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12 Tinder opening lines that just might land you a date

May the most clever match win.

Feb 13, 2018, 1:12 pm*



Kristen Hubby

Tinder isn’t just a hookup app. It’s a place for secret comedians to shine.

Swiping left and right on Tinder can get pretty mundane, so the key to landing a date (or late-night booty call) is making sure your first message is not only a clever line but something totally worth responding to. Tinder doesn’t play around with people who are too shy to express who they are to their potential romantic interest, so a simple “hey” is bound to leave you disappointed when you don’t get a reply.

From raunchy to respectful, here are some of the most hilariously impressive one-liners from Reddit’s r/Tinder that have either landed a date or left someone high and dry with nothing but a great joke lingering in a stale message portal.

The best Tinder pick-up lines on Reddit

1) Titanic references

Alternatively, start off by asking your match if Jack would have fit on the door. (He definitely did.)

2) The successful name pun

This effortless, cheesy one-liner worked so well it’s nearly unbelievable.

3) The unsuccessful (but more creative) name pun

This poor match appears to have been ignored, but props for writing an opener that feels like the opening scene in an action movie (and is also a cheesy name pun).

4) Seeking tall matches only

Finally, a creative use for the “I’m 6’3 “if it matters” line you probably already have written in your bio. This opener lasted way too long, but 10 points for the respectful tone and actually setting an IRL date.


5) The subtle apocalypse reference

Nothing more attractive than a person who knows their history and apocalyptic conspiracy theories.

6) The risky pizza pun

Dejonna clearly didn’t appreciate the pizza joke, but it was straight fire. Tinder is all about taking risks, anyway.

7) Cutting right to chase

Clearly, these two users know the key to being successful on Tinder is being upfront and forward.

8) The mid-convo one-liner

Ask and thy shall receive.

9) The adult knock-knock joke

Looking for candidates for a threesome isn’t out-of-the-ordinary on Tinder, and turning the question into a knock-knock joke is a casual way to make it less awkward.


10) The pun that just keeps going

Isabel could have said more, but this match might need to take a hint and leave the joke for the opener. Still, maintaining a dying pun is one way to showcase your commitment.

11) Dark and moody

Taking the mysterious, dark humor route may attract some, but it seems Julia passed on this match. But who knows, depending on who you match with, self-deprecation could be the way to go.

12) The video game name pun

I have a feeling Joshi has heard a Mario joke once before—and from the looks of it, it didn’t end well. But props to this user for what is probably the most well-written name puns we’ve ever seen.

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.

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*First Published: Sep 4, 2017, 6:00 am