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->'''Baloo:''' I'll learn him all I know!\\
'''Bagheera:''' Well, that shouldn't take too long.
-->-- ''Disney/TheJungleBook''

Character A is in no position to insult Character B... but does so anyway in a way designed to slip under Character B's radar. Alternatively, Character A may think of Character B as stupid, and so makes the insult relatively subtle so that Character B won't get it and will end up looking like a fool.

A favored tactic of the DeadpanSnarker, especially the ServileSnarker. Differs from InsultBackfire in that a StealthInsult is ''intended'' to be misinterpreted by its target; indeed, it may sound like a compliment at first (which is why some call it a Backhanded Compliment).

Sometimes rendered in writing via an acrostic, a text in which the first letters of each line or word collectively form their own message.

See also OverlyNarrowSuperlative and MyFriendsAndZoidberg, which are often specific forms of this. WithDueRespect is also sometimes used as this. A frequent technique in PassiveAggressiveKombat, and sometimes a clever way to deliver a QuietCryForHelp to third parties who are clever or informed enough to recognize the implications. May overlap with TeasingFromBehindTheLanguageBarrier when character A uses a language unknown to character B.

Compare BackhandedApology, FalseReassurance, and ParentheticalSwearing.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Captain Marvel|l}}'' series [[note]]The one with Rick Jones, not [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} the one with Billy Batson]] [[/note]] the titular character is a humanoid alien trying to do good on Earth. Rick, bonded to Marvel, teaches him a new battle cry. "Oh Watta Goo Siam"[[note]]"Oh, what a goose I am."[[/note]]. Captain Marvel took some time to get it. About a year later, Marvel went insane and destroyed the entire universe, but that was probably unrelated.
* In ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', the gangster, Ally is hired by the new police chief, Creedy.
--> Ally: Yer predecessor, Mr Almond wouldna' have had time fer a man like me, a verra superior man, Mr Almond. Now you sir, you're not superior. Quite the reverse, in fact.
* In the comic and film versions of ''ComicBook/ThreeHundred'', Leonidas and the remaining Spartans are surrounded by Xerxes' army after they were betrayed by the Spartan [[spoiler: Ephialtes]]. Leonidas tells him, "May you live forever" before taking his last stand. This phrase may sound oddly complimentary until you realize that living a long life in Spartan culture, as opposed to dying gloriously in battle, is a dishonorable fate.
* In ''ComicBook/FromHell'', Sir William Gull explains [[InfoDump at length]] to his uneducated, dim-witted coachdriver John Netley his intellectual rationale for the [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper Whitechapel murders]] he's [[ReverseWhodunnit about to commit]].
--> '''Gull:''' You realize that I only share these private thoughts with you in recognition of your lack of cognizance?\\
'''Netley:''' Why--thank you, sir. I can't say what that means to me.\\
'''Gull:''' Ha ha ha! Of COURSE you can't. That is precisely why I trust you.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''Comicstrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Calvin sometimes has some fun this way at Moe the bully's expense. Once he responds to his demand for a quarter by telling him, "[[ExpospeakGag Your simian countenance suggests a heritage unusually rich in species diversity.]]" As Moe stands there confused, Calvin hands over the quarter, and says it was WorthIt.
** A couple of times, Hobbes makes a snide comment about Calvin while Calvin is distracted. [[LateToThePunchline Calvin doesn't realize that he has been insulted until much later that night]].
--->'''Calvin:''' What the... I'm not playing with a full deck!\\
'''Hobbes:''' That's what they all say.
** In one strip, Hobbes notices Calvin making a long list of things that annoy him and makes the suggestion of "excessively negative people". Calvin happily agrees with that, until he realizes Hobbes was referring specifically to him.
** Watterson had to fight very hard to keep his syndicate from licensing his work [[note]]He didn't want a bunch of crappy ''Calvin and Hobbes'' merchandise out there[[/note]]. During that time he threw the occasional StealthInsult at the syndicate's expense into the strip. He insists that he never wrote anything that didn't stand on its own, though.
* ''Comicstrip/{{Dilbert}}'':
** Dogbert once gives the title character this epic zing:
--->'''Dogbert:''' I could never underestimate your intelligence.\\
'''Dilbert''': Apology accepted.
** Also in [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2002-03-10/ this strip]], where Wally insults the Pointy-Haired Boss, and claims that he's talking to his mother using his hands-free phone.
** And: [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1994-02-22/ "Bingo, sir."]]
** [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1994-08-28/ And again.]]
* Played by Rat in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'':
-->'''Pig''': My goal in life is to leave every place I visit a little better than when I arrived.\\
'''Rat''': I think you do that. Every time you leave a room, I say to myself 'Hey, the room's a little better.'\\
'''Pig''': ''Ohhh'', thank you!! Thank you!!\\
'''Rat''': ''(to Goat)'' The best insults are the ones that look like compliments.
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Sally Forth|Howard}}'' strip, Nona says Hilary's obsession with the song "You're So Party, Let's Go Dancey" is "just one big [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DSM-5 DSM-5]] entry. No offence, Hil." Hil's response is a perplexed "Not sure if one's taken".
* In one Sunday ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' strip, Jeremy's father asks him what music groups he's been listening to lately. Jeremy's response? "Stuff like Sweatervest, Eight-Dollar Haircut... Costco Specs, Rhino Jowels, Coffeebreath... Miles of Khaki, Slipperstank..."
-->'''Father''': (as Jeremy leaves the room) That sounds like an awesome variety of music!\\
'''Mother''': (unamused) Not to mention a pretty good description of you.\\
'''Father''': Slipperstank rules!

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' fanfic, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8747753/1/Amy-and-Mecha-Sally Amy and Mecha Sally]]'' has Fiona attempting to prove to Elias and Nicole that she didn't come to New Mobotropolis to pick a fight with Mecha Sally, who has regain her free will. She then hits her to see no damage so her point is proven.
-->'''Fiona''': See? Sugar-Queen is indestructible. In other words, she's numb.
-->'''Mecha Sally''': I get the detail already.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3137871/1/Hero-High Hero High]] Ben and Gwen almost appear to try to one up each other when it comes to stealth insults.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Pokeumans}}'', Spiritus confesses to Brandon that the original Pokemon referred to the developing human race as ''Homo Stultus''.
* In [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/125204 this]] ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fic, Ozai gets one in after watching Zuko and Azula spar.
--> '''Ozai''': Excellent as always, Azula. And a better effort than I've seen from you, Zuko. Perhaps one day you'll manage to become a firebender that isn't an affront to your ancestors.
* In ''Fanfic/FieldOfInnocence'', Ozai's farewell to Lu Ten and Iroh is basically him and his nephew taking shots at each other like this.
--> '''Lu Ten''': Well, Grandfather would know best after all. Perhaps he sees that you would be of less use on the battlefield than you are here at the palace.
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], the LemonyNarrator seems to take great enjoyment out of making [[PlayedForLaughs several potshots at Celestia's expense.]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8794971/1/Faith-No-More Faith No More]]'', Faith's InSeriesNickname for [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] "B" is revealed to actually be short for "Bitch".
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5571816/20/Win-Some-Lose-Some Love and Loss]]'', when Kurenai questions the idea that Manga/{{Naruto}} would attack a fellow Konoha villager if something happened to his daughter, Naruto responds that she should wait until she's a parent. Then if she can honestly say she wouldn't kill anyone who harmed her child, regardless of where they're from, he'll admit she's a better shinobi than him, leaving it all but unsaid that she'd be a far worse parent.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8106168/4/Weres-Harry Weres Harry?]]'' Harry comes up with a rather nice one when he gets fed up with a social gathering Padma Patil drags him to during his first year at Hogwarts.
-->'''Harry:''' I apologize for my interruption of this most prestigious of gatherings. I am afraid my manners are not on the level of a gathering such as this. Ms. Patil merely wished for me to see for myself the society that my parents and I sacrificed so much in defending. I am pleased to say in this she succeeded admirably. And now if you would excuse me?
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9421918/2/Soldier-of-Zero Soldier of Zero]]'' [[LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero Saito]] calls Kirche a "pet name in the language of his homeland", namely Calamari for how bone crushingly tight her embrace is when she's trying to get him in her bedroom.
* In ''Fanfic/SlippingBetweenWorlds'', Lt Holtack slyly compares Lord Rust to one of the Roundworld's most known soldiers, whose manner to fight is still religiously teached: [[GeneralFailure the General Custer]].
* In ''Fanfic/PrincessOfTheBlacks'', Jen manages to use an insult to hide a worse insult when she suggests that if Danny dies during the [[Literature/HarryPotter First Task]], she'll put snapdragons on his grave. Besides the obvious reference to the dragon he's about to face, snapdragons represent arrogance, so she's saying that it's his fault if he dies.
** While giving an interview to the Daily Prophet, Jen gives a statement directed at the Potters about how they've made a life without her so she doesn't expect them to make room for her and she's happy with the Blacks. To most, it reads as her saying she doesn't expect anything of the Potters; to those who know her, Jen's telling them to stay out of her life.
* In ''Fanfic/DoubleAgentVader'', an in-story unidentified individual (actually Vader, as per WordOfGod) always has the Empire Day party attended by the Emperor decorated with flowers that, in the Naboo flower language, have mocking and insulting meanings, something that completely flies over Palpatine's head as he doesn't know any flower language. Pooja Naberrie, who ''does'', always has a good laugh at the decorations.
* In the Star Wars AU ''Fanfic/HereticPride'', one of the changes from the canon timeline is that Anakin Skywalker tries to get Chancellor Palpatine to intervene on behalf of Tatooine's slaves, and gets a better understanding of Palpatine's nature from the way Palpatine always promises to do what he can but never actually does anything. During one conversation, Anakin responds to Palpatine's latest insincere promise by telling him that on Tatooine there's a phrase for what Palpatine's doing: "help from the Core". Palpatine is flattered, not knowing that "when we get help from the Core" is a Tatooine slave idiom equivalent to "when hell freezes over".

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'':
** The Sultan insults ''himself'' in a very subtle way. He is wondering why his daughter Jasmine can't choose a suitor to marry, then adds 'Her mother wasn't nearly so picky.' It may take the audience a little while to notice the SelfDeprecation.
** When Aladdin decided to visit Jasmine and play up the prince charade, he struck an arrogant pose and asked the Genie "How do I look?" The Genie, who had just tried to convince Aladdin to stop pretending to be a prince, replied "Like... a prince."
** When Jafar is praising Iago on his plan to marry Jasmine and eventually bump her and the Sultan off: "I love the way your foul little mind works!" Note the way he pinches his fingers together when he says "little".
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' (1991 Disney version):
** Belle tells Gaston that he's "positively primeval", but says it in a light enough voice that he thinks she's complimenting him. It doesn't help that he's ignorant enough to not know what "primeval" means (although, he's the kind of person who would probably take it as a compliment even if he ''did'' know).
** Later, when she's trying to diplomatically kick him out of her house, she says "I just don't deserve you!" Bonus in the musical adaptation, where he responds to the line with "Who does?"
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'': Gru asks Miss Hattie whether she speaks Spanish. When she says no, he tells her that her face is "Como un burro." She is flattered... until she later buys a Spanish-English dictionary and slaps Gru in the face with it.
* ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights'': The animated Creator/AdamSandler (Davey Stone) does this:
-->'''Whitey''' (Davey's caretaker): Now I assume you've done your pre-game warm-ups.\\
'''Davey Stone''': No, let me do them right now. ''[Hold up his fists, raises and lowers his middle fingers]'' One, two, three, four...\\
'''Whitey''': ''[oblivious]'' That's good, but don't forget your hammies.
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'':
** Kronk remarks that one would think [[SpoiledBrat Kuzco]] would have turned out better, in response to [[EvilChancellor Yzma]] stating that she "practically raised him." It's not entirely certain if Kronk even ''intended'' this to be an insult, given that he's DumbMuscle.
** Yzma gives one to Kronk when he lampshades her IronicEcho towards Kuzco.
-->'''Kuzco''': Okay, I admit it. Maybe I wasn't as nice as I should have been. But Yzma, you really wanna ''kill'' me?!
-->'''Yzma''': [[HurricaneOfEuphemisms Just think of it as...you're being let go. That your life's going in a different direction. That your body is part of a permanent outplacement.]]
-->'''Kronk''': [[CaptainObvious Hey, that's kinda like what he said]] [[IronicEcho to you when you got fired.]]
-->'''Yzma''': [[DontExplainTheJoke I know.]] It's called a "cruel irony". Like my dependence on ''you''.
* ''Disney/TheJungleBook'': Bagheera delivers a sharp one when Baloo is trying to make himself look like someone who can be trusted to raise Mowgli (also the example quote on top of this very Trope Page).
-->'''Baloo''': I'll learn him all I know!
-->'''Bagheera''': Well, that shouldn't take too long.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'': Principal Cinch does this when she breaks up the party that was just starting to give the schools a chance to intermingle.
-->"It's been four years since the last Friendship Games, but it feels as though nothing has changed. Canterlot High continues to pick its competitors in a popularity contest and Crystal Prep continues to field its top twelve students. It is a comfort to know that even after so many years of losses, your school remains to committed to its ideals, however misguided they may be. I wish you all the best of luck, regardless of the inevitable outcome."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'': One of the musicians says "I'm an artist, not a boar!" (Protesting his being asked to dress up like an animal for archery practice.) Derek's advisor Rogers, the resident DeadpanSnarker, gives an AsideGlance and says "Could've fooled me."
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': [[AbusiveParents Mother]] [[FauxAffablyEvil Gothel]] is quite adept at using these against Rapunzel, fitting within the pattern of emotional manipulation she uses against Rapunzel to destroy any self-confidence Rapunzel may have in order to prevent her from ever leaving the tower.
-->'''Mother Gothel:''' ''[To Rapunzel when they're standing in front of a mirror together]'' Look in that mirror. I see a strong, confident, beautiful young lady.\\
''[Rapunzel smiles in response]''\\
'''Mother Gothel:''' ''[Faux-surprised tone]'' Oh look, you're here too. ''[Laughs]''\\
''[Rapunzel's smile changes into an expression of sadness / hurt]''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In the series' [[TheMovie theatrical]] [[GrandFinale series finale]], Miss Brooks is Mr. Conklin's campaign manager for his crack at the new post of Coordinator of Education (essentially, School Board Superintendent). Collecting donations from students and teachers, Miss Brooks tells Mr. Conklin that many of them were behind him. They were willing to give him a ''push'' out of Madison if necessary. Mr. Conklin's change of expression from glowing pride to a perplexed frown suggests he quickly realized the import of Miss Brooks' comment.
* In the comedy film ''Film/LiarLiar'', Creator/JimCarrey's character, who has been cursed to tell the truth for one day, is forced to tell his bosses ''exactly'' what he thinks of them (not very complimentary thoughts, to say the least), but manages to save himself from disaster by [[SarcasticConfession affecting a mocking tone of voice]], thus convincing them that his insults are [[TheRoast only outrageous jokes.]]
* ''Film/TimeBandits''.
-->'''Evil:''' Dear Benson, you are so mercifully free of the ravages of intelligence.\\
'''Benson:''' You say such nice things, master.\\
'''Evil:''' Yes, I know. I'm sorry.
* From ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'':
-->'''Judge Smails''': They tell me you're the man to beat this year, and, well, I'm no slouch myself...\\
'''Ty''': Oh, don't sell yourself short, Judge. You're a ''tremendous'' slouch.
* In ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'' Clark frequently does this to Eddie.
-->'''Clark''': My cousin-in-law whose heart is bigger than his brain.
-->'''Eddie''': I appreciate that Clark.
* In ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'' the suspected Zodiac Killer is questioned by the police. As he leaves, he flatly tells the officers that he looks forward to the day when policemen are no longer referred to as pigs.
* ''Film/QuoVadis'' has [[DeadpanSnarker Petronius]], who spends the entire film secretly snarking off to ''[[TheCaligula Nero]]'' of all people. His crowning moment comes during the Great Fire of Rome, when Nero worries that his song won't be epic enough to match the moment, Petronius ''serves'' him with this line:
-->'''Petronius:''' I am sure you will be worthy of the spectacle.... as the spectacle is worthy of you.
* Spock's goodbye "salute" to the Vulcan Science Academy in [[Film/StarTrek the new Star Trek movie]], which can basically be translated as, "Live long and ''[[ParentheticalSwearing fuck you]].''" It was a fairly appropriate response.
* In ''Film/SchoolOfRock'', after Ms. Mullins berates Freddy for not being in accordance with the school's dress code (he was styling himself as a punk), Frankie says "Ms. Mullins, you're the Man." She responds "Why, thank you, Frankie", not realizing that he was referring to the phrase "stick it to the Man", i.e. he called her an oppressive authority. Dewey had taught the class about "The Man" early on.
* In ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'', after the premiere of Salieri's opera ''Axur: King of Ormus'', Salieri goes up to Mozart, hoping for his approval. Unfortunately Mozart has learned to be diplomatic:
-->'''Salieri''': Mozart. It was good of you to come.
-->'''Mozart''': How could I not?
-->'''Salieri''': Did my work please you?
-->'''Mozart''': How could it not, Excellency?
-->'''Salieri''': Yes?
-->'''Mozart''': I never knew that music like that was possible.
-->'''Salieri''': You flatter me.
-->'''Mozart''': Oh no! One hears such sounds and what can one say, but -- Salieri!
* ''Film/MenInBlack'':
** Zed says "Congratulations, you're everything we've come to expect from years of government training" to the agent candidates who failed the test, shortly before neuralyzing them. J also scratches his forehead with his middle finger after K states he has to "grow up" before he can get a Neuralyser.
** At one point, when J is arguing with a skeptical (and overweight) cop, the officer says "You're not half the man I am!". J's response: "I am half the man you are".
* In ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', Kim gets to do quite a few of these, notably flipping off her contract manager by using her middle finger to scratch under her eye.
* Kirk gave a more in your face insult to Tugg in ''Film/TropicThunder''.
--> '''Tugg Speedman:''' There were times while I was playing Jack where I felt...retarded. Like, really retarded.\\
'''Kirk Lazarus:''' Damn!\\
'''Tugg Speedman:''' In a weird way I had to sort of just free myself up to believe that is was okay to be stupid or dumb.\\
'''Kirk Lazarus:''' To be a moron.\\
'''Tugg Speedman:''' Yeah!\\
'''Kirk Lazarus:''' To be moronical.\\
'''Tugg Speedman:''' Exactly, to be a moron.\\
'''Kirk Lazarus:''' An imbecile.\\
'''Tugg Speedman:''' Yeah!\\
'''Kirk Lazarus:''' Like the dumbest motherfucker that ever lived.\\
'''Tugg Speedman:''' [pause] When I was playing the character.
* In ''Film/{{Clue}}'':
-->'''Col. Mustard:''' Well, you tell him it's not true!\\
'''Ms. Scarlett:''' It's not true.\\
'''Mr. Green:''' It's not true?\\
'''Ms. Scarlett:''' No, it's not true.\\
'''Mr. Green:''' Aha! So it '''IS''' true!\\
'''Wadsworth:''' A double negative!\\
'''Col. Mustard:''' Double negative? You mean you have (''whispering'') photographs?!\\
'''Wadsworth:''' That sounds like a confession to me, In fact the double negative has led to proof positive. I'm afraid you gave yourself away.\\
'''Col. Mustard:''' Are you trying to make me look stupid in front of the other guests?\\
'''Wadsworth:''' You don't need any help from me, sir.\\
'''Col. Mustard:''' That's right!
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** ''Film/IronMan1'': Tony's SexySecretary Pepper Potts delivers a not-very-subtle one to Tony's one-night-stand.
--->'''Christine Everhart:''' After all these years, Tony still has you picking up the dry cleaning.
--->'''Pepper Potts:''' I do anything and everything Mr. Stark requires. Including, occasionally, [[SlutShaming taking out the trash]]. Will that be all?
** ''Film/IronMan2'':
*** The senator's remark to Tony Stark shortly after giving him the medal and "accidentally" pricking him with the pin.
--->'''Senator:''' Sorry, it's funny how annoying a little ''prick'' can be.
*** Pepper once again proves she is the master of this.
--->'''Hammer''': Christine Everhart's actually doing a big spread on me for ''Vanity Fair''. I thought I'd throw her a bone, you know. Right?
--->'''Pepper''': Right. Well, she did quite a... [[DoubleEntendre spread]] on Tony last year.
--->'''Tony''': [[LampshadeHanging And she wrote a story as well]].
** In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', Loki uses good timing on a comment for ironic effect:
--->'''Thor:''' You always were a talented liar, brother.\\
'''Loki:''' It's good to have you back.
** ''Film/TheConsultant'': Phil Coulson unloads a fast one on Agent Sitwell.
--->'''Sitwell:''' I got it. We send a patsy to sabotage the debrief.\\
'''Coulson:''' A patsy?\\
'''Sitwell:''' Yes, someone to screw it up. Someone so inept that General Ross will refuse to release Blonsky. I could do it. [[ObfuscatingStupidity I make a great patsy]].\\
'''Coulson:''' Yes you do. Your patsy is legendary. In fact, when I think of the word "patsy"--
--->'''Sitwell:''' [[PreemptiveShutUp Alright.]]
** In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', Rocket attempts to be "polite" to the Sovereigns by telling them "You know, [[CouldSayItBut they told me you people were conceited douchebags, but that isn't true at all]]" (with a wink to Peter afterwards to signal that the insult was intentional). The "stealth" part fails, partly because he messes up the winking and does it in full view of everyone instead of hiding it.
** ''Film/ThorRagnarok'':
*** A possible one from Korg to Thor after the latter tells him about losing his hammer, since as Korg is a bit of a ditz it makes it hard to tell if he's being sarcastic or not:
--->'''Korg''': Sounds like you had a pretty special and [[FreudWasRight intimate relationship with this hammer and that losing it was almost comparable to losing a loved one]].
*** Loki's introduction to Korg and the rest of the gladiators after they stage their revolution, telling that they appear to be in "desperate need of leadership."
* Maggie Smith plays a shrewish lady in ''Film/GosfordPark'' who is a master at these. In one instance, she "compliments" a cash-strapped woman for wearing the same dress over multiple days, saying that she's delightfully economical.
* There is a quick one in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' when Cade calls all of humanity "junk".
* ''Film/{{Monte Carlo|1930}}:'' When Duke Otto sings "She'll Love Me and Like It," about how he's going to bring his RunawayBride back and make her shape up, the wedding guests repeat his words in a way that turns them into insults.
--> '''Otto:''' I have a nasty temper, though I keep it in control
--->For, after all, I really am a simple-hearted soul.
-->'''Chorus:''' He's a simp, he's a simp, he's a simple-hearted soul!\\
'''Otto:''' But when my seeds of kindliness have failed to bear me fruit,
--->I then become, I must confess, a nasty-tempered brute.
-->'''Chorus:''' He's a nas [an ass], he's a nas, he's a nasty-tempered brute!
* ''Film/TheFaculty'' uses one of these for a GeniusBonus. The theater teacher Mrs. Olsen wanted to put on a production of ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'', but Principal Drake, having earmarked most of the school's extra money for the football team (because the football-obsessed PTA and school board would accept nothing less), recommends recycling the sets from ''Theatre/OurTown'' instead. Any theater geek would know that ''Our Town'' doesn't use any sets -- which means that, in other words, Drake just told Mrs. Olsen to fuck off. (Drake is played by Creator/BebeNeuwirth, a Broadway star who definitely would've gotten the joke.)
* A classic in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'': "Major Strasser is one of the reasons the Third Reich enjoys the reputation it has today."
* In ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' (1981), Arthur's butler Hobson says to his new girlfriend Linda: "Thank you for a memorable afternoon. Usually one must go to a bowling alley to meet a woman of your stature."
* In ''Film/TheItalianJob2003'', Stella meets Steve, the man who killed her father, while pretending to be a cable technician. She is greeted by his guard dogs and promptly tells Steve in a casual tone that she is "used to meeting all sorts of animals".
* In ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', Pizza the Hut gets Barf's name wrong and calls him "Puke". Barf corrects him, "That's Barf". However Barf says this in such a way, that it doesn't sound like he's actually ''correcting'' Pizza, but rather telling Pizza he ''looks'' like barf (which he does).
* Templeton from the live-action ''Film/CharlottesWeb'' gives a sly one to the cows. It's half-subverted in that one of the cows laughs in response, while the other sees straight through the insult.
-->'''Betsy''': Don't you break that egg, rat!
-->'''Bitsy''': A broken rotten egg would make this barn stink to high heaven!
-->'''Templeton''': [[DeadpanSnarker That'd be a change.]]
-->'''Bitsy''': Ahahaha!
-->'''Betsy''': [[LampshadeHanging Why you laughin', Bits? He just said we stink!]]
* In ''Film/WakeMeWhenItsOver'', a general presiding over Brubaker's court martial gets one in on Gus as he's leaving.
-->"Brubaker. I'd like to commend you for what you've done for our air force. I can think of only one other man who has matched your record. I refer, of course, to [[RedBaron/RealLife Baron von Richthofen]]."
* Queer documentary ''Film/ParisIsBurning'' discusses "shade", which is stealth insults as raised to an art form in black and Latino queer communities. As [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2lEtUqxg44 explained]] by Dorian Corey in the documentary, "Shade is I don’t tell you you’re ugly, but I don’t have to tell you because you know you’re ugly. And that’s shade."

* A groom asks the priest how much they owe him for the ceremony. The priest replies that there's no fixed scale, but he can always make a donation based on, for example, the beauty of the bride. The groom looks awkwardly around him and pulls out a quarter. The priest goes to the bride, lifts up her veil, then goes back to the man with two dimes saying "Here's your change".

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Tisala says to Ward that it's his eyes that make him look stupid, especially the long lashes. He replies that he always thought it was the colour - his eyes are brown, as are Tisala's.
* Literature/HarryPotter, in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince sixth book]], drops a quick one on his [[{{Seers}} Divination teacher]], the notorious NotSoPhonyPsychic Sybill Trelawney:
-->'''Sybill Trelawney''': Everything went pitch black and the next thing I knew, I was being hurled headfirst out of the Room!
-->'''Harry Potter''': And you didn't see that coming?
-->'''Sybill Trelawney''': No, as I said it was pitch-- *''suddenly gets it and gives Harry a DeathGlare''*
* From ''Literature/EllaEnchanted'', Ella gets one over her thicker-than-bricks stepfamily:
-->"What a clever daughter I have," Olga beamed at Hattie.
-->"As clever as she is beautiful," [Ella] said.
-->They both began to answer me, and then stopped, confused.
-->"Hattie isn't pretty," said Olive.
* SherlockHolmes gets one of these on Inspector Gregson after noting that the pathway outside of the murder scene has been so trampled over by the police that any clues are now impossible to make out: "With two such men as yourself and Lestrade upon the ground, there will not be much for a third party to find out." This goes completely over the head of Gregson, who assumes that Holmes is complimenting him on the thoroughness of his investigation.
** He does many of these throughout the canon, but one particularly ballsy was targeted towards the King of Bohemia.
-->'''King of Bohemia:''' ''(Talking about Irene Adler)'' What a woman – oh, what a woman! Did I not tell you how quick and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?\\
'''Holmes:''' From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a ''very'' different level to your Majesty.
** Also in "The Problem of Thor Bridge" towards his own client.
-->'''Holmes:''' I'll give you one. This case is quite sufficiently complicated to start with without the further difficulty of false information.\\
'''Client:''' Meaning that I lie.\\
'''Holmes:''' Well, I was trying to express it as delicately as I could, but if you insist upon the word I will not contradict you.
** In "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier"--one of only two cases narrated by Holmes himself--he even takes a pot-shot at ''Watson'', although in this case, he might not mean it as poorly as it comes off sounding. [[note]]Given Holmes' distaste for the tendency of the professional police to jump to conclusions, it might even have been meant as a sincere, if quite barbed, compliment.[[/note]]
--> "A confederate who foresees your conclusions and course of action is always dangerous, but one to whom each development comes as a perpetual surprise, and to whom the future is always a closed book, is indeed an ideal helpmate."
* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (book two of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive)'': Kaladin continuously insults Adolin while pretending to compliment him. Examples include: "You are the least obnoxious heir to a princedom I've ever met." Read: The only heir to a princedom he has ever met. Adolin is none the wiser until Shallan points it out to him. Kaladin stops once Shallan points out that Adolin is making an effort to be friendly (in contrast to earlier, when he distrusted Kaladin on every level).
* OlderThanPrint: In ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', Cao Cao manages to insult the capabilities of his surviving advisors by weeping for a dead one.
* An intercultural example: in ''Literature/TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'', the main character pretends to be impressed by a lousy Persian court poet, so much that he compares him to "the excellent Count Khvostov", a legendarily, memetically awful Russian poet.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is good with these: in the later books of the series, most Gatherings consist almost entirely of the Clans taking jabs at each other in this manner.
-->"I am pleased to hear that you are getting so much use out of a piece of land prey-poor by [=ThunderClan=] standards."
* In Literature/{{Discworld}}, even though Vetinari and Vimes ''are'' in a position to insult people straightforwardly, their insults often confuse people, sometimes because the insults are clever and sometimes because the people being insulted are just thick. ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' has this example:
-->'''Sgt. Colon''': I know something about seaweed, sir.
-->'''Vetinari''': You do?
-->'''Sgt. Colon''': Yes! When it's wet, that means it's going to rain!
-->'''Vetinari''': I shall never forget you said that.
-->Colon's response is to walk away proudly thinking that he's "Made a Contribution", when Vetinari ''probably'' meant he would never forget its monumental stupidity.
** Vimes does it to WideEyedIdealist Reg Shoe throughout ''Discworld/NightWatch''. Eventually, he pushes it far enough that Reg catches on. (The setup is that Reg is trying to ration out the beseiged Republic's food and, to his disappointment, Vimes has just pointed out they don't ''need'' to ration the food, because they have most of the food in the city):
-->'''Vimes''': But I'll tell you what, if this goes on, the city will see to it the deliveries come in by other gates. We’ll be hungry then. That’s when we’ll need your organizational skills.
-->'''Reg''': You mean we'll be in a famine situation?
-->'''Vimes''': If we aren't, Reg, I'm sure you could organise one.
** In ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'', one of the traveling teachers condescendingly complements Tiffany on knowing the word "zoology":
-->'''Teacher:''' That's a big word, isn't it?\\
'''Tiffany:''' No it isn't, actually. "Patronizing" is a big word, "zoology" is really quite short.
** Carrot Ironfounderson is either a deft master at this trope, or a sincerely well-meaning speaker who only ''accidentally'' says things like "If it [the Fools' Guild] burns to the ground, it'll be a blow for entertainment in this city."
** In ''Discworld/TheTruth'', William, a master of ExactWords because he WillNotTellALie, responds to an article Sacharissa wrote about a flower-arranging competition with "I think it is quite likely that it would be impossible to improve this piece in any way." He means not that the article is perfect, but that there's ''so'' much wrong with it that he couldn't ''begin'' to improve it, but he runs it anyway to take up newspaper space, appeal to the ladies who were mentioned in the article, and avoid offending Sacharissa.
* In ''[[Creator/AgathaChristie The Mysterious Affair at Styles]]'', Poirot gets one in at Hastings: "We must be so intelligent that [the murderer] does not suspect us of being intelligent at all. There, mon ami, you will be of great assistance to me."
** It's made even more hilarious by Hastings' follow-up narration.
---> ''I was pleased with the compliment. There had been times when I hardly thought that Poirot appreciated me at my true worth.''
* Bertie Wooster of ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' calls out [[TheJeeves Jeeves]] on the way he says "Well, sir," and [[ServileSnarker "Indeed, sir?"]]
-->'''Bertie''': "The impression I retain after hearing you shoot it at me a couple of times is that you consider me to be talking through the back of my neck, and that only a feudal sense of what is fitting restrains you from substituting for it the words 'Says you!'"
* Fisk tricks a servant into doing this to herself in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries''.
--> '''Mrs. Trimmer:''' I hope you're prepared to work.
--> '''Fisk:''' I never work. If you're clever you don't have to. Are you a hard worker, Mrs. Trimmer?
--> '''Mrs. Trimmer:''' That I am, and an honest woman to boot.
* In one of the ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' books, an obnoxious student named Melvin gains superpowers and takes on the name of "Big Melvin". He declares that whenever he has halted a crime, he'll use his laser vision to scorch the initials "B.M." in large print, so people will know it was him. Cue George snarking that "Big [=BMs=] always made me think of Melvin!"
* Most of the conversations ''Literature/OddThomas'' has with villains are comprised of him doing these.
* Tyrion from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is a master of these:
--> '''King Joffery''': [Sansa's] stupid brother is calling himself a king.
--> '''Tyrion''': All kinds of people are calling themselves kings these days.
* In the final ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' book, Jake contacts [[WellIntentionedExtremist the Andalite fleet]], who intend to quarantine Earth [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure in hopes of killing the evil Yeerks there too]]. Unfortunately for the Andalites, Jake's message is also being broadcasted to their civilian nets, meaning both sides have to keep up the appearance of peace. Jake responds with some carefully worded statements (which Marco ever-so-helpfully translates for the reader).
** "We must set aside the necessary ruthlessness of war... and turn to the more satisfying duties of making peace." Translation: Your civilians who are watching this broadcast now are going to be ''really'' upset if you decide to rush in and annihilate us when we're offering peace.
** "Our victory could have never occurred without the help of our Andalite friends." Translation: You did squat for us, but we're willing to share the credit just to make you look nice. Grateful?[[note]]One additional layer is that Jake is saying "We're grateful to those Andalites who actually ''helped'' us--and ''you'' aren't them."[[/note]]
** "We have [learned] so much from the great Elfangor and his no less courageous brother Axmili." Translation: If your ship attacks anyway, you'll end up killing Elfangor's hero brother aboard this ship and undoing all their hard work.
* OlderThanFeudalism: "Rex" (Latin for "king") was a huge insult according to the Romans, but many of the societies that they conquered (such as Judea) had much higher opinions of kings. For example, "Rex Iudaeorum" ("King of the Jews") was the biggest insult (by Roman standards) that Pontius Pilate could throw at Jesus in TheFourGospels, but the insult was lost on the native Jews. In fact, the chief priests' main objection to Jesus being given that label was that it was too big of a ''compliment'' to him.
* Composer Ziller in ''Literature/TheCulture'' novel ''Look to Windward'' sometimes amuses himself by doing this, although normally his criticisms of Culture society are more direct (since the incessant ''politeness'' of the Culture is one of the things that gets on his nerves). At one point a rather foolish Culture citizen named Treslen Scofford attempts to jog his memory by reminding him that, when Treslen had commented on one of his compositions, Ziller had called the comments "singular" and "uniquely viewpointed". Ziller acknowledges that this certainly sounds like something he'd have said.
* One for the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse: [[ProudWarriorRace Mandalorians]] want to find the [[ChallengeSeeker biggest, nastiest, most challenging thing]] the galaxy can throw at them so they can [[SpiritedCompetitor test themselves against it]]; so they ally themselves with the Sith to fight against the Republic and/or Jedi. It's basically a statement of "Compared to the Jedi, you're NotWorthKilling and only good for a [[PunchClockVillain paycheck]]". The Sith doesn't seem to mind it, however, as the Mandalorians are still killing Jedi and republic troops, so they're earning their pay as mercenaries.
* In ''Literature/TrickyBusiness'', Wally's rock band Arrival plays a disastrous gig at a redneck bar ("'Nuffa that shit! Play some country!") that ends in a BarBrawl and a trip to the emergency room for the LeadBassist (whose reported injuries inspire [[AGoodNameForARockBand a cool new name for the band]]). When the owner tells Wally that he doesn't want Arrival to ever play there again, Wally tells him that he was thrilled to meet the original cast of ''Film/{{Deliverance}}'', a reference that sails over the owner's head.
* In ''Farmer Boy'' by Laura Ingalls Wilder (author of Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie), young Almanzo finds and returns a wallet belonging to the local rich miser. Bystanders insist that the wallet’s owner should give the boy a reward. Relucantly he reaches into his pocket and proffers ... a dime. Almanzo looks at the coin and says “I’m sorry, I can’t change that.”
* ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'': In front of a crowd of monks, William of Baskerville credits inquisitor Bernardo Gui for the most important decision of hs life. All the monks view it as a major compliment, but as Adso points out, the most important decision William ever made was to ''suit'' the Inquisition... and Bernardo is clearly aware of William's true meaning.
* Number 26 of ''UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems'': "Point at the Mulberry tree, but curse the Locust."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', Lionel Jefferson would do this to Archie Bunker to trump Archie's racist comments. In one case, after Archie made a stereotypical comment about black people living crowded in small quarters, Lionel "explained" that they have special efficient storage closets to shove their things into, and that Archie should get one to "shove yours". After he left, Archie realized that "you could take that two ways"; in response, "Meathead" joined the stealth insult game by assuring him that Lionel "only meant it one way".
** Music/SammyDavisJr also told one to Archie: "If you were prejudiced, you'd go around thinking that you were better than everyone else in the world. But after spending these wonderful moments with you, Archie, I can honestly say - you ain't better than anybody."
* You better believe that Series/{{Blackadder}} indulges in this from time to time. Especially prevalent in seasons 3 and 4, when he had more superiors than underlings.
** Barely stealthed example: In ''Blackadder the Third'', Prince George complains that a fellow at his club said he had the brains of a donkey. Blackadder, in his [[ServileSnarker most servile tones]], states that this is absurd ... "unless it was a very stupid donkey". George's reaction? "If only ''I'd'' thought of saying that!"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunMakers "The Sun Makers"]], Gatherer Hade has an ostentatious manner of addressing the Collector (your Immensity, your Hugeness, your Supernal Eminence, etc), but as their relationship breaks down under the strain of events the honorifics become somewhat insulting, as in: "I fear the situation is worsening, your Grossness!"
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek "Dalek"]], the Doctor describes Davros, creator of the titular species, to megalomaniac Henry van Statten, then adds, "You'd like him." It goes over the man's head because he doesn't realize just how much the Doctor ''despises'' Davros.
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{Extras}}'' Christmas special, where Andy tries his best to insult his agent but it doesn't land:
-->'''Darren:''' But if I send you, they'll think I don't know what I'm doing!\\
'''Andy:''' Ohhh, no one could ever think you don't know what you're doing, that you're a total waste of space and ''shouldn't even be in the industry''.\\
'''Darren:''' Well, thanks, mate, but you'd be surprised.
* This one from the ''Series/FrenchAndSaunders'' skit, "The Generation Gap", featuring Dame Creator/HelenMirren acting on a ([[StylisticSuck bad]]) sitcom written by Jennifer. Bonus points for the insults seeming to hit both people.
-->'''Helen:''' But I don't have any funny lines!\\
'''Jennifer:''' Don't blame your tools.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls,'' Dorothy's ex husband Stan is staying with the women to recover from a heart attack. However, he's afraid of being alone and fakes a relapse. The following is paraphrased:
-->'''Blanche:''' Isn't it funny that you would have a relapse on the day that the doctor said you could go home?\\
'''Stan:''' What can I say, the heart's a funny organ.\\
'''Blanche:''' I bet a lot of your organs get a laugh.
* In one episode of ''Series/HogansHeroes'', Hogan manages to convince Klink that the name the men have been calling him 'Klink the Fink' is actually a compliment.
** Hogan did this to Klink a lot. Klink once complained to Hogan about the prisoners blowing raspberries at him, so Hogan told him that it was a sign of respect. [[BrickJoke Later in the episode,]] Hogan led them in a cheer for Klink - which consisted of all the prisoners blowing a raspberry at the same time.
* On ''House Of Buggin'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f30flQur8c one sketch]] has a crew of mariachis insulting their monolingual English-speaking customers in Spanish under the guise of serenading them until, of course, they run into some customers who also speak fluent Spanish. While most of their insults are translated for us in the subtitles, this piece comes with a further BilingualBonus or two as well for actual Spanish-speakers' further amusement. (Translated: "Miserable barato..." Not translated: "...pendejo!")
* This conversation from ''Series/IClaudius'':
-->'''[[TheCaligula Caligula]]:''' Do you think I'm mad?\\
'''Claudius:''' Mad? Why your majesty, you set the standard of sanity for the entire world!
* From ''Series/TheITCrowd'':
-->'''Jen:''' It's indescribable.\\
'''Moss:''' Good.
* ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'':
** Jeeves gets two of these over on Bertie on separate occasions:
--->'''Bertie:''' Oh, stop playing with the hat, Jeeves. I knew you wouldn't like it.\\
'''Jeeves:''' Oh, not at all, sir!\\\
'''Bertie:''' She gave it to me, you know. Trying to improve my mind, I dare say.\\
'''Jeeves:''' That seems scarcely possible, sir.
** Jeeves sneaks in a dig at the song "Nagasaki" in response to Bertie's expressed love of the song:
--->'''Jeeves:''' Extremely... ''invigorating'', sir.\\
'''Bertie:''' Yes, Jeeves, that is just the word I would have used. Yes, it makes you want to get up and bally well have a run 'round the park.\\
'''Jeeves:''' [[RunForTheBorder My feelings precisely, sir.]]
* In ''Series/MarriedWithChildren,'' Marcy once berated her husband Steve by saying that she didn't blame Al's involvement in one of their misadventures because "If you give a loaded gun to a chimp and it shoots somebody, you don't blame the chimp." Al sat for a moment before saying, "[[LampshadeHanging I think that was a hidden dig at me]]."
* Major Frank Burns in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is a frequent target, except for those times when people insult him to his face. Two examples:
-->'''Burns''': Wasn't your nose broken?\\
'''Radar''': Oh no, sir, it was just sprained. Doctor Pierce said I should just stay off my nose for awhile.\\
'''Burns''': I'm a doctor and that's crazy!\\
'''Radar''': I've heard that, sir.
-->'''Burns''': What I don't understand is, why do people take an instant dislike to me?\\
'''Trapper''': It saves time, Frank.
** His replacement, Major Charles Winchester, tends to be the deliverer rather than the recipient of these. For instance, in one episode he calls three Korean doctors "[[Film/TheThreeStooges Moe, Curly, Larry]]", assuring them that those are [[BlatantLies great philosophers from the West]].
*** However, they aren't fooled. [[BrickJoke At the end of the episode,]] when the Korean doctors have alleviated Winchester's bad back with acupuncture, one of them replies to Winchester's apology by quipping that their efforts weren't bad for a bunch of stooges.
* While you'd be [[BlatantLies hard pressed]] to find insults in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxXW6tfl2Y0 "Oscar Wilde Sketch"]] was comprised of Wilde and others lampooning the king, claiming it to be a quote of one of the others. Each one miraculously manages to turn them into compliments, though only the king seems oblivious.
* One of the ways ''Series/NevermindTheBuzzcocks'' can insult its guests, but still get stars who take themselves seriously to appear on the show. For instance, after Preston walked out when Simon Amstell ''innocently read out sections of'' his wife's book:
-->'''Simon Amstell''': I only read his wife's book, I can't believe that upset him... I mean, then again, I've read the whole thing and it upset me.
* In the "A Pain in the Neck" episode of ''Series/SanfordAndSon'', when Fred is attending the Watts Businessmen's Association's Man of the Year award dinner, Aunt Esther manages to slip a subtle one past Fred:
-->'''Esther''': Lord knows, I've had my differences with Fred Sanford, but tonight is a happy occasion. So rather than speak on his bad points, I'll just dwell on his good points. [''She pauses for a few seconds of silence''] Thank you.
* Creator/JonStewart had a great many hilarious barbs to shoot at the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFQFB5YpDZE guys on Crossfire]], but perhaps none quite so good as the ones that passed unnoticed.
* [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert's]] nickname for [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]] is "Papa Bear". This coming from a man who considers [[BearsAreBadNews bears to be the number one threat to America]].
* Far from uncommon on ''Series/TheWestWing''. For instance, when Charlie meets his ex's new boyfriend.
-->'''Charlie:''' I just read 150 words about you in ''Us Weekly'', and I feel like I know you already.
-->'''[[FrenchJerk Jean Paul]]:''' Thank you.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** The second season had the following exchange:
--> '''[[JerkJock Larry]]:''' Man! Oz, I would love to get me some of that Buffy and Willow action, if you know what.
--> '''[[DeadpanSnarker Oz]]:''' That's great, Larry. You've really mastered the single entendre.
** A darker example occurs in "Innocence". [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Angel]], having been stripped of his soul due to experiencing a moment of [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex "perfect happiness" with Buffy]], [[FaceHeelTurn makes it his mission to destroy her emotionally]] [[DisproportionateRetribution for the crime of making him feel like a human being]]. His first step is to pretend he was just using her for sex, with this exchange transpiring when he and the unbeknownst Buffy talk the next day.
--> '''Buffy:''' Was I not good?
--> '''Angel:''' No, you were great. Really. I thought you were a pro.
** Any time Cordy tries to be relatively nice, this is the result.
* In ''Talking Funny'', Creator/JerrySeinfeld and Creator/LouisCK recall a conversation about the F word (Jerry doesn't use it while Louis is Mr. ClusterFBomb), where Jerry compared it to an American sports car. Louis thinks Jerry means the F word is special and should be used sparingly, but after some thought realized that his wealthy car-collecting friend meant that the word is flashy, vulgar, and only really appealing to low-class people who don't know better.
* After giving a rotten answer on MatchGame, the audience boos Bill Cullen. Bill responds by politely thanking the audience.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** From the first season finale, when Slater and Britta are fighting over Jeff.
--->'''Slater:''' Britta! You look great! Such a ''stunning'' improvement.\\
'''Britta:''' Wow, you look gorgeous. It ''must've'' taken all day.
** Inverted in the episode where Pierce is pretending to be dying, when Jeff gets sick of it.
--->'''Nurse:''' You can't go in there!\\
'''Jeff:''' Or ''what?'' You'll do twice the work of a doctor for half the pay?\\
'''Nurse:''' ...thank you?
* [[AntiVillain Nucky]] [[VillainProtagonist Thompson]] from ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' throws out a few of these early in the show which go right over the head of his partners because most gangsters are not nearly as well read as he is. For example, when one rather annoying gangster talks about changing his name, Nucky absentmindedly says "[[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet A rose by any other name]]..." When the gangster asks what that means, Nucky just gives him a cold look and tells him "Read a [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] book".
* ''Series/MadMen'''s Pete Campbell gets off a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny pretty awesome one]] in S3 when he assures his old college buddy that his idea for a national jai alai league is "exactly [[TheGamblingAddict my]] [[ImpoverishedPatrician father's]] sort of investment."
* ''Series/{{House}}'': When House tests candidates for his team at the beginning of the 4th season, one of the candidates's theories is shot down by Foreman. When House confirms that the candidate's idea was actually good, the candidate subtly looks at Foreman and gets some dust out of his eye... with his middle finger.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': When Jayne tries on the knit hat he got in the mail from his mother, Wash comments, "Man walks down the street in that hat, you know he's not afraid of anything."
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** When the people of King's Landing prepare for a siege, Sansa Stark (who is being kept there as a guest/hostage) gets one on her hated fiance King Joffrey, after he gloats about how he'll kill her older brother. In overly innocent tones, she asks him if he'll be on the front lines and not hiding from the fight, because said brother leads the charge and Joffrey just boasted about being better than him. She then gives one to Tyrion, telling him that she'll be praying for his safe return from battle, "just as [she] prays for our king's".
** In "Garden of Bones," King Renly Baratheon knows very well the kind of self-serving person Littlefinger is, and is disgusted by it.
---> '''Renly''': You can trust Brienne. Her loyalty comes without charge.
** In "Valar Dohaeris," Margaery Tyrell subtly criticizes Cersei's fashion sense.
--->'''Margaery''': Loras, isn't the Queen's gown magnificent? The fabric, the embroidery, the ''metalwork''. I've never seen anything like it!
** Loras then (politely) rubs it into Cersei's face that he thinks ''very'' poorly of her as Queen due to her neglect/mistreatment of the smallfolk.
---> '''Loras''': ''[smiling directly at Cersei]'' Margaery does a great deal of work with the poor back in Highgarden.
** Cersei also levels one against [[BastardBastard Joffrey]], though judging by his expression, he got the message.
--->'''Cersei:''' You are your father's son. Not all of us can have a king's bravery.
** Sansa also insults Joffrey unintentionally. When her father wants to take her away from her betrothed and placates her by saying that he'll find her "someone who's brave and gentle and strong," heartbroken Sansa replies that "I don't want anyone brave and gentle and strong, I want [Joffrey]!"
** When Hizdahr waxes philosophical about traditions that will go on long after they are all gone, Tyrion declares, "My father would have liked you."
** Margaery practically bombards Cersei with these when she comes to meet her new daughter-in-law. Smiling sweetly, Margaery calls her a drunk, an old bat and useless figurehead. None of them slip past Cersei's radar, of course.
** In "The Lion and the Rose", Loras proves that he can fight with words just as well as he fights with swords after Jaime threatens him.
--> '''Jaime:''' Luckily for you, none of this will happen, because you will never marry her [Cersei].
--> '''Loras:''' ''(smiles smugly)'' And neither will you. ''(pats Jaime on the arm)''
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Londo, preparing to meet [[TheCaligula the new Emperor]], informs the Regent that he met the Emperor twice before. The first time, he was an infant, and drooling on himself, and later as an adolescent, trying to look up girls' skirts.
-->'''Cartagia''': Ah, Mollari. It's wonderful to see you again.
-->'''Londo''': And you, Majesty. I could swear you have not changed since the last few times I saw you.
-->'''Cartagia''': Oh, you are of course too generous.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', invoked by Spock at the end of "Mirror, Mirror" regarding their MirrorUniverse counterparts, leading a bemused Kirk and [=McCoy=] to question whether they've just been insulted as well.
--> '''Spock''': May I point out that I had an opportunity to observe [[MirrorUniverse your counterparts]] here quite closely. They were brutal, savage, unprincipled, uncivilised, treacherous, in every way, ''[[HumansAreFlawed splendid examples]]'' of homo sapiens, the very [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch flower of humanity]]. I found them quite refreshing.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the ''Series/SportsNight'' episode "The Apology":
-->'''Casey:''' I'm completely cool, huh?
-->'''Dana:''' And you dress cool.
-->'''Casey:''' Yes! ({{Beat}}) Wait, that was a dig, wasn't it.
** And a bit later:
-->'''Casey:''' I love music. I have a great appreciation of music.
-->'''Dan:''' Dude, I've been in your car and you've got the Starland Vocal Band singing "Afternoon Delight."
-->'''Casey:''' That's right! ({{Beat}}) Wait, I do not have the Starland Vocal Band, it's not like I went out and bought the single. It's on my Time-Life Sounds of the 70's.
-->'''Dan:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Well, there you have it]].
-->'''Casey:''' How can I be cool again? I'm a newly divorced man, I'm young, I used to be cool. I need to be cool again. Help me be cool again.
-->'''Dan:''' Well, first I'd have to disabuse you of the notion that you were ever cool before.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' has them frequently, particularly between Sam and Diane. One first season episode has a zinger, though. Right after Norm's boss has made an aggressive pass at Diane (and [[spoiler: fired Norm for stepping up to Diane's defense]]) because he believed she was a hired escort, Sam says to Diane "We all know you'd starve to death before you made a living with your body."
* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' has a lot of this, particularly during conversations between Lucretia and Ilithyia. Ilithyia is constantly finding ways to reference the fact that Lucretia comes from a lower social class, which Lucretia always pretends to ignore. In one episode, Ilithyia warns Lucretia that a very elevated woman she knows is very vain and might treat Lucretia poorly for her lower status. Lucretia looks directly at Ilithyia and assures her, "I have experience dealing with such people." Ilithyia doesn't seem to notice.
* When ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' had a crossover with the preceding season, ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'', Megogog greeted Lothor with "Your reputation precedes you." For context, Mesogog had previously made an offhand reference to Lothor back when ''Dino Thunder'' premiered -- and called him "that idiot".
* Dean Learner does this a lot in ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'', sometimes [[ComplimentBackfire out of obliviousness rather than malice]], but more often because Garth is too stupid and self-absorbed to catch on.
-->“I call Garth the Creator/OrsonWelles of horror, and not just because of his weight.”

* Doubly subverted by Music/MikeOldfield in Amarok. Richard Branson had been demanding that Oldfield created a hit in the same vein of Tubular Bells, much to his annoyance. He therefore made a [[EpicRocking sixty-minute whopper]] which could not easily sampled into a radio-friendly version. More to the point of the trope, at a certain moment one may hear a strident keyboard type a message in Morse code which spells "FUCK OFF RB".
* The HipHop genre is filled with these. Have a sharp ear and you'll hear alot of subliminal disses, or maybe something that could get interpreted as a diss.
** Many believe that Raekwon (Of Music/WuTangClan) had subliminal disses to Music/TheNotoriousBIG.
** Many believe that Music/JayZ was dissing Music/TupacShakur in the song Shiny Suite Theory.
** Music/BoneThugsNHarmony affiliate Maje$ty disses Crucial Conflict in the song Ready 4 War off of Bone's The Art of War album.
** 2% diss by Mc Lyte which was toward Roxanne Shante.
* The Pet Shop Boys' "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" has the main character on the receiving end of a barely-stealthy zinger:
--> And someone said, "It's fabulous you're still around today--you've both made such a little go a very long way."
* In "All The Lazy Boyfriends" by ''Music/TheyMightBeGiants'', it's clear from context the lyric "Man, you never lost your edge" implies that the subject (one of the eponymous "lazy boyfriends") never had an edge to lose.
* In the live recording of ''Circle'' by Music/HarryChapin, recorded for his ''Greatest Stories Live'' album, he tries to coax reluctant members of the audience into singing along by assuring them that "Anybody can sing this song". To this end, he has pretty much everyone on hand sing a verse of the song, including the roadies, whom he describes as "The 70s answer to Music/SimonAndGarfunkel. They're a little Seals & Crofts, and a little Sears & Roebuck."

* In Creator/DataEastPinball's ''Pinball/GunsNRoses'', the "Mystery Award" is collected by shooting a scoop hole beneath Axl Rose's groin; some believe this is an insult against Axl (or a comment on his mental state), and designer Creator/JohnBorg doesn't dissuade the notions...

[[folder:Print Media]]
* In a ''Magazine/{{Cracked}}'' parody of ''Series/HappyDays'', Potsie wonders why they show less of his singing [[NoFourthWall every episode]].
--> '''Al:''' It's because you sound better that way.\\
'''Potsie:''' Really?\\
'''Al:''' Sure. And just think how great you'll sound when they don't show your singing at all.\\
'''Potsie:''' YEAH!

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels' nickname is "The Heartbreak Kid"... and his ArchEnemy was Wrestling/BretHart.
* Wrestling/BeckyLynch to Wrestling/AlexaBliss [[CountryMatters "See you next Tuesday."]]

* ''Radio/CabinPressure'':
-->'''Arthur:''' Will there be more learning how to understand people?
-->'''Carolyn:''' No, Arthur, I think you understand as much about people as you ever will.
-->'''Arthur:''' Thanks, Mum, what a nice thing to say.
-->'''Carolyn:''' Case in point.
** Douglas' job reference for Martin states, "Other than myself, there is no one at MJN whose skills as a pilot I rate higher." This is a case where only the person being insulted catches the insult; to the interviewer at Swiss Air, this looks like a high recommendation, but Martin knows that he and Douglas are the ''only'' two pilots at MJN.
* From the sitcom ''Radio/RevoltingPeople'':
-->'''Joshua:''' ...and then before long, I find myself wondering if I'm some kind of idiot!
-->'''Samuel:''' Oh, I wouldn't waste your time wondering about that.
* When Jeremy Clarkson and Ian Hislop discuss Piers Morgan:
-->'''Jeremy:''' I think he's tremendous, isn't he?
-->'''Ian:''' Yes, you mustn't be fooled by this media idea that we all hate each other.
-->'''Jeremy:''' No!
-->'''Ian:''' I mean, he's terrific fun, Piers. He's round my house all the time.
-->'''Jeremy:''' When he isn't at mine! And his career has gone from strength to strength.
-->'''Ian:''' I mean, who could begrudge him international success, money and wealth?
-->'''Jeremy:''' And his wife likes him too!

* UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball:
** Sportswriters will often refer to certain quarterbacks as "game managers"; a term used to describe quarterbacks that on one hand wouldn't hurt a team by forcing plays that often result in interceptions... but on the other hand said quarterback generally doesn't put up huge stats; as their team typically relies on a strong defense and running game to win.
** NFL.com naturally produces highlight packages when their players perform well on the field. When a player has a bad game, the site will typically just ignore them. Unless they have a '''really''' bad game, in which case they will produce a "highlights" video showing their repeated failures.
*** [[http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000267791/Week-7-Josh-Freeman-highlights Josh Freeman's disastrous Week 7, 2013 start is one example.]]
*** [[http://www.nfl.com/videos/cleveland-browns/0ap3000000443523/Week-15-Johnny-Manziel-highlights Johnny Manziel's first start in Week 15, 2014 is another]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}}:
** When [=PETCO=] won the naming rights to the San Diego Padres' new ballpark, [=PETA=], who had been protesting [=PETCO's=] activities for many years, tried to stop the deal from going through. After failing at that, they decided to have an anti-[=PETCO=] message inscribed on a brick inside the stadium. Their first couple of attempts spelled their message out directly and were rejected by the Padres as unsuitable. When they switched to the [[http://www.snopes.com/business/hidden/peta.asp stealth method]] of insulting [=PETCO=], their message made it through.
** The 1966 MLB All-Star Game was played at then-new Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis, where a severe {{heat wave}} resulted in a scorching game-time temperature of 105°F. Asked for his opinion of the venue, retired New York Mets manager Casey Stengel replied, "It sure holds the heat well."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} RPG sourcebook ''GURPS TabletopGame/{{Banestorm}}'', the Honor-obsessed Sahudese culture considers direct insults to cause both the insulted and the insulter to lose face. Therefore, they have elevated the StealthInsult to an art form; the standard form is to compliment the target on everything except his most obvious flaws. For example, at a meal consisting of a rice dish, fish and somewhat inferior cakes for dessert, a hostile guest might elaborately praise the rice and fish, but say nothing about the cakes. Thus, the cook will be shamed for their poor quality.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has one in the flavor text for the joke card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=74290 Zombie Fanboy]] [[spoiler:(The implication being that gamers have a stench comparable to that of zombies.)]]:
-->''The real advantage of being a zombie gamer? No one notices the stench.''
* In both ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', the art of stealth insults is considered a prerequisite if you want to get anywhere at Elysium. Directly insulting another vampire may risk setting off [[UnstoppableRage frenzy]].
* The rules for duels in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' mention that Eldar characters are likely to call out their opponents with subtle and sophisticated insults, as likely to leave their opponents confused, as enraged, thus "proving Eldar superiority twice over."
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Legend of the Five Rings}}'' universe, courts and other forms of social interaction can be deadly, and openly insulting your opponent without him noticing (or being able to retort) is often a great victory.

* Creator/WilliamShakespeare did this all the time.
** In ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', Marc Antony is permitted to deliver a eulogy for Caesar provided that he does not denounce the assassins. He sticks to the letter of the agreement, but nevertheless turns the crowd against the assassins to the point where his repeated references to them (particularly Brutus) as "honorable men" has the effect of a sarcastic jibe.
** Another notable example is ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', where the titular character made many of these comments, most notably urging his then-girlfriend Ophelia, "GetTheeToANunnery". ("Nunnery" was slang for "brothel" at the time.)
** Hamlet calls Polonius a "Fishmonger". When he was corrected, he responded with regret that Polonius was not so honorable a man. It seems to fit in with Hamlet's "antic disposition", but fishmonger is thought to be period slang for "fleshmonger." In other words, he's saying that Polonius is lower than a pimp.
* In Creator/{{Moliere}}'s play ''Theatre/TheMiser'', title character Harpagon wants his daughter, Elise to marry a much older man, because he'd take her without dowry. When Harpagon's steward, Valère, who's secretly in love with Elise, hears this, he comments: "When a man offers to marry a girl without a dowry, we ought to look no farther. Everything is comprised in that, and "without dowry" compensates for want of beauty, youth, birth, honour, wisdom, and probity." Harpagon takes it completely seriously.
* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': While [[GiftedlyBad the baker Raguenau]] reads [[StylisticSuck his poem]] to his [[FalseFriend poet "friends",]] [[StarvingArtist they are frenetically eating Ragueneau’s pastries]]. When Ragueaneau finishes, the [[WritersSuck poets]] praise his poem with culinary terms.
--> '''The poets''' ''(with mouths crammed full):'' Exquisite! Delicious!
* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' has both Stanley and Blanche firing these off at one another at certain points. One memorable moment is when they talk about horoscopes, with Blanche under the assumption that Stanley is an Aries (forceful and dynamic) while Stanley scoffs at Blanche's sign being Virgo the Virgin (in which she's the opposite).
* The majority of the song Pore Jud is Daid from ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'' is this. Well, Curly ''is'' trying to convince Jud to kill himself - he's not precisely fond of the guy.
-->'''Curly''': ''But the folks that really knowed him knowed that beneath them two dirty shirts he always wore there beat a heart as big as all outdoors.''
* In the Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operetta, ''Theatre/TheGondoliers'', the Duke and Duchess are discussing their daughter's arranged marriage with her. The daughter (who has fallen in love with someone else) says that she will never be able to love her husband:
-->'''Duke:''' I don't know. It's extraordinary what unprepossessing people one can love if one gives one's mind to it.
-->'''Duchess:''' I loved your father.
* ''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'': Harry [[spoiler:transfigured as Voldemort]] tells [[spoiler:Voldemort's daughter Delphi]] that he although he sees certain similarities to Bellatrix in her face, she hasn't inherited the best of her. It's difficult to tell whether this is a stealth insult toward [[spoiler:Delphi]] or Bellatrix.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', [=GLaDOS=] quickly proved herself to be the undisputed master of passive-aggressiveness thanks to her use of this trope. One of the reasons the first game is usually considered funnier than the already-hilarious ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' is because so many of the jokes (the majority of them being jabs at [[HeroicMime Chell]]) tend to fly over the heads of first-time players, only clicking on repeat playthroughs after her deep antagonism towards Chell has come to light (and even with the insults that don't call for multiple playthroughs, most of them require you to spend a few moments deciphering their actual meaning).
--> '''[=GLaDOS=]:''' "Unbelievable! You, [[AC: subject name here]], must be the pride of [[AC: subject hometown here]]."
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'', OmnicidalManiac BigBad Dr. Nefarious' robotic butler constantly gives these to his boss, who either ignores them or takes them as compliments.
-->'''Dr. Nefarious:''' Did you hear that, Lawrence?\\
'''Lawrence:''' You put the wit in twit, sir.\\
'''Dr. Nefarious:''' Yes, I do, don't I...\\
'''Dr. Nefarious:''' That moron could never hope to beat the likes of me!\\
'''Lawrence:''' If anyone can beat a moron at his own game, it's you, sir.\\
'''Lawrence:''' Even drooling imbeciles can achieve success in certain fields, sir. Mad Science, for example.\\
'''Dr. Nefarious:''' [[TheyCalledMeMad To think, they called me insane, Lawrence]]. We'll see who's insane when ''my mutant armies have exterminated all life on this planet!''\\
'''Lawrence:''' Yes, that should clear things right up, sir.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', Konishi manages it with Beat, but [[IdiotHero that's not too hard]]. Of course, Neku's right there to clarify things.
-->'''Beat''': "You're too old! You can't keep up with us!"
-->'''Konishi''': "Yes, I can see that being a child comes naturally to you."
-->'''Beat''': "Damn straight!"
-->'''Neku''': "... Dude, she's making fun of you."
* Magazine/NintendoPower once described ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' for the NES as having "[[TheProblemWithLicensedGames that distinctive LJN style]] and an interesting 'timer'." WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd naturally picked up on it being a StealthInsult.
** Which is one of Magazine/NintendoPower's preferred methods of insulting games as they review because even when giving a very harsh rating they don't fully dismantle a game being published by Nintendo.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', many characters regularly make a VSign. Zadornov is fond of using the knuckles-outward version when talking to Snake.
** In the ending, when Snake gives his speech about turning his back on almost everyone he's ever known, [[spoiler:he's holding Zadornov's prosthetic hand in that same gesture]].
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'': One of Hugo Strange's interview tapes with The Riddler begins with the professor saying that Riddler doesn't have to hack into the intercom to talk, and that he should come in person so they can have a discussion "as equals". Riddler scoffs at this and gloats about how he'll kill Batman and find out his SecretIdentity. Hugo, (who already knows who Batman is), claims that he was mistaken about them being equals. A smug Riddler ignorantly agrees.
* Hazama of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' fame is known for dropping these from time to time, per his FauxAffablyEvil nature. One particularly gratuitous incident is the end of Makoto's Arcade mode, where he gives the appearance of praising her information-gathering abilities. In reality, he is cursing her very name for [[spoiler:almost [[OutGambitted ruining his plans]] [[SpannerInTheWorks again]]]] using said information-gathering abilities against him, and he only stops feigning his compliments when he activates his Azure Grimoire and tries to kill her.
** There's also his line from the first game about not being very good at fighting. In his [[SarcasmMode humble]] [[ItsAllAboutMe eyes]] the [[SNKBoss stuff he can do]] is probably not all that impressive... so what does that make ''you'' who cannot beat a self-professed weakling?
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has the Asura call humans by the apparent nickname "bookah". Vekk eventually reveals that a bookah is the boogeyman of young Asura, notorious for its large size and stupidity. The fact that he explains this so readily when asked seems to indicate he doesn't think you'll make the connection.
* A clever one in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'': [[spoiler:In Chapter 20, before going to confront a possessed Palutena, Viridi chimes that it's time to save Palutena, to which Hades interjects: "'Save Palutena'? Don't you mean 'Crush Palutena'?" Pit replies: "Go home, Hades. Just...go home." Considering where [[{{Hell}} home]] is for Hades...]]
* ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' on UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} which [[AffectionateParody Affectionately Parodies]] the nationality of every boxer in the game, jabs at Japan this way with Piston Hondo. He's shown to be the most stereotypical Japanese super-warrior who trains by catching swords and ''outrunning bullet trains'', yet he's merely the lowest ranked boxer of the 2nd circuit who can't defeat the lumberjack who trains by [[CanadaEh chopping down trees and guzzling maple syrup.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', just before a mission to Dollet that doubles as a graduation exam for the [=SeeD=] candidates, Quistis wishes her students luck. Unlike many of these examples, Seifer actually understands the insult, and is not amused.
-->'''Quistis''': Good luck.
-->'''Seifer''': Instructor... I hate it when people wish me luck. Save those words for a bad student that needs them, eh?
-->'''Quistis''': Very well. Good luck, Seifer.
* From ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', King Clavius's response to the [[McGuffin Argon Heart]] [[PrinceCharmless Prince Charmles]] bought at the Bazaar. It goes completely over Charmles's head.
-->'''King Clavius''': I accept this as proof of your true character.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': At one point, Masato claims that Riki has gotten sick because he isn't muscular enough. Kengo tells [[DumbMuscle Masato]] that he'll never have to worry about getting a cold, in reference to the Japanese saying that stupid people can't catch colds. Masato smiles and thanks him. A few lines later [[LateToThePunchline he does figure it out]], though.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Shortly after being summoned into ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'', Parson was told that he should address Stanley using some respectful title. He replied that, where he came from, the highest title of respect was "Tool". Stanley interpreted this as a reference to his quest to gain all the Arkentools for himself, and declared that henceforth he would be known as "Stanley the Tool" (thus making it a combined StealthInsult and InsultBackfire).
** Not to mention a pun on Stanley's name.
* Used in [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/comic1-060809.php this]] ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' strip. The insulted characters do notice, but not until after the person handing out the insults leaves.
* Used in [[http://megatokyo.com/index.php?strip_id=234 this]] ''WebComic/{{Megatokyo}}'' strip, when Seraphim insults Asmodeus by saying "My partner's far sexier than you are", and he's still smiling because he thinks he's still up there. Little to his knowledge, the partner is [[VideoGame/BaldursGate Boo]].
* In ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', a black market weapons dealer is trying to sell to Serron and Iki Piki. He says that a new weapon is a quantum leap above its predecessors. Iki Piki says that "quantum leap" [[YouKeepUsingThatWord actually means]] the smallest possible unit of change. When the dealer doesn't understand, Iki Piki says that his brain is obviously a quantum leap above primordial protoplasm. The dealer responds with "flattery will get you nowhere"
* An early ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-01-09 strip]] has Luna greet her sister Amelia with a four-sentence greeting, beginning with the letters "S", "L", "U", and "T". Dominic catches on and snickers.
* When she needs to find a secret passageway in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Agatha muses that they just need to “Think like a diabolical, paranoid, amoral megalomaniac.” Cue [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Tarvek]] finding it [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101124 right off the bat]].
** Tarvek "complements" Gil on [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120217 his deception in Paris]] while sort of apologizing for jumping to conclusions and prying into Gil's background. He probably is sincere but that doesn't mean he's not needling Gil on purpose.
-->'''Tarvek:''' ''*with apparent sincerity*'' You were ''trying'' to convince me that you were a disgusting, swinish, lecherous, drunken ''sot.'' Well I want you to know, it ''worked.'' Well ''done!''
** When Trelawney Thorpe says that the Queen will probably give Tarvek and Gil knighthoods the context means that she's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20180316 calling them both ridiculous.]] Neither of them are paying attention to her as they are preoccupied with trying to one up each other, though given their characters it's likely they heard her on some level.
* ''Webcomic/{{Bobwhite}}''. [[http://www.bobwhitecomics.com/?webcomic_post=20090429 Ivy's response to Marlene's film]] comes across like she was trying to compliment Marlene but was insulting anyway.
-->'''Ivy:''' Marlene, I gotta say. I'm as surprised as anyone, but I think... I think I like it! I think it might ''not be terrible!'' You're like the little retarded kid who finally learned how to fly.\\
'''Marlene:''' Okay, no talking during the movie.
* Probably accidental example: the conclusion of "Abbygate". When ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' creator Tim Buckley apologized for "accidentally" plagiarizing another artist's work ([[http://forums.somethingawful.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=777097 compare]]) the original artist was extremely gracious (him returning from a tropical vacation where he proposed to his girlfriend probably helped) and hoped Buckley's "little webcomic" becomes successful in the future. ''CAD'' [[WebcomicsLongRunners is almost ten years old and one of the most well-known webcomics on the internet]]...
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'':
-->'''Scott:''' I know ''Film/{{Dune}}'' 's a bad movie, but I still enjoy it.\\
'''Rick:''' See, I don't get that.\\
'''Scott:''' You're my best friend.\\
'''Rick:''' I don't see how that's related.\\
'''Scott:''' [[SarcasmMode I especially appreciate your ability to know when you've been insulted.]]
* Recognized by the insultee in ''Webcomic/PennyBlackfeather''
-->'''Mrs. Blake:''' You'll like our hostess, Penny. [[http://www.pennyblackfeather.co.uk/?webcomic_post=page008 Miss Quinn is just like you!]]\\
'''Miss Quinn:''' ''(appears)'' DARLINGS! Welcome!\\
'''Penny:''' Eccentric and badly dressed?\\
'''Mrs. Blake:''' Haha, ahem. Yes.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' Malack seemingly makes one so stealthy even the readers didn't notice, when he comments that "You don't spend time with a general of [[spoiler: Tarquin's]] calibre without learning a few things about attrition", which under the circumstances taken as saying that he's a skilled general experienced at draining an enemy's resources with minimal losses. Later events and author comments suggest that what he actually meant is that [[spoiler: Tarquin's]] military tactics are restricted to WeHaveReserves and ZergRush, so ''every'' battle is won by attrition when he's in charge.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Website/ActsOfGord, [[http://www.actsofgord.com/Annoy/ Book of Annoyances]], [[http://www.actsofgord.com/Annoy/chapter03.php Chapter 3]];
--> '''Gord:''' I'm sorry, I'm afraid I subscribe to the theory of intellectual osmosis. As such, I must now cease our conversation and move away from you before my intelligence begins to drop. Good day.
* From the pilot episode of ''WebVideo/SpaceJanitors'':
-->'''Darby:''' "...One of these days, I'm going to be somebody someone's gonna want to shoot at."
-->'''Mike:''' "Hey, if it's any consolation, I already think you should be shot."
* All but reduces Hiei to tears in ''WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged'' when he fails miserably to insult Kuwabara.
* In ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', the song "Everyone's A Hero" by [[SmugSuper Captain Hammer]] is sung in an inspiring fashion while being filled with contemptuous comments towards his audience.
-->Everyone's a hero in their own way\\
Everyone's got villains they must face\\
They're not as cool as mine\\
But folks you know it's fine to know your place\\
Everyone's a hero in their own way\\
In their own not-that-heroic way
* In the web video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t_H0jYNZiY Esther with Hot Chicks]], comedian Esther Povitsky interviewed model Cailin Russo:
-->'''Esther''': Cailin, how can I be hot like you?
-->'''Cailin''': [''Pauses, stares at Esther as if stuck for an answer''] Uuuum, well...everyone is hot, you know, everyone is beautiful in their own way, and it's really just the inner beauty that--
-->'''Esther''': How does it feel knowing that you're so pretty that no-one cares what you say?
* See here and there on this very Wiki. For example, in the Film section of PragmaticVillainy:
--> ''Film/TheProphecy'' featured a pragmatic Lucifer (played by [[TheLordOfTheRings Viggo Mortensen]]) who has the angelic habit of perching atop things like a bird. Satan [[spoiler: saves the main cast from an evil Gabriel, who was on a rampage against mankind. His own selfish motives being "we don't need another hell up there"]].\\
* Which is almost repeated in ''Film/{{Constantine}}'', down to the name of [[spoiler:the rebel angel]]. However, ''The Prophecy'' could have been based on or inspired by the ''Hellblazer'' series.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'': Florence gets a great one in Marik Plays Slender:
-->'''Marik:''' You like stupid things, Bakura.
-->'''Bakura:''' Yes I do, [[BrainlessBeauty Marik]]. [[HoYay Yes I do.]]
* In ''Website/SFDebris'' Chuck claims that Janeway's fiance Mark gave her a copy of ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]]'' as a way of saying that the idea of marrying her puts him in mind of experiencing all the torments of the damned. Note that only the explanation is his invention; why on earth anyone would give that book as an engagement present otherwise is a mystery that ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' does not explain.
* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'' Percy plays a fantastic game of PolitenessJudo with [[spoiler: the Briarwoods]]. They tell a story about how they let the de Rollo family stay with them during a storm. Percy, being the last of the de Rollo line, knows [[spoiler: that five years later de Rollo family let the Briarwoods stay in ''their'' home, and the Briarwoods killed all of them.]] Percy then raises a toast to [[{{Irony}} "gracious hosts"]] - and everyone knows who he's really talking about.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The War of the Simpsons," Homer has a talk with Bart, who saw him making a drunken fool of himself the previous night.
--> '''Homer:''' I'm sorry it happened, and I just hope you didn't lose a lot of respect for me.\\
'''Bart:''' Dad, I have as much respect for you as I ever did or ever will.\\
'''Homer:''' Awww. (''pats Bart's head'')
*** Given how often people get away with insulting Homer to his face in the most obvious possible ways, it would seem to be a wasted effort.
** At the end of the "Little Big Girl" episode, after Bart has just narrowly avoided a high pressure marriage proposal by Darcy (guest voice [[UsefulNotes/NataliePortman Natalie Portman]]), he manages to sneak one of these past Homer:
-->'''Homer''': Son, one day you're gonna be a great father.
-->'''Bart''': Awww, and someday you will be one, too.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' has a pretty good one when Cotton admits to Hank that Hank is a better father than he was. It comes out as equal parts CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and hilarious backhanded compliment.
-->'''Cotton:''' You ain't in competition with me. Hell, if it's a contest on who's the better daddy, you win! I mean, you made Bobby! All I made was ''you''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': after Sokka shows everyone [[TerribleArtist his drawing]] of Appa, [[TheGadfly Toph]] tells him it looks just like the real thing to her. It takes Sokka a second to get the inherent sarcasm of this statement, what with her being blind.
--> '''Sokka''': Thanks I worked really... Why do you feel the need to do that?
** Aang delivers an unintentional one to Zuko after he manages to outsmart the Sun Stone. Made even better that Zuko doesn't realize it right away.
--> '''Aang''': You know, Zuko, I don't care what anyone says about you; you're pretty smart.
* Zigzagged in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'', where Shredder tells Rocksteady and Beebop that his new robotic attack drone is named after them; he calls it "the Knucklehead".
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': [[SmallNameBigEgo Squidward]] in "Band Geeks":
** "I really expected better of you people. I guess I'm a loser for that too."
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'':
-->'''Yosemite Sam:''' Are you trying to make me look like a fool?
-->'''Bugs Bunny:''' You don't need me to make you look like a fool.
-->'''Yosemite Sam:''' You're darn right I don't!
* From the ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' episode "The Piglet Who Would Be King":
--> '''Pooh:''' I cleverly put [''my honey''] where it's safe from honey-nappers...right in here! [''pats stomach'']\\
'''Rabbit:''' Sometimes, Pooh Bear, [[WhatAnIdiot you really amaze me.]]\\
'''Pooh:''' Why, thank you, Rabbit!
* Edd in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' dishes out a brutal one towards Eddy in "Pick an Ed".
-->'''Edd:''' Oh come now, Eddy. This is in no way a greater scheme to ruin your reputation. Why, I think you've done a good job of that on your own.
* Kick does this to Brad in the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski''.
--> '''Brad:''' "Mom and dad said I watch you good they'll let me take my driver's test again!"
--> '''Kick:''' "...Fifth time's the charm."
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Brian manages to get Lois to look over his old script for a TV pilot. When Lois finally reads it, she says that it was so good [[PlagiarismInFiction she immediately started checking online to see where he'd ripped it off from]], and was pleasantly surprised to learn it was original. This is also a CallBack to Brian's disaster of a novel ''Faster Than the Speed of Love'', which was a rip-off of the ''Film/IronEagle'' series[[note]]albeit completely by accident, Brian apparently never having seen the films[[/note]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hmlPtRu1SQ This]] cutaway joke, in which two women having lunch at a cafe exchange bitchy insults about each other's appearances disguised with cheerful friendliness. It then crosses over to two men also having lunch at the same place, at which point one of the men... sincerely compliments the other's tie, which the other accepts gratefully.
-->''Men: We know how to be friends!''
* "WesternAnimation/DanVS Canada" takes a fair number of shots at the United States disguised as jokes about Canada.
--> '''Dan:''' Canada sucks! ''They still have all their trees!''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' subverts this with Skipper describing someone exactly like him, then Marlene calls him out on it. The subversion occurs when Private tells her that Skipper's a thousand times worse than that meaning it as an actual compliment, but it may actually turn out to be an InsultBackfire as Skipper thanks him for it.
* Could have been attempted at the end of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s final episode from Season 18, "[=#HappyHolograms=]". It looks like Stan is about to summon Mr. Hankey, since this is a Christmas episode and the season is full of callbacks to earlier episodes. But the real-life LetsPlay/PewDiePie instead appears and takes the role of Mr. Hankey to teach everyone a lesson. The implication is of course that [[spoiler:[=PewDiePie=] is just another piece of shit]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown'' has a moment during Violet's Halloween Party. Everyone decides to have a round bobbing for apples, with Lucy being the first to take her turn.
--> '''Lucy:''' This is the way to do it.
--> '''Violet:'''Yeah, Lucy, you should be good at this. You have the perfect mouth for it!
** The insult does not go unnoticed by Lucy, who crossly shoots her a glare.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A common StealthInsult among journalists and news analysts against each other is "He/she refuses to let the facts get in the way of a good story." (Think about it.)
* In that same vein, a common insult to entertainers or story tellers is to say "He/she takes comedy very seriously."
* IT people have a number of {{Stealth Insult}}s on hand for venting about difficult customers:
** Saying that the main problem with the system is BIOS. [[FunWithAcronyms As in, Blind Idiot Operating the System]]. This one's actually got some potential to confuse other IT people, since BIOS is also a legitimate technical term[[labelnote:*]]Basic Input[=/=]Output System, if you were wondering[[/labelnote]], referring to the firmware on most [=PCs=]; if there's a problem with your actual BIOS, you're ''really'' in trouble. That being said, the BIOS has mostly been phased out in favor of its successor, UEFI[[labelnote:*]]Unified Extensible Firmware Interface[[/labelnote]], so the snarky definition is becoming less risky.
** Saying that this appears to be a PEBKAC issue. [[FunWithAcronyms Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair]].
** Referring to an ID-10-T error code.
** Complaining about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Layer_8 Layer 8 (or higher)]] of the OSI model.
** Referring to a [=PICNIC=] type issue: Problem In Customer, Not In Computer.
* There is a picture of UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton shaking hands with a soldier while the soldier is flashing a downwards peace sign with his other hand. This hand gesture means "I am doing this against my will."
* A former student of Nicholas Murray Butler (who was then the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Murray_Butler president of Columbia University]]) was asked to contribute a piece to ''Poetry'' magazine. He obliged... with a [[http://everything2.com/?node_id=1091716 poem]] in which the first letter of each line spelled out the statement "Nicholas Murray Butler Is A Horse's Ass".
* [[http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/headstone.asp This creative headstone]] shows what happens when your ex-wife and mistress meet up after your death but before the carving of your monument.
* 19th century French theatre actor Frédérick Lemaître, angered by the noisy audience, called them "imbéciles" (idiots) before leaving the stage. The audience got quite angered and the theatre director order Lemaître to apologize. He did so, by saying "Je vous ai traités d'imbéciles. C'est vrai! Je vous fais des excuses. J'ai tort!" ("I called you idiots. That's true! I apologize. I'm wrong!")
** Similarly, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill was once forced to apologize for accusing another politician of lying in Parliament. His "apology"? "I called the Right Honourable Gentleman a liar it is true and I am sorry for it. Punctuate that sentence any way you like."
* The sentence "See you next Tuesday!" is used as a sneaky way to reference CountryMatters because the four words sounds like the four letters that make up the offensive word.
* The phrase "If you see Kay..." is a way to covertly drop an F-bomb, since it sounds like you're spelling out the word.
* After a public dispute between Robert Hooke and Isaac Newton, the latter wrote an open letter of apology to the Royal Society. It contained what became a famous quote of his "If I have seen further than most it is by standing on the shoulders of giants" (''and not twisted little hunchbacks like Hooke'').
* When the USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea and its crew taken prisoner, its sailors were photographed [[BlatantLies to show off how well they had been taken care of.]] The sailors found a creative way to get their message through: [[http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2009/06/pueblo-middle-finger.jpg many of them flipped the finger,]] telling their North Korean captors that the gesture was a "Hawaiian good luck sign." Needless to say, the North Koreans were not happy with them once they found out.
** "Hawaiian Good Luck Sign" is still a popular euphemism for it in some regions.
** Pueblo's captain, Commander Lloyd Bucher, was tortured by the North Korean forces, who eventually succeeded in forcing him to confess. However, to quote Wiki/TheOtherWiki, '' 'none of the Koreans knew enough English to write a confession, so they had Bucher write it himself. They verified the meaning of his words, but failed to catch the pun when he said "We paean (paean meaning a fervent expression of joy or praise) the DPRK. We paean the Korean people. We paean their great leader Kim Il Sung".' '' Another quote from the confession: "[We] beseech the Korean people to forgive our dastardly deeds unmatched since Attila."
* California Governor Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger vetoed a bill authored by one of his political opponents... with [[http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/10/schwarzenegger a veto message]] in which the first letter of each line spelled out "Fuck You".
* A [[TheJester Jester]] once compared UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland (in other versions, John’s mediocre son Henry III) to Jesus. He said that Jesus had the same wisdom he had as a child as he did as a grown man. The King had the same wisdom as a grownup as he did as a child.
* Before the 2010 [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]], a network analyst stated "You can't underestimate the USA's chances against England!" The United States [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_FIFA_World_Cup_Group_C played them to a draw]] in that match. So...
* Insulting someone using a foreign slang could count too, if the person you're insulting doesn't know what it means.
** The same also applies to gestures as well. Such as giving a backwards V-sign in the UK or giving the thumbs up in certain Muslims countries.
* At [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalag_Luft_III Stalag Luft 3]], where the events dramatized in ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' took place, prisoners called the guards "Goons", telling them that it stood for "German Officer Or Noncom."
* In a February, 2011 interview on Creator/AlJazeera, a spokesman for the Libyan government was [[BlatantLies telling the reporters what was really happening in Libya]] so poorly that off-screen crew members could be heard laughing at the absurdity of his claims. The two reporters conducting the interview kept their composure despite the hilariously incompetent attempts to deny, spin, fold and mutilate the truth, and at the end of the interview one, with an absolutely deadpan expression, thanked the spokesman and said that he was a perfect representative of the Libyan government.
* Creator/SarahSilverman, the Creator/DonRickles of the backhanded compliment.
* There's also the time that the [[BritishRoyalGuards Band of the Welsh Guards]], after some protest, did decide to play a song to greet King Abdullah of UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia. The song they chose? [[Franchise/StarWars The]] ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-Cc_dJBKz4 Imperial March]]''.
* Argentinian former-president ''Carlos Menem'' was loved during his time as president, but hated afterwards due to all the corruption he was linked to. In some sort of way, think of him as Argentina's UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. In 2011 he went to vote, and the guy who was supposed to receive him made a gesture that's popularly believed to protect you from jinx (which is touching your left testicle). [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qJnenyRW8wg/TkkjeE2f0FI/AAAAAAAAAgg/41D3RZqfiow/s320/menem+vota.jpg See it yourself.]]
* Not long after the Tiananmen Square protests, someone wrote a poem that, on the face of it, seemed to praise the Chinese government. It was even featured in the People's Daily. Not long after, it was discovered that if you took the characters going diagonally, it read "[Prime Minister] Li Peng must resign to appease the anger of the people."
** The Chinese are actually masters of stealth insults, or at least that's how they've presented themselves. Take, for instance, this widely publicized curse:
-->[[DuringTheWar May you live in interesting times,]]
-->[[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant May you gain the notice of those in high places,]]
-->[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor And may your every wish come true.]]
** The Chinese language has a useful tool for stealth insults - the intonation (pitch) of a syllable affects the meaning of the word, often quite dramatically. For example, the phrase "grass mud horse" becomes "fuck your mother" if said with different intonation.
* [[RussianHumour Armenian Radio jokes]] are all about this trope.
--> '''Q:''' What is chaos?\\
'''Armenian Radio:''' We do not comment on national economics.\\\
'''Q:''' Is it true that there is freedom of speech in the Soviet Union the same as there is in the USA?\\
'''Armenian Radio:''' In principle, yes. In the USA, you can stand in front of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, and yell, "Down with Reagan!", and you will not be punished. In the Soviet Union, you can stand in the Red Square in Moscow and yell, "Down with Reagan!", and you will not be punished.
* The People's Republic of China enforces its world monopoly of pandas by denying foreign zoos a panda unless they sign a document that says that the panda and all its descendants belong to the Chinese government and they are only on loan. In one occasion, however, China gifted a couple of pandas to Taiwan that were free of this imposition, ''and was met with protests from the Taiwanese''. The Taiwanese understood too well that this was the Communist Party's way to say that Taiwan is not a foreign country, but a part of the People's Republic of China.
* The deposed [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany Kaiser Wilhelm II]] sent a congratulatory telegram to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler on June 17th, 1940, [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII after the fall of France]], which read: ''"Under the deeply moving impression of the capitulation of France I congratulate you and the whole German Wehrmacht on the mighty victory '''granted by God''',in the words of the Emperor Wilhelm the Great in 1870: What a turn of events brought about '''by divine dispensation'''! "'' - basically the Emperor said in diplomatic language [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the Führer]] was an incompetent who only got lucky by the will of God. Hitler understood the subtext and got appropriately angry, but answered one week later in [[PolitenessJudo similar diplomatic, but hollow language]].
** Wilhelm II got one himself from Otto von Bismarck, who as Chancellor had had a good working relationship with Wilhelm's grandfather and predecessor, Kaiser Wilhelm the First, but was fired by Wilhelm II after two years of service. When Bismarck died ten years later, his headstone read:
--> Prince Otto von Bismarck.
--> A faithful servant of Kaiser Wilhelm ''the First''.
* Creator/ArthurCClarke described one of his methods of responding to crank mail: sending a reply in barely-legible handwriting with key words scrawled in ''completely'' illegible squiggles (e.g. "Your [squiggle] is the greatest piece of [squiggle] I have ever seen.") so that the correspondent "did not know whether I was praising him to the skies or telling him to boil his head."
* Website/{{Google}}, for awhile, had been working with the MPAA on trying to curb piracy via their search engine and had done quite a good job, chopping search results in half. The MPAA's response to that was "Everyone shares a responsibility to help curb unlawful conduct online, and we are glad to see Google acknowledging its role in facilitating access to stolen content". Google was quite incensed at that and broke ties with the MPAA and opted to work with the production companies separately.
* When a bad ex-employee puts you down as a reference while applying for a new job, it can put you in an awkward spot; you don't want to bad-mouth them and ruin them (or get sued), but you also don't want to leave the new employer without some warning. So often comments with double meanings are used, such as "I cannot recommend this person too highly", "He has made immeasurable contributions to our firm", "There is nothing you can teach a man like this", and "You’ll be lucky if you can get this person to work for you".
* As employment references in Germany are forbidden to be negative, a set of code compliments has formed. Examples would be "has a special empathy" for sexual harassment, "contributed with sociable kind to the working atmosphere" for alcoholism, "successfully delegated tasks" for laziness and so on.
** Related, in a way to circumvent NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead, British reporter Hugh Massingberd [[http://www.smh.com.au/news/obituaries/father-of-the-modern-obit/2008/01/04/1198950074313.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1 decided to]] employ {{Unusual Euphemism}}s that served as this. "Didn't suffer fools gladly" translated as "complete bastard", "gave colourful accounts of his exploits" meant "liar", "powerful negotiator" suggested "bully", and "tireless raconteur" signalled "crashing bore".
* Similarly, being complimented on being "punctual" or "always on time" by a boss or supervisor is a not-so-subtle way of insulting an employee's performance. If all they can compliment an employee on is they manage to get their ass out of bed and come into work on time, it's pretty clear they're a mediocre employee at best. It's also a [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory golden ticket]] for bosses doing a performance review of a bad employee where giving at least one positive bit of praise is mandatory.
* Somebody in Texas got a license plate with 370HSSV printed on it. [[http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/texas-dmv-revokes-mans-offensive-license-plate-video The state's DMV rejected it because it was considered "offensive"]]. (If you don't get it, turn the plate's word upside down.)
* Done in [[https://i.imgur.com/IQSkxhg.jpg this]] one Facebook chat against someone complaining about people pushing their religion on their kids. More specifically, about a Muslim man named Islam while he himself is named [[{{Hypocrite}} Christian]].
** "You'd struggle to pour water out of a boot with the instructions on the heel."
** Hypocrite? Not so much, [[IResembleThatRemark as people rarely name themselves]].
* [[http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/connecticut-senior-cant-walk-high-school-graduation-because-hidden-yearbook-message-0 This story]] about a Connecticut high school senior who says he is being kept from walking at his graduation ceremony because a quote he had printed in the school’s yearbook contained a hidden, profane message that upset school administrators. Namely:
-->“SMSA has taught me valuable lessons, such as Friendship, Unity, Community, Kindness, Youth Optimism and Understanding.”
* In 2014, [[http://venturebeat.com/2015/09/04/ex-bungie-composer-marty-odonnell-wins-epic-legal-fight-with-former-bosses/ composer Martin O'Donnell was fired from]] {{Creator/Bungie}} after he protested how they and {{Creator/Activision}} were hoarding away his symphonies written for ''{{VideoGame/Destiny}}'', titled "Music of the Spheres". A year later, he started his own company called Highwire Games, [[https://highwiregames.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/meet-the-team-2/ whose site includes a bio]] linking to his previous work for Bungie. Clicking on the link to "Music of the Spheres" [[spoiler:leads to a 404 "Page Not Found" on Bungie's website.]]
* A popular quip among academics and reviewers in various fields: "This book fills a much-needed gap in the literature." Another useful word is “provocative”, which means “everyone’s going to have fun rebutting the writer’s theories”.
* A more tragic one: After Nicole Simpson's death (her spouse O.J. Simpson was tried for her murder, and was acquitted), her sister opened a charity in her name to prevent domestic abuse.
* The fourteenth-century Hebrew polemical letter ''Do Not Be Like Your Fathers'' (''Al Tehi ka-Avotekha''), by Profiat Duran, purports to be a defense of Christianity against Judaism, and the Church at first took it as such. (It helped that the author, like the original recipient, was a Jew who'd chosen baptism over death during the 1391 anti-Jewish riots in Spain and Portugal.) However, Christian readers eventually realized the letter was one long StealthInsult to their faith, and [[BookBurning burned]] it in public.
--> Do not be like your fathers, who believed in one God from whose unity they removed any plurality. They erred indeed when they said, "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one" ([[TheBible Deuteronomy]] 6:4), when they understood this unity in its purest sense [...] Not so you! You shall believe that one can become three, and that three united make one.
* After the 2016 US election resulted in Michael Pence becoming Vice President, a flurry of controversy erupted due to his history of supporting [[CureYourGays conversion therapy]]. A few weeks after the election, [[http://www.wkbw.com/news/law-introduced-to-ban-conversion-therapy-in-erie-county Erie County introduced a bill]] to ban conversion therapy, named "[[FunWithAcronyms Prevention of Emotional Neglect and Childhood Endangerment"]].
* A popular meme after UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump's election was that Americans owed him the same respect that Trump gave to them or Republicans to UsefulNotes/BarackObama -- as in, [[WithAllDueRespect none at all.]]
* [[http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/03/24/democrats-introduce-mar-a-lago-act/99585476/ One bill pitched by Democrats in early 2017]] was to publicly publish White House visitor logs like the Obama Administration, as well as for Presidential vacation sites. The bill's name? "Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act", or [[FunWithAcronyms MAR-A-LAGO]] Act, named after Donald Trump's favorite Florida resort that he attended every weekend.
* June 2017 had [[http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/337416-covefe-act-would-make-social-media-a-presidential-record the Democrats introduce a bill]] to make presidential social media posts be classified as presidential records, the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically For Engagement Act, [[https://ssl.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170531121403-trump-covfefe-tweet-screengrab-super-169.jpg an acronym for, well...]]
* When FBI Director James Comey was fired by the White House, he stated, "I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all."
* Fans can submit letters to many of {{ComicBook/Marvel}}'s books, including ComicBook/America2017. This book attracted many [[{{Troll}} internet trolls]], who come together and make fun of the book. A troll successfully got one of their (scathingly insulting) letters published, under the guise of praise. For example, the writer compliments the book for [[{{Narm}} always making them laugh]], and compared it to Film/TheRoom. The book's writer responded to the letter kindly, showing that she didn't get she was being insulted.
* Addressing someone with a title such as Doctor, Professor, Sergeant, etc as "Mister" or "Miss" is a mild case of InnocentlyInsensitive if unintentional. If done on purpose, it's a WithAllDueRespect kind of way to sneakily mock and disrespect someone's training and competency in their field.