->''"Hey, Viv, it's red, round, and weighs about six ounces."''
-->-- Cricketer '''Greg Thomas''' to '''Viv Richards''' on his miss-swings

->''"You know what it looks like, man, now go fetch it."''
-->-- Cricketer '''Viv Richards''' to '''Greg Thomas''' after hitting the next delivery out of the ground

Intimidation and distraction are perfectly valid strategies to win a game, duel, or fight. It might not be classy or "sportsmanlike", but every edge helps. Then again, there are some duelists who are so [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arrogant]] and [[SmugSuper smug]] that they'll trash talk a blue streak across the arena out of sheer {{pride}}.

During the course of a sporting event, SeriousBusiness duel, or an armed fight, one, both or ''all'' present will start trash talking their opponents to psych them out. They'll say their two year old ADD niece is more competent, that their equipment is [[ExplosiveInstrumentation liable to explode]] ''before'' the fight starts, and they are blessed to fight someone so [[TheMagnificent Magnificent]] that this [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Tuesday]] will be the single greatest day of their (doomed) opponent's life.

Don't expect the trash talker to [[TalkingIsAFreeAction lose time over it]], either.

It's worth noting that like in RealLife, Trash Talk can be either harmless fun or spiteful. How [[WorthyOpponent Worthy]] an antagonist is can usually be determined by what kind of trash talk they use. If they say proud or hurtful things, they're usually bad guys, while if they 'just' say overly self confident things, like "Don't Hold Back!" or matter of factly and humbly state they are simply more powerful than an opponent, they're usually DefeatMeansFriendship material, or at least an [[SpiritedCompetitor enthusiastic]] [[CavalierCompetitor competitor]]. In especially satisfying reversals, the trash talking antagonist will say "ThisCannotBe" when the hero [[BreakTheHaughty shows how truly powerful and/or competent he is.]]

Staple of {{Shonen}}, RealLife sporting events, and series and shows that deal with a lot of fighting or dueling.

Compare TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and EvilGloating. Frequently paired with IAmNotLeftHanded. See also IShallTauntYou, TauntButton, YouFightLikeACow, VolleyingInsults.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manhua/BowlingKing'', Doufu Ma does this to Tz'how, stealing a reporter's microphone to tell him, over television, that the only reason he's in the God's Hand Cup tournament is to defeat him with his Eagle Dive. Normally, this would make him look tough, but his stammering just makes it creepy.
* In ''Manga/{{Breakshot}}'', which is about billiards, TheStoic and closet ArrogantKungFuGuy (he simply manages to ''mask'' the fact that he thinks he's better than everyone else) Ryoji taunts main character Chinmi in their match in the finals of a big tournament, telling him that when they played for kicks earlier he ''let'' Chinmi win.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' has this more than once.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'s'' battle with Neji is almost half composed of this, before Naruto gets mad.
** There's a reason they call it the ''Talk-You-To-Death-no-Jutsu.''.
** Madara loves this trope. It's worth noting that he can also offer praise or acknowledgement of an opponent's abilities, but talking trash or making slights about a person's ancestors (namely, the Senju) is one of his premier battle strategies. Note that he backs up almost everything he says.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. Even the good guys will get overconfident on the strength of their attacks.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Roronoa Zoro is the Straw-Hat Pirates' resident trash talker in a fight (or, given Usopp, the resident trash talker who can also back it up). For example, Zoro's reply to Mr. 1's comments that nobody has ever broken through his [[MadeOfIron Made of Steel]] body is assure him that's because Mr. 1 hadn't met ''him'' yet. There's also his vowing to defeat a fiercely powerful zombie samurai and take his sword as his own and constantly mocking a TopHeavyGuy who's sensitive [[VocalDissonance about his high pitched voice]].
** Mr. 1 also turns it back on Zoro with an IronicEcho. When Zoro remarks that no one had ever been able to take his ultimate attack unharmed, Mr. 1 just calmly responds "That is because you have never met me before".
** While not one of the greats, Luffy has occasionally indulged in Trash Talk. One of the best examples being when he faces Arlong, he makes a list of all the things his crew can do that he can't (use swords, sail, lie, cook). When Arlong's response is to mockingly ask Luffy what he ''can'' do, Luffy replies "I can beat you." This encourages everyone watching the fight and infuriates Arlong.
** There are also cases of Luffy just being [[CloudCuckooLander Luffy]] being seen as trash talking. One shining example of this is in the first fight against [[MagnificentBastard Crocodile]], where, after Crocodile talks down on Luffy for standing by his comrades and claims to "have left hundreds like him in the dust", Luffy replies with "Well, then I guess that makes you pretty stupid". Croc was ''not'' amused.
** This gets played with in the Dressrosa arc when Baby 5 consistently misinterprets Sai's trash talk as declarations of romantic intent ("I'll take your heart" for example). Sai also [[spoiler:inadvertently triggers Baby 5's pathological need to be useful]] by telling her to just die already. He's shocked when [[spoiler:Baby 5 begins to do ''just that'', prompting him to try and stop her despite being enemies]].
* This is common practice for Ranma from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
* The all-time king of this trope has to be ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. With the possible exception of Chad, Orihime and Shunsui, every single character—good or bad—in every single fight spends [[InactionSequence most of the encounter]] bragging about how great they are and how utterly worthless their opponent is.
** Ulquiorra gets bonus points for actually calling his foes “trash.”
** Kyoraku and Ukitake do something else, though, to get under an opponent's skin. When they fight Starrk their words are nice enough, but it's the tone which suggests otherwise. Kyoraku also makes seemingly harmless comments and queries in an attempt to distract Starrk.
* Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' is this trope personified. A lot of the cruder villains are good at it, and so are a few of the heroes too, including Jonouchi. (Who used to run with [[JapaneseDelinquents a gang of hoods]] before cleaning up his act.
* Kaiba's good, but ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'''s Kongo Agon easily annihilates him in this category. He even uses the word "trash," but unlike the above-stated Ulquiorra, every other sentence that comes out of his mouth contains it (calling someone trash is actually his version of Hiruma's F-Bombing).
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' episode 79, Gintoki, Kondou, Binbokusai, and Tojou took a restroom break from fighting, but got stranded in the restroom without tissues. Unable to continue fighting without first finding tissues to wipe their butts, they spent an entire episode trash talking and mind gaming.
-->'''Kondou:''' I never imagined that the enemy captain is an old man. But we won't go easy on you. Let's settle this!\\
'''Binbokusai:''' What are you blabbering about? You don't stand a chance against me. I guarantee it.\\
'''Gintoki:''' Right back at you, old man. Don't you see? You're already trapped like a rat.\\
'''Tojou:''' No need to rush. We'll slaughter you later. But first thing first...\\
'''Everyone:''' Someone, please bring us toilet paper!
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Vegeta loves trash-talking his opponents. He [[TheWorfEffect isn't always able to fully back up what he says]], but it does result in some of the series' best lines.
** DBZ characters in general spend ''ages'' trash-talking their opponents before they even start fighting. In the anime, at least. Everyone except maybe Piccolo and Android 16. They just stare down their opponent thinking about when they will shut up and fight.
* {{Justified}} in ''Manga/TigerMask'', as it's a manga on ProfessionalWrestling. Even El Sicodelico took time to deliver some trash talk, and [[TheCape he's not the guy who you'd expect doing it]]. The best ones come from Tiger Mask and the other Tiger's Cave wrestlers, with such gems as Tiger Mask in his heel phase calling his foe a pig for the entire match and then, noticing he was covered in the wood of the broken ring ladder, ''asking for matches so he could cook and eat the pig'' (this got Giant Baba pissed, as it wasn't something to say even as a joke) and Miracle 3, as the challenger to Tiger Mask's NWA Maskmen World Champion title, complimenting his ability worth or the ''former champion'' (he then proceeded to deliver).
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Hanzo]] teases Saizo continuously on the gap between his fame and his actual skill during their first fight.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[http://daveslongbox.blogspot.com/2006/04/thor-smack-talker.html Thor, as outlined here.]]
* ComicBook/SpiderMan vs. any of his opponents, ''ever''. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Unless they get him]] [[UnstoppableRage really furious]]. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Then it hurts]].
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} has been known to try this. [[TalkativeLoon It rarely stays there]].

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Trash talking opponents is one of ComicStrip/BigNate's true skills.
* Parodied in one ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'' comic where Peter and Jason are playing basketball, and Jason is standing in front of Peter saying: "Banana peels. Fish heads. A crumpled milk carton. Coffee grounds. Chicken bones. An empty cereal box." Peter exasperatedly tells Jason: "That's not how you talk trash, doofus."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
** Episode 20 (which is pretty much entirely devoted to parodying ProfessionalWrestling) has Recoome delivering a long rant of Smack Talk to Vegeta.
** There's also this exchange between Vegeta and Android 19 in Episode 36.
--->'''Vegeta:''' Oh-ho-ho, this is precious! You expect to beat ''me'' with this [[RhymesOnADime automaton o' fun]]?\\
'''19:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[Machine Monotone Registering Insult ]]
.]] ''[beep beep beep]'' [[/folder]]

[[folder: Retort: [[Captain Obvious You are short and your hairline is receding ]]
'''Vegeta:''' Ooh-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo, ''[[SarcasmMode scathing.]]''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** This is a common Sith technique known as ''dun moch''. It's used to psychologically damage the opponent during combat, in order to gain victory over them. If your opponent is distracted or upset, he's easier to kill. And as an added bonus, if your opponent [[BerserkButton snaps]], it makes him easy prey for TheDarkSide. However, it should be used with some caution; successfully talking an opponent into [[UnstoppableRage giving in to their anger]] can be a bad idea, as [[spoiler: Count Dooku]] finds out.
** A similar technique used by Jedi is used to similar effect, but without utilizing normal trash talk techniques. Notably Luke utilized this to turn Darth Vader back to the light and in one EU game this must be utilized to sever a Sith's connection to the force to actually be killed.
* An official part of the titular sport in ''Film/{{BASEketball}}'', the purpose is to make the thrower miss their throw.
* In ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', rival bowler Jesus Quintana is a veritable font of this. Made even funnier by the Dude's LameComeback.
-->'''Jesus:''' You ready to be fucked, man? I see you rolled your way into the semis. Dios mio, man. Liam and me, we're gonna fuck you up.\\
'''The Dude:''' Yeah, well, you know that's just, like, your opinion, man.
* In ''Film/IpMan2'' the [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Boxer]] frequently mouths out at his Chinese opponents.
* [[Creator/MrT Clubber Lang]] from ''Film/RockyIII''.
* Yan Ti San/Thunderleg, the villain of the first ''Film/DrunkenMaster'' film, is a master of this. When Fei Hung demands that Yan stop insulting his father's kung fu, Yan replies with "Judging by you, your old man's kung fu stinks. I wouldn't ask him to wipe the shit from my damned asshole!" And he just keeps on going from there, folks.
* The Scarecrow in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' uses a G-rated form of this.
-->'''Scarecrow:''' Come along Dorothy, we don't want any of those apples.\\
'''Apple Tree:''' Are you hinting my apples aren't what they ought to be?\\
'''Scarecrow:''' ''[tauntingly]'' Oh, no. It's just that she doesn't like little green worms!

* A British officer and a Pathan tribesman do this to each other in Creator/RudyardKipling s ''Ballad of East and West''. TruthInTelevision for the Indian Northwest Frontier, did have a little of that.
* In ''Literature/TheChosen'', the baseball game at the beginning actually takes this to the point of being a Holy War between the Hasidic team and the other Jewish team. After all JewsLoveToArgue.
* In ''[[Literature/TroyRising The Hot Gate]]'', "Comet" Parker takes advantage of a tense cease-fire in a warzone to trash talk a shuttle pilot for the other side, who's also something of a PointOfView character for them. When his own insults aren't up to snuff, she comes up with a standard military procedure for trash talk on the spot, at which point he admits defeat.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "Battlefield", Ancelyn and Mordred spend some time exchanging insults before charging at each other, even though they're in the middle of a battle.
* A MOTD in ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' had some pretty good trash-talk; the Blue Ranger had just said that no one was too tough for the Power Rangers, prompting the monster to yell, "Well, let me introduce myself. I'm No One, and I'm too tough for the Power Rangers."
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'': Stephen loves to trash talk and he is good at it.
** [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/166777/april-22-2008/earth-is-awesome In honor of Earth Day, Stephen participates in a little interplanetary trash talk.]]
** [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/70932/june-21-2006/alexi-lalas During World Cup of Soccer 2006 Stephen trash talked together with Alexi Lalas.]]
** [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/73146/august-17-2006/neil-degrasse-tyson Stephen and Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson trash talk spheres in the running to be new planets.]]
** [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/250626/october-01-2009/2016-olympics-in-chicago---george-wendt Stephen and George Wendt trash talk Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo for competing against Chicago's 2016 Olympics bid.]]
** [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/79158/december-05-2006/sport-report---coach-mancini Stephen trash talks an opponent of the Saginaw Spirit.]]
* ''Series/ICarly'': Carly badly, then Sam quite well, during ''iFight Shelby Marx'', Aruthor (Spencer) and Aspartamay's taunt war in ''iStart a Fan War''.
* The "Hater's Ball" sketch on ''Series/ChappellesShow'' is about a convention of haters who are hating on each other on a proffesional level and are competing for "Hater of the Year" award. It's seven minutes of nonstop trash talking.
* ''Series/{{Benson}}'' has an episode where a "duel" is fought where Benson decides he and Clayton would "play the dozens" to settle it. Meaning a topic is given and they have to make insults at their opponent while hoping the opponent runs out of time to reply. The last round has Clayton "punch-drunk" while Benson shows his mastery.
* Part of the amusement of ''Series/CutthroatKitchen'' is listening to the chefs trash-talking each other, on topics ranging from age to size to cooking abilities, etc.

* A fair amount of rap has this. Same with punk rock.
** A freestyle rap battle is essentially a trash-talking contest.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmi_7udjaSE Pretty much this entire song about Final Fantasy]]
** "Your defense is weak; Fartin's tougher than you!/ Good Knight turned bad Knight? Goodnight for you!/ Surrender the Princess or Surrender your Life/I'm light speeds ahead of you, now bleed on my knife!/That was a critical hit; Critics are thumbin' in awe/Garland you look like shit, go home and cry to your ma!" It only gets better from there.
** "Destroyed Lich with fire, wrecked Kary with might, sockin' Kraken blockin' knockin' as we Nuke Tiamat tonight! A-na-na, I got the Crystals, time to go back to the past, as I put this motherfucking sword in Chaos' ass!"
** "I got a thousand volts of lightning runnin' through my veins; three feet of steel in my hand, and it's flavor is pain! You've been playin' with fire, now you gonna get burned; you're in over your head, another lesson to be learned! I'm gonna run you through! You gonna pay for your crime! (fucker) I just cast Haste, and now you're running out of time!"
** Chaos himself uses it: "Who do you think you are boy, the Light Warriors? Don't make me laugh, although you ARE glorious. How do you get your hair to match your armor so well? I bet your manicurist has a DOZEN stories to tell!"
* Every sentence of every other song by Music/TheAdventuresOfDuaneAndBrando as well, crossing over with ClusterFBomb.
** VideoGame/MegaMan: "You fucking meanie, you ten-pound weenie, to get the world, you'll have to go through me! My name is Mega Man, but you can call be Rock, 'cuz I'll be rockin' yo shit, up and down the block!"
** VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}: I'm T-N-T, I'm dynamite! I'm here representin', yeah I'm down for life; You can't fuck with the man with the master plan! Bitches don't think that I'm comin', you can bet that I am!"
** Simon Belmont: "Armed with a whip and a fucking stake, I'm gonna find Count {{Dracula}} and seal his fate! With a one, two three (ha ha ha!) annihilatin' zombies on my way to the gate. I'm Simon Belmont! The vampire slaughterer! Equipped with holy water and I got enough for all 'a ya'll. I'm callin' ya out! I'm takin' ya down! Killin' you again and puttin' ya back in the ground!"
* ''All About the Pentiums'' by Music/WeirdAlYankovic, when he's not bragging about how great his own PC is.
--> ''Your motherboard melts when you try to send a fax, where'd you get your CPU? In a box of Cracker Jacks?''
* ''Arschgesicht'' (ass face), by Music/{{Knorkator}} is nothing but trash talk and taunting. Played for laughs, as the vocals are done by one of the band members 10 year old son. In the video, he is playing a board game with a man looking like a heavily muscled hooligan.
* "Knife Fight" by Music/LemonDemon has several instances of this, as the two knife fighters threaten and insult each other before the fight begins.
--> "Let me tell you something: I can't be beat."
-->"Oh yeah?"
-->"Yeah. 'Cuz I'm the king of the street!"
-->"Well guess what, man - I'll pin you to the wall!"
-->"Oh yeah?"
-->"Yeah, your knife is way too small!"
-->"Hey! My knife is super sharp and that's what counts! I'm gonna make you bleed copius amounts!"
-->"Yeah, well I'll be sure to thank you right after I shank you!"

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Literature/TheBible: David and Goliath both indulge in ritual trash talk before they fight.
* Myth/GreekMythology: both the Greek and the Trojan champions indulge in ''Literature/TheIliad''.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* ''All the time'' in ProfessionalWrestling. In the ring, outside the ring, before, during and after the matches, to the opponent, to the powers that be, to the audience... You name a form of trash talk, wrestling delivers. Examples are not needed; this folder would collapse into a Word-Hole under its own weight and consume the rest of the page.

* ''Radio/LoZooDi105'': One of the show's staples.

* TruthInTelevision in [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/funny_old_game/3068365.stm cricket]], oddly enough, where it is known as "sledging". And as has been asserted by anyone they play (particularly Pakistan), the Australians are the best at it.
* UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli, to the point of being a WarriorPoet at times. Boxer Floyd Patterson refused to call Ali by his Muslim name, always referring to him by his birth name of Cassius Clay during the run up to their fight in 1966. Ali then humiliated Patterson, toying with him for 12 rounds while bellowing "What's my name? What's my name?"
* UsefulNotes/Basketball:
** Part of UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan's overall mystique was his penchant for backing up his trash talk. Over and over again.
** [[http://thehowevafiles.blogspot.com/2008/02/yao-ming-wolf-in-nice-guy-clothing.html And Yao Ming somehow picked this up in between his English lessons.]]
** Jordan's teammate Scottie Pippen was no slouch either. At the tail end of Game 1 of the 1997 NBA Finals with the game tied at 82, he famously told Karl "The Mailman" Malone "Just remember, The Mailman doesn't deliver on Sunday, Karl," just before the Utah Jazz star went to the free throw line. Malone clanked both shots off the rim. Jordan then buried the winning shot at the buzzer.
** Larry Bird, former NBA player for the Boston Celtics and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NIKK_OFvFY patron saint of this trope.]]
*** During the three-point shooting contest on All-Star Weekend 1986, Bird entered the locker room, looked around without saying a word, then finally said, "I want all of you to know I am winning this thing. I'm just looking around to see who's gonna finish up second." He won the shooting contest.
*** During one game on Christmas Day against the Indiana Pacers, before the game Bird told Chuck Person that he had a Christmas present waiting for him. During the game, when Person was on the bench, Bird shot a three-pointer on the baseline right in front of Person. Immediately after releasing the ball, Bird said to Person, "Merry fuckin' Christmas!", and then the shot went in. This was no doubt inspired by Person (nicknamed the "Rifleman") stating prior to the game that "The Rifleman is Coming, and He's Going Bird Hunting."
*** Reggie Miller recalled his encounter with Larry Bird's legendary trash talking ability in his book "I Love Being The Enemy". Reggie tried to disrupt Larry's concentration when he was shooting free throws late in a game. Larry glared at him, made the first free throw and said, "Rook, I am the best fucking shooter in the league. In the league, understand? And you're up here trying to fucking tell me something?" Then Larry buried the second free throw.
*** Late in a tied game against the Seattle [=SuperSonics=], Bird told Sonics forward Xavier [=McDaniel=], who was guarding him, exactly where he would hit the game winning shot. After a timeout, Bird made two baseline cuts, then posted in the exact spot he had indicated to [=McDaniel=], paused, turned, and hit the shot in his face.
*** After Bird made four straight baskets with Rodman guarding him, he ran over to Chuck Daly and asked "Who's guarding me, Chuck? Is anyone guarding me? You better get someone on me or I'm gonna go for 60." Then he'd continue the banter the next time he got the ball with Rodman inches away.
*** After Craig Hodges won the NBA All-Star Game Three-Point contest in Bird's absence, Hodges was asked if the victory was tainted because Bird hadn't participated. "He knows where he can find me," was Hodges retort. Told of Hodges' challenge, Bird replied, "Yeah, at the end of the Bulls bench."
*** Knicks' forward Charles Smith remembers when Bird barked "Sorry, Charlie," as he released a long, last-second shot to win a game. "That kind of a thing makes you want to jump on a guy," said Smith.
*** Bird even precipitated a fight with Julius Erving by repeating a single phrase over and over. The phrase? 42-5, or the number of points each had scored during an easy Boston victory.
* This is basically the job of Pests in hockey. Easily identified by the way they line up next to the other team's star players and immediately start yabbering in their ear while said player does their best to look like they haven't noticed anything is amiss, the Pest will use Trash Talk and other dirty plays to try and annoy the other team's stars into taking a penalty just to shut them up (or, even better, get into a fight). This both removes a star player from the ice for a few minutes and potentially gives the Pest's team a powerplay. [[DiscreditedTrope Pests aren't as common today as they were in the 80s and 90s]], but there are still a few of them around.
** The now-retired Sean Avery may have been the king of this trope. He not only annoyed virtually everyone on the ice he came in contact with, [[InsultFriendlyFire including his own teammates]], but he took the trash talk off the ice as well, waging wars in the media. Extra notable for when he got suspended by his own team, and subsequently traded a short while later, for saying that Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf enjoyed his sloppy seconds (since Phaneuf's fiancée happened to be Avery's former girlfriend).
** Special mention goes to Esa Tikkanen who, not content to simply insult opponents in English, actually ''made up his own language'' just to annoy people (referred to as Tikkanese or Tik-Talk, or Tiki-Talky by fans and media). Tikkanen was Finnish and everyone originally assumed he was speaking his native tongue, but teammate and fellow Finn Jari Kurri confirmed that he couldn't understand a word Tikkanen said either.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', {{Wizard Duel}}s traditionally determine who goes first (as well as getting a slight attack bonus) by having the combatants trash talk each other, although some choose to forgo this in favour of a simple DeathGlare. The magical field which the duel takes place in measures which duelist is the most intimidated, which is how the order of attack is chosen.
* The Jester class in 3.5 edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' lives and breathes this trope; with magical augmentations to their cutting wit Jesters can goad their enemies into making mistakes, insult them into losing confidence, frighten them into fleeing, and even deal damage at higher levels.
** In 4.0, one of the [[SpoonyBard Bard's]] basic powers is to [[IShallTauntYou literally taunt your enemies to death]].
* The Ridicule skill in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''. There's even an edge (''the voice: grating'') that gives you a bonus to it.
* A [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Magic]] card, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=74292 Mother of Goons]], from a joke set (punning on the "real" card "Mother of Runes"), leaves play unless you insult your opponents' creatures whenever those creatures die.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' CJ often trash talks his enemies while in combat.
** This has been a stable of pretty much every sandbox game since ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity GTA: Vice City]]''.
* The Pkunk in ''VideoGame/StarControl 2'' can only regain battery points by insulting their foes. ("Worm, idiot, fool!") If you ask them about this, they explain that, as a highly pacifistic society, aggression and combat doesn't come easily to them, so they must whip themselves up into an emotional frenzy in order to be effective.
* In ''VideoGame/KenkaBancho'', this is the proper way to start a fight after [[DeathGlare staring down your opponent]].
* Common in tri-Ace games, notable ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' (nearly every character can be a cocky bastard) and the ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' series. Reasonably common in other [=RPG=]s with voice acting.
** ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' plays with this in a few ways. To start, Lenneth's quotes change depending on her Seal level; high, she's gung ho and thirsting for battle. Low, and she's questioning her mission. Some characters parody others' quotes, and in the sequel, going into battle with certain combinations of Einherjar will have them talking to each other instead of taunting enemies.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsEpisodeIRacer'' has a programmable TauntButton on the joystick/keyboard that has the sole function of screaming insults at your opponents. It really doesn't do anything in a race but it certainly makes the player feel better. Unfortunately, since most of the racers are aliens, the only character you can actually understand is Anakin (such gems as "Eat fumes, wormo!")... and half the time his are in Huttese anyway.
* Happens before, during, and after races in the first two ''VideoGame/MidnightClub'' games. Due to the character tripping over his words, one example backfires [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilariously]]:
-->'''Larry''': You reckon you got a chance against the Queen of Ki-I mean the King of Queens?
* In both ''VideoGame/EternalChampions'' and ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', taunting your enemy reduces the energy they need for their special moves. Sadly, this only ''matters'' in the latter; in the former, [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard the computer doesn't care about its meter]].
* A key tactic in the ''Videogame/WingCommander'' games is using your comm system to shout insults at your Kilrathi opponents. Being the {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s they are, this will often provoke them into ignoring their mission objectives (like, say, [[EscortMission the ships you're protecting]]) in favor of chasing after you specifically.
* VideoGame/{{Kirby}} enjoys doing this to his opponents in ''Kirby's Avalanche'', insulting them in full sentences while sometimes also throwing in an IncrediblyLamePun.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' has Logg, Lun, and Subala do this in the FishingMinigame. Pretty amusing to look at while [[TheHero the Prince]] is minding his own business.
* Everybody [[TheUnintelligible except the Pyro]] (who ''could'' be trash-talking but could also just as likely be discussing the weather or reciting T. S. Eliot) in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', especially with their domination quotes. Highlights include:
--> '''Sniper:''' Too slow, [[TheMedic medicine woman!]]\\
'''Spy:''' So your deadly skill is [[FragileSpeedster jogging?]] Mine is ''murdering people!'' \\
'''Soldier:''' Scotland is not a real country! You are an Englishman in a dress!\\
'''Heavy:''' [[LargeHam YOU ARE SO SMALL! IS FUNNY TO ME!]]\\
'''Scout:''' Dude, you get a closed casket at the ugly cemetery!\\
'''Demoman:''' Ya great lactating wet nurse!\\
'''Engineer:''' Shoot, son, you all slow as molasses.\\
'''Medic:''' Would you like a second opinion? You are also ugly!
** More domination lines!
--> '''Sniper:''' I'm runnin' out of places to put holes in ya!\\
'''Spy:''' I'm looking at your x-ray and I'm afraid you ''suck''!\\
'''Soldier:''' Your mouth wrote checks, my gun has cashed them.\\
'''Heavy:''' The burning you feel? It is ''shame''.\\
'''Scout:''' You're like a car crash in slow motion. It's like I'm watchin' ya fly through a windshield!\\
'''Demoman:''' That's a right pretty bra-washer ya built, you big ugly girl!\\
'''Engineer:''' Didn't your mama ever teach you not to play with matches?\\
'''Medic:''' [[SarcasmMode Oops, zat was not medicine!]]
** [[RuleOfThree And a third!]]
--> '''Scout:''' [[BreakingTheFourthWall Yeah, I dare ya, rage quit. C'mon, make us both happy!]]\\
'''Spy:''' [[YourMom Well, off to visit your mother!]]\\
''' Soldier:''' [[BadassBoast You cannot burn me! I'm already ablaze with passion]], '''for war!'''\\
'''Demoman:''' [[YouAreFat Little too much caber-tossin' pie down yer own throat, eh, chubby?]]\\
'''Heavy''': [[ToThePain I promise you, pain without end.]]\\
'''Sniper:''' [[YouAreFat Gotcha, ya pot-bellied lardass!]]\\
'''Engineer:''' [[YouAreFat Gotcha, fat boy!]]
* Every character in ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' trash talks their opponent to an extent, but Shao Kahn takes it UpToEleven by mocking not only his opponent, but the player as well:
--> "It's official... you suck!"
--> "You're still trying to win?"
--> "That was pathetic!"
** Johnny Cage is also quite the trash talker. In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' he trash talks everybody, to the point where even his teammates turn on him.
--> '''Johnny''': "I'm taking ''you'' down. I'm taking ''you'' down. I'm taking ''you'' out." ''(turns to Sonya)'' "And I'm taking ''you'' out...''to dinner''."
* All the opposing generals in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'''s General Challenge love filling the air time with insults and boasts.
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer2013'', the successor to ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals Generals]]'', seemingly also has 'Must be able to trash talk' as a requirement for the generals.
* The ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series sports Trash Talk as the normal form in sword fights. Basically who is better at trash talk wins.
** In the third game, it's trash talk swordfighting... with rhymes!
* Enemy generals always say something just before Destiny of an Emperor's nonrandom battles, and about half of them are trash talk.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has this during the fight between Asura and Augus.
-->'''[[BloodKnight Augus]]''': You need to enjoy this a bit more!
-->'''[[HotBlooded Asura]]''': YOU NEED TO SHUT UP AND DIE!
* In lieu of fisticuffs, this is one of the forms of combat/information-gathering in ''VideoGame/DangerousHighSchoolGirlsInTrouble''.
* Trash talk is apparently a time-honored tradition in Tamriel - in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', everyone from bandits to DRAGONS will taunt you when you get into a fight with them (albeit in their own language, in the case of the dragons). The leaders on both sides of the Skyrim Civil War in particular have some priceless fight dialogue.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': in the Citadel DLC, you can brush off the Mysterious Figure trying to trash-talk you by pointing out that the last guy to try it was [[EldritchAbomination about 2km tall]]. Later in that same DLC, Traynor takes on her arch-rival, the asari Polgara T'Suzsa, at Kepesh-Yakshi, an asari strategy game. T'Suzsa's opening gambit is to mock and belittle Traynor. You get a Renegade interrupt to respond in style.
-->''"Trash talking. That's another strategy that doesn't work on the Reapers. It didn't work on the [[BloodKnight krogan]], either. Or the [[BugWar rachni]]. Have the asari ever won a war?"''
* ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and WiiU]]'' have the casts of ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' and ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' do this upon winning against opponents from their own franchises, though these statements are quite OutOfCharacter for the VideoGame/FireEmblem fighters.
-->'''[[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee Lucina]] vs. Marth:''' ''This'' is the Hero-King?\\
'''Lucina vs. Ike:''' And they call'' you ''the Radiant Hero?\\
'''[[PlayerCharacter Female Robin]] vs. Lucina:''' How can you protect Chrom when you can't even protect yourself?\\
'''[[EvilKnockoff Dark Pit]] vs. Pit:''' [[WhereIsYourXNow Where's your goddess now?]]\\
'''Palutena vs. Dark Pit:''' Poor little Pittoo!
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' typically has the hero you're playing taking shots at their victims if they were involved in a kill in the match. Many heroes actually have specific quotes for certain victims, usually their antagonist/rival/friend (EG: Any Major ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' character versus Diablo himself). The most notable quotes among these are from character in the Diablo or Warcraft series.
* In ''VideoGame/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsterColiseum'', Yami Yugi and his opponents will do this depending on who's winning.
* In ''VideoGame/YuGiOhDuelLinks'', characters who are antagonistic to one another will deal this out in spades.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Before a [[DuelsDecideEverything Spell Card duel]], it seems to be tradition to hype up your own power and threaten to [=maim/kill/eat=] your opponent, regardless of your actual intentions (in fact, the rules are explicitly nonlethal). This is {{justified}} as the system is primarily used by {{Youkai}}, who [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve need to maintain some sense of the fear and conflict they were born from]].
* ''VideoGame/LoveNikkiDressUpQueen'': When Nikki's opponents in a styling contest use the skill Critical Eye (which lowers the player's score), they pair it with an insult.
--> '''Toto''': Now I know why you have no boyfriend!

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The ''WebAnimation/NinjaAction'' series is dialog-less, but that doesn't stop some trash talk to happen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcljlDHSKO0 "Ninja Action 1"]], when the protagonist faces a DarkActionGirl, under the form of stick figures animated in speech bubbles. She promises she'll rip off his head and uses it as a ball; he retorts that he's going to subject her to a MetronomicManMashing by grabbing her long hair. And then he delivers.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Xykon from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a ''master'' at this, coming up with the nastiest lectures to completely crush his opponents' spirit and destroy any measure of confidence they have. It backfires on him once when a lecture of his ends up having a much-needed ''therapeutic'' effect on his opponent.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': The Light Warriors do a lot more trash talking than fighting. Without an opponent present, they use this on each other.
* Rowasu of ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}'' loves this and BringIt.
* Afro from ''Webcomic/EveryButtonHurtsTheOtherGuy'' spouts a constant stream of the spiteful variety during his fight with Russel.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Film/{{Sockbaby}}''.
--> '''Ronnie Cordova:''' Go forth and tell your alien brothers... THAT RONNIE CORDOVA SAYS THEY'RE GAY!
* The LetsPlay/FreelanceAstronauts tend to do this. Most notably was Tetris Smackdown, which largely consisted of [[NoIndoorVoice pipes!]] engaging in some epic level trash talk.
* Chaka of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. If she's in a superhero battle, it's nonstop, including smart-alecky comments to teammates over their subspace communication system. She's done it to ninjas, supervillains, zombies, you name it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Commonly used in the Earth Rumble matches, but for both the ring and the entire series, Toph is the master.
* Terry from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' is fond of this strategy, which in fact is instrumental in helping him take down [[spoiler:a resurrected Joker]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'':
** [[JerkAss Colonel H.]] [[EvilOldFolks Stinkmeaner]] speaks nothing ''but'' trash talk when he isn't using the N-word like it's going out of style:
--->'''Stinkmeaner:''' Who in the hell parked in my space?! That's like calling 1-800-Collect-An-Ass-Whoopin'! And no, that ain't no toll-free call, PARTNAH!\\
'''Stinkmeaner:''' You scared? Yeah. You scared ain't you, bitch [[NWordPrivileges nigga]]? I can smell the bitch in ya. *sniffs twice* Ooh, that's vintage ''bitch''!\\
'''Stinkmeaner:''' Oh yeah! Look at you! You were talkin' all that good shit a second ago, then ''you got kicked in your chest''! ''You'' eat a d***, [[NWordPrivileges nigga]]! YOU eat a d*** !"
** Of course, Riley is no novice in the art of trash-talk either: "Hey, [[TheBully ''Bitch'' Magnus]]! I called you a bitch [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment 'cause you's a bitch!]] What, you thought [[HonorBeforeReason I wasn't gonna come see you?]] You thought you wasn't gonna get the taste smacked out your mouth for trying to jack [[AwesomeMcCoolname Young Reezy]]? You better fall back, [[NWordPrivileges nigga]]!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "The Pig War," the war begins with a customary exchange of insults.
-->'''Rex:''' Your costumes are atrocious.\\
'''Rex III:''' Your so-called pig looks malnourished. What do you feed the little runt?\\
'''Gerald:''' You walk like you've got an umbrella in your pants!\\
'''Phil:''' You couldn't catch this pig if your life depended on it, you broken-down old fossil!
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' featured a CreepyDoll that did nothing but this, thanks to Jimmy.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' villain Shego's cutesy nicknames for "Kimmie" carry the implicit suggestion that she's just [[YearsTooEarly a little girl who should run along home instead of trying to fight with the grownups]]. (To be sure, some fans have [[FoeYay another]] [[LesYay interpretation]]....)
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' has a match between Don Rickles and Rodney Dangerfield. Rodney got Rickles to run out of material (Johnny said Rodney played "rope-a-dope" with Rickles) before going into a flurry of fists as each seven punches helped Rodney teach Rickles about "respect." "Here's an R!" It ends with Rodney punching Rickles to pieces that get cooked on a grill.
-->'''Rodney:''' Don Rickles is so dead...\\
'''Audience: How Dead is He?'''\\
'''Rodney:''' He's so dead the vultures are making reservations! ''[uses a BBQ fork to get one of Rickles' legs]'' Now who wants a drumstick?
* The school in ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' actually has a class that ''teaches'' this. (Justified, because the school in general is for {{Masked Luchador}}s.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle'' cartoon "Log Rollers," where the birds invade Powerful Pierre's lumberyard, Heckle trash-talks at Pierre.
-->'''Heckle:''' Ah, you're not so tough, chum. You're musclebound. Why, you couldn't punch your way out of paper bag! (''Pierre punches Heckle right in the face'') Ha! What'd I tell ya? I didn't even feel it! (''He suddenly goes catatonic and falls on his back cold'')
* A ''WesternAnimation/CoolMcCool'' cartoon has Cool trying to pull this on the Owl while in airborne pursuit of him:
-->'''Cool:''' Owl, you [[{{Spoonerism}} licken-chivered]], er, chicken-livered, bird-brained feather duster!\\
'''Owl:''' Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never harm me!\\
'''Cool:''' Oh, no? Your mother eats Polly seeds!\\
'''Owl:''' (''stops and pulls a gun'') Now ''that's'' asking for it!!

[[folder:Real Life]]
* According to stories, {{Samurai}} stopped to give the names of their glorious ancestors before falling on in a DuelToTheDeath.
* Pick any online game with any form of free communication between players. Most of this communication will be either people gloating and telling you that you suck because they beat you, or people accusing you of cheating or using cheap tactics because ''you'' beat ''them''. The rule of thumb for trash talk is that, if anyone is better than you, they have no life. If anyone is worse than you, they are a noob. It can actually work pretty well with text-based chat. If they're busy typing they probably won't notice the column of tanks you're about to shove up their ass.
* Creator/JohnRomero all but ''invented'' FPS trash talking with ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' deathmatch.
* [[http://en.allexperts.com/q/Military-History-669/2008/7/british-american-relations-ww2.htm Once]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, shortly after Italy surrendered to the Allies:
-->'''German soldier:''' How do you like your new ally?\\
'''American soldier:''' You can have 'em back.\\
'''German soldier:''' Swine!\\
'''American soldier:''' You horse's rear!
* Often used in TabletopGame/{{poker}}. Mike "The Mouth" Matusow is a master of it, but Tony G is the absolute king.
* Many games just wouldn't be the same without trash talk; Hearts, Spades, Dominoes, Darts...you know you're among trusted friends when you can verbally abuse them without fear while they're flinging sharp pointed objects.
* [[http://notalwaysright.com/inter-screwed/8762 This story from Not Always Right]]. Also qualifies as OhCrap moment for the trash talker.
* In Vietnam ARVN and VC would occasionally trash talk over the radio.
* One time during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar a group of pickets were shooting at each other while trash talking each other. One Rebel and one Yankee got so angry with each other that everyone agreed that guns were too impersonal, and so they called a truce to settle the manner with GoodOldFisticuffs. Once that was done, they had a rest. Then they went back to shooting at each other.
* Subversion, during UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars British preferred to remain silent while the French were approaching to make sure that there was as much tension begging to be released when the order to fire and charge came.
* In one time during the Battle of Waterloo, Cavalie Mercer, commanding a battery of British Horse Artillery cheered his men's morale by exchanging insults with a French skirmisher.
* If you think of it, some of UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's most famous speeches were to some degree a high-class form of trash-talk.
* During the truce before the Battle of Poitiers, the great English knight Sir John Chandos rode out to look at the French army, and met the French Lord of Clermont coming the other way -- and the two of them realized that, despite not being connected in any way, they were both wearing the same heraldric device. The resultant conversation can be summarized as: "You're a thief." "No, you're the thief." "Boy, you are so lucky that there is a truce on." "Yeah, well, there won't be a truce on tomorrow, so you'd better watch it!"
* Do not try this at chess tournaments, lest the arbiter will throw the book at you. Blitz chess in your club is an entirely other matter and no fun without this trope.