Created By: fawn on September 8, 2010 Last Edited By: fawn on September 8, 2010
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My Grandma Can Do Better Than You!

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Working Titles: My Grandma Can Do Better Than You! My X Can Do X Better Than you! (Any suggestions for a title? or is one of these two good?)

Stock Phrase.

A common insult, sometimes "grandma" is replaced with something else. Bonus points for following it up with "...and she's dead!"

See Never Mess with Granny and Cool Old Lady, for when there is some truth to this statement. See You Fight Like a Cow and My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad for similar insults.

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Examples

Anime:
  • In the Toonami version of Dragon Ball Z, a virtual Sayan warrior (conjured by Mr Popo's training room) uses this line to ridicule the secondary characters' power levels.

Film:
  • The Road to El Dorado:
    Miguel: You fight like my sister!
    Tulio: I fought your sister, that's a compliment!
  • Pinocchio:
    Lampwick: Ah, you smoke like me grandma!
  • B.O.B.'s Big Break, supplemental short on the Monsters vs. Aliens DVD:
    General Monger: You throw like my nine-year-old niece... that I may or may not have.

Literature:

Live-Action TV:
  • The exchange in Star Trek: The Original Series where Scotty tells Chekhov that Scotch Whisky is a man's drink, and Chekhov replies that it was invented by a little old lady from Leningrad.
  • In the Quantum Leap episode "Running for Honor," Sam leaps into a track runner, and fails to live up to the guy's previous performance:
    Sam: (looking at his time) Is that good?
    Coach: Yeah, that's great. If you're my grandmother!

Video Games:
  • Appears in the "sports" game Chaos League as an insult by one of the two guys commenting the game.
  • Variant: In Warriors Orochi, Badass Grandpa Shibata Katsuie occasionally taunts "You can't outfight my corpse!"

Western Animation:
  • Bart and Lisa of The Simpsons used a variant of this on the players when they were at a minor league baseball game:
Bart: You throw like my sister!
Lisa: Yeah! You throw like me!
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • August 31, 2010
    Nola
    I could swear we have this one already... I don't think it's tropeable, we've already got Never Mess With Granny.
  • August 31, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    ^Nah, nah. This is that kind of Stock Phrase you hear all the time where someone tries to boast an accomplishment of theirs or fail at a task and someone responds, "My grandma can do better than you."

    It's not meant to suggest grandma is a badass; it's meant to suggest that she's old and frail but could probably do something better than someone who truly sucks at it.

    This should probably be renamed My Grandma Can Do Better Than You though. Fighting doesn't really have anything to do with the trope.
  • August 31, 2010
    CompletelyNormalGuy
    This seems rather related to You Fight Like A Cow, though that is specific to fighting, and therefore wouldn't cover all instances. I would say that this is tropeable as a catchphrase.
  • September 1, 2010
    Vree
    My X Can Do X Better Than Your X? (Where X may also refer to the speakers themselves.)
  • September 1, 2010
    CheeseDogX
    Perhaps "My Grandmother Can Do X Better Than You" since it is true that people's poor old grandmas are the ones used as examples the most in this case.
  • September 1, 2010
    fawn
    Yeah, Seam Murray got what I was trying to say. This trope is about this phrase occurring in works, it's not about grandma being a bad ass. We already have Never Mess With Granny for that.

    I think My Grandma Can Do Better Than You Is a good title.
  • September 1, 2010
    StandingSpace
    Bonus points for following it up with "...and she's dead!"
  • September 1, 2010
    LeeM
    How about the exchange from Star Trek TOS where Scotty tells Chekhov that Scotch Whisky is a man's drink, and Chekhov replies that it was invented by a little old lady from Leningrad?
  • September 1, 2010
    Arivne
    One common form: "My grandmother can hit harder than that!". Optionally "...and she's 94!" (or some other high age).
  • September 1, 2010
    randomsurfer
    One time when The Simpsons were at a minor league baseball game the kids were taunting the players.
    Bart: You throw like my sister!
    Lisa: Yeah! You throw like me!
  • September 1, 2010
    FuschlatzOReilly
  • September 1, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    In the Quantum Leap episode "Running for Honor," Sam leaps into a track runner, and fails to live up to the guy's previous performance:
    Sam: (looking at his time) Is that good?
    Coach: Yeah, that's great. If you're my grandmother!
  • September 1, 2010
    FuschlatzOReilly
    Sometimes followed up by said grandmother being incredibly badass.
  • September 2, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    appears in the "sports" game Chaos League as an insult by one of the two guys commenting the game
  • September 2, 2010
    dotchan
  • September 2, 2010
    ElementX
    I've seen this used with sister more often than grandma.

    The Road To El Dorado:
    Miguel: You fight like my sister!
    Tulio: I fought your sister, that's a compliment!

  • September 3, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    • Pinocchio:
      Lampwick: Ah, you smoke like me grandma!
    • B.O.B.'s Big Break, supplemental short on the Monsters Vs Aliens DVD:
      General Monger: You throw like my nine-year-old niece... that I may or may not have.
  • September 3, 2010
    neoYTPism
    The current title sounds... rather suggestive... I'd suggest something a little more general anyway, like "X can do Y better than you" or something.
  • September 4, 2010
    Lavalyte
  • September 4, 2010
    Bailey
    ^^^^ Ah yes, that would be the quote in the trailer that lead me to believe for several wonderful seconds that I was watching the trailer for an upcoming Secret of Monkey Island film .

    Sigh.
  • September 5, 2010
    dotchan
    Variant: In Warriors Orochi, Badass Grandpa Shibata Katsuie occasionally taunts "You can't outfight my corpse!"
  • September 5, 2010
    fawn
    At neoYTPism: ah, I see what you mean, that was not intentional. I changed the title, I don't think tropes can have " and _'s in their titles anyway. (or at least I never saw a title with them.)
  • September 6, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Toonami version of Dragonball Z, a virtual Sayan warrior (conjured by mr Popo's training room) uses this line to ridicule the secondary characters' power levels.
  • September 6, 2010
    neoYTPism
    That line literally, or an alternate form of that line? @ Mozgwsloiku
  • September 7, 2010
    Flioro
    Used at least once in Captain Underpants.
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