Ten Riposte Grenades


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There are occasions when you have been on the receiving end of one of our conversational narc grenades which has been thrown at you as we then walk away from the ensuing carnage, sucking up the fuel and marvelling at our own brilliance. There will of course been times when you wished that you had something which you could lob at us in order to make some kind of impact, a comment or a gesture which does not take much effort but manages to land a blow on us. The problem is, until such time as you have received the benefit of my mentoring I should imagine that your responses to your particular narcissist have been along these lines:-

Shouting and hurling insults at us as you lose your temper

Crying as you call us as many names as you can think of

Throwing something at us with a yell of frustration

Banging a door shut in annoyance

Telling us what you think about us as you bristle with anger

Of course as avid students you will know that all of these responses and more besides have no impact on us other than to provide us with fuel. You can call me as many insults as you can think of but if you do it as you scream at the top of your voice in anger or with tears spilling down your cheeks, the savage words merely fuel me. Now, for the purpose of extracting more fuel and providing me with something to go and complain about to other people (thus gaining more fuel and smearing you into the bargain) I will provoke you even further. Once you have lost yourself to emotion, we will keep pushing, prodding and provoking in order to make you deliver even more fuel to us. We will feign that we are hurt, we will pretend to be angry in respond, we may even mimic being frightened of you. It is all fabricated and is just designed to draw more fuel. Accordingly, you should not respond in this fashion. Instead, when deploying these ripostes, you must do show without showing any emotion. If you do, the intended effect will fail. If you do these without expressing any emotion you will not provide and fuel and the effect will be that we will feel criticised and this will wound us. Be aware that when wounded our fury will be ignited. This may mean we withdraw, we may unleash a cold fury (silent treatment) or a heated fury (insults, violence) and therefore you should proceed with caution. You are best performing these ripostes when you are departing so you are leaving your own empathic riposte grenade behind to explode and wound us. In some instances, departure may not be possible and therefore you need to consider carefully the type of narcissist you are with and their likely reaction to criticism. Caveat out of the way, here are the ten critical ripostes for you to use against your narcissist.


  1. Point and Laugh

Point at us and give a hollow laugh. A slow, hollow laugh which is repeated will provide no emotion. Alternatively, point and just say “HAW ha” in an exaggerated manner, akin to the Simpsons’ character, Nelson Muntz. We will not know why you are laughing and the fact you are pointing at us but giving what is a derisory laugh will feel like a significant criticism to us.


  1. “You are big on emotion, low on substance.”

We like to think we are important and of considerable substance. You are the emotional one, not us, even though of course we are the ones which thrive on your emotional attention. To suggest we are emotional (when of course we have a limited range of emotions) implies that we lack control. To suggest we have no substance (which hints at our need to adopt the characteristics of others and also impugns our importance) adds to the criticism. The Lesser will be wounded by the suggestion of being emotive and unimportant, The Greater, knowing what he is will be wounded by the massive hint at knowing what we are, alongside the suggestion of lacking control and lacking importance. A double whammy.


  1. Feign sleep when we are talking

There is no emotion in closing your eyes and emitting a gentle snoring as you are sat down or lying down and we embark on one of our lengthy monologues. Once we realise you are not paying attention the criticism will wound.


  1. “I have to be elsewhere.”

If this is said without emotion you are telling us that our presence is not magnetic and commanding enough. Make your exit and leave us to our ignited fury at this wounding remark.


  1. “Jim has one only his is better.”

Useful for when we are crowing about some material possession. “Jim” may be somebody known to us both or you may make him up, the key thing is to point out that whatever we have, then “Jim’s” is better. It may be that his is a nicer colour, or his if larger, faster, more spacious, tougher, more durable. Whatever it is it will wound us. You can even keep rolling out the fictional Jim on repeated occasions and it will soon dent our crowing and have us wounded.


  1. “I wasn’t listening; can you repeat what you said please?”

You should always be listening to us. We are important. Any suggestion that you are not amounts to a criticism and if you actually tell us that you were not doing so, then it is even worse.


  1. Fall asleep when we are having sex with you

To impugn our Olympic sexual mastery in this way is a massive criticism. It need not be full sexual intercourse either. If you are touching us, drift off or vice versa. Best used with a Mid-Range as they tend to go off in a wounded sulk rather than erupt in a rage.


  1. “It is just not that interesting to me.”

Any suggestion that we are dull or boring when we are demonstrating something to you or regaling you with our latest tale of brilliance will constitute a wounding criticism.


  1. “Let me know when you have finished.”

This can be applied to so many different activities. We expect you to either be a willing and enthusiastic participant or a delighted spectator. If you make this remark when we are showing off about something and then walk away we will be wounded by this criticism.



  1. “No that does not make sense.”

Remember how frustrated you become at our circular conversations and inability to understand the point you are making? Well, this is your chance to turn the tables. You probably do understand but by suggesting we are not articulating ourselves clearly when delivered without emotion will amount to a criticism. We may try and explain again. If so repeat the comment. You can then walk away as our fury ignites and no doubt we insult you for being stupid and thick but who is the one who has just been wounded?

16 thoughts on “Ten Riposte Grenades

  1. Yo says:

    Yes… i remember jow in our last da6s together with the narc..
    I tried to stop reacting and just started telling simple words in a non-emotional manner (very calmly).
    E.g. “it hurts me, what u r doing”
    I was soooooooo surprised that the NARC answered me on these things “stop critising me”

    Really?! How is possible to criticise somebody with a phrase “the fact that ur mobile phone ring from messages all the time, it hurts me”
    Said in an extremely calm manner

    1. HG Tudor says:

      It is the fact it is said devoid of emotion (thus no fuel) and the suggestion that it is the repeated messages and the announcement of their arrival that hurts you is a clear criticism in the mind of the narcissist.

  2. Alex Zangriles says:

    I took on the Dark Narc today. Not intentionally but I had to ask him a question about the house. His response was telling me to ask my dad…and here we go (yes, I know he baited me and I took it…negative fuel). Of course there was texting back and forth but I think I might have got him He tried to gaslight me over something irrelevant and say that I love playing the victim role. He asked me “You know who I am do you know who you are” My response was “Yes I do. Victim No More! BTW, way to gaslight…good one…lol”. Then I got silence…

    This conversation taught me a few things
    1. Even though I am arming myself, I have a lot more more work to do
    2. He still knows how to emotionally get under my skin and make me feel bad about things that I know I shouldn’t
    3. He is most definitely a narc and I think he knows. I have actually told him but now I think he might have known even before that.
    4. He totally baited me with the “dad” comment and I’m very disappointed that I fell for it.
    5. I am a little scared of him. Just this past time that we were together he told me that if I ever cheated on him again he would put a bullet in my head. At the time I thought it was extreme but blew it off because I thought I knew the real him…now that I know the “REAL” him… I’m terrified

    1. HG Tudor says:

      If you have any concerns that his threat to kill you was genuine you should involve the police and have it investigated. Was it some time ago he made this threat and has there been no repeat since? You need to balance the likelihood of it being a real threat as against it just being done to draw fuel and if you involve the police he will seek a way to hoover you, draw further fuel from you. You should take comfort from your assessment of the situation however.

  3. Another Cara says:

    “Now, for the purpose of extracting more fuel and providing me with something to go and complain about to other people (thus gaining more fuel and smearing you into the bargain) I will provoke you even further. Once you have lost yourself to emotion, we will keep pushing, prodding and provoking in order to make you deliver even more fuel to us. We will feign that we are hurt, we will pretend to be angry in respond, we may even mimic being frightened of you.”

    That section really hit home to me. She absolutely feigned fear of me. In front of another person-not overt but subtle enough that empathic me picked up on it. This was early in the disengage stage. I still didn’t fully understand. So I texted her later to ask if we could clear the air-because as an empath I definitely don’t want to instill fear in anyone. Of course she didn’t respond to my text and used it against me to portray me as crazy and obssessed.

    Thank you, HG. You’ve helped me peel the onion that is her layers of machinations. Now if only I could manage to peel the onion without the tears.

  4. 1jaded1 says:

    Ugh. The dishes and doors never did harm to anyone…so no throwing or slamming. N2 was frustrated that I shut down. Only a couple times did I show emotion and was “rewarded” with a “there you go!” :-p

    Nelson Muntz is hilarious. I used to say, hee…hee and sometimes actually laugh. Muntz is better. Credit due.

    I would also parrot him in either a Ben Stein monotone voice or a squalky parrot voice. Everything he said, I said back without emotion or in the polly wants a cracker tone. He HATED that. ST or leaving usually followed…which I also mirrored…aaaahh. Peace.

    Toward the end I once told him that I felt numb and asked if we could please be finished messing around. I could tell that one stung. It was at a wedding. I kept trying to work the word numb into sentences the following morning at brunch with family. Mean!

    I will keep the others in mind. Glad I didn’t take lunch. I would have burst out laughing at inappropriate times. I still might tomorrow. Always learning more.

  5. centauride12 says:

    I like this post HG. I’m now dreaming of all the fun I could have using these and more. But I think I’m going to pass, I have no wish to harm the couple of narc’s that are still around me. None of them are close enough to do me any damage and that’s the way it’s going to stay…arms length contact!!

  6. Stephanie Hodges says:

    I have done a couple of these and a few on my own, such as you have never completed playing a song on the piano, Your nickname is really stupid. These bothered him. Also when he devalued me once I started laughing and it pissed him off more.

  7. Indy says:

    Thank you HG!!

    When I was in the relationship, I had used #1 with the exaggerated HAW ha (with a snarky look, no pointing) though it was only when he said a derogatory joke and not out of the blue. Do you mean out of the blue and a blank face, right?

    I also used “What did you say, I didn’t hear you?” He would say, “oh nothing” and snicker, knowing I heard. I love how you reworked it in #6, as it is a double blow: not listening and asking for a repeat…hahahah….

    Love numbers 5 and 9…wish I had those back when…though I am glad I can say “back when”.

  8. Amy says:

    I would never dare to point and laugh for two reasons. The first reason being that I would never do that to any one, unless they were laughing too. The second reason, being unthinkable, is the resulting emotional torment/punishment is not an option. I love and do 6, 8-10. Number 7 need never happen.

    Thanks for the continued enlightenment.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      You are most welcome, thank you for your obervations.

  9. I would like to note that this does NOT apply to a physically abusive narc, do these things and you will find yourself in a rather compromised position! In fact you will provoke rage. Know your narc and know your limitations!!!

    1. Indy says:

      very true, DC79! Be safe everyone!!!

  10. Fool me 1 time says:

    Thank you for arming us HG!! Xxx

  11. Hunter says:

    Thank you, H. G. 🙂

    1. HG Tudor says:


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