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Bait And Switch Comment
Character seems at first to say one thing; turns out to be saying another.
(permanent link) added: 2011-08-05 10:09:09 sponsor: HiddenFacedMatt (last reply: 2011-09-28 22:20:01)

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Like it? No, I don't like it... I love it!

Someone seems at first to be saying one thing, but as they continue, they turn out to be saying something very different. Bonus points if what they turn out to be saying is the polar opposite of what they at first seemed to be saying.

One form of this is to start with an analogy that is typically used in favour of perspective X... only to go on to describe why it makes more sense to use this analogy against perspective X instead.

Compare/contrast Cue Card Pause, wherein the timing of a pause creates a similar effect.

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  • Near the start of Tangled, Flynn notices himself on a Wanted poster. His reaction is to say:
    Oh, no, this is bad . . . they got my nose completely wrong!
  • Done twice by Mike Wazowski in Monsters, Inc..
    • The first time there, is a commercial for the titular company, but his face is obscured by the company logo.
      I don't believe it... I'm on TV!
    • The second time it's a magazine, and his face is covered by the bar code.
      I don't believe it... I'm on the cover of a magazine!
  • Up The Creek: As a Running Gag, every time the hero made love to his new girlfriend, he asked her "Was it as good for for you as it was for me?" and she replied "No..." . Then something happens to distract them. This happened three or four times, until at the end of the movie, when he asked the question she responded "No, it was better."

Live-Action TV:
  • Very common in competition cooking shows. For example, "I have one big complaint about your dish... I can't stop eating it!" shows up a few times on Master Chef.
  • SF Debris said he had one complaint about Picard confronting Sarek in Star Trek: The Next Generation, which was it made him want to see them have more scenes together.
  • In an episode of How I Met Your Mother, Ted is on a date with a girl who keeps drinking wine midsentence. She keeps saying things that can be perceived as racist remarks, confessions of incest, etc., then finishes the sentence after the wine sip so that it takes on a completely different meaning. As Ted is imagining literal baggage appear around the room every time she says something and it disappears when she finishes her sentence, the scene culminates with her saying something particularly bad and a suitcase appears labeled "LET HER FINISH HER DRINK, TED."
  • On The IT Crowd, Roy and Moss are pranking Jen into believing she's holding onto The Internet so she can present it to the shareholders:
    Moss: I spoke to the Elders of the Internet not one hour ago. I told them about Jen winning Employee of the Month, and they were so impressed that they wanted to do whatever they could to help.
    Jen: Wait a minute... "The Elders of the Internet?" The Elders of the Internet (excitedly) know who I am?!

  • Similar to the above quote, 10cc's song "Dreadlock Holiday" features the following variations of the chorus:
    I don't like cricket, oh no/I love it!
    I don't like reggae, no no/I love it!
    Don't like Jamaica, oh no/I love her!
    • It should be noted that, unlike the quote, the joke here is that the narrator is a hapless tourist trying to win over some random thugs who are about to beat him up.

Western Animation:

Real Life:
  • This article on teachers' wages is one long variety of this, used to point out the Analogy Backfire of comparing teachers to babysitters.
    Teachersí hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year. Itís time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do Ė babysit. We can get that for less than minimum wage. Thatís right. Letís give them $3 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and planĖ that equals 6 1/2 hours). Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day . . . maybe 30? So thatís $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.
  • Done negatively by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, who says things like:
    ... you've been a great audience; for me to poop on!
  • Dorothy Parker in a book review: "This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force!"
  • Mick Foley in his autobiography Have a Nice Day! relates the following from when he was in ECW and headed to WCW. The crowd chanted at him "You sold out! You sold out!" Foley responded by getting on the mic.
    I have a feeling that a year from now, I'm going to have to look in the mirror and admit in my heart that I sold out...I sold out the Garden, I sold out the Coliseum, I sold out every damn arena in this country!
  • Bill Maher on Obama's critics...
    Republicans need to stop saying Barack Obama is an elitist, or looks down on rural people, and just admit you donít like him because of something he canít help, something thatís a result of the way he was born. Admit it, youíre not voting for him because heís... smarter than you.
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