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18th Feb '18 3:27:05 PM chopshop
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* Dean Learner does this a lot in ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'', sometimes [[ComplimentBackfire out of obliviousness rather than malice]], but more often because Garth is too stupid and self-absorbed to catch on.
-->I call Garth the Creator/OrsonWelles of horror, and not just because of his weight.
14th Feb '18 10:38:02 AM JustTroper
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See also OverlyNarrowSuperlative and MyFriendsAndZoidberg, which are often specific forms of this. WithDueRespect is also sometimes used as this. A frequent technique in PassiveAggressiveKombat, and sometimes a clever way to deliver a QuietCryForHelp to third parties who are clever or informed enough to recognize the implications.

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See also OverlyNarrowSuperlative and MyFriendsAndZoidberg, which are often specific forms of this. WithDueRespect is also sometimes used as this. A frequent technique in PassiveAggressiveKombat, and sometimes a clever way to deliver a QuietCryForHelp to third parties who are clever or informed enough to recognize the implications.
implications. May overlap with TeasingFromBehindTheLanguageBarrier when character A uses a language unknown to character B.
25th Jan '18 2:22:18 AM Cryoclaste
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* Most of the conversations OddThomas has with villains are comprised of him doing these.

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* Most of the conversations OddThomas ''Literature/OddThomas'' has with villains are comprised of him doing these.
23rd Jan '18 7:21:59 AM DustSnitch
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* In ''Website/SFDebris'' Chuck claims that Janeway's fiance Mark gave her a copy of ''Literature/DantesInferno'' as a way of saying that the idea of marrying her puts him in mind of experiencing all the torments of the damned. Note that only the explanation is his invention; why on earth anyone would give that book as an engagement present otherwise is a mystery that ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' does not explain.

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* In ''Website/SFDebris'' Chuck claims that Janeway's fiance Mark gave her a copy of ''Literature/DantesInferno'' ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]]'' as a way of saying that the idea of marrying her puts him in mind of experiencing all the torments of the damned. Note that only the explanation is his invention; why on earth anyone would give that book as an engagement present otherwise is a mystery that ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' does not explain.
20th Dec '17 2:25:01 AM Daefaroth
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', just before a mission to Dollet that doubles as a graduation exam for the SeeD candidates, Quistis wishes her students luck. Unlike many of these examples, Seifer actually understands the insult, and is not amused.

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', just before a mission to Dollet that doubles as a graduation exam for the SeeD [=SeeD=] candidates, Quistis wishes her students luck. Unlike many of these examples, Seifer actually understands the insult, and is not amused.
19th Nov '17 8:48:45 PM ionicgash
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* ''Literature/TheNameOfThRose'': In front of a crowd of monks, William of Baskerville credits inquisitor Bernardo Gui for the most important decision of hs life. All the monks view it as a major compliment, but as Adso points out, the most iportant decision William ever made was to ''suit'' the Inquisition... and Bernardo is clearly aware of William's true meaning.

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* ''Literature/TheNameOfThRose'': ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'': In front of a crowd of monks, William of Baskerville credits inquisitor Bernardo Gui for the most important decision of hs life. All the monks view it as a major compliment, but as Adso points out, the most iportant important decision William ever made was to ''suit'' the Inquisition... and Bernardo is clearly aware of William's true meaning.
17th Nov '17 7:47:43 AM tussy
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**Hypocrite? Not so much, [[IResembleThatRemark as people rarely name themselves]].
16th Nov '17 8:42:02 AM ngh93
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-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Templeton]]''': That'd be a change.
-->'''Bitsy''': ''[laughs]''

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-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Templeton]]''': -->'''Templeton''': [[DeadpanSnarker That'd be a change.
change.]]
-->'''Bitsy''': ''[laughs]''Ahahaha!
10th Nov '17 6:55:17 PM gophergiggles
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* In that same vein, a common insult to entertainers or story tellers is to say "He/she takes comedy very seriously."
26th Oct '17 12:34:10 PM ngh93
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* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'': Gru asks Miss Hattie whether she speaks Spanish. When she says no, he tells her that her face is "Como un burro." She is flattered... until she later buys a Spanish-English dictionary.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'': Gru asks Miss Hattie whether she speaks Spanish. When she says no, he tells her that her face is "Como un burro." She is flattered... until she later buys a Spanish-English dictionary.dictionary and slaps Gru in the face with it.
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