that last word, don't you?
    Tuvok: I am simply responding to your erroneous statement.
    Neelix: Something tells me you just hate to lose an argument. [leaves the room]
    Tuvok: Losing is irrelevant.
    Neelix: [ducking back in] See what I mean? [leaves again]
    Tuvok: ...No, I do not.
  • When Ted Lasso's therapist Sharon complains to her own therapist about Ted's constant deflections:
    Therapist: Sharon, you do the same thing. He uses humor to deflect, you use your intelligence.
    Sharon: Please. I do not harness my savantish nature to alienate people and isolate myself. ...Okay, I hear that.
  • Mr. Roper of Three's Company: "I'm not paranoid! Why is everybody against me?"
  • From The Lonely Island's The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience:
    Mark: What, you don't think we're sophisticated?
    Amber: We don't think it, we know it.
    Jose: Well, if you ask me, you shouldn't judge a book...
    [long pause]
    Amber and Stacy: [whispering helpfully] its cover.
    Jose: its cover!
  • On Veep:
    • Amy reads an "autopsy" about internal issues in Selina Meyer's campaign:
      Amy: First and foremost, there was a reluctance on the part of the candidate to take responsibility for mistakes.
      Selina: What!? No, you were the one that made mistakes! What else, go on.
      Amy: Uh, second, there was a culture of blame that made people feel unsafe expressing criticisms.
      Selina: What dumb asshole said that?
      Amy: Number three, an unwillingness to actually discuss strategies and share ideas with campaign staff—
      Selina: All right, autopsy is now over. Forget about it.
    • Jonah, complaining in a speech about his campaign being sabotaged:
      Jonah: And you know who else doesn't think I have the intelligence or the "tentrament" to be president? My own campaign staff!
  • In What We Do in the Shadows (2019), as Nandor complains about how he's treated by the other vampires:
    Nandor: You mock me, you disrespect me. You contradict me!
    Nadja: No we don't!
    In the same argument Nandor complains that Nadja openly mocks him during his romantic troubles; Nadja has to stifle her laughter just at the mention of it.
  • In Will & Grace, any time someone throws an insult toward Karen, she responds this way. One time, when Grace accuses her of being racist, she responds: "I may be a lot of things. A homophobe? Sure. Distrustful of Spaniards? Who isn't? But I am not a racist."
  • On Wizards of Waverly Place, Alex gives this during the "Wizards vs. Angels" series.
    Alex: I'm not turning bad, you little twerp!

  • Psychostick's "Beer!" complains that "they say beer will make me dumb". The very next line is, "It are go good with pizza".
  • From the intro to the music video for Taylor Swift's "ME!":
    Brendan Urie: You need to calm down!
    Taylor Swift: I AM CALM!!!

  • From the Dungeons & Dragons podcast The Lucky Die:
    Balance: Zaltanna, you should stay back.
    Zaltanna: Why?
    Balance: Because we need to approach quietly and stealthily, and you are neither.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • In Shine, Mercedes Martinez denies Daffney Unger's critique that she disrespects people and shows no respect for the veterans that came before her, by maintaining that she's learned all she needs to know from those there before so they now need to learn their place and boasting about how little respect she had for Daffney.
  • In one episode of NXT, Ricochet accused Adam Cole of being a coward. Cole responded by getting The Undisputed Era to ambush him in a 4-on-1 attack.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppet Show:
    • The At the Dance sketch in the Jaye P. Morgan episode has the dancers accuse their partner of various things, often resulting in this trope. For example, one woman accuses her partner of not being able to take criticism.
      Partner: Oh, that's a low-down, rotten lie! What do you mean, I can't take criticism...?
    • The Roger Moore episode has a non-verbal example: In the lead-up to a sketch involving Horny Vikings, Kermit describes them as "cruel, heartless, Scandinavian marauders". The Swedish Chef comes up and hits him with a frying pan, which "persuades" Kermit to alter his description to "quaint, fun-loving old charmers".

  • In one episode of Absolute Power (BBC), Sandy, having just done a marketing course, explains to Charles and Martin about fitting people into different demographics. Charles, for instance, is the highbrow sort who needs to flaunt his intelligence by using foreign phrases, whereas Martin is more a middlebrow type who hates making decisions and needed constant reassurance. Their reactions:
    Charles: Au contraire!
    Martin: I'm not like that at all. Am I? Charles?
  • In the surrealish sitcom At Home With The Hardys, Kit and Jeremy are having an argument.
    Kit: Oh my god — you are such a hypochondriac!
    Jeremy: I am not a hypochondriac and stop shouting at me, you're making me ill!
  • Our Miss Brooks: In one episode, Miss Brooks suggests that Mr. Conklin never had any friends. Mr. Conklin replies that as a boy he was very good friends with his mother.
  • In the What Does the K Stand For? episode "Riot", Stephanie calls Stephen getting angry a "little queeny strop". The normally Straight Gay Stephen replies "There's nothing 'queeny' about me ...girlfriend."

  • Played for drama in The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill. The main character attempts to prove that just because he's poor doesn't mean he's a brute and tries to do this by beating up the girl he thought insulted him. He gets killed by an ape instead.
  • In Pygmalion, Henry Higgins, after being told by his maid not to swear in front of Eliza, retorts:
    Henry: I never swear. I detest this habit. What the devil do you mean?

    Video Games 
  • During a Nemesis mission in Champions Online, you have to fight a villain named Scalpel, who takes umbrage to the Mayor's assessment that he is a sadistic psychopath, and threatens to "butcher and bleed him for that insult".
  • Non-spoken example in Evil Genius: Jubei the rogue Samurai was denied martial arts training at his Dojo, because his Dojo masters feared he was too aggressive and lacked a sense of peace and tranquility. Enraged at them for making comments that he considered a stain on his honor, Jubei drew his katana and slaughtered the Dojo masters one by one, pausing only to reflect on the fact that maybe they had a point.
  • Locke of Final Fantasy VI reacts to a merchant calling him a thief (instead of a treasure hunter) by... stealing his clothes. That's showing him, Locke!
  • In the Crimson Blaze route of Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, Edelgard declares war on Garreg Mach and the central church, using their habit of manufacturing hardships to offer freedom-limiting solutions to as justification and accusing the Archbishop of perverting the peaceful religion of Sothis. Cut to Rhea, who passionately says she'd like to murder Edelgard's entire army personally before remarking she has no patience for tyrants. Of course, like most things in the Three Houses/Hopes setting, there's more to it than there appears.Spoiler explanation 
  • In Grandia II, Ryudo offers Millenia a fruit which supposedly mellows out angry people. She naturally flies into a screaming rage at the suggestion.
  • At the end of the Port Royal storyline in Kingdom Hearts II, Goofy comments that Jack Sparrow and Sora are kind of alike. The two retort "Are not!" in perfect unison.
  • In one bit of inter-party dialogue in Knights of the Old Republic, Mission asks Bastila if she ever uses the Force for "fun", like making somebody trip if they're annoying her. Bastila acts highly offended and calls the idea "childish", which gets Mission angry enough to start insulting her. (Mission does not like to be called a child.) Bastila trips her with the Force while she's in mid-insult, turns away, and smugly denies she has any idea what Mission is talking about.
  • Left 4 Dead: At the end of the first TV spot for the game, one of the characters shouts, "I'll see peace back on Earth if I gotta murder every one of these animals with my own bare hands!" A less TV-friendly version can also be heard in the game under certain conditions ("I'll see peace back on Earth if I gotta murder every one of these bastards with my bare goddamn hands!").
    "For Chrissake, Francis, don't take God's name in vain."
  • Mass Effect 2:
    • When Kelly Chambers enthuses over penitent assassin Thane Krios, a male Shepard can comment that "All Girls Want Bad Boys". Kelly duly calls you out on using a filthy stereotype that just incidentally happens to be true in her case.
    • Two krogan are discussing:
      Krogan 1: C-Sec won't let you into the Presidium?
      Krogan 2: No, they say I'm a "risk".
      Krogan 1: They say that about all krogan.
      Krogan 2: Damn turians. We should kill them all.
    • If Shepard does not headbutt Gatatog Uvenk to shut him up, they'll instead tell him he's acting more like a Citadel politician than a krogan warlord. Uvenk's response involves more attempt at verbal wrangling, making him look like an idiot in front of his troops. So he storms off in a huff.
  • One fight intro between Rambo and Mileena of Mortal Kombat 11 has this exchange:
    Rambo: I've heard you're a freak.
    Mileena: By whom?! I'll eat them alive!
    Rambo: Guess I heard right.
  • This exchange from Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal:
    Dr. Nefarious: To think, they called me insane, Lawrence. But we'll see who's insane when my pets have exterminated all life on this miserable planet!
    Lawrence: That should clear things right up, sir.
  • Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse includes this exchange:
    Sam: I wouldn't trust that General Skun'kape.
    Mama Bosco: You two don't trust anybody, do you?
    Sam: What do you mean by that?
    Max: Yeah, what are you trying to pull!?
  • The Thraddash of Star Control II revere force to the point that they have semi-regular rebellions that attempt to overthrow the current "Culture" and install themselves as the new Culture. Among the history you can learn from them is the story of Culture 14, who believed that this system of violent revolution set the Thraddash's cultural and technological evolution back 500 years each time. They were wrong, as demonstrated only 10 years after they came to power, when the next revolution only set them back "two, three hundred years tops."
  • Senran Kagura: In the Gessen story route of Shinovi Versus, Hibari (very understandably) mistakes Minori for a child when they first meet. Cue the following exchange, which only makes that assumption look more credible:
    Minori: You're a meanie! I'm not a kid! I can even lick wasabi, a little! And I can have my coffee black!
    Hibari: You take your coffee black? Seriously?
    Minori: Yup! With LOTS of sugar and milk!
    Hibari: Ha! I can drink it too if I do that! That's not even what black coffee means! ...You really are pretty much just a kid.
    Minori: Oh, there you go again! You called me a kid again, you meanie-pants!
  • In Tyranny during the "Final Judgement" mission, one of Tunon's questions during the trial of the Fatebinder can be why you spend so much time standing around silently glaring at people. Your character has the option of responding that you learned to do so from observing him. Tunon's response is to give you a Death Glare.

    Visual Novels 
  • The title character of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney catches himself doing one of these at one point — the Judge says "I'm not sure we could reasonably expect Mr. Justice to do anything delicately," and Apollo thinks "Hey! Why I oughta... take a deep breath and calm down."
    • The fourth case reveals that a much more serious example was going on in the background; 7 years ago, Zak Gramarye fired Kristoph Gavin for being untrustworthy. Said individual proceeded to prove how untrustworthy he was by framing the next guy Zak hired for forging evidence (using a forgery that Kristoph had originally intended to use himself) and later going on to murder Zak himself.
  • C14 Dating: Melissa reacts to Deandre saying that she's pushy by shoving Deandre while claiming that she's not pushy. As Deandre himself points out, it only serves to make his case to the third person to whom he's talking.
  • Eroge! Sex and Games Make Sexy Games (in Kisara's route):
    Kisara: Nervous?! H-hmph! I-I-I-I'm not the type to get nervous, and even y-you k-kn-kn-know that, right?
    The table shook and our coffee cups rattled.
    Tomoya: ...But you are nervous, aren't you?
  • In The Fruit of Grisaia, we have this exchange:
    Yuuji: Stop talking. You are a complete simpleton.
    Michiru: Huh!? What's a simpleton...? A simple ton? A ton of what!? Aah! Stop playing games with my mind!!

    Web Animation 
  • In Hunter: The Parenting, Marckus responds to the accusation that he whines a lot by... whining about how he doesn't whine.
  • When Fan is complaining about what Cabby has written in her file about him in the Inanimate Insanity Invitational episode "The Shame of the Name", he brings up him supposedly being "not one to keep his composure" as an example. He proceeds to scoff at the idea while, as the closed captions put it, laughing uncomposurely.
  • OverSimplified: "The Pig War" video features an Ax-Crazy customs collector who plans to negotiate with the sheep being farmed on San Juan islands to settle the boundary dispute. When his companion asks him if he's crazy to try to talk with the sheep, the customs collector brandishes a knife at him, yelling, "I'M PERFECTLY STABLE YOU RATBAG! CALL ME CRAZY AGAIN AND I'LL EAT YOUR EYES!!!"
  • Red vs. Blue:
    Washington: Quit bickering! You guys are the most immature soldiers I have ever met!
    Grif: Yeah well, your face is immature!
  • The RWBY franchise:
    • RWBY:
      • When Ruby and Weiss first team up, their personalities clash fiercely. Weiss keeps ordering them around, despite having no idea where they're going and Ruby keeps having immature tantrums. Eventually, she demands to know why Weiss is so bossy. Weiss immediately turns on her; by snapping back that she isn't bossy and ordering Ruby to not say things like that, she instantly confirms that she is indeed bossy.
        Weiss: I'm not bossy! Don't say things like that!
      • During Port's class, Weiss fights a Boarbatusk. Although Ruby tries to shout useful advice from the sidelines, Weiss keeps telling her off for getting involved because she's still smarting over Ruby being made team leader instead of her. After class, she admits to Port that she thinks she should be team leader and that she proved that in his class with her fighting skills. Port agrees that she has exceptional fighting skills, but that her big problem is that she has a very bad attitude. Weiss's immediate response to her own teacher's assessment is to tell him off for saying such a thing, thus proving his point.
        Port: All due respect, your exceptional skill on the battlefield is matched only by your poor attitude.
        Weiss: How dare you!
        Port: My point exactly.
    • In the RWBY Chibi episode "Cat Burglar", Team RWBY suspects Blake when the news talks about a cat burglar. Blake chews them out for profiling her as a cat faunus... while stealing everything in the room.

  • 8-Bit Theater:
    • Red Mage faces his inner demon, who will not leave until Red Mage conquers his hubris. Red Mage denies his hubris in the most arrogant way possible, including adding humility points to his character sheet while saying things like...
      Red Mage: Let this sheet bellow unto the heavens themselves that Red Mage is the most humble man to walk upon Earth! EVER!
      Demon: Literal adherence to a law means little without respect for the spirit of that law.
    • Red Mage eventually admits he cannot defeat his trial, thereby proving his humility and defeating his trial, prompting him to immediately boast about how brilliant he is to have worked out how to do that.
  • anti-HEROES: In "It's Like Winde-Tasting":
    Aldran: I'm not manipulative.
    Lana: Well, I dunno, you can be a bit—
    Aldran: I said "I'm not manipulative."
    Lana: Okay, okay, you're not. Jeez...
  • El Goonish Shive:
    • In one strip, right before Tedd orders some pizza, Justin accuses Nanase of going into really long rants when she's hungry... only to be followed by a Wall of Blather from Nanase about how she doesn't rant.
    • And in another strip, Sarah and Tedd suggest Susan take an alias for her role as film critic, with Tedd further recommending use of the word "Grumpy". Susan starts to calmly decline, but when interrupted by the other two eventually blurts out "'SUSAN'! I'M GOING TO GO BY 'SUSAN'! WE DON'T NEED ALIASES! And I'm not grumpy."
  • Homestuck:
    • A self-applied example with Jake and Dirk regarding Antiquated Linguistics:
      Jake: Pardon me but do i SOUND like some trollycar bellwether toiling in the heart of the mustache belt from the ruff n tumble year of nineteen aught nine???
      Dirk: ...he said unironically.
  • In No Need for Bushido, Ken responds to an accusation that he's not the most agreeable sort... by punching his accuser in the face.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • The prequel On the Origin of PCs has Roy say he thinks that wizards put too much faith in magic. His father Eugene immediately proves his point by saying that magic is perfect and all-powerful.
    • In "Case in Point", Chaotic Good(ish) Haley points out that lawful types have a tendency to make other people agree with them... or else. Lawful Good characters Roy and Durkon immediately tell her that this is absurd and to stop with the crazy talk. Even Elan sees the hypocrisy.
  • Penny Arcade:
    • "It's like you guys can't have a single conversation without using the word 'wang'." "Sure we wang!"
    • This textbook exchange:
      Tycho: It says here you made "crude sexual references a number of times throughout a MechAssault match".
      Gabe: Oh, yeah? Well, his mom gives lousy head! ...I mean, that guy's a fucking liar.
  • One Questionable Content strip combines this trope with an Insult Backfire.
    Faye: Goddamnit, I've been flummoxed by someone with the IQ of a herring.
    Raven: Herrings are pretty birds so I'll take that as a compliment.
  • Schlock Mercenary has 'Kweng call Tagon and Pibald stupid, with Tagon replying that he resents that remark. Fortunately, Pibald gets it straight.
    Pibald: It's resemble, sir. Don't mix metaphors.
  • Spacetrawler:
    Nogg: Krep is our pilot from planet Flimboulx. He's very bad tempered and I'd advise avoiding him.
    Krep: What?! You are such a suppositorial dipshit, Nogg.
    Nogg: You can see my point.
  • xkcd has an example wherein the remark happens offscreen, yet it still works:
    Cueball: No, Your Mom is unable to have a mature conversation that doesn't degrade into Your Mom jokes!

    Web Original 
  • Acts of Gord: In Acts of Gord, Book of Annoyances, Chapter 23, a reporter asks Gord (owner of a videogame store) for a quote for the front page of the newspaper, pertaining to video-game violence and its impact on society. Gord replies, "Video games don't make people more violent, and I'll kill anyone who disagrees." After a dramatic pause, the reporter replies that he doesn't think they can print that.

    Web Videos 
  • The ContraPoints episode "Gender Critical" has an example when the show's transgender host Natalie Wynn gets accused of falsely appropriating womanhood "by putting on nails, makeup, and a fake girly voice!" Natalie retorts, "First of all, my 'girly voice' is veryfuckingreal," getting more exaggeratedly shrill with every word.
  • Epic Rap Battles of History: In "Boba Fett vs. Deadpool":
    Boba Fett: But you're worth a lot to me if I bring you back dead/Schizophrenics pay triple-one for each head.
    Deadpool's Yellow Voice: Who you calling schizophrenic? You've got two different voices!
    Deadpool: You're like your holiday special, man—
    Deadpool's White Voice: Full of bad choices.
  • In Kickassia, a reporter tells Angry Joe that people think he's gun crazy. Joe demands to know who said that and shoots the camera.
  • In "The End of the World!?" by Matthew Santoro, Matthew opines that humans are devolving to the level of "sniveling tards." Hugo shows up, says "Hey, that term is offensive!", and snivels.
  • The Spoony Experiment: From Spoony's review of Phantasmagoria 2: "I'm not crazy! I'll kill anyone who says I am!"
  • In The Trial Of Tim Heidecker, when Tim is accused of intimidating a witness, his response to the prosecution is "I am not intimidating- I'll intimidate you, believe me!"

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • In one episode, Sokka asserts that he should be the team leader, to which Katara retorts, "Your voice still cracks!" Halfway through his own retort, Sokka's voice cracks.
      Toph: You're not my mom, and you're not their mom.
      Katara: I don't act that way. What do you think, Aang? Do I act like a mom?
      Aang: Well, I...
      Katara: Stop rubbing your eye and speak clearly when you talk!
      Aang: Yes, ma'am!
    • In the second season:
      Aang: Okay, okay, we both need to calm down.
      Katara: Both? I'M COMPLETELY CALM!!!
      Aang: [slowly backing away] ...I can see that...
    • In a similar vein:
      Iroh: Why don't you enjoy a cup of calming jasmine tea?
    • And a season later:
      Iroh: You will not be able to master lightning until you have dealt with the turmoil inside you.
      Zuko: WHAT TURMOIL?!
    • In "The Ember Island Players", the Gaang assists to a theatrical representation of the their adventures.
      Zuko: They make me look totally stiff and humorless.
      Katara: Actually, I think that actor's pretty spot on.
      Zuko: How could you say that!
      Actor!Iroh: Let's forget about the Avatar and get massages.
      Actor!Zuko: How could you say that!
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold with The Joker and The Weeper watching Batman on TV.
    Batman: People of Gotham, you have been at the mercy of cowardly and superstitious criminals for too long.
    Joker & Weeper: Superstitious!? [Weeper is rubbing a rabbit's foot and Joker is throwing salt over his shoulder]
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • From the episode "Bed and Breakfast":
      Bob: You always do this, Lin. Whenever you entertain, you put way too much effort into it and drive yourself crazy.
      Linda: What are you talking about? I'm a wonderful hostess!
      Bob: No, Linda, you go overboard and then if people aren't appreciative enough, you snap.
      Louise: [filled with intense rage] THAT'S NOT TRUE!!
    • In "Mazel-Tina", we have Bob's reaction to Tammy being a control freak at her bat mitzvah.
      Bob: Um, you're kind of exaggerating, Tammy.
      Tammy: I'm exaggerating?!
      Bob: Yeah, I think so. A little bit.
      Tammy: That is literally the stupidest thing that anyone has said in the history of mankind, ever!!
  • In Bojack Horseman:
    • Mr. Peanutbutter: Admit it! You like my girlfriend!
      Bojack: Oh, come on! I mean, am I attracted to her? Sure. Do my days feel better when I'm around her? Yeah. Does she get me in ways no woman ever has? Indubitably. Do I fantasize about her? Yes, but only in two positions! Look, am I the kind of guy that would try to steal someone else's girlfriend? Sure, of course! But do I like her? The answer is no, you have nothing to worry about!
    • During Bojack's therapy sessions:
      Dr. Champ: I notice you tend to deflect whenever I ask you about the source of your addiction.
      Bojack: I don't deflect. Hey, is that a new tie? Because I love it.
      Dr. Champ: You understand a joke about deflection is still a deflection, right?
  • Celebrity Deathmatch: A reporter calls Michael Richards "Kramer," to which he angrily responds, "MY NAME IS MICHAEL RICHARDS, PAL!" before adding "Kramer is just the character I play on TV" in a perfectly Kramer-like cadence.
  • Dan Vs.:
    • In "Dan vs. Dan", where Dan's imposter calls the real Dan "off-putting and angry". Dan then yells "OFF-PUTTING?! ANGRY?!", and his face has a different art style.
    • Similarly, in "Dan vs. Technology", Chris notes that Dan and Hiram aren't so different, with one of their similarities being that they're both "incredibly angry". After hearing this, Dan yells "WHO'S ANGRY?! HOW DARE YOU? I'LL STRANGLE YOU!".
  • At the end of one episode of Darkwing Duck, there's this exchange between Megavolt and Quackerjack when the two villains are on prison work detail:
    Quackerjack: Why don't you learn to relax, Sparky?
    Megavolt: Stop calling me that! And I am relaxed! I AM COMPLETELY RELAXED!
  • Disenchantment: When Jerry asks an innocent question about whether he'll get paid working for Dreamland, Odval says that as an intern he's just lucky not to be beaten. Jerry points out they do beat him, and Odval says that for that, he's going to be beaten.
  • Drawn Together has this exchange:
    Wooldoor: I don't feel comfortable doing that.
    Captain Hero: Would you feel more comfortable if I broke your arm in three places and then wrapped it in $100 bills?
    Wooldoor: Are you threatening me... or bribing me?
    Captain Hero: What an insulting accusation! Take that back before I tear out your spleen and then drive you to the hospital in your brand new car!
  • The Fairly OddParents!:
    The April Fool: Cosmo's so stupid, if his brains were dynamite he wouldn't have enough to blow his nose!
    Cosmo: I'm not stupid! And I could prove it if you'd just let me out of here! But come on! [poofs out of the box, hits it with a hammer, and then poofs back in] Even Houdini couldn't get out of this!
  • Family Guy:
    • From "Running Mates":
      Brian: Peter, are you sure running against Lois is such a good idea? You know how competitive you get.
      Peter: Hey, hey, I can be just as noncompetitive as anybody. In fact, I'm the most non-competitive, so I win.
    • In "Stewie Kills Lois", Peter is on trial for allegedly shooting and killing Lois while on a luxury cruise. When being questioned in court, the following exchange occurs:
      Lawyer: Have you ever struck your wife?
      Peter: Only in front of my kids, to assert my status as dominant male of the pride.
      Lawyer: Are you a violent man?
      Peter: [edgily] What are you, a wise guy? 'Cause I know how to deal with wise guys!
      Lawyer: No further questions. [hurries off]
      Peter: You son of a bitch! If I had a gun on a boat, I'd shoot you!
    • In a now-memetic scene from "Seashore Seashell Party":
      Meg: I am sick of all you guys ganging up on me! You guys all think you're so much better than me!
      [Peter, Lois, and Chris are all now wearing fine attire]
      Peter: Oh, Meg. That is the least fancy thing I have ever heard.
  • In Futurama:
    • Leela: Be careful. Many robots are stupid and violent.
      Bender: I wish I was stupid and violent. Then we'd see what's what — I'd pound him till he—
    • Fry: People said I was dumb, but I proved them!
    • Dwight: I heard alcohol makes you stupid.
      Fry: No I'm...doesn't!
    • Fry: Be more impulsive.
      Leela: I can be really impulsive! It just takes me a while.
  • In Garfield and Friends, a running gag is how Lanolin will always disagree with anyone who calls her disagreeable (particularly when the accusation comes from her brother, Bo). Should the accuser then give up and admit that Lanolin is not, in fact, disagreeable, she'll continue to disagree with them anyway. The greatest instance of the trope:
    Lanolin: I am not disagreeable, I have never been disagreeable, and any time you thought I was being disagreeable, you were wrong!
  • Gravity Falls:
    • In the "Voice Over" segment of "Bottomless Pit!", Dipper gets annoyed when Soos and Mabel think his new, deeper voice sounds even weirder than his old "puberty voice", saying he sounds like "some weird commercial dude".
      Dipper: I'll find Stan. He'll like my new voice, you'll see! I'll be right back after these messages! ...I mean, goodbye.
    • Somewhat downplayed example, but when Mabel calls Pacifica a "one-dimensional, bleached blonde valley girl stereotype", she responds with a seething utterance of:
      Pacifica: Like, let's do this.
  • The Haunted World of El Superbeasto does this with Velvet Von Black. "What the fuck did you just call me? You're the one who's fuckin' coherent and shit!"
  • The Johnny Bravo episode "Doomates" has Johnny's mom put a V-chip in the TV to block out the programming she deems mindless garbage in order to prevent it from rotting Johnny's brain. Johnny retorts "Mindless garbage not rot brain."
  • Happens occasionally to the Flash in Justice League, the first example being at the end of "The Brave and the Bold":
    Green Lantern: Guess you're not as dumb as you look.
    Flash: Yeah, and I...Hey! I resent that! Nobody makes a monkey out of me!
  • Kaeloo:
    • In one episode, Kaeloo tells Mr. Cat not to hurt Quack Quack in any way. Mr. Cat asks her why he would do such a horrible thing... while chasing Quack Quack with a giant hammer.
    • It's also become a Running Gag with Kaeloo herself. For example, in one episode, she blatantly yells "I never yell!"
    • One episode has the main four go for a job interview. In the waiting room, Mr. Cat (who is calmly reading a book) tells Kaeloo that she seems stressed. She responds by screaming "I HAVE NO REASON TO BE STRESSED!" in an extremely stressed manner and slaps the book out of his hands.
  • The Looney Tunes Show:
    Bugs: Are you sure you're ready to take your driver's test?
    Lola: Does a red light mean go?
  • In an episode of Metalocalypse we have the next exchange:
    Charles: You guys have a very short attention span.
    Nathan: No, we're not!
  • Mickey Mouse (2013): In "Split Decisions", Mickey explains to Professor von Drake that Donald needs help with his anger management issues, saying "Donald's been blowing his stack at the drop of a hat!" Mickey interrupts Donald's protests by dropping an actual hat, causing Donald to blow his stack.
  • In Milo Murphy's Law, Melissa mentions that her dad signed up for a big sisters/little sisters-type program out of a belief that she needed "more 'femergy'." When Zack says "I can see it," she punches him in the arm.
    Zack: I take it back, you're a delicate flower.
  • In an episode of Muppet Babies (1984), Piggy gets upset when she thinks Kermit says that she talks too much,note  and goes on a very long rant about how she doesn't.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Greece Lightning":
    Dad: Asperagus defeated [the Minotaur] using the head of Medusa, a creature so ugly she could turn men to stone with just one look.
    Phineas: Kinda reminds me of Candace.
    Candace: [making a face like Medusa's] It does not look like me!
  • This happens in The Powerpuff Girls (1998) episode "Los Dos Mojos". When a bump on the head makes Bubbles think she's Mojo, the real Mojo is not happy at all with her impression of his Evil Gloating, denying that he's like that at all. Of course, his words say differently:
    Bubbles: [imitating Mojo Jojo] I am not Bubbles! Bubbles is not who I am! I am the one, the only, single, solitary doer of dastardly deeds! Purveyor of pestilence! Interloper of lawlessness! Menace to mankind! I am bad! I am evil! I am Mojo Jojo! Hahahahahaha!
    Mojo: I do not talk like that! The way I communicate is much different! I do not reiterate, repeat, reinstate the same thing over and over again! I am clear, concise, to the point!
  • In Recess, after the gang get in trouble again:
    Vince: It's all that jerk Randall's fault.
    Spinelli: Yeah, he's always snooping around.
    Randall: [popping out from a nearby trash can] I am not!
  • In Rick and Morty:
    • Beth accuses Jerry of playing the victim:
      Beth: Oh here we go, right to the victim role.
      Jerry: Am I a victim, Beth? Or am I married to a mean unfair monster that always hurts me?!
    • Two newscasters having an argument in "Edge of Tomorty":
      Newscaster 1: You always do this!
      Newscaster 2: I don't "always" do shit, don't gaslight me.
      Newscaster 1: Gaslighting doesn't exist, you made it up because you're fucking crazy.
  • In Sabrina: The Animated Series, after Salem insists that his ex-girlfriend won't have forgiven him for standing her up four hundred years earlier.
    Salem: You know how women hold grudges.
    Sabrina: That's ridiculous! And I'll never forgive you for saying it.
  • The Simpsons uses this trope a lot. On one of the show's DVD commentaries, Simpsons writer Al Jean refers to this kind of gag as a "Stan Daniels Turn", named after the late writer/producer Daniels, of Taxi and The Mary Tyler Moore Show fame. A few examples:
    • Kent Brockman: Scientists say they're also less attractive physically and while we speak in a well-educated manner, they tend to use low-brow expressions like "oh yeah?" and "c'mere a minute."
      Homer: Oh yeah? They think they're better than us? Bart! C'mere a minute!
      Bart: You c'mere a minute.
      Homer: Oh yeah?
    • Smithers: I'm afraid we have a bad image, sir. Market research shows people see you as something of an ogre.
      Burns: I ought to club them and eat their bones!
    • Marge: And our kids are getting lazy.
      Bart: I'm not lazy, I'm...hey, Lisa, finish my sentence for me.
      Lisa: Why don't you finish your own darn... [falls asleep]
    • Flanders: Well, I'm afraid I have a bone to pick with you.
      Homer: Look, if it's about your camcorder, I lost it, okay?
      Flanders No, I came to talk to you about your potty mouth.
      Homer: What the hell are you talking about?
    • Ralph Wiggum: Me fail English? That's unpossible!
    • Moe, attacking a Homer-shaped mannequin with a baseball bat:
      Moe: Now who's a sociopath?! Huh?!
    • Homer (again):
      Homer: Oh, Lisa, you and your stories: Bart's a vampire, beer kills brain cells. Now let's go back to that... building... thingie... where our beds and TV... is.
    • Bart, when being told Milhouse's mom called him a bad influence:
      Bart: "Bad influence", my butt! How many times have I told you: Never listen to your mother!
    • An exchange between Principal Skinner and Groundskeeper Willie:
      Skinner: You Scots sure are a contentious people.
      Willie: You just made an enemy for life!
    • Moe Szyslak again: "Nobody calls Moe St. Cool a phony!"
    • "I've been called a greasy thug, too. And it never stops hurting. So here's what we're gonna do, we're gonna grease ourselves up real good, and trash that place with a baseball bat!"
    • From "Marge Gets a Job":
      Homer: I won't sleep in the same bed with a woman who thinks I'm lazy! I'm going to go right downstairs, unfold the couch, unroll the sleeping ba— ...uh, good night. Zzzzz...
    • In "Mr. Plow", Barney's Plow King commercial has Linda Ronstadt singing:
      Linda Ronstadt: Mr. Plow is a loser // And I think he is a boozer
      Homer: [Spit Takes his beer]
    • In "The Boy Who Knew Too Much", when Mayor Quimby's nephew Freddie is accused of having assaulted a waiter for pronouncing the word "chowder" in a funny accent, Bart testifies with his eye-witness account of what really happened: it turned out the the waiter was hilariously accident-prone, and the injuries he had sustained were actually caused by a series of painful-looking pratfalls.
      LaCoste: This is an outrage! I am not a clumsy Clouseau-esque waiter. I will—
      [LaCoste trips on a chair and falls out of a window into a truck filled with rat traps]
      LaCoste: At least, there were no big ones.
    • In "Secrets of a Successful Marriage", Homer is called slow at a poker game. He takes so long to mentally process the remark that by the time he spits out his indignant denial, everyone else has left — except for Lenny, whose house it is; he's getting a midnight snack. Lenny remarks, "you really are slow!" and Homer's thought process begins again before Lenny throws him out.
    • In the chalkboard gag of "The Fabulous Faker Boy", Bart is writing "This school is not falling apart" on the chalkboard, which is now dilapidated, and when he takes his eyes off of it the chalkboard collapses.
  • South Park:
    • In the episode "Truth and Advertising", Kyle accuses Stan of acting like Cartman, which pisses Stan off big time:
    Stan: Don't you dare call me a Cartman!
    Kyle: Oh, that's good. Just keep on distracting everybody. It seems to be working, Cartman.
    Stan: [in Cartman's voice] FUCK YOU, KYLE!
    • When the mayor of South Park asks Tuong Lu Kim to build a wall around South Park simply on the basis that he's Chinese, he takes great offense at being seen as a stereotype. He counters them by saying he's a normal person who "eats rice and drives really slow" just like everyone else and expresses it in his incredibly stereotypical Asian Speekee Engrish voice. And it's later shown he was in fact able to build a wall around the city in record time.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
  • In the Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode "Star Comes to Earth", as Marco shows Star around Echo Creek High, he complains that he doesn't know why people think he's so safety obsessed, while making sure Star avoids various minor hazards while walking around the school.
  • Steven Universe:
    • In the (non-canon) Uncle Grandpa crossover "Say Uncle", the Crystal Gems get stuck in a mysterious white void and Pearl, already on edge from dealing with Uncle Grandpa's cartoony antics, starts to lose her cool.
      Pearl: We'll never escape! This is our new home!
      Garnet: Pearl, you're overreacting.
      Pearl: I'M NOT OVERREACTING!!! [runs around screaming]
    • In "Keystone Motel", both Ruby and Sapphire downplay how angry they are at Pearl, but their Power Incontinence says otherwise.
      Ruby: [literally fuming] I don't need to cool down.
    • "The New Crystal Gems": When Connie, Peridot, Lapis, and Pumpkin try to take on the roles of the Crystal Gems, tension starts to rise.
      Lapis: Let's make Pumpkin the Garnet. You should be the Pearl.
      Peridot: I'm nothing like Pearl! [teary] She is so uptight and sensitive! How dare you, I'm leaving!
    • Played for Drama in "Change Your Mind". White Diamond accuses Steven of acting like a child while throwing an epic tantrum over the reveal that Steven isn't Pink Diamond.
      Steven: I am a child. What's your excuse?
  • The T.U.F.F. Puppy episode "Puppy Pause" has Kitty admonish Dudley for being a procrastinator. Dudley objects that he isn't, then states that he'll prove he doesn't procrastinate after he does some other stuff.
  • In Villainous this happens twice in a row. To show how the Medusa Device works, Dr. Flug creates a statue of Black Hat with an annoyed expression. Cut to Black Hat wearing the exact same expression before he angrily protests "What?! I don't look like that!", at which point there's a newspaper clipping behind him, showing him in the exact same position and with the words "He doesn't".
  • Wander over Yonder: In "The Good Deed", after a fortune teller calls him "awkward, immature, and emotionally unstable", Lord Hater yells "I am not emotionally unstable!" and flips over a table. He proceeds to attempt to blow up the sun that threw off his astrological chart.

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"I am NOT! Being dramatic!"

Daffy acts like a drama queen after Bugs tells him that he's being dramatic over Porky eating his fries. This backfires after Bugs drives off without Daffy, after the latter makes a big fuss over walking himself home.

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