Created By: Stratadrake on April 21, 2012 Last Edited By: Stratadrake on May 21, 2013

Dare to Repeat That

Say that insult one, more, time, and a curbstomp shall ensue

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Could swear we had something for this already, but a quick Google search found nothing. First question - how tropable is this? In the meantime, any description help is still welcome.

What did you say? Call me that one more time....

A good way to know that you've found a character's Berserk Button is if they dare you to repeat a particular phrase.

This is a stock setup for a Fight Scene: They're trying to be polite as they imply that you just offended them, with clear undertones of a Thinly Veiled Threat; but if you cross that line....

Exactly what happens next depends on how Genre Savvy the offender is: A Genre Blind (willful or otherwise) character may simply take them up on the 'offer' and pay dearly for it as a result.

Either way, in most cases a fight will break out shortly.

Compare Penultimate Outburst, which applies to court trials. Not necessarily related to Stop Saying That!.



  • Hancock does not like being called an "asshole". When a member of a bank heist has bombs strapped to civilians and his hand on the detonator, Hancock calmly bears his insults while slowly (and calmly) fashioning a weapon. "Call me an 'asshole' ... one ... more ... time...."


  • In The Order of the Stick, after Vaarsuvius expends a number of Disintegrate spells trying to eliminate one imp, an ancient black dragon out to avenge its disintegrated child approaches from behind and taunts with "Say Disintegrate one more time, Vaarsuvius. For me."
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  • April 22, 2012
    Dare To Repeat An Insult, just to make it clear?

    • Toy Story 2. Woody believes that Jessie deliberately turned on the TV with a remote control but Jessie denies it.
    Woody: Oh, right, right. Yeah, the TV just happened to turn on, and the remote magically ended up in front of you.
    Jessie: You callin' me a liar?
    Woody: Well, if the boot fits...
    Jessie: Say that again.
    Woody: If the boot fits.
    Jessie: [Attacks him]
  • April 22, 2012
    • From Pulp Fiction; "Say "what" again. Say "what" again. I dare you. I double-dare you, motherfucker. Say "what" one more goddamn time."
  • April 22, 2012
    No new stock phrases.
  • April 22, 2012
    Yes, I'm aware of that, thank you. That is why my first question is: Is there something tropeworthy here, or is it ... just a context with occasional (mostly coincidental) repeats?

    The context is sort of like a flanderized Reverse Psychology: The words themselves are Sarcasm Mode at best.
  • April 22, 2012
    I should have elaborated: to me this looks like a Stock Phrase formula and isn't tropeworthy.
  • April 22, 2012
    The "say that to my face" scene from the Firefly episode "The Train Job" definitely qualifies:
    Drunk: The Independents were a bunch of cowardly inbred pisspots, should've been killed off of every world spinning.
    Mal: Say that to my face.
    Drunk: I said you're a coward and a pisspot. Now what are you going to do about it?
    Mal: Nothing. I just wanted you to face me so she could get behind you. [WHACK!]
  • April 22, 2012
    It's more like a stock setup for a fight. It counts as both Dialog and Fight Scene.

    In The Nostalgia Critic and The Nostalgia Chick crossover review of Ferngully, it started the crossover with Critic taunting Chick this way, and then they fight, and then it ends similarly.
  • April 22, 2012
    Does nobody remember the Pulp Fiction example? I can't quite quote it, but still...
  • April 22, 2012
    Another great exchange from Firefly:

    Jayne: [to Simon] Little Kaylee here just wishes you was a gynecologist.
    [Jayne laughs]
    Mal: Jayne, you will keep a civil tongue in that mouth, or I will sew it shut. Is there an understanding between us?
    Jayne: You don't pay me to talk pretty. Just because Kaylee gets lubed up over some big-city dandy doesn't mean...
    Mal: Walk away from this table. Right now.
    [Jayne loads his plate with food and leaves]
  • April 22, 2012
    • Elf: Buddy, a human raised by Christmas elves, mistakes the dwarfism afflicted author Miles Finch for a fellow elf. This does not go over well.
      Miles Finch: You feeling strong, my friend?! Call me elf one more time!
      Buddy:(whispering) ...He's an angry elf.
  • April 22, 2012
  • May 20, 2013
    See Penultimate Outburst for the courtroom version.

    • In Anne Of The Thousand Days, when Henry tells Anne how much he wants her to have his sons, Anne says: "Bastards? For they would be bastards, you know." With all eyes on him, Henry says through clenched teeth that he will strike her if she says another word. Anne repeats that any children they had would be bastards, and Henry strikes her hard across the face.
  • May 20, 2013
  • May 20, 2013
    Jim Rome of ESPN continuously mocked Saints quarterback Jim Everett by calling him "Chris" (referencing female tennis player Chris Evert). That is, he did so until this:
  • May 20, 2013
    Often this is expressed with "What did you say?" or "What did you just call me?" or words to that effect.
  • May 20, 2013
    Spoofed by Eddie Izzard, who recommends its use creatively to avoid a fight: "'Come over here and say that. Now go over there and say that. Now come over here and say that. Now go to Azerbaijan and say that.' And while they're at the airport, in customs, you can escape."