Created By: Earnest on October 6, 2007
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Modest Villain Compliment

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The hero calls the villain vile, detestable, and a blight on humanity equivalent to no less than three biblical plagues.

The villain blushes and says "I try", "Aww, thank you!", "Stop, you're making me blush!" or something equally demure and modest.
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  • October 8, 2007
    {{Meta4}}
  • October 8, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    Happens in real life too. Europeans seems to think calling Americans "cowboys" is an insult. Some Americans think that's awesome.
  • October 8, 2007
    Laevatein
    Another I vaguely remember from Star Trek (don't remember the episode title):

    Mc Coy: You are the most cold-blooded person I've ever met. Spock: Why thank you, Doctor.
  • October 8, 2007
    ShayGuy
    Don't forget software "pirates."
  • October 7, 2007
    jojabar
  • October 6, 2007
    ShayGuy
    Narbonic, to the best of my knowledge, never used this gag, but it's still part of the landscape (like when Madblood asks Dave to give feedback on his Evil Laugh). Kinda like the scene (you know which one) from The Princess Bride.
  • October 8, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    I've noted that the way to tell a geek from a non-geek is that the geek takes the title as a compliment. Truth In Television, to some extent.
  • October 6, 2007
    Ununnilium
  • October 8, 2007
    OpMegs
  • October 6, 2007
    stm177
  • October 6, 2007
    32_Footsteps
    The standard response a Card Carrying Villain has to descriptions of his villainy.
  • October 6, 2007
    fleb
    I was expecting this trope when I saw a link to Baddie Flattery, and was disappointed. It's part of an overall Bizarro Universe quality to Card Carrying Villains -- like the Evil Sponge of Misfortune from [1] It Came From Beneath the Sink was castrated by incessant compliments and declarations of love, and was imprisoned forever in a garden terrarium to be greeted happily each morning by the victorious heroine.

    This might be called Inverted Values, but I'm uncreative right now.
  • October 8, 2007
    SciVo
    On that note, last week's Comedity: http://www.comedity.com/index.php?strip_id=149
  • October 6, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    Happens to non villains - Bender to Leela in Futurama.

    "You hard fightin', har'd bitin', ugly, ugly..." "Stop, stop, you're flattering me!"
  • October 6, 2007
    Earnest
    Hmm... maybe Complimentary Insult? Backhanded Insult?

    It's probably better to lump the two, both are apply to different character types, but are essentially the same thing.

  • October 6, 2007
    Rich
    There's some Truth In Television going on here. For some politicians, lawyers, and businessmen, being called "ruthless" is considered a good thing.
  • October 6, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    It happens to non-villians, too. Like, for example, one might say to another person, "You're such a hippie!" - and the other person happens to be a proud hippie and respinds with, "Thank you." It's also possible that one may be inpervious to the fact that they're being insulted, and take it as a compliment instead. Like, a little girl who happens to love puppies may think that being called a "dog" is a compliment.

    Of course, there're also the flip side of it, where you intend to give someone a compliment - and the other person takesit as an insult, instead. Like, for example, if a little girl tells an elderly woman that she "looks to be a hundred".
  • October 6, 2007
    Kizor
    What happens to Lechuck in Monkey Island might or might not count. "You're unbelievably ghastly and wretched!" "Yes, what's your point?"
  • October 8, 2007
    Unknown Troper
  • October 8, 2007
    Unknown Troper
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