Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on August 5, 2011 Last Edited By: HiddenFacedMatt on September 28, 2011
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Bait And Switch Comment

Character seems at first to say one thing; turns out to be saying another.

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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.

EDITED IN: This is getting close to 5 hats. It's time to discuss what the title should be.

Examples:

Film:
  • 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 MasterChef.
  • 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?!

Music
  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 42
  • August 8, 2011
    AmyJade
    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.
  • August 8, 2011
    TBTabby
    One of the 2XL tapes asks what sand is made of. If you answer "worn down rock," 2XL says it's "a very, very good guess...in fact, so good, it's right!"
  • August 8, 2011
    Statalyzer
    Stealth Insult might be a subtrope of this?
  • August 9, 2011
    Statalyzer
    Stealth Insult might be a subtrope of this?
  • August 9, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ I'd say it's more the opposite.
  • August 9, 2011
    CodeMan38
    Very common with judges on competition shows in general. Usually done by The Mean Brit (e.g., Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan).
  • August 9, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    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.
  • August 9, 2011
    Heatherly
    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."
  • August 10, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Done negatively by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, who says things like:
    you've been a great audience ... for me to poop on!
  • August 15, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Page quote switched @ randomsurfer
  • August 15, 2011
    TooBah
    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. The second time it's a magazine, and his face is covered by the bar code. In both cases, those around him expect him to be upset, and he says incredulously, "I don't believe it..." but then follows it with a joyous, "I'm on the cover of a magazine!" or whatever.
  • August 15, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Mentioned, except in a different format than you presented it in. @ Too Bah
  • August 16, 2011
    TooBah
    @HF Matt, no problem. Improving on ideas/formatting is all good.
  • August 17, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    @Too Bah Just to be clear, I wasn't suggesting you'd consider that a bad thing, I was just clarifying that I mentioned your example but you wouldn't find it in your format.
  • August 18, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Any ideas on what should be the page quote?
  • August 24, 2011
    Dawnwing
    • Near the start of Tangled, Flynn notices himself on a Wanted poster. His reaction is to say "Oh, no, this is bad...", making the audience think that he's upset about being on a poster, but then he finishes with "...they got my nose completely wrong!"
  • August 24, 2011
    Shnakepup
    Not sure if this is appropriate, but this is sort of a bait-and-switch Audience Participation Song:

    • In "Backmask Warning" by Mindless Self Indulgence, the song opens with a recording from a live concert of the singer, Johnny Urine, talking to the crowd:
      Johnny: When I say "we", you say "suck"! WE...!"
      Crowd: "SUCK!"
      Johnny:"WE...!"
      Crowd: "SUCK!"
      Johnny: "DICK"
  • August 25, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ... I don't see how that's an example @ Shnakepup
  • September 4, 2011
    JoeG
    • Real Life: Dorothy Parker in a book review: "This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force!"
  • September 5, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    See also Cue Card Pause.
  • September 6, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Mentioned, but with different wording @ thegrenekni3t
  • September 15, 2011
    JoeG
    • 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."
  • September 16, 2011
    SquirrelGuy
    On the cover of an Archie Comic. Archie is in (school principal) Mr. Weatherbee's office.

    Panel 1: "Archie, I'd like to compliment you on your good work." Panel 2: "WHEN you do some."
  • September 16, 2011
    CastingCrowns
    Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons tried to make one of these commments and failed. "Let's just say it moved me...TO A BIGGER HOUSE!!! Uh oh, I said the loud part quiet and the quiet part loud."
  • September 16, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^ If that is a cover, could you link to it? I'm thinking it might make a good page image.
  • September 17, 2011
    SquirrelGuy
    Link to the "Archie and Me" comic.
  • September 17, 2011
    SquirrelGuy
    That one seems to have embedded the link. Let's try again. "Archie and Me" comic.
  • September 17, 2011
    SquirrelGuy
    The comic is from August 1977 - - -
  • September 17, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Thanks @ Squirrel Guy
  • September 22, 2011
    callsignecho
    nvmd
  • September 23, 2011
    Sen
    If we have MLPFIM, we should also have 10cc's "Dreadlock Holiday"...
  • September 23, 2011
    LoopyChew
    • 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?!
  • September 24, 2011
    LoopyChew
    Also, as a proposed title: Mid Sentence Subversion?
  • September 24, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Makes it seem like it`s about trope subversions.
  • September 25, 2011
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    From Team Fortress 2:
    Soldier: That was an amazing killing spree... BY THE OTHER TEAM!
  • September 25, 2011
    orimarc
    Mid-sentence U-Turn/Derailing?
  • September 25, 2011
    AmyJade
    I don't think there's anything wrong with Bait And Switch Comment as a trope title.

    Also, another example:

    Live Action TV -- In the Corner Gas episode "Lost and Found":
    Wanda: Bad news: the Sarah Harden concert's sold out.
    Lacey: Oh, no...
    Wanda: Thanks to me -- 'cause I scooped the last two tickets!
  • September 25, 2011
    Shota
    Actually used a LOT in Family Guy. In the Stephen King episode, Peter, who is hosting and kicking off the next mini-story, described the plot of The Shining and speculates how Stewie would fit perfectly in the starring role, only to say that a parody of The Shawshank Redemption is up next.
  • September 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • 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!
  • September 26, 2011
    LoopyChew
  • September 26, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ That makes it seem like it is about crime and punishment.
  • September 27, 2011
    kyun
    Another Family Guy example.
    Peter: Lois! Remember how you always said you wanted a diamond ring?
    Lois: Gasp! Oh Peter!
    Peter: That's right I got a horse!
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