"All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"
Alice says X is great and claims nobody disagrees. Except maybe every member of the crew who isn't Alice. Or every student of the school who isn't Alice. And maybe the entire global population except Alice.
Or Bob asks when have his cunning plans ever failed? Well, other than on almost every single occasion he's come up with a cunning plan.
In its most extreme form, this trope borders on No, Except Yes
. Can also be considered a Logical Fallacy
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- In Monty Python's Life of Brian: "All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"
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- Blackadder II, "Potato": When Captain Rum informs Blackadder that his ship doesn't have a crew, Blackadder replies that he was under the impression that it was common maritime practice for a ship to have a crew. Rum replies that opinions are divided on the subject: All the other captains say it is, he says it isn't.
- Blackadder Goes Forth, "Captain Cook": General Melchett tells Blackadder to keep a mission top secret. Then Captain Darling provides the list of people with security clearance: "You and me, Darling, obviously. Field Marshal Haig, Field Marshal Haig's wife, all Field Marshal Haig's wife's friends, their families, their families' servants, their families' servants' tennis partners, and some chap I bumped into the mess the other day called Bernard."
Quite so, sir, only myself and the rest of the English-speaking world is to know.
- In Monty Python's Flying Circus, the Colonel says: "Now, nobody likes a good laugh more than I do, except perhaps my wife and some of her friends. Oh yes, and Captain Johnson. Come to think of it, most people like a good laugh more than I do, but that's beside the point."
- In Questionable Content, Marten tells Pintsize to be good while he's out. Pintsize asks, "When am I not good?" Marten doesn't even bother replying and it turns out Pintsize has at the very least 472 examples on his hard drive.
- In one episode of Rugrats, Angelica tries to persuade Chuckie (and the rest of the babies) to work on her lemonade stand:
Angelica: Chuckie, Chuckie, Chuckie. Have I ever lied to you?
Chuckie: Well, there was that time you told me that Spike was my brother.
Angelica: Time to play lemonade! Okay, let's go.
Chuckie: And the time you told me rocks was food, and the—
- Clifford the Big Red Dog:
Cleo: C'mon, have I ever steered you wrong?
Clifford: Well, actually...
Cleo: Never mind.
- On South Park, Kyle refuses to invite Cartman to his birthday party because he's a Jerk Ass and always insults Kyle for being Jewish. Cartman asks when he ever said anything insulting about Kyle's Jewishness. Cue a montage of past times Cartman said something anti-Semitic.
Cartman: ...Okay, maybe that one time.