Created By: Unknown%20Troper on February 22, 2010
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Secretly Complimenting Yourself

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Up for Grabs. (nee But He Sounds Handsome) Needs a Better Title. Character A, while in disguise or otherwise not recognisable as Character A, uses the opportunity to compliment himself, usually with some formulation of the words "No, I have no idea who this Mr Character A is, but he sounds really handsome" (but that's not the important bit). It's been YKTTW'd about eleventy billion times (I think I remember one of them being "Superman Compliments Clark Kent" or something), but bugger me if it's ever been launched. Disguise Trope.

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  • February 8, 2010
    random surfer
    • Bart Simpson undercover in the town of Shelbyville, talking about Springfielders: "Curse those handsome devils!"
    • Triple H talking about his pregnant wife Stephanie, who isn't his wife in the storyline: "I don't know who knocked you up but he must have a gigantic penis."
  • February 8, 2010
    deathjavu
    A Series Of Unfortunate Events The Movie: Count Olaf in disguise, "Who is this incredibly handsome Count Olaf you keep mentioning?"
  • February 8, 2010
    Bisected8
    Often part of a Paper Thin Disguise.
  • February 8, 2010
    macroscopic
    I thought the last time it went through it got launched, but I can't find it if it did. We do need this trope.
  • February 8, 2010
    Idraena
    Happens in Red Dwarf, without even a disguise: Holly, the ship's computer, appears on a recording Holly doesn't remember making (the crew's memories were erased). Initially, he comments, "Nice-looking bloke," and then when the recorded Holly tells them to pause the recording, he does so, because he "Knows what he's talking about, that dude."
  • February 11, 2010
    Lego3400
    If we don't limit it to just that line I have a female example. During an episode of Sailor Moon, Moon fakes haveing a fight with the other senshi to lure out the villans. Naru mentions the rumour to Usagi who claims "Sailor Moon is too nice and sweet and would never have a fight with the other sailor Senshi" might be a bit of streach though
  • February 11, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Trying to think of a more generic name. Something like Complimenting Your Alter Ego.
  • February 11, 2010
    Duncan
    Inverted in Much Ado About Nothing, where Beatrice bad-mouths Benedick to himself while he's in disguise at a party (usually played as though she knows it's him all along).
  • February 11, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    I thought everything in YKTTW was automatically Needs A Better Title? Never mind. I did rather like that Superman Puts In A Word For Clark Kent idea.
  • February 11, 2010
    Andyzero
    The Simpsons: When Bart was infiltrating Shelbyville and Springfield moved against them: "Curse those handsome devils!"
  • February 12, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    How I Met Your Mother, "Moving Day": in the midst of moving in with Robin, the van with Ted's stuff is stolen, and the culprit calls Ted and gives him instructions on how to get them back. Of course, Ted knows exactly who it is.
    Ted: Barney...
    Barney: I'm not Barney! But I hear that guy's awesome.
  • February 12, 2010
    Tail-Kinker
    Disguised Compliment? That could lead to I Thought It Meant, though.
  • February 12, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    I kind of liked But He Sounds Handsome.
  • February 12, 2010
    Tezcat
    I think the Superman-themed title is very good; I know we're supposed to be avoiding named tropes, but it seems to encapsulate the idea far better than any of the other suggestions, and it's a sufficiently well-known work to avoid excessive in-knowledge.
  • February 12, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In Calvin And Hobbes, Calvin calls his father at work. When asked who it is, Calvin's father says "The world's smartest man." Calvin says "I must have dialed wrong."
  • February 12, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Superman Praises Clark Kent or Superman Compliments Clark Kent are the most basic, descriptive thing I (deuxhero) can come up with. But He Sounds Handsome is also good.
  • February 12, 2010
    Evalana
    In one episode of South Park, the kids are discussing a recent TP-ing, and Cartman, one of the perpetrators, comments, "Well, I understand the people who did it weren't caught, so it looks like nobody will ever know the geniuses who masterminded that perfect crime."
  • February 12, 2010
    AADragon
    Maybe Tooting own horn undercover? Might arouse odd implications though...
  • February 12, 2010
    duralict
  • February 13, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • February 14, 2010
    Tezcat
    I am worried by all the Unknown Tropers posting on this YKTTW... often to agree with the wisdom of named tropers.

    I think this discussion has got meta.
  • February 14, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Hehe. Damn that Tezcat. Funny AND handsome. If I were a girl, I bet I'd want to go out with me. Him. With him.
  • February 14, 2010
    notmypicture298
  • February 14, 2010
    duralict
    @Tezcat it's not like it's difficult to make sock puppet accounts in the first place, and the I Ps are all different.
  • February 22, 2010
    bluepenguin
    In the adventure game Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy, the titular heroine at one point tells a society of Dignified Ladies that the pilot they'd hired to fly their poorly-built aircraft around the world wasn't coming. Later, she must disguise herself as the pilot; when the ladies tell Nelly-as-the-pilot what Nelly had said earlier, she replies "Damn that gorgeous liar!"
  • February 22, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    • Not quite a compliment, but in The Adventures Of Robin Hood, when Little John asks supposed abbot Richard The Lion Heart: "What? Are you friendly to our good King Richard?" the "abbot" replies: "I love no man better."
    • More to the point in the 1948 film Sinbad the Sailor, when Sinbad (who is, unbeknownst to most, also Prince Ahmed of Dariabar) is told by the barber Malik that assassins are out to kill Ahmed, he replies, "Why? I understand he's a splendid fellow!".
  • March 2, 2010
    DarkSasami
  • March 2, 2010
    deathjavu
    Oh man, those comments up there just gave me a great idea-you could make this page self-explanatory by having it complement the trope itself. Something along the lines of "Trope X, eh? Sounds like a pretty awesome idea for a trope!".

    Or if that makes it too hard to understand/clutters the explanation, at least make a "just for fun" page with a paper thin disguise (i.e. the name is really close, or just rearranged, or replaced with synonyms).
  • March 2, 2010
    Treblain
    On Stargate Atlantis, while the team is traveling through alternate universes, they are rescued from aliens by a squadron of F-302s commanded by an alternate version of Sheppard. When they hail him on the radio to thank him, Sheppard doesn't tell his alternate who they are, but says, "You're obviously a man of great integrity, a dedicated commander, and a skilled pilot." Meanwhile, the other characters roll their eyes. Alt-Sheppard responds, "Well, that's funny. I was just going to say the same to you."
  • March 2, 2010
    Kriegsmesser
  • March 3, 2010
    TJ
    • Mulan: How 'bout a girl who's got a brain who always speaks her mind?
    Everybody else: Nah!
  • March 3, 2010
    deathjavu
    Anyone mind if "Deathjavu", who I am coincidentally not, but sounds very handsome and brilliant, launches this on Friday? Because I...I mean he...wants to.
  • March 4, 2010
    Redneck Rocker
    By all means, go right ahead. That brilliant troper named Redneck Rocker, I don't know a great deal about him, but I've heard that every girl he's ever been with feels as though no other lover could ever satisfy them the way he did.
  • March 4, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    I heard the original author of this YKTTW is so generous and kind he would approve, deathjavu. Probably someone as intelligent as he would suggest launching under the name "But He Sounds Handsome", with "Secretly Complimenting Yourself" as a redirect. I imagine.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=963ejushes3gzg73f7xzqayu&trope=HeSoundsHandsome