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->''"Tom says it's okay!" ({{Beat}}) "That probably means it's not okay."''
-->-- '''Andy Dwyer,''' ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''

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So our once-spotless character has just performed a bit of DirtyBusiness, or worse, in a moment of weakness, they've done something [[MoralDissonance unambiguously wrong]], perhaps even [[NotSoDifferent lowering themselves to the level of the villain.]] Either way, their [[FatalFlaw character flaws]] have just been [[WhatYouAreInTheDark laid bare]].

[[BaddieFlattery "Nice one,"]] the evil villain says, "and I thought ''I'' was the bad guy, here." At this point, the hero realizes that they must have [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone done something horrible]] to warrant a compliment from their most hated adversary. They may brush it off with a [[ShutUpHannibal quick retort]] or [[KirkSummation explanation]] but the villain's words will linger regardless.

This generally comes in one of two flavors: in one, the villain is [[ArsonMurderAndAdmiration genuinely impressed]] by the unheroic deed and pays the hero an honest (if unwanted) compliment. This shows up more frequently in comedic works. In other, usually more dramatic cases, the villain's motive is to [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastically mock]] the hero's [[NotSoDifferent claim to the moral high ground]], [[ManipulativeBastard mess with the hero's head]], [[FlawExploitation goad him]] into taking more actions he'll regret, or set him up [[FaceHeelTurn for the ways of evil]].

Essentially an {{inver|tedTrope}}sion of WhatTheHellHero. Sometimes part of a BreakingLecture or a NotSoDifferent speech. Can occasionally occur solely among protagonists, with an especially dark AntiHero or SociopathicHero standing in for a villain; if the approval is expressed by a superior or a commanding officer, it's likely to be a MedalOfDishonor. When villains compliment one another, it's ArsonMurderAndAdmiration. There's also its total opposite: the InsultBackfire, where the villain appreciates the qualities the hero accuses them of. Can occur with SoProudOfYou. Compare ComplimentBackfire (where the problem is not what is being said (or who is saying it), but ''how''); YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForEvil, where a villain notes the hero could have made a good villain; AntiAdvice, where the nature of the advisor causes the advisee to do exactly the opposite; AtLeastIAdmitIt, where a villain notes that, unlike the "hero", he's honest about doing wrong; and DismissingACompliment.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime, Uryu Ishida utters a similar phrase when he gets praised by [[PunchClockVillain Nel and her Fraccion]], a group of Arrancar who technically are his enemies.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'', Godou gets upset when people congratulate him on his BloodKnight and ChickMagnet status, as he tries to suppress these tendencies.
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', Sōsuke gets this way (in a more [[BerserkButton violent, angry way]]) whenever Gauron starts describing how beautiful, wonderful, or [[GaussianGirl saint-like]] Sōsuke is when he nonchalantly kills people. Especially when Gauron refers to him by "Kashim" -- his past alias and what Gauron clarifies as being his "Assassin-Saint" persona. Sōsuke's reactions to this tend to range from angrily yelling that ThatManIsDead (despite the fact that he still works as and has the personality of a [[TheStoic stoic]] assassin mercenary) to violently trying to kill Gauron. This YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame reaction tends to only be provoked by Gauron, since Gauron is pretty much the person that disgusts Sōsuke the most in the entire series.
* In ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', Ippo scores a one-punch KO in one of his title defenses. Despite the tremendous applause and adoration of his fans, Ippo is disheartened, as he didn't feel it was real boxing.
* In ''Manga/HekikaiNoAion'', Seine has no other option but to rip [[MindControlDevice the Mushis]] out of a crowd of {{brainwashed and crazy}} students without exciting the Mushis first. Shizuki applause this act. Seine was not amused since she knows what doing that [[FateWorseThanDeath means]]. [[spoiler:All those kids will not remember anything they did under mushi influence, but [[MindRape anytime they got any potential weapon, they will feel the urge of kill someone, a.k.a. Seine, or will feel urge to kill her if they saw her face]].]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Inukami}}'': Keita is disgusted by the genuine respect minor antagonists like underwear theif and Peeping Doctor have for him and can't stand the title they refer to him with: King of Nudity. Although he IS just as perverted as they are, and did such an act in the episode, the title is actually Yohko's fault.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' sometimes gets a little manipulative, lies or distrust someone. Then [[TokenEvilTeammate Nijima]] compliments him. Despair follows.
* From ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
-->[[spoiler:'''Kyubey:''' You've done great, Homura. You've raised Madoka to become the most powerful witch ever.]]
* In ''Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit'', Kasen finds Reimu preparing another GetRichQuickScheme. When Reimu starts describing the plan and Kasen finishes her sentence, she replies "Exactly! I knew you'd get it!"; Kasen clutches her head as if Reimu's approval is physically harming her.

* Creator/JimGaffigan has a bit about this. He claims that his skin is so white and pale that strangers will come up to him and tell him racist jokes. "Gee, thanks for reminding me I look like Hitler's wet dream."
* Creator/DaraOBriain used to tell a joke about Elton John's homosexuality as part of his act. He defended the joke when a gay rights group called "Outrage" targeted him with a letter-writing campaign, but a letter of support from a homophobic organisation that congratulated him on "Standing up to the forces of sodomy" persuaded him to remove the joke from the act. He mentioned this incident in a later show and accompanied it with a fear of the image of him playing golf with Jim Davidson (a British comedian widely despised among his peers for being a lowbrow racist).
* Discussed by Stewart Lee in a routine about PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad and his reluctance to make jokes about UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}; he doesn't much care if Muslims are offended by anything he says, but he doesn't want the sort of people who find Islamophobic humor funny to be a part of his target audience.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''
** In the anti-hunger comic ''Heroes for Hope'', ComicBook/{{Magneto}} is among those experiencing horrific visions, in his case, of a world where his dream of mutant supremacy has come true, at the cost of killing every other human, whose corpses then rise up to devour him. As this unfolds, he is complimented on his genocide by Hitler, who praises what a good student he was. Magneto, a Jew whose family died in UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's camps, has no trouble seeing the connection. The glazed yet horrified look on Magneto's face when Hitler congratulates him is priceless.
** There was once a similar exchange between him and The ComicBook/RedSkull. This trope is pretty common with Magneto, to the point that any direct compliment made to him has a decent chance of being this.
** As mentioned, this trope can occasionally occur among protagonists. In a story of the ''Uncanny X-Men'' in the late eighties, Havok is disturbed at the growing ease he's feeling in killing bad guys to save innocents. After their recent battle, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} congratulates him for not hesitating to kill, offering to shake his hand. Havok is not flattered that he is being congratulated by the patron saint of anti-heroes.
** When Wolverine goes to Hell (don't ask), he finally meets his biological father, Thomas Logan. The two had very briefly met before Logan's powers manifested, but Logan accidentally killed him in anger. Thomas says that he wanted revenge ''at first''... but after he heard stories about what Logan had become, he grew proud of his bastard son. Logan doesn't know how to react at first, but later on clearly feels this way, disowning his biological father Thomas, and making it perfectly clear that he considers John Howlett his real father.
* In [[Franchise/TheDCU DC]]'s {{Elseworld}}s' ''ComicBook/TheGoldenAge'', Al Pratt, The Atom, is among those stunned to learn that the would-be icon Dyna-Man, the former Dan The Dyna-Mite, is not at all who he seems. Pratt, who has never questioned the ever more sinister tone of the movement he's been in, is complimented by Dyna-Man, saying he would have made a perfect Nazi. Note that Pratt was a member of the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica and had been actively fighting the Nazis in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', when Jesse is about to defeat and kill Jody, Jody tells Jesse that he's proud of him. (Keep in mind that Jody killed Jesse's father in front of a young Jesse and then made Jesse's childhood a living Hell, as per the wishes of Jesse's incredibly [[EvilOldFolks evil grandmother]].) Jesse seems less ashamed and more royally pissed.
* This is a recurring punchline in ''Franchise/ArchieComics''.
** In one comic Principal Weatherbee hires Jughead to write jokes for his assembly speech when a particular kind of joke is really popular. Then Weatherbee hears two girls complaining about the jokes. When he asks Jughead what happened, Jughead tells him that the jokes are completely lame now. When did they become uncool? "Oh, yeah. When word got around that [Weatherbee] was telling them."
** In another comic, Archie worries that his band's latest song may not be well-receved…because Mr. Lodge loves it.
** In one memorable story, a reporter decides to write a story on Archie's popularity. After the article comes out, all of Archie's friends ostracize him. And when the reporter writes about Archie's fall from grace, the gang become incensed at the reporter for saying such things about Archie. Mr. Weatherbee sums this up thusly, "You see, Archie was popular until I said he was popular. Then, when you wrote abut him being unpopular, he became popular again!"
** In another story, Veronica shows off her skills as a trendsetter by making Jughead's hat the next big thing. After the entire school is wearing hats like Jug's, Veronica (Fed up with seeing that hat everywhere) puts an end to the fad by having the teachers wear the hats.
* In ''Comicbook/CaptainBritainAndMI13'', Norman Osborn says he respects Pete Wisdom as a "fellow player". Wisdom is less than pleased.
-->'''Pete Wisdom''': Brilliant... The %#@&%#$ Green Goblin thinks I'm a bit like him.
* During the ''[[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman The Reign of the Supermen]]'', Guy Gardner backs the Last Son of Krypton visored Superman, who has the following reaction:
-->'''Last Son of Krypton''': "Until this moment, my actions felt absolutely right. But... I ''did'' let my anger at Gardner get the better of me. I took it out on those less capable of defending themselves. And now Gardner cheers me on. That alone is reason to reflect, to question what I have done."
* In ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', while covering election, Spider visits one candidate's rally. An elderly man is mean to him so Spider, being the AntiHero he is, headbutts him. Other participants start praising him for keeping the weak down. Spider is clearly baffled and disgusted by this, and becomes utterly terrified when he finds out the man all those people came here for is ANaziByAnyOtherName.
* In ''History of ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', writer Gary Larson remarks that he has one friend with a particularly offbeat sense of humor-- when that friend calls to say how much he liked the strip that just appeared in the paper, it tells Larson [[DudeNotFunny he just pissed off most of his actual target audience]].
* In ''[[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Loki: Agent of Asgard]]'', Loki meets somebody who put the pieces together about what Loki did at the end of ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' and comments on it with simple "Nice, old chum". Loki already feels [[MyGreatestFailure ashamed of what he did then]], but it certainly doesn't help that person who just approved of it is [[{{Satan}} Mephisto]].
* Prowl is ''not'' flattered by the fact that the Constructicons, a bunch of laid back yet ever so slightly psychotic/sadistic working joes, like him in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise.'' This is not helped by the fact that they're the ''only'' people who like him--not even the other Autobots like Prowl. Most of his biggest detractors are on his own side! Complicating matters further [[spoiler:this is because they shared minds when he combined with them, and they apparently liked what they found.]]
* ''ComicBook/TheJoker'' of ''all characters'' felt this in ''ComicBook/BatmanAndCaptainAmerica'' when the Red Skull told The Joker that the latter would've been an great Nazi. [[EvenEvilHasStandards He may be a criminal lunatic, but he's an]] ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards American]]'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards criminal lunatic!]]
* Reed Richards and Hank Pym had this reaction in ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' when Baron Werner von Blitzschlag, an unrepentant former Nazi, praised them for creating a crazed clone of Thor that killed Goliath, or in his words, "the Teutonic god who destroyed the black man." Somehow, this didn't cause them to reconsider whether what they were doing in support of the Registration Act was perhaps not actually a good thing.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Jonesy}}'', the title character meets a boy named Landon who likewise has Love Powers, only he uses them to make people do his bidding and wants Jonsey to help him get a castle built for him. When she refuses, he starts stalking her, culminating with him using his powers on her one of her best friends, Susan. In anger, Jonesy uses her powers to have her other best friend, Farid, punch Landon for her. After recovering from the hit, Landon compliments Jonesy for doing since it's something ''he'' would do. Jonsey's naturally not happy with both her actions and the compliment.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]:
** The story [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/143497/1/groomed-to-perfection/chapter-1-like-teacher-like-student Groomed To Perfection]] by Rainbow Bob has Discord implying that [[WifeHusbandry Celestia raised Twilight to be her mate in addition to her equal.]] Celestia states that she couldn't be any prouder of Twilight, or love her any more than she already does, which gets [[IronicEcho thrown back in her face shortly thereafter]], with the implication that Discord himself had raised '''Celestia''' to be his own mate, an idea which fills her with shame.
---> '''Discord:''' “I couldn’t be prouder of you, or love you anymore than I already do.”
** In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' Origins Arc, this happens several times with Discord being the one giving the praise. The hero in this fic [[spoiler:Princess Celestia]] knows he's a sadistic psychopath with no regard for life in any form and has already caused untold suffering for his own amusement, having ''him'' praise a hero normally results in a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment on their part.
** In ''[[Fanfic/BitterTearsAnAnonAMissFic Bitter Tears: An Anon-A-Miss Fic]]'', Adagio tells the CMC that they would have made excellent sirens, and "congratulates" them and the Humane 5 for doing a better job of breaking Sunset than they ever did.
** In [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/105303/pandelirium Pandelirium]] by Kwakerjak, the fifth instalment of the ''Petriculture Cycle'', Discord approves of and expands on one of Pinkie Pie's party ideas. This causes her to rethink the particular party activity.
* At the end of the first day of the trial in ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'', [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Trixie]], the prosecutor, is more than happy to agree with [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix's]] claims, and even offers him a ticket to her next performance. His response is [[VisibleSilence a silent stare]], the motive being that [[spoiler:[[ShootTheDog he just placed suspicion of the murder over Fluttershy]]]] as a desperate ploy to save Dash and get more time to investigate.
* According to Rufftoon on Website/DeviantArt, [[http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/101/4/c/seal_of_approval_by_rufftoon-d4vvis4.jpg Zhao]] [[https://rufftoon.deviantart.com/art/Seal-of-Approval-Part-Deux-295700123 approves]] of [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]].
* Unintentionally used by the heroes, in the ''[[Anime/FullMetalAlchemist 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist]]'' fanfic ''FanFic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown'' is Edward tries to feel pride at becoming a State Alchemist, considering how proud everyone else is. All he could feel is shame and dread.
* The {{crossover}} CrackFic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5132762 In Which Social Media Is A Conduit Between Worlds]]'' has [[Literature/TheColSecTrilogy Samella Connel]] express vaguely anti-authoritarian sentiments in a brief rant...only to say this in so many words when the rant garners the approval of BombThrowingAnarchists.
* In the ''TabeltopGame/Warhammer40000'' fic ''FanFic/TheShapeOfTheNightmareToCome'', a troupe of Harlequins come to Biel-Tan, the last Eldar Craftworld. However, they are revealed to be Dark Eldar Wyches who try to assassinate the leaders of Biel-Tan. The Eldar eventually overcomethe Wyches, and the leader of Biel-Tan [[LadyOfWar Asitar]] has the survivors stuffed full of carnviorous insects with all their orifices sewn shut, and sent back to Commoragh, The next year, a cask of finest and non-poisoned Commoragahan wine arrives, along with a personal note from [[EvilOverlord Asdrubael Vect]] himself reading, essentially, "Attagirl".
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5409173/chapters/15138676 Harry Potter and the Gaining of Faith]]'' Faith makes a call to the Watcher's Council which results in Umbridge being abducted, interrogated and murdered. Lucius Malfoy comments on the lack of concrete evidence and states that if she weren't a Muggle she would've made an excellent Malfoy.
-->Faith was left staring after him. To her, that seemed insulting as hell, but she also understood the man that was saying it. And to him, she could have been paid no higher compliment.
* In ''Fanfic/SonOfTheSannin'', during a meeting to solve the Hyuga affair, Jiraiya feels disgusted when Danzo praises him.


[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'', Vincent the bear compliments RJ when he let his friends get captured by Animal Control.
-->'''Vincent:''' So I was just on my way down here to kill you, but I stopped to watch the show, and I gotta say... that right there is a thing of beauty. That is the most vicious, deceitful, self-serving thing I've ever seen. ''(chuckles maliciously)'' Classic, RJ. You take the food, and they take the fall. You keep this up, you're gonna end up just like me-- havin' everything you ever wanted.
-->'''RJ''': ...[[HeelRealization I already had everything I ever wanted.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', it's never directly stated, but implied that JerkJock fraternity Roar Omega Roar re-offering Sulley membership is what makes him [[spoiler:confess to cheating during the last segment of the scare games]].
* Although not stated outright, but in ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' Satan told Sheila she's responsible for the end of the world. She did not take the compliment well...
* In ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar,'' [[SnarkyNonhumanSidekick Iago]] defects from [[EvilSorcerer Jafar]] to the good guys for his own gain, and eventually starts to [[BecomingTheMask actually like them]]. Once Jafar comes back, however, he bullies Iago into becoming TheMole and uses him to capture them all, though Iago's clearly not happy about doing it.
-->'''Jafar:''' Ah, Iago...You betrayed me and allied yourself with my enemies! Then you turned on them as soon as it was in your best interests. That's what I love about you! You're so perfectly-- ''predictable.'' A villain through and through.\\
'''Iago:''' Yeah... no problem...
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', Sunset Shimmer is enraged and humiliated when The Great and Powerful Trixie praises her for tackling Rainbow Dash in an alleged fit of jealous rage.
-->'''Sunset Shimmer:''' [[IResembleThatRemark IT WASN'T A FIT OF JEALOUS RAGE!]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SmurfsTheLostVillage'', [[spoiler:Gargamel thanks Smurfette for [[NiceJobBreakingItHero unintentionally leading him to the lost village]], noting that she's finally fulfilled the purpose he created her for.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'': When Blackbeard compliments Philip's capture of Syrena with a hearty "Well done, sailor", this trope is written all over Philip's face, as well as MyGodWhatHaveIDone.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' plays both versions of the trope at once, in that the Joker, gives Batman a likely-honest compliment ''while'' attempting to play mind games with him:
-->'''Batman:''' You wanted me. Here I am.\\
'''The Joker:''' I wanted to see what you'd do. And you didn't disappoint! You let five people die!
* At the climax of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Emperor grabs the VillainBall as tightly as he can by congratulating and encouraging Luke each time he lets his anger take control of him, and each time Luke realizes that he is falling into the dark side and stops himself. It can only be justified if it were somehow important that Luke not just give in to anger, but also be aware of doing so.
* An example of the first variety occurs in the ''Film/PrinceCaspian'' film: when Caspian is about to kill Miraz, the latter compliments him on being a "true Telmarine king."
* ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' (the movie, at least) has this with Lestat applauding Louis and singing his praises upon finding the latter bent over the neck of a child. Louis's shame and disgust with himself is counter to Lestat's rather enthusiastic approval.
-->'''Lestat:''' My philosopher! My martyr! "Never take a human life." This calls for a celebration!\\
'''Louis:''' ''(runs off, weeping)''\\
'''Lestat:''' Come back! You are what you are! ''(to himself)'' Merciful Death, how you love your precious guilt.
* Colonel Quaritch in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' praises Jake for the intel his log provided, pointing out that it both gives them reason to attack the Pandorans and identifies strategic targets. Having come to sympathize with the Pandorans, Jake is [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone appalled to realize what he'd revealed.]]
* At the end of ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'', Miranda Priestly gives Andy a NotSoDifferent speech, prompting her to quit the fashion industry.
* A somewhat less hostile version occurs in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', when Kirk wants to open a torpedo to see what's so secret about them. Dr. [=McCoy=] is less than thrilled. Neither is Spock, but when he sides with the Doctor:
--> '''[=McCoy=]:''' Don't agree with me, Spock, it makes me very uncomfortable.
* In ''Film/ReturnToOz'' the Nome King shows Dorothy that he's wearing the ruby slippers she lost when she went back home. "They just fell out of the sky one day. You were so anxious to get home. They're very powerful. They made it possible for me to conquer The Emerald City. Thank you." Dorothy gives her best WhatHaveIDone look.
* Played with in ''Film/RevolutionaryRoad''. The protagonist couple, after they tell their plans of the husband quitting his job and moving to Paris so that they can have a dream bohemian life with only the wife working to support them, the only person who approves it is the mentally challenged son of his neighbors. Later, they both wonder if it means something that the only one who agrees with them is mentally unstable.
* Near the end of the Vince Vaughn/Reese Witherspoon vehicle, ''Four Christmases'', Vaughn's character Brad tells his misanthropic father (who often belittles him and questions his masculinity) that he just broke up with his girlfriend Kate because she wanted to settle down and have children. The father says, "Good for you! I didn't know you had it in you!" and invites him in for a beer. Brad stops and realizes that he's made a terrible mistake, and later returns to ask for Kate's forgiveness.
* The protagonist of ''Film/FallingDown'' is very seriously pissed off when a neo-Nazi lauds him for going on a violent rampage through Los Angeles.
* In ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', Film/JamesBond is very displeased by [[BigBad Scaramanga]]'s compliments as one ProfessionalKiller to another.
-->'''Scaramanga:''' (''raising his glass'') To us, Mr. Bond. We are the best.
-->'''Bond:''' [[ShutUpHannibal There's a useful 4-letter word, and you're full of it]].
* ''Film/StuartLittle 2'': Margalo the canary is assigned by an evil Falcon to steal household valuables from the Little family. However Margalo can't seem to focus on her assignment as she is beginning to enjoy spending time with the Littles and becoming smitten with Stuart. Finally losing his patience, Falcon threatens Margalo to steal Mrs. Little's ring or else he'll kill Stuart. Margalo reluctantly and sadly steals Mrs. Little's wedding ring. When the Littles notice the ring missing, they think it's fallen down the drain and Stuart volunteers to go after it, but the string that's holding him breaks. Maragalo saves him, but Stuart's gratitude towards her only makes her feel more guilty.
-->'''Stuart''': Margalo, you're the best friend I've ever had.\\
''(hugs Margalo, who sadly hangs her head in guilt)''
** Later that night, Margalo gives a sleeping Stuart her precious jeweled stick-pin, before leaving the house out of guilt and shame.
-->'''Margalo''': (''opens the window and looks back at the sleeping Stuart'') I'm sorry, Stuart. (''sadly flies out the window'')
* ''Film/TalesFromTheHood'': Crazy K is a murderous drug dealer, but he's visibly disgusted when a white supremacist compliments him because Crazy K's victims happened to be black.
* Mays Gilliam exploits this in ''Film/HeadOfState''. While his rival for the presidential seat resorts to standard (if absurd) [[AttackOfThePoliticalAd attack ads]], he instead has ads made with his rival getting praised by the likes of KKK members and Osama bin Laden.
* In ''One Eight Seven'', Dave Childress expresses admiration for Trevor Garfield and the vigilante targeting student gangbangers, unaware that they are one and the same and also unaware that Garfield thinks he's scum. When the penny drops - at which point Childress realizes he's actually not that impressed - Garfield tells him "you probably think we're alike; we're not." Whether Garfield is still a good man is for the viewer to decide, but Childress never was; this is a guy who unashamedly volunteers the fact that he had sex with an emotionally vulnerable female student whose sexual advances Garfield explicitly rejected earlier.

* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': both our protagonists and their arch villain are in dire straits. Sunny then proposes to set the building they are kept in on fire, despite the hundreds of people still being in it. Their past guardian Olaf then rejoices at Sunny's creativity: "it seems I've been a good educator after all!" Since he's spent the rest of the series killing their relatives, mistreating them and framing them for his own crimes in order to steal their fortune, putting them in that desperate situation in the first place and even allegedly killing their own parents by setting their house on fire... It has to be the most horrifying line of the whole series.
* Early on in the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, Marco saves an old man from a bunch of gangsters by morphing gorilla, and beating the snot out of the gangsters. Later, when everyone else starts giving Marco crap about it, Marco firmly sticks to his belief that he did the right thing. Then [[BloodKnight Rachel]] agrees with him, and says (with conviction) that she also thinks Marco did the right thing. Marco quips, "Okay, now I ''know'' I did the wrong thing, if Rachel agrees with me." Rachel is not amused.
** Rachel herself often gets compliments from [[CosmicHorror Crayak]] and his minion [[WildCard The Drode]] regarding how [[BloodKnight ruthless and bloodthirsty]] she is. She doesn't appreciate it.
* Close to the end of ''Literature/TheMagicians'', Quentin meets Emily Greenstreet, another magician who chose to leave magic behind. She congratulates him on doing so, blames everything that went wrong in their lives on magic -- including the death of Emily's boyfriend and [[spoiler:Alice's HeroicSacrifice]] -- and accuses the same magicians that allow her a OneHourWorkWeek of being menaces to society. Once they've parted ways, Quentin realizes that he can't blame magic or anyone else for his troubles like he has been for the past couple of chapters, setting up the ending when [[spoiler:he abandons his life in the real world and returns to Fillory.]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In the ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Hermione starts questioning her own idea after Sirius supports it. Sirius is a good guy, but he's known to be dangerously impulsive at times.
** In the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix fifth book]], there's one involving Percy, who had walked out on his family in favor of supporting the corrupt Ministry. After Ron is made prefect (which he did not want in the first place), Percy sends him a letter of congratulations, saying that "I must admit that I have always been afraid that you would take what we might call the 'Fred and George' route, rather than following in my footsteps, so you can imagine my feelings on hearing you have stopped flouting authority and have decided to shoulder some real responsibility." He then advises Ron to "sever ties with Potter" as "nothing could put you in danger of losing your badge more than continued fraternisation with that boy." Ron immediately tears it up, saying "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis he is -- the world's -- biggest -- git]]".
* Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse:
** In ''Literature/TerokNor: Day of the Vipers'', Cleric Hadlo has a little of this. He proves willing to make a deal that involves sacrificing breakaway sects of his faith as scapegoats, to secure the safety of the mainstream religion. The fact that he's getting rid of troublesome elements to his church in the process, thus strengthening his position further, is praised by another character. She decides that maybe he ''is'' a modern Cardassian after all, despite his clinging to the GoodOldWays.
** The turning point in ''Literature/StarTrekHollowMen'' is Sisko being assured he did the right thing in "In The Pale Moonlight" (see Live Action TV below) by the ex-admiral whom Sisko himself prevented from staging a military coup of the Federation in the episode "Paradise Lost".
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** The "Bowling for Vampires" incident in ''White Night''. Harry does something particularly clever in his duel with Madrigal Raith and follows it up with one of his patented wisecracks. The White Court vampire audience cheers. Harry is discomfited.
** In ''Ghost Story'', Harry and his Godmother have a conversation about what happened at the end of ''Changes''.
-->'''Harry:''' I saw the opportunity. If I'd stopped to think about the trouble it would create, I don't know if I'd have done it any differently. [[spoiler:They had my girl.]]\\
'''Leanansidhe:''' Spoken as someone worthy to wield power.\\
'''Harry:''' Coming from you, that's... a bit unsettling, actually.\\
'''Leanansidhe:''' [[InsultBackfire How sweet of you to say so.]]
** And then in ''Cold Days'', Harry is quite disturbed when Mab compliments him for manipulating Molly into being his loyal minion. Harry doesn't agree, and thinks [[EvilCannotComprehendGood she just doesn't understand]] ThePowerOfFriendship, but even so it hits a bit too close to home...
* ''Literature/TheGunslinger'': When the two finally meet, Walter, the man in black, congratulates Roland [[spoiler:on letting Jake fall to his death in order to reach his goal]]. Roland's responds by attempting once again to shoot Walter.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[Literature/ProsperosDaughter Prospero Regained]]'', [[spoiler:Eramus]] is unsettled when [[spoiler:Antonio]] congratulates him on everything he's most ashamed of.
* ''Literature/AmericaTheBook'' showcases a graph that displays how fundraising proceeds are invested - with the cost of a stamp always set aside to return the donation N.A.M.B.L.A sends the candidate.
* In ''Literature/LordOfTheClans'', Thrall's feelings of triumph [[spoiler:when he finally slays Blackmoore are ruined by Blackmoore's final words: "You are...what I made of you...I am so proud..."]]
* In ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'', when Tris loses control and beats Molly bloody during their fight during testing, Eric congratulates her. She decides that she doesn't want to be congratulated for something like that by someone like him.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire: A Dance with Dragons'', Roose Bolton tells Theon Greyjoy that the Boltons could never have taken Winterfell without Theon's efforts. Theon takes this to mean that it's all his fault that his home is gone and his former TrueCompanions are dead (because it is). Throughout the book, other members of the Boltons' entourage make similar statements. [[spoiler:This ultimately contributes to Theon's decision to help rescue Jeyne Poole.]]
* In the ''Literature/BattleTechExpandedUniverse'', Anastasius Focht is a career warrior who despises politics and politicians, not without reason. "''Blood Legacy''" shows him having a nightmare involving a long discussion with [[spoiler:his former coup co-conspirator Aldo Lestrade, twenty years long dead]]. The latter was always an ambitious person and praises Focht for coming into power as the Precentor Martial of Comstar, suggesting that he use his newfound military might to make a play for power like they'd always planned, calling himself the 'embodiment of your ambition.' Focht harshly criticizes his erstwhile compatriot for suggesting foolhardy ambition in the face of the new threat of Clans, pointing out the futility of a coup when the invading forces could so easily undo such shallow self-interest. Having once sought the former politician's approval in their past schemes, Focht had this to say to his spectral nightmare, who has since been reduced to a rotten skeleton in his nightmare:
-->"If you are the container for whatever trace of ambition still claims me, I am pleased to see the state it is in."
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Whenever [[TricksterArchetype Tasio]] says what great potential Eric has as a trickster, Eric's response is disgust [[spoiler:until ''Transcending Limitations'', where he embraces this part of himself.]]
* ''Literature/MickeyHaller'' has this attitude towards certain clients. It's especially prevalent in the book [[spoiler:Literature/TheLincolnLawyer when he finds out his client, Roulet, is an extremely sadistic serial killer. Roulet congratulates Mickey on the great job he's doing in court, but Mickey is just filled with disgust with each comment]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'': Ally is horrified that Nelle joins Cage&Fish because of Ally's description of the law firm. Later, Ally is seen as wonderful by Ling, something that upsets her.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Every time Bulldog [[SoProudOfYou expresses pride]] in any one of Frasier's embarrassing public sex scandals.
** In "The Adventures of Bad Boy and Dirty Girl", Frasier has just had sex live on the air, making the papers ("I Won't Fink Says Kinky Shrink").
-->'''Bulldog:''' Doc? I got one thing to say to you.
-->'''Frasier:''' Go ahead, take your best shot.
-->'''Bulldog:''' ''(admiration)'' I am so proud of you man.
-->''(Bulldog hugs Frasier warmly.)''
-->'''Frasier:''' ''(dripping with sarcasm)'' Well, doesn't that just put the cherry on the parfait.
** In "The Harrassed":
-->'''Roz:''' Hey, Frasier! [[SarcasmMode Thanks for ruining my weekend.]]
-->'''Frasier:''' Oh, Roz... come on, you know it was just a mistake. What do you think I am, some kind of disgusting Lothario?
-->'''Bulldog:''' Hey, there's my man!
-->''(Frasier has a priceless look of despair on his face.)''
** When Niles covered for Frasier:
-->'''Bulldog:''' Hey, Dr. Doolittle. I heard your show. It didn't suck!
-->'''Niles:''' Ah. "[[SarcasmMode Dear diary...]]"
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** In the pilot, Pierce says to Jeff [[YouRemindMeOfX "You remind me of a younger me,"]] to which Jeff replies "I guess I deserved that."
** In the season 4 premiere Annie notes the marked change in Jeff's demeanor, to which Jeff replies: "Don't ruin it by approving".
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Alastair tells Dean that he was brilliant -- at torturing souls in Hell. Dean is disgusted and ashamed by what he did down there, and Alastair makes it even worse.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''
** An interesting example where the approving party wasn't a villain, or even evil.
-->'''[[ActionGirl Aeryn:]]''' ''(after [[ActualPacifist Zhaan]] had killed an extremely evil man in order to rescue her friends)'' Zhaan, I feel I must apologize to you for mocking your courage. I see now that you're more of a warrior than I ever thought.\\
''(Zhaan looks like she is about to burst into tears and walks away)''\\
'''Aeryn:''' What is the matter with her?\\
'''D'Argo:''' You called her a warrior. You could not have cut her more deeply.
** The later episode "Liars, Guns, and Money" features Bekhesh, who had previously found religion and quit being a mercenary, only to be dragged back in by Crichton, leaving with the words, "Farewell, my friends! Thank you for teaching me to kill again!" The look on Zhaan's face is [[ComedicSociopathy priceless]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the episode "Dalek", the title character tells the Doctor, "You would make a good Dalek." This happens again in that season's finale, when the Doctor runs into some more surviving Daleks and the only way he can find to stop their fleet involves [[spoiler:killing everyone on Earth as well as them]]. The Emperor almost seems to want him to use it, just so he can see the Doctor become like them.
--->'''Dalek Emperor:''' Hail the Doctor, the great exterminator!
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum Of The Daleks"]], the Doctor is disgusted when the Daleks tell him that they find the hatred of insane Daleks to be "beautiful". The Dalek Prime Minister then goes on to add that this might be the reason that they've never finished the Doctor off.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E2IntoTheDalek "Into the Dalek"]], the Doctor deals with a Dalek that rejects the Dalek way of life. When the Doctor connects with his mind, the Dalek sees beauty and... pure hatred of the Daleks. After he destroys an invading group, he tells the Doctor "I am not a good Dalek, ''you'' are a good Dalek".
** Played with in "[[DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Voyage Of the Damned]]" with [[{{Jerkass}} Rickston]] [[{{Greed}} Slade.]] During the whole disaster, he's constantly complaining, making fun of the good-natured lower-class couple who won their tickets [[spoiler:(and who both end up dying)]], and always trying to save himself at the expense of the group. [[KarmaHoudini Not only does he end up surviving,]] [[spoiler:he declares at the end that prior to the disaster, he sold all his stock of the ship's company, and bought the stock of rival companies, gloating that he's now extremely rich due to the disaster]]. The Doctor can't do anything but look disgusted as more a "Saving Your Life Has Filled Me With Shame"
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** There's "In the Pale Moonlight", which does this three times: once with Garak, who congratulates Sisko on being willing to [[spoiler:tricking the Romulans to turn against the Dominion]] and later, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-YyL7X4CWw Sisko congratulating himself]]. When Sisko bribes Quark to keep him from pressing charges against the man Sisko needs to [[spoiler:fabricate damning evidence of a Dominion plan to betray the Romulans]], Quark thanks him for reaffirming his faith in the 98th Rule of Acquisition: EveryManHasHisPrice. Sisko subsequently looks like he feels the need to shower.
** Major Kira had to work with Dukat in the episode "Return to Grace" to help destroy a Klingon ship that had attacked a Cardassian outpost. She is very definitely unhappy to receive his praise for her ingenuity in coming up with a way to use a planetary defense disruptor cannon to arm Dukat's tiny, otherwise helpless cargo vessel.
** Quark has this attitude towards the Federation's approval of his bar & grill business. The fact he earns most of his money from a completely legitimate, even by Federation standards, business has made him a joke on his homeworld.
* ''Series/{{Wings}}'': The episode "Ex, Lies, and Videotape" involves Brian going on a talk show and being depicted as a sexist, chauvinist pig. When he returns to the airport following the broadcast, Fay gives him a bunch of phone messages he received: "You got three death threats, ten calls from women who think they can change you, and an "Atta Boy" from Andrew Dice Clay."
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** The good guys are enthusiastically praised by villainess Lilah for defeating the fourth season's BigBad Jasmine, because they have "averted world peace." (Jasmine was [[CompellingVoice brainwashing everyone]] in a case of UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.) In fact, she rewards them with [[spoiler:the entire operation of Wolfram & Hart's L.A. branch]].
** Season five has a non-morality related example. [[spoiler:Angel likes Spike's poems. In fact, he's the only person - other than Spike's own mother - to voice approval of Spike's poetry while sober. Spike isn't flattered, because Angel also likes Music/BarryManilow.]]
* A few minor cases on ''Series/TheWestWing'', such as the early episode where the president's personal aide's decision to pass on the option of screening an intentionally [[ObligatorySwearing gratuitously]] [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence sexual and violent]] new film at the White House is praised by the right-wing Christian MoralGuardians who are normally their worst political enemies. Before he even knows the reason for the praise, Sam says, "I don't like who we're being congratulated by."
* A variant in ''Series/{{MASH}}'': BJ leaves the 4077 to retrieve a severely injured soldier from an aid station, leaving them at half strength just as a wave of wounded arrive. Hawkeye, who is in temporary command in the absence of Colonel Potter and has become increasingly authoritarian during his tenure, points out that BJ is technically AWOL and Hawkeye could have him court martialed. Margaret's response is "If only [[TheNeidermeyer Frank Burns]] could see you now", which cuts Hawkeye pretty close to the bone.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}''
** Nate rigs a table to give out an electric shock to help convince a PhonyPsychic that Tara has real PsychicPowers. Parker approves of this, but Eliot points out that Parker approving is not a good thing, especially since Parker demanded that [[MurderIsTheBestSolution they kill the mark and chop him into pieces]] only a few minutes earlier.
** Another example is the praise that Nate receives from his father. It's not stated that it fills him with shame, but give their relationship and what's said, it seems likely.
-->"You're more ruthless than me, crueler than me. Maybe you are better than me. [[WellDoneSonGuy I'm proud of you, son]]."
* In the 7th season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', the captured BigBad tries the NotSoDifferent number on Jack Bauer. But, beyond trying to save his own butt, he goes on to say that he feels that Jack "is a hero", and that the earlier Senate inquiries into his deeds was wrong. Jack shuts him down real quick and tells him that they are nothing alike and that if he doesn't cooperate, Jack is personally going to nail him.
* In ''Series/JakeAndTheFatman'', after [=McCabe=] wins gangster's trial, said gangster's lawyer congratulates him and calls him his inspiration.
-->'''Lawyer:''' There's very few people I told such compliment.\\
'''[=McCabe=]:''' That's not a compliment. That's an ''insult''!
* A running joke on ''Series/TheGoodGuys'' involves rookie, by the book detective Jack Baily coming up with plans in desperate situations and his washed up, has-been CowboyCop partner Dan Stark commenting on their brilliance, saying "That sounds like something I'd come up with!" Jack will usually reply with a worried "That's what scares me."
* Played for laughs on ''Series/TheRedGreenShow''. On the rare occasions when Red does something that his nephew [[HollywoodNerd Harold]] is proud of him for, he's typically even more ashamed than he was in the first place. The same is usually also true whenever it's the other way around. For example, Red and the rest of the lodge members wanted to butcher and eat a cow that one of the member inherited. However, none of them could bring themselves to actually kill the cow, leading to this exchange:
--> '''Red:''' This is a dark day for the image of Possum Lodge.
--> '''Harold:''' Well I, for one, am proud of you, Uncle Red!
--> ({{beat}})
--> '''Red:''' Don't make it worse, Harold!
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** In an episode Ivanova is trying to persuade a race of {{Social Darwinist}}s to [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/034.html ally themselves]] with Earth. When they stumble onto the station's "down below" slum, they assume it was deliberately planned in an effort to separate the "genetically inferior" humans from their superiors. [[FromBadToWorse Then they start talking about implementing a similar system themselves.]] The look on the Jewish Ivanova's face is priceless.
** In another episode Lennier saves Londo's life by shielding him from a blast and nearly dying from it, and when he comes out of coma, he's told that the Centauri government will probably want to officially commend him. Lennier ruefully notices that he would prefer to stay in coma and that while he does believe that all life is sacred, he feels that he did the Universe a disservice by saving someone who clearly doesn't share that belief.
* On the PETA episode of ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'', Rodney Coronado, a guy who fire-bombed several animal testing labs, [[AffablyEvil was polite and friendly in his response to Penn Jillette's call]]. This prompted Penn Jillette to remark, "cool guy, likes us, and likes our show. Too bad he's a [[PrecisionFStrike fuckin']] arsonist."
* Invoked in ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'' when Parker is running for StudentCouncilPresident. After he notices his opponent would actually be a better president than him, he makes it look like [[DeanBitterman Ms. Musso]] endorses him.
* ''Series/BostonLegal'': When Alan fears that he is sexist, Denny's deeply chauvinistic attempt at reassurance does not help one bit.
* In the June 5th 2002 episode of ''Series/CoronationStreet'' Roy apologizes to Fred, noting that he has done so in large part because their tiff earns him the approval of Les Battersby.
* Mitchell and Hal in ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' are vampires who've both committed horrific deeds in the past, but would now [[TheAtoner like to put that behind them and live ordinary lives amongst humans.]] Both have been praised by other vampires for their roles in past atrocities, and neither are happy about this.
* On ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', the no-nonsense [[DaChief Captain Holt]] reveals that as a younger man he was a brash and cocky detective [[NotSoDifferent just like Det. Peralta]].
--> '''Peralta:''' Wow, I think I really would have gotten along with young Ray Holt.
--> '''Holt:''' Yes, that's why I decided to change everything about my life.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} is impressed that Chloe, a member of a [[PunyEarthlings "weak-willed" race]], would be brave enough to use kryptonite on Kara.
** Tess [[OutGambitted ousts]] Earth-2 Lionel from [=LuthorCorp=], which he had previously stolen from her. After she explains how she proved that he's not Earth-1 Lionel, she adds that she had spiked his drink with nanotrackers so that if he tries to hurt her or the rest of the Justice League, she'd know where to find him. As Lionel leaves he takes one parting shot by telling her that no matter how hard she tries to [[HeelFaceTurn change]] for Clark, she'll ''always'' be a Luthor (which is one of the few times he acknowledges that she's more his daughter than just by [=DNA=]). Given the nervous and almost-ill look on Tess's face as he walks away, she was clearly thinking this trope.
* In ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', Murray is staying up late one night to watch one of his favorite movies being broadcast by the tv station he works at, only to see that his favorite song from that movie has been EditedForSyndication. Murray's so mad he right then and there calls up the station, insults the station manager, [[IdiotBall and even gives his name.]] The next morning, he confides to the rest of the newsroom, worried [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone about the sheer stupidity of his actions.]] He gets a call in front of the others from the station manager and says, [[BlatantLies no he didn't call up the station last night and insult the manager, it must have been some other Murray Slaughter.]] The manager believes him and hangs up. The others try to reassure Murray that he did the right thing. [[SmallNameBigEgo Ted]] adds, "I would have done the same thing." Murray replies, "I wish you hadn't said that, Ted," calls back the station manager and admits he did insult him. [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity He's fired for the rest of the episode.]]
* In the fourth episode of ''Series/CommanderInChief'', President Allen is disgusted with herself after her political enemy, Speaker of the House Nathan Templeton, congratulates her on her ability to "understand the burden of the necessary evil" after she accidentally orders a terrorism suspect tortured for information, thinking that she was finally showing the backbone to get the job done. (She told the Attorney General, "I don't want to hear about any torture", and the Attorney General interprets this to mean "go ahead and torture him, but don't tell me about it" when she meant "torture is out of the question").
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** {{Implied|Trope}}: Jorah Mormont explains to the exiled former prince Viserys that the death sentence he fled was for selling poachers to a slaver, something that's left Jorah with a lasting sense of shame. Viserys replies that under his reign Jorah wouldn't be punished for "such nonsense." Jorah's expression implies that he'd rather face the punishment than live in the kingdom Viserys would build.
** In season six, Walder Frey tries to get chummy with Jaime Lannister since they are both men who will advance the interests of their houses even if it means breaking oaths and sacrifice their honor, referring to himself and Jaime as "two Kingslayers". Jaime broke a sacred oath to save the lives of thousands of innocent people while Walder betrayed SacredHospitality due to greed and petty revenge. Jaime is visibly disgusted and shuts Walder down really quick by pointing out Frey incompetence and walks away furious.
* Happens on ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' when Sinner!Alfie is praising Jerome for breaking Joy's heart. An odd case, in which Jerome and Alfie are best friends, and Alfie is usually the nice one- Jerome didn't know he was evil then. Alfie explained how much Jerome hurt Joy, Jerome was ashamed and in shock.
---> Alfie: You ripped her heart up into tiny pieces, then ripped those up too. Respect man, respect.
* In the ''Series/{{Haven}}'' episode "As You Were", the Chief heartily congratulates Nathan for coldly executing the shapeshifter who had stolen Audrey's form, praising Nathan for becoming more like him. Nathan, already traumatized by the experience, is horrified.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'':
** Julius Caesar sends Lucius Vorenus to bribe a former army colleague. Honest to a fault but loyal to his superior, Vorenus does so and reports back. Caesar comments that he didn't think the man would sell out so cheaply. "I must send you to handle all of my corruptions." ManipulativeBastard that he is, Caesar quickly sees how uncomfortable this makes Vorunus and [[JustJokingJustification says that he was only joking]].
** Realising that war is coming between Marc Antony and Octavian, Posca flees back to Rome but makes sure to bring Antony's last will and testament with him. Realising the contents of the will contain everything he needs as a PretextForWar, Octavian thanks Posca for his "loyalty". Posca has the grace to look embarrassed.
* Happens more than once on ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' between Lorelai and her parents (especially Emily).
* In the ''Series/BeingHumanUS'' episode "Too Far, Fast Forward!", the thing that finally convinces Aidan that he's gone too far is Bishop's praise.
* The final episode of ''Series/WolfHall'' ends with Anne Boleyn's execution. When the deed is done, Francis Bryan--her own cousin--makes a crude joke at her expense and grins at Cromwell as he goes to tell the Seymours that she's dead. Even though he was the one who engineered it, [[EveryoneHasStandards Cromwell watches him go with a look of complete disgust]]. Then, when Henry takes the news by ''joyfully embracing him'', Cromwell stares dead-eyed over his shoulder in the realization that he's just sold his soul to the service of a dissolute monster.
* One episode of ''Series/FatherTed'' has the titular priest getting caught doing a "Chinaman" impression by a group of Chinese passers-by looking through his window. He runs after them to apologize, only to be stopped by a couple locals congratulating him for "standing up" to them and ask him for tips on how to be racist. Ted is, of corse, horrified.
* {{Inverted}} in ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' episode "The Man from Emperor". Rob's old colleague, a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Hugh-Hefner-like magazine star]], denounces him as "sick" for sticking to being HappilyMarried to Laura rather than falling to the temptation of the lifestyle he leads. Laura thinks that this is wonderful.

* [[UsefulNotes/FormulaOne In the 2010 German GP]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_German_Grand_Prix#Team_orders Felipe Massa was not-so-subtly told to give the victory to his team mate Fernando Alonso]], who was better placed in the drivers' championship. Such blatant "team orders" are banned because they're dickish. Under a barrage of criticism, Ferrari found a defender -- none other than Michael Schumacher, their legendary former driver but he's legendary for two things: winning lots and lots of races -- and playing very dirty to do so. In fact, this instance drew parallels to the 2002 Austrian GP, when Rubens Barrichello was ordered to let Schumacher past for the win.[[note]]This is the incident that led to the team order ban in the first place.[[/note]] Congratulations, you have the blessing of the anthropomorphic personalization of "the ends justify the means".\\\
However, [[FromBadToWorse karma was not finished with Ferrari]]. They got the backing of one of two people in the known universe who could make this worse -- Nelsinho Piquet, Renault's ex-driver. He is ''considered unemployable'' because he [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault_Formula_One_crash_controversy intentionally crashed his car during the 2008 Singapore GP]], to benefit (wait for it...) Fernando Alonso, his teammate at the time. ''It's OK guys, you can [[UnwantedAssistance stop helping now...]]''\\\
What makes that second one even worse was that the Singapore crash had taken the race's leader at the time all the way down to a 13th place finish, who ended up losing the overall world championships that year by ''one point''. Said screwed leader? Wait for it... ''Felipe Massa''. So, the guy who screwed Massa for Alonso the first time '''congratulated Massa's own team for feeling the need to do it too.'''

* In ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'', when Pippin revokes all the noble-minded reforms he implemented after becoming king, [[EvilMatriarch Fastrada]] approaches him, saying:
-->"Darling, you're a born ruler. You're doing a wonderful job. Nothing has changed since your father died. Now about my royal allowance..."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Enhanced Edition of ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' features this in companion banter between LawfulGood Sun Soul monk Rasaad yn Bashir and NeutralEvil blackguard Dorn Il-Khan. Dorn mentions that his demonic patron Ur-Gothoz admires Rasaad's dark path and has seen fit to make him an offer, to Rasaad's utter chagrin.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx''
** Appears if you take a more trigger-happy approach to the early missions. Wiping out the terrorists in Castle Clinton or executing a surrendering terrorist leader will earn you the approval of Anna Navarre, your psychotic trigger-happy partner and the foot soldiers of UNATCO.
** Later, in Paris, if you break into a stranger's apartment to steal weapons, Icarus says "Observe your motivations for breaking the arbitrary laws of the current government. Do not miss your chance to be one of us and create the new world order."
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'': If you ever see the text "[[TokenEvilTeammate Morrigan/Zevran]] approves" in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' without having given them something shiny or flattered them in conversation, odds are good you just did something evil or immoral. There are some exceptions, but at a whole approval for these characters = evil. [[HeroicComedicSociopath Shale]] and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sten]] hold this true to a lesser degree.
* In ''VideoGame/FableII'' the evil option for the "return the warrants" quest in the prologue involves giving the warrants to career criminal Arfur instead of the guard. If you take this option, when you go back to Bowerstone Old Town as an adult you'll be greeted by Arfur, who will congratulate you for helping to make the place a crime-ridden dump. Likewise, if you choose to take the million gold at the end of the game (instead of reviving your family or all the people who died making the Spire), [[TokenEvilTeammate Reaver]] will voice his approval.
* In ''VideoGame/FairyFencerF'', Fang says this directly to a boy at the Plaza in Zelwinds City who tells him that he doesn't work to get a job at Dorfa like his parents want him to when he gets older. He wants to be like Fang; to do nothing and be lazy like him.
-->'''Boy''': You're my role model!
-->'''Fang''': ...Your approval fills me with shame for some reason.
* In the later half of Part 3 in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn]]'', Micaiah ambushes the Apostle's escort as it travels through a deep canyon. After crushing most of her forces, she orders her men to pour oil down the ravine (which was quite damaging itself, incapacitating many of the Apostle's pegasi), with the intent to light it on fire, ''burning Sanaki and company alive.'' When Tibarn and Ike's men interrupt, [[SociopathicHero Soren]] tells Micaiah how impressed he is with her strategy.
* In ''VideoGame/HyruleTotalWar'', [[NobleDemon Demise]] gives a speech to [[AGodAmI Hylia]] praising her for all the destruction she had brought to Hyrule. Hylia is so shocked she goes into hiding for millennia to [[UnPerson cancel all her recordings from history]].
* In the video game for ''VideoGame/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'', [[BigBad A]][[AIIsACrapshoot M]] makes it clear that he considers Nimdok (who was a Nazi in the Holocaust) to be an inspiration. Nimdok is far from happy with this.
* Compliments from HK-47 in the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' games are generally a sign that the player character is falling to TheDarkSide, although whether the PC is startled back to a lighter path or genuinely takes the compliments as they are meant is up to the player.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', a Paragon Shepard will repeatedly try to instil this upon Grunt, bemoaning the fact that he's clearly InLoveWithYourCarnage and that he's still not learnt that, while they often blow the living hell out of things, Shepard honestly ''doesn't'' want to do it and ''[[ReluctantWarrior hates]]'' being forced to most of the time. Heck, one of the ''Renegade'' dialogue options is threatening to kick Grunt's ass if he goes after Garrus (in response to Grunt being delighted to discover that he hates Turians).
* ''VideoGame/{{Messiah}}'' has Satan comment on Bob the angel's (the protagonist's) [[AntiHero questionable ethics]] a couple of times, with obvious pleasure.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', Sub-Zero inverts this trope in his pre-battle dialogue against Shinnok, who would rather see the former enslaved as an undead.
-->'''Shinnok''': Humanity does not suit you.
-->'''Sub-Zero''': I am glad you disapprove.
* In ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'', Inge Wagner resents the fact that her singing attracts beatniks to her club. Magnus Armstrong tells it's because they think she's being avant-garde when in fact she just can't sing in key.
* Just in case [[spoiler:being forced to "euthanize" your Companion Cube]] in ''VideoGame/{{Portal|1}}'' wasn't already enough of a PlayerPunch, [=GLaDOS=] commemorates the awfulness by telling you that you did the deed "faster than any test subject on record." Ouch.
* In ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone 2: Brave New World'', at the end of chapter 24 where the party has access to pure gold and silver fashioned in [[VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate Leanne's statue]] (long story), [[OriginalGeneration Chizuru Urashima]] urges some of the girls to lead a prayer, thanking Leanne. Leanne isn't pleased at the entire thing.
* In ''VideoGame/RulersOfNations'', if a figure you are having a meeting with has a poor opinion of you as your country's leader, they will reply "cut the crap... you and your hypocrisy" if you try to verbally congratulate them for their work and if you try to bestow medals and honours on them they will reply "[[TakeThat for me this medal symbolises everything wrong with this country]]".
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', you often receive in-game emails from [=NPCs=] involved in the quests you finish, and many of the nastier ones move into this territory. Possibly the crowning achievement: on Yavin 4, during [[EnemyMine a joint operation]], a Republic player can overrule Jedi Grand Master Shan and allow Darth Marr to torture a prisoner. If you do, Marr himself takes the time to write you and ''sends you credits'' for your choice.
-->'''Marr''': [Shan] will not reward you for your decision. [[BetterLivingThroughEvil But the Empire will.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Tales from the Borderlands}}'' when Rhys is talking to Jack one final time, Jack says that he's proud of him because he didn't stop at anything to get rid of him, and says that Rhys is WAY better at killing people than he ever was, since he destroyed the space station Helios and inadvertently killed many, many people on it to make sure Jack won't wreak havoc on the universe again. Rhys is visibly uncomfortable.
* In ''VideoGame/UltimaVII'', the [[BigBad Guardian]] will congratulate you heartily if you kill [[BigGood Lord British]]. If you do it with the [[InfinityPlusOneSword blackrock sword]], the demon in the sword will react enthusiastically and taunt Lord British as you strike the killing blow.
* [[spoiler:Killing Flowey at the end of the Neutral route]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' seems to be designed to elicit this kind of reaction. [[spoiler:His last act after you deal the finishing blow is to flash you an evil grin and proclaim "I KNEW YOU HAD IT IN YOU." before dying.]]
** ...And, as potential outcome of walking the darkest path in the game...
--->[[spoiler:'''Chara''': Right. You are a great partner.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Warcraft III: Frozen Throne]]'', Varimathras compliments Sylvanas on her plan to form an EnemyMine alliance with a human warlord, then [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness stab him in the back once she controls the city of Lordaeron,]] telling her she has cunning that would rival a dreadlord. Sylvanas is not impressed.
* Though it's impossible to speak of the reactions of a HeroicMime PlayerCharacter, something like this is clearly aimed at in the Death Knight starting quests in ''VideoGame/{{World of Warcraft}}'', trying to give the PC something approaching CharacterDevelopment justifying their later HeelFaceTurn. Once a hero, the Death Knight character now must ([[ButThouMust really must]]) bow to the will of the [[BigBad Lich King]] and slaughter innocents. However, they are presumably shocked into remembering who they once were when they are asked to [[KickTheWrongDog execute a prisoner who turns out to be someone they knew back in life]]. After this, their superior compliments them for their blood lust. It can be safely said this compliment is not meant to be taken as positively as it is given.
* ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'': After Wei ruthlessly shoots up a rival Triad's drug lab on Winston's orders, Conroy, who suspects Wei of being an undercover cop ([[ProperlyParanoid which he is]]) and has been nothing but antagonistic to him for [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten not being a cold-blooded killer]], immediately apologizes to Wei, renounces his suspicions and congratulates him on the job. While Wei couldn't care less about killing a few Triad goons to further his infiltration, he does ruminate over Conroy's words several times later in the story, as he ponders whether he's [[BecomingTheMask becoming more Triad than cop]].
-->'''Conroy''': You showed your true colors tonight, brother.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In the "Mind of Steel" [[NonstandardGameOver Bad End]] to ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', [[spoiler:[[NotQuiteTheRightThing Shirou ends up choosing the needs of the many over the needs of the few]] by having his LoveInterest Sakura Matou, a completely [[BreakTheCutie shattered]] [[BrokenBird young girl]] who is a ManchurianAgent for the BigBad ''and'' has a SuperpoweredEvilSide who is eating people (although they don't know about the latter for certain) [[MercyKill put down so she can't hurt anyone else as well as herself]].]] Although this act ends up saving hundreds of people and ensures the BigBad's defeat, [[TheUnfettered this single-minded devotion to becoming an "Ally of Justice"]] [[LonelyAtTheTop costs Shirou everything he holds dear]] and [[GenerationXerox sets him down the same path as]] [[BrokenBird his adoptive father Kiritsugu]] (and, for that matter, [[spoiler:Archer]]). What compounds the whole thing is how [[ForTheEvulz Kotomine]], of all people, finds the whole thing amusing (although not as much as the alternative) and states he's "looking forward to the end of it" ([[spoiler:because Shirou will now have to kill all the other competitors, his former allies and friends included, to prevent misuse of the Grail]]) -- by this point, of course, Shirou isn't going to change his mind over that, [[PlayerPunch but the player just might]].
* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', JerkAss Byakuya Togami does ''not'' take kindly the praises coming from... [[BigBad Monokuma]].
--->'''Monokuma''': "I feel like you and I are of the same mind...!"
--->'''Togami''': "...Stop it. I am nothing like a childish criminal like you."

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is the TropeNamer, where we find several characters shamed to receive [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar's]] approval over the course of the story.
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0171.html "The Prisoner Dilemma"]], we find the comedic variant -- Roy is less than thrilled at Belkar's support for his plan to punish two minor villains, a father and his sorceress daughter, [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment simply by forcing them to spend family time together]].
** It appears again in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0405.html "The Secrets"]], with Belkar earnestly complimenting [[TheChessmaster Lord]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity Shojo]] on the latter's [[spoiler:use of degrading tasks to manipulate the paladins under his command]].
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0596.html "Convenience Story"]], Elan deliberately [[InvokedTrope invokes]] the trope in the same manner, using an illusion of Belkar to sarcastically [[WhatTheHellHero call out]] Vaarsuvius.
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0645.html "It's Where the Cool Kids Swim"]], he welcomes Vaarsuvius "to the deep end of the alignment pool".
** Also, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0190.html an inversion]] happens when [[TheDragon Redcloak]] is about to go scout a dangerous path and [[MinionWithAnFInEvil the Monster in the Darkness]] compliments him on risking his own life instead of those of [[FantasticRacism the hobgoblin minions Redcloak hates]]. All this does is remind Redcloak that he hates those minions and they have plenty of them. Cue WeHaveReserves from Redcloak.
*** This comic also features a sort of delayed effect of playing it straight. After Redcloak goes all WeHaveReserves, BigBad Xykon approves of the actions. Much later in the comic, Redcloak realizes just how much he's been acting like Xykon and is so horrified by that epiphany that he immediately begins changing his behavior and worldview.
** [[spoiler:After Tarquin stabs Nale with no remorse and considers it nothing more than the removal of a plot element]], Elan no longer wants his father to be proud of him.
* In the YetAnotherChristmasCarol [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=953 arc]] of ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'', [[{{Jerkass}} Wario]], playing Jacob Marley's role, compliments Mario's shift in personality (making him the story's Ebenezer Scrooge) over the years:
-->'''Wario:''' Alright, so here's the scoop: after I kicked the bucket and you gained full control of the coin bank... You've become GREEDY, BITTER, and SELFISH! Well done!
* In an early InfoDump of ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', it's mentioned that the planet was designed to have two moons. It already had one with a diameter of about 1500 km, and Earth's moon has a diameter of 3476 km, so someone decided that, to even it out, [[YouFailPhysicsForever they'd add a moon with a diameter of about 2000 km]].[[note]]That damn SquareCubeLaw means that they'd want a second moon about 3300 km in diameter, assuming of course that they had the same average density and that two moons would "even out" that way at all.[[/note]] [[RobotBuddy Helix]] asks if that was a good decision. [[IdiotHero Sam]] says that it's what he would have done. Helix immediately says that there should be safeguards against that kind of thing.
** When Florence wakes up after visiting Ecosystems Unlimited, she can't remember what happened there. Sam exclaims "I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!", causing her to think [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01698.htm "Oh, this can't be good."]]
* Marten tries to invoke this on Steve in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''. It doesn't work.
-->'''Marten:''' Pintsize said the same thing. I hope you're proud of yourself.\\
'''Steve:''' Pintsize is a chill bro.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a few, from [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070718 straightforward]] to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080825 villainously inverted]], to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120912 indirect]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'': When Artie tells Helen that Helen's mother had said she was proud of her, Helen freaks out and wonders what horrible thing she could have done. Keep in mind that Helen is a CardCarryingVillain and MadScientist--her mother is ''just that evil''.
* In the {{Korean Webtoon|s}}, ''WebComic/{{Noblesse}}'', the previous Lord praises the Noble, Karias, for the way he doesn't think like a Noble, and how he reminds him of himself when he was younger. Normally this would be a cause for pride, but the previous Lord was infamous for what essentially came down to trolling, and taking great amusement in doing so. This makes Karias comment that his praise brings him no happiness, and to wonder if there's something wrong with his personality.
* In ''WebComic/SchlockMercenary'', Petey is trying to convince the Toughs that they've had their memories altered, and he can restore them. The only one to trust Petey is Schlock, due to having his original memories because of his unique biology;
-->'''Petey:''' I know I've hit a rough patch when a violent, amorphous sociopath is my best character reference.\\
'''Tagon:''' He's the only reference I'll trust. What's that say about me?
* In ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'', human characters are typically depicted with a pure white skin color which is supposed to be blank, at least until they enter trickster mode and become blatantly Caucasian. When trickster mode entered canon events this was joked with when Trickster Jane remarked to the non-trickster Jake that she "felt Caucasian" prompting a BigNo from Jake. Hussie eventually changed the line from "Caucasian" to "Peachy" not because of criticism of the joke but because he was put off by the wrong kind of people defending the joke and using it to harass non-white cosplayers.
* In ''WebComic/{{Harbourmaster}}'', Tal has [[http://www.waywardmartian.com/harbourmaster6/036-036.html this reaction]] to praise from his grandfather for displaying some spine/ruthlessness in [[spoiler:demanding his sister receive a clean break from the family in return for information that would utterly destroy one of the most powerful men in their country, and possibly for obtaining that information in the first place and knowing who'd put to effective use]]. On the next page, he runs to his best friend saying he's made a terrible mistake.
* ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'': Downplayed variant with Tedd. While he's a very nice guy, he is ''also'' a pervert, and Elliot at one point says that whether or not Tedd takes an interest in something is a good indication of whether it's a bad idea, or at the very least needs to be censored.
* In an ''WebComic/ExterminatusNow'' panel, Eastwood discusses the pros and cons of hitting on younger women with an offpanel individual. He eventually agrees with his new compatriot's assessment about younger women being the superior target, until he realizes he's been talking with Pedobear.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Shamus Plays VideoGame/{{World of Warcraft}}'' is told from the perspective of a ChaoticEvil demon who got suckered into becoming the familiar of a warlock who tries to be LawfulGood. After he admits that he fulfilled the requirement of becoming a warlock ("kill a virgin") by bringing a virgin sheep to a butcher to be slaughtered, the demon compliments him for being "a devious cheat". [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/shamusplays/8304-Shamus-Plays-Into-the-Bandits-Den.4 This trope is invoked]].
* In Machinima/RedVsBlue season 12, when Tucker [[spoiler:gets two men killed]] on a mission because he disobeyed orders and went to steal information, Felix congratulates him and says it's worth it because [[spoiler:what's two soldiers in a war?]] Tucker is not happy with Felix's sentiment.
* The entire concept behind ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedobear Pedobear]]''. While often simply inserted into images of running or frightened children as a simple joke, adding Pedobear to advertisings and similar indicates that it includes over-sexualization of minors or implied pedophilia. Taken one step further with the '''"Pedobear Seal of Approval"'''.
* [[DownplayedTrope A mild version]] occurs in Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister, when the ChaoticNeutral protagonist is having a conversation with a LawfulGood paladin who is forced to travel with him, despite not liking him much:
--> "[I allowed him to defeat me] so that he would capture me and interrogate me. Knowing the questions that a person wants answered can teach you quite a bit about that person."
--> I grinned at her. "Reverse interrogation! That's... almost ''devious'' of you, Aylwyn."
--> "I do not find your approval a mark of honor," she replied dryly.
* In The Clockwork Cabaret, [[SociopathicHero Lady Attercop]] is always esthaticly gleeful when it is [[VoiceOfReason Emmet]] who came with a evil scheme. She practically thinks it is her birthday each time.
* Chuck Sonnenberg of ''Website/SFDebris'' discusses this trope in his review of ''Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot'', pointing out that the reporter's praise of Wonder Woman's brutal takedown of a suspect and contempt of US laws and the Constitution should be something that makes Wonder Woman question her actions and methodology.
* ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'':
** In the episode for ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice,'' Film/DCExtendedUniverse Franchise/{{Batman}} gets this when Creator/RyanReynolds and/or Film/{{Deadpool}} compliments him on [[DarkerAndEdgier killing a bunch of people]].
** In the episode for ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', Shere Khan inflicts this on Bagheera when he thanks him for offing Mowgli for him by having [[RealityEnsues the wolves eat him instead of raising him as one of their own]].
* ''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged'': Barry has no choice but to betray his partner, Jill. Otherwise, their captain, Wesker, will show Barry's wife [[spoiler: all the [[{{Hentai}} tentacle porn]] he has hidden in his browser history]]. So once he finally succeeds in luring Jill into a trap, Wesker commends him.
-->'''Wesker:''' ''(in admiration)'' "Excellent backstabbing, Barry. You make me proud."
-->'''Barry:''' ''irately)'' "I'm not doing it [[TheFriendNobodyLikes for YOU]], [[MoleInCharge Wesker!"]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', it's revealed that Stan had never actually killed someone, all of his CIA mandated kills had been complete coincidences from a shady mugger [[ContrivedCoincidence always shooting his targets dead to loot them]]. Steve is horrified to learn this and Haley, well...
-->'''Haley:''' Oh Daddy, I just knew you couldn't be a cold-blooded killer! I'm so proud of you!\\
'''Stan:''' ''[horrified]'' '''NO!'''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePuppetmaster The Puppetmaster]]", Katara instinctively uses the manipulative power of [[spoiler:bloodbending]] to protect Aang and Sokka, much to the delight of the [[spoiler:bloodbending]] villain. The episode ends on Katara wearing the trope's expression on her face.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "For Your Ed Only", where the Eds take Sarah's diary, Edd suggests they plant the diary back in Sarah's room while she's not looking and play innocent to avoid her wrath. Eddy compliments him on how underhanded that sounds.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}:''
-->'''[[TheStraightMan Leela]]:''' As unclean as it makes me feel, I agree with [[HeroicComedicSociopath Bender]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' episode "Hunter's Moon," when Goliath wants revenge on the Hunters for hurting Angela, Demona tells him, "At last, you're thinking like a true gargoyle" -- and, judging by the expression on her face, thinking, "You're ''so'' sexy when you're full of rage and blood lust!" Considering that they ''were'' lovers before the start of the series, that might really be what she was thinking.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "The Stanchurian Candidate" [[spoiler:Gideon]] praises Dipper and Mabel's use of MindControl.
-->[[spoiler:'''Gideon''']]: I have to hand it to you both of ya'll. You've become much eviler since I last saw you.
* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': During their father and son hunting trip, Orel loses all respect for his father after he [[spoiler:shoots him in the leg]]. As his father lies asleep in a drunken stupor, a bear enters their camp, and Orel, hesitant to shoot anything all day, kills the bear to save his father. Once Clay wakes up, he sees the dead bear and asks if Orel shot the bear, saying "Make me proud son, tell me you shot that bear". Orel thinks on it for a few seconds, and not wanting to make Clay proud, claims that Clay shot the bear while he was drunk.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart is being pressured by Nelson into shooting a bird with a BB gun. Bart doesn't want to hurt the bird and decides to deliberately miss, but [[AccidentalAimingSkills kills it anyway because the sights were crooked.]] Nelson is impressed, and compliments Bart for being a 'cold-blooded killer', making Bart feel worse about the incident.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Jimbo and Ned have doubts about their reluctance to change the town's official flag when the KKK show their support. Rather than change their minds, though, they try to convince the Klan [[ReversePsychology to show support for Chef's bid to change the flag.]]
** When Stan and the boys barricade themselves inside a room with a load of veal calves they're trying to save from slaughter, Cartman is appalled to learn that their efforts have attracted the support of group of hippies.
* After Spidey gets rid of a bomb that was going to blow up Tombstone's party in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Tombstone claps for him. Spidey responds: "You know, applause from you... makes me want a shower."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Alone at Sea", Jasper seems downright ''impressed'' at how cruel and ruthless Lapis Lazuli can be, especially after [[spoiler:tricking her into fusing into Malachite and keeping her trapped beneath the sea for months]], something Lapis is ''not'' proud of.
-->'''Jasper:''' I thought ''I'' was a brute, but you... you're a ''monster''!
** Zig-zagged near the end of the episode "Bismuth," Steven is forced to defend himself from the titular Gem, stabbing and poofing her in self-defense. Before she poofs, Steven reassures Bismuth that he'll tell the other Gems what really happened to her [[spoiler: (Rose Quartz poofed Bismuth and hid her away so she couldn't use a weapon designed specifically to [[FinalDeath shatter]] Gems)]]; Bismuth sadly responds "Then you really are better than her" (referring to Steven being more honest and open.) Steven does not feel nor worse about this. Beforehand, Bismuth believed he was different, though in the hopes that he would be more ruthless.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** Happens in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' when Prowl takes out what he thinks is Starscream while chopping off his weapons to use himself. If Starscream compliments you, you know you're doing something wrong. (Of course, it turns out that that was his sycophantic clone, but when it's your ruthlessness that he's approving of, still...).
** And it's similar to a scene in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' where Megatron compliments Cheetor on his sneak attack while Megs was attempting to negotiate. (Of course, not expecting Megatron to keep his word and striking first can hardly be held against him.)
* The Monarch pulls this one intentionally in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' to keep Dean from reporting his breaking in and [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext raping their guard robot]]. He hastily acted as if the act of tattling would put Dean down the path to evil, just as he wanted.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Phocion, regarded as the most honest politician in Athens at about the time of Alexander the Great, was making a speech. When the listeners cheered, he supposedly paused and asked a friend, "Have I inadvertently said something evil?"
* After Swedish pastor Åke Green was accused of homophobic hate speech and later acquitted, the Westboro Baptist Church proclaimed him a martyr and erected a monument to him. Green found it appalling, which led the WBC to deem him unworthy and take the monument down.
* Mary Whitehouse, patron saint of MoralGuardians, wrote to the BBC praising ''Series/TheGoodies'' for its wholesome, family-friendly content. ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids It's not clear what episode she watched]].) They responded with an episode called "Gender Education" (or "Sex and Violence"), featuring a parody of Mrs. Whitehouse herself. When Whitehouse didn't rise to the bait, they kept adding sexually suggestive scenes to episodes until they got the desired denunciation from her.
* In his manifesto, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Southern_California_shootings Chris Dorner]] praised a number of prominent left-wing politicians and celebrities, including Barack Obama, Piers Morgan, Wolf Blitzer, Joe Scarborough and Anderson Cooper, all of whom could probably have done without an endorsement from a mass murderer.
* Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, reported head of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico, ranked 701st on Forbes' yearly report of the wealthiest men alive, and worth an estimated $1 billion, officially thanked United States politicians for making sure that drugs remain illegal.
* The political party UKIP (UK Independence Party) pride themselves on their anti-EU stance. They are often called "anti-immigration" and "racist" (they [[InsistentTerminology insist]] that they're fine with Britons of all races...it's just ''foreigners'' they have a problem with, including white foreigners). And while UKIP might be right-wing, they're not ''that'' right-wing.
** When it was revealed that UKIP had the support of the EDL (English Defence League, a far-right group roughly analogous to Stormfront), UKIP [[EvenEvilHasStandards did everything they could to distance themselves from the EDL]], even [[TakeThat insulting them in the process.]]
** Happened ''again'' with the far-right Britain First group, who pump up their social media profile by circulating memes that very few people would disagree with (End Dog-fighting, Let's all praise this person who has collected for charity for years, things of that nature) but whose Facebook page[[note]]no, it's ''[[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity not getting a link]]''[[/note]] is an open sewer of festering racist hatred - almost as bad as YouTube comments. They claimed that [[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-campaigners-posed-for-picture-with-britain-first-by-mistake-in-rochester-party-hq-claims-9822732.html UKIP and Britain First were a natural alliance]]; UKIP's [[BigNo Noooo!]] could be heard in Calais. Britain First then alleged that [[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/britain-first-accuses-ukip-of-playing-political-game-with-snub-over-rochester-photo-9824058.html UKIP only said no because they were playing the political game]]- which, if you think about it, is simultaneously saying that UKIP are liars, and that they themselves are so reprehensible that any link with them would be political poison. Nice job...
* When UsefulNotes/{{Armenia}}'s President Serj Sargsyan surprised everyone by backing rival UsefulNotes/{{Azerbaijan}}'s President Aliyev [[http://www.armenianweekly.com/2013/09/03/sassounian-why-the-reelection-of-aliyev-is-in-armenias-best-interest/ being elected to a third presidential term in 2013]], Aliyev's political rivals saw this as a boon to their cause and began devising ways to defeat Aliyev using an anti-Armenian stance, while Aliyev was filled with shame after working so hard to paint Sargsyan and all Armenians as AlwaysChaoticEvil. Sargsyan's reasons for approving one of his most hated foes to be reelected seems to stem from his seeing Aliyev's leadership as so bad it's actually more helpful to Armenia for him to stay in office.
* Right-wing [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia Russian]] politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky once publicly praised American paleoconservative pundit Pat Buchanan, saying that Buchanan was the only American whose views he agreed with. When Buchanan found out, he was completely appalled, and said that if Zhirinovsky were ever to somehow become President of Russia, [[PetTheDog he would personally assist any refugees who want to flee Russia and Zhirinovsky's likely oppressive policies]].
* [[http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/11/trans-exclusive-feminism-looks-like/ This]] political cartoon invokes the trope, criticizing one faction's views by showing that [[TheHorseshoeEffect they're similar to the views of a faction they're normally completely opposed to]].
* [[http://www.economist.com/blogs/charlemagne/2014/08/europe-and-israel This]] is an article about a Dutch man who in protest of [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Israel's actions in Gaza]] sending his ''Righteous Among the Nations'' award back to Israel due to his perception that [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement what Israel is doing is an insult to his and his family's heroic acts during the Holocaust]].
* Several [[http://www.atheistrev.com/2012/07/church-vandalism-in-south-carolina.html churches]] [[http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2012/07/12/vandals-tag-south-carolina-church-with-atheist-phrases-but-were-going-to-make-things-better/ are vandalized]] by atheistic messages. Although it's unknown if the vandals really are [[HollywoodAtheist atheists]] or [[FalseFlagOperation pretending to be one to shock the churchgoers,]] [[RuleofCautiousEditingJudgment and that's all going to be said,]] are condemned by the [[http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2012/07/12/church-vandalized-with-pro-atheist-messages/ other atheists.]] Some even going as [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming far as donating]] [[http://www.ktvz.com/news/Atheists-Raise-Funds-For-Vandalized-Bend-Churches/619858 to the churches]].
* The French scholar Robert Faurisson has become infamous for Holocaust denial during his fairly long career, even being prosecuted a few times for it. American scholar Noam Chomsky, after Faurisson stirred controversy by writing to national newspaper ''Le Monde'' twice on the subject, chose to sign a petition defending Faurisson's right to express himself and publicly defend the man, even if he didn't agree with his views. This eventually led to the French professor- or one of his publishers- adding a section from one of Chomsky's essays on toleration and freedom of speech to a book on Holocaust denial, without asking for his permission. This annoyed him greatly and led to him making numerous requests to have the introduction removed or altered. Ultimately subverted in this case however, as Chomsky subsequently regretted his attempts to have the essay removed. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faurisson_affair A more detailed summary can be found here]].
* In the Outskirts Battledome online community, this is known as the 'Raigen Effect', named after a poster who was a fan of many popular things, but universally hated.
%%* In 1934, Clyde Barrow, as in "Bonnie and Clyde" the infamous American Depression era robbers, once wrote a letter to Henry Ford, expressing his affinity for Ford vehicles. They made his getaways possible.
* A weird [[InvertedTrope inversion]] happened in the 2016 Republican Primary. After it became clear that Ted Cruz and Donald Trump were the only remaining viable candidates, both of whom were hated by the Party Establishment, endorsements began to go to one candidate or the other purely in opposition to their rival. The results were "APPROVING OF YOU fills me with shame." The two most notable examples were Ben Carson (who endorsed Trump) and Lindsay Graham (who endorsed Cruz). In Carson's case, shortly after the endorsement he said that even if Trump was a bad president it was "only for four years." Graham appeared on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' shortly after his endorsement, and made it clear that he still stood by his earlier statement that "if you killed Ted Cruz on the Senate Floor, and the trial was in the Senate, no one could convict you."
** The 2016 Presidential general election became this, as neither Trump nor Clinton polled above 50% of the popular votes, it was not uncommon to hear voters explain that, while they hated the candidate they voted for, they only did so because they hated the one they didn't vote for more.
** Played straight again when Trump applauded the Brexit decision made in the UK.
* Basically when two politicians (or two parties) who don't normally like each other agree on something, there are two possible outcomes: This trope and EnemyMine. Sometimes politicians will proclaim the former while their acts suggest the latter. The former is much more likely if the one doing the approving is considered "beyond the pale" in the political realm. Take for example a KKK leader endorsing a Republican or a communist endorsing a Democrat.
** It's not uncommon in Presidential elections with an open seat (i.e. the incumbent has reached term limit or is not running again) for the candidate of the incumbent party to try and minimize any relations with the actual incumbent. Since the former scenario is far more likely to happen, it's often because the general mood of the country is eight years of the incumbent is enough, even if you support the party. This is because the opposition party will usually tie all the problems of the President onto the nominee, whether it's deserved or not, and the Presidential election is normally determined by swing voters, who tend be more susceptible to problems with previous administrations. Tellingly, in the past century, the incumbent party achieved a third term exactly three times (Harding-Coolige-Hoover(R 1921-1933), Roosevelt-Truman(D 1945-1953, 5 terms between the two of them), and Regan-Bush(R 1981-1993, only streak during this time without a death in office)).