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6th Feb '16 6:53:47 PM thatother1dude
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->''"You're a stand-up guy, Franchise/{{Bat|man}}s. Don't ever let them call you a [[LonersAreFreaks crazed loner]]."''
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->''"You're a stand-up guy, Franchise/{{Bat|man}}s. Don't ever let them call you a [[LonersAreFreaks crazed loner]].loner."''
28th Nov '15 10:46:57 AM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Scrubs}}'' JD means to compliment Julie when he says "you smell like my mom". Naturally this has the opposite effect. Thankfully he saves himself...
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* In ''{{Scrubs}}'' ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'' JD means to compliment Julie when he says "you smell like my mom". Naturally this has the opposite effect. Thankfully he saves himself...

* In ''TrueBlood'' Arlene attempts to comfort Sookie by saying "you really are smarter than people give you credit for". * Sheldon Cooper, the InsufferableGenius on ''TheBigBangTheory'', sees even fields such as experimental physics and engineering to be beneath him, and takes offense when his sister tells him that she's always bragging to her friends about "my brother, the rocket scientist".
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* In ''TrueBlood'' ''Series/TrueBlood'' Arlene attempts to comfort Sookie by saying "you really are smarter than people give you credit for". * Sheldon Cooper, the InsufferableGenius on ''TheBigBangTheory'', ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', sees even fields such as experimental physics and engineering to be beneath him, and takes offense when his sister tells him that she's always bragging to her friends about "my brother, the rocket scientist".
5th Nov '15 10:42:06 AM nombretomado
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* Akari, a character in the ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'' manga, loves pigs and complimented Ryoga repeatedly by comparing him to a pig. He did not see this as a compliment, in part because he turns into a pig.
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* Akari, a character in the ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'' ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' manga, loves pigs and complimented Ryoga repeatedly by comparing him to a pig. He did not see this as a compliment, in part because he turns into a pig.
3rd Nov '15 6:27:50 AM Jeduthun
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* Alice was ComplimentFishing by [[SelfDeprecation putting herself down]]; Julie wasn't supposed to show support by ''agreeing'' with her.
17th Oct '15 4:38:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* The bridesmaid Zorah has a line like this in ''{{Ruddigore}}'': "Dame Hannah, you're a nice old person..." Play it right and it always gets a laugh from the audience. * Set up and then subverted in ''MaryMary''. Bob, at a loss at how to win back Mary, says she doesn't know he believes she's pretty. He never got to tell her that she was as beautiful as "a lovely piece of white porcelain," because he knew what she would say: "White porcelain? You mean like the kitchen sink?" Indeed, in their final reconciliation scene, he gives her that compliment, and her retort is as predicted, except that she catches herself in mid-sentence and goes sweet. * ''CyranoDeBergerac'': Cyrano tricks a poor Bore to invoke this trope (so he can literally kick the Bore's ass) at Act I Scene IV: When asked if [[BerserkButton his nose is large]], the Bore desperately says itís minute:
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* The bridesmaid Zorah has a line like this in ''{{Ruddigore}}'': ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'': "Dame Hannah, you're a nice old person..." Play it right and it always gets a laugh from the audience. * Set up and then subverted in ''MaryMary''.''Theatre/MaryMary''. Bob, at a loss at how to win back Mary, says she doesn't know he believes she's pretty. He never got to tell her that she was as beautiful as "a lovely piece of white porcelain," because he knew what she would say: "White porcelain? You mean like the kitchen sink?" Indeed, in their final reconciliation scene, he gives her that compliment, and her retort is as predicted, except that she catches herself in mid-sentence and goes sweet. * ''CyranoDeBergerac'': ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': Cyrano tricks a poor Bore to invoke this trope (so he can literally kick the Bore's ass) at Act I Scene IV: When asked if [[BerserkButton his nose is large]], the Bore desperately says itís minute:

* Flattering another player in ''[[AnnoDomini Anno 1404]]'' for diplomatic purposes may result in this, especially when you try too hard or too often. For instance, Willem van der Mark, a depressed Dutch intellectual, will express his regret over a book he wrote after you lauded him for it.
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* Flattering another player in ''[[AnnoDomini ''[[VideoGame/AnnoDomini Anno 1404]]'' for diplomatic purposes may result in this, especially when you try too hard or too often. For instance, Willem van der Mark, a depressed Dutch intellectual, will express his regret over a book he wrote after you lauded him for it.

* In one ''{{Solatorobo}}'' sidequest, when [[TailConcerto Waffle]] attempts to complement [[ContinuityCameo Alica]] [[spoiler:for looking pretty in a princess dress]], she just gets mad at him for comparing her to [[TheRival Princess Theria]]. * Played absolutely for drama in the backstory of Shiki from TheWorldEndsWithYou. Shiki and her best friend Eri work together to design and make clothes, with Eri doing the designs and Shiki taking the construction. [[spoiler: Shiki always felt inferior and wanted to be a designer too, and the eventual argument about this culminated in Eri telling her she "just wasn't suited to being a designer." She meant that Shiki was such a good, detail-oriented seamstress that turning her attention to designing would be a waste of her skill, but]] Shiki took it... poorly. And ran away crying. [[spoiler: [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye And died in an accident before Eri could explain.]]]]
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* In one ''{{Solatorobo}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' sidequest, when [[TailConcerto Waffle]] attempts to complement [[ContinuityCameo Alica]] [[spoiler:for looking pretty in a princess dress]], she just gets mad at him for comparing her to [[TheRival Princess Theria]]. * Played absolutely for drama in the backstory of Shiki from TheWorldEndsWithYou.''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''. Shiki and her best friend Eri work together to design and make clothes, with Eri doing the designs and Shiki taking the construction. [[spoiler: Shiki always felt inferior and wanted to be a designer too, and the eventual argument about this culminated in Eri telling her she "just wasn't suited to being a designer." She meant that Shiki was such a good, detail-oriented seamstress that turning her attention to designing would be a waste of her skill, but]] Shiki took it... poorly. And ran away crying. [[spoiler: [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye And died in an accident before Eri could explain.]]]]
8th Oct '15 4:27:43 PM nombretomado
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* A RunningGag in ''JusticeLeagueInternational'' was that whenever [[AnIcePerson Ice]] had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome someone would say "Way to go, Ice! [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway I don't know why everyone thinks your powers are lame]]!"
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* A RunningGag in ''JusticeLeagueInternational'' ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' was that whenever [[AnIcePerson Ice]] had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome someone would say "Way to go, Ice! [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway I don't know why everyone thinks your powers are lame]]!"
26th Sep '15 8:03:44 AM SirVancelot131
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-->'''Kitty:''' And Jackie, you're such a doll. I don't even mind your bad-handed compliments.\\
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-->'''Kitty:''' And Jackie, you're such a doll. I don't even mind your bad-handed back-handed compliments.\\
21st Sep '15 6:17:42 PM eroock
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Subtrope of DismissingACompliment. Compare HairTriggerTemper, where ''any'' and ''every'' compliment is a ComplimentBackfire. Compare YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame, in which the compliment itself is fine, it's the ''source'' that's the problem. This is the inverted form of an InsultBackfire. Contrast with BackhandedCompliment, where this is done intentionally to insult someone with the pretense of complimenting them. Often the trait of the {{Tsundere}}.
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Subtrope of DismissingACompliment. Compare HairTriggerTemper, where ''any'' and ''every'' compliment is a ComplimentBackfire.Compliment Backfire. Compare YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame, in which the compliment itself is fine, it's the ''source'' that's the problem. This is the inverted form of an InsultBackfire. Contrast with BackhandedCompliment, where this is done intentionally to insult someone with the pretense of complimenting them. Often the trait of the {{Tsundere}}.
11th Sep '15 11:40:35 PM sgamer82
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* In ''Manga/SoredemoSekaiWaUtsukushii'', while Nike [[SweetPollyOliver is disguised as Luna's fiance Kanaris]], Luna's brother Teibe is vocal about how he admires "him" for his manliness. Nike takes this as an insult to her femininity and sulks to Livius afterward.
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* In ''Manga/SoredemoSekaiWaUtsukushii'', ''Manga/TheWorldIsStillBeautiful'', while Nike [[SweetPollyOliver is disguised as Luna's fiance Kanaris]], Luna's brother Teibe is vocal about how he admires "him" for his manliness. Nike takes this as an insult to her femininity and sulks to Livius afterward.
6th Sep '15 7:19:42 PM nombretomado
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* A lot of a male player's attempts to compliment Nathyrra in NeverwinterNights Hordes of the Underdark are...ill-received (at best).
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* A lot of a male player's attempts to compliment Nathyrra in NeverwinterNights ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark Underdark'' are...ill-received (at best).
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