Since Elmo's inception as a recurring character, one of his main character traits is always referring to himself in the third person.
Instances using "I" or "Me":
- "One Fine Face"
- "Hold My Hand"
- "Closer to Me"
- "Red and Blue"
- "Sing Your Synonyms"
- "We're All Monsters" (Elmo speaks in the third person in the spoken intro, but in first person during the song)
- "Sing Me a Silly Song"
- Episode 3432 -- Scene 5 -- "Mostly me."
- Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game, when reading questions
- Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir ("Everyone Who Likes Christmas Say, "I Do!"")
- Episode 3039 (playing Big Mouth in a story)
- "Hey Friend"
Acknowledgements of the impediment
- Elmo is asked about his impediment in a 2010 "Ask Elmo" video. He claims to get asked that a lot and says he was just born that way.
- In episode 4270, Detective Alfie Betts (Adam Rodriguez) is able to deduce many things about Elmo upon meeting him, including knowing he always speaks in the third person. "Elmo does?" he replies.
- In ABCs with Elmo, Professor Grover sets up a lesson on the alphabet. When wondering what letter follows H, Elmo states, "I." Grover is shocked, having never heard Elmo speak in first-person before.
- Elmo impersonated Count von Count in episode 4411. His typical impediment ("Elmo is the Count von Count!") almost gives his ruse away to the judges, until Maria claims it's a Spanish nickname ("El Mo").