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10th Apr '16 9:45:19 PM DyingWillKirby
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Judy is nervous about having to speak at a press conference, so Nick tells her that instead of answering the questions, she should respond by stating a different question and then answering ''that'' one. This works out well for her at first, but as the questions come at her more quickly and with more intensity, she starts to slip up and give more straightforward answers, [[spoiler:ultimately leading to her making some rather careless and insensitive comments that help dramatically heighten racial tensions and severely [[PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure damage her friendship with Nick]]]].
29th Mar '16 6:00:26 AM Valaraukar
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\n* In ''Literature/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'', Frodo seems to imply this trope, possibly as a bit of [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] toward Gildor:
-->'''Frodo''': And it is also said, "Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes."

24th Mar '16 5:57:40 PM Teenlyokofan7777
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* Jeremie Belpois of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' answered with a noise when Odd asked him if losing power is supposed to happen.
-->'''Odd''': That's what I thought. You're using your "I hate to say it, but you bombed the exam" voice.
10th Mar '16 2:51:23 PM GrammarNavi
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** ''{{xkcd}}'' hid a joke about this in the gigantic scrolling strip with a character saying that the phrase sounds better than "because I'm rich enough for my goals to be arbitrary".

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** ''{{xkcd}}'' ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' hid a joke about this in the gigantic scrolling strip with a character saying that the phrase sounds better than "because I'm rich enough for my goals to be arbitrary".
10th Jan '16 2:00:38 PM DoctorCooper
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* Real life example: when asked in one of the interviews what happened with Russian military submarine Kursk, Vladimir Putin answered "It sunk". (Which is also a [[GrammarNazi grammatically incorrectly translated]] non-answer, as he should've said "It sank". The Russian quote "Она утонула", is grammatically correct but still both a non-answer and incredibly cynical.)

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* Real life example: when When asked in one of the interviews what happened with Russian military submarine Kursk, Vladimir Putin answered "It sunk". (Which is also a [[GrammarNazi grammatically incorrectly translated]] non-answer, as he should've said "It sank". The Russian quote "Она утонула", is grammatically correct but still both a non-answer and incredibly cynical.)



* Another real life example: When famous mountaineer George Mallory was asked why he wants to climb Mount Everest he replied "Because it is there." (Mallory died on Everest in 1924. It's unknown whether he reached the summit)

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* Another real life example: When famous mountaineer George Mallory was asked why he wants to climb Mount Everest he replied "Because it is there." (Mallory died on Everest in 1924. It's unknown whether he reached the summit)



* Real world example: 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 NonAnswer 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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* Real world example: a 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 NonAnswer 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.
30th Oct '15 5:33:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the movie ''TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'', the Governor's song, "Dance a Little Sidestep" spoofs politicians' tendency to give these.

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* In the movie ''TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'', ''Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'', the Governor's song, "Dance a Little Sidestep" spoofs politicians' tendency to give these.
26th Oct '15 7:52:16 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Used dramatically in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', during Cyrus Temple's press conference introducing the STAG Initiative. Cyrus responds to serious questions like "How long will the STAG occupation last?" and "How will it affect the average citizen's daily life?" with rhetoric and double-speak, before launching into a jingoistic MotiveRant and abruptly ending the press conference.
1st Oct '15 2:45:53 AM VVK
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* ''{{Pasila}}'' has an example of a ridiculously loaded question being deflated with a simple answer that's... well...
--> '''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.
3rd Sep '15 7:45:56 PM SSJMagus
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'', "Power Play"
-->'''Wesley:''' The small stuff that you can't worry about, would that include Fred?\\
'''Angel:''' I loved Fred.\\
'''Wesley:''' That's not an answer.\\
'''Angel:''' Then I guess you don't get one.
26th Jul '15 4:35:27 AM ZanderSchubert
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** If we want to be generous, we could say that any straight answer they could give will piss someone off somewhere along the line, and they don't want to burn any bridges unless they absolutely have to. It is also likely that their opponents will be willing to distort any straight answer they give to mean something evil, just to get political points.
** If taken too far, this leads to "dog whistles", where politicians give a statement that seems like a non-answer, but actually means something politically divisive. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment It's probably best if we don't give examples.]]
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