We Ranked Classic ’90s Comebacks From Mild Sass To Fatal Blow

19.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”


CBS

Nice and lyrical, but also wildly inaccurate. Broken bones heal fast. Getting saddled with a nickname like ‘Booga-Eater Brendan’ can last for over a decade.

18.

“Nuh uh” x 10,000.


HBO

Lazy, repetitive, but effective when delivered at speed.

17.

“On your bike, Mike.”


MTV

Ineffective unless your opponent is actually named Michael. But points for rhyme.

16.

“Deal with it.”


CBC

All down to the delivery. It’s a careful balancing act of vocal sass, arched brows and a finishing pause.

15.

“Whoever smelt it dealt it.”


MTV

Fart blame. A classic. Timeless.

14.

“Whoever said the rhyme did the crime.”


CBS

The ploy of taking the accuser and making them the accused? INSPIRED. But it loses points for the sheer stupidity of also being a rhyme.

13.

“Read between the lines.”


Paramount Films

For when you couldn’t yet muster the courage to let your middle finger stand on its own. *Chef’s kiss*.

12.

“I know you are, you said you are, but what am I?”


Showtime

Intensely maddening to your opponent when repeated several times in sing-song tune.

11.

“Losers, lovers, as if, whatever with a twist. See my palms, see my fists, bye bye, kiss this.”


Paramount Pictures

An intricately choreographed routine, but if you put one toe out of line, it would all come crumbling down around you.

10.

“Takes one to know one.”


JAX Media

The beginning of millennials’ love of self-deprecation. It acknowledges your failings, while also flinging shit back on your accuser.

9.

“What-eveeer.”


Paramount Pictures

The perfect antidote for when you’re losing your footing in the debate and have run out of intelligent responses.

8.

“No shit, Sherlock.”


VH1

Both a blow to your foe and a PSA to your classmates that you’ve advanced to classic literature.

7.

“I am rubber, you are glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you.”


Adult Swim

How to take on a bully with poetic justice.

6.

“Your breath…”


FOX

The power is in what’s left unsaid.

5.

“Bite me.”


WB

Thiccc with sexual tension. Perfect for your schoolyard crush.

4.

“A bitch is a female dog, dogs bark, bark grows on trees, trees are a part of nature and nature is beautiful.”


VH1

Turning an insult into a compliment 101.

3.

“Ya mum.”


CBS

Classic. Works in every context. Eternally vague and always thrilling.

2.

“Talk to the hand, ’cause the face ain’t listening.”


CBS

She had a short shelf life, but god was she a beauty.

1.

“Say it, don’t spray it. I want the news, not the weather.”


FOX

The ultimate blow of humiliation. Spittle in the face. Effective even if your foe never spits — their cries to the contrary will be drowned out in the jeers of your classmates.

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