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-> '''Mona Simpson''': ''[singing]'' [[Music/BobDylan How many roads must a man walk down / Before you can call him a man?]]\\
'''Homer''': Seven!\\
'''Lisa''': No, dad, it's a rhetorical question.\\
'''Homer''': Rhetorical, eh? ... Eight!\\
'''Lisa''': Dad, do you even know what "rhetorical" means?\\
'''Homer''': Do '''I''' know what "rhetorical" means?
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

Ah, rhetorical questions. Is there anything they can't do? [[SelfDemonstratingArticle ...Wait, don't answer that.]]

A Rhetorical Question Blunder is what happens when a character asks a question that they didn't need an answer to... and then gets an answer anyway. That answer will almost always be contrary to the point they were trying to make. Occasionally this can lead down a slippery slope as the asker tries to salvage the original intention.

Could easily lead to a RhetoricalRequestBlunder. Particularly common when dealing with someone who is SarcasmBlind. Related to AnalogyBackfire. Often the answer is a MathematiciansAnswer.

Despite the common use of the phrase when the asker sees this coming, this has nothing to do with DontAnswerThat, which is a trope about PerpSweating.

See Administrivia/AboutRhetoricalQuestions for why rhetorical questions don't work well on a wiki. BluntYes is a subtrope.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* In an ad for Quizno's, a man sitting on a bench eating a Quizno's sub notices the man next him (played by Creator/JimParsons) is eating an untoasted sub and asks, "What were you, raised by wolves?" A CutawayGag shows that he in fact was, and it cuts back to the man answering in the affirmative.
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[[folder:Anime]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', 3 Captains of the Gotei 13 "lost" their [[BadassLongcoat cloak]] during a fight, and have been called up by the Captain Commander [[BadassGrandpa Yamamoto]] to explain.
--> '''Yamamoto''': You fools, what do you think of the Captain's cloak?
--> '''Kuchiki Byakuya''': Cheap.
--> '''Zaraki Kenpachi''': Nuisance.
--> '''Kyoraku Shunsui''': Fashionable?
--> '''Yamamoto''': Shut up, you morons.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
-->'''[[BrattyHalfPint Black Star]]''': [[ItsAllAboutMe How could you have already forgotten that I'M here?!]]\\
'''Stein:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Easily.]]
* [[OrganAutonomy Left Hand]] in the first ''VampireHunterD'' film after saving D's life.
-->"What would you do without me?
-->({{Beat}})
-->Don't answer that."
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Creator/DonRosa played with the trope in "A Little Something Special". After [[VillainTeamUp Magica De Spell, Flintheart Glomgold, the Beagle Boys and Blackheart Beagle]] teamed up in a plan to steal Scrooge [=McDuck's=] fortune and failed, Magica and the Beagles went to South Africa and robbed Flintheart, who asked what he did to deserve that but quickly added a "Don't Answer That" command.
* From NewAvengers:
-->'''Namor''': When were you going to tell me about this?
-->'''ComicBook/IronMan''': It just happened yesterday.
-->'''Namor''': I thought [[TheIlluminati we]] agreed to keep each other informed of major superhuman developments.
-->'''ComicBook/IronMan''': [[SarcasmMode Does anyone know how to say "It just happened yesterday" in Atlantean?]]
-->'''Reed Richards''': Fortanu Vasyama.
-->''[[StunnedSilence Everyone in the room stares at Richards.]]''
-->'''Reed Richards''': Sorry. I thought he was actually asking.
* In one issue of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', Morpheus grants a 14th-century peasant immortality to see how he'll adapt to it, and the man agrees to meet Morpheus again in a pub 100 years later. When they see each other again in 1489, the man raves about all of the exciting technological advances that he's seen in the last century (including chimneys, playing cards and... handkerchiefs) and Morpheus sarcastically remarks, "Most impressive. What ''will'' you people think of next?" Not realizing that he's mocking him, the man responds "Something to get rid of fleas, with any luck..."
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' - In their first meeting, Nick Fury drops in on Peter to explain how he and [=SHIELD=] can't go after Norman Osborn until they can legally prove he's a threat - which likely means ''after'' Osborn's attacked someone Peter cares about. Peter, at the end of his rope, goes into IJustWantToBeNormal mode. Fury replies that "optimism is a revolutionary act." Peter sarcastically asks if Fury got that from the guy who poked out his eye. Fury springs out of his chair, gets right in Peter's face, and says "Yes."
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/CodePonyEvolution'' combines this this with BreakingTheFourthWall when Pinkie Pie answers a rhetorical question made by '''THE NARRATOR'''
* From the ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''[[FanFic/MonsterADeathNoteAU Monster]]'' when L comments on Misa's enthusiasm for killing criminals [[IdiotBall Light asks]]:
-->'''Light:''' Is it a crime that someone else is as committed to cleansing the world as I am?
-->'''L:''' Yes, actually, it is. [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide That's called mass murder.]]
* In chapter 15 of ''[[FanFic/SonicGenerationsFriendshipIsTimeless Sonic Generations: Friendship is Timeless]]'', [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] asks a rhetorical question. She then notices Pinkie Pie is about to answer said question and quickly states she wasn't looking for an answer.
* In chapter 8 of ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6529947/8/Harry-Potter-and-the-New-Chance Harry Potter and the New Chance]]'' Tonks brought Sirius to see her parents after Veritaserum questioning by Madame Bones revealed his innocence. When they reacted with shock and hostility she said "Do you think I'd bring a dangerous criminal home for supper? On second thought, scratch that."
* From WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged,
-->'''Freeza:''' Really, killing [children] is a kindness. I could retract that kindness if you wish, but ''then'' who's the villain?
-->'''Goku:''' You!
-->'''Freeza:''' N-no, that was a rhetorical question.
-->'''Goku:''' And I gave you a rhetorical answer.
* ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops'': [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Silver Spoon]] is angry with the Crusaders for stealing away her friend, unaware they're in a time loop and she's not. So when they come up to talk to her she's not very happy...
-->'''Silver Spoon''': What do ''you'' all want?\\
'''Scootaloo''': Well, I personally want to revolutionize the field of aeronautics and join the Wonderbolts. I'm pretty sure Sweetie here wants to become a pop star, and Apple Bloom wants to build an army of robots to do her bidding.\\
'''Apple Bloom''': Not an army. Ah'd be fine with a small squad o' twelve, Ah'm not greedy.\\
'''Silver Spoon''': ...what?
* ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'': In chapter nine Admiral Amnell Kree finishes a mission briefing and asks [[StupidQuestionBait if there are any questions]]. Eleya snidely wonders aloud where they got an operational {{codename}} like [[OperationBlank "Blue Friday"]].
--> '''Kree:''' Random number generator. Any ''pertinent'' questions?
* Comes up in the [[NotSafeForWork NSFW]] Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion fic ''Home/Bodies'' when Misato is worried Asuka and Shinji are jumping into sex too fast.
-->'''Misato''': "Shinji, don't you think you're going a little too fast?"\\
'''Shinji''': "If she likes me, I guess it's okay."\\
'''Misato''': "I like you Shinji. Are you going to fuck me now?"\\
'''Shinji''': [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "Do you want me to?"]]
* In an omake for ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5001646/34/Nothing-but-Trouble Nothing But Trouble]]'', when Naruto/Kyuubi motorboats Tsunade and his apprentice demands to go next, Tsunade irritably asks, "Anyone else?" Everyone else present forms a line, [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer including the Mizukage]].
* When [[TheMedic Monet]] first joins the Foxhound Pirates in ''Fanfic/ShinobiOfTheHighSeas'', she takes a look at the heavily injured Soren and asks if they just threw him on a bed and called it a day. Yes. Yes they did.
* After the [[EldritchAbomination Bijuu]] are given human forms in ''[[http://ficwad.com/story/213011 Eroninja]]'', [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kukaku]] (the Yonbi) goes out of her way to mock [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Urd]] (the new Hachibi born from its severed tentacle) whom she doesn't think is a real bijuu. At one point asks Naruto whether he'd rather have "one of the bijuu created by the Rikudo Sennin himself or a second-rate knockoff" like Urd. Naruto responds that given their respective personalities, he likes Urd much more than Kukaku.
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', when Alice shrinks back to normal size after calling the Queen out, the Queen rhetorically asks what she was saying and the Cheshire Cat answers. But unlike many other examples, it's likely he knew it was a rhetorical question and he did it for a laugh.
* From the HilariousOuttakes at the end of ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'':
-->'''Hopper:''' Are you saying that I'm stupid?\\
'''Princess Atta:''' ''([[{{Corpsing}} bursts out laughing]])'' Yes!
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheMagicOfPegasus'', when Barbie/[[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Annika]] is confronting her {{Knight Templar Parent}}s.
-->'''Annika:''' What do you want me to do? Just sit in my room all day?!\\
'''King and Queen:''' YES!
* In Disney's ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'':
-->'''Scuttle:''' Have I ever been wrong? (''[[{{Beat}} Pause]]'') I mean when it's ''important''!
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' has one between Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins. For bonus points, Ratcliffe ends his monologue with another rhetorical question.
** Double bonus points when (if you read the ending credits) you realise Ratcliffe and Wiggins are voiced by the same person.
-->'''Governor Ratcliffe:''' Wiggins, why do you think those insolent heathens attacked us?\\
'''Wiggins:''' Because we invaded their land and cut down their trees and dug up their earth?\\
'''Governor Ratcliffe:''' It's the gold! They have it and they don't want us to take it from them. Well, I'll just have to take it by force then, won't I?
* [[PlayedForLaughs Made a]] RunningGag in WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch, where Gantu keeps attempting to answer Dr. Hämsterviel's questions...
-->'''Hämsterviel:''' Don't you think that [[AllAccordingToPlan went very well?]]
-->'''Gantu:''' Actually, I think--
-->'''Hämsterviel:''' I wasn't asking for your opinion!
-->'''Gantu:''': [[ExactWords Actually, you did. I--]]
-->'''Hämsterviel:''' No! It was a rhetorical question! [[LampshadeHanging Don't you know what a Rhetorical question is?]]
-->'''Gantu:''' [[OverlyLongGag Eh...]]
-->'''Hämsterviel:''' NO! That was a rhetorical question 'too!' Ugh...
** ...And then the roles are reversed when Gantu turns on Hämstervielin the final battle.
--->'''Gantu:''' [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Bet you didn't know the real meaning of "aloha," did you?]]
--->'''Hämsterviel:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Eh, I think it means...]]
--->'''Gantu:''' [[IronicEcho That was a rhetorical question.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. Shifu asks who could possibly be worthy of having the Dragon Scroll, the key to limitless power!!! There's a long pause, then Master Oogway says, "''I'' don't know."
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[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* In ''Film/TheAvengers''.
--> '''Steve:''' Big man in a suit of armor. Take that away, what are you?
--> '''Tony:''' Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.
** Thor also interrupts Loki's MotiveRant with the question "You think yourself better than [humans]?" Loki's response is a confused "Well, yes" as though that's obvious.
* ''Film/DieHard'':
-->'''Holly:''' I have a request.\\
'''Hans Gruber:''' What idiot put you in charge?\\
'''Holly:''' You did. When you murdered my boss. Now everybody's looking to me.
** Hans, [[FauxAffablyEvil being who he is]], proceeds to act like a perfect gentleman.
* A rather tragic example from ''ForrestGump'', when [[BlackBestFriend Bubba]] is dying in Gump's arms.
-->'''Bubba:''' Forrest...why'd this happen?
-->'''Forrest:''' [[TearJerker You got shot.]]
* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' has an extended example: when Reg asks "What have the Romans ever done for us?" the other revolutionaries begin offering examples, eventually leading to:
-->"All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"\\
"Brought peace?"\\
"Oh, ''peace''! SHUT UP!"
* Right after Bloom meets Bialystock at the beginning of ''Film/TheProducers'':
--> '''Max Bialystock''': How dare you condemn me without knowing all the facts!\\
'''Leo Bloom''': Mr. Bialystock, I don't condemn--\\
'''Max Bialystock''': Shut up! I'm having a rhetorical conversation.
** Later:
--->'''Bialystock:''' Have I ever steered you wrong?\\
'''Franz Liebkind:''' Always.\\
'''Bialystock:''' Never mind!
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' has one such example, where in the midst of an argument between the crew, Mal goes into schoolteacher mode:
-->'''Mal:''' Do you want to run this ship!?\\
'''Jayne:''' [[BluntYes Yes.]]\\
'''Mal:''' ''[thrown]'' ...[[LameComeback Well, you can't.]]
* TheDragon Errol from ''{{Snatch}}'' has this problem. His boss Brick Top just wants him to be intimidating DumbMuscle, but Errol has a tendency to answer rhetorical questions with pragmatic, ruthless advice. Eventually it leads Brick Top to get slightly fed up. "It was a rhetorical question, Errol. What have I told you about thinking?"
* ''Film/TimeBandits'' has the embodiment of Evil thinking aloud:
-->'''Evil Genius:''' That's a good question. Why have I let the Supreme Being keep me here in the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness?\\
'''Robert:''' Because you...\\
'''Evil Genius:''' Shut up, I'm speaking rhetorically.\\
'''Robert:''' Oh, of course, of course...
* From ''[[Film/TheNakedGun Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult]],'' Jane catches Frank in a rather compromising position with Tanya.
-->'''Jane:''' How could you!
-->'''Tanya:''' Well, you just shove your tongue as far down his throat as you can.
* Film/YoungFrankenstein:
-->'''Elizabeth:''' Would you want me like this, now, so soon before our wedding?
-->'''Froderick:''' YES!
* ''Film/CrocodileDundee'', especially after Mick got a taste of using his hunting stories to mess with people.
--> Jeez, Mick, were you born in a cave?
--> Yeah! How did you know that?
--> ... Never mind.
** Or,
--> Are you involved in cattle?
--> Yeah. mostly buffaloes.
--> Oh. do you breed them?
--> No, just toss 'em.
--> And how are you finding New York? Bit of a lunatic asylum, eh?
--> That's why I love it. I fit right in.
* In ''Film/AnalyzeThis'', mobster Paul Vitti is interrogating a crony while threatening him with a pipe.
-->'''Vitti:''' Know what I'm gonna do to you if you if you don't answer me?
-->'''Crony:''' You gonna slug me with that pipe?
-->'''Vitti:''' That was a rhetorical question, moron!!
* After discovering how to build a durable shelter to survive on the planet where they're both marooned, Lt. Davidge of ''Film/EnemyMine'' sits down and proudly asks "Jerry, ol' buddy, where would you be without me?" Jerry, an alien who doesn't yet grasp the concept of rhetorical questions, just answers honestly:
--> ''"Back home."''
* ''{{MASH}}'', after Hawkeye meets Major Houlihan, where they develop a deep and abiding contempt for each other:
-->'''Houlihan''': I wonder how a degenerated person like that could have reached a position of responsibility in the Army Medical Corps!
-->'''Mulcahy''': He was drafted.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', the AI in Nick Fury's car is a little too LiteralMinded. In the middle of an attack:
-->'''Fury:''' What's ''not'' damaged?\\
'''Car A.I.:''' Air conditioning is fully operational.
* A back-toback pair of particularly dark examples in ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' when Joker is riding in a helicopter with a psychotic door gunner:
-->'''Door Gunner:''' Git some! Git some! Git some, yeah, yeah, yeah! Anyone who runs is a VC. Anyone who stands still is a well-disciplined VC! You should do a story about me sometime!
-->'''Joker:''' Why should we do a story about you?
-->'''Door Gunner:''' 'Cause I'm so fucking good! That ain't no shit neither. I done got me 157 dead Gooks killed and fifty water buffalo too! Them are all certified.
-->'''Joker:''' Any women or children?
-->'''Door Gunner:''' Sometimes!
-->'''Joker:''' How can you shoot women and children?
-->'''Door Gunner:''' [[AxCrazy Easy! You just don't lead 'em so much!]] Ha ha! Ain't war hell?
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/TheTalisman'' by Creator/StephenKing, the BigBad considers the [[AsTheGoodBookSays Bible verse]] "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" He concludes, "It profits him the world."
* Several Literature/{{Discworld}} examples:
** ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', right at the beginning:
-->'''Ipslore:''' And what would humans be without love?
-->'''Death:''' [[AC:Rare.]]
** ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' has:
-->'''Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler:''' Trust me. Have I ever lied to you?\\
'''Bezam Planter:''' Well, one night last month you sold me a sausage in a bun and you said--\\
'''Throat:''' I was speaking rhetorically.\\
'''Bezam:''' Oh. Well. I dunno about rhetorically.
** ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' also has the same ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' gag as ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' (below), with the troll who asked the question still insisting "Ah, but I would if I had blood. I'd bleed all over the place."
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Mr. Groat informs Moist von Lipwig that he has to take "The Postman's Walk" if he wants to be accepted as the new Postmaster by [[BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats the Order of the Post]]. Moist decides to go through with what he thinks is just a harmless initiation ritual, asking [[TemptingFate "What's the worst that could happen?"]] After a bit of thought, Mr. Groat responds "The worst that could happen is you lose all your fingers on one hand, are crippled for life, and break half the bones in your body. Oh, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking then they don't let you join.]]"
** In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', Fred Colon comments on the trouble in Koom Valley with the immortal question "[[WaxingLyrical War, Nobby, huh. What is it good for?]]" This being Discworld, where rhetorical questions never caught on, Nobby answers the question with things like "Freeing slaves?" and "Protecting yourself from a totalitarian aggressor?"
** A RunningGag is for Vetinari to ask "Look out the window and tell me what you see" and get pointless but true answers like "Fog" or "A small dog watching a man taking a piss in an alley." What he ''wants'' is some kind of comment on the view of Ankh-Morpork.
* The undefined-but-clearly-supernatural nature of Messrs Croup and Vandemar in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' is shown when Vandemar sticks a knife through the back of his own hand, doesn't bleed, and shows no pain. Shortly afterward, Mr Croup makes a comment about "[[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Oh, Mr Vandemar, if you cut us, do we not bleed?]]" Vandemar's response is a carefully considered "No."
* In ''A Civil Campaign'' by Lois [=McMaster=] Bujold, Richars Vorrutyer gives a speech with a lengthy list of insulting rhetorical questions. Then someone answers him.
* In ''[[TheWarGods The War God's Own]],'' Halashu asks who would be fool enough to claim that Bahzell Bahnakson is a Champion of Tomanak. Cue the War God appearing to say: "''I'' would."
* In the ''Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Literature/TidesOfWar'', Garrosh falls into these when [[DeadpanSnarker Hamuul]] is concerned.
-->'''Garrosh''': Does this look like the green skin of Thrall?
-->'''Hamuul''': No, [[GeneralRipper Warchief]]. No one would ever mistake [[ReplacementScrappy you]] for [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Thrall]].
** Hamuul does it again regarding Garrosh's apparently unwise delay in the attack on Theramore.
-->'''Garrosh''': And now, can you tell me what my decision to wait has brought us?
-->'''Hamuul''': Defeat?
* The first ''Literature/RedDwarf'' novel has the deceased Arnold J. Rimmer do this to ''himself'' when deciding that his status as living impaired need not stop his ambition:
-->Well, he wasn't going to let it get him down any more. He wasn't going to let it stand in his way. He was dead, there was no use bleating about it. Was that a reason to quit? Did Napoleon quit when he was dead? Did Julius Caesar quit when he was dead?
-->
-->Well... yes.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* On ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Dick Solomon responds to the question "You think you're the smartest person in the world, don't you?" with "For the thousandth time, ''yes''!"
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II'', Blackadder shows Baldrick a potato and OneDialogueTwoConversations ensues:
-->'''Blackadder''': I mean, look at this. What is it?\\
'''Baldrick''': I'm surprised you've forgotten, my lord.\\
'''Blackadder''': I haven't forgotten. It's a rhetorical question.\\
'''Baldrick''': No, it's a potato.
* This happens in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' when Raj, Howard, and Sheldon go look up an entomologist to settle a bet:
-->'''Professor [[MeaningfulName Crawley]]''': Let me ask you a question. What does an accomplished entomologist with a doctorate and twenty years of experience do when the university cuts all his funding? \\
'''Raj''': [[LampshadeHanging Ask uncomfortable rhetorical questions to people]]?
** Sheldon often answers rhetorical questions.
-->'''Penny:''' "And what kind of doctor [[AssShove removes feet from asses]]?" \\
'''Sheldon:''' "Depending on the depth, that would be either a proctologist or a general surgeon.... [[LateToThePunchline Oh.]]"
* In ''{{Warehouse 13}}'', Artie is looking at the Warehouse's electrical schematic and muttering to himself.
-->'''Artie''': For crying out loud. Who designed this thing?\\
'''[[StealthHiBye Leena]]''': Thomas Edison. Nicola Tesla. [[AlienGeometries And M. C. Escher]].
* One Mark Wary sketch on ''The Wedge'' features his manager asking "How could Mark possibly have impregnated three women at the same time?" Mark, sitting next to him, unhelpfully answers "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Daylight Savings]]."
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
-->'''Mal''': Do you want to run this ship?
-->'''Jayne''': Yes.
-->'''Mal''': Uh, well ... you can't.
** From "The Message":
-->'''Tracy''': Do you think I'm stupid?
-->'''Mal''': In every way possible.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Barney's brother shows the gang pictures of his son.
--> '''James:''' Isn't that adorable? When was the last time you saw a diaper poking out from a Dolce and Gabbana suit?\\
'''Marshall:''' Tuesday, At work... some of the senior partners are really getting up there.
** Also Barney once, when he was angsting to Honey (played by Katy Perry) about finding his father.
-->'''Barney''' ''(to Honey as he's about to climb in bed with her)'' Who's your daddy?\\
'''Honey:''' ''(flirtatiously)'' I don't know... who's ''your'' daddy?\\
'''Barney:''' ''(bursts into tears) '''I don't know!'''''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has:
-->'''Mr. Whitmore''': How many of us have lost countless productive hours plagued by unwanted sexual thoughts and feelings?\\
''Xander raises his hand.''\\
'''Mr. Whitmore''': That was a rhetorical question, Mr. Harris, not a poll.
** And in "Bargaining, Part I":
-->'''Xander:''' ''(to Willow)'' Excuse me? Who made you the boss of the group?\\
'''Anya:''' You did.\\
'''Tara:''' You said Willow should be boss.\\
'''Anya:''' And then you said "let's vote," and it was unanimous...\\
'''Tara:''' ...and then you made her this little plaque, that said "Boss of Us," you put little sparkles on it...\\
'''Xander:''' Valid points all.
** In "Seeing Red" Buffy is up against a vampire who's putting up a good fight.
-->'''Buffy:''' How hard you gonna hit when you're blowin' in the wind?
-->''(Vampire kicks Buffy into a tombstone just as she dusts him)''
-->'''Buffy:''' ''(groaning in pain)'' That was rhetorical.
** And in ''The Dark Age'':
-->'''Buffy:''' Have I ever let you down?
--> '''Giles:''' Do you want me to answer that, or shall I just glare?
** Played with in "Crush".
-->'''Spike:''' What the ''bleeding hell is wrong with you bloody women''? What the hell does it take? Why do you ''bitches torture me''?
-->'''Buffy:''' Which question do you want me to answer first?
** In "The Harvest", Angel tries to talk Buffy out of going into the sewers.
--> '''Buffy:''' I've got a friend down there. Or at least a potential friend. You ''do'' you know what it's like to have a friend? ''(Angel bows his head)'' ...That wasn't supposed to be a stumper.
** Cordy bitching at Xander for dragging her out of bed for a ride. "What am I, mass transportation?" ("What's My Line, Pt.1")
--> '''Xander:''' "That's what a lot of the guys say, but it's just locker-room talk."
** After Wesley is fired, Cordelia barges into the library and demands to know what happened to him. Xander responds, "Inbreeding?"
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' gets in on it too, when Cordelia is chastising him for letting a demon get away:
-->'''Angel''': Do you know how ''hard'' it is to ''think'' with a ''rebar'' through your torso?\\
'''Cordelia''': Actually, [[ContinuityNod I do.]] Benefits of a Sunnydale education. [[note]]She actually knows ''double''. Not only did it happen to the character, but ''the actress'' [[RealitySubtext had the same thing happen as well]].[[/note]]
** In the ''Angel'' season 5 episode "You're Welcome," Cordelia reunites with Team Angel after coming out of her coma and sees that gun has let his hair grow out slightly, leading to this:
-->'''Cordelia''': Oh, my God. Gunn? You have ''hair''.\\
'''Gunn''': What'd you think, I was PrematurelyBald?\\
[''Cordelia just looks at him, a smile on her face'']\\
'''Gunn''': ...I wasn't.
* On ''Series/WillAndGrace'', when Grace is getting ready for her [[FourthDateMarriage rushed wedding]] to Leo, she and Will have this exchange:
-->'''Grace:''' I'm doing the right thing, right?\\
'''Will:''' Well--\\
'''Grace:''' What?!\\
'''Will:''' Nothing. No, I just--I'm just saying--as a friend, I want you to know that if you were thinking of calling it off, don't worry about the people out there. Don't worry about all those gifts. You do what your heart tells you is right.\\
'''Grace:''' [[{{Beat}} ...]]Are you freaking kidding me with this?!\\
'''Will:''' "If," I said "if!"\\
'''Grace:''' The question was rhetorical. That means you're supposed to say "yes."\\
'''Will:''' That's not what "rhetorical" means.\\
'''Grace:''' Are we talking about what "rhetorical" means or about how you're freaking me out right now?!\\
'''Will:''' Am I supposed to answer that or is that rhetorical too?
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', Spock sometimes answers rhetorical questions. For example, this exchange from "The Apple," after Spock has risked his life to save Kirk:
-->'''Kirk:''' Trying to get yourself killed. Do you know how much Starfleet has invested in you?\\
'''Spock:''' One hundred twenty two thousand two hundred --\\
''Kirk cuts him off''\\
'''Kirk:''' Never mind. But thanks.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' did one of these in the episode "Bedtime Stories".
--> '''Dean''': "Dude, could you be more gay? ...Don't answer that."
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' -- in "Competitive Wine-Tasting" Professor Sheffield, who teaches a class [[SeriousBusiness critically analysing]] ''WhosTheBoss'', opens his first class with the question: "Who ''was'' the Boss?" He intends it as a rhetorical question -- unfortunately, as Abed ends up conclusively and empirically demonstrating, this particular question has a quite clear and definite answer.
** So the professor moves on to "What ''was'' happening?" (a course critically analyzing WhatsHappening)
* ''SlingsAndArrows'' has this dialogue exchange (from "Steeped In Blood"), which perfectly typifies the difference in philosophy between Geoffrey and Richard.
-->'''Geoffrey''': Which would you prefer: an empty house with a great play, or a full house with a piece of garbage?\\
'''Richard''': GARBAGE! GARBAGE! I want GARBAGE!
* From ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', the Science Fiction Sketch:
-->'''Charles''': Will they stop at nothing?!\\
'''Carol''' I don't know, do you think they will?\\
'''Charles''': I meant that rhetorically.\\
'''Carol''' What does rhetorically mean?\\
'''Charles''': It means I didn't expect an answer.
* From Series/{{Dexter}}:
-->'''Debra''': I've sat through god ''knows'' how many briefings; why am I so fucking nervous? \\
'''Dexter''': Because everyone'll be looking to see if you know what you're doing?\\
'''Debra''': Do me a favor: when you get back to your desk, look up the word "rhetorical".
* Done in ''Series/{{Threshold}}''. ''Awesomely''
-->'''Whitaker:''' ''(sarcastically)'' And how many people do you think you can pluck off the streets before people start noticing?
-->'''Molly:''' ''(completely serious)'' Approximately 300.
* When Samantha Carter is introduced in the pilot of ''Series/StargateSG1'', the men in the briefing room are somewhat annoyed that "another scientist"[[note]]O'Neill's words[[/note]] (and a female one, no less) is being foisted on them for the recon mission to Abydos. Maj. Kawalsky condescendingly asks her if she has ever pulled out of a simulated bombing run in an F-16 at eight-plus g's. Carter's response is a BluntYes, and Kawalsky has to stop and process that before saying that traveling through the stargate feels worse.
** After Daniel has been kidnapped by the BigBad (Adria) and may have undergone a FaceHeelTurn, he tries to convince his teammates that he's really himself and hasn't been brainwashed so they will let him undertake a mission that might make the situation far worse.
--->'''Daniel''' (to O'Neill): Have I ever let you down? (O'Neill raises his eyebrows and prepares to speak) No, don't answer that. Have I ever let you down when it really mattered?
* In the ''Series/That70sShow'' episode "Over the Hills and Far Away":
-->'''Kitty:''' What is wrong with you? Were you dropped on your head?
-->'''Kelso:''' Yes, I was! And up until now everybody had the good grace not to mention it!
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', K-9, being a computer, was prone to this:
-->'''Romana:''' How ''could'' I have been such a fool?!\\
'''K-9:''' Question unclear. Kindly rephrase.\\
'''Romana:''' Oh, be quiet, K-9.
** From ''The Doctor Dances'':
--->'''The Doctor''': History says there was an explosion, and who am I to argue with history?\\
'''Rose''': [[DeadpanSnarker Usually the first in line.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'', choosing between sending a signal about the presence of a Shadow fleet and risking detection, or laying low until they can get the engines back on line:
-->'''Ivanova:''' Who wants to live forever?
-->'''Marcus:''' I do, actually. But what the hell... Signal away.
* ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'': Max has been so stressed from schoolwork that he's developed insomnia. When George tries to reassure him...
-->'''George:''' Then you've gotta take the pressure off yourself, Max. Okay, what's the worst thing that could happen if you failed the fifth grade?
-->'''Max:''' I'll be humiliated, I'll lose all my friends, I'll have to redo all the work I hated doing ''this'' year, and every day I go to class, I'll know I'm stupider than everyone else there!
-->'''George:''' You've obviously given this some thought.
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', during President Bartlet's EstablishingCharacterMoment, a [[StrawmanPolitical right-wing Christian fundamentalist]] asks him "If our children can buy pornography on any street corner for five dollars, isn't that too high a price to pay for free speech?" clearly expecting Bartlet to either agree with him, or try to wriggle out of giving a straight answer. He's rather taken aback when Bartlet immediately replies with a [[BluntYes Blunt]] "[[LittleNo No]]". An unusual example of this trope, in that this was not a case of the unwanted answer coming from someone who didn't understand what the asker was expecting, and the following two minutes prove how totally outmatched the fundamentalists are by Bartlet both in intellect and force of personality.
* An early episode of ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' has a no-longer-hippie friend of Dharma's father explain, rhetorically, "How long can you keep driving around in a VW bus with shag carpeting on the walls?" Father replies after a moment's thought: "Fourteen years."
* In ''Series/YoureTheWorst'', Edgar has doubts about Jimmy going to his ex's wedding, leading to an [[InvertedTrope inversion of this trope]]:
-->'''Edgar''': Are you sure it's even a good idea that you go?
-->'''Jimmy''': What's the worst I could do?
-->'''Edgar''': Okay, fine.
-->'''Jimmy''': No, seriously, what ''is'' the worst I could do?
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/BowlingForSoup's song "No Hablo Ingles", in a verse containing a series of questions:
--> ''Do you like my band?''
--> ...Don't answer that.
* Music/TheMagneticFields' "Yeah! Oh Yeah!" is entirely this.
-->'''Her:''' Are you out of love with me?
--->Are you longing to be free?
--->Do I drive you up a tree?
-->'''Him:''' Yeah! Oh, yeah!
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' says this to a mirror in the January 28, 1985 strip when he asks it who the cutest cat of all is and [[TastesLikeDiabetes Nermal]] walked up soon after.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2015/ga150217.gif This]] strip had Garfield doing his usual stand-up routine on the fence and asks the audience if they're feeling good, only for the audience to reply that things could be better, before Garfield angrily tells them that it was a rhetorical question, to which the audience tells him to ask another.
* Happens in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''
-->'''Andy''': Roger, you can't [[OverprotectiveDad spend 24 hours a day hovering over your kids]]! What are you going to do? Quit your job?
-->'''Roger''': Now there's a thought.
-->'''Andy''': I was '''kidding''', Roger. '''Kidding'''!
** Another ''Fox Trot'' example:
-->'''Paige''': Those cheerleaders think they're so special. What have they got that we haven't got?
-->'''Nicole''': Five guys fighting to carry their lunch trays.
-->'''Paige''': Besides that.
-->'''Nicole''': Really, really perfect bodies.
-->'''Paige''': You're not helping, Nicole.
-->'''Nicole''': I think the one on the left is a concert violinist.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In the musical of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', Glinda the Good Witch enters in the first song to cheers and halloos. She, smiling, replies "It's good to see me, isn't it?" They all respond, "Yes!" She ([[StepfordSmiler still smiling]]) answers, "You needn't respond; that was rhetorical."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', Bailey the prison guard blunders over his ''own'' rhetorical question when he replies to a co-worker implying he's stupid with "What's that supposed to mean?", then explains apropos of nothing that it was just an expression of indignation.
* Done hilariously in ''VideoGame/ArmyMen: Sarge's Heroes''
--> '''Tan Soldier''': Colonel Grimm and the Sarge have escaped our forces and captured a blue intelligence officer and...to make matters worse, Sarge found one of our portals.
--> '''General Plastro''': WHAT?
--> '''Tan Soldier''': Colonel Grimm and Sarge have escaped -
--> '''General Plastro''': I HEARD YOU! IT WAS A RHETORICAL 'WHAT'! (''punches the soldier out of the building'') Does anyone else have any ''good news'' they'd like to share?
--> '''Tan Soldiers''': No sir! Nope! Not me! Nothin'!
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Urdnot Wrex]] has a penchant for these, particularly in his elevator conversations with [[WrenchWench Tali]].
-->'''Wrex:''' So tell me, who would win in a fight between you and Shepard?
-->'''Tali:''' Do krogan always size up one another for a fight? Even friends and allies?
-->'''Wrex:''' [[BluntYes Yes.]]

-->'''Wrex:''' Hey, Tali. Your people created the geth, ever talk about it?
-->'''Tali:''' Do the krogan talk about starting a stupid war that got your species sterilized?
-->'''Wrex:''' All the time.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', during a sidequest where you traverse a virtual world, [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] comes across recordings of the quarians before the [[AIIsACrapshoot geth]] drove them off their homeworld and wonders why the quarians are wearing their environmental suits. [[spoiler: Legion, a friendly geth,]] responds that the recordings are based off Shepard's own memories and asks Shepard how many quarians s/he has seen without their suits. If your Shepard is male and romanced Tali in the [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 second game,]] he replies: "Well...one."
* Cortana has one of these done to her in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' when the Chief and some Helljumpers are deployed onto Halo Installation 05 by [[DropPod HEV]].
--> '''Cortana:''' Could we ''possibly'' make any more noise?
---> ''Chief grabs a missile launcher out of his pod.''
--> '''Cortana:''' ... I guess so.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', this happens in a randomly occurring conversation between Kil'ruk the Wind-Reaver and Ka'roz the Locust (probably a ShoutOut to the ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' example above).
-->'''Kil'ruk the Wind-Reaver''': I have heard of your "heroism," Locust. They say your raids on mogu labor camps and farmlands delayed the completion of the wall by decades. I cannot argue with your results, but how can a proud warrior of the swarm make his name chasing down fleeing peasants and farmhands?
-->'''Ka'roz the Locust''': Easily: You don't have to leap as far between kills.
* Does Dr. Toadley in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' answer his own questions all the time? He most certainly does.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* From ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'':
-->'''Beatriz Juruna''': What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul?\\
'''Vergil Haas''': ...Well, he profits by one entire ''world'', for starters.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** Do you have a distinctive impression that [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2009-03-06 Abraham didn't care]] to hear [[TooMuchInformation the answer]] to this question?
** In a (canonical) NP strip, [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=189 Nanase asks how Grace would like it if Nanase had a magic watch that could make her look like Grace]] (she'd just found out that Grace can turn into a Nanase-form whenever she wants). Tedd (Grace wasn't there at the time) answers that she'd be thrilled. In fact, she ''wanted'' to give a watch like that to everyone she could turn into, she'd just assumed Nanase and Ellen would say no after everyone else she'd asked had.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2010-11-05 Here]]:
-->'''Percy:''' Is there anything in the world more ''miserable'' than a ''wet cat?''\\
'''Pooch:''' Ummmm... A frozen penguin? ... A shaved porcupine? Constipated skunk? ... A toothless beaver!
** Implied [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-04-18 here]] -- "You been living in a cave or something?" is not answered "Yes", but the readers know it's true.
* BobAndGeorge: [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/050421c Anyone want to know why I named him Mega Man X?]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', with [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031229 Agatha and Krosp]], when she didn't know who and what he is yet.
* ''TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'': "Do I look like a masochist? [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=124 Don't answer that.]]"
* ''{{Spacetrawler}}'', on [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/08/23/spacetrawler-163/ this page]].
-->'''Nogg:''' Does failing so many times mean I should ''give up'', or that it's more noble that I keep ''getting'' up to get knocked down again? ... That's rhetorical.\\
'''Krep:''' Do you ''hear'' me replying?
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick:''
--> '''Haley:''' Wanna see how many slaves we can sneak out of the palace before dinner?\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' By my calculations, twenty three.\\
'''Haley:''' No, I meant--Just get your stuff.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/05/04 here]]:
-->'''Tycho'''': Okay... who are you and what have you done with Gabe?\\
'''ChestBurster''': We are Broodax! We are born in flesh.
* In ''Webcomic/BetweenFailures'', [[http://betweenfailures.net/archives/archive/874-stop-lying-to-yourself John commits one when he is trying to tell Thomas about having found a researcher for the team.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ThreeJaguars'', [[http://threejaguarscomic.net/?comic=the-web-comic-page-1 Artist asks Business Manager if she knows how long it takes to draw a comic. She retorts 60 to 75 minutes.]]
* In ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'', [[http://www.captainsnes.com/2013/04/19/816-rhetoric-and-substance/ Golbez asks Samus a rhetorical question, which she gives an honest answer to ("It was a question with an answer.")]] When Golbez asks a follow-up rhetorical question, clearly believing Samus's answer to be impractical, Samus has an answer ''yet again'', to Golbez's utter frustration.
* In the ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' story "KITTEN", Max spends most of a large comic near the beginning explaining to the audience who the characters are. At the end, this turns out to be his answer to another character's question "Who the hell do you kids think you are?"
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The SkippysList-inspired [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4110160/1/Things_Shinigami_are_not_allowed_to_do Things Shinigami Are Not Allowed To Do]]:
-->343c) Shinigami are hereby forbidden from performing Soul Burial on [[{{Franchise/Transformers}} Optimus Prime's Spark]] for two reasons. One, it is in no danger of becoming a Hollow, [[ComicBookDeath due to it getting a new body every few months.]] [[TemptingFate Two, do you want to see a truck becoming a Shinigami?]]\\
343[[GilliganCut d)]] The last question of 343c was rhetorical, [[RuleOfCool damn it.]]

* After Freeza kills Dende in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', he justifies killing children by giving a rhetorical question, Goku being the [[SarcasmMode scholarly gentleman]] he is gives him a rhetorical answer.
--> '''Freeza''': Oh please, everyone's always on about the children. I already tried leaving them alive, but all they do is grow up under my rule or dedicate their pathetic lives to revenge. Usually both. Really, killing them is a kindness. I can retract that kindness if you wish, but then who's the villain?
--> '''Goku''': (totally lost) Y... you.
--> '''Freeza''': N-no, that was a rhetorical question.
--> '''Goku''': And I gave you a rhetorical answer!
--> '''Freeza''': ...Good lord, I traded Vegeta for this.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* From ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'':
--> '''Mr. Butlertron:''' [[WhatWouldXDo What would the real Joan of Arc have done?]]\\
'''Joan:''' She would have listened to her heart. [[AnalogyBackfire And then she would've gotten burned at the stake.]] ''[nervous laugh]'' But what are the odds of that happening again?\\
'''Mr. Butlertron:''' 38%.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' did it several times.
** In "Homer to the Max":
---> '''Bart''': This isn't bad!\\
'''Homer''': "Isn't bad"? Tell me one thing mankind has ever done that's any better?\\
'''Lisa''': The Renaissance?\\
'''Homer''': This is better!
** And again in "Dead Putting Society":
---> '''Lisa''': [[{{Koan}} What is the sound of one hand clapping?]]\\
'''Bart''': Piece of cake. [clenches his hand so the fingers slap against the palm]\\
'''Lisa''': No, Bart, it's a 3000-year-old riddle with no answer. It's supposed to clear your mind of conscious thought.\\
'''Bart''': No answer? Lisa, listen up! [clenches his hand again]
** And also heavily {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "Mother Simpson", as seen in the page quote.
* In the FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'', this leads to a EurekaMoment when Patrick figures out why he's suddenly become super-intelligent.
-->'''Patrick:''' When did the fun go away, [=SpongeBob=]?\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' It went away when you went over that cliff and your head came clean off.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama World Tour'', when Chris was trying to tell the contestants that one of them would have to ride in the baby carriage as part of their challenge.
-->'''Chris''': And what's a baby carriage without a ''baby''?\\
'''Owen''': Oooh! [[CompletelyMissingThePoint A SHOPPING CART!]]\\
'''Chris''': It was a rhetorical question!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' [[SignatureStyle really likes]] doing this with "is it not" questions:
** "Obsoletely Fabulous'' has:
--->'''Bender:''' If that stuff wasn't real, how can I be sure anything is real? [[CuckooNest Is it not possible, nay, probable, that my entire life is just a figment of my or]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall someone else's]] [[CuckooNest imagination?]]\\
'''Technician''': [[DefiedTrope No. Get out.]]
** ''The Beast With A Billion Backs'' has a similar example:
--->'''Farnsworth:''' I know this anomaly is terrifying, but, as scientists, is it not our sworn duty to seek out knowledge, even at the cost of our very lives?\\
'''Stephen Hawking's head:''' No.
** "Love's Labours Lost In Space" has this [[InvertedTrope inversion]]:
--->'''Zapp Brannigan:''' We have failed to uphold Brannigan's Law. However, I made it with a hot alien babe. And, in the end, is that not what man has dreamt of since first he looked up at the stars? ''[{{Beat}}]'' Kif, I'm asking you a question!
* Similar to the ''Futurama'' example, the episode "Predator" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' has this inverted example:
--> '''Stormy:''' You and I may have to repopulate the human species, Debby!
-->'''Debby:''' That's disgusting!
-->'''Stormy:''' (flirtingly) Is it? ...[beat]… (seriously) Well is it?
-->'''Debby:''' YES!
** The bit is echoed later in the same episode with Captain Murphy and Dr. Quinn.
* Has happened a couple times on ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''.
-->'''Eddy:''' Do I look like twenty bucks or what?\\
'''Edd:''' "Or what?" is a good question...\\
\\
'''Eddy:''' I was born to fleece, Double D! Do you know who I think I am?\\
'''Edd:''' Unfortunately, yes.\\
\\
'''Eddy:''' What could be more important than Master Eddy?\\
'''Ed:''' COOKIE DOUGH!! Yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum!\\
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'''Eddy:''' Will you ever cease to amaze me, Ed?\\
'''Ed:''' Yes I will!\\
\\
'''Edd:''' Ed! What in heaven's name were you thinking?!\\
'''Ed:''' Absolutely nothing, Double-Dee.
** Maybe he's learning his lesson: in TheMovie, Eddy, having gotten stranded in the middle of the desert with his friends, says to Double D, "Have I ever steered you wrong? Don't answer that."
* From the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
-->'''[[FallenAngel Nightmare]] [[MadGod Moon]]:''' Am I not royal enough for you? Don't you know who I am?\\
'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pinkie Pie]]:''' Ooh, ooh, more guessing games! Um, Hokey Smokes? How 'bout... Queen Meanie? No, Black Snooty! Black Snooty!
-->''[cue Applejack trying to shut Pinkie up by stuffing a cupcake in her mouth]''
** Pinkie does it again in "Dragonshy":
--->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Hey! What are you waiting for, an invitation?\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' Ooh, I think I have one in my bag!
** Sweetie Belle gets in on the act in "Sisterhooves Social":
--->'''Rarity:''' Sweetie Belle, what ''am'' I going to do with you?!\\
'''Sweetie Belle:''' Oh, we could paint together! We could ride bikes, play chess, sing a song, catch frogs, pillow fight...\\
'''Rarity:''' That's ''not'' what I meant!
*** The AbridgedSeries ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' changes this exchange, though keeps the rhetorical part. When Sweetie Belle accidentally activates Rarity's one-use, self hugging sweater, this exchange occurs;
---->'''Rarity''': Oh, now who is going to hug me?\\
''[{{Beat}}]''\\
'''[[FanNickname Sweetie Bot]]''': [[AC:Sweetie Belle!]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', Boris says something to the effect of "Do I look like the kind of guy who'd lie to you? Don't answer that."
** Also
--->'''Boris:''' What did I ever do to deserve this?\\
'''Natasha:''' Well...\\
'''Boris:''' Don't answer that.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'':
-->'''Fred''': Have I ever given you a bum steer?\\
'''Barney''': Well I...\\
'''Fred''': ''[covering Barney's mouth]'' Don't answer that!
* WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck while flattering a cop in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Hollywood Daffy": "What's Errol Flynn got that you ain't got? ''[[[AsideGlance to audience]]]'' Don't answer that!"
** In "Kitty Kornered", after Sylvester and his fellow cats have been put out on a freezing-cold night:
-->'''Sylvester:''' Are we men, or are we mice?\\
'''[[TheRuntAtTheEnd Small Cat]]:''' I like cheese...\\
'''Sylvester:''' (''{{dope slap}}s the small cat'') [[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud Smack!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
-->'''Ron:''' What? I'm supposed to let you take over the world? \\
'''Drakken:''' In the spirit of [[ChristmasEpisode the season]], yes!
* From the ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' episode "Schnitzel Makes a Deposit":
-->'''Old Lady:''' Would you care for a free lollipop?\\
'''Chowder:''' Would I?!\\
'''Old Lady:''' Would you?\\
'''Chowder:''' Would I?!\\
'''Old Lady:''' [[OverlyLongGag Would you?]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'':
-->'''Jimmy:''' Would you have a good date with a [[SatiatingSandwich sandwich]]?\\
'''[[BigEater Beezy]]:''' *begins drooling*\\
'''Jimmy:''' Don't answer that.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': "You wanna live forever?" "Was that an option?"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' episode "Poultrygeist," Beetlejuice is tormented by a sentient roast chicken from his refrigerator that has an answer for every question which it writes on a note pad. Lydia has the solution--ask it questions that have no answer.
-->'''Lydia:''' What's the sound of one hand clapping? (''Chicken is about to write but is stumped'')
-->'''Beetlejuice:''' And if a log falls on a lumberjack in the forest and no one's around, does he make a sound? (''Chicken now getting frustrated'')
-->'''Lydia:''' (''winks to B.J.'') Now here's the clincher. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? (''Chicken loses it and explodes'')
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' where Johnny uses a device to reanimate the corpses of Porkbelly's founding fathers has this exchange:
-->'''Lila''': Johnny, how many times have your father and I said ''not to bring back the dead?!''
-->'''Johnny''': Um, never?
-->'''Hugh''': Well, we shouldn't have to!
* A few instances on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'':
** In the earlier instance, Max is trying to convince PJ to ask Pete to take him fishing. This probably would have worked better if Pete weren't a {{Jerkass}} who [[AbusiveParents treats PJ very poorly]]:
---> '''Max''': Aww, Peej! Fishing with your dad! What could be more fun?
---> '''PJ''': Eating glass! You got any idea what fishing with him is like?!
** PJ is just as guilty as Max is of giving Pete too much credit in this form, however, as he asks this when it's discovered Pete has been stealing water from Goofy's pipe. PJ, at least, catches himself:
---> '''PJ''': Wait, what's that supposed to mean, Max, huh? Are you suggesting that my dad would do something unethical or dishonest? ''(realization)'' 'Scuse me. For the sake of our friendship, don't answer that.
* In the FiveEpisodePilot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', when names are being given to the gargoyles that don't have any, the one who would be named Hudson argues against the ludicrousy of naming everything, asking if the sky and the river need names. He is then told that the river in question is called the Hudson River.
* This exchange from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''.
-->'''Megatron:''' How long does it take to exterminate a lone Autobot and her human pet?!
-->'''Starscream:''' Well, in my experience...
-->'''Megatron:''' ''Not'' a riddle, Starscream!
* Form the ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}'' segment "Bumbie's Mom"
-->'''Slappy:''' Have I ever lied to you before?
-->'''Skippy:''' You said keno was legal in Burbank, you said WesternAnimation/MagillaGorilla was a woman, you said--
-->'''Slappy:''' Can it!
* Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "The Time Traveler's Pig":
-->'''Blendin:''' Do you have any idea how many rules you just broke? [{{Beat}}] I'm asking. I wasn't there. It was probably a lot, right?
* In ''WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch'', Hämsterviel has the following conversation with minion Gantu:
-->'''Hämsterviel''': I think that went very well, don't you?
-->'''Gantu''': Actually, I think...
-->'''Hämsterviel''': I did not ask you what you think!
-->'''Gantu''': Actually, you did. I...
-->'''Hämsterviel''': No! It was a rhetorical question! Don't you know what a rhetorical question is?
-->'''Gantu''': Yes, sir. I believe it's...
-->'''Hämsterviel''': No, no! That was a rhetorical question too! Argh!
* ''Queer Duck:'' When they attend the funeral of a friend who died of AIDS:
-->'''Openly Gator:''' (sobbing) ''Why him? Why him?''
-->'''Queer Duck:''' Oh, I don't know, because he was a condom-hating, intravenous drug user with a Haitian boyfriend?
-->'''Openly Gator:''' That was a ''rhetorical'' wail!
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries:'' In "Joker's Millions", the Clown Prince of Crime has a caper go sour because he keeps running out of bullets, squirting-flower acid, etc. His problems continue when he attempts to [[VillainExitStageLeft flee the scene]]:
-->'''Joker:''' I thought I told you to get gas!\\
'''Harley Quinn:''' We're ''broke'', remember? What was I supposed to do? Fill the tank, shoot the guy, and drive off?\\
'''Joker:''' ''([[BluntYes affirmative "mm-hmm"]] mumble)''.\\
'''Harley Quinn:''' {{Now you tell me}}!
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'': when things start to go bad for King K. Rool, he loudly asks "Where is Klump when I need him?!" Krusha, of all lizards, asks whether or not that was rhetorical.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
-->'''Sokka''': Look! Can your fortune telling explain THAT!?\\
''[Cut to a volcano clearly on the verge of eruption, despite the town fortune-teller's reading that the volcano wouldn't erupt that year]''\\
'''Villager''': Pff. Can your SCIENCE explain why it RAINS?\\
'''Sokka''': YES! YES IT CAN!
* From the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', we have this exchange:
-->'''Star:''' ''Ludo!'' How'd you know I was here?\\
'''Ludo:''' Heh heh heh, wouldn't you like to know?\\
'''Star:''' (''completely serious'') Yes, that's why I asked.\\
'''Ludo:''' Well, Buff-Frog... ''Hey!'' I don't have to tell you anything!
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* UsefulNotes/HaroldWilson, British Prime Minister in the 1960s once gave a speech in dockyard town of Chatham. Wilson extolled the virtues of the navy, and asked a rhetorical question: "And why am I saying all this?" A heckler from the crowd replied: "Because you are in Chatham!"
* It turns out, if you leave a rhetorical question lying around in an example entry on ThisVeryWiki, [[Administrivia/AboutRhetoricalQuestions somebody WILL come around and answer it]]. They're best avoided as bait for violations of the "Administrivia/RepairDontRespond" guideline, [[HypocriticalHumour don't you agree]]?
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Oh yes, definitely.]]
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