Alice asks a question. Bob looks at her incredulously and gives an answer. His tone conveys, quite clearly, that she should know this already. Alice is embarrassed, and in a feeble attempt to cover her ignorance, informs Bob that she was "Just Testing Him." Stock phrase, usually accompanied by excessive blushing and a sheepish grin.
- Cowboy Bebop:
"Is this thing [dog whistle] on? I can't hear it."
"It's a frequency too high for humans to hear."
"[Awkward pause] I knew that. I was testing you."
- A Dad's Army staple, "Good thinking, Wilson. I was wondering who'd be the first to spot that."
- Diff'rent Strokes: When Susie tells Arnold that she reads The Wall Street Journal, Arnold says he likes the comics in it. When she says there are no comics, Arnold says he is just testing her.
- Doctor Who: In "Rise of the Cybermen", the TARDIS lands in a parallel universe, and Mickey learns that his grandmother is still alive there. He goes to visit her but is almost immediately grabbed by "his" friends, who tell "Ricky" that he's the one who told them not to put their loved ones in danger. Mickey, understandably confused, uses this line.
- Star Trek
- Kirk and Scotty set up a challenge/response password before Kirk beamed down to a planet in order to prevent imposters from getting beamed up. Naturally, a shapeshifter takes Kirk's form and tries to get Scotty to beam him up. When he doesn't know the password, he tries to cover it up by saying that he was just testing Scotty. Scotty catches on immediately and concludes that Kirk must be in trouble since the real Kirk would never "test" him in a situation like that.
- In "The Changeling", Enterprise is attacked by a powerful robot probe that only stops shooting when it mistakes Captain Kirk for "The Creator" (due to Corrupted Data it confuses Kirk with the similarly-named individual who designed it). When Kirk asks why Nomad refers to him as 'The Creator', Spock quickly interrupts, telling Nomad that "The Creator was just testing your memory banks."
- The Supernatural episode "A Very Supernatural Christmas":
Sam: We've seen that wreath before, Dean.
Sam: The Walshes. Yesterday.
Dean: [trying to cover] ...I know... I was just testing you...
- In the WKRP in Cincinnati episode "Put Up or Shut Up," Johnny Fever has a drug flashback. He asks Andy, the station manager, "Do you see anybody over in that corner?" After Andy says no, Johnny says, "Neither do I. Just testing you."
- In The Feeble Files, Feeble jokingly tells the local bar's bartender a made-up rumor that OmniBrain is merely a falsehood devised by the rebels. Given the very 1984-esque nature of the setting, the bartender responds that he will have to report Feeble saying that to the authorities. Feeble then responds that he was merely testing him and that he would have to report HIM if he said anything else.
- Star Wars Legends: Played on several levels in Knights of the Old Republic. Bastila asks you a few simple questions about your background. You can answer truthfully or sarcastically. She admits to testing you to see if you were honest and able to treat the Force Bond seriously. What she's really testing is if the brainwashing the Jedi Council did was still sticking.
- In one installment of Dinosaur Comics, God himself asks T-Rex where wind comes from, and defends himself: "UM OF COURSE I KNOW I JUST WANT TO SEE IF YOU DO."
- A variant occurs with kids, usually regarding a rude word or a sexual/bodily function. From South Park:
New York kid: Oh brother, you guys don't even know what "queef" means?
Stan: Of course we know what "queef" means!
New York kid: Yeah? What is it, then?
Kyle: Why? Don't you know?
- Jimmy Neutron episode "Carl Wheezer Boy Genius"
Jimmy: May I suggest that instead of the arm-missiles button, you push the one right below it?
Carl: I know what button to push! I was just testing you.
- In an episode of The Simpsons, Dr. Hibbert suggests that Marge could sell one of her children. When she reacts with horror, he says "That was a test. If you had reacted any differently, you'd be in jail now."
- Justice League', "Only A Dream" - After the League rounds up five escaped supervillains, an exhausted Flash asks who else is left.
Martian Manhunter: No one. There were only five, remember?
Flash: [tired] Oh yeah, right... just testing!