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26th May '16 3:11:35 AM PF
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* ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'' provides an excellent example of this trope when the protagonist, a pro-tobacco lobbyist, demonstrates this debate technique to his son.

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* ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'' provides an excellent example of this trope when the protagonist, a pro-tobacco lobbyist, demonstrates this debate technique to his son.son:



** While still on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', the ''Even Stevens'' bits which he performed along with Creator/SteveCarell were excellent parodies of this trope. The bits would begin with one of the Stevens saying the question under debate, followed by both alternating ''YES!'' or ''NO!'' as loudly as possible.

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** While still on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', the ''Even Stevens'' bits which he performed along with Creator/SteveCarell were excellent parodies of this trope.this. The bits would begin with one of the Stevens saying the question under debate, followed by both alternating ''YES!'' or ''NO!'' as loudly as possible.



** Earning a discount, Renegade style.

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25th May '16 7:37:57 PM Dravencour
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** Mako tends to do this. A side effect of being the local {{Cloudcuckoolander}} is that she often makes completely nonsensical speeches that reduce most villains to stunned silence. For instance, when Ryuko is about to be [[ItMakesSenseInContext disqualified from a tennis match she didn't know she was in]], Mako steps in and argues that Ryuko won because she entered the match by rescuing her.

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** Mako tends to do Mankanshoku is a master of this. A side effect of being the local {{Cloudcuckoolander}} is that she often makes completely nonsensical speeches that reduce most villains to stunned silence. For instance, when Ryuko is about to be [[ItMakesSenseInContext disqualified from a tennis match she didn't know she was in]], Mako steps in and argues that Ryuko won because she entered the match by rescuing her.
5th May '16 2:48:41 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Used offensively in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' during the third arc. Battler has to prove that magic wasn't used to do something and rather than preparing actual logical arguments he just rushes on ahead and declares his victory before his opponent has any idea how the logic game even works. [[spoiler:She turns out to be really good at it when she's given a chance to think, however.]]

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* Used offensively in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' during the third arc. Battler has to prove that magic wasn't used to do something and rather than preparing actual logical arguments he just rushes on ahead and declares his victory before his opponent has any idea how the logic game even works. [[spoiler:She turns out to be really good at it when she's given a chance to think, however.]]
23rd Apr '16 12:42:41 PM DukeofFinland
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* ''VideoGame/{{Danganronpa}}'' Turns this into a gameplay mechanic in the way of Bullet Time Battle, where the opposing side usually in a last ditch effort to defend themselves tries to throw a combination of [[AdHominem random insults]] and [[InsaneTrollLogic nonsensical arguments]] at Makoto with a loud noise at rapid succession. To counter this the player has to destroy the opponents assertions and eventually counter their final statement with the truth. True to this trope, loosing these debates leads into an instant Game Over.
20th Apr '16 5:34:49 AM PF
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* In the Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy cartoon within ''VideoGame/SpongeBobSquarePantsLightsCameraPants'', [[CloudCuckooLander Mermaidman]] is convinced that the choir performance they're watching is a football game. When Barnacle Boy tries to set him straight, Mermaidman responds, "[[InsaneTrollLogic Oh, you're only saying that because]] ''[[InsaneTrollLogic your team's losing!]]''". Barnacle Boy tries to argue further but is completely unable to respond to this and just gives up.

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* In the Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy cartoon within ''VideoGame/SpongeBobSquarePantsLightsCameraPants'', [[CloudCuckooLander [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mermaidman]] is convinced that the choir performance they're watching is a football game. When Barnacle Boy tries to set him straight, Mermaidman responds, "[[InsaneTrollLogic Oh, you're only saying that because]] ''[[InsaneTrollLogic your team's losing!]]''". Barnacle Boy tries to argue further but is completely unable to respond to this and just gives up.



* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': Earning a discount, Renegade style.

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'':
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19th Apr '16 3:58:02 PM PF
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** In an episode where the Franchise/GreenLantern is accused of a crime, Franchise/TheFlash becomes his attorney. He doesn't have a clue what to use to turn the case around, so he uses a Chewbacca defense. He ends his speech with "If the ring wasn't lit, you must acquit!" Both of them end up getting sentenced to death. It was a JustifiedTrope in this case, since Flash wasn't really trying to win, just slow the trial down so that Superman and Martian Manhunter would have time to find proof that GL was innocent, which they did.

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** In an the episode where the Franchise/GreenLantern is accused of a crime, "In Blackest Night: Part II", Franchise/TheFlash becomes the Franchise/GreenLantern's attorney during his attorney. He trial. The former doesn't have a clue what to use to turn the case around, so he uses a Chewbacca defense. He ends his speech with "If the ring wasn't lit, you must acquit!" Both of them end up getting sentenced to death. It was It's a JustifiedTrope in this case, since Flash wasn't really trying to win, just slow the trial down so that Superman and Martian Manhunter would have enough time to find proof that GL was innocent, which they did.
14th Mar '16 1:32:53 PM iron610
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** In addition, some high school debaters adopt the style of speaking so quickly, their opponent would lack the opportunity to write all the arguments down, leading to the opponent being unable to argue certain points. By remaining silent on these points, the person who speaks quickly would be able to "extend" their arguments, since their opponent did not respond to their arguments; therefore, they must technically agree.
13th Mar '16 1:08:02 PM Josef5678
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* The OnePiece FanFic series ''Gorgon Zolo'' makes reference to the South Park episode with Gaimon, the midget-afro-treasure chest-pirate taking the place of Chewbacca -- as part of a disclaimer, no less.
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], this was done in Chapter 4, in which the narrator purposely attempts to confuse you with confusingly similar terms and insane logic, and practically tells the reader that they just have the accept the confusion and move on, despite it not making a lick of sense.

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* The OnePiece ''Franchise/OnePiece'' FanFic series ''Gorgon Zolo'' makes reference to the South Park episode with Gaimon, the midget-afro-treasure chest-pirate taking the place of Chewbacca -- as part of a disclaimer, no less.
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], ''FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed'', this was done in Chapter 4, in which the narrator purposely attempts to confuse you with confusingly similar terms and insane logic, and practically tells the reader that they just have the accept the confusion and move on, despite it not making a lick of sense.



* The Creator/TomClancy novel ''[[Literature/JackRyan Executive Orders]]'' has politically-inexperienced President Jack Ryan questioned about abortion. He states that he's pro-life, but the decision should be left in the hands of the Senate. After he gets offstage, his Chief of Staff angrily points out that he just alienated the conservatives ''and'' the liberals; the former probably think he's using the Senate as an excuse, and the latter think the Senate is the only thing keeping him from rampaging all over a woman's right to choose. This is a rare example of an ''unintentional'' Chewie Defense (the [=CoS=], incidentally, mentions that he himself is pro-choice).

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* The Creator/TomClancy novel ''[[Literature/JackRyan Executive Orders]]'' has politically-inexperienced President Jack Ryan questioned about abortion. He states that he's pro-life, but the decision should be left in the hands of the Senate. After he gets offstage, his Chief of Staff angrily points out that he just alienated the conservatives ''and'' the liberals; the former probably think thinks he's using the Senate as an excuse, and the latter think the Senate is the only thing keeping him from rampaging all over a woman's right to choose. This is a rare example of an ''unintentional'' Chewie Defense (the [=CoS=], incidentally, mentions that he himself is pro-choice).



* Parodied by Creator/StephenColbert of ''Series/TheColbertReport'', who uses several variations of this when arguing with his guests, asking them foolish and emotionally provocative questions like "Why do you hate America?" and (back when George W. Bush was still president of the United States) "Bush: great president, or ''the greatest'' president?" He's even done this when arguing with ''himself'', creating circular arguments along the lines of the following: If you were sent to Gitmo unfairly, you'd be angry enough at the government to want to overthrow it, and hence you'd deserve to be sent to Gitmo.

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Parodied by Creator/StephenColbert of in ''Series/TheColbertReport'', who uses several variations of this when arguing with his guests, asking them foolish and emotionally provocative questions like "Why do you hate America?" and (back when George W. Bush was still president of the United States) "Bush: great president, or ''the greatest'' president?" He's even done this when arguing with ''himself'', creating circular arguments along the lines of the following: If you were sent to Gitmo unfairly, you'd be angry enough at the government to want to overthrow it, and hence you'd deserve to be sent to Gitmo.



* Used often, sometimes by both sides at once, on Radio/TheDebaters.

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* Used often, sometimes by both sides at once, on Radio/TheDebaters.''Radio/TheDebaters''.



** Later, during Tali's trial, if you don't bother speaking to the admirals but still have a high enough score to persuade them, you can convince them to let her off by pointing out that she did good some ''other'' time and you're shouting loud enough to get her out of trouble, dammit!

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** Later, during During Tali's trial, if you don't bother speaking to the admirals but still have a high enough score to persuade them, you can convince them to let her off by pointing out that she did good some ''other'' time and you're shouting loud enough to get her out of trouble, dammit!



* [[http://mediumlarge.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/medlarge371.jpg This strip]] from the webcomic ''Medium Large''.

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* [[http://mediumlarge.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/medlarge371.jpg This strip]] from the webcomic ''Medium Large''.''Webcomic/MediumLarge''.



* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic review of ''SuburbanCommando'' suggests using the line "I was '''FROZEN''' today!" randomly in an argument to "watch what happens". He demonstrates it by acting out an argument with himself, in which the person who is yelled at with the line stares with a confused and slightly horrified look before slowly backing out of the room.

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic review of ''SuburbanCommando'' ''Film/SuburbanCommando'' suggests using the line "I was '''FROZEN''' today!" randomly in an argument to "watch what happens". He demonstrates it by acting out an argument with himself, in which the person who is yelled at with the line stares with a confused and slightly horrified look before slowly backing out of the room.



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* The ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' villain Ms. Question was able to get out of a jail sentence the first time this way. It helps confusing people is her gimmick and she was cause people to suffer short-term amnesia.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' villain Ms. Question was able to get out of a jail sentence the first time this way. It helps that confusing people is her gimmick and she was cause causes people to suffer short-term amnesia.



* ArthurCClarke once wrote an essay describing his methods of dealing with cranks. One of his suggestions was to respond to the crank with even greater levels of insanity until he leaves, thinking that ''you'' are the crank.

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* ArthurCClarke Creator/ArthurCClarke once wrote an essay describing his methods of dealing with cranks. One of his suggestions was to respond to the crank with even greater levels of insanity until he leaves, thinking that ''you'' are the crank.
16th Jan '16 2:42:17 PM Luigifan
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Compare ConfusionFu, PassiveAggressiveKombat, RefugeInAudacity, and AbominationAccusationAttack. As the strategy can work very well in conjunction with ObfuscatingStupidity, it's often popular with {{Simple Country Lawyer}}s. See also CourtroomAntics.[[note]]Keep in mind, though, that particularly ridiculous, asinine, or otherwise worthless Chewbacca Defenses can and often will get the user in trouble if used in court; basically, if the judge calls your defense "frivolous" or "vexatious", that's a slightly more subtle way of saying "shut the fuck up, this is utter nonsense and you're going to face harsh penalties if you don't stop right now", and continuing in spite of that will result in contempt of court charges. If you're an attorney who regularly uses particularly bizarre or groundless sophisms as part of your strategy, odds are good that you will be harshly punished by the bar association, and if they're particularly egregious or you clearly have not learned after being punished multiple times, disbarment is a very real possibility.[[/note]] A Chewbacca Prosecution may also be used in a KangarooCourt, where it doesn't matter ''what'' the prosecutor says because he's going to win anyway.

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Compare ConfusionFu, PassiveAggressiveKombat, RefugeInAudacity, and AbominationAccusationAttack. As the strategy can work very well in conjunction with ObfuscatingStupidity, it's often popular with {{Simple Country Lawyer}}s. See also CourtroomAntics.[[note]]Keep in mind, though, that particularly ridiculous, asinine, or otherwise worthless Chewbacca Defenses can and often will get the user in trouble if used in court; basically, if the judge calls your defense [[FrivolousLawsuit "frivolous" or "vexatious", "vexatious"]], that's a slightly more subtle way of saying "shut the fuck up, this is utter nonsense and you're going to face harsh penalties if you don't stop right now", and continuing in spite of that will result in contempt of court charges. If you're an attorney who regularly uses particularly bizarre or groundless sophisms as part of your strategy, odds are good that you will be harshly punished by the bar association, and if they're particularly egregious or you clearly have not learned after being punished multiple times, disbarment is a very real possibility.[[/note]] A Chewbacca Prosecution may also be used in a KangarooCourt, where it doesn't matter ''what'' the prosecutor says because he's going to win anyway.
4th Jan '16 2:16:01 PM Dmmaus
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', when Han is saved from treason charges by a ''[[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/1296.html literal]]'' Chewbacca Defense.



* In [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp10302003.shtml this]] Webcomic/SomethingPositive crossover, Aubrey uses it proactively.
* Not even used for any real purpose, but effective nonetheless in [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=012312 this]] {{Vexxarr}} comic.


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* In [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp10302003.shtml this]] Webcomic/SomethingPositive crossover, Aubrey uses it proactively.
* Not even used for any real purpose, but effective nonetheless in [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=012312 this]] {{Vexxarr}} comic.
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