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19th Sep '17 4:24:31 AM MrInitialMan
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* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'': Frodo frustratedly {{Lampshades}} this when asking advice from an elf named Gildor, who merely responds that Frodo can choose one of two options (of which Frodo was already well aware). "It is also said: go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes." Gildor finds this amusing, but clarifies that he isn't really sure what Frodo should do either, and doesn't want to give advice that might possibly lead to a poor decision.

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* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'': Both {{Lampshaded}} and {{Justified}}: Frodo frustratedly {{Lampshades}} this when asking advice from an elf named Gildor, who merely responds that Frodo can choose one of two options (of which Frodo was already well aware). "It is also said: go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes." Gildor finds this amusing, but clarifies that [[JustifiedTrope he isn't really sure what Frodo should do either, either]], and doesn't want to give advice that might possibly lead to a poor decision.
29th Apr '17 12:42:17 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'': The Dungeon Master constantly provided support to his chosen heroes on how to survive the episode's central situation... in the form of riddles. It was not unusual for them to snark about it.
-->'''Eric The Cavalier''': Oh, great, the Dungeon Master gave us a riddle ''again''! And in other news, the ''sky is blue!''
12th Mar '17 4:22:55 PM Vir
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'''Thanatos''': Only the fire of life can melt the chains of death\\

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'''Thanatos''': Only the fire of life can melt the chains of death\\death.\\
3rd Mar '17 6:42:33 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'': Frodo frustratedly {{Lampshades}} this when asking advice from an elf named Gildor, who merely responds that Frodo can choose one of two options (of which Frodo was already well aware). "It is also said: go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes." Gildor finds this amusing, but clarifies that he isn't really sure what Frodo should do either, and doesn't want to give advice that might possibly lead to a poor decision.
10th Dec '16 2:56:30 AM Arivne
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. The spell Legend Lore would provide information about a specified person, place or thing, but the data would be in some cryptic form (an anagram, cipher, code, rhyme, riddle, etc.).

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The spell Augury told the user whether committing some act would be a good idea or not. The Dungeon Master was advised to only give a vague and general answer to the caster's question.
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The spell Legend Lore would provide information about a specified person, place or thing, but the data would be in some cryptic form (an anagram, cipher, code, rhyme, riddle, etc.).
10th Dec '16 2:50:35 AM Arivne
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. The spell Legend Lore would provide information about a specified person, place or thing, but the data would be in some cryptic form (an anagram, cipher, code, rhyme, riddle, etc.).
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12th Oct '16 9:14:57 AM erforce
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* Happens in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' when Jack is studying Sao Feng's navigational charts. Even lampshaded.

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* Happens in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' when Jack is studying Sao Feng's navigational charts. Even lampshaded.



* In the ''{{Belgariad}} / {{Malloreon}}'' these are abundant, leading to various characters (mostly Beldin and Belgarath) remarking how they hate riddles. When asked of one character why this is the only answer she gives, she tells them that it makes people think more about her words. Plus she knows it irritates people.

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* In the ''{{Belgariad}} / {{Malloreon}}'' David Edding's ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' and ''Literature/{{Malloreon}}'' these are abundant, leading to various characters (mostly Beldin and Belgarath) remarking how they hate riddles. When asked of one character why this is the only answer she gives, she tells them that it makes people think more about her words. Plus she knows it irritates people.



* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Zecora's insistence on rhyming when she speaks means that her speech is usually very convoluted and hard to understand. In her introductory episode, she tells the protagonists "Beware, beware, you pony folk; those leaves of blue are not a joke!" Somewhat more helpful would have been if she'd said "Don't go near the blue flowers, they're dangerous." But then we couldn't have had a full episode ending with learning not to judge by appearances.

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* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Zecora's insistence on rhyming when she speaks means that her speech is usually very convoluted and hard to understand. In her introductory episode, she tells the protagonists "Beware, beware, you pony folk; those leaves of blue are not a joke!" Somewhat more helpful would have been if she'd said "Don't go near the blue flowers, they're dangerous." But then we couldn't have had a full episode ending with learning not to judge by appearances.
22nd Sep '16 3:33:32 AM immortalfrieza
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->'''''Tobias''': We didn't know if it was rude to ask, but, uh... How do you eat with no mouth?\\
'''Ax''': What do you mean, how do I eat? I have hooves, don't I''?
--> -- ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''

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->'''''Tobias''': We didn't know if it was rude to ask, but, uh... -> '''Percy Jackson''': How do you eat with no mouth?\\
'''Ax''': What do you mean, how do I eat? I have hooves, don't I''?
--> -- ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''
we break those chains?\\
'''Thanatos''': Only the fire of life can melt the chains of death\\
'''Percy''': Without the riddles, please?
-->-- ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus: The Son of Neptune''
21st Sep '16 1:55:41 AM immortalfrieza
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* As evidenced by the page quote, Ax of {{Animorphs}} had a tendency to answer personal questions this way early on since not sharing information with other species is deeply engrained in Andalite culture (and with good reason). [[spoiler:They absorb nutrients through their hooves, in case you were wondering.]]
30th Jul '16 8:13:44 PM Paranoia
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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Worf refuses to explain why 23rd-century Klingons don't look like their [[RubberForeheadAliens 24th-century counterparts]], saying only, "[[NoodleIncident We do not discuss it with outsiders!]]" It wasn't until Season 2 of ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' that we got a canon explanation (which happened to be a combination of all the WildMadGuessing the characters engaged in during this exact scene).

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Worf refuses to explain why 23rd-century Klingons don't look like their [[RubberForeheadAliens 24th-century counterparts]], saying only, "[[NoodleIncident We do not discuss it with outsiders!]]" It wasn't until Season 2 of ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' that we got a canon explanation (which happened to be a combination of all the WildMadGuessing {{WMG}} the characters engaged in during this exact scene).
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