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). Compare ICanLiveWithThat. 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.
* In the film ''Marshall'', Thurgood Marshall and Sam Friedman are defending a black man accused of raping and trying to kill his white employer. Towards the end of the trial, as the defense have poked major holes in the woman's story and the possibility of acquittal is very real, the prosecutor offers Friedman a deal. Friedman comes to him a day later to reject it.
---> '''Prosecutor''': "I thought you Jews were supposed to be smart. But here you are sounding just like the Negro."
---> '''Friedman''': "Why, thank you, Willis. That's the nicest compliment you could have given me."

[[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:''' 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.
* In the early days of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', whenever Joel and the Bots would tell the Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank (Dr. Erhardt before him) how evil they were, the two mads would simply reply "Thank you!"
* ''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.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': When Captain Murtaugh is trying to determine how a BlobMonster can have SuperSenses.
-->'''Murtaugh:''' Wait... is your entire body able to detect pressure waves?\\
'''Schlock:''' Your voice makes the floor tremble.\\
'''Murtaugh:''' That's the nicest thing anybody's said to me since I became captain.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* The opening of the ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' episode "Camouflage Hoparoo":
-->'''Narrator:''' As Yankee Doodle Pigeon breaks the morning stillness while flying another dangerous mission, he keeps a wary eye out for...the vicious Vulture Squadron. Skippered by the deadly, diabolical, despicable demon of the skyways--Dick Dastardly!\\
'''Dastardly:''' You left out dashing and debonair! (''evil laugh'')
* ''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.