- Villains: Calling them evil, vile, or psycho is likely to make them act Affably Evil and unusually demure from the flattery. Especially if they're of the card-carrying variety.
- Sluttiness: Many a Vamp finds her lasciviousness high praise.
- Alternative Lifestyles: Take your pick, but the person in question is happy with it.
- A Trickster: Acting shocked at their underhandedness.
- Madmen: Anyone who tells them "You're Insane!!" will be met with a response such as "Thanks for noticing!"
- Heroic: The character being insulted is proud of his idealism, honor, heroic tendencies, or some other trait the villain tries to insult.
- Artists: The disgust of the viewer for their work was the Intended Audience Reaction.
- Geeks and Nerds are often proud of their geekiness/nerdiness/useless knowledge.
- Feminine Women: The woman is a supporter of equal rights for women and sees no reason why that should stop her from displaying feminine traits.
- Someone who's been criticized a lot over something and is at the point where they brush off insults as "Wow, Never Heard That One Before." Bonus points for critiquing the insulting technique itself.
- Sarcasm-Blind: When a character takes someone else's sarcastic compliment towards them as a genuine compliment.
- Rule of Funny: The character is a complete idiot who loves hearing other people talking about them, whether positively or negatively.
- The insult was done in such a way that the target is able to turn it around with a bigger insult. For example, if someone tries to Trash Talk an opponent while using an unfair advantage in a competition (whether combat or something else) and the target is able to turn it around by insinuating or straight out saying that the individual is unable to beat them without cheating. Then again, someone like a Card-Carrying Villain could retort the retort, saying the target's soft for not being a Combat Pragmatist.
- Being insulted by someone with a particularly negative reputation, such as a neo-Nazi, is likely to be interpreted as a compliment by the insulted party. After all, if someone that loathsome is insulting them, they must be in the right!
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- Regular commenters on the Web site Jezebel sometimes call themselves and other members "lesbian shitasses" in response to a slur hurled at them by former actor Scott Baio's wife, who called them (and probably feminists in general) that via Twitter in a rather childish attempt to insult them.
- A similar thing is true for commenters of Regretsy, which mocks pretentious Etsy sellers, bizarre items on Etsy, and Etsy resellers (selling bulk goods as "homemade"). One such seller called the Regretsy commenters "fat jealous losers" and the name (and the acronym FJ Ls) stuck.
- Also true for the fighting game community, where people who only watch streams and chats (especially when it involves trolling and/or spamming) without participating in the scene proper, are referred to as "stream monsters." Said people actually embraced the term and even refer to themselves as such.
- The Goon Show regularly uses these:
Seagoon: You are a coward.Bloodnock: Seagoon, you surprise me.Seagoon: Why?Bloodnock: I didn't know you knew.
Greenslade: Mr. Eccles, we are not doubting your sincerity for one moment. It's just your intelligence that's in question.Eccles: Oh... well, I accept your apology.
- Inverted on Adventures in Odyssey:
Connie: Why don't you live in a style more befitting your financial status?Whit: You're beginning to sound like Eugene.Connie: There's no reason to get insulting.
- Everything the Romans did to mock and humiliate Jesus (the thorn crown, the I.N.R.I. monicker) is now standard Church imagery.
- From Magic: The Gathering, the flavor text for Agent of Masks:
"You say that I am two-faced? Enough with the flattery. We have business to conduct.''
- In Legend of the Five Rings, the Scorpion Clan's motto is "I can swim", from their telling of the fable of the Scorpion.
- Dungeons & Dragons "drow" is said to be a corrupted/contracted form of old elven "dhaeraow", meaning literally "black heart" and figuratively "traitor". (Call the typical drow a traitor, and she'll see it as something to be proud of.)
- A supplement to FASA's Star Trek RPG devoted to Klingons pointed out that insults often wouldn't translate very well. A Federation officer trying to insult a Klingon officer by using the old "Your mother wears army boots" line would find that it would translate to "Your maternal parent wears the footgear of a soldier" which sounds to the Klingon like an attempt to complement them on the military tradition of their line (extended family).
- Older Than Radio: An Austrian Tarock deck from 1890 featured Otto von Bismarck, who betrayed and defeated Austria in the 7 Weeks War and was dismissed from power at the time of its printing, as the Fool. Unfortunately, the Fool happens to be the highest trump card in Tarock...
- In Little Busters!, this happens twice in the same scene when Riki teases both Masato and Haruka about being bad at or late for school and both of them act like he just complimented them. He proceeds to wonder why people keep being proud of strange things lately.
- In Umineko no Naku Koro ni, this happens in the 8th Episode Twilight of the Golden Witch when Featherine, the Witch of Theatregoing, Drama and Spectating absolutely curbstomps Lambdadelta by stopping time, and hacking the story's script by skipping to the part where she kills her via dismemberment. Lambdadelta's dying words are calling Featherine a monster, to which she takes as a compliment.
Featherine: A monster, she says. ...Quite a compliment, for one such as I.