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13th Feb '17 9:57:15 AM Kakai
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* JimButcher:
** Also happens ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, in the fourth book -- fighting a considerably more skilled opponent, the hero is able to defeat them by working out their mental weakpoint and talking them into a berserk rage.
** It's used so often in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' that it's somewhat insulting to the monster of the hour if Harry and Co '''don't''' snark at it. Must come from being a self-proclaimed Spider-Man fanboy.
*** Harry is goaded into depowering one of the Swords of the Cross. [[spoiler:It wasn't in the end.]] Nicodemus later tries the same thing on him, so he plays along for a while. In the same book, Harry is goaded into revealing himself, forcing the Archive to reveal herself, which was the ploy all along.
*** Harry pulls this on Fix in a ruthless fashion. After the fact, Fix is impressed and bemused.
*** When Harry is meeting Donar Vadderung [[spoiler:aka Father Odin]], Harry looks at his two receptionists each with guns trained on him, and despite being told to not say anything, taunts the two women. He justifies it because he has mouthed off to so many powerhouses, it would be against his nature to not do it now.
*** In ''Literature/BloodRites'', he {{Invert}}s this trope when he addresses Ebenezer [=McCoy=] as "sir" in the presence of Lieutenant Murphy. Murphy is utterly floored and treats Ebenezer ''very'' respectfully after that.



* JimButcher:
** Also happens ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, in the fourth book -- fighting a considerably more skilled opponent, the hero is able to defeat them by working out their mental weakpoint and talking them into a berserk rage.
** It's used so often in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' that it's somewhat insulting to the monster of the hour if Harry and Co '''don't''' snark at it. Must come from being a self-proclaimed Spider-Man fanboy.
*** Harry is goaded into depowering one of the Swords of the Cross. [[spoiler:It wasn't in the end.]] Nicodemus later tries the same thing on him, so he plays along for a while. In the same book, Harry is goaded into revealing himself, forcing the Archive to reveal herself, which was the ploy all along.
*** Harry pulls this on Fix in a ruthless fashion. After the fact, Fix is impressed and bemused.
*** When Harry is meeting Donar Vadderung [[spoiler:aka Father Odin]], Harry looks at his two receptionists each with guns trained on him, and despite being told to not say anything, taunts the two women. He justifies it because he has mouthed off to so many powerhouses, it would be against his nature to not do it now.
*** In ''Literature/BloodRites'', he {{Invert}}s this trope when he addresses Ebenezer [=McCoy=] as "sir" in the presence of Lieutenant Murphy. Murphy is utterly floored and treats Ebenezer ''very'' respectfully after that.

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* JimButcher:
** Also happens ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, in the fourth book -- fighting a considerably more skilled opponent, the hero is able to defeat them by working out their mental weakpoint and talking them into a berserk rage.
** It's used so often in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' that it's somewhat insulting to the monster of the hour if Harry and Co '''don't''' snark at it. Must come from being a self-proclaimed Spider-Man fanboy.
*** Harry is goaded into depowering one of the Swords of the Cross. [[spoiler:It wasn't in the end.]] Nicodemus later tries the same thing on him, so he plays along for a while.
In the same book, Harry is goaded into revealing himself, forcing the Archive to reveal herself, which was the ploy all along.
*** Harry pulls this on Fix in a ruthless fashion. After the fact, Fix is impressed and bemused.
*** When Harry is meeting Donar Vadderung [[spoiler:aka Father Odin]], Harry looks at his two receptionists each with guns trained on him, and despite being told to not say anything, taunts the two women. He justifies it because he has mouthed off to so many powerhouses, it would be against his nature to not do it now.
*** In ''Literature/BloodRites'', he {{Invert}}s this trope
''Literature/TheWitchlands'', when he addresses Ebenezer [=McCoy=] as "sir" in the presence of Lieutenant Murphy. Murphy is utterly floored and treats Ebenezer ''very'' respectfully Leopold finds Vaness aboard her ruined ship after that.her run-in with Merik, he spends his visit aboard taunting her, likely to preserve his image of a RichIdiotWithNoDayJob.
7th Feb '17 7:39:56 AM gb00393
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** Oberyn's YouKilledMySister rant during his duel is used this way, though it is also useful for creating a spectacle since Oberyn wants the world to know.

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** Oberyn's YouKilledMySister "You killed my sister" rant during his duel is used this way, though it is also useful for creating a spectacle since Oberyn wants the world to know.
7th Feb '17 7:38:54 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Oznak zo Pahl, the champion of Meereen, taunts Daenerys' army by haranguing them and pissing at them. To damage the morale of the defenders, she permits Daario to engage him.
** Oberyn's YouKilledMySister rant during his duel is used this way, though it is also useful for creating a spectacle since Oberyn wants the world to know.
** To get the MercyKill he desires, The Hound resorts to pressing his companion's BerserkButton to get a revenge-kill.
28th Jan '17 9:30:45 PM mythmonster2
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* ''VideoGame/EternalCardGame'' features a full communication wheel in lieu of text-based communication. This includes a Threaten emote, which is usually a taunt for the enemy.
18th Jan '17 3:25:53 PM MiddleEighth
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*Or, in the case of the four in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', I shall make myself an easy target so you will attack me, I will defeat you, and I will take all your stuff.
16th Jan '17 4:44:56 PM DarkHunter
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** In ''Super'', Vegeta angrily taunts Kyabe during their match, eventually declaring that if Kyabe was an example of what Universe 6 Saiyans were like, he'd go to their home planet and slaughter them all. Kyabe hits a RageBreakingPoint and suddenly transforms into a Super Saiyan, which is exactly what Vegeta was trying to get to happen. After the fight Vegeta is much more cordial with him, making it clear his earlier threat was empty.

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** In ''Super'', Vegeta angrily taunts Kyabe Cabba during their match, eventually declaring that if Kyabe Cabba was an example of what Universe 6 Saiyans were like, he'd go to their home planet and slaughter them all. Kyabe Cabba hits a RageBreakingPoint and suddenly transforms into a Super Saiyan, which is exactly what Vegeta was trying to get to happen. After the fight Vegeta is much more cordial with him, making it clear his earlier threat was empty.
6th Jan '17 1:57:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''StreetFighter'':

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* Mr. X in the ''StreetsOfRage'' series will laugh at you during your fight with him if you get knocked down. In the remake, this is the same case but once Mr. X's life bar is down to 1 life or less, he stops taunting you and becomes more aggressive.

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* Mr. X in the ''StreetsOfRage'' ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' series will laugh at you during your fight with him if you get knocked down. In the remake, this is the same case but once Mr. X's life bar is down to 1 life or less, he stops taunting you and becomes more aggressive.
23rd Dec '16 10:06:29 PM Gamermaster
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* [[SmugSnake Quattro]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' did this twice. The first time, she had Lutecia relay a message to Vita about [[MyGreatestFailure her greatest failure]] safe right as Deici was about to blow up a helicopter with Vice, Shamal and Vivio on board. The second time she used a hologram to try and stroke Vivio's cheek in front of [[ParentalSubstitute Nanoha]]. The second time [[MamaBear did not]] [[DungeonBypass work out]] [[WaveMotionGun for her]].

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* [[SmugSnake Quattro]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' did this twice. The first time, she had Lutecia relay a message to Vita about [[MyGreatestFailure her greatest failure]] safe right as Deici was about to blow up a helicopter with Vice, Shamal and Vivio on board. The second time she used a hologram to try and stroke Vivio's cheek in front of [[ParentalSubstitute Nanoha]]. [[DoNotTauntCthulhu The second time time]] [[MamaBear did not]] [[DungeonBypass work out]] [[WaveMotionGun for her]].
16th Dec '16 9:11:24 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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* 8 Also happens ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, in the fourth book -- fighting a considerably more skilled opponent, the hero is able to defeat them by working out their mental weakpoint and talking them into a berserk rage.

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* 8 ** Also happens ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, in the fourth book -- fighting a considerably more skilled opponent, the hero is able to defeat them by working out their mental weakpoint and talking them into a berserk rage.
5th Dec '16 4:50:02 AM Anddrix
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* Roy Mustang did something like this to Edward Elric (using his BerserkButton) in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' when they fought, and Ed has resorted to hiding among the crowd watching the fight. Mustang makes a small reference to Ed's height within Ed's earshot, which makes Ed go berserk and expose his position. He used that "Art of War" quote above.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Aizen uses this against the Vizards and remaining captains in Karakura, Shinji warns everyone to stay calm, but [[spoiler:Hiyori]] falls for it and [[spoiler:gets either [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut into two from behind]] (manga) or ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice (anime) by Gin]].
** This beauty from Aizen:
---> '''Hitsugaya:''' I'll ''kill'' you.\\
'''Aizen:''' Don't use such overly strong words. They'll make you look weak.
** Recently, it was used by [[spoiler:Bambietta from the Vandereich]] against Komamura. In the words of another trope: "'Doggie dog' Komamura isn't happy about being insulted '''yet again.'''"
* Used several times in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', particularly since [[BewareTheNiceOnes Chrono has]] [[UnstoppableRage a bad temper]] [[BerserkButton when provoked]]. Aion uses it successfully against him in at least one battle. [[spoiler:Remington]] uses it against Chrono in a later battle [[SecretTestOfCharacter to teach Chrono to "control his rage"]]. Rosette also uses it against Rizelle in the anime version, taunting her about her unrequited love for Aion.
* Lelouch as Zero calling Jeremiah Orange in reference to his disgrace during season 1 of ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
* In ''Anime/CrossAnge'', during their fight in episode 24, Tusk brags about how he slept with Ange, a woman Embryo had been lusting for for most of the series. This causes Embryo to go completely berserk and forget about his Chessmaster tactics.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', this is L's preferred tactic of dealing with Kira: pile on the perceived pressure and the subtle mockery until Kira makes a mistake. Most obviously, during the famous "Lind L Tailor" broadcast he openly calls Kira evil. Light [[BerserkButton takes the bait]] and kills the guy in the broadcast, thus revealing not only that he does in fact have a supernatural killing power, but also where he was (since the broadcast was only being aired in the Kanto region of Japan).
* In ''[[Anime/MahoujinGuruGuru Doki Doki Densetsu Mahoujin Guru Guru]]'', the heroes meet a monster called Unbell that blocks the door they need to pass. A nearby diary warns that attacking Unbell will only make it bigger and heavier until it's impossible to move at all. Naturally, Unbell constantly taunts those in front of him specifically to provoke this.
* In ''Manga/DragonballZ'':
** During their match at the end of the Buu saga, Goku angered Uub into attacking him by insulting his parents and using racist pejoratives, since Uub was otherwise too scared and meek to fight back. After the fight, Goku apologizes for the insults.
** Vegeta is the victim of this, '''[[WorfEffect a lot.]]''' As fond as he is of trash talking, he can be easily manipulated and goaded into holding the IdiotBall.
** Vegetto, the fusion of Goku and Vegeta, is ''even worse.'' Since he's so [[GameBreaker Game-breakingly-powerful]] that Buu isn't capable of even scratching him, he doesn't even put any effort into fighting Buu; just humiliating him. It turns out though, that he was goading Buu into attempting to absorbing him so he could free all the other fights Buu had consumed.
** Done earlier by Krillin to ''Frieza''. First he cut offs the latter's tail, sticks his tongue out at him, and then pats his butt. This is all to lure Frieza away from Gohan so Denda could heal him.
** In the original series, Mr. Popo taunts Goku about being weak to make him careless and predictable. Since this is before Goku learned emotional control, he falls right for it.
** In ''Super'', Vegeta angrily taunts Kyabe during their match, eventually declaring that if Kyabe was an example of what Universe 6 Saiyans were like, he'd go to their home planet and slaughter them all. Kyabe hits a RageBreakingPoint and suddenly transforms into a Super Saiyan, which is exactly what Vegeta was trying to get to happen. After the fight Vegeta is much more cordial with him, making it clear his earlier threat was empty.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
**
Roy Mustang did something like this to Edward Elric (using his BerserkButton) in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' when they fought, and Ed has resorted to hiding among the crowd watching the fight. Mustang makes a small reference to Ed's height within Ed's earshot, which makes Ed go berserk and expose his position. He used that "Art of War" quote above.



* [[spoiler:Reilan]] in ''Manga/HaouAiren'' uses this as a part of [[spoiler:her ThanatosGambit]], taunting and insulting [[spoiler:Hakuron]] until he snaps and [[spoiler:shoots her dead.]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': [[ManipulativeBastard Mouryoumaru]] tries this. Upon realising that the [[TheStoic calm, rational]] one is [[AloofBigBrother Sesshoumaru]] and that [[HotBlooded Inuyasha's]] easily goaded, he begins targeting Inuyasha by insulting [[spoiler:[[BrokenBird Kagura's]] death]], dismissing her [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]] for [[DesignatedVictim Kohaku's]] life and mocking her [[IJustWantToBeFree desire for freedom]] as Inuyasha, Kagome, Miroku and Sango become angrier and angrier. Unfortunately for Mouryoumaru, his plan backfires when, to everyone's complete shock, the person who [[BerserkButton explodes]] into an UnstoppableRage isn't Inuyasha but ''[[TheMourningAfter Sesshoumaru]]'', who becomes so upset that he breaks his sword Tokijin and puts his own life in danger. Everything degenerates into chaos at that point.
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'':
** A common strategy for Joseph Joestar. In his fight with BloodKnight Wham, he actually gets Wham to ''not'' kill him by taunting him that he'd be strong enough to beat Wham if given one month.
** Backfires on Rohan Kishibe when he attempts it against Josuke Higashikata. Josuke needs to keep his eyes closed to avoid the effects of Rohan's Stand, Heaven's Door. Rohan tries to enrage Josuke by pressing Josuke's BerserkButton of insulting his hair. While this does succeed in getting Josuke to open his eyes, it ''also'' succeeds at sending Josuke into a literal blind rage, so he ''still'' doesn't see the trigger that Rohan needed him to. As a result, Heaven's Door can't activate and Rohan gets an even harder beatdown than he would have otherwise for his trouble.
* Jessie Mavia in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' is a master at move reversals and counters, but possesses no original techniques of his own. He's HoistByHisOwnPetard when Kinnikuman goads him into going on the offensive.
* In episode 4 of ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'', Shiroe purposely mispronounced Demikas' name twice ("demi-glace" and "delicious") to enrage him and get him separated from his main party. He continues doing this when he meets Demikas again in the second season, but in that case he was just being a {{Troll}}: there was no strategy behind it.
* [[SmugSnake Quattro]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' did this twice. The first time, she had Lutecia relay a message to Vita about [[MyGreatestFailure her greatest failure]] safe right as Deici was about to blow up a helicopter with Vice, Shamal and Vivio on board. The second time she used a hologram to try and stroke Vivio's cheek in front of [[ParentalSubstitute Nanoha]]. The second time [[MamaBear did not]] [[DungeonBypass work out]] [[WaveMotionGun for her]].



* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Used by Ranma in conjunction with the ''Hiryu Shoten Ha'' technique, since the technique doesn't work against a calm opponent. When faced with a opponent who deliberately remains calm in order to foil the technique Ranma resorted to alternate methods, such as [[spoiler:showing photos of himself dressed in lingerie to a lecherous foe]], or manipulating the existing heat and cold in the vicinity (with or without magical tools.)
** [[UnfortunateNames Pantyhose Taro]] is, however, the undisputed master at this. He will taunt his opponent throughout the entire match, [[ArrogantKungFuGuy flaunting his superiority over them]] (or their anxiety over him turning into [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever his monstrous form]]) until they're raving mad at him and make a fatal mistake. Then he moves in for the kill.
*** In the manga, while Pantyhose Taro is good, Ranma is better. Because Ranma is such a ManipulativeBastard, this is one of his techniques in fighting. Makes sense, since he insults people on a regular basis.
** When Ranma found himself unable to counter Ryouga's brand new [[{{Kamehamehadoken}} Lion's Roar Bullet (Shishihokodan)]], Genma took him aside to teach him the fearsome, terrible Cry of the Mad Dog. Step one: back away and out of range. Step two: cup your hands around your mouth. Step three: At the top of your voice, shout, "Idiot! Fool! Moron!"
** Of course, as the Shishihokodan is powered by DEPRESSION and negative feelings, taunting Ryoga is not really reccomended...
* Princess Kraehe (and later [[spoiler:the character Mytho]]) in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' use this against Fakir throughout much of the series to damage his confidence bit by bit.
* In ''Manga/DragonballZ'':
** During their match at the end of the Buu saga, Goku angered Uub into attacking him by insulting his parents and using racist pejoratives, since Uub was otherwise too scared and meek to fight back. After the fight, Goku apologizes for the insults.
** Vegeta is the victim of this, '''[[WorfEffect a lot.]]''' As fond as he is of trash talking, he can be easily manipulated and goaded into holding the IdiotBall.
** Vegetto, the fusion of Goku and Vegeta, is ''even worse.'' Since he's so [[GameBreaker Game-breakingly-powerful]] that Buu isn't capable of even scratching him, he doesn't even put any effort into fighting Buu; just humiliating him. It turns out though, that he was goading Buu into attempting to absorbing him so he could free all the other fights Buu had consumed.
** Done earlier by Krillin to ''Frieza''. First he cut offs the latter's tail, sticks his tongue out at him, and then pats his butt. This is all to lure Frieza away from Gohan so Denda could heal him.
** In the original series, Mr. Popo taunts Goku about being weak to make him careless and predictable. Since this is before Goku learned emotional control, he falls right for it.
** In ''Super'', Vegeta angrily taunts Kyabe during their match, eventually declaring that if Kyabe was an example of what Universe 6 Saiyans were like, he'd go to their home planet and slaughter them all. Kyabe hits a RageBreakingPoint and suddenly transforms into a Super Saiyan, which is exactly what Vegeta was trying to get to happen. After the fight Vegeta is much more cordial with him, making it clear his earlier threat was empty.
* Used several times in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', particularly since [[BewareTheNiceOnes Chrono has]] [[UnstoppableRage a bad temper]] [[BerserkButton when provoked]]. Aion uses it successfully against him in at least one battle. [[spoiler:Remington]] uses it against Chrono in a later battle [[SecretTestOfCharacter to teach Chrono to "control his rage"]]. Rosette also uses it against Rizelle in the anime version, taunting her about her unrequited love for Aion.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Shirabe attempted this against Kotaro. It appeared to work, but he was actually faking. Those who remembered that he WouldntHitAGirl could have seen it coming.

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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Used by Ranma in conjunction with the ''Hiryu Shoten Ha'' technique, since the technique doesn't work against a calm opponent. When faced with a opponent who deliberately remains calm in order to foil the technique Ranma resorted to alternate methods, such as [[spoiler:showing photos of himself dressed in lingerie to a lecherous foe]], or manipulating the existing heat and cold in the vicinity (with or without magical tools.)
''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** [[UnfortunateNames Pantyhose Taro]] is, however, the undisputed master at this. He will taunt his opponent throughout the entire match, [[ArrogantKungFuGuy flaunting his superiority over them]] (or their anxiety over him turning into [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever his monstrous form]]) until they're raving mad at him and make a fatal mistake. Then he moves in for the kill.
*** In the manga, while Pantyhose Taro is good, Ranma is better. Because Ranma is such a ManipulativeBastard, this is one of his techniques in fighting. Makes sense, since he insults people on a regular basis.
** When Ranma found himself unable to counter Ryouga's brand new [[{{Kamehamehadoken}} Lion's Roar Bullet (Shishihokodan)]], Genma took him aside to teach him the fearsome, terrible Cry of the Mad Dog. Step one: back away and out of range. Step two: cup your hands around your mouth. Step three: At the top of your voice, shout, "Idiot! Fool! Moron!"
** Of course, as the Shishihokodan is powered by DEPRESSION and negative feelings, taunting Ryoga is not really reccomended...
* Princess Kraehe (and later [[spoiler:the character Mytho]]) in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' use this against Fakir throughout much of the series to damage his confidence bit by bit.
* In ''Manga/DragonballZ'':
** During their match at the end of the Buu saga, Goku angered Uub into attacking him by insulting his parents and using racist pejoratives, since Uub was otherwise too scared and meek to fight back. After the fight, Goku apologizes for the insults.
** Vegeta is the victim of this, '''[[WorfEffect a lot.]]''' As fond as he is of trash talking, he can be easily manipulated and goaded into holding the IdiotBall.
** Vegetto, the fusion of Goku and Vegeta, is ''even worse.'' Since he's so [[GameBreaker Game-breakingly-powerful]] that Buu isn't capable of even scratching him, he doesn't even put any effort into fighting Buu; just humiliating him. It turns out though, that he was goading Buu into attempting to absorbing him so he could free all the other fights Buu had consumed.
** Done earlier by Krillin to ''Frieza''. First he cut offs the latter's tail, sticks his tongue out at him, and then pats his butt. This is all to lure Frieza away from Gohan so Denda could heal him.
** In the original series, Mr. Popo taunts Goku about being weak to make him careless and predictable. Since this is before Goku learned emotional control, he falls right for it.
** In ''Super'', Vegeta angrily taunts Kyabe during their match, eventually declaring that if Kyabe was an example of what Universe 6 Saiyans were like, he'd go to their home planet and slaughter them all. Kyabe hits a RageBreakingPoint and suddenly transforms into a Super Saiyan, which is exactly what Vegeta was trying to get to happen. After the fight Vegeta is much more cordial with him, making it clear his earlier threat was empty.
* Used several times in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', particularly since [[BewareTheNiceOnes Chrono has]] [[UnstoppableRage a bad temper]] [[BerserkButton when provoked]]. Aion uses it successfully against him in at least one battle. [[spoiler:Remington]] uses it against Chrono in a later battle [[SecretTestOfCharacter to teach Chrono to "control his rage"]]. Rosette also uses it against Rizelle in the anime version, taunting her about her unrequited love for Aion.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'',
Shirabe attempted this against Kotaro. It appeared to work, but he was actually faking. Those who remembered that he WouldntHitAGirl could have seen it coming.



** Kotaru pisses Negi off a second time after they all crash into the Magical World, by jabbing at his inability to protect everyone. Considering how protective Negi is, he doesn't take it well.
*** In this case, he was doing it because Negi needed to burn off the excess magical energy that was left by Konoka's healing spell.
* ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'': For some reason, Inue thought it was a really good idea to pour a cup of tea on Mitsuomi's head while repeatedly dissing and berating him. End result? She had her face smashed in, lost most of her teeth, and got tossed out of a window.
* In ''[[Anime/MahoujinGuruGuru Doki Doki Densetsu Mahoujin Guru Guru]]'', the heroes meet a monster called Unbell that blocks the door they need to pass. A nearby diary warns that attacking Unbell will only make it bigger and heavier until it's impossible to move at all. Naturally, Unbell constantly taunts those in front of him specifically to provoke this.
* Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' loves this technique.
* Subverted in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' in that Judai's opponents generally go out of their way to insult and harass him after one upping him. However, he doesn't take dueling [[SeriousBusiness quite as seriously]] as his opponents and is basically having a great time, which in turn unnerves ''them'' back. Much more prevalent in the dub.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Aizen uses this against the Vizards and remaining captains in Karakura, Shinji warns everyone to stay calm, but [[spoiler:Hiyori]] falls for it and [[spoiler:gets either [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut into two from behind]] (manga) or ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice (anime) by Gin]].
** This beauty from Aizen:
---> '''Hitsugaya:''' I'll ''kill'' you.\\
'''Aizen:''' Don't use such overly strong words. They'll make you look weak.
** Recently, it was used by [[spoiler:Bambietta from the Vandereich]] against Komamura. In the words of another trope: "'Doggie dog' Komamura isn't happy about being insulted '''yet again.'''"
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Sakura uses this during her fight with Ino in the Chuunin exams. Ino was holding back at the start of it whereas Sakura wants to fight for real, so she starts taunting her rival by hitting her two {{Berserk Button}}s (being called "pig" and having someone claim ownership of Sasuke) deliberately.

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** Kotaru pisses Negi off a second time after they all crash into the Magical World, by jabbing at his inability to protect everyone. Considering how protective Negi is, he doesn't take it well.
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well. In this case, he was doing it because Negi needed to burn off the excess magical energy that was left by Konoka's healing spell.
* ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'': For some reason, Inue thought it was a really good idea to pour a cup of tea on Mitsuomi's head while repeatedly dissing and berating him. End result? She had her face smashed in, lost most of her teeth, and got tossed out of a window.
* In ''[[Anime/MahoujinGuruGuru Doki Doki Densetsu Mahoujin Guru Guru]]'', the heroes meet a monster called Unbell that blocks the door they need to pass. A nearby diary warns that attacking Unbell will only make it bigger and heavier until it's impossible to move at all. Naturally, Unbell constantly taunts those in front of him specifically to provoke this.
* Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' loves this technique.
* Subverted in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' in that Judai's opponents generally go out of their way to insult and harass him after one upping him. However, he doesn't take dueling [[SeriousBusiness quite as seriously]] as his opponents and is basically having a great time, which in turn unnerves ''them'' back. Much more prevalent in the dub.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Aizen uses this against the Vizards and remaining captains in Karakura, Shinji warns everyone to stay calm, but [[spoiler:Hiyori]] falls for it and [[spoiler:gets either [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut into two from behind]] (manga) or ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice (anime) by Gin]].
''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** This beauty from Aizen:
---> '''Hitsugaya:''' I'll ''kill'' you.\\
'''Aizen:''' Don't use such overly strong words. They'll make you look weak.
** Recently, it was used by [[spoiler:Bambietta from the Vandereich]] against Komamura. In the words of another trope: "'Doggie dog' Komamura isn't happy about being insulted '''yet again.'''"
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'',
Sakura uses this during her fight with Ino in the Chuunin exams. Ino was holding back at the start of it whereas Sakura wants to fight for real, so she starts taunting her rival by hitting her two {{Berserk Button}}s (being called "pig" and having someone claim ownership of Sasuke) deliberately.



* Jessie Mavia in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' is a master at move reversals and counters, but possesses no original techniques of his own. He's HoistByHisOwnPetard when Kinnikuman goads him into going on the offensive.
* Lelouch as Zero calling Jeremiah Orange in reference to his disgrace during season 1 of ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
* [[spoiler:Reilan]] in ''Manga/HaouAiren'' uses this as a part of [[spoiler:her ThanatosGambit]], taunting and insulting [[spoiler:Hakuron]] until he snaps and [[spoiler:shoots her dead.]]
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure''
** A common strategy for Joseph Joestar. In his fight with BloodKnight Wham, he actually gets Wham to ''not'' kill him by taunting him that he'd be strong enough to beat Wham if given one month.
** Backfires on Rohan Kishibe when he attempts it against Josuke Higashikata. Josuke needs to keep his eyes closed to avoid the effects of Rohan's Stand, Heaven's Door. Rohan tries to enrage Josuke by pressing Josuke's BerserkButton of insulting his hair. While this does succeed in getting Josuke to open his eyes, it ''also'' succeeds at sending Josuke into a literal blind rage, so he ''still'' doesn't see the trigger that Rohan needed him to. As a result, Heaven's Door can't activate and Rohan gets an even harder beatdown than he would have otherwise for his trouble.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', this is L's preferred tactic of dealing with Kira: pile on the perceived pressure and the subtle mockery until Kira makes a mistake. Most obviously, during the famous "Lind L Tailor" broadcast he openly calls Kira evil. Light [[BerserkButton takes the bait]] and kills the guy in the broadcast, thus revealing not only that he does in fact have a supernatural killing power, but also where he was (since the broadcast was only being aired in the Kanto region of Japan).
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': [[ManipulativeBastard Mouryoumaru]] tries this. Upon realising that the [[TheStoic calm, rational]] one is [[AloofBigBrother Sesshoumaru]] and that [[HotBlooded Inuyasha's]] easily goaded, he begins targeting Inuyasha by insulting [[spoiler:[[BrokenBird Kagura's]] death]], dismissing her [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]] for [[DesignatedVictim Kohaku's]] life and mocking her [[IJustWantToBeFree desire for freedom]] as Inuyasha, Kagome, Miroku and Sango become angrier and angrier. Unfortunately for Mouryoumaru, his plan backfires when, to everyone's complete shock, the person who [[BerserkButton explodes]] into an UnstoppableRage isn't Inuyasha but ''[[TheMourningAfter Sesshoumaru]]'', who becomes so upset that he breaks his sword Tokijin and puts his own life in danger. Everything degenerates into chaos at that point.

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* Jessie Mavia Princess Kraehe (and later [[spoiler:the character Mytho]]) in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' is a master at move reversals and counters, but possesses no original techniques of his own. He's HoistByHisOwnPetard when Kinnikuman goads him into going on the offensive.
* Lelouch as Zero calling Jeremiah Orange in reference to his disgrace during season 1 of ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
* [[spoiler:Reilan]] in ''Manga/HaouAiren'' uses
''Anime/PrincessTutu'' use this as a part of [[spoiler:her ThanatosGambit]], taunting and insulting [[spoiler:Hakuron]] until he snaps and [[spoiler:shoots her dead.]]
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure''
** A common strategy for Joseph Joestar. In his fight with BloodKnight Wham, he actually gets Wham to ''not'' kill him by taunting him that he'd be strong enough to beat Wham if given one month.
** Backfires on Rohan Kishibe when he attempts it
against Josuke Higashikata. Josuke needs Fakir throughout much of the series to keep damage his eyes closed to avoid the effects of Rohan's Stand, Heaven's Door. Rohan tries to enrage Josuke confidence bit by pressing Josuke's BerserkButton of insulting his hair. While this does succeed in getting Josuke to open his eyes, it ''also'' succeeds at sending Josuke into a literal blind rage, so he ''still'' doesn't see the trigger that Rohan needed him to. As a result, Heaven's Door can't activate and Rohan gets an even harder beatdown than he would have otherwise for his trouble.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', this is L's preferred tactic of dealing with Kira: pile on the perceived pressure and the subtle mockery until Kira makes a mistake. Most obviously, during the famous "Lind L Tailor" broadcast he openly calls Kira evil. Light [[BerserkButton takes the bait]] and kills the guy in the broadcast, thus revealing not only that he does in fact have a supernatural killing power, but also where he was (since the broadcast was only being aired in the Kanto region of Japan).
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': [[ManipulativeBastard Mouryoumaru]] tries this. Upon realising that the [[TheStoic calm, rational]] one is [[AloofBigBrother Sesshoumaru]] and that [[HotBlooded Inuyasha's]] easily goaded, he begins targeting Inuyasha by insulting [[spoiler:[[BrokenBird Kagura's]] death]], dismissing her [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]] for [[DesignatedVictim Kohaku's]] life and mocking her [[IJustWantToBeFree desire for freedom]] as Inuyasha, Kagome, Miroku and Sango become angrier and angrier. Unfortunately for Mouryoumaru, his plan backfires when, to everyone's complete shock, the person who [[BerserkButton explodes]] into an UnstoppableRage isn't Inuyasha but ''[[TheMourningAfter Sesshoumaru]]'', who becomes so upset that he breaks his sword Tokijin and puts his own life in danger. Everything degenerates into chaos at that point.
bit.



* In episode 4 of ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'', Shiroe purposely mispronounced Demikas' name twice ("demi-glace" and "delicious") to enrage him and get him separated from his main party. He continues doing this when he meets Demikas again in the second season, but in that case he was just being a {{Troll}}: there was no strategy behind it.

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* In episode 4 ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Used by Ranma in conjunction with the ''Hiryu Shoten Ha'' technique, since the technique doesn't work against a calm opponent. When faced with a opponent who deliberately remains calm in order to foil the technique Ranma resorted to alternate methods, such as [[spoiler:showing photos
of ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'', Shiroe purposely mispronounced Demikas' name twice ("demi-glace" himself dressed in lingerie to a lecherous foe]], or manipulating the existing heat and "delicious") to enrage cold in the vicinity (with or without magical tools.)
** [[UnfortunateNames Pantyhose Taro]] is, however, the undisputed master at this. He will taunt his opponent throughout the entire match, [[ArrogantKungFuGuy flaunting his superiority over them]] (or their anxiety over him turning into [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever his monstrous form]]) until they're raving mad at
him and get him separated from his main party. He continues doing make a fatal mistake. Then he moves in for the kill. In the manga, while Pantyhose Taro is good, Ranma is better. Because Ranma is such a ManipulativeBastard, this when is one of his techniques in fighting. Makes sense, since he meets Demikas again in insults people on a regular basis.
** When Ranma found himself unable to counter Ryouga's brand new [[{{Kamehamehadoken}} Lion's Roar Bullet (Shishihokodan)]], Genma took him aside to teach him
the fearsome, terrible Cry of the Mad Dog. Step one: back away and out of range. Step two: cup your hands around your mouth. Step three: At the top of your voice, shout, "Idiot! Fool! Moron!"
** Of course, as the Shishihokodan is powered by DEPRESSION and negative feelings, taunting Ryoga is not really reccomended...
* In ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' Soma angers one of the Elite Ten, a
second season, year named Eizan, who is basically the cooking equivalent of a crime lord. He tries to set Soma up for humiliation during the following tournament, but in that case not only does he fail, Soma doesn't even realize he was just being a {{Troll}}: there targeted. Later, he tries again when [[spoiler:the directorship of the school changes hands]] and tries to crush Soma's spirits. First he tries to shut down Soma's dorm and make it clear that while Soma can try to challenge him, the contest will be so heavily rigged that the judges won't even taste the food. Soma challenges him anyway. He tries more intimidation tactics to make Soma despair, including sending his thugs to evacuate the Polaris dorm and begin the destruction immediately, but Soma keeps on going as though he doesn't notice. Frustrated at his inability to make Soma submit, he finally attempts to actually beat him in cooking. Unfortunately for him, he hadn't actually prepared for the match at all and promptly loses despite being the better cook. Afterward, Soma makes it pretty clear that he actually was no strategy behind it.worried but knew the only way to win was to keep pissing off his opponent until he sabotaged himself. Eizan is a control freak, so just kicking Soma out wasn't enough to recover his pride, and Soma exploited this vulnerability.



* [[SmugSnake Quattro]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' did this twice. The first time, she had Lutecia relay a message to Vita about [[MyGreatestFailure her greatest failure]] safe right as Deici was about to blow up a helicopter with Vice, Shamal and Vivio on board. The second time she used a hologram to try and stroke Vivio's cheek in front of [[ParentalSubstitute Nanoha]]. The second time [[MamaBear did not]] [[DungeonBypass work out]] [[WaveMotionGun for her]].
* In ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' Soma angers one of the Elite Ten, a second year named Eizan, who is basically the cooking equivalent of a crime lord. He tries to set Soma up for humiliation during the following tournament, but not only does he fail, Soma doesn't even realize he was being targeted. Later, he tries again when [[spoiler:the directorship of the school changes hands]] and tries to crush Soma's spirits. First he tries to shut down Soma's dorm and make it clear that while Soma can try to challenge him, the contest will be so heavily rigged that the judges won't even taste the food. Soma challenges him anyway. He tries more intimidation tactics to make Soma despair, including sending his thugs to evacuate the Polaris dorm and begin the destruction immediately, but Soma keeps on going as though he doesn't notice. Frustrated at his inability to make Soma submit, he finally attempts to actually beat him in cooking. Unfortunately for him, he hadn't actually prepared for the match at all and promptly loses despite being the better cook. Afterward, Soma makes it pretty clear that he actually was worried but knew the only way to win was to keep pissing off his opponent until he sabotaged himself. Eizan is a control freak, so just kicking Soma out wasn't enough to recover his pride, and Soma exploited this vulnerability.
* In ''Anime/CrossAnge'', during their fight in episode 24, Tusk brags about how he slept with Ange, a woman Embryo had been lusting for for most of the series. This causes Embryo to go completely berserk and forget about his Chessmaster tactics.

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* [[SmugSnake Quattro]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' did this twice. The first time, she had Lutecia relay a message to Vita about [[MyGreatestFailure her greatest failure]] safe right as Deici ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'': For some reason, Inue thought it was about a really good idea to blow up pour a helicopter with Vice, Shamal and Vivio cup of tea on board. The second time she used a hologram to try and stroke Vivio's cheek in front of [[ParentalSubstitute Nanoha]]. The second time [[MamaBear did not]] [[DungeonBypass work out]] [[WaveMotionGun for her]].
* In ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' Soma angers one of the Elite Ten, a second year named Eizan, who is basically the cooking equivalent of a crime lord. He tries to set Soma up for humiliation during the following tournament, but not only does he fail, Soma doesn't even realize he was being targeted. Later, he tries again when [[spoiler:the directorship of the school changes hands]] and tries to crush Soma's spirits. First he tries to shut down Soma's dorm and make it clear that
Mitsuomi's head while Soma can try to challenge him, the contest will be so heavily rigged repeatedly dissing and berating him. End result? She had her face smashed in, lost most of her teeth, and got tossed out of a window.
* Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' loves this technique.
* Subverted in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' in
that the judges won't even taste the food. Soma challenges Judai's opponents generally go out of their way to insult and harass him anyway. He tries more intimidation tactics to make Soma despair, including sending his thugs to evacuate the Polaris dorm and begin the destruction immediately, but Soma keeps on going as though after one upping him. However, he doesn't notice. Frustrated at take dueling [[SeriousBusiness quite as seriously]] as his inability to make Soma submit, he finally attempts to actually beat him opponents and is basically having a great time, which in cooking. Unfortunately for him, he hadn't actually prepared for turn unnerves ''them'' back. Much more prevalent in the match at all and promptly loses despite being the better cook. Afterward, Soma makes it pretty clear that he actually was worried but knew the only way to win was to keep pissing off his opponent until he sabotaged himself. Eizan is a control freak, so just kicking Soma out wasn't enough to recover his pride, and Soma exploited this vulnerability.
* In ''Anime/CrossAnge'', during their fight in episode 24, Tusk brags about how he slept with Ange, a woman Embryo had been lusting for for most of the series. This causes Embryo to go completely berserk and forget about his Chessmaster tactics.
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* Comicbook/SpiderMan is the well-known wisecracking grandmaster of taunts and the embodiment of this trope itself. It serves the dual purpose of keeping his spirits up and annoying the crap out of his enemies.
-->'''Some villain:''' Blast it! You talk so much, you've got me confused!\\
'''Spider-man:''' How about that? I've got a super-power I didn't even know about about: My Spider-Speech!
** ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} does the same thing, only his jokes tend to be cruder and is more a result of his insanity than a tactical move.

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* Comicbook/SpiderMan is ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}:
** In her first confrontation with
the well-known wisecracking grandmaster Joker, Batgirl (the Barbara Gordon version) stops him from finishing off a wounded Batman by laughing at him, thus stalling him until the police arrive.
** Later, the [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]] version
of taunts Batgirl pulls a similar trick by walking away from the Joker in the middle of a fight and the embodiment saying, "Bored. You're boring." (It helped that [[GenreSavvy she knew of this trope itself. It serves the dual purpose of keeping his spirits up and annoying the crap out of his enemies.
-->'''Some villain:''' Blast it! You talk so much, you've got me confused!\\
'''Spider-man:''' How about that? I've got a super-power I didn't even know about about: My Spider-Speech!
**
Barbara's earlier gambit]].)
*
ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} does the same thing, only his jokes tend to be cruder and is more a result of his insanity than a tactical move.



*** Well, of ''course'' they don't! ''Old ladies'' wear Deadpool underoos!
* Paid tribute to early in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099''. Spider-Man is being chased by a very persistent (and very talkative) cyborg bounty hunter, and he wonders to himself "Lord! I wonder if I get on people's nerves this much when I mouth off as Miguel?"
** A deliberate inversion, as writer Creator/PeterDavid deliberately created Spider-Man 2099 as an opposite of [[SpiderMan Peter Parker]] -- Parker is shy in person and talkative in costume, which the 2099 version inverts.
* ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}'s first confrontation with the Joker, Batgirl (the Barbara Gordon version) stops him from finishing off a wounded Batman by laughing at him, thus stalling him until the police arrive.
** Later, the [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]] version of Batgirl pulls a similar trick by walking away from the Joker in the middle of a fight and saying, "Bored. You're boring." (It helped that [[GenreSavvy she knew of Barbara's earlier gambit]].)
** ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} does this so much that it's more or less part of his fighting style.
* ComicBook/SavageDragon also regularly taunts his opponents. The most classic example would be his fights with Powerhouse - a deadly supervillain who has a face that looks like a chicken. There about five jokes per panel.



* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} does this so much that it's more or less part of his fighting style.
* ComicBook/SavageDragon also regularly taunts his opponents. The most classic example would be his fights with Powerhouse - a deadly supervillain who has a face that looks like a chicken. There about five jokes per panel.



* Comicbook/SpiderMan is the well-known wisecracking grandmaster of taunts and the embodiment of this trope itself. It serves the dual purpose of keeping his spirits up and annoying the crap out of his enemies.
-->'''Some villain:''' Blast it! You talk so much, you've got me confused!\\
'''Spider-man:''' How about that? I've got a super-power I didn't even know about about: My Spider-Speech!
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099'':
** Paid tribute to early in. Spider-Man is being chased by a very persistent (and very talkative) cyborg bounty hunter, and he wonders to himself "Lord! I wonder if I get on people's nerves this much when I mouth off as Miguel?"
** A deliberate inversion, as writer Creator/PeterDavid deliberately created Spider-Man 2099 as an opposite of [[SpiderMan Peter Parker]] -- Parker is shy in person and talkative in costume, which the 2099 version inverts.



* In ''Fanfic/{{Fragmentation}}'', [[PathOfInspiration ComStar]] suffers from this as a feint to distract them away from Executive Outcomes' activities in the Free Worlds League. A group of heavily armed ''pirates'' (in actuality an EO Taskforce disguising themselves) [[RefugeInAudacity captures several ComStar HPG centers]], something none of the Successor States would even dare risk, and their leader, a man clad in black with a bandana covering his face demands [[Film/ThePrincessBride the 'return of Princess Buttercup']].



* In ''Fanfic/{{Fragmentation}}'', [[PathOfInspiration ComStar]] suffers from this as a feint to distract them away from Executive Outcomes' activities in the Free Worlds League. A group of heavily armed ''pirates'' (in actuality an EO Taskforce disguising themselves) [[RefugeInAudacity captures several ComStar HPG centers]], something none of the Successor States would even dare risk, and their leader, a man clad in black with a bandana covering his face demands [[Film/ThePrincessBride the 'return of Princess Buttercup']].
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* In ''Fanfic/{{Fragmentation}}'', [[PathOfInspiration ComStar]] suffers from this as a feint to distract them away from Executive Outcomes' activities in the Free Worlds League. A group of heavily armed ''pirates'' (in actuality an EO Taskforce disguising themselves) [[RefugeInAudacity captures several ComStar HPG centers]], something none of the Successor States would even dare risk, and their leader, a man clad in black with a bandana covering his face demands [[Film/ThePrincessBride the 'return of Princess Buttercup']].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', Batman (Terry [=McGinnis=]) delivers an epic verbal beatdown to, of all people, the Joker. He successfully drives the Joker over the edge, ''by laughing at him''.



* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', Batman (Terry [=McGinnis=]) delivers an epic verbal beatdown to, of all people, the Joker. He successfully drives the Joker over the edge, ''by laughing at him''.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', Batman (Terry [=McGinnis=]) delivers an epic verbal beatdown to, of all people, the Joker. He successfully drives the Joker over the edge, ''by laughing at him''.
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* In ''Film/{{Star Trek II|The Wrath of Khan}}'', Kirk ensures that Khan will follow him into the Mutara Nebula (which will negate many of Khan's current tactical advantages) by making it a dare and stomping on Khan's sense of superiority ("I'm ''laughing'' at the superior intellect.")
* Used by a much younger [[spoiler:alternate-universe]] Kirk in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film as a way of getting Spock to prove himself unfit to command the Enterprise. It was slightly more successful than intended - Spock came very, very close to ''throttling'' Kirk.
* Also used in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''. After the Borg have taken over most of the Enterprise, Picard stubbornly refuses to activate the self-destruct sequence and evacuate the ship. In one of Patrick Stewart's finer moments in acting, Lily proceeds to taunt Picard until Picard loses it and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRmmHPE8EvA delivers a furious tirade]] against the Borg, which in turn makes him realize his hatred of the Borg is affecting his judgment.

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* In ''Film/{{Star Trek II|The Wrath of Khan}}'', Kirk ensures that Khan will follow him into the Mutara Nebula (which will negate many of Khan's current tactical advantages) by The titular game in ''Film/BASEketball'' basically involves trying to psych someone out to prevent them from making it a dare basketball shot.
* In ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', this is how Bart
and the Waco Kid lure two KKK members into a trap: "Hey, WhereDaWhiteWomenAt?"
* Spoofed in ''[[MarxBrothers Duck Soup]]''. Groucho insults the Ambassador Trentino, in order to provoke Trentino into hitting him, so that he can have the Trentino deported; the insults backfire (no, not [[InsultBackfire that way]]), and Groucho ends up slapping the ambassador. On multiple occasions. Leading to a declaration of war.
* During the climax of ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'', Tommy lures Jason into his trap by taunting him, saving his LoveInterest in the process.
* ''Film/HappyGilmore'': Shooter hires a heckler who taunts Gilmore for many holes. After Gilmore is thoroughly riled up, he ends up venting on Bob Barker, [[CurbStompBattle who cleans his clock effortlessly]].
* In the movie version of ''Film/{{MASH}}'', after Frank and Hot Lips have sex, Hawkeye relentlessly asked Frank questions about the experience to taunt him. It works, as Frank attacks Hawkeye and is later taken away in a straitjacket.
* Towards the end of ''Film/MenInBlack'', Jay figures out the best way to get "Edgar"'s attention is by [[BerserkButton
stomping on Khan's sense of superiority ("I'm ''laughing'' at the superior intellect.")
* Used by a much younger [[spoiler:alternate-universe]] Kirk in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film as a way of getting Spock to prove himself unfit to command the Enterprise. It
cockroaches]].
-->'''Jay:''' (''feigning ignorance'') Oh, I'm sorry,
was slightly more successful than intended - Spock came very, very close to ''throttling'' Kirk.
* Also used in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''. After the Borg have taken
that your auntie? Then that must be your uncle over most there! (''stomps on another roach'') Well, well. Big, bad Bug got a bit of the Enterprise, Picard stubbornly refuses to activate the self-destruct sequence a soft spot, huh? What I can't understand is, why you gotta come down here bringing all this ruckus! Snatching up galaxies and evacuate the ship. In one of Patrick Stewart's finer moments in acting, Lily proceeds to taunt Picard until Picard loses it and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRmmHPE8EvA delivers a furious tirade]] against the Borg, which in turn makes him realize his hatred of the Borg is affecting his judgment.everything. My attitude is: don't (''stomp'') start nothing, won't (''stomp'') be nothing!



* John Banning in ''Film/TheMummy1959'' tricks Mehemet Bay to sic the mummy Kharis on him (and consequently, into his trap) by visiting him under a friendly neighbour guise (revealing that he survived the original attempt at his life), acting snooty and being dismissive about the Karnak religion, which Bay is a follower of.



* ''Film/HappyGilmore'': Shooter hires a heckler who taunts Gilmore for many holes. After Gilmore is thoroughly riled up, he ends up venting on Bob Barker, [[CurbStompBattle who cleans his clock effortlessly]].
* In ''Film/TrueRomance'' Dennis Hopper taunts Christopher Walken with some [[UnusualEuphemism demographic facts]] about Sicilians which this particular Sicilian doesn't really care for. The result is that Walken and his mooks stop torturing him and go straight to killing him, which plays out as a victory.
* Dark side characters in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe are often seen taunting their opponents. In the ExpandedUniverse, this becomes an ''explicit '''technique''' ''of lightsaber fighting called "Dun Möch." Palpatine apparently failed his lessons.

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* ''Film/HappyGilmore'': Shooter hires a heckler who taunts Gilmore for In ''Film/{{Star Trek II|The Wrath of Khan}}'', Kirk ensures that Khan will follow him into the Mutara Nebula (which will negate many holes. of Khan's current tactical advantages) by making it a dare and stomping on Khan's sense of superiority ("I'm ''laughing'' at the superior intellect.")
* Also used in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''.
After Gilmore is thoroughly riled up, he ends up venting on Bob Barker, [[CurbStompBattle who cleans his clock effortlessly]].
*
the Borg have taken over most of the Enterprise, Picard stubbornly refuses to activate the self-destruct sequence and evacuate the ship. In ''Film/TrueRomance'' Dennis Hopper taunts Christopher Walken with some [[UnusualEuphemism demographic facts]] about Sicilians one of Patrick Stewart's finer moments in acting, Lily proceeds to taunt Picard until Picard loses it and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRmmHPE8EvA delivers a furious tirade]] against the Borg, which this particular Sicilian doesn't really care for. The result is that Walken and in turn makes him realize his mooks stop torturing him and go straight to killing him, which plays out hatred of the Borg is affecting his judgment.
* Used by a much younger [[spoiler:alternate-universe]] Kirk in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film
as a victory.
way of getting Spock to prove himself unfit to command the Enterprise. It was slightly more successful than intended - Spock came very, very close to ''throttling'' Kirk.
* Dark side characters in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe are often seen taunting their opponents. In the ExpandedUniverse, this becomes an ''explicit '''technique''' ''of lightsaber fighting called "Dun Möch." Palpatine apparently failed his lessons.



* Spoofed in ''[[MarxBrothers Duck Soup]]''. Groucho insults the Ambassador Trentino, in order to provoke Trentino into hitting him, so that he can have the Trentino deported; the insults backfire (no, not [[InsultBackfire that way]]), and Groucho ends up slapping the ambassador. On multiple occasions. Leading to a declaration of war.

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* Spoofed Will Smith as Deadshot appears to be doing this to El Diablo in ''[[MarxBrothers Duck Soup]]''. Groucho insults the Ambassador Trentino, in order second trailer to provoke Trentino into hitting him, so that Film/SuicideSquad. After seeing just what El Diablo ''can'' do, he can have immediately apologizes for fear of being on the Trentino deported; the insults backfire (no, not [[InsultBackfire that way]]), and Groucho ends up slapping the ambassador. On multiple occasions. Leading wrong end of those powers, which is PlayedForLaughs.
--> '''Deadshot''': I was just tryin'
to a declaration of war.get you there. No hard feelings, right? We good?



* In the movie version of ''Film/{{MASH}}'', after Frank and Hot Lips have sex, Hawkeye relentlessly asked Frank questions about the experience to taunt him. It works, as Frank attacks Hawkeye and is later taken away in a straitjacket.
* In ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', this is how Bart and the Waco Kid lure two KKK members into a trap: "Hey, WhereDaWhiteWomenAt?"
* Towards the end of ''Film/MenInBlack'', Jay figures out the best way to get "Edgar"'s attention is by [[BerserkButton stomping on cockroaches]].
-->'''Jay:''' (''feigning ignorance'') Oh, I'm sorry, was that your auntie? Then that must be your uncle over there! (''stomps on another roach'') Well, well. Big, bad Bug got a bit of a soft spot, huh? What I can't understand is, why you gotta come down here bringing all this ruckus! Snatching up galaxies and everything. My attitude is: don't (''stomp'') start nothing, won't (''stomp'') be nothing!
* Will Smith as Deadshot appears to be doing this to El Diablo in the second trailer to Film/SuicideSquad. After seeing just what El Diablo ''can'' do, he immediately apologizes for fear of being on the wrong end of those powers, which is PlayedForLaughs.
--> '''Deadshot''': I was just tryin' to get you there. No hard feelings, right? We good?
* During the climax of ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'', Tommy lures Jason into his trap by taunting him, saving his LoveInterest in the process.



* John Banning in ''Film/TheMummy1959'' tricks Mehemet Bay to sic the mummy Kharis on him (and consequently, into his trap) by visiting him under a friendly neighbour guise (revealing that he survived the original attempt at his life), acting snooty and being dismissive about the Karnak religion, which Bay is a follower of.
* The titular game in ''Film/BASEketball'' basically involves trying to psych someone out to prevent them from making a basketball shot.

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* John Banning in ''Film/TheMummy1959'' tricks Mehemet Bay to sic the mummy Kharis on him (and consequently, into his trap) by visiting him under a friendly neighbour guise (revealing that he survived the original attempt at his life), acting snooty and being dismissive In ''Film/TrueRomance'' Dennis Hopper taunts Christopher Walken with some [[UnusualEuphemism demographic facts]] about the Karnak religion, Sicilians which Bay is a follower of.
*
this particular Sicilian doesn't really care for. The titular game in ''Film/BASEketball'' basically involves trying result is that Walken and his mooks stop torturing him and go straight to psych someone killing him, which plays out to prevent them from making as a basketball shot.victory.



* ''Literature/AllHands!'' has a version, with the commander of the ''Starcougar'' cursing out a pirate captain, in the hopes that the pirate would focus on him, not the merchant he was protecting. And to distract and anger him as well, though that goes without saying.
* In the [[FinalBattle Final Confrontation]] of [[Literature/ArtemisFowl Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception]], [[AntiHero Artemis]] and [[CowboyCop Holly]] have to stop [[BigBad Opal]] [[EvilGenius Koboi]] from diverting a subterranean probe surrounded by tons of molten metal onto [[HiddenElfVillage Haven]], which will simultaneously kill almost half of [[OurFairiesAreDifferent The People]] and reveal the remaining ones to [[HumansAreBastards humanity]]. [[TheChessmaster Artemis']] brilliant plan involves a mostly-reformed [[PhantomThief thief]] with a bottomless stomach and [[MoodSwinger Opal's]] weakness for truffles. [[spoiler:Of course, this is just a [[WeNeedADistraction distraction]].]]
* While this happens several times in the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'', the most notable example has to be the taunting of Venandakatra the Vile by Shakuntala, his former prisoner and planned rape victim. [[spoiler:She openly marches into a city that Venandakatra is supposedly besieging, marries her TrueLove Rao in a public and very popular ceremony, and then performs an extremely sensuous dance on a platform erected on the city walls specifically positioned to be visible from Venandakatra's headquarters.]]
* Mundo Cani uses this tactic to battle Wyrm in ''TheBookOfTheDunCow'', insulting him and goading him into looking his seemingly oumatched opponent in the eye. [[spoiler:This allows Mundo Cani to blind him, trapping them both underground.]]
* ''Literature/CouncilWars'' has Dionys [=McCanoc=]'s pitiful attempts at taunting Edmund Talbot, and almost two pages of Edmund Talbot showing him how it's done, spurring [=McCanoc=] into a rage that allows Talbot to demolish his foe.
* In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower III: Literature/TheWasteLands'', Roland Deschain gives a large TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and all manners of taunts to [[CoolTrain Blaine The Mono]], for acting like a spoiled child. ''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu Note that he and his companions are currently riding said mono, who threatens to derail them in response.]]'' Roland still doesn't care.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Subverted by Jonathan Teatime. [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY It's pronounced "teh-ah-tim-eh"]], and he's a bit sick of people getting it wrong, but it won't drive him mad.[[labelnote:*]]He's already insane, but it won't make him lose his cool, either.[[/labelnote]]
-->'''Teatime:''' Please don't try to distract me.
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' where Moist von Lipwig sets out to make Reacher Gilt as angry as he possibly can because angry people make mistakes. Although he doesn't directly insult him so much as pull a BavarianFireDrill.
* ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'':
** That's the eponymous witch's main tactic against people who'd rather see her dead. She can't attack them (officially they're on the same side), but she can subtly taunt them until they make ass of themselves. Additionally, in Doraverse art of beating someone with words is valued higher than art of beating someone with magic, so other characters use it sporadically.
** Taken UpToEleven in fourth book, ''All Stays In The Family'', when, to taunt her opponent and make [[spoiler:her ParanoiaGambit possible]], Dora breaks into [[spoiler:Albin's]] house and leaves him illusion that TastesLikeDiabetes. Twice.



* S.M. Stirling's [[Literature/TheDraka Draka]] novel ''Marching Through Georgia.'' (Not that Georgia, the one in SW Asia.) The Draka blocking force has been defeated. The Nazi units can bypass them and break through to take the pass and save the day for the Germany. The leader of the Draka radios the German commander and taunts him into neglecting his duty and trying to wipe out the Draka.
--> "Do you have any messages for your wives and daughters? We'll be seeing them before you do."
* The Doctor does this a lot, but in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Camera Obscura'', he goes all out in one scene, mostly just to get back at Sabbath for making his life very, very difficult. He does [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace all]] [[TermsOfEndangerment kinds]] [[SillyLoveSongs of]] intentional FoeYay things (well, Sabbath ''did'' [[OrganTheft steal]] [[HeartTrauma his heart]]), hides a whoopee cushion in his sofa, flops on his desk like a cat while Sabbath is looking at something, folds his papers up into [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]], sings to him, etc. Do not piss off the Doctor, or he'll teach you how it's done.
* ''Literature/EndersGame'':
** Used by Ender when he goads a bully into fighting him one-on-one (rather than 12-on-1).
** Inverted in a way right after that, when one of Ender's friends bursts into the scene and tries to reason with the bully that Ender really is humanity's last, best hope. Ender groans to himself, fully aware that such a comment will only enrage his enemy further (he hates Ender especially for the fact that Ender matters and he ultimately doesn't), but not in a way that will make him mess up, just completely homicidal.



* Also happens in JimButcher's ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, in the fourth book -- fighting a considerably more skilled opponent, the hero is able to defeat them by working out their mental weakpoint and talking them into a berserk rage.
* Butcher just likes this trope - it's used so often in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' that it's somewhat insulting to the monster of the hour if Harry and Co '''don't''' snark at it. Must come from being a self-proclaimed Spider-Man fanboy.
** Harry is goaded into depowering one of the Swords of the Cross. [[spoiler:It wasn't in the end.]] Nicodemus later tries the same thing on him, so he plays along for a while. In the same book, Harry is goaded into revealing himself, forcing the Archive to reveal herself, which was the ploy all along.
** Harry pulls this on Fix in a ruthless fashion. After the fact, Fix is impressed and bemused.
** When Harry is meeting Donar Vadderung [[spoiler:aka Father Odin]], Harry looks at his two receptionists each with guns trained on him, and despite being told to not say anything, taunts the two women. He justifies it because he has mouthed off to so many powerhouses, it would be against his nature to not do it now.
** In ''Literature/BloodRites'', he {{Invert}}s this trope when he addresses Ebenezer [=McCoy=] as "sir" in the presence of Lieutenant Murphy. Murphy is utterly floored and treats Ebenezer ''very'' respectfully after that.
* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' that's the eponymous witch's main tactic against people who'd rather see her dead. She can't attack them (officially they're on the same side), but she can subtly taunt them until they make ass of themselves. Additionally, in Doraverse art of beating someone with words is valued higher than art of beating someone with magic, so other characters use it sporadically.
** Taken UpToEleven in fourth book, ''All Stays In The Family'', when, to taunt her opponent and make [[spoiler:her ParanoiaGambit possible]], Dora breaks into [[spoiler:Albin's]] house and leaves him illusion that TastesLikeDiabetes. Twice.

to:

* Also happens in JimButcher's ''Literature/CodexAlera'' Draco Malfoy goads the trio throughout the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, although his goals are usually nothing loftier than getting them in detention.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, this has almost become standard operating procedure for characters
in the fourth book -- fighting a considerably more skilled opponent, Talbott Quadrant when dealing with antagonists from the hero is able [[VillainForgotToLevelGrind Solarian League]]. Vice Admiral Michelle Henke specifically outlines it as part of her strategy for dealing with Solarian admiral Sandra Crandall, even though it conflicts with another goal to defeat try and stall for time. Other tactics used by her subordinates include opening communications in uniform instead of protective skinsuit (sending the message that the Sollies are no threat to them by working out whatsoever) or using their mental weakpoint and talking them into a berserk rage.
faster-than-light communication to invoke OhCrap moments.
* Butcher just likes this trope - it's used so often in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' that it's somewhat insulting ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Eric prevents Dengel from [[spoiler: noticing the trap he is setting]] by exploiting the ancient mage's ego. For instance, "the great sage is dead, because he wet his bed!"
* After seeing his friend most likely fall to his death, Fisk has to listen
to the monster villain of book three in the hour if Harry and Co '''don't''' snark ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' make fun of his morals for agreeing to work with them (not knowing Fisk only agreed for a chance at it. Must come from being a self-proclaimed Spider-Man fanboy.
** Harry is goaded
getting revenge)
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Aragorn does this to Sauron by using the Palantír of Orthanc to show him Andúril (Narsil reforged), hoping to provoke Sauron
into depowering one of the Swords of the Cross. mobilizing his forces before they were fully ready. [[spoiler:It wasn't worked.]]
* [[Literature/TheBelgariad The Mallorean]]:
** A nasty variant of this was used, where a pair of Tolnedrans are arguing
in the end.]] Nicodemus later tries street. One remains completely calm, while the same thing on him, so he plays along for a while. In other becomes more and more enraged over the same book, Harry is goaded former's haranguing. However, instead of the former goading the latter into revealing himself, forcing a fight, the Archive latter dies of a stress-triggered poison both Tolnedrans had consumed, the former knowing that he could keep his emotions under control.
** Mandorallen compares another knight's beard
to reveal herself, which the fur on a mutt's ass and asks if the knight's father was a goat. The rival is so enraged he is unable to reply, so Mandorallen [[ThrowingDownTheGauntlet throws his gauntlet in the ploy all along.
** Harry
knight's face.]]
* Literature/JamesBond
pulls this on Fix Hugo Drax in a ruthless fashion. After the fact, Fix is impressed ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'' while tied up, causing Drax to forget and bemused.
** When Harry is meeting Donar Vadderung [[spoiler:aka Father Odin]], Harry looks at his two receptionists each with guns trained on him, and despite being told to not say anything, taunts the two women. He justifies it because he has mouthed off to so many powerhouses, it would be against his nature to not do it now.
** In ''Literature/BloodRites'', he {{Invert}}s this trope when he addresses Ebenezer [=McCoy=] as "sir"
leave a torture instrument in the presence of Lieutenant Murphy. Murphy is utterly floored room, which Bond then uses to free himself and treats Ebenezer ''very'' respectfully after that.
* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' that's
the eponymous witch's main tactic against people who'd rather see her dead. She can't attack them (officially they're on GirlOfTheWeek.
* ''{{Literature/Musashi}}'' does this a lot before duels. The way he sees it,
the same side), but she can subtly taunt them until they make ass fight itself begins before the swords are drawn. He was famous for it in RealLife.
* Part
of themselves. Additionally, the initial exam for joining the CDF in Doraverse art of beating someone with words John Scalzi's ''Literature/OldMansWar'' is valued higher than art of beating someone with magic, so other characters use it sporadically.
** Taken UpToEleven
a specifically calculated taunting, in fourth book, ''All Stays In The Family'', when, order to taunt her opponent and make [[spoiler:her ParanoiaGambit possible]], Dora breaks into [[spoiler:Albin's]] house and leaves him illusion that TastesLikeDiabetes. Twice.record some brain information about extreme emotion.



* S.M. Stirling's [[Literature/TheDraka Draka]] novel ''Marching Through Georgia.'' (Not that Georgia, the one in SW Asia.) The Draka blocking force has been defeated. The Nazi units can bypass them and break through to take the pass and save the day for the Germany. The leader of the Draka radios the German commander and taunts him into neglecting his duty and trying to wipe out the Draka.
--> "Do you have any messages for your wives and daughters? We'll be seeing them before you do."
** Actually said to the Romans by the invading Cimbri barbarians in a battle around 100 BCE.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Subverted by Jonathan Teatime. [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY It's pronounced "teh-ah-tim-eh"]], and he's a bit sick of people getting it wrong, but it won't drive him mad.[[labelnote:*]]He's already insane, but it won't make him lose his cool, either.[[/labelnote]]
-->'''Teatime:''' Please don't try to distract me.
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' where Moist von Lipwig sets out to make Reacher Gilt as angry as he possibly can because angry people make mistakes. Although he doesn't directly insult him so much as pull a BavarianFireDrill.

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* S.M. Stirling's [[Literature/TheDraka Draka]] novel ''Marching Through Georgia.'' (Not that Georgia, the one Used A LOT in SW Asia.) The Draka blocking force has been defeated. The Nazi units can bypass them and break through ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' to take the pass and save the day for the Germany. The leader varying amounts of success. One of the Draka radios the German commander more famous examples has Zhuge Liang, wanting to bring his rival, Sima Yi, out of his defensive position, sends him a dress and taunts him into neglecting his duty and trying to wipe out the Draka.
--> "Do
women's make up with a note saying "If you have any messages for are unable to fufill your wives duties as a man, dress in this outfit and daughters? We'll be seeing them before you do."
** Actually said
act like a woman instead." This example is notable in that it is the rare instance where Zhuge Liang ''failed''. Sima Yi just laughed and put on the outfit anyway, spoiling Zhuge Liang's plan
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' Fingolfin rides
to the Romans by gates of Angband to defy Morgoth himself, and challenges him to [[CombatByChampion single combat]]. Morgoth ''would'' have just had his Balrogs, wolves, and Orcs ZergRush him, but Fingolfin called him [[DirtyCoward craven.]] Morgoth realized he would have to face him or lose standing in his subordinate's eyes, so he accepted the invading Cimbri barbarians challenge. Not that it made much difference, as Morgoth wins anyway.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/SkeletonCrew'',
in the story "The Wedding Gig," the gangster "The Greek" sends a battle around 100 BCE.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Subverted by Jonathan Teatime. [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY It's pronounced "teh-ah-tim-eh"]],
frail little man to insult Mike Scollay and Scollay's sister Maureen at her wedding. [[spoiler:Even though he's likely aware he's being baited into a bit sick of people getting it wrong, but it won't drive him mad.[[labelnote:*]]He's already insane, but it won't make him lose his cool, either.[[/labelnote]]
-->'''Teatime:''' Please don't try to distract me.
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal''
trap, Scollay responds with rage and storms outside, where Moist von Lipwig sets out to make Reacher Gilt as angry as he possibly can because angry people make mistakes. Although he doesn't directly insult him so much as pull a BavarianFireDrill.he's gunned down.]]



*** The Jedi use an [[InvertedTrope inverted version]], appealing to any remaining shreds of goodness in their foes in an attempt to redeem them and avoid fighting. It sometimes works.
* ''Literature/EndersGame'': Used by Ender when he goads a bully into fighting him one-on-one (rather than 12-on-1).
** Inverted in a way right after that, when one of Ender's friends bursts into the scene and tries to reason with the bully that Ender really is humanity's last, best hope. Ender groans to himself, fully aware that such a comment will only enrage his enemy further (he hates Ender especially for the fact that Ender matters and he ultimately doesn't), but not in a way that will make him mess up, just completely homicidal.
* Part of the initial exam for joining the CDF in John Scalzi's ''Literature/OldMansWar'' is a specifically calculated taunting, in order to record some brain information about extreme emotion.
* Used A LOT in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' to varying amounts of success. One of the more famous examples has Zhuge Liang, wanting to bring his rival, Sima Yi, out of his defensive position, sends him a dress and women's make up with a note saying "If you are unable to fufill your duties as a man, dress in this outfit and act like a woman instead." This example is notable in that it is the rare instance where Zhuge Liang ''failed''. Sima Yi just laughed and put on the outfit anyway, spoiling Zhuge Liang's plan
* A nasty variant of this was used in [[Literature/TheBelgariad The Mallorean]], where a pair of Tolnedrans are arguing in the street. One remains completely calm, while the other becomes more and more enraged over the former's haranguing. However, instead of the former goading the latter into a fight, the latter dies of a stress-triggered poison both Tolnedrans had consumed, the former knowing that he could keep his emotions under control.
** Another one from [[Literature/TheBelgariad The Mallorean]]: Mandorallen compares another knight's beard to the fur on a mutt's ass and asks if the knight's father was a goat. The rival is so enraged he is unable to reply, so Mandorallen [[ThrowingDownTheGauntlet throws his gauntlet in the knight's face.]]
* ''Literature/CouncilWars'' has Dionys [=McCanoc=]'s pitiful attempts at taunting Edmund Talbot, and almost two pages of Edmund Talbot showing him how it's done, spurring [=McCanoc=] into a rage that allows Talbot to demolish his foe.
* The Doctor does this a lot, but in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Camera Obscura'', he goes all out in one scene, mostly just to get back at Sabbath for making his life very, very difficult. He does [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace all]] [[TermsOfEndangerment kinds]] [[SillyLoveSongs of]] intentional FoeYay things (well, Sabbath ''did'' [[OrganTheft steal]] [[HeartTrauma his heart]]), hides a whoopee cushion in his sofa, flops on his desk like a cat while Sabbath is looking at something, folds his papers up into [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]], sings to him, etc. Do not piss off the Doctor, or he'll teach you how it's done.
* Literature/JamesBond pulls this on Hugo Drax in ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'' while tied up, causing Drax to forget and leave a torture instrument in the room, which Bond then uses to free himself and the GirlOfTheWeek.

to:

*** ** The Jedi use an [[InvertedTrope inverted version]], appealing to any remaining shreds of goodness in their foes in an attempt to redeem them and avoid fighting. It sometimes works.
* ''Literature/EndersGame'': Used by Ender Parshendi in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' get ''really'' angry if someone touches or moves their dead. In ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', Kaladin exploits this when he goads a bully into fighting him one-on-one (rather than 12-on-1).
** Inverted
dresses up in a way armor covered in Parshendi hide and bone. This cause the entire Parshendi army to focus fire on him, ignoring the unarmored bridgemen and allowing them to place their bridges in relative safety. On multiple occasions after this, the Parshendi ignore Alethi soldiers who are right after that, when one of Ender's friends bursts into the scene and tries among them cutting them down to reason with the bully that Ender really is humanity's last, best hope. Ender groans to himself, fully aware that such a comment will only enrage his enemy further (he hates Ender especially for the fact that Ender matters and he ultimately doesn't), but not in a way that will make him mess up, just completely homicidal.
* Part of the initial exam for joining the CDF in John Scalzi's ''Literature/OldMansWar'' is a specifically calculated taunting, in order to record some brain information about extreme emotion.
* Used A LOT in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' to varying amounts of success. One of the more famous examples has Zhuge Liang, wanting to bring his rival, Sima Yi, out of his defensive position, sends him a dress and women's make up with a note saying "If you are unable to fufill your duties as a man, dress in this outfit and act like a woman instead." This example is notable in that it is the rare instance where Zhuge Liang ''failed''. Sima Yi just laughed
try and put on the outfit anyway, spoiling Zhuge Liang's plan
* A nasty variant of this was used
an arrow in [[Literature/TheBelgariad The Mallorean]], where a pair of Tolnedrans are arguing in the street. One remains completely calm, while the other becomes more and more enraged over the former's haranguing. However, instead of the former goading the latter into a fight, the latter dies of a stress-triggered poison both Tolnedrans had consumed, the former knowing that he could keep his emotions under control.
** Another one from [[Literature/TheBelgariad The Mallorean]]: Mandorallen compares another knight's beard to the fur on a mutt's ass and asks if the knight's father was a goat. The rival is so enraged he is unable to reply, so Mandorallen [[ThrowingDownTheGauntlet throws his gauntlet in the knight's face.]]
* ''Literature/CouncilWars'' has Dionys [=McCanoc=]'s pitiful attempts at taunting Edmund Talbot, and almost two pages of Edmund Talbot showing him how it's done, spurring [=McCanoc=] into a rage that allows Talbot to demolish his foe.
* The Doctor does this a lot, but in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Camera Obscura'', he goes all out in one scene, mostly just to get back at Sabbath for making his life very, very difficult. He does [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace all]] [[TermsOfEndangerment kinds]] [[SillyLoveSongs of]] intentional FoeYay things (well, Sabbath ''did'' [[OrganTheft steal]] [[HeartTrauma his heart]]), hides a whoopee cushion in his sofa, flops on his desk like a cat while Sabbath is looking at something, folds his papers up into [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]], sings to him, etc. Do not piss off the Doctor, or he'll teach you how it's done.
* Literature/JamesBond pulls this on Hugo Drax in ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'' while tied up, causing Drax to forget and leave a torture instrument in the room, which Bond then uses to free himself and the GirlOfTheWeek.
Kaladin.



* Draco Malfoy goads the trio throughout the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, although his goals are usually nothing loftier than getting them in detention.
* In the [[FinalBattle Final Confrontation]] of [[Literature/ArtemisFowl Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception]], [[AntiHero Artemis]] and [[CowboyCop Holly]] have to stop [[BigBad Opal]] [[EvilGenius Koboi]] from diverting a subterranean probe surrounded by tons of molten metal onto [[HiddenElfVillage Haven]], which will simultaneously kill almost half of [[OurFairiesAreDifferent The People]] and reveal the remaining ones to [[HumansAreBastards humanity]]. [[TheChessmaster Artemis']] brilliant plan involves a mostly-reformed [[PhantomThief thief]] with a bottomless stomach and [[MoodSwinger Opal's]] weakness for truffles. [[spoiler:Of course, this is just a [[WeNeedADistraction distraction]].]]
* Mundo Cani uses this tactic to battle Wyrm in ''TheBookOfTheDunCow'', insulting him and goading him into looking his seemingly oumatched opponent in the eye. [[spoiler:This allows Mundo Cani to blind him, trapping them both underground.]]
* After seeing his friend most likely fall to his death, Fisk has to listen to the villain of book three in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' make fun of his morals for agreeing to work with them (not knowing Fisk only agreed for a chance at getting revenge)
* In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower III: Literature/TheWasteLands'', Roland Deschain gives a large TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and all manners of taunts to [[CoolTrain Blaine The Mono]], for acting like a spoiled child. ''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu Note that he and his companions are currently riding said mono, who threatens to derail them in response.]]'' Roland still doesn't care.
* ''{{Literature/Musashi}}'' does this a lot before duels. The way he sees it, the fight itself begins before the swords are drawn. He was famous for it in RealLife.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Aragorn does this to Sauron by using the Palantír of Orthanc to show him Andúril (Narsil reforged), hoping to provoke Sauron into mobilizing his forces before they were fully ready. [[spoiler:It worked.]]
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' Fingolfin rides to the gates of Angband to defy Morgoth himself, and challenges him to [[CombatByChampion single combat]]. Morgoth ''would'' have just had his Balrogs, wolves, and Orcs ZergRush him, but Fingolfin called him [[DirtyCoward craven.]] Morgoth realized he would have to face him or lose standing in his subordinate's eyes, so he accepted the challenge. Not that it made much difference, as Morgoth wins anyway.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, this has almost become standard operating procedure for characters in the Talbott Quadrant when dealing with antagonists from the [[VillainForgotToLevelGrind Solarian League]]. Vice Admiral Michelle Henke specifically outlines it as part of her strategy for dealing with Solarian admiral Sandra Crandall, even though it conflicts with another goal to try and stall for time. Other tactics used by her subordinates include opening communications in uniform instead of protective skinsuit (sending the message that the Sollies are no threat to them whatsoever) or using their faster-than-light communication to invoke OhCrap moments.
* Parshendi in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' get ''really'' angry if someone touches or moves their dead. In ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', Kaladin exploits this when he dresses up in armor covered in Parshendi hide and bone. This cause the entire Parshendi army to focus fire on him, ignoring the unarmored bridgemen and allowing them to place their bridges in relative safety. On multiple occasions after this, the Parshendi ignore Alethi soldiers who are right among them cutting them down to try and put an arrow in Kaladin.
* ''Literature/AllHands!'' has a version, with the commander of the ''Starcougar'' cursing out a pirate captain, in the hopes that the pirate would focus on him, not the merchant he was protecting. And to distract and anger him as well, though that goes without saying.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/SkeletonCrew'', in the story "The Wedding Gig," the gangster "The Greek" sends a frail little man to insult Mike Scollay and Scollay's sister Maureen at her wedding. [[spoiler:Even though he's likely aware he's being baited into a trap, Scollay responds with rage and storms outside, where he's gunned down.]]
* While this happens several times in the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'', the most notable example has to be the taunting of Venandakatra the Vile by Shakuntala, his former prisoner and planned rape victim. [[spoiler:She openly marches into a city that Venandakatra is supposedly besieging, marries her TrueLove Rao in a public and very popular ceremony, and then performs an extremely sensuous dance on a platform erected on the city walls specifically positioned to be visible from Venandakatra's headquarters.]]



* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Eric prevents Dengel from [[spoiler: noticing the trap he is setting]] by exploiting the ancient mage's ego. For instance, "the great sage is dead, because he wet his bed!"

to:

* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Eric prevents Dengel JimButcher:
*8 Also happens ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, in the fourth book -- fighting a considerably more skilled opponent, the hero is able to defeat them by working out their mental weakpoint and talking them into a berserk rage.
** It's used so often in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' that it's somewhat insulting to the monster of the hour if Harry and Co '''don't''' snark at it. Must come
from [[spoiler: noticing being a self-proclaimed Spider-Man fanboy.
*** Harry is goaded into depowering one of
the trap he is setting]] by exploiting Swords of the ancient mage's ego. For instance, "the great sage Cross. [[spoiler:It wasn't in the end.]] Nicodemus later tries the same thing on him, so he plays along for a while. In the same book, Harry is dead, goaded into revealing himself, forcing the Archive to reveal herself, which was the ploy all along.
*** Harry pulls this on Fix in a ruthless fashion. After the fact, Fix is impressed and bemused.
*** When Harry is meeting Donar Vadderung [[spoiler:aka Father Odin]], Harry looks at his two receptionists each with guns trained on him, and despite being told to not say anything, taunts the two women. He justifies it
because he wet has mouthed off to so many powerhouses, it would be against his bed!"
nature to not do it now.
*** In ''Literature/BloodRites'', he {{Invert}}s this trope when he addresses Ebenezer [=McCoy=] as "sir" in the presence of Lieutenant Murphy. Murphy is utterly floored and treats Ebenezer ''very'' respectfully after that.



* Buffy does this to the Mayor in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer "Graduation Day". She goaded him in [[spoiler:giant snake mode]] to a roomful of explosives, escaped and hit the detonator.
** In the season two finale, Angelus does this to Buffy. It doesn't work like he hoped.
--->'''Angelus:''' No weapons, no friends. No hope. Take all that away, and what's left?\\
'''Buffy:''' -catches his sword with her bare hands when he lunges at her- ''Me.''
** Buffy does this when captured by Faith in "Enemies". [[spoiler:Ostensibly this is so Faith will kill Buffy instead of torturing her to death. Turns out Buffy is a PlayAlongPrisoner and wants to get Faith to reveal the Mayor's plans during her EvilGloating.]]



* The Seventh Doctor goads Davros into using the Hand of Omega in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Remembrance of the Daleks'', thereby destroying Skaro (or maybe not). He was presumably going to use it anyway but it gave the Doctor a chance to imply Davros was using the Daleks to compensate for being impotent.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "This Side Of Paradise", Kirk deliberately insults Spock in order to anger him enough to throw off the influence of mind-controlling spores.
** He also taunts Rojan, in the episode "By Any Other Name", saying that his woman (Kelindra) favours Kirk over him. This is done to heighten Rojan's reactions and force him to acknowledge that trying to travel to the Andromeda galaxy in an emotion-filled human body was a mistake.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In "Family", Jean-Luc Picard is successfully taunted by his estranged elder brother, Robert. Robert has complex reasons for disliking Jean-Luc, including envy and a clash of values, but when his constant needling finally provokes a fistfight, he reveals that he partly did it for Jean-Luc's own good: He needed the catharsis since he was freshly dealing with the trauma of having been assimilated by the Borg.
** In "Samaritan Snare", Picard recounts that the reason he has an artificial heart is because he was taunted into a bar fight just after he graduated the academy. Much later, "Tapestry" explored the incident further, with Q apparently giving him the chance to do it over in the midst of a near-death experience. The crucial difference is that while the original young Picard allowed the taunting of the Nausicaans to start a melee, the mature Picard chose to keep his friends and himself out of danger. Q then [[ItsAWonderfulPlot forwards]] him to the "present day" [[ForWantOfANail following from that choice]], where Picard has been unnotable and never been promoted past lieutenant. Picard [[NecessaryFail takes the point]].
* In ''Series/{{Survivor}}: Gabon'', one contestant attempted a two-part strategy of doing this and then getting the Hidden Immunity Idol off an ally to blindside everyone else. It worked right up until he learned it was a fake idol - after playing it.
* A version seen in the ''Series/{{Life}}'' episode "Everything... All the Time"-- though it's likely popped up in lots of other {{Police Procedural}}s-- is when the protagonist, in need of an excuse to hold someone for questioning, provokes them into attacking, then arrests them for assault.
* An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' used essentially the same tactic, provoking a suspect that had beaten the system (by having the single source of DNA thrown out of the case) into assaulting one of the victims' brother by ''biting'' him, in order to get a DNA sample from the blood when the suspect hurt his hand.
* The same thing popped up yet again in an episode of ''Series/{{ER}}''. Dr. Kovac wanted to keep an abusive husband away from his wife (the patient), but she refused to identify him as her attacker. In order to have him certified as a "danger to others", Kovac went into detail about his wife's injuries, explaining the kind of force necessary to cause them and what a [[SarcasmMode big tough guy]] the man must be until the man snapped and punched him in the face. Kovac admitted the tactic probably wouldn't work for very long because [[LampshadeHanging he so obviously baited the man]].
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Chuck aggravates Casey to get him riled up enough to defeat his sensei.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer":
** Buffy does this to the Mayor in the "Graduation Day". She goaded him in [[spoiler:giant snake mode]] to a roomful of explosives, escaped and hit the detonator.
** In the season two finale, Angelus does this to Buffy. It doesn't work like he hoped.
--->'''Angelus:''' No weapons, no friends. No hope. Take all that away, and what's left?\\
'''Buffy:''' -catches his sword with her bare hands when he lunges at her- ''Me.''
** Buffy does this when captured by Faith in "Enemies". [[spoiler:Ostensibly this is so Faith will kill Buffy instead of torturing her to death. Turns out Buffy is a PlayAlongPrisoner and wants to get Faith to reveal the Mayor's plans during her EvilGloating.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Chuck aggravates Casey to get him riled up enough to defeat his sensei.



* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', we have Colonel Jack "Of COURSE I dare mock you" O'Neill.

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* The Seventh Doctor goads Davros into using the Hand of Omega in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Remembrance of the Daleks'', thereby destroying Skaro (or maybe not). He was presumably going to use it anyway but it gave the Doctor a chance to imply Davros was using the Daleks to compensate for being impotent.
* The same thing popped up yet again in an episode of ''Series/{{ER}}''. Dr. Kovac wanted to keep an abusive husband away from his wife (the patient), but she refused to identify him as her attacker.
In ''Series/StargateSG1'', we order to have him certified as a "danger to others", Kovac went into detail about his wife's injuries, explaining the kind of force necessary to cause them and what a [[SarcasmMode big tough guy]] the man must be until the man snapped and punched him in the face. Kovac admitted the tactic probably wouldn't work for very long because [[LampshadeHanging he so obviously baited the man]].
* An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' used essentially the same tactic, provoking a suspect that had beaten the system (by having the single source of DNA thrown out of the case) into assaulting one of the victims' brother by ''biting'' him, in order to get a DNA sample from the blood when the suspect hurt his hand.
* A version seen in the ''Series/{{Life}}'' episode "Everything... All the Time"-- though it's likely popped up in lots of other {{Police Procedural}}s-- is when the protagonist, in need of an excuse to hold someone for questioning, provokes them into attacking, then arrests them for assault.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** In the episode "This Side Of Paradise", Kirk deliberately insults Spock in order to anger him enough to throw off the influence of mind-controlling spores.
** He also taunts Rojan, in the episode "By Any Other Name", saying that his woman (Kelindra) favours Kirk over him. This is done to heighten Rojan's reactions and force him to acknowledge that trying to travel to the Andromeda galaxy in an emotion-filled human body was a mistake.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In "Family", Jean-Luc Picard is successfully taunted by his estranged elder brother, Robert. Robert has complex reasons for disliking Jean-Luc, including envy and a clash of values, but when his constant needling finally provokes a fistfight, he reveals that he partly did it for Jean-Luc's own good: He needed the catharsis since he was freshly dealing with the trauma of having been assimilated by the Borg.
** In "Samaritan Snare", Picard recounts that the reason he has an artificial heart is because he was taunted into a bar fight just after he graduated the academy. Much later, "Tapestry" explored the incident further, with Q apparently giving him the chance to do it over in the midst of a near-death experience. The crucial difference is that while the original young Picard allowed the taunting of the Nausicaans to start a melee, the mature Picard chose to keep his friends and himself out of danger. Q then [[ItsAWonderfulPlot forwards]] him to the "present day" [[ForWantOfANail following from that choice]], where Picard has been unnotable and never been promoted past lieutenant. Picard [[NecessaryFail takes the point]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** We
have Colonel Jack "Of COURSE I dare mock you" O'Neill.



%%* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Justin and Alex



* In ''Series/{{Survivor}}: Gabon'', one contestant attempted a two-part strategy of doing this and then getting the Hidden Immunity Idol off an ally to blindside everyone else. It worked right up until he learned it was a fake idol - after playing it.
%%* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Justin and Alex



* Music/PDQBach: "Echo Sonata for Two Unfriendly Groups of Instruments" has a brass section, rather than properly echo a woodwind section, do everything it can to screw with their concert-mates, like playing completely different riffs, ignoring cues, and musically calling out "Nanny Nanny Boo-Boo". The woodwinds finally respond to the brass's dragging out their lines by pulling guns on them, which gets the brass to cooperate... until they get in one last insult by refusing to play their last note. The woodwinds good-naturedly finish it for them.
* The Texas A&M University fight song, "The Aggie War Hymn," deliberately calls out rival University of Texas. So this trope [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags]] during sporting events where it's played, considering at any moment, it could be a close game, or either school could be completely smoking the other.



* The Texas A&M University fight song, "The Aggie War Hymn," deliberately calls out rival University of Texas. So this trope [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags]] during sporting events where it's played, considering at any moment, it could be a close game, or either school could be completely smoking the other.
* Music/PDQBach: "Echo Sonata for Two Unfriendly Groups of Instruments" has a brass section, rather than properly echo a woodwind section, do everything it can to screw with their concert-mates, like playing completely different riffs, ignoring cues, and musically calling out "Nanny Nanny Boo-Boo". The woodwinds finally respond to the brass's dragging out their lines by pulling guns on them, which gets the brass to cooperate... until they get in one last insult by refusing to play their last note. The woodwinds good-naturedly finish it for them.



* In Munchkin, there's a card named "Divine Intervention", which lets all Clerics gain a level. That level can be the one that makes them win the game. If that happens, Any cleric who reached Level 10 this way get to taunt the other players mercilessly. And the rules even ''encourage'' taunting them if you win this way, because it's just unlikely to ever actually happen.



* ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' has a Taunt skill that can be used in combat to put an opponent at a disadvantage (Intimidation can be used similarly). In ''TabletopGame/Deadlands'' this has a special significant in [[ShowdownAtHighNoon duels]], as each gunslinger tries to goad the other (by either taunting or intimidation) into reaching for their gun first, which not only gives them a penalty to their shooting roll but also puts them on the wrong side of the law.
* This is a somewhat easily easily missed but perfectly valid use of the Intimidation skill in ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury''; there's even a related "Infuriate" stunt for it that gives an explicit ''bonus'' to attempts to rile people up rather than simply frighten them. Presumably to eliminiate this potential point of confusion, the later ''Fate Core System'' rules rename the skill to Provoke and explicitly define it as the skill of eliciting negative emotional responses in general -- be those fear, anger, shame or whatever -- and getting one's way by basically being a jerk to people.



* In Munchkin, there's a card named "Divine Intervention", which lets all Clerics gain a level. That level can be the one that makes them win the game. If that happens, Any cleric who reached Level 10 this way get to taunt the other players mercilessly. And the rules even ''encourage'' taunting them if you win this way, because it's just unlikely to ever actually happen.
* This is a somewhat easily easily missed but perfectly valid use of the Intimidation skill in ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury''; there's even a related "Infuriate" stunt for it that gives an explicit ''bonus'' to attempts to rile people up rather than simply frighten them. Presumably to eliminiate this potential point of confusion, the later ''Fate Core System'' rules rename the skill to Provoke and explicitly define it as the skill of eliciting negative emotional responses in general -- be those fear, anger, shame or whatever -- and getting one's way by basically being a jerk to people.
* ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' has a Taunt skill that can be used in combat to put an opponent at a disadvantage (Intimidation can be used similarly). In ''TabletopGame/Deadlands'' this has a special significant in [[ShowdownAtHighNoon duels]], as each gunslinger tries to goad the other (by either taunting or intimidation) into reaching for their gun first, which not only gives them a penalty to their shooting roll but also puts them on the wrong side of the law.



* All four ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games have taunts.
** ''Smash 64'' and the ''Brawl'' [[GameMod mod]] ''ProjectM'' have taunt canceling, which is a technique that cancels the animation of a taunt, but doesn't cancel the sound, is often used for humorous results.
*** ''Melee'' has taunt canceling to a lesser extent; only Dr. Mario and Young Link can regularly taunt cancel (due to their momentum properties), and the other characters can only taunt cancel using the cloud on Yoshi's Story.
* Many ''StreetFighter'' games feature a taunt button that does nothing aside from performing a minor action that leaves you open to counter-attack. Bar none, the best taunting character is [[LethalJokeCharacter Dan Hibiki]]. In some games, each character is only allowed to taunt once per round... except for Dan, who never suffers this restriction. In some games, performing a taunt will help to fill up your opponent's super meter... but Dan has a legendary Taunt that lets him spend his own entire super meter on one overly long taunt. In some games, Dan can even taunt ''while in the air''.
** In addition, some professional tournament players have an improvised version, where they try to win each bout by CherryTapping or with a specific DifficultButAwesome move or one that is considered a bad or weak move normally. In extreme cases, a super-confident player may intentionally throw a round he could've won easily because he can't set up the specific move he wants to use as the finisher, such as a ChargedAttack he couldn't build up to that round.



*** The more comedic version that runs the same circles as the trope namer is the petty and childish "NoYou"-type fights between the prosecution and defence in the first half of the last case.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' and ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' include the "Taunt" skill as an option for characters. In the first game it is almost useless as it is only an ineffective combat power, but in the second it turns into a conversation skill as well. The Taunt options during your trial in the second chapter of the main campaign are really silly, especially when you succeed on your Taunt check and Ambassador Claven looses her cool.
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' this is [[RobPaulsen Morte]] [[DeadpanSnarker the Mimir's]] special ability - to hurl insults, curses and taunts so enemies will drop whatever they're doing to assault him, and only him, in melee. This works especially well on the SquishyWizard, because they'll be so infuriated they'll forget to cast spells. On anyone else it's mostly just [[RuleOfFunny funny]].
* If you taunt your enemies in ''VideoGame/GodHand'' it infuriates them (increasing their attack power) but it also increases your Tension, allowing you to use your God Hand more frequently.
** It's also very useful in drawing out targets to fight one-on-one, rather than getting bum-rushed by multiple demons at once. However, it simultaneously increases your [[DynamicDifficulty Level]], which makes your opponents even tougher (but the reward for beating them gets better as well).
* This is how [[StoneWall tanks]] work in any MMO with any kind of hate/threat system. The tank "taunts" the enemy to make it attack the offender rather than to judge the situation correctly and go for the squishy wizard, the healer or in some cases, a weakened or vulnerable tank.

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*** ** The more comedic version that runs the same circles as the trope namer is the petty and childish "NoYou"-type fights between the prosecution and defence in the first half of the last case.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' and ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' include the "Taunt" skill as an option The ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' series uses prerecorded soundtracks explicitly ''called'' taunts slaved to individual numeric values. This allows players to spam certain numbers in rapid succession, (eq. 11, which causes a highly annoying 'laugh' to play).
* Some games have pre-recorded taunts
for characters. In the first game it is almost useless use in-game, such as it is only an ineffective combat power, but in the second it turns into a conversation skill as well. The Taunt options during your trial in the second chapter ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' ("All hail! King of the main campaign are really silly, especially when you succeed on your Taunt check and Ambassador Claven looses her cool.
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' this is [[RobPaulsen Morte]] [[DeadpanSnarker the Mimir's]] special ability - to hurl insults, curses and taunts so enemies will drop whatever they're doing to assault him, and only him, in melee. This works especially well on the SquishyWizard, because they'll be so infuriated they'll forget to cast spells. On anyone else it's mostly just [[RuleOfFunny funny]].
* If you taunt your enemies in ''VideoGame/GodHand'' it infuriates them (increasing their attack power) but it also increases your Tension, allowing you to use your God Hand more frequently.
** It's also very useful in drawing out targets to fight one-on-one, rather than getting bum-rushed by multiple demons at once. However, it simultaneously increases your [[DynamicDifficulty Level]], which makes your opponents even tougher (but the reward for beating them gets
losers!", "Nice town. I'll take it.", "My granny can scrap better as well).
* This is how [[StoneWall tanks]] work in any MMO with any kind of hate/threat system. The tank "taunts" the enemy to make it attack the offender rather
than to judge the situation correctly and go for the squishy wizard, the healer or in some cases, a weakened or vulnerable tank.that!").



* In ''JustForFun/PokemonVietnameseCrystal'', one rocket grunt says to you, "I WILL BE RUDE TO YOU IF YOU DISTURB OUR WORK."
* The HotBlooded Matsu from ''VideoGame/DotHackGU'' is fond of doing this. He belongs to the Moon Tree guild which forbids him to make the first strike in [=PKing=], so he taunts people, trying to make them strike first, before he retaliates, citing self-defense.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' has this as a basic tactic: taunting Kilrathi fighters has a chance of making them drop ''whatever'' they're doing to attack you (instead of whatever you're escorting).
* ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'' has Stauf taunt the player while in the middle of puzzles using cheesy one-liners ("I'm ''dying'' to see what you'll try next!") or just in general being a creepy JerkAss.
* Tohsaka in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' irritates Caster into not noticing that she and Shirou have circled her and Kuzuki to make for more favorable fights. Kuzuki notices but [[ExtremeDoorMat doesn't do anything about it.]]

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* In ''JustForFun/PokemonVietnameseCrystal'', one rocket grunt says to you, "I WILL BE RUDE TO YOU IF YOU DISTURB OUR WORK."
* The HotBlooded Matsu from ''VideoGame/DotHackGU'' is fond of doing this. He belongs ''VideoGame/ArtemisSpaceshipBridgeSimulator'' gives this ability to the Moon Tree guild which forbids him CommunicationsOfficer. Sending a taunt to make the first strike in [=PKing=], so he taunts people, trying an enemy ship is a good way to make bait them strike first, before he retaliates, citing self-defense.
over the minefield you've just placed, although it doesn't always work.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' and ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Brotherhood]]'' has this as a basic tactic: taunting Kilrathi fighters has a chance combat mechanic. It goads one enemy into attacking [[PlayerCharacter Ezio]] early; this will end badly for the enemy because of making them drop ''whatever'' they're doing to attack Ezio's devastating counter-moves. Also it's amusing, at least if you (instead can understand the insults. The more obscene ones are said in Italian.
* One way to free Minsc at the beginning
of whatever you're escorting).
* ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'' has Stauf taunt
''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' ''II'' is to cruelly mock him. He goes berserk and breaks free of the cage. Fortunately for the player while character, Minsc immediately realizes that this was why you taunted him.
* In ''BattleArenaToshinden'', the French knight Duke does this instead of using a "[[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown down attack]]", a tactic he considers dishonorable. Doing this during battle lowers his opponent's [[LimitBreak Overdrive meter]].
* [[HotWitch Bayonetta]] from the ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' series is always taunting her enemies in cut-scenes, although a TauntButton is available during normal gameplay as well, causing an enemy to go [[BerserkButton berserk]] and start attacking faster and more aggressively, which is actually great for building up combos. There's also an accessory called the Gaze of Despair, which is basically like equipping a permanent taunt, as it's very existence is described as an affront to the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels of Paradiso]].
* [[FauxAffablyEvil Hazama]] / [[{{Troll}} Terumi Yuuki]] employs this as a survival tactic in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', but not
in the middle typical, enrage-opponent-so-s/he-commits-mistakes kinda way... Or, well, not ONLY in that kinda way... Because people's hatred of puzzles using cheesy one-liners ("I'm ''dying'' to see what you'll try next!") or just Hazama sustains his existence in general the world, being the biggest [[{{Jerkass}} dick]] possible is a creepy JerkAss.
way for him to ensure his continued existence. He also [[ForTheEvulz gets off on making people miserable]].
* Tohsaka in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' irritates Caster into not noticing that she ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has Salvador learn a skill which [[FlippingTheBird flips the bird]] with both hands at his enemies, taunts them, all while regenerating ''all'' of his health, and Shirou have circled her and Kuzuki drawing all of the enemy aggro as a result. The skill name? ''[[MemeticMutation Come At Me Bro!]]'' Said skill also causes Salvador to make for more favorable fights. Kuzuki notices but [[ExtremeDoorMat doesn't do anything about it.]]fire off some deliciously lampshading one-liners.
---> '''OVER HERE, MORONS!'''\\
'''TAAAAANNNKKKIIIING!'''



* In ''VideoGame/MondayNightCombat'', finishing a taunt gives you $5, finishing a taunt soon after a kill gives you $50, and getting damaged while taunting gives you extra juice.
** And, uh, yeah, it can annoy your opponent too. Maybe.

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* In ''VideoGame/MondayNightCombat'', finishing ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', Marle has a taunt gives you $5, finishing a taunt soon after a kill gives you $50, and getting damaged while taunting gives you extra juice.
** And, uh, yeah, it can annoy your
spell called 'Provoke', which taunts the opponent too. Maybe.in the hopes of making them attack her. [[UselessUsefulSpell It doesn't always work.]].
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', the signature move of the Tank (though Brutes and Scrappers ''could'' take it) is Taunt, which is this trope played straight: pissing off the enemy so that they attack you instead of your teammates. Apparently, the taunt is so effective, aliens, monsters and ''robots'' will drop whatever they're doing just to kill you. One of the Invention Origin enhancements you can make is even called "The Perfect Zinger," not that you ever have any idea what you're even ''saying''... The best part of "Perfect Zinger" is that you can mock a foe so thoroughly that they die from the resultant psychic damage.
* In ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' titles, the various player characters can taunt to regain Devil Trigger orbs and raise their style rating for extra Red Orbs.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' you can taunt people to attack you if you have a high enough Speechcraft skill, this is used to justify killing them and steal their stuff.
* Tohsaka in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' irritates Caster into not noticing that she and Shirou have circled her and Kuzuki to make for more favorable fights. Kuzuki notices but [[ExtremeDoorMat doesn't do anything about it.]]



* Some games have pre-recorded taunts for use in-game, such as ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' ("All hail! King of the losers!", "Nice town. I'll take it.", "My granny can scrap better than that!").
* ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' games have prerecorded taunts for bots and players alike. The bots spout one after every kill, and you have the option of the game doing so for you as well.
* Three moves in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': "Taunt", which locks the opponent into only using attack moves; "Torment" (the original Japanese name translates to "Impugn"), which impels the victim to never use the same move twice in a row; and "Swagger", which raises the target's Attack by two stages and also induces [[StandardStatusEffects Confusion]].
* [[LargeHam Harbinger]] from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' loves to do this.
** '''YOU WILL KNOW PAIN, SHEPARD.'''
** '''THIS HURTS YOU.'''
** '''[[MemeticMutation IF I MUST TEAR YOU APART SHEPARD, I WILL.]]'''
** A full list can be found [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Harbinger_(Collector)/Battle_Quotes here]].
** A fantastic one is given by Liara to the Shadow Broker in the eponymous DLC, and the best part is very little of it was out-and-out insulting. Said Broker smugly claims that he can see everything about her, while she knows nothing about him. Liara proceeds to demonstrate her savvy as an information broker, outlining ''everything'' about the Shadow Broker: race, background, how he came to be the Shadow Broker and topping it off by calling him a "pet" of the original Broker. [[UnstoppableRage It works]] [[OhCrap very well.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'': Yuri Hyuga tends to taunt enemies in cut scenes, particularly Lenny, mocking the guy's intelligence until Lenny in anger [[IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou tells them exactly what they wanted to know]].

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* Some In a non-TauntButton example from both ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' games have pre-recorded taunts for use in-game, such as ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' ("All hail! King of the losers!", "Nice town. I'll take it.", "My granny can scrap better than that!").
* ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' games have prerecorded taunts for bots and players alike. The bots spout one after every kill, and you have the option of the game doing so for you as well.
* Three moves in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': "Taunt", which locks the opponent into only using
there is a skill called Provoke that makes enemies more likely to attack moves; "Torment" (the original Japanese name translates to "Impugn"), which impels the victim to never use the same move twice in a row; and "Swagger", which raises the target's Attack by two stages and also induces [[StandardStatusEffects Confusion]].
* [[LargeHam Harbinger]] from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' loves to do this.
** '''YOU WILL KNOW PAIN, SHEPARD.'''
** '''THIS HURTS YOU.'''
** '''[[MemeticMutation IF I MUST TEAR YOU APART SHEPARD, I WILL.]]'''
** A full list can be found [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Harbinger_(Collector)/Battle_Quotes here]].
** A fantastic one is given by Liara to the Shadow Broker in the eponymous DLC, and the best part is very little of it was out-and-out insulting. Said Broker smugly claims
them over others. Two characters that he can see everything about her, while she knows nothing about him. Liara proceeds to demonstrate her savvy as an information broker, outlining ''everything'' about the Shadow Broker: race, background, how he came to be the Shadow Broker come with it are [[JerkAss Shinon]] and topping it off by calling him a "pet" of the original Broker. [[UnstoppableRage It works]] [[OhCrap very well.[[BoisterousBruiser Skrimir.]] [[PersonalityPowers Fitting.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'': Yuri Hyuga tends In ''VideoGame/FullThrottle'' when Ben is tied and being torn by motorbikes he can threaten to call his torturer names. Actually an aversion, since Ben only needs to [[spoiler:say the nickname Malcolm Corley gave her]] to prove they only had a friendly chat with Malcolm Corley and he didn't kill him.
* If you
taunt your enemies in cut scenes, particularly Lenny, mocking the guy's intelligence until Lenny in anger [[IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou tells ''VideoGame/GodHand'' it infuriates them exactly what (increasing their attack power) but it also increases your Tension, allowing you to use your God Hand more frequently. It's also very useful in drawing out targets to fight one-on-one, rather than getting bum-rushed by multiple demons at once. However, it simultaneously increases your [[DynamicDifficulty Level]], which makes your opponents even tougher (but the reward for beating them gets better as well).
* In {{VideoGame/Hearthstone}} this is a specific [[PracticalTaunt ability for minions]], but
they wanted to know]].usually don't taunt the other player. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Evil heckler]] on the other hand lives and breathes this trope, as all of his voice lines demean the opponent.
--> '''Play:''' Your mother was a murloc!
--> '''Play alt.:''' You smell like a leper gnome!
--> '''Attack:''' Boo!
--> '''Attack alt.:''' You suck!



* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', whenever Larxene isn't [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]], she's doing this.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'':
** Each and every character in can do this, obviously existing for the purpose of mocking the enemy you just squashed. The taunts in question vary from Rumble's "Come on, I'm not even holding [[MiniMecha the controls!]]" to Skarner's "[[LargeHam I am ANCIENT. You are nothing but an INSECT to me!]]" and pretty much everything in between.\\\
It gets better. Taunt is an actual status that some champions can inflict. What it does is make the ones who were inflicted with it automatically - and uncontrollably - autoattack the one who inflicted the status.
** Of the champions that can inflict Taunt, Rammus is designed around it. His Q allows him to rush in and stun at melee range, his W boosts his defenses for a short time and causes him to return autoattack damage, and his E, Puncturing Taunt, 'reduces' your opponent's defense slightly while inflicting Taunt for up to 3 seconds. His ultimate deals [=AoE=] damage in a radius around him, likely a melee range, which is sort of a soft Taunt in teamfights due to the massive damage it can inflict in a small area over time. Rammus is a tank whose passive gives him some extra attack damage from his armor, so have fun trying to kill him before he kills you.
** Tryndamere is a special case. While he doesn't inflict Taunt, his Mocking Shout can slow enemies who have their backs turned to him, letting him catch up to you more easily.
** In addition to the built-in taunt mechanics, players winning a tournament game often improvise their owns taunt behaviors by intentionally doing non-optimal or harmful things in front of their opponents, like having their heroes "dance around" or deliberately waste powerful and flashy abilities or items.
* Both ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' games have a "Laugh" vocalization [[MostAnnoyingSound players can spam]] and are routinely used in VS mode when the zombie players failed to kill them, causing the Survivor players to keep spamming the Laughter as the points are tallied up. The sequel also adds a literal "Taunt" vocalization for the Survivors, the "vocalize" command itself was shortly blocked from the developer console however.
* In ''LostOdyssey'', while you are selecting your actions, Jansen will tap his staff twice on the ground, hunch over, and make what seems to be 'come on' motions with his other hand. Cooke will put her hands on the side of her head and waggle her fingers in the 'na na na na boo boo' motion, while blowing a raspberry.



** While everyone in Marvel Vs Capcom 3 can taunt, Deadpool's is the only one that can ''hurt''. Literally. His appear in little yellow speech bubbles that deal a small amount of damage if the opponent gets hit.
* In ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'', you can taunt enemies to gain Balls for building towards Tony's [[LimitBreak Blind Rage]].
* In ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' titles, the various player characters can taunt to regain Devil Trigger orbs and raise their style rating for extra Red Orbs.
* Justified in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' because a large part of the game revolves around [[RuleOfFun dominating your opponent]] and ''nothing'' is more satisfying than taunting over a nemesis' corpse. Certain weapon taunts also have the ability to [[LethalJokeWeapon inflict massive amounts of damage]] or outright [[ChunkySalsaRule destroy]] players careless enough to stand still.
** Plus the fact that some classes have voice taunts that auto-fire after a domination (or a revenge PAST a domination) that get downright ''personal'', in-universe. ''"May I borrow your earpiece? *mocking voice* This is Scout! Rainbows make me cry!"''
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' you can taunt people to attack you if you have a high enough Speechcraft skill, this is used to justify killing them and steal their stuff.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', Marle has a spell called 'Provoke', which taunts the opponent in the hopes of making them attack her. [[UselessUsefulSpell It doesn't always work.]].
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', the signature move of the Tank (though Brutes and Scrappers ''could'' take it) is Taunt, which is this trope played straight: pissing off the enemy so that they attack you instead of your teammates. Apparently, the taunt is so effective, aliens, monsters and ''robots'' will drop whatever they're doing just to kill you. One of the Invention Origin enhancements you can make is even called "The Perfect Zinger," not that you ever have any idea what you're even ''saying''...
** The best part of "Perfect Zinger" is that you can mock a foe so thoroughly that they die from the resultant psychic damage.
* In ''VideoGame/TheNightmareBeforeChristmasOogiesRevenge'', Jack's attack repertoire involves a Taunt (where he cracks his weapon like a whip and yells "Come on!"). This infuriates nearby enemies into [[TurnsRed 'Oogie Mode']] where they become stronger and gain Halloween-style TronLines, but drop better items and exp. It's actually required to reach many of the level goals.
* ''VideoGame/VegaStrike'' communication [[DialogueTree lines]] can improve or worsen RelationshipValue with the ship (or other unit) to whom they are addressed. An observation that the opponent learned to fly by CorrespondenceCourse isn't taken very well.
* Both ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' games have a "Laugh" vocalization [[MostAnnoyingSound players can spam]] and are routinely used in VS mode when the zombie players failed to kill them, causing the Survivor players to keep spamming the Laughter as the points are tallied up. The sequel also adds a literal "Taunt" vocalization for the Survivors, the "vocalize" command itself was shortly blocked from the developer console however.
* The ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' series uses prerecorded soundtracks explicitly ''called'' taunts slaved to individual numeric values. This allows players to spam certain numbers in rapid succession, (eq. 11, which causes a highly annoying 'laugh' to play).

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** * While everyone in Marvel Vs Capcom 3 can taunt, Deadpool's is the only one that can ''hurt''. Literally. His appear in little yellow speech bubbles that deal a small amount of damage if the opponent gets hit.
* In ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'', you ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'':
** [[LargeHam Harbinger]] from loves to do this. A full list
can taunt enemies be found [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Harbinger_(Collector)/Battle_Quotes here]].
*** '''YOU WILL KNOW PAIN, SHEPARD.'''
*** '''THIS HURTS YOU.'''
*(* '''[[MemeticMutation IF I MUST TEAR YOU APART SHEPARD, I WILL.]]'''
** A fantastic one is given by Liara
to gain Balls for building towards Tony's [[LimitBreak Blind Rage]].
* In ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' titles,
the various player characters can taunt to regain Devil Trigger orbs Shadow Broker in the eponymous DLC, and raise their style rating for extra Red Orbs.
* Justified in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' because a large
the best part is very little of it was out-and-out insulting. Said Broker smugly claims that he can see everything about her, while she knows nothing about him. Liara proceeds to demonstrate her savvy as an information broker, outlining ''everything'' about the Shadow Broker: race, background, how he came to be the Shadow Broker and topping it off by calling him a "pet" of the original Broker. [[UnstoppableRage It works]] [[OhCrap very well.]]
* VideoGame/MaxPayne employs this in the first
game revolves around [[RuleOfFun dominating your opponent]] after storming an illegal arms shipment organized by mob boss Punchinello at the behest of Vladimir Lem - Payne's doing it for the revenge factor. After securing the shipment, Max takes a call from Punchinello meant for the captain and ''nothing'' is more satisfying than taunting over a nemesis' corpse. Certain weapon taunts also have the ability lets him know he's there and needles him in order to [[LethalJokeWeapon inflict massive amounts of damage]] or outright [[ChunkySalsaRule destroy]] players careless piss him off.
--> '''Max, narrating:''' Pissing Punchinello off was a dangerous game. But when people get mad, they make mistakes. I should know. That's where I wanted Punchinello, mad
enough to stand still.
** Plus the fact that some classes have voice taunts that auto-fire after a domination (or a revenge PAST a domination) that get downright ''personal'', in-universe. ''"May I borrow your earpiece? *mocking voice* This is Scout! Rainbows make me cry!"''
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' you can taunt people to attack you if you have a high enough Speechcraft skill, this is used to justify killing them and steal their stuff.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', Marle has a spell called 'Provoke', which taunts the opponent in the hopes of making them attack her. [[UselessUsefulSpell It doesn't always work.]].
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', the signature move of the Tank (though Brutes and Scrappers ''could'' take it) is Taunt, which is this trope played straight: pissing off the enemy so that they attack you instead of your teammates. Apparently, the taunt is so effective, aliens, monsters and ''robots'' will drop whatever they're doing just to kill you. One of the Invention Origin enhancements you can make is even called "The Perfect Zinger," not that you ever have any idea what you're even ''saying''...
** The best part of "Perfect Zinger" is that you can mock a foe so thoroughly that they die from the resultant psychic damage.
* In ''VideoGame/TheNightmareBeforeChristmasOogiesRevenge'', Jack's attack repertoire involves a Taunt (where he cracks
trip over his weapon like a whip and yells "Come on!"). This infuriates nearby enemies own feet, preferably into [[TurnsRed 'Oogie Mode']] where they become stronger and gain Halloween-style TronLines, but drop better items and exp. It's actually required to reach many of the level goals.
* ''VideoGame/VegaStrike'' communication [[DialogueTree lines]] can improve or worsen RelationshipValue with the ship (or other unit) to whom they are addressed. An observation that the opponent learned to fly by CorrespondenceCourse isn't taken very well.
* Both ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' games have
a "Laugh" vocalization [[MostAnnoyingSound players can spam]] and are routinely used in VS mode when the zombie players failed to kill them, causing the Survivor players to keep spamming the Laughter as the points are tallied up. The sequel also adds a literal "Taunt" vocalization for the Survivors, the "vocalize" command itself was shortly blocked from the developer console however.
* The ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' series uses prerecorded soundtracks explicitly ''called'' taunts slaved to individual numeric values. This allows players to spam certain numbers in rapid succession, (eq. 11, which causes a highly annoying 'laugh' to play).
grave.



* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' Warriors do this to keep enemies focusing on them and ignoring their squishier, more dangerous allies. While all tanks do this, with skills like Taunt and Mocking Blow warriors seem to be the only ones who do it by annoying the enemy into trying to squash them. (The in-universe mechanic isn't well defined, but it can be inferred that paladins magically force people to attack them or intimidate them with holy fire, death knights actually [[http://www.wowhead.com/spell=56222 command]] the foe to attack them , and druids have "RAAARGH I'm a {{BEAR|sAreBadNews}}!")
** The new Monk class "Provokes" the target (or multiple targets.) Their taunt is so clever it increases the target's movement speed when charging at them.
* VideoGame/MortalKombat has the infamous taunts of Shao Kahn. In the second game, he would taunt you mercilessly and in Trilogy, when you could finally play as him, he actually had these as ''special moves''. Given his [[SNKBoss general difficulty]], Shao Kahn's inability to fight straight-up and dispense with taunting is his only weakness.
** "PATHETIC!"
** "IS THAT YOUR BEST?"
** "IT'S OFFICIAL: YOU SUCK!"
*** Arguably, Johnny Cage and his daughter Cassie use bad puns, movie references, and other insults to keep their opponents distracted and off guard. Johnny does it, arguably, [[ObfuscatingStupidity so that opponents keep underestimating him.]] Cassie does it because...well, she takes after dad.
* [[FauxAffablyEvil Hazama]] / [[{{Troll}} Terumi Yuuki]] employs this as a survival tactic in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', but not in the typical, enrage-opponent-so-s/he-commits-mistakes kinda way... Or, well, not ONLY in that kinda way... Because people's hatred of Hazama sustains his existence in the world, being the biggest [[{{Jerkass}} dick]] possible is a way for him to ensure his continued existence. He also [[ForTheEvulz gets off on making people miserable]].
* Mr. X in the ''StreetsOfRage'' series will laugh at you during your fight with him if you get knocked down. In the remake, this is the same case but once Mr. X's life bar is down to 1 life or less, he stops taunting you and becomes more aggressive.
* In ''LostOdyssey'', while you are selecting your actions, Jansen will tap his staff twice on the ground, hunch over, and make what seems to be 'come on' motions with his other hand. Cooke will put her hands on the side of her head and waggle her fingers in the 'na na na na boo boo' motion, while blowing a raspberry.

to:

* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' Warriors do ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' Psycho Mantis will taunt the player by looking announcing the other games he played in his playstaion.
* For VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance, in the Jetstream Sam DLC, Sam can taunt his enemies. It makes them hit harder, but it also makes them weaker to your attacks. A skilled player can use
this to keep enemies focusing on them destroy Armstrong at the end of the DLC!
* In ''VideoGame/MondayNightCombat'', finishing a taunt gives you $5, finishing a taunt soon after a kill gives you $50,
and ignoring their squishier, more dangerous allies. While all tanks do this, with skills like Taunt and Mocking Blow warriors seem to be the only ones who do it by annoying the enemy into trying to squash them. (The in-universe mechanic isn't well defined, but it can be inferred that paladins magically force people to attack them or intimidate them with holy fire, death knights actually [[http://www.wowhead.com/spell=56222 command]] the foe to attack them , and druids have "RAAARGH I'm a {{BEAR|sAreBadNews}}!")
getting damaged while taunting gives you extra juice.
* VideoGame/MortalKombat:
** The new Monk class "Provokes" the target (or multiple targets.) Their taunt is so clever it increases the target's movement speed when charging at them.
* VideoGame/MortalKombat has the
infamous taunts of Shao Kahn. In the second game, he would taunt you mercilessly and in Trilogy, when you could finally play as him, he actually had these as ''special moves''. Given his [[SNKBoss general difficulty]], Shao Kahn's inability to fight straight-up and dispense with taunting is his only weakness.
** *** "PATHETIC!"
** *** "IS THAT YOUR BEST?"
** *** "IT'S OFFICIAL: YOU SUCK!"
*** ** Arguably, Johnny Cage and his daughter Cassie use bad puns, movie references, and other insults to keep their opponents distracted and off guard. Johnny does it, arguably, [[ObfuscatingStupidity so that opponents keep underestimating him.]] Cassie does it because...well, she takes after dad.
* [[FauxAffablyEvil Hazama]] / [[{{Troll}} Terumi Yuuki]] employs this ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' and ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' include the "Taunt" skill as a survival tactic in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', an option for characters. In the first game it is almost useless as it is only an ineffective combat power, but not in the typical, enrage-opponent-so-s/he-commits-mistakes kinda way... Or, well, not ONLY in that kinda way... Because people's hatred of Hazama sustains his existence in the world, being the biggest [[{{Jerkass}} dick]] possible is second it turns into a way for him to ensure his continued existence. He also [[ForTheEvulz gets off on making people miserable]].
* Mr. X in the ''StreetsOfRage'' series will laugh at you
conversation skill as well. The Taunt options during your fight with him if trial in the second chapter of the main campaign are really silly, especially when you get knocked down. succeed on your Taunt check and Ambassador Claven looses her cool.
*
In ''VideoGame/TheNightmareBeforeChristmasOogiesRevenge'', Jack's attack repertoire involves a Taunt (where he cracks his weapon like a whip and yells "Come on!"). This infuriates nearby enemies into [[TurnsRed 'Oogie Mode']] where they become stronger and gain Halloween-style TronLines, but drop better items and exp. It's actually required to reach many of the remake, level goals.
* In ''NoOneLivesForever'', the player finds themselves incarcerated and has to provoke Magnus Armstrong into a fight. He'll agree to let the player go if they win, otherwise it's a NonStandardGameOver.
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''
this is [[RobPaulsen Morte]] [[DeadpanSnarker the Mimir's]] special ability - to hurl insults, curses and taunts so enemies will drop whatever they're doing to assault him, and only him, in melee. This works especially well on the SquishyWizard, because they'll be so infuriated they'll forget to cast spells. On anyone else it's mostly just [[RuleOfFunny funny]].
* Three moves in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': "Taunt", which locks the opponent into only using attack moves; "Torment" (the original Japanese name translates to "Impugn"), which impels the victim to never use
the same case but once Mr. X's life bar is down to 1 life or less, he stops taunting you and becomes more aggressive.
* In ''LostOdyssey'', while you are selecting your actions, Jansen will tap his staff
move twice on in a row; and "Swagger", which raises the ground, hunch over, target's Attack by two stages and make what seems also induces [[StandardStatusEffects Confusion]].
* In ''JustForFun/PokemonVietnameseCrystal'', one rocket grunt says
to be 'come on' motions with his other hand. Cooke will put her hands on you, "I WILL BE RUDE TO YOU IF YOU DISTURB OUR WORK."
* [[DashingHispanic Don Flamenco]] from ''PunchOut'' does this constantly to goad you into attacking, giving him
the side of her head and waggle her fingers in the 'na na na na boo boo' motion, while blowing a raspberry.opportunity to counter-attack. He does it so often that you tend to attack him just to shut him up.
--> ''[[MostAnnoyingSound ¡Venga, venga!]]''



* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' and ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Brotherhood]]'' has this as a combat mechanic. It goads one enemy into attacking [[PlayerCharacter Ezio]] early; this will end badly for the enemy because of Ezio's devastating counter-moves. Also it's amusing, at least if you can understand the insults. The more obscene ones are said in Italian.



* Each and every character in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' can do this, obviously existing for the purpose of mocking the enemy you just squashed. The taunts in question vary from Rumble's "Come on, I'm not even holding [[MiniMecha the controls!]]" to Skarner's "[[LargeHam I am ANCIENT. You are nothing but an INSECT to me!]]" and pretty much everything in between.
** It gets better. Taunt is an actual status that some champions can inflict. What it does is make the ones who were inflicted with it automatically - and uncontrollably - autoattack the one who inflicted the status.
*** Of the champions that can inflict Taunt, Rammus is designed around it. His Q allows him to rush in and stun at melee range, his W boosts his defenses for a short time and causes him to return autoattack damage, and his E, Puncturing Taunt, 'reduces' your opponent's defense slightly while inflicting Taunt for up to 3 seconds. His ultimate deals [=AoE=] damage in a radius around him, likely a melee range, which is sort of a soft Taunt in teamfights due to the massive damage it can inflict in a small area over time. Rammus is a tank whose passive gives him some extra attack damage from his armor, so have fun trying to kill him before he kills you.
** Tryndamere is a special case. While he doesn't inflict Taunt, his Mocking Shout can slow enemies who have their backs turned to him, letting him catch up to you more easily.
** In addition to the built-in taunt mechanics, players winning a tournament game often improvise their owns taunt behaviors by intentionally doing non-optimal or harmful things in front of their opponents, like having their heroes "dance around" or deliberately waste powerful and flashy abilities or items.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Taunting fills up your overlimit gauge faster.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'', Norma has a spell called "Taunt" that basically lowers enemy-attack power.
* In ''BattleArenaToshinden'', the French knight Duke does this instead of using a "[[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown down attack]]", a tactic he considers dishonorable. Doing this during battle lowers his opponent's [[LimitBreak Overdrive meter]].
* In ''VideoGame/XMenLegends'', Toad's Taunt, Rogue's Bedazzle, and [[spoiler:{{Deadpool}}'s]] Wisecrack lowers the enemies stats while luring the baddies towards the hero who used the power.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has Salvador learn a skill which [[FlippingTheBird flips the bird]] with both hands at his enemies, taunts them, all while regenerating ''all'' of his health, and drawing all of the enemy aggro as a result. The skill name? ''[[MemeticMutation Come At Me Bro!]]''
** Said skill also causes Salvador to fire off some deliciously lampshading one-liners.
---> '''OVER HERE, MORONS!'''\\
'''TAAAAANNNKKKIIIING!'''
* In ''NoOneLivesForever'', the player finds themselves incarcerated and has to provoke Magnus Armstrong into a fight. He'll agree to let the player go if they win, otherwise it's a NonStandardGameOver.



* One way to free Minsc at the beginning of ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' ''II'' is to cruelly mock him. He goes berserk and breaks free of the cage. Fortunately for the player character, Minsc immediately realizes that this was why you taunted him.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' Psycho Mantis will taunt the player by looking announcing the other games he played in his playstaion.
* For VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance, in the Jetstream Sam DLC, Sam can taunt his enemies. It makes them hit harder, but it also makes them weaker to your attacks. A skilled player can use this to destroy Armstrong at the end of the DLC!
* In ''VideoGame/FullThrottle'' when Ben is tied and being torn by motorbikes he can threaten to call his torturer names. Actually an aversion, since Ben only needs to [[spoiler:say the nickname Malcolm Corley gave her]] to prove they only had a friendly chat with Malcolm Corley and he didn't kill him.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', whenever Larxene isn't [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]], she's doing this.
* [[DashingHispanic Don Flamenco]] from ''PunchOut'' does this constantly to goad you into attacking, giving him the opportunity to counter-attack. He does it so often that you tend to attack him just to shut him up.
--> ''[[MostAnnoyingSound ¡Venga, venga!]]''
* VideoGame/MaxPayne employs this in the first game after storming an illegal arms shipment organized by mob boss Punchinello at the behest of Vladimir Lem - Payne's doing it for the revenge factor. After securing the shipment, Max takes a call from Punchinello meant for the captain and lets him know he's there and needles him in order to piss him off.
--> '''Max, narrating:''' Pissing Punchinello off was a dangerous game. But when people get mad, they make mistakes. I should know. That's where I wanted Punchinello, mad enough to trip over his own feet, preferably into a grave.

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* One way In ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'', you can taunt enemies to free Minsc at the beginning of ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' ''II'' is to cruelly mock him. He goes berserk and breaks free of the cage. Fortunately gain Balls for the player character, Minsc immediately realizes that this was why you taunted him.
building towards Tony's [[LimitBreak Blind Rage]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' Psycho Mantis will ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'' has Stauf taunt the player by looking announcing the other games he played in his playstaion.
* For VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance,
while in the Jetstream Sam DLC, Sam can middle of puzzles using cheesy one-liners ("I'm ''dying'' to see what you'll try next!") or just in general being a creepy JerkAss.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'': Yuri Hyuga tends to
taunt his enemies. It makes enemies in cut scenes, particularly Lenny, mocking the guy's intelligence until Lenny in anger [[IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou tells them hit harder, but it also makes them weaker to your attacks. A skilled player can use this to destroy Armstrong at the end of the DLC!
* In ''VideoGame/FullThrottle'' when Ben is tied and being torn by motorbikes he can threaten to call his torturer names. Actually an aversion, since Ben only needs to [[spoiler:say the nickname Malcolm Corley gave her]] to prove
exactly what they only had wanted to know]].
* ''StreetFighter'':
** Many games feature
a friendly chat with Malcolm Corley and he didn't kill him.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', whenever Larxene isn't [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]], she's doing this.
* [[DashingHispanic Don Flamenco]]
taunt button that does nothing aside from ''PunchOut'' does this constantly to goad performing a minor action that leaves you into attacking, giving him the opportunity open to counter-attack. He does it so often Bar none, the best taunting character is [[LethalJokeCharacter Dan Hibiki]]. In some games, each character is only allowed to taunt once per round... except for Dan, who never suffers this restriction. In some games, performing a taunt will help to fill up your opponent's super meter... but Dan has a legendary Taunt that you tend to attack him just to shut him up.
--> ''[[MostAnnoyingSound ¡Venga, venga!]]''
* VideoGame/MaxPayne employs this in the first game after storming an illegal arms shipment organized by mob boss Punchinello at the behest of Vladimir Lem - Payne's doing it for the revenge factor. After securing the shipment, Max takes a call from Punchinello meant for the captain and
lets him know he's there and needles him spend his own entire super meter on one overly long taunt. In some games, Dan can even taunt ''while in order to piss him off.
--> '''Max, narrating:''' Pissing Punchinello off was a dangerous game. But when people get mad, they make mistakes. I should know. That's
the air''.
** In addition, some professional tournament players have an improvised version,
where I wanted Punchinello, mad they try to win each bout by CherryTapping or with a specific DifficultButAwesome move or one that is considered a bad or weak move normally. In extreme cases, a super-confident player may intentionally throw a round he could've won easily because he can't set up the specific move he wants to use as the finisher, such as a ChargedAttack he couldn't build up to that round.
* Mr. X in the ''StreetsOfRage'' series will laugh at you during your fight with him if you get knocked down. In the remake, this is the same case but once Mr. X's life bar is down to 1 life or less, he stops taunting you and becomes more aggressive.
* All four ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games have taunts.
** ''Smash 64'' and the ''Brawl'' [[GameMod mod]] ''ProjectM'' have taunt canceling, which is a technique that cancels the animation of a taunt, but doesn't cancel the sound, is often used for humorous results.
** ''Melee'' has taunt canceling to a lesser extent; only Dr. Mario and Young Link can regularly taunt cancel (due to their momentum properties), and the other characters can only taunt cancel using the cloud on Yoshi's Story.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Taunting fills up your overlimit gauge faster.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'', Norma has a spell called "Taunt" that basically lowers enemy-attack power.
* Justified in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' because a large part of the game revolves around [[RuleOfFun dominating your opponent]] and ''nothing'' is more satisfying than taunting over a nemesis' corpse. Certain weapon taunts also have the ability to [[LethalJokeWeapon inflict massive amounts of damage]] or outright [[ChunkySalsaRule destroy]] players careless
enough to trip over his own feet, preferably into stand still.\\\
Plus the fact that some classes have voice taunts that auto-fire after
a grave. domination (or a revenge PAST a domination) that get downright ''personal'', in-universe. ''"May I borrow your earpiece? *mocking voice* This is Scout! Rainbows make me cry!"''
* ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' games have prerecorded taunts for bots and players alike. The bots spout one after every kill, and you have the option of the game doing so for you as well.



* [[HotWitch Bayonetta]] from the ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' series is always taunting her enemies in cut-scenes, although a TauntButton is available during normal gameplay as well, causing an enemy to go [[BerserkButton berserk]] and start attacking faster and more aggressively, which is actually great for building up combos. There's also an accessory called the Gaze of Despair, which is basically like equipping a permanent taunt, as it's very existence is described as an affront to the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels of Paradiso]].
* In a non-TauntButton example from both ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' games there is a skill called Provoke that makes enemies more likely to attack them over others. Two characters that come with it are [[JerkAss Shinon]] and [[BoisterousBruiser Skrimir.]] [[PersonalityPowers Fitting.]]
* In {{VideoGame/Hearthstone}} this is a specific [[PracticalTaunt ability for minions]], but they usually don't taunt the other player. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Evil heckler]] on the other hand lives and breathes this trope, as all of his voice lines demean the opponent.
--> '''Play:''' Your mother was a murloc!
--> '''Play alt.:''' You smell like a leper gnome!
--> '''Attack:''' Boo!
--> '''Attack alt.:''' You suck!
* The ''VideoGame/ArtemisSpaceshipBridgeSimulator'' gives this ability to the CommunicationsOfficer. Sending a taunt to an enemy ship is a good way to bait them over the minefield you've just placed, although it doesn't always work.

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* [[HotWitch Bayonetta]] from ''VideoGame/VegaStrike'' communication [[DialogueTree lines]] can improve or worsen RelationshipValue with the ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' series is always ship (or other unit) to whom they are addressed. An observation that the opponent learned to fly by CorrespondenceCourse isn't taken very well.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' has this as a basic tactic:
taunting her Kilrathi fighters has a chance of making them drop ''whatever'' they're doing to attack you (instead of whatever you're escorting).
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** Warriors do this to keep
enemies in cut-scenes, although a TauntButton is available during normal gameplay as well, causing an focusing on them and ignoring their squishier, more dangerous allies. While all tanks do this, with skills like Taunt and Mocking Blow warriors seem to be the only ones who do it by annoying the enemy into trying to go [[BerserkButton berserk]] and start attacking faster and more aggressively, which is actually great for building up combos. There's also an accessory called the Gaze of Despair, which is basically like equipping a permanent taunt, as it's very existence is described as an affront to the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels of Paradiso]].
* In a non-TauntButton example from both ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' games there is a skill called Provoke
squash them. (The in-universe mechanic isn't well defined, but it can be inferred that makes enemies more likely paladins magically force people to attack them over others. Two characters that come or intimidate them with it are [[JerkAss Shinon]] holy fire, death knights actually [[http://www.wowhead.com/spell=56222 command]] the foe to attack them , and [[BoisterousBruiser Skrimir.]] [[PersonalityPowers Fitting.]]
* In {{VideoGame/Hearthstone}} this is
druids have "RAAARGH I'm a specific [[PracticalTaunt ability for minions]], but they usually don't {{BEAR|sAreBadNews}}!")
** The new Monk class "Provokes" the target (or multiple targets.) Their
taunt is so clever it increases the other player. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Evil heckler]] on target's movement speed when charging at them.
* In ''VideoGame/XMenLegends'', Toad's Taunt, Rogue's Bedazzle, and [[spoiler:{{Deadpool}}'s]] Wisecrack lowers
the other hand lives and breathes this trope, as all of his voice lines demean enemies stats while luring the opponent.
--> '''Play:''' Your mother was a murloc!
--> '''Play alt.:''' You smell like a leper gnome!
--> '''Attack:''' Boo!
--> '''Attack alt.:''' You suck!
baddies towards the hero who used the power.
* The ''VideoGame/ArtemisSpaceshipBridgeSimulator'' gives this ability HotBlooded Matsu from ''VideoGame/DotHackGU'' is fond of doing this. He belongs to the CommunicationsOfficer. Sending a taunt Moon Tree guild which forbids him to an make the first strike in [=PKing=], so he taunts people, trying to make them strike first, before he retaliates, citing self-defense.
* This is how [[StoneWall tanks]] work in any MMO with any kind of hate/threat system. The tank "taunts" the
enemy ship is a good way to bait them over make it attack the minefield you've just placed, although it doesn't always work.offender rather than to judge the situation correctly and go for the squishy wizard, the healer or in some cases, a weakened or vulnerable tank.



* ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'' double subverts this. The girls manage to get Tsutsumu furious during their battle, but he realizes he's losing his control and takes a moment to calm himself down. Then it turns out that was their plan - he was vulnerable while he was collecting himself



* Edith of ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'' mocks Turner when he tries to attack her in the same manner yet again, calling him a one-trick pony. Unfortunately for her, he promptly changes his tactic.



* ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'' double subverts this. The girls manage to get Tsutsumu furious during their battle, but he realizes he's losing his control and takes a moment to calm himself down. Then it turns out that was their plan - he was vulnerable while he was collecting himself
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Vaarsuvius does this to outsmart Nale's KillUsBoth situation.
** But later falls victim to it him/her-self when another customer in a magic shop intentionally provokes him/her.
** And even more later, averts this by [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0802.html not getting angry]] when V's enemy is being DefiantToTheEnd



* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Vaarsuvius does this to outsmart Nale's KillUsBoth situation. But later falls victim to it him/her-self when another customer in a magic shop intentionally provokes him/her. And even more later, averts this by [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0802.html not getting angry]] when V's enemy is being DefiantToTheEnd



* Edith of ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'' mocks Turner when he tries to attack her in the same manner yet again, calling him a one-trick pony. Unfortunately for her, he promptly changes his tactic.



* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] pulls this on [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lord Vyce]] in order to get him to come and fight him again.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Tzeentch utilizes cheap insults and clever word-twisting to win Magnus over to his side, using sorcerer's own pride and hatred of Emperor's other children, especially [[BoisterousBruiser Leman Russ]].
* LetsPlay/{{Jayuzumi}} uses his soundboards for this purpose on a fairly frequent basis. How good natured the insults are tends to vary.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''; during the Vytal Festival Tournament, Weiss and Yang are set up against two members of Team FNKI from Atlas. Neon Katt, a cat faunus dressed like she just got back from a rave/roller derby, spends much of the fight calling Yang [[YouAreFat overweight]] to throw off her accuracy. [[spoiler:If only she spent as much time and effort actually trying to defeat Yang properly... or [[HoistByHisOwnPetard watch where she was going]].]]



* Joey steals Bandit Keith's "In America!" catchphrase in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. Keith goes berserk.

to:

* Little One of ''WebVideo/TalesFromMyDDCampaign'' takes this approach to all his interactions the evil [[FishPeople Kua-Toa]]. From getting Angel to write insults in Kuar on his shield to decorating that same shield with teeth taken from dead K Ts to dropping a fishing line in the water he suspects to be occupied by KT warriors, he goes to great lengths to make sure the K Ts are as pissed off with him as possible. Perhaps the best is when, after slaughtering a KT patrol, he cuts the heads off, stakes the bodies upside-down, then sticks the head back on top of the whole affair (i.e., the K Ts have their heads up their behinds.)
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
**
Joey steals Bandit Keith's "In America!" catchphrase in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''.catchphrase. Keith goes berserk.



* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Tzeentch utilizes cheap insults and clever word-twisting to win Magnus over to his side, using sorcerer's own pride and hatred of Emperor's other children, especially [[BoisterousBruiser Leman Russ]].



* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] pulls this on [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lord Vyce]] in order to get him to come and fight him again.
* Little One of ''WebVideo/TalesFromMyDDCampaign'' takes this approach to all his interactions the evil [[FishPeople Kua-Toa]]. From getting Angel to write insults in Kuar on his shield to decorating that same shield with teeth taken from dead K Ts to dropping a fishing line in the water he suspects to be occupied by KT warriors, he goes to great lengths to make sure the K Ts are as pissed off with him as possible. Perhaps the best is when, after slaughtering a KT patrol, he cuts the heads off, stakes the bodies upside-down, then sticks the head back on top of the whole affair (i.e., the K Ts have their heads up their behinds.)
* LetsPlay/{{Jayuzumi}} uses his soundboards for this purpose on a fairly frequent basis. How good natured the insults are tends to vary.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''; during the Vytal Festival Tournament, Weiss and Yang are set up against two members of Team FNKI from Atlas. Neon Katt, a cat faunus dressed like she just got back from a rave/roller derby, spends much of the fight calling Yang [[YouAreFat overweight]] to throw off her accuracy. [[spoiler:If only she spent as much time and effort actually trying to defeat Yang properly... or [[HoistByHisOwnPetard watch where she was going]].]]



* Aladdin does this ''plenty'' of times in ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', especially to Abbis Mal.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** In the episode "The Deserter", Aang does this and makes Zhao set his entire fleet on fire.
** In a later episode, [[spoiler:Azula]] wastes the heroes' time [[spoiler:during the eclipse]] by mocking Sokka [[spoiler:about Suki]].



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** In the episode "The Deserter", Aang does this and makes Zhao set his entire fleet on fire.
** In a later episode, [[spoiler:Azula]] wastes the heroes' time [[spoiler:during the eclipse]] by mocking Sokka [[spoiler:about Suki]].
* Aladdin does this ''plenty'' of times in ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', especially to Abbis Mal.
* When Cyborg, Beast Boy and Starfire have evil Doppelgangers of themselves made in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', the Doppelgangers start taunting the heroes they were based on. Beast Boy's Doppelganger managed to get him to cry BerserkerTears.

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
**
''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': In "Bullies", Valmont gets his hands on the episode "The Deserter", Aang does this dragon talisman, which provides the power of combustion, which he uses to rob Fort Knox. Jackie follows him, and makes Zhao set remembering his entire fleet on fire.
** In a later
own struggles with his BerserkButton (Captain Black's injuries by Valmont) throughout the episode, [[spoiler:Azula]] wastes the heroes' time [[spoiler:during the eclipse]] decides to press Valmont's BerserkButton by mocking Sokka [[spoiler:about Suki]].
* Aladdin does
tossing gold overboard, while sarcastically asking things like "How much is this ''plenty'' of times gold worth? A new Ferrari?" Valmont loses it, fires at Jackie in ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', especially to Abbis Mal.
* When Cyborg, Beast Boy
a rage, and Starfire have evil Doppelgangers of themselves made in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', the Doppelgangers start taunting the heroes they were based on. Beast Boy's Doppelganger managed proceeds to get him sink his own raft.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Only a Dream" has another Batman example, where he relentlessly mocks and taunts Dr. Destiny as he closes in, disrupting Destiny's focus and making it harder
to cry BerserkerTears.bring his full psychic power to bear.



* While he doesn't often use it against his enemies, [[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle]] Michelangelo, in true sibling fashion, knows that taunting is a hugely effective weapon against Raphael, and will always use it when fighting him.
** This tactic backfired horribly once when Mikey made Raphael so angry he nearly caved his head in with a blunt instrument. Naturally Raph was horrified at his action and spent the episode learning AnAesop about self-control.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Prowl had Bumblebee use his greatest weapon against Blitzwing to force him into his angry personality, whose corresponding vehicle mode was grounded instead of flying so as to have him crash midflight:
-->'''Bumblebee''': What, my stingers? My turbo-speed?\\
'''Prowl''': Your obnoxious personality.



* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': In "Bullies", Valmont gets his hands on the dragon talisman, which provides the power of combustion, which he uses to rob Fort Knox. Jackie follows him, and remembering his own struggles with his BerserkButton (Captain Black's injuries by Valmont) throughout the episode, decides to press Valmont's BerserkButton by tossing gold overboard, while sarcastically asking things like "How much is this gold worth? A new Ferrari?" Valmont loses it, fires at Jackie in a rage, and proceeds to sink his own raft.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Only a Dream" has another Batman example, where he relentlessly mocks and taunts Dr. Destiny as he closes in, disrupting Destiny's focus and making it harder to bring his full psychic power to bear.



* When Cyborg, Beast Boy and Starfire have evil Doppelgangers of themselves made in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', the Doppelgangers start taunting the heroes they were based on. Beast Boy's Doppelganger managed to get him to cry BerserkerTears.
* While he doesn't often use it against his enemies, [[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle]] Michelangelo, in true sibling fashion, knows that taunting is a hugely effective weapon against Raphael, and will always use it when fighting him. This tactic backfired horribly once when Mikey made Raphael so angry he nearly caved his head in with a blunt instrument. Naturally Raph was horrified at his action and spent the episode learning AnAesop about self-control.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Prowl had Bumblebee use his greatest weapon against Blitzwing to force him into his angry personality, whose corresponding vehicle mode was grounded instead of flying so as to have him crash midflight:
-->'''Bumblebee''': What, my stingers? My turbo-speed?\\
'''Prowl''': Your obnoxious personality.



* This is very common in {{Poker}}, to the point where it has acquired the name putting someone "on tilt." It's actually risky to the insulter, because it can be a clue as to what you want the person to do (or, even worse, provoke a fight).
* The page quote comes from Sun Tzu. The future founder of the [[UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing Han Dynasty]], [[BoisterousBruiser Liu Bang]], took this to heart, using it a lot in battles against his famously-irritable rival Xiang Yu.
** When Xiang Yu [[IHaveYourWife captured Liu Bang's father]] and (from across a ravine) threatened to boil him alive, Liu's response was "Send me a cup of the soup!"
*** That same taunt was part of an exchange that led Xiang Yu to shooting an arrow at Liu Bang, which struck him in the chest. His response was to shout "Ow, my foot!". Probably a subversion, since having their leader struck in the chest would easily demoralize the army in question, and Liu Bang couldn't afford to have that.
* This is the only tactic of {{troll}}s.
* In Iraq, during the early months of the invasion and occupation, coalition troops routinely lured insurgents out of cover and into reckless, bullet-spraying charges by insulting their manhood. As they were charging headlong into a few DOZEN machine guns when they did this, it routinely went badly for the insurgents.
* A common tactic in various sports when one player attempts to provoke another one into doing something stupid. There tends to be a fine line, because the taunting itself can get penalized if it's too blatant or caught.
** A famous example of the above tactic gone somewhat wrong was made during the final match of the 2006 [[TheWorldCup FIFA World Cup]]. Italian player Marco Materazzi taunted his French counterpart Zinedine Zidane by insulting Zidane's sister. While it ''did'' work (Zidane got a red card), the ''reason'' it worked was that Zidane gave Materazzi a headbutt to the chest.
* Also on sports, whenever the audience has a reason to insult the opposing team they will chant to unsettle them. Even more to gloat once things are headed towards a victory (the StandardSnippet is "Na na, na na na naaa, hey hey hey, GOODBYE.")
* The use of skirmishers in traditional (i.e. formation-based) warfare followed this trope: Skirmishers would range in front of an army in a scattered formation and pelt enemy melee infantry informations with javelins, arrows, sling stones and other light missiles. This would cause undisciplined enemies to break formation and charge the skirmishers, who would feign retreat back to their own lines where friendly infantry could deal with the enemies who broke formation.
* In schools around the world, this is how bullies work - many zero tolerance policies either punish both people involved or give a ''greater'' punishment to the person who throws the first punch. So they want ''you'' to throw the first punch so ''you'' get in more trouble than ''they'' do.
* Al-Qaeda want their enemies (which are ''far'' bigger than they are) to be stretched thin, unable to focus, and spend their funding like there is no tomorrow. To this end, they are making attacks that basically amount to mere taunts in its scale of damage. Considering the length of the WarOnTerror and the sorry economic state of said enemies, it seems to have been CrazyEnoughToWork.
--> "[It is] easy for us to provoke and bait this administration. All that we have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaeda, in order to make the generals race there and cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses [...]"
---> -- '''[[http://www.aljazeera.com/archive/2004/11/200849163336457223.html 2004 Osama bin Laden video]]'''



* This is the core of the American Atheists billboard campaigns. Come up with something controversial, put it on a billboard, release a press statement, wait for Bill O'Reilley and the Catholic League to get infuriated and say something equally press-worthy.



* Al-Qaeda want their enemies (which are ''far'' bigger than they are) to be stretched thin, unable to focus, and spend their funding like there is no tomorrow. To this end, they are making attacks that basically amount to mere taunts in its scale of damage. Considering the length of the WarOnTerror and the sorry economic state of said enemies, it seems to have been CrazyEnoughToWork.
--> "[It is] easy for us to provoke and bait this administration. All that we have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaeda, in order to make the generals race there and cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses [...]"
---> -- '''[[http://www.aljazeera.com/archive/2004/11/200849163336457223.html 2004 Osama bin Laden video]]'''
* Also on sports, whenever the audience has a reason to insult the opposing team they will chant to unsettle them. Even more to gloat once things are headed towards a victory (the StandardSnippet is "Na na, na na na naaa, hey hey hey, GOODBYE.")
* A common tactic in various sports when one player attempts to provoke another one into doing something stupid. There tends to be a fine line, because the taunting itself can get penalized if it's too blatant or caught.\\\
A famous example of the above tactic gone somewhat wrong was made during the final match of the 2006 [[TheWorldCup FIFA World Cup]]. Italian player Marco Materazzi taunted his French counterpart Zinedine Zidane by insulting Zidane's sister. While it ''did'' work (Zidane got a red card), the ''reason'' it worked was that Zidane gave Materazzi a headbutt to the chest.
* In Iraq, during the early months of the invasion and occupation, coalition troops routinely lured insurgents out of cover and into reckless, bullet-spraying charges by insulting their manhood. As they were charging headlong into a few DOZEN machine guns when they did this, it routinely went badly for the insurgents.
* In schools around the world, this is how bullies work - many zero tolerance policies either punish both people involved or give a ''greater'' punishment to the person who throws the first punch. So they want ''you'' to throw the first punch so ''you'' get in more trouble than ''they'' do.
* The page quote comes from Sun Tzu. The future founder of the [[UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing Han Dynasty]], [[BoisterousBruiser Liu Bang]], took this to heart, using it a lot in battles against his famously-irritable rival Xiang Yu.\\\
When Xiang Yu [[IHaveYourWife captured Liu Bang's father]] and (from across a ravine) threatened to boil him alive, Liu's response was "Send me a cup of the soup!"\\\
That same taunt was part of an exchange that led Xiang Yu to shooting an arrow at Liu Bang, which struck him in the chest. His response was to shout "Ow, my foot!". Probably a subversion, since having their leader struck in the chest would easily demoralize the army in question, and Liu Bang couldn't afford to have that.
* This is the core of the American Atheists billboard campaigns. Come up with something controversial, put it on a billboard, release a press statement, wait for Bill O'Reilley and the Catholic League to get infuriated and say something equally press-worthy.
* This is the only tactic of {{troll}}s.
* This is very common in {{Poker}}, to the point where it has acquired the name putting someone "on tilt." It's actually risky to the insulter, because it can be a clue as to what you want the person to do (or, even worse, provoke a fight).
* The use of skirmishers in traditional (i.e. formation-based) warfare followed this trope: Skirmishers would range in front of an army in a scattered formation and pelt enemy melee infantry informations with javelins, arrows, sling stones and other light missiles. This would cause undisciplined enemies to break formation and charge the skirmishers, who would feign retreat back to their own lines where friendly infantry could deal with the enemies who broke formation.




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