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5th Aug '16 12:10:32 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''NerfNow'': If this question ever comes up in ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Dracula's]] [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/67 got it covered.]]

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* ''NerfNow'': ''Webcomic/NerfNow'': If this question ever comes up in ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Dracula's]] [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/67 got it covered.]]



* Subverted in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1308#comic this]] ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' comic.

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* Subverted in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1308#comic this]] ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' comic.
16th Jul '16 11:56:12 PM anza_sb
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* In ''[[VideoGame/Scribblenauts Scribblenauts Unlimited]]'', one of the Starite Shard quest in the Abjad Dunes is based on this riddle.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/Scribblenauts ''[[VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}} Scribblenauts Unlimited]]'', one of the Starite Shard quest in the Abjad Dunes is based on this riddle.
4th Jul '16 2:51:45 PM anza_sb
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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}} Scribblenauts Unlimited]]'', one of the Starite Shard quest in the Abjad Dunes is based on this riddle.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}} ''[[VideoGame/Scribblenauts Scribblenauts Unlimited]]'', one of the Starite Shard quest in the Abjad Dunes is based on this riddle.
4th Jul '16 2:51:22 PM anza_sb
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* In ''VideoGame/ScribblenautsUnlimited'', one of the Starite Shard quest in the Abjad Dunes is based on this riddle.

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* In ''VideoGame/ScribblenautsUnlimited'', ''[[VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}} Scribblenauts Unlimited]]'', one of the Starite Shard quest in the Abjad Dunes is based on this riddle.
4th Jul '16 2:47:32 PM anza_sb
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* In ''VideoGame/ScribblenautsUnlimited'', one of the Starite Shard quest in the Abjad Dunes is based on this riddle.
30th Jun '16 3:53:48 AM Phred
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'', this is the first of five riddles the Sphinx asks of Puss. His answer of "Yellow" is remarked upon to be the most incorrect answer she's ever heard.
14th Apr '16 5:28:39 PM LentilSandEater
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* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', the Riddler gives a rather demented parody of the riddle. (This was hardly the only time in the franchise he gave a riddle that really wasn’t a riddle at all; he seemed to be, like most villains in the series, even crazier than usual):
-->'''Riddler:''' “Good try, but the answer to all three is a baby. True, it crawls on all fours, but cut off its legs, and it can only wiggle on two limbs. Give it a crutch, it can hobble around on three. See?”
13th Mar '16 10:13:34 AM Sharlee
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* Once scenario for the Facebook flash game ''Ghost Tales'' features a direct equivalent to this riddle: "At dawn, it creeps. At midday, it sleeps. At night, it flies." The answer is expressed by clicking three statues so they transform into a caterpillar, a cocoon, and a butterfly.
17th Feb '16 11:02:54 AM FF32
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* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' subverts this [[http://paranatural.net/chapter-3-page-15/ here.]] Two characters are asked the riddle in question by a sphinx-like creature. They both immediately respond, "Man," having heard the riddle before, but are instead told, "Wrong! The answer is that guy."

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* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' subverts this [[http://paranatural.net/chapter-3-page-15/ [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=118 here.]] Two characters are asked the riddle in question by a sphinx-like creature. They both immediately respond, "Man," having heard the riddle before, but are instead told, "Wrong! The answer is that guy."
9th Jan '16 2:36:13 PM StFan
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* ''Anime/{{Ulysses 31}}'': ''The Secret Of The Sphynx'' had this. Strangely, most mythology used in the show was based on Greek mythology, and the Riddle is also Greek, but it was all done in an Egyptian setting.
* Parodied in ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited'' episode 16, where the "correct" answer is the Hemoran bacterium. The person who answered "a human" got it wrong.
** The riddle giver in that episode was cheating, so the person answering was always wrong. The only 'true' correct answer was to point out that the riddler was cheating.

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* ''Anime/{{Ulysses 31}}'': ''The "The Secret Of The Sphynx'' Sphynx" had this. Strangely, most mythology used in the show was based on Greek mythology, and the Riddle is also Greek, but it was all done in an Egyptian setting.
* Parodied in ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited'' episode 16, where the "correct" answer is the Hemoran bacterium. The person who answered answers "a human" got gets it wrong.
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wrong. The riddle giver in that episode was is cheating, so the person answering was is always wrong. The only 'true' "true" correct answer was to point out that the riddler was is cheating.



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* Spoofed, along with many other stock riddles, in ''ComicStrip/{{Sovisa}}'' when Alexi is confronted by a riddle-telling old man (a further spoof, in that the man states it's one of the few jobs a man of his age can hold down), Alexi antagonizes him by answering his riddles ''before he's finished telling them''. A section of the text is as follows:
-->'''Man:''' Listen well to your first ''fiendish'' riddle, foolish boy! "What walks on four legs in--"\\
'''Alexi:''' Man.\\
'''Man:''' What? What do you mean "man"?\\
'''Alexi:''' It's the answer, I've heard that riddle around a hojillion times.\\
-->'''Man:''' Well then get ready for round two! "As I was going to St. Ives, I--"\\
'''Alexi:''' One. One was going to St. Ives.\\
'''Man:''' OK, wise-ass, no more Mr. Nice Granddad. "I'm the beginning of Eterni--"\\
'''Alexi:''' The letter "E". You know, you could ''try'' to put some effort into this.\\
'''Man:''' Do I come to you at work and tell you how to do your job? No. Startin' to piss me off, boy. Right, "I occur once in a minute, tw--"\\
'''Alexi:''' The letter "''M''", I see we're stuck on ''letters'' now.\\
'''Man:''' All right. I see I'll have to pull out all the stops. "You come to two doors, guarded by a pair of men, one tells only the truth, wh--"\\
'''Alexi:''' [[KnightsAndKnaves The truth or lies guys riddle]]? Seriously? You know, I don't think you eve-- Ow! You kicked me!
* Subverted in ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'', in which a sphinx insists that everybody knows the "four legs, two legs, three legs" riddle, so instead asks: "[[TongueTwister How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood]]?"
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* Spoofed, along with many other stock riddles, in ''{{Sovisa}}'' when Alexi is confronted by a riddle-telling old man (a further spoof, in that the man states it's one of the few jobs a man of his age can hold down), Alexi antagonizes him by answering his riddles ''before he's finished telling them''. A section of the text is as follows:
-->'''Man:''' Listen well to your first ''fiendish'' riddle, foolish boy! "What walks on four legs in-"
-->'''Alexi:''' Man.
-->'''Man:''' What? What do you mean "man"?
-->'''Alexi:''' It's the answer, I've heard that riddle around a hojillion times.
-->'''Man:''' Well then get ready for round two! "As I was going to St. Ives, I-"
-->'''Alexi:''' One. One was going to St. Ives.
-->'''Man:''' OK, wise-ass, no more Mr. Nice Granddad. "I'm the beginning of Eterni-"
-->'''Alexi:''' The letter "E". You know, you could ''try'' to put some effort into this.
-->'''Man:''' Do I come to you at work and tell you how to do your job? No. -Startin' to piss me off, boy. Right, "I occur once in a minute, tw-"
-->'''Alexi:''' The letter "''M''", I see we're stuck on ''letters'' now.
-->'''Man:''' All right. I see I'll have to pull out all the stops. "You come to two doors, guarded by a pair of men, one tells only the truth, wh-"
-->'''Alexi:''' [[KnightsAndKnaves The truth or lies guys riddle]]? Seriously? You know, I don't think you eve- Ow! You kicked me!
* Subverted in ''[[Creator/PhilFoglio What's New? with Phil and Dixie]]'', in which a sphinx insists that everybody knows the "four legs, two legs, three legs" riddle, so instead asks: "[[TongueTwister How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood]]?"

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* Spoofed, along with many other stock riddles, ''{{Wrestling/GLOW}}'''s Little Egypt brags in ''{{Sovisa}}'' when Alexi is confronted by a riddle-telling old man (a further spoof, in that her rap "Even though I may be little/I'm the man states it's one of answer to the few jobs a man of his age can hold down), Alexi antagonizes him by answering his riddles ''before he's finished telling them''. A section of the text Sphinx's riddle". [[AccidentallyAccurate Technically she's right since she is as follows:
-->'''Man:''' Listen well to your first ''fiendish'' riddle, foolish boy! "What walks on four legs in-"
-->'''Alexi:''' Man.
-->'''Man:''' What? What do you mean "man"?
-->'''Alexi:''' It's the answer, I've heard that riddle around
a hojillion times.
-->'''Man:''' Well then get ready for round two! "As I was going to St. Ives, I-"
-->'''Alexi:''' One. One was going to St. Ives.
-->'''Man:''' OK, wise-ass, no more Mr. Nice Granddad. "I'm the beginning of Eterni-"
-->'''Alexi:''' The letter "E". You know, you could ''try'' to put some effort into this.
-->'''Man:''' Do I come to you at work and tell you how to do your job? No. -Startin' to piss me off, boy. Right, "I occur once in a minute, tw-"
-->'''Alexi:''' The letter "''M''", I see we're stuck on ''letters'' now.
-->'''Man:''' All right. I see I'll have to pull out all the stops. "You come to two doors, guarded by a pair of men, one tells only the truth, wh-"
-->'''Alexi:''' [[KnightsAndKnaves The truth or lies guys riddle]]? Seriously? You know, I don't think you eve- Ow! You kicked me!
* Subverted in ''[[Creator/PhilFoglio What's New? with Phil and Dixie]]'', in which a sphinx insists that everybody knows the "four legs, two legs, three legs" riddle, so instead asks: "[[TongueTwister How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood]]?"
human after all]].



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* ''{{Wrestling/GLOW}}'''s Little Egypt brags in her rap "Even though I may be little/I'm the answer to the Sphinx's riddle". [[AccidentallyAccurate Technically she's right since she is a human after all]].

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* ''{{Wrestling/GLOW}}'''s Little Egypt brags in her rap "Even though I may be little/I'm The comedian Richard Herring says the answer to shouldn't be a man because a stick isn't really a leg. The real answer should be [=Paul McCartney=] and his wives.
* An EmoPhilips routine postulates that
the Sphinx's riddle". [[AccidentallyAccurate Technically she's right since she answer is a human after all]].donkey, "who has four legs in the morning, then in the afternoon you chop two of them off, then in the evening you glue one back on again."



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* The comedian Richard Herring says the answer shouldn't be a man because a stick isn't really a leg. The real answer should be [=Paul McCartney=] and his wives.
* An EmoPhilips routine postulates that the answer is a donkey, "who has four legs in the morning, then in the afternoon you chop two of them off, then in the evening you glue one back on again."
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* Used in the ''MyLittlePony'' cartoon, in the episode "The Golden Horseshoes."

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* Used in the ''MyLittlePony'' ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' cartoon, in the episode "The Golden Horseshoes."



-->'''Jay:''' Oh, what is the point of all this?!
-->'''Riddler:''' I'm just so lonely...

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-->'''Jay:''' Oh, what is the point of all this?!
-->'''Riddler:'''
this?!\\
'''Riddler:'''
I'm just so lonely...



--> '''Sphinx!Starfire''': What is running and walks with a mouth, and talks, and has a head, and also, the bed?
--> '''Raven''': [[FlatWhat ...what]].

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--> '''Sphinx!Starfire''': -->'''Sphinx Starfire:''' What is running and walks with a mouth, and talks, and has a head, and also, the bed?
--> '''Raven''':
bed?\\
'''Raven:'''
[[FlatWhat ...what]].



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