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9th Jul '17 11:56:12 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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-->'''Fiance:''' It just needs a little sauce!" (''Pours soy sauce all over the dish'')

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-->'''Fiance:''' It just needs a little sauce!" sauce! (''Pours soy sauce all over the dish'')
23rd May '17 10:07:51 AM tromag
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* In ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Lwaxana Troi is flirting with an alien scientist and reminisces about how she "sparkled" in her youth. He's too distracted to reply, so she directly tells him what she's doing.
-->"You see, that's called 'fishing for a compliment'. You're supposed to tell me I still sparkle."
25th Mar '17 5:26:14 PM TropesForever
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So, [[OurProductSucks you go out of your way to call attention to how bad it is]][[note]]Even though it's ''nowhere'' near as bad as ''this'' entry.[[/note]], tell everyone why they'd never want to see it, and, in extreme cases, {{wangst}} at length about how you're a miserable failure of a writer who deserves to die alone.[[note]]I wonder what that makes ''me'', then?[[/note]]

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So, [[OurProductSucks you go out of your way to call attention to how bad it is]][[note]]Even though it's ''nowhere'' near as bad as ''this'' entry.[[/note]], entry[[/note]], tell everyone why they'd never want to see it, and, in extreme cases, {{wangst}} at length about how you're a miserable failure of a writer who deserves to die alone.[[note]]I wonder what that makes ''me'', then?[[/note]]
7th Jan '17 9:52:03 AM Argon2
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-->'No one would wish to. I am deformed. I am ugly.'
-->'Are you fishing, here, by any chance?'
-->She laughed at him. 'Fishing?'
-->'For compliments, I mean,' Fitz said. 'Look, Vettul, if it helps, you're not ugly... I mean, you're...' He felt himself growing flustered.

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-->'No one would wish to. I am deformed. I am ugly.'
-->'Are
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'Are
you fishing, here, by any chance?'
-->She
chance?'\\
She
laughed at him. 'Fishing?'
-->'For
'Fishing?'\\
'For
compliments, I mean,' Fitz said. 'Look, Vettul, if it helps, you're not ugly... I mean, you're...' He felt himself growing flustered.


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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' character Juliet, according to WordOfGod, enjoys being told she's not fat. Hence her frequently saying that she is.
[[/folder]]
23rd Nov '16 2:18:53 AM Argon2
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* In ''Anime/{{Danganronpa}} 3: Despair'', Gundham reassures everyone that his pet bear will only bite high-ranked demons. Sonia, who has a crush on Gundham, indignantly asks if he means she's a demon of low rank. Of course, since both of them are perfectly human and just like to pretend otherwise, it's clear that Gundham ''didn't'' mean that and she knows it.

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* In ''Anime/{{Danganronpa}} 3: Despair'', Gundham reassures everyone that his pet bear will only bite high-ranked demons. Sonia, who has a crush on Gundham, indignantly asks if he means that she's a demon of low rank. Of course, since both of them are perfectly human and just like to pretend otherwise, it's clear that Gundham ''didn't'' mean that and she knows it.it.
* In ''[[LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool The Honor Student At Magic High School]]'', Miyuki asks Tatsuya if a particular hairpin looks good on her. Being rather socially blunt, Tatsuya obliviously replies that there's a mirror close by.
1st Nov '16 1:46:04 AM Argon2
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* In ''Anime/{{Danganronpa}} 3: Despair'', Gundham reassures everyone that his pet bear will only bite high-ranked demons. Sonia, who has a crush on Gundham, indignantly asks if he means she's a demon of low rank. Of course, since both of them are perfectly human and just like to pretend otherwise, it's clear that Gundham ''didn't'' mean that and she knows it.



* In ''Film/MeanGirls'', Regina mentions at the Plastics' lunch table that she needs to lose a few pounds. She then stares expectedly at Gretchen and Karen, who immediately start complimenting how skinny she is.

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* In ''Film/MeanGirls'', Regina mentions at the Plastics' lunch table that she needs to lose a few pounds. She then stares expectedly expectantly at Gretchen and Karen, who immediately start complimenting how skinny she is.



* In ''Literature/SquidsWillBeSquids'', one of the fables has pigeon doing that. She gets eaten, but really, she had it coming.
* ''Literature/HuckleberryFinn'': "Mary Jane she set at the head of the table, with Susan alongside of her, and said how bad the biscuits was and how ornery and tough the fried chicken was-and all that kind of rot, the way women always do for the force out compliments..."

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* In ''Literature/SquidsWillBeSquids'', one of the fables has a pigeon doing that. She gets eaten, but really, she had it coming.
this.
* ''Literature/HuckleberryFinn'': "Mary Jane she set at the head of the table, with Susan alongside of her, and said how bad the biscuits was and how ornery and tough the fried chicken was-and all that kind of rot, the way women always do for the to force out compliments..."
30th May '16 12:27:10 PM Kid
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'''Family:''' [Appalled silence]

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'''Family:''' -->'''Family:''' [Appalled silence]
19th Dec '15 12:41:07 PM Jeduthun
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A SubTrope of SelfDeprecation, and the dishonest, manipulative [[SisterTrope little sister]] of [[HeroicSelfDeprecation the heroic form]]. Compare and contrast SuspiciouslySpecificDenial.

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It can also set up a very effective StealthInsult if the target [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne only objects to]] ''[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne one]]'' [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne of the putdowns the compliment fisher makes]], implying they think all the others are valid points. ("I'm a bad writer, I'm ugly, and nobody likes me!" "That's not true; your writing isn't bad.")

A SubTrope of SelfDeprecation, and the dishonest, manipulative [[SisterTrope little sister]] of [[HeroicSelfDeprecation the heroic form]]. Compare and contrast SuspiciouslySpecificDenial.
SuspiciouslySpecificDenial. If two people try this at once, it can lead to OuthumblingEachOther.



By the way... You don't have to bother editing this page. I know you don't really want to. It's OK, there are [[NeedsWikiMagicLove much better pages on the wiki]] for you to spend your time with....

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By the way... You don't have to bother editing this page. I know you don't really want to. It's OK, there are [[NeedsWikiMagicLove much better pages on the wiki]] for you to spend your time with....
with, I understand if you think this one is a waste...
19th Dec '15 12:25:00 PM Jeduthun
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This is a common tactic of the ShrinkingViolet - or, at least, the writers who make her say these things. Presumably they think it's endearing. Subtle {{Attention Whore}}s also love this trope, as it lets them bask in pity-praise without having to directly toot their own horn.

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This is a common tactic of the ShrinkingViolet - or, at least, the writers who make her say these things. Presumably they think it's endearing. Subtle {{Attention Whore}}s also love this trope, as it lets them bask in pity-praise without having to directly toot their own horn.
horn. It's also a good strategic move in PassiveAggressiveKombat and PolitenessJudo.



By the way... You don't have to bother editing this page. I know you don't really want to. It's OK, there are much better pages on [[ThisVeryWiki the wiki]] for you to spend your time with....

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By the way... You don't have to bother editing this page. I know you don't really want to. It's OK, there are [[NeedsWikiMagicLove much better pages on [[ThisVeryWiki the wiki]] for you to spend your time with....



* H. P. Lovecraft was forever deprecating his own work, usually in letters to his friends, but also in the submission letter he wrote the first time he submitted his work to a paying magazine! One cannot help feeling he was hoping to be contradicted... after all, if he really thought his ability was so low, why did he hire himself out rewriting other authors' works?

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* H. P. Lovecraft Creator/HPLovecraft was forever deprecating his own work, usually in letters to his friends, but also in the submission letter he wrote the first time he submitted his work to a paying magazine! One cannot help feeling he was hoping to be contradicted... after all, if he really thought his ability was so low, why did he hire himself out rewriting other authors' works?
19th Dec '15 11:10:03 AM Jeduthun
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This can [[ComplimentBackfire backfire]] very badly for the compliment fisher if people respond by ''agreeing'' with them. ("It's ok, we love you even though you're a bad writer.") If someone does that on purpose, it's probably a form of BackhandedCompliment.

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This can [[ComplimentBackfire backfire]] very badly for the compliment fisher if people respond by ''agreeing'' ''[[GoneHorriblyRight agreeing]]'' with them. ("It's ok, we love you even though you're a bad writer.") If someone does that on purpose, it's probably a form of BackhandedCompliment.


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* It's something of a RunningGag on the Internet for a person to post a sexy picture of themselves with a self-deprecating comment, only for everyone to [[ComplimentBackfire respond]] with lavish praise on [[NotDistractedByTheSexy some insignificant item in the background]]. Notably, that's how the [[MemeticMutation "Get Out" Frog meme]] got its start when people found it in [[http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/088/535/frog.jpg this picture]], never mind about the model!
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