aka: Flat Yes
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. May be used as an Armor Piercing Response. 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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Anime & Manga
- 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.Miura: ...!! Are you telling me that I'm wrong?Mashiro and Takagi: Yes.
- In a similar case, Kosugi asks Nanamine if he thinks he's no good as an editor, and Nanamine says "Not in the slightest."
- 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.
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 a much earlier scene, which takes place when Nodoka and her friends Shizuno and Ako are in elementary school.
Kyouka: Are we supposed to beat (Hayari), too?
- 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?Tashigi: Yes.
- 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.
- In Gundam Build Fighters Try, Yuuma cheers up Fumina by suggesting that one day, her Gunpla building skills can be just as good as Sei Iori's. When Sekai asks if that'll happen with him, Yuuma gives him a quick, blunt "No, never."
- In 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?
Oscar: Yes, but you don't have to.
- Big Barda, in one Booster Gold comic:
Barda: What is everyone making such a fuss about? It's just a dragon!
Booster: "Just"? What? You think you can just stroll up to it and punch it in the mouth?
- In Turnabout Storm, Phoenix Wright, already sick of getting trash-talked by the prosecution, pulls out this one:
- Emeth and Nocturne in Warriors of the World, because one prefers to tell the truth and the other doesn't have a brain-to-mouth filter.
- In Perfection Is Overrated, when Mai asks Hitomi whether she thinks that using her Mind Control to kill innocent people and force others to commit terrible crimes is fun, she says yes, before launching into a long and detailed explanation as to why she thinks the experience is liberating for them.
- In Frozen Hearts, a Frozen fanfic, there's this exchange between Hans and his older brother Harald, whom he doesn't like very much.
Harald: Hans, do you realize what you’ve done?Hans: I do.Harald: How could you do… I…
- The Legend of Total Drama Island:
- 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?"Togami: “Yes, Koizumi, yes it is.”
- In Sight When Ichigo asks if everyone thinks he should really run Grimmjow through when the latter accidentally finds the Visored hide-out while he's unconscious and helpless, Kensei, Lisa, and Hiyori all respond with this trope.
- In Swinging Pendulum Asuka asks Ichigo if he really thinks that she can become a better fighter. Ichigo asks her if what he really thinks matters. Asuka bluntly and immediately tells him yes.
- In Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox, during the Hawk gang's siege of the Konoha Town police station, Ibiki (one of the officers), asks gang leader Shiore if he thinks he can get away with shooting up the precinct. Shiore's answer is a flat yes.
- Zangetsu asks if he's really that scary looking in The Snow Has Stopped The Rain, since he's basically a hollowfied clone of Ichigo. Rukia, Ichigo, and Shirayuki all answer "Yes" in unison.
Films — Animated
- In Lilo & Stitch:
Jumba: After all you put me through, you expect me to help you, just like that?! Just like that?!
Stitch (nodding): Ih.
Pleakley: "Fine?" You're doing what he says?!
Jumba: He is very persuasive.
- In How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup does this to Astrid.
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?
Astrid: Ok. Then, what do we do?
- In The Lion King:
Banzai: What are we supposed to do, kill Mufasa?
- This idiom-oblivious response from Wreck-It Ralph:
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?
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.
- Earlier during the villains meeting, Ralph asks if there's anything wrong with wanting a little recognition for the role he plays in his game. The zombie tells him "Yes".
- From the A Bug's Life outtakes:
Hopper: Are you saying that I'm stupid?Atta: (Hysterically) YES! (Breaks down into laughter.)Hopper: (In despair, to director) This is the fifteenth take, I cannot take this anymore! I'll be in my trailer.
- Shrek: Fiona does this several times, especially when lampshading the various fairy tale tropes.
Shrek: Oh, you were expecting Prince Charming?Fiona: Well, yes, actually...
- It would later turn out she meant this quite literally
- In Robots, Madame Gasket consorts Ratchet about the mysterious robot (Rodney) who's been repairing outmodes, which is a threat to their evil plan.
Madame Gasket: Someone's fixing them!
Madame Gasket: Someone is repairing outmodes! And they are laughing at you!
Ratchet: Who? And are you sure they're not laughing with me?
Madame Gasket (completely deadpan): Yes.
Films — Live-Action
- Django Unchained:
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?
- From Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back:
Obi-Wan: Patience, Luke...Luke: And sacrifice Han and Leia?Yoda: If you honor what they fight for? Yes.
- It is above all else an example of this reflecting on differences in attitudes; Luke is loyal to his friends even at the expense of duty, and Yoda is inclined to condemn this.
- The page quote comes from The Joker in The Dark Knight, when a mobster confronts him about his prior theft from Gotham's organized crime community. (Context viewable here.)
- 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.
- In the Street Fighter movie:
Bison: You dare to interfere?
- In The Lord of the Rings:
- In The Mummy:
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:
Mal: You wanna run this ship?!
Mal: Well... you can't!
- 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.
- Happens in Tropic Thunder:
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.
Rick Peck: A G5 airplane?
Les Grossman: [whispering] Yes... and lots of money... playaaaa!
- From Citizen Kane:
Leland: Bernstein, am I a stuffed shirt? Am I a horse-faced hypocrite? Am I a New England school marm?
Bernstein: Yes. If you thought I'd answer you any differently than what Mr. Kane tells you...
- This gem from the Ocean's Eleven remake:
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]
Saul: Oh. Okay.
- Inverted in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels:
Jamieson: Do you ever have a single thought that originates from above the waist?Benson: No!
- In Bedknobs and Broomsticks:
Charlie: (seeing a bottle marked "Poisoned Dragon's Liver") Poisoned Dragon's Liver?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?George: Yes.
- 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?Harry: Yyyyep!Helen: I'd say it's working.
- In The Avengers (2012): 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.
Thor: Then you miss the truth of ruling, brother. The throne would suit you ill.
- Subverted in that Thor isn't fazed in the least:
- Captain America: The First Avenger: This conversation where Steve is actually being considered to join the army after being turned down multiple times.
Dr. Erskine: Do you want to kill Nazis?Steve: Is this a test?Dr. Erskine: Yes.
- Inverted at the climax.
Man: Boy, a lot of guys getting killed over there. Kinda makes you think twice about enlisting, huh?Steve: Nope.
- Also inverted at the start of the movie, where Steve attempts (yet again) to enlist:
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen:
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!
Berthold: Oh, all right.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: 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.
- In Gandhi, during a negotiation with the British:
British officer: You don't think we're just going to walk out of India?Gandhi: Yes. In the end, you will walk out.
- Iron Man 3:
Harley: So now you're just gonna leave me here, just like my dad?
- In Me, Myself, and Irene, Irene is being held by the police who are going over her arrest record, revealing that she's been in jail for possession of marijuana.
Irene: So I smoked some pot. What, is that illegal?Cop: *Stares at her* Uh-huh.
- Unforgiven has one that's not done to a question, but still fits.
- Cinderella (2015): Lady Tremaine, when she blackmails the Duke to secure high positions for herself and her daughters.
The Duke: Are you threatening me?Lady Tremaine: Yes.
- Harry Potter:
“So,” said Harry, dredging up the words from what felt like a deep well of despair inside him, “So does that mean that... that one of us has got to kill the other one... in the end?”“Yes,” said Dumbledore.
- In the short story Shadows for Silence, by Brandon Sanderson, this is Shadow's response when her daughter asks; "We're going to kill them, aren't we?"
- Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea novella "The Finder":
"Are you fetching and carrying for witches now?""Yes," Tern said, "and I will till she dies. And then I'll take her daughter to Roke. And if you want to read the Book of Names, you can come with us."
"We are four against him," said the Patterner."They are five against us," said the Herbal."Has it come to this," the Namer said, "that we stand at the edge of the forest Segoy planted and talk of how to destroy one another?""Yes," said the Patterner. "What goes too long unchanged destroys itself."
- From the same Earthsea collection, in the short story "Dragonfly":
- A variation in Black Legion - when Abaddon asks why they're aboard Vengeful Spirit, Lheorvine flat out admits that they're going to steal it.
- In Leonard Maltin's movie guide, his capsule review for the 1948 comedy Isn't It Romantic? is simply "No," earning him a world record for shortest movie review.
Live Action TV
- Cheers. In "Diane Meets Mom" Diane is shocked after Frasier's mom (played by Nancy Marchand) threatens to murder her if she doesn't break it off with Frasier. She goes to Sam for advice.
Diane: Sam, I have to ask you a question. Promise me you won't make a joke out of it.Sam: Yeah, I promise. what's up?Diane: Do you think I'm crazy?Sam: Yes.Diane: Ha! ha! Now that we've gotten the joke over, will you please help me? This is a strange question, but it's important. Do you think I'm crazy?Sam: Yes.Diane: You're incapable of a rational conversation, only flip remarks.Sam: Wait a minute. Do you mean are you crazy, like seriously unbalanced, like losing your grasp on reality?Diane: Yes.Sam: Oh, well, then yes.
- On Community, when Britta asks Jeff if her name was recently made into a verb with negative connotations:
- May not be a straight example, as she asks if her name is being used to mean "make a tiny mistake". Jeff's hesitation seems to imply that tiny would not be his choice of words.
- May interrogating a Rising Tide hacker in Agents Of Shield:
Hacker: So, what, you're just going to destroy all my stuff?May: Yes.
- Real Time with Bill Maher involved Bill mimicking sarcastic anti-government questions before answering them with a Blunt "Yes".
Bill: I mean, how stupid is it when people say "oh that's what we need, the federal government telling Detroit how to make cars, or Wells Fargo how to run a bank, you want them to look like the post office?"
Bill: Yeah. I mean, a place that take a little note from my hand from LA on Monday, to give it to my sister in New Jersey on Wednesday, for 42 cents? Well let me be the first to say that I would be THRILLED if America's healthcare system was anywhere near as functional as the post office.
- From Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Cordelia and Buffy are competing for the title of homecoming queen:
Buffy: You're *paying* people for votes?
Cordelia: Is that any more tacky than your oh-I'm-so-soulful-and-vulnerable headshots?
Buffy: ... Yes.
- From Fringe Agent Jessup asks about Dr. Bishop.
Jessup: Is he insane?
Peter Bishop: Oh, yeah.
- The Ninth Doctor does this twice to the Editor of the news station Satellite Five in the Doctor Who "The Long Game".
Rose: So all the people on Earth are like slaves?Editor: Well, now, there's an interesting point. Is a slave a slave if he doesn't know he's enslaved?Doctor: Yes.Editor: Oh! I was hoping for a philosophical debate. Is that all I'm going to get? "Yes"?Doctor: Yes.
- From The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen.
Sarah: Are you threatening me?Janine: Yes.
- From Arrested Development, Michael is suspicious about the fact that his father's former cellmate T-Bone, a convicted flamernote , 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!
- Jon Stewart's appearance on Crossfire.
Tucker Carlson: You have John Kerry on your show, and you sniff his throne, and you’re accusing us of partisan hackery?
- 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:
Pierce: What are you going to do, shoot us down?
- 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.
- In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, when Sisko blackmails Garak into participating in a rescue mission:
Garek: This is extortion!Sisko: Mmm. considers for a moment ...yes, it is.
- In Nuremberg, when discussing the trial.
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.Ian: Are you worried about libel?Jeremy Clarkson: Yes.
- Sherlock: This is Sherlock's response to when John finds out his wife was an assassin.
- Jack O'Neill in Stargate SG-1 seems particularly fond of this trope.
Ba'al: You dare mock me?Jack: Ba'al, come on. You should know. Of COURSE I dare mock you.
Marduk: You dare challenge me?Jack: 's thinking about it. ::throws knife through Marduk's hand::
- An earlier villain:
Jonas: Was it really necessary to further antagonize him?Jack: ... Yes.
- And, occasionally, to teammates:
- After Jonathan Creek spells it out to Kenny Stuckin that he's gotten himself mixed up with the white slave trade:
Kenny: Yeah, right. Do you take me for a complete imbecile?Jonathan: Yes!
- In a City of Heroes vigilante-to-villain tip mission, you try to convince Flambeaux that her boyfriend's not who she thinks he is...
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.
Largo: This, coming from a man who massacred replicas to consume them.
- Later on, before the final fight with Largo.
- In Mass Effect 1, one of the elevator conversations between Wrex and Tali has this.
Tali: Do krogan size up everyone for a fight, even friends and allies?Wrex: Yes. *in a tone that sounds surprised that anyone wouldn't*
- In Wing Commander 2, Commander Khasra delivers one to Crown Prince Thrakhath after disapproving of the prince's reckless orders.
Thrakhath: You… question my orders, Khasra?Khasra: Yes! And I question why you are still in command of our battle fleet!
- This trope is the solution to a puzzle in Colossal Cave Adventure.
>KILL DRAGON>YESCONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE JUST VANQUISHED A DRAGON WITH YOUR BARE HANDS! (UNBELIEVABLE, ISN'T IT?)
- Kayin, creator of I Wanna Be the Guy, steps into this in the FAQ:
- Q. You're a bastard.
- In Halo 4, Mission 6, when the Chief & Cortana need to get to the Big Bad's escaping vessel:
- Cortana: "Wait... Across them?"Master Chief: "Yes."
- In Fire Emblem Awakening, this is Sully's idea of a Love Confession to Virion:
Virion: Delving into the character of your future husband before you wed him? Heh heh...
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.
Belkar: Oh come on! Would I lie about this?
- 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.
- And one from Roy to Belkar:
Belkar: Oh yeah. Well, would I lie if I didn't have anything to gain?
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?
- In El Goonish Shive, when Tedd discovers that All Men Are Perverts is less "complete nonsense" than "an exaggeration of the truth".
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!
- Used twice in a row in this YouTube 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?
Mother: All of a sudden, "there is no god?"
- Apparently referenced in this YTP-related YouTube video.
- The Nostalgia Chick complained about getting Kay back in the game in Men In Black II, then asks "Am I saying that Agent Kay should not have been in the sequel? (Beat) ...YES!!"
- Red vs. Blue
Agent South: Oh, come on, Wash! What are you gonna do, shoot-
Agent Washington: Yes. Good suggestion.
- Done twice by Bear in response to Dave's sarcasm in 'The Camping Webisode' of DSBT InsaniT.
Dave: A campfire song?/Scary stories? Really?! What are we, 8?!
- Weiss from RWBY establishes her credentials as a Deadpan Snarker with a Blunt No.
- Welcome to Night Vale: "Alligators: Can they kill your children? Yes."
- In Dangan Ronpa Abridged Thing, there are quite a few.
Naegi: This is exactly what Upupu-bear likes to see!Monokuma: Yeah, pretty much. I also like seeing you in the showers.
- When discussing how Monokuma wants the students to turn on each other.
Oowada: Man, you must have some big balls to try telling me what to do, bitch!Ishimaru: Precisely! I have brass balls, forged in the line of duty as hall monitor!Oowada: All right, bro, then let's see those balls! It's time for a bro-off! (they head to the sauna)Naegi: You guys are aware of how this looks, right?Ishimaru: Absolutely! And we care not for appearances!
- During the argument between Oowada and Ishimaru.
Oowada: (to Togami) Man, you're a prick! noteTogami: And your point is?
- Midway through the second trial.
Naegi: Chihiro... made a fully functional Artificial Intelligence. We're just accepting that?Kirigiri: Yes.
- In Episode 5.
- From Worm, when the protagonist, Taylor, confronts her former best friend who has been leading a bullying campaign against her.
Taylor: How demented are you, that you think I’d fucking want to be your friend, after all the shit you pulled?Emma: Are you really better off where you are?Taylor: Now? Yes. Then? Fuck, even then, yes!
- From the Strong Bad Email "the bet", when Homestar Runner takes to wearing Sunglasses at Night in order to "be's cool":
Marzipan: Homestar, that is not cool.
Homestar: Yes it is, Strong Bad said so.
Marzipan: Well, if Strong Bad told you to jump off a bridge...
- "Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy": In the episode "Dream Mutt", Billy and his dog Wiggy Gee Jed do this after Jed reveals his plot to steal all the beds in the world.
Billy: All this because I wouldn't let you sleep in my bed?
Wiggy Gee Jed: ...Yes.
- In Phineas and Ferb, Phineas often uses this in response to people asking if he is too young for something.
Random Adult: Aren't you a little young to be [insert dangerous activity here]?
Phineas: Yes. Yes, we are.
- In Family Guy:
Peter: Hang on a second, did you just say I was fat?
Doctor: Well, yeah, you are pretty fat.
Lois: Oh my god! Are you using my shirts as toilet paper?
- Also, in "Dial Meg For Murder:"
Meg: Yeah, and I think I might need some right now.
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?
- 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:
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?
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.
Homer: Mr. Burns, are you trying to get me drunk?Burns: Yes.
- In "Bart Gets Hit by a Car", Homer is suing Mr. Burns for hitting Bart with his car, and Burns invites him for a private chat:
Krusty: *In the same tone of voice* Is it a crime to bet on sporting events!?Attorney: Yes, it is!Krusty: Oh.
- When Krusty is being prosecuted for armed robbery in "Krusty Gets Busted", he tearfully reveals that he can't read after being told to point out exhibit B, and asks if it's a crime to be illiterate. The prosecuter tells him that the evidence is betting slips.
- From the Invader Zim episode "Bolognius Maximus":
Zim: And I will watch as you transform more and more into what you really are, deep down in your heart!Dib: Deep down I'm bologna?Zim: Yes.Dib: That's just dumb.Zim: Dumb like a moose, Dib! Dumb like a moose!
- On Daria, Quinn is so bored that Daria offers her The Iliad to read.
Daria: No, I think you'll like it. It's about this girl who's so popular that everybody fights over her.Quinn: ...Any horses in it?Daria: As a matter of a fact, there's a great big one.noteQuinn: This is a trick, isn't it?Daria: (Beat) Yes.
- In Archer, Lana is a frequent source of these, though other characters get in on the action too.
Archer: So you're just gonna leave me here?!Lana: Yuuuuup!
- 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.
- Transformers Prime has an amusing example while the kids are browsing the internet and Optimus Prime happens to be busy.
Jack: Hey Optimus wanna see something funny?Optimus Prime: No.
- 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!Ethel: ...was that guy in the fire suit okay?Steve: No, he died.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), this is Shredder's response to Karai demanding if she is in fact Splinter's daughter, not his.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "Applebuck Season":
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.
- On the animated version of Axe Cop, Axe Cop has said that all girls are on the Dumb List.
Reporter: My daughter's a girl. Do you think she's on the Dumb List, too?Axe Cop: Yes.
- On The Boondocks, Granddad's first encounter with Stinkmeaner is when he repeatedly rams into his car, because Robert had parked in the parking space he usually uses.
Robert: You hit my car! Are you blind?Stinkmeaner: YES...I...AM!
Date: So is that all you care about is looks?Robert: YES!
- There's also the time when Robert is having dinner with an ugly woman he met over the internet, and he's upset that she used a fake picture for her profile.
- In the Heckle and Jeckle cartoon "The Lion Hunt," Jeckle calls out "are there any lions around here?" Four lions rear up from the clearing behind H&J and yell out "YES!"
- On Ed Eddn Eddy, Rolf is looking for Ed, interrupting Sarah and Jimmy having fun with a water slide. When he asks Sarah where he is:
Sarah: What am I? His keeper?Rolf: (pauses to think) Yes.Sarah: (Beat) Backyard.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, when Aang goes to an old woman for medicine for his friends, he finds her acting very strangely. He asks if she's insane. She cheerfully replies "That's right!"
- In Steven Universe, when Pearl walks by as Steven, Greg, and some friends are working out on the beach.
Greg: Hey, Pearl. Come to check out some buff studs?Pearl: (looks him up and down) No. (walks away)
- Oh, Joe Biden. You classy man.
- 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).