To whoever is asking the question, a more appropriate answer would probably be either a no, or maybe a maybe, or in some cases no answer at all. Instead, however, it's answered with a Blunt Yes, or whatever else would be equivalent to "yes" in its own context (for example, if Alice asks "Have you no shame?" Bob saying "No" or "None!" would count). Normally followed by Alice's dumbfounded or dejected acceptance of Bob's answer.
Maybe this reflects on differences between the asker and the answerer in terms of views toward the subject they are discussing. Maybe it implies that the answerer has a very blunt personality, such as that of a Deadpan Snarker, for instance. Sometimes it could mean both, and by its very nature often does.
Often a subtrope of Rhetorical Question Blunder. Compare with Insult Backfire, since it is often caused by similar things. Often associated with Brutal Honesty. See also Flat "What." and Little "No". Compare Mathematician's Answer.
Truth in Television, of course, especially in online discussions, given the sheer diversity of opinions, and in turn, higher rate at which what one would consider an inappropriate response, another considers quite fitting.
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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji reacts to Misato's questions like this after being returned to NERV Headquarters in Episode four.
When Asuka suggests that Rei would kill herself if ordered to do so, she says yes.
In a more comedic example, when Misato asks if Shinji considers her a slob, Shinji cheerfully says "That and lazy!"
In Bakuman。, when Miura argues with Mashiro and Takagi over whether they should go into gag manga; Miura believes that if they have no serious stories in mind, they should just do as their editor says.
Mashiro: We can change up our style and genre, but I still don't think humor is the best way to utilize Takagi's skills.
In the Naruto pilot, there is an interesting example, in which the blunt yes is in agreement with the speaker with the question. The eponymous character tells Kuroda about his mission, in which he's unable to return to his village of youkai until he makes a friend. When he remarks that it's a "dumb training exercise," with a smile on his face, Kuroda tells him "Yeah... really dumb," then tells him the only one he can trust is himself, surprising him.
In the Viz translation of Kakashi Gaiden, during an argument over whether to break from the mission to save Rin, Obito asks Kakashi if he thinks emotion is nothing but a useless burden, and after a long pause, Kakashi says he does. Obito then decides to save Rin on his own and Kakashi asks Obito if he knows what happens to those who break the rules. Obito, who, unbeknownst to Kakashi, has learned about Sakumo's abandoning a mission to save his comrades, says "I do, and that's why the White Fang was a true hero."
In The Vanishing of Nagato Yuki-chan, Ryoko talks with Haruhi about Yuki and Kyon growing closer, and what it means for her, as Yuki's best friend and also friends with Kyon. After this exchange, Haruhi tells Ryoko that her friendships with Yuki and Kyon should be strong enough to withstand their having a fight.
Ryoko: The more the distance between Nagato-san and Kyon-kun closes, the more it feels like they're moving further from me. And it's just... I hate it. It's lonely. I know, I know. I'm not protecting anyone. It's pure jealousy.
Haruhi:(places a hand on Ryoko's shoulder) Ryoko... (with a smile) Yeah, that's really dumb!
In Saki Achiga-Hen, this exchange between Izumi Nijou and Hiroko "FunaQ" Funakubo happens after Izumi loses badly in the semi-finals, and Hiroko mentions all the strong first-years who have come by..
FunaQ: This year brought some amazing first-years like that, too, but... do you really rank yourself among them, Izumi?
Izumi: That's what I keep telling myself.
In a much earlier scene, which takes place when Nodoka and her friends Shizuno and Ako are in elementary school.
Nodoka: (struggling to keep up) Shizu, Ako...! gulp You're going too fast... There's no need for running. Why sprint away all of a sudden? Are you kids?
Shizuno: YES, WE ARE!
In Saki Shinohayu Dawn Of Age, a blunt "no" happens when Kanna recruits her friends to form a mahjong club and defeat Hayari Mizuhara, who won the local tournament, defeating Kanna.
In Bleach Captain Hitsugaya is asked by Captain Kurotsuchi whether he really believes that Kurotsuchi's technicians monitoring the Precipice world could have made a mistake, and responds with a simple yes. Kurotsuchi momentarily responds as if he said no before realizing the actual answer.
In One Piece, Tashigi says this after saying that she believes Zoro is assuming she's weaker because she's a woman.
Zoro: What do you think I am, some kind of joke?
In Girls und Panzer, the newly revived tankery club's first order of business is to search for tanks. When Anzu is asked if she doesn't know where they are, she cheerfully says that no, she does not know.
Phoney Bone: So a couple a' shady business deals went sour...is that any reason to run the most beloved Bone in Boneville out of town on a rail? Fone Bone: Yes.
In Jack Chick tracts, it's fairly common for people to ask whether a dead "unsaved" person has gone to hell, or whether they themselves will go to hell, and the answer is yes. The following is an exchange between star baseball player Frank Stone and his gardener Oscar after Frank learns that he's dying of cancer; keep in mind that Oscar got in trouble for mentioning his religion around Frank before.
Frank Stone: I know you'll tell me the truth. Am I going to Hell?
During a challenge, Geoff describes Courtney's attitude as "harshness". Courtney replies, "Yes, it is. What's your point?"
During another challenge, Beth thinks that Chris has killed Courtney. When the (seemingly) offended Chris asks whether Beth really thinks he would do something like that, the contestants reply, "Yes" in unison.
In System Restore, Togami gives this response regarding his attempt to let himself be executed in Hanamura's place.
Togami: “I suppose it was worth a shot."
Koizumi: “Worth a shot…? Is that all you can say?"
Jumba: After all you put me through, you expect me to help you, just like that?! Just like that?! Stitch: Ih. [beat] Jumba: Fine! Pleakley: "Fine?" You're doing what he says?! Jumba: He is very persuasive. Pleakley:Persuasive?!
Astrid: Hiccup, we just discovered the dragon's nest! The thing we've been after since Vikings first sailed here! And you want to keep it a secret? To protect your pet dragon? Are you serious? Hiccup: Yes. [beat] Astrid: Ok. Then, what do we do?
Calhoun: Cy-Bugs are like a virus. They don’t know they’re in a game. All they know is eat, kill, multiply. Without a beacon to stop them, they’ll consume Sugar Rush. But do you think they’ll stop there? Felix:Yes. Calhoun:Wrong! Viruses do not stop! Once those Cy-Bugs finish off Sugar Rush, they’ll invade every other game until this arcade is nothing but a smoking husk of forgotten dreams.
King Shultz: I trust, as a representative of the criminal justice system of the United States of America, I shan't be shot down in the street by either you or your deputies before I've had my day in court.
Marshal Tatum: You mean like you did our sheriff? Shot 'em down like a dog in the street!
King Schultz: Yes, that's exactly what I mean. Do I have your word as a lawman not to shoot me down like a dog in the street?
Saving Mr. Banks: The screenwriters suggest to P.L. Travers that Mrs. Banks be made a suffragette to explain why she's not with her children. When Travers demands indignantly if they're implying Mrs. Banks is a neglectful mother, they hem and haw, except for Bob who pointedly replies, "Yup!"
V for Vendetta: Eve observes on TV that her boss, a high-ranking party member, was murdered:
Evey: I found my [ID Security] card was missing last night. V, have you something to do with it? V: Yes. I killed him.
Evey: And are you going to kill more people? V: Yes.
In Falling Down, Martin Prendergast finally confronts the man who snapped and went on a rampage in an attempt to get home, trying to make him face up to what he's become.
Bill Foster: I'm the bad guy? Martin Prendergast: Yeah.
In Shattered Glass, Amy tries writing funnier stories to emulate rising star Stephen Glass. When Caitlin asks her if she really wants a bunch of editors blowing smoke up her ass, she gets a blunt yes in response.
Dr. Bey: We are part of an ancient secret society. For over three thousand years we have guarded the City of the Dead. We are sworn at manhood to do any and all in our power to stop the High Priest Imhotep from being reborn into this world. Ardeth Bay: Now, because of you, we have failed. Evelyn: And you think this justifies the killing of innocent people? Dr. Bey: To stop this creature? Let me think... Ardeth and Dr. Bey: YES!
Used in this trailer for a movie called The Guardian, during a conversation at a dinner table about a girl.
Jake Fischer: You gotta make a move! Billy Hodge: I can't. I get nervous. Jake Fischer: You're tellin' me you can jump outta helicopters but you're afraid to go talk to a girl? Billy Hodge: Uh, pretty much, yeah.
In Serenity, as Mal and Jayne have yet another argument:
In the 2000 remake of Bedazzled, the Devil brings Elliot into Alison's bedroom with both of them are invisible, intangible, and Alison can't hear them. The Devil tells Elliot that Alison is in the bathroom. Naked.
Elliot: You must think that I'm really perverted, don't you? That's what you think. You think I'm some sad, desperate, twisted, pathetic loser. The Devil: Yes. Elliot: Well, in that case, maybe I'll just take a quick look.
Rick Peck: Let me get this straight. You want me to let my client of 15 years, one of my best friends, die in the jungle alone, for some money and a G5? Les Grossman: Yes. [beat] Rick Peck: A G5 airplane? Les Grossman: [whispering] Yes... and lots of money... playaaaa!
Saul: I have a question: Say we get into the cage, and through the security doors there and down the elevator we can't move, and past the guards with the guns, and into the vault we can't open... Rusty: Without being seen by the cameras. Danny: Oh yeah, sorry, I forgot to mention that. Saul: Yeah well, say we do all that... uh... we're just supposed to walk out of there with a hundred and fifty million dollars in cash on us, without getting stopped? [everyone looks at Danny] Danny: Yeah. Saul: Oh. Okay.
Miss Price: (matter-of-factly tone) Poisoned Dragon's Liver.
Paul: You mean you poison the dragon or just the liver?
A nice example in A Hard Day's Night, made nicer since one gets the impression it's something George would actually say.
Interviewer: Has success changed your life?
A hilarious example from True Lies, when Harry and Helen are waiting to be executed by the terrorists; Harry explains to her that he's been injected with sodium pentothal, making him incapable of lying.
Helen: So how do we know if it's working?
Harry: Ask me something I'd normally lie about.
Helen: Are we going to die?
Helen: I'd say it's working.
In The Avengers: Perhaps played with, since Loki considers it a painfully obvious answer.
Loki: The humans slaughter each other in droves, while you idly fret! I mean to rule them, and why should I not? Thor: You think yourself above them? Loki: Well, yes.
Subverted in that Thor isn't fazed in the least:
Thor: Then you miss the truth of ruling, brother. The throne would suit you ill.
Berthold: Hang on. Hang on! It's all coming back. I've-I've been stuck here for over twenty years, ever since you were last here on the moon. You abandoned me here!You swine! You toddled off with that old queen of tarts and left me to rot in that parrot cage, didn't you? And now you come back here, just because it suits you, after wasting half my life and expect me to follow you to the ends of the earth! Baron: Yes. [beat] Berthold: Oh, all right.
Pirates of the Caribbean: In the first film, Will Turner accuses Jack Sparrow of planning to trade him to the pirates all along. Jack replies with a quick but very self-amused "Yeah."
Although both their statements have a lot more subtext when seen with the film, which puts a new spin on this trope.
From Arrested Development, Michael is suspicious about the fact that his father's former cellmate T-Bone, a convicted flamernote An Unusual Euphemism for arsonist, is given a job at the company right after a storage unit full of incriminating evidence is burned down.
The Narrator: [Michael] still had some unanswered questions, so he did a little detective work. Michael: Did you burn down the storage unit? T-Bone: Oh, most definitely!
Tucker Carlson: You have John Kerry on your show, and you sniff his throne, and you’re accusing us of partisan hackery? Stewart: Absolutely.
Babylon 5: In one episode, an Earth Force cruiser arrives after the Great Machine is discovered on the planet Epsilon III (which Babylon 5 orbits). Unfortunately, the machine unstable and will explode if anyone tries to land—likely taking the station with it. When the captain of the cruiser insists upon landing upon Epsilon III despite the warnings of Sinclair and Varn, he makes a flippant remark:
The Walking Dead: This is Carol's reply when Rick asks her outright if she's the one who murdered Karen and David.
A rare humorous (and silent) version in Red Dwarf, where the android Kryten doesn't quite share the views of his fleshy crewmates:
Kryten: Sir, I beg you to reconsider, if not for your sanity. You haven't even considered the moral implications of your decision. You will be joining a society where you will be compelled to have sex with beautiful, brilliant women twice daily on demand. Now, am I really the only one here who finds that just a little bit tacky? (He pauses; Lister and the Cat's mouths are hanging open.) Well, quite clearly, I am.
Nikitchenko: You would allow a man such as Ernst Kaltenbrunner, responsible for the Gestapo, concentration camps, for killing millions of innocent people, to stand before a court of law and declare himself not guilty?
Jackson: That is precisely what we would allow.
On the British quiz show Have I Got News for You they touched on the subject of Goldman-Sachs selling sub-prime mortgages, prompting panelist Ian to say some rather... uncharitable things about Goldman-Sachs, prompting this exchange:
Jeremy Clarkson: Frankly I can't see any of this making it into the finished program.
Flambeaux: What do you think I am, stupid? You: Yes. Quite.
In Tales of the Abyss, when the replicas on Feres Island say they care nothing for the lives of the originals, Tear makes a comment regarding their personalities to Luke, who is also a replica, but is questioning his own worth.
Tear: Call it a will to live that borders on arrogance. You had it once.
Replica Mary: You would call us arrogant?
Tear: Yes, I would. And someday your own words may be turned right back at you. I wonder if you'll be able to say the same thing then.
Virion: Delving into the character of your future husband before you wed him? Heh heh... Sully: Yep. Virion: Because frankly, I don't see wh—WHAT?!
In Yahtzee Croshaw's Adventure Game, The Trials of Odysseus Kent, the game opens as the titular character has been guided to a plot of land by his Treasure Map, he then takes out a shovel and prepares to dig, when a vicar appears and asks him if he is planning to dig on the plot. On of the possible answers reads thus:
Odysseus Kent: "Yes. Now piss off." Vicar: At least you're honest.
In Super Dangan Ronpa 2, this exchange happens when discussing the first murder, which took place in the big lodge during a party that only Kuzuryuu refused to attend.
Kuzuryuu: (The victim) was killed in the big hall, wasn't he? In that case, the suspicious ones are those who were there with him.
Koizumi: Sure, sure. You're just trying to say that you're not the culprit, aren't you?
Kuzuryuu: Obviously. It's you lot who started this mutual killing business... it's got nothing to do with me...
The Order of the Stick uses this trope a few times, often in its more serious moments. One example from the prequel book Start of Darkness:
Redcloak: Oh, so now you've gained some great insight on the universe by letting your body and mind deteriorate?
Right-Eye: YES! When you're faced with your own mortality, you have no choice but to consider what's best for the next generation.
Nale gets two in rapid succession in Strip 913, when he says that he would rather have dealt with Malack by himself, and standing by his statement that he is his own man and wants nothing from his father. The latter is the last thing he ever says, as Tarquin kills him while saying that he'd have died long ago without his protection.
Belkar: Oh come on! Would I lie about this? Roy: Yes. Belkar: Oh yeah. Well, would I lie if I didn't have anything to gain? Roy: Yes. Belkar: If I didn't have anything to gain, and no one else had anything to lose, and it wouldn't be really really funny? Roy: Maybe.
Grace: I just said I know a bunch of guys who treat me like that. Sarah's dealt with guys like that, too. And Ellen. And ... well, I figure every girl has to deal with stuff like that. Tedd: But ... that's not okay! That sucks! Grace: Yep.
Used twice in a row in thisYouTube video, which may qualify as a real-life example, but the uncertainty as to whether it is real or staged puts it in web original for now.
Mother: All of a sudden, you can just quit believing in god? Son: Yeah. Mother: All of a sudden, "there is no god?" Son: Yeah.
Ruby: Hello, Weiss. I'm Ruby. Wanna hang out? We can go out shopping for school supplies! Weiss: Yeah! And we can paint our nails, and try on clothes and talk about cute boys, like tall, blonde and scraggly over there. (Jerks a thumb at Jaune.) Ruby [Excitedly]: Really?! Weiss: [Beat] No.
Peter: Hang on a second, did you just say I was fat? Doctor: Well, yeah, you are pretty fat.
Also, in "Dial Meg For Murder:"
Lois: Oh my god! Are you using my shirts as toilet paper? Meg: Yeah, and I think I might need some right now.
In "He's Too Sexy For His Fat", Lois and Brian have this exchange after Peter gets a lot of plastic surgery accompanied by Acquired Situational Narcissism:
Lois: Oh, I can't help it! I know, I know, he's become a superficial, egomaniacal jerk, but I've never been more attracted to him! Oh, does that make me a bad person? Brian:Yes. Yes it does make you a bad person!
Nelson from The Simpsons uses this twice in a row during "22 Short Films About Springfield," when confronted by someone he pointed and laughed at.
Very Tall Man: Do you find something comical about my appearance when I'm driving my automobile? Nelson: ...yeah. Very Tall Man: Everyone needs to drive a vehicle, even the very tall. This was the largest auto that I could afford. Am I therefore to be made the subject of fun? Nelson: ...I guess so.
In an early episode, Homer is suing Mr. Burns for hitting Bart with his car, and Burns invites him for a private chat:
Also comes up with the frequent answer of "...also, yes".
The New Batman Adventures: The Joker and Harley Quinn run out of gas during a escape, and begin to fight over the fact Harley didn't refuel the car. She reminds him they're out of money and rhetorically asks what he expected her to do: "fill the tank, shoot the guy, and drive off?" Of course, The Joker being who he is, says yes. For an added bonus, Harley's response is that he should have told her that's what he wanted, then.
One episode of Brickleberry has Steve showing Ethel an old episode of the Flamey The Bear Show, where Flamey shows the kids how to fight forest fires, by crushing a guy in a fire costume with a giant bucket full of water.
Steve: *laughing* I love the Flamey The Bear show!
Applejack: I'll take a bite out of this job by day's end! Big McIntosh: Biting off more than you can chew is just what I'm afraid of. Applejack: Are you saying my mouth is making promises my legs can't keep? Big McIntosh:Eeyup.
Abraham Lincoln pulled this one off once. While meeting with "commissioners" sent by the Confederacy in the late states of the war, he explained in detail his basic approach to the war: the South was not permitted to secede in the first place. That led to this:
Commissioner: You mean that we are rebels according to your view and we are all guilty of treason and liable to be hanged!
Lincoln: Yes, that is so.
In a 2008 TED talk about cell-phones and cool time-saving tips-and-tricks on how to get the most out of them, New York Times tech columnist David Pogue recounts being on the receiving end of an especially egregious one of these here (time stamp 13m15s to skip to the relevant part, the specific example is about a minute further in, text of that part below).
Pogue: So last year I went to Milan, Italy, and I got to speak to an audience of cellular executives from 200 countries around the world. And I said as a joke — as a joke, I said, "I did the math. Verizon has 70 million customers. If you check your voicemail twice a day, that's 100 million dollars a year. I bet you guys are doing this just to run up our airtime, aren't you?" No chuckle, they're like this (he nods, straight-faced).