Created By: Premonition45 on April 14, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on April 25, 2014

Bait And Switch Compliment

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One character tells another something that sounds flattering or nice, which makes them intrigued, only to have the complimenting party flat-out insult them instead. A form of Comedic Sociopathy. Super Trope of NOT!. Compare Stealth Insult.

Examples

Film
  • Tangled
    Thug: Go. Live your dream.
    Flynn: I will.
    Thug: Your dream stinks; I was talking to her.

Live-Action TV
  • A Catch Phrase of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is, "great [x]... for me to poop on!" (Where x typically refers to some sort of noun.)
  • The George Lopez Show. A cosmetics sales representative advises Angie to use these to make her customers feel self-conscious and buy makeup (e.g. complimenting someone's work ethic because of the bags under their eyes).

Western Animation
  • From Futurama's spoof of The Wizard of Oz:
    Amy: (as the good witch) Ooh! Those are great shoes!
    Leela: Oh, thank you.
    Amy: Do they come in women's sizes?
    (Leela presses a button on her wrist machine and the steps come out of the ship and crush Amy.)

Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • April 14, 2011
    neoYTPism
    A Catch Phrase of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is, "great [x]... for me to poop on!" (Where x typically refers to some sort of noun.)
  • April 15, 2011
    dalek955
    • In Tangled:
      Thug: I hope you find your dream.
      Flynn: Thanks.
      Thug: Your dream stinks. I was talking to her.
  • April 15, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • This is a good trope...NOT!
  • April 16, 2011
    Premonition45
    ^ I hope that's a potential stinger, and not an actual putdown.
  • April 16, 2011
    johnnye
    This is Backhanded Compliment, isn't it?
  • April 16, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^Backhanded Compliment is a Redirect to Stealth Insult, so it's already mentioned as a "compare to."

    ^^I was hoping that the fact that it's bulleted as an example would be a clue about that. It doesn't have to be The Stinger. I was using it as an example of NOT, which is a subtrope of this, a la the Triumph example.

    This is a great trope...for me to poop on!
  • April 16, 2011
    Premonition45
    Ah, okay.
  • April 17, 2011
    robybang
    • The George Lopez Show: A cosmetics sales representative advises Angie to use these to make her customers feel self-conscious and buy makeup (e.g. complementing someone's work ethic because of the bags under their eyes).
  • April 18, 2011
    skzip887
  • April 18, 2011
    neoYTPism
    ^^^ You could have made that a little clearer though.
  • April 21, 2011
    Unbitwise
  • April 21, 2011
    Kilyle
    The Tangled one is:

    "Go. Live your dream." "I will." "Your dream stinks; I was talking to her."
  • April 22, 2011
    Chabal2
    • I've seen the "I like your [item of clothing]. Do they make it for men?" one used in Real Life.
    • One Exbrayat story had a judge talking to a huge woman built like a wrestler, who is vaguely related to the guy he's judging and just gave him a severe talking to during the court session. He tells her she reminds him of his youth... when he was hunting elephants in Kenya.
  • April 23, 2014
    Omrega
    In Spider Man, Peter to Bonesaw, his wrestling opponent: "That's a cute outfit. Did your husband give it to you?"
  • April 24, 2014
    Chabal2
    An episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks has Frankie Boyle introduce Michelle Williams with "as a member of Destinys Child, she's one of the most famous and beautiful women in the world...'s friends".

  • April 24, 2014
    needsanewhobby
    I'm pretty sure Blackadder had a bucketload of these, but this one springs to mind:

    Percy: Did you miss me?
    Blackadder: Yes, many were the times I thought to myself, "My God, I wish Percy were here... being tortured instead of me."
  • April 24, 2014
    Premonition45
    Boy, I'd forgotten about this YKTTW.
  • April 24, 2014
    MetaFour
    Web animation:
    • Ultra Fast Pony uses this one a few times. In "Sister Angst":
      Rarity's father: Hello, Rarity. How's my favorite daughter?
      Rarity: Yeah, good.
      Rarity's father: And how are you?
      • In "How Not to Train Your Dragon":
      Twilight: Great. What do you want?
      Rarity: We don't need a reason to come and visit one of our best friends...
      Twilight: Awwww.
      Rarity: Speaking of which, where is Spike?
  • April 25, 2014
    Arivne
    • Capitalized the title.
    • Formatted the Examples section.
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Sorted examples by media and added media section title(s).
    • Namespaced and italicized work name(s).
    • Changed "complementing" to "complimenting".
  • April 25, 2014
    Premonition45
    Thanks. Maybe I should look into this YKTTW once again.
  • April 25, 2014
    DAN004
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