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* The [[http://unshavedmouse.wordpress.com Unshaved Mouse]] refers to child voice actors who did less-than-stellar work as "very nice young ladies/gentlemen doing their best."

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* The [[http://unshavedmouse.wordpress.com Unshaved Mouse]] ''Blog/UnshavedMouse'' refers to child voice actors who did less-than-stellar work as "very nice young ladies/gentlemen doing their best."


* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/EverybodysGottaLeaveSometime'', as the gang is saying their goodbyes to Charlie Brown, Violet praises Charlie by telling that, all things considered, he is kind of a nice guy.
-->'''Violet:''' Yeah. For a round-headed kid with no potential at all, you're kind of a nice guy. Kind of, I mean.\\
'''Charlie Brown:''' (awed) Gee, girls, that's the nicest thing you've ever said to me.



-->'''Vlad:''' Well?
-->'''Sophie:''' Well, she answered every question.

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-->'''Vlad:''' Well?
-->'''Sophie:'''
Well?\\
'''Sophie:'''
Well, she answered every question.



-->'''Fiona:''' Well... Shrek owns his own land. ''(nervous laugh)'' Don't you, honey?
-->'''Shrek:''' Oh, ''yes''. Heh-heh. It's in an... enchanted forest. Abundant in... squirrels, and... cute little duckies, and...
-->'''Donkey:''' What?! ''(laughs)'' I ''know'' you ain't talkin' about the swamp!

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-->'''Fiona:''' Well... Shrek owns his own land. ''(nervous laugh)'' Don't you, honey?
-->'''Shrek:'''
honey?\\
'''Shrek:'''
Oh, ''yes''. Heh-heh. It's in an... enchanted forest. Abundant in... squirrels, and... cute little duckies, and...
-->'''Donkey:'''
and...\\
'''Donkey:'''
What?! ''(laughs)'' I ''know'' you ain't talkin' about the swamp!

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* In ''Mutant Football League'', if the Leaveland Burns manage to eke out a win, "Brickhead" Mulligan will congratulate them on how, "...for one glorious night, they weren't the worst."


** The Major-General unknowingly does this to himself in [[MajorGeneralSong his song]]. His military knowledge includes impressive things like being able to "tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a javelin" and knowing more about tactics than "a novice in a nunnery".

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** The Major-General unknowingly does this to himself in [[MajorGeneralSong his song]]. His military knowledge includes impressive things like being able to "tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a javelin" and knowing more about tactics than "a novice in a nunnery". Several of his other boasts are [[GeniusBonus unimpressive if you know what he's talking about]]--for instance, he knows "the croaking chorus from ''Theatre/TheFrogs'' of Aristophanes." The Croaking Chorus in question is just the Greek onomatopoeia for "frog noise." So it's basically "ribbit."

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* The ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes normally explain to tryout members why they aren't accepted, whether it's poor temperament, weak powers, or lack of control. In the case of Arm-Fall-Off Boy, they forewent any criticism and just thanked him for being willing to show up.


* In ''Manga/BloomIntoYou'', Sayaka's ex-girlfriend meets up with her by chance, and apologizes for getting Sayaka interested in girls and hopes she's back to normal (i.e. heterosexual), since she believes that the RomanticTwoGirlFriendship is merely a phase. Sayaka, while upset by the older girl's apology because she's still a lesbian, [[StealthInsult tells the other girl that she doesn't know how she ever developed feelings for her in the first place]], and says that "Still... I suppose I'm grateful to you- in a way."



** In ''VideoGame/Persona4'', Kanji does his best to not insult Yukiko's cooking. He ends up with "[[ItTastesLikeFeet It tastes really... boneless?]]", then notes "It's pretty impressive that you put so many ingredients into a dish and it came out tasting like nothing."

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** In ''VideoGame/Persona4'', Kanji does his best to not insult Yukiko's cooking. He ends up with "[[ItTastesLikeFeet It tastes really... boneless?]]", then notes "It's pretty impressive that you put so many ingredients into a dish and it came out tasting like nothing."" Granted, it apparently turned out slightly better than Chie or Rise's cooking, the latter of which causes Yukiko to pass out after a single bite.

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* A subversion occurs in chapter 17 of ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'', when Marcille says Laios' sister Falin said good things about him when they were in school together. Cue a flash-back thought bubble of Falin telling Marcille that "he does a fantastic impression of a dog!" It seems to a one-off joke at the time, [[ChekhovsSkill but later]] [[spoiler: he uses his dog impressions to intimidate a shapeshifter into revealing itself, frightens off a pack of dire wolves, and when rescuing Marcille from the grip of nightmares, his dream-form is a dog (a majestic wolf from his perspective, a dopey mutt from Marcille's perspective)]].

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** When Nora is espousing her team's achievements, she mentions "[[SternTeacher Glynda]] barely yells at us any more!"

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* Most comments about the quality of the pizza from the Little Caesars chain will revolve around how cheap it is.


* The trailer for ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids'' ends with the line "It's animation..." Gives you an idea of the overall quality if this is the best they can say about it. To be fair it's actually supposed to be "it's animation... with an attitude" but a technical glitch caused it to cut off. This was later fixed, but most (including ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' who popularized the glitched version) would agree the original glitched trailer [[TrailersAlwaysLie was a lot more accurate than the fixed one]].

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* The trailer for ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids'' ends with the line "It's animation..." Gives you an idea of the overall quality if this is the best they can say about it. To be fair it's actually supposed to be "it's animation... with an attitude" but a technical glitch caused it to cut off. This was later fixed, but most (including ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' who popularized the glitched version) would agree the original glitched trailer [[TrailersAlwaysLie [[NeverTrustATrailer was a lot more accurate than the fixed one]].



* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': In "The Model Teacher", a Snap magazine reporter "compliments" Miss Brooks' clothes: "That's a very nice suit...One can tell at a glance that it's worn you for years."

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* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': In ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Liz explains that whenever Jenna performs in a horrible production she always finds some small point to legitimately compliment so that it can seem like she enjoyed it. When she tries it in "The Model Teacher", Rural Juror", however, Jenna describes it as Liz being mocking by highlighting some small point. [[RashomonStyle There are two sets of flashbacks in the episode, one from each of their perspectives]]; Liz's depicts her as attempting to be kind, while Jenna's emphasizes the condescension and insulting aspect.
* In season one of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Angel and Wesley describe Cordelia's acting as having "good projection" and said that she had "taken the role and made it her own."
* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Leonard and Penny pull this on themselves while trying to write
a Snap magazine reporter "compliments" Miss Brooks' clothes: "That's Christmas letter. As they try to list their accomplishments over the previous year, they end up with items like "still married" and "still employed."
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'' episode "That Swamp Thing You Do!", possibly combined with StealthInsult:
-->'''Tommy''': So, what did you think of my acting skills?
-->'''Merton''': I think you combined the articulation of Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger with the emotional range of Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme.
-->'''Tommy''': Thanks, man!

* An episode of ''Series/BlackBooks'' has Manny, suddenly missing his job at the bookshop, trying to find
a very nice suit...One can tell at a glance thing to say about the place. He eventually concludes that it's worn you for years."there was no love, freedom, or largeness of heart, but "I was not contractually obligated to have sex with foreign businessmen, and that's not nothing!"



* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'': [[MyBelovedSmother Beverly]] used this trope often. When Roseanne disapproves of her daughter moving into a trailer park, she intentionally sends Beverly in with the directions to "[[ComplimentBackfire be as nice as possible]]."
-->'''Beverly:''' Well, it must be nice being able to vacuum the entire home without having to change outlets.
* In ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Liz explains that whenever Jenna performs in a horrible production she always finds some small point to legitimately compliment so that it can seem like she enjoyed it. When she tries it in "The Rural Juror", however, Jenna describes it as Liz being mocking by highlighting some small point. [[RashomonStyle There are two sets of flashbacks in the episode, one from each of their perspectives]]; Liz's depicts her as attempting to be kind, while Jenna's emphasizes the condescension and insulting aspect.
* The main premise of an ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' episode: Carly's webshow lands a sponsorship from a new type of wonder shoe. When the shoe fails to deliver, the team piles on "faint praise" to fulfill the contract without lying to their fans.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E14Tapestry}} Tapestry]]" has Picard changing the past and not getting involved in the fight that caused him to need to get his heart replaced with an artificial one. Without that brush with death driving him, [[ForWantOfANail he became a Lieutenant Junior Grade paper pusher instead of a legendary starship captain]]. When he goes to Troi and Riker asking about his performance, they end up falling into this.
--->'''Riker:''' You're a good worker, reliable... punctual.
** In the episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E18TheChase}} The Chase]]", Picard's old archaeology professor describes one of his papers as "informative", to which Picard himself replies "[[LampshadeHanging Damning with faint praise]]."
** Played with in the episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E23Sarek}} Sarek]]." After the Vulcan Sarek has reviewed Picard's history, he deems Picard's Starfleet service record "satisfactory." Picard is pleased, recognizing this as high praise coming from a Vulcan.
** Faint praise is considered a grave insult in Klingon culture as it implies the recipient is too weak to handle criticism. In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E17SinsOfTheFather Sins of the Father]]", visiting Klingon officer Kurn berates the crew but is dismissively polite towards Worf, resulting in a confrontation. It turns out this was a SecretTestOfCharacter to see if Worf is still [[ProudWarriorRace Klingon]] enough to avenge the insult.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** The characters argue over what faint praise they could offer Joey's awful T.V. show: "The lighting was O.K."
** Ross promises to play rugby. Rachael reassured him that he was the toughest ''paleontologist'' that she knew.
** In "The One With The Butt," the friends struggle to give Joey's play faint praise before Chandler breaks the ice by bluntly declaring it "awful."
* An episode of ''Series/BlackBooks'' has Manny, suddenly missing his job at the bookshop, trying to find a nice thing to say about the place. He eventually concludes that there was no love, freedom, or largeness of heart, but "I was not contractually obligated to have sex with foreign businessmen, and that's not nothing!"

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* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'': [[MyBelovedSmother Beverly]] used this trope often. When Roseanne disapproves of her daughter moving into a trailer park, she intentionally sends Beverly in with the directions to "[[ComplimentBackfire be as nice as possible]]."
-->'''Beverly:''' Well, it must be nice being able to vacuum the entire home without having to change outlets.
* In ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Liz explains that whenever Jenna performs in a horrible production she always finds some small point to legitimately compliment so that it can seem like she enjoyed it. When she tries it in "The Rural Juror", however, Jenna describes it as Liz being mocking by highlighting some small point. [[RashomonStyle There are two sets of flashbacks in the episode, one from each of their perspectives]]; Liz's depicts her as attempting to be kind, while Jenna's emphasizes the condescension and insulting aspect.
* The main premise of an ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' episode: Carly's webshow lands a sponsorship from a new type of wonder shoe. When the shoe fails to deliver, the team piles on "faint praise" to fulfill the contract without lying to their fans.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E14Tapestry}} Tapestry]]" has Picard changing the past and not getting involved in the fight that caused him to need to get his heart replaced with an artificial one. Without that brush with death driving him, [[ForWantOfANail he became a Lieutenant Junior Grade paper pusher instead of a legendary starship captain]]. When he goes to Troi and Riker asking about his performance, they end up falling into this.
--->'''Riker:''' You're a good worker, reliable... punctual.
** In the episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E18TheChase}} The Chase]]", Picard's old archaeology professor describes one of his papers as "informative", to which Picard himself replies "[[LampshadeHanging Damning with faint praise]]."
** Played with in the episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E23Sarek}} Sarek]]." After the Vulcan Sarek has reviewed Picard's history, he deems Picard's Starfleet service record "satisfactory." Picard is pleased, recognizing this as high praise coming from a Vulcan.
** Faint praise is considered a grave insult in Klingon culture as it implies the recipient is too weak to handle criticism. In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E17SinsOfTheFather Sins of the Father]]", visiting Klingon officer Kurn berates the crew but is dismissively polite towards Worf, resulting in a confrontation. It turns out this was a SecretTestOfCharacter to see if Worf is still [[ProudWarriorRace Klingon]] enough to avenge the insult.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** The characters argue over what faint praise they could offer Joey's awful T.V. show: "The lighting was O.K."
** Ross promises to play rugby. Rachael reassured him that he was the toughest ''paleontologist'' that she knew.
** In "The One With The Butt," the friends struggle to give Joey's play faint praise before Chandler breaks the ice by bluntly declaring it "awful."
* An episode of ''Series/BlackBooks'' ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' has Manny, suddenly missing the Trinity Killer receive faint praise from his job at the bookshop, trying to find a nice thing to say family on Thanksgiving. He catches on, which goes poorly for his family.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone Flesh and Stone]]", River arguably gives one
about the place. He eventually concludes that there was no love, freedom, or largeness of heart, but Doctor. The army captain asks her "Do you trust this man?" She replies, "I was absolutely trust him." "He's not contractually obligated some kind of madman?" In the ''exact'' same tone as before: "... I absolutely trust him." He catches on, though, and warns her that he doesn't like it.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor]]" the Eighth Doctor tries
to convince Cass that he's not one of those Time Lords, who have sex with foreign businessmen, wrought destruction upon the universe during the Time War, by saying that he's "one of the nice ones." This doesn't work, and that's not nothing!"she chooses to die rather than trust him. He refuses to leave her side and dies too.
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'': When Carl is asked to testify during an in-school "court session" about Steve's destructive tendencies, the only positive thing he can say is, "... I still have my health!"



* In an episode of ''Series/MurphyBrown'', Frank, Murphy, and Jim attend the premiere of a movie made by Corky's husband, and come out having utterly hated it. Frank then tells Murphy and Jim that in these circumstances he usually complements the movie's cinematography. Phil then walks in:
-->'''Phil''': So how was the movie?
-->'''Frank''': The cinematography was excellent!
-->'''Phil''':...that bad, huh?
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'' episode "That Swamp Thing You Do!", possibly combined with StealthInsult:
-->'''Tommy''': So, what did you think of my acting skills?
-->'''Merton''': I think you combined the articulation of Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger with the emotional range of Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme.
-->'''Tommy''': Thanks, man!
* In season one of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Angel and Wesley describe Cordelia's acting as having "good projection" and said that she had "taken the role and made it her own."
* Of Oliver's production of ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' in ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'', the janitor diplomatically says, "The production values are very high." And they are; it's just a shame that half the actors are crap and the blocking means you can't actually hear the delivery of the good ones. In the audience, the minister of culture is listening to the hockey game on a portable radio - and in the tech booth, the stage manager and ''Oliver himself'' are watching it on TV.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' has the Trinity Killer receive faint praise from his family on Thanksgiving. He catches on, which goes poorly for his family.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone Flesh and Stone]]", River arguably gives one about the Doctor. The army captain asks her "Do you trust this man?" She replies, "I absolutely trust him." "He's not some kind of madman?" In the ''exact'' same tone as before: "... I absolutely trust him." He catches on, though, and warns her that he doesn't like it.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor]]" the Eighth Doctor tries to convince Cass that he's not one of those Time Lords, who have wrought destruction upon the universe during the Time War, by saying that he's "one of the nice ones." This doesn't work, and she chooses to die rather than trust him. He refuses to leave her side and dies too.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Catelyn agrees for one of Lord Walder Frey's daughters to marry her son Robb. She relays that Lord Walder said that several of them would be suitable for marriage. When asked to describe them she starts "One was..." and stops, apparently unable to think of a compliment and settling for confirming she's "suitable."
** Jaime Lannister ends up being forced to undergo an extremely painful surgical procedure in order to prevent an infection from spreading. For extra creepiness, the doctor presiding over this treatment is Qyburn, [[MadDoctor a mildly-psychotic Maester]] stripped of his rank and chain of study for [[MadScientist immoral experimentation]]. Fortunately, the treatment works, and Jaime eventually compliments him on being "far better at this sort of work than Grand Maester Pycelle." He actually meant this as a genuine compliment, but Qyburn clearly doesn't think much of his [[TheyCalledMeMad former colleagues among the Maesters]] and even less of the [[YesMan admittedly corrupt]] Grand Maester, and only replies: "Faint praise, my Lord."
** Shae mentions in "What Is Dead May Never Die" that every man she cooks for compliments what a good whore she is.
** In "Mockingbird", Jaime praises Tyrion's epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from the previous episode as something all of King's Landing will be talking about for ''days'' to come.
** After Tywin's death, Loras has to give his condolences to Cersei and he painfully struggles to say something nice about her father. He finally calls the deceased lord 'a force to be reckoned with', then pauses for a moment, then rephrases it, then pauses again and finally repeats the original phrase. While the moment is awkward, the departed would find the words highly praising because that's precisely the image Tywin cultivated and relished.
** Varys notes that the main thing Robert had to recommend was that he wasn't as bad as Aerys II and Joffrey, being neither mad nor cruel. He simply didn't want to be king.



* In ''Series/{{Newsradio}}'', a whole episode is devoted to the news staff getting angry over a review describing their station as "adequate." When Jimmy James hears about it, he admits that the reviewer is on his payroll and he wrote the review himself, believing that "adequate" is a good compliment.

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** The characters argue over what faint praise they could offer Joey's awful T.V. show: "The lighting was O.K."
** Ross promises to play rugby. Rachael reassured him that he was the toughest ''paleontologist'' that she knew.
**
In ''Series/{{Newsradio}}'', "The One With The Butt," the friends struggle to give Joey's play faint praise before Chandler breaks the ice by bluntly declaring it "awful."
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Catelyn agrees for one of Lord Walder Frey's daughters to marry her son Robb. She relays that Lord Walder said that several of them would be suitable for marriage. When asked to describe them she starts "One was..." and stops, apparently unable to think of
a whole compliment and settling for confirming she's "suitable."
** Jaime Lannister ends up being forced to undergo an extremely painful surgical procedure in order to prevent an infection from spreading. For extra creepiness, the doctor presiding over this treatment is Qyburn, [[MadDoctor a mildly-psychotic Maester]] stripped of his rank and chain of study for [[MadScientist immoral experimentation]]. Fortunately, the treatment works, and Jaime eventually compliments him on being "far better at this sort of work than Grand Maester Pycelle." He actually meant this as a genuine compliment, but Qyburn clearly doesn't think much of his [[TheyCalledMeMad former colleagues among the Maesters]] and even less of the [[YesMan admittedly corrupt]] Grand Maester, and only replies: "Faint praise, my Lord."
** Shae mentions in "What Is Dead May Never Die" that every man she cooks for compliments what a good whore she is.
** In "Mockingbird", Jaime praises Tyrion's epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from the previous
episode is devoted to the news staff getting angry over a review describing their station as "adequate." When Jimmy James hears something all of King's Landing will be talking about for ''days'' to come.
** After Tywin's death, Loras has to give his condolences to Cersei and he painfully struggles to say something nice about her father. He finally calls the deceased lord 'a force to be reckoned with', then pauses for a moment, then rephrases
it, he admits then pauses again and finally repeats the original phrase. While the moment is awkward, the departed would find the words highly praising because that's precisely the image Tywin cultivated and relished.
** Varys notes
that the reviewer is on his payroll and he wrote the review himself, believing main thing Robert had to recommend was that "adequate" he wasn't as bad as Aerys II and Joffrey, being neither mad nor cruel. He simply didn't want to be king.
* ''Series/{{GLOW 2017}}'': After Ruth directs an opening sequence for the show, cameraman Russell hits on her by saying she has a "decent eye." Ruth makes a sarcastic comment about the faintness of the praise.
* The main premise of an ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' episode: Carly's webshow lands a sponsorship from a new type of wonder shoe. When the shoe fails to deliver, the team piles on "faint praise" to fulfill the contract without lying to their fans.
* In the ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' episode, "The Gang Dines Out", Mac forces Dennis to say something nice to him. This is the best Dennis could come up with:
-->'''Dennis:''' ...Your hair looks small.
* In ''Series/{{Jessie}}'', while seeing a horrible performance by officer Petey and being asked for an opinion. Zuri says that he
is a good compliment."better actor than [[PoliceAreUseless policeman]]."



* In ''Series/TheNanny'' episode "Deep Throat", C.C. wants Maxwell to be her date at a sorority reunion:
-->'''C.C.:''' (''enthusiastically'') I just can't wait to show you off to all my old friends, (''becoming embittered'') with their handsome doctor husbands and their 2.5 perfect children they juggled while earning multiple [=PhDs=]...
-->'''Maxwell:''' C.C., there's no need to be jealous. You have a successful career and, uh... a successful career.
-->'''Niles:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Yes, how do you balance them both]]?
* In ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', after being informed that she's been cold to the Rangers, K turns to each in term, gives them ([[NoSocialSkills incredibly awkward and unintentionally backhanded]], but well-meaning) compliments, calls them by name (which she previously hadn't done much), and gives them an (equally awkward) hug. Then she turns to Ziggy, the one character most likely to accept this, and all she does is nod and say "You too, Series Operator Green," and walk off. Ziggy is outright insulted by this. [[spoiler:Implied to be a subversion, at least in intent; she actually seems to have a crush on Ziggy and has no idea how to express it.]]
* ''Series/SixFeetUnder'': Russell, Claire's then soon-to-be boyfriend, complains to Claire that nobody ever considers him "hot." At best he gets "cute", and it doesn't help that most people think he's gay, and he's constantly hit on by guys.
* The opening of ''Franchise/TheMuppets Go to the Movies'' includes hilariously-vague faux reviews saying things like "One of the T.V. programs ever made" and "Even better than that."
* In ''Series/{{Jessie}}'', while seeing a horrible performance by officer Petey and being asked for an opinion. Zuri says that he is a "better actor than [[PoliceAreUseless policeman]]."
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'': When Carl is asked to testify during an in-school "court session" about Steve's destructive tendencies, the only positive thing he can say is, "... I still have my health!"

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* In ''Series/TheNanny'' episode "Deep Throat", C.C. wants Maxwell ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Irish criminal Elliot "Grotto" Grote is killed by the Punisher despite Nelson & Murdock's best efforts
to be her date at a sorority reunion:
-->'''C.C.:''' (''enthusiastically'') I just can't wait to
protect him. [[LonelyFuneral Only]] [[OfficialCouple Matt Murdock, Karen Page]] and Foggy Nelson show you off to all my old friends, (''becoming embittered'') with their handsome doctor husbands and their 2.5 perfect children they juggled while earning multiple [=PhDs=]...
-->'''Maxwell:''' C.C., there's no need to be jealous. You have a successful career and, uh... a successful career.
-->'''Niles:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Yes, how do you balance them both]]?
* In ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', after being informed that she's been cold to the Rangers, K turns to each in term, gives them ([[NoSocialSkills incredibly awkward and unintentionally backhanded]], but well-meaning) compliments, calls them by name (which she previously hadn't done much), and gives them an (equally awkward) hug. Then she turns to Ziggy, the one character most likely to accept this, and all she does is nod and say "You too, Series Operator Green," and walk off. Ziggy is outright insulted by this. [[spoiler:Implied to be a subversion, at least in intent; she actually seems to have a crush on Ziggy and has no idea how to express it.]]
* ''Series/SixFeetUnder'': Russell, Claire's then soon-to-be boyfriend, complains to Claire that nobody ever considers him "hot." At best he gets "cute", and it
up for his funeral. Father Lantom doesn't help sugarcoat Grotto's life or attempt to avoid [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead speaking ill of him]]. The most positive thing he can say about Grotto is that most people think he's gay, he went to and he's constantly hit donated to the church with whatever loose change he had on by guys.hand and explains to Matt afterward that if they ignore his criminal past, there was no learning from it.
* ** ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Trish tried to become a pop singer at one point, with a song called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCR9Z4dq9x0 "I Want Your Cray Cray"]]. The opening of ''Franchise/TheMuppets Go one good thing Jessica has to the Movies'' includes hilariously-vague faux reviews saying things like "One of the T.V. programs ever made" and "Even better than that."
* In ''Series/{{Jessie}}'', while seeing a horrible performance by officer Petey and being asked for an opinion. Zuri says that he is a "better actor than [[PoliceAreUseless policeman]]."
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'': When Carl is asked to testify during an in-school "court session"
say about Steve's destructive tendencies, [[StylisticSuck this terrible song and its equally terrible music video]] is that it takes the only positive thing he can say is, "... I still have my health!"''It's Patsy'' theme song out of her head.



* In the ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' episode, "The Gang Dines Out", Mac forces Dennis to say something nice to him. This is the best Dennis could come up with:
-->'''Dennis:''' ...Your hair looks small.
* In ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'', Teacher Chuck Noblet to protagonist Jerri Blank's stepmother Sara: "Jerri certainly is one our of students."
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Irish criminal Elliot "Grotto" Grote is killed by the Punisher despite Nelson & Murdock's best efforts to protect him. [[LonelyFuneral Only]] [[OfficialCouple Matt Murdock, Karen Page]] and Foggy Nelson show up for his funeral. Father Lantom doesn't sugarcoat Grotto's life or attempt to avoid [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead speaking ill of him]]. The most positive thing he can say about Grotto is that he went to and donated to the church with whatever loose change he had on hand and explains to Matt afterward that if they ignore his criminal past, there was no learning from it.
* Former ''Series/TopGear'' host Jeremy Clarkson lampshaded this trope reviewing a minivan. "This is a Renault Espace, probably the best of the people carriers. Not that that's much to shout about. That's like saying ‘Oh good, I've got syphilis, the best of the sexually transmitted diseases!'"

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* In The opening of ''Franchise/TheMuppets Go to the ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' episode, "The Gang Dines Out", Mac forces Dennis to say something nice to him. This is Movies'' includes hilariously-vague faux reviews saying things like "One of the best Dennis could come up with:
-->'''Dennis:''' ...Your hair looks small.
* In ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'', Teacher Chuck Noblet to protagonist Jerri Blank's stepmother Sara: "Jerri certainly is one our of students.
T.V. programs ever made" and "Even better than that."
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Irish criminal Elliot "Grotto" Grote is killed by In an episode of ''Series/MurphyBrown'', Frank, Murphy, and Jim attend the Punisher despite Nelson & Murdock's best efforts to protect him. [[LonelyFuneral Only]] [[OfficialCouple Matt Murdock, Karen Page]] premiere of a movie made by Corky's husband, and Foggy Nelson show up for his funeral. Father Lantom doesn't sugarcoat Grotto's life or attempt to avoid [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead speaking ill of him]]. The most positive thing he can say about Grotto is come out having utterly hated it. Frank then tells Murphy and Jim that in these circumstances he went to and donated to usually complements the church with whatever loose change he had on hand and explains to Matt afterward movie's cinematography. Phil then walks in:
-->'''Phil''': So how was the movie?
-->'''Frank''': The cinematography was excellent!
-->'''Phil''':...
that if they ignore his criminal past, there was no learning from it.
* Former ''Series/TopGear'' host Jeremy Clarkson lampshaded this trope reviewing a minivan. "This is a Renault Espace, probably the best of the people carriers. Not that that's much to shout about. That's like saying ‘Oh good, I've got syphilis, the best of the sexually transmitted diseases!'"
bad, huh?



* In ''Series/TheNanny'' episode "Deep Throat", C.C. wants Maxwell to be her date at a sorority reunion:
-->'''C.C.:''' (''enthusiastically'') I just can't wait to show you off to all my old friends, (''becoming embittered'') with their handsome doctor husbands and their 2.5 perfect children they juggled while earning multiple [=PhDs=]...
-->'''Maxwell:''' C.C., there's no need to be jealous. You have a successful career and, uh... a successful career.
-->'''Niles:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Yes, how do you balance them both]]?
* In ''Series/{{Newsradio}}'', a whole episode is devoted to the news staff getting angry over a review describing their station as "adequate." When Jimmy James hears about it, he admits that the reviewer is on his payroll and he wrote the review himself, believing that "adequate" is a good compliment.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': In "The Model Teacher", a Snap magazine reporter "compliments" Miss Brooks' clothes: "That's a very nice suit...One can tell at a glance that it's worn you for years."



* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Trish tried to become a pop singer at one point, with a song called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCR9Z4dq9x0 "I Want Your Cray Cray"]]. The one good thing Jessica has to say about [[StylisticSuck this terrible song and its equally terrible music video]] is that it takes the ''It's Patsy'' theme song out of her head.
* ''Series/{{GLOW 2017}}'': After Ruth directs an opening sequence for the show, cameraman Russell hits on her by saying she has a "decent eye." Ruth makes a sarcastic comment about the faintness of the praise.
* ''Series/{{Succession}}'': When people make cracks about Shiv's unexceptional boyfriend Tom, she defensively protests, "He's a nice guy!" On their wedding night, her toast to him is limited to, "You're a great guy and I like hanging out with you."
* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Leonard and Penny pull this on themselves while trying to write a Christmas letter. As they try to list their accomplishments over the previous year, they end up with items like "still married" and "still employed."

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* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Trish tried to become a pop singer at one point, with a song called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCR9Z4dq9x0 "I Want Your Cray Cray"]]. The one good thing Jessica has to say about [[StylisticSuck this terrible song and its equally terrible music video]] is In ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', after being informed that it takes she's been cold to the ''It's Patsy'' theme song out of her head.
* ''Series/{{GLOW 2017}}'': After Ruth directs
Rangers, K turns to each in term, gives them ([[NoSocialSkills incredibly awkward and unintentionally backhanded]], but well-meaning) compliments, calls them by name (which she previously hadn't done much), and gives them an opening sequence for (equally awkward) hug. Then she turns to Ziggy, the show, cameraman Russell hits on her by saying one character most likely to accept this, and all she does is nod and say "You too, Series Operator Green," and walk off. Ziggy is outright insulted by this. [[spoiler:Implied to be a subversion, at least in intent; she actually seems to have a crush on Ziggy and has a "decent eye." Ruth makes a sarcastic comment about the faintness of the praise.
* ''Series/{{Succession}}'': When people make cracks about Shiv's unexceptional boyfriend Tom, she defensively protests, "He's a nice guy!" On their wedding night, her toast
no idea how to him is limited to, "You're a great guy and I like hanging out with you."
* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Leonard and Penny pull this on themselves while trying to write a Christmas letter. As they try to list their accomplishments over the previous year, they end up with items like "still married" and "still employed."
express it.]]



* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'': [[MyBelovedSmother Beverly]] used this trope often. When Roseanne disapproves of her daughter moving into a trailer park, she intentionally sends Beverly in with the directions to "[[ComplimentBackfire be as nice as possible]]."
-->'''Beverly:''' Well, it must be nice being able to vacuum the entire home without having to change outlets.
* ''Series/SixFeetUnder'': Russell, Claire's then soon-to-be boyfriend, complains to Claire that nobody ever considers him "hot." At best he gets "cute", and it doesn't help that most people think he's gay, and he's constantly hit on by guys.
* Of Oliver's production of ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' in ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'', the janitor diplomatically says, "The production values are very high." And they are; it's just a shame that half the actors are crap and the blocking means you can't actually hear the delivery of the good ones. In the audience, the minister of culture is listening to the hockey game on a portable radio - and in the tech booth, the stage manager and ''Oliver himself'' are watching it on TV.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E14Tapestry}} Tapestry]]" has Picard changing the past and not getting involved in the fight that caused him to need to get his heart replaced with an artificial one. Without that brush with death driving him, [[ForWantOfANail he became a Lieutenant Junior Grade paper pusher instead of a legendary starship captain]]. When he goes to Troi and Riker asking about his performance, they end up falling into this.
--->'''Riker:''' You're a good worker, reliable... punctual.
** In the episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E18TheChase}} The Chase]]", Picard's old archaeology professor describes one of his papers as "informative", to which Picard himself replies "[[LampshadeHanging Damning with faint praise]]."
** Played with in the episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E23Sarek}} Sarek]]." After the Vulcan Sarek has reviewed Picard's history, he deems Picard's Starfleet service record "satisfactory." Picard is pleased, recognizing this as high praise coming from a Vulcan.
** Faint praise is considered a grave insult in Klingon culture as it implies the recipient is too weak to handle criticism. In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E17SinsOfTheFather Sins of the Father]]", visiting Klingon officer Kurn berates the crew but is dismissively polite towards Worf, resulting in a confrontation. It turns out this was a SecretTestOfCharacter to see if Worf is still [[ProudWarriorRace Klingon]] enough to avenge the insult.
* ''Series/{{Succession}}'': When people make cracks about Shiv's unexceptional boyfriend Tom, she defensively protests, "He's a nice guy!" On their wedding night, her toast to him is limited to, "You're a great guy and I like hanging out with you."
* In ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'', Teacher Chuck Noblet to protagonist Jerri Blank's stepmother Sara: "Jerri certainly is one our of students."
* Former ''Series/TopGear'' host Jeremy Clarkson lampshaded this trope reviewing a minivan. "This is a Renault Espace, probably the best of the people carriers. Not that that's much to shout about. That's like saying ‘Oh good, I've got syphilis, the best of the sexually transmitted diseases!'"



** In ''VideoGame/Persona4'', Kanji does his best to not insult Yukiko's cooking. He ends up with "[[TastesLikeFeet It tastes really... boneless?]]", then notes "It's pretty impressive that you put so many ingredients into a dish and it came out tasting like nothing."

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** In ''VideoGame/Persona4'', Kanji does his best to not insult Yukiko's cooking. He ends up with "[[TastesLikeFeet "[[ItTastesLikeFeet It tastes really... boneless?]]", then notes "It's pretty impressive that you put so many ingredients into a dish and it came out tasting like nothing."



* ''[[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]]'' fan site ''[=ToughPigs=]'' [[http://www.toughpigs.com/tms40-rich-little/ reviewed]] the Creator/RichLittle episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', and they clearly didn't enjoy the guest star, saying that the episode's best joke is Kermit calling Rich Little a "master impressionist." Their usual MadLibsCatchPhrase link to the forums at the end of the article references the Creator/StephenColbert example in the Real Life example section.

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* ''[[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]]'' fan site ''[=ToughPigs=]'' [[http://www.toughpigs.com/tms40-rich-little/ reviewed]] the Creator/RichLittle episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', and they clearly didn't enjoy the guest star, saying that the episode's best joke is Kermit calling Rich Little a "master impressionist." Their usual MadLibsCatchPhrase link to the forums at the end of the article references the Creator/StephenColbert example in the Real Life example section.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' subverts this when Aunt May tries to set [[TheHero Peter]] up with ComicBook/MaryJaneWatson, saying she has "a wonderful personality." Peter shudders, quite certain it means she's ugly, and the phrase "wonderful personality" becomes a RunningGag. [[HelloNurse Then Peter actually meets her]].
** [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike The Green Goblin says the same]] of the Master Planner when discussing New York's crime bosses [[BrickJoke one season later.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' subverts this when Aunt May tries to set [[TheHero Peter]] up with ComicBook/MaryJaneWatson, saying she has "a wonderful personality." Peter shudders, quite certain it means she's ugly, and the phrase "wonderful personality" becomes a RunningGag. [[HelloNurse Then Peter actually meets her]].
**
her]]. [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike The Green Goblin says the same]] of the Master Planner when discussing New York's crime bosses [[BrickJoke one season later.]]



---> You are pretty good. In fact, you are much better than a person who never touched a fiddle.

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---> --> You are pretty good. In fact, you are much better than a person who never touched a fiddle.



* A common tactic used by bosses or supervisors when writing a performance review or a reference for a bad employee if they're not allowed to say anything overtly negative is to praise the employee for being "punctual" or "always on time". It's positive enough, but if main thing they're being praised for is managing to get their butt out of bed and haul themselves to work on time (in other words, the easiest and most minimal basic obligation of any employee), then you're also making it clear they were mediocre at absolute best.

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* A common tactic used by bosses or supervisors when writing a performance review or a reference for a bad employee if they're not allowed to say anything overtly negative is to praise the employee for being "punctual" or "always on time". It's positive enough, but if the main thing they're being praised for is managing to get their butt out of bed and haul themselves to work on time (in other words, the easiest and most minimal basic obligation of any employee), then you're also making it clear they were mediocre at absolute best.

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* This happens when you try to PolishTheTurd.
** Real estate examples: it's not small, it's cozy. It's not old, it's well-maintained. It's not the ugly house in a decent area; it's in a great neighborhood. It's fantastic!, not lacking in specific positive qualities.
** You might do this to yourself on your resume; any experienced hiring personnel are looking for objective measures of your skills and achievements. If you are calling yourself a hard-working people person, well, everyone is a "hard-working people person."
** Letters of recommendation can follow similar tactics to the performance review mentioned above.

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* A common tactic used by bosses or supervisors when writing a performance review or a reference for a bad employee if they're not allowed to say anything overtly negative is to praise the employee for being "punctual" or "always on time". It's positive enough, but if main thing they're being praised for is managing to get their butt out of bed and haul themselves to work on time (in other words, the easiest and most minimal basic obligation of any employee), then you're also making it clear they were mediocre at absolute best.


* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' has only one good thing to say about ''VideoGame/{{Back to the Future|1989}}'': At least it fits in a toaster. For even more horrendous games like ''VisualNovel/PlumbersDontWearTies'', the closest he could get to complimenting it is to say it's almost half as bad as ''VideoGame/DrJekyllAndMrHyde''.

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* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' has only one good thing to say about ''VideoGame/{{Back to the Future|1989}}'': At least it fits in a toaster. For even more horrendous games like ''VisualNovel/PlumbersDontWearTies'', the closest he could get to complimenting it is to say it's almost half as bad as ''VideoGame/DrJekyllAndMrHyde''. Even on Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde itself, the nicest thing he is able to say about it is that, for what it is, it's at least a finished and functional game, unlike unfinished "things" like ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'' and ''VideoGame/HongKong97''.


* The trailer for ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids'' ends with the line "It's animation..." Gives you an idea of the overall quality if this is the best they can say about it...
** To be fair, it actually is supposed to end with "It's animation... with an attitude", but a technical glitch caused it to cut off. A later trailer had the line intact (albeit a trailer with the same footage save for the very end), but the "It's animation..." glitch of the first still stands and is easily the most well-known thanks to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic reviewing the film.

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* The trailer for ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids'' ends with the line "It's animation..." Gives you an idea of the overall quality if this is the best they can say about it...
**
it. To be fair, it fair it's actually is supposed to end with "It's be "it's animation... with an attitude", attitude" but a technical glitch caused it to cut off. A This was later fixed, but most (including ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' who popularized the glitched version) would agree the original glitched trailer had [[TrailersAlwaysLie was a lot more accurate than the line intact (albeit a trailer with the same footage save for the very end), but the "It's animation..." glitch of the first still stands and is easily the most well-known thanks to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic reviewing the film.fixed one]].


** [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike The Green Goblin says the same of the Master Planner]] when discussing New York's crime bosses [[BrickJoke one season later.]]

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** [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike The Green Goblin says the same same]] of the Master Planner]] Planner when discussing New York's crime bosses [[BrickJoke one season later.]]

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