This is a StockPhrase, typically said by an older, tougher character, about a [[KidHero younger, supposedly weaker character]]. The older character could be an AloofOlderBrother or {{Mentor}} figure, or it could be a villain taunting his young foe.

Differs from YouGotSpunk in that the latter refers to a villain taunting the captured heroine, although the words "spunk" and "guts" are interchangeable in either context. "Guts" may also be substituted with "balls" in some works. HoldYourHippogriffs can even apply to this sometimes.

Third-person variants are also possible, especially when the older guy doesn't want to admit his respect for the youngster to his face. Another third-person variant is often used for BlackComedy following a particularly gory scene.



[[folder: Anime ]]

* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Kamina says this while having a moment of admiration for his love interest, Yoko.
--> '''Kamina:''' A woman has no place meddling in a fight between men!\\
'''Yoko:''' I'm the one who's doing all the fighting!\\
'''Kamina:''' I like your style, lady. You got a lotta spunk.
* In the climax of ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', Yubaba says this exact phrase to Chihiro when Chihiro insists on taking the test. (Boh was trying to convince Yubaba into letting Chihiro go without having to take it, and she was considering it, but Chihiro insisted on [[IGaveMyWord living up to her end of the deal]], even though she wasn't the one who made it.)


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' has an example riddled with BlackComedy. [[ArcVillain Negan]] is insulting DirtyCoward [[spoiler:Spencer]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards doesn't have any guts]] if he wants to be TheStarscream to [[spoiler:Rick]], and promptly [[GuttedLikeAFish guts him]]. His [[LiteralMetaphor reaction]] sells it.
-->'''Negan:''' Oh ''how embarrassing! There they are!'' They were ''inside you'' the whole time. You ''did'' have guts. I've never been so ''wrong'' before in my life!


[[folder: Film ]]

* From ''Film/StuartLittle2'':
-->'''Snowbell''': You've got guts, kid! And you've got spunk! Not to mention moxy! You've got guts, spunk, and moxy!
* ''Film/FromHereToEternity'':
-->'''Alma''': Yes, proper! In another year I'll have enough money saved. Then I'm going to go back to my home town in Oregon, and I'm going to build a house for my mother and myself, and join the country club and take up golf. Then I'll meet the proper man with the proper position, to make a proper wife, and can run a proper home and raise proper children. And I'll be HAPPY because when you're PROPER you're SAFE!
-->'''Robert E. Lee "Prew' Prewitt''': You've got guts, honey. I hope you can pull that off.
-->'''Alma''': I do mean it when I say I need you. 'Cause I'm lonely. You think I'm lying, don't you?
-->'''Robert E. Lee "Prew' Prewitt''': Nobody ever lies about being lonely.
* The infamous "You got a lotta guts, Oscar!" from ''Film/RikiOhTheStoryOfRicky''. Infamous because it was in response to Oscar using his own intestines to strangle Ricky.
* In ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', Shere Khan says to Mowgli, "You have spirit for one so small."
* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}} 2'', [[GrumpyOldMan Zugor]] tells Tarzan "You've got pluck, kid." But when Tarzan smiles, the old gorilla then says grumpily "I HATE pluck."


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
-->'''Ken''': That... was not... permitted!
-->'''Buffy''': Yeah, but it was fun.
-->'''Ken''': You've got guts. I think I'd like to slice you open, and play with them!
* Variant in "Caesar and Me", a 1964 episode of ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'': The ventriloquist's evil dummy (now minus ventriloquist) tells the little girl that she has a "hip attitude", and encourages her to become his new accomplice.
* When Milton Berle did a burlesque comedy routine with [[Series/TheMuppetShow Fozzie]], one of the jokes Fozzie wanted Milton to do prompted him to tell Fozzie this.
* Was always said at the end of episodes of ''Nickelodeon GUTS'', mostly as a TitleDrop. "No ifs, ands or buts...these kids got guts!"


[[folder: Radio ]]

* From ''Radio/TheGoonShow''
-->'''Neddie''': Egad, Bloodnock, I admire your guts!
-->'''Bloodnock''': Why, are they showing?


[[folder: Toys ]]

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
-->'''Carapar''': Despite your bad nerves, you always did have guts. Don't make me spill them out into the sea, okay?


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Elona}}'': If, after being ambushed by bandits, you chose to fight rather than hand over your goods and money, the bandit leader will complement you on having guts.
** Of course, if you're feeling sufficiently cheap, but don't have the levels to actually fight off the bandits, you can refuse to hand over money, then turn tail and run instead of facing the bandits.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'': Upon a young Link drawing his sword and making an attack, Ganondorf tells him, "You've got guts, kid."
* In ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', after he and the Sole Survivor defeat an enemy, Nick Valentine has this to say.
-->'''Nick Valentine''': You've got guts...well, ''had'' guts.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II: Retribution''; Kaptin Bluddflagg says a [[BlackComedy suitably orky version]] to Autarch Kayleth in the first mission of the ork campaign.
-->'''Bluddflagg:''' Ya got guts, skinny, I'll give ya dat... and they're gettin' all over da place, yeugh!
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' - Cid likes Tidus's style when it comes to his resolve in protecting Yuna.
-->'''Tidus''': Gramps, let's move!
-->'''Cid''': Easy, kiddo. Bevelle's defenses are top-notch.
-->'''Tidus''': What's the matter, gramps? You scared? Yuna's there, so we go and get her! And that's all!
-->'''Cid''': Heh! You got guts. Set course to Bevelle! Full speed ahead!


[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* Mach in ''VisualNovel/{{SC2VN}}'' moves to South Korea to try to become a [[UsefulNotes/ProfessionalGaming professional gamer.]] One person tells him that he has serious guts - another tells him he's just [[BrutalHonesty wasting his time.]]


[[folder: Western Animation]]

* Another variation: In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', substitute teacher [[PunnyName Mr. E]] tells Mikey that he's "got chops."
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck says something like this about Gosalyn in the pilot. If I remember right, it's 'If they knew how much spirit you had, I bet they'd be running the other way!', referring to would-be kidnappers.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'':
-->'''Dennis:''' You've got guts, kid. Too bad I'm gonna rip'em out of you.
* After ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' help the ghost of a private eye stop the ghost of a burglar cursed by an ancient Egyptian artifact he tried to steal.
-->'''Blackie:''' Who were those guys?
-->'''Sam:''' The Ghostbusters. They got moxie.