Created By: cellogirl42 on December 26, 2012 Last Edited By: spacemarine50 on January 18, 2013

Chorus of Increasingly Ridiculous Answers

One guy asks a question. The people with him each take turns answering. Their answers get more and more ridiculous.

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So, you've got the gang of protagonists. They're facing a problem. In order to solve it, one character asks the others for their input. They reply in a quick succession, one after the other, each with worse and worse suggestions.

Example:
Alice: So, does anyone know how to get the penguin past airport security?
Bob: Get it first-class tickets?
Charlie: Give it a briefcase?
Dave: Give it a wig and call it Mister Chairman?

For bonus points, change the third one to a pop-culture reference OR an example of Biting-The-Hand Humor. Related to the Zany Scheme. Often takes the form of The Triple.


Examples:

Fan Fic
  • The humour in Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality thrives on this. Conversations are like a telephone game, where notions get distorted beyond recognition, cultural misunderstandings are taken to the logical breaking point, and absurdity is enthusiastically embraced by all.

Film
  • The 'Burn The Witch' scene from Monty Python And The Holy Grail:
    Sir Bedevere: What else floats in water, besides wood?
    Peasants: Bread. Apples. Very small rocks. Cider. Gravy. Cherries. Mud. Churches. Lead! Lead!
    King Arthur: A duck!
Webcomics

Western Animation


Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • December 26, 2012
    elwoz
    Related to the Zany Scheme.
  • December 27, 2012
    TheHandle
    The humour in Harry Potter And The Methods Of Rationality thrives on this. Conversations are like a telephone game, where notions get distorted beyond recognition, cultural misunderstandings are taken to the logical breaking point, and absurdity is enthusiastically embraced by all.
  • December 27, 2012
    cellogirl42
    Roy: Ok, guys, what do you think about his 'Linear Guild'?
    Rest of the Order: Alternate Universe? Doppelgangers? Mirror of Opposition? Evil Twins? Dopplegangers? (I said that already.) Hackneyed plot device?

    Sir Bedevere: What else floats in water, besides wood?
    Peasants: Bread. Apples. Very small rocks. Cider. Gravy. Cherries. Mud. Churches. Lead! Lead!
    King Arthur: A duck!
  • December 27, 2012
    Duncan
    Homer Simpson has been known to do this on his own:
    Or what? Are you gonna release the Hounds, or the Bees, or the hounds with bees in their mouths so every time they bark at you they shoot bees at you?
  • December 27, 2012
    cellogirl42
    Related to The Triple.
  • December 27, 2012
    cellogirl42
    @The Handle: I definitely remember seeing this throughout Mo R, but are there any particularly memorable examples? I'm thinking this would probably be a subtrope of Dialogue or Exposition.

    @Nazetrime: It's explicitly about plans. The format's the same, but Foreman, Cameron, and Chase would have to be suggesting stupid and stupider solutions.
  • December 27, 2012
    Nazetrime
    Would that one from House count ? When Cameron, Chase and Foreman have all left House's team :
    Cuddy: Why is House driving a limo?
    Foreman: Don't know.
    Cameron: Don't have to know.
    Chase: Don't... care?

    Edit : If this doesn't qualify, why does the Order Of The Stick one ? Also, it may be a better idea to have just be about the dialogue stucture with plan-related dialogue as an Internal Subtrope. Otherwise, I just see a Missing Supertrope situation coming from here.
  • December 29, 2012
    KarjamP
    A mislaunch of a premature trope. How nice.
  • December 31, 2012
    henke37
    Ask the Internet for help and this is what you get.
  • January 18, 2013
    elwoz
    Still mainly needs examples.
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