Created By: DS9guy on June 17, 2014 Last Edited By: DS9guy on June 19, 2014

Sudden Raised Hand Reversal

All raised hands go down when it made clear a certain subject won\'t be talked about.

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Do We Have This? Bob is teaching a class and asks, "Does anyone have a question?" All of the students raise their hands. Dreading the real reason for this, Bob adds, "Does anyone have a question that is not related to how my date went?" Almost all the students lower their hands in disappointment.

This trope is usually done for comedy.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • June 17, 2014
    Or everyone had the same question and it was answered the first time? Or when volunteering for something after being told a perk of doing so, but then hearing the negatives they decide it's not worth it?
  • June 17, 2014
    Got any examples?
  • June 17, 2014
    ^ that aren't Troper Tales? Not at the forefront of my mind, maybe OP does?
  • June 17, 2014
    We already have this as Hands Go Down.
  • June 17, 2014
    ^ Indeed we do.
  • June 17, 2014
    ^x5 Or when it's clarified that one of the positives isn't what everyone thought it was or wasn't implied like everyone thought?

    ^^ 30 intrawiki inbound links.
  • June 17, 2014
    Western Animation
    • Parodied in the Family Guy episode "Road to Germany" when Brian and Stewie are searching for Mort in a Warsaw church.
      Stewie: Excuse me, we're looking for a Mr. Goldman.
      (everyone raises their hands)
      Brian: Mr. Mort Goldman.
      (half the people lower their hands)
      Stewie: He's a small business owner, tends to whine a lot, kind of a hypochondriac.
      (the lowered half raises their hands back up)
      Stewie: Oh no! Y-Y-You can't put your hand back up after you put it down! You know what, never mind.
    • A Robot Chicken sketch that mixes Saved By The Bell with Saw ends with the kids in detention after they beat up Screech when they don't receive the Corvettes they were promised in the torture scene.
      Principal Belding: Are there any questions ? (everyone raises their hands) Are there any other questions not pertaining to Corvettes!? (everyone lowers their hands)
  • June 19, 2014
    As Macron Notes pointed out, Yes We Do Have This One as Hands Go Down.

    Any examples should be added there.
  • June 19, 2014
    It seems pretty clear that we've already got this one, so I'll be discarding this now.