Created By: KingZeal on February 21, 2013 Last Edited By: KingZeal on August 23, 2013

Deflecting What

Like Defensive What, but after the other person said it first.

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Goku: "Yeah-huh!"
Krillin: "But how could you--?"
Krillin: "...What?"
Goku: "Huh?"

A situation where a person says something stupid, outlandish, offensive, or perverse, and they say "What" right back immediately to deflect their earlier statement, and act like it never happened.

Can also work with a "Huh?" or "Say again?" or "Eh?".


  • In one Speed Stick commercial, an impatient man at a laundromat decides to remove another patron's clothes from the dryer after the first patron hadn't returned in roughly an hour. When she comes back and catches him holding a pair of her panties, he quickly smooths the situation over by pretending he was going to fold her clothes for her. However, he then mutters under his breath something perverse, and when she responds with a Big "WHAT?!", he deflects it with this trope.

  • In Hiimdaisy's Persona 4 comic, Dojima states that he and his partner Adachi need to find clues before the killer's case goes stone cold. Adachi immediately responds with "Like your dead wife?" and when that gets Dojima's attention, he responds in accordance to this trope.
    "Huh? What?"
Community Feedback Replies: 3
  • February 22, 2013
    Related, not sure it fits exactly though:

    In the film Pulp Fiction, Jules Winfield has this exchange with a guy he's confronting on behalf of his boss:

    Jules: I'm sorry, did I break your concentration? I didn't mean to do that. Please, continue, you were saying something about best intentions. What's the matter? Oh, you were finished! Well, allow me to retort. What does Marsellus Wallace look like?
    Brett: What?
    Jules: What country are you from?
    Brett: What? What? Wh - ?
    Jules: "What" ain't no country I've ever heard of. They speak English in What?
    Brett: What?
    Jules: English, motherfucker, do you speak it?
    Brett: Yes! Yes!
    Jules: Then you know what I'm sayin'!
    Brett: Yes!
    Jules: Describe what Marsellus Wallace looks like!
    Brett: What?
    Jules: Say 'what' again. Say 'what' again, I dare you, I double dare you motherfucker, say 'what' one more Goddamn time!

  • April 22, 2013
    Nah. Not the trope. The guy was legitimately confused.
  • August 23, 2013

    ... sorry. I had to.