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24th Jun '17 6:51:37 AM StFan
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** Britt never directly confronted his dad, but he never missed a chance to disappoint him. When Britt talks to you, you cannot be sure if he is praising you or insulting you (he bluntly tells Kato he had no life and called Casey “old”). The obvious example is when Kato is hitting on Casey, Britt doesn’t like that and, instead of confronting his feelings, he humiliates Kato by asking for a coffee. When Kato confronted Britt (by punching a hole in the wall) , [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he manipulated Kato with guilt and convinced him that Kato misunderstood the situation and that it was all part of their cover]].
** Kato takes this attitude with Britt when the direct approach doesn’t work: He goes on a date with Casey and lies to Britt about visiting his friend Tony. Does it not seem suspicious that the HypercompetentSidekick risks letting his ManChild employer [[RecklessGunUsage near a gas gun]]?

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** Britt never directly confronted confronts his dad, but he never missed misses a chance to disappoint him. When Britt talks to you, you cannot be sure if he is praising you or insulting you (he bluntly tells Kato he had has no life and called calls Casey “old”). "old"). The obvious example is when Kato is hitting on Casey, Casey; Britt doesn’t doesn't like that and, instead of confronting his feelings, he humiliates Kato by asking for a coffee. When Kato confronted confronts Britt (by punching a hole in the wall) , wall), [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he manipulated manipulates Kato with guilt and convinced convinces him that Kato misunderstood the situation and that it was all part of their cover]].
** Kato takes this attitude with Britt when the direct approach doesn’t doesn't work: He goes on a date with Casey and lies to Britt about visiting his friend Tony. Does it not seem suspicious that the HypercompetentSidekick risks letting his ManChild employer [[RecklessGunUsage near a gas gun]]?



'''Hatsumomo:''' Sayuri — a name as ''sweet'' as she is! I'm afraid these days, even a common ''chambermaid'' can call herself a geisha. So it's nice to see such a sincere young maiko — isn't it?\\

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'''Hatsumomo:''' Sayuri -- a name as ''sweet'' as she is! I'm afraid these days, even a common ''chambermaid'' can call herself a geisha. So it's nice to see such a sincere young maiko -- isn't it?\\



'''Sayuri:''' ''[lighting a cigarette]'' Of course. But...it's been such a very long...long...''[blows out her match]''...long, long time.\\

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'''Sayuri:''' ''[lighting a cigarette]'' Of course. But... it's been such a very long...long...long... long... ''[blows out her match]''...match]'' ...long, long time.\\



--> '''Cersei:''' Ah, yes, the infamous tart-tongued Queen of Thorns.
--> '''Olenna:''' And the infamous ''tart'' Queen Cersei.

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--> '''Cersei:''' --->'''Cersei:''' Ah, yes, the infamous tart-tongued Queen of Thorns.
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Thorns.\\
'''Olenna:''' And the infamous ''tart'' Queen Cersei.



* Sherlock's brother Mycroft and best friend John in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' are never downright rude to one another, and seem generally resigned to working together for Sherlock's sake. While they are allies, they're clearly not on friendly terms, and things can -- and do -- get snarky and hostile at times. John tips closer to the 'aggressive' end of passive-aggressive in ''The Reichenbach Fall'' due to the knowledge that [[spoiler: Mycroft, in an attempt to get Moriarty's master keycode, ended up giving the DiabolicalMastermind exactly what he wanted: Sherlock's entire life story]].

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* Sherlock's brother Mycroft and best friend John in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' are never downright rude to one another, and seem generally resigned to working together for Sherlock's sake. While they are allies, they're clearly not on friendly terms, and things can -- and do -- get snarky and hostile at times. John tips closer to the 'aggressive' "aggressive" end of passive-aggressive in ''The "The Reichenbach Fall'' Fall" due to the knowledge that [[spoiler: Mycroft, [[spoiler:Mycroft, in an attempt to get Moriarty's master keycode, ended up giving the DiabolicalMastermind exactly what he wanted: Sherlock's entire life story]].



* In Series/{{Oshin}}, the YamatoNadeshiko Oshin engages uses this against [[ObnoxiousInLaws her mother in law Kiyo]] at first, and later against her daughter-in-law Michiko.

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* In Series/{{Oshin}}, ''Series/{{Oshin}}'', the YamatoNadeshiko Oshin engages uses this against [[ObnoxiousInLaws her mother in law Kiyo]] at first, and later against her daughter-in-law Michiko.



* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlzVPzXa_FQ Passive Vengeance]]" by {{Music/Psychostick}}

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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlzVPzXa_FQ Passive Vengeance]]" by {{Music/Psychostick}} Music/{{Psychostick}}.



* A frequent occurrence in the works of Creator/HaroldPinter.

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* %%* A frequent occurrence in the works of Creator/HaroldPinter.
10th Jun '17 11:16:21 AM nombretomado
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* The duet "Via resti servita, madame brilliante" from Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart's ''TheMarriageOfFigaro'' involves an exchange of politely delivered insults between Susanna and Marcellina. The latter storms out after Susanna wins by "congratulating" her on her old age.

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* The duet "Via resti servita, madame brilliante" from Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart's Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart's ''TheMarriageOfFigaro'' involves an exchange of politely delivered insults between Susanna and Marcellina. The latter storms out after Susanna wins by "congratulating" her on her old age.
9th Jun '17 1:16:22 PM Argon2
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* In ''Manga/KaguyaWantsToBeConfessedTo'', most of Kaguya and Shrogane's flirting is done through canonical subtext, since neither of them feel comfortable openly admitting their feelings and they are often surrounded by people. Their aim is to make the other person lose their composure and confess...but their "war of love" humiliates them both more than if they were just honest about their feelings.
4th May '17 10:24:19 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Anthy Himemiya of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is a master at this, though it's also [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] in that it's the only way she ''can'' fight back, having been [[spoiler:emotionally anesthetized by years of emotional and sexual manipulation by her ManipulativeBastard brother Akio]]. [[spoiler: The ''one'' time [[BrutalHonesty she talks straight to the point]] is when, after Utena's HeroicSacrifice for her, she manages to break the cycle of abuse [[ButNowIMustGo and walks out on Akio]], leaving Ohtori with Chuchu [[IWillFindYiu to find Utena]].]]

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* Anthy Himemiya of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is a master at this, though it's also [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] in that it's the only way she ''can'' fight back, having been [[spoiler:emotionally anesthetized by years of emotional and sexual manipulation by her ManipulativeBastard brother Akio]]. [[spoiler: The ''one'' time [[BrutalHonesty she Anthy talks straight to the point]] is when, after Utena's HeroicSacrifice for her, she manages to break the cycle of abuse [[ButNowIMustGo and walks out on Akio]], leaving Ohtori with Chuchu [[IWillFindYiu [[IWillFindYou to find Utena]].]]
4th May '17 10:22:24 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Anthy Himemiya of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is a master at this, though it's also [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] in that it's the only way she ''can'' fight back, having been [[spoiler:emotionally anesthetized by years of emotional and sexual manipulation by her ManipulativeBastard brother Akio]].

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* Anthy Himemiya of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is a master at this, though it's also [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] in that it's the only way she ''can'' fight back, having been [[spoiler:emotionally anesthetized by years of emotional and sexual manipulation by her ManipulativeBastard brother Akio]]. [[spoiler: The ''one'' time [[BrutalHonesty she talks straight to the point]] is when, after Utena's HeroicSacrifice for her, she manages to break the cycle of abuse [[ButNowIMustGo and walks out on Akio]], leaving Ohtori with Chuchu [[IWillFindYiu to find Utena]].]]


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* In Series/{{Oshin}}, the YamatoNadeshiko Oshin engages uses this against [[ObnoxiousInLaws her mother in law Kiyo]] at first, and later against her daughter-in-law Michiko.
22nd Apr '17 11:09:04 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Due to her ExtremeDoormat tendencies, Siv's attempts at holding her ground tend to take this form.
13th Apr '17 10:26:10 PM danlansdowne
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* The novels of Creator/JaneAusten are full of this. The characters are products of a society that reveres manners, so conflict is dealth with in the most cutting--but polite!--manner possible.

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* The novels of Creator/JaneAusten are full of this. The characters are products of a society that reveres manners, so conflict is dealth dealt with in the most cutting--but polite!--manner possible.
25th Mar '17 6:55:12 PM eowynjedi
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* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' is like the WWII of [[DeadpanSnarker snarkery]] and PolitenessJudo, but almost everyone is so passive-aggressive, blink and you miss it.
** Pretty much everything by Creator/JaneAusten is made of this trope because they're about snarking on a society that reveres manners (so most conflict is dealt with in the most cutting -- but polite! -- manner possible), but ''PrideAndPrejudice'' is probably the best example because of all the people who disapprove of the couples and make it known in the most polite way possible.
** Someone once re-wrote ''Dirty Harry'' in the style of ''Pride and Prejudice.'' "Dirty" Harriet Bennett ends up telling Lady Catherine de Burgh "I have no objection, Madam, to your proceeding, since by doing so you shall render my day perfectly agreeable."

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* The novels of Creator/JaneAusten are full of this. The characters are products of a society that reveres manners, so conflict is dealth with in the most cutting--but polite!--manner possible.
**
''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' is like the WWII of [[DeadpanSnarker snarkery]] snarkery and PolitenessJudo, but almost everyone is so passive-aggressive, blink PolitenessJudo. Blink and you you'll miss it.
** Pretty much everything by Creator/JaneAusten is made of this trope because they're about snarking on a society that reveres manners (so most conflict is dealt with in the most cutting -- but polite! -- manner possible), but ''PrideAndPrejudice'' is probably the best example because of all the people who disapprove of the couples and make it known in the most polite way possible.
** Someone
it. (Someone once re-wrote ''Dirty Harry'' in the style of ''Pride and Prejudice.'' "Dirty" Harriet Bennett ends up telling Lady Catherine de Burgh "I have no objection, Madam, to your proceeding, since by doing so you shall render my day perfectly agreeable."")
** Captain Wentworth of ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'' is as good at this as he is at handling his ship. Even though he never addresses Anne directly in the first part of the novel, and all of his remarks seem normal and conversational to the Crofts and Musgroves, they are full of barbs about Anne's decision to break their engagement eight years ago. Many of his sentences, such as the one about not having a wife to keep him ashore, have a silent "''...Anne''" at the end of them.
20th Feb '17 11:54:33 AM gb00393
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** Margaery Tyrell, Cersei's much hated new daughter-in-law cheerfully and politely calls her a drunkard, by apologizing for not having any wine to offer when Cersei makes an appearance in her lunch, and adding that for friends and herself it's just too early to drink. (No, Cersei didn't ask for wine.)

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** Margaery Tyrell, Cersei's much hated new daughter-in-law cheerfully and politely calls her a drunkard, by apologizing for not having any wine to offer when Cersei makes an appearance in her lunch, and adding that for friends and herself it's just too early to drink. (No, Cersei didn't ask for wine.)) She later implies that Cersei is old and has lost all her power. Her handmaidens titter at this indirect slight. Cersei scowls through it all and takes a threatening step toward her, but remains equally civil on the surface.
** Margaery and Cersei at dinner with Joffrey and Loras in "Valar Dohaeris", and stealth insulting each other all the while.
** Subverted in "Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken", where Cersei tries initiating this with Olenna only for Olenna to respond by blatantly insulting her to her face. Cersei is not amused.
--> '''Cersei:''' Ah, yes, the infamous tart-tongued Queen of Thorns.
--> '''Olenna:''' And the infamous ''tart'' Queen Cersei.
11th Feb '17 7:36:25 AM LentilSandEater
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* One of the many {{Cutaway Gag}}s in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is Peter helping Chris to get his insect badge by observing a family of "wasps." Cut away to Chris and Peter sitting behind a potted plant in a lavish dining hall watching a family of [[AcceptableEthnicTargets upper-class white Anglo Saxon Protestants]] doing exactly this.
** Subverted at the end when the father calls his wife a whore in front of their child.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
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One of the many {{Cutaway Gag}}s in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is Peter helping Chris to get his insect badge by observing a family of "wasps." Cut away to Chris and Peter sitting behind a potted plant in a lavish dining hall watching a family of [[AcceptableEthnicTargets upper-class white Anglo Saxon Protestants]] doing exactly this.
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this. Subverted at the end when the father calls his wife a whore in front of their child.
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