Kind of between the InsultBackfire and ComplimentBackfire, the reaction of ''smart'' people when addressed with an ambiguous compliment (which can be, often intentionally so, a genuine compliment and a [[BackhandedCompliment backhanded one]] at the same time). Contrast YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame.


[[folder: Film -- Animated ]]

* ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange''
-->'''Piggy:''' Gee, you're the biggest cow I've ever saw!\\
'''Maggie:''' Well, if you're in charge, I'll take that as a compliment.\\
'''Piggy''': Uh...\\
'''Maggie''': And if not, I guess I'll just have to sit on you.\\
'''Piggy''': MOM!!!!!!\\
'''Maggie''': Hey! I'm only kidding!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'':
-->'''Miguel:''' You fight like my sister!\\
'''Tulio:''' I fought your sister, that's a compliment.


[[folder: Film -- Live-Action ]]

* ''Film/{{Amy|1998}}''
-->'''Bill Trendle:''' Jesus, lady, you're worse than my wife!\\
'''Tanya Rammus:''' I'll take that as a compliment.
* ''Flash III: Deadly Nightshade''
-->'''Dr. Desmond Powell:''' ''(wolf whistles)''\\
'''Rebecca Frost:''' I'll take that as a compliment, you sexist pig.
* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical2''
-->'''Sharpay Evans:''' When did you become... one of them?\\
'''Ryan Evans:''' You know, I'll take that as a compliment.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''
--->'''James Bond:''' You know I was just wondering what South America would look like if nobody gave a damn about coke or communism. It always impressed me the way you boys would carve this place up.\\
'''Felix Leiter:''' I'll take that as a compliment, coming from a Brit.
** ''Film/{{Spectre}}'':
*** Said word-for-word by C when M confronts him about [[spoiler:the deactivation of the Double-O program]]; M isn't amused.
--->'''M:''' You're a cocky little bastard, aren't you.\\
'''C:''' ''(Laughs)''...I'll take that as a compliment.\\
'''M:''' I wouldn't.
* ''Film/ThePatriot''
-->'''Gen. Lord Cornwallis:''' This is hardly the conduct of a gentleman!\\
'''Col. Benjamin Martin:''' If the conduct of your officers is the measure of a gentleman, I'll take that as a compliment.
* ''Film/TheRazorsEdge (1946)''
-->'''W. Somerset Maugham:''' If you're suggesting I was her lover, you're mistaken.\\
'''French Criminal Investigator:''' It would be no affair of mine. And without wishing to say anything offensive... I must add that, from what I've heard of her proclivities... I should say that you were not her type.\\
'''W. Somerset Maugham:'''I'm prepared to take that as a compliment.
* ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic''
-->'''Capt. Von Trapp:''' If the Nazis do take over Austria, I have no doubt, Herr Zeller, that you will be the entire trumpet section.\\
'''Herr Zeller:''' You flatter me, Captain.\\
'''Capt. Von Trapp:''' How clumsy of me. I meant to accuse you.
* ''Film/TradingPlaces''
-->'''Randolph Duke:''' Mother always said you were greedy.\\
'''Mortimer Duke:''' She meant it as a compliment.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the third ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' book, Cain says that "there's only room for one lethally dangerous woman in [his] life". This is accompanied by a footnote from the book's in-universe editor, Cain's close personal friend (and sometimes lover) Amberley Vail: "Which I decided to take as a compliment."
* In ''Literature/{{Corpies}}'', Titan's response to Corbin slandering Bubble Bubble is to note that by making himself a target for extremist pro-super groups and still expecting protection, he is showing a lot of trust in the Hero community.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', Vimes responds to [[UpperClassTwit Lord Rust]] telling him "You are no gentleman" with "I ''knew'' there was something about me I liked."


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
-->'''Strudwick''': Dick, without your cowardice and courage we wouldn't be right back where we started!\\
'''Dick''': Thank you, Strudwick, I'll take that as a compliment.\\
'''Strudwick''': I meant it as an insult!\\
'''Dick''': Too late, it's a compliment!
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
-->'''Liz''': God, Jack, why are you being such a wang about this?\\
'''Jack''': I'll take that as a compliment. An Wang, the founder of Wang Computers, is one of the greatest businessmen of the 20th century! And you're the one being a lowercase wang, Lemon.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Fannysmackin' "
-->'''Greg:''' Sara...\\
'''Sara:''' I didn't think you could see me\\
'''Greg:''' I can't... I know that Sidle scent...\\
'''Sara:''' I'll take that as a compliment.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead "The Unquiet Dead"]]:
--->'''The Doctor:''' Blimey, you look beautiful . . . considering.\\
'''Rose:''' Considering what?\\
'''The Doctor:''' That you're human.\\
'''Rose:''' I ''think'' that's a compliment . . .
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E4DaleksInManhattan "Daleks in Manhattan"]]:
--->'''Dalek Caan:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: You think like a Dalek. ]]
'''Mr. Diagoras:''' I'll take that as a compliment.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'':
** When snarky old ladies collide...
--->'''Lady Grantham:''' You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal.\\
'''Mrs Crawley:''' I take that as a compliment.\\
'''Lady Grantham:''' I must have said it wrong.
** And vice versa...
--->'''Mrs Crawley''': And must you always sound like the sister of UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette?\\
'''Lady Grantham''': The Queen of Naples was a stalwart figure. I take it as a compliment.\\
'''Mrs Crawley''': You take ''everything'' as a compliment.\\
'''Lady Grantham''': I advise you to do the same. It saves many an awkward moment.
* ''Series/HolbyCity'' episode "Invasion"
-->'''Percy 'Abra' Durant:''' You're a fine surgeon, Mr Jordan. But you have the charm of a salt-encrusted slug.\\
'''Nick Jordan:''' I'll take that as a compliment.\\
'''Percy 'Abra' Durant:''' I knew you would.
* In one episode of ''{{Series/Monk}}'', "Mr. Monk Fights City Hall", a reporter is very proud of his talent to take nearly anything that is said as a compliment.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. A random character asks newcomer Bishop "What's it like working for Gibbs? I hear he's a real hardass." Gibbs, who is of course, standing [[RightBehindMe right behind him]], grins at hearing this, indicating that he's invoking this trope.
* ''Series/NewsRadio'' episode "French Diplomacy"
-->'''Dave:''' Bill is certainly not John F. Kennedy.\\
'''Bill:''' I'll take that as a compliment, because if I was, I'd be dead now.
* ''Series/QueerAsFolk''
-->'''Vic:''' Once upon a time I was a pretty decent chef.\\
'''Debbie:''' 'Decent?' He was another Sara Lee!\\
'''Vic:''' I'll take that as the compliment I'm sure was intended.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** "My Cookie Pants" has a rare example of JD holding his own against Dr. Cox, this time with Perry ranting about how much he doesn't care about J.D. and Elliot's relationship.
--->'''Dr. Cox''': What can I say? I just wish you were at home with her.\\
'''J.D.''': (''smiles'') [[InsultBackfire You and me both.]]\\
'''Dr. Cox''': That was an insult.\\
'''J.D.''': I know. I thought if I took it as a compliment it would drive you insane and you'd go away.\\
'''Dr. Cox''': (''grits his teeth and walks away'') [[OutGambitted Damn it!]]
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Life Line"
-->'''Dr. Zimmerman:''' Well, the last beautiful woman to walk in here turned out to be ''him''.\\
'''The Doctor:''' I'll take that as a compliment.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episodes
** "A Night in Sickbay"
--->'''Dr. Phlox:''' My children all left the nest years ago, captain.\\
'''Archer:''' I would have never guessed. You don't look that old.\\
'''Dr. Phlox:''' I'll take that as a compliment.
** "Azati Prime"
--->'''Ensign Travis Mayweather:''' (''Instructing Archer in flying the Xindi shuttle'') Good. You're starting to think like an Insectoid.\\
'''Captain Jonathan Archer:''' I'll take that as a compliment.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''
-->'''Warden:''' You are a heartless shrew, you know that?\\
'''[[TokenEvilTeammate Morrigan]]:''' Yes, yes. I shall take that as a compliment, whether intended or not.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': Solas' reaction to Iron Bull's comment on his efficient, no-frills style compared to most mages. Dorian's reaction when Sera asks if there are more Tevinters like him; "like him" meaning "keeping their magic rubbish to themselves."
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''
-->'''Terra:''' Brother? At first glance, I thought he was some bodybuilder who had strayed from his gym...\\
'''Sabin:''' I'll take that as a compliment.
** Even funnier in the GBA dub.
--->'''Terra:''' Brother? For a moment I thought he was another of Vargas' bears!\\
'''Sabin:''' A bear? I'll, uh, take that as a compliment.
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy [[{{Prequel}} Duodecim]]''
-->'''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]]:''' Typical dirty Chaos trick.\\
'''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Kuja]]:''' I'll take that as a compliment.
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' (RabidCop page quote)
-->'''FBI Agent Norman Jayden:''' Blake, you are an unbalanced, psychopathic asshole!\\
'''Lieutenant Carter Blake:''' I'll take that as a compliment.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' his this exchange between the [[TheUndead Forsaken]] and [[OurElvesAreBetter Blood Elf]] faction leaders after the Galakras encounter in the Siege of Orgrimmar.
-->'''Sylvanas Windrunner:''' Oh, you're still here? I had kind of hoped you perished. You would make a very attractive corpse.\\
'''Lor'themar Theron:''' I will take that as a compliment.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' (MegaCrossover FanWebcomic) -- When James forced his Roommate to greet the new neighbors with a gift basket... again.
-->'''Javert''': ...we've all been operating under the horrible misconception that you reformed. I shall set the record strait: [[FelonyMisdemeanor You are evil incarnate]].\\
'''[[TheGadfly James]]''': I shall take that as a compliment.
* Charlotte invokes this trope almost word-for-word in [[ this]] ''Webcomic/LadiesInWaiting'' strip.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
-->'''Pacifica:''' Mabel sounds like an old granny's name.\\
'''[[FunPersonified Mabel]]:''' I'll take that as a compliment!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
-->'''Mako:''' Your best friend is a... polar bear dog? Somehow, that makes perfect sense.\\
'''Korra:''' I'll take that as a compliment, city boy.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': From [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E19ZeroHour "Zero Hour"]]:
-->'''Thrawn:''' You have the heart of a rebel.\\
'''[[spoiler:Kallus]]:''' I'll take that as a compliment.