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1st May '16 9:19:17 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughSpace'' when Leopard asks "Do you humans understand what you are?" and gleefully comments how this question always [[LogicBomb short-circuits]] a human mind.



* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Anime/SoraOKakeruShoujo'' when Leopard asks "Do you humans understand what you are?" and gleefully comments how this question always [[LogicBomb short-circuits]] a human mind.
22nd Apr '16 11:37:17 AM Greenygal
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* In ''Fated'' by Benedict Jacka (the first book of the Alex Verus series) a ghost asks Alex why he didn't run away and hide from more powerful wizards when he could have. Alex gives evasive answers but under repeated questioning admits he stayed to protect another person. It was a revelatory moment for Alex, as he had spent the last few years only looking out for himself.

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* In ''Fated'' by Benedict Jacka (the first book of the Alex Verus ''Literature/AlexVerus'' series) a ghost asks Alex why he didn't run away and hide from more powerful wizards when he could have. Alex gives evasive answers but under repeated questioning admits he stayed to protect another person. It was a revelatory moment for Alex, as he had spent the last few years only looking out for himself.
16th Apr '16 6:50:31 AM TheSinful
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* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-31723-2/nodakskip+We+Can+Be+Heroes.htm We Can Be Heroes]]'', [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Dawn Summers]] asks Buffy, Willow, and Faith a series of questions about Xander and Cordelia after seeing a Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey poster that appears to have Cordelia on it. Eventually the trio realize that the only information they have about the two is that they live in New Mexico; not the city, not if they have kids, where they work, anything.
15th Apr '16 7:28:46 PM Orbiting
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* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': After a long argument trying to get Saturn to agree to hand over their moons, Uranus finally demands to know what would happen if they just reached out and ''took'' the moons, if Saturn would actually try and stop them. After a long, tense moment, Saturn admits that no, they probably wouldn't.
9th Apr '16 5:45:05 PM Eievie
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'''Sonny:''' ...Can you?

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'''Sonny:''' ...Can '''Sonny:''' …can you?



Whether it's TheObiWan trying to force their student [[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn through a vital lesson]], or a villain trying [[BreakThemByTalking to reduce a hero to a wreck]], or a hero trying to [[KirkSummation show a villain how wrong they've been all this time]], or somebody desperately trying to force [[BrilliantButLazy the kid on the sidelines]] to realize they are [[DareToBeBadass meant to do something...more]], a good Armor Piercing Question either cuts directly to the heart of a person's worldview, obsession, or psyche, or else forces the listener to confront unpleasant truths that they either didn't want to face or didn't even consider.

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Whether it's TheObiWan trying to force their student [[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn through a vital lesson]], or a villain trying [[BreakThemByTalking to reduce a hero to a wreck]], or a hero trying to [[KirkSummation show a villain how wrong they've been all this time]], or somebody desperately trying to force [[BrilliantButLazy the kid on the sidelines]] to realize they are [[DareToBeBadass meant to do something...something… more]], a good Armor Piercing Question either cuts directly to the heart of a person's worldview, obsession, or psyche, or else forces the listener to confront unpleasant truths that they either didn't want to face or didn't even consider.



** When Guts tells Collette's father in volume 1 that he's being chased by a legion of evil spirits, he laughs and says that Guts is safe with him because he's a priest and has God on his side. The appearance of a frightening incubus that night shocks him and he asks if Guts was [[CassandraTruth being serious before]], but Guts points out his ArbitrarySkepticism by asking, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "You're sayin' you believe in God, but not in evil spirits?]]"

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** When Guts tells Collette's father in volume 1 that he's being chased by a legion of evil spirits, he laughs and says that Guts is safe with him because he's a priest and has God on his side. The appearance of a frightening incubus that night shocks him and he asks if Guts was [[CassandraTruth being serious before]], but Guts points out his ArbitrarySkepticism by asking, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "You're sayin' you believe in God, but not in evil spirits?]]"spirits?"]]
8th Apr '16 12:43:13 PM eroock
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Compare and contrast ArmorPiercingResponse, when it's a response (instead of a question) that brings the other guy to a shock. It can be used to answer an ArmorPiercingQuestion, but it's just as likely to be used against an entirely innocent remark.

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Compare and contrast ArmorPiercingResponse, when it's a response (instead of a question) that brings the other guy to a shock. It can be used to answer an ArmorPiercingQuestion, Armor-Piercing Question, but it's just as likely to be used against an entirely innocent remark.
7th Apr '16 5:11:23 PM NTC3
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* In ''VideoGame/IllusionsOfLoyalty'', it's ''"Ideals? A few flimsy ideals were worth all this? How many died, Brother?"'' The protagonist, Julius Logan, asks this to his brother, Bruce, the night before his execution, and he can only say that he’s not afraid of death, which Logan scoffs at. [[spoiler: In the end, Bruce’s ghost asks the same question of Julius, after his actions in the service of the opposite ideal have ''also'' caused him to end up in the very same cell, on the eve of his execution. The reply is also the same.]]
* ''VideoGame/IronGaia: Virus'' reveals that the BigBad of the original, [=GAIA=], only went mad with the desire to "improve" and command humans after Dr. Cross had asked the following question to her:
---> '''Cross''': ''With all the historical knowledge stored in your data banks... Do you really believe, continuing as it has been, the human race can actually survive on its own?''
---> '''GAIA''': ''The odds against that are astronomical. Very well, Doctor, I will allow you to conduct your experiments, but I will also start my own.''
7th Apr '16 7:32:10 AM erforce
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* Asked by one of the characters in ''Film/{{Oldboy}}'' ''to himself'': "Now, what joy will I have to live for?"

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* Asked by one of the characters in ''Film/{{Oldboy}}'' ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}'' ''to himself'': "Now, what joy will I have to live for?"
6th Apr '16 7:23:43 PM AcePedro
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* ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'': [[spoiler:"Why don't you put the whole world in a bottle, Superman?"]] ComicBook/LexLuthor sends this in a letter rather than saying it. This question ''brings Superman to his knees''. The whole story actually builds to this one question. [[spoiler:It is asked as Superman, who has been able to spread his dictatorship peacefully up to this point, is finally forced to use force to take over the rest of the world. It both references his (only) failure to re-enlarge a shrunken city and compares him to fellow alien conqueror Brainiac, who shrunk the aforementioned city in the first place, and who is being used as a tool by Superman at this point to maintain his dictatorship (which actually makes "putting the whole world in a bottle" a valid option for him).]] It also points out the flaw in Superman's reasoning. [[spoiler:How did he know he'd tamed Brainiac? [[DragonAscendant Because Brainiac said so afterward.]] ]] Also, [[spoiler:Brianiac is smart enough to realize this and tries to take Luthor out himself, stating that if Superman were ever to try engaging a man with Luthor's intellect in a war of ideals, [[DrivenToSuicide Luthor would convince him to commit suicide after several minutes of debate.]]

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* ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'': [[spoiler:"Why don't you put the whole world in a bottle, Superman?"]] ComicBook/LexLuthor sends this in a letter rather than saying it. This question ''brings Superman to his knees''. The whole story actually builds to this one question. [[spoiler:It is asked as Superman, who has been able to spread his dictatorship peacefully up to this point, is finally forced to use force to take over the rest of the world. It both references his (only) failure to re-enlarge a shrunken city and compares him to fellow alien conqueror Brainiac, who shrunk the aforementioned city in the first place, and who is being used as a tool by Superman at this point to maintain his dictatorship (which actually makes "putting the whole world in a bottle" a valid option for him).]] It also points out the flaw in Superman's reasoning. [[spoiler:How did he know he'd tamed Brainiac? [[DragonAscendant Because Brainiac said so afterward.]] ]] Also, [[spoiler:Brianiac is smart enough to realize this and tries to take Luthor out himself, stating that if Superman were ever to try engaging a man with Luthor's intellect in a war of ideals, [[DrivenToSuicide Luthor would convince him to commit suicide after several minutes of debate.]] ]]
29th Mar '16 9:29:34 AM ObsidianFire
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