Follow TV Tropes


Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?

Go To
Cthulhu, you're in a whole mess of trouble. That is the true face of evil. You're dead, man.

"Only an immortal can kill another immortal. Here's your prize! Take this curse away from me, you big pussy!"
Mysterion (to Cthulhu), South Park

Insulting a being who is much more powerful than you.

May be used comedically to deflate an otherwise-impressive villain. Hard to be menacing when the Team Pet beans you in the head with a rock.

This rarely ever causes the target any real harm. At most this can distract or annoy the Big Bad momentarily, giving the other characters time to escape, prepare, or attack. Can provide The Load with an opportunity to redeem themself.

See also Blasphemous Boast, Rage Against the Heavens, Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter!, Heroic Sacrifice, Defiant Stone Throw, and Defiant to the End. If the person providing the distraction tries to make it last as long as possible to help his teammates, it's Holding the Floor. Sometimes literally involves Flipping the Bird.

Contrast Wowing Cthulhu where the character doesn't piss the godly being off but rather amazes them— that said, Flipping off Cthulhu may also Wow Cthulhu when said godly being actually likes their attitude.




    open/close all folders 

    Anime & Manga 
  • Taichi from Digimon Adventure did this with a different purpose: since he had the Courage crest, he thought he could force Greymon to evolve one level more by pulling this—problem is, his plan backfired because it wasn't real courage, and the resulting SkullGreymon was a mindless berserker. Later on, he unintentionally pulled this off successfully against a powered-up Etemon, resulting in his Crest of Courage activating properly and causing Greymon to become his proper Perfect form, MetalGreymon.
  • Happens lots in Dragon Ball Z. During the Saiyan invasion, everyone did their best to defeat Nappa but never managed to do any appreciable damage until Goku arrived. During the Cell Games, everyone blasted Cell in the back while he was in a Beam-O-War with Gohan. This did nothing, but when Vegeta joined in, it was enough to distract Cell, which gave Gohan the opening to overpower and destroy Cell.
    • Chibi Trunks even does it literally in the Broly movies. When he wasn't mooning or pissing on him.
    • Recoome literally flips off Goku, which is probably the most remembered moment in the uncut dubbed version. Kids seeing a grown man flipping off their hero on an anime that mostly kids watch. Amazing.
    • Krillin practically lives on this trope. Cutting off part of Frieza's tail with his Destructo Disk and then sticking his tongue out and spanking his butt at him is probably the ultimate example.
    • Yajirobe even gets in on it against Vegeta.
    • Heck, there's even a chapter title page where the characters literally flip off Cell.
      • And again in the series, where a reporter who was with Hercule flipped off Perfect Cell during the Cell Games.
    • Chichi even gets in on this. She walks right up to Majin Buu and slaps him in the face. It doesn't end well.
    • One especially humorous instance in a Non-Serial Movie had Icarus, a small non-fire breathing dragon Gohan had befriended, deciding to attack Shenron. Fortunately for Icarus, Shenron just kind of sits there looking rather awkward rather than taking offense at this little thing buzzing around his head.
    • A minor example in Dragon Ball Super, in that Goku wasn't really trying to be insulting, but upon being introduced to Beerus, God of Destruction, he has the audacity to ask for a quick sparring match with him. Everyone around him is horrified, as Beerus is pretty well known for his quick temper and a hatred of being disrespected, but...
      Beerus: You wish to see a demonstration of my power? Do you know, I have lived for a very long time, and not once has a mortal dared to issue such a challenge... Very well. A quick round won't hurt.
    • Played straight later when Bulma, angered that Beerus was causing a rampage in her birthday party, goes up to him and slaps him in the face while demanding him to leave immediately. Yes, Bulma slapped the God of Destruction in the face. Of course, he slaps her right back... which causes Vegeta to lose it and attack him, managing to land the first actual hits on Beerus we see in the series.
      • In later episodes in Super, Bulma has a habit of antagonizing Beerus and getting away with it.
  • In the manga version of El-Hazard: The Magnificent World. Main character Makoto Mizuhara has set off an ancient missile defense system against super android Ab-Zahal. He finds deflecting these missiles funny (and Makoto knew it meant nothing to Ab-Zahal... until Ifurita appears behind him and blows his head off.
  • In Saiyuki, the Team Pet distracts Kami-sama long enough for Gojyo to grab everyone and make a retreat.
  • In Naruto, when Hinata Hyuuga fights Pain to save Naruto in Chapter 437, declaring "I won't let you lay another finger on Naruto-kun!" And then...STAB. She survives.
    • Ebisu tries this against Pain's Jigokudo body, in order to buy time for Konohamaru to escape. Konohamaru, however, goes back to help him, and defeats that body with a Rasengan.
      • Also, Naruto himself likes to greet the Kyuubi by demanding it surrender its chakra to him and calling it a "damn fox." Which is probably a little irritating to a superpowered being who can flatten a mountain by swinging one of its nine tails. However, this being is sealed inside Naruto and would have to die with him.
  • In One Piece:
    • After Rob Lucci has Luffy exhausted and badly wounded on the ground, Usopp, the weakest member of the Straw Hats, reveals himself to Luffy and challenges Lucci, despite having easily lost to a CP9 member who was half as powerful. Lucci walks over to kill Usopp, but Luffy, his Heroic Resolve restored by Usopp's speech to him, gets up and finally manages to defeat Lucci.
    • Earlier on, Aokiji wonders if Luffy (who is by no means weak but doesn't yet compare to an Admiral's strength) decided to fight him alone because he thought he could win or because he wanted to prevent him from going after the rest of the crew.
    • Subverted when Arlong ignores Usopp's rubber band attack (but played straight when he scares Hatchan in place).
    • In the Skypiea Arc, Sanji kicks Usopp out of the way and takes a lightning attack from Enel. After which, he thanks him for the light for his cigarette, and before fainting, tells him to "get ready to cry." Then Enel's ship begins to malfunction because of Sanji's sabotage.
    • Luffy briefly holds off the assault of Hawkeye Mihawk, the world's greatest swordsman, by throwing Buggy, whose powers render him invulnerable to bladed weapons, at him.
    • Later, Coby temporarily distracts everyone at Marineford to try to stop any more casualties by begging for everyone to cease fighting. This includes standing up to many incredibly powerful Marines, especially Akainu, the man who killed Ace and burned off half of Whitebeard's face. Fortunately, this distraction was long enough for Shanks to appear and successfully end the war.
    • One of the most iconic moments of the series is when the entire crew (discounting Robin), declared war on the world. However, this did not serve as a distraction, merely a message to Robin. That message was that they would never betray her over her "burden." Rather, they chose to make her burden their burden.
    • Luffy also argues with Whitebeard, the World's Strongest Man and one of the Four Emperors, that he's going to be King of the Pirates instead of him, to the utter shock of everyone around them. Except for Whitebeard himself, who's mostly just amused that the kid has that kind of balls.
    • Not quite flipping off, but one of Luffy's more noticeable character traits is his complete disregard in conversations for the other person's title or power. It doesn't matter if he's talking to a king, one of the Seven Warlords or the Four Emperors, he'll talk to them just as casually as if they were just some average Joe.
    • Apparently, a few years before the current storyline, Caesar Clown swindled funds away from Big Mom, one of the Four Emperors, for his research. This later comes back to bite him in the butt big time, when a ship of hers comes to collect. Since he's now under the custody of the Straw Hats, he's out of Kaido's protection through his relationship with Doflamingo, meaning that he's screwed.
    • Law is notorious for this. Memorably, when he and Kid first met, Kid said he had bad manners in earshot and Law's reaction was to give him the finger (Kid had the highest Supernova bounty at the time). Even near death and about to be shot, Law doesn't hesitate to do the same to his former boss Doflamingo (a Warlord of the Sea), but not before mocking him as much as possible.
    • Brook asking Big Mom to see her panties in order to confuse her long enough for him to move past her and cut Zeus, who she was riding on top of.
  • In the fifth The Garden of Sinners movie, Enjou Tomoe, despite being Muggle Weight, tells off the Big Bad. Shiki herself passive-aggressively says that because he did, she's going kill said Big Bad now.
  • Ganta does this at the end of his second bout in the Carnival Corpse - Deadman Wonderland's version of the Thunderdome. He basically flipped off the blood-thirsty anonymous audience, the other watching Deadmen, and the Carnival's Promoter, Tamaki. An incident so awesome, and so unlike him (for most of the series, up to this point, Ganta has been rather passive, fighting only to defend himself, and rarely even raising his voice, except to scream Oh, Crap! about the current situation), he actually questions whether or not he just broke character.
  • Manta in one of the last episodes of Shaman King. Piko-Piko hammer and all!
  • In Death Note, this is how L is introduced. He basically goes on television and tells Kira through his stand-in Lind L. Tailor where he can put his justice. Kira, of course, kills Tailor immediately, thinking that it's L. Then, L keeps on taunting him anyway!
  • Medaka Box: Zenkichi, despite being nearly subdued by Oudo's Compelling Voice (and seeing him do the same to Medaka), manages to resist enough to attack him due to seeing him trying to kiss her.
  • Soul Eater has Black*Star pulling a one-man stand against Kishin Asura, madness incarnate, who at the time is easily the size of a house. He's obviously outclassed but doesn't let that slow him down as he proceeds to beat the crap out of the giant to keep him distracted while Death the Kid prepares a massive Wave-Motion Gun attack.
    • Maka does this to just about all her opponents. Just about everyone she fights is stronger than her, and she and Soul use their wits, teamwork, courage, and occasionally pure luck to succeed.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children:
  • In Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Kobayashi taunts Tohru's father with the fact that he can't kill her when she tries to stop him from taking Tohru home. It nearly turns into a case of Do Not Taunt Cthulhu, but Tohru gives her father the mother of all Death Glares when he tries to attack. Kobayashi would later do this again when she meets Kanna's father, cursing him out for his horrible parenting.
  • In Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Nyx calls out the godly spirits of the past Lucian kings on their inaction towards the destruction of Insomnia, something that earns their ire until they realize that Nyx is as selfless as he makes himself to be.
    Nyx: To hell with your power. I'm not here for it. I only came to tell you: you are no kings.
  • In a verbal manner for Assassination Classroom. In Chapter 3 / Season 1 Episode 2, in an attempt to look cool to his students, Koro-sensei pulls up the class tulips to replace their anti-sensei weapons with. However, it backfires, and as punishment, he was forced to replant the flower bed at regular speed, and later be the subject of an assassination rally with him dangling from a tree branch like a piñata while the students take shots at him.

    Comic Books 
  • Hellblazer - the protagonist John Constantine actually did literally, both to Satan and God (yes the Judeo-Christian God).
  • In the superhero comic Empowered, the eponymous heroine in her Blessed with Suck Supersuit distracts a far more powerful villain, allowing the villain's previous opponent enough time to recover and animate the landscapenote .
  • Spider-Man:
    • This is Spider-Man's coping mechanism for the numerous cosmic-level threats he faces as a member of two Avengers teams and the Future Foundation. In fact, this is his general trademark for dealing with life-threatening situations, not only blowing off steam for himself but using snarky comments to annoy opponents and keep them off-balance.
    • Inverted with the advent of the Superior Spider-Man — the behavior of Doctor Octopus inhabiting Peter Parker's body was so off-kilter from what super-villains and street criminals had come to expect from Spider-Man that their perception of Spidey started to resemble the reputation Batman has in Gotham City's underworld.
  • Several demons and damned souls did this to Death, Despair, and Delirium in Death: At Death's Door.
    (a demon shoves Delirium to the ground)
    Despair: Do not touch her. Leave our sister's home.
    Demon: What are you going to do? Sit on us, Fatty?
  • Batman will do this on occasion—usually when he's part of an ensemble, usually for a good reason.
  • A villainous version can be found in All-Star Superman, where when Superman visits Lex Luthor in jail and offers him a chance at redemption, Lex chooses to spit in his face and give Supes a Death Glare.
  • Another unheroic (though not really villainous) example is the woman who, after Superman returns to Earth after dealing with the New Krypton event, slaps him and yells at him about how her husband died of a brain tumor and Superman should have been on Earth to perform heat vision brain surgery (which, incidentally, Superman has never demonstrated) instead of, oh, preventing interstellar war. Fortunately, the public doesn't buy her Wangst-fest. Unfortunately, Superman does.
  • The Joker has mocked numerous beings who could easily kill him, like Superman, Darkseid, and demons. Maybe because he knows they can't.
  • In one Superman miniseries, a gang of criminals is watching Superman fight Exo-Max, a bank robber in a suit of Powered Armor, and recording data from the fight (exactly how long it takes, what specific moves Supes uses, etc). When they start talking about their plan, Superman appears in front of the leader and starts passive-aggressively trying to talk them out of it. The leader pays him lip service, then takes a long drag from his cigarette and exhales smoke directly onto the big guy's kisser. Superman leaves without another word, but the crooks are dumbstruck. "Boss... did you just blow smoke in Superman's face?" Of course, this wasn't a distraction, but still.
  • Fantastic Four:
  • In the tradition of the movie, the Marvel Transformers series had Grimlock defying Unicron... by smacking him in the face with the Ark! His fellow Autobots didn't think it a wise move, but Grimlock simply sent them out to join the battle. This was preceded by Galvatron - Unicron's own creation from another reality, brought into this timeframe to sow discord and confusion among the Transformers - shooting his boss in the face. Galvatron got smacked away for his troubles but survived to fight another day.
  • Judge Dredd: Judge Anderson's flippant nature means she'll even mock an undead super-fiend like Judge Death to his face.
  • Ultimate Marvel
    • Ultimatum: What can Nick Fury, a mere man, do against the nigh all-powerful Magneto, who had just rocked the planet with his powers? Share his knowledge about Mutants' true origin with a mental link from Jean Grey. This caused him to have a Villainous BSoD
    • Ultimate Galactus Trilogy: Xavier's telepathic contact and Reed's doomsday device were not enough to cause Gah Lak Tus any real harm, but he was scared by the unexpected resistance and left.
  • Star Wars (Marvel 2015): Darth Vader catches wind of Emperor Palpatine training a possible replacement and kills said replacement-in-training. Instead of trying to shift the blame, he lays the guy's corpse at the feet of the Emperor and admits to killing him.
    Palpatine: Are those lightsaber wounds, Vader?
    Darth Vader: You wish me to prove myself, Master. Give me a fight worthy of my time.
  • Lucifer: Hosteen Sam Begain informs Lucifer that he's trespassing: "Atse'hashke, this is my house, and you were not invited here."
  • The Quest for Kalevala: While in Tuonela, Donald laughs at the face of The Grim Reaper, just for the hell of it. In the epilogue, after Death pisses off Scrooge, Donald kicks him out of Scrooge's office.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Code Geass/Warhammer 40,000 crossover, Code Geass: There Is Only War, TAMAKI does this to Khorne. Yeah.
    Tamaki: Yeah, um, up yours, buddy. If you're the devil, you can kiss my ass and tempt someone else.
  • In Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns, the Wise Prince dwarven noble Guile Hero protagonist goes through a near-death experience and, thinking he's going to die, tells the Archdemon (who'd chosen that time to psychically assault him) to go screw itself. Needless to say, many chapters after he doesn't die, bad things happen.
  • During one fight in The Immortal Game, Rainbow Dash kicks Titan's avatar in the face. It doesn't hurt him much, but it does distract him long enough for Luna to run him through with her blade.
  • Zeno Blaze in Clash of the Elements does this quite literally to Joe Dark after he becomes a soul residing inside of Alex's body.
  • Mines of Dragon Mountain: After Tirac / The Beast reveals himself, Spike starts cracking up, leading to this:
    Spike: Y'know, when I heard that "The Demon God Tirac" was loose I was kinda expecting something more, I dunno, sinister and menacing! I really wasn't expecting some mugging chucklehead crooning clichés like a Saturday morning cartoon villain!
  • Hobbes does this in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, against Electro.
    "You couldn't catch a flea on a grandpa's knee! And ha, ha, ha! And ho, ho, ho! And I'll bet your mother wears overshoes!"
  • My Little Mages: The Nightmare's Return: When Nightmare Moon announces herself as the new Queen, someone in the crowd cuts her off by throwing a muffin at her (it was probably Derpy).
  • Justice League of Equestria: In Princess of Themyscira, Nightmare Moon engages Hippolyta in battle, but before she can cut the other mare down, Hippolyta's daughter Diana jumps on Nightmare Moon and distracts her long enough for Hippolyta to recover. At the time, Diana is less than one year old.
  • The Pony POV Series has several examples:
    Shining Armor: What? I'd finally found a weak spot in the jerk's armor, why not hit away at it?
  • In All That Happens Here Lauren has been captured and horribly tortured by the Dark. After learning rescue is not coming, she snaps and stands up to stare down her tormenter. It responds by breaking her leg and walks off laughing. She then stands back up on her broken leg and stares it down again. This, unfortunately, earns her and even more savage beating; but the creature isn't laughing anymore.
  • Equestria's First Human story Connor at the Royal Wedding: Connor vocally expresses his disgust at the implications of Chrysalis impersonating Cadence. The Queen is... not amused.
  • The Rise of Darth Vulcan: Darth Vulcan doesn't hesitate to tell Celestia and Luna exactly what he thinks of them, even when he's imprisoned and at their mercy.
    • He also does this literally to Sombra at one point.
  • In the Bait and Switch side story "An Anomalous Nightmare", Captain Kanril Eleya is very much not cowed when Q (as in John de Lancie) turns up. She starts by yelling at him to "get the phekk off my desk!" and continues from there.
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights: Joker does this to Chaos, the source of all evil, as he is being absorbed back into the nothingness from which he was born... and Chaos is impressed enough to not only spare him but form an alliance...
  • This is how Cherilee earns her Element in RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse. After she calls Corona out on her Ye Olde Butchered English, we get this exchange.
    Corona, The Tyrant Sun: My command of the tongue far surpasses thy own mangled—
    Cherilee: Command of the tongue... Well, Lyra says I'm out of practice, maybe you could show me some of your command...
  • Ginny spends the last few chapters of The Very Secret Diary talking back to Tom Riddle, knowing full well that he intends to use her to open the Chamber of Secrets and kill Muggle-borns. Increasingly impossible defiance and snide comments are all Ginny has to defend herself with by the end.
  • madsthenerdygirl's MCU Rewrites: In this rewrite of Avengers: Age of Ultron, during Ultron's attack on Sokovia, after he claims that he will take away people's hope, a little girl shows she's not having it by throwing a rock at one of his drones. Shortly after, Captain America gets one by claiming he will never be able to take hope away from people.
    Ultron: We will take everything from you, starting with hope.
    Iron Man: How do you propose to do that?
    Ultron: (shoots a car, causing to explode and sending civilians panicking) Simply through my actions.
    Little Girl: (throws a small rock at the back of Ultron's head, causing him to turn around; she simply glares at him defiantly)
    Ultron: (tries to take a shot at her, but Captain America jumps in the way and deflects the shot with his shield)
    Captain America: I don't think you understand, Program.
    Ultron: (Death Glare)
    Captain America: Yeah, Program, because that's what you are. You aren't capable of taking hope from people. And the more you try, the more you will fail.
  • In Discworld and The Big Bang Theory crossover The Many Worlds Interpretation, Leonard Hofstadter arrives on the Discworld and realises that, here, he'd be a Wizard rather than an experimental physicist.note . as a novice magic user, Leonard is inevitably assailed by Things from the Dungeon Dimensions. Reading his mind, one manifests in the form of Cthulhu to exploit an image of evil which Leonard is conditioned to feel terrified by. But Leonard has read TV Tropes and specifically, this page. Leonard rejects the offer to surrender his mind to them. "Cthulhu" then adopts the form of something utterly terrifying to Leonard Hoftadter. His mother.
  • Louise in Soldier of Zero taunts a Water Spirit, saying it, not humanity, is the insignificant one. Humans can go where they please and change their direction on a whim, while it is bound to follow the current and any attempts to change that will be slow and clumsy. Furthermore, a pair of young mages harmed it, what would ten do? Twenty? An army? It exists because humanity has not decided to destroy it. Notably, Louise is saying this while inside the Water Spirit's lake and is completely at its mercy.
  • In This Bites!, after the B.R.O.B. that put Cross in One Piece in the first place gets on Soundbite's line, Luffy has a few choice words for him:
    Luffy: STAY AWAY FROM MY CREW! (slams the mic down hard enough to crack the floor)
    • After attacking a Celestial Dragon's ship and stealing its Transponder Snail, Bartolomeo calls up the highest-ranking member of the World Government it knows to taunt them. Then he learns he just taunted the Five Elder Stars.
  • A good description of Xander in the final battle of Blue Moon, where Xander is the only pure human on the potential battlefield, with Xander's side consisting of the Cullens, the Denalis, the Quilettes, Willow, Dawn (who has portal-generating abilities as the Key) and around a dozen Slayers, facing the Volturi and a veritable army of demons. Even knowing that basically everyone on either side could kill him easily, Xander has no problem pointing out the various flaws in the Volturis’ justification for coming to Forks even when Caius is yelling at him face-to-face.
  • In Dreaming of Sunshine, Shikamaru is not impressed when his younger twin sister Shikako is possessed by a Genius Loci while she lays dying.
    Gelel: You would fight a god?
    Shikamaru: Yes. Give me back my sister.
  • In the side story Dude Gaiden of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, the titular Dude encounters MissingNo, who at this point has established itself as a Faux Affably Evil Eldritch Abomination who can just do anything it wants to anyone. Yet when it goes to try and troll the Dude just for kicks, not only the Dude turns it back on it, but basically tells the glitch to bug off.
  • Lord Ursarkar Creed, of Warhammer 40,000 fame, has become this on 1d4chan, having once beaten Tzeentch at chess, and taunted Abaddon into losing a Black Crusade, among other absurd feats.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Bakugou repeatedly mouths off to Death of the Endless, a being powerful enough to make fifth-dimensional beings wet themselves. Luckily for him, she finds it more amusing than anything.
  • In the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power fanfic Bird Song, when Catra returns from convincing Adora to help save Scorpia from a Horde suicide mission, Entrapa admits that now she needs help to not get murdered; while Catra was gone, Hordak confronted Entrapta to make her reveal the Magicat's plans, to which Entrapta responded by telling him to fuck off. Luckily for them, Hordak states that while both women are definitely on his shit list and the punishment for their actions will be a Fate Worse than Death, since Catra and Entrapta are his most valuable general and engineer, they're safe until he's completely sure their services are no longer required.
    Catra: "Tell me you're paraphrasing. Tell me you didn't tell Lord Hordak, the man who's literally the only reason you get food and a place to sleep, to fuck off?"
    Entrapta: I was mad.
  • Asuka does this as part of an If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her... speech to Kaworu in Advice and Trust, threatening to feed him to Unit-02 if he breaks Rei's heart.
  • In Fate Gamer Night, while raping Shirou, Shuten Douji in Mikado Ryouko's body comments that she has "A much better body than this fat cow". Shirou responds by asking if she's "a washboard".
  • The Story Of Twilight Glow: Twilight has little problem outright defying Nightmare Moon. She has equally little problem with snarking at Tirek, whom she outright calls out as a "cliche villain".
  • In the Resident Evil fanfic The Progenitor Chronicles, the MC (who has pretty much no real combat ability, mind) tries to get a Tyrant's attention away from Rebecca:
    The MC: “Hey! Mr. Fashion Disaster! Over here!”
  • The Weaver Option:
    • Asbrudael Vect is facing almost certain death when confronted by Morathi Uldanesh, High Priestess of Slaanesh. Rather than declaring his defiance, he tells Morathi that Lelith Hesperax is much more beautiful than her.
    • When the Daemon Prince Fulgrim arrives to challenge Weaver's forces, Ancient Pierre says his haircut looks stupid.
    • Taylor and Lelith are facing off against Daemon Prince Malekith Uldanesh. On learning he was the last Aeldari Emperor, Taylor notes the standards must have been pretty low if he got the job. Malekith is furious; Lelith is delighted.
    • Lelith comes face to face with Slaanesh, Doom of the Aeldari... and yawns in her face, saying she seems kind of weak.
  • Nero makes a habit of insulting the Olypmian Gods (but mostly Zeus) in Nero Redgrave and the Olympians. He knows they exist. He knows they can hear him. He doesn't care.
  • In It Takes a Child to Teach a Village, Izuku prevents the attack on the USJ... by chewing out several of the villains present over missing and/or shoddy homework assignments, including Tomura. While most of the villains aren't Izuku's students, they're freaked out by how terrified the others are and are thus cowed by a Quirkless teenager.

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Simpsons Movie, Cletus is enlisted to distract the giant, Big Brother-esque head of the EPA, so the rest of the town can climb to safety. Unfortunately, Homer foils this plan in his usual way.
  • Megamind has the titular character do this in an attempt to have the villain punch him into a stone wall where he could get behind the invisible car and retrieve the depowering gun.
    Titan: This is the last time you make a fool out of me!
    Megamind: I made you a hero! You did the "fool" thing all by yourself!
  • In The Transformers: The Movie, the Dinobots flip off Unicron in various ways, with Grimlock literally kicking him in the ass. While ineffective, they survive to brag about it.
  • In How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup orders Ruff and Tuff to do this the final battle against the Red Death, a monstrous dragon the size of Godzilla.
  • Near the end of Rise of the Guardians, just when a fear-empowered Pitch Black has Jamie and the Guardians cornered, Jack Frost pelts him with a snowball, interrupting his Evil Gloating and giving Jack and his friends time to escape.
  • The Book of Life:
    • Manolo is so determined to do whatever it takes to get back to Maria, that he flat out tells off Xibalba. When the death god gets in his face about it, he does not back down.
    • In a later scene when Manolo comes back to life and kisses Maria in front of Chakal. Chakal steps forward like he's about to attack but Manolo just sticks out his finger in a "give me a moment" gesture. Surprisingly it actually makes Chakal stop and let them finish.
  • In Superman Unbound, a miniaturized Lois Lane gives Brainiac a double-middle-finger while he's monologuing about how much humans suck.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Kia in Freddy vs. Jason, who distracted Freddy from the protagonists by taunting him openly. Unfortunately, it didn't work on Jason.
  • Happens in Deep Rising. Finnegan destroys one of the monster's eyes with his shotgun, allowing him and Trillian time to escape.
    Finnegan: What are you looking at? <BAM!>
  • "We need a diversion. Something fast...and loud." In Dog Soldiers, Private 'Spoon' Witherspoon is without a doubt the loudest character in the film. Spoon's also probably the only character crazy enough to stand around in the woods shouting and waving a flare when the area is crawling with werewolves.
    "Come and get some if you think you're hard enough!"
    • Worth pointing out this is the guy who not only flips off Cthulhu but beats the everloving shit out of it. He takes on a werewolf in a fist-fight and wins. Or at least, he was winning until another one came into the room and double-teamed him.
  • Merry and Pippin do it at the end of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring to allow Frodo to escape from the Uruk-hai. And then Aragorn does the same thing in Return of the King when he cuts off the Mouth of Sauron's head. You only see this in the extended edition, but as soon as that happens Sauron shifts his attention from a weakened Frodo bearing the Ring to the Black Gate and his dead servant.
  • Men in Black:
    • Kay and Jay both do it at the end of to the giant cockroach alien in order to keep him on Earth. Kay taunts him ("Do you know how many of your kind I've swatted with a newspaper? You are nothing but a smear on the sports page to me, you slimy, gut-sucking intestinal parasite! Eat me. EAT ME!") to get him to swallow him; then Jay steps on several normal cockroaches to distract him from getting on the spaceship until Kay can shoot him from the inside.
    • Earlier than that, the tow truck driver who's taking "Edgar"'s stolen truck doesn't get intimidated by him at all. When "Edgar" takes out his shotgun, the driver responds by flashing his own pistol with a very dismissive "Please...". Unfortunately for him, he still gets shot and killed.
  • John Constantine literally flips Satan off. Keanu Reeves has always been good at acting with his middle finger.
  • Aliens: "Get away from her, you bitch!" Followed by a Crowning Moment of Awesome as she successfully wins the fight.
  • Parodied (but of course!) in Kung Fu Hustle - after Sing mans up for the first time in his life and attacks the Beast with a stick to the head, he gets beaten into the ground for it. And he's just able to pick up a smaller stick and weakly bonk him on the head. It does get played straight after this, as the Landlord and Landlady immediately rescue him and flee the scene.
  • In the Tales from the Crypt movie Demon Knight, the Collector offers Irene her severed arm back (on a platter) in exchange for her soul. Her response manages to be both a Crowning Moment of Awesome and a Crowning Moment of Funny:
    (Irene lifts her stump)
    The Collector: Is that a yes?
    Irene: No. That's me giving you the finger, asshole!
  • The Badass Bystanders in Spider-Man who pelt the Green Goblin with objects mid-scheme, excoriating Goblin for trying to kill a guy who's trying to save a group of children, while expressing some heartwarming post-9/11 solidarity.
  • The Ghostbusters consider this and arming the proton packs, a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner. An especially notable incident occurs in the second film. Vigo paralyzes the Ghostbusters with a blast of energy, then steps past them to take Oscar. Lacking any other options, Venkman crawls toward Vigo and starts mocking and insulting him.
    Venkman: Not so fast, Vigo! Hey, Vigo, yeah you, the bimbo with the baby. Didn't you know the big shoulder look is out? You know, I have met some dumb blondes in my life, but you take the taco, pal. Only a Carpathian would come back to life now and choose New York. Tasty pick, bonehead! If you had Brain-One in that huge melon on top of your neck, you'd be living the sweet life out in southern California's beautiful San Fernando Valley.
    Abby: Rowan! Come get your virginity out of the lost and found!
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Davy Jones offers a mortally wounded James Norrington a chance to join his undead crew. James responds by stabbing him in the chest. Jones is unharmed, but it's still pretty satisfying. See it for yourselves. Even Davy Jones seems mildly impressed.
    Davy Jones: James Norrington. Do ya fear death?
    (Norrington stabs him and expires)
    Davy Jones: ...I'll take that as a "no." Nice sword.
  • In Iron Man 2, Ivan couches his attack on Tony at Monaco in this manner. Making God bleed and all that.
  • The Avengers:
    • This essentially what a dying Agent Coulson does to demigod Loki in one pivotal and awesome scene.
    • And earlier, done by an old man in Stuttgart after Loki did his Kneel Before Zod thing.
      Loki: ...In the end, you (people) will always kneel.
      Old Man: (stand up) Not to men like you.
      Loki: There are no men like me.
      Old Man: There are always men like you.
    • Tony Stark threatening Loki in the climax of the film can be considered this. Tony explains to him that he has made himself a huge target. With all Avengers rallied against him, no matter the outcome, he will be defeated, and if they cannot save the world, they will at least avenge it. Loki's response? Trying to stab Iron Man with his mind control staff - which his Arc Reactor absorbs the energy of - before throwing him out the window.
    • There's also an example of the supposed Cthulhu above trying to taunt a direct and bigger threat. As Hulk approaches, Loki tells him he's a god, he will not take crap from him. A bold statement when you are up against someone who took down not one, but two Chitauri leviathans. Hulk proceeds to flail Loki into submission, and encapsulates the whole beautifully with a dismissive "Puny god" as the Asgardian whimpers in pain.
  • Avengers: Infinity War has Star-Lord insulting Thanos to hell and back, calling him Grimace and telling that he's going to blow his "nutsack of a chin" off his face. Later in the film, he actually flips the bird in the middle of a battle with the Mad Titan.
  • Avengers: Endgame has two cases involving Thor: when a Fortnite player insults his friend Korg, Thor grabs the headset and does an over-the-top threat that sends the guy running for his father; and when showing the aftermath of The Avengers, Alexander Pierce demands Loki to be handed over to him, telling Thor that Odin can have the rest.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse:
    • Xavier twists En Sabah Nur's worldwide message to tell the strong to protect the weak if they can. Apocalypse's "bitch, please" expression at the sheer audacity is priceless.
      Apocalypse: Those with the greatest power, this Earth will be yours.
      Charles: Those with the greatest power... protect those without. That's my message to the world!
    • Shortly beforehand, Professor X dismisses Apocalypse's grand vision as nothing more than manipulation, and he continues his conversation with Erik as if his captor was just a nuisance who rudely interrupted them.
      Apocalypse: I've shown him a better way, a better world.
      Charles: (irritated) No, you've just tapped into his rage and pain, that's all you've done.
  • 15 years earlier, another Jeff Goldblum character did something similar in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), running and yelling to attract the attention of a group of pod people so that the main characters could escape.
  • Wrath of the Titans: When Ares tries to kill Perseus, the latter's son, Helius, briefly challenges Ares, buying his father time.
  • Man of Steel:
    • Colonel Hardy refuses to back down when negotiations with the Kryptonians move in a threatening direction.
    Faora: Should I tell the General you are unwilling to comply?
    Hardy: I don't care what you tell him.
    • Martha Kent also does this with General Zod, telling him to go to hell.
  • In Pacific Rim, after Striker Eureka is disabled, the Hansens weigh up their options, then continue the engagement with flare-guns. They do manage to torch one of Leatherback's eyes... even though that doesn't do much but piss him off. Even they know it was something really stupid.
  • In Gladiator, Maximus regularly does this to Commodus throughout the film. What stops Commodus from simply ordering him executed is that he's so egotistical, he knows that the crowd will never embrace him if he kills their favourite gladiator.
  • In The Hobbit, Thorin uses insults to divert Smaug's attention and also make use of Smaug's fire breath in an Indy Ploy.
  • In John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), R.J. MacReady replies "Well fuck you too!" after the titular Thing shrieks at him. Right before blowing it to hell with a thrown stick of dynamite.
  • Irwin M. Fletcher does this several times in Fletch and its sequel. His Deadpan Snarker routine is immutable, no matter who he's dealing with and no matter how close he is to being shot. He does it with the cops that just nailed him in the solar plexus while they were beating up Gummy, the two big cops who arrest him later, Chief Karlin, his editor Frank Walker, and Alan Stanwyk. In Fletch Lives, he snarks the sheriff, "Ben Dover," and Hamilton Johnson.
  • During the climax of Deadpool, after slaying all of Ajax's goons, Deadpool responds to Ajax's question of what's my name in the most Deadpool way he possibly could by taking the dead bodies and arranging them to spell out FRANCIS just to piss Ajax off. He even uses a severed head as the dot for the I and he even pulls down the pants on one of the dead bodies.
  • In The Dark Crystal, Aughra cusses out (in her language) the Skeksis for sending their mooks to burn down her observatory rather than just asking her for the location of the Gelfling.

  • In K.A. Applegate's Animorphs, Jake to Crayak, repeatedly. In the third Megamorphs book, the rest of the team does this to Crayak by bringing Jake back to life.
  • The Camp Half-Blood Series by Rick Riordan:
    • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
      Grover: They're not going to like that. They'll think you're impertinent. [After inserting a few drachmas into the package, it promptly disappears with a pop]
      Percy: I am impertinent.
      • Later, he ends up snarking to most of the Greek/Roman gods at some point. And in the Demigods and Magicians crossover, he gets to snark at an Egyptian goddess as well.
    • The Heroes of Olympus: Iris, the Messenger goddess, is trapped in her store with an army of monsters, and Polybotes, outside. She throws a ding-dong at him.
  • In N. R. Eccles-Smith's High Fantasy series, DragonCalling the satyr, Norf, has a tendency to spout angry insults as a coping mechanism during moments of stress; unfortunately he also does this at the creature/s causing the stress (eg. When he hurls insults at the harpies of Mistwood that have surrounded their camp, or when he verbally abuses Scimitar Dancer, despite being at the hemlan captain’s mercy).
  • Tolkien's Legendarium:
    • The Lord of the Rings:
      • Exploited when an army of 7000 soldiers and most of the Fellowship's surviving members are mustered for the sole purpose of Flipping Off Sauron, just so Frodo can get the Ring to Mount Doom.
      • Aragorn also explains one morning that he used the Palantir the night before, to taunt Sauron himself directly.
      • In Moria, Legolas, Gimli, and Gandalf all panic at the sight of the Balrog. Boromir, however, blows his horn as if in the challenge of it. The echoing sound of the horn not only makes the Orcs go quiet for a few seconds, it actually makes the Balrog pause.
      • When the Nazgûl start searching in the Shire, Hamfast Gamgee tells one of them that Frodo is gone and that where Frodo has gone is no business of either of them. The idea of a three-foot old man telling an armor-clad demon to piss off and mind his own business is... low-key awe-inspiring.
    • In The Silmarillion, Melkor turns up at Fëanor's house and asks if he'd like to come to Middle-Earth with him. Fëanor is about to accept when Melkor implies he wants Fëanor's Silmarils, and Fëanor calls him "jail-crow of Mandos" and slams the door in his face. Please note that Melkor is the most powerful being ever created, and is the equivalent of Satan.
    • The Children of Húrin: When Morgoth tells Húrin that he created Arda and will give him great power if he serves him, Húrin immediately throws the offer in Morgoth's face and declares him a liar. This results in Morgoth cursing his entire family with tragedy and destruction.
  • In Eric Flint and David Freer's book Pyramid Scheme, our heroes find themselves trapped in the world of Greek mythology and caught up in a war against the gods of Olympus. At one point, Zeus, king of the Olympians, is about to start blasting people with thunderbolts. Henri Lenoir, visiting French botanist, proceeds to deliver a blistering salvo of insults in true Gallic fashion, distracting Zeus at the cost of his own life until the others can escape.
  • Young Wizards:
    • Kit did this in whale form.
    • Most other minor characters in the series have to do a Heroic Sacrifice to provide a distraction. All of the main characters in Book Of Night With Moon attempt or succeed in a Heroic Sacrifice just to delay the Big Bad, although most of them do get better later. Pitting preteen humans or housecats against the machinations of the eldest, fairest, and fallen means any form of victory is going to fall between this and Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?.
    • A more classic and slightly subverted version of this trope appears in A Wizard Abroad when a bard-kitten pisses off the Big Bad by mocking it using elaborate verse. It makes the Lone Power angry which is exactly what allowed the heroes to defeat it. In order to destroy the body the Lone Power was using, the heroes had to throw The Spear of Destiny through its Eye of Death. However, the Lone One was keeping its eye shut and just letting the heroes get crushed by the Mooks. The kitten's taunts caused it to attack directly, which allowed the heroes to counterstrike and destroy it.
    • In the related title Book Of Night With Moon, Urruah strides through a cat's mythological reenactment of Lucifer's fall and sharpens his claws on the impressive scenery about five feet away from the Lone Power in the form of a giant, godlike snake before striding back and remarking he should have sprayed it as well.
  • The Warcraft novelization trilogy The War of the Ancients pulls this off, combining it with Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Brox actually managing to injure Sargeras. It was a small scratch, but when you realize how powerful we know Sargeras is (about three levels above the Big Bads normally seen; the "destroy planet with a flick of the hand" level of power), not to mention that little trick is what ultimately won the war, it's quite a feat.
  • Harry Dresden in The Dresden Files lives off this trope in every single book. It's a habit that he can't entirely control. In many cases, his internal monologue will say something like, "I wisely chose to keep my mouth shut," and then he'll say something incensive out loud anyway, out of reflex. Ironically, this has probably helped him survive as long as he has because persistently dissing every heavy-hitter he meets has convinced a lot of them that he has something similarly powerful backing him up. Notable examples:
    • From Dead Beat:
      Harry: [to Lasciel the Temptress] And by any chance does all this knowledge and power and good advice come for only three easy installments of nineteen ninety-five plus shipping and handling? Or maybe it comes with a bonus set of knives tough enough to saw through a nail, yet can still cut tomatoes like this.
      Lasciel: You aren't nearly as funny as you think you are.
      Harry: [to Cowl] Touché, O dark master of evil bathrobes.
      Harry: [to Cowl (again)] And again I do answer thee. Bite me.
    • In Summer Knight, when charging into a pitched battle between the rival Faerie courts:
    • In Changes, he starts mouthing off to one of the most powerful creatures on the planet, in its own lair, surrounded by its ravenous army.
      Murphy: Do you have to piss off everyone you meet?
      Harry: If I didn't, he might feel left out.
    • Against a guy who is about to brutally beat Harry to death with a baseball bat:
      Harry: You're, like, the fifth-scariest person I've met today.note 
    • While in the domain of a god Harry almost stays quiet, then decides that he's insulted everything smaller, it'd be rude not to. He'd already snarked at the god's servants (although that was by mistake).
    • A fuller list includes: several Red Court nobles; the Red King; most of the existing Fallen Angels, but especially Nicodemus; several White Court nobles, including the White King himself; a Black Court wizard-level zombie magic thing; the heirs to a wizard who took on the entirety of the rest of the wizarding world and wouldn't stay dead; supernatural hitmen who could level city blocks with a thought; Faerie nobles of all shapes and sizes; every single Faerie Queen (there are six, three per court, only four of which ever leave the Nevernever, it's complicated); the leader of the Wild Hunt; Uriel (in a more polite fashion than usual); Odin; a dragon (think less scales and more casual earth-shattering power); a maenad; a Bigfoot; The Merlin; human mooks of all shapes, sizes, and survivabilities; Santa Claus; a couple of Eldritch Abominations (one of which he literally flipped off), and Marcone.
    • This becomes one of his tactics against Ethniu in Battle Ground with fairly sound reasoning: Ethniu's Titanic bronze armor is impenetrable by most everything so long as she believes that she's invincible. Therefore, by constantly insulting and snarking at her, she begins to think she's not all up to snuff, making her more vulnerable in the process. It also makes her furious which means she makes increasingly irrational decisions out of anger. Eventually Marcone catches on to Harry's plan and joins in on the snarking when it's just him and Harry against her.
  • Jim Butcher likes writing characters who box outside their weight class. In Codex Alera, Tavi of Calderon flips off arch-mages, ancient wolf warriors, zerg knock-offs, and physical gods on a roughly weekly basis. Like his Take a Third Option tendencies, it becomes possible to track him by invoking this trope.
  • In The Salvation War: Armageddon, happens when Gordon Brown says "Sod off, Baldrick" in reply to The Message and Satan's message that humanity now belongs to him, then revealing that he has a cunning plan to deal with the situation.
    • And in a hilarious use of the trope, Michael the archangel intentionally does this to Yahweh when he delivers a heap of bad news to him. He doesn't insult Him directly, but he does do his bit of snarking... and he KNOWS what Yahweh's reaction would be to the news.
  • Near the end of Feet of Clay, golem-turned-watchman Dorfl refuses to express belief in any of the gods of the Discworld unless one of their believers can give him a well-reasoned argument. He's promptly hit with a lightning bolt in retaliation, but the only effect it has on his ceramic self is melting his armor, prompting Dorfl to respond "I Don't Call That Much Of An Argument." Commander Vimes is amused at the prospect of the gods having to deal with a lightning-proof atheist.
  • In the Dragonlance last book, Tasslehoff Burrfoot, a member of the Kender race—which are chronically bored, are impulsive kleptomaniacs and considered little more than a pest by the other people of the world—managed to do this to Chaos the father of ALL the Gods, using lots of insults—Kenders are able to come up with insults against anything—to distract him while the other people in the battle attempt to make him bleed, for his blood is required to vanish him. In the end, he not only distracts Chaos efficiently, but, using his small knife, cuts him, and the blood coming from that cut is the one used to win the battle.
    • In the Dark Disciple trilogy, Atta (A dog) bites Chemosh (The god of Death) in the ankle.
      • That didn't just distract him—another god Majere used Atta's teeth as the vessel of his wrath to let Chemosh know that he was not happy with Chemosh's recent actions.
  • IT by Stephen King evokes this when Eddie sprays his asthma inhaler on It. He does it twice, once when he's a kid and again a few decades later; it works because Eddie believes it will hurt It, and what really hurts It is belief. Unfortunately, it doesn't work so well the second time around when It bites his arm off, killing him.
  • The Magic: The Gathering novel, Test of Metal, has the protagonist, Tezzeret, tells Nicol Bolas, the nigh-omnipotent 25,000-year-old Elder Dragon, that he's "stupid" and condescendingly tries to explain what the words 'thank you mean'. Bolas is not amused. Then it turns out the Bolas he flipped off was just an inferior copy the original made to carry out his plans.
  • In The Elenium, Berit hurls an ax at the god Azash which makes the Elder God flinch, allowing Sparhawk to shove Bhelliom where Azash was emasculated.
  • In Life, the Universe and Everything, after a flying party ship is attacked by Krikkit robots trying to steal the award for the most gratuitous use of the word "fuck", or "Belgium" in some editions. (It Makes Sense in Context.) Arthur Dent and the others prepare to flee but are delayed by Thor (yes, THAT Thor) who wants to keep Trillian with him. Arthur then asks him one question:
    Arthur: Do you want to step outside?
    • This works as intended, as Thor steps outside (read: steps off of the flying party and into thin air) and the others flee without fear of a long argument killing them.
  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel has Billy The Kid threatening his master, Quetzalcoatl with an ax. Considering the potential consequences, that took balls. In The Sorceress, after Cernunnos points a sword at the heroes, Sophie tells him it's not polite to point.
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen:
    • Quick Ben, a mage, does this for fun—and gets away with it. There is a very long list of gods and rulers he has pissed off during the course of his career.
    • Three gods once cursed Kallor to live forever and never Ascend. He cursed them right back. And it worked.
  • In The Divine Comedy, Vanni Fucci di Pistoia, a thief who was sent to hell, literally flips off God.
  • In The Stand, Glen Bateman responds to Flagg asking him to kneel with mocking laughter. Glen finds it hilarious that he and his friends ever feared Flagg. Glen gets shot to death for his trouble, but he does contribute to Flagg's Villainous Breakdown.
  • In The Wheel of Time, the Aiel essentially have a culture-wide oath to do this. When asked how long they will fight, the answer is "'Till shade is gone, 'till water is gone, into the Shadow with teeth bared, screaming defiance with the last breath, to spit in Sightblinder's eye on the Last Day." And they bloody mean it literally.
  • In the Uplift novel Heaven's Reach, Emerson refuses the Retired Ones and explains why as "You never said 'please'."
  • In the Monster Hunter International books, series hero Owen makes it a point to tease the enormous Agent Franks every time they meet, even after he learns that Franks was the inspiration for Frankenstein's Monster.
  • Trang Barok of The First Dwarf King regularly mocks his boss, the demon Pathruushkè to the latter's face. Justified, since they're in a Can't Kill You, Still Need You situation.
  • Good Omens: Shortly before being burned at the stake, Agnes Nutter told the mob that was out for her blood these Famous Last Words:
    "Gather ye ryte close, I saye, and marke well the fate of alle who meddle with suche as theye do none understande." She then looked up at the sky and said "That goes for you as welle, yowe daft old foole."
    • Subverted, as she was actually addressing Shadwell in the future, as she was psychic and knew Shadwell would have a dream about her death.
  • Journey to Chaos: Zettai has one such moment in Looming Shadow, when she mouths off to the local Grim Reaper. "You’re not a god; you’re a worm on a power trip". This gets her soul ripped from her body. Fortunately, she's a Bladi by this point so she's still conscious enough to put it back in, after an assist from Kallen and her Campione Cannon.
  • In the Deptford Mouselets book Whortle's Hope, Virianna taunts the rat goddess Mabb to get her to come out of hiding and fight with her. She says she is "naught but a shifter of shadows and a causer of bad dreams".
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    "Spoken like a true autocrat."
  • In the fairy tale "Godfather Death", a poor man looking for a godfather for his newborn son is approached by both God and the Devil with the offer to help him out, but he refuses both of them, telling them to their face that God is not doing his job right, and that the Devil is a con man. This has no apparent consequences for him.
  • In The Divine Cities, Vohannes Votrov — knowing he won't survive the encounter anyway — proceeds to taunt Kolkan with all the ways in which he doesn't follow the god's many insane rules.
  • Experimental Film: Lady Midday offers Lois whatever she wants for herself and her family, most notably a cure for her son Clark's autism, if she'll worship Lady Midday and do Her work. Lois angrily refuses, saying that the cured Clark would just be a fake and not her real child, and that she won't help Lady Midday hurt and kill others in exchange for that. Lady Midday is about to cut off Lois's head, but she is saved by Wrob, who knocks her aside begging Lady Midday to choose him as Her servant instead. Lady Midday cuts off his head and vanishes.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Angel, this is the guiding force behind many of Angel's actions in the later seasons; as he begins to understand the scope of the main antagonist's power, his main aim changes from punching them out to pissing them off. It all comes to a head in the series finale where it's revealed Wolfram and Hart are too extensive to ever be truly beaten, so he decides to murder a succession of high-level members to tell the entirety of Hell that they can suck it.
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead: During the Grand Finale, Ash gets the attention of Kandar the Destroyer by calling out to it and flipping it off. Then he kills it with the help of a tank.
  • In Babylon 5, while it didn't accomplish anything but make Vir out to be awesome (and set the stage for a little karmic justice later on), he does give Mr. Morden (and by extension the Shadows) a 50-story-tall middle finger telling him what he wants.
    • For those who've never seen the series...
      Morden: What do you want?
      Vir: I'd like to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and stick it on a pike, as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come with too high a price. I want to look up into your lifeless eyes and wave, like this. [Vir does a mocking cutesy wave] Can you and your associates arrange that for me, Mr. Morden?
      • Made more awesome later in the series when Londo presents Vir with exactly that near the end of the third season, and Vir does as he promised he would. Londo must have had hidden ears on that conversation.
    • Also how Ivanova managed to convince the Walkers of Sigma 957, who can destroy a spaceship just by passing by, to join the fight against the Shadows. They apparently had issues with the Vorlons.
      Ivanova: The Vorlons said you wouldn't be up for this; in fact the last time the Shadows came, they said they did all the work for you. Come to think of it, we've got the Vorlons. We really don't need much more help, do we? I mean the Vorlons are pretty much perfect, aren't they?
      Walkers: [Angry-sounding talk about the Vorlons]
      Ivanova: We'll let you know when it's over, so you can come out of hiding.
      Walkers: When it is time, come to this place. Call our name. We will be here.
    • Garibaldi deliberately tries to do this in the process of an assassination plot on the Vorlon ambassador.
    • Later, in "Interludes and Examinations", Sheridan is trying to convince Kosh to get the Vorlons (themselves Sufficiently Advanced Aliens) to intervene against the shadows. Kosh doesn't want to get involved, so Sheridan starts flipping him off. Kosh responds by telekinetically pushing him around, but Sheridan persists.
      Sheridan: You said you wanted to teach me to fight legends! Well, you're a legend, too, and I am not going away until you agree!
      Kosh: Incorrect. [shoves Sheridan by TK] Leave. Now.
      Sheridan: No.
      Kosh: Disobedient!
      Sheridan: Up yours! [Kosh slaps him, draws blood] So the real Kosh shows his colors at last, huh? Are you angry now? Angry enough to kill me?
      [Sheridan continues flipping off Kosh. Kosh suspends him against a wall]
      Sheridan: Go ahead. Maybe one more death will help balance out the books. Go on. Get it over with. Save us both the trouble later.
    • Then, in "Into the Fire", Sheridan has drawn the Shadows into an area the Vorlons are about to attack. As soon as they see each other, they ignore the Army of Light also on site, so Sheridan decides to "get their attention" by detonating three nukes in their midst. Lyta Alexander, psychically probing them at the time, reports on their reaction to Sheridan's "wake-up call": "Captain...they're pissed."
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Graduation Day Part 2", Buffy taunts the mayor about stabbing Faith to lure him into the library, which is packed with explosives.
    Buffy: Hey! You remember this? I took it from Faith. Stuck it in her gut. Just slid in her like she was butter. You want to get it back from me...Dick?
  • Deadliest Catch:
    The Bering Sea: [sends three tons of freezing spray across the deck of one of the ships]
    Deckhand: Is that all you've got?
    Narrator: It's never wise to taunt the Bering Sea.
    The Bering Sea: [waits a few seconds, then sends a larger wave to try to wash the entire deck crew off the ship]
  • Defiance: Near the end of season 2, as the Kaziri is preparing to enact its plan — putting all its followers in safety in stasis and then forcibly terraforming the planet — it reaches out to Doc Yewll via a hologram of her deceased wife and offers her a spot aboard the ship. But Yewll, being dedicated towards atoning for her war crimes, has only one thing to say:
    "Tell the Kaziri to shove her offer up her virtual ass."
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor can be counted on doing this when faced with any sort of super powerful being, whether Sutekh, Omega, a living sun, the Time Lords, and the list could go on and on.
    • When facing certain death from the Daleks in "The Parting of the Ways", Captain Jack simply retorts "I kind of figured."
    • The Doctor repeatedly mocks Satan in "The Satan Pit", just before sending him to die in a black hole.
    • "The Stolen Earth": Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister yes, we know who you are, has a similar scene, right after using her subwave network to call the Doctor.
      Harriet: (to the Daleks) Oh, you have no idea of any human. And that will be your downfall.
    • "A Good Man Goes to War": Rory Williams tells the Cybermen "Don't give me those blank looks!"
  • Game of Thrones:
    • At the end of Season 1, Barristan Selmy's reaction to being forcibly retired is to draw his sword, tell off the king and his court, then storm out like he owns the place.
    • In "Mhysa", Joffrey accuses Tywin of hiding under Casterly Rock during Robert's Rebellion. Tywin responds by dismissing him from the meeting and sedating him.
    • Sansa Stark calls Ramsay Snow a bastard, to his face. The last person who did that was shot at point-blank range with an arrow.
    • The Smalljon holds nothing but contempt to the Boltons and continues to insult both Ramsay and the late Roose even while trying to barter an alliance with him.
    • At Tyrion's wedding to Sansa, Joffrey insults Tyrion when he continues abusing (and threatening to rape) Sansa even though she should now be untouchable due to being under Tyrion's marital protection and being Joffrey's aunt by marriage. Tyrion reacts by loudly and furiously threatening to castrate him in public, despite the king's reputation for insane brutality (and, true to form, Tyrion comes out unscathed, at least physically). In the end, he doesn't get to foreshorten Joffrey, but neither does Joffrey get to have his way with Sansa. Indeed, it's the only time in the series where Joffrey ultimately doesn't get what he wants.
  • Nico Saiba of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid did this several times, best shown by her attacking Kamen Rider Genm with a mop.
  • A Sesame Street special set at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has Big Bird stand up to the god of death, Osiris.
  • Pretty much the entire SGC gets off on doing this in the Stargate-verse. Even President Hayes gets in on it at one point in "Lost City". Best summed up by this quote from "Zero Hour":
    Ba'al: You dare mock me?
    Jack O'Neill: Oh, come on, Ba'al. You should know. Of course I dare mock you.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: And how does Commander Sisko greet the omnipotent, god-like, so-far-beyond-human-ken-one-can't-comprehend Q when they meet for the first time? By knocking him on his ass, to Q's utter astonishment. And it works so well that Q never shows his face in the series ever again!
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • "Skin of Evil" saw the crew out to rescue Troi and a crewman from a crashed shuttle and encountering Armus. He takes the shuttle crew hostage, while repeatedly harassing and threatening the landing party - including killing Tasha Yar just to demonstrate its power. When the crew discovers that they can beam the shuttle crew to safety if Armus is sufficiently distracted, Picard himself beams down to confront him - engaging in a debate and purposefully angering him.
    Picard: You say you are true evil? Shall I tell you what true evil is? It is to submit to you. It is when we surrender our freedom, our dignity, instead of defying you.
    Armus: I will kill you and those in there.
    Picard: But you will still be in this place. Forever! Alone! Immortal!
    Armus: AAAAAAARGH!!!
    Picard: That's your real fear, never to die; never again to be united with those who left you here!
    Picard: I'm not taking you anywhere. [beams out]
    • The Enterprise crew also treats the omniscient and omnipresent god like being Q as a mere annoyance despite the fact he has the ability to warp reality to his whim and make life an eternal nightmare for anyone who annoys him. One particular example is when Q is turned mortal as punishment for his interference with humanity where he is basically told to "die" by Worf.
  • Star Trek: Voyager has "Coda," which sees a whole fantasy sequence set up by the alien personification of death, that's designed to lure Captain Janeway into an afterlife, so the alien can feed on her body. This fantasy includes the alien itself taking the appearance of Janeway's father. Fortunately, Janeway is too much of a Determinator for even death itself to stand between her and Voyager, and tells them off in grand fashion:
    Janeway: Go back to Hell, coward.
  • Supernatural:
    • Played straight in the Season 5 finale, in which Castiel interrupts what would be the final confrontation between Lucifer and Michael by yelling "Hey! Assbutt!" and throwing a Molotov cocktail filled with holy oil at Michael, causing him to disintegrate. This doesn't kill Michael and is only meant to give Dean some alone time with the Devil to try to get through to his vessel. Dean himself seems to forget the severity of the situation for a moment when the absurdity of Castiel's wording hits him. Unfortunately, Lucifer (the Cthulhu of this incident) does not have such a lighthearted reaction to this, and even almost quotes the name of this trope before blowing Castiel up in a bloody mess. "Castiel...did you just Molotov my brother...with holy fire?" "" Lucifer snaps his fingers; Castiel explodes.
    • Most of the interactions the Winchesters have with gods, demigods, higher-ranked demons, and archangels comes to this, including Dean telling a room of gods "We can either take on the Devil together, or you lame-ass bitches can eat me. Literally."
    • One of Dean's Establishing Character Moments in the pilot episode is this — after the ghost of Constance Welch possesses the Impala and nearly runs Sam and Dean down, forcing Dean to dive into a river to avoid it, Dean hauls himself out of the water, checks over the Impala, and then loudly proclaims "That Constance chick, what a bitch!" You know, just in case the ghost is still around to hear what he thinks of her.
    • Castiel had another one of these earlier in the season when he trapped the much-more-powerful Raphael in a ring of holy fire to interrogate him. Afterward, as Cas prepares to leave him there, Raphael threatens to hunt him down and kill him. Cas' response?
      "Maybe one day. But today, you're my little bitch."
    • Likewise, Gabriel gets one of these in "Hammer of the Gods" after Lucifer rips his way through a horde of pagan gods and has him on the ropes (even if it doesn't end well).
      "Lucifer, you are my brother and I love you, but you are a great big bag of dicks."
  • Teen Wolf: Stiles has a habit of pissing off insanely powerful creatures and people who already don't like him.

  • In The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Nightmares the Clown is an expy of the Monster Clown from It and a recurring nemesis of drunken mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Sadie, however, finds clowns hilarious and is incapable of taking him seriously. Instead, she constantly makes jokes about his being a clown and gets in the way of his feeding on fear.
    Sadie: He is walking towards me. Do not slip on a banana peel! (whisper) I secretly hope he does slip on a banana peel!
    Frank: Sadie, please, do not taunt the nightmare clown monster.
    Sadie: Or what? He'll get in his small car with all his other friends and drive away! Oh! They can use the high occupancy vehicle lane.
    Nightmares: Really, I'm not that kind of clown...
  • In The Adventure Zone's Balance Arc, the big bad is a Universe-consuming dark dimension called the Hunger Merle, the party cleric, gained the ability to meet with its human embodiment, John, spent almost sixty years in diplomatic meetings with him, and ultimately told him to piss off.
    Merle: Kiss my ass, you sanctimonious bastard.


  • Destroy the Godmodder is a prime breeding ground for this trope. It includes people flipping off the Godmodder himself, and anything else down the line. It doesn't always end well, like when Piono called TwinBuilder useless.
    • Literally done during the original and no longer canon epilogue of DTG2 when Erelye flipped off the Narrative and Conflict, the two omnipresent and omnipotent forces of plot in existence.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer: The End Times has perhaps the biggest example of all when it comes to the four Chaos Gods. First, it was Nagash, the most powerful of necromancers offering him a high position in his army of the dead and the chance to be a pillar in his ascent to Godhood. Then it was all four Chaos Gods offering him everything they could ever offer, up to the chance to be a Lesser God with a new golden body and unimaginable power and riches. Neither of them got anything from Settra the Imperishable when they made their offers to him, he spat upon both their offers and promised to murder them all for even daring to imply he'd ever be anyone's subordinate. Because Settra does not serve, Settra rules.

    Video Games 
  • Dead Space 2: 11 words sum up the final boss fight Goddamn it, I trusted you! Fuck you, and fuck your marker!
  • At the end of Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten, Valvatorez doesn't just subvert God's will by saving the Earth from divine annihilation - he rubs it in God's face afterward.
  • A Doom mod called Brutal Doom features a near-literal example of this trope. One button is assigned a command 'offend'. Upon pressing that button the Space Marine rases the middle finger and yells out an insult. It actually sends some demons into a berserk mode.
  • Dragalia Lost has this happen in High Jupiter's story in the past. During his quest to collect the Greatwyrms to fight against the Dyrenell Empire, Jupiter gave him a Sadistic Choice: kill a family member, or kill 1000 strangers. Aurelius decided to Take a Third Option: walk right up to the giant dragon that could vaporize him into ash....and slap him in the face like a spoiled child. Jupiter was so impressed by the guts it took that he signed on.
  • One way to tackle the large Undead Ogre in Dragon Age: Origins's "Return to Ostagar" DLC is to have the Warden distract it, while the rest of the team tackles the very squishy Darkspawn necromancer keeping it (un)alive. It doesn't get you a badass killing animation, but it can be done with a massively underpowered party.
    • Dragon Age: Origins also lends itself to MMO-like tactics in most places, most notably with Flemeth. Since she never moves away from her starting position and her tactics are set up so that she will melee characters rather than spitting fireballs if it is possible, the easiest way to kill her is to take Wynne, either Sten or Alistair, Leliana, and a mage or archer rogue Warden along, have the warrior flip Flemeth off, have Wynne heal and buff the warrior, and have Leliana and the Warden spam Flemeth with ranged attacks.
    • Early in Dragon Age II, Hawke has repeated opportunities to be an incredible smartass toward Flemeth, confirmed in the previous game to be a Humanoid Abomination at the very least, and confirmed in this game to be capable of circumventing her own death. Flemeth actually seems to like Hawke better when Hawke mouths off at her.
    • Hawke can similarly deflate the ego of Hybris, a Pride Demon, in the middle of his Breaking Speech over accidentally letting him loose:
    Hawke: (deadpan) Summoned a horror. Of course. Why wouldn't I do that?
    • In the Legacy DLC, after releasing Corypheus, an Ancient Darkspawn that was originally one of the Tevinter Magisters that broke into the Golden City from the Grey Warden prison he's been sealed in for a thousand years, Hawke can snark at his confusion why the Deep Roads are in ruin and these slaves from the Imperium have the nerve to talk back to him.
    Hawke: You're a Darkspawn. Dark. Spawn. Ravaging the Deep Roads, spreading the Blight, does any of this ring a bell?
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2: When the Player Character inadvertently interrupts Beerus's conversation with Goku during the events of Battle of Gods while fighting the Time Breakers, the God of Destruction gets quite miffed. Mira eventually tells Beerus to shut up, leaving Beerus gobsmacked that anyone would take such a tone with him. He then decides that Mira is interesting so he'll let them have a few minutes to fight.
  • In Drakan, Arokh was not pleased at having been awoken by Rynn, especially just to rescue her brother. Rynn, obviously not amused at having her brother spoken so poorly of, talks him down. Only then was Arokh willing to listen to what she had to say because he was legitimately impressed at how she was willing to stand up to him despite the fact that he is a dragon that could have toasted her right then and there.
  • Dwarf Fortress: It's probably wrong to use Hell itself, from which the insatiable demon hordes issue forth to ravage the world, as a garbage disposal, but if so, I don't want to be right.
    (Warning: TV Tropes takes no responsibility for any fun which may ensue from attempts to replicate this. Proceed at your own your dwarves' risk.)
  • During the Final Battle of EarthBound, Ness and his party are facing off Giygas, a Cosmic Horror who has become one of the go-to examples of Eldritch Abomination next to Cthulhu himself. Porky, his Dragon who may or may not have defied him at this point, not only insults him to his face, but talks about him almost as if he's a dog that he's trying to sic on somebody. That somebody happens to be Ness and his friends. Keep in mind that Giygas has gone utterly mad by that point, so he is just as much a danger to Porky as he is to the party.
  • Shadow does this in Final Fantasy VI, when he pins Kefka between the components of the Warring Triad. This frees the party from Kefka's stasis spell but then they're knocked away and have to flee before the Floating Continent falls apart. If you wait until almost the last second, Shadow will catch up, unscathed from a one-on-one battle with the new god of the world.
  • At the end of Golden Sun: The Lost Age, in the cutscene prior to the final boss fight, Jenna outright sasses The Wise One, a sentient Philosopher's Stone with enough power to redirect a volcanic eruption and which has just been referred to as "more like a god" by another character. To its credit, The Wise One doesn't take the bait, nor does it react to Ivan complimenting Jenna on the diss. It has more important matters to attend to.
    • In Dark Dawn, one of your goals is to get a feather from the Mountain Roc that is worshipped by the people of Morgal. You do this by bitchslapping it in the wattle. Sveta, a citizen of Morgal, complains that "one does not just pluck the feathers of divinity".
  • A hilarious one happens in the tutorial of Heroes of the Storm, where Jim Raynor, just a mere human from a sci-fi background with no involvement in religious and knowledge about angel or devil, faces Diablo, a Devil figure and Abstract Eater, who reacts accordingly when he sees a mortal:
    Diablo: How tastes your fear, mortal?
    Raynor: I wouldn't know, I'm not sure you can actually taste fear.
    • Their next encounter, Diablo repeats that, pissing Raynor off and prompting him to 'school' the devil:
    Diablo: I shall feast upon your terror!
    Stitches (Diablo's ally): Mm-hmm. He right. No taste fear.
    Raynor: Y'see? Stinky here gets it!
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Aquaman combines this with Blasphemous Boast when he makes demands of Ares.
    Ares: You presume to command me?
    Aquaman: I do! And you will obey!
  • In Kingdom Hearts II, Auron does this a couple of times to Hades, despite that he had offered to give him a second chance at life.
    Hades: Did you forget who you're talking to?! I am the lord of the dead!
    Auron: No wonder no one wants to die.
    Hades: YOU ARE FIRED!
    • Not long after this, we get Team SDG escaping Cerberus. As the door closes, the three of them give one final insult through mocking faces.
  • As of Mass Effect 2, Commander Shepard has managed to piss off the entire Reaper fleet to the point where they're all after him/her personally.
    Harbinger: Shepard, you have become an annoyance.
    • Not just the Reapers, though they certainly out-Cthulhu anything else in the series. Shepard has essentially made a career out of flipping off every Cthulhu s/he comes across, which is often followed up by punching them out.
    • In Mass Effect 3, Shepard can pull off one in the Rannoch mission.
      Shepard: Never mind, I'll tell them myself.
  • Any MMORPG you can name uses it as a game mechanic. The Tank serves as the one flipping Cthulhu off, while the DPS goes to town punching out Cthulhu, and the healer makes sure the tank is able to KEEP flipping off the big bad.
  • You can do this in any version of the Monster Hunter series. Step 1: Find a monster way above your level in an urgent quest or a scripted invasion scene. Step 2: Pick up a rock or a paintball or something similar. Step 3: Throw it at the monster's face and run like hell. It doesn't usually do anything useful though. For bonus points, try using one of the taunting gestures after getting its attention with a tickling item throw.
  • Mortal Kombat X gives us Cassie Cage, daughter of Johnny Cage. She's more than willing to make fun of the attire of Shinnok, Lord of the Netherrealm, to his face.
    Cassie Cage: Your wife mind you wearin' her clothes?
    • Of course, her dad also takes a shot at the fallen Elder God:
    Johnny Cage: Grandpa.
    Shinnok: I will rip your insolent tongue from—
    Johnny Cage: Yeah, yeah, shut up.
  • At the end of Paper Mario, after Bowser beefs himself up with the power of Kammy's machine and the Star Rod's invincibility, Twink flies straight at him and bonks him in the back of the head, making him look around in confusion long enough for Mario to get his 11th-Hour Superpower.
  • In Planescape: Torment, one of Morte's moves is "Litany of Curses", where he sends the opponent flying into a blind rage by insulting them. When you do this to a random mook, it's funny; when you manage to make a powerful witch older than the Nameless One himself attack you with her bare hands, it's awesome.
  • The entire point of the move Taunt in the Pokémon games. Almost with the right animation, but not quite.
  • Towards the end of Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, as Zurvan, the God of Time, is about to make Farah his winged queen, she asks him for a request, and as he comes closer, hoping for her to kiss him once more, she by spits in his face. His response?
    Zurvan: You impudent pig! I offer you life eternal, and this is how you respond? Oh, I shall enjoy changing you. note 
  • Right before facing off a huge pirate mini-boss in Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty, you are prompted three options after his Any Last Words?. One of them is "Yeah, you're in need of a bath".
  • In part of the backstory in Rift, Asha Catari dies, and Regulos informs her that he intends to make her his avatar upon Telara. She tells him to get bent...and then, she comes Back from the Dead.
  • At the very end of the Sliske's Endgame quest in Rune Scape, you are summoned by Jas, an Elder God and one of the creator's of the game's universe. One of the options is to insult it and call it squidface. Needless to say, doing so does not end well.
  • This is a rotating job among the party members in any given Shadow Hearts game. Probably the best is when Covenent's Anastasia interrupts Orobas to ask what he plans to do once he manages to Take Over the World. He has no answer. Another awesome one is from Yuri to Neo Astaroth. What does Yuri say to the Eldritch Abomination that regained its full power and is about to destroy Japan?
    Yuri: I wish you'd shove it. You know where.
    Neo Astaroth: ......
  • Sonic Unleashed has this in the form of a Mazuri kid beaning Eggman with a rock when he demands the Temple of Gaia's whereabouts. While the kid couldn't have known about what happened next at the time, it kept Eggman's attention on the people rather than Sonic, who was hurtling in at high velocity to take down the Egg Fighters standing between Eggman and the locals.
  • In the Space Stage of Spore, you have the option of saying "Bigfatstupidaliensayswhat?" to an empire you're at war with, and it fits this trope when the enemy in question is the Grox. Doubles as But Thou Must! flip off Cthulhu because the Grox don't accept peace offerings.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Sith Emperor is a complete and total Omnicidal Maniac, and managed to come to Ziost and possess most of the population into a homicidal rage. The only idea that ends up working? Invoking the trope by getting him so ticked off at the Player Character that he loses concentration and sends his possessed mooks into a non-lethal trap. It's cool when a Jedi Knight (who already knocked the wind out of him once) does it, but it's epic when a puny Muggle Smuggler is the one flipping the proverbial bird.
    • At the end of the first act of the Imperial Agent storyline, with the right words you can successfully talk Darth Jadus into giving up his plan to use doomsday weapons on the Empire. Everyone is absolutely speechless at how a mere spy is capable of getting a Sith Lord stated to be second only to the Emperor to surrender without so much as firing a single shot. The Dark Council, in particular, is so impressed that they have you brainwashed just for having the guts to threaten one of their own.
    • During the Shadow of Revan storyline, a Republic character regardless of class can at one point threaten Darth Marr, who is at this point the de facto leader of the Empire, by warning him not to try anything. He simply stares at you for a moment (seemingly in bemusement) before Theron awkwardly breaks the tension.
  • Basically any time Amon comes to taunt Artanis in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Every time, Artanis's response is a variation on, "COME AT ME, BRO!" Justified, as Artanis is in Tranquil Fury mode throughout the entire campaign. Due to Amon's machinations, Artanis is pissed, and he's going to make sure that Amon knows it.
    • If you thought Artanis was badass enough to call out Amon like that, wait until you meet Tal'darim First Ascendant (later Highlord) Alarak. He takes it Up to Eleven; whereas Artanis only delivers the flipping off as a response, Alarak taunts Amon constantly. At one point, Alarak flat-out, directly dares Amon to face him personally. Justified, as Alarak was pretty angry too throughout the campaign like Artanis, but for a different reason (Artanis has a score to settle with Amon after he forces Artanis to kill Zeratul, whereas Alarak is furious when he found out that the Tal'darim won't ascend into hybrid and will instead be killed off when Amon comes to cleanse the galaxy.
  • Stellaris: Playing as a "Militarist" empire often gives you Badass Boasts in dialogue with other star nations. When the End Game Crisis species are involved, it becomes this trope:
  • In Ultra Street Fighter IV, Hugo does this to none other than M. Bison.
    "I do not take orders from you. Now YOU listen!"
  • In Tales of Phantasia, Chester holds back the Big Bad so that Cless and Mint escape from the past.
  • In Undertale, Sans arguably does this to YOU at the end of a Genocide run. When you attack him for the first time (which he dodges, something literally nobody else can do, he delivers this remark:
    Sans:*what? you just thought i was going to stand there and take it?
  • Done twice in Warcraft III against Archimonde. Jaina gives him a short insult, and Thrall hits him with lightning before teleporting away.
  • The Big Bad of Wild AR Ms XF was less than impressed when the heroes killed it. After all, As Long as There is Evil it will still live! they kill it again. It revives and wonders what the heck they're doing. So they kill it again... and again. And they're just going to keep doing it. It's so in shock at this that the person it's possessing takes control long enough permanently destroy both of them in a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • In The Elder Scrolls, there are a wide variety of divine beings who've been flipped off by mortals at different points in the series or in the backstory. Most of them pay for it dearly, but a few are able to get away with it. To note:
    • Hermaeus Mora, the Daedric Prince of Knowledge whose preferred form is an Eldritch Abomination mass of tentacles, eyes, and claws, is a frequent recipient. To note:
      • Mora was an Arch-Enemy to the old Nordic king Ysgramor. According to Nordic legends, Ysgramor outwitted Mora regularly.
      • The Skaal of Solstheim consider Mora their enemy, and have managed to keep their secrets safely hidden from him. The plot of Skyrim's Dragonborn DLC is revealed to be an elaborate scheme by Mora to get them.
      • In Skyrim and Dragonborn, the Dragonborn has the option of flipping him off several times, even venomously referring to him as a "demon". The only time he even slightly gets back for these slights is when Dragonborn tells him that his help isn't needed to find the last word of Bend Will from his realm, to which he politely explains that you would be searching for all eternity without his aid.
    • In the series' Daedric quests handed out by the Princes themselves, it is entirely possible to complete the quest in a way the Prince did not intend. Some reward you for your ingenuity, such as Hircine rewarding you for making his quest into a The Hunter Becomes the Hunted scenario.
  • Fallen London, Sunless Sea and Sunless Skies (set in the same 'verse) will occasionally give the Player Character, or another character, the option of doing this, and will usually (for the player) be a one-ticket stop to a Non-Standard Game Over.
    • In both Sunless Sea and Sunless Skies the player can intentionally blaspheme against one of the gods of the Zee or the Skies, which makes their wrath fall on you and usually does bad things to you through new terror events or by killing off your crew. Or, if you annoy Salt, having parts of your legacy deleted.
    • The storyline of The Presbyterate Adventuress in Sunless Seas ends with her provoking a Master of the Bazaar or one of their kind into a fight, which kills her.
    • In Sunless Skies you can tell off The Traitor Empress/Her Restored Majesty to her face. The result of which is nothing (except for a major Terror hit), because she considers you so far Beneath Notice that nothing you conceivably do can possibly affect her.
    • In Sunless Skies the player can choose to mouth off to The Sapphire'd King, a Judgement, who will casually slay you, your locomotive and your entire crew at a glance.

    Web Animation 
  • How It Should Have Ended's take on The Lord of the Rings has several of the characters doing this to the Eye of Sauron while Frodo air-drops the ring into the fire, instead of trekking a long way and having several more people die than necessary. The plan works (Gollum dies, too), and the characters ride away into the sunset laughing.
  • In the YouTube Poop Skellington's Revenge, Soldier attacks the Black Hiver while shouting "Take your voodoo-rabbit ass back to Canada!" It doesn't end well for him.
  • If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device: While the Captain-General/Kitten usually snarks at the Emperor already due to being a Servile Snarker, he particularly falls under this in specials 1 and 4, after winning Yu-Gi-Oh! duels against both Tzeentch and the Emperor, giving them plenty of sass immediately afterward. The Emperor psychically punches him out for his trouble after some cracks at his game skill, but Tzeentch just ran away, too embarrassed at his loss to retaliate, after being called a nerd.

  • In the ending of Crash & Bass, Frank (a Harmless Villain) distracts X with a carrot juice buster, allowing Bass to turn the fight around.
  • In Blood Is Mine Macland does this quite literally to Nil.
  • Bob and George, starting with this strip
  • In the now-defunct webcomic Life of Riley, Dan manages to shoot Jezebel (yes, THAT Jezebel) with a paintball gun, then challenges her to a paintbrawl for the fate of the world.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court:
    • Kat punches Muut (a personification of death) when she learns that Muut forced Annie to escort her own mother to the afterlife. It's this rather than Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu? because it had as much effect as punching a brick wall, but Annie is still impressed, as is The Rant.
    Do you have a friend who would do the same for you?
    • A straighter example is the SPANKIES!! Basically, Annie spanked the trickster god Coyote for looking up her skirt. Coyote actually thought it was pretty hilarious, Ysengrin...not so much. Later, she flicked his nose for pulling her out of class just so she could tell him stories (about himself). He acted amused, but then he set up a Batman Gambit so Annie would unwittingly press Ysengrin's other Berserk Button.
    • Depending on what the actual reality context of the afterlife bureaucracy is, Kat's insanely logical perceptive either saw past all the smoke and mirrors that Annie and Mort were forced to see, saw an illusion of the afterlife bureaucracy that took seconds to master, or just flipped off AN AVATAR OF DEATH'S BOSS. To the point that he leaves in both versions.
  • Homestuck: Spades Slick, now short an arm and an eye, finally reaches the home of The Felt's second-in-command, a Nigh Invulnerable Reality Warper who's as old as the planet he lives on... and whacks him over the head with a horse-hitcher. Repeatedly.
    • Later on, Aradia's ancestor, the Handmaid, literally flips off Doc Scratch. On both hands. After whacking him with a chair.
  • Nanase of El Goonish Shive uses her Doppelgänger Spin ability to distract the Omega Goo so she can talk to Ellen starting here.
  • An ironic one in Grim Tales when you see who's flipping off who, but it definitely counts.
  • As shown in the page image, Peridot from Cucumber Quest does this a lot especially towards the Nightmare Knight; the first time she scolds him for saying her name wrong (the T is silent) and then later she randomly sticks her tongue out at him.
  • In Drowtales Erelice, possibly paralyzed and/or dying from the wounds inflicted on her in retaliation for stabbing the Big Bad Snadhya'rune In the Back as revenge for what Snadhya did to her squad earlier, deliberately taunts Khaless, a demonic Face Stealer, to redirect her from her frozen-with-fear clanmate, who manages to escape.
    • Chapter 47 has Kiel'ndia literally flipping off a Demon God and Staring Down Cthulhu simultaneously, with Word of God implying that Kiel's unique demonic taint makes it see her as another demon and, impressed by the sheer force of her personality, causes it to leave back to its own dimension.
  • In Kill Six Billion Demons,
    • Book 2: Allison initially acts pretty terrified in presence of Mottom, ruler of a seventh of the multiverse, but it doesn't keep her from swearing at her, and, as they get more comfortable, even angrily calling her out as a coward. And then some more... she takes a whole level of badass during that conversation. A couple of her allies also call Mottom names when staging an escape afterwards. It culminates with Allison calling her a "self-pitying turbobitch."
    • Book 4: 82 White Chain openly mouths off towards God-Emperor Solomon David, referring to him as "tyrant" and later mocking him over the Epiphanic Prison he's put himself into through his position by claiming he can't even see his own cage. After a third round of this, Solomon responds by halfway blowing White Chain's head off with a finger-flick.
  • Sinfest:
  • Tower of God
    • Near the beginning, Yuri Jahad gets angry at Headon and calls him "you damn rabbit". Now, as a High Ranker and Princess of Jahad, Yuri is powerful enough to practically count as a Physical God herself — but that's nothing next to a Floor Administrator of the Tower, like Headon, who are basically omnipotent on their own floor.
    • In episode 8 of Season 3, Bam calmly tells Baylord Yama (High Ranker and one of the Slayers of FUG) that he's acting more like a thug than a god. He's just giving constructive criticism, though.
    Yama: Did you come here to die?
    Bam: Of course not. I came here to persuade you.
    Yama: ...Good. I can't stand it when people cower in front of me.
  • Every time that Vexxarr finds himself confronted by an 'Enlightened Race' or similarly highly-developed, nigh-omnipotent alien species, his first reaction isn't fear but a kind of generalized disgust. When one offers its protection, he swiftly declines, because he knows the other shoe will drop in short order. Even Sploorfix eventually follows suit.

    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe example: Phase, fighting a demon from a hell dimension, has lost. She's beaten to a bloody pulp, dying, and about to suffer a literal Fate Worse than Death. She stalls by being a Deadpan Snarker and gets the thing monologuing long enough for the cavalry to show up. And the cavalry only shows up with the right stuff because Phase already figured out what she was facing before she called for help.
  • Worm has Taylor stabbing a Nigh Invulnerable force of nature with a fallen hero's Absurdly Sharp Blade. In the rear. She does at least save the civilians. During the raid on the Cauldron base, Taylor arranges to drop Zion's dead partner Eden's body on Zion to make him get angry and try to provoke bad decisions.
  • In the The Fear Mythos blog Old Is Good, the author Laura-Beth tries to post her favorite song, only to find out that Slender Man has messed with it, turning it into this [1] Laura-Beth's response? She calls Slender Man an immature, obnoxious little brat and a twerp, and tells him that she remembers when people barely knew who he was.
  • In Farce of the Three Kingdoms, the characters (Cao Cao in particular) will often get quite mouthy with the narrator. The narrator is himself a minor character who shows up every so often to deliver exposition, explain morals, interrupt the most exciting bits, and occasionally sing.

    Web Videos 
  • In the Hitler Rants universe, Hitler regularly insults characters who are much stronger than him. Even when said characters are about to kill him. Examples include Darth Vader, Sauron, Slenderman and even Satan.
  • In Tribe Twelve the protagonist, Noah Maxwell, literally did just this towards Slender Man and his lackey the Observer. The Heel Face Turned Firebrand, another one of Slender Man's lackeys, also flipped Slender Man off personally face to face just as he was about to take Noah away. He was so dumbfounded by this that he just stood there and tilted his head. Fitting, since Firebrand is Noah from the future.
  • In one Counter Monkey video, Spoony describes a Planescape game he ran where a player went out of his way to antagonize the Lady of Pain, a being so powerful that she's single-handedly responsible for keeping the gods (ALL of them) out of the city of Sigil. Since the Lady's main method of dealing with annoying mortals is to trap them in a magical maze, the player created a Minotaur character due to their racial ability to never be trapped in mazes, presumably for the bragging rights of pulling a fast one on such a powerful being. Spoony's response was to have the maze be a hundred-million-mile hallway — sure, the Minotaur knew the way out, but he was never going to get there.
  • Happens constantly in Buzzfeed Unsolved.
  • Fjord from Campaign 2 of Critical Role ends up playing a high stakes game of chicken with Uk'otoa when his patron revokes his powers and sends him nightmares for refusing to free him from his prison. It comes to a head in episode 72 when he threatens to, and eventually goes through with, throwing his pact blade into lava, effectively releasing him from his pact. Uk'otoa is less than pleased, and continues to send monsters and assassins after the Mighty Nein when they travel over sea.
  • Some of the battles in Epic Rap Battles of History pit normal humans against opponents ranging from superpowered entities to outright eldritch abominations; said normal humans usually give at least as good as they get in rap. Examples include the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles vs. the artists they were named after, Vlad the Impaler vs. Dracula, The Joker vs. Pennywise, and J. Robert Oppenheimer vs. Thanos. Adolf Hitler (fighting Darth Vader) would make this trope, but every battle of his ends with Vader using his advanced technology to incapacitate him.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Boondocks episode "Stinkmeaner Strikes Back", Colonel H. Stinkmeaner, who has been damned in Hell, has no problem with calling Satan himself a "bitch-ass nigga". The Devil is actually impressed that Stinkmeaner had the gall to say that, along with Stinkmeaner's new martial arts skills.
  • Steven Universe:
  • In the finale of Justice League, Batman repeatedly distracts Darkseid by tackling him and throwing (explosive) batarangs at him. While utterly harmless, he's distracting enough to give Superman some recovery time.
  • Transformers Animated: Bumblebee actually manages to use this as a weapon in itself against the Decepticon Blitzwing, who is five times his height and twenty times his firepower—and also has trouble staying in his jet mode when he gets really annoyed. Even if he's very high up at the time.
  • Peter Pan & the Pirates has an ice god appear in the hideout and berate Peter for trespassing in his domain. How does Peter respond? "You're trespassing in my house and getting snow everywhere."
  • Freakazoid! uses Cosgrove to distract Cthulhu Expy Vorn the Unspeakable long enough for him to grab a bunch of weights and drop them on Vorn's foot.
  • The Powerpuff Girls tend to do this to every monster that qualifies - including their enemy Him, who may or not be the Devil himself - usually right before they beat the crud out of it. Their creator and father Professor Utonium also gets away with insulting Him at the end of "Him Diddle Diddle" by complaining about paying for the villain's overpriced pancakes and chooses to leave and have breakfast with the girls elsewhere.
  • In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode "Fathers and Sons", Splinter tells the tale of how the Turtles got their first masks. It involves them Flipping Off a Bone Demon, who had a magic doodad that made it invisible to everyone else. Keep in mind, they're like 6 at the time, and this guy has been terrifying them for the last couple of days. Their throwing rocks at it let Splinter and The Ancient One win the day. Pity they had to get Laser-Guided Amnesia about it, though.
  • Played for Laughs in Adventure Time. In "It Came from the Nightosphere", Gunther the penguin slaps Marceline's father when he tries to steal Gunther's soul. Though this gets turned on its head a few seasons later when it's revealed Gunther is secretly a being as bad or worse than Hunson Abadeer.
  • In The Tick episode "The Tick Vs. Arthur's Bank Account": "My name is Arthur, and this is my diversion: 'The Itsy-Bitsy Spider went up the waterspout...'"
  • In Young Justice, Mal Duncan, who compared to his teammates has no superpowers whatsoever (minus training from Black Canary, thus qualifying him as a Badass Normal) manages to distract Despero by playing a Fake Ultimate Hero long enough for his super-powered teammates to rally and take Despero down.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Admiral Zhao goes on a Badass Boast before killing the moon spirit, only to be interrupted when Momo attacks his face.
  • Taken to the extreme in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Texas", SpongeBob and Patrick continually insult Texas to lure Sandy to the Krusty Krab:
    SpongeBob: [grins smugly] Oh, so we shouldn't say anything bad about [mockingly] Teeexassss!
    Sandy: I'm warning you, SpongeBob!
    SpongeBob: Hey Patrick, I'm Texas! [grabs his pants and moseys in a circle] Duh, howdy y'all! [repeats]
    Patrick: I'm Texas too! [does the same moseying] Get a dog, little longey. Get a dog little longey... [Sandy's really mad]
    Sandy: Y'all best cut it out! [SpongeBob sings horrible Western while Patrick does armpit noises]
    SpongeBob: The stars at night are dull and dim whenever they have to be over dumb old stupid Texas! [Sandy is really steaming, SpongeBob has converted his body into the shape of Texas] Hey Patrick, what am I now?
    Patrick: Uh, stupid?
    SpongeBob: No, I'm Texas!
    Patrick: What's the difference? [the two laugh, Sandy drops her bags]
    Sandy: Y'all best apologize, or I'll be on you like ugly on an ape!
    SpongeBob: You'll have to catch us first! [the two giggle and run off towards the Krusty Krab] We did it! We got her!
    • ... Sandy then proceeds to lasso Patrick and pull him back, causing him to explode. He survives though, as he comes back for the surprise party.
  • As noted in the page quote, in the South Park episode "Coon vs. Coon & Friends" Mysterion a.k.a. Kenny dares the Great Old One himself to fight him. Of course, he'd just heard some prophecy stating that only another immortal can stop Cthulhu and Mysterion's one and only power is "doesn't stay dead."
  • In season 5 of Samurai Jack, the now elderly and wheelchair-bound Scotsman lays into Aku with vicious insults one after another. Aku kills him shortly thereafter. Then he comes back as a magical ghost.
  • Done to magnificent levels in Rick and Morty. Summer starts working in a weird little store run by a strange man who sells objects that grant the owner's deepest desire but at a horrible price (such as a man getting a cologne that makes him irresistible to women but makes him impotent as well). Rick immediately knows this guy, Mr. Needful, is the Devil, and his objects are all cursed. Needful tries giving Rick a microscope, but Rick is savvy enough to have the microscope analyzed and figures out it would've made him retarded (Needful said it would reveal things beyond comprehension). Rick then returns to the store with a device that analyzes Needful's stock and reveals what their ironic twists are before anyone buys them. Then he opens up a store across the street from Needful where he offers to remove the curses from the items without taking away the beneficial aspects (as in a pair of sneakers will make someone an expert runner without making them run forever). Rick trolls the Devil so badly the Devil tries to kill himself.
    • Bonus points to Rick for literally giving Needful the finger. With both hands. While dancing.
  • Regular Show gives us this gem:
    Rigby (to Death): "Is this before or after your face started looking like grated Parmesan?"
  • In The Real Ghostbusters it would be easier to list the number of times the heroes did not do this when confronted by a demon or abomination that qualified. Insulting these creatures seemed to be routine for them, and while most would call it crazy, it worked. (Ironically, in the episode where they fought the actual Cthulhu, they didn't bother trying to talk to it; they just opened fire.)
  • On Danny Phantom, it'd probably be quicker to list the times when Danny isn't insulting someone who could easily wipe the floor with his backside.
    • From "Maternal Instincts":
      Danny: Bye Vlad! And as a lonely single man in your 40's, might I suggest internet dating? Or a cat!
    • "Secret Weapons":
      Danny: Oh, yeah? You and what toaster!?
    • "Fanning the Flames":
      Danny: Dipstick, ho ho. Funny. Who writes your insults? The same hack who writes your songs?
    • And plenty more from where that came from...
  • Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls makes a habit of taunting nearly every malevolent magical being she encounters. Notable insults include calling Bill Cipher an Isosceles Monster and a Stink Face when she met him in Stan's mind, and that was after she'd already seen Bill rip all the teeth out of a deer and put a basketball-sized hole in her brother's chest, among other things.
  • Over the Garden Wall: Wirt's final word on The Beast's offer? "No. That's dumb."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Make New Friends But Keep Discord", Pinkie Pie's stone-faced sister Maud has the nerve to heckle Discord's comedy act.
    Discord: You're supposed to say "who's there"! This is the most basic of jokes!
    Maud: You're the most basic of jokes.
  • In the Star Trek: Lower Decks episode "Veritas", Q drops in at the very end to challenge the ensigns to a duel. However, they've already went through enough mess for one day and Mariner tells Q to go away and they walk on, leading Q to follow them like a petulent child.

    Real Life 
  • During the Battle of Thermopylae, King Leonidas of Sparta and his soldiers were tasked with holding the Thermopylae Pass against a dramatically larger army of Persians. Before the battle began, the Persian Emperor Xerxes demanded the Greeks lay down their weapons and surrender; Leonidas responded, "Come and take them."
  • There's the story of World War II General Anthony McAuliffe, whose starving, freezing, surrounded, wounded, and ill-equipped troops were given a surrender ultimatum at the Battle of the Bulge. His one-word response: NUTS!
  • Most of Churchill's famous 1940s speeches. When your air-force is outnumbered 4:1, your army has had to leave most of its heavy equipment on the other side of the Channel, and the wolf-packs are tightening the noose, broadcasting what is basically "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough!" so the whole world can hear, certainly beats holding a town when you know you are winning the war anyway.


Video Example(s):


Asura punches Chakravartin

After everything he's done, Chakravartin offers true godhood to Asura. Asura responds by punching him in the face.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (20 votes)

Example of:

Main / DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu

Media sources:

Main / DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu