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  • The poster for the ultraviolent movie Boogie el Aceitoso has the poster call Boogie sexist, racist and disgusting, and Boogie thanking the poster for the compliment.
  • In the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Devil May Hare", Bugs tries to shoo away a fawn by warning it about the Tasmanian Devil, not realizing that the latter is right behind him:
    Bugs: He's a mean, vicious, nasty, no-good, baggy-eyed, marble-headed ignoramorous. He's a stupid... (turning and seeing Taz) Eyee...
    Taz: Flattery'll get you nowhere.
  • In the Porky Pig cartoon "Paying the Piper", where Porky portrays the Pied Piper and his foil is a cat (who's upset at the rats being gone) Porky experiences something similar to the Beetle Bailey example above:
    Cat: Ah, your sister smokes corn silk!
    Porky: My sister doesn't smoke corn silk. She works in a butcher shop and smokes hams.
    • And in the next scene:
      Cat: Ah, your brother eats jelly beans!
      Porky: I wonder how he knows so much about my family.
  • In the Paw Paw Bears episode "The Wishing Star Crystal", the villain, Dark Paw, and his two henchbears have to cross a canyon to follow Brave Paw and Mighty Paw:
    Dark Paw: Get moving, you two, and build me a catapult!
    Bumble Paw: (mumbles) "Build me a catapult." Boy, are you mean!
    Dark Paw: Never mind the compliments! GET GOING!
  • Inverted in Futurama: Bender is trying to compliment a fellow soldier (Leela in disguise), but doesn't quite grasp the concept:
    Bender: You hard fightin', hard fartin', ugly, ugly, son of a...
    Leela: Stop, stop flattering me!
    • Also used by Fry when trying to defend himself and his friends who felt insulted from Leela's new boyfriend dislike of abnormality:
      Fry: Zoidberg is a horrible monster who smells like he eats garbage, and does!
      Zoidberg: Damn straight!!!
    • "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?" is chock full of these.
      Dr. Zoidberg: How do I look?
      Bender: Like whale barf.
      Dr. Zoidberg: Then the illusion is complete.

      Dr. Zoidberg: You seem malnourished. Are you suffering from internal parasites?
      Edna: Why, yes! Thanks for noticing!
    • That one's a bit of a subversion, as it actually was intended as a compliment; Fry had advised Zoidberg to tell Edna she looked thin.
      Fry: I'm flattered, really. If I was gonna do it with a big freaky mud bug, you'd be way up the list.
      Edna: Hush, you romantic fool.
    • Let's not forget when Leela tried to explain to Zapp Brannigan why she slept with him:
      Leela: For a split second, my common sense was overwhelmed by pity.
      Zapp: A split second is all it takes.
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    • The new pizza shop opened by aliens suffers this as well.
      Leela: I don't mean to offend you but this pizza tastes like vomit.
      Aliens: Thank you!
      Leela: Um... actually, I meant to offend you a little...
    • Fry, a college dropout in his own time, finds out that by current academic standards he's only a high-school dropout:
      Fry: What?! That's not fair. I deserve the same respect any other college dropout gets. By God, I'm going to enroll here at Mars University and drop out all over again!
      Leela: You won't last two weeks.
      Fry: Aww, thanks for believin' in me.
    • Since Bender is Bender, Leela is able to intentionally invoke this trope in "The Bots and the Bees":
      Leela: Relax, Bender. No one would let you near a child. Bev will get custody, and you'll be a deadbeat dad who never even bothers to know his own son.
      Bender: (sniffling) You really think so?
      Leela: (kindly) I know so! You're absolutely horrible in every way!
      Bender: (wiping away a tear) You're sweet, Leela!
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    • "The Six Million Dollar Mon":
      Hermes: Oh no. No more implants. I don't want to end up a cold, emotionless machine like you.
      Bender: ...That's sweet, Hermes.
    • "Fry Am the Egg Man":
      Fry: Zoidberg, you're an inhuman monster.
    • Then in "The Beast with a Billion Backs", as Bender and Planet Express are trying to push a massive ball in a competitive sport.
    Leela: Come on, Bender! Your grandma can push harder than you!
    Bender: No crap! My grandma was a bulldozer!
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender used this with a non-villainous, but rather crazy, old herbalist in "The Blue Spirit":
    Aang: ...You're insane, aren't you.
    Herbalist: That's riiight...
    • During "The Beach", Zuko, Mai, Azula and Ty Lee end up spilling forth all their emotional baggage to one another. Azula chides Ty Lee for having run away to join a circus (even calling her a circus freak). Ty Lee, who is the youngest of six identical siblings immediately retorts that it was a way of finding her own identity, and that "Circus freak is a compliment!"
    • And then there was the lovely little family reunion between Zuko and his baby sister:
      Zuko: You lied to me!
      Azula: (smugly) Like I've never done that before.
    • Probably the best use of this occurs during the Day of Black Sun invasion. When Zuko confronts Ozai, this is part of the exchange:
      Zuko: We've [the Fire Nation] created an era of fear in the world, and if we don't want the world to destroy itself, we need to replace it with an era of peace, and kindness.
      Ozai: [laughing dismisively] Your uncle has gotten to you, hasn't he?
      Zuko: [smiles] Yes, he has.
    • Another example in "The Ember Island Players":
      Toph: It's obvious that the playwright did his research. I know it must hurt but what you're seeing up there on that stage is the truth.
      Toph: [Hearing her voice actor] Wait a minute, I sound like...a guy. A really buff guy.
      Katara: [Attempts to make fun of her] Well Toph, what you hear up there is the truth. It hurts, doesn't it?
      Toph: [Smiles] Are you kidding me? I wouldn't have cast it any other way!
    • In The Legend of Korra, much like in the herbalist example above:
  • In The Spectacular Spider-Man:
    Rhino: (while chasing Spider-Man) You like being hunted, freak?!
    Spider-Man: Would you please look who's talking?
    Rhino: Oh, I may be a freak, but I'm not a coward!
  • Probably done more than once in The Simpsons, but this example stands out. When Bart was working for money in order to save up for something, he worked at a barber shop. He gets his pay and it's hair instead of money. Bart asks the barber about that and asks if the barber's crazy, and the barber smiles widely and nods, also laughing in a creepy way as a disturbed Bart backs out of the barber shop.
    • From another episode:
      Homer: Hey, Flanders, you stink!
      Flanders: (cheerfully) Oops. Thanks for the nose-news. I'd better cancel that dinner party tonight.
    • In early episodes of the series (and merchandise related to the show), Bart replied to accusation that he was an "underachiever" by saying he was "proud of it". This was lampshaded in a much later episode (after his antics in many seasons made it clear that he was anything but), when he read his permanent record at Springfield Elementary:
      Bart: (reading) "Underachiever and proud of it"? Man, how old is this thing?
    • In "Lisa's Substitute" Martin Prince, competing with Bart to become class president, put up a campaign poster with the slogan "A Vote for Bart is a Vote for Anarchy!". Bart of course put up another poster with the same slogan.
    • Upon seeing Bart in his pajamas, this attempt to capitalize on the situation by Jimbo quite conclusively backfired.
      Jimbo: (mockingly) Nice PJs Simpson. Did your mommy buy them for ya?
      Bart: Of course she did. Who else would have?
      Jimbo: (beat) All right, Simpson. You win this round.
    • And another between Ned and Homer in "Hurricane Neddy":
      Ned Flanders: Homer... you are the worst human being I have ever met.
    • Later in "Hurricane Neddy", Homer and Ned's roles were reversed.
      Homer Simpson: That's it, you just can't insult this guy. You call him a moron and he just sits there, grinning moronly.
    • In "Three Men and a Comic Book" Bart works his ass off for Mrs. Glick to earn enough money to buy the first issue of Radioactive Man. After doing all his hard work upon pay day she gives him two quarters.
      Mrs. Glick: "Bart... you didn't say 'thank you.'"
      Bart: "Listen lady, I can leave without screaming, I can leave without saying a bad word, but there is no way I'm saying 'thank you'!"
      Mrs. Glick: "You're welcome!"
    • In "A Star is Burns":
      Rainer: The film is just me in front of a brick wall for an hour and a half. It cost $80 million.
      Jay: (contemptuous) How do you sleep at night?
      Rainer: On top of a pile of money with many beautiful ladies.
      Jay: Just asking. Yeesh!
      (Long after the interview, Rainer Wolfcastle prepares to shoot Jay on the street, having just realised he's been insulted and made him look bad. Jay distracts Wolfcastle by telling him his shoes are untied and grabs a taxi. Hours later, Wolfcastle realises he's wearing loafers.)
      • Later, a female viewer commented on how beautiful Barney's movie was. Barney was sitting next to her and thanked you. She was then disgusted by him.
        Woman: Eww! Did something crawl into your mouth and die?
        Barney: It didn't die.
        [The woman's eyes widened.]
    • Homer writes a song about how much Ned Flanders sucks, which turns into a huge hit. During the musical montage, we see that even Flanders loves the song and his sons scream in joy when the song describes them as "his creepy offspring".
    • In Bart's Girlfriend:
      Bart: Jessica, you're very beautiful, but you're not very nice.
      Jessica: Well, duh.
    • During her Shaming the Mob speech in The Boys Of Bummer, Marge mentions that Springfield has been called "The Meanest Town In America" and points to a nearby sign that shows the town was proud enough about this label to put it on the sign like it was something worth mentioning to tourists.
  • And Justice League had the following exchange between the time-travelling Superman and Vandal Savage, now a few thousand years older and the last human left, stuck on a barren and ruined earth for all eternity:
    Superman: You're insane.
    Vandal Savage: ...True. But that doesn't mean I'm not good company. Say, you want to come over to my place?
    Superman: ...
    Vandal Savage: Like you have anything better to do.
  • Superman: The Animated Series, episode "Girls' Night Out". Batgirl and Supergirl fight Livewire, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn. Harley rescues Livewire by spraying her with water. Livewire gets up and grabs Harley, preparing to fry her:
    Harley Quinn: <thinks hard for several seconds, then smiles broadly> Yes!
    • And then there's Lobo.
      Preserver: You are Lobo: Assassin, brigand, sociopath, monster.
      Lobo: You left out Scourge of the Cosmos.

      Superman: I think you're a certifiable madman!
      Lobo: Thanks.

      Superman: I've never seen a creature like this.
      Lobo: Mwah! I love you too.

  • Just one example from The Super Mario Bros Super Show!:
    Mario: Koopa, you're the meanest, ugliest lizard that ever slimed its way across Cramalot!
    Bowser: Flattery will get you nowhere.
    • And from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3:
      Peach: I should have known never to trust you!
      Mario: Yeah, once a sewer-breath slime wagon, always a sewer-breath slime wagon!
      Koopa: How nice of you to say so!
  • Darkwing Duck:
    Darkwing: Well, from you, that's a compliment.
  • Used in an episode of Sushi Pack that introduces Sir Darkly, the "source of all sadness in the world."
    "Some people call me a jinx. That's so nice of them."
  • The Fairly Oddparents:
    Wanda: You evil little boy!
    Remy: Why thank you.
    • Done again in Abra-Catastrophe, with Timmy's mother calling out on Crocker:
      Timmy's Mom: You great evil monster!
      Crocker: Thank you! I was going for that!
    • Also:
    Timmy: You are the absolute worst human being on Earth!
    Vicky: Thank you.
  • Happens on DuckTales (1987) after Glomgold previously accused Scrooge of being "too soft":
    Flintheart Glomgold: You're a low-down, ruthless rat!
    Scrooge: What can I say, Glomgold? You bring out the best in me.
  • Beast Wars gives us this exchange:
    Rattrap: You're nothin' but a schemin' snake-in-the-grass!
    Starscream: Flattery will get you flattened, vermin.
    • Also a version where a genuine complement is basically taken as a backfired insult:
      Blackarachnia: What are you looking at?
      Silverbolt: That star. It's a planet really. It's Venus. It reminds me of you.
      Blackarachnia: Dark, hot, deadly, and poisonous? You're sweet.
      Silverbolt: No, wait. That's not what I meant...
    • From "Other Victories":
      Tigerhawk: (To Tarantulas) You're insane.
      Tarantulas: So they say! (laugh/jibberish combo)
  • Winx Club gives us this:
    Mirta: You're mean!
    Icy: Mean? Try diabolical!
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears:
    Grammi: The Gummis will stop you yet, you— you evil, monstrous villain!
    Igthorn: <clasps hands in joy> Why, thank you!
    • Also:
      Gruffi: Let us out of here you big baboons!
      Ogre: Flattery get you nowhere.
  • In Making Fiends, all of Vendetta's attempts to insult Charlotte ends up like this due to the latter being a massive, massive, ditz.
    Vendetta: * while pretending to be Charlotte in mockery* Tee-hee, I would like a stupid puppy!
    Charlotte: * appears from behind Vendetta* So would I!
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: Heloise is very prone to taking it as a compliment whenever Jimmy and Beezy are shocked by her Enfant Terrible moments. Take for example, this moment in "Jimmy in the Big House" regarding Heloise's description of Miseryville's animals-only jail.
    Beezy: What kind of heartless monster could design such a horrible place?
    Heloise: (coyly) That would be me, thank you.
    • And again in "The Terrific Trio" when Heloise explains that the monster that's been attacking Lucius was created by one of her experiments (specifically Samy going through ingesting a Jekyll & Hyde potion).
      Jimmy: What kind of twisted...
      Beezy:...evil creature... capable of such a thing?
      Heloise: (still coyly) Oh, stop it, you're embarrassing me.
  • As mentioned in the film section, Rocky and Bullwinkle was full of this, due to Boris and Natasha's Good Is Bad And Bad Is Good mentality.
    Narrator: Yes, unbelievable though it may seem, the box top counterfeiter was really Boris Badenov, that notorious No-Goodnik, that Venal villain, that delinquent demon, that...
    Boris Badenov: Is no use. Flattery will get you nowhere.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    Numbuh 1: "You're despicable!"
    Delightful Children: "Thank you, Nigel."
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • Similarly, in "Blast to the Past", when Robotnik was referred to as Julian:
    Sir Charles: You are pure scum, Julian.
    Julian: Why, thank you.
  • Sonic Boom had a subversion where an insult backfire was quickly followed by an insult that hit the mark.
    Shadow: You have all the reflexes of a panther.
    Sonic: Is that an insult? I thought panthers were fast.
    Shadow: Maybe compared to you!
  • Dr. Drakken from Kim Possible prefers negative attention to no attention at all:
    DNAmy: You are the biggest meanie in the whole wide world!
    Drakken: A-ha! You have heard of me!
  • In Batman Beyond there was this on between Barbara Gordon and Shriek over the phone, after Shriek made a ransom demand.
    Shriek: Duh. (Hangs up.)
  • Also a fantastic moment in Danny Phantom after Bumbling Dad Jack defeated Vlad Plasmius.
    Vlad: It's not possible! You're an idiot! An idiot!
    Jack: Maybe so. But I'm the idiot who beat you.
    • Another episode has one during the pretend fight between Danny and Jazz.
      Jazz: You're toast!
      Danny: Oh yeah? You and what toaster? [Jazz punches Danny.]
  • One episode of Batman: The Animated Series had Demonic Dummy Scarface thinking that there was a traitor in his gang who was selling them out to the cops. Dumb Muscle Rhino tries to prove his loyalty:
    Rhino: It ain't me, boss!
    Scarface: I know it aint you, Rhino! You're too stupid to be a mole!
    Rhino: Gee, thanks boss!
    • In "Beware the Creeper," the as-yet unnamed Creeper confronts The Joker's henchmen:
      Henchman: We don't know nothing about no Joker, creep!
      Pre-Creeper: Creep? CREEP? ... I like it! My new name - the Creep! No, wait, too negative...
    • In "The Terrible Trio", we get this exchange between Warren Lawford and Bruce Wayne:
      Warren: "Thanks, Kevin"? Awfully chummy with the help, Bruce. Do you thank the garbage man for picking up your trash?
      Bruce: If I happen to run into him.
  • An example from the 'proud nerd' category pops up in Freakazoid!:
    Freakazoid: You really have no life, do you?
    Fan Boy: [proudly] No, sir!
  • Done in one episode of Earthworm Jim (in which Psycrow and Professor Monkey-For-a-Head steal Jim's suit), though instead of being flattered, it just leaves Jim confused:
    Psycrow: Face your doom, spineless worm-thingy!
    Jim: Was that supposed to be an insult? I really don't have a spine, you know...
  • Happens in the Code Lyoko episode "XANA's Kiss". Odd is having his ass handed to him by a polymorphic clone that keeps changing shape, currently assuming Jim's appearance. Odd tells it, "Hey, X.A.N.A., if you're going to keep changing appearances like that, do me a favor and turn into a wimp next time." XANA's response? He has it turn into a duplicate of Odd. Of course, being the Deadpan Snarker he is, Odd quickly comes up with a witty comeback to that: "Oh, no. Not him. I know his kind. Small, but tough as nails." (Unfortunately, he's right. It starts to pummel him even worse.)
  • Invader Zim
    Zim: (To Tak) You're a worse pilot than I am! (Beat) Wait a minute...
  • Happens a lot in Daria, mainly because most of the people that Daria insults do not understand sarcasm. Here's one notable example with Quinn, though:
    Daria: "Sometimes your shallowness is so much, it actually has depth."
    Quinn: "Thanks!"
  • In South Park Stan and Kyle regularly tell Cartman he's a most unpleasant person for his selfish, manipulative schemes. He doesn't accept it OR deny it - he doesn't care. It bounces right off him.
    • In a non-show example, when Trey Parker and Matt Stone read that a critic called South Park "a badly animated cartoon with nothing but fart jokes for 20 minutes" they thought it was gold and created Terrance & Phillip.
  • In Disney's The Legend of Tarzan, after Queen La has killed some of her Leopard Men...
    Jane: You wretched woman!
    La: It's too late for compliments my dear.
  • This happens quite a bit to Pinkie Pie in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Here's an example from "A Friend in Deed":
    Cranky Doodle Donkey: This was a special friend.
    Pinkie Pie: Like me?
    Cranky Doodle Donkey: No, kid, you're extra special. *rolls eyes*
    Pinkie Pie: (to herself) Yes! I'm in!
    • And again in "A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1"
      Pinkie Pie: Okay, let me see: We've been over the games, the dances...I think this reception is gonna be perfect! Don't you?
      Princess Cadence (really Queen Chrysalis): Perfect...if we were celebrating a 6-year-old's birthday party!
      Pinkie Pie: Gasp! Thank you!!!
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Raphael rips the arm off a Kraang robot and uses it to bar the door. Upon seeing the shocked expressions of his teamates...
    Raphael: What?
    Leonardo: You are seriously twisted.
    Raphael: Thanks!
  • Happens a lot in The Tick. One of the best examples:
    Barry: Where's the jerk who calls himself the Tick?!
    Tick: I am that jerk.
  • The Wacky Races episode "Rhode Island Road Race" had the narrator call Dick Dastardly "the Dracula of the drag strip":
    Dastardly: I resent that remark!
    Narrator: But do you deny it?
    Dastardly: No, I just resent it!
  • In Gravity Falls:
    • When Pacifica Northwest says that Mabel "sounds like a fat old lady's name!"
      Mabel: (grins) I'll take that as a compliment!
    • This conversation between Gideon and Bill Cipher (after Bill hands Gideon a pile of teeth he just yanked out of a passing deer):
      Gideon: 'AAAH! You're Insane!
      Bill: Sure I am! What's your point?
    • This exchange between Ford and Bill;
      Ford: You're insane if you think I'll help you!
      Bill: Ha! Ha! Ha! I'm insane either way, brainiac!
  • Celebrity Deathmatch pulled one of these when Vince McMahon challenged "Stone Cold" Steve Austin of all people to a death match.
    Stone Cold: ...So I stunned McMahon's sorry ass. And that's the bottom line.
    Vince (angrily): Stone Cold, who the hell do you think you are? You dare to disparage ME? You're nothing but a foul-mouthed, beer-swilling sonuvabitch!
    Stone Cold: Hell, Vince, I appreciate the compliments, and right after I finish this beverage, I'm gonna knock that damn toupee off that stupid little head of yours and shove it right up...
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy has it in "Diary of a Mad Cat":
    Dudley: What's this word next to my name?
    Kitty: Nincompoop.
    Dudley: Does that mean handsome?
  • In one episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) Shredder has taken April hostage and is making his get away he notices the turtles coming after him on motorized skateboards, he then sends a missile after them which they avoid we then get this exchange:
    Shredder: By now they're nothing more than chunks of turtle meat splattered on the sewer walls!
    April: Shredder, you're fiendishly inhuman!
    Shredder: Thank you!
  • Aladdin: The Series episode "The Prophet Motive'' where Aladdin and co. confront Abis Mal after he steals Carpet. Abis Mal just shrugs the insult off and tells Haroud to write it down to remind him to use it against Aladdin.
    Aladdin: You won't get away with this, you filthy jackal!
    Abis Mal: Ooo! "Filthy jackal!" Haroud, write that one down!
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In "Procrastination" as Mrs. Puff announces the essay:
      Mrs. Puff: Now, get out your pencils and paper, and write down the assignment.
      SpongeBob: [to the student next to him] Did you hear that? We get an assignment!
      Mrs. Puff: Everyone must write an essay on What Not to Do at a Stoplight.
      SpongeBob: Did you hear that? What Not to Do at a Stoplight!
      Mrs. Puff: In no less than 800 words.
      Student: [mimicking him] Did you hear that? 800 words!
      SpongeBob: [smiles] Yeah, I know!
      [The student frowns.]
    • In the episode One Krab's Trash , Mr. Krabs tries to get back a rare novelty hat from SpongeBob.
      Mr. Krabs: I didn't want to say this in front of Patrick, but that hat makes you look like a girl.
      SpongeBob: Am I a pretty girl?
    • Another example, this time from "That Sinking Feeling":
      Squidward: I knew you two reprobates were behind this.
      SpongeBob: Yeah! We're reprobates!
      Squidward: That was an insult.
      Patrick: And we're insulted!
    • Occurs during the episode "Opposite Day", when Squidward tells SpongeBob that it's Opposite Day. SpongeBob falls for it, and dedicates his entire day to doing and perceiving everything possible inversely.
    SpongeBob: [greeting Squidward] Hello, Squidward! Woop! I mean... goodbye, Squidward! Oh, isn't Opposite Day... terrible? [giggles gleefully]
    Squidward: [groans angrily] I'll tell you what's terrible! Living next to YOU! You're the worst neighbor in history!
    SpongeBob: [with genuine happiness] Wow! That's the nicest thing Squidward has ever said to me!
    Squidward: [facepalm]
  • In the Steven Universe episode, "The New Crystal Gems", an insult backfire leads into a "The Reason You Suck" Speech speech.
    Connie: I don't care! So I'm not Steven. Maybe he's really great at helping people work out these arguments, maybe he's really patient and caring, even though it must be hard for him having to be the adult for a bunch of super-powered children!
    Connie: Then act like it! Be the Gems you've been for thousands of years instead of playing this silly game.
  • At the end of the Pound Puppies (1980s) episode "Whopper Cries Uncle", when it is discovered that the Puppy Pound's food supply had been stolen by Katrina Stoneheart, the Puppy Pound's owner Holly tells her that what she did was very mean and cruel. Katrina responds by sobbing and stating that Holly's remark is the nicest thing anyone's ever said to her.
  • From Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz:
    Frank: Follow me, peanut brain.
    Lyman: Aw, you think my brain is as big as a whole peanut? That's the sweetest thing you've ever said to me!
  • In Victor and Valentino, Victor thinks that Valentino is complimenting him when Valentino calls him "obtuse".
  • Rick and Morty demonstrates why Those Wacky Nazis are inherently uninsultable with this gem:
    Nazi Colonel: I am comfortable with being called a Nazi, you think there's some other word that will hurt my feelings? (beat) Ja, think before you talk shit!
  • Xiaolin Showdown: While he was solving a Crossword Puzzle, Jack asks Wuya to tell him a four-letter word for "idiot". He takes "Jack" as the perfect answer, not realizing she was making fun of him.
  • In "Uncle Albert Alert", the final episode of Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, the main villain Dr. Phineas Phibes finds out that someone has been infiltrating his organization in order to tell Shaggy and Scooby of his evil plans. He rounds up his most trusted minions and gives reasons for why he's sure they're not the mole. When he gets to Agent 2, he tells him that he can't be the traitor because he's too stupid to be a mole. Agent 2 happily replies by thanking Phibes.
  • The Drak Pack episode "Package Deal" had Toad thank Dr. Dred for telling him that his stupidity was exceeded only by how hideous he was.
  • In Miraculous Ladybug, Plagg, Cat Noir's kwami, nicknames Tikki, Ladybug's kwami, "sugarcube", which she hates. She threatens to call him "stinky sock" in retaliation, but Plagg actually rather likes the idea.
  • A meta example regarding Family Guy: a joke from an episode where Peter becomes a baseball manager has him trading Meg to American Dad!, with both of them acting like it's a step down. Virtually every YouTube comment on the official channel's clip remarks that Meg is actually getting a good deal, as American Dad has grown in esteem while Family Guy has undergone serious Seasonal Rot.
  • Played for Laughs in Mission Hill when Jim is wearing his ridiculous "Karai Pantsu" from Japan, much to Andy's chagrin. Andy asks Gus and Wally, a gay couple, if they think Jim looks gay in those pants and it goes right over their heads that he meant gay as a perjorative.
    Gus: Ehh. No self-respecting gay man would be caught dead in those things!
  • Transformers Animated: In "Garbage In, Garbage Out", Ratchet cruelly declares Wreck-Gar is only good for one thing— GARBAGE! Wreck-Gar takes this as a command and dumps garbage on Ratchet.


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