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Basic Trope: Bad comebacks.

  • Straight:
    Alice: [after Bob's attempt at making popcorn sets his house on fire] Bob, you're such a moron!
    Bob: Well... you suck.
  • Exaggerated: Alice gives Bob a poorly-written "The Reason You Suck" Speech that leaves him with plenty of opportunities for snappy comebacks. He misses them all and calls Alice a big meanie instead.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob's comeback is lame, but so was Alice's insult.
      Alice: You're a Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head!
      Bob:; No, you're a doodoo head!
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    • Bob hesitates for ten seconds before making a clever remark. Alice begrudgingly admits that it's a good comeback, but points out that it took too long.
  • Justified: Bob is The Ditz — of course he can't think of a good comeback in a few seconds.
  • Inverted: Bob has a snappy comeback to Alice's terrible attempt at an insult.
  • Subverted: Bob hesitates a little before making an okay comeback.
    Alice: [after Bob's attempt at making popcorn sets his house on fire] Bob, you're such a moron!
    Bob: Well... you... didn't even finish high school!
  • Double Subverted: Bob's comeback seems okay, but then Alice explains why it doesn't work.
    Alice: Says the guy who got an F-- in every subject!
  • Parodied: Not only is Bob's comeback lame, it makes no sense whatsoever.
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted:
    • Bob doesn't try to make a comeback.
    • Bob's comeback is all right, if not good.
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  • Enforced: The writer couldn't think of a good comeback either.
  • Lampshaded:
    Alice: [after Bob's attempt at making popcorn sets his house on fire] Bob, you're such a moron!
    Bob: Well... you... stink. I've got nothing.
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: Attack ads poke fun at the awful comebacks Senator Bob keeps making in heated debates.
  • Defied: The only comeback Bob can think of is "Well... you suck", so he decides to shut up instead of saying it.
  • Discussed: "Some people seem to have no idea what a comeback is supposed to be."
  • Conversed:
  • Played For Laughs: Bob genuinely thinks "Well... you suck" was a good comeback.

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