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[[caption-width-right:350:[-Cthulhu, you're in a whole mess of trouble. ''That'' is the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames true face of evil.]] You're dead, man.-] ]]

->''"Come on, Franchise/{{Cthulhu| Mythos}}! Kill me, you big pussy!"''
-->-- '''Mysterion''', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''

Insulting a being who is ''much'' more powerful than you.

May be used comedically to deflate an otherwise-impressive villain. Hard to be menacing when the TeamPet beans you in the head with a rock.

This rarely ever causes the target any real harm. At most this can [[WeNeedADistraction distract]] or annoy the BigBad momentarily, giving the other characters time to escape, prepare, or attack. Can provide TheLoad with an opportunity [[HeroicSacrifice to redeem themself]].

See also BlasphemousBoast, RageAgainstTheHeavens, SmiteMeOMightySmiter, HeroicSacrifice, DefiantStoneThrow, and DefiantToTheEnd. If the person providing the distraction tries to make it last as long as possible to help his teammates, it's HoldingTheFloor. Sometimes literally involves FlippingTheBird.

Contrast WowingCthulhu where the character doesn't piss the godly being off, but rather amazes them.

* BullyingADragon: Messing with a powerful entity that you ''know'' can destroy you.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: If they immediately stomp you into a pancake.
* MuggingTheMonster: If you thought ''you'' were the badass and ''they'' were an easy victim.
* LetsMockTheMonsters: When a {{Jerkass}} decides to make fun of a monster that they think is [[RightBehindMe not present]] or [[BewareTheSillyOnes too silly to be dangerous]]. Usually doesn't end well.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Taichi from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' did this with a different purpose: since he had the Courage crest, he thought he could force Greymon to evolve one level more by pulling this--problem is, his plan backfired because it wasn't real courage, [[DeadlyUpgrade and the resulting [=SkullGreymon=]]] ''[[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity was evil]]''! Later on, he unintentionally pulled this off successfully against [[BigBad a powered-up Etemon]], resulting in his Crest of Courage activating properly and causing Greymon to become his proper Perfect form, [=MetalGreymon=].
* Pretty much every major fight in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' came to the minor heroes pinging the villains to defeat after the heroes did enough damage, minor characters being the BigDamnHeroes, or at one point, all the minor characters blasting Cell in the back over and over until a regular shot from Vegeta distracted him a moment, which was when Gohan put all of his strength into his one-handed Kamehameha, killing Cell.
** Chibi Trunks even does it literally in the Broly movies. When he wasn't mooning or pissing on him.
** Recoome literally flips off Goku, which is probably the most remembered moment in the uncut dubbed version. Kids seeing a grown man flipping off their hero on an anime that mostly kids watch. Amazing.[[note]] And if you didn't read that in DBZA Vegeta's voice, you're a liar. [[/note]]
** Krillin practically lives on this trope. Cutting off part of Frieza's tail is probably the ultimate example.
** Yajirobe even gets in on it against Vegeta.
** Heck, there's even a chapter title page where the characters literally flip off Cell.
*** And again in the series, where a reporter who was with Hercule flipped off Perfect Cell during the Cell Games.
** Chichi even gets in on this. She walks right up to Majin Buu ''and slaps him in the face.'' [[DoNotTauntCthulhu It doesn't]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath end well.]]
** One especially humorous instance in a NonSerialMovie had Icarus, a small non-fire breathing dragon Gohan had befriended, deciding to attack ''[[PhysicalGod Shenron]]''. Fortunately for Icarus, Shenron just kind of sits there [[SweatDrop looking rather awkward]] rather than taking offense at this little thing buzzing around his head.
** A minor example in ''Anime/DragonballSuper'', in that Goku wasn't really trying to be insulting, but upon being introduced to Beerus, God of Destruction, he has the audacity to ask for a quick sparring match with him. Everyone around him is horrified, as Beerus is pretty well known for his quick temper and a hatred of being disrespected, but...
-->'''Beerus''': You wish to see a demonstration of my power? Do you know, I have lived for a [[TimeAbyss very long time]], and not once has a mortal dared to issue such a challenge... [[VillainRespect Very well. A quick round won't hurt]].
** Played straight later when Bulma, angered that Beerus was causing a rampage in her birthday party, goes up to him and slaps him in the face while demanding him to leave immediately. Yes, Bulma slapped ''the God of Destruction'' in the face. Of course, he slaps her right back... [[spoiler:which causes Vegeta to lose it and attack him, managing to land the first actual hits on Beerus we see in the series]].
*** In later episodes in ''Super'', Bulma has a habit of antagonizing Beerus and getting away with it.
* In the manga version of ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld''. Main character Makoto Mizuhara has set off an ancient missile defense system against super android Ab-Zahal. He finds deflecting these missiles funny (and Makoto knew it meant nothing to Ab-Zahal... until Ifurita appears behind him and blows his head off.
* In ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'', the TeamPet distracts Kami-sama long enough for Gojyo to grab everyone and make a retreat.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[spoiler:when [[FanOfUnderdog Hinata]] [[ShrinkingViolet Hyuuga]] fights [[TheDragon Pein]] to save Naruto in Chapter 437, declaring "I won't let you lay another finger on Naruto-kun!" And then...{{S|tuffedInTheFridge}}TAB. [[PlotArmor She survives]]]].
** [[spoiler:Ebisu tries this against Pain's Jigokudo body, in order to buy time for Konohamaru to escape. Konohamaru, however, goes back to help him, and [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome defeats that body with a Rasengan]].]]
*** Also, Naruto himself [[spoiler: likes to greet the Kyuubi by demanding it surrender its chakra to him and calling it a "damn fox." Which is probably a little irritating to a superpowered being who can flatten a mountain by swinging one of its nine tails. However, this being is [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan sealed inside Naruto]] and would have to die with him]].
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** After Rob Lucci has Luffy exhausted and badly wounded on the ground, Usopp, the weakest member of the Straw Hats, reveals himself to Luffy and challenges Lucci, despite having easily lost to a [=CP9=] member who was half as powerful. Lucci walks over to kill Usopp, but Luffy, his HeroicResolve restored by Usopp's speech to him, gets up and finally manages to defeat Lucci.
** Earlier on, Aokiji wonders if Luffy (who is by no means weak, but doesn't yet compare to an Admiral's strength) decided to fight him alone because he thought he could win or because he wanted to prevent him from going after the rest of the crew.
** Not just challenged him. He ''compared him to a '''kitten'''''.
** Subverted when Arlong ignores his rubber band attack (but played straight when he scares Hacchan in place).
** In the Skypiea Arc, Sanji kicks Usopp out of the way and takes a lighting attack from Enel. After which, he thanks him for the light for his cigarette, and before fainting, tells him to "get ready to cry". [[spoiler:Then Enel's ship begins to malfunction because of Sanji's sabotage.]]
** [[spoiler:Luffy briefly holds off the assault of Hawkeye Mihawk, the world's greatest swordsman, by throwing [[MonsterClown Buggy]], whose powers render him invulnerable to bladed weapons, at him.]]
** Later, [[spoiler:Coby temporarily distracts everyone at Marineford to try to stop any more casualties by begging for everyone to cease fighting. This includes standing up to many incredibly powerful Marines, especially Akainu, the man who killed Ace and burned off half of Whitebeard's face. Fortunately, this distraction was long enough for Shanks to [[BigDamnHeroes appear and successfully end the war]]]].
** One of the most iconic moments of the series is when the entire crew (discounting Robin), '''''declared war on the world'''''. However, this did not serve as a distraction, merely a message to Robin. That message was that they would never betray her over her "burden". Rather, they chose to make her burden ''their'' burden.
** Luffy also argues with Whitebeard, the WorldsStrongestMan and one of the Four Emperors, that he's going to be King of the Pirates instead of him, to the utter shock of everyone around them. Except Whitebeard himself, who's mostly just amused that the kid has that kind of balls.
** Not quite flipping off, but one of Luffy's more noticeable character traits is his complete disregard in conversations for the other person's title or power. It doesn't matter if he's talking to a king, one of the Seven Warlords or the Four Emperors, he'll talk to them just as casually as if they were just some average Joe.
** [[spoiler:Apparently, a few years before the current storyline, Caesar Clown swindled funds away from '''''Big Mom''''', one of the Four Emperors, for his research. This later comes back to bite him in the butt big time, when a ship of hers comes to collect. Since he's now under custody of the Straw Hats, he's out of Kaido's protection through his relationship with Doflamingo, meaning that he's ''screwed''.]]
** Law is notorious for this. Memorably, when he and Kid first met, Kid said he had bad manners in earshot and Law's reaction was to give him the finger (Kid had the highest Supernova bounty at the time). [[spoiler:Even near death and about to be shot, Law doesn't hesitate to do the same to his former boss Doflamingo (a Warlord of the Sea), but not before mocking him as much as possible.]]
** [[spoiler:Brook asking Big Mom to see her panties in order to confuse her long enough for him to move past her and cut Zeus, who she was riding on top of.]]
* In the fifth ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' movie, Enjou Tomoe, despite being Muggle Weight, tells off the BigBad. Shiki herself passive aggressively says that because he did, she's going kill said BigBad now.
* Ganta does this at the end of his second bout in the Carnival Corpse - ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland's'' version of the [[Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome Thunderdome]]. He basically flipped off the blood-thirsty anonymous audience, the other watching Deadmen, '''and''' the Carnival's Promoter, Tamaki. An incident [[Awesome/DeadmanWonderland so awesome]], and so unlike him (for most of the series, up to this point, Ganta has been rather passive, fighting only to defend himself, and rarely even raising his voice, except to scream OhCrap about the current situation), he actually questions whether or not he just broke character.
* Manta in one of the last episodes of ''Manga/ShamanKing''. Piko-Piko hammer and all!
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', this is how L is introduced. He basically goes on television and tells [[AGodAmI Kira]] through his stand-in Lind L. Tailor where he can put his justice. Kira, of course, kills Tailor immediately, thinking that it's L. Then, L [[EstablishingCharacterMoment keeps]] [[FakingTheDead on]] {{t|heReasonYouSuckSpeech}}aunting [[HowDidYouKnowIDidnt him]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome anyway]]!
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': Zenkichi, despite being nearly subdued by Oudo's CompellingVoice (and seeing him do the same to Medaka), manages to resist enough to attack him [[spoiler: due to seeing him trying to kiss her]].
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Black*Star pulling a one man stand against Kishin Asura, madness incarnate, who at the time is easily the size of a house. He's obviously outclassed but doesn't let that slow him down as he proceeds to beat the crap out of the giant to keep him distracted while Death the Kid prepares a massive WaveMotionGun attack.
** Maka does this to just about all her opponents. Just about everyone she fights is stronger than her, and she and Soul use their wits, teamwork, courage, and occasionally pure luck to succeed.
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''
** Marlene actually attempts this by chucking a materia at Loz's head. It works a little ''too'' well. (Incidentally, [[Awesome/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Marlene is six and Loz just beat the crap out of Marlene's]] MadeOfIron [[MamaBear surrogate mother]].)
** Another example is Denzel's response to Bahamhut Sin: "YOU SON OF A BIIIITCH!". Denzel is also about six. Bahamut is a giant dragon that is only defeated when the entire party from VII gets back together.
* In ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'', Kobayashi taunts Tohru's father with the fact that [[AlienNonInterferenceClause he can't kill her]] when she tries to stop him from taking Tohru home. It nearly turns into a case of DoNotTauntCthulhu, but Tohru gives her father the mother of all {{Death Glare}}s when he tries to attack. Kobayashi would later do this again when she meets Kanna's father, cursing him out for his horrible parenting.
* In ''Anime/KingsglaiveFinalFantasyXV'', Nyx calls out [[spoiler:the godly spirits of the past Lucian kings]] on their inaction towards the destruction of Insomnia, something that [[DoNotTauntCthulhu earns their ire]] until they realize that Nyx is as selfless as he makes himself to be.
-->'''Nyx:''' To hell with your power. I'm not here for it. I only came to tell you: you are ''no'' kings.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Hellblazer}}'' - the protagonist John Constantine actually did [[FlippingTheBird literally]], both to Satan and God (yes the Judeo-Christian God).
* In the superhero comic ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'', the eponymous heroine in her BlessedWithSuck [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Supersuit]] distracts a far more powerful villain, allowing the villain's previous opponent enough time to recover and animate the landscape[[note]] said hero is named Syndablokk, has a, well, cinder block for a head, and a little-known power which he describes as being like Aquaman... ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome but with]] [[GeniusLoci buildings.]]''[[/note]].
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** This is Spider-Man's coping mechanism for the numerous cosmic-level threats he faces as a member of two [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] teams and the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Future Foundation.]] In fact, this is his general trademark for dealing with life-threatening situations, not only blowing off steam for himself but using snarky comments to annoy opponents and keep them off-balance.
** Inverted with the advent of the ''Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' -- the behavior of [[spoiler:Doctor Octopus inhabiting Peter Parker's body]] was so off-kilter from what super-villains and street criminals had come to expect from Spider-Man that their perception of Spidey started to resemble the reputation Batman has in Gotham City's underworld.
* Several demons and damned souls did this to Death, Despair, and Delirium in ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Death: At Death's Door]]''.
--> (''a demon shoves Delirium to the ground'')
--> '''Despair''': Do not touch her. Leave our sister's home.
--> '''Demon''': What are you going to do? Sit on us, Fatty?
* Franchise/{{Batman}} will do this on occasion--usually when he's [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica part of an ensemble,]] [[BatmanGambit usually for a good reason.]]
* A villainous version can be found in ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', where when Franchise/{{Superman}} visits ComicBook/LexLuthor in jail and offers him a chance at redemption, Lex chooses to [[SpitefulSpit spit in his face]] and give Supes a DeathGlare.
* Another unheroic (though not really villainous) example is the woman who, after Superman returns to Earth after dealing with the New Krypton event, ''slaps'' him and yells at him about how her husband died of a brain tumor and Superman should have been on Earth to perform heat vision brain surgery (which, incidentally, Superman has never demonstrated) instead of, oh, ''preventing interstellar war''. Fortunately, the public doesn't buy her {{Wangst}}-fest. Unfortunately, Superman does.
* ComicBook/TheJoker has mocked numerous beings who could easily kill him, like Franchise/{{Superman}}, Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}, and demons. Maybe [[MediumAwareness because he knows]] [[JokerImmunity they can't]].
* In one ''Superman'' miniseries, a gang of criminals are watching Superman fight Exo-Max, a bank robber in a suit of PoweredArmor, and recording data from the fight (exactly how long it takes, what specific moves Supes uses, etc). When they start talking about their plan, Superman appears in front of the leader and starts passive-aggressively trying to talk them out of it. The leader pays him lip service, then takes a long drag from his cigarette and exhales smoke directly onto the big guy's kisser. Superman leaves without another word, but the crooks are dumbstruck. "Boss... did you just ''blow smoke in Superman's face?''" Of course, this wasn't a distraction, but still.
* ComicBook/FantasticFour:
** When the Fantastic Four are "fighting" the Dreaming Celestial, a massive EldritchAbomination which has control over Galactus's energy-consuming abilities and is about to destroy the entire universe and all of temporal continuity 30 years into the future with a black hole the size of a galaxy, Reed Richards hangs out of the side of his time sled and starts calling it names. Then lures it smack-dab into a DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu when he gets its attention. [[TheDreaded There's a reason entire alien races run screaming at the sound of Reed's name.]]
** [[http://i.imgbox.com/WMe5GuLX.jpg Valeria Richards shows another example to MacGargan]] when he was ComicBook/{{Venom}}.
* In the tradition of [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie the movie]], the Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} ''ComicBook/{{T|heTransformers}}ransformers'' series had Grimlock defying Unicron... by smacking him in the face with the ''Ark''! His fellow Autobots didn't think it a wise move, but Grimlock simply sent them out to join the battle. This was preceded by Galvatron - Unicron's own creation from another reality, brought into this timeframe to sow discord and confusion among the Transformers - shooting his boss in the face. Galvatron got smacked away for his troubles, but survived to fight another day.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Judge Anderson's flippant nature means she'll even mock an undead superfiend like Judge Death to his face.
* ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'': What can Nick Fury, a mere man, do against the nigh all-powerful Magneto, who had just rocked the planet with his powers? Share his knowledge about Mutants' true origin with a mental link from Jean Grey. This caused him to have a VillainousBSOD

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Anime/CodeGeass''[=/=]''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' crossover, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7002819/1/Code_Geass_There_Is_Only_War Code Geass: There Is Only War]], '''[[ButtMonkey TAMAKI]]''' does this to Khorne. Yeah.
--> '''Tamaki''': Yeah, um, up yours, buddy. If you're the devil, you can kiss my ass and tempt someone else.\\
'''Khorne''': [[ComicallyMissingThePoint WHY WOULD I WANT TO KISS THAT AREA OF YOUR BODY?]]
* In ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns'', the WisePrince dwarven noble GuileHero protagonist [[spoiler:goes through a near death experience and, thinking he'd going to die, tells the Archdemon (who'd chose that time to psychically assault him) to go screw itself. Needless to say, many chapters after he doesn't die, bad things happen]].
* During one fight in ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'', Rainbow Dash kicks [[BigBad Tit]][[EldritchAbomination an's]] avatar in the face. It doesn't hurt him much, but it does distract him long enough for Luna to run him through with her blade.
* [[spoiler: Zeno Blaze]] in ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'' does this quite literally to Joe Dark [[spoiler: after he becomes a soul residing inside of Alex's body.]]
* ''Fanfic/MinesOfDragonMountain'': After [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials Tirac]] / [[Series/DoctorWho The Beast]]]] reveals himself, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Spike]] starts cracking up, leading to [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech this]]:
-->'''Spike:''' Y'know, when I heard that "The Demon God [[spoiler:Tirac]]" was loose I was kinda expecting something more, I dunno, sinister and menacing! I really wasn't expecting some mugging chucklehead crooning clichés like a Saturday morning cartoon villain!
* Hobbes does this in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', against [[{{Technopath}} Electro]].
--> "[[RhymesOnADime You couldn't catch a flea on a grandpa's knee!]] And ha, ha, ha! And ho, ho, ho! And I'll bet {{your mo|m}}ther wears overshoes!"
* ''[[FanFic/MyLittleMagesTheNightmaresReturn My Little Mages: The Nightmare's Return]]'': When Nightmare Moon announces herself as the new Queen, someone in the crowd cuts her off by throwing a muffin at her (it was probably Derpy).
* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': In ''Princess of Themyscira'', Nightmare Moon engages [[TheHighQueen Hippolyta]] in battle, but before she can cut the other mare down, [[Franchise/WonderWoman Hippolyta's daughter Diana]] jumps on Nightmare Moon and distracts her long enough for Hippolyta to recover. At the time, Diana is ''less than one year old''.
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has several examples:
** Shining Armor is [[CurbStompBattle hopelessly outmatched]] against {{General|Ripper}}-[[SuperSoldier Admiral]] [[BigBad Makarov]] in their [[FinalBossPreview first fight]]. Even after Thunderchild [[BigDamnHeroes saves his flank]], things still don't look good. The two of them discover Makarov does not take "[[DeadpanSnarker Equestrian wit]]" well and proceed to spend several moments snarking the heck out of him to get him furious. [[spoiler:Becomes a better example of this trope later on when we discover Makarov's [[HumanoidAbomination true nature]].]]
--> '''Shining Armor''': What? I'd finally found a weakspot in the jerk's armor, why not hit away at it?
** [[BadFuture Dark World]]!Grogar's last act when [[SealedEvilInACan he was banished back to his prison]] after his [[EvilVersusEvil war with Discord]] was to laugh in Discord's face.
** Apple Pie tries doing this to Rancor. [[spoiler:Rancor isn't effected by her LogicBomb powers and gives her a nasty wound that takes her out of the fight for awhile.]]
** [[spoiler:Minty Pie's presence in Dark World's FinalBattle is pretty much one long one to [[BigBad Nightmare Paradox]]. She's able to handle herself, but isn't powerful enough to do any lasting damage to her. However, she does make a good distraction and her [[WhyWontYouDie refusal to die]] begins driving Paradox into a VillainousBreakdown.]]
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9496742/1/All-That-Happens-Here All That Happens Here]]'' [[Series/LostGirl Lauren]] has been captured and horribly tortured by the Dark. After learning rescue is not coming, she snaps and stands up to stare down her tormenter. It responds by breaking her leg and walks off laughing. She then stands back up ''on her broken leg'' and stares it down again. This, unfortunately, earns her and even more savage beating; but the creature isn't laughing anymore.
* ''Fanfic/EquestriasFirstHuman'' story ''Connor at the Royal Wedding'': [[spoiler: Connor vocally expresses his disgust at the implications of Chrysalis impersonating Cadence. The Queen is... [[DoNotTauntCthulhu not]] [[CurbStompBattle amused]]]].
* ''FanFic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'': Darth Vulcan doesn't hesitate to tell Celestia and Luna [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech exactly what he thinks of them]], even when he's imprisoned and at their mercy.
** He also does this literally to [[spoiler: Sombra]] at one point.
* In the ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'' side story [[http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showpost.php?p=16911271&postcount=18 "An Anomalous Nightmare"]], Captain Kanril Eleya is very much ''not'' cowed when Q (as in Creator/JohnDeLancie) turns up. She starts by yelling at him to "get the ''[[PardonMyKlingon phekk]]'' off my desk!" and continues from there.
* ''FanFic/ShatteredSkies'': [[spoiler: [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Joker]] does this to [[Manga/SailorMoon Chaos]], [[UltimateEvil the source of all evil]], as he is being absorbed back into the nothingness from which he was born... and Chaos is impressed enough to not only spare him, but form an alliance..]].
* This is how Cherilee earns her Element in FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse. After she calls Corona out on her YeOldeButcheredEnglish, we get this exchange.
-->'''Corona, The Tyrant Sun:''' “My command of the tongue far surpasses thy own mangled – ”
-->'''Cherilee:''' “Command of the tongue… Well, Lyra says I’m out of practice, maybe you could show me some of your command…”
* Ginny spends the last few chapters of ''Fanfic/TheVerySecretDiary'' talking back to Tom Riddle, knowing full well that he intends to use her to open the Chamber of Secrets and kill Muggle-borns. Increasingly impossible defiance and snide comments are all Ginny has to defend herself with by the end.
* {{Creator/madsthenerdygirl}}'s ''Fanfic/MCURewrites'': In [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6461902 this rewrite]] of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', [[spoiler:during ComicBook/{{Ultron}}'s attack on Sokovia, after he claims that he will take away people's hope, [[BadassBystander a little]] [[LittleMissBadass girl]] shows she's not having it by throwing a rock at one of his drones. Shortly after, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica gets one by claiming he will never be able to take hope away from people]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Ultron:''' [[MesACrowd We]] will take everything from you, starting with hope.\\
'''ComicBook/IronMan:''' How do you propose to do that?\\
'''Ultron:''' ''(shoots a car, causing to explode and sending civilians panicking)'' Simply through my actions.\\
'''Little Girl:''' ''(throws a small rock at the back of Ultron's head, causing him to turn around; she simply glares at him defiantly)''\\
'''Ultron:''' ''(tries to take a shot at her, but Captain America jumps in the way and deflects the shot with his shield)''\\
'''Captain America:''' I don't think you understand, Program.\\
'''Ultron:''' ''(DeathGlare)''\\
'''Captain America:''' Yeah, ''Program'', because that's what you are. You aren't capable of taking hope from people. And the more you try, the more you will fail.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' and ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' crossover Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation, Leonard Hofstadter arrives on the Discworld and realises that, here, he'd be a Wizard rather than an experimental physicist.[[note]]But he and Ponder Stibbons realise the two are a lot more similar than they thought: magic on the Disc and physics on Earth overlap a lot.[[/note]]. as a novice magic user, Leonard is inevitably assailed by Things from the Dungeon Dimensions. Reading his mind, one manifests in the form of Cthulhu to exploit an image of evil which Leonard is conditioned to feel terrified by. But Leonard has read Wiki/TVTropes and specifically, this page. Leonard rejects the offer to surrender his mind to them. "Cthulhu" then adopts the form of something ''utterly'' terrifying to Leonard Hoftadter. [[spoiler: His mother.]]
* Louise in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9421918/8/Soldier-of-Zero Soldier of Zero]]'' taunts a Water Spirit, saying it, not humanity, is the insignificant one. Humans can go where they please and change their direction on a whim, while it is bound to follow the current and any attempts to change that will be slow and clumsy. Furthermore, a pair of young mages harmed it, what would ten do? Twenty? An army? It exists because humanity has not decided to destroy it. Notably, Louise is saying this while ''inside the Water Spirit's lake'' and is completely at it's mercy.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', [[spoiler:after the B.R.O.B. that put Cross in ''One Piece'' in the first place]] gets on Soundbite's line, Luffy has a few choice words for him:
--> '''Luffy:''' STAY AWAY FROM MY CREW! ''(slams the mic down hard enough to crack the floor)''
** After attacking a Celestial Dragon's ship and stealing its Transponder Snail, Bartolomeo calls up the highest ranking member of the World Government it knows to taunt them. Then he learns he just taunted the ''Five Elder Stars''.
* In ''FanFic/DreamingOfSunshine'', [[BigBrotherInstinct Shikamaru]] is not impressed when his younger twin sister Shikako is possessed by a GeniusLoci while she lays dying.
--> '''Gelel:''' You would fight a god?
--> '''Shikamaru:''' ''Yes. Give me back my '''sister'''.''
* In the sidestory Dude Gaiden of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', the titular Dude encounters [=MissingNo=], who at this point has established itself as a FauxAffablyEvil EldritchAbomination [[RealityWarper who can just do anything it wants to anyone.]] Yet when it goes to try and troll the Dude just for kicks, not only the Dude turns it back on it, but basically tells the glitch to bug off.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', Cletus is enlisted to distract the giant, Big Brother-esque head of the EPA, so the rest of the town can climb to safety. Unfortunately, Homer foils this plan in his usual way.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' has the titular character do this in an attempt to [[spoiler: [[BatmanGambit have the villain punch him into a stone wall where he could get behind the invisible car and retrieve the depowering gun]].]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', the Dinobots flip off Unicron in various ways, with Grimlock literally kicking him in the ass. While ineffective, they survive to brag about it.
--> '''Grimlock''': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtGdfulu5KI&feature=player_detailpage#t=363s Me Grimlock kick butt!]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', Hiccup orders Ruff and Tuff to do this [[spoiler:the final battle against the Red Death, a monstrous dragon the size of Godzilla]].
* Near the end of ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', just when a fear-empowered Pitch Black has Jamie and the Guardians cornered, Jack Frost pelts him with a snowball, interrupting his EvilGloating and giving Jack and his friends time to escape.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** Manolo is so determined to do whatever it takes to get back to Maria, that he flat out tells off Xibalba. When the death god gets in his face about it, he does not back down.
** In a later scene when [[spoiler:Manolo comes back to life and kisses Maria in front of Chakal. Chakal steps forward like he's about to attack but Manolo just sticks out his finger in a "give me a moment" gesture. Surprisingly it actually makes Chakal stop and let them finish]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanUnbound'', Lois Lane gives [[BigBad Brainiac]] a double-middle-finger while he's doing some "humans suck" monologuing.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Kia in ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', who distracted Freddy from the protagonists by taunting him openly. Unfortunately, [[LookBehindYou it didn't work on Jason]].
* Happens in ''Film/DeepRising''. Finnegan destroys one of the monster's eyes with his shotgun, allowing him and Trillian time to escape.
-->'''Finnegan:''' [[OneLiner What are you looking at?]]
* "We need a diversion. Something fast...and loud." In ''Film/DogSoldiers'', Private 'Spoon' Witherspoon is without a doubt the loudest character in the film. Spoon's also probably the only character crazy enough to stand around in the woods shouting and waving a flare when the area is crawling with werewolves.
-->"Come and get some if you think you're hard enough!"
** Worth pointing out this is the guy who not only flips off Cthulhu but ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu beats the everloving shit out of it]]''. He takes on a werewolf in a fist-fight and ''wins''. [[spoiler:Or at least, he ''was'' winning until another one came into the room and double-teammed him.]]
* Merry and Pippin do it at the end of ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' to allow Frodo to escape from the Uruk-hai. And then Aragorn does the same thing in ''Return of the King'' when he cuts off the Mouth of Sauron's head. You only see this in the extended edition, but as soon as that happens Sauron shifts his attention from a weakened Frodo bearing the Ring to the Black Gate and his dead servant.
* ''Film/MenInBlack'':
** Kay and Jay both do it at the end of to the giant cockroach alien in order to keep him on Earth. Kay taunts him ([[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome "Do you know how many of your kind I've swatted with a newspaper? You are nothing but a smear on the sports page to me, you slimy, gut-sucking intestinal parasite!]] [[EatMe Eat me. EAT ME!"]]) to get him to swallow him; then Jay steps on several normal cockroaches to distract him from getting on the spaceship until Kay can [[KillItThroughItsStomach shoot him from the inside]].
** Earlier than that, the tow truck driver who's taking "Edgar"'s stolen truck doesn't get intimidated by him at all. When "Edgar" takes out his shotgun, the driver responds by flashing his own pistol with a very dismissive "Please...". [[DoNotTauntCthulhu Unfortunately for him, he still gets shot and killed.]]
* John Film/{{Constantine}} literally flips Satan off. Creator/KeanuReeves has always been good at acting with his middle finger.
* ''Film/{{Aliens}}'': [[MamaBear "Get away from her, you bitch!"]] Followed by a [[Awesome/{{Aliens}} Crowning Moment of Awesome]] as she successfully [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu wins the fight]].
* Parodied (but of course!) in ''Film/KungFuHustle'' - after Sing mans up for the first time in his life and attacks the Beast with a stick to the head, he gets beaten into the ground for it. And he's ''just'' able to pick up a smaller stick and weakly bonk him on the head. It does get played straight after this, as the Landlord and Landlady immediately rescue him and flee the scene.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Ivan couches his attack on Tony at Monaco in this manner. Making God bleed and all that.
* In the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' movie ''Film/DemonKnight'', the Collector offers Irene her severed arm back (on a platter) [[DealWithTheDevil in exchange for her soul]]. Her response manages to be both a [[Awesome/DemonKnight Crowning Moment of Awesome]] ''and'' a [[Funny/DemonKnight Crowning Moment of Funny]]:
-->(''Irene lifts her stump'')
-->'''The Collector''': Is that a yes?
-->'''Irene''': No. That's me giving you the finger, asshole!
* The {{Badass Bystander}}s in ''Film/SpiderMan1'' who pelt the Green Goblin with objects mid-scheme, excoriating Goblin for trying to kill a guy who's trying to save a group of children, while expressing some heartwarming post-9/11 solidarity.
-->'''New Yorker:''' ''[[BadassCreed You mess wit' one of us, you mess wit' ALL of us!]]''
* The Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} consider this and arming the proton packs, a PreAsskickingOneLiner. An especially notable incident occurs in the [[Film/GhostbustersII second film]]. Vigo paralyzes the Ghostbusters with a blast of energy, then steps past them to take Oscar. Lacking any other options, Venkman ''crawls'' toward Vigo and starts ''mocking and insulting him''.
-->'''Venkman:''' Not so fast, Vigo! Hey, Vigo, yeah you, the bimbo with the baby. Didn't you know the big shoulder look is out? You know, I have met some ''dumb'' blondes in my life, but ''you'' take the taco, pal. Only a ''Carpathian'' would come back to life ''now'' and choose ''New York''. Tasty pick, bonehead! If you had Brain-One in that ''huge'' melon on top of your neck, you'd be living the sweet life out in southern California's beautiful San Fernando valley.
** The [[Film/{{Ghostbusters2016}} new Ghostbusters from the 2016 film]] try a similar tactic to bait the villain into showing himself.
-->'''Abby:''' [[spoiler:Rowan!]] Come get your virginity out of the lost and found!
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': Davy Jones offers a mortally wounded James Norrington a chance to join his undead crew. James responds by ''[[DyingMomentOfAwesome stabbing him in the chest]]''. Jones is unharmed, but it's still pretty satisfying. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej-2AOtssog See it for yourselves.]] Even Davy Jones seems mildly impressed.
-->'''Davy Jones:''' James Norrington. Do ya fear death?\\
(''Norrington stabs him and expires'')\\
'''Davy Jones:''' ...I'll take that as a "no." Nice sword.
* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'':
** This essentially what [[spoiler:a dying]] Agent Coulson does to demigod Loki in in one [[Awesome/TheAvengers pivotal and awesome]] scene.
** And earlier, done by an old man in Stutgart after Loki did his KneelBeforeZod thing.
--->'''Loki:''' ...In the end, you (people) will always kneel.\\
'''Old Man:''' (''stand up'') Not to men like you.\\
'''Loki:''' [[AGodAmI There are no men like me.]]\\
'''Old Man:''' There are ''always'' [[ThoseWackyNazis men like you.]]
** Tony Stark threatening Loki in the climax of the film can be considered this. Tony explains to him that he has made himself a huge target. With all Avengers rallied against him, no matter the outcome, he will be defeated, and if they cannot save the world, they will at least avenge it. Loki's response? Trying to stab Iron Man with his mind control staff - which his Arc Reactor absorbs the energy of - before throwing him out the window.
** There's also an example of the supposed Cthulhu above trying to taunt [[AlwaysABiggerFish a direct and bigger threat]]. As Hulk approaches, Loki tells him he's a god, he will not take crap from him. A bold statement when you are up against someone who took down not one, but two Chitauri leviathans. Hulk [[MetronomicManMashing proceeds to flail Loki into submission]], and encapsulates the whole beautifully with a dismissive "Puny god" as the Asgardian whimpers in pain.
* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' has Star-Lord insulting Comicbook/{{Thanos}} to hell and back, calling him [[Usefulnotes/McDonalds Grimace]] and telling that he's going to blow his "nutsack of a chin" off his face.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Xavier]] twists En Sabah Nur's [[spoiler:worldwide]] message to tell the strong to protect the weak if they can. Apocalypse's "bitch, please" expression at the sheer audacity is priceless.
-->'''Apocalypse''': Those with the greatest power, this Earth will be yours.\\
'''Charles''': Those with the greatest power... protect those without. That's ''my'' message to [[spoiler:the world]]!
** Shortly beforehand, Professor X dismisses Apocalypse's grand vision as nothing more than manipulation, and he continues his conversation with Erik as if his captor was just a nuisance who rudely interrupted them.
--->'''Apocalypse''': I've shown him a better way, a better world.\\
'''Charles''': ''(irritated)'' No, you've just tapped into his rage and pain, that's all you've done.
* 15 years earlier, another Jeff Goldblum character did something similar in ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1978'', running and yelling to attract the attention of a group of pod people so that the main characters could escape.
* ''Film/WrathOfTheTitans'': When Ares tries to kill Perseus, the latter's son, Helius, briefly challenges Ares, buying his father time.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'':
** [[ColonelBadass Colonel Hardy]] refuses to back down when negotiations with the Kryptonians move in a threatening direction.
-->'''[[DarkActionGirl Faora]]:''' Should I tell [[GeneralRipper the General]] you are unwilling to comply?\\
'''Hardy:''' I don't care ''what'' you tell him.
** Martha Kent also does this with General Zod, telling him to go to hell.
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', [[spoiler: after Striker Eureka is disabled, the Hansens weigh up their options, then continue the engagement with ''flare-guns''. They do manage to torch one of [[{{Kaiju}} Leatherback's]] eyes... even though that doesn't do much but ''piss him off''. Even ''they'' know it was something really stupid]].
* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', Maximus regularly does this to Commodus throughout the film. What stops Commodus from simply ordering him executed is that he's so egotistical, [[SlaveToPR he knows that the crowd will never embrace him if he kills their favourite gladiator]].
* In ''Film/TheHobbit'', Thorin uses insults to divert Smaug's attention and also make use of Smaug's fire breath in an Indy Ploy.
* In John Carpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'', R.J. [=MacReady=] replies "Well fuck you too!" after the titular Thing shrieks at him. Right before [[spoiler: blowing it to hell with a thrown stick of dynamite]].
* Irwin M. Fletcher does this several times in ''Film/{{Fletch}}'' and its sequel. His DeadpanSnarker routine is immutable, no matter who he's dealing with and no matter how close he is to being shot. He does it with the cops that just nailed him in the solar plexus while they were beating up Gummy, the two big cops who arrest him later, Chief Karlin, his editor Frank Walker, and Alan Stanwyk. In ''Fletch Lives'', he snarks the sheriff, "Ben Dover," and Hamilton Johnson.
* During the climax of ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'', after slaying all of Ajax's goons, Deadpool responds to Ajax's question of what's my name in the most Deadpool way he possibly could by taking the dead bodies and arranging them to spell out FRANCIS just to piss Ajax off. He even uses a severed head as the dot for the I and he even pulls down the pants on one of the dead bodies.

* In K.A. Applegate's ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'', Jake to Crayak, repeatedly. In the third ''Megamorphs'' book, the rest of the team does this to Crayak by [[spoiler:bringing Jake back to life.]]
* In Creator/RickRiordan's ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', Iris, the Messenger goddess, is trapped in her store with an army of monsters, and Polybotes, outside. She throws a ding-dong at him.
* Exploited in Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', where an army of 7000 soldiers and most of the Fellowship's surviving members are mustered for the sole purpose of Flipping Off Sauron, just so Frodo can get the Ring to Mount Doom.
** Aragorn also explains one morning that he used the Palantir the night before, to taunt Sauron himself directly.
** In Moria, Legolas, Gimli, and Gandalf all panic at the sight of the [[HeroKiller Balrog]]. Boromir however blows his horn as if in challenge of it. The echoing sound of the horn not only makes the Orcs go quiet for a few seconds, it actually makes the Balrog pause.
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Melkor turns up at Fëanor's house and asks if he'd like to come to Middle-Earth with him. Fëanor is about to accept when Melkor implies he wants Fëanor's Silmarils, and Fëanor calls him "jail-crow of Mandos" and slams the door in his face. Please note that Melkor is the most powerful being ever created, and is the equivalent of ''{{Satan}}''.
** When Morgoth tells Húrin that he created Arda and will give him great power if he serves him, [[HonorBeforeReason Húrin immediately throws the offer in Morgoth's face]] and declares him a liar. [[DisproportionateRetribution This results in Morgoth cursing his entire family with tragedy and destruction.]]
** When the Nazgûl start searching in the Shire, Hamfast Gamgee tells one of them that Frodo is gone, and that where Frodo has gone is no business of either of them. The idea of a three-foot old man telling an armor-clad demon to piss off and mind his own business is... low-key awe-inspiring.
* In Creator/EricFlint and Creator/DavidFreer's book ''Literature/PyramidScheme'', our heroes find themselves trapped in the world of Greek mythology and caught up in a war against the gods of Olympus. At one point, Zeus, king of the Olympians, is about to start blasting people with thunderbolts. Henri Lenoir, visiting French botanist, proceeds to deliver a blistering salvo of insults in true Gallic fashion, [[WeNeedADistraction distracting Zeus]] at the cost of his own life until the others can escape.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''
** In ''The Battle of the Labyrinth'', Rachel (whose only power is to see through the WeirdnessCensor that fools other [[InvisibleToNormals normals]]) saves [[HalfHumanHybrid demigod]] Percy from Kronos, King of the Titans, an evil creature older than the gods, [[Awesome/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians by hitting Kronos in the eye with a blue plastic hairbrush.]] Percy remarked that this earned her his permanent respect.
** In ''The Lightning Thief'', Percy sends the gods Medusa's head to tick them off.
---> '''Grover:''' They're not going to like that. They'll think you're impertinent. ''[After inserting a few drachmas into the package, it promptly disappears with a pop]''
---> '''Percy:''' I ''am'' impertinent.
** Later, he ends up snarking to most of the Greek/Roman gods at some point. And in the ''Demigods and Magicians'' crossover, he gets to snark at an Egyptian goddess as well.
* ''Literature/YoungWizards'':
** Kit did this in whale form.
** Most other minor characters in the series have to do a HeroicSacrifice to provide a distraction. All of the main characters in ''Book Of Night With Moon'' attempt or succeed in a HeroicSacrifice just to delay the BigBad, although most of them do get better later. Pitting preteen humans or housecats against the machinations of [[{{Satan}} the eldest, fairest, and fallen]] means any form of victory is going to fall between this and DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu.
** A more classic and slightly subverted version of this trope appears in ''A Wizard Abroad'', when a bard-kitten pisses off the BigBad by mocking it using ''elaborate verse''. It makes the Lone Power angry which is exactly [[spoiler: what allowed the heroes to defeat it. In order to destroy the body the Lone Power was using, the heroes had to throw TheSpearOfDestiny through its Eye of Death. However, the Lone One was keeping its eye shut and just letting the heroes get crushed by the Mooks. The kitten's taunts caused it to attack directly, which allowed the heroes to counterstrike and destroy it]].
** In the related title ''Book Of Night With Moon'', Urruah strides through a cat's mythological reenactment of Lucifer's fall and sharpens his claws on the impressive scenery about five feet away from [[{{Satan}} the Lone Power]] in the form of a [[ScaledUp giant, godlike snake]] before striding back and remarking he should have sprayed it as well.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' novelization trilogy ''Literature/TheWarOfTheAncients'' pulls this off, combining it with DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Brox actually managing to ''injure'' [[CosmicEntity Sargeras]]. It was a small scratch, but when you realize how powerful we ''know'' Sargeras is (about three levels above the Big Bads normally seen; the "destroy planet with a flick of the hand" level of power), not to mention that little trick is what ultimately won the war, it's quite a feat.]]
* Harry Dresden in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' lives off this trope in every single book. It's a habit that he can't entirely control. In many cases his internal monologue will say something like, "I wisely chose to keep my mouth shut," and then he'll say something incensive out loud anyway, out of reflex. Ironically, this has probably helped him survive as long as he has, because persistently dissing every heavy-hitter he meets has convinced a lot of them that he has something similarly powerful backing him up. Notable examples:
** From ''Literature/DeadBeat'':
--->'''Harry:''' ''[to Lasciel the Temptress]'' And by any chance does all this knowledge and power and good advice come for only three easy installments of nineteen ninety-five plus shipping and handling? Or maybe it comes with a bonus set of knives tough enough to saw through a nail, yet can still cut tomatoes like ''this''.
--->'''Lasciel:''' You aren't nearly as funny as you think you are.
--->'''Harry:''' ''[to Cowl]'' Touché, O dark master of evil bathrobes.
--->'''Harry:''' ''[to Cowl (again)]'' And again I do answer thee. Bite me.
** In ''Literature/SummerKnight'', when charging into a pitched battle between the rival Faerie courts:
--->"I DON'T BELIEVE IN FAIRIES!"[[note]]This being a ShoutOut to the line from Peter Pan "...and every time a child says, 'I don't believe in fairies', there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead."[[/note]]
** In ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', he starts mouthing off to one of the most powerful creatures on the planet, in its own lair, surrounded by its ravenous army.
--->'''Murphy:''' Do you have to piss off everyone you meet?
--->'''Harry:''' If I didn't, he might feel left out.
** Against a guy who is about to brutally beat Harry to death with a baseball bat:
--->'''Harry:''' You're, like, the fifth-scariest person I've met today.[[note]]The sad part is, that's essentially true.[[/note]]
** While in the domain of a god Harry almost stays quiet, then decides that he's insulted everything smaller, it'd be rude not to. He'd already snarked at the god's servants (although that was by mistake).
** A fuller list includes: several Red Court nobles; the Red King; most of the existing Fallen Angels, but especially [[BigBad Nicodemus]]; several White Court nobles, including the White King himself; a [[BuffySpeak Black Court wizard-level zombie magic thing;]] the heirs to a wizard who took on the entirety of the rest of the wizarding world and wouldn't stay dead; supernatural hitmen who could level city blocks with a thought; Faerie nobles of all shapes and sizes; every single Faerie Queen (there are six, three per court, only four of which ever leave the Nevernever, it's complicated); the leader of the Wild Hunt; Uriel (in a more polite fashion than usual); Odin; a dragon (think less scales and more casual earth-shattering power); a maenad; a Bigfoot; [[TheArchmage The Merlin]]; human mooks of all shapes, sizes, and survivabilities; Santa Claus; a couple of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s (one of which he ''literally'' flipped off), [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Marcone]].
* Creator/JimButcher likes writing characters who box outside their weight class. In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', Tavi of Calderon flips off arch-mages, ancient wolf warriors, zerg knock-offs, and physical gods on a roughly weekly basis. Like his TakeAThirdOption tendencies, it becomes possible to ''track him by invoking this trope''.
* In ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'': [[http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?t=118769&highlight= Armageddon]], happens when Gordon Brown says "Sod off, Baldrick" in reply to [[BrownNote The Message]] and Satan's message that humanity now belongs to him, then revealing that he [[Series/BlackAdder has a cunning plan]] to deal with the situation.
** And in a hilarious use of the trope, [[spoiler:Michael the archangel ''intentionally'' does this to Yahweh when he delivers a heap of bad news to him. He doesn't insult Him directly, but he does do his bit of snarking... and he KNOWS what Yahweh's reaction would be to the news]].
* Near the end of ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', golem-turned-watchman Dorfl refuses to express belief in any of the gods of the Discworld unless one of their believers can give him a well-reasoned argument. He's promptly [[BoltOfDivineRetribution hit with a lightning bolt]] in retaliation, but the only effect it has on his ceramic self is melting his armor, prompting Dorfl to respond [[DeadpanSnarker "I Don't Call That Much Of An Argument."]] Commander Vimes is amused at the prospect of the gods having to deal with a lightning-proof atheist.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' last book, Tasslehoff Burrfoot, a member of the Kender race--which are chronically bored, are impulsive kleptomaniacs and considered little more than a pest by the other people of the world--managed to do this to [[BigBad Chaos]] the father of ALL the Gods, using lots of insults--Kenders are able to come up with insults against anything--to [[WeNeedADistraction distract him]] while the other people in the battle attempt to make him bleed, for his blood is required to vanish him. In the end, he not only distracts Chaos efficiently, but, using his small knife, cuts him, and the blood coming from that cut is the one used to win the battle.
** In the Dark Disciple trilogy, Atta (A dog) bites Chemosh (The god of Death) in the ankle.
*** That didn't just distract him--another god Majere used Atta's teeth as the vessel of his wrath to let Chemosh know that he was ''not happy'' with Chemosh's recent actions.
* ''Literature/{{IT}}'' by Creator/StephenKing evokes this when Eddie sprays his asthma inhaler on It. He does it twice, once when he's a kid and again a few decades later; it works because Eddie believes it will hurt It, and what really hurts It is [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve belief]]. Unfortunately, it doesn't work so well the second time around when [[spoiler: It bites his arm off, killing him.]]
* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel, ''Literature/TestOfMetal'', has the protagonist, Tezzeret, tells Nicol Bolas, [[AGodAmI the nigh omnipotent 25,000 year old Elder Dragon]], that he's "stupid" and condescendingly tries to explain what the words 'thank you mean'. Bolas is not amused. [[spoiler:Then it turns out the Bolas he flipped off was just an inferior copy the original made to carry out his plans.]]
* In ''Literature/TheElenium'', Berit hurls an ax at the god Azash [[spoiler:which makes the Elder God flinch, allowing Sparhawk to shove Bhelliom where Azash was emasculated]].
* In ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', after a flying party ship is attacked by [[spoiler:Krikkit robots trying to steal the award for the most gratuitous use of the word "fuck", or "Belgium" in some editions]]. (ItMakesSenseInContext.) Arthur Dent and the others prepare to flee, but are delayed by Thor (yes, THAT Thor) who wants to keep Trillian with him. Arthur then asks him one question:
-->'''Arthur:''' [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Do you want]] [[TookALevelInBadass to step outside]]?
** This works as intended, as Thor steps outside (read: steps off of the flying party and into thin air) and the others flee without fear of a long argument killing them.
* ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' has Billy The Kid threatening [[spoiler:his master, Quetzalcoatl]] with an ax. Considering the [[NoImmortalInertia potential]] [[RapidAging consequences]], that took balls. In ''The Sorceress'', after Cernunnos points a sword at the heroes, Sophie tells him it's not polite to point.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** Quick Ben, a mage, does this for fun--and gets away with it. There is a very long list of gods and rulers he has pissed off during the course of his career.
** Three gods once cursed Kallor to live forever and never Ascend. He cursed them right back. And it ''worked''.
* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', Vanni Fucci di Pistoia, a thief who was sent to hell, literally [[FlippingTheBird flips off]] God.
* In ''Literature/TheStand'', Glen Bateman responds to Flagg [[KneelBeforeZod asking him to kneel]] with mocking laughter. Glen finds it hilarious that he and his friends [[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore ever feared Flagg]]. Glen gets shot to death for his trouble, but he does contribute to Flagg's VillainousBreakdown.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Aiel]] essentially have a culture-wide [[BadassCreed oath]] to do this. When asked how long they will fight, the answer is "'Till shade is gone, 'till water is gone, into the Shadow with teeth bared, screaming defiance with the last breath, to spit in Sightblinder's eye on the Last Day." And they bloody mean it literally.
* In the ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' novel ''Heaven's Reach'', Emerson refuses the [[spoiler:Retired Ones]] and explains why as "You never said 'please'."
* In the ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'' books, series hero Owen makes it a point to tease the enormous Agent Franks every time they meet, even after he learns that Franks [[spoiler: was the inspiration for FrankensteinsMonster]].
* [[DragonWithAnAgenda Trang Barok]] of ''Literature/TheFirstDwarfKing regularly mocks his boss, the demon [[TheHeavy Pathruushkè]] to the latter's face. Justified, since they're in a CantKillYouStillNeedYou situation.
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'': Shortly before being burned at the stake, [[PosthumousCharacter Agnes Nutter]] told the mob that was out for her blood these FamousLastWords:
-->"Gather ye ryte close, I saye, and ''marke well the fate of alle who meddle with suche as theye do none understande.''" She then looked up at the sky and said "That goes for you as welle, yowe daft old foole."
** [[spoiler:Subverted, as she was actually addressing Shadwell in the future, as she was psychic and knew Shadwell would have a dream about her death.]]
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Zettai has one such moment in ''Literature/LoomingShadow'', when she mouths off to the local [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]]. "You’re not a god; you’re a worm on a power trip". This gets her soul ripped from her body. [[spoiler: Fortunately, she's a Bladi by this point so she's still conscious enough to put it back in, after an assist from Kallen and her Campione Cannon.]]
* In the ''[[Literature/DeptfordMice Deptford Mouselets]]'' book ''Whortle's Hope'', Virianna taunts the [[GodOfEvil rat goddess]] Mabb to get her to come out of hiding and fight with her. She says she is "naught but a shifter of shadows and a causer of bad dreams".

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', this is the guiding force behind many of Angel's actions in the later seasons; as he begins to understand the scope of the main antagonist's power, his main aim changes from [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punching them out]] to pissing them off. It all comes to a head in the series finale where it's revealed [[spoiler:Wolfram and Hart are too extensive to ever be truly beaten]], so he decides to murder a succession of high-level members to tell the ''entirety of Hell'' that they can suck it.
* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': During the GrandFinale, Ash gets the attention of [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Kandar]] [[DestroyerDeity the Destroyer]] by calling out to it and flipping it off. Then he [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kills it]] with the help of a [[TankGoodness tank]].
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', while it didn't accomplish anything but make Vir out to be [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]] (and set the stage for a little karmic justice later on), he does give Mr. Morden (and by extension the Shadows) a 50-story-tall middle finger telling him what he wants.
** For those who've never seen the series...
--->'''Morden:''' What do ''you'' want?\\
'''Vir:''' I'd like to live just long enough to be there when they [[OffWithHisHead cut off your head]] and [[DecapitationPresentation stick it on a pike]], as a warning to the next ten generations that [[DealWithTheDevil some favors]] come with too high a price. I want to look up into your ''[[DiesWideOpen lifeless]]'' [[DiesWideOpen eyes]] and wave, like this. ''[Vir does a mocking cutesy wave]'' Can you and your associates arrange that for me, Mr. Morden?
** [[spoiler:Made more awesome later in the series when Londo presents Vir with exactly that near the end of the third season, and Vir does as he promised he would. Londo must have had hidden ears on that conversation.]]
** Also how Ivanova managed to convince the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Walkers of Sigma 957]], who can destroy a spaceship just by passing by, to [[spoiler:join the fight against the Shadows. They apparently had issues with the Vorlons]].
--->[[spoiler:'''Ivanova:''' The Vorlons said you wouldn't be up for this; in fact the last time the Shadows came, they said they did all the work for you. Come to think of it, we've got the Vorlons. We really don't need much more help, do we? I mean the Vorlons are pretty much perfect, aren't they?]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Walkers:''' ''[Angry-sounding talk about the Vorlons]'']]
--->[[spoiler:'''Ivanova:''' We'll let you know when it's over, so you can come out of hiding.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Walkers:''' When it is time, come to this place. Call our name. We will be here.]]
** Garibaldi deliberately tries to do this in the process of an assassination plot on the Vorlon ambassador.
** Later, in "Interludes and Examinations", Sheridan is trying to convince Kosh to get the Vorlons (themselves {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s) to intervene against the shadows. Kosh doesn't want to get involved, so Sheridan starts flipping him off. Kosh responds by telekinetically pushing him around, but Sheridan persists.
--->'''Sheridan:''' You said you wanted to teach me to fight legends! Well, ''you're'' a legend, too, and I am not going away until you agree!
--->'''Kosh:''' Incorrect. ''[shoves Sheridan by TK]'' Leave. Now.
--->'''Sheridan:''' No.
--->'''Kosh:''' Disobedient!
--->'''Sheridan:''' Up yours! ''[Kosh slaps him, draws blood]'' So the real Kosh shows his colors at last, huh? Are you angry now? Angry enough to kill me?
--->''[Sheridan continues flipping off Kosh. Kosh suspends him against a wall]''
--->'''Sheridan:''' Go ahead. Maybe one more death will help balance out the books. Go on. Get it over with. Save us both the trouble later.
** Then, in "Into the Fire", Sheridan has drawn the Shadows into an area the Vorlons are about to attack. As soon as they see each other, they ignore the Army of Light also on site, so Sheridan decides to "get their attention" by detonating three nukes in their midst. Lyta Alexander, psychically probing them at the time, reports on their reaction to Sheridan's "wake-up call": "Captain...'''they're pissed'''."
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy taunts the mayor about [[spoiler:stabbing Faith]] to [[spoiler:lure him into the library, which is packed with explosives]].
-->'''Buffy:''' Hey! You remember this? I took it from [[spoiler:Faith]]. Stuck it in her gut. Just slid in her like she was butter. You want to get it back from me...Dick?
* ''Series/DeadliestCatch'':
-->'''The Bering Sea:''' ''[sends three tons of freezing spray across the deck of one of the ships]''
-->'''Deckhand:''' [[TemptingFate Is that all you've got]]?
-->'''Narrator:''' [[DoNotTauntCthulhu It's never wise to taunt the Bering Sea]].
-->'''The Bering Sea''': ''[waits a few seconds, then sends a larger wave to try to wash the entire deck crew off the ship]''
* ''Series/{{Defiance}}'': Near the end of season 2, as [[AIIsACrapshoot the Kaziri]] is preparing to enact its plan -- putting all its followers in safety in stasis and then forcibly terraforming the planet -- it reaches out to Doc Yewll via a hologram of [[spoiler: her deceased wife]] and offers her a spot aboard the ship. But Yewll, being dedicated towards [[TheAtoner atoning for her war crimes]], has only one thing to say:
-->"Tell the Kaziri to shove her offer up her virtual ass."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor can be counted on doing this when faced with any sort of super powerful being, whether Sutekh, Omega, a living sun, the Time Lords, and the list could go on and on.
** When facing certain death from the Daleks in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]], Captain Jack simply retorts [[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner "I kind of figured."]]
** The Doctor repeatedly mocks Satan in "The Satan Pit", just before sending him to die in a black hole.
** Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister [[spoiler:yes, we know who you are, has a similar scene in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]], right after using her subwave network to call the Doctor]].
-->'''Harriet:''' ''(to the Daleks)'' Oh, you have no idea of any human. And that will be your downfall.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]]: Rory Williams tells the Cybermen "Don't give me those blank looks!"
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** At the end of Season 1, Barristan Selmy's reaction to being forcibly retired is to draw his sword, tell off the king and his court, then storm out like he owns the place.
** In "Mhysa", Joffrey accuses ''Tywin'' of ''hiding'' under Casterly Rock during Robert's Rebellion. Tywin responds by dismissing him from the meeting and ''sedating'' him.
** Sansa Stark calls Ramsay Snow a bastard, ''to his face''. The last person who did that was shot at point-blank range with an arrow.
** The Smalljon holds nothing but contempt to the Boltons and continues to insult both Ramsay and the late Roose even while trying to barter an alliance with him.
** At Tyrion's wedding to Sansa, Joffrey insults Tyrion when he continues abusing (and threatening to rape) Sansa even though she should now be untouchable due to being under Tyrion's marital protection and being Joffrey's aunt by marriage. Tyrion reacts by loudly and furiously threatening to castrate him in public, despite the king's reputation for insane brutality (and, true to form, Tyrion comes out unscathed, at least physically). In the end, he doesn't get to foreshorten Joffrey, but neither does Joffrey get to have his way with Sansa. Indeed, it's the only time in the series where Joffrey ultimately ''doesn't'' get what he wants.
* Nico Saiba of ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' did this several times, best shown by her attacking [[TheUndead Kamen]] [[BigBad Rider]] [[TheDreaded Genm]] with a ''mop''.
* A ''Series/SesameStreet'' special set at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has Big Bird stand up to ''[[Myth/EgyptianMythology the god of death, Osiris.]]''
* Pretty much the entire SGC gets off on doing this in the ''Franchise/StargateVerse''. Even [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Hayes]] gets in on it at one point in "Lost City". Best summed up by this quote from "Zero Hour":
--> '''Ba'al:''' You dare mock me?\\
'''Jack O'Neill:''' Oh, come on, Ba'al. You should know. ''Of course'' I dare mock you.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': And how does Commander Sisko greet the omnipotent, god-like, so-far-beyond-human-ken-one-can't-comprehend Q when they meet for the first time? [[TalkToTheFist By knocking him on his ass]], to Q's utter astonishment.
* Over in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "Skin of Evil" saw the crew out to rescue Troi and a crewman from a crashed shuttle and encountering Armus. He takes the shuttle crew hostage, while repeatedly harassing and threatening the landing party - including [[spoiler: [[MoralEventHorizon killing Tasha Yar]]]] [[ForTheEvulz just to demonstrate its power]]. When the crew discovers that they can beam the shuttle crew to safety if Armus is sufficiently distracted, Picard himself beams down to confront him - engaging in a debate and purposefully angering him.
-->'''Picard:''' You say you are true evil? Shall I tell you what true evil is? It is to submit to you. It is when we surrender our freedom, our dignity, instead of defying you.
-->'''Armus:''' I will kill you and those in there.
-->'''Picard:''' But you will still be in this place. Forever! Alone! Immortal!
-->'''Armus:''' AAAAAAARGH!!!
-->'''Picard:''' That's your real fear, never to die; never again to be united with those who left you here!
-->'''Picard:''' I'm not taking you anywhere. ''[beams out]''
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has "Coda," which sees a whole fantasy sequence set up by the '''alien personification of ''death,''''' that's designed to lure Captain Janeway into an afterlife, so the alien can feed on her body. This fantasy includes the alien itself taking the appearance of Janeway's father. Fortunately, Janeway is too much of a {{Determinator}} for even death itself to stand between her and ''Voyager,'' and tells them off in grand fashion:
-->'''Janeway:''' Go back to Hell, ''coward.''
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Played fairly straight in the Season 5 finale, in which Castiel interrupts what would be the final confrontation between [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] and [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] by [[spoiler:yelling "Hey! Assbutt!" and throwing a Molotov cocktail filled with holy oil at Michael, causing him to disintegrate. This doesn't kill Michael and is only meant to give Dean some alone time with the Devil to try to get through to his vessel]]. Depending on your point of view, this could be seen as either a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome or a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}, or perhaps even both. Dean himself seems to forget the severity of the situation for a moment when the absurdity of Castiel's wording hits him. Unfortunately, Lucifer (the Cthulhu of this incident) does not have such a lighthearted reaction to this, and even almost quotes the name of this trope before [[spoiler:blowing Castiel up in a bloody mess]]. "Castiel...did you just [[spoiler:Molotov my ''brother''...with ''holy fire'']]?" "Uh...no?" [[spoiler:Lucifer snaps his fingers; Castiel explodes]].
** Most of the interactions the Winchesters have with gods, demigods, higher-ranked demons, and archangels comes to this, including Dean telling a room of gods "We can either take on the Devil together, or you lame-ass bitches can eat me. [[TemptingFate Literally]]."
** One of Dean's [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Establishing Character Moments]] in the pilot episode is this -- after the ghost of Constance Welch possesses the Impala and nearly runs Sam and Dean down, forcing Dean to dive into a river to avoid it, Dean hauls himself out of the water, checks over the Impala, and then loudly proclaims "That Constance chick, what a ''bitch''!" You know, just in case the ghost is still around to hear what he thinks of her.
** Castiel had another one of these earlier in the season when he trapped the much-more-powerful Raphael in a ring of holy fire to interrogate him. Afterwards, as Cas prepares to leave him there, Raphael threatens to hunt him down and kill him. Cas' response?
--->"Maybe one day. But today, you're my little bitch."
** Likewise, Gabriel gets one of these in "Hammer of the Gods" after Lucifer rips his way through a horde of pagan gods and has him on the ropes ([[spoiler:even if it doesn't end well]]).
--->"Lucifer, you are my brother and I love you, but you are a great big bag of dicks."
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Stiles has a habit of pissing off insanely powerful creatures and people who already don't like him.

* ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'':
** Thomas refuses to be afraid of anyone named "Nigel", even if they're {{God}}.
** The Professor periodically assesses {{Satan}}'s psyche. [[TheDevilIsALoser Most of what he comes up with is not flattering.]]

* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' is a prime breeding ground for this trope. It includes people flipping off the godmodder himself, and anything else down the line. It doesn't always end well, like when pionoplayer called twinbuilder useless.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'': 11 words sum up the final boss fight [[spoiler:Goddamn it, I trusted you! Fuck you, and ''fuck your marker!'']]
* At the end of ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'', Valvatorez doesn't just [[spoiler:subvert God's will by saving the Earth from divine annihilation]] - he rubs it in [[spoiler:God]]'s face afterwards.
* A ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' [[GameMod mod]] called ''VideoGame/BrutalDoom'' features a near literal example of this trope. One button is assigned a command 'offend'. Upon pressing that button the SpaceMarine [[FlippingTheBird rases the middle finger]] and yells out an [[PrecisionFStrike insult]]. It actually [[DoNotTauntCthulhu sends some enemies]] into a [[UnstoppableRage berserk mode]].
* One way to tackle the large Undead Ogre in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'''s "Return to Ostagar" DLC is to have the Warden distract it, while the rest of the team tackles the very squishy Darkspawn necromancer keeping it (un)alive. It doesn't get you a badass killing animation, but it can be done with a massively underpowered party.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' also lends itself to MMO-like tactics in most places, most notably with Flemeth. Since she never moves away from her starting position and her tactics are set up so that she will melee characters rather than spitting fireballs if it is possible, the easiest way to kill her is to take Wynne, either Sten or Alistair, Leliana, and a mage or archer rogue Warden along, have the warrior flip Flemeth off, have Wynne heal and buff the warrior, and have Leliana and the Warden spam Flemeth with ranged attacks.
** Early in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Hawke has repeated opportunities to be an incredible smartass toward Flemeth, confirmed in the previous game to be a HumanoidAbomination at the very least, and confirmed in this game to be capable of [[spoiler:circumventing her own death]]. Flemeth actually seems to like Hawke better when Hawke mouths off at her.
** Hawke can similarly deflate the ego of Hybris, a Pride Demon, in the middle of his [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]] over [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally]] letting him loose:
--> '''Hawke''': ''(deadpan)'' Summoned a horror. Of course. Why ''wouldn't'' I do that?
** In the ''Legacy DLC'', after releasing [[BigBad Corypheus]], an Ancient Darkspawn that [[spoiler: was originally one of the Tevinter Magisters that broke into the Golden City]] from the Grey Warden prison he's been [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in]] for a thousand years, Hawke can snark at his confusion why the Deep Roads [[WhatYearIsThis are in ruin]] and these slaves from the Imperium have the nerve to talk back to him.
--> '''Hawke''': You're a Darkspawn. Dark. Spawn. Ravaging the Deep Roads, spreading the Blight, does any of this ring a bell?
* ''VideoGame/DragonballXenoverse2'': When the PlayerCharacter inadvertently interrupts Beerus's conversation with Goku during the events of ''[[Anime/DragonballZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'' while fighting the Time Breakers, the God of Destruction gets quite miffed. Mira eventually tells Beerus to shut up, leaving Beerus gobsmacked that anyone would take such a tone with him. He then decides that Mira is interesting so he'll let them have a few minutes to fight.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakan}}'', Arokh was ''not'' pleased at having been awoken by Rynn, ''especially'' just to rescue her brother. Rynn, obviously not amused at having her brother spoken so poorly of, talks him down. Only then was Arokh willing to listen to what she had to say because he was legitimately impressed at how she was willing to stand up to him despite the fact that he is a dragon that could have toasted her right then and there.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': It's probably wrong to use [[spoiler:Hell itself, from which the [[TheLegionsOfHell insatiable demon hordes]] issue forth to ravage the world,]] [[MundaneUtility as a garbage disposal]], but if so, I don't want to be right.
-->[-(Warning: Wiki/TVTropes takes no responsibility for any [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu fun]] which may ensue from attempts to replicate this. Proceed at [[strike:your own]] your dwarves' risk.)-]
* During the FinalBattle of ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', [[spoiler:Ness and his party are facing off Giygas, a CosmicHorror who has become one of the go-to examples of EldritchAbomination next to Cthulhu himself. Porky, his [[TheDragon Dragon]] who [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation may or may not have]] [[AscendedDragon defied him at this point]], not only insults him to his face, but talks about him almost as if he's a dog that he's trying to sic on somebody]]. [[OhCrap That somebody happens to be Ness and his friends.]] Keep in mind that [[spoiler:Giygas has gone ''[[AlmightyIdiot utterly mad]]'' by that point, so he is just as much a danger to Porky as he is to the party]].
* Shadow does this in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', when [[spoiler:he pins Kefka between the components of the Warring Triad. This frees the party from Kefka's stasis spell but then they're knocked away and have to flee before the Floating Continent falls apart. If you wait until almost the last second, Shadow will catch up, unscathed from a one-on-one battle with the new god of the world]].
* At the end of ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'', in the cutscene prior to the final boss fight, Jenna outright sasses ''The Wise One'', a sentient PhilosophersStone with enough power to ''redirect a volcanic eruption'' and which has just been referred to as "more like a god" by another character. To its credit, The Wise One doesn't take the bait, nor does it react to Ivan complimenting Jenna on the diss. It has [[SecretTestOfCharacter more important matters]] [[PlayerPunch to attend to]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'', one of your goals is to get a feather from the [[GiantFlyer Mountain Roc]] that is worshipped by the people of Morgal. You do this by ''bitchslapping it in the wattle''. Sveta, a citizen of Morgal, complains that "one does not just pluck the feathers of divinity".
* A hilarious one happens in the tutorial of ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'', where [[VideoGame/StarCraft Jim Raynor]], just a mere human from a sci-fi background with no involvement in religious and knowledges about angel or devil, faces Franchise/{{Diablo}}, a Devil figure and AbstractEater, who reacts accordingly when he sees a mortal:
-->'''Diablo''': How tastes your fear, mortal?
-->'''Raynor''': I wouldn't know, I'm not sure you can actually taste fear.
** Their next encounter, Diablo repeats that, pissing Raynor off and prompting him to 'school' the devil:
-->'''Diablo''': I shall feast upon your terror!
-->'''Raynor''': Oh yeah? Now, wait just a minute... Feast upon my terror? [[SuddenlyShouting Now that's twice, man, let me school you! You cannot eat 'fear' or 'terror.' They're what we call emotions!]]
-->'''Stitches''' (Diablo's ally): Mm-hmm. He right. No taste fear.
-->'''Raynor''': [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Y'see? Stinky here gets it!]]
* In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', Aquaman combines this with BlasphemousBoast when he makes demands of [[WarGod Ares]].
-->'''Ares''': You presume to command me?\\
'''Aquaman''': I do! And you will obey!
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Auron does this a couple of times to Hades, despite that he had offered to give him a second chance at life.
--> '''Hades''': Did you forget who you're talking to?! I am the ''lord'' of the ''dead''!
--> '''Auron''': No wonder no one wants to die.
--> '''Hades''': YOU ARE FIRED!
** Not long after this, we get Team SDG escaping Cerberus. As the door closes, the three of them give one final insult through mocking faces.
** Belle [[TakeAThirdOption jabbing Xaldin in the chest, snatching the enchanted rose, and tearing off towards the castle]] when he tries to force a SadisticChoice on the Beast probably counts, too.
* As of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] has managed to piss off the entire [[OmnicidalManiac Reaper]] [[EldritchAbomination fleet]] to the point where they're all after him/her ''personally''.
** Shepard got their attention by ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killing]]'' one. And then coming BackFromTheDead after their counterattack killed them the first time. And then beating them again, in what could even be a [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind zero-casualty]] CurbStompBattle depending on [[GoldenPath player choices]].
** It gets to the point that the otherwise nearly unflappable EldritchAbomination [[spoiler:Harbinger]] [[WorthyOpponent finally acknowledges to Shepard that s/he has actually put a dent in their plans.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Harbinger]]''': [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Shepard, you have become an annoyance. ]]

** Not just the Reapers, though they certainly out-Cthulhu anything else in the series. Shepard has essentially made a career out of flipping off every Cthulhu s/he comes across, which is often followed up by [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punching them out]].
** In ''Videogame/MassEffect3'', Shepard can pull off one in the Rannoch mission.
--->'''Shepard:''' Never mind, I'll tell them ''myself''.
* Any {{M|assivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame}}MORPG you can name uses it as a game mechanic. The Tank serves as the one flipping Cthulhu off, while the DPS goes to town, and the healer makes sure the tank is able to KEEP flipping off the big bad.
* [[PlayerCharacter You]] can do this in any version of the ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' series. Step 1: Find a monster way above your level in an urgent quest or a scripted invasion scene. Step 2: Pick up a rock or a paintball or something similar. Step 3: Throw it at the monster's face and run like hell. It doesn't usually do anything useful though. For bonus points, try using one of the taunting gestures after getting its attention with a tickling item throw.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' gives us Cassie Cage, daughter of [[DeadpanSnarker Johnny Cage]]. She's more than willing to make fun of the attire of Shinnok, Lord of [[FireAndBrimstoneHell the Netherrealm]], to his face.
--> '''Cassie Cage''': Your wife mind you wearin' her clothes?
* At the end of ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', after Bowser [[spoiler:beefs himself up with the power of Kammy's machine ''and'' the Star Rod's invincibility]], Twink flies straight at him and bonks him in the back of the head, making him look around in confusion long enough for Mario to get his EleventhHourSuperpower.
* The entire ''point'' of the move Taunt in the Franchise/{{Pokemon}} games. ''Almost'' with the right animation, [[TheMoralSubstitute but not quite]].
* Towards the end of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'', [[spoiler:as Zurvan, the God of Time, is about to make Farah his winged queen, she asks him for a request, and as he comes closer, hoping for her [[LastKiss to kiss him once more]], she gets a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome [[SpitefulSpit by spitting in his face]]. His response?]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Zurvan:''' You impudent pig! I offer you life eternal, and this is how you respond? Oh, I shall enjoy changing you. [[note]]He doesn't get to do it, though, as soon as he sees the Prince arriving.[[/note]]]]
* Right before facing off a huge pirate mini-boss in ''[[Franchise/RatchetAndClank Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty]]'', you are prompted three options after his AnyLastWords. One of them is "Yeah, you're in need of a bath".
* In part of the [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]] in ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'', [[LadyOfBlackMagic Asha Catari]] dies, and [[BigBad Regulos]] informs her that he intends to make her his avatar upon Telara. She tells him to get bent...and then, she comes BackFromTheDead.
* This is a rotating job among the party members in any given ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' game. Probably the best is when ''Covenent's'' Anastasia interrupts Orobas to ask what he plans to do once he manages to TakeOverTheWorld. [[AndThenWhat He has no answer.]] Another awesome one is from Yuri to Neo Astaroth. What does Yuri say to the EldritchAbomination that regained its full power and is about to destroy Japan?
--> '''Yuri''': I wish you'd shove it. You know where.
--> '''Neo Astaroth''': [[ChirpingCrickets ......]]
* ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' has this in the form of a Mazuri kid beaning Eggman with a rock when he demands the Temple of Gaia's whereabouts. While the kid couldn't have known about what happened next at the time, it kept Eggman's attention on the people rather than ''Sonic'', who was hurtling in at high velocity to take down the Egg Fighters standing between Eggman and the locals.
* In the Space Stage of ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', you have the option of saying "Bigfatstupidaliensayswhat?" to an empire you're at war with, and it fits this trope when the enemy in question is the [[BigBad Grox]]. Doubles as ButThouMust flip off Cthulhu because the Grox don't accept peace offerings.
* ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': The Sith Emperor is a complete and total OmnicidalManiac, and managed to come to Ziost and possess most of the population into a homicidal rage. The only idea that ends up working? ''Invoking'' the trope by getting him so ticked off at the PlayerCharacter that he loses concentration and sends his possessed mooks into a non-lethal trap. It's cool when a Jedi Knight (who already knocked the wind out of him once) does it, but it's ''epic'' when a puny {{Muggle|s}} Smuggler is the one flipping the proverbial bird.
** At the end of the first act of the Imperial Agent storyline, [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath with the right words]] you can successfully talk [[spoiler:Darth Jadus]] into giving up his plan to use doomsday weapons on the Empire. Everyone is absolutely speechless at how a mere spy is capable of getting [[spoiler:a Sith Lord stated to be second only to the Emperor]] to surrender without so much as firing a single shot. The Dark Council in particular is so impressed that [[spoiler:they have you brainwashed just for having the guts to threaten one of their own]].
** During the Shadow of Revan storyline, a Republic character regardless of class can at one point threaten Darth Marr, who is at this point the de facto leader of the Empire, by warning him not to try anything. He simply stares at you for a moment (seemingly in bemusement) before Theron awkwardly breaks the tension.
* Basically any time [[BigBad Amon]] comes to taunt [[TheHero Artanis]] in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIILegacyOfTheVoid''. Every time, Artanis's response is a variation on, "COME AT ME, BRO!" Justified, as Artanis is in TranquilFury mode throughout the entire campaign. Due to Amon's machinations, Artanis is ''pissed,'' and he's going to make sure that Amon knows it.
** If you thought Artanis was badass enough to call out Amon like that, wait until you [[spoiler: meet Tal'darim First Ascendant (later Highlord) Alarak.]] He takes it UpToEleven; whereas Artanis only delivers the flipping off as a response, Alarak '''''taunts''''' Amon ''constantly''. At one point, Alarak flat-out, directly '''''dares Amon to face him personally'''''. Justified, as Alarak was pretty angry too throughout the campaign like Artanis, but for a different reason (Artanis has a score to settle with Amon after he forces Artanis to [[spoiler: kill Zeratul]], whereas Alarak is ''furious'' when he found out that the Tal'darim won't ascend into hybrid and will instead be [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness killed off]] when Amon comes to cleanse the galaxy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'': Playing as a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy "Militarist"]] empire often gives you {{Badass Boast}}s in dialogue with other star nations. When the [[FinalBoss End Game Crisis species]] are involved, it becomes this trope:
-->''[to [[spoiler:the Unbidden]]] [[BringIt "You picked the wrong dimension to invade."]]''
* In ''Ultra VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', [[MightyGlacier Hugo]] does this to none other than '''M. Bison'''.
-->"I do not take orders from you. Now YOU listen!"
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', Chester holds back the Big Bad so that Cless and Mint escape from the past.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler: Sans arguably [[VillainProtagonist does this to YOU]] at the end of a Genocide run. When you attack him for the first time (which he dodges, something ''literally nobody else can do'', he delivers this remark:]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Sans:'''*what? you just thought i was going to stand there and take it?]]
* Done twice in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' against Archimonde. Jaina gives him a short insult, and Thrall hits him with lightning before teleporting away.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/WildARMsXF'' was less than impressed when the heroes killed it. After all, AsLongAsThereIsEvil it will still live! ...so they kill it again. It revives, and wonders what the heck they're doing. So they kill it again... and again. And they're just going to keep doing it. It's so in shock at this that the person it's possessing takes control long enough permanently destroy both of them in a HeroicSacrifice.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', there are a [[OurGodsAreDifferent wide variety of divine beings]] who've been flipped off by mortals at different points in the series or in the backstory. Most of them [[DoNotTauntCthulhu pay for it dearly]], but a few are able to get away with it. To note:
** Hermaeus Mora, the Daedric Prince of [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Knowledge]] whose preferred form is an EldritchAbomination mass of tentacles, eyes, and claws, is a frequent recipient. To note:
*** Mora was an ArchEnemy to the old [[HornyVikings Nordic]] king [[FounderOfTheKingdom Ysgramor]]. According to Nordic legends, Ysgramor outwitted Mora regularly.
*** The [[NobleSavage Skaal]] of [[GrimUpNorth Solstheim]] consider Mora their enemy, and have managed to keep their secrets safely hidden from him. The plot of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'''s ''Dragonborn'' DLC is revealed to be an elaborate scheme by Mora to get them.
*** In ''Skyrim'' and ''Dragonborn'', the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] has the option of flipping him off several times, even venomously referring to him as a "demon". The only time he even slightly gets back for these slights is when Dragonborn tells him that his help isn't needed to find the last word of Bend Will from his realm, to which he politely explains that you would be searching for all eternity without his aid.
** In the series' Daedric quests handed out by the Princes themselves, it is entirely possible to complete the quest in a way the Prince did not intend. Some reward you for your ingenuity, such as [[EgomaniacHunter Hircine]] rewarding you for making his quest into a TheHunterBecomesTheHunted scenario.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In the ending of ''Crash & Bass'', Frank (a HarmlessVillain) distracts X with a carrot juice buster, allowing Bass to turn the fight around.
* In ''Webcomic/BloodIsMine'' Macland does this quite literally to Nil.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', starting with [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/index.php?date=041111 this strip]]
* In the now-defunct webcomic ''Life of Riley'', Dan manages to shoot Jezebel (yes, THAT Jezebel) with a paintball gun, then challenges her to a paintbrawl for the fate of the world.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'':
** Kat punches Muut (a personification of death) when she leans that [[spoiler: Muut forced Annie to escort her own mother to the afterlife]]. It's this rather than DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu because it had as much effect as punching a brick wall, but Annie is still impressed, as is TheRant.
--> Do you have a friend who would do the same for you?
** A straighter example is the ''SPANKIES!!'' Basically, Annie spanked the trickster god Coyote for looking up her skirt. Coyote actually thought it was pretty hilarious, [[BerserkButton Ysengrin...not so much.]] Later, she flicked his nose for pulling her out of class just so she could tell him stories (about himself). He acted amused, but then he set up a BatmanGambit so Annie would unwittingly press Ysengrin's ''other'' BerserkButton.
** Depending on what the actual reality context of the afterlife bureaucracy is, Kat's insanely logical perceptive either saw past all the smoke and mirrors that Annie and mort were forced to see, saw an illusion of the afterlife bureaucracy that took seconds to master, or just flipped off AN AVATAR OF DEATH'S BOSS. To the point that he leaves in both versions.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[spoiler: Spades Slick]], now short an arm and an eye, finally reaches the home of [[TheMafia The Felt's]] second-in-command, a {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le RealityWarper who's as old as the planet he lives on... and whacks him over the head with [[spoiler: a horse-hitcher]]. ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Repeatedly.]]''
** Later on, Aradia's ancestor, the Handmaid, literally flips off [[spoiler: Doc Scratch]]. On both hands. After whacking him with a chair.
* Nanase of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' uses her DoppelgangerSpin ability to distract the Omega Goo so she can talk to Ellen starting [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-11-16 here]].
* An ironic one in ''Webcomic/{{Grim Tales|FromDownBelow}}'' when you see [[http://grim.snafu-comics.com/index.php?comic_id=192 who's flipping off who]], but it definitely counts.
* As shown in the page image, Peridot from ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'' does this a lot especially towards the [[BigBad Nightmare Knight]]; the first time she scolds him for [[BerserkButton saying her name wrong]] (the T is silent) and then later she randomly sticks her tongue out at him.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' Erelice, possibly paralyzed and/or dying from the wounds inflicted on her in retaliation for stabbing the BigBad Snadhya'rune InTheBack as revenge for what Snadhya [[ForcedToWatch did to]] [[PublicExecution her squad]] [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo earlier]], deliberately [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10329 taunts]] [[EldritchAbomination Khaless]], a demonic FaceStealer, to redirect her from her frozen-with-fear clanmate, who manages to escape.
** Chapter 47 has Kiel'ndia [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10697 literally flipping off]] a Demon God ''and'' StaringDownCthulhu simultaneously, with WordOfGod implying that Kiel's unique demonic taint makes it see her as another demon and, impressed by the sheer force of her personality, causes it to leave back to its own dimension.
* ''{{Webcomic/Sinfest}}'':
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2007-12-30 Monique and Slick]] flip off [[{{Satan}} The Devil]] as a [[Awesome/{{Sinfest}} CMoA]] in this [[Heartwarming/{{Sinfest}} heartwarming]] HopeSpot in their relationship. The Devil is left speechless.
** Heartwarmingly {{subverted|Trope}} with [[http://sinfest.net/view.php?date=2016-08-04 Lil'E's first "POMF"]]. Tangerine and Lil'E dance around, taunting the watching drones and "Dad" in particular. How does The Devil respond? He goes off to his secure vault and uploads a video titled, "first_bomf".
** Possibly a {{downplayed|Trope}} "DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu": God appears with a finger puppet mocking Aunt Kate. [[http://sinfest.net/view.php?date=2016-05-07 Aunt Kate magics the puppet]] to fly off and repeatedly swat God's hand with its broom. Something even The Devil [[http://sinfest.net/view.php?date=2014-09-01 didn't dare try]] when [[http://sinfest.net/view.php?date=2014-08-25 mocked by God]].
* ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'': Near the beginning, Yuri Zahard gets angry at Headon and calls him "you damn rabbit". Now, as a High Ranker and Princess of Zahard, Yuri is powerful enough to practically count as a PhysicalGod herself -- but that's nothing next to a Floor Administrator of the Tower, like Headon, who are basically [[TheOmnipotent omnipotent]] on their own floor.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Literature/WhateleyUniverse example: Phase, fighting a demon from a hell dimension, has lost. She's beaten to a bloody pulp, dying, and about to suffer a literal FateWorseThanDeath. She stalls by being a DeadpanSnarker and gets the thing monologuing long enough for the cavalry to show up. And the cavalry only show up with the right stuff because Phase ''already figured out what she was facing before she called for help''.
* ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'''s take on ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' has several of the characters doing this to the Eye of Sauron while Frodo air-drops the ring into the fire, instead of trekking a long way and having several more people die than necessary. The plan works ([[InSpiteOfANail Gollum dies, too]]), and the characters ride away into the sunset laughing.
* In the ''WebVideo/HitlerRants'' universe, Hitler regularly insults characters who are much stronger than him. Even when said characters are about to kill him. Examples include Darth Vader, Sauron, Slenderman and even Satan.
* Lord Ursarkar Creed, of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fame, has become this on 1d4chan, having once ''beaten Tzeentch at chess'', and taunted Abaddon into losing a Black Crusade, among other absurd feats.
* Literature/{{Worm}} has Taylor stabbing a {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le [[MakingASplash force of nature]] with a fallen hero's AbsurdlySharpBlade. [[AssShove In the rear.]] [[RealityEnsues Sh]][[CareerEndingInjury e]] [[SoftWater do]][[AvertedTrope es]] at least [[HeroWithBadPublicity sa]][[UngratefulBastard ve]] the civilians.
** [[spoiler: During the raid on the Cauldron base, Taylor arranges to drop Zion's dead partner Eden's body on Zion to make him get angry and try to provoke bad decisions.]]
* In the ''Franchise/TheFearMythos'' blog ''Old Is Good'', the author Laura-Beth tries to post her favorite song, only to find out that [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] has messed with it, turning it into this [[http://respectthemirror.blogspot.com/2015/01/my-favorite-song_29.html]] Laura-Beth's response? She calls [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] an immature, obnoxious little brat and a twerp, and tells him that she remembers when people barely knew who he was.
* In ''WebVideo/TribeTwelve'' the protagonist, Noah Maxwell, literally did just this towards [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] and his lackey the Observer. The {{Heel Face Turn}}ed Firebrand, another one of Slender Man's lackeys, also flipped Slender Man off personally face to face just as he was about to take Noah away. He was so dumbfounded by this that he just stood there and tilted his head. [[spoiler:Fitting, since Firebrand is Noah from the future.]]
* In one ''WebVideo/CounterMonkey'' video, [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] describes a ''{{TabletopGame/Planescape}}'' game he ran where a player went out of his way to antagonize the Lady of Pain, a being so powerful that she's single-handedly responsible for keeping the gods (ALL of them) out of the city of Sigil. Since the Lady's main method of dealing with annoying mortals is to trap them in a magical maze, the player created a Minotaur character due to their racial ability to never be trapped in mazes, presumably for the bragging rights of pulling a fast one on such a powerful being. Spoony's response was to have the maze be a hundred-million-mile hallway -- sure, the Minotaur knew the way out, but he was never going to get there.
* Dende does this to Freeza in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''. After stealing Freeza's wish to Porunga out from under him, he grabs Freeza's attention and taunts him about it, even telling him to BringIt. Dende vanishes a fraction of a second before Freeza's retaliatory attack can hit.
** Dende does this again to ''Mr. Popo''. When Dende is made Kami, Popo opts to call him "Little Green", which prompts Dende to tell him he'll regret it. Mr. Popo ''actually smiles'' at that, replying "I like you."
* In the WebAnimation/YouTubePoop ''[[WebAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmasWhoSkellingtonsRevenge Skellington's Revenge]]'', [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Soldier]] attacks the Black Hiver while shouting "Take your voodoo-rabbit ass back to Canada!" [[DoNotTauntCthulhu It doesn't end well for him]]]].
* In ''Podcast/TheThrillingAdventureHour'', Nightmares the Clown is an expy of the MonsterClown from ''Literature/{{It}}'' and a recurring nemesis of drunken mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Sadie, however, finds clowns hilarious and is incapable of taking him seriously. Instead she constantly makes jokes about his being a clown and gets in the way of his feeding on fear.
-->'''Sadie:''' He is walking towards me. Do not slip on a banana peel! ''(whisper)'' I secretly hope he does slip on a banana peel!\\
'''Frank:''' Sadie, please, do not taunt the nightmare clown monster.\\
'''Sadie:''' Or what? He'll get in his small car with all his other friends and drive away! Oh! They can use the high occupancy vehicle lane.\\
'''Nightmares:''' Really, I'm not that kind of clown...
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'': While the Captain-General/[[EmbarrassingNickname Kitten]] usually snarks at the Emperor already due to being a ServileSnarker, he particularly falls under this in specials 1 and 4, after winning ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' duels against both [[spoiler:Tzeentch and the Emperor, giving them plenty of sass immediately afterwards. The Emperor psychically punches him out for his trouble after some cracks at his game skill, but Tzeentch just ran away, too embarrassed at his loss to retaliate, after being called a nerd]].
* In ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'''s Balance Arc, the big bad is a [[spoiler: Universe-consuming dark dimension called the Hunger]] Merle, the party cleric, gained the ability to meet with its human embodiment, John, spent [[spoiler: almost sixty years]] in diplomatic meetings with him, and ultimately told him to piss off.
-->'''Merle:''' Kiss my ass, you sanctimonious bastard.
* Happens ''constantly'' in ''WebVideo/BuzzfeedUnsolved''. Shane, as the resident [[AgentScully skeptic]], rarely ever takes the mysteries seriously and delights in trying to antagonize supernatural beings because [[{{Troll}} he knows it freaks out Ryan]]. The most notable instance is probably when Shane [[TemptingFate actively challenged]] [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goatman_(Maryland) the Goat Man of Maryland]] to kill him, nearly giving Ryan a panic attack in the process.
-->”[[LargeHam GOAT MAN!]] [[PokeThePoodle I’m dancing on your bridge]]! It's my bridge now! You're going to have to kill me to get me off of it. You're going to have to throw me off the bridge yourself. [[MundaneMadeAwesome Look at the way I dance, I disrespect your bridge Goat Man]]!"
** It should be noted that in an early episode they met with a real exorcist named Father Thomas who explicitly warned them to '''absolutely never do anything like this'''. Three seasons in, they have never once followed his advice.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "Stinkmeaner Strikes Back", Colonel H. Stinkmeaner, who has been damned in {{Hell}}, has no problem with calling {{Satan}} himself a "bitch-ass nigga". The Devil is actually impressed that Stinkmeaner had the gall to say that, along with Stinkmeaner's new martial arts skills.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Message Received", [[spoiler:''[[HeelFaceTurn Peridot]]'' calls [[BigBad Yellow Diamond,]] one of Homeworld's leaders and a very powerful gem, a ''[[FantasticSlurs clod]]''.]]
* In the finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Franchise/{{Batman}} repeatedly distracts Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} by tackling him and throwing (explosive) batarangs at him. While utterly harmless, he's distracting enough to give Franchise/{{Superman}} some recovery time.
** Hawkgirl literally flips off Cthulhu in "The Terror Beyond" (or she would have [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode if Standards and Practices would allow it]]).
---> '''[[CaptainErsatz Ichthulhu]]:''' Speak to me, child of Thanagar.
---> '''Hawkgirl:''' Nothing to say! I have a ''gesture'' for you, [[FingerOnLips but my hands are tied]].
*** She hates this god so much, it leads to the [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu next step]] in god defiling tropes. With help from GRUUUUNNNDYYYY. Grundy crush squidface!
** Luthor does this to Amazo in "The Return", who moments ago he though was going to destroy him. For a moment, it looked like it was going to turn into a DoNotTauntCthulhu situation, but he gets away with it.
** Earlier, in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Dan Turpin seems to love taunting Darkseid. [[spoiler: He gets an [[EyeBeams Omega Beam]] for his trouble. [[DoNotTauntCthulhu No more Dan Turpin.]]]] Superman, champion of Earth, was held before Turpin and the rest of Metropolis bruised, battered, and bleeding at the time. [[AsLongAsThereIsOneMan Turpin's attack]] on Darkseid and the defiance of the crowd constituted the whole {{human|sAreWarriors}} [[HumansAreSpecial race's]] [[Awesome/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Crowning Moment of Awesome]] in the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Bumblebee actually manages to use this as a weapon in itself against the Decepticon Blitzwing, who is five times his height and twenty times his firepower--and also has trouble staying in his jet mode when he gets really annoyed. Even if he's very high up at the time.
* ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'' has an [[PhysicalGod ice god]] appear in the hideout and berate Peter for trespassing in his domain. How does Peter respond? "You're trespassing in ''my'' house and getting ''snow'' everywhere."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' uses Cosgrove to distract Cthulhu {{Expy}} Vorn the Unspeakable long enough for him to grab a bunch of weights and drop them on Vorn's foot.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' tend to do this to ''every'' monster that qualifies - including their enemy Him, who may or not be the Devil himself - usually right before they [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu beat the crud out of it.]] Their creator and father Professor Utonium also gets away with insulting Him at the end of "Him Diddle Diddle" by complaining about paying [[spoiler:for the villain's overpriced pancakes]] and chooses to leave and have breakfast with the girls elsewhere.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' episode "[[Recap/TeenangeMutantNinjaTurtles2003S5E10FathersAndSons Fathers and Sons]]", [[CoolOldGuy Splinter]] tells the tale of how the Turtles got their first masks. It involves them Flipping Off a Bone Demon, who had a magic doodad that made it [[InvisibleToNormals invisible to everyone else]]. Keep in mind, they're like ''6'' at the time, and this guy has been terrifying them for the last couple of days. Their throwing rocks at it let Splinter and [[OldMaster The Ancient One]] win the day. Pity they had to get LaserGuidedAmnesia about it, though.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. [[spoiler: Gunther slaps [[EldritchAbomination Marceline's Dad]] when he tries to steal Gunther's soul. Though this gets turned on its head a few seasons later when it's revealed Gunther is a being ''as bad or worse'' than Marceline's dad.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' episode "The Tick Vs. Arthur's Bank Account": "My name is Arthur, and this is my diversion: 'The Itsy-Bitsy Spider went up the waterspout...'"
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Mal Duncan, who compared to his teammates has no super powers whatsoever (minus training from ComicBook/BlackCanary, thus qualifying him as a BadassNormal) manages to distract Despero by playing a FakeUltimateHero long enough for his super powered teammates to rally and take Despero down.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Admiral Zhao goes on a BadassBoast before [[KillTheGod killing the moon spirit]], only to be interrupted when [[TeamPet Momo]] attacks his face.
* Taken to the extreme in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Texas", [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick continually insult Texas to lure Sandy to the Krusty Krab:

--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' [grins smugly] Oh, so we shouldn't say anything bad about [mockingly] Teeexassss!
--> '''Sandy:''' I'm warning you, [=SpongeBob=]!
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Hey Patrick, I'm Texas! [grabs his pants and moseys in a circle] Duh, howdy y'all! [repeats]
--> '''Patrick:''' I'm Texas too! [does the same moseying] Get a dog, little longey. Get a dog little longey... [Sandy's really mad]
--> '''Sandy:''' Y'all best cut it out! [[=SpongeBob=] sings horrible Western while Patrick does armpit noises]
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' The stars at night are dull and dim whenever they have to be over dumb old stupid Texas! [Sandy is really steaming, [=SpongeBob=] has converted his body into the shape of Texas] Hey Patrick, what am I now?
--> '''Patrick:''' Uh, stupid?
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' No, I'm Texas!
--> '''Patrick:''' What's the difference? [the two laugh, Sandy drops her bags]
--> '''Sandy:''' Y'all best apologize, or I'll be on you like ugly on an ape!
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' You'll have to catch us first! [the two giggle and run off towards the Krusty Krab] We did it! We got her!
** ... Sandy then proceeds to lasso Patrick and pull him back, causing him to explode. He survives though, as he comes back for the surprise party.
* As noted in the page quote, in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Coon vs. Coon & Friends" Mysterion [[spoiler: a.k.a. Kenny]] dares the Great Old One himself to fight him. Of course he'd just heard some prophecy stating that only another immortal can stop Cthulhu and Mysterion's one and only power is "[[TheyKilledKennyAgain doesn't stay dead.]]"
* In season 5 of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', the now elderly and wheelchair-bound Scotsman lays into Aku with viscous insults one after another. [[spoiler:[[DyingMomentOfAwesome Aku kills him shortly thereafter]].]]
* Done to magnificent levels in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''. Summer starts working in a weird little store run by a strange man who sells objects that grant the owner's deepest desire but at a horrible price (such as a man getting a cologne that makes him irresistible to women but makes him impotent as well). Rick immediately knows this guy, Mr. Needful, is the Devil, and his objects are all cursed. Needful tries giving Rick a microscope, but Rick is savvy enough to have the microscope analyzed and figures out it would've made him retarded (Needful said it would reveal things beyond comprehension). Rick then returns to the store with a device that analyzes Needful's stock and reveals what their ironic twists are before anyone buys them. Then he opens up a store across the street from Needful where he offers to remove the curses from the items without taking away the beneficial aspects (as in a pair of sneakers will make someone an expert runner without making them run forever). Rick trolls the Devil so badly [[spoiler: the Devil tries to kill himself]].
** Bonus points to Rick for ''literally'' giving Needful the finger. With both hands. While dancing.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' gives us this gem:
-->'''Rigby (to Death)''': "Is this before or after your face started looking like grated Parmesan?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' it would be easier to list the number of times the heroes did ''not'' do this when confronted by a demon or abomination that qualified. Insulting these creatures seemed to be routine for them, and while most would call it crazy, it worked. (Ironically, in the episode where they fought the ''actual'' Cthulhu, they didn't bother trying to talk to it; they just opened fire.)
* On ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', it'd probably be quicker to list the times when Danny ''isn't'' insulting someone who could easily wipe the floor with his backside.
** From "Maternal Instincts":
--> '''Danny''': Bye Vlad! And as a lonely single man in your 40's, might I suggest internet dating? Or a cat!
** "Secret Weapons":
--> '''Danny''': Oh, yeah? You and what toaster!?
** "Fanning the Flames":
--> '''Danny''': Dipstick, ho ho. Funny. Who writes your insults? The same hack who writes your songs?
** And plenty more from where that came from...
* Mabel Pines from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' makes a habit of taunting nearly every malevolent magical being she encounters. Notable insults include calling [[EldritchAbomination Bill Cipher]] an Isosceles Monster and a [[BigStupidDoodooHead Stink Face]] when she met him in Stan's mind, and that was after she'd already seen Bill rip all the teeth out of a deer and put a basketball-sized hole in her brother's chest, among other things.
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'': Wirt's final word on The Beast's offer? [[spoiler: "No. That's dumb."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Make New Friends But Keep Discord", Pinkie Pie's stone-faced sister Maud [[TheComicallySerious has the nerve]] to heckle [[RealityWarper Discord's]] comedy act.
-->'''Discord:''' You're supposed to say "who's there"! This is the most basic of jokes!\\
'''Maud:''' ''[[NoYou You're]]'' the most basic of jokes.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* During the [[UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars Battle of Thermopylae]], King Leonidas of Sparta and his soldiers were tasked with holding the Thermopylae Pass against a ''dramatically'' larger army of Persians. Before the battle began, the Persian Emperor Xerxes demanded the Greeks lay down their weapons and surrender; Leonidas responded, ''[[DefiantToTheEnd "Come and take them."]]''
* The US's attempt at censoring pirate sites, the PROTECT IP Bill, had some [[http://www.dontcensorthenet.com/full-text-of-the-protect-ip-act-of-2011 ill-advised wording]] that would allow the government to censor any site [[UnfortunateImplications remotely related to]] [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil online pirating]] [[AGodAmI in their eyes]] without a formal investigation. Since this could potentially extend to any search engine, social website and imageboards (such as 4Chan) [[WretchedHive where such pirates are known to lurk and coordinate]], Anonymous and [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant Google]] were not amused, suffice it to say.
* There's the story of World War II General Anthony [=McAuliffe=], whose starving, freezing, surrounded, wounded, and ill-equipped troops were given a surrender ultimatum at the Battle of the Bulge. His one-word response: NUTS!
* Most of Churchill's famous 1940s speeches. When your air-force is outnumbered 4:1, your army has had to leave most of its heavy equipment on the other side of the Channel, and the wolf-packs are tightening the noose, broadcasting what is basically "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough!" so the whole world can hear, certainly beats holding a town when you know you are winning the war anyway.
* On an episode of ''AmericasDumbestCriminals'', a gunman was trying to rob one of those small gas station booths (which have bulletproof glass). The cashier inside continued talking to her friend, until the gunman almost wedged his gun under the cash drawer. She said "Hang on a minute", grabbed the man's wrist (which was severely bent) and forced him to drop his gun. Then, he ran off.
* Small dogs will often bark at other dogs big enough to use them as chew toys.