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7th Apr '18 7:01:43 AM nighttrainfm
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* In the penultimate episode of ''Series/Runaways2017'' season one, the members of Pride try to press Jonah for some details about the "energy source" he's supposedly drilling for.
-->'''Jonah:''' Please, huh? Let's not get distracted from this joyous occasion. Everything we've worked for has finally come to fruition!\\
'''Stacey:''' [[LampshadeHanging Y'know, he never really answers a question.]] You ever notice that?
11th Mar '18 5:33:37 PM thatother1dude
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* Used on ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'' every time someone asks why [[TheUnreveal the Monarch hates Dr. Venture so much.]]

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* Used on ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'' every time someone asks why [[TheUnreveal [[RiddleForTheAges the Monarch hates Dr. Venture so much.]]
6th Mar '18 1:57:01 PM eroock
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The Non-Answer is a response to a question that is so generic or vague that it's not really an answer at all. Usually, not only is the answer very vague, it is very ''[[CaptainObvious obvious]]'' as well. This may be because there is no better answer, or the askee simply doesn't want to answer the question. Other times, the askee is bluntly trying to redirect the questioner's attention to what they consider to be the more important consideration. For instance, "because I said so" may not be considered an answer by a junior officer, yet the senior officer may be trying to reinforce the importance of following orders.

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The Non-Answer is a response to a question that is so generic or vague that it's not really an answer at all. Usually, not only is the answer very vague, it is very ''[[CaptainObvious obvious]]'' as well. This may be because there is no better answer, or the askee simply doesn't want to answer the question. Other times, the askee is bluntly trying to redirect the questioner's attention to what they consider to be the more important consideration. For instance, "because I said so" "BecauseISaidSo" may not be considered an answer by a junior officer, yet the senior officer may be trying to reinforce the importance of following orders.
17th Feb '18 2:17:45 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''PrincipiaDiscordia'':

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* In the ''PrincipiaDiscordia'':''Literature/PrincipiaDiscordia'':
15th Dec '17 10:26:34 PM wingedcatgirl
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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': When Ranger [[DualWielding dual wields his dual wield]] to wield four bows at once, Sarda asks the obvious question of [[HowIsThisEvenPossible how he's holding them in only two hands]]. Ranger's response?

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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': When Ranger [[DualWielding dual wields his dual wield]] to wield four bows at once, Sarda asks the obvious question of [[HowIsThisEvenPossible [[HowIsThatEvenPossible how he's holding them in only two hands]]. Ranger's response?
15th Dec '17 10:26:20 PM wingedcatgirl
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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': When Ranger [[DualWielding dual wields his dual wield]] to wield four bows at once, Sarda asks the obvious question of [[HowIsThisEvenPossible how he's holding them in only two hands]]. Ranger's response?
-->'''Ranger''': It's not easy. Really hurts the neck.
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.
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