History Main / InsultOfEndearment

29th Apr '17 1:31:46 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Nijiiro no Seishun'' canon of the ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial Drama Series'', Minori Akiho calls the main protagonist "Juu-rokuban no Senpai" (No.16-Senpai, referring to his shirt's number in the Soccer Club): the nickname had a derogative connotation at first due to [[GreenEyedMonster the intense jealousy]] she had towards him for getting her [[SchoolgirlLesbians beloved senpai Saki]]'s attention, then after her CharacterDevelopment [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy kicked in]] and she came to like him, it becomes an affectionate nickname.

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* In the ''Nijiiro no Seishun'' canon of the ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial Drama Series'', Minori Akiho calls the main protagonist "Juu-rokuban no Senpai" (No.16-Senpai, referring to his shirt's number in the Soccer Club): the nickname had a derogative connotation at first due to [[GreenEyedMonster the intense jealousy]] she had towards him for getting her [[SchoolgirlLesbians beloved senpai Saki]]'s attention, then after her CharacterDevelopment [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy kicked in]] and she came to like him, it becomes an affectionate nickname.
14th Mar '17 8:33:07 PM JRandomUser
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* Pick a RanmaOneHalf fanfic that ships Ranma and Akane. Being among the most famous exemplars of BelligerentSexualTension, it was only natural for fanfic writers as a whole to turn Ranma being a 'baka' and a 'pervert', and Akane being an 'uncute tomboy' into pet names.
14th Mar '17 8:14:19 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', Adolin and Kaladin, getting along only because Dalinar needs them to, take to calling one another "princeling" and "bridgeboy". After Kaladin saves Adolin's life in a duel, "bridgeboy" becomes more affectionate, though it takes Kaladin a while to notice that. The "princeling" is abandoned, though.

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* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (book two of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Adolin and Kaladin, getting along only because Dalinar needs them to, take to calling one another "princeling" and "bridgeboy". After Kaladin saves Adolin's life in a duel, "bridgeboy" becomes more affectionate, though it takes Kaladin a while to notice that. The "princeling" is abandoned, though.
16th Feb '17 8:20:33 PM AnotherDuck
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* In UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish, although "twit" ''nominally'' means "idiot", it's always used as a humorous or affectionate (or both) term. Even more jarringly, the Australians use "bastard", "wanker" or [[CountryMatters a certain other word]] in much the same way.
* In many friendships this is a rather standard situation. Even ones that skip the so called enemy phase can have people insulting each other while meaning the exact opposite.
* It's not uncommon for Japanese lovers to call each other "idiot" (baka) but it's usually meant affectionately.
* This also tends to pop up in the BDSM community between Dom/mes and submissives.



* When both friends have [[NWordPrivileges N-Word Privileges]], it can turn into this. Anything from hardcore slurs to "weirdo" or "nerd" is often affectionate when it comes from another member of X group/subculture, but would still be used as an insult (or, at least, a very taboo adjective) outside of the group.
* If you are in the Andalucia region of Southern Spain, be ready to hear words of the kind that dictionaries gloss over like (spoilered for rudeness) [[spoiler:"cabron" (asshole, also cuckold), "hihoputa" (sonofabitch) and "mariconazo" (''augmentative'' of faggot)]] being routinely used as public forms of salutation betwen close friends.
16th Feb '17 8:18:08 PM AnotherDuck
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* In ''VideoGame/ShadowrunDragonfall'', teammate Eiger will refer to the player character as "Fearless Leader" in a clearly sarcastic fashion both out of erroneously believing that said player got the previous leader killed and over resentment that the player was made the new leader over her despite the player being the least senior member of the group. As the game goes on and she sees reason, she still calls the player that but in a much more respectful tone.

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* In ''VideoGame/ShadowrunDragonfall'', ''[[Videogame/ShadowrunReturns Shadowrun Dragonfall]]'', teammate Eiger will refer to the player character as "Fearless Leader" in a clearly sarcastic fashion both out of erroneously believing that said player got the previous leader killed and over resentment that the player was made the new leader over her despite the player being the least senior member of the group. As the game goes on and she sees reason, she still calls the player that but in a much more respectful tone.
6th Feb '17 9:13:36 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': "You know nothing, Jon Snow," becomes this for Ygritte.
11th Jan '17 7:04:18 PM nombretomado
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* In a BBC production of ''[[LordPeterWimsey Gaudy Night]]'', when Peter proposes to Harriet near the end, she responds, "Dear idiot!" and then kisses him. Although this is different than the novel's depiction (in which he proposes and she accepts in Latin), according to canon they've had several years of [[BelligerentSexualTension BST]] up to this point.

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* In a BBC production of ''[[LordPeterWimsey ''[[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Gaudy Night]]'', when Peter proposes to Harriet near the end, she responds, "Dear idiot!" and then kisses him. Although this is different than the novel's depiction (in which he proposes and she accepts in Latin), according to canon they've had several years of [[BelligerentSexualTension BST]] up to this point.
8th Jan '17 1:03:05 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider Jerusalem, IntrepidReporter and all around AntiHero resents the two assistants foisted upon him by his editor, so he dubs them the "filthy assistants." Later on, after he starts respecting them, "Filthy Assistants! To me!" practically becomes a CatchPhrase.

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* In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider Jerusalem, IntrepidReporter and all around AntiHero resents the two assistants foisted upon him by his editor, so he dubs them the "filthy assistants." Later on, after he starts respecting them, "Filthy Assistants! To me!" practically becomes a CatchPhrase.
1st Jan '17 5:05:32 AM Dawnwing
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* Clan cats from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' often tease each other by affectionately call each other "mouse-brain", "fish-breath", or some other variety of that. Squirrelflight, for example, is well-known for calling Bramblestar "mouse-brain". It's the harsher insults like "crowfood-eater" or "fox-heart" that they have to watch out for.

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* Clan cats from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' often tease each other by affectionately call calling each other "mouse-brain", "fish-breath", or some other variety of that. Squirrelflight, for example, is well-known for calling Bramblestar "mouse-brain". It's the harsher insults like "crowfood-eater" or "fox-heart" that they have to watch out for.
31st Dec '16 8:54:28 AM Psyclone
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* In ''VideoGame/ShadowrunDragonfall'', teammate Eiger will refer to the player character as "Fearless Leader" in a clearly sarcastic fashion both out of erroneously believing that said player got the previous leader killed and over resentment that the player was made the new leader over her despite the player being the least senior member of the group. As the game goes on and she sees reason, she still calls the player that but in a much more respectful tone.
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