Welcome to the internet, a place to find like-minded people no matter what your background is. Sounds fun, right? Sadly, it can become quite toxic. And we're the ones to blame for it. Racism, misogyny, classism; all of society's wounds fester online just as much as they do in real life.

However, being insulting and mean often comes right back to bite you. Amongst the most impressive ways to fight internet trolls is by using the epic art of the comeback. Fierce, well-constructed, and piercingly accurate arguments end up in the subreddit called Murdered By Words. This community with over 2.6M members is the place where verbal assassins cut right through the BS and share some of the best burns.

When you’re done scrolling through this list, you’ll find some more inspiration for savage comebacks by checking out Bored Panda’s previous posts on the subreddit here, here, and here.

#1

F***ing Dumb Is An Understatement

F***ing Dumb Is An Understatement

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Andy Acceber
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6 months ago

I will upvote this every time. It's such a great explanation.

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A while back, Bored Panda talked to the mods of r/MurderedByWords who said that "a murder should (but doesn't always have to) be more than a quick response or retort. The best murders are well-constructed, thought-out responses that leave the opening argument completely without any ability to reply.“

And there's more than one way to crush your opponent verbally. A burn or “a quick rapier thrust or stab to the heart (a short, swift reply) can be just as deadly as a drawn-out murder, and you'll frequently see both types in this sub," the moderator explained. And as you can guess, put-downs shared in this group might be some of the most enjoyable one-liners in human history.

But when you end up in the middle of a heated argument, emotions can take over. Especially if the person you're disagreeing with is sticking to an opinion that's just nonsense. So having in mind the rise in the number of flat earthers and anti-vaxxers, staying civil on the internet these past years can seem like an impossible task.

#2

Satanists Just Don't Acknowledge Religions

Satanists Just Don't Acknowledge Religions

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Helen Haley
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6 months ago

Love it. This is accurate and hilarious.

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And while ruthless put-downs seem entertaining in the online world, other principles apply when you're arguing with someone in real life. To find out more about how to deal with those who mock you, Bored Panda reached out to Neel Burton, M.D., a psychiatrist, philosopher and author of Heaven and Hell: The Psychology of the Emotions.

Burton is doubtful that throwing put-downs to the mockers actually make us feel better. "Someone who's insulting you is already in a weak position—or why would they be insulting you—so it would be unkind to shatter them completely. If you respond with compassionate silence, the message will be both stronger and kinder,“ he advised.

#3

Murdered And Exposed And Torn Asunder...

Murdered And Exposed And Torn Asunder...

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Meeple13
Community Member
6 months ago

I wish that green was wrong... this inequality is something that needs to be changed in the world.

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#4

Deserved It

Deserved It

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

what did she expect in a gender neutral bathroom? men lining up and waiting for her until she finishes using the bathroom?

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Clinical psychotherapist Eva Jajonie agrees with this line of thinking, and offers this explanation as to why the desire to offend someone is a sign of vulnerability: "When suppressed concerns and feelings, such as lack of self-esteem; self-defeating thoughts and behaviors; guilt; and anger, for example, are not treated or dealt with, the person uses insults to unleash anger, to escape dealing with the pain or trauma experienced.”

#5

See Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya

See Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
6 months ago

Hey America! Can you feel the burn of the Australian Sun hitting you?

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#6

Say Her Name

Say Her Name

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Meeple13
Community Member
6 months ago

Ah yes, a Bears linesman more famous than a medal-winning Olympian.

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Now that we know someone who is taking a cheap shot at you isn't that much of a threat, another thing to consider is status. According to Burton, we should try to keep our integrity: "If you engage the insulter on their own level, you are bringing yourself down and giving their insult far too much legitimacy.“ Staying levelheaded during an argument is not easy, but can be learned with practice. Like, try to notice when the adrenaline starts kicking in stopping it. Or take some deep breaths to remain calm, whatever method works for you.

#7

What Did You Do?

What Did You Do?

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KJ
Community Member
6 months ago

What a moronic comment from Goel, clearly doesn't know who he is critisising.

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#8

Science Is Hard

Science Is Hard

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Meeple13
Community Member
6 months ago

Just learned that IV drips contain a body-altering substance called 'vitamins'. All people who died had at some stage consumed vitamins. Never using IV drips again.

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#9

Pot, Meet Kettle

Pot, Meet Kettle

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I I
Community Member
6 months ago

love the response LOVE IT

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But when you hear ignorant slurs, it's often difficult to just stand by. Here's where using humor can be extremely effective. "A good comeback is one that the insulter can also laugh at. It should not be too devastating. Ideally, it should be tangential, maybe even absurd,“ Burton explained. If your reply is funny, well-timed and well delivered, it can diffuse the tension of the situation and undercut the mockery.

#10

The Call Is Coming From Inside The House

The Call Is Coming From Inside The House

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Internet Troll
Community Member
6 months ago

In capitalist America you don't rob bank, bank robs you!

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#11

It's So Obvious And They Still Miss It

It's So Obvious And They Still Miss It

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LuckyL
Community Member
6 months ago

What I love most as an answer for this kind of questions is - so why do you wear glasses/pants/shoes - that's not how good created you

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#12

Got Sonned

Got Sonned

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

She gave that boy a verbal spanking! 🤣

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To make the web a kinder and safer place, do an ethical 'gut test' before sharing, commenting, or posting. Just remember, the Murdered By Words community is always watching and no insults or cruel comments get past their sharp eyes.

#13

How’s That Racism?

How’s That Racism?

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

I really do hate people

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#14

Shoot Like A Girl

Shoot Like A Girl

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
6 months ago

"Bean-bag shaped mayonnaise-filled men" let that sink in for a minute. 🤣

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#15

I Will Leave This Kind Of Debate To You People

I Will Leave This Kind Of Debate To You People

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

no genuinely nice, good person will care. the negative comments will come from jerks

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#16

"You Have Your Quiver On Backwards"

"You Have Your Quiver On Backwards"

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
6 months ago

This Lady knows her stuff

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#17

There Is Nothing Inherently Great About Any Country

There Is Nothing Inherently Great About Any Country

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

are you serious? its not like people go "huh I think I want to be born in a terrible country, try to escape, but end up locked up instead. yes that sounds like a perfect life"

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#18

Cognitive Dissonance (He Left Me On Seen Btw)

Cognitive Dissonance (He Left Me On Seen Btw)

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Truth Monster
Community Member
6 months ago

Blue makes a very valid point.

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#19

Some People Really Need To Stop Thinking About A Damn Rock

Some People Really Need To Stop Thinking About A Damn Rock

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troufaki13
Community Member
6 months ago

Also, why do men choose to stay with this kind of women?

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#20

Reading Is For Suckers

Reading Is For Suckers

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
6 months ago

When the Church of 😈 is more ethical than Catholic churches...

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#21

When You Come For Brazil But Forget You Live In The Us

When You Come For Brazil But Forget You Live In The Us

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Linda van der Pal
Community Member
6 months ago

I wouldn't be surprised if they made the kids move classes just to get some energy out of their system...

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#22

What Weighs More, A Pound Of Feathers Or A Pound Of Iron?

What Weighs More, A Pound Of Feathers Or A Pound Of Iron?

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MyOpinionHasBeenServed
Community Member
6 months ago

I see that comment all the time.

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#23

Nonni From The Top Rope

Nonni From The Top Rope

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Susie Elle
Community Member
6 months ago

Hail Nonni

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#24

Response About A Record Number Of Concert Attendees

Response About A Record Number Of Concert Attendees

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I I
Community Member
6 months ago

f*****s need a rifle to go to Wallmart

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#25

Just Work Harder!

Just Work Harder!

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Helen Haley
Community Member
6 months ago

Had an entire conversation with a coworker about this. He's very convinced if he lost everything tomorrow, he'd be back to fine within a year. I countered with, so you'd just go out and get another job huh? Where are you going to shower? Where are you going to sleep? What are you going to eat? How would you get to that job? What clothes do you think you'll be wearing to that job?

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#26

Don't Forget To Recycle

Don't Forget To Recycle

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Katherine Boag
Community Member
6 months ago

Reply is so on point, i always upvote it

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#27

Same Same, But Different

Same Same, But Different

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troufaki13
Community Member
6 months ago

They don't like it when their logic is being used against them! They're always "yes, but..."

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#28

Embarrassing, Indeed

Embarrassing, Indeed

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh it's ignorant Tomi again. She always makes these lists.

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#29

Shame On You, Crayola!

Shame On You, Crayola!

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Vorknkx
Community Member
6 months ago

I fully understand how offensive the "n-word" is in the USA (for historical reasons and all), but Americans also need to understand that in other countries/cultures/languages it is not considered an offensive word (or it's just mildly offensive). It's unrealistic to expect everyone in the world to follow your cultural norms.

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#30

Parental Disparages

Parental Disparages

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Geoffers
Community Member
6 months ago

The disproportionate rate at which the US locks up black men compared to any other group is one of the most blatantly racists things on the planet.

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#31

I Don’t Know If That Counts

I Don’t Know If That Counts

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
6 months ago

sadly Emily is not wrong

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#32

The Misspell Just Perfects It

The Misspell Just Perfects It

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Colin Matthews
Community Member
6 months ago

Lovely Trisha (31) enjoys barbeques, monster truck rally, and incest...

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#33

Arrivederci Amore Mio

Arrivederci Amore Mio

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
6 months ago

Arrivederci? Ma no, addio!

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#34

Don't Disrespect Tom Hanks

Don't Disrespect Tom Hanks

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Jaekry
Community Member
6 months ago

Tom Hanks and Keanu Reeves. And some others. You get the idea. :)

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#35

Alabama Would Like To Have A Word

Alabama Would Like To Have A Word

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Helen Haley
Community Member
6 months ago

Is this idiot trying to draw a comparison from forced child marriage to equal marriage rights between two consenting adults? I just can't deal with that level of stupid. Even if that was what was in the picture, the comparison is just so very absurd.

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#36

Dude Just Roasted The Entire Human Race

Dude Just Roasted The Entire Human Race

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Tobias Rieper
Community Member
6 months ago

ooh self burn but loves animals very endearing

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#37

Anti-Birth Control And Probably Anti-Abortion Mbw

Anti-Birth Control And Probably Anti-Abortion Mbw

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
6 months ago

my birth control are pretty great for my health though :D good skin, easy periods and less stress is good for both mental and physical wellbeing

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#38

Quitting 101

Quitting 101

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KJ
Community Member
6 months ago

I would love to see the boss explaining this to the shift leader.

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#39

Nyt Reporter Has A Basic Question For Minnesota's Rollout Of "Not-Reaching Pouches," A Bold New Innovation In Hoping Cops Don't Shoot You!

Nyt Reporter Has A Basic Question For Minnesota's Rollout Of "Not-Reaching Pouches," A Bold New Innovation In Hoping Cops Don't Shoot You!

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ZAPanda
Community Member
6 months ago

You wouldn't have cops that are jumpy and shooting first on the assumption that random traffic stops are cases where someone would pull a gun on them, IF GUNS WERE NOT GIVEN TO CITIZENS, you know, like normal countries?

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#40

Killed A Guy And One Country In A Single Sentence

Killed A Guy And One Country In A Single Sentence

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Sum Guy
Community Member
6 months ago

I've never seen a phrase so perfectly formulated to cause maximum damage and also compliment

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#41

Dude Wants “Young Woman To Help Rule His Kingdom”

Dude Wants “Young Woman To Help Rule His Kingdom”

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Susan Green
Community Member
6 months ago

Why would any young woman want to help you run your imaginary ‘kingdom’?

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#42

Let's Get The Ignorant Ones To Write Policies

Let's Get The Ignorant Ones To Write Policies

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Helen Haley
Community Member
6 months ago

Myabe if he'd been around when his kids were babies he would know what is involved with having one.

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#43

Is That More Of An Oops Or A Whoops?

Is That More Of An Oops Or A Whoops?

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
6 months ago

When you're anti-anti-racism, that means you're pro-racism.

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#44

Dolphins Are Intelligent Animals

Dolphins Are Intelligent Animals

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
6 months ago

Gender is how you feel in your soul. Heck, if in your soul, you feel you are a dolphin and every day you want to commit to being a dolphin, be seen as a dolphin, and be treated as a dolphin, go for it buddy. I expect you'll quickly realize gender isn't a game and it's more complicated than you thought.

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#45

You Tell Him!

You Tell Him!

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Axlemunshine 001
Community Member
6 months ago

People like that will never admit to be in the wrong. They are always the victim, even when they exert violence on someone else (Says "See what you made me do!?" while beating up someone)

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#46

Can't Find Anyone To Hire

Can't Find Anyone To Hire

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MyOpinionHasBeenServed
Community Member
6 months ago

Sorry but just because you have a business doesn't mean the world owes you employees.

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#47

Anti-Vax Takedown On Nextdoor

Anti-Vax Takedown On Nextdoor

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

if only common sense was contagious

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#48

Fact Checking Has Become A Bloodsport...

Fact Checking Has Become A Bloodsport...

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Eric Law
Community Member
6 months ago

A star in his own mind.

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#49

And As His Second And Third Too

And As His Second And Third Too

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
6 months ago

Reddit burns are like no other.

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#50

Opposite Gender

Opposite Gender

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I I
Community Member
6 months ago

ouch

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