Appeal to Flattery
- Appeal to Vanity
- Emperor's New Clothes
- Another simple fallacy in which it is suggested that accepting a particular conclusion speaks well of the person who accepts it. This is a variant of Appeal to Consequences, since the unstated suggestion is that if someone does not accept the argument, the flattery is untrue. Very, very popular in advertising.
Appeal to Flattery has a flip side. It is known as "blocking disagreement" and usually involves a personal attack. Of course, only an idiot would fail to recognize this for a fallacy.
In a variant, one can appeal to perceived positive qualities of a group and a course of action, without ever establishing a link between them or even demonstrating that the group has those qualities. "Surely loyal, patriotic soldiers like yourselves would be willing to put up with the mild inconvenience of public, mandatory cavity searches of all passengers embarking on a plane in order to make sure terrorists don't threaten our civil liberties."
And of course witty, tolerant tropers such as yourselves
would have the patience to bear with a third example
of Hypocritical Humor
in what is becoming a Running Gag
- This is one of many techniques Palpatine uses to manipulate Anakin in the Star Wars prequels. He tells Anakin that he is the most awesome Jedi ever and that he is just way too awesome to take orders from that silly Jedi Council, who are clearly Just Jealous if they don't treat someone as awesome as Anakin with the proper reverence. This works extremely well because it's exactly what Anakin wants to believe.