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Quote, Counter Quote
Character's quotation is rebutted with an another quote.
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(permanent link) added: 2012-07-06 15:24:32 sponsor: erforce (last reply: 2012-11-21 15:21:32)

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Character A shows his conviction on a matter by quoting something. Character B then counters it with another quote, provoking a response (realization, anger, etc.) from Character A and depending on the response, shows which one of them is on the right.


  • The Toxic Avenger Part II:
    Apocalypse Inc. Chairman: "Neither a borrower, nor a lender be"... Shakespeare.
    Homeless Woman: "Fuck You"... David Mamet.
  • The Rock.
    Gen. Hummel: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson.
    John Mason: "Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious," according to Oscar Wilde. *Hummel pistol-whips him* Thank you for proving my point.
  • Hannibal brings B.A. Baracus back to action in The A-Team with this.
    B.A.: Gandhi said, "Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary."
    Hannibal: "It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence."
    B.A.: Who said that?
    Hannibal: Same guy.
  • In Porkys II The Next Day the school Shakespeare production is being shut down by a group of hyperconservative religous nuts who think Shakespeare is immoral. They quote out of context dirty Shakespaere passages (of which there are many) to support their cause. But the school principal, who supports the show, goes quote-for-quote against them using The Bible as his source of smutty sayings.

Live-Action Television
  • There is a scene in The West Wing episode "The Midterms", where a Christian fundamentalist quotes The Bible (Leviticus, in particular) to support her stance against homosexuality. President Bartlett then produces even more quotes from Leviticus, demonstrating how outdated and inapplicable those particular commandments are in the modern society.

  • The Frantics' "Tae Quan Leep"
    Teacher: The only use of Tae Kwan Leep is self-defense. Do you know who said that? Ki Lo Ni, the great teacher.
    Ed Gruberman: Yeah? Well the best defense is a good offense, you know who said that? Mel, the cook on Alice.


Western Animation
  • Parodied on The Simpsons episode "Homer The Heretic", with this exchange between Reverend Lovejoy and Homer:
    Reverend Lovejoy: Homer, I'd like you to remember Matthew 7:26. "The foolish man who built his house upon the sand."
    Homer: And you remember...Matthew...21:17.
    Lovejoy: "And he left them and went out of the city, into Bethany, and he lodged there"?
    Homer: ...Yeah. Think about it.
    • In "Like Father Like Clown", Bart and Lisa exchange verses from the Torah with Rabbi Krustofski when trying to convince him to reconcile with his son, Krusty the Clown, but for every verse they produce the Rabbi has one to back up his own viewpoint. Bart wins by producing a quote which touches the Rabbi at how well it summed up Jewish history. Bart the reveals that it was said by Sammy Davis Jr., which makes Rabbi Krustofski realize that Krusty's choice of the career wasn't anything to be ashamed of.
  • The King of the Hill episode "Hilloween" parodies this when this conversation happens between Hank and an overzealous priest:
    Judy Harper: "The complacency of fools will destroy them." Proverbs.
    Hank: "Get out of my house!" Exodus.

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