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Batman: Filthy degenerate!
Joker: Flattery will get you nowhere.

"I like the idea of a 'professional troll' though, it gives the impression of a hideous creature living under a bridge and handing out business cards."
Yahtzee answering letters, "Mailbag Showdown"

Vanessa: You're not normal, Dad.
Heinz: Oh, why thank you Vanessa, you're so sweet! See what I did there? Even though I knew you meant it as an insult, I took it as a compliment. Maddening, isn't it?

Regina: Take my advice, Ms. Swan, only one of us knows what's best for Henry.
Emma: Yeah, I'm starting to think you're right about that.

Sakura: Sensei, ... you do realize that you're not exactly... normal, right?
Recca: You know, the customary response to a complement where I come from is to thank the person giving it.
Sakura: What?
Recca: Thanks.
Sakura: That wasn't supposed to be a compliment.
Recca: And yet it was anyway. The term 'normal' simply means 'typical' - that is, like the majority of the population. In this case, it would mean 'like everyone else'. Since you've never been outside Konoha, you lack a frame of reference to compare me to people from other places, which makes it 'like everyone else in Konoha'... and, as you may have gathered, I don't exactly have a high opinion of the vast majority of the people here. Accordingly, the meaning of your statement was that I was not like a group of people who I despise. By most standards, that is a complement.

Lady Marian: Why, you speak treason!
Sir Robin: Fluently.

Taco Bell patron: What would you say if I called you a brutish fossil, symbolic of a decayed era gratefully forgotten?
John Spartan: I don't know... thanks?

Lockon: Let me ask you one question. What do you want to achieve with Exia?
Setsuna: I'll eradicate war.
Lockon: You won't be able if I shoot you.
Setsuna: I don't mind. You could do instead of me. Change this twisted world in my place. But while I'm alive I'll keep fighting. Not as Soran Ibrahim... but as Celestial Being's Gundam Meister, Setsuna F. Seiei.
Lockon: Piloting a Gundam?
Setsuna: That's right. I am Gundam.
Lockon: (lowers gun) That's so crazy, I don't want to shoot you anymore! You really are an impossible Gundam nut!
Setsuna: (smiles) Thank you. That's a great compliment.
(Lockon cracks up)

Jon: You have many flaws, Garfield.
Garfield: Thank you!
Jon: One of them is thinking insults are compliments.
Garfield: You're too kind!

"Though I bet DoctorDoom would take some perverse pride in knowing that he's contributing to Texas's image as a backwater filled with psychotic gun-toting xenophobes and religious fanatics who think that everyone else is a limp-wristed pussy for not getting a raging hard-on at the thought of shooting people. I'm not even sure he would consider any part of that stereotype negative."
Fundies Say the Darndest Things discussing this trope

"New Rule: And this is for Scott Brown, repeated referring to your debate opponent as "Professor" is not a devastating zinger when she actually is a professor. It's like if Elizabeth Warren called you "a failed male model" because there's a picture of you hiding your entire penis behind your wrist."

Cabinet Member: You're Insane!!
The Master: *thumbs up*

... after some random dudebro has attempted to insult me on the Internet by taking a photo of me in a dress that I've already posted on my own site and slapping the word 'feminist' on it, all I have to go back to is a successful career, a loving family, a circle of amazing friends and talented peers, and a social system whose systematic biases favor me in nearly all cases as a well-off straight white man. Even when I put on a dress.
I mean, I know that's not much compared to the awesome power of a random Internet dudebro calling me a word I don't find in the least bit insulting, but it will have to suffice. Somehow.

Zexion: (following up a "The Reason You Suck" Speech) Everything you love will have my dick in it!
Namine: I love myself.
(cue awkward silence)

Shepard: You said they covered all this up. How did you hear about it?
Harkin: I've spent twenty years working cases here on the Citadel; people on this station love to talk. Secrets are like herpes: if you've got 'em, you might as well spread 'em around.
Shepard: You're a pig.
Harkin: Just noticed that now, did you?

Peaches: There's nothing bad about being part of my family. I like hanging by my tail, and if you geniuses are normal, the species is going to end up extinct! (leaves)
Steffie: Well, your species is gonna be extinct first!
Dumb Mammoth: Haha, burn!
Ethan: We're the same species, genius.
Dumb Mammoth: What...double burn!

Eridan: (in response to being told he has a small brain) You'll see [sic], a jellyfish has no thinkpan, and yet it knows exactly what to do, where to go, and how to fit the needs of its niche wonderfully. A perfect machine. Your insult means nothing to me, whale.

Alternate Cindy: You can't do that! It's... it's...
Hippolyte: It's Evil. Congratulations, little girl: you've just met your first supervillain.
Alternate George: Oh, coming from such a specialist as yourself, I'll take this as a compliment, thanks.

Alfred Bester: If I had my talent working, I could've warned you when he was coming.
Michael Garibaldi: And if I had a baseball bat, we could hang you from the ceiling and play piñata. I still think I should've gone right to G'Kar.
Bester: We have no evidence that he made the sale yet. Why annoy the Narn without cause or if we're wrong? Shut off the problem at the source, and the rest attends to itself. A piñata, huh? So you think of me as something bright and cheerful full of toys and candy for young children? Thank you. That makes me feel much better about our relationship.
(Garibaldi visibly struggles to keep a straight face in spite of himself.)

Sera: Dwarves are weird.
Varric: No argument here.
Sera: Argh, you're doing this wrong!

Princess Sally: You are a miserable creep, Robotnik.
Robotnik: Why thank you, princess!

Sorenson: Really, Kate? We're going to waste time on the insights of Nancy Drew here?
Castle: Is that supposed to be an insult? Because Nancy Drew solved every case...

Kyouko: (After learning the Awful Truth from an emotionless Homura) How can you even call yourself human?!
Homura: I don't, of course. (Beat) And neither should you.

"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a 'son of a bitch.'"

Donald: Pete, you big thug!
Pete: "Thug" works for me! We've all got a role to play, right?

Toph: It's obvious that the playwright did his research. I know it must hurt but what you're seeing up there on that stage is the truth.
Toph: (hearing her voice actor) Wait a minute, I sound like... a guy. A really buff guy.
Katara: (teasing) Well Toph, what you hear up there is the truth. It hurts, doesn't it?
Toph: (grins) Are you kidding me? I wouldn't have cast it any other way!
Avatar: The Last Airbender: "The Ember Island Players"

Bataar Jr.: You're Insane!!
Varrick: You knew that when you hired me!
The Legend of Korra: "Battle Of Zaofu"

Mabel: I'm Mabel!
Pacifica: That sounds like a fat old lady's name!
Mabel: I'll take that as a compliment!

Bill Cipher: Sure I am! What's your point?

Ambassador Ken Cochran: I think it would be appropriate at this time, Mr. President, to make a confession.
President Josiah Bartlet: What's that?
Ambassador Ken Cochran: I never voted for you.
President Josiah Bartlet: [Genially] Well, thanks for trying, but here I am anyway. Gotta go.

Beans: Go to Hell!
Rattlesnake Jake: Where do you think I come from?

Lois Lane: You're psychotic!
Lex Luthor: That's a three-syllable word for any thought too big for little minds. [flicks Lois's forehead]

Pix: I love Carnation. But's she's an evil monster, bordering on sociopathy.
Carnation: Thank you.
Pix: That wasn't a complement.

"Let me give you some advice, bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you."
Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

Kurt: Hey Ram, doesn't the cafeteria have a no-fags-allowed rule?
JD: Seem to have an open-door policy for assholes, though.

Ashi: You look hideous.
Jack: From you, "hideous" is quite acceptable. Thank you.
Samurai Jack season 5.

Papyrus if the player chooses the "Insult" option in mid-fight, Undertale

The Doctor: "Science geek"? What's that mean?
Martha: It means you're obsessively enthusiastic about it.
The Doctor: [happily] Oh, okay!
Doctor Who, "The Lazarus Experiment"

Squidward: I knew you two reprobates were behind this.
SpongeBob: Yeah! We're reprobates!
Squidward: That was an insult.
Patrick: And we're insulted!
SpongeBob SquarePants, "That Sinking Feeling"

Amethyst: You think you can just keep showing up and picking fights with us? Why don't you get a life?
Jasper: Fighting IS my life! It's what I was made for. It's what you were made for too, runt!
Steven Universe, "Crack the Whip"

Figgis: Move, dick!
Archer: Slang for detective, so not an insult!
Archer, "Archer Dreamland: Bernice"

Ichabod: Hello there!
Roy: Hehe...hey, shorty! Who cut off your legs?
Ichabod: Hahahaha! They are pretty short, aren't they? (starts dancing)
Roy: Wha-? (walks away)
Ichabod: Nubbly nubbles nub dance!

User: Many reviews are giving W101 a low score because its "too hard". How does this make you feel?
Hideki Kamiya: Honor.
— Twitter conversation on Great but not Fantastic reviews of The Wonderful 101

Billy: Go to Hell!
Winifred: Oh, I've been there, thank you. I found it quite lovely.

Troll: "He looks like a fat Chris Pratt."
Brian Hull: "I know the 'fat' part was supposed to be an insult, but I kinda like the 'Chris Pratt' part."

I'd sooner call Yuuka a pansy than allow that to happen to me, ze! And I have, too. Why she took that as a compliment, I'll never know!
— Marisa Kirisame, Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness