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20th May '17 2:11:55 PM nombretomado
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* At the end of the Tombs of Amenti in ''ValkyrieProfile'', you are asked this riddle. The choices are "Humans", "Man", and "Homo Sapiens", so it's impossible to get it wrong.

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* At the end of the Tombs of Amenti in ''ValkyrieProfile'', ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'', you are asked this riddle. The choices are "Humans", "Man", and "Homo Sapiens", so it's impossible to get it wrong.
1st May '17 7:55:48 PM PaulA
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* The riddle is the reason that the members of the Club in Creator/EstherFriesner's "The Wedding of Wylda Serene" accepted the sphinx that one of their members brought, figuring that everyone knew the answer, so no one would get eaten. Then she learned some new ones...
** In her novel ''Sphynxes Wild'', the sphinx--currently operating as a Greek heiress in Atlantic City--is the villain, and not until the hero finally answers her new riddle can she be defeated.

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* Creator/EstherFriesner's works:
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The riddle is the reason that the members of the Club in Creator/EstherFriesner's "The Wedding of Wylda Serene" accepted the sphinx that one of their members brought, figuring that everyone knew the answer, so no one would get eaten. Then she learned some new ones...
** In her novel ''Sphynxes Wild'', the sphinx--currently operating as a Greek heiress in Atlantic City--is the villain, and not until the hero finally answers her new riddle can she be defeated.
18th Apr '17 12:14:51 AM MadSpy
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* ''VideoGame/BlackMirror'' has four books with one riddle each to hide [[spoiler: the coffin of Marcus Gordon]]. Interestingly, the actual riddle doesn't appear, though the riddles were obviously inspired by it in the way they are formulated. [[note]]"You can't see it, but hear it. It only speaks when spoken to." [[spoiler: Echo]] - "You buy it black, use it red and dispose it grey." [[spoiler: Coal]] - "You see it in the cold, but it usually is invisible to the eye. Gentle and light as a feather, but no creature can excist without it." [[spoiler: Breath]] - "The more you take, the more it grows." [[spoiler: Hole]][[/note]]

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* ''VideoGame/BlackMirror'' has four books with one riddle each to hide [[spoiler: the coffin of Marcus Gordon]]. Interestingly, the actual riddle doesn't appear, though the riddles were obviously inspired by it in the way they are formulated. [[note]]"You can't see it, but hear it. It only speaks when spoken to." [[spoiler: Echo]] - "You buy it black, use it red and dispose it grey." [[spoiler: Coal]] - "You see it in the cold, but it usually is invisible to the eye. Gentle and light as a feather, but no creature can excist exist without it." [[spoiler: Breath]] - "The more you take, the more it grows." [[spoiler: Hole]][[/note]]
6th Apr '17 7:31:22 PM PaulA
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* In the book ''[[Literature/KrimPyramid Pyramid Scheme]]'' the Sphinx can only eat someone who fails to answer her riddle. The heroes, of course, know the answer (although there's a certain amount of tension because while the guy being asked knows the answer, he doesn't know Ancient Greek....) After hearing the Sphinx complain about how hungry she is they offer to teach her a new riddle in exchange for her help. After they escape the myth world, the Sphinx gets a job as a greeter / tourist attraction at the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas. She asks guests riddles in exchange for all the food she can eat.

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* In the book ''[[Literature/KrimPyramid Pyramid Scheme]]'' ''Literature/PyramidScheme'' the Sphinx can only eat someone who fails to answer her riddle. The heroes, of course, know the answer (although there's a certain amount of tension because while the guy being asked knows the answer, he doesn't know Ancient Greek....) After hearing the Sphinx complain about how hungry she is they offer to teach her a new riddle in exchange for her help. After they escape the myth world, the Sphinx gets a job as a greeter / tourist attraction at the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas. She asks guests riddles in exchange for all the food she can eat.
19th Mar '17 7:18:36 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* {{Parodied| Trope}} hilariously in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' where Mr. Cat dresses as a sphinx and decides to ask Quack Quack riddles:
-->'''Mr. Cat''': I have two arms in the morning, four ears in the afternoon and seven tentacles in the evening. Who am I?
2nd Mar '17 4:19:30 AM TheGreatUnknown
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Versions of the story itself was told by oral tradition [[OlderThanDirt long before Apollodorus]], and in the earliest versions, the exact riddle asked by the Sphinx was not specified by early tellers of the stories, and was not standardized as the one given in Apollodorus' version.

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Versions of the story itself was told by oral tradition [[OlderThanDirt long before Apollodorus]], and in the earliest versions, the exact riddle asked by the Sphinx was not specified by early tellers of the stories, and was not standardized as the one given in Apollodorus' version.
version. (An additional part of the riddle, "The more legs it has the weaker it is", is usually omitted now.)
21st Feb '17 1:16:19 PM Scorntex
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold:'' One episode's ColdOpen has the Riddler asking Booster Gold this question. Booster Gold somehow concludes the answer is "a nine legged unicorn". Note that the Riddler was playing a deadly game show, and every time Booster got an answer wrong, Batman gets zapped with electricity.
28th Jan '17 12:50:50 PM VampireBuddha
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* In ''Podcast/{{Hello From the Magic Tavern}}'', this is a common riddle for bridge trolls; when a guest asks it of Arnie, he naturally answers that it's a human, which is wrong, though Chunt and Usidore are impressed when Arnie explains his answer. The correct answer, as it happens, is a Garfunt, a creature native to Food which actually is born with four legs, sheds two of them in the afternoon, and grows a third at dusk.
30th Oct '16 9:48:35 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'' tries to make a bet with his dad with this riddle in one Sunday strip; either he doesn't know how old it is or discredits his dad's intelligence - or both - but he loses the bet.
30th Sep '16 6:41:56 PM Greenygal
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* In the book [[Literature/KrimPyramid ''Pyramid Scheme'']] the Sphinx can only eat someone who fails to answer her riddle. The heroes, of course, know the answer (although there's a certain amount of tension because while the guy being asked knows the answer, he doesn't know Ancient Greek....) After hearing the Sphinx complain about how hungry she is they offer to teach her a new riddle in exchange for her help. After they escape the myth world, the Sphinx gets a job as a greeter / tourist attraction at the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas. She asks guests riddles in exchange for all the food she can eat.

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* In the book [[Literature/KrimPyramid ''Pyramid Scheme'']] ''[[Literature/KrimPyramid Pyramid Scheme]]'' the Sphinx can only eat someone who fails to answer her riddle. The heroes, of course, know the answer (although there's a certain amount of tension because while the guy being asked knows the answer, he doesn't know Ancient Greek....) After hearing the Sphinx complain about how hungry she is they offer to teach her a new riddle in exchange for her help. After they escape the myth world, the Sphinx gets a job as a greeter / tourist attraction at the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas. She asks guests riddles in exchange for all the food she can eat.
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