Hi. Hey. Yo. What’up? There are so many ways to start a conversation on Tinder, and most are short, sweet, and complete nonstarters. If you’re a woman who has spent any time Liking and Noping straight cisgender guys, you know this all too well. Still, not all men are slaves to the monosyllabic. Some are armed with humor, personalized questions, and stanzas that rhyme. They don’t just want to impress you; they want to get to know you.

To get a better idea of what men think make perfect icebreakers, we asked 15 guys about their best Tinder opening lines, the ones they turn to over and over again because they get results. Do they always work? No. But quite often, they do.

1. Gamify It

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“I think this approach works because girls are looking to have fun with a potential partner. I’ve only been on Tinder for about three weeks, and getting a number has been pretty easy.” —Matt, 32

2. At Your Service

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“I have used permutations of this icebreaker multiple times and gotten replies, and many of them eventually resulted in dates. For women, it paints an image of an interesting character, someone who is witty and who you can have interesting conversation with.” —Aadarsh, 20

3. The Finer Things Club

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“To be honest, I heard this from one of my boys. It has about a 55 percent success rate, but when it works, it works like a spell.” —Andy, 21

4. Make History

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“What makes the historical pickup line a great idea is how your matches become involved. Asking them what time period they want [to play within] leads them to become more engaged and to anticipate what you come up with. For a creative person like myself, it’s an ideal technique.” —Isaac, 19

5. Options, Options

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“I usually pick something from their profile to start with and make a pun out of it. Personalized openers make it so much more fun! I’ve found the best success with those with at least one part that’s easy to respond to. Even better if you showcase your sense of humor a little while you’re at it.” —Henry, 23

6. Take Poetic License

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“I got it from Reddit r/Tinder. It does work, though I cannot take credit for the poem.” —Robert 33

7. Go Local

“We live in Hawaii, where there a lot of emergency drills, so I came up with this line.”  —Jordan, 22

8. Psych Out

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“Every person I’ve said this to has at least responded. I consider it successful because a majority of girls just don’t respond no matter what line you use. And there are a lot of psychology majors!”  —Jeff, 24

9. Rhyme Zone


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“I try to write something that starts with their name and then just kind of turn it into me flirting with them. It seems to be pretty well received, usually, even if the poems aren’t always great. [I] thought of it because my mom is an amazing poet, and I wanted to get into poetry more to feel a bit more connected to her.” —Tommy, 21

10. Ghost ’Em

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“This was actually the first time I tried that pickup line, and I was quite surprised that it worked. You just have to be confident about it.” —Simo, 20

11. Do the Math

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I try to tailor an opening to every individual. I thought of it out of the blue — a good pun can never hurt. I think it worked because it was both a compliment and designed to get a laugh.” —Cullen, 20

12. Role Play

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“Her profile was basically written as a dog — as a joke — so I thought this kind of introduction would fit. When I used Tinder, I tried to always make a specific pickup line based on the girl’s profile description or details in the pictures. And, yes, the line worked to get her number.” —Kurt, 18

13. Slice It Up

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“This was the first time I used the line, and I used it one more time after that — that got me my current girlfriend. I don’t remember what made me think of it, but the reason why it works might be because it is so out of the blue.” —Adrian, 20

14. Bio Lab


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“I was subtitling a wildlife documentary (I’m a translator who often works with audiovisual material), and I took a break to [go on] Tinder. I guess it worked because I targeted her interests (I knew from her bio that she was a biologist), and the first thing that came to mind were those avian mating rituals. I don’t think I’ll use it again; it doesn’t feel right to recycle openers. I actually enjoy taking the time to figure out something clever to say.” —Anonymous, 28

15. It’s A Date

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“I’ve used this before as a goofy way of breaking the ice. Obviously, I don’t expect to get a date right out of the gate with this one, but the question is random enough to at least get the person’s interest and reply. For that reason, it serves its purpose.” —Gabe, 21

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