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The 29 Most Iconic Insults To Ever Make Their Way Onto A TV Show

Ya basic.

Recently we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite insults from TV shows, and wow, there were a lot. Here are some of the best!

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Warning: Spoilers ahead!

1. When Michael made his feelings about Toby clear on The Office:

"If I had a gun with 2 bullets and I was in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden, and Toby, I would shoot Toby twice"

2. And again, when he said Toby wasn't a part of the family:

"Toby's in HR, which technically means he works for corporate. So he's really not a part of our family. Also, he's divorced, so he's really not a part of his family"

3. When Elektra absolutely read a Karen's life on Pose:

"God may have blessed you with Barbies, and backyard with a pony, a boyfriend named Jake, and an unwanted pregnancy that your father paid to terminate so you could go to college and major in being a basic bitch. None of these things make you a woman"

4. When Santana told Kurt how she really felt on Glee:


5. When Lady Olenna stayed classy while insulting Cersei on Game of Thrones:

Cersei saying, "We need to each other" and Olenna responding, "I wonder if you're the worst person I've ever met. At a certain age, it's hard to recall. But the truly vile do stand out through the years"

6. When Sue finished an insult in a rather unexpected way on Glee:


7. When Callie had a good point on Grey's Anatomy:

Callie telling Alex, "Stop sleeping with your c oworkers, it ruins them," and Alex responding "I slept with you" to which Callie responds, "And now I no longer sleep with men"


8. When Alice put Penelope in her place on Riverdale:

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9. When Eleanor found out they were actually in The Bad Place and used this insult on The Good Place:

10. And then Michael copied her and used it on Shawn:

"In the words of one of my actual friends, ya basic. It's a human insult. It's devastating. You're devastated right now"

11. When Troy knocked Britta down a few pegs on Community:


12. And again, when he called her the opposite of Batman:



13. When Moira called out David's awkward behavior on Schitt's Creek:

"David, stop acting like a disgruntled pelican"

14. When Louise was a little harsh but also accurate on Bob's Burgers:

"Bland, boring Jessica. If she was a spice, she'd be flour"

15. When Jenna brought down the entire room on 30 Rock:


16. When Rosa roasted Jake on Brooklyn Nine-Nine:

"I was being sarcastic. You all suck and I hope Jake goes back to jail"

17. When a trailer park manager said this to Spencer on Criminal Minds:

"FBI? You can't be serious. You look like a pipe cleaner with eyes"
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18. When Selena got creative with her insults on Veep:

19. When Cristina wasn't afraid to say how she really felt on Grey's Anatomy:

"I am laughing. Just not externally"

20. When Erica described Murray perfectly on Stranger Things:

Murray: "I'm sorry, why is this four year old speaking to me?" Erica: "Um, I'm ten, you bald bastard"


21. When Penny wasn't a fan of Dave's new haircut on Happy Endings:

"You look like Keri Russell after she ruined Felicity"


22. When Tahani insulted Eleanor's "Best Person" sash and Eleanor gave it right back on The Good Place:

Tahani saying sashes are out this season because the diagonal line really draw's one eye to the chin bloat, and Eleanor responding, "Go fork yourself, you mean giraffe"


23. When House didn't hold back on House:

"Somewhere out there is a tree, tirelessly producing oxygen so you can breathe. I think you owe it an apology"

24. When Noora told William to stop acting like a cliché on Skam:

"What happened that made you have such a large inferiority complex that you have to piss on the feelings of a first year girl to feel better? Anyway, you have to seriously get over it and start acting like a human"

25. Pretty much anything Captain Holt said to Madeline Wuntch on Brooklyn Nine-Nine:

"Hello, Deputy Chief Wuntch. You've aged"

26. When Paris cut Logan down to size after he cheated on Rory on Gilmore Girls:

"You are nothing but a 2-bit, spoiled waste of a trust fund. You offer nothing to women or the world in general. If you were to disappear the only person that would miss you is your Porsche dealer"
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27. When Karen made an educated guess about an enemy's background on Will & Grace:

"I think the real mistake was when your father spotted your mother across a crowded swamp, dragged her back to his hut, and made you"

28. When Moe told Homer like it was on The Simpsons:

"Uh, gee, Homer, you, uh, ain't exactly open-casket material yourself"

29. And finally, in the new trailer for The Umbrella Academy Season 2, when Lila told Diego the truth:

"You are an open book written for very dumb children"

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