Swimming in warm water in the summertime. Placing the final piece of a puzzle that’s taken you months to complete. ‘Roasting’ someone online with a comeback so witty and so savage, they had to call the ‘Oh Snap’ and fire brigades. All three things have one thing in common—they’re all human experiences that make us feel gooood.

The ‘Clever Comebacks’ subreddit is one of the best places on the net to go to for awesome retorts that will forever be enshrined on the internet in online screenshots. Check out some of the most on-point and hilarious comebacks they posted ever. Remember to upvote your fave ones and we hope they’ll inspire you to show off your wit the next time someone says something dumb or has a go at you.

Bored Panda was interested to learn about what makes comebacks witty and about comedic timing, so we reached out to comedy writer and author of 'How to Live to 100,' Ariane Sherine. Read on to learn what she told us. What’s the best comeback that you’ve ever said or heard in real life, dear Readers? Do you think that the pen is mightier than the sword? Share your thoughts with all of us in the comments.

#1

I Understand Completely

I Understand Completely

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SunofSpringtime
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12 months ago

Can't I upvote this a million times?!

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#2

Never Underestimate A Woman

Never Underestimate A Woman

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
12 months ago

I bet this same guy thinks he's qualified to talk about abortion even though he can't give birth.

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#3

“Migrants Can’t Assimilate Into Society”

“Migrants Can’t Assimilate Into Society”

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Jamilia Mamedova
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12 months ago

She did her make up, all by herself!

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Comedy writer Ariane told Bored Panda that, in her opinion, witty comebacks can be both spontaenous and planned out. "I've definitely come up with comebacks that are spontaneous. For instance, I told my daughter that if she didn't behave, I'd give her inheritance to a donkey sanctuary. She said, 'You wouldn't', and I came back, 'You bet your ass!' But though I hadn't used that comeback before, I clearly had knowledge of the pun and might have used something similar in the past."

She also pointed out something that honestly took me by surprise: "When it comes to stand-up, a lot of heckle putdowns are scripted and shared among comics." And here I thought that heckles were all instinctive and natural. I'll have to rethink some stuff about my fave comedians now.

#4

Love This Guy

Love This Guy

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Kamilla Juel Sørensen
Community Member
12 months ago

BUUUUUURN!! :D

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#5

Idk If This Has Been Posted Before, But I Love His Little Smile

Idk If This Has Been Posted Before, But I Love His Little Smile

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izzy.kitsune
Community Member
12 months ago

b u r n !

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#6

People Really Live In Their Own Little Bubbles

People Really Live In Their Own Little Bubbles

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Lis Daglish
Community Member
12 months ago

BOOM.

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Ariane said that the line between a regular comeback and one that makes us snort into our cups of tea is clear for everyone to see. "It needs to be very fast, well-timed, and take people by surprise as well as being clever, witty, and immediately understandable." So no pressure then!

The beauty of comedy, according to Ariane, is that (sometimes) our subconscious mind kicks in and takes us by surprise, along with the audience. "But that's relatively rare in my experience. I'm sure many other comics are more natural than I am!

#7

Please Wear A Mask And Stay Safe

Please Wear A Mask And Stay Safe

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
12 months ago

But, but, but.....I got nothing.

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#8

You're The Problem

You're The Problem

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kasa alex
Community Member
12 months ago

Well said, sir

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#9

Thank You Andy Wang!

Thank You Andy Wang!

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Truth Monster
Community Member
12 months ago

cultural gatekeeping has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen. The best and most inclusive societies culturally appropriate all. the. time.

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The ‘Clever Comebacks’ community was founded in January 2018 and will be celebrating its 3-year anniversary very soon. In that time, they’ve amassed nearly 679k loyal members who are practicing the ancient art of the perfect comeback.

Personally, I think that comebacks are all about accurate, piercing, rapier-like wit. And the essence of wit is brevity, spontaneity, and stating the truth. It’s not a comeback if you spend an hour thinking about it and then another hour writing it out. Comebacks are the sniper rifles of the verbal battlefield. Not shotguns. Not machine guns. It’s all about one phrase—one roast.

The BBC tends to agree with my point of view. According to Rhea Wessel, witty comebacks can’t be planned—they can only be made in the moment. And timing is everything. Even if you come up with the perfect thing you could’ve said while you’re in the shower a day later, that amazing comeback is useless now. Too little. Too late.

#10

I Don’t Care If Repost Made Me Laugh

I Don’t Care If Repost Made Me Laugh

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
12 months ago (edited)

Hahaha BAM, got ya there.

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#11

Illegal Plants

Illegal Plants

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Da Coconut Nut
Community Member
12 months ago

Welp

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#12

British Museum

British Museum

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Vic
Community Member
12 months ago

People that feel British, aren't really British. They are, in fact, Bri-ish

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That’s actually the beauty of comebacks. Sometimes, you end up just as surprised by your wit as everyone else is. It’s like, for a single beautiful moment, the Spirit of Absolute Roasting possessed you and gave you glorious guidance. 

Abigail Paul, the artistic director at the Theatre Language Studio in Frankfurt, told the BBC that we can improve our wit by giving ourselves just a bit of extra time to craft a great answer. Strangely enough, that involves becoming a better listener. We need to train ourselves to listen to others and respond appropriately, instead of tuning out and only thinking about the points we want to make in the discussion. That way, you’ll be more than ready to mount a witty defense because you won’t be caught unaware.

#13

This Is A Really Good Reply To Trump's Tweet

This Is A Really Good Reply To Trump's Tweet

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
12 months ago

Don’t forget the pandemic.

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#14

Raw Skiny Jeans Bat

Raw Skiny Jeans Bat

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Truth Monster
Community Member
12 months ago

Look, a vampire CAN turn into a bat (man)!

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#15

Useless Trees

Useless Trees

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
12 months ago

Who needs oxygen if there is no wifi?

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#16

What An Awful Way To Protect The Elderly

What An Awful Way To Protect The Elderly

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izzy.kitsune
Community Member
12 months ago

OOF

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#17

Rage Against Something

Rage Against Something

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Ami Temi
Community Member
12 months ago

Wow, perfect comeback.

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#18

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
12 months ago

And she is killing it.

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#19

Separate Payments

Separate Payments

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
12 months ago

Sounds like the perfect plan.

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#20

They Also Don't Come In Exciting Anime

They Also Don't Come In Exciting Anime

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Jill
Community Member
12 months ago

Imagine if they did!

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#21

Depression vs. Asthma

Depression vs. Asthma

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I'manoob!
Community Member
12 months ago

Savage!

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#22

Big Footprints To Fill

Big Footprints To Fill

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J. F.
Community Member
12 months ago

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Nobody, thanks to BP

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#23

Not Mine But On Point

Not Mine But On Point

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Vikram Bedi
Community Member
12 months ago

Shrek also had a donkey marrying a dragon... 🤔

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#24

Another Reason To Love The Beatles

Another Reason To Love The Beatles

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Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
12 months ago

Such a polite burn that.

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#25

Elite Finish

Elite Finish

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
12 months ago

What kind of relationship is that. We don’t have his money or my money, it is OUR money.

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#26

Flameproofing? But My House Isn't On Fire!

Flameproofing? But My House Isn't On Fire!

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Wendillon
Community Member
12 months ago

No thanks, I don't need birth control cause I'm not pregnant.

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#27

Flat Earthers Make Me Happy Because I Know I'm Not A Complete Failure

Flat Earthers Make Me Happy Because I Know I'm Not A Complete Failure

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
12 months ago

Is this just a joke to tease flat earthers or do flat earthers actually use the “flat” horizon as their argument? Do they not realise that we can’t see the curve because the earth is so large.

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#28

Does This Count? The Author Actually Replied Back To Me Lmao

Does This Count? The Author Actually Replied Back To Me Lmao

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Jill
Community Member
12 months ago

I could say the same thing about Stewart's Calculus book as well. (For those of you not in the know, the physics book he mentioned is one of the most popular physics 101 books used at universities.)

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#29

That Last Line Though

That Last Line Though

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Wendillon
Community Member
12 months ago

So because the warning label on a bottle of bleach says not to drink it, are you just going to blindly follow it and not drink the bleach? What if it tastes really good??

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#30

Left vs. Right

Left vs. Right

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Jessamyn Zolcznski
Community Member
12 months ago

Burn...oh wait. (Sorry)

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#31

They Did Not See This Coming

They Did Not See This Coming

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Sandra Charlot
Community Member
12 months ago

I've tried to read Bible, but I'm not much into fantasy book :)

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#32

Columbus Day

Columbus Day

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Truth Monster
Community Member
12 months ago

End up in a random aisle and whatever you find there is now "Indian Food."

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#33

Austin Powers Would Be Proud Of That Comeback

Austin Powers Would Be Proud Of That Comeback

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Vic
Community Member
12 months ago

Austin Powers: The man who tackled me.

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#34

'im Tired Of Being Responsible For Something That Is Entirely My Resposibility.'

'im Tired Of Being Responsible For Something That Is Entirely My Resposibility.'

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
12 months ago

They’re the smart ones haha.

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#35

I Love Puns

I Love Puns

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Losferatu
Community Member
12 months ago

Let's play a game: Spell the type of establishment we're eating at, and I'll buy you your meal!

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#36

Who’ll Email You When You Block Him

Who’ll Email You When You Block Him

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
12 months ago

Gotta be pretty pathetic to play games like that.

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#37

Can't Get Any More Clever Than This

Can't Get Any More Clever Than This

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Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
12 months ago

I will never have the guts to send a reply like that, but by Golly, I wish I would ...

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#38

Invasive Species

Invasive Species

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Lis Daglish
Community Member
12 months ago

I love that his hoover made a clear break for freedom.

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#39

Don’t Boast About Your Iq Test

Don’t Boast About Your Iq Test

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DforDory
Community Member
12 months ago

I'm dying!🤣🤣

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#40

Oof! British People Be Like...

Oof! British People Be Like...

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Patti Brock
Community Member
12 months ago

🤣 😂

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#41

Honesty Is The Best Policy

Honesty Is The Best Policy

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
12 months ago

At least they are honest.

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#42

I Mean, He's Not Wrong ..

I Mean, He's Not Wrong ..

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Me He
Community Member
12 months ago

SAD!!

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#43

Depends On Who Writes The Comic

Depends On Who Writes The Comic

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
12 months ago

But Batman has a utility belt. A UTILITY BELT!

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#44

Boomer vs. Millenial

Boomer vs. Millenial

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MrsPossum
Community Member
12 months ago

Loving the 315 reactions versus the 4.6k reactions. Boom! 🤣

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#45

It’s Funny Because It’s True

It’s Funny Because It’s True

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Chez
Community Member
12 months ago

*pages

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#46

She Isn’t A Walking Womb

She Isn’t A Walking Womb

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
12 months ago

F**k this molyneux d**k. He was banned from speaking here (new zealand) in 2018 I think, the brainless monstrous mosque shooter donated to his causes and his petition to be allowed to do his stupid speaking event in NZ. Then murdered the innocent souls in cold blood at one of our mosques. So that's the kind of person who supports this fuckwad. No thanks. (NB not meaning to mislead, I'm personally agnostic, but say "our mosques" just as I would say "our churches/synagogues/temples/etc". A kiwi is a kiwi. A person is a person.)

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#47

Weird Motives

Weird Motives

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
12 months ago

I wonder if the so called "1st world" countries know that here in the 3rd world, we drive both and are required to pass your driving test using a stick shift

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#48

Especially Clever

Especially Clever

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Vikram Bedi
Community Member
12 months ago

If everyone starts using the toilet marked “ me” then “ everyone else “ would be left clean...

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#49

Facebook Comeback

Facebook Comeback

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Helen Haley
Community Member
12 months ago

The waiter is providing a valuable service with very little likelihood of customer death.

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#50

Quite Funny To Be Honest

Quite Funny To Be Honest

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Katchen
Community Member
12 months ago

WTAF. They ask teens about guns when school shootings plague the country, but are offended by the nail gun joke?

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