One character is arguing with another who (s)he thinks is being stupid, when the other makes a point which renders the first momentarily speechless. Related to DumbassHasAPoint. In comics, as per the Webcomics example, signified by '[[VisibleSilence ...]]'. In live action, usually signified by character 1 pausing open-mouthed, possibly with a finger in the air.

Related to ShuttingUpNow and SarcasmFailure. Compare GivingUpOnLogic.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/{{Tootsie}}'':
-->'''Sandy''': A guy named Les is sending you flowers?\\
'''Michael Dorsey''': Yes. He's a friend of mine. He can't eat candy; he's diabetic.\\
'''Sandy''': Why is he thanking you for a lovely night in front of the fire?\\
'''Michael Dorsey''': [long pause] My mind's a blank.
* In ''Film/OldSchool'' the fraternity members are set up in a debate against James Carville. Frank (Creator/WillFerrell, playing his usual ManChild character) opts to take the first question. His answer is surprisingly intelligent, and Carville's team frantically whispers among themselves for a long time before finally replying, "We... have no response".
* From ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Will and Jack wake up Gibs, who's sleeping with the pigs, by throwing a bucket of water on him. Then Will throws a second bucketful at him, to which he angrily responds "Blast it! ''I'm already awake!''". Will replies "That was for the smell." There's a pause, then Gibbs shrugs and nods his head.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In one episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', the team hesitates at the prospect of getting to the gate, which is guarded by a legion of [[{{Mook}} Jaffa]]. O'Neill is arguing with a scientist about how to go about it, when the scientist just goes, "But you're SG-1!" O'Neill has no response to that except to shrug, and go ahead and kick some ass.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'', Sam Seaborn gets his ass verbally handed to him by BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Ainsley Hayes, who then heads off for a snack. He's quite speechless until after she's left, at which point he says "...I could have countered that, but I'd already moved on to other things in my head."


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', when Grace tells Tedd why she lied, he does the 'mouth open and finger-in-air' version.
--> '''Tedd:''' You should have told me where you were going.
--> '''Grace:''' I didn't want you to worry.
--> '''Tedd:''' But you ''lied'' to me.
--> '''Grace:''' It's okay to lie to people if you think it's for their own good!
--> '''Tedd:''' Who gave you ''that'' idea?
--> '''Grace:''' Everyone I have ever known ever.
--> '''Tedd:''' [[VisibleSilence ...]]
--> '''Tedd:''' Fair enough.
** ... and again, [[ Nanase responding to Elliot in superhero form]], with [[QuizzicalTilt head tilt]] and [[WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises tiny pupils]] to boot.
* [[ This]] from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
* [[ Here]] in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'', Dr. Lee doesn't think Tip is an idiot, as such, but she certainly wasn't expecting his pithy assessment of the situation.
** In [[ another example]], Dr. Lee walks into it again this time with a BeatPanel as its over the phone.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' frequently uses this for its punchlines. See [[ here]] and [[ here (spoilers)]].
-->'''Redcloak''': Logic dictates that the [[OccamsRazor simplest solution is the most probable.]]
-->'''O'Chul''': And you find the idea that I have some sort of secret knowledge implanted in my brain by elders of the Sapphire Guard that has been so deeply suppressed that no magical effect can unearth it to be ''simpler'' than the idea that I just don't know anything?
-->'''Redcloak''': ''[long pause]'' ...I like the way I phrased it better.
* In [[ this]] ''{{Webcomic/Footloose}}'' strip, Keti runs into this problem with her mother.
* In ''Webcomic/ThePropertyOfHate'', [[ I legimtately do not know how to respond to that.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' Lex Luthor is trying to shut up Tala so he can concentrate on reviving Brainiac. Tala says "Transmutation of matter is what you want, right?" It takes a bit of time for this to sink in, but Lex is finally taken aback. "Do it then!"
* Parodied by [[LargeHam Peggy]] in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', where she goes on a thirty second rant of how she cannot say anything to that.
-->'''Peggy:''' Hank Hill, I am speechless. I literally have nothing to say. Not one word. Nada. Zilch. Zero. (beat) I don't know what you're waiting for.
* From ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'':
-->'''Mordecai:''' But if there is one thing you can trust us with, it's perfecting pointless skills on company time.
-->'''Benson:''' Wow... I really don't have an answer to that.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when Homer insists on finishing a dead trucker's delivery and Bart wants to come along:
-->'''Homer:''' Don't you have school?\\
'''Bart:''' Don't you have work?\\
'''Homer:''' Ah, ''touché''!