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4th Sep '17 2:17:45 PM quietThunderstorm
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* In ''[[VideoGame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All]]'' when Phoenix asks [[spoiler:an assassin]] to explain his meeting with his client in detail, he divulges into a speech about the reasons for meeting and the importance of trust, and Phoenix must point out that he hasn't truly answered the question.
6th Jul '17 5:53:01 PM nombretomado
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* A classic Zen-Buddhist answer to the Confucian ArmorPiercingQuestion[[note]] Every iteration/wave of Confucianism has been very much anti-religion and anti-claptrap, being focused on strict law-based governance and morality rather than wishy-washy feelings and philosophy. Consequently, Confucianism has gotten along about as well with Daoism (a wishy-washy vaguely spiritualistic and pantheistic religion akin to Hinduism, Shinto, and classic/original European Paganism) and Chinese-style Buddhism as you'd expect.[[/note]] (since ''everyone'', even the lowest peasants, seem to have 'aspects of the The Buddha's nature' as far as all these newfangled prayer-mongerers are concerned) "Do ''dogs'' have Buddha-nature too?" The Buddhist answer Wú or Mu, in Classical Chinese and Japanese respectively, is a cross between a Non-Answer and a MathematiciansAnswer. In Classical Chinese 'wú' is a 'negator-of-existence', i.e. there is no or there is nothing of whatever noun comes after it in the sentence... but it's a one-word answer, and it's not clear whether 'wú' refers to the question or the answer (it ''does not'' refer to the possession of Buddha-nature because it's a noun-negator, not a verb-negator). The implication is that [[StealthInsult it doesn't matter because both the question and the answer are meaningless]]. Consequently the reply is often translated as "It's meaningless". A philosophical STFU to an ArmorPiercingQuestion. TheOtherWiki has a better discussion for those interested.

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* A classic Zen-Buddhist answer to the Confucian ArmorPiercingQuestion[[note]] Every iteration/wave of Confucianism has been very much anti-religion and anti-claptrap, being focused on strict law-based governance and morality rather than wishy-washy feelings and philosophy. Consequently, Confucianism has gotten along about as well with Daoism (a wishy-washy vaguely spiritualistic and pantheistic religion akin to Hinduism, Shinto, and classic/original European Paganism) and Chinese-style Buddhism as you'd expect.[[/note]] (since ''everyone'', even the lowest peasants, seem to have 'aspects of the The Buddha's nature' as far as all these newfangled prayer-mongerers are concerned) "Do ''dogs'' have Buddha-nature too?" The Buddhist answer Wú or Mu, in Classical Chinese and Japanese respectively, is a cross between a Non-Answer and a MathematiciansAnswer. In Classical Chinese 'wú' is a 'negator-of-existence', i.e. there is no or there is nothing of whatever noun comes after it in the sentence... but it's a one-word answer, and it's not clear whether 'wú' refers to the question or the answer (it ''does not'' refer to the possession of Buddha-nature because it's a noun-negator, not a verb-negator). The implication is that [[StealthInsult it doesn't matter because both the question and the answer are meaningless]]. Consequently the reply is often translated as "It's meaningless". A philosophical STFU to an ArmorPiercingQuestion. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has a better discussion for those interested.
11th Jun '17 3:12:21 PM nombretomado
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* Sir Humphrey in ''YesMinister'' is not fond of giving straight answers. When pressed for one, he [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggerates]] this trope instead, talking for thirty seconds without saying anything at all.

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* Sir Humphrey in ''YesMinister'' ''Series/YesMinister'' is not fond of giving straight answers. When pressed for one, he [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggerates]] this trope instead, talking for thirty seconds without saying anything at all.
4th May '17 10:07:21 AM StevieC
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* These are often a rather intense BerserkButton for people on the autistic spectrum, ''especially'' if given when an autistic person asks how long they should be prepared to wait.
3rd Apr '17 6:51:21 PM TheWanderer
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* Lampshaded several times in ''Series/BabylonFive'', possibly due to the many times it was played straight, what with the Vorlons, and the Minbari, and Lorien...
-->'''Ta'lon''': "That was a stirring reply, G'Kar. However, while all answers are replies, not all replies are answers."

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* Lampshaded several times in ''Series/BabylonFive'', possibly due As ''Series/BabylonFive'' prominently featured interstellar politics and intrigue, not to the many times it mention multiple cryptic alien races, mystics, prophets, and various [[MagnificentBastard magnificent]] and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative bastards]] with competing agendas and gambits, this was often played straight, and frequently lampshaded. A few examples:
** G'Kar tells Ta'lon that he has had a mind opening revelation. Ta'lon asks him
what with sort of revelation. The following conversation occurs:
--->'''G'Kar:''' A most profound and substantial one, Ta'Lon. The kind of revelation that transforms your mind, your soul, your heart-even your flesh-so that you are a new creature, reborn in
the Vorlons, and the Minbari, and Lorien...
-->'''Ta'lon''': "That
instant of understanding.
--->'''Ta'lon''': That
was a stirring reply, G'Kar. However, while all answers are replies, not all replies are answers." You did not answer the question I asked.



-->'''Sherdian''': I ''really'' hate it when you do that.\\

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-->'''Sherdian''': --->'''Sherdian''': I ''really'' hate it when you do that.\\


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** Perhaps the greatest non-answer on the show happened when Sheridan met the man who was, essentially, the highest ranking MouthOfSauron for the Shadows. Sheridan tries to ask a simple question, and gets a mind bending reply that actually succeeds in throwing Sheridan off and making him forget the question he originally asked.
--->'''Sheridan:''' Who are you?\\
'''Justin:''' Now, that's really not important...\\
'''Sheridan:''' ''Who are you?''\\
'''Justin:''' Who decides that the workday is from 9 to 5 instead of 11 to 4? Who decides that the hemlines will be below the knee this year, and short again next year? Who draws up the borders, controls the currency, handles all of the decisions that happen transparently around us?\\
'''Sheridan:''' (incredulous and confused) I don't know.\\
'''Justin:''' Ah. I'm with them. Same group, different department. Think of me as a sort of middle man. And the name is Justin.
1st Apr '17 9:23:05 PM DustSnitch
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** Similarly, some view "Thou sayest it," the answer {{Jesus}} gives to Pilate's question "Art thou king of the Jews?", as a Non-Answer. Does Jesus mean "Yep, you said it; you got that right," or "That's what ''you'' say; ''I'' never made that claim"? (''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'' understands it in the latter sense.). However, this does have to be weighed against his other statements (that he existed before Abraham, that seeing him is the same as seeing God, that he could forgive sins, that he is the judge, that he can grant eternal life etc.)

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** Similarly, some view "Thou sayest it," the answer {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} gives to Pilate's question "Art thou king of the Jews?", as a Non-Answer. Does Jesus mean "Yep, you said it; you got that right," or "That's what ''you'' say; ''I'' never made that claim"? (''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'' understands it in the latter sense.). However, this does have to be weighed against his other statements (that he existed before Abraham, that seeing him is the same as seeing God, that he could forgive sins, that he is the judge, that he can grant eternal life etc.)
2nd Feb '17 7:43:19 PM eowynjedi
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* In the second ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' telefilm, Captain Pellew (AFatherToHisMen) and Captain Foster (a FearlessFool) have a terse exchange over Foster's battle of the popgun supply ship vs. Spanish frigate. After Pellew declines to answer Foster's inappropriate and offensive inquiry of whether Pellew would have surrendered, Foster tosses the question to Hornblower. Though Hornblower is in awe of Foster, he has great respect for his captain and tries "I am pleased the Spanish have been deprived of our supplies." It doesn't work--Foster takes it as vindication and Pellew quits the room.
1st Jan '17 5:46:24 AM KatanaCat
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''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow'': When Karl is explaining his first film pitch.

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* ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow'': When Karl is explaining his first film pitch.



''Deep Trouble'': HMS ''Goliath'' has just accidentally torpedoed the USS ''Nimitz'', and reporters aboard the Goliath wonder what's going on.

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* ''Deep Trouble'': HMS ''Goliath'' has just accidentally torpedoed the USS ''Nimitz'', and reporters aboard the Goliath wonder what's going on.
21st Dec '16 2:32:51 PM Xtifr
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* ''{{Pasila}}'' has an example of a ridiculously loaded question being deflated with a simple answer that's... well...

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* ''{{Pasila}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Pasila}}'' has an example of a ridiculously loaded question being deflated with a simple answer that's... well...
25th Nov '16 3:30:39 AM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode ''Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment'', Homer is using hollow bowling balls to smuggle illicit beer.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode ''Homer "Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment'', the 18th Amendment", Homer is using hollow bowling balls to smuggle illicit beer.



--> '''Juhani Kontiovaara:''' What the hell are you blaming the media for? Are you menstruating or do you simply want to live in [[{{Ruritania}} Albania]]?
--> '''The male interviewee:''' Yes.

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--> '''Juhani -->'''Juhani Kontiovaara:''' What the hell are you blaming the media for? Are you menstruating or do you simply want to live in [[{{Ruritania}} Albania]]?
--> '''The -->'''The male interviewee:''' Yes.
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